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August 22 2014

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10 posts tagged "Sophomore"

Karaoke With Chrissie

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Sophomore

Now Playing: Video Fashion Week

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Designers have increasingly taken to using videos to share their latest collections, so in response, Style.com launched its first-ever Video Fashion Week last season. Today marks the start of the second VFW, beginning with Markus Lupfer. Click here to read the review, see the complete collection, and watch his new video. Coming up, expect to see films from Creatures of Comfort, Sophomore, Rogan, A.P.C., Madewell, and more. Check back daily throughout the week.

Photo: Courtesy of Markus Lupfer

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

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

Truth Or Dare, The Sophomore Way

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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.

Photos: Cass Bird