LFW Day 1- Charlie May

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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….

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LFW Day 1- Charlie May

Whistles…

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(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 camo by night look, but I could just so happily wear this piece minus the jacket and shoes for a toned down look.

Photo’s by CGJ

Whistles…

NYC…

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…

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Peacocks and butterflies
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Waving the flag for British Punk Rock
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There are no words…

and the rest of my trip was spent walking for miles around New York City sightseeing, shopping, and drinking…….

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Central Park: Fur coat, vintage, Scarf by H&M, Jumper by Forever 21, Necklace, vintage.
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Bryant Park: Fur coat, Vintage, Scarf by H&M, Sunnies by Topshop

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Fifth Avenue: Fur coat, vintage, Jumper by Forever 21, Jeans by Levi, Trainers by Converse, Bag by Jaeger, Sunnies by Topshop.
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Carrie’s Stoop: Floral shirt by American Apparell NYC, Leather Jacket by Topshop, Leggings by Topshop, Scarf by H&M, Bag by Jaeger, Sunnies by Ray Bans.
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Brooklyn Bridge: Fur coat, Vintage, Dress by Topshop, Scarf by H&M, Boots by Topshop.
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Chelsea Highline: Shirt by American Apparel, Leather jacket by Topshop, Leggings by Topshop, Bag by Jaeger
Coffee and cake: Jumper by Forever 21 NYC, shirt by American Apparel, vintage necklace. Make up by NARS.
Coffee and cake: Jumper by Forever 21 NYC, shirt by American Apparel, vintage necklace. Make up by NARS.
Empire state of mind...
Empire state of mind…
Boutique shopping in Nolita
Boutique shopping in Nolita
Cocktails at the 'Top of the Strand'
Cocktails at the ‘Top of the Strand’
View from the Top of the Strand
View from the Top of the Strand

Until next time NYC….

xoxo

NYC…