Eye on the Runway: Opening Ceremony Pre-Fall 2013

It was a rather subdued season for Opening Ceremony, with the label trading in kooky prints and too-cool cuts for sleek shapes in refined neutral navy, black, white, and tan — with a few mod moments and some paillettes thrown in good measure. This is, after all, the work of Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.

The collection was at its best at its more grown-up, like the tailored pool-blue trousers and a long-sleeved dress with a mermaid shaped that flared out in a ruffle right below the knee — a revelation for the brand. Those craving a little more of the O.C. DNA could find it in a black, teal, and purple zig-zag print and sporty leggings, and bombers in royal blue and red. No matter the mood, each of the 29 looks was paired with a version of the ’90s mule, a more modern clog that is sure to be a hit for the season, a savvy move from the retail geniuses.

Do the season’s minimalist measures mean the Opening Ceremony girl is growing up? Not quite. We don’t expect her to retire to basics just yet, but we like where this collection is heading.

–Heather Corcoran

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Images Courtesy of Opening Ceremony