Charlotte Olympia And Friends Kick Off London Fashion Week

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  • Charlotte Olympia stages her first ever London Fashion Week show...

    Alexa Chung, Alice Dellal, Daisy Lowe… all of Charlotte Olympia Dellal’s friends and family made their way to Camden’s Roundhouse tonight, to support the accessories designer at her namesake label’s first ever London Fashion Week show.

    Here’s what you need to know…

    There Were 33 Pairs Of Hot Heels

    Plus bags, jewellery, sunglasses and hats produced in collaboration with Piers Atkinson. Called The Girl Who Fell To Earth, Charlotte’s collection was inspired by science fiction films from the 1940s, evidenced in the retro movie poster motifs printed onto clutch bags, and the intergalactic mineral clusters embellishing Perspex heels.

    All The Brit IT Girls Sat On The Front Row
    Alexa, Daisy, Laura Bailey… All of London’s most stylish were out tonight to cheer on one of their own. Charlotte’s mum, Andrea Dellal was there, too, to show them all how it’s done.

    Alice Dellal Closed The Show
    Well you would for your sister, wouldn’t you? Joining her in the first top model line-up of London Fashion Week was Charlotte Wiggins, Matilda Lowther and Portia Freeman, who hasn’t walked a runway show in years but couldn’t resist doing a favour for her friend.

    Vintage Hair, We So Do Care
    Sam McKnight translated the film noir and 1970s references to turn the models’ hair into soft, diffused takes on the classic femme fatale theme. Using Batiste and Cloud 9 products, hair was tonged and teased into short, soft waves or longer versions of 40s curls. “We wanted to keep it fresh and slightly edgy,” said Eamonn Hughes, Creative Director of the Sam McKnight team. “It’s a look that can easily be translated to today if we introduce texture.”

    The Make-Up Was Old Hollywood With A Twist

    “Hollywood heroines and The Beautiful People meet on this face,” said Val Garland of the make-up looks she’d designed using MAC. Most the make-up attention landed on the lips, which were coated in lashings of deep, bloody reds or smatterings of glitter, while eyes were shaded, two-toned affairs either relying on a flick or deep socket line to pop.

    The Nails Were A Classic Glam Statement
    “These nails are so very Charlotte Olympia – her signature is the blazing red with a blank half moon, and I took that and ran with it,” said Marion Newman of the nails. Variation came in the form of metallic takes on Charlotte’s favourite look, with Newman using MAC’s Fabulous Fete in place of the red. Oh and FYI, if you’ve fallen for the red, you’re in luck – MAC are releasing it soon as part of their Charlotte Olympia collection. You heard it here first.

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