Topshop Unique Spring Summer 2012 @ LFW

The Unique SS12 show on Sunday at London Fashion Week was undeniably a real treat to watch (if only through my computer screen).
The inspiration behind Topshop Unique SS12 reportedly 'came about when Karen Bonser, Head of Design, found herself watching Elizabeth Taylor in the iconic 1963 adaptation of Cleopatra. Captivated by the glamour and opulence of ancient Egypt, along with her design team, she began to explore what a modern Egyptian Queen would wear in urban London.' (via
Upon watching the live stream of the show, the Egyptian influence was very clear through the use of gold, the hieroglyph-inspired prints, the stunning sandals and even the nail art! Unique SS12 featured a lot of sporty and slouchy silhouettes, which combined with the tighter fitting outfits, made this a perfect collection, somewhat reminiscent of 90s Hip Hop! The gorgeous colour palette was one of the best parts of the collection, featuring metallics, pretty pinks, whites and creams, as well as some striking black and white prints and the occasional dazzling turquoise. My personal favourite pieces included the chunky platform sandals and the horizontal striped, translucent calf-length skirts, although I loved everything else too! What are your thoughts? Check out these backstage images (via and video clips of the show below.

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