• Text Lisa Walden
  • 20th February 2017

90s rave

The Topshop Unique show is always one of the most anticipated of the season. Perhaps it’s the thrill of seeing their clever capsule pieces tap British culture’s rich plot, or the buzz of looking out for which new faces may be cast next (Adwoa Aboah, Lottie Moss and Wallette Watson are a few Topshop favourites). For FW17, show-goers flocked to Tate Modern for a collection of smart, trippy pieces made for the “digital explorer embarking on her travels.

Blouses rendered in nubby tweeds and weathered denim joined oversized sheepskin coats as some of the show’s stand-out pieces. Fluidity was key: floaty and floral dresses were layered carefully under sweatshirts, offering up a selection of seasonless garments everyone can wear (and buy now, too). Mini rucksack bags in pastel hues tapped into modern-day practicality and made for quite lovely underarm accessories: “Tri-colour baguette bags are small enough to stow on her travels, or fit neatly underarm when the rave starts,” explained the show notes. 

There was also a cooler streak on offer this season as the collections looked to the music scene of the 90s, tip-toeing on garments that were both tender and tough. “We were thinking about how the seasons are changing and you’re not really sure if you’re in summer or winter so it was about what the girls want to wear now and what they’ll aways love,” explained creative director Kate Phelan.

With this – the second collection immediately available to buy – Topshop’s bold, workable and clever new approach is in full swing.