All the best High Street/high end collaborations follow a similar formula – a kind of greatest hits collection – using the designer's most memorable silhouettes or patterns at affordable price points. Using new prints or different colours to specific collections is ok – as long as enough of the trademark shapes are in evidence. In fact, it’s often best not to replicate recent collections with too much verisimilitude (got to be in our top 5 words EVER) – else it does kind of seem unfair on anyone who paid top whack for an original piece.
The new Opening Ceremony collection, left, and A/W '10, right
The most successful joint efforts go back through the archives and get inspiration from star turns. And so to Opening Ceremony + Rodarte – the second round. In a palette of various soft colours, like cream and dusky pink there are high collared Victorian style dresses with full length skirts, widows weeds type Gothy black outfits. There are knitted skater dresses styled with woolly tights. Then there are the high-waisted, voluminous trousers in kooky prints with frilled blouses which emphasize the bust and minimize the waist – a staple the sisters have used in a few collections – like the blue and white pottery and brown parquet prints of S/S ’10.
The new Opening Ceremony collection, left and S/S '11, right
Oh yes – and the shoes. Reassuringly chunky with enough twiddly bits on to reassure anyone that they are the main line. Well done Mulleavy sisters and Opening Ceremony!
- Naomi Attwood