Topman Design S/S12

Bohemian finishes to sharp tailored looks and Eastern influenced prints on silk and cotton produced a decadent and luxurious collection

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Topman Design had a definite bohemian feel to it this season, pulling their usual references in the form of strong tailoring and structured jackets, but with a louche and decadent feel. There was a heavy slant towards print with silks and cottons receiving embellishment in the form of William Morris and Moroccan style patterns. Simple grey tailoring was done up in greys and light blues and came in both single and double breasted versions. Buttons were gold adding a luxurious and old school traditional feel.

As the show progressed it was on to knitwear with oversized cardigans in chunky knit being a statement piece, both belted and with open large pockets at the front. A floral embroidered Harrington again sealed that Eastern influence and also gave a nod towards the loungewear and pyjama's that were so current in the traditional English lifestyle of the British Gentleman. The floral patterning made an appearance on a number of other pieces including shirts and shorts, and the patterns and prints we had seen earlier on in the collection came through again at the close.

Jackets were worn over softer jersey and knit garments including sleeveless v-necks and simple crews. Geometric jacquard prints were also apparent and made a nice juxtaposition against the more tradition feel of a lot of the pieces, and could be seen on shirts and jackets. Accessories this season included brightly coloured penny loafers and a hand held clutch style bag.

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