Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Another Topshop collaboration dawns

Well, almost. February 13th marks the launch of the S/S 2010 Richard Nicoll collection at Topshop. It’s all suitably girly, for the season that’s in it (aren’t we all supposed to wear reds and pinks, braid our hair and giggle helplessly for the …

Tue, Feb 9, 2010, 13:26

   

Well, almost. February 13th marks the launch of the S/S 2010 Richard Nicoll collection at Topshop. It’s all suitably girly, for the season that’s in it (aren’t we all supposed to wear reds and pinks, braid our hair and giggle helplessly for the entire weekend?), and it’s definitely embracing this season’s nude trend, while throwing in (oddly), shades of candy stripers (do stripes remind anyone else of that Sweet Valley High when Elizabeth and Jessica became candy stripers because Jessica fancied some dude. . . am I warm? My memories are all fuzzy) and country ‘n’ western (y’all).

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Now, while I love pastels as a “trend”, I’m not that mad about this collection. The jumpsuit is interesting (although unflattering, and I feel like high street collaborations need, above all else, to be wearable), and I love the shorts, but while fashion magazines are heralding underwear as outerwear as “so 2010″, it reeks, to me, of 2009, and – gadzooks! – but I only hate to be behind the times.

Corsetry, I think, needs to be a little more interesting to get my vote – a little more obviously underwear, perhaps (gimme some lace or a nice see-through panel) – and strapless just always seems a little too eveningwear to be “cool” in any way. Now, I’m sure your strapless dress looks great on you, but this number is very reminiscent of Coast wedding fare, and while I usually quite like Coast dresses, it seems to me to be kind of a last-minute dress panic store, rather than somewhere you go if you have time to be inventive.

As for this? As the saying goes, a fool and his (her?) money are soon parted and, most of the time, I am that fool. But I’m not this much of a fool. . .

bb276803-7ae6-43ca-b5cb-fb8499549e17.jpgAll items from Richard Nicoll‘s S/S 2010 collection for Topshop, available in selected stores on February 13th

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