LONDON - Leather dungarees, velvet boiler suits, full-length military coats: Unique by Topshop’s new collection is all about utility dressing gone glamorous.
Unique, the design-led offshoot of Britain's popular high street store Topshop, gave London Fashion Week a good dose of tough, urban cool with its new autumn and winter collection.
A model sporting a floor-length military green coat over a black bralet and black trousers, felt baseball cap and spike-heeled, lace-up army boots opened the show. The message was clear: Don't mess with this girl.
More military green and a great deal of black leather followed, in the form of jumpsuits, pleated, low-slung skirts, kilts, and shiny knee-high boots.
Oversized sweaters, many with a cross motif, were paired with barely-there shorts, and there was a covetable collection of overcoats with biker flap, gunmetal buttons and zip detailing.
But while the overall esthetic was clearly street-smart, there was elegant, classic styling here too — a black velvet set of dungarees, for example, was paired with a billowing white silk blouse, an outfit that cleverly turned workman's apparel into evening wear.
The show drew American Vogue's Anna Wintour and television presenter Alexa Chung to its front row.