October 24, 2007

Kate Moss Top Shop AW07 and Christmas Collection

Remember back when the Vogue preview of the Kate Moss Top Shop SS07 collection came out and I was really excited about it? Well, since then I have seen the collection in real life, applauded Photoshop's ability to beautify cheap material and lowered my expectations for the clothes. While I really don't like the idea of Top Shop basically recreating some of Kate's designer wonders from her wardrobe, I can't deny I'm really excited about some of the designs I see.

With this line, you really need to see the clothes in real life before buying anything. The quality is really so-so and the photos you see are really photoshopped (or taken under clever lighting.) For example, this dress in real life? I felt it in real life last week and was surprised by how bad the quality was. The material was coarse and felt cheap.

Another thing I don't completely get about the clothes -some of the tops and dresses are very sheer. Yes I realise you simply have to wear a camisole underneath, but it's hard to find the perfect v-neck camisole to go underneath, preferably made of silk.

When you look through the collections, you would notice that there are sequined T-shirts are an essential part of the collection. The tops aren't bad, but I'm not sure they're worth paying 35pounds (tank on the right) for.

OK, so onto the AW07 and Christmas collection:
When the AW07 collection came out in Aug/Sept, I was disappointed. What's with these preppy clothes? The school girl look is cool up to a point, and pink is certainly past that point.

The one thing I've been eyeing has been this Zig Zag dress. Thankfully I've been too indecisive to buy it, and it just went on sale on topshop.com. Obviously I've bought it now. I love the side where the dress is short and the tie around the neck -gives the dress a unique, stylish twist.

After the disappointing AW07 collection, the new Christmas collection is about to be released. From the photos I've seen so far from topshop.com, Gracia magazine and ID, the Christmas collection looks way more fabulous. There are some really cool, edgy little dresses -perfect for the coming Christmas and New Year parties!

I LOVE this dress, especially the patterned beads that look like a belt! It looks so stylish and pretty in the image. I'm trying not to get too excited though, because the dress could possibly be of bad quality in real life.

This ID image got me excited about this Deco style dress. It's fun, edgy and trendy. I love how the sequined top has a solid fit, and the bottom chiffon skirt bit is soft and flowy.

Here's the Deco dress again on the right. On the left is a dress that looked decent in Gracia magazine but looks kind of cheap on the topshop webstie. I'm still hoping to try it on in real life though. Who knows?

And then there's this pleated mini dress. When topshop describes it as mini, it really does looks supremely mini. it doesn't even go down to Kate's legs in the ID image! But hopefully it won't be that short on me since I'm short anyways. It looks demure on the top, but short and young at the bottom.

The Christmas collection is supposed to hit stores on 25th Oct -that's this Thursday. I can't wait! I only hope Top Shop stocks enough of my size for once. Clothes-shopping-wise, there's nothing more annoying than finding a design you like and the shop doesn't have your size left.

Image credit: www.topshop.com, ID magazine images

19 Comments:

Anonymous Katy said...

I work for topshop & I'll admit the last two collections were horribly over priced & the quality wasn't amazing, I didn't actually like them at all. Our xmas Kate Moss delivery arrived the beginning of this week and they've really hit bang on with this collection. Some of the dresses are £125 but they feel worth it. I can't wait to read what you think when goes out in the shop.

10/24/2007 3:53 AM  
Blogger pinkmilk said...

I blogged on this too, wish I was still living in the UK and could have a proper loo,, but that will have to wait for Christmas... Interesting post from Katy, I think we were all hoping they would hit the nail on the head at some point (quality-wise hey).

10/24/2007 5:26 AM  
Blogger Marie said...

i love these adverts from ID they really change the way you look at the clothes, but i still agree with the view that kate moss clothes dont make you kate moss and shes not a stylist or perhaps even the stylist for the clothes, its just philip green trying to ear a quick buck, check out my site fashionfataleuk! x

10/24/2007 6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The preppy outfit is dumb, but anyone who would wear what amounts to sleazy lingerie in public is dumber.

10/24/2007 8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, what kinda shoes do you think are gunna be in for SS08?

10/24/2007 9:22 AM  
Blogger j. glam :] said...

the zig zag dress is GORGEOUS! i'm so jealous! x]

but yeah, the whole misleading pictures thing just reminds me of fast food commercials. the burgers really don't look like that in real life, which is disappointing. haha. -____-

10/24/2007 9:51 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

you also have to remember that all these are being shown on *kate moss*, who could make clothes from walmart look good!

10/24/2007 11:07 AM  
Blogger sunni muchacha said...

oh weird. for my formal (prom/homecoming for americans i guess) i wore a vintage dress quite similar to those dresses kate wore in that i-d photoshoot. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v517/rainbow_kaleidescope/photo.jpg i got mine for $110 (40-50 pounds) from a vintage store. i feel like i made the right move in buying that dress now!

and by the way, kate's version of the minidress seems to be different. there seems to be a layer of satin over the skirt in the i-d image where as the one on topshop website seems to be just pleated chiffon..

anyway, i'm not too big on the whole kate moss for topshop thing. kate has style but it's not a definite style. i can't really look at a dress and say "oh that's so kate". she's everchanging which makes her cool.

10/24/2007 9:52 PM  
Blogger Juliet said...

I'm at the moment really hating the fact that I can not get any of those.

juliet xxx

10/25/2007 12:20 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Stoddart said...

I so wish I could get this stuff too! We get the shaft on most of the good stuff in Canada :(
Thanks for sharing a preview! I love the look of it & I love Kate! Now I just need to come visit over there so that I can buy it!

10/25/2007 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Christine said...

I love all of these looks. They are all definately something I would love wearing. I need to post you as my favorite blog on www.girlshopsot.com.

10/25/2007 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I hate this entire collection. But then again Kate Moss has always looked a bit trashy to me so I would imagine anything she creates I wouldn't be too fond of.

10/29/2007 1:50 AM  
Blogger Rosie said...

Generally I hate Kate Moss as well, and have been totally unimpressed with her collections so far. But I need - no MUST HAVE - the catsuit she wore to the AW07 launch party, it was in Style mag Sunday before last as well, but it doesn't seem to be in the shops or on the website - do they do a second release before Xmas? She wore it with a sparkly capelet that looked amazing as well.

Has anyone seen it in shops or anywhere? It's a black silk halter neck catsuit.

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