This collection hit a home run for me! Let’s start with the models; what a variety! They really showed how versatile the pieces are, and how they can fit any body type. The fabric textures, colors, and patterns were definitely summer. I got nostalgic watching the show, and not due to the classic silhouettes featured. No, this collection followed the trend reports to a T. The metallic dresses with peekaboo sleeves are sexy and curve friendly. I’d wear almost all the pieces featured. I wasn’t too crazy over the blouses with the emphasized shoulders, but I bet if placed with the right vintage denim, it would be very editorial worthy. This collection and the models represented great fashion for summer 2018.
p.s: And whoever that was in the front row… right on! LOL
A popular fashion trend hitting the market lately is EMBROIDERY. Whether it be on the sleeve or strategically placed in areas where patches are featured; Floral Embroidery is all the rage. Place them on the bust, collars, or just about anywhere else they’ll fit. Sewn and patched embroidery ads personality to any look! The floral patches are dainty and ultra-feminine with a vintage touch. Animal patches are also making a big debut. When styling items with patches, don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns. Remember, embroidery and/or patches are simply embellished details that highlight the overall look. I love to get extreme with it; very very heavy or simplistic and chic. It depends on the mood of the shoot or how edgy.
These are just a few popular pieces that will not disappear with summer:
Roll Up Denim
Rose Gold Hoop Earrings
I see two full outfits here, but of course there are a multitude of ways to wear each. The Kimono can be worn over dresses, jumpers, and dress pants. The one I picked has a long silhouette with a Boho inspired floral print. To keep things on the safe side, I suggest getting your Kimono in a solid neutral color, or even brilliant red. Surprisingly the lace bodysuit has increased in popularity for fall. Over the summer, popular retailers like American Apparel featured pieces made of sheer embroidered fabric in abundance. I believe the bodysuits are staying put because they also have layer potential. Soft belted silhouettes are taking center stage this fall for that same reason. The Boho dress has the same versatility. I’ve seen catwalk shows with models wearing heavy coats or thick chunky sweaters over spaghetti strap Boho dresses and thigh-high boots. The denim and rose gold earrings are simple pieces that anyone can style. Both could work for casual and formal styling as well. All the items shown have lots of wear ability and can easily blend into any wardrobe.
The spring/summer Topshop collection had some interesting contrasts to consider. Everything from the color palette to the actual textiles had a fun aesthetic to it. I loved the metallic pink jackets and long petticoats. Topshop is clearly capable of creating transeasonal pieces (items that transition into other seasons). Keep in mind; this is a European based company, so featuring long coats for spring isn’t too surprising. I mentioned the color palette earlier…not too crazy about it. What really caught my attention was the Lilac Opal, Apple Blossom, Frosted Fig, and Mauve pieces. Those skirts were driving me nuts though! Adwoa Aboah opened the show, and her skirt riding up was just so frustrating to me. It was all I could focus on. The problem could be the length. That fabric (whatever it was) probably isn’t the best choice. The silhouettes were basic, except for the more formal pieces. This IS a ready-to-wear retailer after all. I had to remind myself of that fact, which excused the basicness of it all. The sparkling velvety fabric and billowing sheer formalwear stole the show. The styling was interesting too; sporty and sweet meets formal and street. This collection maintained its youthful presents and I look forward to seeing it in stores next year.
I write and write and write about fashion, especially with fashion week happening right now, SO here I will break free for a sec and feature some inspirational stuff that I put together myself. I’m a very visual person, but you can’t really help that in fashion can you?