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    If you haven’t heard Nathalie Love’s name by now, you’ve probably seen her face. The daughter of fashion editor Lisa Love is not only an occasional model, but also a full-time actress; Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere and Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto are among her credits. Of course, Nathalie is also a friend of OC, having starred in OCTV’s Spa Heaven and our recent COS editorial. 

    The Los Angeles native (Los Feliz, to be exact) has returned to her home state after a brief stint in New York, holing up in Echo Park. While she might miss the constant stimulation of New York, “The lifestyle here is much easier and less anxiety inducing,” she says. “There is something about getting vitamin D every day and being able to go for a hike or drive to the ocean or the mountains. It’s a much easier place to figure out what you want.”

    Just because there’s more sun, however, doesn’t mean there’s less work. The actress is hitting up New York next week for the premiere of Palo Alto, where Nathalie acted alongside James Franco and Emma Roberts under director/best friend Coppola.

    Following that? “It’s in the very pre-stages but I might be doing a film in the summer with James Oakley (The Devil You Know), and I’ve been trying to read some plays and start working on a play,” Nathalie says. “When there’s not a lot of other stuff going on, I like to just keep the wheels turning.”

    We chatted with Nathalie about her favorite complicated roles, her platinum-blonde alter ego, and why everyone should go skinny dipping.

    View the COS at Opening Ceremony editorial HERE | Shop COS MEN'S and WOMEN'S

    Jessica Chou: It seems like you’re drawn to complicated characters. What has been your most interesting project?
    Nathalie Love: I did this film called Me. It was very meta; it was a movie about a reality show, so I had to play myself and then my idea of self on a reality show, like my heightened self. And on top of that my character was a pathological liar. So I had all these different story lines, all these different ideas, and it was all improvised. Stories that are inspiring to me usually involve loss or history; I would love to play a stripper, I would love to play a drug addict, people who have a wound and are expressing that wound. Those are characters that are intriguing to me.

    When you’re approaching your roles, do you eve

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    31-year-old writer-director Lou Howe delivers a swift-kick debut at the Tribeca Film Festival this year, with the sullenly powerful drama Gabriel. Rory Culkin leads the way, proving himself an actor of maddened depth, wisdom, and pathos. In the titular role, Culkin plays a college-age kid struggling with mental illness. Completely out of touch with reality, Gabriel sets out on a rollicking New York City adventure to reclaim a past love.

    Unfaltering and unapologetic, the feature marks a brave take on fucked-up youth. We caught up with the film’s director on Crosby Street, amid the bustle of the Tribeca Film Festival.

    William Nixon: What type of art influenced you the most when you were Gabriel’s age?
    Lou Howe: In college, I watched a ton of movies. I got into photography pretty intensely then, too… Books have always been a constant influence in the mix but early on in college was when movies really took over. I’d always been a reader more than anything and hadn’t really thought of [film] as something other than entertainment.

    Any filmmakers in particular who interested you around that time?
    What got me really excited in high school was stuff like Todd Solondz and early Wes Anderson films… movies that were totally unexpected to me at the time. I saw Happiness in the theater totally randomly. I had no idea what I was walking into. I was probably 16 and was like, “Holy shit—this is what you can do.”

    Who are some of your favorite photographers?
    [They're] similar to filmmakers. I love 70s American stuff like STEPHEN SHORE and Garry Winogrand and WILLIAM EGGLESTON. Just like that period of filmmaking is a major influence.

    What kind of recklessness were you up to when you were Gabriel’s age?
    In college, a friend and I stole a golf cart at night… It was at a weird, crazy house [that] had this wall of different hats. We would take people out for joy rides at night in this golf cart and do donuts. [One time], I picked a construction hard hat [and] we drove the golf cart into a tree. I got launched directly onto my head and cracked the helmet wide open. And the trip before, I was wearing, like, a propeller beanie or something. I clearly would have smashed my head open. That was reckless and deeply dumb, I guess. But, why I did it wasn’t a very interesting reason. [Laughs]

    How would you say style and wardrobe were used to tell Gabriel’s story and convey your protagonist’s experience?
    Wardrobe played a huge role in establishing the color palette along with the visual style and the cinematography. I’m always intrigued by what you can imply about a character via wardrobe… Little things like [Rory's] wardrobe. The concept is that [his character] hasn’t bought new clothes since he was 14 and that his style is just ever-so-slightly dated, you know? He wears like… long-sleeve waffle shirts under faded black polos. It’s a little like tenth-grade skater or something. That fits with his general state of mind of being stuck in a slightly younger age than he actually is.

    Tell me a little about casting your actors and your methods of working with them.
    Deirdre O’Connell is a badass. I had seen her in a play several years ago; sh

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    How often have you been out on the town, minding your own business, when a stranger asks, "OMG, where did you get that?!" It's a question that never gets old, but it is about to get a lot more frequent. Starting today, we're offering 30% off select pieces from the Opening Ceremony Represent collection, so you can pick up staples like T-shirts and shorts, all emblazoned with our logo. Like we said, good taste never gets old. 

    Shop Opening Ceremony Represent here

    Promotion is valid on select merchandise only. Promotion ends Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 11:59pm PST, and is valid online only at and cannot be applied to previous purchases or combined with other discount offers.

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    Eckhaus Latta's collections have a post-apocalyptic feel to them. But then again: Zoe Latta and Mike Eckhaus leave a lot to the imagination, saying, "we never fully disclose information or answer questions properly, we prefer to leave it open for interpretation." If you ask us, the designers' Spring/Summer 2014 offering looks like it belongs in some dystopian future, where materials are scarce and young city dwellers have to forage for their clothing, stringing together bits and pieces from deserted hospitals, weathered lawn furniture, and abandoned stores—all while keeping chic and cool. 

    The feeling is evoked mainly through the duo's use of unconventional materials. Serrated knits made out of linen twine (commonly used in outdoor furniture) and more lustrous synthetics like iridescent polyester add an otherworldly shimmer to dresses and structured jackets. Many of the garments also have surgical tubing embedded within, which allows the wearer to adjust proportions and volumes at whim. And why not? If you saw the collection's live video presentation, which took place in a Berlin car park last September, you may remember models catwalking in tape-covered filp-flops and socks secured with packing tape, a nod to the "haphazardness" the designers like to ply. 

    To mark the new season, Latta and Eckhaus enlisted the help of filmmaker Alexa Karolinski and artist Tom Krell of the band How To Dress Well to make the video, Friend. Says the twosome, "we wanted to create the opening credits to a rom-com television show. We wrote lyrics about our general feelings towards the collection that were then sung by Tom Krell." Watch the clip below, and let us know what you think! 

    Shop all Eckhaus Latta HERE
    Freedom Dress in iridescent green 

    Freedom Jacket in iridescent green 
    Earthworks Net Tank Top in rust 

    Tank Top in hiker/scrub

    Underover Shorts in hiker/scrub 

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    When I first met Sumzine Editor-in-Chief Jamie Ortega at a coworker's 2013 Super Bowl party, I was struck by her candor and style. Simply put, she is cool as hell. As we became friends, I learned about her passion and drive to implement changes in the fashion industry, which is definitely a mutual interest. Earlier this year, after an incredibly quick turnaround time, Jamie released the first issue of Sumzine, a beautiful, editorial magazine that addresses the issue of fashion's growing mass consumption through thoughtful interviews with people who are actively working to mollify the need for MORE. This Thursday, April 24, is Fashion Revolution Day, a campaign meant to raise awareness about the dangers of unsustainable apparel manufacturing in places like BANGLADESH, where a garment factory collapsed one year ago. I recently spoke with Jamie to learn more about Sumzine, Fashion Revolution Day, and how she shops.

    Shop Sumzine in Opening Ceremony stores

    Dana Melanz: What was the thought in your head that ended up being the catalyst for Sumzine?
    Jamie Ortega: I had initially wanted to do an anti-blog. I wanted a venue where people could see exciting fashion media that wasn’t trying to sell you a product or perpetuate an unattainable idea. I’m not the number one candidate to take on the bloggers. I'm cute but not that cute, so a biannual print project seemed a little more fitting and thoughtful. With a little—actually a lot of—help from my friends, we made it something real.

    How did you create Sumzine?
    I’m really lucky to know some of the coolest people who like making dope shit. I approached those who I thought would be interested in collaborating through Facebook or e-mail. That’s what got the ball rolling. There were a lot of freezing winter mornings with Dunkin Donuts. One of the interviews took place at Whole Foods, another one on New Year’s Day when no one was alive or sober. I had planned on it being a little more cut-and-paste like the zines I made when I was a teen. But in the final hour, my roommate—who happens to be an ill designer—took the whole thing and made it really sexy. We printed the beast at this place in Midtown. It was a completely self-funded project. Mad love to AmEx!

    What is Sumzine's manifesto?
    In two words, it’s simply "better fashion." I mean that from a consumer perspective, not the glossy editorial one. We just want to send a message that it’s ok to trust your gut and buy what you like—that’s a sustainable way of purchasing. You don’t have to be crunchy to be green.

    What is the meaning behind Sumzine's name?
    Everything adds up! What we buy is what we perpetuate, and there’s a trickle-down effect all the way down the supply chain. So there’s that. Also, I wanted it to sound kinda cheeky like it’s just ‘some zine.’

    How did you find contributors?
    I’ve been in New York for four years. I think everyone I met along the way contributed in some shape or form, to be honest! It was a lot of pals [and] people I met at Opening Ceremony, Tinder, or just [through] a blind e-mail. Solid group!

    What is your background?
    I’ve been in the fashion industry for ten years wearing many different hats. A lot of my time was spent in luxury retail, e-commerce, and stylin

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    Astrology IRL, a new line of cosmic clothing designed by Morgan Rehbock and Romina Cenisio, has hit OC! Check out our photoshoot of the collection on OC friends and fam, as well as Zodiac expert Morgan's guide to eclipse season.

    Have you been feeling some type of way and don't know why? You've fallen into the eclipse portal, and you're going to need a power far greater than to navigate the tumultuous planetary trends of Spring/Summer 2014. Essentially, eclipses are positive because they move us forward, but the stress of adjusting to instantaneous and unexpected change can sometimes be difficult to handle. It's like signing up for a restorative Vinyasa class and accidentally attending an acrobatic yogalates workshop. This year, we have four eclipses that will bring into question our relationships to reality. We've already lived through the first (in Libra) on April 15, which brought about changes to our partnerships with people and universal energy, as Libra is the sign of relationships. Mars, planet of action, added an aggressive edge to the energy of our first eclipse. You still might be in the process of updating your mindset (and maybe your contact list), but it is time to start thinking about the eclipse in Taurus that can be anticipated on April 28 (or 29 depending on your time zone). Consider your talents and your values. How can you express your unique and positive spirit more fully? 

    Besides the two eclipses, April also hosts a notoriously negative aspect called the Cardinal Cross, which will make our mid-month eclipse portal a seriously powerful wormhole that will suck you into spring with a whole new outlook. Eclipse awareness is important for the whole Zodiac, but everyone should take a slightly different approach. The cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) will be feeling the vibes hardcore this month, seeing the most real and direct changes with the biggest gains and losses. Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius) will have their stubborn mindset challenged by the eclipse in Taurus on April 28 as well as the retrograde of Saturn in Scorpio that requires a change of plans between now and July 20. The mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) will, of course, be going with the flow as usual, but they will definitely experience contact highs (and lows).

    Shop all Astrology IRL HERE

    Your ruling planet, Mars has been retrograde in Libra, the sign of relationships, since March 1, making your romantic entanglements and best-friendships the focus. If you've been suffering from low energy or lack of motivation, blame it on the draining planetary influence of Mars in retrograde. Unlike quick moving Mercury, Mars has a slower burn that might keep you out until May 20. I recommend strength-building exercises and increased physical awareness to combat fatigue during this period of strategic challenge. You may be feeling passive aggressive while Mars is in Libra, and one way to avoid raging in your personal life would be to take up a Martian hobby like kickboxing or Muay Thai. April's eclipses and the cardinal cross will have a motivating effect, as they ask you to make serious changes to your love life, career, and home. Don't get too frustrated if things feel temporarily stuck until Mars (May 20) and Saturn (July 20) come out of retrograde. The planets do have your back, even if some of them are temporarily MIA.


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    Is it possible to create a statement piece out of the humble hoodie? The answer, according to designer Julien David, is a resounding yes. A master of Japanese luxury streetwear, Paris-born David has put a made-you-look, refined spin on an athletic staple. An iridescent, custom silk-lurex blend adds a three-dimensional element to the sweatshirt, while thick ribbed cuffs and a boxy kangaroo pocket keeps things from looking precious. The multitasker is versatile enough to pair with boyfriend jeans and sneakers during the day, or over a mini dress and chunky platforms for a sporty-chic evening look.
    Julien David Hoodie in black

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    Of all the trends in contemporary art, there's none we love more than artists who create works that are edible. A bust made of chocolate, sculpted through the act of licking? That’s one by Janine Antoni, now at the Brooklyn Museum. In 2011, RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA built a kitchen inside of MoMA serving free rice and Thai curry to visitors, making art out of socialization. And let’s not forget FÉLIX GONZÁLEZ-TORRES, who memorialized his partner Ross Laycock with 175 pounds of candy, corresponding to Ross’ ideal body weight. 

    Oscar Murillo is telling a similarly edible story through A Mercantile Novel, now at David Zwirner Gallery in New York City. The Colombian-born artist (who studied at the Royal College of Art in London) has recreated the Colombina candy factory straight from his hometown of La Paila. Enter the gallery and the first thing you smell is chocolate, followed by the slightly caramelized tinge of sugar. You see rows and rows of boxes that recall a warehouse packaging center, a blown-up image of a candy worker falling asleep at her station, and a video showing the view looking out an airplane.

    Behind the scenes, however, is an assembly line, only open to gallery guests during a production break (around 1 to 3 in the afternoon). Employees flown in from Colombia work the assembly line in institution uniforms, churning out Chocmelos, a chocolate-covered marshmallow that is one of Colombina's signature candies. “I found [the workers] through my relationships,” Murillo says. “This is my mother’s friend; she is a friend from school.” And the candies? “People are welcome to take the candies away and subsequently you see how little or how much we distribute every day.” The point is to disperse the candies as far as possible, tracking where they go, who they are eaten with, and what social situations arise along the way.

    In fact, like González-Torres and Tiravanija's works, this exhibit is not so much about food as it is about the people behind it. “It goes beyond commerce… it’s a relationship endeavor,” Murillo says, noting that both his parents have worked in the candy factory, which served as a meeting point for the community for years. The workers he’s hired for the project all have personal significance, and are all, in a sense, emigrating from Colombia. It is their first time in New York City, and Murillo is interested in exploring the new city with them and seeing their interactions with the local art scene.

    “This isn’t simply about bringing people over from a foreign country,” Murillo says. The entire gallery is meant to examine the immigrant experience; the video on display, for example, will change every week. “My experience of London now is very different from when I first moved there,” Murillo says. “I want those [videos] to reflect what you see the first time you come to New York, and so that first encounter of New York is what you see when you come in. Then it will change every week as we experience [the city] together.”

    To map the experience, Murillo has created a website, where visitors can share their candy-delivering stories, tracking how far the candy makes it from the gallery and showing potential community-creation in the process. “You couldn’t have it any other w

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    Walking the streets of Manhattan, you'll see plenty of denizens with their headphones on, in pursuit of a killer tune. This time around, NYC native and up-and-coming star Maluca Mala leads the crowd in an exclusive video for the latest B&O Play x Opening Ceremony collection, sporting some fresh, limited edition Form 2i headphones — and working the concrete jungle in OC S/S 2014 pieces. Press play to hear a clip from the Banjee Rose's latest track, "Trigger." 

    Looking to get your hands on these beauties? Shop all B&O PLAY X OPENING CEREMONY here.


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    For most, with the impending warm weather comes visions of secluded islands and bright sun on bare shoulders. But, according to his latest press release, designer Risto Bimbiloski is staying inside for a change, with "the sun streaming through hotel curtains, enjoying a moment of calm." Inspired by the luxe interiors of some grand hotel, Risto and his band of knitters took textile drapings and turned them into vibrant, almost-psychedelic designs. Using crochet, jacquard, and digital prints, even stiff fabrics appear to flow and drape across the body, giving easy shapes a touch of white-glove elegance.

    Shop all Risto here

    warp jacquard dress in aqua

    bomber dress in aqua

    multi stitch cardigan in multi

    knit sleeves bomber jacket in turquoise

    front print sweatshirt in yellow

    flared sleeve shirt in white

    short-sleeve cross pattern sweater in yellow/navy/blue

    denim cropped sleeveless top in blue jean

    pleated bottom camisole in white

    deep fold jacquard shorts in yellow

    warp jacquard skirt in yellow mix

    two pleated pants in aqua

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    What do you get when you mix an edgy menswear designer with a historic label best known for outfitting the likes of young Elizabeth TayloR? This isn’t the set-up for a nerdy fashion joke. It’s the basis for the documentary Dior & I, which screened at Tribeca this week. The short answer to the question is Raf SimoNS' acclaimed first collection for Christian Dior, after the Belgian designer was named creative director of the house in 2011. But the longer one isn’t as smooth or simple as one of the collection’s organza skirts. Dior & I shows Simons’ struggle––and ultimate triumph––in modernizing and maintaining the house’s name. “The past is not romantic for me,” Simons says in the film. “The future is romantic.”

    Raf Simons is associated with a dark, techno-futuristic minimalism, Christian Dior with balletic romance and nostalgia. And yet, both men made clothes at a time when the world’s eyes were focused on the future, whether it was 1950s space travel or the 1990s Internet revolution. Throughout the film, Christian Dior’s spirit is felt by Raf Simons and the atelier at work, who sense his ghostly presence late at night in the workshop as they sew their sleeves and necklines. In fact, the ghost of Christian Dior makes several appearances throughout this film, via black-and-white flashbacks and words from his memoir. “I didn’t mean to revolutionize fashion,” echoes a deep and haunting voice near the beginning of the film.

    Raf takes the weight of his predecessor and runs with it. He has two months to create his debut collection (to offer some perspective, collections normally take about six months to prepare) and we watch intimate footage as he meets the seamstresses for the first time and travels to the pink seaside home where Dior was raised. By the end of the film, choked up in tears, Raf Simons shows off his own collection: Gerhard Richter-inspired prints and dresses that are a sci-fi take on soft Dior femininity. And it all takes place against a stunning backdrop of ceiling-to-floor fresh flowers, Murakami meets The Secret Garden.

    However, a lot can, and does, go wrong before that. The members of the Dior atelier, some of whom have worked with the house for over 40 years, are really the stars of the movie: clad in white lab coats, they frantically hand-sew the final touches just hours before the Spring/Summer 2012 show begins. In a Q&A after the screening, the director addressed this tension in the film between the past and future of fashion: “I knew the combination of Raf as being forward-looking and Dior, which obviously has such a long history and is steeped in tradition, was a story in itself. And, I thought this was an opportunity to show change and how modernity happens.”

    But the similarities between the two men grow increasingly apparent in the film: both are guarded and private people, which conflicts with their larger-than-life personas. According to Tcheng, Simons was reluctant at first to take part in the film, and during the initial filming was shy and self-conscious in front of the camera. “But we got to spend time together at the end of the day and he would grill me about my favorite films and we bonded over mutual taste.” I couldn’t help thinking about the title’s reference to Borges &

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    Jenny Le, artist and creative thinker of all genres, may have drifted into Los Angeles from the desert on a late summer breeze many years ago. Or maybe she arrived on a handmade raft sailing down the Los Angeles River with only a lover and as many possessions as could keep the raft afloat. Either way, Jenny has proceeded to build a minimalist nest in Silver Lake with an arsenal of cameras, crystals, and candles for every occasion in the years since she’s arrived. She can now be spotted around town riding her trusty steed, a vintage Mercedes Benz.

    When Jenny is not immersed in her own creative pursuits––chiefly photography––she serves as showrunner and matriarch of the team at OCLA. Her personal vision and fierce attention to detail mark every inch of the store, but she will more readily discuss the work of Jean Genet or Andy Bell than her own ethereal style. The best way to capture Jenny’s effervescent energy is to hear firsthand her tales of long nights in the underground goth demimonde, but her responses to our questions in celebration of the COS debut in Los Angeles offer a savory taste.

    View the COS at Opening Ceremony editorial HERE | Shop COS MEN'S and WOMEN'S

    Noah Adler: What are three words that define your aesthetic?
    Jenny Le: Secretly, constantly shifting

    What look were you into in high school?

    What is the most fun thing about your job?
    The endless creativity

    If it was socially acceptable, I would:
    Marry an alien

    Best taco spot in Los Angeles?
    Taco Zone

    Favorite movie about Los Angeles?
    Blade Runner

    What is something you think everyone should try at least once?
    Emptying their minds of clutter and live without technology for an extended amount of time.

    What is your favorite COS item?
    Silk Organza Hem Shirt 

    What is an invention that you think should exist?

    Los Angeles cliché that is true?
    I don’t believe in clichés.

    Two people you would like to see collaborate?
    Hiroshi Teshigahara and Ryuichi Sakamoto

    Imagine your ideal dinner party. Who are your guests?
    The people I love and adore

    How do you prepare for a lunar eclipse?
    I cleanse my crystals.

    If you could work with three artists, who would they be and what would you work on?
    Daido Moriyama (photo documentaries through sub-cit

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    There’s nothing quite as nostalgia-inducing as an old-fashioned sundae or a root beer float to go with your fries. But while milkshakes have become ubiquitous (Momofuku Milk Bar, In-N-Out, every burger joint in your hood), soda floats have gone the way of Pop Rocks—you love them, but can never find them.

    Luckily, several old school soda fountains still exist—churning out decadent sundaes, Purple Cows, egg creams, and milkshakes (of course). Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain in New York serves stellar egg creams; Mitchell’s Ice Cream in San Francisco is renowned for its sundaes and banana splits. The newest kid on the block is a colorful little soda fountain at Bubby’s High Line in New York City, serving housemade ice cream, syrups, sodas, and toppings.

    “We decided to open a soda fountain in Bubby’s because it fits with our mission to defend the American table,” says owner Ron Silver. “It’s a part of history the people forget, and it offers something that people miss.”

    Since strawberries are just starting to pop up in farmers’ markets everywhere (and the weather has taken a turn for the better), we asked Ron to come up with a signature float for Opening Ceremony. The result? A creamy, citrus-laced berry float that tastes every bit like a strawberry shortcake.

    The Opening Ceremony Strawberry Whip

    2 ounces fresh strawberry syrup
    Two 2-ounce scoops of good vanilla ice cream
    6 ounces seltzer water

    1. Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the bottom of a soda glass. 
    2. Add 2 ounces of strawberry syrup to the glass (see recipe below). 
    3. Slowly pour the seltzer over the syrup and ice cream and stir vigorously with a spoon. 
    4. Top with a final scoop of vanilla ice cream and a strawberry slice.

    Fresh Strawberry Syrup (Makes 12 ounces)
    1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
    ½ cup sugar
    3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
    ½ teaspoon orange zest

    1. Place chopped berries, sugar, and orange zest in a bowl and let sit for one hour.
    2. Add juice and mix thoroughly.
    3. Wrap bowl in plastic and place over a pot of boiling water until completely broken down.
    4. Puree until relatively smooth. Strain and let cool. Keep it wrapped in the refrigerator. Keeps for two weeks.

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    The Opening Ceremony Strawberry Whip Float. Photo by Jessica Chou

    Strawberry syrup ready to be puréed.

    The final product.

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    Prior to starting her Spring/Summer 2014 menswear collection, Astrid Andersen went to Florence, Italy and visited a crystal exhibition at the Museum of Zoology and Natural History, better known as La Specola. The trip stuck: The Copenhagen-based designer found herself so mesmerized by the stones, they became a central focus of her design aesthetic. (During a recent visit to OCNY, Astrid said that she was drawn to how crystals are used ritualistically, and how this relates to myriad superstitions of athletes at game time.)

    Inspired by said material, Astrid set out to create a singular, custom print, and fashioned the light color palette and nearly-sheer fabrics to mimic their rough-cut appearance. As for the latest basketball-inspired silhouettes? It throws the balance off ever-so-slightly, which is exactly the attraction. 

    Shop all Astrid Andersen here


    velour t-shirt in dark green

    printed a t-shirt in white/green

    power mesh nylon t in white

    mink logo mesh tank in white

    heavy jersey basketball tank in green

    organza hem silk shorts in white

    heavy jersey shorts in green/white

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    For regular prowlers of Hollywood gallery openings, Erin Falls requires little introduction. She only recently took the leap from New York to Los Angeles, where she serves as director of the Hannah Hoffman Gallery, nestled on Highland Avenue just south of the bustle of Santa Monica Boulevard. Hannah Hoffman Gallery bridges the two coasts with a host of New York ex-pats, including artists Matt Sheridan Smith, Joe Zorrilla, Jacob Kassay, and Sam Falls (whose name may sound familiar because he is Erin’s husband), and work from international artists such as Isabelle Cornaro and Jörg Immendorff.

    Erin's gallery is in good company in Hollywood, which is blossoming into a gallery row. This nondescript area, once populated with anonymous shopping centers and vacant studio spaces, has rapidly transformed in recent years, thanks to renewed demand for practical but generous gallery spaces. Regen Projects, the prominent West Hollywood gallery, relocated around the corner from Hannah Hoffman Gallery in 2012; Perry Rubenstein Gallery showcased local legend Mike Kelley on Highland Avenue that same year; and Michael Kohn Gallery is set to open next month, just two blocks up the street.

    Los Angeles lured Erin away from Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, the West Village gallery rooted in the Soho art scene of the early 90s. Her new role as gallery director certainly throws Erin into the public eye, but she is more likely to be found working on her own projects than hitting parties. Now settled in her new city, Erin plans to take some time to work on ceramics this summer. The busy gallerist found herself out of town last week, but shot us an e-mail with her LA favorites (palm trees, healthy restaurants), and least favorites (men’s feet).

    View the COS at Opening Ceremony editorial HERE | Shop COS MEN'S and WOMEN'S

    Three words that define your aesthetic?

    Easy. Comfortable. Married.

    What look were you into in high school?
    70s platforms with flannels and baby braids

    What is the most fun thing about your job?
    The people I work with are really great.

    If it was socially acceptable, I would: 
    Express more disgust upon seeing men's feet.

    Best taco spot in Los Angeles?
    I like Tacos Por Favor and Guisados.

    Favorite movie about Los Angeles?
    Back to the Beach

    What is something you think everyone should try at least once?
    Being really healthy 

    What is your favorite COS item?

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    "Most Wanted" presents our favorite and most coveted items available at OC.

    You may not be a master of the martial arts, but you’ll be a master of style in these Taekwondo-inspired kicks by adidas Originals x Opening Ceremony. There's no fresher look for spring than white-on-white sneaks, with classic stripes and no laces. Can you spot the secret dot motif on the shoe's interior, inspired by traditional Taekwondo socks?
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    Before SanDy Kim raised eyebrows by taking evocative photographs of her menstruation or Petra Collins was showing off her soiled underwear at a gallery in the Lower East Side, bold and uncompromising artists like Judy Chicago paved the way for radical female expression. Chicago is now the subject of Chicago in LA: Judy Chicago’s Early Work 1963–74, on display at the Brooklyn Museum. This Saturday, in celebration of the artist's seventy-fifth birthday, the exhibition is performing her site-specific A Butterfly for Brooklyn in Prospect Park. The pyrotechnic performance—a 200 feet wide by 180 feet high set of fireworks in the shape of a butterfly––will explore feminist imagery on a gigantesque scale.

    Born Judy Cohen in 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, the artist decided to take the name of her hometown as her surname after the deaths of her father and first husband. Like many female artists at the time, Chicago was discouraged by her professors from painting any symbolic or formal evocation of female sexuality, which she mainly expressed through biomorphic shapes that resembled breasts and wombs. After graduating, she started hanging out with macho male artists at BARNEY’S BEANERY in West Hollywood and adopted their tough-guy attitudes. She mastered power tools, auto-body painting techniques, and fiberglass casting, which she used to create large scale minimalist pieces in lush, candy colors. During this time, she became an active participant in the Finish Fetish School, which reacted to the swift post-World War II industrialization of the West Coast by claiming its own brightly colored, high-gloss form of Minimalism.

    The exhibition focuses on the first decade of her career, tracking the metamorphosis from subtly subversive works created while she was a graduate student at UCLA to her iconic piece The Dinner Party, which is generally regarded as the first epic feminist artwork. The massive installation, housed in the museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, features 39 extravagant place settings on a large triangular table that each represents women of historical significance including Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, Susan B. Anthony, and Georgia O'Keeffe.

    Walking through the gallery space feels like you have entered a perverse game of Candy Land, where a confectionery swirl of lollipops, donuts, and rainbow-colored circles that allude to female anatomy greet you. Pieces like Click Cunts, a series of colorful disc-shaped drawings, express female sexuality through the veil of Minimalism. Chicago’s larger scale acrylic paintings are truly magnificent, creating an atmosphere that is simultaneously calming and disorienting. Works such as Queen Victoria have a trippy effect, with a pinwheel at the center that moves like a Magic Eye painting when you fix your gaze on it. Through the Flower sucks you into its glowing orb-like center with the force of a vortex. But the most hypnotic works in the exhibit are drawings from the Female Rejection Series. Here, Judy writes her contemplations under each picture, unapologetically exposing her struggles and fears through a fascinating inner monologue. 

    Check out the video below of Chicago's Butterfly for Pomona performance at Pomona College in 2012 for a preview of what's to come Saturday!

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    A quick dispatch from the South of France: Carol Lim and I are so excited to be presidents of the jury at HYÈRES, the 29th International Festival of Fashion and Photography. (Watch our awful pronunciation of Hyères [ee-yehr?!], here.) We spent the morning with the ten fashion finalists, who presented both mens- and womenswear collections via intimate, seaside runway shows. Check out the photos from our front-and-center perch, to the left. Needless to stay, these young international designers are incredibly talented and we predict bright futures ahead. Pass the champers, s'il vous plaît

    Now, we're tasked with the difficult decision of choosing one winner for the final prize. More soon...

    Anne Kluytenaar, Netherlands 

    Liselore Frowijn, Netherlands
    Roshi Porkar, Austria

    Louis-Gabriel Nouchi, France

    Coralie Marabelle, France

    Yulia Yefimtchuk, Ukraine
    Marit Ilison, Estonia
    Agnese Narnicka, Latvia

    Pablo Henrard, Belgium

    Kenta Matsushige, Japan

    The designers and their models

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    Make It Snappy is a photo series showcasing quick snaps from OC friends!

    Who: Artist Maurizio Cattelan, OC head buyer Carol Song, curator Pamela Golbin, VMan's Jay Massacret, actress Chloë Sevigny, Humberto Leon (wearing a sweater from the Mickey Mouse x Opening Ceremony collection, available online soon), British Vogue's Jaime Perlman, Carol Lim, film director Spike Jonze, InStyle's Eric Wilson, the festival's Maïda Gregory Boina
    Where: Hyères, France
    When: Today
    Why: Because it's day two of the HYÈRES festival, and we couldn't be happier to hang with these fellow jurors hooligans! 

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  • 04/24/14--21:00: Kenzo Forever, No?
  • Tonight, the exhibition KENZO FOREVER, NO? was unveiled at the "swimming pool" of the Villa Noailles, in tandem with Hyères, the 29th International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Southern France. If you've been following our blog posts today, you'll notice that Opening Ceremony founders/Kenzo creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have been at the forefront of the celebrated festival, moonlighting as both jury presidents and hosts of said exhibition. 

    The show features a constantly rotating, mirrored display of 12 archived pieces from the French fashion house, as well as looks from the most recent Fall/Winter collection. The silhouettes serve to recast the history of founder Kenzo Takada’s dreamy color landscape and reinvigorate, as Humberto puts it, "a constant and active conversation between past and present."

    The Kenzo installation will be open to public from April 19 through May 29

    Villa Noailles
    Parc Saint Bernard
    83400 Hyères, France

    KENZO FOREVER, NO? installation. Photos courtesy of Humberto Leon


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