35 posts tagged "Charlotte Olympia"
Flying under the Frieze radar last night was jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge, who threw a little soirée to celebrate both the opening of her eclectically designed new shop on Carlos Place in London’s Mayfair neighborhood and the launch of her five-piece collection Metamorphosis.
Attendees included Suzy Menkes, Laura Bailey, and Charlotte Dellal, with whom Azagury-Partridge collaborated with on a range of shoes for Spring ’14. The new collection is—depending on one’s take—sculpture or very extravagant jewelry cases. Each piece is a jewel “box” in a different shape that doesn’t just sit pretty: They all carry wearable charms that are instantly covetable. Included are Through the Keyhole, Azagury-Partridge’s imagination of her ideal boudoir, with elaborate enamel walls, a disco “floor” made from strips of precious stones, and a mirrored globe covered in diamonds. The Secret Garden carries charms like the flute-playing Greek god Pan, an orange tree, and a garden bench. The Ark and the Covenant, The Snake Pit, and Eternal Feminine complete the collection, and each carries a treasure trove of goodies—a skeleton, a giggling baby (below), a Horus eye, and a shoe. Continue Reading “Solange Azagury-Partridge’s Mayfair Metamorphosis” »
If there’s anyone who could rival Charlotte Olympia designer Charlotte Dellal’s quirky take on saucy accessories, it’s Solange Azagury-Partridge. Best known for her surreal, rainbow-hued baubles (think bubblegum-pink pout-shaped rings, a necklace crafted to look like a veiny red heart, and earrings designed to resemble actual chandeliers), the London-based talent, who Dellal describes as one of her favorite jewelry designers, has teamed up with Charlotte Olympia for a collaboration with some serious pizzazz. Set to debut during Paris fashion week, the lineup features a wedge embellished with gold fringe, mirrored kicks that the designers have aptly dubbed the Dancing Shoes, the red-velvet and gilded 24 Carat Slide, and a pair of platforms inset with a bright green suede palm-tree motifs, which debuts exclusively here. Set to hit stores in March, this playful team-up will no doubt ignite more than a few footwear fetishes.
Considering her gilded spider-web insignia is inspired by one of the most famous children’s books of all time, it would make sense for Charlotte Olympia’s Charlotte Dellal to launch a line for the wee ones. And on August 12, she’s doing just that. “I like to have a sense of humor in my work, and that often manifests itself in childlike details,” said Dellal, adding that she’s referring to her new division as a “miniatures” (rather than “children’s”) collection.
Dubbed Incy (as in The incy wincy spider…), the range offers six styles that riff off of her grown-up designs. For instance, there are velvet Swarovski Crystal-embellished spider-web slippers, red-suede-and-leopard-print Bisoux flats, and, of course, her signature Kitty flats, which also come in a Kitten size, for her teensiest clients. Each pair of shoes comes with a coloring book and crayons, and Dellal will donate 10 percent of the first month’s sales to Art Start, a charity dedicated to helping at-risk youth through art.
Dellal lived in Cape Town until she was four, and admits to having spent most of those years barefoot. But the designer recalls coveting “novelty” shoes from an early age. “I always liked the element of dressing up,” she said. “The first shoes I remember choosing for myself were a pair of multicolored sequin ballerina flats—and a matching bum bag—when I was 9.”
It seems that her own children (Dellal is a mother of two boys, with a third child on the way) are following in her well-shod footsteps. While she’s only selling miniatures for little ladies, Dellal did craft some bespoke Tom Cat espadrilles for her sons. As for her new baby, Dellal said, “If it’s a girl, she’ll be born into a collection of shoes to match her mother’s!”
Charlotte Olympia’s Incy collection will be available, beginning August 12, at her flagship boutiques, as well as online. Prices range from $125 to $395.
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 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). Continue Reading “Charlotte Goes to Hollywood” »