Designer Tara Subkoff eschewed the typical presentation format to showcase the Resort 2012 collection of her label, Imitation, and instead directed a short film, which she screened at the Jane Hotel to a crowd that included (deep breath) Bliss Lau, Chrissie Miller, Cory Kennedy, Darren Aronofsky, Jen Brill, Jessica Craig Martin, Kai Kuhn, Mark Ruffalo, Sky Ferreira, Karen Elson, Natasha Lyonne, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Waris Ahluwalia, Sunrise Coigney, Will Cotton, Mia Morretti, Liev Schrieber and more.
The film itself featured some of NYC's hottest It girls (Becka Diamond, Lissy Trullie) and starred model Nicole Trunfio, who spent her onscreen time wandering around the city on the day of her 21st birthday, bummed out because her friends were nowhere to be found. She looked seriously fabulous, though, in her Imitation Resort wear (of course), and after meandering down lonely streets, getting shunned at a Chinese restaurant because of her solo status and playing dress-up in her sunlit room (cue Imitation Resort montage), our heroine heads out for a drink and stumbles upon all her friends—and the party they've been planning for her all day (Surprise!).
The film ends with the birthday girl's female partner getting down on bended knee to propose (awww), and the two welcome her 21st with a heartfelt kiss. The sentiment, like the Imitation styles showcased, is sweet, romantic and very celebratory.
As it should be. Subkoff's film aired just days after New York State (finally) enacted the Marriage Equality Act, so the film—and the cheerful goodwill at the designer/director's premiere party—felt very timely, indeed.
images courtesy Tara Subkoff/Imitation