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1968 Magazine “from Toronto to the world”



INTERVIEW Fashion Designer Simon Ekrelius


INTERVIEW Artist Bobby Mathieson






BLONDE AMBITION Photographed by Arline Malakian

Photographed by David Benoliel



COVER Photographed by Arline Malakian


Photographed by Peter Tamlin Photographed by Paolo Prisco


Photographed by Cyril Lagel



TANGERINE TANGO A Personal Essay by Hayley Chato


INTERVIEW Designer Heidi Mottram


INTERVIEW Shoe Designer Elizabeth Dunn


Photographed by Sarah Monrose

Model of the Issue - Jessica Lewis


TRAVEL Maldives






Fashion Designer

imon Ekrelius is a womenswear label that is synonymous with asymmetrical tailoring, bold prints and provocative messages - always new and innovative design. Continuity is an essential part of his design philosophy, with each collection evolving from the last, and new pieces complementing earlier ones. Genuine inspirations are based on architecture (Post-modernism, Artdeco, Bauhaus), modern painters (Russian constructivists Rodchenko, Malinch and Kandinsky), femme fatales (Bianca Jagger, Grace Jones, Rossy di Palma), alternative/electronic music, and films by Pedro Almodovar. Simon Ekrelius was born in Stockholm, grew up both in the city and in the countryside of Sweden. It was Simon’s grandmother who really inspired him to start drawing and sewing his own clothes from a very early age which later translated into fashion design. Before starting his own label he worked with local designers at their showroom where he learned the work of a designer, from small details to the major aspects of the business. Simon Ekrelius has presented his collections in Paris, London, Toronto and Stockholm in both shows and exhibitions. Photography by Elliott Morgan

Any story about your early career that you would like to share? I participated in the Canadian ‘’Fashion cares’’ when I lived in Toronto. My English husband and me were there for just 2 years, from 1999 to 2002, then we moved to London, UK. We understand your grandmother played an important part in you becoming a fashion designer. Can you tell us about it? In my eyes she was an Icon, she represented everything I liked, and she had a really good taste when it came to styling herself. She was intelligent and creative, and very funny. Her humour was sarcastic with style. I guess she became my role model, while my mom was nice too, but not at all in the same level. Tell us about how architecture and art influence your collections. My family, especially my dad and my grandmother talked about art, music and architecture daily, and when I moved away from home I rented a room from an artist in Stockholm and we became the exhibitions regulars. Both my friend and me became obsessed with the Russian constructivists Malevich, Tatlin and Rodchenko. I was studying art-history on a lower level then as well, and yes, my life would have been very boring without my study of the surrounding art, music and architecture. Buildings for me have one other elementary influence, it’s the 3 dimensional form of glass, wood and metal that really makes my blood flow quickly. I admire Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, Norman Foster and Geoffry Powell styles.




Do you like doing commissioned work? Yes, depends on the client I guess, it’s all easier to work when clients are open-minded, trusting me, and when they know what they want too. It can be frustrating when people expect miracles without resources. What are your goals in the next 5 years as a designer? To stay alive, and hopefully being equally interested in fashion as I am today. I want to remain inspired and enthusiastic. My worst nightmare would be to be bored, so fingers crossed. What else would you like people to know about you? Lol. That it is sunny today, and that I’m smiling because I’m sitting in my centrally located garden with my twin cats Rasmus and Picasso, and answering your questions. If you could do anything else, what would it be? Sit in a beautifully designed private jet, drink champagne and smoke and fly around the earth visiting gorgeous places.

How would you define the overall style and aesthetic of your designs? It’s my own style, simply Simon Ekrelius style. I can’t copy nor repeat, but the style is my own, and when people ask me so what kind of style is it? I just say have a look at my web site and then you can name it however you want. But it is still my own ;-) I don’t know a word that fits it either. How do you intend women to feel when wearing your designs? I want them to feel special themselves, and I want them to feel that the people who look at them are the people they want to do anything for. Who would you most like to dress in your designs? Tilda Swinton. Do your final designs reflect your original idea? Sometimes, and sometimes not. Do you have a fashion dream? What is a fashion dream? You presented your collections in major cities. Which one would you say is your favorite in the way they received your shows and exhibitions? London.

What would you ask yourself that we haven’t asked you in this interview? Wow, nothing for now, ohh, just a few things I would like them to know, my label is limited production, all made in the UK, no slavery and no mafia slime involved, yet not too expensive, I sell to small boutiques that I feel have that extra something. And my prints are always done in small quantities to keep them exclusive. I refuse annoying department stores that make us designers feel like rubbish, if they would make us feel lovely, then I might do them. I’m one of those designers that would rather starve than slime up to the ‘’creepy’’ people, and that has made me the one I’m today. xxooxx


Bobby Mathieson



obby Mathieson captures historically or culturally significant moments in his work, and expands on the emotional content through his paintings and imagery through the use of vibrant shocking color and form. He studied at Emily Carr Institute of Fine Art and Design in Vancouver before moving back to his hometown of Toronto. How and when did you know you wanted to start your art career? I’ve always been an artist but I guess when I started to attend classes at the AGO at age 10, I truly knew that this was my calling. Sea and the Sand


Did you attend school? Yes I attended Capilano University and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design... (briefly) Did you have a mentor? My mother Margaret Mathieson. What is your favorite media and surface? Oil on wood / Masonite panel. What is your source of inspiration? My source material varies in-between the Internet (e.g. YouTube), books, album covers, music and television. What are your favorite themes? Pop culture with a healthy daub of the sinister... The Burbs



Who are your favorite artists? Peter Doig, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Cecily Brown, Frank Miller, Mobius, to name a few... What would you ask yourself that we haven’t asked you in this interview? How have your life experiences shaped the content of your work? The events of my adult life up until a few years ago were sorted and difficult. I was a victim of a drunk driver that left me with a long recovery process that lead me down a dark path. Often the subjects in my paintings are people who have had to deal with trauma and personal tragedy, e.g. Ernest Hemingway or Charlie Parker, some make it and some don’t... I made it...but I will always feel connected to the victim I guess... Revenge of the Nerd

Windswept Field

What does your art work mean to you? I find my work more and more these days as a visual fan letter to whoever is on my radar, e.g. MFDoom has been showing up in my work a lot lately. Do you have an overall style and aesthetic for your art? The work has a consistent painterly, energetic rhythm to it that has vibrant and punchy colors, but in the same breath has a lot of grime. Basically I feel the work lies in a realm between life and death.  How would you describe your creative process? Automatic, controlled chaos, and confidant. Is there a message that you wish to communicate with your art? I paint firstly and most importantly for myself.  And I like to leave the viewer to reflect and question without much pre tense.


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Bobby Mathieson Bobby Mathieson captures historically or culturally significant moments in his work, and expands on the emotional content...(Page 6)

Dusit Thani Maldives, opened in February 2012, presents the blending of Thai gracious hospitalaty with the unparalleled luxury setting of destination Maldives. (Page 72)

Heidi Mottram Aclaimed designer for the finest eel skin leather creations, Heidi is internationally renowned for desired bags and purses, which are individually designed in London. If your bag is your life, then carry it in style with Heidi Mottram!(Page 66)

Simon Ekrelius Fashion designer whose genuine inspirations are based on architecture, modern painters, femme fatales, alternative electronic music and films. (Page 4)

Elizabeth Dunn Shoe designer trained in producing hand made shoes. Her collections consist of luxurious footwear that feel practical without compromising on style and individuality. (Page 68)

Model of the Issue Introducing Jessica Lewis as our model of the issue. Born in Toronto, Canada. She is an international model who has worked in Paris, Milan and London. (Page 70)

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BLONDE AMBITION Photographed by Arline Malakian

Photographer Arline Malakian www.arlinemalakian.com Stylist Rita Fiorucci Represented by Push Management Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist Vennesa Jarman Represented by P1 Management Model Dani - Sutherland Models Location Toronto, Canada



Orange skirt suit VERSACE Glasses LAURA BIAGIOTTI

Black and blue asymetric top VERSACE White pencil skirt VERSACE

Crystal diamond print dress VERSACE

Pink and turquoise satin trench VERSACE 80’s mesh bodysuit stylist’s own Open toe clogs ALL SAINTS

Baroque print dress VERSACE

Satin roushed green trouser VERSACE Chartreuse jacket VERSCAE Silk shirt Stylist’s own

Pink mesh dress with logo VERSACE worn as head dress

Fusha jacket with roushed detail VERSACE Cobalt blue pant VERSACE Vintage zip up body suit VERSACE


Gown with extreme slit detail VERSACE Vintage body suit VERSACE Sling back pumps POUR LA VICTORIE

Black and yellow racer dress VERSACE White and blue silicone necklaces TZURI GUETA Suede booties BCBG MAXAZRIA


Detailed bomber VERSACE Printed pant VERSACE

WHITE Photographed by David Benoliel

Photographer David Benoliel www.davidbenolielphotography.com Stylist Veronica Camacho Represented by Ford Artists Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Jennifer Cruz Represented by MC2 Model Olga Polienco - MC2
















SOLAR FLARE Photographed by Peter Tamlin

Photographer Peter Tamlin www.petertamlin.com Stylist Tricia Hall Represented by Ford Artists Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist Patrick Rahme Using TRESemme Hair Care Model Alexandria - Ford Models




Embellished vest H&M (fall collection) Sunglasses KAYTRAN Earrings and cuff NATALIE B DESIGNS


Gap bra customized by stylist Necklace H&M (fall collection) Cuff SWAROVSKI (fall collection)

Sunglasses stylist’s own Necklace SWAROVSKI (fall collection) Cuff NATALIE B DESIGNS Rings MADE Bra H&M


Dress CAITLIN POWER (fall collection) Necklace HEAVEN TANUDIREDJA Bracelet and ring SWAROVSKI (fall collection)



Photographed by Paolo Prisco

Photographer Paolo Prisco www.paoloprisco.fr Stylist Paolo Prisco Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Paolo Prisco Models Sinta Soekadarova Satu Suominen



Left Satu Dress and turban vintage scarfs Jacket H&M man Shoes TOPSHOP Right Sinta Top two knotted vintage scarfs right side “Grands Fond” HERMES left side TED LAPIDUS Shorts ZARA Shoes ZARA Bag LISA JAYNE DANN Bandana vintage scarf Hat H&M man

Left Sinta Bronze biker snake effect TOPSHOP Dress ZARA Hat H&M man Vintage scarf Right Satu Jacket H&M man Top TOPSHOP Shorts ZARA Hat H&M man Vintage scarf


Left Sinta Vintage Jacket Dress TOPSHOP Shoes TOPSHOP Hat H&M man Vintage scarf Right Satu Vintage Jacket Dress ZARA Shoes ZARA Vintage scarf

Right Sinta Shirt PULL&BEAR Pants ZARA Shoes ZARA Hat TOPSHOP Bracelets SONIA RYKEL for H&M Left Satu Jacket ZARA Top TOPSHOP Short ZARA Vintage scarf RENATO BALESTRA


Left Satu Vintage sequins top Shorts ZARA Shoes ZARA Hat H&M man Vintage scarf Right Sinta Dress ZARA Shoes ZARA Hat H&M man Vintage scarf Bronze biker snake effect TOPSHOP

Right Sinta Jacket TOPSHOP Dress ZARA Hat H&M man Left Satu Dress and Jacket ZARA Hat H&M man Vintage scarf

Left Satu Jacket H&M man Top TOPSHOP Short ZARA Sandals ZARA Hat H&M man Vintage scarf Right Sinta Stud biker jacket TOPSHOP Dress ZARA Shoes TOPSHOP Hat H&M man Vintage scarf

Left Sinta Bronze biker snake effect TOPSHOP Dress ZARA Hat H&M man Vintage scarf Right Satu Vintage sequins top Shorts ZARA Hat H&M man Vintage scarf


Right Satu Dress and Jacket ZARA Shoes TOPSHOP Hat H&M man Vintage scarf Left Sinta Jacket TOPSHOP Dress ZARA Shoes H&M Hat H&M man

Right Sinta Jacket TOPSHOP Dress ZARA Shoes TOPSHOP Hat H&M man Vintage scarf Left Satu Top NEIL SHERIFF Shorts ZARA Shoes SONIA RYKIEL for TOPSHOP Vintage scarf

Right Sinta Shirt PULL&BEAR Pants ZARA Shoes ZARA Left Satu Vintage Jacket Dress ZARA Shoes ZARA Vintage scarf


PARIS Photographed by Cyril Lagel

Photographer Cyril Lagel www.cyrillagel.com Makeup Artist Frédéric Marin Represented by B4 Agency Hair Stylist Cristian Attuly Represented by B4 Agency Model Viktorija B - Nathalie Models Location Paris, France





LE SOT De L’ANGE Photographed by Sarah Monrose

Photographer Sarah Monrose www.glowphotography.co.uk Stylist Sarah Monrose Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist Natasha Devedlaka Models Samara - Elite Models - London Natalia Warner - Actress



Vintage 60s rabbit coat

Hat CAMDEN MARKET Leopard tights TOPSHOP Black tutu REPETTO Jumper NICOLE FARHI Point ballet shoes REPETTO


Lace shawl TOPSHOP Waistcoat Vintage

Long black tulle skirt Vintage BRICK LANE

Gothic umbrella After Dark CAMDEN LOCK Dress KAREN MILLER

Hat CAMDEN MARKET Leopard tights TOPSHOP Black tutu REPETTO Jumper NICOLE FARHI Point ballet shoes REPETTO

Vintage 60s rabbit coat

Long black tulle skirt Vintage BRICK LANE


Tangerine Tango A Personal Essay


by Hayley Chato

t’s no secret that humans, by nature, love color (or at least they should. Black is a shade people). An entire industry has been built up around the natural phenomenon of hue, one of the biggest parts of which is the forecasting profession. Color groups such as CMG, Pantone, and the Color Association of the United States make it their business to provide multiple industries with the knowledge of what colors will be in, and what colors will be out, years in advance; from fashion to interior design, to automobiles, everyone wants to know what will be the next big, bright hue.

Perhaps India is another good place to start looking into why this fiery, juicy hue means so much to people. Orange, more specifically saffron in this case, represents many things sacred to the Hindus and Buddhists, including the chakra situated in the lower abdomen. It is the color of Agni, or fire, which Hindus believe reflects the Supreme Being, and many of their texts glorify and revere fire. Perhaps this ties in to why Buddhists wear orange robes: a mark of renunciation of material life, since there’s nothing that can destroy everything quite like fire.

Many of these color decisions fly under the radar for all those working in such design industries, however, recently, it’s been impossible not to notice that one color in particular has been absolutely everywhere. Pantone’s Color of the Year 2012, Tangerine Tango, has been juicing up everything from t-shirts and bikinis in large, fast fashion retailers and small designer collections alike, to an entire special-edition collection of make-up from Sephora. So why has Tangerine Tango taken over society more than any other Color of the Year before?

joy, enthusiasm... makes us feel balanced and content.”

“...knowledge of what colors will be in, and what colors will be out... everyone wants to know what will be the next big, bright hue.” Let’s start off by boiling Tangerine Tango down a bit to its core: to put it bluntly, it’s the color orange. The term ‘orange’ had its first recorded use in English in 1512, and since then has enjoyed being used symbolically for many things, and well as being wolfed down by generations has a juicy citrus fruit. It is the color of countless universities, from the University of Florida to Princeton, as well as being the hue of choice for many sports teams; and oh, how cold I forget how women squeal in delight when they see an orange box emblazoned with a horse and carriage logo. It also signifies countries: the orange stripe in the Indian flag means courage and sacrifice.

“...color of creativity, sexuality,

Given the recession and recent attempt to downsize our lives, is this why society on some level has grasped onto this Color of the Year as being integral? Are we saying, yes, it’s time for fire to wipe out all of our frivolous material mistakes so we can start anew, start healing the planet? Perhaps... but saying, “Tangerine Tango will save us!” doesn’t quite have the save ring to it. And on the flip side, orange also represents gluttony, one half of orange and black: the doom, despair, and darkness of Halloween, and is also a sign of caution on safety clothing. In the realm of self-healing, orange is a relatively positive color. It is aligned with surprise, the sun, and can help us reconnect with our emotional identity and selfgratification. It is the color of creativity, sexuality, joy, enthusiasm, and in general makes us feel balanced and content. However, if we have too much orange we can become very egoistical, manipulative, and not listen to what others need, which can put us entirely out of balance. I never knew that the phrase, ‘too much of a good thing,’ could apply to something as seemingly harmless as color. While orange may symbolize many different things to people, I for one know that warm intense hues look best with my coloring, so if anyone asks me if I want a healthy dose of Tangerine Tango this year, I for one certainly won’t refuse.






eidi Mottram is internationally renowned for desirable bags and purses, which are individually designed in London, then produced from fairly traded and hand crafted, finest eel skin leather. A London College of Fashion and Central St. Martins graduate, with experience working with major international designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Matthew Williamson, Heidi was one of the first designers in the UK to design accessories with eel skin. You have become the renowned and acclaimed designer for the finest eel skin leather creations. How did you start working with this material to create your designs? Why do you prefer it over other conventional materials such as cow, crocodile or snake? I knew about eel skin from a very young age as my mother had a small eel skin purse. It was brightly coloured and sumptuously soft. I loved it! In my later life I happened upon the leather again and instantly wanted to use it in my own designs. I made clothing, shoes and even used it in my art works. Through this I developed my first accessories collection. I wanted everyone to experience this amazing leather.

I love eel skin as it is an exotic skin but also a bi product of the food industry. The leather is so buttery soft and durable. We only use exotic leathers that are thrown away. Either the creature sheds the skin or the skin has come from the food industry. We are eco and sustainability aware. We have introduced other ‘eco leathers’ to sit alongside our eel skin range. We are now using salmon, perch, poulard (chicken leg) to name a few. Why can’t luxury exotic skins be eco aware and available to all?


How did your dream of becoming a vet change to fashion and design? I am an animal lover. I grew up in the country surrounded by animals. My second love was art. I would sit in fields drawing, surrounded by our animals. I initially wanted to be a vet so that I could help animals. As the years went on at school I was enjoying the sciences less and less and loving art more and more. I took art for granted and did not see it as a career because I did not see it as work. When it came to career decision-making I realized how lost I would be if I did not take the creative route. I still love animals and support many animal charities. This is also why I will never use skins from creatures harmed purely for vanity. How has working with major international designers influenced your career? It has given me a great insight into the fashion industry and broken any illusions I may have had as a student. It was a great experience. How did you decide to start your own label in 2007? My first job after graduating Central St. Martins was as a fashion pr. It really wasn’t for me. I missed being creative and did not stay in the job long. I decided to set up my own brand. I had been making, designing and selling my art and my designs anyway since 2004 and felt I should make it my career.



You design handbags, purses, clutches, iPad wallets, etc. Is there any piece you enjoy most working on? I love clutch bags. Because the skins I use are super soft, the clutch bags almost become a comfort to carry. My customers and also myself almost end up hugging the clutches. They are just so tactile! I believe a bag should feel great to hold as well as look good.

How long does the preparation of a season’s collection take you? Sampling takes 2 to 3 months to finalize. Designs and research prior to this take about 2 months also. Is there any piece that you think every woman should have in her wardrobe? A statement clutch bag can be used with any outfit. Dress up or down, they can be more flexible than a big handbag. How have your designs evolved over the years? Over the years new skins and textures have been added. I think the collection has become more sophisticated and grown up but still fun.

What is your stronger source of inspiration? I find inspiration in many areas. When things are tough, I am inspired by my mom and my partner to keep fighting. Inspiration for my designs often come from nature but also from life events. If it is something I can connect with on a personal level, then the inspiration will flow.

What can we expect from Heidi Mottram in the next 5 years? We are constantly searching for more exotic ethical skins to use. Useful materials are being thrown away and ending up in landfills. We are planning on developing a collection for men. The plan is to grow the business further and continue to make the business greener and greener.

What has been your biggest achievement so far? Still having my own brand after nearly 5 years. The economy is not at its most stable, and sadly businesses are closing. It can be quite scary. What did winning Business of the Year in 2009 mean to you? I was grinning like a Cheshire Cat! I felt so proud. It gave my business recognition. Who would you like to see using one of your designs? I would love to see a major designer using one of my bags. Another creative person’s recognition is always great. Personally, I love seeing all of my customers enjoying their Heidi Mottram bag or purse. The great feedback always makes my day.

What would you ask yourself that we haven’t asked you in this interview? Who is your fashion hero? I adore Vivienne Westwood. I love the mixture of high quality garments blended with British eccentricity. The patterns to make her clothing are incredible. A lot of skill is required. Having met and worked for Vivienne, I am an even greater fan. She is a lovely person to talk to. I was so nervous to meet her but she made me feel at ease. She is quirky and interesting but also very kind. I love that.




Shoe Designer

lizabeth Dunn is a London based shoe designer, graduated from the prestigious shoe college Cordwainers at London College of fashion. She is trained in producing hand made shoes through both traditional and modern techniques. Now based in East London, Elizabeth understands that designing shoes is an ever-changing art, in terms of trends and new technologies. All her shoes are bespoke and made to order. What made you choose the field of footwear design? I originally started in Fashion mainly womenswear and then discovered the art of footwear at Cordwainers London College of Fashion, where I studied and graduated from the prestigious Shoe College in 2010. I am trained in producing hand made shoes, applying both traditional and modern techniques, with an understanding that designing shoes is an ever changing art. What inspires your designs? My inspiration and design ideas come from anything and everything: glamour, love of vintage, beauty, dark topics, films, nature, artists and the red lipstick my mother wears; anything weird and wonderful. Somehow capturing the essence of all this, and merging it with high fashion chic and vintage styles, to produce lines of shoes recognizable as my work.

How would you define your overall style? A design philosophy focused on femininity and inspired by the allure of glamour, classic styles, always manifest in my work. A true infatuation for design that is evident in every detail of every product. All specifically designed to never be throwaway fashion and avoiding one season styling. Ranges include tough feminine looks and solid designs luxurious footwear that feel practical without compromising on style and individuality. What is your favorite material to work with? My shoes are hand made in a way that achieves longevity and sustainability, by only using the best quality materials available. I love using leather, it’s the material of my trade, and the range and types and the way it works, creating beautiful shoes it is a joy to work with. But when designing, I always take into consideration classic beautiful materials, thus making them a timeless, stylish statement piece that never goes out of fashion.




Why do you hand make your shoes? Each shoe is handcrafted by me and I love the whole personal element, how I can hand craft and bespoke pair of shoes to your requirements and it is quite an exciting and rewarding experience, and all are finished with my brand’s signature logo on the sole. When designing my label I always have in mind mass production of each collection. Larger production is something that needs accurate planning sourcing and of course huge funding. I cannot wait for the day when my shoes are more widely available. This is something I would love to do. Do you have a favorite piece amongst what you have designed so far? Really hard to say but I would have to say the ‘flower’ shoes from my A/W 10 Collection, as this pair was my first piece that really captures what type of designer I am. Encompassing classic influences, but still staying true to the conceptual organic design. They are so striking and textured, they are a big statement… how could you not love them. Who would you most like to see using one of your designs? All I can say to that is that I am the next Jeffery Campbell / Charlotte Olympia. That’s what I am aiming for, so watch this space!! Tell us about the experience of featuring your collection at London Fashion Week? London fashion week 2010 was an amazing experience to showcase my first collection. It opened a lot of doors and led to lots of new exciting opportunities. It was just great to be launching Elizabeth Dunn Footwear. After LFW my next collection was Berlin 2011, I have always been interested in art and lived with a lot of artists in my time in London. Exhibiting my shoes in a way that artists do, kind of makes sense to me. To showcase in Berlin was an opportunity I could not resist. My past showcases have been in catwalks and other exhibitions, footwear can be shown in many ways and appreciated in different ways. So I like to mix it up. Now New York is happening, so keep posted for that. Do your final designs reflect your original idea? Always, if not just get better as I really enjoy developing my collections, making them grow so they can be the best they can, love collaborating and getting other people’s input as it’s all inspiration. Whilst I thoroughly enjoy the creative side of design and believe that form is often essential to make a product attractive in the market, I have a keen interest in the function and practicality of the product. I greatly enjoy the aspect of problem solving and further developing commercially viable products.

What has been your biggest achievement so far? Apart from Berlin, that I really loved, I would have to say London Fashion Week. Scouted to showcase so early on in my career was great, and I loved the chance to really show people what I can do, and who I am as a Footwear designer. What are your goals in the next 5 years as a designer? To continue growing and creating collections, New York launch is going to happen; as we speak the Capsule 13 collection is being created, so that will be exciting to launch. I am doing also a lot of exciting freelance design work, so keeping myself busy in the shoe world. What would you ask yourself that we haven’t asked you in this interview? Is there a possible collaboration in the future? I am very open to new suggestions and the correct type of input to help the business grow and become as more available and priced correctly for my eventual business plan to come alive.




Model of the Issue

essica is an international model from Toronto who has worked in Paris, Milan and London. Over the past 13 years she’s shot with the likes of Orlando Pita and Pat McGrath, Wayne Meiser, to name a few. When not working, Jessica can be found riding her bike, reading in parks and learning how to prepare raw meals. Agency Ford Models, Toronto www.fordmodels.com

How and when did you know you wanted to become a model? I didn’t even know such an industry existed! I was scouted off the street and the rest is history. Where were you discovered? In a shopping mall with a half grown out perm and big baggy sweatpants. The scout obviously had a great eye for potential. Haha. What do you like most about being a model? The travel. But also working with such creative, inspiring people. Being in this industry has really helped me to realize my own creativity.




What are your goals in the next 5 years as a model? I don’t like to look too far ahead, especially in fashion. I think there’s a certain amount of spontaneity that makes fashion what it is. It’s important that you’re able to roll with the punches and evolve yourself as you go along. What is your favorite part of your body? Haha, funny you ask. I was out running some steps the other day and caught a glimpse of my calves and was like damn! So currently I’m quite proud of them. What makes you feel sexy? I actually feel my sexiest first thing in the morning.  Is the fashion world what you expected it to be? I didn’t have any expectations for it, I didn’t even know about it! What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? I love mountain bike, I do yoga and I love just hanging out on the grass in the park with my friends or a good book. What would you ask yourself that we haven’t asked you in this interview?   What’s in my purse! In my opinion, a very revealing question, so thanks for not asking it! What has been the greatest experience you have had so far? Great experiences happen all the time with my job! Location shoots are always amazing. Shooting on coffee plantations in Brazil, or going to the Canary Islands with all those dormant volcanoes...I’m big on nature so these stand out for me. What is your fashion dream? I don’t dream in fashion. That’s my down time. What was your favorite city you traveled to work to? I can’t pick just one. I would have to say it’s between London and Tokyo. Both cities have GREAT parks to hang out in and are relatively clean for being such huge cities. Who is your fashion icon? Well, I wouldn’t say she’s an icon, but I do admire Daria. She stands out as a pretty awesome girl to me. She takes care of herself, is comfortable in her own skin, and has managed to hold onto those qualities during this crazy ride through fashion. No small feat. What are your secrets for a fit and healthy body? Drink tons of water and eat clean for the most part. You are what you eat!



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Dusit Thani Maldives presents the blending of Thai gracious hospitality with the unparalleled luxury setting of destination Maldives. Located on Mudhdhoo Island in the almost untouched Baa Atoll, Dusit Thani Maldives is 35 minutes by seaplane from the capital Male and International airport, and 10 minutes by speed boat from the new domestic airport. This exquisite five star resort opened in February 2012 aiming to deliver a unique experience to discerning well-travelled guests seeking a peaceful retreat. It is surrounded by a pulsating 360-degree coral reef with a turquoise lagoon and a verdant landscape. Lagoon Villa deck


The resort’s 100 elegant and modern villas are styled with classic Maldivian woodwork and contemporary Thai architecture and assure total comfort and relaxation for guests. The lush tropical surrounding, dense with palm trees and indigenous flora creates a natural castaway haven. All are complemented by state-of-the-art technology and luxurious amenities, including the new sustainable product lines from Molton Brown UK. The Beach Villas (122sqm), some with private pools, overlook the beach with stunning lagoon views. Lagoon Villas Deck


Ocean Villa deck

comfortable indoor and outdoor seating area Sea Grill brings the best of its romantic poolside and Maldives beach view location. Enjoy sunsets or simply stargaze from “Sala Bar” while talented bar artisans create innovative refreshments complemented by Asian tapas dishes. “Sand Bar” is perfect to socialize and mingle by the pool in late afternoon whilst enjoying creative selection of fresh cocktails. Dance away to the beats of DJ during the evening at Sand Bar. The underground wine cellar boasts an extraordinary library of wine varietals and labels from all over the world. Relaxation is always on hand at Dusit’s long established award-winning “Devarana Spa”. Lining the treetops of the island’s tropical rainforest, six of the elegant spa’s eight treatment pods are suspended on top of the trees offering a “heavenly” spa experience to guests from around the world with unmatched vistas of the island and turquoise lagoon. A comprehensive spa menu features a full range of massages and treatments including massages, facial, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, as well as a range of treatments incorporating local Thai influences. All treatments are performed by skilled Thai spa therapists to deliver an authentic Thai spa experience in keeping with Thailand’s legendary hospitality. The spa is also well equipped with state-of-theart facilities such as relaxation area, sauna, steam, hot & cold tub and plunge pool to ensure ultimate relaxation.

with Pool (150sqm) offer the best of both worlds, with a spacious deck area with a unique combination of beach and lagoon access. The Ocean Villas with Pools (180sqm) feature a spacious deck, private plunge pool and large daybed. The exclusive two-bedroom Ocean Pavilions (370sqm) and Beach Residences (560sqm) present indulgent luxurious island living with indoor and outdoor dining facilities, and an expansive private swimming pool. All villas exude vivid designs equipped with modern amenities, such as a 46’ LED satellite television with internet protocol, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, a BOSE surround sound system, and an in-room bar, choices of wine, wine chiller, Nespresso machine as well as tea and coffee facilities. Exquisite cuisine served in a romantic setting is another highlight of Dusit Thani Maldives. The seaside all-day dinning restaurant “The Market” brings Continental delights to the Maldives with an array of à la carte selections, as well as a breakfast buffet and dinner served in a relaxing brasseriestyle. Overlooking the crystal blue ocean, the resort’s signature Thai restaurant “Benjarong” serves authentic Thai flavours creatively mixed with luxury ingredients from all over the world. The “Sea Grill” offers the best of the ocean alongside the highest quality imported steaks. With relaxed setting of

Pool detail with Ocean Villas


Benjarong deck with cabana

To get the most from the experience, Dusit Thani Maldives also offers guests fully equipped fitness centre with personal trainer, yoga instructor, marine biologist, lit tennis courts, children’s play area and club facility, library and internet stations and island boutique. A masterpiece of its kind, the swimming pool comprises 750 square meters and is the largest swimming pool in the Maldives. The pool decks are adorned with sun beds and with the view of the lagoon and the beach. A paradise for snorkelers and divers, Dusit Thani Maldives is surrounded by a bustling coral reef that is the Maldives’ first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, home to marine life including eagle rays, manta rays, and the endangered whale shark, and even dolphins and a variety of turtle species. A remarkable house reef wrapping entirely around the island allows guests to swim the 360-degree faroe reef system and

Beach and chairs

three underwater caves alongside schools of banner fish, big-eye trevallys and other diverse marine life. Guests are also able to enjoy diving and varieties of water-sports. Guests can explore the turquoise waters with activities such as snorkelling, kite surfing, water skiing, canoeing, fishing or wake boarding. The Dusit Thani Maldives marks another landmark for Dusit International. With this milestone Dusit International continues to acquire a unique portfolio of deluxe hotels, building upon Thai culture and tradition to create a personalized welcome to all guests; the delivery of an experience that enlivens the individual spirit no matter what the journey.

For more information on Dusit Thani Maldives, please visit www.dusitthanimaldives.dusit.com Aerial view


Profile for 1968 Magazine

Issue 4 - Summer 2012  

1968 Magazine is a printed upscale fashion and art magazine, published four times a year, featuring high quality photography and dedicated t...

Issue 4 - Summer 2012  

1968 Magazine is a printed upscale fashion and art magazine, published four times a year, featuring high quality photography and dedicated t...