Mon-Fri, 10am-9pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-8pm
6 at Spring St.; 6, J, M, N, Q, R, W, Z at Canal St.
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Browsing Topshop incites a kind of sensory overload not unlike being in a casino—an overwhelming combination of neon lights, flashy signs, glitzy frocks, teetering platform heels, and a constant din of Top 40 tracks pumping overhead. Though the Brit fast-fashion brand officially opened the doors to its first stateside outpost in April 2009, the hype in the months preceding reached a fever pitch: Bloggers breathlessly posted photos of the shop’s façade; a heart-covered Topshop van dishing out free tote bags was swarmed by co-eds; and opening-day lines wrapped around the block, monitored by a team of suited bouncers. The megastore spans four levels—menswear in the basement and three floors for women—with escalators snaking throughout and separate landings on each floor for dressing rooms. If it’s a trend in Hollywood or on the runway, you’ll find dozens of incarnations here, from futuristic one-shoulder dresses and curly sheepskin vests to candy-colored plaid shirts and cropped harem pants; even the multiethnic mannequins sport lime-green eye shadow and dual-tone punk hairstyles. A boutique section on the second floor is devoted to collaborations with designers like Preen, Richard Nicoll, and Marios Schwab (a five-item-per-customer maximum is enforced to preserve the stock), and chic frocks and tanks from Kate Moss’s collection fill racks nearby. The shoe lounge on the third floor caters to the bold—most heels top five inches and are variously adorned with chains, studs, or metallics. The men’s section is slightly more subdued, offering a wide selection of printed button-downs and skinny, flared, and acid-wash jeans.Formalwear
This English export stocks an array of trendy, wallet-friendly options, such as a navy or light-blue wool-mix skinny-fit suit for $400.