Opening Ceremony celebrated its second Adidas Originals collaboration this past weekend with a rousing ping pong tournament at downtown L.A.'s Standard Hotel — which was a fitting way to launch the 90s-heavy, tennis and running-themed line.
“Carol and I are big ping pong fanatics,” OC co-founder Humberto Leon told The Hollywood Reporter, referring to his business partner, longtime best friend and fellow Kenzo creative director Carol Lim. The 37-year-old, who played tennis while attending high school in Orange County, noted that “All the stuff we made for Adidas is meant so that you can work out in it. I want to see people working out in the clothing.”
While Leon didn't work up a sweat at his party, he did work the room wearing a light weight cheetah print, colorblock anorak ($345) that fit in with the rest of the men's collection's Saved by the Bell-appropriate neon and nylon offerings. All-white Crazy 8 tennis high tops ($235) could have stepped out of an L.A. Gear commercial circa 1994; while a contrasting stripe, neon tank top ($100) clearly took a play from Will Smith's Fresh Prince of Bel-Air wardrobe room.
For women, the line has the same New Kids on the Block-fan undertones, but will feel more at home inside a traditional gym with leopard print sports bras ($100), muted navy and olive running shoes ($175) and nylon and elastine running shorts ($200). There are apres spin class pieces, too, including a sheer nylon skirt ($170), contrasting-print patchwork cardigan ($205) and a pair of thick-strap, lace-up platform wedges ($205) that have no place near a treadmill — unless your next stop is an ER. But the collection's standout item is a minty, sleeveless babydoll dress that would have worked well on an episode of Blossom ($205), which Lim wore while playing ping pong against a friend.
"All my aunts and uncles had ping pong tables so we would play, but we weren't crazy competitive," she said, explaining that her father taught her the art of table top tennis. Although she stopped playing for a while, the L.A. native shared that it wasn't until a few summers ago when the two pals started playing that she became obsessed with the game. Her and Leon's mutual love of the sport was "definitely a source of inspiration" for their latest Adidas collaboration.
Famous friends who came out to show support included Into the Wild actress Catherine Keener, Where the Wild Things Are director Spike Jonze and singer-songwriter Rita Ora, who arrived in a DKNY x Opening Ceremony Spring '92 stars and stripes t-shirt. L.A.-based musician Ariel Pink spun the evening's soundtrack.
Earlier that day the avant-guard retailing duo held another soiree, this time at their La Cienega Boulevard storefront to celebrate the release of their 10th anniversary, Rizzoli-published tome. Keeping in the spirit of their affinity for Indie film personalities, king of darling hipster quirk Jason Schwartzman played host.
We're not sure if the Adidas Originals x Opening Ceremony stretchy, second skin cheetah-print shorts ($120) are quite the actor's speed — they seem more like something AC Slater would have worn to wrestling practice.