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Charlotte Olympia Weaves Her Web

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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” »

Milan Vukmirovic: “Fashion’s Like The Titanic”

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On Tuesday, the troika behind the Webster in Miami—Frederic Dechnik, Laure Heriard Dubreuil, and Milan Vukmirovic (pictured)—took over the private salons of the Maison Baccarat to introduce selected friends to the Louis XIII Rare Cask by Rémy Martin. Dressed in a plunging, lace-up black dress by Joseph Altuzarra, Dubreuil noted that despite the fashionable guest list—which included Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Pierre Hardy, Charlotte Dellal, Pamela Golbin, the Traina sisters, and Gabriele Corto Moltedo—this was really just a family affair. (After all, Dubreuil’s family owns Rémy Martin.)

Through dinner, the talk turned to art and architecture. Dellal, the designer behind Charlotte Olympia shoes, described the restoration process on the ironwork in her new London boutique, set to open in early May. “It’s a nineteenth-century shop, so I am restoring it to what I think it must have been then, by way of the forties,” she said. Dubreuil’s boyfriend, artist Aaron Young, regaled guests with tales of his as-yet-untitled work in progress, a gold-plated modern chariot to be impaled atop one of Augustus’ columns at Rome’s Teatro di Marcello at the end of May, around the opening of his solo show at the city’s MACRO museum. That takes care of the high art; a few attendees were as invested in what’s coming up from below. “Fashion’s like the Titanic,” observed the multitasking creative director Vukmirovic, who also designs Trussardi 1911. “The band plays on, but the era of big designer egos is over. Ready-to-wear is becoming what couture used to be. Fashion is direct and the future reality is that everyone is a star, whether or not they have a fashion culture or even means [to buy it]. The only question that matters is, do they like it?” Some like the booze, at least-reports indicate that the Louis XIII, a few bottles of which will make their way to the U.S. in May, has almost entirely pre-sold at €10,000 a pop.

Photo: Stephane Feugère

At London Fashion Week: The News Is Shoes, And More From Liberty

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Nicholas Kirkwood isn’t the only London-based designer with shoe news, it turns out. At the party i-D threw for him, Christopher Kane revealed that the heels on his Fall ’10 runway (left) are the first styles in a new collaborative range with Giuseppe Zanotti. And on Tuesday, at her traditional London fashion week tea, Charlotte Olympia designer Charlotte Dellal ‘fessed up that she’s opening a store off Bond Street in seven weeks or so. Come fall delivery time, shoppers will find satin-covered footwear in rainbow colors, vertiginously high or ballet flat, and each pair will come in a set with matching stockings, a first for the brand. “We’re not selling the stockings separately,” Dellal explained. “They’re designed to go with the shoes, tone-on-tone.”

London shoppers looking for a louder volume, meanwhile, should head to Liberty. The buzz in the U.S. has centered on the store’s collaboration with Target, which will bring Liberty-print apparel and housewares to both countries, but on Tuesday, the celebrations were for a different collab—with Milan’s 10 Corso Como. Liberty CEO Geoffroy de La Bourdonnaye and 10CC’s Carla Sozzani co-hosted a cocktail party to celebrate the effort, which prints bikinis (below), sun hats, wallets, and scarves from the Milanese store with Deco-era Liberty prints from the archives. Yasmin Sewell, Liberty’s chief creative consultant and one of the driving forces behind the update of the store’s fashion floors, was on hand and took the opportunity to talk up the latest local designer to blow out the doors. “Michael van der Ham is killing it,” Sewell said of the designer, who showed his second collection earlier in the week at Fashion East. “We just got his first collection in, and it’s selling out.” Coincidentally, we’d caught up with van der Ham the day prior, at his stand at the New Gen installation at Somerset House, and he’d explained that one of the inspirations behind his collaged designs is a series of Warhol films composed of sundry, spliced-together footage. Van der Ham is on the laconic side, and he speaks softly, but it’s worth pricking up your ears: You’ll be hearing more from him soon.

Photos: Marcio Madeira; Courtesy of Liberty

London’s In A New York, New York State Of Mind

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Have iPod, will travel. That seemed to be the thinking behind last night’s New York, New York party, which hopped the Channel from its traditional home at Paris fashion week and touched down at London nightspot Sketch. “I like to say we were invited by the Queen,” joked Sophomore designer Chrissie Miller, who co-hosted the party with, among others, Grand Life’s Tommy Saleh and Style.com editor at large Derek Blasberg. “I just wish she’d do something about the fucking smoking laws!” That was a taste of NYC many partygoers could’ve done without, but other hometown imports were more popular. When Miller took Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” for a spin during one of her stints at the turntable, there were plenty of British Isles accents to be heard in the crowd sing-along (pictured).

“I just came for the toilets,” quipped menswear designer Aitor Throup, who was huddled in the corner with Erdem Moralioglu. “Seriously—you have to check them out, they’re insane.” He wasn’t wrong. The loos at Sketch are space-age, egg-shaped pods that talk to you. But the real attraction at the party was the company, which included both New Yorkers (Leigh Lezark and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld) and Londoners (Peaches Geldof, Charlotte Dellal, Henry Holland, and Stephen Jones). Turns out the cities aren’t so different, either. “It practically feels like home,” deadpanned Miller, as she grabbed her jacket and went outside for a smoke.

Photo: Chrissie Miller

It’s Easy Being Green With Charlotte Olympia

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Holy smokes—flats? That was the scuttlebutt at the tea party for Charlotte Olympia on Tuesday, where a few pairs of flat-as-can-be sandals were displayed alongside the vertiginous wedges and platform heels upon which the London-based brand has made its name. According to designer Charlotte Dellal, the introduction of flat styles was inspired by the fact that everyone goes flat in summer. “Even I like a flat,” she admitted as guests perused the Charlotte Olympia shoes over finger sandwiches and macaroons. “It’s warm out. You’re walking everywhere.” Dellal is also introducing non-platform pumps and peep-toe, T-strap heels this season, which speaks to both the expansion and the refinement of the five-season-old label. But even those girls committed to skyscraping height will find plenty in the new collection. Dellal worked up a foliage theme with leaves of leather and a silk garden print. “I was going to do an all-green collection,” she said. “My grandmother used to say, everything goes with green. It’s like, if you think about flowers, they come in all colors but the stems are always green.” Thought for the day: Green is nature’s black.