Blush & Black Swoon

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Via Couture lab

Apologies in advance to the legions of male readers I won over with that last post.  “Manly” things will definitely be making appearances on S.P.  more often, and not just for Christmas, as well as more architectural and design related posts as the “Boy Barn” project continues to gain momentum.  In the meantime, anyone else feeling the Blush & Black vibe in the air with all the hoopla surrounding the premiere of “Black Swan” this week?!  I, for one, can’t wait to see it.  I always love a film with great dance sequences, beautiful people that inspire me to work out for three seconds, and a little dark humour and twisty bits thrown in for good measure.  With a cast including Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Winona Ryder, I’d say this will be one fun film to see with your girlfriends, girlfriends!

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Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

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Mila Kunis at the premiere in N.Y. this week

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What little girl doesn’t dream of being a ballerina?  I certainly did.

I’d like to say my career under the lights was eventually curtailed by a crippling toe shoe injury…


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The truth is decidedly less glamorous-  It was terminated by a crippling case of stage fright before my first performance.

No joke.

NO ONE was making me get on that stage.

I try to recall the drive home in the car with my parents but apparently I’ve blocked that memory.  Back to the frog pond for me.

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Zac Posen Spring 2011

Feels as if Z.P. was attempting to channel a little John Galliano here, a little Alexander McQueen there, to bring some excitement back into his collection…

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or Perhaps Zac  was inspired by George Balanchine’s ballet “Bugaku” first performed in 1963,

 

and more recently by The Miami City Ballet, just a few weeks ago

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Laduree Paris has caught the pink & black bug…

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My friend in Paris snapped this photo of Laduree’s November window

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Coat & waistcoat buttons c1805 with their own case!

Why isn’t life like this anymore?

Now  extra buttons are all plastic and come in pill baggies hanging from garment tags.  wa wa -no  fair.

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Agent Provocateur ( I think)

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Carolina Herrera Spring 2011

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Manolo Blahnik

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Chanel Spring 2011

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Valentino

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Photo via “A Gift Wrapped Life”

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Pink & Black edginess from Isabel Marant Spring 2011

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Etro

Pink & Black of a different attitude

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Suzanne Farrel’s costume from George Balanchine’s ballet “Bugaku” c1963

 

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via flickr

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Zac Posen

(love the two toned nails)

Nicholas Kirkwood

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Alexis Mabille Fall 2010 Couture

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Slim Paley Photo

A rose from my gardener today  (December 4th!)

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Valentino

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Valentino

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Zac Posen’s black swan

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via Flickr

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Cheers to all those aspiring, or once aspiring little ballerinas out there!

Will you be going to see the movie? Let’s talk!

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56 Comments

  1. another great one- love those flowing pink skirts
    and Bugaku costume- I think it’s manly S-
    certainly some manly types

  2. I so wanted to be a ballerina, too, Slim. I had two tutus as a little girl–the stiff-straight out one and a bell shaped-to the knees one. They couldn’t get me out of the latter. I slept in it. I also had a traumatic first time ballet recital but I’ve left that behind in therapy years ago. I desperately wanted a ballerina doll. I’ll never forget my father arriving home late one night from N.Y.C., and coming into my bedroom to wake me with the most beautiful doll in the world. I still have her. I wasn’t all that into dolls, either, although I still have all my Madame Alexanders. I just can’t give them up.
    Another wonderful post, Slimmy.

  3. I WAS all over the movie; and then saw detailed trailer. The thriller/scary intensity part freaked me out. I’ll wait for reviews. Go! Then tell us!

  4. My 16 yr old can’t wait. She can’t see it until after her Nutcracker is done and Christmas break starts, but she can’t wait. I read an article where Natalie Portman said they had to lose 20 lbs to get down to 95 lbs for the role. Hmmm…

  5. Beautiful post Slim.
    The Ladurees window in Paris stunning. Carolina Herrera gown soooo beautiful . The shoes are divine, and the last rose of Summer such an amazing shade.
    Yep I wanted to be a ballerina for sure, never know, could happen. Love the pink and black together.
    Have a great weekend and week. Thanks again for sharing. Oh yes that Valentino # – always my favorite.

  6. What a fantastic colour combination – that Alexis Mabile dress is incredible.

    My daughter has done ballet for three years. She says it is ‘boring’ but mostly because after 3 years she has only just got to the Fifth Position!!!

    Ballerinas I know confirm the competitiveness and sometimes cattiness but the very worst is the terrible and lifelong damage it does to your joints and feet. A very high price to pay. xo

  7. love the blush….will wait for the DVD on the Black Swan…BUT I am thrilled that you mentioned the “boy barn” — I was going to email you to see what was up with that project and whether you were going to post about it…can’t wait. Love this blog always

    Maureen

  8. Absolutely gorgeous! Ballerina pink was my very first favourite color like many young girls I’m sure. Love the different textures in your post: silk, lace, feathers! Sensory bliss!

    One observation: Was enjoying ZP’s outfit however when my eyes traveled up again over the outfit – I couldn’t help but notice that the model seems to be suffering from a bit of a camel toe… (Can I say that on here?) Ouch!

    • ewwww, yes, but it’s got to be that they made the model wear a pair of shoes that were just too narrow for her feet….no? Please say “yes”, otherwise, who was checking the feet before she went down the runway?

      • Ewww is right! The camel toe ruins the appeal of the outfit, and pleeeease, someone, feed that poor girl. That skinny is NOT attractive! Why does the design world still believe the stick figure is the ideal? After I got over my “yuck” reaction to that photo, I swooned over the rest of the post, so feminine and delicate.

    • MY thoughts exactly, I thought I was seeing things, how can a girl THAT skinny get her trousers caught in that part of her anatomy? SURELY those duds could not have been too tight for her? WAs it done on purpose?
      LOL Louise

  9. My parents made me figure skate, I hated it. I remember having to dress up as a pink bunny rabbit for some ice show, I was bawling my eyes out……still can’t wait to see that movie though.

  10. I’m quite excited about the movie–it looks awesome.

    Black and pale pink has long been one of my favorite color combos–especially if lace or lingerie is involved–but this post has reminded me, and it’ll probably affect my choice of clothes for Monday . . . I think I love best that your color themes really go through so many beautiful examples of whatever shade you’ve picked that one can’t help but appreciate it in a new way.

    Cheers.

  11. DYING to see the movie – and I wasn’t ever a ballerina (recovering tomboy here). Just love Natalie Portman though.So much eye candy here – those waistcoat buttons are to die for – and yes, I judge garments by buttons and mourn the days of needing such items. Have never those Chanel colors – I’ll be stopping by my local counter this week. And how did you know that rose champagne was my favorite?!

  12. The movie sounds like a gal pal plan…

    The colors remind me of none other than Elvis — am I the oldster reading this blog

  13. Blush and Black reminds me of the 50s and poodle skirts, at least at a store I saw at Downtown Disney many years ago. I can’t help but think of the Pink Ladies from Grease with that color combo. I’ll try that Black Swan out – right now I’m limited to MegaMind and Tangled with the kiddoes. Great post. 🙂

  14. This post is amazing… every single picture makes me dream, but what spoke even more to me is that my little daughter loves Ballet and she just finished her 1st semester on her ballet class, so this post made me think about her dream of becoming a ballerina, her dreams and the dreams of these girls that put on their shoes and become little princesses.

    The dreams of a child is a lesson to be watched and learned from.

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  15. Love blush and black! Slim, saw Black Swan last night and one of my girlfriends screamed and ran out of the theater. Let’s just say is it’s not all pretty feathers and rhinestones. Although one of the scariest parts was seeing Barbara Hershey’s face. It is unrecognizable and has weird bumps underneath that must be lumpy juvaderm that has congealed. I almost thought that the black swan was going to emerge form under her cheeks. Why do women continue to do this to their faces? Do they not see the reality of what they look like?
    Also, Slim, is it wrong of me that when I hear “Boy Barn,” I think “gay porn?” I’m just sayin’…

  16. I keep thinking Black Swan is one of those movies I’ll watch with my hands over my face but my fingers spread so that I can see through them. But, since I have no time to see it tomorrow, I’m anxious to hear what you think! Love the Valentino! Sigh. A girl can dream. And, I’m anxious to hear about the barn! Fun post once again. Thanks, SP!

  17. Watched the original, 1948, The Red Shoes (a great ballet movie I think) on Netflix this week in anticipation of The Black Swan. Asked a friend to see the movie, she too said the trailer scared her too much……please let us know what you think…….
    Loved the blush with the black. Another color combo to add to my get-up-in-the-morning-what-outfit-shall-I-design-today repetoire. Thanks, Slim, but there are not enough days in the week!

  18. Beth and I decided to take ballet lessons when we were 19 – HA is all I can say – I think we made 2 lessons tops. I love the Valentino purse! Sair is right – ewww.

  19. Favorite post of all time SP!
    Love the B E A U T I F U L ballet theme.

    The world needs more pink in it.
    Pink is my black.

    Cannot wait for The Black Swan to arrive in town. It’s going to be a tad scary though! 🙂

    My bambino and I are going to Wonderland performed by my favorite ballet company this March. Can’t wait for that.

    The coat and waistcoat buttons in the pink satin lined case ~ amazing.

    The Chanel (505) polish is fantastic. As much as I love the charcoals and browns that are everywhere this season, they tend to look poor on my pale skin. The 505 (Particuliere) is the exception and looks pretty good.

  20. Slim,
    Yikes, I love those Manolos and those fabulous Chanel nail colours…
    But, double yikes, I’m not going to see Black Swan!
    (unless someone like Brad Pitt or Marlon Brando holds my hand throughout the ENTIRE movie)
    I watched Charlie Rose interview Natalie Portman and the director of the film, Darren Aronofsky, …and man did the trailer look dark…darker than Batman, Dark Knight!
    Oscar may be calling Natalie; but until Brad calls me, I’ll keep swooning to your posts!

  21. WOW…FEAR AND LOATHING IN THE FORM OF BALLET!
    WHAT’S NEXT…???
    HOPEFULLY GOING TOMORROW AFTER FINISHING
    WAR AND PEACE. XO

  22. The thought, research, work that you put into your beautiful blogs never fails to amaze me. The pink feathers of Suzanne Farrell’s costume falling into the beautiful pink flamingo whose feathers move in the same way as the feathers on Zac Posen gown beneath…………
    And is any pastry shop in the world more appealing than Laduree’s? I’m wondering are the pink squares with powdered sugar on black plate Turkish Delight? And the gowns — the Alexis Mabille gown and jacket are as chic as chic can be, but oh the black and pink lace Carolina Herrera — a gown to wear when you are dancing to lovely music in the arms of a man you love!

    • Hear Hear to the incredibly clever and beautiful posts Slim. This one was delightful to follow.

      RE childhood ballet dreams, I just wanted, DESPERATELY, the white tutu, the wings and to be able to fly through the air like a ballet fairy. I have ZERO recollection of ever actually wanting to learn to dance though.
      Louise
      xxxx

    • Sounds like a plan Beverley for the Carolina Herrera dress. The little pink squares are marshmallows, but you’ve reminded me how beautiful Turkish delight can be for a future post, and NO it just doesn’t get any dreamier or beautiful than Laduree!
      Louise- my dreams of flying first came from Peter Pan I think…or perhaps it was Mary Poppins sitting on the edge of that cloud…

  23. hi slim,

    such a beautiful post. black and pale pink are sooo beautiful together. my grandaughters bedroom is done in this color combination and i love sitting in her room. she is also quite the 4 yr old ballerina. so cute. i think my favorite photo is the manolo pink shoes although i have nothing that would go with them and i prob couldn’t walk 2 ft in them. sad. have a wonderful week. and i can’t wait to see the movie.

    ~janet

  24. At 37 I’ve never given up on ballet or on black & pink. A couple of months ago I started re-learning to dance en pointe after almost 25 years! Insane but somehow worth it, too. And I always wear black & pink to class even though I’m an adult dancer and don’t have to anymore. The classics never go out of style.

    I’m not sure about Black Swan. I love dance movies and suspense thrillers but when “psychological” crosses over into “paranormal,” I run for the door. Can’t tell from the trailer which side of the line this one will land on; might need a friend to vet it for me. Meanwhile I’ve been hearing that for serious balletomanes, Frederick Wiseman’s La Danse (documentary of the Paris Opera Ballet) is the film to watch. 2.5 hours long but I’m planning to enjoy every minute of it!

    • Wow, wow and wow again Laura- I’m so impressed by that- going back to dancing en pointe after a 25 year hiatus. Good for you! It’s obviously in your blood. and thanks also for the movie rec. I hadn’t heard of it and it sounds GREAT.

  25. As usual, a wonderful post! After reading all the comments, I will definitely see the movie The Black Swan–no ordinary “girl flick.” Hooray!
    P.S. Your blog is helping me grab for the apple at night instead of something “a little” more sinful. Thank you!

  26. Beautiful post Slim…….on another note . In one of your earlier posts you had mentioned the Rausch egg shampoo. Do you still like it and if so where do I buy it?

  27. I took ballet too, but best not to talk about that too much, not exactly the most graceful. On to the dresses……………oh my! The Etra, the Zac Posen, and the Alexis number. But the the most exquisite, the most beautiful goes to that most gorgeous rose (ever!). Also, can we talk about that hair of yours again? Lord, what I wouldn’t give for that hair! I hope you tousle and swing it (with a superior swing)all over the place as it is totally deserved. I may start stalking it! Thanks for the most gracious mention by the way, so appreciated. Homework on it’s way in the next few days. Much love XO

  28. Absolutely beautiful post, Slim. And roses in December. South eastern Ontario has no roses in bloom. We have freeeeeeeeezing temperatures – that’s what we have! I want roses………..

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  30. Hello Slim, It’s me, Louise from Townsville, I’m in disguise.
    I bit the bullet to get a blog started as we are off on a big trip in a few days, and I decided a blog wins hands down over emailing photos and letters to family and friends while we are away.
    Blighty and FF assured me it’s only 15 mins work to blog.
    HA! For some! Not me!

    Back to Ballet – I’m going to see Cinderella in St Petersburg (the Russian one) next Thursday. Woo Hoo, a bit excited. We don’t have anything like that in Townsville!
    Louise
    Still giggling over that Camel Toe.

  31. Beautiful. Post. I saw The Black Swan recently and loved it. Very elegant and suspenseful. I’m watching the Battle of the Nutcrackers this week. (Ovation TV channel). Tonight – the Royal Ballet of London at the Royal Opera House. Tomorrow – Monte Carlo.

  32. A beautiful, beautiful post, Slim. Oh, those Regency buttons! Wherever did you find those? I so agree about the extra buttons unceremoniously slipped into those tiny plastic baggies. And do you save all your buttons like I do? Buttons in this drawer, buttons in that drawer. Only, once a button pops off the blouse, you can never actually track down the right damn button? Plus, once a button is off, I am just too lazy to deal. It’s either I’ll make do without the button (provided the decolletage is not overexposed) or the garment in question is relegated to the Salvation Army pile to wallow in its buttonless banishment.

  33. My friends(who are teachers @ a school of the arts) and I (who is a retired teacher) have a bet going…I say you acquired your name by combining slim(from slim Aarons the photographer) and Palely, (from Babe Paley, the fashion icon) They both think you just took the the name from Babe Paley and called yourself “Slim Paley” because you are slim and fancy yourself as a fashion icon..hence babe paley reference. I think , of course, that I am right! Could you please let us know to settle this debate? Thank you!
    P.S. We love your blog..no matter where you got your alias!

  34. I stand corrected….my friends think that you took the name from two swans of Truman Capote’s..Slim Keith and Babe Paley. So…is your alias from this combo or my combo..Slim Aarons, Babe Paley?

    • Sorry Deborah- your friends are correct.
      The moniker is an amalgamation of Slim Keith and Babe Paley and I chose it because I greatly admired their iconic styles.

      PS. I am a fan of Slim Aaron’s work too though, if that makes you feel any better 🙂

  35. Hi there, I just saw Black Swan and was totally mesmerized throughout. Natalie Portman is amazing, she deserves every Best Actress award. I didn’t totally understand what was happening with the characters during the film, but now after digesting for a few hours I think I have it mostly figured out. Really intriguing and fascinating.

Would love to hear from you!