Recently I did a guest blog post for Young British Designers on Olivia Rubin (see here!!!) Well in return I was sent by the lovely Debra from YBD a Charlotte Taylor scarf from her A/W10 collection. I am in love with it!! I also adore the rest of the collection - in particular the outfit on the postcard!! Charlotte Taylor has just been announced as one of Vauxhall Fashion Scouts One to Watch! Soooo watch this space...
The inspiration of her A/W10 collection is an eclectic mix of trashy grannies, penguins, old soap operas, movies and the eccentric within. It is a very bold, bright and elegant collection with interesting lines and seaming and a quirky penguin print. Charlotte Taylor is a Central Saint Martins graduate and has previously worked with Luella - a designer I might add that I also admire. I asked Charlotte what her next collection will bring...
'S/S11 sees Charlotte's inspirations transgress into another weird and wonderful combination. Vintage Robots, Sail making, and copper and rust provide the catalyst for Charlotte's second collection. Expect unusual fabric combinations and heaps of colour. It's quirky, British, elegant and most importantly it's fun.'
I think this is why I am so drawn to Charlotte's work, I really enjoy quirky British-ness and the unexpected in fashion. It is what I tried to draw on when designing my BA final collection.
I also asked Charlotte how she starts to design a collection.
'I always pick 3 topics and research them into the ground. They are then pinned to giant boards and placed around the studio. I then sit and draw and draw and draw. Don't ask me how I come up with the themes it just kinda comes to me over the months leading up to it...'
I would love to be able to see her studio space. I can imagine it is fascinating with those large boards of inspiration all over.
I am really looking forward to the new collection! Roll on S/S11 collections Please!!!
Photographs of Charlotte's collection have come from her blog. Photographer is Claire Pepper, Stylist is Ellie Cumming, Hair and make-up by Camilla Hewitt and Model Rachel Cockerell at Models 1
Fashion Fantasist xx
ps Thank you Debra for the lovely scarf etc! :) x