19 6 8 WINTER 2014/15
FOUR SEASONS RESORT Seychelles
TABLE OF CONTENTS 10
AT THIS HOUR Adamo de Pax
CRYSTAL HAIR Pino Gomes
27 FASHION DESIGNER Véronique Miljkovitch
30 BAG DESIGNER Erin Templeton
33 JEWELRY DESIGNER Alex Woo
36 ILLUSTRATOR Natalia Sanabria
39 ARTIST Josh Byer 42
FEM IS IN Mario Miotti
CHARLIE Yann Ostiguy
56 COVER Photographed by Pino Gomes Stylist: Patrick Häusermann Model: Zosia Prominska - Scout Models Zurich
BIRDS OF PREY Bruce Soyez-Bernard
DINER AT 5:00 Carlo Hindian
INTO THE BLUE Alvaro Goveia
1968 MAGAZINE MARTIN VOLPE
Editor in Chief - Creative Director
Fashion and Art
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At This Hour Photographed by Adamo de Pax www.adamodepax.com Stylist: Joanna Plisko Represented by Plutino Group Makeup and Hair: Natalie Blouin Represented by Plutino Group Model: Siobhan - Sutherland Models
Pearl gown STEPHAN CARAS
Dress CAITLIN POWER Earrings STEPHAN CARAS Bracelet CAROLE TANENBAUM VINTAGE COLLECTION
Dress STEPHAN CARAS Earrings CAROLE TANENBAUM VINTAGE COLLECTION
Poncho STEPHAN CARAS Ring CAROLE TANENBAUM VINTAGE COLLECTION Bracelet STEPHAN CARAS
Shirt STEPHAN CARAS Skirt HILARY MACMILLAN Necklace DIOR Ring CAROLE TANENBAUM VINTAGE COLLECTION
CRYSTAL HAIR Photographed by Pino Gomes
www.pinogomes.com Stylist: Patrick H채usermann Makeup Artist: Peter Schell Hair Stylist: Pablo K체min, using Haar Vital Hair Stylist Assistant: Gabriel de Fries Photographer Assistant: Shpend Salihu Model: Zosia Prominska - Scout Models Zurich
Left: White short turtleneck top skirt JOLANDA ZÜGER Transparent white dress worn underneath JOLANDA ZÜGER
Asymmetric woollen jacket STUDIO WINKLER Nude top ZARA Oversize netshorts CARVEN (Modestrom)
Off-white leather top RICK OWENS (Roma) Volume skirt SAMUJI (Modestrom) Nude top ZARA
White jersey top with leather skirt dress ZARA Long vest MANGO
Grey dress UMA WANG (Roma) Turtleneck body CALIDA (Manor) Metallic leather pants HAIDER ACKERMANN (Roma)
White skirt with patterns ALAIA (Grieder) Cotton wool top made by Stylist Net tank top worn on top JIL SANDER
Kaftan made of old scarfs Vintage Golden skirt DRIES VAN NOTEN (Roma) Golden platform sandals ZARA
Beige cut-out suede patchwork dress BERENIK White top JIL SANDER
INTERVIEW - SINGER/SONGWRITER
orn in Beirut, Lebanon, global R&B and hip hop singer Massari moved to Canada at the age of 10. When he began his musical career in 2001-2002, it was clear that his Lebanese roots and cultural upbringing would play a large part in who he was as recording artist. For starters, his stage name “Massari” is an Arabic word that means “money”, and his biggest influence is George Wassouf, a legendary Syrian singer. But where you can really see this is in his music itself, which is full of intoxicating Arabic beats and Middle-Eastern melodies. Massari self titled debut album went platinum in Canada and was released to over 40 territories around the world. His most recent singles include Brand New Day (Certified Gold Single), and Shisha feat. French Montana and What About Love, featuring fellow Canadian Mia Martina, have been making their rounds on stations everywhere. In addition to all this, Massari has been nominated for many awards such as Juno awards, Much Music Video Awards, Canadian Urban Music Awards, and has won titles such as the MMVA for Best Pop Video for “Be Easy” and a SIRIUSXM Indie Award for Dance Artist of the Year. www.massarionline.com
When did you realize a career in music was for you? I’ve always been very passionate about music for as long as I can remember. I think we’re all born with some sort of gift that is hidden inside and it’s up to us to discover it throughout our lives. I believe my moment came when I was 13 years old at a school talent show. That was the first time I remember saying to myself this is what I was born to do. What is it about singing/creating music that most attracts you? I find that music is one of the few things in this world that brings people together. Music allows me to communicate with the world and speak to them from the heart, and share my experiences with them. I consider myself lucky because I genuinely love making music, and it just so happens that I was also able to make a career out of it. What has motivated your career? I know that my career is motivated by the opportunity that I was given to be a role model / icon to some of today’s youth. I wish that we can all set our differences aside and live together and respect one another, and I hope that I can influence my fans to do just that.
How would you describe the feeling of releasing your first album? The release of my first album was one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. It was in some ways like I was being reborn into the world. What is your typical process for creating an album? I think it all starts with being in the right state of mind. But from what I’ve noticed, the release of one album will never resemble another. Because as times change and music changes, you also change as a person and as an artist. There’s always growth that comes along with the years you put into a career and the creation of music. What was the first thing you did when you heard one of your singles on national radio for the first time? Hearing my music for the first time on the radio was like having a dream that used to only live in my imagination and it had somehow come to life. A dream come true. How would you personally describe your musical style? I believe that some people may find my style of music to be unique in some ways, simply because I infuse middle eastern melodies and sometimes lyrics into my songs. That allows me to be different and stand out.
You include a lot of Middle-Eastern melodies in your music; why do you feel it’s important to keep that vein alive in your work? Lol, I guess I sort of already answered this question in my previous answer. But to add to it, I would like to mention that I’m extremely proud of my roots and where I come from, as everyone in the world should be proud of their home country; this is why I feel that it’s so important for me to show everyone the beauty of our part of the world rather than the destructive image that is portrayed of us in the media. Where do you get your inspiration from? I’m inspired by life itself, by my family and friends, by my longing to find that special someone to have in my life. The desire to love and be loved. Ultimately, I think we all want the same things in life but we all go about acquiring it in different ways. You have worked with many talented people, from Belly to French Montana; if you could work with anyone you haven’t yet, who would it be and why? I would love to work with Pharrell Williams. I think he’s a musical genius and always knows how to capture the best of any artist he’s working with.
You have named George Wassouf as your biggest influence; why has he had such an impact on you? Soltan el tarab George Wasouf has indirectly taught me everything I needed to know about making music. His songs have the power to make you feel so many different emotions. I grew up listening to his music and I still listen to his songs today. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting him on two separate occasions and instantly upon meeting him I could feel that he was a man with a heart of gold. Who are your other musical influences? I have many other musical influences like El Sayedei Fayrouz, the great late Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, and many others. What do you like most about your job? Best part about my job is that I get to travel all over the world and perform on stage in front of all my fans. It is the most incredible feeling ever.
If you could jet off to anywhere in the world and play a show, where would it be? I would go to Beirut. Besides your voice, do you play any other musical instruments? I like playing the derbakei, but that’s pretty much it for now, lol. Where do you see yourself in the next five years? I see myself on a throne of my own empire and I see myself doing Everything in my power to help sick and homeless kids around the world. Can we look forward to another upcoming album? Yes, definitely. I’m currently working on an album as we speak. It should be released some time in the next year.
Photos by Nicole Vilela
What has been the greatest experience you have had so far? Seeing that I’ve made my parents proud and that I’ve touched the hearts of so many people around the world. I would do anything for my family and my fans. They are the air I breathe.
INTERVIEW - FASHION DESIGNER
he French vivacity and ability to create things of unique beauty is not a secret, nor, thankfully, is the work of designer Véronique Miljkovitch. Born in Paris, France, Miljkovitch grew up in Northern Ontario, but she was soon back in Europe to hone her skills in design. She returned to study in her hometown of Paris as well as Copenhagen, Denmark, where she attended the prestigious SAGA International Design Centre. Lucky for us, she returned to Canada and gained her technical training at Montreal’s famed Lasalle College and has since opened up her studio. She has won many national and international awards, including the SAGA Ethnic Light collection which was seen on runways across the globe. Her raw, textured designs that flow with the body are dynamic and compelling, making it easy to see why her pieces have chosen spots in women’s wardrobes all over. www.miljkovitch.com When did you realize you wanted to be a fashion designer? At the age of 12 I was screen printing my own t-shirts with the help of my grandmother. I was obsessed with skateboarding at the time so the t-shirts reflected the skateboard culture. Initially I was more interested in painting clothes than making them, but instead of using a regular canvas I liked to paint on clothes. I naturally started making clothes when I got bored of painting them. I did not realize that this was my calling however until my 20s, when I went back to school and realized I was pretty good at it. Being that Paris is, well, Paris, did being born there have any effect on your decision to be a designer? Not really, I think I was more influenced by my artistic grandmother, and later on by my circle of friends. It was in Paris though that I realized I wanted to do this, so perhaps on some level the city did influence me. Who is the Véronique Miljkovitch woman? There are many. She is independent. Who would you like to see wearing your designs? Anyone who appreciates them.
How would you describe your aesthetic? The key for me is ultimate comfort without looking like you are in workout clothes. I am very influenced by Japanese and Belgian designers because of their unconventional vision of what looks good. Where do you find your inspiration? Anywhere. Ideas just happen sometimes out of nowhere. Why did you decide to set up shop in Canada? It just happened that way. I was tired of Paris and needed a change so I moved to Montreal. One thing led to another, and here I am, ready to move again because nothing lasts forever! What was it like to move from Europe to Northern Ontario? I was only 2. For my parents it was a culture shock! How did you make the decision to return to Europe to study; was it an easy one to make? Of course! I was going to be on my own in Paris at the age of 17! It was exciting! Denmark is famous for its beautiful Scandinavian design; is that why you chose to attend SAGA in Copenhagen? No, although I do appreciate Scandinavian design. I was given an opportunity to study there with a scholarship, and the Saga Design Centre was a world class institution which many prominent designers had attended. How was it different from studying in Paris? I never really studied in Paris. Paris is where I discovered who I was going to be. To my parents dismay, Paris was more about fun and parties than studying. Denmark, on the other hand, was all about studying since we were actually boarding at the design centre. It was beautiful. What is your favourite textile to work with? I love natural easy care materials such as cotton and bamboo fleece and jerseys. I also love silk, but always work it in a casual way.
Are there any others youâ€™re craving to work with in the future? Not really. I love my independence. That is not to say I do not admire some people tremendously, but I like to learn from a distance and through my own experiences. Any plans to move back to Europe? No, but Panama is on the radar these days. If you could talk with any designer, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Rei Kawabuko. She is just such an original! Do you have a personal favourite piece from your current collection? Yes, the Lana jacket is my favourite. It is so easy and cozy, and it can be worn in 3 different ways. It reminds me of a Rick Owens sweatshirt that I have worn to shreds. What has been your biggest achievement so far? Selling to over 100 retailers across the US and Canada, and being able to deliver all my orders without the help of any banks or backers. Do you have any advice for aspiring designers? Work on getting your designs out there. There is no use spending ridiculous amounts of money on fashion shows and marketing if people cannot find your clothes, or if you have no money left over to produce them. Also, always keep in mind who is going to wear your clothes. It seems obvious, but it is so easy to get carried away with your ideas and lose sight of what clothes are meant to be. Yes, they can be art but mostly they should be practical. Where do you see yourself in the next five years? In a small studio storefront in Panama City.
Photos by Stoffel De Roover Model: Kamila - Dulcedo Models
INTERVIEW - BAG DESIGNER
e all know those moments when you see a spare piece of material, whether that be a textile, vintage bauble, or old photo, were we wonder if we could make something new out of it, something our own. Handbag and accessory designer Erin Templeton used her own fascination with forgotten leathers and love for the past, and has become one of Canada’s most recognized bag designers. Born just outside of Vancouver, Templeton studied shoemaking at Cordwainer’s College in London where she began to make leather accessories, later moving on to hone her leatherwork skills in Australia, before returning home to Vancouver where she began to concentrate on handbags. She found the boiler room of a local tailor shop in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown to rent as a studio, and by 2007 she had moved upfront making the old tailor shop her own studio/storefront open to the public. All of Templeton’s pieces, minimal and sleek, yet warm and tactile, are handmade in-studio. www.erintempleton.com When did you realize that perhaps shoemaking wasn’t your true passion? It’s an expensive endeavour, the lasts and components, I mean, shoes would be great, but I will leave the actual making to the professionals, I don’t need to make them myself. What made you choose the field of handbag design? I made hats for a bit, and sizing was an issue, and people would say, “I’m not a hat person” or something like that. I like bags because one size fits all, and I have never heard anyone say they aren’t a bag person. Has studying shoemaking techniques helped you in designing handbags in any way? I guess when you are learning design, it’s good to remind yourself that there isn’t any one way to do anything, it’s a lot of problem solving. I’m glad I went to school for constructing something, but my schooling was sort of haphazard and mixed in with a lot of travel, so I think I’m mostly grateful I got as much in as I did! I defiantly do put things together in a funny way sometimes, and that might be why!
How would you describe your style as a designer? I try to make things as simple as possible, but I am also probably my biggest critic. So I think I could strip it down more than I do. Ideally, things would be timeless, unable to be dated by trend. I worked as a vintage picker for many years, and could pretty easily date something, by experience, or film. I wanted to make things that wouldn’t fall into a trend that way, that would attract people with personal style, not influenced by others as much as texture or quality. Do you see yourself always continuing to use locally sourced materials in the future? Using recycled leather is my first love, so I want to always use that. Using the locally sourced leathers has been an amazing luxury. I wish that I was a large enough business, and the locally tanned leather would be available to me forever, I love getting my leather there. As far as local support though, we make everything on site in our studio store front, so it is always locally made, it’s a lot of work, but also totally worth it.
Although you use beautiful materials and handcraft everything, your pieces are still at an accessible price range; do you feel it’s important to keep it this way? Very much so, I really try and use absolutely everything, and we really do try and keep the prices fair. Though I should charge more for some items, I don’t want to exclude my existing customers, I think it’s good to have something for everyone. How do you typically begin your design process? A doodle! Do your final designs reflect your original idea? If they don’t, I tend to get bored and they don’t get made usually. Your pieces are minimal and functional; have you always had this aesthetic? Yes, I think it’s because I don’t know any other way to do things.
Do you have a favourite piece from your collection? Right now it’s the straight and narrow, I tested one out and it hasn’t left my side in months; I went from a back pack to a tiny wallet on a string. It has been a liberating experience! Who would you most like to see wearing one of your designs? Geez! I don’t know! One time I met 2 sisters, an aunt and a mom, all with my bags, and that was amazing! If you could speak to any designer/artist dead or alive, who would it be and why? Joni Mitchell, and I would say thank you and try not to flip out. Any plans for expansion beyond handbags and small accessories? That would be fun! I would like to add more to the line, clothing or footwear. But I wouldn’t be making it on-site! Is there an element (or elements) you will never see yourself including in your designs? That’s hard, this year I started to accept that I didn’t want to hold fast to my stringent ideas about no hardware, or 2-3 functions etc., but minimal and functional is ok. But I can’t picture myself using a lot of hardware, I like to keep things light, and I feel that’s what dates the bags, but who knows? Appliqué? Do you have a favourite material to work with? I like the way the bison wears after it gets worn in, I like all of it, more or less at different times. I like veggie tan right now, and I never used to. I guess I’m just learning that I don’t know what I like!
Where do you see yourself in the next five years? I don’t want to take over the world or anything, doing our own production keeps me pretty humble, and tied to the studio. I would like to grow enough so that I can have more personal freedom, to travel for example. I like to make plans, but am totally aware that life doesn’t work like that. I like the idea of being in a place 5 years from now that the person I am today couldn’t imagine, I feel like 5 years ago Erin would be proud of me today. I trust it will go the way it’s supposed to, I guess I just want to be happy, healthy and have a lot of love in my life.
Photos by Ellyse Anderson
Any other materials you would like to explore? I have worked with wool and fur; I don’t know, I guess I will know when I see it! What do you look for in a good handbag design? It has to be functional, hopefully, just absorb into your life. Don’t think about it, just use it.
INTERVIEW - JEWELRY DESIGNER
pprenticeships are a tradition as old as civilization, and are arguably still the best way to learn a craft. But it is better still when that craft is learned from family. Alex Woo learned the art of jewelry design at the knee of her father, a master bench jeweller, and grew up learning all things gems, precious metals, and expert craftsmanship. Since those early years she has taken that appreciation and become an internationally-acclaimed jewelry designer. Born and raised in New York City she studied Fine Arts and Jewelry Design at an Ivy League University before moving to Paris to study abroad. Back in NYC she opened a Manhattan studio and showroom and now, with over a decade in the industry under her belt, has traveled around the world for inspiration and has won highly prestigious awards such as the JCK Show Design Centre’s Rising Star. Each piece remains handcrafted (and often signed) by Woo, designed to evoke the strength in every woman while staying rooted in her femininity. www.alexwoo.com
Since you learned the craft from your father, did you always know you wanted to be a jewelry designer? No, but I did know I loved art and design. I still recall when all of my friends were playing with dolls and toys, I would sit for hours simply drawing and sketching. My father was a master bench jeweller, so he raised me with a definite appreciation for gems, precious metals and fine craftsmanship. At 8, I designed my first piece; it was a cute two-tone pendant in silver and brass that I hand cut with a saw and finished on a polishing machine. My father was so proud of me. In that way, he cultivated this path toward art, but it wasn’t until later on, when I enrolled in an actual jewelry design class, that I discovered my passion. How would you describe yourself as a designer? I would say I’m very nurturing and detail oriented. My line is such a big part of who I am, so I treat each new piece like it’s my baby. I’m involved in the process start to finish, so when one is finally complete, it’s a great feeling. How would you describe the aesthetic of your designs? I love clean and modern designs. Whether in interior design, or clothes, I have such an appreciation for classic and timeless styles, so these are all aspects that I incorporate into my collections. In addition to that, I love to tell stories through my designs, and represent different facets of all women. In doing that, I have also been lucky to hear stories from women who have worn my designs for different reasons than my original inspiration. It’s wonderful to hear feedback and suggestions from all my customers, and that sometimes inspires my next designs. How do you find a balance between sleekness, strength, and delicacy in your work? I think the most important aspect about being a designer is staying true to yourself and your aesthetic. Sometimes a design is re-done 50 times until I feel it’s perfect. My designs are all an extension of who I am, so it’s important that they reflect my vision. In your travels, has any one place continued to give you inspiration? My inspiration is drawn from all over; anything from the elements in my everyday life to experiences during international travels. Being a native New Yorker has always given me the
inspiration I’ve needed to create my collections. With amazing energy and a vibrant aspect of the city, I’m constantly inspired by my surroundings, by the people, and of course - the great food! I’ll admit that some of my most creative moments have been on trips to places like Morocco and Macchu Picchu. But more and more, I have been drawing inspiration from my audience, and those who wear my jewelry. Just as I am growing and evolving as an artist, my audience is doing the same. It’s these stories that have now influenced and inspired me to be able to create jewelry that reflects life through design.
How did it feel to win such a prestigious award as the Rising Star award from JCK Show Design Centre? I use it as motivation and fuel to move forward and continue what I’m doing. It’s this vote of confidence and support that really makes this work so exciting and rewarding. It’s like someone saying that they believe in you; keep doing what you’re doing. It’s very encouraging and I am always thankful.
How does living and working in NYC inspire you? My workshop, showroom and studio are in the heart of New York - more notably, across from Rockefeller Centre. As a born and bred New Yorker, I only felt it appropriate that my jewelry is also made here, as my philosophy is that if someone wears my brand, they are supporting an essential part of this great city. This is why we re-branded our logo 2 years ago with “Made in New York” as an essential element of the design. That being said, I love that everything is so central and easily accessible in New York. If I need inspiration, it’s all at my fingertips; from 5th Ave to Soho.
You proudly support local talent and charities; how important is it to you to continue doing so? As an American Made company, we proudly support local talent and better business practices. It allows for each of my pieces to be selected from 100% sustainable, premium precious metals from American refineries and imported conflict-free diamonds. I know that if businesses like mine don’t support them, we will slowly start losing this skilled labor to other parts of the world, and this is something that we can’t let happen. It’s personally important to me that we support and cultivate this local talent.
You proudly display customer stories/experiences on your website; how are you able to maintain a connection with so many people? Jewelry is the best story teller, and being able to have my fans tell their stories through my pieces always brings a smile to my face. Whether a gift or a self purchase, the wonderful thing about my jewelry is that it is usually purchased to commemorate a special moment in your life, or represent something meaningful. Being able to share and take part in these women’s lives is so touching and meaningful to me as a designer. One of my favourite stories is Julie. She’s actually in the What’s Your Icon video on my website - and she shared a story with me that was beyond what I ever would have imagined. Many times, people wear my little numbers because it’s their lucky number, or it’s their favourite number, but she had a number 8 because she had to get a rare medical procedure which included a liver and stem cell transplant; and later learned that she was the 8th living survivor. It’s these amazing stories that make what I do all the more special.Another supporter with a great story has been Christina Applegate. She has worn a Little Letter S to keep her daughter close to heart, but also some of my other designs; as well as the one we collaborated on to support her foundation, Right Action for Women. My customer is classic, but she’s modern and bold enough to share her personal story through her jewelry. No matter what age the customer (and I sell to a wide demographic), all these women share these very qualities.
What made you realize that something needed to be done to support better business practices? As the child of an immigrant who came to America to achieve his American dream, being fortunate enough to live here was something that was instilled in me. Growing up, we tried to buy American made cars and always support local businesses. It became second nature to the way I grew up, and having a sense of pride in what we owned and where it came from was important. As a minority female entrepreneur, I now feel that it’s also my opportunity to support that same feeling in what I do. My office is located in midtown New York City where I support all the local artisans, suppliers, and jewellers within my neighbourhood.
Do you have a favourite piece from your extensive collection? It’s like choosing a child, I don’t really like to play favourites! I love them all for different reasons. Though I will say one of my bestsellers is the Little Luck Elephant; it’s a symbol of pure happiness that’s believed to carry everlasting luck in its trunk, so when the trunk faces up you’ll maintain good luck forever! Would you ever consider opening a studio in another city/country? Being raised in New York, and with my family still living here, I plan to stay for as long as I can. This city is so important to me that when we re-launched our brand, we changed our logo to incorporate “Made in New York”, to reflect and give respect to the greatest city in the world. The idea of opening a second showroom and workshop sounds nice, but I think I’m just fine staying here. What should a woman look for in a good piece of jewelry? Trends are great, but jewelry is an investment, and women should look for jewelry that is well made, has meaning to them, and defines who they are. Whether it is a special moment in one’s life, a birthday, a new job, a new baby, jewelry should be something you want to keep and treasure. What’s one piece of jewelry every woman should have in her collection? Something that is meaningful and special to her that she can wear every day. Whether it’s her child’s initial, a bumble bee that represents her childhood nickname, or a design that represents an inside joke between her and her husband, it should be special. Having something wearable and a reminder of something personal to her is something she can wear and treasure for a lifetime. Do you have a favourite era of jewelry design? I really love the Renaissance era, when personal pendants were not only the most coveted keepsake but also designed to be admired from both sides. It was the inspiration for my new Origins collection which is an 18kt Gold and Diamond, bespoke fine jewelry collection that also incorporates elements from some of my most iconic designs.
What is your favourite material to work with? I mainly work with Sterling Silver and Gold. I love them both for different reasons. Silver is a precious metal that most people can wear all the time. All of my designs are also solid so there’s a lot of weight to it, whether it is made in silver or in gold. As for Gold, it has always been valued and treasured through the ages, and having the chance to work with it is also very special. Especially since my jewelry is designed to be classic, treasured, and essentially modern heirlooms that can be passed down for generations.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry designers? Finding your talent and doing something that you love is the ultimate dream, but stay true to yourself. Trends can affect your design process, and you can be influenced by those that surround you; but sticking to your own vision and point of view is what makes you distinctive as a designer and as an entrepreneur. Photos by Lisa Tran
INTERVIEW - ILLUSTRATOR
t’s hard to create a sense of movement and energy in illustrations, and when you’re a fashion illustrator this is essential. But Natalia Sanabria has no problem with this; in fact, her pieces excel at drawing the observer in and continuously pulling the eye round and around the image. The Costa Rican-born and based illustrator graduated in Graphic Design and Painting from the University of Costa Rica, and has developed her own style that masterfully combines a mixed media palette of graphite, ink, and punches of vibrant watercolour. Her work includes editorial, street style, runway, and object illustration. www.nataliasanabria.com When did you realize you wanted to be an illustrator? I’ve always enjoyed drawing. I used to get my inspiration from magazines; I started making collages with photos and draw onto them, so that was my first approach to fashion illustration. I fell in love with every drawing I did and just wanted to learn more and polish my technique. Why fashion illustration? It became natural to me because of my love for magazines. I was drawn to colourful patterns, interesting faces, so I started sketching and mixing materials and it was instant attraction. Aside from fashion itself, do you get inspiration from other sources? I love to travel, visiting museums, seeing how people express themselves through clothing. Also, I collect origami papers and any cute, fun material I can find, it helps me construct my illustrations. What motivates you? I am a compulsive sketcher. Each time I finish some new work, it motivates me to start a new one or experiment with other materials, use new colours. I never stop learning and my best work is still ahead. Your work is full of different media (graphite, watercolour, ink); how did you refine this signature style? I guess it has changed a lot since I started because I’m
always trying different mediums. It also depends on the illustration, sometimes I prefer to use collage, others require more details and water-colour, but what remains is my love for colour, the brighter the better. Why do you choose to work with these mediums? I’m very detail oriented, that’s why I use graphite pencils. Also, I include paper or glitter collage in my illustrations because it gives them some texture and volume. And obviously, my medium of choice is water-colour. You studied Graphic Design and Painting; in your experience, how different is illustration from a more traditional painting approach? From my experience it’s less rigid I guess, you don’t have to always find some weird explanation for your work, it’s just what I love to do, it comes from a very personal place, and I can have as much fun as I want to. What do you enjoy most about life and work in Costa Rica? It has lots of nature diversity. I enjoy going to the mountain a lot, I like flowers, insects, birds, fog, the colours of the dusk and dawn in the clouds. It’s a small but very rich country. How would you describe the fashion/art scene there? There are many art manifestations with a distinct identity, very good artists in all areas. I’m very lucky to have known some of them in art school and learn a lot from their work. As for the fashion scene, it’s slowly growing into a strong market with great potential. Would you ever consider moving to another part of the world to set up a studio? Yes, I want to move to London someday hopefully, the city has such good vibe. Many have said that illustration is a dying art form; what is your view on the subject? I think that’s wrong, I’ve seen an illustration revival on editorial, product and graphic design in general. It’s refreshing for example to open a magazine and see a drawing here and there, your eye thanks you.
What do you think it is about illustration that appeals to people? As I said before, it’s like a playful fun way to express yourself and people notice that. You don’t have to be an art expert to appreciate illustration, it speaks to you in a beautiful way.
Do you have any advice for aspiring illustrators? Keep drawing and don’t be afraid of mistakes, you’ll find your style along the way. Also, it’s very important to have an online portfolio, the Internet is full of opportunities.
What do you feel has been your biggest achievement so far? Working by myself, it’s still hard to believe that I actually do what I’m most passionate about for a living. I’m very lucky and I don’t take for granted the opportunities I am given.
What would you be doing if you weren’t an illustrator? I love to dance, I would have liked to be a professional dancer.
Do you have a one favourite illustration amongst your work? My very last illustrations of Meadham Kirchhoff Spring/Summer 2015 collection. I used collage, water-colour splashes, colour graphite pencils and I just went crazy with them.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years? Still doing what I love and traveling all over the world.
Do you have a favourite artist (illustrator or otherwise)? I have many! I like the precise lines of David Downton, the boldness of Esra Roise, the feeling of Cedric Rivrain. As for painters I love Gustav Klimt, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, they influenced me by their particular styles and the powerful but feminine women they portrayed.
INTERVIEW - ARTIST
sk a creative person what’s going on in their mind at that moment, and it’s guaranteed the question will be too far, too broad, with a million possible outcomes to answer. Sometimes, however, the mind of a creative type ends up on a piece of paper, a canvas, or some other medium, and we get a glimpse into this rarely-seen world. In the case of Josh Byer, this could not be more true. A classically-trained visual artist, writer, and actor, it’s hard to keep track of what this multi-talented Vancouver-based creative is up to. His paintings are a kaleidoscope of whirling, energetic colour from which shapes emerge and focal points stop the eye in its tracks. On the other hand, Byer’s illustrations reveal a simpler side, often with monochrome line work swaddled in negative space. His extensive list of clients, in everything from screenwriting to journalism and art, includes the CBC, Telus, 20th Century Fox, Future Shop, NBC, Sony Entertainment, Staples, and many more. If this is even a small glimpse of what goes on in Byer’s mind, it’s obvious he has a lot to think about. www.byercreative.com You are involved in a staggering amount of things; how did you become so diverse in your work? If art proves I exist, I better make a lot of it. When did art become such an integral part of this mosaic? My mother died in 2009. I couldn’t sit with my grief, so I drew and painted all the time. All my artwork is dedicated to the memory of my mother. Would you say art (and your love of it) is your connecting element to everything you do? Art transmits a signal. My goal is to transmit as much as possible. How would you describe your artistic style? My technique is called Faux Fauvism. It is inspired by Matisse. It celebrates elements of Fauvism, of Cubism, of Pointillism, of Street Art.
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How did you begin to develop this style? I wish to find the edge of rational representation, to render the moment right before a composition disintegrates into pure abstraction. This is the idea that drives Faux Fauvism.
What is your favourite medium to work with and why? Acrylic paint markers and gel pens allow me to forgo the process of mixing paint and loading brushes. I can think only about the image. What draws you to the treatment of subjects and ideas as abstraction? If a painting can pinpoint the moment in human cognition when pattern recognition occurs, art and science will meet. Brand Name
You work in so many different areas of the creative world, but do you get inspiration from anywhere specific? The desire to improve. What are your favourite themes? I was born in 1977. By the early 1980s, the world had changed – technology had entered the household. Neon advertisements carried names like Atari, Commodore, and Coleco. These are the grandparents of our modern era. Images and ideas from this transitory period are central in my work, as they are central to my identity. To deny them would result in dishonest art. What message do you strive to communicate most with your work? There is a point where a cloud stops looking like a cloud and starts looking like a frying pan, or a mouse, or a truck. How does that happen? Why do we do that? What does it mean? How would you describe your creative process? Begin. Continue. Get frustrated. Eat snacks. Continue. Finish. Repeat. Art can have so many meanings for different people; how do you personally define “art”? Art is a dangerous question. What does your art work mean to you? My art represents my very best efforts. There is no regret in trying your hardest. Are you planning on staying and working in Vancouver? It’d be hard to leave Vancouver. All my shoes are here.
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What do you enjoy most about life and work on the west coast? The light seems softer in this city. This is a special place.
If you could sit down to have coffee with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why? I’d fight Pablo Picasso, old or young. No gloves. Do you have any advice to aspiring artists, or people who want to go out and explore as many fields as you have? Learn contract law immediately.
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What can we expect to see from you in the future? I’m currently scripting a feature at Brightlight Pictures called “White Slaves of the Nootka” under the supervision of producers Shawn Williamson and Jak Osmond. Bruce Dowad will be directing. I’ve also begun talks about appearing in an upcoming thriller directed by friend and long-time collaborator Jason Bourque. In August, I signed an exclusivity agreement with Jack Appelman at Art Licensing International, and am now developing artwork for a variety of consumer and textile markets.
Scenes of Vancouver
Peacoat ISAAC CRUZ Top ISAAC CRUZ Skirt ISAAC CRUZ Scarf ECHO Gloves CAROLINA AMATO Earrings STEPHANIE KANTIS
FEM IS IN Photographed by Mario Miotti www.mariomiotti.com Stylist: Nakima Benjamin Makeup and Hair: Alberto Luego Represented by Wilhelmina Artists Model: Clara - Fenton Moon
Blouse JACK HENRY Cropped jacket TIA CIBANI Skirt WAREHOUSE Earrings BOUNKIT Bracelet STEPHANIE KANTIS
Dress PICKETT Jacket WAREHOUSE Scarf ECHO Shoes PAUL ANDREW Ring BOUNKIT
Top (shown as capelet) KAELEN Dress ROLANDO SANTANA Bracelet GERARD YOSCA Shoes ALEXANDRE BIRMAN Sunglasses VINTAGE Earrings BOUNKIT
Top (shown as capelet) KAELEN Dress ROLANDO SANTANA Bracelet GERARD YOSCA Sunglasses VINTAGE Earrings BOUNKIT
Dress CHRISTINE ALCALAY Scarf ECHO Gloves CAROLINA AMATO Handbag VICTOR HUGO Shoes PAUL ANDREW Earrings STEPHANIE KANTIS
Coat TIA CIBANI Pants TIA CIBANI Earrings STEPHANIE KANTIS Gloves CAROLINA AMATO Shoes PIED A TERRE
Top PICKETT Skirt TIA CIBANI Shoes PAUL ANDREW Belt STYLIST’S OWN Earrings ADORNIA
CHARLIE Photographed by Yann Ostiguy
www.yannostiguy.com Stylist: Izabel Soucy Stylistâ€™s Assistant: Valery Brousseau Makeup and Hair: Steven Turpin, using Giorgio Armani Cosmetics and Moroccanoil Model: Charlie Dupont - Dulcedo Models
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Hat BCBG Dress DSQUARED at La Maison Simons Boots CHANEL
Body suit STYLESTALKER Belt with fringes BCBG MAX AXRIA
Dress NORWEGIAN WOOD Coat CHANEL Tong FEU DE VENUS
Black sheer dress MIHAIL KIAN Black leather pouch with straps GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI Black patent leather strappy heels CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Necklace with chains and stones MICHAEL SPIRITO Silver cuffs PHILIPE AUDIBERT
BIRDS OF PREY Photographed by Bruce Soyez-Bernard Represented by LVA www.brucesoyezbernard.com Stylist: Rebecca Weinberg Represented by Judy Casey Makeup Artist: Gregg Brockington, using Nars Represented by Judy Casey Hair Stylist: Tyler Laswell, using Tresemme Represented by Judy Casey Manicurist: Mayumi Abuku Reprented by Rona Represents Retouching: Violaineb Model: Jana K - Ford Models
Metal corset LÈKE Black high-waisted cut-out brief LÈKE Black cropped jacket ADRIENNE LANDAU White plated necklace NOIR NYC Black leather gauntlets with straps SKINGRAFT
Black leather harness and black caged arm piece CHROMAT Navy wool asymmetrical pencil skirt with leather waistband SKINGRAFT Black caged skirt CHROMAT Silver chain earrings MICHAEL SPIRITO
Black caged dress CHROMAT Fingerless net gloves with feathers VICTOR DE SOUZA Snake-like necklace MICHAEL SPIRITO
Black leather crow print wrap jacket Skingraft Black beaded bra Fernando Garcia Black leather cut-out pants with lace Kaimin Black suede cut-out heels GIuseppe Zanotti Earrings Michael Spirito
Short sleeve hair top KOONHOR Brown shorts with patent leather patches LIKA NY Cage skirt CHROMAT Black leather thigh-high boots GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI Necklace MICHAEL SPIRITO
Black caged dress CHROMAT Silver strappy heels ALAI Fingerless net gloves with feathers VICTOR DE SOUZA Snake-like necklace MICHAEL SPIRITO
Black organza blouse LIKA NY Black caged skirt CHROMAT Black high-waisted brief LĂˆKE Jewel encrusted necklace MICHAEL SPIRITO Jewel encrusted double-finger ring ERICK BEAMON
DINER AT 5:00 Photographed by Carlo Hindian
www.carlohindian.com Art Director: Lori Von Sychowski Represented by Mookai Stylist: Cary Tauben Represented by Folio Montreal Makeup and Hair: Paco Puertas Represented by Leloi Models: Delphie - Montage Models Mackenzie - Folio Montreal
Boots CHANEL Skirt CHANEL Bra ISABEL MARANT
Dress ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Jacket DIESEL Boots CHANEL Cuff CHANEL
Pants ISABEL MARANT Leather jacket IRO Tank top IRO Necklace GIVENCHY
Delphie Blouse SAINT LAURENT Leather Skirt DIESEL Mackenzie T-shirt NEIL BARRETT Leather pants DIESEL
Shirt CHANEL Skirt CHANEL Boots CHANEL Earrings DIOR
Delphie Leather pants DIESEL Shirt DIESEL Mackenzie Jeans SAINT LAURENT Shirt SAINT LAURENT
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INTO THE BLUE Photographed by Alvaro Goveia
www.alvarogoveia.com Stylist: Joanna Plisko Represented by Plutino Group Makeup and Hair: Wendy Rorong, using Kevin Murphy Represented by Plutino Group Model: Charlotte - Sutherland Models
Left Faux fur scarf UIa Zukowska Top UIa Zukowska Coat Sentaler Selro ring at Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection
Coat Ula Zukowska Gloves quill & TINE Stockings Calvin Klein Shoes Circus by Sam Edelman
Jacket Pink Tartan Dress Pink Tartan Shirt Madame Moje Bracelet Caroline NĂŠron Shoes Sam Edelman
Trench-coat Sentaler Dress Hilary MacMillan Boots Vince Camuto Bracelet Caroline NĂŠron
Trench-coat Madame Moje Dress Pink Tartan Chanel necklace at Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection
Coat Sentaler Sweater Hilary MacMillan Shorts Hilary MacMillan Necklace Caroline NĂŠron
Blazer Hilary MacMillan Shorts Hilary MacMillan Scarf Sentaler Boots Vince Camuto
Coat Madame Moje Chanel necklace at Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection Handbag Angel Reinares
TRAVEL - SEYCHELLES
Four Seasons Resort
he Republic of Seychelles is a tropical haven of 115 islands, scattered across the western Indian Ocean. The islands are situated four to ten degrees south of the Equator, 480 km to 1,600 km off the east coast of Africa. Mahé is the largest of the republic’s granite islands, covering an area of 142 sq km. Protected by a wide coral reef, Mahé retains the feel of an undiscovered paradise with steep, tropical forests rising from small, private coves set against a towering backdrop of 1,000 metre granite peaks. The island is also the international gateway to the Seychelles and the transportation hub for excursions to all other islands within the archipelago. On the southwest coast of Mahé, just 18 km (11 miles) from the international airport, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles occupies a remote hillside setting overlooking the beautiful bay of Petite Anse (Little Cove). The resort comprises 67 villas and suites, and 27 Four Seasons Residences that descend down a lushly forested incline to the private, horseshoe beach of Petite Anse. Each of the 67 tree-house villas and suites is perched on stilts amidst a jungle of coconut, mango, jackfruit and cinnamon trees, imparting a distinct sense of treetop living. The single-storey Serenity, Hilltop Ocean-View, Ocean-View and Garden-View villas occupy a secluded position, accessed via their own wooden path overlooking the Indian Ocean or the verdant surrounds. The villas feature a stilted pavilion, with indoor and outdoor living space. A large infinity plunge pool, outdoor shower, glass-walled bath, and expansive private outdoor living space with sunset views over the Indian Ocean or surrounding tropical landscape come as standard. The surrounding hardwood deck is furnished with chaise longues and a dining area and a smaller, second pavilion houses a daybed. The three two-bedroom suites each offer additional space for families, spread across three pavilions. The two-bedroom Presidential and three-bedroom Royal Suites are beachside palaces, and the latter has private access to its own secluded area of beach. The Resort’s main restaurant, ZEZ, offers an extensive International breakfast buffet with specialty dishes available à la carte, as well as fresh local fruits and fresh juices. Dinner showcases a Modern European menu. A choice of indoor,
covered and open-air seating is arranged beneath high thatched roofs, offering spectacular ocean and sunset views from halfway up the hillside. Kannel (Creole for cinnamon), the beachside restaurant, brings authentic international and Creole-influenced flavours to Petite Anse from a sheltered spot amongst the cinnamon trees adjacent to the pool. ZEZ Lounge is the perfect spot to enjoy sushi and sashimi, pre-dinner cocktails or after dinner drinks. The Lounge’s atmosphere is enhanced by its views of the ocean. Located adjacent to the pool and just steps from the beach, Kannel Bar has a relaxed indoor-outdoor setting and offers refreshing fresh fruit drinks and cocktails throughout the day. Also, all villas have an outdoor dining area, enabling guests to sample signature dishes prepared by the Resort’s chefs 24 hours a day. The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles epitomizes the sense of natural beauty, tranquility and seclusion found throughout the Resort. It is located at the top of the hill with spectacular views over the Petite Anse bay and the Indian Ocean beyond. International treatments are enhanced by indigenous practices, local ingredients and breathtaking views; the result is a rejuvenating and holistic experience that showcases the island’s most inspiring features. A timber deck connects the Spa to a yoga pavilion, available from sunrise to sunset for group yoga sessions or individual instruction. The Spa also features a dedicated Junior Spa Menu, showcasing natural ingredients and a gentle approach to help younger guests develop an early understanding of holistic healing. The secluded, horseshoe beach with powder-white sand and azure waters, that lies at the foot of Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is one of the island’s best-kept secrets. The bay is sheltered by dense vegetation and protected by an outer reef; as a result, the water is extremely calm, making it ideal for swimming and safe for families. The Resort’s outdoor swimming pool covers a total of 517m2. It is located adjacent to Kannel restaurant, on the edge of the beach and incorporates both leisure and lap areas, surrounded by huge cinnamon trees. The pool area is furnished with chaise longues and benefits from poolside dining and refreshment services.
The water sports pavilion houses its own PADI dive centre, offering scuba diving with state-of-the-art equipment and certified instructors as well as snorkelling equipment and excursions. Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is the only place in Seychelles offering surf equipment hire and tuition from professional instructors. The team at Tropicsurf are experts in luxury surfing holidays, and there are several great spots just minutes from the Resort. Stand-Up Paddle Boarding is also available with Tropicsurf, to complement the complimentary activities available from the Resort team. Other pursuits on offer at the pavilion include canoeing, kayaking, sailing, 17ft Trimaran boating, and snorkelling. Additional beach equipment includes floating mats, inflatable balls and toys, beach rackets and accessories. To preserve the serenity of Petite Anse bay, motorised water sports are only available off-site.
The Library occupies its own 56m2 (600ft2) pavilion surrounded by dense vegetation. The Resort has two stylish boutiques: an exclusive jewellers offering an elegant range of diamond and pearl jewellery, and the Four Seasons Shop, featuring a high quality range of handbags, clothing and shoes, gifts sundries and souvenirs. Four Seasons is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continuous innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. Four Seasons embodies a true home away from home for those who know and appreciate the best.
For more information visit: www.fourseasons.com/seychelles
The Resortâ€™s Fitness Centre is located near to the beach. The gym contains extensive Technogym equipment with a focus on cardiovascular fitness and circuit training using free weights. The Resortâ€™s complimentary Kids For All Seasons Programme caters to children from 4 to 12 years old, at the Pti Torti (Little Tortoises) clubhouse. Caring and experienced staff co-ordinate a variety of fun and educational experiences, including beach and outdoor activities, creative crafts and games.
This issue features fashion editorial stories from recognized photographers Adamo de Pax, Pino Gomes, Mario Miotti, Yann Ostiguy, Bruce Soye...
Published on Dec 8, 2014
This issue features fashion editorial stories from recognized photographers Adamo de Pax, Pino Gomes, Mario Miotti, Yann Ostiguy, Bruce Soye...