Dance Class

Fashion (Canada) - - The Market Products - —Is­abel B. Slone

Lu­l­ule­mon, per­haps best known for its butt-lift­ing leg­gings, is shed­ding its rep­u­ta­tion for off-duty yo­gawear with a lim­ited-edi­tion col­lec­tion of gos­samerfine bal­let-in­spired sep­a­rates launch­ing in Oc­to­ber. Co-cre­ated with Francesca Hay­ward, a prin­ci­pal dancer with The Royal Bal­let, the Lu­l­ule­mon x Francesca Hay­ward col­lec­tion es­chews pale pink bal­let clichés in favour of a de­cid­edly darker pal­ette suf­fused with shades of char­coal and dusty lilac. Many of the del­i­cate de­tails are bor­rowed from the cos­tume ar­chive of The Royal Opera House, where over 10,000 fan­tas­ti­cal cos­tumes are worn on­stage each year. For ex­am­ple, the rigid bon­ing of a corset is repli­cated much less painfully on a sporty bal­conette bra and leg­gings. Hay­ward says the sep­a­rates are per­fect for days when you’re feel­ing a lit­tle scrubby and want to throw on the sar­to­rial equiv­a­lent of a hug. The clothes, made of cash­mere jersey, merino wool and cupro, are im­mea­sur­ably soft yet of­fer a sem­blance of to­geth­er­ness when you’d rather be in bed. Th­ese cozy ba­sics will have you

Nutcracker-ready in no time—even if you’ve never danced a day in your life.

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