24 posts tagged "Chrissie Miller"
Nobody does NYC cult better than Chrissie Miller and her longtime collaborator, photographer Cass Bird. So when the gents at Warby Parker (who opened their Soho flagship in April) needed a film to help launch Ocean Avenue—the label’s latest collection, which was inspired by offbeat seventies gang thriller The Warriors—they knew just who to call. Set on Coney Island, the short depicts an old-school dance-off, during which the retro-styled cast members (think lots of denim, some leather biker jackets, and a few pairs of seriously short shorts), somewhat miraculously manage to keep their specs in place. “I liked the idea of two gangs dancing rather than fighting,” said Miller, who’s currently serving as Warby Parker’s creative consultant (she was also the creative director of the film).
Comprising eight optical frames and fourteen sunglasses, the Ocean Avenue range (available from tomorrow) presents a series of new hues, like Sea Glass Blue, Ginger Lemonade, Cream Soda, Newsprint Grey, and Orange Fizz. Take a first look at WP’s wares, as well as the debut of Miller and Bird’s film, above.
In every group of friends, there’s the individual whose home becomes the go-to crash pad. For a certain subset of New Yorkers, that spot has long been Chrissie Miller’s apartment, a.k.a. “Club Chrissie,” which is also the name of Miller’s new Web series, a talk show that is “part Wayne’s World, part Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” she told Style.com. “Cory Kennedy came up with the name ‘Club Chrissie,’ and it’s been one of those things I can’t get away from,” she explained. “I didn’t even want it to be called that, but it has just stuck. I’m like, that’s so embarrassing. Can’t it be something chic?”
Each seven-minute-long episode features a special guest who stops by to hang out with Miller (and her curious cast of puppets including Pidgey the Pigeon and Cory the Fish) and try a different craft or DIY project—”kind of like a downtown Martha Stewart,” she said. For example, Miller brought Pamela Love on to make jewelry together and Reece Hudson designer Reece Solomon to create a handbag. Other visitors dabbling in all forms of studding, tie-dyeing, and embroidering include Miller’s pals Drea de Matteo, performer Maxine Ashley, Mickey Boardman, and Pharrell Williams, whose virtual platform/YouTube channel I am OTHER is hosting the program.
“I’ve wanted to do something like this for a while, but I didn’t want it to be on TV TV. Previously, I had this idea to do something like ‘In Bed With Chrissie’ where I was just talking in bed with someone and that was the show,” she said. Miller went to film school, and cool visuals were always integral to the success of her cult T-shirt line Sophomore NYC, which she has put on hold for the moment to focus on projects like this. “I watch tons of YouTube videos, and my boyfriend [artist Leo Fitzpatrick] knows every single funny video out there. He’s basically finished the Internet, finding weird shorts that have like 100 hits. Hopefully ‘Club Chrissie’ is a bit more popular,” she laughed. Based on the show’s fun promo, debuting exclusively here on Style.com, we’re betting it will be a viral success.
“Club Chrissie” premieres on Monday and will be airing weekly at I am OTHER.
Leave it to New York cool girl Chrissie Miller to turn her Fall ’12 collection video for her line Sophomore into a party. For the short film, she enlisted her friends, including Jessica Stam and Cory Kennedy, to sing Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” wearing Miller’s latest tees and maxi dresses. Watch the video (and sing along if you like), above. Click here to read our review as part of Video Fashion Week.
“I didn’t think I’d ever have a store,” Sophomore’s Chrissie Miller says. “I thought, crazy people shop and I didn’t want to be involved in that. But I did it in L.A. and I loved it—that lifestyle, being there and talking to people about the clothes. As soon as I got back, it’s all I was thinking about.” So when a small shop space opened on Ludlow Street, Miller (above right) and friend and fellow designer Lindsey Thornburg (above left) pounced. Just one month after signing on the space, their new collaborative store, 143 (named after the building number, though Miller notes it’s also pager code for “I love you”), the first permanent retail space for either designer, is set to open this Friday.
143 will be divided between the Sophomore collection, which Miller designs with Madeleine von Froomer, and Thornburg’s cape-heavy namesake collection. (Both designers have also moved their studios to the building as well.) But it will also feature new and vintage pieces from a network of friends and the likeminded, including clothes, books, art, and jewelry. “The neighborhood is super vintage-heavy; I think people go [here] looking for vintage,” Miller says. “So I found the best vintage dealers I could, rather than go to New Jersey and try to buy a bunch of stuff myself.” She’s been following the Texas-based dealers Sisters of the Black Moon on eBay for years, for example, and L.A.’s Filthmart, at whose now-shuttered New York store she worked years ago, is supplying vintage menswear.
Shen Beauty will curate an assortment of beauty products, and Miller’s boyfriend, actor and artist Leo Fitzpatrick, will organize art and art books from the likes of Nate Lowman, Bruce Weber, Richard Kern, and Cass Bird. “Leo is obsessed with art books, and we don’t like keeping them in the house after we’re done with them,” Miller says. Retail, the broom of the system! By the same token, shoppers can expect to find Sophomore and Thornburg samples and one-offs on the racks.
143 opens Friday, November 18, at 143 Ludlow St., NYC.