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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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