Like nearly all the major fast fashion retailers at work today, Topshop is no stranger to designer collaborations. In the past Topshop has teamed up with everyone from Kate Moss (the model’s collaborative line is still going strong 10 collections later) to Mark Fast. Come spring, the London-born retailer will include a slew of new and seasoned collaborators in its repertoire: Ann-Sofie Back — who you may remember as the avant-garde designer who just took over as creative director of Cheap Monday–, Jonathan Saunders, like Moss, a seasoned Topshop collaborator, Richard Nicoll, Mary Katrantzou and, last but not least, Ashish.
The Telegraph has a sneak peek at the collections, which range drastically in style. Ashish’s looks are best described as ’80s punk (a cropped gray sweatshirt is paired with a studded motorcycle jacket and spiked drop-crotch black pants). Meanwhile, Nicoll opts for prep by way of a bustier dress in a demure beige and a similarly cropped collared shirt. Saunders embraces denim and velvet (the former is fashioned in a bustier top and just above-the-knee skirt, while the latter is a long-sleeved, long dress prime for the holiday season). Back, on the other hand, is all about layers, cut-outs and a smoke-inspired palette (much like her debut collection for Cheap Monday at SS10 fashion week). In other Topshop news, the retailer just dropped the latest installation of its Topshop Unique signature collection online. Styles include Hawaiian print shirts and shorts as well as graffiti graphics atop flowing, wrap-around dresses. Styles call to mind what Topshop calls a 70s West Coast bohemian-meets-the outdoors vibe; looks range from languid chiffon fashions, to neoprene accented wetsuit-like styles.