Excitement at Topshop HQ has reached a new peak with the arrival of the Topshop Unique AW13 collection, dropping in stores and online today. We’re currently in the throes of planning our winter wardrobes around the lush coats, statement skirts and luxurious accessories.
Topshop’s Creative Director Kate Phelan – the woman whose wardrobe we all take our cues from – described inspiration for the collection as ‘gritty’. This season’s girl is more likely to be found in a local pub than a cocktail bar. She turns heads with her maximalist style, mixing prints and textures while having fun with her friends.
One of the key focuses of the collection was the contrast of textures. Mixing things up and letting loose with an outfit. Sequins for daytime? Why not! Carpet prints? We love them! A super furry one-shouldered shawl? Bring. It. On.
Now, if you’re anything like us you’ll want everything in this collection. However in the interests of saving time, we’ve picked the need-to-know highlights that we’ll be grabbing first.
Where to start? The coat is the must-have-wardrobe-changing-centre-piece with which to build every look around for the coming season, and everything our cold-weather hearts could desire was strutted down the AW13 catwalk. Our favourite picks? The Pepto-Bismol pink long, oversized coat was a dreamy addition that we’re expecting to sell out quick, while the mohair-esq grey chubby number with patent leather panelling we can see ourselves wearing in-out, every day. But our personal fave has to be the black overcoat with a red lapel. A new spin on the classic, we’re anticipating the coming winter evenings when we can whip this number out.
Before you dismiss this idea, hear us out. Yes, this is the same electric blue that’s been on the fashion outer-circles for a while now, but that’s just one of the reasons this icy hue was due a comeback. Topshop beauty guru and make-up artist extraordinaire Hannah Murray was backstage to perfect the model’s look, sweeping the eye-shadow on their lids and below the lash-line to create a laissez-faire style that looks decidedly fresh, we can’t wait to give it a try.
BAGS BAGS BAGS
We – and every other girl alive – love a good handbag. Each season we drool over new styles, struggling to imagine how we will get through the coming months without a new investment. The latest crop from Topshop Unique is no different – we want them all. However, this isn’t just a magpie like attraction to something new, on closer inspection these bags are designs that will stand the test of time. The ladylike shapes are classic, while the materials and colours used take them in to high end investments. Shimmering sequins, red animal print and navy fluffy textures are all striking, original and oh-so-cool. Ideal arm candy.
Don’t forget to tune in at 3pm on Sunday 15th September, for a first look at our Topshop Unique SS14 collection. See the looks as they come down the runway in our live streaming, only on Topshop.com. Plus we’ve a host of ground-breaking and exciting happenings for you to get involved in over London Fashion Week, click here to find out more.