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August 20 2014

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140 posts tagged "Opening Ceremony"

Opening Ceremony Is Going To Be Big In Japan, Literally

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Eight floors. 50,000 square feet. “A monster megaplex” featuring shop-in-shops by the likes of Alexander Wang, Boy by Band of Outsiders, D.A.P. Books, Other Music, Trash & Vaudeville, and The Row. Welcome to Opening Ceremony, Japan. The store OC founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have built in the heart of Tokyo’s Shibuya shopping district is no effing joke, to put it bluntly. Opening on the 30th, the store features “all the classic Opening Ceremony product,” as Leon says, plus a bevy of launch exclusives, the aforementioned shop-in-shops, plus a few others, and a restaurant called Potluck that’s about to make “brunch” trendy in Japan. “We wanted to focus on the experience as much as the merchandise,” Leon explains. “Every floor has its own point of view. Going through the store is kind of like getting a tour of American architecture throughout the ages—like, the first floor is Santa Fe/Southwestern, then there’s a floor referencing sixties modernist architecture, and another one that’s seventies hippie…” There is also, Leon notes, a floor made to look like a typical American office. Those cubicles ought to make an interesting backdrop for the Opening Ceremony opening bash, at which Strokes-man Julian Casablancas will be playing songs off his forthcoming solo LP. The party’s not until the 29th, so there’s still plenty of time to book a flight.

Photo: Courtesy of Opening Ceremony

Betsey Johnson: Video Queen

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Betsey Johnson celebrated her 30th anniversary in the business last year, and she’s more relevant today than she’s been in ages. If you’re anything like us, you’ve got your eye on a few pieces from the designer’s new collaboration with Opening Ceremony, Betsey Johnson Archive. Now we’ve learned that she’s following up last season’s Betsey Crocker flick (which seems pretty prescient in light of the recent release of Julie & Julia) with the launch today of archival show footage going back three decades. Think the neon brights, big shoulders, and Patrick Nagel-esque styling all over the Fall runways look new? Click play: Johnson was working them back in 1979. See the videos here, but be warned: They’re addictive—and inspiring.

Photo: Courtesy of Betsey Johnson

Yea, Nay, Or Eh: The Return Of The Backpack

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You know what I’d like? A locker. Wouldn’t it be great to have someplace convenient to stow your stuff—gym clothes, a pair of flats, some Balance bars, that copy of Infinite Jest you’ve been nibbling at on the subway? That’d lighten the load. I’d also like to receive an allowance for doing my chores: washing dishes, making the bed, taking out the garbage. And while I’m at it, I’d like my mom to cook dinner for me every night, and for my best friend to find out if the boy I like likes me, too. Alas, if I can’t reclaim my misspent youth, at least I can console myself with a backpack. They are, apparently, in vogue—Opening Ceremony and J.Crew are stocking backpacks from Swedish maker Fjällräven; Chloë Sevigny’s new unisex range for Opening Ceremony features backpacks; and, as WWD noted yesterday, backpacks showed up on several of the men’s Spring ’10 runways—a good harbinger of trends to come, alongside the fact that I’ve been seeing hipster kids on the Lower East Side toting middle school-style all summer. As usual, I ask myself—what gives? Why backpacks, why now? Personally, I found junior high to be kind of a drag. Awkward growth spurts, algebra, a constant terror of running afoul of the popular crowd, and so on. It seems like this experience is relatively universal, so maybe this whole backpack thing is a symptom of the recession. Maybe everyone style-minded has decided, en masse, that they can’t afford any more visits to the chiropractor. In any case, I’ve decided I’m all for this trend, as long as the pack I get to carry is one of the styles designed by Assembly owner Greg Armas. His new store brand—reported on last week by our brother site—has unisex appeal, and the backpacks, which come in materials such as waxed raffia and cashmere, are indubitably cool. What do you think? Up with the comfort of a double-strap bag, or down with any trend that leads in the direction of the Trapper Keeper? Comments, please.

Photo: Courtesy of Assembly

Soccer Fanatics

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Is there anything sexier than a man playing soccer? Well, maybe, but for nine hours on Saturday at Chelsea Waterside Park, forwards, strikers, and goalies competing in Adidas’ eighth annual daylong Fanatic tournament made it hard to come up with a better answer. Twenty-four teams competed for the top prize (we were most interested in who would get the “best customized jersey” award), while fans sipped Heineken tall boys—yes, even the girls—and cheered on the players over the beats from the DJ booth. dGi Dillingers beat Bowery United in the final (1-0), and while the Opening Ceremony team took home the jersey award (no surprise there), the off-field style tended toward short sundresses, shorter shorts, a pair of laser-cut leggings, and lots of plaid. We spotted Phillip Lim, Richard Chai, and Jeremy Kost in the crowds, and a few male-model types who would have looked much cuter in soccer jerseys.

Just Opened: Opening Ceremony’s Little House Of Accessories

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Accessories, I am sorry to report, do not get a good shake from the Great Thinkers. Seneca, for example, said, “They that mistake life’s accessories for life itself are like them that go too fast in a maze.” John Lennon posited that drugs are accessories to normal living, in a society too cruel to be lived plain. Granted, neither of them was talking about bags and shoes, but let the points stand: In Utopia, we’d all be Zen master minimalists. But what’s the fun in that? If Utopia entails moping around in togas, surely we’d all rather indulge our flawed humanity at the Little House of Accessories, the new outpost for all things extraneous opened last week by Opening Ceremony. Adjacent to the Opening Ceremony store in L.A., the Little House puts accessories from the likes of Alexander Wang, Delfina Delettrez, Proenza Schouler, Linda Farrow, and Slow and Steady Wins the Race all in one place. If you’re dying to pick up the creeper-buckled wedge boots from the new Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony collection, this is the place do it (while supplies last.) Moreover, New York-based antique jeweler Kentshire Galleries has set up its first Los Angeles outpost at the shop, which O.C. founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have seen fit to decorate in surreal, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids style. Long story short—when it comes to Utopia, to each her own.

Photo: Courtesy of Opening Ceremony