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August 30 2014

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It’s Easy Being Green With Charlotte Olympia

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Holy smokes—flats? That was the scuttlebutt at the tea party for Charlotte Olympia on Tuesday, where a few pairs of flat-as-can-be sandals were displayed alongside the vertiginous wedges and platform heels upon which the London-based brand has made its name. According to designer Charlotte Dellal, the introduction of flat styles was inspired by the fact that everyone goes flat in summer. “Even I like a flat,” she admitted as guests perused the Charlotte Olympia shoes over finger sandwiches and macaroons. “It’s warm out. You’re walking everywhere.” Dellal is also introducing non-platform pumps and peep-toe, T-strap heels this season, which speaks to both the expansion and the refinement of the five-season-old label. But even those girls committed to skyscraping height will find plenty in the new collection. Dellal worked up a foliage theme with leaves of leather and a silk garden print. “I was going to do an all-green collection,” she said. “My grandmother used to say, everything goes with green. It’s like, if you think about flowers, they come in all colors but the stems are always green.” Thought for the day: Green is nature’s black.

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