It's safe to say that no other presentation this week can top Opening Ceremony's spring outing Sunday evening, which wasn't a runway show but a play written by director Spike Jonze and actor Jonah Hill. Even the most jaded fashion editor couldn't help but gasp when the dramatic, mustard-hued curtain pulled back to reveal the splendor of the Metropolitan Opera House. Best. Venue. Ever.
As for the play — about the drama of cobbling together a spring collection hours before show time — it was fun. The all-star cast included Elle Fanning, Dree Hemingway, Bobby Cannavale, Karlie Kloss, Rashida Jones, and John Cameron Mitchell and Catherine Keener, who played exaggerated versions of the label's two founders, Humbert Leon and Carol Lim. There were lots of in-jokes, but also some moments of honesty, particularly about the industry's cruel treatment of models.
Oh, there were clothes on stage too, apparently inspired by the summer of 1991, and the "innocent, hazy dreams of suburban life" that characterized the two designers' youth. The structural patterns and shapes were modeled after early computer codes, while the colors — light pink, ceramic green, and cerulean —evoked a kind of swimming-pool-in-the-yard kind of feeling.