Olympia Le-Tan’s busy year is not done yet: the French designer surprised us once more with a brand new collection that pays homage to Keith Haring, letting fashion meet art once again. As if things weren’t cool enough, the Olympia Le-Tan x Keith Haring capsule collection taps iconic Chloë Sevigny as the campaign’s brand ambassador, photographed by Oliver Hadlee Pearch.
“Other than being smart and gorgeous, Chloë is the coolest New Yorker there is! I feel like she would definitely have been hanging out with Keith Haring had they been from the same generation,” declared Le-Tan in an interview with Vogue, revealing her fascination with the artist.
“Haring’s work is so fun and colorful. It looks naive yet it’s very political, which is why I like it so much. I thought this would be a good capsule to complement our Fall collection, Framed, which was about the art world.”
Famous for her fairytale-like clutches, Le-Tan always draws inspiration from the animated movie and artistic worlds, often intertwining such motifs together. For this 12-piece Olympia Le-Tan x Keith Haring handbag collection, however, she solely focused on Haring-inspired patterns, making sure she could properly and wholly pay homage to one of her favorite artists of all time.
Overall geometric and colorful, the Olympia Le-Tan x Keith Haring line-up features some of Haring’s most iconic works, such as “Mom”, “Andy Mose” and “Pop Shop III”, the signature patterns, color combinations and artistic touches of which will let even those who are not familiar with Haring’s pieces have their aha moment.
Haring’s signature style is undeniably recognizable and, despite being regarded by many as ‘too minimalistic’ always hides a deeper meaning behind it. By using Keith Haring’s works as the line-up’s sole source of inspiration, Olympia Le-Tan let Haring’s legacy as an activist and humanist shine through this suffering world once again, and such an inspiring message is no small feat for sure.
The Olympia Le-tan x Keith Haring handbags will also give a reading advice to those who would like to get acquainted with Haring’s works better. Le-tan, a.k.a. the one who never misses a chance to create book cover-inspired bags, decided to recreate Nina’s Book of Little Things for this collection of hers, a piece Keith created for Nina Clemente in 1988, as well as his work for the Paris Review from 1989.
The Olympia Le-Tan x Keith Haring collection is now available for pre-order at OlympiaLeTan.com, with the pieces scheduled to be delivered in November 2016.
Photo courtesy of Olympia Le-Tan