Comfort over style or not? The importance of design for comfy shoes, to last all night long
“I design with both form and function in mind. I am a woman designing for other women so I try on all my designs to make sure they fit correctly and 'walk' well. It's very important to me that the shoe looks beautiful on and off the foot, but paramount that it can be worn regardless of heel height.”
How to identify, achieve and maintain your signature style
“When getting dressed, I always like to make an effort whether it's Monday morning or a Friday night. I have my hair set in 1940s waves once a week and never leave the house without my red lipstick – it's my secret weapon – even when I have an 'off' day it has the power to make me feel a little more glamorous; that and a great pair of shoes!”
See also: Charlotte Olympia's Custom ABC Shoes Lets You Spell Your Own Style
Accessorising: Less is more or more is more?
“I love accessories, not just shoes and bags – I collect hats, gloves, hosiery and costume jewellery because they can instantly change an outfit. I often hear myself saying 'more is more', but the beauty of accessorising is that you can always take something off if it doesn't feel right, in which case sometimes less is more.”
Suitcase essentials for any occasion
“I always pack my signature transparent Pandora perspex clutch bag because it goes with anything and everything, a great pair of flats that you can wear day and night and a fabulous pair of heels to dress up for the unexpected.”
Fellow designers who inspire her
“Emilia Wickstead and Temperley make dressing up fun, whilst Isa Arfen, HVN and The Vampires Wife make up for many of my wardrobe staples. If I like a style, I tend to get it in every colour!”
Maintaining a creative flair for each new collection
The essence of Charlotte Olympia comes from my love of a bygone era – I am constantly inspired by Old Hollywood glamour. I love collecting beautiful objects so many of my more elaborate designs are pieces that can be worn, but also look fabulous on display. I enjoy working with colour and texture, and travel is a big part of my life so I am also constantly looking at different surroundings around the world.”
A shopping experience for the season
“(At my new boutique in Bicester Village) there will be plenty of styles and silhouettes, from my signature high-heeled platforms and colourful pumps to my trademark feline flats and sneakers. You’ll also find a selection of handbags, playful clutches and small leather goods.”
Charlotte Olympia has opened in Bicester Village, just in time for Christmas, joining 30 new boutiques and more than 160 renowned labels. Find out more here.