Twenty minutes — that's how long the intermission lasted at the Metropolitan Opera House Tuesday night, and it made for quite a palate cleanser. In the first half, the American Ballet Theatre presented a revival of Harald Landers' "Etudes"; in the second, the premiere of Twyla Tharp's highly anticipated "Rabbit and Rogue." The program proved a delightful contrast. Dances don't get more traditional than "Etudes," which plays like an ode to various ballet exercises — from simple barre positions to pirouettes to a dizzying tarantella. But "Rabbit and Rogue" pairs Tharp's legendary modern dance infusions with composer Danny Elfman — better known for the theme songs for "The Simpsons" and Tim Burton soundtracks. On top of that, dancers slinked around the stage in a Norma Kamali-designed wardrobe that was hardly your basic ballerina wear: bikinis and flesh-baring bodysuits.
"With Twyla, it's almost like with Bob Dylan," says Kamali, "you interpret what you like. There's a lot going on there."
Kamali dressed the troupe in mostly skintight black onesies starting off and ended with the men in white shirts and silver lamé tights and the women in drapy white goddess gowns. In between, the ladies wore suggestive black and silver bathing numbers, some with a hint of rhinestone sparkle. "My interpretation was that [the ballet] was about the contrast of dark and light and how they interact," says Kamali. "My job was to make that transition in a fluid way."
The costumes weren't always so obvious. "We talked about doing color in the beginning, electric color," says Kamali. "I did a huge presentation with prints and patterns and all sorts of things. In the end, we came to the same conclusion: It was more about an evolution."
This isn't the first time Kamali has designed for Tharp. Theirs is a working relationship that dates back to the Eighties, when photographer Richard Avedon introduced them. The most famous of their collaborations was the 1986 Philip Glass-scored ballet "In the Upper Room," with dancers in striped outfits and scarlet pointe shoes. "Dick knew we would have something in common and could do good stuff together," recalls Kamali. And, indeed, both have always put the spotlight on being body-conscious. In fact, the designer noted that as a child she had two particular pictures posted up in her bedroom. "I wanted to be a painter. I studied anatomy," she says. "I had Michelangelo's [figure] drawings and Rudolf Nureyev up there on my wall, so it was kind of predestined."
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion