New York City Ballet Dancers Take to the Runway at New York Fashion Week

Opening Ceremony - Runway - Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week

Models walk the runway during the Opening Ceremony Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show in New York City. (Photo Credit: Edward James | WireImage)

New York Fashion Week is in full swing, and it wouldn’t be the same without seeing models take a few tumbles on the catwalk.

Opening Ceremony, a global fashion brand spearheaded by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon that’s notable for bridging culture, travel and style from around the world, took accidental slips to a whole new level during their show Sunday evening.

Audience members gasped, and even tried to reach down and help, but by the third time a model slipped, tripped and went down, most realized that these stumbles were part of Carol and Humberto’s performance.

Executed by New York City Ballet dancers who were dotted among the towering models, the fame-worthy dance moves were devised by NYCB resident choreographer and soloist, Justin Peck.

“I always felt like the runway march, there’s a specific way to do it—and I wanted to break it,” Leon told the New York Times during a rehearsal. “The first dancers to come out—you won’t know that they’re meant to fall. And the audience, in my mind, will participate.”

The partnership between Justin and the designers was nothing but fitting, considering the trio have been working together to design costumes for Justin’s ballet that will debut at NYCB’s Fourth Annual Fall Fashion Gala.

“By including Justin in my world, and him including me in his world, it just makes our conversation that much stronger,” said Leon. “And I really wanted to share that dialogue with the audience.”