28 posts tagged "Olympia Le Tan"
Just One Eye is not your typical e-tailer. For starters, their brick-and-mortar flagship stands in the mazelike Hollywood compound where Howard Hughes used to live, work, and seduce movie stars. But really, it’s their product selection that makes them so extraordinary. Where else could you find a Warhol-signed Rolling Stones necktie tee, some Carlo Bugatti chairs, and a range of antique fine jewelry alongside looks from Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Olympia Le-Tan, and Maiyet? Since opening the store last spring, co-founder Paola Russo (formerly of Maxfield) has focused on mixing fashion and art. And we mean big-time art. Ed Ruscha has been collaborating in various ways since the shop’s launch. Work by Murakami, among others, hangs on the walls at headquarters. And today, the shop is launching the first in an ongoing series of artist/designer collaborations, debuting a limited-edition range of Damien Hirst-decorated backpacks from The Row.
According to Russo, Just One Eye’s interest in commissioning these projects comes from the store’s mandate to create “specialness.” “Our vision,” she explains, “is to make and sell things that will last. We don’t want to be involved with mass-produced fads,” she says. “Real luxury is something that is timeless and exceptional.” Naturally, true luxury comes with a hair-raising price tag. Or, in the case of the backpacks, which ring in at a cool $55,000, a gasp-worthy one. But it helps to know that some of that cash will go to a good cause. A portion of the proceeds from the bags will be donated to UNICEF; ditto Just One Eye’s next, more cost-democratic collaboration, which will see Nate Lowman teaming up with Converse. “He’s painting 25 pairs,” says Russo. “So the question for the people who buy these shoes will be, you know, do you wear them, or keep them as art?” A question many of us have posed about our shoes. But not typically of our sneakers.
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“I don’t like just putting one thing out there. It always has to be a little world,” Olympia Le-Tan tells Style.com. For Spring 2013 (her second RTW presentation after the handbag designer expanded her offerings last season), she created a world around a record cover clutch: “Black music, jazz, blues, soul, the wall of sound, sixties girl bands—I suppose it originated from my love for that type of music,” she explains of the inspiration behind the collection she unveiled in Paris earlier this month at the Théâtre de la Madeleine. She brought that world to life with her quirky but sexy clothes and an all-out show, featuring a performance by Ronnie Spector singing “Be My Baby.” It’s a rare runway show that puts a smile on editors’ faces, but Le-Tan and her cast of dancers did just that. “I just want to make nice clothes that are fun but also flattering and wearable, and I want to enjoy myself while making them and finding original ways to present them. I just love it when people leave my shows smiling; it makes me happy.” Here, watch the whole thing exclusively on Style.com. We can almost guarantee it will make your Monday brighter.
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.”