Saturday, August 22, 2009
Where the wild things are
This giraffe tee by Emma Cook for Topshop made me smile. It's a little more than I'd spend on a T-shirt at £40, but it is a cashmere blend and as silky soft as can be. Plus, it's right in tune with the plethora of animal prints making a strong style statement right now. Generous in sizing, you'll probably want to buy a size smaller, too - which is always a good feeling, no?
Markus Lupfer, meanwhile, has created his trademark oversized jumpers for Topshop. Continuing with the animal theme, two of his sweaters sport massive sequinned hearts in bold graffiti-style leopard print that would make Stephen Sprouse proud. Take your pick from red sequins on grey marl or white on charcoal. There's also a glitzy pineapple design that's reminiscent of Stella McCartney's s/s 2001 collection for Chloé, which featured the fruit strategically placed on swimwear.
Lupfer's cotton jumpers are a steep £85, but if you consider that both he and Cook are part of the Designers at Topshop collaborative, you're actually getting a piece of edgy London talent for the fraction of what their own-line labels sell for. And, as you know, I'm a huge fan of designer/high-street collaborations. In fact, hanging in my wardrobe is a Topshop collaboration with Sophia Kokosalaki from way back in 2006. It's a simple grey jersey dress cut to fall with her beautiful Grecian-style draping and was a bargain at £60 - especially as the designer is now celebrating her 10th anniversary this year with a collection of 10 dresses with four-figure price tags.
Look out for the next drop of designer threads at Topshop with Christopher Kane's collection which hits stores on 18th September. I'll keep you posted.