TOPMAN Design’s catwalk show on Friday was a throwback to the Nineties, so where better for Lennon Gallagher, the son of Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher, to make his catwalk debut?
The 17-year-old strode down the runway at the Old Selfridges Hotel representing a decade that he was just about born into in 1999. Liam gave his stamp of approval on Twitter, describing himself as “very proud.” Lennon, whose mother is Patsy Kensit, was every inch his father’s son with strong brows and liquid blue eyes.
The collection, showcased at the Old Selfridges Hotel, used fictional pub name The Fuzzy Duck as its inspiration to celebrate pub and club culture and placed the focus on the British traveller. The invitation featured a less than fuzzy, rather psychotic-looking cartoon duck with a jaunty hat, a raised eyebrow, and smoke trailing out of its mouth. The same name and duck appeared on psychedelic jumpers that were very fuzzy indeed, with sleeves trailing past the models’ fingertips.
TOPMAN Design proved that double denim – usually a fashion don’t – is a massive do that’s back and better than ever, especially when the look is topped with a bucket hat. The clothes injected us with a massive dose of nostalgia by incorporating rave graphics, acid brights, and flared trousers.
Models with greasy skin and even greasier looking hair gave the impression that they had been working hard and playing hard. They first appeared buttoned up in unconventional corporate attire – oversized, slouchy pinstripe and checkered suit separates in black and grey tones. The colours of the rainbow were unleashed soon afterwards, particularly with blindingly fluorescent quilted nylon tracksuits. Nothing amps up a trench coat quite like PVC and the oily black ones in the show really cinched the deal for me with their lustrous finish.
The collection also tied into the athleisure aesthetic, a trend that doesn’t appear to be dying down anytime soon. Crisp white or black trainers with pops of neon piping were a mainstay throughout the show. Could these be the trainers to knock Adidas Originals from their top spot? With the upcoming release of T2: Trainspotting, TOPMAN Design couldn’t be anymore en vogue with its timing for sportswear.
Husam El Odeh designed the jewellery, which included rubber dipped trinkets, such as a nail, key, crucifix and hipflask to dangle off mohair jumpers and on earrings, nose rings, and safety pin brooches for the ultimate in punk accessorising.
The show closed with Shut Up and Dance’s early Nineties tune “Raving I’m Raving” and it was as if we were “in da club” with TOPMAN Design. It’s no wonder we didn’t dance our way out of there, glow sticks and all. If eat, sleep, rave, repeat is the cycle you live by, make sure you look good while you're doing it.