21 posts tagged "Olympia Le Tan"
Whether sitting front-row at Christian Dior or walking the streets of Paris, Russian street-style star and now couture designer Ulyana Sergeenko (pictured) always brings her A-game when it comes to her daily dressing. Most of the time it looks as though she wears outfits straight off the runway—her Louis Vuitton veil, signature full-skirted dresses, and oversized coats come to mind. But she looked surprisingly simple and refreshed when snapped on the streets during the recent Paris shows, wearing a pair of high-waisted pants and a crisp white blouse. We rounded up the essentials; now it’s your turn to try the Russian beauty’s look on for size.
Pictured: Giulietta pants, $950, available at www.net-a-porter.com; Rag & Bone fedora, $165, available at www.blueandcream.com; Karen Walker Harvest sunglasses $250, available at www.shoplesnouvelles.com; Marni blouse, $498, available at www.farfetch.com; Olympia Le-Tan Catcher in the Rye clutch, $1,217.75, available at www.olympialetan.com
“Everybody seems to thinks this is my ironic take on the economical crisis, but to be perfectly honest, it’s all about a tin of caviar,” Olympia Le-Tan says of her debut ready-to-wear collection, called Power, Corruption and Lies (like the New Order album), which she unveiled in Paris in March. “The style of the clothes is bourgeois and all the fabrics are quite luxurious.”
For those who weren’t there to watch the burlesque dancers (in lieu of models) parade around the kitchen of Paris’ Musée Nissim de Camondo for Le-Tan’s presentation, the designer is sharing a video from the occasion exclusively here on Style.com. Catch the girls getting transformed into Bettie Pages and do a strip dance to the Pet Shop Boys. “It wasn’t the easiest show to film as the room was tiny and packed with people, but for some reason, even though the museum was huge, I absolutely wanted it to take place in the kitchen,” she says. “I fell in love with it, the old-fashioned stove, the copper pots and pans, the black and white tile floor.” Watch the short film by Simon Cahn, above. As for what’s next, she says, “I can tell you that my father [Pierre Le-Tan] has designed four amazing fabric prints for the next collection and that I will be making swimsuits and summer dresses out of them.”
Native Parisians have had their hands (and streets) full this week during the Paris collections, when a tide of editors, stylists, celebrities, and assorted hangers-on flooded into town for the shows. The season wraps up today, and when the pros head home, the Parisians will have a reward to look forward to: the epic, 15th anniversary Carnaval that Colette is setting up in the Tuileries, the first branded, public event ever held in the gardens. Barring a private party on Saturday night, the full slate of booths, games, and activities is open to one and all. The participants include:
—A.P.C., which will shoot you into its new ad campaign
—Maison Michel, which is bringing a photo booth, and hats to wear into it
—Olympia Le-Tan, who will take your temperature with her pharmacy-kit purses
—Nike, which is setting up a basketball court for three-on-three games
— Carhartt, which is organizing a rifle-shooting stand
— A Bathing Ape, which is creating a kiddie pool
— Ladurée, which is cooking up a custom candy-floss-flavored macaron for the occasion
— Darcel (above), the dour blog icon (and Style.com/Print contributor), who is creating custom merchandise for the occasion, and more.
To get the full details, visit Colettecarnaval.com.
Olympia Le-Tan, girl-about-Paris and the originator of those clever needlepoint “book” bags you’ve been seeing on street-style blogs for the last couple of years, launched her ready-to-wear collection on Saturday night—in the kitchen of Paris’ Musée Nissim de Camondo, a sumptuous early-twentieth-century private home modeled after Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon. The location wasn’t the only thing unconventional about the presentation. Instead of parading around in their outfits, the models performed a raucous striptease, peeling down to black satin bras, briefs, and hosiery. Before the clothes came off, one dancer wore a T-shirt that spelled out “clever girl” above a supertight pencil skirt. Another had on a fit-and-flare striped dress. Le-Tan herself had donned a long-sleeve number with a white Peter Pan collar that was as sweet as the form-fitting silhouette below it was sexy. In other words, the clothes are just as cheeky as her cross-stitched clutches, which were arrayed artfully on the eighteenth-century settees and under glass vitrines upstairs.