Opening Ceremony gathered the likes of Cassie, Omar Apollo, Jessica Alba and even Dog Whisperer host Cesar Millan for a special portrait series to open the clothing brand’s spring 2020 collection as part of its ongoing Year of Mexico project. Dubbed “The Familia: A Portrait Series” by photographer Stefan Ruiz, the standout photos capture some of the most influential members of the Mexican creative community in seasonal pastels and bold hues.
Other notable stars in the series include Valentina from RuPaul‘s Drag Race, singer-songwriter San Cha and Debbie Gonzalez, creative director of the Kids of Immigrants brand and a celebrity stylist who’s worked closely with Kehlani.
The globally conscious fashion brand is spotlighting “up-and-coming talent to established brands at the forefront of the Mexican fashion scene,” according to the project’s page.
“Throughout our lives, and particularly through our Year of Mexico project, we have been privileged enough to witness the breadth of talent and soul that emanates from the Mexican community,” said Humberto Leon, Opening Ceremony’s co-founder and creative director, in an Instagram post. “In our current political climate, and at a most crucial time to celebrate diversity on both our home front and abroad, we decided to bring together friends new and old who pioneer conversation in the global cultural dialogue.”
As part of our ongoing Year of Mexico project, we are proud to present our Spring 2020 collection through “The Familia: A Portrait Series” by Stefan Ruiz, featuring inspiring and influential figures in the Mexican creative community. The series, shot in Los Angeles and New York, captures a cast of established and emerging individuals – artists, actors, chefs, designers, musicians, photographers, entrepreneurs, multi-hyphenates – that exemplify the power of Mexican creativity today. “Throughout our lives, and particularly through our Year of Mexico project, we have been privileged enough to witness the breadth of talent and soul that emanates from the Mexican community. In our current political climate, and at a most crucial time to celebrate diversity on both our home front and abroad, we decided to bring together friends new and old who pioneer conversation in the global cultural dialogue.” – @Humberto, Opening Ceremony’s co-founder and Creative Director. Head to the link in our bio to learn more about the project and cast. Creative Director: @humberto Photographer: @stefanruizphoto Stylist: @maxortegag Hair: @evaniefrausto Makeup: @marcelogutierrez Manicure: @betina_goldstein and @kayo.hc for @essie Set design: @daviddavisdoesdallas & @studio.guapo Cast: @allaboutvalentina, @eseveco, @veteranas_and_rucas / @map_pointz, @raulcastillo, @prohibited.amor, @jessicaalba, @itzelalejandra.gif, @cesarsway, @anitaherrera_, @elrafaesparza, @equihua_official, @chicanoplayboy / @cometonocheromantica, @el_sancha, @omar.apollo, @mexicanjihad, @cassie, @smilewith_style, @fei_bian, @hibye.world / @mamillicn, @jazzygirl______, @gabrielaxruiz, @everybody.world, @mychivas, @barbacoachef, @iamdebbiegonzales, @hibye.world / @robertosanchezz, @barragannnn / @ytinifninfinity, @bunnyjrtapes, @hibye.world / @katsu_fan, @danielasotoinnes, @omgregory, @zemmoa
In a post dedicated to Cassie’s shot featuring her baby bump, the singer writes, “My current project is becoming a mother and I can’t wait to experience the transformation that comes through motherhood, especially in creating new music and visuals. I’m an artist at heart. Like every woman, I’ve gone through many significant transitions in life that have taught me so much about myself and the woman that I want to become. I’m focused on becoming.”
According to Nylon, 20% of sales during the first week of the collection’s release will go to Fondo Semillas, a nonprofit dedicated to improving women’s lives throughout Mexico and promoting gender equality.