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Telfar Clemens Pops Up at Opening Ceremony and Hints at His Plans for NYFW

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telfarPeople poured into Opening Ceremony last night for a preview party to celebrate Telfar Clemens’ new pop-up in the store on Howard Street. The vodka flowed and a smiling life-sized sculpture of the designer sat in the window. “I want to be a new kind of American designer,” Clemens said over the noisy party din. If Clemens is consistently anything, it’s exactly that—new.

The OC pop-up from the ever-emerging designer includes soft, Snuggie-shaped tunics: “I’m all about using comfort fabrics and applying them to luxury clothes, which is a hard concept for anyone to get. They’re like, ‘But this is my bathrobe?’” It also includes leather bags emblazoned with the Telfar logo—in both full and miniature sizes—and T-shirts printed with images from the lookbook video that played overhead.

It was all very meta, and Clemens’ role shifted from the DJ throwing the party to the designer for whom the party was thrown throughout the night. “I’m about leveling the playing field between what’s fashion and what’s normal, what’s taste and what’s classic” he said. “I like mixing high-end and lowbrow and equalizing them. Not that one is good and one is bad. It just is what it is.”

Clemens is known for launching clothing collections alongside innovative, thought-provoking “projects.” Last season he created a crowdsourcing app in which the public was invited to submit looks for consideration on the runway. “The community styled my show,” he said. In February, he teamed up with Kmart for a collection presented at the New Museum.

So what’s the new, crazy concept for this Fall’s New York fashion week? “This season is all about owning my own concepts,” Clemons said. “We will be referencing ourselves in everything. Like when you see our belt loops or pockets, you know that is Telfar. We’re calling the theme ‘Patent Pending.’”

Photo: Rosalie Knox

Three’s a Trend: Tavi Gevinson, Anna Wintour, and Opening Ceremony All Make a Play for the Theater

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10356422_453478591456179_8704378194508384963_n.jpg  ANNA WINTOUR MUSICALTavi Gevinson swapped blogging for Broadway. Anna Wintour is in a new musical. (Well, to be exact, a Wintour impersonator is onstage singing about Kim K. and flats. The Vogue editor in chief, on the other hand, is sticking to her day job.) And now Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon are staging a play of their own.

If three’s a trend, then the theater is having a very stylish moment. We can only wonder who will be next to turn to thespian pursuits. Until then, we have the breakdown on the three fashionable fall shows, where to get tickets, and what you need to know about each of them.

Anna Wintour

Title: Ryan Raftery Is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion

The CliffsNotes rundown: The musical about Anna Wintour, by Ryan Raftery, is centered around Vogue‘s Kim Kardashian and Kanye West cover. For the first time in her career, Wintour’s decision-making skills are questioned after the issue’s release. Of course, Raftery (who plays Wintour) took a lot of creative license with this one, basing most of the character around YouTube videos and The September Issue. This show is not sanctioned by Wintour.

Noteworthy: There is a rewrite of “Let It Go,” and Kim Kardashian is the main subject. “Let It Be” is now reportedly “Let Her Die,” nymag.com reports. There’s also a rewrite of the Chicago song “Class,” which is now called “Flats,” where Wintour and André Leon Talley are in fits about the world’s turn toward more casual dressing.

Where: Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York City.

When: It already showed once in July (Wintour did not attend, but her daughter, Bee Shaffer, did), and there will be another showing on Friday, September 5 at 11:30 p.m. (right after the Suno NYFW runway show) and Friday, September 12 at midnight.

Tickets: $20; click here

Tavi Gevinson

Title: This Is Our Youth

The CliffsNotes rundown: Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, the Kenneth Lonergan comedy, starring blogger extraordinaire-turned-actress Tavi Gevinson, Kieran Culkin, and Michael Cera, “follows three wayward young people as they navigate 1982 New York, re-creating their broken homes in both their dysfunctional friendships and their bungled attempts at love.” In case you missed the memo, the Rookie online mag founder started acting and singing long before she started talking Comme and Kawakubo.

Noteworthy: Before coming to Broadway this fall, the play had a successful run in Chicago. Also, for those unfamiliar with Lonergan’s 1996 classic, it’s not the first time big-name actors like Cera have stepped into these roles. Back in the early 2000s, the play had a run at London’s Garrick Theatre, featuring Anna Paquin, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Hayden Christensen.

Where: Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th Street, New York City.

When: The show officially opens September 11, and tickets are on sale through January 4, 2015.

Tickets: $35 to $135; tickets are available online or by phone at (212) 239-6200.

Opening Ceremony

Title: (The project has not been officially titled yet)

The CliffsNotes rundown: Director Spike Jonze and actor Jonah Hill are cowriting the one-act play, starring actresses and models, for Opening Ceremony’s September New York fashion week show. According to WWD, the story line is “still being finalized,” but Hill will not be acting in it.

Noteworthy: As we reported earlier today, the play will be in lieu of the fashion brand’s normal runway show format. Jonze has previously done capsule collections coinciding with his movies for OC, including one for Where the Wild Things Are and another for Her.

Where: New York City, exact location TBD.

When: The one-time event will take place September 7.

Tickets: Not open to the public. Editors and maybe a few theater critics will be the only people lucky enough to catch this show live. Stay tuned for the YouTube replay.

Break a Leg, Opening Ceremony

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OPENING CEREMONY 10 YR PartyDon’t expect a fashion show from Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim this September. Instead, prepare yourselves for a one-act play, which, directed by friend-of-the-brand Spike Jonze and written by Jonah Hill (no, he’s not going to act—womp womp), will serve as the brand’s Spring ’15 presentation. “Spike and I were chatting about what it would be like if he were to ever work on a show with us, and the idea of a scripted play came up,” Leon, who last season presented the Fall ’14 collection with the help of a giant chocolate waterfall, told Style.com. “We dreamed up all these ideas of a theatrical performance for a fashion show, and now that inspiration is coming to life.” At the end of the day, the best fashion shows are just as (if not more) entertaining, moving, shocking, etc. as a theater production, so it sounds like the OC crew might be on to something. Though I’m definitely curious if fashion and theater critics will be receiving front-row invites.

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

EXCLUSIVE: Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim on the Brand’s New London Shop, Baby OC, and More

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Opening CeremonyOpening Ceremony’s latest addition to its growing empire, a shop at London’s Ace Hotel, officially opens its doors to the public today. “It’s a small store, but it’s a very well curated selection,” said the brand’s co-founder, Carol Lim, of the new Shoreditch outpost. (This will function as the primary OC store in London while the King Street location undergoes renovation.)

In the mix, there are offerings from OC’s roster of popular labels like Hood by Air and Raf Simons, the main OC line, and store exclusive pieces (the DKNY for Opening Ceremony collection will make its debut at the store, ahead of the September 1 official launch). There are also goods from London’s rising stars, such as Faustine Steinmetz and Marques’Almeida. “We have been big supporters of some of these labels, like Marques’Almeida, for a while, so a lot of the product is really special to us,” said Lim.

Opening Ceremony

Lim, for her part, didn’t make it to London for the opening: “I’m at home—my baby is due any day now.” She admitted that she and her OC co-founder, Humberto Leon, have babies on the mind these days. “Funny you should ask, we are working on baby gear right now. I also have a 20-month-old and Humberto has twins; it’s just a big part of our everyday lives at this point, so it makes a lot of sense.” More on that at a later date.

That’s not all they’ve got up their sleeve. “As our Opening Ceremony line continues to grow, we are really interested in exploring what a mono-brand retail format could look like,” said Lim. “We have always had our brand out with the 300-plus other brands that we carry, but we are hoping to switch things up a bit. In the next year, we are most likely going to roll out a new retail experience here in the States.”

Here, we have an exclusive first look inside the new Max Lamb-designed store.

Opening Ceremony Shoreditch at Ace Hotel, London, 106 Shoreditch High Street. For more info, visit www.openingceremony.us.

Photo: Jamie McGregor Smith 

Opening Ceremony Heads to Shoreditch

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magritteOpening Ceremony fans in London’s trendy Shoreditch neighborhood are in for a treat. The Ace Hotel, a longtime OC collaborator, will debut a pop-up shop at its Shoreditch location at the end of July. (If you’ll recall, the Ace Hotel in New York City also opened an OC pop-up in 2010.) WWD reports that the Max Lamb-designed store will pop up at 106 High Street.

In addition to Opening Ceremony’s men’s and women’s collections, the shop will sell the new René Magritte capsule (pictured) and pieces by local NewGen designers Faustine Steinmetz and Marques’Almeida.

The pop-up coincides with the temporary closing of OC’s Covent Garden shop, which will undergo renovations.