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The stars shone brightly over the McCartney family affair at Lincoln Center last night. Sir Paul McCartney premiered Ocean’s Kingdom, the first ballet of his own composing. His daughter, the fashion formidable Stella McCartney exquisitely costumed every ballerina in the production. From the red carpet poured in talent after beauty after me; Jon Bon Jovi, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alec Baldwin, Ralph Lauren, Candace Bushnell, the fabulous list goes on. Not only did we discover the sensational dresses that sauntered in on socialites and dancers, but the ballet was an emotional rush from all perspectives. See the fabulites, the costumes, and our close brush with Paul as he radiantly enters the building.
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Paul was at nearly every rehearsal – far more hands on than your average ballet composer. He had already been working on an underwater themed symphony when he got the call from Ballet Master in Chief, Peter Martins, to compose a piece for the New York City Ballet. Paul accepted, and created a story and score off of what he had already started. He went back to that workon a computer program he has admittedly become quite obsessed with), with the thought of that sound inspiring dance.
Photo by Jessica Lapidos
McCartney and Martins enter Lincoln Center with a hug. All you need is love, hard work, and the NYC Ballet.
Here, he beholds a Terra Punk – one of the “baddies” as he calls them – in full costume. Stella went along the guidelines of what Dad saw in his mind as he created these characters. He wanted them to be tattooed tribally, so she imprinted the tattoo upon nude dancer’s mesh.
Stella stepped out of her realm of the Stella McCartney brand to create a fantastical skin for the ballet to take place within. After a decade of work with legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath, in which Stella rarely deviated from the fresh face, she was finally able to let McGrath stretch her theatrical wings and transport these dancers to a kingdom under the sea. She worked with the elite textile printer Dyenamix to create scales out of tie dye, and tattoos out of mesh.
The fabrics she chose fluttered with the movement of water. Part of the ensemble of hand maidens wore tops with a billowing cape behind it, two separate strips of silk attached to the shoulder and waist seams of the shirt. It hit the air like swimming fins.
Three Drunk Lords stumble-danced on stage to a wobbly jazzy sound, in thick multi-color painted striped suits. Perhaps this pattern will find its way onto Stella’s future runways.
The treacherous servent to the Princess Honorata wore a dark rectangular washed silk cape that danced like ribbon around her body, attached to her fingers. See the sketch:
Now see it in action in this gorgeous video by the New York Times.
The harmony of Paul’s bubbling and expressive orchestral musical movements along with Stella’s movement-focused color-blasted underwater mix of breezy chiffons and body suits creates a truly special environment for the ethereal grace of the NYC Ballet.
Who was there last night? Check the gallery.