Looking Back at Opening Ceremony's Impact

Looking Back at Opening Ceremony's Impact

V takes a trip back through Opening Ceremony's best moments as the brand announces it's closing all stores.

V takes a trip back through Opening Ceremony's best moments as the brand announces it's closing all stores.

Text: Sam Ford

As Opening Ceremony begins to shut down stores in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo, V looks back at the top 10 best moments the brand had since it’s genesis in 2002. Created by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, Opening Ceremony featured unique pieces from brands like Jacquemus, Eckhaus Latta and Maison Margiela. 

The brand didn’t follow a typical guideline when curating its stores, but the garments and accessories available at Opening Ceremony remained individual yet in harmony with each other. Ranging from wide-leg jeans with a pink chemtrail swirl down the front to a psychedelic print, cowl neck going out dress, Opening Ceremony catered to multiple different styles.

The Giant OC Tote

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The tote that’s hard to forget given its immense size.

The Disney x OC Collaboration

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For the brand’s Spring 2018 collection, the location was none other than the happiest place on earth.

Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony

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Actress Chloe Sevigny put her mark on the eco-conscious collection with a screen printed photo of her on an otherwise boring white tee.

The SS19 Show With Sasha Velour

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The brand teamed up with drag queen Sasha Velour for their Spring Summer 2019 show at Le Poisson Rouge with an entirely LGBTQIA+ cast.

Rihanna Style Retrospective

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In 2013, Opening Ceremony celebrated Rihanna by featuring seven of her iconic outfits for three weeks in their Howard Street store.

Anna Sui’s 90’s Revival Collaboration

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The acclaimed designer brought back her unforgettable grunge and punk designs for her 2016 collaboration with Opening Ceremony.

Donating All 2017 Capsule Collection Proceeds to ACLU

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The brand donated everything they made in sales from their Autumn Winter 2017 collection to the American Civil Liberties Union.

The 2015 Yearbook Lookbook

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Teaming up with RE:QUEST Models, Opening Ceremony created a nostalgic Autumn Winter 2015 lookbook.

Spike Jonze’s Dance Performance

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Jonze wrote and directed a piece for OC’s Spring Summer 2018 show.

Crazy Christmas Gifts

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Every year, Opening Ceremony offered an insane gift, like dinner with Amanda Lepore as part of a purchase, where the proceeds from the item bought were donated to a charity of the host’s choosing.

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