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Charlotte Olympia’s Miami Vice

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“Even if you have the most sober outfit, an amazing pair of shoes and accessories will really perk things up,” Charlotte Dellal tells Style.com at the British Institute of Architects, where she presented her Spring ’12 Charlotte Olympia collection. The Miami Art Deco setting provided a perfect background for the collection as models traipsed around wearing shoes embellished with shells, pearls, and appliquéd leaves.

But it wasn’t just the shoes the crowd, which included Natalie Massenet, Anna Dello Russo, and model Portia Freeman (the face of the campaign), was fixated on—it was the clothes, too. Trying to identify the designer, they suggested they might be Issa or Temperley, but in fact, the dresses and swimsuits were by Charlotte herself. “I knew what I wanted to go with the shoes, so I thought I would just do the clothes myself and got a seamstress to help me realize my vision,” she said of her first foray into designing womenswear. “I hope it works.”

On top of finishing the shoe and clothing collection, she had a baby just a few weeks ago. Few would have guessed it. Dellal, with a nipped-in waist and no bags under her eyes, let us in on the secret: “I can’t take the credit—it’s shapewear and a maternity nurse.”

Photo: Jorge Herrera / Getty Images

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