Charlotte Olympia’s Spring 2017 collection premiered on the longest day of London’s Fashion Week ss2017 schedule. Shown on the same day as two other accessories giants, creative director Charlotte Dellal set her show apart from the rest with a fabulous evening performance of 1940s- themed glamour that involved showgirls, dancers, Brazilian musicians and gigantic plastic bananas.
Titled Let’s Go Bananas the collection celebrated all things fun, drawing inspiration from Brazilian Carnival culture, Copacabana beach, samba, and larger than life Luso-Brazilian starlet Carmen Miranda. The collection played into Ms. Dellal’s strengths of producing kitschy handbags, towering heels and novelty flats, but was kept fresh when covered in colourful fruits, leather leaves, tropical birds and gold lamé. Everything played into that fun, fiesty, South American festival mood, and the collection was a joy to watch.
The shoes and bags really shone against a background of elegant cream coloured looks with custom made accessories like woven hats, turbans and wooden jewelry. They even managed to hold up against the wacky fruit costumes and glittering bathing suits that were worn towards the end of the show! I said it before, but it mist be repeated- it was a great collection not just because of it’s unique presentation, but also as it played perfectly into Ms. Dellal’s excessively joyful, imaginative aesthetic and showed them off to best effect.
These are definitely not accessories for the faint of heart- you’d bound to a ton of attention wearing any one of the pieces in this collection! They’re fun, frivolous pieces that would add serious pep to any outfit. A sparkly parrot clutch would definitely boost your mood, if not your Instagram feed!
Our favourites: a pair of fruit and flower print platforms with thin gold tie straps, a gold “Cha Cha” record clutch, a pink crocodile Bogard bag with green leaves at the front, a pair of gold lamé mules with a fruit- printed wedge heel, a large blue crocodile pillbox bag with a watermelon slice charm, a white flap bag with green snakeskin leaves and strap, a pair blue crocodile platform sandals, a pair of strappy flats with a sparkly toucan at the front, a pink glittery 3D parrot bag, a pair of ‘fruit salad’ platforms with wooden heels and an ombré acetate clutch with a bamboo pattern at the front and a 3D floral closure.