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Topshop Unique Spring/Summer 2014

The wet and dreary conditions in Londontown didn’t stop fashion insiders and British scenesters from flocking to the Topshop Unique show space in Regent’s Park, where they were greeted with “a heat rave” of “wild heady days and endless freedom of summer,” according to show notes.

Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Topshop CEO Sir Philip Green and supermodel Kate Moss talk the business of fashion from the front row.

Strappy sundresses in breezy silhouettes were the highlight of the collection and played a major role in Topshop’s POV on effortless summer dressing.

Cracked tile prints give a modern edge to the season’s color palette.

Dior Beauty event DJ/model Harley Viera-Newton goes for a fresh pastel look, wearing a Topshop Textured Sweater.

Cara Delevingne, the face for both DKNY Jeans and Fendi fall ’13 ad campaigns, rocks a sporty printed look accented with slip-on mules, which add to the overall simplistic nature of her spring style.

The trio of sisters behind the L.A.-based indie rock band Haim made a dash across the pond to catch the Unique show. Alana, Danielle and Este Haim, all outfitted in Topshop, won the BBC Sound of 2013 award for their new folk grooves.

ABC’s Revenge star Ashley Madekwe looks runway-ready, donning the Topshop Unique Genuine Shearling Bomber Jacket.

Spring is all about solid colors. Be boldly chic in an all-white monochromatic outfit.

British babe Jourdan Dunn shows how relaxed separates can make an intensely sharp statement.

Let’s get a round of applause! L to R: Starry Eyed singer Ellie Goulding, socialite Pixie Geldof, model Daisy Lowe, Les Misérables actress Samantha Barks and model Suki Waterhouse (girlfriend to actor Bradley Cooper).

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Watch the collection come to life on the runway!

Visit our Beauty Blog for the backstage hair and makeup report.

Qianna Smith
Photos courtesy of Topshop

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MARC JACOBS’ Dark Past

Thursday night’s torrential downpour added a fitting layer of gloom to the already dark, dystopic scene at the MARC JACOBS spring 2014 show. Clad in ornate, Victorian-esque dresses and upholstery coats, models stormed across glittering black sand, past deserted beach chairs, a broken-down bus and a crumbling boardwalk. Each look was loaded with intricate details: appliqué, embroidery, tassels, brocade—you name it, Jacobs worked it in. This resulted in the polar opposite of his spring 2013 collection, which focused on simple, mod factory-girl pieces. But Jacobs has never been the predictable type—and that’s exactly why we love him.

Mary O’Regan

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Tailored Perfection at Narciso Rodriguez

With all the extravagance appearing on the Fashion Week runways, it’s easy to forget that at some point, someone, somewhere is intended to wear this clothing, whether to work, to a party or out for dinner. That’s part of what makes Narciso Rodriguez’s* new collection so appealing. We’d happily welcome each piece into our closet and select one to wear at random, with our eyes closed, taking comfort in the fact that there isn’t a single oddball in the bunch. But despite the quiet simplicity of Rodriguez’s clothing, each beautifully tailored piece maintains an element of curiosity—whether that’s asymmetrical draping, geometric seams or an elegant cape.

*Available in selected stores

Mary O’Regan

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Naeem Khan in Great Detail

Break out the microscope, because Naeem Khan‘s spring 2014 dresses are some of the most intricate we’ve ever seen. The Indian-American designer looked to traditional Spanish embroidery for his new collection, creating beaded brocade gowns that give new meaning to the word ornate. It’s easy to imagine these looks on the red carpet—and they’d make spectacular wedding wear, too. Basically, if over-the-top isn’t an issue, you know exactly where to turn.

Mary O’Regan

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All that Glitters at MARC BY MARC JACOBS

Who’s up for rollerskating? Add wheels to the the models’ feet at MARC BY MARC JACOBS’ show yesterday, and they’d be straight out of a Saturday night bowl & skate in 1995. Sparkles, stars, satin and sneakers were the key components on the MMJ runway, a fun, youthful look refreshing in its simplicity. The girls wore scarves around their necks, trapping their long, languid tresses into disheveled coifs, revealing a little of the grungy Marc Jacobs we know and love. Something tells us he’d kill it on the roller-rink.

Mary O’Regan

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L.A. Pride at Rodarte

Born and raised in California, Rodarte* sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy cite Los Angeles as the impetus behind their spring 2014 collection, leaving the specifics open to interpretation. So we’ll draw our own conclusions about Tuesday’s mix of bad-girl decadence and Latin panache. Models navigated a laser-light runway wearing plaid button-ups, hip-slung belts and tiny cut-offs with zebra-print ruffles, ready for the club or a country-western bar. Our favorite details appeared in long, white and black fringe whipping across asymmetric leather skirts and embroidered scorpions snaking across sheer-paneled tops—an eerie tribute to the City of Angels.

(See also: Our front-row photos from this show)
*Rodarte is available in selected stores

Mary O’Regan

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3.1 Phillip Lim Gets Down to Earth

One look at the invitation to 3.1 Phillip Lim‘s show and it’s clear that we’re in for a visual treat. The prodigious designer created a range of swirling, moody, abstract prints for spring 2014, referencing subterranean rock formations and watercolor landscapes. Even the runway was covered in a thick layer of white rocks, filling the room with a cloud of chalky dust. “It’s all very elemental,” he wrote in the show program, though his looks were anything but simple. Each garment boasted cutting-edge details, like cracked metallic suede, mismatched patchwork fringe and thick leather stitches. Consider it a preview of what we’ll see on the street-style set in the months to come.

Mary O’Regan

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Afro-Cuban Flair at Tracy Reese

Now, here’s a designer who doesn’t shrink from color. Michigan native Tracy Reese cited Afro-Cuban influences as the guiding light behind her vibrant, floral-laden collection, shown Sunday at Lincoln Center. A three-piece percussion group walloped away as models hit the runway in raffia-embroidered jackets, girly jacquard dresses and tough gladiator sandals. While Reese didn’t send a cat down the runway this season, a different sort of surprise came from graphic flower tattoos, strategically placed on models’ shoulders and calves.

Mary O’Regan

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Athletic Prep at Band of Outsiders

There was no ambiguity when it came to Band of Outsiders creative director Scott Sternberg’s preferred silhouette for spring 2014: oversized, billowing and seriously breezy. Skirts came clear to the floor. Jackets were voluminous and airy, made of nylon and mesh—both heavily utilized materials throughout the collection. The current sporty trend fits nicely in Sternberg’s wheelhouse—he’s sending his prepsters off to the gym with a stop at the beach along the way.

Mary O’Regan

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Opening Ceremony Hits the Fast Track

Never one to underwhelm, Opening Ceremony‘s inaugural runway show was nothing short of spectacular. The 11-year-old brand, founded by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, paid tribute to a melange of personal sentiments for spring: Lim’s Korean background, which manifested in the reinterpretation of traditional Korean-style jackets and pants; the designers’ shared love for New York—the company’s birthplace—with an urban-cool overtone that’s ever-present in their collections; and the street-racing culture of Los Angeles, where the designers grew up.

The latter influence made the biggest splash Sunday night as the show opened with a fleet of sports cars filling a cavernous pier off the West Side Highway. Models wore oversized sporty separates in bright, NASCAR-friendly colors, and fitted dresses with thick nylon belts and plastic buckles not unlike the straps on a camper’s backpack. It’s precisely this cheeky reinterpretation of materials and conventions not typically seen in contemporary fashion that keeps the Opening Ceremony customer on the edge of her seat—or, in this case, firmly buckled in.

(See also: Photos from the Opening Ceremony after-party)

HERO

Mary O’Regan

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