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    Last night, the OC fam ditched the office and let loose at Lower East Side haunt Tijuana Picnic in honor of the holiday season.

    The night started with empanadas, tacos, Svedka mules, and Red Bull mixed drinks, which in turn quickly led to dancing on tables and...arm wrestling? That's right, never ones to stick to a typical holiday party formula, Opening Ceremony co-founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon started off a round of arm wrestling matches with fellow employees while onlookers snapped photos and continued dancing to the beat.

    Meanwhile, in the basement of the restaurant-nightclub, DJ Mazurbate spun tracks that had the whole crowd bumpin'...even singer CL couldn’t resist getting down. While there was sadly no Mariah Carey Christmas album played, the blaring bass of "Hotline Bling" was enough to keep the crowd dancing all the way into the New Year.

    Happy holidays, XO OC Fam


    See more photos from The Bosco booth
    here


    OC’s Dylan, Humberto, Carol, and Zoe. Photos by Patrick SpearsOC’s Humberto arm wrestles with JesseThe OC gang’s all hereOC’s Carol and Jayna arm wrestlingOC’s Shay and PhilipOC’s Paula, Isabel, Shay, and guestOC’s Carol and Humberto OC’s Carly an Michael McCullochOC’s Mel and Grover OC’s Chloe and Evan LafferDaniel Cho and OC’s BettinaGia Seo and James Evans Jimmy Poon and Christelle de CastroDese and Mazurbate Luka Sabbat, Alexander Wang, CL, and MazurbateGilian Tozer and Sofia CavalloTayne Yoon and Daniel Loring-Lee

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  • 12/19/15--21:00: About Last Night...
  • In the final months before graduating college, along with freaking out about my wavering GPA, I decided to subject myself to some career and life counseling. Those weekly hour long meetings were little more than fodder for my then daily panic attacks and contained tons of weird instructions like “never, ever discuss politics in the workplace or anywhere else for that matter.” Wait, what? If people didn’t talk about politics how on Earth would decisions get made? If they don’t talk to one another, how do people know what they stand for and believe in and how can we possibly make informed positive change?

    Not to go all conspiracy theorist on y’all but I think people are discouraged from talking about politics because politicians don’t actually stand as any actual, accurate representation of the people. Instead American politicians are actually waging a war (led by data and analytics) for people’s minds and, ultimately, their wallets. Politicians aren’t actually fighting for our wellbeing and justice, a fact that is exemplified like whoa by the Republicans in the 2016 Presidential Race. They’re boastful, horrifyingly inaccurate and destructively whiny per usual and seem now, more than ever, to rely on the fact that most of their support comes from business psychos, angry, under-educated folks or people who have Alzheimer’s and can’t really focus on anything rooted in reality. But the most fucked up thing happening right now is that the fascist, hate filled rhetoric that’s been ushered in by Donald Trump which is now saturating media outlets is literally fueling hate crimes across the country and world (because, big surprise, anti-Muslim hate speech from America is one of the primary recruiting tools for Anti-Western fundamentalist groups. That and being fucking bombed by us every two minutes.).

    The good news is that there are are a couple of intelligent people running for president and they happened to take part in the third Democratic Debate last night. One of only six debates in this election cycle for the Dems, down from the twenty they had in 2008 and three less than their Republican counterparts have this year, Dem candidates took the stage last night even though only two mattered. The other dude, O’Malley was so annoying and rude and literally would not follow the rules or stop yammering on about destroying ISIL. Like, shut up about destroying shit please! Where’s the love? Whatever

    On to the meat and potatoes (or should I say kombucha and kale salad?) of the #demdebate. The frontrunner is HIllary Clinton who’s been in politics her whole life, brushed off corny sexist stereotypes forever simply existing powerfully and unwaveringly and has most recently slayed the business world with The Clinton Foundation rooted in really questionable ethics (she’s done some fucked up shit). Then there’s her incumbent, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders - he’s an avowed Socialist of astounding intelligence who, with his Brooklyn brogue, has promoted smart, people centered political action his entire career and doesn’t fuck with corporations because they’re soul sucking. He’s literally not rich and is in politics to actually help people. LOL what?

    Briefly: Hil represents the new classic centrist Democrat - she’s pretty hawkish (hawkish basically means fine with killing people) militarily and regarding foreign policy but is still DTF with social reform and human rights for the most part. Bern, however, is pretty radical on all fronts meaning he wants equality and justice for all people and would really rather not murder anyone or hurt human beings who already bear the brunt of the world’s issues.

    About last night…

    It was fine but stupid. Giving candidates questions about crap the American public doesn&r

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    Every close family has an arsenal of beloved recipes created and passed down by its most culinary-savvy members. With The OC Cookbook, we do just that. Tapping into our notable foodie and chef friends, we compile exclusive recipes that can be cherished not only by our family, but yours too. For this installment, we tackle the 2015 holiday season, and all of the food-based festivities surrounding it.

    The gathering of families or friend groups under one roof during the holidays is difficult enough with the mid-dinner political debates and prying personal questions, but factor in each person’s specific food preferences and you have a real battle on your hands. And while we can’t promise it’ll prevent any skeletons coming out of the closet, , these NYC chefs can at least alleviate your food-based woes with crowd-pleasing holiday recipes—and maybe a cocktail or two.

    In this installment, David Mandelbaum, founder of PANATEA, shares a perfect way to get your frozen treat fix in the Winter. The best part? it's made with the company's Ceremonial Grade Matcha Set, which you can pick up now at OC Ace!

    CHLOE DEWBERRY: What makes this dish one of your favorites during the holiday season? 
    DAVID MANDELBAUM: PANATEA matcha is just such a versatile ingredient. You can whisk up a traditional cup with our set, or even get a bit more creative and use this vibrant green powder to make sweet and savory recipes; from matcha ice popsicles​, to matcha energy balls and even matcha waffles.

    Why do you personally feel that this dish kills the competition when it comes to holiday potlucks?

    Because it is said that the emperor of Japan used to drink matcha as a hangover cure. So when you incorporate PANATEA matcha in to your holiday cocktails or spike your popsicles, you can claim a myriad of health benefits that counteract the effects of the alcohol...well, sorta, not really ;) But at least you'll be dropping some knowledge bombs and feel better about the antioxidant activity in your body!


    PANATEA's Matcha Popsicles

    Ingredients:
    1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
    1/4 cup almond milk
    2 teaspoons PANATEA Ceremonial Grade Matcha
    2 tablespoons honey
    2 tablespoons agave
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 teaspoon almond extract

    Preparation:
    Step 1. In a large bowl, whisk the coconut milk, almond milk, matcha, honey, agave, vanilla extract and almond extract together.  Step 2. Transfer the mixture into a pitcher or measuring cup with a spout. Step 3. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds, leaving 1/8 inch of room at the top.  Step 4. Place a popsicle stick in the center of each mold, and freeze until solid (3-8 hours). Step 5. To unmold the popsicles, dip the mold briefly in warm water and pull the popsicles out by the stick.  Step 6. Freeze until ready to serve. PANATEA's Matcha Popsicles

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    Every close family has an arsenal of beloved recipes created and passed down by its most culinary-savvy members. With The OC Cookbook, we do just that. Tapping into our notable foodie and chef friends, we compile exclusive recipes that can be cherished not only by our family, but yours too. For this installment, we tackle the 2015 holiday season, and all of the food-based festivities surrounding it.

    The gathering of families or friend groups under one roof during the holidays is difficult enough with the mid-dinner political debates and prying personal questions, but factor in each person’s specific food preferences and you have a real battle on your hands. And while we can’t promise it’ll prevent any skeletons coming out of the closet, , these NYC chefs can at least alleviate your food-based woes with crowd-pleasing holiday recipes—and maybe a cocktail or two.

    In this installment, Llama Inn's Lynnette Marrero and Jessica Gonzalez share a way to give a holiday kick to your classic sangria recipe (and give it an amazing name, too).

    CHLOE MACKEY: What makes this dish one of your favorites during the holiday season? 
    LYNNETTE MARRERO AND JESSICA GONZALEZ: It's an all around favorite for us, but there are wonderful spice notes in the cocktail that are particularly holiday reminiscent. Our chicha morada (purple corn drink), chef Eriks grandmothers recipe, is filled with apples, cloves, cinnamon spices that call to mind warmth and comfort. These are also traditional holiday spices.

    Why do you personally feel that this dish kills the competition when it comes to holiday potlucks?

    1) It's a punch so it can be made in large batches. Prep the cocktail and then put it out so you can enjoy your party!
    2) It's flavors are like a chilled mulled wine


    Llama Inn's Llama Del Rey

    Ingredients:
    6 botttles La Posta Malbec
    100 oz chicha morada syrup
    2:1 (2 chicha to 1 sugar)
    1 (750 ml) + 12.2 oz Zacapa
    25 oz lime
    37.5 oz grilled pineapple
    1 (1L) + 16.2 oz BarSol Mosto
    Italia
    4.5 oz Pink Peppercorn tincture

    Mix well in a large punch bowl and serve.
    Llama Inn's Llama Del Rey 

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  • 12/20/15--21:00: May The Year of KARA Begin
  • No matter what year it is, it’s important to kick it off right. The girls over at KARA know this fact, and have doled out some holiday generosity to give the start of your 2016 a little added flair. Teaming up with hand poked tattoo artist extraordinaire (and our most recent BYOB subject) Jenna Bouma, the brand has created a vintage pin up-inspired 2016 calendar that you can get for free with the purchase of any KARA bag.

    Contrasting Jenna’s (NSFW) old school babes with a sleek and shiny silver cover, the calendar reflects KARA’s design philosophy: clean lines with a quirky twist. “Jenna’s pin up girls fit perfectly with our brand obsession with naked ladies.,” says KARA founder Sarah Law, “Her work, simple, beautiful and often cheeky, totally fit the essence of KARA.”

    The KARA 2016 holiday calendars are available with any purchase of a KARA bag at Opening Ceremony New York stores and online, but act fast: quantities are limited, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

    Shop all KARA here Shop all KARA here. Photos by Jonathan Baskin

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    Opening Ceremony and the agender online fashion publication, You Do You, have partnered to re-examine gender’s role in the fashion industry. Challenging the strict binary placed on fashion up until very recently, OC and You Do You aim to celebrate individuality and diverse gender expression through photo stories, subject profiles, and more.

    To kick off this partnership, we looked to the hyper viral concept of #squadgoals. The latest and greatest answer to the “power couple,” we looked into a repertoire of movers and shakers in the art and fashion industries of NYC to find friend groups challenging the status quo in their respective fields (and having a lot of fun doing it).

    For the series’ first installment, we head to Le Bain to meet up with Kyle Luu, Tiffany Luu, and DeSe Escobar. A stylist, actress, and artist, the trio aims to reinterpret the notion of glamour through their respective mediums. With a mutual love for a good makeup contour, a pair of strappy heels, and an innovative hashtag or two, the girls’ personalities are as in-tune as their senses of style. Below, we sit down with the girls to talk about how their friendships began, their #KardAsian style mottos, and what’s next for their personal careers.



    CHLOE MACKEY: What all do you guys do professionally?

    KYLE LUU: I’m a stylist
    DESE ESCOBAR: I’m an artist
    TIFFANY LUU: I’m an actress

    And how did you guys meet each other?

    KL: It’s so funny because people have mistaken DeSe and I for each other for a long time, and when I moved downtown people kept saying “Let the DJ in!” and I was like “Who is the DJ?” I had no idea what was up, but I was just going with it. Then we met K Rizz, and she was like “I should introduce you to my sister DeSe, you guys are so similar.” I had run into DeSe so many times before—just passing each other—and then I put two and two together, and we clicked.
    TL: Then of course [Kyle and I] and actual sisters, and I met DeSe through Kyle and K Rizz as well.

    You guys’ style is all sort of based on the same mindset—
    DE: I think that’s how we became friends, really
    KL: There’s definitely this baseline of glam
    DE: We definitely all have the same passion for glam makeup and fashion
    KL: I think we just help each other look the best that we can, we’re not rolling with any leprechauns, we have to make sure everyone looks on fleek. [laughs]

    Is it common for you guys to help each other get dressed before you go out?
    KL: I think so!
    DE: Definitely
    KL: We’re very honest with each other
    DE: She helped me get ready for my date last night
    KL: Yeah, I was like “Bitch, you need to slap on more contour!”
    TL: Yeah, it’s funny because when we’re not together and we meet up, we often show up in the same outfit! It’s happened multiple times.

    Do guys have any fashion ‘don’t’s that are established in the group?
    DE: No square toes!
    KL: No square toes, no pilgrim toes, no pointy toe with a kitten heel.
    DE: Well I do that sometimes because i’m very Italian.
    KL: And I have to yell at her and tell her, “We’re not working on Farmville today!”
    DE: No square toes, no round toes, only pointy toes and strappy toe. Nothing too whimsical, we stay very sexy.
    KL: If you’re going to be sexy, you have to be practical. Sneakers are also really sexy and I feel like people overlook that all the time. Just because guys are the ones mainly wearing sneakers doesn’t mea

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    With his beaded hair shaking back and forth as he jumped onstage, Jay Boogie kicked off his charity-oriented series Body Heat last night at Baby's All Right. It was over a dinner with friends that Jay came up with the idea to throw a combination benefit concert/coat drive to raise awareness for the urban LGBT youth of NYC. In order to make it happen, Jay reached out to local artists, packing the stage to bring the event to life. “Everyone on the roster genuinely knows the struggle and the game as a New Yorker. Period.” Including performances by artists such as Le1f, Quay Dash, Ian Isiah, and Rahel, Jay made sure the line-up consisted of icons actively contributing to the art of New York.

    Jay’s decision to partner with Hetrick Marten Institute was a personal one. Founded in 1979 to give young people a safe and supportive environment to achieve their full potential, HMI has grown to become a leader in social support, programming, and education for at-risk LGBTQ youth. As a tween growing up in Brooklyn, it was Jay’s after school program, pit stop on the weekends, and summer lounging spot. He knows the value on these program firsthand, the artist explained: “Many gifted children that can use an extra hand and guidance in growing up in these streets, because that gifted child was once me.” It was a no brainer to choose the institute for the first installment of Body Heat. What better way to celebrate the giving season than to give back to the organization you came up from?

    Bummed you missed the event, and want to win prizes like the Opening Ceremony Varsity Jacket, Opening Ceremony Varsity Long Jacket, and other pieces from other NYC based brands including Luar Zepol and Gypsy Sport? Good news: The raffle is open through Christmas Eve, and winners will be contacted via email on Christmas Day. All proceeds go towards the arts and culture fund, directed by Don Christian. Enter here.

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  • 12/24/15--21:00: A Very Merry OC Christmas
  • From our family to yours, we thank you for your continued support and wish you a very Merry Christmas. We hope Santa brought you all the goodies your heart desires, and that your family dinner will be spared of any awkward political arguments.

    Love, The OC Family

    *Opening Ceremony US stores are closed through December 25, 2015, and will reopen tomorrow, December 26, 2015.  

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    It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that the Italian art publication Toilet Paper, which has brought surrealism to the masses with their numerous off-kilter Kenzo campaigns, squeamish publications, and eye-bugging video productions, would make an unexpected foray into the world of jewelry design.

    That’s right. The art mag has collaborated with fashion brands such as MSGM in the past, but this time, they’ve enlisted the help of Milanese designer Bea Bongiasca to create a collection entitled Endless? With silver, gold-plated, and colored enamel pieces that are made by hand in Italy, each of the rings, military dog tag necklaces, and brooches feature the writing “Why Me?” or “The End” boldly emblazoned across the front. The eccentric jewelry pieces are partly inspired by the medieval Latin theory of Memento mori, a practice of reflection on mortality, while remaining a declaration of love.

    So, you ask, ‘Why Me?” Because we all have a case of morbid curiosity—and deserve to have Toilet Paper jewelry to complement our wardrobes.


    Shop all Toilet Paper jewelry in Opening Ceremony stores now.
    Photos courtesy of Toilet Paper 

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    A very wise sponge who lived in a pineapple under the sea once eloquently stated, “The best time to wear a striped sweater, is all the time.” And while this is undeniably true, Spongebob Squarepants left out one very important detail: the best time to wear any sweater is all the time.

    While it should be noted that you probably shouldn’t be taking fashion advice from a household cleaning item with a penchant for Krabby Patties, the unexpected tastemaker does make a valid case for the luxe and convenient knit sweater and cotton sweatshirt offerings available for both men and women this winter. The time of ironic ugly holiday sweaters has passed and it’s officially time for the rightful sweaters and sweatshirts to take their place at the top of the fashion throne. This season, multicolored striped offerings from Dries Van Noten display a seasonal color palette while Toga Pulla offers a new level of dimension with their multilayered pullover. The graphic options courtesy of new-to-OC brand AALTO (and, of course, the always-dependable Kenzo) allow for a bit of snarky and stylish fun for the perfectly-warm top options.

    And for the guys? Acne Studios provides a selection of both basic and graphic sweatshirts that are soft on the eyes (and to the touch). Cult Japanese streetwear brand Cav Empt ups the turtleneck ante with their Hoop Cuff Turtleneck Sweatshirt, which takes on a surprising Beetlejuice effect while keeping your neck covered on the most bitter of winter days.

    But don’t take our word for it, the sweater clothing option has a following that starts at the bottom of the sea.


    Shop all 
    sweaters for men and womenDries Van Noten Cannes Shirt, Dries Van Noten Taxi Sweater, and Dries Van Noten  Padang Pants (items not linked available in stores).Toga Pulla High Gage Pullover and Toga Pulla Flocky Print Skirt AALTO Embroidery Detail Shirt, AALTO Placed Printed Sweatshirt, and AALTO Blue Cropped Jeans

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    When it comes to undergarments, it’s admittedly the last thing on a guy’s mind when it comes to getting dressed in the morning. Something so automatic usually doesn’t require much thought or consideration. Luckily, New York-based brand Druthers is bringing the comfy undergarment conversation to the, ahem, forefront with their high-quality boxers.

    Exclusive prints—which range from lemons to faded bandana print and irregular stripes—are now sold exclusively at Opening Ceremony at Ace Hotel, and are each created with a soft cotton fabric from Japan. The best part? Each of the exclusive prints are still designed in a signature shape that’s comfortable to wear to bed... or underneath a pair of Acne Studios denim jeans.


    Shop all Druthers at Opening Ceremony at Ace HotelPhotos courtesy of Druthers 

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    New Year’s Eve in the city isn’t always as glamorous as the movies make it out to be. Whether you’re camping out in Times Square with adult diapers to catch a glimpse of the ball drop at midnight or you’re stuck in an uberPOOL with a drunken rando when the clock strikes twelve, the whole festivity can seem kind of, well, disappointing. Which is why our friends at The Mirror Cube are helping you out with a helpful guide that shows what’s going down on New Year’s Eve in the city this year.

    From a Purple Rain-themed dance party in Brooklyn to a Sleep No More royal feast, you’ll be happy you left the house as you ring in 2016 this year. 

    Check out The Mirror Cube's Guide to NYE 2016 in NYC below. Check back later this week for their guide to NYE events taking place in LA. 



    Sleep No More Winter Masquerade at The McKittrick Hotel
    December 31 at 6 PM
    Picked by: Jessica Stroup
    What: A New Year's Eve soirée featuring the immersive version of Macbeth with a "royal feast" and party to follow.

    Why Go: Sleep No More is a hot ticket year-round, and you can ring in the new year by attending the performance and/or the Winter Masquerade, which includes an open bar and live music. Please note that there's a strict dress code for this event: black, gold, or silver. You can watch a highlight video from last year's bash here.


    Justice (DJ Set) at Classified Warehouse
    December 31, 8 PM-4 AM
    Picked by: Lyz Olko
    What: The French Grammy-award winning electronic music duo of Gaspard Michel Andre Augé and Xavier de Rosnay perform a DJ set with guests Gesaffelstein and Bob Moses.

    Why Go: If you're a fan of electro, house, or electronic music in general, there's no better soundtrack for dancing your way into 2016. Justice's debut album was critically acclaimed, with Pitchfork calling their outsize, infectious sound "a sensation." Jukely is presenting the show at an undisclosed warehouse in Brooklyn whose address will only be revealed to ticket-holders prior to the event.


    Purple Rain Dance Party at Videology Bar & Cinema
    December 31, 8 PM-4 AM
    Picked by: Chloe Wise
    What: The Brooklyn saloon and screening room will be transformed into the First Avenue club from the Prince film Purple Rain, which will be playing on loop all night into the morning.

    Why Go: In addition to the multiple screenings of Purple Rain, there will be free blacklight face painting, drink specials, and an '80s New Wave dance party featuring the music of Prince, The Time, Sheila E, Sheena Easton, Madonna, and all of your favorites from the era. There will be no cover for happy hour from 4-8 p.m. and a $10 cover starting at 8 p.m..


    DIIV at Bowery Ballroom

    December 31 at 8:30 PM
    Picked by:

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    It’s that time of year, where Christmas trees are kicked to the curb (literally), buttoning your baggy jeans feels like a challenge, and we all look back on what we did and (often times didn’t) do the previous year. And just in case you haven’t fallen into a Buzzfeed end-of-year list reading coma, Facebook and Instagram create easy-to-use tools that inundate all your friends feed with 2015 memories. So, while it’s easy to think enough already, it’s also sort of fun to jump on the 2015 round-up bandwagon. Can you blame us? This week, we’ll be sharing our favorite Opening Ceremony memories in food, fashion, art, music, and culture.

    While we may be fashion-conscious, that has never stopped us from enjoying food. Considering our Pre-Fall 2015 collection was inspired by fruit and vegetables, we had lots to cover. Below, we count down some of the memorable moments, from juice cleanses, to solo dining haunts, to… a Beastie Boys charitable sandwich. Make reservations with our 2015 food feature highlights and prepare to get hungry.



    1. Nicole Winhoffer And Other Fitness Gurus Shared Personal Juice Recipes
    From green smoothies to a juice for all the ladies that work 9-to-5, veggies were chopped, fruits were blended, and five delicious secret juice cleanse recipe were shared.

    2. Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock Left Hip-Hop To Make Pastrami Sandwiches
    “Should it have happened sooner? Of course. But I’m proud to be part of a sandwich lineage.”

    3. Nylon’s Digital Design Director Kicked Off “Sartorial Snacks
    A series where we ask OC friends to model delicious new collections—and create recipes to match.

    4. Eating Alone Became... Cool
    Writer Alex Vadukul took us on an NYC tour of the best secret spots perfect for a table for one with his Eating Solo column.

    5. We Introduced The OC Cookbook
    From Tacombi enchiladas to Milk Bar cornbake, our favorite chefs and restaurateurs divulged the secrets to some of their classic dishes both on and off the menu.

    6. Mission Chinese Booked A Trip To Paris
    Nothing like chowing down on Chongquing Chicken Wings in the City of Light. Scroll down to read about OC’s Top Music Moments of 2015 

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    It’s that time of year, where Christmas trees are kicked to the curb (literally), buttoning your baggy jeans feels like a challenge, and we all look back on what we did and (often times didn’t) do the previous year. And just in case you haven’t fallen into a Buzzfeed end-of-year list reading coma, Facebook and Instagram create easy-to-use tools that inundate all your friends’ feeds with 2015 memories. So, while it’s easy to think enough already, it’s also sort of fun to jump on the 2015 bandwagon. Can you blame us? This week, we’ll be sharing our favorite Opening Ceremony memories in food, fashion, art, music, and culture.

    OC has always been one to plug in our headphones and tune in to the latest sounds of up-and-coming musicians. This year, we turned our Sound Check section up a notch with a slew of hip-hop heavyweights, hardcore females, and R&B songstresses. Considering our Fall/Winter 2015 collection featured icons such as Björk and Kim Gordon, we had to make sure the rest of our music coverage was up to par.



    1. Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves Made Us Realize Being Nice Is Better Than Being Punk
    We talked with the lead singer about restorative justice, baking vegan cookies, and why you should never date a man who calls you a strong woman.

    2. Kingdom Channeled His Inner Classical Composer For Our SS16 Show Mix
    When the runway show is a ballet, the tunes had better live up to the TK. Luckily, the Fade to Mind producer lived up to expectations with this downloadable mix.

    3. SZA Dished Out Life Advice And Became Our Spiritual Guru
    "Once you alter who you are, people will think they were right [about you] the whole time.”

    4. From Afropunk To The Dipset Reunion, Peeps Were Showing Out
    Here’s all the picture proof you need.

    5. Mick Jenkins Turned Hydration Into A Political Statement
    “People call me a conscious rapper, but it’s just me giving my thoughts and theories on the shit I see everyday in Chicago.”

    6. Kali Uchis Took Us On A Soundcloud Time-Traveling Trip
    The up-and-coming musician was the decade-spanning musical influencer that 2015 needed.

    7. Jubilee Created A Mix For The Rump Shaker In All Of Us
    Ever wonder what happens at King of Diamonds gentlemen’s club after 5am?

    8. Lou Barlow Proved That The Music Of Kids Never Gets Old
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  • 12/28/15--21:00: Meet OCLA: Casey And Erika
  • For those of you haven’t been to Opening Ceremony’s Los Angeles location, it’s like stepping into a family home, literally and figuratively. The cozy spot is less like a retail store and more like a big house where each room has been transformed into the closet of your dreams. (Fun fact: the store used to be Charlie Chaplin’s dance studio… and no, this isn’t one of those Hollywood rumors.)

    Figuratively speaking, the team treats Opening Ceremony’s communal mantra more like a vow. Not only have most of the staff become best friends, having each others significant others favorited in their contacts, some have even signed a lease together. On any given day it’s normal for manager Jenny (aka the “house mom”) to bring in home-cooked lunch. Customers are not only known on a first name basis, but often come in just to say hi to their favorite staffer.

    Having FOMO yet? Don’t worry, we decided to give you a proper introduction to the OCLA team so you can get the scoop on things to do in LA and learn style tips, so you too can be on a first-name basis. Check out the team's favorite looks currently in store, all captured by another staffer (big shocker) Jaye Johnson, a photographer who loves the team so much he works weekends in addition to his full time job.

    Below, meet Casey Rea and Erika Flynn, two staffers who can throw shade and watch Real World marathons at the same time.



    Name: Casey Rea
    Any reason why you chose this look? The look is wearable yet interesting. I like to wear layers so people have to take a moment to dissect what I'm wearing.
    Styler pointers for wearing this look: Don't take yourself so seriously. Let the clothes do the talking.
    Why do you love working at OCLA? The people, the clothes, and the clients are all one of a kind.
    Favorite thing to do in LA? Drive to the hills and the beach all in the same day. Have a margarita at the end of the night with a view.
    Biggest misconception about LA? That people are fake. Yes, this can be true, but there are so many genuinely artistic and cool people here. It just takes a second to find them.
    One thing no one knows about your buddy in the photo: Erika may or may not have watched almost every episode of Real World this past year.

    Name: Erika Flynn
    Any reason why you chose this look? This is that "Bitch betta have my money" look.
    Styler pointers for wearing this look: You can dress it up with heels or keep it chill and wear sneakers. Either way you look like a boss.
    Why do you love working at OCLA? My fam, DUH.
    Favorite thing to do in LA? Throw shade. And lots of it.
    Biggest misconception about LA? People think you can just walk into a diner at 3 AM, and see Leonardo DiCaprio sitting there eating, totally coked out...oh wait, you can.
    One thing no one knows about your buddy in the photo: She has Young Buck on her iPod.Casey wears the Rodarte Sequined Silk Neck Georgette Blouse in black, Proenza Schouler Tropical Wide Leg Pants in black, J.W. Anderson Logo Bag in red, and Calvin Klein Collection Patent Moone Heel in black/silver. Erika wears the Altuzarra Andy Tank in grey/turqouise, Altuzarra Tom Pants in grey/turquoise, Tuleste

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  • 12/28/15--21:00: Make The Most Out Of NYE16
  • Look, it’s time to give up on the delusion that you’re actually going to have a good time on New Year’s Eve. Whether you’re shelling out $1,700 for dinner at Ruby Tuesday (seriously, this is real), desperately searching for your friends in an over-capacity nightclub, or sitting at home consumed in your worry of looking lame for doing so, the only positive thing that can come out of the year’s most stressful night is a good outfit photo on Instagram. Understanding this fact is the first step towards finding peace with NYE.

    From colorful Shrimps faux fur to shiny Proenza Schoulder tweeds, OC has everything you will need to at least appear like you’re having fun in those “About last night…” Friday morning posts. Just remember to drink water, avoid large crowds, and take the $3.99 plunge on FaceTune. We’re all gonna get through the last few moments of 2015 together.Scroll through to see you NYE16 picks SHRIMPS Bambi Short Coat in peach/khaki Proenza Schouler Tweed V-Neck Asymmetrical Dress in glacier Band of Outsiders Two-Button Narrow Notch Lapel Blazer in black Zana Bayne Studded Curve Choker in white J.W. Anderson Hand Stitch Embroidery Cardigan in beige Acne Studios Isherwood Pop Shirt in black Opening Ceremony Isa Pebbled Leather Ankle Boots in black

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  • 12/29/15--21:00: Meet OCLA: Jordan
  • For those of you haven’t been to Opening Ceremony’s Los Angeles location, it’s like stepping into a family home, literally and figuratively. Not only have most of the staff become best friends, some have even signed a lease together and have each others significant others favorited in their contacts. On any given day it’s normal for manager Jenny (aka the “house mom”) to bring in home-cooked lunch and customers are not only known on a first name basis, but often come in just to say hi to their favorite staffer.

    Having FOMO yet? Don’t worry, we decided to give you a proper introduction to the OCLA team so you can get the scoop on things to do in LA and learn style tips. You too can be on a first-name basis. Check out the team's favorite looks currently in store, all captured by another staffer (big shocker) Jaye Johnson, a photographer who loves the team so much he works weekends in addition to his full time job.

    Below, meet Jordan Overbey, who wants you to know that LA is not as warm as everyone makes it out to be. 



    Name: Jordan Overbey
    Any reason why you chose this look? I was going for sexy super model, but ended up minimal/functional
    Style pointers for wearing this look: Beware of dog crap! It could really ruin your day.
    Why do you love working at OCLA? OCLA, taught me that roses are red and violets are... well violet is not blue. I am forever grateful.
    Favorite thing to do in LA? Yoga at Runyon Canyon Park, maybe...
    Biggest misconception about LA? It is NOT always warm!
    Jordan wears the Yeezy Boucle Sweater, Raf Simons Embroidered Roll Neck Sweater in black, Opening Ceremony Slim Fit Contrast Waistband Pant in black, and Blundstone Original 500 Series in black (all items not linked available in stores and online soon). Photos by Jaye JohnsonJordan wears the Raf Simons Contrast Stitch Coat in black multi, Raf Simons Embroidered Roll Neck Sweater in black, Opening Ceremony Slim Fit Contrast Waistband Pant in black, and Blundstone Original 500 Series in black. 

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    There’s nothing quite as satisfying as that gentle “swish” sound as your legs of your denim pants graze as you glide across the pavement, drowning out the car horns and catcalls on the street. Sounds poetic for a pair of pants, right? While this nostalgic sound has been largely absent since straight legs pants and skinny jeans found their way to the masses, it has made its triumphant return these past few seasons with the reintroduction of the flared pant. Yep, that’s right, the flare (also known as “bell-bottoms” to the other generations) is back, and our legs couldn’t be happier.

    These original wide-leg pants first made an appearance in the 19th century, not worn by ahead-of-the-curve trendsetters, but by sailors in the Navy. Originally designed with a functional use in mind, the pant silhouette made it easier for sailors to roll up their pant legs and trudge on in the presence of high water. The trouser option was literally a lifesaver in some cases. The silhouette remained a strict part of the military uniform until the 1960s rolled around. Disenchanted with the department stores their parents frequented, the rebellious youth of the ‘60s began shopping at army surplus stores, discovering military fashion while also making a subtle anti-war statement with simple (and cheap) additions to their closets. It wasn’t long until the fashion world caught on, and “non-hippies” began designing and sporting the signature pant silhouette. By the mid-’70s, celebrities such as Sonny and Cher made the pants a wardrobe staple on their variety show.

    While the pants went on a brief hiatus throughout the ‘80s, they soon made a reappearance in the ‘90s with the introduction of the baggy grunge trend and the evolution of what we now know as “boot-cut” jeans. Today, designers such as Marques’Almeida and Denim x Alexander Wang have also embraced the comfy (and oh-so-funky) pant style with their own updated versions of the cut. From Isa Arfen’s colorful patchwork pants, to Fleamadonna’s dramatic delivery, to Rachel Comey’s studded boot-cut denim, the fashion world is currently experiencing a ‘70s renaissance. It appears as though the 20-year itch of the ‘90s has carried over into the aughts, and we’re not mad about it at all, man.


    Shop all women’s bottoms hereFrom left: Illesteva Sunglasses, Shrimps Kylie Coat in pistachio/purple, KARA Tie Crossb

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    New Year’s Eve in the city isn’t always as glamorous as the movies make it out to be. Whether you’re camping out in Times Square with adult diapers to catch a glimpse of the ball drop at midnight or you’re stuck in an uberPOOL with a drunken rando when the clock strikes twelve, the whole festivity can seem kind of, well, disappointing. Which is why our friends at The Mirror Cube are helping you out with a helpful guide that shows what’s going down on New Year’s Eve in the city this year.

    From dancing to a 6-hour Hot Chip set to getting serendaed by Morrisey, you’ll be happy you left the house as you ring in 2016 this year.

    Check out The Mirror Cube's Guide to NYE 2016 in NYC below. You can also view their guide to NYE events taking place in NYC here.



    Thee Oh Sees at The Commune at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club
    December 31 at 8 PM
    Picked by: Jessica Stroup
    What: A New Year's Eve concert headlined by the garage/psych-rock band Thee Oh Sees at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.

    Why Go: Thee Oh Sees have been called "one of the finest live acts around" by Pitchfork and with good cause--frontman John Dwyer's guitar heroics, vocal gymnastics, and stage presence paired with two drummers on stage makes for visceral, propulsive sets anchored by melody and craft. Thee Oh Sees will be joined by Los Angeles-based folk group He's My Brother, She's My Sister and Desert Hot Springs rock band Slipping into Darkness. There will be opening DJ sets presented by Desert Daze and a champagne toast at midnight.


    Morrissey at Galen Center at USC
    December 31 at 8:30 PM
    Picked by: Soko
    What: The Smiths singer and lyricist Morrissey serenades you on New Year's Eve at downtown LA's Galen Center.

    Why Go: It's hard to imagine a more elegant master of ceremonies for New Year's Eve than Moz, and he has an impressive catalog of Smiths classics and sterling solo work to drawn upon for his sets. And if he sticks to tradition, the closing number will be "There is a Light That Never Goes Out"--a perfectly bittersweet anthem for any introvert out on the town for one of the year's most social holidays.


    Jesse Hughes (of EODM) at Harvard & Stone

    December 31 at 9 PM
    What: Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal and Peter Hayes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club play a benefit show for the victims of the Paris attacks.

    Why Go: If dirty, fun guitar rock and the great cause somehow aren't enough of a draw, venue Harvard & Stone is one of LA's best watering holes, and there will be an open bar with craft cocktails and punches, craft beers, and bottomless champagne. Plus, you'll be in Thai Town, surrounded by some of the best late night Thai restaurants in the country.


    Hot Chip (6-Hour DJ Set) at Lot 613
    December 31 at 10 PM
    Picked by: Kaneholler

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    It’s that time of year, where Christmas trees are kicked to the curb (literally), buttoning your baggy jeans feels like a challenge, and we all look back on what we did and (often times didn’t) do the previous year. And just in case you haven’t fallen into a Buzzfeed end-of-year list reading coma, Facebook and Instagram create easy-to-use tools that inundate all your friends’ feeds with 2015 memories. So, while it’s easy to think enough already, it’s also sort of fun to jump on the 2015 bandwagon. Can you blame us? This week, we’ll be sharing our favorite Opening Ceremony memories in food, fashion, art, music, and culture.

    If anything, 2015 made us realize that 1995 was a golden year for cult films. This year marks the 20-year anniversary of some of our favorite films—including Kids, The Doom Generation, and Clueless—making their influential silver screen debuts. We, of course, couldn’t resist paying homage to these movies this year, so we offered up our 2015 versions of each and reflected on the cultural impact of the three films.

    Coincidentally, Spike Jonze released Being John Malkovich, the major debut that put him on the map, four years after the release of these iconic films. So it only seems relevant that 2015 would be the same year we paid tribute to our longtime OC fam member by honoring his archival 35mm photography prints with our Fall/Winter 2015 collection.

    But that’s not all that went down in our film world this year. Check out some of our memorable stories below.



    1. Our Fave Cult Films Celebrated Their 20 Year Anniversaries
    The Clueless closet is just as enviable today; we created a tribute capsule collection for The Doom Generation; we caught up with the cast of Kids, most of whom are now OC fam.

    2. We Fell For Spike Jonze In Our Fall/Winter 2015 Collection
    Since the award-winning visionary’s archival photography inspired our Fall/Winter 2015 collection, he directed a video to match.

    3. Rose McGowan Looked Back On Her Iconic Looks
    She admitted that that VMA “dress” was “Punk as F.”

    4. The Wolfpack Director Crystal Moselle Turned Nostalgia Into A Groundbreaking Film
    The up-and-coming director shifted focus to a life both behind and in front of the lens.

    5. We Harnessed The Force With Our Own Star Wars Costume

    And created a 2015 (female) update to the classic Stormtrooper get-up.

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