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Alongside other London designers like Shaun Samson, Katie Eary and Astrid Andersen, TOPMAN Design SS13 took a lot of inspiration from California lovers – O.C. quarterbacks, sunny beach boys and Venice Beach skate kids all appeared in the new collection. There were androgynous boys with long blonde locks wearing cropped American football jerseys in luminescent tones, and others in flowery patterns and a lot of fuchsia pinks. Taking inspiration from Jean-Michel Basquiat’s messy graffiti art, Gordon Richardson lit up the neon stage with colourfully screen-printed paintings of blooms and abstractions, daubed over highly desirable bombers, shirts and shorts; while Basquiat’s influence also appeared in cartoon strip T-shirts with mysterious slogans such as “dual rhymes and heavy lines of melancholy” and “forever young”. There was also a lot of layering – a pair of neoprene running shorts under baggy shorts, a white T under a lurid shirt under a short-sleeved plaid boiler suits – that mirrors the collection’s amazing mix of inspirations.
Text: Dean Kissick
Photography: Mitchell Sams
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