May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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London: “HEY CRAZY,” read the massive sign posted at the entrance to Louise Gray’s runway. Though many of her London counterparts have gone for a more subdued look this season, it was clear that Louise Gray would stick with her signature brand of free-spiritedness and fun. The collection, based on old-school ravers, featured the popping tones and eye-catching graphics for which she is known. The A-line dresses and skirts often featured more than one geometric pattern. Highlights included white button-up shirts with techy black graphics and color blocked mohair sweaters. A quilted silver foil skirt will appeal to Gray’s ex-raver fans. Tin foil jewelry, paper clip necklaces, and tissue paper headpieces had a DIY feeling that complemented the rave references. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: A-line / Tiered / Long layers
Color: Fuchsia / Purple / White / Black / Neon yellow / Periwinkle / Cobalt / Poppy / Silver / Mustard / Lime / Bright orange / Slate / Sage / Lavender / Melon
Key Items: Color blocked mohair sweaters / Printed white button-up shirts / Printed A-line skirts and dresses
Materials: Printed firm silks / Crisp cotton shirtings / Foil / Mohair yarns / Tweed / Heavy twill / Sweatshirt jersey
Print + Pattern: Psychedelic motifs / Geometrics / 80s-inspired graphics / Color blocking / Mixed motifs
Details + Trim: Sequins / Piecing / Zippers / Bustier details
Accessories + Footwear: Tissue paper headpieces / Wayfarer-inspired sunglasses with words on lenses / Tin foils drop earrings, bangles, and rings / Chunky plastic bangles / Leather gloves / Tote bags / Patterned tights / Printed knee-high and ankle boots
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