September 15, 2007
"You know that thing at the end of summer?" asked Nick Passmore. "When you think, 'I'll give up working and be a hippie for the rest of my life?'" The Topshop Unique collection she and her team designed had that summer-city-beach-in-Goa vibe believably sorted outespecially as the audience, first day of the shows, was in much the same frame of mind. With the input of the stylist Jane How, the collection had a breezy, slouchy air about it, starting with a strong section of tie-dyed silk patchwork shirtdresses and parkas, eventually mixed with deep-blue pinstripe jackets and pants"like when you appear in the office but don't want to give up your summer things yet."
Walking on some great wrapped natural-leather cutaway high heels (Topshop's own line, getting better by the day), the girls sped out some perfect looks for next year's festivals, like an oversize anorak with pockets so capacious that, worst comes to worst, it could probably double as a tent. Later on, there was a bit of fantasy in turquoise one-shouldered cheesecloth and drifty muslin gowns. "We were thinking elegant, sexy, cocktails on the beach," said Passmore. A pity really, that winter has to intervene before we get there again.