Recently there have been a lot of fashion posts of Gymkhana Club, not because I have suddenly become obsessed but because this is the season for fashion isn’t it? Fashion weeks all over the world, designer collaboration left, right and centre, and of course it’s the run up to Christmas. This post is about another designer collaboration. One which went on sale in Topshop stores and on Topshop’s website yesterday. If you haven’t heard of it already, let me introduce you to Marques’Almeida x Topshop.
Nothing screams 90s to me like frayed demin and furry cuffs. Seriously – I looked at this collection and I see my childhood in clothing and truthfully I don’t know if this is a good thing or not. My mum’s fashion ethos is that the hems need to be neat and tidy. She has never been a fan of frayed edges and that attitude has rubbed off on me.
I can understand why the look is so attractive – the whole collection has this casual, lounge-ey feel which is so very perfect for this very moment and the frayed hems and ripped denim fits in with that whole ethos. Marques’Almeida have based this collection on teenagers – carefree teenagers with a love of denim (the demin poncho is one of my favourites). But I don’t know. Am I too old for this? Can I ever be too old for vests and ripped jeans?
There are parts of the collection I love – the underwear set is a favourite of mine (that bra is glorious isn’t it?) and the sheepskin cuffs need to be on my wrists, but much of the collection I don’t think is for me. Like many collections in almost all stores, this is for tall people – or taller people – and the slouchy jumper looks like a baggy oversized dress on me. And not in a good way.
However, while this particular collection isn’t for me I love that Topshop are giving smaller designers a chance to understand big businesses and have their clothing tried on and bought by many, many more people. Long may that last.
My local Topshop store didn’t stock the full collection (it didn’t have any of the accessories which was annoying) but everything is available to view online.
What do you all think? Any of you in love with Marques’Almeida x Topshop?