Finally I get to show you these beautiful backstage pictures from my AW14 show! It’s always over so quickly, and such a whirlwind I can hardly remember, so looking back over these it the perfect little memory jog. I’m so happy with how the collection looks this season, I think it’s finally at where I really want it to be; the styling and model casting by the incredibly talented Nobuko Tannawa, the space inside the OXO tower on Southbank with so much natural light, and finally the collaborations with Gigi Burris millenary and Eleven Everything knitwear. So happy to have met you both you insane talents! To see the full runway looks go to Vogue.co.uk.
Photos by Joseph Piper
How apt that the modern photo diary would be instagram exclusive. I would normally lug my Mark II around; but with a full 40 piece collection to lug, and rails, and personals, the camera had to stay behind on this trip, forgive me? We were in Paris for sales and I have to say it’s the first time I really loved the city. Hanging out with people that know it like the back of their hand really is an awesome thing.
To recap. Our beautiful balcony 7 floors above the Rue Saint Honoré, living walls, discovering Uncommon Matters, India repping AW14, white shoe game, Colette, the Yohji show, Nicholas Kirkwood pearl boots, Jennifer Fisher at the Valery Demure showroom, SS14 croc bombers, cut out 3.1 Phillip Lim tees, leather slides, sunsets with Clym, and of course the new collection.
Photos from Instagram
Or East 17 tribute, in Paris, you decide. As much as I like to pull an all white look, this felt very boy-band-of-the-noughties era. Maybe it’s the addition of shiny new Adidas superstars, which I’ve been switching between with the Nike Air Force 1′s (as much as my stringent assistant claims they are the exact same thing, I disagree, they are totally different shoes!) Maybe even more different now they are covered in various stains from Paris nightlife :(. This quiet windy walled area was in Montparnasse, the more residential area of Paris. Whilst we were pulling our best editor-lost-in-suburbia looks, the streets were completely empty on a Sunday, unlike London.
Photos by India Rose
Excited about getting back on board with spring time (bare legs!), as London has taken a surprise turn with blossom trees coming out in bloom and a warm-ish snap. I can get back to throwing on my favourite basics without worrying how any layers of hairy knits are going to keep me warm, and wearing white without being on the look out for rogue buses and giant puddles!
Won Hundred has been my favourite for a long time, ever since discovering it through Varg when I first moved to London, I was hooked on the Danish sensibilities. Now Formula, a new online boutique stocking up and comers and established labels alike, has taken the helm at introducing me to the brands and pieces I need in my wardrobe this summer. Peridot London (as championed in my last post), Veja and See by Chloe just to name a few; and Francis Leon, in coming months. It launches today so check it out now.
Photos by Shini
Pushing myself out of mid fashion month black slump, injecting some barely there hues on a Sunday. Also, some of my favourite things as of late; circle skirts, bomber jackets and trainers. I seem to be adding circle skirts to my wardrobe at an alarming rate; I’ve gone from hate to love in a very short space of time, which is something I think that only fashion can do to you. They’re even in my latest collection quite a bit. This latest leather addition is from Peridot London, a contemporary separates brand after my own heart. Worn with my new Vagabond trainers that everyone is mistaking for you know what, (that deceptive white sole!).
Photos by Shini
Some of my favourite looks from the show on Saturday, held at the beautiful OXO2 venue on South bank. Our campaign girl Zoe Huxford opened the show; black, navy and chalk looks with hats by Gigi Burris for Charlie May, and knitwear by Eleven Everything x Charlie May. Full catwalk looks can be seen on Vogue. Also, great backstage shots from Notion Magazine. Thanks to everyone that made the show!
Photos by Simon Armstrong
Winter in London. Baring the cold with plenty of oversized knits and these chunky leather trousers from Acne that may well have been made from an entire cow. Feeling snug to say the least. The show is less than a week away! Furiously writing this in the studio as shoes from the show arrive and we are finishing off the final samples for the collection. Hair and make up testing tonight and casting later on this week. It’s that exciting time of the season again! Luckily brunch dates with this dude lead to a chilled start to yesterday before heading into work like it was mid week. London fashion week is nearly upon us!
Photos by Shini
One of my favourite looks from my recent collaboration with Harvey Nichols and O’2ND. Oversized silks shirts and leather from head to toe is a match made. I was channeling my Spring/Summer vibe but it was pretty chilly! Roll on spring when legs can be freely out again, and these Céline’s can be more in ma life. Check out their site for more outfits and a get the look too.
In collaboration with Harvey Nichols
Finding ways to wear this very summery mesh bomber in the depths of winter, including over a jumper and under a coat; both stripped off here to save another all black ensemble. I’m very much over the wet London weather, but rather this than the snow storm that our Scandi fashion week friends are having. It also comes in handy when designing next years Autumn/Winter collections. Expect chunky knitwear and outerwear galore for fashion week!
PS – most likely looking smug in the first photo from finishing a hefty brunch at Hackney Bureau, still on my mind even now. Best coffee ever too! Speaking of healthier brunch options, earlier this week was the official launch of We Are Lovage at Shoreditch’s Ace hotel. Raw Vegan juices that are insanely good!
Photos by Jessie
Pretending that spring is already upon us as the new collections land in store, I’ve already been bearing the cold, legs out, trying to ween myself back into non-thermal dressing. Which leads me to my new discovery, Atea, a brand after my own heart; neo sweaters, boyfriend shirts, and easy to wear skirts have me yearning for a hotter climate once again. Trying to plan the next holiday although all I have currently pencilled in is fashion week activities, excited about being in Paris for a full week come March though!
Photos by Shini