Topshop’s Archive Collection contains some true crimes of fashion (But some nice things, too, thankfully…)


We told you about Topshop’s Archive Collection earlier this week, and today it actually launched, containing what Topshop describe as "the best of 60s and 70s British fashion". Unfortunately, as you can see from the images above, it contains some of the worst of British fashion, too. To be fair, both of the dresses pictures here are by Jean Varon, so maybe it’s just Jean Varon’s style I don’t like, but I think I’m going to be having nightmares about that brown maxi dress for a long time to come. I mean, where would you actually wear something like that, other than to a fancy dress party? Answers on a postcard, please…

Luckily, there are some rather lovely pieces tucked away amongst the frightening maxi dresses, too. Pictures after the jump…


Having just dissed maxi dresses, I’m now going to backtrack like a fool and say that I think the Mary Quant dress on the left of this picture could look stunning with the right accessories. The other two dresses, meanwhile, are by Radley, and are simple and classic with just a little bit of a twist (the pleated sleeves on the dress in the middle, and the white collar on the dress at the end). And then there’s Biba…


A yellow cheescloth shirt by Biba and a pretty, bow-front sundress by Lee Bender – both perfect, summery styles, but whether you want to pay these prices for them (the dress is £250, while the shirt is £150) is another matter altogther.

What does everyone else think of this collection?

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