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 email@example.com 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’.
British popstar Chlöe Howl may be only 18, but this mouthy redhead isn’t afraid to tell it how it is. Her edgy lyrics have drawn comparisons with the likes of Lily Allen, mixed with soulful melodies and electro pop hooks that will get you dancing. Recently nominated for the Brits Critics’ Choice Award and the BBC Sound of 2014 list, she’s a hot tip for the New Year.
If you like the sound of her (or maybe you’re already her biggest fan) be sure to come down to our London flagship on Wednesday (11th December), where she’ll be taking to the stage to play a live festive set for us. We caught up with her in the lead up to her Topshop gig:
We last chatted with you in October – can you tell us what the last few months has been like for you?
Things have been great! I went on tour with John Newman which was so much fun. Then when I got home, I found out I was on the BBC sound poll and nominated for a Brit! So it’s been pretty mental.
How would you describe your style?
Not very girly or colourful. I only ever wear Dr. Martens, so I usually look pretty tomboyish.
How do you wear Topshop?
I own a lot of Topshop stuff. I always go there if I need something nice for a night out!
Looking forward to playing at our flagship Oxford Circus store?
I’ve shopped there since I was a kid and it’s pretty iconic, so I’m very excited.
What’s next for Chlöe Howl?
I’ve just announced I’m supporting Ellie Goulding on tour around Europe so that’ll be amazing. And then my album will be released in the summer.
How does it feel to be nominated for the Critics’ Choice Award at the Brits?
Absolutely insane! Just to be nominated is ridiculous. Especially next to Sam Smith and Ella Eyre, who are amazing.
See Chlöe Howl play at Topshop Oxford Circus, Wednesday 11th December, 6.30pm and join the event on Facebook here.