25 February 2010

LFW AW10 Report: Topman Design

Although the women’s collections for London Fashion Week finished on Tuesday, we couldn’t resist seeing what we could be missing out on at Menswear day, after all, raiding your boyfriend's wardrobe is the most fun of all.

Ten seasons ago the MAN event was set up by Topman to showcase a selection of up and coming menswear designers, including Topman Design. Up until now that is, because yesterday Topman Design went solo in its very own scheduled show at Somerset House. The brand felt they had found their design aesthetic and that MAN should be left to nurture the newbies (its main purpose after all!)

Philip Green was representing in the FROW along with singer Mr Hudson. With the likes of Aggy, Lara Stone and Abbey Lee Kershaw looking gorgeous in the womenwear shows, we don’t know if we were more excited to check out their male counterparts or to see what pieces we could be borrowing this Autumn. Based on the boys of East Berlin, it was clear that Topman’s in-house designers had gone all out for their first standalone show. The result - their most wearable yet. We saw army underwear which came in khakis and browns tucked into lace-up boots, a contrast, but a good contrast none the less. The woodland print which is clearly the symbol of this seasons collection featured strongly. It was printed on bright blue and red over sized tees put under unstructured wool jackets which sat loosely on the shoulders. Paper bag trousers were used similar to those in the Jaeger and Asish shows. We fell in love with a quilted, felt bomber jacket which we can already see would look great with some Isabel Marant boots, black skinnies and some Marc Jacobs on the arm.

Is it wrong that we came away wanting a lot of the collection? Especially the Parka coats with over sized duffle hoods. Congratulations Topman, we’ll be careful not to spend all our money just in Topshop next time we visit!

-Lloyd Pursall


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