Frilly knickers, stick-of-rock stripes, dance hall sparkle… Unique SS15 kicked off at 3pm today and brought the faded glamour of the British seaside to a car park in King’s Cross. And why not? From the Pier to the Pleasure Beach to the dance-all-night adventures, it was a sea-sprayed celebration of British youth culture that lives for the weekend. Bring on next summer…

THE GIRLS: It was #Generationgirl all the way with campaign girl Cara opening and closing the show, followed by her mighty girl gang of Lily Donaldson, Sam Rollinson, Jourdan Dunn, Malaika Firth and Devon Windsor. Chills. Multiplying.

THE INSPIRATION: Backstage after the show, Topshop’s Creative Director Kate Phelan said: “This season we went to the old grass roots of Britain. We went to Blackpool – from the Pleasure Beach to the ballroom. We wanted to capture that real spirit of youth in Northern England.”

THE BOY-GIRL BLEND: It was all about mixing lad’s sportswear (think old-school cycling jerseys, tracky tops and sporty skirts) but keeping it feminine with the frills, ruffles and sparkles (Strictly Come Dancing, anyone?).

THE HERO PIECES: Striped leather Harrington, colour-block cycling jerseys, sporty minis, crystal-adorned dance gowns, frilly knickers. Head of Design Emma Farrow summed it up before the show: “It’s about mixing up the sporty and the soft – great summer clothes and beautiful dresses”.

THE COLOURS: Bold primaries dashed with ice-cream pastels: pillar box red, sherbet lemon, pistachio, Rouge Noir.


‘Our Lips Are Sealed’ Fun Boy Three

‘Love Letters’ Metronomy (Soulwax Remix)

‘Time’ Jungle (Joe Goddard Remix)

‘Can’t Do Without You’ Caribou

‘Tainted Love’ Gloria Jones


Jessie Ware: “I loved the sporty mixed with the sparkles and I’ve totally got my eye on the striped leather jacket!”

Daisy Lowe: “I loved the sheer dresses – anything sparkly always floats my boat.”

Grazia’s Jane Bruton: “Sweet, sporty, saucy finale at Topshop Unique.”

Porter’s Lucy Yeomans: Unique British beauties @caradelevingne & official_lily_donaldson light up the catwalk at @topshop.”

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Photos: Jason Lloyd-Evans. Words: Alison Taylor.