Charlotte Olympia Dellal On SJP, Rita Hayworth, Motherhood & More

Charlotte Olympia Dellal, who had her first show in London on Friday, sounds off on a range of hot topics from big celeb moments to designers she admires to social media. Read on for key quotes from this week’s cover star.

Her breakout celeb moment:

“One of the first celebrities to wear my shoes was Sarah Jessica Parker at her ‘Sex and the City 2’ premiere [in 2010]. In terms of a character, she is someone who is known for loving shoes, so there couldn’t have been a better person to wear them.”

Person she would most like to see in her shoes:

“Rita Hayworth, dancing in my shoes with Fred Astaire. That would have been good. It’s one thing to see my shoes walking, but I love to see them dancing.”


What motherhood has taught her:

“It teaches you how to prioritize things better. It puts things into perspective. As much as I love what I do, it’s not the be-all, end-all. Life is with my family and my kids. I’m lucky that I have my own business and that my office is next to my home. Motherhood and my professional career took off at the same time, so it’s not like I had to choose to have a baby at the right time. I don’t know any different.”

Other designers she admires:

“I love Schiaparelli as a brand and what Elsa Schiaparelli did as a person and a creative. I admire Miuccia Prada, who has a fantastic brand, vision and aesthetic.”

Her love of Brazil:

“Since I’m half Brazilian and my mom grew up there, I say it’s my home away from home. I experience it on both levels, and it is always inspiring going back. I speak Portuguese, I like Brazilian food, my boys do jiu jitsu.”

Charlotte Olympia Fall 2016 Shoes On The Runway
Charlotte Olympia RTW fall ’16 runway collection.
CREDIT: Giovanni Giannoni.

Making her Instagram personal:

“I don’t have a personal account and a brand account — it’s all the same. My audience is focused on my brand, but the fact that I’m doing it makes it more personal. It doesn’t feel corporate and it’s not just still-life imagery or product, but little insights into what I’m seeing.”

Her next big travel destination:

“I’m going to Japan soon. I love that it’s on the other side of the world from London. Everyone’s asleep at home and I’m awake. I can switch off the phone and live a bit differently. You feel like you have to have time to discover because it’s so far away. There are fewer things in the back of your [mind].”

For a full look at fall ’16, click through the gallery.

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