JAMES BAY X TOPMAN





Topman has once again aced another celebrity endorsed range. I've been very excited to see this collection, ever since I found out James was collaborating with the high street brand. The last collaboration that caught my eye was back in 2015 with Nick Grimshaw. This exciting collaboration, with one of my favourite artists, is right up my street! I've always thought James was one cool guy, with equally killer style, not to mention his music!



I've been lucky enough to see James play live, two years ago at Coachella. He performed in the late afternoon at one of the indoor stages at the festival. I always remember how hot it was, it must have been in the high 30's, yet James still didn't take off his signature hat! Always abiding by the strict rule, style over substance!


I've done my background research and found out Bay didn't just put his name to the collection, James himself has had a profound input into the sketches and ideas behind the collection. Many pieces being designed by the main man himself, whilst working alongside Topman's Creative Director.





James commented in an interview: "I've taken a lot of inspiration from performing live and the way I dress on tour." I personally think James is one cool character and I love his sense of style, I knew this collection would be killer, and it certainly didn't disappoint! James also mentioned that many of the details he focused on are based on his original drawings and sketches. It's good to know he's actually played a big part in the designing stage. 


His collection features a few classic rockstar staples. I know James is a massive fan of the Rolling Stones and this sequined bomber jacket below reminds me of a similar piece I saw Mick Jagger wearing. I definitely think their style has been an inspiration of his. Other pieces in the collection include a slim black evening suit, a range of simple logo T-shirts with James' illustrations on, and not forgetting, two pairs of classic black skinny jeans.


As you can see I just had to buy something from his collection. I was patiently waiting on Wednesday, at midnight to be one of the first to order. Annoyingly it didn't go live until 3am! I thankfully woke up at 4am, and just managed to bag my favourite piece of the capsule- this suede brown Harrington. They only had four left in stock at that time, so I count myself VERY lucky!





The jacket was the piece James himself wore to the launch party, and personally, I think it's the best piece in the thirteen item collection. I absolutely love it! The jacket 100% leather and is designed to have a classic fit with visible stitching upon the soft suede fabric. It has a black zip fastening, with two angular chest pockets either side, all with popper buttons.




Sadly this jacket is no longer online after selling out in only a few hours after the collection went live on the 17th of August. Still there's a lot more awesome pieces to check out online. To shop the capsule at Topman click here. Head across to my YouTube channel to see the short video about my jacket. Search: The Unidentified Rocker.







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