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Astrid Andersen For Topman: The Collaboration We’ve Been Waiting For

June 5, 2014

FashionLondon | by Hannah Banks-Walker

If you’re experiencing sleepless nights in anticipation of Astrid Andersen’s latest offering for NEWGEN Men, set to be shown during LC:M kicking off next week, then you might be pleased to know that the Danish designer has created a capsule collection for Topman.

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Available from 12th June, this is one of the most exciting collaborations we’ve seen from the high street store; fusing Andersen’s habitual oversized silhouettes and sports-inspired casual wear with Topman’s own accessible aesthetic. Of the collection, Andersen said: ‘It’s almost like doing a diffusion line where you want to draw a more commercial line from the brand without losing the signature. I want it to be very clean and sleek but at the same time push some materials that will be unconventional for Topman to use in their menswear selection.’

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Indeed, the designer’s signature is all over these pieces, with the best elements of last season’s collection communicated through Andersen’s juxtaposing use of fabrics, textures and techniques, with her colour palette revolving around black, white and carnation pink. The colours particularly reflect that ever-present contrast in the designer’s work between an aggressive masculinity and softer, feminine details she loves to play with. Mesh is still used to full effect, for oversized t-shirts, shorts and vests, as well as neoprene bomber jackets, sheer jersey tees and nylon accessories.

Andersen cites her inspiration as ‘a website I found on Punjab basketball teams from India. There were images from the early fifties right up to today so the inspiration became the crossover references on how this was originally a national sport, but as time progressed it became highly Anericanised. The colour code and metal reflect the traditional Indian use of colours but in a tight palette.’

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Shot on hip hop artist A$AP Ferg in New York by Kenneth Capello, it’s clear that this line doesn’t sacrifice Andersen’s fundamental aesthetic; she’s a designer who knows what she wants, and how to make everyone else want it to. Her and Ferg share a mutual admiration, with Andersen saying ‘I’m a product of the hip-hop culture that’s become so mainstream that it pierces through everyone’s perception. I was very happy to see Ferg in the collection, it looks good on him and he brings the energy and vibes to the capsule that I had envisioned. On set he was amazing, totally turning the heat up on this project and he helped create an end result that I’m very proud of and value beyond words.’

Stand out pieces include the crushed velvet tracksuit in that pink, the funnel-neck sweater and the logo tees. While we await Andersen’s show on 15h June, we’ll content ourselves with a trip to Topman. In fact, we’re almost sure we won’t have a night’s sleep until we do…

By Hannah Banks-Walker, Junior Fashion Editor