For Fall 2010, Topshop is inviting fans into a wild post-apocalyptic world, into the dark ages, onto the running track and into the depths of the British countryside. Four separate collections – named Out Of The Wild, Dark Nouveau, Hi Performance and The Outsiders, respectively – have been unveiled, with each one touching on the wild-country aesthetic seen at Topshop’s Fall 2010 runway show. A preview from the Fall 2010 lookbook is shown below. The lookbook is styled by Dazed & Confused’s Katie Shillingford and shot by French photographer Franck Sauvaire.
The Out Of The Wild collection (above) tells the story of a wild warrior girl in a post-apocalyptic world “where fashion survivors battle the elements.” Dresses are embellished with taupe ruffles, cobwebbed crochet or sheer mushroom-colored florals. Chunky knit sweaters and studded leather vests sit alongside oversized fur vests and coats. Denim is ragged, boots are lined with shearling and tights are adorned with crude animal markings. Accessories in this collection include trapper hats, fringed scarves and feather headbands.
The Dark Nouveau collection (above) is a trip back in time to the dark ages, where the “sinister fairytales of the art nouveau movement” meet the dark and perverse images of Aubrey Beardsley. While the black palette is lightened with hints of pale pink and soft grey, the collection focuses on embellishments over color. Dresses are trimmed in lace and tulle, sweaters are dotted with sequins and vests are festooned in sexy shearling. The medieval theme runs rampant, with plenty of studded corsets, caged heels and harnessed skirts.
The Outsiders collection (above) mixes Britain’s heritage with modern fashion. Military insignia have been sewn onto a selection of pieces, while classic British sports such as hunting, shooting, fishing and riding are a consistent theme. The main focus, however, is on outerwear. An array of winter-ready outerwear – capes, blazers and buckled jackets – is cut from traditional fabrics such as plaid and tweed. Leather coats are lined with sheepskin, capes are adorned with toggles and classic checked lining while cable-knit cardigans and sweaters are printed with neutral, countryside colors.
The Hi Performance collection (not pictured) is a continuation of summer’s infautuation with athletic-influenced basics. Tees are cropped and tied at the waist, sweaters and shorts are cut from grey jersey and bustier tops are seen in scuba-blue and black. Footwear in this collection includes a two-tone strappy heel, a high-top sneaker and a buckled leopard-print mule. Expect Alexander Wang’s influence to shine through here.