Going to see the ballet is one of my favorite NYC activities. Fun fact: my Fall 2014 Runway Show focused on texture, movement and drama inspired by the discipline and beauty of classical dance.
I love attending the American Ballet Theatre’s opening night gala performance because it gives me an opportunity to see snippets of each ballet which will be performed that season. I then mark my favorites, which I will go back to see in full-length.
My ABT selects this season are:
1. Don Quixote: Featuring one of my favorite ballerinas, Maria Kochetkova (follow her on Instagram @balletrusse) as Kitri, I just saw this last night and it was killer.
2. Manon: Featuring music by Jules Massenet and fluid, romantic choreography by Kenneth MacMillan, this ballet is the ultimate tragic love story. It even brought my husband to tears!
3. Nuages: A premiere for the company this season, “Nuages” is a contemporary ballet, choreographed by Jiri Kylian. I’m excited to see this piece added to ABT’s repertoire.
4. Cinderella: I can’t wait to bring my 7 year old daughter to this one for a fun mother/daughter night out! One of the greatest fairy tales, ABT’s Cinderella features choreography by Frederick Ashton and music by Sergei Prokofiev.
Misty Copeland is another one of my favorite ABT dancers — her grace and passion never fail to amaze me. I love following her on Instagram to see what goes on behind-the-scenes at rehearsals.
The MILLY FW ‘14 show was held yesterday at Lincoln Center. Michelle Smith, founder and designer of MILLY divulges her inspiration here:
What was your inspiration for the MILLY Fall/Winter 2014 collection?
My collection, named “DUSK” focuses on movement, texture and drama. The color palette was inspired by the stages of nightfall, from blush to onyx and including reflective metallic that remind me of moonlight. For the silhouettes, I was inspired by classical dance—I like the idea of the paradox of discipline and beauty and played with both fluidity and structure.
How do you begin your design process?
I love color and pattern so I always begin with fabric. This season, I was very interested in contrasting textures—the juxtaposition of light and dark vs. weightlessness and volume.
Tell us more about the fabrics.
I wanted the fabrics to incorporate movement and drama,. I love to use really luxurious European fabrics - beaded fringe, sheer tulle with intricate pleating, Mongolian fur and reflective foil leather, and ultra-sonic welded leather.