Category Archives: new labels

New label love: Charlotte Taylor

I love love love Lancashire-born, London-based designer Charlotte Taylor, who used to work with Luella. I’ve seriously not been this excited about a new label in ages. Penguin print? Cape dresses? Genious!

 

Oh those French

…have just launched another fashion label I rather like The Kooples– sleek, androgynous, a bit Sixties, a bit Seventies. Oh and rather interesting campaign using real couples to model the looks.

Stumbled upon: A.L.C.

Just discovered new label A.L.C by American designer Andrea Lieberman at Browns Fashion, tres chic.

LFW review: Masha Ma

I’m not feeling too terribly well so I’ve had to miss lots of LFW shows, however I did mange to go to Masha Ma, whose previous collection of vintage influenced, couture-style tailoring had really impressed me (read my interview with her here).

Sadly, I wasn’t quite so convinced by her SS11 collection – it felt like I’d seen it all before. With a very mute colour pallet of white, light blue, beige and silver, the collection focused on expertly cut, layered jackets and skirts, a look that was given some much needed edge by plenty of silver jewellery – worn to look like knuckle dusters –  and  body-cage like straps and belts also in silver or beige.

The layering was clever, the cutting perfect and yet, for me it was missing something. Perhaps because her woman – always futuristic, always somewhat anchored in the past – has somewhat lost her glamour.

all images Amelia Gregory via Amelia’s Magazine

Au naturale

I’ve recently become quite the fan of Andrea Garland and her fab beauty range.

Andrea began her journey into beauty with filling up old vintage tins with her homemade lip balm, and I’ve been a devotee ever since I came across her stall in Brick Lane’s Upmarket. She has now launched her own range of cleansers, creams and toners for the face and body, all using natural ingredients such as honey, rose and ginseng.

I particularly love the soothing Geranium & Lavendar Face Cream (£18), which leaves my super dry skin feeling silky and smooth.

Style High Club meets Masha Ma


When the look book by designer Masha Ma landed in my inbox I was instantly intrigued by her mixture of very structural, harsh and sensual, vintage-esque tailoring.

Masha Ma completed her MA in Women’s Wear at Central Saint Martins in 2008. Her MA collection was selected to show at London Fashion Week and subsequently bought by B store. Not surprisingly she has been featured everywhere from Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar to Another Magazine, Cosmopolitan, L’Officiel and Pop.

This season they showed during Paris Fashion Week and will be making their London debut for S/S11.

Here, I’ve caught up with Masha to find out more about her current resort collection:

What was the inspiration behind your current collection?

Masha Ma: The collection was inspired by Nancy Sinatra’s song, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. We used prints that had bullets on them and as embellishments, safety pins were used. We then used these elements in combination with soft feminine fabrics. A collection that was chic, yet had a touch of modern arrogance.

I really love your combination of tailoring and layers, very architectural and yet extremely sensual. How would you describe your approach to design?

Masha Ma:I always focus on the silhouette and how I can mould traditional shapes but maintain a level of seduction and desire. Semi-couture with designs that are bold yet intricate and focus on the unraveling of the female form.

My own personal style is heavily influenced by vintage, especially the late 30s and early 60s. Do past decades inspire you in your design process?

Masha Ma: In this collection I was heavily inspired by the 1950s, especially the silhouette. Although lately I have found myself trying to look forward instead of back, really focusing on what could be considered “futurism”.

What kind of woman do you see wearing your clothes?

Masha Ma: I see someone wearing my clothes that likes to dress in intelligent designs that are both elegant and sensual. She is a chic and modern woman, and without shouting for attention, looks for that extra bit of ‘je ne sais quoi’.

Where do you see yourself and Masha Ma in 5 and in 10 years time?

Masha Ma:Ha! At this point in time its hard to look beyond October.

 

Where the wild things are

I randomly met a girl yesterday (yeah I’m not good with names) who told me about her job at concept store Wolf & Badger. Wolf & Badger essentially rents out space for up and coming fashion and homeware designers to sell their products at the shop at Notting Hill’s prime location, Ledbury Road and online.

My number one discovery from from the online shope is definitely US-based designer Chelsea Rebelle, I mean bows, peter pan collars, sculpted dresses – heaven!

Wooster light by Jake Phipps, £175.00

Alex dress by Chelsea Rebelle, £495

Peterpan top by Chlesea Rebelle, £125

Abanico necklace by Michal Lerman, £330

images: wolfandbadger.com