Kudos to Topshop for pulling the best front row I’ve seen all week–hell, all month. Demi Lovato (on crutches after a foot injury), Daisy Lowe, Pixie Geldof, One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and his girlfriend Eleanor Calder, Kate Bosworth and her husband, and Olivia Palermo all wedged in next to each other to take in the show, which opened with the totally-inescapable model of the moment Cara Delevingne.
Like the front row, the collection offered an eclectic mix: ’90s Brit pop, workwear and Victorian pub wallpapers were all cited as influences for the collection. The ’90s feeling was certainly unmistakable, thanks to the array of crop tops, pleated minis and shaggy furs on offer. It looked like the kind of treasure only your coolest friend might find at a flea market, and wear with panache: The kind of ugly that’s so ugly, it somehow looks cool.
The palette ranged from neutrals like cream, white, camel and grey to candy floss pink and pale, pastel blue–but the real story was in the textures. Wool was matched with glossy leather, fluffy fur stoles were thrown over knit sweaters and sequin t-shirts, and a shaggy white fur sweater was paired with camel mohair pants. Eveningwear, which was typically irreverent, included shiny sequined crop tops and matching skirts in grey or rust, as well as a jumpsuit.