OPENING CEREMONY GETS SURREAL WITH MAGRITTE

Hip retailer Opening Ceremony has a new surrealist capsule collection, so now you can now wear the Belgian painter René Magritte. It drops this summer, and also includes footwear collaborations with three powerhouse shoe makers: Manolo Blahnik, Vans and Birkenstock. Previewing during London Fashion Week on February 15 were 12 of Magritte’s works reproduced on clothing and accessories. Magritte’s iconic painting Scheherezade (1950) is featured in the form of a dress, top and pearl-embroidered bomber jacket. Manolo Blahnik made a stiletto featuring The Blow to the Heart (1952, bottom), while an open-toe Birkenstock sandal interprets Double Reality (1936, below right), and the classic Vans lace-up is a take on The King Museum (1966). Yet other styles paying tribute to the artist’s poetically weird visual language include motifs from Ladder of Fire (1934) and the veiled heads of The Lovers (1928, very bottom). Opening Ceremony says, this capsule collection “continues a theme that Magritte was most interested in: extreme juxtapositions between combinations of objects, and the ordinary versus the abstract.” OK, I’ll buy that.

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  Double Reality, 1936

Double Reality, 1936

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  The Blow to the Heart, 1952

The Blow to the Heart, 1952

 The Lovers, 1928

The Lovers, 1928