Charlotte Simone X Kirna Zabete
British-based designer, Charlotte Simone, talks to Kirna Zabete about her inspiration for her Fall-Winter Collection and tells us how to perfectly style her accessories!
We read that you studied in Paris, what did you study and how long were you there?
Yes! I spent my freshman year of college in Paris. I studied Literature and Art but fell in love with fashion and pastry instead!
How does Paris inspire you? What is it about Paris that gave you the incentive on starting your brand? The women in Paris are beautiful! I was inspired daily by the effortless style of Parisian women and their ability to build an outfit around a single accessory. One day my head turned on the streets of Paris when I saw a beautifully lady all in black wearing a huge statement scarf. It was in that moment that I realized I wanted to reinvent the everyday scarf, an accessory I felt was still left untapped! Seeing a gap in the market I designed the ‘Popsicle’ and the rest is history!
Tell us about the 'Popsicle'! The Popsicle was the first scarf I designed and made in the garment district of New York. I was only a student at NYU when I started so wasn’t entirely sure what I was doing but the reaction to my fun and fluffy design was incredible! Celebrities including Olivia Palermo, Alexa Chung, Rita Ora and Kendall Jenner have all worn a Popsicle, it has become a Charlotte Simone signature and is included in every season to date!
Whether it be form or function, what do you love most about a scarf? For me the scarf is a statement piece which can enhance any outfit. Living in London a scarf is always functional but I like to have fun with my fashion and always make accessories a welcome addition to my outfit.
For me, my personal style is very relaxed and enhanced with my accessories. I say let your accessories do the taking, so I wear what I’m most comfortable in but then add a pop of colour with a Charlotte Simone scarf!
For your latest collection, you took segments of your past and put it forward. What specific memories inspired you and how did you translate that into your FW18 creations?
This Winter, I was feeling nostalgic, my collection is inspired by the pretty pastel colours of my grandmother’s house. This season is certainly an ode to the girly girl, showcasing a variety of pastel shades across signature scarfs, hats, bags, charms and jackets. The Charlotte Simone girl is always on the go and effortlessly chic from day to night – her accessories enhance her everyday basics. With this in mind, I looked to design more versatile silhouettes and introduce new shapes and sizes.
We are so excited to have an exclusive scarf only at KZ! Tell us a little more about the striped stole that we carry. Your exclusive Chunky Monkey is a season favourite! It is bold and bright and easy to wear from day to night! The Chunky Boa makes it easy to throw over a leather jacket or drape over your shoulders with a little black dress.
You've introduced new styles, can you tell us about them and what you love about it? Another favourite scarf is the ‘Cuddle Cuff’ in shades of pink. It’s easy to pair with an oversized sweater or drape over a trench coat for instant glam. I also love the pastel pink hues, I’m a sucker for anything pink…I would wear it with our fluffy pink helmet hat in tow! A faux fur hug of a hat!
What would you suggest to someone who wants to introduce a new style into their wardrobe? Colour is key! Invest in a Charlotte Simone to add a bolt of bright to your everyday basics.
What is your favorite way to wear your scarves? For me, my personal style is very relaxed and enhanced with my accessories. I love a jean and trainer but then dress up my look with jewellery and a scarf. I say let your accessories do the taking, so I wear what I’m most comfortable in but then add a pop of colour with a Charlotte Simone scarf!