British shoe designer Charlotte Olympia, who is known for her cheeky and playful design themes for her collections (like Hollywood and Grimm’s fairy tales), launched her resort collection this June with an all-American Fifties teenager theme. Jukebox motifs boogied on booties, letter sweaters were turned into wedges and soda-shop confections were whipped into ice cream-treat designs on shoes.
So what better time to pair up with another all-American boy — Archie Andrews from Archie Comics — and depict his love triangle with Betty and Veronica through a series of witty accessories?
It was a natural fit for Olympia, given her penchant for retro styles.
“When I was 10 years old, my best friend used to go to America every holiday and bring Archie comics back with her,” she recalled. “I still read them today. I especially love Betty and Veronica, they have that retro pin-up look that I adore.”