Wallis Launches New Collection By Print Designer Lollie Dunbar

Wallis, a premium high street women’s clothing brand, has launched a new collection by aspiring print designer Lollie Dunbar. The collection, which features a bespoke print created by the up-and-coming textile designer, first appeared online and in selected stores nationwide on 21 May 2012.

The seven-piece capsule collection features a range of garments for spring and summer. It includes three scarves, two dresses, wide-legged Palazzo trousers and a cropped kimono.

Growing up in a creative household, with an animator father and a dressmaker mother, Lollie Dunbar knew from a young age that she wanted to become a fashion designer. However, it wasn’t until college that she first discovered her love of prints and patterns. From there, she went on to study textile design at the Winchester School of Art. In addition to this latest endeavour with Wallis, she has also collaborated with the World Land Trust and Liberty London after winning a scarf print design competition.

Lollie discussed her inspiration for the collection: “I wanted to create something that was suitable for the Wallis customer, for spring/summer 2012, but also something that would be a reflection of me as a designer.

“My main inspiration for the designs were prints seen on contemporary homeware designs and I felt these would translate beautifully into a scarf collection and the other designs flowed from there.”

In addition to homeware designs, Lollie was also inspired by Egyptian Jewellery, Greek pottery and tribal tattoos. She visited the Pitt Rivers Museum in her hometown of Oxford and used its collection of world archaeology as her muse.

Lollie’s aesthetic also draws from the 1960s, as she admires the styles of Twiggy Lawson and Edie Sedgwick. She enjoys the strong yet feminine look of 60s-era shift dresses, jewellery and makeup.

In regard to the design process for her Wallis collection, Lollie said: “When I first met with the design team at Wallis to discuss the collaboration I was so excited that they very much wanted me to take my own direction.

“I worked from home and so had complete independence on the designs. Throughout the process I would meet with the team to keep them up to date on what I was working on and get their feedback on how the collection was progressing.”

Lollie is currently working on a new collection to add to her growing portfolio and looks forward to doing more projects like the one she’s done for Wallis.

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Littlewoods Europe Launches Summer Collection

Littlewoods Europe has announced the launch of its new summer collection which includes the addition of 3000 new lines to make the most of 2011.

The new collection includes fashion lines for the whole family with summer clothing ranges for men, women and kids. In addition to the new clothing lines, the summer collection also includes 100’s of summer shop items and brings the product total for the British on-line retailer up to 17,000.

In addition to the always popular women’s swimwear collections and shapewear swimwear ranges, the summer shop items also include, kaftans, summer dresses,sandals and cover ups. For men there are all the summer essentials with shorts, t-shirts, polo shirts and tops, while kids can find great value packs by brands like Ladybird; with shorts, t-shirts and swimwear.

As well as the summer clothing basics, the new range also features a host of summer occasionwear, such as the glamorous Teatro brand for weddings, christenings and summer parties. and a new outdoor living collection which features outdoor toys and games alongside everything needed for taking dining outside this season with the addition of picnic hampers and plastic cutlery to the retailers product line up.

A spokesperson for Littlewoods Europe commented, “Our buyers have worked really hard pulling together an extensive summer range. Everything from everyday basics like shorts and sandals to swimwear and beautiful summer occasionwear. So whether you are flying off somewhere tropical or spending the summer at home, you will find everything you need for summer at Littlewoods Europe.”

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Missguided.co.uk Shortlisted for 2010 Drapers Etail Award

Independent web-based young fashion business Missguided.co.uk is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted in the Best New Etailer category at the 2010 Drapers Etail Awards – testament to the brand’s achievements and rapid expansion since launch, just 20 months ago.

Established in April 2009, Missguided.co.uk – a specialist in womens clothing, has evolved to become a leader in the value-for-money fast fashion sector – with extensive womenswear including going out dresses and accessory collections which are updated on a daily basis. They also feature a new capsule beauty range and intuitive, user-friendly website.

As a cutting edge online Etailer, Missguided.co.uk follow the latest fashion trends – most notably their range of party dresses and maxi dresses suitable for any occasion.

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Topshop Make Up Launches Heavy Duty – A Trend Led Collection For Autumn/Winter

Topshop will be launching its second limited-edition make up collection, Heavy Duty. Following the earlier festival inspired summer collection; Heavy Duty is an unapologetic homage to LA’s bohemian grunge aesthetic and pulls in Topshop’s key looks for the season.

Heavy Duty promises deep tones in never before seen formulas that will mix wet and dry textures while keeping the unique quirky packaging design as seen previously.

Top of the wish list for many is Heavy Duty’s Kohl Dust. This is designed to crumble beautifully into the eye to create that party girl ‘slept in’ chic look. Paired with the ‘bitten cherry shade of stain’ Lip Marker, this is the perfect finishing touch for the tough yet feminine winter chic look.

Lizzie Dawson, Topshop Senior Designer, commented, “On a recent cool hunting trip to LA, I was inspired by how Californian girls effortlessly mixed new brands with old American vintage. The result is an eclectic lived-in grungey glamour that embodies Heavy Duty.”

The full 14 piece collection encompasses colour for lips, eyes and nails and is driven by a unique range of shades, from aubergine tones through to pewters and inky petrols.

A beauty bag must-have comes in the form of a lacquered lip gloss in deepest Chilli Red, delivering the wettest look lip coverage. Another must-have of the collection is the eye duo palette that holds an intensely pigmented wet to dry formula in pairings of inky tones. Carbon mascara comes in raven black creating the ultimate lengthened look complementing perfectly the smokey, sultry look.

“Although Heavy Duty embodies a toughness and strength never before seen in Topshop Make Up, the playfulness of hand drawn scribbles and craft materials still embodies the creative essence that is synonymous with the brand.” Sarah Thorne, Topshop Senior Creative Designer

The collection encompasses two key trends, ‘All Laquered Up’ and ‘The Ultimate Smokey’ that draw on the key trends for autumn/winter and have been created into video podcasts to help customers create this season’s favorite looks using core pieces from the collection:

All Laquered Up – podcast 1, sees make up artist Hannah Murrey create a look that is feminine but with attitude using key collection pieces, Eyeshadow Duo Greyscale’ and Lips in ‘Beguilded’.

Whilst Podcast 2 – The Ultimate Smokey’ creates an experimental look focusing on stained lips, cascading shadows and opulent blacks creating a look that is feminine but with attitude.

Both podcasts are availiable to watch on www.youtube.com/topshoppodcasts

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Break-Through Womenswear Brand Missguided.co.uk Nominated In National Magazine Company Awards

Just 15 months since launch, independent online women’s clothing retailer Missguided.co.uk has been nominated in three separate categories of Reveal’s inaugural Click To Buy awards. Part of the National Magazine Company’s annual 30 Days of Fashion & Beauty campaign, the awards celebrate the best in British web-based fashion and beauty shopping, with nominations comprising largely of the online offerings from the major high street retailers.

Missguided.co.uk is nominated in the key ‘Brilliant Bargains’, ‘Hassle Free Service’ and ‘One-stop-shop for Fashion’ categories, testament to the brand’s recognition within consumer media and rapid expansion since launch; likewise, to the ongoing consumer appetite for fast fashion.

Established in April 2009, Missguided.co.uk is dedicated to making the latest catwalk and celebrity trend-inspired fashion including Maxi dresses and accessories available at affordable prices. With a tightly edited collection that is updated on a daily basis such crop tops and a growing legion of celebrity fans, Missguided.co.uk is already well-known destination on the fashion map and with the appointment of Marketing Director Leon Quinn and a £1 million marketing investment, 2010-11 will mark a further era of growth for the brand.

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Topshop Unveils Exclusive Collection Designed By Up-And-Coming Fashion Star Mark Fast

Topshop has unveiled Mark Fast’s first capsule collection. The high-impact five piece knitwear collection echoes the aesthetics of Mark’s mainline label, featuring his trademark intricate knitwear and sexy skin-revealing panels.

Mark was inspired by sleek exotic birds for his collection for Topshop, particularly the shimmer of their wings and the movement of their feathers as they fly. This references his SS09 mainline collection, his first collection following his graduation from Central Saint Martins which captured the attention of the international fashion press.

Mark Fast is a Canadian born knitwear designer. His work is often inspired by the endless possibilities of lycra yarns, sculpting areas of tension and areas of volume over the body. He is also obsessed with texture, and the relationship between garments and the wearer’s body. All these things are evident in his latest exclusive work for Topshop.

The star of this five piece collection is a body-conscious high-impact dress which is heavily embellished with matte rubberised beads, adding weight and drama to the fine knitwear. A knitted skirt in dark grey hugs the hips, whilst a one-shoulder dress in pale pink is subtle and understated.

The Mark Fast collection is concluded with a lilac-grey crochet dress covered in tiny holes, so as to appear moth-eaten, and a black sleeveless mid-length dress.

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Topshop And Teenage Cancer Trust Unite For Summer Bandstands Picnics Throughout The UK In June

Every day in the UK six young people are told they have cancer. Being a teenager is tough enough without having to deal with a serious illness that takes away your normal life at home, at school and with friends. Young people often feel isolated when facing a cancer diagnosis and rarely meet others going through the same experience. Teenage Cancer Trust believe that teenagers shouldn’t stop being teenagers because they have cancer and build specialist units in NHS hospitals where young people can be treated together, in an environment suited to their needs.

Topshop And Teenage Cancer Trust Unite For Summer Bandstands Picnics Throughout The UK In June

Throughout the month of June, Topshop has joined up with the Teenage Cancer Trust to help raise money through a host of special events and by selling dedicated product instores and online. The product lines consist of a bespoke print head scarf, kaftan and bag designed exclusively for Teenage Cancer Trust, as well as friendship bracelets which reflect the summer trends – a percentage of all sales goes to Teenage Cancer Trust.

The unique outdoor Bandstand Picnics will be hosted around the UK in June featuring many up-and-coming music artists such as electric trio Chew Lips, Welsh indie-popsters Los Campesinos and the hotly tipped Summer Camp, plus pop-rockers I Blame Coco.

All events will take place in the loveliest green spaces in London, Bristol, Liverpool and Birmingham and will be transformed into classic picnic style areas. To complement the picnic theme, Native Faces – a London based Face painting company – will provide festival decoration using Topshop Make Up. Sk8 House roller skates will also be available to hire, while sports day games will take place for amazing prizes. There’s a special sun-shaded area where you’ll be able to relax with sun cream on hand.

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Kate Moss Topshop Presents New Spring Summer 2010 Collection

Kate Moss Topshop presents a new collection of vintage inspired signature pieces for Spring Summer 2010. Featuring a handful of limited-edition items and an eclectic mix of eras, styles, fabrics and colour palettes, the core collection truly reflects Kate’s bohemian take on dressing and covers every occasion for the season ahead.

Kate Moss Topshop Presents New Spring Summer 2010 Collection

Topshop and Kate Moss have targeted contemporary designs throughout the range with the new collection taking its inspiration from the 1970s; vintage floral print shirts complete with corseting panels to update a classic.

Dresses dominate the collection, varying from casual summer frocks to elegant daywear through to show-stopping evening gowns. The selection of dresses uses a mix of floral print, sleeved and sleeveless, chiffon tiered as well as 1920s-inspired maxi dresses. The subtle and feminine tones combined with the contemporary approach highlights the diversity in this collection; emphasised by the ditsy print washed cotton mini dress with a maxi length graduated back – the dress of the season. Denim makes a comeback too with a larger selection of shapes and washes. Grey super skinnies, hippy-ish low rise wide leg jeans and a fitted denim blazer are key pieces within the collection.

Topshop has also published a short Kate Moss Topshop film shot by British fashion photographer and industry favourite, Nick Knight, to accompany the 98 piece collection and allow online viewers to get a first look.

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Topshop Make Up Is Here

On Wednesday 5th May Topshop launched its first very own make-up range; containing all the must have make up essentials for SS10.

Topshop Make Up Is Here

The full collection comes in two parts and will be refreshed twice a season; a Core Collection of first class beauty essentials as well as a capsule Trend Collection of directional hues, both embody the bold and innovative essence of Topshop.

With its first make up range, Topshop has ensured its cosmetics encapsulate the Topshop spirit, by formulating it with a mixture of directional colours and seasonal collections. Inspired by a World Tour, Topshop have injected their knowledge of trends, colours and textures to create an original fresh approach to make up.

Topshop has teamed up with top make-up artist Hannah Murray; renowned for her work on the catwalks in some of London’s most influential fashion houses to help launch the new range. The two last collaborated when Murray worked on the AW10 Unique show, hosted by Topshop at London Fashion Week in February 2010.

To celebrate the May launch, Topshop is partnering with TAAZ.com, to launch its new Online Makeover tool. The tool will allow customers to digitally ‘try on’ a variety of preloaded photos – or upload their own photos – to see what product best suits them for the complete Topshop makeover.

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Topshop Launches Its High Summer 2010 Collections

Topshop has launched its High Summer 2010 collections, just in time for the sunshine. To accompany the new collections, Topshop customers can access a behind-the-scenes video from the brand’s advertising campaign shoot which shows the newest trends for the summer season. Packed with styling ideas, it is the perfect way to get inspired and choose what to fill your wardrobe with.

Topshop Launches Its High Summer 2010 Collections

Topshop’s in-house design team have the enviable task of finalising the trends the store will feature each season. They do this by trawling the globe in search of the most exciting new pieces, snapping great street style looks, and being inspired by all the cool places they visit. These ideas are then brainstormed, developed, and crystallised into the current Topshop High Summer collections.

For summer there are a lot of new looks to have fun with. Summer Fete offers a mix of sorbet shades, pretty prints and bleached-out denim, whilst in Festival Army, military-inspired pieces have a grungy edge. In Club Tropicana, body conscious summer dresses and hotpants in bold prints and colours look at home on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Finally, jersey maxi dresses, sleeveless denim gilets and towering platforms offer slick city chic in Body Armour. Topshop dresses continue to be key, particularly those featuring pretty sherbet colours and pastel ginghams. Shoes are also a big trend for SS10 with wedges and clogs taking centre stage.

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Debenhams First With Disabled High Street Model

Following an approach by Nikki Fox and Natasha Wood, both disability campaigners and presenters of the hit TV show ‘How to Look Good Naked’, Shannon Murray will appear in photography in the stores windows and online. Shannon, 32, has been confined to a wheelchair since breaking her neck in her teens.

Shannon will join three other models appearing in imagery to promote the recently launched Principles by Ben de Lisi range which prides itself on its inclusivity. Joining Shannon will be Kate Fullman, a size 16 model, Tess Montgomery, a petite 5’4″ model and Tokumbo Daniel, a size 10 model. The Principles clothing range starts at size 8 and goes up to size 20 with a specific petite clothing offering.

Unlike other high street stores, Debenhams is showing an increasing willingness to inject some variety into the people modelling its clothes. The campaign follows hot on the heels of the retailer using size 16 mannequins in its windows.

Michael Sharp, Debenhams’ Deputy Chief Executive said: “We cater for women of all shapes and sizes, young and old, non-disabled and disabled so we wanted our windows to reflect this choice.

“When Nikki and Natasha approached us with the idea, we didn’t have to think twice. We are proud to be the first high street retailer to deliver this. We only wished we had done it sooner,” concluded Sharp.

Nikki Fox praised the store for using Shannon in its campaign: “I am so happy and proud that Debenhams has used our disabled model for such a massive campaign.” she said. “It’s a really big deal. If seeing Shannon helps another disabled person, then we’ve done well.”

Ben de Lisi added: “Every woman deserves to look good and feel special which is why there are styles to suit, fit and flatter every body shape in the new Principles range. I think that Shannon looks amazing.”

Shannon Murray complemented the retailer for supporting disabled models: “I think this is a fabulous step forward by Debenhams and I’m proud to be part of such a big move towards positive representation of disability in high street fashion.”

Gok Wan added: “We in the UK have the best high street in the world. It’s a multi million pound industry that needs to recognise all shapes, sizes and disabilities. Filming ‘How to Look Good Naked’ has been a life changing experience for me, because I have learnt so much about a community I knew existed but have never been involved with.

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