15 September 2008

Topshop Unique kicks off London Fashion Week

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Maybe the TopShop Unique design team had been watching the cult 80's film The Breakfast Club; or maybe it was a simple as an obsession with the video of I Think We're Alone Now by Tiffany. From the get-go the spring 2009 Unique range was eighties-tastic almost to the point of pastiche - well it was styled by Katie Grand whose latest edition of POP is dedicated to the excess of the 1980's. It was Clockhouse at C&A re-imagined for today's trendy teens and 20-somethings. Think mall rat teens in heart print blazers and faded pastel blue high waist pleat front jeans complete with lilac slouch boots. All accessorised with birds nest hair, with hap-hazardly tied housewife head scarves knotted in Bananarama style. Now imagine that look spun into 20 variations - jumpsuits; shorts, drop sleeve tops, high waist skirts. That was the first section of the show! It moved into androgynous dog-tooth mod suits, veered into theme park territory with a Pearly Queen inspired "Lucky" jacket (want one!) and as Black Kids jangled out of the giant speakers, the collection got sweet and sexy. When a dusty pink fitted mini-dress with multiple-loops at the shoulder appeared Alexa Chung and Peaches Geldof nodded approvingly. For our money the shoes were rocking - architectural heels on white patent ankle boots were a definite winner. Perhaps not surprising since Topshop have just launched their shoe boutique. And the best piece? The finale dress a waisted black jersey dress with a drape halterneck - just beautiful.

- Melanie Rickey

See and rate the key looks below. Or want the out-takes instead? Read our behind the scenes report of what really went on in the Topshop space. We'll give you a clue - battered cod and chips and some serious juke-boxing...


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