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Williamsburg must be a ghost town today since pretty much the entire hipster population was either shopping or waiting in line at the Opening Ceremony sale. This much-anticipated sale is a mecca for bargain-hunting cool kids everywhere (we even heard a few different languages spoken in line) who want up to 90% off of cutting-edge designer womenswear, menswear, shoes and accessories. Instead of a whistle, the Pied Piper call to arms was ye old hipster chestnut "Kids" by MGMT, which was of course blasting at the start of the sale.
First off, there is no air conditioning inside the sale, only strong fans blowing somewhat cool air. There were some funky odors lurking about in corners, if you know what we mean. Upon first look around the spacious sale, we noticed a lot of heavy and scratchy fall and winter pieces. And honestly after burning through multiple layers of SPF 50+ and sweating our asses off, we just weren't in the mood to invest in off-season.

But we soldiered through and came across the following in womenswear: Lots of Toga Archives retro-theatrical dresses (from $190 to $360+), an Acne strapless military-inspired dress in leather ($270 from $1350) and grey non-leather ($166 from $830), a bunch of Marjan Pejoski pieces, including multi-chain embellished trousers ($330 from $1180), a super sexy electric blue cut-out pleated Hannah Marshall minidress ($340 from $1560), Rorschach-printed leather Rika strapless numbers ($260 from $1280), cropped plaid bustier Pendleton tops ($50), a rack of Alexander Wang including a heavy pinstriped and lace frock ($225 from $1255), patchwork silky Peter Pilotto frocks ($420 from $1400) and a layered sleeveless rough-edge sleeveless Herchcovitch;Alexandre blouse ($600).

As for the Opening Ceremony house brand, there was a rack full of sequined and embellished pieces like a mini skirt ($200 from $1000) and a mixed metal beaded jacket ($500 from $1800). And if you missed out on the Tron collection, check it all out here.

The menswear section was slightly smaller than the womenswear lot, making it really seem to be dominated by wintry wear. The price points seemed to run much lower than the womenswear, though. On the racks, we spotted: More bright Tron wool coats ($150), quilted zip-front jackets ($160 from $595), Pendleton plaid lightweight and skinny-fit blazers ($75 from $335), Opening Ceremony house-label plaid shorts ($60 from $120) and Hope black-piped khaki trenches ($150 from $880). There were also a couple racks of Opening Ceremony for Uniqlo pieces at rock bottom prices: $30 for neutral hued and plaid cropped trousers and windbreakers.

The shoes were located in a section to the right and there were lots of one or two-offs with random styles. For women, there was more selection within the Opening Ceremony label booties and sandals, starting around $125. If you're lucky, you'll find a Rachel Comey, Alexander Wang, Versus or Acne in your size. Those styles average around $275 a pair.

For men, the selection is also better within the house brand, which offers ankle boots, chukkas and brogues starting at $65. There are also lots of sneakers on tap, with rainbow hued Spring Court kicks for $20 (from $90) and Hederus white high-tops for just $15 a pair.

Lastly, there is a small selection of well-priced ladies' handbags near the check-out. We saw tie-dyed navy duffles ($260 from $875) and studded chain-strap pouches $200 from $665) by Rika, cut-out structured handbags ($300) by Versus, teeny suede fringed purses ($160) by Borba Margo, and circle bags ($150) by Opening Ceremony .

Cash and credit (with a minimum purchase of $100) are both accepted and everything is out on the floor. Per usual, there are no dressing rooms, so it's a free-for-all in front of the few mirrors laid out on the floor. Remember, slather on the SPF and bring water for hydratation because it's a long hot wait outside and there are only fans blowing inside.
· The Opening Ceremony Sale Has Attracted a Hipster Squatter Colony [Racked NY]
· The Opening Ceremony Line: It's High Noon at the Tank Top Convention [Racked NY]
· Dealfeed: Opening Ceremony [Racked NY]
· Opening Ceremony [Official Site]

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