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Meron and B. Hawk were with me at Opening Ceremony and both have a great city vibe in all black looks with boots that pop. Look and learn, people.
Last Thursday Opening Ceremony and American Express had a special event with the opportunity to pre-order the OC fall collection as well as get 20% off everything else with an Amex card. It was invite only, but StyleDefined NYC did a giveaway and two winners were selected to attend and get a $50 Amex Giftcard to use towards their purchases.
Carol Lim, co-founder and CEO of Opening Ceremony who has such a-ma-zing style herself!
A selection of accessories from their Las Vegas inspired collection….as for what I got you’ll have to wait until next fall to see!
For real now. Who does NOT love Opening Ceremony –the ultimate store with Cult Status in downtown New York! And THIS Thursday you have an opportunity to attend a fabulous event courtesy of American Express where you can Pre-Order next fall’s collection and get a discount on *everything else!
And in case you didn’t read the fine print you’ll also have the opportunity to meet Carol Lim and you’ll get a $50 Amex giftcard to help justify buying one of everything! Also you get to bring a plus ONE!
2 Winners chosen Thursday morning and announced by noon!Must be 21 with valid ID
And here are all the rules etc...but really all the good stuff is above!
*20% off with AMEX card only
Mother of Pearl is a London based label even though the designer Maia Norman and her recent artist/collaborator Fred Tomaselli are both originally south Cali kids. Since I didn’t go to London Fashion Week this season I stopped by the James Cohan gallery in Chelsea (where Fred shows his other work) this week to see the latest collection and it was well worth it.
This collection is a brilliant combination of luxe –silk, cashmere, buttery leather and swarkovski crystals were staples– and liveable –relaxed silhouettes and soft draping added an ease to the elegance. Maia works with a different artist each season but the prints created by Tomaselli are insane. Kaleidoscopic circles, butterflies, flying insects, and birds, birds, and more birds. My favorite print looks like delicate birds that you would see on a china pattern (and in fact they do sell it on a teapot!) but on closer inspection they’re attacking each other. This “pretty violence” on great pieces results in a collection full of must haves. Up until now it wasn’t anywhere for sale on the island of Manhattan –nor in neighboring Brooklyn–but as I write this Mother of Pearl is prepping to sell at Opening Ceremony. Another perfect match and I seriously cannot wait!
In the meantime Maia was kind enough to answer a few questions!
What is your background / did you go to school for fashion design?
I went to art school – although I’ve always been an eccentric dresser – even from the age of five. I made a lot of effort. I was a jeweler and silversmith before I did clothing – eventually I found the scale restricting – clothing was the natural progression.
Where did the name “Mother of Pearl” come from?
I thought long and hard to come up with something that embodied a beautiful strong element, but also with connotations of the sea. The maternal aspect has warmth to it as well.
What was the inspiration for the Autumn/Winter collection?
Fred Tomaselli’s detailed mind! I’m enchanted with Fred Tomaselli’s bird prints and the violent undertones.
How does something like this work in collaboration? Does he give you prints and you decide how to use them or is there a dialogue about what you’re looking for first? I’m wondering if you could discuss the collaborative process a little.
We usually choose from an artist’s existing work. We try not to take too much of the artists time as they are inevitably busy – so we embellish, choose placement prints, decide on fabrics and silhouettes and put them past the artist. As we do sometimes abstract images, it’s important that we ask approval from the artist first. Most of the artists we’ve worked with have been very trusting and flexible, and very happy with seeing their work translated into clothing.
Do you have a muse when you design or are you your own muse? (I like to ask this because men claim to have muses and most women seem to design for themselves)
I would tend to agree with you there – I mostly want clothes to fit my varied lifestyle – from evening city chic to outdoor active, I like to be able to dress things up but also wear them casual….
Do you have a favorite piece from this collection?
I can’t help but to think of the bird printed leather skirt – leather printing has come such a long way – its exquisitely detailed, beautiful to look at, and delicious to touch
What music/singer/bands are you currently listening to?
I’ve been listening to FIP Radio – its online out of Paris – they play such a variety of music with very little interruption, very easy on the ear – you never know what you’re going to hear, from opera to hip hop….I recently picked up Chaweenwan Dumnern – Thai funk from 1964, I guess that makes it Siamese funk.
I literally just came back from Opening Ceremony’s sample sale where I bought this Toga Archives dress. Toga is a Japanese line and I don’t know where else to find it in NYC. I fell in love with this dress because I loved the mix of fabrics -silk, wool, velvet and metal and the layering of textures. It’s really unique and fun. I also picked up an amazing Peter Pilotto blouse (coming soon to this blog) Opening Ceremony is one of my favorite stores because they carry really unique designers that even in NYC it’s hard to find anywhere else. Since today was the last day of the sale everything was an additional 50% off–this almost convinced me to buy a mustard colored fur coat that looked made for a pimp…I resisted, but maybe next time!
ps I made the photo black and white because I felt like you can actually see the dress better this way!