- Text Alex Baker
- Photography Tomas Turpie
- 10th June 2017
For FW17, Topman pushed further back in time from last season’s 90s New Rave collection, celebrating the spirit of 80s club kids – for whom fashion was about being unique, being seen and heard, being different. Having as much fun getting dressed for the night as being in it.
This season sees London Fashion Week Men’s turn five, and so Topman proposed a more dynamic presentation than the usual catwalk, journeying through art, poetry, film and music. On the rooftop of The Truman Brewery on Shoreditch’s Brick Lane, artists Nick Offord, Max Wallis, The Rhythm Method, Ben Cullen Williams and Campbell Addy and King Owusu all had their own exhibition spaces, in which they showed their definition of modern British masculinity. Capturing the young creative zeitgeist of London, Topman set the scene for their presentation – exploring the “power of shape”.
And so, tailoring was a prominent element of the collection. Key pieces included an oversized, belted white double-breasted dinner jacket (very 80s), and pinstriped harem trousers (paired with a matching shirt). Then there was a fine pinstripe grey, peak lapel, drop waist jacket. The strong V-shape that has often defined menswear and which was overblown in the 80s came through in the majority of looks which, through eye-catching fabrics and colourways, glittered up these modern romantics.