I saw Black Swan weeks ago and I still have a hard time describing how I feel about it. Finding it both gruesome and yet deeply thought provoking, I think I reacted different to it than some others. Having struggled with perfectionism for most of my life I felt a sympathy towards Nina and her unwavering quest to be the perfect Swan Queen. It struck a nerve in me, one that has not stopped reverberating since seeing the film ( more on that tomorrow in my “end of the year reflections” post). But even though the movie makes ballet seem stressful and even violent in a way- it still made me want to take ballet lessons. Which is kind of messed up. But the beauty of the art form is something I have not considered in a long time. While I doubt I’ll run over to the Boston Ballet and try to become a dancer, I may hit up that Ballet Core class at my gym….
What girl never wanted a tutu? The costumes for the White Swan and Black Swan were gorgeous. Rodarte designed the costumes based on the epic artwork be Degas and his ballerina series. As I was watching the movie I was thinking about how one could incorporate ballerina looks into street clothes (minus an actual tutu).
Fashion lines are also taking note, or looked into their mysterious fashion crystal balls and knew that ballet inspired style would end up catching on. I mean, after seeing the movie I really wanted to dance around the house in leg warmers and shrugs- go figure. While leg warmers MAY not become all the rage on the street, lots of ballet inspired fashion will be rampant. Shopbop did a spread of just this not too long ago:
Chloe’s Spring 2011 line features some very “en pointe” looks
Tod’s is releasing a special design of it’s driving shoe complete with ankle wrap ribbons!
I created a more wearable collection of black swan and white swan inspired looks- a little sparkle, lots of feathers and an exquisitely feminine look.
As I mentioned, tomorrow I’ll be wrapping up the year on EOS, hence a “Fashion THursday”- check back to read my thoughts on life, work and what’s next.