Topshop Unique catwalk show report S/S 2016 for LFW
Anna Wintour took to the front row alongside Ciara, Alexa Chung, Suki Waterhouse and, inevitably, chairman of the Arcadia group Sir Philip Green. The show, which was running late, followed the success of their last, since its initial launch in 2001 (showing at London Fashion Week since 2005). And 23 seasons later, they introduced the SS16 collection at the Topshop showspace this afternoon.
The music livened up and the spotlights danced as Imaan Hammam walked out first. Blazers, knotted belts and polka-dots opened the show, soon followed by rivera-style sleeves. Oversized earrings, off-the shoulder jackets, dresses and light chiffons fluttered, whilst blazers were all the rage.
Heavier leathers hung over dainty fabrics, contrasting against faux furs, bright heels and embroidered floral bomber jackets. The SS16 Topshop Unique girl, is a woman torn between the city and the glistening coastline. With the music becoming more lively, the fashions did too. Pastels went head-to-head with the occasional bright tone. Leathers were twisted, knotted and plaited, much like one would expect of a lighter fabric, yet these delicate and pristine manipulations, added a high-end element to one of the most loved high-street brands.
The collection mirrored something vintage, retro even. Transparent dresses, denim skirts and ruffled chiffon shirts. Pleated waistlines, the occasional drop waist, with belted kimono jackets that followed. Knitted vests were paired over light slips. Transitional dressing was seen in abundance.
Occasionwear, or clothing for those not afraid to dress sumptuously, cascaded down the runway. Floral-embroidered dresses ended the show on a classical, opulent high. Against the backdrop of the cities buildings, the final walk was led by Binx Walton against the spoken words “we want to be free”, and effortlessly faded into music past floor to ceiling windows. One thing Topshop does well, is wearable trendwear, with a decadent whimsical side.
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