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    Drywall, laminate, foam, fiberglass, and carpeting sound more like materials for a home renovation than a painting. But for artist Katie Bell, interiors have infiltrated her work so much that building materials have become her paint and 30-foot walls her canvas. “I work with rough discarded building materials, but I want them to appear as elegant paint strokes, splatters, and lines,” Bell states. “I’m looking for colors, shapes, lines, and forms that could make up something bigger.”

    Playing with the dichotomy of hard and soft, light and heavy, Bell’s large-scale installations in faux-marble and thick, pastel paint splatters leave you guessing at their fragility. Ahead of the opening of tonight’s show Surface Matters at The Knockdown Center, we caught up with Katie to talk about hot tubs, “chips and dip” paintings, and... dog bones?

    CECILIA SALAMA: Do you see your installations as paintings?
    KATIE BELL: I see all of my work as coming from a conversation about painting and drawing. I studied painting in school, so I think in some way, I am programmed to think in a painting space first, even though my works are extremely sculptural.

    Tell me about your process. How do you start designing a work?
    A huge part of my work is drawing. Since the scale of the work is pretty big, the drawings I make beforehand help me think through my ideas. Once I come up with something I am excited about, I make a model. They have become an important part of working through ideas fast.

    I also noticed a dog bone in your studio...
    I have a few dog bones, but no dog though. Sometimes I end up buying things just because I like their color or shape. I like the color of rawhide and the funny knot shapes that dog bones make.

    How do you go about sourcing your home materials?
    I pick a lot of stuff up off of the street or in dumpsters. My studio is in a cabinet shop, so I get a lot of remnants from them as well. Certain items are slightly more specialized. For instance, recently I was trying to track down a used hot tub. During a visit to Phoenixville, PA I had befriended a woman who runs a pool and spa store who now lets me come in to cut into old hot tubs she’s throwing out. She’s even started texting me pictures of hot tubs that come into the store.

    Tell me a bit about the pieces you are installing for the Surface Matters group show at The Knockdown Center.
    I am showing three new paintings, works on plaster panels that sit on laminate shelving. In addition to those paintings, I have been working on-site to create a wall installation using the drywall as the canvas. There are laminate shards cutting into the wall, plaster splatters, and paint washes that create a 3D wallpaper of sorts. I have been describing the piece as chips and dip: the wall is the dip and I am just putting a bunch of chips in it.

    Surface Matters, curated by Holly Shen and Samantha Katz, opens September 24th at The Knockdown Center and runs through October 17.

    The Knockdown Center
    52-19 Flushing Ave
    Maspeth, NY
    Artist Katie Bell in front of one of her pieces. Photos by Levi Mandel

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    Rihanna’s creeper-soled debut as Creative Director at Puma managed to generate pandemonium over a week before actually launching. From drawing a giant crowd outside of Puma’s pop-up shop on Bowery, to flying off of our (digital) shelves with a special pre-launch batch of the black and white colorway, it’s clear that RiRi knows what the people want—and how to hype them up about getting it.

    Now, we’re happy to announce—admittedly with baited breath—that the full lineup of Fenty sneakers are available both in stores and online. And if we know anything from our previous experience with these kicks, you’re going to want to grab a pair quickly. With shoes this sick—and a designer of this caliber of badass—the hype is only logical.

    Shop all Puma by Rihanna here Suede Creepers in brown, Suede Creepers in black/white (available in stores), Suede Creepers in black/gum

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  • 09/24/15--21:00: Put It In Cruise Control
  • In our latest editorial, Cruise Control, photographer Alex Lee and stylist Kindall Almond head south in men’s Fall/Winter 2015 road-trip-ready looks. Below, Alex Lee shares a fictional love story straight from the open road.

    John bought his champagne-colored Cadillac from an old man out in Breezy Point. $400. Cash. The man said it was a fixer-upper, but ready for the road no doubt. Said it had seen its fair share of action in its day. Said it was full of good memories. Said it was ready for more.

    On those cool, late-summer nights, John would roll all the windows down in his champagne-colored Cadillac and take the freeway due south with his pretty girl in the passenger seat and his shiny steel harmonica resting on the dash. He'd flick on the cruise control as he coasted down the left lane, one arm propped out the window, the other resting on his girl's warm lap. When it felt right, he'd take the nearest exit and pull into the first dead end he could find. He'd keep the windows rolled down as he made love to his harmonica, the sweet sound of slow southern blues echoing into the night.

    John and his girl would wake soon after sunrise, when the shiny steel harmonica began to glimmer in the morning light. He'd take the freeway once again, this time due north, and he'd flick on the cruise control so he could watch how her hair floated in the wind.

    View the full Cruise Control editorial hereGosha Rubchinskiy Cotton Sweater in red and socks, Shinya Kozuka Trousers, Gosha Rubchinskiy Sport Cotton Socks in white/red, and Reebok Classic Nylon Sneakers in white/light grey. View the full Cruise Control editorial here. Photography by Alex Lee; Styling by Kindall Almond

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    For an American brand that focuses heavily on leather goods, outerwear seems like a natural extension. For Fall/Winter 2015, Coach followed this aesthetic and introduced a range of heavy, utilitarian-inspired coats that also translate into a range of convenient bags and shoes. This season, Coach’s Creative Director Stuart Vevers, a recent transplant from the brand Loewe, interprets his travels across the U.S. for the past five seasons into a collection that’s fit for a cross-country trip from city to the countryside.

    Shearling leather jackets get some badass cred with an inky black coating that more closely resembles a motorcycle jacket as opposed to a standard winter coat. Coach’s shearling-lined overcoat is printed with a navy camo that goes against camo’s intention, ensuring that you stand out in a crowd. Even the complementary accessories—think weekender bags, backpacks, and sneakers—pair well with the outerwear while being fit for a harsher terrain.

    With all of these sturdy and stylish pieces, Coach Fall/Winter 2015 has us excited for the colder months...and we never thought we’d say that.

    Check out the new Coach in-store installation at our 33 Howard Street location and shop all Coach men’s in-store at our New York stores.Check out the new Coach in-store installation at our 33 Howard Street location and shop all Coach men’s in-store at our New York stores. 

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    Let’s face it, FOMO is the actual worst. Whether you missed out on catching a glimpse of the Pope in his Fiat or Beyonce’s (admittedly rando) performance with Pearl Jam this weekend, certain misses are unavoidable. But skipping your chance to purchase covetable items you missed out on buying the first time? That’s just disgraceful.

    Whether you didn’t act quickly enough on the Kara Calf Hair Backpack or Vans Vault Sk8 Hi sneakers, your chance to redeem yourself is being presented with OC’s new items that are back-in-stock. We’ll let the first time slide, but don’t make the same mistake twice.

    Shop our Back in Stock & Ready To Rock All Together Now here.Opening Ceremony OC-Exclusive Blackout Varsity Jacket in blackout, Kara Calf Hair Backpack in black, and Vans Vault Sk8 Hi LX VLT in white. Shop our Back in Stock & Ready To Rock All Together Now here.

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    For Moschino’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection, Creative Director Jeremy Scott turned a Milan runway into a squeaky-clean car wash. Models walked down the catwalk in caution tape-trimmed separates and shades of traffic cone orange and yellow. The always-present Moschino spin on everyday iconography also made an appearance, with bottles of cleaning solution reattributed to the legendary Italian fashion house and stop signs adjusted to feature a more Moschino-esque command: “SHOP”.

    Collections this auto-chic are the ones you want to get your hands on as soon as possible. Lucky for you, we grabbed a few tees, dresses, sweaters, and accessories to fulfill your Moschino fix before the runway pieces hit stores next season. From all-over print t-shirt dresses to bucket bags featuring this season’s embroidered hardware to the iconic seasonal phone case, the latest Moschino capsule has everything you need to look fresh (and so clean).

    Shop all Moschino here
    Printed Cotton Short-Sleeve Dress in light blue Printed Nylon Bucket Bag in orange Earrings in gold Printed Short-Sleeve Dress in black Canvas Sneakers in black Necklace in gold Knitted Maxi Long-Sleeve Sweater in black

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    What has more of an impact in determining privacy—shutting your blinds or making your password stronger on your eBay account?

    And so begs the question in the press release for domain/domain, artist (and fellow OC contributor) Cecilia Salama’s new solo exhibition at The Java Project. The multimedia artist raises awareness on both the isolation and camaraderie that comes with our generation’s obsession with the internet with her signature stiffened fabrics—which Cecilia calls “intimacy shades—and even pull-up bar that’s better equipped for a gallery space. “Every time I got something on Craigslist, I would think that perhaps I'd become friends with the person I was buying something from,” says Cecilia. “Is that kind of craving for human interaction normal?”

    This is the question Cecilia aims to answer with domain/domain. As human interaction decreases and the tips of our fingers become the main method of communication, it quickly becomes clear that we need art now more than ever to translate the constant changes. We caught up with Cecilia after the opening of the domain/domain exhibit to talk about the importance of internet privacy, “gunkifying” her pieces, and naming works after trap songs.

    CHLOE DEWBERRY: The theme of internet privacy in domain/domain is super relevant right now. Was there a particular moment where you really started to realize the importance of internet privacy? Was your ebay account hacked?
    CECILIA SALAMA: I think I realized very slowly, just through the growing interactions I have through the internet and how human contact is getting lost as technology increases. I realized that I rarely go into shops anymore since I can even order my groceries online. Every time I got something on Craigslist, I would think that perhaps I'd become friends with the person I was buying something from! Is that kind of craving for human interaction normal? I felt like there was a strange loneliness that occurred during computer use, but also a sort of camaraderie. We are all sitting in our homes or offices and it made me wonder what these spaces looked like as well as if there are any objects we share in common.

    Can you explain a little bit about the process for creating your works? The prints are created using in-process images of sculptures?
    Yes, the prints are based off of in-process images of works: close-ups of office mats and zip-ties, paint splotches, and semi-painted pull-up bars. I love being able to start out with a body of works in a painterly way, making these collages of what I think are the really sweet moments in my works. Once I print them on fabric, I actually stiffen them on stretcher bars. I've been calling all of the fabric pieces intimacy shades, because there's something really romantic about drapery.

    Let’s talk a little bit about the names of each of the pieces. The pieces On my watch list and Well Fit are more obvious, but what’s the story behind pieces such as Koi & Shmurda, rebel, chinx?
    Honestly, I get so into certain trap songs and they just come out in my titles.

    How did you come up with the idea to incorporate home items such as a pull-up bar and welcome mats into the show?
    I used to work at this really stuffy corporate place doing graphic design for money and one of the head partners would always talk about getting a pull-up bar for t

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    Each season, there are numerous words one could use to describe Jacquemus’ latest collection. One descriptor you will never find on that list? “Expected.”

    At only 25 years old, designer Simon Jacquemus’ already has two LVMH honors already under his belt. Jacquemus’ signature blend of architectural and avant-garde (with refined minimalism) lends itself to collections that, in their unpredictability, could only ever come from the designer’s namesake brand.

    For Fall/Winter 2015, the French designer surprises us yet again with an unprecedented sex appeal. From high hemlines and flirty off-the-shoulder cuts to the cheeky placement of a pair of hand decals, this season marks a point where Jacquemus metaphorically let his hair down. Though you can’t exactly buy the collection’s most risqué ensemble (a “top” that consisted of body paint and not much else), there are more than enough pieces help you embrace your sexy side.

    Shop all Jacquemus hereLe Top Mains in beige/navy La Robe Asymetrrique in navy Le T-Shirt Col Haut Patchwork in green OC-Exclusive Le T-Shirt Col Haut in multi

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    As New Yorkers, we here at Opening Ceremony have always felt that a strict palette of black and white is ideal for any situation. Luckily for us, model-turned-designer ikumi shares a similar aesthetic and keeps to an elevated Oreo-tinged approach for her eponymous brand’s collections. The ikumi Fall/Winter 2015 collection is no different.

    Stark blacks and a blinding white bedecks each of the collection’s pieces. From white crushed denim tops with frayed cut-outs to inky black velvet bomber jackets, ebony and ivory are lookin’ good. Even ikumi’s faux fur bucket hats get a black-or-white touch with a shape and texture we’re sure LL Cool J would approve of.

    Offering a reprieve from the all-over on-tone color palette are the scattered Ukiyo-E prints, which include portrait patches as well as symbols placed in elbow and knee pad formations on sweatshirts and sweatpants. This symbolism continues and returns with triangle shapes that also appear throughout the collection. This season also marks a return to the geometrical graphics that first cemented the Japanese brand’s status.

    Shop all ikumi here

    Click through the slideshow to see more ikumi products. Image courtesy of ikumi. Shop all ikumi here   Ukiyoe Japan Blouson in black

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  • 09/29/15--21:00: Lea Peckre Spices Up PFW
  • The best part of David Lynch’s 1984 film Dune—minus, of course, Kyle Maclachlan’s peak-dreaminess—are the costumes. Say what you want about the sci-fi classic, but it can not be faulted in the wardrobe department—think shiny, structural leather, bright purple contacts, and a speedo with wings.  

    For Spring/Summer 2016, Paris-based brand Lea Peckre looked to the film’s treasure trove of futuristic goodness to inspire a collection fit for a space princess. Mimicking Dune’s dark, muted color palette, models walked down the runway in utilitarian straps, regal pleats, and sheer fabrics. Finishing off the looks with shiny faux-labret piercings adorning each model’s bottom lip, Peckre sends out a collection ready for a trip to Arrakis… or maybe just a nice dinner.

    Shop all Lea Peckre here

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  • 09/30/15--21:00: Are You Afraid Of The Dark?
  • The music at Undercover’s Fall/Winter 2015 show seemed a bit more like a suspenseful film score than a bumping runway soundtrack. This should have given away the theme of the collection long before the first creepy, transparent-masked model turn the corner: B-horror movies.

    Jun Takahashi’s streetwear label is no stranger to finding inspiration in media as the brand has just as much of a cult following as the brand itself (the Television merch in their Spring/Summer 2015 collection rings a bell) but this season’s theme takes this to an unprecedentedly dark realm with menacing, disjointed hands and the word “MURDER” that’s printed throughout the collection’s graphics. Never ones to take themselves too seriously, any discomfort in the subject matter is cut with a humorously cheesy, lo-fi edge. Grainy faux film stills—reminiscent of the charmingly low-budget films the collection draws from—lighten the mood with imagery of roses, teddy bears, and cake icing. And don’t forget about this season’s line of clutches, which give you the ability to tote your belongings around inside of crepes, lollipops, or dolls, if you so well choose.

    Shop all Undercover hereLollipop Pouch in multi, Crepe Pouch in multi, Soft Serve Pouch in multi, Hand Pouch in multi Oversized Turtleneck in top grey Music For Murder Tee in bordeaux Murder Tee in black Murder Bear Tee in black

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    The timing of NASA’s announcement that liquid water exists on Mars couldn’t have played out any better during Paris Fashion Week this season. The feeling of designers seemingly wishing to escape this planet to travel back to cosmic basics landed on the runway at the Courrèges Spring/Summer 2016 runway show.

    This was a monumental moment for the 50-year-old brand, seeing as the last public runway show Courrèges hosted took place over 13 years ago in 2002. This in part has to do with the brand’s newly-appointed Artistic Directors Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant, who have currently put their own Coperni line on hold to focus on reviving the Parisian heritage brand.

    For Spring/Summer 2016, the duo brought the Courrèges collection back to iconic basics—15 basics, to be exact. Opting out of the usual extravagance and added performance of typical fashion shows, the duo personally introduced their collection before the show began and stated that they would be presenting 15 interchangeable looks that would be available in 15 different textures and fabrications. Before the show began, Vaillant stated, “We believe that ready-to-wear should express the spirit of ready-to-live, how we live today.”

    Models strutted around the circular runway in white knit leotards that were accessorized with a range of Courrèges’ mainstay cropped jacket styles in a color assortment of brick-red, reflective silver, and oily black. The inclusion of technically advanced fabrics and textures, such as camel suedes and silver vinyl, also linked back to founder Andre Courrèges’ space-age roots.

    If you’re looking to achieve both liftoff and revival for a heritage brand, Meyer and Vaillant are your go-to boys.

    Shop all Courrèges here
    Photos courtesy of Courrèges 

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    We’ve literally and figuratively fallen in love with dance these past few months… Below, read how choreographer Justin Peck and Humberto Leon synchronized their creative visions in both movement and design.

    We all understand the impression left after a person walks by in a show-stopping outfit. But what if instead of walking, that same person was mastering foutté turns? Substitute the streets of Soho for the David H. Koch Theater and you might just be able to imagine the magnificence of the New York City Ballet Fall Fashion Gala.

    Last night, dance and fashion collided once again this month as the New York City Ballet presented five ballets, each featuring original costumes by fashion designers to celebrate Lincoln Center’s four week dance season. The fashion roster consisted of Zuhair Murad, Hanako Maeda, Peter Copping of Oscar De La Renta, the unstoppable design duo Marta Marques & Paulo Almeida of Marques’Almeida, and our very own Humberto Leon.

    Humberto’s costumes were designed for the world premiere of New Blood by NYCB Resident Choreographer and Soloist Justin Peck and was set to Steve Reich’s “Variations for Vibes, Pianos, and Strings.” Humberto and Justin were introduced by a mutual friend Marcel Dzama and when Justin asked Humberto to design the costumes for the premiere, Humberto immediately said yes. “Who would pass up an opportunity to work with Justin?” asked Humberto. The two had been working together for six months and it was during this time that Humberto in turn proposed to Justin to partner up on the Opening Ceremony Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show.

    In true Opening Ceremony fashion, what started as an amazing project became a true reciprocal relationship between artists...because who doesn’t love when great minds join forces?

    This marks the fourth year of the Gala—an effort lead by NYCB’s board vice-chair Sarah Jessica Parker—recognizing fashion’s tenure in the world of dance. While it’s easy to see why both art forms have such a close relationship, interestingly enough, dancers have never been incorporated into fashion like designers have been with dance. We’re proud to say that on September 13, 2015, we changed that with a modern dance routine choreographed by Justin.

    After our fashion show during New York Fashion Week, we chatted with Justin about why heels may be harder to dance in than pointé shoes as well as the challenges he faced choreographing for the runway. So naturally, it was amazing to hear from Humberto, who quickly found himself in the same position.. “The costumes we did for Justin were super particular, not only to ballet, but to his choreography,” says Humberto. “We had to make sure what we didn't overshadow the amazing movements and we also had to consider the dancers needs, which is a lot more complicated than everyday needs.”

    New Blood consisted of seven men and six women. The piece strayed from the conventional relationships between male and female ballerinas, so the costumes had to reflect that. The dancers wore multi-colored unitards that started out all white. While Humberto watched the rehearsals, cut-outs and color stories were created based off of how the dancers connected and touched one another, making the end result a true artistic collaboration between movement and fashion.

    New Blood will be performed again on October&nbsp

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    Shoe trends don’t last forever, unless of course Carel is behind them. Established as a family-run company in 1952 with the basis of remaining très chic, the Parisian brand helped bring the kitten-heel to the forefront and has not turned their heels since.

    With their discreet charm and lasting ability, Carel has dominated the Parisian shoe market for over 60 years. Which is why Opening Ceremony is excited for the arrival of the shoes in our stores and online. Below, we spoke with two Carel reps, who helped fill us in on a little bit of info about the iconic brand—in case you didn’t already know.

    Shop all Carel here 
    (Certain styles will be restocked online next week and are available in stores now)

    Name: Carel
    Hometown: Paris
    Inspirational women: Catherine Deneuve, Lea Seydoux, and Françoise Hardy. The Carel woman is a Parisian girl who is chic and elegant with a little twist. She is smart without being boring!
    Little-known secret about Carel: Carel was the first brand after World War II to make bold colored shoes.
    What’s the current collection inspiration? The ‘60s and ‘70s with elephant heels and square toe shoes It’s very masculine-feminine style
    What’s your favorite music to listen to in the studio? Chela’s “Romanticise”
    Four nouns that define the brand: Chic, essential, Parisian, and funny

    Click through the slideshow to see all products from Carel  Estime Patent Leather Boots in white Estime Patent Leather Boots in black Kina Patent Leather Buckle Heels in red Kina Patent Leather Buckle Heels in black OC-Exclusive Kina Patent Leather Buckle Heels in white

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    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: Used Cars at The Museum of Modern Art
    October 1 at 4:30pm
    Picked by: The Mirror Cube
    What: A screening of Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale’s 1980 comedy Used Cars, which stars Kurt Russell and is being presented in conjunction with the MoMA film series, What Lies Beneath: The Films of Robert Zemeckis.

    Why Go: Before box office hits like Back to the Future and Cast Away, and this year’s The Walk, acclaimed director Robert Zemeckis made this dark cult comedy, which focuses on a used car salesman (Kurt Russell), who uses unorthodox methods to drum up business and raise money for a state senate run.

    NY: Ought at Secret Project Robot Art Experiment
    October 2 at 8pm
    Picked by: Jessica Stroup
    What: AdHoc presents Montreal-based post-punk band Ought.

    Why Go: In reviewing Ought’s sophomore effort Sun Coming Down, SPIN calls vocalist Tim Darcy a “verbal acrobat” and praises the album’s strong sense of self-awareness and intelligence. This event has been relocated due to a fire at its previous venue, The Silent Barn, which is accepting donations for repair here.

    NY: New Yorker Festival at various locations
    October 2-4
    Picked by: Aaron Stern
    What: The 16th annual New Yorker Festival includes live performances and discussions with both leaders and up-and-comers in the creative industries.

    Why Go: From Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison to punk rock icon Patti Smith and comedian Marc Maron, the festival lineup includes a variety of guests in conversation with staff and contributors of The New Yorker about the current state and future prospects of their respective fields.

    LA: Beyond Fest at Egyptian Theatre
    October 1-12
    Picked by: The Mirror Cube
    What: American Cinematheque presents their annual festival celebrating genre and cult films.

    Why Go: The program includes screenings of new films like Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s martial arts drama The Assassin and classics like Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon, as well as appearances by special guests like Al Pacino, Bruce Campbell, Ninja of Die Antwoord, and Henry Rollins. The festival will also include a tribute to late filmmaker Wes Craven, with a double feature of A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Serpent and the Rainbow.


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    Following in Kenzo Takada’s etrangèr footsteps, Carol and Humberto are arguably living the dream as Americans in Paris—even creating a Kenzo collection dedicated to the phenomenon. But in spite of the baguettes de campagne, vegetable markets on every corner, and abundance of delicious, cheap wine, homesickness—particularly, food homesickness—is real. Mercifully, the cosmopolitan city is not as culinarily uniform as many would claim. The proof? The bounty of (non-French) comfort foods, wooing tourists, expatriates, and French nationals alike. Below, Carol and Humberto’s picks.

    1. Juice It, 8 Rue la Vrillière, 75001
    The juice craze is officially overseas. For a jumpstart on crazy mornings, Juice It makes serious cold-press beverages with 100 percent organic juices that kick up your green intake without adding too much sugar.

    2. Minh Chau, 10 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004
    An unassuming spot in the Marais, Minh Chau attracts lunch-hour lines for its authentic Vietnamese fare. The best part? A complete meal costs less than 10 euros.

    3. Maison Burger, 6 Rue Grégoire de Tours, 75006
    Uncomplicated and downright tasty, Maison Burger delivers American-style burgers (read: big enough to eat with your hands) redressed in French specialties: local bread and sauces to die for. Even the cheese-smothered fries are crisped to perfection, calling to mind good diner eats.

    4. Shang Palace, 10 Avenue d’Iéna, 75116
    In one of the world’s must-see hotels, the Shangri-La’s Shang Palace is as much a feast for the eyes as for the palate. The Michelin-starred resto serves enough hot and cold dim sum to satiate Hemingway-esque hunger pangs—and all on white tablecloths and roomy tables, unlike many Paris establishments. 

    5. The Beast, 27 Rue Meslay, 75003 The Beast is the first of its kind in Paris. Not only is there serious Texas-style BBQ, but also big-mouthed Americans schooling French companions on slow-cooked meat, bourbon, and what an XXXL portion really looks like. In short, a taste of home.

    6. Télescope, 5 Rue Villedo, 75001
    Contrary to popular belief, Parisian coffee is mediocre. And bitter. (Though the atmosphere and people-watching more than makes up for it.) But Télescope is a true gem, situated in the tourist-friendly first arrondissement near the Palais Royal. From frothy cappuccinos to medium-bodied espressos, the bilingual baristas brew with a smile—perhaps the real benefit for jet-lagged anglophones who didn’t pass French 101.

    7. Nanashi, 57 Rue Charlot, 75003
    If you have a craving for some Japanese staples, Nanashi offers classic soba dishes as well as bentos. You can also grab a snack from their selection of small plates, such as spring rolls, edamame and onigiri.

    8. Chez Miki5 Rue de Louvois, 75002 Paris, France
    Between the plethora of Japanese bistros near rue Sainte-Anne in the second arrondissement, Chez Miki is our be

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    For a brand that has become synonymous with the crafted leather motorcycle jacket, branching out to more dramatic outerwear shapes can sometimes pose a challenge. Luckily, Acne Studios’ experimental founder Jonny Johansson is no stranger to the world of wool and cashmere. For Fall/Winter 2015, knits are turned up a notch in the brand's outerwear options while basics are slinky and sheer, offering up some serious contrast fabrication.

    Inspired by the imagery of fashion photographer Viviane Sassen, whose work focuses on the relationship of the body to the geometrical shapes that surround it, each piece lends itself to a mentality of the more sculpted, the better. Pieces such as the double-breasted Evia Double Stitch Coat feature accentuated darts over a burly wool knit, with the hems of the jacket laced with climbing rope. The emphasis on sculpted shapes carries over from the outerwear to what lies underneath, with the Double Stitch Skirt that duplicates the same whipstitched trim found in the outerwear pieces. Even the Sheer Jersey Shirt has an element of sculpted curvature, with exposed seams that accentuate the female form.

    Shop all Acne Studios women’s and men’s

    Foin Double Coat in nougat beige and Emiliana Tencel Long Jersey Shirt in navy. Photo by Patrick Spears Evia Double Stitch Coat in powder pink Edda Sheer Jersey Shirt in midnight blue

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    Bomber jackets have a magical ability to always look fresh and on-trend, no matter the year. Originally created by the US Army in 1917 as a more efficient way to keep pilots warm in the cockpit, the jacket’s high collar, fitted waistband, and puffy sleeves inadvertently became an iconic fashion staple from the 1940s on. From the skinheads of the ‘70s to a hip hop takeover in the early 2000s, the garment has proven to be a universal symbol of cool for all.

    This season’s class of bombers celebrate the jacket’s long history with a series of unexpected twists. Komakino covers their version in camo-printed netting while G.V.G.V. adds laces across the back of their bomber jacket. Martine Rose even features some bright orange cut-outs and custom patches on her Be Nylon bomber jacket, created in collaboration with art collective #BEENTRILL#. Even us here at OC got involved in bomber-mania, adorning ours with zipper sleeve detailing and a furry white inner lining. Don’t call it a comeback though, because in reality, bomber jackets never left.

    Shop our Armored and In Control All Together Now here.From left: ikumi Ukiyoe Japan Blouson, Kiko Mizuhara for Opening Ceremony Turtleneck, Isa Arfen Corduroy Supersize Slim Culottes. Raf Simons x Fred Perry Quilted Bomber Jacket, Acne Studios Fuji Preppy Sweatshirt, Our Legacy Ultimate Relaxed Trousers. Opening Ceremony Deck Tech Flight Bomber, Opening Ceremony Ergo Slim-Fit Shirt, Sunnei pants. Komakino

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    As if Paris Fashion Week isn’t filled with enough runway shows and nightlife festivities, Opening Ceremony travelled to the City of Light to bring Samsung’s new technological advances (and Danny Bowien’s signature Chinese dishes) to France. Last night, Opening Ceremony celebrated the release of our collaborative stylish phone covers for the latest Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 and “Battery Pack” with an intimate dinner at L’ Atelier Des Artistes.

    Hosted by Opening Ceremony founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, guests such as Susie Bubble and Teen Vogue editor Amy Astley munched on Chongquing Chicken Wings and Mapo Tofu created by Mission Chinese Food Executive Chef Angela Dimayuga while browsing the Samsung Galaxy phones on display at the tables. The brand new Opening Ceremony cases are infused with prints from the Spring/Summer 2016 collection. During dinner, guests were actually encouraged to play on their phone, where each smart device featured a series of custom options such as watching the recap video from our Spring/Summer 2016 runway show, Carol and Humberto’s guide to Paris, and more. 

    In case you’ve never fell victim to a delicious Danny Bowien food coma, the happy and full effect is very real. Luckily, a DJ set from 1 800 Dinosaur, consisting of musicians James Blake, Dan Foat, and Airhead got the crowd moving

    Good thing there were plenty of Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ phones present to capture each and every moment.
    Mission Chinese Food Chongquing Chicken Wings and an Opening Ceremony x Samsung phone case. Photos by Greg Kessler  Tea Fragrance RiceSusie Bubble Geordon Nichol and Leigh Lezark Phil Oh and Susie Bubble Mapo Tofu Carol Lim and Amy AstleyPriya Jelly and Shereen Mitwalli Mission Chinese Executive Chef Angela DimayugaTingly Cucumbers and Lotus RootAirhead and Dan Foat of 1 800 DinosaurGuests with Carol Pat

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    “Sexy” and “furry” don’t normally find themselves in the same sentence, unless of course Amélie Pichard is involved. For the past five seasons, the Parisian accessories designer has been creating subversive shoes and accessories with the attitude to boot. From faux python Disco Boots to red-hot flame-embossed leather clogs, each shoe ensures that the wearer’s sassiness carries through from head-to-toe. For the Amélie Pichard Fall/Winter 2015 collection, titled “Fire Walks With Me,” the va-va-voom factor accelerates while the luxe leathers and flame motif woven throughout the collection pay homage to the glossy racing car exteriors.

    In addition to creating a Formula One-approved collection, the designer also recently received the chance to make her inspirational #ThrowbackThursday images a reality when she announced plans to collaborate with ‘90s vixen Pamela Anderson on an upcoming vegan footwear line.

    Start your engines, shoes are about to get real sexy.

    Shop all Amélie Pichard here

    Name: Amélie Pichard
    Hometown: Paris, France
    Astrological sign: Taurus, Aries ascendant
    Hidden talent: I’m a lover
    Celebrity crush: Pamela Anderson
    What was your style like in high school? Tomboy for a while, but Gwen Stefani style at other times...
    What's your favorite thing about Opening Ceremony? The cool American spirit and... Chloë Sevigny 
    What's your current Fall/Winter 2015 collection inspiration? “Fire Walks With Me” is the story of a skirt-chasing Formula One driver (aka James Hunt), seducing the flag girl who’s jealous of the driver’s sophisticated Danish wife (who controls of the chronometer). It’s all about the blonde and brunette girls. My fave piece was from the Vinyl Flame theme and the flame motifs pay homage to the decorations on racing cars.
    If you were to do another job besides designing, what would it be? A photographer and astrologer: Catching the present to make it eternal while predicting the future.
    What’s your favorite music to listen to in the studio? My favorite song of the moment is “Fais-moi jouir” by Patrick Coutin. Let’s never forget the essential during a long day of work! 
    Fuck, Kill, Marry (Pamela Anderson as CJ Parker, Pamela Anderson in Barb Wire, Pamela Anderson as Stripperella): I only marry David Lynch.
    Four nouns that define you: Raw-Mantic

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