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Dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lil Buck collaborate on new Rag & Bone video

Bringing ballet and street dance together, Rag & Bone designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright decided to skip this year the traditional catwalk show and present the brand’s f/w collection in a video starring iconic ballet dancer, actor and photographer Mikhail Baryshnikov and jookin’ dance rising star Lil Buck, famous for his collaborations with New York City ballet and Madonna. The three-minute video, which was conceived as a study of movement, shows Baryshnikov, 67, and Lil Buck, 26, participating in a pseudo dance competition that juxtaposes their two different dance styles, slowing down or accelerating their dance movements according to the rhythm of the music.

Directed by Georgie Greville of Legs Media, famous for their videos for Florence and the Machine, Goldfrapp or La Roux, and with an electronic soundtrack by Venetian Snares, the video also showcases Rag & Bone’s latest collection of tailored suits, flannel pants, sleek T-shirts and military inspired parkas that merge classic design and street culture attitude –just like Baryshnikov and Buck’s union. “We liked the blend of the two — the young up-and-comer and the old guard,” designer David Neville told WWD. “Lil’ Buck is more street and raw while Mr. B is sophisticated and sartorial.”

Neville and Wainwright, who have collaborated in the past with actors like Michael Pitt, Winona Ryder, Emile Hirsch and Léa Seydoux for Rag & Bone’s commercials, decided to launch the collection via a fashion film because “runaway shows don’t resonate with the regular guy”. “Times have changed,” explained Wainwright. “So we wanted to challenge ourselves and engage people. We hope it’s memorable.”

“Whatever I do is instinctive, yet a cautious decision at the same time,” said Baryshnikov about the collaboration in an interview for Rag & Bone’s blog. “It is difficult to put into few words. I am interested in life and art, for me they are inextricably linked.” We leave you with the amazing video that more than a simple advertisement is an unforgettable online experience that will definitely blow your mind away!