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Why Opening Ceremony’s models fell over

Last night, the New York City Ballet performed a series of choreographed falls in the brand’s Frank Lloyd-Wright inspired SS16 collection

Last night at New York Fashion Week, Opening Ceremony’s SS16 show verged on a dance recital. The brand’s creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim recruited the New York City Ballet to model the collection, alongside professional models. The dance troupe pirouetted their way down the catwalk, even performing some choreographed falls (see below).

“It was about breaking the monotony of the runway,” said Leon, explaining the rationale behind these falls. “We wanted to challenge the idea of what a fashion show is.” But it’s not the first time the designers have eschewed a traditional approach to the runway. At their SS15 showHer director Spike Jonze and The Wolf of Wall Street actor Jonah Hill staged a 30-minute play.

The collection itself was inspired by American architect Frank Lloyd-Wright, specifically the relationship between him and his daughter who was, though it’s not commonly known, a modern dancer. However, the collection bore reference to Lloyd-Wright in more literal ways too. For example, the stained glass window panels he designed for Coonley House, images of which were screen printed onto t-shirts.

Elsewhere the collection, and indeed the show venue, gave a glimpse into the pair’s approach to interior design. “There was this idea of living,” said Leon. “We were really inspired by all the trips we’ve been on over the years, all the things we’ve collected for the home.” Beautiful objects, including house plants, lined the runway, echoing Lloyd-Wright’s architectural mantra of designing structures that sit in harmony with their environments.

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