Olympia Le-Tan's "Book Launch" Draws the Paris Fashion Crowd
"I was thinking there were all these beautiful books around and they were being forgotten with everybody on the Internet, so I made it so that you can carry them around," said designer Olympia Le-Tan at her Paris fashion week presentation at the Galerie Véro-Dodat. The style set may be relieved to discover, however, that no real reading is involved: The "books" in question are actually rectangular box clutches that feature hand-knit copies of the covers of some favorite reads.
For the quirky girl, there is The Misfits by Arthur Miller; the prep school kid turned artist can tote J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye; and for the contrarian there's the inimitable Gertrude Stein. Late arrival Sarah Lerfel was charmed to find her perfect match: Colette's The Pure & the Impure. Le-Tan showed us the Liberty-print lining on the inside of each clutch. "I've been in the Liberty or liberté mood," she said with a smile. "I also did these prints for shoes with J.M. Weston." The design collaboration with the French shoe company will debut at Lerfel's Colette this month.
But the two-part night was just starting. Afterward, Le-Tan and crew headed across the river for the after-party at Le Montana. With everything from Lady Gaga to salsa music pumping over the speakers, the mirrored downstairs den turned into a hopping dance-a-thon, including a sociable Adrian Grenier—living the Entourage life, no doubt. Chatting up a Heidi Mount look-alike, the actor forbade any fashionspeak as the music kicked up a notch. "I just wanna dance," he said, and he did all night.