19 posts tagged "Topshop"
Topshop is not new to the designer collaboration game. Successful partnerships between the U.K.-based retail giant and local talent like Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, Kate Moss, and J.W. Anderson (coming this fall), have spelled success for clotheshorses looking to get their fashion fix, fast. But the brand has yet to give its two-year-old beauty line the same kind of star power—an injustice that has finally been rectified. Introducing the Louise Gray x Topshop color collection for Fall, which abides by the two words that typically inform Gray’s runway shows: “young” and “fun.” This, after all, is the woman who has used The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as backstage beauty inspiration and christened the term “face confetti” after makeup artist James O’Reilly drew multicolored polka dots onto models’ faces at her Fall 2011 show. Her Topshop range comes with a similar stockpile of whimsy. Pastel pink and mint green packaging houses bright lipsticks in Mexican Wave, a bright orange, and Legend, a hot fuchsia; a creamy tangerine and rouge Cheek duo; and even a bright blue liquid eyeliner. Gray’s “face confetti” concept also makes a comeback here, this time in the form of glitter pots featuring circle- and heart-shaped iridescent sequins; the better to adorn lids and tips with.
Fresh off its Consumer’s Choice Award nomination at the FIFIs this week for its Untitled fragrance, Maison Martin Margiela is back with some more beauty news. The brand just revealed Replica, a trio of fragrances that are meant to mimic its Replica clothing line, a seasonal capsule collection based on duplicating garments and accessories found in flea markets. Each of the three scents, Flower Market, Beach Walk, and Funfair Evening, subsequently evokes certain olfactory triggers in our collective memory. They launch in Europe this summer, but won’t hit the States until next year. [WWD]
Topshop has announced that Louise Gray will be its next collaborator, and the London designer’s offerings won’t be limited to clothes. The mass retailer is promising a line of fluorescent glitter and creamy eye shadows from Gray as well. [Fashionista]
Since transitioning her blond shag with bangs into a severe shade of brunette with a side shave, Rihanna has been pretty loyal to a single hairstyle—until last night’s American Idol finale, that is, where she sported a towering mass of dreadlocks. [People]
Since launching its in-house beauty range two years ago, Topshop has made it a priority to be at the forefront of the nail polish revolution. Its core collection of lacquer shades includes everything from the classic red Dead Ringer and the pale pink Prim and Proper to a new line of crackle topcoats and a myriad of metallic varnishes. Next up for the British retailer? Nail art pens. While we have outgrown our one-time addiction to etching flowers, stripes, animal prints, and the like onto our fingers, we are enamored with French manicures of late after the throwback white-on-shell combination popped up on a few Fall runways in addition to more avante-garde iterations like the black-on-cream design that premiered backstage at Thakoon. Available in five shades, including Nightrider, a pure black; Frozen, a chalky white; Barbarella, a fuchsia; Visionary, a silver; and Hustle, a light blue, these felt-tip markers make scrawling that customary 1/8″ line across the top of your nails that much easier. The formula is water-soluble, too, so best to keep a damp Q-tip at your disposal while painting to perfect your lines before securing them with a clear topcoat. The range debuted earlier this month on Topshop.com, which is currently out of stock of everything except the periwinkle Hustle—a testament to the fact that we’re not the only ones digging the pens’ broad appeal. But after a little recon mission, we learned that the whole lot is still available at the store’s Soho flagship.
Topshop, 478 Broadway, NYC, (212) 966-9555.
Since Brit beauty queen Zoe Pocock’s Nail Rock overlays touched down on this side of the Pond with an exclusive launch at Nordstrom in December, they’ve developed a steady stream of American acolytes—so much so that they went mass last month, rolling out to CVS stores nationwide. Pocock’s secret to success, in our estimation, is her fashion ties, which have allowed her to create nail prints and patterns for brands like Mulberry and Meadham Kirchhoff that are simply superior to the barrage of similar offerings already on the market. The runway is actually where we caught our first glimpse of Pocock’s specialty tips, which were instrumental to the beauty collaborations afoot backstage at Meadham Kirchhoff’s whimsical Spring show. To round out hair artist James Pecis’ painted platinum wigs and the limited-edition, glitter-encrusted lipstick bullets of MAC Ruby Woo the show’s opening act of Courtney Love impersonators pulled out of their cleavage, Pocock provided custom-made nail designs, each of which was more quirky than the next—think: vintage teddy bear illustrations on a pastel yellow base and fifties-era toy ponies painted onto a background of light blue lacquer. Now, five months later, the overlays are about to arrive at Topshop. Eight total prints should be hitting shelves next week—just in time to round out any NYFW manicure ideas you may already be throwing around.
The big story backstage at Topshop’s Spring show was the sheets of gold leaf that hairstylist Paul Hanlon literally blew onto models’ tresses after coating individual strands with honey. The metallic, slicked-back style isn’t necessarily user-friendly, but the gilded effect left a lasting impression on us—and on Topshop makeup artist Hannah Murray, too, or so it seems. The face painter has designed the British retail giant’s new autumn/winter trend collection with warm golden hues in mind. “It epitomizes the idea of glossy, polished beauty,” Murray says of Smoke & Mirrors, her new 11-piece line that pays homage to the glamour of the early seventies with high-shine finishes and warm sun-kissed colors. Most impressive among the offerings, which include two nail colors, a lip and eye pencil set, a lash-extending mascara, two lipsticks, and a bronze and blush duo, are a multitasking Glow—a liquid mousse that applies like a cream to leave a gorgeous shell-toned sheen on cheekbones, lids, what have you—and a four-pan Eye Palette. Full disclosure: eye shadow quads tend to intimidate us (put what, where?), but this one is really user-friendly and happens to be crafted with our complexion in mind: There are two dark brown matte shades, one with a mauve undertone and the other with an olive undertone, and two shimmering pigments in champagne and bronze. You can wear each alone or apply the darker colors up through the crease while reserving the lighter shades to highlight the brow bone, as we’ve been doing of late. It’s going glam, made ridiculously easy.