LIVING THE PROCESS: Mickey Sumner might be best known for her film roles — notably in “Frances Ha,” “The Mend” and “CBGB.” But the multidimensional actress and daughter of Sting and Trudie Styler also dabbles in art and activism, and her most recent project combines both. In collaboration with model/philanthropist Topaz Page-Green and Live The Process — the luxury activewear label founded by Robyn Berkley — Sumner designed a custom print for a capsule collection of ath-leisure gear available now on Live The Process’ e-commerce site. “It’s nice to know that my art degree went to some use,” Sumner said with a laugh, referring to her years as an undergrad at Parson’s. Rendered on a few styles of leggings, bras and a leotard, her colorful illustrations were inspired by the South African protea flower. The collection will also launch on Net-a-porter this week, with a percentage of proceeds benefitting The Lunchbox Fund, the nonprofit organization founded by Page-Green that helps feed children in South Africa.
Over a year in the making, the collection was initially conceived by Berkeley and Page-Green. “I had a pre-existing friendship with Robyn and she thought it would be great to do a capsule to benefit The Lunchbox Fund, and asked if I knew anyone brilliant who could do the designs,” Page-Green explained. “My first thought went to Mickey because she’s an incredibly talented artist, amongst her other incredible talents. She doodles gorgeous things. So I asked Mickey, and without blinking an eye she said yes.”
The capsule was celebrated with a cocktail event on Tuesday night at Alchemist Kitchen in Manhattan’s East Village, where Sumner was still reeling from the night before: On Monday night, she threw a Bernie Sanders rager with the help of her friends, including Susan Sarandon, Rosario Dawson and Zoë Kravitz. “Somehow, because we have these amazing friends who all rallied together, we threw this mammoth, epic rock concert with 10 bands, DJs, comedians and speakers,” Sumner said. “I am running on fumes right now. I somehow managed to become the emcee and stagehand — lugging equipment across the stage, wrangling bands, getting them whiskeys — and cheering Bernie on.”