Charlotte Olympia Plans Expansion
Charlotte Olympia Dellal’s namesake footwear and accessories brand has the perfect combination of playfulness, old Hollywood glamour, and nostalgia. It appears that many others agree- by the end of this year, the growing company will have nine stores worldwide. The brand is well-known for its whimsical flats like the Kitty, featuring a cat’s face and ears, and the Charlotte’s Web, which is adorned a spider’s web. “We wanted to develop a strong brand aesthetic, a recognizable silhouette from the outset and build on that DNA,” said Dellal. She also said she has a “nostalgia for a bygone era, a time when women wouldn’t leave the house without wearing a hat and gloves.” The chic designer even looks it- her personal style icon is Rita Hayworth and she looks like she’s from the golden age of Hollywood with her ever-present red lipstick and Forties-style hairstyle. Dellal added she has always loved collecting beautiful objects and the idea of making them wearable.
“Charlotte Olympia is in a league of its own in terms of making shoes that are cute and funny. The customer is almost anyone – unless they are completely lacking in a sense of humor,” said Helen David, fashion director of women’s wear, accessories, and fine jewelry at Harrods. Natalie Kingham, head of fashion at Matches.com, said the Charlotte Olympia customer “loves old-school glamour,” and the Kitty flats are bestsellers on the site. “We also sell the Dolly platform shoe very well, but the revival of the flat shoe has meant that Dellal’s glamorous slippers are very much in demand,” she added.
Montblanc Celebrates with Limited Edition Collection
Montblanc has launched a new limited collection in honor of its 90th anniversary. The luxury brand’s new line pays homage to the iconic pen that made the company a household name almost a century ago. Items offered include accessories, jewelry, watches, pens and leather goods. The limited edition Meisterstuck Collection, which ranges in price from $165 to $34,500, is currently available in Montblanc boutiques worldwide and at Montblanc.com.
Allure Launches YouTube Channel
Allure is the latest beauty magazine to get a YouTube channel, launching today. Condé Nast Entertainment led the project, which is an updated take on Allure’s editorial content. The magazine also has existing videos on their website, focusing on fashion week, beauty bloggers, and instructional makeup clips. The new channel will incorporate those and will now include four mini-series, called “Beauty Basics,” “Cassandra,” “Beauty Evolution,” and “Hair Tyrant.” Allure has said they are aware of the “dizzying” number of beauty videos and channels already on YouTube. “There are so many people who are making videos from their bedrooms, but we can give a more authoritative look. People like to relate to the girl in her bedroom, but we can say we’re Allure, we have a more definitive look and a lot of access,” said Allure Editor-In-Chief Linda Wells.
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