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“Dancewear is very dif­fer­ent from sports­wear,” says Francesca Hay­ward, prin­ci­pal dancer with the Royal Bal­let of Lon­don. “Sports­wear doesn’t quite suit what we need to do with our bodies, so I’m al­ways fid­dling with my clothes in the stu­dio.” Dancewear, she tells us, can also some­times be too pre­cious. (“I don’t like wear­ing frilly, puffy skirts,” she ad­mits.) So when Lu­l­ule­mon came call­ing for Hay­ward, 26, to col­lab­o­rate with the brand, she was thrilled. The 17-piece lim­ited-edi­tion col­lec­tion, made of lux­u­ri­ous but com­fort­able fab­rics like cash­mere jersey and merino wool, be­fits a bal­le­rina gear­ing up for an hours-long re­hearsal just as well as a fre­quent flyer getting ready for the long haul. See: the Prin­ci­pal Dancer pants (right) and Fun­nel Neck sweater ($108, left). Hay­ward worked closely with the de­sign team, try­ing on sam­ples and pro­vid­ing feed­back, such as hav­ing the waist­line of the leg­gings sit higher on the body (sports­wear leg­gings of­ten sit too low around the hips, she ex­plains), which makes it eas­ier to be lifted dur­ing part­ner work. Even if you don’t have plans to be hoisted into the air, you’ll want to give these looks a turn.

Nulu and Ly­cra leo­tard ($84), cupro pants ($118) and cupro shorts ($68), all Lu­l­ule­mon x Francesca Hay­ward of The Royal Bal­let Col­lec­tion. For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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