Opening Ceremony Pre-Fall 2013: Day at the Races

Opening Ceremony's cool cred is undeniable; this once, small-time operation has blossomed into an international taste-making force with which to be r
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Opening Ceremony's cool cred is undeniable; this once, small-time operation has blossomed into an international taste-making force with which to be r
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Opening Ceremony's cool cred is undeniable; this once, small-time operation has blossomed into an international taste-making force with which to be reckoned. And much like Barney's, Opening Ceremony's "private label" is garnering just as much attention as the upstart designers for which the store gets its reputation.

For Pre-Fall 2013, the O.C. team was off to the races, with jockey jackets and riding britches setting the collection's thematic pace. Boldly graphic prints dabbled in M.C. Escher-inspired optic illusion. These black and white motifs, featured on an easy sheath dress and eye-catching outerwear, made for surprisingly wearable statement pieces.

Less obvious, but equally compelling statements were made in the form of trench-coat detailing on a mod mini, and the new "LBD"--forget "little black dress", consider a "long black dress"--featuring a trumpeted, 7/8-length hemline.

With this collection--and the recent Kenzo collections designed by the O.C. team--one can see a unique and differentiated brand sensibility emerging. Call it "Lower-Eastside-luxe" or "indy-impeccable", Opening Ceremony is claiming an intriguing aesthetic intersection, where high-end and hipster meet.