Topshop Unique Fall 2012: Utilitarian Nonchalance

LONDON--Besides the fact that Topshop starts every show off with a half hour "reception" (read: cocktail party, usually with food), there are many reasons to love this particular show. There's usually a buzzy front row, and Anna Wintour always shows up, too, while Topshop owner Sir Philip Green walks around beaming at everyone. Plus they democratically give everyone a seat gift instead of just the front row, and best of all...you actually have a chance in hell of actually affording something you love on the runway. All of the above was true yesterday.
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LONDON--Besides the fact that Topshop starts every show off with a half hour "reception" (read: cocktail party, usually with food), there are many reasons to love this particular show. There's usually a buzzy front row, and Anna Wintour always shows up, too, while Topshop owner Sir Philip Green walks around beaming at everyone. Plus they democratically give everyone a seat gift instead of just the front row, and best of all...you actually have a chance in hell of actually affording something you love on the runway. All of the above was true yesterday.
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LONDON--Besides the fact that Topshop starts every show off with a half hour "reception" (read: cocktail party, usually with food), there are many reasons to love this particular show. There's usually a buzzy front row, and Anna Wintour always shows up, too, while Topshop owner Sir Philip Green walks around beaming at everyone. Plus they democratically give everyone a seat gift instead of just the front row, and best of all...you actually have a chance in hell of actually affording something you love on the runway.

All of the above was true yesterday. The adorable and chatty Azealia Banks sat front row, as did the usual assortment of Brit it-girls. And the gifts were adorable tote bags that asked "WHO ARE YOU?", stuffed with a trio of Tophop nail polishes. So far, so good.

I held my breath as the models started to walk, because Unique's spring Egyptian/80s themed show was not my favorite. This one, however, was a palette cleanser and had something for everyone.

The theme of the show was "utilitarian dressing reworked for the modern girl," and it was all about the coats. There were cozy long maxi coats and slouchy motorcycle jackets, many done in mixed colors with textured panels. The palette was primarily military green, grey, and the now-ubiquitous color-of-the season, burgundy. Burnt orange separates, many with a repeating "+" pattern added a bit of zing. I'm happy to report that while there were plenty of short, cute dresses, past the knee and downright long dresses are still going strong (hello, 90s influence). The one misstep? I didn't love the pieces styled like overalls, but overalls are usually a polarizing element, so go ahead and disagree with me if you want to.

Well done, Topshop Unique. I already have a list of must-haves from this collection.

Photos: ImaxTREE