26 posts tagged "Olympia Le Tan"
Summer reading? Fashion folks aren’t necessarily known for their book smarts (you’re more likely to catch them cracking the latest issue of i-D than Finnegans Wake), but they sure know how to fake it in style. Olympia Le-Tan’s whimsical clutches, which are made to look like famous novels such as Moby-Dick and Lolita, have been a smash success both on the red carpet and in the streets. The Kate Spade label picked up on the bags’ popularity and created its own editions. And at Zero + Maria Cornejo, the designer put her spin on the trend by printing library shelves on a draped silk dress. There are, of course, a few rogue intellectuals in the bunch. Top model Frida Gustavsson can often be found backstage thumbing through a highbrow paperback. Daphne Guinness, naturally, was toting Harold Bloom’s The Anxiety of Influence at the Couture shows. And while vacationing in Mexico recently, Naomi Campbell got her Kabbalah fix by skimming the Zohar—even if it was upside-down.
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Just how does a girl secure the services of one of the hottest filmmakers on the planet? “Well, I was a bit cheeky,” admits Olympia Le-Tan. “I met Spike Jonze two summers ago through friends when I first started making my bags. When he called and asked if he could order some, I said yes—if he’d do a film for me.” It took the busy Jonze a few years to keep his promise, but the short, which features a skeleton with a knife stuck through its ribs and a sultry creature (who bears a more-than-passing resemblance to Le-Tan) cavorting in and out of the pages of her embroidered book bags, screened last night at her Fall presentation.
Given her literary aesthetic, what better venue could Le-Tan have chosen than Paris’ legendary Shakespeare & Company bookstore? Pals like Sarah Lerfel, Olivier Zahm, Vincent Darré, and John C. Reilly (in town shooting Roman Polanski’s Carnage with Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster) crowded into Shakespeare’s twisting aisles to inspect the designer’s faux books (and a few of the shop’s real ones, no doubt). This season’s collection, Housewives’ Choice, was inspired by midcentury ladies’ reading materials: not only classic novels about women, like Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary, but cookbooks, romance novels, and milk cartons, too.
” ‘Housewives’ Choice’ was a BBC radio program in the fifties,” Le-Tan explained, “and it’s also one of my favorite reggae songs, so there’s a double meaning.” A little old, a little new—much like the collection itself. “It’s a mix between the fifties housewife and the modern-day woman,” she went on. “I don’t have a husband and I’m working, but I am nostalgic about the days when women used to make a real effort to look nice and take care of their husbands, their house, and the kitchen.” She looked nice in a printed hourglass dress, and to underline the point, wore a crisp white apron tied around her waist.
It’s a little too easy to make a wisecrack about Paris being the City of Love, but suffice it to say that the town is treating jewelry designer Pamela Love pretty well these days. Love touched down in Paris last week to set up her installation at Colette, an adaptation of the one she showed at MAC and Milk Studios last season. That’s open now. Tonight, Love is spinning at Paris’ Ofr. Galerie, where Lurve magazine (no relation) is celebrating the launch of its third issue, which features photographs taken by Love and Jordan Sullivan on a recent trip to New Mexico. (The images will be up at the gallery, as well.)
And yesterday, Purple Diary put Love’s limited-edition snake necklace and faceted silver ring on sale in its new, online Purple Boutique. “We’re doing these in an edition of 50, and then depending on demand, we might collaborate on more pieces,” Love says, going on to explain that the necklace is a purple-tinted version of an archival piece from her range, and that the ring is based on a vintage rhinestone bauble she wears every day. “It’s like a tattoo,” she notes. “It never comes off.” (Purple editor Olivier Zahm was kind enough to snap us a few pics of her wearing it, above.) Love, meanwhile, isn’t the only busy person in Paris: Zahm, who commissioned Love’s pieces, expects to add several more items to the Purple Boutique, which launched last month with the introduction of Olympia Le-Tan’s Johnny Purple bag. Next up: a plastron necklace, called “My favorite Purple cover,” by design duo Yazbukey, pictured below. (It’s André on the cover of Purple issue no. 8, and—take it for what you will—it’s waterproof.) Like the Love and Le-Tan items, the necklace will be made to order, and in Zahm’s words, was created in the “by friends, for friends” spirit of the Purple Boutique. In other words, love—in addition to Love—is all around.