Happy Birthday, Opening Ceremony

Can you believe Opening Ceremony turns 10 this year? It feels as though the New York fashion stalwart has always been there, but there we have it – a decade of awesome shopping has indeed passed and unsurprisingly they’re celebrating in style.

I remember being 20 years old and compiling an NYC-themed shopping page for GenArt (welcome back!) – it was the first time I’d come across Opening Ceremony and I remember being quite awestruck by how increds it was.

Strangely, the thing I like most about Opening Ceremony now is that it is so welcoming – a lot of high concept designer shops are totally intimidating and make you feel like an obese tramp for even daring to enter, but not so at OC. It’s really nice to be able to get up close and personal with a Rodarte dress and not feel like you’re going to get told off for it.

Anyway – for their big 1-0, Opening Ceremony has compiled a handsome anniversary book featuring contributions from their high-falutin’ friends and family. Pals including Ryan McGinley, Chloe Sevigny, Spike Jonze, Alexander Wang, MIA, Proenza Schouler and Jason Schwartzman have all done their bit, but it’s the souvenir bits I’m looking forward to the most. Apparently we’ll get to see the scribbled first business plans from Carol and Humberto – scrawled on a napkin, of course – and behind-the-scenes photos from events, collections and collaborations all collated in a mega scrap-book of fashion dreams.

The book goes on sale in September, but if you pre-order now you can get your mitts on a copy signed by Carol and Humberto.


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