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April 23 2014

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33 posts tagged "Charlotte Dellal"

Charlotte Olympia: Born in Britain, Made in Italy

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While Italy has found itself at the center of the fashion discussion of late—with insiders debating how to revitalize Milan’s fashion weeks, as well as Suzy Menkes’ latest article about the Pope’s quieting influence on the Italian aesthetic—the industry has never questioned the country’s deep-seated history of craftsmanship. And that’s exactly what Charlotte Dellal aims to celebrate through her latest video. With its irreverent touches and sexed-up quirks, the designer’s accessories range, Charlotte Olympia, is an unquestionably British brand. But in order to showcase the artistry that goes into each of her spiderweb-stamped platform kicks, Dellal enlisted Tabitha Denholm to direct Made in Italy, a short film that takes viewers inside her Italian factory to view the birth of a hand-finished pair of her signature red satin Paloma pumps. “Italy is the ultimate destination for craftsmanship and quality,” offered Dellal. “Made in Italy showcases that attention to detail and dedication, both of which are essential ingredients to making luxury designs.” The film—complete with wheat fields, a little of Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix in the background, and a couple of cones of gelato—debuts here, exclusively on Style.com.

Charlotte Goes to Hollywood

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Charlotte Olympia's L.A. StoreCharlotte Olympia is in expansion mode. Best known for its kitten flats, kitschy clutches, and sky-high platform pumps, the London-based label has opened a new store in Beverly Hills. “L.A. has always evoked Old Hollywood glamour,” says the brand’s founder and designer, Charlotte Dellal—who, it should be noted, is the picture of a vintage Tinseltown pinup. “It’s an era that continues to inspire me and reflects the essence of Charlotte Olympia.” Together with the opening, the designer is launching her cinematic Pre-Fall ’13 Hollywoodland collection (below), which celebrates iconic landmarks (there’s a Walk of Fame clutch, $995) and silver-screen goddesses from a bygone era (Mae West got a pair of heels named after her, $1,125).
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Bubbly Love

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Charlotte Olympia x Veuve Clicquot's Love Bubbly

On Saturday, the jet set will descend on the Hamptons to watch Veuve Clicquot’s annual Polo Classic, where ponies, bubbles, and pastels will undoubtedly abound. To commemorate the summer event, Charlotte Olympia’s Charlotte Dellal has teamed up with Veuve to create a champers-themed capsule. Aptly named Lovely Bubbly, the range, which will be available at the designer’s New York store and online this July, comprises such clever, booze-inspired wares as a gilded, bubble-embellished Lucite clutch, black satin sandals garnished with a Champagne flute, a “Cheers” bag, and a pair of the designer’s signature Dolly pumps that are made out of—what else?—gold-speckled cork. “I always enjoy designing with cork,” said Dellal, who offered that her favorite way to drink Champagne is in a large glass over ice, or á la piscine. “It has a natural beauty and functionality.” We do, however, suggest sipping in moderation while donning Dellal’s sky-high platforms—overindulging will likely result in a literal bottoms- (or, rather, soles-) up situation. Ranging from $595 to $995, the collection debuts above, exclusively on Style.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Olympia

We Predict A Riot: Charlotte Olympia x Tom Binns

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In the event that you didn’t get your “punk” fill during the Fall ’13 collections, Charlotte Dellal has got you covered. Just in time for the Met Ball, the Charlotte Olympia designer reveals her collaboration with jeweler Tom Binns. Featuring house signatures updated with Binns staples like safety pins and neon, the riotous capsule is badass but infused with a bit of cheeky banter.

“Dolly Riot gives you no excuse not to go out and party the night away!” said Dellal, referring to her recessed-platform best seller, which the designers have studded entirely in pins. Fans of her Kitty flats can embrace the anarchy, too—Binns gave the embroidered cat motifs a very smart-alecky set of nose and ear piercings.

“His designs are so distinctive. And I love the way he combines elegance with an anti-conformist sentiment,” said Dellal of Binns’ work. “I am also a big believer of his phrase ‘More is more!’”

Charlotte Olympia x Tom Binns will be available, from May 2, exclusively at Charlotte Olympia’s Mayfair and Manhattan stores, www.charlotteolympia.com, Jeffrey New York, and Moda Operandi. Prices range from $795 to $1,695.

Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Olympia

Here Comme-s Peter Cottontail

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The bunny ear trend has come full circle. Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo first led us down the proverbial rabbit hole back in 2007, when she showed black eared caps with her pink and purple fall collection. Next came the long wiry taffeta versions that Marc Jacobs sent down Louis Vuitton’s Fall runway in 2009. (Madonna wore them to the MET Ball—in sea foam—shortly thereafter.) The same year, Maison Michel released their lacy take on the trend, which was (and still is) worn by everyone from Lady Gaga to the Olsen twins to Lily Allen to Poppy Delevingne. Eugenia Kim was next, releasing her felt-eared cap—favored by Charlotte Dellal (technically, we think those were cat ears, but let’s not split hares.). And today, Comme des Garçons sent us back down the bunny trail with its Fall ’13 menswear collection, showing Stephen Jones-designed black leather baseball caps crowned with giant rabbit (and, it would appear, Mickey Mouse) ears. We’re all about (tasteful) novelty headgear, so when it comes to a bunny-topped Fall ’13, we say hop to it.

Photos: Yannis Valmos/ InDigitalTeam/GoRunway.com