LIVE! We're blogging backstage at TOPSHOP UNIQUE!

18 September 2010

Grazia Daily has JUST arrived at the Topshop Unique fashion show where we're being directed inside by handsome men in boiler suits. Hmmm, we like.

In celebration of their 20th season, the brand is showcasing their S/S '11 collection at Waterloo’s former Eurostar terminal so of course, we had to pop down and check out the venue. And just look at what's going down inside the vast space...

Filmed on a Flip Mino HD

Yes, we've snuck backstage to see the pre-show preparations that are already well underway...

For starters, we watch as the models' hair, which was tightly plaited early this morning, is now being released for a mega crimping effect. Oooh yes, unique indeed!

The 'crimps' are then combed out to create enormous afros with colourful hair extensions added in for extra oomph. How cool?

Next, we turn to the manucurists who are hard at work with the ol' glittery nails, disco diva stylee.

WOW! Coco Rocha is walking in the show! We cannot wait to see the newly wed on the catwalk and in those crazy hippy flares!

Filmed on a Flip Mino HD

Make-up supremo, Hannah Murray talks us through the beauty look for the collection. Her team is using Topshop products (natch) to create a seventies look with 'sick' cherry red lips and bare eyes with just a touch of highlighter. 'It's much more grown up than last season,' she explains, 'but still that cool Topshop look.' Excellent news, Hannah. And yes, cherry lips sounds rather good to us...

Leather tassles, giant crystals and polarised sunnies on the accessories table. Hm, are we going back to Woodstock? We think yes!

Blimey! Check out those giant perspex wedges, complete with tassles. Start praying for no head-over-heel trip ups, like now!

Ooh, and who's this? None other than Yasmin Le Bon's daughter, Amber lining up alongside Coco Rocha! Well who'da thunk it?

The models, kitted out in fluffy bathrobes, are lining up in preparation for the run through. Despite all the shouting for the girls to get in line, the atmosphere is pretty calm and everything appears to be organised. Yep, no backstage tizzies at Topshop Unique (how disappointing!).

Filmed on a Flip Mino HD

We've just had a sneaky tip off that the music is going to be a mixture of Edward Scissorhands and that infamous ol' Warlrous of Luuurve, Barry White. What a, er, groovy mix! And what on earth could this tell us about the collection, eh?

Having ventured from the backstage area, we get a glimpse of the ginormous catwalk space, in between the train tracks and under the beee-yoodifull roof in the old station. And what a venue it is! Plus, all the guests get a free silver bag jam-packed with Topshop beauty goodies. Wicked!

Now the guests are filtering in for some Topshop cuisine before the show starts. So far, we've celeb-spotted a pregnant and poncho-ed Lily Allen, Pixie Geldof with pal Nick Grimshaw, Nicola Roberts and Shingai of The Noisettes. Take your FROW seats now, peeps...

Are they waiting on the platform for a train? No sillies, it's the guests waiting for the show to start. Literally a matter of minutes now... Watch this space for our full report on the show itself coming soon!

- Jessica Vince and Alex Butt

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