The invitation looked like something you would receive from Queen Elizabeth for a Royal dinner, thick white card stock with your name scrawled elegantly in black with an old fashioned fountain pen and it WAS a royal command in a way. This exclusive dinner for 60 was hosted by Topshop founder Sir Philip Green (shown at right in photo above with Rich Gamble) to celebrate the upcoming arrival of Topshop/Topman to Chicago this fall. The choice of restaurants couldn't have been more perfect either. Elegant, modern, chic and cozy, Henri, at 18 S. Michigan, offers one of the best views of the city and it's jewel box charm was the perfect venue to discuss all things Topshop/Topman with David Shepherd (Managing Director for Topman), Gordon Richardson (Design Director for Topman), Karen Bonser (Design Director for Topshop) and Jason Griffiths (Topman Marketing Director).
The store is scheduled to open at the corner of Pearson and Michigan in the old Border's location. The proposed plan will include a 35,000 sq. ft. sales floor with a DJ booth and will include lines from Glamrock, Unique, Psychobilly, Thrift and Bavaria to name a few.
Seen on the scene were some of the movers and shakers of the publishing world including Chicago Mag's Rich Gamble along with Fashion Editor Stacey Jones, Mich Mag's Susanna Negovan, CS Mag's Samantha Saifer and Amy Wimer and Leslie Hindman Auctioneers vintage clothing specialist Abigail Rutherford among others.
Kate Moss has been the "face" for Topshop for the last 3 years and I understand a search might be underway for a new "face" for this fashion forward British institution. I suggested an over fifty woman with slicked back hair, perhaps? I will be waiting TOPSHOP! :-)
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(Additional photos by Jack Edinger.)