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Opening Ceremony Announces Collaboration with the Magritte Foundation

Ooh, and Manolo Blahnik, Vans and Birkenstock are on board for the Surrealist-inspired line, too.

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.

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