London Fashion Week: Topshop Unique Autumn 2011 show
Today was the day of Topshop Unique's Autumn Winter 2011 show at London Fashion Week. After such a successful, ground breaking collection last season, their Autumn Winter 2011 offering was one of great anticipation both by tthe fashion elete and celebrities. The front row was bursting with the likes of Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldoff, Nick Grimshow, Nicola Roberts and even the Queen of fashion Anna Wintour made an appearance. (Despite Catwalk Queen hearing a rumour that she refused to go anywhere outside of WC1!?)
The collection began with a Cruella De Vil theme blasting from the speakers. We suspected they were just being ironic but this was a blatant hint of things to come. Models stormed down the amply sized runway in Dalmation print. From fur to dresses, shoes to bags and shawls, the monochrome print adorned everything. This black and white theme continued throughout the entire collection with the odd nude note.
Tailoring was refined and traditional but with a quirky opulant twist. Oversized faux fur appeared on the hemlines of skirts, sleeves and collars accentuating the Cruella De Vil theme. An art deco feel emerged with geometric prints of city landscapes, the dog motif and car headlights. A stand out piece for us included the Bridge Dress; one based on the Brooklyn Bridge with architectural feel cut outs and dark silver leather.
There was a definite glamour within the collection and a homage to American vintage with embellished sleeve dresses and velvet textures. Makeup was minimal aside from carefully painted black noses on the faces whilst hair was pulled tight in two buns on the top of the head to emulate dogs ears.
The show drew to a close with a huge pack of models storming down the runway in an organised mess, reminding us of a scene from 101 Dalmatians, which we guess was their intention. An enjoyable collection, we loved the 1930's speakeasy type glamour and there was definitely a novelty feel about it, which will no doubt rustle a few feathers
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