Topshop channeled Elizabeth Taylor’s campy and flamboyant Cleopatra for their spring 2012 Unique show. And boy, did they take that theme and run with it. Anna Wintour and Naomi Campbell (yay, my first supermodel sighting in London!) were both front and center, as was Topshop owner Sir Philip Green. Alas, no Kate Moss, dashing our hopes that perhaps she may soon be involved in another collection.
From the slicked back hair covered in gold leaf to hieroglyphic graffiti on everything, this collection was for a modern Egyptian queen, albeit with a quick detour through the 80s and early 90s hip hop. Black and gold were the prominent colorways, and the message here was, “Go body-con or go home.” Gold squiggles (super 80s moment here!) and gold hieroglyphics adorned everything from tube tops to bike shorts to tight dresses.
Banded elements showed up on everything, too (a mummy moment, perhaps) from hosiery to second skin dresses. Rose gold lame and soft pale pink looks softened up the palette and offered some pieces that you could breathe in. And some fashion cats made it into the collection, too. Egypt–much like modern fashion peeps–revered the cat, and Topshop tweeted that one of the designer’s cats made it onto a dress. The shoes were the show standouts. The hybrid flatform/gladiator looked especially modern.
This collection was not for the faint of heart, nor necessarily for anyone over the age of 22, but Topshop Unique likes to showcase a certain look every season, since it’s their “progressive” collection. This runway show allows their creative team to go all out with a thematic look. Watch out, Marc Antony.