There is life yet for Chloe Sevigny's Opening Ceremony collection. While on Topshop, we came across their new Post-War Precision collection (originally called the Valerie Collection, though we don't know why they changed the name). Topshop describes it as "1950s pin-up styling with a rockabilly twist", but between the checkered pieces, acid wash jean jacket and ditsy floral print dresses we thought "We Wish We Were Chloe Sevigny" would have been a more apt description. Just take a gander at these high-wasted checked pants. Remind you of anything? We thought so. Similarily, this blouse by Topshop is almost an exact replica of one Chloe turned out for Opening Ceremony (although in the picture it's shown in floral, Chloe also made one in basic white), one of the more wearable pieces of the collection. And these tiny floral printed shorts are very reminiscent of Chloe's floral skirt. Topshop even went as far as a floral bustier, one of the more signature pieces from Chloe's collection (ps. we're still not sure who's buying these). [Editor's note: Natalie loves Chloe's floral bustier!] The Topshop stuff is actually really cute (thankfully, they stayed away from midriff baring tops) but our reaction was overshadowed by the same sneaking suspicion we had when we tried the items on last March in Opening Ceremony, or maybe it was last April and at Urban Outfitters. Either way, we're wondering why, amidst less than positive reviews, the Sevigny collection has had such a strong influence on retailers. Perhaps Chloe was on to something, but it's a shame her designs are being copied more often than worn. --HAYLEY PHELAN
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Chloe Sevigny's presentation for her fall Opening Ceremony collection was exactly the type of show you'd expect from the reigning queen of East Village cool: It was held at St. Mark's Church In The Bowery; models stared blankly and held signs that said things like "Time to have sex," "Goat Pussy," and "The agony of power"; Kim Gordon and several other performers (Shannon F, Thinner, Bleached) were scattered across the church, each taking turns performing; and two models go-go danced on blocks in the center of it all.
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Chloe Sevigny has been pretty vocal lately about her disdain towards much of the fashion world. Last July, she told the New York Times that she finds going to fashion shows "boring," and more recently told a British radio show (via The Cut) that being a street style fixture is "not fun for [her]." Now, just before London's Opening Ceremony pop-up shop rereleases five of her sold-out designs for the store, Chloe's told Elle UK that fashion is "not really [her] passion." Acting is her passion (duh), and her latest gig as a transgender contract killer in the upcoming mini-series Hit and Miss, brought her to tears, she says: