You may think the style mavens that littered the steps of Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week would be mere ghosts of themselves by now, but – always a step ahead – the fashion world had already planned something far too monumental to miss. Enter the annual New York City Ballet gala event. The theme? Valentino.
That’s right- the infamous designer, who has a bit more time on his hands due to his recent retirement from House of Valentino, created breathtaking original costumes for the dancers to don while performing at the star-studded event. It goes without saying that the marriage of world renowned designer Valentino and the always-impressive New York City Ballet (which bloomed from a long standing friendship between the designer and NYCB artistic director, Peter Martins) did not disappoint. There were graphic black and white pieces, stunning red tutus with pink and purple undertones, as well as a show stopping one-shouldered gown worn by Maria Kowroski (who I had the privilege of meeting this summer!).
All of the (female) dancers wore pointe shoes dyed in Valentino’s signature red color, as they performed world premier works by Peter Martins and Christopher Wheeldon. The only piece without custom-made Valentino costumes was Balanchine’s Rubies, which was clearly included as a nod to the designer’s vibrant color of choice.
The gala was attended by all kinds of fashionable stars including Anne Hathaway, model Iman, Diane Von Furstenberg, Martha Stewart, Tory Burch, and of course, Sarah Jessica Parker, long time friend of Valentino and active board member at New York City Ballet. I’ll leave you with these snapshots from the gala, try not to drool…