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July 31 2014

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Point. Set. Match: Opening Ceremony Serves up Sportswear with Adidas

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Last summer, just in time for the London Olympics, Opening Ceremony teamed up with Adidas to create a capsule range of swimming and cycling apparel. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim so enjoyed the sporty experience that they’ve joined forces with the brand again and released a second installment of the athletic collaboration. On Saturday, Leon and Lim invited friends such as Rita Ora and Alessandra Balazs to celebrate the collection with a game of Ping-Pong at SPiN at the Standard in Downtown L.A. “Carol and I both played tennis in high school, and now we’re obsessed with Ping-Pong. This collaboration is the Racket collection,” Leon said of the range, which also includes running separates and shoes. The wares are reinterpretations of Adidas Originals and boast a nineties feel with an OC twist. “We’re very tight, but we’re both supercompetitive,” the designer said of he and Lim as he geared up to play longtime friend, and frequent OC collaborator, Spike Jonze. And after beating Leon in the final set, Jonze accepted his victory. “I beat Humberto for the very first time tonight,” he told Style.com. But he couldn’t take too much credit for the win—the filmmaker joked that Leon’s appreciation for SPiN’s spring cocktails worked in his favor.

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Franco Fronts Gucci Campaign, Kate Moss Statue Brings In The Big Bucks, Olympia Le-Tan And Spike Jonze Collaborate, And More…

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James Franco is the face of Gucci’s new men’s made-to-measure service. Starting at the end of the year, Gucci shoppers can pick from 178 different color and fabric combinations for the custom suits, available in 11 boutiques worldwide. Unfortunately, we can’t promise you will look as good as Mr. Franco in your custom Gucci. [Telegraph]

A gold sculpture of Kate Moss in a yoga pose sold for $908,245 at a Sotheby’s auction this weekend. The 18-karat gold sculpture by Marc Quinn was on the chopping block next to artwork by the likes of Lucian Freud and Leon Kossoff at the London auction (which ultimately raked in $28,020,681). [Huffington Post]

Designer Olympia Le-Tan cut 3,000 pieces of felt for Mourir Auprès de Toi, the short film she enlisted Spike Jonze and Simon Cahn to co-direct. In the video, the felt figures and Le-Tan’s clutches come to life in a Parisian bookstore with stop-motion animation. [Nowness]

Academy Award-nominated costume designer Ray Aghayan died October 10 at age 83. Aghayan worked with famous Hollywood stars, including Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, and Diana Ross. [WWD]

Schwartzman, Jonze On The Kenzo Girl: Chic, Fun-Loving, Extravagantly Tall

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How do you define the Kenzo girl? That was the question facing Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim when they took the helm of the label this season. Their first collection gave us their answer; now, in a video debuting exclusively on Style.com, pals Jason Schwartzman and Spike Jonze offer their own. Ladies less than 5’11″: Despite what Schwartzman says, we’re pretty sure there’s still something in the debut outing for you. The full video goes live on Kenzo’s Facebook page tonight.

An Assortment Of Books You Can Judge By Their Covers

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Just how does a girl secure the services of one of the hottest filmmakers on the planet? “Well, I was a bit cheeky,” admits Olympia Le-Tan. “I met Spike Jonze two summers ago through friends when I first started making my bags. When he called and asked if he could order some, I said yes—if he’d do a film for me.” It took the busy Jonze a few years to keep his promise, but the short, which features a skeleton with a knife stuck through its ribs and a sultry creature (who bears a more-than-passing resemblance to Le-Tan) cavorting in and out of the pages of her embroidered book bags, screened last night at her Fall presentation.

Given her literary aesthetic, what better venue could Le-Tan have chosen than Paris’ legendary Shakespeare & Company bookstore? Pals like Sarah Lerfel, Olivier Zahm, Vincent Darré, and John C. Reilly (in town shooting Roman Polanski’s Carnage with Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster) crowded into Shakespeare’s twisting aisles to inspect the designer’s faux books (and a few of the shop’s real ones, no doubt). This season’s collection, Housewives’ Choice, was inspired by midcentury ladies’ reading materials: not only classic novels about women, like Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary, but cookbooks, romance novels, and milk cartons, too.

” ‘Housewives’ Choice’ was a BBC radio program in the fifties,” Le-Tan explained, “and it’s also one of my favorite reggae songs, so there’s a double meaning.” A little old, a little new—much like the collection itself. “It’s a mix between the fifties housewife and the modern-day woman,” she went on. “I don’t have a husband and I’m working, but I am nostalgic about the days when women used to make a real effort to look nice and take care of their husbands, their house, and the kitchen.” She looked nice in a printed hourglass dress, and to underline the point, wore a crisp white apron tied around her waist.

Twice The Fun With Chloë Sevigny And Opening Ceremony

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Apparently, one party per day does not suffice for the Opening Ceremony crew. Yesterday afternoon, Humberto Leon, Carol Lim, and Chloë Sevigny collected a typically heterodox crowd to their garden party preview of the new Chloë Sevigny for O.C. collection: Spike Jonze (left, with Sevigny), Kim Gordon, skater Jason Dill, performance artist Justin Bond, and designer Eddie Borgo were among the notables nibbling finger sandwiches as friends-of-Chloë like Rita Ackermann, Lesley Arfin, Lissy Trullie, and Jen Brill modeled the new looks. (The five dress styles, by the way, are named after five of the friend/models, too: Lissy, Lesley, Winnie Wong, Alanna Gabin, and Sophie Aschauer.) Sevigny, in a leopard-print dress and reversible baseball jacket from the collection, noted that she likes to show her clothes on friends, rather than models, because she designs sportswear “that’s meant to be worn by real people.” “It’s not a runway collection,” she said, as Terry Richardson popped off a few impromptu shots of the girls in hot pants. “The clothes are for doing stuff like this, hanging out.”

Sevigny went on to say that the new collection’s vibe was derived from early Benetton and Esprit de Corps, and that the sure-to-be-everywhere printed tights and socks represent the summa expression of an obsession with legwear that dates back to the eighth grade. “I remember wearing a pair of striped tights to the first day of school,” she recalled. “I guess it’s been a thing for me since then.” At that, the clock chimed seven, and it was time for the tea and macarons to be packed away. On to party number two, at Santos, where a bevy of O.C. regulars turned up to celebrate both the collection and Leon’s birthday. Needless to say, the mood was a little less genteel. By midnight, “Edge of Seventeen” was playing and the dance floor was packed. Sevigny was nursing a drink in the corner. And sure enough, she was wearing tights.

Photo: Hannah Thomson