London Fashion Week Topshop Naomi Campbell, Anna Wintour, Nicola Roberts

A taste of Egypt for Philip Green's VIPs as Naomi Campbell, Anna Wintour and Nicola Roberts sit front row at Topshop Unique
By Deborah Arthurs

Topshop Unique invited fashion's elite to the disused Eurostar building in London's Waterloo this afternoon as they unveiled their collection for spring/summer 2012.

Crowds poured into the spectacular venue via an escalator, taking their seats along the length of the old platform, the redundant railway tracks and wall of windows to either side of the runway adding spectacular drama to the show space.

Guests of honour Naomi Campbell, U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, singer Nicola Roberts and Kelis, stylist Olivia Palermo and, of course, Topshop owner Philip Green and his clan - daughter Chloe and wife Tina - entered via their own exclusive door to take their place on the front row.
Guests of honour: UK vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, Philip Green, Naomi Campbell, Chloe Green and mother Tina Green at the Topshop Unique show
Green's girls: From left, singer Kelis; Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts; Pixie Geldof
VIPs: Left, U.S. editor Anna Wintour, and right, Bip Ling and a friend take in the show

The collection - with creative director Karen Bonser at the helm - bubbled over with lavish Egyptian references - gold headpieces that glinted in the light, chunky link belts and breastplates.

Prints were graphic, colours were bold and tropical hot pinks and turquoise, or earthy, rich hues of copper and rust. A unifying theme was provided by metallic flourishes ran through the entire collection - in geometric motifs, shimmering embellishment or fluid garments.

Notable by her absence on the front row was model and erstwhile celebrity designer for the Topshop, Kate Moss, whose contract with the brand came to an end last year and who last month was announced to be the new face of High Street rival Mango.

Despite recent speculation that another deal with Topshop could be in the offing, her no show was a sign that, for now, Moss's loyalties lie with her new bosses.
Egyptian influence: Flashes of gold and glinting headdresses ran through the collection
Luxe: The Cleopatra-inspired collection featured gold breastplates, belts and
detailing on the shoes
Finale: The models parade the collection at the end of the Unique show