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Glamour is back

We love old Hollywood glamour. Those days when women spent hours on their hair and makeup, and always left the house looking like a lady. They were femme fatales, mysterious and coy, and wore their sultry curves with pride. Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Bette Davis, and Ingrid Bergman defined that era of strong women with their attention to detail and confident appearance.

Who wouldn’t want to channel their bewitching energy for a night?

Set your calendars for July 19th or 20th to revive the look of those alluring ladies with a vintage hair do. On both Friday and Saturday nights, Rock, Paper, Scissors, a pop-up hair salon, will have a booth at the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, where stylist Michelle Grimm, a New York native who has worked with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Balenciaga, can add some glamour to your life.

Think Betty Boop, Dita von Teese, Marilyn Monroe, or Rita Hayworth as you let her set your hair into bouncing curls and shiny waves. Dress the part in a vintage frock, draw on liquid liner, paint on red lips, and order yourself a classic cocktail at The Keefer Bar.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Legend of film: Sofia Coppola

Responsible for the fanciful scenes in Marie Antoinette, the trauma of The Virgin Suicides, Hollywood hotel living in Somewhere, and the connection of strangers in Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola has wooed us with her cinematic eye for years.

This month, she continues the affair with The Bling Ring – a tale of celebrity obsession, the extravagances of youth, and a true-life burglary gang. The real criminals stole over $3,000,000 of cash and belongings in 2008 and 2009 from the homes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan, and Megan Fox.

In case you need more reasons to love Sofia, here are a few…

1. At the tender age of fifteen, she interned with Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. And went on in later years to be Marc Jacobs’ muse.

Letting everyone down would be my greatest unhappiness. ~ Marie Antoinette

2. Continuing a love of fashion, she launched a clothing line, Milkfed, with friend Stephanie Hayman, and in cooperation with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. Stop searching… it’s only available in Japan.

The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you. ~ Lost in Translation

3. She directed Natalie Portman in a Miss Dior Cherié commercial – a short story depicting a young girl’s dreamy life.

We knew the girls were really women in disguise, that they understood love, and even death, and that our job was merely to create the noise that seemed to fascinate them. ~ The Virgin Suicides

4. She appeared in Madonna’s indulgent Deeper and Deeper video as one of the Material Girl’s friends.

For everyone, there are those moments when you have great days with someone you wouldn’t expect to. Then you have to go back to your real lives, but it makes an impression on you. ~ Sofia Coppola

5. Filmmaking is in her blood and her family tree reads like a list of Oscar nominees… Father: Francis Ford Coppola. Brother: Roman Coppola. Cousins: Nicholas Cage and Jason Schwartzman. She’s also the granddaughter of Oscar-winning composer, Carmine Coppola. One can only imagine how her young daughters will express their creativity.

Everyone in my family is in the film business; I knew I wanted to be creative and it was important in my family to be artistic. ~ Sofia Coppola

6. Making a mark as a woman in a Hollywood man’s world, she was the third female ever to be nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards, and won Best Original Screenplay for Lost in Translation. Not to mention, her films have appeared at Cannes, Sundance, and Venice Film Festivals.

That’s the way I work: I try to imagine what I would like to see. ~ Sofia Coppola

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider


Our Top Picks: Statement-worthy sunnies

The time is soon arriving in glowing, orange-burnt splendor – sunglasses season.

Not only do we need to shield our eyes from the sun, but sunglasses allow us to keep an eye on lustful pursuits without anyone being the wiser.

Sunnies define our personality, state our mood, and make fashion statements.

They are the most important accessory of summer, and the styles revealed for 2013 will make you want to commit the greatest fashion crime of all… wearing them at night.

Foundry by Grey Ant (via Oak NYC)

Dita Magnifique (via Styleblazer)

Noir Catwalk by Miu Miu (via Styleblazer)

Thunder by NEFF (via AskMen)

The J’s Gold with Blue Croc Leather by 9Five (via AskMen)

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

The Punk Aesthetic

Whether or not you listen to The Clash, Ramones, or Bad Religion, followed Sid Vicious, and dream of long gone, hot-blooded nights at CBGB in New York, the punk scene has influenced your fashion choices.

Rows of studs, worn-out leather, haphazard safety pins, scuffed work boots, ripped t-shirts, tattered peacoats, and body piercings are all elements of the often-thought nefarious movement. And it’s almost guaranteed that your closet holds bold details from the milieu.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual extravagant celebration honoured the aesthetic this year with its PUNK: Chaos to Culture exhibit running from May 9 to August 14, 2013. It was an opulent affair for a cultural era that favoured anarchy and opposed the brazenly affluent - a dichotomy if there ever was one.

At the gala benefit, co-chaired by Rooney Mara, Lauren Santo Domingo, Riccardo Tisci, and Anna Wintour, punk-inspired designs by Givenchy, Giles Deacon, Vivienne Westwood, Burberry Prorsum, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs ascended the grand, crimson staircase.

Above: Christina Ricci in Vivienne Westwood Couture; Madonna in Givenchy; Sienna Miller in Burberry Prorsum; Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon.

The exhibit is an excuse to pause and appreciate one of the greatest examples of culture influencing fashion.

Rodarte, Versace, Spiked cuffs.

Kate Moss for Vivienne Westwood, Vivienne Westwood, Vogue Paris.

Balenciaga, The Clash, Balmain.

Alexander McQueen, Sex Pistols, Versace.

~ Sandra O’Connell


If there’s one thing girls like to do, something that has stayed with us throughout the decades, it’s twirling. Seriously. From lush, green meadows to clothes-strewn bedrooms to resplendent ballrooms to gritty street corners, we spin to feel the wind whoosh through our hair and fingers, to blur the world around us into a dream-like state with a smile plastered on our faces.

But twirling is not truly twirling without the appropriate miniskirt swirling out around us - capturing the breeze under the hem and thrilling wandering eyes with a glimpse of flesh.

PARTYSKIRTS by Skot Apparel, the latest fashion fever out of Vancouver, are made to be twirled. The brilliant silk skirts designed by stylish and business-minded sisters Lauren and Mariel Armstrong are the most desired party companion in the city (and soon to be many more cities). Flirtatious, eye-catching, and, most importantly, fun, the skirts meet exploring and desirous attention from men and women alike, and make every night something to celebrate.

Meet Lauren and Mariel…

What kind of woman wears a PartySkirt?

Every woman! We love to see a PARTYSKIRT on a girl with a t-shirt, jean jacket, and flats and a lady length on a girl with a fitted blazer and heels. One skirt, one million ways!

What’s been the most exciting moment since starting your company?

We have two moments - hosting our own PARTYSKIRTS party at Blubird for our spring launch. AND our Teen Vogue online feature - it has been a whirlwind ever since!!!

Do you have plans to expand to retailers in the US?

Absolutely! Stay tuned to hear about our PARTYSKIRTS events we are planning in the US, hopefully for Fall 2013.

Favourite PartySkirt?

Lauren: Magenta (there is something about pink that makes you feel fabulous!)
Mariel: Poppy red (it is girly and stands out!)

What fashion icons inspire you?

Lauren: I love the 1960’s and Hitchcock movies for fashion inspiration. Grace Kelly has always been my favourite.
Mariel: I am inspired by street style. And I don’t believe in fashion rules, I always make my own.

Get your own pretty PartySkirt online here and give it a spin at OPUS Bar.

~ Sandra O’Connell

Films in a Fashionable Era

Films profiling fashion houses have become as common place as music videos. While it’s unlikely that video will kill the runway star, fashion brands are adding film to their marketing repertoire to creatively define their collections and reach mass audiences.

Here are some of our favourites, both new and old, at OPUS.

Dsquared2 – Fall/Winter 2012

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Class is in session. If only all substitute teachers were as sassy and cheeky as the twins of Dsquared2. Today’s lecture includes catwalk theory, lessons in the bejeweled, and hedonistic studies.

Kenzo – Resort 2013

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A cacophony of electric neon and 3D prints, the new Kenzo film directed by Mat Maitland features a jungle that would camouflage only the most eclectic.

Maiyet – Resort 2013

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Perhaps drawing on Out of Africa, Maiyet and director Cary Fukunaga painted an ethereal landscape of East Africa from the perspective of two lovers.

Lanvin – Autumn/Winter 2011

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Isn’t this how everyone prepares for a night out on the town? Lanvin created a dance party of epic fashionable proportions. The message: You’re never too stylish to let loose.

McQ Alexander McQueen – Autumn/Winter 2013

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All senses are on alert while viewing the raw, sensuality of McQ’s latest film. Directed by Roger Deckker, the video pulls viewers into a beautiful chaos.

Chanel – Remember Now – Cruise 2011

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Let’s all jaunt away to St. Tropez. Karl Lagerfeld’s French world is one of opulence, indulgence and beauty. In this film, an older man has the charm to seduce a young woman amongst the prettiest of French men. This artistic sixteen minute video is more short film than commercial.

- Sandra O’Connell

Fashionable photoshoots behind hotel doors

Hotels are home to all sorts of illicit activities. Weekend trysts, business reprieves, glamorous retreats, and scandalous affairs. Most aren’t documented outside of personal video collections or brilliant red diary covers.

Our only real peek exists in photoshoots, which capture contrived scenes of fantasy and give us a look at some of the salacious scenarios that may take place.

We were inspired by our recent #OPUSRevamped photoshoot to peer inside other imaginary worlds. Behold some of our favourite fashion shoots from behind hotel room doors.

Kate Moss at the Ritz Paris for Vogue. Photographed by Tim Walker.

Sasha Grey at the Sunset Marquis Hotel for BlackBook Magazine. Photographed by Pieter Henket.

Pierre du Calvet Hotel featured in Dressed to Kill Magazine. Photographed by Max Abadian.

Kristen McMenamy at the Chelsea Hotel for Vogue Italia. Photographed by Steven Meisel.

- Sandra O’Connell

Behind the scenes at the OPUS Revamped photoshoot

After revamping our rooms at OPUS Hotel, it’s only natural that we show them off. Last month, we gathered a few creative minds and eyes to capture scripted acts unfold in the hotel.

Joined by Melbourne photographer Laura Manariti, we traipsed about the hotel creating scenes of mischief, amour, and amusement. We put ourselves into the lives of our diverse guests and set up scenarios that may ordinarily remain behind closed doors.

Racks of clothing containing items from Wear Else, JC Studio, Stylista Clothing Co., Scotch & Soda, Shoe Phix, Sienna Ray & Co., Boys’ Co., and Shine Jewels descended upon the second floor meeting room, filling the space with brilliant colour, opulent textures, and the odd sequin twinkling from the depths of fabrics. There were more clothes than the average man or woman has in their closets, and all were fit for one of our lifestyle muses.

With the help of stylists Crystal Carson and Gian Carlo, and makeup by Emily Cheng, our models, Sandra Laratta, Allyson Grant, Leanne Lewin, Nickeil Marcelle, Matthew Chambers, David Chin, and Josh Kalender,were magically transformed into guests.

We staged scenes of lust and desire in hallways, cheeky rendezvous in rooms, illustrious nights in the bar, and luxurious mornings welcoming the sun. We played Peeping Tom to our models, forgetting they were merely portraying characters as we felt ourselves fall into each setting.

Keep a curious eye out for images from our revealing shoot and imagine yourself in each divine scene.

A big thank you to everyone involved!

- Sandra O’Connell

A restyled hotel. A revamped blog.

At OPUS Hotel we hope to tease you with creativity and caress you with personality. It only seems fitting that with the redesign of our rooms, we should redesign our blog.

Welcome to the new OPUS Hotel blog – a collection of items that tickle our fancy and hopefully yours.

Curated by our OPUS Insider, Sandra O’Connell, the blog will include news from the rooms and bar of OPUS, art, music, fashion, film, and other morsels of the aesthetically and culturally arousing.

Here’s a glimpse of some of our newly redesigned rooms.