For me, there's nothing better than being able to dress like a chic-inista and go to a phenomenal arts performance or gala of any kind. So imagine my joie de vivre - jealousy really - at seeing the photos of the total chic-fest that was the New York City Ballet Gala held some nights ago. As expected, the event was chock-full with iconic designers and fashionable celebrities and editors of all generations, including the likes of Anne Hathaway, Carolina Herrera, Chloe Malle and of course the co-chair, SJP!
Although the New York City Ballet's audience caught my eye, it was the actual ballerinas who captured it - most importantly their costumes. Having danced ballet since I was just a lil tot, and performing in shows etc, the thought of being able to wear black and white or berry coloured tulle costumes and tutus - designed by Valentino Garavani himself - killed my soul. Don't get me wrong now, if I had actually been able to wear the couture costumes my heart would have melted, but instead I watched other, perfect ballerinas wear them. I might need a moment.
Witticisms aside, Valentino's costumes really did take my breath away, and even after looking at them for the millionth time they still inspire me. There's just something about the fabric, the tiers, the ruffles, the B/W, the berry colours. There's simplicity and complexity in the details amalgamated to form 16th century perfection.