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At Opening Ceremony, Some Velvet Morning


“Rich” is the word Carol Lim and Humberto Leon kept coming back to as they described the Fall ’10 Opening Ceremony collections this morning. They were rich in color and rich with embellishment, that’s for sure. Standout pieces included maxi and baby-doll dresses in an eye-blazing digital print, skirts and tops covered in Technicolor sequins, and a moto jacket covered with matte metallic studs, which looked as though it would have done Michael Jackson proud. Fur—a new addition to the line—felt rich, too, but the debut material given the most play for Fall, and tricked out in the largest variety of ways, was velvet. Velvet turned up on laced boots (both from the OC label, pictured, and from the expanded Opening Ceremony par Robert Clergerie line ), and it got quilted for a group of soignée separates fit for hipster Marie Antoinettes. (The association may not be coincidental: In September, Opening Ceremony launches its “France” year.) But anyone laying bets on the OC must-haves for the coming season would be well advised to consider the printed velvet items previewed today, notably, the lace-up ankle boots, Peter Pan-collared minidress, and asymmetrical skirt that all came in either a blue or pink-toned abstract velvet print. This isn’t the first velvet we’ve seen from designers this season, and it won’t be the last. Is it the wave of the future? Many of the editors snapping shots today certainly seemed convinced.

Photo: Courtesy of Opening Ceremony

Aurel Fixation


Artist Aurel Schmidt seems to be everywhere these days, from the Whitney Biennial to the pages of Purple, so it only makes sense that she’s found her way into Opening Ceremony, too. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim commissioned Schmidt to create a logo for the new Ace Hotel OC shop, and she obliged in her own creepy-cool style, spelling out Opening Ceremony in a self-created alphabet of cigarette butts, dollar bills, donuts, lighters, and bloody Band-Aids. Now the store’s going one better, screening Schmidt’s letters onto pre-worn vintage tees. They’re for a particular type—blood-spatter and bacon-grease enthusiasts, this one’s for you—but we’re betting they’ll go fast. Until then, a full spelled-out set decorates the hotel shop windows. And not that we’d advocate cutting corners where art is concerned, but downtowners, it’s half the trip to the Whitney!
$60, available at Opening Ceremony,

Photo: Courtesy of Opening Ceremony

A Taste Of Home For Les Newyorkais


Revelers who made it through the queue in the freezing cold, down four flights of stairs, and into the classic Parisian night spot Le Regine last night had some serious celebrating to do. “We’ve been working hard,” said Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon, one of the party’s co-hosts, of his crew’s rigorous fashion week. “Tonight we’re dancing.”

Even fashion’s workaholics took a break. Street shooter Tommy Ton put down his camera, he said, “for the first time this season,” joining a crowd that included designers Alexander Wang, Henry Holland (pictured), Matthew Williamson, Daria Werbowy, and Jen Brill. Erin Wasson, in a crinkly leather hat, joined Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim and company at the see-and-be-seen table behind a few tubs of vodka on ice, while Lindsay Lohan holed up in a more Frank-and-Dino corner, playing coy—well, as coy as one can play in a snowball-white fur hat during an impromptu amateur photo session. The New York, New York party has traveled around the international fashion weeks—it’s already made a London appearance—and it’s already developed a few standbys. It just wouldn’t feel like home without dancing on the banquettes, a haze of smoke (not always officially approved), and, of course, “Empire State of Mind.”

Photo: Mathieu Gallix / Courtesy of



You read it right. The whole world may be going nuts for twitpics, but this fashion week, we opted for Whitpics, courtesy of Trovata designer John Whitledge. Since he took a season off from showing his collection, Whitledge had a little free time to take in the sights of New York fashion week. We sent him out, camera in hand; below is his photo diary of a week at the shows, the scenes, the parties, and the strip clubs (!) of NYFW, with a few words from the man himself on what he saw there.

“Erin Wasson was channeling a little Slash before her show.” Erin Wasson x RVCA show, ABC Carpet & Home.

“General Idea designer Bumsuk Choi faces the storm outside his showroom.” Soho.

“Kirsten Dunst was embracing a real fashion moment.” Patrik Ervell presentation, Milk Studios.

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Exclusive: We Preview The Opening Ceremony X Levi’s Collab


We’re not sure if it’s alchemy or a deal with the devil, but just about everything Opening Ceremony touches turns to gold. In the store’s new collaboration with Levi’s, however, most everything has turned to corduroy. When the results look good, we’re not about to complain. Levi’s gave a sneak preview of a few pieces from the mostly cord new collection, which hits select Levi’s and Opening Ceremony shops—including the latter’s forthcoming Ace Hotel location—later this month. The line, comprised of shirts, jackets, cutoffs, and pants, doesn’t mess with the simplicity that makes Levi’s great; the Opening Ceremony team merely tweaked the classics with pop colors (spring pastels like pink, lavender, and dusty blue, as well as our favorite, a mustardy shade called curry) and a few select nips and tucks. (The denim jacket [below] like one that you’d scour the racks to find at your local vintage shop, is lovingly broken in, and shrunken to bolero-ish proportions.) Look for them soon at a store—and, knowing their provenance, an after-hours party, under-the-radar-bar, or backstage lounge—near you.
OC x Levi’s cord shirt, $128; denim trucker jacket, $178; and 505 cutoff shorts, $148; available at select Opening Ceremony stores (beginning February 9), Levi’s Union Square San Francisco flagship and worldwide boutique stores (beginning February 19), and (beginning February 15). For more information, visit

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