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Power Pieces: Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flat

The designer to turn to if ever you’re in need of a sartorial pick-me-up, Charlotte Olympia is renowned for her ability to balance fashion with a sense of fun, and with the Kitty flat she struck gold.

First introduced as part of the Autumn/Winter 2011 collection, which was inspired by Agatha Christie novels from the 1930s, the designer explains: “The idea was to take the classic velvet smoking slipper typically worn by gentlemen in that era and to create something more feminine and playful.” And so, the high vamp took on a cat ear silhouette and the traditional monogram was replaced with an embroidered cat face.

It was love at first sight for Alexa Chung, who championed them from the word go and continues to wear them off-duty and on the red carpet (scroll to see above). “The beauty of the Kitty flats is that they can be dressed up or dressed down,” says Charlotte. “Whether you're at the office, running around after your kids in the park or at an elegant dinner party – they can be styled to complement your look.”

Always available in its original black velvet finish, the Kitty flat now takes on a new guise each season. For the art admirer there is the Abstract Kitty Flat, inspired by Wassily Kandinsky paintings, while musos won’t be able to resist the Kitty Unplugged collection, which sees rock star legends brought to life in Kitty form.

Shop our edit of the must-have Kitty flat below.

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