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Hardware LDN Topshop Pop-up

Wednesday 23 October 2013
Words Spindle

Our home grown designer and founder of Hardware LDN, Jessica Horwell plucks raw inspiration from the youthful rockers, punks and urbanites roaming the city streets. She applies a blended strain of these diverse subcultures’ attitude straight into distorted prints for the new ‘Trailer Trash’ collection now hanging from the rails of Topshop as a visiting concession.

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The daring clothes ensure the innocence of dolls comes to a screeching halt as they are arranged into white cross patterns reclaimed as foreboding, deathly symbols and printed onto black vests (£30) and cropped sweatshirts (£50).

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Scantily clad dolls also feature heavily in anarchic manner on the distinctive Barbie bomber (£250) as they crash into one another with legs clumsily splayed in all directions, further undercutting the virtue of a little girl’s plaything. Perhaps this range should carry a warning – this is not designed for the faint-hearted, but for the bold and brilliant.

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Words: Laura Yuen