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August 20 2014

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25 posts tagged "Chrissie Miller"

Two’s Company

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“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.

Photo: Aaron Stern

The Digital Reformation

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“I like to look cool but like I didn’t try too hard—that’s what I live for,” Zoë Kravitz told Style.com last night at the newer and bigger Reformation outpost in the Lower East Side. “I shop here just about everyday.”

What Kravitz was describing was the very aesthetic Reformation, a collection made from mostly vintage materials, has made its name on: cool and effortlessly chic. One glance at the hip crowd that had turned out for the evening celebrating the launch of TheReformation.com, including Lake Bell, Chrissie Miller, and Chelsea Leyland, reflected just that. Many of the guests were sporting Reformation’s latest collaboration, T-shirts designed by artists Nate Lowman, Leo Fitzpatrick, Hanna Liden, and Adam McEwen, advertising phrases like, “I hate you because you make me hate you” and “Ludes make better lovers.”

“These artists come as a group,” said founder and designer Yael Aflalo, formerly of the Ya-Ya clothing label. “You get one of them to do the collaboration, you get them all.” This is the first of many collabs Aflalo has in the works. Up next: photographer-turned-graffiti artist Curtis Kulig (who was there last night). “We are planning to do collaborations with different people every month and Curtis is doing one next, but I can’t tell you the details yet,” Aflalo said. Until then, stay tuned.

Photo: Alexander Porter / BFAnyc.com

Leisure Time In L.A.

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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/.

Photo: Erin Krause

A Day Off Is A Day On For Rafael De Cárdenas

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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.”

Photos: Christos Katsiaouni (de Cardenas and Leon); Johnson Trading Gallery / Connie Zhou (furniture)

Sky’s The Limit

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There are people out there saying Sky Ferreira is going to be the next big thing, but the 18-year-old model and burgeoning pop star seems fairly happy where she is at the moment. “Success is appealing, but the other stuff that comes with it is pretty scary,” she explained last night at Double Crown, where friends (including Jen Brill and Chrissie Miller) came by for an intimate dinner celebrating the release of Ferreira’s new EP, As If. Although the thick-tressed L.A. native is a major buzz item on the Web and elsewhere, she doesn’t turn too many heads during her daily routine in New York—”unless I go to a gay club,” she said.

That may soon change. Both Ferreira and her single “Sex Rules” are featured in ck One’s new ad campaign. The song is reminiscent of early Madonna, and Ferreira has taken on just enough of the teen-idol packaging to make it as a big-time act. On the other hand, she’s keeping some of the required formulas and artifice at arm’s length. “I don’t really look at myself as a pop star—I’m a little more relatable in some sense,” she explained. “I kind of just dress the way I want to.”

Take the video for the catchy single “Obsession,” which has her fantasizing about Reservoir Dogs villain Michael Madsen. “Every pitch I got was like, ‘Oh, ‘Obsession’—with becoming famous, or over a crush.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t want to do that,’ ” she explained. On Ferreira’s list of what she does want to do: more modeling for Calvin Klein, more photo sessions with Steven Meisel, and some musical collaborations. “Probably at the top of my list right now is Fever Ray,” she noted. Until then, she’s got time for East Village nights out like the one on Saturday, that end up at clubs, such as Bedlam, that TMZ has never heard of.

Photo: Carly Otness / BFAnyc.com