Topman FW 17: Minimal, Boxy, and Sophisticated

Photos: Topman F/W 17.

Topman’s new season is bold and elegant, representing a strong turn away from skinny jeans and into wide, unfitted silhouettes. The collection also features bold, black-and-white prints, interesting zipper details, and patchwork, slightly log cabin-y vibes in some of its jackets. There’s also a plethora of stripes and the incorporation of several chunky, colorful scarves. Quite the departure from it’s previous skinny suits and floral shirts.

Expect a lot of amorphous blob-like looks in upcoming street style galleries. Models for the Topman lookbook included Lennon Gallagher, the son of Liam Gallagher of Oasis.

Enjoy the collection in the following slides.

4 Out of 5: Jamie Freed on New York

Jamie Freed is the personal shopping manager for Topshop and TOPMAN. She lives in Williamsburg and works in Soho. This is her take on four places she likes, and one place she doesn’t.

RECOMMENDED

Death & Co – "If I could only go to one bar for the rest of my life, this would be it. They’ve got a cool vibe without being pretentious. The swoon-worthy bartenders are charming and polite in addition to being extremely talented. Take time to read their clever menu (note the Dorothy Parker and Ernest Hemmingway witticisms sprinkled throughout). I usually get the Dick & Jane or any other champagne cocktail. If Thomas is there, ask him for a recommendation. His impeccable taste and discerning palate will steer you in the right direction. The best part about Death & Co is that it’s never too crowded. The windowless façade makes it hard for the masses to find, and the no-standing policy keeps the bros at bay. Oh, and if you only drink vodka + soda with a splash of cran, go elsewhere. They keep one bottle of vodka here and likely use it just to clean the bar."

Tiny’s and The Bar Upstairs – "I don’t know that words can describe how much I love Tiny’s! They’ve nailed all the details here. From the shabby chic interior and pressed tin ceiling to the mismatched plates and the very entertaining Ana, they’ve created a comfortable environment that always makes me feel like I’m at home. It’s a great date spot too, with a few joints around the corner for cocktails after dinner (try Weather Up or Silver Lining if you’re into jazz). Oh yeah, and get the burrata."

John Derian – "Decoupage is not a dirty word. Step inside this cozy little boutique and you’ll see what I mean. I’m obsessed with Derian’s decoupage paperweights and trays. My favorites are the ones covered with old typewritten letters and snarky sayings. This shop is my gifting go-to, especially when you’re buying for that person who has everything. In addition to the decoupage collection, John Derian also stocks 18th-century-inspired French pottery, vintage rugs, and loads of other curiosities from his travels. I feel like I’ve magically left the East Village and have been transported to the Marais whenever I’m here. I might just move in."

Saturdays Surf – "It’s a shop. It’s a café. Cute surfer dudes hang and work here. It’s also right behind Topshop. What’s not to love? Saturdays isn’t just for my AM caffeine fix, and it’s not just for surfers. They’ve got beachy prints and books as well as grooming products, candles, and a cool clothing line. Most of the stuff sold here is meant for guys, but it’s the kind of guy stuff girls want to borrow. They stock these amazing fish hook bracelets from Miansai, and I’m addicted to their Baxter candles."

NOT SO MUCH

Sephora – "I think Sephora is great for times when you know exactly what you want and are able to just grab it and go. But when I need a new product, having too many choices isn’t a good thing. Unless someone whom I know and trust (which is never the case at Sephora) is helping me, I’m not able to figure out what I need. I just get frustrated and leave empty-handed. Shopping for beauty products should also make you feel beautiful. That’s just impossible in a chaotic, super-saturated environment like Sephora. Go to Space NK Apothecary instead. They have an expertly curated collection of the best of the best in beauty housed in a posh, minimalist boutique."

Topman Reinvents the T-Shirt

Topman is adding to the plethora of designer collaborations currently sweeping the fashion industry with a project that’s just for the boys. “Following up on their Black Trouser Project, British retailer Topman look towards some of fashions hottest designers to be a part of their upcoming White Tee Project,” says Hypebeast. Designers from Henry Holland and Phillip Lim to Richard Chai and J. W. Anderson have signed on to participate in the endeavor. The limited-edition collection hits Topman’s virtual racks May 28.

While in the past I’ve griped about the abundance of designer partnerships taking place these days (which, in some cases, can water down a burgeoning brand’s image thanks to the inevitable dilution that comes when pairing a newbie with a mega brand), I think the idea of having multiple designers update a classic clothing staple (i.e. Gap’s inviting Rodarte, Phillip Lim, and more to update the basic white button-up last year) typically produces great one-offs at reasonable price points. Besides, it’s great exposure for lesser-known lines. Speaking of, don’t be surprised if you see a few women rocking the fruits of this collaboration come spring. I, for one, am eyeing Juun J’s side-zip creation.