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Posted on November 11, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Have you ever asked yourself what it takes to make it in the world of fashion? Talent, you may say, or being the right person in the right place at the right time, or good acquaintances and lots of luck. Well, all this could be true, but it would turn to nothing without a fundamental detail, what I like defining as “vision”. Designers must be able to create their own (fictional) world, appealing enough to arouse in customers the desire to step into it. I’m not a very impressionable person, when it comes to fashion, in the sense that I don’t give a damn of the latest trends; what I love is entering the world of cultural echoes and suggestions from the past of some brands. One of them is surely Charlotte Olympia: the reference to the past (40s and 50s, in particular) is never missing, along with a peculiar playful spirit that turns all the accessories designed by Charlotte Dellal into fashionable toys to play with in the never-ending game of fashion.

As a perfume lover and collector, I’ve immediately fallen in love with some clutches by the British/Brazilian designer. They remind me of sanded glass perfume bottles I collected when I was a teenager and bring back lots of memories from that part of my life. They are beautifully made and resemble real perfume bottles. Pink Scent clutch, for example, is made of translucent perspex and has an adorable crochet puff with tassel, just like the puff you can still find on old-fashioned perfumes.

Gold Scent clutch is made of pearlized perspex and has cut-out detail. The shape of the bottle top totally reminds me of the famous Chèvrefeuille bottle by Lalique, a symbol of Art-Deco style elegance.

Blue Scent clutch, made of translucent perspex, has an embossed logo plate and a magnetic closure.

Since Gold Scent is my favourite clutch, I decided to create an outfit to go with it. It’s kind of quirky but I think it perfectly sums up my own personal style. I would pair this clutch with the Belinda tweed dress by Erdem and with a classic British garment, a Harrington jacket by Fred Perry. I would add a pop of colour with Danielle oval earrings by Kendra Scott and with the shoes – Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Lady Dragon VII slingbacks in sapphire or Dr Martens boots in royal blue patent leather.