February 18, 2013 London
Gray's special gift is to make looks that are pretty much loony tunes seem convincing. There's no logical reason why a sparkly dungaree dress in two very clashing patterns should come off as a viable thing to wear, especially in the daytime, and more especially, over a sweatshirt. And yet The spirit of Gray's collection was so positive, it empowered you to entertain a look that was, perhaps, a little crazy. Not that all the designs here were altogether mad: As usual, some reasonable garments could be extracted, such as color-blocked mohair sweaters or quilted coats, shifts, and suits in abstract, tonal patterns. Admittedly, even Gray's more accessible pieces were not for the faint of heart. But then, her whole project as a designer is to denounce sartorial faintheartedness. The challenge she raised today was particularly keen. She deserves kudos just for carrying on the good fight.