Topshop spring/summer 2018 collection catwalk show for LFWLondon Fashion Week SS18
Topshop’s SS18 collection is inspired by the contrasting characteristics of London’s Soho and offers a see-now, buy-now collection with pieces going on sale online and advertised in emails just a few short moments following the show. Fashion enthusiasts could get their hands on lurex roll necks, yellow satin shoes and metallic pieces in silver and on-trend red mere moments after being presented to everybody in the UK’s fashion capital.
The collection follows a “party girl and show girl” vibe with faux fur cuffed vintage inspired coats, metallic pieces such as trousers and jackets, as well as mini skirts and floral polo necks. Tailored jackets and structured skirts also featured in pale pink and in one ensemble was paired with a silky shirt, bralette, statement earrings and tanned skin to really channel the confidence and sass of London street style fashion.
Crystal accents appeared throughout, most noticeably on a blue negligee inspired maxi dress, with cut out mesh panelling, which was worn by supermodel Jourdan Dunn and was paired with statement blue boots – giving a whole new meaning to the term “blue steel”. Clubbing inspired music from the likes of Heaven and Mud Club contrasted with the use of semi-sheer fabrics, pearl accessories, satin dresses and oversized coats to add a touch of Soho’s edginess to the idea of refinement.
Sports luxe inspiration was further evident in the form of teal contrast stripe trousers and shorts whilst a homage to tailoring could be seen in a matching blazer and trouser combination in satin yellow and a white turtleneck and black dress combination where edgier style touches were added in the form of fishnet socks and a mustard bag.
The intended showstoppers of the collection come in the form of heavily sequinned party dresses complete with feathered trim in off-white, black and pink which were all paired with black boots and silver tiered earrings to present a note of glamour. Furthermore a long length black maxi dress made of sheer panelling, with skirt draping and a black velvet jumpsuit contrasted with the mesmerising metallic offerings and fancy floral pieces.
The collection was the last by creative director Kate Phelan and featured well-known supermodels such as Joan Smalls and Adwoa Aboah. With inspiration deriving from pre-selfie era 90s fashion, the line of cocktail dresses and crop tops still appeals to the fashion capital and its saturated audience of millennials, aiming for them to embody the “fun and free” heritage of the Topshop brand. With the likes of Kate Moss, blogger Megan Ellaby in the front row, it seems to have the seal of approval from both iconic fashion icons and stylish fashion bloggers alike.
Photos: Krish Nagari