Opening Ceremony’s Spring ’11 Lineup Boasts Mock Turtlenecks And Presidential Suits
Think Mediterranean. Opening Ceremony is: The Spring ’11 collection Humberto Leon and Carol Lim showed this morning conjured a whistle-stop trip through the French Riviera, complete with mariner stripes and blooming rosettes, followed by a seafaring pilgrimage to Morocco. The Moroccan pieces included intricate embroidered knits—a development from last spring’s India-inspired collection, O.C.’s first foray into embroideries. “I love the embroideries; they’re really different for us,” Lim noted. “And I love the sheers. That was a big theme, too.” Notable among the season’s transparencies were clear plastic rain jackets studded with life-size flowers, also in clear plastic. An unremarked-upon theme seemed to be the mock turtleneck, which showed up in signature Opening Ceremony full-skirted minidresses and printed crop tops. Elsewhere, Leon and Lim built on a few of their ongoing collaborations, including those with Robert Clergerie (look for the flat patent-leather platform sandals in mustard yellow and red) and Pendleton. Lim pointed out several diaphanous pieces in snakeskin-printed silk, remarking that she and Leon are easing Pendleton into territories other than the boiled wool items for which it’s known. “Slowly but surely,” she said. And another iconic American brand is about to get the slow-but-sure Opening Ceremony update now, too: This morning, O.C. revealed the first fruits of its collaboration with Hickey Freeman, suitmaker to (among others) President Barack Obama. The suits will be in stores in November.