Ones to watch: Charlotte Taylor

By Andrea Petrou on September 29th, 2010 2 comments

By Emily Borrett.

At the “talent goldmine” that is Vauxhall Fashion Scout, Shiny Style interviewed Georgia Hardinge, Lilee and now quirky British designer Charlotte Taylor, graduate of Central St Martin’s and former employee of girl-tastic fashion brand Luella. So the girl has all her credentials in place.

When it comes to Charlotte Taylor’s work, don’t expect anything less that a lot of fun clothes – this is the girl whose last collection listed influences such as: “trashy grannies, penguins, old soap operas, moves and the eccentric within”. And eccentric she is – her SS2011 collection didn’t disappoint in the fun stakes. Her latest work featured velvet high-waisted hot pants, big industrial-looking pendants, yellow robot-print fabric and one very sweet powder-blue mini romper suit. When we met she was looking very elegant, despite being completely worn-out by the last-minute rush, and graciously answered our questions for us.

SS: Hi Charlotte. What was the inspiration behind your collection?

CT: The main inspiration behind it was vintage robots. I loved the idea of using a very rusty, metallic palette in both the clothes and the jewellery.

SS: Who are your favourite designers of the moment?

CT: I love Sonia Rykiel because her knits are just really fun. And Marc Jacobs too- everything about the brand is great.

SS: I read that you used to work for Luella – what was that like? What did it teach you?

CT: Working for Luella was fun, but mad. It taught me a lot about the industry and gave me the guts to do it on my own. I don’t actually think Luella’s brand dissimilar to my own, in that being British is a great factor in her design.

SS: Finally, who is your style icon?

CT: Oh, my granny. Definitely.

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