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Opening Ceremony Spring 2014: A Successful First Runway Show



It's not hard to believe that NYC-based original cool kids Opening Ceremony have been around for over a decade now. The multi-brand shop (now with outposts on multiple continents) and stand-alone label has been defining what true downtown trendsetters should be into for about as long. That the house line can make anything cool—seriously anything, considering they've collaborated in the past with The Muppets and have a capsule collection inspired by Elvis, among other things—is a given. And for spring, the brand helmed by Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, staging its first-ever runway show, did not disappoint.

Leave it to Lim and Leon to make really simple tweaks to things we already know and love and render them completely unique. A simple pattern-blocking and funky hem on a jacket make it a cool new thing; florals are easily reinvented by adding some shape and stand-out background color (killer red). The aforementioned jacket silhouette popped up a few times, as did a cool trompe l'oeil suspender dress (and crisscrossed V-shaped neckline). Leave it to Opening Ceremony, too, to reinvent the overstated collar: pasting an oversized, seemingly pilgrim-inspired one onto an otherwise straightforward dress made one of the most standout pieces of the entire season.

Rounding out the collection were cool oversized tops, a great vertical wavy print and simplified separates drawn from the collection's looks for wearing by the boys. This outstanding collection (like all others) makes us wonder why Opening Ceremony hasn't been a runway mainstay before, because they absolutely deserve the space, attention and distinction.

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