Opening Ceremony SS16

OC OC2 OC3 OC4 OC5 OC6 OC7 OC8 OC9The large Céline-like buttons, the choppy fringe, the squiggly-lined collars, the cozy pyjama silhouettes, every shade of cream and beige….Opening Ceremony’s SS16 collection might not be the most groundbreaking collection this season, it might not even be the most groundbreaking in New York, but it utilizes its influences and executes them perfectly. Models look comfortable but surprisingly glam—the ornate shades might have something to do with it. I’m a sucker for the low-key frumpy long-dress-over-long-shirt combo—I don’t know why it works but it looks feminine as hell. And all of the beige and ivory is a welcomed sight after the non-stop white of the past few seasons.

Images via Vogue.com

Georgia on my mind

1 2 3 5 photo13_13 photo16_16 photo25_25 6Jacquemus x Opening Ceremony recently released an editorial ft. muse to the brand, Georgia Graham ❤ I love the casual, fun vibe of this shoot, featuring clothes from the French label’s Spring Summer 2015 collection. Jacquemus was one of seven finalists for this year’s LVMH Prize for Young Designers. The top honour eventually went to Marques’Almeida, but designer Simon Porte Jacquemus walked away with a special runner-up prize: 150,000 euros and a year-long mentorship from the LVMH group. Not too shabby.

All images via Opening Ceremony

Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony

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Oh my sweet versatile Chloë. Actress, model, 90s music video ingenue, style icon. She makes me question my heterosexuality on a regular basis and also makes cool threads for Opening Ceremony. Designing for the NYC brand since 2008, Chloë has come a long way from her earlier, less focused collections. This new one was inspired by Heathers and Japanese harajuku culture. As played out as both of those references are, I love the clothes she created from them. Much like her personal style, Chloë’s strength with fashion design lies in her ability to combine girly touches with menswear tailoring. Pants are loose and shapeless with hems trimmed with ruffles. Chunky mandals are cheekily covered with bows. Sevigny grew up in a Roman Catholic household and you can see elements of the Catholic school uniform in some of the pieces here. The strappy one piece bathing suit is a dream.

Buy it for me here.

Images via Opening Ceremony

NYFW AW15: Best Of

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For obvious reasons, the collections that stood out the most were ones that strayed from the recurring themes of this fashion month, or ones who articulated their influences in a subtle way. Inspired by a new collection of photographs by Spike Jonze, Opening Ceremony‘s collection featured whispers of the 70s shape (in the way of flute hems and high turtlenecks) with plenty of other motifs thrown into the mix. There were prints and jacquards produced from Jonze’s photographs (not as gauche as it sounds actually), vintage Kodak printed shirts, and assymetrical knits that felt more 90s than disco. At The Row and Ryan Roche, garments were hardcore relaxed and executed with precise hands, but we all know both labels have been on this tip for a minute now. The all over pleats at HBA were unlike anything I’ve seen before. And the grunge meets sporty utilitarian looks at Public School seemed simultaneously nostalgic and unfamiliar.

I was excited to see one of the more diverse New York Fashion Weeks in a while. No idea if this signals something industry-wide or if it’s just in New York, which is usually the most racially diverse out of the four fashion weeks anyway. I’m crossing my fingers for London, but probably not holding my breath for Paris and Milan.

Click after the jump for more pictures of The Pack’s favourite collections from New York Fashion Week.

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Eckhaus Latta

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Eckhaus Latta are Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta, both American, and graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design. The former classmates both have backgrounds in art (Mike in sculpture and Zoe in textile design), and are particularly well known for their use of unconventional fabrics, many of which are sourced from recycled deadstock. They like doing wacky shit like paint their models’ faces in purple and incorporate shoe layering in their runway shows. Male models flaunt in crop tops and minis, and artistic concepts are prioritized over fashion trends. Many of their looks aren’t pretty per se (those mesh lavender pants though) but all of them exude loveable exuberance. I love the generous use of light denim and the impressive variety of textures like patio furniture plastic, Moroccan rugs, and transparent leather. It’s like a really intense episode of Project Runway at Home Depot, with a healthy dose of tumblr vibes. Oh yeah. They also soundtracked their SS14 collection to a track by White Mateiral co-founder DJ Richard‘s . Sold.

The unisex label is currently available at Opening Ceremony and Maryam Nassir Zadeh.

Images of AW14 and SS15 collections from eckhauslatta.com

Fun in the 6

FUN1-1200x800 fun2-1200x815 fun3-1200x841 fun4-1200x800 fun5-1200x893 FUN61-1200x800 FUN71-1200x800 FUN81-1200x774 FUN91-1200x800We first hyped the work of Toronto styling and photography project MILA back in July when the duo (Maddalena Petrosino and Eleonora Gaspari) released part 1 of their Yonge St. editorial series for nssmag.com. Showcasing Toronto apparel and retailers, each part of the series features clothing pulled from some of the most forward-thinking local shops and vintage boutiques. While Yonge St. no. 1 used vintage and new garments sold exclusively at Dundas West retailer, SOOP SOOP, Yonge St. no. 3 was styled with pieces from one of my personal favourite Toronto shops, Parloque.

Located about three blocks from my house, Parloque has been doin’ its thang and doin’ it really well during the seven short months since it opened its doors in the spring. Self-professed to serve the “bold & boundless, the visionaries & vanguards”, the menswear and womenswear retailer carries a range of indie and streetwear brands like South Korea’s S=YZ, New York’s Kathleen Kye, Copenhagen’s Soulland, London’s Malmo, and local heroes Willis Chan and Daily News Project. Much like that other hugely influential retailer reppin’ emerging designers and cult labels, Opening Ceremony, Parloque fills that gaping hole in the Toronto retail scene for stylistically innovative, fashion forward clothing that won’t necessarily require a month’s rent in order for you to afford it.

Yonge St. no. 3 was shot in the Little Italy neighbourhood of Toronto and features the babelicious babe Daphne. You can see the editorial and complete list of brands in Cake magazine and online at nssmag.com.

All images via MILA.

Jacquemus SS14 Lookbook

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Jacquemus‘s SS14 lookbook takes us on a visual holiday to the South of France as our heroine  experiences her first love. A palette of white and powder pink looks ideal in the summertime glow of the images, captured by long-time Jacquemus collaborator, Bertrand Le Pluard. Click after the jump for more images and the companion film.

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