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Charlotte Olympia Spring Summer 2017

The success of London’s burgeoning accessories brands was one of the features of today’s schedule. Three of them put out major runway productions—Anya Hindmarch in the morning, Mulberry in the afternoon, and Charlotte Olympia at night. Designer Charlotte Dellal’s show was a riot of no-expense-spared fun. She took over an Art Deco ballroom off London’s Piccadilly for an evening performance of ’40s-theme glamour, involving showgirls, dancers, the lot.
“I based it on Technicolor movies from the ’40s, like Carmen Miranda’s, which I always love,” she said. This is a girl who knows how to entertain. Dellal seated her audience beside a high catwalk, the better to get an eyeful of the footwear. First, she sent out a passage of elegant cream clothes, accessorized with gilded platforms and colorful flat sandals. So far, so regular a fashion show; but then came the carnival of kitsch—a riot of girls dressed in a cocktail of exotic fruit costumes, followed by a troupe of high-kicking dancers dressed in gold swimsuits. They performed a hilarious synchronized routine with giant inflatable bananas—the better to display Dellal’s prowess with brightly colored stiletto pumps. After a long day, it brought the house down.

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Charlotte Olympia presented Spring Summer 2017 Let’s Go Bananas womenswear collection, inspired by “the lady in the tutti frutti hat” Carmen Miranda. The collection celebrates Brazilian superstar and bombshell, who was popular from the 1930s to the 1950s, with mouthwatering colour palette and a feast of tropical fruits and flowers.

“There is no shortage of samba-inspired statement heels in this show stopping collection. Carnaval knee high lace-ups and Botanica platforms are decorated with golden leather orchids.  Cut-out Monstera leaf uppers adorn Verdant Wedges and Amazonia slides and feature throughout the selection of leather goods including the classic Bogart handbag. 
Accessories go bananas with cheeky Chiquita banana court shoes and fruit appliqué designs including Fruit Salad sandals, Juicy Dolly’s and revisited favourites,Bananas is My Business platform pumps and Tutti Frutti flats, both updated with a ‘Hollywood Smile’ lip motif. The Tropical Handbag and Fruit Basket star alongside Club Tropicana peeptoes and Chica Chica Boom platforms, all embellished with floral fruit clusters.“

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Charlotte Olympia Dellal made platforms her platform from day one in business as a shoe designer, which was years ago and they were a huge part from her spring 2017 collection.
There were clothes, but the real emphasis was, naturally, the accessories. The footwear was signature Charlotte Olympia — big, bold and sexy. Some things rise above fashion to become a matter of personal style, taste, and being certain of who you are—and Charlotte Olympia is a shining example of that.

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With her and her sister’s star power, they have created a fashion dynasty. 

And Poppy Delevingne was providing her superstar touch to the incredible Charlotte Olympia Spring/Summer 2017 showcase at London Fashion Week on Sunday. 

The 29-year-old sister of Cara showed off her unique flare for fashion in a pair of low-key jeans paired with a wildly glamorous black sequinned cape. 

Stunner: Poppy Delevingne was providing her superstar touch to the incredible Charlotte Olympia Spring/Summer 2017 showcase at London Fashion Week on Sunday

Stunner: Poppy Delevingne was providing her superstar touch to the incredible Charlotte Olympia Spring/Summer 2017 showcase at London Fashion Week on Sunday

Poppy perfectly combined casual styling with the height of glamour as she showed off her phenomenal figure in the second-skin light wash jeans. 

The distressed denims showed off her figure to maximum effect while she paired the look with a stomach-baring black vest top which further added to the low-key look.

Making the ensemble fashion week worthy was her statement sequinned cape which boasted stunning embroidery while tying in an elaborate bow at her chest. 

She boosted her already statuesque with the addition of a pair of pointed staggering heels with a pointed toe and delicate ankle straps. 

Beaming: The 29-year-old sister of Cara showed off her unique flare for fashion in a pair of low-key jeans paired with a wildly glamorous black sequinned cape

Beaming: The 29-year-old sister of Cara showed off her unique flare for fashion in a pair of low-key jeans paired with a wildly glamorous black sequinned cape

Poppy's pony: Poppy scraped her peroxide blonde tresses into an eye-wateringly tight ponytail which made the most of her stunning features

Poppy’s pony: Poppy scraped her peroxide blonde tresses into an eye-wateringly tight ponytail which made the most of her stunning features

Proving the attention was in the details, she held a chic clutch bag with studded details all over – perfectly tying together the stunning ensemble. 

Poppy scraped her peroxide blonde tresses into an eye-wateringly tight ponytail which made the most of her stunning features. 

Her make-up was flawlessly applied with a smudgy kohl highlighting her eyes and a delicate slick of powder pink lipgloss giving a girly finish. 

Pretty! Australian model Jessica Hart looked phenomenal in a monochrome animal print playsuit with a perilously plunging neckline

Pretty! Australian model Jessica Hart looked phenomenal in a monochrome animal print playsuit with a perilously plunging neckline

Toned down: Yet another model turning out for the show was Jade Parfitt who was wholly more dressed down than her peers in an oversized T-shirt dress

Toned down: Yet another model turning out for the show was Jade Parfitt who was wholly more dressed down than her peers in an oversized T-shirt dress

Wow! The show was as eye-catching as the stars as a tropical theme worked through the show with dancers stepping out with bananas while tropical fruits extended through the collection

Wow! The show was as eye-catching as the stars as a tropical theme worked through the show with dancers stepping out with bananas while tropical fruits extended through the collection

Australian model Jessica Hart looked phenomenal in a monochrome animal print playsuit with a perilously plunging neckline. 

Yet another model turning out for the show was Jade Parfitt who was wholly more dressed down than her peers in an oversized T-shirt dress. 

The show was as eye-catching as the stars as a tropical theme worked through the show with dancers stepping out with bananas while tropical fruits extended through the collection. 

Spectacular: The show was stunning with an exotic theme throughout 

Spectacular: The show was stunning with an exotic theme throughout 

Fruity! The shoes all featured a stunning tropical theme 

Fruity! The shoes all featured a stunning tropical theme 

CRAFT TRENDS AT LONDON FASHION WEEK

Watermelon shaped wicker baskets, surfside Ocean Drive and Old Bollywood at London Fashion Week

London was buzzing with excitement during London Fashion Week. With so many designers to see – I wanted to get in on the action! 

For the last few years I have been happy to see some strong craft influences on the catwalk from the likes of Shrimps, Julien Macdonald, Burberry, and Christopher Kane.  These influences have continued and next season’s trends include brightly coloured accessories, knitwear, patchwork and embellishments, and queen of all the new trends – embroidery. 

Here’s a roundup of some of the designers and shows that stood out the most,

Charlotte Olympia

Banana Shoes at Charlotte Olympias SS17 Show, LFW16. Photo Charlotte Olympia

BANANA SHOES AT CHARLOTTE OLYMPIAS SS17 SHOW, LFW16. PHOTO CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA

Luxury shoes and accessories designer, Charlotte Olympia Dellal began designing due to her love of old Hollywood glamour. Charlotte took her passion to explore her interests and gain technical training in crafting beautiful shoes at Cordwainers. After graduating from Cordwainers, Charlotte launched her shoe brand in 2008 and has continued to expand her products to include bags and accessories. Her designs are all handmade with genuine leather and are feminine, playful, and contain a touch of humour. 
Watermelon_Wicker_Bag_at_Charlotte Olympias SS17 Show, LFW16. Photo Steph Diaz HansmWATERMELON_WICKER_BAG_AT_CHARLOTTE OLYMPIAS SS17 SHOW, LFW16. PHOTO STEPH DIAZ HANSM

Charlotte Olympia’s show at London Fashion Week was spectacular! For her Spring/Summer 2017 collection, she celebrated everything glamourous about enjoying your twilight years in style by the pool. The collection had many tongue-in-cheek moments and fruity twists including watermelon wicker baskets, parrot handbags, jewel encrusted heels, and even banana-shaped pumps. The crowd were also dazzled by a sparkly cabaret performance with models wearing emoji costumes.

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