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  • 02/21/12--21:00: USA vs. Argentina: Callis
  • From Ophelia to Frida Kahlo to Blossom, fashion innovators have been putting flowers in their hair for centuries. Who doesn't love it? In case you need further reason, have a look at Argentinean designer Marina Callis' pieces; they're what happens when jewelry meets origami and floral arrangement. Marina begins each piece with a length of recycled textile, feeling out its shape and texture before assembling it based on intuition alone (Blossom would be proud). The result is a luscious collection of poppy-red headbands, pleated neon necklaces, and striped rosettes.

    Shop all Callis here.

    CLAVEL HEADBAND in red/beige

    reinamadre necklace in black 

    large fru fru necklace in yellow/black 

    espinal necklace in beige/cream 

    TURMALINA NECKLACE in neon orange 

    TURMALINA NECKLACE in silver special

    helico headband in blue 


    helico headband in salmon pink 


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    For Fall/Winter 2012 Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, the duo behind the young label Marques'Almeida, showed a focused collection that oozed with their now trademark grunge appeal. Their parade of twenty ripped and frayed looks––all executed in a concise color palette of black, grey, and neon and pale yellow––had a raw skater feel to them. Did the girl they have in mind just walk away from a street fight, with a couple of rips in her clothes (maybe some frayed fabric trailing behind her), but otherwise unscathed? The collection's attitude says it all. And if the slouchy silhouettes and chunky shoes are any indication, we reckon she's crept her way into FW12 straight from the 90s.

    Photos by Jesse Hudnutt


    E-mail rae@openingceremony.us to be notified when this collection hits OC.

























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    It's London Fashion Week and we’re nearly as excited to find out what’s playing during the shows as we are to see what’s on the catwalks. We asked some OC friends to hit us with their Fall/Winter 2012 show soundtracks.

    Wladimir Schall and Rafael Wallon-Brownstone set a dramatic string-drenched mood for the Marios Schwab FW12 runway this season, opening with Daft Punk followed by the Chromatics, and ending with a finale mix of The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" and Glass & Nyman's "Song for Tony: Movement I." All of this drama topped off with Swarovski touches was exactly why we love Marios Schwab this season and every season. Tracklist below.

    SHOWTUNES: MARIOS SCHWAB FW12
    Mixed and arranged by Rafael-Wallon Brownstone & Wladimir Schall

    Tracklist:
    Daft Punk - Outlands
    Herbert Von Karajan - Movement IV: Adagietto
    The Chromatics - Tick of the Clock
    Ennio Morricone - Jeanne e la Spiaggia
    Ennio Morricone - Tema Italliano
    The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby (Instrumental)
    Glass & Nyman - Song for Tony: Movement I
     

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    It's London Fashion Week and we’re nearly as excited to find out what’s playing during the shows as we are to see what’s on the catwalks. We asked some OC friends to hit us with their Fall/Winter 2012 show soundtracks.

    An uptempo (but not too uptempo) remix of Philip Glass' s 1989 track "Metamorphosis" by Navartis is what J.W. Anderson chose to send his FW12 collection, titled "Chamber of Isolation," down the runway to. Cold and clinical was the perfect vibe for this slick collection. 

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

    Who: Theophilus London
    What: Killing it onstage
    Where: Le Baron, New York
    When: Last night
     

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    If Christopher Kane SS12 was a reenactment of Snow White dancing through a flower-filled forest with birds and fairies in tow, his FW12 collection was all about Snow’s nemesis: that amazing wicked witch, cloaked in purple and black leather—sinister and beautiful all at once.

    Christopher paired matching patterned tops with pencil skirts, while also presenting delicately tailored cocktail dresses, oversized cable-knit sweaters, and loose trousers. And of course the designer added elements of the unexpected: thick leather sashes tied at the front, loose pants in distressed black denim, and purple and pink leopard-print leather pieces.

    Reminiscent of his short ’n’ sexy designs at Versace Versus, the bodices of several garments had keyholes and cutouts, held together by leather straps. Still burnt into my mind: the square-toe heels, the blood red puffer coats (we’ve seen quite a few puffers this season haven’t we?), those floppy tuxedo pants, and the textured sweaters.

    E-mail Rae@openingceremony.us to be notified when this collection hits OC.

    Photos byJesse Hudnutt.























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    It's London Fashion Week and we’re nearly as excited to find out what’s playing during the shows as we are to see what’s on the catwalks. We asked some OC friends to hit us with their Fall/Winter 2012 show soundtracks.


    Not that London Fashion Week is a competition or anything, but the FW12 Marques'Almeida collection is just plain sick. Toss in a finale walk set to OC homie Fatima Al Qadiri's "Hip Hop Spa" and I think we can all agree who won Best Soundtrack at LFW. Tracklist below.

    Tracklist (mixed and arranged by DJ Jonjo Jury):
    Ciccone Youth - Macbeth (Alt Mix)
    Iggy Azalea Feat. Problem - Drop
    Fatima Al Qadiri - Hip Hop Spa 

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  • 02/22/12--21:00: Masai Punk: KTZ SS12
  • Incorporating elements from urban tribes is a KTZ trademark. As the in-house label of the cult Paris-London store Kokon To Zai, KTZ “has always been about a tribe of people who think a little differently.” (Marjan Pejoski, one third of the team, designed Björk's swan dress.) But Spring/Summer 2012 takes it to another level and another continent, exploring the bright colors and beadwork of Africa’s Masai people. Graphic prints of layered necklaces decorate tanks and harem shorts, and cut-out baseball caps glisten with hundreds of glass beads. Punk-inspired accessories like fanny packs and sandals criss-crossed with leather harness straps keep the collection super youthful and as surprising as ever.

    Shop all KTZ here.


    SLEEVELESS MSI VEST in black/print 


    MSI BIG T-SHIRT in black/multi 


    MESH HOODIE in black 


    GENTS BOMBER JACKET in red/black 


    MSI HAREM SHORTS in black/print

    msi beaded cap

    msi bum bag in black/print 


    harness shoulder big bag in black 


    harness shoulder bag in black 



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    Member: Pernille
    Book: My Birthday Party
    Price: $50.00
    Why it's so great: A glimpse into one’s lodgings usually gives an accurate picture of the person at hand, and Martin Bell’s personal space in My Birthday Party is no different. The book offers not only a look at Bell's surroundings, but into his mind as well––and what a turbulent one it is. While the pages seem overwhelmingly chaotic at first glance, a second glance will reveal a coherent narrative of objects, art, and images that are intimate to him. For more on Bell and his intriguing work, check out his book The Fourth Dimension.

    Browse all our books here.




















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    Last night, my friends and I wedged ourselves into Dashwood Books in Noho for the launch of teenVAG issue two. A collective examination of the female body and feminine sexuality, the self-published zine was founded in 2011 by Natasha Nuñez and Allison Levy and features works from 12 female artists: Aimee Brodeur, Elizabeth Jaeger, Olivia Locher, Carly Mark, Katie Miller, Anamaria Morris, Rebecca Richard, Tara Sinn, Brooke Ellen Taylor, Sophie Van der Perre, Alexandra Velasco, and Jessica Williams.

    While the first installment presented the work of photographers, issue two brings in a wider range of artists and artistic mediums. Many of the girls who contributed to the issue were present last night, signing copies and posing next to their works for photos. I’m honored to have friends in this talented group, congratulations to you all!

    To pre-order your copy of TeenVAG #2 please e-mail Rae@openingcermony.us

    The founders - Natasha and Allison (wearing the OPENING CEREMONY LIMITED EDITION CAT EMBROIDERED SWEATER in white!)

    The artists signing copies of teenVAG

    Annamaria with her page

    The folded note found at the back of each copy of the zine

    Limited edition t-shirts

    Jacob of Nikolai Rose and OC Model Anna

    OC Alum Kento (right)

    Spencer and Quentin

    Full house!

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  • 02/22/12--21:00: At Home with Maggie Lee
  • She's a Zine artist and critic, photographer, illustrator, video artist, curator, and––as Jeremy and I found out when we visited her Brooklyn apartment––a collector of peculiar things. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Maggie Lee.

    Alexandre Stipanovich: So your mom and dad used to be in a circus?
    Maggie Lee: Yes, my mother and father ran an acrobatic tour; she was an acrobat, and my father, a magician.

    AS: Did you ever go on tour with them?
    ML: At that time, I wasn’t born yet, I was just an idea. But originally my dad wanted to name me Magic, and my mom was like, “You cannot call our baby Magic.” But if my name were Magic, it would be like Magic Lee––magically! [Laughs] So they named me Maggie because it was the closest thing to Magic.

    AS: Did they ever teach you any tricks?
    ML: Yeah, like the trick where a person disappears in a box while another person pushes spears through it––those kinds of tricks. The secret is, the person is curled up inside the box like a croissant, eating a croissant.

    AS: Can you tell us about how you came to live in New York?
    ML: I came to New York to study fine arts at Pratt Institute. That was in 2005. I originally wanted to pursue painting, but I became obsessed with printmaking and the idea of publishing––making multiples and stuff. I have always been obsessed with zines, so that’s really where my interest in publishing came from.

    AS: And now you do everything.
    ML: Making zines forces one to be the editor, the printmaker, the artist, the intern, the whipping boy––everything. Knowing how to work every part of a magazine is what makes independent publishing so special. Working on your own publication forces you to learn everything and it's also the best because you have the most control.

    AS: And how did you become involved in the art scene here?
    ML: Well, when I was in high school I would always come to New York from New Jersey. Cutting class and coming into the city to see matinees at ABC No Rio became a ritual. When I was six, my sister––who is twelve years older––would take me to hardcore punk shows. We’d see Rorschach and Sick of It All. And we’d always visit galleries before the shows and stuff like that.

    AS: How did you come to shoot your first cover, the Vice 2008 Fiction Issue?
    ML: I was in class when Jesse Pearson, who was the editor of Vice at the time, called me. I had to run out of the class. He was like, "I need a cover by tonight! Can you shoot it?" We spent all night shooting in my room, which, at the time was a lofted bed in a closet. I got my best friend to model and my other friend Alex to stand on top of a ladder holding a desk lamp.

    AS: Can you tell me a little bit about your friendship and collaborations with Weirdo Dave, the artist behind the zine Fuck This Life?
    ML: He always comes into aNYthing, the store that I manage. We work on photocop

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    Blogging some of the most magical manicures in the game—all inspired by her favorite pieces at OC—beauty contributor Taryn (aka MISS LADYFINGER) is back for round two. This week she tackles a Venessa Arizaga creation.

    I'm no wallflower, so when I feasted my eyes on this amazing Venessa Arizaga necklace, from her "Far Side" collection for spring, I knew I either needed it in my possession ASAP or, at the very least, on my nails.

    To recreate this look you'll need:
    Yellow polish, I used Mimosa by Chanel
    Green nail art brush, I used Green Nail Art by Color Club Duo
    Black nail art pen, I used Black by Sally Hansen
    Silver polish, I used Tuck Me In by Ginger + Liz

    All photographs © Miss Ladyfinger, 2012


    Venessa Arizaga charlie necklace in silver/green 

    1. Start with a full yellow nail

    2. Using your black nail art pen, draw a diagonal zigzag line starting from the top right of your nail to the halfway point on the other side.

    3. Apply the green nail art pen on either side of the black line. This is a perfect time to cover up any mistakes! 4. As a final touch, paint silver along the tip of your nail, following the curve of your zigzag line. 5. Finish with a top coat and you've got yourself some statement nails to match your statement necklace!

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  • 02/23/12--21:00: Loden Dager Fall/Winter 2012


  • Scores of cute boys, luminous colors, and even an Olivia Kim spotting (in the front row, of course)! Check out this OC-exclusive video, with fresh cuts from the Loden Dager Fall/Winter 2012 show as well as some some backstage glimpses. 

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    Stuck in Argentina with nothing but a couple of "Where's the nearest restroom, please" phrases in your vocabulary? Our Argentinean Slang Book is here to save your trip.

    Me quema la cabeza is a phrase that translates literally to "it burns my head" in Spanish. In slang, the expression means "it drives me crazy!" It can be used positively, as in: Esos zapatos me queman la cabeza! (Those shoes are amazing!) But it can also be used negatively. For example: Ay, mi ex-novia me quema la cabeza! (Ugh, my ex-girlfriend drives me crazy!)
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    Check out all of the designers from our featured country, Argentina, here.

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    Opening today at the Guggenheim is the major retrospective of American sculpture artist John Chamberlain, who died in December last year. As I wound my way around the gallery, I could see the clear developments in scale and technique that spanned Chamberlain's 60-year career.

    Early sculptures demonstrate his ability to wrangle discarded materials from sidewalks and junkyards into intricate shapes and squiggly forms. And while Chamberlain’s preoccupation with three-dimensional abstract expressionism remained, his access to more imposing materials permitted his imagination and skill to run ballistic. It was during the last 30 years of his career that he executed such sculptures, for example, shredding the tops of vans into long ribbons, which were then rolled into rosettes. A lot of diverse work and detail to see here; my advice is to appreciate each eccentric fold of the sculptures from every standpoint.

    Through May 13, 2012.

    SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
    1071 5th Ave
    New York, NY, 10128
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    While Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress may be all fine and good reasons to celebrate 2011 films, there are some totally overlooked achievements in cinema over the past year that are worthy of a shout-out. Who was the Best Bitch of 2011? What was the Best Blast from the Past? The Best Victor Victoria cross-dressing Moment? Inquiring minds want to know! Check out our list of 2011's unsung heroes of film!
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    BEST ON-SCREEN READ: Helena Bonham Carter playing Hermione playing Helena Bonham Carter in Harry Potter. (Watch the clip)
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    BEST MOVIE EVERYONE FORGOT TO SEE: Martha Marcy May Marlene. How good was that trailer though? Is this on Netflix yet? The film's star Lizzie Olsen gets our OLSEN OF THE YEAR award––we never met an Olsen we didn’t love!
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    BEST MOVIE POSTER: Melancholia. Depressed or not, Kirsten Dunst-meets-Ophelia is totally beautiful.
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    BEST TEENAGE APOCALYPTIC ROMCOM THRILLER: Kaboom. To quote OC's Zac, “Kaboom is packed with everything that makes Araki Araki: genius insults, conspiracy theories, drugs, sex, blood, barf, and apocalyptic twists and turns that result in true genre-less-ness. Amazing!”
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    BEST BITCH: Courtney Cox as Gale Weathers in SCRE4M.
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    BEST EXCUSE TO TAKE A CAB: Contagion, because what if you were trapped underground with plague-ridden strangers? Gross! Never touching those subway poles again!
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    BEST SOUNDTRACK: HANNA—thanks, Chemical Bros.
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    BEST BOSS LADY: Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady because there will never be a time where Meryl is not The Best.
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    ENSEMBLE CAST WE'RE SO HAPPY TO BE&

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    Sometimes good art requires a bit of an expedition. Last weekend I traveled three-and-a-half hours north of the city to Saratoga Springs, NY, for the opening of Nancy Grossman’s retrospective Tough Life Diary. A long-time friend of the family, I am an avid follower of Nancy’s career. At 72 years old, Nancy is still one of the most relevant artists working today, with recent exhibitions at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery and alongside RYAN TRECARTIN at PS1 MoMA.

    The evening began with a conversation between Nancy and performance artist Elizabeth Streb, in which they discussed feminism, their rigorous artistic methods, and, surprisingly, fashion. Starting on a Singer sewing machine at age sixteen, Nancy was a self-described “dart and gusset girl,” fixing leather and zippers in the Garment District. As an artist in the 1960s, she repurposed salvaged materials like leather and metal, molding them to hand-carved heads, totem poles, and canvases. These pieces, often confrontational and violent, represent Nancy’s opposition to censorship, whether this be in regards to the Vietnam War or gender inequality in the art world. An added bonus at the show is Male Figure (1971), which hasn't appeared in the US for over 20 years. Well worth the trip, guys!

    THE FRANCE YOUNG TANG TEACHING MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
    815 North Broadway
    Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  
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    Nancy and Male Figure (1971)


    Male Figure (1971)

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    Master leathermakers brothers Chris and Kirk Bray have teamed up with OC this season for another round of tiny but perfectly formed leather goodies that balance rustic details with mouthwatering ice cream colors. Card holders, wallets, and key fobs in strawberry, mint, lemon, and creamy vanilla suede are finished with shiny white plastic poppers and bright contrast seams.

    Shop all Billykirk x OC here.



    LARGE CARD CASE in pink/aqua 


    large card case in white 


    large card case in gold/turquoise 


    passport holder in pink/aqua 


    passport holder in gold/turquoise 


    passport holder in navy/burgundy/green 


    bifold wallet in gold/turquoise 


    bifold wallet in navy/burgundy/green 


    trigger clip key fob in gold 


    trigger clip key fob in turquoise 


    trigger clip key fob in pink 


    trigger clip key fob in aqua 

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    Last Christmas I was given a signed copy of Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito’s Baked Explorations cookbook, and soon after I made the Mississippi Mud Cake. This recipe is so great, it's still the only dessert I've made from the book. (I should really branch out and make more things.) Now, I think my own adaptation needs to be shared. Instead of regular chocolate pudding, I make Nutella pudding, and to give an extra crunch I add candied pretzels. A sprinkle of fleur de sel on the finished cake is a nice addition, too.

    Mississippi Mud Cake (Adapted from Baked Explorations)

    Cookie crust:
    16 ounces of Oreos (about 38 of them)
    5 tablespoons of butter

    Flourless chocolate cake:
    4 tablespoons of butter
    6 ounces of good quality dark chocolate (about 70%)
    2 heaping tablespoons of instant espresso
    ¼ of strong coffee at room temperature
    1 teaspoon of salt
    1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
    6 eggs separated at room temperature
    1 cup of sugar, divided

    Nutella pudding:
    2 ¼ cup of whole milk
    7 tablespoons of Nutella
    3 tablespoons of cornstarch
    Pinch of salt

    Candied pretzels:
    1 cup of thin pretzel sticks broken into pieces
    4 tablespoons of butter
    2 tablespoons of sugar

    Whipped cream:
    1 cup of heavy whipping cream
    1 ½ tablespoons of brown sugar
    1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

    Optional: a pinch of fleur de sel

    1. Start with the cookie crust.
    Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Lightly spray a 9-inch springform pan, line the bottom with parchment paper. Grind the cookies in a food processor until they are a very fine crumb. In the meantime melt the butter. In a bowl, mix the crumbs with the melted butter until thoroughly combined. Take half of the buttery crumbs and push into the bottom of the pan, then take the other half of the crumbs pushing them up the sides of the pan. Put the crust in the freezer for about 10 minutes, then immediately transfer to the oven for another 10 minutes. Take the crust out of the oven and let cool.

    2. Continue onto the cake.
    Turn the heat up to 350 degrees. Using a double boiler melt both the butter and chocolate, stirring to make a smooth, melty mixture. Set aside to cool down. Take the coffee, espresso, salt, and vanilla extract and combine in a small bowl. Take the separated egg yolks and add half a cup of sugar to them. Beat them in a bowl of a standing mixer with a whisk attachment for five minutes, or until doubled in size and lighter (the color of a lemon) in color. Add the chocolate mixture to the yolks, beat until the chocolate just incorporates, then add the coffee mixture. Again beat until combined, set aside.

    In another bowl, beat the egg whites with a handheld mixer until the whites are foamy; slowly add the remaining half-cup of sugar until the peaks become soft and glossy. Take about 1/3rd of the egg whites and very gently fold them into the chocolate mixture, and then fold in the rest of the egg whites. Pour the cake batter into the cookie crust and bake for 38-42 minutes. The cake should still be a little wiggly but mostly set. The top will be crackled and hard but the inside will not be fully cooked. Let cool at room temperature. The cake will fall––don’t worry, this is what is it is supposed to do. Then when cooled for 30 minutes, place into the fridge for three hours.

    3. While the cake is in the fridge, make the pudding.
    Place ¼ of the milk and the cornstarch in a bowl, and mix to make a slurry. Pour the other two cups of milk, the Nutella, and the salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly until Nutella is thoroughly incorporated and mixture is simmering. Add the

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

    Who: Philip Glass and his ensemble
    What: Receiving a standing ovation after performing the entire Music in 12 Parts––super cool!
    Where: New York's Park Avenue Armory
    When: Saturday night
     

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