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Sézane unveils LA Dance Project collaboration with short ballet film

Sézane x LA Dance Project
Sézane x LA Dance Project

France’s first online fashion brand, Sézane, has launched a capsule collection with choreographer Benjamin Millipied’s dance company, LA Dance Project.

The 10-piece line was revealed today along with a short film designed to showcase how the collaboration provides “une envie folle de danser”, or a crazy desire to dance.

It sees a ballerina arriving to a desolate part of town with her retro portable stereo in hand, before performing to its music in pieces from the line.


“I love all types of art, but especially classical dance,” Sézane founder Morgane Sézalory told the Business of Fashion. “What I love about Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Project is its alternative form of classical dance. For the collection, he had very clear ideas of what he wanted; comfortable pieces, and a lot of contrast.”

On the website, the brand elaborates: “With designers, musicians and directors, Benjamin Millepied and his ten dancers produce ballet like no other, steeped in tradition yet infused with the contemporary. The one principle at the heart of his work? ‘There is still so much to create!'”

The capsule includes a wrap knit sweater, denim jacket, ballet shoes, bag and more. It launches ahead of the brand’s store opening in New York in early September, its second appartrement-style flagship following Paris.

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Rag & Bone film is a contemporary study of movement

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Rag & Bone unveiled its autumn/winter 2015/16 menswear collection with a short film starring ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and street dancer Lil Buck.

Intended as a “study of movement”, the three-minute spot sees the two different artists providing a captivating, contemporary sequence.

They spin, twist and flip amid props including a chess set and giant speakers. The now 67-year-old Baryshnikov, who will be remembered for his role as Carrie Bradshaw’s Russian lover Aleksandr Petrovsky in Sex and the City, holds his own alongside 26-year-old Lil Buck.

“We liked the blend of the two – the young up-and-comer and the old guard. Lil Buck is more street and raw while Mr. B is sophisticated and sartorial,” co-designer and managing partner David Neville told WWD.

The brand’s urban armour-themed line is showcased on the duo, as well as a handful of other models, throughout. The movement and varying style of the film were part and parcel of trying to bring the collection to light in a way that allows male fans to get a better sense of what the designs are really about and where the influences came from.

The music is “Öngyilkos Vasárnap” by Venetian Snares.

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NYC Ballet airs costume films live at Fall Gala

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The New York City Ballet put fashion at the centre of its Fall Gala tonight by showcasing three short documentary films about the designers it has collaborated with, live on stage.

Prabal Gurung, Iris van Herpen and Olivier Theyskens (pictured above) each designed custom costumes for three new ballets premiering at the event. Respectively they were “Capricious Maneuver” choreographed by Justin Peck, “Neverwhere” by Benjamin Millepied and “Spectral Evidence” by Angelin Preljocaj.

Films were created showing the designers discussing the concept and vision for their looks, providing a sneak peek at what they look like as they’re being developed, and even trialling the creations on the ballerinas to ensure they are suited to the movement they need. Van Herpen’s is all about hundreds of individual pieces of PVC plastic, Gurung’s complete with leather harnesses and Theyskens’ embellished with giant silicon scars.

Each spot (embedded below alongside some still shots) was aired ahead of its corresponding ballet via a giant screen on the stage – giving the traditional gala a bit more of a modern spin.

The ballet iself was attended by stars including Natalie Portman (in support of husband Benjamin Millepied) and NYCB’s chairperson Sarah Jessica Parker.

Choreographed by Justin Peck; costumes by Prabal Gurung; music by Lukas Foss

Choreographed by Benjamin Millepied; costumes by Iris Van Herpen; music by Nico Muhly

Choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj; costumes by Olivier Theyskens; music by John Cage

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Matthew Williamson celebrates 15th anniversary with enchanting short film

 

British designer Matthew Williamson launched a short film yesterday to celebrate his 15-years in the industry.

“XV” stars Sienna Milller, Poppy Delevingne and Andrea Riseborough, as well as eight ballerinas from the Royal Ballet and even a unicorn. Shot at Aynhoe Park, a 17th century country house in Oxfordshire, it’s a beautiful spin inside the colourful, ethereal and imaginative world of Williamson’s own mind.

The plot (scripted by Mark Whelan) follows Williamson’s dreams as a 15-year old boy lying in bed on a school morning before his Mum (Riseborough) calls up the stairs to wake him.

It was directed by Tell No One’s Luke White and Remi Weekes, with the ballerinas choreographed by Random Dance company’s Wayne McGregor.

Williamson has also created a limited edition collection in collaboration with Swarovski for the occasion, seen worn by Miller, Delevingne and ballerina Melissa Hamilton in the film. It is otherwise available to buy exclusively at Net-a-Porter.com and the designer’s London store.

Below are a selection of behind-the-scenes images from the film, as well as a making-of video featuring interviews with the stars.