Lusting over designer shoes seems to be at the top of my to-do lists at the moment, I am searching for a pair for my wedding, and top of my wish-list has to be owning a pair of Charlotte Olympia, so I was in heaven this week when I got the chance to check out the British footwear designer’s Cruise 15 collection, Down Mexico Way.
Like with all Charlotte Olympia collections, this is one fun line-up of statement shoes and clutches, filled with tequila references, maraca detailing, hibiscus florals, cacti prints, chillis, tacos, pinatas, and my favourites being the striking Day of the Dead designs with embroidered skull and skeleton appliqués. It is basically everything you can think of when it comes to Mexico in a kitsch, fun way, and I basically want it all.
The collection is huge, I am only sharing a small selection, basically my favourites – from the ‘It Makes You Happy’ tequila bottle-shaped clutch bag to the heart adorned ‘Sacred Pandora’ clutches, which have a Romeo & Juliet feel about them, and the gorgeous, wear all summer ‘Rachera Sandals’ with their colourful woven design that kind of makes me think of a Mariachi player. I also really adore the chilli print, the ‘Fiesta Magazine’ clutch, and the ‘Tequila Sunrise’ court shoes with a tequila shot glass as the heel.
Then there is that one piece that is so impractical but cute as hell that kind of made me squeal a little – the ‘Nacho Bag!’. Like the name suggests it is a miniature nacho-shaped clutch with a silk tassel, but to call it a clutch is a bit of a stretch as you can fit nothing in this beauty unless it is a triangle, I think you would be OK with a miniature lippy but that’s all. I think of it as more of an ornament, an instagramable delight, but I do hope that a celebrity sees its beauty and takes it on a trip down the red carpet.
With the Cruise 15 all about Mexico and AW14 all about Shanghai, I wonder where in the world Charlotte Olympia is going to land next.