Topshop and Topman
They’re back and bigger than ever, literally. Topshop has reopened in Suria KLCC with a brand new bigger store and Topman now has its first stand alone store, also in Suria KLCC.
For Topman, the flagship store has 2,580 square feet of shopping space and features an even wider selection of Topshop men mainline collections and premium suits including shoes and accessories. The store will also exclusively carry collections from iconic designer Antony Price which will be out in December, and the Harris Tweed collaboration with Topman which features blazers, wool suits and accessories including gloves, bowties and ties.
For Topshop, the store is now 3,890 square feet and will carry more mainline collections and shoes and accessories. Currently, you can find Topshop’s Christmas collection, the Kate Moss collection and the Topshop Unique collection in store. Come December, their make up line will be launched and will be available at the Topshop in Suria KLCC.
We have chosen to feature Topshop Unique’s Autumn Winter 2010 collection, right from the runrway. It draws inspiration from the great outdoors. Following the Brownie motto ‘Be Prepared’, outerwear is protective and functional, whilst luxurious fake furs and delicate chiffon evoke woodland wildlife.
Defending against the elements, saddle brown battered leather parkas are cosy with quilted linings and shrunken waxed cotton jackets in uniform blue and khaki brown appear in a swing shape and cropped gilet. Duffle coats and trenches keep out the cold with reversed sheepskin linings on the outside of the body and voluminous wool scarves and cable knit socks offer an extra layer of warmth. Berry coloured corduroy tailoring with leather paneling offers a modern twist on traditional country wear, whilst loden green wools in a boxy jacket, pencil skirt and short shorts look more rugged and are adorned with Girl Guide award badges. Old fashioned pyjama-esque striped slouchy cotton trousers and shirts continue the idea of a camping trip in the wilderness.
Practical details feature throughout; skirts have suspender strapping, belts have release buckles and sheepskin bags secured by harnesses have old-fashioned binoculars and torches as charms. Canvas and leather lace-up boots are sturdy with multiple buckles and detachable ankle covers and mini pouches.
Offsetting the utility/survival feel of the collection, prints and fabrics are heavily influenced by woodland creatures and nature. The sumptuous teddy bear fur coat is reminiscent of a grizzly bear, fluffy mittens are paw-like, and shoe boots are adorned with tufts of sheepskin. In contrast, soft chiffon blouses and dresses with hand-crafted crochet and lace panels conjure up an image of a twisted Narnia fantasy world full of woodland nymphs and fairies. Mushrooms, clovers and twigs are scattered across jersey vests whilst wild wolves, deers, rabbits and owls hide within the camouflage ’Woodland print’ but stand out in their full glory as headdresses.