It’s been a long time since I wore anything with a logo emblazoned across the front of it, but I instantly fell in love with the shape of this oversized sweatshirt by Acne, practising what I preach, you know? It’s also perfect for wind shielding, biking around East London to the studio, as I do everyday. As you saw on twitter this morning I actually fell off in the most dramatic way, the fantasy versus the reality – I am pretty clumsy so it’s useless trying to portray myself any other way!
This is also the first time I’m wearing these super chunky leather pants that I bought back in the summer.. ready for this moment. They remind me of heavy biker-wear, which I may need more of after this morning.. Hope you all have a good weekend!
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!
I think everyone needs a great leather skirt. I have a penchant for asymmetric skirts in general (see here, here or here..), I think they’re so flattering and add a bit ore interest design wise than just a plain mini. This definitely isn’t a design I’m planning on leaving behind; I think it still has some evolution to go and I’m already thinking of how I can transform it again for SS14. Every collection needs a great leather skirt!
One of my all time favourite images of my girl Sandra, wearing the Charlie May AW12 biker jacket and shirt dress outside the Topshop Unique show at LFW. Definitely the most exciting thing about being a designer is seeing real girls wearing your designs, looking so amazing and obviously feeling goood; so I’ve creating some new boards and albums (via Pinterest and Facebook) dedicated to Charlie May street style. I hope you’ll follow them and be as excited as me! I’ll also start posting more on here as they come up, because it’s not all about my outfits.
Please forward me all pictures of you guys wearing my label too!
Totally in love with the clean, edgy pre fall from Barbara Bui. It’s all about the head to toe leather. Apart from the footwear, I’ve never looked at that many of her collections; time to sit up and take notice, I think.
See more of my favourite pre fall on Pinterest.
I’m more excited that Autumn is here because it means I can start wearing my knee high boots again! I only own two pairs currently, which are these and my triple lace boots. There are so many amazing ones online at the moment, I thought I’d share with you my favourites!
I only recently found out that Hussein Chalayan was the creative director for PUMA! When choosing some pieces from the PHC collection I felt I couldn’t pass up these beautiful grey leather high tops, availably exclusively at the PUMA Carnaby Street store. Having a look through his past collections for the brand, it’s definitely the shoes that are continually catching my eye; minimal aesthetic but practical and comfortable, it’s a perfect match I think!
It’s so exciting for me to poke around a busy factory of such an established brand as Tusting; marvelling at all the different machines and jobs to complete one bag, making mental notes of the machine parts that I should be ordering for my studio; it all reassures me that I’m heading in the right direction for my own brand and excitingly, that I’ll have a factory of my own to poke around in one day. Don’t you love that each workspace had it’s own cheesy calendar? Anyway, getting a little off the point, Tusting is the second largest manufacturer in the UK, based in the small town of Bedfordshire, the workers even walk to work from the nearby village! They started their company by importing leather from india in the 1870′s and selling shoe soles to companies like Church’s -which they still do today; now they have been manufacturing bags for over 130 years, giving them a timeless quality and heritage.
They’re even involved with the young British design scene, helping Richard Nicoll design his bags for AW12, with Vodafone. I went to the breakfast launch just under a year ago to hear them talking about ‘an exciting new accessory’ to be debuted on the runway, so it was fun to see it come around full swing. The bags on the runway were all white and have a battery pack in the botton that can charge various devices, a pretty nifty idea in theory.
After we’d seen the factory, we went for lunch in the village pub where Tusting brought along some bags and leathers and we got to choose our own! I’m excited to show you the finished result when it arrives. We also got to discuss manufacturing in the UK and debate why it’s obviously so important for brands to start bringing their factories back. Ella told me that Burberry were planning on returning their factories to England, which would be amazing! Tusting’s largest export is Japan, where they go crazy for traditional Western products therefore they must be made in England; I would think this must fall on Burberry as well; when you sell your brand as heritage I think you subconsciously expect these products to be made in the original country, it’s time we all realised how much this isn’t happening and start bringing our brands back home.
No, it’s not a typo, I’m merely referencing a funny moment at fashion week where a street style photographer talking to Ivania and I said nice cultch! If you follow me on twitter I’m sure you’ll be aware of my love for this Philip Lim clutch bag, right from when it was £200 in Liberty to ultimate bargain of £30 on the Corner (sorry that the sale’s over now, I think it had to be the final reduction on the last few remaining). The design is so simple, with the leather folding in half to zip closed, revealing the navy neoprene on the outside. It could probably be used as an iPad case too, if I ever do get one.