Meet Rosalyn Holman, the savvy fashion buyer who worked side-by-side with Kate Moss to create her latest Topshop collection! Responsible for bringing the icon’s vision to life, Rosalyn spent many months sourcing the best fabrics and factories to produce the line, as well as ensuring the pieces worked together as a cohesive collection. Considering her insider knowledge, we couldn’t think of a better person to help us style Kate’s designs. We asked Ros to talk through her favourite pieces and show us how she’s wearing them:
Here at Topshop we pride ourselves on throwing a good party. Whatever the occasion, our shindigs always attract the world’s most stylish, play the hottest music and have even been known to stop traffic (hello Kate Moss launch!). Last week we teamed up with rewardStyle to host another big bash – but instead of having celebs and fashion eds on the G-list, we invited some of our absolute favourite fashion bloggers to come and hang out with us.
Held at rewardStyle’s plush offices in London, the blogger set mingled to chat all things SS14, while chowing down on sushi, sipping on Organic Spirit cocktails and sampling Vita Coco’s amazing new lemonade coconut water. Topshop designer Lizzie Dawson was on hand to talk through all our new trends – from the clean and minimal White Out trend, to urban-meets-tropical City Tribes look and oh-so-boho Folklore.
Despite all the food, drink and sparking conversation, the bloggers couldn’t help but be distracted by the rails of Topshop goodies at the bash. Carrie from Wish Wish Wish loved the cropped slogan tees - telling us she can’t wait to wear them with ripped jeans or a bright printed pencil skirt this summer. Natasha from Girl In The Lens was gushing over our new lace playsuit all evening, telling us she loves them because “they’re sleek and polished but have an unexpected girlieness.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
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.