Identical twins Ruth and May are the stars of our Summer of Love film. We caught up on set to chat holiday plans, packing tips and modelling on Icelandic glaciers…
What do you love about summer?
May: I love the English seaside. Those classic little towns with arcades, Mr. Whippy and seagulls that nick your chips.
Ruth: People just get happier in summer. Especially in London – everyone slows down and starts hanging out in the park stress free.
Any plans to go away?
M: I’m going to the Seychelles with my boyfriend – without Ruth for a change! We’ll be kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling. I can’t just sit there in the sun. You’ve got to explore and see the culture.
R: Yeah, I like not having a plan for the day – just packing a bag and going for a walk and coming across a castle or something.
Are you travelling anywhere for work?
M: Ruth’s going to Australia but I refuse to go. She keep telling me stories about spiders and cockroaches - I can’t even deal with spiders in this country.
R: Yeah, I got hit in the face by a spider once in Bondi. I was just napping at a friend’s and this Huntsman spider fell through the window and whacks me in the face! I swear it left a bruise.
Where’s the most exciting place you’ve visited?
M: We went to Iceland for work which was amazing. Travelling around in this old school bus seeing waterfalls, active volcanos, black beaches, puffins.
R: We had to model on a glacier! They made me stand on a ledge less than a metre wide in huge heels and a mini skirt in the freezing cold. It was worth it though – the photo was so cool.
With all the travelling you must be expert packers?
M: Definitely! I always pack smaller bits into shoes and roll clothes to stop things creasing. Oh and wear as much as possible to the airport so you have more space.
If you could only pack one thing what would it be?
M: It would obviously have to be suncream because we never tan.
R: Otherwise we’ll look like lobsters with loads of freckles. For us it’s head to toe in Factor 50 suncream with about seven hats on.
Do you have similar dress sense?
M: No. Ruth’s boyish and I’m feminine, that’s it in a nutshell. I think Ruth’s worn a skirt once this year, if that.
R: You have to force me into dresses – unless I’m being paid. I don’t care what anyone thinks. I just feel more comfortable in jeans and shirts.
Ibiza or French Riviera?
R: French Riviera. My liver hurts just thinking about Ibiza, we’re not massive party animals.
Magnum or Solero?
Backpacking or 5* resort?
R: Backpacking. The kind where you don’t wash for a week.
M: Definitely the 5* resort…
Want more holiday inspiration? Head to our shoppable moodboards for ideas on everything from beach to wedding
When she’s not heading up creative casting agency AAMO Casting alongside model Adwoa Aboah, multi-tasking Fashion Editor Madeleine Østlie is busy styling editorials for i-D, Wonderland and Tank Magazine. We caught up with her on set of our sweet ‘n’ soulful Denim Dreamers shoot to chat about our favourite new faces and British fashion talent.
What has been your favourite project to work on recently?
I’m not one for favouritism but I’m in Paris at the moment about to shoot my former removal man and now-boyfriend Leo Topalov – I streetcast him when he moved me into my flat – in the French countryside with amazing photographer Fanny Latour Lambert.
What inspires you when it comes to styling?
Everything and anything. Humanity. Old French women. Urban kids. People just being hot.
What do you look for when casting a new face?
A point of difference.
What about personality? It seems like this is becoming increasingly more important.
Personality can mean everything for a picture - it’s the essence of attitude and style. I think personality is the difference between a good model and a great one.
Which models are you tipping for big things?
Anna Cleveland. Even though she’s already big, I feel like she is about to explode after seeing her closing GILES. She’s otherworldly and iconic.
Finally, any advice for getting into the fashion industry?
Work your freaking ass off. Be your own biggest critique. Never take no for an answer. A smile will get you everywhere. And most importantly. Be HONEST & KIND.
Check out our Denim Dreamers editorial here, as styled by Madeleine.
Posted on February 22, 2015
This season’s beauty secret? Get rid of your brushes, it’s all about dabbing on with your fingers… and leave eyes well alone! We got the lowdown from Topshop Unique’s make-up guru Hannah Murray on how she created her “not romantic and sweet, but handsome and well-bred” beauties at our AW15 show.
What? Cheek Jelly in Museum.
Hannah says: ”To give the lips a wind-burnt look, just pat the jelly down with your fingertips.”
What? Cheek Jelly in Museum and Lip Bullet in Joyride (coming soon).
Hannah says: ”The Cheek Jelly is very sheer and gives you a ruddiness. Put it quite low on the cheek. On top of that use a lipstick with a hint of brown just to give some colour.”
What? Brow Pencil.
Hannah says: ”We thickened brows slightly with a pencil and then really brushed up quite straight.”
What? Freckle Pencil
Hannah says: ”Press freckles gently onto the nose, cheek, forehead, so there’s a real freshness to them, handsome but cool.”
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Posted on October 27, 2014
Stuck for Halloween ideas? The girls at Bleach hair salon and WAH nails can help. During scary season they’ll be creating some freaky creations down at our London flagship. Think spooky braids and ghoulish stencils from Bleach, plus some seriously gruesome nail designs at WAH. We sent two Topshop HQ-ers down to test it out…
BLEACH – TOXIC GREEN BRAIDS
Clare went for cool Halloween braids at Bleach – complete with skull beads, spider butterfly clips and a spooky dye-job in toxic green! Braids cost £20, with an extra £30 for colour.
WAH NAILS – FRANKENSTEIN STITCHES AND BRAINS
The WAH girls gave Dipa a super scary manicure, with nail art in the form of pink brains and Frankenstein’s stitches. WAH’s Halloween specials range from £22 – £50 for 10 nails.
Like what you see? Book an appointment at WAH Nails and Bleach at Topshop Oxford Circus in time for Halloween.
Posted on August 27, 2014
Love our new feature with choreographer Holly Blakey? Well now it’s time to meet the girl who shot the shoot – London photographer Laura Coulson. A self-confessed ‘country bumpkin’ from Devon, Laura headed to London after an Art Foundation course to work in music PR, but soon realised she belonged behind the camera. We caught up with her to chat big breaks, befriending the Haim sisters and her love for flares.
How did you get into photography?
When I first moved to London I started out in music PR and production but wasn’t very good at it… on every video shoot I just ended up taking pictures! That’s when I realised I wanted to go it alone as a photographer. It took a long time of having no money and having freak outs every five seconds, but I got there with a lot of hard work.
What was your big break?
I met Haim playing in someone’s backyard in Texas and fell in love with them. I ended up working on their video for ‘Honey and I’ in the desert and shot what eventually became their record cover – that was my first official bit of work. After that we all become friends and I took more and more photos of them – my career really progressed from there.
What are the Haim girls like?
They’re so lovely. I’ve never seen a group of sisters that are so tight, there’s never any bad words said. Este’s the eldest so she’s very protective, Alana is the crazy fun youngest one and Danielle is this really beautiful mellow, chilled middle sister.
What advice would you give to budding photographers?
Just do it! Take all the photos! A key thing is to not judge your work against other people’s – go with your instincts, don’t over-think and create your own style.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
It’s personal and natural. I love shooting people with great personalities and I like to try and get that across in my photos. There’s got to be more to it than just a pretty model.
What inspires your work?
Films, music, visiting totally new places. My friends and all the amazing things that they’re doing. I’m also inspired by other photographers like Bruce Weber and Alasdair Mclellan. I love that their style is very natural and stripped back – there’s no fuss, plus amazing light.
How would you describe your fashion sense?
I love to dress really simply with clean colour palettes, but that often goes completely out the window – I’ll end up wearing some multi-coloured dress with crazy platform shoes! My style is pretty schizophrenic.
What’s your shopping weakness?
I have too many shoes! We’re talking quite a few…The whole floor of my flat is basically shoes.
What’s on your wish list right now?
Flares. I’m obsessed with the new denim Topshop ones. Also poloneck crop tops for layering.
Ultimate style icon?
Céline designer, Phoebe Philo. She’s just a dream!
Your most overused word?
What’s on your playlist at the moment?
‘Heobah’ by Fonda Rae
See Laura’s photography in our New Creatives feature and check out more of Laura’s work here.