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Topshop’s Yellowface Necklaces Are Racist Whether They’re “Vintage-Style” Or Not

Topshop's Yellowface Necklaces Are Racist Whether They're "Vintage-Style" Or Not

When a Topshop customer in the UK came across this necklace while shopping at the chain store, she complained to a customer sales representative and was told that the necklace was “acceptable, because it was vintage style” and therefore “not racist.” The necklace depicts an early 19th century stereotype of East Asians — as Refinery 29 explains, “The charms bear an uncanny resemblance to the caricatures in anti-Chinese propaganda cartoons of the 1880s, when the Chinese Exclusion Act and all its institutionalized, dehumanizing policies were in full effect.” Is that what the clerk meant by “vintage”? The stereotype has always been racist — it didn’t become racist when we decided to acknowledge it as such — and it’s racist now. What’s next, Mammy hair fascinators? Ugh. [Refinery 29] [Photo: @summoningesther]

Beauty Test Drive: Topshop Smoky Eye Palette

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Nothing Says Fierce Like Smoky Eyes

I love a good smoky eye, so when Topshop’s Smoky Eye Palette in Tuxedo arrived at The Frisky office, I was eager to Beauty Test Drive it. While sultry, smoky eyes aren’t for the faint of heart, it makes a big statement when when you’re looking to amp up your sex appeal. For a night on the town, hot date or boudoir shoot (like the one I recently did, where I used this palette!), sexy, smoky eyes are key. For a dramatic look, Topshop’s Tuxedo palette includes four highly pigmented eyeshadows to create a variety of looks: a charcoal black, rich plum, deep purple and shimmery nude. So did it live up to it’s hype? Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Topshop Gloss Ink, Lipstick & Lip Cream In Shades Of Purple

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How-To: Make Lipstick Last
How to keep your lip color looking fresh all day long. Read More »

Before I go into this Beauty Test Drive, I’d like to declare my fondness for Topshop Beauty products. I’ve tried out a fair share of makeup in my day, and I’m generally a big fan of Topshop’s price point, quality and coverage. This time around, I decided to test three purple Topshop lip products: Gloss Ink in Cruel, Velvet Finish Moisturizing Lipstick in On The Town and Lip Cream in Double Take. Purple hues are NOT normally my jam since I have very fair skin, but I decided to step outside my comfort zone and give ‘em a whirl. With that said, it was not a good idea. My expressions pretty much say it all, but if you want the in-depth review, here goes nothin’… Keep reading »

Today In Crappy Retailers: TopShop Still Won’t Sign The Bangladesh Safety Accord

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topshop will not sign bangladesh accord

Back in April, hundreds of workers died after a building collapse at the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh. In the wake of this tragedy, the Bangladesh Safety Accord was created, with the aim of ensuring safety for clothing manufacturer employers. It’s overseen by the United Nation’s International Labor Organization, and signees to the accord agree to regular factory inspections and improved safety measures and standards at factories that produce their garments.

But guess who’s not down to protect the lives of their factory workers? TopShop, that’s who. Since April, more than 80 companies have signed the accord, including H&M, Mango and even Abercrombie & Fitch. (You can check out the full list here.) TopShop agreed to sign in May, but has yet to actually take pen to paper — even after they were urged by the British government to do so in June. Keep reading »

Do Not Want: Topshop’s $65 “Mom Jeans”

Do Not Want: Jean Sandal Boots
Yes, they exist, and yes, they're horrifying. Read More »
Do Not Want: Picnic Pants
Now you can eat potato salad off your crotch! Read More »
Hipster Hunger Games
They're happening. Read More »
Do Not Want: Chest Hair Sweater
Complete with glistening nipples! Read More »

Dear Topshop, I’m not sure why anyone would willingly purchase a pair of mom jeans, but I think everyone knows that an authentic pair can be procured at any Kohl’s or Kmart for much, much less than the $65 price you’ve slapped on these acid-washed, tapered, high-waisted monstrosities. Seriously. Make it stop. [Bleach Acid Mom Jeans, $65, Topshop]

Love It Or Leave It: Topshop’s Motel Skirt

Love It Or Leave It?
What do you think about Kerry Washington's checkered dress? Read More »
Do Not Want: Chest Hair Sweater
Complete with glistening nipples! Read More »
Must Haves: Rose Print
Everything's coming up rose print! Read More »

I adore graphic prints and vintage photography, so my first inclination is to love this Topshop pencil skirt. I mean, talk about a statement piece! My only hesitation is that I’m not sure about having a “motel” sign plastered across my crotch. What do you guys think? And if you are on team “love it” but aren’t sure how to wear it, I was really impressed with these three funky outfits Catwalk Queen put together. Retro photo skirt plus heart-shaped glasses? Yes, please! [$56, Topshop]

LFW Days 1-3: Temperley London, Matthew Williamson, Vivienne Westwood & More!

New York Fashion Week is just the beginning … after the tents in New York shuttered, the fashion industry quickly hopped across the pond for London Fashion Week, where designers like Matthew Williamson and Vivienne Westwood began showing their spring/summer 2013 collections. Williamson was his usual bright and boho, Westwood put prim models on the walkway with improper green makeup, and Topshop Unique kept things black, white and sheer. Check out those collections and more, after the jump! Keep reading »

Topshop Will Soon Be Available At Nordstroms

Rihanna For Topshop?
Will the singer be collaborating with the retailer too? Read More »

Well, some of them, anyway. Topshops will plant themselves in 14 Nordstrom locations, says the department store giant. There’ll be TopShop and TopMan offerings available, and even limited edition only-available-at-Topshops-inside-Nordstrom items. You can never have enough on-trend floral rompers and ear cuffs, we suppose.

The Nordstrom encampments are only part of Topshop’s plan for U.S. domination. Expect to see 15 to 20 more store locations in the coming year. In the meantime, Nordstrom is stoked on its new tenants — they’re hoping the collaboration will bring more fresh young 15- to 30-year-olds through its doors. [CNBC]

TopShop’s Newest TopMan Collection Ensures Wearers Will Never See A Vagina

Rarely does TopShop do anything egregiously wrong — on the women’s side of its operation, at least. But on the men’s side? Well, there’s a reason why TopMan is lagging far behind its female counterpart in sales and hype. You can see what I mean by taking a look at TopMan’s latest offerings — a smattering of ’80s-inspired jam shorts and football tops styled in the most incomprehensible ways. It’s not simply that the clothes themselves are unfortunate — it’s that TopMan seems to think that its clients want to model themselves after nerdy gradeschoolers. As far as I can tell, that’s not a recipe for success. But go ahead, take a look for yourself and tell us what you think.

Topshop Rips Off Independent Jewelry Designer

Toms Knockoffs
Are these Target shoes too close to Toms? Read More »
Urban Outfitters Knockoff
This necklace design was ripped off. Read More »
Urban Outfitters Strikes Again
UO is notorious for stealing designs. Read More »
Forever 21's Stolen Fabric
The chain copied an indie designer's print. Read More »

In yet another example of a big fashion chain “borrowing” ideas from an independent designer, Topshop recently rolled out a set of “punctuation rings” that look a hell of a lot like the awesome swear ring set by jewelry designer and fashion blogger Wendy Brandes. Wendy posted a response on her blog yesterday that addressed the cyclical nature of fashion and Topshop’s choice to manufacture a product so similar to her own. Check out her thoughtful reaction after the jump … Keep reading »

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