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July 29 2014

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At Opening Ceremony, Some Velvet Morning

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“Rich” is the word Carol Lim and Humberto Leon kept coming back to as they described the Fall ’10 Opening Ceremony collections this morning. They were rich in color and rich with embellishment, that’s for sure. Standout pieces included maxi and baby-doll dresses in an eye-blazing digital print, skirts and tops covered in Technicolor sequins, and a moto jacket covered with matte metallic studs, which looked as though it would have done Michael Jackson proud. Fur—a new addition to the line—felt rich, too, but the debut material given the most play for Fall, and tricked out in the largest variety of ways, was velvet. Velvet turned up on laced boots (both from the OC label, pictured, and from the expanded Opening Ceremony par Robert Clergerie line ), and it got quilted for a group of soignée separates fit for hipster Marie Antoinettes. (The association may not be coincidental: In September, Opening Ceremony launches its “France” year.) But anyone laying bets on the OC must-haves for the coming season would be well advised to consider the printed velvet items previewed today, notably, the lace-up ankle boots, Peter Pan-collared minidress, and asymmetrical skirt that all came in either a blue or pink-toned abstract velvet print. This isn’t the first velvet we’ve seen from designers this season, and it won’t be the last. Is it the wave of the future? Many of the editors snapping shots today certainly seemed convinced.

Photo: Courtesy of Opening Ceremony

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