French brand Repetto is best known for its basic black ballet flats, which are a staple for catwalk superstars such as Kate Moss to real women who need to step out of their stilettos and into something more sensible. The label got its start in 1947, when Rose Repetto fashioned a pair of shoes at her son’s request (he was a choreographer and dancer). After the brand made an appearance on Brigitte Bardot’s feet in And God Created Woman, even non-dancers were clamoring to get a pair of ballet flats from the brand. Next spring, Repetto will be adding ready-to-wear to their growing offerings. And in true Repetto style, the collection is influenced by ballet and a dancer’s necessities.
The Repetto clothing line, La Garde-Robe de Repetto or the Repetto Wardrobe, will include 18 different pieces and be designed by Emilie Luc-Duc, the creative director of Rodier, a luxury knitwear house. This comes just a year after Repetto released its very first fragrance and the opening of their training academy in January, which trains artistans in the craft of shoemaking as well as costume design and construction.
The ready-to-wear collection pulls from Repetto’s ballet tradition, which is evident in the first look released by the brand. The ivory and white dress combines etherial ballet tulle with an on-trend combination of underwear as outerwear and plays on volume (we spied the same silhouettes at the latest Dior collection, too). We love Repetto’s nod to ballet and Luc-Duc’s ability to take traditional ballet costume silhouettes off the stage and making them wearable in the real world. We know everyone has a Repetto fan in their circle of friends, so it’s no surprise that fashion fanatics are already chomping at the bit to get a sneak peek at the rest of the collection, which debuts on Repetto.fr on November 28. The collection will take the stage in Repetto stores on December 5.
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