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On the seventh day of Christmas…

Posted in Wishlist by Nneoma Ulu on December 7, 2012

Simple high street hit for today. Topshop slogan jumper in at under £30. Perfect for a stocking filler.

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// Wednesday Wishlist //

Posted in Wishlist by Nneoma Ulu on June 6, 2012

Saturday afternoon

Inspired by the peplum-filled red carpet at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards last Sunday, today’s Wednesday Wishlist is how I’d like to rock peplum, given that I won’t be walking any red carpets any time soon…

1. Fair+True Fair Trade African print peplum top, £75

2. Romwe Ripped jeans, £29

3. Topshop Perspex Mix sandals, £55

4. American Apparel large leather clutch, £62

Battle of the high street collaborations: H&M vs Topshop

Posted in High Street Fashion by Nneoma Ulu on November 9, 2011

This is really simple for me. I will controversially be shunning Versace for H&M when it hits stores next week, with the obligatory queuing from 4am and eBay auctions at 10 times the retail price, and saving my money for Mary Katrantzou for Topshop. I have been loyal to the designer collaborations, particularly those by H&M from the early days – yes, I have a Stella McCartney wrap dress and Karl Lagerfeld denim courtesy of H&M but of late (I’m thinking Jimmy Choo and Lanvin), it seems the bigger the designer, the poorer the quality. Topshop, however, may have cracked it. The below dress will cost £350, and is one of fourteen pieces in the collaboration that will hit stores in February 2012.

Image via Style Bubble

There is no doubt that the Versace for H&M collection will be a hit but I doubt anything will make it into my wardrobe. Check out the catwalk show, that previewed in NYC last night

//Currently Obsessing… Ankle Boots//

Posted in My wardrobe by Nneoma Ulu on August 17, 2011

I have an unnatural obsession  for ankle boots forming. It would probably be a bit excessive to get all of these but not impossible… Bring on winter.

1. Kors Michael Kors Divina suede ankle boots, £215

2. Topshop Aldgate Black Heeled Chelsea Boots, £62

3. Acne Black Pistol Ankle Boots, £370

4. Belle by Sigerson Morrison Crepe Platform Boot, $350

5. Madewell Suede Zipcode Boots, $188

6.  Belle by Sigerson Morrison Suede Velcro Boots, $350

Craving the cold

Posted in Editorial by Nneoma Ulu on August 15, 2011

Enough of this muggy, sad-excuse-for-a-summer weather with some sporadic torrential rain thrown in for good measure  already. Bring on the cold. I’m longing for sumptuous knits of the Acne and Whistles variety and ankle boots by Topshop and Kors Michael Kors.

Gisele Bundchen for i-D magazine via Fashion Gone Rogue

David Koma x TopShop

Posted in Collaborations, High Street Fashion by Nneoma Ulu on February 7, 2011

There is not much that needs to be said about this collaboration except that it’s AMAZING. I met David Koma (of Cheryl Cole fame) at London Fashion Week (a couple of seasons ago) – such a small man but with immense talent and I love that he is bringing a taste of what he does so well to the masses. The catch – only five designs and thirty available of each. The designs, ranging from £100 and  £350, are available from February 16. Now this is one I hope doesn’t make it onto eBay.

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Goodbye Kate Moss

Posted in High Street Fashion by Nneoma Ulu on October 28, 2010

This is one that I’m not going to shed a tear over. Kate Moss’ fourteenth and final collection for Topshop will hit the stores on November 2nd. Here are some shots of the collection… looks great in print and fourteen collections later, you and I all know it’ll look crap in real life. Wonder whether the rumours about Phillip Green’s daughter will come true.

Things that make me go mmmmm

Posted in My wardrobe by Nneoma Ulu on October 23, 2010

It was birthday on Wednesday and I must say as you get older, the presents really do dry up. Thinking of treating myself with these Celine-esque boots to make up for the lack…

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Is Topshop’s reign of the high street over?

Posted in Comment by Nneoma Ulu on February 4, 2010

TopShop used to be the creme of the crop when it came to high street fashion –  affordable trends, accessible to all. All other high street offerings seemed to pale in comparison. Things are different now and I couldn’t help but agree with a recent article in The Guardian that our love affair with the high street giant seems to be coming to an end.

Possible reasons it could be losing it’s appeal… it’s expensive – especially given very similar clothes can be found at Primark for roughly one eighth of the price that TopShop are flogging them for.

Everyone buys the same thing. If you stumble across something in TopShop that is perfect for you, the chances that hundreds of people who live/work near your local TopShop think the same is pretty high. I know high street isn’t supposed to be exclusive but it becomes less appealing to buy when you know others will have bought it too.

The clothes are no longer the on-trend additions to my wardrobe they once were. Before I’d be stuck for choice with clothes I could use to bring me into whatever season it was with trends reminiscent of whoever the hottest designer was that season. These days… not so much.

In many ways, Kate Moss has done nothing for Topshop’s relationship with the savvy fashionista (I like to consider myself one of those). It’s almost been a bit of a dumbing down really. The clothes photograph really well on her, but look a bit crap on the rest of us. We all know Kate Moss dresses well, but even she herself recognises that she is no designer.

Designer collaborations are one of the major attractive factors Topshop offers, managing to pull in young, fresh British designers (Ashish, Jonathon Saunders, the list goes on). This is as a result of their investment in young British talent – providing sponsorship and and on schedule space allowing selected designers to showcase their work. It’s this that is Topshop’s strength – the ability to identify great talent and bring it to the masses. It’s a good business move – buzz is created at London Fashion Week about these designers then soon after Topshop announces a collaboration with them (Christopher Kane, Mark Fast). Good for business, good for customers.

So I agree that my love affair with Topshop has cooled somewhat. These days, my high street hits are H&M, Cos and Zara. Supplemented by Primark, Asos and the occasional New Look purchase. However, our relationship is definitely not over and we could be getting hot and heavy again when these shoes hit the store…

Topshop Unique S/S 10

Rule Britannia

Posted in High Street Fashion by Nneoma Ulu on January 5, 2010

Every now and again good old Great Britain gives me a reason to reaffirm why I’m proud to be British and no I’m not talking about the extra bank holiday coming in 2012 because of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee but about that other famous British institution – TopShop. Tomorrow, the first of TopShop’s trio of Spring collaborations from Ashish, Ann Sofie Back and Jonathan Saunders, hits stores.

Ashish, Ann-Sofie Back and Jonathan Saunders for TopShop Spring 2010

Ann-Sofie Back kicks of the collaborative season with a line of 6 horror movie-inspired pieces. Dishevelled and slashed is clearly the inspiration for Back and her pieces will have you looking like a hot extra from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video (dancing skills not required).

Ann-Sofie Back for TopShop

Next up will be Jonathan Saunders. His second collection will be dropping on January 20 and it has more of a sexy, sultry bodycon feel.

Jonathan Saunders for TopShop

Last but not least, the Ashish line drops on February 3. Everyone went crazy for those leopard print wedges last season so let’s see what happens with the studded tracksuit…

Ashish for TopShop

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