Barre Fitness: Kore Wear (Fit To The Kore)

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When you find a method of exercise that works for you, you sick faithfully to it because you see the results and have fun doing it.  Barre Fitness has become this for me, a unique method of cross-conditioning that utilizes the most effective aspects of ballet, pilates, flexibility and strength training.  In a typical class you will do a warm up, spend time at the ballet barre and do mat work – being led through a low impact, high intensity workout with lots of movements designed to challenge your core and lengthen and tone your body (no tutus required).

The benefits of the barre: Strong core and back muscles; increased flexibility and mobility; sculpted arms, abs, bottom and thighs; improved posture and balance; increased co-ordination.

I love to wear a bodysuit and leggings to Barre Fitness – though tight clothing is not a requirement, I think this style of outfit helps me focus on every muscle in my body and remember to engage my core (ballet studios are enveloped by mirrors – no body checking allowed, use them to focus your movements!)  Here I’m wearing my favourite bodysuit from Kore Wear and leggings from Zella at Nordstrom.

Are you a fan of the barre? Or does it bring out the ‘black swan’ in you? Leave me a comment below…

Photos by Beth Morton taken on location at Camyoga studios.  Wearing: Kore Wear Flora bodysuit; Zella leggings.

New York Fashion Week Series: Rodarte SS15

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Rodarte_SS151I have admired the beautiful, poetic designs from Rodarte for a long time – this season a dazzling array of punky mermaids and glamorous pirates walked the catwalk to the tune of ‘The Big Ship’ by Brian Eno.

“When Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy were children, their father would take them to see the famed tide pools of Monterey where they grew up, and the hypnotic beauty of the sea life—and their wonder at the exquisite colors they discovered there—have stayed with them ever since.

This season, they decided to channel those childhood memories by creating richly layered and embellished pieces of clothing that suggested seaweed and algae swirled by the seawater and rocks thick with crustaceans. ‘We wanted to re-create the texture of those underwater tide pools,’ Kate explained, ‘to explore this idea of underwater worlds, with all the movement and fluidity’.” – Vogue.com

The dresses had the familiar fragility with which Rodarte become known for their designs. However there was a lot of strength in the collection also – the high waist ‘second skin’ pants were a favorite of mine, especially those accessorized with a belt fastened by a chunky fisherman’s hook.  The thigh high gladiator style boots were also something else.  Fashion for the bold indeed, but stunningly beautiful nonetheless.  Shiver me timbers, indeed.

Photos: Dazed Digital.

New York Fashion Week Series: Altuzarra SS15

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Altuzarra_SS15_6Following a recently collaboration with U.S high street retailer Target, I was curious about Altuzarra‘s SS15 collection at New York Fashion Week.  I am a fan of the brand’s signatures – skirts with splits, a whole lot of body conscious-ness and tailored blazers, all here for Spring but with a rather unexpected injection of the romantic, the historic, and a little perverse in a Game-of-Thones kinda way.  As Dazed puts it: “Sinister and undone prettiness, ill-fated and doomed.”

Set to the soundtrack of Rosemary’s Baby, models strutted to Mia Farrow’s vocals wearing sixties gingham checks (with checks and stripes also shaping up as a theme for SS15),  near transparent, voluminous floral dresses, and, lingerie lovers will like this – pannier-style leather shapes over skirts.  Joseph Altuzarra was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s movie Barry Lyndon for this collection, which was set in 18th Century Ireland.  The floral dresses would certainly not look out-of-place in a Gainsborough painting.

An interesting collection for Altuzarra, described by Vogue as “focused, realistic, sensitive, and, in its final passages, romantically beautiful in a way he’s never quite attempted before.

See more of Altuzarra SS15 HERE on Vogue.com.

Photos: Sonny Vandevelde.