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.

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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.
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When all is said and done, Topshop once again proves that it doesn’t simply live up to expectation, but it delivers spectacular results.
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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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  • [...] and admittly fell in love with all of the pieces that walked down the runway on that day. Here‘s the piece I wrote for her blog by the way if you have a few minutes to [...]

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