There was a real sense of irony today as Topman made it rain on the catwalk and referenced Maritime inspired clothing as Britains coasts are being battered by the worst storms in 20 years. John Cooper Clarke's original poem for the collection opened the show being played with his thick northern drawl setting the scene, the catwalk cemented a very bleak grey with sporadic puddles. This all made for a very strong and visual show that gave you want to go forth and defy the elements yourself, the seeming defiance of the setting by the models reminded how we Brits will not be held to the whims of the weather. It was the the PVC bonded edges of the garments and the PVC poncho that made that gave this collection an edge with the overall look showing a more mature direction and polished collection for Topman Design.
All text and images by Will Wyness