Here's some news that might help speed up the rest of your work week (it's already Thursday, after all!): Topshop has just announced its latest collaboration, with eccentric Scottish designer Louise Gray. Gray's insanely glam-punk shows have long been high on our radar-- And not only for her creative use of wigs and liberty spike extensions. She was recognized last spring as an emerging British womenswear talent with a NEWGEN award. So what can we expect to see from Louise Gray x Topshop?
We've scoured the Fall 2012 collections for the most amazing shoes, and it was easy, because there were plenty. The best part? Footwear options for Fall 2012 are a lot more reasonable than their Spring 2012 counterparts. (Remember those 6 inch Versace lucite wedges?) Fall 2012 saw lots of wide heels and mary-janes on the runway, and sometimes both simultaneously--like at Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Marni. Knee-high black boots ruled at Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Givenchy, and Rick Owens, and ladylike pumps could be found at Lanvin, Nina Ricci, and Jil Sander. Of course, if you're looking for something crazy, look no further than Alexander McQueen's heel-less fur shoes. Impractical, but so lovely. Take a look at all the amazing shoes from Fall 2012 and just try to pick a favorite. It's near impossible.
London Fashion Week will soon be wrapping up, but don't worry! There are plenty more collections to drool over. We've got glorious print overload at
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.”
A big congrats to Henry Holland, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou and James Long (the sole menswear designer) who have just been announced as the recipients of the British Fashion Council's Fashion Forward scholarship. Long is the first menswear designer to receive the award. Each designer will receive financial and 'business' support for two consecutive seasons to show at London Fashion Week. Last year Peter Pilotto, Meadham Kirchhoff, and Todd Lynn took home the prize.
London fashion week was a whirlwind of shows, and we had a great time covering them. Besides being an incubator for original fashion, London designers are also not afraid to work a LOOK on their models, making for the best beauty-ogling of all the fashion weeks. From Vivienne Westwood (at left), who is not afraid of, well, anything, to more subtle yet never boring looks, we loved the beauty in London. This is all about the drama. You need a certain amount of self-confidence to pull many of these off, but we encourage you to try! Click through for our 10 favorite looks from London.
LONDON--Step up, step up for the Louise Gray experience. The pink-haired designer opened the door to a funhouse of clashing plaids, metallic polka dots, houndstooth checks, bondage balloon hats and club-kid makeup at her Fall 2011 show. Gray crammed dozens of plaids into the show, often all in the same garment. Some looked less like the sober heritage tartans we’ve come to know than patterns lifted from those rolling plastic grocery bags that old ladies wheel to the market. Others served as backdrops for still giddier detailing, as with the foil polka dots that floated over plaid mohair coats.
Lulu Kennedy might not be a fashion household name here in the States, but if you're part of the industry in London, she's somewhat of a demigoddess. The founder of Fashion East launched the careers of some of the UK's most beloved designers, from Richard Nicoll to Jonathan Saunders. Now Kennedy has teamed up with several of those clothiers to create Lulu & Co, a caspule collection that hits stores on Thursday. (Specifically Matchesfashion.com, Harvey Nichols, Colette and Restir Tokyo.) The launch includes dresses from 10 designers, and we want them all. Click through to pick your favorite.