A Sneak Peek Of Topshop’s Collection At London Fashion Week Through The Lens Of Women In Fashion

To give you a sneak peek of our London Fashion Week collection (shown live from the runway at 4.15pm BST on Sunday), we’ve collaborated with Women in Fashion – a feminist non-profit organisation that aims to challenge issues surrounding gender and representation in the fashion industry. Get to know four women from the collective below as we talk about everything from their earliest memories of fashion to their dream days in London…

Daisy Walker, Co-founder and Photographer

Describe Women in Fashion in three words…
Provoking, safe, revealing.

What is the best part of your job?
Making the images I see in my head come to life. It’s like therapy for me in a lot of ways and the fact that I get to cast people close to me in the work I produce means I’m sharing that world with people I hold very dear.

What changes would you like to see within the fashion industry?
Greater diversity in casting to show a better representation of society, including race, size, age etc. I’d also like to see creatives being paid properly and on time for their work.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Nothing is black and white and you can survive anything. Your body doesn’t need to be a battleground; it’s your greatest weapon and a demonstration of your strength.

What is your earliest memory of fashion?
Watching my mum put on her Vivienne Westwood corset. She looked strong as well as womanly, and I hadn’t seen many positive examples of that at the time. It’s always stuck with me and it’s something I try to put into my work.

What is your first memory of Topshop?
I pretty much solely wore Topshop growing up. It was from about 8/9 that I realised I could dress to express myself and Topshop was a big part of that.

Describe your dream day in London…
Swimming topless in Hampstead ponds with my favourite women!

Sophie Monique Brown, Actress

Describe Women in Fashion in three words…
Empowerment, education, community.

What is the best part of your job?

Discovering and playing with different characters.

What changes would you like to see within the fashion industry?
Sustainable Fashion – I’d love to see more platforms for recycling clothes. There’s just a constant cycle of new material being churned out, which is great in a lot of ways, but there’s just so much waste.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Baby-blue tracksuits are not for you.

What is your earliest memory of fashion?

My sister bought a pair of heels for her sixth form prom. After she wore them, she fell out of love with them and I (for some reason) fell in love with them and made them my house slipper. I’d literally walk around the house, eat breakfast and watch TV in them (I was 11). They were great!

What is your first memory of Topshop?

I tried my first ever bikini on in the Milton Keynes branch – my boobs hadn’t fully come through so I ditched it and stuck with my speedo.

Describe your dream day in London…
Hmmm… in whatever order: food, friends, chill, wine, acting (be it in Theatre, TV or Film), more food.

Lily More, Co-founder and Researcher at David Sims

Describe Women in Fashion in three words…
Community, listening, learning.

What is the best part of your job?
Absorbing knowledge.

What changes would you like to see within the fashion industry?
Diversity, impeccable working conditions within production, and environmental consciousness.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Enjoy the process.

What is your earliest memory of fashion?
Miuccia Prada, Miuccia Prada, Miuccia Prada.

What is your first memory of Topshop?
The Jamie jeans.

Describe your dream day in London…
Sleep forever.

Jess Young, Model and Nail Artist

Describe Women in Fashion in three words…
Accepting, honest, and empowering.

What is the best part of your job?
As a nail artist, I love it when my clients say ‘do whatever you want’ because I like being given creative freedom as well as a challenge.

What changes would you like to see within the fashion industry?
I want to see more conceptual fashion, fashion with a narrative or message. I feel like that’s not as on-trend, but teenagers wearing tracksuits and vintage brands shot on film are. It’s getting repetitive.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t depend on other people for happiness and motivation. Find the passion within yourself to achieve what you want to on your own and embrace your independence.

What is your earliest memory of fashion?

When I was a child, I had this grey T-shirt with roses that I wore until it had holes in it. I thought I looked like a really cool rock star!

What is your first memory of Topshop?
The first thing that popped into my head was my most recent visit where I found a tote bag with the slogan ‘Bye Felicia’ – it was literally the best thing I have ever seen in a very long time! If you know me well enough, you would know that bag is my life.

Describe your dream day in London…
A summer’s day shopping and chilling with some girlfriends, and then making music on a rooftop as the sun sets. Any sunny day with good company and good vibes is a dream for me.

 

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