Power women. They were the muses behind Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s pre-fall collection for Opening Ceremony, both designers pleased at the news last summer that a female face will grace the U.S. $10 bill beginning in 2020. “We’re entering a time when women are a lot more powerful. They can wear whatever they want — if they want to wear a ruffle, they should feel powerful [doing so],” Leon said during a walk-through.

 

On that note, the duo tweaked traditional men’s wear-inspired suiting with girlish details such as pleated organza trim and vertical wire ruffles. A few looks riffed on the currency theme quite literally with prints and colors drawn from banknotes. Pre-fall also marked Opening Ceremony’s first foray into denim, a nice complement to the lineup’s casual knits and tunics. Their jeans featured a dip waistband and a cool, straight leg fit.

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