Yoko Ono‘s new collection of
party outfits menswear pieces for Opening Ceremony make for some interesting fashion statements … but whether they work as fashion is another matter.
The 18-piece collection debuted this week and was apparently based on a series of sketches that John Lennon gave to Yoko as a wedding present in 1969, and which were later collected in book form.
The collection brings to life some of John’s schoolboy humor (his Picasso-esque testicles sketch is now a $76 hoodie) as well as his more subversive, adult wit (you can get pants with a duotone hand print on your crotch or butt).
Most interesting, though, are three pieces that seem to imply that John was either a breast fetishist or else had a full-blown case of boob envy.
How else to explain the man-boob bandeau with flashing LED lights over the nipples ($250, above) or truly awesome “Bell Board” (below) — a transparent “chest plaque” hanging from a halter strap and outfitted with a pair of bells and the slogan, “Ring For Your Mommy”. This will set you back $400 but it’ll pay for itself many times over as a conversation starter at gallery openings.
And for more conservative tastes, there are two styles of the “Eyelet” shirt, with cutouts over the nipples, for $200.
There’s actually one very contemporary style must-have in the collection — the see-through mest shirt with shoulder cutouts — but for the most part John’s cartoonish designs will appeal mainly to memorabilia collectors.
Still, full credit to Yoko for bringing this somewhat crazed collection to market, though I suspect she really did it in the hope that John, wherever his beautiful, boyish soul resides these days, might enjoy a good laugh.