Runway Report: Topshop Unique SS17

Presented at Spitalfields Market in East London, this season’s show marks a change of direction for Topshop. Instead of the traditional six month time lag to buy the looks on the runway, the high street store has adopted the emerging ‘see now, buy now’ model, meaning that the majority of today’s collection is already on sale, the rest will follow as a second drop in a few weeks.

The season-neutral collection, which was simply called September 2016, paid homage to the 1980’s spirit of London, with inspiration taken from provocative punk artist Linder Sterling and London’s eclectic fashion markets. “We’re thinking about all those amazing markets like Hyper Hyper, the Great Gear market, Kensington and Camden where you bought everything from army surplus to Swanky Modes party dresses – everything was a one off and original,” explained Creative Director Kate Phelan. “Camden was a melting pot of punks, goths, New Romantics and Buffalo boys.”

On the runway this translated to darkly romantic party dresses and sharp tailored separates. There was plenty of power shoulders, ruffled blouses, high-waisted peg trousers, and super shiny patent leather. Neon fuchsia and an abstract zebra print also popped up in several looks. Shoes were very much in step with the vintage theme. Fetching V-vamp pointed-toe slingbacks and stiletto ankle booties were done in a variety of suede and calf hair hues.

All in all, Topshop Unique is definitely making us yearn for the eighties!

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