Last week, the fashion set made its way to Chelsea Piers to board the Freedom yacht for Opening Ceremony‘s resort preview–but not before taking off their shoes. The 87-year-old Casa Dragones boat–christened in 1926 and named for the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence–is practically a historic landmark, and its owners were apparently worried about the havoc everyone’s stilettos might wreck on the ship’s deck. It’s a testament to designers Humberto Leon’s and Carol Lim’s enduring cool factor, that nary a complaint was heard as editors and It girls alike parted way with their precious footwear.
But if the setting was steeped in American history (the Freedom is also sister to former Presidential yacht the U.S.S. Sequoia), the collection took its inspiration from an entirely different time and place. Leon and Lim explained they had modern-day Korea on the brain when designing the collection.
“Carol and I went to Korea recently, where Carol is from,” explained Leon. “We went to visit these great traditional museums and saw all these great traditional crafts. And we also love these Korean-American artists, and architecture–I feel like a lot of that informed this collection: the palette, the graphic nature of the silhouettes.”
The influence of the hanbok, the traditional Korean dress, could be seen in the folded skirts and dresses and in the belt-like sashes adorning jackets and tops. The hanbok is characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets, which was also mirrored in Opening Ceremony’s silhouette and palette; this was one of the brand’s most minimalist collection yet. The rounded shoulders and angular skirts seemed to hint at the design duo’s architectural inspiration.
“Resort for us is the start of the main season,” Leon explained. “It’s more the basics–the great pieces you want to start the season off with.”
Leon and Lim have certainly set the foundation for a strong season.
Click through to see the entire resort look book. Oh and a word on the styling: Looks like that athletic sneaker trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.