During London Fashion Week in September I came across a new designer I had not heard of before. I was hugely impressed by the spring summer 13 collection from Charlie May – presented under the arches of the wine cellars at The Stafford hotel, London. A line of chalky whites and neutrals designed in achingly clean and cool silhouettes from luxe satin and velvet fabrics had me gushing.
May is both fashion designer and blogger, writing over at Girl A La Mode which she began in 2008 during her university studies. Obviously May wears many of her designs on her blog so do check it out. She’s also a huge fan of monochrome – and as a fan of monochrome is always a friend of mine, I find her autumn winter 2012 collection in this vein very exciting indeed with superb tailoring, draping and splashes of leather throughout.
Above is my favourite look. I’m a sucker for a high split! Below – a closer look at the shoes for the catwalk presentation, from Kat Maconie.
Image below: Another of my favourites: simple, clean, modern. Sunglasses were from Zan Zan Eyewear – I’m currently crushing on their Instagram feed (@ZanZanMan).
What surprised me here was the successful pairing of white and nude tones to striking effect. Although I may have to invest in a self tanner next summer so as not to look soooo pale*, I’d love to wear this combination below:
To view Charlie May’s previous collections visit her website. To read about the inspiration and preparations for the summer show have a read of Girl A La Mode. Thoughts, Blog Reader? Are you also a sucker for summer whites?
Photos: Charlie May / HPR London / Jennifer Inglis.
*Before you say anything Blog Reader, even with a tan I look pale. English rose all the way. And then come the freckles.