The first few looks that made it down the runway had the audience glancing at their invites just to make sure it still said Topshop Unique. This fall/winter marked a brave move for the high street giant as it played with codes of luxury; elegant cream tones, rich off-white cable knits, beautifully cut trousers and even the occasional crystal-encrusted numbers. On hindsight, it is precisely the type of risk that one would expect Topshop Unique to take, a leap that breaks the mold just enough to make a lasting impression, yet all in all, still maintains the average customer’s sensibility.
Shapes were more relaxed compared to its recent collections’ high-energy, youthful spirit synonymous with Antipodium. Since Geoffrey Finch’s move to join the design team at Topshop, the retailer’s collection has had the designer’s distinct flavor for playful silhouettes and rebellious streak. This season with the languid shapes and a stronger focus on conventional femininity resemble a happy medium.
Highlights of the show included the button-up, botanical print chiffon daywear that grazes the knees, little black dress with ostrich feather trims and the absolute must-have, the velvet smoking jacket with floral crystal embellishments. Topshop Unique seemed right on the money with the nod to Art Nouveaux and the obsession with velvet, all poised to be key trends for fall/winter. Perhaps it’s the influence of Topshop’s new Global Design Director, Jacqui Markham that has already filtered through the system, bringing more sophistication to the collections.