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Oh, Yoko! Ono’s fashion line gropes for Lennon

This undated publicity photo provided by courtesy of Opening Ceremony shows a black mesh Cutout Shirt ($145), and a black wool with contrast colored white hand Hand Trouser ($335) from Yoko Ono’s new menswear collection. AP/Courtesy Opening Ceremony

NEW YORK – You remember that Beatles classic “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”? Turns out Yoko Ono had other things in mind.

Ono’s new menswear collection inspired by John Lennon includes pants with large handprints on the crotch, tank tops with nipple cutouts and even a flashing LED bra.

The collection of menswear for Opening Ceremony is based on a series of drawings she 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 at its SoHo store for Ono 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.


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