LFW S/S '11 report: Topshop Unique

18 September 2010

Filmed on a Flip Mino HD www.theflip.com

Well, how does one begin to put into words Topshop Unique’s S/S’11 offering. As you will have seen from our backstage blogging, there was plenty to be excited before the show even began; it was the first show in the mighty abandoned Eurostar Station at Waterloo that Topshop has taken over for LFW, our first taste of Toppers’ infamous café (we had the roast chicken salad, followed by butternut squash soup if you were wondering), the highly anticipated model line up of Dree Hemingway, Jourdan Dunn (who first launched her campaign career with Topshop), Amber Le Bon and Coco Rocha, the crowd-pleasing FROW (Lily Allen, Olivia Palermo, Pixie Geldof, Amber Rose) and the talk of a Barry White tune blasting out during rehearsals…
Topshop Unique’s head of design Karen Bonser sure must love a theme – we’ve had 80s surfer girls, an animals of Farthing Wood-style romp and cyber-travellers in the past few seasons, but next summer’s girl has time warped back into the ‘70s and found herself spat out into the present on a showgirl stage (with maybe a little hangover – from a seriously fabulous Studio 54 party, of course). Silhouette-wise we’re talking major flares – some cropped, some full-length, asymmetric short-at-the-front-long-at-the-back flowing dresses, kaftans, micro shorts and some glamorous poolside lounging one pieces. But nothing in this collection is simple – every item has been thought out in terms of texture, embellishment and a kaleidoscope of colour. Sequins, crystals, macramé, inky swirly prints, copper lurex, laser-cut suede, acid-wash denim, delicate cobwebby knits and even the shoes were a riot of Perspex, woven leather and tassels. And colours? Well, everything from gold to burnt orange to navy to pale pink featured. Stylist Katie Grand has been a very busy girl. Are you overwhelmed by this style fest yet? Don’t be, we’ve worked out just how we’ll be able to rock Topshop’s finest S/S '11 looks - simply channel these style icons to nail it:
Black thigh slit trouser suit = total Grace Jones moment. Add attitude and go.
White asymmetric gown = Bianca Jagger.
Cream satin short suit = Dolly Parton, the younger years.
The swimsuits (as daywear, natch) = Funk star Betty Davis – afro essential.
Sheer pink jumpsuit = Can be easily visualised on Alison Goldfrapp.
White fluted sleeve jumpsuit = ABBA!!
- Hannah Almassi



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