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As if designers aren’t busy enough during the month of September, what with presenting their Spring collections and all, a quintet of fashion’s major names have signed on to create custom costumes for the New York City Ballet’s opening night performances on September 23. Along with Carolina Herrera, Valentino Garavani, Thom Browne, and Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, London star Mary Katrantzou has crafted spectacular ensembles for the NYCB’s agile performers. Katrantzou worked closely with NYCB resident choreographer Justin Peck to come up with the looks, which play off her lace-centric Resort ’14 collection. “I didn’t want to go costumey,” said Katrantzou of the wares, adding that she aimed to emphasize the dancers’ movements and physiques. “I thought, Why don’t we do something that’s a second skin instead of something with lots of volume or construction? I wanted to do something subtle. Justin’s work is very clean. It evokes a certain emotion, and I wanted the costumes to mimic that.” A sketch of the lace-appliquéd outfits debuts exclusively here.
Katrantzou’s confections are almost entirely nude and sheer. The male dancer’s look is essentially a lace bodysuit, while the ballerina’s costume features an added translucent tulle skirt. The dancers will wear pigmented undergarments for a touch of color, but there’s a heated debate about the final touch—the ballet slippers. “I didn’t know it was controversial to tint the ballet shoe!” laughed Katrantzou, who’s hoping to dye the dancers’ slippers to achieve an extra pop. “You’re so used to seeing them in pink, so we’re going to color them and see how it feels when they’re dancing.”
A few weeks ago, Katrantzou had another Resort-related coup when a very different kind of performer—country singer-turned-pop star Taylor Swift—wore the designer’s typography-embellished jumpsuit to the VMAs. “It was interesting to see her make that choice,” said Katrantzou, who created the romper in a custom colorway for Swift. “We are used to seeing Taylor dress differently, but this had the right level of risk, and, you know, she has incredible legs. I thought she looked amazing, and she had never worn me before, so to see her turn out in Resort in such a big way was a great thing.” Now all Katrantzou needs to do is knock our socks off with her Spring outing, set to debut during London fashion week, and she’ll be able to celebrate a hat trick of successes. No pressure, though.
“I am a great fan of the ballet, and it has always been my dream to design costumes for the New York City Ballet and to work with Peter Martins, who has been a friend for over 30 years,” Valentino Garavani tells Style.com. “I was used to working with the same people for decades, so this collaboration is a new experience for me, and it has been fantastic.” Tomorrow night, with the ballet’s fall gala, the iconic designer’s dreams will come to life on stage at Lincoln Center. He’s spent months creating roughly 25 costumes for four out of the five ballets, two of which are set to make their world premiere tomorrow night. Before the curtain goes up, Valentino gave Style.com an exclusive look at the making of the dramatic organza pieces he’s made for the dancers. Watch the video above.
Hedi In Hiding? Designer’s First Men’s And Resort Collections To Be Shown To Buyers Only, And More Of The Day’s Top Stories-------
Good things come to those who wait, right? Hedi Slimane must think so. The French designer, who recently took over Stefano Pilati’s post at Yves Saint Laurent, has decided to present his debut collections for the house, women’s Cruise and Spring menswear, only to buyers. The rest of the world will see his debut during Paris women’s fashion week in September. [WWD]
Just on the heels of the New York City Ballet’s spring gala, which debuted ballets with costumes by Rodarte and J. Mendel, Valentino Garavani has announced he’s getting on his toes. Or, at least, he’s designing for those that do: He’s created all of the costumes for NYCB’s fall opening. [Valentino.com]
Queen Elizabeth II’s crown is getting a makeover. Luxury labels Bulgari, Mulberry, Valentino, and more have taken a stab at reinterpreting the iconic crown in celebration of her upcoming Diamond Jubilee, 31 of which are on display at Harrods department store in London. [NY Daily News]
Since Adam Yauch’s death on May 4, fans have paid countless tributes to the late Beastie Boy. But now, Brooklyn residents arelooking to pay a different kind of homage with something permanent. Residents of Brooklyn Heights have petitioned to rename Squibb Park, which is currently undergoing renovations to become a skateboarding facility, in honor of Yauch. [The Hollywood Reporter]
With just hours before the curtain rises at the David H. Koch theater for the New York City Ballet’s Spring Gala tonight, J. Mendel’s Gilles Mendel is busy making the finishing touches on the costumes he’s designed for mater in chief Peter Martins’ new work, titled Mes Oiseaux. “I have been running back and forth to Lincoln Center with my scissors for two days now,” he told Style.com before heading back to the theater today. “It’s like doing a haircut—just a little more on this side and on that side until it’s perfect. It’s so surreal, here I am standing on the stage at Lincoln Center having the dancers of the New York City ballet do pirouettes for me so we can see that everything looks just right.”
It’s not the French designer’s first spin in the dance world. Back in 2010 he created the costumes for NYCB’s performance of Melissa Barak’s original ballet, Call Me Ben, which also provided inspiration for his Spring 2011 collection. “I like my clothes to be very precise because in fashion you want to look at them up close,” he said. “But from that experience, I learned to let go and stand 20 feet away from the dancer—things have to look good from a distance on the stage.”
For his second act, the designer brought the same femininity that’s linked to the J. Mendel aesthetic using tulle, stretch georgette, and muslin. But, he warns, “I think people will be quite surprised—it’s very graphic. The ballet is about three women and their relationship with a man. Peter and I wanted to give to the public a moment of discovery, so you wouldn’t know immediately that one woman is good, one is bad.” He designed a series of mostly-black costumes for the number, which only show the dancer’s true colors—figuratively and literally—when they move. An exclusive sketch of one of Mendel’s costumes is above.
Mes Oiseaux will be performed tonight alongside the Balanchine classic Symphony in C, with costumes by Marc Happel, and the latest work (titled Two Hearts) by former NYCB principal dancer and husband to Natalie Portman, Benjamin Millepied, with costumes by Rodarte. And check back tomorrow in People & Parties for our full report on the gala, hosted by honorary chairman Natalie Portman.