Charlie May’s AW14 collection is one I was dying to see up close and personal, so when my invite dropped through my letterbox I was over the moon!
Held at the stunning OXO2 event space at the iconic OXO tower, with panoramic views of the River Thames, the venue offered the perfect backdrop to next season’s collection.
What I love most about Charlie May’s designs is her minimal approach. Her focus on silhouette creates pieces that are visually elegant, and the depth of her designs comes in the heavily textured fabrics which work together in absolute harmony. The AW14 collection has a definite sports lux style, which is a trend that we will undoubtedly see into AW14. The luxe style is heightened by an entirely monochrome line, which draws the eye to the detail of the designs and textured fabrics. Oh…and I almost forgot to mention the collab with New York milliner Gigi Burris…her beaver felt hats are the icing on the cake!
Her inspiration for the collection are clear in her designs, ‘textures within the landscape of Dartmoor in Devon; the rugged, windwept environment is reflected in the use of pony hair and Mongolian furs.’
I’ve also discovered Charlie May’s blog Girlalamode which is pretty damn cool, you should check it out.
Now, enough of my gushing…I’ll let Charlie May’s AW14 collection talk for itself….
(Camo skirt by Whistles, Leather Jacket by Topshop, pastel pink patent and suede platforms by Steve Madden, New York)
I’ve always had a bit of fashion affair with Whistles. There’s something so special about the contemporary and effortless style that dominates their brand like no other. I simply could not resist this take on this season’s camouflage trend seen on runways of the likes of Christopher Kane and Alexander Wang.
Pastel colours and jacquard make this take on camo wearable and feminine, and I love the box pleat shape which is another major trend this season and one to watch for next! Styled with a simple white chiffon shirt, I think the look is clean and contemporary, just how Whistles made it to be! Teamed with skyscraper Steve Madden’s and a leather jacket, I’ve gone for a camoby night look, but I could just so happily wear this piece minus the jacket and shoes for a toned down look.
This Easter I ventured to the Big Apple for bright lights, good food and of course, SHOPPING. Since I’m a little delayed in starting this blog, I simply have to go back in time and tell you all about it. I stayed with a good friend Meagan, also known as Senior Designer at Ralph Lauren, in her gorgeous to-die-for apartment in Long Island City with high ceilings, huge wall-to-ceiling windows, and a jaw-dropping view of the NYC skyline. What more can you ask for than the perfect tour guide for all things stylish….
I landed at JFK late on Saturday night and woke to the delights of Easter Sunday in New York City. Ignoring the onset of jet lag, I dragged myself out of bed to check out the Easter Parade on 5th Avenue…
and the rest of my trip was spent walking for miles around New York City sightseeing, shopping, and drinking…….
Fifth Avenue:Fur coat, vintage, Jumper by Forever 21, Jeans by Levi, Trainers by Converse, Bag by Jaeger, Sunnies by Topshop.