American Express threw a huge splashy party at Opening Ceremony‘s SoHo flagship last night. They were celebrating the launch of the Opening Ceremony Elvis collection–their Fall 2013 extravaganza of variously Elvis Presley-themed pieces–and, being a huge Elvis fan, I had to get downtown. Also, there also aren’t a lot of fashion parties where the DJ spins rockabilly classics from Elvis and Charlie Feathers.
The collection works like so: some of the pieces are literal. In other words:
…While others–mostly the straight up womenswear–visually reference aspects of Elvis’ life. For example, several knits have a cool casino-like print (alluding to Elvis’ later years as a Vegas performer).
Still more reference lyrics and themes in his music:
This sweet, sweet unisex shirt features little broken hearts (just a perfect song).
While I dig the broken heart print, I’d probably opt for this Elvis print:
Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Other literal Elvis items include multiples sweaters featuring the King’s likeness:
It spells PRESLEY on the back, naturally.
And, although I really like the literal Elvis stuff, I’m also into the comparatively subtle stuff:
By “subtle,” I meant not everyone knows that Elvis’ band was called Taking Care of Business. But now you do! (Unless you already did, in which case, how great are these clothes, friend?)
But who needs subtlety…
…When you have “Jailhouse Rock”?
However, if Elvis shirts and sweaters aren’t to your taste, the actual Fall ’13 womenswear collection has some pretty classically wonderful Opening Ceremony things.
Like this top, which I couldn’t stop staring at:
Or the crazy texture on this one:
There are also blue suede crossbody bags and blue suede totes.
Boys get a pair, too:
…Though there’s nothing to stop ladies from wearing either; I’m just really into that ankle boot up there.
Last of all, here’s a look that kind of impressed me the most. Hanging on the racks was a series of tops, skirts and dresses inspired by Priscilla Presley‘s iconic wedding dress:
Here’s Priscilla, if you’d like a refresher (though you’re on your own with the piles of kohl eyeliner). You can see one of the long skirts to the immediate right up there, though I should note the skirts/dresses/tops come in black, too. This is cool kid fashion, after all.
The collection won’t be delivered until August/September 2013, so if you see anything you like, start saving. You probably don’t need to be a huge Elvis fan to want those sweet blue suede shoes.
Also, look at this crazy slicker hat they had (not from the Elvis collection):
Made me feel like Balenciaga‘s Darth Vader, only impervious to rain.
That’s it for fashion for now, but I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Elvis songs so you can have a really cool next few minutes.
(Photos: Jeremy Hunt Schoenherr)