Fashion And Ballet Collide At NYCB's 2017 Fall Fashion Gala

Instead of walking the runway, dance your heart out.

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Fashion month is still going strong, with designers showing their spring-summer collections on the runways of Paris, New York, London and Milan while the rest of us follow covetously along on social media (Versace’s power catsuits? Talk about major #seenowbuynow envy). But what you might not know is that fashion isn’t only being celebrated within the confines of the runway — even one as extravagant as Saint Laurent’s open-air platform with a gleaming Eiffel Tower in the background. On Thursday night, celebrities and dancers alike gathered in NYC not for a belated Rodarte presentation, but for the New York City Ballet’s annual Fall Fashion Gala — a series of performances that pairs ballet’s brightest (and up-and-coming) choreographers with renowned designers. So who was the chosen group this year? Monse’s Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, Tsumori Chisato, Jonathan Saunders and Off-White’s Virgil Abloh.
 
The carpet (ballet-pink instead of the traditional red) was filled with celebrities dressed in their favorite designers, étoiles in their own right if not at the Paris Opera Ballet. Sarah Jessica Parker, a chair of the gala, busted out with a sparkly midnight-blue Monse dress with a fringed fabric that wouldn’t have looked out of place had she been on Dancing With The Stars. Keri Russell channeled the spirit of the event with a black ruffled Johanna Ortiz number reminiscent of traditional salsa attire, and Michelle Monaghan stole the show in a flowy green-and-blue dress with a thigh slit, designed by Prabal Gurung.
 
As for the performances themselves? Well, you had to be there. But Chisato revealed the costumes she designed in collaboration with Justin Peck, City Ballet’s resident choreographer — five surrealist tutus inspired by the ballet’s Igor Stravinsky score. Her designs are abstract and eye-catching while still remaining meticulously structured, and are meant to visually compliment Stravinsky’s “classical yet rhythmically quirky” music.

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For Saunders’ costumes (designed for choreographer and City Ballet soloist Troy Schumacher), the designer strayed from the traditional tutu, creating pieces with graphic patterns and an A-line cut in a vibrant palette containing shades of oranges and blues. Garcia and Kim, working with City Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette, created elegant monochrome designs with a Shakespearian bent (lace-up bodices for women and laced black pants for men). And Abloh, working with School of American Ballet graduate and City Ballet’s youngest-ever choreographer, the 18-year-old Gianna Reisen, created contemporary, street-wear inspired looks that included cameo sweat suits and ruffled denim skirts with an asymmetrical hem. He cited his inspiration as “the heart of the ballet dancer — the figurative 10,000 hours it takes to get on that stage and what they wore to get there”.
 
Fashion week may play host to some stunning spectacles, but the concept — models strutting blank-faced down a runway — can lose its luster and start to feel a bit static. According to City Ballet, “that’s the beauty of this project — you bring fashion and designers into a new space”. Now if we could all move like those soloists in our street clothes...

Even if you're not a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, you can still look the part with our selection of beautiful, ballet-inspired pieces below:
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Sézane Dress - Sézane x LADP - $150
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UO Studio Bodysuit Wrap Maxi Dress - $79
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UO Out From Under Cara Hook + Eye Bodysuit - $39
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UO Out From Under Isabel Crossover Mesh Bodysuit - $39
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UO Out From Under Cozy Off-The-Shoulder Sweater Bodysuit - $39
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UO Bardot Paloma Satin Surplice Jumpsuit - $109
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Sézane Edgar Jumper - $150
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Sézane Sophie Jumper - $144
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Eloquii V-Neck Bell Sleeve Wrap Top - $60
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Eloquii Dolman Sleeve Bodysuit - $50
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Eloquii Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Sweater - $60
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Eloquii Studio Hooded Sweatshirt with Ribbon Ties - $70
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Eloquii Wrap Front Sweater - $75
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Eloquii Tie Sleeve Sweater - $60
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ASOS Minimal Wrap Skirt - $45
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ASOS Tailored Midi Simple Wrap - $45
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Club L Velvet Plunge Front Dress With Wrap Skirt Detail - $45
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Reformation Anoush Dress - $248
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Reformation Waltz Dress - $428
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Reformation Katerina Dress - $218
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Reformation Foxtrot Dress - $428
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Elvi Floral Net Dress - $50
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Elvi Floral Print Ruffle Top Tea Dress - $43
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Elvi Black Mesh Beaded Dress - $61
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