28 February 2014 shoe designer London shoe and bag designer Charlotte Olympia welcomes VOGUE in their Paris showroom. Due to the their collection, there are Chinese tea and fortune cookies
At the entrance of your showrooms, the slogan welcomes us “Shanghai express”, your collection is richly decorated by Chinese elements.
Yes, that is always and also the same name (laughs). I play with all the elements to a topic.
Have you experienced in Shanghai, how did you the city?
I was never there! It was more to China than to the city itself, but I love the movies that played there in the 1940s. The glamorous.
Designing leather handbags to match.
The first time that I’m working with leather for bags. They are also named after Hollywood actors of the past. It came by itself, it felt right, to go one step further now.
How is currently holds the balance between bags and shoes in your line?
I think we are a shoe label, but as shown on the leather case we develop ourselves. In a natural way, that is important to me. The Division of the bags is increasing, I’ve warmed me for the subject. But the shoe comes always first. I had a clear-heeled shoes, then there was the right clutch for this. The Pocket is something like the exclamation point at the end of a collection, they emphasize this and can be more playful than the shoe designs. The leather case is picked up on the pattern of the inner lining of a shoe or the Golden platforms, I like working with the materials.
What models of your collections you will bring in particular?
Ouh, I think people recognize in particular the “Dolly” models with the Golden Cap or the cats shoes as the transparent clutches. Personally, I like particularly the glamorous models of platform, in this collection are those with the umbrellas. I love statement shoes. Also, such associate people with the label. There are the striking designs and those others in each season. The Kitty ballerinas but are in any case front.
How to collect and sort your ideas for all these themes?
A good idea. I have many and recycle them in the collection, where I currently work, or get them. I write mostly it related, whether it would be suitable for the summer or winter. I collect beautiful things and objects and translate them into something portable. A vase as can be to a paragraph or a lantern itself is almost already a finished bag. To be so, functional objects. In particular in this collection, with all the beautiful things from the Chinese culture. The embroidery, the umbrellas that women wear today.
If you speak of the collection: art collector is your father, your brother runs a gallery, I your sister’s home musician, your mother in the world. How does feel as a creative environment?
That’s right, so I was thinking about never. I think I was always encouraged to do what I wanted and to be creative. My mother in particular inspired me in her own way, she accumulates exceptionally beautiful things and stands for glamour. As my grandmother. I liked always last, I was already getting nostalgic and collect things, because I can’t get rid of them, for me or for the label. You can see me, I wear like red lipstick, hair in the 40s-style. Also, I use the retro look, because he is in turn so fashionable.
Her mother is Brazilian. In the country, the World Cup takes place in 2014. An inspiration for a special collection?
But yes, for my current Cruise Collection I had incorporated elements from the Super Bowl. Football would be not so far away, why not.
Would the World Cup designs rather then English or Brazilian?
I’m half English, half Brazilian. But I love Brazil. If both teams compete, would my mother in a room my father in another see the game. I think I’d with look at my mother. But I would be happy for both teams.
Is currently in Paris fashion week: what look do you recommend when visiting the shows, discreet or striking?
I’m happy to chic. Matter that is fashion week, Monday or Friday evening in Paris or London. I love the elements of glamour. For me as a shoe and bag designer with showy elements, that is felt on the whole look.It’s my world and I love the past, as I said, and I’m wearing my hat and my gloves. I would recommend to take the showpieces.
And which shoes do you recommend in Paris for the first dinner date?
A first date? For this the town is wonderful (laughs). Perhaps no platform shoes, but those with a simple sole. And in Paris, a place where I like to walk go – in contrast to London where everything by car is – would I wear a comfortable shoe and focus more on the Pocket!
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