Louise Gray

Louise Gray S/S 2013

London: Louise Gray is arguably the zaniest of the up-and-coming London designers. She is known for her riotous colors, mish-mash of prints, and kooky accessories. This season, she offered all three, but there seemed to be a subtle sense of refinement to the garments that was absent in the past. Cuts were simple and precise, and, if one were able to look past the aggressive styling, there were plenty of wearable items. White button-up shirts with swaths of colorful prints were a particular highlight, and pieced A-line dresses are sure to appeal to Gray’s followers. Though the designer let her quirky tendencies go a bit too far with some pieces (see zig-zag placket jacket and mirror embellished and embroidered geometric-print chartreuse sheath), the relative sense of restraint was a step in the right direction. –Joanna Manganaro

Silhouette: Body-skimming / A-line / Fit-and-flare / Slouchy

Color: Chartreuse / Teal / Royal blue / Violet / Caution orange / Bright red / Mid-tone pink / Silver / Black / White

Key Items: Printed button-up shirts / Printed A-line dresses / Intarsia cardigans / Cropped pants

Materials: Printed silks / Cotton shirtings / Medium-gauge yarns / Brocade / Taffeta / Lamé

Print + Pattern: Dots / Overlapping geometrics / Stripes / Graffiti motifs / Swirls / Triangles

Details + Trim: Embroidery / Mirror appliqués / Piecing / Zig-zag hemlines / Circular cutouts / Contrast trim

Accessories + Footwear: Triangle and disc earrings / Silver headpieces / Square painted sunglasses / Large mirrored rings / Pieced bags / Printed leggings and tights / Layered socks / Flat oxfords / Printed peep-toe platform pumps



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