My current favorite shoe designer? Charlotte Olympia. One of my favorite Dubai based boutiques? Symphony Boutique. I adore Charlotte Olympia heels and I’m so excited to share (if you haven’t heard already) that Symphony exclusively stocks Charlotte Olympia! Another thing I’m excited about? I also got the chance to EXCLUSIVELY interview the darling behind it all, Charlotte Olympia Dellal! We talked about the Dolly shoe, Fashion blogs and Dubai! Whether you’d like a quirky fun shoe to spice up your outfit, or a classic black shoe with a twist, Charlotte Olympia aces it. Check out a few of the pieces coming in to Symphony for the SS11 season that should be in stores this Feb…
–When did you decide you wanted to start designing shoes?
During my foundation course at London College of Fashion, I then went on to do a degree at Cordwainers specializing in footwear design.
–Being a huge Olympia Dolly fan myself, how did the style come about?
It was one of the first Charlotte Olympia designs and became a signature. I wanted to design a classic court with a modern silhouette. I am partial to a very high heel and I didn’t want the shoe to look heavy so the “island” platform is set-back and looks like it is floating under the sole.
One of my favorite boutiques, Symphony Boutique exclusively stocks Charlotte Olympia in Dubai! Have you ever been to Dubai – any upcoming plans?
Yes, I have been to Dubai a couple of times in the past. I am very excited to collaborate with Symphony; I would love to come and see the store in person. Actually, I was just discussing with my husband and we might go with our son soon for some sunshine!
–What were the inspirations behind your SS11 collection?
Being half Brazilian I wanted to reference a bit of Brazil. Carmen Miranda was my pin-up this season, I always like to work with a lot of colour, different textures and print. I had a lot of fun designing this collection.
–You collaborated with designers for SS11, any future collaboration plans?
Yes, I love collaborating and will still continue to do so for Fall 2011.
–What would you be if you weren’t a Shoe designer?
I would still be doing something creative and sculptural; hats or lingerie perhaps.
–I love how you’re mostly seen wearing your own designs. Which style are you wearing this week?
I only wear my own designs other than when I wear Converse. This week I’m running around my factory in Italy in my “Bowie” ankle boots, they’re super high and comfortable and go with everything.-Favourite fashion city?
Hard question, but Paris is very special.
–Do you read any fashion websites or blogs?
Vogue.com, Style.com, Purplediary.com and netaporter.com
for some online window shopping! I love The Symphony Style File
of course and I’ll start reading myfashdiary.com
too now. –Any last words for myfashdiary readers?
The higher the heel, the better you feel!
For more, check out the exclusive Dubai stockist, Symphony, Ground Floor Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall,