There is always something warm and sweet when two individuals stand behind a brand, since there undoubtedly does exist love, otherwise the brand could not have survived. That is why we always feel at home when with good friends Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, the founders of the American brand Opening Ceremony, as well as the creative directors of the French brand Kenzo. This means that the duo is living and working between New York and Paris and not only. Opening Ceremony retail shops do exist in Los Angeles, London and Tokyo, as well. Evidently the designers are travelling on a weekly basis and seemingly the travelling experiences have been growing so fast recently that they just couldn’t tuck them away and decided to share them with the brand’s fans in the form of clothing pieces.
Apart from being fashion addicts the designers also like furniture and the concept “dream home”, as well. In pursuit of achieving their dream home the pair looked to American architect and interior designer Frank Lloyd Wright, who had managed to find the right balance between architecture and nature. This served as a very effective inspiration source for Carol and Humberto and they cast their Opening Ceremony spring/summer 2016 runway show in an indoor garden in Wall Street, all surrounded with plants and herbs, which were donated to Edible Schoolyard NYC after the show. When we say show we definitely mean it. The runway was accompanied by some dancing elements choreographed by Justin Peck, which was in its turn inspired by the architect’s daughter’s unique talent for dancing.
Now that the complicated structure of the duo’s inspiration has been revealed you will finally figure out why the Opening Ceremony spring 2016 collection pieces were full of architectural designs with realistic building materials. The first thing that we notice about the looks is the abundance of stone-like elements on this or that apparel. Let us take the oversized brownish buttons spotted on cap-sleeved black and cream shirts with three-buttoned design, on a loose-fitting elongated sweater – one on the neck, another – on the pocket and also on a range of other pieces. Warm sweaters and skirts symmetrically covered with pompoms seem to be little samples of a building. Ladder-like cuts on casual skirts, dresses and tops engender crazy movements in case of a slight motion. Arch-like cutouts are almost everywhere whether you look at an ivory-orange satin dress, a couple of arch-neckline elongated dresses or a feminine midi dress having a line of little arches stretching down along the dress. Some of the skirts having multiple cutouts seem to carry a whole chess-like parquetted floor, while some of the tops and dresses come to be an embodiment of geometry.
It is worth deviating from architecture a little bit and throwing a glance at a couple of ideal-for-springtime-walking casual twill cargo pants styled with romantic bow belts. Being all about architecture, the collection should contain the most architectural shades possible, like brown, black, grey and tan and the most befitting shades for interior designer like cobalt blue, cream, ivory and for the sunniest girls – bright orange, as well.
Now that Carol and Humberto have provided us with the best options for a dream house, a couple of lingerie-like outfits are what we actually need for lounging on a cozy sofa at our dream home.
Photos courtesy of Vogue