February 11, 2007 London
One notable absentee was Kate Moss, because this collection, designed by the in-house team led by Nick Passmore, has nothing to do with the model's forthcoming Topshop launch in April. Neither, in fact, has Unique much to do with the highly popular fast-moving merchandise that is Topshop's core appealit's more of a separate stab at a higher-priced collection available in limited quantities.
This season, the team settled on its own translation of a Biba-esque Art Deco theme. It was full of fit-and-flare dresses and coats with perked-up shoulders and belled sleeves, austerity-era geometric prints on satin, and long hand-knitted cardigans and vests. The best part of the show was the one item that leapt clear of all thata pair of high-waisted black flared denims with deep, shoe-covering cuffs. Judging by the reactionas all girls know, it's no mean achievement to come up with a newly flattering jeanSir P. ought to be ordering them up in bulk overnight.