Sophomore Aces Another Video Lookbook with ‘Truth or Dare’

We’ve been fans of NYC clothing label Sophomore for quite some time. And while we definitely fawn over the designs by Chrissie Miller and Madeleine von Froomer, we’re also pretty obsessed with their documentary-style video lookbooks, shot by photographer Cass Bird each season. The latest film to roll out is for their SS11 collection, and we’re loving the concept. This is Truth or Dare.

Shot at the Bowery Hotel, the film reads like a who’s-who of downtown cool, featuring actress-designer extraordinaire Chloë Sevigny, author Lesley Arfin, actress Drea de Matteo, agent/style icon Jen Brill, and tattoo artist Scott Campbell, among others. While we’re not sure if they all really do hang out and dare one another to do things like chop onions until they cry (Brill’s dare) or kiss Chloë Sevigny (Arfin’s dare), but it’s fun to watch. Although Truth or Dare is inspired by Madonna’s doc that followed her controversial Blond Ambition tour in 1990, it’s definitely not as racy. But the point here is to sell clothes—and they do it well.

In addition to Sophomore’s designs, the stars can also be seen sporting shoes by Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony, and jewelry by Anne Sheffield and another BlackBook regular, Pamela Love. See the video below and shop here.

Sophomore Truth or Dare from SophomoreNYC on Vimeo.

Lesley Arfin Joins The Uniform Project

Ever since blogger Sheena Matheiken launched the Uniform Project, which finished in June, the trend of maximizing one’s thriftiness by relying on just a few wardrobe stables to anchor countless outfits has caught on. Following in Matheiken’s footsteps is “What Not To Wear: The Six Items Or Less Project,” which sprouted up the same month the Uniform Project wrapped. Now, author and recent LA transplant Lesley Arfin is taking up where Matheiken left off.

“So for the entire month of September I’m doing this thing called ‘The Uniform Project’,” Arfin wrote this week on her blog, Cafe Con Lesley, of joining the single garment-wearing community housed on Matheiken’s blog. She’s just the second person to test pilot the project (Matheiken, of course, being the first), but rest assured there will be more. “I’ll be wearing the same dress for an entire month (designed by Miss Judi Rosen of course) and I’m not allowed to buy anything new either. I can wear what I already own or accept donations,” she adds. Her goal: to raise funds for The Phoenix House (a treatment center for alcohol and substance abuse with locations all over the country — Arfin’s earnings will benefit a chapter in NYC).