August 21 2014

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5 posts tagged "Repetto"

Repetto’s Pas de Deux


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.

Photo: Courtesy of Repetto

True Prep:’s Fashion Week Essentials


Today on, fashion insiders including Joseph Altuzarra, Eddie Borgo, Gucci Westman, and Elin Kling all revealed their fail-safe tricks for making it through the New York fashion week marathon. Whether it’s a BluePrint Cleanse (like The Standard Hotel’s Joey Jalleo), a fierce new Tom Ford lipstick (like photographer Candice Lake), or extra sex before the shows kick off (like makeup artist Dick Page), everyone has their fashion week vices. Below,’s editors share their secrets to a successful week.

Dirk Standen, editor in chief
“An ample supply of Nespresso coffee pods.”

Nicole Phelps, executive editor
“I left my favorite light-blue jean skirt from the dearly departed label Lyell on MetroNorth this weekend. I’m crossing my fingers that it turns up in lost-and-found. If it doesn’t, I expect I’ll be wearing my new Genetic Denim black Adriane flares more than I originally planned.”

Tim Blanks, editor at large
“Blue Point oysters, Berocca, and room service at the Ace Hotel.”

Marina Larroude, senior market editor
“Days before, I always stop at Rita Hazan’s salon for a cut with Andre Rodman and highlights with color guru Adrian Wallace. And, to treat myself before the craziness, a microdermabrasion facial at the La Prairie Spa feels like a dream. I also can never get enough of J. Crew and Uniqlo crewneck sweaters, so this season I’m adding bright hues to my classic gray collection.”

Matthew Schneier, senior news editor
“Short of an X Men-like ability to alter weather patterns, there’s no doubt that my number one fashion week essential this year is going to be a sturdy umbrella. Don’t do what I did and look at—it’s too dispiriting. Just buy a good, bag-sized one and carry it everywhere. Century 21 is a great place to stock up on them.”

Celia Ellenberg, senior beauty editor
“My black Havaianas. I step it up a notch with the footwear for NYFW, which means ‘commuter shoes’ become key for covering the kind of ground I need to cover. The best part about the Spring shows is that it’s still warm enough to get away with flip-flops—which also happen to fit nicely in most backstage-appropriate bags.”

Meenal Mistry, contributing editor
“I swear by Sisley’s Ecological Compound for making it look like you actually got a full night’s rest, when indeed nothing could be further from the truth. And I could never leave the house without a pair of Repetto’s stretch satin BB ballet flats. When there are no taxis to be found, they’re God’s gift to the showgoer.”

Maya Singer, special projects editor
“A blow-out. Colin McCarthy at Bumble and Bumble is my fashion week savior. If I can’t get in to see him before the shows start, it’s pretty much top-knot city for me all week long.”

Brittany Adams, associate fashion editor
“I finally gave in and bought an iPad. Even though I could’ve used the money on clothes, it will be invaluable for writing reviews on the go, and of course, the awesome app!”

Kristin Studeman, associate news editor
“In addition to an extra-large cup (or several) of Stumptown coffee in the morning, chic raingear might be the most important thing to have this week. I am in love with the Marc Jacobs panther umbrella at the moment, and I’m thinking I might need to get a pair of Loeffler Randall rain boots.”

Jessica Minkoff, editorial coordinator
“My Hermès Collier de Chien. My grandmother bought me this bracelet for graduation and I hate taking it off. I feel like it has become a street-style icon and during fashion week, you can never have too many of those.”

From top left to right: J.Crew cashmere long-sleeve tee, $158, available at; The Breslin at the Ace Hotel; Nespresso; Marc Jacobs panther umbrella, $60, available at; Havaiana sandals, $18, available at; Bumble and Bumble salon.

Photos: Courtesy Photos

Let’s Dance


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.

Photo: Courtesy of Openign Ceremony

Repetto Experiences The MJ Effect


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.

Photo: Courtesy of Repetto

Match Set


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

Photo: Courtesy of Repetto