30 posts tagged "Charlotte Dellal"
“I spent all morning buying flowers,” Saloni Lodha said at bit breathlessly at her debut London fashion week presentation. Said exotic flora were there to pretty up the classical masculinity of the Map Room at the Royal Geographical Society, where the decor runs to dark wooden map chests, portraits of African explorers, and a single, glorious seventeenth-century map that covered an entire wall. But the modified setting made perfect sense once models began to saunter out in Lodha’s Spring collection.
“I took the African body-painting rituals and ikat block prints and hand-painting to create a mélange of prints that all sort of sit together,” she explained. “But it’s all very wearable.” Indeed it was. Her easy, draped silk jersey dresses in swirling prints were served controlled and ladylike doses of embellishment in ruffles delicately edged in beads and waistbands embellished with woven raffia and copper bits. Smart little cardigans were dotted with little twists or raffia fringe or tassels of coral beading.
Transforming faraway exotica for a city girl is something Lodha’s done since she launched her collection five seasons ago and had it immediately snapped up by Harvey Nichols. (It’s now sold at Browns in London and The Webster in Miami, among others, and she’s hoping to find a New York stockist.) The cultural exchange of clothing all sourced and produced in India from Jaipur to Bangalore mirrors Lodha’s own path—Bombay native to cool London lass. And next season, she’ll be launching costume jewelry in the same vein, all made by Indian artisans but with faux stones and designs that Lodha’s Brit-girl friends like Poppy Delevingne and Charlotte Dellal should love.
Way back last October, a curious trend emerged from the Spring 2010 shows. Call it a case of cat-scratch fever—designers and hip girls were all feeling cats. Paris was just about meowing, with Miuccia Prada’s kitty-print collection for Miu Miu, which found (alongside daisies and reclining nudes) cartoon felines printed on collars, dresses, tops, and accessories. (At Azzaro, Vanessa Seward heard the mewling, too: She commissioned Kuntzel+Deygas, the graphic designers behind the sleek opening credits to Catch Me if You Can, to create drawings based on her own cat, Monsieur Jo.)
Ever since, the cats have been on parade, appearing in ads (costarring with Kristen McMenamy in the spooky, Steven Meisel-shot Lanvin Fall 2010 campaign, pictured), in editorials, on influencers, and even at a few high-profile weddings (Charlotte Olympia designer Charlotte Dellal put her adorable flower girls in kitty headpieces for her May stroll down the aisle).
Click here for a slideshow of our favorite cat-inspired pieces and feline-loving ladies of 2010. And by the way, as usual, the Chinese numerologists saw this one coming. It’s the year of the biggest cat of ‘em all—the tiger.
Christian Louboutin has his red soles; Charlotte’s got her webs. Cobbler Charlotte Dellal of Charlotte Olympia has woven her signature spiderweb branding all over her new shop in London’s Mayfair: on the soles of her shoes, in the window display, and in the golden web hanging precariously over the entrance outside.
Inside, the cobwebby space is anything but dusty. Dellal (whose contact list, it must be admitted, must be among the best on either side of the Atlantic) installed herringbone floors, Neisha Crosland wallpaper, and interesting odds and ends of Art Deco furniture. “I love the old-fashioned, very traditional feeling of the building,” she said. “I knew that I could transform it into something really modern and interesting, but keep all the Edwardian elements—so it was just perfect.”
At the shop, Dellal will debut a clutch in a variety of colors, from bright purple to mint green (its clasp? a spider, of course), and hosiery, but her famous fans, friends, and family will stampede for the shoes, including like the now-famous gold platform that slayed celebs, socials, and Carrie Bradshaw alike. “I have to say, it was thrilling to see Sarah Jessica Parker wear my Dolly and Eve shoes,” she told Style.com. “Then Carrie Bradshaw wore them in the last Sex and the City movie, which was a 2-in-1—too good to be true! It was great to see Beyoncé wearing Charlotte Olympia as well, but in fact, my biggest rush comes when I just see women on the street wearing my shoes—that is the coolest. I tend to go up to them and say, ‘Hey, you are wearing my shoes!’ ” Continue Reading “Charlotte Olympia Weaves Her Web” »