Be sure to hop over to Twin Magazine to read the first of my ongoing “Three Quick Questions with…” guest-edited series for the online component of Twin, the biannual London-based art, fashion, and feminism book. It was a thrill to kick off the series with Kate Foley, buyer for the incomparable retail mecca Opening Ceremony and beholder of both the keenest eye and most enviable job in the industry. While fashion followers may first recognize Kate by her effortless and oft-emulated street style, those who work within the field no doubt also associate Kate with her inspiring warmth and rallying work ethic, routinely regarded as ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ by the fun-loving, innovative and talented team helmed by pioneering retail game-changers, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. I am certain that Kate’s nurturing of up-and-coming designers and contributions to today’s most innovative and sought-after collaborations will forever be applauded in fashion history. In the midst of this hectic Resort 2013 week, Kate and I grabbed a quick coffee and partook in a lighthearted little Q&A in the garden behind Saturdays Surf NYC, just around the corner from the Opening Ceremony Headquarters. Coupled with her resort buying duties this year, Kate is doubly abuzz in planning Opening Ceremony’s London boutique launch in time for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and the final logistics underlying all the untold collaborations consonant with such a monumental OC opening. It was a true thrill to discover a bit about what makes Kate tick, whence her discerning buying prowess and inherent modesty comes (as it were, Brooklyn by way of an active adolescence amidst a picturesque little village in West Sussex, England), and just how the Bearbrick-collector would style a bespoke Diamond Jubilee Twin figurine of the Queen… exclusively in pieces available at Opening Ceremony, of course.
Click here to read our little Q&A at Twin.
It was a thrill to catch up with my old pal, the talented Mr. William Yan, at the Oscar de la Renta resort show this week.
William and I first crossed paths back in ‘08 and I cannot tell you how proud I am—and how gratifying it is—to behold the blossoming of his now massive (and beyond well-deserved) cult following. He is a true gentleman with tremendous vision; I am certain that his fresh Brooklyn studio space and new portrait work are auspicious tokens of more forthcoming success!
He snapped me on the post-show dash:
Opening Ceremony dress, Patrik Ervell dragonfly bomber, Hansel from Basel socks, Carven for Robert Clergerie espadrilles, vintage Louis Vuitton briefcase, Opening Ceremony cat print auto umbrella, Lulu Frost vintage necklace, Vanities skull bracelet
via William Yan:
Haven’t seen Julia for a while so it was a pleasure to get an update from the stylish girl-about-town who’s always at the coolest events and doing the coolest things while balancing her studies and freelance work for numerous magazines and making it all seem like a walk in the park. #propstoya
*Side Note: Julia is one of my favs to shoot, her style is on another level and beyond amazing all the time!
via Opening Ceremony:
Meet Ollie, our friend JULIA FRAKES' dashing pup, who took the road this past holiday weekend in this darling getup!
Name: Oliver “Ollie” Frakes, cozy in ALL QUARTERS
Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Snapped: Driving along in chilly Pennsylvania
Favorite treat: Happy Hips Sweet Potato Chews!
Click here for more photos of Ollie pup at Opening Ceremony New News!
Carol & Humberto — directed by Lisa Paclet
Carol Lim and Humberto Leon (my idols) have ascended the Kenzothrone!
I have all the respect in the world for Carol and Humberto’s visionary, funloving partnership—along with their ideals upheld at Opening Ceremony as an A+++ multifarious institution—and am eager to see how they kick off a fresh new chapter to Kenzo’s legendarily bold past.
Truth be told: I live in Opening Ceremony’s innovative house collection (and inspired exclusive collaborations) and am still in awe of the soaring scope of their creative orbit—ranging from the most avant-garde design to the most evocative references to the coziest, coolest vibes.
I am honored to be a little part of the OC friends & fam. And I cannot wait to see Kenzo’s history revitalized and pepped up through the pioneering lens of Carol and Humberto. x