24 posts tagged "Chrissie Miller"
When Chrissie Miller (the founder of Sophomore) and Erin Krause (the director of artist Donald Baechler’s studio) decided to intertwine their fashion and art backgrounds, the result was bound to be a good one.
“We both have so many friends doing the same thing as us, and I have always thought we should all come together and do something,” Miller tells Style.com. She and Krause rallied their impressive group of buddies—including Richard Prince, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Terry Richardson, Tara Subkoff, Rogan Gregory, and Charlotte Ronson—to contribute to their new creative concept shop, Arts + Leisure, set to bow in Los Angeles this week at Space 15 Twenty.
The pop-up shop is their attempt to bring a dose of New York cool to L.A. “There was a show in New York a few months ago, Greater L.A., and it made me sort of realize that there was a lot going on in L.A. that New York didn’t really know about,” says Krause, a ten-year veteran of the New York art scene. “And now I’ve sort of realized that that goes both ways,” she adds. She has pulled in the cream of the crop to show off New York’s artistic talents, with over 60 different contributors. Many of the artists created pieces specifically for the store, such as Olaf Breuning, who made “an unlimited-edition floor lamp made of paint buckets,” and Dan Colen and Nate Lowman, who collaborated on signed posters for the project. For her end, Miller brought in clothes from the likes of Proenza Schouler, Vena Cava, and Daryl K. Although the shop is only scheduled to be open through August 28, the two are thinking of taking their concept global in the near future.
“I have this idea that we would do it in another city—Paris would be great,” Miller says. “I feel so grateful that all these people have been so cool that it’s scary to think I have to ask them for a favor again.”
Arts + Leisure, August 5 through 28, at Space 15 Twenty, 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A. For more information, visit http://arts-leisure.com/.
For many style-world types on the periphery of the interior design world, Rafael de Cárdenas’ opening on Friday night, part of the season’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair schedule, was the first and last ICFF stop. But that’s fitting: De Cárdenas himself toes the line between fashion and design. After studying fashion at RISD and taking a job at Calvin Klein, de Cárdenas quickly figured out that the typical fashion path wasn’t for him. After a second degree in architecture, he branched out into interiors and industrial design—all the while keeping the style world well within his sights. Recent projects include Unknown Union, the Cape Town, South Africa boutique run by the owners of New York’s now-shuttered Bblessing; the OHWOW Gallery in Miami; and the homes of Jess Stam and Parker Posey.
On Friday, he showed his first collection of furniture, an angular, cheerily painted geometric range indebted, he said, to the work of Bruce Goff and Frank Lloyd Wright. (“Actually, this table is called the Wright Table because it’s so similar to [one by] Frank Lloyd Wright,” de Cárdenas admitted. “We called it [that] to get it out of the way.”) Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon (above, with de Cárdenas) and Olivia Kim, Visionaire‘s Cecilia Dean, Sophomore’s Chrissie Miller, and artists Aaron Bondaroff and Aurel Schmidt were a few of the many who spilled onto Greenwich Street to sip beers and check out what the designer called a “joyful” collection. The wooden tables, benches, and desks were decorated with pops of metallic gold, painted ombré, or striped with brilliant color. They’re definitely not made to blend in. So where, one had to wonder, would they fit in—say, chez Stam or chez Posey? “That’s the great thing about these,” de Cárdenas said. “I don’t have to worry about what spaces they live in. That’s not my job today, that’s my job every other day. Today my job is to put it anywhere.”
No one knows who invented the game Truth or Dare. But Sophomore designer Chrissie Miller has a pretty good theory as to why it’s proven so popular. “Based on my own experience, it’s just the obvious thing for boys and girls to do when they get together for the first time,” she says. “You’re kids, you’re looking around the room at each other, and you realize, we have absolutely nothing to talk about.” Miller has had Truth or Dare on the brain lately; together with frequent collaborator Cass Bird, she’s created a short documentary featuring the likes of Chloë Sevigny, Lesley Arfin, Jen Brill, Scott Campbell, and PJ Ransone playing the game.
Of course, in addition to all of the pre-teen boys and girls worldwide, Truth or Dare has one very famous practitioner: Madonna, who named her 1991 doc after the game. It’s that flick, in fact, that inspired Miller to lens her own. “I watched it not that long ago, and I just loved it, and I thought, we’ve got to do that,” Miller explains. “It’s not a typical ‘fashion’ film—it’s for Sophomore, yeah, but the clothing isn’t my main concern. I prefer to focus on making something interesting, that people will want to watch. So I rounded up some friends, we got a room at the Bowery Hotel, and came up with a list of questions.” Those questions led to hours of footage, all of which was boiled down to the six-minute film. All that editing means there was plenty left on the cutting room floor—including a few tantalizing bits. “There was one point where Chloë dared Lesley Arfin to kiss her,” Miller recalled. “It was really adorable—I mean, they’ve been friends forever, and they were both willing to go there with the game.” The film debuts tomorrow on www.kanonvodka.com, and tonight, Miller is hosting a screening in Los Angeles at Paul and Andre, the unmarked bar recently opened by Paul Sevigny and André Saraiva.