The Ballet News Italian Christmas Photo shoot
Buon Natale e felice Anno Nuovo !
Ballet News staged an Italian Christmas ahead of the festivities, with all the trimmings – plus a few surprises!
Earlier this year on the Ballet News facebook page I published an illustration by long-time collaborator Noemi Manalang, of Ronnie & Prisca, which combined ballet and dogs, and it was so popular, receiving over 3,400 ‘likes’ and 690 ‘shares’ that I decided to organise a Christmas themed photo shoot around the two of them.
Prisca Bertoni is a vocational ballet student from Italy, who is studying in London. You can follow her story via her very well-written blog, All4Ballet.com and she recently wrote about the importance of a training log.
Anthropologie’s Carmine Wrap coat, by Seen Worn Kept is a stylish, contemporary & flattering coat, offering a pop of colour across the winter landscape. It’s knee-length, with a cinched in waist, two pockets and comes in red and black at £178.
Ronnie is a gorgeous, gentle & loving two-year old Irish Terrier (pedigree name : Applerock Sweet Molly) and her red coat was supplied by Equafleece. The Equafleece® Dog Coat is made from super soft, lightweight POLARTEC® 200 fleece. It’s ideal for winter because it is completely rainproof, machine washable, needs no reproofing and does not lose its shape or colour. For Ronnie, it was also perfect timing because although the weather was unseasonably mild on the day of our shoot, Ronnie had recently been hand-stripped (Irish Terriers have three hairs in each follicle, growing at different rates, and by hand-stripping they retain their characteristically rich red coat), and so with less hair than usual, The Equafleece® Dog Coat was perfect for Ronnie.
The Equafleece® Dog Coat comes in a large variety of sizes and colours from £15 and has parachute clip fastenings. It is warm and snuggly and fits quickly and easily, and Ronnie was happy wearing it. She also looked so smart that she turned heads, along with Prisca, of course!
Ronnie’s collar and lead, made by Hunter and featuring reindeers and hearts, came from Richmond Rascals, owned by the lovely and exceedingly helpful & knowledgeable Rhona Buchanan. The popular Hunter collection is made from high quality, hard-wearing felt (100% wool) with attractive embroidery and trimmings and is characterised by a particular wear comfort. It’s well made, sturdy and comfortable.
Panettone is a traditional Italian sweet bread loaf from Milan and is eaten at Christmas time. The word panettone is derived from panetto, which means a small loaf cake. The augmentative suffix –one (you pronounce it o-nay) shifts its meaning to a large cake. Who doesn’t love cake ?
Designer Kenneth Turner has two Christmas candles for 2013, and the red candles seen on the mantelpiece and to the left of Ronnie are from the Winter Berries range, with fragrance of warm satsuma and sweet red berries. The delicious top notes are orange and lime, with traditional Christmas warming middle notes of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg, and base notes of patchouli. These luxury scented candles are hand-poured into glass and have up to 50 hours burning time and cost £32.
The Sweet Chestnut logs in the fireplace were supplied by The Little Log Company and were cut from the Earl of Bradford’s estate a week before the shoot.
The Ballet News photo shoot credits
With grateful thanks to :
Ronnie (Applerock Sweet Molly)
Richmond Rascals (tel : 0208 948 2250 or follow the link above)
The Little Log Company