The latest collaboration to come out of Topshop is possibly my favourite ever. Louise Gray is a rather unconventional designer, focusing on clashing prints, bold colours and statement makeup that wouldn’t look out of place at a fancy dress party. She’s not into simplicity, doesn’t like straight lines or elegant designs, so some of her clothes can be a little hard to wear! Louise has been part of Fashion Fringe for ten years and showcased at London Fashion Week the last three seasons, so she’s been one to watch for some time. This collaboration just cements her position as one of the best talents to come out of the UK in recent years, with Topshop clearly seeing what the fashion editors have been praising for years. I’ve been lucky enough to meet Louise and she’s as bold and bright as you’d imagine… Something she’s clearly channeled into this partnership with Topshop, creating a range of makeup that expresses her love for experimentation.
The range includes lipstick, liners, cream blush, eyeshadow and these fab nail polished. Louise says: “My idea was to design for the Topshop girl a range that was young and fun, similar to both the fashion and make up I wear already. My mainline collections have always been about pushing optimism, colour and fun, I want her to experiment with the product, be daring and enjoy it.” The polishes are quirky and unusual, taking an unusual twist on glitter polish. The gold shimmer has flecks of silver glitter which catch the light, while the blue has a combination of fleck sizes which overall make up a striking polish that’s fun to wear. Both of these apply really well to nails in one coat, allowing you to also wear them over contrasting undercoats for a daring look. I wore these polishes to Reading festival and they were totally occasion appropriate, as well as lasting pretty much the whole time without looking too tatty. I love the pink detail on the lid of the polishes too, giving a hit of Louise’s patterned designs without being to unattainable to the masses. A definite winning combination which I can’t wait to see evolve into (hopefully) the next season.
The polishes are available exclusively in Topshop priced £6.50. See the full collection here.