Back To My Roots

July 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Russia, with its vibrant culture and rich history has been a fashion inspiration for many designers. Being a Russian-born Londoner, it is always touching to see those pieces – they remind me of my mother-land and its infinite cultural treasures. My favourite collection inspired by Russian Empire so far has been Chanel’s pre-fall 2009, but it might be about to change with introduction of Russian Matryoshka (nesting doll) to Fall-Winter 2012 collection by Charlotte Olympia. Quirky handbag, Charlotte Olympia’s well known high heels and my favourite Pandora clutch that has been altered especially for this collection (now it comes in wood – the same material original dolls are made out of) are the first pieces to be unveiled to the world. I seriously hope there is more to come – statement elements and vibrant colours are very much needed in our autumn wardrobes.

  1. Baboushka Embroidered Leather Clutch, £375 available at Net-a-Porter.com
  2. Matryoshka Suede Sandal, $1565 (approximately £1000) available at BergdorfGoodman.com
  3. Pandora Matryoshka Wooden Clutch, £575 available at Net-a-Porter.com

Leaf Me Alone

June 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

No, the title above does not have a spelling mistake – it is just the name of the new botanically inspired heels by Charlotte Olympia. This summer is looking like the biggest season for printed and patterned items. Designers took inspirations from the wide range of objects: kaleidoscopic images, colourful scarfs, flowers and jungle. Indeed I blogged about a few print trends already: scarf print post that has received astonishing number of Google referrals just proving how big the trend is and jungle print as seen on Cheryl Cole in her new video. And London based brand Charlotte Olympia is not lagging behind as it has come up with own leafy pattern used for shoes and bags alike (images 2 and 4). And then they just went and stepped it up a notch transforming the pattern to life size leaves and molding them into fashionable items. All in all the collection rules, and if you are looking to spice up your summery outfits why not choose those nature inspired beauties?

  1. Don’t Leaf Me Bag, £375
  2. Pandora Clutch (just one out of the three options for interchangeable pouch), £475
  3. Leaf Me Alone High Heel Sandals, £625
  4. Meridith Wedges, £565

The Only Clutch You Will Ever Need

October 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Well it is not the only one you will EVER need, but it is probably the most adaptable evening bag ever made. And it has been on my mental wish list for a while but it keeps selling out too fast each time it is back in stock.

This is Charlotte Olympia Pandora Clutch with three exchangeable pouches that fit inside a see-through plastic case. The brand is super famous for outrageous and extremely stylish shoe range, but this bag is proving to be a competitor for the most inventive Charlotte Olympia item ever made.

For £439 you get three different clutches – definitely worth it! The only bad thing about this clutch – it will be hard to make up your mind about which one to wear today!

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