Fashion shows in Paris tend to feel very serious. They’re staged in the grandest Baroque buildings and they’re very exclusive. On the night of the most serious, most exclusive show of Paris fashion week–Hedi Slimane’s debut collection for Yves Saint Laurent–Olympia Le-Tan presented her spring summer ready-to-wear and handbag collection. It was not serious. It was not exclusive. It was pure fun. The most fun I had at a fashion show all week, in fact.
Instead of presenting her newly launched retro-style ready-to-wear collection in a traditional runway format, Le-Tan hired a choreography group called I Could Never Be a Dancer to set her spring 2013 collection to song and dance at the Théâtre de la Madeleine. Models (a notably all black casting during a Paris season that was pretty devoid of color) were done up to look like members of ’60s girl groups and danced and lip sync-ed to music from ’60s girl groups like The Ronettes, The Shirelles, The Chiffons, and Little Eva. They did the twist and the mashed potato all while clutching Le-Tan’s signature book and film canister clutches.
It was delightful–both the ’50 style collection of fruit-prints, seer sucker day dresses, tiny short shorts, and pajama tops–as well as the performance. But there was more. As if a choreographed song and dance number with the best fashion month soundtrack ever wasn’t enough, Le-Tan somehow wrangled actual Ronette Ronnie Spector to perform “Be My Baby” live for the finale. And now there’s finally video, courtesy of Style.com.
Click though to watch the performance and see individual shots of the utterly charming collection.