How do you follow up a striptease? If you're Olympia Le-Tan—who presented her debut ready-to-wear collection last season on dancers who promptly doffed it—you hire the one, the only Ronnie Spector to sing "Be My Baby." The bag-maker-turned-clothing-designer booked the Théâtre de la Madeleine today, hired a dozen or so models of color, and had them lip-synch girl-group hits. After they performed the "Locomotion" ensemble, the 69-year-old Spector took the stage and put a smile on everyone's face. No easy feat in these last days of fashion month.
In a presentation like this, the clothes are bound to come second. If they don't yet have the cult factor of Le-Tan's bags, they were quite true to the designer's own personal style, with a late-fifties/early-sixties, body-loving vibe. Little cashmere sweaters and even littler shorts, a Lolita-ish matching push-up bra and capri pants set, printed A-line dresses, and a vegetable-print pencil skirt worn with a scallop-edged top. All cute, but the real fun was Spector and co.