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5 Jan

I tried to be cute and create my own portmanteau from ballet and inspiration…but it kind of didn’t work. Nevermind, let’s gloss over the name of the blogpost! Ballet seems to be having a bit of a moment in popular culture right now, inspiring designers and musicians alike. I’m sure everyone has heard of The Black Swan, buzz about the movie is reaching fever pitch. Everything from the plot, Natalie Portman’s performance and the Rodarte-designed costumes are whipping everyone up into a frenzy. I love Rodarte because the Mulleavy sisters just seem so starkly different to the rest of the fashion world and just seemed to stumble upon the formula for a brand which has enchanted the fashion world. The story behind how they got involved in the film is typical Rodarte – Natalie Portman is a huge fan and introduced the sisters to the film’s director Darren Aronofsky which led to a commission for 40 costumes. Most of these are in the Swan Lake performance but they also created knitwear, legwarmers, leotards and wrap over cardigans too. 

Many others are also being inspired by ballet, I posted last month about Kinder Aggugini’s collaboration with the English National Ballet which was utterly gorgeous and Kanye West has fused ballet with hiphop in his stunning video for Runaway. I used to love ballet as a child, I got up to grade 5 doing pointe work before giving it up and I’ve regretted it for a while. But seeing the trailers, costumes and music videos has really reignited my passion. So much so that I shall be resuming classes in a couple of weeks time…! Here’s the trailer to The Black Swan as well as sneak peeks of the outfits and sketches. Kanye’s video is at the end. 

One of the boys…

7 Apr

The androgynous look is by no means new. It comes around every season – oversize blazers, slouchy fit trousers, oversize crisp shirts. Every incantation reinvents and updates the look, making it relevant. This look goes back to the days of screen sirens Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich, who caused controversy as they dressed in trouser suits and bow ties. 

The look is also featured in one of my favourite movies, Annie Hall. The wardrobe was partly designed by Ralph Lauren.

Cue one of Yves Saint Laurent’s lasting legacies – Le Smoking. It’s one of the most striking and powerful images in modern fashion and continues to inspire today. All of Saint Laurent’s successors from Alber Elbaz and Tom Ford to Stefano Pilati have reinvented Le Smoking in every YSL collection.

And to modern day…here are some delicious images from Jak & Jil, they were taken over the last couple of months to illustrate just how relevant this look is.