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    Solo eating establishments—the truly great ones—require a precise atmosphere. Some are quiet and discreet. Others are unexpected and lie in plain sight. But they can all be difficult to find in a metropolis. Alex Vadukul presents a new one here on the first week of every month. The third in the "Eating Solo" series: Tracks, a seafood-oriented commuter favorite in the heart of Pennsylvania station that boasts the best Guinness pour in town.

    Solo eaters cherish restaurants they can feel unreachable to the outside world in, but it’s hard finding genuine sanctuaries in our metropolis. Perhaps they no longer truly even exist in these hyper-connected times. Certain establishments, however, offer the potent illusion of pure solitude, the appearance of cutting the cord tethering us to the city’s commotion.  
    What better place to feel out-of-reach than underground? Options for good subterranean dining are limited, but a gem just happens to lie in the busiest of places, in the unglamorous soot-lined depths of Pennsylvania Station, amid harried commuters, subway musicians, and shuffling time boards. The station’s lower floor discreetly houses Tracks, a raw bar and grill designed in the style of a long classic train car.

    It opened a decade ago and has since become an institution among its commuter clientele. So, sure, regulars know each other and are far from lonesome. But outsiders can approach it like a mystical inn at the ends of the earth or something out of the nourish scene in Hopper’s Nighthawks. The feeling is amplified when you walk past the long bar (which Tracks claims as the city’s longest), past the glistening table covered with plump clams and oysters on ice, and into the quaint restaurant. To complete your fortress of solitude, secure one of the red Orient Express-esque looking booths.

    The menu is far above what you would expect for subterranean fare. I was reluctant to try raw seafood in an environment I normally associate with filth and general commuting misery, but it’s a large part of the restaurant’s identity, so I did. I can attest my clams and oysters were fresh and vibrant; their brines each distinct and carrying the flavor of their respective watery body origins. Frankly, the mollusks can more than compete with offerings at some first-rate steakhouses, and are offered at more affordable prices. I ordered second helpings from their sizeable selection.

    Crab cakes, served with chipotle and cilantro aioli, are delightful, prepared with spice and gusto—a welcome change from average uninventive crab cakes served all over town. The New England Clam Chowder was flavorful and balanced in its clam bits ratio. The shrimp cocktail is well regarded, as are their steaks and beer battered cod sandwiches. The burger is also a winner. Tracks has a good beer selection, but I’d recommend ordering Guinness. The restaurant prides itself on its Guinness pours, deemed first-class by an official Guinness inspector, as evidenced on a certificate hanging on the wall (sitting not far from a sealed bag of “Official Irish dirt”).

    Eating at a booth by yourself can also turn you into an inevitable eavesdropper, if you are a solo eater who appreciates that sort of thing. Some commuter camaraderie is fun to overhear, pulling you away from your drink and oysters.

    If you eat at Tracks al

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    In yet another example of time flying: Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas album is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Also—we're only a few short weeks away from Christmas, meaning if you haven't buckled down on that wish list yet, you need a hail mary. And who better to inspire those gift ideas than the people who curate our enviable merch at Opening Ceremony, from our founders to our buyers? Take a peek at what the top of the pops at OC want under their own trees in the slideshow above. Give and receive—that's the good word. 

    “I want the mophie jacket because it is the most practical gift in the coolest color.” —Humberto Leon, co-founder. Opening Ceremony OC-Exclusive Mophie Varsity Jacket in black multi“I want the Long Varsity Jacket. I love the length and how it's an update to our Classic Varsity Jacket.” —Carol Lim, co-founder. Opening Ceremony OC-Exclusive Varsity Long Jacket in black/multi "I want this not only because it’s beautiful and understated, but the love story concept behind the whole Margiela Heritage collection is so inspired." —Deana Reyes, men's buyer. Maison Martin Margiela Alliance Split Ring in yellow gold “I want the Selfie On A Stick because it's something I wouldn't probably buy myself, but I secretly want it for my New Year’s vacay.”—Jesse Hudnutt, men's buyer. Selfie On A Stick With Bluetooth Remote in pink. “I want these Martine Rose trousers—what better way to add some holiday glimmer to a dude's wardrobe?” —Jacky Tang, brand director. Martine Rose Striped Trousers in silver/orange “It's sexy, fun, and these colors happen to be festive, a present for both me and my boyfriend under the tree.” —Carol Song, women's buyer. Atsuko Kudo OC-Exclusive Contrast Detail Paris Cup Latex Dress in military green/red “Black and gold is an eternally classy combo. The Mini Lele fits the essentials as a perfect evening bag, but won't weigh you down. A removable shoulder strap lets me feel ladylike, but accommodates the inevitable armload I e

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    With the myriad pop-ups and exhibitions at Art Basel Miami, a "must-see" exhibition becomes the norm. But, when word got out that Outkast’s André 3000 was partnering with SCAD and two of its alumni (painter Jimmy O’ Neal and filmmaker Greg Brunkalla) for a SoBe showing of the 47 custom jumpsuits he wore on tour, the opening night reception went straight to the top of our list.

    The show is called i feel ya, named after one of the phrases on the production line of black-and-white jumpsuits on view. Some humorous, some serious, some personal, some political—the 'fits act as a diary for André’s thoughts from his 2014 worldwide tour, celebrating 20 years of music history. "i don't know what else to say," reads one. "gracias, senior presidente," "which type of stereo are you?" "replace your toothbrush," "my dad had cool albums," "... a redhead before i'm dead," and "fruit snack addict," read others.

    And, cool fact: André stated in an interview with Fusion that “some of [the phrases on the suits] are lyrics to songs you haven’t heard yet,” a sign we'll be getting down to some new Outkast tunes in the near future.

    The jumpsuits shown are only amplified by the large-scale abstract paintings by O’ Neal and the experimental film clips by Brunkalla. On his choice to collaborate with the Savannah College of Art and Design, Andre said, “As I initially thought about displaying this collection, I immediately knew that I wanted to work with my longtime collaborative partners at SCAD. The diverse group of people that come to Miami for Art Basel in Miami Beach are the right audience to see this for the first time.” A six-time Grammy winner, an art school, a bunch of jumpsuits, and Miami Beach. You know what? It works.

    If you couldn’t make it down to catch some Miami sun this weekend—and we really feel ya if that's the case—interested parties can still head down south to the exhibition at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, GA, in early 2015.  

    i feel ya runs through December 14

    Mana Miami Wynwood
    318 NW 23rd St. 
    Miami, FL 33127


    i feel ya: SCAD + Andre 3000 Benjamin is now on view at Art Basel Miami Beach. Photo courtesy of SCAD

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    When we first thought to do a Shop Talk with the glorious Eva Chen, we knew we had to incorporate the infamous #EvaChenPose. Seriously, the lady has reinvented the #shoefie wheel if there ever was one: legs crossed and kicked up in the back of a vehicle, bag and snack du jour propped nearby—it's a slightly glam pose that has caught on to the tune of nearly 1,500 Instagram posts with the hashtag alone—something Eva's assistant, Kristie, made up on a whim. Assistants know what's up! 

    In the Part 3 of this series, Humberto challenges Eva to a little friendly competition, super creatively dubbed "The #EvaChenPose Challenge"—or, as she calls it, "American Idol with shoes." Find out why tote bags are more difficult to prop style, carb-heavy pastries are a no-no, and the accessory to incorporate if you're ready to jump to an "advanced" level. And head over to Opening Ceremony's Instagram feed NOW, and vote—whichever photo, either Humberto's or Eva's, racks up the most likes within the next 24 hours wins! (No prizes necessary except the sweet taste of glory.)  

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    Sisters Tina and Nikita of Mumbai-based brand Miuniku have accomplished what some established designers only dream about. Since graduating from the London College of Fashion in 2013, the girls have gone on to receive the Fashion Innovation Award. In spring of this year, the girls were also handselected by a panel of respected industry judges, including OC co-founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, as the winners of the coveted Special Jury Prize at the LVMH awards. Not shabby for a little over a year in the industry, right? 

    With their Fall/Winter collection hitting OC's racks now, the sisters are aiming to add fashion-crowd favorite to their list of 2014 accomplishments. Inspired by household chores and cleaning supplies, the girls have managed to create a dimensional collection that takes mundane everyday life chores and morph them into an inspired and well-thought-out collection. With the influence of shower curtains, toothpaste, and laundry tasks, each selection is transformed into a geometrical statement piece bursting with vibrant color. A shower necessity is translated into an elevated Bathrobe Dress with an asymmetrical hem while the Arm Dress wraps you up in its comfy pajama-like sleeves and never lets go. 

    Until the sisters of Miuniku graced the fashion world with their presence, chores and cleaning products never looked this good.

    Shop all Miuniku here Arm Dress in multiLaundry detergent-inspired pops of color make various appearances in the collection. Bathrobe Coat in multi and Robert Clergerie Caliente Crossover Ankle Strap Sandals in whiteOrgandy Flock Dress in multiWith the subtle influence of shower curtains, colorful toothpaste, and laundry tasks, each piece takes a subtle look at the mundane and transforms it into a geometrical statement piece bursting with vibrant colorToothpaste-inspired tones al

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    While listening to garage-rock banger “Come Alive” and watching riot-inducing music videos, one might assume that Hanni El Khatib is a loose cannon with a taste for benders, brewed bottles, and buxom babes. But when meeting the DIY rocker in real life, it quickly becomes apparent that Khatib is just as likely to be seen buying records on the street as he is to hurl a guitar on stage. 

    Since emerging onto the scene in 2011 with his debut album, Will the Guns Come Out, Hanni has gone on to work with musical greats such as The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach in addition to having his songs play in some pretty iconic Super Bowl commercials

    Living out the dream of any skater boy old enough to remember Wu-Tang Clan member GZA's Liquid Swords on cassette tape, El Khatib is fresh off of the release of his new GZA-assisted remix single "Moonlight," and things are set to get more rambunctious in 2015. With his third studio album set to release early next year, now seemed as good a time as any to chat with Hanni about strip mall video shoots, "trippy" music, and his style uniform. 

    CHLOE DEWBERRY: You just had Wu Tang Clan member The Genius aka GZA hop on the remix of your new single “Moonlight." What’s your favorite musical genre-crossover moment?
    HANNI EL KHATIB: That’s tough; it’s so weird because all of that stuff is cross-pollinated in my mind now. I like when producers can work with any style of music and work with whomever. 

    I wanted to be very careful about the track; it had to be the right track. When GZA was in the studio, I thought to myself I should just play him what I’m working on and see what he thinks of it. Sure enough, I started playing him that track, and he started bopping his head. I’ve had Liquid Swords on repeat forever; I had it on tape too.

    You have a storied art background and used to be the creative director of the streetwear brand Huf before getting into music. What defining moment made you make that leap into music?
    Once I get to a place where I feel comfortable, I instantly want to do something new. I get antsy to do something fresh so I don’t slip into the pattern of doing the same old shit. The moment that I actually was like, “Fuck this,” was where we opened for Florence + The Machine at The Wiltern in LA and there were three nights sold out. We were opening and I was in the back getting ready to go on stage while working on tech packs! I figured I can always go back to design and all that, but the music thing, who knows where that could go? Yeah, it could have gone nowhere immediately, but some people work their entire lives to play shows like that or go on tour. Here I am given the chance to do it randomly. I should just do it. I haven’t really looked back sense. 

    So for this new record you're playing most of your own instruments, right? 
    I'm sort of returning to the DIY approach; that approach and mentality is the one I’ve always had. For this record, the subject matter is more introspective and more personal in a sense. I kind of needed that time to breathe and spend time with the music and laboring over a project solo helped me express what I wanted to express.

    What is one word that accurately describes your next album?

    Can you talk a little bit abou

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    Have you ever looked through old vacation photos and instantly recalled the feeling of sand underneath your toes? Well, imagine being able to exponentially trigger that feeling through a large-scale installation. That’s basically what artist Letha Wilson aims to achieve through her weighty, majestic sculptures.

    Seeking to make her photographs less precious, she subjects them to a series of controlled processes. Photographic paper is held down with rocks in the darkroom, C-prints are scored and pleated to create fan-like shapes, concrete is poured below and on top of the images, in rectangular molds—the list goes on. With a process as extensive as Letha’s, she has to be meticulous, and her attention to detail is astounding, even down to the color of her nails matching her latest works. Yet even with minimal variables, happy, visually striking accidents can occur. 

    We managed to catch her at a particularly industrious time in her new studio in Dumbo, with her second solo show now up at Higher Pictures, and upcoming shows at both Jack Hanley Gallery in New York and Brand New Gallery in Milan.

    CECILIA SALAMA: What first made you realize that, as a medium, photography fails to encompass the image it is supposedly capturing?  
    LETHA WILSON: It was when I looked at these photographs from family hikes in Colorado—these beautiful vistas—and how ultimately the small, captured images where on one hand is an instant reminder and trigger, but on the other hand, fully unparalleled to the actual experience of being there.   

    Are you skeptical of all photography or just landscape photography?  
    In my case I’m specifically looking at landscape photography. And I think the skepticism is experienced in tandem with a kind of wonder. It’s a love/ hate relationship with these images of nature. I am drawn to them, adore them, they make me want to go there—but not being there brings a sense of disappointment. The physical part of the experience is missing. The other four senses are not usually considered in a photograph.

    What makes you enjoy the physicality of installation and sculpture, and even analog photography, more than digital processes?
    The foremost interest is what will the work be in real life and in person. As an art lover I’ve always been drawn to and inspired the most by sculptural work. I think it creates so many more questions than it solves, and there are so many possibilities for it. So can a photograph be brought into this realm? How? And why?

    What is the weirdest experience that’s happened during one of your outdoor trips?
    I was camping by myself in Kodachrome State Park, Utah, and I hiked this trail leading up the mountain as the sun was setting. I was taking all these photos at the top but when I turned around to go back, I couldn’t figure out how to get back down. I freaked out that I’d have to spend the night up there!

    Who are your influences currently?  
    I’m always supported and also pushed by some great friends of mine who make art such as Kate Steciw, Amy Feldman, Ethan Greenbaum, Rico Gatson, Carolyn Salas, an

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    The Google review on Andrew Carmellini's Lafayette, which sits at that heavy traffic corner between Lafayette and East 4th, calls it a "sprawling belle epoque-style brasserie and bakery serving classic French fare & cocktails." We'll say that's a pretty accurate description, because every time we pay a visit, we feel like Taylor Swift in her seminal 2012 music video, "Begin Again." You know the one—where she's sitting in a cute Paris cafe, eating a cute strawberry tart, flirting with a cute boy.

    So we might not be Tay-Tay, but we'll gladly get fat and happy in Lafayette's bakery. In honor of December 9 being National Pastry Day, we tapped its head pastry chef, Jennifer Yee, to teach us how to make a classic wonderland cake: Souches (pronounced "soosh") de Noël, aka banana and cream cheese goodness. Jennifer's creations are insanely delicious—no surprise there, as she was just honored as Food & Wine's "Best New Pastry Chef." We'd say hats off to the chef, but our mouths are kind of busy right now. 

    See the how-to below. 

    Souches de Noël 
    Yield: one cake 

    Banana Cake Instructions: 
    *Use your favorite banana cake (or banana bread) recipe, but instead of baking it in the traditional loaf pan, you will bake it on a sheet tray to give you one flat cake. Take a sheet tray (also called a cookie tray to some) measuring 9 ½” x 13”, or thereabouts, and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Cut a piece of parchment paper the same size as the interior of the tray and press it into the tray. The spray will keep the paper from moving.

    Once you’ve made your batter, pour it into the lined tray and spread evenly out to the edges. Place in a pre-heated 375F oven and bake until done, or when you touch the center lightly, it springs back. You can also insert a toothpick in the center and check. If there are no crumbs sticking to it, it’s done.

    Allow to cool completely before cutting out your circles for the souches. You can also make the cake a day in advance. Just leave the cake in the tray and cover the whole thing with plastic wrap. Keep in the fridge until ready to use. 

    Cream Cheese Ingredients: 
    1 stick, or 4 oz., soft butter
    1 8 oz. pack of cream cheese, softened
    1 cup, or about 4.5 oz., powdered sugar
    1 tsp. vanilla extract

    Other Little Things: 
    Green food coloring—to dye a little of your frosting to make mossy squiggles.
    Cocoa nibs—to add that dirt look to your cake—found in specialty grocers or cake shops. If you can’t find cocoa nibs, mini chocolate chips/chunks would look cool.
    Meringue mushrooms—you can find recipes online on how to make your own. You can also buy these candy mushrooms online here.

    Step 1: In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream soft butter with the paddle attachment until smooth. Add softened cream cheese and mix again until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure even mixing. Now add your powdered sugar, and mix again, starting on low speed to prevent sugar going everywhere! Scrape down

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    Since the rain ain’t quittin’ NYC anytime soon, we’re hankering for an escape—a tropical escape, to be exact. With one longing gaze out the window, our minds wander back to that fine June morning on Howard Street. Instead of this downpour, puddle waterscapes, palm fronds, painted leaves, and flowering anemone graced a sea of beach-sleek models, and umbrellas were used as a fashion statement, not a necessity. Camera lights flashed instead of lightning. Happy—not sad—violins played. 'Twas our Pre-Spring '15 presentation and a concrete playground that became our runway. 

    Play the video, directed by Matthew Killip—and let the Chargaux gals remind you that you're so pretty. Reminisce. Repeat. Then score a piece of the collection to get you through the storm. 

    Shop all Opening Ceremony Women's and Men's 


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    Robust, bearded men—they kinda don’t sport anything else but workwear, do they? But not you or your bristly boo.

    Just in time for the holidays: undecorated MAN. Tokyo-based designer Yoshio Kubo designed a collection made for straightforward, fuss-free guys who rarely deviate from their existing wardrobe. Lucky for them, this season is inspired by the working man, transforming rugged silhouettes into edgier, dressier styles you’ll be happy about. Think cropped, checked trousers, color-blocked button-ups, and a down-home palette of khaki, navy, and burgundy.

    Trust—just one compliment on your upgraded look will send you back for more.  

    Shop all undecorated MAN here 

    Lined Flight Jacket in black, 3-Tone Shirt in navy, Check Slash Pants in black, and Opening Ceremony M1 Classic Boot in blue 
    3-Tone Shirt in green Shaggy Line Cardigan in black/white

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    Art trends—by nature—are fickle. Here are three we noticed down at Art Basel last week that might have more staying power than others.  

    1. N-E-O-N
    You would think that neon lights would fade out of trend after Bruce Nauman dominated the medium. You'd be wrong—the lights are still shining bright at Art Basel, from Gavin Brown's "People" booth to the myriad Art Deco signage on the streets of South Beach. 

    2. Corporate Aesthetic
    With the new generation of emerging artists overly literate in media, it's only natural to witness a surge of artists pulling visual tropes from corporate culture and advertisements. Whether the execution is subversive or a sell to the devil has been an ongoing debate, but click into the slideshow for a few OC picks.

    3. Mirror, Mirror 
    From Michelangelo Pistoletto's 1960s Mirror Paintings to Ara Dymond's etched pieces, mirrors are nothing new. But at this year's art fair, the reflective surface fed the narcissistic tendency to take countless selfies, proving to be the more, ahem, popular pieces. 1. N-E-O-N
    You would think that neon lights would fade out of trend after Bruce Nauman dominated the medium. You'd be wrong—the lights are still shining bright at Art Basel, from Gavin Brown's "People" booth to the myriad Art Deco signage on the streets of South Beach.  Photos by Nikki MirsaeidMartin Creed, Gavin Brown's enterprise Henrique Faria Fine Art 2. Corporate Aesthetic
    With the new generation of emerging artists overly literate in media, it's only natural to witness a surge of artists pulling visual tropes from corporate culture and advertisements. Is it subversive or a sell to the devil? Tabor Robak, Team Gallery Yung Jake, Steven Turner GalleryTimur Si-Qin, Société 3. Mirror, Mirror 
    From Michelangelo Pistoletto's 1960s Mirror Paintings to Ara Dymond's etched pieces, mirrors are nothing new. But in

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  • 12/09/14--21:00: Cosmic Numbers: December 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.

    Venus enters Capricorn
    Picture this: all three earth signs go to the mall. Taurus picks out the cutest outfit, Virgo finds the best deal in the sale section, and Capricorn chooses the most expensive thing in the store. Treat yourself to the luxury you deserve while Venus, planet of beauty, is in the classy sign of Capricorn until January 2015.

    (March 21 - April 20)
    You have no patience for immature time-wasters right now. What you need in a relationship is someone older and wiser who still appreciates your wild side, but doesn’t compete for attention.

    (April 21 - May 20)
    If you are in a relationship that feels like it's on perma-chill, take it deeper and strike up a philosophical discourse so you can comprehend your partner on another level. Building an intellectual connection is key this month.

    (May 21 - June 20)
    Get your freak on fleek while Venus is in Capricorn—iron out all your kinks while this transit takes control.

    (June 21 - July 22)
    Venus will be in your 7th house for the rest of December, ensuring harmonious relationships with all the people closest to you for the duration of the holiday season. Thank, Goddess!

    (July 23 - August 22)
    While Jupiter, planet of good luck, is retrograde in Leo, turn your energy inward (a little bit) and focus on your health and wellness over the winter season. When Jupiter returns to full force in April, you’ll be glowing from within.

    (August 23 - September 22)
    Stand under the mistletoe every chance you get this holiday season, because Venus, the planet of love has match-making plans for you!

    (September 23 - October 22)
    Later in the month you might experience some stress at home, but luckily your ruling planet Venus will be in a position to smooth out problems in troublesome relationships.

    (October 23 - November 22)
    You might be feeling warm and fuzzy while Venus is in Capricorn. You must maintain a high level of mental fastidiousness this month. Practical thinking is preferable if possible.

    (November 23 - December 21)
    Get down to business and use the resources that Venus in Capricorn will provide you financially. You have the power to transform your monetary situation.

    (December 22 - January 19)
    You’ll be feeling the love while Venus is in Capricorn for the rest of the month. Capitalize on the good vibes and branch out socially. You’ll make tons of new friends!

    (January 20 - February 19)
    Pay attention to your dreams for the rest of December.
    You may see a very practical solution for a real life problem guised in symbolic subconscious imagery.

    (February 20 - March 20)
    Put your wealth of social connections to use in order to achieve a career-oriented goal you’re eyeing this December.

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    We have a riddle for you: what is “tasteful,” “festive,” and sits in your closet collecting dust until you eventually take it to Buffalo Exchange? If you guessed holiday dresses, you are correct. It happens year after year. You buy a dress you would never wear outside of a holiday family gathering, only wear it for about four hours max, and throw it in the special occasion graveyard in the back of your wardrobe. 

    This is our call to action: stop with the cliché holiday wear. To do this, we’ve gathered up some of our favorite dresses that are the antithesis of those throw-away pieces: edgy, sexy, and oh-so-on-trend. Take a chance this holiday, and when you’re wearing it to a date or a party a couple months after this season is said and done, you’ll thank us. Atsuko Kudo OC-Exclusive Back Strap Detail Latex Mid Knee Dress in black/red Faustine Steinmetz Handwoven Texture Sleeveless Dress in white/black Opening Ceremony Palm Collage Twisted Placket Maxi Dress in summer yellow Low Classic Side Slit Knit Long Dress in camel Kim Haller Ella Bodysuit in black/ivory Kenzo Wool Cashmere Blend Pleated Dress in black Band of Outsiders Mixed Plaid School Boy Jacket and Mixed Plaid Flat Front Cuffed Pants in navy Veronique Branquinho Tailored Jumpsuit in bordeaux
    Xiao Li Embellished Low V-Back Dress in white
    Gauchere Eleanora Sleeveless Pleated Dress in grey Adam Selman Hooded Track Gown in black/red Bellavance Altuzarra

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    Weather-wise, yesterday evening was kind of a lousy. But an excuse to celebrate MICA with good people and good food? We're down. 

    After months of anticipation and early buzz, the long-awaited Opening Ceremony and Intel MICA bracelet is finally up for grabs. Last night, OC threw an intimate in-store event to get people up close and personal to the bracelets. When they weren't busy testing out all of the features (email functions, Yelp reviews, and "smart" calendar alerts), guests were treated to the sweet sounds of Chairlift as Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly took over the tables. 

    Our favorite glam gals behind Naomi Nails polished off a few stylish manicures, perfect for showing off against the stem of a perfectly mixed, nutmeg cocktail. Another bang-up addition to the party was the serious nomming action, with pork belly buns from Momofuku and gold-leaf chocolate cookies from Milk Bar. "I came here for the cookies," said one guest happily, and we know she was only half-kidding! 

    Even with all of the party offerings, the true highlight of the event was still the MICA bracelet making its grand debut, right in the thick of holiday season. 

    Order the Opening Ceremony and Intel MICA bracelets here
    You've been served. Photos by Matthew Kelly OC co-founders Humberto and Carol
    Mmm... Momofuku's pork belly buns! OC's Koa and AdrienneBrenda Lynch and Marley Kaplan
    Love that Tiger Beer. Friends and Marcus Paul (far right) 
    Our custom Instaprints with the #wearMICA hashtag. Matt Woolsey and Tim Pettitt
    High Fives (P.S. check out our OC Athena Lunchbag, brand new to stores in a delicious lavendar suede) 
    MICA, The Smart Cookie courtesy of Momofuku Milk Bar
    The perfect school night is never complete without a little primp 'n' polish. Elvin Tavarez, DJ Deemehlow, and Oscar Sanchez
    Romina and Tony 

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  • 12/09/14--21:00: Kris Yenbamroong In Thailand
  • In Straight Trippin', OC friends and family share tidbits from their latest travels. This time, chef and owner of NIGHT + MARKET restaurants Kris Yenbamroong traveled to Thailand where things got a little spicy.

    Name: Kris Yenbamroong
    Occupation: Chef and owner of NIGHT+MARKET restaurants in Los Angeles
    Travel destination: Thailand (the Motherland!)
    Carry-on necessities: Xanax, a neck pillow, and an eye mask—long flights are pretty much the only chance I get to really zone out for an extended period of time.
    Reading materials: See above (no reading)
    Most over-played track on your iPhone this trip: Nancy Whang’s Casablanca Reworks EP and about two weeks of Howard Stern shows that I loaded onto my phone.
    Favorite outfit to travel in: I swore I’d never give in to "fashion sweatpants," but for this trip, I caved. They’re a pair of black Aviator Nation sweats with quilted motorcycle knees. Whatever though, I’m old. Or at least I feel old. A Rodarte hoodie and Nike Fly Knits are a must.
    Highlight of your trip: Getting to try a sort of antiquated style of northern Thai curry that’s not made anymore. The ingredients are ones I work with daily, but they were put together in a way that was revelatory to me.
    Best part: The long drives through the Thai countryside were pretty killer.
    Souvenirs you brought back: 40 kilograms of dried spices, which are hitting plates at both restaurants right about now!    A restaurant uses an old Nirvana T-shirt as a kitchen rag and dries their spices on a satellite dish? #onlyinthailand. Photos by Kris YenbamroongI decided to fly Korean Airlines for the first time on this trip and come dinnertime the flight attendants would ask, “beef, chicken or Bibimbap?” which was a totally pleasant surprise.People often ask about the long vinyl banners we have hanging up at NIGHT+MARKET Weho and Song. This is the inspiration behind those banners. You’ll find these types of vinyl signs all over Thailand, especially in the countryside. This is one of two Akha Ama cafes in Chiang Mai. The owner, Lee, whose people are Akha, runs what he calls a "socially empowered enterprise," which helps his people make money off the crop that they grow (coffee) by cutting out the middleman and processing and marketing the coffee themselves. You walk into this place and feel like you’re at a Stumptown. Killer coffee.There’s a town called Wichian Buri, which is sort of the southernmost part of northern Thailand that’s famous for its grilled chicken, Gai Yaang Wichian Buri. They splay the chickens out flat and secure them with two sets of sticks that go up in a triangle and stand them up vertically on charcoal grills. It’s sort of a slow-and-low vibe, like Texas BBQ, with intense smokiness, and might even have more in common

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    If Matisse and Picasso were alive and well, they would probably have high praise for Jacquemus' latest collection. Matisse, for the vibrant hues and perfectly sculpted cut-outs as featured on Le Manteau Court Soleil and La Maille Transparente. Picasso, for some of the same reasons but also for the designer's uncanny reference to l'oreille (that's French for the ear) as seen in the form of a pocket on the dresses, skirts, tees, and coats. 

    Despite the instant allusion to high art, we can see why the latest collection is titled, "La Femme Enfant" (the woman child). It recalls the kind of childhood Crayola drawings worthy of hanging on your refrigerator—but in the form of chic, neoprene separates in primary colors. Stark-electric blues pop against translucent fabrics, while slouchy dresses get structured with the help of quirky cut-outs. Silhouettes are boyish but retain a sense of effortless and femininity via edgy slits and dangerously sheer fabrics. And the oreille motif has us seriously rethinking every boring pocket we ever had.

    Jacquemus has a reputation for bringing out the cool French girl in all of us, and this season he delivered. Whether riding our bikes on the Left Bank in Paris, or walking to our local coffee shop in the Lower East Side, these pieces were made for showing off.

    Shop all Jacquemus here, now 40% off

    This article originally ran August 26, 2014

    La Robe Bateau in navy check La Seconde Peau in navy/white Le Pull Nounours in navy Le Top Col Oreille in sky blue Le Bandeau in yellow Le Top Double J in electric blue Le Bandeau in sky blue Le Bandeau in electric blue

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    Talent is attracted to talent. This is the basis of Milk & Oysters, a new photo show curated by Allday and Ed. Varie gallery, featuring a list of long-time pals and contributors to Allday Digest, the likes of which includes Petra Collins (fresh off her risque Basel reception for Literally Bye), Matt Baron, Magdalena Wosinska, and David Brandon Geeting.

    Bringing together the various styles and perspectives of 11 acclaimed photographers, Milk & Oysters is a "group show" at its finest, with the one constant being friendship. Catch a sneak preview of the show above, including the OC-exclusive first look at David Brandon Geeting's “Clean Apple,” and check out the show at its opening reception tomorrow, December 11 from 6-9 PM at Ed. Varie. And don't forget to pick up a limited-edition zine, published by the gallery. 

    Milk & Oysters opens tomorrow and runs through December 21, 2014 

    Ed. Varie
    618 E. 9th St.
    NY, NY 10009
    MAPDavid Brandon Geeting, "Clean Apple," 2014. Photos courtesy of Ed. Varie Kathy LoMagdalena WosinskaPetra Collins

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    Let's venture back to South London in the late '80s—a melting pot of ethnicities, all drawn together by the era’s forever-evolving tastes in music and fashion. And with the turn of the decade just around the corner, the mash-up of a dying disco age with an emerging hip-hop scene ushered in a new wave of subcultures all living for the weekend. 

    Now fast forward to Fall/Winter 2014, as British-bred designer Martine Rose creates a collection that speaks to today’s love of nostalgia, but also yesteryear’s craving for flamboyance and expressionism. 

    Looking at the entire collection side by side, you’ll notice contrasting references to multiple decades. First, the '70s with the Flare Shirt—with its satin-y texture, wing-tipped collar, and bell-shaped sleeves. The '80s, with the Striped Trousers (and all their silver, mirrored glory), and finally, the '90s, with the Oversized Denim Jacket, the Regular Jeans, and the New Beat Generation Sleeveless Hoodie. And to tie them all together, Rose teamed up with the Wild Life Archive to reprint actual club and rave flyers from “back in the day” on just about each piece of the collection.

    “I am fascinated by a sense of history slipping,” Rose told us, referencing the party-hopping days of her youth. “People aren’t precious about smashing a whole host of references together. I love the oddly beautiful combinations [the collection] represents.”

    Shop all Martine Rose here and check out the lookbook video below

    New Beat Generation Sleeveless Hoodie in black, Trance In Amsterdam Long-Sleeve Tee in white/red, and Regular Jeans in blue Flare Shirt in orange Bottom Split P

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    It’s fitting that the only way to get to artist Raúl De Nieves’ studio is through a door of stuffed animals. Push past the door in the back of Secret Project Robot’s exhibition space in Bushwick, and you’re greeted by the smell of hot glue and, if you’re lucky, ABBA playing on De Nieves’ laptop.

    The artist, who dabbles in painting, sculpture, and, of course, performance (as seen in his most recent performance of The Fool), is known for his intricate bead-encrusted sculptures, costumes, and shows. His studio space reflects just that: You’ll find a Legally Blonde 2 DVD alongside jars and jars of beads, a cupboard full of his old shoes to bedazzle, and some 10 vinyl copies of Voulez-Vous. “Well, I think if someone asked me what I thought of myself, I’d say I am a storyteller, and I am inspired by stories,” De Nieves says. Fitting, since many of his painted works reference the classic story of St. George slaying the dragon. 

    Before the close of De Nieves' De Feet N Joy, a pop-up "shoe store" currently on view at Issue Project Room, we dropped by the artist's studio to chat about ABBA, beadwork, and how exactly classic pumps transform into coral reef-like beaded works of art.

    JESSICA CHOU: Let’s talk about this collection of Voulez-Vous vinyl records you have going on here.
    RAÚL DE NIEVES: This is Voulez-Vous by ABBA, and it’s 42 minutes and 42 seconds long. I’m working on an experience for ISSUE, and I’m going to have 20 records playing at the same time. There will be a clock with the timing, and I will create cues for the DJs to follow, but very loose cues. So you’re going to hear the record play for the entire length, but you’re also going to experience 20 records playing at the same time. It’s going to be insane.

    Why Voulez-Vous in particular?

    I’ve been on such an ABBA k-hole. All their albums are so joyful to me, and how their melodies work really do something to myself. I chose Voulez-Vous because it’s their first disco album, and I love the cover myself. Like what is he holding, a light saber?

    Your current show, De Feet N Joyis a shoe store exhibit featuring all your encrusted shoes. How did this all start?
    Well, shoes are like a trademark of yourself. So like my shoes would break, and instead of throwing them away or trying to fix it, I try to make a relic of it. And it’s such an easy vehicle to experiment with the idea of sculpture because it allows you to work with a pair. You have to make both of them, and they never look the same. It takes a machine to make something look exactly like the other, and I’m working with my hands.

    Can you talk about the process? How do you start on a pair?
    I might think, "Oh I want it to have rings—how do I make that?" Or, "I want it to be wavy." But I do think of it as an organic process. They’re like flowers. They just grow and you watch them grow. Each individual bead is important to its growth, and the more I work on it, the more it allows it to grow. It’s like a strange magical way of bending time, because I just circle th

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    Hattie Fox made waves when she opened her first stand-alone, aptly named "That Flower Shop" at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch last year. Creativity was at the heart of each of Fox's displays, and the passion for her craft shines through in each of her arrangements. (We're partial to the spare pinecone, cinnamon, and clementine arrangements.) A firm believer in using British-grown flowers and seasonal foliage, this art school grad and her work are always surprising and full of personality.

    Below, we caught up with Fox at her Hoxton Street studio, where she gives Opening Ceremony an exclusive wreath-making tutorial.

    SHAWANA GROSVENOR: What goes into making the perfect Christmas wreath?

    HATTIE FOX: You need to have good color combinations, a mixture of seasonal foliages and cinnamon, orange or something fragrant to give it a Christmassy scent. For the base of our wreath for Opening Ceremony, we used Douglas Pine, Welsh Lichen, Birch twigs, and Honeysuckle twine. For the decorations, we chose a selection of pink pinecones, small thistles, Brunia, pink Hyperican, and pepper berries, and topped it off with an Opening Ceremony ribbon.

    Do you have a favorite festive plant?
    I love the Welsh Lichen, which is part of the Opening Ceremony wreath. Hellebores are really beautiful and are a very traditional English Christmassy flower. Oh, and kisses underneath mistletoe!

    Where is your favorite place in London at Christmas?
    I like the Royal Oak on Columbia Road, for festive cider and mulled wine.

    Best gift you've ever given?
    Last year I bought my boyfriend an atlas and pinpointed all the places I wanted to go and said we'll be going here, here, and here... I think he thought it was more of a gift for me!

    Best gift you've ever received?
    I don't know, my dad bought me a tow rope once when my car kept breaking down and a road map because I always used to take short cuts, which meant driving through fields in the English countryside.

    What's playing on your December studio playlist?
    Leo (one of my team) insists we listen to Mariah Carey! We're listening to First Aid Kit a lot. We like movie soundtracks too; My Best Friends Wedding is the best.

    Where will you be spending the holidays?
    I'm going to my dad's in the countryside, probably with lots of screaming children so I'm hoping that I can go to sleep early! Afterward, I'm going to Morocco to spend my Christmas money!

    Lastly, What's your spirit animal?
    We talk about this all the time... I think I'm an ant!

    That Flower Shop Wreath for Opening Ceremony

    For the base:
    Honeysuckle Twine
    Douglas Pine
    Welsh Lichen
    Birch Twigs

    For the decoration:
    Pin cones (we spray-painted ours pink!)
    Small Thistles
    Pink Hyperican
    Pink Pepper Berry
    Selection of grass (spray painted bronze)
    Florists wire
    Tissue Paper

    Step 1: First of all, use honeysuckle twine, birch twigs held into place with wire to make a rounded shape for the base of your wreath.

    Step 2: Start making small bundles of Douglas pine and wire onto your base, repeat until the base is entirely covered in greenery. We like to use lots of different kinds of pine and aim to make a crest shape by attaching small bundles on top of one another. Be sure to

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