Charlotte Olympia’s Whimsical Collections


From London, to New York and even Los Angeles (scheduled to open in May), Charlotte Olympia Dellal’s shoes and handbags can be found in the most chichi cities.

Interested in fashion since she was a young girl, Ms. Dellal says that her father influenced her the most in her career, giving the advice, “Have a plan and think BIG.” This and Ms. Dellal’s own motto – “the higher the heel the better you feel” – helped her aim high. Charlotte Olympia’s whimsical high heels can be found at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Net-a-Porter and other high end boutiques.

Where did the whimsical designs come from? Ms. Dellal shares, “Pin-ups and movie stars from the ’50s, Rita Hayworth in particular, have inspired my designs.” These designs are colorful, witty, unique and extremely unusual. Check out the pink Cherie pumps with statuesque poodles posing as the heels below in the gallery.

Speaking of favorites, Ms. Dellal suggests two sandals for summer, “I love the more Parisian cliché inspired shoes, from Spring Summer 2013 La Vie En Rose. ‘Colette’ is my take on a Marabou feathered boudoir slipper, featuring a poodle head accessory on the toe. Also, ‘Desi Croissant’ is a low sling-back with a gold croissant accessory. At the top of the list, the perfume shaped perspex ‘Scent’ bags.” Included in the collection is an oversized perfume bottle, carry the bag and be the life of the party…

Inspired by the city of love, Paris, Ms. Dellal shares her inspiration for the Spring Summer Collection, “La Vie en Rose is a romantic cliché of Paris including the Eiffel tower, poodles and boudoirs. The essence of Charlotte Olympia is very real; colorful, feminine and with a sense of humor.”

If Paris isn’t your ‘thing’ what about your Zodiac sign? Get in line to get the limited edition Charlotte Olympia ‘Birthday Shoe.’ Ms. Dellal adds, “It’s something I have toyed with for a long time. As with most of my collections, the zodiac is a topic that could easily adapt to a large dose of novelty and fun whilst still being quite classic.”

What has been the bestselling shoe for Charlotte Olympia? Ms. Dellal shares, “There are a number! ‘Encore’ is a collection of classic shoes – a must-have for every woman. The signature ‘Dolly’ count as well as ‘Kitty’ – a strong representation of Charlotte Olympia. It’s your perfect runaround flat – feminine, fun and ideal for chasing after young children.”

Between designing shoes and being a mom, Ms. Dellal shares, “I continue to wear heels and flats albeit mostly heels!”


About Cindy Burns

Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.