Arriving at the Old Sorting Office showspace, we were given a soggy reception as puddles of water spilled out across the runway. But it soon transpired this wasn’t a leak in the ceiling but an atmospheric part of the show. During the finale rain poured onto the runway, drenching the models from head-to-toe and filling everyone’s Instagram feed with hundreds of stormy looking snaps.
So apart from rocking the drowned rat look, what should the men in our life be wearing next season? Topman Design’s signature structured outerwear, sharp tailoring and statement knitwear were all present this time around and we particularly loved the PVC panels that added an edginess to the more classic pieces. Fisherman-inspired designs were also a highlight – with crochet jumpers, bright funnel-neck knits and heavy rain macs paying homage to the manly seafarer.
There’s always something magical about a beautiful shop window. From Audrey Hepburn gazing at the jewellery in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to the Christmas scenes at iconic department stores to the ever-inventive displays at Topshop, window shopping is best when it transports us to a whole new world.
Ever thought you could create this kind of magic yourself? Well, this year book publisher Phaidon are calling all budding Visual Merchandisers to design the world-famous windows of Foyles bookshop at Charing Cross Road! Working with the theme ‘books in fashion’, the winning design will showcase fashion books during London Fashion Week, including Pattern, Philip Treacy, The Fashion Book and The Anatomy of Fashion.
To enter, email your design with a 200-word cover letter explaining the concept with your name, address and contact details, as well as where you are studying, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 January 2014. The winner and two runners up will win a selection of Phaidon books worth £200.
For more information, head to phaidon.com/fashionweek. Or need inspiration? Pick up a copy of The Fashion Book here or watch the video to see fashion greats like Iris Apfel and Stephen Jones talk about this iconic fashion bible in our Manhattan and Oxford Circus stores.
Us Topshop girls get a bit carried away at Christmas and the past couple of weeks have seen our HQ awash with novelty jumpers, homemade decorations and more sparkle than Kanye’s bling collection. But the festive theme doesn’t stop there. Down at our Oxford Circus flagship the WAH Nails team has been getting in the holiday spirit too, giving everyone’s nails a festive makeover – East London style!
We asked the salon’s founder and all-round babe Sharmadean Reid to talk us through her favourites and how to style them over the Christmas period:
Music, fashion and charity – what’s not to love?! Last week we got into the spirit at The Other Ball in New York – a charity fundraiser in aid of Arms Around Children charity. Teaming up with our friend and hotshot producer Mark Ronson to host the event, we had a real ball!
A star-studded guest list headed over to the swanky Highline Ballroom to support the cause, decked out in achingly cool outfits for the ‘more black leather than black tie’ dress code. As we drank bubbles and mingled, we were treated to live performances from the likes of Lykke Li, A$AP Rocky and The Black Keys, plus a DJ set from Mark’s little sis Sam Ronson.
While getting down to the incredible music, generous guests flashed their cash in an auction of custom designed leather teddybears. Made by designers like Christian Louboutin, Alexander Wang, Opening Ceremony and Topshop (of course!), these one-of-a-kind bears helped raise even more money to help protect disadvantaged children all over the world.
And as if all this wasn’t enough – Mark Ronson wanted to share the fun with everyone who didn’t make it to the ball so took to the decks at our Manhattan outpost to play a DJ set. Check out the video of the events to some serious shapes behind thrown on the (shop) floor and the dancefloor!
Anyone walking down Oxford street last Wednesday may have struggled to pass through the huge crowds outside our Topshop flagship, as hoards of music fans and passing shoppers came to catch our Chlöe Howl gig instore!
Taking to a specially made (and super pink!) stage, Chlöe performed a chilled acoustic set, accompanied by two members of her band looking cool wearing Topshop. Along with her summer jam ‘No Strings’ and new single ‘Paper Heart’, Chlöe got us feeling all festive with the cutest rendition of WHAM’s ‘Last Christmas’.