Tag Archives: Topshop

In Transition

28 Sep

The leaves have started falling, the mornings are dark. I’m still gripping onto the last moments of summer with the senseless optimism of wearing sandals every day, but I know there will come a day within the next fortnight that the desire to wear a coat and a pair of boots will overrule. The shops are ready. Oxford Street is already a vision of cosiness and autumnal sophistication.

TOPSHOP

Coats have never been cooler.

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TOPMAN

A glimpse into the home of the Topman guy

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H&M

Intergalactic cool

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OASIS

A good yarn…

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ZARA

Painted ladies

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Think Outside the Box

20 Mar

A couple of weeks ago whilst popping to Harvey Nicks for lunch, I spied a striking scheme at the Knightsbridge Topshop. With a beachy, Talented Mr Ripley kind of feel to it, it merely consists of mannequins standing inside wooden frames. So simple, so chic.

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With the Zara at Knightsbridge currently under refurbishment, I then headed up to Oxford Street to get my Zara fix. As usual, a wonderful window – also featuring mannequins standing in wooden frames!

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Check out the Mexican sugar skull-style face paint!

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JW Anderson at Topshop

18 Feb

I snapped this pic of Topshop Oxford Circus at the weekend.

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The ad campaign images (which you can view online here) have been circulating for weeks now, featuring these 2 girls (?) with absurdly long hair. One of them reminds me of the girl from the Ring, the other of a particularly unkempt elderly Maths teacher I once had. Either way, it’s a bold look. Fantastic to see it brought to life in the window, though!

What do you think of JW Anderson’s new collection for Topshop? Did you bag any of the pieces? And more importantly, will you be rocking the Sadako look any time soon?

Looks of the Near Future

2 Feb

Happy New Year to anyone still reading. It may have been nearly 6 months since my last post, but I’m BACK with lots of pics of the sights and shops of London.

On a trip to Topshop the other day I realised that a trend I hoped never to see again has come around again… NU RAVE. Perhaps in a few months i’ll be kicking myself for binning off the vast collection of neon Nike tees I compiled during my time at London College of Fashion…. Or perhaps i’ll learn from my fashion mistakes and not go there this time around!

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To become a fully-fledged Nu Raver you will need: tickets to the Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the Tate Modern, Oversize tee £22 and Leggings £25 both from Topshop and the latest copy of Super Super. Plus a copy of the first Klaxons album. And if you’re really serious… a Game Boy, worn as a necklace.

A Thoroughly British Summer

17 Jun

The Jubilee may be over (sob!) but the Great British High Street shows no signs of abaiting the patriotic feel. There’s untold mileage in a string of bunting!

Here’s a few things of my favourite things I’ve snapped recently.

DANIEL

I don’t know much about this department store in Windsor (is it a chain?) but their Regal display was fit for a Queen!

BELOW: an independant shop in South Kensington, exclusively selling Royal-themed tat in would seem. I imagine they’ve been doing a good trade recently. 

THE WHITE COMPANY

Nailing not only the bunting trend by the white-on-white trend too. So elegant, nice lighting too.

LIBERTY

The Liberty pop-up at Stratford’s Westfield is small but delightful. An excellent place to buy gifts for sophisticated people.

TOPSHOP

Thier current scheme is basically a rip-off of Meadham Kirchhoff’s S/S12 but delightful nonetheless.

…And here’s the best of the rest. I had a backlog of images on my camera of pre-Jubilee windows, so here they are too.

TOPSHOP

Their scheme from last month with plenty of tie-dye and pink wigs. Have a feeling someone might have been listening to Hole when they came up with this.

^I WANT TO BE THIS GIRL!!

BERSHKA

Lace and neon: nailed. Bershka is a serious one to watch for Visuals.

 

ZARA

Smurf alert.

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The Darling Buds of May

31 May

Even if you don’t fancy raising your glass to Queen of England on Tuesday, then you’ll surely be celebrating your 4 day weekend. With that in mind, the stores have got the bunting out in full force. Here’s a selection of windows that have grabbed my eye over the past couple of weeks.

 Jack Wills, ‘Fabulously British’

Rustic wooden floorboards teamed with elaborate foliage propping give these windows a classic stately home feel.

Joules

A bizarrely similar scheme to Jack Wills’, but with fresh, bold pops of colour and a boutique feel.

Ted Baker

A moving arcade game filled with classic ‘British’ items makes this Jubilee themed scheme stand out from the rest.

Penhaligon

I don’t know what this store sells, but I loved their use of cardboard propping. So simple, but classy.

Dorothy Perkins

Simply had to include this bulldog imagery as it made me smile.

Topshop

A scheme with its eye on trend and product rather than all-out kitsch, this window is more girlie tea party than Jubilee but resembles exactly how I intend to spend my weekend: surrounded by bunting and cake!

Enjoy the Jubilee!

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Window Round-Up

28 Apr

WAREHOUSE – There’s a sophisticated simplicity to this ‘Day Out’ concept.

OASIS – How fun is this scheme? ‘The Printcess and the Pea’, is a real stop and look window. I wish they had maybe used some prints that were more on-trend (baroque or geometric) to prevent it from drifiting into twee territory.

TOPMAN 

TOPSHOP – there’s a lot of jungle action going on on the high street right now and Topshop is no exception. Particularly love the butterflies above the trees.

ZARA

 ZARA Oxford Street East – HOW FAB IS THIS ANDY WARHOL INSPIRED WINDOW?! LOVE IT!!

Window Shopping

4 Mar

I’ve had to do some seriously boring competitive shops this week, and had to spend a lot of time looking at windows that are not effective and do nothing for their brand. However, my mother always taught me to not to say anything if I have nothing nice to say! So here’s a quick picture post of displays that I love and that are inspiring me right now.

Last week, a couple of the ‘Bright Young Things’ windows at Selfridges, showcasing emerging creative talent, caught my eye. Struggled to get a good photo of this one, but the crafty, textured feel of this window really drew me in. Plus the headpiece reminds me of something I attempted (and failed) to make for a costume once.

Above: Another two windows at Selfridges.  The bottom one showcases up-and-coming fashion designer Maarten van der Horst, whose loud prints and ruffled bust detailing is very fun.  The window itself makes me wonder if this it what it would look like if Hans Bellmer had been a bit chirpier.

Saw these flower-covered mannequin plinths at Topshop Westfield Stratford this week. Not the most original thing ever but still damned effective.

Apologies for another sketchy photo, but I saw this display in the window of River Island Bluewater last week and thought it was fab. It’s not particularly clear in this image, but the accessories displayed on the rungs of the ladder are arranged like a rainbow, graduating down from acid yellow down to turquoise then through hot oranges and pinks. It’s not always easy to display a large quantity of accessories in a window with mannequins in a way that looks natural, but River Island seem to be brimming with ideas for solutions on this.

Fred Perry at Bluewater brings us its new Amy Winehouse collection. Thoughts about the range itself aside (I have read some negative press accusing Fred Perry of releasing this line in bad taste) I think this window is adorable.  Even though this small window is essentially comprised of just graphics and decals, the wonderful cartoon images would get anyone in the mood to go jiving at Rydell High. I bet Amy would have loved it.

In other news, I have just been offered a new job. Don’t want to reveal too much but it’s with a fab fashion retailer doing what I love – dressing windows – so I couldn’t be happier, and can’t wait to something new and exciting!

Spring Sights

16 Feb

Various things that have inspired me whilst out and about recently.

Zara Oxford St West, inspiring as ever with hoverring Matrix-posed mannequins. Bonus points for the industrial fans blasting onto their hair.

Topshop: neon strip lighting in the windows (lot of that about at the minute, isn’t there) and slightly bonkers ostrich-riding mannequins inside the store.

Liberty’s glitzy windows, showcasing Spring pieces from some of the designers at London Fashion Week. Clockwise from top left: Christopher Kane, Peter Pilotto and Jonathan Saunders.

A reconstruction of a church wall in Mexico, covered with notes and dedications to saints, at the Miracles & Charms exhbition at the Wellcome Collection, Euston. I highly recommend it, find out about it here.  

View along the Southbank.

Delightful little cross-stitch at a punky interiors shop on the rude de St-Horore in Paris.

Refreshing

12 Feb

I always tell myself: stick to dark colours. Any brief explorations I have with wearing colour normally ends abruptly when I see a photo of myself afterwards and have a ‘What was I thinking?’ moment whilst hauling the offending items down to the charity shop.  Well, much to my surprise, this pastel trend that’s happening at the moment has coaxed me out of the goth cupboard for just long enough to plot a few purchases.

Elephant earrings from Miss Selfridge, Peter Pan collar dress from ASOS, Cardigan from Oasis, Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop tee (not yet available), Barry M Nail Paints in Blue Moon, Peach Melba, Strawberry Ice Cream and Berry Ice Cream, Sequined eyelashes by Shimmer Twins at ASOS, Scallop-edged top at River Island, Lace skirt also River Island