Fall 2012 London Fashion Week: Topshop Unique

– By Soraya Bakhtiar – 

 In an effort to present a more grown-up appearance, while still remaining loyal to its British hipster flavor, the team of designers behind Topshop Unique created a high-street collection that did just that – an assemblage of pieces that were tailored and polished, edgy and tough, all at the same time – perhaps a result of it’s new creative director and former British Vogue Fashion Director, Kate Phelan.

Moving away from the 80’s-pop-meets-Egyptian-goddess of last season, the fall/winter 2012 collection presented a refreshing mix of structure and clean lines with relaxed and slouchy silhouettes.  In a color palette of muted earth-tones, utilitarian jackets and ankle-grazing shirt dresses made way for  maroon and black, leather and wool, taking shape in slouched trousers, zipper-accented sweater dresses, and leg baring corseted rompers, topped with billowing maxi coats.  A seventies-esque, black velvet jumpsuit and a printed, dolman-sleeve draped dress both stood out, but it was the  lashings of leather; in superb wide-leg trousers and trimming belted, open-front skirts that left lasting impressions.    Contributing to an overall 90s feel were chunky knits, paired with velvet shorts, and an over-sized wool biker coat  topping a silk slip dress shown with lace-up, spike heeled boots.  To close, Phelan showed a selection of glittering and textured dresses that while party-ready, were a cohesive end to the collection’s edgy spirit.
When all is said and done, Topshop once again proves that it doesn’t simply live up to expectation, but it delivers spectacular results.
Soraya Bakhtiar grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, with Iranian and Egyptian roots. Currently living in London and working as a freelance writer for several publications while updating her personal blog TheTrendReport and frequently contributing to OliviaPalermo.com.
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