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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Pregnant Cassie models for Opening Ceremony

Pregnant singer Cassie has embraced her growing figure in a new fashion campaign for Opening Ceremony.The Me & U star is currently expecting her first child with her new husband, Alex Fine, and she has shown off her baby bump as part of the clothing la…

Pregnant singer Cassie has embraced her growing figure in a new fashion campaign for Opening Ceremony.

The Me & U star is currently expecting her first child with her new husband, Alex Fine, and she has shown off her baby bump as part of the clothing label’s latest Year of Mexico advertisements for its spring 2020 collection.

The project highlights influential creatives in the Mexican community, and also features the likes of Jessica Alba, singer/songwriter San Cha, and Kehlani’s stylist Debbie Gonzales.

Cassie, whose mother is part Mexican, poses for her portrait wearing baby blue pants with a matching cardigan over a crop top, which exposes her growing belly, and in a post on Instagram, the 33-year-old writes, “My current project is becoming a mother and I can’t wait to experience the transformation that comes through motherhood, especially in creating new music and visuals. I’m an artist at heart.

“Like every woman, I’ve gone through many significant transitions in life that have taught me so much about myself and the woman that I want to become. I’m focused on becoming.”

The campaign, titled The Familia: A Portrait Series, was shot by photographer Stefan Ruiz. Twenty per cent of the first week sale of the collection will benefit Fondo Semillas, a charity aimed at improving women’s lives throughout Mexico and promoting gender equality.

The photoshoots took place in Los Angeles and New York, with Opening Ceremony co-founder Humberto Leon explaining that he wanted to include people who exemplify the power of Mexican creativity today.

“Throughout our lives, and particularly through our Year of Mexico project, we have been privileged enough to witness the breadth of talent and soul that emanates from the Mexican community,” he commented. “In our current political climate, and at a most crucial time to celebrate diversity on both our home front and abroad, we decided to bring together friends new and old who pioneer conversation in the global cultural dialogue.”

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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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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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Opening Ceremony draw in A-list crowd for Disneyland show

Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have delighted stars including Chance the Rapper and Laverne Cox at their Disneyland-staged fashion show.Rolling out a fashion runway for only the second time in the California theme park’s 63-year history…

Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have delighted stars including Chance the Rapper and Laverne Cox at their Disneyland-staged fashion show.

Rolling out a fashion runway for only the second time in the California theme park’s 63-year history, Lim and Leon showed off a collection of colourful designs, with many featuring Disney mascot Mickey Mouse, on Wednesday night (07Mar18).

“Doing something at Disneyland, we’ve dreamed of for years,” Leon said, reports The Hollywood Reporter. “Growing up, I even made my own Mickey Mouse bow tie and cummerbund for my prom.”

Titling the presentation The Greatest Show on Earth and describing the line as “glam-meets-sport”, over 700 guests were treated to a parade of models sporting both menswear and womenswear.

Among the highlights were a sheer black rain mac with a contrasting patent collar, a furry jacket printed with Mickey’s face in both red and black, and a pretty dress featuring pictures of Mickey and a recreation of Mickey’s ears as shoulder detailing. The famous rodent’s white-gloved hands also made an appearance on a collared black T-shirt, with the hands stitched onto the shoulders.

Themed varsity jackets, knitwear, trousers, and skirts were unveiled, with the runway live-streamed to fashion fans in New York’s Times Square.

Diplo, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Tallulah Willis, Margaret Qualley and model siblings Lucky Blue and Pyper America Smith were also in attendance, as well as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, with many of the A-list front decked out in Opening Ceremony’s new season clothes.

“My first time at #disneyland for the @openingceremony fashion show. #TransIsBeautiful #GlamMasters,” Orange Is the New Black star Laverne excitedly tweeted, adding the hashtag of her new beauty reality show, Glam Masters.

Opening Ceremony’s Disney-inspired line follows on from Coach’s recent collection channelling vintage drawings of Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

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Opening Ceremony to hold fashion show at Disneyland

Opening Ceremony is to hold its next fashion show at Disneyland.Carol Lim and Humberto Leon founded the ready-to-wear apparel and accessories label in 2002 with a store in New York, and have since gone on to open boutiques in Los Angeles, London, and T…

Opening Ceremony is to hold its next fashion show at Disneyland.

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon founded the ready-to-wear apparel and accessories label in 2002 with a store in New York, and have since gone on to open boutiques in Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo.

The fashion stars, who also helm French luxury brand Kenzo, are known for showcasing collections with innovative spectacles and announced on Wednesday (14Feb18) that they will unveil their latest lines with a show staged at the theme park in Anaheim, California.

“We’re excited to announce that our next fashion show will take place at Disneyland!” representatives for the brand captioned a short video of animated Disney characters posted on Instagram, including Mickey Mouse, and added: “Stay tuned.”

Opening Ceremony’s show will be held on 7 March (18), though an exact venue hasn’t been confirmed.

The company, which stocks its own namesake label and items from established designers like Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, and Rodarte, has not yet revealed if the show will contain garments inspired by Disney characters.

Lim and Leon’s decision to skip New York Fashion Week comes as little surprise, as they have previously played with different show formats, including holding a political pageant, an interpretative dance spectacle, and a ballet performance.

Disney has seen a resurgence in the fashion world of late, with New York-based apparel and accessories brand Coach unveiling a limited-edition capsule collection of leather handbags featuring vintage drawings of Mickey and Minnie Mouse last year.

While Coach designer Stuart Vevers made a custom outfit for Minnie when she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in January.

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