Fashion Bytes: Topshop Goes Clubbing at London Fashion Week
Welcome to Fashion Bytes, a cheat sheet for your favorite runway designers. From style inspirations to behind-the-scenes scoops, here’s everything worth knowing at London Fashion Week Spring 2018.
The brand: Topshop
The history: One of the first “fast fashion” chains in the world, Topshop was born as a youth-culture boutique in the 1960s. (It was one of the first stores to stock Mary Quant’s famous miniskirts.) The cool, affordable riffs on runway style captivated famous shoppers like the Spice Girls in the ’90s, and in 2002, the brand started sponsoring young designers for its first London Fashion Week shows. Ten years ago, Topshop launched its first capsule collection with Kate Moss; collaborators since then have included Kate Bosworth, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and even Beyoncé.
The designer: London fashion fixture Kate Phelan (who also works at Vogue UK, and has styled everyone from Zoë Kravitz to Victoria Beckham to, of course, Ms. Moss herself) created this collection with her team. In August, Phelan announced her impending departure from Topshop this September.
The show: Inspired by London nightclubs of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, the collection was heavy on flashy fashion like red metallic miniskirts, low-cut bedazzled dresses, and a few marabou-feather numbers that were half Studio 54 and half Vegas showgirl. Music from New Order blasted through the speakers, and guests were served ice-cold champagne before taking their seats. Major models such as Joan Smalls and Hailey Baldwin ruled the catwalk, and even though it was barely 4pm, the atmosphere felt more like an exclusive nightclub than a daytime collection debut.
The f-row: Kate Moss and daughter Lila Grace, 14, sat front-row center. Other familiar faces: Olivia Palermo, Charli XCX and singer Ella Eyre.
The verdict: When these party-girl staples hit Nordstrom.com today, they’ll sell out fast. Be ready to get what you want; pick your favorites now.