Inside the light-flooded marbled foyer of the Copenhagen Opera House, hauntingly beautiful notes are set loose.
They dance and flutter and glide across the vast, glass-enclosed space. Is there a more elusive, more melancholy sound than Aphex Twin’s “Avril 14th”? It’s hard to say. The crowd, which has gathered around the foyer’s curved, violin-like center, slowly disappears from sight. It’s just you and the music; you can’t help but feel fully absorbed. What a moving way to start a show — especially for Copenhagen-based OpéraSPORT, which has built half of its identity around the sophistication of opera.
To the sonic backdrop of this lamenting, universally adored piano piece, the first model steps onto the runway, tracing the curve of the foyer’s luminous golden-chestnut wall, which resembles a violin’s lower bout. One by one, they appear from around the bend, making a right toward the photographers before turning around and continuing their circular path. What’s especially noteworthy about this model cast? For its fall-winter 2024 show, OpéraSPORT took a personality-driven approach, bringing in a mix of street cast, industry professionals, talents, and models to the runway.
“My palms became increasingly sweaty (sorry, real talk!) as I held the dark green leather skirt – which was rolled to look like a clutch – I had to carry in the show,” writes Alice Cary, commerce writer at British Vogue, about her experience modeling for OpéraSPORT. I would’ve never guessed this; everyone walks with such ease and confidence. I guess that’s the OpéraSPORT effect in action. Comfort and elegance. Nothing sharp or restrictive. No harsh angles or cinched silhouettes. Instead, it’s all about function — with a luxurious edge.