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- 05/17/16--21:00: _Invoke your inner c...
- 05/17/16--21:00: _Pour that caipirinh...
- 05/19/16--21:00: _Going Industrial Wi...
- 05/19/16--21:00: _Backstock Moves II:...
- 05/23/16--21:00: _The Summer Heat Sal...
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- 05/24/16--21:00: _The Real Reason Why...
- 05/24/16--21:00: _Underwater Ghosting
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- 05/25/16--21:00: _Take the stairs wit...
- 05/26/16--21:00: _Renli Su Revisits T...
- 05/26/16--21:00: _BYOB By KARA: The S...
- 05/30/16--21:00: _Maryam Nassir Zadeh...
- 05/31/16--21:00: _Calling all Anna Su...
- 06/06/16--21:00: _Your Second Skin
- 06/06/16--21:00: _We Played A Game of...
- 06/07/16--21:00: _Ride ’Em (Victorian...
- 06/09/16--21:00: _Your (Off-the-Field...
- 06/08/16--21:00: _Here’s To Everyone,...
- 06/12/16--21:00: _Live from LA: Mosch...
- 05/17/16--21:00: Invoke your inner cybergoth Pre-Raphaelite. One ruche at a time.
- 05/17/16--21:00: Pour that caipirinha & turn this up
- 05/19/16--21:00: Going Industrial With Ribeyron
- 05/19/16--21:00: Backstock Moves II: The Lunch Break
- 05/23/16--21:00: The Summer Heat Sale is Here: Take Up To 40% Off
- 05/23/16--21:00: Gotta problem? Call 1-800-TONYVALENTINE
- 05/24/16--21:00: The Real Reason Why Tevas Are Back (It's Not Normcore)
- 05/24/16--21:00: Underwater Ghosting
- 05/25/16--21:00: Making Muted Tones Glow
- 05/25/16--21:00: Take the stairs with Opening Ceremony x Teva
- 05/26/16--21:00: Renli Su Revisits Tradition
- 05/26/16--21:00: BYOB By KARA: The Slasher Bag, Inspired By Danny Bowien
- 05/30/16--21:00: Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s Mediterranean Dream
- 05/31/16--21:00: Calling all Anna Sui ’90s grunge girls
- 06/06/16--21:00: Your Second Skin
- 06/06/16--21:00: We Played A Game of Doubles with LACOSTE
- 06/07/16--21:00: Ride ’Em (Victorian) Cowgirls
- 06/09/16--21:00: Your (Off-the-Field) Uniform
- 06/08/16--21:00: Here’s To Everyone, Even The Assholes
- 06/12/16--21:00: Live from LA: Moschino Resort 2017
Torn jeans, tattered seams, and repurposed patches seem to have become the starter kit to any wittily deconstructed outfit. Add a couple safety pins, maybe a few ironic buttons, a cut-out or five, and voila, you’re just milliseconds away from becoming fashion’s new enfant terrible! If this were the case, there would be no point in meriting thoughtful design. Exhibits like Manus x Machina at The Metropolitan Museum of Art pay special attention to the crafting of pattern construction like pleating or draping.
Last Sunday, The New York Times’ Bill Cunningham ran a photo story just on popularity of torn jeans and their slashed counterparts. Radically ripped jeans may be a thing right now, but the 500-year-old technique of slashing fabric is nothing new. If we already know the objective is to provide an acceptable dose of rebellion and intrigue, why don’t we challenge other techniques? There’s gotta be more to deconstructed clothing than this...right? Pleating, it’s been done, knotting and draping had its comeback in 2010. As of recent, ruching has presented a whole new side of itself by way of deconstruction with designers like J.W. Anderson, Angel Chen, and Isa Arfen.
Slightly (or sometimes severely) taut at both ends to create soft rippling patterns, thereby cinching the fabric and the body underneath it, ruching and the occasional knot have become two of the most coveted candidates for deconstructing the silhouette. Bygone are the days of tightly corrugated panels cinching and swelling the body like an army of fabric swallowing up foreign territories.
As our revocations for the hourglass silhouette have come into question, so has ruching. J.W. Anderson’s Ruched Dress lends a sculptural element and a lightness–instead of accentuating the silhouette, it loosens and creates billowy polka-dotted ripples that ebb and flow down to the hem. Angel Chen’s One-Shoulder Drawstring Maxi Dress seeped in acid watermelon with jungle green strings gives total disregard to the tight, symmetrical rigidity of ruching by exploring diagonal seams irregularly stemming off of each other. It’s as if Helen of Troy went cybergoth but then decided she was just a Pre-Raphaelite fairy after all.
Jacquemus rethinks the ruche even further with his La Tunique Noeuds cotton sheath. A succession of wrapping, gathering, and knotting that creates a slight zig-zag ruching throughout. Sultry but with an unexpected twist (no pun intended), this unassuming white button-down dress has been designed to look improvised yet cinched at all the right places.
So if you’ve had enough of those elaborately ruched tops, dresses, and pants that make you feel like a human opera curtain, avoid the convention and opt for our set of designers who are reinventing ruching one gather at a time.
Shop all our ruched and knotted styles in our Slight Contortions All Together Now here.Model wears Jacquemus La Tunique Noeuds in
Last year OC-fam member Jessica Gentile, also known as Jubilee (you know, the X-Men character?) dropped Magic City for Opening Ceremony, a mix that shaked all our souls just in time for summer… And our Teva party.
In the meantime, pour that caipirinha & turn this up… Below listen to Magic City II and download the OC-exclusive mix via WeTransfer here.
Magic City II Tracklist:
1. Happy Colors- Palante
3. Black Noi$e- sk8Rink
4. Salva- The Edge
5. Aden- Blow
6. Neon- Voices (L-Vis1990 Miami Bass Mix)
7. Addison Groove- BassWarz
8. Contakt- Things to Come
9. Mess Kid- Body Kit
10. LouisVExclusive- Dab Daddy
11. Dances With White Girls ft Dj Freekbul- Planet Base
12. Strict Face- Skyway Condo
The Canada-born Jacques-Elie Ribeyron launched his unisex accessories and jewelry brand just last year. Now based in Paris, France Ribeyron is inspired by the raw, unrefined nature of industrial hardware. His unique designs range from 3D-printed resin earrings to 18K gold and rhodium screw bracelets, necklaces, and rings. Each piece undergoes a meticulous handcrafting process where every creation is treated as a single construction rather than part of a collective.
Below, the designer opens up about everything from his hidden talent to the coolest places in Paris.
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Name: Jacques-Elie Ribeyron
Hometown: I grew up in Montreal (Canada) and now living in Paris
Hidden Talent:Hard to say. I have always had luck of scoring nice things and being able to pay under their value. Like when I was younger, I always found a way to get a cheap skateboard deck or sneakers whereas today I peruse around eBay for cheap Pierre Jeanneret lamps.
What was your style like in high school?I was in high school at a time where hip hop and skateboard culture had a major impact. We would wear hoodies, flexfit caps and Vans skate shoes.
Do you have a design muse?Not really. There are so many artists, architects and designers I appreciate and inspire me, so there’s not really one in particular.
What's your current Spring/Summer 2016 collection inspiration? The collection has many inspirations but some of the pieces were inspired by plumbing hardware and also construction tooling.
What's your design process?
Coolest place to visit where you currently reside: I am always at Weber Métaux. I go there and find different things that I buy for absolutely no reason.
If you were to do another job besides designing, what would it be? I was quite bad in sciences but have always been interested by planets and trips to space so something linked to this i guess.
What's your go-to karaoke song?I never go to karaoke.
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Ever wonder what the Opening Ceremony backstock boys do on their lunch break? In case you were, it usually doesn’t involve eating. Since OC began, we’ve always been a company that fosters the skate community, so we figured it was about time to spotlight the tight-knit crew that makes all the (behind-the-scenes) shit happen. Or in other words, guarantees that latest launch you’ve been waiting for is ready to shop.
Avid skaters and OC staffers Tyler Kawaguchi, Galen DeKemper (aka the founder of Dollar Stories), and Anthony Picarelli (aka the founder of Tony Valentine) can get a little stir-crazy in our 35 Howard store’s back of house. So each day, the boys seize their one hour break to skate the streets of Soho, often times meeting up with friends such as Eric Martinez and Riff Levine. Check out the video above to see a lunch hour in the life of OC’s backstock boys and read Galen’s short story of the events below.
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In the time since Backstock Moves dropped, Opening Ceremony New York added more skaters to the backstock roster. Over the winter, Erik Martinez and I spent a couple lunch hours walking in the cold between galleries and delis, until I remembered that skating is the best way to keep warm, thus Lunch Break celebrates these shared times together. With Anthony Picarelli and Tyler Kawaguchi also on board, we had a deep enough squad for duo and trio sessions while still having someone clocked in for work coverage. The only rule was all the clips had to be filmed on someone’s lunch break.
Riff Levine came through one Saturday with her color blocked art piece that appears in some clips. The art was hanging above the OCNY staff lunch table until today when it fell near Will’s head while he was napping and a color block fell off.
As winter turned spring, we rolled as far north as Astor Place, east to Bowery, south to City Hall and west to Los Angeles. We ate fast lunches on our morning or afternoon fifteen minute breaks so we didn’t have to spend lunch hour time eating. We edited the video one day on lunch break and I’m typing this on my laptop on Crosby Street right now at 4:57pm. I really like to take my lunch breaks as late in the day as possible, but sunset comes early in the winter so we ended up taking these 2:30 or 3:30 sessions for daylight’s sake.
SoHo could be really hectic on weekends, and on the weekdays too for that matter, so we had to account for pedestrians. The employee at the glasses shop where Erik heel flipped the flat gap asked us to leave after he rolled away first try. The doorman at the Alexander Wang store let us live and you can see him filming Erik’s backside tail slide through the window, also first try.
Not all came that easy. We had plenty of clips that were
By now you’ve probably started to lock down those summer plans, but have you taken the time to think about what you’ll be wearing? Seriously, this question should not be taken lightly. Let’s be honest, we all want to look great on that beach or for that party, right? A good summer outfit is sorta like solving a math problem. With the scorching days and cooler nights coming, various points need to be considered for summertime dressing. So instead of scrambling for a Memorial Day weekend outfit or just flat out procrastinating, take advantage of OC’s Summer Heat sale. From Jacquemus’s Haricot Bag, a perfect travel carryall that’ll give any outfit a boost, to the season’s off-the-shoulder top and a slinky plum slip dress from Marques’Almeida, assemble your own holiday wardrobe from our selection of summer staples.
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Nope, we’re not talking about golf supplies or the villainous ’60s British TV actor. OC staffer (also seen debuting his skating skills in Backstock Moves II: The Lunch Break) Anthony Picarelli chats about his T-shirt brand Tony Valentine who he co-founded with friend Adam Spitz. One part political, one part zine inspired, and a tip of the hat to mafia culture, we sit down with the founder to decode the design behind it all. Picarelli talks transferring ideas and images from paper onto clothing and the challenges with fashion brands today. Wanna see more from the collection? Check out our photo story above as we scale flower shops, pizza joints, and make DIY tattoos all in the spirit of Tony Valentine.
CHRISTIANE NICKEL: Where did the idea of the Tony Valentine brand come about?
ANTHONY PICARELLI: The concept behind all of this came from being fed up with seeking approval of other brands. I realized my ideas deserved to stand on their own, and "Tony Valentine" is its vessel.
Tell us more about the “COP SHOT” T-shirt?
The "COP SHOT" graphic was a dark but humorous riff off of the NYPD subway posters that offer reward money in exchange for information that would lead to the arrest of someone who has harmed a police officer. The poster has always stood out to me because of how barbaric this kind of initiative is and highlights the strained relationship between the NYPD and New Yorkers.
Had you ever created a fashion brand before? Or were you involved in the fashion world in any way?
Before Tony Valentine, my association with fashion was creating graphics and illustrations for other brands. Being creative involved printmaking and transferring my imagery from paper onto clothing which seemed like a natural transition. In the past two years I've been paying more attention to the details of clothing, what it means to pair certain pieces together and the subtleties of their quality.
Tell us a bit more about the zine component...
I've always been a fan of zines. It provides an easy and D.I.Y. outlet to showcase and express oneself. The content of "1-800-TONYVALENTINE" was a collection of images created by myself and one of the co-owners [Adam Spitz] of the brand that depict the attitude and aesthetic of it.
You're also heavily involved in the stick-n-poke world. How does that play into your design process?
The way I create a stick and poke is way different than how I generate anything for Tony Valentine. However, I think the various styles compliment each other and the sometimes repeated imagery finds a new context and meaning.
What does Tony Valentine actually stand for? Where does the name come from?
Tony Valentine is a persona that describes the attitudes and ideas behind the brand. It's a name that can own a business, a car garage, or you’d find in a burner phone. It sets the tone for the kind of person we want to represent the brand, while also being a nod to gangster or even mafia culture. It also has a nice ring to it.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Make sure to keep your eyes open. And yes, the shirts will be available both on Opening Ceremony's website as well as on ours.
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“Do you exist in shoes or live in Tevas?”
So read a 1993 Rolling Stone ad for the sandal that conquered pop culture, charging in on the feet of every mountain climber, laid-back mom, and music-festival rager that year. Atop a mid-air kitesurf, the ad’s shoes seem to siphon athletic experiences into spiritual ones. “When you die, they'll put you in a nice suit and shiny shoes,” it quipped. “As if death didn't suck enough already.”
The resurgence of Tevas has been pegged to several sources—normcore, the '90s renaissance, the fact that we at Opening Ceremony have just released our third collaboration with the brand (which, by the way, is pronounced Teh-va). But, once you look at the history of the shoe, it’s clear that it signifies more than just millennial nostalgia. From the beginning, Tevas have been a radical (and let’s face it, at times controversial) fashion statement, transforming comfort and utility into a signature aesthetic.
When Mark Thatcher invented Tevas in 1984, fashion couldn’t have been further from his mind. The Philadelphia-born Grand Canyon river guide was looking for a sandal that would stay on feet during water sports, and strung a velcro watch strap through a pair of flip-flops. Thatcher sold the shoes out of the back of his truck, according to Jason Bertoli, Teva’s current product line manager, and it wasn’t long before they caught on among athletes of all varieties of outdoor sport.
So, how did Tevas go from a river guides’ uniform to being the “shoe of choice” at Lollapalooza 1993 (according to Entertainment Weekly, which also gave a fashion shout-out to dumpers, “those huge, baggy shorts favored by skateboarders”)? The short answer is that people started wearing the shoes when they weren’t doing sports. According to a flurry of trend pieces published that year, Tevas became go-to sandals not only for “deadheads and bohemians,” but for anyone touched by the “back-to-nature-craze sweeping the country.” By 1998, the shoes had become so ubiquitious that “mildly appalled Europeans came to see them as the '90s equivalent of the unbuttoned Hawaiian shirt and necklace of cameras that used to identify the clueless American tourist abroad,” one writer put it.
The truth is, from the beginning, Tevas have provoked strong reactions, not unlike sister brand Ugg (both are owned by Deckers). It's not just that the sandals signify unapologetic comfort, but also a kind of indifference about trends. Ironically, as the '90s progressed, anti-fashion fashion turned out to be one of the decade’s most significant trends. “You see a long-term interest in ‘authentic,’ ‘real’ clothes that are not part of fashion,” said Valerie Steele, chief curator of the Museum at FIT. “[In the mid-90s], there’s a shift from Versace towards grunge and Helmut Lang. Kate Moss and the waif replaced the Glamazon.” In other words, even as Tevas were being derided by chic Europeans, they were paving the way for grunge and minimalism.
In 1998, Teva was the subject of its very first high-fashion revival, with a pair of rub
In an age of formulaic, repetitive chart-topping singles which offer little to no originality, former OC stylist turned BarringtonELECT comes as a breathe of fresh air. BarringtonELECT's debut EP, 'SEASONS, NO STEMS' offers an oddly offbeat but charmingly melodic point of view. He expressed that this project is about cycles and/or seasons, each bringing a distinct tone and mood, some harsh and others romantic and full of life. In short, his music is a mix of his experiences as seen in "Vivid Expressions," an acting out of emotions and feelings. "My music is a part of my personality and that crosses over into me working with my creative house to produce a miracle plant, the vision that deserves a special place in everyone's hidden stash,"says Barrington.
He embraces a whimsical, sultry realm where you find yourself immersed in a brand new journey—nothing like you've experienced before. 'GM AMERICA' leads the EP with a somber yet cathartic introduction–the striking piano cord in addition to the plethora of vocal acrobatics hit home. For 'Underwater', BarringtonELECT tapped Visual Artist/Bronx rapper, D. I. E. to create an aquatic trap-sphere filled with opposing forces that birthed a solid collaboration. "I've been smooth sailing ain't got time for worrying, under water, breathing underwater," BarringtonElect sings in raspy yet lucid vocals, and equates taking time for one’s emotional process to going underwater and then resurfacing when you're ready to take on the situation.
His latest single and video, LOVE, AUBREY AUTUMN (#LLA) speaks of a relationship that went awry but instead of anger, he conjures that energy into gaining back his self-esteem with the help of Aubrey. Rapping lyrics such as, "Who you think you fooling/my best ain't what you seek/don't pat me down when you speak/I'll beat that ass on your birthday!" The EP as a whole takes you on a fantastical ride leaving you left with an experience.
Why the name BarringtonELECT? "It's like the president. Before he is elected president, he is known as President Elect and Barrington is my name. So, I'm having fun with the name and I'm always waiting to be elected into my next position."
Below listen to the artist's latest tracks. Like what you hear? Vote for him to perform at this year's AfroPUNK Battle of The Bands 2016 HERE.
Click through the slideshow to see more images of BarringtonELECT and inspiration from his latest EP drop and don't forget to VOTE for him here. Photography by Do It Everyday; Styling by El Lewis.
Whoever thought those lacy flesh-pink bologna slices or strange found objects from a hardware store could drive inspiration? Well, for Terri Chiao and Adam Frezza founders of CHIAOZZA, this provides a barrage of visual splendor along with M.C. Escher and the milky hued facades of sun-soaked Italian architecture. With a bountiful visual vocabulary as well as their extensive raisonne of sculpture, painting, public art, etc, it was only evident that we would cull their talents for the set design of Opening Ceremony x Teva: Step Up! editorial. Going behind the scenes, into their studios and onto the set, we sat down with the duo to talk all things creative.
CHRISTIANE NICKEL: Where do you cull inspiration from?
TERRI CHIAO AND ADAM FREZZA: We gather inspiration from humor, magic, and beauty in everyday experiences, from small to vast. Sometimes it's the perfectly weird / appetizing colors of a sliced deli sandwich, other times it could be the way someone walks, the colors of a sunset out of our studio window, picking up an unknown object at a hardware store, or grand experiences like wandering through the Carlsbad Caverns or a forest in winter time.
What was your involvement and the process like working on this editorial?
Opening Ceremony approached us about working on a set design for a collaboration with Teva. We were very flattered because we have a great deal of respect for their creative vision, and Terri was extra excited because Teva is her favorite shoe (ever). After some introductory meetings, we developed a couple of different ideas, and then picked one to run with (no pun intended!). The process has been very collaborative and positive.
What were some of your visual references for the staircase?
We thought a lot about summer in Italy and the way the light washes out the bright colors of the architecture and makes muted tones glow. Other references include M.C. Escher's endless staircases, the epic staircase of Casa Malaparte, Noguchi's modernist playgrounds, and the illusionistic spaces of the video game Monument Valley, which was introduced to us by the OC’s Vice President, Su Barber.
Tell us a little more about the role that color plays in your work.
Through color, we are searching for a mood, a feeling, or an experience that is at once unexpected and compelling. It's a responsive process – if you add or take away one color, this informs the next decision, and the next, and so on. This often makes color into a playful game of seeking balance between immediacy and thoughtfulness, something that initially grabs our attention and continues to hold our interest over time.
Who are some of your favorite artists and inspirations?
Some that continue to stick with us over the years are Tove Jansson, Piero Manzoni, Bruno Munari, Enzo Mari, Claes Oldenburg, Jan Svankmajer, Hilma af Klint, Terunobu Fujimori, Ettore Sottsass, Florine Stettheimer, Henri Rousseau, and Horace Pippin.
Many of the shapes and silhouettes from your past work feel organic and non-defined. What is it like working with crisp geometric lines and forms?
Our projects involving geometric forms are often an exploration into the idea of functionality as an aesthetic concept. When we make this work, we think about how the language of "usefulness" invokes play, interaction, and visual open-ended-ness. For this project, the illusionistic aspect of the set was super fun to develop – translating the forms of stairs, archways, landings,
Loved the last collaboration? Teva fans we’ve got something right up your stairway. In honor of our 3rd anniversary working with our favorite sandal and flip-flop savants for our latest editorial Step Up! Inspired by M.C. Escher’s endless staircase, the illusionistic spaces of the video game Monument Valley, and Noguchi’s modernist playgrounds, scale our infinite flights of stairs strapped in Opening Ceremony x Tevas.
Sunny washes of color saturate a geometric staircase designed by CHIAOZZA dotted with Opening Ceremony x Teva’s sleek flatforms and unisex roped sandals. Prepare to step into a color blocked oblivion.
Watch the video short directed by Benjamin Seroussi with music by Kevin Bendis below. Click here to view the full editorial photographed by Meredith Jenks.
Click through the slideshow to see more behind-the-scenes images from the Opening Ceremony x Teva: Step Up! editorial shoot.
As part of our 2016: Year of China focus, we’ll be rolling out a special edition of our New To OC series to introduce some of the emerging Chinese designers we’re proud to carry this year.
UK-based Renli Su offers a lineup of conceptual yet practical garments with an emphasis on the idea of “Time and Memory.” Su believes that clothing not only depicts the passage of time, but also forms a special bond between the wearer and their memories. Many of her collections makes use of traditional handmade techniques, for instance, showcasing the impeccable craftsmanship of reconstructing fabrics from different weaving methods. Our Year of China designer goes in depth about her recent Spring/Summer 2016 collection and shares some of the things she holds dear to her heart.
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Name: Renli Su
Hometown: Fujian, China
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
One Chinese superstition no one knows about: Never buy chrysanthemums as a gift, as these are reserved for funerals
What is your current Spring/Summer 2016 collection inspiration? I was inspired by the use of color in artworks such as abstract subjects by Mark Rothko. Rothko used pure colors extensively to express his intangible ideas. In my opinion, his works are moody and dramatic, some of them are direct and simple. They seek the mystery in human emotion beyond awareness and sensory experience. I transferred these emotional, rich, sensitive, and abstract aesthetics to my design methodology. Also what inspired my Spring/Summer 2016 collection was “Women in the Victorian Era.” It’s clear that clothes present the wearer’s social and personal identities. They can epitomise a period of history, as a record of people’s life in the past. The Victorian era marked the golden age of Britain. Much of the charm, sophistication and elegance of this period has been lost over the years. I’m particularly interested in historic costume and lifestyles. For my collection I started from the Victorian era, envisioning an elegant, independent and modern woman. It also expresses my desire to pursue the image of real beauty in her mind.
Coolest place to visit in China: Guizhou, you can still find traditional handicrafts preserved by the local ethnic minority groups.
Favorite traditional Chinese food dish? Spicy food like fish fillets in hot chili oil
What's your go-to karaoke song? I can't sing, so I don't go to Karaoke
What makes you feel most at home where you currently live? My husband, Matthew
What do the Chinese characters in your name mean? Ren means kind and benevolence, Li is a common character used for a girl name, and Su is my family name.
What Western pop culture topic was popular where you grew up? MusicClick through the slideshow to see all products from Renli Su.
BYOB by KARA is a (build your own bag) pattern series designed by the NYC-based handbag label. In each feature, designer Sarah Law sits down with creatives both Opening Ceremony and KARA are obsessed with to design a unique bag based on necessity, inspiration, and, of course, personality. The pattern and instructions are then shared via WeTransfer to provide others the opportunity to create the bag at home. All materials should be something you can buy yourself, and if not we’ll provide alternative recommendations. Oh yeah, we strongly encourage adding your own personal touch.
This time around, our sixth installment features Mission Chinese Food founder Danny Bowien, who provides some insight on how family, Sichuan cooking, and DIY punk-rock bands create the perfect recipe.
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Axl Rose and Mission Chinese Food founder Danny Bowien have more in common than an initial convo over an Asian-fusion dish might reveal. While one gyrates (or rather, sits) on stage during the Guns N’ Roses much-awaited reunion tour, the latter heads up two bi-coastal Mission Chinese Food locations in San Francisco and NYC as well as the coinciding Mission Cantina in the Lower East Side.
Comparing ’80s rock to an Americanized Chinese food restaurant may seem far off, but it’s actually quite fitting given Mission Chinese Food’s menu is often described as “punk-rock” by food critics and the interior set-up is as close to DIY as fine dining can get. With their ever-changing menu overseen by Danny’s effortless expertise, the restaurant has since blossomed into a radical enterprise that defies typical cuisine expectations. But obviously, playing by the rules was never part of the plan.
With a menu that includes everything from thrice-cooked bacon to mapo tofu and an interior that recalls classic fine dining establishments, albeit with a few more Twin Peaks homages in the decor, Danny’s creations have proven to be the authentic (and controversial) breath of fresh air the culinary world needed. “We want to be dynamic, because that’s what got us here,” Danny explains over tea at Stanley’s Pharmacy, just down the street from his restaurant. “Having people argue over why they love you or hate you is what I hated for the longest time, but now I thrive on it.”
Mimicking the music journalists of yesteryear, there’s a dialogue going on in the culinary world., And much like how each Guns N’ Roses fan argues if Axel will or will not make it to the end of the tour, food critics and diners alike have debated over Danny’s menu, but the unanimous conclusion has been overwhelmingly positive. “Instead of automatically agreeing and saying, ‘Oh, U2! That’s a great band’... I don’t ever want to be like U2,” he explains. “I’d rather be the band that burns really hot and hard and isn’t still playing arenas when we’re 80. That’s boring; it’s what everyone expects.”
This underlying theme of food and music runs deep into Mission Chinese Food’s central core. For the longest time, Danny and his team compared the restaurant's trajectory and its atypical pr
Known for her elegant, laid-back designs as well as her boutique that’s gained a cult-like following right in the heart of New York City’s Lower East Side, Maryam Nassir Zadeh brings an artfully streamlined eye to her clothing and we can’t stop looking. Her Spring/Summer 2016 collection transports us to Rome, Puglia, Palermo, and Capri where tops and dresses sculpted with volume are crafted from crisp cotton and smooth silk. Below, the designer opens up about everything from her favorite go-to karaoke song to her hidden talent, and much more.
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Name: Maryam Nassir Zadeh
Hometown: Calabasas, CA
Astrological sign: Gemini
Hidden Talent: Psychic powers.
What was your style like in high school? Fancy Hippie.
Do you have a design muse? Camille Bidault Waddington.
What's your current Spring/Summer 2016 collection inspiration? The collection was inspired by visual chapters from the beginning to the end of summer, and time spent abroad in Rome, Puglia, Palermo, and Capri.
Coolest place to visit where you currently reside: My friend Tamara Reynold’s Japanese garden in Garrison, NY.
If you were to do another job besides designing, what would it be? Founder of a healing/cleansing retreat somewhere along the Mediterranean.
What's your go-to karaoke song?'This Must Be the Place' by Talking Heads.
What’s one phrase that defines you? Comfy-home-body/world-traveler, all-over-the-place-yet-so-focused, cuddle bug, hawk-eye sensibility, fertile myrtle, Energizer Bunny.
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I remember my first Anna Sui moment, I was an angsty tweenager donning crushed velvet skirts, Nine Inch Nails concert baby tees and a pair of Army Navy combat boots plastered with stickers like ‘Clowns Will Eat Me’. My coming of age book was The House of Mirth and I’d read just about every piece of Victorian/Edwardian literature. It was 1999 and Anna Sui released her first Eau de Toilette. I was instinctively drawn to that sinuous black framed bottle carved in scrolls, curlicues, and florals outlining the light lavender glass vile. It was something about the gothic palette and curvilinear silhouette that piqued my curiosity. It was only natural that I became fascinated with her ornate textiles, little lacey girly-grunge numbers, and cheeky Victoriana throwbacks. Sui’s celebration of counterculture and downtown NYC instilled the idea that fashion was a place for everyone, every facet, and every fantasy.
As kids from the ’90s, we’ve all had our Anna Sui moments. Whether it was her storied textiles inspired by Egyptian Art Deco, her nods to Eastern European patchwork embroidery, or her throwbacks to glam, punk, and Mod by way of swingy dresses and punchy coats–everyone’s had an Anna moment. And since it wouldn’t be a proper Year Of China without spotlighting the legendary Chinese-American designer, we made it our mission to team up with the brand and reissue Sui’s pieces that prompted our love affair, the Grunge (Spring/Summer 1993) and Punk (Spring/Summer 1994) Collections all exclusive to OC.
For all you Anna fans and those about to be, read on as the designer talks more about her career, inspirations, and transformations in her own words.
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When I was four years old, I was already talking about becoming a designer. I’m not exactly sure where I got that notion. It was probably something I saw on television. I always had it in mind that a designer had beautiful fabrics around her, and a big sketchbook, and would drape cloth around a mannequin, and go out to lunch. It seemed like a very glamorous life.
I always went fabric shopping with my mom. I watched her sew and I would take the scraps and make doll clothes. Once I understood how patterns worked, I started making my own clothes.
I remember reading an article in Life Magazine about two girls who graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York and then moved to Paris, where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton opened a boutique for them. As a kid, you think “wow,” you’ve found the magic ticket...all you have to do was move to New York and go to Parsons.
Anyway, I did go to Parsons. In my second year, I overheard two seniors talking about a job opportunity at Charlie’s Girls with Erica Elias. I ran up there with my student portfolio, and I got the job. I was in heaven. That was probably the best job I could have ever landed because Erica gave me my very own design room to work in. I had sewing ladies. I had a draper. They had five different divisions where I could do swimwear, sportswear and sweaters. I learned how to do everything. She was a very tough boss but without that experience, I don’t think I could ever have had the same opportunities that I later enjoyed. When Charlie’s Girls closed, Erica’s name still opened doors for me at many of
Rarely has a designer been able to inspire allure, controversy, and sex appeal with bare bones simplicity aside from Calvin Klein. Who could forget those muted hues and foggy grays you could just slip into like a calming monochromatic photograph capturing the endless quiet of the ocean? Simplicity was never so sultry as those piercing white V-neck and crewneck unisex tees. Or those slinky black spaghetti strap camis that single-handedly subverted the pomp and frivolity of the push-up bra. And it never tried to be anything other than what it was: cotton with elastic. Most iconic to the cK movement were those thick waistbands woven with the lithe geometry of the brand’s Futura Light sans serif font, proving that understatement was the greatest form of luxury.
Along with setting the tone for ’90s minimalism, Calvin Klein introduced a new agenda for sex appeal with their clean-lined androgynous aesthetic. Unisex fragrances, boot-cut jeans, and basic T-shirts were languidly styled onto their cast of effeminate men and the occasional masculine woman (i.e. Jenny Shimizu) subverting gender conventions. Calvin Klein may not have been fraught with controversy, but then again, this is nucleic to the brand’s DNA.
As the first-ever brand to collaborate with Calvin Klein Underwear, we’re excited to carry their legacy into another year with new colorways of some of their iconic classics. Those softly curving lines of the brand’s celebrated sports bra return, this time in a pink, along with low-cut brief-style underwear. Weightless and super soft crewneck T-shirts that feel like a second skin are brightened in a shade of light blue. Whether it’s a pair crisp white briefs, a bra or just a tee, you’re sacred staples of the ’90s are back with all the storied significance you loved the first time around.
Shop all Calvin Klein Underwear x Opening Ceremony women’s and men’s.On left Sahara wears Calvin Klein x Opening Ceremony OC Bralette in Heather Grey and OC Boyshorts in Pink. On right Louis wears OC 3-Pack Crewneck T-Shirts in Multi and OC 3-Pack Boxer Briefs in
Since the innovation of their very first polo in 1933, LACOSTE has cultivated a culture around sportswear and tennis heritage. After retiring from tennis in 1933, celebrated athlete René Lacoste, also dubbed ‘The Crocodile’ for his aquiline nose and athletic boldness (hence their logo), seeked to design an easy-to-wear shirt he could sport on and off the courts. Made of cotton piqué, the short-sleeved polo featured a buttoned placket at the neck and a tennis tail to keep the shirt tucked in. Fast forward eighty three years later ... Lacoste polos are still considered a mainstay in modern sportswear. At only fourteen years young and counting, us crazy New York kids have teamed up with this historic legend.
Our retro-inspired capsule collection serves up a series of two zipped, mock-neck polos, two classic polos, two crewneck T-shirts, and two polo dresses featuring a redesigned version of that eponoymous crocodile. Drawing from their storied tennis history as well as ’70s-era California surfers, color blocking, diagonal stripes, and ring zipper pulls add an effortlessly modern feel to it all. See every stripe come to life in our latest editorial, Drifting. Shot along the grassy shores of breezy Red Hook, Brooklyn by Georgia Hilmer and styled by Zara Mirkin, LACOSTE for Opening Ceremony provides the perfect cover-up with the right amount of pop (and we don’t mean the collar) all summer long.
Shop LACOSTE for Opening Ceremony men's and women's. View the full editorial Drifting presenting LACOSTE for Opening Ceremony here. Photography by Georgia Hilmer; Styling by Zara Mirkin; Talent is Jay @NEXT and Christopher @RED
Let’s face it, summer’s in the office are no fun. And since not all of us are vacationing in Capri or hitting up our Hamptons house, you might as well live it up a little—dress as you could be not as you actually are. Because, let’s be honest, everyone loves to pretend. Whether it's wiccan reiki healer donning her sexiest Viking cyber goth for Burning Man or that die-hard Cosplay fan who’s spent hours studying Hatsune Miku Tumblr posts for one weekend at the Anime Expo, dressing-up makes mundane summers a little better. And this season, we decided we’re vacationing in the Wild West.
With all the kitschy cacophony of what Murica really is, why not give it our own flare that’s a little more Juliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers and a little (or a lot) less The Simple Life but with a twist of Jane Eyre. Corseting goes denim and flounces take to new voluminous heights in this Victorian redux of country classics. While plaid may be protocol, frilly lace and a smattering of hearts let’s you live up your inner sultry Ellen Olenska (a.k.a The Age of Innocence).
Rethink those easily overlooked, overdone cowgirl caricatures, because we’re giving her a proper chin-chin with our corral of all of her favorites. For starters, denim corsets, cheeky heart cut-outs and punchy topstitching details add that bit of Annie Oakley realness. While filmy lace trims, sculpted leather pussy bows, and a black ribbon choker kick this rodeo up into a Victorian Harlequin novel.
Taking it up a notch, we’re thinking adding a little Daisy, the Australian-based brand whose latest collection Pure Country, provokes a new farm-fresh notion of ‘Western’. Cheeky ginghams, cowhide mini shorts, flirty gathered trims, and a brigade of lace-up detailing are just some highlights that put a whole new spin on prairie life. With all this rigamaroo, you’re practically one pair of chaps away from starring in your own Spaghetti Western.
Buck up ladies and get your shopping fast draw on here.Click through the slideshow to see Michelle and Nicola's lasso-ready looks, then shop our full Victorian Cowgirl selection here. Photography by Isabel Asha Penzlien; Styling by Stefanie Modares, Talent is Nicola Collie @Wilhelmina and Michelle Salem. Michelle wears Isa Arfen Full-on Skirt in Poleng Check, Daisy Leather Lace-up Bralette in Black, HELENAMANZANO Banador Top in White, and RFORM Adoration Wide Ribbon Choker in White (availble in Opening Ceremony stores).
New York-based Paa (pronounced ‘pah’) is the epitome of classic sportswear-inspired apparel that satisfies our cravings for clean, no-fuss dressing. Established in 2013 as a joint venture, designers Peter Jurado and Alexander Verik named their brand ‘Peter and Al’ in acronym form. It’s hard not to be inspired by the mega-god attitude of professional athletes, but beyond their larger-than-life personalities, there’s a ritual to sports, a tradition players follow every game that becomes an authentic part of their personal style. Whether it’s Jordan's UNC lucky charm he wore underneath his Chicago uniform—later prompting players to wear longer shorts in the NBA—or how Jim Harbaugh most likely sleeps in his khakis, it’s this intrinsic style all athletes create that inspire the Paa duo. Their current Spring/Summer 2016 lineup offers a range of crisp trousers with a comfortable elasticated waistband, lightweight mesh tees, and rain wicking jackets. Below, the design duo talks high school style, hidden talents, and more.
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Show: Moschino Women's Resort 2017 & Men's Spring/Summer 2017
Location: LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles