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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.

Gooooooooal! Yoox.com and Sepp Score With 10 World Cup Sweatshirts

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If you still haven’t gotten into the athletic trend, we have news for you: Sweatshirts and sneakers aren’t going anywhere. And with the 2014 World Cup fast approaching this June, there’s no time like the present to get on board. Yoox.com and football magazine Sepp have enlisted ten designers for #YooxSoccerCouture, a capsule collection comprising ten exclusive unisex sweatshirts for each Brazil-bound team. Football fan or not, these pieces are arguably the chicest way to show your support throughout the tournament. Opening Ceremony was tapped to represent North America, Central America, and the Caribbean, and its graphic red, white, and blue sweatshirt debuts exclusively here on Style.com. A blown-up logo, wavy stripes, and graphic splashes of color look sporty indeed, but it hardly feels like standard athleticwear. We’ll be wearing ours long after the World Cup ends—say, with leather pants, sleek sneakers, and a high pony.

The #YooxSoccerCouture capsule collection will be available exclusively on yoox.com from mid-May 2014.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Fashion Rocks the Boat

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George BarbierThe Style.com offices are still abuzz over yesterday’s Chanel Resort ’15 show in Dubai. The harem pants, the hair, the frayed tweeds! But the venue itself may have been even more spectacular than the clothes.

To get to the show space, which was situated on a luxurious man-made island, guests stepped aboard small wooden boats. Glamorous? Yes, but boats are quickly becoming the transportation of choice for must-see shows. Just last week, Raf Simons debuted his Resort collection for Dior at the Brooklyn Navy Yard (where Alexander Wang hosted his Fall ’14 show back in February). To avoid black-car gridlock, Manhattanites boarded yellow Dior ferries and cruised across the East River in style. Talk about a chic Uber alternative. And last year, Opening Ceremony took it a step further by hosting its Resort ’14 appointments on the Freedom yacht at Chelsea Piers. Editors were required to remove their shoes before hopping on board, but we doubt there were many complaints—a seaside venue beats a crowded showroom (and traffic jam) any day.

Photo: George Barbier via Getty Images 
Photo: George Barbier via Getty Images 

Designer Diary: Steven Tai’s Postcard From Hyères

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Last weekend, London-based designer Steven Tai headed to the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography. As the 2012 winner of the festival’s prestigious Chloé award, the designer has a unique perspective on the fair. Here, he shares the details of his trip exclusively with Style.com.

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Started in 1985 by Jean-Pierre Blanc, the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography has served as a launching pad for new talents for nearly three decades. This year, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the creative directors of Kenzo and founders of Opening Ceremony, were the head of fashion jury for the twenty-ninth edition of the festival. As the winner of the 2012 Chloé award, I had the opportunity to show my Fall ’14 collection as part of The Formers exhibition, where previous winners of the festival present their latest work and touch base with the community that started their careers. This year, Kenta Matsushige took first prize in the fashion category, and I was lucky enough to get a first look at her collection.

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After disembarking the Eurostar, I made a quick pit stop at Totem’s new office in Paris to pick up my collection.

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A skip, a hop, a five-hour train ride, and a cab later, we arrived at the Villa Noailles, where the festival would take place the next day. The sunny weather was the first sign that this would be an amazing year.

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Off to the catwalk space to have a nosy peek at the rehearsal for this year’s finalists. And of course the first thing I did was have a look at the lineup…

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…then it was over to the runway. An amazing giant door that the models walked through reminded me of one of my favorite childhood stories, Alice in Wonderland.

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Back to the hotel and it was time to start some hand-sewing. Well, sort of…

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The next morning, finalists had to present their collections to the jury. You can see the collections lined up in the tent behind all the models in hair and makeup. There was tension—someone’s destiny was at stake. And everyone in attendance was there to support the ten finalists as they pursued their dreams.

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Before settling in to see the finalists’ collections, I wandered around the villa and saw the Kenzo exhibition getting installed. It featured a mixture of vintage and current Kenzo pieces on rotating mannequins.

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After the nerve-racking presentation to the jury, the finalists showed their collections to the press. I had the pleasure of sitting in on the press presentation. It was so interesting to hear other designers’ thought processes.

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After another night of hand-sewing and five coffees, the showroom was ready to go—and so was I! Continue Reading “Designer Diary: Steven Tai’s Postcard From Hyères” »