Fashion Cruella de Ville Would be Proud of
For the Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 collection, the Topshop design team take us back to the elegant Art Deco era of 1930’s America with the Unique collection. Inspired by the industrial age and super-chic super villian Cruella de Ville, the collection features luxurious silks, refined silhouettes and dalmation spots that Cruella herself would have envied. The colour palette is muted and symplistic, with the monochromatic theme injected with colour pops of buttermilk yellow, tobacco and rust.
Lady-like dresses are trimmed with faux fur and spotted silk that skim the knees – reminiscent of the decadant glamour of old Hollywood. Outerwear comes in stylish trench coats, tailored jackets and statement faux fur cover-ups in a variety of shapes; and skirts came with a dropped waist in a flapper style, with trousers being heavily pleated and high-waisted.
Stand out pieces of the collection include feminine knits with canine motifs, oversized pinstripe tailoring and a voluminous faux fur black and white coat. Head of design at Topshop, Karen Bonser, promises that many of the pieces from the Unique collection will appear in store, particularly the denim and outerwear pices, so head down to your nearest Topshop now.