Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Going Ballistic

Amy Westcott's costume design in Black Swan (Rodarte only collaborated in the design of the tutus) artfully taps into a childhood fantasy of being in a ballet corps; of behind-the-scenes stretches in layers of scooping jersey, shrugs, and leggings. As Westcott found in researching these modes amongst New York dancers, these are not however mere nostalgic notions. The clothing is very functional. It protects, it accentuates, it flatters, it warms and it is easily de-layered as the body warms up.

Where am I going with this? Well, I'm thinking of anyone who wants to get straight into the UGGs and pyjamas after a hard days work. I am thinking there might be a way to feel comfortable and keep warm without abandoning all hope of remaining attractive or indeed presentable.

Staple look, all Swans: scoop-back leotard by handmade dancewear designer Yumiko - as worn by Mila Kunis in the movie and grey/black cropped leggings (Topshop or any).

For the Black Swan.
Above: I know it's super pricey but I am including this Rick Owens grey top (£820 at Net-a-Porter) as an idea. Lovely, much cheaper option available at M&S online for £19.50.

Ballet pumps at French Sole (£85) or get the real thing at Repetto. Both super comfy for padding round.

For the White Swan

Above: Expensive dream option by Vivienne Westwood: Anglomania £185 at Net-a-Porter. For a more pocket friendly option how about the sale price All Saints Clio top (with built-in layering) £26 down from £65.

Above: Splendid waterfall-front cardigan also at Net-a-Porter £79.
Or look up the All Saints Jerry Wrap Top for £60.

For the Duplicitous Swan in all of us; the beauty of this look, Mix and match.


  1. love the ballerina the way...have you seen the 'radarte' tees and sweatshirts at opening ceremony? love x

  2. Thanks for the tip. I have just had a look. Cute Repetto Radarte pumps too.