It's fashion week in NYC! One of the things I love about this city is that all the glamorous fall runway shows, now held at Lincoln Center, overlap New York City Ballet's winter season at the Koch Theater. Two of my favorite things in one beautiful plaza? Yes please!
But as we've discussed before, there's more to the ballet-fashion connection than a happy geographic accident. Fashion icon (and former Vogue Paris editor in chief) Carine Roitfeld began to discover the parallels between the two when she started taking ballet lessons a year and a half ago. Intrigued, she decided to devote the second issue of her chic CR Fashion Book to dance—ballet in particular.
And since Carine Roitfeld doesn't do things by halves, the issue's lineup sounds insanely cool. There are flip covers, one featuring a shot of ballet star Sergei Polunin by filmmaker Gus Van Sant, the other a bizarrely fascinating take on the pointe shoe by artist Brigitte Niedermair. There's a conversation with New York City Ballet legend Jacques d'Amboise, a feature on American Ballet Theatre and—get this—“an interview with the legendary (and long-dead) dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, who speaks from beyond the grave about sex and seduction, life and death," conducted by the amazing (and very much alive) Paris Opéra Ballet étoile Marie-Agnès Gillot. Crazy? Epic? I'm going to go with both.
On Saturday morning, Russell Horning—aka 15-year-old Instagram king @i_got_barzz—was already kind of famous. His admittedly bad but weirdly mesmerizing dance videos had earned him shoutouts from the likes of Rihanna (and dance tributes from the likes of Josh Killacky).
But by Sunday morning? By Sunday morning, Russell Got Barzz had reached an entirely different level of memedom. Because Katy Perry tapped the teen—signature backpack and all—to perform "Swish Swish" with her on "Saturday Night Live." And the internet lost its darn mind.
If, like me, you've ever wondered (and wondered) how that stunning opening scene in La La Land came together, do we have a treat for you.
Fashion looks better in motion—that's why runways exist. But when does fashion look REALLY amazing? In dancey motion. And exhibit #69372 in the case for the inescapable connection between dance and fashion is this new video from Harper's Bazaar, featuring our favorite dancer/model/rock star, Larsen Thompson.
But when you're the only male ballet student at your studio, fighting dumb stereotypes about ballet being for girls, it's easy to feel alone. That's what makes this video featuring Gabriel Romero, an 11-year-old ballet student at Philadelphia Dance Center, especially meaningful.