Maybe it was the freezing cold, maybe it was the eagerness to see what the eclectic Louise Gray (and spring NEWGEN winner) would present at her Fall 2012 runway show, but attendees were anxious, really anxious. So much so that crowd control had to come in to direct the rush of frozen fashionistas into a single file line. Once inside, we were greeted with champagne and haggis toasts (only in London does this combo work!) as the sounds of pop music royalty (i.e. Whitney Houston and Madonna) pumped through the massive Topshop venue.
Once the show started, it was a barrage of fiercely colorful prints on top of, well, fiercely colorful prints, one after another after another. Each of the looks sent down the runway revealed Gray’s source of inspiration; she claims “the collection is everything, all the time.” Perhaps a more appropriate description would be “everything all at once.”
Realistically speaking, the show was more like a glammed-up and wildly eccentric 8o’s party that had a handful of special guests in attendance- QR codes, graphic patterns and radiowave zig-zags. Tangerine oranges, neon yellows, grassy greens, lipstick reds and cobalt blues mashed together added the punch of brightness, allowing the textural undertone of the prints to really shine. The clever layering of shift dresses, peplum jackets, woven tees, wool coats, silk blouses and fitted trousers created a distorted optical illusion thanks to well-placed silver-foiled PVC swirl. It’s alright that visually this show was a bit on the heavy handed side, because if you strip down the excessively layered looks, you’ll find some smart, yet spot-on trendy separates. Maybe just consider leaving out the gratuitously high Mohican style hair.