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It’s official. We made the move to Brooklyn.
Okay, okay we’re exaggerating. While our brick-and-mortar stores still reside in the city, our spring sample sale is going down in true Brooklyn form over at the Villain warehouse at 50 North 3rd Street.
All weekend long, take up to 90 percent off of your favorite brands including Acne Studios, Moschino, Raf Simons, Proenza Schouler, and more. As if Governor’s Ball wasn’t enough reason for a commute this weekend, we guarantee the racks on racks of designer items—think Opening Ceremony bags, Dries Van Noten shoes, and Band of Outsiders shirts—at our sample sale is.
The L train is running this weekend, so you have no excuse not to rush over and get your Christopher Kane fix.
The Opening Ceremony sample sale is open all weekend on Friday and Saturday from 11AM to 8PM and Sunday from 11AM to 6PM.
The Opening Ceremony sample sale is open all weekend on Friday and Saturday from 11AM to 8PM and Sunday from 11AM to 6PM. All weekend long, take up to 90 percent off of your favorite brands.
OC founder Carol Lim couldn’t have said it any better: Words can’t fully express how much our founder means to us, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to try! As we prepare (a.k.a. pregame) to celebrate his 40th birthday this weekend, 40 of our OC staffers—from the stores to our corporate headquarters—tell us what they love most about Humberto Leon.
“Humberto Leon is a crazy mofo! He shows me that just about anything is possible, no matter how insane the thought or idea is. And he is the ultimate catalyst when it comes to brewing dreams and creativity here at Opening Ceremony. I love that he can trigger this out of so many of us, otherwise every day would be Snoozeville here. He's ridiculous, I'm ridiculous. We laugh with each other, we laugh at each other. He's my boss, my friend, my brother, and my mentor. I celebrate what he's given to the world so far, and wish him many, many, many more years of teaching us how to dream WILD! Happy Big 4-0 Humberto!” —Jacky
“What I love most about Humberto is his ability to remember everything! Even the little things, like the color of your shoelaces on a pair of shoes you wore like five years ago. Sometimes it's like he's superhuman and I can never pull one on him! Love you HL! I wish you the most amazing birthday ever!” —Shirley
“His immense creativity and capacity to love, both which inspire me to be a better person.” —Bettina
“To me, Humberto is like those Sour Patch Kids commercials: ‘first they're sour, then they're sweet.’ He is hands down one of the funniest people I know and can make fun of you like no one has, but then be the first person to immediately seize your fallen phone out of Chinatown sewer water and pat all the grossness off with his designer shirt and pants. He's the best. Happy Birthday!” —Carol S.
“What I love about Humberto most is how he can bring levity to any situation with his laughter. Appropriate or not, his laughter is contagious!” —Dylan
“I love that after all his successes so far, he still humbly drinks a large Dunkin’ coffee every morning.” —Jason
“What I love and admire most about Humberto is his excitement. After a 9-hour transatlantic flight, he's the kind of friend who will call you up on a Friday night the moment he lands to invite you out dancing. He brings the same Energizer-bunny level of excitement to work, hopping from meeting to call to fitting all day long. Oh, and I won't even get started on his marathon shopping abilities. Humberto's excitement for life is truly inspiring! Happy Birthday Humberto!” —Jesse
“I love Humberto's sense of humor and openness with his staff. But mainly, I love that he once brought the OCNY and OC Ace staff a full dim-sum breakfast prior to a team meeting! Happy Birthday, Humberto!” —Melanie
“‘BAE’ [Before anyone else]. As his assistant, isn't it what I am supposed to say? ;) Joyeux Anniversaire !” —Agathe
“For me it’s his unparalleled giggle. Work-wise (and I'm sure personally), when he gets excited about anything you can always tell without even knowing he's in the room. He has this high-pitch, INFECTIOUS giggle that causes EVERYONE, no matter how pissy they might be, to giggle in turn. Gets me every time! Yet in the same breath HL can have you ducking for cover—in this case #nowordsneeded.” —Tracy
“Humberto is funny and a great storyteller. I always felt motivated and inspired when he held brand clinics! But when he makes work-related jokes, he is usually serious. So I'm convinced that it's his way of pointing out issues. So I'm more alert then. Most of all, I LOVE
Today marks OC founder Humberto Leon’s 40th birthday! While we’ve already wished him 40 times with 40 reasons why we love him (not including the numerous times last night, said after a few too many drinks at his birthday party)... but it was Jessica Alba that added the 41st for good luck.
Happy Birthday, Humberto!
When did “basic” become a bad thing?
While fur-trim tops and fringed-hem shorts are always good, a minimalist tee that complements virtually any outfit is too. Luckily for those of us with a penchant for simplicity, Area designers Piotrek Panszczyk and Beckett Fogg know how to make a basic tee that’s more than meets the eye. Since launching the brand in 2013, the pair has gone on to create a mainline including tailored trousers in butter-soft terry and cheeky Leonardo DiCaprio “Leo”-tards. But the two haven’t forgotten their tee-centric roots. “We actually developed the T-shirts before our first collection, as a way to explain our textile development process,” says Beckett, of the capsule collection which debuted at Opening Ceremony last summer.
Which is why it makes perfect sense to revisit the amplified basic tees and patent-pending embossing technique that gave Area its start. Beginning today, Opening Ceremony is launching an in-store pop-up, courtesy of set designer Lauren Nikrooz, to introduce the new Area capsule collection available exclusively at OC.
Like last summer, each T-shirt comes stamped with a subtle, geometric texture. Over time, invisible perforations in the fabric evolve into a delicate mesh, unique to each tee and how you wash and wear it. “We wanted the texture to speak for itself,” says Beckett of the collection. “It’s not about a specific person or story. We like to think that it can relate to almost anyone.”
The capsule collection includes several new styles, like tennis shorts and tunics, as well as another new development: rich colors. The signature Area texture adorns cottons in red, apricot, aqua, and cobalt blue. It’s basic with a bite, and definitely a good thing.
Shop all Area men’s and women’sOC-Exclusive Ultra-Light Jersey T-Shirt in apricot and OC-Exclusive Fully Embossed Poly Knit Shorts in white
Lighting candles on your birthday cake is a time-honored tradition. Watching feminist performance artist Narcissister light sparklers between her legs for a crowd including Björk, Spike Jonze, Chloë Sevigny, and Solange? Less common. But this wasn’t just any birthday party—Saturday, Humberto Leon celebrated his 40th, with a fête that will go down in Opening Ceremony and NYC nightlife history.
All night, the Villain warehouse in Brooklyn pulsed with beats by Huggy Bear and Jubilee while guests nibbled on Wooly’s ice cream and sipped Tiger beer. And in case you were wondering, there was a cake with candles, too—in the shape of a hamburger, because nothing about this party was typical.
Peep the photos above to relive the night…Humberto blows out the candles at his 40th birthday bash. Photos by Zac SebastianIt’s OC’s Zoe, Carol Lim, Mat Killip, and Wendy Yao Ellen Page with friends and Marcel DzamaGlen Fabian and Jen Brill Alan Ferguson and Solange
Sara Towbin and Jessica Sanderson L-R: Marcel Dzama, Humberto, Spike Jonze, Rica Leon, and Patrick Wilson Bailey Stiles and Raul LopezA guest and Michael Bailey Gates sippin’ on Tiger beerL-R: Guest, Ange Donhauser, and Adi Gil Prabal GurungLucia Pica, Fran Burns, and Mel OttenbergGuest, Carrie Imberman, Carol, Marcel Dzama, and Shelley Dick OC’s Ava and Alex Lee L-R: James Merry, Juan Pablo Lemus, Guests, and Julian JesusL-R: OC’s Michelle, Agathe, and Sam OC’s Janelle and Rasmus KegerWooly’s serving up frozen treatsWill Castelli and Eric ZindorfL-R: Savannah Davis, Jack McCready, OC’s Chloe, Matheus LimaL-R: OC’s Qiana, Yaminah, Oak, and Mariah
The fog of Mercury retrograde rolled in deep in the last weeks of May, so tread carefully as June begins. Every step you take leads up to a larger goal, but the flighty energy you feel right now will tempt you to stroll off course, so stay focused on your long-term plans. Mercury and your ruling planet Mars are both in your solar third house which rules communication and mental activity, meaning that your brain could easily feel fried by all the options that you're being bombarded with at the moment. It’s essential to pick a path so that you don't end up losing out on a time-sensitive offer even if you are feeling seriously overwhelmed. Go with the logical option and study the factual features of your various offers rather than going with your gut instinct. Answers will come in the first week of June after the full moon in Sagittarius provides a counterpoint to all the Gemini options and helps you move towards the fun and exciting energy around the corner. It's really not like you to worry so much!
On June 6, Venus enters Leo for a summer-long stay in your fifth house of amusement, pleasure, and inspiration, giving you tons of fun to look forward to in the near future. While Venus has been in Cancer you've felt slightly more moody than usual, and there may have been some drama at home that put you on edge. As soon as Venus shifts you'll be out of the house and you won't look back for the rest of the summer. Put your short-shorts on and hit the streets with your amplified musical accessory to bring the party with you wherever you go. You'll be connecting with all the party people while Venus is in Leo, and you don't need to feel guilty for letting loose more than usual because the conversations you have and the connections you make over the summer could lead to serious creative projects in the future.
While your ruling planet Venus has been in Cancer for May (where it will stay for the first six days of June), you've been getting totally clear on your thoughts and feelings. A sensual Taurus like yourself totally understands the appetites and passions of the body, but it can be more difficult to connect with the higher expressions of feeling and desire. The past month has been a valuable time to express yourself, putting you on a higher plane of understanding with the people around you. Venus enters Leo on June 6, where it will stay until October 8, so it’s time to get ready for the next phase and start to focus on home and family matters that may have slipped away from your control or understanding. Venus in Leo will challenge you to become more grounded and to focus energy on nest-building. You will have much more fun socializing in intimate settings at your home or the home of a close friend this summer, so avoid the festival fiascos and plan some chill weekend getaways with your tightest friends.
Mercury retrograde has focused on the part of your chart that rules personal finances, so while you might find yourself dreaming of a more beautiful and luxurious pad, your renovation resources are most likely limited at the moment. The retrograde requires that you pay attention to all the details of your finances and spend time getting super organized to build yourself a platform for success. If you've been suffering from some kind of financial hardship during the retrograde, don't let it get you down too far, because once Mercury changes gears on June 11 you can expect the situation to change. Develop your financial strategy now and put it into action later in the month. The new moon in Gemini on June 16 would be the perfect day to launch new enterprises or begin any new work because it will maximize the potential for this project to grow in the future. The power to manifest financial stability with the energy of this new moon is totally real, you just have to have faith for the time being.
You thought everything was going swimmingly until the retrograde really hit you last week and your universe came crashing to a halt. Since Mercury is your ruling planet, you're a pro at dealing with a retrograde, but this one has extra power to confuse for three reasons. First, Mercury is in your own sign, which puts the planetary focus squarely on you. You might be struggling with communication: both in expressing your points and figuring out what you mean by them. The second factor is Mars in Gemini, which makes everything slightly more prickly than usual. Have you noticed that you've been extremely busy lately? Mars is keeping you active and making things happen for you in a major way. Normally, you would be happy about all the energy coming towards you, but right now it might be difficult to keep it balanced.
The third cause of your concern is a stressful opposition, between Mercury and Mars in Gemini and Saturn in Sagittarius, that's making you feel more serious than usual. It feels like everything that's going on in your life right now counts double because of Saturn's mature energy opposing your Sun. Try to break free and keep it as light as possible, remembering that whatever you do during a retrograde can always change afterwards. Mercury goes direct on June 11 and that's just around the corner. The new moon in Gemini on June 16 will erase any and all confusion you have and provides a super fresh start to the summer. Hold on to your sanity for now and know that your fortune will soon be reversed!
Summer is just beginning to blossom but you're not in the mood to bloom right now. Instead, take time to retreat for a moment and make space for yourself to daydream. Let your mind wander. Explore your unconscious and process the meaning behind the memories of your recent personal history. Some of the sweetest moments you have in life will be spent all by yourself. Give yourself time to become BFFs with yourself in June. Take yourself on a day trip to the botanical gardens or to a park you've never visited before and spend time reading or meditating in the sunshine. Getting to know yourself and all your unique gifts, needs, moods, and habits is an essential step you have to take before getting to know anyone else. This might seem like a melancholy start to summer, but you'll look back on this moment fondly in the future. Everything will shift and you'll reverse your gaze back onto the outside universe after Mars enters Cancer on June 25, so enjoy the slow pace now while you can. Mars in Cancer will be a burst of activity on your timeline, so you'll need all the energy you can get when things get busy in late June and July.
If you're trying to focus on material matters, June will be an exceptional month to reorganize your finances and get totally up to date as Venus, planet of money and love, enters your second house of personal possessions on June 6 for a five-month stay. You can use this influence to come up with new ways to bring in cash flow that capitalize on your inherent talents. Consider what skills and passions you have that haven't been realized to their full potential. Do more of what you love and in the future you'll have the chance to turn your passion projects into serious enterprises.
Forget about the June gloom—this year June is going to be the hottest month for you because of a trio of fire planets in a lucky triangulation that signifies only positive potential. Venus enters Leo on June 6 making you the most popular sign of the zodiac for the rest of the month. Normally, Venus takes just over a month to travel through a single sign, but you will have five months with Venus this year thanks to a retrograde over the summer. Although a Venus transit is almost always cute by nature, there will be some challenges to the retrograde. The lucky thing is that Venus problems tend not to be super serious—think bad hair days and fashion crises. But you don't have to worry about any superficial situations setting you off for now, because you will be feeling super fresh for the entire month of June. You will feel the most fly later in the month when Venus gets closer to lucky Jupiter in Leo, but the level of attention you get immediately after June 6 might actually surprise you.
June is an ideal month for promoting yourself and receiving a positive reception thanks in part to your Venusian glow, but also because Mercury, once out of retrograde, will transit your eleventh house of groups making it easy to get in touch with a wider audience. You may be dealing with some miscommunications in your group of friends before June 11 when Mercury goes direct, but you can be sure that all the issues coming up will be ancient history later in the month. In the meantime, don't let the little things get twisted. It’s so easy to misconstrue the meaning of a text or an e-mail, so try to meet up in person if there's someone with whom you have an issue.
May was a busy month that possibly left you feeling frazzled from all the work you had to do. Mars in Gemini will continue to keep your professional schedule packed until June 25, but once Mercury comes out of retrograde on June 11 you will feel much more comfortable balancing work and pleasure while getting everything important done. Even a Virgo needs to let loose and have some fun now and then. Until June 11, Mercury in retrograde could be driving your mind wild, so make sure you take a second to breathe if your thoughts start racing out of control. Release your anxiety and let the universe take its course. Trying too hard to comprehend the message of the retrograde could leave you feeling totally dizzy, but once you get to the other side things will start to make sense again. The perspective you are looking for will inevitably arrive.
Neptune in Pisces, your opposite sign, is throwing some shade into the situation in early June, potentially rustling up unnecessary and unexpected drama in your love life. Beware of miscommunications with romantic partners around this time and make sure the two of you are on the same page. There's nothing worse than realizing that the vision you have of the relationship is totally different from what your partner sees. A lack of clarity could be resolved by taking the time for a simple conversation and discussing your shared intentions. This won't be a time to make major commitments in love, or to alter the fabric of your relationship, but it could be the perfect moment to mend a miscommunication and remove some stains
Mercury retrograde will continue to challenge your perception of reality until June 11, so keep your mind open in the meantime. There's a lot you can learn right now if you don't resist the weirdness that seems to be coming at you from all directions. I know you try to avoid confrontation at all costs, but if someone comes at you for your point of view, don't be afraid to engage them in debate. A conversation with someone who has a totally different perspective could be exactly what you need to open up a door that shows you a new way forward. Let yourself grow and change rather than getting stuck in a dogmatic situation that doesn't serve you.
After two years of restrictive Saturn in Scorpio, the universe gave you a few months to let loose and the first half of 2015 has been open and free compared to times past. You don't have to worry about Saturn's return to Scorpio just yet, but it will be just around the corner—so get yourself in the right frame of mind to be working hard this summer even while you see everyone else going to the beach. There's something from the past two years that you left slightly incomplete and mid-summer will be your chance to go back and finish, or possibly to amend a mistake that's been on your mind. Before things get serious at work, Venus comes to your tenth house of success and ambition giving you an ego boost from a figure of authority. You will shine in the optimal light after Venus enters Leo on June 6. The good news is that Venus will continue to occupy this space even after Saturn returns to Scorpio, so your image at work will continue to be cute and you won't have any trouble getting the support you need to get through the hard work ahead.
Mars and Mercury have been occupying a tricky place in your chart throughout the retrograde days of the past few weeks. Secrets and scandals that you never expected suddenly popped up without warning in the last week of May, and you're most likely still dealing with the effects of these unexpected leaks. Be honest and totally clear when it comes to matters of commitment, whether it’s in a relationship or a financial partnership. People will want to make you out to be the bad guy in this situation, even if your intentions were pure. It's that dark and sultry Scorpio vibe that everyone mistakes for a negative attitude.
June began with a full moon in your sign that could have been a cause for celebration, or the end to a chapter of your life that you were happy to close. And if you're just totally OVER it, that’s OK! The full moon made an oppositional aspect to Mars, the planet of your will, and Mercury, the planet of your mind, in Gemini which means the first week of June necessitated a serious decision. Adventurous choices are totally encouraged right now because while Mercury is still retrograde, you are free to choose one direction and then go back later if you need to switch courses. Think of this as time to experiment and be free. Don't over-think anything and feel free to jump right into the next phase of your life. If you're still feeling confused, Mercury retrograde will end on June 11 so you only have a few more days to go until you're totally in the clear.
Miscommunications with someone you love could be getting you down until the retrograde ends, but instead of being confrontational, give this person some space and try to be super understanding. Your instinct will be to snap and your temper will be running high until June 11, but things will calm down majorly as the month moves on. The new moon in Gemini on June 16 falls in your seventh house of partnerships, and it will provide an opportunity to refresh any negative vibes that have lingered after the retrograde ends.
You've been feeling seriously adventurous since Saturn entered Sagittarius at the beginning of the year, and you should use June to continue the journey because July and August will adopt a much more serious vibe when Saturn retrogrades back into Scorpio to close out some accounts that were left open from the past two years. Feel free to fly forward for now and make new connections. Even if they drift off when mid-summer rolls around, you will meet again in the fall and continue right where you left off. You might be finding yourself lately gravitating towards a new set of people with a much more spiritual and holistic view of the universe. Continue to move in a direction that helps you open up to the wonders of the world. When Saturn returns to Scorpio, old friends will gravitate back towards you, and you'll be shocked by how much you've changed your mind about certain matters of the soul. Share your wisdom with these less enlightened beings rather than shy away from them.
Relationships have been super cute for all of May, but after June 6 when Venus enters Leo it’s time for you to stop being nice and start getting real. Thoughts of commitment will be on your mind in a big way. Even if you're not the most romantic sign of the Zodiac, you tend to be very vocal when you have feelings for someone, and this should be no exception. Express what you really want, and if it’s meant to be, your partner will reciprocate. The effects of Venus in Leo could also apply to a business partnership, and even if everything seems aboveboard this would be an ideal time to discuss financial roles in your joint enterprise. Sometimes it’s surprising how divergent two viewpoints can be, and it’s important to use this opportunity to make sure you're both on the same page.
Since Jupiter entered Leo last July, your luck has been focused in the relationship department and you've gone much deeper in your connections with your closest companions. June will be the last full month with Jupiter in your seventh house of partnerships, but as an added boost before it goes, Venus, the planet of love, joins Jupiter after June 6 for a whirlwind romance. Whether or not you are currently entangled romantically, you will feel the love this month as it radiates in your direction. Capitalize on the positive energy by making your connections count and call in all the favors you've been meaning to ask for. If you're in a field that requires creative partnership of any kind this will be an exceptional month for collaboration because you will be on exactly the same page as the rest of your team. Signing a contract or negotiating a pay raise would be highly encouraged in June, but it would be wise to wait until after Mercury goes direct on June 11. In the meantime make your plans and consider your options when it comes to the deal.
If you've been feeling uninspired lately, you can thank Mercury retrograde which has caused a major blockage in your fifth house of creative expression. Mars, planet of action, has joined Mercury, increasing the sense of frustration for the past several weeks. You have so much to express, but somehow it’s all coming out the wrong way. Let loose and don't be afraid to experiment with your creative projects. It's time for some art therapy to help set you free. Any creative blockage you feel will disappear by the third week of the month, and you will come to appreciate the aesthetic experimentation that occurred in late May and early June.
You've been in the clouds since Mercury retrograde began, and the conditions up there have varied from a heavenly pleasant breeze to a deep, dark fog. Most recently you've been lost in the pea soup while a certain decision you've been trying to make has been creating a serious sense of indecision. The lack of clarity you feel right now will definitely pass by June 11 when Mercury comes out of retrograde, so hold tight for now and don't worry too much about the outcome of the dilemma you are in. The universe has a plan for you right now that may not seem clear, but you will soon understand what's up. The great thing about a retrograde is that you're free to experiment with many different options since there's always the chance for revision afterwards.
Your ruling planet Neptune goes retrograde on June 12 for the rest of the summer, which could cause some serious dreaminess and spaced-out situations. While Neptune moves backwards you will be in touch with another, more psychic, realm of existence but the daily operations of reality might seem far removed from your vision. Use this time to delve deeply into creative projects and seek inspiration in your dreams and subconscious. Tarot, I-Ching, or Astrology could help guide you, and voices from the other side will be with you all summer long.
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Subway cars have long been the preferred medium of New York City street artists to disseminate their work. Artist Andrea Bergart, though, prefers cement trucks. “They have so much going for them!” she told me last weekend. “I’ve always loved how massive and tough they are while also being so animated and playful.”
I met Andrea in the parking lot of United Transit Mix, a concrete contractor in Bushwick. “We’re a day ahead of schedule; we’ve actually just finished,” said Andrea with an air of efficiency, dressed in a Donald Duck T-shirt, a glitter velour sun visor, and black Gore-tex Merrells. Andrea and her crew of painters were already lining up in front of the truck, taking photos. It was painted bright purple, with an extremely wide-grinning Donald Duck smoking a doobie wrapped around the rotating barrel.
A toy cement truck covered in dry-erase marker sat nearby, as did print-outs of almost every angle of the life-size truck. These are just some of the tools Andrea uses to translate her designs from 2D to 3D. And where did this design come from? One of the company owners’ leg tattoos, of course. “My work is inspired in part by street fashion and what people who aren’t artists bring to the city in whatever way they can. I don’t walk around the streets holding my paintings, so the cement trucks are a way for me to have a dialog with the people who help inspire my work,” explains Andrea.
This will be Andrea’s fifth painted truck with the company in two years. The two brothers that own United Transit Mix, Anthony and Danny Mastronardi, were skeptical of the project at first, but now pay Andrea and her team to design their trucks. Past designs have included a Lisa Frank-esque cheetah print, an abstract composition inspired by traditional Ghanaian Kente cloth, paint splatter marks, and an abstract collaboration with painter Morgan Blair. “It’s a great way to have an artistic image travel through the city,” Andrea said.
Artist Andrea Bergart’s Donald Duck-painted cement truck. Photos by David Lindsay“I’ve always loved how massive and tough [cement trucks] are while also being so animated and playful,” says Andrea. “The cement truck imagery is different than what I typically paint in my studio,” says Andrea. “It’s more about making people smile when they see it.”Andrea’s crew of painters painted the truck bright purple, with an extremely wide-grinning Donald Duck smoking a doobie wrapped around the rotating barrel. Andrea in front of the finished cement truck.
Every summer, we find ourselves attempting to overcome the eternal warm-weather dilemma: finding the perfect wear-everywhere shoes.
With spur-of-the-moment Tinder plans after sandy days at the beach, or those days when you just can’t squeeze in a pedicure before a pool sesh, finding footwear that suits quick situations is crucial. These problems and more are solved by Kenzo’s Logo Espadrille Flats—now back online and in stores.
Ideal for any activity, the Espadrilles come in a wide range of colors including fuschia, blue, and black. Their design—with a canvas upper and classic jute-rope soles—originates from southern France, so it makes perfect sense that the flats come complete with a stark white Kenzo logo and Eiffel Tower crest.
With these shoes, you no longer have an excuse to miss beachtime.
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Sorry, Kylie. For Le Kilt designer Samantha McCoach, it was love at first page turn.
“I was waiting on a book I had ordered, called We Can Be Heroes by Graham Smith, that’s all about the ‘80s London club scene. I flipped through it and there it was… Le Kilt.”
It’s easy to understand the Royal College of Art graduate’s fascination with the Soho club when you see archival images of it. With drunken androgynous couples in various states of undress, candids of Boy George in his prime, and guests with endless supplies of cigarettes in hand, the photos scream ‘80s posh. “Le Kilt stuck for me,” says Samantha of the name. Anyway, “I was sure I didn't want to call [the line] ‘Samantha McCoach.’”
The club, lined with tartan walls and designed to look like a Scottish hunting lodge for Blitz Kids, was open during the first half of the ‘80s. Samantha didn’t just borrow the name—the club’s aesthetic is evident in her skirts’ punk-rock flair.
Samantha grew up surrounded by Scottish tartans, learning tailoring from the best of the best: her grandmother, a traditional kilt maker. Abandoning the Scotsman’s sans-undies approach, Samantha creates skirts with patchwork plaids, neon hues, and safety-pin add-ons. She adds a political touch with items like the No Say Skirt, which takes a feisty stance on Samantha’s opposition to the Scottish Referendum. Kilts don’t get more badass than this.
In addition to being outspoken, the skirts have practical upsides. “They fit into most girls’ wardrobes easily—you can dress them up or down,” says Samantha. “The Blitz Kids were all about the way you put things together; they had a strong-yet-playful attitude that wasn’t necessarily all about one stand-out garment.”
There is a key fact that sets the London-based brand apart from dimly-lit nights at an ‘80s club: its pieces outlast evening parties and morning hangovers. Or, as Samantha puts it, “Le Kilt skirts still look chic in the daytime.”
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Images from Le Kilt nightclub. Photos courtesy of Samantha McCoach“The Blitz Kids were all about the way you put things together,” says Samantha. “They had a strong-yet-playful attitude that wasn’t necessarily all about one stand-out garment.”Original club flyer from Le Kilt club Mixed Tartan Pleated Skirt in multi
I’d guess that there is not a single person in downtown NYC who hasn’t gotten wrecked at Winnie’s in Chinatown (RIP) and sang her little heart out to classics like Mariah Carey’s “Heartbreaker” or Rickrolled the bar with a slurred chorus of “Never Gonna Give You Up.” These guilty belters can try and deny their late-night outings, but Organized By Title, photographer Ben Rayner’s new book, most likely is the proof.
Comprised of over eight years of photos from Rayner’s karaoke nights around the world, the photography book investigates the art of the alcohol-infused singing sesh—which was no easy feat considering Rayner had to sort through over 3,000 images. Organized By Title includes photos of everyone from anonymous tatted “crooners” to Pixie Geldof, but the most sentimental image for Rayner is the book’s opening photo of a stranger in a Detroit bar singing “The Trooper” by Iron Maiden. “That [photo] was kind of the jump-off point, but I didn’t realize it until I’d collected hundreds more photos from different places,” Rayner told me in an e-mail. “It was quite organic and it wasn’t until I put a few [photos] together that I realized how honest people look singing.”
Karaoke has long been viewed as an escapist practice, where you can let out your inner torment in the form of a Shaggy song. So it only makes sense that the normally fashion-focused photographer would want to capture people in their purest forms. “Karaoke is such a pure and pretty much REALLY old form of escapism,” he wrote. “Is it that much different from when families would sing a song together after dinner before TVs? Peoples’ faces are the best when they sing; they really don’t care about anything else.”
Admit to your karaoke outings now, because you might see an inebriated (albeit happy) pic of yourself while flipping through Organized By Title.
Organized By Title will be available at Red Bull Studios x The Gift Shop starting June 12
Organized By Title is being released through The Gift Shop, a collaborative project between Alldayeveryday and Red Bull Studios. All photos from Organized By TitleComprised of over eight years of photos from Rayner’s karaoke nights around the world, the photography book investigates the art of the alcohol-infused singing sesh. “Peoples’ faces are the best when they sing,” says Rayner. “They really don’t care about anything else.” According to Rayner, putting together the book was quite organic. “It wasn’t until I put a few [photos] together that I realized how honest people look singing.”
Fact: The only thing better than a sale is an even bigger sale. That’s why we’ve bumped it up to 60% off, and added some more of your most-wanted brands—from Marques’Almeida to Raf Simons x Fred Perry to Jean Paul Gaultier Femme.
We know your sale choices might be overwhelming, so we asked some OC staffers to show us their dream getup made entirely of marked-down steals. Check out their looks above and get to assembling one of your own. Just make sure you do it fast—these pieces won’t hang around for too long.
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Enjoy free ground shipping on orders over $100 pre-tax with UPS Ground Shipping method selected. Offer is valid within the contiguous United States only.OC's Bianca wears Carven Logo Dress in jaune, Moschino Gold Detailed Diagonal Quilted Bag in multi, and Minju Kim x Acrobat Sakura Star Open-Toe Heels in black/white OC's Nathan wears Dries Van Noten Sweatshirt in tan (available in stores) and Track Shorts in black (available in black)OC's Mariah wears Maria ke Fisherman Cross Eyelet Patent Leather Top and Cross Eyelet Patent Leather Skirt in black with Purified Elefante High Heeled Lace Booties in black
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.
NY: Cy Twombly at Gagosian Gallery
Apr 23-June 20
Picked by: Chloe Wise
What: The final paintings and sculptures of the late iconic artist and winner of the Venice Biennale’s prestigious Golden Lion Award.
Why Go: Along with peers Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, Twombly helped usher in a whole new style of painting that he refined throughout his long career. His distinct gestural style has defined future generations of artists, from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Julian Schnabel.
NY: BAMcinemaFest at BAM
Picked By: Mirror Cube
What: The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 7th annual film festival is 10 days of more than 30 New York premieres of highly anticipated independent films.
Why Go: This festival has a reputation for screening innovative films, and its selections inspired The New Yorker to hail it as “the city’s best independent film showcase.”
NY: Spoon & The Antlers at Kings Theatre
June 16 at 8pm
Picked by: Anna Gray
What: The psychedelic five-piece band is back in Brooklyn with opening act The Antlers to promote their August 2015 release, They Want My Soul.
Why Go: In the past 20 years, Spoon have gone from a cult favorite to a charting band with a formidable fan base, and it appears their ambition isn’t flagging, with NPR calling their new material “fantastically infectious…perhaps the most confident point of [the band's] career.”
LA: Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada at LACMA
June 7-Sept 27
Picked by: Mirror Cube
What: Large-scale abstract sculptures from the socially conscious postwar American artist.
Why Go: Purifoy, who passed away in 2004, is only now receiving the recognition he deserves. Don’t miss this opportunity to see work from the artist the LA Times called “the least well-known pivotal American artist of the last 50 years.”
LA: Rhye at The Observatory
June 17 at 8pm
Picked by: Lauren Cohan
What: The R&B-inspired indie duo is headlining an international tour with singer-songwriter Lo-Fang as their opening act.
Why Go: Rhye is a collaborative effort, with both members acting as producers, vocalists, and multi-instrumentalists. The sparse and elegant tracks from the p
It’s June, and the warming weather means that the city is coming out of nightlife hibernation. Rooftop bars and beer gardens (you know, the Lower East Side’s fancy word for patios) are getting more crowded by the day, as the definition of “going out” stops meaning “hoping you don’t freeze before the bouncer lets your group in.”
In honor of this, you deserve new shoes. Not a tasteful, minimalist pump—bonafide party shoes. From sky-high platforms to glitter-covered heels to shiny patent, check out our no-holds-barred picks to make you the belle of the ball—or at least Up & Down.Click through to view our party-ready shoe picks Giamba Velvet Stacked Glitter Platform Heels in mint Calvin Klein Collection Kiki Open Toe Platform Sandals in white Giamba Velvet Stacked Glitter Platform Heels in pink Calvin Klein Collection Kiki Open Toe Platform Sandals in black
Long before the days of Instagram filters and brightness adjustments on iPhone apps, British photographer Martin Parr was snapping saturated photos of gross-yet-enticing junk food and touristy vacationers along the trash-strewn New Brighton beaches. For the past forty years, Parr’s photos have showcased a British world unseen in the pages of OK! magazine, focusing instead on everyday life—including its strange quirks and even stranger tanlines. With Parr’s lens constantly zoomed in on off-kilter, non-conformist aspects of English culture, it only makes sense that like-minded House of Holland designer Henry Holland would tap the iconic photographer to collaborate on the London-based brand’s debut menswear collection.
“For some reason, I get invited to do all the fashion shoots,” says Parr. “I just do it because I like solving problems in photography.”
Marrying a quintessentially English photographer with a quintessentially English collection, Parr’s influence is apparent in the debut line. For instance, the documentary photographer, who has shot campaigns for brands like Louis Vuitton and Paul Smith, worked closely with Holland to dream up prints and shoot the lookbook images. For this debut, House of Holland, a brand known for cheeky logo-mania and fresh takes on London youth scenes, took a nostalgic approach, drawing inspiration from Holland’s roots. “I liked the idea of going back to the time where [Henry] was from,” says Parr.
“The tone of his pictures and the candid nature of what he captures just really resonated with me and they feel like an accurate representation of many aspects of my youth,” Holland agrees.
The collection presentation, which takes place this Sunday as part of London Collections: Men, will not only showcase House of Holland menswear designs, but will also feature an exhibition of new prints from Parr. And we’re guessing Parr’s signature satirical approach and vibrant color depictions will be present in the photos that will hang behind the models. “What really inspires me is my subject matter and the world out there, which is crazy and interesting,” says Parr.
While the House of Holland menswear collection won’t be available online exclusively in the US at Opening Ceremony until 1PM this Sunday, you can still click through the slideshow above to get a feel for Parr’s work. (Although, we reckon you’re already familiar.)
The House of Holland menswear collection will be available fresh off-the-runway exclusively at Opening Ceremony on Sunday, June 14 at 1:00PM PST. Check out the Opening Ceremony Twitter and Instagram for updates.All photos courtesy of Martin Parr at DMBImage from the House of Holland menswear lookbookImage from the House of Holland menswear lookbook
No one will ever forget House of Holland’s memorable debut, with slogan tees that bluntly declared “Flick Yer Bean for Agyness Deyn” and “Cause Me Pain Heidi Slimane.” With these raunchy-in-a-good-way shirts, designer Henry Holland helped usher in a new wave of pop-culture logomania and helped make fashion, well, fun again. Today, Henry is high on the heels of his debut menswear collection, another groundbreaking feat that showcased at London Collections: Men.
Featuring input (as well as lookbook images) from iconic British photographer Martin Parr, the debut collection sees Henry returning back to his quirky slogan roots. Football jerseys shimmer with a front-and-center emblem that reads “Lover” while a denim button-up is embroidered with the phrase “What I’m out for is a good time, all the rest is propaganda.” Leather detailing gets a splash of neon color while the denim jacket is anything but classic, proving that Holland’s cheeky humor that first thrust him into the fashion spotlight is everlasting.
Check out our interview with Henry Holland below, where we discuss men’s vs. women’s fashion, what he would want to “put on his back,” and why he’s such a fan of Martin Parr’s photos.
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CHLOE DEWBERRY: What made you decide to design a men’s collection now?
HENRY HOLLAND: I felt like the time was right for House of Holland, and also the menswear market is very exciting and changing so much that it feels like the right time for many reasons.
Are there any obstacles designing clothes for men or do you find it easier?
I wouldn’t say I find it easier or harder—but it’s very different. The obstacles are really just about getting the detailing and execution right, and making sure the design is executed in the way you envisioned it.
What are the main differences between designing for men and designing for women?
I have more of a personal connection to the pieces when designing menswear as I always ask myself, “Would I want to put that on my back?” Womenswear is very creative and, for me, less objective. I really enjoy both, but in different ways.
Can you explain the inspiration behind this collection?
The collection is inspired by British street trends: ravers, mods, hooligans, and football culture. There are lots of different references all linking back to my personal experiences and reference points of menswear and clothing through my adolescence.
Where do Martin Parr’s photographs come into play? How were you first introduced to his work?
I first discovered Martin Parr’s work when I moved to
Imagine being trapped inside your home with your entire family for your young adult life, never allowed to leave and discover the New York City streets right outside your window. This is the claustrophobic world that the Angulo brothers inhabited for over 10 years in their Lower East Side public housing apartment. Overruled by their overprotective father, the homeschooled boys were rarely allowed to leave home (one year, they didn't even leave the house at all) and were forced to create their own world inside of their tiny apartment.
But there was one upside to their unusual upbringing. Thanks to all of the time spent at home, the Angulo brothers developed a deep family connection with the world of cinema. Nights at home were spent reenacting scenes from Reservoir Dogs or creating Batman costumes made out of cereal boxes and duct tape. Cult films gave the boys a taste of life outside and helped develop a special area of expertise.
In her new documentary The Wolfpack, filmmaker Crystal Moselle gives viewers an inside look into the inhabited apartment and intriguing life of the Angulo brothers. We talked to the director below to find out how she first encountered the brothers on the street as well as what they taught her about both the film and real world.
CHLOE DEWBERRY: When you first encountered the boys on during one of their first outtings on the street, what was your initial reaction to seeing them?
CRYSTAL MOSELLE: It’s so hard to describe because their vibe was different than anything I had ever come across in my entire life and I was instantly intrigued. They each had this long hair and they were all in black sunglasses. It was intriguing and I wanted to know more about them.
How did you really gain their trust?
We really had this bond over cinema. At first, Govinda asked me was what I do for a living and I told him I was a filmmaker and he told me how they were interested in getting into the business of filmmaking. I kind of started filming them when we just started hanging out, so there was no decision to make a documentary. I just asked them and they were cool with it.
What was it like the first time you encountered their parents?
I actually met them on the street one day by a chance encounter and they were really nice and polite. I think now that their kids were going out, they saw some sort of opportunity for their children. They were pretty open to me being there.
When you were filming, did you feel like you learned a lot more about film from them as well?
Oh yeah, absolutely. They are like little cinephiles. You can ask them, “Who won the Oscar in 1973?” and they’ll instantly know who it was, especially Narayana. They’re just total intellectuals and they’re so creative. It was just very inspiring for me to be around them; we were learning from each other.
Did the boys change your own personal views on film at all?
They had this freshness about them and I think we helped each other out. My work has been more out-of-the-box and they’re really about reappropriating and re-enacting things, and I think we came together. They’re starting a little production company called Wolfpack Pictures and I’m a part of it. One of my producers, Megan Delaney, is also a part of it. So we’re all this kind of collaboration and it’s really cool.
What’s the one thing you hope people take away from the film?
I think that it’s important to never lose a sense of hope. I think there’s a really strong message of getting past your fears in the film. When I made the film, I wa
Dads have always been the ones to introduce us to the cooler things in life: talking to members of the opposite sex, memorizing lines from Scarface or The Godfather, as well as the proper way to sneak beers out of the fridge without mom noticing. Without these important life lessons, we may never have grown up to be the cool, calm, and (sorta) collected functioning human beings we are today.
In honor of Father’s Day and all of the out-of-the-ordinary life skills only Dad could have taught us (sorry, Mom), we put together a guide for gifts for your dad to discover. Avoid the Home Depot gift cards and return the lifelong favor your dad gave you by introducing him to the cooler things in life.
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For the dad who never got off the skateboard:
Eli Reed has a little something special for the dad who was on his board back in those OG Supreme days. The subtle 6-Panel Cap shows Dad’s still got it (or maybe hides that he doesn’t).
For the dad who isn’t afraid to be fashionable:
Okay, okay. So Hood By Air doesn’t necessarily scream “dad-style,” but it can. Since debuting in 2007, designer Shayne Oliver has elevated the brand from logo basics to conceptual collections for men and women (as well as ridiculously good runway shows). This Drawstring Bag is perfect for trips to the gym, or pulling cool dad moves—like carrying snacks to the soccer game in a white leather bag.
For the dad who wants to tune out:
Most times, parents don’t want to hear the fighting and complaining from kids. Dads especially. Seeings as it’s a known fact that you don’t interrupt someone wearing headphones while he’s mid-Mellencamp, the Master & Dynamic Headphones allot Dad his “me time” and let him tune out the outside world. Play on.
For the dad who needs a vacay:
Sometimes, pops need a little time off. The Orlebar Brown Bulldog Shorts are the perfect excuse for Dad to take Mom on a little honeymoon—even if it’s just to the hotel pool down the street.
For the dad who mans the grill:
You’ve got to love a man who can cheer on Curry (through the TV) and barbeque tasty burgers and hot dogs at the flip of a switch. The Opening Ceremony Surplus T-Shirt is the Father’s Day gift that will unquestionably make an appearance on the Fourth of July, where he’ll show excellent taste on the grill and in his closet.
For the cinephile dad:
There’s always that one dad who can name every sing
The Pleasure of Play, the largest exhibition to date of the work of Tom of Finland, opened at Artists Space on Saturday. The show spans over six decades worth of work by the artist—once dubbed the "most influential creator of gay pornographic images”—featuring everything from his famous drawings to childhood paper dolls, storyboards, and reference images.
Working as an ad executive at McCann Erickson—yes, that McCann Erickson—in Helsinki throughout the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, Tom of Finland lived a double life, creating mainstream print campaigns by day and using the ads as references for his erotic drawings by night. Cut-outs from the ad campaigns he helped create can be seen throughout his reference collages in The Pleasure of Play, a testament to how even the most innocuous of the artist’s work factored into his famously explicit drawings. His published comics in underground gay magazines caught the attention of acclaimed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who would later on go to help the artist get his first ever gallery show in New York in 1980.
Mapplethorpe was not the only creative who found inspiration in Tom of Finland’s expansive work. Mike Kelley and Richard Hawkins both developed a relationship with the artist over their love of his work. Vivienne Westwood’s infamous “Cowboys” shirt is rumored to have been inspired by a Tom of Finland drawing (though the fashion and art worlds are both divided over this). Just earlier this year, Eckhaus Latta released a series of limited-edition tees screen printed with some of the artist’s sketches and reference collages.
With drawings just a scandalous today as they were in the 20th century, Tom of Finland, who died in 1991, remains relevant through a fearlessness and no-holds-barred approach to art. Revolution is timeless, and that is what makes Tom of Finland’s work influential in the past, present, and certainly the future.
Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play is showing at Artists Space through August 23
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The term multi-hyphenate doesn’t even come close to describing Lizzi Bougatsos. When she isn’t exhibiting her work at various art galleries and museums, she’s heading art rock group Gang Gang Dance/I.U.D. and photographing iconic NYC moments and people (including some of our fave images in Chloë Sevigny’s new book). Which is why the timing seemed right for Lizzi to release her own book of personal moments, titled Her Perfume Tears.
Her Perfume Tears is a glimpse into Lizzi’s private life, with images of vacations and tour notes as well as baby pictures from her time spent in Greece. While Gang Gang Dance is on hiatus for now, this book offers a Bougatsos fix that’ll more than pass the time. On the heels of her recent book talk at NeueHouse, we caught up with Lizzi to find out what went into creating a book of her own.
CHLOE DEWBERRY: What sparked the idea to create this book? Was there a moment when you realized that you had enough material to put together a book with all of these collected images?
LIZZI BOUGATSOS: There was talk of doing a Gang Gang Dance book, but I took a hiatus from the band to work on my own art and music for two years, so I got more excited about putting together a book of my own art and life experiences. I was crazily focused on taking my art career to the next level, so a girlfriend of mine that started EXILE Books in Miami suggested to another publisher that wanted to work with me here in New York that we put out a book on my art and he was thrilled.
How did you go about selecting the images, collages, and artwork that are used in the book?
I went through my archives that have lived with me in so many apartments over the years. I tried not to be precious—even when I would print out photos and the ink jet would be broken. It all ended up being part of the process.
Can you describe some of the moments in the book? What are the photographs from?
The moments begin in childhood with me in Greece as a baby. There are Native American references as well from my heritage, an art performance I did at MoMA, photos from tour and vacations, my messy Bohemian apartment stylings, and vagabond pictures of life on the road.
So many of your photos are also in the Chloë Sevigny book; what's it like having such a wide-range of photos in two different publications?
It's confusing, but I never left my house without my Yashica T4 those days. I still take it on vacations that Chloë and I go on, haha. Anyway, even though I have favorites, I figure there are plenty of images to go around.
What do you hope people take away from the Her Perfume Tears?
A strength of the female side of making art and being on the road. Also, embracing all that is beautiful in our everyday lives. One's failure can be another person's triumph.
What's harder, writing new music or creating/curating books?
Curating books. Hands down.
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Shh, can you keep a secret? On June 27, Vans will release its much-awaited collaboration with Takashi Murakami, consisting of six pairs of Vans Classic Slip-Ons, three skate decks, three tees, and even three pairs of Children's Slip-Ons for the mini art connoisseurs in your life. You’ll be seeing the world through technicolor, anime-eyed glasses from here on out.
Peep the collection above, and check back bright and early on Saturday, June 27 to pick up your favorite pieces. Emphasis on the “bright and early” part, as we have a sneaking suspicion that a collection this rad won’t last long.