Louise Gray Autumn Winter 2013: Market Stall Chic

18 February 2013 by

You can always rely on Louise Gray to bring the punky party. This season's mash up of colour and print - entitled 'Hey Crazy' - integrated elements of trash to offer lfw's ultimate high/low statement. With throw-away foil platters as belt buckles, loo rolls as rings and blue plastic bags as hair adornment, Gray teamed market stall debris to her exquisitely crafted silk dresses- deftly representing both ends of the rag trade.

 Each and every one of Gray's creations are each so considered this season she gave them their own individual names. There was the 'Tube Map' style with network squiggles  'Giraffe' and 'Piercings' each bringing a new personality to the show.

 Inspired by the New York based Happenings movement (1958-63) and the work of Barbara Kruger, the American collage artist famous for her layered photographs, patterns and prints were seamed together to create garments which looked like moving pieces of abstract art. Shoes by Robert Clergerie were a high note with cut and paste leather boots offering a natural extension of the clothing.

 Layering, as ever with Louise, was central to the styling. Printed bra tops and pinafore dresses were ribbon tied over buttoned -up white shirts. The silhouette often included strong volume with bell-shaped swing coats providing an ample canvas for the striking motifs. Patchwork knits also offered winter weather appropriate options for Gray's subversive girls. And while Stephen Jones' garbage can toppers might be a touch de trop for the office, if you break up the looks, there's much that would find a place in more conservative wardrobes.


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