August 27 2014

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Opening Ceremony Gets Bitten By The Flea


New York is currently cowering in fear of the loathsome bedbug—which has even, of late, infected fashion mags and clothing shops—but for Fashion’s Night Out, Opening Ceremony chose to honor the humble flea. Not the vermin, that is; the flea market. The jumble sale has roots in France (it’s called the marché aux puces there), so it dovetails nicely with OC’s current French bent. Voilà, the waif-thin staffers in striped marinière tops hawking exclusive merchandise from Agnès B. and Ladurée, alongside plenty of non-Gallic brands like Rodarte and Proenza Schouler. And of course, the heart and soul of any flea is its store of secondhand goods, and suffice it to say Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have friends in high places ready to donate their gently used wares. Mark Ronson, Erin Wasson, and Tavi Gevinson were among those who put their old favorites on sale.

Throughout the evening, almost 300 shoppers queued up outside the Ace for their chance to buy new togs and—OC being OC—to party. After the shop shut its doors, the party raged on in the Ace’s Liberty Hall, where the crowds danced until four a.m. Michel Gaubert (who lately shared his top runway tracks of the decade) spun tunes that got Rinko Kikuchi and Solange Knowles moving, and Chloë Sevigny and Spike Jonze were circulating among other usual suspects. The crowd didn’t seem too fazed when the lights mysteriously flicked on at one point; “loyal customers,” Leon had called them, before he had to go hunting for a way to get the lights back off.

Photo: Courtesy of Opening Ceremony

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