3 posts tagged "Pierre Le-Tan"
“I always like to do fun, quirky things,” said Olympia Le-Tan, the French designer best known for her clever, literary handbags. Having presented her Bavarian-inspired Fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection in Paris’ Museum of Hunting and Nature last March, Le-Tan wanted to incorporate the space, which she recalls was filled with “heads of deer and things like that,” into her lookbook. Shot by Yannis Vlamos, Le-Tan’s Fall 2013 posters feature her Germanic pinup wares topped with drawings of various fauna heads—think foxes, deer, and bears—all of which were penned by her father, famed French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan. “We share a similar creative vision,” said the designer of her pops, who also creates the prints for her collections. “And I must say, I really like the smiley face he did (above). That was a bit of a liberty he took.”
In addition to the animal visages, Le-Tan’s lookbook boasts images snapped by Ellen von Unwerth (above), who, in part, influenced the sexed-up looks. “I thought the clothes were very her,” the designer offered. At the moment, Le-Tan is holed up in her Paris studio, working on her Spring collection, as well as her portfolio for the ANDAM competition—she was nominated for the coveted prize earlier this year and will compete against Alexandre Mattiussi, Masha Ma, Iris van Herpen, and others on July 4. “I’m nervous and excited,” she told Style.com. “I really don’t like losing, so I’m working very hard to make sure that I don’t.”
“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.”