I was anxious to see what a collaboration between Sleep No More at the McKittrick Hotel, Liberty Fairs, and UK-based clothing brand, Religion, may entail. I’ve been a fan of Religion for a while and though I was accustomed to the brand’s design aesthetic, nothing could prepare me for the experience of this event. The venue itself had character beyond description. Entering from street level, a charismatic bellhop ushered us into the space after a trip in an old wooden elevator. The bar lounge where the event took place was adored with taxidermied birds, sculptures made of spoons, lanterns, candles, and a pair of old train cars. (How they got the train cars upstairs in beyond me.)
Between the Religion SS14 collection’s premier, a passionate performance by The Black Soft, and an open bar sponsored by Bulldog Dry Gin, it was an evening of impeccable fashion and entertainment. The collection itself was a continued show of what Religion does best, unique prints with a comfortable fit and a fashionable edge. I was particularly attracted to the graphic text print on a pair of women’s short shorts and the gradient coloring on multiple menswear pieces. The new collection has a wide consumer appeal while still maintaining creative integrity and more than enough strange to keep us guessing what they’ll do next.
Nu-Mode´ Coverage John-Mark
Photography Angela Pham at BFA