THE FULL REPORT: TOPSHOP UNIQUE

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For AW12 the Topshop girl has grown up. But leave all notions of prim at the door, because this is grown-up dressing like you’ve never seen it before! Our in-house design team started their journey months ago, taking inspiration from uniform in all its guises. So military came to the fore, but also urban uniform dressing, like peaked caps, exposed zips and boots made for stomping. They dreamt the collection up as a stream of pieces to be seen on the runway and worn on the street.

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To a soundtrack that spanned TLC, Roxy Music, MIA and Azelia Banks, we watched as a blast of new season style sashayed past our eyes. Pyjama dressing was key and our in-house designers had matched tops to bottoms on several looks. Liquid-looking silk trousers billowed around legs, while velvet dungarees sat atop the most beautiful hand-knitted jumpers that screamed exquisite taste. Modest midi skirts were slashed to the thigh and kilts took a cool turn, belted at the hip and worn with a nonchalant swagger.

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Burnt orange hotpants on swinging hips were opulence personified, while workwear pieces and outsized coats nodded to the team’s military aspirations. Accessories told a strong story with large, functional bags tucked under the models’ arms and peaked hats piloting the way for headgear next autumn. The incredible team behind Unique created a standout collection of pieces that you instantly want to get in your wardrobe. Cute, spangled dresses, perfect pleats, motif jumpers, silk shirts and waffle textured jersey – we’re struggling to wait a whole season for it to land!

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And let’s take a moment and talk footwear and handbags! Spike-heeled boots with tough rubber soles – an update to brothel creepers that we can’t wait to wear. Longer-length boots stopped halfway up the knee with riding style tabs on either side. We’ve seen equestrian chic, been there and done it but this was something fresh, something new. These were boots with an edge. And as for the handbags, they we’re super luxe! We were crazy for the rucksacks and oversized totes that the models clutched under their arms with a cooler-than-cool-girl air that we’ll be emulating come next season.

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Watch the show again and let us know which pieces you’re loving the most! Our wishlist for AW12 is already looking rather long.