For their first ever runway show, Opening Ceremony designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon mashed up traditional Korean garments with Fast & Furious street-racing culture for Spring 2014. This includes prominent tire tracks as well as subtler asphalt prints, on various oversized shapes. These interesting shapes, which include jackets, tops, and shorts, do seem to contradict street culture's demand for overt sex appeal, although that shouldn't be a problem as the fashion-forward female Opening Ceremony buyer is likely to never face actual street culture. Meanwhile, all the menswear looks marched out together at the end, and included the sportier, slimmer looks expected of racers.
The following show notes provides more information about the collection:
Our first ever Open ing Ceremony fashion show tonight is a love letter to New York, where our company was born, a tribute to Carol’s Korean background and to the street racing culture from our suburban Los Angeles adolescence.
For this collection, we’ve taken some of our favorite traditional garments, “hanbok” from Korea, like “magoja” and “jeogori” jackets and “baji” pants, that Carol remembers from growing up as the height of fashion, and taken them in new directions.
In both the women’s and men’s pieces, these traditional inspirations have been spliced and pumped up with references from racing culture and aesthetics, drawn from the streets of LA. Design cues from underground drag races in washes and driving gear interweave throughout the collection.