Topshop Unique just went next level. For AW15 the catwalk label from yours truly brought a collection that fused country-pile chic and ’80s cocktail bar glamour. Here’s 10 ways it rocked our world…
1. THE TATLER DRESSES
The Topshop Unique girl just got a little posh. Posh and brash. This season’s ’80s-inspired going out dresses were short, fitted and very low at the back. In some cases jewell encrusted. Think debutante balls and Tatler reading teens hitting the dance floor at Annabel’s.
2. IT-GIRL MASSIVE
If past seasons are anything to go by there’s never any shortage of IT-girls on the front row but this season was off the chart. Alexa Chung brought her troupe of fabulous fashion friends – Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lowe, Harley V-N, Atlanta de Cadenet, as well as a Brit music girl line-up: Jessie Ware, Paloma Faith, Pixie Lott and Ellie Goulding. Did we mention Cara, too?
3. MODELS ON THE FRONT ROW
We’re used to Unique bringing the top models to the catwalk but this season the most talked about faces sat front row. Unsurprisingly, new BFFs Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner were the girls that set Twitter alight as well as model-turned-actress Emily Ratajkowski (you know, from that Blurred Lines video). But long-standing Vogue cover girls Erin O’Connor and Yasmin Le Bon added pedigree.
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4. TOWN AND COUNTRY
Creative Director Kate Phelan and Designer Geoffrey Finch conjured up a rich narrative for the collection – imagining an aristocratic Unique girl leaving her country pile for a weekend under the dazzling lights of London. Think country-fied tweed and knee-high boots spliced with taffeta and velvet body cons.
5. THE WHOLE OF THE MOON
There was so much love for the collection that the front row just had to do an impromptu Mexican wave but this was also helped by a playlist filled with storming tunes from Trevor Jackson. The Waterboys and The Strokes got Alexa, Pixie, and even Sir Philip Green, having a little dance in their seats.
We knew the fabric was having a real moment when we overheard Alexa chatting with Unique designer Geoffrey Finch saying, “can we just talk about the black velvet?” Whether it was the mini dresses encrusted with floral stitching or the chocolate brown dungarees – velvet never looked so good.
7. SHOE STORY
Below the ankle there was a real fantasy moment. In between the low heels and countrified boots were the real glamour pumps including Dorothy-style red velvet platforms and strappy fur sandals.
8. TIME FOR TEXTURE: FEATHER AND TWEEDS
It was all about the touch. Not only were the clothes ridiculously wearable but they were ridiculously tactile, mashing up stiff tweeds and taffetas with layers of ostrich feathers and silks.
9. A RUNWAY WALK TO REMEMBER
This season’s models had even more opportunity to strut their stuff. Our runway at Tate Britain was the longest at London Fashion Week which meant we had even more opportunity to see the clothes glide by. Need the measurements? It was 70.7 meters, exactly.
10. VINE BOOTH LOLS
From Malaika Firth’s bump’n’grind to Sam Rollinson’s funny faces, the models entertained themselves behind the scenes in our Vine booth. Don’t miss all the funny mini-vids right here.