Monthly Archives: July 2012

THE LAUNCH OF PUMA YARD

On Friday night I headed down to the opening of PUMA YARD on Brick Lane, the interactive new space from PUMA Social. The anticipation has been building up around east London with Brick Lane walls painted, and pointing you to the Jamaican themed social club. 

There’s lots to see and do on entry, from dozens of rum cocktails to try, incredible Jamaican barbecue food- I tried the curried goat with plantain, which was awesome, as well as a sprint track, photo booths, a Bob Marley Listening Wall with headphones plugged into shoes, and games tables with everything from checkers to ping-pong. 

Groove Armada supported by Redlight and Kissy Sell Out played the headline set on the launch night, who were totally incredible, the perfect music to dance the night away to, and I can’t quite remember dragging my ass home after a few of those delicious cocktails! 

There’s a lot more amazing events to come from the Boiler room at Truman Brewery- where all the PUMA YARD events will be hosted over the next 17 days, from live music from Professor Green to Cool Rummings (a cocktail making competition to complete a rum cocktail in the time Jamaica took to lap the bob sled course)

I’ll be heading down over the week so hope to see you guys there! 

Check PUMA YARD for more event details.

SHOWING YOU MY WARDROBE

Sorry for kind of dropping off the face of the earth this week, I’ve been busy blogging for Puma, which I’m very excited about; posts will be emerging soon enough! In the meantime here are some outfits I shot with Kit Lee this week for Jackie Dixon’s Show Me Your Wardrobe. Some of my favourite outfits at the moment and always black and white, it’s only when I laid my five outfits on the bed that I thought oh jeez! I’ve got a monochrome addiction.

Thank you so much Kit and Jackie for featuring me!

CURRENT INSPO

Some current inspo whilst I’ve fallen off the radar for the week. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I just returned from 32 hours in the countryside for my Mum’s birthday and brothers graduation, double celebrations! It was so nice to get out of London for a day, especially with the Olympic crowds building. London certainly feels more hectic than usual, can I say I’m jealous to those who got out whilst they still could? 

A MODERN TAKE


Wearing: Religion blazer, Aquascutum shirt, Charlie May wrap skirt, Nicolas Andreas Taralis skirt, Chloe sandals

There is something about black and white together that is just too perfect, leaving the focus on the design and folds of the fabric. This outfit is also kind of a modern feminine take on the classic white shirt and jacket, all I want to be wearing lately is a loose white shirt or a plain tshirt, it just feels perfectly summery and fresh. I hope you’re all having a great weekend! I’ve been so chilled.. I’m kind of looking forward to getting back to work!

BECAUSE LONDON

The Quiet Duel

Incredibly excited to be featured in Because online’s latest fashion film, entitled The Quiet Duel (credits below). To be paired with Margiela is too amazing to put into words. You all know how much I love monochrome, and any of these looks would be very happy in my own wardrobe! 

 In the meantime I’m working on SS13, went out and bought all the final fabrics yesterday ready to be dyed next week. I think I’ve created my dream jacket, I can’t wait for you guys to see in September! Sorry you have to wait that long!

Credits:
Black look:
jacket MARGIELA
skirt CHARLIE MAY
shoes TENZIG CHARKVIANI
White look:
plastic jacket MARGIELA
skirt MARGIELA
Polo neck AMERICAN APPAREL
shoes J JS LEE
Hair by Ayo Laguda using 3 more inches by Michael Van Clarke
Make-up by Ciara O’Shea using Nude Skincare and M.A.C Cosmetics
Hair assistant: Jessica Hurley

Model: Ebba Lidvall@FM 

ROSE RAIN


Wearing: Muriee knit, Complex Geometries skirt, Ann Demeulemeester boots, spiked ring and bracelet by Maria Francesca Pepe

Another rainy summer Sunday spent hiding in coffee shop, with much needed caffeine in hand, wearing my new favourite rose gold accessories and triple lace boots. I don’t mind the moody weather so much if it means I get to wear my favourite boots, all year round; – just not accompanied with an umbrella, a winter coat, sunglasses, and a bikini! Schizophrenic London, I still love you anyway. 

Photos by Alexxsia 

NAVY & BLACK


Wearing: Persol glasses, Theory dress from Farfetch, Ann Demeulemeester ankle boots, Dagmar cuff, rings by Backstage and Maria Nilsdotter

I bought this dress back when London was having an extreme heatwave in May;  my wardrobe is filled with separates to be layered up and mixed and matched, which is a nightmare when you just want to be cool and comfortable. I have very few dresses, so I decided to take action and buy this Theory dress from the Farfetch sale. I love the draped back, and the huge front pocket, also the awkward spacing between hem, leg and shoe. 

Photos by Kit Lee

BACK TO THE STUDIO

Beginning work in the studio for SS13 this week, with some of my favourite fabric swatches and colour inspirations; also a David Shrigley post card to keep me smiling. The easy part is designing what you want your collection to look like, as the reality is it’s been floating around in my head for months, I love choosing fabrics and textures, the most rewarding part is seeing the collection start to come together! With fashion week only two months away, it’s going to be a hectic period, with moving house – worst timing, redesigning the blog and pulling a collection out of thin air, but I’m excited to start a new chapter in my life. 

If you’ve been following my Pinterest boards, you might just have an inkling of what the collections going to look like; quite different I’m sure, but fresh and exciting as always!

CEREMONIAL DRESSING


Wearing: Charlie May dress, A.F. Vandevorst top, Acne shorts, Celine shoes, Naked Label captured necklace, Dominic Jones rings

It’s hard to have favourite piece after you make an entire collection, but this ‘ceremonial dress’ from my AW12 is a strong contender. It can be worn as a dress (with sash) - looks killer with a shirt underneath, or open as a summery jacket. It’s not often I get time to make actual pieces for myself but I’m planning on changing this. I think this is going to be a wardrobe staple for me from now on. 

This dress won’t be selling on Bengt in September, so if you would like to buy one, I’m happy to offer it at wholesale price. Just drop me an email at info(at)charlie-may.co.uk for more details.

Thanks to Jen for the photos! 

MEET MURIEE


Wearing: Muriee jumper, Ann Demeulemeester wrap skirt, Chloe sandals, Backstage rings, Helmut Lang cuff

Having recently discovered the brand Muriee, through countless encounters with Jen and some with Task PR, I’ve been obsessed ever since. This jumper is my favourite piece, minimal enough to wear effortlessly with anything and warm enough to combat London’s schizophrenic weather. I couldn’t believe they dye the cashmere using berries and leaves, totally amazing! They’re definitely an eco brand worth investing in.



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