When considering Frank Lloyd Wright’s opus, it’s hard not to be overloaded with iconic works. The prolific and widely revered designer had his hands in nearly every aspect of a project, from plants in the garden to the interior furniture. However, one aspect of design he never got around to, but arguably had a sense for, was fashion (don’t worry, Frank, your capes and pork pie hats did not go unnoticed).
Taking care of that missing component is Opening Ceremony’s Spring/Summer collection, named “The Living City,” which debuted this past week at New York Fashion Week. The New York–based fashion house, founded by friends Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, created neutral-toned clothing that included tight, basket weave dresses, long lightweight coats, trouser pants, and silk tops with Bonsai trees, which refers to his avid Japanese art collection. Golden, orb-like pendants also showed up regularly, either near the collar or along a button-down shirt, perhaps alluding to the boleros and bow-ties Wright wore.
Inspired by the concept of a dream home, the founders looked to Wright’s ability to “harmonize” a site “with its natural surroundings,” as the letter on its site puts it. In the middle of the encompassing runway was a live garden set, referencing to how he often included a central garden area in the design of his Usonian homes. After the show is over, all the plants were donated to Edible Schoolyard NYC, a nonprofit located in Brooklyn, N.Y., that develops gardens and kitchen classrooms in public schools.
Wright is also known for designing stain glass chandeliers, like in his Avery Coonley Playhouse in Illinois, and stucco arches, similar to the Hollyhock House or the Ennis House, both located in Los Feliz, Calif.
At the end of the show, spectators were surprised with a performance by New York City Ballet dancers that were intermixed with the models, choreographed by Justin Peck.
What might have seemed like a series of "epic falls" on the runway just now was actually a dance orchestrated by world-renowned choreographer @Justin_Peck. Thank you so much to all of the talented @nycballet dancers who acted as models at our show #NYFW #InstaShootSS16
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