Always one of the most anticipated shows at London Fashion Week, today saw high street favorite Topshop's designer on schedule show, Unique. Whilst past season's have seen Topshop Unique pursue novel, directional and very specific themes or gimmicks (last season was Ghetto Egyptian and the one before that was Deco Dalmation) which served well to establish the collections and grab some hard to get attention amongst the London Fashion Week crowd, it was high time for an alternative approach and I was pleasantly surprised to find that was exactly what we got.

British designer behind the highly successful label, Emma Farrow, describes the Unique girl as "Someone with her own unique sense of style, who is not afraid to stand out from the crowd." A notion which is clear to be seen in past collections, but the Autumn Winter 2012 offering we saw today achieved the same notion but in a different way. Unique's collection had ultimate wear-ability and it's strength lay in the casual wear. Although talks on Twitter are suggesting certain elements drew very (too?) close an inspiration from Burberry's trademark trench styles (I can see where they're coming from but not really) Unique's selection of outerwear was super lust worthy. Over-sized floor length trenches in olive green with military style gold buttons made way for multi-layered wool cocoon style waistcoats with hardware feel zip detailing, check lined loose fitting parkas, large asymmetric utility style wool coats and yet more multi layered outerwear. Coats were styled swinging open flailing behind models as they stomped along the catwalk, with bunched rolled up sleeves and large slouch grab bags which I adored.

It was clear other aspects of the collection drew inspiration from military references too; separates included high waisted tapered trousers teamed with simple crop top and bullet necklace (on second thoughts maybe they have gone with a theme and ran with it?!), pleated leather midi length skirts, midi length pencil skirts with zip and slit detailing and polo neck tops. Dresses were also along a similar theme with dunagree styles, all in one military feel jumpsuits and leather strap detail. The colour palette never strayed far from khaki greens, blacks, creams and wine reds and hair was a messy down affair whilst makeup was barely there with simple liquid black eyeliner.

The collection ended with some add-on evening wear items including a velvet jumpsuit and trousers, silk blouses and a gold embellished mini dress, but if you ask me the main area to focus on is those ultra wearable casuals. I WILL be buying one of those peices come winter - if it bankrupts me or not - the first show of London Fashion Week that has got me saying that. Check it out in the video below.








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