TOPSHOP UNIQUE AW16

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I’ve been a loyal Topshop since day one of my shopping addiction. I could so easily spend all day in there styling an entire wardrobe worth of looks for myself if my bank account allowed it.

They had been teasing me with email reminders (as if I would forget) and sneak peaks of their Autumn/Winter 2016 Unique collection over the course of the last few weeks now and finally, last Sunday was the day for the big reveal of what’s to come next for Topshop.

Unfortunately, as much as I would have LOVED to have been there in person last weekend I was unable to make my way over to my beloved London. Thankfully though, Topshop had mine and everyone else’s back on this one and had set up a live stream of the entire show on their website. You can still watch the show on demand here if you haven’t already had the chance to catch up.

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With a killer soundtrack, killer walks and killer beauty looks, it as clear from the outset that Topshop had thought through and perfected every last detail for their show but would we really expect anything less from our favourite high street brand?

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The marketing team behind Topshop Unique proved themselves to be a force to be reckoned with. They clearly have their eye on the ball and know exactly what they’re doing. Between an all star celebrity front row (think Lottie Moss, male supermodel Lucky Blue and Elle’s girl of the moment Karlie Kloss) and an off the chart high fashion casting (Lineisy Montero, Sam Rollinson and Malaika Firth to name a few) combined with an incredibly wearable collection of pieces. This is a team clearly not to be messed with.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love the beauty and the art of all of the designer shows but to me, sometimes I find it hard to relate to some of the looks from designer shows in an off the runway context, which although in some cases is exactly the point, having now seen the Topshop Unique show I had so much appreciation for the face that the collection was all so accessible to the everyday girl.

Midi boots is a trend I really love this season and as someone who is still on the hunt for the perfect pair, I was more than happy to hear from the Topshop runway that these boots reign as our favourite winter shoe hasn’t come to an end just yet. They’re the perfect shoe to dress up a more casual jeans and tee look but also the perfect partner to a dressier look when like me, you’re just not mentally prepared to commit to the pain of heels. I’ve never massively been into girlier looks so I love the edgiers, more grungy look that these shoes have to offer.

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Grunge is a trend that we’ve seen move in a more gothic direction at FASHIONWEEK this season. You know the meme about “I’ll stop wearing black when they invent a darker colour”? Yep, that applies massively to me and my wardrobe so this is another trend I’m happy to see sticking around for the upcoming season.

Alexander Wang, Opening Ceremony and Public School are among those that we’ve seen embracing this gothic theme brought to us by AW16. While Topshop have also jumped on board with this gothic trend, they’ve taken a more glamorous and slightly racy approach featuring lace chokers and velvet dresses complete with thigh high splits.

Now begins the lengthy wait for the collection to become available to shop. In the mean time though, I’ll be keeping myself busy shopping for my favourite pieces from the Front Row.

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