It seems Topshop never sleeps. Just a week after the launch of Beyoncé’s Ivy Park (yes, we’ve worn the leotard every day since), Topshop Unique announces its first ever High Summer collection, created in exclusive partnership with NET-A-PORTER.COM. The 20-piece collection is inspired by the Henley Royal Regatta (think classic British summertime, though preferably sans drizzle) and blends an Old Etonian sensibility, all boating blazers and smart stripes, with prim and proper prettiness. There’s Georgette dresses alongside floral tailoring, khaki denim juxtaposed with pie-crust collars and cuffs – plus a certain pair of leopard ponyskin boat shoes (did you hear that? Leopard. Ponyskin. Boat. Shoes) that are enough to make us weep.
TOPSHOP UNIQUE × NET-A-PORTER.COM
TOPSHOP UNIQUE unveils its first High Summer Collection with NET-A-PORTER.COM.
There’s some continuity with Topshop Unique’s AW 16-17 collection in this latest offering; for example, pie-crust collars, khaki and patterned tailoring make an appearance in both. But whilst the Autumn/Winter show leaned towards late-night winter naughtiness, with plunging necklines and sheer lace, High Summer focuses on daytime elegance, ideal for an afternoon at the rowing. Since its foundation in 2001, Topshop Unique has consistently melded heritage British style with a fashion-forward perspective, and this collection – part lacy delicacy, part directional tailoring – is no exception.
Of the collection, Topshop’s creative director Kate Phelan says, “We continue to use our heritage of British style and culture to bring to life new season shapes for the High Summer collection, yet focus on what is familiar and signature to the UNIQUE handwriting. Each design brings an element of fun, celebrates the great British summer and captures the spirit of all the wonderful annual social events.” We’re not stopping at social events, Kate – we’re wearing this collection to work, the dentist, late night Tesco runs when we’ve run out of cat litter…
The collection drops on 22nd April, available exclusively on TOPSHOP.COM and NET-A-PORTER.COM. Our top picks? The aforementioned boat shoes, obviously, and the cornflower blue lace number above that we’re just desperate to sport whilst dodging wine stains in a gazebo somewhere. Gird your bank balances, readers, cause Topshop’s gone and done it again.