Kate Moss x TopShop: An Insider’s View

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You’ve seen the lookbook, the launch party, the lines of people, and now it’s finally here! The highly anticipated return of Kate Moss x TopShop is available in stores and online as of today. There is no arguing that Kate Moss is heralded as an icon in the fashion industry, turning heads with her timeless, effervescent style. Her design collaboration draws inspiration directly from her own wardrobe, so being able to own a piece dreamed up by the British babe herself is enough to sell us.

Even though this is the latest collection in Moss’s 7-year relationship with TopShop, the collections just started gaining more attention stateside after TopShop popped up in the U.S. in 2009. After then, the British brand escalated in popularity among the U.S. fashion community, including a huge partnership co-op in Nordstrom stores across the country.

And we are lucky enough to know a fellow FromVA2CA gal, the lovely Chelsea Stroud, who has worked with TopShop since their storefront opened at The Grove in Los Angeles. We all went to the same high school, and she moved out to California to chase her dreams of a career in fashion. Now a member of TopShop’s elite stylist team, Chelsea has styled everyone from Demi Lovato to Nicole Richie! We were so excited to get an insider’s look at the Kate Moss x TopShop collection from the lady herself, who answered a few questions for us.

Q: The collection is said to be inspired somewhat by Moss’s own wardrobe! Which piece from the collection do you think is a wardrobe essential?

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A: This dress is an amazing wardrobe essential. It will look flattering on any body type. It is something that you will keep in your closet for the rest of your life. You can never go wrong with a white, classy, chic spring/summer dress.

Q: What is/are your favorite piece(s) in the collection and what are a few different ways to style it?

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A: These are my two favorite pieces from the collection, this Leather Fringe Jacket and Suede Runners Short. They are perfect worn together as a set with a classic white tee underneath the jacket. OR you could wear them separately. I would suggest wearing the fringe jacket with a high-waisted pant to show off the fringe and a tight white or black tank underneath. The shorts could be worn with a denim button up shirt (half-tuck) or a black/white tee . As for shoes, I would always go with the staple black bootie. If you’re wearing the shorts with a black tee, I would go with a gladiator sandal in gold- so chic!

Q: Why do you think Kate Moss and TopShop are such a perfect fit?

A: This is Kate’s 15th collection with Topshop over a 7-year period. At this point, Kate is a close friend with the brand and the brand looks to her for inspiration when designing pieces for each season. Kate is English and it’s a really great representation of the brand to have someone from their own culture designing a line with the company. Kate is also a model and a style icon to people all over the world.

Q: Three words to describe Kate Moss x TopShop?

A: Fringe. Bohemian. HOT

Q: Should we be looking forward to another Kate Moss collaboration for the Fall?

A: I hope to see another collab with Kate by the fall but if not- we should definitely see another launch by 2015!

 Thank you so much, Chelsea, for taking the time to answer some questions for us. Don’t forget to follow her @chelsealeastroud!

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A few of our own picks from the collection – we just can’t get enough of these amazing dresses!

Sarah: Left/Right

Emmy: Left/Right

Xx, E & S

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Bring Back Summer

As of today, October 1st,  it is safe to say that summer is really gone…sigh. Of course I do love this beautiful fall weather we are having in VA and I am so excited for snowboarding season, but summer will always be my one true love. So to continue on with our “B” week theme, we thought we would B-ring B-ack Summer by sharing some of our favorite warm weather moments through our favorite photo sharing app, Instagram!

 

Sarah // Follow: Setappen

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1. Awesome way to celebrate finishing finals :]!! Making hoops with sweet Virginia, learning new tricks in the beautiful weather, and enjoying Starbucks #shesthebest #hooponhoops #RVA#summer2013

 2. Jump for joy…it’s Friday!! #tgif #Rebounders #allsmiles#happy #favoriteworkout #summer2013

3. @jaclynpaulk was up a creek without a paddle….literally!  #getbywithalittlehelp #towhome#needalift #4milepaddle

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4.  Out with the best friends! 🙂 #girlsnight #ladies#GreatBridge #homeee #757

5. Good morning!! #shebesurfing #surf #vabeach#croatan #getoutandsurf #livethesearch

6.#nofilter #differentangles #Chesapeake #757 #sunset#endlesssummer #beauty

Emmy // Follow: Emtaps

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1. Revisiting my San Fran trip on the blog today! #sf#photography #linkinprofile

2. The cure for anything is salt water – tears, sweat, or the sea. #fromvatoca

3. No one can be at peace unless one has freedom. #4th #greenvalleylake

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4. Never too old for a bejeweled headband.. Right? #ootd #fashion #blingbling #mirrormirror

5. Here we go!  #weddingday #limo #bride #gorgeous#0719 #calvertwedding ❤ @tashanae

6.Such a fun weekend in SF exploring and celebrating with the besties! #sf#tourists #bestfriends #laborday

Follow us on Instagram to keep up with all of our fall and winter adventures!

Xx, S