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SEEN at the catwalk for LFW16: Charlotte Olympia SS17

The luxury shoes and accessories of the London brand Charlotte Olympia closed day four shows of the London Fashion Week with the presentation of her SS17 tropical and fruity collection on Sunday, 18th September. The location for this magnificent mise-en-scene was at London’s Sheraton Grand Hotel ballroom.

The luxury shoes and accessories of the London brand Charlotte Olympia closed day four shows of the London Fashion Week with the presentation of her SS17 tropical and fruity collection on Sunday, 18th September. The location for this magnificent mise-en-scene was at London’s Sheraton Grand Hotel ballroom.

Traditionally, footwear and accessories have been the ‘ugly friend’ at the fashion week shows, but things are changing with names such as Anya Hindmarch – who also unveiled her SS 17 earlier in the day – and Charlotte Olympia, who debuted the London Fashion Week last season.

Charlotte Olympia’s SS17 presentation titled ‘Let’s Go Bananas’ proved that things are quickly changing. The show took place in a stunning setting, the luxurious Sheraton’s Grand Hotel ballroom, which had been decorated to resemble a 1940’s cabaret bar with glittering starlets dancing with inflatable bananas to Bebel Gilberto (one of Brazil’s most famous Bossa Nova singers) live songs, with Carmen Miranda, a Brazilian superstar from the 1930s to the 1950s, as the collection’s muse.

Bags took all tropical shapes, colours and motifs: wicker fruit baskets, bags decorated with toucans, leather palm fronds, bananas, birds of paradise or tropical flowers, and even evening bags shaped like parrots or pineapples.

The shoes were nonetheless colourful and cheerful: from sky high banana stilettos or lame wooden platforms bearing Carmen Miranda’s face on the heel, to beautifully decorated flat sandals, perfect for any time of the day.

Luxury shoes and accessories designer, Dellal began designing from her love of fashion and nostalgia for the bygone era of old Hollywood glamour. She pursued her passion and launched her eponymous London based shoe brand in January 2008.

Definitely Charlotte Olympia’s SS17 participation at the London Fashion Week will be long remembered. Enjoy this collection full of Copacabana’s carnival spirit.

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Credits

Photography courtesy of London Fashion Week

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