Designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon merged themes for their last fashion show and spring collection. Their “garden of eden” influenced runway was inspired by an art installation piece titled “dream home” by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Mr. Wright’s artwork encompassed places traveled, contemporary dance, and the refinement of ballet. For Lim and Humberto’s runway, the backdrop was a beautiful garden where models walked down the runway to a dance choreographed by Justin Peck – some models even deliberately fell and then leapt into a dramatic dance for dramatic effect. Lim, Leon and Peck also have an impending collaboration with New York City Ballet’s annual Fall Fashion Gala on Sept. 30th. Their garden-esque runway also showcased fresh vegetables and herbs – all of which have been re-purposed and donated to Edible Schoolyard NYC – a nonprofit that helps develop gardens and kitchens for NYC public schools.
With regards to the fashion, onlookers were greeted with tons of earthy tones, architectural silhouettes, sliced skirts and jumpsuits with plunging necklines inspired by Moorish arches. In fact, most of the collection showcased prints and construction influenced by foreign countries,: i.e. their charmeuse minidresses and tunics were embroidered with Asian bonsai trees; and their batik motifs were influenced by African textiles. Khakis, cotton twill cargo pants, and a linen dress featuring an oversize brass button were also part of the collection. Overall, the show was meant to transcend its spectators on and exotic excursion – while still helping communities that so often inspire these high end brands.
By Abu “The God” Rivera