Olympia Le-Tan Fall/Winter 2016-2017 RTW – PFW
Olympia Le-Tan brought her ready-to-wear fall 2016 collection to an art gallery to bring together the realms of fashion and art. Galerie Perrotin, founded by Emmanuel Perrotin in 1990, was the host of her retro- and art-inspired line, aptly named “Framed.” The crowd was one that seemed to appreciate the finer aspects of art. Provided with glasses of wine, those in attendance were given the same experience as any other art opening, but this medium was rather new for the gallery. But the choice for this particular gallery was not without its own reason. Backstage, Le-Tan disclosed, “my father exhibited in his gallery hen I was a girl.”
Perrotin approached Le-Tan last year with a proposal for her to take the works of some painters the gallery represented and recreate them as clutches. After some time, this was transformed into an entire collection, which was shown as her fall line.
It was easy to spot the drive in Le-Tan’s line, as the trends in the line were consistent throughout. That would be a clear sign the designer is moved by the inspiration. A good majority of the garments were masculine in nature, and the retro vibe was turned to the max, as the line seemed to be jumping from another fashion era.
There were so many quirky trends throughout the Olympia Le-Tan fall 2016 line that breathed life into the ensembles, such as cute mismatched socks under chic lace-up booties, and disheveled hair. This amplified the retro theme, and worked to style the garments to completion.
The socks weren’t the only thing in the showing that was mismatched. Two corduroy pantsuits were half one color and half another, in the same style as the socks. The masculinity in this line was a new venture for Le-Tan, but of course there were some feminine skirts and dresses thrown in. The flirty sweetness was a bit thrown by the patterns used, in an interesting and decisive juxtaposition. There would be no better place than this art gallery to show this line.
It did seem to ebb on the side of hipster, or even “crazy cat lady” at times, but this wasn’t a bad trait. Between the messy hair and retro/hipster clothes, all that was missing was some feline companionship. Yet, despite the unruly aspects, the bright, popup prints that occasionally sprung into existence added a method to the madness. The prints were inspired by some of the designer’s favorite painters, such as the likes of David Hockney and Takashi Murakami.
Photos courtesy of Vogue