the ballet aesthetic has been having a moment lately. Ballet flats, leotards, tulle skirts, leg warmers – I’ve been seeing ballet-inspired looks all over the runways.
This isn’t particularly a news flash, but the ballet aesthetic has been having a moment lately. Ballet flats, leotards, tulle skirts, leg warmers – I’ve been seeing ballet-inspired looks all over the runways. MM6 Maison Margiela, for example, tapped into the “dancer mid-practice” aesthetic with its spring-summer 2023 collection, which was chock-full of ripped tops, time-worn shrugs, detached knit sleeves, and leotards worn unsnapped. It was as if these models had just left a seven-hour rehearsal. Most notably, Miu Miu propelled the trend forward with its satin ballet pumps, rendered in the daintiest of pinks and worn with slouchy socks.
I’ll admit: I didn’t slide into the balletcore era right away. A part of me was expecting it to be a momentary fad – a fleeting micro-trend that we’d forget about once we remembered the real struggles of wearing ballet flats. Nightmare! Sore soles, flimsy support, and squished toes do not bona fide trends make. But there I was in Copenhagen at the Stine Goya spring-summer 2023 show, watching models glide down the runway wearing chunky leg warmers over heels. I realized: Ballet core is well and alive and pirouetting enthusiastically across fashion wardrobes of the style set. So, I thought: Why not give it a whirl?