While the fashion world defaults to black, Charlotte Olympia is going renegade. Citing the energy and vitality of Brazil, where she has spent much of her life, as a huge influence on her trademark bright, bold heels, London-based Charlotte Dellal insists, “I’m not afraid of colour.”
Launched in 2006, Dellal’s footwear label, Charlotte Olympia, quickly gained devotees for its ultra-modern take on old Hollywood glamour, her most fervent fans being her mother, iconic Brazilian ex-model Andrea Dellal, and sister, model Alice Dellal – not to mention London fashion elite, Kate Moss and Daphne Guiness. Delall’s idée fixe are staggering heels with signature floating ‘islands’ – five centimetre platforms on the sole of a fourteen centimetre heeled shoe. “The higher the heel, the better,” states Delall, who derives inspiration from pin-ups and starlets of old.
Just one more reason to get excited about the impending NYFW, Charlotte Dellal launches her collection for the first time at New York’s Bergdorf Goodman’s next week. Charlotte gives us a sneak peek as to what to expect from her Sprimg/Summer11 collection, and up-coming Fall/Winter11/12 collection to come…
What Charlotte Olympia treats have you got in store for 2011?
Charlotte Dellal: I will continue to collaborate with Peter Som in New York, and some London-based designers for their catwalk shows. I will also be launching a bridal collection later this year; I don't believe that wedding shoes should only be available in different shades of white.
As a high-heel fan, you must get a kick out of wearing your own - any personal favourites from your current Spring/Summer collection?
My personal favourites are 'Rio', 'Miranda' and the 'Bananas is My Business' fruit shoe in python!
And your collection for AW11/12, what can we expect?
I always use colour throughout my collections. I love to work with different textures and prints, which feature throughout every collection. I am quite nostalgic and tend to reference a by-gone era. My shoes are always
classic and feminine with a modern silhouette. I also believe that accessories should sometimes have a sense of humour.
You're coming out to NY for a special project with Bergdorf Goodman's…
Yes! I am very excited to be launching in Bergdorf's during New York fashion week. I have always wanted to see my shoes sold there – they have the most beautiful shoe salon.
Describe your perfect shoe...
High, colourful and confident. I believe the smallest touches make all the difference. In my own designs, I can’t let any imperfection slip by – I’m an absolute pain when it comes to that. My attention to detail is so great because I want to create shoes that women can really appreciate, and that are broad in their appeal. I like to think that ideally there’s a Charlotte Olympia shoe for everyone.
Do your mother and sister, both gorgeous ladies with vastly different styles, wear your shoes?
Yes, they both have different styles, but actually sometimes wear the same shoes from my collections. It's great to see the shoes worn with an evening dress or teamed with a leather jacket – to see them work in very different ways.
Is there anyone in particular you'd love to see in your heels?