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Under The Sea


There’s something in the water this season. The sea (and its denizens) proved a major inspiration to designers in Europe and gave rise to some seriously covetable accessories. On the runways at Chanel, Versace, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, and Alexander McQueen, sea creatures had their day, from shark tooth pendant necklaces and seahorse wedges to starfish rings. Here, a few of’s top picks.

Photos: Jorge Herrera / Getty Images (Olympia); Gianni Pucci / (runway)

Charlotte Olympia’s Miami Vice


“Even if you have the most sober outfit, an amazing pair of shoes and accessories will really perk things up,” Charlotte Dellal tells 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.”

Photo: Jorge Herrera / Getty Images

Charlotte Olympia’s Fall 2011 Film Noir


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

Yea, Nay, Or Eh? Primary Colors At The BIFAs


Amid the usual sea of award-show black, two actresses stood out at the British Independent Film Awards last night: Carey Mulligan (left, in Prabal Gurung, with a Roger Vivier clutch) and Rosamund Pike (right, in Vionnet and Charlotte Olympia heels). The jolt of primary colors livened up what might otherwise have been a duller fête, and made the continuing case for flashing brights. Over on this side of the Atlantic, designers have been making it, too. At Michael Kors’ pre-fall appointments last week, Kors showed a collection of wearable separates in an electric palette of fire-engine red and Yves Klein blue, offset with black and white (center). What do you think? Who wore it best at the BIFAs? And will you be bold with strong color this season?

Photos: Rex / Rex USA (Mulligan, Pike); Courtesy of Michael Kors (Kors)

Charlotte Dellal Would Rather Be Backstage


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.”

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