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July 29 2014

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EXCLUSIVE: Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim on the Brand’s New London Shop, Baby OC, and More

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Opening CeremonyOpening Ceremony’s latest addition to its growing empire, a shop at London’s Ace Hotel, officially opens its doors to the public today. “It’s a small store, but it’s a very well curated selection,” said the brand’s co-founder, Carol Lim, of the new Shoreditch outpost. (This will function as the primary OC store in London while the King Street location undergoes renovation.)

In the mix, there are offerings from OC’s roster of popular labels like Hood by Air and Raf Simons, the main OC line, and store exclusive pieces (the DKNY for Opening Ceremony collection will make its debut at the store, ahead of the September 1 official launch). There are also goods from London’s rising stars, such as Faustine Steinmetz and Marques’Almeida. “We have been big supporters of some of these labels, like Marques’Almeida, for a while, so a lot of the product is really special to us,” said Lim.

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Lim, for her part, didn’t make it to London for the opening: “I’m at home—my baby is due any day now.” She admitted that she and her OC co-founder, Humberto Leon, have babies on the mind these days. “Funny you should ask, we are working on baby gear right now. I also have a 20-month-old and Humberto has twins; it’s just a big part of our everyday lives at this point, so it makes a lot of sense.” More on that at a later date.

That’s not all they’ve got up their sleeve. “As our Opening Ceremony line continues to grow, we are really interested in exploring what a mono-brand retail format could look like,” said Lim. “We have always had our brand out with the 300-plus other brands that we carry, but we are hoping to switch things up a bit. In the next year, we are most likely going to roll out a new retail experience here in the States.”

Here, we have an exclusive first look inside the new Max Lamb-designed store.

Opening Ceremony Shoreditch at Ace Hotel, London, 106 Shoreditch High Street. For more info, visit www.openingceremony.us.

Photo: Jamie McGregor Smith 

Opening Ceremony Heads to Shoreditch

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magritteOpening Ceremony fans in London’s trendy Shoreditch neighborhood are in for a treat. The Ace Hotel, a longtime OC collaborator, will debut a pop-up shop at its Shoreditch location at the end of July. (If you’ll recall, the Ace Hotel in New York City also opened an OC pop-up in 2010.) WWD reports that the Max Lamb-designed store will pop up at 106 High Street.

In addition to Opening Ceremony’s men’s and women’s collections, the shop will sell the new René Magritte capsule (pictured) and pieces by local NewGen designers Faustine Steinmetz and Marques’Almeida.

The pop-up coincides with the temporary closing of OC’s Covent Garden shop, which will undergo renovations.

The Next Big Thing: Faustine Steinmetz, Fall ’14

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Everyone knows their Marcs from their Calvins. But as fashion month rolls on, we’ll be spotlighting the up-and-coming designers and indie brands whose names you’ll want to remember.

Faustine Steinmetz

Label: Faustine Steinmetz

Need to know: Parisian designer Faustine Steinmetz previewed Fall 2014, her third collection, this London fashion week in the NEWGEN showrooms in Somerset House. Steinmetz graduated from a starry Central Saint Martins MA class in 2011 that included Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida of Marques’Almeida, Phoebe English, and Maarten Van Der Horst. Since then she has worked steadily from her studio in East London, placing an emphasis on new and different ways of using yarn, shredding, curling, and embroidering her way to a unique fabric.

For Fall, Steinmetz turned her focus to hand-weaving, with a range of singular reworked garments that looked deceptively familiar. Up close, one Burberry-esque trenchcoat turned out to be a blend of rayon and copper, and what looked like classic blue jeans could in fact be scrunched together and adjusted to the body. “I wanted to reproduce the everyday pieces and give them an almost haute couture feel,” she told Style.com, grabbing a handful of mock-blue denim to demonstrate the pliability of the unusual weave. Steinmetz collects vintage Issey Miyake wares, and this collection was inspired by Miyake’s Pleats Please collections, particularly in how they blend wearability with the conceptual.

She says: “I love deformed things and the uncanny,” Steinmetz explained. “I think it’s really interesting when you see something that you know very well, but then it’s suddenly made in a different way. Anything that takes you a second to see and that challenges your perception fascinates me.”

Where to find it: LN-CC in London; Optitude and Isetan in Japan; and in the U.S., exclusively at Opening Ceremony.

Photo: Courtesy Photo