lululemon x Francesca Hayward
lululemon has been doing some amazing collaborations recently. Earlier this year they worked with Central Saint Martins students to design six Asian-inspired prints inspired by the “Art of Motion.”
The Canadian-based athletic brand is at it again with a stunning collection in partnership with the Royal Ballet in London’s principal dancer, Francesca Hayward. The limited edition 17-piece collection is highly technical and perfect for prima ballerinas to women having fun in a salsa or pilates class. The line includes cashmere, cooper, and double-knit merino wool fabrics to add a luxurious element to the capsule collection.
This collection took literally an entire year to come together. The designers came to London to make sure that they were designing a collection to enhance the ballerina’s abilities and movement rather than restrict it. The outcome is an alluring corset-like sports bra, low back leotard, merino double knit wool sweater (that I literally want to live in), and amazing gold lining tights.
This collection took literally an entire year to come together
A slightly new feature of the collection as the bold gold details. There are gold hints on waistbands and in the color palette used, as well as gold logos sewn onto some pieces. lululemon reps stated ”Pieces feature touches of gold that mirror the opulence of the Royal Opera House.” The gold was also a request of Francesca as she just loves gold!
I have to call out their Principal Dancer Corsetry Tights. I am an avid lululemon lover, I have pledged my allegiance to the addicting culture of wearing lululemon. So you can imagine the large number of leggings I have accumulated over time… And these pants are my favorite to date because of the fit. The corset like waist-band sucks you in without feeling restricted and give my flat butt some shape I didn’t know was possible.
these pants are my favorite to date because of the fit
Growing up as a ballerina I spent a lifetime in horrible ballet warm up clothes and poorly fitting leotards I couldn’t wait to get out of.
My only two questions now are, where was this collection 10 years ago, and can I buy the entire collection in every color?
About Francesca Hayward
English dancer Francesca Hayward (@frankiegoestohayward) is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company during the 2010/11 Season, and was promoted to Principal in 2016.