Inherently youthful, Topman’s spring collection was an 80’s US invasion – a youthful heady mix of the East Coast and downtown New York – of good and bad taste. Inspired by Basquiat’s rebellious graphics the collection was infused with street cred – with attire borrowed from skaters and surfers.
Traditional Prince of Wales check suiting, turn up shorts, cut off jumpsuits and low should jackets were lound, bright and energized the runway. Floral shirts, graphic shorts and fuchsia raincoats were all teamed with Technicolor trainers.
Scoop neck sporty style shirts were constructed in organza and worn with pleat front shorts, XL mesh tops in bright hues were cropped high and nodded to nostalgic sportswear. Neoprene running shorties were worn under shorts and bought to the front the idea of the grunge inspired surfer and this wayward youth was central to Topman‘s new direction.
While TopMan’s street and surf wear compilation was well envisioned and clear in its style identity, recent seasons have seen the design team focus on more tailored and sophisticated collections and this new adolescence is probably more in line with TopMan’s actual customer. But should the new London Collections be about the high street doing something higher pitched that street wear? No doubt, next summer, teenage hipsters will be togged up in 90s sportswear all searching for their very own style Nirvana (endorsed with a Topman label inside).