Ever since its debut at London Fashion Week in 2010, we’ve had our eye on UK label Charlotte Taylor. At the helm of the line are brother-sister design duo Charlotte and Ben Taylor, who share a serious knack for whimsical prints and feminine silhouettes that leave us swooning season after season. We caught up with Charlotte and Ben to find out more about the inspiration behind the Bluegrass is Greener Skirt, Hold the Gramophone Dress, and other hits from their Fall 2012 collection.
Their collection — named “Jamaica Inn,” after the gothic romance novel by Daphne du Maurier — was “inspired by a trip Charlotte took to Cornwall in the southwest of England with our dad,” says Ben. The real Jamaica Inn still stands in Cornwall today and is both the setting of the 1937 novel and the beginning of the story the Taylors wove throughout their collection. ”The three key inspirations are: piracy and smuggling, Cornish tin mining, and gypsy jazz.”
Charlotte designed the Hold the Gramophone Dress after being inspired by musical jam sessions in Cornish pubs, and took notes from music for the Bluegrass is Greener Skirt as well. “The banjo, the soundtrack to our childhood, adorns this playful yet elegant skirt,” Charlotte says, and suggests it “be worn with a cute tee and brogues or a silk blouse and stilettos. This color is so versatile; you’ll wear it all winter.”
We’ll certainly be adding these statement styles to our fall wardrobes. How would you style these quirky-cool clothes?