Yoko Ono, the lunatic widow of The Beatles’ John Lennon, world-reowned for her accessible, mainstream aesthetic and understated elegance, has teamed up with fancy-cool store Opening Ceremony to produce a limited edition line of menswear inspired by her late husband called “Yoko Ono: Fashions for Men 1969-2012.”
The collection includes a variety of staple wardrobe pieces such as pants with handprints on the crotch, a flashing LED bra (for men), and sheer tops with cutaways. All available in a tasteful array of colors. Yoko designed the clothes as a gift for John for their wedding day in 1969. She told Women’s Wear Daily:
“I was inspired to create ‘Fashions for Men’ amazed at how my man was looking so great. 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.”
Though it didn’t make it into the current collection, one of my personal favorites is an outfit Yoko calls “Dinnerwear,” which is just pants with a long lion’s tail attached to the bum. Yoko’s notes that accompany her sketch of the outfit suggest “Wear[ing] perfume on top … also, dog leash optional and gloves.”
Thigh-high boots with open toes and an incense holder (for men, please remember) go for $750. If that seems pricey, think how versatile they are. You can pair them with practically anything and they’ll never go out of style. They’re selling fast (seriously, many sizes are already sold out), so snatch them up quickly.
In the photo above, the model is wearing a transparent chest plaque that reads “RING FOR YOUR MOMMY PIECE y.o. 69-12 ” … the inanity of which is worth every penny of the $400 price. If you’re really on a budget, the cleverly ventilated Fartman trousers are just $250.
Yoko’s original sketches of the clothing along with her handwritten notes have been compiled into a book, also for sale at Opening Ceremony, called Fashions for Men. The following video is a 2-minute long animated adaptation of Yoko’s sketches. I highly recommend it watching it and don’t forget the audio!
John Lennon’s fashion sense, among other things, was questionable in his later years, and as a die-hard Beatles fan I really prefer not to imagine him wearing these clothes. I do hope, though that Yoko had the manners to send a complimentary outfit to Sir Paul. I think we can all agree that he would look extremely handsome in the flashing LED jockstrap.