Monday 19 September 2011


Think Liz Taylor’s Cleopatra chasing her Antony into a Nineties hip-hop club, and you’ll immediately get Unique S/S 12. In one of its best shows yet, before an audience including Ellie Goulding, Pixie Geldof, Nicola Roberts, Kelis and Olivia Palermo, Topshop created some genius pieces for any self-professed young club goddess. And I can also report the return of the crop
top, oversized hoodies and tube skirts. Very Bodymap, and actually very fresh. Body-con columns sported
gold foiled Egyptian prints; monochrome graffiti-esque hieroglyphics were scratched over track pants, and woollen hoodies were over-painted with gold leaf (as indeed was the models’ hair). Heavy gold jewellery and metallic fabrics flashed alongside watermelon pinks in gold harnessing, desirable laser-cut denim and  scarab- and snake-embellished sweatshirts. One dress also seemed to wink at another legendary Liz role, Maggie Pollitt in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (pink jersey dresses wrapped in bandage), but maybe that was just me…

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