April 19 2014

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With an Assist From Lena Dunham, Isa Arfen Has Arrived


YASMIN SEWELL AND SERAFINA SAMAFor an up-and-coming label like Isa Arfen, dressing the biggest television star of the moment is a game-changer. So when Lena Dunham appeared last week wearing the “eye” shift dress on the red carpet in Hollywood for the Television Academy’s “An Evening With Girls,” designer Serafina Sama said it was her “second dream come true.”

Her first dream? “Working with The Shop at Bluebird.”

Despite being on the scene just shy of two years, Sama (Isa Arfen is an anagram of her full name) has become known for her use of texture, color, and volume. The digitized eye was her first experimentation with print, and she knew from the onset who she wanted to collaborate with: “Marcela Gutiérrez was my fellow classmate at Central Saint Martins, and she had such a talent for print she moved from fashion to illustration. She is really gifted at portraiture, with a focus on the eye, so it was natural for us to work on that and draw it out.”

Sama created two eye pieces—culottes (£420) and a skirt (£635)—exclusive to The Shop at Bluebird, one of London’s most underappreciated retail concept stores (but perhaps not for long, as its online launch begins next week). “I not only love their edit of designers,” said Sama, “but also the way they curate furniture and art. I can easily lose hours in the shop, wandering around.”

Last night at Bluebird, Charlotte Dellal, Yasmin Sewell, and more turned up for a preview of Isa Arfen’s AW 2014 collection. Sama explained how Dunham’s eye dress came to be: “It was originally a little cropped top, but Lena thought it was too short for her, so I basically made it into a dress in two days, sent it out, and crossed my fingers.” Dreams, apparently, come true sometimes. Twice.

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Made to Measure: Charlotte Olympia’s Craft-Inspired Capsule


Charlotte Olympia

When it comes to quirky, thematic accessories, Charlotte Olympia has the market tapped. For Christmas, designer Charlotte Dellal whipped up a pair of jingle-bell platforms; on Valentine’s Day, it was suede-heart-appliquéd pumps; and for shoppers with a year-round sweet tooth, a gilded gummi-bear-shaped clutch. In the spirit of fashion week (which is basically a holiday in our books), Dellal was inspired by the detail and craftsmanship that go into each new collection. “I took inspiration from a vintage sewing box with needle and thread embroidery, gold loose buttons, and a measuring tape,” Dellal told The capsule, titled “Shear Delight,” includes the classic “Kitty” flat, this time with gold buttons for eyes; a black “Pandora” box clutch with a measuring-tape-printed insert; and chunky wedges featuring a spool of thread looped around the base. Debuting exclusively here, the range is a little bit meta and long on charm—we wouldn’t expect anything less.

The Charlotte Olympia Shear Delight collection will be available exclusively at beginning March 3.

Baby, What’s Your Sign?


Charlotte Olympia's Eastern Cosmic CollectionNew year, new shoes. Just in time for 2014, Charlotte Olympia’s Charlotte Dellal is releasing the latest addition to her Cosmic Collection: a full range of colorful kicks ($795) and matching minaudières ($1,195) dedicated to the Chinese zodiac. The flats—which, along with the clutches, debut exclusively here—are each garnished with gilded, Swarovski Crystal-embellished zodiac symbols (FYI, 2014 is the Year of the Horse), and trimmed with red silk Chinese cords. What’s more is that each pair comes with a zodiac book, so you can learn just what your totem animal says about you. “I’ve always been interested in all things mystical,” offered Dellal of her inspiration. “As with most of my collections, the zodiac is a topic that could easily be adapted into a large dose of fun whilst still being quite classic.” So what’s the designer’s sign? “When I was younger, I remember my father telling me I was a rooster, like him, which I found amusing, as I have always liked chickens,” she recalled. “Apparently, roosters are perfectionists who like to be in control and take pride in their appearance, which half sums me up.”

Charlotte Olympia’s Eastern Cosmic Collection will be available for pre-order from December 28 at

Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Olympia

Solange Azagury-Partridge’s Mayfair Metamorphosis


Solange Azagury-Partridge's new storeFlying under the Frieze radar last night was jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge, who threw a little soirée to celebrate both the opening of her eclectically designed new shop on Carlos Place in London’s Mayfair neighborhood and the launch of her five-piece collection Metamorphosis.

Attendees included Suzy Menkes, Laura Bailey, and Charlotte Dellal, with whom Azagury-Partridge collaborated with on a range of shoes for Spring ’14. The new collection is—depending on one’s take—sculpture or very extravagant jewelry cases. Each piece is a jewel “box” in a different shape that doesn’t just sit pretty: They all carry wearable charms that are instantly covetable. Included are Through the Keyhole, Azagury-Partridge’s imagination of her ideal boudoir, with elaborate enamel walls, a disco “floor” made from strips of precious stones, and a mirrored globe covered in diamonds. The Secret Garden carries charms like the flute-playing Greek god Pan, an orange tree, and a garden bench. The Ark and the Covenant, The Snake Pit, and Eternal Feminine complete the collection, and each carries a treasure trove of goodies—a skeleton, a giggling baby (below), a Horus eye, and a shoe. Continue Reading “Solange Azagury-Partridge’s Mayfair Metamorphosis” »

Charlotte Olympia Sweats The Small Stuff


Charlotte Olympia's Incy Collection

Considering her gilded spider-web insignia is inspired by one of the most famous children’s books of all time, it would make sense for Charlotte Olympia’s Charlotte Dellal to launch a line for the wee ones. And on August 12, she’s doing just that. “I like to have a sense of humor in my work, and that often manifests itself in childlike details,” said Dellal, adding that she’s referring to her new division as a “miniatures” (rather than “children’s”) collection.

Dubbed Incy (as in The incy wincy spider…), the range offers six styles that riff off of her grown-up designs. For instance, there are velvet Swarovski Crystal-embellished spider-web slippers, red-suede-and-leopard-print Bisoux flats, and, of course, her signature Kitty flats, which also come in a Kitten size, for her teensiest clients. Each pair of shoes comes with a coloring book and crayons, and Dellal will donate 10 percent of the first month’s sales to Art Start, a charity dedicated to helping at-risk youth through art.

Dellal lived in Cape Town until she was four, and admits to having spent most of those years barefoot. But the designer recalls coveting “novelty” shoes from an early age. “I always liked the element of dressing up,” she said. “The first shoes I remember choosing for myself were a pair of multicolored sequin ballerina flats—and a matching bum bag—when I was 9.”

It seems that her own children (Dellal is a mother of two boys, with a third child on the way) are following in her well-shod footsteps. While she’s only selling miniatures for little ladies, Dellal did craft some bespoke Tom Cat espadrilles for her sons. As for her new baby, Dellal said, “If it’s a girl, she’ll be born into a collection of shoes to match her mother’s!”

Charlotte Olympia’s Incy collection will be available, beginning August 12, at her flagship boutiques, as well as online. Prices range from $125 to $395.

Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Olympia