Ballerina Love... and Skirts

 Janie Taylor in Chloe (The Block S/S 2011)

Sure, there was Natalie Portman in The Black Swan, but my favourite ballerina moment so far has been New York City Ballet's Janie Taylor in a dancing editorial and video for The Block/Nowness collaboration. She wears Chloe's stunning, already pretty much sold-out S/S '11 collection. Seeing it makes me want to pull out my pointe shoes and twirl all day long, except that I would probably dislocate my knee after more than a decade of not training.

Jaw-droppingly beautiful, right? The way Chloe clothing moves, the sheerness of the fabric revealing Taylor's spectacular form, a beautiful example what happens when two disciplines collide at their very best. 

Club Monaco 'Pamera' skirt($129 at Club Monaco); 
Rodarte for Opening Ceremony skirt ($280 at Shopbop); 
Hussein Chalayan bark pleated skirt($830 at Net-a-Porter)

Of course, others are just as enamoured by ballerinas and their feminine, airy style. Not that full, fluffy or pleated skirts are ever out, but this season there is a plethora of them, from minis to maxis. 

T. Babaton 'Taylor' skirt ($135 at Aritzia); 
Zara accordion pleat skirt ($79.90 at Zara); 
Tucker pleated skirt with dots ($437.65 at Shopbop)

It's difficult to pick a favourite. Probably the Hussein Chalayan at the whopping $830 (but you should see it on the runway!). Or maybe the yellow Tibi maxi. But really, if I were rich, I'd take all of them!

Topshop layered maxi skirt ($80 at Topshop);
Tibi pleated crepe de chine skirt ($295 at Net-a-Porter);
Rag and Bone 'Desert' long skirt ($450 at Shopbop and La Garconne)

Research provided by my Editorial Intern Shakeira MacLean. Check out her lovely Tumblr Obsessions of a Girl.


  1. What a beautiful video! Thanks so much for posting it! I just recently got back in my pointe shoes after 17 years (!!!!), and you know, it's not nearly as painful as I thought it was going to be! I encourage you to do it if you have the urge...

  2. Really great blog ! Nice skirts selection !

  3. I've had my eye on the Club Monaco Pamera skirt for awhile-I think it would look so nice with a blazer for work in the summer. Just wish it would come out in more colors-I don't look very good in peach.

  4. Megan,

    Oh it does! In yellow and white!

  5. love those accordian skirts although i don't think they work on me.

    what kind of top do you see pairing with this look?

  6. A Beautiful Life,

    Something simple like a tank top or a tee shirt.

  7. French connection now carries a blue long sleeve knee length silk dress, which is pleated all over, with transparent blue long sleeves,
    it is really is divine, and has a true ballerina touch to it.
    also available in white
    i think the name of the dress is called "dare to dream"


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