A Dance for One, the short film accompanying the Autumn/Winter 2011 collection from Lover, may focus on a ballet dancer but it’s a somewhat calmer affair than that other ballet film, Black Swan. Instead of the horror-like cracking of Natalie Portman’s toes, Lover’s Nic Briand and Susien Chong have created a washed-out, romantic world inhabited by a dancer who is no less passionate but a little less crazy than Portman’s Nina.
A collaboration with photography team The Aeon, the film stars Amber Scott, senior artist with The Australian Ballet, wearing pieces from the ballet-inspired collection. Flowing skirts, loose tops and pleated shorts feature as Scott is captured warming up, training and then performing. This is a dreamy peek into the life of a dancer, showing at once the physical discipline and beauty of the art form.
The ethereal feel of the film is continued in the collection as deconstructed, asymmetric-hemmed shirts are paired with warm-up inspired pants and grey marle sweatshirts contrasting with floor-length cream skirts. Leather shorts, exaggerated denim flares and, of course, lace dresses tie it all together in a collection that is unmistakably Lover. Seeing as the brand is celebrating its tenth anniversary, it’s little wonder that the whole thing feels just so right.