In addition to more hazard-inducing spikes and studs, Topshop's designer collaborations with Ashish, Jonathan Saunders, and more offer rips, corsets, and sweats for spring.
We should have known that Topshop's designer collections for spring would have a more daring edge after we saw the first images of Louise Goldin's spiky heels (surely a crowded-sidewalk hazard if we ever saw one), and Ashish's spring collection taeks a page out of the same playbook, offering up a motorcycle jacket with some seriously intimidating spikes, paired with black sweatpants lined with similar spikes. Overall, it has a certain "Hellraiser" quality, but it's actually Anne Sofie Beck who, according to Nitrolicious, was inspired by horror movies in creating her ripped-and-torn collection. The influences do make sense, especially considering it really does take the concept of "slasher flick" to a new level.
Jonathan Saunders' collection seems almost tame in comparison, though the structured corset top and skirt is worth a second glance, as are some of his other long t-shirt dresses -- simple, but decidedly sexy.
Topshop's in-house line, on the other hand, has been cleverly divided by theme: Parisienne offers striped shirts, bows, and laydlike flats; Saloon manages to combine sexy fringe wtih Western work boots; Meadow is predictably feminine with an edge (think florals and studs); and finally Downtown is slick and futuristic -- offering everything from sweat-harem pants to biker jackets and bodycon dresses.