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Frank Grillo shows DA MAN why he’s the perfect embodiment of the age-old adage that age “is just a number.” photography Mitchell nguyen McCormack
celebrities 128 Veni Vidi Vici Vidi Aldiano talks about his forthcoming album and his roadmap to success in 2016 with Joezer Mandagi. photography Wong Sim
136 The Belle is Back In her second appearance in the magazine, Julie
Estelle chats with Joezer Mandagi about appearing in action movies, international exposure and movie piracy. photography Wong Sim
144 Smiling All The Way
K-drama superstar Ji Chang-wook showcases the finer points of his dashing style with a
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156 Architect of His Own Fortune
Riding on the waves of his breakout hit, Jonny Weston continues to set the foundations of an outstanding acting career photography Mitchell nguyen McCormack
172 The Doctor is in the House
New Zealand actor Martin Henderson talks about joining the cast of hit TV series “Grey’s Anatomy” and staying true to his roots amid the glitz and glam of Hollywood's showbiz machine. photography Mitchell nguyen McCormack
fashion 102 Springtime Poetry
108 Steal the Show
Hermès sublimely paints a picture of sophisticated spring styles through the use of iconic patterns and seasonal colors. These are expressed on shirts and light jackets as well as the brand's iconic silk scarves created for the discerning urban gentleman.
When it’s time for you to shine, put on this season’s signature looks and seize the day.
Photography Mario ardi
the modern gentleman becomes spoilt for choice to express their style through simple cuts and quality fabrics that refine their personality
Photography Ronald Liem
Photography Rodolfo Martinez
116 The New Debonair
202 Indigo Mood
As menswear leans more and more towards casual,
During the highs of springtime, fashion often
plays around with quirky touches and cuts that celebrate fresh and naïve youthfulness. This series of images epitomize this sentiment through somber nuances and erratic expressions à la French master director Michel Gondry Photography François Rousseau & andré atangana
Check out Calvin Klein’s viral campaign while Diesel braves a new digital world.
Armour and MC debuts in Indonesia, while other brands deliver new offerings.
Grooming: Rediscover the charm and utility of old-school soap bars.
Scents: When you need
COVER Outfit by Calvin Klein Collection
scents that last, these options will serve you well.
Watches: An incredible lineup of new novelties revealed at this year’s Baselworld fair.
360 + columns 26 – 88 News:
Gadgets: Get your summer vacation soundtrack going with these audio essentials.
Living: Add a touch
Series: A selection of
of spring gentleness and comfort to your home.
America: Civil War” and a new “X-Men” are heading to a cinema near you.
recommended new shows debuting on Netflix.
Art: Heri Pemad reveals
his thoughts on the ninth ArtJog fair.
redefines the concept of tranquil hideaways amid the beauty of nature.
Icon: Lenny Kravitz is the perfect amalgam of swanky musician and modern gentleman.
Books: “A Little Life” serves up a lot of life lessons on the subtleties of adulthood. Music: The truth of Gwen Stefani’s “This is What the Truth Feels Like” may come as a surprise.
Eats+Drinks: From Japan-Italian fusion cuisine from heavenly coffee from our neighbors Down Under.
90 Health When you need to lose weight but aren’t ready to give up on chocolate cake or cheeseburgers just yet,
the 5:2 plan might be the best path to a leaner you.
92 Sex Can “sexting” be more damaging than helpful to relationships? Rachael Tarfman-Perez explores this form of foreplay.
94 Nip & Tuck Dentist William Huynh gives a low-down on how teeth whitening works.
96 Wheels Renaldi Hutasoit takes the 2016 Mazda6 for a spin and puts the saloon through its paces on the roads of Jakarta.
ver the years, I’ve met many incredible people throughout my journey in building DA MAN as a leading men’s fashion and lifestyle magazine in Indonesia and throughout the region. From actors to designers to the most talented people in a many diverse fields, each has taught me about the great value in luxury and about things that are more than what meets the eye—friendship. This is something I often pick up when chatting with models and photographers who are very passionate about what they do. Even fame and approval don’t really keep them from pursuing a greater goal. Likewise, I’ve known actors who have committed themselves to ceaselessly hone their skill. More than anything, for them, it’s the process that matters, not the end goal. One of them is obviously Frank Grillo, who is, to my surprise, turning 51 this year. While most people would relish the idea of not doing anything when they reach that point in life, he simply makes the most of his days by exercising, working, exercising and working again. Of course, all that hard work pays off, as his career is really revving up—not that he wasn’t in the limelight before—with an impressive lineup of leading roles in just this year alone. In a similar vein, DA MAN as magazine has been going through the same pattern. We are, first and foremost, an Indonesian-based publication, yet that doesn’t impede us from taking on global fashion and lifestyle trends. We constantly push the limits and fill our days by poring over whatever is hot and pulsing. Our exclusive DA MAN Style and DA MAN Caliber issues have additionally and separately featured the best in the world of men’s fashion and fine timepieces. More importantly, we present all those in our own way. As we’re turning 9 this year, we hope nothing less but great partnerships with the respected people who have supported the publication over these years, those who are yet to collaborate with us and our dearest readers. All in all, this one goes to you all. Let’s celebrate DA MAN’s 9th anniversary together.
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METRES BENEATH THE SURFACE
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A roundup of All thAt you need to know this seAson to look And be your best
striking patterns are making a huge comeback this season, especially with lush imagery of exotic fauna from the east. louis Vuitton does it by drawing sartorial expressions from southeast Asian nations and emblazoning monkeys, cranes and birds of paradise on many of its silky essentials. dolce & Gabbana, meanwhile, spruces up its patterned ensembles with gorgeous peacocks, cranes and multifarious birds. the mythical phoenix emerges in accessories from Gucci. these colorful motifs also make a distinct mark in tops and outerwear pieces at fastchain fashion houses such as Zara and uniqlo. Outfit by Louis Vuitton
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Photography Haruns Maharbina Styling triska putri Styling Assistant Jay robert davies Grooming Zearistan Models Waine santi
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29 Artisan-Crafted Classic Chain Collection Jakarta - Plaza Indonesia â€˘ Bali - John Hardy Ubud Workshop, Mulia Nusa Dua, International Airport
One of the most surprising trends to come out this spring/summer is the favorite sleepwear. So, pajamas, but worn during the day and while out in public? Well, why not? For one, pajamas are lightweight, making them ideal as a cool and comfortable layering piece for any spring wardrobe. Paired with printed trousers or a structured blazer, pajamas can help anyone pull off a trendy look that simply canâ€™t go wrong.
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Jungle Look While colonial army uniforms stole the show last season, the emerging menswear trend for this season is the safari look. The outfits, with their metropolitan jungle theme, were just as attention-grabbing. Naturally, the palette of these collections centered on camel and similar tones that would be quite at home in the savannas of Africa. It would seem that many designers were inspired by glimpses of urban districts, safari clothing and what can be described as African-inspired utility wear. Kolor
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As Smooth as Silk
Silk robes are proving to be a big trend this season. Sure, the material still harbors a rather feminine connotation, but this notion of gender exclusivity is fast becoming a thing of the past. Besides, silk is perfect for spring and summer. Quite a few designers have used this particular garment as a source of inspiration for some of the seasonâ€™s best outerwear pieces shown on the runways. It certainly helps that this type of loungewear is incredibly versatile, and much more polished than most outerwear options.
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One can be forgiven to think that Prada is doing it all over again with a squad of actors fronting the seasonal campaign. But the fact that the three actors picked by the Italian sartorial house are 26 years old and below can be quite intriguing. Regardless of their cinematic claim to fame, Logan Lerman, Matthew Beard and Billy Howle are relatively fresh faces at the global stage. However, this intentional choice might have to do with what the brand’s spring/ summer 2016 collection has in store: boyish styling and cuts (check out the runway show in Milan last June). In the hands of British fashion photographer Craig McDean, these boys morph into a pack of willful young adults, readily seizing hot seats in any showbiz arena. The ever-visionary Prada might just have seen that future first.
When the Stars Align Calvin Klein hits an advertising homerun this season with viral campaigns featuring 19 diverse models from all walks of life and origins. Shot by photographer and filmmaker Tyrone Lebon, the spring/summer 2016 men’s campaigns feature Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar and Korean top model Sung Jin Park, among others. Each is portrayed in a different scene and emblazoned with the simple phrase “I ________ in #mycalvins”—which Bieber cheekily fills with “flaunt” and “dream.” More importantly, the campaign marks the first time ever for all Calvin Klein labels Scan to be presented in one interconnected ad series. t h i s pa g e ! Matthew Beard
Written in the Stars
Under the direction of Riccardo Tisci, French fashion house Givenchy has officially unveiled a new logo that already appears on both clothing and accessories this season. Said logo combines the letters of Givenchy amid minimalistic star motifs. Tisci personally picked stars due to their universal and positive symbolic value, and debuted the logo specifically during the men’s spring/summer 2016 show on June last year. This logo will be part of the brand’s timeless offerings, and will thus make appearances in more than just one season.
38 Swiping It Right Diesel is breaking old habits as it braves the digital world with a brand new fashion campaign strategy. First up, the global denim brand taps Joe Jonas and his new band DNCE along with a wide range of Instagram-savvy models—from androgynous Stav Strashko to well-ripped Trevor Signorino—for a bunch of quirky ads, each slapped with a catchy phrase on the side. Second, it runs the campaigns not only on generic websites, but also on dating applications Tinder and Grindr, and on porn sites like Pornhub and YouPorn. The video ads are equally witty, peppered with references taunting several social media platforms. Given the brand’s aggressive online campaigns, one could only wonder Scan as to where the denim brand will go to in the seasons to come. t h i s pa g e !
Shakeups and Breakups
Following the fashion weeks earlier this year, designers went forward with their big moves— some with savvy business shakeups, others with departures from their respective labels, and one on a new journey. Two British houses are streamlining their lines and offering four deliveries per year. Christopher Bailey of Burberry is not only folding the brand’s three separate lines—Prorsum, Burberry Brit and Burberry London—into one, but will also immediately sell items right after the runway shows. Paul Smith, meanwhile, is slimming down to two lines, Paul Smith and PS by Paul Smith. Italian sartorial giant Brioni let go of creative director Brendan Mullane, and so did Ermenegildo Zegna with designer Stefano Pilati. Berluti followed suit, but only to have ex-artistic director Alessandro Sartori regroup with the Zegna empire, where he had previously masterminded the Z Zegna line.
In Shining Armor DAMan
One of the world’s fastest growing sportswear brands, American sportswear house Under Armour has finally set foot in Indonesia with the brand’s first store at Mall Kelapa Gading 2. The vast range of sport apparel on offer include options for both men and women, and includes training, running and even golf wear. Some of the must-have essentials are the brand’s signature microfiber tops—especially the coldblack Run singlet and the Raid T-shirt and shorts—which have excellent moisture wicking properties to help keep the wearer cool and dry. In fact, this is the fabric that paved the way for founder Kevin Plank to kick-start the label in Baltimore, Maryland, two decades ago. Today the brand has tapped a group of elite athletes from various sports fields, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Michael Phelps, Memphis Depay, and Stephen Curry, as the brand’s ambassadors. Also opening soon at Pacific Place Jakarta, Under Armour is the hottest Scan sportswear label today. t h i s pa g e !
Summer in the ‘60s
Hot on the heels of last season’s wonderful partnership, Japanese fast fashion chain Uniqlo is once again holding hands with Lemaire for yet another collection. The current Uniqlo x Lemaire offerings are all about relaxed cuts, functionality and lightness—understated designs that make each clothing item a timeless basic one can afford to wear from time to time. “1960s summer vacations in France” was said to be the core inspiration. The hottest items—which have probably already flown off the shelves when they hit the stores all over the world on March 4— are striped shirts in pleasing muted colors, made to look as if the fabric had spent a lot of time under the sun before arriving in stores. It’s simply summer magic.
Beautiful Disorder Could you guess what image these Hermès tops actually portray? While they may look like random puzzles, the “En Désordre” print is an exclusive pattern of the house that made its first appearance on women’s scarves. It was the proud work of Cyrille Diatkine based on the bestselling Hermès scarf pattern named “Brides de Gala” (Gala Bridles) by Hugo Grygkar—the notable designer who debuted the Carré Hermès (the brand’s iconic silk squares) in the 1940s. This piece of the brand’s history is now celebrated in this season’s menswear offerings and reworked into a sumptuous fabric combination of metis goatskin and silk twill. The visual allure is immediate, boasting textural luxury and effortlessly chic silhouettes that are unmistakably French.
Bow to Bowie
German luxury purveyor MCM has finally landed in Indonesia with its first store opening in Seminyak Village, Bali. Known for its leather bags and backpacks, the Munich label is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with a special collection that recalls the German city’s heyday as an artistic hub. The “Munich Disco Days” theme also borrows references from the ’70s, from the likes of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, and classic Bauhaus design elements. Two exemplary models in store are the Transformer backpack, which can be tweaked into a waist bag, and the washed lambskin Tumbler bags, a nod to the rider’s jacket of the ’70s. Next time you’re in Bali, be sure to drop by this snazzy hot spot.
Ain’t no Sunshine
Ermenegildo Zegna, the Italian tailoring brand that has been producing fine menswear since 1910, is releasing two nifty sunglasses with an entirely new design. Unlike conventional combinations of lenses and frames, the seasonal eyewear range comprises these handsome frameless shades with 4mm monoblock nylon lenses. The hardy material is not only snappy and new, but also goes well with either a suit-and-tie look or, simply, nicely tanned skin. Minute accents like stripes on metal rivets and an understated logo on the side only add a sense of masculinity to the silhouette. Without doubt, these pairs are a definite catch. Available at Optik Melawai.
Etro has got to be the most imaginative and sensual brand when it comes to crafting the statement shoes of the season. Drawing from the egg theme for their spring/summer 2016 collections, the two main shoe models feature series of holes and cutouts like no other. The first pair is beautifully perforated, as to resemble tiny dots normally scattered on the surface of an egg in reverse. This uncanny design is elevated with the combination of two distinctive materials forming the back and the front ends respectively. The other model is a pair of understated leather kicks with cutouts on the side. In either of suede or sleek calfskin, these are appropriately reserved for designand fashion-savvy gentlemen.
44 Weekend Princes
The flamboyant and dandy styling sported by British princes of the past during their weekend strolls became a wealth of inspiration for Dunhill London this season, transpiring in the clashes of checks and over-the-top boutonnières. Eccentricities expressed through the tie patterns and pocket squares were the icing on the cake for the classic three-piece ensembles seen on the runway. But it was creative director John Ray’s insistence to push out individuality amid such a uniform clothing culture that really caught attention. Whether it’s the turned-up jacket sleeves or the English loafers with tassels, Dunhill London makes standing out among the crowd a piece of cake.
Fuel to the fire
A new “fuel” added to the fires of fashion in Indonesia has gained the attention of denim devotees from all over the country. Italian brand Diesel officially arrives this year, after teasing us with a series of big watches at the end of last year. The arrival couldn’t be timelier, what with the viral advertising campaign on the Internet. Indeed, creative director Nicola Formichetti—who styled Lady Gaga during her formative years—has pushed the brand to be completely innovative, both marketing- and fashion-wise. For the latter, he tapped the rebellious spirit of youths from the ’70s and ’90s and reimagined their looks in distinctive styles. The distressed jeans are a must-have, and it’s about time to bring blue back as the new black.
Cross Your Heart
Italian jewelry house Damiani has opened up its first store in the country at Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta. Established in 1924, the storied house has long been known, first and foremost, for its engagement rings—especially the one Brad Pitt made for Jennifer Aniston back in 2000s—and cross pendants, like their latest collaboration with Japanese soccer and fashion icon Hidetoshi Nakata. The collection titled “Metropolitan Dream by H. Nakata” features cross accessories made of diamonds and black gold, a material exclusive to Damiani. Be it for bracelets or necklaces, these pieces reserve subtle yet enough sparkle to spruce up your look.
1. Kenzo 2, 3. Gucci 4. Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci
Photography Haruns Maharbina Styling Jay Robert Davies
Step up your leather bag game with stylish bag charms. Unlike regular key chains, these are made to reiterate your savoir faire of style and fashion without any exchange of words. The options are pleasantly abundant these days, from mini-bag shapes to furry pieces, all designed with male wearers in mind. Alternatively, these eye-catching accessories could be charming gifts in the name of friendship or any kind of relationships, for that matter.
Oversized T-shirts were all the rage a few seasons ago, but Lanvin continues the trend with more oversized essentials: polo shirts and XXL pants. Can these become fashionable faux pas? “I like garments which have lived. There is something very moving about clothes that tell a story,” said Lucas Ossendrijver, the Dutch designer behind the brand’s ready-to-wear line for men. Stating emotions and desires as his timeless designing direction, Ossendrijver buckles the season’s trends by reincorporating “the comfort of old garments” in decidedly new proportions. That said, you’d better think twice before thrashing old, oversized pieces out of your wardrobe.
Charm the Bags Off
a touch of italy
48 photography ADRI KRISNADI styling PETER ZEWET
The finesT iTalian leaTher you could imagine comes wiTh a demure Touch of colors in The laTesT spring/ summer collecTion from Todâ€™s. wiTh diverse blue hues and a bevy of exciTing prinTs, These leaTher pieces will surely sTand ouT.
Leos Clamp Gommino shoes with glossy leather, messenger Double Stripe bag in leather
Calfskin leather slip on, spatulate leather backpack in camouflage print
Moccasin with contrasting leather strap and Macro dual-color sole
52 Leather Moccasin with lightweight Macro sole
Sneakers with mĂŠlange wool with monk strap detail, smooth leather briefcase bag Styling Assistant Jay Robert Davies Location Ocean Eco Park Ancol (Jl. Lodan Tim. No.7, Ancol, Jakarta Utara; +62 21 29222222
Keep it iN checK
CheCked shirts have always been a big part of Ben Sherman’s repertoire, yet this season sees the British house bring back its signature Carnaby Gingham in their latest collection. hailing from Carnaby street—where Ben sherman’s flagship store is located—in London, this particular gingham comes in a distinct palette that includes royal blue, dark navy and gray, among others. A modern twist to this beautiful fabric results in Ben sherman’s covetable long-sleeve gingham shirt, which combines checked and plain patterns. equally irresistible is the multi-purpose light jacket that fits both formal and casual affairs.
The rise of sporty silhouettes in fashion has now entered our collective consciousness as “athleisure,” which integrates athletic-gear details into urban outfits. Nautica steps it up a notch in its spring collection titled “Where the City Meets the Sea,” taking inspiration from the sophistication of iconic cities like New York City. That sense of modernity is nicely imbued in classic pieces such as the utility jacket, which now boasts a more nautical design. Even better is the introduction of new fabrics which allows the modern pea coat to segue seamlessly from work to play. The swimwear section hasn’t taken a back seat as it draws in cityscapes through minimalistic stripes or graphic prints. Last but not least, the collection also offers jogger pants and track pants—the quintessence of “athleisure.”
that's classic! For Lacoste and its founder, rené Lacoste, twelfth time is the charm. it is said that it took the late French tennis player 12 attempts to invent and then perfect the L.12.12 polo shirt we’ve all come to know and love. today, Lacoste brings back the same approach to create a footwear collection bearing the same name. Just like the iconic polo shirt of yore, L.12.12 shoes are also designed with amazing breathability and excellent aesthetics. inspired by rené’s clean and crisp playing style on court, the shoes come in classic white. But, of course, more modern-looking black, red, green and blue variants are also up for grabs.
Hello Mr. Dandy
Bally Breaks out anew tHis season witH quirky leatHer anD clotHing trenDs tHat eMulate tHe Best of wes anDerson’s loveliest cHaracters
here’s so much to say about—and to covet from—Bally’s spring/ summer 2016 collection themed “No Limits.” Creative director Pablo Coppola has remarkably awakened the full potential of this heritage brand to adopt fresh, dynamic styling without compromising Switzerland’s finest sartorial and leather craftsmanship. Borrowing modern references from the dandy and utterly charming characters of Wes Anderson’s films— the likes of “Moonrise Kingdom”— the new Bally gentleman is perhaps the chicest guy in town you just have got to meet. clash-culture styling One of the most attractive qualities from this collection is, without doubt, its eclectic styling. Bally, a Swiss brand, is taking bits and pieces
from different parts of the world, as evident in creations like the Swiss army-inspired backpack, sleek Italian print pajamas and Californian sunset-tinted sunglasses. There is so much life and personality injected into each piece. More than anything, it is a collection that celebrates the spirited life of globetrotting travelers—and how could anyone resist that?
the vintage Bags Those elements also found their way into Bally’s updated bag selections. The wonderful and supple leather material has been elevated with vintage patches, which are both striking and encapsulate a vibrant joie de vivre. These are bags you might find in the hands of worldly-minded adventurers off to far-flung destinations; or perhaps cosmopolitan men pacing through
the urban hustle with an upbeat stride while minding both the present and the future. Playful sneakers Much of this collection’s colorful personality trickles down to snazzy and sporty footwear pieces, too. Bally’s accent Ascona Lego sneakers are a statement pair that can effortlessly elevate any plaincolored outfit, and add a touch of youthful confidence when paired with suits in muted colors. For style versatility, the white sneakers à la Richie Tenenbaum (of “The Royal Tenenbaums”) could pass any occasion with flying colors. They lend a dandy vibe that won’t betray the wearer’s manly swag. No doubt, this season could mark Bally’s snazziest delivery in fashion and accessories.
A Nod to the ’90s
British lABel FreNch coNNectioN is BriNgiNg the FcUK logo BAcK ANd lAUNched A cAsUAl collectioN iNspired By the lAidBAcK 1990s
ost people might need an extra second or two before they remember that French Connection is a brand name. Mention FCUK, however, and you’ll immediately see smiles of recognition followed by enthusiastic nods of approval. Yes, what might appear at first as a tounge-in-cheek nod at adolescent humor belies much more mature sartorial offerings that you don’t want to miss out on.
the origins of FcUK The abbreviated form of French Connection United Kingdom has indeed become a catchy, and even iconic, wordplay that has also become well imprinted in the generation of the ’90s. Although it was founded way back in 1972, it wasn’t until the 2000s that the London-based fashion house cheekily adopted the FCUK logo as a print for many of its clothing articles. By then, adolescents who grew up with ’90s pop culture have already wrapped their heads around the witty moniker. More importantly, however, they readily identified with the brand’s sense of humor and the actual quality level beneath the cheeky approach.
A pair of jackets from FCuK's outerwear lineup
the spring/summer collection Following a short hiatus, the rebellious FCUK logo is reemerging this spring/summer. Propped by laidback ’90s cuts and styling, the whole collection is all about comfort but with an edge—as is shown through its simplistic campaign shot by Harley Weir. For the latter, English singer Will Heard becomes the face of the season. One particularly intriguing image has his face blocked by his own hands; but, hey, that’s part of the ’90 I-don’tgive-a-hoot charm, right? Back to the collection, the profusion of white and gray shades in the array of tops makes for arrestingly appealing basic wear. One irresistibly covetable item would be the “Mutha Fcukin Beaches” T-shirt, for all the obvious reasons. The bottoms are a roundup of sumptuous “Athleisure” interpretations, from destroyed and repaired jeans to slim cotton chinos and twill shorts. Parrots and references to the 2016 Rio Olympics are also featured in this feel-good collection. All in all, you’ll be pleased to find how simple and timeless each piece really is—just like the snug old days of the ’90s. This exciting collection is available exclusively at SOGO Department Store.
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eather shoes come in a wide variety of choices, beyond crisp black dress shoes. Unfortunately, not everybody got the memo; fortunately, more and more brands are expanding their offerings beyond this tired norm. One of the leading proponents of introducing more styles and colors into the footwear selections for the modern gentleman is Mario Minardi. As Handiman Ali, CEO and third-generation owner of the brand puts it: “You have to be willing to go out of the box. Try a brown pair, try tan, try anything else.” (To read our full interview with the current head of Mario Minardi, pick a copy of the latest DA MAN Style Spring/ Summer ’16.) Now, one can easily find a suitable brown or tan pair of shoes in any Mario Minardi outlet; but for a truly out of the box experience with a touch of exclusivity, take a peek at the brand’s Handpainted Series. Yes, Mario Minardi has made quite a name for itself by offering a wide and incredibly diverse lineup of leather footwear, but this handsome shoe collection is definitely in a class of its own.
A pair of sneakers and dress shoes from mario minardi's Handpainted series
A Dash of Color
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As the name suggests, these shoes are literally hand-painted, in this case by the brand’s in-house artists—or “leather colorists,” to be exact. Therefore, no two pairs are exactly alike, making each a distinct and exclusive work of art. Furthermore, every shoe in the Handpainted Series bears a rich patina, giving it an extra depth of character along with a neat “aged” look that would have otherwise taken years to develop. While dress shoes and boots feature prominently in this collection, the brand also has a range of handpainted sneakers and sandals for those looking into casual options.
In a way, Mario Minardi’s Handpainted Series is an extension of what the brand stands for: a happy union of Italian quality (in terms of design and material; for the latter, the brand imports all of its leather from Italy) and Indonesian craftsmanship (which, in this case, goes beyond the brand's already exceptional leatherworking with the sumptuous addition of manual leather painting). So, head on over to your nearest Mario Minardi outlet—or better yet, come by their flagship store at Kota Kasablanka, Jakarta—and start your very own leather story with an added gleam and a dash of color.
For the quintessential premium soap bar, then look no further than Musgo Real. Established in 1920, this Portuguese label has a wide range of grooming collections. The Classic Scent soap is, appropriately, a real classic.
Thick-skinned men (as in men with skin that is literally thick) should give Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap a try. The raw ingredients—natural oat bran, oat kernel and pumice—are more than capable of cleaning tough spots like elbows and heels.
One of perhaps the most unique soaps is the LanolinAgg-Tval from Sweden. Said to be a favorite of the Queen of Sweden, this soap is made from egg whites, a local skincare secret that works to tighten pores, remove excel oil and slough off dead skin. The attractive packaging couldn’t get any better.
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Raising the Bars Long gone are the days when taking a bath involves gentle kneading with a solid soap bar. The proliferation of liquid soap these days has almost obliterated this classic shower amenity. But, which is actually better: liquid or bar soap? If you’re asking from a hygiene point of view, the truth is that both fare about the same. Even a shared soap bar wouldn’t spread bacteria from one person to another as the germs would have been rinsed off by water. In terms of practicality, well, soap bars do require you to scrub the body thoroughly with care. Yet, why not take your time and enjoy showering for real? Mind you, a self-loving body wash could be as therapeutic as it is cleansing.
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Chick to Stick
If you’re tormented by unpleasant body odor, go a step beyond sweet-smelling fragrances. Deodorant sticks take the bull by the horns, such as this masculine-scented option from Balmain. This 75-gram deodorant stick shares the same fragrance DNA with the Balmain Homme eau de toilette, yet it also reduces the amount of sweat produced in the armpit area, and thus helps cut the issue of body odor straight at the source. You can instead sense attractive olfactory notes like apple and leather, spruced up by moss and woody aromas—virile elements that would leave a nice, lingering scent on your body. Who would have thought that such a chic Parisian brand could come to your rescue beyond sartorial matters?
For Beauty Within Alongside the rapid progress of men’s fashion, the world of men’s skincare has gone forward by leaps and bounds in recent decades. Among the most notable pioneers in this area is Shiseido Men, an expert in tackling facial skin issues. Its latest release of the Hydro Master Gel completes the brand’s signature Damage Defense Complex. Formulated using the new Hydro Master technology, this quick-absorbing gel improves the skin’s natural abilities to deal with dryness, uneven texture and overabundance of sebum. In essence, it strengthens from the roots within, rather than fixing what’s troubling on the surface. Think of well-enhanced skin that naturally keeps both oil and dryness in check in the long run. This 75ml beauty secret could just be one small step in the next evolution of men’s skincare. Available at Glow Living Beauty.
Millennials have a peculiar tendency to pop-up for all the wrong reasons, be it their inaptitude or self-narcissism. Especially for the latter, though, French cosmetic brand Sisley has a new skincare gamechanger that would warrant their every attention. The new Sisleyouth beauty extract is the first anti-aging treatment to use starting from the age of 25. It helps diminish initial wrinkles and improves skin tone. The recommended application of one or two pumps on clean and dry skin, for both face and neck, every morning and evening is almost effortless. One could only imagine how self-narcissism would persistently grow if millennials start cultivating this skincare wonder once they hit their 25th birthday.
Join the Club
Men of a certain age don’t like to play with boys’ stuff. If this description fits you, then maybe it’s time to quit eau de toilettes and join the club of cologne connoisseurs. Next, introduce yourself to Acqua di Parma, a refined Italian grooming label that understands the value of good scents. Its latest offering, called Colonia Club, is worlds apart from the reeky musk of old-world colognes. The sophisticated, deep green bottle exudes fresh citrusy whiffs, before aromatic notes like lavender and geranium pull one’s attention even closer. A mixture of subtle musk and woody vetiver ensues and lingers lastingly, even after a busy day at the office. Available at Glow Living Beauty.
Come to the Dark Side
Following his return to Detroit, designer John Varvatos thought up a new blend of scents for the Dark Rebel release. The sleek black flacon wrapped in leather bands is an immediate scene-stealer. As it opens, one could sense a very strong kick of pepper and whiffs of tobacco, enveloped in sensual, resinous woods. You might also find that much of its nuances resonate strongly with the qualities of a fine leather jacket: black, fearless and different. It is no wonder why the house has chosen for this fragrance a stark slogan that reads “From darkness comes light.” This eau de toilette, which comes in 75ml or 125ml variants, is definitely not for the light-hearted.
Hardly any house of perfumery could walk with its nose in the air like Atkinsons. Having been in the business of fragrances since 1799, it has practically earned the right to brag about its credentials of having enjoyed “200 years of perfume snobbery.” Founder James Atkinson once held the respectable post of official perfumer to the Royal Court of England and also served a host of aristocratic clientele from around the world. The brand is also very proud of its bear emblem, one that’s dressed rather gentlemanly. Now available at Glow Living Beauty, Plaza Indonesia, Atkinsons is re-introducing the “Oud Save the King” eau de parfum. Redolent with clean sandalwood and soothing oud, this premium scent is well suited to urban style snobs.
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eau de parfums. Finally arriving in Indonesia, Chanel Bleu eau de parfum commands a rather steep price but delivers its charming evening fragrance in spades. Bulgari takes an even bolder route with the release of not just one, but two all Blacks Limited Edition eau de parfums for men: Man Extreme and Man in Black. In a similar vein, Dolce & Gabbana reprises its The One fragrance with an eau de parfum version that comes with an extra kick. after all, the longer the fragrance lasts the better, right?
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nod your head silently if you’ve ever found yourself feeling insecure due to not knowing how you would smell when you decided to go out straight after clocking out at the office. While most women wouldn’t mind carrying a bottle of fragrance in their bags, the idea of lugging around a dainty little bottle doesn’t really appeal to most men. But there is, of course, a solution to this daily quandary: If you’re more or less unsure about your eau de toilettes, then play it safe by opting for highly concentrated
The Longer, The Better
Black and Gold
It’s an indisputable fact that black-colored watches exude a more masculine appeal compared to their classic-looking counterparts. Bulgari takes this trend head on with the introduction of the Bulgari Octo Ultranero watches. In other words, the cases of the Octo Solotempo (with hour and minutes only), Octo Velocissimo (chronograph) and Octo Finissimo Tourbillon (flying tourbillon) are reinterpreted in nero, which means black in English, by using black DLC coatings. The case material is stainless steel, with the exception of the Finissimo Tourbillon which uses titanium. While the 41mm Octo Solotempo Ultranero comes out in two versions—with a black bezel and with a pink gold bezel—the 41mm Octo Velocissimo only offers the latter. The icing on the cake is an alternative rubber strap for the timepieces, much likely a first for any Bulgari Octos.
A Really, Really Bad Boy HYT has never really played by the rules. It has not only thrown traditional hour and minute displays out the window, but also invested the Skull timepieces which put attitude above timetelling. This year, it punches far above its weight—being a small, independent watch company, that is—by launching the Skull Bad Boy. Yes, the name says it all. The 51mm watch case is made of DLC-coated titanium, yet the skull material is truly unlike any other. It aims to recreate the look of Damascus steel (mostly found in knives and swords) by folding layers of steel and carbon up to 256 times! To keep up with the bold attitude, this tour de force has black liquid to denote the hour and a corruptedlooking leather strap. It’s basically a love-it-or-hate-it deal, but either way, just remember that there are only 50 pieces available.
Man of the Hour
It was just a matter of time before luxury giant Chanel finally made their way into men’s watches. Lo and behold, 2016 celebrates the debut of Monsieur de Chanel, a brand new line dedicated to the brand’s male clients. The 40mm elegant timepiece looks understatedly simple on the front, with a big hour at 6 o’clock and a striking retrograde minute at 12 o’clock and a seconds counter in the middle. This also marks a first for the brand in the conception of an entirely in-house movement, called Caliber 01. Visible through the case-back, the DLC-coated movement is simply hypnotizing and emblazoned with a lion symbol—both the black coating and the animal reference will appear on every in-house Chanel movement. There are two models on the market as of now: a beige gold (a material exclusive to Chanel) and a white gold version.
The Bronze and the Beautiful Tudor seems to be the master of vintage-looking watches these days. The brand followed up its Heritage Black Bay series with another handsome model: The Black Bay Bronze. Being a dive watch by nature, the bronze material brings to mind diving helmet of the past or old shipwrecks; it’s truly an unordinary look that comes off distinctively elegant. The 43mm bronze case retains the exact same bezel and dial (with a snowflake hand) styling, albeit larger than the previous 41mm models. But the leather bracelet is utterly sumptuous—the distressed effect completely suits the watch’s bronze shade. Add to that the Tudor’s in-house movement MT5601, and this “bronzer” will surely fly off the racks.
If you call yourself a budding watch enthusiast, then you’d have at least one annual calendar in your drawer. On this front, Omega followed up its sensational Globemaster timepiece with the Globemaster Annual Calendar. The 41mm watch—two millimeters larger than a regular Globemaster— gives off a distinctively sporty vibe what with the stainless steel case and blue inscriptions of the months in between the hour indexes and around the accented pie panshaped dial. The fluted bezel is made of scratchproof tungsten carbide, a material that is not only quite solid but nicely disperses light. Of course, being an annual calendar, this means you need only set the date once a year (on February 29), although you’d never have to worry about anything else. It is a METAS-certified master chronometer, after all.
A Perfect Year
Off the Rails
Given how small a watch dial is, little differences can really make a huge impact. Longines makes the most out of this in its RailRoad novelty. It draws inspiration from the olden days, when Longines rose as a designer of railroad watches, and brings back a 40mm timepiece design from the past. While looking rather simple in terms of case design, has the numeral “0” instead of “12,” and goes all the way up to 23. This suggests that the owner could easily tell the exact time throughout the day. A reference to the brand’s railroad watchmaking tradition can be also seen on the exquisite engraving on the case-back.
Enter the Dragon
The world of independent watch brands is often the one to truly push the limits of imagination. Among the members of this group, Cabestan is a relatively young watch house that takes the word “independent” seriously. Their Dragon Nera and Snake Nera novelties are true showstoppers: an inverted tourbillon, a fusée-and-chain transmission and an intricate sculpture in the middle. The case is a one of a kind, with four “hidden” crowns on the sides to tweak the time, wind the watch, and access other functions. The Dragon Nera lives up to its name by incorporating a beautiful dragon figurine in the center, while the Snake Nera has, obviously, a snake figurine instead. Even better, Cabestan does a flying job with customization, including for a client who asked for the figurine of a panda smoking a bamboo pipe.
The Right Sequence
Some watches tell a story through pictures, others need videos to reveal their true potential. Belonging to the latter are Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps (MCT) watches. Founded by Denis Giguet, one of the creators of Harry Winston’s Opus timepieces, MCT is known for the patented “prism” display of the hour. In real life, this translates to the big hour numerals suddenly appearing on any of the four different sides of the dial at every change of the hour. The Sequential Two S210 novelty is pleasantly stunning, thanks to its exceptional craftsmanship. The beautiful 46.4mm titanium watch boasts an in-house automatic MCT-S2.0caliber with a micro-rotor made of 18 carat gold. Available in two different palettes (each limited to 25 pieces), this MCT masterpiece would be perfect for any budding watch collector seeking a statement-making novelty.
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70 The Sounds of Summer For many, spring and summer means traveling, lounging by the pool at some exotic locale, soaking up the sun at some faraway beach or just chilling out at your favorite hangout place. Now, those activities could sure use a nice soundtrack to it, right? And while your average smartphone and included earphones plus your MP3 collection (or streaming service) can do the trick, for some serious musical accompaniment to your summer vacation, nothing beats some dedicated hardware. Take, for instance, the Astell & Kern A320 music player. It’s solidly built (machined from a single block of aluminum), comes with a wide range of accessories and connectivity features, and—most importantly— top-of-the-range audio performance. Portable audio doesn’t get any better (or stylish) than this.
For a prime example of superior form and function in one neat package, the Master & Dynamic MW60 is a definite must have for the traveling audiophile. The form part includes a leather and metal construction that not only looks sophisticated and feels comfortable, while functionally, this pair of headphones delivers stellar audio quality and the convenience of wireless connectivity.
Sometimes, less is more, and a more low-profile audio delivery is required. This is where the Fender FXA7 in-ear monitor comes in. Slim and snug, the FXA7 provides transparent audio with punchy bass, rich mids and crisp high end while also eliminating ambient noise. You’ll definitely feel the difference in performance, even when listening music from your smartphone.
One of the most exciting gadgets coming out this year is LG’s modular G5 smartphone, in no small part due to the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY. Developed in collaboration with B&O PLAY, this snap-in module is essentially a portable Hi-Fi DAC audio player capable of turning a high-end smartphone into a high-end portable audio player. 1
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Toshiba has long been known as a producer of laptops, particularly in the low- to mid-range. The Satellite Radius 12, however, shows that things might change. In short, this model has all the requisite features of a high-end machine. There’s the 4K, Technicolor-certified screen; the convertible setup with a full 360-degree hinge; lightweight design and superior speed, etc., etc. Even the low-priced entry level option (which comes with a lowerres screen) offers impressive specs. Now, battery life could be an issue, but performance-wise, there’s a lot to like about this hybrid.
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In the world of smartphones, Samsung’s Galaxy S series is still the range to beat, and it’s getting harder and harder each year. In 2016, the Korean brand solidifies its grasp on the market with the Galaxy S7 (and the S7 Edge, of course). As can be expected, the S7 boasts a smooth and polished design and an incredible camera. Also unsurprisingly, the S7 lacks a removable battery, although this is balanced out by superior battery life. And while it does have an annoying tendency to collect and keep smudges and fingerprints, the S7 is waterproof. On the software side, one particularly interesting addition is the UPDAY news aggregator. Once again, Samsung shows us how the game is played.
The Adventurer's Camera
If during the summer holidays you find yourself heading toward adventure—the kind of adventure that includes rugged terrain, water and plenty of dramatic photo-ops—then you might want to consider taking the FinePix XP90 from Fujifilm with you. It’s waterproof (up to 15 meters), shockproof (it can basically withstand falls from 1.75 meters), freeze-proof (although this won’t be much of a problem this season) and also dustproof. And it also features a 16-megapixel sensor, image stabilization and can record videos at 1080p and 60 FPS. This is definitely a must-have for adventurers about to succumb to wanderlust.
All the Colors of the Wind
Besides exotic animals and charming fragrances, spring and summer are also identical to lazy afternoons spent along the beach or beside the pool, and—most importantly—in a comfy seat. The aptly named MBRACE collection from DEDON definitely fits this cozy image. This range of chairs (including wingback, lounger, rocker and optional footstool) is not just eye-catching but also fully lives up to its namesake. Featuring open, mesh-like tri-axial weaves, each MBRACE piece will keep you comfortable throughout the season, even during the hotter days when the cushions are stowed away. Yes, the MBRACE’s embrace is delicate no matter how (and when) you use them.
A Wild Feast
Animals, especially exotic species, are at the forefront of this season’s fashion trends. And apparently, this motif is also present in high-end tableware from French luxury brand Hermès. Pumas, ocelots, elephants and a huge roster of birds are featured prominently on the Carnets d’Équateur porcelain service. The collection is essentially a tribute to Robert Dallet, a little-known artist and naturalist with incredible talent for drawing animals from all corners of the globe. In 1984, Dallet met Jean-Louis Dumas, CEO of Hermès from 1978 to 2006, and a collaboration that would last a quarter of a century was born. This fortunate partnership—and the incredible artistry underlying it—continues to flourish with this exquisite porcelain collection.
The Embrace of Comfort
Tiny Lights of Spring
Spring and summer have always conjured up images of long walks across green fields filled with the fragrances of a new harvest or along verdant gardens in full blossom. L’Occitane invites you to close your eyes and enjoy these blissful sensations from the comforts of your own home with its latest lineup of scented candles from the Home collection. A wide range of delightful fragrances are on offer, from Souffle de Fleurs (White Blossom) which carries the balmy scent of spring mornings to Confiserie Provençale (Candied Fruits) and its sweet bouquet of candied fruit and sugary treats from Provence. No matter how you end up spending the season, you can never go wrong by adding a touch of spring to invigorate your home.
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Yogyakarta has always been one of Indonesia’s most important hubs of art and artists, and it has never seen a shortage of art fairs or festivals. So, what can one more fair contribute to the city’s arts scene? Plenty, it would seem. ArtJog, which this year will have its ninth showing, has a reputation as an “artist’s art fair.” Even more intriguing than the fair itself, however, is the man behind it. Heri Pemad built up his presence in the art world first as a runner delivering invitations
to artists and collectors; now he is a respected “talent guide.” Before this year’s ArtJog, which will run from May 27 through June 27, DAMAN managed to slip in a one-on-one interview with the man himself.
DA MAN: What is the theme of this year’s ArtJog? Heri Pemad: Universal Influence. Maybe the number nine is a bit mystical. So, this, being the ninth ArtJog, I want to mark it as an important moment where the number
DA: Previous ArtJogs had a commercial aspect to it. How about this year? HP: In principle, we can’t do an event halfheartedly. We can’t have only discourse or only appreciation, so it has to be fifty-fifty between discourse and market. We are always selling even if the theme displays art that are far from commercial. DA: Looking back, has your motivations for running ArtJog changed? PH: It’s still the same today. ArtJog is an artists’ art fair, not galleries. When you look at ArtStage, ArtBasel, and so on, they all sell white boxes. Then they invite galleries, and the galleries sell the works of the artist. I don’t. I go directly to the artists. DA: After nine years , how has ArtJog evolved? PH: It goes with the interests of all artists. There are no good events in Indonesia.
Only the Bienalle, and then what? Galleries, and then what? Collector birthdays, bank birthdays. We don’t have good events, as in those that really side with artistic interests. Since 2006, I stopped painting, and decided that I wanted to create art in a different way. Being an artist doesn’t mean that you have to be a sculptor, photographer, painter, but by creating an event with a complete idea. DA: What’s in the future for you and ArtJog? HP: I will keep fighting for the “artists’ art fair” concept, as a place where artists can be completely free to express their thoughts without limitations that shackle creativity. I believe that ArtJog, for an artist, has become a place to go crazy. DA: Do you still have other goals outside of ArtJog? HP: We have to create something massive, a building, and it’s going to be a museum. DA: In Yogya? HP: Yes, in Yogya. It doesn’t have to be in the city. Maybe in the mountains, maybe in the rice fields. And I’m not sure I can do that on my own; it has to involve someone with money. Who has the money? The state. I have to make them realize how important this is. We don’t have a museum, which is humiliating. And a museum doesn’t have to be sacred, with the same old works. It has to live by being a living experience.
Clockwise The art space managed by Heri Pemad; a display curated by the artist; Heri Pemad
nine is celebrated. And the system we used is by invitation. For this number nine we don’t use an open application system anymore, but we only invite the best from those who so far have participated in our events.
AS THE NINTH ARTJOG ART FAIR LOOMS ON THE HORIZON, DA MAN CHATS WITH THE MAN BEHIND IT ALL—THE ONE AND ONLY HERI PEMAD
Sneakers addicts, be warned. Fashion analyst and writer Yuniya Kawamura has come to strip down all the elements that have worked on and reworked sneakers since 1980s. “Sneakers: Fashion, Gender, and Subculture” (Bloomsbury Academic) is an insightful read for those looking to see beyond what meets the eye. From Reebok to Nike, every sneaker is dissected based on gender study and cultural references.
been reforming men’s formalwear since the 1950s, breaking the sartorial traditions of Savile Row and redefining the new classics. This biography recounts the seminal journey and inspirations that established Brioni as a strong pillar in the menswear industry.
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Which brand did the first men’s runway show? If you ever find yourself asking this, then take a peek inside “Gaetano Savini: The Man who was Brioni” (Assouline Press). The Florencebased designer had
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luxury connoisseur Simon Crompton is the name to heed. His latest book, “The Finest Menswear in the World,” unveils the most refined clothing articles and accessories that the world has to offer today. From Panama hats to the Milanese buttonhole, Crompton dug deep, went into each manufacture to gain a first-hand experience in observing details like a hand-stitched seam and screen-printed silk, things done in the name of luxury. The accompanying photographs help bring the stories alive, as well as allowing readers and budding designers to hone their fashion and retail business acumen.
One notable book from last year that’s definitely worth reading and remembering is the Tom Booker Prizenominated “A Little Life” (Doubleday) by author Hanya Yanagihara. This sumptuous 720-page novel wonderfully recounts the beginning of a friendship between four young go-getters, covering their college days to making it in New York City and eventually carving out their own lives. The plot, which began with uneventful periods of youth, one packed with parties and new acquaintances, unspooled into the raw and sinister realities that JB, Malcolm, Willem and Jude had to face individually. As these distinctive characters matured, insidious bouts of depression and drug abuse became an inseparable part of their growing pains, albeit fame and success waited in the end. More than anything, “A Little Life” reiterates a sublime and ever so poignant perspective of adulthood, of making decisions in uncertainty, of acceptance and reclaiming lost love. Written over a period of two years, “A Little Life” is Hanya Yanagihara’s second novel that, despite its weight and perhaps niche topics, turned out to be a bestseller. And given the fiction’s easy everyday language, you’ll be hooked in no time.
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Top Lenny Kravitz' eclectic look with a touch of military styling Right The artist's signature on-stage look
To say that Lenny Kravits is a talented and prolific musician would be a massive understatement. His own musical style incorporates everything from rock and reggae to folk and blues, and he would often take on both lead and backing vocals for his recordings. And that’s on top of playing just about every instrument incorporated in his tracks. In much the same way, describing Lenny Kravitz as multi-award-winning artist would also underplay his achievements. For one, he won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row for unforgettable songs like “American Woman”
and “Again.” He has also won several MTV Video Music Awards, BRIT Awards and, several years ago, he was appointed Officer of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres—which solidified his place not only as an entertainer but also as a global cultural figure. And then there’s the fashion connection. Sure, unlike his role as Cinna in “The Hunger Games” (yes, he acts as well; and no, “The Hunger Games” is not his first movie) he hasn’t really dabbled in fashion yet. Although he has indicated an interest in one day creating his own clothing line, his current interest is in architecture and interior design, which has been
manifested in Kravitz Design Inc. since 2003. Yet, this hasn’t stopped him from being regarded as quite the fashion icon. His aesthetic is, in short, cosmopolitan, eclectic and really in-your-face. In fact, he’s just as memorable when donning a crisp blazer for his red-carpet appearances as he is while sporting his signature black leather jeans, slouchy reggae-style beanie (a nod to his Caribbean roots), and the ever-present aviator sunglasses. Naturally, this is the look most of his fans are familiar with—that of an incredible musician who, since the very beginning, has always carved his own path to success.
PArTy rock mAnsion Redfoo Need a soundtrack for your let-loose nights of debauchery? Say hello to Redfoo’s “Party Rock Mansion.” The album is packed with pumping beats and frivolous lyrics for some superlative earworm material. “New Thang” has saxophone melodies;
“Booty Man” gets deep with low-bass rapping; and “Juicy Wiggle” tickles with piano tinkles before a party riot breaks out into the chorus.
the album features Ed Sheeran, Leon Bridges, Anderson .Paak and even Idris Elba, to name a few. “Mess” in the record’s title is definitely more than just a euphemism.
This unruly mess i've mADe Macklemore & Ryan Lewis A sophomore album is often a break-or-make project. In this case, “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” passes with flying colors, as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis make rap sound universal —“Kevin” and “Growing Up” are two fine examples of this argument. It would be hard not to notice that
This is whAT The The life of PABlo Kanye West “The Life of Pablo” is a monster. A sound monster, that is. A lot of big names have taken part in the recording, including Rihanna who opens “Famous.” And unsurprisingly, much like West’s erratic tweets, the song abruptly changes its tune in the middle. This is one unforgettable album.
There’s No Doubt That the Truth Hurts This is whAT TruTh feels like Gwen Stefani The big question is: Where is she heading with this? Truth be told, this third solo album doesn’t seem to promise improved musical delivery. “Used to Love You” is a tad melodramatic, and is made even more so with the music video. “Make Me Like You” sounds like a chant for teenyboppers; not like what a 46-year-old who had led “No Doubt” to their stardom in 1990s and 2000s would sing. To be fair, you can still find a couple of saving graces here and there, but if this is really what the truth feels like for Gwen Stefani, then maybe she needs to look really hard for a new sense of musicality. The mother of three did state that “This Is What Truth Feels Like” is meant as a breakup album, yet it seems that this a breakup from her longtime fans.
PhAse Jack Garratt It’s impossible to listen to this album without feeling overwhelmed by how skillful Jack Garratt is in squeezing in his vocals between so many instruments. “Phase” has gained several awards in the U.K., but this is just the beginning for the 24-year-old musician. “Breathe Life” is a solid hit, and “Weathered” makes a case for the artist’s pitch play. In fact, you should check out Garratt’s live solo performances as he adeptly tweaked mixers himself while switching between belting out loud and singing delicately. “Phase” is a massive debut album that avid music heads should really take heed of.
If You're Up for a Challenge
occasional cop in a major upgrade of the original game’s already highly immersive meleecombat getup. This is definitely gaming with an edge.
DArK SoUlS III
By Bandai Namco Entertainment Platform PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Release April 2016
As the cycle of light and dark reaches its breaking point, the world faces an apocalypse. And one lone adventurer must do all he can to survive. Now, the plot and backstory of the “Dark Souls” games are always quite deep and engaging, but the real hallmark of this series—which lives on in “Dark Souls III”— is the steep learning curve and punishing gameplay. Yes, this is a title handcrafted for gaming masochists who are prepared to die a thousand (digital) deaths in the name of (virtual) heroism. But each and every step forward in this brutal adventure is oh so satisfying. Veterans of past “Souls” games will feel right at home, while newcomers will find a Scan t h i s pa g e ! challenge unlike any other.
mIrror’S eDge CATAlyST By Electronic Arts Platform PC, PS4, Xbox One Release May 2016
First-person parkour: That’s “Mirror’s Edge” in a nutshell for you. This year’s “Mirror’s Edge Catalyst,” which is a reboot of the 2008 original, once again puts us in the shoes of Faith Connors, a “runner” playing her part in a revolution against tyranny by jumping from skyscraper to skyscraper and punching the living daylights out of the
UnChArTeD 4: A ThIef’S enD
By Sony Computer Entertainment Platform PS4 Release May 2016 Real heroes never retire. Such is the case with Nathan Drake, protagonist of the “Uncharted” series. Having settled into a normal life after the events of “Uncharted 3: Drake’s
Deception,” Drake is once again dragged into danger and adventure. What we get this time around is perhaps one of the most immersive action/adventure games to date. All in all, this yet another Game of the Year contender worth looking forward to.
ToTAl WAr: WArhAmmer
By Sega Platform PC Release April 2016 Take one of the most iconic strategy game series, add one of the most iconic medieval fantasy franchises, then mix well. This is the basic premise of “Total War: Warhammer,” which combines the strategic depth and massive tactical battles from the “Total War” series with the lore and factions from the “Warhammer” universe. The former, better known for historical settings, gives the battles of the latter the epic scale it truly deserves, as massed infantry formations will fight alongside steam tanks against skeleton armies and giant trolls while griffin-mounted heroes fly overhead.
New Flicks AS populAr STrEAMIng SErvICE nETFlIx ExpAnDS ITS rEACh To A hoST oF nEw CounTrIES, gET rEADy For EvEn MorE ShowS To Follow AS 2016 rollS Along
Stars Gérard Depardieu, Benoît Magimel, Géraldine Pailhas With the next season of “House of Cards” still a year away, there seems to be a dearth in political drama on Netflix. But fear not, for this May “Marseille” will start airing. Set in the eponymous French city, the show will center on the war of succession between veteran mayor Robert Taro (played by Gérard Depardieu) against his rival and former protégé Lucas Barres (Benoît Magimel). If you’re bored of fictional U.S. politics, perhaps some French intrigue can surely keep you entertained.
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The first film version of “The Mortal Instruments” fantasy novels released back in 2013 was a major flop. Earlier this year, Constantin Film took another stab at bringing this story of angelic-blooded demon hunters to life through a new television series titled simply “Shadowhunters.” For one, this is a marked improvement over “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” although by how much is open to debate. If you need some extra convincing, grab a copy of our February/March issue and go through our exclusive interview with Scan t h i s pa g e ! male lead Dominic Sherwood.
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Stars Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn Has it been too long since you had your last “Breaking Bad” fix? Are you tired of re-watching the same five seasons? Well, just in case you haven’t heard about it, there’s actually a spin-off prequel of the popular crime drama series. “Better Call Saul” tells the story of James McGill, a criminal lawyer who would later become Saul Goodman, the crooked attorney who represents the two main characters in “Breaking Bad.” More importantly, much like its more popular parent series, all two seasons of “Better Call Saul” have garnered incredible ratings and are a perfect binge-watching material.
Stars Will arnett, Mark Chappell, Ruth Kearney After several of years doing mostly voice acting, Will Arnett is heading back to the silver screen as executive producer and star of “Flaked.” Here, Arnett plays as Chip, a self-help guru, although things aren’t exactly as they seem. In a twist that would probably surprise no one, Chip is living a lie, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for him to keep up with his deception. If you need a dose of dark humor to get you through your working weeks, “Flaked” is definitely worth looking into.
As Manly as it Gets
Bigger than Avengers
cAPTAin AMeRicA: ciViL WAR Stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson Directors Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
The nice guys Stars Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer Director Shane Black It’s Los Angeles in the 1970s, a girl has gone missing and a porn star is found dead. Are these things related? Maybe. Maybe there’s an even bigger conspiracy afoot. Anyway, a struggling private detective (Gosling) is hired by a mobster (Crowe) to find the girl and, of course, they stumble upon a tangled web of sinister plots—which somehow involves Matt Bomer’s character. Interestingly, it seems that the production team has put off revealing Bomer’s exact role for quite a while, and might continue doing so until close to the movie’s release date. Still, it’s certainly nice to see him finally play with the big boys of cinema.
About a decade ago, one of Marvel Comics’ most polarizing storylines started its first run: “Civil War.” Naturally, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up toward a similar showdown between freedom (Captain America’s faction) and security (Iron Man’s pro-government side), which will pit heroes against heroes with a side dish of “traditional” super-villainy. Even without series regulars Thor and the Hulk, “Captain America: Civil War” still has the largest lineup of superheroes ever seen in a movie. So, yes, this is basically the Scan third “Avengers” movie in all but name. t h i s pa g e !
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
The hunTsMAn: WinTeR’s WAR Stars Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain Director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan In just about any adaptation of Snow White, the huntsman was basically, well, a hunter. But “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” (which is a prequel and a sequel of 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman”) reveals that the huntsmen—including Chris Hemsworth’s character—are an elite fighting force of Freya the Ice Queen, sister of the Evil Queen. When the magic mirror is brought to the Ice Queen’s domain after the events of “Snow White and the Huntsman” and the Evil Queen is resurrected, it’s up to our favorite muscle-bound Huntsman and his lover to save the day. This one looks quite a bit more promising than its predecessor.
War and No Peace
X-Men: APocALyPse Stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence Director Bryan Singer In Marvel Comics’ lore, Apocalypse is the world’s first mutant— and also one of the most powerful. And he’s also evil, with a penchant for “cleansing” humanity when the world doesn’t fit his image. So, naturally, it’s up to the X-Men to somehow stop this immortal menace. And speaking of the X-Men, this movie will introduce us to a new and younger cast portraying some of our favorite mutants from the first three “X-Men” movies, as well as a bevy on new ones. Whether you’re a fan of the series or not, this is a definite must-watch of the year.
The Taste of Freedom
Leak of the Century
snoWDen Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zachary Quinto, Nicolas Cage Director Oliver Stone Nowadays, it’s almost the norm to be just a bit paranoid about the government (particularly the U.S. government) snooping into your private emails. Worse, we now know that this kind of paranoia is more than justified after Edward Snowden went public with information about mass surveillance programs. Now, the famous whistleblower will get the Hollywood treatment under the direction of Oliver Stone, who has quite a track record in depicting controversial political issues in his movies. So, will we see the tale of a hero of freedom or will we get a story about a traitor to his nation? Find out this May as “Snowden” hits theaters worldwide.
The American Civil War was, to put it mildly, a highly misunderstood affair. Still, this dark chapter of history hides a wealth of inspiring stories. One such tale is that of Newton Knight, a farmer and soldier from Mississippi (a southern and thus Confederate state) who turned against the Confederacy and led a small rebellion. He was basically a Civil War-era Robin Hood who had the support of both women and slaves—two very marginalized groups from that time period. Of course, this—a passionate, charismatic and driven Southerner—is Scan the perfect role for Matthew McConaughey. t h i s pa g e !
FRee sTATe oF Jones Stars Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali Director Gary Ross
In the Jungle, the Mighty Jungle
Setting a new standard for the word “hideaway,” Amanwana (Pulau Moyo, Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara; +62 371 22233; aman.com/resorts/amanwana) is set in a nature and marine reserve that is still largely untouched by man, and is surrounded by Nusa Tenggara’s expansive savannahs and lush tropical jungle. Here you can sleep in luxurious tents (with air conditioning and hardwood floors; don’t worry), go on treks to waterfalls hidden deep within the jungle or head to the ocean for some scuba diving or a leisurely cruise to the fabled Komodo and Raja Ampat islands. This is definitely the kind of comfort and adventure deal that’s hard to beat.
When More is More
For one, Rumah Luwih (Jl. Prof Ida Bagus Mantra, Gianyar, Bali; +62 361 2005899; rumahluwih.com) is most aptly named. In short, this beachfront hotel is so much more (luwih) than just a house (rumah) for you to stay in while on holiday. It is a home, in the truest sense of the word. On the one hand, Rumah Luwih features a colonial design dominated by marble and immense corridors reminiscent of the grand palaces from the turn of the century; yet, it offers many of the intimate comforts of a home. Located at one of the quieter sides of Bali, this venue offers sweeping ocean views, a beachfront perfect for leisurely strolls and home-cooked meals served in a majestic restaurant.
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As part of the West Bali National Park, Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa (Jl. Raya Seririt-Gilimanuk, Singaraja, Bali; +62 361 411388; plataran.com/menjangan) showcases how luxury accommodation and the preservation of nature can go hand in hand beautifully. But beyond the luxurious villas and ocean-view suites, one of the definite highlights of any stay at Plataran Menjangan would be its cruises. There’s the Full Day Cruise to Menjangan Island or the two-hour Sunset Cruise which is no less unforgettable. Meanwhile, guests who prefer to stay on land can enjoy trekking, cycling or simply enjoying the bounties of nature at the famed Octagon restaurant.
The Little Touches
At a glance, The Samata (By Pass Ida Bagus Mantra, Gang Pucuk 1 No. 67, East Denpasar, Bali; +62 361 466 229; thesamata.com) has all the trappings of an upscale retreat; from its 15 exclusive suites and villas to its expansive spa facilities. But, in the end, it’s the little touches that make any stay at the venue so memorable. There’s the 24-hour butler service, the handmade soap selections, the meditation studio, the pro boxing ring and so on. Of course, being situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Sanur also helps. If you want to spend your downtime recuperating and relaxing, The Samata should definitely be a top pick.
In The Heart of the City
South Jakarta contains some of the city’s most important hubs; it is also notorious for its traffic jams. So, a new 5-star facility in the area is indeed a welcome sight. The Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel (Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda, Kebayoran. Jakarta; +62 21 806 30888) offers everything a business traveler (and casual vacationers too) might need during a trip to Jakarta. Besides top-notch accommodations, this new Sheraton boasts a fully-equipped Business Center, a swanky lounge, fitness and spa facilities and a soon-to-be-iconic outdoor pool for whenever you need to cool down after a long day battling traffic and doing serious business stuff.
Take Me to Church
Trying to get to Lola (Jl. Gunawarman No. 21, Jakarta; +62 21 2751 3500; lolajkt.com) is not easy, as the Cuban-inspired bar is situated in the basement of its sister eatery. But once you find it, you’ll be rewarded with an experience unlike any other in town. In a way, it’s a bit like faith—you just have to work hard before you get to the Promised Land. And it just so happens that Lola has a “secret church” feel to it, what with its statues and a classic mural of the Virgin Mary. Although the menu offers heavy meals, dimly lit Lola is more suited to a round of two of relaxed drinking. Its exotically flavored Tiki cocktails will surely make you say “Amen!”
88 Back for More
In keeping with the new look of the hotel, Pullman Jakarta Indonesia is introducing The Back Room (Jl. M.H. Thamrin no. 59, Jakarta; +62 31 92 3333; pullmanjakartaindonesia.com), a cozy and classy gentlemen’s club serving premium whiskeys and beverages along with finger-licking burgers. The New York-inspired interiors look handsome with a snug rug and fumed teakwood, invoking timeless 1960s glamor. Wednesday and Friday evenings present acoustic sessions and live DJs, respectively, while lunchtime and most afternoons see the city’s movers and shakers rubbing elbows. Those hungry for a novel taste to try, the Double Trouble French Dip is a heavenly combination of French toast, melted cheese and crumbling beef slices, which gets even more sublime with the secret sauce on the side. Add to that the right location with unperturbed privacy, and The Back Room will have you back for more.
Pasta House of the Rising Sun Take the hearty pastas of Italy, add a sprinkling of Japanese flavors, and voilà, you get the menu of AWkitchen (Plaza Indonesia, second floor, Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav 28-30, Jakarta; +62 21 2992 4325). This, by the way, is the second of celebrity chef Akira Watanabe’s signature eateries in Jakarta; the first one being at Plaza Senayan. AWkitchen’s fare goes quite a bit beyond “Japanese-style pasta” and features exciting layers of flavors. The restaurant’s specialty dish, for instance, features spaghetti with Japanese mushrooms and spicy mentaiko in a combination reminiscent of top quality ramen. As a final touch, AWkitchen’s range of mocktails is no less intriguing. Soda with basil, anyone?
For some, the arrival of ST. ALi (Setiabudi 2 Building, Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav. 62, Jakarta; +62 21 5290 6814; stali.com.au) in Jakarta is a long-awaited blessing. And it’s not only because ST. ALi has long been considered as one of the best coffee shops in Melbourne, if not the very best. See, since it opened its doors, ST. ALi Jakarta has become a place to reminisce in shared nostalgia for Australian-educated Jakartans, especially since ST. ALi Jakarta’s interior, menu and even the La Marzocco espresso machine mirror the ones in the original store. Newbies to this particular coffee shop are, of course, invited to taste ST. ALi’s coffee and find out for themselves why it is so popular. Other than coffee, ST. ALi is also famous for its chicken, beef and pork burgers.
Carnivores in town should not miss out on sampling slices of heavenly beef at Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Somerset Grand Citra, ground floor, Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav. 1, Jakarta; +62 21 522 1178; ruthchris. com). This posh New Orleans steakhouse is staking a claim in Indonesia, after branching out to Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. All of the steaks are heated to an internal temperature of 260-degree Celsius in a trademarked oven that was co-developed by founder Ruth Fertel 50 years ago. As a result, every bite brings out the delicious meat juices. Being a New Orleansbased eatery, the seafood selection is pretty exceptional to boot. From Shrimp Remoulade to Crabtini, a meal at Ruth’s is a mouth-watering trip to the largest city in Louisiana without actually flying there!
dining at the edge
ThE AccOmmODATIOns ARE ExquIsITE AnD ThE sERVIcE Is bEyOnD ExcEpTIOnAL. buT ThE EDgE’s chARm LIEs As much In ITs fAnTAsTIc DInIng OpTIOns What do you look for in a villa? Comfort is, of course, a major factor, along with location and service quality. Speaking of service, however, brings us to another aspect that for many might even be the most important aspect of a holiday: good food. This, in turn, brings us to the truly magical culinary moments that you can find at The edge (Jl. Pura Goa Lempeh, Pecatu, Bali; +62 361 8470700; mesahotelsandresorts. com/theedge). When it comes to satiating the appetite of its guests, this villa estate
prides itself in its “no menu” policy—although perhaps “tailor-made menu” would be a better description. Breakfast at The edge is prepared by your very own butler (yes, that’s also part of the experience) in your villa’s very own kitchen. The what, when and where of said meal is entirely up to you. This customized approach also applies should you prefer a more wholesome brunch, or when you’re in need of canapés and an aperitif or two as you lounge by the pool or spend the day at the famed The Spa at The edge.
Now, fuss-free first-rate meal service like this is definitely a major plus point, but for the kind of dining experience that memories are made of, ask about the Sunset High Tea and Safari Food offerings the next time you stay at The edge. The former, as the name suggests, is a modern interpretation of England’s social tea traditions. From late afternoon until sunset, guests can saunter to The Bar at The edge for a cup (or a glass) of tea accompanied by such dainty delicacies like foie gras and vegetable samosa or layered mango mousse.
Afternoon tea with a view; iced tea is also available if a hot brew is not your cup of tea
Safari Food, on the other hand, delivers a more complete, multi-course meal as guests are treated to a cross-cultural culinary journey from West to East. To illustrate, one menu option starts off with grilled scallops and a potato and carrot soup, and ends with crispy duck served with steamed bok choy. Can’t decide on which to try out? Then go for both! Can’t decide on which to try out first? You’ll have plenty of time to think about it while enjoying a spread of hors d’oeuvres and a cool cocktail as you relax at the edge the island of the gods.
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feast and fast
five for feAsTing
The 5:2 diet is basically a form of intermittent fasting. For five consecutive days a week you eat what you want, and for the other two you basically starve yourselves. Of course, the proper way to go about this is not simply “5 days of feasting and then 2 days of fasting.” For one, the “eat what you want” part doesn’t mean that you can do fast-food takeaway for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At least not if you still expect real results. The 5 of 5:2 are days where you eat normally—as in what you would normally eat if you weren’t fasting. If you want to be a bit more technical about it (and for optimum results) it’s best to follow the recommended daily calorie intake of 2,500 calories for men and 2,000 for women. Then, during the two “fasting” days, you cut your calorie intake to a quarter of the recommended daily levels—so, that’s around 600 calories (rounded down) for men and 500 calories for women. There is, however, no restriction on what you can eat during the 2 of 5:2. This is why you might come across references that classify this method as an eating pattern instead of an actual diet.
A word of caution: It’s important to note here that you should pick two non-consecutive days. In other words, there should at least be one nonfasting day between each fasting day; and this is because the way intermittent fasting works.
Two for fAsTing
The big question surrounding 5:2 and similar methods is: Why not just cut calories across the board? Now, there is a strong argument to be made for general calorie control and other healthy lifestyles for the long run. For more immediate weight loss goals, however, fasting— intermittent fasting, to be exact—is often seen as more effective since it forces your body to go into “repair” mode while cutting calories all at once might push it into “starvation” mode. When the body thinks that it’s starving, it will start storing calories as fat in anticipation of long periods of time with no food. The stress caused by brief fasting, however, will merely force your body to allocate more energy for cellular repairs, which uses up your energy stores.
To 5:2 or noT To 5:2
As with many popular diets, what the 5:2 method lacks is absolute scientific proof that it works as advertised. (Please keep in mind that “proper” scientific research entails years—or decades—of study.) So, what we have are mostly anecdotal evidence and personal stories. And not all of those stories are in favor of the 5:2 pattern.
All that being said, this method can work; and there are plenty of common threads from the many 5:2 success stories that we can distill it to the following key points: • Expectations from following the 5:2 diet needs to be realistic: This is primarily a weight-loss tool and might not necessarily lead to other health benefits. • The 5:2 diet should be approached as a short-term undertaking to reach certain weight loss goals. Long-term intermittent fasting might be unsustainable. • Obviously, this diet should not be attempted by children, pregnant women, sufferers of Type 1 diabetes and those still recovering from surgery. • The effects of fasting might come as a shock, especially during early stages. Lower energy levels should be expected, and daily activities might be affected. • As mentioned earlier, willpower will be a major issue, especially as it is extremely easy to overeat after fasting periods. Nothing can really replace healthy eating habits, proper exercise and generally leading a healthy lifestyle. Properly carried out, however, the 5:2 diet can be your ticket to shaving kilos without abandoning all your favorite dishes— which, when you think about it, is why most attempts at dieting fail in the first place. Still, giving up on chocolate cake or cheeseburgers isn’t such a bad idea.
“For more immediate weight loss goals, however, Fasting is oFten seen as more eFFective”
he hardest part of any diet plan is summoning the willpower to stick with it. Sure, red rice and poached chicken with a side of steamed baby vegetables is packed with nutrients while low in calories, but it’s not as satisfying as a plate of fried rice and deep-fried chicken with a side of vegetable tempura. Still, some approaches will allow you to enjoy the latter (moderately, of course) while still gaining the benefits of a diet consisting mainly of the former. One of the more popular (and currently re-trending) members of this category of dieting is the 5:2 diet.
When you need to lose Weight but aren’t ready to give up on chocolate cake or cheeseburgers just yet, the 5:2 plan might be the best path to a neW and leaner you
Sexting: A new love CriSiS
Can “sexting” be more damaging than helpful to relationships? raChael tarfman-perez explores st this 21 -Century form of foreplay
exting by definition is sending or receiving sexually explicit messages or photos by mobile phones or via social media platforms. This is a trend that has increased steadily through the years. In fact, 88 percent of adults have engaged in some kind of sexting within the context of a relationship according to a paper titled “Reframing Sexting as a Positive Relationship Behavior.” Is sexting more common than we believe or are these correlations merely coincidences? Emily Stasko, at Drexel’s University in Philadelphia, surveyed 870 heterosexual individuals and found that increased amounts of sexting was associated with higher levels of sexual satisfaction. These are just two studies, you might say, and might not accurately represent what happens in our population at large. Another way to look at this is that technology is something that most people concentrate on daily. People are very involved with social media on mobile
sexually explicit or provocative messages? Is it primarily the sending of sexual images? Some people see it as one, the other or even as both. This has been unclear because there have been various opinions about the subject. Sexting may not be limited to just direct messaging, but could also include the use of Twitter, Facebook, Skype and Facetime as well as other social media platforms. This could also mean sending sexually explicit videos, thereby complicating matters even more. Most people have really warmed up to the idea of sexting and, according to the previously cited research papers, a very high number of people have engaged (and continue to engage) in this behavior. These research studies and surveys have focused on how sexting can improve relationships and rekindle sex lives. However, there is a darker side as well. This article focuses on those individuals that use sexting as a way of seeking excitement, sex and/or attention outside of their present relationships. The lines are sometimes blurred with regards to virtual or Internet relationships,
“85 percent of women and 74 percent of men consider sexting a form of cheating” phones, computers and other gadgets. Is there any reason to think that people are not using technology to enhance their present relationships? People all over the world have access to messaging services, social media, and video chatting. It is extremely easy to use any of these modalities in the context of a relationship. How do people view sexting? The problem is that not everyone defines sexting the same way. Is it the sending of
because they are not viewed as being “real.” Is sexting with a third party while in a relationship considered cheating? That is a good question. We already know that sexting or sending sexually provocative messages can really enhance a committed relationship. However, what happens when people send these types of messages outside of a committed relationship? How is sexting viewed among the general population? A 2013 Huffington Post article which surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults found that 85
percent of women and 74 percent of men consider sexting a form of cheating. Sexting outside a relationship can be exciting especially for those individuals that are looking for “that extra something” in their lives. Perhaps these individuals love their spouses or partners but seem to have lost the passion or excitement in their relationship. Other individuals might be looking to find someone else online or in a virtual sense that they can flirt with in a setup that can still be considered “safe.” That could fall into the “grass is greener on the other side of the fence” scenario. Other scenarios could include men or women that seem to feel as if they are invisible to their partners or spouses due to, for example, over-demanding careers and children. These individuals may find that through sexting with a third party that they can feel loved, desired and even sexy. It is through this media (and possibly other reasons) that people justify their actions and tell themselves that they are not cheating, because there is no physical relationship. Is this behavior wrong? Some people may believe that, due to the virtual nature of sexting, it isn’t necessarily wrong due to the lack of physical contact. It may have started as something innocuous but then it shifted into interactions that are much more intimate. However if a person is deleting texts, hiding cell phone bills or being secretive about this virtual relationship, then it might be that he/ she has become more involved with someone other than a spouse or partner. If we are looking at the health of a marriage or relationship, any time someone else becomes involved, that health has now been compromised. We could also argue that the commitment toward the relationship or marriage has waned because of the third party that is now part of the equation. Rachael Tarfman-Perez is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and has been in practice for six years in Costa Mesa, California.
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NIP & TUCK
Understanding teeth Whitening
Why Do PeoPle neeD It?
As people age, their teeth will get darker. This is partly an inescapable effect of aging, but also happens due to what we drink and eat, along with habits like smoking. Coffee, tea, red wine, blackcurrant juice and other foods and drinks
impact on the color of your teeth. Finally, some people may experience staining beneath their teeth’s enamel cover or suffer from tiny dental cracks which might develop into larger stains. Considering the range of factors that might have an adverse effect on tooth color, it becomes apparent that for many people, regular dental care might not be sufficient to maintain a presentable row of white teeth. The problem becomes even more apparent for those of advanced age. It is at these points that teeth whitening procedures become an attractive and viable solution to be considered.
WhAt Does It Involve?
The most common method of professional tooth whitening is bleaching. The dentist will first perform an assessment to determine if tooth whitening is appropriate for your case and also
“As people Age, their teeth will get dArker, pArtly As AN iNescApAble effect of AgiNg, but Also due to whAt we driNk ANd eAt, plus other iNdividuAl hAbits like smokiNg” that contain strong coloring agents can also affect teeth color. Furthermore, some antibiotics might also contribute to the darkening of teeth. It should also be noted that some individuals will naturally develop a shade that’s grayer than other people, while some might also see white spots appear on teeth due to illness or ordinary tooth decay. In other words, all people are different: Just like how our skin and hair differ from person to person, so do our teeth. Extremely few individuals have got teeth that are brilliant white. Tartar buildup can, of course, also have an
inform you about the available options. The most common whitening method is known as “dentistsupervised” tooth whitening, which is done at home. Here you get some gel trays containing a special gel that are made to fit inside your mouth, similar to gum-shields. You then follow a home routine given by the dentist. One alternative is “chairside whitening.” As the name suggests, in this type of procedure, the dentist, therapist or dental hygienist will be applying the whitening agents as the patient sits in a typical dentist chair. They will put a gel
or rubber shield on your gum for protection. Thereafter, they apply the whitening product onto the teeth using a specially made tray. In the majority of whitening products, the active ingredient is hydrogen carbamide peroxide, which is used in very precise measurements. Currently, the US Food and Drug Administration only approves whitening gels with a hydrogen peroxide content below six percent or carbamide peroxide below 16 percent. Concurrently, the European Union’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety has declared that all gels with active ingredient concentrations higher than the aforementioned limits to be unsafe. Other major health authorities apply similar standards.
WhAt Are the PossIble sIDe effects? After or during treatment, some patients might find that their teeth have become sensitive to cold and/or sudden shifts in temperature. Other patients might experience discomfort in their gums, sore throat or white patches along the gum line. More often than not, all of these symptoms are only temporary and should disappear completely after a couple of days. It should also be noted that just about every health authority, such as the British Dental Bleaching Society, stresses how essential it is for all dental therapists and dental hygienists to undertake suitable instruction in all dental bleaching techniques, so that they are able to assist in the provision of successful whitening for all their dental patients. So, essentially, for would-be patients, the same pre-procedure precautions should be observed: Make sure that you are aware of what the tooth whitening procedure will entail and that it will be carried out, or at least supervised, by properly trained professionals. William Huynh is an Australian-based dental therapist who has been practicing for over ten years.
ooth whitening is an extremely effective method of lightening the color of your teeth without damaging them and without the need to scrape off the surface of your teeth. According to a report published in the British Dental Journal in April 2005, just about any whitening method available today can work just fine, with the most significant efficacy factors being the concentration of the whitening or bleaching agent used and the duration of exposure.
As dentist WilliAm HuynH puts it, only extremely feW individuAls HAve got teetH tHAt Are brilliAnt WHite. Here He gives A loW-doWn on generAl teetH WHitening processes
Six for Six
Renaldi Hutasoit takes tHe 2016 Mazda6 foR a spin and puts tHe saloon tHRougH its paces on tHe Roads of JakaRta
ow, this might sound like a bold statement, but the exterior design of the New Mazda 6 is one of my top three most handsome fourdoor saloons available today, regardless of price. High praise indeed, but well deserved. A designer friend told me that a great design should have that “love at first” sight effect, and the new Mazda6 has that in spades.
Music to My EArs
Thankfully, Mazda also focused on making sure that the new Mazda6 has substance to back up its good looks. This sporty saloon is clearly targeted towards people who love driving more than being rear seat passengers. To make the Mazda6 a great driver’s car, Mazda has what it calls the SKYACTIV technology implemented
in the engine, transmission and chassis. Working together they provide great pleasure in driving. The Mazda6’s SKYACTIV-G 2.5 liter four cylinder in-line DOHC 16-valve engine offers good response and pulling power, with a respectable output of about 184 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque. On paper, this is nothing to be bullish about; but it works quite effectively, allowing the car to go from 0 to 100kph in the middle part of the seven second bracket. Not only does it perform well, when you really push the car to its higher RPM range, it purrs like a vintage four cylinder sport engine. As manufacturers are competing to have the quietest engine, hearing great mechanical sounds is like breathing fresh air after a long night stuck in a cigar room. Of course, the Mazda6 engine is not built solely for sporting duties, but also with fuel efficiency in mind. This is where the i-stop start/ stop system comes in. Now, engine start/stop
systems are available in practically all quality cars today; but for me, the Mazda6’s system is the least intrusive compared similarly equipped cars that I test-drove in the past. Nevertheless, even with the i-stop system my best fuel consumption over three days of test-driving in normal city traffic was 14.6L per 100km, or 6.8 kilometers per liter. That’s pretty average for a 2.5L engine on a midsize sedan. Power from the SKYACTIV-G engine is transmitted to the road via the SKYACTIVDRIVE 6-speed automatic transmission. Mazda claims this new generation of highly-efficient automatic transmission achieves excellent torque transfer efficiency through a wider lockup range and features the best attributes of all transmission types. For all the non-pistonheads out there, this simply means the SKYACTIVDRIVE combines all the advantages of conventional automatic, CVT and dual clutch transmissions. I love the way the SKYACTIVDRIVE feels when changing up through the gears at full throttle or with the paddles, as it really delivers a firm kick in the back just like a great dual clutch transmission. However, in normal driving, the SKYACTIV-DRIVE is also buttery smooth. What I love more than the feel is the intelligence of the system: I never felt any lag because the car was in a wrong gear, especially in Sport mode.
The SKYACTIV-CHASSIS is another gem on the Mazda6. Some might say that the ride feels a bit harsh, but in my opinion, it isn’t any harsher than most European saloons. For good handling we need body control, and this can only be achieved with tauter suspension. Furthermore, the Mazda6 is miles and miles away from being uncomfortable. Speed bumps are handled with elegance, while corners can be attacked with vigor without fear of unsettling the car’s balance.
The interior also boasts a superb level of quality and excellent ergonomics. Finding the ideal driving position was a breeze with the
tilt and telescopic steering column and eightway power adjustable driver seat. All leather seats are comfortable to sit on and the MZD Audio Connect system offers extra on-the-road entertainment for passengers. Your view across dashboard will be centered on the seven inch touchscreen display that sits on top. While the positioning of toggles and switches could be confusing at times, the logic behind the MZD Connect user interface is spot on, making it easy to operate without ever having even glanced at the user manual. Investing a sum just north of Rp.600 million on a midsize Mazda sedan might still sound a bit off for some people. Indonesia is all about
brand popularity, and for this market segment, Mazda still holds the short end of the stick. This is truly unfortunate, because the Mazda6 is still a great car that just happens to find itself in a less-than-ideal market. So, if you’re in the market for a sporty saloon and if you prefer to drive yourself around, be bold and have a go at the 2016 Mazda6.
Engine: 2.5L-4cylinder Power: 184hp Transmission: Automatic 6-speed
“Speed bumpS are handled with elegance, while cornerS can be attacked with vigor without fear of unSettling the car’S balance”
PURSUIT OF PRACTICALITY
im Jones is a liar. That has been my impression of him since a few years ago, long before I finally had the chance to meet Louis Vuitton’s artistic director in person. I know this because a colleague who met him at the presentation of Louis Vuitton’s menswear spring/ summer 2013 collection in Hong Kong told me. Just a little reminder: The aforementioned collection was filled with maritime influences, and Jones had credited his past trip to Bali, Indonesia as his source of inspiration. During the presentation, this colleague of mine, who had flown in from Jakarta, had, after a few moments’ consideration, approached Jones to greet him. “I’m from Indonesia,” she said. Jones warmly replied, “Oh, we’ve been waiting for you.” For some reason, this story has always resonated with me. “I know he was lying,” my colleague said to me a few days after that memorable encounter. But wasn’t it nice of him to say what he did just to make a complete stranger feel welcomed? When I saw him in Bangkok, Thailand on 5 February this year, I got firsthand experience of what Jones is like. He was, for lack of a better word, nice. And that’s not a lie. He was in town to attend the opening of Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer 2016 menswear pop-up store. The opening party was a boisterous event, what with its star-studded guest list. When Jones stepped into the scene, though, it was (controlled) chaos, as guests started taking turns to take pictures with him. And Jones took it all in stride, as he complied with every fan’s request. He just arrived in Thailand after a delayed flight from Cambodia; but if he was tired, he didn’t show it at all. It sure takes a lot to overwhelm a man who has seen as many parts of the world as him. “I’ve traveled since I was three months old,” he remarked during an interview conducted a few hours before the opening party began. “It’s been a part of my life. I lived abroad a lot when I was a child, in Africa, South America, the Caribbean. I’m half-English, half-Danish. I was back and forth on the plane all the time. I’ve always been,
M. Berlian kept up with louis Vuitton’s kiM Jones in an exclusiVe interView during his recent Visit to Bangkok, thailand
and probably will always will. It’s part of my DNA.” He also added later that, “I like to see as much of the world if possible. I like to see every country before I die.”
It’s no secret that Jones always infuses the cultures he meets along the way into his work. His designs are the sum of all his travels. “Louis Vuitton is a travel brand, essentially. For me, it’s a logical thing to do.” While Jones is, in every sense of the word, a traveler, he is also a pragmatic man. Jones noted that while the men’s market has changed “incredibly,” the men haven’t. “Even if there are a lot of changes, consistency is very important for men. So I think you have things like statement pieces but men do kind of wear [uniform pieces]; after a certain age, they want to feel comfortable. You know, just for the practicality of it,” he said. “When I do a collection I think about what some of the new customers can buy, what they can attain—just being really practical about it and logical. For the souvenir jacket, I fought with the Commercial [department] to make it so that the price would be obtainable to people.” It certainly helps that the rest of his team are on the same page on this issue. “People in the office wear suits but they understand what modern men want. They’ve all come from different backgrounds and they come from different companies and we all like the same things. We know what is off-duty, what is onduty, things like this. And we’re just trying to fulfill what a 60-year-old guy can wear, what a 20-year-old guy can wear. Just being realistic about how big our demographic is.” I guess that’s why Jones, who has worked for the likes of Uniqlo, Topman and Umbro, still looks to the streets when creating his collections. “Luxury is something people aspire to. But what people wear to a nightclub, or bar, or restaurant, or just out and about, there’s where things are really seen.”
For his spring/summer 2016 collection, which draws its inspiration from Southeast Asia, Jones started with Myanmar, where he visited a hill tribe museum. “I saw these really stripy things from the 1950s that look a lot like sportswear,” he explained. He then took the idea of the traditional attire and interpreted it into silk denim. “Silk is the underlying theme. It’s very luxurious—it’s very part of this world.” Yet, Jones said, “I hate generalizing [Southeast Asia] because each country and culture is very different.” So, Jones also went out of his way to collect bits and pieces of culture along with animals from other places he loves: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and also Indonesia. Jones mentioned that he wanted to “take an animal from each region and celebrate it.” For Indonesia, he picked birds of paradise from Papua. The birds are paired with bright-hued pastel fabrics. “For me, that’s all about a really beautiful sunset. Because the wildlife in Indonesia is amazing; the sea and the people are really nice, I always have a great time there. I love going to
“AlexAnder McQueen And I just lAughed A lot And told stupId jokes And thIngs lIke thAt. It’s QuIte A BrItIsh thIng”
Kim Jones next to Louis Vuitton's spring/summer 2016 crane-embroidered souvenir jacket
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“IndonesIA’s got All the three thIngs thAt MAke Me wAnt to go soMewhere: culture, spIrItuAlIty, And wIldlIfe. And the food’s reAlly good”
different islands and seeing different things,” he said. “It’s got all the three things that make me want to go somewhere: culture, spirituality, and wildlife.” He paused before finally adding with a quiet laugh: “And the food’s really good.” There are also monkeys (“I love monkeys”) and cranes. “[It’s] telling stories across the different things with different aspects of nature in this part of the world, which I love.” Another featured animal is the black leopard, printed on indigo fabric. “I’ve been a jeans fanatic since I was young. My sister’s boyfriend, when I was 14, gave me a pair of Levi’s. For me then it was like the coolest thing,” he said, explaining his love for indigo.
Five yeARs AnD counting
This year marks Jones’ fifth one working for Louis Vuitton; and as Jones had pointed out earlier, the market for menswear has changed considerably in the last five years, what with the emerging genderless trend and all. Yet, don’t expect to see something similar in Jones’ designs anytime soon. “There are parts where I agree, and parts where I don’t. If you make a great coat, a man or a woman wants to wear it,” he said, commenting on the
Jones with Thai actor Mario Maurer in Louis Vuitton's limited edition jacket Opposite page Jones is inspired by Indonesia's birds of paradise to design the silk shirt
androgynous trend. “It’s [more about being] realistic of who’s going to be the consumers as well.” While “people who love fashion will wear anything,” he mentioned that most people just want to put on good products. Jones was very tactful about the whole thing, though. “I love the fact that lots of designers do different things. There are clothes I don’t like and clothes I like. But I think it’s good they’re all there.” For Jones, what matters is that “they’re doing something different.” He went on to name fellow designer Rick Owens and how much he admired and appreciated his work. “I don’t wear his clothes,” he quipped, “but I like the way they look on the right person.” Speaking of appreciation, Jones is famously known for his passion in nurturing young talents. “I was very fortunate to have people support me,” he said, mentioning one of his mentors, the late Alexander McQueen, with whom he used to share his British-ness. “I used to work with Alexander McQueen, who was a good friend of mine. And sometimes I would sit and he’d be, like, ‘I’m bored, come and sit with me while I do my fitting,’ and we just laughed a lot and told stupid jokes and things like that,” he said. “It’s quite a British thing.” “Now, of all the time, is the toughest time for young designers to get ahead,” he went on. “If I think of someone who’s really talented like Craig Green, Martine Rose, or Grace Wales Bonner, or Edward Crutchley, I think of what can I do to support them, because I have to return the favor.” When asked about the best advice he could give to each of these young designers, he replied: “Be true to yourself. If you’re a talented designer, keep your look and style because it might take a while to grow but if it’s really good design, people will eventually see it and it will catch on and get bigger and bigger.” Now that he’s reached a new milestone at Louis Vuitton, and since he’s most likely going to shy away from the ever-popular androgyny trend, what can we expect from his next chapter with the fashion house, then? Jones seemed very excited about it, but, obviously, didn’t want to share too much. “Just do something a little bit different. Consistency is really the key in what we do but we can make things a little different. What I’m doing for the next season will be really exciting and I already started working on it.” He stopped for dramatic effect before concluding: “It will be a big surprise.”
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Shirt with folded stripes in white cotton poplin, typograffiti silk scarf H 100, slim dâ€™Hermes watch with black leather strap
106 Blouson with ribbing in graphite cotton with Surprise Ă la connĂŠtable silkscreen print, slim trousers in chocolate cotton serge, must sneakers
107 reversible jacket in cotton jacquard, shirt in navy voile with rameaux print, black slim trousers, milano moccasin shoes
108 reversible jacket in cotton jacquard, T-shirt in white crepe cotton jersey, black slim trousers, max derby shoes
T-shirt in white crepe cotton jersey, Clan Equestre silk scarves H 100 styling assistant Jay robert davies grooming Tania Ledezma model Santi Waine location Goodrich Gallery Suryo (+62 21 722 0208; goodrichglobal.com) furniture alvinT (alvin-t.com)
110 Outfit by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane
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111 When it’s time for you to shine, put on this season’s signature looks and seize the day
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115 Outfit by ermenegildo Zegna
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117 Outfit by Gucci Styling assistant Jay Robert Davies Grooming Zearistan Model Hideo Muraoka
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118 photography Rodolfo MaRtinez styling Paul fRedeRick
As mensweAr leAns more And more towArds cAsuAl, the modern gentlemAn becomes spoilt for choice to express their style through simple clothing cuts And quAlity fAbrics thAt smArtly refine their personAlity
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120 coat by aMi alexander Mattiussi, shoes by alden
121 Shirt by tommy Hilfiger, trousers by Pringle of Scotland
122 tank top by Public School, trousers by todd Sndyer, shoes by alden
123 Suit by Berluti, shoes by aiden
124 trousers by caruso, shoes by alden
125 Shirt by 3.1 Phillip lim, trousers by canali
126 Sweater by Perry ellis
127 tank top by John Varvatos, trousers by 3.1 Phillip lim, shoes by alden
128 Suit by ermenegildo zegna couture
129 Jacket and trousers by John Varvatos grooming Robert Huitron model timothee/Wilhelmina u.s.-based editor Mitchell nguyen Mccormack
130 Outfit by Paul Smith
131 photography wOng Sim styling Peter zewet
Vidi AldiAno tAlks About his forthcoming Album And his roAdmAp to success with Joezer mAndAgi
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132 Outfit by Lanvin
134 Outfit by ermenegildo zegna
usician, singer and young entrepreneur Vidi Aldiano still pops up regularly on various news channels, but it has been quite a while since we heard of any new major release in the works. But fear not, indonesian music lovers, for this year he’s back in the business of making new music and putting together a new album. “Last year i’ve just returned from getting my master’s degree, and when i got back to indonesia i was eager to apply all that i’ve learned directly into actual businesses,” he begins. “i still sing, but i’ve been more focused on my startups. And in 2016 i want to get back to my musical album.” However, this isn’t your usual case of a musician branching out to other lines of work and then returning to music once everything’s in place. On the one side, it’s exactly like that: 2015 saw Aldiano focus on building up his own record label management, a clothing line and even a restaurant; and now, as everything is pretty much running on its own, he can shift his focus back to music. On the other hand, everything’s hinting at an incredibly meticulous launch plan. “there will be numerous activities that will support the album,” Aldiano, who holds a degree in entrepreneurship and recently completed his master’s in innovation management and entrepreneurship, explains. “in 2016, i want my album to be supported by creative groups from beyond music. So, i’m now organizing a campaign with other creative industries outside of music.” then he adds how it all went back to his efforts from last year. “i met a lot of people who are entrepreneurs and ‘creativepreneurs.’ Being exposed to people like that made me feel that i can cooperate with them to support my musical career. And all this happened right in time for 2016 when i wanted to create a new album. So, the seeds for all this came from networking back in 2015.” this kind of long-term perception has actually been Aldiano’s trademark from the very beginning. when he first started working together with an actual record label. “i said that i didn’t want them to sign me up as an artist,” he recalls. “i wanted it to be a joint-venture, fifty-fifty.” this also provided the opportunity for Aldiano to learn the ins and outs of the music industry, “so that i could apply all that when i was done with my education and when i would return with my own label,” he shares. “this plan has been quite long in the making.” education, by the way, has always been his number one
priority. He even describes earning his degrees as careerdefining milestones. “Basically, i’m like my own CeO,” he describes. “i think of myself as a brand and i have the company to manage that brand. what i’ve learned when studying for my bachelor’s and master’s degree, so much of it can be applied here. And it’s not just the knowledge, but also the people i’ve met that are also important. i really believe that networking is important and that you can’t go wrong with networking in the academic world.” it certainly helps that he’s a tough-minded workaholic. At one point he mentioned how 2015 has been incredibly hectic as it was “a very serious year,” so he was grateful for the chance to catch up with everything he’s been missing. But then he continues: “this year, even though my schedule ended up being a lot tighter and i’m incredibly tired since i can be at a workshop from six in the afternoon till seven in the morning, somehow it feels like a holiday to me. Physically, i’m tired, but it’s very refreshing because it’s been a while since i’ve been in a recording studio, being surrounded by real musicians.” if anything, the world of entrepreneurship is—and has always been—Aldiano’s goal. that being said, he also states that “music will always be my passion.” And what can fans expect from his renaissance this year? “i released my last album when i was still technically in my teens,” he points out, “and now as i’m in my twenties, which is for me a turning point from being a teenager to becoming a young adult, in terms of content and themes, everything is going to be a lot more mature.” what’s more, this time around he’s also involved in producing, arranging and songwriting. “in the past, if i had eight songs, i could have 8 arrangers on board,” he goes on. “But for this third album where i’ll have, god willing, nine songs, all will be produced by me and my three best friends. So, we have a team of four: there’s nino rAn as well as Lale and ilman from maliq & D’essentials.” with one solid team handling the entire album, the more likely that it will be one coherent aural experience. it would certainly seem that Vidi Aldiano’s return to music will be a grand one. So far, he’s pretty much covered the “veni” and “vidi” parts—he came (back) to the field and he certainly saw a clear path to his goal. will he be able to say “vici,” though? will it be a swift victory? Only time will tell ... although as always, fate favors the prepared, no?
dAmAn Asks Vidi AldiAno About singing in the shower And fAn reActions watch the video: daman.co.id/daman-video-gallery
“Basically, i’m like my own ceo. i think of myself as a Brand and i have the company to manage that Brand”
136 Outfit by Hugo Boss
137 Outfit by Paul Smith Styling Assistant Jay robert Davies Grooming Ami Becks Location Pullman Hotel (Jl. m.H. thamrin no.59, Jakarta; +62 21 31921111; pullmanjakartaindonesia.com)
138 Outfit by Lanvin
photography WONG SIM stylIng PETER ZEWET
In her second appearance In the magazIne, JulIe estelle chats wIth Joezer mandagI about actIon movIes, InternatIonal exposure and movIe pIracy
orking with familiar faces is always fun. Or perhaps “smooth” would be a better word. You know the drill; they know the drill; so all the prep work gets done in no time, people get in position and then boom ... magic happens. That is pretty much how it went with our photo shoot with the lovely and multi-talented Julie Estelle in her second outing as a DA MAN Darling. Yes, she also appeared in the March 2009 issue. Now, of course, she has moved forward in leaps and bounds ever since. But perhaps, we’d best begin her new story with a short recap. Julie Estelle—model, actress and one-time voice actress—rose to fame in 2005 when she appeared in her first movie, “Alexandria.” She then went on to star in all three “Kuntilanak” films and gained international attention through 2010’s “Rumah Dara,” which was distributed in the U.S. and Europe as “Macabre.” The 2010s also saw Estelle appear in more and more high-profile productions, such as “The Raid 2: Berandal” as the ax-crazy Hammer Girl (and this is despite her lack of a background in martial arts; but, then again, she learned her on-screen moves directly from Yayan Ruhian) and “Surat Dari Praha” (“Letters From Prague”). But, as they say, change comes from within. So, when I asked her what the biggest ones were since she last appeared on the magazine, she begins with
the usual “Oh, so many” but then continued with “I recently started in action movies, so I trained in martial arts—silat.” And, of course, one thing leads to another. “I started learning a lot about martial arts and eventually, for myself, I began exercising more and I became a lot more fit.” While “The Raid 2” is a tough act to follow (for instance, Jonny Weston, another one of our featured actors in this issue, described it as “hands down, the greatest martial arts movie ever created. Ever.”) Estelle does have several high-profile titles in production. “One of my upcoming works which will start showing mid-year is ‘Headshot,’ which is another action movie, and then there’s another one titled ‘Firegate,’ which is more of a supernatural adventure.” Interestingly, both titles are excellent indicators of where Indonesia’s movie industry is heading as it continues to attract global attention and is therefore forced to raise the production values of local works. Take “Firegate,” which will reunite her with “The Raid” star Iko Uwais. This movie apparently puts a lot of emphasis on post-production. “That one will start showing if not by the end of the year, then early next year, even though we wrapped up shooting before ‘Headshot,’” Estelle explains. “But this movie, which is about Gunung Padang [the Gunung Padang megalithic site, to be exact], has a lot of CGI, so the post-production will take more than a year.” This kind of pacing is almost unheard of in Indonesian cinematography. If anything, hearing of a local production team that opts not to aim for a quick release (e.g., minimize overheads and cut production costs) is welcome news for the average movie-goer wary of sub-par movies.
“And stop pirAting movies, which is killing the film industry” DAMAN ASKS julie eStelle About the StAte of her New yeAr’S reSolutioNS watch the video: daman.co.id/daman-video-gallery
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julie estelle to relive her voice acting days
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“Headshot,” on the other hand, continues the trend of foreign involvement in local productions which, in turn, leads to increased exposure in foreign markets. “There will be producers from Japan as well,” Estelle went on. “From Katsu [Productions], so there will be an international release for ‘Headhsot.’” This heightened appreciation for Indonesian filmmaking can be traced, once again, to “The Raid.” Not that this is surprising, but it can be quite surprising to see just how much of a household name it has really become. “Nowadays, when you go to movie festivals and we say that we’re from Indonesia, people will go, ‘Oh, The Raid, right?’” Estelle recounts. Now, while Indonesia has become increasingly popular for its martial arts-heavy action flicks, there’s plenty of incredible talent in terms of (pure) acting, directing and writing. The next step in bringing all this talent to light, according to the French-Indonesian belle, is to produce works with more creative storylines. And this brings us to the age-old problem that has for a long, long time kept Indonesia’s creative industry from truly taking off: domestic appreciation.
Still, she’s not overly pessimistic about Indonesia’s chances to grow its filmmaking capacity. “Hopefully, in the future, the Indonesian people will be more supportive of Indonesian films, by going to cinemas to watch,” she continues, before going for the most important bit: “And stop pirating movies, which is killing the film industry.” More than the number of cinema-goers, piracy has become a bigger bane for local filmmakers. While the actual net impact of copyright infringement is still hotly debated overseas, its detrimental effect is all too real for smaller-scale entertainment industries. Or industries still struggling to grow such. This sentiment has been echoed by many of the actors, directors and producers covered in this magazine. So, while those responsible for making movies have their work cut out for them, as long as the public still drag their feet in taking the next step and become paying customers, the rise of Indonesia’s filming industry will similarly drag on for quite a while. Now that we’re done with the doom and gloom, what would be the next step for her, though? “Well, actually, this year, we’re talking about a few other
“nowAdAys, when you go to movie festivAls And we sAy thAt we’re from indonesiA, people will go, ‘oh, the rAid, right?” “People usually want to see Indonesian movies, but rarely will they go through the effort of going to cinemas and buy tickets,” Estelle laments. “That’s what sometimes makes investors wary of gambling on big-budget movies.” As clichéd as it may sound, money has always been the primary engine of fimmaking. “You can count them with your fingers,” she points out, referring to the number of local movies with budgets of dozens of billions. Ten billion rupiahs, by the way, would be around three quarters of a million dollars at current exhcnage rates. Obviously, this is small change compared to the average cost of your typical Hollywood blockbuster, but it would be beyond what most local production houses can afford. More importantly, it is way beyond what investors would be willing to sink into a locallyproduced motion picture what with the local climate being the way it is.
projects which are meant for international release,” she declares. “I can’t say too much because nothing’s fixed yet, but we’re working on it; we’re looking for scripts for an international movie. So, we’ll see how it will go this year.” In the meantime, however, she’s more than happy to take a breather before committing to any new project. “I’ve gone for half a year with no break at all,” she says with a laugh. “I’ve been shooting three movies in a row. Coming back from ‘Surat Dari Praha’ I immediately started shooting ‘Firegate’; back from ‘Firegate’ came ‘Headshot.’ Actually, it’s only now that I have time to breathe.” Of course, then she went on to mention movie offers and an upcoming theater project to commemorate the late great author Pramoedya Ananta Toer. It seems that there is, as always, no rest for the weary. And remember, people, stop pirating movies.
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O151 ne of these days, we m i g h t just see a movie, or at least a TV series, based on the life and career of Korean drama star Ji Chang-wook. Surely, it would be just as captivating and profound as any of the fictional roles he’s played. Well, maybe not as exciting as his portrayal of legendary swordsman and folk hero Baek Dong-soo in the critically acclaimed “Warrior Baek Dong-soo,” but definitely more than on par with his fictional adventures in popular dramas like “Smile again,” “empress Ki” and the immensely popular “Healer.” Before landing a minor role in the 2006 movie “Days...” Ji Chang-wook was a struggling stage actor. Then came his “proper” acting debut in 2008’s “Sleeping Beauty” and his launch into
stardom with hit family drama “my Too Perfect Sons” a year later. While fortune certainly smiled on him all the way, he never shirked from taking on actual challenges, such as when he underwent rigorous ice-skating training for his first starring role in “Smile again.” and apparently, he’s never really left musical theater behind, as evident in his appearance in “The Days”—basically South Korea’s “mamma mia” but based on the songs of the late great rock singer Kim Kwang-seok. This year, the young actor will star in the joint Chinese-South Korean production “my male god” (aka “mr. Right”), probably report for mandatory military service (as is expected from every able-bodied male in the country) and maybe pop up in even more fashion events. Yes, like many of his peers, Ji Chang-wook has become a bit of a fashion connoisseur and icon—as you can see in these very pages. and, of course, there’s plenty more to tell about this K-drama superstar, as you can find below from the man himself.
DaMan: What was it prompted you to start working in the entertainment business? Ji Chang-wook: When I was in high school, I thought that actors look good and interesting. So, I dreamed about becoming one. I was quite bold at the time, so, naturally, I chose theater and film as my major in university and also worked on short films at school. Fortunately, I landed a role in an independent film and that led to bigger entertainment companies asking me to join. That was how I started my career. Da: how did working in musical theater aid in your acting career? JC: I think that playing on stage gives you a lot of experience and energy as an actor. Being used to think deeply and analyze a role for months surely helps in acting. Da: What were the biggest challenges you faced? JC: Frankly speaking, every drama and musical had presented big challenges and difficulties. But each time, many of my colleagues
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would help out and encourage me, and I really appreciate that.
DA: What would you say was your biggest weakness at first and what did you learn from it? JC: I always make mistakes. I don’t know if it’s actually a big deal or not, but when I was young I had a phobia of cameras and being on stage. A lot of mistakes happened, but I can say that if I hadn’t made any mistakes, I might be a lot more depressed than and not as developed as I am now.
DA: Who do you look up to in the entertainment industry? JC: I respect my older colleagues. I don’t think I can single out one person, but I just always feel that the senior actors in the dramas I play in are amazing. So, I want to be like them and keep on playing until I’m old. DA: Is there a particular role or character you played that you’re particularly fond of? JC: Hmmm. I really like Seo Junghoo from “Healer” and Ta Hwan
from “Empress Ki.” The common thread between the two roles is that they are very lonely. DA: What inspires you when you're acting? JC: I get inspired by tiny and big moments alike. All things that happen around me can be a source of inspiration.
DA: Tell us a bit about your personal style. How do you usually dress when you’re not at a photo shoot or filming? JC: I don’t follow any particular style; I just dress appropriately for the occasion. When I’m not doing a photo shoot or when I’m not shooting a film, I dress very casually. Comfort is very important for me. [Laughs] DA: Take us through your typical day. Is it always busy and hectic or do you still have free time to pace yourself? JC: Actually, I have no free time these days. But when I can spare a moment, I meet up with my friends, sleep or drink beer.
DA: If you had just one piece of advice for an up-and-comer starting out, what would it be? JC: Hang tough until you reach your final goal. Fighting! DA: What’s next for you? What are your goals for the future? JC: My goal as an actor is to keep on playing well. I hope that I can keep on enjoying my work, surely while surrounded by good people. DA: Do you think that it’s time for South Korean performers to shine in the international showbiz arena like Hollywood? JC: I think that the market for films is really expanding these days; so, if the opportunity arises, I would freely take it. DA: Finally, what do you do to get away from it all? JC: When I’m free from work, I just look for things I want to do at the moment. When I need time to rest, then I rest; and when I feel like I need to learn something new, I learn. Very simple, no?
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158 Riding on the waves of his bReakout hit, Jonny weston continues to set the foundations of an outstanding acting caReeR
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ike many of his contemporaries, Jonny Weston fell in love with acting while attending university and then decided to seek fame and fortune as a professional performer. It didn’t take long, though, before he found the role that would jumpstart his career. In 2012 he appeared as the lead in “Chasing Mavericks,” the true story of surfing legend Jay Moriarty who was well-known for his prowess in riding Northern California’s massive maverick waves. Weston’s own wave of success continues to this day, with highprofile roles in movies such as “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” and “Beyond Skyline.” In the latter, he plays alongside Frank Grillo, who’s on this issue’s cover, as well as two of Indonesia's leading action stars: “The Raid” alumni Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian. He’s not always a man of many words, but Jonny Weston certainly has a tale to tell.
background? Or did it allow you more freedom to improvise? JW: It was difficult not knowing what was going to happen next, for sure. But they were writing the part for me. Literally writing for the way I speak.
164 DA MAN: Hi, Jonny, glad to have you with us. So, by now, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” will have been running for a couple of weeks. How would you describe your experience with the “Divergent” series? Jonny Weston: I’m a militant enforcer in a future war. How could I not love that? DA: Now, your character, Edgar, is not present in the original novels and was created expressly for the movies. Do you think that this made getting into character more difficult as opposed to if you were playing a canon character with a more established
DA: Is there anything you can tell us about the finale of the movie series? JW: I can’t and I won’t. There’s still the final installment, which we’ll be shooting this summer, to come out next year. It will be epic. “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” is a pretty heavy setup for the finale. DA: What would you say is your favorite moment from working on the last two “Divergent” movies? JW: Wow, that’s a tough question. There are moments when creativity is at an ultimate high on set, then there are moments when the stunt team gives me a 700 horsepower military truck and tells me to drive fast. It’s a close tie. DA: We’ve also learnt that you’ll be appearing in “Beyond Skyline.” Can you give us a brief rundown of this movie? JW: It’s based on a graphic novel and it’s a totally badass alien invasion concept. Frank Grillo plays my father. The visual effects should be insane. I really can’t get enough of sci-fi. DA: People are really excited about “Beyond Skyline” here in Indonesia, what with Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian being in it. What was it like filming with these two action stars? JW: “The Raid 2” is, hands down, the greatest martial arts movie ever created. Ever. I flipped out when I saw that they were in a film with me. They created a new standard for stunt work and executing on camera. Respect.
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da: and what was it like working on lacation here in indonesia? Jw: i didn’t actually film any of my scenes in indonesia. they managed to get my shots here in california, but i felt left out and i made a trip to indonesia on my own—to Bali for a little surfing and spiritual time. da: do you have any other movies or maybe tv shows planned for later this year? Jw: couple things in development; can’t say much about them. [Laughs]
da: on a related note, what are your current long-term career goals? Jw: i’m looking into some theater these days; the writing is so layered and complex. i guess in the long run, i hope to do everything. all of it. i’ve always switched characters dramatically. i get to love different parts of myself.
da: Looking back, one of your most memorable roles was as surfing legend Jay Moriarty in “chasing Mavericks.” four years later, what are your fondest memories about being in that movie? Jw: i’m still in touch with all those guys: Jay’s family, his friends and all the pro surfers. i get to go back to my mavericks family whenever i like and to jump off 50-foot cliffs into the ocean at night. da: how did starring in “chasing Mavericks” affect your career? Jw: it certainly got me the experience of shooting a major picture. i suppose it also gave hollywood the confidence that i can play as the lead of a film. da: as the story goes, you took an acting class back in university, fell in love with it and then decided to pursue it in earnest. what was it about acting that drew you in?
Jw: theater class was the best part of my day, the only thing i looked forward to back then. i don’t know that i really thought into it any further. the fact that it is a profession blew my mind. i had to do it. da: at that time, how did you imagine life as a professional actor was going to be? Jw: i didn’t plan on being successful. i just wanted to go to new york city to find a creative home for myself.
da: now, after 20 or so movie and tv roles to your name, do you still feel that this is the right career for you? Jw: i’m sure of it. Whenever i stop acting, my life gets weird.
da: what would you say is the most important lesson you’ve learnt about being a professional actor? the key to your success, if you will... Jw: the ability to return to the uncarved block after each role and suffering many ego-deaths.
da: People tend to forget that being a professional actor means that it’s your, well, profession. so, how busy does it usually get on a typical working day? Jw: i’m constantly working. When i’m not, i’m rehearsing. da: how do you usually balance out the “work” part of your life? Jw: the trick is to take a break and be a human from time to time. da: is there anything non-work related that you want to do more of in the future? Jw: maybe pick up what i left behind in college, which was architecture.
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s more and more indonesian actors make their way to hollywood, interest in how their peers from other nations fare at the global hub of showbiz is at an all-time high. But while a lot of attention has gone to talents from major asian countries and europe (especially the uk), there are plenty of impressive success stories from our neighbors down South. martin henderson’s is one such tale. Born in auckland, he started out playing in new Zealand and australian productions before venturing to los angeles in the late ‘90s. it wasn’t long before he started to land bigger and bigger roles, including 2002’s hit horror movie “the ring” to 2015’s “everest.” last year also saw henderson take up what just might be his most iconic role yet, as the newest doctor in the popular medical drama “grey’s anatomy.”
da: are there any big changes that we can still expect from season 12? especially with the departure of several regulars and, now, the addition of some new faces. MH: as with all of Shonda’s shows, there are sure to be big shocks, surprises and upsets as the season rolls toward the finale. certainly romances are kindled, broken and tested and careers are also in question. i wouldn’t rob the audience of the thrill of watching it all unfold onscreen by giving away details but it certainly gets complicated in the corridors of grey-Sloan [memorial hospital].
179 da MaN: Hi, Martin. so, you’re now the newest member of “grey’s anatomy.” what’s it like being part of a series that’s often described as a phenomenon instead of just a show? Martin Henderson: it’s great! i’m so happy to be joining such a well-loved show with such a loyal and passionate fan base. it’s inspiring and motivating knowing people care so much about the characters.
da: can you tell us a bit about your character, dr. Nathan riggs, and maybe any big plot twists he’ll be involved in? MH: to be completely honest with you, i have very little insight into who nathan is other than what we have already shot. and much to Shonda rhimes’ credit, he is rather mysterious, and each episode offers a new clue that keeps me guessing. he is clearly a very good surgeon and a good guy, but there are definitely things in his past that he regrets and is still paying for.
“I do feel a lot more turned on creatIvely when I get to do roles that are a lIttle nutty”
da: by the way, can you also tell us how you were selected for the main cast of season 12? MH: i had worked with Shonda rhimes twice before on a pilot and a show called “off the map.” So, when she asked me to sit down with her and talk, i was very excited to know what it was she wanted to discuss, and she then offered me the role in the meeting. it was a huge compliment to be given such a big opportunity and i was touched by her loyalty and confidence in me as an actor. da: on a related note, when you joined the cast of “grey’s anatomy,” you walked into an already well-established group. How did you find working with this group for the first time? MH: i was actually pretty nervous on my first day. it felt like being the new kid at school, and i didn’t really know what to expect. thankfully, the entire cast and crew of the show were extremely welcoming and made an effort to make me feel a part of their family.
da: back to the show itself, a critic once remarked about “grey’s anatomy” that “at its worst, it’s been at least fascinating to watch.” what do you think is it that makes this show so popular and so likeable? MH: Personally, i think it has to do with how the show seems to incorporate so many elements into, what is at its core, a medical drama while also being funny, sad, cute, socially relevant, topical and, of course, with a constant dose of romantic and sexual intrigue. i like how it’s deep and meaningful with genuine insights into what it is to be a human with all its contradictions and confusion while still being light and fun. i guess it’s truly a well-balanced show. da: will you be on the show for the long run, or are you going for a “wait and see” approach for the time being? MH: i’m having such a good time on the show; so, for as long as it continues to be fun, i’d be very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it and to keep entertaining everyone who loves it.
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“havIng a thIck enough skIn to deal wIth the InevItable rejectIon helps too” da: would you consider being on “grey’s anatomy” as an important career milestone? MH: i think milestones are usually identifiable in retrospect because in a career, just as in life, we never really know where one thing might lead us to. Just like how my earlier collaboration with Shonda led to this role. Being on “grey’s anatomy” is certainly a huge opportunity and whether it opens other doors remains to be seen. i would love to continue making films in my downtime from the show and the exposure from “grey’s anatomy” may aid that, but who knows?
woman searching for family and freedom with an outlaw on the lam. this mismatched couple struggle to survive and elude the authorities while forming an unlikely friendship along the way.
183 da: among the rest of the films you’ve worked on, are there any particular ones that, while not exactly grand or career-defining, have been extraordinarily fun to make? MH: everything i’ve worked on has been fun for different reasons. i’ve been very fortunate to work on a wide array of genres, including horror, action, drama, and, yeah, even a Bollywood hybrid like “Bride and Prejudice.” the experience of living and working in india while making that film was a unique treasure, especially at that stage of my life when i was so motivated by travel and adventure. “torque” offered an immersion into the world of motorcycles; shooting “off the map” in hawaii was an incredible time living in paradise and learning to surf. i’ve been extremely blessed with work that has enriched my life in many ways, which is something i’ve always wanted.
da: are there any roles and genres that you still want to explore in the future? MH: comedy! i would love to do more comedy. it’s the genre that first made me want to be an actor, and i’ve done a little bit at home in new Zealand and australia, but practically none here in the u.S. i think that’s partly because my taste in humor is a little more British than american. i do feel a lot more turned on creatively when i get to do roles that are a little nutty. da: speaking of which, we’ve learned that you are currently set to appear in three movies: “juveniles,” “Miracles from Heaven” and “Hellbent.” can you give us a brief rundown of these three titles? MH: “Juveniles” is a gritty, indie drama centering on a feuding community who settles their intergenerational differences with violence. kind of like a modern-day “the outsiders.” “miracles from heaven” is the true, real life story of a texas family’s struggle of dealing with their young daughter’s terminal illness and how their faith led to an inexplicable healing. “hellbent” is a modernday western road movie with a young runaway
da: which of those are you most excited about? MH: the three films are so vastly different in their themes and style, so i appreciate them all for different reasons. But if i had to guess, i’d say “miracles from heaven” will have the most profound effect on the audience. it’s definitely the most emotional and uplifting of the three. da: are there any other filming projects or big plans down the road that you can share with us? MH: right now i’m tied up with my work on “grey’s anatomy.” but come our hiatus in may i would love to find another fun movie to do. i’m looking at something in australia, but it’s early and i haven’t made any firm decisions. da: you were a friend and also a mentor to the late Heath ledger. How would you describe the relationship between the two of you? da: heath was a very dear friend of mine and someone whom i miss terribly. although when we met he was quite young and so i did try to support him and encourage him, but i would say that as the years went by he certainly became a mentor to me at times and certainly an inspiration. We were competitive yet deeply connected through respect, and we just cared about each other a lot like brothers.
da: what is your best advice for new up-andcoming stars trying to make their way? MH: especially for those coming from outside the States: Don’t give up! Work hard and don’t take yourself or the business too seriously. i think one needs a lot of faith in themselves, and having a thick enough skin to deal with the inevitable rejection helps too. i think it’s crucial to develop a real love of the craft of acting, so the process continues to excite you rather than being fixated on the results. you can’t ever control the results but you can choose to love doing it! da: what’s your secret for handling the pressures of being a movie star? MH: Just don’t buy into the bullshit. Don’t play the role of a movie star. Play your characters well but leave the actor bullshit on set. i personally never think of myself as a movie star or want to assume such an identity. that’s silly and fabricated. maybe it’s because i come from new Zealand, but i just think of myself as a dude who acts in film and tV for a living.
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w 195 When you see him going toe to toe against the good guys in “captain america: the Winter Soldier” (and later this month in the upcoming “captain america: civil War”) it’s hard to believe that Frank grillo, playing Brock rumlow aka marvel supervillain crossbones, is 50 years old. take a peek at his social media accounts, though, and you’ll quickly see that he’s just as much at home in a boxing ring or mma cage as he is on the set of blockbuster movies. grillo’s acting career goes back almost a quarter of a century, yet the past few years has seen a resurgence in his popularity as he has landed more and more leading roles in major productions. in 2016 alone he will appear as the main character in “Beyond Skyline” (which was shot in indonesia and features “the raid” alumni iko uwais and yayan ruhian) while reprising his role in the newest “the Purge” (that would be “the Purge: election year”) movie and in hit tV series “kingdom” where he plays, quite appropriately, a mixed martial arts trainer. and all of this is on top of his appearances in the marvel cinematic universe, three other starring roles in big-budgeted motion pictures and his regular (grueling) training regimen. not that grillo’s newfound prominence is all that surprising, mind you. his extensive filmography has since the beginning included plenty of big titles such as “minority report” and “Poltergeist: the legacy.” So, it’s not so much a case of “better late than never” as it is “about damn time.”
da: those familiar with the “civil war” comics know that your character, brock rumlow aka crossbones, plays an incredibly pivotal role at the end of the story arc. are there any hints about your character’s significance in the movie version of this story that you can reveal at the moment? fg: crossbones is pivotal for sure, but the film does not follow the comics; so, fans will see crossbones in a different capacity.
da man: hi, frank; extremely excited to have you with us. and it seems that 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for you. let’s start with “captain america: civil war,” which is about to hit theaters soon. how excited are you right now? frank grillo: it’s been a busy year, yes. great? that remains to be seen. ha! “captain america: civil War” looks to be a big summer hit, so hopefully crossbones will make a splash.
da: and the question of the hour: what was it like working with iko uwais and yayan ruhian? fg: they were awesome and we became fast friends. We trained together and hung out a lot. i love both of them dearly.
no matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up!”
da: on a more personal note, do you have a favorite moment or a particularly memorable bit from playing in two “captain america” movies? fg: my favorites are always the fights. Fans of “captain america: the Winter Soldier” will not be disappointed with “captain america: civil War.” da: still looking back, how did you react when you first learned about the character you were going to play? particularly the part where he would continue to evolve across multiple movies. fg: i was happy to get the role; however, marvel is very secretive, so the extent to which your character [will grow] in these films—unless you’re a main hero— is always questionable.
da: there’s also a fair bit of excitement about “beyond skyline” here in indonesia, since it was shot here and features indonesian actors. so, first and foremost, how was your stay here? did you get a chance to play tourist a bit? fg: my stay in indonesia was very pleasurable. i worked every day, six days a week, so no time to play tourist much, but we did get to explore and have fun.
da: having worked directly with indonesian actors and filming crew, what is your overall impression about our movie industry? fg: it’s an interesting thing working there. the laws are different and the culture is very unique, but once you find the right rhythm it works well. they are beautiful people. da: you also play in the latest two “the purge” movies. now, “the purge: anarchy” wasn’t directly connected to the first film. does this year’s “the purge: election year” reinvent itself as well, or are there some connections to either? fg: “the Purge: election” continues where “the Purge: anarchy” left off.
196 Shirt by t alexander Wang, trousers by represent
197 Shirt by calvin klein collection
“it keeps me sane, getting punched”
da: “the purge: election year” is coming out during a vital time in american politics. what are your thoughts on this? fg: the film directly parallels the goP [the republican Party] race in america. it’s scary that what some candidates are saying isn’t too far from what “the Purge” is doing.
da: on the tv front, the third season of “kingdom” is set to air this year. what can fans of the show—and newcomers too—expect this time around? fg: “kingdom” is something i’m most proud of. i wish more people knew about it. the third season premieres with more of the same ups and downs for this incredible group of people. Fans will be very happy as i believe this is our best season yet.
da: in “kingdom” you play a retired mma fighter. what a lot of viewers might not realize is that in real life, you’re a bona fide mma practitioner. can you tell us a bit about your background in combat sports? fg: i was raised with wrestling in school and started boxing and jiu-jitsu later on. i’m an avid boxer and still spar every day. it keeps me sane, getting punched.
da: on a related note, how well does your real-life fighting skills translate to the more showy fight scenes of movies like “captain america” and other action films? fg: my foundation with all things related to fighting is very strong, so i can pick up fight scenes after only 20 minutes of rehearsals. da: do you have any long-term career goals? fg: keep working and keep improving. i have three kids in school. da: on the flip side, when you’re not busy filming, what do you usually do? do you still actively train? fg: i train three to four hours every single day. Boxing, conditioning, and so on. Seven days a week. da: do you have a favorite quote or saying that keeps you going through busy days on set (or heavy bouts of sparring in the ring/cage)? fg: “no matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up!” da: lastly, your career as a leading career is soaring. where do you hope to go from here? fg: ha! “Soaring” is generous. i still want to work in more films with great directors and actors. i feel like there is so much more for me to do as an actor, to push the limits. But i’m grateful for all the wonderful things i’m getting to do.
199 outfit by John Varvatos, tie by 14th & union
200 Shirt by Zanerobe, trousers by represent
201 Shirt by Zanerobe
202 “it’s scary that what some [presidential] candidates are saying isn’t too far from what ‘the purge’ is doing now”
Blazer and shirt by Burberry, tie by kenneth cole, pocket square by o'harrow clothiers grooming elie maalouf at Jed root styling assistant courtney leday
204 On Victor: jumper by ICOSAE, shorts by Avoc, shoes by Marcelo Burlon on Thomas: bomber jacket by Walter Van Beirendonck, trouser by ICOSAE, boots by Boris Bidjan Saberi
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206 necklace and trousers by Walter Van Beirendonck
207 Outfit and shoes by Kenzo, Trousers by ICOSAE
208 Outfits by ICOSAE
Tunique dress by Julius
210 Outfit and shoes by Balmain
211 On Mawell: shirt by ICOSAE, jumper by Walter Van Beirendonck, suit by raf Simons on Lucas: shirt by Julien david, shorts by Avoc
214 Outfit by ICOSAE
215 Outfit by ICOSAE, Shoes by Boris Bidjian Saberi
217 On Victor: Coat by ICOSAE on Alexis: shirt by Walter Van Beirendonck, trousers by ICOSAE, coat by Songzio on Adrien: outfit by Andrea Cammarosano
218 On robin and Alexis: outfit by Boris Bidjan Saberi on lucas: trouser shorts by ICOSAE
219 Jacket by Walter Van Beirendonck
221 Outfits by Walter Van Beirendonck grooming Axelle dersin grooming assistant Ana誰s Jean-Louis Models Lucas, Thomas/M management; Mawen/City model management; Alexis, robin/Elite; Victor, Adrien/Bananas
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223 Louis Vuitton ceLebrated its heritage and its products, incLuding these customized gifts, at the grand paLais of paris
april 2015/May 2016
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he Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées opened its doors in 1900 for the Exposition Universelle of 1900. Fifty million visitors attended the fair to marvel at the various machines, inventions and architectural wonders—including the Grand Palais itself—of the day. Naturally, a leather and travel goods section was also arranged, and the displays at the time were curated by none other than Georges Vuitton—son of legendary designer Louis Vuitton. A great many of the company’s luxurious wares were exhibited, each prominently featuring the LV logo that has now become a global icon. Recently, the brand returned to the Grand Palace of the City of Light, and from early
december last year to late February, it celebrated the long and proud heritage of Louis Vuitton. Opening names The festivities at the Grand Palais, quite aptly titled “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton,” attracted the most important the movers and shakers of France’s creative industry. At the opening ceremony, Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEo of LVmh, along with michael Burke, CEo of Louis Vuitton, were on hand to welcome Emmanuel macron, France’s minister of Economy, industry and digital Affairs. Also seen among the attendants at opening night were conceptual artist daniel Buren, contemporary artist Bertrand Lavier, architect
Christian de Portzamparc, prominent violinist Laurent Korcia and many, many more. No less impressive was the curator of the entire exhibition: olivier saillard, one of the world’s premier fashion historians and curators. meanwhile, taking on matters of artistic direction and scene composition was Canadian opera director Robert Carsen. it was, in essence, a veritable tour de force of France’s art de vivre and the incredible support behind this way of life. nine Chapters As impressive as the guest list may be, “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” is, first and foremost, a thematic journey exploring the legendary designer’s journey and his development as an artist, as a creator and—eventually—as an icon of style. This tale is told through objects and documents from Louis Vuitton and on loan from the archives of Palais Galliera, musée de la mode de la Ville de Paris (the Fashion museum of Paris) along with portraits of the brand’s
Clockwise from left One of the exhibition's centerpieces; French minister Emmanuel Macron at a booth; classic Louis Vuitton luggage pieces on display opposite page A veritable who's who of France's art and design scene
founders and those who are even now weaving new stories for the brand’s future. Furthermore, the tale is divided into nine different chapters and organized as a thematic path covering the brand’s history from 1854 to the present day. The very first chapter begins with a vintage case from 1906—arguably Louis Vuitton’s most famous design. A medley of other curios and unique pieces combine to explain how the design house grew into prominence. some rooms offer more focused stories, such as the exquisite perfume bottles bearing the LV logo. still, the highlight of the “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” was the invention of Travel Room. As the name suggests, this particular room is dedicated to the brand’s history as a purveyor of luggage pieces and how Louis Vuitton’s products have evolved through the years. Trunks used for the expeditions of yore to exotic destinations such as Algeria or the Congo were prominently displayed; and the keen-eyed observer would notice a shift in the materials being used, from wood to leather.
The end of the exhibition had a section dedicated to the way the brand treated merchandising and personalized gifts. some, like the Cd holders, were mundane yet still charming, while others, such as instrument cases, were certainly intriguing. BOOkends Luxury brands of Louis Vuitton’s caliber offer more than just products but a certain level of artistry. This, in turn, is the result of decades— or even centuries—of growth and evolution, adaptation and development. seeing this heritage unfold in an appropriately artistic manner is certainly a boon to connoisseurs of the brand. it is one thing to own a Louis Vuitton bag that you carry around on weekends; it’s a whole different story when you are shown that it is the culmination of so many personal stories. so, keep an eye for the next major exhibition by the brand—if it’s even remotely like “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton,” then it’s an event you won’t want to miss.
“It was, in essence, a veritable tour de force of France’s art de vivre and the incredible support behind it”
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souls Kim Jones premiered Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer 2016 menswear coLLection with a pop-up store in BangKoK. m. BerLian reports
n the heels of Louis Vuitton’s fall/ winter 2016 menswear show at the paris Fashion week, the brand had started to focus on something else entirely, somewhere halfway around the world. not that this indicated anything wrong, mind you. in fact, the reviews and hype—all positive, by the way—for the fall/winter collection that is dedicated to the city of Light were still coming in. But just a fortnight and two days later, the spotlight shifted east to Bangkok, as the Thai capital played host to the Louis Vuitton’s spring/ summer 2016 menswear pop-up store. it’s safe to say that the pop-up store officially signified the arrival of the new season for Louis Vuitton, since it became a medium to debut a hand-picked selection of pieces from the brand’s
current men’s collection. The day before it was opened for public from February 6 to 14, i had the opportunity to walk through the pop-up store and savor the lavish spectacle before the opening party commenced. Leopards in the City The pop-up store was impossible to be missed— not just because it was placed right in front of Louis Vuitton’s boutique inside the siam paragon shopping mall, a few steps away from the front entrance, nor due to the army of smartphone-equipped mall-goers circling the area (more on this later). it was the pop-up store’s peculiar shape and façade that truly made an impressive sight. That being said, the shape was quite difficult to describe. it resembled a tunnel of some sort, albeit a relatively short one. emblazoned on it were images of black leopards, an endangered species found in indochina. The animals also make an appearance on some of the spring/ summer collection’s most iconic items, from the souvenir jackets and shorts to the silk shirts that have gained quite a following after it was seen worn by today’s fashion bad boy Zayn malik. Between the leopards were script letterings bearing the fashion house’s name, set against a deep indigo background.
227 The jacket is so popular that Jones had specially designed a never-before-seen limited edition souvenir jacket decked in the same colors to celebrate the opening of the pop-up store in Bangkok. instead of cranes, however, the conspicuous black leopard materializes on its back. as it was limited to five pieces, only a lucky few got to lay their eyes—let alone get their hands—on the exclusive souvenir jacket. Man of the hour one of those terribly fortunate people was mario maurer; at one point, the Thai actor was spotted wearing the limited edition souvenir jacket. and this brings us to the aforementioned smartphone-equipped mall-goers, who turned out to be fans of maurer, patiently waiting as he did a photo session with fellow celebrities— pao Varit, pachara marcel chirathivat, Ken phupoom and weir sukollawat—hours before the opening party kicked off. it was almost a repeat of last summer, when maurer attended the presentation of the current collection in paris. relatively unknown to westerners, maurer caused quite a ruckus among the photographers, even prompting one news portal to ask its instagram followers to help identify maurer. as the night went on, things got more intense at the opening party when Kim Jones himself showed up. guests lining up to take snapshots and scream multiple cries of “i’m such a fan!” welcomed the ingenious yet humble designer. in a final touch that further confirmed the masses’ approval of his brilliance, word soon got out at the end of the party that his clothing pieces were selling exceptionally well.
“Indigo, according to Kim Jones, is a ‘language’ that most people in Southeast Asia will understand”
Journey to the southeast indigo is another of the collection’s main themes. For men’s artistic director Kim Jones, indigo is more than a mere color. as if to prove his point, an indigo leather jacket was displayed in the center of the pop-up store. apparently, it takes forever to dye leather a deep indigo, especially since it needs to be sun-dried afterward. if that doesn’t sound complicated enough, Jones also added a layer of lacquer to the jacket, giving it a beautiful and luxurious sheen. a natural dye that first came from india and then spread across southeast asia, indigo, according to Jones, is a “language” that most people in the region will understand. and this is important for him because the spring/summer collection is heavily inspired by the cultures of southeast asia, along with Japan and china. in a way, it’s his way of giving back. “in this collection we are using many ideas and techniques from southeast asia, from myanmar, Thailand, Laos and cambodia,” explains Jones in the official press release. influence from indonesia is also seen in pastel-colored silk pieces decorated with birds of paradise. Jones also plays around with the design of the traditional attire of Thailand’s Lahu tribe, that he sees as similar to contemporary sportswear. as a matter of fact, sportswear is yet another main theme of the collection. ivy League-inspired satin bomber jackets, also known as souvenir jackets, are the key items of the season. one jacket in particular, colored bright red and blue with embroideries depicting Japanese cranes, has been hugely popular and is considered the signature look of the exquisite collection.
From left to right: Pao Varit, Weir Sukollawat, Kim Jones, Mario Maurer, Pachara Marcel Chirathivat and Ken Phupoom; The indigo leather jacket is one of the signature looks of the season opposite page Louis Vuitton's indigo pop-up store in Bangkok
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OMEGA LAUnCHED tHE GLOBEMAStER tIMEPIECE wItH ACADEMy AwARD-wInnER EDDIE REDMAynE In LOS AnGELES. CHRIS AnDRE RECOUntS tHE SPECIAL OCCASIOn
april 2015/May 2016
et on February 28, the 2016 Academy Awards drew actors from all over the globe to Hollywood, Los Angeles. Coincidentally, Swiss watch brand Omega threw a big launch party on March 1, featuring the lead of Academy Award-nominated film “The Danish Girl,” Eddie Redmayne. Having missed a lot of the excitement during my flight from Jakarta to Los Angeles on February 29, I was naturally a little behind on news regarding the Oscars. But word got out soon after that it was Leonardo DiCaprio who nabbed the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role this year. It was close. However, Redmayne had already won last year, and, if anything, this didn’t dim the spotlight on the young and talented British actor at all. Before I could fully digest everything, though, I was swept away by Omega, who had thoughtfully and meticulously arranged everything for my brief stay. A welcoming dinner and watch presentation were all conducted in SLS Beverly Hills, a gorgeous Starwood’s Luxury Collection hotel boasting a sumptuous interior designed by the one and only Philippe Starck. Every space in the sexy five-star was intriguingly put together, from the lavish red elevator hall with huge mirrors to the black and white modern Victorian breakfast area. The dinner at SLS Beverly Hill’s very own The Bazaar by José Andrés was even more sublime, matched only by the 18-course omakase menu. Stephen Urquhart, president and CEO of Omega, was present during the dinner to reveal a little about the Globemaster.
Unveiling the globemaster For fans of Omega timepieces, the Globemaster is a beautiful reincarnation of the brand’s iconic Constellation watch. The dial is remarkably simple and sports an eye-catching pie pan shape, which is a design hallmark pioneered by the Constellation back in 1952.
an evening with eddie redmayne The following day saw the ceremonial launch of the Globemaster at one of Los Angeles’ most iconic buildings: Mack Sennett studios. Dressed in a well-tailored royal blue suit, Eddie
“A good tailored suit and a strong watch gives you a sense that you have a suit of armor or a uniform”
april 2015/May 2016
Redmayne showed up with his beloved wife, Hannah Bagshawe. As he made his entrance, a silver-dial Globemaster peeked out of his left sleeve, attracting a flurry of flashes. That should have dazzled him for quite a while, yet the 34-year-old quipped on stage later, “A good tailored suit and a strong watch gives you a sense that you have a suit of armor or a uniform.” Being the official brand ambassador for the Globemaster did make Redmayne sincerely happy. He touched on the fact that his father wore an Omega, and raved on about the Globemaster’s gentlemanly charm: “There’s something about the design. It’s incredibly beautiful; it has a classic quality to it. And it has a mixture of a very modern appeal but a classic appeal to it as well. It means, for me, I can kind of wear it with anything.” Urquhart then presented a series of behindthe-scene images taken during the photo shoot of the watch campaign where Redmayne took the watch to the streets of London. Some shots captured a very retro mood in black and white, evocative of old Hollywood glamor. “One of the things that I love about what I do, work-wise, is that you get to delve into different periods of history. So, the notion of history is something that always intrigues me,” Redmayne enthused. Along with his chat about what really went on behind the campaign shoot, he also touched on the brand’s legacy. “Omega’s history has been really compelling for me,” he declared, “whether it’s right from when the British Air Corp first started using the watches in 1917 through to the landing on the moon. There is such a depth and richness to Omega’s history. It’s a wonderful brand to be associated with.” The evening continued with delectable meals and fine wines, even after Eddie Redmayne excused himself. when everybody was ready to leave, the backdrop curtain suddenly opened to reveal a secret passage to the basement. It was a snug “speakeasy,” of the Prohibition Era style,
But the Globemaster is actually not just a new and handsome timepiece—it is an unparalleled innovation and an unprecedented achievement in horology. It is, in fact, the world’s first “Master Chronometer.” while it does essentially tell time like other automatic watches, the Globemaster’s precision is head and shoulders above the rest. Unlike a more common “Chronometer”certified watch, the Globemaster has passed a set of eight additional tests designed to examine the quality and durability of an automatic watch under utmost scrutiny. First and foremost, the watch in question must be able to withstand magnetic fields of up to 15,000 Gauss— equivalent to the output of an MRI machine. This does not apply only to the watch case, but down to the very movement itself. In layman’s terms, when you have a master chronometer, you need not worry about any magnetic field, ever. There are a few other requirements such as water resistance and a minimum average daily precision tested over the course of four days. All these take place at MEtAS, the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology, and every master chronometer receives a certification card that comes with a link to the watch’s individual test results. The case-back of the watch itself is engraved with the image of an observatory with eight stars, representing the eight rigorous tests that define the exceptional timekeeping qualities of a true Master Chronometer. Of course, this also bestows massive boasting rights to any owner of a master chronometer, including Eddie Redmayne and his own Globemaster.
top Jazzist extraordinaire Chris Norton taking the stage at the afterparty; the Globemaster in 39mm stainless steel case Opposite page Omega’s Stephen Urquhart and Eddie Redmayne
with two bars serving a wide selection of special drinks for the night. Master saxophonist and jazz musician extraordinaire Chris norton and his band kicked off the festivities of the night with swinging melodies on stage. Just about everybody was roused to dance. It was, all in all, an unforgettable evening where “stars” collided: from the Globemaster of Swiss fine watches, Eddie Redmayne of Hollywood to Chris norton from the world of music.
Through The Fire
230 ine watches commonly arrive with an intelligent movement and, even better, in a thin body. Space limitations do push manufacturers to rethink which mechanisms are possible and how many features can be included. On top of that, an innovative dial would surely elevate the value of a timepiece. Rising to the occasion is the Slim d’Hermès timepiece, a novelty released last year by La Montre Hermès. The
minimalistic watch uses an in-house H1950 ultra-thin movement with a 42-hour power reserve. Meanwhile, the front dial sports an exclusive typeface for the numerals, designed by France’s leading graphic designer Philippe Apeloig. But this year, the Swiss watch house is raising the bar with the Slim d’Hermès Émail, bearing a new dial treated in “Grand Feu” enameling. The making process begins with coating a 0.2mm-
thick cooper disc dial with a flammable liquid. The enameller then applies a thin dusting of white enamel powder minutes before firing the dial in a kiln heated to 830 degrees Celcius—hence the term “grand feu” which means high heat in English. This step is repeated up to six times until a perfectly smooth and shiny white enamel layer is achieved. Overall, it takes up to eight hours to create every single piece of Slim d’Hermès Émail dial.
The Slim d’hermèS waTch iS coming back ThiS year wiTh a more preciouS dial TreaTed in “grand Feu” enameling
Clockwise the kiln for firing the dials; adding dial indexes; a finished dial
Slim d’Hermès Émail watches only come in a rose gold case. The open sapphire case-back showcases the in-house movement that’s beautifully engraved with a “sprinkling of Hs” motif.
strap An exquisite match to the rose gold casing is a matt Havana alligator strap crafted in Hermès’ leather workshops, stemming from the French luxury brand’s well-known expertise in saddle- and leather-making.
There are actually three parts making up the dial: an hour-marker circle, a second in the center and a tiny small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock. Each is enameled individually before they are completed with dial indexes and soldered together. The result is immaculate.
Bad Bandit AgAinst prevAiling trends of smAller cAse sizes And smArtwAtches, Breitling stAnds tAll with the new Avenger BAndit
the well-engraved pushers and crown; the watch's case-back decorated with a conversion scale
reators of fine watches have certainly rolled with the punches quite well for the past decades. After the quartz crisis back in the 1970s, the current rise of smartwatches posed a new threat—perhaps an augury to a great changes looming ahead. But some of the old guard stayed ahead of the game by also tinkering with technology. Such was the case with Breitling, which last year came up with the Exospace B55 Connected Watch while still staying true its aviation roots.
Right before Baselworld in March, the storied Swiss manufacturer unveiled a new reinvention of the Avenger timepiece. Called the Avenger Bandit (note that “bandit” in military jargon means a positively-identified enemy aircraft), the chronograph sports an impressively large case at 45mm, and comes with a handsome dial scheme reminiscent of a flight deck. The watch as a whole is astoundingly durable, thanks in part to its ultra-sturdy titanium case construction.
If anything, this goes to show that style and material quality in men’s watches haven’t taken a backseat while technology marches on. A chronograph dial is still intrinsically and incomparably more opulent than the now-commonplace smartwatch/smartphone screen. Last but not least, this Breitling piece has class and attitude in equal measures, which no puny gadget can ever hope to surpass.
The stealth-look concept features an uncommon gray dial, accentuated by aviation-inspired stenciltype numerals. These are coated with luminescent layering to enhance visibility. In a similar vein, red is used to mark chronograph-related functions.
STrap The strap model is brand new and is made of military rubber, combined with an anthracite military textile fiber exterior. It fits nicely and feels practical on the wrist, and works well for deep dives, up to the watchâ€™s maximum depth rating of 300 meters.
Inside the titanium caseback decorated with a conversion scale sits the automatic caliber 13 movement, which is chronometer-certified by the COSC and has a minimum power reserve of 42 hours.
From watchmaker Barry cohen comes szanto, a new Brand that Brings Back timekeeping Beauties From the “golden age oF travel”
he early days of the 20th century saw the rise of a new travelladen lifestyle. One interesting note in this chapter of human history is how the rise of steam-powered machines, particularly steam locomotives, and motorized cars helped spur the evolution of home clocks into wristwatches. People began to take notice of time—and the need for the ability to tell time—wherever and whenever.
This specific timeframe becomes a nostalgic point that imparts color and shape to every creation of Szanto (pronounced “Sahn-tow” and derived from the brand founder’s family name). Introduced in fall 2013 by none other than Luminoxfounder Barry Cohen, the new watch brand is the goto name for those seeking vintage-looking horological beauties. While it eagerly unearths vintage designs, Szanto breathes new life into these aged ideas by creating large cases with subtle military accents. As such, every timepiece has cases ranging in size between 40mm and
47mm, and runs smoothly on high-quality Japanese quartz and automatic movements. Today, the company has an extensive collection with series numbered from 1000 to 6300. Each series pertains to a particular model, be it a dive watch or a pilot watch, etc. Individual shapes are clearly distinct, but common elements such as luminescent hands and Arabic numerals are immediately recognizable. More importantly, though, Szanto is clearly punching above its weight given its affordable price tag. All in all, it’s a must-have for gentlemen who appreciate retro beauties and quality craftsmanship.
Left Dive watch-inspired Szanto series 5123; Szanto half hunter series 6002 Right Szanto series 2252
sTRaP The genuine leather strap sports decorative stitching in a contrasting color. It comes in two colors for the series 4000: gray-black and brown. Despite having a leather strap, the watch is water resistant up to a depth of 100 meters.
DiaL Like all Szanto watches, the series 4003 watch comes with a Japanese quartz movement. The chronograph has two sub-dials and a date window at 3 oâ€™clock. The dial comes in three different shades: black, ivory and brown.
The 44mm brushed stainless steel case is enhanced with ion plating to induce that covetable antique bronze tone. Staying true to vintage styling, the case is topped with hardened mineral crystal glass. Meanwhile, the prolonged watch lugs allow better comfort and improved air circulation around the wrist.
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Clockwise from top left Maruli Tampubolon; Ronald Liem & adinia Wirasti; ade Rai; Iko Uwais; at the shopfront of the new Under armour store
American sportswear brand Under Armour officially arrived in Indonesia and unveiled its first store in Kelapa Gading mall, Jakarta on March 12. The opening ceremony was attended by the brandâ€™s family of ambassadors: CrossFit athlete Jennifer Mulianto, ultramarathon finisher Tonny Hanggoro, pro bodybuilder Ade Rai and martial arts actor Iko Uwais. The event was made all the merrier with a series of activities, which include a basketball competition, a fun discussion on health with Rai, a thrilling pencak silat performance from Uwais and his team, a CrossFit competition led by Mulianto and running experience with Hanggoro.
History in the Making
A joint art exhibition entitled “Historia Docet Historia Vitae Magistra” was inaugurated on February 17 to coincide with the launch of Martell’s limited edition La French Touch. Held at D Gallerie, Jakarta, until March 17, the exhibition showcased an array of artworks inspired by Indonesian history from local artists such as Agan Harahap and Papermoon Puppet Theatre. Jacques Menier, Martell’s Heritage Director, was on hand to welcome the guests and give the opening speech, where he talked about the cognac house’s spirit of French art de vivre and passion for art. The event was held in partnership with DA MAN and our sister magazines Prestige Indonesia and Joy Indonesia.
Clockwise from top left Esti nurjadin & Iwan nurjadin; Erwin Dipo & Melati Dipo; Simpirwati Simarno & Didiet Maulana; Jacques Menier, andi Mulyadi, Edhi Sumadi, Jeremy Oakes & Jean Jacques Regnault; Giri Sumantri, Yohana Irawan & Tom Tandio
Clockwise from top left Sulung Landung; nino Fernandez; andy Bourke & Veruschka nadja; lights at the entrance to the venue; nowela
Glow in the Dark
The series of events held to celebrate the launch of Martellâ€™s limited edition glow-in-thedark bottle La French Touch ended on February 26 with a pure gourmet dinner, featuring a collaboration between chefs Vindex Tengker and Mathias Olsson. Performances by singers Nowela and Teza Sumendra accompanied the dinner service, which was held at the Bali Room of Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, Jakarta. Sumendra also teamed up with DJ Dipha Barus to perform at the large-scale party that followed afterward. The party also enlivened by a fashion show featuring works from designers Andreas Odang and Priyo Oktaviano. The event was held in partnership with DA MAN and our sister magazines Prestige Indonesia and Joy Indonesia.
Modeling agency F Models International held an intimate gathering for its partners and clients on February 19 at the Apero Bar & Lounge, Jakarta. The occasion saw owner Lucy Komala introduce her staff members and the models represented by the agency. The four female and three male models certainly made a great-looking lineup as they proudly flaunted their runway walks for all the guests to see. The event was held in partnership with DA MAN.
Clockwise from top left annet Dominique Ko; Lucy Komala; Bianca Belnadia Lie & nadya Komala; Franco Tadardi; F Model's lineup of talent
Under a Starry Night
This March saw another timepiece collection take its first steps into Indonesia. This time, it was Roger Dubuis with the brandâ€™s celebrated Astral Skeleton watches which won rave reviews when it was first introduced at the last SIHH. On hand to introduce the new novelties were Mr. Emmual Human, managing director of Roger Dubuis Southeast Asia, and Mr. Irwan D. Mussry from Time International. The launch event was held on a clear night at the Glasshouse on top of the RitzCarlton Pacific Place, and attracted quite a few of the cityâ€™s most ardent watch collectors.
Clockwise from top left noel arbiayanto; Richard Muljadi, Irwan Dany Musrry; Emmual Human; Ria Imelda and Deborah Iskandar; a new watch novelty from Roger Dubuis
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