Chloe Fashion Show in Shanghai Puts Dancers and Ambience
Though we love to talk about the newest bags and styles and replicas, this time we’d like to make mention of a dance performance that took place in the Shanghai corner of the Chloe fashion empire earlier this year. Not that it was notable for its fashion – the dancers were dressed in light, flowing, white, sheer outfits - classic. But as a unique precursor to a straightforward fashion show showcasing Chloe garments, Chloe bags and accessories, it drew out interesting similarities between the two ‘performances.’
The dance performance freshly underscored the fact that the models we see on catwalks every day are in fact performers, dancers of sorts, in their own uniforms, with a specific mode of ‘being’ in the world – acceptable moves, pace, look, style. The dancers, in the ballet tradition but with a few modern twists, moved gracefully. They used the challenging parameters of the narrow catwalk well, taking up much of it as they undulated, plied, and twirled. Their accompanying music was also classic yet modern – techy beats with choral voices. All in all, the performance was nice and easy. But coupled with the Chloe designer fashion show, it suddenly, without meaning to, held significance. It allowed a bridge to fall between what we consider one strictly artistic world full of innocent movement and sound, and another much more material world full of women, clothes, and wealth.
Ahem. Well maybe we’re going to far in making a point! Did the performance have to do with Chloe handbags or replica handbags? No; but it did shed some colorful, if inadvertent, light on how we love these things and the world they belong to. After all, if we’re stylized performers crafted after fashionable performers, we got a lot of room to move.