Charlie May displayed her Autumn/Winter 14 collection in an all-white showspace at the Oxo Tower, South Bank. Upon arrival guests were surprised with a white, square box containing a tasty crodough from the Rinkoff Bakeries inside. For those of you wondering what a ‘crodough’ is, it’s a mix between a croissant and donut, something I’d never come across before!

May took inspiration from her hometown, Devon, for this collection, focusing on the rugged, windswept environment. Models hair was swept to one side and make up was pale and fresh-faced. Textures from the landscapes were reflected in the Monglian fur and pony skin used within the collection.

Interest was created in the garments through the details from small tucks at the neckline to exaggerated, long ribbed sleeves and oversized roll necks. Refined, panelled outerwear was worn over cosy knit and paired with wide leg trousers, giving off an overall effortless look.

Some interesting pieces included skirts with structured mesh overlayers, oversized fur cuffs and trousers with slits across the knees. The outfits were completed with white, chunky, tread sole trainers and schoolboy felt hats in collaboration with milliner, Gigi Burris.

The overall look was minimalist with clean lines and monochromatic colour scheme juxtaposed with navy. The fit was relaxed with the use of soft tailoring, giving off a slight androgynous feel.

Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @Sunna_Naseer
Images: Sunna Naseer

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