There was one celebrity who didn’t quite fit in at the Topman Design spring 2012 show at London fashion week on Wednesday. On a front row crammed with the usual suspects – Nick Grimshaw, Alex Zane, Rick Edwards and Jamie Hince – boxer Amir Khan, not someone known for being a dedicated follower of fashion, was a bit of an anomaly. But then, about half way through the show, it became clear why the sportsman had been afforded an invite. As a Brit with Pakistani origins, Khan could be
the somewhat pigeonholed poster boy for this collection, replete as it was with Eastern influence and, well, boxer shorts.
Starting out subtly with crisp cotton linen suits, mostly double-breasted, in cool sand and slate tones, the Kashmiri spice soon arrived. Droves of shirts, fine knits and those silk boxer shorts (not underwear per se, but closer to the kind you’d wear to actually box) boasted more Indian and Moroccan prints than your average gap year student’s photo album. A whole spice rack of colours (mustard, paprika, saffron) was lifted with touches of turquoise and coral. It’s unclear whether a couple of silk pyjama sets were intended to be worn outdoors (they were styled with blazers), and equally questionable was the folded and belted leather tote most models carried – calling it a ‘harder hand held piece’ in the show notes couldn’t hide the fact that this was a man clutch and no mistake. Back on track, the show closed on a formal note with a half dozen slim cut black suit jackets that played well against the Brit rock hairstyles sported by the models.
Challenging accessories aside, this was a luxe, polished effort from the Design team that will transition well to the Topman sales floor.