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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 London Collections Men Autumn/Winter 2016. In typical OC fashion, we’re doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Here, a look at Wales Bonner Autumn/Winter, where the brand's designer looked to the rhythmic vibrations of spirituals and the cosmic pioneers of the ‘70s for inspiration. 

    Want more from London Collections Men? Stay up-to-the-minute on the Autumn/Winter 2016 shows here and make sure to follow our Instagram and Twitter accounts for more live coverage.


    Shop all Wales Bonner here



    For her Autumn/Winter 2016 collection, titled “Spirituals,” London-based designer Grace Wales Bonner offered a meditation on black spirituality in the form of flared velvet pants, bedazzled tracksuits, and feminized silhouettes. Inspired by the rhythmic vibrations of spirituals, the choral harmonies sung by African slaves, this season’s Wales Bonner collection is as historically influenced and socially reflective as her previous efforts. The rhythmic vibrations that gave soulful hope during the times of darkness and carried through to the cosmic grooves of the funk and Afrofuturist movements, transcended onto the collection.

    For the London Collections Men show, models of all ethnicities walked the runway, which more closely resembled a luxe trip in Bonner’s time machine back to the ‘70s. Sporting shaggy ‘dos or a James Brown-esque coif, the models donned clothing that appeared to come straight out of Sly Stone’s closet. Standout looks were accessorized with Swarovski-crystallized headpieces and crocheted floppy sun hats that Sun Ra would surely appreciate and cowrie shell-bedecked chokers that added an element of shiny decadence to each look.

    To carry on the mood and theme of the history of spirituals and the inspiring vibrations of the clothing in the collection, Nigerian-Irish composer Tunde Jegede provided the musical accompaniment for the show, playing a West African 21 string harp. For Wales Bonner Autumn/Winter 2016, spiritual music and flowing clothing combine in perfect harmony.

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    With all of the cool shit constantly going down in the OC community, we here at Opening Ceremony still like to focus on inclusion. Just because you can’t physically run around Fashion Week, travel to our LA location, or attend in-store events with RiRi with us in-person doesn’t mean you should miss out on the fun, right? That’s why we want to always be with you in spirit, which is now possible with the Opening Ceremony Snapchat account.

    Follow us on our Snapchat and it’s like you’re right there with us the whole time—just, you know, virtually. 

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    Next month, the artist that helped facilitate OC’s most recent foray into the world of dance takes a stab at the medium himself. Visual artist Marcel Dzama, a longtime friend of OC and person who introduced our co-founder Humberto Leon to NYCB Resident Choreographer (and Spring/Summer 2016 NYFW show choreographer) Justin Peck, has partnered with the New York City Ballet for the fourth annual installment of the company’s Art Series.

    Developed in 2013, the NYCB Art Series consists of annual collaborations that meld together the worlds of visual arts and dance. With past installations by FAILE, JR, and Dustin Yellin, the series lends the space of the David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center to a select visual artist each year for the company’s Winter season. Inspired by artist Marcel Duchamp’s love of chess, Dzama will be transforming the Theatre’s promenade into a chess-themed installation using video work, drawings, and sculpture. The installation can be viewed for free February 13-February 21, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon; Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    In addition to the installation, Dzama will be designing the set and costumes for Peck’s world premiere ballet The Most Incredible Thing. Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of the same name, the ballet will feature hand-drawn backdrops, scenic elements, and over 50 costumes designed by Dzama. These visual elements can be seen at all three corresponding Art Series performances on February 6, 11, and 19. Tickets for these performances are priced at $30 each, and come with a special limited-edition takeaway artifact designed by Dzama himself. Tickets are available to purchase now on nycballet.com and over the phone by calling 212-406-0600.Photo by Jody Lee Lipes

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    It might just be the Mercury Retrograde, but we’ve had astrology on the mind recently. Not just any astrology, though...Chinese zodiacs. With the Year of the Monkey upon us, the stars have aligned for Opening Ceremony to release a series of patches corresponding with each animal in the calendar.

    Consisting of twelve patches total (duh), we looked into each animal to create a unique design per patch, almost as if they were assembled from different places and times around the globe. The patches are available not only for purchase individually at our Howard Street store and OCLA, but can be added to any item purchased in the store. Are you picking up, say, an OC Varsity Jacket that you think could use an extra dash of mysticism? Or just looking for a beanie to keep you warm? We will be offering embroidery services to get the patches attached by the sewing pros. So pick up your sign, the sign of someone special, or go wild and collect all twelve.

    Shop all Opening Ceremony men’s and women’s

    Not sure what your Chinese zodiac sign is? Find your birth year below:

    Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
    Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
    Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
    Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
    Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
    Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
    Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
    Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
    Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
    Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
    Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
    Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971
    OC Exclusive Varsity Jacket in black/blackRat Patch (available in stores)Ox Patch (available in stores)Tiger Patch (available in stores)Rabbit Patch (available in stores)Dragon Patch (available in stores)Snake Patch (available in stores)Horse Patch (available in stores)

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    In the midst of this morning’s Oscar announcements (and awards season in general), the city of Los Angeles turns into a flurry of A-list parties and a never-ending schedule of pre-show events. But just in time for the red carpets to roll out and more importantly, the outfit selection process, we partnered with jewelry atelier Swarovski to unveil our Galvan for Opening Ceremony exclusive collection with an intimate dinner.

    Guests—including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jessica Alba, Kim Gordon, and Natasha Lyonne to name a few—attended the event to support the brand’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection. London-based brand Galvan, created by friends Sola Harrison, Anna Christin-Haas, Katherine Holmgren, and Carolyn Hodler, has climbed the eveningwear ranks with their luxurious selection of dresses and jumpsuits for the modern girl. During last night’s event, A-list guests dined on a multi-course meal almost as pretty as the attire, courtesy of Alma restaurant—but don’t worry, no dresses were harmed during the finger food portion.

    Last night’s event was hosted in part to kick off the unveiling of the Galvan for Opening Ceremony trunk show taking place at OCLA. Obsessing over the dresses? No worries, we understand. Today, from 3-7pm PST, our LA store will be hosting a trunk show where you can shop the collection and meet the designers behind the glam. Interested shoppers should RSVP to personalshopping@openingceremony.us so we can plan to see you!

    You might not be walking the red carpet up the steps of the Kodak Theater at the end of February, but with the Galvan for Opening Ceremony exclusive collection, it doesn’t matter where you decide to watch the annual festivities go down. 


    Shop all Galvan for Opening Ceremony in-store now and online soonCarol Lim, Galvan's Anna Christin-Haas, Jessica Alba, Galvan's Katherine Holmgren and Sola Harrison, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Nadja Swarovski. Photos by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for GalvanGalvan's Sola Harrison, Anna Christin-Haas, and Katherine Holmgren with Carol LimRosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jessica AlbaGalvan's Sola Harrison, Anna Christin-Haas, Kim Gordon, Carol Lim, and Natasha LyonneGalvan's Anna Christin-Haas, Sola Harrison, and Katherine Holmgren with Rosie Huntington-WhiteleyJessica Alba and Meritt ElliotKim Gordon (in Opening Ceremony Faux Fur Reversible Culver Coat), Carol Lim (in Opening Ceremony

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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 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: New York Jewish Film Festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center
    January 13-26
    What: The 25th annual edition of the festival features New York premieres and repertory screenings of films by Jewish directors and/or about Jewish stories.

    Why Go: Lamb, Ethiopia's submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, will open the festival, and Natalie Portman's feature directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, will be the closing night film. Repertory selections directed by celebrated filmmakers like Michael Haneke, Andrzej Wajda, and Todd Solondz will also screen as part of the festival. There will be special guests at many of the screening events.


    NY: Tindersticks at Rough Trade NYC
    January 19 at 8 PM
    Picked by: Mona Fastvold
    What: A free event with Stuart Staples, founder of Tindersticks, including a screening of a new film project and an audience Q&A.

    Why Go: Tindersticks are best known in the U.S. for soundtracking HBO's The Sopranos and the films of French director Claire Denis. If you pre-order Tindersticks' new album, The Waiting Room, at Rough Trade, you'll receive a wristband to attend this special event with frontman Stuart Staples in person and see an advance screening of The Waiting Room's companion film.

    NY: Yoko Ono: The Riverbed at Andrea Rosen Gallery
    December 11, 2015-January 23, 2016
    Picked by: Carlen Altman
    What: The leading conceptualist artist presents a double exhibition—at Andrea Rosen Gallery and Galerie Lelong—of interactive installations.

    Why Go: While Yoko Ono's MoMA show allowed museum patrons to participate in the exhibition by playing chess or climbing a spiral staircase, her new show, The Riverbed, is far more fraught with meaning—and more fun, too. Stones with emotions written on them can be piled high with the handlers' intentions and broken cups can be reassembled, actualizing a metaphor for healing.


    LA: The X-Files Files: Podcast & Marathon at The Cinefamily
    January 16 at 12 PM
    Picked by: Christina Caradona
    What: A podcast taping with host Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, The Meltdown) with special guests; plus an hours-long marathon of The X-Files episodes and sneak preview of the first episode of the new limited series.

    Why Go: The X-Files Files is essential listening for fans of the television series, and host Nanjiani, who has a guest appearance on the upcoming limited series, will welcome surprise cast an

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  • 01/12/16--21:00: Cute To Boot(s)
  • It’s finally starting to feel like winter, are we right? Luckily, this temperature drop also signifies the official start of boot season, and Opening Ceremony has enough patent leather boot options to keep those feet warm, moving, and comfy (!) all winter long. And what’s the one detail all of these boot options have in common? They’re all the ideal heel height, ensuring that your feet stay comfy during frostbitten coffee runs from the office and dashes to the bar for happy hour during a severe windchill.

    Acne Studios, never a brand to stray from the staple ankle boot, bring the offerings out in full force this season. Their classic Pistol Boot, with its ideal heel and flattering zippered ankle that hits at just the right point on the leg, is the perfect addition to any cold-weather look. The heeled ankle boots from our Resort 2016 collection are also ideal for a full winter outfit completion. The standard block heel gets a reflective addition in the form of a mirrored steel added to the exterior while the Grunge Belt Buckle Booties evoke the right amount of motorcycle-chic vibes.

    We’ve got a long ways until spring, ladies, so embrace the season with comfy heeled boots on your feet.


    Shop all footwear for women and menClockwise from left: Acne Studios Pistol Boots in black,  Carel Estime Patent Leather Boots in black, Alexander Wang Kori Oxfords w/ Rose Gold Hardware in black, Carel Estime Patent Leather Boots in white, and Alexander Wang

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    Classical composers like Tchaikovsky might have helmed from a time where buying a wearable souvenir at a concert wasn’t exactly commonplace, but who’s to say their opportunity has passed? In Opening Ceremony’s Spring/Summer 2016 men’s collection, this idea is explored through imagined band tees and custom logos inspired by some of the world’s most iconic classical musicians.

    From bold “concerto” patches to a highly stylized logo for Bach, the unexpected mix of classical and modern is felt throughout the collection. “The idea stemmed from my love for classical music, old hip hop, and Britpop album covers,” says OC co-founder Humberto Leon. “I wanted to create something that would mix the best of both worlds, as if these composers were having live concerts today where you could buy a souvenir. This is really just my way of showing those worlds colliding.” So while you may not actually be able to listen to the Impressionistic compositions of Debussy in person, our latest men’s collection ensures you can still show off your classical music chops in style.

    Shop all Opening Ceremony here

    Special thanks to Jon Baltimore Music Co., Inc. 
      Tchaikovsky Long-Sleeve T-Shirt in white multi (available in stores). Photos by Isabel Asha Penzlien Liszt Long/Sleeve T-Shirt in black multi Symphony Patch Long-Sleeve T-Shirt in white multi (available in stores) Symphony Patch Raglan Sweatshirt in black Debussy Long-Sleeve Raglan Sweatshirt in red multi,

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    After a Wednesday evening packed with Galvan gowns, a luxurious setting, and champagne sipping with A-listers such as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kim Gordon, the average person would most likely spend the next day recovering from their glamorous hangover. Not the designers behind London-based eveningwear brand Galvan, however.

    For part two of Opening Ceremony’s awards season celebration, Galvan’s Sola Harrison, Katherine Holmgren, and Anna Christin-Haas visited our OCLA location yesterday to host a special in-store trunk show, where shoppers were able to shop the selection of Opening Ceremony-exclusive gowns and Swarovski jewelry while chatting with the ladies themselves to learn more about the collection. Interested shoppers popped in the store and (also) sipped on Chandon champagne (you can never have enough) while trying on the gowns and receiving expert opinions from our OCLA staff and the Galvan designers themselves.

    While the event was based in LA, that doesn’t mean our bi-coastal shoppers won’t have the chance to shop any of the exclusive Galvan for Opening Ceremony pieces. Stop by our OCNY Soho location or shop online to ensure that you’re looking just as sleek and elegant as the Oscar nominees this season.


    Shop all Galvan herePhotos by Jeremy Renault

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  • 01/18/16--21:00: You Can See Right Through Us
  • The Opening Ceremony logo has taken many forms over the years. From metallic to beaded to embossed, we have adapted our likeness to a dizzying amount of styles and formats. With so many styles under our belts, what is our next move in the world of logo gear? Channeling our inner DJ Khaled, and saying “another one.”

    The all-new addition to the ever-increasing family of OC logo tees and sweats features a stark black gel overlay, only revealing our iconic box logo when the light hits the garment just right. With a finished product equally as laid-back as it is futuristic, this new technique helps you display your brand loyalty a little more transparently.

    Shop all Opening Ceremony men’s and women’sOpening Ceremony OC Gel Logo Short-Sleeve Sweatshirt in black, KARA Tie-Crossbody in nude (available in stores), Acne Studios Button Down in white (available in stores), Proenza Schouler Tropical Wool Wide Leg Pant in black (available in stores)Opening Ceremony OC Gel Logo Short-Sleeve Tee in black, Acne Studios Ryder L PW MH Trousers in black (available in stores), Vans Vault Classic Slip Ons LX in whiteOpening Ceremony OC Gel Logo Short-Sleeve Sweatshirt in black, KARA Tie-Crossbody in nude (available in stores), Acne Studios Button Down in white (available in stores), Proenza Schouler Tropical Wool Wide Leg Pant in black (available in stores), Opening Ceremony Isa Pebbled Leather Ankle Boots in black

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    If you’re one of those “daredevil” types who has waited until the very last minute to grab the sale item of your dreams, your luck is about to run dry. That Yves Salomon for Opening Ceremony parka or those Amélie Pichard clogs might have held strong in the face of previous discounts, but we have one last trick up our sleeves. Starting now, all (yes, ALL) sale items are 70% off, meaning steep discounts that, if you manage to resist, just understand other shoppers probably won’t.


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  • 01/18/16--21:00: Lo-Fi Gets A Lift From Hinds
  • In a day and age where our opinions of Jennifer Lawrence and the President are based on whether or not we’d chug a beer with them, shouldn’t our musicians be held in the same regard? With the recent surge of all-female rock group Hinds on countless streaming services, that likeability-measurement theory is being tested over a few cans of PBR and 12 fuzzy tunes from the Madrid-based foursome’s debut album, Leave Me Alone, which will have you feeling the garage pop buzz.

    The general consensus? Another round of Hinds, please.

    Consisting of real life besties Carlotta Cosials and Ana Perrote (vocals and guitar), Ade Martin (bass), and Amber Grimbergen (drums), the rowdy quartet have shifted the notion of what an all-girl rock band should be in this social media-obsessed day and age. Musically gifted? Duh. Cute? Can't hurt. But during this period of user-tested pop stars, the ladies of Hinds are an authentic breath of fresh air. Before Martin and Grimbergen joined the group, the band was formerly known as Deers. While they were legally forced to change their name thanks to a case brought on by Vancouver’s all-male band The Dears, the ladies’ next rebellious step into the music industry was cleverly changing their name to Hinds, which, in case you don’t know, means... A female deer.


    Extra points to the ladies from Madrid. The fellas in Vancouver? Zero. 

    Hinds is an excellent example of musically progressive females having fun, breaking gender stereotypes, and making quality tunes that emphasize Madrid’s laid-back garage band culture they grew up around. Their debut album, Leave Me Alone, is a sonic testament to that lifestyle. While the energy from the band’s early days is still evident (take for instance the band’s tour diary videos or visuals titled “unofficial but amazing video made by us with love and affection”), Hinds have fine-tuned that wholesome energy into a 12-track debut that glimmers in all the right places.

    Leave Me Alone continues the warm party vibes and authentic DGAF attitude first displayed in their early work as Deers. The album’s opening track, "Garden," welcomes listeners to the Hinds pregame with a riffing guitar entrance that ascends into a concentrated group effort. The easygoing tempo and progression of tracks on the album mimics the schedule of a typical Friday night in Madrid, which starts with a few sips of beer with high-energy playful tunes such as the “Fat Calmed Kiddos” then eventually graduates to tequila shots and bong rips by the time “Chili Town” cues on the playlist. A gleeful tipsy rage even ensues during “San Diego,” where the girls valiantly chant “I’m staying, I’m staying,” and let us know that the Hinds takeover has only just begun.

    Leave Me Alone is an imperfect record, which is what makes it ,well, a perfect record. Hinds’ debut is a testament to both the current state of the male-dominated industry and real life, where these girls really do just want to have fun and make a statement while doing so. As evident in both real life and in Leave Me Alone, friendships are never perfect; impromptu parties can get messy; relationships don’t have fairytale endings; and life is never easy. So why should garage pop tunes be? With Hinds, four twenty-something female musicians prove that fuzzy, live performance-based lo-fi straight from the realm of garage pop should be just as unexpected and splendidly imperfect as life itself.

    You might not be able to have the tight-knit friends of Hinds take you through the woes and

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    Belgian design icon Raf Simons has always had a knack for revisiting the nostalgia, subcultures, and rebellion of his youth. Whether he’s incorporating photo collages of his formative years into basic outerwear or experimenting with the unsettling vision of boyhood, each collection acts as a revealing look into the designer’s early life.

    So it’s only natural that yesterday’s Fall/Winter 2016 show in Paris (Simons’ first collection for his eponymous line since stepping down as Creative Director at Dior last fall) brought back the nostalgic feels he’s become synonymous for since making his mark on the fashion world over twenty years ago. Citing everything from Twin Peaks to the city of Detroit to the cryptic description “horrors” as inspiration for this season, it’s easy to see that Simons has traced back to the conceptual roots he never truly left. Young male models strutted down the maze of a runway in XXL oversized sweaters that appeared chewed apart at the seams and necklines. Extreme puffer jackets were paired with drainpipe pants emphasizing the collections dramatic silhouettes. Seemingly a reflection on prep school days, the distressed pieces in the collection offered a grungy take on the classical collegiate gear found on campuses around the world.


    Shop all Raf Simons here

    Shop OC’s Paris Fashion Week Picks here

     

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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 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: Phantasmagoria at IDIO Gallery
    January 22-February 8
    Picked by: Gillian Zinser
    What: A Women’s Thing and IDIO Gallery present a group art show curated by Mirror Cube contributor Gillian Zinser and Montana Simone.

    Why Go: The Bushwick gallery IDIO and the indie magazine and blog, A Women’s Thing, are two of the most exciting forums for art today, and the show Phantasmagoria features primal and vivid work on paper by female artists from across the country, as well as a live dance performance by Nana Ghana and a DJ set by Maria Chavez. There will be an opening reception on Friday, January 22 at 6:30 pm.


    NY: Psychic TV at Trans-Pecos
    January 23 & 24 at 8 PM
    Picked by: Lyz Olko
    What: “A Wild Winter’s Weekend” with the English experimental video art and music group.

    Why Go: Performance artist Genesis P-Orridge and video director Peter Christopherson formed Psychic TV in 1981 after the break-up of their previous band, Throbbing Gristle, and their enormous influence on music and art that followed is incalculable. This event is broken up into two nights: Saturday is a concert by the band and Sunday is an early evening screening of Derek Jarman’s In the Shadow of the Sun with live soundtrack.


    NY: Sneak Preview: Rams at Videology Bar & Cinema
    January 25 at 7 PM
    What: A free advance screening of the Icelandic film about two estranged sheep-farming brothers in a remote valley who are brought together when their livestock are threatened by a lethal disease.

    Why Go: Rams won the top prize in the prestigious Un Certain Regard category when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last spring. Filled with eccentric humor and breathtaking landscape shots, this subtle drama builds to an emotionally devastating conclusion.


    LA: Monument at MOCA Grand Avenue
    January 21 at 12 PM
    What: The latest installment of a yearlong series of live performances by Los Angeles–based musicians and sound artists amid MOCA’s permanent collection.

    Why Go: For the Monument series, musicians are paired with specific pieces of art and exhibitions, and the combination of music and visual art heightens and enhances the museum-going experience for the visitor while creating something entirely new and affecting in the process. This production of Monument will feature music by Anenon (Brian Allen Simon) and $3.33 (Celia Rae Hollander).


    LA: Chairlift at Teragram Ball

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    When you have mastered the world of prints the way designer Dries Van Noten has, what is the next step? In the designer’s namesake brand’s Fall/Winter 2016 show, held in Paris’ famed Palais Garnier yesterday, that question was answered.

    Legendary psychedelic artist Wes Wilson—a man whose portfolio features famous posters for artists like The Grateful Dead— was enlisted to put his own spin of some of Dries’ synonymous jacquard prints. The collection features warped takes on peacock plumage and Wilson’s signature font. To balance the complex prints, the designer stuck to military-inspired, deconstructed silhouettes. Uniform man skirts, high turtlenecks, and sharp blazers bring a no-nonsense approach to the trippy prints, without destroying their whimsical fun.

    View all Paris Men’s Fashion Week 2016 coverage here

    Shop OC’s Paris Fashion Week Picks here

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    “I just wanted to create something that seemed to not exist,” Opening Ceremony co-founder Humberto Leon reasoned when explaining the direction behind the array of patches featured in our Spring/Summer 2016 men’s collection. Considering the patches in question are not only inspired by hypothetical tour merch for classical composers, but can be instantly mixed and matched with others from the collection, we can conclude this sentiment was successful.

    Yes, you got that right. The patches are interchangeable, meaning instead of being sewn on, they’re fastened via a hook and loop technique which is double-sided. To sweeten the deal, the super-soft tees, sweatshirts, and jackets come not only with the patch you spot at first glance, but a separate composer-inspired decal you can switch out at whim. This uber-fashionable 2-for-1 special can only be picked up only in Opening Ceremony store locations, where you can also purchase additional patches for select styles to up the customization game even further.

    Shop all Opening Ceremony herePinstripe Pullover Shirt Jacket in white multi Symphony Patch Coach Jacket in army green multi Symphony Patch Raglan Sweatshirt in black Crushed Stripe Barn Jacket in mahogany multi Symphony Patch Short-Sleeve T-Shirt in black Symphony Patch Short-Sleeve T-Shirt in white Symphony Patch Long-Sleeve T-Shirt in white Barn Jacket in plywood

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    Inspired by artist Raine Trainor's trip to Sweden, where she first noticed that most of the construction workers were female, she and her pal Aria McManus decided to create a series of tools with added stereotypical "female vanity" functions. Their performance, Tool Time, taking place this Saturday at Motel Gallery in Bushwick, features a demonstration of their various tools dressed as construction workers. Some tools featured will be the "Giggle Drill™," an automatic drill with a mascara wand drill bit and giggle soundtrack, a screwdriver with built-in shot glasses for drinking screwdriver cocktails, and the SeeSaw™, a saw with an inlaid mirror so that you can see your reflection while you saw.

    We made some GIFs of the sneak preview of Tool Time and found out a little more about how McManus and Trainor see "things" differently:



    CECILIA SALAMA: How did the two of you meet?
    ARIA MCMANUS: We met at a gallery opening that Raine was working at, and bonded over the braids we both had just gotten done separately. The next day, Raine invited me to her new show and I was blown away. We decided to work together after that.

    You both collaborate quite often. How does concepting work for you as a duo? Do you see yourselves as a brand?
    We work really well with concepting, it's the most fun when someone can be on your level and then take it even further, which is why we like working together on projects so much. It can add a lot when there are so many moving pieces to have a partner to bounce off of.

    There's a lot of humor in your works. Is that something you like to explore in other projects too?
    It's definitely inherent in most if not all of the projects we do. We like to approach humor in a way that is sincere, and not ironic, so the humor is in the interaction or performance with the pieces.

    As female creators, do you feel stereotyped?
    I don't think so. We like to make things that are in between mediums and genres, so it’s hard to place any one label on what we make.

    How do you see these tools changing society?
    On the one hand we'd love them to seamlessly integrate into everyone’s life. These tools have been perfected and have barely changed since their conception. But us changing them just the slightest amount can give them a completely different effect. At the very least, I think we would like to introduce a different way to see "things.”

    Do you have a favorite of the tools you've built?
    Our favorites are the "See Saw™" saw mirror, because it’s such a simple modification to such a classic tool, it's surprising that it isn't more commonplace. We also like the Perfume Stapler, because it’s such a specific similar function in our minds.


    Tool Time is this Saturday, January 23rd at Motel Gallery at 7PM

    Motel Gallery
    1078 Dekalb Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11221
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    GIFs by KangHee Kim

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    You might think you’re a pro at Instagram stalking, but Gosha Rubchinskiy’s Fall/Winter 2016 runway show yesterday proved that the Russian streetwear master truly holds the throne in that department. A cast of models Rubchinskiy assembled exclusively through Instagram took over the Théâtre Des Bouffes Du Nord in a show that is quoted as being “the end of a cycle in Gosha’s work.”

    With prints prominently featuring classic Orthodox Russian fonts, the collection—named “Save and Survive”—is inspired by the punks and skinheads of the early and mid ‘90s. Muted army tones mix with sporty, retro brights. Camos, high rise pant silhouettes, suspenders, and vests dominate the collection’s silhouettes.

    View all Paris Men’s Fashion Week 2016 coverage here

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    hop Gosha Rubchinskiy online soon and shop OC’s
    Paris Fashion Week Picks here

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  • 01/24/16--21:00: Kenzo’s Rhythm Nation 2016
  • While the music world has seen its fair share of sadness in the past few months (from the death of rock icon David Bowie to the massacre at the Bataclan music venue in November), it’s always reassuring to remember that these same beats can bring hope and togetherness during times of strife. Kenzo creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon were able to find common ground within the musical notes in Kenzo’s Fall/Winter 2016 men’s collection, inspired by the peace and unity of musicians and concertgoers. “We have been fortunate to go to many concerts and witness the unique bond that musicians share with their followers and the love that unites them,” Carol and Humberto revealed in a press release for the show. “Our collection is an ode to the fans of idols past and present.”

    The runway presentation was presented along with a chorus of choir members performing an a capella cover of Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” track, which embodies the feels and overall social message of the collection. The collection was perfectly in tune, with Carol and Humberto working in their trademark Japanese-inspired prints such as nagai stars and tanaka squares into chunky knitwear and svelte outerwear pieces. The signature Kenzo logo even resembles a successful musician’s autograph, with calligraphy of the brand’s name emblazoned all over the front of zippered jackets and oversized sweatshirts.

    Musicians share a unique bond with their fans and listeners, and with Kenzo’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection, Carol and Humberto prove that designers can too.


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  • 01/24/16--21:00: SANKUANZ Wins The Gold
  • For his Fall/Winter 2016 collection, Shangguan Zhe—the Chinese designer behind the graphic-heavy streetwear brand SANKUANZ—shared a glimpse into his youth during Paris Men’s Fashion Week. Growing up in China during a time of drastic cultural change for the country, the designer focused on a historic 1990s moment for the region: the first-ever Asian Games held in Beijing.

    A subset of the Olympic Games, the Asian Games are a multi-sport event that take place amongst Asian countries every four years. The locational shift of the event to China caused a large fashion movement throughout the country, bringing in a wave of obsession with oversized sportswear and personalized logos. SANKUANZ Fall/Winter 2016 reflects the trends of that time with an updated twist, delivering oversized hoodies and sweats that feature a sporty rework of the SANKUANZ logo and exclusive flag prints. The colorful sportswear is grounded by the collection’s military-inspired outerwear, bringing a different side of nationalism to the collection’s forefront.

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