Topshop is possibly one of the most stylist high street brands in the UK and following its move to the US it has become even more sought after. I am quite the fanatic so this next show at Old Billingsgate was one I had been highly anticipating. Continuing the animal theme on from the Mulberry show earlier that morning, Topshop Unique A/W 11 took inspiration from the 101 Dalmatians, kicking off the catwalk with the Cruella Du Vil theme tune and the sound of lots of dogs barking – The finale song even oozed animal with Elvis’ ‘Ain’t Nothing But A Hound Dog’. Absolutely loved it. F-row consisted of Anna Wintour, Alexa Chung and Nicola Roberts amongst all the fashionistas fresh and flustered from the Farhi show back central. Why do all catwalk venues have to be so far apart?
Opening with an oversized white faux fur coat with spots of a dog, references to the Dalmatian breed became even more obvious as the rest of the collection came with the spot prints, models with hair in bun bunches on top of their heads to resemble puppy ears, and some even had black painted noses. So much fun brought to the catwalk, I love it. Graphic prints were really cool, I especially liked the Dalmatian print yellow t-shirt with a red bow, and the graphic prim silk blouses – one with the New York sky line in grey matched with a pair of high-waisted pinstripe harem trousers and another with the Hollywood Hills in cream. Dog prints played heavily on tea dresses and if not on the garments a dog would appear on a skinny belt to fasten it. A black pinstripe (slightly gangster) short suit is really amazing with a grey jumper to colour block. Other highlights included all the faux fur coats, striped skirts matched with mustard tops, and the finale mini corset dress that sparkled with lurex threads matching perfectly with the patterned tights. Shoes for the runway were patent or printed in the form of a mary-jane (very 1920’s speakeasy) or an ankle boot with tights of socks.