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Autumn 11

The look

Plum corduroy trousers and thick-knit cardigans with panelling sit beside nep yarn and fine jersey loopback tops. A stunning selection of tailoring employs varied heritage-inspired finishes including velvet and tweed in a dark palette of caramel, greys, navy and plum.

Topman design director Gordon Richardson feels stripes are “exploding” this season, which is in keeping with feedback from menswear indies so, instead of checks, Richardson plays with striped intarsia wools and ticking stripes on shirts. Tailoring was shown as separates to be worn and casualised with chambray or jersey shirts and corduroy trousers.

Key pieces

  • Camel panel jersey shawl-collar button jacket
  • Tweed tailored jacket
  • Nep yarn sweater in navy with teal accent
  • Intarsia cardigan in a jersey-silk mix

Right for the market?

Rather than sticking to key trends Topman plays with broad themes, injecting one-off specials of waffle Navajo tops and jersey shirts with raw denim panelling, alongside a range of beautiful tailoring featuring British-made fabrics in herringbone and mini-dogtooth patterns.

This is the beauty of Topman’s autumn 11 effort: it’s surprising but retains commerciality through backing and tweaking past season winners. Yes, there are intarsia and cable knits, but the cables are mixed in size and scale. A flannel overshirt is simple, while mohair knits and jewel-toned velvet jackets add
a sense of luxury.

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