Charlotte Olympia Dellal’s debut ready-to-wear runway showing was also the first to kick-start London Fashion Week fall 2016. For fall/winter 2016, Dellal has a line of black pieces that stuck to the basics, and drew inspiration from noir fashion and vintage comic books. In other words, the pieces were timeless and many were sophisticated. The showing was set with dark staging and velvet flooring, which added to the noir, black-and-white film theme. It was only through the shoes and accessories that any color or texture was given amongst the products, which was actually quite a lovely approach.
Charlotte Olympia is namely a footwear and accessories brand, so the focus being on these aspects in the showing was to be expected. The shoes were of all different types, from Oxfords to platform pumps, and all the way to thigh-high heeled boots. So they were each able to shine in new ways and stand out against the black backdrop and the continued black of the garments.
London’s Roundhouse venue, which is a location for concerts and other shows, was the perfect place to host this runway event, as the noir theme in any instance has distinct levels of drama that are relatable to that of theater. While the show’s dramatic nature matched the setting, not all of the aspects were made to be striking within the large venue. The finer details in the line were created more to be appreciated up close and personal, be it in stores or online when the line is released or when browsing the runway looks directly following the runway.
Flirty outerwear pieces make for the perfect basic additions to any woman’s wardrobe, so the apparel in this collection makes for a great launching point, especially since you have the opportunity to pair it with such fun shoes and eye-catching accessories. A mid-thigh length classic jacket with a tied off waist was feminine, chic, and simple. It was a piece that could be added to any number of outfits to create a layered look, or simply with a pair of sheer tights and fun accessories and footwear, as it was shown in the runway show. If you’re looking for some more quirky outerwear, on the other hand, the collection featured a lovely tailored cape, which perfectly matched the theme of the show, managing to be both reminiscent of forties noir and modern.
The lengths of the dresses in the Charlotte Olympia fall 2016 RTW collection were fairly stable, falling below the knee. So the amount of women who can pull off this line is significantly lessened. Although a pair of knee-length professional shorts was sleek and would make a great addition to any woman’s wardrobe.
Bags and hats added a much-appreciated drama that finishes off each ensemble. Bags ranged from round and flat to transparent and square. The latter may not be the most practical for day-to-day use, but the impact was certainly clear on the runway (no pun intended). One particular clutch was striking, in that it had the look of a rolled up comic book, which added to the vintage theme, as well as a pop of color.
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