Structured around four blocks adroitly divided by colour gradations (in shades of white, orange, red and black), the collection balanced silhouettes in a very effective way. This was achieved by exaggerating shoulder lines with voluminous fur-lined parkas, cropping coats at the (belted) waist level to then widen the contour of the body with wide double-pleated trousers that narrowed again as the bottoms were tucked into boots or sandals, creating hourglass shapes that had the audience seduced throughout the show. Metallic fastenings and lurex threads in knitwear added a shimmering dimension to otherwise heavy fabrics, while double-breasted buttoning in suits and coats with fur-lined collars evoked the traditional elegance of heritage tailoring. In addition, a range of stunning oversized leather rucksacks that matched the colours of the garments complemented the urban explorer look.
Whether owing to the fact that the in-house design team at Topman is deeply creative or because an astute marketing group has researched the menswear zeitgeist thoroughly to apply successful sartorial recipes, one thing is certain: Topman Design collection for Autumn/Winter 2013 will go down in history as one of its most creative and undoubtedly most popular with fashion-savvy consumers.
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