You know those girls who just throw outfits together and look effortlessly amazing every time? Well Nell Kalonji is one of them. The style guru has been lending her discerning eye to cutting-edge fashion shoots for years and after drooling over her work in hipster bibles like Dazed & Confused and AnOther magazine, we just had to get her onboard at Topshop.
This month Nell acted as guest stylist on our ’5 Ways To Wear’ feature, styling up our new floral board shorts for every occasion. From smartly tailored to a new take on festival wear, Nell taught us that one item can go a long way, saving us both time and money… thanks Nell! Watch the video below and read on as we pick her brain for a few more valuable fash tips.
What trends will you be wearing this summer?
I have actually developed a little obsession with culottes so they will definitely be part of my summer wardrobe!
What gets you inspired?
I love old movies and am fascinated by the world of costume. I’ve just bought a selection of Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg movies which will keep me occupied over the weekend. But apart from that I think you can get inspired by anything – books, exhibitions, travels. Anything as long as you are open to it.
What’s been your most exciting shoot to work on?
I would say that’s the first ever shoot I worked on with Dazed & Confused Fashion Editor Katie Shillingford. I had just moved to London for an internship and didn’t know what to expect. Being on set with such creative people was fascinating and made me realise that this is what I want to be doing.
What advice would you give to someone wanting a career as a stylist?
I think interning and assisting is a big part of it. You learn so much more by working for someone and by observing how they approach a project.
What’s on your playlist at a shoot?
Beyonce, TLC… then more Beyonce!
Whose wardrobe would you love to ransack?
Right now Marlene Dietrich, but it changes all the time!
Are you a high fashion or high street girl?
High fashion, high street or vintage – it doesn’t really matter. It all depends on how you put it together!
When it comes to shoes, Chloe Green knows her stuff. Obsessed with footwear from an early age, her personal shoe collection amounts to some 200 pairs, so becoming a footwear designer herself was an obvious career move! Her latest collection for Topshop is made up of 12 show-stopping heels, courts and wedges, each design inspired by her travels through the Americas and perfect for a seriously glam summer. Get the inside scoop on the collection as we chat to Chloe below.
Why did you choose the Americas as your inspiration?
I spent most of last year travelling around America and I found it so inspiring. Exploring new cultures, seeing different places and meeting new people was incredible – I wanted to focus my collection on all of these experiences.
Tell us about your travels there. Any must-see places?
There’s so many places that I really loved, all for very different reasons. I visited an orphanage in La Romana in the Dominican Republic – that was such an emotional experience. I met so many beautiful people there. From a work point of view, places on the west coast really inspired my designs – LA is such a fascinating place, there’s so many interesting and cool people round every corner and the vibe is so relaxed.
How has the collection moved on from last season?
It feels a lot more grown up this season – each collection seems to mature alongside me! This collection features sleek and sophisticated designs that are really feminine and quite sassy.
What kind of girl are you designing for?
I love to design shoes that are unique and can’t be found anywhere else. I always try and think about my friends and what they’d want from a new pair of heels – whether it’s a special element, design or print.
Was there a muse behind the collection this season?
It’s hard to pin this down to one person or thing as I feel like travelling opens up your mind to everything – from vibrant and colourful carnivals, sandy dry deserts, chic bars or even relaxed poolside’s in LA. I’ve tried to encompass a certain emotion to each style and I hope that really shines through.
What will you be wearing the collection with?
The collection is so versatile – the Miami wedges are perfect for taking you from the beach to dance floor and the classic Santiago courts look so chic with jeans for the day or dressed up the with a LBD in the evening – that’s what I love so much about the collection, there’s something for every occasion.
Do you have a favourite style this season?
It’s always so hard to choose a particular style, they are all my favourites! But I do really love the striped strappy sandal called Malibu. They’re so comfortable and really tap into the monochrome trend that is so big this season.
We’re excited to see more of your vertiginous heels! Any top tips for walking in heels?
Keep your shoulders back and be confident! I love wearing heels and wear them most days but if you’re used to flats it’s always a good idea to practise wearing new heels – even if it’s just round the around the house! I always moisturise my feet well before slipping on high heels, it make them so much more comfortable.
Who would you love to see wearing your designs?
It always excites me when I see a flash of green sole – if it’s a girl out with her friends or a celebrity on the red carpet. I always get a buzz of excitement and it makes me feels so proud of what I have achieved.
The collection launches today in our London Oxford Circus store and on topshop.com.
The collaboration you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived! Topshop x adidas Originals dropped today and it’s been flying (or should we say sprinting?) off the shelves. Can’t get enough? We’re giving you a further fashion-sport fix as we go behind the scenes on the campaign shoot.
Who better than our current model muse Charlotte Wiggins (whose backup career plan was in fact sports science) to show off the collection? The Liverpool lass brought her usual fun loving attitude on set, providing the perfect high energy for the vibrant, sports-inspired line.
Julia Sarr-Jamois – the London-based fashion editor with an eye for achingly cool casualwear, was on hand to style the 20-piece collection to perfection. Showcasing the re-imagined adidas Originals icons, such as the famous three-stripe tracksuit, and Superstar trainer, she shows us how to expertly refresh and reboot your athletic repertoire.
We also caught up with Topshop Creative Director Kate Phelan and adidas Originals Creative Director Josefine Aberg. These ladies certainly know their stuff when it comes to fashion and sportswear, so we took some time to pick their brains about the marriage between the two. Watch the interview below.
If anyone’s got some serious make-up tricks up their sleeve then it’s going to be Topshop beauty consultant Hannah Murray. With years of know-how in the beauty world, her make-up masterpieces have appeared in many a Fashion Week show (think Luella, Jaeger and our very own Topshop Unique), as well as campaigns for the likes of Alexander Wang and covers for British Vogue. With all this under her belt, we reckon we couldn’t have chosen a better person to keep us Topshop girls looking good in the face department.
Want to check out her skills? This week’s issue of Stylist magazine showcases Murray’s work with four vibrant make-up looks created using Topshop make-up products, naturally! From cobalt blue eyes to the so-now violet lip, this cool ‘n’ clashing make-up is just the job for bringing a little colour to our new-season style.
If you missed the magazine, don’t sweat it. You can check out all the make-up looks below or download the whole Stylist issue on your tablet or smartphone.
For unadulterated creativity and sheer eccentricity, the Meadham Kirchhoff show is truly unique. For yet another season they succeeded in making us swoon; metallic rainbow boots and gothic wedding veils were part of the fantastical collection, while a catwalk strewn with giant love heart arches covered in tinsel added to Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff’s spectacular world.
Behind the scenes felt similarly dream-like, as top models and street-cast beauties were transformed with frosted skin and mermaid wavy hair. As showtime drew closer, a beautiful scent began filling the backstage area, as the Meadham boys pumped out their new perfume ‘Tralala’ throughout Tate Modern‘s Turbine Halls. Created with iconic Brit perfumer Penhaligon’s, the scent mixes saffron, whiskey and green violet, a combination inspired by some of the deisgners’ signature looks. ”We wanted Tralala to translate into smell the look and texture of red velvet,” they explained. “Perfume is so integral to our lives and how we design and we wanted this scent to be both heavy and soft, warm and smokey.” Considering how amazing the whole show experience was, we’ll definitely be picking up a bottle when it hits stores in May.
Hair stylist James Pecis and his team was back again after their earlier Simone Rocha gig, to transform the models hair for the Meadham boys’ latest vision. Using an extensive tool kit from Babyliss, James straightened the models hair at the roots, before tonging baby-soft waves throughout. The make-up came from Florrie White, an artist with fans including Alexa Chung and Cara Delevingne. “Today’s make-up look was inspired by the art of Monet,” she told us while casting an expert eye over the final line-up. “We used a variety of matte eyeshadows and pigments that looked beautiful from a distance and interesting close up, just like a Monet painting.” The result was certainly a work of art in our book – with abstract pastel blue eye make-up and coral smudges on the cheeks adding to the doll-like beauty of the models. No Meadham show would be complete without a spot of glitter, and Butter London’s Rosie Lee was also on hand to give the girls sparkly purple manicures.
Watch the show below and keep your eye on Topshop.com for more trend round-ups and street style from LFW.