Charlotte Olympia to Launch Less Whimsical Styles for the Working Woman

Because as much as we'd love to wear our ice cream cone or mermaid heels to work, that's not always the reality.
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Because as much as we'd love to wear our ice cream cone or mermaid heels to work, that's not always the reality.
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Season after season, Charlotte Dellal's shoes and accessories designs for Charlotte Olympia are among the most fantastical (and the most sought-after), but, let's be honest, they're not always the most practical.

The designer is known for her sky-high platforms and sweet seasonal themes -- under the sea, ice cream, school spirit and signs of the zodiac, to name just a few -- but now Dellal has her eye on the 9-to-5 set of stylish women who need accessories that are a bit more understated for the office.

WWD reports that Charlotte Olympia is releasing two lines that speak to the basics of a woman's wardrobe, in the form of simple leather bags for day and pumps that are board room appropriate, including a basic pointed-toe pump and a stacked heel. (A spokesperson for Charlotte Olympia did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation of these details.)

The handbags will retail from $1,195 to $2,995, while the shoes will range from $635 to $896. To really drive the working girl theme home, the shoes come in boxes shaped like a briefcase, complete with a pair of pantyhose.