At the ballet, Opening Ceremony seemed to imagine an alternate reality, where difference is celebrated — or, at least one meant to inspire its wearers to take a stand. Spring '17 is rooted in the idea of the meeting (and sharing) of culture, although the brand's interpretation is much more optimistic than what we’re used to hearing from those in power, actually enacting change. Leon and Carol Lim imagine a hopeful, even fantastical journey with their garments, drawing from different aesthetics and silhouettes to highlight just how good these seemingly incongruous styles go together. (Think psychedelic prints on kimono-style jackets, macramé meets cowl necks, and so on). If that messaging is a little too subtle, the Action capsule, which was shown as part of spring ’17 and is worn by some of Peck’s dancers in The Times Are Racing, drives the message home: hoodies and T-shirts emblazoned with verbs like "Defy," "Protest," and "Unite," which Lim note embody "what it means to be an American,” according to a statement.
A village to build a mountain, and a mountain-climb of a dance to turn that village into family. Very grateful to have these wonderful human beings in my life 💫 @nycballet @dandeacon @humbertotoo @openingceremony @stirlingbaker @lsweaters #AbeJacob @robbiefairchild @misstilerpeck @ramastar81 @seansuozzi @tarasavannahl @bpollack @gretchen.h.smith @hcoll1231 @dapplebaum @larsikistler @seginator @ckretz92 @missmeagan1316 @lainehabony @alecknight @svilly23 @lexi_maxwell #SilasFarley #ChrisGrant #thetimesareracing
Considering the message it’s pushing for spring ’17, Opening Ceremony is once again using its platform for good by giving all the profits from its Action capsule (which will surely sell out, given that everything's under-$100) to the ACLU. And it’ll continue to pay all the proceeds forward until the pieces are out of stock, according to a representative for the brand.
Opening Ceremony may have opted out of the official New York Fashion Week calendar, but let's hope this sets a precedent for all the labels presenting new collections later this month to not shy away from taking a stand.