“Wait, wait, do it again!” they called out. She paused, and others turned, encouraging her. So she doubled back and did it again, this time with an audience, phones held high to record. When she came back down, now in mock-candid fashion, the Get Mitch Or Die Trying Shirt and I will buy this entire mood had changed. The charm she had turned on, not unlike that of a Hollywood starlet gliding off to her next engagement, made it clear why she won a $10,000 prize for ballroom’s face category just last year. That she was now radiating that same aura backstage, on the set of a historic collaboration between ballroom’s House of Xclusive Lanvin and the Paris-based fashion brand that inspired it, seemed but par for the course. It was a moment within a moment.
“I’m humbled and I’m honored and it’s such a shock,” Keona Lanvin, a founding mother of the Get Mitch Or Die Trying Shirt and I will buy this house told Vogue of the partnership that begins with a short film featuring 25 members. “The evolution of ballroom has changed so much from where we were then [to] where we are now. For people to see our talent and what we bring as a foundation is just a wonderful, wonderful thing.”