1968 SPRING 2013
Lucian matis Singer-Songwriter
serena ryder Travel
DISPLAY UNTIL MAY 26, 2013
FOUR SEASONS RESORT Bora Bora
SPRING 2013 TABLE OF CONTENTS
4 FASHION DESIGNER Lucian Matis
6 SINGER-SONGWRITER Serena Ryder
14 SHOE DESIGNER Abel Muñoz
16 DAY DREAMER Photographed by David Walden
26 CRAZY CASA Photographed by Richard Warren
34 BOLD STROKES Photographed by Richard Dubois 42 FIRST LIGHT Photographed by Carlo Hindian
50 MINAUTORE... Photographed by Maude Arsenault
60 PRETTY IN PRINT Photographed by Carlyle Routh
68 PLASTIC EFFECT Photographed by Stéfan Bourson 74 ARTIST Manny Neubacher
76 FASHION ILLUSTRATOR Stine Reintoft
IN THIS ISSUE...
12 JEWELLERY DESIGNER Linda Penwarden
COVER Photographed by David Walden Stylist Cara Bloom Makeup and Hair Chris Lombardo Model Anastassija - Elite Models LA
78 DJ/MODEL “Bambi” Eva Shaw 80
TRAVEL French Polynesia, Bora Bora
INTERVIEW - FASHION DESIGNER
t’s safe to say that nearly everyone in Toronto who loves fashion has heard of Lucian Matis. Romanian-born and currently based in Toronto, Lucian studied painting and graphics in Transylvania before coming to Ryerson University to study in the prestigious Fashion Design program, where he was given early graduation. No stranger to television, Matis was a guest judge on Canada’s Next Top Model, and has appeared on ET Canada and ETalk, among many others. Women adore his chic, classic style that often packs an unexpected editorial punch; add that to his diffusion line MATIS by Lucian Matis and it’s clear this designer will be international very soon. Prior to moving to Canada, you studied painting and graphics; did you ever want to have a career in the fine arts? Yes, the fine arts was a choice at one point in my life; however, I always felt like fashion was a lot more multifaceted and more interesting. The fine arts are part of the puzzle and I do paint/sketch on a regular basis. I also get inspired by the fine arts quite a bit.
How did it feel to win all those awards while studying Fashion Design at Ryerson? The curriculum at Ryerson University was not too challenging due to the experience I already had in the field; that is why the competitions became a lot more important than the classes themselves. Winning the challenges felt even better.
How and when did you know you wanted to be a fashion designer? I decided to take Fashion Design as a career upon my arrival to Canada in 1999. I had already experienced the fashion industry through my parents who were involved in it back home in Romania. It was a natural next step for me. You have often taken inspiration from your Romanian heritage; is that something you delve into often? I tend to look for inspiration outside of the Romanian culture as most people expect the Romanian folklore to be present in my work. It is more an element of surprise. However, my European sensitivity is always present in all that I create.
Who is the ideal Lucian Matis woman? It really depends what collection we are referring to. Each collection might attract a particular woman’s tastes, and I try to create different looks with each collection. That really involves a multitude of different types of women. How do you intend women to feel when wearing your designs? I love when women feel special putting on my garments. Their poise changes, and that is the biggest compliment one can get! Of course, any designer will tell you, “I want them to feel special,” and although that is great, I also want them to feel inspired. Whether that is a new haircut, going somewhere they have never been, trying new foods, or whatever the occasion, when they wear that particular garment, their best traits are brought out.
You already have a diffusion line, MATIS by Lucian Matis; what was the motivation to create it? The diffusion line is offering a larger audience the opportunity of owning a designer garment at a great price. It is about bringing the runway pieces to their wardrobes at very reasonable prices, but without sacrificing quality. How did it feel to show your first professional collection at L’Oreal Fashion Week in 2007? Overwhelming! It was my first show ever and I never imagined how understaffed I was at the time. The backstage was chaotic and frantic. I managed to learn a lot from this experience! It was also reassuring to see and hear the audience support - something that doesn’t come easily. You have to earn it! Many people know you from Project Runway Canada, where you finished second place; how was that experience? I had a great time during the show. It was yet another media mixed into the fashion world: television. Most importantly, it really helped put the brand on the map and offered all designers a great launching pad. The actual filming into my personal life could at times be a bit intrusive, but when we all rose to the occasion with our challenges, it showed we were all capable of producing creative clothes with limited fabrics in small windows of time. Did it teach you anything you wouldn’t have learned otherwise? Yes, it taught me what my best angles are *laugh*. On a more serious note, I did learn how important media is, how to act in front of the camera. Normally, a designer has some kind of leeway in expressing themselves, but not in the styles the show asked of us. We really had to think out of the box for a few of those challenges.
Are there any designers, dead or alive, who inspire you? Hubert de Givenchy was one of the designers that I admired as a teenager. He created the ultimate “little black dress” for Audrey Hepburn and made style so chic and look so effortless. Just the back of Audrey’s black shift in the opening shots of Breakfast at Tiffany’s took my breath away. He really was ahead of his time. If you could ask him any question, what would it be? What was the most exciting look you created? How old were you? Who wore it? If you could show in any city’s fashion week, where would it be and why? Paris. It’s the ultimate experience and prestige. One must be admitted into the Couture Design (Fill this in) Academy, something that is highly praised and cherished. Only a handful really get in. What materials are you craving to work with next? Long furs and a few others which I will keep under wraps until I reveal them. How would you describe your style? Casual chic with a twist. I hope my work has a common identifiable look that people will recognize and attribute as my style. Do you have any advice for aspiring designers? Work hard. Never give up! Learn! Nothing happens overnight; and have a lot of patience. What can we look forward to from you in the future? Expansion together with more creations, as well as another side to my company which I will announce at a later date. Photos by Jenna Marie Wakani
INTERVIEW - SINGER-SONGWRITER
f you’ve ever listened to the radio, chances are you’ve heard Serena Ryder’s voice wafting over you through your sound system. Born in Toronto, Serena released her debut album “Falling Out” through an independent record label in Peterborough called Mime Radio when she was just 17. She released other works, and in 2005 she received widespread recognition and success with her first major label CD, “Unlikely Emergency”, which included her hit single “Just Another Day”. Fast forward to today, and Serena has won three Juno Awards and two Gold Albums; and as if that wasn’t enough, she recently released her 7th (yes, 7th) album, “Harmony”, in 2012. Canada, keep your ears open for more. Listen for her new single “Stompa”, getting airplay on radios everywhere. www.serenaryder.com
How would you describe your latest album, Harmony? I think it’s kind of a little bit of something for everybody, it’s a really eclectic mix of music, but for the most part I think it’s a really joyful record…I think it’s strong and joyful, powerful. It’s moody, that’s for sure. It has a lot, a lot to give. Where did “Stompa” come from? That was the first song that we wrote for the record and so, you know, I feel like it came from the God of song, kind of here you go, here is the very first song for your record. And it was the first one that really raised the bar for me musically, and it set the tone for the entire record, which is really about kind of paying homage to music and being really grateful for kind of all of the different influences that I’ve had in my life. It’s a song that’s about how powerful music is and how it is really the best medicine in the world. What do you like most about your job? I love meeting people and I love traveling a lot. What I love most about my job is making music, you know, it’s that creative moment where everything just kind of lines up and it doesn’t really make much sense that it is there, and it feels pretty magical when that happens. What has motivated your career? Seeing what music does to people, and what it brings out in people, and what it brings out in myself; like it has really, really motivated me because it’s kind of, like I said, it’s the purest medicine. It can really make you feel really big feelings, and it’s such a great outlet and I feel like, you know, there’s not really that much in the world that can do that, so it’s like seeing that you can really connect with other people and share your message in that way…it’s pretty awesome to me.
When did you realize you wanted to be a singer? Oh, that was I think before I have any recollection or memory of anything…I knew I wanted to be a singer. My mom said I started singing when I was 2 years old; I really loved listening to the radio, caught on to melodies and things like that. I got on stage for the first time when I was 2 at my sister in law’s wedding reception, pretty early.
Do you have a favourite instrument? I love the drums, I love them so much and I play a little bit of it, but I’m really inspired by drums and what you can do with them, and how they can create and lay foundations for the entire record. I feel like they are the most important instruments. If you could jet off to anywhere in the world to play a show, where would that be? I want go to Australia right now, I miss it, I used to go there all the time, and I would go there tomorrow if I could (laughs)…I love it.
What has been the greatest experience you have had so far? The greatest experience in my life? …What about you? You tell me that one first…what has been the greatest experience in your life? (that was answered to Serena…there were two). I feel like my one greatest experience so far and truthfully, honestly was…well, I guess I have two too, is that ok? It was making this record, and being a part of this record was just unbelievable and I just feel really blessed. It feels like in a sense like having a kid, I know when I have a kid that will be the best experience in my life, I know that for fact… but making this record and falling in love with my boyfriend, those are my greatest experiences.
What message do you wish to communicate with your music? Right now the message on this record for me is about accepting all of yourself, all of the different parts of you that make up who you are, and I feel like it’s important to really play around with the different parts of yourself that you haven’t played around with before. I feel like it’s about like taking a chance and not trying to put yourself into a box. I think it’s important to play around with different identities of who you are and kind of find a home inside yourself. Where do you see yourself in the next five years? I see myself in 5 years on a beach in Australia in a gigantic mansion, and maybe I’m pregnant, or maybe I just had a baby with my boyfriend … and there’s the woods in the backyard, and we have the ocean in the front yard, and I’m kind of sitting and maybe making some pottery. I don’t know, maybe I have a pottery studio, and looking off onto the ocean, and sitting with all my Grammys surrounding me (laughs)…and you can come over, you can be at the guest house in the back, and you can have your own personal chef as well, cause we have a guest chef so we have like two chefs.
Going back to your music, how would you describe your typical writing process? I like to be in a very comfortable environment, I think that’s important for me. I made this entire record in my own studio in my backyard, so that’s important. So, being comfortable and then also when I’m comfortable I think that I’m able to be inspired a little easier. So, usually what happens for me is, I’ll have some sort of music that we put down and then I just start singing, so I basically just start making sounds and noises, and if those sounds and noises work with the music, I just try and follow what my voice is saying, and that’s where the words happen. So, it’s very open and, you know, it’s very inspired in the moment…that’s kind of how I write songs. I like to keep it as open as possible; not necessarily define anything before I start writing because I believe that everything exists, I believe that every song exists without you writing it, it could be somebody else writing it, you know, and I feel that you just need to be open.
You worked with many talented industry people on Harmony; if you could work with anyone, who would it be? I’d love to work with…there’s a few people I’d like to work with, I’d love to work with Chris Martin, I think that would be amazing, from Cold Play, I think he’s really, really awesome, and I would love, love to sing with Bruce Springsteen, I think that would just be like unreal. Do you remember the feeling of releasing your first album? Can you describe it? I do, I remember, my first thing that I did was a tape when I was 15, and then I did a record, my first album release was when I was 16, and I did it at a coffee house in Peterborough, and I remember all my friends from high school came and I did an actual show. So I remember that feeling, it was just such so exciting and like so much fun and also like totally foreign because it’s like what, I get to do this? Like I get to actually make music and do this for a living? And so it’s like putting out records every time, it’s like wow! It’s just pretty amazing…I kind of had to, you know, snap myself; I was feeling a little bit like oh wow! this is what I get to do, it’ll be cool. If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? I think if I weren’t a musician, I would be something involved in the arts in someway, but I love hanging out with kids (I was a nanny for like 5 years) and so, I would probably be doing something in the arts and with children, for sure.
How do you feel about the music industry in Canada? As compared to everywhere else, you mean?…I feel really at home in Canada, I feel like we have a lot of really passionate, honest people in the music business in Canada that are really, really hard workers and have been in it for a very long time and for the right reasons. I think it’s a difficult time in the music industry, but I think it’s a difficult time in the world in general, you know, for a lot of people, and so there’s always struggle, but I mean I feel like that’s when you kind of read the benefits and the light kind of is shown to you. I feel really proud to be Canadian and be a part of a wellspring of amazing people who are in the industry and in the business. It’s a tough one to be involved in cause it’s a hard thing, because it’s not the way that it used to be, there’s a lot of things that have changed. But at the same time I feel like music has become more accessible to everybody, which is something that I feel is a very positive thing. What is currently paused on your music player? Oh, what do I have on my CD player? Could I just say CD player? Because I don’t have a CD player (laughs) …that’s pretty funny…I actually have been really listening to a lot of pop music these days. I really like Taylor Swift, her new song “I knew you were trouble”, I love that so much, and I really like Alex Clare, he’s great and he has a song called “Too close” that’s really awesome, and, like I said, a lot of pop music, so like Ellie Goulding, and, you know, Cold Play, pop music, not much. Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? Yes, like if people are interested in finding out more stuff about me, or say they just want to reach out, I’m on my Twitter all the time and also my Instagram, and my name on it is instagram.com/serenaryder, so people can, you know, follow me on there, and I’ll follow them right back, and that kind of keeps people in touch with what I’m doing on a daily basis almost, just cool, I really like that, it’s kind of a new thing to me too.
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IN THIS ISSUE...
Lucian Matis is a star that is rising meteorically in the fashion world, not only in Canada, but internationally as well. Best known for his appearance on “Project Runway Canada,” Matis has already shown multiple, very successful collections at Toronto Fashion Week, and has launched a diffusion line MATIS by Lucian Matis. (Page 4)
Bora Bora Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora was recognized as the #1 resort in French Polynesia, and one of the best in the world. (Page 80)
Serena Ryder’s voice is a close friend to many Canadians. Since starting out with her first album in 1999, Ryder has become a North American treasure with her mellow and smoky-sweet voice and folk-infused melodies that will make you stomp your feet. Listen for her new single “Stompa,” getting airplay on radios everywhere. (Page 6)
Humans by nature love pretty things, but it takes a skilled artist to create the things we lust after. Linda Penwarden is a jewellery designer based in Toronto, and with a long list of clientele, private commissions, and superb craftsmanship, her pieces are definitely in this category. (Page 12)
Few people can say that they’re a Canadian shoe designer. It’s a rare breed, but we’re proud to say Abel Muñoz is one of them. His designs are classically feminine with a distinctly modern edge and caught the eye of buyers from Net-a-Porter and The Outnet, off of which his designs have been bought and have accompanied the steps of women from all over the world. (Page 14)
Bambi - Eva Shaw
With a rich artistic community like the one in Toronto, it’s not surprising that the city houses the talent of someone like Manny Neubacher. Having done work for Absolut Vodka and an enormous community collaboration for the ROM, Manny Neubacher is now giving back to the community with the gallery and cultural centre he co-founded with Anya Shor. (Page 74)
Based in Copenhagen, Stein Reintoft is making a place for herself in the world of fashion illustration. While she enjoys other forms of art, she believes that illustration is the one medium that can pull the audience completely into the subject matter. In the future she hopes to be illustrating for fashion magazines all over the world. (Page 76)
Love that bone-rattling, brainthumping music that can make you feel as free as a bird? Then you’ll need a good DJ like Bambi (aka Eva Shaw). Some may recognize her as an established Toronto model, but it’s behind the DJ booth, making people dance and smile, that makes Bambi feel the most in control. (Page 78)
INTERVIEW - JEWELLERY DESIGNER
LINDA PENWARDEN Jewellery Designer
t has been proven many times that Canada is full of talented artists, designers, and craftspeople, and Linda Penwarden is no exception. She began her self-titled line of timeless, elegant jewellery design in 2003, after having studied fine art at OCADU (Ontario College of Art) and having trained as a goldsmith at George Brown College. Her customers are drawn to her imaginative designs that are subtle yet bold, stripped of any pretense. She caters to everyone who wants a piece of timeless jewellery, from those who desire a piece from her staple collection, to clients who want a special custom piece. It’s safe to say Linda is making Toronto brighter and sparklier one piece at a time. www.lindapenwarden.com
Do you ever use the fine art world, be it paintings or sculpture, as inspiration for your work? No, not really. I just usually explore with drawing. What’s your favourite thing about working on a custom order? To see the initial sketch evolve into a sculptural form and be presented to the client is very satisfying, especially when the piece evokes an emotion from the client! I enjoy the challenge of creating something personal and unique that is truly cherished. Do you have a favourite gemstone to design around? I really like the durability and sparkle of diamonds. They come in every colour of the rainbow and many muted colours in between. A close second is the sapphire for the same reasons. What is your most popular design? I would say at the moment my Ribbon and Swirl Ring, and my Fluted Halo Engagement Ring.
When did you realize you wanted to be a jewellery designer? When I was in Art College and took a jewellery course because the metal sculpture class was full… the first time I soldered two pieces of metal together, I was hooked. Who wouldn’t like wearable art?
Do you ever travel and pick up jewellery from different cultures? Not really. When I holiday, I try not to think of jewellery at all. I am sure that certain places will subconsciously enhance my design process, however I try to stay true to my own experiences.
Inspiration can come from many places, but where would you say yours most often comes from? Fashion and Nature. You studied fine art at OCADU; were you initially interested in going into the field of fine art? Yes, I have always been interested in painting and sculpture. I thought about becoming an illustrator as far as a career went, but then my plans changed. I still like to paint when I have time. There is an oil painting that I did in my store of one of my favourite custom pieces.
Do you have a favourite era of jewellery design? This may sound so overdone, but the Art Deco period has always appealed to me. I really like the symmetry and the bold geometric patterns. So many pieces were created in that period, I imagine, because of the industrial revolution. The new technology must have been so exciting for the goldsmiths at that time. What is your favourite piece of jewellery from a movie? I liked pretty much everything from the movie “Elizabeth” with Kate Blanchett. You are committed to keeping the entire process of creating a piece local, from design to production; why do you feel this is necessary? Besides the fact that I like being in the studio, I have complete control over the process this way. There are so many steps along the way when completing a piece that subtle little things can be misinterpreted. Because the pieces are quite small, a twentieth of a millimeter, or slight angle of a curve can change the look and feel of the finished product. I couldn’t imagine sending a design overseas and crossing my fingers until it arrived. It has taken me 10 years to find and build my dream team. We are all on the same page when it comes to quality control. We have the ability to stop the production at any time and make changes or improvements. How do you feel about the world of jewellery design in Toronto? There are a lot of really talented jewellers in Toronto. However, I see a lot of fine jewellery stores carrying a lot of the same designs. That isn’t a Toronto-specific issue; more of a trend-issue, I suppose. I do see some experimentation with alternative materials like acrylic resins and various woods which I think is really cool. There are some really interesting little shops that carry local artists here in the city.
If you could move anywhere in the world and open up a studio, where would you go? The Maldives looks pretty nice! As long as those huts on the water have electricity, I’m good to go! If you could talk with any jewellery designer, dead or alive, who would it be? Lawrence Graff, who founded Graff Diamonds. He has acquired and sold the most magnificent rare diamonds. I would love to hear about how he got started in the business and how it evolved into the empire that it is now. He must have had some incredible experiences.
INTERVIEW - SHOE DESIGNER
Abel Muñoz Shoe Designer
anadian shoe designer is not a term that’s heard very often, but we’re proud to count Abel Muñoz as being one of this rare breed. Trained in Milan, his designs have become coveted by women as being both classic and, of course, sexy. His reputation is growing internationally as well, his pieces having been shot in high-profile magazines and are sold on Net-A-Porter’s sister site The Outnet. It’s safe to say we’re gloating over the fact that he’s one of our own. www.abelmunozaccessories.com
We’re very jealous you got to study in Milan; how was that experience? Studying in Milan opened many doors to the industry for me and was 100% an amazing experience. While living and studying in Milan I attended many fashion shows, exhibits and fashion related events, where I acquired a lot of knowledge. Also, I met some of the most predominant designers and fashion industry icons in person. Inspiration comes from everywhere, but is there anywhere specific that yours comes from? I find a lot of it in the world that I live in. Travel, the cities, the colors, the difference between cultures in fashion. I’ll say my heart is the place where my inspiration comes from, primarily. How do you feel Canadian women view their footwear? I don’t think that Canadian women view footwear any diferently than the rest of the world. Women in general always react with excitement when it comes to shoes, as if shoes were a drug or an aphrodisiac.
How does it feel to be one of the few Canadian shoe designers? Canadian designers in general face a lot of challenges. The domestic industry is very small, with low population density, and support from Canadian retailers is a challenge. It’s difficult to earn a living as an independent designer. Canada’s fashion design is viewed as just designing clothing, unlike other countries in Europe where fashion design includes a line of accessories - shoes, bags, and belts. The look has to be complete head to toe. Therefore some designers may succeed at designing clothes while others may succeed at designing accessories only.
Do you feel there is a need for a professional cobbling course in Canadian universities? Definitely! Students and young Canadian designers should be encouraged to look beyond clothing. Who is your favorite shoe designer for your own wearing? I really don’t have one. I wear my own hand made shoes. Is there something about shoemaking that other people might not know that you could tell us? It is probably one of the most difficult forms of design as the human foot is 3D. So you are designing a object on 3D and making it fit on the foot. Any plans to expand into men’s shoes? As the boys keep asking for it, yes absolutely. I am currently sourcing suppliers and factories in Italy. I want the men’s line to be made in Italy also.
Who is the ideal Abel Muñoz woman? A woman who wants to be different, strong, and independent. She is not afraid of investing money in something new, unusual and fashion-forward. What do you look for in a beautifully-designed heel? Elegance and simplicity first. A well designed shoe has to be comfortable as well.
Have you ever tried taking any of your designs out for a test run yourself? Currently I am only working with women’s shoes but so far the best fit for me is Alessandra from the F\W 2013 collection.
Photos by Bob Makinson.
What’s your favorite piece from your S/S 13 collection? This is a difficult question to answer since I love each piece. I’ll say one of the styles that stands out is Caballia. Have you ever used the archives at the Bata Shoe Museum for inspiration? I have seen it and admired it but have not used the archives as a source of inspiration, but I do treasure the historical value of each piece.
Speaking of history, what’s your favorite era for shoes? I love the classics from the 30’s to the 60’s. You are currently sold internationally on theoutnet.com, but would you ever move away to expand your business even more? Moving away to start a business is not easy and with all of the technology that we have at our disposal now I don’t think that it’s necessary, but it would be great to spend more time in Milan or elsewhere.
DAY DREAMER Photographed by David Walden
Photographer David Walden www.davidwalden.com Stylist Cara Bloom Makeup and Hair Chris Lombardo Model Anastassija Makarenko - Elite Models LA
Leather studded jacket and lace slip dress VINTAGE
Trench JCREW Hat VINTAGE
Black jumper and lace collar VINTAGE
Leather jacket MAX AZRIA Leather harness VINTAGE Panty VICTORIAâ€™S SECRET Leather boots INTERMIX Bracelet K&R
Dress and leather harness VINTAGE
Leather studded jacket and lace slip dress VINTAGE Ankle boots SCOOP
Trench JCREW Hat VINTAGE
Black jumper and lace collar VINTAGE
CRAZY CASA Photographed by Richard Warren
Photographer Richard Warren www.richardwarrenphotos.com Stylist Jan Kimak Makeup Artist Suzana Hallili MAKE UP FOREVER Hair Stylist Elin Nyberg for Davines Model Maritza Veer - Next Models New York Photographer Assistants Randy Brice and Linda Tran
Top and helmet LAURELUXE
Top and helmet LAURELUXE
Corset LAURELUXE Skirt TOPSHOP
Bra CALVIN KLEIN Pants and stocking VICTORIA’S SECRET Shoes ELIZABETH BRADY
Top KENNETH COLE Panties VICTORIA’S SECRET Shoes ELIZABETH BRADY
Top and helmet LAURELUXE Panties VICTORIA’S SECRET
Sweater SONIA RYKIEL Pants and stocking VICTORIA’S SECRET Headband TOPSHOP
Dress TOPSHOP Wings LAURELUXE
BOLD STROKES Photographed by Richard Dubois
Photographer Richard Dubois www.richarddubois.com Makeup and Hair Blair Petty - Using MAC Cosmetics Represented by Judy Inc. Model Sindy - Ford Models & Chantale Nadeau Location Toronto, Canada
FIRST LIGHT Photographed by Carlo Hindian
Photographer Carlo Hindian www.carlohindian.com Stylist Yso Represented by Folio Montreal Art Direction Lori Von Sychowski Mookai Communications Makeup and Hair Amelie Ducharme Assistant Luc Lavergne Models Justine & William - Next Models Canada
Justine Openwork dress of necklaces HELMER Peplum bustier DUY William Leather pant and linen overall DENIS GAGNON Belt and shoes ALDO
Chiffon dress DUY Ring HARAKIRI
Chiffon dress DUY Ring HARAKIRI
Silk jersey camisole and peplum short DUY Necklace RACHEL ROY
White silk top with chiffon sleeve TRAVIS TADDEO Linen overall and pant DENIS GAGNON
Bustier DENIS GAGNON Long silk skirt and pant HELMER Shoes MIMOSA Necklace and bracelets KARA ROSS
Justine Silk organza top JAIPUR Lace pant and belt TAVAN & MITTO William Linen blouse and jacket white leather sleeve DENIS GAGNON Leather pant TRAVIS TADDEO
MINAUTORE... NIAGARA Photographed by Maude Arsenault
Photographer Maude Arsenault www.maudearsenault.com Represented by Judy Inc. Stylist Olivia Leblanc Represented by Folio Montreal Makeup and Hair Nicolas Blanchett Represented by Folio Montreal Model Camyl - Folio Montreal Photographer Assistant Philippe-Michel Desrosiers Digital Retouching Nicolas Blanchett
Yellow top VERSACE Black pants HELMER Belt VINTAGE Boots ALDO RISE
Blouse and white siren lace skirt ANOMAL COUTURE
Blouse and short UNIF Boots JEFFREY CAMPBELL
Black lace dress ANOMAL COUTURE Boots JEFFREY CAMPBELL
Bra AGENT PROVOCATEUR
Bodysuit long sleeves ONE TEASPOON Boots VERSACE
Lace black bodysuit ANOMAL COUTURE Skirt HELMER Boots ALDO RISE
PRETTY IN PRINTS Photographed by Carlyle Routh
Photographer Carlyle Routh www.carlylecreative.com Stylist Alicia Simpson Makeup and Hair Wendy Rorong Model Addison Gill - Sutherland Models
Top and pants STYLESTALKER Earrings and bracelets REBEKAH PRICE Shoes CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
Dress by MALENE BIRGER Earrings REBEKAH PRICE Clutch BCBG MAX AZRIA
Top and skirt MISSONI Clutch BCBG MAX AZRIA Earrings REBEKAH PRICE Bracelet CAROLE TANENBAUM VINTAGE Pink mesh dress with COLLECTION logo VERSACE Shoes CHRISTIAN worn LOUBOUTIN as head dress
Dress BCBG MAX AZRIA Cuffs CAROLE TANENBAUM VINTAGE COLLECTION
Jacket HUGO BOSS ORANGE Bra top TOPSHOP Pants by MALENE BIRGER Bag CHANEL Necklace CAROLE TANENBAUM VINTAGE COLLECTION Shoes CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA
Bra, vest, and shorts LUCIAN MATIS Necklace REBEKAH PRICE Earrings CAROLE TANENBAUM VINTAGE COLLECTION Shoes CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
Jacket HUGO BOSS ORANGE Shorts RELIGION Cuff CAROLE TANENBAUM VINTAGE COLLECTION
PLASTIC EFFECT Photographed by Stéfan Bourson
Photographer Stéfan Bourson www.stefanbourson.com Makeup Artist Camille Comme des Artistes Hair Stylist Cyril Comme des Artistes Model Laura Schaeffer - Crystal Agency Paris Post Production Kushtrim Morrzy Kunushevci & Lev Kachesov Assistant Raphael Fitoussi
INTERVIEW - ARTIST
Artist - Gallery Director
ased in Toronto, Manny Neubacher has been a respected tour-de-force on the Canadian art scene. His work can be found in hundreds of collections (including Elle Macpherson’s) and ranges from painted canvases richly inspired by the Canadian North to outdoor installations. His first large exhibit took place in the Barbara Frum Atrium at the CBC and invited over 600 participants to slice up a year’s worth of art and then reconstruct the pieces to form a new 12’ x 32’ canvas. To add to that, he was then commissioned by Absolut Vodka who requested that he explore the same technique once again using their colour palette, and the resulting piece shares the same wall as a Warhol in their collection. Currently, Manny enjoys his post as co-founder of the Neubacher Shor Company (co-founded with Anya Shor), one of Canada’s leading contemporary art galleries and cultural centers, where he continues to nurture and develop new talent. www.neubachershor.com
A Far Rush of Wind
What does the word ‘artist’ mean to you? Someone who has a tremendous love of all forms of expression, devours it and digests it, and then uses this knowledge to add something to the world. You have worked with many different mediums; is there one in particular you are always drawn to? Painting has a strong effect on me. There is something about holding a brush and standing in front of a large canvas, listening to music and being transported to another place by the act of painting. I love everything about it, including the smell of oil [paint] and turpentine. What drew you to painting the Canadian North in your series “New Crop”? It came naturally after setting up a studio in a barn from 1910, which I use in the summer in Halliburton. The sunlight streaming through the cracks, the nearby lakes and the sounds of summer surrounded me. I wanted to capture what I was feeling at the time, the freedom, the romance, and the power of the Canadian North.
Describe the moment you first realized that you wanted to be an artist. It was during a summer in Florence at SACI (Studio Art Centers International). I took figure drawing and Italian Renaissance courses; I realized then, sketching during one of our many field trips around the city, that it was going to be my great love. Upon returning to university in the fall, I switched into the Arts program and never looked back.
When you have described “New Crop,” you talked about a longing for the past; is this a recurring source of inspiration for you? I think painting this series in the middle of all that land, in that historic Canadian barn did make me long for a simpler time. It was so wonderful to be surrounded by so much of the past and it is hard not to get nostalgic painting in that particular setting.
Where would you say most of your inspiration comes from? My inspiration comes from people, books, dreams and magazines. Harmonious contradiction is something that many artists strive to find in their work; how are you able to find that balance of contrasts in your pieces? I seem to find it naturally in my work, perhaps because I sometimes feel I am a harmonious contradiction as well. Contrast must exist to make something exciting: the light and the dark, the beautiful and the ugly, the quiet and the loud. You were commissioned by Absolut Vodka to create a piece using their color palette; would you do any more collaboration in the future? Yes, I would. That was a great project. I loved having more than 200 people take part in deconstructing the original paintings by cutting out page-size pieces and reorganizing them on the large final canvas during the evening. Social curation is very powerful and becoming very popular. It was exciting and I am very happy with what came out of it. Do you feel a level of viewer interaction is important when it comes to your work? I think the level would depend on the type of piece. You always have to take the viewer into account in some way when creating. What was your vision/motive when you co-founded your gallery, Neubacher Shor Contemporary? It simply needed to be done. I have always been a huge supporter of the Canadian art scene, and the gallery allows me to support and take part in a multitude of different and exciting ways. Lazy Afternoon Humming
The Great Barn
How do you feel about the Toronto art scene? What would you like to see happen in the next few years? I think there is an incredible pool of talented artists here, and I would like to see the market get stronger so that the artists will get even stronger. I would like to see more challenging works being produced and coveted by people. There have been many art movements throughout the centuries, from Baroque to Dada; do you have a favourite? I find so much that I love in each of the many historical movements, it becomes difficult to point to one in particular. Like music, I enjoy listening and being inspired by many different forms, depending on my mood and what I am doing at that moment. That being said, I do have a soft spot for Abstract Expressionism. If you could pick the brain of any artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why? I believe it would be Mark Rothko and how he could achieve that amount of peace in his work so effortlessly. What are you views on specialty arts schools (eg. high schools) in Toronto? I think a strong focus is good, as that will lay down solid groundwork at an early age. To be heavily submerged in arts should help validate oneâ€™s passions. If you had any advice for an aspiring artist, what would it be? You must become a true believer; otherwise you will always doubt your choice of becoming an artist.
INTERVIEW - FASHION ILLUSTRATOR
Stine Reintoft Fashion Illustrator
lassified both an illustrator and multimedia designer, Copenhagen-based Stine Reintoft has chosen to devote her work to illustration, as she says that is her passion. She explores many mediums and techniques in her work, using everything from collage to watercolour, and renders them both by hand and digitally. Above all she loves fashion illustration, and she takes a special interest in the ever-present question of ethics and sustainability in the fashion industry. Stine believes that every human is pulled to drawings and feels that they can convey more warmth than a fashion photograph. www.stinereintoft.wordpress.com
What is your favorite medium to work with? I always enjoy using ink and watercolors, and I like editing the illustrations on the computer. My ambition is to work for all the international magazines. There has been talk about fashion illustration being a dying art form; why do you feel it is important to keep it alive? A few years ago, it seemed fashion illustrations were disappearing from the magazines, but it may have been related to the economic crisis. Now I see them coming back slowly. I think an illustration can express more and also different things than a photograph. An illustration often leaves a part to the imagination and it can be more exaggerated or extreme. Also, I think illustrations symbolize a certain beauty or style that a woman is looking for. An illustration can show exactly that dream, and the model does not have to be unnaturally skinny. Personally, my illustrations have attracted quite a lot of interest and ultimately - as it holds a long tradition - I think fashion illustration will always be part of the medias.
What was it that drew you to the world of fashion? I have always loved clothes, fashion, beauty, the catwalk models, and the movement of the clothes. For many years I wanted to be a fashion designer, but I lacked the patience for sewing the clothes, and found out that I enjoyed drawing them more. I have always followed fashion trends and buy at least four to five fashion magazines a month â€“ even when I was studying. So I have always felt the fashion world was my right element, but I waited to enter it until I was ready. When did you realize that you wanted to be an illustrator? Since I was a child I knew that I wanted to be an illustrator. My grandfather Poul Kastrup was an artist and started teaching me from the age of two to paint and draw. I was practically born with a brush in my hand. I have always relied on my large imaginative universe and felt I had to get it down on paper; I simply had to. I was lucky that I had the talent for it and my family has always supported me.
What is it about illustration that keeps you engaged? I have been drawing since I was a little girl and I cannot imagine not drawing, to be without the contemplation and joy it gives me. Drawing allows me to mirror reality according to me – my dreams, hopes, and possibilities that come from inside. Of course, I am inspired by life and my experience, but it is a drive from within myself that creates my work. What do you think it is about illustration that appeals to people? Illustration is an art form, and I think an illustration can say a lot of things. It can create a universe and a unique style. Whereas a photograph is relatively limited by reality, only the imagination limits an illustration. Being that you are based in Copenhagen, describe the art scene in Denmark. I love the classical Royal ballet at the Royal Theatre. The movement of dancing inspires me a lot. Currently, the whole of Denmark is following closely the TV series Borgen, written around a female Danish Prime Minister and the political world in Denmark. I also try to go to as many exhibitions as possible. Recently, works of Toulouse Lautrec that were exhibited at The National Gallery of Denmark impressed me. I listen a lot to Mads Langer, an excellent young Danish musician and songwriter, and I am a long-time fan of Danish fashion designer Mads Nørgaard. The last couple of years I have been attending fashion shows at Copenhagen Fashion Week, which only seems to grow each year. This year I will be watching the shows by Henrik Vibskov and David Andersen - probably the most artistic and unique Danish designers I know. During fashion week in Copenhagen, Vision is also hosting a show presenting young Danish design talents, and it is always very remarkable. What is your favorite part about living and working in Denmark? I like Copenhagen for its architecture and many different sides. I live in the heart of the city and I could not be without the close distance to parks, lakes, theatres, museums, cinemas, galleries, and cafes. The city is large enough to propose a variety of possibilities and yet you always feel local. The varying seasons and weather changes inspire me very much. I like the view along the harbor part of Copenhagen at Langelinje – you may perhaps have heard of the Little Mermaid [statue]. In all, there is lots to enjoy, both for myself and together with my husband and our two little boys. If you had the chance to work in any other city in the world, what would it be and why? It would have to be Paris because of its elegance in general, and very well-dressed people. I would be happy just drawing Parisian ladies and the architecture.
Do you have any illustrators that inspire you? There are quite a few. But mainly the impressionists; and Toulouse Lautrec was an outstanding illustrator and painter much ahead of his time, as he was working with print and posters. I admire our Danish Erik Mortensen, formerly designer at Balmain, whose fashion illustrations were some of the first I studied at the age of twelve. At the time, I wanted to establish my own fashion brand in Paris. Besides other artists and fashion, what do you draw the most inspiration from in your work? Movements. I am drawn to use people in motion in my work, especially at fashion shows when I do live drawings, catching the turns of the model and the clothes. The Danish designer David Andersen’s shows are always a pristine balance of the models’ look and make up and, of course, the clothes. Also, landscapes inspire me especially, as well as motives and sentiments from the city. Where do you see you and your illustration in the next five years? I will be delivering illustrations to several fashion magazines and continue to watch fashion shows, local and internationally, at which I will be doing my live sketches. I would like to develop my illustrations for posters, cards, and more.
INTERVIEW - DJ/MODEL
BAMBI - EVA SHAW
ased in NYC, Eva Shaw has been tearing up the catwalks in recent years as one of Toronto’s most sought-after models, but more recently she’s been tearing up dancefloors as DJ Bambi with her brain-rattling electro and progressive house music. Cast since 2010 as the face of MOON Apparel by Joe Mimran and with plans to begin releasing her own music, it’s certain you’ll be seeing, and loudly hearing, much more of this Toronto-born stunner. www.facebook.com/Bambiofficial
Does the fashion world help inspire you in your work as a DJ? I don’t think fashion inspires me at all in terms of music, but I do love it and I think it’s fun and a great way to express yourself. I think music is something that is inside of you. You feel it. It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing or what you look like. You can enjoy music even if you’re wearing a garbage bag. I think emotion inspires fashion and music. What is it about DJ-ing that attracts you? I love that I can share something I’m passionate about with all of these people. Watching the crowd is the best feeling in the world. I love seeing people happy, and knowing I was a part of that is really incredible. What musical artist are you currently craving? I really love the band City&Colour from Canada. Dallas Green is unbelievable. His voice kills me. Florence Welch is incredibly inspiring for me as well. She has so much talent and such a strong female presence. I’d like to see more artists like her get out there. What song is currently paused on your iPod/iPhone/ Blackberry? I never listen to an iPod. I’m pretty much always on my laptop looking for new music. One of my favourite songs is by Gui Boratto called “No Turning Back” and will forever be on repeat for me. I also love a lot of Eric Prydz. I can listen to Melo a billion times and never get sick of it.
Photograph by Man You came onto the scene as a model and a DJ; was there any sort of transition for you to go between the two careers? I was always doing the DJ stuff as a side gig and modeling as my primary job. I took some time off from modeling about 8 months ago to really pursue the music, and it has been going amazingly well since. Now I’m starting the modeling up again, but more as a personality… I’m modeling a lot as Bambi now. I like it because I don’t have to separate the two personalities.
Do you have a favourite DJ, one that inspires you? I really am inspired by Tiesto. He knows the real art of DJ-ing (not just production) and it’s actually pretty rare to find that; huge respect for him and what he has done over his career. A lot of producers who start DJ-ing really don’t understand the meaning of telling a story with music and connecting to the crowd in a group sort of way. DJ-ing is about a communal experience - everyone parties together. It shouldn’t just be about the DJ and the song they made. How do you feel about the music scene in Toronto? Toronto has a great music scene. I haven’t been there too much in the last few months, but that’s where I started DJing. Places like Footwork, CiRCA (when it was open) and Guvernment were all fantastic experiences for me. I hope to get up there more often in the near future. People like to party in Toronto, that’s for sure.
Similarly, if you could work as a DJ in any city, what would it be? I would like to play in Ibiza someday soon. Or anywhere at an outdoor festival. I’ve played a few outdoor events that were amazing, but I haven’t done anything like EDC [Electric Daisy Carnival] or something that has tens of thousands of people. A hard question, but who is your favourite musician/ band? This is probably impossible for me to answer. I love a lot of old rock... guitar riffs and all that jazz. I’m also into super emotional songs - like Florence and the Machine have some great tracks and City&Colour, as I mentioned earlier. I’ve always been a Jimmy Eat World fan… Aerosmith, Pearl Jam…
Photograph by Derek Kettela Fashion and music share a deep relationship; why do you think that is? As I was saying before, I think music inspires fashion. The way you feel... it makes you dress a certain way. I think all art forms express themselves according to how you feel inside. I think everyone should get in touch with their inner selves and let that out. Even scary stuff can be beautiful. When were you discovered as a model? I was 13 years old, walking down the street in Toronto. Elmer Olsen (Model scout in Canada) was driving down the street and saw me and pulled over.
How do you see the future of music in Canada? I play electronic music, but I love everything and I hope artists keep evolving and pushing boundaries. I love hearing anything new and exciting. I think EDM [Electronic Dance Music] will be big for a while, but it will evolve. I think right now people are open to more of an underground sound. By underground I don’t necessarily mean deep house or anything, but just not stuff you would hear on the radio. There’s nothing wrong with radio music, but I feel like when you go to a concert or a club you want something you can’t hear every day. What would be your dream DJ gig? Definitely one of the huge festivals… maybe Sensation or something. I love huge crowds and it’s pretty exciting when it’s outdoors as well. I DJ’d in a storm once on the Jersey Shore. People went crazy and raged in the pouring rain. You can’t beat that. Or playing as the sun sets on a beautiful beach somewhere tropical… everyone is happy and the weather is perfect. That’s the dream.
Describe the feeling of being out on the runways for the first time. I’ve always been a very shy kid growing up and I still am pretty introverted. I’ve grown a lot though and learned how to put myself out there. I was a tomboy when I was scouted and never even imagined wearing heels, so it was pretty hard to learn how to walk in them. I actually started to love runway because it was fast-paced and I loved walking to the music! *laughs* If you could model in any fashion week in the world, what would it be and why? I never really did a ton of runway modeling; I did more print. But NYC and Toronto Fashion Weeks have always been fun. I usually do a couple of shows. It would be fun to do Paris Fashion Week and walk in the Chanel show because it’s one of my favourite lines.
Photograph by Emmett Shine
TRAVEL - FRENCH POLYNESIA
FOUR SEASONS RESORT - BORA BORA
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora was named the top resort in French Polynesia in 2013 as one of the world’s best places to stay. The Pacific island of Bora Bora is a geological work of art: an inactive, sunken volcano ringed by a coral string of tiny islands, or motus. The result: a majestic island lush with ferns and palms, fresh with the scent of flowers, and protected from the open ocean by its surrounding atoll. Bora Bora’s turquoise-coloured inner lagoons provide shelter to countless schools of tropical fish and other ocean life. The island is also a gem of Polynesian culture, a place where the dancing, singing, culinary and seafaring traditions of the Maohi people are woven into daily island life.
canoeing to deep-sea fishing to inland safaris. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora opened its doors for guests in September 2008. The Four Seasons experience begins upon arrival at the Bora Bora Airport, where guests are greeted with a tiare flower lei, cold bottled water and a chilled oshiburi towel. Staff handles the luggage, while guests are escorted onto one of the custom-crafted (Taxi Boats). Guests sit aboard these magnificent vessels, taking in the sights of the island, on a stunning 20-minute cruise to the Resort, where upon arrival, they are taken directly to their overwater bungalows or beachfront villas.
Situated on one of Bora Bora’s outer motus, the Resort features an unobstructed sunrise view over the Pacific and sunsets over the lagoon and towering Mount Otemanu. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is a cultural paradise, a resort that blends the relaxation and tranquility of the South Pacific with the invigorating Polynesian arts of dance, song, cuisine, textiles, seafaring and sport. The Resort combines the highest standards of service with the natural ease and gracious hospitality of Polynesian culture. Guests can lose themselves in the deep serenity of the location, immerse themselves in the customs and traditions of local culture, or set off on one the island’s many adventures, from outrigger
TRAVEL Over-water Bungalows
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora includes 100 overwater bungalows and seven beachfront villas, all designed with traditional thatched roofs and decorated with indigenous artwork. Each of the Resort’s 100 overwater bungalows measure over 100 square metres (1,100 square feet). Located on branching piers that extend into the heart of Bora Bora’s inner lagoon at one of its most serene points, guests can view schools of fish below, and even swim among them from their private berth. All signature Four Seasons beds feature panoramic views of the lagoon, as do large soaking tubs, allowing guests to relax suspended above the lagoon, immersed in Bora Bora’s pristine water, radiance and ocean air. Large sun-decks provide chaise lounges, a covered dining area, a ladder to the water below and a rinsing shower. Infinity Pool
Seven spectacular beachfront villas are also available, catering to families or larger parties. These two and three bedroom beach villas are the ultimate in beachside accommodations, ranging in size from 3,228 - 5,380 square feet, offering expansive living space, separate entrances to each bedroom, pool, dining areas, hot tub, beach and complete privacy. Set just off the main beach beneath the swaying coconut palms, the Resort’s 40-metre infinity edge swimming pool complements the lagoon experience. Dining options at the Resort offer a vast selection of creative culinary experiences, from Polynesian to French to South Pacific fusion and are complemented by special open-air dining, from private oceanside dinners to Tahitian beach parties with musicians and fire dancers. Tere Nui
TRAVEL A splash of Paradise
The Spa, balanced by the powerful rhythms of the Pacific Ocean and the secluded tranquility of the island’s lagoon - and featuring open-air treatment decks amid the kahaia trees - offers a combination of relaxation and exhilaration that only Bora Bora’s unique location can provide.
The connection Four Seasons has with the island community provides a truly authentic Polynesian experience. Local guides are available for many excursions, as is the Resort’s own marine biologist, providing a wealth of learning opportunities, whether scientific or cultural.
Set upon a sprawling 22 hectares (54 acres), the Resort meets a vast array of needs and accommodates a wide variety of entertainment programs. Facilities for families are unrivalled in the region: a Kids for All Seasons clubhouse with splash pad for children ages 5 - 12 and, for older kids, Chill Island: a private beach and coral lagoon area complete with a clubhouse, cultural activities, volleyball and water sports.
Four Seasons is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continuous innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. From elegant surroundings of the finest quality, to caring, highly personalized 24-hour service, Four Seasons embodies a true home away from home for those who know and appreciate the best. For more information visit www.fourseasons/borabora.com Over-water Bungalows
1968 Magazine is a printed upscale fashion and art magazine, published four times a year, featuring high quality photography and dedicated t...
Published on Sep 8, 2013
1968 Magazine is a printed upscale fashion and art magazine, published four times a year, featuring high quality photography and dedicated t...