August 30 2014

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3 posts tagged "Pierre Le-Tan"

Into the Woods With Olympia Le-Tan


Pierre le Tan's illustrations for Olympia 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.”

Olympia le Tan Fall 2013

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 “I really don’t like losing, so I’m working very hard to make sure that I don’t.”

Photo: Courtesy of Olympia le Tan

In The Kitchen With Olympia Le-Tan


“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 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.”

Reed Krakoff Visits Paris, Hopes To Stay


Reed Krakoff and his French wife Delphine love Paris. “I visit as often as I can,” he says. “I travel for inspiration because it’s my job, but even if I wasn’t working, I’d still be traveling.” He mentioned wanting to open a permanent Paris store one day. In the meantime, the designer (left, with Virginie Mouzat) and his brand’s new president, Valérie Hermann, created a showroom on three levels of the Galerie Karsten Greve in the Marais to introduce Parisians to his new collection. “I’ve kind of done everything in reverse,” Krakoff muses. “After 25 years designing for others, I really wanted to do my own thing and use all my experience to do it well.” Among those there to take it in: Sarah Lerfel, who buys Krakoff for Colette; Olympia Le-Tan and her illustrator papa Pierre Le-Tan, who has done projects for Krakoff at Coach; jewelry designer Harumi Klossowski, Balthus’ daughter; Comme des Garçons’ Adrian Joffe; fashion publishers Olivier Zahm of Purple and Ezra Petronio from Self Service; and Alexis Mabille, who didn’t let the fact of his impending haute couture show keep him away.

Photo: Courtesy of Reed Krakoff