30 posts tagged "Charlotte Dellal"
For the film presenting her Fall 2011 collection, Charlotte Dellal of Charlotte Olympia turned to one of her great obsessions for inspiration: Agatha Christie.
“I am a serious Agatha Christie fan, and I used certain novels and characters as a starting point,” she says of To Die For, her noirish, three-minute short, written and directed by London-based filmmaker Jam. “The film was a way to describe the collection; obviously, shoes don’t get their own runway show, so I was looking for a way to get the feel of the collection across. Of course, it is all quite tongue-in-cheek, a bit surreal, and hopefully quite sexy.” English model Portia Freeman plays the lead. “She completely embodies the Charlotte Olympia woman,” Dellal raves. “She is not just a pretty face; she has a lot of character.” And, it goes without saying, great shoes. Poirot never had footwear like this.
The film debuts at Dellal’s launch party-cum-presentation tonight, but we’ve got the first glimpse exclusively here on Style.com.
Diane von Furstenberg wants you! To vote for her DVF People’s Voice award, that is. The inspiring, do-gooding nominees for the annual award are now on the designer’s Web site. Zeinab Eyega (of the Sauti Yetu Center for African Women), Lyn Pentecost (of the Lower East Side Girl’s Club), Taryn Davis (of the American Widow Project), Susannah Shakow (of Running Start), and Malika Saada Saar (of the Rebecca Project) are all in the running. The winner will be named at the second DVF Awards in March. [DVF]
Helmut Lang’s Nicole and Michael Colovos have designed their first-ever handbag (left), and they’re kicking off the accessories’ entrée with an exclusive pre-sale on Barneys’ Facebook page starting Thursday, February 3. It beats hoofing it in the snow to Barneys for the brick-and-mortar debut on February 5. [Barneys]
The next issue of VMan—on stands on February 10—will kick off the latest VMan Ford Model search. Past searches have brought you some of the bigger recent stars of the men’s modeling world, including Aiden Andrews, AJ Abualrub, and Southern boy Petey. [VMan]
And today at British Vogue, Charlotte Dellal takes over the daily-outfit-diary reins of “Today I’m Wearing” from model Tali Lennox. For her first day, Dellal’s got on a Lindsey Thornburg dress, her own Charlotte Olympia Bowie (hmm, a trend?) striped ankle boots, a leotard from Princesse Tam Tam, and her signature red lipstick by Illamasqua. [Vogue U.K.]
To anyone familiar with Charlotte Dellal’s body of work, it should come as no surprise that the Brit-girl shoe designer didn’t pack a single pair of flats for her two-day trip to New York this week. “These are my traveling shoes,” said Dellal with a mischievous smile, showing off a pair of her own steeply inclined black patent Charlotte Olympia platform wedges.
Dellal was in town to accept the Vivian Infantino Emerging Talent honor at the Footwear News Achievement Awards on Tuesday night, which she attended with friend Olivia Palermo, as well as celeb stylists J. Logan Horne and Tracy Cox. At breakfast the next morning, she proclaimed herself a bit out of sorts. Still, she looked typically polished in black leather shorts, a Dolce & Gabbana/Naomi Campbell Fashion for Relief T-shirt signed by the supe herself, and, of course, her signature retro-glam coif and matte red lips.
Though Dellal is a girl who considers 125 mm a mid-heel, she explained, her best seller for Spring 2011 was in fact a flat—a knotted leopard style. “Nearly every stockist bought that as their flat shoe and then chose different heels,” she said. That list of stockists newly includes Harrods and Selfridges as well as Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. She also opened her own store in July in London’s Mayfair, which has served as an excellent crash course in merchandising. “I’m learning the art of buying stock at the moment,” she said. “I would have never thought we’d need so many small sizes, but we have a ton of Chinese clients who have tiny feet. My manager just e-mailed me saying, ‘We need more 35s and 36s!’ “
Dellal returns to New York in February to see Peter Som’s show, for which she’s designed the shoes for the past two seasons. But don’t expect to see her in much more than Som’s front row. “I don’t necessarily fly to New York to go to shows,” she said. “I only go to shows I’ve worked on, and Giambattista Valli who’s a friend and Valentino because I love him. I like being involved. In fact, I’d prefer to be backstage.”