NEW YORK — When Chrissie Miller started her contemporary T-shirt line, Sophomore, in 2003, she knew she had to think big.
"I started out just designing some T-shirts for friends, but it really became a hit," she said. "It started getting bigger than I could handle alone."
Miller decided to close her business last year so she could reassess and eventually come out with more to offer. Almost a year ago, she hired Madeleine Von Froomer, who was working in design at Proenza Schouler, and for spring, Miller will launch a full sportswear collection for women and men.
The collection, while still highlighted by the graphic T-shirts that Sophomore became known for, has a downtown New York-inspired look. There are knit sweatpants, shorts, tank tops, leggings, combed cotton jersey dresses, skirts and hoodies. The collection also features hidden details, such as the snaps on the bottom of the sweat pants where the wearer can either pull them tight or wear them loose, as more of a boot-cut style. The line wholesales from $30 to $170.
"There are so many T-shirt brands out there, but I feel like so many of them are inspired by the California lifestyle," Miller said. "This line is very New York, with a more relaxed take."
At its peak, the Sophomore line was sold in about 180 specialty stores nationwide. Miller said she hopes to get the line in those stores again, but plans to grow slowly in order to keep control of her production. She said she expects to bring in about $1 million in wholesale volume in the first year.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast