Spring 2013 London Fashion Week: Topshop Unique

- By Sarah-Leigh Wade -

Topshop Unique is evolving. Under the design helm of Kate Phelan, the high street giant’s premium line is striving to bring out the brand’s more mature side with spring/summer 13 a shining example.
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Not only did this season’s collection mark a significant move-on for Unique, but it also cemented a number of seasonal trends, that typically only the most influential of fashion houses can look to achieve. Clean minimalism, checks, the use of buttercup yellow and a penchant for metallics have been seen in abundance at the spring/summer shows already, while Topshop of course put their own spin on proceedings.
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Featuring all of the above, Unique’s clean lines came in the form of voluminous white or grey sweatshirts worn with straight knee-length silver skirts, outsize shirt-dresses and figure-skimming shifts. Another must-have for the season is undeniably tailoring, here seen loose yet perfectly fitting. The monochrome floral suit and matching checked shirt and pants will surely become a wardrobe essential for fashion editors and customers alike.
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Unique’s base palette of white, black, silver, dusty pink, yellow and navy provided enough interest and enthusiasm for a contemporary line, while tonal combinations marked a certain freshness for the brand – a timeless appeal that will surely guarantee absolute commercial success.
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For Team Olivia further high points included an asymmetric dress with an oversized navy and yellow geometric print, a soft yellow suit with elongated jacket and opaque panelling seen on sheer body-skimming shifts. In true Topshop style, super-cool ear cuffs and mismatched earrings finished the look.
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Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Wade is an editor and brand consultant working with trend forecasting organisations and international retailers, specialising in digital media. Sarah-Leigh launched her popular eponymous blog Sarah-LeighsStyleFiles.com in 2009 and is an advocate of emerging talent, vintage fashion and the arts. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahLeighW

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Photos courtesy of Style.com
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Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Wade-Bunting is an editor and brand consultant working with trend forecasting organisations and international retailers, specialising in digital media. Sarah-Leigh launched her popular eponymous blog Sarah-LeighsStyleFiles.com in 2009 and is an advocate of emerging talent, vintage fashion and the arts. You can follow her on Twitter @sarah_leigh_b

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