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Charlotte Olympia to present head-to-toe looks at debut LFW show

Charlotte Olympia to present head-to-toe looks at debut LFW show

Footwear designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal says models walking the catwalk at her runway show will be presented in a "head-to-toe look".

With her debut show runway show taking place on Friday (19Feb16) at London Fashion Week, the designer told WWD that her stylistic vision has been fully realised.

“They will definitely have a head-to-toe look, so it’s not just shoes and bags. Everything is Charlotte Olympia," she said.

Dellal, who is her namesake brand's chief executive and creative director, also said that she has longed to present her designs on the catwalk but has to wait until the timing was right.

"This is the season I’ve decided to jump and do it. It feels right. You can want to do something for a while, but if you don’t have the right timing it doesn’t work,” she explained.

Fashionistas can expect Dellal's show to have a theatrical vibe, considering Dellal’s love of Old Hollywood-style glamour and jewel-coloured shoes and accessories.

Her current collection includes a variety of platforms with leopard print insets, chunky wedges and bejewelled sandals.

“I love Hollywood glamour and how pieces, makeup pieces, were accessories for your dressing room table, proudly displayed. I was looking at makeup as an accessory in that sort of way, but I always think of makeup as an accessory itself. Like heels can change your outfit, so can a slick of red lipstick,” she smiled.

Dellal, who won the 2015 accessory designer prize at the British Fashion Awards in November, is set for a busy season which includes collaborations with Agent Provocateur, MAC Cosmetics and Havaianas.

As well as Dellal's show, London Fashion Week will also showcase a variety of up-and-coming talent, including American designer Michael Halpern.

Meanwhile, this year's London Fashion Week also marks the start of many designers shifting to a 'see-now, buy now' business model.

Design house Burberry will begin selling its collection in-store minutes after the runway show ends and from September (16), Tom Ford will also begin narrowing the gap between runway and delivery in an attempt to give fashion-forward customers quicker access to new styles.

Mulberry will also be following the trend, with their new collection available in store from April.

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