This Is What a Full-Length Charlotte Olympia Runway Show Looks Like

Charlotte Olympia RTW Spring 2017Charlotte 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.

Charlotte Olympia RTW Spring 2017
Charlotte Olympia RTW Spring 2017

Take a closer look…

Charlotte Olympia RTW Spring 2017
Charlotte Olympia RTW Spring 2017

And look, what did I tell you?

Charlotte Olympia RTW Spring 2017
Charlotte Olympia RTW Spring 2017

 

Credits:

“Charlotte Olympia RTW Spring 2017” by Nina Jones. WWD. 19 September 2016.

Trend of the Day — Platform Heels

2015-06-27 02.03.17       2015-06-27 02.09.29

Forever 21                                                      Alba

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Shiekh                                                              Pleaser

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!

CiCi Hot 2  Lulus                CiCi Hot

CiCi Hot $25                         Lulu’s State Your Fame, $27                     CiCi Hot $28

BCBGeneration  Unique Vintage 3                Luichiny

BCBGeneration Sochi, $50  Unique Vintage Lolita, $54           Luichiny Great Lee, $56

Jeffrey Campbell  Betsey Johnson 2      Iggy Azalea by Steve Madden

Jeffrey Campbell Stride for Perfection, $100 Betsey Johnson Leanah P, $110            Iggy Azalea by Steve Madden Paatra, $110

Martinez Lierah  Kat Maconie    Chanel 2 (2)

Martinez Lierah Dissolving, $410         Kat Maconie $473            Chanel $499

Charlotte Olympia 8  Charlotte Olympia 9    Christian Louboutin 2

Charlotte Olympia Kiss Me Dolores, $945   Charlotte Olympia Century, $985  Christian Louboutin Highness, $1,595

Zaha Hadid for United Nude  Charlotte Olympia 10 Christian Louboutin 3

Zaha Hadid for United Nude Nova, $2,138  Charlotte Olympia Avalon, $2,395   Christian Louboutin Daffodile Strass, $5,995

Cat Lady

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!

Rotita  Unique Vintage  Storyland

Palm Beach   Miss Sweety   Grumpy Cat for Prada

    Brian Lichtenberg

rolling cat   Karl Lagerfeld  Noir Jewelry

Orla Kiely  Burberry  Anna Sui

Dolce & Gabbana 2 (2)  computer bed   Charlotte Olympia 7

Eugenia Kim  Au Jour Le Jour  True Facet  Judith Leiber  The Aristocats

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

 

Flats to Heels

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…

Bloch   Dolce & Gabbana (2)

Bloch, $183 + Dolce & Gabbana, $695

Charlotte Russe (2)   Kate Spade 5 (2)

Charlotte Russe, $20 + Kate Spade, $328

DVF   Kurt Geiger

DVF, $169 + Kurt Geiger, $300

Francesco Milano   L.K. Bennett

Francesco Milano, $120 + L.K. Bennett, $375

Kate Spade 6 (2)   Christian Louboutin (2)

Kate Spade, $45 + Christian Louboutin, $325

Charlotte Olympia 6   Kate Spade 7 (2)

Charlotte Olympia, $303 + Kate Spade, $350

Franco Sarto   Kate Spade 8 (2)

Franco Sarto, $38 + Kate Spade, $199

SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker 

SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, $285 + Manolo Blahnik, $725

8 Ballet  Casadei

8, $131 + Casadei, $695

French Sole   Dune

French Sole, $104 + Dune, $135

Jimmy Choo  Jimmy Choo 2

Jimmy Choo, $675 + Jimmy Choo, $900

Tom Ford Yes   Tom Ford 2

Tom Ford, $716 + Tom Ford, $900

Neighborhood Store — Patricia Field

Charlotte Olympia Popcorn                              Movie Popcorn Purse

Save $536
Charlotte Olympia, $600                     Patricia Field, $64

                     Shiny Milk Carton Purse

Save $4,760
Chanel, $4,800                                           Patricia Field, $40

Tu Es Mon Tresor 2                        Stripe Fake Fur Clutch

Save $809
Tu Es Mon Tresor, $895                             Patricia Field, $86

Les Petite Joueurs        Robot Face Purse

Save $522
Les Petits Joueurs, $610                             Patricia Field, $88

Charlotte Olympia Flirty         Pin Up Clutch

Save $1,047
Charlotte Olympia, $1,115                           Patricia Field, $68

                              

Save $4,967
Kathrine Baumann, $4,995                          Patricia Field, $28

                           Action Movie Purse

Save $567
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!

Love This Brand — Charlotte Olympia

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