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

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On this eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, we celebrate and reflect on how far we have come as a nation. During the past year, we have become a more perfect union. Millions of Americans are now experiencing the benefits of comprehensive health care reform, saving them money and saving lives. We have begun to fulfill a promise to our families, as American troops are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. And we ended the discriminatory practice of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

“However, we cannot forget the difficulties we have faced this year. This is a challenging time for our nation, as so many Americans are struggling just to make ends meet. Our country has been rocked by hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters and communities across the nation are still picking up the pieces. It is also a challenging time for our friend and ally, Israel, which continues to face attacks on her safety and legitimacy from hostile neighbors and the broader international community.

“If there is one lesson that these holidays teach us, it is that we must come together to embrace the ideals of reflection, forgiveness, and renewal. Together, we mark the year that was past, and as a community—as a nation—we forge on toward a better future.

“In the spirit of social justice, we must not rest until joblessness, homelessness, and discrimination are relics of history. In the spirit of those before us we must continue to protect the unbreakable bond between Israel and the United States, and stand up for her security. And in the spirit of tikkun olam, we must commit once again to build a better world together that is filled with justice and peace.

“Today, as I celebrate the new year with my own family, I hope you take the opportunity to share this holiday in health and happiness with those you love. May the next year be one of renewed hope in our dreams of all we aspire to be. L’shanah tovah u’metukah, and may you all have a peaceful 5772.”

—Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Carry the torch with Marc Hudley x Opening Ceremony’s “To Be Gentle and Kind” Smiths’ t:

Attn: GOPextremistsfallacy-proponentscaprice-happy officials, et al., 

Tonight marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, which initiates the Days of Awe—a ten-day spell of repentance, prayer, and reflection on the deeds performed over the course of the past year—urging all global citizens (from the faithful to the Religulous) to take a step back, reevaluate, atone, and do our utmost to lead altruistic, honest, thoughtful and considerate lives.  Naturally, there’s food involved; so why not hop on the honey wagon and/or apple cart?

Be about Obama for America 2012!  CHANGE into a trusty blue crew you can believe in:

Wear it with pride! Opening Ceremony’s “Love is Equal" super soft t-shirt:

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Vogue October 2011 (Michelle Williams cover) — ”Sparkling Personalities”

  • photographer: Patrick Demarchelier
  • fashion editor: Tabitha Simmons
  • contributing editor: Lynn Yaeger
  • bookings editor: Valerie Boster
  • makeup: Alice Lane

My most heartfelt of thanks to Patrick for the marvelous experience (and the exquisite book!) along with the brilliant Tabitha—and, of course, everyone involved behind-the-scenes—for an unforgettable day.

In the first image, Tabitha dolled me up in: Solange Azagury-Partridge diamond-and-white-gold headband. Harry Winston garnet, tsvaorite, and diamond brooch. Tiffany & Co. diamond-and-rose gold earrings. Rodarte F/W 2011 look #14 ensemble.

Pictured with my love Bip Ling in: Mannu/The Gem Palace earrings. Preen by Thorton Bregazzi F/W 2011 look #1 dress. My own Rodarte for Opening Ceremony hat. (Bippy looks ravishing in an Erdem dress and Fred Leighton jewelry.)

It was such an unforeseen bonus to catch up with old friends at Patrick’s Chelsea studio: including my dearest Bip (we first met in summer 2009 on a LOVE Magazine shoot in London), my favorite fashionfolk Lynnie (who I have always held in the highest esteem, even before we struck a friendship when I was just seventeen) and my style icon Alice Lane (she first did my makeup at David Armstrong’s home for the Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony book, Reds).

What a sparkly dream.

Thank you. 

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Céline resort 2012 Proenza Schouler resort 2012 Stella McCartney resort 2012 Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony The Row resort 2012 Givenchy resort 2012 Jason Wu resort 2012 Band of Outsiders resort 2012 Louis Vuitton resort 2012 Organic by John Patrick resort 2012

Resort 2012 — A White Collar Affair

I had planned to pen a fully-fledged print piece (or for a magazine’s online component) addressing the inrush of white collars that hit the showrooms this resort 2012, perhaps touching on the historic and socioeconomic ramifications of what such a loaded motif as a “white collar” could possibly connote (or not) of our world at large—and fashion’s relevance therein.

Altuzarra Resort 2012

Altuzarra Resort 2012

Alas, due to silly life things (pressing work obligations and deadlines coupled with schoolwork and exams out of town), I have yet to find a free moment to develop anything semi-intelligeble or worthwhile on this whole resort 2012/white collar notion.  So here are a few hare-brained thoughts, seeing as I have yet to come to any firm conclusions myself on the matter…

Céline Resort 2012

Céline resort 2012

I reckon it would be foolish to assume that this trend bears any pertinency on our economy in the way that we may initially perceive (in the standard sense of the term apropos to White Collar crime, white-collar professionals, etc.).  After all, white collars—when unaccompanied by a suit, that is—bore altogether different implications at one time, as I was reminded upon rereading John Updike’s acclaimed A & P (1961) this past week.

Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Resort 2012Chloé Resort 2012

Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony resort 2012, Chloé resort 2012

In the midst of quitting his job as New England grocery store clerk, Updike’s teenage narrator Sammy removes his uniform (a white apron and bowtie) ostensibly in angst over his employer’s treatment of young bikini-clad customers.  You probably have already read the classic (it is well-nigh a requisite in most American schools), but in case missed the boat and are curious: The freedom portrayed by the bathing-suited girls alludes him, and he ends up alone in the white shirt that his mother had starched for him.  Poor Sammy.  

[There’s a short film adaptation of A & P here, starring Sean Hayes and Amy Smart in all their circa 1996 glory.]

Peter Jensen Resort 2012Peter Jensen Resort 2012

Peter Jensen resort 2012

Then again, the wealth of white collars this resort season could merely allude to designers’ optimism that by catering toward white-collar customers (in the most traditional, affluent sense), such a clientele would in turn snap up their “white-collar” togs.  [E.g., Stefano Pilati’s resort 2012 Yves Saint-Laurent showing.]  Although I have a sneaking suspicion that Elizabeth Warren and (chic) economists on both sides of the aisle would be quick to debunk ascribing the trend to that rationale.  

Carven F/W 2012

Carven by Guillaume Henry

Carmen de Tommaso (Mme. Carven) was famously a fan of peter pan collars and white cuffs—veritable signatures of early Carven.  The house is flourishing under Guillaume Henry’s helm; who, as it is oft-reported, is doing wonders carrying the Carven torch into the 21st century.  Perhaps the rest of the fashion flock is finally catching onto his sought-after propensity of topping his “French cool girl” collections with a trademark Carven peek-a-boo white collar (sometimes betwixt a bola tie)?

Acne resort 2012

Or plausibly I am reading way too much into this, and white collars’ coinciding, collection-wide presence is merely a testiment to how pretty and crisp and clean they are—evidentiary of their remarkable ability to add a demure and ladylike touch to even the sultriest of ensembles.  

Burberry Prorsum Resort 2012

Burberry Prorsum resort 2012

So, white collars are a thing this resort 2012.  And frankly, I don’t know why.

Oh and here’s an illuminating interview with John Updike (1932-2009) on A & P, which is mildly germane to this whole spiel, sort of:

An Interview with John Updike

Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Resort 2012

Alas I have a kooky-early calltime tomorrow morning… but to hold you over, here’s a sneak peek [final walkthrough] at the stellarsauce CS x OC resort collection—think very rah-rah varsity (highlighted by a collaboration with Vision Street Wear) meets la-di-da eyelet (drawing influence from eighteenth century undergarments)—presented earlier this evening in the gym of a parish youth center on Mulberry Street.  

For your future shopping wishlist pleasure, I also tweeted a few Hipstamatic prints from the show here, here, here and here.

Blast from the past: Behind-the-scenes on the Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Reds lookbook shoot in Brooklyn (David Armstrong, 2009) can be found over yonder!

Paper Magazine May 2011 — "Styled Like Me"
I am heartily flattered to be featured amongst the industry legends within Paper's Social Media issue on newsstands now! I truly had a ball on set styling this little last-minute piece (including the four girls at right) alongside such an funloving crew; my sincerest thanks again!


On me: Maison Michel lace ears, Pamela Love turquoise skull necklace, Lulu Frost vintage charm necklace, Timo Weiland rain parka, Shipley & Halmos jumper, Alexander Wang Marion mini flap bag, Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony x Fogal floral tights



Natalie: Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Sophie puff sleeve houndstooth dress, Lulu Frost vintage charm necklace, Henrik Vibskov Sokke bomber cardigan, vintage Navajo beaded belt, Acne wedges, Victoria Grant hat, Pamela Love tribal ring
Iris: Deyrolle pour Opening Ceremony cat print tee, Marc Jacobs floral pin (worn as headband) and rust silk overalls, Rag & Bone beige net vest, Pamela Love spiked cuff, vintage Gravati brogues (with American Apparel peach ribbon laces)
Aubrey: Opening Ceremony grey felt cap, Prada embroidered monkey top, Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Lissy boxy swing dress (shown as skirt), 3.1 Phillip Lim clogs, Lulu Frost vintage necklace and mesh bracelet, Derek Lam Ume ram messenger bag
Flynn: Opening Ceremony Liberty print straw hat, Jeanette Farrier sari shawl, 3.1 Phillip Lim bow midriff dress (view here), Acne blazer, Hansel from Basel woolen pixie leggings, Marc Jacobs sunglasses, Alejandro Ingelmo for Chris Benz wedges

Paper Magazine May 2011 — "Styled Like Me"

I am heartily flattered to be featured amongst the industry legends within Paper's Social Media issue on newsstands now! I truly had a ball on set styling this little last-minute piece (including the four girls at right) alongside such an funloving crew; my sincerest thanks again!

On me: Maison Michel lace ears, Pamela Love turquoise skull necklace, Lulu Frost vintage charm necklace, Timo Weiland rain parka, Shipley & Halmos jumper, Alexander Wang Marion mini flap bag, Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony x Fogal floral tights

Natalie: Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Sophie puff sleeve houndstooth dress, Lulu Frost vintage charm necklace, Henrik Vibskov Sokke bomber cardigan, vintage Navajo beaded belt, Acne wedges, Victoria Grant hat, Pamela Love tribal ring

Iris: Deyrolle pour Opening Ceremony cat print tee, Marc Jacobs floral pin (worn as headband) and rust silk overalls, Rag & Bone beige net vest, Pamela Love spiked cuff, vintage Gravati brogues (with American Apparel peach ribbon laces)

Aubrey: Opening Ceremony grey felt cap, Prada embroidered monkey top, Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Lissy boxy swing dress (shown as skirt), 3.1 Phillip Lim clogs, Lulu Frost vintage necklace and mesh bracelet, Derek Lam Ume ram messenger bag

Flynn: Opening Ceremony Liberty print straw hat, Jeanette Farrier sari shawl, 3.1 Phillip Lim bow midriff dress (view here), Acne blazer, Hansel from Basel woolen pixie leggings, Marc Jacobs sunglasses, Alejandro Ingelmo for Chris Benz wedges

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Step, Clap, Go!, 2011   Bad News from the Bronx produced by OCTV

To whoop it up in commemoration of the Target GO! International program’s fifth anniversary, the slick masterminds of Opening Ceremony recruited the Bronx’s very own Bad News champion step team to devise this celebratory routine with each member tricked out in re-released archival looks from the GO! International Designer Collective—which has hitherto collaborated with 17 designers including Luella, Paul & Joe (by Sophie Albou), Behnaz Sarafpour, Proenza Schouler, Libertine (by Johnson Hartig), Alice Temperley, Erin Fetherston, Jovovich-Hawk (by Milla Jovovich and Carmen Hawk), Rogan, Richard Chai, Jonathan Saunders, Thakoon, Rodarte and Zac Posen.

Launching this evening exclusively at the Ace Hotel, Target is resurrecting 34 of the past five years’ best-loved dresses for a limited time… so Step, Clap, Go (and get ‘em) nationwide on March 13!

Creative Direction Humberto Leon
Producer Rory Satran
Director Bruce Thierry Cheung
Editor Andinh Ha
Art Direction Su Barber
Styling Daria Radlinski
Hair & Make-Up, Animation Kate Tsang
Styling Assistance Enid Peralta
Cinematography Pedro Gomez Millan
Shot at Milk Studios, New York
Special thanks to Converse, Kevin Holmes, Gina Salamone, Streeter Phillips, Sofia Cavallo, Spike Jonze, Kathy Minh Bach, Carol Lim, Humberto Leon