I’m starting to lose count of the number of times I have heard people talk about Black Swan. It appears to be one of those ‘marmite’ movies – some people love it, others hate it. For me, it was a landmark moment in cinema history, where true beauty graces the screen, and I’m not just talking about Natalie Portman. Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the duo responsible for the American brand Rodarte, are the masterminds behind the stunning costumes used in the Swan Lake scenes in Black Swan. It seems I was not the only person completely in love with these works of art, seeing as the ballet trend is springing up everywhere, from the couture shows to the high street. But what is the best way to channel your inner swan?
Straight from the name, we think of ballet flats, which are a staple in any wardrobe. This season, try a nude or pale pink shade, which will also keep in with spring’s pastels. Ballet flats always look best with bare legs, so it’s time to brave the cold and get those floaty skirts out. Skirts with a slightly higher waistline can be more flattering and make your pins look longer. Since it is still pretty nippy out there, layer up with an open knit jumper, but ladies, please try and avoid leggings.
Take a literal spin on the ballet trend by wearing a body underneath lace layers, or loose knits. Bodies look really great in nude tones, but if you are not so into your pinks, opt for black and team it up with some colour. Give the look a fresh lift by using green and blue pastels instead of pink.
When thinking ballet, think texture. Team feathers and lace, netting and knit, studs and chiffon – anything that will give you a unique look. Make the outfit suit your taste too; if you’re not a girly girl, then try darker colours with interesting prints.
The finishing touch to your look can be a perfect ballet bun. Position it high up on your head, making a ponytail, twisting the hair and wrapping it around the base. Then secure it with pins and hairspray. Add a headband or scarf for a boost of colour (this also helps prevent fly-aways). Make-up can be kept fairly neutral, with a hint of pink in the lips and cheeks, but you could always take another leaf from Black Swan and choose dramatic eye makeup, using dark eye shadows, kohl and a hint of sparkle.
Model: Tara Atkins
Photographer: Alexander Carr