Style File: Opening Ceremony Says “Oh, Yoko!”

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Nov 21st 2012, 15:41

Opening Ceremony is famous for its wide-ranging collaborations—so famous that we rounded up our favorite 25 for its tenth anniversary not long ago—but its latest co-conspirator is a doozy: the one and only Yoko Ono. As a wedding present for John Lennon in 1969, Ono sketched out a collection she called “Fashions for Men”: an imagined range of cutout tops, lion-tailed trousers, incense-spouting boots, and bits of inspired oddity she created, she says, to spotlight Lennon’s “very sexy bod.” (A particularly randy vision of Ono emerges from these sketches and her writings about them—note the hand over crotch in the suit she envisioned, above.) Now, some 43 years later, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are putting them into production, along with Ono’s sketches in book form.

“I knew that my present to John was a conceptual one,” Ono told on the occasion of the big reveal. “Never thought it would be realized. But now it is, and it’s great!” The world may have changed since the late sixties, but, Ono says, “Men’s fashion has not changed that much. That’s why I wanted to say with my designs, ‘Hey, loosen up, guys!’ I think they will have a lot of fun wearing these clothes I visualized in 1969.” The collection arrives in Opening Ceremony’s New York and L.A. stores next week, followed by its London outpost on the 30th and Tokyo December 9. The full collection of 52 pieces (a lucky number, per Ono) ranges from $75 for a tank to $750 for the incense boot pictured below; posters with her drawings begin at $25.

—Matthew Schneier

Illustrations: © 2012 Yoko Ono (drawings, 1969)

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