Tokyo came to Paris as Olympia Le-Tan Spring 2016 RTW. A sentimental collection dedicated to honoring the Hotel Okura prior to its closed for demolitio
Tokyo came to Paris as Olympia Le-Tan Spring 2016 RTW. She created the sentimental journey spring 2016 line to honor the Hotel Okura before its closed for demolition earlier this year. In memory of the destroyed cultural landmark, we now see “Hotel Olympia” emblazoned across the front of her reverse souvenir jacket, a coiled rope logo showing off her interest in Japanese bondage, a form of art called kinbaku.
The Japanese theme went beyond the hotel. With Nobuyoshi Araki’s permission, she reprinted the photographer’s Polaroids as illustrations on garments or used them as erotic embroideries on her book clutches, which this time opened backwards (Japanese style).
The Olympia Le-Tan spring/summer 2016 collection is undoubtedly more grown up than all the previous seasons she has appeared on, putting naughtiness aside in order to show off something a little more sassy but real. Take a look at the hems of the skirts, where’s generally longer than usually expected while the legs are encased in gorgeous bloody red tights, covering up the flesh this time around. Black mesh face masks appear here and there, while the color red, an homage to film director Yasujiro Ozu, was splattered on cheeky poplin shirts in the shape of his signature red kettle.
It is an interesting collection really, with shiny material and gorgeous accentuated waistlines due to the overtly Japanese ideals. Thanks to fetishists look that is unexpected on the fashion runways that lends to the line-up’s extra appeal. (Text Teuku Ajie)