Attendees at the Topman Design show, the first of LC:M AW15, could be forgiven for thinking they’d travelled back forty years in time. From the opening look – a patchwork of fabulous furs teamed with cropped flares – to the psychedelic disco-screen backdrop and a soundtrack which included Donny Osmond’s 1972 hit ‘Crazy Horses’, this show had all the swagger of Mick Jagger in his prime.
The ‘70s spawned some statement outerwear, and Topman’s take stayed faithful to the originals, with a classic butterscotch shearling coat, a rustic poncho and a dramatically fringed suede jacket breaking up the parade of huge shaggy numbers, festooned with tiers of plush faux fur and outsized collars and worn layered over polo-neck sweaters.
A staunchly ‘70s palette of brown, tan, russet and cream made an excellent foil for the abundant denim pieces, which ranged in shade from dishwater to deepest indigo and included a patchwork boiler suit alongside the classic denim jacket – worn buttoned-up, Steve McQueen style, naturally.
Ubiquitous in womenswear for the past few seasons, it was only a matter of time before jumpsuits crossed the gender gap – and Topman went full throttle with its shiny, slim-fitting and racing driver-esque offerings, described by designer Gordon Richardson as ‘glam rock meets motocross’.
Nor was the brand afraid to dip its toes in the decade’s other divisive looks: psychedelic patterned shirts, hideous knitwear and deafeningly loud tartan tailoring all made an appearance, the latter in the form of surprisingly wearable double-breasted suits and smart, knee-length Crombie coats.
Elsewhere, small twists saved the collection from a dated fancy-dress feel. In place of pavement-sweeping bellbottoms, trousers were cropped or turned up, with a subtle, workable flare which worked even on the sharpest of pinstriped suits. And there wasn’t a platform sole in sight: instead the sneaker’s dominance continued with classic leather lace-ups, reminiscent of bowling shoes. Groovy, baby.
Written by Selena Schleh. Image source style.com.