Posted on November 11, 2013
This season we’ve gone out of our way to create one of our most exciting Christmases yet! We’ve launched our interactive and tailored Gift Guide – play around with it here to get bespoke wishlists from novely gifts to show-off presents – we’ve also launched our most jaw-dropping competition to date.
We’re asking you lovely lot to create a moodboard on Pinterest dedicated to your perfect Christmas day or ideal Holiday party for the chance to win big in the great Topshop giveaway. The prizes are truly money-can’t-buy experiences, including VIP tickets to a concert, a Topshop wardrobe for an entire year and the opportunity to design a dream pair of Topshop jeans with our design team.
To enter just follow our guidelines below…
- Create a moodboard on Pinterest dedicated to your perfect Christmas day. We’re talking decorations, your dream dress, tree of choice – so go ahead and pin to your heart’s content from Topshop.com and any other place that inspires you. (Perhaps the Topshop Gift Guide from which this post’s images were taken?!)
- Don’t forget to use the hashtag and title your board #DearTopshop
- Submit your board here and you’re done!
See all the amazing prizes here…
Create a capsule jewellery collection with Freedom for Topshop with travel for two and one night’s accommodation.
Walk the red carpet with two tickets to an international film premiere with travel for two and one night’s accommodation.
Create your dream jeans alongside the Topshop Design team, bespoke and tailored to you with travel for two and one night’s accommodation.
Be the VIP with two tickets to see James Arthur at London Apollo with travel for two and one night’s accommodation on January 15th.
Get behind the lens and join the Topshop Team on set for the new Topshop Zine, to be released in February with travel for two and one night’s accommodation.
Team up with Topshop Beauty to design and create a new lipstick for Topshop – to be sold worldwide! This includes travel for two and one night’s accommodation.
Win an outfit for every season of the year, each worth £250. You’ll have 2014 covered!
Don’t forget, keep your eyes peeled for our favourite Pinners, bloggers and press, to see if they’re also getting involved with #DearTopshop for the Christmas and Holiday season.
Posted on September 17, 2013
Simone Rocha – daughter of designer John Rocha – is the name causing a real stir on the London scene right now. After showing with Fashion East, last season Simone was awarded NEWGEN sponsorship and got the style set to sit up and pay attention with her perfectly Peptobismol pink AW13 collection. So at her SS14 show this morning, there was was no question that the who’s who of fashion would be there to see what she’d do.
What… Simone Rocha looking super cute in a two piece ensemble of her own!
Where… The British Fashion Council’s Courtyard Showspace at London’s beautiful Somerset House.
Who… The industry’s serious players were sat front row; everyone from legendary writer Sarah Mower to Browns owner Mrs Burnstein.
Playlist… Simone’s brother Max Rocha put the soundtrack together and with the opening track Island Song by U.S. Girls it was an ode to the awkwardly charming models we saw make their way down the catwalk.
The collection in 5 words… Lace, embroidery, tulle and pearls!
What we loved… What’s not to love?! This collection was a perfectly unexpected combination between the hard and the soft. Think plasticised lace skirt suits, embroidered plastic dresses, stark white coats with pearl-encrusted collars and broderie anglaise corset dresses that showed a flash of thigh. It was ladylike and elegant in a totally off-kilter way, culminating in a breathtaking finale of veiled beauties in heavy silk white ruffled dresses. Breathtaking!
Hero piece… Anything with pearls, pearls and more pearls! We particularly loved Simone’s accessories though – the old lady patent black bags and the knee socks edged with pearls of course.
Inspired by… Opposites! This was a collection caught in between balance and constraint.
Beauty notes… Simone imagined her girls to be from Connermara in the West of Ireland and their thick unruly brows, rosy cheeks and soft pink lips had a fresh-faced country girl kind of feel.
The hair… Model Chloe Norgard opened the show with her shock of bright green hair up in a mohawk! Tied into tiny ponytails which were then knotted together, we guarantee that hair stylist James Pecis will be in demand for step-by-step guides come SS14.
End notes… There were pearls but they certainly weren’t your granny’s!
Posted on September 16, 2013
Marta Marques’ and Paulo Almeida met on the renowned Fashion MA at Central Saint Martins and while there, decided to combine their talents. Since graduating, they’ve shown under Fashion East and for SS14 have been awarded NEWGEN sponsorship for the first time! Showing on the London Fashion Week schedule at the Topshop Showspace is a big step for an up-and-coming brand and we knew these two would step up to the challenge.
Who… Design duo Marques’ Almeida, a.k.a Marta Marques’ and Paulo Almeida.
The collection in 5 words… Nostalgic early ’00s after party!
Playlist… Marques and Marta put the playlist together with the idea of getting the front row dancing in their seats. With such killer ’90s tunes blasting over the sound system – think Basement Jaxx, Groove Armada and All Saints ‘Never Ever’ closing the show – how could anyone resist?
What we loved… The duos’ signature low slung baggy jeans teamed with matching teeny weeny bandeaus – their introduction of metallic denim also got us Topshop girls a tad excited. Their cowhide coat was also a scene-stealer and we can see it making a front row appearance at next season’s shows.
Hero piece… We can see ourselves going from one party to another in the shimmering pink gauze asymmetric spaghetti dress! Hello iridescence for SS14.
Inspired by… Devon Aoki and Frankie Rayder staying up until dawn! This was a collection made for an after party.
Beauty notes… Make-up artist Laura Dominique was swooning over summer. “This is a girl who’s been away all summer, she’s had an amazing holiday and she’s back in London with her sunny vibe,” said Laura, “she’s still got her tan – it’s a sunglasses tan! – so we’ve given her a bit of colour on her cheeks and sculptured cheek bones.”
End notes… Who doesn’t love a bit of ’90s grunge girl?
Watch the Marques’ Almeida show live from the Topshop Showspace here!
Posted on September 15, 2013
After months of planning, last minute changes, fittings, edits and more than a few late nights, the Topshop Unique SS14 show is done. And what a show it was. Based in London’s magnificent Regent’s Park, our purpose built showspace held a turf catwalk, a gourmet cafe, designer themed deck chairs and chirp lined garden areas where guests were able to pick up all the goings on, images and insight from behind the scenes of Topshop Unique SS14.
The Topshop Cafe and a Chirp point perched in a tree
At 3pm when the Topshop Unique SS14 collection hit the runway it immediately had us dreaming of desert spaces and warmer climes, and we weren’t the only ones. The front row held smiling faces from the celeb and fashion worlds, a comprehensive who’s who of girls we want to be.
Leading the FROW was the one and only Kate Moss who perched next to Arcadia Group CEO Philip Green. Mossy looked as amazing as ever in leopard print jeans and a chic black blazer and was all smiles as she took in the collection inspired by a dreamy summer travelling. Philip Green’s other seatmate, US Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, continued the run of fashion royalty. Decked out in a striking turquoise trench coat, she talked animatedly to her neighbours – oh to have been a fly on the wall for that conversation!
Leading the line of Brit A-listers was model and Topshop fave Daisy Lowe, looking super-hot in a grey cropped Topshop Unique jumper. Her and Les Mis actress Samantha Barks – rocking a must-have PU skater skirt - were groomed to perfection as they gossiped and laughed while eyeing up their picks for next season. The music world gave a strong showing with Ellie Goulding, girl band Haim and drum’n'bass supremo Jess Mills all making an appearance. (Jess Mills especially caused quite a furore amongst the Topshop girls as we enviously took in her dip-dyed locks.)
Revenge star Ashley Madekwe looked super chic in Topshop Unique AW13 red trousers – we’ll be emulating her glamorous style of block coloured separates and slicked back hair. Meanwhile Harley Viera-Newton – DJ extraordinaire and expert at rocking the red lip – went for winter checks in a Topshop midi length kilt.
Completing the line-up of London’s coolest was model and DJ Lady Mary Charteris sporting the Topshop Unique fluffy jumper we’ve been coveting, model Pixie Geldof – who couldn’t stop herself from slipping backstage – DJ and it-girl Atlanta de Cadanet and Skins actress and possibly the coolest girl we’ve ever met, Kaya Scodelario. Actress Hayley Atwell dressed for the weather in an elegant black hat, as did model Suki Waterhouse – who unfortunately didn’t bring her rumoured boyfriend Bradley Cooper, sigh.
Now we’re not normally one to boast, but the cheering, whooping and beaming smiles at the end of show tells us that this collection went down an absolute treat! Re-watch the whole thing and keep on top of all the latest highlights and news on London Fashion Week right here, on Topshop.com
See what went on backstage and front row at the show with our ‘Access All Areas’ film.
Posted on September 15, 2013
It’s time for a heat rave! Head of Design Emma Farrow and Topshop Creative Director Kate Phelan looked to the heady and humid days on the beaches and clubs in Ibiza for a collection that was all hot-hot-hot. Thanks to a British summer that broke all temperature records, the Unique design team had a lot of experience enjoying the surprisingly humid weather. Inspiration came from everywhere said Emma, “We started looking at holiday photos and beautiful interior images from North Africa and Morocco. The collection has evolved since its first inception, “It always amazes me though how much things change from our initial feelings” The team were hard at work until showtime, “We always question and review what we are doing right up until the night before the show”, says Emma.
Front row… Well most heads turned at the Showspace when legendary Kate Moss turned up and took a seat next to our very own Phillip Green. IT-girls and Topshop regulars Daisy Lowe, Pixie Geldof and Harley Viera Newton cosied up together and actress Hayley Atwell worked head-to-toe Topshop with panache. Les Miserables star Samantha Barks also snuggled up on the seating looking as radiant as ever. Taking the lime light however was the almighty Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of American Vogue. But the VIPs didn’t end there with musical favourites, Charli XCX and the fabulous indie threesome HAIM enjoying the sunny outlook on the catwalk. Oh, did we mention Kate Moss was there?!
The girls on the catwalk… the new British supers seducing the fashion industry a.k.a. Jourdan Dunn and the face-pulling extraordinaire Cara Delevingne took pride of place. Alongside the starlets was Topshop favourite Rosie Tapner, new faces Sam Rollinson and Drake Burnette brought a new confident flare to the looks.
Playlist… a mash-up of booming house tracks, dancetastic-electro beats and dreamy listen-by-the-beach tunes. (Don’t forget you can get all the tracks on our website.)
What we loved… the swathes of light cotton fabrics that were effortlessly tossed around models necks, for instant cool. We couldn’t help but fall for the tile, star and striped prints that nodded to their craft roots but were thoroughly modern.
Hero piece… a light sun dress of course! They came in midnight blue and green geometric patterns with barely there straps and easy to wear all white dresses with cut-out star prints.
Inspired by… deserted beaches and long summer nights as well as holiday photos and beautiful interior images from North Africa and Morocco.
End notes… this collection was all about being young in the sun. Along with the easy-breezy shapes and softer farbics, the colours really stood out. We couldn’t wait to get our hands on the dazzling sea blue, and burning sun orange, marigold and dandelion tones. We’re already yearning for the return of summer months.
Watch the Topshop Unique show live from the Topshop Showspace here!