The Sunday of London Fashion Week is always a crazy one and it all pivots around one, much-loved show… Yep the Topshop Unique show is always a highlight for me, from the much-needed snacks and drinks beforehand to the mega venues (beautiful Tate Britain this season) and starry front rows, it always has a buzz about it from start to finish. Plus, its always a guaranteed chance to catch up with some of my favourite ladies in the business amidst the craziness of show season… But best of all, what you see on the runway is altogether more doable in terms of price and wearability compared to the vast majority of catwalk shows and could very realistically end up hanging in your wardrobe.
When it comes to getting dressed for fashion week, my mantra is simple; me, on a really good day. I hate feeling out of my comfort zone but equally want to elevate my regular uniform just enough so I don’t look like I lost my way en route to Tescos. So as soon as I saw this jacket hanging sunny side-up in store, I knew I had to base my entire look for the show around it. I can’t remember the last time I owned or wore anything yellow, but the shirt-style shape, super-thick suede, tortoiseshell buttons and oversized fit had me at hello. Unlike its condiment counterpart, this mustard-coloured number is no afterthought on the side… Nope, a jacket this good is the main meal and I kept everything else neutral to let it have the starring role it deserves. A breton tee in crinkled, slinky fabric, killer black boots worthy of a role in Bad Blood and curve-inducing Mom jeans felt like the ideal co-stars so it could take centre stage for the day.
The show itself was all about layers, textures and a big, firm nod towards the decade that gave us power suits, shoulder pads and chandelier earrings. Yep the 80s were clearly referenced through all those side partings, giant lepels, kohl-rimmed eyes and white leather ankle boots. Staying true to its London roots, there was a real rebel spirit to the entire collection. From the ridiculously good-looking shearling coats to the barely-there velvet jumpsuits and dresses, there was a tough cookie attitude reminiscent of Debbie Harry in her Blondie years.
While we have to wait a while to get our hands on the actual pieces, there’s plenty to take note of right away. Knee-length sweaters over pleated, silk shirt dresses, pussy-bow ties and chokers to top off just about everything, and that houndstooth print (I have my eye on that frayed miniskirt) for a modern Working Girl vibe.
Going to have to spend the next few months narrowing down with of these coats to go for… Right now, my money’s on this grey suede and shearling one. Heaven.
My velvet fetish has found a new crush… Can’t wait to get my hands on these plunging, collared pieces made for dark nights and quiet corners.
A big fat yes to this embellished blazer too…
Oh to be tall and leggy and able to pull off these amazing khaki trousers…
Thanks for having me Topshop. Till next time…
Ph. by Morgane Lay
Created in collaboration with Topshop. Thanks for having me guys!