The internet is full of denim hacks – from frayed fringe to razor slashes. But are any as stunning as these created by Canadian designers for a silent auction at tomorrow night’s Mad Hot Ballet Gala? (I swear I would say that even if I weren’t the co-chair for this annual fundraiser for the National Ballet of Canada Gala.)
Nicholas Mellamphy, ex of The Room and now cooking up another exciting retail project, came up with the idea at one of our committee meetings. Gap and Swarovski quickly jumped on board, as did the Canadians in Toronto, Montreal and New York. More than 80,000 crystals and hundreds of hours later, the jackets are ready for bidding, starting at $250.
Some are a sartorial smooch to Karen Kain, whose 10th anniversary as artistic director will also be celebrated tomorrow night. Others are a more abstract expression of fondness for the art of ballet. The VIP dinner is sold out, but tickets are still available for the after-party where you will find me on the dance floor with artists of the National Ballet. Now there’s a performance you won’t want to miss.
And just what does 80,000 Swarovski crystals look like anyway? Click through our gallery to find out.
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