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  • 11/03/14--21:00: OC Mixtape: Drippin
  • Listening to 24-year-old DJ/producer Drippin's hard-hitting, percussive rhythms and strange melodies, it's hard to imagine such satisfying club music coming out of an abandoned butcher's shop outside of Bergen, Norway. But that's exactly where Erik Spanne, a.k.a. Drippin, keeps his studio. "Living in the rainiest city in Europe forces you to stay inside," he explained.

    The fruits of all this solo studio time will be released to the public on November 11 in the form of Drippin's debut EP, Silver Cloak. Hits from the release have garnered DJ support from the likes of Diplo, Evian Christ, Nguzunguzu, and Fatima Al Qadiri. The EP follows two innovative tracks Drippin produced for progressive rapper Le1f

    The EP was released on Lit City Trax, solidifying the growing popularity of the label’s underground sound on an international scale. “I’m drawn to this style of music because there is a lack of it where I come from,” Drippin told us. 

    Of course, the producer also spends a fair amount of time DJing the underground club circuits of Europe. Below, an exclusive mix he produced for OC.




    Tracklist:
    1. Visionist - "The Way" 
    2. Massacooramaan - "Dautadra Drumz" 
    3. Drippin - "Silver Cloak" 
    4. NA - "Cellar Theme" 
    5. Future Brown x Helix - "Party Ovation (Drippin Blend)" 
    6. Nadus - "No Feels (Boomclap Yasss Bish edit)"
    7. Drippin - "Kyoto" 
    8. Fraxinus - "Off Ends" 
    9. Drippin - "Waterfall" 
    10. Dinamarca - "Culisueltas" 
    11. DJ MM - "Club Going Up & Down" 
    12. Drippin - "Airjordans" 
    13. BasedPrince - "Lights, Camera, Passion (Vogue Instrumental)" 
    14. Divoli’S’vere - "Naked (Boomclap Edit)" 
    15. Youngstar - "Hot" 
    16. Guitar Sami Baha - "Halcyon On & On (SB edition)'
    Drippin. Photo by Øystein Haara 

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    We're not sure when it started, but the Election Day selfie is officially a thing. So is the Election Day outfit—scroll through your social media feeds today and you'll undoubtedly turn up a slew of red, white, and blue ensembles, typically adorned with the "I Voted" sticker. Don't believe us? Just check out #electionday, #electiondayselfie, #electionday2014, or  #electiondayswag on Instagram. 

    It would be easy to criticize the selfie-ers for making a day that's about participating in something larger into something about self-love, instead. But, to do so would be a missing the impact. Election Day photo-ops and patriotic outfits send a message: caring about your country's future is cool, and can be celebrated in a way that's fun (Lil Jon and the #TurnOutForWhat crew know a little bit about this). 

    In short, we at OC fully support the Election Day 'fit. Of course, that means you've got to vote. Above, 16 of our best red, white, and blue separates and accessories to rock the polling booth. 





    SUNO Side Pleated Graphic Dots Dress in white/red/blue
    Jacquemus La Veste Oreille Mi Longue in electric blue and Le T-Shirt Oreilles Long in white/blue sky
    Altuzarra Flame Cashmere Wool Sweater in navy

    Haerfest OC-exclusive Reptile Embossed Leather Mini Backpack in red

    Avelon Forefront Knit Top in off white


    Opening Ceremony Horizontal Slit Skirt in cobalt
    Isa Arfen Oversized Easy Hooded Coat in russo

    Delfina Delettrez Red Mouth and Pearl Single Earring in 9k gold Band of Outsiders Anniversary Capsule 10 Logo Breton Striped Long-Sleeve Tee in navy/white Ami

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    It would be easy to be envious of Moscow-based designer German Lavrovskiy—if his digitally influenced designs weren't so damn good. Already well-known as a fresh-faced male model, the designer can be seen in Candy magazine videos and Gosha Rubchinskiy editorials when he isn't creating capsule collections with Nicola Formichetti for Nicopanda—which he first accomplished at the tender age of 16, mind you. This season, the multi-talented youngster has managed to channel his indisputable good looks into undeniably innovative clothing with his eponymous debut collection. 

    Straying from the limitations of most graphic, print-heavy collections, Lavrovskiy's Fall/Winter 2014 collection features detachable appliques and bright-teal ostrich feathers. Challenging the conservative views of his native land, Lavrovskiy's signature collage art can be seen in the form of homoerotic graphics printed onto silk panels and a muscled man embroidered onto a sweater. Each piece represents Lavrovskiy's rebellious lifestyle. And each unique garment seemingly gives two middle fingers to the status quo. 

    Shop all German Lavrovskiy hereShort-Sleeve Printed Top w/ Back Flap in black  Printed Button-Down Shirt in multi Printed Ostrich Feather Sweatshirt in black/blue Printed Silk Velcro Sweatshirt in blue Printed Silk Velcro Sweatshirt in black Printed Back Embroidered Sweater in black/white

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    In Straight Trippin', OC friends and family share tidbits from their latest travels. This time, Sebastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant of Paris-based womenswear brand Coperni share snaps from their recent trip through the South of France.

    Names: Sebastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant of Coperni
    Occupation: Designers
    Travel destination: Southern France (Saint-Tropez, Marseille, Sanary)
    Carry-on necessities: Friends
    Weirdest thing in your suitcase: Women's clothes... for our girlfriends
    Most over-played track on your iPhone this trip: "Brigitte Bardot" the La Madrague MRCO remix, "Say You'll Be There" by Mo, "Detian" by Weval, "Latch (Acoustic)" by Sam Smith, and "The Weight of Love" by The Black Keys
    Favorite outfit to travel in: Shirts and shorts
    Highlight of your trip: Being with friends on top of La Cité Radieuse, Le Corbusier in Marseille, having fun at Lolita in Saint-Tropez, being with family at home in Sanary-Sur-Mer, and visiting the incredible Villa Savoye from architect Le Corbusier in Poissy
    Souvenirs you brought back: GigglesSébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant during their trip through le sud de la France.  Photos by Coperni and Jean-Baptiste Talbourdet Climbing the stairs at the Vallon Des Auffes, a fishing village in Marseille
    Rooftop views and lots of boats
    Is there anywhere you'd rather be than boating in Saint-Tropez?
    OK, maybe hanging out poolside in Saint-Tropez.Cheers! Making friends with the cougars of Saint-Tropez
    With friends (and a great J.W. Anderson sweater) at the end of the nightSpotted: flowers that are even lovelier at nightSébastien and Arnaud's view of the Villa Savoye, a Le Corbusier house in Poissy
    SébastienArnaud strikes a serious pose

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    Lately it seems like the hottest fashion trend for fall 2014 has little to do with clothes and everything to do with apples. With our weekend Instagram and Facebook feeds chock-full with pictures of celebs and our stylish, crafty friends (usually with a kid or two in tow) swarming Upstate orchards, apple picking has officially become the New Yorkers’ pastime for 2014. And once something becomes a must-do thing for New Yorkers, a backlash is inevitable. And here it is. 

    I get that we New Yorkers are inherently snobs, so it makes sense to take something pretty basic—the most basic thing, really, and reclaim it as some kind of hip/cute/artisanal/insert Brooklyn-friendly adjective-here cultural thing. The lowly apple, the PBR of fruit, is about as simple and inoffensive as fruit gets, and picking them off the tree (or off the ground) is about as easy and low commitment as being outdoorsy gets. And with thousands of apple varieties out there, many with wacky, old-timey names like the Knobby Russet, Pitmaston Pineapple, and Newtown Pippin, New York apple snobbery is inevitable. Just saying those names makes bearded men and bescarved women squeal with delight. 

    And because Instagram and Tumblr are things, we want everyone to know just how folksy, rootsy, and real we can be. Never mind that we probably bought some apples on Fresh Direct for $3.49 last week. This week we’re going to be rustic! We’re bravely trekking north into the Hudson Valley like our suburban-moving forefathers in our trusty Zipcars, armed only with our iPhones and braving traffic jams, bridge tolls, and diners that may not even serve brunch just to pick apples, documenting the whole trip for the historical record. If anything should happen to us in the wild, thankfully we’ll have Instagrammed a dozen photos so our friends and family know that we went out being real. 

    Maybe I’m just immune to it. I grew up Upstate in a town where there were three apple farms. We worked at them for minimum wage during the summers, and got sick of picking apples (and being perpetually sunburned) pretty fast. They were pretty to drive by, and the apples were cheap from the roadside fruit stands, but mostly they were reserved for boring elementary school field trips, awkward first dates, and a place to take kids while babysitting. There was never anything glamorous to stepping through rotten apples and outrunning angry bees then. Is there now? If you want real and rustic, give yourselves a challenge! Stomp some grapes. Harvest beeswax. Wrangle some cattle. Apple picking? C’mon. Too easy. Weekend trips are fun, apples are delicious, and it is nice to get out of the City for a while—we can all agree on that. But c’mon, guys, let’s tone the whole apple thing down on the Interwebs, okay?The writer James Derek Sapienza, taking a shot at apples.  

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    You don't have to speak French to understand that Jacquemus is the epitome of Parisian It-Girl style. Ladies all over the world have fallen head over heels in love with designer Simon Porte Jacquemus' signature fluid shapes and bold color choices.

    This season, the creative looked to the past for his eponymous collection—except instead of his own, he channeled the antics of a young spunky gal who simply wants to give makeup tutorials, stir up trouble around town, and look good while doing it. Like a blast from the past, the Jacquemus Fall/Winter 2014 lookbook video takes you back to a time where grocery cart rides were a favorite pastime, Playdoh was pure entertainment, and getting face paint on oversized neoprene Jackets wasn't that much of a biggie. 

    Check out the Fall/Winter 2014 Jacquemus lookbook video above and revel in the nostalgia.


    Shop all Jacquemus here
     

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    Russian-born, Belgian-raised, London-based A.W.A.K.E. designer Natalia Alaverdian is as cute as they come—all smiles and endearing modesty. Just two years ago, the former fashion director of Harper's Bazaar Russia decided to hang up her styling hat to set up her own label, A.W.A.K.E., also known as All Wonderful Adventures Kindle Enthusiasm.

    Now in her fourth season, the 33-year-old is living her own fairy-tale life, full of modern storybook characters: Kim K. is wearing her collections, Miroslava Duma and Natalie Joos make up a self-professed "dream team," and the street-style blogs adore her. Needing to know more, we photographed the pint-sized princess in her temporary Airbnb pied-à-terre in London, and then caught up with her over via Skype as she darted from event to event back in Moscow.

    Shop all A.W.A.K.E. here



    ALICE TATE: 
    You’re usually a Fashion Week regular—did you do Fashion Month this year?
    NATALIA ALAVERDIAN: I did Paris Fashion Week; though, I presented the collection there so I mostly stayed in my space and didn’t see many shows—only three or four.

    How was it doing it from the other side of the industry then?
    Well, I can't say I miss running around the circuit much; though, I’d say it felt more like working this season! It is absolutely fascinating going to see other people’s stuff, but for me, it's more fun to do my own thing.

    And now Kim Kardashian is wearing your collections! Has it started to go crazy?
    Well it's not really going crazy. Kim has been wearing a lot more of my pieces and she looks really good in them. Above all, I’m excited at the fact that she looks beautiful in them, and subsequently she attracts the attention of other women who can look beautiful in them too.

    Who else has been wearing your stuff?
    Well over Fashion Month, Miroslava [Duma] hosted a Buro 24/7 Fashion Forward initiative event, which I was involved with. Kim, who came to support me and wore my collection. Also Shala Monroque, Sofia Sanchez, and Veronika Heilbrunner all wore my stuff for the occasion. That was quite nice.

    Tell us about your design aesthetic. What are your current inspirations? 
    The collection is based around the '60s and '70s, and also Japan, as usual! Though, this season I took more of a fun take on Japan, thinking about Manga girls, anime, and aiming to position it somewhere between the sweet Lolita and the gothic Lolita. Some bits are very frilly and girly, while others, I imagined what Jane Birkin would wear in a Japanese anime.

    For readers, every season you pick our a spirit animal to inspire your collection. What was it this season? 
    For Fall/Winter 2014, it's the peacock, and for Spring/Summer 2015, it's the dragonfly. The dragonfly was used in the prints mainly, but also it's presented through lightness, the mesh materials, and transparency, like the wings of the fly. We also did a shimmering, green jacquard, which reflects their slig

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    It’s no secret that Opening Ceremony surrounds itself with the most unique personalities in the game—staff included! If you’ve walked into any of our brick and mortars, you’ve definitely said hello to a few friendly faces. As part of our weekly #OCFaves series, get to know our team as they pick out their favorite new arrivals and turn 'em sartorial.



    Who: Patrick Spears from OCNY men's shop
    Where are you from? Milledgeville, GA
    Tell us what you’re wearing here: I'm wearing a Kenzo Stitch Merinos Beanie in midnight blue, the MSGM Check Bomber Jacket in white over the Acne Studios Isherwood Flan Button-Down in grey, and Dries Van Noten Peeler Tape Trousers in anthracite (all items available in stores and online soon). 
    And your personal twist: Some comfy socks and my Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31
    If this outfit were a Simpsons character, it would be: Bart
    Sum up your style in one word: Me
    Favorite fashion slang: Dries
    Song or mixtape you’ve been obsessed with lately: I like keeping classics like The College Dropout and The Blueprint in rotation. They never get old to me.
    Last movie you watched on Netflix: Gangster Squad
    iPhone or Android: iPhone
    iMessage or FaceTime: Usually iMessage
    Last moment that made you truly LOL: A joke my brother made
    Last good art you saw: The Manhattan skyline. It’s a collection of labor from millions of people spanning many decades. It inspires me almost every morning when I’m going over the Williamsburg Bridge.
    Favorite spot to people watch: OC stoop
    Favorite hole-in-the-wall: Daddy D’z BBQ in Atlanta. It’s a diamond in disguise. 
    Biggest fashion pet-peeve: Not a fan of the rude or pretentious crowd
    Favorite emoji icon: The face with shades on
    Favorite #hashtag to use: I rarely use hashtags but #respect would take the cake.OCNY men's shop associate Patrick Spears in his #OCFaves (items not listed are available in stores and online soon). Photo by Michael Elijah   

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    In a footwear age, when new releases draw such anticipation that crowds wait in lines overnight, it's hard to deny the fact that the sneaker has become an aspirational piece in our wardrobes. 

    Since we learned to tie laces, the simple shoe has become an integral part of our closets and everyday outfits. And in recent years, the designer sneaker takeover has also continued to boom, with a wide range of fashion houses spreading their logos down to the socks. With high-fashion designers and musicians announcing new collaborations with iconic sneaker brands more frequently than Jordan releases, the business and hype is only going to increase, and you'll need to come correct.

    Look no further than the OC sneaker shop, where you can you find innovative collabs from the likes of Raf Simons X adidas Originals and Camper Together with Gosha Rubchinskiy. We guarantee you won't find a sneaker selection this diverse at your local Foot Locker. 

    Check out our favorite sneakers in the slideshow above, and keep in mind you don't have to be on any sort of court to sport 'em. 


    Raf Simons x adidas Bounce Sneakers in nightsky/bright blue  Reebok 101 Classic Sneakers in whiteOpening Ceremony Slip-On Platform Checkered Sneakers in white techno adidas Originals x Opening Ceremony OC ZX500 Trail Sneakers in navy/black Kenzo Helmut Tiger Head Printed Sneakers in black/green New Balance W990 Running Shoes in grey EYTYS Odyssey Suede Hi-Tops in black Camper Together with Gosha Rubchinsky Runner Sneakers in blanco adidas Originals x Opening Ceremony

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  • 11/05/14--21:00: Gillian Steiner In Lisbon
  • In Straight Trippin', OC friends and family share tidbits from their latest travels. This time, photographer Gillian Steiner traveled to Lisbon, Portugal and took beautiful photos that will make you wish you were there. 

    Name: Gillian Steiner
    Occupation: Photographer
    Travel destination: Lisbon, Portugal
    Carry-on necessities: Water
    Reading materials: A copy of Heat magazine that I picked up at Heathrow
    Weirdest thing in your suitcase: A Mr. Bean mask I bought in London
    Most over-played track on your iPhone this trip: A track my friend made called "DUI (Sweat Edit)"
    Favorite outfit to travel in: Norma Kamali Jog Pants and a sweatshirt
    Highlight of your trip: Hiking up a very steep mountain in Sintra to the Castle of the Moors and the Pena Palace, and eating barnacles at Cervejaria Ramiro
    Souvenirs you brought back: Friendship bracelets, honey, and sardines     The roadside in Alfama. Photos by Gillian SteinerFresh fruit from the Jardim Botanico Tropical Refrigerator staples at Cervejaria Ramiro Sun-bathers at Cascais beachDry cleaning in Barrio AltoLovebirds in AlfamaBeautiful sculptures inside the Jardim Botanico Tropical Angel in Rossio Square Padrão de Descobrimentos, BelémA tower at the edge of Cascais beach Luvaria Ulisses in Chiado is the famed glove shop, open since 1925 

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    Nick Thomm, an Australian artist who debuts his solo exhibition in downtown New York tonight, has a vision that is shockingly, vividly, in the here and now. Created in both New York and Melbourne, Thomm's latest show, Tropic Glows, is a neon-saturated, sexy mash-up of photography and 3-D modeling—pitting the familiar with the unknown.

    Thomm is, as ACCLAIM magazine once described, "the poster child for the digitally inclined" and a savant with mixed media, informed by his background as a film director and designer. Before his opening at Castle Fitzjohns, the multidisciplinary artist was gracious enough to share preview images with Opening Ceremony, and explain why fashion and music are bigger inspirations to him than art. 



    JAMES DEREK SAPIENZA: What does your creative process look like?
    NICK THOMM: I spend a lot of time working naturally. I’ll let ideas flow, and I won’t sit for too long before I start creating something. I’ll create 20 works or something, and then I’ll end up combining those pieces into a finished piece. There’s a lot of stuff that is thrown out in the process. I tend to work really quickly, and then spend a lot of time refining and getting the works up to scale. 

    So what inspires you?
    I suppose fashion and music are bigger inspirations to me than art. I spend a lot of time working as a designer, so my art becomes stylistically driven, even if I'm changing mediums. And I think that comes from music and fashion inspiration; I look at it in the same way that you would create a fashion collection, or you would create an album as a musician. 

    I’ve noticed that Tropic Glows has a cohesiveness to it, almost like a brand. 
    Well, it goes back to the idea of working within the inspiration from fashion and music. I look at it as a collection, and I like to look at [the opening] as the release of it. I think that branding the show and the work is important to how it all comes across. It’s a part of what I’m creating, but it’s also part of the digital age. Everything now is so branded and packaged, and I think that to communicate the art in the right way, I needed to do the same thing—to send it back to people and say, "Hey, this is essentially the same thing as an album or a fashion collection, but it’s art." 

    Your work blends classical Greek art with modernism and digital culture. How do make these elements relate and work with each other?
    I love really iconic imagery, things people have some sort of understanding of before they see it, and I love having the opportunity to be able to change that. You have a starting point with the viewer, and they see the work, and they may feel something about it already, but you’re taking control and changing that vision, and presenting them with something new. It’s recontextualizing things that have existed before, to make sense now

    What are the differences between working in New York and Melbourne?
    The first thing I found when I came over here is that it’s a lot more intense. You don’t get that break—when you finish working for the day and you go out, it's still intense. I’ve found that it’s quite a bit more stressful working here, but at the same time, it’s a lot more inspiring. 

    Like for this show, I spent quite a bit of time in Australia working on the body of work, which is really good cause

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  • 11/05/14--21:00: Cosmic Numbers: November 6
  • As anyone waiting for that boy/girl to text knows, updates can be just as important as dates. In Cosmic Numbers, Morgan Rehbock, the guru behind our monthly Astrology IRL column, divines the stars to bring you in-the-moment advice on important dates.  Tonight, a full moon in Taurus will help you glide gracefully out of any lingering troubles from eclipse season. Read on for more on how it affects your sign...



    Aries
    (March 21 - April 20)
    If you’re worried about finances, get creative with the resources you have at hand. The full moon tonight will illuminate a new source of income utilizing pre-existing resources.

    Taurus
    (April 21 - May 20)
    The full moon tonight will make you feel emotional and sentimental about all the changes you’ve made over the past two years. Life has been a roller coaster, but it’s about to chill down in a major way.

    Gemini
    (May 21 - June 20)
    There’s something buried deep in your subconscious that will be illuminated by the full moon in Taurus tonight. The weird feeling that has been plaguing you this week will dissipate once you discover your disturbance.

    Cancer
    (June 21 - July 22)
    What’s on your lunar calendar tonight? The club’s goin’ up and it’s elevating your mood.

    Leo
    (July 23 - August 22)
    You’re having good luck across all categories of existence, but career culminations are likely around the full moon in Taurus tonight.

    Virgo
    (August 23 - September 22)
    Was your Mercury Retrograde rough this round? You might be in need of a vacation, and you’ll definitely be dreaming of a luxurious getaway on the full moon in Taurus tonight.

    Libra
    (September 23 -October 22)
    The full moon in Taurus exudes a seductive energy that will help you sweet talk your way towards getting what you want. The sensual vibrations are irresistible!

    Scorpio
    (October 23 - November 22)
    When two become one, you have double the trouble. At least, that’s how your relationship situation has felt lately. The full moon in Taurus tonight will turn things around and lead to renewed romance.

    Sagittarius
    (November 23 - December 21)
    If you’re still feeling frantic after all the activity of last month, it’s definitely time to take a breather and balance your energy. A positive mental state is essential for your bodily health.

    Capricorn
    (December 22 - January 19)
    Planetary forces require you to project all your energy outwards right now, and there is an even bigger big push coming up next week. Use the inspiration you get tonight on the full moon in Taurus to fuel your passion.

    Aquarius
    (January 20 - February 19)
    Chill out tonight; you’ve been going hard and you deserve a break. The laid back full moon in Taurus is the perfect time to get some rest and relaxation.

    Pisces
    (February 20 - March 20)
    If you felt like you weren’t heard last month while Mercury was retrograde, speak out on the full moon in Taurus tonight and you’ll get exactly what you need.

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    Once upon a time, there was an amazing Russian jeweler named Evgenia Linovich. Ever since Evgenia was a little girl, she loved to make beautiful, sparkly things. One day, to combine her offbeat sense of style and love of traditional techniques, Evgenia created her line Masterpeace. People all across the land learned of Masterpeace, and the brand quickly gained notoriety amongst the fashion kingdom. Eventually, word spread to Opening Ceremony, and it was love at first site. Opening Ceremony swept Masterpeace away into the studio, and together they created Masterpeace for Opening Ceremony, a beautiful line of fairytale-inspired accessories just for you. Using denim, crystal, and amber, the two brands used their powers of style to create beautiful, princess crown-inspired headbands for you to live your own fairytale in. Talk about happily ever after.

    Shop all Masterpeace for Opening Ceremony here OC-Exclusive Amber Embellished Denim Headband in denim OC-Exclusive Amber and Crystal Embellished Headband in dark blue OC-Exclusive Amber Embellished Varenka Print Headband in varenka OC-Exclusive Amber Embellished Denim Headband in black denim

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    On any given night, you can catch Milan-based designer Marcelo Burlon behind the DJ booth at any one of the world’s biggest parties. His penchant for chopping and screwing is not, however, exclusive to turning it up in the club. It’s also the basis for his vast line of sportswear, ranging from tees to outerwear to accessories.

    Expertly combining found images to create incredibly intricate, visually interesting patterns, Burlon’s designs are the fashion equivalent of a perfectly-mixed DJ set. This season, the designer explores his Argentinian roots with images of Patagonian wildlife combined with his edgy, Milan design sensibilities. A wolf made out of fire? A pattern that at first glance looks like an ornate rococo design until you notice it’s made out of animal skeletons? Sounds like music to our ears.

    Shop all Marcelo Burlon herePatagonia Cross Fire Sweatshirt in black/red 
    Patagonia Cross Fire Cap in red Snake Sleeve Print Bomber Jacket in black Philly Wolf Fire Sweatshirt in black Cobra Slip-Ons in black Skeleton T-Shirt in black Cobra T-Shirt in black Allover Snake Fire Cross Slip-Ons in blue/red Skeleton Sweatpants in black Helena Skeleton T-Shirt in black

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  • 11/06/14--21:00: Cosmic Numbers: November 7
  • As anyone waiting for that boy/girl to text knows, updates can be just as important as dates. In Cosmic Numbers, Morgan Rehbock, the guru behind our monthly Astrology IRL column, divines the stars to bring you in-the-moment advice on important dates.

    Tomorrow, Mercury, planet of communication, enters the secretive sign of Scorpio. Read on for how to keep your conversations on a positive plane and avoid dramatic disputes...


    Aries
    (March 21 - April 20)
    Aries tend to be over-sharers, but you’ll want to keep some things secret while Mercury is in Scorpio to avoid controversy. Use your judgment before you give any information away.

    Taurus
    (April 21 - May 20)
    You might have a suspicion that a significant other or a friend is keeping something from you this month while Mercury is in Scorpio, but try to give them the benefit of the doubt before you jump to any nasty conclusions.

    Gemini
    (May 21 - June 20)
    Mental activities often keep you distracted from being totally present in your body, but it would be wise to focus some of your brain power on the health and wellness of your physical nature while Mercury is in Scorpio this month.

    Cancer
    (June 21 - July 22)
    You’ll be extremely inspired while Mercury is in Scorpio this month, so focus your energy on creative projects.

    Leo
    (July 23 - August 22)
    The energy you’re getting from the universe is supernaturally positive right now, but you have to make sure you manage your time right so you don’t burn yourself out before the positivity peaks.

    Virgo
    (August 23 - September 22)
    Sometimes you hold back your thoughts even when you know better, but while Mercury is in Scorpio this month you won’t be shy about voicing your opinion.

    Libra
    (September 23 -October 22)
    You desire to be surrounded by luxurious and beautiful things, but in order to actualize this desire you will need to start by getting your finances in order in the coming weeks.

    Scorpio
    (October 23 - November 22)
    Last month was exceptionally baffling while Mercury scattered your signals. Now, Mercury is back in your sign giving you the power to correct any lingering confusion.

    Sagittarius
    (November 23 - December 21)
    Your mind might not be fully focused for the next few days, but try to pay attention to the patterns in your scattered brainwaves. They might have an interesting message for you to disseminate later on.

    Capricorn
    (December 22 - January 19)
    You might feel like there are much bigger or more practical matters to be concerned with at the moment, but a friendship needs your attention this week. If necessary, be the one to apologize rather than let a grudge develop.

    Aquarius
    (January 20 - February 19)
    It’s essential to strike a balance between work and play right now. Set aside your smart phone as soon as you leave the office and give your loved ones all the attention they deserve.

    Pisces
    (February 20 - March 20)
    You can rest assured that holiday travel plans will work out perfectly this year.

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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, who after six years in his plum perch, just announced plans to step down at the end of this year. Translation: More time to divulge lessons on how to appropriately sign an email... 


    ​Q: On ​email ​sign-offs, what are the best ​ways to seem​ together and​ professional, with appropriate investment and just the right amount of sincerity?

    Now I’m glad you asked because this has been bothering me for some time. I was taught to sign off with "Yours faithfully," if you’ve not met, and "Yours sincerely," if you have. Leaving aside the intimacies of billets doux, you might also go for "Regards" or even "Kind-" ones. I suppose I can even see past "Yours" on its own if you absolutely must.

    But please, please do not write the word "Best," as if it somehow implies a snappy sign off. I mean, Best!? Best what? Best Prices Paid? Best of Breed? Best Beware? No. The word "Best" means "this is all I can manage as I’m so busy and important, so fill in your own addition." 

    But there’s another that is even more pernicious.

    Tell me, please, what is it with this "Warmly" business? FFS as the acronym goes. My passions run very hot or very cold you see, and so "Warmly" suggests indifference or, worse, uncertainty. You might as well write "Ambivalently" and at least be honest.

    My advice is to go with the classics—"Yours aye" is a winner. "Ave Atque Vale" (Hail and farewell) is deep and solid or even "Illegitimi non Carbundum" (don’t let the bastards get you down), if you can bear the recent Harvard adoption. But please, under no circumstances the solo word "Warmly," for I will depress the warmly glowing delete key.

    Q: Based off of a funny meme we saw, if someone does cross-fit training and is also vegan, which do they talk about first? 

    As fascinating as both surely are to some, if you feel the urge to actually talk about cross-fit training and veganism, you might need to work on your game. I’ve no beef with either but I can’t pretend to find them endlessly fascinating. And I’ll wager I’m not entirely alone in this.

    I am reminded of the morning after a debauched night of Calvados and Absinthe when I awoke with a category-five hangover. As early as 11:30 AM I was ordered to get up, don casual clothes (I know, I was young), and actually run to a cafe for life-giving coffee. That’s the closest I’ve come to cross-fit training and while I was very cross indeed, I didn’t have an actual fit.

    As for vegans, well if people choose to quietly take all the pleasure out of food, who are we to criticize? However, if you must take this particular road, can we not do something to liven it up. In Beijing recently I was treated to a raw vegan feast. For those who haven’t seen Posh Nosh, here’s what should’ve happened but didn’t: Take the poor

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    "They better not eat them because they're covered in resin," says Mark Ramadan, co-founder of Sir Kensington's. This morning, he's surrounded by numerous variants of French fries from across New York City. Displayed in individual glass cases like exotic butterflies, singled out as lone fries, the specimens are highly tempting—particularly one plump pomme soufflé courtesy of 21 Club. But for all their crispy skins, sprinkled herbs, and golden-brown color, these fries are for edification, not eating.

    Fries of New York, a new exhibit organized by Sir Kensington's, a Manhattan-based condiment company selling ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise, takes visitors through the dozens of fries offered by New York restaurants, as well as the various sauces, spices, and herbs that go with them. "We wanted to mimic the approach of a civic organizer, or a Victorian-era botanical garden," Scott Norton, the company's other co-founder, explains to Opening Ceremony. As we learn from a timeline on one of the walls, French fries first got their name around the turn-of-the-century, when similar World Fairs and traveling exhibitions were in vogue. The history of ketchup, meanwhile, dates back to ancient China when it was made of fish and spices (in Mandarin dialect, this was called "kôe-chiap").

    Today, fried starch is so commonplace that, in 2000, 29 percent of the US potato crop was used to produce frozen fries. Which is why it's so fascinating to see them displayed like valuable art objects, with small cards describing their provenance and classifrycation (curly, waffle, tornado, shoestring, and ten other taxonomies Sir Kensington's developed expressly for this event). Of course, there are truly valuable objects on display, too. Like the whole Burgundy truffle loaned by Urbani Truffles (estimated worth $500). Or the out-of-print book, Warren Lehrer's illustrated play French Fries, also on loan (estimated worth $1000). "We're watching this closely," Mark jokes. "No French fry hands on this one."

    Today, from 5 to 8 PM, there will indeed be real fries to snack on at Fries of New York, as part of the company's "FryDay" happy hour. And what happens to the ones preserved in resin after the exhibit closes? "We're giving them back to the restaurants," Scott reveals. "They don't know that yet."

    Fries of New York is open Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8

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    A French fry on display at Fries of New York. Photos by Cynthia Chung 

    Fries of New York, an exhibit organized by Manhattan-based condiment company Sir Kensington's, takes visitors through the dozens of fries offered by New York restaurants, as well as the various sauces, spices, and herbs that go with them.

    The fries are displayed like valuable art objects, with small cards describing their provenance and classifrycation (curly, waffle

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    Last night, we traveled to Sunset Park, Brooklyn, to breach the rarely open studio doors of the anonymous art collective Bruce High Quality Foundation (BHQF). The occasion was a fundraising event supporting its sister project, the Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU), an art school which, since 2009, has thoroughly shed any incognito outsider status to become a semi-official art institution.

    Upon entering the factory-like building, a fashionable crew of students and Foundation associates welcomed us to the sixth floor studio-turned-party space. Tables covered in stretched canvas invited eager attendees to make their mark on what will presumably be integrated into the BHQF’s oeuvre. Waiters served chips and salsa cradled in an upside down umbrella. Outfits ranged from vibrantly colorful to creatively monochromatic, even progressing to topless-chic as the night came to a close.

    The undeniable fashion fluency of attendees (including celebrities, students, and Bruces) begged the question: would any of the lookbook-worthy items circulating the space live in the closets of the thousands of students—from diverse socio-economic backgrounds—that attend the University’s free, public courses?

    Jayson Musson (a.k.a. Hennessy Youngman), famed for his YouTube ART THOUGHTZ addressing what BHQF has referred to as the "MFA industrial complex," expressed his enthusiasm for the University’s mission of free, alternative, non-hierarchical art education, he told OC. While he found his own MFA useful in terms of giving him the time and space to develop his ideas, Jayson privileges art communities, coops, and collaboration over diplomas—which is the keystone of the BHQFU pedagogical model. Understanding that this approach to education is somewhat utopian, he noted, “It’s worth it even if it fails.”

    Actor Waris Ahluwalia also showed his support. He explained his interest in the University project in three simple words: “Free arts education.”

    It’s hard to critique such a democratic model of education; however, there are many questions regarding the evolution of the University, the reality of its demographic audience, and its relationship to the Foundation art collective, which birthed the University as a socially engaged art project, but has since, somewhat nebulously, cut the umbilical cord in an attempt to re-brand the University as a legitimate non-profit community center. “We don't think of [the University] as a work of art,” Bruce, the anonymous fictional founder of the collective, explained in an interview.

    Curious about the Foundation and University’s evolutions, we interviewed Bruce—or in reality, the Bruces. Their earnest responses, though primarily straightforward, confirm that the collective, while evolving, still values uncertainty and humorous evasiveness.


    JORDAN CARTER: To what extent is the BHQFU associated with the BHQF art collective? How did the University evolve and branch out of its art collective roots?
    BRUCE: The Foundation continues to be actively involved in the administration of the University, but it really has a life all of its own at this point. The University was always intended as an expansive community of artists who feel they can learn something from being exposed to multiple points of view. In that sense, it shares its creative kernel with the collaborative practice of the Foundation.

    In 2010, I visited the BHQFU space in its nascent stage; it was a dank and run down space, unidentifiable to the public—a boys' c

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    Classic pieces with a twist? Yes, please! Lee Myeong Sin, Hwang Hyun Ji, and Park Jin Sun first brought us these staples back in 2009 when they combined forces to create their brand appropriately titled Low Classic. This season, the Korean high-street brand (which is only available in the US exclusively through Opening Ceremony) goes schoolgirl-chic with wool pencil skirts donning sexy slits and classic tees in the vein of crumbled paper. The collection is yet another iteration of the brand’s biggest strength: taking creative, youthful design concepts and adapting them into classic pieces you will want to wear season after season. Hey, if it’s good enough for Rihanna, it’s good enough for us.

    Shop all Low Classic here
     in purple, High Waist Knit Skirt in red 
    Oversized Wool Coat in burgundy Side Slit Knit Long Dress in camel Off-The-Shoulder Knit Dress in navy High Waist Knit Skirt in red Wrinkled Short-Sleeve Top in purple Cropped Long-Sleeve Sweater in black Wrinkled Skirt in white Side Slit Fitted Skirt in navy

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  • 11/09/14--21:00: Cosmic Numbers: November 10
  • As anyone waiting for that boy/girl to text knows, updates can be just as important as dates. In Cosmic Numbers, Morgan Rehbock, the guru behind our monthly Astrology IRL column, divines the stars to bring you in-the-moment advice on important dates.  

    November 10
    Mars, planet of action joins the transformative power of Pluto in the #BOSSiest sign of the zodiac, Capricorn, sending each sign a very clear message. This conjunction will release some of the frustration that you were feeling last week. Meditate on the image of a Phoenix rising from the ashes, and allow your vision of reality to be altered in order to make room for more positive energy. Abandon your fear of change.

    Aries
    (March 21 - April 20)
    The planets are giving you an intense push to focus and achieve your career goals right now. Don’t let this influence frustrate you if you’re not exactly where you want to be right now.

    Taurus
    (April 21 - May 20)
    Attitude is everything, and you are totally ready to embrace a new positive mindset that will improve the material circumstances you’re living with.

    Gemini
    (May 21 - June 20)
    Be extra cautious in your financial dealings this month. It’s likely that your financial standing will be upgraded, but there is always the risk of deflation, so make sure you’re not in danger of default.

    Cancer
    (June 21 - July 22)
    A connection between you and another person will be tested this week. The outcome should be positive, but be prepared for an intense experience. Say exactly what you mean.

    Leo
    (July 23 - August 22)
    Be body conscious this week while a powerful conjunction of Mars and Pluto in your house of health requires that you take a look at your routines and habits.

    Virgo
    (August 23 - September 22)
    Much needed inspiration will help you break free of any boring situations this week.

    Libra
    (September 23 -October 22)
    You see yourself most clearly through the lens of a relationship. This week, honor your relationship with family, and explore your own personal history to gain a better understanding of the future.

    Scorpio
    (October 23 - November 22)
    Ask and you shall receive this week. The universe respects that you take life seriously, and you will be rewarded for your ambition and drive.

    Sagittarius
    (November 23 - December 21)
    You have an opportunity to take control of your financial situation this week. Be your own CEO.

    Capricorn
    (December 22 - January 19)
    Use, but don’t abuse, the power you have right now. You are the focus of an intense conjunction of Mars and Pluto that could help you achieve long and short-term goals. You’ll be surprised by how much you can achieve this week.

    Aquarius
    (January 20 - February 19)
    Violent dreams could be keeping you awake at night this week. Don’t be disturbed, but do pay attention to the imagery and attempt to decipher the meaning.

    Pisces
    (February 20 - March 20)
    Social dynamics are shifting in your group of friends. You have the power to keep it all positive despite any drama that might occur.

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