Louise Gray’s A/W ’11 collection, sponsored by COTTON USA, was a riot of primary colours, tartan, mohair, bricollage of textures with riffs on spots, checks and stripes. We asked her –
Grazia Daily: Would you agree this was a very Scottish collection?
Louise Gray: There is a Scottish vibe, yeah.
GD: Tartan, mohair, traditional fabrics . . .
LG: I liked the madness of the wool and the colours and I wanted to see how I could make it jarring and make it into something I would want to wear all the time. I mixed it with plastics, rubber, metallics, I don’t know, all the things to really jazz it up!
GD: Do you think people in
LG: No! But they should. It’d be a lot of fun if they did. It was really nice to use those fabrics. It was all really nice to err…
GD: Go back to your roots?
GD: Now, your Spring Summer collection was very much pastels, everything in pastel. You’ve really amped it up this season. How would you describe the colour palette for this collection?
LG: I think because its winter it makes you really want to change. When its winter, I really want to do the opposite of whatever I’ve done before. With this collection I think it was an awful lot about texture this time. The metallics and the rubber and so on.
GD: And the inflatables?
LG: [Slightly hysterical] YAY!
GD: What was the inspiration for those?
LG: I just wanted to use all the things that I love. You know, the Pop Art element, the club kid element. Just because its fun to have those. Nazir [Mazhar, the milliner] who made those is just amazing talented, so it was great to work with each other.
GD: Very Jeff Koons!
LG: Yep, It’s him but its also everything else, it’s all those things. It’s a nod!
THANK YOU SO MUCH LOUISE!
- Naomi Attwood