EN POINTE: Exiting Paris Opera Ballet director Benjamin Millepied may have been busy packing his bags, but spirits were high at the Opéra Garnier on Friday night during an opening-night bash for the Première Classe, Don’t Believe the Hype and Paris Sur Mode trade shows.
The event, held in the opera house’s restaurant, also showcased ballet-inspired capsule collections by 16 brands in a pop-up boutique in the site’s store, on sale through March 12. Goodies included hand-embroidered ballet-slipper brooches by Macon & Lesquoy and black tutu fabric caps by Bernstock Speirs.
Taking a break from limbering up from his latest role as the male lead in Rudolf Nureyev’s “Romeo and Juliet,” due to open later this month at the Opéra Bastille, étoile dancer Josua Hoffalt was on hand to present creations from his namesake dance-inspired accessories and clothing line, Hoffalt, cofounded a year ago with his designer brother Lucas Hoffalt.
“I spend my days in front of mirrors at my studio and spend more time in my dance clothes than civilian garb, but I could never find anything that I liked. The idea for the label came to me when I was recovering from an injury,” said Hoffalt of the line that is made in France and features decorative flourishes.
Highlights include the Gustave sweatshirt with cropped sleeves and a Baroque-style embroidery detail recalling the Opéra Garnier’s coat of arms and colored gaiters — “very ‘Flashdance,’ only with our DNA, in special colors and noble materials,” he said.
The label’s e-shop launched in December.
Checking out the goods, Camcorder in hand, Audrey Marnay said she had dabbled in ballet as a child. “I gave up because it hurt my feet too much,” laughed the model, who has been busy creating a Paris Fashion Week video for her newly launched YouTube channel.
Also perusing the racks, Canadian actress Marie-Josée Croze recalled the first time she saw the Opéra Garnier. “I can remember coming out of the metro and seeing the facade; it was so beautiful I cried,” she said eyeing a rack of colored tutus by Fête Impériale.
“I used to wear those in the Eighties with men’s jackets and heavy black eye makeup. I went through a bit of a punk phase,” continued the actress. “And I think I’m ready to start wearing them again.”