NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The notorious “Two Virgins” album cover, showing John Lennon and Yoko Ono standing in their birthday suits, may seem tame compared with some items now featured in Ono’s menswear designs inspired by her late husband.
The collection for Opening Ceremony includes pants with large handprints on the crotch, tank tops with nipple cutouts and even a flashing LED bra.
The designs are based on a series of drawings Ono, 79, sketched as a gift for Lennon for their wedding day in 1969. Ono said she the illustrations were designs for clothing and accessories to celebrate Lennon’s “hot bod.”
Also in the collection are a “butt hoodie” with an outline drawing suggesting its name, pants with cutouts at the behind, a jock strap with an LED light and a transparent chest plaque with bells and a leather neck strap.
“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,” Ono said in a statement. “So, I made this whole series with love for his hot bod, and gave it to him as a wedding present.”
Opening Ceremony hosted a book signing for Ono at its store, at 35 Howard St. in SoHo, for a book that contained the illustrations, and that led to the collaboration to bring them to life. The limited-edition capsule collection, “Fashions for Men: 1969-2002,” launched on Tuesday.
“As huge, longtime fans of Yoko’s art, we have great respect for her artistic vision, aesthetics, and intellect,” said Humberto Leon, co-founder and creative director of Opening Ceremony.
Prices run from $25 for a poster to $200 for a jock strap or $750 for boots with an incense holder or open toes.
Lennon resided in the Dakota, at 72nd Street and Central Park West, from 1973 until his assassination in front of the building on Dec. 8, 1980. Yoko continues to reside in the building to this day.
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