Topman Design Spring Summer 2013
When choosing a color palate there is several things to keep in mind such as stick to a theme, choose your fabrics after you have edited your initial color choices, and try to stay under five colors in one collection. The Topman collection seemingly followed none of these rules and had the models walk out with exploded colors that mimicked a hallucination on bath salts.
The line has been known to produce some seriously chic suits for men with skilled seam work, and suits that appeared to be anything but fast fashion. The opposite was true at the Spring 2013 show, in fact there was very little that would pass as even semi-professional in the line at all. Instead of storm flaps, across their backs were skateboards, and in place of a pocket square, there were loud prints with no rhyme or reason.
If you flip through the images of the show you will get a sense of the chaotic feeling of this collection that almost looked as though it wanted to be casual chic, but not even on fire island would the guys wear this much color. But the collection did produce some wearable garments in monochrome colors. A bunch of football players walked out at the end in uniform colors and garments that had large white lettering on the fronts… It is unclear what this was trying to express, but in most high schools the jocks and the skateboarders rarely intermingled so the concept was completely lost on many people.
At the end of the day Topman has made plenty of smart decisions that has placed them in the right place financially to make a line that is more risky and in some way more edgy, but the collection should still make sense and this one most certainly did not.