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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?
designer feature, fall, UK designers
I love this collection so much! Charlotte Taylor is great. I also love that one of my favorite bloggers, Roz from Clothes, Cameras, and Coffee (http://clothescamerasandcoffee.blogspot.com/) is the model! 🙂
I actually checked out the Charlotte Taylor’s blog after I read this, and I was very upset. I don’t want to pick on her particularly (its a general problem) but the model for the spring-summer collection is taking the unfeminine look of female clothing models to an extreme. If you sell clothing to people using models that are at such an extreme end of the physical spectrum, your customers will feel like the clothing never looks on them the way it ‘ought to look’. This just destroys their confidence in themselves and their appearance, and is incredibly socially damaging. By all means take the photos for artistic purposes, but please also show us that your clothes can look amazing on someone with more average proportions!
The gramaphone dress is gorgeous! waaaant. Must check out this designer 🙂
Love the gram. dress…but it’s SO expensive!
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