Instead of re-hashing what you’ve no doubt been reading, here’s an er… refreshingly casual catch-up between myself and the brains behind what’s bound to be one of ASOS’ best-sellers.
MM: Hi Carolyn! Hope you’ve been keeping well?
CM: Yes! Thank you x
MM: So delighted that you’re in the public eye once again! The collaboration looks incredible!
CM: Thanks – I’m so pleased with it. It’s nice to have been working on some anonymous stuff for a bit, but great to be able to do something we can shout about, and that people can buy into.
MM: This AW 2011 collection is the latest in a series of collaborations with ASOS – what brings you back to working with ASOS?
CM: I was approached by John Mooney – Head of Menswear at ASOS to do a collaboration with them a while ago. It’s actually been very collaborative, it’s nice to be so involved in the process.
^ Knitted jacket – £110
MM: What inspired the collection?
My usual gathering of images, but particularly a book that I picked up whilst away over New Year, City of Shadows: Sydney Police Photographs 1912-1948. Whenever I can, I try and pick up new books – it’s about finding new ways of researching. These photographs wern’t taken for a view on fashion, but that’s exactly what I like about them.
^ City of Shadows – Carolyn’s starting point for the collaboration
MM: Have you moved away from military influences to explore workwear in more depth?
CM: I think your research base has to evolve or it stagnates. I also get visually bored quite quickly.
^ Cotton bind t-shirt – £35
^ Fisherman’s jumper – £90
MM: What’s your favourite piece of the collection?
CM: I think the knits are pretty cool, and the shirting too.
^ Saddle sleeve jumper – £90