Summer’s here! We’ll be spending our sun-drenched days at New York’s recently opened Playland Motel, an urban oasis of thumping disco beats and lovingly crafted cocktails. As well as its twelve plush rooms, the motel is home to a diner, pizza joint and an outdoor bar that doubles up as a city beach. And, if that wasn’t enough of a reason to visit, we’ll be throwing a party here every Sunday through to 31st August! Head down to Summer Sundays to get your dance on to the coolest DJs around, plus snap a selfie in our photobooth for the chance to win a $500 shopping spree at Topshop! Here’s the need-to-know-now on this party playground…
Somewhere between art gallery and sleep-away camp sits the urban beach resort that is Playland Motel.
In a word, cool. The scene is young, creative and well coifed; they are New York trendsetters tired with the Montauk scene and fully embracing this grown-up holiday camp.
It is kitschy and camp (in the best way). The formula isn’t dissimilar to hipster hotspots Surf Lodge and Ruschmeyer’s, where everything has been imagined through a Wes Anderson filter. By this we mean the Instagram-ready sandy gravel backyard is all colourful parasols, plastic palm trees and paddling pool. Let those childhood memories come swimming back.
Starting this weekend Topshop will be hosting the hottest party in town with our exclusive Summer Sessions. It’s a chance to dance like there’s no work tomorrow and soak up top flight musicians, with the über talented Neon Indian kicking it off. Otherwise the bar is home to a carefully curated mix of disco, house and electro.
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The 12 cosy rooms have each been decorated by one of the Playland Motel’s inner circle of artist friends. Given free reign, they have put their unique touch on the interior design, which the motels website describes as ranging from a “hot-and-heavy girlhood frolic with glitter sunburns, ponies, and wet swimsuits” to “iconic, pop detailing with a contemporary beach feel.” Side note: paying homage to the site’s original tenement housing, the snug rooms share communal bathrooms – talk about a quick way to make friends!
With Brooklyn’s cult foodie hangouts Rosarito Fish Shack and El Almacen already part of the Playland Motel owner’s stable, you would be right to expect a lot from the food. There’s a pizzeria that has artisanal standards and a penchant for reggae beats on site and a tavern, which partners with like-minded restaurateurs for the season. For all of you over 21 there’s cocktails and craft beer to sip on.
Join us every Sunday through to 31st August for Summer Sundays at Playland Motel. #TOPSHOPXPLAYLAND
Festival season is here and we’re loving every minute! Next on our radar is Field Day, which hits Victoria Park on 7th and 8th June and looks set to be the perfect mix of eclectic music and country fête. Head to see headliners Metronomy and the Pixies and have a good old dance to a DJ set by our new girl crush Moxie. Then check in on Warpaint before shifting the pace up a notch for SBTRKT and Simian Mobile Disco.
If all the music and bopping gets a bit much, take a jaunt down to the village green area, where you can browse myriad stalls of food and wares and try your hand at a few old school games. There will be a three-legged race and a competitive eating contest, plus drop in craft workshops hosted by Tate Britain and Etsy. We think we might have found our perfect day!
Fancy doing all this for free? Well we’re giving away a pair of Field Day tickets to one lucky winner! To enter look out for our daily Field Day tweet and simply retweet for the chance to win.
If you were going to find a hot crowd anywhere last night then the Ashish x Topshop party seems like a pretty good place to start. The London designer invited a bevy of fashion industry pals and celebs to celebrate his Topshop collab, all of which came styled up in slogan tees, fishnet dresses and a sea of flashing LED lights from the collection.
London hotspot Shrimpy’s played host, the uber cool petrol station-turned-restaurant in King’s Cross, decked out with helium balloons, bright neon drinks and some of the hottest DJs in town. We’re still recovering from the excitement of hanging out with Mary Chateris and seeing Lily Allen dance around in her light-up Buffalos, but here’s five things you should know from the night….
1. LED TRAINERS TURN ANY PARTY INTO A DISCO
As the sun went down over Shrimpy’s outdoor terrace, Ashish’s light-up trainers and bags really came into their own – creating a ready-made disco to get everyone dancing to the DJ set.
2. ASHISH AND LILY ALLEN ARE BFFS
We already knew Lily Allen was a big Ashish fan (she’s been wearing the LED trainers non-stop since Fashion Week), but seeing them having a laugh together at the party really confirmed our expectations of their BFF status. They barely left each other’s side!
3. MARY CHARTERIS IS EVEN HOTTER IN REAL LIFE
The model, DJ and star of the Topshop x Ashish campaign looked even better in real life (if that’s physically possible), rocking a fishnet dress from the collection along with that signature killer pout.
4. LULU KENNEDY HAS THE CUTEST BABY GIRL
Everyone was going weak at the knees for little Rainbow – the gorgeous baby girl of Fashion East founder Lulu Kennedy. Too. Cute. For. Words.
5. SHRIMPY’S FOOD IS TO DIE FOR
We can safety say that the Shrimpy’s soft shell crab burgers are the tastiest around! Along with the fresh summer cocktails and yummy hotdogs on offer, we’d highly recommend booking in one night this summer.
When it comes to stellar red carpet looks, you just can’t beat New York’s swanky Met Ball. The charity shindig draws in the absolute best-dressed A-listers every year, meaning we need to completely clear our schedules to drool over all the dresses the next day! This year Topshop joined fashion heavyweights like Chanel and Stella McCartney to create stunning bespoke gowns for some of our favourite celebs. From Kendall Jenner to Zoe Kravitz, check out the girls who rocked Topshop below, and let us know your favourite by tweeting @Topshop using #MetGala.
Girl-of-the-moment Kendall Jenner looked drop dead gorge in her fishtail Topshop creation, teamed with some serious bling and sultry, smokey eyes.
We created a bright ‘n’ bold yellow gown for Topshop catwalk star Jourdan Dunn, which she showed off all night by snapping lots of selfies on Instagram.
Singer Zoe Kravitz opted for a ’90s-inspired bespoke Topshop dress (far left) and partied into the night with gal pals Nicole Richie and Chanel Iman.
American model Chanel Iman posted this pic in her shimmering Topshop design after returning home from the party – how does she still look completely perfect?!
Leo di Caprio’s girlfriend looked like something out of a fairytale in a pale blue Topshop beauty, and we loved her cab selfie with fellow-super Jourdan!
Each of our Met Gala dresses may be one-of-a-kind, but you can still channel these ladies’ red carpet glam with our scene-stealing prom looks and limited-edition dresses.
We always knew the arrival of Kate Moss for Topshop would be one big party, but nothing quite prepared us for the sheer greatness of yesterday’s launch. Hoards of fashion fans headed down to our London flagship, invading every square inch of Oxford Street to wait for the chance to shop the collection. At 6pm the time came for Kate herself to greet the crowds, stepping out into the store window with her pal Grimmy to cheers of everyone on the street, as well as shocked commuters on the passing buses! But the party didn’t stop there – here’s five things we learnt at the launch.
1. Kate has the best friends
There’s nothing like celebrating a big moment with your bessies, so Kate invited all her nearest and dearest down to enjoy the fun. Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne, Sienna Miller and Naomi Campbell all came to show their support, partying the night away and looking a million dollars in Kate’s designs. Don’t you think they’d make the BEST girl band?
2. Queueing can be seriously fun
With many arriving a good six hours before kick off, we thought it was only fair to keep up everyone’s strength with foodie treats in the queue. Honest Burger were on hand with yummy mini burgers, plus frozen yogurt from FRAE and beautiful sweet treats from Lola’s cupcakes. Our stylish queuers were too excited to be bored, chatting about their shared love for Ms Moss and taking queue selfies – now totally a thing.
3. Kate’s got a new favourite band
As part of the party Kate introduced us to the latest sound she’s loving. Duke Dumont and Kelli-Leigh got the crowds going with their feel-good track ‘I Got U’ and we even spied a certain Mr Philip Green and his daughter Chloe having a dance together in the front row!
4. You lot would probably win an Olympic sprint
As the doors opened and our patient fashion fans were finally allowed to shop the collection, you couldn’t see them for dust! Everyone rushed down the escalators to snap up their favourite pieces, all leaving happy customers with huge smiles on their faces.
5. The collection has Stella’s seal of approval
Kate’s swanky after party at The Connaught hotel saw a starry guest list of everyone from Jaime Winstone and Aluna Francis to David Bailey and Tallulah Harlech. But we were most star struck to see Stella McCartney mingling at the do. When one of Britain’s greatest fashion designers comes along to support your collection you know you must have done something right! Check out all the party pics right here.