Executive Director of American Ballet Theater Rachel Moore came up to the Greenwich Carlisle / per se Showroom not too long ago to check out the fall lines. I knew the brand would be a great fit for her. When I asked her what her M.O. was in terms of her style and wardrobe choices she said, “I always want to straddle being polished and professional, but not boring.” And because she represents a world-class ballet, she’s got to be slightly “arty” without being too funky or “downtown.” Imagine, in any given day Rachel might go from meeting with bankers, to a donor’s luncheon to a gala performance.
How does she do it? She has no apologies about having to change clothes! Better to be dressed exactly right than having to hodge-podge something together that isn’t perfect for the day or the evening function. This definitely flies in the face of the day-to-evening how-to dressing every fashion journalist has written about (including me!).
If you’re a former ballet dancer, you’re a friend to practice and preparation. Rachel’s packing regime sounds like trying to synchronize the intricate choreography of the four cygnets dance in Swan Lake! She explained, “I’ve given up the goal of traveling light. I know my schedule before I begin to pack and I literally plot out every outfit before I leave.” She creates a spreadsheet of what to wear from event to event, including evening bags, shoes–the works. Perhaps she could economize in her packing a bit, but there is no way she’s going with just a carry-on and besides that, as she said, “I want my stuff!” Who can’t relate to that!
About dressing and the execute man, both Rachel and I agree; they’ve got it easy. A nice suit takes a guy from boardroom to cocktail party and it’s all good. According to Rachel, “Men are not terribly judgmental of other men, but they are really judgmental of women. They know when a woman definitely “gets it,” when she’s making a statement that is polished and professional. Think of Diane Sawyer, she’s feminine, but their is no phony baloney.”
Shown here is one selection Rachel made at the Greenwich Showroom. She fit beautifully into everything and it was difficult for us to narrow down the choices into a few outfits. I think you’ll agree it’s arty without being too funky and it says I mean business, no phony baloney.