127 posts tagged "Opening Ceremony"
Fashion rule of thumb: Nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Take the denim in Opening Ceremony’s Spring 2009 collection, for example. From high-waisted shorts and faded stovepipes to a sleeveless jean jacket—everything is made out of indigo-dyed jersey or sweatshirt knits. Not that you’d guess by eyeballing the stuff. What inspired Opening Ceremony impresarios Humberto Leon and Carol Lim to create these ingenious sweat-jean mash-ups? A reasonable person might assume the thinking went something like this: “Eureka! Let’s combine the all-American style of a blue jean with the mushy comfort of sweats. We’ll be millionaires!” But that reasonable person would be wrong. “[We] came up with this interpretive story about an American guy who falls in love with a Japanese girl,” explains Leon. “[He] comes to find out that she’s involved with these odd Japanese subcultures, each with its own particular aesthetic that we then tried to hybridize and crossbreed.” And how does that get you to sweat-jeans? “In Japan, there’s a kind of fetish for Americana running through the culture,” elaborates Leon. “That’s especially true with denim. It was natural for us to pick up on it.” One of the ways he and Lim found to synthesize Japanese street style was by putting a body-conscious spin on erstwhile girly or grungy looks—hence the stretchy “denim,” and hence, as well, the collection’s emphasis on sexy riffs on gingham check and ruffles. “If I had to boil down the Opening Ceremony approach to design,” Leon says, “I guess I’d say we like to take something pure and make it un-pure.” Sounds simple. But of course it’s not.
Dressing for success in the Working Girl sense of shoulder pads and bow blouses may have fallen out of favor. Power dressing, however, never really lost its cachet, according to G.V.G.V. designer MUG. Indeed, “power” was the first word that came to mind when describing her Spring 2009 collection, shown last night at the Altman Building. The designer presented alongside labels Matohu, Hidenobu Yasui, Tiny Dinosaur, and Ylang Ylang for Japan fashion week’s New York jaunt. Backstage post-show, MUG also revealed that her sharply tailored, body-con designs were an ode of sorts to the nineties as well as an homage to fave photographers Peter Lindbergh and Helmut Newton. Though we could totally imagine Linda, Naomi, et al. rocking G.V.G.V. back in the day, the label remains distinctly au courant, hence its presence at both the New York and L.A. branches of Opening Ceremony. Tokyo-based MUG’s first impression of the Howard Street store? “Amazing.” Through February 1, retail exhibitions featuring all of the labels shown will also be on display at Destination N.Y., Theory, Aloha Rag, and Tribeca Issey Miyake.
“The era of first lady-as- rectangle had ended,” declares The Washington Post‘s Robin Givhan of Michelle Obama’s form-fitting inaugural looks, while The New York Times‘ Cathy Horyn calls the First Lady “not your average fashionista.” Prepare yourself for four (or more) years of fashion punditry.
Yesterday’s populist beauty product giveaway turned out not to be so much for the people, because when it comes to moisturizers, the people are kinda snobby.
Hang on to your plaid; Opening Ceremony has deemed it cool for another season with a collection from old-school Americana peddlers Pendleton, launching this fall.
Too awed by Aretha Franklin’s Swarovski-studded ribbon hat to pay attention to the swearing-in yesterday? Can’t blame you. Such finery is available in Detroit, a city that could use a little brotherly love if you’re in the market for millinery.
If you’re like me, you get jealous every time one of your friends (and especially your frenemies) say they’re going to Tokyo. After all, it’s home to some of the world’s most fanatical fashion connoisseurs and a breeding ground for avant-garde design talents. (The Kawakubo stable is clearly just the tip of the iceberg.) Well, now you can do more than just sit at home and flip through a copy of Fruits to get your fill of Nippon chic. Japan Fashion Week is bringing 13 designers to New York for a group show on January 27. Among them are G.V.G.V., a label (pictured here) that’s available at Opening Ceremony and whose one-named designer, Mug, will be flying over for the event, and Ylang Ylang, designed by Ryunosuke Aoyagi and sold at Aloha Rag. After Tuesday night’s show, the various looks will go on display (and a few on sale) at boutiques in various downtown locations: Destination, Issey Miyake, Theory, and Aloha Rag until February 1.
If you missed the news just before the holidays, Tracey Ross announced that she was closing her trailblazing Los Angeles boutique on New Year’s Eve, after 18 years of selling high-end fashion with her particular SoCal slant to a dedicated, celeb- studded clientele. There’s been a lot of bad news on the fashion front between Thanksgiving and now, so we’ll remind you that in November, retail doyenne Linda Dresner also announced that she would close her famed Park Avenue boutique. It opened in 1983. Though Dresner is keeping her original shop in Birmingham, Michigan, both she and Ross cited department-store desperation in the form of early sales and deep discounts as a major factor in their demise. How can the little guy (or gal, as the case may be) compete with 70 percent off at Neiman Marcus? Apparently, not very well. But these specialty stores don’t merely offer just another cash register to buy a dress. What fans of Dresner, ranging from Jackie O to Carine Roitfeld, loved was her eye—one that enabled her to support designers like Tom Binns and Rick Owens early on. In a recent interview with WWD, Dresner decried the lack of creativity in retailing. There are, of course, great specialty stores still standing in both New York (Opening Ceremony, Jeffrey) and Los Angeles (Opening Ceremony, Satine, Mameg), as well as San Francisco’s Susan and Chicago’s Ikram. And Milan Vukmirovic’s soon-to-open Miami boutique The Webster is the source of much buzz. But it wouldn’t be surprising to hear of yet another closing in the near future. Is the ever-worsening economy spelling the end of the boutique with a finely honed point of view? Tell us what you think.