Backstage at Topman Design Spring Summer 2013
June 19, 2012 by J.T.
Friday June 15th, 2012 - Topman Venue The Sorting Office WC1A
Topman Design SS13 sees the meeting of two cultural divides of early 80’s America.The tailored aesthetique of the East Coast and downtown NY, and the zowie way-out radness of the native West Coast skater /surfer. The reversal and adaption of conventional tailoring and bold freeform graphics reminiscent of the freehand energy of Basquiat come together to create a young rebellious up beat collection for SS13.
Traditional Prince of Wales check suiting fabric is shot with fluorescent orange thread and worked into loose fit pleat front turn-up shorts, loose fit cut off jumpsuits and low shoulder jackets which are broken up and worn with oversized white T’s, and silk scribble graphic shorts, open shirts, yoked macs and parachute silk parkas.
Scoop neck sport style shirts are re-worked in sheer organza, again worn with loose fitting pleat front shorts. Over-sized mesh tops in block colour fluoros and brights are paired with co-ordinating knee-length shorts and worn with technicolour trainers with colour blotted rubber soles.
Laser-cutting lends itself throughout the collection replacing pinstripes on loose fitting block colour jackets and short, oversized mesh holes on jackets and suiting as well as soft suede belted bombers – while Loose gauge degradé knitted jumpers are worn long under matching cardigans and paired with printed pleat shorts.
Neoprene runs throughout appearing underneath shorts as wetsuit shorties and as panelling alongside leather in major statement oversized vivid rucksacks. Footwear is extreme – crazy bright trainers or ankle-laced leather cut out brogues in black, white or tangerine.
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