Opening Ceremony opened up its fall/winter 2015-2016 collection show during the New York Fashion Week yesterday with a rather interesting number. We’re talking major comfort, somewhat unusual style and very loose fitting clothing. We’re talking culottes in black, high leg shiny black boots, an asymmetrical knit sweater with a tight high neck and a triple pocket camel hued coat over it all, making us wonder if the inspiration for this series is from the streets themselves. It appears to be more of a mismatched misshapen accumulation of pieces that are stylish each on their own, but something that would definitely be frowned upon on a show like What Not to Wear. It’s a very good thing that the rest of the show features better fitting pieces, despite the constant use of flares and strangely places cut-outs from the hem.
The brainchild of Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, the combination of passions for travel, art and fashion brought forth the interesting new brand known as Opening Ceremony in 2002. Starting from a little store inspired by a trip to Hong Kong, Opening Ceremony is currently is huge fashion house that boasts an annual magazine, a blog, and in-house clothing line and even a TV channel! The idea is to turn each Opening Ceremony story into a marketplace for the exotic and the international, from souvenirs to talents in the industry. It is certainly nice to see the house on the New York Fashion Week runway to say the least, as they have always been great with their capsule and ready-to-wear in house lines. They’ve even done a number or two or three for Rodarte, Topshop, Pendleton, and Maison Martin Margiela, while they also began on a journey as the creative directors for Kenzo, really bringing the brand into its current place in the industry.
When it comes to the Opening Ceremony fall/winter 2015-2016 collection, though, opinions are clearly mixed. Personally, these pieces do appear to be lacking in style and the boxy look of the outerwear for the most part does not really appeal to the senses. Then again, others describe the looks as magnificent, which many may find a little harder to understand. Some of the prints have been turned into jacquards, which truly has done much to elevate the quality of the collection as a whole, while the asymmetric knits are intriguing to say the least, even if they do look a little awkward on the wide fitting culottes. The scrunched turtleneck collars on the dresses and the tops are actually quite nice really, despite the original questioning stance we took on the looks as a whole. Cropped flares in the slouchy pants did have an interesting appeal as well.
The belted jackets definitely did capture the interest, though there was a slightly interracial feel when this was coupled with a loose ankle length maxi skirt. Kind of reminded us of the women in abayas, though missing the niqab on top, as is traditional in more conservative Islamic cultures. Of the 28 different outfits presented on the runway, we must say that the bell-bottom cropped pants are probably the most appealing, showing off longer, thinner legs while hiding any imperfections, or the asymmetrical knit sweater dresses with the slits up the sides of the thighs, particularly when coupled with the black and orange tiger prints furry coat with cinched waist. It’s an interesting collection and we look forward to seeing what new and unconventional designs Opening Ceremony comes up with next!
Photos courtesy of Style.com