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Callebaut® created chocolate fashion décor to the Belgian themed Opening Ceremony show

February 09, 2014
  • A chocolate dripping wall was the central runway art piece.
  • Belgian Callebaut® Chef Patrick Aubrion and North-American Callebaut® chef Celine Plano created the Finest Belgian Hot Chocolate and spiced it up.

Wieze, Belgium – February 9, 2014 – During the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, Opening Ceremony presented its new Fall/Winter 2014 collection in an impressive chocolate décor created by Callebaut®. The Opening Ceremony fashion show and collection is inspired by founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon’s travels to Belgium. As Callebaut® chocolate has been crafted in the small Belgian town of Wieze from bean to chocolate since 1911, to Opening Ceremony there was no way around Callebaut® for their Belgium themed fashion show.

Chocolate dripping wall as central runway art piece
The eye-catching art piece on the run way was definitely the chocolate wall that was brought to life during the show. The wall was carved with the signature fingerprint design from the Opening Ceremony Fall/Winter 2014 collection. As chocolate was poured from the top of the carved wall, the finger print design was filled with dripping chocolate resulting in a dynamic chocolate art piece.

Finest Belgian Hot Chocolate & Spice
The sensorial chocolate experience started when guests arrived and received a limited edition chocolate bar with the signature finger print that was custom made by Callebaut® for the Fall/Winter 2014 Opening Ceremony Fashion show and continued after the show. Belgian Callebaut® Chef Patrick Aubrion and North-American Callebaut® chef Celine Plano served guests the signature finest Belgian Hot Chocolate made with Callebaut®’s iconic 811 Dark and W2 White Chocolate. An extra spicy touch was provided by the Cocoa Nibs spice mills filled with exotic spices such as Garam Masala, Persian Blue Salt and Chili.

Opening Ceremony Collection
The Fall/Winter 2014 collection is inspired by Belgium, which can be seen through the various motifs, designs and fingerprint print throughout the collection. The canals and waterways connecting merchants and major trade routes, as well as the different trades prevalent in Antwerp were also focal points seen throughout the men’s and women’s collections. Men’s collection focuses on contrast, bold color-blocking representing classic tailoring shapes, typically sporty zippers are exposed only on a single side. Women’s collection incorporates pebble glass beads, glazed-over graphic prints to reference the large diamond trade business in Antwerp. Reflective palettes are used to produce shapes and designs, which highlight and distort light as diamonds do. Footwear uses hidden elastic closures and “color/material” blocked wedge soles. Both collections represent the inspiration in a unique yet cohesive way.


About Callebaut® (www.callebaut.com):
For more than 100 years, Callebaut® has been making chocolate in Wieze the heart of Belgium and is still one of the rare chocolate makers to select, roast and grind cacao beans into its own secret and exclusive cocoa mass – the most important ingredient for chocolate couvertures. Callebaut® was established in 1850 in Belgium as a malt brewery and dairy company. It produced its first chocolate bars in 1911 and began production of chocolate couverture for Belgian chocolatiers soon after. Callebaut® began exporting its products in 1950 to craftsmen all over the world and is part of Barry Callebaut, the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate.

About Opening Ceremony:
Opening Ceremony is a multifaceted retail environment comprised of shops, showroom, and private label collection that establishes a new, international creative forum in downtown Manhattan. Opening Ceremony brings together emerging American talent with both young and established designers and artists from abroad. Each year, the unique commercial and cultural character of a visiting country is represented at Opening Ceremony by capturing the essence of the country’s consumer experience. Opening Ceremony has also become known for its myriad collaborations with the likes of Chloë Sevigny, Spike Jonze, Pendleton, Levi's, Timberland, Keds, Robert Clergerie, and more.

Barry Callebaut:
With annual sales of about CHF 4.9 billion (EUR 4.0 billion / USD 5.2 billion) in fiscal year 2012/13, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – from sourcing and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations and compounds. The company runs more than 50 production facilities worldwide and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of over 8,500 people.

Barry Callebaut serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants or caterers. The two global brands catering to the specific needs of these Gourmet customers are Callebaut® and Cacao Barry®.

Barry Callebaut is committed to a sustainable cocoa production through its “Cocoa Horizons” initiative, and to help ensure future supplies of cocoa as well as improve farmer livelihoods.


High-res photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/finn_pr/sets/72157640773983715/

Media contact:

Pascale Meulemeester

Vice President Global Gourmet Brand Marketing

Barry Callebaut

Tel.: +32 495 59 65 19