SHOWROOM

BY DANA MELANZ

Korea-based STEVE J & YONI P's showroom feels like something in between an artist's studio and your dream closet: beautiful garments are surrounded by desks and walls covered in doodles, mood boards, and motivational slogans. After an amazing FALL/WINTER 2013 SHOW back in March, we couldn't wait to peruse designers' Steve Jung and Yoni Pai's fresh off the runway collection—a crystal-studded denim and plaid marvel they call "Classic Meets Punk"––in the place where it came together. Read on for an insight into all things Steve J & Yoni P!
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BY DAVID PACHO

The Opening Ceremony Showroom represents some of our favorite designers, including Patrik Ervell, Delfina Delettrez, and, of course, Opening Ceremony! In this column, SHOWROOM AND TELL, the team shares sneak peeks of forthcoming collections, designer interviews, and more. Recently, David and Amy headed to Cali to visit their favorite boutiques (and eat a lot of tacos)!

One of the perks of working with OC's showroom is that sometimes we get to break away from our busy New York schedule to visit the incredible stores we work with. Recently, Amy and I headed over to the sunny state of California to visit friends from the Pacific Palisades, north of LA, all the way down to Laguna Beach. In the four days that we were there, we visited 45 stores, ate approximately 23 tacos, saw countless Cheesecake Factories, and had one celebrity sighting (Lisa Vanderpump, from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills). Take a peek at all the fun. Read More

Meet Kemdi, interning with the OC Showroom.

Name: Kemdi Opara
Hometown: Ewing, New Jersey
Twitter name: @DON_KEMDITO
Astrological sign: Gemini
Last song I downloaded: "Traffic" by Lil Reese ft. Chief Keef
When I was 13, I was wearing: Sean John, Rocawear, and Enyce
As a teenager, I worshiped: Dipset, N.E.R.D., and Maroon 5
Dream vacation: Hiking in Brazil
Favorite Pandora station: Big K.R.I.T
Favorite book: Catcher in the Rye
Favorite historical figure: Jean-Michel Basquiat or Stokely Carmichael
Favorite place for dumplings: Ping Pong in D.C.
Favorite home-cooked meal: My mom's Nigerian Jollof rice
Items at OC I most covet: The Human Potential B.I.C. BOMBER JACKET, the Juun.J OC-EXCLUSIVE GRAPHIC SWEATSHIRT, and the Opening Ceremony M1 RUBBERIZED CLASSIC BOOTS in red. Read More

Meet Pink, interning with the OC Showroom.

Name: Pink Prasitjutrakul
Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand
Astro sign: Libra
Currently obsessed with: Sweets
Last movie I downloaded: Amour
Supernatural power I would like to posses: The ability to read peoples' minds
Favorite flea market: Brooklyn Flea Market
Favorite place for coffee: The Brew
Favorite place for dumplings: Prosperity Dumpling
Favorite home-cooked meal: Hotpot
Items at OC I most covet: The House of Holland Pom pom print one-piece swimsuit, the Opening Ceremony Inlayed metal sunglasses, and the Marques'Almeida pleated patch halterneck dress.

BY JOEY LAURENTI

The OC Showroom is a bustling space that represents over twenty international and domestic designer collections. In our new column, Showroom and Tell, the Showroom team will be sharing sneak peeks of upcoming collections, snaps of visiting buyers and designers, and more. Stay tuned for more of the insider scoop! In our first installment, OC Showroom Director Joey visits the Highland studio in Brooklyn to see what the label has in store for Fall/Winter 2012.

Joey Laurenti: What was your inspiration this season?
Lizzie Owens: The textiles were the starting point. The German artist Joseph Beuys had an installation in the 70s, I Like America and America Likes Me, where he wrapped himself in felt and confined himself to a room with a live coyote for hours at a time over several days. (They both made it out OK.) The Read More

Meet our new Showroom intern and Philly native, Danielle!

Name: Danielle Greco
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Astrological sign: Gemini
Currently obsessed with: Rhinestone chokers 
First AOL screen name: Glittergal530
As a teenager I worshipped: Boys who straightened their hair
What's on my nightstand right now: The POP Magazine issue with Britney Spears on the cover, a glass skull, a star- and skateboard-covered scrunchy, and The OC Season 2
Dream vacation: Istanbul
Favorite book: Marilyn Manson's The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell 
Items at OC that I most covet: The Mugler robe cut out dress in black, the chloË sevigny for opening ceremony canvas platform sneakers in black, the swash cameo placement blouse in cameo grey, and the christopher Kane large aqua bag in brown/red. Read More

Meet Josie, our newest showroom intern!

Full Name: Josie McCoy
Hometown: Overland Park, KS

Astrological sign: Capricorn
Currently obsessed with: Collars and bodysuits
Last song I downloaded: "WAKA" by Elite Gymnastics
First AOL screen name: Josieblue1990
When I was 13 I was wearing: Anything mod/60s style
As a teenager I worshipped: John Lennon
What's on my nightstand right now: Oyster Magazine, books, candles and candy wrappers
Dream vacation: Paris
Items at OC that I most covet: The Chloe Sevigny for opening ceremony canvas platform sneakers in white, the Opening Ceremony button-down maxi dress in navy gradient, the Imitation of christ sleeveless silk dress w/ flowers in pink, and everything Jeremy Scott!

BY JOEY LAURENTI

Who: Albert Lee
What: I.T menswear buyer
When: Yesterday

Where: OC's Paris showroom

One can never go wrong wearing: A button-down oxford shirt, cropped chinos, and a pair of lace-up dress shoes
Currently obsessed with: My job, of course!!!
Aspire to dress as well as: John Lennon
Go to karaoke song: "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane
At prom I wore: A big bow tie
As a teenager I worshipped: Kimura Takuya from SMAP

BY JOEY LAURENTI

The OC Showroom is a bustling space that represents over twenty international and domestic designer collections. In our new column, Showroom and Tell, the Showroom team will be sharing sneak peeks of upcoming collections, snaps of visiting buyers and designers, and more. In our second installment, we meet Lucio Castro, whose first collection will be in OC stores in the upcoming weeks. Here, the Argentinean designer talks to Joey about his trip to Vietnam and the making of his forthcoming Fall/Winter 2012 collection. Read More

BY JOEY LAURENTI

Make It Snappy is a photo series showcasing quick snaps from OC & friends.

What: The OC Showroom all packed up
Where: The airport, bien sûr!
Why: Men's Paris Fashion Week starts now! Pack light? Yeah right.

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