Last week in Stockholm for 24 hours. Layering up in next season Charlie May knits and the raw kimono coat, that I’m obsessed with. Can’t wait for these to land in stores worldwide! We are now stocked in Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Germany, Norway and Canada. I’m also excited to announce that Selfridges has bought the AW15 collection and I will be on the contemporary floor in August!
I’ve been seeing a personal trainer for about 6 months now; learning more and more about what I should be eating, how I should be working my body, and even how I should be sleeping. This last one wasn’t such a surprise, body aching after a great workout the day before, even legs cramping up in the middle of the night, possibly from not stretching out enough.
I had heard about the Eve; a memory foam mattress set to blow all competitors out of the water. It’s absolutely incredible for muscle rest and support (they’re currently doing scientific tests to determine the benefits). I’ve been sleeping on it for about a week now and I’ve never slept so well!
British made and created out of a one of a kind memory foam/latex sandwich, it’s easily the most beautiful mattress I’ve ever seen. Talking more about the design, because that’s such a major part of it, the Eve comes packed tightly into the box, once opening and cutting the plastic, the mattress springs to life right before your eyes. White and their signature yellow, from start to finish, the typography (Inside the box are all sorts of quotes on sleeping, another nice touch) to the product itself, is beautiful.
Nice one guys for bringing joy into another aspect of our personal lives :) I’ve honestly never slept so well!
It’s rare when you get to be a fly on the wall of a project so creative and involving so many industry professionals that I’ve looked up to over the years; so it’s been incredible that for the last month, I’ve been working with AnOther and Ford Vignale as a digital partner on the Stephen Jones x Jasmin Vardimon for MOVEment short fashion film. All the films were released at once in another genius move to literally, break the internet. It’s a miracle when, in the age of digital, a project this big can be kept under wraps. The series of short films starring the seven biggest names in fashion premiered at the Sadler’s Wells, a world leader in contemporary dance.
Behind the scenes for the first day of filming we got to shoot at Stephen Jones’ masterful little atelier, behind his infamous Soho store. Seeing how the headpiece had evolved and been inspired, all from the idea of a headrest and comfort of a Ford Vignale premium car; as well as the design of the head piece, the bodice and gloves were given hexagonal stitching to mirror the signature pattern and flow of lines on the cars leather seats and front grills. Through the choreography of the talented Jasmin Vardimon, you can see the kinetic lines mirrored in the dance; the soft, emotional touch points of the Ford Vignale experience, as well as the car itself of course.
To talk to you more about the Ford Vignale itself and what it’s about; the design quality and the craftsmanship, the lifestyle elements, as well as the experience itself. Aside from the beautiful exterior and interior of the car, what’s interesting to me is that a brand like Ford Vignale uses traditional techniques in new ways, whilst they have things like the 3D simulation, they also use methods like artisan clay modelling in their design process. It’s that craftsmanship that makes Ford Vignale so appealing to me; as well as their ethos of lifestyle and time saving. What would you do with another hour in your day? Fashion moves so fast it can be really hard to take a minute to think about what direction I personally, should be moving in. With my label I need time to find inspiration, as quality down time allows me to come up with fresh ideas and motivation for the seasons ahead. I’ve naturally always wanted to share details and design, which is why I started this blog and am so involved on social media as you know.. What I find so engaging with Ford Vignale itself is that’s it’s not just about the car but it’s also about the lifestyle elements, customers get a subscription to their magazine (Brad Pitt on the first cover) and they even have a nail polish in their signature ‘nochiola’ colourway, not to mention an accessories range that has actually won awards for their soft touch leathers and rich fabrics. It really is a lifestyle car, which is what we’re so about now in every aspect of our lives, it’s the whole package.
Thanks to the AnOther team, Stephen Jones and Ford Vignale for bringing me on board and allowing me to be part of this exciting project!
In collaboration with AnOther and Ford Vignale.
Getting used to single digit layering in California sunshine this week. I’ve had this Tibi shirt stored away for a while now and I new that my trip to LA was going to be the perfect time to bust it out. Never before has floaty cotton been so neccessary.
When I’m in the studio working on collections, designing and just day-to-day admin it’s important I have a computer that can keep up and contend with all my needs. Until now my desk has been filled with desktops, scanners and pan and paper. The new HP Sprout seems to have made all these obsolete with the world first immersive computer. I won’t bore you with explaining how the computer itself works – it has all the functions of a standard desktop but with so many extras! So much more than just a creative tool. First of all, it’s touch screen as well as compatible with mouse and keyboard. You can use either or, although once you start using your hands I find it addictive and a lot of fun (It’s also chicer cleaner without all those extras in my humble op). So then you have the giant mousemat that attaches magnetically to the screen, again easily detachable for a chicer workspace. This matte acts as a scanner deck, a drawing pad, a keyboard.. the list goes on! A light shines down from the scanner above, allowing you to scan in objects, even 3D scanning which is a lot of fun. I found the idea that you can pull and slide the screen around really great, you can swipe projects down onto the matte with ease and even split the screens so you can be working on two things at once – for me having my emails up in case something important comes through, drawing on the matte whilst catching up with my favourite programs on the web was a real plus! I created two projects with the HP Sprout, first wanted to scan in my fabrics from the current collection, creating a linesheet to send to buyers. Scanning fabrics can be really annoying as you just don’t get the colours right, and more importantly it squishes the fabric down so if you have a shearling or textured wool, the effect becomes quite different. With the scanning on this it captures it exactly as you see it with the naked eye. Making my sheets immediately more professional. Secondly I used the stylus pen to draw my designs straight into the document, I can then use the fabrics I scanned from earlier to create collections to send to clients as well as for my own personal use.
All in all the beautiful design of HP Sprout has blown me away. Every day I’ve been using it I’ve discovered new ways to work in an intuitive and exciting way. It seems insane that something this great hasn’t been invented up until now but I’m so excited to be one of the first ones to try it!
Thanks to HP Sprout
Spring’s finally here with the arrival of fluffy blossoms everywhere, and today for the first time, the legs are out. I’ve been thinking on how to wear denim in a new and interesting way since all the way back to last year. I think denim is now a high end item just as any, and to be dresed up with luxury looking pieces such as this utlitarian jacket from Jigsaw’s new spring/summer 15 collection. I’ve never been drawn to this sandy colour before but it looks so darn good with indigo jeans and a just-sheer-enough silk shirt. Perfect with easy, breasy summer slides and minimal gold jewellery.
With my LA trip coming up in just under a month I’ve been wracking my brains on how to survive in 35 degree temperatures. Trying not to look like a tourist in shorts and a tank top will be difficult indeed. This shirt I’m wearing doubles up as a dress and would look perfect over there. There are some other bits at Jigsaw I’ve got my eye on for summer as well as this silk shirt, this cropped shell top would be ideal in the heat as well as these high waisted culottes. Looks like it’s not going to be too difficult to survive over there after all! Thanks Jigsaw!
In collaboration with Jigsaw
The feeling of Spring is in the air and this new editorial from Tank magazine is perfectly representing London’s mood right now. Our frayed denim culottes are perfect for those wanting to get their legs out for the first time this year, whilst our raw silk shirt and cotton skirt can be dressed up or down. Heading to New York and then LA next week so will be pulling a few of these looks out for sure.
Photos by Tank Magazine
Styled by Kama Krystel
Photographed by Benjamin Mallek
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!