#NYFW The Bold and the Colorful

Just a quick look on the other side of the ocean…for Fashion Week

So they say that New Yorkers only ever wear black… this past fashion week in NYC brought an infusion of color that may have left them giddy! Some designers’ collections show a permeation of bright colors, others show a splash here and there, but almost everyone seems to have found a need for an emboldened hue at some point in the game. Here are my picks :

I love Jason Wu’s audacity in using a borderline flourescent yellow, no…let’s admit, this IS flourescnet yellow!  and it accents perfectly with a coral red lip as seen on the runway. But this piece is not just bright, it’s BIG! Like a heavy flower is has layers of silky “petals”…if we see this show up on the red carpet, it is sure to pop like you cannot believe.

Jason Wu SS2012, from style.com

Colorn texture and black accents create this amazing silhouette from Ohne Titel.

Ohne Titel SS2012, from style.com

I was excited for French fashion brand Lacoste to be at the New York fashion week this year. I especially like this bright red piece that looks so easy to wear, so comfortable, yet gives off a classy look that can spice up an otherwise typical Parisian evening at a trendy restaurant or bar à vin.

Lacoste SS2012, from style.com

I don’t find this VPL piece thrilling for it’s cut or design, but the color has me smiling, this has become THE color I want to paint my life with lately…

VPL SS2012, from style.com

Vivienne Tam is seeing and believing…shocking red.

Vivienne Tam SS2012, from style.com

Flowing color within her prints, Vera Wang has found great color combinations that are as light and airy as the fabrics.

Vera Wang SS2012, from style.com

Michael Kors makes desert wandering look so appealing and easy!

Michael Kors SS2012, from style.com

More flourescent yellow on the runway, this time it’s Nanette Lepore who has a very bright and bold collection. Can we call her Palette Galore? 🙂

Nanette Lepore SS2012, from style.com

J. Crew is appealing to my blue hue craze….

J. Crew SS2012, from Style.com

It doesn’t get cuter than this Marc by Marc Jacobs sun suit, perfect for the French Riviera and getting noticed at Saint Tropez.

Marc by Marc Jacobs SS2012, from style.com

Madame Lhuillier will be putting the sweetness into our hot summer 2012 nights! And…I have nothing to say other than : Je. veux. to. wear. this. pink. fabulousness.

Monique Lhuillier SS 2012, from Style.com

From Stephen Burrows, marina beach wear for the Atlantic coast of France I can only assume. Arcachon baby!

Stephen Burrows SS2012, from style.com

I might go so far as to say that this Badgley Mischka two piece outif, is my favorite from the entire #NYFW SS2012. I just might… Don’t tempt me!

Badgley Mischka SS 2012, from Style.com

Diving into the pink, fuscia pink of Tory Burch.

Tory Burch SS2012, from style.com

Knock knock. Who’s there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad you wore this Minkoff dress?

Rebecca Minkoff SS2012, from style.com

Thakoon has embraced the concept of color from head…to toe. Um. also with a gold runway. This guy doesn’t hold back!

Thakoon SS2012, from style.com

DNKY is prepared for a rainy Spring season, and will be brightening up NYC in 2012 with traffic stopping pieces like this. It makes me wanna be a part of it…!

DKNY SS2012, from Style.com

Donna Karan for those who don’t want to necessarily stop traffic per se….

Donna Karan SS2012, from Style.com

For Carlos Miele, color and sunshine seem to be in his brand’s DNA. Does this not take you away to some Mediterranean resort?!?

Carlos Miele SS 2012, from Style.com

I think Peter Som had a liiiiiittle too much Starbucks coffee. This is almost blinding color! But, we want it. We really do.

Peter Som SS2012, from style.com

DVF brings in bold blue-ish purple without too much pomp, but it’s so comfortable we would be willing to wear it anywear.

Diane Von Furstenberg SS 2012, from Style.com

This purple creation from Prabal Gurung has the best waistline effect I have ever seen.

Prabal Gurung SS2012, from style.com

Helmut Lang makes me want to sing in the rain…

Helmut Lang SS2012, from Style.com

Zac Posen is going green next spring! No, JK! He’s going sea grean! No really, I am kidding, he only has two pieces in this color in the SS2012 collection. But it’s fun, non?!?

Zac Posen SS2012, from style.com

Caligula – Riche en Emotion

Un tragédie en 5 actes…

Tout juste une heure et demi ce ballet sans entracte, chorégraphié par Nicolas LeRiche en 2005, nous raconte l’histoire de l’empereur romain, Caligula, amoureux du spectacle avec des accès d’âme poétique, maladif et mégalomane. Il se croit en relation avec le dieux, il disait que la lune descendait le voir dans son lit, il aime son cheval à la folie jusqu’à lui faire bâtir un palais. Un personnage plein de complexe il ne règne que pendant un peu moins de 4 ans, et il dépense sa fortune colossale, une fortune qu’aucun empereur n’a eu auparavant, en un an et demi.  Sa règne commence à rencontrer des problèmes surtout avec les sénateurs, qu’il humilie, et il tombe dans la débauche. Il est mort assassiné par des coups de couteaux.

Leriche, danseur étoile de l’Opéra, qui a eu l’idée de faire un ballet sur ce personnage suite à la lecture des Vies des douze Césars de Suétone, prend comme collaborateur le dramaturge Guillaume Gallienne. Ensemble ils on créé un ballet surprenant avec le plein d’émotion. Chorégraphié à la musique des Quatre Saison de Vivaldi, et parsemé de musique électronique de Louis Dandrel on voit une vrai drame se dérouler sur scène avec une danse très moderne imprégné de théâtre. C’est comme Leriche et Gallienne veulent atteindre le spectateur par tous les moyens possible. Il y a une étude sur le mouvement et sa traduction dans les émotions qui est puisée dans une réflexion riche et une volonté de communiquer énorme. On attend pas moins de cela de Nicolas Leriche. Le tout est augmenté par l’emploie de l’expression faciale des danseurs qui font des grimace géantes à des moments précis, ou par le bruit lourd de leurs pas forts, leurs bras, leurs corps qui frappent sur le sol. Parfois on n’entend que cela.

Le corps du ballet jouent les sénateurs et les suivants. On voit parmi eux un sénateur, Chaerea, serait à l’origine du complot contre Caligula. Mnester, un pantomime pour qui l’empereur avait une admiration sans bornes, danse des interludes avec trois autres figures. Des pas de deux magnifique sont dansés entre Caligula et la lune. Une scène surtout reste dans le mémoire, celui entre Caligula et son cheval Incitatus, où le corps humain semble séffacer et celui d’un animal apparaît. C’est aussi une scène que l’on peut voir comme une fantaisie, car elle n’ajoute rien à l’histoire du spectacle, mais seulement rajoute l’anecdote du sentiment de Caligula envers son cheval.

J’ai eu la chance de voir Mathieu Ganio dans le rôle de Caligula, Clairemarie Osta dans le rôle de la lune, Nicolas Paul dans le rôle de Mnester, Aurélien Houette dans le rôle de Chaerea, Audric Bezard dans le rôle du cheval, et Eleonora Abbagnato dans le rôle de Caesonia, l’épouse de Caligula.

Ce spectacle me laisse avec une envie énorme de voir encore d’autres créations de Nicolas Leriche… vivement que Brigitte Lefèvre le laisse entamer un autre projet!

Jusqu’au 24 février 2011, Opéra de Paris, Palais Garnier.

A tragedy in 5 acts…

Only just an hour and a half, this ballet without intermission, choreographed by Nicholas Leriche in 2005, tells the story of the Roman emperor, Caligula, who loved the art of the stage and who would often have bouts of poetic feeling, or would be become an angry megalomaniac. He believed that he was in direct relation with the gods, that the moon would come down from the sky and into his bed, and he loved his horse so much that built it a palace. A character full of complexity he only reigned for just under four years, and spent his immense fortune, the largest fortune any emperor had ever had before him, in a year and a half. His reign began seeing problems especially with the senators, whom he would often humiliate, and his reign fell to debauchery. He dies, assassinated by stabbing.

Leriche, a star dancer of the Opera, who had the idea to create a ballet on this character after having read the Lives of twelve Cesars, by Suétone, took as a collaborator the dramaturge Guillaume Gallienne. Together the have created an astonishing ballet full of emotion. Choreographed to the Fours Seasons of Vivaldi and interludes of electronic music by Lousi Dandrel, a true drama is danced out on the stage with a very modern choreography that is impregnated with theatrics. It is as if Leriche and Gallienne want to reach the spectator by all means possible. There is a true study of movement and how it is translated into emotion that seems to have been inspired by a rich reflexion and an enormous desire to communicate. We wouldn’t expect anything less from Nicolas Leriche. The entire thing is then augmented by the use of facial expression by the dancers who make giant grimaces at certain precise moments, or by the heavy sound of their feet, arms, bodies striking the floor with force. Sometimes that is all that is heard.

The corps de ballet dances the roles of the senators and the senators followers. On of the senators, Chaerea, would be at the origin of the assassination conspiracy against Caligula. Mnester, a pantomime for whom the emperor had a limitless admiration dances interludes with three other figures. The magnificent pas de deux are danced by Caligula and the Moon. And one scene in particular stands out, the one danced between Caligula and his horse Incitatus, here the human body seems to transform into that of an animal. It is also somewhat of a frivolous and fantasy scene, as it does not add anything of importance to the drama on stage, but merely includes the anecdote concerning Caligula’s sentiments towards his horse.

I was lucky to be able to see  Mathieu Ganio dance the role of Caligula, Clairemarie Osta dance the role of the Moon, Nicolas Paul dance the role of Mnester, Aurélien Houette dance the role of Chaerea, Audric Bezard as the horse, and Eleonora Abbagnato as Caesonia, the wife of Caligula.

This show left me with an enormous desire to see more and more creations of Nicolas Leriche… hopefully Brigitte Lefèvre will let him choreograph more shows for he Opéra de Paris!

Until February 24th 2011, at the Opéra de Paris, Garnier Palace.