Making bad weather look good.

Topman Design Autumn Winter 14 proved a favourite amongst the Clash congregation even before the heavens opened, indoors.

The tone was dark and the stand out textures shiny; transparent full length rain macs mixed with PVC trousers and leather jackets. Silhouette was high up on the list of lust factors too, with coats of all styles and sizes partnered with loose trouser shapes.

Being at heart a high street brand – and with that carrying the idea of ‘something for everyone’ in their back pockets (one imagines) – duffle coats shared the stage with short zip up jackets, longer double breasted pieces, blazers, Teddy Boy era styles, and extra special full length numbers that made you envisage cosy Sunday walks along the Thames.

As variety played its part, so too did consistency. Dark shades of blue and black were broken up only by short, sharp shots of baby blue, olive green and burnt orange.

As at Lou Dalton, rollnecks creeped in thick and fast, here taking a firmer stance with chunky knitted versions inviting attention and subtler thin styles hiding under shirts.

As if to further enhance the dull, wet, winter theme – which in contrast provided rich sartorial pickings for everyone present – fringes were kept damp and the soundtrack provided by Echo & The Bunneymen’s ‘The Killing Moon’; John Cooper Clarke took on opening duties, with a recording of an exclusive poem played out (and handwritten photocopies provided on seats).

And then the rain came. Substituting the usual finale shower of confetti, models instead were invited to remember that rat like feeling forgetting your brolly inevitably evokes. It made for quite the spectacle mind.


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