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    In the spring of 1997, John Galliano showed a coterie of cheongsam dresses in one of his first collections for Dior. (“The hot new long look for evening,” wrote the New York Times.)

    In the fall of 1997, Helmut Lang sent models down the runway wearing black-and-white Kung Fu slippers. (“This shoe is like a mantra,” Candy Pratts Price told the paper.)

    It was a turning point for Pearl River Mart, the Chinatown emporium which had sold cheongsam dresses and Kung Fu slippers long before late-’90s fashion insiders decided to embrace chinoiserie. And from then on, it sold a lot more of them.

    “We never meant to be part of fashion,” said Pearl River’s president Ching Yeh Chen, recalling the long love affair between her 45-year-old department store and New York City’s fashion community. “But then we got recognized. Our existence became part of fashion.” In the ’90s, Sassy stylists and designers like Isaac Mizrahi made rummaging through the store’s racks of silk pajamas a downtown pastime. Meanwhile, Pearl River evolved to serve its new influx of customers with inventory that was cheeky, creative, and cheap (particularly if you were used to Dior prices).

    I met Mrs. Chen the other day in the tea mezzanine above Pearl River’s 30,000-square-foot Broadway space. At 70, she still works six days a week in the store alongside her husband, 77-year-old founder Ming Yi Chen. Over a fragrant jasmine brew, we talked about the store’s history. In 1971, when it first opened, “Nobody even knew what Soy Sauce was,” she remembered. “We were starting from there.” At that time, Chinese goods were hardly accessible in the United States, thanks to a trade ban in effect for more than two decades. The original Pearl River was filled with goods imported via Hong Kong or Canada: sweetened kumquats and sliced jellyfish, as well as Maoist books and Cultural Revolution posters. For Mr. Chen, an activist and chemistry PhD who came to the United States for graduate school, this was as more than a mom-and-pop operation: it was a political statement.

    That following year, trade embargos loosened following President Nixon’s visit to China. Enter the paper lanterns, Tiger Balm, and later, bamboo furniture and Japanese porcelain that would make Pearl River one of the city’s most singular shopping experiences. When it first opened, shoppers were almost entirely Chinese. By 1986, when Pearl River moved into a larger space on Canal Street, shoppers was about 50 percent Chinese, 50 percent a mish-mash of greater New York. “People came here and felt this was a secret that no one else knows,” Mrs. Chen said. “It became a treasure island.”

    In the ‘90s, items from the store started to appear in fashion editorials. One paired a satin pajama top with Marques’Almeida-esque denim, another styled one with “accessories from Betsey Johnson’s personal wardrobe.” For a Seventeen shoot in 2000, Christina Aguilera went on a shopping spree at Pearl River, brandishing a Samurai sword and getting inside a giant paper dragon. (Caption: “Genie In a New Year’s Eve Mask?”) As writer Michelle Chen, Mr. and Mrs. Chen’s daughter, wrote in an essay about the evolution of the store, “The atmosphere of swirling SinoChic embodies the steady gentrification of the store from a proletarian mom-and-pop affair to a one-stop shop for all of your Asian kitsch needs.”


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    Whether you’ll actually be attending any of the NYFW shows or not, getting dressed can be overwhelming...period. With shows that begin at the crack of dawn and parties that end around the same time, finding a look that not only works, but keeps you on your A-game might seem impossible. Lucky for you, our knowledgeable team of Personal Stylists are equipped to handle every one of your sartorial queries.

    To show you what they’re made of, we asked some of our OCNY Personal Styling team to choose a client and dress them in day-to-night looks that not only fit their subject’s style, but are sure to catch any street style photographer's lense. This time around, OC’s Nathan styles his friend Jenn in a look that encourages her to step outside of her comfort zone and embrace femininity. 


    Read more about OC’s Personal Stylists here

    Shop NYFW picks from OC’s personal stylists here




    OC FAMILY: Tell us a little bit about your subject’s personal style:
    NATHAN SIMPSON: Jenn is very androgynous. Her go-to look is an Alexander Wang T-shirt, a pair of Acne Studios jeans, and combat boots. So I really wanted to push her a little bit out of her comfort zone and get her in looks that still had a bit of a masculine punky nature, but with a touch of femininity.

    Did Jenn make any specific requests?
    She really put herself in my hands and trusted my decisions. Of course I tried to keep it collaborative, but she was eager to try a new look, so it made styling her so much fun.

    Keeping that in mind, how and why did you select these brands and styles?
    I could see her wearing the pieces that I chose in some way, shape, or form. Jenn is a good friend and I've seen her style evolve over the years. Using that as a reference point, I thought about putting her in pieces that I knew, at some time or another, she would have loved... and it worked!

    Why do you think this look works your Jenn?
    I think the first look played more into Jenn's current style and had an androgynous feel to it, so it naturally worked. Jenn also has a great body, so the Mugler dress, which is often so specific, worked perfectly for her.

    What was Jenn’s first reaction when she saw the selected outfit?
    She loved just about everything she tried on. While some pieces didn't necessarily work, she was excited to step out of her comfort zone and play dress up with me. We had a great time putting the looks together and it never felt like we were trying too hard.

    Why do you love personal styling?
    Let's be honest, I love shopping and I love clothes. Plus, I come from a styling background, so anytime I can work with clothes (in whatever capacity) I'm letting my creative side speak. Personal styling doesn't feel like work. It comes naturally. Having NYFW as the focus also made it an interesting challenge.Click through the slideshow to see the day-to-night looks that OC's Personal Stylist Nathan selected for Jenn. Jenn wears the Mugler Bicolor Cady 431

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    Celebrities are cool and all, but in 2016, the real stars are the dogs of Instagram. With hundreds of thousands of followers and enough sponsorships to make any human turn green with envy, these pups have acquired a new breed of fame. But really, the obsession with four-legged friends is nothing new. Take our Resort 2016 collection, inspired by ‘70s suburbia glory and the family (trophy) dog. Remember those painted portraits? The canine social media craze, is really just that, but a lot more, well, instant. For our Kennel Club series, we decided to learn more about the owners behind our favorite accounts.

    This time around, meet Sydney Reising, a PR consultant bridging the gap between traditional fashion PR and the digital space, who challenged Rihanna’s Instagram status with her pup’s first post.


    When she’s not, you know, planning NYFW parties or coordinating launches for her clients, you can find publicist Sydney Reising taking pics of her pup Ruby as they sneak into the rare grass patches throughout the city. Born on a farm Cincinnati, this PR maven traveled to New York City over ten years ago to pursue a career in fashion. Shortly after her move, the family sheepdog joined her, and ever since the two have been inseparable roommates. Read below to find out how Reising balances a busy work life in the city with running multiple Instagram accounts...and running period with her dog.


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    CHLOE DEWBERRY: Can you just tell us a little about yourself and how you’re involved in the creative fashion industry?
    SYDNEY REISING: I’ve lived in New York for about ten years now, and I sort of fell into the fashion lifestyle realm from day one. I throw events and have a couple of clients on a routine PR basis. I'm bridging the gap between traditional fashion PR and new age digital influencer vibes. It’s all about globalization these days. Everyone’s trying to re-niche their industries. 

    Did you and Ruby move to the city together?
    We grew up on a farm outside of Cincinnati and Ruby was a literal working sheep dog who was in charge of all the sheep. I left her there for three years and then brought her here to New York City. She was great with the transition and comes to work with me everyday and loves people.

    Do you think there was a parallel between how both of you adjusted from farm life to city life?
    For sure. We take a lot of trips out of the city to places where Ruby can run around. We also have to sneak into every patch of grass we see in the city. Ruby loves the grass and will roll in it for hours. She also sort of herds people on the sidewalk.

    How did Ruby’s Instagram start?
    I sent Rihanna some t-shirts and gear [through work], and I actually had Ruby put them on in the office and took a couple of pictures. Then Rihanna posted

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    Whether you’ll actually be attending any of the NYFW shows or not, getting dressed can be overwhelming...period. With shows that begin at the crack of dawn and parties that end around the same time, finding a look that not only works, but keeps you on your A-game might seem impossible. Lucky for you, our knowledgeable team of Personal Stylists are equipped to handle every one of your sartorial queries.

    To show you what they’re made of, we asked some of our OCNY Personal Styling team to choose a client and dress them in day-to-night looks that not only fit their subject’s style, but are sure to catch any street style photographer's lense.

    When he’s not styling musical subjects in our Sound Check series, OC’s Will is encouraging shoppers to step outside of their boundaries and embrace prints and colors. This time around, Will experiments with his friend Elise’s already-eclectic style and shares his thoughts on how to truly own a look during Fashion Week.


    Read more about OC’s Personal Stylists here
    Shop NYFW picks from OC’s personal stylists here



    OC FAMILY: Tell us a little bit about your subject’s personal style:
    WILL THOMPSON: Elise has a very eclectic style. I love her because she mixes and matches various colors and prints together with ease.

    Did Elise make any specific requests?
    It was more of a suggestion, but she said that for her evening look she wanted to put on dark lipstick to give her outfit more of a night time vibe. This worked out perfectly. It was also very nice because Elise did not wear any makeup besides her lipstick, so I felt like the shots were very natural.

    Keeping that in mind, how and why did you select these brands and styles?
    I selected these brands because they are some of my favorite brands. I also felt like since Elise has a caramel skin tone, earth tones and vibrant colors would complement her very well. Since Elise’s ears aren’t pierced, we threw some Charlotte Chesnais jewelry on her to give her some shine!

    Why do you think this look works for Elise?
    I think it works because Elise as a certain confidence about her that makes all of her outfits work. Even if she had on the most boring outfit (which she never would) she would still look great because she would really own that look.

    What was Elise’s first reaction when she saw the selected outfit?
    I feel like Elise loved it. She was smiling a lot.

    Why do you love personal styling?
    I love the fact that I am able to experiment with different people’s personal styles and might possibly get someone in something they would not ordinarily wear.Click through the slideshow to see the day-to-night looks that OC's Personal Stylist Will selected for Elise.Elise wears the Isa Arfen

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    Let’s face it: Dating IRL is hard—especially with Valentine’s Day upon us, where the influx of Jared commercials and “couple selfies” in our feeds is like a daily reminder you’re alone. Online dating and swiping right should make things easier in theory, right? From a “spooning” app to the classic Tinder, one single lady investigates popular apps and rates them based on a scale of hearts (One heart being the lowest, four hearts being the highest).


    The past six months of my love life can best be summed up to, “Oh sorry, I can't meet up for drinks this Thursday, I have a Tinder date.” Since my last breakup almost a year ago, I have been on a quest of King Arthur proportions to find what I believe to be the Holy Grail: a really cool (and sane) boyfriend. Where better to look than the internet, right!? So for Valentine's Day, I became Opening Ceremony’s knight of the round table to help guide fellow single readers in the right direction.

    Swipe right to continue! Just kidding, scroll down and read my personal reviews of the multitude of dating apps out on the market right now.



    The App: Whiplr
    Description: Tinder for kinky people
    Summary: So, I'm going to admit that this app in general is not great. It came highly recommended by my friend, who claimed it was “Tinder for people with kinks.” I honestly only kept it because this really cute guy and I were messaging back and forth. Things did not end up panning out with him (mostly because I'm sure he is a catfish who kept making pseudo plans before standing me up). The app itself has a weird layout that shows thumbnails of all the people in your “area.” For some reason, I also got a lot of female matches, even though it specifically states that I am interested in men. Most of my matches were those dreaded profiles without a face, and as you probably guessed, I got some very interesting messages running the gamut of nudes requests to messages that read, “I want to smell your farts soo bad, baby” to guys simply asking for pictures of my feet. Clearly everybody is on this app for the freaky sex.

    After being catfished and rejected, I decided to give the app another chance and made a date with a guy who was a total bear. He is new to the area—which is always kind of a red flag to start, because I want to go on a date, not be a tour guide. He wanted to meet in a very loud bacce ball bar, which is probably the least kinky/sexy location ever. The date went well, conversation and beer were a flowin', and I went back to his place, where he made me an amazing salad with homemade dressing and steak. We fooled around for a while and it was fun, but certainly nothing you would need a kink-specific dating app for. But I digress. He was a nice enough guy and maybe we'll see each other again. All in all it was fun. Whiplr, you steered me well.
    My rating:


    The App: Raya
    Description: The “Illuminati” of dating apps, where application required.
    Summary: Raya was the one dating app that was the most intriguing to me, but also the least accessible. I did a lot of research before applying to this website (yeah, you can't just sign up and use it, you need to apply). Dubbed by NY Mag as the “Illuminati Tinder,” Raya is supposed to cater to those in the “creative” field. It’s also supposed to have a high caliber clientele. Raya is basically impossible to get accepted into unless you have a reference who is already using it, and many of the people on there are celebrities. Also, the board of members that controls the deciding process is shrouded in mystery and anonymity. Unfortunately, I was not accepted to Raya and my application was waitlisted. Maybe some day in the future I’ll hear back from them, but I'm not holding my breath.
    My rating:


    The App: Coffee Meets Bagel
    Description: The new JDate? Doubtful...
    Summary: This is probably one of the more confusing (and ridiculously slow) apps I've been experimenting with. I'm also not even sure I really understand the concept of it. At first I thought it was a Jewish dating site—which is perfect for me since I’m looking for a husband (Shalom! I know you're out there, baby!), but I'm actually not sure who it’s catered to. Apparently, they give you coffee beans, which act as currency. For what? I’m not sure. And then you can give and take... something? If you're confused, welcome to the club. This app is seriously awful. Oh, and for every person you either like or reject, you need to explain why, which makes the app unnecessarily time consuming. If I don't like someone, why should I sit here and explain why they suck? Sorry Coffee Meets Bagel, you stink like the half and half I left in the fridge a year ago.
    My rating:


    The Site: OkCupid
    Description: The OG millenial dating site
    Summary: Ah, OKC: an oldy, but a goody. I have been using this app since its inception and it serves its purpose. Dating sites are a lot like social media, where the more people you have looking on a dating site, the more fun the app inherently is. Since it’s one of the larger dating sites, there is always someone new to flirt with. My one complaint is, I really don't like the new Tinder­-esque feature where you can swipe and match with people. You also can't see who likes you unless it’s a mutual like (again, another feature Tinder had that literally EVERY dating site copied). OkCupid wasn’t like this back in the day. You could see who liked you, even if you didn’t like them back, and you could just browse the website to find people. With that complaint in mind, the new OkCupid isn't bad, it’s just not as fun as it used to be. There are still tons of cute guys willing to hang out. I went on two different dates in a one week period. One definitely went better than the other. The first guy was new to the area (again....) and we met up for coffee at a place between where we both live. Overall, it was pretty boring and neither of us have contacted one another since. So that's that. The other OkCupid date I went on was exponentially better. He’s an artist and came up with the creative idea to go to Drink and Draw in Bushwick, (where a sexy Ryan Gosling doppleganger posing nude gave my date a run for his money). We imbibed enough to head to another Bushwick bar afterwards, where we both started making out, then went back to my apartment. I put on some Screamin' Jay Hawkins and we fooled around a bit before he asked me if I wanted him to draw me.... nude. “OH MY GOD, OF COURSE YOU CAN DO THAT!” I exclaimed, gleefully stripping to my birthday suit. He slept over and we cuddled and haven't hung out since. We made “plans” for me to sit for him again to draw, but we shall see if these plans ever come to fruition.
    My rating:


    The App: Spoonr
    Description: The original cuddle app
    Summary:  This app is a lot like communism: brilliant in theory, but I really don't think in the end it can work. I mean, who doesn't love spooning? Basically, you have a list of people sorted by location, with a rating system and a thumbnail of their picture. If the person has met up with someone and their cuddle sesh was a success, their rating goes up. If the person tried to take it to the next level by doing more than just cuddling, you can lower their rating. This is strictly a spooning app, nothing more. That being said, I'm not really sure how safe it is to meet someone and immediately bring them to your bed. I feel like I'm not the only person that thinks that, and this app seems virtually unused by all of its users. Sad, but we could’ve probably guessed this.
    My rating:


    The App: The Grade
    Description: An app with the sole purpose of helping you “avoid the creeps”... supposedly.
    Summary: Considering The Grade’s tagline is “Meet a Higher Standard #nomorecreeps,” one would certainly have high expectations as a user. Unfortunately, this app doesn’t live up to it’s mission. The Grade rips off of Tinder features, such as swiping left or right depending on if you like the person or not. What I don't like about this app is even though it incorporates the swiping feature, you also have a ✓ on the left side to like the person, or an X to reject them on the right. This seems counterintuitive, and for a while I was swiping right to reject by accident, but in actuality was liking them.t. As a reader, I'm sure you're thinking I'm an idiot because “of course all swiping sites are the opposite of this,” but the switched placement of the checks and X’s really was confusing. What makes The Grade different than Tinder is that it offers users real time statistics on their profiles, such as which photos get more right swipes than left swipes, and the percentage of users swiping to match or reject you. The app also measures how many messages you respond to, and combines the score to give you your “grade.” I'm currently at a B+ because my Skip/Like rate is almost even on my default picture, and I received the same amount of messages that I have sent (1:1....clearly I am not using this app often). There are very attractive guys on The Grade, but it does not seem to be an app that is used very frequently by them. Part of me feels The Grade suffers from photos that seem like stock dating site pictures and could possibly belong to fake profiles. I don't know, part of me just feels like half the profiles on The Grade are phony, and I think my theory is further supported by having this program on my phone for almost a month and receiving only one message ( every other app I've researched, I received 100+ messages within the first few days).
    My rating:


    The App: Tinder
    Description: Swipe right for your one true love!
    Summary: After experimenting with these different dating sites, I thought I would throw my two cents in about Tinder, aka everyone's favorite hook up website. Tinder is superior to most dating sites for many different reasons. It’s certainly the most popular, and depending on where you are swiping, the possibilities of matches are endless. Back when my ex was still on Tinder, he told me he actually paid for an account, because in Cincinnati he was literally running out of people to swipe. With a paid account, you can see people in other cities and try to match with them. This has never happened to me, and I honestly feel as though Tinder is the black hole of dating: you’ll never reach an end (at least in New York City). I've used Tinder for years for the full gamut of finding new friends, dating, and hookups. It’s terrific, and despite what naysayers say, it serves its purpose. (It’s even fun to use as a game and just swipe mindlessly as you're watching a really boring movie.) Tinder is definitely the best option out there due to its accessibility, user-friendly interface, and the amount of users on it. I do wish the app ran a little faster on my iPhone, (but I also have a 4 so that could be the reason why it crashes all the time).
    My rating:


    Over the course of my journey, I definitely discovered that not all dating sites are created equal. You have the good (Tinder, OkCupid, Whiplr), the bad (Spoonr, The Grade), and the flat out ugly (Coffee Meets Bagel). I will continue to use Tinder and OkC on my seemingly endless search for true love, in the dating cess-pool that is New York City, because I know it’s out there.. somewhere. If I can't find it on the internet, where else can it possibly be?

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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: Valentine's Day Massacre at Anthology Film Archives

    February 11-14
    Picked by: Doug Smith
    What: A 4-film screening series of alternative programming for Valentine's Day weekend.

    Why Go: Anthology Film Archives will be presenting Albert Brooks's breakup comedy Modern Romance, Elaine May's original (and superior) The Heartbreak Kid, Maurice Pialat's unnerving ego study We Won't Grow Old Together, and the divorce-as-body horror drama Possession. Modern Romance and The Heartbreak Kid are two of the funniest and most underrated unconventional romantic comedies ever made, and all four films in the series will be screened in 35mm.


    NY: Protomartyr at Music Hall of Williamsburg
    February 13 at 8 PM
    What: The Detroit, Michigan post-punk band headline a Brooklyn show with openers Priests and Beech Creeps.

    Why Go: Protomartyr are known for their moody, atmospheric sound and frontman Joe Casey's tortured lyrics and deep, near-monotone vocals. Casey is a late-blooming rocker who overcame crippling stage fright to perform live—and it's hard to imagine a better emcee for those going solo on Valentine's. Consequence of Sound called Protomartyr's latest album, The Agent Intellect, "brilliant" and "their finest work."


    NY: Marcel Broodthaers: A Retrospective at MoMA
    February 14-May 15
    What: The first New York retrospective of the late period Surrealist's work.

    Why Go: Broodthaers isn't particularly well-known in the U.S., but his late Surrealist art--which incorporates poetry (his first calling) into visual mediums like sculpture, painting, printmaking, and film--was highly influential on European artists working in the '60s and '70s. Broodthaers helped shape postmodernist, Conceptualist, and contemporary installation art, and though he received only modest recognition for his output in life, his work served a bridge for so many who came after him.


    LA: Built to Spill at The Echo
    February 11-13
    Picked by: Molly Steele
    What: The Boise, Idaho indie rock band settle in for a three-night residency at The Echo in Echo Park.

    Why Go: There are few American rock bands more consistently appealing than Built to Spill. Their eighth studio album, Untethered Moon, is their first in six yea

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  • 02/10/16--21:00: NYFW FW16 Dispatch: VFILES
  • You came to the right place for your one-of-a-kind fashion coverage, because Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Fall/Winter 2016. In typical OC fashion, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above are photos from the VFILES runway spectacle, where multiple undiscovered designers showed their jaw-dropping collections, alongside a surprise performance from Tyga.

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



    Show: VFILES

    Location: Spring Studios

    Winning Look: Amsterdam-based designer Sophie Hardeman’s upside-down denim skirt, which elicited “oohs” and “ahhs,” a bit of laughter, and a whole lot of Instagram pics.

    Reminded us of: The Zoolander vs. Hansel walk off mixed with Drumline, with a lot less Nick Cannon and a lot more Kylie Jenner

    Wear it to: The next Instameet with the fashion world’s teen crowd

    Spotted: Kylie Jenner, Tony Hawk, Justine Skye, Tyga, Sita Abellan, Ashley Smith, Luka Sabbat, Makonnen, Joey Bada$$

    Soundtrack: The A-trak DJ set, which featured everything from Erykah Badu’s “Hello” to Nena’s “99 Luftballoons,” was interlaced with surprise performances from Sophie Been and Tyga, both of which were backed by an engaging drumline

    Reporter’s Notes: Overall, strong collections from Anton Belinskiy, Kim Shui, Neuro Couture, Ottolinger and Hardeman, with exceptional prints and contrast fabrications from Kim Shui and plain fun showmanship from Hardeman

    Best Moment: Watching Kylie Jenner leave the show as two guests in the back row quickly stole her front seat, only to have her return and watch the two stumble back to their assigned seats
    Photos by Tyra Mitchell

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  • 02/11/16--21:00: Conquest of Spaces
  • For Spring/Summer 2016, the Opening Ceremony woman travels the world without leaving the most captivating place of all: her home. Surrounding herself with beautiful objects, she mixes contemporary and found, familiar and exotic, clean-lined and ornate. Her wardrobe is an extension of her dwelling. Loose silhouettes and sumptuous fabrics are shaped by mid-century modern geometry, while decorative objects lovingly arranged inspire prints on kimonos and tunics. This isn’t just any home, but a dream home, where the domestic sphere becomes a playground.

    Drawing on our passion for travel, the Spring/Summer 2016 collection nurtures eclectic cultural influences. Plunging necklines recall Moorish arches, while batik motifs on cotton dresses and tops mimic African throws. On an intarsia dress, interlacing checkerboard panels echo the art of basket weaving. Fabrics like crisp linen, brushed cotton, and textured crepe are natural and lightweight, perfect for an afternoon at home or a faraway excursion. A palette of sylvan neutrals—sycamore, dark brown, burnt orange, teal, gamboge—highlights organic textures. Jacquard skirts and loose lounge pants are finished to resemble tree bark, while custom brass concave buttons on anoraks and midi-skirts imitate the curving forms of wooden sculpture.

    Silhouettes are architectural, drawing inspiration from the oeuvre of pioneering American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Tees are silkscreened with images of the architect’s colorful stained glass panels, designed for the Avery Coonley Playhouse. The kaftans, meanwhile, refashion costumes originally created for a modern dance production choreographed by Iovanna Lloyd Wright, the architect’s daughter. These pieces harmonize with the collection’s overall geometry. Elsewhere, skirts assembled from rectangular strips of cloth recall the horizontal slabs of Fallingwater. Spiraled piping and twisted seams on dresses evoke the Guggenheim Museum’s winding descent.

    Spring/Summer 2016 footwear takes inspiration from furniture: sandals and booties come with a twisted heel resembling table legs, while cutouts mimic the shape of mirrors. Red and white speckled ponyhair on pool slides evokes plush upholstery. Sunglasses, created in collaboration with Gentle Monster, accentuate the architectural theme, with three-dimensional frames and textured, two-tone finishes. Watches, created in collaboration with Fossil, feature curving metal bands, echoing modernist fixtures.


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    View the full Utopia Found editorial here
    Opening Ceremony Piped Top in black, Glide Twisted Panel Mid-Calf Skirt in black, Strappy Sandals, Opening Ceremony x Fossil Cuff Watch,

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  • 02/11/16--21:00: NYFW FW16 Dispatch: Area
  • You came to the right place for your one-of-a-kind fashion coverage, because Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Fall/Winter 2016. In typical OC fashion, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above are photos from the Area persentation, where the New York-based design duo proved that yet again, that their attention to detail and fabrication always pays off in the end. 

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


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    Show: Area

    Location: The Standard Hotel

    Winning Look: The off-kilter off-the-shoulder two-piece, complete with Swarovski crystal stripes that gave the look a pinstripe-gangster-meets-figure-skater vibe

    Reminded us of: Last season’s show theme focused on the disco-era lady getting ready for a glamorous night out. This season sees that same woman officially ready for the night out, makeup on, with bedazzled pointy toe boots ready to hit the Studio 54 dancefloor

    Soundtrack: Grover Washington Jr. with a mix of Coltrane

    Reporter’s Notes: Area’s presentations never disappoint. They act as a portal to a different creative era, where the attention to detail and the innovative fabrication complement the creative energy and overall concept


    Photos by Tyra Mitchell  

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    You came to the right place for your one-of-a-kind fashion coverage, because Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Fall/Winter 2016. In typical OC fashion, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above are photos from the Brother Vellies persentation, where designer Aurora James created a fairy-forest-meets-safari set, complete with furry thigh high boots and fluttering butterflies. 

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




    Show: Brother Vellies

    Location: Industria Studios

    Winning Look: The thigh-high furry boots paired with a sheeny leather corset, worn by a model placed front and center on a stool during the presentation. 

    Reminded us of: Chic fairy nymphs who just returned from a safari vacation

    Spotted: Studio One Eighty Nine’s Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah

    Soundtrack: Fleetwood Mac, Rihanna, The Pretenders, Tame Impala, David Bowie, and Jamiroquai

    Reporter’s Notes: New footwear shapes including ankle boots, thigh-highs, and embroidered moccassins paired perfectly with the new range of handbags and accessories. 

    Best Moment: Watching all of the butterflies land on model’s faces and fingers. Some models seemed less excited about this than others. 
    Photos by Tyra Mitchell

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    You came to the right place for your one-of-a-kind fashion coverage, because Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Fall/Winter 2016. In typical OC fashion, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above are photos from the Adam Selman runway show, where the “murder-in-the-night” theme received Selman’s signature camp twist.

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


    Shop all Adam Selman here




    Show: Adam Selman

    Location: Milk Studios

    Winning Look:
    The sheer dress worn by model Mona Matsuoka

    Reminded us of: A fashion whodunit that explores Selman’s darker side while playing off of the “murder-in-the-night” theme

    Wear it to: Your next Netflix and chill date night, where you plan to binge on Making a Murderer

    Spotted: Amy Sedaris, Natasha Lyonne, Joey Bada$$, Harley Viera-Newton, Charlie XCX, Lisa TV, Todd Oldham

    Soundtrack: A soundtrack voiceover from sound director Michel Gaubert featuring a female talking about makeup and parties, which quickly transcended into an ominous soundscape

    Reporter’s Notes: The Adam Selman girl goes a bit goth for the fall season

    Best Moment: The frilly, layered silver dress that excited the crowd with its disco ball appealPhotos by Tyra Mitchell 

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    For most people, the experience of viewing art is confined to a pristine white room, brightly lit with floodlights and under the supervision of someone in a blazer kindly reminding them of the “no photo” policy. The Four Nights Only event, La Rosa Social Club, explodes through any preconceived notion of what a gallery or art installation can be, delivering uncompromising talent in an atmosphere that is beyond curated and inviting. In conjunction with this year’s LA Art Book Fair, artist Aaron Rose, working with his gallery partner Johann Von Lanzenauer and Alldayeveryday, has created an art bar that is far less a bar than an interactive gallery that also serves drinks. “This is really just a giant sculpture you can drink in,” Aaron Rose laughs as he explains the exhibit. The fundamental idea is simple: create a space that allows the appreciation of art to transcend the archaic paradigm of a museum, by allowing the viewers a new perspective through experience, discourse, and accessibility—and they have done exactly that.

    Built into the Allday LA Project Space, The La Rosa Social Club opens in the entrance of a dimly lit warehouse, the scene shrouded in a red light glowing from paper lamps and a luminous neon rose under a canopy of projections and displays. Once inside, every part of the structure and exhibit is dripping with art. As Rose explains, “The whole working of the bar is a giant collaboration. The reason behind this is to get people together. The idea of doing artist-signature wines and artist-designed napkins and stools, is because it’s a group show.”

    The concept comes to fruition beautifully, and as the exploration progresses, a new discovery or painting waits around every corner. People slowly walk the gallery, heads on a swivel, attempting to take it all in as they realize the extent of what has been built. Gallerist Johann Von Lanzenauer describes it as, “a space that is also a sculpture, not just architecturally, but on a social level. [It’s] a social structure, which opens up and breaks the cliché’s of the contemporary art world.”

    The experience deepens in the ephemeral aspect of the gallery event. Only running for four days through Feb 14th, part of the experience is just being there. “For something like this event to be impermanent is the beautiful part of it,” says Alldayeveryday’s Kevin Kearney. “In a world where everything is pretty temporal and things online disappear in feeds, I want people to come here and feel like they were a part of something.” Behind the entrance of the social club, the very essence of attending becomes part of the constantly evolving art presentation. Even as drinks and bottles are left behind on the custom furniture, the visceral aspect of what is being achieved in a completely immersive community project is enhanced.

    The idea of spending more than a fleeting moment looking at a painting on a wall is a common theme of the evening. There is an added appreciation to the admiration as the art influences the mood and discussion in a way that can’t exist in a museum. In fact, the consumer space is extremely accessible, not just in encouraging enjoyment, but also allowing participation. No longer is art an unaffordable luxury saved for small groups of collectors. Prices at the La Rosa Social Club for the multitude of items available to purchase span a very comfortable range, encouraging people to actively participate and supplement their own collection. But the true beauty lies in the realization that just walking through and having a drink is as much part of the art here as buying an oil on canvas. By opening the concept for art to leave the frames attached to the walls, and flow freely through the gallery to incorporating everyone in attendance, has set a new standard in what an art space can be and how it can be captured.


    La Rosa Social Club runs through February 14

    208 E 7th Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90021
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  • 02/11/16--21:00: Meet Our Newest Neighbor
  • Since its founding, eyewear brand Gentle Monster has rapidly grown out of Asia, with regional offices in the United States, England, and Throughout all of this, the brand has proved that it is the first Korean eyewear brand that has gained huge popularity for its creativity and craftsmanship.

    And we couldn’t agree more, hence our Spring/Summer 2016 collaboration. And as of last night, they became our newest Soho neighbor. It was pleasure to celebrate their store launch with their tremendously devoted team, and the brand's founder Hankook Kim. The Korean-based brand’s vigorous dedication towards innovativation is best shown through its six uniquely themed flagship stores, with a different experience in each location. The NY flagship store has more of a subtle design approach compared to other stores in Seoul. Kim has complete trust in architect Rafael de Cardenas and he agreed on a localized design that fits NYC. The store incorporatesde Cardenas’ wood, metal, and maze-like mirror placements that were used to express the brand's perspective. If the Seoul showrooms focused on experimental creativity, then the New York flagship store’s objective is to create a perfectly-balanced, luxurious, and modern environment. Expressing their brand philosophy and visions through window displays and their in-store art gallery The space is also kicked off by furniture designs from the Netherlands’ Moooi. Overall, the store has the same fun and free vibe packed with excited and curious visitors/browsers/customers trying on many sunglasses and browsing the space fascinated by every detail of design attention.

    Stop by and see for yourself (shades or not) at the Gentle Monster opening on Sunday, February 14. 


    Gentle Monster
    79 Grand Street
    New York, NY 10013
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    Whether you’ll actually be attending any of the NYFW shows or not, getting dressed can be overwhelming...period. With shows that begin at the crack of dawn and parties that end around the same time, finding a look that not only works, but keeps you on your A-game might seem impossible. Lucky for you, our knowledgeable team of Personal Stylists are equipped to handle every one of your sartorial queries.

    To show you what they’re made of, we asked some of our OCNY Personal Styling team to choose a client and dress them in day-to-night looks that not only fit their subject’s style, but are sure to catch any street style photographer's lense. This time around, OC’s Mel gets her friend Tatiana prepped for the Alexander Wang show.


    Read more about OC’s Personal Stylists here

    Shop NYFW picks from OC’s personal stylists here



    OC FAMILY: Tell us a little bit about your subject’s personal style?
    MEL LEAMON: Tatiana is a bit of a daring New York girl with an eclectic taste. She also has an eye for expensive vintage.

    Did Tatiana make any specific requests?
    She requested we go classic with shapes that compliment her figure.

    Keeping that in mind, how and why did you select these brands and styles?
    I selected Alexander Wang because she was trying to find a look for the Wang show. We looked for some of the more standout styles that OC has available, and mixed in pieces from other designers to complement them.

    Why do you think this look works for Tatiana?

    I think the looks worked because she felt and looked great. She was confident and classy, with a bit of an edge.

    What was her first reaction?
    I think we took a few risks that she wouldn't have normally chosen on her own, but after looking in the mirror she was pleased. It's scary to be pushed out of your comfort zone, but it’s also exciting and refreshing at the same time.

    Why do you love personal styling? Was there anything specific about this experience that made it more fun? v
    I love the one-on-one connection that you make during the personal shopping experience. It feels great for the client and I to know that we accomplished exactly what they came in for. Who wouldn't want to help someone feel and look sexy and confident?!
    Click through the slideshow to see the day-to-night looks that OC's Personal Stylist Mel selected for Tatiana.Tatiana wears the Alexander Wang Dropped Stitch Ribbed Pullover in tank, Opening Ceremony Mia Zip Mini Skirt in black, and Alexander Wang Prisma Double Biker Crossbody Wallet in black.

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    In 1853, John and Eliza Blundstone also arrived in Hobart, Tasmania and quickly set up a small shoe business on the town’s Liverpool Street. The business grew rapidly, and had expanded its retail location and opened a manufacturing facility in 1892. Ten years later, in 1902, the business was officially named Blundstone and Sons.

    This remained the case until 1932, when James and Thomas Cuthbertson, a pair of brothers that had arrived in Hobart and started a shoe business around the same time as the Blundstone family. They later purchased Blundstone and combined the manufacturing operations with their existing ones. They decided to keep the Blundstone name for the amalgamated business.

    Throughout the last few decades, the company’s hearty footwear has received acclaim both in their home continent of Australia and abroad. One of their most popular styles, the waterproof gum boots, were introduced to great popularity in 1989, and remain the sole style of footwear the company elects to still manufacture in Tasmania. Despite the ever-expanding global reach and immense popularity, Blundstone remains a family operation, with members of the Cuthbertson family still playing a key role in the company’s decision making.

    From Blundstone’s recent foray into the film world with sponsorships from festivals such as Sundance, to their recent introduction to the Opening Ceremony family, Blundstone’s statement today is that having a lengthy heritage doesn’t mean you can’t have an innovative streak.


    Shop all Blundstone here
    Images courtesy of BlundstoneVintage Blundstone ad. Photos courtesy of Blundstone 

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    You came to the right place for your one-of-a-kind fashion coverage, because Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Fall/Winter 2016. In typical OC fashion, we’re doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above are photos from the Ryan Roche presentation, where a A live tribute to David Bowie from the Paul Green Rock Academy

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



    Show: Ryan Roche

    Location: Avenues: The World School

    Wining Look: The nude caramel skin-colored layers of knit pants, knit dress, cashmere sweater, and the silk scarf

    Reminded us of: Angels in heaven

    Wear it to: Any and everywhere

    Spotted: Jenna Lyons and Aurora James

    Soundtrack: A live tribute to David Bowie from the Paul Green Rock Academy


    Photos by Patrick Spears

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  • 02/13/16--21:00: NYFW FW16 Dispatch: Chromat
  • You came to the right place for your one-of-a-kind fashion coverage, because Opening Ceremony is giving you an all-access pass to NYFW Fall/Winter 2016. In typical OC fashion, we're doing things a little differently—with just the show essentials and backstage highlights. Above are photos from the Chromat runway show, where the soundtrack was complemented by the brand’s perfectly casted set of models that celebrate a breadth of body diversity.

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



    Inspired by Robert Irwin and Dan Flavin’s color theory and light explorations, Chromat’s Fall/Winter 2016 LUMINA collection provokes the boundaries of architectural lingerie and athletic wear. It was a trip to Dia:Beacon’s exhibit Excursus: Homage to the Square, featuring a series of lighting installations within a stark white storage unit, that propelled this collection. While the exhibit focused on the ideas of space, perception, and architecture, Chromat sought to transgress this and focus on the biological functions of luminescence.

    Jolts of neon colors skimmed the curves and contours of Chromat designer Becca McCharen’s cultishly beloved caged silhouettes and sheer sheath dresses. Finite mesh bodysuits and tops provided a lightness, while thick lines, straps, and curvilinear cut-outs underscored the designer’s penchant for creating complex, architectural body scaffoldings. In collaboration with Intel Innovation and StretchSense, McCarren also created a series of accessories to intensify a garment’s glow through reactive movement.

    Holding true to promoting female artists, music was set by BEARCAT + HD. Three parts dancy, one part industrial, the soundtrack was complemented by their perfectly casted set of models that celebrate a breadth of body diversity.
    Photos courtesy of Chromat/Getty Images 

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    It’s insanely cold out in NYC today. If you’ve stepped outside, you probably already know this. So doesn’t trekking it to the Opening Ceremony Fall/Winter 2016 runway show sound a little , well, brrr? So we’re making things easier on you this season for New York Fashion Week. In collaboration with Lexus and Design Disrupted and presenting our runway show with a live stream that can be viewed above. 
     
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    Considering last night’s Opening Ceremony fashion show took guests on a trip to the future, we had to make sure the festivity following was one to be remembered. After watching our show (and undoubtedly, taking a selfie or two in front of our custom spaceship installations), guests made their way down to Chinatown to attend our after party at 88 Palace. Before getting down to the sounds of Teengirl Fantasy, Anthony Dicapua, and resident DJ DeSe, the crowd filled their tummies to the brim with pork and veggie buns, Tiger beer, Carol Lim’s custom Chandon rosé, and Svedka mixed drinks.

    The highlight of the night? To tie in with our recent Year of China announcement, there was a surprise performance from a series of dragon dancers, who erupted into the space and entertained the crowd.

    We saw the future, and there's beer and dragon dancing.
    Photos by Angela Pham for BFAGuest and Charli XCXFaran Krentcil, Ian Bradley, and Fiona ByrneCharli XCXLisa TV and Adam SelmanTK Wonder, Abrima Erwiah, Rosario Dawson, Christelle de Castro, and Cipriana QuannRuth GrucaLondon ZilohRosario DawsonCarol, Rosario Dawson, and HumbertoAmandla StenbergClaire Geist, Natalie Suarez, and Dylana SuarezTeuta MemediOC’s Nathan and AshleyKristin ZakalaOC’s Oak, Tyler, and BlakeOC’s Malcolm, Sally, Jinnah, and AndrewAnthony DicapuaVashtie

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  • 02/14/16--21:00: The Future Of Fashion
  • For Fall/Winter 2016, Opening Ceremony collaborated with Syd Mead, the artist responsible for some of the most iconic images of Blade Runner, Tron, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Ford Motor Company, and United States Steel. The graphic component of our ready-to-wear collection includes T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters, and dresses digitally printed with illustrations from the visual futurist’s archives, including a 1980 rendering of hydroponic space agriculture and an imagined portrait of Los Angeles in 2013 from 1988. Created in the past and looking towards the future, the worlds in these images feel uncannily current.

    Fall/Winter 2016 ready-to-wear is designed for a moment not so distant from our present. Familiar workwear silhouettes—pin pants, pencil skirts, peacoats, parkas—ground innovative prints and textures inspired by cityscapes. Hypnotic, a devoré velvet, features kinetic spirals, while Liquid City, a digital print, shows city surfaces reflected in pools of water. Literalizing the theme of time travel, a parka and a mini-skirt transform thanks to removable pockets with chrome snaps. Elsewhere, animal motifs lend retro elegance. Luxe, crocodile-stamped velvet in cosmic pink and gunmetal takes the form of chubby jackets and mini skirts. Fabrics are tactile and romantic: lamés and metallics evoke an urban skyline, while intarsia mesh and sparkly rainbow tinsel mix seamlessly with a palette of glacier blue, midnight plum, and cosmic pink.

    Fall/Winter 2016 footwear casts glamourous shapes in surprising materials. A thigh-high platform boot comes in crocodile-stamped velvet and patent leather, while a pointy-toed mule features a deep cutout. For handbags, classic OC shapes as well as two new silhouettes—a triangular box bag and a mid-sized crossbody—take on fresh textures, like iridescent rubberized leather and crystal embellishments.

    For this season’s special projects, Opening Ceremony x Fossil watches get a glam update: two bangle styles feature iridescent mother-of-pearl inlays and crystal pavé dials, while a rectangular stone timepiece comes with a crocodile-stamped leather band. Our sunglasses collaboration with Gentle Monster features a brand-new range of styles this season, including the Zhora, a sleek aviator in eye-popping colors, as well as the Leela, a cat-eye silhouette with an architectural metal frame. Also debuting this season is our first-ever jewelry collaboration, with Chrishabana. Earrings, bracelets, rings, and necklaces twist the spiral motifs from our ready-to-wear collection into mesmerizing helix shapes, with delicate pearl accents.
    Photos by Greg Kessler, Matt Kelly, and Patrick Spears

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