Models backstage in Charlie May AW14 show
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You may know her as a chic fashionista from the loved Girl a la Mode that is Favorited by Marie Claire to Who What Wear or maybe by her self-titled label Charlie May. Graduating from UWE, Bristol in 2010 the young British designer has taken her fashion label to its fifth season that showcased at the 2014 London Fashion Week. Her love for minimalistic details and androgynous notions in her garments has become the designer’s renowned motif. Although Miss May has already worked in collaboration with envious fashion giants Yoox.com, Harvey Nichols, PUMA, and Farfetch through her blogging skills, her label has gained the same fame and notoriety with her garments gracing the pages of Hunger magazine, Vogue Italia and In Style magazine just to name a few.
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When looking at her designs it is clear to see the chic correlation between her time interning with British designer Thomas Tait. With clean-cut lines blended into muted palettes on each piece she presents, this design aesthetic is also an intrinsic part of Charlie’s style. As she told blogger Bella Bluelf when expressing her idea of style “Quite minimal and clean but tailored as well. I believe a woman looks more chic when she is comfortable with herself so don’t choose shoes you can’t walk in or a skirt that’s too short because it will show. Just be comfortable with who you are!” (Read the full interview here on Bella Bluelf’s blog)
Charlie utilizes natural silks, wools, leathers and plays on their texture to structure each garment in her collections. This attention and in depth understanding of fabrications helped her gain rave reviews with her Spring Summer 2012 collection, with fashionistas loving the mix of nude, white and blacks from the young designer. The chic and sleek garments were shown at the Soho Collective during London Fashion Week, Fashion Blogger Take Out in Couture described the presentation as “a very laid-back vibe .. . Guests mingled and sipped on cocktails provided by Patrón, stopping to take photographs of each of the pieces on the models.” (Read the full review here on Fashion Blogger Take Out in Couture here)
Models showcasing Charlie Mays SS 2012 Collection
When speaking with online emerging designer website Not Just a Label, Charlie spoke about how she was also hugely influenced by “Belgium as a country and by its designers. I’m a huge fan of Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Ackermann, I think their work is so moving. I also love visiting Brussels and Antwerp and go twice a year.” (See more about the interview here)
She manages to inject her style influence into each collaboration she approaches, in her recent project she paired with Hudson shoes creating a sleek white minimalist shoe (seen here on Hudson.com). The collaboration range launched early 2014 with the designer over the moon about working with the London label when speaking to Twin Factory “I was really excited to work with Hudson as I love what they do, and am so keen to move into footwear and accessories myself.” (read the full interview with Twin Factory here) Charlie isn’t new to working with other labels and their designers, as she previously worked with British bag designer Danielle Foster on her Autumn/Winter 2013 collection. Producing a simply irresistible collection that ranged from bags to studded bracelets as seen below.
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