Jul 12, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Opening London Collections: Men, was the formidable force that is Topman Design, with a collection which immediately had the pulse of the fashion world racing.
London: A flurry of references flew around backstage; the early 90’s, grunge glamour, athleisure, androgyny– to name a few. Designer Gordon Richardson commented “It’s more about the right mood for now, whatever the right word for that is, I don’t know.” An eclectic aesthetic was set from the start; boxy brushed wool suits came paired with floral flocked shirts, their hems peaking out from underneath tank tops, cuffs elongated, cheekily emerging from wool overcoats. Tailoring came slouchy and cut in velvet – a lot of velvet – loose, languid and opulent in wonderfully unorthodox shades of aubergine, copper and turmeric paired with floral shirts or moth eaten knits. A watermarked dévoré version boasted pentimento florals, offered in a loose 90’s tracksuit or boxy jacket, paired with billowing trousers. For the less flamboyant Top-man, were looks rendered in washed denim, oversized and lightly destroyed for a punkish feel paired down with a simple grey marl sweater. – Anna Ross
Theme: Romantic Eccentrics
Key Items: Cropped knits, House coat, Velvet tracksuit, Tunic knit, Sheer devore shirt, Robe coat
Colour: Concrete, Oyster, Bleach blue, Maroon, Sapphire, Gold, Bronze, Tan, Paprika, Moss
Print and Pattern: Antiqued florals, Metallic foiling, Chinoiserie prints
Trims and Materials: Crushed velvet, Silk, Bleached denim, Treated leather, Jacquards, Brushed Mohair, Viscose, Faux Fur, Silk Satin
Footwear and Accessories: Embroidered trainers, Oversized beanies, Desert boots
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