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Designer of the Month: Opening Ceremony

By Maddy Weedle, Jul 12


This month, the designer that is inspiring us is Opening Ceremony with their fruit-influenced Fall 2015 collection. Founded in 2002 by UC Berkeley friends Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, Opening Ceremony brings a spirit of adventure and discovery back to fashion.

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon

 

Where You Can Find the Collection: Second floor of Holt Renfrew in the Contemporary Section.

Early Inspiration:

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon created Opening Ceremony as a place to share their passions: travel, art and fashion. Following a trip to Hong Kong, they were inspired to quit their jobs in corporate fashion to pursue their dream of creating a unique shopping experience.

A Multinational Perspective on Fashion:

What began as a single store on a quiet street in downtown New York, has now become a community with retail spaces in New York and LA, and a department store in Tokyo. The designers’ initial idea was to create a space that featured foreign luxury fashions as well as up and coming young local designers. They wanted to create an environment based on customer experience rather than price point. The success of the brand is evident in their expansions into a wholesale showroom, e-commerce website and in-house clothing line.

What’s In the Name?:

The name and mission statement, Opening Ceremony, comes from the modern Olympic games, which inspired their multinational approach to retail. Opening Ceremony focuses on stocking both iconic and emerging homegrown designers in their retail spaces. Collaborations with brands including Rodarte, TopShop, Pendleton and Chloe Sevigny have created a unique brand that continues to grow on its founding principles of exploration and friendship.

Opening Ceremony Collection:

In 2005, Opening Ceremony launched their own collection that captures the youthful, fun and forward-thinking design aesthetic that influenced the company as a whole. Their Fall 2015 collection is inspired by fresh fruit and veggies, which is evident in the collection’s bright colour scheme and produce sticker stamped knits that create a unique and juicy look.

Pieces We Love from Opening Ceremony:

1) This feminine dress will cause a splash at the office with its silky, stretchy fabric, ruffled hem, and bright fruit-inspired colour.

Lotus Dropped Ruffle Dress in Raspberry $500 available at Holt Renfrew

 

2) Cropped tank and skirt sets are a hot trend right now, and we love this set from Opening Ceremony that has a cabbage like texture and rich beet-red colour perfect for the transition into fall.

Cabbage Jacquard Stitch Cropped Tank $310 and Flare Skirt $425 available at Holt Renfrew

 

3) This sweater features the “fruit sticker” intarsia knit, that is a staple in Opening Ceremony’s Fall 2015 collection. Pair this crewneck with white runners and leather pants for a sporty and polished look.

“#2002 Fresh!” Intarsia Bozy Crewneck $425 available at Holt Renfrew

 

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Designer of the Month: Opening Ceremony

This month, the designer that is inspiring us is Opening Ceremony with their fruit-influenced Fall 2015 collection. Founded in 2002 by UC Berkeley friends Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, Opening Ceremony brings a spirit of adventure and discovery back to fashion.

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon

 

Where You Can Find the Collection: Second floor of Holt Renfrew in the Contemporary Section.

Early Inspiration:

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon created Opening Ceremony as a place to share their passions: travel, art and fashion. Following a trip to Hong Kong, they were inspired to quit their jobs in corporate fashion to pursue their dream of creating a unique shopping experience.

A Multinational Perspective on Fashion:

What began as a single store on a quiet street in downtown New York, has now become a community with retail spaces in New York and LA, and a department store in Tokyo. The designers’ initial idea was to create a space that featured foreign luxury fashions as well as up and coming young local designers. They wanted to create an environment based on customer experience rather than price point. The success of the brand is evident in their expansions into a wholesale showroom, e-commerce website and in-house clothing line.

What’s In the Name?:

The name and mission statement, Opening Ceremony, comes from the modern Olympic games, which inspired their multinational approach to retail. Opening Ceremony focuses on stocking both iconic and emerging homegrown designers in their retail spaces. Collaborations with brands including Rodarte, TopShop, Pendleton and Chloe Sevigny have created a unique brand that continues to grow on its founding principles of exploration and friendship.

Opening Ceremony Collection:

In 2005, Opening Ceremony launched their own collection that captures the youthful, fun and forward-thinking design aesthetic that influenced the company as a whole. Their Fall 2015 collection is inspired by fresh fruit and veggies, which is evident in the collection’s bright colour scheme and produce sticker stamped knits that create a unique and juicy look.

Pieces We Love from Opening Ceremony:

1) This feminine dress will cause a splash at the office with its silky, stretchy fabric, ruffled hem, and bright fruit-inspired colour.

Lotus Dropped Ruffle Dress in Raspberry $500 available at Holt Renfrew

 

2) Cropped tank and skirt sets are a hot trend right now, and we love this set from Opening Ceremony that has a cabbage like texture and rich beet-red colour perfect for the transition into fall.

Cabbage Jacquard Stitch Cropped Tank $310 and Flare Skirt $425 available at Holt Renfrew

 

3) This sweater features the “fruit sticker” intarsia knit, that is a staple in Opening Ceremony’s Fall 2015 collection. Pair this crewneck with white runners and leather pants for a sporty and polished look.

“#2002 Fresh!” Intarsia Bozy Crewneck $425 available at Holt Renfrew