With London Fashion Week coming to a close today, we are well and truly in the thick of fashion month. Of course, the shows have been as big as ever, but the action outside the venues has been equally noteworthy: top editors, buyers and influencers from around the world have been sporting their picks of the present season and showing us how to tackle the UK’s infamously tricky transitional weather with finesse. From layered clashing colours to a twist on the classic trench, here’s what was trending on the streets of London Fashion Week…
- Wear your style on your sleeve…
When it comes to sleeves, the motto this season is go big or go home. Stylish show attendees took their standard sleeves on dresses and shirts and blew them up to XXL puffed-out proportions like the totally extra fashionistas they are.
- Look like sheer perfection…
Sheer and organza pieces are set to be everywhere this season but, obviously, the street style set already knew that. Whether it was in the form of shirts, skirts or dresses, they wore little (if anything) underneath and contrasted tops with harder materials like cargo pants and skirts.
- Wear clothes as bright as your future…
From striking neon to sunset hues, the streets of London were littered with all sorts of cute colourful looks this week. Poppy shades of pink, orange and red were paired together and more summery pieces like skirts, dresses and short sleeves were simply layered for extra warmth.
- Take your suit out of office…
All sorts of suit pieces were given a new lease of life this week and reimagined in fresh new ways: think blazers worn off-duty with cargo pants and military boots, shirts styled like light jackets over flares and wide-leg trousers juxtaposed against second-skin sheer tops.
- Give your trench a new-season twist…
The trench coat must be the staple of all wardrobe staples when indecisive transitional weather hits. So, unsurprisingly, they were out in full force this week. We noticed lots of the classic neutral numbers and caught a few checked varieties but, more than anything, we saw slick leather-look trench coats everywhere!
Get ready: this week, we’ll be dropping a new collection in our IDOL range and are set to celebrate the launch with a bang at Topshop Oxford Circus on 19th September from 6-8pm. To help us get the party started, we invited the Bloom Twins to play us some tunes that are just as cool as the capsule itself. In the lead up, we asked Anna and Sonya who their personal idols are, which IDOL pieces they love and which songs we can expect to hear on Thursday…
What can we expect from your set for Topshop IDOL?
It’s going to be a mix of all things we love so much: singing, playing instruments, and DJing. We’ll play our favourite songs that get you in the journey of total sonic satisfaction. Mix of oldies and new music, as well as few of our live tracks that we love to integrate into our electronic set.
Who is you personal idol when it comes to music?
Sonya: Billie Eilish has definitely rocked our boat. She is so innovative and talented, but most importantly very real. You see what she is doing isn’t scripted, she is living it, she is in the moment. She is the moment or better to say the infinity, because she won’t be forgotten.
Anna: I love Thom Yorke. He is one of a few artists that I was obsessed with ever since I discovered him. He has something so unique about him. His music is dark and not defined by any specific genre. I think it’s one of the things I would love the music industry to stop doing – fitting artists into existing genres. The only definitions to music should only be ’like’ or ‘dislike’.
Who is your personal Idol in life?
Sonya: My twin sister. I look up to her because she is great at things I’m not, and that inspires me to be better at what I’m doing. We are inseparable, not only because twins aren’t meant to be apart, but also because we complete one another so well.
Anna: My personal Idol is our dad. He is one of the most selfless people in the world. He was never running after success, always gave everyone else presents before getting himself one, and he never takes things for granted.
Which song is your current go to?
Anna: Lenny Kravitz – ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’. I properly started listening to it few months ago, and honestly before that I’d choose an electronic track like ‘Kismoms – Blurred, Bonobo remix’, but Lenny’s track reminds me of my parents and it has this awesome energy that gets me started from the beginning of the day.
Sonya: ‘Chasing Marrakesh’ by Zhu, because fashion week sometimes feels like a chasing game.
How do you start when pulling together a new set / playlist?
We are all about the vibe. Feeling in the room will only be present if the songs are put together perfectly. The energy doesn’t lie. We start with the song that moves the body, like an invite to relax and just forget about all of the worries and to just enjoy yourself.
Which piece of clothing never fails to make you feel like an idol?
Anna: My rings. I feel like fingers and hands say more about what people are feeling/thinking than anything else. Hands are so expressive; hence I love rings. Some girls need to wear high heels to feel confident – I need rings.
Sonya: Boots. A good pair leaves traces everywhere, makes a mark. It feels great to stand out, or just to be ourselves.
What are your favourite pieces from IDOL collections?
Sonya: The BRAVE leather western boots, the sleeveless denim gilet, ribbed racer vest and the premium leather joggers.
Anna: I love the premium leather joggers too, they are oversized cool black, leather pants. They feel so nice and I always feel killer when I’m wearing them.
Catch the Bloom Twins’ live performance at Topshop Oxford Circus on 19th September 6-8pm.
The highly-anticipated Downton Abbey movie spin-off finally hits the big screen this week! We return to the Crawley’s home in 1927 and see the family anticipating a royal visit by King George V and Queen Mary themselves. Can’t wait to see how that turns out? We have a little sneak peek of the movie’s elaborate costumes for you, plus some very special insight from the costume designer Anna Robbins herself…
How did you transition from working on the series to going into the movie?
Coming onto the film was interesting because from doing the series I already had my years and years worth of ’20s research, my understanding of the characters and their style, so working on this has become second nature to me. Now when I go shopping for Edith I can walk into any vintage shop and know exactly what I’d pick for her. Coming into the film I wanted to elevate what I’d already done and find that really cinematic quality. It was all bigger and better. Things are going to be seen on a bigger scale, so you’re almost looking at museum quality pieces and the restoration we did had to be so good that any flaws were invisible on screen.
You generally need a lot more costumes in a series than in a film, but in a film you’ll get to see each costume in more detail – is that something that influenced your work on this film?
Totally. Over the course of the series I had nine episodes so there were so many more characters, outfit changes and story days. You’ll have to create hundreds of costumes to tell a story. On the feature however, I just had five or six story days to costume and I had to edit my choices and make sure they were really considered. But I also had more time to spend on each costume and to make sure that I crafted them exactly how I wanted them to be. It was a different challenge on both sides.
Which costume took the most research and work in the film?
Costuming the royal family. You’re working with a fictitious world but you want to make them as believable as possible. The references are inspirations, they’re not literal. There’s a huge amount of visual reference for the royal family of course, and lots of material to work from but that also means that people are going to make comparisons and fact-check you. I tackled it a number of different ways. There were certain costumes that needed to be absolutely accurate, like military wear for example. When it came to the Queen I found a couple of images that I totally loved and was as faithful as I could possibly be. The costume I made for Queen Mary (below) came about because I found this silver lace that became a starting point and I gathered more fabric together to make it feel like a whole dress. I designed around that with references of her evening wear, but it was about emulating that rather than recreating it.
Do you have a favourite costume in the film?
I don’t know if I could put my finger on just one. I would say the Queen’s costume of course, which is just beyond beautiful. Underneath the lace I mentioned is this lamé which actually belonged to Queen Mary. It was mind-blowing and an incredible privilege to be able to use that. That costume is definitely a highlight of my career. The other one would be Lady Mary’s ballgown. It’s monochromatic, it’s striking, it’s really feminine but not too pretty and really bold. It was everything I wanted it to be. It’s an original French muslin beaded dress which was knee length and had a completely different neckline originally. We added a satin floor length aspect to it and then re-beaded from the knee down.
How much of what you used was original period material and how much did you make from scratch?
For the women it was probably 40% original, but the originals are all worked on to some extent. Another 20-30% would be using vintage fabrics to make something new and then the rest would be new makes from scratch. Day wear more than evening wear is made from scratch as that hasn’t survived as well from the period. For men it’s all from scratch as the originals you find are too small for the man today.
Is there any symbolism in the clothes that ties back into the storyline?
There are – but I can’t tell you want they are because they are spoilers! I always look to use colour and palette as a way to tell a story, and show the mental state of a character and the journey they are going through. I’m always trying to contrast and complement Lady Mary and Lady Edith. There’s always a dichotomy between the two of them in strength and softness or a focus on whoever is more in focus in the scene.
Are there any other differences between working on the film and the series?
You see more shoes in the film. In the film you have the luxury of wide shots where you see the full length of costumes, which is great. You get to see and appreciate the costumes as a whole. But then we also come in a lot closer and get to see the detail. It works both ways.
Do you start with the dresses or do you concept the full look as a whole?
Usually it starts with a dress which will inform the rest of the look, but it could also happen that I find something like a great tiara and follow that. It usually happens by mistake if it’s that way round. I love the shoe design and creating things like hats matching a coat for the dresses I already have.
Why should people go see the film?
Because it’s Downton at its best. It’s everything you love about Downton but bigger and better. It’s opulent, cinematic and majestic and just a beautiful bit of escapism that takes you into this beautiful world with really well-written characters and amazing performances.
NYFW is in full swing right now, bombarding our Instagram feeds with the latest runway trends, front row gossip and after party snaps. Not sure what to take away from all the glitz and the glam? We’ve cut through the noise to pick some of our favourite street style looks so far and show you how you can actually recreate them yourself right now…
- New colour-blocking
Have you ever worn orange and blue together? Neither have we, but the streets of NYFW are giving us some serious reason to try it for ourselves. The key is to go for a full orange look, and then coordinating all your accessories (including your nail polish) in the same shade of blue.
- Vinyl collection
This season, look to colours other than just the classic black when it comes to vinyl. A pair of high-shine brown PU trousers will look elevated styled with rich mustard and green shades, as inspired by this stylish lady heading to the NYFW shows.
- Less is more
You don’t always have to go all out to make an impression (and attract all the street style photographers) – sometimes a pair of jeans, white trainers and a blouse will do. Look to new washes, fresh shapes and structured pieces to make less really seem like a lot more.
- Reimagined silhouettes
Channel this NYFW street style look and go full on A-line this season. We’re obsessed with the combination of printed wide-leg trousers with a belted midi trench coat worn on top. Then, add some more casual styling pieces like Converse, a box bag and blackout shades.
- Jeans and a really nice top
What could be cooler than wearing a hyper-feminine top with a pair of baggy mom jeans? Pretty much nothing, if we go by what’s been happening on the streets of New York this week. Go for a red blouse and super light-washed denim and complete the look with some trending accessories.
It’s that time of year again when editors, models and influencers alike flock to the major fashion capitals of the world to soak up all the latest trends emerging on the runway. Of the four major cities, London is best known for its thriving underground scene and being home to some of the industry’s coolest and most avant-garde creatives including the likes of Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, JW Anderson and Molly Goddard. So it goes without saying that the runway shows are always pretty iconic too. To get you excited for the week ahead, we’ve rounded up seven of the most memorable moments ever…
- Alexander McQueen’s painted dress, 1998
The late Alexander McQueen was infamous for his boundary-pushing contribution to fashion and an experimental approach to his fashion week presentations. In fact, he often thought up the idea for his shows before he even started sketching a new collection and it’s safe to say, they never disappointed! For the finale of his 1998 show, model Shalom Harlow donned a strapless white dress which was later spray painted black and neon yellow by onstage robots.
- Victoria Beckham makes her Fashion Week debut, 2000
Eight years before she started designing her own collections, Victoria Beckham made her Fashion Week debut as a model starring in the Maria Grachvogel show in 2000. She sported hot pants paired with a lime sweater for the first look and turned heads in a fuchsia asymmetric number for the second. Believe it or not, this was one of the first rendezvous between the world of fashion and celebrity A-listers. How things have changed…
- Grace Jones arrives at the Philip Treacy show on the roof of her car, 2000
Perhaps we have Grace Jone’s experience as a Bond girl to thank for the major stunt she pulled en route to the Philip Treacy show in 2000: unbelievably, Jones arrived not in, but on top of her car wearing a glittering gold top hat and stiletto heels. Now that’s what you call making an entrance…
- Christopher Kane’s debut fashion week show, 2006
Christopher Kane was the most hotly-anticipated newcomer to the September 2006 London Fashion Week schedule and boy did he deliver the goods. Having just graduated from Central Saint Martins, Kane scored a Topshop sponsorship deal and sent a brilliant collection of second-skin mini dresses adorned with neon belts, risqué buckles and ruffled detailing down the runway. Big time editors and fashion directors crouched on the stairs to catch a glimpse and Vogue have since described it as an “I was there” moment.
- Olympic athletes model Stella McCartney X Adidas, 2008
Following the Beijing Olympics, Stella McCartney chose to recruit Olympic athletes like Jaime Moore, Beth Tweddle and Becky Downie to model the pieces from her Spring Summer 2009 Adidas collaboration on the trampoline, balance beam and tennis court. She received a glowing response from all attendees including British cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton who noted “It’s nice to feel feminine and attractive, even when you’re sweating”. We couldn’t agree more!
- Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Annabelle Neilson open Fashion For Relief, 2010
Naomi Campbell set up Fashion For Relief back in 2005 and it has continued to be a major annual fundraising event for victims of international natural disasters including the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the 2013 typhoon in the Philippines. The Fashion For Relief Haiti Show in February 2010, which was opened by Campbell, Kate Moss and Annabelle Neilson, raised over £1 million for Haiti!
- Cara Delevingne takes the first onstage selfie, 2014
When she was just 21, Cara Delevingne made Fashion Week history by taking the first (followed by five more) Instagram video during the Giles Deacon show. She posed for her selfie, let the recording live stream whilst she strutted down the runway and posted the video exclaiming “Oh my gosh! The first live video from the catwalk!”.
September is here and do you know what that means? Virgos are the new stars of the Zodiac show! Following the madness of Leo season, the Virgo period is all about getting your life together and taking care of yourself both mentally and physically – think of it like an Autumn-clean! So, in honour of this put-together sign, we’ve created a personalised edit that covers style, birthday gifts and words to live by this month…
The perfect birthday outfit…
As one of the most sophisticated signs, Virgos will always be drawn to classic shapes and modest cuts. So, if it’s your birthday this month, wear this slinky halter-neck dress with a tailored blazer to your party. A clean monochrome colour palette of black and light metallics will ensure that your coordination is on point (an absolute MUST for Virgo perfectionists!), whilst the silky fabrics, hair scarf and simple jewellery will add some special details.
The gift list…
Virgos pay attention to the little things in life, so they’ll love anything that has sweet thought-out details – that could be a pretty ribbon fastening on a blouse or cute resin hair clips that add something extra to their look. Don’t forget, neutral shades speak to the earth-nature of this sign, so picking out presents in muted tones like tan, blush pink, and khaki is always a good idea!
Street style inspiration from a stylish Virgo…
Alongside her undeniable on-screen talent, Zendaya is known for being mature, elegant and keeping things real i.e. she has all the traits of a classic down-to-earth Virgo! Her style is very Virgo too – just look at that coat-boot coordination. With rainier days of transition season coming up and leather-look materials forecast to be a big trend all Autumn, this is definitely a daytime outfit to recreate!
Quote of the month from a famous Virgo…
“Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you!”
Transition season can be a real sartorial struggle: it’s not quite hot, but not totally cold yet either and one minute the sun is shining, the next it’s pouring with rain. Naturally, deciding what to wear in the morning feels like a complete nightmare. To help you tackle all your dressing dilemmas, we’ve looked to the street style set and discovered five recent curbside outfits that are guaranteed to give you some inspiration…
- Light layering is key…
Light layers are perfect for tackling that in-between type of weather because you can take them on and off whenever you want! Stick to a neutral colour palette and add as many pieces as you please.
- The cardigan is going to be big…
You heard it here first, cardigans are about to BLOW up! Influencers have been spotted left, right and centre in all types: cropped, long, oversized…Why not wear one as outerwear over your shirt to work?
- Throw on a jumper & go…
Don’t pack your mini skirts (or summer dresses) away just yet. Simply add warmth in other areas. Take cues from this street style star and throw on a big chunky knit with some matching socks.
- Invest in a shacket…
Half shirt, half jacket – the shacket is a strong outerwear choice when it’s not cold enough for a full-blown coat just yet. Give your shacket a new-season edge by pairing it with slick vinyl or leather pieces!
- Make comfort a priority…
After summer, a cool September breeze can have us reaching straight for something cosy and warm. Lucky for you, there are lots of new-in faux-fur and borg jackets to pick from! But, if you’re going heavy on top, stick to light and airy pieces underneath.
It’s officially sweater weather! If that doesn’t get you excited, then our new-in knitwear most definitely will change that. Gone are the days of frumpy, dull jumpers – let’s welcome a new wave of contemporary, refreshed winter warmers. Let us talk you through five of the key knitwear trends of the season and shop the right now…
Make a statement this winter and bring those summer brights into the duller months. Jumpers in shades of pink and yellows are our favourites right now, but incorporating any colour is guaranteed to give any old winter outfits a boost.
Trust us, this season is going to be all about the cardigan. We’re so ready to layer ours over practically anything as the days get cooler. To be ultimately trendy, opt for a buttoned-up cropped and just wear it as a top.
Crop tops? In winter? Yep you heard right, cropped knits are all the rage right now and the perfect way to hold on to the beloved summer trends. We recommend pairing them with high-waisted bottoms to keep you warm.
- Full sleeves
The statement sleeve trend is here to stay, but this time in a much cosier fashion. Expect to see exaggerated sleeves in the shape of puff, extra long and ’70s style bell-sleeves in the upcoming months.
- Animal prints
Animal print will always find its way into any Autumn/Winter trend discussion. This season, think larger prints on oversized fits and neutral colour palettes which will remain a staple year on year.
Summer wedding season is coming to a close and so far 2019 has boasted some of the most beautiful and unique wedding gowns ever. Here at Topshop HQ, we’ve been swooning over traditional princess gowns and cheering for more modern minis. If your big day is coming up and you’re looking for some inspo, or (like us) you just love daydreaming about your ideal wedding, here are our top five favourite celebrity wedding dresses of 2019 so far…
- Sophie Turner
When The Jonas Brothers met Game of Thrones, it was a Hollywood match made in heaven and Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas’ wedding has to be one of the most talked about of the year. Although their initial nuptials were officiated by an Elvis impersonator in Vegas, the second French ceremony was truly a fairytale. Turner wore a Louis Vuitton gown complete with a full skirt, long sleeves and a V-neckline and we’re utterly obsessed.
- Zoe Kravitz
We wouldn’t have expected a traditional gown from ultimate cool girl Zoe Kravitz and we’re glad we didn’t get it. Although this isn’t her actual wedding dress, it’s what she wore to the rehearsal dinner, it was too great not to share. Kravitz wore a matching cycling shorts and satin bra set topped off with a bespoke crochet dress, showing that bridal definitely doesn’t have to mean traditional.
- Sabrina Elba
Idris Elba and wife Sabrina tied the knot in Marrakech this summer. The bride’s truly breathtaking Vera Wang gown was simplicity at its finest: an off-the-shoulder neckline, an A-line fit and a Chantilly lace train featuring embroidery of Idris’ tattoos. British Vogue covered the entire wedding and the couple even graced the cover of the magazine’s July Issue. True wedding goals.
- Phillipa Coan
Jude Law and his long-term girlfriend Phillipa Coan celebrated a super low-key wedding in London Marylebone’s town hall. Matching the laid-back vibe of the ceremony, Coan looked completely effortless in a cream, ruffled mini-dress paired with some nude heels. If you’re going for that whole ‘let’s just get hitched’ thing, this is some serious inspo for you chilled out brides out there.
- Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling possibly had one of the most beautiful weddings of 2019 and it’s got everyone on Instagram obsessed. Goulding had not one, but four dresses for the big day, but the Chloe gown she wore down the aisle is our personal favourite. With a high neck, long sleeves hand-embroidered with white roses of York as an ode to her husband’s home, it doesn’t get much better than that.
First impressions count, so picking out the perfect outfit for your job interview is key. However, it’s not always easy: you want to stand out from the competition but you also have to look appropriately professional. On top of that, you need something that matches your personal style, because comfort equals confidence and that will definitely shine through on the day! So, to help you prospective employees out at this stressful time, we’ve put together five stylish outfits that will have you looking good, feeling great and (fingers crossed) landing that dream job…
- Simple and sweet…
Bright colours aren’t for everyone but that doesn’t mean your outfit can’t stand out – black and white will forever be a super sharp duo. For a simple yet sophisticated look, pair a satin midi skirt with a basic T-shirt and then add detail with jewellery, a small bag and chunky boots.
- Wear the trousers…
Sometimes the best idea is to keep your base outfit simple and easy to wear (i.e. a tank top and smart trousers) but bring it to life with lots of stylish accessories. A cropped animal print cardigan and these croc leather pieces are a nice nod to new-season trends.
- Get shirty…
Pair an oversized shirt and blazer with black flares for a modern twist on the classic suit. Then, slip on a pair simple mules, grab a bag big enough for your portfolio and add some minimalist jewellery. This is perfect if you want something on the smarter side without looking excessively formal.
- In the midi…
We can’t stress this enough – comfort is KEY! There’s nothing worse than trying to deliver the perfect answer and getting distracted by your hem riding up, itchy material or tight clothing! Smock shaped midi dresses, therefore, tick all the interview outfit boxes…Smart-casual? Check. On trend? Check. Airy and relaxed? Check, check.
- Keep it casual…
Although more corporate businesses still have a formal dress code, lots of places have a more toned-down approach to office attire – so trainers are often completely acceptable. But, if you do go for casual footwear, make sure your outfit is smart elsewhere – high-waisted suit trousers, a slim top and a classic trench coat is a winning combination.