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- 04/12/15--21:00: Marc Hundley’s Tees Prove We’re Not Alone
- 04/09/15--21:00: The Best Festival Alternatives
- 04/13/15--21:00: Race To Space With Yulia Yefimtchuk+
- 04/13/15--21:00: The Glute Gets Its Own Art Exhibit
- 04/14/15--21:00: Cosmic Numbers: April 15
- 04/14/15--21:00: Cha-Ching! Spend Your Tax Refund Wisely...
- 04/16/15--21:00: Psychic, Winemaker, & Music Legend Jenny Lewis
- 04/14/15--21:00: Fashion Against The Grain: Renata Black
- 04/15/15--21:00: DDUGOFF Creates The Perfect ‘Un-Basic Basic’
- 04/16/15--21:00: These Polo Styles Will Have You Looking (Grand) Slammin'
- 04/15/15--21:00: The Mirror Cube: Must-See Events Through April 28
- 04/16/15--21:00: Studio One Eighty Nine Throws A Party For A Cause
- 04/19/15--21:00: Color Run Featuring Opening Ceremony x Teva
- 04/20/15--21:00: Cosmic Numbers: April 21
- 04/19/15--21:00: Meet The Man Behind The Mask(s)
- 04/20/15--21:00: ‘Sassy’ Magazine’s Jane Pratt Talks Chloe Sevigny’s Intern Days
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Wooster Street filled up with familiar faces over the weekend to support artist and OC-friend Marc Hundley, who quite literally set up shop in Soho’s acclaimed Team Gallery. Marc lined the walls of the gallery with his beloved tees, stenciled with a mix of Virginia Woolf quotes and lyrics by The Smiths. The poetic phrases morphed into literal song as the Know Wave crew played classics to keep vibes at an all-time high.
Hundley’s show connected art with lived experience, while ironically transforming the gallery into a commercial space. Hundley has often created poster- and text-based works that play on advertising aesthetics, so it was no surprise that attendees were encouraged to place orders for his eclectic tees. The phrases printed on them, meanwhile, brought the audience together around thoughts of love, human connection, and dancing: We stood around wondering whether “What We Do Is Secret” or if “Love Is A Dance Floor,” which served useful for the karaoke reception that followed. Feeling empowered and perhaps slightly too confident in our musical talents, we left Hundley’s show in a dream-like state, appreciating the endless fleeting moments around us. Congratulations Marc—we look forward to wearing your good vibes around the city!Photos courtesy of Team Gallery Marc HundleyMarc Hundley with OC's Jesse
New York has Fashion Week and LA has music festivals—but when it comes down to it, all either coast wants is to look exceptionally showstopping. We’re haphazardly aware of the “festival uniform,” yet painfully in favor of individuality and all the perks that come with it. In other words: the alternative uniform.
Our OCLA associates got together and styled some outfits that fit the mold—or rather, don’t. Like a psychedelic biker T-shirt from Walter Van Beirendonck, Raf x Adidas sneakers with serious dance-floor spring, or a SANKUANZ tunic that will be breezy AF in any climate. You may just want to take a look.
In the meantime, enjoy 15 percent off any full-priced items* at OCLA until April 17.
*Promotion ends Friday, April 17, 2015 and is valid on full-priced merchandise at the Opening Ceremony, Los Angeles location only. Promotion is not applicable to previous purchases or price adjustments, and cannot be combined with other discount offers. Promotion excludes select styles, all tech items, and the following designers: Alexander Wang, Comme des Garçons, Comme des Garçons PLAY, Denim x Alexander Wang, Hender Scheme, Kentshire, Loewe, M$$ x WT, Maison Martin Margiela, Nike, Rodarte Tees, T by Alexander Wang, and Vivienne Westwood Worlds End @ OC. For more information, see a sales associate or call OCLA at (310) 652-1120.Daniel wears the Toga Virilis Layered Nylon Coat in red/blue, Ahlem Pahlais Royal Sunglasses in red turtle, Raf Simons Gunman Slim-Fit T-Shirt in black, and Orlebar Brown Setter Toweling Shorts in black. Photos by Miguel Jimenez and Matt Brooks with assistance from Leonardo Mora Erika wears the Moschino Pink Star Earrings, Fleamadonna Bra Top in black, Astrid Andersen Printed Nylon Jersey Shorts in TK, and Nike Air Force 1s in white. Mark wears the Bernhard Willhelm Jeepers + E Jacket in white, Hartono Ari Sheer Striped T-Shirt in white, KTZ
I’ll be completely honest: having never paid much attention during history class, the most I probably ever learned about the space race was from that song from the Even Stevens musical episode. That is, until Ukraine-based designer Yulia Yefimtchuk+ unveiled her space-race inspired Spring/Summer 2015 collection.
After Fall/Winter 2015’s political slogans, geometric shapes, and Constructivist design, Yefimtchuk one-upped herself with another collection that packs just as much punch. Inspired by the scientific achievements of the ‘60s, the clothing is dipped in sulphuric reds and deep-space blacks, while exaggerated pointed collars and boxy cuts look launched out of a Mary Quant collection.
The Printed Dress displays a NASA jacket-esque patch of the artwork of Alexander Rodchenko, one of the most recognized artists of the Soviet era. The Short-Sleeve Tee reads, “K MAPCY,” which translates as “to Mars.” One thing’s for sure: this collection’s coming on our next Virgin Galactic voyage, and on our summer weekend trips, too.
Shop all Yulia Yefimtchuk+ herePrinted Front Pocket Shirt in black Cut-Out Back Short-Sleeve Dress in red Printed Flared Short-Sleeve Dress in black Printed Short-Sleeve T-Shirt in white Cut-Out Side Detailing Flared Skirt in white Front-Skirt Elastic Waist Skirt in black
The poem/personal essay/press release for Gluteus Maximus ends with a significant quote:
a regal sounding name
for something that rests on a toilet.”
If the sheer truth and Grecian royalty of that stanza doesn’t have you hauling ass to check out the exhibit, then we don’t know what will.
Presented by There There, a two person art collective known for its fashion fusion projects and Jane’s Addiction installations, and The Java Project gallery in Greenpoint, Gluteus Maximus features mixed-media works that blend Classical paintings with Microsoft Paint-era blurred sketches. While mixing ancient Greek aesthetics with a Y2K mentality, the exhibit also centers itself around the thing we either hate to love or love to hate: our bodies.
“We had already been making work about how the body reflects culture and style through fashion,” say There There creators Loney Abrams and Johnny Stanish. “So this time, we flipped that around and looked at how the body can also become a kind of style.”
Flipped they did. Gluteus Maximus blends Phidias-esque art, body building, and household furniture into a cohesive space that ties back to the human form. Lawn chairs become 2015’s version of an ode to the ancient statue, while an ironing board displays two drawn bodies and a single broken chain link. Patio furniture never had this much of an underlying meaning.
Which makes sense considering There There actually got its start near the home goods section at Walmart. “We started putting together outfits and filmed ourselves doing a fashion show through the aisles [at Walmart]. We got kicked out,” says Stanish. “So we decided we'd come back, use a credit card to buy a ton of stuff, do a photoshoot with models in our studio, and then return it all for a full refund. That was our first project.”
“There There was born in a 24 hour Walmart in the Hudson Valley,” adds Abrams.
From Duck Dynasty-themed clothing editorials to exhibits focusing on the bodies that wear them, There There is on to something with their Gluteus Maximus exhibit —even if you have to “look back at it” to realize.
Gluteus Maximus runs through May 2
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“You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins?” a 15-year-old Brooke Shields asked America, after whistling a coy rendition of “My Darling Clementine.” “Nothing.” This 1980 Calvin Klein campaign made the nation gasp, as the underage model acrobatically hovered with one leg in the air, wearing skin-tight, boot-cut CK denim.
35 years later, the #mycalvins social media campaign has put the likes of Lara Stone, Gigi Hadid, Miranda Kerr, and Justin Bieber in Calvin Klein Jeans, amid just as much buzz. Starting today, it’s only going to get louder: the #mycalvins Denim Series is launching exclusively at Opening Ceremony in the US. And who better to rep it than 2015’s favorite teen model and internet sensation, Kendall Jenner?
Featuring jeans alongside cropped tees and fleecy shorts and joggers, the #mycalvins Denim Series is unified by sporty minimalism. On heather grey softwear, the iconic Calvin Klein Jeans logo is cut off by seams—a nod to the brand’s legacy of boundary-pushing advertising. From the 1992 campaign where a fresh-faced Kate Moss straddled a ripped Mark Wahlberg to Lara Stone's recent CK billboard which some claimed had a subliminal message, Calvin Klein ads have always possessed a rebellious sensibility. The latest #mycalvins lookbook, featuring Jenner and model Simon Nessman shot by photographer Alasdair McLellan, is no different.
“Calvin Klein was always an important part of our youth,” OC’s Humberto Leon remarked. It’s also a part of our present. Welcome to the Opening Ceremony family Calvin Klein Jeans—and may nothing come between us.
Shop Calvin Klein Jeans #mycalvins for men and womenKendall Jenner wears the Megan Dungaree Overalls in worn blue. Photos by Alasdair McLellanKendall wears the Kimberly Cropped Trucker Vest in stealth and
The vibes today are concretely whatever you make of them, while a strong aspect between two planets in mutable signs helps make your destiny malleable. Venus, the planet of love, in the flirtatious and fun sign of Gemini, meets the limitations of Saturn in Sagittarius head-on. Potential turmoil in relationships will stem from an issue of freedom, whether it’s too much or too little. A heart-to-heart discussion could clear everything up and put things back on a positive plane. Mercury enters Taurus today, giving you grounding to think things through practically—before you blurt something out that you don't mean.
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For three hundred and sixty-four days of the year, I’m confined to a sad existence of dollar slices and rent check domination. But for one day out of the year, I’m allowed to live like a Queen—or one of those @richkidsofinstagram.
That day arrives when I open up my mailbox to find my tax refund from the good ‘ol IRS—that is, if I didn’t apply for an extension. Carefree spending and higher allowances take over, and this tax season is no different. With a whole host of luxurious items I never would have thought of as possible purchases before—think yellow-gold Le Gramme bracelets, Olympia Le-Tan clutches, and Maison Martin Margiela accessories to name a few—my closet is due for an upgrade.
Yours might be too. Take a peek at our items perfect for that tax refund and decide if you should actually be thanking the IRS for once.
Shop all of the Max Return must-haves hereFrom left: MYKITA + Maison Martin Margiela Dual 005 Sunglasses in teal/petrol, Le 7 Grammes Bracelet in matte yellow gold, Le 33 Grammes Bracelet in matte yellow gold, Wooyoungmi Jacket in grey, Hood By Air HBA Masterlock Necklace in black/silver, Maison Martin Margiela 14x12mm Table Split Ring in sterling silver, and Walter Van Beirendonck Classic Watch in silver (all items not linked available in stores). From left: Annelise Michelson Unchained Bracelet in silver, Paula Cademartori Petite Faye Nappa Borchie bag in lavender, Dorateymur Turbojet Metallic Patent Heeled Loafers in silver, Loewe Bicolor Knot Keyring in pale blue/yellow, Olympia Le Tan Composition Notebook Clutch in cream, Maison Michel hat, and Loewe Multi-Strap Keyring in multi.
Native Californians understand that California isn’t just a place, it’s a state of mind. Jenny Lewis was born in Las Vegas but the lifelong Los Angeles resident is part of California’s DNA. Yes, she had a childhood brush with Hollywood fame (starring in ‘80s tween favorites Troop Beverly Hills and The Wizard). But it’s her extensive musical career that cemented Lewis as a part of the West’s cultural landscape, first as the front-woman of beloved indie rock band Rilo Kiley (the group broke up in 2011) and since 2006 as a dynamic, evolving solo artist whose shattering vocals continue to grow in confidence and range.
The songs on her latest album The Voyager are set in distinctly Western milieus: sun-drenched private lives of calamitous self-ruin that find cosmic reinvention at local 7-Elevens. Her sound is deceptively sweet and conjures that perfect, ‘70s-era moment when pop radio was bliss. But her songwriting is tough and complex; her lyrics are surgical in their excision of everyday unraveling. She’s like the wise-but-chill BFF that you call when everything falls apart: she’ll hear you out because she’s been there too, but she also knows that the right bottle of red wine is just as helpful (if not better). She’s right.
On Sunday afternoon, Lewis returns to Indio for the second weekend of this year’s Coachella Festival, but on Tuesday night she ventured even further into the desert for a very rare performance at Pioneertown’s fabled honky-tonk, Pappy & Harriet’s. Pioneertown is only fifty miles north of Coachella’s green polo fields but it might as well be on another planet. It’s a mythical place: the town was originally built in the ‘40s as an Old West movie set and for decades Pappy & Harriet’s was a rowdy biker bar before transforming into a desert mecca for beer, barbecue, and live music. You never know who may show up: Robert Plant, Wanda Jackson, Spiritualized...
I sat down with Lewis just moments before her starry-night performance outside at the one-of-a-kind venue. She opened the door to her dressing room (a room in the Pioneertown Motel) donning a leggy rainbow-airbrushed romper similar to the one she’s worn on tour for The Voyager and which graces that album’s cover. “It’s my homage to Gram Parsons!” she exclaimed––referencing the alt-country legend who died at the nearby Joshua Tree Inn in 1973. We talked about time travel, spirit guides, and her latest only-out-West venture: adding winemaker to her list of accomplishments.
GREG LUNA: Tell me about this week between Coachella sets. I know you’ve played several times before...
JENNY LEWIS: Six!
Does the period of time between Coachella weekends inform the second performance?
Well, there’s a sense of relaxation once you’ve played the first one because you know you can do it. I’m always so nervous leading up to Coachella. This is only my second time doing the double weekend thing... the second weekend there’s a lot less pressure. But I do think you need to wear a different outfit!
I was going to wear this and I chickened out because I’ve been wearing a pantsuit for a year now on the road and I kind of found my character for The Voyager record in a pantsuit. So to suddenly be back in hot pants as if it’s like, you know, 2007... I wasn’t really ready for that in front of 5,000 people at Coac
Renata Black is one of those soon-to-be legendary women who does it all. The microfinance entrepreneur is changing the lives of women around the world with her sustainability programs, while still finding time to rollerblade on the weekends.
After travelling to India in 2004, Black realized impoverished women there didn’t need aid, but empowerment. As a result, she founded the Seven Bar Foundation, a grassroots microfinance program that grants loans to local women to help them start sustainable businesses. This venture would be the first of many for Black, who has since made it her mission to help women help themselves.
In 2012, Black launched Empowered By You, a collaborative intimates brand that aims to change perceptions of lingerie by giving confidence to its wearers. Produced in a facility in Sri Lanka that adheres to the UN’s Women’s Empowerment Principles, the Empowered By You undies also raise money for Seven Bar, contributing twenty percent of net profits to microfinance loans.
It only seems fitting that Black teamed up with Studio One Eighty Nine’s Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah to launch a collaborative line. The undies, which come in three African-inspired prints, carry the slogan “Boa me na me mwoa wo” or "help me and let me help you,” Studio One Eighty Nine’s motto.
Renata, Rosario, and Abrima got together to talk about badass women in India and why saris are sometimes cooler than Victoria’s Secret.
Check back each week in April for more interviews embodying Studio One Eighty Nine’s motto “Boa me na me mwoa wo,” where Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah talk with people making a difference.
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ABRIMA ERWIAH: The story of what you guys do has really touched us, which is why we decided to do the ”boa me” symbol on the panty. Who’s someone you’ve paid it forward to?
RENATA BLACK: Her name is name is Chitra. When I was cleaning villages in India, she came up to me and said, “I don’t want your money, teach me how to make it.” I had no idea because I was drowning in student loans, but she didn’t realize and that and thought that because I was American, I knew about making money. When she said that to me, I realized that I wish I did. I was watching all of this aid come in that was making people dependent on free things; these really amazing badass women were becoming beggars. I realized it wasn’t about aid—what they needed was jobs. I then took it upon myself to do some research and I found microfinance. I went and studied at the Grameen Bank under Muhammad Yunus [the microfinance pioneer who won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize]. It was crazy, nobody knew who he was at that time. I studied under him and I came back and saw the woman again and said, “Look, I can do this. I can teach you now.”
I went to the people at Earth Aid, and [found out] they only gave money to credit-worthy women. The women that lived in these villages were
Daniel DuGoff’s Noho studio space is just as pristine and clean as the silhouettes in his eponymous menswear line, DDUGOFF. Organized notepads sit atop a desk, while unexpected inspo photos of outerspace cosmos and subway rider close-ups line his walls. One unexpected treasure is the photos of flocking animals that embody the easy, breezy, beautiful movement found in DDUGOFF collections.
“I’ve always looked at images of flocking birds at dusk or schools of fish and sheep, where all these things are moving together and it creates this really beautiful pattern,” says DuGoff. “And then thinking about what it means as a texture or print that’s not necessarily literal birds or fish, but taking that idea of movement or overlapping.”
Since launching in 2014, DDUGOFF has channelled this fascination with movement into “un-basic basic” streetwear staples with a high-end touch, thanks to luxury fabrics such as Italian wool and Japanese cotton. These are developed into modern, wearable pieces like an Overshirt Jacket or Printed Tee. “The kid that’s really into streetwear will totally get the brand because it’s so easy to wear,” says DuGoff. “But at the same time, [these are] fabrics that somebody who’s buying super high-end will also really appreciate.”
There is an understated nostalgia to the line, too. “I think OshKosh and stuff like that is so great, those colorblock sweaters and railroad-stripe denim pants. It’s super timeless and definitely works well with the ‘90s revival stuff.”
While some designers seem determined to recreate 1994 in 2015, DDUGOFF keeps it subtle. “I like the idea of nostalgia, but I don’t want the line to look retro in any way,” says DuGoff. “So the way it plays in is a colorblock stripe in a wool hoodie which references a sweatshirt you had in kindergarten, but it’s done in a completely different way. It takes this thing out of context.”
DDUGOFF also has something your JNCOs didn’t: functionality. The designer is quick to point out the utilitarian perks that come with each garment in his collection. Pockets are perfectly designed to fit wallets and today’s smart-phones. An overshirt jacket is water-resistant, with waterproof zippers in the front and pockets. “It looks like a tissue-paper shirt with a hood, but if you get caught in the rain you won’t get soaked,” DuGoff says. Plus, your phone will be safe in your pocket.
A jacket that keeps that iPhone 6 you just shelled out your last paycheck on dry during a storm? No need for those pricey waterproof phone cases as far as DDUGOFF is concerned.
Shop all DDUGOFF hereDaniel Dugoff's studio. Photos by Patrick Spears
Last month’s Miami Open reminded us how damn cute tennis outfits are. From pleated skirts to popped polo collars, Venus and Serena's Jacquemus-esque style is always a winner. But you don't have to be a tennis all-star to smash the fashion game.
Like Kate Middleton or Alexa Chung, you can look slammin' from the sidelines. Wimbledon is right around the corner, so hike up your skirt in these flirty, tennis inspired pieces. HAAL, Kiko Mizuhara for Opening Ceremony, and Coperni Femme all serve up polo perfection, with a sleek twist. Subtle pleating, color-blocked textures, and buttoned placket detailing will guarantee all eyes on you.
As Clueless taught us, you can sport the look, without all the court action. Game, Set, Match.Click through to view our favorite tennis-ready dresses. Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Westerburg Short-Sleeve Polo Flare Dress in sky blue J.W. Anderson Smocked Polo Dress in white/purple Coperni Femme Pastille Jersey Polo Shirt Dress in red Proenza Schouler Knit Short-Sleeve Shift Dress in tangerine combo Kenzo Poplin Shirtdress in white HAAL Laura Collar Dress in denim blue Kiko Mizuhara for Opening Ceremony
We all have that moment where Friday night rolls around and a Netflix binge is the primary “event” option. In order to cure your major case of FOMO, we've teamed up with The Mirror Cube, a new happenings site that features events recommended by artists. With their expert panel of visual artists, actors, writers, and directors, The Mirror Cube brings you the lowdown on what shows, screenings, and exhibits you should check out each week in New York and Los Angeles.
Below, their picks for the week ending April 19:
NY: Ma at MoMA PS1
April 19 at 4 PM
Picked by: Mona Fastvold
What: Director, choreographer, and Bessie Award-winning performer Celia Rowlson-Hall wrote and directed this genre-bending film about a pilgrimage through the American Southwest.
Why go: There has been significant press surrounding this Tribeca Film Festival selection, with the Huffington Post calling Rowlson-Hall “a fresh and distinctly female voice in film." After this exclusive screening, there will be a conversation between the director and internationally renowned Iranian artist Shirin Neshat.
NY: Speedy Ortiz at Bowery Ballroom
April 25 at 9 PM
Picked by: Mirror Cube
What: This hyper-literate rock quartet from Northampton, Massachusetts, will perform in Manhattan as a part of their national summer tour in support of their sophomore album, Foil Deer.
Why go: The indie band made headlines at the SXSW Music Festival, and advance reviews suggest their new record will be a creative and commercial breakthrough.
NY: On Kawara: Silence at The Guggenheim
Through May 3
Picked by: Aaron Stern
What: The iconic museum will be exhibiting the first retrospective of the language-oriented conceptual artist, On Kawara.
Why go: This show was organized with the help of the artist himself, and will be supplemented with a continuous live performance of his work, “One Million Years,” in which a man and a woman take turns reading dates that go one million years into the future or the past.
LA: ColCoa French Film Festival at Directors Guild Theater Complex
April 20 to 28
Picked by: Mirror Cube
What: The festival—whose title is shorthand for City of Lights, City of Angels—promotes contemporary French cinema with over a week of US and North American premieres.
Why go: As the largest festival of its kind, ColCoa programs French films you won't see anywhere else stateside, and the event features free public screenings of remastered French classics, as well as filmmakers in person for post-show Q&As.
LA: Haunted Screens at LACMA
Through April 26
Picked by: Gillian Zinser
What: A massive and thorough survey of 1920s German Expressionist cinema that contains rare artifacts coll
Yesterday's Studio One Eighty Nine #FashionRising event was a star-studded night that took all eyes off of Coachella, and focused them on the Opening Ceremony Los Angeles store. The brand's creators, Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, acted as hosts, while guests were given the chance to learn more about their collection from the two women who are responsible for the increase in “Boa me na me mwoa wo” vibes at Opening Ceremony stores.
Seal, Studio One Eighty Nine pal and OC friend Jessica Alba, and model Shaun Ross got down to tunes provided by Uproot Andy and special guest DJ Erykah Badu (!). Filled with friends, family, and fans—who were treated to a lesson in sari-wrapping—all of the attention at OCLA remained on the clothes (and undies) as models mingled throughout the store in head-to-toe Studio One Eighty Nine looks. Wish you had been there?
Click through the slideshow above to view snaps from last night’s event—you’ll feel like you were partying with Rosario and Abrima yourself.
Shop all Studio One Eighty Nine men's and women'sAbrima Erwiah, Jessica Alba, and Rosario Dawson. Photos by Christine Chang TK and Eve Mauro Azim Majid and Zara Martin Emily RatajkowskiRosario DawsonEve Mauro and SealEmpowered By You's Renata Black Faarrow Jordun Love, Shaun Ross, and Abrima ErwiahResGuests Ramon Rodriguez, Zara Martin, Abrima Erwiah, Dawn Richard, and Rosario DawsonAbrima Erwiah and Rosario DawsonErykah Badu, Rosario Dawson, and Shaun RossRosario Dawson and Zoe KravitzJesse Williams, Rosario Dawson, and Abrima Erwiah Abrima Erwiah and Rosario Dawson Seal
Our love affair with Teva—much like the sandals themselves—is proven to be built to last. This season, we hit up the brand for a new round of sporty, all-terrain sandal goodness.
With a collection this full of summery colors, textured leathers, and unexpected platforms, we knew that we had to raise the bar in the editorial department. We called upon still life artist Sonia Rentsch to create a series of kaleidoscopic images to capture the fun, playful vibes of the pieces themselves. On the subject of her inspirations behind the photographs, Rentsch cited the works of German painter Oskar Schlemmer. Says the artist herself, “Inspired by his ideas surrounding the use of the human body as an artistic medium, I pondered the use of feet and legs as still life objects. Things I could move and shape within the camera frame abstracting the limbs into architectural forms. The end product, like Teva, is a highly considered idea with a simple desire to please.”
View the editorial here | Pre-order Opening Ceremony x Teva for women and menClick through to view our latest editorial by Sonia Rentsch
When I arrived at artist Avery Noyes’ colorful Brooklyn apartment-cum-studio, it was immediately clear that this wasn’t going to be a run-of-the-mill interview. Droney electro-pop and laughter soundtracked the scene as a sea of colorful vinyl, frilly ruffles, and bondage straps passed through the room. The 23-year-old SVA student was getting camera-ready alongside his long-time friends and collaborators, Elizabeth Ammerman and Eric Schlosberg. Together, the two are the kawaii fashion powerhouse Ammerman Schlösberg.
For Spring/Summer 2015, Ammerman Schlösberg called on Noyes to create two creepy-cute fruit graphics to adorn the brand’s gauzy crop tops and halters. To get the full story as to how the satanic strawberries, crazy-eyed cherries, and overall relationship between brand and artist came to be, I sat amongst the charismatic trio, turned on my recorder, and listened intently as the design duo grilled Noyes on everything from artistic techniques to anime to the magic of teenage scene phases.
ELIZABETH AMMERMAN: You have an affinity towards Japanese culture. Why is that? Why is it so important to your work?
AVERY NOYES: Pokemon, when I was six. It was the first thing that got me hooked, and it was all downhill from there.
EA: Are the aesthetics of anime what inspires you, or do the culture and the values of it factor into your work as well?
AN: It’s not just about the aesthetics. I feel like it’s cheap to just use the aesthetics. I feel like it’s more about the personal connection I had towards anime growing up. It was just such a big part of my life. I was a really big otaku kid; I went to Otakan [the convention in Baltimore] a few times, and I think getting into anime really opened me up to Japanese culture as a whole.
ERIC SCHLOSBERG: You know, I remember you wearing a Pokeball belt buckle the first time I met you! We went to the park and talked about boys! [Laughs] You really have always been into it.
AN: Oh yeah, the Pokeball belt! Yeah, I guess it is a phase for some people, but I never grew out of it. Now it really influences my work.
EA: What’s your favorite anime?
AN: There’s this anime called FLCL. I first saw it on a family vacation when I was twelve. It’s basically a coming-of-age-slash-sexual-awakening story that uses alien robots as a metaphor for erections. It’s so good, it’s a classic. It has the best soundtrack, also.
ES: I know you make beautiful sculptures and you’re also so good at painting. What do you prefer: 3D or 2D? What is your favorite medium to work in?
AN: Well, basically all of my work starts out on the computer. I’m not sure if that makes me a, like, “post-internet” artist.
ES: “Digital artist.”
AN: [Laughs] Ew! But it always starts out on Google Image search and Tumblr, which I use to get inspiration and pull images. So it always starts on the computer in some form or another, then I like to take it out of that context. I think I prefer 3D because I like working with my hands, sculpting things and working in that aspect.
EA: Yeah, because even when you do 2D prints for us, you start with hand-rendered stuff.
ES: The [devil cherries] print that you did for us started out as just a little doodle on a Post-it, and we saw it a
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“Anybody can take a sheet and tear it up, but it doesn’t necessarily make a great garment,” says Vogue editor Suzy Menkes in one of The Artist is Absent’s opening scenes. “[Margiela] had a real way of doing things which made the clothes unique.”
We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves. Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 1979 and debuting his first collection in 1989, Martin Margiela has gone on to establish himself as the rebel of the fashion world, showcasing designs that comment on the fashion system while deconstructing the way a garment should be made. The best part of the Margiela legacy? The Belgian designer has consistently had an influential impact in the fashion world, all while remaining under a cloak—or rather, a Margiela head-encasing mask—of anonymity.
Director Alison Chernick’s new documentary The Artist is Absent aims to get to the bottom of the man behind the line. Since premiering at Tribeca Film Festival this past weekend, the short film has stirred the fashion world pot and re-opened the curiosity of Margiela’s legacy.
But how does one make a film with almost no footage of the designer himself? “I was attracted to the challenge that there is no footage of [Margiela],” says Chernick. “As a filmmaker, how do you work around that obstacle and make a documentary portrait without footage of the subject himself? This intrigued me.”
What The Artist is Absent lacks in footage of Margiela himself, the film more than makes up for with archival behind-the-scenes and runway clips. Watching Chernick’s unassumingly curated selection of footage makes one feel as though they’re sitting front row during one of Margiela’s ‘90s runway shows—rogue tactics, deconstructed silhouettes, and all. Grainy archival footage from the runway shows recalls early House of Style episodes, much to the point where one expects a Cindy Crawford voiceover to suddenly burst through the theater speakers.
‘90s references aside, the film boasts a knowledgeable lineup of commentators who know and question the enigma that is Margiela. Everyone from Margiela’s former employer Jean Paul Gaultier to fashion historian Olivier Saillard drops a line. Fellow Royal Academy of Fine Arts classmate Raf Simons even remarks, “Martin said what he needed to say and I think it’s admirable when a person knows they said what they needed to.”
While Margiela chooses to remain anonymous, his legacy and mystery continue to live on, even without the glitzy front page coverage and magazine profiles.
“In Martins case, the media attention wasn't something that was validating for him. The lack of desire to be in the spotlight ultimately was constructive and by default created an allure, a mystery that fit into the poetic tension that he creates through his clothes,” says Chernick. “He's an original thinker, led by example, and inspired many, and for that he is revered.”
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You can all breathe a sigh of relief. Chloë Sevigny just released her first book, titled Chloë Sevigny. Filled with behind-the-scenes photographs from her childhood to today, the 224-page book also takes a look back at the icon’s early intern/model days, with ‘90s Sassy magazine editorial shoots and the deluge of fan mail they inspired. We caught up with Sassy founding editor Jane Pratt, one of the women who made Chloë happen.
"We’re having her work in our office, sticking mailing labels on things and stuff," reads a now constantly reblogged article from a 1992 issue of Sassy magazine. “Her tastes are ever-varied—she’ll try anything, then get bored and move on.”
With this, Sassy introduced Chloë Sevigny to the world, patchwork hats, baggy khakis and all. While the role of an intern usually signifies menial tasks, according to Sassy magazine founding editor Jane Pratt, Chloë was never the coffee-grabbing worker bee. "I didn't know what [Chloë] was going to do,” remembers Pratt. “But I knew it was going to be something, because when you have that kind of unique vision and you have the work ethic to back it up, you're going to go somewhere."
The first time Pratt crossed paths with Sevigny was on the corner of West 3rd Street and 6th Avenue back in ‘92. While filming a commercial for her eponymous TV talk show, which, like Sassy, focused on real teen issues, Pratt and Sassy fashion assistant Andrea Linett couldn’t help but notice an impeccably dressed seventeen year old walking up the street from a basketball court.
“There was this girl in this really cool hat, kind of like a Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat hat,” says Pratt with a laugh. “Andrea was like, ‘I'm gonna go get her.’”
Chloë agreed to be in their video, and soon, was a regular fixture at the magazine. “It was a real funky environment, and [Chloë] made it even funkier,” says Pratt. Moreover, she didn’t let her intern status define her. “Chloë was always a teenage girl that didn't seem like a teenage girl; she was older than her years in terms of how she owned her own style,” says Pratt. “Some interns would understandably be a bit timid about talking to the editor-in-chief. She was never like that.”
Before sealing her place in editorial history as the fairy godmother of alternative mags, Pratt was just like the ambitious young Chloë trying to catch her big break. After graduating from Oberlin College and interning at magazines such as Rolling Stone and the now-defunct Sportstyle, Pratt was asked to come on board as the editor of Sassy magazine in 1987 at the age of 24. Newsstands didn’t know what they had coming to ‘em. The no-holds-barred periodical provided an uncensored look into the untidy lives of legit teenage girls—insecurities and all.
“I really wasn't trying to be trendy or ‘of the moment,’” says Pratt of Sassy. “I was trying to hit on deeper, universal truths.” Avoiding mainstream fashion norms but never hard-hitting issues, Sassy was something that all other teen magazines at the time weren't: raw, unfiltered, and real. Covers asked “Do You Need Armpit Hair to be a Feminist?” and &ldqu
When something is truly cool, it’s cool forever. Case in point: Vivienne Westwood’s iconic breast tee. Originally released in the designer’s historic shop Worlds End in the late ‘70s, the tee’s daring print is just as much of a rock-n-roll statement today as it was all the way back then.
Which is why, then, when we resurrected the design from the Westwood archives for a limited-edition capsule collection, it sold out in the blink of an eyeliner-smudged eye. Lucky for you, we believe that everyone deserves a piece of punk history, and brought the tee back for one more round. Just don’t drag your feet this time.
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The Earth is a pretty cool place, if you think about it. Which is why, of course, we have a holiday dedicated to protecting it. We all know the Earth Day basics—switching to fluorescent light bulbs, turning off the water while you brush your teeth—but what about making positive changes to your wardrobe? From brands that use recycled materials to garments created using ethical production practices, we at OC are proud to carry an array of clothes and accessories you can feel good about donning this Earth Day—and all year.
Click through the slideshow above to take a look at our picks to make the world and your closet a better place. With a naturalistic design aesthetic and strict use of eco-friendly materials, it’s easy to see why Gyoyuni Kimchoe’s creative statement is “Respect of Life and Nature.” In the latest collection, “Weed Gardener Corps,” floral ruffles and moss-covered trim sprout from khakis like overgrown vines. Gyoyuni Kimchoe Weed Gardener Hooded Trench Coat in khaki Studio One Eighty Nine’s printed clothing is sourced from artisans in Ghana and Mali, putting a spotlight on their cultures and traditions and giving the economies they live in new financial opportunities. Studio One Eighty Nine Boa Me Printed Short Kimono in wine/green Fanmail’s comfy menswear basics are not only made of organic cotton and hemp, but sourced, dyed, and manufactured all in the US. Fanmail New Sweatshirt in pink and Denim Tailored Shorts in orange Eckhaus Latta’s material sourcing strategy focuses on ethical, small-scale production. Think fabrics crafted from recycled polyester blankets or produced by organic goat farmers. Eckhaus Latta Pleated Void Pullover in peach/grey The colors of Laura Laurens’ flirty cotton shirtdresses are created using only eco-friendly fabric dyes. Laura Laurens Ripstop Long Tank Dress in green Le Gramme’s super sleek cuffs are made entirely of recycled metals—yellow gold, sterling silver, and ruthenium. Le Gramme Le 21 Gramme Bracelet i