Charlotte Dellal of Charlotte Olympia
It’s crazy to think that I first posted about Charlotte Olympia in August of 2010 after reading an article about the shoes in the July 2010 issue of Tatler. The company has reached great heights in the past three years. And, now, of course, they are available at Neiman Marcus!
It was exciting to learn that Charlotte Olympia designer, Charlotte Dellal will be visiting Dallas’ Neiman Marcus NorthPark this week. I was thrilled to have the chance to ask the designer a few questions before her visit to Dallas and can’t wait to meet her in person! (*I must have the Gemini Zodiac flats)
N/S: Did you always know you wanted to be a shoe designer?
Charlotte Olympia: I’ve always wanted to design fashion but it was in my foundation year at London College of Fashion that I discovered that I wanted to specialize in footwear and went on to do a degree at Cordwainers in London.
N/S: What was the first shoe you ever designed?
Charlotte Olympia: A leopard print ankle bootie named after my sister Alice; it is still in production today in my ‘Encore’ collection of classics.
N/S: What do you feel has been the greatest achievement of your company thus far?
Charlotte Olympia: Opening my Mayfair and Manhattan stores were proud moments.
Parisienne from Charlotte Olympia
N/S: Who are your own personal style inspirations? Muses?
Charlotte Olympia: Movie stars and pin ups from the 40’s and 50’s. Rita Hayworth is a favourite.
N/S: What do you believe really sets your company and designs apart from others?
Charlotte Olympia: The essence of my brand is from my love of Old Hollywood and an era that was rich in glamour and accessories. My designs reflect this in both a feminine and colourful way, but with a touch of humour.
N/S: Where is your favorite place to travel and why?
Charlotte Olympia: I am half Brazilian so ideally I would love to spend half the year there and half the year in London!
N/S: What are you most excited about with your upcoming Dallas visit?
Charlotte Olympia: It is my first trip to Dallas and I just wish I could stay for longer. I’m delighted to be visiting Neiman Marcus and the flagshipstore which is a destination in itself.
Desi Croissant from Charlotte Olympia
N/S: What inspired spring/summer 2013 with Charlotte Olympia?
Charlotte Olympia: Spring/Summer 13 is called ‘La Vie en Rose’ – it is a romantic and cliché view of Paris from the boudoir to the Eiffel Tower. This spring, I will be wearing ‘Colette’, my take on a Marabou feathered boudoir slipper featuring a poodle head accessory on the toe, the ‘Ooh La La’ crochet flats and a perfume ‘Scent’ clutch bag.
N/S: Any exciting news or plans to share for this year?
Charlotte Olympia: I’m excited to be launching the Cosmiccollection this month – a capsule of Birthday Shoes and Zodiac Pandora Clutch boxes celebrating the twelve star signs. I’m also looking forward to the opening of my LA store in May.
N/S: What can we expect to see this fall?
Charlotte Olympia: Fall ’13 is entitled’ Once upon a Time’ and was inspired by enchanted forests and fairytales including Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and many more!
Gemini Zodiac Flats from Charlotte Olympia
Shop Charlotte Olympia on NeimanMarcus.com here and meet the designer in person tomorrow in Dallas!
Charlotte Olympia Personal Appearance
at Neiman Marcus NorthPark
Meet the designer and view the collection
Ladies Shoe Salon, Level Two
April 16, 1pm to 4pm