RAISING THE ‘BARRE’

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Ballet is both delicate and dramatic, thus offering a perfect platform for fashion trends. And with the release of the powerful and enigmatic movie, The Black Swan, runways will be showing a host of ballet-inspired apparel and accessories.

Tutus remain the ultimate in feminine finery, with organza and silk the basic fabrics in everything from skirts to cocktail dresses. Pleats, chiffon, and skater skirts also reign as the ballet trend moves front and center. Soft pastel hues like dusky pink, fawn, peach, and lemon add to the forward-reaching fashions. Swarovski crystals, lace, and feathers augment the frills.

Ballet flats have become a staple for women who are looking for fashion and comfort for a few years—they work just as well for knocking around as going out to dinner since they come in a variety of materials and patterns. And not to be outdone by the flats, rock stars like Lady Gaga and Rihanna are wearing “pointe” shoes in their music videos.

It all exudes innocence and grace, a far cry from the military and utilitarian looks we’ve been seeing for awhile. While Natalie Portman’s character in The Black Swan may have descended into madness, her costumes sparked a whole new fashion trend that’s sure to please women everywhere.

Beth Schlau
Vice President, Editorial

email me at beth@visioncareproducts.com

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