July 29 2014

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Opening Ceremony London: Let The Shopping Begin


The Olympic Games don’t start until next week, but Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are already in London town finishing up the final touches on their first U.K. shop, a Covent Garden pop-up that will coincide with the Games. As previously reported, this is a temporary location to be followed by the permanent store opening down the street this fall, but it’s by no means a small undertaking. Brit designer Faye Toogood created “mechanical-looking” constructions for the windows, along with several art pieces on display throughout the store. And in OC fashion, Lim and Leon have enlisted a top crop of its frequent collaborators to create exclusive Olympic pieces for the 3,000-square-foot space, including Chloë Sevigny, Proenza Schouler, Band of Outsiders, Delfina Delettrez, and Adidas. Here, has a first look at some of the winning goods, including Delettrez’s finger ring ($302), Prism’s sunglasses ($409), Band of Outsiders’ tank ($87), and House of Holland’s dress ($322), before the store opens Thursday. And if that’s not already enough, the duo is debuting OC Annual, its new “collectible fashion and culture magazine,” in August, followed by its 300-page, tenth anniversary Rizzoli tome, due out in September.

Opening Ceremony opens July 19 at 31-32 King St., London,

Photos: Courtesy of Opening Ceremony

The Supermodel Games, And More Of Today’s Top Stories


The 2012 Olympic Games are gearing up to be quite the fashionable affair. More reports have surfaced that the likes of supermodels Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Lily Cole, Stella Tennant, and Georgia May Jagger are expected to strut their stuff at the closing ceremony in clothes by Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Vivienne Westwood. The Englishwomen are doing it for love of country rather than financial reward—they’ll receive only 1 pound sterling each for their participation. [Telegraph]

In other supermodel news, Miranda Kerr divulged some of her secrets to Vogue U.K. The Victoria’s Secret stunner says she wanted to be a gymnast when she was younger, but that she was too tall and that modeling was never part of her life plan. Kerr also addressed the rumors of her talent for singing. “I love singing for my own benefit,” she said. “But will there be an album one day? Who knows? It’s not on my schedule right now.” [Vogue U.K.]

Congratulations are in order for Carolina Herrera. The designer will be the recipient of the Superstar Award at Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars gala this coming fall. Herrera joins the ranks of fellow designers Donna Karan, Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta, and Nicolas Ghesquière. The annual event will take place on October 25 with a Dreamcatchers theme. [WWD]

How many different variations of a Louis Vuitton handbag can you make? 80,000, apparently. The French house is launching a new service starting July 30, where customers can create their own bespoke handbags at the Haute Maroquinerie, a private salon in Vuitton’s Bond Street store. [Vogue U.K.]

Last week, George Michael tweeted the news that Kate Moss would be the star of his new music video and now you can get a sneak peek at the supermodel’s performance. Unlike the barely-there bikini getup that she wore for the White Stripes, Moss dons a modest, oversized shaggy coat. Catch the full video tomorrow. [Telegraph]

Photo: David Fisher / Rex USA

Gold Stars For Venessa Arizaga


What’s a jewelry designer to do when approached by Opening Ceremony to create an Olympic-inspired capsule collection for the brand’s new London store? Go for the gold—and the silver. “It was a challenge because when you think of the Olympics, you think of materials that are sporty, like spandex,” says Venessa Arizaga. “I wanted to think outside of the box, beyond the Olympic rings, olive branches, and flames.”

The ten-piece range for Opening Ceremony, which caps off at $350, includes colorful bracelets and necklaces accented with signature VA charms. As of July 19, you’ll find everything from doves and peace signs to stars and horseshoes, all of which were developed by the designer herself. As a huge fan of the Olympics, Arizaga gave the jewelry spirited names, like the All Stars bracelet and the First Place necklace, designed to look like the Games’ iconic gold medal. “The First Place necklace is my favorite,” says Arizaga. “It’s like you won something spectacular, and you feel like a goddess in it.” Sounds like every Olympian’s dream. has the exclusive first look at the collection, above.

Photos: Courtesy of Venessa Arizaga



Yoko Ono’s bringing her Imagine Peace anti-violence initiative to London just in time for the Olympic Games. For the 12-week-long London 2012 Festival (starting June 21), Ono translated her Imagine Peace message into 24 different languages, and it will appear on the London Live Sites screens, along with screens at Victoria Park, Hyde Park, and Art on the Underground/Canary Wharf, paired with John Lennon’s 1971 iconic “Imagine.” As part of the project, Art Production Fund (the presenter of Ono’s art installation project) will be selling Imagine Peace items under the artist-designed Works on Whatever (WOW) line at Selfridges. Here, has a first look at the limited-edition Imagine Peace towel ($95; there’s also a water bottle, $28) going on sale at the department store June 21 and online at

Photo: James Ewing / Courtesy of Art Production Fund

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 8


Beneath my blazer beats a heart that longs for sweatpants. The demands of a career in fashion include a tailored wardrobe—especially during review season, as we make the pre-fall rounds—but over the holidays, I don’t mind a little backslide. Lynne Hiriak, the knit guru who’s had a hand in the knit offerings of many of your favorite designers and is the force behind the under-appreciated Cardigan New York line, has just released a new collection created as if with me in mind. A.C. 1896, named for Athens, the site of the first modern Olympic Games, takes slubby sweats and upgrades them to French terry knit cashmere. There’s a kick-around pair of sweatpants, a zip-front hoodie, and my favorite, a crewneck sweatshirt. I appreciate athleticwear that refuses, as I do, to go to the gym.

A.C. 1896 cashmere sweatshirt, $675, available exclusively at Barneys New York,

Photo: John Aquino