Monday, 24 March 2014

Harpers Bazaar April 2014 Poetry in Motion - Royal Ballet Models Fashion

Fear not folks.
US Vogue may be going downhill but there is a stunning 
fashion editorial in the UK April edition of Harper's Bazaar featuring the dancers of the Royal Ballet modeling fashion.

Yasmine wears cady dress, £6,500, Ralph Lauren Collection
As the name states, it truly is poetry in motion.


I needed to counterbalance the Vogue aesthetic 
so am doing this post just to feast your eyes on this fashion spread that I wanted to make sure you don't miss.

Edward wears his own clothes throughout. Christina wears silk dress, £5,507, Nina Ricci. Zenaida wears silk dress, £845, Isabel Marant.

Each image could be sold as an individual art piece.
I could get used to them in every issue.
So beautiful that I will just be quiet now to let you enjoy in peace.
Hope you enjoy it and let's keep the faith! 

Lauren wears silk and polyamide jumper, £950, Balmain. Ballet shoes (worn throughout), all dancers’ own.



Christina wears white and black silk top, £470; black wool skirt, £715, both JW Anderson. Zenaida wears navy silk belted dress, £2,249, Salvatore Ferragamo

Christina wears nylon dress, £865, Moschino
Zenaida wears knitted sequinned body, about £2,285, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. Wool skirt, £690, JW Anderson.

Christina wears silk georgette cape, £1,500, Giorgio Armani. Cotton and elastane leggings, £24, American Appare

Christina wears silk dress, £2,605, Chloé. Cotton, elastane and jersey bra, £10, American Apparel.

Lauren wears black cotton dress, £2,645, Bottega Veneta

Christina wears cotton top, £125; nylon skirt, £205, both DKN

From left: Yasmine wears silk knit dress, £2,590, Proenza Schouler. Romany wears cotton and Lycra leotard, £22.80, Capezio. Silk skirt, £1,200, Dior

Lauren wears cotton and silk top, about £2,785, Céline

Christina wears grey cotton top, £35, Bloch. Grey wool skirt, £680, Michael Kors

Yasmine wears silk skirt, £668, Donna Karan. Leotard, her own

50 comments:

  1. Beautiful! How utterly divine is this shoot? It makes me long to be a dancer even though I'm past it!
    Thanks for posting this... Just what I needed after a v stressful day at work!

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    1. The clothes look better for it too and I was looking at some dresses I wouldn't have bothered on other models! It makes me want to work out funny enough :)

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  2. .. And having just caught up with your last post, this is even more lovely. Compare the grace of these dancers with the low grade smuttyness of the KK & KW photos!

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  3. Stunning. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Louise

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  4. The dance moves capture the true artistry of the designer - how a well-designed couture garment should move and look dazzling.

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    1. I love the swirls and quite reminiscent of a Sufi gown in trance.

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  5. Spectacular art! Real class! Pammie xx

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  6. Stunning. If only I could dance like that (I can't, I'm the complete opposite with ballet - I failed the preliminary ballet exam at age 4). A brilliant contrast with the Vogue celebrity-fest shoots of late. xx

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    1. Sorry but I cant help laugh at that story Heidi!! too funny xx

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  7. GORGEOUS! And I think I missed your last post, must go have a look at that now. Thanks Naomi!

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    1. I want to ballerinas to be the new models!!

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  8. These are gorgeous and kudos to HB using the Royal Ballet. Vogue/AW is getting a huge backlash over here.

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    1. Anna's editor letter wasn't convincing either was it? But I am surprised Grace hasn't done this - maybe she can use some Met opera singers in a feature - that would be fab.

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    2. I could only access snippets cited from AW's editor letter. So KK got to be who she is because of "guts"? Vogue/AW's reputation is in tatters.

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    3. The letter was penned as poorly as the photoshoot so I wouldn't bother accessing the whole letter because any hope and doubt would be firmly erased! AW may soon get a reality tv show on Bravo at this rate.

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  9. The UK HB is just gorgeous every month, more or less, since Justine Picardie became editor a while back.I can't think it's a coincidence, anyway.And a great deal more attractive than US Vogue seems to be at the moment.I still love magazines and buy far too many but I haven't bought US Vogue in months.

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    1. Sue - you are so right - their issues have been steady and consistently good. She is doing a fab job - I might just have share more from them from now on. I love magazines too which is why I clung on to Vogue so I may have to let go and that cover made it easier to do so.

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  10. I guess it is reasonable to conclude that ballet dancers would be good models if they wanted to be?

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    1. Oh yes!! although some might not pass the height test but then again Kate Moss got around that.

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  11. Love Yasmine and the one with the blue top/dress...gorgeous.

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    1. Interesting bc while I admire all of them Yasmine is also my fave!

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  12. beautiful !!!!! and yup ...what a change with us vogue edition LOL...I didn't know what to say...
    but this is stunning ! I love the LBD from Bottega Veneta !...and tonight was V's ballet class...I love ballet dancers... so I am loving this post, and yes they could defo be models ! thanks xx

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    1. Isn't it gorgeous? I need to learn how to do those hand gestures. They look better in these clothes than Cara Delevigne IMHO! xx

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    2. can't understand the hoopla re Cara

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  13. Beautiful photos! I am very impressed. Harper's in the UK must be very different from the US edition. The March issue of US Harper's has Lady Gaga on the cover - sigh. Celebrity culture is impossible to escape here.

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    1. I will definitely keep a look out monthly for any beautiful shots at HB UK to share. We truly are inundated aren't we?

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  14. Love this! I'm a huge ballet fan and this is lovely. Also have always liked UK Bazaar. Anna needs to take note, This is the what I love to see in a fashion magazine. Inspiration and beauty!! Thanks for sharing Naomi. It's hard to get over here. x Kim

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    1. This is quite inspiring and brings out the beauty in the clothes. I love the arty element of it as well. Glad you liked it Kim x

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  15. lovely first shot !~ others Ok though the images bit bland for my taste ....still thinking about L'Wren and her wonderful clothes

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  16. take previous comment back for some reason only saw first three first time round.. love most of them

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    1. I do think certain images are better than others for sure and in fact I think some shots are just beautiful but don't highlight the item like the white sweater shot in the practice studio. But I love the mood and I like that there is no dumbing down nor selling of fame. The poses are also superb. I tried making my hand go a bit limp but not the same effect!

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  17. ethereal, other worldy, brilliant. why has no one thought of this before?!
    debra

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    1. That's what I thought! I can't find similar shoots tho.

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  18. so much graceful beauty in these shots….yet that belies the extraordinary pain and discipline required to get to such a state of flexibility…bit like the thorn and rose dilemma, it would seem…

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    1. Yes their bare feet is taking the brunt and not as photogenic as the rest of the dancers...that part always makes me appreciate their love for their art more.

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  19. So fitting that women who work very hard to prepare and use their bodies as art forms, to wear designer clothes in an ad. We are past the point of believing we are supposed to look like the models in these outfits so it is nice to enjoy how their bodies move. They work so unbelievably hard for their art. Kim K doesn't!!

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    1. I think this is an amazing example of something to physically aspire to - they are healthy, fit and strong and looking good is a bonus!

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  20. Thank you so much for posting these pictures. I can't decide which is my favorite, they're all exquisite. Good reminder there are alternatives out there. Cancelled my Vogue subscription this weekend. AW's letter citing Kim's strength of character was really insulting to readers.

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    1. Actually I have two favorites - and one is the first in red and the other one is the white dress with the dancer in motion. I love seeing the fabrics swirl! Marie - I have an ipad yearly subscription already paid for but when it runs out I don't think I am renewing it!! That letter left no doubt in my mind that it was ridiculous...

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  21. So beautiful! Yes, why has this not been done before?

    AW needed the publicity and will take any sort? I don't know. There are no 2 people less interesting to me.

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  22. Amazing isn't it? I can't believe this has been done before either!

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  23. Gorgeous. The first and last pics remind me of a Dance Theatre of Harlem ballerina dancing Firebird I had framed and in my office for years. I wanted to be a dancer but failed miserably at pirouettes. Still I love watching dancers and could stare at their still photos for hours, every move they make is magic. As you may remember, I don't read any fashion magazines so thanks very much for posting this treat.

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    1. I love dancing and dancers although my dancing was not as elegant and in clubs...glad you enjoyed it!

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  24. That certainly does cleanse the mind of the US Vogue KK debacle.

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  25. I am so glad to see this post really fantastic
    thanks for share i see your photos looking very dashing .
    also clothes very nice . . . .



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