February 16, 2014 London
The coziness was an easy sell—perhaps the strongest looks here were the puffer jackets, like the cropped gray flannel one worn with a chic full skirt, also in gray. The patchwork fur will undoubtedly find some fans, as well. The nakedness, meanwhile, was less convincing. Frankly, quilted short shorts and knee-high boots do not comprise a look that screams female empowerment, no matter how loudly the Beyoncé song "Run the World (Girls)" is played on the soundtrack at the end of the show. The bustier dresses that looked to be slipping down, revealing underpinnings, just came off as messy. But the sheer looks with tattoo-style thread embroidery were pretty cool, and one of the few ideas in this show that seemed fully explored. This collection suffered from some kind of attention-deficit disorder—subclinical distraction-itis, let's call it. Come to think of it, Topshop may have caught the spirit of the moment exactly right.