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Well-heeled with Charlotte Dellal

Q&A
Charlotte Olympia boutique, Bal Harbour.

By Tali Jaffe

If Charlotte Olympia is not a household name already, that’s about to change. The London-based designer has just opened her third store, Charlotte Olympia, in the U.S. at Bal Harbour Shops, with an exclusive collection designed especially for the Miami location. Dellal, the daughter of the former Brazilian model Andrea (a.k.a Rio) and sister to model and muse Alice (as well as brothers Alex and Max, gallerist and artist, respectively), began her career in fashion as an assistant to Giambattista Valli in Paris in 2000. She launched her own line in 2006, opened her first store in 2010 and the rest is fashion history! Here, we shared a few minutes with the designer and style setter about her new store, the highest of heels and where she prefers to take sun in Miami.

For your third US store you chose Bal Harbour Shops. Please share why this location appealed to you more than any other?
Miami marks a milestone in the development of the brand in America, there is a market there to help continue build the business. It is also a creative town with a growing art scene that I love to visit. Each of my stores are very special to me and incorporate unique elements relating to their environment whilst encapsulating the spirit of the brand that is inspired by a by-gone era of old Hollywood glamour.

Flora and fauna play a big role in your accessory motifs. What were there first prints and designs that came to mind when you decided on Miami?
I like to showcase my collection in the perfect environment. I am inspired by so many things from my surroundings as well as imagery, movies and people. I love collecting beautiful things, and I translate this by transforming everyday objects into something wearable.

Are there looks exclusive to the Bal Harbour store?
The store will carry the permanent shoe and accessory collections as well as a capsule collection of Miami-inspired styles exclusively designed for the store, including embroidered T-bar Flamingo sandals and gold banana leaf clutch bags mirroring the feature wall.

When you think of Miami, what are the first images that come to mind?
A blend of different aesthetics including Art Deco buildings surrounded by tropical vegetation. And a lot of pink!

Your personal style and brand style seem to go hand-in-hand. Do you think of yourself first when developing new looks?
I am nostalgic on a personal level which transcends into my design aesthetic.

Is there anything you wouldn't wear yourself?
As they saying goes ‘never say never’! However, a pedicure is a must, sandals and open shoes look even better with pretty feet.

 

How many looks are in each collection?
Each collection consists of approximately 200 shoes and 100 accessories. Hollywood Glamour is such a rich visual and has a strong presence in your new store.

Who are some of your favorite personalities from that era?
The 1940’s and 50’s is a bygone era that plays a huge part on the sensibility of the brand. I'm particularly fond of Salvatore Ferragamo and inspired by movie stars and pin-ups, Rita Hayworth is a favorite.

What's the next capsule collection you'll be releasing?
I’m excited to be launching the ‘Faster’ collection at the end of May. I’ve always loved the glamor and prestige that is attached to Grand Prix racing and Formula 1. I particularly enjoy vintage cars. Like shoes, they are designed with both form and function in mind.

It seems like you're a pretty big fan of heels, what do you slip on in the summer? And do you have a summer holiday go-to?
As my motto goes, ‘the higher the heel, the better you feel!’ I wear super high-heeled platforms, flats and everything in between. You can really determine your day by the shoes you choose to wear, if I'm feeling particularly glamorous I'll reach for my most flamboyant platforms, but if it's a day out with my three boys, my Kitty flats are perfect to run around in.

With the new Bal Harbour store, do you plan to spend more time in Miami?
As often as I can!

What are some of your favorite spots in town?
Madeline's vintage store; Lincoln Road antiques market on Sundays; Soho Beach House and The Raleigh’s swimming pool is particularly beautiful.

 

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