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    It takes two to Tenga... or maybe just one. Chris Randle explains. 

    “I actually really love taking, you know, the guy who says ‘I’m a real man!’ and saying to him: ‘Maybe you’re a woman,’” the Japanese cartoonist Gengoroh Tagame told me. Anne Ishii, who produced The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame with Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd, has noted how this bara manga challenges stereotypical notions of Asian masculinity, but the audience for Tagame himself was remarkably broad, enticed perhaps by his gender-scrambling fetishism. That following became large enough that Ishii and Kolbeins decided to launch MASSIVE, a line of licensed bara apparel: tank tops with bound musclemen, flexing snapbacks, beach towels covered in beatific hunks. For the latest collection, they’ve partnered with Opening Ceremony, which is how a sex toy wound up in my mailbox.

    The ritualized sadomasochism of Tagame’s comics makes the cartoonist something of an outlier amongst bara artists. Jiraiya, whose work is featured on all the new MASSIVE items, specializes in more typical images of fraternal buffness. I cherish his first sweater for them, where two huge men floating through the atmosphere grin at each other flirtatiously. People ask me if they’re celebrities, or elements of some obscure Drake joke. The same illustration appears on the Tenga Double hole cup Opening Ceremony managed to get across the Canadian border. It was the first masturbator I’d seen that didn’t resemble some background prop from Videodrome. What’s erotic about realism, anyway? The more “convincing” the sex toy, I find, the harder it is to imagine those lines thickening a longed-for cock, or the swelter of one particularly fleshy slit. Fantasy dies of verisimilitude. With the abstract Tenga design, you might be fucking any body, or not quite fucking at all.

    Harry Mathews’s book Singular Pleasures spies on 61 disparate characters mid-masturbation, “the only universal form of sexual activity,” describing a few of the funny or desperate or curious things we do to get off: “A man is masturbating as he contemplates a finely brushed poem by Wang Wei, seated on a straw mat in his garret in Mukden. An 'ascetic sensualist,' he has striven all his life to unite in one moment of revelation the pleasures of poetry and masturbation. On this warm spring morning in his sixtieth year, he senses that the sublime fusion may finally be at hand.” The MASSIVE Tenga cup is double-ended, one “bitter” and the other “sweet”; did I have a partner who could use it at the same time, OC asked? I did not, poetic as that might be.

    In the event I failed to realize that, if you open a disposable sex tube out of bovine curiosity and then replace the cap, the lube can still dry out—no issue after a little material/mental improvisation, picturing a certain thick body in thin filmy red. But, I loved that image of people fucking it simultaneously, as if the two Jiraiya boys were distracted by motions just beyond the frame, doubling themselves so intently that other distinctions collapse. “You are what you fuck, and what fucks you is you already, by tacit admission.” Amongst the hulking

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    If boys will be boys, Boyhood is meant to encapsulate the shared experience of growing up. Richard Linklater's latest film, produced over a period of 12 years, stars Ellar Coltrane at six years old. By the end of the film, Ellar is 19. 

    In those 12 years, Mason (Coltrane) gets his first kiss, goes camping, and gets a girlfriend. He deals with his divorced parents. He experiences life events that many of us can certainly identify with, especially the leading actor himself. 

    "There are a lot of moments [in the film] that sort of in an alternate reality sort of way definitely mirrored my own experiences," Coltrane tells Opening Ceremony over the phone. "[Mason] had a very different childhood but he still goes through so many of the same things."

    Near the end of filming, Coltrane's experiences were funneling into Mason's. And in some cases, Mason's were funneling into Coltrane's: "The last scene with Patricia [Arquette, his onscreen mom], where she’s crying as I’m going off to college, I didn’t have that exact experience, but it came at a time when I was trying to rekindle my relationship with my parents," Coltrane says. "And that moment just rang very true and really helped me to see my own mom in a sympathetic way."

    Boyhood, however, doesn't just deal with life-changing moments but also modest rites of passage—baseball games, first parties, Victoria's Secret catalogs—and the real dramas of failed relationships, broken families, and making ends meet. 

    "Our human experience is special and it doesn’t have to be some hyper-reality," Arquette says. "The weird thing is I feel like we don’t really have any movies about human beings. We have monster movies, or we have radically dramatic movies about drug addicts, police sting operations, CIA, robots coming in. And there are human elements in it, but a real human story, we don’t really have a lot of that."

    Arquette's co-star couldn't agree more. "We’re conditioned by Hollywood blockbuster movies to expect these super-dramatic moments that are supposed to be really meaningful, with the trumpets blaring to say this is a big deal that’s supposed to define your whole life," Coltrane says. "Life isn’t like that. We expect these big moments to define us, and in the end, they don’t. It’s everything in between that really makes you the person you are." 

    Whether it's 12 or 120 years from now, the little moments are the same for most: "Disappointing relationships, trying to provide better for your kids, trying to find out who you are as a person, who your friends are, those things would remain," Arquette says. 

    And the experience after spending over a decade on a film (in this case, more than half of Coltrane's life)? That part hits closer to home for the star.

    "The very last moment in the film, I'm out in the desert talking about the present moment, and it’s amazing because that moment that Mason is going through on camera, trying to appreciate that moment of his life and what he’s going through, I was experiencing a very similar thing but in relation to the film," Coltrane says. "I realized it was wrapping up and coming to an end, and I was struggling to appreciate that moment of finishing this massive life project. Where the film ends, every day I get further away from it, but where it ends is exactly where I was, leading into my [real] life."

    Boyhood opens in select theaters 

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    Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, and Jonathan Saunders have some of the biggest shoes in fashion to fill. But, if anyone can do it, we have no doubt that it's Marques'Almeida and Faustine Steinmetz, two OC faves who will follow in the footsteps of these fashion greats and recieve the British Fashion Council's prestigious NEWGEN prize this spring. NEWGEN provides up-and-coming designers with funds for their runway shows and presentations. With Marques'Almeida and Faustine Steinmetz in the mix, expect sartorial spectacles full of spunk, craftmanship, and yes, denim. Is it significant that two out of eight recipients this year are famous for indigo innovation? We'd say so. In the meantime, score some great pieces from their current collections, and rest assured that jean fever won't fade any time soon. 

    Shop Marques'Almeida Men's and Women's
    Shop Faustine Steinmetz HERE

    Handwoven Denim Jacket in light blue
    Handwoven Biker Jacket in black
    Handwoven Boucle Mohair Jacket in navy
    Metallic Organza Mackintosh in metallic pink
    Fitted Denim Style Jacket in black/white
    Denim Raw Edges Short-Sleeve Hoodie in black

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    Supply and demand is a tricky thing. Our series, GOING, GOING, is your siren call to OC's most covetable items that are flying off our shelves at lightning speed!

    Trendsetting dads all over the world are applauding Opening Ceremony's inaugural collaboration with outdoor-sandal maker Teva. Featuring the Opening Ceremony insignia and foot-molding sole technology for added comfort, these sandals are as refined as they are functional. Bound together by nylon straps, the sandals will stay on your feet in all climates–-but they're not staying on our shelves. The silver Hurricane style is already sold out, and others are going quick. Get yours while you still can!

    Shop Opening Ceremony x Teva WOMEN'S and MEN'S
    OC-Exclusive Universal Hurricane Sandals in gold/black

    OC-Exclusive Gladiator Hurricane Sandals in red/sienna/black
    OC-Exclusive Gladiator Hurricane Sandals in navy/grey/white
    OC-Exclusive Psyclone Neoprene Sandals in blue/green
    Psyclone Neoprene Sandals in black

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    While some of you may have been sipping cocktails on an urban rooftop this weekend, others were gathering in a remote corner of West Texas under a starry desert sky for the Marfa Film Festival. This year, classics like Black Orpheus and The Color of Pomegranates were screened outdoors, as well as the premieres of new films like Mood Indigo, Art and Craft, and Buttercup Bill, directed by first-time, feature-length filmmakers and best friends since they were 16, Émilie Richard-Froozan and Rémy Bennett (yes, as in Tony Bennett's granddaughter).

    Part of the adventure is getting there––the festival is at least a three-hour drive from any airport or train station. So, the two directors of Buttercup Bill (which producer Sadie Frost calls "a psychosexual Lynchian Badlands") documented their long, strange trip deep into the heart of the West, where Hollywood ghosts abound. Check out their photo diary to the left, which follows their directorial debut and wild adventures through the stark, stunning landscape.

    Émilie Richard-Froozan and Rémy Bennett, the directors of Buttercup Bill

    "Inspirational reading material for our trip includes Sam Shepard's Motel Chronicles, Dennis Hopper's biography, and film stills and essays from The Misfits with Monty and Marilyn." -Rémy and Émilie

    We pack our lucky The Shining and Bukowski T-shirts––tokens from our DP on Buttercup Bill. Also, the 1940s inspired two-piece courtesy of dear friend Amber Doyle. 

    Landing in El Paso, we reunite with the core crew. This day marks the anniversary of production on the film. We're meeting our lead actor Evan Louison and producers Emma Comley and Sadie Frost, then hitting the road to Marfa. We listen to Neil Young and Spandau Ballet.

    We stop at a Mexican restaurant to fill up on fish tacos and then head to a shuttered-up roadside establishment with posters of Marilyn and James Dean on the dusty windows and John Wayne with a red "closed" sign across his face. Alas, no bathroom. The gas station is out of service.

    We go to a working gas station to play a Universal Monsters slot machine with an older gent... then buy a dream catcher and some cigarettes. They're Camels with a red Moroccan motif that remind me of Casablanca.

    Sadie stops at the infamous Prada Marfa to window shop.

    Our producer Sadie lost her luggage, so we make a trip to the Dollar General. We fill up on burritos then check into our hotel.
    The Hotel Paisano where James Dean, Liz Taylor, Rock Hudson, and Dennis Hopper lived during the filming of the movie Giant. Evan gets the James De

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    In STRAIGHT TRIPPIN', OC friends and family share tidbits from their travels to far-off places, from Iceland to Barcelona. This time around, Tokyo babe Ikumi of i by ikumi shares photos from her recent trip to the Big Apple and reminds us how fun our own hometown can be.

    Occupation: Designer and model
    Travel destination: New York
    Carry-on necessities: Big parka, mask, travel sickness prevention
    Reading materials: No reading, just The Smurfs on my iPad
    Most over-played tracks on your iPhone this trip: Little Dragon, The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Love Psychedelico, The Blue Hearts
    Favorite outfit to travel in: Black oversize denim, black oversize tank top, and black beach sandals 
    Highlight of your trip: Shake Shack, Fourth of July fireworks, being let behind the counter in the deli, BBQ at Long Beach, photos with policemen, the gay pride parade, Webster Hall, making new friends everywhere, and the best cheesecake ever!

    Ikumi's Printed Harajuku Cropped Top sure looks good above the city skyline. 

    Tiny buildings 


    Making new friends in the East Village

    Midnight stroll 
    Catching the Japanese pop band, Man With A Mission, at Webster Hall 
    How did she manage to get behind the counter? 
    Ikumi picks up some Italian pastries (btw, she's wearing the i by ikumi Clash Coverall Button-Up Jacket). 

    Ikumi wears the i by ikumi Clash Elastic Waist Drawstring Pants

    No trip to New York is complete with a trip to the beach! 
    Trio of fun 

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    For Fall 2014, Alexander Wang took his diffusion line, T by Alexander Wang, and gave it a bit of a sexy make-under. Speaking to a fan base that would sometimes prefer to wear their clothes deconstructed, Wang, in many of the collection’s standouts (including the COTTON BURLAP FRAYED HEM CROPPED TOP and the MERINO FRAYED STRIPE WOOL LEGGINGS), left the hems frayed and the colors basic (black and white).

    Elsewhere, expect the brand’s trademark of loose-fitting tees, tanks, and slouchy sweaters—some are even striped, translating a nautical feel (the PLAITED 2X2 LONG-SLEEVE MOCK NECK TOP has already been a fast-seller). 

    With T, Wang is focused on a loose fit and ease, making pieces that are more transitional and easily paired with anything in your wardrobe. It’s the California-raised designer's take on quality basics. Don’t believe us? Just take a peek at the ENZYME WASHED FRENCH TERRY SWEATPANTS (what we'll be living in this weekend).

    Shop all T BY ALEXANDER WANG here



    Viscose Crepe Raw Hem Flow Dress in black


    Enzyme Washed French Terry Sweatshirt in black

    Chiffon Frayed Long-Sleeve Shirt in black

    Silk Georgette Scuba Short-Sleeve Top in black

    Low Neck Short-Sleeve Tee in black

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    OC's end-of-season sale is well underway—and trust, this is one sale that only gets better with age. We're offering up to 70% off your favorite brands, both in stores and online, including Opening Ceremony, Raf Simons, Jeremy Scott, and J.W. ANDERSON—some that have never seen the light of a red line. This is your last chance to get them before they're gone!


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    Worried that you'll bring the upteenth Sophie The Giraffe to the party? Here, OC founder Carol Lim (and glowing mom-to be!) shares what to actually gift at that summer baby shower. From easy jersey maxis to the chicest "diaper" bag there ever was, here are Carol's picks of what she'll use now and later. Trust, these presents are so good, your friend might just name her bebe after you...

    "Newborns get a lot of time in front of the camera, and Moschino's 4GB BEAR USB NECKLACE is perfect for storing—and sharing!—those moments. Plus, it doubles as a great baby toy." -OC's Carol 

    "Being a new mom, I love bags that are functional and still stylish. I'm not into traditional diaper bags. The OC Checkered Suede Izzy Handbag doubles as a backpack, perfect for when I'm carrying the baby."

    "Things can get hectic with a new baby in the picture. Between running errands, running to meetings, and picking up the baby—I like things that can easily move with me. This Kamali Kulture 1/2" Striped V-Back Neck Gown is the kind of fluid jersey maxi that makes life easier." 

    "A humidifier is good for the baby and good for the mom. My choice is Roolen's Breath Humidifier in white—it's clean and nondescript."

    "The Venessa Arizaga Love You Mucho Bracelet is playful and fun. Really, any of Venessa's charm bracelets would make a thoughtful present—they're fuss-free and perfect for mixing and layering." 

    "I'm wearing these OC Slip-On Platform Sneakers everywhere. They're great for a mom on the go, and I love the extra height it gives me when heels are impossible." 

    "Sometimes, it’s nice to take a time out from your new life. I like to take 20 minutes, lie down, and listen to music to unwind. These B&O PLAY Form 2i Headphones are perfect for just that." 

    "I spend a lot of time in Paris, and Junior Gaultier est très adorable for any new baby. This onesie DOOR ONE PIECE W/HAT set is especially sweet."

    "Black covers all

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    When you're in a relationship with a historic island, language barriers, forbidden fields, and even soldiers can't stop you from staying the night. In light of Opening Ceremony's forthcoming Year of Russia, we asked novelist Josh Weil to tell us about his adventures on Kizhi island. 

    They got me with my backpack. When I first arrived at the island, I stepped off the dock, stood staring at the soldiers. Ever since I’d entered Russia, the cops had kept tabs on me. In the police station in a far northern city, they demanded I sign an agreement not to spend a single night out of sight of the friend I’d come to visit. But here I was, far out in the middle of Lake Onega, planning to camp on the island of Kizhi.

    I knew it was forbidden. But I hoped I could slip past the gate, hide my pack, pop my tent up after dark, and break it down before dawn. Kizhi is an ancient place—churches and bell towers, domes shimmering with hand-hewn shingles, and creaky wooden windmills—but now the women weaving are costumed for tourists and the bells ring to the applause of gawkers coming off of cruise ships.

    I’d come in hopes of seeing past all that, trying to touch a bit of the magic the island had always held in my mind. The buildings themselves, the white-flower flecked fields, the haystacks, and weathered graves: They were still haunting. I knew that if I could wander them alone, commune with the island itself, have a few hours just us—Kizhi and me—I’d be able to feel it. And I needed to, desperately: I was writing a novel whose heart was set there.

    Back at the ferry dock in Petrozavodsk, I’d managed to buy a return ticket for the following afternoon. The ticket seller had pressed me to explain where I planned to spend the night, but I'd kept pretending not to understand. Now, as the island gatekeepers demanded I leave my pack with them, I tried to do the same, but they cut me off and called the soldiers over. Watching me lock my pack away, I knew that the second I returned to get my tent, they’d force me onto the next boat back.

    So I saw the churches, stood in the shadow of the windmill, then strolled away over a hill until I was out of sight. On a seemingly abandoned dock, I shucked my boots, laid back, and, watching the clouds, waited until the last boat left.

    By the time I returned to get my tent, all the tourists were long gone on the last ferry, and the last workers were closing up for the night. I asked them to give me back my bag. They stared for a second. Then, furious, they marched me to the barracks. There, the soldiers were furious, too. Where did I think I was going to sleep? I pointed to the island’s forbidden fields. I told them, "There." This did not seem to make them happier. Though, when they brought me to a higher-up, he only shook his head, led me to a dock-tied skiff, and ordered me in. He pointed to another island between us and the shore, told me, "There," and grinned.

    That evening, I stayed in the workers’ camp. The roads were overgrown with weeds and the boardwalks half-collapsed. I pitched my tent in a field of wildflowers beside a dirt path and went off to explore: Tulips and Iris and Queen Anne’s lace grew inside a bed-frame made of old oars; beside it, someone had planted a vegetable garden; down by a dock there stood a cabin of hand-hewn logs. And, alone there, eating my supper—bread and cherries and a can of fish—listening to the waves, the breeze in the birch trees, I felt closer to Kizhi than I had felt all day. But it was only when the setting sun cut beneath the clouds that I saw it: Right there before me, across the water, beyond a stand of trees, the domes of the churches glowed, tiny and distant and lit in the last light as if th

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  • 07/09/14--21:00: Tipsy And Tan: Betony
  • 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...

    Nothing says summer quite like a tiki drink (umbrellas and all), but this one isn't like all those other mai tais out there. Shaken up by Betony general manager Eamon Rockey (an Eleven Madison Park veteran, so you know it's good stuff), the Upside Down Umbrella is actually a mix between dangerously fruity tikis and clean, gin-forward Savoy classics. The result? A fresh, crisp cocktail with just a touch of sugar and a nice kick of minty absinthe. 

    From behind the bar...

    Name: Eamon Rockey

    What's the story behind this drink? It was inspired by a horrendously windy day. A lot of New Yorkers still remember that day, because the wind was tearing every umbrella out of everyone's hand, so the streets were covered with inside-out umbrellas. My friend came in and he said he wanted something in the tiki style, so I thought that it was funny that this guy was requesting a tiki drink on a day when there were umbrellas all over the streets of New York.

    If this drink had a soundtrack what would it be? MGMT's "Oracular Spectacular" in its entirety.

    Best place to get day drunk: Have some lunch and a few drinks outside in Brooklyn at Extra Fancy.

    Hangover cure: I go for hair of the dog and some sort of soupy thing. So pho with lots of tripe, tendon, and raw meat, and that beautiful, hot broth with lots of fish sauce and Sriracha and some Tsingtao.

    Your summer getaway: Any day I can spend cooking in my kitchen and eating in my backyard in the sunshine is enough getaway for me.

    Favorite summer tradition: I try to get to the beach at least once or twice. Jones Beach or Long Beach, one that not everybody gets to and isn't quite as crowded.

    What are some red-light signs that someone's been overserved? When they start grabbing bottles from behind the bar and helping you to serve them more. It has not happened here, but I’ve seen it happen.

    Are there any personality traits essential to being a bartender? Be able to give your guests a great experience but also be able to say, "Hey can we keep it down a little bit, guys?" Or, "I think we may have reached our limit here. Let’s pick up where we left off tomorrow." That’s something that’s really difficult to navigate sometimes, and a great bartender always can.

    Exclusive Recipe: "The Upside Down Umbrella"

    OC Alcohol Scale*: 6
    "I mean, you can get properly drunk off these."
    1.5 oz. London Dry Gin
    1.5 oz. fresh pineapple juice
    0.5 oz. lemon juice
    0.25 oz. Maraschino Liqueur
    0.25 oz. simple syrup
    Mint, as needed
    Absinthe, as needed

    1. Shake all ingredients vigorously with two cubes of ice until chilled and frothy.
    2. Pour into a chilled pilsner glass and add crushed ice to fill.
    3. Garnish with a large bunch of mint that has been coated lightly with absinthe, a paper umbrella (turned inside out), and a straw.

    *OC's Alcohol Scale ranges from&nbs

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  • 07/09/14--21:00: All Together Now: CAP It Off
    In a rush with nothing to wear? When in doubt, top every outfit off with a New Era cap. From ocean-inspired Kenzo collaborations to psychedelic Opening Ceremony prints, these hats add instant swag to any getup. Ladies, pair with a floral dress or jeans and heels. Men? Dress down a button-up, wear it backwards, or just pair with any old T-shirt. Just avoid the JNCO jeans, lest we get too throwback.

    From far left to right: Kenzo New Era Paris Back-Fitted Hat in black/blue/white; Opening Ceremony Water Print New Era 59Fifty Hat in peony blue multi; Kenzo New Era fitted hat in floral; Opening Ceremony OC New Era Banner Logo Fitted Hat in white multi; Opening Ceremony Rock Print New Era 59Fifty Hat in tetra multi; Kenzo New Era Back Fitted Hat in black/white/seafoam; Kenzo New Era Paris Back Fitted Hat in white/red/light blue; Kenzo New Era Paris Back Fitted Hat in black/white/blue waves; Kenzo New Era Paris Back Fitted Hat in black/blue/pink; Kenzo New Era Fitted Hat in tiger (sold out); and Kenzo New Era Fitted Hat in big black eye (sold out) 

    Shop the look HERE

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    What better way to beat the summer heat than with a trip to the cinema? Here's your star map of New York theatres with storied histories, architectural gems displaying remnants from bygone eras, and venues boasting rare movie screenings—all to boost your sensory experience, of course.

    Angelika Film Center:

    Occupying nearly half of the block on Houston Street, the Angelika Film Center has been a Soho institution—as well as that of the film community—since its 1989 inception. The lobby also serves as the open-to-the-public Angelika Café, which prides itself on working with New York-based suppliers (expect to find pastries, gourmet foods, and beverages from Tisserie, Sacred Chow, Porto Rico Importing Co.). 

    Tip: The concession stand offers one free refill on large popcorn.

    UPCOMING EVENTS: Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight (starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone), opening July 25, and The One I Love (starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass), opening August 22.

    18 West Houston Street
    New York, NY 10012

    Village East Cinema:

    Originally intended to house live theatre, the space opened in 1926 as The Yiddish Art Theatre—an elaborate 1,265-seat space accented with the Moorish Revival decor that is still present. After many reincarnations, in 1992, the theatre was converted into its current state, a seven-screen movie theatre offering cross-the-board programing: commercial blockbusters, independent films, and extended runs of films that open at the Angelika (the sister theatre of Village East Cinema).

    Tips: Village East Cinema offers “Wake Up at City Cinemas”—offering 50% off on all showings before noon (tickets will cost you $7.50), and “Student Tuesdays” where every Tuesday, a valid student ID gets you a $7 ticket plus free popcorn.

    UPCOMING EVENTS: Very Good Girls (starring Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore) opens July 25. 

    181 - 189 2nd Avenue
    New York, NY 10012

    Ziegfeld Theatre:

    Now part of the Bow-Tie Cinema umbrella, the Ziegfeld Theatre is a storied space that instantly transports you to the golden age of film. The lavish, chandelier-accented space features 1,131 seats, plush red-velvet interiors, gilded filigree decor, and is self-touted as “New York City’s last remaining large single-screen movie theatre.” Not surprisingly, the space often hosts invite-only red-carpet events and premieres.

    UPCOMING EVENTS: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3-D opens this Friday.

    141 West 54th Street (btwn 6th & 7th Avenue)

    New York, NY 10019

    Sunshine Cinema:

    The vibrant yellow oversize signage of Sunshine Cinema beckons those who pass by on Houston Street. Built in 1898, the former home of the Houston Hippodrome (and a Yiddish vaudeville house) later spent nearly 50 years in closure, storing hardware parts. The building now features a Japanese rock garden, glass annex, and five state-of-the-art screens. Films are primarily art-house and independent, and the theatre often hosts premieres, panels, and events with the teams behind the films.

    Tip: Every Friday and Saturday at midnight (the “Sunshine at Midnig

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

    D.TT.K's latest season takes cues from motorcycle gear and pseudo-futuristic armor, amping up the typical basketball/dirt biking/athletic wardrobe. Toss on a protector cap to keep the rays out of your eyes, and pair with a stark Transformers-like Moto Team Logo Long-Sleeve Tee. You'll look tough (or "tuff") while avoiding the obnoxious jersey faux pas. 

    Shop all D.TT.K HERE


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  • 07/09/14--21:00: The Look: Tinashe
  • In THE LOOK, OC friends drop by to try on our favorite new arrivals and tell us about their wardrobe preferences past and present. This week, OC's Charles Ellis interviews Tinashe. 

    The Kentucky-born, LA-raised songstress is everywhere this summer. Tinashe is responsible for flooding the nation’s airwaves on both hip-hop and Top 40 radio stations with her addictive hit single “2 On,” which fuses a twerk-worthy, hip-hop baseline, smooth pop-like vocals, and subtle hints of classical strings. But, whether or not you’d call her a newcomer is debatable. As a child, Tinashe launched her career in film, nabbing a role in 2004's The Polar Express. Years later, she joined an all-girl group called The Stunners. Like many stars, Tinashe then tapped into her triple-threat abilities, landing a television role on Two and A Half Men alongside Charlie Sheen.

    Venturing back into music, she ambitiously released a slew of mixtapes boasting her solo prowess, including 2012’s In Case We Die, which she wrote and recorded in her childhood bedroom. Now, in light of her runaway single and forthcoming album, we caught up with the 21-year-old to talk style, those dance moves, and why she doesn't care about getting spotted by the paparazzi.

    Check out OC's behind the scenes video with Tinashe, above. 

    CHARLES ELLIS: Even though you were born in Lexington, KY, do you call LA home?
    TINASHE: I do. I left [KY] when I was three years old and I’ve never been back. I’m definitely from LA.

    When it comes to fashion, what are some of your favorite brands?
    I kind of just switch it up with whatever I like. I have a lot of vintage.

    You were in a full Nasir Mazhar look during your performance at Rough Trade a few weeks back.
    Yeah, I love Nasir Mazhar. He’s awesome. I actually met him in London while I was out there.

    Describe your style in three words.
    Sporty. Sexy. Chill.

    If you’re traveling on a flight, what’s your go-to throw on?
    Sweatpants, sweatshirt. That’s where the “chill” part comes in. 

    You don’t worry about getting spotted by the style blogs at the airport?
    Hell no! I don’t give a fuck about getting seen at the airport. I’m like, “Hey guys, do you like my hoodie?” [Laughs]

    On your iPhone or iPod, who are you currently listening to?
    I have a very eclectic mix of people. Some James Blake, Little Dragon, and PARTYNEXTDOOR. 

    PARTYNEXTDOOR is one of my favorites, too! What song is your favorite? 

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    In the days of Tinder and Grindr, it's easy to forget how gay encounters once were relegated to strange and secret spaces. Potential lovers found each other on the grounds of the Central Park Zoo and window-shopping at department stores at Herald Square in NEW YORK. In cities around the world, bathhouses have long been spaces for cruising, and for authorities to prosecute it––as far back as 1492 in Florence, they were the subjects of raids.

    Because anonymity was so crucial to people that frequented these spaces, their history is often lost––which is part of the fact that makes The Fairoaks Project: Polaroids from a San Francisco Bathhouse, which opens tomorrow at the Leslie and Lohman museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York, fascinating. The exhibit consists of Polaroids taken in 1978 by Frank Mellano, one of seven co-owners of the house, a Victorian apartment building in Hayes Valley, and a night manager there. "Frank was a familiar person, so people felt comfortable [being photographed]," explained Gary Freeman, a friend of Frank's since 1969 and the curator of the exhibit. "This was also a unique period of time in San Francisco where people felt proud about who they were and didn't feel like they needed to hide." 

    In 1978, the Briggs Initiative, which sought to ban gay and lesbian employees from public schools, was defeated, and Harvey Milk had just been elected as a city supervisor. The carefree and positive attitude that resulted is reflected in the photographs. In one, an attendee of a theme party poses in a jeweled turban, a feathered fan, and tie-dye pants. In others, men braid each other's hair and stand in yoga poses. Races are mixed: a notable fact, according to Gary, considering that many bathhouses at the time enforced strict ID policies in order to discriminate. "The photos show us a multi-racial erotic space that was also a clubhouse, a boy's dorm, and a socio-cultural community center," writes art historian Jonathan David Katz in an essay for the exhibition book. "Sex, in short, wasn't just sex––it was that which enabled the creation of community for a new movement just emerging from the shadow of self-loathing."

    The happy-go-lucky attitude dried up in the early '80s with the AIDS epidemic: in 1984, the San Francisco Public Health Director ordered the closure of 14 bathhouses and sex clubs, claiming they were "fostering disease and death." Many never reopened. "I'm just glad it's not completely lost to history," said Gary.

    Through July 13

    Leslie and Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
    127-B Prince Street
    New York, NY 10012

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    "Sexy" isn't the first word that comes to mind when you think of a corduroy button-down, but new-to-the-scene QBISM has managed to turn work wear on its head with an upbeat, and yes, sexy, reconfiguring of durable menswear. 

    Formally of Hermès, Paris-based designer Quentin Nghiem spun a yarn from his early days specializing in patchwork, now taking denims, leathers, and corduroys, then thoughtfully applying the materials to classic men's silhouettes (think jeans, crew-neck sweaters, and tailored shirts). Just a year in, QBISM's second Fall/Winter offering is perfect for a casual weekend, or in case of the leather-accented hoodie, an early fall getaway. 

    What's more, you'll never have to worry about losing your wallet or keys again. Not only does much of the clothing come with handy zip pocket accents, but the brand also offers an assortment of discreet wallets and smartphone cases—doubling as part function, and part rock-'n-roll.

    Shop all QBISM here
    Two-Tone Shoulder Patch Zip Hoodie in navy multi
    Twil Pocket Hooded Blouson in navy
    Denim Front Pocket Sweatshirt in navy/grey
    Corduroy Pocket Button-Down Shirt in navy
    Zip-around detail on the shirt pocket in matching corduroy

    Washed Denim Pocket Jeans in indigo
    XOcase Fur Wallet in black
    XOcase Patent Phone Case in black
    SQpocket Patent Wallet in black
    SQpocket Fur Wallet in black

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    Graphic artist and photographer Gordon Holden is pretty damn awesome (his website tells us to "eat more candy"—what's not to love?). Here, he shares his current obsessions with OC and gives us an exclusive preview of his new bedroom-poster series Coming of Age, part of Paul Loya Gallery's group show, California Dreaming, opening this weekend in LA. 

    This is what Gordon had to say about the series: 

    "Everyone, at one point in their life, has been a fan of pop music. It also tends to have a strange influence on shaping your identity as a young person (probably out of convenience). But, eventually, there is always a shift in taste and choice. I'm not sure if this has to do with maturity or intelligence. Whatever the phenomena may be, it has a likelihood to hold your fascination, because finding something that speaks to you can be sort of an adventure.

    Coming of Age was conceived out of the blue, when I came across my old CD collection. Of course, those were a big thing when they were relevant. I saw them, and each shiny plastic case became a time capsule for instances in the past when I was sitting in geography class, passing folded white lined paper notes along to the blondie in the back of the room. But, as long as the nostalgia lasted, my more formulated tastes kicked in and rejected the notion of what once was, with sort of a louder, faster, and slightly out-of-tune guitar solo.

    The certain musical acts that I chose to split down the middle had to do with a sense of compatibility in imagery or commercialized aesthetic, as well as a comparison in genre orientation. Justin Bieber and Kurt Cobain's sweet hairdos and personas. The Ramones, a punk-rock guy group, and the Spice Girls, a poppy, girl-power group. They are all different compositions over the decades, but really, the same act." 

    Gordon's Obsessions:
    to know: information
    to play: ebay
    to hear: this noise
    to read: horoscopes
    to love: beach cams

    California Dreaming runs from July 12 through August 23 

    Paul Loya Gallery
    2677 S La Cienega Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA&

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    The future is unknown for 26-year-old photographer and filmmaker Liza Mandelup—and that's exactly how she likes it. In fact, her second self-published book, A Place You Can’t Find, wasn't always in the fateful cards. “These photographs are just the film I didn’t make,” she said jokingly Thursday night before the book’s release celebration at Chelsea’s Printed Matter.

    Taken in 2012, Mandelup’s sun-soaked shots of tattooed twenty-somethings and all-American landscapes chronicle time spent crashing on couches in Venice Beach and free-riding on trains with a gang of wayward travelers. The title in and of itself alludes to an aimlessness characterized by the desire for change. “I think we all have a fantasy of what running away would be like—this was mine.”

    So what’s next for the photographer who loves to get lost? In addition to completing her MFA studies at New York’s School of Visual Arts and photographing for magazines like Rolling Stone, she’s spent the past few months traveling with female motorcycle riders she met in San Francisco. For Liza Mandelup, the excitement lies entirely in the unknown: “I’m hungry for something that puts a little knot in my stomach.”
    Photos by Matthew Kelly

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    This Saturday will mark the sixth year the Opening Ceremony fam has brought their A-game to the Adidas Fanatic Tournament, known around these parts as simply, Adicup. Our team will face some tough—but friendly!—competition, and play against the likes of Momofuku, The Smile, and Acne Studios, so come out to Brooklyn and cheer us on! BBQ, booze, and live music by Know-Wave and Wrecked are all on deck. Seriously, Brazil doesn't even come close to the goal kicks and fancy footwork of Team OC (OK, that might be an overstatement, but we're pretty stoked).

    And be sure to check back Monday, for a full event recap! 

    Pier 5 Brooklyn Bridge Park
    Joralemon St
    New York, NY 11201
    1PM - 8PM 


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