“Couture is theatre – a woman marching along a runway. And has been for the past half century; but the Internet is cinema – which is why I present in this manner”
One of three children, 59-year-old Olivier Lapidus is the son of the famed French designer Edmond Lapidus and his wife Jeanne. Edmond – himself the son of a Russian tailor - was known as Ted. Widely considered to be one of the originators of unisex fashion, Ted established his eponymous fashion house in 1958 and it became popular with a group of the most influential figures of the Sixties and Seventies, including Brigitte Bardot, Françoise Hardy, Alain Delon, Twiggy and John Lennon. In 1989, Olivier took over the design direction of the house and continued its haute couture collections for another 11 years, before calling couture to a halt and focusing the label’s efforts on accessories and fragrances.
Before joining his father’s brand, Olivier was artistic director of Balmain Homme from 1985 to 1986, following which he enjoyed a three-year stint in Japan where he created collections for the Miki Group. Following his decade-long tenure at his father’s house (1989 to 2000), he moved to Beijing for three years, designing various ranges of objects, furniture, luminous materials, and glassware for lifestyle brands, before returning to France in 2003 where he continued to collaborate with fellow fashion houses. In 2010, he launched Lapidus Vintage, a capsule collection inspired by the archives of his family’s fashion house and in 2013 he was tapped to design the interior décor for Hotel Felicien in Paris.