To celebrate the launch its new make up line Top Shop collaborated with SHOWstudio.
Entitled ‘Mirror Mirror by SHOWstudio.com’, the project installed an interactive mirror on the Ground Floor of the Oxford Circus flagship for a limited time. Customers visiting the store from 5th – 9th May received a complimentary makeover at the Topshop Make Up counter, with Topshop Stylists on hand to offer clothing advice. They were then invited to strike a pose in front of the magic mirror to find out what industry supremos like Nicola Formichetti, Victoria Young, Susie Lau, Emma Summerton, Alice Hawkins, Fred Butler and Julie Verhoeven think of their look! Fashion and style tips scrolled across the top of the mirror, tapped in by the industry expert in question from the comfort of their home or studio.
What’s more, images of customers were uploaded onto Facebook each day, so users could tag and share their photos with friends.
After the parade of patterns hitting shops for spring/ summer the New York Times did a feature on ‘print mixology’ – guidelines for pattern mixing.
The Guidelines (Not Rules)
1. Vary the scale. Mix a small neat print with a splashier one. Or an eye-popper with one that’s more neutral.
2. Stay within the same color family.
3. Mix up the fabrics, the weights — a rough-textured fabric with a more refined one. Somehow a nubby, slubby fabric pairs up more naturally with a flat weave than do two smooth-textured fabrics.
4. Toss in some polka dots, stripes or even leopard prints, which are easier to mix with other patterns because they’re simple and graphic. And they’re familiar to the eye.
5. Consider the accessories. Though it’s fun to tote a print bag with a print frock, you can tone down the brights with a great tan leather bag or pair of sandals. Straw works, too.
The New York Times then invited readers around the globe to submit images of their styled pattern and print outfits.
Loving the images and can’t wait to get mixing.
This blog will be used to design and deliver workshops and will also be used as an open space for collaborators or contributors to leave comments/ follow events.
But what about a little inspiration?
Prior to the workshop I will post links to other projects, designers and workshops.
The Rrripp!! Paper Fashion Exhibtion at Mudam Museum, Luxembourg (Feb, 2009)