Opening Ceremony unveils Beastie Boys-themed capsule collection

Opening Ceremony has dropped a new Beastie Boys-themed capsule collection.To mark the debut of Spike Jonze’s documentary, Beastie Boys Story, on Apple TV+ this month, the fashion brand’s co-founder Humberto Leon has collaborated with artists such as Ki…

Opening Ceremony has dropped a new Beastie Boys-themed capsule collection.

To mark the debut of Spike Jonze’s documentary, Beastie Boys Story, on Apple TV+ this month, the fashion brand’s co-founder Humberto Leon has collaborated with artists such as Kim Gordon, Raymond Pettibon, Bill McMullen, Geoff McFetridge, and Nejc Prah on a limited-edition line of graphic items inspired by the hip-hop group’s album covers.

In addition, the range also celebrates the 26th anniversary of Mike D, Ad-Rock, and the late Adam “MCA” Yauch’s hit album Ill Communication.

“We wanted to transform this idea of tour merch into collectible, covetable art editions,” shared Leon. “Spike, Adam, and Mike asked me if Opening Ceremony could create merch, and we proposed the idea of taking their classic albums and singles, pairing them with relevant artists, and creating new versions of the album covers. We enlisted the talent of Kim Gordon, Raymond Pettibon, Bill McMullen, Geoff McFetridge, and Nejc Prah, all who have amazing points of view. They each created new works based on albums they love.”

Pieces include boiler suits, T-shirts, and hoodies, with prices ranging from $130 – $560 (£95 – £395). The collection is exclusively available from Farfetch.com.

And Leon is thrilled with the final result, especially as he has been a fan of the group since his school days.

“One of my earliest memories of Beastie Boys is from seventh grade, during school dances when I remember hearing Brass Monkey and all the kids would be going crazy! Fight for Your Right was a popular song that we would all listen to while driving to school. My sisters were older, and they introduced me to this music, along with big bangs and crimped hair,” he smiled.

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Opening Ceremony stores to close

Opening Ceremony is to shutter its four boutiques this year.On Tuesday, co-founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon announced that the brand had been acquired by executives at Milan-based company New Guards Group, which also oversees labels including Virgi…

Opening Ceremony is to shutter its four boutiques this year.

On Tuesday, co-founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon announced that the brand had been acquired by executives at Milan-based company New Guards Group, which also oversees labels including Virgil Abloh’s Off-White, Palm Angels, Heron Preston, and Kirin by Peggy Gou.

Lim and Leon are remaining with the brand as creative directors, but in a lengthy statement posted on the Opening Ceremony Instagram page, they confirmed that the firm’s two stores in New York and boutiques in Tokyo and Los Angeles will shutter.

“We’ve made a decision to focus on growing Opening Ceremony collection and brand with our new partners, New Guards Group, and expand the designs of Opening Ceremony. Our brand takes the beautiful spirit of experimentation, fun, and collaboration embodied in our stores and imbues this energy into the clothing we make,” they wrote. “We know our decision may surprise you and it may be interpreted in many different ways. Ultimately, in this time of immense change in the way that people shop, we still believe in the power of passionate and unique retail. But we also believe in the necessity for change, reflection and an opportunity to refresh. This is a moment of transition for Opening Ceremony and, together with our new partners, we are taking the chance to step back and evaluate the future of our Opening Ceremony retail experience.”

Since launching in 2002, Opening Ceremony has become known for offering an eclectic mix of clothing and accessories, as well as for its collaborations with brands such as Rodarte, Disney, Adidas Originals, and Reebok.

And to conclude their statement, Lim and Leon explained that they are “immensely proud” of what they were able to achieve over the years.

“With our constant desire to reinvent, we will return to creating stores, but with a different mindset and perspective in order to wow people who are self-proclaimed shop-til-we-drops like us,” the pair added. “Our deepest thanks goes to our dedicated employees, without whom Opening Ceremony would not have the humanity, kindness, and spirit of friendship that it is known for.”

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Off-White backer acquires Opening Ceremony

Executives at Off-White backer New Guards Group have acquired Opening Ceremony.Based in Milan, the contemporary luxury fashion production and distribution holding company currently oversees labels including Virgil Abloh’s Off-White, Palm Angels, Heron …

Executives at Off-White backer New Guards Group have acquired Opening Ceremony.

Based in Milan, the contemporary luxury fashion production and distribution holding company currently oversees labels including Virgil Abloh’s Off-White, Palm Angels, Heron Preston, and Kirin by Peggy Gou.

Now, American clothing brand and retailer Opening Ceremony is also set to fall under the umbrella of New Guards Group, with co-founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon to remain as creative directors.

“Our curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit have been at the centre of Opening Ceremony since we founded the company and our continued search for innovation led us to this partnership with Davide de Giglio and Andrea Grilli, who have created one of the best global brand platforms in existence today,” Leon and Lim said in a statement obtained by The Business of Fashion. “This next step for Opening Ceremony means we get to connect our desire to invent the future and design for our community to a dynamic infrastructure.”

As part of the deal, New Guards Group will own the Opening Ceremony trademark. It remains unclear if its two stores in New York and boutiques in Tokyo and Los Angeles will be affected.

Since launching in 2002, Opening Ceremony has become known for offering an eclectic mix of clothing and accessories, as well as for its collaborations with brands such as Rodarte, Disney, Adidas Originals, and Reebok.

In addition, Leon and Lim served as creative directors of Kenzo from 2011 until their departure in July 2019. Felipe Oliveira Baptista has succeeded the duo at the French label.

Meanwhile, New Guards Group has undergone some changes in recent months too, with the group purchased by bosses at Farfetch for $675 million (£520 million) in August.

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Felipe Oliveira Baptista named creative director of Kenzo

Felipe Oliveira Baptista has been named as the new creative director of Kenzo.On Monday, a spokesperson for the LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned fashion house announced that the Portuguese designer will succeed co-designers Humberto Leon and Caro…

Felipe Oliveira Baptista has been named as the new creative director of Kenzo.

On Monday, a spokesperson for the LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned fashion house announced that the Portuguese designer will succeed co-designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim following their departure from the brand last month after an eight-year stint.

Regarding the news, Baptista shared his excitement over the gig, and insisted that he planned to move the label forward while remaining respectful of founder Kenzo Takada’s vision.

“Kenzo is all about contagious freedom and movement. Everything Mr. Takada did was suffused with joy, elegance and a youthful and bold sense of humour,” he said in a statement. “Kenzo’s constant celebration of nature and cultural diversity has always been and remains at the heart of the brand. These two subjects have never felt more relevant and compelling than they do today and will be instrumental to the future of Kenzo.”

Baptista’s appointment is effective of 1 July. Born in the Azores, the fashion star studied at Kingston University in London before going on to work for Christophe Lemaire in Paris. He also acted as the creative director of Lacoste from 2010 until 2018.

Accordingly, Kenzo’s chief executive officer, Sylvie Colin, is thrilled to be bringing Baptista on board.

“We are delighted to welcome Felipe Oliveira Baptista as the new creative director of Kenzo. His innovative and modern creative vision and well-rounded artistic approach will enable Kenzo to reach its full potential while respecting its unique heritage,” she commented.

Leon and Lim presented their final co-ed collection for Kenzo during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s on 23 June. The pair plan to focus on developing their U.S.-based Opening Ceremony store chain and fashion label.

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Humberto Leon and Carol Lim take final bow at Kenzo show

Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim presented their last-ever show for Kenzo in Paris on Sunday. Earlier in June, the duo announced they were stepping down as co-creative directors of the French luxury house after eight years, and they presented th…

Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim presented their last-ever show for Kenzo in Paris on Sunday.

Earlier in June, the duo announced they were stepping down as co-creative directors of the French luxury house after eight years, and they presented their final co-ed collection for the company during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s on Sunday.

Leon shared footage of him and Lim running down a hallway at the AccorHotels Arena on their way to the show and posted in the Instagram caption, “Running with my partner in crime for the last @kenzo show in Paris!!!! Such a fun ride and to do it with your best friend is unreal. We are running because our shows have always been a complicated machine and have never made it easy for us. We have always done it for us. #thecarolandhumbertoera.”

In the comments, the Opening Ceremony founders received praise from fellow designer Marc Jacobs, who wrote, “Congratulations you two! So many beautiful things you’ve done over the years. So inspiring in so many ways. Thank you for giving me and us all your energy and vision.”

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Chance the Rapper and Russian Doll actress Natasha Lyonne also sent them congratulatory messages.

After the show, Lim posted a photo of herself and Leon hugging, and added, “On repeat in my mind ‘don’t cry don’t cry don’t cry’. We did it! Congrats @humberto and our team at @kenzo for an amazing chapter in the history of the brand. So proud of everything we did and will cherish every memory.”

Singer Solange Knowles composed the musical score for the fashion show and performed her song I’m a Witness before walking down the runway with her orchestra to greet Lim and Leon for the final bow.

Lim took to Instagram to heap praise on Beyonce’s sister by sharing side-by-side snaps of her at their debut Kenzo presentation in 2011 and their final one, and wrote, “You have been with me and @humberto at @kenzo from the beginning! Thank you Solange @saintrecords for being there then and now and for making tonight a moment in cultural history!!! (love) you forever and always.”

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Humberto Leon and Carol Lim departing Kenzo

Creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are leaving Kenzo.After eight years at the helm, the design duo will present their final collection for the French luxury fashion house on 23 June during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s, WWD reports. They will …

Creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are leaving Kenzo.

After eight years at the helm, the design duo will present their final collection for the French luxury fashion house on 23 June during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s, WWD reports.

They will officially depart the label on 1 July to focus on their U.S.-based Opening Ceremony store chain and fashion label, with their successor to be named at a later date.

Sylvie Colin, chief executive officer of Kenzo, paid tribute to the pair for modernising the contemporary brand, while building a close relationship with its 80-year-old founder, Kenzo Takada.

“Humberto and Carol consistently brought diversity and inclusion to the forefront at Kenzo, using their collections, fashion shows, advertising, and special projects to engage and galvanise a new generation of creative,” she said in a statement. “They have always approached everything they do through the lens of customer experience and pioneered a modern vision of what it is to be a creative director.”

During their tenure at Kenzo, which is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, Leon and Lim launched collaborations with brands including shoe giant Vans and H&M.

The pair’s departure comes at the end of a period of creative upheaval at Kenzo’s parent company, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which in the last 18 months has seen the arrival of new designers at Celine and the menswear divisions of Louis Vuitton and Dior.

Leon and Lim’s final co-ed show, to be staged at the AccorHotels Arena in the French capital, is expected to be a celebratory, star-studded affair that will gather some of their closest associates.

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Brie Larson didn’t let rain put dampener on Rodarte’s NYFW return

Brie Larson braved the rain to take in Rodarte’s New York Fashion Week show on Sunday (09Sep18).Sitting front row with an umbrella, Brie looked chic in high waisted red chequered trousers, teamed with a frilly blouse.Whoopi Goldberg, fashion legend G…

Brie Larson braved the rain to take in Rodarte’s New York Fashion Week show on Sunday (09Sep18).

Sitting front row with an umbrella, Brie looked chic in high waisted red chequered trousers, teamed with a frilly blouse.

Whoopi Goldberg, fashion legend Grace Coddington and actress Rachel Brosnahan, the niece of late bag designer Kate Spade, also didn’t let the wet weather put them off sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy’s spring/ summer 19 presentation, which was held at a cemetery on the Lower East Side. The show marked Rodarte’s return to the Big Apple after showing in Paris for the last few seasons.

Later on Sunday, Prabal Gurung showed off his latest line, with the Nepalese-American designer also attracting an A-list crowd.

Among the celebrity guests was the cast of smash hit film Crazy Rich Asians, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan and Henry Golding, Tiffany Haddish and Kelly Rowland. Camila Mendes, Karrueche Tran and Indya Moore also took in the new season trends.

Opening Ceremony was one of the last brands to show on day five of New York Fashion Week, with design duo Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, who presented their latest Kenzo collection via a short film on Friday, tapping Christina Aguilera to perform a surprise gig as models strutted their stuff.

As well as Christina belting out tunes, Lim and Leon also enlisted the help of drag artists, including RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Sasha Velour, Jiggly Caliente and Miss Fame for their show, which was watched by Nicki Minaj, Troye Sivan and Hayley Kiyoko.

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Kenzo’s Humberto Leon writes and produces first film

Humberto Leon has swapped fashion for film with new feature The Everything.The co-creative director of Kenzo, who helms the label with Carol Lim, has written and produced the new movie, which editors at WWD describe as a “lighthearted drama about a fam…

Humberto Leon has swapped fashion for film with new feature The Everything.

The co-creative director of Kenzo, who helms the label with Carol Lim, has written and produced the new movie, which editors at WWD describe as a “lighthearted drama about a family of teenagers with unusual powers that bring them together”.

Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich stars as the matriarch, with Sasha Frolova and X-Men: Apocalypse stars Alexandra Shipp and Kodi Smit-McPhee featuring as a group of young characters.

Regina Hall, Jay Ellis, Zsela Thompson and Leo Reilly also make up the cast, and filmmaker Spike Jonze has a cameo.

Kenzo’s fall 18 collection features throughout the 27-minute film, and the luxury label’s La Collection Memento No. 3 is also on display.

Leon and Lim, who are also behind U.S. retailer Opening Ceremony, frequently collaborate with writers and directors when it comes to Kenzo campaigns.

They previously teamed with Oscar winner Jonze on My Mutant Brain, an advert for the Kenzo World perfume, which starred The Leftovers’ Margaret Qualley.

“We all have known each other for such a long time. It’s one of our favourite things when we get to work with people we know and admire so well,” the designers previously told Buro24/7 of working with Jonze and Kenzo World’s bottle designer, Patrick Li. “Both of them are geniuses in their respective fields and we were lucky that they were free to work on this project with us.”

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Vera Wang to be honoured at FGI’s Night of Stars

Vera Wang is the Superstar award winner at the 2018 Fashion Group International’s (FGI) Night of Stars.The 69-year-old will receive the coveted accolade at the gala on 25 October, which comes after a 28-year career in the fashion industry that starte…

Vera Wang is the Superstar award winner at the 2018 Fashion Group International’s (FGI) Night of Stars.

The 69-year-old will receive the coveted accolade at the gala on 25 October, which comes after a 28-year career in the fashion industry that started with the designer creating her own wedding dress in 1989.

A year later, Wang launched her own bridal wear company and has since gone on design ready-to-wear, accessories and footwear, while dressing some of the world’s biggest celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Mariah Carey and fellow fashion mogul Victoria Beckham.

She will now succeed Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, who was crowned last year’s Superstar.

Fashion Star awards will also be presented at the ceremony to Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing, Anna Sui, and Carol Lim and Humberto Leon – who together are creative directors at Kenzo as well as the founders of Opening Ceremony.

The theme of this year’s FGI Night of Stars is intended to reflect the reenvisioning of the fashion industry that has taken place this year, according to Margaret Hayes, president and chief executive officer.

“The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Design Reimagined,’” she explained in an interview with WWD. “It highlights those who see the world the way it is; who listen, change the conversation and reimagine what it is to what should be, bringing new ideas and meaning to the worlds of design, beauty, culture, philanthropy and the human condition.”

Other honourees will also include Moncler for Luxury Lifestyle and Frederic Malle for Beauty.

Once again, the event will take place at Cipriani Wall Street, New York, and Barneys Creative Ambassador-at-Large Simon Doonan will return to his role as master of ceremonies.

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Burberry and Opening Ceremony release capsule collection

Burberry has joined forces with Opening Ceremony on a rainbow-filled collection.Following Christopher Bailey’s final Burberry collection earlier this year (18), which heavily featured rainbow print – a symbol of the LGBTQ community – new creative offic…

Burberry has joined forces with Opening Ceremony on a rainbow-filled collection.

Following Christopher Bailey’s final Burberry collection earlier this year (18), which heavily featured rainbow print – a symbol of the LGBTQ community – new creative officer Riccardo Tisci appears to have also embraced the emblem, using the colourful symbol across sweaters, T-shirts and hats for a capsule collection with Opening Ceremony, the label and retailer founded by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon.

Speaking about the concept, representatives for Opening Ceremony explained that they were inspired by a party they once attended in Ukraine.

“We travelled to Kiev, Ukraine to explore and experience the city’s growing underground rave community. The young Ukrainian partygoers – curious, romantic, and pure – welcomed us with open arms, allowing us to capture their uninhibited state and sense of adventure,” they said in a statement. “Dressed in pieces from the Burberry FW18 collection and our own exclusive capsule, the ravers-turned-models danced the night away and left us with unforgettable memories and a night to remember.”

The famous chequered print from the English heritage label is also used throughout the new line, including on a shirt which has blue writing scrawled over the top and a collared jacket.

Bailey’s Burberry print hat, which included a strip of rainbow print, is also modelled on Opening Ceremony’s website, along with other pieces from his fall/ winter 2018 offering.

And tapping into the rave culture theme, oversized T-shirts and sweaters, all with a ’90 feel, are available with the Burberry logo written across the front in block lettering. Padded gilets and lightweight cagoules also feature.

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