This story originally appeared in the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Pointe.
Ask Paloma Herrera about her fashion sense, and you'll get a decisive answer. “I hate shopping," she says. “I'm very basic and I know my style well, so when I'm looking through a store window I can see if there's something I want to try on." The principal dancer favors clean, classic lines and beautiful materials from brands like Theory, Helmut Lang and Vince. And whether in rehearsal or on a city street, you'll rarely catch her in color. “If you open my closet, you'll see different textures, but almost everything is black." Her most important style decision? “I don't follow trends," she says. “I never like to wear something because it's supposed to be the thing to wear, and I think that goes with my personality. It's kind of a way of life."
Bloch Inc. pointe shoes: "I've been a spokesperson for Bloch for many years, and I wear a lot of their clothes."
Butterfly hair clip: "I love butterflies. I also wear a butterfly necklace, which was made for me by a jeweler in Argentina. They've followed my career and know my style very well. I'm usually not attached to jewelry, but this is special."
Black leotard and skirt: "My ballet clothes are all pretty much the same, but with different materials and lengths." She wears this skirt to rehearse ballets like Romeo and Juliet or La Bayadère.