November 28, 2012

Two weeks ago, we had David Byrne with Paul Smith. Last night, it was Yoko Ono with Opening Ceremony. Celeb fashion collabs are so commonplace, the question is no longer whether to but who to do one with.

Yoko Ono launched her Fashions for Men 1969-2012 capsule collection last night at Opening Ceremony’s Howard St. store with a brief book signing. Ono skipped upstairs thirty minutes before the scheduled end leaving the fashionably late unsatisfied. With the 79-year-old artist and most famous inamorata out of sight, one could only take in the clothes. The tiny clothes: simple fetish and activewear purportedly for a man but sized closer to Ocean Child Ono herself (the one size jockstrap measures 24’’ around).

Ono’s OC collection is based on a book of illustrations she presented to John Lennon for the occasion of their wedding. The year was 1969 and she titled the gift “Fashions for Men.” In it, Ono had sketched a series of garments inspired by Lennon’s “hot bod”:

I felt it was a pity if we could not make clothes emphasizing his very sexy bod. So, I made this whole series with love for his hot bod and gave it to him as a wedding present. You can imagine how he went wild and fell in love with me even more.

The 43-year-old designs look dated but not all the way back to 1969: the mesh cutout shirts would have suited Michael Alig; the nipple-hole taught tops recall the real Helmut Lang; and the crotch-cupping trompe l’oeil trousers are something like Comme des Garçons. Even the jock is before it’s time; Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange didn’t come out until 1971.

I couldn’t help but think about cock sucking when I picked up a pair of Ono’s “for Men” knee pads. My mind was in SafeSearch off mode but Yoko invited me there–the hands are on the cock. And the ass. At first I thought breasts, but I’m pretty sure the pendulous ball logo is supposed to be a behind. [Insert some pun with "Ono, she..."]

The objectification of men brought to you by Yoko Ono and possesed with the spirit of John Lennon, available in New York and online now and coming soon to Opening Ceremony stores worldwide.

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