The extravagant shapes, loud animal prints and slick textures of the Eighties were writ large across the Topshop Unique collection. (The brand had simply dubbed the collection’s season “September 2016,” as a number of pieces were available to buy straight after the show.)
In the show notes, the design team said they looked to artist Linder Sterling — known for her subversive, collage-like works — and the myriad London fashion markets that thrived during the Eighties, with the aim of evoking “a time when individualism roared through the city to the soundtrack of punk and New Wave.”
The retailer had distilled those vintage inspirations into a slick, easily digestible spin on the era. There were voluminous, cocoon-shaped jackets in zebra print; high-waist, tailored pants in black and white tweed, and skin-tight PVC dresses. Playing to the decade’s romantic side, pretty floral prints appeared on sweater dresses and tops, while one black and white, rose print blouse had a ruffled bib.
While some of the fabrics looked a bit flimsy under the harsh floodlights of a runway setting, this upbeat collection succeeded in packaging up a fun slice of a time synonymous with excess.