Paris Fashion Week: Olympia Le-Tan

Designer Olympia Le-Tan’s Saturday night launch of “Power, Corruption & Lies,” a collection of handbags, miniaudieres and, for the first time, ready-to-wear was a debut that could only happen in Paris. The show was held in the Musee Nissin de Canondo, a French museum usually known for displaying masterpieces of marble tableware, antique furniture, porcelain china, and wall clocks, but on this night it was the unique set of designer handbags nonchalantly arranged among the antiques that captivated everyone’s attention.

Le-Tan’s clutch purses caught the unsuspecting crowd off guard. At first they appeared to be old books with cool covers scattered along a shelf, but a closer look revealed them to be hand embroidered clasped purses that had been designed to look like works ranging from kitschy pulp fiction to classic novels. Titles like “Vile Bodies” and “What Everybody Wants to Know About Money” were scattered amongst “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by DH Lawrence and “This Side of Paradise” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, making her collection reminiscent of an eclectic bookshelf. The miniaudieres were topped off with a few little bags embroidered to look like old caviar tins, a playfully eye-catching design.

The highlight of the night was Le-Tan’s runway show, a 60s Betty Page inspired burlesque show in the museum’s kitchen, where curvy black haired models stripped out of their ready-to-wear into waist high panties and matching bras. Fashion icons were everywhere at the launch, and we were happy to be there, surrounded by fantastic people and books.

Photos By: Amanda Hakan

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