UNIQUE AW13: THE SPACE, THE STARS, THE BUZZ

The great and the good of the fashion world turned out in their droves for the Topshop Unique AW13 show. And we don’t just mean you lot, who tuned in in your thousands for the live action on online. In the actual bricks-and-mortar world the Topshop show space at the Tate Modern played host to editors, bloggers, stylists and starlets all excited to see what we had in store for the season ahead.

Everyone was wondering whether we’d be able to top last season’s show venue – a space-like pavilion in the middle of Bedford Square – but we have to say we totally nailed it this season. Our show venue was nestled in the depths of the sprawling Tate Modern museum, in a never-before-used space called The Tanks: think giant slabs of concrete, soaring ceilings and a super-cool lighting set up.

Everyone always comes early to the Topshop shows to ensure they get a bite of some of the delicious food we always have on offer, and this year we kept up the standards with steak pie, little pots of celeriac soup, green bean and goats cheese salads and delicate little almond tarts for dessert. There’s nothing like the silence of the fashion set when they’re enjoying a decent bit of food between shows!

We were on the hunt for anyone wearing a bit of Topshop, and who could miss Irish TV presenter Angela Scanlon in her sunshine yellow Unique trousers paired with one of SS13’s most coveted pieces – the monochrome padded jacket. ‘It’s just like a duvet,’ she told us, ‘my favourite new thing – I never want to take it off!’

Meanwhile It-blogger Susie Lau was making her way to her front-row seat when she stopped to tell us how happy she is that Topshop – a brand which she’s loved since she was knee-high – is now such a major player on the world fashion stage. We’re blushing!!

There was a photo frenzy at the front row when Topshop magazine cover-girl Kate Bosworth came to take her place alongside fiancé Michael Polish and next to London front row favourites Daisy Lowe, Pixie Geldof, Olivia Palermo and Victoria Pendleton. We had to take a moment on Vine (our new obsession!) to record the camera chaos, and found ourselves wondering what it’s like to be met with that everywhere you go!

The same had to be said for the popstar contingent at the show: One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and girlfriend Eleanor Calder nearly caused a crush when they arrived!

When the gorgeous looking girls on our front row had stopped being papped, the lights went down and we grabbed a perch next to blogger Peony Lim to watch the show.

From the moment Cara Delevingne strode onto the runway in our first look, you could feel excitement rising in the air. If you missed the show, you can watch it again over on Topshop.com and if you want to head backstage and front row with us, enjoy the replay of our live Hangout on Google+ below.