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The blossoms are back, in Jigsaw spring collection



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



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THE LIGHT OF SPRING



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

STEP INTO SPRING



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

LIVING IN LEVI’S


Wearing: Charlie May S15 coat and tee, Levi’s 501 jeans, Adidas Originals, Larsson & Jennings watch and Céline sunglasses

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

FASHION WEEK AT THE BEAUMONT


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Our insane ride for fashion week, the Rolls Royce Series II Ghost, outside the front of The Beaumont

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!

CHARLIE MAY AW15


Feat: Charlie May AW15 styled by Sebastian Kauffman and shot by Yuvali Theis. Make up by Emma Williams, Hair by Alexander Soltermann.

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. 

SEE THE FULL COLLECTION HERE

EFFORTLESS STYLE

Working in the design studio, wearing Levi’s Classic tee and 501CT jeans

In my studio in London’s Hackney, working is my passion whether pattern cutting or capturing inspirational imagery for social, this is how I #liveinlevis.

Effortless style from day to night with Levi’s 501CT’s.

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Wearing: Levi’s 501CT jeans, styled with classic white tee and marl sweatshirt for day: and for evening, styled with the staple black silk shirt also from Levi’s

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.

 

CELEBRATING CHINESE NEW YEAR IN LONDON

Celebrating Chinese New Year at Yauatcha, 15-17 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 0DL.

An inspired way to start the meal, with these little ‘Goldfish’ dim sum.
(Dim Sum translates to Touch the Heart)

And below, the Yáng Walker cocktail. Translating as The Shepherd, the cocktail contains the unusual Chinese spirit Baijiu,
as well as Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky, Japanese plum sake, rosemary, grapefruit juice, ginger bitters and lime.

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To finish; the perfect end with Yoghurt bavarois, centred with lemon curd and lemon sable on a bed of lemon sponge and pandan buttercream,
garnished with sheep’s yoghurt cream and crystallised grains, flowers and cress.

Chinese New Year at Hakkasan, 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, W1J 6QB

For a more romantic setting, Hakkasan is perfect to experience Chinese New Year. Together you can really tuck into the 9 courses.
First up, we have the dim sum platter followed by stir-fry rib eye beef with merlot and edible cage.

Spicy prawn with Lilly bulb and almond, followed by The wishing tree dessert of chocolate, caramelised macadamia and cocoa rocks 

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. 

Thanks to Yauatcha and Hakkasan for being wonderful hosts!

 

FEELING NEUTRAL

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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! 

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LIVE LOOKBOOKING


Feat: Charlie May AW15.

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!



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