Opening Ceremony Men’s RTW Fall 2016
Opening Ceremony turned to Syd Mead, a neo-futuristic concept artist known for his designs for science fiction films such as “Blade Runner” and “Aliens,” as inspiration for its men’s line.
“What he drew in the Sixties and Seventies is where we are today,” said Humberto Leon, cofounder. “I don’t like to use the word futuristic because his work is grounded in reality. At this time and place, it’s about living in the moment that they were thinking about then.”
Mead’s prints were used on mock-neck sweaters and T-shirts. The vintage aesthetic also translated into updates of classics items such as a coach’s jacket that was reinvented in velour with contrasting colored panels, a cable knit sweater bisected by a fleece stripe, a track jacket offered up in a suiting fabric and a silk bomber that reversed to a cotton hoodie.
“We’re focused on familiar things like outerwear done in a knitwear piece,” he said, “and hybrid shoes.” A short desert boot, for example, is offered with a sport sole. He said Opening Ceremony has teamed with an athletic footwear brand for the first time this season, essentially relaunching the category.
Leon said the idea of hybrids also showed through in the apparel assortment that was designed to take a man from his early-morning workout to his 9-to-5 job and then his weekend activities by fusing elements of athletic wear with classic tailoring in gym-friendly silhouettes in luxe fabrics such as silk and mélange felted wool or tailored dress shirts with rugby stripes.
“Everything has a nice ease and great drape,” Leon said.