Thursday, 22 September 2011

Amelia's Magazine loveliness

Huge thanks to the Lovely Amelia's Magazine and wonderful Miranda Williams for their delectable post on our SS12 collection. Equally lovely illustrations compliment the fab article...

Have a gander here....

Thank you so much! Cxx

Saturday, 17 September 2011


Spring / Summer 2012

The Lookbook

I hope you like it :) xx

SS12 - the prep and the photoshoots

Getting carried away with Bonsai trees and Kaleidoscopes - exciting times!

So the fabric arrives, we make the collection and before we know it its time for the photoshoot and also Short film - which we are doing with the wonderful and infinitely talented HarrimanSteel.

The beginning - the fabrics on my pattern cutting table before sampling begins....

The SS12 team consists of The Harriman Steel team - Produced by Beth McQueen.

Fifi - the wonderful model from Models 1. Also from the Isle of Wight = she is ace.

Camilla - Hair and Make-up extraordinaire who has worked with me from the beginning.

Katie Mills - best intern ever who has now unfortunately left. :( :(

Claire Pepper - Photographer and filmographer (is this a word?) legend. Who has put up with my random requests for 4 seasons now and still smiles and produces legendary shots and footage. Basically she is my hero.

Sophie Harris - Greenslade - OMG...Sophie does the best Nail art in the world - FACT!

Shoes provided by non other than Charlotte Olympia - Us Charlottes sticking together....fashioned here by one of our Origami Penguins, who unfortunately were cut from the shoot. We have made up for it with some on location shots for you below which set the mood....

We are family....

Hans Solo - at least he's not in Australia...

Delusions of grandeur....

Lunch Time - on a diet for fashion week...

Hair and Make-up - its all about the red lip

Napping in the make-up case...riiight

Shoe fetish - well who wouldn't with these..

Mario Testiono watch out..

Back to nature...not quite Antarctica...

Anyway a little insight in our random world and wonderful Photoshoot and Short Film.

Massive thanks to the team, who i'm sure you will agree went above and beyond this season.

Big love C xx

Farewell fair Isle

Its time to move up to the smoke, say farewell to the folks and the Isle of Wight - its a huge step for us and the business but my oh my what a heart wrench.

Saying good -bye to our dad was pretty tough. We're all a bunch of softies and we see each other all the time but having spent two years living and working from home I have become closer to my folks each day. I reference my father in particular as mum (who is equally awesome) works in London every week so I see her on a regular basis....Dad is rarely let off the island for fear of his own safety (and others) ....all pretty girls at London Fashion Week yesterday probably can relate to this and I apologize on his behalf - again!

The cat tried to make a break for freedom in our van and the dog wouldn't even make eye contact - the depths of depression :(

One last cuddle before off..

However - onwards and upwards. By the time we reached London both Ben and I had stopped our wailing (just kidding, it was only a mild sniffle) and were super excited about the new studio and the world of possibility that lay in front of us (fickle I know - sorry dad).

Ben had been up a couple of days before to lay the floor and transform the studio from this:

To this....

This is a half way finished picture. Ben and his gal Camilla spent days painting and cleaning and then Ben lay the black and white floor, which we love (partly assisted by my fella, not known for his DIY skills - who added, lets say some "character" to the straight lines and neat edges...)But on the whole a pretty stella job done all round :)

Our visionary and enterprising Fashion Design operation now runs from a fantastic old BBC building In White City, London which has been taken over by the lovely JP Creative. They have turned the old Building into a creative hub for arty industries, with a great community and work environment. We love it.

We are now fully settled in and it is suitably lived in already. I have an ability to make anywhere seem like I have been there for years. I never know whether this is a complement or a hint at my "creative" untidiness!