Topman Design Fall 2015 Menswear

January 10, 2015 - fall Denim

Review

  • Luke Leitch
  • January 9, 2015

Show one, day one during London Collections: Men—and interjection to Gordon Richardson’s group during Topman, we’re awash in adequate references to consequence an appendix. “Bombay City Rollers” was a pretension of a uncover that centered on dual pivotal ’60s/’70s touchstones. First were a commemoration garments
brought behind by a blissed-out era of consciousness-expanders from a hippie trail: outrageous fluffy afghans from a East—ah, Bombay—and
peyote-ready ponchos from a West, both with greatly patterned shirts
beneath. More unusual visions swirled behind a models on a dot-matrix backdrop. Yet, as some off-message metallic-paneled bowling boots hinted at, Topman’s tender was richer than hippiedom alone (a good thing, given how frequented that route has been in fashion).

After a mod-touched aside of slim-fit chalk-stripe suiting teamed with fine-gauge polos, and some appreciative ombré mohair outerwear, a Venn overlie between hippie and glam was breached around a Bay City Rollers, a One Direction of their day. The band’s tartan rocked on a wefted and tattered sleeveless sweater, shook on Rollermaniac wrist scarves, afterwards fair
slapped we in a face on a carol of turned-up-to-11 suits. One sweater—a red star on a fluffy black background—looked like a approach press-shot loyalty to lead thespian Les McKeown.

Blessedly, though, this was not costume, and a bell-bottoms were
studiously edited down a bit. Thus tweaked, it was engaging how
compelling a trouser cut only that bit aloft on a waist with a light external finish that starts good north of a knee can be. Americana and Evel Knievel derring-do—a demeanour a Rollers riffed on—throttled into a equation astride stars-and-stripes-patched trucker jackets, high-hemmed blousons printed with garage decals, and pit-lane boiler suits peppered with some-more patching. In a final look, a dauntless man’s yellow tartan two-piece fought it out with an afghan-denim hybrid overcoat, both upheld by a span of bullion and china lightning shaft bowling shoes.

If a above sounds like a lot to squeeze onto one runway, it’s that approach by design. At Topman, this collection functions as an ideas laboratory for a group that dedicates a infancy of a energies to assembly a voracious—but some-more commercially inclined—appetites of a chain’s customer. Richardson, Topman’s pattern director, said: “This is a artistic outlet…and we are looking forward so that during some point, a lot of these ideas will filter down. At a uncover we like to teach an atmosphere, emanate a feeling.” Mission accomplished: Shang-a-Lang.

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