NYFW Opening Ceremony

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New York Fashion Week is here with all the trends for Spring Summer 2014.  What makes NYFW the most exciting is that it’s the first show to showcase SS14 and it’s paving the way for the shows in Paris, London and Milan that will run until October 3rd.


Opening Ceremony showcased their new collection down by the pier in the meatpacking district and delighted the audience with a display of automotive skills.  Once the last derriere was parked in the FROW (the audience included Justin Beiber and Rihanna) the show kicked off with a 20 strong fleet of cars (from Bentley to Toyota) chauffeuring models to the runway. Once parked, out stepped the models clad in debut Opening Ceremony which was heavily inspired by block florals which is typical of the Kenzo creative brains, and Opening Ceremony creators, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.

The designers, Humberto leon and Carol Lim, broke away from tradition by waiting until NYFW to showcase the collection which meant no tasters at all leading up to the show and it is, so far, considered to be the most exciting show of NYFW.

It is just me or is there something quite youthful and fresh about the collection?  It’s not something you would expect from some really established designers.  Indeed it’s almost naive in its boxy tops, dressed up jumpers, candy stripes and rounded John Lennon style glasses but it’s really hip and easy. The most attractive thing about Kenzo, and in turn OC,  is it’s perfectly wearable, it’s user savvy and commercial – as you see it float down the runway you can envisage buying it, owning it and, above all, wearing it:


For me the most significant fashion statement was the revival of the culotte in an all over print and tie waist and teamed them perfectly with kimono tops for an Eastern influence with a back-packing edge.  Again easy to wear, easy to own – a California sense of easy going screaming from every style.  Expect the come back of the culotte!

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With cheers as a backdrop to their exit the models left the show the same way they came, in the strong fleet of cars, and the audience were all left wanting more – that’s how a fashion show should be.

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Love Victoria X


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