Posted on September 15, 2013
As per usual the backstage area at the Topshop Showspace before the Unique SS14 show was filled to the brim with photographers, make-up artists, enthusiastic press and hair stylists. Tip-toeing lightly around the crowds we managed to get up close and personal with some of our favourite talents within the fashion industry and get the skinny on the whole new world of Topshop Unique.
Hannah Murray, the fabulous Topshop make-up consultant and star of the Art and Commerce make-up roster, looked to Ibiza for a sun-soaked look. “It’s undone and lived-in,” said Hannah as she lined model Rosie Tapner’s eyes with kohl, “it’s effortlessly cool Ibiza beach beauty.” Hannah worked closely with Head of Design Emma Farrow and Creative Director Kate Phelan to immerse the collection’s equally summer-loving collection into the beauty look.
HIGH SHINE EYES
As last season was all about the cornflower blue lids, the attention is once again back on the eyes. “The eyes take centre stage this summer at Topshop Beauty. Tough, heavy, destroyed kohl lines the lower eye,” said Hannah, “gloss is layered on the lid over a soft metallic brown eye shadow for a high shine finish.” Such dramatic peepers were inspired by the scattered mirrored embellishment seen in the looks with metallic silver liner applied in the corner of the eye to glimmer in the sunlight. Another important element of the look was the skin, which true to its Ibiza-location, stayed bronzed and tan. “Skin is effortlessly bronzed and matte in texture with a golden metallic, dusty rose blush swept over the cheeks.”
So imagine you’ve been at the beach all day long, you go straight to the club and have such a good night you fall asleep on the beach! So is the idea behind the tousled, mussed up hair that came down the runway. Hair stylist and Topshop favourite Anthony Turner was back using L’Oreal Professionnel to perfect the beach-babe tresses.
So important was the association with a sunny holiday that St Tropez tanning was called in to give the girls are bit of summer-loving. Fake-tanner-extraordinaire Nichola Joss set up a tanning tent in which our girls got starkers and sprayed to give them a real holiday glow.
FOCUS ON THE FOOD
To keep all our lovely models full of energy whilst running inbetween shows (as well as keeping our fabulous staff in tip-top condition!) we had to ensure that the food area was to the highest of standards. From healthy salads packed with green salad and pomegranate to humous and pepper sandwiches there was plenty to snack on between tones of fruit, chocolate chip, muffins and most importantly red velvet cupcakes.
We’re known for the emerging faces we put out on the catwalk and this season was no difference. With the new supers Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn storming the show on either end, it was Sam Rollinson and Drake Burnette taking the title of new faces.
See what went on backstage for yourself with our ‘Hair and Beauty’ film below and if you missed the Topshop Unique SS13 show, watch it here.
Posted on September 12, 2013
There was no question when scouting out a talented architect to create a stylish vision for the Topshop Showspace that it just had to be Pernilla Ohrstedt. Not only has this Swedish-born creative designed installations for the 2012 Olympic Village and Venice Biennale but she’s also a fashion favourite having teamed up with DAKS and Antipodium on past achingly cool projects. Whether it’s Vogue, the Gentlewoman or the Architect’s Journal. Ohrstedt’s name is a regular feature in prestigious magazines and creative tomes around the world. Taking over the gorgeous gardens and sprawling pathways of Regent’s Park’s Inner Circle, Ohrstedt has created a truly sweeping, spacious and utterly stylish Showspace. We can’t tell you much more until the big reveal on Sunday but we can promise you’ll be impressed! Between the intricate plans and the heavy construction Ohrstedt mananged to spare a few moments to talk design and style with yours truly.
What was the initial inspiration behind the Showspace?
The Park itself!
How was it working with such an iconic space in London?
I go running in Regents Park, so it is more familiar than iconic to me. But Regents College Gardens is normally off limits so it is a privilege to be able to invite people to the Showspace.
How did the park feed into the design?
I was intrigued by aerial photographs of the Park which show the formal arrangement of the Park’s pathways contrasted with the well-worn ribbons of dirt that that cut across the Park’s lawns at the end of the summer. These pathways, made by people taking shortcuts across the grass, are known as Desire Lines. Like these trampled paths, the idea was that whatever we proposed would feel like a very natural intervention, allowing the Park to speak for itself.
How many drafts do you have to go through to get to the final one?
The concept fell into place quite early on but after that there have been quite a few iterations to get the details and arrangements of spaces to work for all the involved parties and with the incredibly fast turn around that Fashion Week requires.
How did the fashion element come through in the design?
The dialogue and feedback from Kate Phelan was extremely valuable. Her approach to design has definitely inspired this year’s Showspace.
Without giving too much away, what can we expect to see?
Grass and chalked grass, giant non-woven geo-textiles, a stacked ‘through and through’ sawn Douglas fir tree trunk and a series of pathways inspired by the simple constructions that take you across boggy marshes in northern Sweden to take you across the lawn between the different spaces.
What fashion designers do you love and who are you excited to see at London Fashion Week?
Apart from the Unique show I am of course very excited to see all the designers that will be showing in the Showspace on monday and tuesday.
What other architects inspire you work?
From the past it must be the Brazilian modernist architect Lina Bo-Bardi but I tend to draw much of my inspiration from the Art world – at the moment I am obsessed by the work of Michael Heizer.
What do you like to do on your day off?
If distance was no issue I would spend every moment off in my little lakeside cottage outside Stockholm.
Have you been on any inspirational trips this year?
I recently came back from a design conference in San Francisco – the innovation focus in that city is mind-blowing.
How would you describe your style?
I am not really one for following trends but doing collaborations with the fashion world I get close to the creative work behind the designs which is very inspiring. I hope that rubs off on my style!
Don’t forget to watch the Topshop Unique SS14 shows live from Pernilla’s designed Showspace over on Topshop.com at 3pm GMT this Sunday! We can’t wait for you to see what makes its way down the catwalk…
Posted on September 10, 2013
Excitement at Topshop HQ has reached a new peak with the arrival of the Topshop Unique AW13 collection, dropping in stores and online today. We’re currently in the throes of planning our winter wardrobes around the lush coats, statement skirts and luxurious accessories.
Topshop’s Creative Director Kate Phelan – the woman whose wardrobe we all take our cues from – described inspiration for the collection as ‘gritty’. This season’s girl is more likely to be found in a local pub than a cocktail bar. She turns heads with her maximalist style, mixing prints and textures while having fun with her friends.
One of the key focuses of the collection was the contrast of textures. Mixing things up and letting loose with an outfit. Sequins for daytime? Why not! Carpet prints? We love them! A super furry one-shouldered shawl? Bring. It. On.
Now, if you’re anything like us you’ll want everything in this collection. However in the interests of saving time, we’ve picked the need-to-know highlights that we’ll be grabbing first.
Where to start? The coat is the must-have-wardrobe-changing-centre-piece with which to build every look around for the coming season, and everything our cold-weather hearts could desire was strutted down the AW13 catwalk. Our favourite picks? The Pepto-Bismol pink long, oversized coat was a dreamy addition that we’re expecting to sell out quick, while the mohair-esq grey chubby number with patent leather panelling we can see ourselves wearing in-out, every day. But our personal fave has to be the black overcoat with a red lapel. A new spin on the classic, we’re anticipating the coming winter evenings when we can whip this number out.
Before you dismiss this idea, hear us out. Yes, this is the same electric blue that’s been on the fashion outer-circles for a while now, but that’s just one of the reasons this icy hue was due a comeback. Topshop beauty guru and make-up artist extraordinaire Hannah Murray was backstage to perfect the model’s look, sweeping the eye-shadow on their lids and below the lash-line to create a laissez-faire style that looks decidedly fresh, we can’t wait to give it a try.
BAGS BAGS BAGS
We – and every other girl alive – love a good handbag. Each season we drool over new styles, struggling to imagine how we will get through the coming months without a new investment. The latest crop from Topshop Unique is no different – we want them all. However, this isn’t just a magpie like attraction to something new, on closer inspection these bags are designs that will stand the test of time. The ladylike shapes are classic, while the materials and colours used take them in to high end investments. Shimmering sequins, red animal print and navy fluffy textures are all striking, original and oh-so-cool. Ideal arm candy.
The Topshop Unique girl is the girl we want to be for the season ahead, see you at the checkout.
Don’t forget to tune in at 3pm on Sunday 15th September, for a first look at our Topshop Unique SS14 collection. See the looks as they come down the runway in our live streaming, only on Topshop.com. Plus we’ve a host of ground-breaking and exciting happenings for you to get involved in over London Fashion Week, click here to find out more.
Posted on August 27, 2013
If you thought our fashion paradise (aka our flagship store at London’s Oxford Circus) couldn’t get any better, we’re about to prove you wrong! If you’ve yet to grace our hallowed style mecca it’s filled to the brim with fashion forward girls from around the world browsing three floors of the latest season trends. Now, there’s yet another reason to head down, introducing the Pop Up Market! We’ve made our pick of the best boutique brands out there and for a limited time will be set up on the second floor. Currently starring Queenie, The Whitepepper, We Are Hairy People and Never Fully Dressed – we’re saying hello to four concessionaires that will be with us for another week and after that two more rounds of four concessions for three weeks! What does that mean for you? It’s about time to get your purses ready for a serious style investment.
We Are Hairy People
Their name declares their imperfection. We Are Hairy People is a hand-painted Clothing Brand based in the UK. All pieces are uniquely made and they’re looking to help employ artists in the future. These clothes are easy to wear and fun!
Prints, prints, prints! The brand Queenie is a great source of uber-cool to-die-for pieces. Their latest collection is filled with gorgeous amazing effortless prints, that we just can’t resist.
Never Fully Dressed
Coming from market trading parents, and grandparents from the East End textile trade, it was natural for Never Fully Dressed to start at Portobello and Spitalfields back in 2010. They have fun, with a wish to dress, de-stress and impress. And not forgetting, everything is made completely ethically.
East London brand The Whitepepper offers the latest street-style inspired looks. Their in-house design collections are original, eye-catching and topped up with unique vintage and indie designer pieces, sourced from all over the world.
The next round, of which begins on Sunday will have the concessions Hayley Scanlan, Leopard, Olexei and Black Blessed. We’re super excited!
If there’s one place that we turn to in time of hair dilemmas, it’s the Hershesons salon in Topshop Oxford Circus. Their Blow Dry Bar has been our saviour when only the most stylish of coifs will do, but with the temperature rising, the need for a new hair style to tame our locks was needed. Thankfully Hershesons have once again stepped in to save the day with their two holiday-perfect braided styles.
The Fishtail Plait
First up is their new-look fishtail plait, mermaid-hair personified and this summer’s ultimate beach style. Made using a hair piece to bulk up the braid, hair is separated in to sections before the piece is woven in, to ensure a natural laid-back look. We are in love with this easy-going summer staple, perfect for parties, barbecues and festival weekends – trust us, this is the hair-way to go if washing your mane is not an option – just call us Ariel.
The second style Hershesons were kind enough to wiz up was the Carlam. A complicated collection of braided sections wrapped in a bun at the nape of the neck. Stylish, sophisticated and most importantly ideal for keeping us cool as the warm weather hits.
The only dilemma left to face is which style to go for. Decisions, decisions…
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