TOPSHOP UNIQUE AUTUMN/WINTER 2015-16 READY-TO-WEAR MILAN
If fashion is about projecting a vision of a woman and the clothes she’d wear in her fantasy life, then bagsy being the Topshop girl next season.
She’s a little bit of all of us – a charming, mixed-up style dichotomy who quite fancies herself frolicking in the playful wilds of the English countryside in narrow, side-split shift dresses, printed with spriggy dandelion flowers.
Equally, once the country jaunt is over, she can’t wait to get back to London, primed for mischief and ready to shimmy her bare shoulders in a strapless cocktail dress while sipping champagne.
This afternoon’s Topshop Unique girl had an Eighties sensibility (let’s imagine she’s doing all of that dancing at Annabel’s). There was certainly a brashness to her – the ornately embroidered, black velvet mini dresses and wide, glossy green vinyl flares worn with a gold Lurex jacket saw to that.
But as much as this girl likes to party, she craves a homely sense of luxury from her everyday pieces (like all of us she sees the practical appeal of a capsule wardrobe).
She chooses pinafore dresses worn with chubby, navy roll-neck knits and cute, block heel pumps – the red velvet with their jolly, sixties verve were a favourite – as were the two piece cornflower blue corduroy suit and Taupe vinyl macs.
So what will be next season’s hit winter coat on the high street? Expect it to be shearling, with weighty fluffy cuffs, and it’s worth noting that the hemlines here were abbreviated, aimed squarely at Topshop’s coquettish customer.
We are over half way the through the London Fashion Week show schedule now and one thing is certain – designers are still enchanted by a retro revival, so get ready to look back with gusto.