Opening Ceremony Is Swapping the Runway for the Ballet

Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are joining forces with the New York City Ballet and Justin Peck for an event in January.
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Models dance on the runway at Opening Ceremony's spring 2016 show. Photo: Arun Nevader/Getty Images

Models dance on the runway at Opening Ceremony's spring 2016 show. Photo: Arun Nevader/Getty Images

As New York Fashion Week draws nearer, the announcements of designers' plans to subvert the traditional schedule — whether with an outside-the-box show format, a new geographical location or a switch to the "see now, buy now" format — are coming hard and fast. The latest comes from Opening Ceremony, whose designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have become known for their creative, unconventional approach to fashion month events — last season they held a politically charged, celeb-filled "beauty pageant," for instance. But this time, they're ditching NYFW altogether.

Instead, on Jan. 28, and with some help from the New York City Ballet and star choreographer Justin Peck, they'll stage a "unique evening" at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater. According to a release, it will include Peck's new ballet for NYCB's 2017 Winter Season, "The Times Are Racing"; the dancers will be outfitted in "fluid, streetwise" designs conceived by Peck and Leon. They'll also be trading in ballet shoes for sneakers. There's also something of a "see now, buy now" element, as a spring 2017 Opening Ceremony collection "inspired by" Leon and Peck's collaboration will hit stores the following day, Jan. 29.

It's not the first time Peck has worked with Opening Ceremony; at the brand's September 2015 runway show, they surprised showgoers as models began deliberately tripping on the catwalk and then suddenly broke into a dance routine choreographed by Peck. Even before that, Humberto created costumes for Peck's ballet New Blood at the New York City Ballet's 2015 Fall Gala.

The relationship between the fashion and ballet communities may be a tad tempestuous right now, but with the NYCB, Peck, Leon and Lim involved, we expect nothing short of brilliance (and hopefully a little humor) from this particular collaboration.

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