While a blizzard swirled on the New York streets Sunday night, a bevy of boldfacers stayed warm, cozy and sufficiently satiated during Opening Ceremony's fall '14 show at Tribeca's Spring Studios. Upon entering the studio -- which is quickly becoming the go-to downtown show space this season -- guests were given a pack of Callebaut Belgian chocolates (one white, one dark) made special for Carol Lim and Humberto Leon's soaring, hipper-than-thou brand.
If the candy swag (or the cool sculptural coats and asymmetrical chunky knits) wasn't an indication of the sweetness to come, the scent of cocoa wafting through the air sure was, as sometime between the last piece of futuristic menswear left the catwalk and the first pair of women's slouchy boots arrived, liquid chocolate began streaming down the runway backdrop like sugar-spiked tears.
While everyone from Lucky editor-in-chief Eva Chen (wearing one of the coolest pairs of hologram Nike Dunks we ever did see) to model Atlanta de Cadanet went over to sniff/lick/play with the wall as soon as the show was over, we happened upon Palo Alto director Gia Coppola to find out the answer to one very pressing question: Dark chocolate or milk?
"I usually like dark chocolate," the 27 year-old filmmaker told Pret-a-Reporter after the show. "But they gave us a sample of white chocolate, and that was really good too."
Coppola -- who just moved from her native L.A. to New York because she was "getting too comfortable" -- wasn't the only one partaking in the small boxes of custom, limited-edition Callebaut chocolates -- each containing a bar of Belgian dark with Szechuan pepper and citrus-flavored hazelnut filling and a bar of hazelnut-filled Belgian white with Tahitian vanilla and Maldon sea salt. Joe Jonas and Kelly Rowland were in attendance, too. As was Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein, in town doing press ahead of her show's February 27 season four return. The Opening Ceremony show was her first and last of the week.
"I'm a milk chocolate person," she admitted while hanging out with singer St. Vincent (who played the DVF show earlier in the day) as waiters passed around hot chocolate in Opening Ceremony-branded thermoses. "And I'm enjoying this cocoa right now."
Pepper and sea salt-infused chocolate bars and mugs of cocoa served at a downtown fashion show? It kind of sounds like something that would turn up on an IFC sketch show we watch sometimes.