Once upon a time, there was a ballerina (mini Style Girl, age 5) driven to dance by the pristine pink ballet slippers and the mysterious powers of the tutu. Shortly after exploring the contents of her garden fountain, we’d enter the elegant Miss Nan’s ballet studio. Meeting our reflection in the mirror, hair twisted in a sharp bun, we held our balance in first position at the barre as we awaited her instruction -“and plies, and point and…”
I soon lost interest (beyond the fantastic costumes for the year-end rehearsal) and ended a short-lived career as a ballerina (and a new interest in tap and gymnastics). Alas, at first sight of Natalie Portman’s star turn in Black Swan, I was once again sucked into the ballet pinkworld of Miss Nan.
On closer inspection seeing that the film was directed by Darren Aronofsky, one of my husband’s favorite decidedly dark directors, I had a feeling there would be something more sinister than feathers lurking under Rodarte’s Degas-inspired costumes.
Whether you love it or hate it (and there will be no in between), the ballerina (whether you are a white swan or black) will raise the barre for fashion this spring.
Here are a few dancer off-duty essentials:
Collage by: Jess James / Design: Jeni Lane Moser
1. bodysuit / feather skirt / feather headband
bodysuit + feather skirt from Hallelu
Teal $32 from Ziabird
* Or, try feather hair extensions from Cheryl Kent at Ward Hair Salon
2. dance shrug
Sense shrug from Paradise Yoga
3. pink lips
MAC lipstick in Speed Dial $14.50 from MAC Cosmetics
Maison Martin Margiela Peacock feather cape $2,765 from Net-a-Porter.com
5. ballet flats
studded Capezio ballet slippers from www.bonadrag.com
6. moody nails
Chanel metallic hologram nail polish in Black Pearl $36 from Amazon.com
7. gray sweatshirt
3.1 Phillip Lim fishtail sweater $350 from Net-a-porter.com
Parker peplum bustier from Oliver
9. feminine black maxi
L’Agence black maxi dress with ruffle and pleated detail from Beanie + Cecil
Marchesa bustier dress with one-shouldered lace strap and feather skirt
Photo from Camilla W. on LookBook.nu
Collage from BeachChic18 on Polyvore
Tearsheet from Marie Claire
Swan Lake-esque couture featured at Chanel’s Spring Show at The Grand Palais in Paris
Edge of Urge just got in the shoes that have been causing a commotion among the glitter-happy goddesses. Jeffrey Campbell’s Gold Glitter & Multi Glittery Litas are now available at Edge of Urge. According to their Facebook page, seven pairs were sold within the first hour they hit the sales floor/online store. Get ‘em while you still can!
January 27Spring Fashion Preview Event
Personal Touch at The Forum
WHAT: Personal Touch is kicking off 2011 with a Spring Fashion Preview Event!
* Win a Nanette Lepore handbag (valued at $535)
* Preview Spring’s new arrivals on local models (from their 20’s to their 80s):
Carolyn Burns, Shannon Hussey, Caroline Walkup, Ksenia Kudasheva,
* Take advantage of AMAZING discounts (50-75% off fall merchandise + 20% off new spring arrivals for one night only!
WHEN: Thursday January 27th / 6-8pm
WHERE: Personal Touch at The Forum
WANNA GO? Admission is FREE! Must be present to win the Nanette Lepore handbag!
FGI Summer Collections Video Presentation
WHAT: Charleston’s new Fashion Group International branch is hosting the 2011 Summer Collections Video Presentation from Paris, Milan, London & New York presented by national industry experts from publishing, design and online media. Enjoy insights from industry insiders (speakers to be announced soon),
WHEN: Tuesday, February 8th / 6pm-9pm
WHERE: Harbour Club / 35 Prioleau Street
An Evening at the Oscars, presented by the Cucalorus Film Foundation
Hilton Wilmington Riverside
WHAT: Join Cucalorus,
WHEN: Sunday, February 27th at 7:30pm
WHERE: Hilton Wilmington Riverside
WANNA GO?: Tickets are limited, and can be purchased online at www.cucalorus.org.