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Olympia Le-Tan Marries Kitsch With Classy

The designer presented her collection in Paris’ hunting museum.

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Olympia Le Tan RTW Fall 2013

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Photo By Giovanni Giannoni

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SCHNITZEL WITH NOODLES: How does she do it? Not being the most conventional designer on the fashion calendar in the first place, Olympia Le-Tan went out on a limb presenting her fall collection of quirky minaudières and ready-to-wear to the "sound of music" — literally. Against the beastly backdrop of the Musée de la Chasse's collection of taxidermy animals, eerily comprised of anything a man would want to hunt down for dinner and beyond, from owls to deer to polar bears, models walked sassily from one outré chamber to the next in their hot-red velvet Lederhosen and matching lipstick. Meanwhile, cheeky little skirts gave swirl and swagger to otherwise orderly and high-buttoned dirndl ensembles, as Julie Andrews yodeled "Schnitzel with noodles."

Bizarrely, it all made sense.

"I love her taste and her sense of humor. She's so funny and free," enthused Victoire de Castellane, who took a short break from putting the finishing touches to her next high jewelry collection for Maison Dior. "It's important to have those kind of designers."

While a series of elegant capes and trenches modeled after traditional alpine attire could make a speedy segue from catwalk to high street, it wouldn’t be surprising to see some of the quirkier pieces on Mademoiselle Yulia, who struck an impressive pose in one of the museum’s 17th-century fauteuils. The Japanese DJane and jewelry designer already sported an Olympia Le-Tan clutch as well as a fresh dye job of her signature blue hair. She revealed it needed a color touchup every two weeks.

"My daddy is a hairdresser, so he helps me a lot," she said, eyeing the brazen collection like a hawk. "I'm here to buy for my new store."

That boutique will open in Osaka in six months, carrying hand-picked prèt-à-porter pieces for men and women, as well as Yulia's own jewelry line, called Giza.

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