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She walks in beauty like the swans

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So, um, I kind of *love* these swan sunglasses in this “Wait for the Summer” photo shoot by photographer Fiona Quinn and styled by Courtney Sanders. The sunglasses are labeled first as the stylist’s own, and then by “Look Sharp”, a label which I haven’t been able to find out much about during my brief (but somewhat talented) google search frenzy. I managed to find some other novelty type swan sunglasses but none quite as fabulous as these. I just love how these have both black and white… you know very Black Swan-y. (Natalie Portman should totally own a pair, am I right?). I love how they manage to be both sunglasses but almost like a headpiece, like an almost but not quite tiara. And the model rocks them oh-so effortlessly.

And now a poem (from which I got this post’s name)((which a friend sent to me after seeing the aforementioned swan/ballet movie))(((and it seems nicely applicable to this post))):

Verdi and Postmodernism
She walks in beauty like the swans
that on a summer day do swarm
& crawls as deftly as a spoon
& spills & sprawls & booms.

These moments make a monument
then fall upon a broken calm
they fly into more quenchless rages
than Louis Quatorze or Napoleon.

If I could make one wish I might
overturn a state, destroy a kite
but with no wishes still I gripe
complaint’s a Godly-given right.
– Charles Bernstein

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Of Swans

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Before I start, I just want to say that I must have somewhere around a billion (ok… maybe more like 7?)  browser windows open and anywhere from 5 – 10 ( more?) tabs open in each one. I also like to think I have a pretty good memory, so often I’ll spot something in a magazine some kind of other somewhere and I’ll close my eyes and tell myself where it is and to tell myself to remember, assuming that I will. Sometimes I take a picture on my phone, thinking it will help. So, I may have some whole huge little article compiled in my brain and then I go to write it up and realize I don’t know where everything is, which I always find annoying because I like to think I’ve gotten better at organizing my adventures in curiosity.. I mean, come on, I’ve even organized my bookmarks! I did! Into categories. Sigh, anyway…. What I meant to say was that I had some killer shoes to go with this post, but it turns out I don’t remember who designed them and my searching (for the last 1/2 hour or so) has not yet yielded satisfactory results. Granted they were way more expensive than I wanted them to be, and you, too. So maybe it’s better that you didn’t see them… Because if you have a thing for all things ballet-ish (or just pretty shoes), well, you’d really want them, and then you’d be kinda bummed that you couldn’t have them. (But, I’ll still try to track them down, just because I love you all so much)

BACK ON TRACK:

So, I’m pretty jazzed for the film Black Swan.

Dance films can be like crack for me. I don’t really have the space to dance around here in my NYC abode, and watching dance makes me warm and fuzzy inside. Cheesy, I know, but true. This film looks both beautiful and dark in a way that dance related films don’t usually touch. And I’m excited about how much press and interest it’s been getting. The above promotional posters are, in a word, amazing. Released by Empire, sadly without notice of the designer (who certainly deserves to be recognized), they certainly set the tone. They’re intrinsically beautiful, with dark, hidden, look-closer details that hint at the mystery and thriller nature of the film. What’s so lovely about them, in my opinion, is how well they could stand on their own. I’d want them even if they weren’t associated with a film. Just because they’re great.

I feel like ballet/dance is seeping more and more into culture. It’s subtle, but it’s there. With the popularity of ballet flats (and the shoes I found but then lost, even had satin ties to wrap around your ankles), and of clothes that are reminiscent of dance/wear, and some of the headband craze, it seems like more and more people are looking to reflect the delicate strength and grace of a dancer.

Thinking about it, it’s kind of an interesting off-shoot to the beautiful garb of say the Mad Men age and other vintage eras that have gained popularity in the fashion world, and spreading into the mass market. The whole look of ages past is so very well thought out, all in the details. But with dance, sure the costumes for performances are gorgeous…. but the strength and the posture and the character is all internal. It’s all about you and your body and your mind. Granted, it’s competitive, too. And so is the real world.

Or maybe it’s the tiaras and Prima Ballerina “princess” sort of idea that captivates some…. haha.


Ray Lewis for Black Swan, some more photos here


The Australian Ballet has certainly taken wind of the trend with these fabulous tote bags. I saw them first on The Design Files, where they were having a giveaway – and it’s a good thing, because when I checked the site after ooh-ing and ahh-ing with glee over the bags, they were totally sold out. They’re back in stock now, but something tells me that it’s not just your standard ex-ballerinas, ballerinas or dance patrons snapping them up.