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.
We like nothing better than a feel good fashion fix, which is why we’ve teamed up with Fashion Targets Breast Cancer once again – the amazing charity dedicated to saving lives through improving early diagnosis, developing new treatments and preventing all types of the disease. This year we’re showing our love with a cool slogan heart t-shirt, and you’ll be happy to hear that 30 percent of proceeds will go straight to the cause. With this in mind there’s really no excuse to pick one up, raise awareness and fight breast cancer in style.
One inspirational woman doing just that is model and writer Laura Bailey. This year she joined Fashion Targets Breast Cancer alumni including Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Twiggy as a spokesmodel for the charity, urging you lovely lot to #wearyoursupport by buying pieces from the collection. We caught up with her to find out what makes the charity so close to her heart.
How did you get involved with FTBC?
I’d worked with FTBC in the past, and this time I said an immediate yes to the chance to be part of an important campaign alongside incredible women and an inspiring team.
How can fashion help the cause?
Fashion Targets Breast Cancer has raised over £13 million for life-saving research – we can all help to raise awareness and donate by buying specially designed products such as Topshop’s tee. The fashion industry offers a dynamic springboard to the campaign, marrying the idea of something we want to wear with something we want to say – or change. We can wear our hearts on our hearts…
What will you be wearing it with?
Pride. And anything – but perhaps when the sun’s shining with my denim cut-offs, or a floral midi-skirt. Or hopefully next week, just my bikini.
How would you describe your style?
English, emotional, eclectic, impulsive. Rapunzel in hi-tops.
Who inspires your style?
Three women whose style (and more) I’m always inspired by are Amanda Harlech, Bella Freud and Lou Doillon. And Catherine Deneuve is forever my beauty icon.
Your career has spanned model, writer, BFC ambassador and more. What’s been the highlight?
I tend to be most excited about the here and now, and rarely look back. But the most fulfilling fashion experiences are always thanks to inspiring collaboration, whether that’s with a photographer, filmmaker, stylist or designer. I recently loved working with jewellery designer Solange Azagury Partridge on ‘Metamorphosis,’ a stop-frame animated film where I worked alongside dancing gold skeletons and a Pandora’s box of treasures. And on the flip-side, much as I thrive on teamwork, I’m also happy travelling alone, with just my camera and notebooks, far from the maddening crowd.
What are you most proud of in life?
My extraordinary kids.
What advice would you give to yourself in your late teens/early 20s?
Winner Evie Armstrong-Clarke impressed the prestigious panel of judges including Emma Farrow, Head of Design at Topshop Unique; fine jewellery designer, Solange Azagury-Partridge; Vivien Thomason, Buying Director at Freedom at Topshop; Nicky Yates, Fashion Director at ES Magazine; Victoria Bain, Shopping & Jewellery Editor of The Telegraph; Pandora Sykes, Fashion Editor of The Debrief and Donna Wallace, Accessories Editor at UK Elle Magazine.
We chatted with second year BA Jewellery Design student Evie, to find out what it takes to get noticed by the best names in the business.
Tell us about your designs for Freedom at Topshop?
When I started the project in the summer of 2013, I was really drawn to all the new architecture emerging. I started to go to as many different locations as possible taking pictures of these new buildings and extracting shapes from the architecture.
What is your design aesthetic like? What materials do you usually use?
For this project in particular, I liked the minimal and slightly abstract designs. For example, the structure of glass and use of light in buildings such as the Gherkin and the Shard really fed into my design, particularly with the clear and frosted acrylics, etc. I am interested in plastics, but there are many qualities I’m still experimenting with. I guess it’s hard to say in my second year as every material I encounter is from something of interest and proves it’s own challenges.
What inspired your Freedom at Topshop designs?
It was the exciting and rapid evolution that London’s skyline was undergoing that I speak of above. It’s very current and stylised and will inevitably soak into our design aesthetics too. Once I got drawing, collaging and model making on the body, the shapes evolved quite naturally.
Who is the Topshop girl to you?
The pieces were intended to be made ‘for the Londoner, inspired by London itself’. One of my early mood boards had in mind the modern metropolitan woman, so I suppose the Topshop girl I had in mind would be her!
How did it feel to win?
I think I swore a little in front of a lot of people! I was really shocked. Everyone else had such amazing designs so it was a close call. I feel very lucky.
Who are your favourite jewellery designers and why?
I’ve always loved Gijs Bakker; he has such humour and a fresh enthusiasm for design that’s always changing. I like how he sees very little boundaries between jewellery and other forms of design, which is something I aspire to as it’s good to keep your options open. There are a lot of names I could drop in here, but in general I’m a fan of quite contemporary or statement design… something to make people question the limits of jewellery a little.
Which museum in London would you recommend to get an idea of jewellery in history?
The Victoria & Albert Museum. They have the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery, which is like some funny time-warp, you could spend all day in there!
The designs come from a team of hard working and talented designers; they have a really creative environment with lots of momentum and I really enjoyed seeing that. This means new ideas are generated constantly at an impressive rate – I don’t think people realise how difficult that is! I am a fan of Freedom at Topshop jewellery, however student budgeting has left me with a few long-term charms I wear all the time – a bit of a boring answer for a jewellery student!
If you could ransack anyone’s jewellery box, who would it be?
I’ve actually salvaged a lot of things from my grandmother’s through my mum. Some of the pieces I’ve slightly recreated but I think she had quite nice taste! I am also really intrigued by our course leader at Central Saint Martins, Caroline Broadhead’s, jewellery collection. I imagine it would include some of the early work of past jewellery designers who graduated CSM in the past, which would be fun to see.
How do you find the course at CSM?
We’ve been given the most amazing opportunities so far. We’re very spoilt, really. It’s always challenging but I really love it.
What advice would you give someone wanting to get into jewellery design or applying to CSM?
Be open-minded. I never thought that I would end up in jewellery design when I did my foundation course (I originally thought I would do fine art painting), I thought it was going to close off a lot of options for me, but it has introduced me to a whole new way of design with the body in mind. It’s good to question what you think jewellery is and to be brave in showing that.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career so far?
To make mistakes, and gladly! I used to be so scared of getting it wrong but sometimes that’s the best thing that can happen.
Check out the newest must-have jewels from Freedom at Topshop. Evie’s collection will be available to buy from September 2014.