Attending the Topshop Unique SS14 show last September was one of the highlights in my career as a fashion blogger. When I opened the bespoke Topshop envelope to reveal my invite (a futuristic metal credit card), I had to pinch myself. And then slap myself. And then pinch myself again. This crazed reaction turned out to be entirely justified because y’know, when you find yourself sat opposite Kate Moss, Phillip Green and Anna Wintour watching Cara Delvingne and Jourdan Dunn walk the catwalk, that’s a pretty big deal for a baby blogger like LFF!
What to wear to the Topshop show? Topshop of course, in the form of my pink AW13 coat. My graphic floral clutch bag is by talented digital print designer Rianna Phillips - it's currently on the sale here.
|The super cool show ticket!|
When I arrived at the purpose-built Topshop space in Regent’s Park, my ticket was zapped with a QR reader to admit me into the show area. Then I was directed to the Topshop Cafe which was actually amazing!
There was so much food on offer, all British themed, and restorative glasses of champagne. I had to try a mini blackberry eaton mess complete with minature wooden spoons, too cute!
Then it was time to head the catwalk, which this season, was fresh grass (very cool). The fashion pack went mad Instagramming that one.
After being seated, a massive media scrum that implicated the entrance of someone important. When the paparrazi cleared I found I was seated opposite Anna Wintour (shiny, shiny bob), Kate Moss (stunning in the flesh) and Phillip Green (looks like Phillip Green).
The funny thing about being seated at a fashion show, is whilst there’s prestige in being allocated a seat (rather than standing at the back which is my usual domain) your photographs are rubbish due to the seated heads in the way. Topshop seated me on row 3, which felt amazing - but hasn’t lead to great pictures.
So what does Unique have in store for SS14? If you are planning a trip to Ibiza this summer then you are in luck: the collection presented a gorgeous bohemian and youthful capsule collection ready for a trip to the Balearics. Everything about the show said beach babe: mermaid loosely scrunched wavy hair (this was my show highlight – super sexy and the work of my hairdresser Siobhan Jones from Headmasters) bronzed bodies and plenty of skin on display. The colour palette incorporated some surprisingly choices for S/S – moss green and indigo, alongside pops of yellow, clean white and flashes of grape. Ethnic influences were seen throughout - geometric prints borrowed from Moroccan architecture, draping, tassels and fringing. My favourite pieces were the loosely cut shirt dresses - easy and breezy but sparse on flesh, they are work appropriate and ideal for a summer in the city. The look that set flashbulbs popping was the floor length goddess-like slinky camisole dress modelled by Jourdan Dunn, perky physiques need only apply!
Alongside Jourdan, the catwalk featured a host of big names including Cara Delvingne and Rosie Tapner. I have seen Cara D. walk twice now and she is always such a pleasure to watch, extremely striking (even under bright lighting) and full of cheeky personality - she even managed to make Anna Wintour crack a smile!
Thanks to Topshop for an amazing experience! Shop the current Unique collection x