If your place at fashion’s top table is dependent on the status of your followers, then Topshop’s Unique brand has really made it. WGSN’s news contributor Sandra Halliday reports
The show this afternoon was a media (and social media) event as much as a fashion show with an A-list front row, some of the world’s top models on the runway and the season’s key trends all getting a look-in.
The excitement started before the show with teen models Lucky Blue Smith and Lottie Moss getting the paparazzi snapping, plus big names Jourdan Dunn and Lara Stone, Immy and Suki Waterhouse, and US Vogue chief Anna Wintour also creating a buzz. The Topshop campaign face of SS16 Karlie Kloss, also made a big entrance.
The A-list extended onto the catwalk too as Sam Rollinson and Lineisy Montero helped interpret the retailer’s Rebel In a Rush theme that blended masculine style with extreme femininity.
So what did that mean in terms of clothes? Lots of fur trims, shearling, military influences and cosy-but-cool knits and separates, for a start.
Outerwear was one of the biggest trend messages from NYFW and Topshop Unique continued the theme in London as it trimmed oversized casual coats with shearling collars and edges. The warmth quota was upped with quilted linings but it was as much about style as warmth as the label worked colour with a deft hand. A great colour combo of silver grey mottled leather, tan revers and a white furry collar on a biker jacket really was designed to stand out in a crowd, especially when teamed with black and white dogtooth check.
That check made a major statement, whether as a frayed-edge mini skirt, a giant car coat or on-trend wider mannish pants.
In fact, in a collection full of the every feminine, pants were nonetheless key pieces and came either ultra-wide and tailored-meets-military or cut close to the body in athleisure style.
Layering was key too, whether an aviator jacket placed incongruously over the lightest sheer dress or a camo-cum-animal print sweater over silky separates.
Topshop Unique played further with colour, texture and pattern as it gave us the brightest pink lace, a cartoonish tree print on a shimmering tunic dress or fluid pencil skirt, some star-spangled allover sequins or velvets and some great shearling gilet-coats worked with slip dress or bra top-based evening looks.
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