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LFW: Topshop Unique SS14

With heavy eye makeup and flat gladiator sandals featuring profoundly, Topshop Unique’s latest collection was one of understated, casual glamour.

Shoulder bags grasped like a clutch are the key accessory from Topshop for SS14, and if they feature the brands bold geometric print of the season, they complete every outfit; printed or not.

With Topshop’s ever growing love affair with the 1990s, spaghetti straps were an important part of the collection. From floor length block colour dresses to geometric printed slips with glittering pockets, they are certainly becoming a wardrobe staple.

Topshop’s key print; geometric shapes overlapping each other, and in an array of colours, adorned tops, dresses, shorts and bags. Building these up to create print on print was vital to the collection, as was contrasting the print which was seen on a pair of wide leg lightweight trousers; blue geometric at the top, cream and orange at the bottom. For a collection featuring predominately forest greens, rich blues, cream, black and white, this print clash was a welcome detail.

Boyfriend style shirts have once again hit the catwalks, but Topshop’s updated version in printed chiffon, with rolled sleeves and of course, in true Topshop style, cropped, these shirts have become a perfect example of casual glamour. This was again reinforced by the addition of simple tan gladiator sandals.

The brands natural flair for texture and attention to detail was clear through the beautiful simplicity of a textured, raw edge short suit, ideal for casual city glam.

Developing their geometric print into a tighter, more unique form, Topshop Unique created a silver fabric printed with tiny hexagons. This print; shown in the brands new take on the peplum (creating a waist above the waist) was teamed with wider than wide leg jeans, rolled up once to show the contrasting colour of the inside of denim we often so wrongfully hide. This attention to detail has really given this collection a Unique place within the London shows.

It wouldn’t be a Topshop Unique collection without a stand out piece; and for me, it was the fusion of the large geometric print, with a micro, infinitely detailed version, side by side on champagne fabric, finished with a wide hem of crisp white satin, on a stunning spaghetti strap midi dress. Teamed as ran with gladiator sandals or simple leather ankle boots and jacket, this is the look for spring.

Contributor: Sarah Stothard