>> Downtown separates with a utilitarian spin dominated the Fall 2012 collection for Topshop Unique. Outerwear — wool trench coats, double layer vests — felt right on-trend in oversized military silhouettes, while wide-leg trousers and slouchy skirts in leather provided a hint of '90s grunge. "The concept was trying to reinvent the uniform with a good mix of masculine and feminine," design manager Emma Farrow explained.
Topshop Unique presented a Spring 2012 collection at London Fashion Week that had a distinct downtown sporty edge thanks to wild prints, cutouts, mesh, and metallics. If you have a music festival in your future, these clothes might also be for you. Denim swing skirts had geometric-cum-tribal metallic print, a sporty sweatshirt had a photo print of Liz Taylor, and accessory-wise, the gold metallic flatforms and visors had "everyday wear for the boho sporty set" written all over them. We'll add more pictures as they come in, but for now, take a first look at what Topshop will be adding for Spring 2012.
For their Spring 2012 Unique collection, Topshop — one of our favorite high street brands — was inspired by the glamour of ancient Egypt. This bold mix included hieroglyphic-decorated dresses and tops, sporty gold separates, and some flashy gold and pink frocks. To soak up the entire runway, watch our video now!
>> Sneakers aren't just for ballers: designers like Isabel Marant, Maison Martin Margiela, and Rick Owens have created their own take on sporty footwear, leaving some of us sneaker heads in a tizzy for their casual kicks. This week, we're mixing a pair of fresh Christian Louboutin sneakers with a denim dress, Alexander Wang backpack, and studly jewels for a directional cool girl vibe. Shop our picks now.
Left to right: Alexander Wang Marti Backpack ($875), Wendy Nichol Pyramid Hoops ($288), Unique Pink Denim Shirt Dress ($160), Christian Louboutin Sneakers ($465), Super Sunglasses ($125)
>> We're currently in the thick of Fall 2011 London Fashion Week, but that doesn't mean we can't take a quick breather to check out all of the new Spring 2011 runway looks currently dropping in a store near you. In ode to all of the designers showing their collections across the pond, check out what's hot, new, and available right now from the Spring runways of Acne, Burberry, Topshop Unique, and Christopher Kane.
Forget leopard-print manicures. At Topshop Unique's Fall 2011 show in London, models wore Minnie Mouse-like double buns coupled with something else very Walt Disney-esque: dalmatian nail art looks. Nail polish guru Sophy Robson used a matte white color as a base and then dotted on black polish to get the Fido-friendly effect. Try the look at home by creating splotches with a black nail art pen, or simply dip a nail art brush into black lacquer and freeform. You'll be spot-on (sorry) with the latest nail trend.
Dogs seem to be growing in importance at Fashion Week as many of them were spotted at Mulberry, and then they were the inspiration at Topshop Unique! Well, 101 dogs in particular as Cruella de Vil's theme music opened the show. There were plenty of spots, faux fur and dog-print pieces which slowly gave way to more glamorous items and party dresses — perfect for the 2011 festive season.
- Trends: Monochome, clashing prints
- Colours: Black, white, yellow, blue
- Key Looks: Black and white spotted faux-fur coat
- Accessories: Knee socks, fur stole, spotted ankle boots
- Who Would Wear It: Young girls who like to have fun with fashion.