5 posts tagged "Repetto"
Repetto’s zingy little ballerina flats are loved by dancers and fashion types alike. But Jean-Marc Gaucher, who revived the brand from near obscurity 15 years ago, noticed that it wasn’t just his ballet shoes the style set were after. Women of all ages began buying his tulle tutus for a night on the town, and he realized that it was time to make the jeté into ready-to-wear. A quick call to his friend Anne-Valérie Hash led him to Emilie Le Duc, the designer now working up a youthquake over at Rodier, and a collaboration was born.
Pulling inspiration from the tutu, the dancer’s wrap-around cardigan, and the notion of capturing “not an age but a state of mind,” the line (titled Le Duc’s Wardrobe for Repetto) is a concise range of 18 silhouettes. Dresses, skirts, and corset-informed knits come in a sober color palette (ivory, nude, gray, black, and red) and easy-care materials. For example, one dress is crafted from a fitted knit top and memory-shape nylon skirt. “I tried to give the clothes both the rigor and the movement of the dance world,” said Le Duc, “but most of all I just wanted to create pretty basics that live.”
The collection—a prelude to more big things to come in 2013, including a New York flagship and a debut perfume—is available now in stores worldwide.
En pointe is on trend. We saw the germ of balletomania in the Spring collections in New York and Paris, where Hannah MacGibbon at Chloé showed bodysuits and wispy, tutulike skirts, Gilles Mendel tapped Christian Louboutin to customize shoes with ballerina ankle laces, and Cynthia Rowley borrowed her set pieces from NYCB ballet master Peter Martins. And what began on the runway is starting to take shape in the street, too. Opening Ceremony has just opened its dance-inspired Repetto shop-in-shop at its 35 Howard Street store, where pirouetting mannequins offer every variety of the classic dancers’ flat (pictured). MacGibbon’s version will hit stores, too, come spring—her brilliant vermilion model is one of the many you’ll find in our new Accessories Index when it launches next week. Don’t expect the trend to let up any time soon. The much anticipated, Rodarte-costumed ballet drama Black Swan, which has been making the festival rounds for what feels like years, finally comes to U.S. theaters in December.
Michael Jackson’s death sent his fans on a buying spree—record stores have reported running out of Jackson albums, and almost three million downloads of the Gloved One’s singles had been recorded as of the end of last week. Fashion is feeling the Jackson effect, too. The Repetto shop in Paris has seen a huge uptick in sales of its Jackson jazz shoe, a pared-down patent leather loafer that comes in white or black. (Or ebony and ivory, if you prefer.) The kicks happen to be on-trend—loafers are staging a quiet comeback for Fall—and they’ll be all the moonwalking rage tomorrow, when Jackson’s funeral blows out L.A.’s Staples Center. White socks optional.
Bijoux pros Scott Wilson and Ligia Dias—who designed accessories under Karl Lagerfeld and Alber Elbaz, respectively—along with Florian Jewelry collaborated with ballerina (and chicster) outfitter Repetto on a shoes-meet-jewels project hitting a few cool stores. The jewelers gussied up Repetto’s classic flats and created complementary necklaces to go with. The pieces are sold separately, so feel free to mix and match; if you happen to be in Paris this weekend, you can snatch up the set at Colette starting Sunday.
Repetto, Ligia Dias ballerinas, $633, necklace, $278. Available at www.colette.fr.