Last week I found myself cursing past Roanna for quitting ballet lessons at the tender age of eight. I had, you see, just taken part in a ballet class with the Royal Ballet School to test out of the Royal Ballet.
Hayward is the school's principal dancer and also a keen designer and talked with passion and pride about the new collection. I've been swishing about in the collection's wide leg pants all week (and working out in their corset-inspired sports bra and high-rise leggings) and I too am completely besotted.
The collection is designed with dancers in mind, so it moves well, its seams all lay flat and don't get in the way and each piece supports just how you want it to. The heroes of the range are the transitional, lifestyle pieces like my glorious new trousers and a huge hug-of-a-hoodie, designed to throw on after you've worked out (though I shall be flying long haul in mine).
I may not be a ballet dancer but I do find myself frequently looking for pieces to sling on for an active day, or something to take the chill off a journey home from the gym and these intelligent, well-crafted pieces fit the bill.
Importantly the collection also looks good. It performs incredibly well and looks beautiful, luxurious and chic as it does it. Just like the woman who helped design it then...