The vacuous hall of Billingsgate entertained the fashion crowd with a reception before the show. Serving salads, afternoon tea, champagne and juices the guests wondered if there were enough people to fill the giant room. It soon became apparent that there were plenty.
As usual Philip Green took his place with his fist lady to the left. This season Anna Wintour. Lights went down and music belted out from Disney’s 101 Dalmatians referencing Cruella De Vil. It was all the show notes we needed as the first look walked out – black and white spotted faux fur coat and the hair in minnie mouse style ears.
The collection was fun and flirty, as its meant to be. The spots were everywhere; stoles, gloves, shoes and coats. Glamourous New York 1920’s – 40’s was interpreted – be it architectural prints, tea dresses or pinstriped suiting, and so leaning ever toward the new American market TopShop has found since its NY opening.