Chloe Sevigny’s presentation for her fall Opening Ceremony collection was exactly the type of show you’d expect from the reigning queen of East Village cool: It was held at St. Mark’s Church In The Bowery; models stared blankly and held signs that said things like “Time to have sex,” “Goat Pussy,” and “The agony of power”; Kim Gordon and several other performers (Shannon F, Thinner, Bleached) were scattered across the church, each taking turns performing; and two models go-go danced on blocks in the center of it all.
Chloe Sevigny herself was one of the models (she was part of the quartet of girls holding the sign that said “Time to Have Sex” on one side, “IUD” on the other), which is a very clever way to avoid being asked about “inspiration” by dozens of reporters. She stared and scowled just as hard as any of the other models, but she did crack a smile when one girl left a bouquet of flowers at her feet.
The clothes were as cool as the scene. Aside from some more ’90s leaning sweatsuits, the collection skewed late ’60s early ’70s. There were pastel swing coats and dresses that looked like they just stepped off the set of The Brady Bunch, A-line mini skirts, striped tees a plenty, and one seriously shagadellic tan sweatshirt with matching suit pants. In the look book, Chloe makes it all look cool.