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    Sure, sunglasses might have mystery in spades, but statement hats are equally effective. Pull the brim low, slouch against a wall, and you've just channeled James Dean in all his nonchalant glory. Lucky for you, we've rounded up some of the sickest snapbacks, baseball caps, and, yes, even bucket hats on offer. Whether it's D.TT.K's bad-boy protector cap, Bernstock Speirs' bright-yellow, mesh hat, or a reinvented classic (blue leather OC baseball cap, anyone?), we'll be rocking these all summer long—even on good hair days.

    Shop all hats here
    D.TT.K PROTECTOR CAP



    Bernstock Speirs BINKA MESH CAP


    adidas Originals x Opening Ceremony OC BASEBALL CAP



    Larose PLASTIC 5-PANEL CAP




    Yestadt Millinery Elongated Brim Classic Baseball Cap


    Larose Zigzag 5-Panel Cap


    Harding Lane for OC OC-Exclusive Dead Smiley Hat

    Mickey Mouse / Opening Ceremony Steamboat Willie Face Off New Era Bucket Hat


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    When your "Pop" is a well-respected photographer, the debate over Instagram privacy is a topic of dinner conversation. Alex Vadukul explains. 

    I don’t use Instagram, so I was happily ignorant of the photo’s existence for several days. But when a friend showed it to me, with likes and comments from both family friends and strangers, I felt great irritation towards the man who had posted it: my father. 

    The image is not offensive to the ordinary viewer. He took it during a family vacation many years ago. I’m standing with my twin sister under a large tropical tree. Leaves obscure some of my face. I’m wearing a necklace with a baby-sized metal dagger tied to it. My shirt has one too many buttons open. I’m a typical, awkward teenager on a vacation with his family. And that’s fine. Embarrassing photos are part of life. 

    But, I felt this particular moment belonged in the family photo album and nowhere else, especially not on a public Instagram account (that my father has a higher-than-average follower count does not help). Moreover, I have a thing about privacy, having always been mindful of my online footprint, and my father and family are well aware of this, as are my closest friends. I use TWITTER, but as it is largely text-based, I find it less intimate. Instagram is a visual trumpet to the world. 

    So, the main upset came down to a matter of principle. I realize pure privacy is a commodity these days, but I’d always liked to believe that at least those in my family could help me try to preserve some semblance of it (or at least appease my neurotics). I got over the photo quickly enough, but not before the disagreement ballooned into something bigger. 

    He was stubborn, if not aggressive, in defending the image. He refused to delete it. “You are my son, and to me you look beautiful in it. I have every right to post it,” he told me. This notion was sweet, but his deeper philosophical defense was less romantic: “If you do something that is captured on camera or recorded in some way, then I think, within reason, it is fair game to put on Instagram. Even years after it was taken.” He was probably taking a more extreme position in hopes of further irritating his son, but this is what the debate boiled down to. 

    In this age of scarcer privacy, what is fair to post? Just because we can post something, does that mean we should? And, as with my case, if someone values their privacy, do the people in their inner circle need to respect that online?

    The debate started transcending the vacation photo, and we found ourselves having lengthy conversations about the matter, analyzing each side. Emotions cooled. The topic followed us around to family dinners and in conversations with friends. The disagreement effectively ended, and I think we both got something out of it.

    I decided, whether I like it or not, that times have changed, and I should do a better job of accepting I can’t control every piece of information out there. Something, including an embarrassing family photo, is bound to slip through the cracks, and that’s just the way it’s going to be from now on. On his end, he agreed my argument had merit: We can do better when it comes to privacy, and that perhaps what makes some moments special is that we can only share them with those that were part of them, rather than with the whole world.

    Neverthless, he never entirely backed down. He kept the photo online. But, he surprised me a week or so later. One day, without my prompting, he quietly removed the image from Instagram.

    Alex Vadukul is a contributor to The New York Times and an editor for 

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    Mercury's retrograde officially ended this morning, and the universe will soon return to a new sense of normal after a month of extreme confusion. Now that the trickster known as Mercury is out of the picture, July promises huge cosmic shifts and super fresh vibes. Jupiter, which transitioned through Cancer in 2013 and 2014, enters Leo, sign of creative exuberance and adventure, on July 16. This may mean the end of the #Motherhood trend we've all been noticing whilst Cancer was in Jupiter. Think about how many tabloid headlines you read last year about Kim Kardashian's pregnancy and the Royal Baby. Of course, we also recently saw an unexpected return of the discussion about women's reproductive rights: The Hobby Lobby ruling that many fear will be used to limit access to contraceptives comes in the last days of Jupiter's journey through Cancer.

    On July 26, a magical new moon in Leo will tie together all the cosmic shifts of the month. A new moon begins a lunar cycle that lasts a little bit over two years, and the positive energy you feel around this full moon will only grow in strength over time. This new moon is extra energetic because Mars, planet of action, finally leaves Libra and enters the ambitious sign of Scorpio. Mars in Libra was the cosmic cause of all the relationship drama that went down this spring, and once Mars enters Scorpio you'll be ready to commit to a new positive arrangement.

    Shop all Astrology IRL HERE



    (March 21 - April 20)
     
    On July 1, the Mercury retrograde that made June feel like a total time warp officially ends, and you can finally enjoy the summer. I hope you're feeling fit, because July's aspects will be a planetary session of CrossFit that will have your soul cycling in high gear. The most major moment of the month comes on July 26 when Mars enters Scorpio on the new moon in Leo. If you're feeling burnt out over a relationship after months of Mars in Libra, you'll be totally re-energized after this planetary shift. Mars is your ruling planet, and your energy levels shift whenever it does. When Mars is in Libra, you tend to focus too much energy on what other people think, but everyone knows an Aries is always right. When Mars enters Scorpio, you will recall the virtue of selfishness and regain the intensity and focus you've been seeking. Mars in Libra has also put pressure on an important relationship over the past few months, and the new moon in Leo on July 26 will put new romance in the picture.

    Stars born under the constellation Aries like Lady Gaga have been feeling off-kilter since March when Mars retrograde turned the energy down. On July 20, Jupiter enters Aries' fifth house of creativity, making your art pop again. When Mars enters Scorpio on July 26, your pop will sizzle.


    (April 21 - May 20) 
    As a #chill Taurus you need to feel 100 percent grounded before actualizing your full potential, and it all starts with having a cute and comfortable place to call home. If you've been struggling to re-arrange the details of a current living situation or seeking a new arrangement altogether, I suggest you relax for the first half of the month, because Jupiter, planet of good luck,

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    Making is making a comeback––think Brooklyn pickling parties and community gardens. So, a totally fun, comprehensive, and often gorgeous new show called NYC Makers, at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD), seems just about right. In only eight months, 350 nominators carefully selected interesting artists and artisans––from fashion designers to small-batch whiskey distillers––working in all five boroughs of NYC, and the culmination of talented winners are on display here all summer long.

    If you aren’t careful, you might miss something. For instance, the scratch ‘n sniff wallpaper in the staircase made by wallpaper company Flavor Paper. Or the lobby “mural” installations that look like the contents of a piñata by artist-design collective CONFETTISYSTEM. Even the security guards are donning art: vests designed by Eckhaus Latta (though, when asked, one of the security guards admitted he’d rather just be wearing a suit).

    As you enter the elevator, lit with blacklight, the madness intensifies––a blue room translates sound into colors on screen, live plants create natural fabric dyes, a level designed by Laurie Anderson produces male or female vocals depending on the tipping direction. A series of masks combined the faces of the crowd via facial recognition technology, while Naomi Yasuda designed nail polishes shaped as plumbing tools. Okay, we'll stop. Basically, there’s a lot of great stuff here.

    At times, it feels technology is moving us backwards and forwards at the same time. “This watch tells time with scents,” Aisen Caro Chacin told us of her creation. “In the morning it smells like coffee, during the day tarnish and paper, and in the evening whiskey and tobacco.” Paula Hayes, the maker of enormous terrariums contained in hand-blown glass said, “I grew up in nature... as a kid, I hated the sound of TV.” Heidi Lee, who was wearing one of her Parasol Skeleton Hats, inspired by Karakasa Obake from Japanese mythology, says she was interested in “the architecture of decay.”

    What is the line between a beautiful artifact and a piece of art, anyway? Between creative genius and skilled engineering? In this show, there isn’t one; boundaries of all kinds are shattered. “Can I touch my own art?” one artist even asked.

    Through October 12, 2014

    NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial
    Museum of Art & Design
    2 Columbus Circle
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    A security guard at the MAD Biennial in an Eckhaus Latta vest, against CONFETTISYSTEM's installation. Photo courtesy of Eckhaus Latta
     
    Gold Wall, 2010. CONFETTISYSTEM


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    In Straight Trippin', OC friends and family share tidbits from their latest travels. This time around, OC's Melanie Montemurno shares some photos from a recent trip to Iceland. 

    Name: Melanie Montemurno
    Occupation: HR Manager, Opening Ceremony
    Travel destination: Iceland
    Carry-on necessities: Magazines! I binge on trashy mags when I fly.
    Reading materials: Attempting to get through Infinite Jest
    Most over-played tracks on your iPhone this trip: I actually love talk radio. I'm currently listening to old Loveline podcasts circa 2000.
    Favorite outfit to travel in: Anything comfortable that still looks decent! Big fan of fancy leisurewear. The hours on a plane or train don't feel so long when you're cruising in a Thierry Boutemy for Opening Ceremony Long-Sleeve Crewneck and Culottes
    Highlight of your trip: Horseback riding through volcanic rock fields and the daily geothermal spas!
    Souvenirs you brought back: Blue Lagoon face products


    Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik

    The interior of the church

    Harpa Concert and Opera Hall in Reykjavik Harbour

    The beautiful interior of concert hall

    So many geysers and hot springs!

    A cave interior from Vatnajokull National Park

    Melanie at the tip of Stykkisholmur, a ferry stop for Flatey Island

    On the drive from Reykjavik to the Snaefellsnes peninsula

    Basalt rock! No one was visible for miles when we stopped here. The emptiness and vastness were really incredible.

    Reykjavik on our first day—we're not the best at posing for pictures.

    Snaefellsjokull National Park

    Gullfoss waterfall

    The Blue Lagoon, the most amazing place ever!
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    It's hard to image him ever doing "regular" clothes, but CHRISTOPHER KANE, famous for his multi-aesthetic tinkering, made a slight departure from his norm for Pre-Fall. This is a season typically ambiguous for pinpointing a dress code, but things seemed to come easily for the London-based designer. 

    Placing an emphasis on staples such as the LBD, the LBJ (little black jacket), the slouchy sweater, and even the hoodie, Kane tricked them out in rich, gem-hued snakeskins and unassuming zip-offs.

    Human skin was yet another element in Kane's engineering. Take the ABSTRACT FRILL ROUND NECK DRESS in black: The zippers around the waist and across the chest can be undone, revealing an exposed upper thigh or bare shoulder blade. In another version of the frock (the SNAKESKIN BOTTOM BODYCON DRESS), Kane applied a cyan snakeskin print from the knee to the chest, only to be offset by a fade-to-black around the shoulders. 

    Finally, Kane took the notion of luxury and rendered it sporty with the SNAKESKIN ALLOVER HOODIE and JOG PANTS in magenta. A sophisticated collection? Yes, but you don't have to save the thrill for evening (or the fall, for that matter)—all of it can be worn right now.

    Shop all Christopher Kane here
    SNAKESKIN BOTTOM BODYCON DRESS in cyan
    Abstract Frill Round Neck Dress in black

    Split Top Heavy Zip Dress in black/fuchsia

    Leather Bandeau Dress in black

    Abstract Frill Jacket and Continuous Molecule Trim Skirt in black/silver

    CF Motif Raglan Sweater in black

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    On the top floor of 101 Spring, looking out past a Dan Flavin red-and-blue fluorescent installation and over the rooftops of Soho, it might feel like New York hasn’t changed since the ‘70s. But to Rainer Judd, daughter of legendary artist Donald Judd, that era is long gone.

    “There are these beautiful moments where there is a sense of community; everyone was connected by art and food and raising children,” Rainer says, “But a lot of the people who were here in the ‘70s can’t afford to be in the lofts anymore.”

    We are sitting on the floor next to her father’s former bed, a mattress atop wooden slats, only barely elevated off the floor. Back in the day, this was her father’s sanctuary. Rainer’s room is a yard or two away, followed by a lofted area (with an Oldenburg Mickey Mouse) where her brother, Flavin, slept. That was when this five-story former sewing factory was simply their home.

    A little over a year ago, 101 Spring opened to the public as half-museum, half-homage to Donald Judd, showcasing his art collection and workspace to hundreds of fans. Today, tours of 101 Spring are typically booked three months out. 

    “It’s very much the same, except there weren’t any exit signs,” Rainer says. “It was unheated, not air-conditioned, and it was just a lot rougher. There was a ramshackle feeling to the neighborhood, and this building, like air was always flowing through it.”

    We head out past a John Chamberlain sculpture, pass by the Duchamp shovel and bathroom with Judd-built sinks, and end up at the parlor featuring Frank Stella’s Gur II. “I know there was a certain ease in terms of being around pieces,” Rainer says. “We were raised to feel like art was the cutting edge of thinking, like science and literature, architecture, that there was a role in society for artists and thinkers to further civilization.”

    So dinner parties in the Judd household brought together the artists of the century—think a twenty-something David Novros, Dan Flavin, Lucas Samaras, Ron Clark, and Julian Schnabel. “It was kind of like being involved in a great science experiment, and special scientists come in from all over the world to see it,” Rainer says.

    But, of course, Soho is no longer the hotbed of artists it once was. Recently one artist friend sold his loft to move to Jersey City, while others are moving to Long Island City, Brooklyn. “Now everyone is all over, so you can’t even hold the community together,” Rainer says. “It’s a bit of a bummer the city couldn’t find a way to create some affordable housing in this neighborhood; I can’t even afford to live in this neighborhood. It just creates a flatness in the cultural landscape because the really interesting people don’t have a lot of extra dough.”

    We look out on the corner of Spring and Mercer from the Judd dining room: high-end boutiques, tourists window shopping, a hot dog stand in the sun. “There definitely weren’t any hot-dog stands here before,” Rainer says. “There was a really great dog that would sit outside there, a Bernese Mountain dog. That was a furniture shop, and there were a lot of very dirty buildings.” The building that now houses a Ben Sherman? “It was full of factories and textiles when I was a teenager,” Rainer says. “Then all of a sudden these flags went up, and it was Green Peace. So I went across the street and made friends with them.”

    Inside 101 Spring, however, it’s mostly all the same. Judd’s books still sit in the library; the train stove that they warmed their feet against during t

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  • 07/01/14--21:00: Red, White, & Blue All Over
  • Maybe you’re mourning the USA defeat yesterday in the World Cup, or maybe you're celebrating Tim Howard's awesome game, or maybe you don't even know what we're talking about and just love fireworks and BBQs. Whatever the case, the Fourth is our favorite time to get a little patriotic, a little drunk, and deck ourselves out in red, white, and blue.

    Because Betsy Ross was on to something, we’ve selected our favorite summer styles in those classic colors. Whether you'll be on a roof or near a pool, we've got flag-inspired, warm-weather-friendly pieces that will keeping you shouting "U-S-A!" long after any holiday or soccer game. Just don't forget to complete the look with an ice-cold Budweiser and out-of-office email message. 
    The geometric designs on the SUNO PLEATED A-LINE GRAPHIC DOTS SKIRT are Fourth of July-appropriate but still a knockout on all other 364 days of the year. 






    Every guy needs a pair of sleek, white classic sneaks, and these ACNE STUDIOS ADRIAN LEATHER SNEAKERS will work no matter how fancy or low-key the party.


    You'll need these ILLESTEVA LEONARD 2 BLUE SUNGLASSES to protect your peeps at any all-day outdoor BBQ.

    No Ugly Americans here. The Opening Ceremony POJI POCKET OVERSIZED TEE is hip yet subtle.  


    Swim trunks that are cool, comfortable, AND have pockets? The
    Orlebar Brown Bulldog Shorts check all three off the list.

    We love the bubbly pattern on this SUNO Boxy Embroidered Polka-Dot Top. It's easy to throw on, and the gold thread will glimmer in summer light.

    Our Opening Ceremony SLIP-ON PLATFORM SNEAKERS are comfortable for all-day hangouts and give you that extra height for fi

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    SKY HIGH ON HEALTH reports on nutritional, wellness, and green lyfe fads both crazy and helpful.

    I happened to be in Greece when I got the buzz on raw-honey face wash. Apparently, Greece is where you can find some of the best and most pure honey in the world. So it seemed all too appropriate to experiment with this natural, face-washing method while I was overlooking the gorgeous blue and white landscape of Santorini.

    My choices were limited at the little market situated near my hotel—there were few options without nuts and other such oddities floating around in the little jars. Although I hadn’t done a ton of research before venturing out to find my new face wash, I had common sense enough to pick the most natural-looking honey of the lot (although, I questioned for a minute the photo opportunities of choosing the honey with chunks of walnut variation). Here’s the thing about Greek labels—you can’t read them! I was assured by a local that the honey I choose was indeed “all natural” but, unfortunately for me, the words “raw” and “unprocessed” have yet to find themselves on the labels of honey sold on the shelves of Greece’s number one tourist destination…

    A warning to readers: Do not use any generic store-brand honey—even if you buy it in Greece. If you do, the result will be a sticky, sugary mess on your face that’s hard to clean up… and honey, if I wanted that, I would have stayed at home with my boyfriend.

    Like any other food, when honey is processed and refined, the nutrients and healing enzymes are killed off—leaving you with what is basically a jar of pure sugar. I learned the hard way. The honey I bought—although natural—had zero health benefits. What resulted was thick (but delicious!) globs of honey that clogged my pores and made me feel like I passed out on a breakfast tray. So make sure you keep the rich mineral content of your honey intact—the label should say “raw” or “unprocessed,” with no additives or preservatives.

    Honey is naturally anti-bacterial, so I was hoping it would really clean my skin of the dirt and particles that accumulate throughout the day. As honey is also antiseptic, it’s supposed to aid in the healing of cuts and burns. And, finally, because honey is all natural, it apparently won’t strip your skin of its natural oils. In fact, the claim is that it helps to maintain a balanced pH—which everyone knows is the mythical component in skincare that leads to a glowing complexion. 

    Back in the US, I splashed my face with water and then thickly lathered on about a tablespoon of Raw Manuka Honey. It's not as gooey or as sticky as you would expect—in fact, it becomes kind of silky and is extremely easy to spread. I read online that you should try to leave it on for a few minutes for your skin to soak up all the healing properties of the honey. Within these couple of minutes, my skin managed to drink up the honey entirely. By the time I went to rinse my face, there was nearly no trace of the honey at all. I was completely astonished. Where the hell did it go? I put some more on for good measure, and again, the honey completely dissolved into my skin. After rinsing, the texture of my skin had completely changed. It felt highly moisturized and had a gorgeous matte finish to it.

    After three days of the honey method, I was still in love wi

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    We all have our guilty pleasures. Fifty Shades of Grey, perhaps? Maybe a Law & Order: SVU marathon? Do early aughts boy-band jams suit your fancy? While Kindle masks questionable book covers and television watching can be done in the privacy of your own home, the urge to listen to a particularly embarrassing tune oftentimes strikes—where else?—at work.

    Thankfully, Master & Dynamic's over-the-ear headphones can blast your secret favorites at full volume. Turn up Kesha, "Call Me Maybe," and even Bieber without worrying about bothering your neighbors—or judgmental stares. Featured in sleek, leather, industrial designs and a cool black or tan/silver combo, these headphones will up your cool points. Your coworkers will simply think you're listening to that up-and-coming band they haven't even heard of yet.

    Shop the OC Tech Shop Here
    Master & Dynamic OVER-EAR HEADPHONES in black. Photos by Jer Robert Paulin
    Master & Dynamic OVER-EAR HEADPHONES in silver

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    Thierry Boutemy's mood board (left, courtesy of Thierry Boutemy & Jérémy Dhennin); Our Thierry Boutemy for Opening Ceremony Pastel Composition Military Jacket, Pastel Composition Slim Trousers, and Pastel Composition Mesh Tee

    Despite florals’ decidedly feminine reputation, the Thierry Boutemy for Opening Ceremony collection is comprised of many men's and unisex pieces. “When we were looking at the artwork it just didn’t feel gender specific,” the OC design team said. “Both men and women love the prints.” The result? Unisex SPORTSWEAR, MILITARY JACKETS that cross gender binaries, and tees that are perfectly oversized on girls while expertly tailored on boys.
     
    Shop Thierry Boutemy for Opening Ceremony MEN'S and WOMEN'S
     

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    Referencing interior design trends of the West Coast, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler explore complex fabrics with an earthy, natural color palette for Pre-Fall 2014. In previous seasons, Jack and Laz have cited western American influences in their collections and this one, while not overtly "western" per se (think derby hats and fringes), still manages to tap into a certain desert-like sensibility by the generous contrast of blacks, off-whites, and burnt oranges.

    All the while, it maintains fall’s sartorial callings (we're thinking of the WOOL CASHMERE SINGLE BUTTON PEACOAT and the CASHMERE CABLE KNIT V-NECK SWEATER, in particular), perfect for layering. Removed of the aforementioned cultural symbolism, the collection is best described as simple, unfussy, and minimal-luxe. The SATIN CREPE SLEEVELESS CLASP DRESS is great daywear, as is the cropped, white SHORT-SLEEVE SHIRT, both of which question the traditional silhouette—the designers' intent. 

    Shop all Proenza Schouler here
    Satin Crepe Sleeveless Clasp Dress in off-white

    Wool Cashmere Single Button Peacoat in black

    Pebble Leather Motorcycle Jacket in aubergine

    Cashmere Cable Knit V-Neck Sweater in emerald/black

    Wool Cashmere Turtleneck in oatmeal

    Short-Sleeve Shirt in white

    Wool Jersey Pleated Mini Skirt in black

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    Last week, OC celebrated the launch of its exclusive collaboration with MASSIVE. Providing the soundtrack for the fete was newcomer DJ Anthony DiCapua. A native of Long Island, NY, DiCapua taught himself how to DJ at home on his computer, creating the one-of-a-kind mixes he'd always wanted to dance to. Now, after two years DJing at parties all over New York's gay-club circuit, DiCapua is a sought-after artist with producer aspirations. 


    We caught up with the music mixer just days before the MASSIVE for Opening Ceremony launch to chat about his life as a DJ and his top ten tracks for the summer. 

    Shop MASSIVE for Opening Ceremony MEN'S and WOMEN'S 


    CHARLES ELLIS: What Inspired this playlist?
    ANTHONY DICAPUA: A lot of the songs I chose were hip-hop and very bass-y, like R&B from California, because I think that’s really popular right now and I’m really into that. I also chose some reggae from artists like Popcaan, who just put out this new album. I chose local artists from the queer underground scene like Junglepussy and K Rizz. I mean she’s not gay, but she’s a part of the scene. I also chose random girls that did rap mixes of songs that also sing. There’s a lot of summery, beachy stuff, and then I also put some club stuff in there too.

    So you think that hip-hip gets the crowds most excited?
    I think people really enjoy [hip-hop] because it’s really easy to dance to. In April, I played in LA... And a lot of what they were playing was very upbeat, R&B-type rap music. I think it’s called R&Bass. It’s really catchy, but also, the beats are really futuristic.

    How did you land your first gig as a DJ?
    Well I’ve always been obsessed with music, and what happened was that I downloaded a program on my computer one day, and I just started learning how to DJ on my own. For my first gigs, I was using Virtual DJ and DJing at WestGay [at Westway]. Frankie Sharp’s party was probably my first DJ gig. I think that was in September 2012. I DJed the backroom and just played a ton of throwback hip-hop, reggae, and dance music, and people really liked it. From there I started doing Lady Fag’s parties, then all these underground downtown parties started coming. It was awesome.

    Where do you want to see yourself down the line?
    I want to end up learning how to produce, but I’m not up to that level yet. I think right now I just want to focus on making my music library as diverse as possible so I can be prepared for any gig. I’m focused on future club music and very popular, New York, underground music. It’s nice to have different options if you have a different gig.

    Do you keep premade playlists that are ready to go?
    I don’t. It’s one of those things I take day-by-day, because you never know what gig you’re doing yet. I did Lady Fag’s huge warehouse party three weeks ago, and she asked me three days before. It’s more exciting that way. Now,

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    In our #ThirstyThursday series, TIPSY AND TAN, we ask consummate mixologists from New York City’s white-hot new restaurants and bars to create OC-exclusive drinks for our readers. Drinking on the job? Don't mind if we do...

    Rest your head, weary traveler. Just make sure it's not on the bar, or else Baby’s All Right’s co-owner and jet-setter, Zachary Mexico, will be sure to cut you off. Decorated with vacation mementos, hobo signs, and astrology imagery, Baby’s is the new explorer-inspired Williamsburg hot spot (officially anointed by our own raucous holiday party back in December), complete with live music shows in the back, delicious grub in the front, and even tastier drinks at the bar. We should know—we sampled a few. Although our favorite by far was the exclusive drink newly minted bartender Clare Wadsworth created just for us: The Manchurian.



    From behind the bar...

    Name: Clare Wadsworth

    If this drink had a soundtrack what would it be? "Oh Yeah" by Can

    Best place to get day drunk:
     I know that The Three Diamond Door has a patio opening up, and they have a great happy hour.

    Hangover cure: Coconut water and Pedialyte  

    Your summer getaway: I went to Rockaway once last year—it was terrible. [Laughs] But when I do get out of the city, I want to go to Fire Island.

    What are some red-light signs that someone’s been overserved? Sleeping. [Laughs] People get a little frisky when we pull out the photobooth. I've seen a butt cheek or two. 

    Are there any personality traits essential to a being a bartender? Don't take shit.



    Exclusive Recipe: The Manchurian

    OC Alcohol Scale*: 6
    "It's refreshing and summery."

    .25 oz. Yuzu
    1 oz. 100% agave tequila 
    Kombucha
    2 dashes of cranberry bitters
    Mint

    1. Fill a tall Collins glass with crushed ice.
    2. Add Yuzu at the bottom, then tequila, then Kombucha.
    3. Top with 2 dashes of cranberry bitters on top.
    4. Garnish with mint.

    *OC's Alcohol Scale ranges from 1 ("like sippin' from a juice box") to 10 ("take me home—right now").
     

    Want a second round? See more Tipsy and Tan HER

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    Now you might be thinking, "Why the hell would I need to know how to make sticky rice?" For one, because we're learning from Andy Ricker, who Anthony Bourdain dubbed, "the white guy who cooks awesome Thai food." Bourdain, along with a legion of others, have since converted to the Tao of Ricker, following the Durian-tatted chef from Portland to Brooklyn's Columbia Waterfront, all in search of arguably the most exciting Northern Thai food stateside.

    And, if you know anything about the guy, you know he's most inspired by Chiang Mai Province, a.k.a. rice country. "To eat a meal without rice would be unthinkable," says Ricker, who recently got into a, er, sticky situation by calling out that there should be no such thing as free rice. To find out why, watch the video above.
     

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    Who says red, white, and blue is strictly an American palette? Here at Opening Ceremony, we relish all holidays—Carnival, Holi, Cinco De Mayo, you name it. So this weekend, celebrate America's Independence Day and France's Bastille Day. Both honor important historical occurrences, both utilize summer's most striking color combination, and both give you an excuse to head to the beach. 
     
    Clockwise from far left: Art Production Fund Barbara Kruger Towel; Peters Mountain Works WTP Embroidered Star ToteLocal Supply Dexter Morgans Classic Sunglasses in blood red; Orlebar Brown Bulldog Racer Mid-Length Swim Shorts in sterling rescue red.

    Shop the look HERE
     

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    This is not what you think it is, as in, not yet another diatribe about the "motherfucking hipsters" that have gentrified Brooklyn. In a panel discussion at Sunshine Cinema yesterday, Spike Lee, who grew up in Fort Greene (which he now pits as "the motherfuckin' Westminster Dog Show"), turned his gaze to street culture's influence on fashion. Wearing a custom-made, cherry-red New Era 59Fifty fitted cap and vintage Nikes, the filmmaker came out to fête this month’s New Era x Spike Lee Heritage Series collection, a five-piece capsule collection inspired by his first New Era commission during the 1996 World Series. The original request was an ingenious one, time has proved it successful, and—for once—no one doubts that Brooklyn is better for it.

    Here are Spike’s best takeaways from the chat, which included New Era CEO Chris Koch, Stephen Malbon of FRANK151, FIT professor Elena Romero, and lifestyle blogger Marcus Troy.

    1. Athletes influence fashion—and the game goes on.
    “Look at Jordan Brand. It’s a million dollar company, but when was the last time Michael Jordan played? It’s nothing new.”

    2. Kids should not have expensive taste.
    “My son wants a $500 belt. As a New Yorker, I was happy to get my first pair of Cons back in the day. It cost five dollars, and you had to beg your parents. And when you got your first pair of Cons, you considered yourself entering manhood. And that’s the way it was in Brooklyn: five dollars."

    3. Matching is passé.
    “I think the matching has gone too far. I don’t understand people running around New York wearing Celtics hats. ‘Why are you wearing a Celtic hat?’ ‘Well, I like the color green.’ No, no. You can find the color you want. Yankees, Knicks—there’s many colors today, so don’t give me this, ‘Well, I like green; that’s why I like the Celtics.’ Uh-uh. Jets, Michigan State—they’re all the same color.”

    4. Imitations will be the death of you.
    "Growing up in Brooklyn, the worst thing you could wear was M-O, which stood for imitations. If your stuff wasn’t right, you couldn’t come outside, because you’d be ridiculed. You would rather stay inside than gettin’ it left and right. It had to be authentic." 

    Want to know more about New Era? Check out all of our coverage here

    Photo courtesy of New Era

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    Here at OC, we are struck by how often we end up in everyday conundrums. The ones that land you in the thick of semi (or full-blown) awkwardness, or maybe, the doghouse. 

    So, we turned to Simon Collins, the
     dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons. Collins recently penned a TOME that explores how and why people get to be so dang successful. To glean a bit of that for ourselves, we've launched Simon Says, in which Collins lends tongue-in-cheek, Brit-bloke advice to our pain-point questions and social entanglements.


    Q: NYC has become pretty unbearable. What does one wear to look decent and reasonably pulled-together during these summer months?

    You have to look at the experts for inspiration, and I don’t mean whatever fashion mag happens to be in trending this afternoon. I’m talking Graham Greene’s Captain Scobie in The Heart of the Matter or Jim Wormold in Our Man in Havana. New York may’ve gone a bit Marrakech souk of late, but these literary chaps lived in furnaces. And they always looked good.

    Now I’m not saying you have to don the full white, linen three-piece like Inspector Poirot. But do not think you can get away with shorts and a T-shirt, unless you’re in prison. There is nothing at all wrong with wearing pale-grey, lightweight, cotton trousers and a lilac, poplin shirt with sleeves rolled to the elbow. You might indulge in the current popularity of brogues sans chaussettes. Add a battered, pork-pie hat and shades, and you’re ready for anything.

    For those who prefer ladies' clothes (and ladies), it’s easy: simple, silk dress (mini or maxi), posh heels, updo, shades, and lippy. Done.

    And don’t forget your suntan lotion.

    Q: We live in a culture where everything is instant. Is there a case for slowness?

    Very much so. The practice of New York restaurants giving you a table for an hour, and then hustling you out for the next sitting is deplorable. In France, the table is yours for the night, and you are free to stay as long as you like. Much more civilized. Of course, as a New Yorker, I still want everything immediately, but that is my problem and preference. As an alternative, have a dinner party at home, feed your guests through the evening, and watch as hours fly by without waiters nudging you with the check.

    The Slow Food movement is a wonderful concept involving local produce, responsible farming, and the avoidance of agro corps. If we can just avoid the overdescribing of ingredients (eg: Hand-Dug Potatoes from Madeupname Farm Orchard roughly hand-chopped and sizzled in rustic olivio d’olive lightly sprinkled with finest Madeupname sea salt. FFS!). Worth a quick look at this for the lighter side of Posh Nosh.

    There is also a slow fashion movement creeping upon us. Why on earth must we acquire and discard so quickly? If you purchase more wisely, you will be set for many years. Avoid the fripperies of this season’s excesses; your tailored suit will remain chic for many seasons to come. You might vary the color of the shirts and ties, you may sock or not, with butterscotch brogues, straw hat, and shades. Without any need for speed, you can constantly change according to your whim. Sorry about the accidental rhyming.Simon Collins

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

    Being smart has never been cooler; show off your nerd side with Christopher Kane's Atom Repeat Digital Crew Sweatshirt, a comfy classic printed with almost psychedelic red and green atoms. Who knew science could turn into pop art?

    Shop all Christopher Kane HERE

     

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    Happy Fourth of July from Opening Ceremony! See you on Monday! 

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