Something has taken over the portion of Oxford Street between Duke Street and Orchard Street otherwise known as Selfridges.  It's the dot.  Many of them in fact.  Yayoi Kusama's dot to be precise.  This is an unprecedent monobrand takeover whereby, Louis Vuitton's collaboration with Kusama is showcased to the max, casting its dotty net across twenty four windows as well as the Concept Store space on the ground floor.  Your eyes are almost assaulted by the polka dot, a pattern that Kusama is intent on spreading across the world in line, trapping herself and the world around in this infinitive pattern.  If you traverse from the Orchard Street end of the store, a poem "Love Forever" plays out in both English and Japanese, as an ode to this collection and to the future in general.  Stars.  Shining.  Budding Love.  All perfectly cast in gold typography, set alongside her collaboration with Louis Vuitton.

The significant point of this retail takeover is of course that Selfridges is exclusively selling (for eight weeks) the monogrammed part of this collaboration with the dot-covered bags and leather goods sure to get the hardcore Louis Vuitton art-collab collectors hot under the collar.  I'm personally partial to the dotty op-art monogrammed totes myself.  The Concept Store space has been transformed with Kusama's signature giant pumpkins, punctuated with dots and I suspect the trick is that as you enter, you become overhwhelmed with a feverish desire to own a piece of this dotty world or at the very least, run your hands over the product which comprises clothing, shoes, sunnies, scarves and of course the bags.  If that doesn't convince you, then looking into the eyes of the three eerily lifelike waxwork Kusama figures will.  One is in the hallway, linking the Louis Vuitton area of the Selfridges and the Yayoi Kusama concept store and the other two are in the showcase corner window, where thousands of people are likely to point, gawp and camera-snap.  Oxford Street will and probably already has fallen under Kusama's spell.  

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>> Along with seemingly EVERY media outlet out there, I too have not escaped from a poorly constructed title, which infers to that phenomenally successful book, which we shall not name.  These photos were taken when we were crying for sun back at the beginning of summer, weirdly fitting for Helmut Lang's A/W 12-3 stormy collection of tree prints, hellfire reds and their now-signature leathers and draped pieces.  They've just launched their Guest Blogger's Series with myself, Street Peeper and Chic Muse being the first guinea pig participants.  I took a few of my favourite things from the collection and they all somehow fitted in with the tinges of grey that my N7 hood is most capable of projecting.  Holloway Road doesn't do pretty save for the Thierry Henry statue outside the Emirates Stadium.  It does kebab shops, Gooner pubs and grafittied squat residences – all good spots to be wearing tactile bits of fur-collared leather, draped silk and jersey apparently as well as the pre-requisite puffa jacket.      

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Helmut Lang flux fur jacket, Helmut Lang tree collage top, Comme des Garcons skirt, Balenciaga heels

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Helmut Lang nitro puffa jacket, vintage Mei Hui dress, Issey Miyake skirt, Nike Lunar Hyperworkout

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Helmut Lang drift print dress, Helmut Lang midnight floral wedges, Junya Watanabe trenchcoat

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Helmut Lang tree collage top, Helmut Lang Midnight Floral skirt, Dries Van Noten jacket, Anastasia Radevich booties

>> In the spirit of all things overdone, over the top, pile-it-on and stick-em-on today with the launch of Louise Gray's collection for Topshop, I had to post this picture of this DIY sticker clutch belonging to my sister Louisa Lau (who runs Lust and Found Magazine), which she carried with her to the Topshop party last night.  Some of the London folk will have seen it since she carried it around during the last London Fashion Week but it's always good to remind everyone of what a stupendously simple idea this is – take a clutch (hers is a cheapie ¬£8 ASOS one) and cover it with stickers – puffies, glitteries, gellies, flaties, felties – whatever you fancy.  Take every memory you've ever had of filling your sticker albums, decorating your A4 ring binders or exercise books and then lovingly apply them to a clutch.  An instant conversation starter.  A clever invitation to would-be friends and acquaintances to come and touch your clutch.  An economical and harmless bit of fun that perks up sales-bin-bottom accessories.  The plus points go on and on.  If you do hear a snigger from pee-wee-minded grown-ups, it's just because they haven't experienced the sensation of a clutch covered in googly eyes and Doraemon stickers.  Poor them, I say.   

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It should be universally unanimous that these lookbook images are some of the best that Topshop have ever done for their designer collaborations and fittingly in this instance, they feature the designer herself modelling the collection.  It can only be Louise Gray and her first clothing and make-up collection for Topshop, which lands in stores (FYI – many of the international stores have bought the collection in) and online today.  No model could have really brought this sequinned collection to life in the way that Louise has done.  If most designers favour the annonymous and inconspicuous look, then Louise is the opposite of that, embodying and believing in her designs through her own personal style, convincing us all that we need sequins, clashing colours and prints in our lives, and to keep piling more on if possible.  My own style is possibly a poor man's Louise Gray – not daring or extreme enough but sufficiently colourful and print-laden to absorb Gray's designs, hence why I have quite a few of her mainline pieces.  Suffice to say, her collection for Topshop is so bang up my style alley, that should any of the pieces fall randomly into any given pile of my own clothing, a somewhat coherent outfit is sure to emerge.  Actually, that's pretty much what happened when I took these pictures.  It's my new wanky dress-up concept – chuck a piece of clothing in a random direction at my wardrobe and see where it lands to determine the outfit.  In the process, I also got stuck into metallic origami paper and Pritt Stick to frame these pictures, matching up with the multitude of coloured sequins that Gray raided for her collection for Topshop.  

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Louise Gray for Topshop sequinned t-shirt, vintage satin pyjama shirt, vintage slip skirt, sheer skirt underneath, Venessa Arizaga necklace, Feminine Masculine shoes

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Louise Gray for Topshop starry-eyed sequin sleeveless tunic, Louise Gray tweed jacket, vintage Todd Oldham shirt, vintage satin pyjama bottoms, My Six London shoes

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Louise Gray for Topshop sequinned polka dot jacket, Mary Katrantzou knit dress, Marni skirt, John Rocha culottes underneath, Balenciaga shoes

Last night saw a mini launch of the collection in Topshop Oxford Circus' EDIT section which has been suitably Gray-ified, with graffiti in the changing rooms, signature Louise Gray-esque styling on the mannequins and plenty of the collaboration available in both clothing and make-up form.  

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I didn't get to check out the make-up range fully but it includes lipstick, eye-colours, nail polish and mascara as well as a few accessories like brushes and lipstick holders, inspired by the make-up that Louise herself uses.  If you've seen some of the pictures of Louise's make-up tee pee at Port Eliot festival (last year and this year), you'll know how easy and tempting it is to go mad with painterly eye-dabbing with a few pots of colour and a cotton bud (Q-tip to Statesiders).  The lipstick and the glitter nails will be the perfectly imperfect finishing touches.

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