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!
The new website is officially live! I’ve been threatening to do a huge giveaway for a while now, so here it is. I know it won’t disappoint! I’m so excited to have teamed up with hair giants, Bumble and bumble, to offer some pretty uhhmazing stuff. I always use their products for my shows and editorial shoots, so it made total sense to team up with them for my first giveaway for the new site, and with items I use on a daily basis.
There are two sets of prizes, first is the Charlie May ostrich leather tee with Bumble and bumble quenching shampoo and conditioner, thickening creme and surf spray (This is available worldwide!). And, the second is two tickets to see our catwalk show at London Fashion Week, 15th September! As well as Bumble and bumble Mending shampoo and conditioner, surf spray and texture creme (this is available to UK residents only who are in London for fashion week.) Unfortunately I cannot provide travel!
All you have to do is sign up to our newsletter and follow Girl a la Mode on BlogLovin’. Just leave a comment below to say which prizes you’re going for (you can vote for both!) Competition will close on Wednesday morning, along with the free worldwide shipping for the new site. I wish you all good luck!
So London FASHUN week is just around the corner, show being 9 days and counting WHAT! I thought I would share some of my inspiration for the season, the mood and colour palette from the collection comes from these dramatic volcanic images, so maybe you can get an inkling of what the collection will be like.
Are any of you on Vine yet? I know everybody’s been going on about it but I’m excited to share with you some behind the scenes videos on the run up to the show. You’ll be seeing castings, fittings, backstage dramas (hopefully not too many..) Sometimes videos can be so much better than a little snapshot I think – sorry instagram.
You can find me on Vine at @charliemay
Love this photo Jen took of me during LFW, I could be a super hero! …Or maybe just a flasher.
Looking back at LFW this season it wasn’t about the shows, the collections or getting street style snapped outside somerset house; but about catching up with friends, going out to party and eating A LOT of food!
The further I get into my design career the more I realise that some things have to be left behind and fashion week is going to be one of them, obviously I’m going to be involved in it myself, showing a collection takes so much out of you that I realised after this season that I didn’t have the energy to run to shows, take street style snaps or even have a good time. So I opted for my bed, only venturing out to try new restaurants or fun parties and most importantly seeing close friends for a catch up and a gossip.
There was a party in all our pants on the night of the Björn Borg event, held in the disused Battersea Power Station, the old building loomed above us as we danced under the strobe lights. It was probably the most insane party I’ve ever been too, the catering itself was amazing, all parties should have a hot food bar! I’d never had the chance to try oysters before which was a treat, my favourite had to be the rare beef with red current jam though, yumyum. We sat on the giant beds, with our cocktails watching the models run around having pillow fights and jumping in the hot tubs, before joining the glow in the dark fashion show. The party got a little insane with Alexxsia and Michael magicking up a mini bar at the end of the catwalk with conveniently found bottles of Cointreau and mixers, until Coco Sumner and Robyn came on (Coco Sumner has to be the next Charlie May girl right?) for an awesome duet set. We danced all night until the lights came up and the bar was dry.
The whole night was pretty amazing and the perfect way to kick off London Fashion Week! Maybe even made the week feel boring after having so much fun.. It was great seeing friends Alistair, Matthew, Michelle and Nik and well as BFFs forever Michael, Lex and Jen. Thanks to Lex for letting me pinch a few photos too!
Despite going through a time lapse and nearly missing this presentation all together (totally blaming my fashion week fried egg brain), I luckily arrived in time to see all the beautiful new pieces Zana and Thomas had slugged to London. It was pretty awesome to be able to try everything on and have a tutorial from the harness goddess herself! New favourite is the white harness that doubles up as a back spine/front spine/belt/you name it; it’s pretty awesome being able to clip it up in different ways and wear it how you love it most. There was also a face harness that Zana custom made for Love magazine, as well as a new moulded leather rose headband; which is pretty striking and quite unlike anything else she’s done before. I’m pretty in love with that canary bra harness too, could anything be more awesome!?
One thing is clear my leather collection is going to be doubling pretty soon.
It was so nice being able to finally meet and hang out with one of my favourite blogging ladies, I guess I’ll have to go and invade new York turf soon.
So in love with these thick wool Acne trousers I picked up at the last sample sale, I don’t think I’ve had the chance to put them on the blog and LFW seemed like the perfect time. LFW has been totally distorted for me this year, struggling between going to the shows as usual or staying in bed and recovering from the presentation that happened on Saturday, I think I opted for the last option on most days and it will probably get more and more that way each season. But that’s ok as my brand is so much more exciting!
MAGGIE from Love Scrapbook!
Congratulations on winning some cool new sunnies in time for Spring!
My first interview since launching my S/S 12 collection went live on 1883 Magazine yesterday. So exciting!