February 17, 2008

I Dream of a Lifestyle Involving Many Cocktail Dresses VII: Top Shop's Designer Collaborations

Originally I was going to do a second wrapup post for London Fashion Week, but I feel sort of indifferent towards the shows, even Luella's collection, which I had been looking foward to. With all the young and tredy prom dresses, Luella's S/S08 collection was so cute. The new F/W08 collection is cute too, in a darker way, but I'm just not that into some of the more bohemian-looking dresses.

Yes, I am still obsessed with looking at young, wearable dresses. And one thing that I have been obsessively staring on my computer screen this week has been the Designer collaboration collections with Top Shop Boutique. The designers involved are the 'it' British designers of the moment, including Preen, Peter Jensen, Christopher Kane, Marios Schwab, Todd Lynn, Richard Nicoll, Jonathan Saunders and Louise Goldin. From what I've seen online, some of the collaberations seem to be limited to shoes. But the majority of them have a small, but decent range of clothes available. The thing I like about these Top Shop collections is that the clothes have mostly been very nice -decent quality and designer-level designs at (mostly) reasonable prices.

The collection that I had been looking foward to most was the Richard Nicholl collection. The clothes just seem so simple, nicely cut and practical. Take this ruffle dress and peach blazer for example, it would make a great fancy dinner outfit. It could even pass as a work outfit if your workplace is dressy (but not business formal.)

After seeing this Jonathan Saunders dress in stores and online, I thought it was a good imitation of the original dress from his F/W07 collection (left), but tight jersey dresses don't usually look good on people. However, just a few days ago, I saw a girl wearing this out (without a jacket so she was probably freezing) in Leister Square, and she looked amazing in it! She made it look so young, fun and trendy, and it's really those fashion moments that you love the idea of designer-highstreet collaborations.

Another dress that I saw in store and actually liked is this Louise Goldin dress. The colours and pattern is quite pretty. The problem is, since it is a sleeveless dress, it's clearly much more suited for summer than winter. But it's made of knitted material (50% cotton, 50% viscose,) it felt too thick to wear in summer and not washing machine-friendly. Too bad.

The collection that I wasn't expecting to like but ended up liking the most is Marios Schwab's. Last season when Marios Schwab designed a few things for Top Shop, all I saw were black dresses, so I wasn't quite impressed. But this time, there are some young, casual clothes with unique-but-not-weird-looking designs. Take this block-coloured dress -it would be perfect for a fun night out, and it's colourful without looking tacky.

The Marios Schwab dress that really caught my eye was this knotted dress. I am worried that it would make one look like she was wearing a picnic cloth, but it's hard to tell until I see it in real life. I just really like the knotted detail and the combination of two seemingly-mismatched prints. Sort of fun and funky without me actually putting in the effort to mismatch clothes and end up looking like a mess. Unfortunately, they've run out of this dress online. I wonder if they still have it in stores. What do you think of this dress? Opinion please!

What really irritates me about these collections is that they ALWAYS run out of the smallest sizes within 12 hours of release online. Would it hurt for them to actually stock up on the clearly popular smaller sizes? Seriously. Hmm, I wonder if the actaul shops would still have all the sizes available.

Image credits: www.vogue.co.uk, www.topshop.com

28 Comments:

Blogger Knikki said...

I wonder the size thing myself. At Bebe, for example, they don't sell XL sizes. Sometimes they will make an XL of a particular shirt but it's not a regular thing. Anyway, as I was straightening the sale section, I noticed that there was a green tube top that was noticeably large. I checked the tag and it was one of those rare XL shirts...

What the heck??? If you're going to make an XL, don't make it a tube top... Hello.

Anyway, yeah, I see watcha mean.

<3 Knikki

2/17/2008 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont like the last dress..
its really tacky looking..
few ppl can pull it off,
but if u like it, go for it!

2/17/2008 2:09 PM  
Blogger Jaiden_James said...

yea most people are wowed by collabrations and just buy the dress for the name not caring about the fit the cut or detail or what it does for the body a classic example of this was cavalli at H&M i did like mostly all the designer dresses this season tho espcially Johnathan Saunders

2/17/2008 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that blue dress (last pic) by Marios Schwab, great shape, pretty but still edgy. WOW

2/17/2008 8:17 PM  
Anonymous john said...

The last dress looks like a mix of Dorothy gingham dress and the witch of the East's striped stockings. Either way that dress calls for a pair of killer red shoes!

2/18/2008 4:45 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

I totally agree with you...they should really make more of the small sizes! If you don't get there soon enough, they won't have your size left. It really annoys me too.
As for the dresses, I adore the Louis Goldin dress...it really is too bad that it's too thick. I suppose you can layer with it for the fall/spring...

2/18/2008 11:02 AM  
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Anonymous mimi said...

not really a fan of any of the dresses in this post, except for maybe the silver richard nicholl dress.

i actually think that last blue marios schwab dress is a fashion disaster(!!!!), but that's just me :]

2/18/2008 4:47 PM  
Blogger The Frocker said...

The Mario Schwab dress is gorgeous from the front, but there's just too much of the striped fabric in the back.

2/19/2008 2:44 AM  
Anonymous notkosher said...

Stop writing these "I Dream..Cocktail Dresses" stories! They are boring, trite, and overall just plain suck. Your fashion week wrap ups aren't very interesting either. FAIL

2/19/2008 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the last dress, simply adorable. i would totally wear it!

2/20/2008 2:46 AM  
Blogger Fashion Tidbits said...

Alberta Ferretti would def look good on petite sized women, i reckon

2/20/2008 7:50 AM  
Blogger alis said...

omg the block-colored mario schwab dress is so gorgeous. i MUST get my hands on it. i hope we'll see these dresses in Istanbul stores!
the knotted dress however seems a bit questionable, I like the shape but the clashing patterns cheapen it. also, the knotted bit looks like a handekrchief from the front.
ps: I'm loving luella's witch theme, and the dresses individually are very wearble, adore them.

2/21/2008 7:50 PM  
Blogger maryse said...

the mario schwab dresses above aren't even on topshop.co.uk anymore. no doubt they've already sold out in the small sizes instore too.... fast retailing really sucks...

2/25/2008 12:55 AM  
Blogger vv said...

i bought the richard nicoll dress- it's super, and didn't break the bank either!

check out my blog if you have a chance:
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2/26/2008 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Nordies Girl said...

Ugly as HELL

2/28/2008 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heya i got that blue marios schwab dress as a present for getting good results in my exams and my mum bought it in the topshop sale in milton keynes. its a size 10 which shows that there must be some dresses left and they send all the unsold items to other stores as i also got the leather christopher kane jacket there. anyway, the dress is really beautiful and it fits the body without being too tight - if you find it anywhere i recommend you go for it.

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Blogger Eric said...

I don't like the dresses on the runway at all, but that may be because of all the other stuff. I do like the ones in the pictures though. Very pretty.

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