Naughty but nice, Olympia Le Tan’s AW15 collection is a nostalgic mix of luxe textures and carefully considered details.
PFW: Olympia Le Tan AW15
Ballerina on Mushrooms
“This season the Olympia Le Tan girl is a possessed pin-up, like a ballerina on mushrooms or a demented Kate Bush. She is elegant sexy, fierce yet fragile, bold but feminine.” That’s not something you read on every press release, is it? With Langley Fox dancing down the catwalk and inspiration that included Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes, along with Olympia Le Tan’s beloved Kate Bush and London in the 70s, the AW15 collection is naughty, playful and oh-so-fun to wear.
Whilst the colour palette included an array of soft dusty pinks, mousey grey, olive green, intense burgundy and Prussian blue, fabrics came in the shape of traditional tweed, cotton, tulle and velvet born from childhood nostalgia. Think full tule ballerina skirts, trippy ballerina drawings and sketches, oversized black organza sleeves, silky leggings worn beneath leotards, Peter Pan dresses, green leather gloves and models with crimped hair.
Riffing off Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, elements of each appear on belts and bags. Swans take shape on thick high-waisted belts and cylinder structured bags come with detailed illustrations. Meanwhile models carries bags that had the appearance of books, what wearing pirate style hats and crowns made of feathers. The standout piece? A skirt that mirrored a theatre curtain – burgundy and teal velvet, complete with gold fringe.
Words: Brooke McCord
Photographer: Shoji Fujii