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Review: Topshop Unique S/S 2012

The Topshop Unique show in the Topshop show space in the old Eurostar terminal was, frankly, underwhelming. The venue itself was amazing – all broken-down escalators and incredibly high ceilings – and there were more stars than you could shake …

Wed, Sep 21, 2011, 12:30

   

The Topshop Unique show in the Topshop show space in the old Eurostar terminal was, frankly, underwhelming. The venue itself was amazing – all broken-down escalators and incredibly high ceilings – and there were more stars than you could shake a stick at; I was moved, at one point, to make room for one Pixie Geldof, who I then sat behind for the duration of the show. She was wearing a strapless dress, and I had a really strong desire to touch her back, which was incredible. Seriously, the most blemish-free back I’ve ever seen.

It’s taken me a while to get around to the clothes, in short, and with good reason – there was nothing, nothing, in the show that we haven’t seen before – in 1990s Versace, in street style of the late 1990s and, more recently, in Henry Holland’s House of Holland collections.

There were some aspects that I liked – the denim jacket, for example, and the gold leaf hair, but they were tiny aspects, like searching for bright lights on an otherwise pedestrian horizon. Considering Unique is Topshop’s way of showcasing its design nous, this has to be the most disappointing collection they have produced.

But look! It’s Bambi Northwood Blythe, who is amazing. And I don’t hate the shoes. Plus, do you see Scott and Rumi behind her?