It’s been a few days since Opening Ceremony’s Belgian-inspired, chocolate-covered runway show, and founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim already have their sights set on next year’s country of choice to get the annual collaborative spotlight: Russia. Leon and Lim, who are also the co-creative directors of Kenzo, revealed that it was a “natural choice” on Monday night during a conversation with Imran Amed of Business of Fashion at NeueHouse in New York. And while the country may be a controversial pick right now, what with a rocky start in Sochi at the Winter Olympics and all things Putin, Leon and Lim said they simply want to provide a platform for an open dialogue that will support the fashion community and creative culture of Russia. But that’s not the only partnership in the works for the busy duo. There’s also the recent announcement of working with Intel on a smart bracelet. “We get to think both on an aesthetic level and also on a functionality level,” Lim said of the wearable device. “It’s a very collaborative and open process, and I think [Intel is] very much into understanding our feedback.” The two were tight-lipped on the newest details, but if you're anxious to see more, keep an eye on Susie Bubble, who found a Golden Ticket in her OC chocolate bar at the show and won a bracelet of her very own. Lastly, Leon and Lim were excited about sharing their upcoming capsule collection of ready-to-wear with the Magritte Foundation, set to debut at London Fashion Week. It's the first time the non-profit has worked with a fashion brand and “another example of being able to work in other areas of culture that are very interesting for us,” noted Lim. Leon also added a few hints about what to expect from the goods: “We will be working along with three footwear brands that are all kind of incredible in their own aspect, ranging from Manolo Blahnik to Birkenstocks to Vans.” Does this mean we’ll be sporting a stylish tech bracelet with our brand new Surrealist-style shoes later this year? Chances are, yes.
Opening Ceremony Spring 2012 is the Cat's Meow
Just because Carol Lim and Humberto Leon are now busy turning Kenzo into the coolest brand around, it doesn't mean they've forgotten about the line that started it all or that their creative energy is spent. Their latest collection for Opening Ceremony is filled with as many fun, lust-worthy pieces as we've come to expect from the talented duo. Not that it's predictable--we never know what Lim and Leon are going to do next--only that it won't be boring and we're going to want it all. The inspiration for spring 2012 was summer music festivals in England, Argentina and the U.S. and we bet we'll be seeing a lot of these clothes on the backs of stylish revelers at those very festivals next year. The '90s definitely have a presence here via babydoll silhouettes, crop tops, metallic silver pants, plaid miniskirts, varsity jackets, lots of matching tops and bottoms and off-the-shoulder body con dresses. However, our favorite part the collection, which should come as no surprise, is the cat faces. As we've learned, the best way to make something better is to cover it with cats. And that is what they've done here.