Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill’s one-act play for Opening Ceremony, 100% Lost Cotton, was a super fun, super whimsical affair, that featured a loveable cast, spontaneous song and dance, and some always topical commentary on the dark side of modelling. The show was held in the Metropolitan Opera House, but instead of sitting in those classic red velvet seats, the audience was ushered behind the stage, where rafters were set up. This made the show’s background the entire Met, and the effect was classic Jonze, jaw-dropping and disorienting. Catherine Keener and John Cameron Mitchell played OC founders Carol Lim and John Cameron Mitchell in a satire about the making of their SS15 collection that saw supermodel Karlie Kloss (playing herself) make her acting debut, as supermodels often tend to do. The story took place during the lead-up to OC’s fictionalized show, the casting and fittings that see the models interact with the stylists and designers. Rashida Jones played Vogue editor Lisa Love, Dree Hemingway was a seasoned model, while Elle Fanning played a fresh-faced girl new to the modelling game. It was a refreshing and welcome change from the typical runway presentations that some editors seem to be tiring of. In other words, it was mission accomplished for Lim and Leon.
As for that collection, with so much happening onstage and all that star power flexing its muscle, the clothes themselves took somewhat of a backseat for while, but eventually had their chance to shine. And it was typical OC, that is to say great. Here’s what Leon and Lim had to say about it:
Taking inspiration from early computer technology, we created patterns and shapes modeled after ASCII code. Body-con dresses and structured coats with clean lines are texturized with custom prints of keyboard characters. Layered hemlines, mesh trims, and stacked welt pockets emulate the angles of repeating symbols. The color palette, meanwhile–– blush and tangier pinks, ceramic and palladium greens, and cerulean––recalls suburban yards in the early hours of dawn, when a group of friends might slip in for a swim. Trapeze-like blouses fasten with hand-lock closures, conjuring the fences that would enclose these yards. Woven and embossed jacquards mimic the surreal topography of pools. Laminated fabrics, tile-like grommets that open to skin, and magnifying beads reinforce the water theme, while silhouettes like a one-sleeve coat and an asymmetric, laser-cut skirt play with perspective.
Spring/Summer 2015 handbags reinterpret classic shapes in custom prints and colors. A mini shoulder bag comes in an all-over ASCII pattern, while a structured tote is cloaked in dreamy, psychedelic faces. Our Izzy back- pack and Lele handbag, seen in previous collections, are reimagined in miniature sizes. Sky-high printed snake wedges sport wrap- around ankle straps, while city boots get a feminine update with overlapping hardware and a leather, stacked-platform sole. The signature Opening Ceremony hand detail is back in new iterations, on a series of totes, wallets, and even key chains.