The CEO and creative director of Charlotte Olympia gets ready for a family vacation in Rio.
World traveler, shoe maven, fashionista and namesake of one of the most glamorous shoe and accessories brands, Charlotte Olympia Dellal is getting ready for her Easter escape to Rio de Janeiro. “It’s my home away from home,” she says.
Her mother, Andrea Dellal, is a native of Rio de Janiero, and a Brazilian model who was one of the biggest names of the 1980s fashion scene working for Thierry Mugler, Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Yves Saint Laurent.
Dellal says she tries to visit Rio “whenever I can; it is a very special part of the world.” Last March, she told the Financial Times that the first thing she does when she arrives and the last thing she does before she leaves is go for a run up and down Ipanema beach. “The view is one of my favorites in the world.”
She’ll travel with her husband, financier Maxim Crewe, and her three boys. “My holidays are always with my children, but at least once a year, my husband and I try to have a short trip away together.”
The family’s pooch, a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Marlon, traveled with the family for a Christmas trip to Cornwall. “It was easy to bring Marlon with us because we traveled by car.”
The CEO and creative director of Charlotte Olympia, who makes her home in London, started her own line in 2008, launched her first store in 2010, and opened her third store in the U.S. in Miami last April. One of the signature of are a gold spider web on the sole, a tribute to E.B. White’s Charlottes’s Web.
Here are the things the jetsetter can’t leave home without.
What she’s listening to: Brazilian singer MARIA GADU. “I love Brazilian music.”
What she can’t live without when traveling: “I never travel without my CATNAPS; they are comfortable satin Kitty slippers that come with an eyemask and convenient bag to keep all of my travel essentials in.”
Luggage: “I recently bought a GLOBE TROTTER trunk I have been coveting for years. It makes packing a lot easier as there is one big space to fit everything in.”
“I have a pair of wooden rackets and rubber balls that travel with me if I am going to a beach destination. I love to play frescobal.” FRESCOBOL op BEACH PADDLE BALL had its origins in Rio de Janeiro on the infamous Copacabana Beach in the mid 1940s.
What she’s reading: LAUREN BACALL’S autobiography “By Myself.”
MAC Red Lipstick. “I love red lipstick! MAC makes great pigments in several shades of red.
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. “I discovered it on a British Airways flight and love it. It keeps my skin hydrated and I love the smell.”
ROGER GALLET Gingembre perfume. “It’s a fresh fragrance and it is what my mother uses, so I love the smell. It reminds me of her.”
INSTITUT ESTHEDERM sunscreen products to keep her skin protected while sunning on Ipanema beach.