Each year marks an opportunity for Opening Ceremony to bring a new group of fashion designers and creators from abroad together with its acclaimed roster of American and international brands. Starting this September, Opening Ceremony is pleased to announce Belgium as its country of focus for 2013-2014. The Belgian design legacy resonates from the work of the Antwerp Six, whose groundbreaking vision for fashion during the 1980’s established the country as a notable location for fashion and design.
“Belgian fashion mania is hitting Opening Ceremony. It has been especially exciting to put together this yearly focus because we have the icons and the new masters of Belgium fashion, as well as the fresh young talents all in store. It’s one of the most comprehensive selections we have ever done,” say founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.
This fall, Opening Ceremony will introduce select innovative, emerging design talent to the international retail market alongside more established Belgian designers. These include Alexandra Verschueren; Been by D’Heygere; Bernhard Willhelm x Camper; Chauncey; Cedric Charlier; Christian Wijnants; Dries Van Noten; EK Thongprasert; Fauna; Fred Perry x Raf Simons; Glenn Martens; Jan-Jan Van Essche; Kim Mee Hye; Lena Lumelsky; Niels Peeraer; Raf Simons; Rani Bageria; Stephan Schneider; Veronique Leroy, Veronique Branquinho; Walter Van Beirendonck and Weberhodelfeder.
Opening Ceremony: USA vs. Belgium will also feature Bernhard Willhelm ready to wear, bags, and hats with an archive XCL Dinosaur print; Cedric Charlier knitwear; Christian Wijnants dresses; Stephan Schneider scarves and Chauncey knitwear exclusively sold in Opening Ceremony stores worldwide and online at openingceremony.us.
Highlighted among this assortment are collections by graduates of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of its fashion department this year. These designers include Devon Halfnight LeFlufy, Jezabelle Cormio and Minju Kim, all of which were selected by Opening Ceremony founders, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon. This September, Royal Academy graduate and stylist, David Vandewal, will create original collages inspired by the history of Belgian fashion for windows and in-store installations for Opening Ceremony US and London stores.