Topshop x Adidas Originals

With Chanel pairing trainers and couture gowns, Prada showcasing stripy footless sports socks on the catwalk and a printed sweatshirt being the garment-du-jour for several seasons, the proliferation of sports influences in fashion hasn’t been this big since the 90s.

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Chanel Couture SS14

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Prada SS14

Street style blogs are exploding with high-tops, rucksacks and baseball caps and chief Twitter faces Cara Delevigne, Rita Ora and Miley Cyrus are regularly spotted in logoed attire. In fact fashion’s current obsession with the decade that redefined sportswear may well have nearly reached its summit, but not before this week’s collaboration causes a veritable shopping storm.

High street giant Topshop has teamed up with sportswear stalwart Adidas Originals to give us a 20-piece collection that blends slouchy shapes with vibrant prints. Incorporating the brand’s iconic signatures, such as the triple stripe and logo motif, Topshop has infused tracksuits, shorts and sweaters with a dose of fashion magic. In store this Thursday (March 20th) the collection is causing a buzz in style circles with the high-tops in particular attracting a flood of attention. Check out the below images from the campaign. Let the fashion frenzy commence.

Topshop X Adidas Originals shorts, £32

Shorts, £32

Topshop X Adidas Originals hoodie, £55

Hoodie, £55

Topshop X Adidas Originals logo vest £26

Vest, £26

Topshop X Adidas Originals Printed hoodie, £70; printed tracksuit bottoms, £50

Printed hoodie, £70 and tracksuit bottoms, £50

Topshop X Adidas jumpsuit, £137

Jumpsuit, £137

Still life - Topshop X Adidas Originals zip-up top, £70

Zip-up printed top, £70

Still life - Topshop X Adidas Originals Printed tracksuit bottoms £50

Printed tracksuit bottoms, £50

Still life - Topshop X Adidas Originals high tops, £80

High-tops, £80

All items Topshop x Adidas Originals

Also head to the Topshop website where you can catch an interview with the creative directors heading both companies – Josefine Aberg for Adidas Originals and Kate Phelan for Topshop.

 

Topshop x Adidas Originals hits stores on March 20th. http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/category/topshop-x-adidas-originals-collection-2774327/home?geoip=noredirect

British Fashion Awards 2013

Last night saw the beautiful style set flock to The London Coliseum for the 25th British Fashion Awards.  Like the Oscars of the UK style industry, this annual event acknowledges the work of the finest talent in the business. A who’s who of top designer names graced the red-carpet with Miuccia Prada, Donatella Versace, Marc Jacobs and Christopher Bailey all putting in a stylish turn.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Miuccia Prada (Photo: Getty on Elleuk.com)

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Marc Jacobs and Alexa Chung in Stella McCartney dress (Photo: Getty on vogue.co.uk)

Hosted by Jack Whitehall – surely a bit of a coup for the talented young comedian – the celebrity attendees included Kate Moss (who collected a well-deserved special recognition award), Sienna Miller, Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rita Ora.

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Kate Moss in Alexander McQueen and Rita Ora in Vivienne Westwood (Photo: Getty on vogue.co.uk)

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Sienna Miller in Burberry (Photo: Getty on elleuk.com)

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Antonio Berardi (Photo: Getty on vogue.co.uk)

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Laura Bailey in Roksanda Illincic (Photo: PA on vogue.co.uk)

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Suki Waterhouse in Burberry (Photo: Getty on vogue.co.uk)

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Stella Tenant in Alexander McQueen (Photo: Getty on vogue.co.uk)

Representing the boys were the ever-dapper Tinie Tempah and man-of-the-moment Harry Styles, who lived up to his name by picking up the British Style Award (as voted by the public).  Don’t you think there is more than a touch of the young Mick Jagger about the popular One Directioner?

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Harry Styles in Saint Laurent (Photo: Getty on elleuk.com)

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Tinie Tempah in Burberry with Christopher Bailey (Photo: Getty on elleuk.com)

Below is a list of the winners on the night, which include the fantastic Christopher Kane (Womenswear Designer of the Year), the dramatic yet elegant work of Erdem (Red Carpet Award) and my fave shoe-goddess Sophia Webster (Emerging Accessory Designer).  The founders of fashion bible i-D magazine, Terry and Tricia Jones, were honoured with the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion award for their tremendous and inspirational contribution to the industry over the last 30 years.  After all, what fashionista hasn’t scoured their cutting-edge pages and who isn’t familiar with their notorious wink covers (as parodied by Terry below)…

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Erdem with Clemence Posey in one of his designs (Photo: Getty on elleuk.com)

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Jade Parfitt in Christopher Kane (Photo: Getty on vogue.co.uk)

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Sophia Webster collects her Emerging Accessory Designer award (Photo: Getty on elleuk.com)

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Stunning shoes from Sophia Webster’s forthcoming SS14 collection 

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i-D magazine founders Terry and Tricia Jones (Photo: Getty on elleuk.com) 

For further coverage, images and a list of awards go to www.britishfashionawards.com, where you will also find a fab video of the red carpet arrivals http://www.britishfashionawards.com/content.aspx?CategoryID=945

List of British Fashion Awards Winners 2013

Womenswear Designer of the Year – Christopher Kane

Menswear Designer of the Year – Burberry

International Designer of the Year – Miuccia Prada for Prada

Designer Brand of the Year – Burberry

Accessory Designer of the Year – Nicholas Kirkwood

Emerging Womenswear Designer – Simone Rocha

Emerging Menswear Designer – Agi & Sam

Emerging Accessory Designer – Sophia Webster

New Establishment Designer – JW Anderson

Model of the Year – Edie Campbell

Red Carpet Award – Erdem

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator – Lady Amanda Harlech

British Style Award brought to you by Vodafone (voted by the public) – Harry Styles

Special Recognition Award – Kate Moss

Special Recognition Award – Suzy Menkes

Outstanding Achievement in Fashion – Terry and Tricia Jones, founders of i-D

Further information (and images) can be found at:

http://www.elleuk.com/star-style/red-carpet/british-fashion-awards-the-winners-burberry-prada-j-w-anderson-simone-rocha-kate-moss#image=1

http://www.vogue.co.uk/spy/celebrity-photos/2013/12/2/british-fashion-awards-2013/gallery/1080004

A fashionable friendship

You may or may not know, but the 90s are back.  For anyone who lived through the decade, the high-street’s recent store windows will have brought back a rash of memories –Topshop’s grunge (all flannel check shirts & chunky boots), Zara’s minimalist clean lines, and the sporty crop tops and bright hoodies of American Apparel.  There is also another retro throwback that has seen a resurgence in the last few seasons – the friendship bracelet.  At last week’s press days I saw no less than three different companies championing the knotted wristpiece – one supporting the makers in Thailand, another a £10 macramé number as seen on Rita Ora, Heidi Klum and Beyonce and the third by one of the originators of the fashion friendship bracelet, Links of London.

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A selection of friendship bracelets by Links of London (as seen at Trace PR SS14 press day)

Not to be confused with the humble knotted lengths of my youth, the Fashion Friendship Bracelet (or FFB) often retails upwards of £50 and when worn in multiples, has become quite a style statement. The trend was started by Links of London’s sterling silver and fabric accessories and gathered momentum with the Indian charm pieces beloved by travelling fashionistas.  Blame Ibiza ravers or a longing for a misspent youth – whatever the reason this fad shows no sign of abating.

And so to the brands making these pieces…  The first, by Gina Stewart Cox, are durable cord bracelets that incorporate precious metal charms.  The label produces ethical pieces (all made in Thailand) that support the Elephant Conservation Network and ensure a fair price for the makers in the surrounding Thai villages.  These retail for £40-£65 and have been worn by Jessie J, Cheryl Cole and The Saturdays.

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Rose gold coin tassle bracelet, £55, by Gina Stewart Cox

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Silver skull rope bracelet, £50, by Gina Stewart Cox

The second comes from Italian lace-makers Cruciani.  After a commemorative four-leaf clover bracelet sparked massive demand in 2011, the label launched several macramé wrist-pieces in a range of colours and styles, which have since been spotted on the likes of Rita Ora, fashion doyenne Anna Dello Russo and the fabulous Beyonce (as seen in main holding image above).   The absolute confirmation of the trend happened about one month ago when Beyonce Instagrammed a picture of her wrist full of our bracelets that she bought in the Capri boutique,” said Cruciani founder, Luca Caprai. Costing just £10, and available at Urban Outiftters, Fenwicks and Harvey Nichols, these are the ones to load up in multiple colourways.

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Cruciani bracelets in an array of colours at MLPR SS14 Press Day

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Clover bracelet, £10, as worn by Beyonce, from Cruciani

The final is Links of London who can perhaps be credited with initiating the revival, with the launch of their Original Friendship Bracelet in 2006.  The iconic Friendship collection sees colourful cord woven through sterling silver and is a firm fashion favourite. These pieces are far more hardy than a simple knotted braid, a fact reflected in the higher prices, with items starting at £65 and going up to £4000(!) for the 18ct gold woven bracelet.

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Red and gold glitter bracelet, £150, by Links of London

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Hot pink Friendship bracelet, £140, by Links of London

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Turquoise and pink woven cuff bracelet, £225, by Links of London

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Selection of men’s bracelets to celebrate next month’s Movember (with colours to match your hair type), by Links of London

This trend harks back to days of youth, when you wore your heart on your sleeve and your friendships on your wrist.  If you’re not already a devotee, then add one of these pretty knotted numbers to your collection pronto.  Or better still make one yourself.

Main holding image features Beyonce, Rita Ora, Dita Von Teese and Heidi Klum in Cruciani Bracelets.  For more info and to purchase online go to: www.crucianibracelets.co.uk

For Gina Stewart Cox visit www.ginastewartcox.com and for Links of London: www.linksoflondon.com/gb-en/online-shop/collections/friendship

For similar articles also visit: http://www.elle.com/news/fashion-accessories/cruciani-bracelets

Oasis launches ‘Loved by Mollie’

This week saw the launch of Oasis’ first ever celebrity partnership, with The Saturdays bombshell Mollie King fronting an edited collection of her favourite pieces for AW13.  Entitled ‘Loved by Mollie’, the 45-piece selection includes leather pencil skirts, oversized pastel coats and a sprinkling of printed pieces.

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Mollie, a long-time fan of Oasis, has been chosen for her ‘gorgeous girl-next-door looks and style know-how’ and takes on a stylist/model role for the high-street brand.  A favourite of fashion mag best-dressed pages and a regular on the catwalk FROW, the gorgeous blonde is a natural fit for Oasis’ chic feminine style.  Make like Mollie did at the launch and pair a plum leather skirt with a printed sweater in the same hue.  Or go top-to-toe print with a floral jacquard top and skirt (this season matching is the new clashing).

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Mollie King arriving at the launch party in ‘Loved by Mollie’ for Oasis (very Burberry AW13)

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Animal print jumper, £42, Loved by Mollie for Oasis

Stylitz Oasis Mollie leather pencil skirt £85

Plum leather skirt, £85, Loved by Mollie for Oasis

Stylitz Oasis Mollie jacquard floral top £45 crop

Floral jacquard top, £45, Loved by Mollie for Oasis

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Floral jacquard skirt, £48, Loved by Mollie for Oasis

Stylitz Oasis Mollie pastel wool coat £110

Pastel wool coat, £110, Loved by Mollie for Oasis

This wasn’t the only announcement of the evening, as it was revealed that Mollie has been snapped up by top model agency Next – which also represents style icons Rita Ora, Alexa Chung and Lana del Rey.  Sarah Leon, head of Next Models, says of their new signing ‘you can just tell when somebody, like Rita Ora and Mollie, has that super star quality’.  With great taste and a clear passion for clothing, expect plenty more fashionable pairings from Mollie in the future.

The Loved by Mollie King collection ranges from £28-£350 and is available in 17 flagship stores and online at www.oasis-stores.com

Gogo crazy

I have recently been introduced to a jewellery brand that I had never heard of (I know, call me a stylist huh?). I love it so much that I have decided to share. The brand is called Gogo Philip and markets itself as a vintage bijoux jewellery label, but I think the tagline ‘sophisticated pieces with a street edge’ would also sum it up nicely. Produced by Georgi Philip Pecenikov in his parents’ factory in Milan (jewellery making is clearly in the genes) the brand is beloved by fashion favourites Rihanna, Jessie J and Rita Ora, and has been featured in Vogue, Elle, I-D and many more.

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Jessie J meets the Queen in Gogo Philip earrings – if it’s good enough for royalty…

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Oh my! Another Jessie J shot featuring a Gogo Philip necklace

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Rita Ora rocks the same necklace on stage

After producing pieces for American Apparel for several years, Georgi was spurred to launch his own label in 2008 and has since been stocked in Topshop Oxford Street as well as ASOS.com, Yoox and Selfridges. Last month he opened his first stand-alone store in East London’s Cheshire Street and this month he has revamped his online venture, adding new collections and sprucing up the design – great for those who prefer to shop from the comfort of their sofa.

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Gold-plated F13 classic chain necklace, £17, Gogo Philip

What drew me in most (aside from the gorgeous designs) was the affordable prices. Gold plated chunky choker necklaces start at £17 and would look amazing worn with a minimalist 90s-inspired white shift dress. Or opt for the unique clean lines of the leather insert gold-plated earrings, as seen below.

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Gold-plated leather insert earrings, £29, Gogo Philip

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Gold-plated black leather classic chain necklace, £50, Gogo Philip

Some pieces admittedly cost more – up to £120 for this stunning lock necklace – but the quality and design give the illusion of a far higher price tag.

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Gold-plated handbag lock F12 necklace, £120, Gogo Philip

Add a choker to a crisp white shirt and tailored trousers, don a necklace with your favourite LBD, or make like Rihanna and Leigh-Anne from Little Mix and pile it on with your sportswear. Either way this is a one-stop-shop to statement accessorizing. Now, aren’t you pleased I shared?

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Rihanna blings up her sportswear with a Gogo Philip necklace

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Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne piles on the Gogo Philip chains

For the store head to Gogo Philip, 68 Cheshire St, London, E2 6EH. T: 020 7613 2198. Or shop online at http://www.gogophilip.com

Main holding image: Rihanna wearing Gogo Philip jewellery for GQ magazine