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.
Kim Jones recently stepped into the spotlight when he debuted his first collection for Louis Vuitton at Men's Fashion Week in Paris. He replaced Paul Helbers as style director of the house's men's ready-to-wear division, leaving his previous position as creative director at Alfred Dunhill. The Central St. Martin's grad started quietly garnering a cult following back in the early aughts, when he produced a collection under his own name for eight consecutive seasons. Since then he's remained pretty under-the-radar, designing for various labels including Uniqlo, Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, Hugo Boss, Umbro and Topman, until his Louis Vuitton collection debuted to rave reviews. However, he has another project coming out that we are super excited about, especially because it includes womenswear and will probably be pretty affordable--a collaboration with hip Korean brand Bean Pole. Scott Sternberg recently designed a collection with the retailer that I was obsessed with and to my grave disappointment, it was only available in Korea. Thanks to the clued in buyers at Opening Ceremony, this August, Jones' Bean Pole collection will at least be available in New York.