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.
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