On with 90s nostalgia – is Topshop resurrecting the Britpop age? We find out with their autumn/winter show.
Every season sees a new Topshop space unveiled; this season’s concrete backdrop in the very heart of the Tate Modern was the perfect setting for the brand’s renowned androgynous aesthetic and muted tones.
Blur vaulted us back to the mid 90s, and toes started tapping as Cara Delevingne nonchalantly breezed past a glittering front row of Olivia Palermo, Pixie Geldof and Topshop campaign girl Kate Bosworth.
The show unfolded with a sleek sensibility; models paraded the catwalk in oversized long line bomber jackets, calf-length flippy skirts and court shoes paired with ankle socks. What started sensibly soon morphed into a parade of slivers of skin and sequins. Black outwear was injected with blood red. Textures were mish mashed together; matt slouchy jumpers sat upon glossy calf-length skirts, fuzzy fur snoods came married against satin pastel dresses. What begun with “girls who are boys”, as Blur so eloquently put it, ended on princess pink hues and glitz that would cause any three year old girl to turn green with envy.
The AW13 Topshop Unique girl is a power dresser; she’s the talk of the office with her classic style and structured silhouettes during the week but come 6pm Friday, she puts on her strappy pink shoes and sparkles and is the life and soul of the 90s Britpop party.
Words: Millie Cotton
Images: Harry Carr