Last weekend, I assisted to the splendid Eifman ballet from Saint-Petersbourg Anna Karenina at the Place des Arts of Montreal. The story of Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is one I have enjoyed for many years! It’s the tragic story of a married aristocratic lady and her affair with Count Vronsky. The inner fight between a woman’s duty as a wife and mother and her passionate story with the man she loves is explored in such a sensitive and acute way by Tolstoy!
When I learned that the story was portrayed in a ballet, I couldn’t miss it! The choreographer Boris Eifman's exploration of the characters’ psyches and emotions was breathtaking! Every movement by the heroine, his translation of her erotic mind and his interpretation of her inner fight with her demons were riveting! The energy of the characters’ feelings was visceral and did not leave anyone in the theater indifferent! It is by far one of my favorite shows to date and made me fall in love with classical ballet even more!
I was attending the show with my friend Julie, who is my partner in crime for all artsy and cultural related events and also a foodie with whom I try all new restaurants in Montreal! Since we were meeting for dinner at Taverne F before the performance, I wanted to wear something that was modern enough to sport to an urban restaurant but also ladylike for the ballet. I thought my vintage grey dress was a good choice for the night! The movement of the silky fabric and the ruffles are very romantic which is the feel I was looking for that evening. The tailored black blazer was a nice compliment to the outfit. It’s the ideal item when you are going from a day to night outfit. Wearing the jacket over a dress or simply with jeans and a t-shirt is enough to make the style more classy and evening appropriate. I enjoy the tuxedo cut of the blazer and how the built-in belt puts emphasis on the waist, creating a feminine silhouette. To keep the look more sober for the night, I chose black accessories. I find the lace up shoes quite elegant and the envelope purse very classy, which are features I wanted to highlight! And even though the ballet is neo-classical, I needed a glimpse of contemporary Natalie in my ensemble, thus the bicolor Tom Ford shades and bright fuchsia lipstick :)
What would you wear for a night at the ballet? Would love to read all about it!
Photos by Maria Kamisis
- Vintage grey graphic print silk dress
- Black blazer from Femme de carriere
- Black lace up cut out ghillie shoes – Gala from Topshop
- Black leather envelope clutch from Browns Shoes
- Sunglasses from Tom Ford