Monday, October 31, 2016

Boston Ballet's Le Corsaire

On October 27, Boston Ballet kicked off its 2016-2017 season with the North American premiere of Ivan Liška’s rendezvous on pointe, Le Corsaire. French for “the pirate,” this harrowing love story follows a fair maiden and a debonair pirate determined to save her from a pasha eager to add her to his harem. 

Conrad vows to rescue his beloved Medora from the pasha’s harem. The pasha has purchased the young girl from her foster father Lankedem, but before she is sent to live with the wealthy ruler, Medora implores Conrad to save her.  Conrad whisks Medora to a private island, but in a distressing turn of events, Conrad is poisoned by his friend – allowing Lankedem to capture Medora and return her to the pasha. When Conrad awakens, he and the corsairs ambush the pasha’s harem and free Medora.

Le Corsaire hails from the golden era of classical ballet, and it hasn’t been in our repertoire for several years,” said Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen in a press release. “Liška’s production is magnificent, with opportunities for spectacular, virtuoso dancing; technically challenging roles for both men and women; and brilliant corps de ballet scenes with stylish costumes and sets.”

Le Corsaire is an alluring ballet laden with rich textures and robust flavors (the evocative score is mesmerizing and the costumes will dazzle you). The narrative is loosely based on Lord Byron’s 1814 verse tale, The Corsair, and Boston Ballet has truly crafted a compelling love story with this season opener. Le Corsaire runs through November 6 at the Boston Opera House. Click here for tickets. 

Liza Voll Photography

Monday, August 8, 2016

Le Dîner en Blanc Boston

On July 30, Parisian flair descended on Boston as nearly 2,000 revelers celebrated Le Dîner en Blanc – an elegant picnic launched in Paris nearly 30 years ago. The event, which now spans more than 70 cities worldwide, was designed to promote gallantry, friendship and community. Guests dress to impress in white attire and bring tables, chairs, lavish décor and gourmet foods to a hush-hush locale that’s only disclosed minutes before they're whisked from a central meeting place to the long-awaited secret soirée.

The waterfront terrace at the Boston Children’s Museum was home to this year’s sparkling affair. Partygoers decorated their tables (some so beautifully over-the-top, I must add) before enjoying homemade cuisine or pre-ordered picnic baskets from The Smoke Shop and The Best Little Restaurant. Libations were available courtesy of Apotic Wines and Champagne Lanson. Mr. Chat and I took in the festivities from the media lounge where we sampled gourmet hors d'oeuvres, toasted to Champagne and mingled with the masses. I love a good theme party and this one did not disappoint. To learn more about Le Dîner en Blanc 2017, follow the event producers Facebook and Twitter. In the meantime, here’s a look at what you missed courtesy of Tricia McCormack Photography.

Monday, August 1, 2016

A Morning at Angela Moore's Fashion Show and Champagne Brunch

Angela Moore and Michaela Johnson

For the second year in a row, my mom and I headed to Newport, Rhode Island on a beautiful July morning for the Angela Moore Fashion Show and Champagne Brunch. This annual event marked Moore's seventeenth celebration and third elegant affair in the gilded ballroom at Rosecliff. Being a new mom, it was refreshing to spend some quality time with my own mom while Mr. Chat had one-on-one time with our son, Le Chat Petit.

Michaela Johnson, co-host of The Rhode Show, broadcasted live throughout the morning and introduced chic nautical looks modeled alongside local tatsemakers including Miss Rhode Island 2015 Allie Curtis, Miss Rhode Island 2013 Jessica Marfeo and newly crowned Miss Rhode Island 2016 Shruti Nagarajan. Johnson wore a coral Taylor dress (pictured above), a green toile Dizzy Lizzie shift dress inspired by the Chinese Tea House and a nautical knit dress by Sailor Sailor.

As in previous years, nationally renowned stylist and designer Angela Moore served as emcee and introduced more than 100 looks she fashioned for a "Seaside Sensations" theme. Moore makes the art of dressing look and feel effortless, and her vision flaunts the best in Newport boat, beach, resort and cocktail attire year after year. "We love the spirit of Newport nautical style and the exhibit looks inspire the way we dress today," said Moore.

In addition, the Preservation Society curated a style exhibit exclusively for the event which featured garments from their costume archives. The pieces were inspired by the signal flags found on famous steamship yachts during Newport's colonial Golden Age. A Versace polychrome dress with flag motifs immediately caught my eye and impressed many. Guests also gushed over a blue silk Yves St. Laurent two-piece with red fish embellishments – a one-of-a-kind beauty raved a sophisticated woman sitting at my table.

Guests indulged in free-flowing Champagne cocktails and enjoyed a delightful brunch prepared by Russell Morin Fine Caterers. Serval raffle winners took home prizes courtesy of Kent Russell, Christian Louboutin, the Newport Marriott and Newport Pilates. All proceeds from the Angela Moore Fashion Show and Champagne Brunch benefit the Preservation Society's mission to protect, preserve and present its exceptional collection of house museums and landscapes. If you missed this  summer’s festivities, join me along with Newport’s finest in 2017. 

Miss Rhode Island: Jessica Marfeo (2013), Allie Curtis (2015), Shruti Nagarajan (2016) wearing Barbara Gerwit

Susan Noel and Carolyn Van Petten wearing Top It Off ponchos, She Bobo hats and Angela Moore shoes and jewelry

Kent Russell

Newport Preservation Society Exhibit   

Photos // John E. Corbett Photography