Sister duo Darlene & Lizzy Okpo of William Okpo, named after their father, showed how spring springs in their presentation at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre on Tuesday, September 11. The beautiful space, overlooking Manhattan high on the fifth floor, featured models standing in dirt planters, real oranges affixed to each box where the models lined the stage and the essence of rain, created through blue plastic on the ground next to each planter.
The looks were simple but noteworthy, utilizing denim with ties almost reminiscent of a ship’s rope, neon orange and neon blue clear plastic see-through shoes in keeping with the plastic on the floor and oversized jumpsuits with side cut-outs. Denim, blue and orange dominated the overall feel of the collection, though the designers also contrasted the collection with a few looks featuring tans and blacks.
Several looks included vests utilizing the knotted tie look, uneven length oversized skirts with brown tabs and blouses with Peter Pan collars. The models not wearing the see-through plastic shoes wore simple loafers with socks pulled up all the way close to their knees – very school girl. The hair was styled unkempt with splashes of gray and purple.
According to the designer’s, their collection seeks to find “the juxtaposition of the immigrant’s sense of style against American cultural sensibilities,” with feminine designs and touches of masculine elements The designers lived up to their vision of helping women celebrate their cultivated sense of style. The collection made you believe spring was here.