Ever since Natalie Portman jetéd her way to the best actress Oscar for Black Swan, we’ve been on a major ballet kick. Natalie met her fiancé, New York City Ballet’s principal dancer Benjamin Millepied, on the Black Swan set – the pair are expecting their first child this summer.
With ballet having such a big moment – Chloé, Lanvin and Erdem all showed dancer-inspired catwalk looks for SS 2011 – we were excited to see Benjamin show off his dance talents to shoot a new advert for Yves Saint Laurent in New York.
His is not the only ballet-inspired ad though – Rachel Bilson was seen in ballet looks in Paris recently for a Magnum advert directed by none other than Karl Lagerfeld!
The YSL ad, shot in SoHo and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (the man behind the lens of Academy Award-nominated films 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful), sees Benjamin dancing across the tables at an outdoor café, demonstrating his incredible dance moves in front of New York’s iconic yellow taxi cabs and falling into the arms of dancer Jessica Saund.
We can't wait to see the finished advert!
By Harriet Reuter Hapgood