A step up from the designer's long-loved signature Kitty collection of embroidered suede slippers, the Spring/Summer 16 collection still calls for cats – though you won't find your average house cat on these heels...
With Charlotte Olympia Dellal's sights set on Africa (the designer's birthplace), the leopard makes its way into her new collection appearing in the form of a faux hyde on bags and high heel sandals. The classic spotted print also made its way discreetly into the lining of platforms and pumps alike as Dellal did her best to give even a pair of ravenous red woven sandals a dose of the fun-spirited print. However, she didn't stop there, making one more bold move with the leopard as her inspiration, Dellal swapped a solid platform on a 'kitten heel' for a sculpted statuesque leopard – quite possibly her coolest spin on the leopard's contribution to the collection.
The overarching theme of her collection looked to travel and adventure in a bygone era. Dellal named the collection 'I Married Adventure,' after a memoir she found written by Osa Johnson, a woman who travelled the world with her photographer husband in a propeller plane in the 1910s, '20s and '30s.
The collection's ties to travel are seen in the map prints that appeared on wedges and high heels, as well as the bag collection that featured a globe clutch, a boxy lucite suitcase (which comes with travel stickers), passport and stamp bags. Tying in more references from Osa Johnson's life, Dellal designed a purse shaped like an old camera in faux ostrich-stamped beige leather. While no exotic skins were used, apart from the one non-endangered breed of snake used for a bag, some leather pieces were stamped to resemble crocodile and ostrich.