Remember when we told you about Angel Barta, the woman who claims Marc Jacobs like, stole her life for his collections and ad campaigns? We have a new entry into the “Maybe This Famous Person Ripped Me Off” category: Brooklyn designer Haleh Nematzadeh says Yoko Ono stole her designs for her latest collaboration with NYC brand Opening Ceremony. The Ono collection, you’ll remember, is full of handsy hands in all the wrong places.
Why Yoko would want to steal the collection and claim it as her own is beyond us: it just wreaks of derivative ’80s streetwear. But nevertheless! Nematzadeh says Opening Ceremony got their hands on her collection after she sent over one of her lookbooks for review. Perusing Nematzadeh’s site, there are a few hands-on designs, though her overall collection is a bit more varied than Ono’s looks. Keep reading »
Thanks to email and the Internet machine you’re currently on, letter writing has become something of a lost art form. But fashion editor Derek Blasberg (pictured with cat!) is about to change all that. Blasberg created the Handwritten Letter Helper, a kit to get you back in the writing game. It comes complete with several different form letters (True Love, Thinking of You, Happy Anniversary, Happy Birthday, Thank You, Let’s Celebrate, Congratulations, It’s Baby Time) that can be customized and kitted out. And Blasberg’s letter writing tips: “Do your best to write clearly, or else you’ll look like a serial killer. If you make a mistake, just draw a line through the error instead of making a big, unsightly scribble. And always make sure you have enough postage or else all this handwork will be for naught.” So grab a pen, practice your penmanship, and get back in the correspondence game. [$24, Opening Ceremony]
The cast of “Downton Abbey” — both upstairs and downstairs — attended the Olympic Opening Ceremony last Friday. They posed for a group shot in front of the stadium, with Mr. Bates in something of a compromised position. But! Where’s the Dowager Countess? You know she wouldn’t dare mingle with the hoi polloi. And speaking of the Countess … the season three promotional cast shot is online, and it features some of the heralded new castmates and a foreboding dark sky (oooh symbolism!). Check it out after the jump!
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This is a picture of an unidentified German dignitary greeting his country’s athletes during the Olympic opening ceremony this past weekend. “Tell me that guy wasn’t doing a Nazi salute when the German team came out,” tweeted BBC broadcaster, Richard Gordon. Whether it was a a left-handed Nazi salute (typically done with the right hand during Hitler’s Third Reich) or an antiquated form of the right-arm Olympic wave, onlookers such as Mayor Boris Johnson and Camila Parker-Bowles certainly noticed. The rest of the world noticed as well. It’s hard to interpret the man’s intentions as the video of his “greeting” has been removed from YouTube by the International Olympic Committee. If he was, in fact, attempting a Nazi salute, he may face charges in Germany where the gesture is a criminal offense.
Did anyone else catch this possible gaffe? What was your take? [ONTD]
There’s really no question about who was having the most fun at the Olympics’ Opening Ceremony on Friday: It was clearly the three adorable people representing the Independent Olympic Athletes. Liemarvin Bonevacia, Reginald De Windt and Philipine van Aanholt are all from the Netherlands Antilles, a collection of Caribbean islands that lost its independent statehood in 2010. Three of the islands merged into the Netherlands, while another two are now considered “constituent countries.” Unfortunately, the IOC, the governing body for the Olympics, ruled that the Antilles’ new status made it impossible for them to compete under an independent moniker.
A fourth athlete, marathoner Guor Marial, is competing for South Sudan, a country that just became independent in 2011 and was unable to set up a National Olympic Committee in time. Marial had apparently refused to compete in the Olympics under the Sudan flag, as several members of his family had been killed by the Sudanese regime. A visa problem — Marial trains in the U.S. — prevented him from attending the Opening Ceremony, but he should make it in time for his competition.
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These Simone Rocha perspex brogues are troubling for a number of reasons. There’s the bright green vinyl color, for one. Then there’s the clear perspex heel, which is bound to get you into some major trouble. It looks virtually unwalkable, and purposely designed so. That’s probably why it’s an “employee pick” at high fashion church Opening Ceremony, a store that prides itself on selling ridiculously overpriced, highly unwearable garments. And oh, did we mention the price? That’s right: They’re $ 1,075. [Opening Ceremony, $1,075]