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]
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 »
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 »
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 »
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]
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]