If I read my horoscope today, I’m certain it would be predicting a fabulous new bag or shoe acquisition in my immediate future, and it would be right. Charlotte Olympia‘s just-launched Cosmic collection is irresistible to astrology and accessories fans alike, and I’m both.
“I’ve always had a thing for all things mystical,” says designer Charlotte Dellal. “I don’t live by astrology but I do love to know other people’s signs; I’m quite good at guessing.”
Dubbed “Birthday Shoes” and “Zodiac Pandora,” the line-up features 12 crystal-embellished loafer designs and 12 matching handpainted Perspex box clutches. Each star sign is represented, from a bull against a black setting for Taurus to a set of scales against a soft blue background for Libra (my sign!).
“I’m a Gemini and they’re supposed to be youthful and witty which is something I try to apply to my work—I enjoy a good giggle! However I much relate to the indecisiveness, and I’m often of two minds about something,” she says. “Usually I like my own sign best, but this collection makes it really hard to pick favorites.”
I’d have to agree. The entire line, which retails at USD$695 for the shoes and USD$995 for the clutches on Net-a-Porter and will be arriving at The Room at The Bay‘s online shop in May, is completely swoon-worthy. Will you be repping your horoscope sign with a new Charlotte Olympia accessory this spring? Take a gander at the gallery below for the complete collection.
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There’s been a lot of Charlotte Olympia on the blog lately. First, I bought my new Banana Is My Business fruit-themed pumps. Then, I wore them not once, but twice. And now, I have the audacity to post about these Dolly canvas platform pumps that I just scored on sale at The Room at the Bay. It’s like I’m addicted or something.
My pocketbook rues the day I met Charlotte Dellal. Me and my shoe closet, on the other hand, are deliriously happy.
Image Credit: Net-a-porter
When Charlotte Dellal was in town last year for The Room at the Bay‘s The Next British Invasion event, she sported a certain pair of fruit-themed peep-toe pumps from the Charlotte Olympia Spring 2011 collection. From an elegant evening look to a chic day ensemble, the surprisingly versatile pumps brought a pop of colour and some cheek to both of her outfits. I’ve been dying for a pair ever since!
After an arduous 7-month wait, I finally acquired the most coveted pair of shoes on my Spring 2011 wishlist yesterday, thanks to The Room and Creative Director Nicholas Mellamphy‘s ingenious buying. I wanted to take my very first pair of Charlotte Olympias out for a spin immediately, but with a pair of fancy new kicks and nowhere to go, I settled for an impromptu photo shoot instead.
Sadly, some of my models won’t be making it past this weekend, but my new Charlotte Olympia Banana is My Business pumps will be in my shoe rotation for a long time to come!
If you’ve been following The Backseat Stylers for even a minute, you’ll know that I’m always toting a Chanel bag around with me (the evidence is all here), so the appearance of a banana clutch on the blog may come to a surprise to you. The fact is, had I not spotted it on the designer herself, Charlotte Dellal, over and over again, I would never have seen the immense potential this unexpectedly versatile bag has. Done in a bright yellow python and complete with a thin brown strap, green interior and leather strawberry charm, this quirky clutch adds humour to any outfit, day or night.
It’s been a long time since I added the Charlotte Olympia Baker bag to my Spring wish list, and now it’s finally available at Matches for $882.90. I’m completely enamoured with it, so the only remaining question is, can I rock the banana clutch?
EDIT: Matches sold out of the bag shortly after I posted – I’d like to think it was at least partially due to this post…*wink* My fellow Canadians need not fret though – The Room‘s Creative Director Nicholas Mellamphy has confirmed via Twitter that the clutch will be arriving at The Bay this Spring!
I mentioned recently that shoe and accessories designer Charlotte Dellal was documenting her style every day for the month of February for Vogue UK. Now that the 28 days are sadly up, I decided to pore through all the photos in search of my favourite. After much deliberation, Dellal’s ensemble from the Charlotte Olympia Spring 2011 collection launch at Bergdorf Goodman came out on top. The Charles Anastase trousers and J Crew blouse alone made for a classic black and white look; Dellal then did what she does best and accessorized the outfit cheekily with the Baker clutch and Carmen Miranda wedges from her current collection, and a Victoria Grant for Charlotte Olympia hat to top it all off.
The style lesson of the day? All you need is a banana in your hand and spiderweb on your head to make an otherwise unnoteworthy ensemble worthy of Vogue. So where do I order mine?
Image Credit: Elle.com
Last Friday, after the God Save the Queen gala the night before, The Room at the Bay hosted a panel discussion led by author/broadcaster Bronwyn Cosgrave with the visiting British designers, including Charlotte Olympia Dellal, Giles Deacon, Mark Fast, Erdem Moralioglu, Jonathan Saunders, Marios Schwab and Nicholas Kirkwood, as well as Lula Editor-in-Chief Leith Clark. Witnessing the chat in person was well worth the lunch hour I sacrificed. The designers, with their British humour, obvious sense of camaraderie and willingness to chat with Cosgrave, endeared themselves to the audience of Toronto fashion enthusiasts.
Some of my favourite sound bites from the discussion after the jump!
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Me with Charlotte Olympia Dellal and her fabulous banana clutch
When the invite came for last week’s God Save the Queen: The Next British Invasion gala at The Room at the Bay (thanks to the Bay PR girls!), I’m pretty sure I squealed. And jumped up and down. And did a little dance. And then apologized to my fellow co-workers for disturbing our finance-related meeting. OK, I made most of that up, but I did immediately begin the party preparations in my head: trying out my British accent, planning my outfit, practicing my best curtsey for the Queen (scratch that – she wasn’t invited)…all very important stuff.
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I love all things British – afternoon tea is in my top 5 list of things to do, Little Britain makes me laugh so hard I spit my afternoon tea, and the Beckhams are my most favourite celebrity couple of all time. British designers, like Christopher Bailey, Stella McCartney and Hannah MacGibbon, also make my heart pitter patter season after season.
When I first heard that The Room at the Bay was going to be hosting a 2-day Brit designer extravaganza featuring the new wave of designer exports from the UK, I was elated. Charlotte Dellal (Charlotte Olympia), Erdem Moralioglu, Giles Deacon (design head of Emanuel Ungaro and his own eponymous line), Jonathan Saunders, Nicholas Kirkwood, Mark Fast, and Marios Schwab - all in one place, and in Toronto? Pure genius. The Room will be hosting an invite-only God Save the Queen gala on Thursday, October 14th, followed by a full day of The Next British Invasion events on Friday, October 15th that is open to the public and includes Spring 2011 trunk shows and a designer panel discussion.
The best of British design, a veritable who’s who of the Canadian fashion scene, and plenty of Beefeater gin to go around. This is going to be EPIC.