Tag Archive: Louise Gray

Nov 28 2012

Doll Loving: Louise Gray’s Rebellious Barbie

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I have covered the Louise Gray collaboration with Barbie that showcased during London Fashion Week previously on my blog, but what I haven’t shared with you is the amazing one-of-a-kind Louise Gray punk Barbie doll that was specially created after the show.

Styled like a model from the show, Barbie is wearing one of the print dresses featuring her logo from the SS13 collection, doll-sized Tatty Devine for Louise Gray earrings and even her shoes are designer as they are a replicate of the Robert Clergerie x Louise Gray shoes.

The styling doesn’t stop there, my favourite thing about the Louise Gray Punk Barbie has to be her hair and make-up, which is a complete replicate from the show. Barbie is rocking the same backcombed hair that Sam McKnight created and she is working a very stiking make-up look featuring those Basquiat-inspired crown eyebrowns, which I absolutely adore.

Talking about her mini version, Louise Gray said:

“It was fun to replicate a runway look in Barbie size. I wanted her to have everything from the catwalk including the hair and makeup as well as all the detailing of the dress for a full look.”

As much as I love punk Barbie I am sad at the same time and that is because this plastic bombshell isn’t going to be available to buy – I would have loved to place Louise Gray Barbie next to my Christian Dior, Christian Louboutin and Kate Spade Barbie dolls.

What do you think doll lovers – would you love the Louise Gray Barbie in your collection?

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[Pics: courtesy of Mattel/Louise Gray]

Sep 17 2012

LFW SS13: Day 4 – A Barbie Makeover, Mark Fast Goes Ghetto, and I Opt For A Flash Of Pink…Again

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First up Louise Gray at the Topshop venue and Barbie’s latest appearance at London Fashion Week, last year was Sister by Sibling but I was really excited to see the Louise’s three designs inspired by my favourite doll. My excitement for the show did sour slightly with the fact I nearly didn’t get in, sadly I only had a standing ticket and they said it was too crowded to let me in, thankfully I squeezed into the tent as the last minute. It does disappointment me that for a show that was sponsored by Barbie that they didn’t do more to support fashion blogs like mine that love Barbie, come on it is in my blog name!

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But enough about that, back to the collection, I love how Louise Gray brings the fun to fashion. I love the energy and attitude of Louise’s shows, the soundtrack was incredible, and I loved the graffiti, doodles, and newsprint-esq prints on the shift dresses and tailored pieces. What stood out the most, other than the fab three Barbie-inspired pieces had to be the accessories – everything from the mirror-effect headgear, designed by milliner, Stephen Jones, to the Tatty Devine made jewellery, and the make-up was crazy finishing touch with cartoon crown’s pencilled over the top of the eyebrows and matte orange lips.

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From Bedford Square I then stupidly along with Alex and Briony jumped on the press bus to Burberry, the furthest London Fashion Week venue, for some reason this fashion week I have been making some very rookie mistakes. To be honest though I kind of enjoy my bus trip through London!

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Every day there has been something different at The Apartment today was Forever 21’s turn, they brought the specially curated Abi Marvel collection, which you must look out for in the Oxford Circus store, plus stacks of jewellery, sweets and their new shoe collections.

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Then thanks to Get Taxi I got to Mark Fast in plenty of time. Mark Fast is always an intriguing show, whether it is to see the plus-size models or to see what else he can craft in knit, or to see who is on the front row – last season it was Kanye West, sadly we all had to make do with Kelly Brooke who is doing the rounds this LFW.

To the soundtrack of Salt n Pepper, Mark Fast’s ‘Broke’ collection sent down model after model all sporting the same afro hairstyle and hip hop swagger. Of course there was lots of figure-hugging knitwear, micro skirts, and lots and lots of fringing. Obviously Mark Fast is saying if it isn’t broken don’t fix it!!!

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My final stop of the day was the Handpicked Media suite to see the Ted Baker girlies, I love their autumn/winter 2012 collection so it was lovely to take a peak at my favourite pieces, but what I loved most was the Hunger Games-inspired display – very Katniss with the bow and arrow!!!

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To my look, well I went for a girlie vibe today as Barbie was in town, so I decided to team my Lulu Guinness for Uniqlo tee with my pleated black skirt, new Topshop boots, which simply go with everything, and I couldn’t resist a flash of pink with my Cambridge Satchel Company bag.

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My Style: Next pleated skirt; Lulu Guinness for Uniqlo t-shirt; New Look skinny neon pink belt; Black embellished cardigan; Topshop boots; and Cambridge Satchel Company bag.

What was your highlight of Day 4 at London Fashion Week?

Sep 12 2012

LFW SS13: Louise Gray Is A Barbie Girl!!!

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So my favourite doll Barbie loves coming to London Fashion Week, last season I loved her modelling for Sister by Sibling, and the season before she made Ken a little more stylish by working with Casette Playa, but this season is the best yet as she will be sponsoring the amazing Louise Gray’s catwalk show.

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I actually squealed a little when I heard, Louise Gray is the perfect Barbie girl, not only has she openly admitted to loving Barbie as a child, she is a fellow blonde, she loves sequins and pink and her quirky take on girlie is just what Barbie needs for her latest fashion makeover.

“My clothes are always about colour and fun – making a bold statement through the way you dress.  I wanted to see Barbie® in some separates and layer up her look, giving her a different way to be girly and fun, than how people are used to seeing her.”  Louise Gray

I am super excited to see Louise Gray’s spring/summer 2013 collection on Monday, as not only will it be a bold spectacle, I always love attending her shows, but three of the looks have been inspired by Barbie, and they aren’t going to be just for show, these Barbie looks will be sold as part of her collection.

The good news keeps coming though as I am most excited about the fact that Louise Gray will also be dressing a special one-off Barbie doll in one of the new season looks she has created for her – OMG scream!!!

Granted I wish it said that it was going to be sold, a Louise Gray Barbie would have made a great addition to my collection. I was trying to guess what a Louise Gray Barbie will look like, I have to be honest I am kind of hoping that Barbie gets a little rag doll makeover similar to Louise Gray’s spring/summer 2011 collection, or a sequins overload like her Topshop collaboration, I could keep going on but I am sure pink will play a part!!!

I was excited about London Fashion Week before, but now I seriously can’t wait for Friday when the shows begin and come Monday I will be hyper waiting for Louise Gray and I promise that I will tweet a piccie of the Barbie doll as soon as I track her down!!!

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[Pics: Louise Gray/Rankin]

 

Jul 28 2011

Lusting Over: Louise Gray Jewellery For ASOS

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I love Louise Gray’s style, her quirky take on fashion is fun and has a sense of humour, and I always love seeing her collections at London Fashion Week, so I am loving this jewellery line she has done for ASOS. The debut collection is full of gold-plated pieces and shows of her quirkiness with necklaces featuring french fries, a whistle, smiley face, or my favourite a lion face – I just adore those plastic eyes.

On first look at this collection it kind of reminded me of those fluffy branded giveaways that you used to get way back when with a ribbon attached to them. Does everyone know what I mean? I know not all the collection has the googly eyes but it was the first thing that came to my head when I saw the pieces.

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The collection also features an amazing gold heart stack ring, and earrings for the brave featuring whistles and goggle eyes, with prices ranging from £35-165, my favourite this Lion Face Pendant Necklace is £145.

Feb 27 2011

Shopping: Louise Gray Hits Harvey Nichols

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The Louise Gray rag doll chic collection for spring/summer 2011 was one of my favourite shows at last season’s London Fashion Week. Sadly, this year my invite must have been lost in the post!!! But hey I can console myself with the fact that the her solo catwalk show is now available exclusively to Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor.

What surprises me is that the prices are so reasonable, the multi-panel ‘fun’ dress is so cool it would be perfect addition to any festival this summer, and it is only £505 – that is a bargain for a such a talented designer like Louise Gray.

[Pic: Harvey Nichols]

Sep 18 2010

LFW SS11: Louise Gray Goes For Rag Doll Chic

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This was a show that I was so excited about as it was my first over at On|Off and more importantly it was Louise Grays first solo catwalk show, entitled Get Some Stuff.

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First up the venue, I loved the fact that the catwalk space is set out as a u-shaped, this was the first time I had been to a show where it set as with the standard straight line, and it totally made it more intimate and the view was amazing where I was seated. My first thought when I saw this gorgeous, bright and fun collection was for my rag doll I had as a child, as the clothes Louise sent down the catwalk had lots of draping, patchwork and textures – basically a punk rag doll chic to it.

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It was a fun and playful show which certainly utilised the ‘Get Some Stuff’ title to her spring/summer collection as her clothes were embellished in some amazing things; bottle tops, sequins, polystyrene balls, party streamers inside PVC skirts, mirrored tiles, neon plastic shop tags as well as traditional beading – of all it creative and gorgeous.

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It is a quirky collection that I enjoyed seeing, there were some pieces that were completely wearable such as the spray-painted sweaters, catchphrase embroidered tops,  tribal print shift dresses and silk patchwork dresses which I can see celebrities and the fashionistas wearing at festivals next summer.

The tribal print elements to this line really excited me, inspired by Trinidad and Tobago tribes such as the Makako, they really work – and I would love this print above as a t-shirt. There were a lot of pieces I loved, but it was the quirky styling touches which will stand-out as one of the best shows I will see this fashion week I think. From the painted on white socks *took me a few models to realise*, the lilac raffia Mohicans by Nasir Mazhar, the pvc bags filled with retro sweets, and I couldn’t forget the gorgeous heels made especially for her Pollini brightly-coloured rubber heels designed by Nicholas Kirkwood.

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