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    You came to the right place for your one-of-a-kind fashion coverage because Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Spring/Summer 2016. In typical OC fashion, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, photos from the Nicopanda show, complete with silky pale pinks, high pre-war ceilings, and a Lady Gaga appearance.

    Want more from New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on Spring/Summer 2016 here and make sure to follow our Instagram and Twitter accounts for more live coverage. 

    Shop all Nicopanda for women and men here



    Show: Nicopanda  

    Location: The Down Town Association, a sprawling social club in FiDi constructed all the way back in 1887

    Inspired by: Ballet, the film Salò, Cicciolina, and—in true Nicopanda fashion—old school punk

    Winning Look: A pale pink, sheer peasant blouse and maxi skirt set, complete with a face full of holographic glitter

    Spotted: Lady Gaga, escorted by Nicola himself

    Reporter’s Notes: This collection—though lighter, airier, and girlier than Nicopanda’s previous ones—is the one that proves that Nicola and Co. mean business. Photos by Tyra Mitchell 

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    Last night, Opening Ceremony headed to the heart of the Financial District to present our Spring/Summer 2016 collection, The Living City. Inspired by the concept of a dream home, Opening Ceremony founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon looked to Frank Lloyd Wright and his connection between architectural design and the landscape. The runway was transformed into an ambient indoor garden where models were interspersed with New York City Ballet dancers who surprised the audience with a performance choreographed by Justin Peck.

    Below, Carol and Humberto share a personal letter that explains our partnership with Edible Schoolyard NYC and divulges on how they created a collection based around their travels, an ideal home, and one’s relationship with nature.


    Check back in throughout the week, where we’ll be sharing more in-depth coverage of our Spring/Summer 2016 show and collection. 




    Dear Friends,

    In the 13 years since we founded Opening Ceremony, we’ve traveled to many exciting places in search of young designers, unknown brands, and cutting-edge cultural movements. Inevitably, we find ourselves drawn to beautiful objects for the home, too. At Argentine craft workshops and Paris flea markets, Swedish furniture studios and Japanese silk mills, we’ve collected furniture, textiles, and souvenirs, each associated with a place and a memory.

    Reflecting on these memories, we decided to create our Spring/Summer 2016 collection around the concept of a dream home. If we could pick anyone to design this home, it would be Frank Lloyd Wright. More than any architect, he transformed the relationship between buildings and the environment. For him, the perfect home harmonizes with its natural surroundings.

    Inspired by these ideas, we presented our Spring/Summer 2016 collection within a live garden set. After the show is over, all the plants that were on the runway were donated to Edible Schoolyard NYC, a nonprofit that develops gardens and kitchen classrooms in public schools. Like a well-made garment or a piece of heirloom furniture, this part of our show will inspire joy for years to come.

    With Love,
    Carol Lim & Humberto LeonPhotos by Greg Kessler

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    You came to the right place for your one-of-a-kind fashion coverage because Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Spring/Summer 2016. In typical OC fashion, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, photos from the Hood By Air show, complete with silky pale pinks, high pre-war ceilings, and a Lady Gaga appearance.

    Want more from New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on Spring/Summer 2016 here and make sure to follow our Instagram and Twitter accounts for more live coverage. 

    Shop all Hood By Air for women and men



    Show:
    Hood By Air

    Location: The Penn Pavillion

    Inspired by: High school uniforms, juvenile delinquents, and dress code violations

    Winning Look: A sheer, iridescent parka with matching cut-out trousers and gray stripper heels

    Reminded us of: Skipping class at boarding school to smoke cigarettes in the parking lot

    Would look good on: Anyone brave enough to wear an assless jumpsuit on the New York subway

    Wear it to: First period and GHE2OGOTH1K

    Spotted: Dev Hynes, stylist Haley Wollens, designer and friend Luar Zepol, and Paper magazine founders Kim Hastreiter and David Hershkovits

    Soundtrack: The show started off with the ambient sounds of birds chirping, which quickly gained an ominous beat. Venus X mixed an angsty soundtrack with the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins’ "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" and The Fugees’ "Ready or Not." Photos by Tyra Mitchell 

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    After all of the hard work we put into producing our Spring/Summer 2016 collection and show, the only logical answer to “What now?” is “Throw a raging party.” Which is of course, what we did last night at China Chalet, a Financial District mainstay right down the street from our show location. Svedka kept the fun free-flowing as OC friends and family—including the likes of Rose McGowan, Rosario Dawson, Solange Knowles, and Jessica Alba—got down until the wee hours of the morning. Set to a soundtrack of sets by Nicole Albino of Nina Sky, Kingdom, and Virgil Abloh, guests got down on the dancefloor and gave the New York City Ballet dancers from our show a run for their money

    Sneak a peek at some of our favorite snaps from the our afterparty above.Photos by Laura June Kirsch/BFA.com Humberto Leon, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, and Carol LimNicole AlbinoSolange KnowlesRose McGowan and Atlanta de CadenetBrooke Wise, Ashley Smith, Ryan Hemsworth, and Chloe Wise Siobhan Bell and VashtieBJ The Chicago KidVashtie and OC’s SeanJoey Bada$$ and BJ The Chicago KidL-R: Kitty Cash, Wynter Gordon, OC’s Cherie, and guestSantigold and guestVashtieAshley SmithHumberto Leon and Vivianne YiHumberto Leon and Anna Trevelyan

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    You came to the right place for your one-of-a-kind fashion coverage because Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Spring/Summer 2016. In typical OC fashion, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, photos from the Devon Halfnight LeFlufy show, which turned The Standard into the Thunderdome.

    Want more from New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on Spring/Summer 2016 here and make sure to follow our Instagram and Twitter accounts for more live coverage. 



    Show: Devon Halfnight LeFlufy

    Location: The Standard

    Inspired by: Dutch subculture, Thunderdome, ‘70s vibes, and death metal

    Winning Look: Faux leather printed trousers paired with a white shirt under a black faux leather top coat

    Reminded us of: If Neo and Trinity from the Matrix went to gabber raves

    Would look good on: Moody art school kids

    Wear it to: After parties during Fashion Week or inside the classroom when you want to give a middle finger to dress codes

    Soundtrack: A dubbed mix of Dutch club music, with one girl repeating "bitches ain't shit, all men are liars".

    Reporters Notes: The show was held at the top of The Standard in a small, wood-paneled room; fluorescent lights were placed on the ground made a makeshift runway for these bad asses to walk down. Devon Halfnight LeFlufy introduced a few womenswear looks, which is a first for this up-and-coming designer. Most of the looks consisted of some leather-inspired features There was frayed, patchwork denim on polo-neck style sweaters.Some of the models sported Matrix-style sunglasses and knee-length top coats. Some of the women's looks consisted of faux leather halter tops, patchwork denim with red leather detailing and graffitied trousers over low top Doc Martens. Photos by Ashley Jahncke

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    Matthew Barney’s River of Fundament, a sprawling epic film that spans six hours and features three American cities (Los Angeles, Detroit, and New York) has found a new home at MOCA Los Angeles this fall. The film itself has toured the world since its initial release last year, but MOCA will be screening it alongside an exhaustive exhibit of storyboards, drawings, photographs, and dramatic large-scale sculptures at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Before Saturday night’s members preview, we spoke with Lanka Tattersall, the curator at MOCA Los Angeles who coordinated the exhibit, to learn more.

    The film’s source material is a list of heavy hitters—Norman Mailer’s controversial novel Ancient Evenings, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, and the Pyramid Texts, intertwined with references to everyone from Walt Whitman to William S. Burroughs. The film draws from ancient mythology to reflect society’s ills, but a parallel story follows Norman Mailer as a literary figure attempting to find his place in the canon of great American authors.

    The exhibit serves as a perfect counterpart to Barney’s film. Each gallery space at the Geffen Contemporary dissects a different element of the film’s production. Barney’s sulfur cast of a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am and intricately detailed sets of graphite drawings and bronze engravings are showcased along with eight new sculptures from Water Castings, a series of 14 massive bronze casts evoking Egyptian mythology depicted in River of Fundament. As Tattersall explained, Water Castings specifically references the myth of Osiris, an ancient Egyptian king and son of the gods who was murdered and cut into 14 pieces hidden across Egypt. Eight of Barney’s casts will live at MOCA Los Angeles, and the remaining six also found a home in LA at Regen Projects Gallery in Hollywood. 

    As Tattersall explained, “The underlying motifs are a broad sense of humanity’s relationship to the environment, which are metaphors for the contemporary condition.” While the film’s imagery can at times be graphic, it draws on a long, studied history of violence and sexuality. “We live in a world filled with graphic violence,” says Lanka. “One role of art is to reflect on that.” Barney had a very clear vision for what would be included in the show. The challenges of curating a show of this magnitude were mostly logistical, such as how to transport a 25-ton sculpture from Tasmania to Los Angeles. In the end, all of their efforts paid off as the exhibit and the film both warrant multiple visits to fully explore the work.


    Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT is on view at MOCA Los Angeles through January 18, 2016. River of Fundament will be screened regularly throughout the show. 


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    Photos by Nathaniel Santos

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    Throughout the years, the the list of OC friends and family has expanded to include some very familiar faces. This is always made apparent by the front row at our shows every Fashion Week, and our Spring/Summer 2016 show this past Sunday was no exception.

    We had the world of film represented with names like Rose McGowan, Baz Luhrmann, and Spike Jonze, who inspired our Fall/Winter 2015 collection. Ladies of the small screen, such as Natasha Lyonne and Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black and the latest additions to the cast of Transparent, Hari Nef and Petra Collins, found time between busy shooting schedules to watch the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired collection on the runway. In the music world, Tyga—accompanied by Kylie Jenner, who was repping current Opening Ceremony Fall/Winter 2015 collection—stopped by, along with Dev Hynes, Tinashe, and Miguel. Even a few of our fellow designer pals, such as Adam Selman and MadeMe’s Erin Magee, found time to stop by and appreciate the show amongst the NYFW madness.

    This is all just scratching the surface of our VIP guest list for the evening, so flip through the slideshow above to check out all of the movers and shakers that came to support our show.Spike Jonze, Humberto Leon, Jessica Alba, Miguel, and Carol Lim. Photos by Greg Kessler, Matthew Kelly, and Patrick SpearsCarol Lim, Humberto Leon, and Solange Knowles Tyga and Kylie Jenner in (wearing Walker Embossed Rib Overlap Dress in black)Arvida Bystrom, Chiara Clementa, Natasha Lyonne, and Lissy TrullieRosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah Leigh Lezark, Maddie Ziegler, Alexa Chung, and Kelly OsbourneTK Wonder​ and Cipriana Quann Kitty Cash Eva Chen Heidi Lim, Jessica Alba, and Wendy LeonAdam Selman Humberto Leon, Jessica Alba, Laverne Cox (wearing 

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    You came to the right place for your one-of-a-kind fashion coverage because Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Spring/Summer 2016. In typical OC fashion, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, photos from the Studio 189 show, where design duo Abrima Erwiah and Rosario Dawson put the "fashion" in "fashion for a cause."

    Want more from New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on Spring/Summer 2016 here and make sure to follow our Instagram and Twitter accounts for more live coverage. 

    Shop all Studio 189 here



    Show: Studio 189

    Location: The Lower Eastside Girls Club, which partnered with Studio 189 for the presentation

    Inspired by: Being true to the ethical concepts of the brand, while also elevating the brand's image

    Winning Look: A floor-length silk kimono in indigo shibori tie dye

    Reminded us of: The eve of summer, easy, breezy, loose, a beachside resort

    Would look good on: Anyone from Erykah Badu to Jessica Alba

    Wear it to: Work, home, and play

    Reporters Notes: This collection strengthened the brand’s position as a tastemaker in fashion, with unprecedentedly chic cuts and textiles. They also bumped up their unisex and mens offerings, even including some couple-y duo looks. Photos by

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    You came to the right place for your one-of-a-kind fashion coverage because Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Spring/Summer 2016. In typical OC fashion, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, photos from the Jeremy Scott show, an explosion of acid brights and giant, bouncy wigs.

    Want more from New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on Spring/Summer 2016 here and make sure to follow our Instagram and Twitter accounts for more live coverage. 



    Show: Jeremy Scott

    Location: The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station

    Inspired by: The Lower East Side, Mud Club, CBGB madness, early John Waters films

    Winning Look: The acid-bright knit separates

    Would look good on: If you love model Lesley Lawson (aka Twiggy) but wished she was a little more naughty, then this collection is for you.

    Wear it to:
    True Jeremy Scott fans don’t need an occasion… Right?

    Spotted: Rita Ora, Tyga, Gigi Hadid (duh) & here little sister Bella, Bryshere Yazshawn "Yazz" Gray (which got me really excited for Empire season two)

    Reporters Notes:
    4 B’s: Big, Blonde, Bad (in the best way possible), & Bouncy. At one point I serious pondered if electric wigs were involved because the models hair was bouncing so damn beautifully.

    Soundtrack: The show opened & ended with “Planet Claire” by B52sPhotos by Ashley Jahncke

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    Opening Ceremony’s Spring/Summer 2016 runway show celebrated the work, life, and philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright. Responsible for more masterpieces than perhaps any modern architect, he led a career full of reinventions. He designed residences and offices, furniture and stained glass, skyscrapers and suburban communities. He forged new connections between architecture and the landscape with Fallingwater, a home built into a Pennsylvania waterfall, and transformed museum viewership with the innovative structure of the Guggenheim.

    Opening Ceremony’s show took particular interest in Frank Lloyd Wright’s utopian communities, unrealized masterpieces which proposed integrating cities with nature. The set’s live gardens, arranged into circles, were based on drawings of Cloverleaf, an unbuilt 1942 Pittsfield, Massachusetts, housing development. Cloverleaf was modeled on Broadacre City, Frank Lloyd Wrights utopian plan for cooperative, agrarian living. Wright believed creating “Living Cities,” which blended rural and urban life, would give residents the space to develop independent thinking. Adding structure to the set’s organic landscapes are carved concrete pillars, based on the intersecting horizontal and vertical lines characteristic of many of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs, including Cloverleaf. This playful geometry is also echoed in a light installation inspired by details of the architect’s art glass windows. The south-facing windows of the 23 Wall Street space are covered with transparent material that basks the room in colorful shapes.

    Frank Lloyd Wright’s concept of “The Living City” is more relevant today than ever as we seek out new ways to live harmoniously with nature. Putting this idea into action, Opening Ceremony is donating the plants from its set to Edible Schoolyard NYC, a nonprofit organization which develops gardens and kitchen classrooms in public schools to teach students about the connections between food, health, and the environment. This year, Edible Schoolyard NYC is expanding from two schools to six, all of which are located in areas that have been identified as having high rates of diet-related diseases. With three schools in the South Bronx—the poorest congressional district in the nation—and one in Central Brooklyn, the program will reach over 3,331 young New Yorkers this year. Edible Schoolyard NYC helped curate the gardens in Opening Ceremony’s set, which feature lemon and fig trees, rosemary bushes, white and purple cabbage patches, eggplant, and squash, among other vegetables and herbs.Photos by Greg Kessler, Matthew Kelly, and Patrick Spears

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    Preparing for a high-energy fashion show is no easy feat, especially when seven of your runway models aren’t trained “professionals.” For the Opening Ceremony Spring/Summer 2016 debut, we decided to have the New York City Ballet dancers try out a another stage. And while it’s not breaking news for a fashion brand to be involved with costume design, the relationship has never been reciprocated...until now.

    Set to a soundtrack composed by producer Kingdom, the dancers started off with a series of intentional falls. These fake-outs were part of a modern dance routine orchestrated by renowned choreographer Justin Peck. The crowd’s reaction included giggles, gasps, and tons of iPhone camera flashes. One might think walking the runway would be easy for professional ballerinas, but after talking with Peck we quickly realized that dancing in pointe shoes is definitely easier than dancing in heels.

    “After talking to Carol and Humberto about the whole concept, we realized that it made a lot of sense to have some movement in the show,” says Peck. “For us, it was about finding the right balance between the pedestrian nature of the model walks and what the ballerinas from the New York City Ballet are really capable of. It’s also a really big challenge for [the dancers] in particular because they’re wearing clothing that they don’t typically wear for a performance and the shoes are an issue as well.”

    The usual suspects weren’t the only challenges for the intentional falls. “The New York City Ballet is a traditional proscenium,” says Peck. “Dance is viewed from this colossally proportioned opera house, so the difference between that and the audience being two feet away from the dancers is really effective.”

    At the very end the secret was finally given away when all of the dancers simultaneously broke out into a graceful dance set to the sounds of Kelela’s airy new track. By the final walk, the unanimous applause from the crowd surpassed Peck’s hope for being effective.

    “I was really excited to see how people would react to it at first,” Peck stated. “I guess it’s just about playing with the audience’s perception of these fashion shows.”


    See for yourself in our Opening Ceremony Spring/Summer 2016 video above. 

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    You came to the right place for your one-of-a-kind fashion coverage because Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Spring/Summer 2016. In typical OC fashion, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, photos from the 69 presentation in Los Angeles (yep, you read that right), where the set resembled a walk off from Zoolander and a dance line in Soul Train.

    Want more from New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on Spring/Summer 2016 here and make sure to follow our Instagram and Twitter accounts for more live coverage.


    Shop all 69 men’s and women’s  



    Location: A warehouse space in Boyle Heights

    Inspired by: A post-gender generation

    Winning Look: A sleeveless chambray button-up paired with a backless baggy short

    Reminded us of: College kids in the playground

    Wear it to: Anytime, anywhere

    Spotted: Chloë Sevigny sporting 69 Spring/Summer 2016

    Soundtrack: Late night disco at a DTLA after hours spot

    Reporter’s Notes: Boy, girl, alien, or mermaid...This collection is made for anyone who just wants to have funPhotos by Mark Saldana and 69 

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    The audience’s eyes might have been on the clothing and New York City Ballet dancers during during Sunday night’s Opening Ceremony Spring/Summer 2016 presentation, but the models’ eyes were set behind some mighty interesting shades. The sunnies—made shoppable straight off the runway thanks to the folks at Spring—were made in collaboration with innovative eyewear brand Gentle Monster.

    Since our Spring/Summer 2016 collection is inspired by the innovative designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, we had to make sure the architectural influence of the collection carried through from head to toe. This made our collaboration with the Korea-based eyewear powerhouse a no-brainer, as the brand prides itself on the philosophy of high-end experimentation and cultural redesign.

    The Ray Sunglasses are inspired by curved furniture classics that now furnish homes around the world. The wavy frame shape references the bent plywood technique that Mid-century furniture designers used when creating their designs. The Cara Sunglasses are named after Cara Greenberg, the woman who helped coin the phrase “Mid-century modern” as a style descriptor with her 1983 book, Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s. This Mid-century inspiration is also evident in each sunglass style in the collection, where the circular lenses take after the mirrors from the design period, wood inlays are textural, and natural materials are combined with chrome and brass hardware.

    You may not be able to have an Mid-century modern living room, but at least with the Opening Ceremony x Gentle Monster eyewear styles, you can at least feel like you do.  


    Shop all of the Opening Ceremony x Gentle Monster sunglass styles on the Spring website

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     Shop all of the Opening Ceremony x Gentle Monster sunglass styles on the Spring website

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    You came to the right place for your one-of-a-kind fashion coverage because Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Spring/Summer 2016. In typical OC fashion, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, photos from the technicolor Halloween acid trip that was this season's Ammerman Schlosberg show.

    Want more from New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on Spring/Summer 2016 here and make sure to follow our Instagram and Twitter accounts for more live coverage.


    Shop all Ammerman Schlosberg here



    Show: Ammerman Schlosberg

    Location: Theatre 80 St Marks

    Inspired by: Says Eric and Elizabeth themselves: “Marcia Brady taking a lot of acid on Halloween”

    Winning Look: A beige and green tweed coat layered over a sparkly, maribou-trimmed green skirt. Oh, and a makeup-smeared hockey mask á la Friday The 13th Wear it to: A ouija board session that gets too real

    Soundtrack: That one Halloween sound effects CD everyone used to play on a boombox to greet trick-or-treaters

    Reporter’s notes:
    If I had to die a horror movie-style death, I would hope it would be in this collection Photos by Tyra Mitchell

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    It can be argued that hair, makeup, and nails are just as important to creating a killer runway look as the clothes themselves. A misadvised statement lip or a lopsided ponytail can easily ruin the vibe of an entire runway show. This means that the teams a brand enlists to carry out the backstage beauty routines at their show need to be of the utmost level of reliability. When choosing who to call on for the primpings and polishings of our Spring/Summer 2016 show, we dipped into the pool of the most trustworthy people we know: OC friends and family. Below, see how our pals at Dr. Jart+, NARS, Bumble and bumble, and China Glaze created beauty-based harmony with our latest collection.

    After a round of all-important Dr. Jart+ face masks, our models were then handed over to NARS Director of Artistry James Boehmer for a bit of face primping. When deciding upon the look for the show, James wanted the makeup to reflect the horticultural elements of our set. “[Carol and Humberto and I] talked about the idea of hothouse flowers, a botanical greenhouse with moisture ,and condensation on the skin,” says the Director. “The look was really controlled: a muted lip with very glossy skin.”

    Once the girls’ faces were highlighted to perfection, it was up to Bumble and bumble to get their tresses in order. "After talking to Carol and Humberto, they really felt that the girls should feel extremely optimistic, happy, fun, and powerful,” says Bumble and bumble stylist Anthony Turner on the models’ easygoing ‘dos, “We came up with the idea of doing almost a Cindy Crawford swoosh in the front. It’s very ‘90s, very sporty, and very American."

    To pull the whole look together, Naomi Yasuda of China Glaze created the perfect checkered mani to complement the colors and prints seen in our collection. “I saw that some of the looks had a checkered pattern and I loved it so much,” says Naomi. “I made the design in five different colors, all of which were chosen to get a sort of modern retro look. China Glaze nail colors are really opaque so it helped to make the lines really sharp!”


    Want to try Naomi’s OC nail creations for yourself? The nail artist shares her process below:

    1. Apply a base coat.
    2. Apply two coats of your base color, then let dry completely.
    3. Take a piece of scotch tape and coat it with your second nail color and a piece of scotch tape. Let it dry completely.
    4. Cut the piece of tape into small squares.
    5. Place the squares of tape in a checkered pattern.
    6. Apply a top coat.
    Photos by Greg Kessler, Matthew Kelly, and Patrick SpearsNARS Director of Artistry James Boehmer

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    You came to the right place for your one-of-a-kind fashion coverage because Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Spring/Summer 2016. In typical OC fashion, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, photos from the Gypsy Sport show, where designer Rio Uribe gave us even more reasons to love NY.

    Want more from New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on Spring/Summer 2016 here and make sure to follow our Instagram and Twitter accounts for more live coverage.



    Show: Gypsy Sport

    Location: Milk Studios

    Inspired by: As usual, Gypsy Sport designer Rio Uribe took inspiration from the streets of New York City and mixed it in with subtle tribal references

    Winning Look: A pregnant Diandra Forrest opened the show wearing a belly-revealing top and white capris that were printed with Gypsy Sport’s riff on the “I Love NY” logo

    Wear it to:
    Times Square to show the tourists how “I Love NY” gear should be worn

    Spotted: Jaden Smith, Lynn Yaeger, Juliana Huxtable, and Maluca who walked in the show

    Soundtrack: The show started with ‘90s R&B and quickly morphed into blasting horns and dance music

    Reporter’s Notes: Models of all shapes, sizes, and ages graced the runway, proving that basketball netting is the new tank top material
    Photos by Tyra Mitchell 

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    You came to the right place for your one-of-a-kind fashion coverage because Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Spring/Summer 2016. In typical OC fashion, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above, photos from the Rodarte show, where the looks reminded us of a badass version of Hansel and Gretel.

    Want more from New York Fashion Week? Stay up-to-the-minute on Spring/Summer 2016 here and make sure to follow our Instagram and Twitter accounts for more live coverage.




    Show: Rodarte

    Location: Center548

    Inspired by: An old medieval fairytale

    Winning Look: A contrast black and white fur jacket, white ruffle blouse, steel-gray pants, and metallic shoes

    Reminded us of: If Gretel from Hansel and Gretel grew up and became a badass

    Soundtrack: Futuristic. It felt as though I was time traveling

    Spotted: Kim Gordon, Miguel, Tavi Gevinson, Bella Heathcote, Grace Coddington, Anna Wintour, and Bill CunninghamPhotos by Tyra Mitchell 

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    As a youth growing up in a small desert town with limited access to contemporary art, artist Taylor McKimens naturally turned to drawing people. “So much of what we connect with in other people has to do with their face,” McKimens explains as we take a tour of his studio before the unveiling of his Stoic Youth exhibit at The Hole NYC. But as I looked around his studio full of portrait paintings, there was one face in particular that was staring back at us. 

    Stoic Youth, McKimens’ latest solo show at The Hole NYC, exhibits over 20 portrait paintings based off of an androgynous Greek sculpture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The face acts as a fixed constant, allowing McKimens to play with painting techniques to the fullest. “My paintings have increasingly included all types of painting simultaneously,” says McKimmens. “They are traditional classical figuration, expressionism, pop art, illustration, abstraction, and bad painting all combined together.” As someone who’s conscious of the fact that “highbrow” art if often lacking in figuration, McKimens’ new work straddles the line between storytelling and academia.

    Below, we catch up with the artist to talk figurative painting, his process, and blasting Captain Beefheart in the studio.



    CECILIA SALAMA: How do you see abstraction and figurative painting merging?
    TAYLOR MCKIMENS: I see them as the same thing. Telling stories and evoking emotion is all that matters. It’s great when people are able to pull that off regardless of whether their paintings have recognizable imagery or not. Obsessing about purity in paintings is only a limiting pursuit, whether abstract or figurative.

    What is your process like? Do you complete one piece at a time and then move on to the next, or do you work on multiple paintings at the same time?
    I work on multiple paintings simultaneously. They really inform and feed off of each other. It helps to keep me from getting too attached to them.

    What was it like working on pieces in situ?
    It’s always intense working in the space due to the pressure to pull something off under less than perfect conditions. But it really helps you see it as the viewer does.

    The Hole NYC lends itself to unique installation choices, especially because is it such a large space. What made you decide to paint the walls pearlescent?

    I’m always excited by opportunities to explore the possibilities and challenges that large spaces present. I used a lot of metallics in these new paintings, so it seemed like a great way of addressing the walls. There is something strangely timeless about the look of that paint, but it also has a futuristic and almost glam feel that really related to the work. White gallery walls can be a problem because it’s such a lazy non-decision.

    What have you been listening to in the studio?
    I’ve been listening to a lot of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Harry Nilsson, Doug Sahm, Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, Bowie, Flower Travellin' Band, Bobby Bare, R.L. Burnside, Arto Lindsay, as well as a bunch of high energy terrible things while working late nights!

    Do you have any other upcoming projects?
    I’ll be having a show in a couple of months at Loyal Gallery in Stockholm. I’ve also been commissioned to paint a portrait of Saint Marinus that will be permanently exhibited in San Marino, Italy, the city named for him. There will be an exhibition to unveil the portrait to the city.

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  • 09/16/15--21:00: Runway To Schoolyard
  • During the Opening Ceremony Spring/Summer 2016 runway show, a vast array of plants were displayed in our live indoor garden setting to create an atmosphere that evoked Frank Lloyd Wright’s symbiotic relationship with both design and nature. But after the event was over, what became of the displays that took over the space? This season, Opening Ceremony donated the plants from the show to Edible Schoolyard NYC, a nonprofit that develops gardens and kitchen classrooms in public schools.

    Below, find more info on the Edible Schoolyard NYC program from Kate Brashares, the Executive Director of Edible Schoolyard NYC.



    From the outside, P.S./M.S. 7 in East Harlem looks like any other New York City public school, with its square blue windows, steel supports, and concrete steps. But walk through the front doors, and you’ll discover a lush garden growing in a protected courtyard. If you happen to be there in spring, you might get lucky enough to peek some baby greens sprouting. In summer, corn and tomatoes compete with basil and squash. You could see a Swallowtail butterfly flitting, or kids going on scavenger hunts looking for worms, ladybugs, and bees.

    This school contains a new kind of classroom—a 4,000-square-foot container garden, built and managed by Edible Schoolyard NYC. Founded in 2010 as the first northeastern affiliate of the original Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, this year, the program expands into four new schools, growing gardens and developing kitchen classrooms. The vegetables, trees, and herbs that comprised Opening Ceremony’s Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show set were donated to these schools. There, students will make the connection between plants and the food they eat, preparing healthy meals in lessons that teach math through measuring out recipes, and learning sciences through exploration of the natural world.

    Soon after the garden and kitchen program started at P.S./M.S. 7 in 2013, Sameer Talati, the principal, saw a middle-school student exiting a McDonald’s in their neighborhood. He teased him about it, joke-asking what he was doing eating McDonald’s when he was learning to garden and prepare fresh foods. The student said, “No, no, Mr. Talati, look!” and opened the bag to show him that it was full of salads. His mom had given him a coupon, and he was planning to take the salads home to make his own dressing, which he’d learned how to do in kitchen class.

    “It’s a way to build community,” Talati says of the program. “It improves students’ energy, their critical thinking, their willingness to come to school.”

    Edible Schoolyard NYC’s vision is that all children be educated and empowered to make healthy food choices, actively achieving a just and sustainable food system for all. By integrating hands-on food education into high-need schools across New York City, Edible Schoolyard NYC aims to change attitudes, preferences, and behaviors around healthy eating. Staff work in schools to support garden construction and maintenance, develop and implement standards-based curriculum, and integrate garden and kitchen classes into the school day. With the four new schools this year, Edible Schoolyard NYC now works in six schools in historically disadvantaged New York City neighborhoods.

    At P.S./M.S. 7, one of the recipes delicious enough to counter the Big Mac temptation is the “plant part salad.” It’s created by students each year to include all of the six parts of a plant (seeds, stems, flowers, roots, leaves, and fruit), as well as a dressing. Students harvest the greens, chop the ingredients, and shake the dressing in a glass jar. When it’s time to

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    Calvin Klein is a brand that frequently looks back to its minimalistic ‘90s roots, where it first cemented itself as a force to be reckoned with. But for the brand’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection, Women’s Creative Director Francisco Costa time travelled back a few more decades and channeled the mod days of the swinging ‘60s. Subtle nods to the mini skirt hems, straight boxy dress shapes, and detailing reminiscent of the Twiggy-Nico-Edie-takeover era run rampant throughout the pieces this season, making this collection as nostalgic as the brand itself.

    While this collection has a more playful vibe than in previous seasons, the fabrics and textures still offer a luxurious take on the free-spirited decade. Mini dresses and turtlenecks are available in an array of soft black or cream leathers while a suede patchwork trench is the luxe update to to the seasonal staple coat. The Emon Leather Keyhole Sleeveless Tunic displays a circular silver grommet above the chest, enacting itself as a 2015 update on Paco Rabanne’s signature chain link dresses with circular shapes. Deep curving necklines and high-rising hemlines also take over the collection.

    It might be 2015, but Calvin Klein refuses to accept that the mod days are over with their Fall/Winter collection.


    Shop all Calvin Klein Collection women’s and men’sCalvin Klein V Illusion Long Sleeve Dress in black multi and Patent Moone Heels in black(all items not linked available in stores and online soon). Photos by Balarama HellerCalvin Klein Tela Mockneck Top in black multi, Dage Flared Pants in navy, Patent Moone Heels in blackCalvin Klein Tela Mockneck Top in black multi, Dage Flared Pants in navy, Patent Moone Heels in blackCalvin Klein Tela Mockneck Top in black multi, Dage Flared Pants in navy, Patent Moone Heels in black

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