by Alexander Fury .

Duro Olowu

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Duro Olowu's aesthetic is perhap best described as West Coast meets Upper East Side, mixing up classic, even conservative shapes with the acidic colour and clashing pattern found in the costumes of Nigeria, his birthplace. This reason was no exception: despite a sea of subdued colour on other runways, his opening outfits confidently juxtaposed cyclamen, lapiz and lime, the vibrancy giving new energy to the well-traversed Rich Hippy theme. The collection wasn't exactly youthful in appeal - it's hard to imagine anyone under 65 yearning for a pyramid-line brocade duster - but next to the rest of Topshop's NewGen, at least Olowu is producing something a core of thirty-something luxury customer can (and evidently want) to wear.

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