Vivienne Westwood's Beautiful Ballerinas
I am not the style maven at Dance Spirit.
When it comes to dressing cute and knowing when to wear a belt "to cinch things," I leave that to fashion editor Michael Anne. If I'm curious about a fashion designer or what some celebrity wore to an awards show, associate editor Margaret is my go-to girl. And when I question whether leggings can, in fact, be worn as pants, I have Rachel to convince me that yes, they can.
But I've watched just enough episodes of "Sex and the City" to know a handful of big names in the fashion world, and thanks to the "SATC" movie (shameless confession: I loved it), I know precisely who Vivienne Westwood is and I understand why she's so sought-after.
In the "SATC" film, Vivienne Westwood is the designer behind that stunning, cream-puffy wedding gown Carrie wears at her Vogue fashion shoot and, eventually, to the New York Public Library where she doesn't quite get to say "I do."
Now, Ms. Westwood is taking on ballerinas!
Westwood is helping rebrand the English National Ballet through a new campaign featuring the company's dancers wearing Westwood's designs. (Um, can I join ENB, if only for the sweet style?)
"It's a dream come true to be able to collaborate with someone of such stature," ENB artistic director Tamara Rojo told Vogue. "Her designs capture the creativity and ambition of our dancers who, in turn, add drama and movement to the clothes."
The rebranding also comes with a new company logo and website.
Personally, I'm loving all these designer-dancer collaborations and I can't wait to see who teams up next. American Ballet Theatre and Tom Ford? Miami City Ballet and Oscar de la Renta? Catherine Malandrino and San Francisco Ballet?
Or, you know, designers, you can just come to the DS offices and style us. We'd be totally fine with that.
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