Last night, Opening Ceremony threw a block party on Howard Street (where their flagship is located) to celebrate the stateside launch of Kim Jones' collaboration with Bean Pole, a South Korean retailer. Thus, the party was sort of Korean-themed with a Korean taco truck and cocktails made with soju. To round out the block party vibe, Brooklyn MC Theophilus London performed to a fashionable crowd that included Shala Monroque, Jen Brill, Phil Oh, and Rachel Chandler. Even new Kenzo creative directors (and Opening Ceremony co-founders) Humberto Leon and Carol Lim made time to stop by.
The always stylish and multi-talented Solange Knowles was also there and joined London on stage for two songs after doing a three-hour DJ set. Even though she was probably pretty exhausted from all that, Solange, who is becoming a regular here on Fashionista, was nice enough to chat with us briefly after her awesome performance. Here's what she had to say about dj'ing, stealing clothes from her sister and doing a clothing line. How did you become involved with this event? I'm friends with Humberto, one of the owners of Opening Ceremony. We’ve done a lot of stuff together so he called me up and I of course said I’d love to.
What's your strategy for djing an event like this? Today, I had a three-hour set, so it's kind of like you have to climax; you have to crescendo, so I play the chill ones first and I build up to the really energetic ones.
What are you wearing? Opening Ceremony pants, a Balenciaga shirt I stole from my sister, Ralph Lauren shoes and Lia Sophia jewelry.
Who are some of your favorite designers? Definitely Opening Ceremony, Stella McCartney, randomly now J. Crew--I’m obsessed.
Would you ever do your own clothing line? Only if it was a collaboration!
Who would you want to collaborate with? Opening Ceremony, I'd love to...I like smaller, more accessible brands, so it would have to be something that people can afford.
The ball's in your court, Humberto and Carol! If we remember correctly, this is kind of how that Chloë Sevigny collaboration came about...