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41 posts tagged "Charlotte Olympia"

If The Shoe Fits…

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The Savile Club is one of London’s most elegant venues, where Robert Louis Stevenson, Thomas Hardy, H.G. Wells, and W.B. Yeats used to gather to drink and dine. Last night’s crowd was, if not quite as illustrious, perhaps a tad more sartorially distinguished. Charlotte Dellal (pictured) assembled family and friends for a celebration of her new Mayfair Charlotte Olympia shop. Rosamund Pike, Alice Temperley, Astrid Muçoz, Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, and Ben Grimes all made appearances, as did many members of the Dellal clan: sister Alice, his girlfriend Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco, father Guy, and mom Andrea, the last of whom (in enviable shape for a mother of four, and a new grandmother) wore a see-through houndstooth blouse.

If the guests were worn down from their LFW exertions, they didn’t show it. Elizabeth Saltzman Walker did wonder whether she could make it through the night without falling over, but there were plenty of catwalkers around if she needed any pointers. Earlier that day, Grimes had taken to the Pam Hogg runway wearing a Hannibal Lecter-eque mouth guard, and Dellal took her turn topless, dressed like a deer, and banging on a drum. All in all, it was a fairy-tale dinner, with a better-than-fairy-tale ending: a gift of a scarf, a new pair of Charlotte Olympias, and a stunning Perspex minaudière. “The shoes fit!” exclaimed Fiona Golfer, a contributing editor to British Vogue, easing her way down the velvet staircase. “Now I really feel like a Cinderella.”

Photo: Staff

Cat Power

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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.

Photo: Steven Meisel/Courtesy of Lanvin

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” »

Yea, Nay, Or Eh? Last Stop On The Sex And The City Express

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If the four stars of Sex and the City 2 have been dogged by their two weeks of nonstop international travel—or the, ahem, less-than-stellar reviews and weak opening numbers the film has received—you couldn’t tell from today’s Tokyo premiere. The ladies went all-out for the last stop on their worldwide premiere tour, and no one more so than Sarah Jessica Parker. SJP chose a voluminous Vivienne Westwood dress for the Japanese event, a sly nod, perhaps, to Dame Viv’s large role in the first SATC flick. (Carrie got married—almost—in an enormous Vivienne Westwood gown.) The chintzy floral is a great print for spring, with brilliant flashes of yellow set off by her golden belt and blush Charlotte Olympia pumps. Yellow’s been a good color for Parker lately: We loved her sunny Valentino Couture for the NYC premiere, too. We’d say the whole look’s a proper sendoff to Carrie (at least until SATC 3, of course). What do you think? Did SJP save the best for last?

Photo: Shizuo Kambayashi / AP Photo

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.