NATALIE PORTMAN: “LOLITA” CLUTCH
Natalie Portman showed up at the New York premiere of “Black Swan” with a long black Dior gown, immaculate Dior makeup, and a purse made out of a copy of “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov.The purse is by French designer Olympia Le-Tan. Her book bags feature a hand-stitched version of the books’ covers, usually of titles or editions from the mid-20th century. “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams, “Strip-Tease” by Georges Simenon, “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville, “Nineteen Eighty-Four” by George Orwell, “Dracula” by Bram Stoker and “Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke are among the purses in her two first lines. The British newspaper the Telegraph has a slideshow of Olympia Le-Tan’s clutches, with a peek inside “Lolita” (it’s a snazzy purple-and-green print). Each comes in a very limited edition of 16 purses. And according to her website, Olympia Le-Tan clutches are available in the U.S. in only two New York stores. For most of us, the cost is out of reach, A Le-Tan purse costs about $1,250.