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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.

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Nu-Mode´ Coverage John-Mark

Photography Angela Pham at BFA