31 posts tagged "Carol Lim"
Was this the face that launched a thousand ships? Ferragamo’s just hoping it’s the face that’ll move a couple thousand bottles. The label has just announced that Dree Hemingway will be the face of its upcoming fragrance, to be shot by Craig McDean. [Modelinia]
Midtown Manhattan just got a little more dangerous—for us, at least: Uniqlo has officially announced what’s been suspected for weeks. It will open a second Manhattan flagship at 666 Fifth Avenue, a stone’s throw from our office. [WWD]
At this week’s Brooklyn Museum High Style gala, Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have enlisted six labels—Band of Outsiders, Philip Crangi, Patrik Ervell, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rodarte and Slow and Steady Wins the Race—to create carnival activities or special souvenirs to give to guests, ranging from a ring-toss station to a fortune teller’s booth. Let us guess—our future includes a quick trip to OC? [WWD]
And in unsurprising news: Estrella Archs has left Emanuel Ungaro. The path’s been cleared. Is Giles en route? [Vogue U.K.]
“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.
Fashion rule of thumb: Nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Take the denim in Opening Ceremony’s Spring 2009 collection, for example. From high-waisted shorts and faded stovepipes to a sleeveless jean jacket—everything is made out of indigo-dyed jersey or sweatshirt knits. Not that you’d guess by eyeballing the stuff. What inspired Opening Ceremony impresarios Humberto Leon and Carol Lim to create these ingenious sweat-jean mash-ups? A reasonable person might assume the thinking went something like this: “Eureka! Let’s combine the all-American style of a blue jean with the mushy comfort of sweats. We’ll be millionaires!” But that reasonable person would be wrong. “[We] came up with this interpretive story about an American guy who falls in love with a Japanese girl,” explains Leon. “[He] comes to find out that she’s involved with these odd Japanese subcultures, each with its own particular aesthetic that we then tried to hybridize and crossbreed.” And how does that get you to sweat-jeans? “In Japan, there’s a kind of fetish for Americana running through the culture,” elaborates Leon. “That’s especially true with denim. It was natural for us to pick up on it.” One of the ways he and Lim found to synthesize Japanese street style was by putting a body-conscious spin on erstwhile girly or grungy looks—hence the stretchy “denim,” and hence, as well, the collection’s emphasis on sexy riffs on gingham check and ruffles. “If I had to boil down the Opening Ceremony approach to design,” Leon says, “I guess I’d say we like to take something pure and make it un-pure.” Sounds simple. But of course it’s not.