I suppose enough yawning over the Topshop launch collection in NYC was enough to spark a little bit of "Brit Bad Girl" energy...so funny that they would actually name the newest capsule collection (or at least merchandised selection of styles already in the TS mix) "Manhattan Dolls"...to me it is so Soho, London that is! Its punker chic meets 80's (can't seem to get rid of that trend just yet) and is definitely not for the faint of heart. The pieces run the gamut from for-the-model-set-only to fab cool chick pieces that even us older fashion babes can embrace...
My favorite style by far and perhaps one of the most age-neutral is the Patch Sequin Pouch Bag ($60). The rainbow patchwork of sequins is absolutely something you could see all of the quintessential Brit chics (Sienna Miller, Kate Moss) carrying. Sure it has a definite disco feel to it, but is a great way to get just a touch of the 80's without resulting to wearing sparkly leggings. Slightly less benign, but still 30-something appropriate is the Animal Sequined Crop Top ($55). Don't let the name scare you as navy and black are the key colors and the pattern is muted by the dark tones. Also, you don't have to bare your midriff...layer this over a longer black tank top and rock it with some skinny black pants and you will be oh so cool.
OK now for the real Londoner club kid styles...if I was in my 20's, I would definitely throw caution to the wind in the Animal Print Bandeau Top ($36). Hot pink, purple and black, this body hugging little number will be sure to make a BIG impression. For the full effect, this top is all about some skin tight leggings and a vertiginous pair of punk rocker, pointy toe pumps!!! Next is the Stripe Mesh Top Jersey Dress ($80). It is probably the most literal of the Brit, 80's, punk rocker-inspired styles. Not for me, but so much fun!!!
You can check out the entire collection here. I for one am thrilled to see a little renewed energy in Topshop, even if it is just on the web. Who knows, this could be one fab preview of what is to come for fall...my fingers are oh so crossed!!!