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    Cold is just a state of mind at this point, right? We have a theory that if we start acting like the weather is warm, the actual temperature will follow. Thanks to Toga Pulla, we have the perfect breezy cardigans, girly sundresses, and 90’s-inspired bandeaus to test this hypothesis.

    Japanese Designer Yasuko Furuta’s line is an edgier subset of her main project Toga, the Greek word for “draped clothes." Pulla’s light and airy clothes are feminine with a sporty bite that makes them hard to resist, even when you have to climb over mountains of dirty, grey snow to get where you’re going. Trendsetting has never been about comfort OR warmth. Why start now?

    Shop all Toga Pulla here Mesh Sleeve Double Face Top in red and Wool Bonding Shorts in grey Multi Jacquard Sweater in purple Plaid Jacquard Jersey Tube Top in green and Embossed Cut-Out Skirt in blue/white Hand Knit Loose Threading Cardigan in yellow Knit Side Leather Jacket in black Rayon Georgette Dress in light blue Double Face Tank Top in white

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    You know that moment when you hear the first piano notes of Kanye’s “Runaway” and you can’t help but “play” your imaginary keyboard—no matter where you are (first Tinder date included). Or perhaps you’re more mystified as to how you naturally turn on your best Lana Del Rey pout as soon as the first beat of her “National Anthem” single blares from the speakers. It’s okay to admit it; we’ve done it too. While each of these Vine-worthy music moments may seem completely different, the man to blame for the catchy-ness—and shame-worthy impersonations in public—is the same: Emile Haynie.

    While you may not recognize the name, the under-the-radar musician has been writing and producing some of your favorite tracks and albums for over a decade. His list of collaborators—Bruno Mars, Eminem, FKA twigs, and Kid Cudi to name a few—is more star-studded than the front row at Yeezy’s Fall/Winter 2015 runway show. Tomorrow, the hit-maker is looking to add his name to his list of peers with his debut album, We Fall.

    Featuring a drool-worthy tracklist of contributors—think Dev Hynes, Sampha, and ya girl Charlotte GainsbourgWe Fall is the debut album set to officially put Haynie on the map.

    We caught up with the producer and talked about working with friends, the future of music, and what’s up with new work from Cudder.



    CHLOE DEWBERRY: When did you first realize that you wanted to pursue music?
    EMILE HAYNIE: I was making what they used to call pause mixtapes. I was just obsessed. I had every hip-hop cassette tape and I would take my favorite songs and just make compilations with a double take back—which was a big deal in 1991. In 1992, Juice came out and that’s the first time I really saw a DJ do that kind of thing: DJ battles and making beats with turntables. When I saw that, I realized it was kind of what I was trying to do with cassettes and tables. I obsessed over becoming a DJ. I think that movie inspired a lot of DJs my age. Two years later, I dropped out of school in the ninth grade and went full-time into music all day, everyday.

    I was raised on full albums and the experience of enjoying a whole cohesive album. I feel as though it’s harder to sell a full album today because people only want the one single. How does your album breach that?
    It’s a concept album. There’s not really one song—I really hope people listen to it front to back and that’s kind of like a lot of the albums that I’ve worked on. They’ve been full-length conceptual listens and that’s my thing. I’m not the one you go to for a single or one tune. I make full, cohesive albums. My album is completely that—I produced the whole thing; there’s an orchestra over the whole thing. I’ll always stand by listening to an album front to back.

    Can you tell us what the album name We Fall signifies?
    “We” is everybody on the record—all my friends. “Fall” is just a word that kept appearing, whether it’s a negative or a positive. It just popped into my head instantly and I stuck with it. We fall

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    Marques'Almeida has always had your back (and legs, and feet) covered when it comes to denim. Now, the brand introduces the perfect all-denim pairing with a limited-edition tote created exclusively for Opening Ceremony, hot on the pointed-toe heels of their London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 runway show.

    Utilizing the brand’s signature denim construction, the tote is also embossed with a Marques'Almeida for Opening Ceremony logo in the center—perfect for letting passersby know this isn’t your average carryall. It also includes a copy of the inaugural issue of Marques'Almeida's journal, which is the closest you’ll come to the source of the their inspiration, without having to step into Lizzie McGuire’s closet.

    Above, Marques'Almeida designers Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida show us what’s stuffed into their own totes. The praying hands emoji couldn’t be more accurate in describing how you’ll feel knowing that you can carry your Tic Tacs and makeup while upping your denim game. 


    Shop the Marques'Almeida for Opening Ceremony OC-Exclusive tote herePaulo Almeida's Marques'Almeida OC-Exclusive Tote includes Marques'Almeida Book 01, Marques'Almeida Spring/Summer 2015 black wallet, his favorite pen, Tic Tac candies, cab contacts, and lots of drawings for next season’s collection. Marta Marques' Marques'Almeida OC-Exclusive Tote Bag is packed with Marques'Almeida Book 01, her passport, Lonely Planet Best Tips to Travel book ("We are always planning new travels."), headphones, keys on a big keychain ("We’re always loosing them."), iPhone with Kate Moss as the wallpaper ("We always have Kate Moss around."), Marques'Almeida SS15 pink wallet, MAC eye pencil, fabric samples, lollipops, pills for headaches, and more. "I’m a mess and I never clean my bag!" says Marta

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  • 02/23/15--21:00: School-Wear For Rude Gyals
  • School-wear is making a fierce resurgence. I myself have been guilty of repurposing my OG lacy bobby socks from primary school, and wearing them with a pair of obnoxiously chunky platforms or Nike Air Max sneakers. London-based accessories brand Pum Pum Socks give the classic frill socks a much-needed update in a butter-soft cotton that's easy to wear—and easy on the eyes.

    Founded by former Editor of Suitcase magazine Savannah Baker and stylist Gemma Shane, the label melds kitschy Harajuku vibes with Jamacian rude gyal sensibilities. The brand pays homage to empowered women in the Dancehall scene—with the name "Pum Pum"—which quite literally translates to "vagina" in Jamaican Patois and represents a sense of confidence and inner-rebellion.

    In a 2014 interview, Savannah Baker told LargeUp mag that the brand is made for "the gyals of Jamaica and the world who represent femininity and strength." From the supa-kawaii Candy Ragga Socks in candy-pink cotton and soft-purple organza to the next-level Carribbean striped Lioness Socks, this limited-edition collection was crafted with the good-girl-gone-bad in mind. Bomboclaat!


    Shop all Pum Pum Socks herePum Pum Socks Candy Ragga Socks in pink and Opening Ceremony High-Top Platform Sneakers in eclipse bluePum Pum Socks Candy Ragga Socks in pink and Opening Ceremony Grunge Mirror Fisherman Sandals in blush pinkVybez Socks in black Empress Socks in greyLioness Socks in black multi

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    The duo behind Marqes'Almeida have always had a knack for taking us on a much-needed fashion vacay back to the past. Whether it's back-in-time to the spaghetti-strap-ready days of the early '00s or the denim-heavy decade of the '90s, Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida have made it clear that they have the nostalgic fashion game on-lock. 

    For Fall/Winter 2015, the pair take a break from the past and channel their Back to the Future moment, where we get a glimpse of our fashion future, as seen through the eyes of Marques'Almeida. Although frayed-denim still makes its celebrated appearance in the form of asymmetrical skirts and off-kilter moto-style jackets, new details (such as a cut-out sleeves on a fur coat) begin to take shape.

    The duo also manage to introduce new fabrications into the mix, with gold foil-tinted handbags and jackets that are perfectly crinkled to the touch. Reflective silver tones are also present in exaggerated tanks and skirts that are most definitely Moon Man-approved. 

    If the future of fashion looks anything like Marques'Almeida predicts, perhaps we're not so scared after all. 


    Shop all Marques'Almeida herePhotos by Mafalda Silva

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  • 02/24/15--21:00: Cosmic Numbers: February 25
  • If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, there must be a lot of lonely people out there. The planet of love and the planet of action only meet in the sky once every two years. When they finally touch base the energy is extremely electric, inspiring a new cycle of creativity, love, and romance on Earth. In 2015, the universe has allowed Mars and Venus the unique privilege of three unchaperoned visits—one that just passed over the weekend with two more to come in summer and fall.

    Aries
    (March 21 - April 20)
    You're feeling seriously fresh after Mars and Venus both entered Aries over the weekend. Your energy levels have totally reversed from the lull of last month, and you're ready to get started on the ambitious new projects you have in mind for the future. Nothing can hold you back.


    Taurus
    (April 21 - May 20)
    Right now you have a powerful urge to explore subconscious energy and bring it out into the open. This is an excellent time for psychoanalysis. You have the opportunity to make major progress on mental landscapes that have always seemed impossible to comprehend.

    Gemini
    (May 21 - June 20)
    A new friend group is forming around you, and it's going to be so much fun getting to know this totally new set of people in the next few weeks. Your curious nature and love of variety make it important to shift the status quo on a regular basis.


    Cancer
    (June 21 - July 22)
    Your career is getting a boost while Mars, the planet of action, gives you extra ambition in your 10th house of success.


    Leo
    (July 23 - August 22)
    Do you feel like taking off to another planet? Sometimes Earth just doesn't have enough options for the expansive energy of a Leo. Whether mental or material, it might be time to explore foreign territory. Take a trip!


    Virgo
    (August 23 - September 22)
    You're not feeling very virtuous while Mars and Venus take a romp on the kinky side of your chart.


    Libra
    (September 23 - October 22)
    This is a major moment for relationships in your life right now. Commitments will be made (or broken) but whatever happens was meant to be. A new cycle began last weekend that will unfold over the next nine months.


    Scorpio
    (October 23 - November 22)
    It's time for you to get into a new groove that helps you actualize your ambitions. Consider how you can alter your routine to get your life more organized. Cut the clutter out of your calendar!


    Sagittarius
    (November 23 - December 21)
    You've been feeling low-key since Saturn entered Sagittarius at the end of 2014. But the current conjunction of Mars and Venus in Aries promises to pick up your energy and provide new inspiration.


    Capricorn
    (December 22 - January 19)
    Focus your energy on making your home the perfect place to share with a partner. Even if you're not currently involved, it wouldn't hurt to spruce up your space and get ready for the future!


    Aquarius
    (January 20 - February 19)
    Last month was pretty confusing because of Mercury's retrograde in Aquarius. But now that your headspace is back to normal you have a lot to say. Feel free to be totally ou

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    Today marks the start of Milan Fashion Week, and fashionable guys from all over are beginning to pack the city’s streets to show off their very best looks. With so many well-dressed dudes milling about, you really have to go the extra mile to make an impression.

    So how can your style upstage the sea of dapper gents battling to get their photo taken outside the Milan fashion tents? Make sure your look is on point from head to especially toe. Ditch those basic black oxfords and take a look through out selection of sure-fire footwear to get you noticed amongst the madness. You’re welcome.

    Shop all men’s footwear here



    Camper Together with Gosha Rubchinskiy Together Gosha Run Sneakers in mint Raf Simons x adidas Platform Lace Sneakers in red/clear sky/black Opening Ceremony Slip-On Platform Sneakers in pelagic blue Mark McNairy x Pony Mark McNairy x Topstar Hi Pony in multicolorGosha Rubchinskiy x Vans Suede Lace-Up Sneakers in off white  Vivienne Westwood Worlds End at OC Three Tongue Trainers in black EYTYS Odyssey Canvas High Top Sneakers in kyiv cream New Balance M991 Running Shoes in oxford pigskin mesh Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith Sneakers in clear pink/white  Gosha Rubchinskiy x Vans Sun Printed Slip-On Sneakers in red

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    “I was 13 when I bought the Purple Haze album,” twenty-five-year-old rap-enthusiast James from Harlem admitted. “I remember bumping that shit for the first time, and thinking it was realer than anything I had ever heard before. And, I still listen to that record today. Dipset, bitch!” 

    To many, the Diplomats movement of the ‘90s transcends just the music. Since its inception in 1997, the founding clan members Jim Jones, Freekey Zekey, Cam’ron, and latecomer Juelz Santana have been constantly pushing the envelope with their color-and-pattern coordinated looks, which were controversial to many, but refreshing to most.

    From Cam’s pivotal frosted all-pink 2003 Grammys look, to Juelz’s ultra-patriotic head-to-toe Stars and Stripes ensemble in the “Dipset Anthem” film clip, the crew were untouchable when it came to their steelo and they seemed to inject a sense of humor into their aesthetic. In his 2004 track “Dead Muthafuckas,” Cam’ron (aka Killa Cam) notes that, “I got the whole New York wearing pink,” sharing how his personal style has revolutionized the way hip-hop fans dress themselves, normalizing the notion of men wearing the color pink. Who could forget Cam’s Laffy Taffy Range Rover, that he himself claims makes “bitches (call him) tacky daddy”? These bright, monotone looks have been re-imagined in the present, with contemporary designers like Gypsy Sport, Gosha Rubchinskiy, and Shrimps creating eccentric garments with a Killa flare. 

    So it came as no surprise that the Dipset 2015 reunion last night is already the most-hype hip-hop event of the year in New York City. If you weren’t proudly bearing the Eagle logo on your chest, you were fronting a Cam-inspired look—namely head-to-toe pastels, a layered bandana-and-fitted combo, or obnoxiously loud fur. The venue was littered with fire outfits worn by die-hard fans who see Dipset as a lifestyle and the crew’s lyrics as gospel.

    Amid the sea of hovering iPhones and members of Dipset’s crew who suffocated the rapper’s side-stage, the Dipset sound emanated a surprising sense of “freshness” almost two decades later and counting.


    The sound wasn’t the only dose of freshness from last night, check out the slideshow above to see highlights of the crowd—whose personal style couldn't be denied. Photos by Ava Nirui

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    This past month, Moschino joined Acne StudiosAlexander Wang, and Band of Outsiders as the newest shop- in-shop to take up residency in Opening Ceremony Los Angeles' "mini-mall."

    As you probably know, the store was designed to echo Carol Lim and Humberto Leon's Southern California (shopping mall) roots. And this Moschino collection, designed by our bestie Jeremy Scott, is a totally rad fit. The shop-in-shop gives off a Beverly Hills circa Pretty Woman vibe with sharp, pretty fixtures that make sure all eyes are on the luxurious lap of luxury, aka Moschino (and you). Don't worry, you won't get dissed à la Julia Roberts for admiring these racks. But just as the details of the Text Fitted Cropped Top mimic yellow warning tape, proceed with caution: we can't guarantee that you're safe from a brawl when you reach for that Metallic Cropped Top or the matching straight-leg Trousers.

    This shop-in-shop is all-inclusive—for Ages 5 And Over, at least.


    Shop all Moschino here
    OCLA opens up a special shop-in-shop dedicated to Moschino. Photos by Casey Rea
    The thirst! The thirst is real. 
    We spy our favorite candy-pink backpack in the mix... 
    We'll have one of each, please and thank you. Love that Soda Pop Print Sweater!

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    Aside from dollar slices, “The Rent is Too Damn High” dude, and the LES after 2 AM, few things scream New York inside-and-out quite like artist Andrew Kuo. For the past decade, the painter/graphic designer/OC fam member has been using his ties to his home city as well as his own personal connection with his honest inner feelings to create colorful chart paintings. These iconic works depict the inner workings of Kuo’s psyche and put out into the open what everyone else is thinking but is usually too afraid to say. I mean, seriously, have you seen his Instagram? His curated inclusion of cat pics and The Simpsons memes hits just the right buttons whenever I scroll through my feed.

    For It Gets Beta, Kuo’s new duo exhibit with artist Scott Reeder, the artist uses his painstakingly composed, colorful charts to convey everything from his true thoughts on “friends” to the anxiety of train rides. Who would have thought that colors as whimsical as sky-blue and deep magenta could elicit such introspective feelings that would leave the viewer saying, “Yeah, he gets it,” to no one in particular? Andrew Kuo did.

    Below, we talk with the artist and find out about the inspiration behind the exhibit, why he’ll settle for being called “neurotic,” and who he hopes will come to the show.



    CHLOE DEWBERRY: Can you elaborate on the specific paintings that are on display in It Gets Beta? Are they supposed to elicit feelings of anxiety, happiness, or hope? 
    ANDREW KUO: I try to make most of my paintings talk about anxiety, happiness, and hope! I had a particularly challenging year, and I think a lot of the texts are about that.

    Your paintings always have dead-pan, to-the-point names. What comes first: the title, subject, or chart topic?
    Usually the texts tell me what the painting will look like. I set up the rules and words, and then map it out. I always keep a running list of ideas going. 

    Why was Drake used in the art exhibit flyer image? Does Drizzy have any sort of significant impact on the exhibit? 
    Drake is someone we hope will come to the show! If he doesn’t, at least we had him in the model. 

    For those unfamiliar, what do you imagine is the first thing people assume about you when they look at one of your paintings?
    I would hope “not boring,” but I’d settle for “neurotic."

    Do you truly believe that “It Gets Beta”? 
    I really do believe things have to start somewhere. Where is one of the most surprising places that you’ve seen one of your paintings?

    Have you ever walked into a house party and seen the 10 Year Anniversary Print on the wall?
    Seeing a print or painting on someone’s wall is always really exciting, but seeing one bootlegged on a T-shirt has to be my favor

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    Designer Mark McNairy has always had a reputation for being quite the rebellious rabble-rouser—come on, Travi$ Scott closed his Spring/Summer 2014 show. With his preference for wacky prints, tongue-in-cheek call-outs, and all-together badass designs, it was only a matter of time before the designer brought his well-known flair to a classic sneaker brand. 

    So it comes as no surprise that his debut collection with heritage sneaker brand PONY gives two big middle fingers way up to the average sneaker eyesnores. Available in both a low and high-top style, McNairy manages to inject his signature against-the-grain flair into two classic styles that incorporate colorful calf hair with classic sneaker silhouettes. Each sneaker style also features a "SMTB" insignia on the back heel which stands for "Save Me The Bullshit." We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. 

    With his first PONY collaboration, McNairy introduces sneakers that are as street-ready as a luxe cow print can get. 

    Check out our interview with Mark NcMairy below where he reveals his first pair of PONY sneakers and what he'll wear when he eventually accepts his own Oscar. 


    Shop all Mark McNairy X Pony here



    CHLOE DEWBERRY: What came first, the collab with PONY or the fascination with pony hair?
    MARK MCNAIRY: It happened simultaneously. I think it happened through the miracle of reverse osmosis. 

    Do you remember the first pair of PONY sneakers that you ever owned? 
    I am pretty sure it was the Bob McAdoo model around 1974. He is from Greensboro, where I'm from, and played for U.N.C. 

    The back of the Topstar has “SMTB” on the heel. Was there a specific moment that triggered this response via shoe? 
    It's a phrase that a friend introduced me to. New Yorkers don't have the time or patience for B.S.

    You’ve always been into sporting culture and fashion. Would you still consider yourself a sneakerhead or have you honed in on your tastes?
    I got three new pairs yesterday and two so far today. Does that answer your question?

    Where would you personally wear these sneakers?
    Most likely when I am vacuuming. Or accepting my Oscar. 

    Mark McNairy x Topstar Hi Pony in multicolor and Mark McNairy x Topstar OX Pony in black/white Mark McNairy x Topstar Hi Pony in multicolor Mark McNairy x Topstar OX Pony in black/white

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  • 02/26/15--21:00: The Hot Sedano At Vic's
  • 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...

    When brunch-favorite Five Points by the Bowery closed shop, we mourned the loss of chocolate-dipped churros and a sceney Sunday morning. The team, however, returned to the roomy space, now called Vic’s, and discovered a green market-centric casual restaurant with an emphasis on pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and a cocktail program that includes barrel-aged tipples and housemade limoncello.

    So when Freeman’s son Rolan Meyer was called upon to whip up a cocktail for OC, it’s only natural the ingredients came from the garden. Refreshingly spicy and smoky, the Hot Sedano fuses muddled Fresno peppers and celery with mezcal, and tops it all off with a dash of mole bitters. It might just be enough to keep you warm until spring.



    Name: Rolan Meyer

    If this drink had a soundtrack, what would it be?Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon” by Urge Overkill 

    Drink of choice: Lots of whiskey. Jameson, neat.

    Hangover cure: An avocado and bacon burger from Café Petisco. And then the sauna.

    Best date advice: I’ve seen a lot of douchebags treat the service terribly, and that’s just an awful move. Try to be genuinely nice.

    Worst pick-up: I used to bartend at this other place, and there was a woman who would come in all the time. She was a little lonely and would always talk to me about her cats and how she hated her job, and our conversations usually ended up with her crying. But then one time, there was this guy who caught us having this conversation, and he could not have swooped in faster. It wasn’t bad; but I couldn’t stand there to witness it all so I stepped aside to handle other customers. I truly hope they lived happily ever after together.

    What not to do to your bartender: That's a short list in my book. Just make sure you make eye contact when you order a drink. It’s disrespectful when someone can't look at me and make an order.



    Exclusive Recipe: The Hot Sedano
    OC Alcohol Scale*: 7
    “Mezcal packs a punch.”

    2 oz mezcal
    1 oz lime juice
    ¾ oz simple syrup
    Fresh celery
    Fresh Fresno peppers
    1 dash mole bitters

    Muddle together peppers and celery. Shake with mezcal, lime juice, and syrup. Strain into a glass with ice, garnish with celery and pepper, and top with mole bitters.


    *OC's Alcohol Scale ranges from 1 ("like sippin' from a juice box") to 10 ("take me home—right now")
    The Hot Sedano. Photos by Jessica Chou You'll need mole bitters, simple syrup, lime juice, peppers, celery, and mezcal. Fresh celery and peppers!
    Muddle together peppers and celery.

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    And we thought nothing could outdo the badass llama on the loose this week, but of course the Internet's always one-upping itself. Last night's #dressgate phenomenon had us all in a state of inexplicable hysteria, frantically trying to get a hold of our optometrists to book emergency appointments. The low-resolution image began to circulate through Tumblr late Thursday evening, and soon had celebrities like T-Swizzle and Biebs flocking to Twitter to add their two cents and confidently voice their disdain at the matter. Some saw white and gold, others saw blue and black, but ultimately everyone was severely tormented by this bizarre, viral post.

    "I see white & gold" Kim K tweeted. "Kanye sees black & blue, who is color blind?" And funnily enough, it seems the peculiar blue-white-gold-yellow-white dress has done more damage to the Internet in the last 24 hours than the Kardashian's December Paper mag cover. But this got us thinking—why should this dress get special attention?

    From the trippy, tropical pattern on the Opening Ceremony Painted Leaves Flare Dress to the optical illusions on this psychedelic Kenzo gown, we have you covered when it comes to dresses that trick the mind. We're not going to challenge your perception, but we can certainly agree that the dresses in the slideshow above will have your head spinning faster than Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist.


    Shop all women's dresses here 
    The Opening Ceremony Painted Leaves Bandeau Flare Dress and Painted Leaves Jacquard Seamed Dress both display scanned and manipulated leaves on the print, leaving you wondering if you're seeing a classic dress with splashes of white and grey from afar or a trippy tropical design. We'll let you decide.  The multi-sized stripes in the Kenzo Breton Stripes Silk CDC Sleeveless Dress in tobacco creates a slight blurred effect from afar. The triangle shape at the apex of the dress adds a multidimensional effect that leaves you wondering where the stripes truly begin and end. The T by Alexander Wang Engineer Striped Short-Sleeve Dre

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    You’ll never meet a musician as nonchalant as Will Phillips. Also known as Tourist, the 28-year-old producer was just awarded a Grammy for “Song of the Year” for co-writing Sam Smith’s breakout hit “Stay With Me.” But he’s more astounded at another surprising triumph from that night—the lack of on-stage disagreed interruptions from the notoriously outspoken Kanye West. 

    “It’s amazing. I was just glad that Kanye didn’t interrupt it,” says the young producer/songwriter. 

    These days, that Kanye sign of approval (or rather, lack of disapproval) means just as much as taking home the golden trophy—and Phillips understands that.

    In addition to taking home the Grammy cake, the Brit is also set to release his upcoming debut album, U, which is sure to turn on ears with its two-step beats and genre mash of curated talent.

    We caught up with the musician to talk UK garage, failed love, and why it’s really not that big of a deal to win a Grammy.



    CHLOE DEWBERRY: With the rise of Discolusure and other UK musicians over the past few years, I feel like more people are focusing their ears on London.
    Will Phillips: Maybe. But that doesn’t affect what I do or what my friends do, which is just to try and write really good music. That’s all that matters. You should try and push yourself; there’s nothing wrong with pressure. I never aimed to do music, I just loved it. I never thought, “‘I’m going to have a career in music.’” I just thought “‘I love this and I’m going to work my ass off.’” There’s no other option for me. Why wouldn’t I? It wasn’t that I wanted a career; it was that writing music was the happiest thing I could do. And it shows.

    Congrats on your recent Grammy! In a recent interview with Fader, before winning the award, you stated that it “didn’t really mean anything.” How do you feel about it now that you've actually won?
    I don’t really know how to feel. I can’ believe it. I’m so detached from it really. I’m happy for Sam more than I’m happy for me. I’m happy that I can continue to write music. In the UK, you can knight people; that doesn’t really change anything, it’s just a word in front of their name. For me, it’s all about music. I’m not in this to win Grammys and I never was. If a Grammy is a result of me loving music, then I’m just going to keep loving music. 

    That’s an interesting take on it considering our generation is so concerned with reassurance.
    I never set myself for the gold, so I don’t feel as though I’ve achieved something extra. Music touches people on a daily basis; it doesn’t have to win Grammys. Leonardo DiCaprio has never won an Oscar, but he’s a great actor. There is great music out there that doesn’t win Grammys. I’m just a dude who likes music.

    Your debut album, titled U, is coming out this summer. What’s the backstory for this album?
    I started my album when I was with my ex-girlfriend, and it was going in a certain direction. And then we

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    Still reeling from last week’s Moschino show? We’ve got something that might help. You can pick up some adorable teddy-bear bedecked duds from Moschino’s FW 15 capsule collection right now. Whether in-store or online, there's no need to wait for Fall/Winter 15 to wear Fall/Winter 15.

    3… 2… 1… GO!

    Shop all Moschino here. Only One Printed Long-Sleeve Dress in fantasy print Bear Moto Chain Shoulder Bag in fantasy print brown Printed Scarf in fantasy print black iPhone 6 Case in fantasy print brown Printed Knit Sleeveless Dress in fantasy print black Bear Item Bag in fantasy print brown Printed Maxi Sweater in fantasy print red Printed Knit Skirt in fantasy print black Earrings in shiny gold Printed Knit Sweater in fantasy print black Printed Backpack in fantasy print black Printed T-Shirt in fantasy print white

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    With winter blues on heavy rotation, how to escape it? We recommend a dose of our vacation-inspired collection, full of sartorial solutions to nix SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Our custom blend of sea anemone blossoms and palm-frond prints were digitized then exaggerated and collaged on painterly patterns and jacquards to wipe out the colorless winter..

    To test its effectiveness, we enlisted the help of Lula Hyers (the 17-year-old known around here for her black-and-white photography). The result? A vivid interpretation of wintry beach days.

    Check out the slideshow to be transported to a tropical phantasmagoria and upswell beach-bound vibes, even if only in the mind. Then make it real by layering on the lush prints until it’s finally warm enough to go coatless. Almost. There.


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    March is a month full of magical realness, and the cosmic aspects promise to bring you closer to the future you've been trying to manifest. The first eclipse of 2015 arrives on the new moon in Pisces on March 20, refreshing our sense of imagination, strengthening our emotional connections, and providing psychic insight for the whole zodiac. The sweet and subtle energy of the Pisces moon will encourage reflection and allow us to heal wounds from the past. The last of a series of nasty little aspects between Uranus and Pluto—which has made the past two years stressful for us as individuals and as a culture—comes on March 16, ending a cycle of difficult transformation. We have seen the Uranus-Pluto square played out on a global scale with many chaotic and wild confrontations between people seeking change against the rigid structures of power that keep us in check. On a personal level, we are being asked by the cosmic forces to transcend and become more fully actualized and aware beings. March will be a wake-up call for many, but the days coming look bright and beautiful!




    March is a spicy month for you Aries, so get ready for a heavy dusting of cayenne pepper coming from the cosmos. Mars and Venus both entered Aries in the last week of February, ending a phase of low energy and reflection on the past. Aries tend to be forward-thinking folk, so this unnatural focus on yesteryear might have put you in a temporary funk. But you will have completely forgotten this feeling by the time the first week of March is over. Mars and Venus seeded a new cycle of creative energy, love, and passion for you that will last for nine months, so embrace all the new beginnings that come in March and leap forward in to new endeavors. Anything you put your energy behind right now will take off like a wildfire.

    Tectonic plates are shifting in your universe, and you can count on March to be a month of many changes. A stressful aspect between future-minded Uranus and transformative Pluto has put many things up in the air for you over the past two years. The final connection between these two planets on March 16 will settle everything once and for all, but not without a few shockwaves of adjustment. Go toward the path that offers you more freedom and independence, and embrace the future without fear. Mid-March might feel stressful, but after the adrenaline rush you will feel more peaceful and positive than you have in a long time.
     


    Channel your inner “business witch” and cast a career-enhancing spell this month, and you will easily be able to hex all your competitors in the first half of March. Mercury, the planet of communication, is traveling through your 10th house of success, giving you the clarity of mind and persuasive power to achieve your most ambitious goals. This positive energy comes in stark contrast to the confusing situations that set back your professional timeline while Mercury was retrograde last month. While you climb the corporate ladder, your planet-ruler Venus will be in Aries tuning you in to the psychic vibrations of your solar 12th house, so your intuitive powers will be extra sensitive. Use this gift of spiritual insight to see beyond the material in power dynamics.

    Your social life will flourish in the second half of March after the new moon in Pisces on March 20 seeds a new cycle in your 11th house of groups and connections. If you've been stuck in a winter rut, it’s time to get out and mingle because new adventures are calling. Activities in your social group will be calling you all month long, not just after the new moon, and you will have the most fun if you move a little bit outside of your comfort zone. March 21 is the Vernal Equinox, the first day of spring, and as the flowers begin to blossom so will you!
     


    Mars and Venus are lighting up your 11th house of social occasions with a cosmic cotillion for most of March, ensuring that your dazzling wit will win you invitations to all the A-list events of the spring season. Expand your network this month and go out of your way to make new connections. A person, or group of people, you meet could help reveal an exciting new path forward that leads to opportunities across many aspects of existence. Gemini has a bad habit of talking about things but never actually doing them. The key is to pair yourself with an impulsive partner-in-crime who pushes you to actualize your wild ideas. The fire energy of an Aries, Sagittarius, or Leo is the right vibe for a vibrant time like this.

    You will be sharing energy with others often this month, but that doesn't mean you will lose focus when it comes to your own personal and professional goals. The new moon in Pisces on March 20 begins a new cycle in your house of career concerns. Make a bucket list of all the goals you want to accomplish this year and see if you can start checking things off in the months to come. If you plan to launch a new professional project or start work for a new employer in March, it would be remarkably beneficial if you begin within the window of March 20-25 while the fresh energy of the new moon will encourage positive energy.



    Maintain your focus in March, and you will feel a serious sense of relief and relaxation by the end of the month. For two years, a series of stressful aspects between independence-seeking Uranus and powerful Pluto have put your love life and professional world at odds, creating strange and difficult circumstances in both sectors. Forces beyond your control have been causing you serious concern, and while you may have felt powerless in the past, it’s time to take charge one last time and respond to the challenges the universe has given you. March will be a major turning point, and a moment in your life that you will never forget.

    Be open to exploring new career options and moving in directions that are less traditional and allow you to feel more free and independent this month. You may need to step out from underneath the corporate umbrella where you have been protected from the rain and make a dash through the storm. Shelter will be found in the near future, so don't be afraid of some temporary discomfort. With Saturn fortifying your 6th house of work and routine, you're ready to take on more responsibility if it leads to greater rewards.

    Pluto will penetrate your love life in a way that could feel fairly tumultuous this month, but take this as an opportunity to air out all the dirty laundry in your relationships. Throw out the bad attitude, negative-vibe situations, and make room for something totally new. You might feel emotional for the moment, but remember that this is the very last time you have to deal with this particular kind of stressful energy, as the Uranus-Pluto square comes to a close.
     


    The fire trine is on fleek again since Mars entered Aries last month, and you are feeling monster energy coming from a trinity of planets in the fire signs. This energetic extravaganza makes it possible for you to do almost anything in March, so don't limit yourself to familiar horizons. If you're considering major changes in your life, it would be best to get started while you have this kind of remarkable planetary support. You still have four more months of Jupiter's good luck, but the best energy exists from now until May.

    Relationships continue to be a positive point while Mercury is in Aquarius, moving through your 7th house of partnerships until March 14. Communication will be flowing smoothly between you and your beau or bestie. Use this time to discuss plans for the future and make sure you're both on the same page. If you're entering a business agreement with someone, the first half of March provides excellent energy for organizing all the details and negotiating terms that work for both of you.

    If you’re focused on professional ambition, wait until the second half of March to get busy and you can make magic happen. Venus enters your 10th house of career concerns on March 16, giving you a glowing reputation. It's easy to get the people in power to see your positive attributes when Venus shines in this part of your chart. Mars follows Venus on March 31, giving you the energy to make big things happen all spring.
     


    The full moon in Virgo on March 5 begins your month with a cute cosmic celebration just for you. You spend plenty of time thinking and caring for other people, so grant yourself the gift of selfishness for just one night and do something that is just for your own enjoyment. It's totally up to you, but a relaxing massage or something to soothe the body would definitely be in order since you've been moving at a hectic pace with your chart-ruler Mercury running fast through your 6th house of routines and schedules. As the month moves on things will definitely calm down, but for now, you need to make sure to take breaks whenever you feel yourself getting stressed.

    Romance has the potential to take your mind far beyond the mundane details of daily life after the new moon in Pisces opens up a new portal in your love life on March 20. You'll start thinking about love as soon as Mercury enters Pisces on March 14, giving you enough time to prepare your love spells before the new moon. If you've been feeling lost in terms of love, this lunar moment will give you a chance to reboot your perspective. You'll definitely feel more positive energy coming from other people around this time. The new moon also creates a wonderful opportunity if you have been planning any joint ventures in business. And if you have any important agreements to make they will be much stronger if you choose to wait on declaring all the details until after March 20. If you feel there are certain agreements that need to be cast off, feel free to do this on any of the five days before the new moon.
     

     
    You're feeling the rage while your ruling planet Venus travels through the sky next to Mars in the extremely active sign of Aries—and you can't be blamed for feeling a little bit more aggressive than usual. The positive side of this influence is that you have the extra energy, and confidence, to pursue your goals and get exactly what you want in the first weeks of March. The negative side is that you might be acting a little bit more brusquely than usual, so tone it down and remember to use tact when asking for what you want this month.

    While Venus is closely connected with Mars, your love (and sex) life will be seriously active. Venus and Mars together symbolize the union of masculine and feminine energy, and this cosmic event will be mirrored in your personal life. The two planets also symbolize the creative impulse, and you could be channeling their energy through an enhanced level of inspiration. However, you may also experience a sense of agitation, as you have so many ideas that need to come out all at once. The key this month is to keep things as low-key as possible and stay focused, even though your instinct will be to turn up.

    Your love life has been totally unpredictable over the past two years, while freedom-seeking Uranus in your 7th house of relationships made some nasty aspects with power seeking Pluto. But after March 16 you can count on calmer situations to come. You might find yourself in one final power struggle in the first two weeks of March, but with the confidence you're feeling there's no doubt you will come out on top where you belong.
     


    If you want to get your groove back, first you are going to have to find the right groove in March. This means exploring your options and developing the best daily routine for optimal productivity and pleasure. While Mars and Venus are both in your 6th house of habitual behavior, you will have the power to tame your compulsions and reinvent your attitude. You will find that one of the keys to an ideal lifestyle is finding a positive balance between mind and body. Channel the extra energy that Mars in Aries provide you this month into a new fitness routine. It's common for a Scorpio to hold back secret, sublimated aggression, but the positive way to release this energy is through physical exertion like boxing, weightlifting, or even yoga. Anything that gets you moving will make you feel good.

    While the first half of the month should be devoted to exerting energy in the material, physical world, the second half should be reserved for something more spiritual and creative. After March 14 your 5th house of creative expression will be activated by Mercury in Pisces, sending inspiration from places that are totally beyond. Pay special attention to all of the ideas running through your head on Wednesday, March 18, as it will be one of the most creative days of the entire year for you! While the visions you have may not seem practical, a sense of magical realness could be exactly what you need.

    Love will not be a concern for the second half of the month. Venus transits your 7th house of love affairs beginning March 17, sending you love from all the right places. There can be no drama in your life while this lovely transit helps you start off spring on a truly beautiful foot.
     



    By now you are fully aware of the new responsibility that rests on your shoulders while Saturn is in Sagittarius. The positively aspected full moon in Virgo on the 5th, which falls in your 10th house of career concerns, will be a welcome entrance into the month of March. The full moon highlights the work you've done in the past and helps raise your visibility to the next level—where you so much want to be. Certain projects that you began about two years ago will come into sharper focus on the full moon, and there could be some kind of a celebration for these achievements around March 5. This is totally awesome and you will definitely be grateful for the positive support, but you will continue to be totally future-minded. “Moving on!” will be your motto!

    Although you've been feeling ambitious thanks to Saturn's influence, you’ve probably also felt how it can slow you down by throwing obstacles in your path. This month, a trine between four planets in fire signs that has been coming in and out of commission over the past several months, will come back again to give you extra energy and drive. March 10 and March 25 will be especially invigorating dates, and you should plan accordingly by moving high-energy activities closer to these magical moments. It can't be stressed how much you can accomplish over the course of Saturn's transit through Sagittarius, and your goal should be to remain totally focused and ready for the action that is coming your way.
     
    The Capricorn life-path requires focus on the exterior world, building a positive public reputation and achieving the monumental goals that seem impossible to others. You are the natural born leader of the Zodiac, and you have many practical gifts to offer the universe. A voice deep inside you that has doubted your path is coming to the surface in March, and asking you to look to the past for answers about the future. You need to double check your ambitions and make sure they are all coming from the right place before you can move forward with the confidence of a clear conscience. Freedom seeking Uranus in Aries and powerful Pluto in Capricorn have created a series of challenges for you to overcome in the past two years. The last hurdle finally comes on March 16. You will feel the anticipation building as March begins; and the sense of relief you’ll feel when you've passed the test will be just as intense. It seems counterintuitive, but focus on the past to get all your answers for the future.

    This month won't be entirely serious thanks to the beautiful placement of Venus in Taurus after March 17, which will help you kick back and have some fun. Venus will transit your 5th house of fun and games until April 11, and you should enjoy this positive transit to the fullest extent that you can. There is definitely the chance that you could meet someone new and exciting with whom you can share the positive energy, so be open to new romance even if circumstances in the rest of your life are making you feel pretty serious.


    It's time to get practical in March while the planetary focus is on your 2nd house of financial resources and personal possessions. Your stash of pennies could be feeling pinched as the month begins, but there are many opportunities to increase your bank balance that you may not have considered yet. Mine your list of unique and unusual talents to and create new sources of cash flow in March. The full moon on March 5 falls in your 8th house, which could signify an unexpected financial reward like an awesome tax return or an injection of cash from an investor if you are running a business. There's also the chance it could have the opposite effect, especially with regard to taxes. If you work freelance or have a complicated tax return, make sure you see the best accountant possible and declare all your expenses! The new moon in Pisces on March 20 will be a new beginning financially, so use the first half of the month to wipe the slate clean, organize, and get ready for the next fiscal quarter.

    Jupiter, the planet of positive vibes in your 7th house of relationships and partnerships, is very busy this month, making a multitude of aspects with three other planets in fire signs. Dates when you will be feeling the love most are March 3-4 and 10-11. Plan something romantic on these dates, especially on the 10th when you'll have all the right things to say to someone cute. A date on this night would be endlessly entertaining! Avoid arguments with partners and best friends on March 27 when stubborn or closed-minded people could easily get in the way of harmonious interactions.

     
    Last month you got a taste of the new-moon vibes on February 18 when a fresh lunar cycle began at the very last degree of Aquarius, almost in Pisces. This lunation created a sense of spiritual awareness and a beautiful bridge of intuitive energy toward the next phase, which begins after your true new moon on Friday, March 20. This weekend in March totally belongs to Pisces. Make a list of your desires and plan a manifestation moment on this fun Friday. If you are a late Pisces and your birthday falls close to this date, it signals a whole year of powerful new beginnings and allows you to totally reimagine your future and your fate.

    Mercury, the planet of thoughts and communication, will be in Pisces for the latter half of the month to help you get your message across clearly. The ability to effectively translate the language of planet Pisces to planet Earth is an art form, and you may often feel like there are key pieces of information that get lost in the transition. This will not be the case from March 14 to March 30 when you will be able to explain exactly how you feel. Wednesday March 18 will be an especially important day for communication and brainstorming, so pay special attention to the ideas and inspiration that floats your way on this lovely day.

    The last of a two-year series of nasty aspects between Uranus and Pluto comes on March 16, helping stabilize your finances as well as your social life. These two areas have been in flux, and you may come to realize that there is some kind of connection between them that will help you bring both into a better equilibrium. There's the possibility that reaching out to a friend for a professional recommendation could majorly help your career. Or maybe you need to tone down your socializing and focus on representing your true talents so you start to see financial returns from your considerable creative capital.
     

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    Each month Ace Hotel New York hosts an Artist-in-Residency program, also known as Ace AIR, where creative minds from around the world are invited to spend one night in an Ace hotel room to create a masterpiece. These artworks have come in all shapes and volumes, from quick sketches and elaborate paintings, to mix-CDs and even sculptural forms. The opportunities are (almost) limitless. Ace Hotel eventually displays these artworks in an installation in their gallery. Remember our post last week about + Pool?

    This time around, Plus 81, a publisher based out of Toyko, curated the selection of artists partaking in the residency festivities for the month of March. This week’s Ace AIR artist is none other than our OC friend and designer, Ikumi.

    Ikumi invited us over to hang out with her at Ace Hotel and document the happenings. From playing with Legos to admiring the view outside her “Attic” suite, we had tons of fun exploring the hotel together while she thought of ideas of what to create. Eventually we had to leave her so she could start her work, but we’re very excited to see what she completes. Stay tuned for news on the next Ace Gallery installation—who knows what we will find?Photos by Riley GallagherFrom playing with Legos to admiring the view outside her “Attic” suite, we had tons of fun exploring the hotel together. IKUMI and Riley

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    We’re only three months into 2015 and it’s already shaping up to be a doozy for the boys of Coperni Femme.

    For Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant—the duo we have to thank for the sleek minimalism and contrasting fabrications that runs through the DNA of Coperni Femme—the new year has already signified triumphs most fresh designers only dream of. In addition to launching their Fall/Winter 2014 collection at Opening Ceremony stores last season, the brand was also recently announced as a semi-finalist for the LVMH Prize. And we all know what that means—we’ll be saying, “told you so” by the end of spring.

    For Spring/Summer 2015, Coperni Femme has introduced a poolside-ready collection that elevates preppy style while introducing complex fabrication. Polo mini-dresses fit for the courts are not what they seem, with subtle all-over honeycomb designs and splashes of muted colors.

    Try out the Round Collar Bow Sleeve Shirt with elongated sleeves that you can wear long or tied up—we bet the designers’ lucky winning streak has probably rubbed off on their collection.

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    How do you pack a 20-year career of excellence in the worlds of music, film, and art into a single exhibition? Judging by MoMA’s latest retrospective, the answer is: in the most unconventional way possible. The Museum of Modern Art’s look back at the expansive career of Björk packs in an exclusive film, an interactive audio tour, and a mind-blowing collection of costumes and props from the Icelandic singer’s career, all into one exhibition. But, a simple walk through a gallery space this is not.

    The idea for a Björk retrospective at MoMA dates back to 2000, when the show’s curator Klaus Biesenbach approached Björk with the idea of an exhibition looking back at her many music video collaborations. After MoMA acquired the singer’s music app Biophiliaa first in the art world—in 2012, plans for a collaboration began to materialize. With Björk overseeing each aspect of its creation, a two-level experience was created: on the museum’s second floor are screening rooms for both a retrospective of Björk’s music videos as well as Black Lake, a music video and audio installation commissioned by the museum and filmed in a remote cave in Iceland. On the third floor is Songlines, a journey through iconic artifacts from Björk’s career using a location-based audio tour designed specifically for this exhibition, which progresses as you pass through the exhibit. The exhibition is truly an innovative look at an even more innovative artist, and Björk and MoMA wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Björk is on view at the Museum of Modern Art from March 8 to June 7


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    MAPStill from “Black Lake,” commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, 2015. Courtesy of Wellhart and One Little IndianPhotograph by Danny Clinch.Still from “All Is Full of Love” directed by Chris Cunningham, 1999. Courtesy of Wellhart Ltd & One Little Indian.Björk, Biophilia, 2011. By M/M (Paris) Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. Courtesy of Wellhart Ltd & One Little Indian.Björk, Homogenic, 1997. Photography by Nick Knight. Courtesy of Wellhart Ltd & One Little IndianBjörk. Still from “Wanderlust” directed by Encyclopedia Pictura, 2008. Courtesy of Wellhart Ltd & One Little Indian. Björk, Vulnicura, 2015 Copyright © 2015 Inez and Vinoodh. Courtesy of Wellhart/One Little Indian

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