I find these images from this month’s issue of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book completely ‘en pointe’. They are out of this world and into another, a world of dance. I have great admiration for dancers, their self-discipline, their commitment to their trade and how they push themselves beyond their physical limits to achieve beauty and elegance through movement. They make it look so graceful and effortless and I love the way these images capture that. It’s also interesting how the eye is drawn to focus on the shoe (in my case especially) and how this gently inspires us to think about style.
I am also drawn to these images as they reflect my inspirations & observations from attending a few shows here in Paris during fashion week. At Nina Ricci, I loved Peter Copping’s idea of taking the dancers warm up to the streets of Paris. Sharon Wauchob’s collection took inspiration from a book she read on the New York City Ballet. I particularly loved her play of the long black lace skirts, for me quiet ballerinaesque. And at Vanessa Bruno, it was easy for me to see how I could wear (all of) the collection (especially those jackets) with ease of movement and city living in mind.
This season the dancer was certainly in the air.
In the last few days, all of this got me thinking about the connection between the worlds of dance and style and how they relate to the every day. I started thinking about what I could lift from the dancers’ world into my own lifestyle. I could take up ballet and dream to have the body of Tracy Anderson? Maybe not. Incorporate more discipline into my life? I live two steps from Jean Paul Hevin and twenty from Le Bon Marché. Unrealistic. So realistically, where do I go with this and how do I distill some of the essentials from the world of dance into La Vie Parisienne? Bringing it back to every day style, I am particularly interested in ease of movement, comfort, elegance and graceful figure. And that my dear readers is where I believe to have found the answer.
So, looking into the very sole of french style and leaving the towering heels behind we dance the dance. I hope to bring you a special curated guide to choosing the perfect Parisien shoe, the ballet flat, very soon.
À très bientôt