19 September 2008

Music and art inspire Topman’s autumn winter collection

Topman’s autumn winter collection celebrates individuality and youth, drawing inspiration from American beat artists and novelists, London’s party scene and 50’s rock. Defining the trend, Malek Saad, Brand Manager, Topman said: “The latest collection is about the strong spirit and self-expression of youth and focuses on four main themes - Writers Block, Shambles, Blockheads, and Fall Out, each with a distinct style. Accessories are key this season; mixture of textured wool, linen and fur scarves, oversized coloured beanie hats, and rough boots are used to create individual styles.”

Writers Block portrays the tough attitude of youth, inspired by the music of the 1980’s, Parisian riots of the 60’s and spirited eclectism of Eastern Europe, reflecting emotions of rebellion and anti-establishment. With a mature and refined feel and references to American beat generation artists and novelists like Jack Kerouac, Writers Block is an eclectic trend mixed with themes of simplicity.

Modern twin sets are evident throughout the collection in the shape of either jacquard polos and bird’s eye knits or polo necks and updated cardigans. As layering is key to the trend, innerwear styling becomes apparent. The introduction of stab-stitch shirting worn underneath long line nylon macs and mixed with twin pleat chinos captures the intellectual feel perfectly. The trend is completed with a mixture of textured wool and linen mix scarves and oversized coloured beanie hats.

“One of the season’s key trends is the Shambles look, drawing inspiration from London’s current club scene. Shambles fuses 50’s rockabilly trends with modern underground styling. Black is the dominant colour throughout interspersed with highlights of other colours,” Malek added.

Faux shearling and fur lined denim jackets are worn over check shirts, whilst double breasted jersey hooded tops and nylon coach jackets add a youthful edge. Red and black check bomber jackets are matched with straight leg jeans turned up at the ankle and finished with stud braces and heavy industrial boots.

Drawing comparisons with the look of a working class Dickensian gypsy, Blockheads is a more autumnal trend with influences from the American deep south. With a colour palette of muted and rustic tones, a narrow and elongated silhouette is created with longer length bib front t-shirts worn underneath waistcoats and double breasted hand knit look cardigans. Workwear denim or painted canvas jeans are mixed with worn blanket check shirting and complimented by the introduction of washed wool A-line coats. Black padded donkey jackets add a subtle military feel. The trend is accessorised by a selection of fur hats and scarves, grey marl scarves and a mixture of tweed trainers.

Reflecting emotions of anger and frustration Fall Out looks back to an age where introverted individuals expressed their discontent with society through their clothing. This trend has heavy influences of military apparel and manages to fuse both smart and casual garments.

Outerwear is key throughout with variations of double breasted military coats worn over simple shirting and asymmetrical hooded tops. An element of protection is augmented with the introduction of jersey macs, bond edge long line coats and knitted balaclavas. The aggressive aesthetic is further enhanced by coated skinny denim trousers twinned with thin leather belts.

Topman is one of the leading fashion brands operating in the region through M.H. Alshaya Co., a leading international franchise operator of the world’s most recognized retail brands.

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