One of the most amazing things about the runway shows and presentations that take place during New York Fashion Week (or any Fashion Week, for that matter) is the way in which the numerous elements such as music, set design and context all play into the energies of each show, giving them a distinct vibe and aesthetic. Chloe Sëvigny’s fifth collection for Opening Ceremony was presented at The St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery on February 9th, and it mixed some truly covetable threads with a sweet sense of nostalgia for adolescence and rebellion.
The presentation was set to resemble a protest rally with models –– including Ms. Sëvigny herself –– dressed in youthful 60‘s-inspired garb, with handmade protest signs raised in the air. Babydoll dresses, platform sandals, berets, turtlenecks and a-line jackets were matched with center-parted hairstyles and smoky eye makeup to make for a statement that could be deemed something along the lines of retro-activist-chic.
Sëvigny explained that this collection, along with those of her past, are all to some degree based on her tastes in clothing as a teenager, and also pointed out that the attraction to styles of the 60’s is is somewhat of a universal thing for many girls: “I feel like every teenager that’s somewhat alternative goes through a sixties obsession and a mod obsession.” She also stated it was the Occupy Wall Street movement that caused her to re-channel sentiments of idealism and youthfulness.
And speaking of alternative, five female rockers/groups –– Kim Gordon, along with Gang Gang Dance’s Lizzi Bougatsos, Light Asylum’s Shannon Funchess, Lissy Trullie, and sister-duo Bleached –– were positioned on stages throughout the space, completing the ambiance.
Between the spry rebelliousness, the staunch political activism and the mere fact that the people wore really awesome clothes, 60’s fashion will forever be associated with idealistic youths and the desire for change. And at present, we can continue these trends in fashion thanks to collaborations such as this one.
What do you think of Sevigny’s newest Opening Ceremony collab? Share with us in the comments!
Written by Nicole Woszczyna