October 08, 2012 Paris
Of course, Opening Ceremony being Opening Ceremony, there was plenty of frenetic activity concealed in this chillaxed lineup. For instance, this season marked the debut of the brand's sort-of denim range—sort of, in that the jean jacket jumpsuits and motorcycle vests and so on were actually made out of nubby chino. A capsule collection of jersey basics launched as well, while several new styles were added to the fast-expanding range of Opening Ceremony bags. The collection as a whole benefited from the ongoing development of OC's knits, with a particular emphasis this season on pointelles and ultra-fine, glossy sheers. The design team outdid themselves in elaborating their gingham theme, creating intarsia-knit gingham and a squishy technical gingham to go with the collection's traditional cotton pieces; there were also gingham-print sunglasses. Oddly, though, for all the hustle and bustle, there was very little news. The ultra-fine knits and the voluminous taffeta trousers were good additions to the Opening Ceremony vocabulary, and the introduction of jersey and denim (or "denim") was inevitable and perhaps even overdue. But in general, this collection didn't break the OC mold—nor, for that matter, was it trying to.