Opening Ceremony Trades Partners

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Published February 4, 2010

 

 

Spring collections are trickling into stores, and Opening Ceremony is turning on the charm with not one but two tempting fashion collaborations. On February 9, the downtown favorite dips deep into Americana with the release of the first in a series of ongoing seasonal collaborations with Levis. It’s their most mainstream coup to date.

Set to evoke a springtime romp through the country, the collection features unisex corduroy pants, cutoffs and button downs in eight lively shades like lavender, curry and fuchsia. A vintagey shrunken denim trucker jacket adds a rough Levis punch to the selection. In celebration of the launch, Ryan McGinley, a frequent collaborator with both Opening Ceremony and Levis, snapped the corduroy collection in action in a series of vivid photographs depicting kids in cozy clothes falling into cozier clouds. That’s the kind of luxurious lifestyle we can get behind this spring.

This union with Levis isn’t Opening Ceremony’s only spring fling. The store also got busy with renowned French cordonnier, Robert Clergerie, enlisting him to design quirky oxford-esque espadrilles for the 2010 OC spring collection. The rope-soled platforms, which were inspired by shoes the designer released in the 90’s, come in four styles, including grey or oatmeal polka dot linen, indigo linen, and a custom floral watercolor-printed denim. Do we also note influence of friend-of-OC band Vampire Weekend? Clergerie’s kooky spring kicks will be available at Opening Ceremony and Barney’s later this month.