Topshop Unique Spring 2012
When the Topshop Unique invitation came, on the reverse of the date and time, an image of the late Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra graced our eyes. And right off the bat, we knew that a heavy Egyptian theme would run through the collection. And oh, how right we were.
The show was a smorgasbord of Egyptian influences, both literal and non-literal. From hooded parkas covered in hieroglyphics, to black dresses with gold support around the bust, the collection was heavy in white, gold and black, but also featured denim blue and pale pinks in certain silk satin dresses. From gold detailing to full on gold short shorts, to unique designs on black dresses, to hieroglyphs gracing sweaters and skirts alike, the collection remained consistent and cohesive throughout, but created pieces that could be paired with simpler basics. The shoes, a Topshop specialty, were in full force, also featuring gold detailing, but remained mostly white, and featured 90s-esque four-inch wedge sandals. Black gladiator heels and white-with-brown heels also reigned supreme, as each model strutted down the runway a different Egyptian princess.
The hair and make-up was another feature that created the ambience of an Egyptian palace. The hair was slicked at the roots, and covered in a gold lamé foil, which attached to the gathers of hair and made it seem as if it were dyed, whereas the simple and natural make-up emphasized the effortlessly cool clothing and hair, as well as the models.
With a star studded front row (Peaches Geldof, Nicola Roberts, Marina Diamandis, Olivia Palermo, Kelis and even Anna Wintour), it was clear that the Topshop design team were ready to show the world that it is indeed a powerhouse, and it could do the Egyptian better than you. Now everyone, walk…
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