If your elbows were out for JW Anderson’s new collection for Topshop this week, you’ll understand the analogy of it being a bit like playing hockey back at school.
All swishy ponytails, slight snarling and a few competitive knocks to the shin in the rush to nab the last PVC mac on the rail.
Survey the collection for yourself and channel modern kidulthood (with a few patent, subversive touches).
Cue monochrome loafers and duffle bags that would fit your gym kit, pleated knee length skirts, boyish pinstripe shirts and sensible crew neck knits. You can almost imagine your mum sewing in a ‘this jumper belongs to…’ tag now.
The New York AW13 shows also had a definitive academic vibe via Creatures of the Wind dirndl skirts, Karen Walker tweeds and typical ‘you’ll grown into it’ oversized grey coats at DKNY.
How to accessorise the look? The prep-tastic Cambridge Satchel Company opened a pop-up shop in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials this week where you’ll find the ideal accompaniment to your pleats.
Next to the highlighter pen neon numbers, the freshest piece (currently in pre-production, natch) is the classic satchel re-imagined in transparent PVC with neon leather trims.
Display your timetable and spotless stationary to dour opaque-bagged onlookers (or slot a bright leather envelope bag in to hide your essentials). Top marks head girls, and not a leaky pen in sight.