Resort Report: Chloë Sevigny’s First Runway Show for Opening Ceremony Was Sweaty, High School-Inspired

Looks from Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony's Resort 2012 collection. Photo: Rodin Banica

The first runway show for Chloë Sevigny's collaborative collection with Opening Ceremony walked yesterday evening in a cavernous old school gym in Nolita, complete with basketball hoops and metal fans rattling near the ceiling. Fittingly, there was no air conditioning, rendering the whole crowd sweaty and red-faced like some kind of fashion gym class. "I wanted you to come in and be transported back to the way you felt when you were a teenager," explained Sevigny after the show, fanning herself with a press release. "Even little tiny things — the cinder blocks, the color blue of the walls. Anything that would trigger the senses to that time when you're questioning everything."

The model casting was noticeably diverse as well. "I wanted to do young and old and different kind of body shapes," said Sevigny. "A girl you could see hanging out in Tompkins Square Park, or your friend, or your friend's pretty friend. I wanted to look like they could all be hanging out together. I didn't want unattainable beauty."