Charlotte Olympia RTW Spring 2017
Charlotte Olympia has been one of my favorite brands for years. I first discovered them in 2012, in the “Dream On” spread of “First Look” in Elle‘s September issue (which I still have on my shelf). This was a time in my life when high fashion was more magical than real, when thinking about the future felt more a matter of fantasy than practicality, and a purple satin platform with two cut-outs at the toes for eyes and a perfectly placed sequin teardrop captured my imagination. (Similar here.)
Since then, Charlotte Olympia has only become more whimsical, and way more wild. It is unusual for a brand with shoes and handbags but no ready-to-wear to stage a runway show at Fashion Week. But these shoes and handbags justify the fanfare. The collection is tropical, with ripe fruits, palm fronds, bamboo, parrots, and a music record (because why the heck not). The models wore plain monochrome whites and creams to better show off the accessories, until the end, when they wore fruit. It was the most fabulous way I can think of to introduce a spring collection.
Take a closer look…
And look, what did I tell you?
“Charlotte Olympia RTW Spring 2017” by Nina Jones. WWD. 19 September 2016.
I have always loved platform heels, and have worn many over the years. The four above are my current favorites. My style is feminine, but in a way that stands out; as a young adolescent I was very shy, and I decided that if I couldn’t be the life of the party, then at the very least I wanted to show up in a fabulous outfit. Some “avant-garde” apparel can come off wacky, but using a bold accessory, like a shoe or a handbag, as a focal piece is just wild enough.
Wearing the Shiekh shoes in the Meatpacking District.
I am also attracted to platform heels because the platforms make it easier to walk. Pick your favorite shoes on this page. Now imagine the same heel height, with the platform removed and the toes dropped to the ground. My feet are crying just thinking about it. The two solutions to shoe pain are: 1) a lower heel or 2) a higher platform, and it’s obvious which side I’m on. There’s also something about the size of a platform that makes me feel powerful, in a way that a kitten heel or a flat never could.
Here are my favorite platform heels at every price point!
My cat Belle and I worked on this post together…seriously! (She sat on my lap.) Everyone knows that kitties are adorable, far superior to dogs, and a rich source of inspiration in the world of fashion and art. Here is some feline-themed clothing that is as fun to wear as it is to pet a cat!
1. Rotita earrings, $6
2. Unique Vintage leggings, $10
3. Storyland top, $24
4. Palm Beach ring, $28
5. Miss Sweety handbag, $31
6. Olivia Pratt watch, $50
7. Bling Jewelry brooch, $60
8. Brian Lichtenberg beanie, $65
9. Karl Lagerfeld tee, $115
10. Noir Jewelry bracelet, $135
11. Orla Kiely cardigan, $150
12. Burberry Prorsum scarf, $220
13. Anna Sui skirt, $245
14. Dolce & Gabbana wristlet, $289
15. Charlotte Olympia shoes, $705
16. Eugenia Kim headband, $1,270
17. Au Jour Le Jour dress, $1,274
18. Chopard necklace, $1,620
19. Judith Leiber minaudiere, $5,595
It is common knowledge that walking long distances in heels is bad for your feet…but, perhaps even more unfortunately, it is bad for your shoes. Though they may very well catch the eye of passersby on the city streets, beautiful stilettos were not designed to take as many steps as their heelless counterparts. I learned this the hard way, and have spent a lot of money getting heel nails replaced over the years. The best solution, in my opinion, is to carry a large handbag, walk the long distance in chic flats (no need for sneakers!), and change into your more delicate shoes at a discreet location nearby.
Here are some pairings of flats and heels that would work well together to compliment the same outfit…
Charlotte Russe, $20 + Kate Spade, $328
DVF, $169 + Kurt Geiger, $300
Franco Sarto, $38 + Kate Spade, $199
8, $131 + Casadei, $695
Jimmy Choo, $675 + Jimmy Choo, $900
Charlotte Olympia, $600 Patricia Field, $64
Chanel, $4,800 Patricia Field, $40
Tu Es Mon Tresor, $895 Patricia Field, $86
Les Petits Joueurs, $610 Patricia Field, $88
Charlotte Olympia, $1,115 Patricia Field, $68
Kathrine Baumann, $4,995 Patricia Field, $28
Charlotte Olympia, $663 Patricia Field, $96
Patricia Field is a highly acclaimed costume designer. She won an Emmy for her work on Sex and the City, and was nominated for an Academy Award for The Devil Wears Prada. Her eponymous boutique is located on 306 Bowery in Manhattan…a block away from my dorm room!
Charlotte Olympia Dellal has been inspired by fairy tales, burlesque, Mexico, and of course, cats…but my personal favorite is her recent collection, which takes cues from traditional Chinese aesthetics.
Mei Xiang pumps, Martial satin sandals, Eternally Dolly suede pumps
Ming Blue Koi pumps, The Great Wedge of China sandals, Ying Yang minaudière
Pandora Carp clutch, Lantern tasseled satin bag, Take Me Away box clutch