Willow Spring 2009NEW YORK, Sep 12, 2008 / FW/ — Known for its luxurious and sassy looks, Willow changed its pace this season by opting for an intimate setting of a presentation instead of a runway show to highlight loose and unstructured romantic silhouettes that were inspired by the Ballet Russes, a 20th century French dance troupe.

Entitled ‘Sacred Trace’, Kit Willow translated the concept of freedom of dance and expression into fluid and light silhouettes that were given structure and shape by the brand’s signature corsetry.

Dropping the hems to the 1920s style, layers of silk were swathed fluidly over the body. With circular waves, asymmetric lines were created, thus giving the collection an avant-garde look while keeping its romantic theme.

High gloss painted metal discs and antique gold beads were used as adornments, a tribute to the magnificent costumes of Ballet Russes. And as a final tribute, nature prints were created in honor of Nijinsky, Ballet Russes’ principal dancer whose faun and animal like nature of movement remains unrivaled up to today.

Photos courtesy of Willow