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    Since making his design debut in 1999, Bernhard Willhelm has made it clear that no one can tell him what to do. With his spontaneous, convention-breaking collections and numerous Camper collaborations (here, standout floral high-tops) that managed to turn the sneaker game on its head, the recent LA transplant by way of Paris has remained a mainstay in his own raucous fashion world.

    Fittingly, just in time for another round of Fashion Week, Willhelm will unveil his new designs at MOCA Los Angeles, in an exhibition cleverly titled Bernhard Willhelm 3000: When Fashion Shows Danger Then Fashion Is The Danger. Mixing his knack for blurring the lines between art and fashion, the exhibition will include video, photographs, and sculptural installations curated by Willhelm. 

    While the fashion provocateur is no stranger to exhibiting his work at museums (he's shown in galleries everywhere from Antwerp to the Netherlands), this marks the first time he will debut a collection at a world-renowned exhibition space. We sent the designers a few questions ahead of the exhibition opening, and check out the photograph above, an exclusive sneak peek of Bernhard Willhelm 3000.



    OPENING
     CEREMONY: Explain"When Fashion Shows The Danger Then Fashion Is The Danger"
    BERNHARD WILLHELM: Fashion is simply what you project into it. Fashion is about creating an image.

    Tell us what is happening in this photo. What is the inspiration?
    Cockadoos and tumeric hairdye—it's an experiment.

    Fashion in the 22nd century—what do you imagine the human race to wear?
    I have no expectations towards humanity. The question is, will our poor planet survive humanity?

    Do you prefer to be a trendsetter, or a classic? 
    I prefer big black cock.



    Bernhard Willhelm 3000: When Fashion Shows Danger Then Fashion Is The Danger runs through May 5


    MOCA Los Angeles
    250 South Grand Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    MAP


    Exclusive image from Bernhard Willhelm 3000: When Fashion Shows Danger Then Fashion Is The Danger: Jackets from Bernhard Willhelm A/W 15. Photo by Daniel Trese 

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    This summer, OC got you Tipsy and Tan. Now, we're just getting you tipsy. Meet Fridays at Five, our cocktail series where mixologists at New York City’s white-hot new restaurants create OC-exclusive drinks for our readers. Drinking on the job? Don't mind if we do...

    Let’s face it: The weather in northern USA has been less than wonderful. In New York, the streets have turned slick with ice, and even the textured rubber soles of our patent Grunge Oxfords can’t save us from the slush lagoons on every block. It’s just about time to start thinking of a winter getaway.

    Luckily, Sekend Sun in Astoria has come up with a cocktail that brings the vacation to you (albeit indoors, with a heater on at full blast). Created for easy beach drinking, the Cooler for Copa just takes some muddled grapes, sugar, and cachaça. Say it with us: winter luau time. 



    Name: Jay Zimmerman

    If this drink had a soundtrack, what would it be?Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beach Boys 

    Drink of choice: Typically, I drink Negronis before dinner, but I’m unapologetically a beer-and-a-shot kind of guy: Budweiser and a shot of Rittenhouse rye.

    Hangover cure: A dark room and a good amount of healthy sleep. If it hurts, avoid it.

    Best date advice: When you have a moment, whether it’s 30 seconds before your date gets there, or when your date is in the bathroom, befriend the bartender. A good one knows when to jump in to help out.

    Worst pick-up: There was a couple on a date once, and the guy was telling a story and was really emphatic, and ended up kneeing the girl in the crotch. She just got up and left.

    What not to do to your bartender: Never tell them how to do their job.



    Exclusive Recipe: Cooler for Copa
    OC Alcohol Scale*: 3
    “It’s an easy drink. Beach drinking.”

    2 teaspoons of sugar
    4 white grapes
    4 red grapes
    2 ounces of Avuá Cachaça
    1 glass of club soda

    Muddle the grapes with sugar. Pour in Avuá Cachaça, shake, and then top with soda water. Pour into a glass and sip until the tide is low.


    *OC's Alcohol Scale ranges from 1 ("like sippin' from a juice box") to 10 ("take me home—right now")Cooler for Copa. Photos by Jessica Chou You'll need Avuá Cachaça, red grapes, white grapes, and sugar. Start by adding white grapes into the shaker. Add in approximately four red grapes. Muddle the grapes with sugar.Pour in Avuá Cachaça, shake, and then top with club soda.

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    In the fourth installment of "Mr. Mickey’s Fabulous Guide To Airport Gift Shops," Paper's Mickey Boardman breezes us through one of his favorite airports, Paris' Charles de Gaulle (CDG), also known as Roissy Airport. 




    "Weirdly, Paris has amazing stuff, because they have all this shit shaped like the Eiffel Tower. It's just like, come on.

    Even something like a little case with souvenir caramels or cookies—that’s a cute thing someone could put out on their table. Paris is great for that kind of stuff. These "French girl" cosmetic cases, with the pink frilly dresses—I’m not that into, but for someone who likes fashion and has bad taste....

    And then there's a Maxim's Bar at Terminal 2F. I love Maxim's. The original is on the rue Royale; it was that kind of a restaurant that was super glamorous back in the day, and now they've opened up branches all over the world. I’m sure they have one in Shanghai now. Brigitte Bardot once came in barefoot. And the fashion set—Pierre Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent, Guy Laroche—they would all frequent chez Maxim's. I think it's still owned by Pierre Cardin.

    They have such weird taste in France. I mean, here's a little Disney toy that looks like a little purse... or is it a puppet shaped like Snow White? They love a good pouch, like pouches shaped like pandas and pigs. It’s very Pylones. Every time I look in the window of a Pylones, I think, I kind of love it, but at the same time I’m horrified.

    In the gift shops, you can purchase big Eiffel Tower with liqueur. I just think it’s so good. Like I've said, I love to shop so the idea is happening for me because everywhere you go, these airports are just shop, shop, shop. Every flat surface, there’s some old man in a toga or turban selling toys or chewing gum. I also love foreign snacks, because they make wonderful gifts. For instance, when I'm in New Delhi, I love to get Haldiram's Taka-Tak, which are kind of like crazy Indian Cheetos.

    Something foreign or fun, someone else's version of the familiar—it really keeps you interested." 


    — as told to Jeanine Celeste Pang In the gift shops, you can purchase big Eiffel Tower with liqueur. I just think it’s so good. Photos and captions by the author

    These "French girl" cosmetic cases, with the pink frilly dresses—I’m not that into, but for someone who likes fashion and has bad taste....  

    They have such weird taste in France. I mean, here's a little Disney toy that looks like a little purse... or is it a puppet shaped like Snow White?
    It’s very Pylones. Every time I look in the window of a Pylones, I think, I kind of love it, but at the same time I’m horrified. 
    Even something like a little case with souvenir

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    This past Friday, before pre-Grammy celebrations, Opening Ceremony hung out with designer Bernhard Willhelm for his latest collection reception-slash-exhibition, Bernhard Willhelm 3000: When Fashion Shows The Danger Then Fashion Is The Danger.

    The opening was held at MOCA at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood (recall our exclusive sneak peek), a multimedia showcase bursting with Willlhelm's signature textures, colors, and camp. The Belgian designer managed to transcend his loyalty to a single medium over the years and has made his art also about photography, video, sculpture, and painting. In other words, Willhelm created the perfect crossover.

    While the designer has had retrospectives at both the ModeMuseum in Antwerp and the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, this was his first time showing in Los Angeles since his initial move to the city from from Paris last year. The energy was high and eclectic, with an overwhelming turnout of LA’s stylish set who were all eager to steal a first glimpse of the designer's latest work—think international artist KESH, Luke Gilford, Niko the Ikon, and even Pamela Anderson. The gang's all here. 


    Bernhard Willhelm 3000: When Fashion Shows Danger Then Fashion Is The Danger runs through May 5


    MOCA Los Angeles
    250 South Grand Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    MAPDesigner/curator Bernhard Willhelm showing a little sass... Photos by Miguel Jimenez and Matt Brooks
    Bernhard Willhelm 3000: When Fashion Shows The Danger Then Fashion Is The Danger is the designer's new take on presenting a Fashion Week collection. The designer's masterful ready-to-wear pieces were present. Willhelm managed to transcend his loyalty to a single medium and included photography, video, sculpture, and painting. Yes, keep staring. This was Willhelm's first time showing in Los Angeles since his initial move to the city from from Paris last year. Blow-up fashion!The show was a stunning multimedia exhibition bursting with Willhelm's signature colors, textures, and camp. 

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    You've read about it, and today—it's finally here. A collection by Vivienne Westwood exclusively for a new generation of rebel hearts, the Worlds End Capsule revives the "Clothes for Heroes" archives from Westwood's storied Kings Road shop in Chelsea, London, and the era that defined a punk generation. Each piece was carefully selected for its influential "status" concept and defiant DIY spirit, including classics reissued using prized, leftover scraps. For instance: pinstripe Drunken Anarchy shirts, Propaganda sweatshirts that speak to climate change, photoreal breast-printed tees, and the 1983 Three Tongue Trainers (a catwalk first!).

    Available only at Opening Ceremony, this limited run, unisex collection represents a culture-driven vision—as relevant today as in the '70s and '80s. Shop our first drop today; and look out for new arrivals to arrive in a few weeks.


    Shop all Vivienne Westwood Worlds End men's and women's 

    Inter-Titty Top in black, Pirate Denim Trousers in blue, and Inter-Titty Top in natural. Photos courtesy of Vivienne WestwoodSavage Printed Tank in color and Three Tongue Trainers in white 

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    It's that mushy-gushy time of year... again. Hate it or love it, Valentine's Day is a few winks away, as is the trending Fifty Shades of Grey premiere along with a heady right-swipe Tinder binge. With boo thangs dashing to the nearest Hallmark gift shop, now seems a good time to check up on our fave Opening Ceremony couples in love.

    Here, Spring app co-founder Ara Katz breaks down love with her fiancé Chris Ovitz. Read on where you'll discover that "Saying 'I love you' more times than you check Instagram everyday" is the secret to lasting love. That's the kind of status update we like to see. 


    Looking for jewelry for bae? Shop our Valentine's Day promo and take 20% off select jewelry styles. And don't forget, Opening Ceremony is now on Spring!
     



    OPENING CEREMONY: How long have you been together?
    ARA KATZ: Four years and three months, as of January 26.  

    Best Valentine's Day memory?
    AK: Last year we recreated the perfect John Hughes '80s movie date. We rode our bikes to the Santa Monica pier and then rode the ferris wheel.  

    Any pet names?  
    CHRIS OVITZ: "Boo"
    AK: Are we really going to admit that in public?

    Who is the better cook?
    AK: Chris. Unless it involves kale. Then it's me.  

    Let's go shopping! What kind of stuff would you love to receive for V-Day? 
    CO: Band of Outsiders Multicolor Pinstriped Raglan Crewneck in navy/multi, the Evolve Xbox game, the Opening Ceremony M1 Classic Boot in Grey Suede, a vintage Guns N' Roses tour T-shirt, and The Lord of the Rings first-edition signed copies. 
    AK: For me, it would be a donation to the I Am That Girl charity, Opening Ceremony Paloma Tech Clutch in black, All Gone 2014 book series, the Maison Martin Margiela Chevaliere Split Ring 14X12MM, a sacred passage trip with John Milton, and a Loewe Nodo Leather Keyring in red, because it reminds me of a love knot. 

    Define modern-day romance?
    AK: Frida Kahlo said to find someone who looks at you like you're magic and Jerry Maguire said, "You complete me." Modern-day romance is finding the magic first in yourself, seeing it in someone else, and then making sure everyone on Instagram also sees it. Ha, no seriously—the most romantic thing to me is about the moments in between: those unexpected texts, when he double checks to see if it's almond milk, those nights you decide to ditch

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    "If you like piña coladas..." then you'll be plenty stoked for the beach-bound Opening Ceremony Spring/Summer 2015 men's collection

    This season, with repeated Palm Collage prints integrated onto trousers, athleisure sweatshirts, and zip-up bombers, a weather reading of above, say, 30 degrees doesn't seem so off the mark. Planning a surf trip to Costa Rica? Sporty, wetsuit-inspired fabrics and updated logo tanks are perfect packing staples, and leaves the wearer checking those daily tide reports on the regular. Need a perfect transitional windbreaker? We're digging the Break Tech Transformer

    Presented and released in unison with the women's Resort collection that featured similar prints and repeated styles, this collection screams "androgynous spring." Seeing as though a few select styles play with gender codes and sporty mesh materials, it seems fitting that the two cohesive collections play off of each other. 

    There may be five weeks of winter left, but with Opening Ceremony Spring 2015, it doesn't have to feel like it.


    Shop all Opening Ceremony men's here, and for more on the Spring/Summer 2015, check out this Palm Collage Combo Sweatshirt in blush pink multi

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    This is a dispatch from Trap Mansion, home of my friends, in the Coastal Empire also known as Savannah, Georgia. I—a New Yorker, a Yankee, a scrappy carpetbagger—came here to flee the creative desert that is millennial Brooklyn in an attempt to find a place where seeds could be planted. Fancying myself a 21st-century Tacitus, I document for you, reader, and for annals of history, my weekend in Fist City.

    I heard word from fellow writers and recently renounced Brooklynite friends, that Savannah was "happenin." My buddies John Swisher and Mike Brown live, along with Olivia (Swisher’s older sister) in the Lucas Mansion, which they’ve deemed the Trap Mansion. The Trap Mansion is a five-bedroom, four-bathroom house that costs about the same amount as a small studio in downtown Manhattan. They have two electric organs, a backyard, two cats, and one blind dog. 

    I’ve never been a person that goes in for any kind of "scene." When I do go out to a gallery or a performance, I invariably end up on a mopey train ride home, thinking of the night better spent in bed or a movie theater.  So why seek out a scene in Savannah, you jerk? you may be thinking. Disappointment and curiosity are my two driving forces. But, like a beat dog responding to an extended hand, I am wary—frightful, even. It is with this attitude that I entered the Hang Fire bar on a recent Friday night. 

    Logistically speaking: Cry Fest 2 is a joint project of Fist City art collective and Safe//Sound promotion. An all-night event, Cry Fest 2 was used to promote Fist City’s new minizine, while Safe//Sound took the opportunity to bring together an experimental music show. Jae Matthews, who runs Safe//Sound, mandated that each of the14 participating bands perform 15 minutes of new material apiece, continuing the five-year old mission of creating a space for new and experimental music in a place that was traditionally absent from the art scene. 

    Just about 100 people gathered for Cry Fest 2, drinking in front (as it is legal to drink on the street here) and at the bar. Inside, they danced to the alt-electric and alt- pop (think The Kills without the polished production). As we approached, John and Mike assure me that people here are not judgmental. I remained hesitant. Everyone I spoke to knew each other and were interested in each other’s creative endeavors. It was off-putting, baffling, even. I felt disarmed, like I was in a hipster Stepford. These people were writers, teachers, punk rockers, DJs, and performance artists. What's more, these people were all polite and (mostly) unaffected. Genuine. It was then that I spotted a homeless man hanging around a group leaning against the bar. I saw him stretch out his hand and casually pat Olivia on the head. Knowing Olivia, I expected loud cussing and an open-handed slap. She turns and says "Hola Pepe! Como estas?" Apparently, they were old friends.

    Just then, I saw a guy, who was talking about Jared Leto and hot-tattis, kick a cup; Alicia, an Atlantan and a DJ, admonished him and he picked it up sheepishly. The considerate environment had me reeling. I hustled to the bar to settle myself, helped by J and M who knew what I was experiencing. We came across Jae, who asked me how I was enjoying myself. I shuffled by a one-man-crowd-surfer; his hat fell off and someone picked it up off the ground and put it on his head. Polite, even to the point of obnoxious. Got to the bar, ordered a whiskey, quick, we

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    It's that mushy-gushy time of year... again. Hate it or love it, Valentine's Day is a few winks away, as is the trending Fifty Shades of Grey premiere along with a heady right-swipe Tinder binge. With boo thangs dashing to the nearest Hallmark gift shop, now seems a good time to check up on our fave Opening Ceremony couples in love.

    Here, OC Stylist Kindall Almond elaborates on romance with Austin Sandhaus. Who says champagne and red Kool-Aid don't make for a memorable Valentine's Day?
     

    Looking for jewelry for bae? Shop our Valentine's Day promo and take 20% off select jewelry styles




    OPENING CEREMONY: How long have you been together?
    KINDALL ALMOND: We've been together for almost a year and a half. 

    Best Valentine's Day memory?
    KA: We've only had one Valentine's Day together so far. Last year, Austin showed up at my apartment with a bottle of champagne and some red Kool-Aid. That's romantic enough for me
    AUSTIN SANDHAUS: You could say I was feeling inspired. 

    Who is the better cook?
    KA: We both can only really cook stirfry. And soup—we're really good at making soup.
    AS: I think my pizzas rock. However, they're severely deformed. 

    Any pet names?
    KA: Everyone in our life is just "baby." Even her brother calls me that. 
    AS: Yeah, but the intention is different...

    Let's go shopping! What kind of stuff would you love to receive for V-Day?
    KA: Matching Delfina Delettrez Eye Earrings. When we starting dating, "Hold On, We're Going Home" was always on the radio. (Get it? "I've got my eyes on you.") We'd also love the Maison Michel Boyfriend Hat—or girlfriend hat—for our trip to Amman this March. 

    Define modern-day romance?
    KA: I think we try to keep our romance kind of old-school. We like going out to dinner and the movies instead of staying home and ordering Seamless while watching Netflix.

    Is there an art to the couple selfie?
    KA: Both of us getting one with our eyes open is an art in and of itself.  

    PDA: cheesy or permissible?
    KA: One-sided, usually from me.
    AS: I love it, but in certain settings I admit I feel uncomfortable and have to fend her off (cue big smile).  

    Secret to lasting love?
    KA: Giving each other the space to be successful and creative on our own, but still working well together."I think we try to keep our romance kind of old-school," says OC stylist Kindall Almond. "We like going out to dinner and the movies instead of staying home and ordering Seamless while watching Netflix."

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    Valentine's Day: It's my favorite holiday.

    People find it ridiculous if you admit to having even the slightest emotion above nausea for February 14. "Crass commercialism," they sniff, chased with the knee-jerk reaction: A cheap Hallmark holiday. As if that's a real epiphany.

    They wrinkle their noses, sailing by the Duane Reade aisle packed with pink cellophane, reflective Mylar balloons, and $7.99 plush gorillas that hold red hearts in their paws and say dopey shit like, "I'm Wild About You."

    The conceit is a simple one: It's easy to harp on Valentine's Day because it's cutesy, and prescribed romance is unsexy, but I'd argue that it's quite valiant. The one time where you might be brave enough to attempt an expression of... what, adoration? Love, even? Recall those elementary school days when distributing palm-sized cards and candy grams took up an entire afternoon (the latter, packaged in plastic baggies and containing things like cinnamon bears and Palmer pink-foiled double crisp chocolates, was a princely 35 cents when I was eight).

    You'd leave the classroom feeling accomplished, red marker ink on your thumbs and glitter on your trousers. Cards for friends and family, sure, but you knew what you were doing—wistful and intent on creating that one perfect, construction-paper heart for your freckle-faced crush. The ribbon and lace had to be just right; the message just coy enough. A certain pluck would compel you to deliver said card at recess, Kevin Arnold to Winnie Cooper style.

    Your heart distilled into that valentine.

    If you have an anachronistic sense of romance, you might still dig those hand-made cards. In fact, the mass production we see now (the holiday is the most popular time for distributors like Hallmark and American Greetings, only second to Christmas), was created in the 1900s for convenience, as printing technology bucked up and people found it easier to express sentiment when sap was discouraged by society. If everything old is new again, let's bring 'em back. 

    To wit: I'm smitten with the holiday, regardless if I receive "man roses," or have a dinner date, or need an excuse to purchase that sheer, mesh bra begging for its own glass case. I love it, because you remember how it felt to have your heart thump out of your chest, and how to genuinely want an answer to the age-old question: "Will you be my Valentine?" 

    (The excuse to wear pink and red isn't so bad, either.) 


    Regardless of agenda, you're gonna look smokin'. Above, OC's Michelle Salem tries on three completely different outfits for Saturday, February 14. Bonus: Shop our Valentine's Day promo and take 20% off select jewelry styles1. FOR THE GIRL'S GIRL (she might be with her gals, at a Glossier mask

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  • 02/10/15--21:00: Yup! In Our White Tees...
  • The white T-shirt is a closet staple that knows no end. Always there for us when we need a blank slate to level out our Daisy Painted Pants and or a perfect crop for those high-waisted pants du jour, we just want to love the hell out of them.

    When it's not being immortalized in Dem Franchize Boys' songs, the standard tee is undoubtedly being worn as a basic add-on by some stylish gal or guy. Considering all of the times the white tee has completed our any-outfits, it only seems fitting (ha!) that the top should have its own special day of appreciation. Come to think of it, today is White T-Shirt Day, and the Opening Ceremony gang couldn't be more excited to bring out our favorites—not that we need a holiday to throw on an easy tee...

    Check out our slide show above and peep 10 perfect, white tees! 




    OC staff members sport their favorite pristine white T-shirts. From left: Opening Ceremony Anemore Transfer Mesh Tee in clay grey,  Deer Dana Jean Michel Tee in white, Opening Ceremony Delta Handkerchief Top in sheer pink, Smith & Smith Contrast Collar Polo Shirt in white/black, and Nicopanda Bow Ribbon Tee in white/blue
    Opening Ceremony Anemone Transfer Mesh Tee in clay grey Deer Dana Jean Michel Tee in white Opening Ceremony Delta Handkerchief Top in sheer pink Smith & Smith Contrast Collar Polo Shirt in white/black

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    You can't put a price on beauty. Take it from a Korean-born girl: True beauty gurus—the kind that are Instagrammed on the regular with unreal, porcelain skin—swear by their daily, oftentimes stringent, routines. Everyone seems to focus on the 10-Step Korean Beauty Play-By-Play, but us girls are just as focused on what we eat and drink. We suggest you start easy and take notes on four very simple DIY secrets, courtesy of Korean actress (and former Miss Universe contender) Lee Ha-nui aka Honey Lee, from the country's crazy-popular TV show, Get It Beauty




    1. Drink That "Shrek" Juice
    "When I want to lose four or five pounds in a healthy way, I drink this Shrek juice for breakfast. It's filling and it contains tons of fiber. When you are on a diet, you may have issues with your bowels and this drink prevents that problem! It also works well for a detox. I also add apple juice for a sweet taste and freshly-squeezed lemon to reduce the bitter taste and smell of kale." 
    *Shrek juice (aka green juice) ingredients: spinach, kale, celery, cucumbers, apples, bananas, tomatoes, apple juice, and lemon  


    2. Nuke Your Own Fruit And Veggie Chips 
    "My favorite chips are tangerines, oranges, carrot, lotus roots, pumpkin sweet potato, purple sweet potato, and garlic. Tangerine and orange peels contain a lot of Vitamin C; it's very effective for winter cold prevention. As for the carrots, the carotene generates antioxidant reaction to regenerate skin cells! Also—if you eat lotus roots regularly, it can help with generating blood. Pumpkin sweet potato has enough plant based-fiber, so it prevents constipation, while purple sweet potato contains of Vitamin C and E, which helps anti-aging."
    *How to make: Just slice raw ingredients into thin, bite-sized portions and stick into the microwave. It only takes five minutes for them to dehydrate. 


    3. Raw Ginseng And Honey Are BFFs
    "I slice raw ginseng and soak it in a jar of honey, overnight. When I'm hungry, I just eat the slices out of the jar or take a few spoonfuls and mix in hot water, and then drink as a tea. Ginseng calms the nerves; it's best for people who get cold easily and those with weak digestive systems. 


    4. The New Coconut Water: Green Plum Syrup And Pellegrino
    "When you are feeling bloated or have to fight a craving at night on an empty stomach, drink this as your secret weapon! Just add a few drops of green plum syrup in seltzer water or sparkling water. The green plum activates the liver and kidneys to decode your body. It also contains a great deal of natural citric acid to help recover from fatigue."Get it Beauty star Honey Lee has the secrets to fighting cravings, "decoding your body," and making your own DIY vegetable chips. We're down. 
    Koreans call green juice "Shrek juice." Isn't that funny?!
    "When I want to lose four or five pounds in a healthy way, I drink this for breakfast," says the K-beauty star. "It's filling and it contains tons of fiber."

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    It's that mushy-gushy time of year... again. Hate it or love it, Valentine's Day is a few winks away, as is the trending Fifty Shades of Grey premiere along with a heady right-swipe Tinder binge. With boo thangs dashing to the nearest Hallmark gift shop, now seems a good time to check up on our fave Opening Ceremony couples in love.

    Here, OC women's shop manager Simon Chung elaborates on romance his wife, Lauren Chung. Just because you're not the best at taking couple selfies doesn't mean you can't find uncomplicated love. 


    Looking for jewelry for bae? Shop our Valentine's Day promo and take 20% off select jewelry styles



    OPENING CEREMONY: How long have you been together?
    SIMON CHUNG: We will be married for four years in March and will have been together a total of five years in September.

    Best Valentine's memory?
    LAUREN CHUNG: I came home from a long day at work to a beautiful candlelit dinner with classical music playing in the background. He knows how to turn on the charm when he wants to!

    Who is the better cook?
    SC: Me, but Lolo makes a good sous chef.
    LC: The neighborhood sushi and Mexican restaurants are favorites on my phone—does that count?

    Any pet names?
    LC: Pretty standard ones: BB, babe, beebs. Oh, and also monkey, but I'm not really sure how that came about.

    Shopping! What kind of stuff would you love to receive for V-Day?
    LC: I'm obsessed with any and everything Sorelle! The Phoebe Large Hoops are so festive—I mean, they're POW (in the words of Mariah Carey)!
    SC: I want the XXBC OC-Exclusive Oversized Jacket and Acne Studios Tony Face Jacket.

    Define modern-day romance?
    LC: Sharing everything and viewing the person you're with as an equal is something that's very romantic. Simple and uncomplicated love it the best kind of love.

    Is there an art to the couple selfie?
    LC: We are the worst couple selfie-ists EVER! Maybe we should buy a selfie stick?

    PDA: cheesy or permissible?

    LC: Do what you feel!

    Secret to lasting love?
    SC: Know when to say yes and when to say no.
    LC: Always finding something new and exciting about the other person and sharing memorable experiences together.

    Who gets the last word?
    SC: Me!
    LC: Oh, looks like it's moi! "This polaroid was taken in May 2013 at our apartment before attending the J.W. Anderson x Versus Versace collaboration launch party at the Armory," says Lauren Chung. 
     

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    This season, designer Gosha Rubchinskiy continues his streetwear winning streak and owns his title as the King of the rebellious Russian youth. 

    From '90s-era skater boys, to the underground sub-cultures, to the Russian club kid scene, the Moscow-based designer found their common ground with a sportive collection of Text Printed Sweatpants, Raglan Tees, and skeleton long-boarders— all enough to make any Hypebeast boy bow down. 

    The Spring/Summer ’15 collection is also full of inside quirks: the Shoelace Belt, the alien motif (a friend’s interpretation of a Russian myth), and of course, the cyrillic logos. But all together, the sun-embroidered Baseball Caps and thick Canvas Pants done in blazing primary colors prove that nothing gets lost in translation.

    You might not be a defiant teen channeling the fashion Gods, but with this collection, you can at least feel like it. 

    Shop all Gosha Rubchinskiy here Printed Hoodie in red Text Printed Sweatpants in grey Printed Raglan 3/4-Sleeve T-Shirt in red/white Camo Drill Shorts in green camo Sun Embroidered Baseball Cap in pink Patchwork Check Short-Sleeve Shirt in red mix Text

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    You came to the right place for your one-of-a-kind fashion coverage because Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Fall/Winter 2015. In typical OC fashion, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, a recap from yesterday's Fall/Winter 2015 Rachel Comey show, where the clothes were just as stylish as the A-list guests and hosts. We see you, Tracee Ellis Ross. 

    Want more from New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on FW15 here

    Shop all Rachel Comey here



    Show: Rachel Comey

    Location: Pioneer Works in Red Hook

    Winning Look: Yves Klein blue fringe sweater w/ leather skirt!

    Three words to describe the (new) Rachel Comey woman: “A Little Mischievous” — Rachel Comey

    Wear it to: Dinner on your first date 

    Reporter’s notes: Tracee Ellis Ross as life coach, Madame Hiver says, “The window to your soul…is through the vagina!”

    Spotted: MONICA. LEWINSKY.

    One song to represent this collection: "'Warm Leatherette' by Grace Jones" — Rachel ComeyPhotos by Derek Anthony Welte Rachel ComeyParker PoseyTracee Ellis Ross and Natasha Lyonne

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    It's that mushy-gushy time of year... again. Hate it or love it, Valentine's Day is a few winks away, as is the trending Fifty Shades of Grey premiere along with a heady right-swipe Tinder binge. With boo thangs dashing to the nearest Hallmark gift shop, now seems a good time to check up on our fave Opening Ceremony couples in love.

    Here, Ahlem Platt, the designer behind eyewear brand Ahlem, and her husband Bo Platt reveal the secret to the perfect couple selfie. (Hint: don't put your finger on the lens!)

    Shop all Ahlem here

    Looking for jewelry for bae? Shop our Valentine's Day promo and take 20% off
    select jewelry styles



    OPENING CEREMONY: How long have you been together?
    AHLEM PLATT: Six years, three months, and ten days. 

    Best Valentine's Day memory?
    AP: I was away in Italy and he sent me a picture of a heart in the snow from Paris. 

    Who is the better cook?
    BO PLATT: Both! I make the best Miso Salmon thanks to my extended Japanese family, and Ahlem is amazing with French slow cooking.

    Any pet names?
    AP: Atlas, our Golden Retriever.

    Let's go shopping! What kind of stuff would you love to receive for V-Day?
    AP: I would love the Delfina Delattrez Neon Ring to pair with the Ahlem St. Germain Sunglasses

    Define modern-day romance?
    AP: Living, loving, and being creative together.

    Is there an art to the couple selfie?
    BP: Don't put your finger on the lens.

    PDA: cheesy or permissible?
    AP: Permissibly cheesy.

    Secret to lasting love?
    AP: Breakfast in bed. Daily.

    Who gets the last word?
    BOTH: Ha!According to Ahlem Platt, a modern-day romance is "living, loving, and being creative together." 

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    Period piece enthusiasts, listen up. Steve J & Yoni P is about to sweep you off your feet.

    This season, the South Korean brand stitches Victorian-era elements into blouses and skirts fit for the fashion set, minus the strict social codes and stiff corsets of the late 1800s. Picture the epoch’s quintessential ruffles freed and downsized to sleeve trims and hemlines, then paired with spring-appropriate denim. With easy-to-wear pieces like the Frill Jersey Tee Dress and the Detachable Overalls Denim Dress, it’s the collection made for modern girls who need to dash for a cab, not chase a marriage.

    Shop all Steve J & Yoni P
    here 


    Frill Sleeve Blouse in nude pink Frill Jersey Tee Dress in white Side Button Denim Skirt in white Button-Back Destroyed Denim Jacket in white Frill Collar Blouse in white Detachable Overalls Denim Dress in white

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    OCTV Presents: "Behind-the-Scenes of Opening Ceremony NYFW Part 1," presented by Lexus, produced by C7E, and directed by Jenner Furst



    Aside from the numerous "oohs" and "ahhs" that usually erupt amidst the glitzy clothes and A-list guests at an Opening Ceremony Fashion Week show, the next response from guests is generally a unanimous, "How the hell did they do that?!" 

    For the past three Fashion Week seasons, OC founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have upped the runway culture ante with their extravagant shows that are just as inventive and elaborate as the clothing on display.

    "We're not trying to top ourselves, we're trying to tell a story—going beyond is in the ethos of our company," says Leon. You can say that again.

    For the Spring/Summer 14 runway show, male and female models arrived in the gnarliest of whips while the Fall/Winter 2014 show developed into a Wonka-esque wonderland with a background wall of dripping Belgian chocolate. These off-the-wall fashion antics and unexpected runway surprises beg the question, "What's next?"

    For their  Fall/Winter 2015 collection, Lim and Leon looked to their pal Spike Jonze for inspiration, pulling from his photo archive of skateboard and BMX subcultures. After putting together last season's show-stopping one act play with Jonze and Jonah Hill at the Metropolitan Opera House, we can't wait to see what Lim and Leon have up their sleeves this season.

    Check out Part 1 of the video interview above and make sure to stay tuned for Part 2, debuting on February 17

     

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    Imagine you’re cooking tonight: throw in some Queen, add a pinch of The Beach Boys and a measure a dash of good old rock 'n' roll, chase it with a whole lot of love and you get "All I Want Is You," the latest track from London-based quartet, Citizens!  

    Led by Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand fame, the boys of Citizens! have managed to blend their pop-punk antics with catchy lyrics and danceable beats. To show appreciation for their fans, the bandmates have created a special app just in time for Valentine's Day that lets you send your bae a charming digital message, complete with your choice of an image in addition to the exclusive track download. 

    The single comes from the band’s forthcoming LP, European Soul, which drops on April 13th. 


    So jump on board and give your sweetheart more than just a box of chocolate hearts—this year it’s clearly all about ear candy. 


    Listen to Citizen!'s "All I Want Is You" below

     

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  • 02/12/15--21:00: Apple Butter At The Ship
  • Last summer, OC got you Tipsy and Tan. Now, we're just getting you tipsy. Meet Fridays at Five, our cocktail series where mixologists at New York City’s white-hot new restaurants create OC-exclusive drinks for our readers. Drinking on the job? Don't mind if we do...

    This is it lovebirds: Valentine’s Day Weekend. Whether you’re toasting freedom with some single ladies (and men), or snuggling next to a loved one, it’s safe to say that this weekend calls for a little extra TLC.

    Enter the Apple Butter from subterranean nautical-themed bar The Ship (headed by Cervantes Ramirez of Little Branch, Milk & Honey, and PDT). For Valentine's Day weekend, Ramirez married two of our favorite winter warmers in one: a spiked cider and a hot buttered rum. Sweet, slightly boozy, and just a tad creamy, this drink has just the right amount of sugar and spice to heat things up in the bedroom—or the bar.



    Name: Cervantes Ramirez

    If this drink had a soundtrack, what would it be?Shanty Town” by Desmond Dekker 

    Drink of choice: Queen’s Park Swizzle. It’s like a mojito with bitters.

    Hangover cure: Water before bed—at least three glasses. That’s what my father told me, and it works.

    Best date advice: Just enjoy it. You have to have patience, relax, and just be there to learn something. That’s how you have a good time.

    Worst pick-up: Once at Little Branch, we saw a girl get up and say she was going to the bathroom. She never came back. The guy took it well; we gave him a few drinks.

    What not to do to your bartender: Don’t rush the bartender. And if you know them and their name, call them by their name.



    Exclusive Recipe: Apple Butter OC
    Alcohol Scale*: 6
    “It’s a classic winter warmer”

    ½ oz ginger syrup
    ½ oz honey
    Pat of butter
    2 cloves
    ¾ oz cognac
    ¾ oz Apple Jack brandy
    1 ½ oz apple cider

    Stir everything together and then heat until foamy and steaming. Do not boil. Pour into a glass and garnish with fresh nutmeg.


    *OC's Alcohol Scale ranges from 1 ("like sippin' from a juice box") to 10 ("take me home—right now")The Apple Butter. Photos by Jessica ChouYou'll need ginger syrup, honey, butter, cognac, Apple Jack Brandy, and apple cider.Stir everything together and then heat until foamy and steaming.Pour into a glass and garnish with fresh nutmeg.  

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