>> The fashions have properly started at London. Does everyone who follows this blog or my Instagram care? My hunch is that beyond the microcosm world of fashion, not everyone is manically clicking on Style.com and memorising every collection that is emerging from hour to hour. At LFW, so far out of countless Instagrams and videos, what caught most people’s eyes weren’t the high octane collections at the on-schedule shows, but a wee sneak preview of Opening Ceremony’s upcoming collaboration with the René Magritte Foundation as part of their ongoing fascination with all things Belgian. It was announced at Carol Lim and Humberto Leon’s insightful talk with Imran Amed as part of their BOFLIVE series and on Saturday at the Opening Ceremony store in London Covent Garden, we got to see the collab. I didn’t really know what to expect – maybe a cheeky play on Magritte’s super famous works like The Treachery of Images or The Son of Man on some accessories and some tees. Not this all-encompassing and complete integration of Magritte’s iconic (and not so well known) paintings with neoprene dresses, bomber jackets and sweaters. There were also prints created out of Magritte motifs like the umbrella or faces to place on jeans.
I love that they’ve opted for a mix of the super well known works such as Scheherazade and The Lovers and then less overly-exposed paintings like King’s Museum and The Blow to the Heart. They haven’t just been plonked on to separates willy nilly either. They wrap around garments in a seamless way. They’re placed in a way that actually works with the silhouettes. The shoes got the Insta peeps going, particularly the Vans. The Birkenstocks could also sway a few naysayers. Manolo Blahnik have also partnered up with OC (I believe for the first time?) to do a pair of shoes that will feature The Blow to the Heart painting – they weren’t available to preview. I wondered whether it was the art, the artist or the sheer recognisability factor that upped the Like factor. That’s Lim and Leon in a nutshell though. They do clothes that taps into popular culture in a way that transcends the realms of high fashion. And it’s not by going for whatever is mainstream of populist either. At the Business of Fashion, I just kept on thinking, “Whatever it is, they get it.”