Fashion and photography joined forces at Carol Lim and Humberto Leon’s fashion-presentation/exhibition of photographs by Spike Jonze titled, “Please Use Your Best Judgment.” The Opening Ceremony founders, known for thinking out of the box, presented their 2015 fall ready-to-wear collection in conjunction with a pop-up show of previously un-exhibited photographs by their friend (and sometime collaborator) Spike Jonze.
Jonze’s photography was the muse for this collection, which not only featured collage prints of his shots and Kodak-themed (sponsor of the printing) street-style tops, but the entire collection breathes the 90s, the decade the photos on display were taken. From the grunge and goth accents and hair shown by Alexander Wang to the use of original Spike Jonze photography, the 90s have reemerged during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.
The photos focused on the rise of BMX bike racing and skateboarding subculture. While one could argue the presentation was all a bit much, from the use of ad placement with the Kodak logo to the obvious focus on skateboard culture with the oversized boxy pants. Yet removed from the chaos, the collection stood well alone, with an androgynous appeal that captured the era the photographs came from with sharp refinement. A bold presentation, but Opening Ceremony pulled it off.