According to Gordon Richardson, Topman
's design director, "doing a whole lot" was the point of the collection the label showed today. In other words, if it looked like everything but the kitchen sink, that was quite deliberate. Woodstock and Britpop were the polar opposites between which the clothes took shape: Jimi Hendrix's shorty kimono here, Liam Gallagher's big hairy parka there. Lean pinstriped suits—high-buttoned jackets, flared
pants—shared the catwalk with roadie denims, blow-your-tiny-mind florals, and the girly blouses that Robert Plant once wore with great authority. With such a catholic approach, there was inevitably genuine ghastliness—cue the terrycloth shorts suit with matching suitcase—but Sir Philip Green's design teams are past masters at corralling the mood of the moment. If we're quivering on the brink of a slightly psychedelic revival, a double-breasted suit in pistachio Lurex might soon pass for sartorial. Which leaves just one quibble: The clothes could—should
—have been even trippier.