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For Fall/Winter 2015, Sandra Choi takes inspiration from the ballet and explores the tension in dance between beauty and power, grace and restraint. Explaining the collection’s ‘Bondage Ballerina’ theme, she says: “I know my crystals so well and how they’ll play within a design. This is not just typical crystal reflection—there’s a metallic play to it. Then I married it with a nappa leather tie—I like how a ballerina ties the laces around the ankle. The whole thing feels very emotional.”
The language of ballet is full of words that signify an intertwining of delicacy and strength: fouetté (whipped) and frappé (struck), countered with fondu (melted) or glissade (glide). The same can be said of this exquisite collection of footwear and handbags: The ankle provides a focus of fascination: the vertiginous ‘Lilyth’ sandal’s tutu-like tulle bow, or the pink velvet ‘Rosana 100’ high-heeled pump with black satin ribbon tie. The killer ‘Anneli’ boot is, perhaps, the most definitive expression of the bondage aesthetic, in soft skin-tight black nappa leather crisscrossed with strapping. The ‘Riley’ tote, with its degradé of nude-to-black python, lends the ballet palette a fierce edge. Crystals embellish the collection, upping the glamour factor to stratospheric heights. The result is a pas de deux of grace and power.