This Sunday night, I attended Opening Ceremony's inaugural runway show for their spring summer 2014 collection, held at Pier 57 (many thanks to the amazing Blake!)
All I was told was that it involved cars and that it was going to be MAJOR.
The seating was all around the perimeter of an enormous empty center space and we all suddenly had the feeling that the cars were going there. Then, the lights dimmed and the fashion crowds cheered as the first sleek sports car drove in (Maserati? Ferrari? I don't know cars, sorry haha).
Once they all parked in a complex alternating chevron pattern (I seriously applaud those drivers), the girls began to exit their cars and tour the "runway."
I expected an heavy auto/racing theme but was proven otherwise (at least for most of the collection). In the first few looks, elegant and clean cut monochrome separates were balanced with quirky printed frocks with strap details. Refined silhouettes and round edges kept the pieces visually interesting one after another.
Likewise, the accessories game was on point, with amazingly tailored handbags and satchels accompanying the cool ensembles down the runway. Pastel heels with chunky lucite heels also contrasted beautifully against a few of the printed pieces.
Once all the models were all stationed next to their respective cars, the beat changed and suddenly a troupe of male models and a few girls entered the runway. There, the sportif look came to life, as the models were wearing these amazing moto helmet visor-esque contraptions. Colorblocking, stripes, and garments reminiscent of NASCAR uniforms appeared in the menswear pieces, which were more subdued and done in darker hues and no-fuss tailored silhouettes.
What I appreciated most about this show was how it transitioned to a "presentation" type set-up following the runway portion. Although the models were ushered out early because one seemed to be lightheaded/dehydrated, it was fantastic to be able to go up to my favorite looks and snap detail shots.
The show was an incredible (and historic at that--what an over the top yet very well-executed first show--can you imagine how crazy their shows are going to be now?!) #NYFW experience that I'll probably never forget.