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LCM: Topman Design SS’14
June 18, 2013
Topman Design are known for championing the avante-garde style within each collection, and while models embraced a cutting-edge appearance, the looks that entered the catwalk for SS14 were a lot more stripped back than we’ve seen in previous seasons.
For the first time, models were covered up for spring/summer; legs were never on show. Shorts were replaced by long, oversized, flowing trousers, worn with each look and the frequent rolled up sleeves furthered this relaxed approach to formal wear. Interestingly while we are used to seeing plenty of bold colour, the mood was a lot darker this season.
Intricate floral embroidery adorned garments on everything from Western-style shirts with contrast piping, making its way on to knits, (we saw one half tucked into trousers, while the other hung out) and luxe varsity jackets. One such jacket which stood out as a statement piece was metallic gold, but the predominant colour palette consisted of black, white and a deep crimson red.
We saw crisp blazers in butter-soft materials and were delicate like silk, with the top half of each look being quite feminine, as we witnessed an array of florals seeping through. But from the waist down, there was a recurring look that remained masculine.
Accessorise-wise, models wore sharp brogues, which were either silver or black, and on one occasion appeared in gold. Skinny belts gave a refined waist, and mirrored glasses shone from some of the models faces in a futuristic fashion. Overall this was an interesting departure for the brand and arguably less safe than previous seasons.