Topman Design always excite us at FashionBeans. It’s not like we are expecting them to showcase the two for £12 t-shirts on the catwalk, but for a brand at the fore of men’s high street clothing, it’s always interesting to see how far they push boundaries within their collections.
This season sees a bold departure away from traditional monochrome hues, which have become an autumn/winter go-to for the brand. The first models on the runway looked like they had returned from an expedition to the Antarctic, with white oversized parkas and double pleat tonal trousers. Pea coats were given a Tibetan makeover with great effect and faux fur was utilised on a variety of outerwear.
The traveller theme continued with the addition of less chilling geographical influences; spicy orange continued the Topman man’s varied journey and boiled wools in fuscias and yellow were again topped off with the oversized Parka (it looks like the parka will be the coat of choice yet again next winter). Large backpacks adorned with compasses and hip flasks only reinforced how far the Topman man has ventured to piece together such an eclectic look.
Deep purple signified the next leg of the trip, with cropped parkas and belted waists in waxed cottons. Knitwear played an important role, with its rich texture and varied construction techniques adding character to the looks. The leather explorer boots ground the look and provide a functional edge.
As the show came to an end we saw slightly more formal looks, with suiting and wide legged trousers tucked into boots – somehow defying a style rule we always abide by.
Overall, the Topman Design collection offered us an exciting, practical and bohemian slant on the winter wardrobe. It is definitely one that we can’t wait to see in the flagship stores and online – so as much as we look forward to summer, it’s looking like it will be a bright autumn/winter too (it does make a nice change from all that black).