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Topman, more than most other brands, has always understood its clothes in the context of how and where they are worn - and their SS18 presentation and accompanying exhibition was, of course, no exception. "Transition" is an exploration and a celebration of the way modern men interact with each other and their clothes. From the first wistful indolent images by photographer and model Nick Offord through to the brand's own collection shown in the final presentation space,  we inhabited a Bildungsroman. Traversing the various rooms, a number of upcoming artists shared their sensory experiences of modern masculinity woven together less as an exhibition and more as a coming of age story. We saw men and boys taking on new clothes, new names, new experiences and learning how to live and love with other men.

The collection itself had a very youthful zeal.  The boyish models with shimmering eye make up and brightly coloured glitter-slicked hair, had their their slender frames accentuated by belted waists and padded shoulders.

The loose tonal grey and white cottons interspersed with dashes of red and orange nylon harked back to the 80's.  However it was the shoulders and shell suits and that located this collection within a distinctly New Romantic tradition.

Despite the quite tonal palette, The wide cut of the trousers with multiple asymmetric pleats and the way the  fabrics hung lightly and loosely created a very modern feel. This was not a bunch of boys from the 80's looking to the future, these were boys from tomorrow's world looking back.

The jarring patterns, stripes and colours seemed exuberantly thrown together as the models themselves by turns lounged, fidgeted and chatted amongst themselves. You got a sense you were looking at a the beginnings of a futurist party where a bunch of trendy kids had really run with an 80's throwback theme.

As the music and spoken word duo The Rhythm Method came on, their front man (in this instance, embodying the character of "Salad Cream") paced the stage with a camp confidence and melodramatic delivery reminiscent of  Suggs or Squeeze and asked if anyone had ever felt drunk and horny at a house party. This writer couldn't help but fondly remember the boldness of youth and how He had picked up stupid nicknames and drunkenly slurred "I love you man" every Friday and Saturday night for a year or two.

Words and images: Mitchell Cooper | Fashion Week Press | @catsandjackets

WATCH THE TRANSITION SS18 FILM

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Words: Laura Rutkowski | Fashion Week Press | @Laura_Rutkowski

Images: Zac Mahrouche | Fashion Week Photographer | @zacmahrouche