We were incredibly excited to be invited to the Topshop show. This has become one of THE events of London Fashion Week. Its amazing really that a high street brand can create this much buzz, but lets face it, Topshop is not really like any other highstreet fashion label. Not only through their collaborations with the most cutting edge British brands in their Boutique offer, but also through their own, and very well named, Unique collection, they display design credentials that genuinely deserve to be presented amongst the rest of London Fashion Week’s collections. There’s also the addition of their sponsorship which enables the NEWGEN designers to be shown in such style as well as show in a stunning space (this year we were back in Waterloo’s defunct Eurostar terminal).
Headed up by the brilliant Karen Bonser and styled by Katie Grand, the Unique team created a truly unique vision for S/S 2012. Last season they encouraged us all to embrace our inner puppy, and this season they took us on an equally imaginative journey. Supported by a hip hop heavy soundtrack, Toppers decided to channel the glamour of Cleopatra should she have been reborn in to the mid 80’s b-boy scene of New York. Yes, that is Cleopatra, represented by Elizabeth Taylor, rocking gold embellished streetwear that features sacred Egyptian motifs. I did tell you it was unique… Throw in some more 80’s oriented references with a touch of Body Map’s monochrome and some Rifat Ozbek inspired club cool and you have a really strong and energetic direction. Here’s some shots- my own so excuse the quality (if you want to see more hit up Style.com).
Following this post we have one dedicated to the Celebrity heavy FROW at the Topshop show. There was an awe inspiring caste of characters, including Anna Wintour, which alone if enough to show that this is a show to be taken seriously.
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