When it comes to fashion, Chrissie Miller proves she's no Sophomore, despite that being the name of her ever-expanding line of graphic tees and downtown dresses. Instead, the collection that started with a single tee back in '03, has become a phenomenon with NYC's coolest gals and guys. So, when we heard Miller was heading east for a weekend celebration of her new pop-up at the Cynthia Rowley store in Montauk, we wanted in. Though we all know the dangers of tipsy picture taking, Miller didn't let us down: She partied with camera in hand to record a photo diary just for us—there's tons of stylish snaps from Saturday night's bash. Located in a small-shed behind Rowley's main store (she asked Miller to "trick it out"), Miller shaped-up the shack with architect Rafael de Cardenas, who added "weird paintings of Mick Jagger," papered the wall with lookbooks, and put up an American flag. Look for co-host and fellow Sophomore designer Madeleine von Froomer (formerly of Proenza Schouler), Jen Brill, The Misshapes, and Rowley herself, plus Sophomore's usual chilled-out extended family—all of whom brought some Lower East Side to the East End.
Sophomore Montauk: Open until August 12. Cynthia Rowley, 696 Montauk Highway (at South Embassy Street); 631-668-8077.
Here's more from Chrissie on her weekend in the sun...
"There is a small shed behind Cynthia's new Montauk store. Cynthia asked me early on in the summer if I would come up sell some Sophomore and have a party. I'm in Montauk every chance I'm invited so the idea sounded perfect."
"The pop-up didn't have much. Clothes, lookbooks, an American flag, a neon sign, and some weird paintings. So, Rafael de Cardenas, my friend and a interior designer, had the genius idea to cover the whole shed with lookbooks. With a little help from my friends, Raf, Jen Brill, my boyfriend, thanks guys!, we spent the next four hours staple-gunning our faces off!"
"Saturday around 6 we went back to the store for the opening party. I always prefer doing events outside of New York...less pressure. I also love watching people's reaction to the clothes. I heard one guy say 'this is going to be my new favorite T-shirt, I can just feel it.' That made it all worth while."
"A big thank you to Cynthia, all the people that came out and Kanon Vodka for makin' the drinks!"
Just because you weren't in Montauk doesn't mean you can't get in on the Sophomore vibe. Miller's giving away $100 worth of T-shirts, perfect to edge up any outfit. To win, post a picture from your sophomore year (college or high school) on our Facebook page—the one that takes us back also takes the tees.
Photos by Chrissie Miller