SPACE Designer Phelan x Zendaya and Beyoncé

There’s a really good chance you spent this last weekend wrapping your mind around Beyoncé’s brand new Lemonade film, and if so you very likely took some more time to meditate on the outfits and give it up for the killer urban-earth-girl styling choices.


A still from Bey’s Lemonade, via Phelan

Did you get stuck on Zendaya? Yeah, us too. The plaited and braided singer/dancer looks future-perfect and completely Zen in one of our favorite New York City-based SPACE brands, Phelan. It’s perfect synergy, too, because Amanda Phelan is also a dancer. Her refined and thoughtful relationship with movement and kinetics informs just about everything she does.

Of particular note: her radical knitwear of course, and the way it’s presented. For Amanda, it’s not about typical runway parades but narrative, riveting dance performances that express an entire world of style and emotion.


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New York City Ballet Dancers Hold Forth on the Cole Haan Ballet Flat, Dancing for Real and the Future of the Artform

ColeHaanxNYCB-Campaign_3-800x470-1418319740New York City Ballet dancers Gretchen Smith, Sara Mearns and Megan Fairchild; image courtesy Cole Haan

Two things you need to know about Cole Haan’s collaboration with New York City Ballet, which has yielded the excellent Zerogrand flats:

1.) There is a meet & greet Monday, October 12, with the three real-deal ballerinas who contributed to the design of the Cole Haan/NYCB line, at the Nordstrom in Short Hills, New Jersey, from noon-2 p.m. That would be Gretchen Smith, Sara Mearns and Megan Fairchild. Talk to these artist-athletes, take a photo with them, try on some shoes–and since there’s no school that day, consider bringing along a little dancer who might like to meet some new sheroes.

2.) We spoke with Smith, Mearns and Fairchild about their input into Cole Haan’s designs and the future of ballet in general, and that conversation is below.

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