Nobody mentioned US presidential nominees Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump by name, but Lim and Leon’s left-leaning politics were clearly on display. Both happen to be the Los Angeles-born children of immigrants to the US, and have long espoused a diverse, inclusive vision for their cool, cosmopolitan brand. “We’re pro-gay rights, pro-immigrant, pro-Black Lives Matter,” Leon told the New York Times (paywall) before the show. “And we’re in a place where we question a lot of what’s happening and are not afraid to talk about it.”

The presentation, titled “Pageant of the People” took place against a beauty-pageant backdrop of numerous flags, and celebrated ”the story of the American immigrant,” a figure which has been demonized by the Trump campaign over the last year. Guests also talked about the importance of voting, and people could register to do so at the event courtesy of Rock the Vote.

Oh, and there were clothes, too, even if they were overshadowed by politics. They had Opening Ceremony’s typical fun and youthful bent, and the most memorable looks mixed bright, bold colors, a proudly diverse array knitted together—sometimes literally—in union.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Models walk the runway during the Opening Ceremony fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Jacob Javits Center on September 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)
Diverse colors.
Image: JP Yim/Getty Images

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