It’s spring time finally and we can start to get excited about those lazy summer days. I’ve been thinking a lot about denim recently, I’ve gone from someone who would never dream of wearing it, to it becoming a staple part of my wardrobe. Just add gold accents and a flowing silk upper half and you’re good to go. Also leaning more and more into neutrals, nude trainers are feeling more and more right.
In collaboration with H&M
I never before thought I’d get into blue denim jeans. In collaboration with Levi’s I picked out a few bits pre fashion week and I couldn’t believe that I actually chose lots of lighter styles. I think for summer they make so much sense. I’ve been loving pairing the 501s with Adidas Originals and bits from my new SS15 collection.
In collaboration with Levi’s
There’s so much to say about the fantastic experience we had at The Beaumont Hotel over London Fashion Week, I felt I simply had to share it with you. I’d been walking past the hotel a few times in the last six months and the Antony Gormley statue had always caught my eye. Flash forward to us looking for a venue for my AW15 presentation and The Beaumont just felt so right. We had a tour inside the hotel and even found that there was a suite actually inside the head of the statue! It’s quite incredible, you walk into the hotel room and it looks like the others, but then you see the stairs lead up to the bedroom and all of a sudden you’re inside this very peaceful, tranquil space; with only a bed inside and a window looking up to a blue sky. Quite amazing that you can feel so peaceful when you’re a stones throw away from Selfridges on Oxford Street.
Breakfast at The Colony was quite a treat. We ordered caramalised grapefruit (a must try!), fruit salad, along with eggs benedict and lots of coffee. The feel is very old-world, which I love, taking inspiration from 1920′s era grillrooms from London and New York. Talking more about the night of the presentation, we were exceedingly lucky as the presidential suite was free on the day and we were able to use it. What a magnificent space! We shot the lookbook in the living room of the suite, which looks out over the balcony that looks out over the top of the Antony Gormley statue. That night we were lucky enough to be able to stay in the suite itself, cue matching bath robes, breakfast in bed and a long soak in the bath before our Rolls Royce chariot came to pick us up and take us on to brunch.
I feel I still have to pinch myself about the entire experience. It really was a dream! If you have a chance to go to The Beaumont I recommend a Sunday brunch with friends or even a few cocktails at the beautiful bar inside The American Bar.
Thank you to Lauren Gurvich, Jeremy King and Martine at Corbin&King for your great hospitality!
I am excited to share what I have been working on for the past season which was unvieled during LFW. We took a different spin on the traditional concept of runway and shot a live look book – as part of an event hosted by our good freinds at The Beaumont Hotel. The ‘show’ itself was styled by uber stylist Sebastian Kaufmann who worked with photographer Yuvali Theis. Our go-to girl Aida Lastra modelled her fresh face agianst a back drop of incredibly beautiful Dinosaur Design homewares – bridging my personal obsession of lifestyle product. Converse were very gracious in their supply of all footwear – we are bringin ‘em back, don’t you know! – the collection was heavy on the texture, continuing in our ever evolving outerwear, denim and knitwear categories, whilst introducing plush shearling and alpaca wool.
I’m also excited to announce my favourite store in London is now carrying Charlie May SS15. Go to the LN-CC to see the full select.
It’s easy to live in jeans; hard wearing, and easily dressed up or down; they’re easy to pull off without worrying that you look too try-hard or better yet too casual. Yves wish he’d invented the jean and I have to agree. Denim done well is something so rare that when it is, it needs to be celebrated. Levi’s saw that their classic 501 jeans – so sought after in every city vintage haven, were being bought up, customised and tailored so they decided to save their customers the hassle and reinvent the wheel as it were. I have to say I never have time to rip my jeans or even tailor them, so it’s refreshing to just try on a pair of jeans and find them fitting so perfectly that you even want to wear them out the store, so reluctant to take them off already.
Most of my days are spent in the studio, pattern cutting and toiling in good time for fashion week, as you know. And jeans are easy to throw on in the morning, wear all day, whether you’re on the floor, on running around the city to various meetings, they stay with you. Then the evening comes and you don’t need to worry. These 501CTs are cool enough, throw on a silk shirt, in place of that perfect white tee, tie up your hair and re-apply that mascara, and you’re good to go. I have to say I’m obsessed with the fit; so flattering, making you look skinny and long legged, even in plimsolls. It’s easy to live in Levi’s.
In collaboration with Levi’s for #LiveinLevis, celebrating their new 501CT jeans and icons products.
This was certainly one of those days where I felt very looked after indeed, I’ve never celebrated Chinese New Year but living in multi cultural London there’s always something new and exciting to experience. Both Yauatcha and Hakkasan are London’s Chinese gems, both serving very different kinds of atmosphere and grub. Yauatcha is widely known for it’s Patisserie section, shining out from the windows into Soho, it lures people in for tea and sweet treats in the day; then very delicious cocktails in the evening. Hakkasan, in London’s Mayfair, is more concealed, tucked away like a secret for only those in the know. Downstairs in the darkness you are surrounded by various screens and latticed shutters, making each table secluded and private.
So here I take you through a day-to-night guide to Chinese New Year in London, starting with Yauatcha. As it’s the year of the sheep and a whole host of macaroons, petite gateaux’s and desserts have been added to the menu incorporating sheep’s milk. But first, my favourite dish was the inspired little goldfish dumplings. All of Yuatcha’s cuisine is insanely photogenic; prepare to have your phone at the ready at all times! We decided a few things off the menu were too good not to order on top of the Chinese New Year menu, so we added traditional pork belly and scallops with lotus root, a very light and fragrant dish compared to the rich pork belly. The Yáng Walker cocktail is a must try, though beware if you have an empty stomach, it’s very strong! Yauatcha for me is the perfect getaway from busy central London, hide away with friends and just indulge yourself. The atmosphere is young and fresh; families, friends and even acquaintences dining together in one big friendly room. You can really go to town on the desserts. I suggest the more friends you take the better, for this reason ;)
Hakkasan for me is more of a romantic setting, take your partner into the dark, sultry surroundings and experience the heady rich menu. We stuck to the Chinese New Year menu this time; it’s quite full on so in typical Chinese cuisine fashion, you had better make sure you’re ravenous on sitting down! The absolute star of the show for me was the Grilled Chilean Sea Bass in honey; so delicious that I hadn’t the time to even take a photograph. DEVOURED. This is serious comfort food and the rib-eye beef accompanied by the Lilly bulb and almond prawns were both rich and satisfying. The dessert come out with its own wishing tree. When you arrive at the table you are encouraged to make a wish and hang it on the latticed shutters surrounding you using the red wishing card at the table. A tradition in China, around New Year is that villagers would visit the sacred banyan trees miles away and hang their wishes upon their branches. The higher the branch the wish was put upon the more likely it was to come true.
The New Years feast is on at either Hakkasan or Yuatcha until the 1st March.
I may be suffering from fashion flu; desperately trying to keep my cold at bay whilst rushing around various areas of West London in the wind and rain (I’m being dramatic as actually I have a Rolls Royce this fashion week! More to come on that later…) but seeing these new campaign images from H&M has got me excited for summer on the horizon. And if the British weather fails us then I may well have a trip to LA in mind for later on in the year..
Key favourites of the collection are rose gold delicate chain necklaces and minimal designed bangles; dungarees and utlitarian inspired jackets and outerwear. I don’t know about you but I’m really feeling those nudes, just need to a sun tan to finish off the look!
While I wait for images of Saturdays presentation to come back, I just had to share with you these illustrations by Clym Evernden. Followed by the amazing moving GIF from Nordstrom’s blog. It was a really unique idea to stage a live lookbook shoot in the Beaumont hotel, guests arrived and could watch us shooting and prepping. Styled by Sebastian Kauffmann and shot by Yuvali Theis. Can’t wait to show you the new collection in full!
Spring/summer has finally dropped! Doing my best to upload the new collection whilst making the new one, but there are a few peices already on the site. Some very hubba-hubba white denim styles. Summer is just around the corner now! :)
Photos by Yuvali Theis, Art direction by India Rose
Trust me to see a pair of spring/summer Marni sandals in the dead of winter, with snow still on the ground, and think Yup! I don’t see why though it’s acceptable to wear sandals on a fancy winter date and not a pair chic flat sandals. I’ve been collaborating with Amex style hub this month, with the launch of London Collections: Mens in January and now, just out is this ‘How to dress up on a winter date’. My way anyway ;)
Photos by Shini