Never one to underwhelm, Opening Ceremony‘s inaugural runway show was nothing short of spectacular. The 11-year-old brand, founded by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, paid tribute to a melange of personal sentiments for spring: Lim’s Korean background, which manifested in the reinterpretation of traditional Korean-style jackets and pants; the designers’ shared love for New York—the company’s birthplace—with an urban-cool overtone that’s ever-present in their collections; and the street-racing culture of Los Angeles, where the designers grew up.
The latter influence made the biggest splash Sunday night as the show opened with a fleet of sports cars filling a cavernous pier off the West Side Highway. Models wore oversized sporty separates in bright, NASCAR-friendly colors, and fitted dresses with thick nylon belts and plastic buckles not unlike the straps on a camper’s backpack. It’s precisely this cheeky reinterpretation of materials and conventions not typically seen in contemporary fashion that keeps the Opening Ceremony customer on the edge of her seat—or, in this case, firmly buckled in.
(See also: Photos from the Opening Ceremony after-party)