Monthly Archives: September 2013

ETHEREAL BEAUTY

Erin OConnor you magazine


Featuring: Erin O’Connor in September’s You magazine, wearing the Charlie May AW13 sheer panel dress

Major girl crush, Erin O’Connor seen here wearing my AW13 sheer panel dress for the latest issue of You magazine. So stunned, every designer wants to have their pieces worn by top supermodels and this is my very first encounter of what a girl like Erin can transform your pieces into. In love really.

Buy the AW13 sheer panel dress here.

THE MATTE CROC TOTE


Wearing: Ann Sofie Back coat, Jaeger knit, Zara trousers, Kurt Geiger heels, Alexander Wang skeletal tote, Backstage rings.

Back from a relaxed two days in Devon, with nothing else on the agenda except roaming the hills and ingesting much home cooking. Now I’m back in the studio and readying up for Fridays trip to Paris fashion week! Getting way excited about it; although I doubt that excitement will translate if you happen to see me in person on that 5am Eurostar..

I’ll no doubt be taking this beautiful new skeletal tote from Farfetch to Paris, how could I not? The matte croc has me swooning every time I pull it out, although as I’m used to tiny bags it still only ever seems to have my phone and wallet inside! Otherwise on the London front, getting used to layering again, taking out my old trusty 5 sizes too big Ann Sofie Back coat, worn with pinstripe and some special pointy toed Kurt Geiger beauties. 

 

BACKSTAGE AT CHARLIE MAY SS14




Charlie May SS14 at 
St Martins Lane

I love looking back at these photos and reliving the moment of being backstage at St Martins Lane last Sunday. Most of the event goes by in a blur and in no time at all, so it’s nice to have these as evidence! Last minute finishing touches to be done, hair and make up prepped as well as running through the outfits one more time and making any last minute changes, all in just two hours. You can see more close ups of the collection on 1883 mag too, and of course my fashion week Pinterest collaboration board. What an amazing show, and made so much more enjoyable by my amazing team and St Martins Lane, the perfect show location for SS14! 

Photos by Joseph Piper (colour) and Jay McLaughlin (B&W)

THE POST FASHION WEEK SLOUCH


Wearing: IRO top and Labolsina bag from Girissima, Hudson Jeans, Topshop shoes, Acne sunglasses and MIRLO jewellery

Catching up on life after the show on Sunday, waking up early just to take Kobi for a walk in the peace and quiet without a lint roller or steam iron in sight! Haha just kidding – I’m already back in the studio and extremely happy with all the positive feedback! Already preparing my extensive behind the scenes post coming up next.. but first we need to catch up on all the shopping I’ve been doing since about two weeks ago..

I discovered Girissima recently and fell in love with the range of top european brands they house. I’ve already got my eyes on this camo Equipment blouse (print usually isn’t for me but Christopher Kane seems to have got me feeling otherwise). In the meantime I went for this super easy IRO padded tee and roomy Labolsina bag which is helpful for storing hats and scarves for when the weather turns. More to come from my midnight shopping habits but looking forward to posting regularly again, hope you missed me!

CHARLIE MAY SS14


Charlie May SS14 shown at St Martins Lane hotel yesterday / LFW DAY 3.

Eh voila! The collection I’ve been working so hard on the last few months and the reason this blog has become a bit of a desert wasteland the last week and a half! So super excited about the show yesterday, everything went perfectly and I loved every second of it. More backstage imagery to come and if you want to see more, I’m updating my London Fashion Week Pinterest collaboration board with any show pictures I find, and it went live on VOGUE.COM if you want that super close zoom too. 

Thank you to my amazing team credited below, and to everyone who made the show possible!

Styling and Casting by Nobuko Tannawa / Hair by Mari Ohashi / Make Up by Thom Walker / Shoes are Hudson For Charlie May SS14 / Catwalk imagery by Christopher Dadey

A DIY WITH PARK & CUBE



One of my favourite classic minimalistic pieces to make is the wrap skirt, as seen in my S/S12 and S/S13 collections, it’s ease of use and make, makes it a summer staple for me. I teamed up with Shini to show her exactly how you can easily make one yourself at home, with this super simple DIY using leftover mint velvet from my SS13. To see even more of the steps, visit her blog for the full article.

(The gist)

You will need: Fabric, half a metre is enough, scissors, sewing machine, pins, an iron and ironing board.

- To make the ties, cut two long strips about 50cm long and cut down into four. Fold in on itself, pin and iron before stitching along the edge to keep it neat.

- Measure around your waist and add for the wrap, about 20cm should be enough.

- Whilst the fabric is wrapped around you, place the ties at the very end of the top wrap layer and where is meats the fabric below, place the other two on the opposite side to stop the under skirt from slipping when wearing. Sew these on with a square stitch and when wearing, double knot to finish.

Definitely show me when you’re finished! I’d love to see the different finishes and fabrics you guys put to this. It’s very easy and casual, it would look amazing as a long skirt as well as a mini too!

Photos by Shini

NOTION



Absolutely love this Notion editorial featuring the grey leather trousers from my AW13! Super beautiful worn with a loose knit; I might have to copy this look very very soon. Fashion week is less than a week away, with NYFW already kicking off yesterday. The SS14 show is one week tomorrow, which explains the lack of posts on this blog. So many apologies but it’s going to be so worth it!

Congratulations to Laurie and Charlotte  who are the winners of the Charlie May AW13 giveaway! I will definitely be doing more in the future, so make sure to keep a look out.

 

THE PINSTRIPE


Wearing: Claudia Ligari bomber, Sandro top, Zara trousers, Céline shoes, Backstage ID chain.

We’ve all been obsessing over the Stella McCartney pinstripe, adding key pieces from the collection into our fantasy shopping baskets and wishing we could just hit the ORDER button. Oh you haven’t? Well I seem to be doing that quite a lot lately! Especially this stripe knit that I am head over heels in love with. These Zara pants have me satisfied for now, they are the perfect balance of chic, comfortable and can be worn with loose jumpers and ugly sandals and still look good.

These photos were taken during the golden hour of a very long Sunday afternoon last week, spent working on the new site with Shini (I owe all the beautiful aesthetics of the site down to her). Also many hours spent watching cult nineties/noughties movies, whilst stuffing Haribo into our mouths. So happy with the website and thank you to those of you who have already put through an order. Don’t forget to enter the competition in the post below to own a piece of AW13 if you haven’t already, choosing a winner on Wednesday! 

Photos by Shini


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