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Opening Ceremony debuted its third collection with 80-year-old sportswear brand Columbia in true New York cool-kid fashion: at a drag show during Fashion Week in September. Male models wore the parkas, wind pants, and fleece-wear with gold glitter platform heels and neon eyeshadow. The best part: the clothes could hang. Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim pulled inspiration from Columbia’s ‘80s and ‘90s archives, which meant using colors like electric blue and teal for jackets and reflective bubble-gum pink for base layers. A wildlife print used on the fleece items could be described as camo on magic mushrooms. It was worn for the show by a model with small diamonds glued to his face.
Now, right, you might not see these particular Columbia wares on suburban dads and hardcore hikers, but they aren’t reserved for fashion insiders either. Worn individually with slightly more conservative clothes (read: less glitter) the collection will appeal to plenty of fashion-aware guys because it’s retro, with a sense of humor, but still functional.
The black shell pants, which have purple Velcro cuffs at the ankles, are excellent way to show off a good pair of sneakers. The fleece baseball caps, which have sporty draw-cord closures in the back, would look great with baggy chinos and a crewneck sweatshirt. And who doesn’t want to wear an electric blue parka for a ski weekend or extremely cold flight home for the holidays?
Opening Ceremony and Columbia might not have the same exact customer base but they both know how to have fun and sell clothes at the same time—something that is very much missing in the DNA of most fashion brands today. Support that energy by shopping the collection on Opening Ceremony’s website this Monday, November 12th. Below, a look at the clothes and the prices to match.
1 of 8 Opening Ceremony 2 of 8 Opening Ceremony 3 of 8 Opening Ceremony 4 of 8 Opening Ceremony 5 of 8 Opening Ceremony 6 of 8 Opening Ceremony 7 of 8 Opening Ceremony 8 of 8 Opening Ceremony Fashion 19 Hrs ago 335 Hypes Fashion 19 Hrs ago By Robyn Mowatt 335 Hypes Opening Ceremony returns with another capsule collection following its recent range with Marmot. Now, the New York-based label has teamed up with Columbia making it the third unisex collaboration between the two companies. The forthcoming pieces are directly inspired by Columbia’s rich ’80s and ’90s heritage.
For the Fall/Winter 2018 line, OC pulled from Columbia’s archives which led to pieces that feature performance technologies. Staples in the collection include vibrant wildlife prints seen on fall-appropriate outerwear, pants, caps and more. Additional standouts are the 3-in-1 Powder Keg Interchange Parka and Omni-Heat thermal reflective long sleeve. Numerous items in the collab are created in bold colors with large logos.
The Opening Ceremony x Columbia collaboration will be available in-store on November 12. Pricing starts at $60 USD.
While you’re here, take a look at OC x Disney’s latest collection created in celebration of Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary.