Friday, July 22, 2011

Fashion Flashback: Reyn Spooner for Opening Ceremony

Kirsten Dunst, Tod Wisenbaker of Whispertown 2000, Jenny Lewis and Johanthan Rice

Reyn Spooner holds the distinction of designing traditional Hawaiian-influenced clothing since 1956.  Depending on how it's worn, I think sometimes the print can borderline on cheesy (ahem, Magnum P.I.), but the brand's Opening Ceremony line gives it a whole new hipster edge.  Or maybe I think so because the threads are modeled by Kirsten Dunst and Jenny Lewis while Lewis was on tour in France.  Admittedly, some of them are rather adorable.

Hawaiian prints tend to remind me of From Here to Eternity, the classic Frank Zimmerman film about soldiers stationed in Hawaii leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Called the "Aloha" shirt, it originated in the early 1930s, brought to the island by Chinese merchant Ellery Chun.  The popularity of the Aloha shirt boomed in the United States after World War II, as everyone from Elvis to John Wayne were seen wearing them.

You can see the full Reyn Spooner for Opening Ceremony collection here.

Photo Source: Refinery 29, Glamour Splash, Arkiva Tropika

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