While there was a great deal of hype around Topshop Unique’s autumn/winter 2013 show – namely their digital revolution with Google+ – when deep within the 3G-blocking walls of the Tanks at the Tate Modern, it all boiled down to this: our eager anticipation to see the clothes that will reign the high street next season – which is quite clever actually when considering stalwart Topshop is the high street.
If the opening song by Blur didn't vault the audience back to the 90s, then Unique’s collection most certainly did. As the first model Cara Delevigne breezed down the catwalk – the model of the moment – a cropped mohair jumper is paired with a stiff, flared PVC skirt with an oversized fur coat, all in black. This is the 90s Brit pop silhouette.
Textures are contrasting – matte and gloss are paired together as are dazzling sequins with fuzzy shearling – and prints are inspired by Victorian pub wallpapers and traditional British carpets. The colour palette is, for the most part, soft with cornflower blues and dusty pinks interspersed with punches of scarlet and orange.
For an overtly tough collection, a surprising amount of romance and tenderness came through, and reach us it did – or perhaps it was the nostalgia. Either way, it’s clear that next season’s Unique girl will be the life and soul of the 90s Brit pop party.
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