I used to take ballet lessons when I was younger. I loved (and still love) dancing (at one point in my childhood, I wanted to be a ballet teacher), but I never quite had the discipline, flexibility or physical strength to be an outstanding ballerina. I quit right before pointe; however, that didn't prevent me from appreciating the incredible amount of physical stamina ballerinas require. Ballerinas are powerhouses - they need to be constantly aware of every muscle, every joint, every movement, while making it appear as if they gracefully aren't aware at all.
This elegant form of power is evident in Viktor & Rolf's Spring 2014 Couture presentation. The tense leg muscles of the passing ballerinas (who shuffled across the entire runway on their toes) was contrasted against the fluid, latex leotards that practically blended into the skin. There was a serene beauty in the bare purity of the clothing, but truthfully, the dresses paled against the dancers' presence. When the ballerinas took long strides en pointe, it was the most graceful runway walk I have ever seen. After all, is en pointe not the ultimate high heel?
A silencing, almost haunting, show that was only broken at the end by the gaudy promotion of the label's latest fragrance, Bonbon. A cheeky maneuver, surely, but one that ruined what promised to be a good show.
Watch the entire show here.
Image Source: Style.com