Topshop Unique Autumn Winter 2014: Too Cool For School

16 February 2014 by

With school uniforms on the mind of Topshop Unique's design team, it was no wonder that the head girls of the modelling world were in place on the runway. Assembling for today's presentation were Malaika Firth, Hollie May Saker, Sam Rollinson, Jourdan Dunn and Devon Windsor - all strutting with behind-the-bike-shed attitude in high collared shirts, scrunched down ankle socks and gym shorts, plus jackets and coats belted at the waist and shrugged off one collarbone (expect this to be the new shoulder-robing). We couldn't help but wonder if their kits had their names embroidered on the labels? 

There was a French vibe early on - with not only a soundtrack that sounded strangely like a remix of the Mogwai-penned theme to The Returned but the kind of thigh skimming skirts and OTK boots that could give even the most preppy pupil a little ooh-la-la.

Things took a turn for the '70s - when our Toppers girl goes from rebellious school kid to academic college star. With her impressive exam results and marvellous good looks she's allowed the clothes to be a little more grown up. The highlights of this show - aside from that severely distracting FROW action (Kate Moss! Kendall Jenner!) - was a series of coats that looked anything but high street. There was one for all tastes - from school girl to stay at home mum. Demure dressers will love the oversized camel, street-chic chicks will enjoy the silver puffa, classic-phobes will sign up for the checkerboard multicoloured shearling and Scandi-minimalists will snuggle up to the powder blue mohair dressing gown coat. Mossy herself wore one of her wardrobe's most recognisable items - that black shaggy jacket - cementing the idea that what's really in for this winter and beyond is out(erwear). 


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