DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER




I came across Parisian designer Olympia Le-Tan  after meeting her mother at the Pavilion of Art & Design in Paris a few years ago and I was immediately enthralled by the sheer originality of her work. Le-Tan’s cleverly re-invents classic book covers which she turns into hand-embroidered clutch bags, or minaudières

Her glamourous, witty and humourous covetable objets with Liberty-print lining are inspired by her literary but also musical and cinematographic influences. Her latest collection of vinyl record-faced square-box clutches called ‘7inch’ taps into the history of black music, from jazz and blues whilst some of her creations dwells for instance into the nostalgia and romance of Italian filmography. It wasn’t long before the fashionable beau monde started donning her creations at fashionable parties and on the red carpet, and her appliquéd appurtenances featuring in trend-setting magazines.

Le-Tan has teamed up with Lancôme in creating a carry-all kit filled with lipsticks and nail polish and she has also launched her first ready-to-wear collection of 50s classic-with-a-twist, Lolita-esque garments. The tireless, ever-talented Le-Tan has just opened a quirky and surrealist, sugar-almoned pink showroom in Paris designed with the help of her illustrator father which will be the main feature of
April’s World of Interiors. The world of fashionistas doesn’t seem to get enough of her je-ne-sais-quoi. Admirez!

 

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