There’s something game-changing about Chrissie Miller’s Sophomore line that has boutiques around the world buzzing with interest. Not your everyday basics line, each collection holds true to the “timeless simplicity of downtown New York” (well-put by the brand website), but also incorporates contemporary fabrics, fits, and silhouettes. What was once a simple a t-shirt line revered by NYC cool kids, Sophomore has expanded into a full-on collection of leggings, jackets, dresses, and outerwear, with the help of Proenza Schoulder designer Madeline von Froomer. And while the designs are growing up a bit, one thing that hasn’t been sacrificed is comfort. “I love to be comfortable—who doesn’t? Which is why Sophomore is what I like to call ‘fancy basics.’ You can get dressed up without feeling uncomfortable,” says Chrissie.
Maintaining that easy, breezy lifestyle vibe of the brand, Sophomore’s lookbooks shot by acclaimed photographer Cass Bird are just as talked about as the clothing itself. “We come up with some of the craziest ideas! Cass will call me and be so excited about something and vice versa. I just love working with her—she is magical,” notes Chrissie. “Anyone who has met her knows that just being around her makes you smile. The ideas for each lookbook usually have a lot to do with the mood of the clothes, so we pick the location and cast based on that.” Earlier this year, the longtime friends and collaborators went viral by creating a Sophomore spring/summer 2010 lookbook short film (a must-see), followed by a premiere party at The Box. Up next for the Sophomore takeover: a collaboration with Urban Outfitters.
1. Madison Harding – Canvas Espadrille Heels – “Why doesn’t every girl own these for spring?! I just think they are genius, because I love espadrilles but am not a fan of the wedge. I love all three colors!”
2. Sophomore – Button Pullover – “Ok, so I made this…but it’s amazing and I can’t imagine summer without it! It’s the perfect beach pullover.”
3. Bona Drag – Lighter Necklace – “So I just saw The Runaways movie and I kept noticing the lighter necklaces on the girls. I had been looking for them for a while after seeing the movie Foxes, but never had any luck! Sure enough, here they are on Bona Drag! Sick!!!”