Streamlined, good-for-the-office clothes were the fashion norm at Topshop Unique — give or take a zebra patterned dress and a hot pink coat.
Maybe it was the absence of Sir Philip Green, the fashion tycoon who has been backing young British fashion designers, but is now heavily criticised for his handling of the sale of other investments.
Or could it be that Theresa May, the UK's post-Brexit Prime Minister, has made her thumb mark on fashion? Or should that be "foot stamp"?
"British fashion is of huge importance to our country, contributing £28bn to the UK economy and supporting nearly 900,000 jobs," the Prime Minister said.
Perhaps Topshop is angling for the Prime Minister as a customer, as the stand out at the show was footwear — mostly medium back-to-the-1980's suede pumps in bright colours.
Orange boots and the closed-in shoes were worn with short skirts, maybe longer in side slit PVC. It was hard to know if the zebra dresses were made to match the shoes or vice versa.
Surely Theresa May, who is having to fight like a tiger for Britain's new place in the world, will find the animal prints irresistible.