Dancing the Night Away

Fred and Ginger. The names alone conjure images of soft waltzes, jumping jives and fabulous ballroom attire.

I'm watching the show So You Think You Can Dance, and couldn't help but think of dance royalty Fred and Ginger. It's always fun watching dance shows like this one and seeing the range of talent and dance genres. But I still come back to Fred and Ginger with their beauty, grace and style.

Ballroom always seems to have plenty of feathers and tuxedos.
Alexis Mabille Fall 2009 Couture

Dior Couture Spring 2008

A little romance...
and a lot of fun.
I would love to dance like this!

Giambattista Valli Spring 2010

Temperly London Spring 2010

Giambattista Valli Spring 2009

Paris Je t'aime

Imagine a cozy October afternoon in a Parisian cafe leisurely drinking your coffee or tea and gazing at the vibrant Fall colors out the nearby window. C'est la vie thanks to Vogue and photographer Steven Meisel.
Paris of the 1920s and 30s comes to life with silk, lace, tulle veils, baubles and touches of fur and feathers.

Colorful tights are brightening the runways and sidewalks of a city near you this season. They're an easy go-to item to update a summer look for fall.

It may be cold outside, but that doesn't mean you can't get cozy in shades of winter white. Fur and oversized baubles are lovely accessory choices. I love how the clothing provides a white canvas for darker, more dramatic makeup and nail polish.

Life's a walk in the park with classic black pieces layered to create a chic statement.

Photos from Vogue, September 2007

Date with Degas

The grace and elegance of the Parisian ballerinas continue to inspire through the works of Edgar Degas.

Dior Couture Fall 2009

Soft tulle. Elegant folds and ruffles. Whimsical coiffures.
This is the romantic world of ballerinas captured in the paintings of Degas and the fashion of designers like Elie Saab, Zac Posen and Oscar de la Renta.
Dancers in Blue

Couldn't you imagine Gossip Girl's Jenny wearing this pink and black design from Betsey Johnson's Spring 2010 collection? I love the look.

Giles and Betsey Johnson Spring 2010

Elie Saab Couture Fall 2008
I've referenced John Galliano's Dior Couture Fall 2009 collection quite a bit in the past couple of months. But I can't help coming back to it because the designs are so beautiful. The layers of tulle, theatricality and romance make the collection a perfect fit with the world of ballerinas and Degas.

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2008

Zac Posen Fall 2008

Why limit tulle to a skirt when it can look this good as a dress? So lovely in Yves Saint Laurent Pre-Fall 2009.

So how can you get ready for your date with Degas? First put on the music of Chopin...just to get in the mood. Then find your favorite ballet flats, ribbon necklace, diamond studs and add a splash of Lovely. The oh so dashing Degas will surely bring you a bouquet, as you are his prima-ballerina.
Take a bow:
Tory Burch flats $225-250 Toryburch.com.
Ribbon necklace $29.99 and Cubic Zirconia studs $34.99, both from Target.
Flowers from From youflowers.com.
Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely Perfume $52 Macys.com.

Runway photos: Vogue.com