Topshop F/W 2010 Lookbook

The ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ may not quite be upon us and the mere mention of wool-based attire is still enough to cause an outbreak of perspiration and self-fanning, but heat wave or no heat wave there’s no getting away from the fact that Autumn is a’loomin’. So, turn up your desk fans to ‘gale’ and have a snoop at Topshop’s super cosy f/w 2010 collection

Images courtesy of Little Bambi Boots.

Key notes? When it comes to style staples this f/w it’s all about the 3 C’s: camel, cable knits and capes. Think classic pared-down chic (a la Chloe and Celine) given a grungy edge courtesy of the continuing obsession with all things boudoir…

No word on a release date as yet, but keep your eyes peeled. Of course, if you just can’t wait for a fashion fix there’s always the summer sale to satiate those sartorial cravings. x

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Get the K Factor: Kate Moss for Topshop Summer 2010

Article first published as Get the K Factor: Kate Moss for Topshop Summer 2010 on Blogcritics.

High Summer has hit Britain and the hallowed halls of Topshop are once again ringing to the sound of the Moss mob as fashionistas from across the globe try to get their trendy talons on a little slice of Kate-pie.

Kate Moss for Topshop Summer 2010: Embellished Dress

The queues will be endless, the battles fiercely fought with gritted teeth hidden behind picture-perfect pouts, and many a sly jab with bony elbows cleverly disguised in this season’s diaphanous chiffon will be doled out to any retail-rampage rookies unlucky enough to find themselves standing between one woman and her laser-cut suede shorts. Only the savviest, hardiest and most brutal will survive—let alone make it out of the store successfully brandishing an item of (approximately) the correct size.

Kate Moss for Topshop Summer 2010: Feather Cape

Of course, what anyone of sound mind will be wanting to know before hurling themselves into the sartorial snake pit is: is it worth it? And I regret to inform you that, in this case, yes it is. Casting aside her rock-chick roots and jumping headlong into a Woodstockian Garden of Eden, Ms. Moss has credibly surpassed the hype with her airy-fairy vintage-meets-boho take on the hottest summer trends.

Highlights include a dreamy graduated floral print maxi dress with fluted ¾ length sleeves which evokes an otherworldly romantic wistfulness; the breezy floor-skimming leaf-print frock in tea green with its tie-straps, frill hem and bow back has Glastonbury written all over it. A maxi-back dress in vintage printed cotton adds a contemporary twist to the collection, whilst a quirky feather cape in rainbow pastels will inject enough gratuitous twenties glamour to your wardrobe to turn even the brightest young things green with envy.

Kate Moss for Topshop Summer 2010: Poppy Lace Dress

An anachronistic hotchpotch of historical references (the fifties frock, the seventies silk all-in-one, the twenties maxi) vies with an equally eclectic profusion of pretty prints for your awe-struck delight and delectation. Add in a heady dose of reworked runway—Dioresque sheer chiffons and luxe lingerie silks, ruffles and flounces a la Fendi, crisp pastoral Chanel credentials in broderie anglaise—and the resulting melange is the 2010 high street collection to covet (and covet you will).

The lines have been drawn and the bugle sounded. It’s time to whip out that credit card, sharpen those elbows and join the fray: this is one collection that isn’t going to hang around…

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…

Kate Moss for Topshop Summer 2010: Graduated Floral Maxi


…Industry darling Nick Knight’s official video short.

The collection is exclusively available from Topshop’s Oxford Circus Store and at Topshop.comserious hot-footing is advised!

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Heavenly Holdalls & Luxury Luggage

All that talk of globetrotting in my recent post on tribal traveler chic has got me thinking (and dreaming) of heading off into the sunset on an exotic adventure…of going wild in the African heat (and even wilder I-Kat prints), of coming over all Lawrence of Arabia in a coral and turquoise Kenzo headscarf. Of languidly lounging in a pacific paradise sipping a cocktail in a sexy cutaway Agent Provocateur swimsuit and killer Louboutin’s sneaking a peek at the got-to-be-hot waiter over the top of a pair of Prada’s plexi shades (pink please). Of gliding through a busy Morroccan  market into a shimmering heat haze of spectacular sights and heady smells in an equally shimmery Oscar de la Renta maxi like some kind of exotic princess gone AWOL…

Agent Provocateur Swimwear s/s 2010

Okay, so it may all be fantasy…but reality has to start somewhere (aim for the stars and you might just reach the moon – depending on traffic…and that ruddy volcano). So, whether you’re planning a trip to the stars, taking a city break in Prague, pulling a long-weekender on the continent or just day tripping your nearest shopping mecca the first thing you are DEFINITELY going to need is a bag.

Weekender…

Hermes Birkin in Blue…ahh, the Birkin – holy grail of bag worshipers the world over (enough said?)

Celine Luggage Collection s/s 2010 by Phoebe Philo …with several different designs to choose from – including a blinding pillar box red version – this could be a real Birkin beater…

Erdem for Globe-Trotter 26″ suitcase…there’s just something über chic about an old-school suitcase and I LOVE the taxi cab yellow (and I have to say this is my absolute favourite…kooky Paddington Bear charm plus shout-out-loud statement colour?! Of course I’m sold!)

Day Tripper…

Goyard ‘Saint Louis’ Tote…waterproof Goyard-chevron print canvas, nifty purse attachment and it flat packs. Beach Hero.

Sportmax Cream Canvas and Brown Leather Rucksack

Topshop Tan Leather Rucksack

Yes, I had thought the rucksack would remain consigned to the annals of school yard history, instead they have become THE bag of the season…strangely they seem a lot cooler than I remember…

Urban Outfitters: Something Else Mirror Print Slouch Bag

Kate Moss for Longchamp

All aboard for Bagtopia!

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Look du Jour: Sport & Sweet

Don’t you just love it when trends merge in a kind of opposites attract rom-com of an outfit…

Fairy florals and demure lace detailing get a preppy makeover with a totally sport-chic coral jersey bust panel (very reminiscent of the layered bralettes seen on Alexander Wang’s s/s runway, not to mention the body/skirt combos seen at Topshop Unique). All topped off with a pair of sneaker-meets-winklepicker kitten heels in a gloriously coordinated spring/summer style love-in.

Photograph by Illiana M.

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Scouting for Bargains

So, you want designer chic without that eye-watering, gut-wrenching behemoth of a credit card bill flopping onto your doormat come the month’s end like an A5 bête noire mailed direct from the festering bowels of Hell? Welcome to my world where the pinched penny is King: it’s time to get down to some hardcore worship at the shrine of fast fashion (leave your petty prejudices at the door people…label-phobia is so noughties).

Lets talk sugary-sweet Sunday Best in cotton candy pinks and powder puff blue a la Christopher Kane’s gingham girlies…

Christopher Kane s/s 2010

New Look’s lookalikey: fifties-bustier, over sized check…softly, softly pastel-pink…£20

Lipsy: check halterneck £50 (love the button detailing – totally kawaii!)

Miss Selfridge’s red version £35 (for those out of love with muted hint-of-a-shade pastels)

Ways to Wear…

Think fifties pin-up meets Lolita on a lazy day in the country and look for straw hats (wide-brimmed or classic boaters are the most versatile trend-wise), oversized gingham checks and prissy retro cuts…if you want to take it super saccharine a pair of heart-shaped sunnies is a must

ASOS: straw Boater with coral band £15

Toughen-up with a biker jacket and stacked heels for a punky twist. Style-savvy shoppers should look out for a/w’s ankle boot cannily ventilated for s/s with peep-toes and sexy cut-aways…did I mention they’re set to be hot for a/w 2010 too? (As is the sock-sandal combo – good news for toes on those chilly autumn eves!)

Office: Morse Zip Bootee £40

Or why not rework the look adding faded denim micro shorts, tan leather accessories and a pair of prairie scuffed boots to gingham and lace and nail the urban cowgirl trend Daisy Duke style.

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Lingerie Breaks out of the Boudoir

Underwear as outerwear is huge this season with lacy lingerie detailing, vintage vixen lacing and show-stopping silk jumpsuits all adding a provocative touch of  va va voom to the s/s runways. Not to mention the rebirth of the bralette which is busy flaunting it’s way across the high street as we speak.

Topshop s/s 2010

Now, I’m not averse to flashing a bra-strap here and there but, if I’m honest, I’ve always viewed the bra over a tee look to be, well, a bit of a morning muddle to be rectified asap (preferably before a crack of dawn crisis necessitates a pop-to-the-shops…although accidents do happen). Needless to say I wasn’t exactly over the moon when I first read about this particular trend – and no I’m not sat here brazenly baring my (really rather cute) bra – but lingerie being my current raison detre I couldn’t very well sit this one out, so it’s time to get those knickers in a twist and get involved.

Channel your inner Courtney Love and go grunge a la the super-cool Just Cavalli girl. Layer-up lingerie slips over slouch tanks, throw a lacy bustier over a casual cotton tee or break out the bravado and go sheer…

Just Cavalli s/s 2010

Take a lesson from Mark Fast the master of peek-a-boo styling and flash some flesh in structured body-con cut-outs and slinky cobweb knits…

Mark Fast s/s 2010

A collection called ‘G-Spot’? It’s got to be Gaultier – and yes, the iconic cone bra is back, along with rips, slits, cutaways…think deconstruction with a hard-edged kinky  twist…

Jean Paul Gaultier s/s 2010

For something more feminine take your cue from Dior’s vampy femme fatales and work super sheer chiffon with a vintage boudoir bodice…

Christian Dior s/s 2010

So, are you ready to unleash your inner exhibitionist?

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Nude: barefaced chic is this season’s must-have neutral

Rose-bud blush, peach, buff, ecru, biscuit, beige: be it shirts, shorts, shoes, bags – or anything else you can throw-on, slip-into or drape yourself in – nude is the buzz-word for spring. Seen everywhere, from flushed pinks at Fendi and Luella to soft creams and taupe at Isabel Marant and Chloe, even nails have been having a nude moment.

If, like the models over at Isabel Marant, you are lucky enough to come with a glowing tan as standard, rejoice! The neutral palette is your sartorial oyster – go forth, go beige, go greige, go and claim your place in the halls of new-nude infamy.

For those (like me) who have been blessed instead with a fairer complexion (pale and interesting is my preferred epithet) nude becomes slightly more tricky – but not impossible…and totally worth it!) Think English-rose or peaches and cream and head for the warmer end of the nude/neutral spectrum to avoid looking washed out.

How to wear?

A big feature in all the major s/s trends, work nudes with leather (tan works a treat for a neat daytime look), try statement black shoe-boots a la D&G for a tougher finish, or slip into utility with slouchy structure and neutral layers (as seen at Chloe). Or take on the trend in nude footwear – totally now and gives the illusion of longer legs (could you really ask for more?)

Tip: Layers and drapes are also ideal for disguising any pesky problem areas, they also make sheers less daunting (and takes them from X-rated bedroom-wear to a more street-friendly PG).

Here are a few of my favourite ‘high street nudes’…

Topshop

Mango

New Look