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LFW Show Report: Charlie May AW14


Each season Charlie May keeps on growing, she is still relatively new to this fashion business but I love how she really does play on her minimal and androgynous aesthetic each season. Autumn/winter 2014 really does feel like a continuation of her SS14 sporty and minimal vibe, last season there were a lot of metallics, this season it has a stronger vibe with a black, white and navy colour palette.

I love that the key to Charlie’s collection is simplicity, the simplicity in the silhouettes, the colour palette, the selection of pieces, there is always a really cohesive vibe from her collections. Last season I was blown away by the cracked silver foil effect metallic pieces, this time around I am in love with the sculpted knitted tops and skirts.

Highlights for me had to be the nearly floor-length cosy coats, the huge roll neck sweaters, the ripped jeans at the knee and the voluminous skirts – now if only I was cool enough to wear it all!!!

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LFW SS14: Charlie May – A Designer To Watch


When discussing fashion designer/blogger Charlie May’s spring/summer 2014 collection I found myself repeating the phrases “minimal perfection” and “androgynous vibes”, which is fast becoming her signature aesthetic.

For SS14 there seemed an inherent confidence about Charlie May’s designs, keeping to her minimal aesthetic with a muted colour palette, sleek lines, and exquisite tailoring, while working textures including layered mesh fabric and cracked leather, as well as adding in vibrant metallic touches with holographic silver and a gorgeous blush pink hue.

Charlie’s inspiration was to her youth, mixing her nostalgia of the nineties with her tomboy roots and I loved the sporty vibes with the mesh layered dresses to the slouchy jumpsuit – but for me the highlight of this collection has to be the metallic pieces – that blush pink is divine and the dress with the cracked silver foil effect is incredible.

Everything about this collection was thought out and executed perfectly – from the oversized dresses with the raw edges to the sexy/sporty slips and the chic cropped leather jacket and matching pencil skirt. Each piece went perfectly with her gorgeous white slip on brogue that she has collaborated with Hudson shoes on.

I love that each season Charlie keeps on growing and for me she is a designer with a great future ahead of her. If you aren’t aware of Charlie May – head on over to her amazing blog – Girl a la Mode – get a behind-the-scenes look at her fashion label as well as her incredible style posts.

Do you like the look of Charlie May’s spring/summer 2014 collection?

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LFW SS14: Day 3 – Princess Gowns, Donna Ida & Lulu Guinness

LFW-Day-3-highlight-2Sunday, the hump day of London Fashion Week, it is always the day I feel shattered after two days full of shows, but I always get up to head out to support fellow blogger Charlie May and see the gorgeous red carpet beauties from Temperley London, and one day I hope to add Mulberry, Topshop Unique and Mary Katrantzou to the list.

LFW-Day-3-highlight-3First up was Charlie May, presented at the St Martins Lane hotel it was all very civilised, no queuing up in the cold, no instead we were asked to relax in the bar area before being seated. The show itself was amazing, more to come in a separate blog post, but it was minimal and sleek with metallic touches and the shoes in collaboration with Hudson were incredible.

From there it was a trip back to The Apartment, it is so lovely having somewhere to chill between shows and this gorgeous apartment overlooking Covent Garden is out-of-this-world. Today, I chatted with the Pinterest guys, I love their fashion week hub and it was nice to be able to say thank you for including me, I also got some tips on how to improve my boards and how people are using the site, if you guys are interested I will put together a tip sheet on how to get the most out of the site.


I then did a quick photoshoot with Little Black Dress, strangely not wearing black but purple, for their website, before heading out the door to Temperley London, which was being staged in the ballroom at The Savoy. With a packed front row of Anna Kendrick, Paloma Faith, Jodi Kidd and Pixie Lott the show was fashionably 30 minutes late, which meant that the guys rushing off to Topshop even planned their escape routes, I kid you not!

LFW-Day-3-highlight-1The show itself was magical, filled with incredible princess gowns made for the red carpet and dreaming of award shows – here’s hoping that Hollywood stylists see the beauty of the collection and call the pieces in. It would be nice to see some of the gowns at the up-coming Emmys.

It seems weird that my last show of the day was before 5pm but it was nice to go home eat proper food, see my boyfriend, stroke my cats and crack on with my work – I currently have over a thousand pictures to go through.


For day 3 my outfit was all abut my new jeans from Donna Ida, my new love of animal print, and my need to find an outfit to go with this quirky kitty cat hat from Claire’s. First up lets discuss these jeans, they are Ida by Donna Ida, yep the queen of jeans has her own collection and they are amazing. Not only are my Mabel’s the best fitting skinnies I have ever had, but they have received so many complements that I feel amazing wearing them.

LFW-Day-3-My-Style-2 LFW-Day-3-My-Style-4As my Mabel’s are ankle grazing skinnies I paired them with my animal print Ugg Australia loafers, which surprised everyone when I told them who they were by, and to keep the leopard print going I also carried my new Lulu Guinness Izzy satchel that I spent the day protecting from the rain as it is too pretty to get wet!!!

My Style: Mabel skinny jeans, Ida by Donna Ida (c/o) // Black shirt, River Island // Blazer, Dorothy Perkins // Leopard print loafers, UGG Australia (c/o) // Izzy satchel, Lulu Guinness (c/o) // Kitty hat, Claire’s (c/o – the LFW Apartment) // Glasses, Retro54 (c/o) // Gold necklace, New Look //

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Like with Day 1 and Day 2 – I have put together a highlight reel using HTC Zoe on my HTC One – just check out all those amazing dress at Temperley London:

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LFW SS13: Day 3 – A Flash Of Colour, Blogger Love and A Balcony View

Sunday’s are always the hardest, two days of back-to-back shows and I am a little tired and all I want to do is snooze, but today I dragged my arse out of bed in the name of fashion. Today was a little quieter for me, it was mainly about catching up on work, supporting a fellow blogger, and then ending the day with a flurry of red carpet dresses from Alice Temperley.

First stop of the day and the reason for my early start was The Apartment for the Vodafone breakfast, it was really nice meeting the PR and marketing team, finding out about their new London Fashion Week app, fingers crossed they release it for next fashion week as it looked cool, and also talking about plans for the Mary Katrantzou partnership, which is still very much at the early conversation stage. If Richard Nicoll’s rechargeable bag is anything to go by it is going to be great.

Then it was off to support Charlie May, an uber-stylish blogger in her first catwalk show. Last season Charlie did a presentation which I sadly missed but this was an intimate catwalk show like no other I had ever been too. The wine cellars of the Stafford Hotel venue was incredible, it was so adorable it only had three rows on one side and the runway could only fit one model down at a time, which was better for us as once down they played statues and it looked amazing.

My pictures aren’t amazing, but the collection was minimalist with incredible tailoring for such a young designer, and my highlight had to be the finale light caramel evening gown its leather bodice and wrap skirt was gorgeous. Oh, and I can’t forget the accessories, incredible Kat Maconie shoes and quirky retro sunglasses from Zan Zan – Charlie May is definitely a name for the future.

A quick stop back at The Apartment for food, you could tell it was Wagamamas day as the place was packed. A snack, a read of The Daily, and a peak on social media sites and I was back out the door to Temperely London.

I was super excited about seeing the Temperley London show, more so when I found out my view was the amazing balcony at Grant Connaught Rooms along with my blogger pals. It was great seeing a show straight on, literally we were above the photography pit and it was amazing seeing Alice Temperley’s spring/summer 2013 collection.

Entitled “return to elegance” it certainly was gorgeous, I loved the nipped in waists, the sheer panels, the bee-keeper hats, and the printed dresses. This collection I am sure will be hitting press promo tours very soon and of course will be seen shortly on the brand’s most famous un-official ambassador the Duchess of Cambridge.

Looking for my flash of colour from my look of the day? Well, I am going to own up, I totally forgot to take it. I don’t know what happened, but trust me it wasn’t black, it was actually bright orange.