Dec 08, 2012 2:16PM

Olympia Le-Tan SS13 Lookbook

Jazz, blues and sixties soul.

Olympia Le-Tan (who was interviewed by her six year old niece for issue 96) has been winning hearts with her clever book-cover inspired handbags for a while now, but this season she ventures beyond her literary repertoire. The SS13 collection, titled 7", was inspired by music — specifically jazz and blues. Ronnie Spector, who closed the presentation at Paris Fashion Week, was a particular inspiration. 

The bag designs feature the artwork of Olympia's favourite vinyl covers, there are also jazz-themed book clutches and the 7" bag — a square leather bag with a brass handle, the perfect case to store your 7" vinyl collection. (Or maybe just the most stylish DJ bag on the planet.)

For ready-to-wear, Olympia created a uniform inspired by girl groups from the 50s and 60s. "Those girls always used to wear matching outfits. I love the aesthetic of those videos where you see one girl singing in the front and three clapping in the back, all wearing striped dresses or lots of pink," she says. "So I had my father Pierre Le-Tan design four fabric prints (the Magic Box, the Secret Garden, a hand drawn tartan and a stripe motif composed of twirling ribbons) to create a uniform for a little girl band of my own. One in shorts, one in a halter neck dress or one in a pencil skirt all in matching fabrics, silks, linens or an incredibly soft satin cotton and of course a lot of seersucker, because a summer collection needs a lot of seersucker." 

The result is something flirty and fun. Check out our gallery to see the collection in full. 

Alice Cavanagh

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