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August 22 2014

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The Spring Collections Are Heating Up—Literally

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It was stiff competition to draw the concert-going crowds last night—with the Dead Weather at Don Hill’s, Robyn and Kelis at Webster Hall, and Arcade Fire in Central Park—but Intermix still managed to get a crowd to its own bash at Skylight Studios. English popsters Locksley and Deluka played for a crowd stylish enough for a music video—which, it turns out, was exactly the idea. “I wanted this to be like U2′s ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ video,” Intermix founder Khajak Keledjian said.

Bono wasn’t on the premises, but Sophomore’s Chrissie Miller (pictured; she also curated the evening’s music), Rag & Bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, and Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra all were. And according to the latter, it was a rare night out. “We have the shades drawn, the windows closed. We don’t know what time of day it is. It’s too hot to do anything, so we’re Googling for inspiration,” Tagliapietra said of the weather-induced lockdown he and Costello are under at their Brooklyn abode. But that’s given them plenty of time to focus on their upcoming collection, which they appropriately describe as “influenced by the gestures of nature”—even down to how the recent heat and sun has affected the flora of their neighborhood.

Miller’s inspiration comes more from a summer past than the summer present—the ’82 cult movie Summer Lovers, to be exact. “It’s the worst movie,” she laughs. “But its style is incredible—Darryl Hannah goes to Greece for the summer and wears amazing, comfy beachy tees. I don’t believe in wearing dresses, really, so it fits my ‘dressed-up basic’ vision well.” Her own summer refuge has been Montauk, where she’ll be hosting a Sophomore pop-up shop at the new Cynthia Rowley store this weekend. “I may do something similar for Fashion’s Night Out.” And then? “Paris for fashion week—I don’t take real vacations!” As working vacations go, that one doesn’t sound too bad.

Photo: Courtesy of Intermix

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