30 posts tagged "Charlotte Dellal"
With the exception of Cinderella, Lucite and Perspex shoes used to be associated with exotic dancers. But in the past few seasons, clear accessories have lost their lowbrow associations. During NYFW, we noticed oversize vinyl clutches at 3.1 Phillip Lim and were transfixed by Rodarte‘s footwear with sand art stripes decorating the Plexiglas platforms. Karl Lagerfeld, too, is lately making a case for the transparent trend. At the Chanel Cruise presentation earlier this week in Versailles, he styled his models with plastic cross-body bags and matching cuff bracelets, while on the Chanel Fall runway, every look came paired with geode-inspired d’Orsay pumps featuring see-through cylinder heels. And PVC isn’t just for the runways. Charlotte Dellal is frequently spotted carrying one of her crystalline clutches, and during the shows, Tommy Ton snapped Shala Monroque dodging the rain in an embellished Prada bucket hat from Spring 2010.
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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.”
Lily Allen and her sister, Sarah Owen (left), first dipped a toe into the waters of vintage with a cherry-picked collection of the best archival pieces they could find. When that was met with avid interest from Allen’s international fan base, the sisters went one step further, creating a vintage-inspired standalone line, Lucy in Disguise, which officially bowed in London last night. The 18-piece range, which includes a flowy maxi dress, a sparkly jumpsuit, and a retro mini sailor suit (strictly for the daring), will be available at Shopbop in the U.S., Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, and Harvey Nichols in the U.K., where the star-studded event was held last night. Again, the fans came out to cheer—this time, Chloe Moretz, Charlotte Dellal, Lulu Kennedy, and more.
Allen has been warmly embraced by members of the fashion set, including Karl Lagerfeld, who cast her in a Chanel campaign. Did she turn to him or any other fashion mentor for design guidance? “Not really,” she said. “Vintage is nothing new for them. They are always looking for inspiration from vintage clothing, and us too. We are pretty much obsessed by vintage—at this point, that must seem pretty obvious.”
Also pretty obvious is Allen’s day job, effervescent popster. We had to wonder—would she wear pieces from the collection onstage? “I think my sister would kill me if I tried to style her!” Owen laughed. But Lily herself, in a sparkle cardigan and long dress from the collection, sets the record straight: “Not true—but the fact is I am on jumping around on stage all the time. If I wore a maxi dress on stage, me being me, I would be tripping over myself half the time.” After a bit of quick conferring, a consensus between the two was reached: “The little tops and T-shirts. Yes—those would work very well on stage.”