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.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer