Sequins are a Girl’s Best Friend

Sequins are a Girl’s Best Friend

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.  


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


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



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.  






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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  1. mariposa

    2012-08-23 at 8:21 AM

    My favorite pieces from your look:
    the shoes & the jacket! amazing!
    Great post..
    xoxo from germany!

  2. Miss Coco

    2012-08-23 at 8:25 AM

    I love your shoes!!!
    Miss Coco

  3. Serdane

    2012-08-23 at 8:55 AM

    I love the color and the kind of girly-teenage world. Us that bad if I say that you wear the outfits better than her ?

  4. Imperfect Girl

    2012-08-23 at 9:07 AM

    Finally someone who finds sequines as interesting as I do… 🙂 thank you for sharing these gorgeous things there, I love the exotic look and the colours!
    xoxo from Poland! :))

  5. Tara

    2012-08-23 at 9:19 AM

    Brilliant modelling Susie! The tones of the collection are ridiculously sugary-sweet, but not too overwhelming – in a word, awesome. I love Louise Gray’s fearlessness when it comes to make-up – from her blue eyebrows to painted-on beauty spot. I cannot believe that she only “properly” started wearing make-up a few years ago!
    Best Wishes,

  6. Edita

    2012-08-23 at 9:36 AM

    Superb styling, it almost gave me a sugar high. It’s so refreshing to see your unique style, Susie, I forgot for a moment that summer is almost gone…

  7. Shirley

    2012-08-23 at 10:37 AM

    Love your shoes!Your jacket is wonderful!Love sequins too!
    And amazing color combine!

  8. Duck

    2012-08-23 at 11:05 AM

    One of things I love most of all about Louise is that she is a walking advert for her designs. It makes me sad when talented designers just wear black or jeans all the time. It really kills the fashion buzz for me.
    Love this collage post too!! An idea I may have to steal…

  9. FHH

    2012-08-23 at 12:33 PM

    Love the collage framing

  10. Katy

    2012-08-23 at 12:48 PM

    Wow Louise is just a person fully out of the box! Loving her style + pictures! xoxo

  11. kimiko flowers

    2012-08-23 at 3:12 PM

    I think those are the most beautiful looks of the collection.

  12. Fab Ego

    2012-08-23 at 4:08 PM

    Wow! your creativity cannot stop surprising me! I love the conception in which you decided to showcase these pieces, oh origami paper is a brilliant thought to accentuate the beauty of sequin as well as your outrageous styling which I admire very very much! As usual thank you for sharing, I love your blog!
    Yulia Rock at Fab Ego

  13. Eleanor

    2012-08-23 at 4:30 PM

    Love the sequins pieces and the Balenciaga shoes. Good styling!

  14. Olive

    2012-08-23 at 5:20 PM

    I love your pinkish jacket on the 2nd outfit above!
    Maybe only you the only girl that love to layering outfit without looking weird, you really has your point and that’s why people love you 🙂

  15. Rachael

    2012-08-23 at 6:30 PM
  16. Jean Z Poh

    2012-08-23 at 6:41 PM

    Sequins and jeweled buttons are a girl’s best friend. That brocade jacket could totally do with a few jeweled buttons that everyone from Lagerfeld to Thakoon are so mad about this season.
    I posted a jeweled button DIY today:
    Big Kiss and Bigger Diamonds,

  17. Nathalie Zoeteweij

    2012-08-23 at 8:26 PM


  18. Simone

    2012-08-23 at 8:27 PM

    I have never really loved sequins before, but times and tastes have changed, seeing as I would kill for the sequinsed polkadot jacket…
    I just like to tell you how much your blog is appreciated. I’ll sometimes find myself checking your blog everyday, twise a day. If you can call this an addiction, I’m hooked. Thank you for the informed, still interesting articles.
    Much appreciation from South Africa.

  19. Juliet

    2012-08-23 at 9:07 PM

    I like your blog very much. You’re so funny and creative !
    If someone intrested WELcome

  20. Hillary

    2012-08-24 at 3:24 AM

    Awesome outfits! And one can never have too many sequins and clashing colors. This is slightly hypocritical coming from a person who has a closet mostly consisting of different shades of gray. 😡

  21. Janice

    2012-08-24 at 4:50 AM

    SO gorgeous, Susie!

  22. Inside-Out (Topshop)

    2012-08-24 at 11:28 AM

    Susie, you look amazing in Louise’s pieces! Sequins really are a girl’s best friend.

  23. Ana

    2012-08-24 at 9:20 PM

    i love this pictures, simple and beautiful.

  24. Nice post! Thanks for sharing the blog and keep on updating the blog.

  25. vanessa

    2012-08-26 at 5:55 PM

    Sequin overload! you pull them off so well, and I have to say I love the collaging you’ve got going on there 🙂

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