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Jamie Kennedy

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Jewellery Designer

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FALL 2013 TABLE OF CONTENTS

4 ARTIST Christian McLeod

7 FASHION DESIGNERS Smythe

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ILLUSTRATOR Jacqueline Bissett

13 JEWELLERY DESIGNER Biko 16 MASTHEAD

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18 RED Photographed by Genevieve Charbonneau

24 CITYSCAPE Photographed by Koby

32 SISTER HOOD Photographed by Anthony Turano

46 STOLEN ROMANCE Photographed by Maayan Ziv

54 FLORICOLORIS CAPILLUS Photographed by Ugo Richard 58 COLOR EXPLOSION Photographed by Jill Wachter

64 STRUCTURAL HARMONY Photographed by Gabe Toth

68 COLOR FLUCTUATIONS Photographed by Fabio Piemonte 76 BAG DESIGNER Sneha Varma

40 BLACK WHITE RED Photographed by Richard Dubois

74 CHEF Jamie Kennedy

COVER Photographed by Genevieve Charbonneau Makeup and Hair Sabrina Rinaldi Model Chantal - Specs Models

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78 SINGER SONGWRITER Kristina Maria 80

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INTERVIEW - ARTIST

Christian McLeod

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hese are the words of Christian McLeod, the artist currently based in Toronto: “Painting is my way of remembering and interpreting beauty and destruction.” When you look at his canvases covered in powerful abstraction, it’s easy to see how strongly this mindset comes through. McLeod has lived and worked in Mexico and Germany, and initially, after graduating from the Toronto School of Art in 1992, he first moved to Spain where he exhibited in Ibiza. Today, McLeod is back living in Toronto with his son, where he has his studio, a live work storefront. In addition to an extensive CV, McLeod’s work can be found internationally in numerous private collections as well as home in Toronto, such as his piece “Ports Land” on permanent display at the Ale House. www.christianmcleod.com

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When did you realize you wanted to be an artist? Growing up in a household full of art and artists all around me, there were creative actions, experimentation in how we ate, how we lived, what we did. Thinking back now, I was about seven, and we were living in West Germany, and traveled to East Berlin to visit a family friend who was a playwright and actor. He would leave every day and come home and tell me about his day working as ‘an artist’. This gave me the beginnings of wanting to work as a creative person, but it was later in my teens that I knew. Why Spain? I met Alex Jarman in Art School in the early 90’s. Alex has an aunt who was living in the island of Ibiza, one of the Balearic Islands. His aunt and her husband drove a renovated ambulance-turned-camper van from England to Ibiza back in the late 1960’s, and the van died in the driveway of an old finca (farmhouse). They moved in and never left. Alex had been there the year before, and after hearing a story or two about his time there on the island, he only had to ask me once if I wanted to go over and set up a studio there. How would you describe your work, what you do? According to my official artist’s statement: I capture the shift between perceiving the landscape as an organic whole, and seeing the particles that comprise it - buildings, rivers, vehicles, birds, harbours, roadways, minerals, machinery, aircraft, farms, data and people in movement. Inspiration can come from many places, but is there someplace specific that yours comes from? My inspiration is two-fold: one is observing change, destruction, and re-birth; the second is to re-inform or express ‘nature’ or ‘action’ in an individual way. I see a direct link to immortality via the alchemical aspects of paint and the act of painting. To create something beautiful, or powerful, or important, out of nothing... that inspires me. How important is it, in your opinion, to travel in conjunction with creating art? It’s the world around us that gives us the vibrations of life, the reason and inspiration to create. This is why art is life and life is art. It’s not something that is turned off and on at will. Though, there is a space between the two, where artists congregate.

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The New Nature

Rain

Why the medium of oil paint? Floating particles of pigment in oil, light bouncing around and reflecting in all directions…what’s not to like? Oil paints hold their individual colour and interact with each other slowly and with patience. They stay true to their values even as they dry. They give you time to contemplate and work with them and build your surface.

What draws you to the treatment of subjects and ideas as abstraction? I feel we are in ongoing dialogue with abstraction and have been for much longer than we realize. It is a huge realm of possibilities and works itself into many aspects of life. There is freedom in abstraction and room for the individual’s fingerprint on both things fascinating and common.

Is there any other medium you enjoy working with? Photography combined with elements of sculpture and digital manipulations, processed as prints; land-based sculpture with found objects.

What message do you most strive to communicate with your work? The balance of beauty is always in a constant state of change and should be recognized and celebrated.


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Do you have a favourite stylistic period in the history of art? Dada and Abstract Expressionism, Natural Abstraction. Painting is the ultimate freedom and that’s what I am seeking. If you could sit down to coffee with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Marcel Duchamp, Nicolas de Staël, and Joan Mitchell; but on different days, and at different tables. How do you feel about the current art community in Toronto? Seems to be big and flashy these days…lots going on. If it is important to the community to be recognized worldwide, I think we are still working on that. Do you have any advice for aspiring artists? Be careful what you wish for. Without belief there is no art. The Forest and The Trees

How would you describe your creative process? Never-ending. What does your work mean to you? Immortality, freedom, exploration, snippets of time, memories, snap shots, calling cards to wake up and become aware, to see things in a new light. Art can take on so many meanings for different people; how do you personally define “art”? By living my life. I look to reveal the unseen, the unobserved; we develop our own language over a lifetime to achieve this. Any plans to move again in the future? Yes, for sure. I will be back in Spain soon enough. There are a few places I’ve never been to that I’m looking forward to exploring, but I must admit I feel deep down that Canada will always be my home. I love the seasons too much; it’s what I know best, it’s what I love best.

What can we expect to see from you in the future? You will have to come and see…I have a couple of solo painting exhibitions coming up in Toronto at “La Parete Gallery” and “The Al Green Gallery”, and also a group exhibition this September at “Airship 37”. I will be showing a very large-scale canvas: Further Explorations of the ‘Tag Cloud, sections 14’. I also have a photo project on the go that will incorporate object printing when it’s all said and done. Photos by Anthony Macri


INTERVIEW - FASHION DESIGNERS

SMYTHE

Andrea Lenczner & Christie Smythe

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anadians take their outerwear very seriously. While we wear padded coats that rival duvet covers for most of the year, we also have a passion for beautiful blazers and jackets. Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe tapped into this and created Smythe in 2004, a label which has spread the Canadian addiction to coats and has become one of the most sought-after labels to ever come out of the country. Smythe has created essential wardrobe pieces that are both modern and emotional. The contemporary, flawlessly-tailored jackets and coats feature nostalgic colours, textures and prints that are distinct in their traditional menswear tailoring details. This artful tailoring and sartorial fit made Smythe an instant success that conquered, not only the heart of Canada’s fashion elite, but also that of Tina Fey, Kelly Osbourne, Blake Lively, Sophia Bush, Rachel McAdams, Kate Hudson, Lindsay Lohan, and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton (that isn’t the end of the list though... seriously). Smythe’s made-in-Canada jackets and coats are iconic silhouettes that are clean and modern. Time to put the duvet back on the bed and don a cozy coat with killer princess seams. www.smythejackets.com What made you choose the field of jacket and coat design? We wanted to design one thing and design it well. When we started there was a gap in the market for an “item” jacket, yet the designer denim market was exploding. If a woman wanted to wear a blazer with her Sevens, her only choice was the blazer from her Theory suit. We thought, if men can have the sports jacket category, why can’t women? What was it like starting up as designers in Canada, and as solely jacket designers? The Canadian press and customers were immediately supportive. Our first, and today’s largest, retail partner, Holt Renfrew, initially placed us in their Design Lab, which serves as a creative incubator for new designers. This is where they take the most risk, and it is still our favourite area of the store.

Looking back at your success, did you realize there would be such a market for impeccable jackets, not only in Canada but also worldwide? Once it became time to cross the border, it got a little tricky. It’s hard to believe now, with the prevalence of single category designers, but we encountered many roadblocks like: “We don’t have an item buyer”, or “We don’t know where to put you on the floor.”

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Who is the Smythe woman? One common thread amongst the Smythe customer is that she has a lot of different needs in terms of her wardrobe. She appreciates a well-tailored garment and wants to feel current, whether at the office, a social event, or traveling. She is willing to invest in clothing she feels will be relevant for more than one season. How would you describe your style? We love trying on different personalities and absolutely have our phases. Sometimes we are boyish, sometimes we are bohemian, sometimes a little more punk or minimalist, and then sometimes we wear a bow blouse and dirndl skirt… it really depends. We really do believe that as long as your clothing is tailored to you, you can play with different styles. When was the moment that you realized Smythe had made it big-time? We never think in those terms, so we haven’t had that moment.

Who was the first celebrity to wear your designs? Kate Hudson, and we happily continue to spot her in Smythe. Who would you most like to see wearing one of your designs? Lauren Hutton. Where does your inspiration come from? Inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere. It’s a difficult question to answer because it’s not always conscious. We do find inspiration in each other; a girl on the street; a colour in nature; textiles; vintage clothing; art & movies; music; other designers, etc. We find that the best ideas usually come after some sort of break from our daily work routines. There is nothing like not having your head in fashion to return and to be creative. Being that your pieces are so well tailored, did you have any formal training in fashion design? Christie did her degree at Parsons and, just before we started Smythe, was on the product development team at The Gap in New York. Although she isn’t technically trained, her experience in executing a garment was invaluable to starting Smythe and to teaching Andrea how to realize a concept. We work with skilled pattern drafters and cutters to perfect our tailoring. Why is it so important to you to keep the company local? We definitely feel proud that we are contributing to Toronto’s economy, however, to bring your customers the best value, and to remain competitive, you do have to think about manufacturing globally. Certain commodities should and must be manufactured offshore. As long as you make well-researched, socially responsible decisions, then contributing to other global economies is also wonderful. What are your favourite materials/textiles? Any that you’re craving to work with? Well, we love wool. It’s by far our favourite ‘medium’. We have always been inspired by traditional men’s suiting wools in donegals, tweeds, herringbones, houndstooths, and tartans, which are recurring themes in our Fall Collections. Worsteds, felteds, alpacas, gabs, twisted, carded, combed, shoddys…we love all wool and its natural proclivity for memory, mobility and drape. God bless wool. What are the most important things a woman should be looking for in a blazer/jacket? The cut and the fabric.


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Do you have any other plans to expand your line? We are enjoying flexing our design muscle and learning how to design new categories. You will definitely see us broadening our horizons. Any advice for aspiring designers? Yes; in addition to being creative and productive, you must know some retail math and understand basic accounting. If you don’t, team up with someone who does. What are your goals for the next 5 years for Smythe? To enjoy design and to survive fashion.

Photos by Christopher Wahl

Do you have a favourite piece from amongst your designs? We really built our business on our equestrian silhouette. When did you decide to expand beyond jackets into trousers? Personally, we were looking for alternatives to denim. Christie and I will wear properly tailored trousers with t-shirts and sneakers, just like we would a jean, or with a heel or little bootie. In other words, they really are another daytime option and should not be treated exclusively as office wear. Also, we were loving the return of an advanced suit as something to be worn for cocktails or evening; it introduces an element of masculinity and, really…what could be sexier? The most interesting women in the room at last year’s Met Ball were Giovanna Battaglia, Miuccia Prada, and Anna Dello Russo, who all chose trouser suits for this formal event.


INTERVIEW - ILLUSTRATOR

Jacqueline Bissett

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Fashion Illustrator

hen it comes to art, many people will say they wish they could draw or paint. But when it comes to the work of illustrator Jacqueline Bissett, we imagine fellow artists would express their own wish to have the fluidity, style, and power Bissett is able to put into her pieces. Trained at England’s Epsom School of Art and Design, located just outside of London, she has honed her craft to perfection, working with line weight and happy splashes of watercolour, and specializing in drawing live at events. It’s easy to see that the industry feels the same way about her work, as she can count powerhouses such as Givenchy, Selfridges, Kurt Geiger, Moet & Chandon, Rimmel, Samsung, and many others, as clients. Currently, Bissett sits on the Board of Directors at the Association of Illustrators. www.illustrationweb.com/jacquelinebisset

When did you realize you wanted to be an illustrator? I always drew pictures of girls in dresses from a very early age, probably about 5 or 6. My father was a draughtsman and always had loads of paper; I used to love the Ladybird books of fairy stories like “Cinderella” and “The Princess and the Frog”, copying their dresses, and then changing the designs. I’m from a small town in the Midlands and I’d never even heard of a fashion designer, let alone an illustrator! Why fashion illustration? A chance meeting with a lecturer on a train led me to study fashion, and then I was directed by great tutors who insisted I went on to specialize in fashion illustration! On top of that, I just adore the ever-changing face of fashion, and I love to sketch the catwalks, with new hairstyles, shoes, and everything that goes with it - it’s never boring! Expanding on fashion itself, do you get inspiration from other sources? I love club life, and its colourful characters are always an inspiration. I met my husband in a club in the late 80’s and although we have a family now, we still love to go and party on a less regular basis (although Ibiza each year is our escape - it’s so glamorous and great fun!) Your work is full of balance between fantastic line weight and punches of colour, but how did you refine this signature style? Life drawing has played a large part, and I’ve always loved ‘playing around’ with art materials. I like the contrast of flat colour and brush strokes where you can see where the brush has been. The loose line (hopefully) shows confidence from many years of illustrating! I’ve also worked with some great art directors and editors over the years who have given me great direction. It’s been a slow, natural progression over 25 years. Being that you studied at Epsom, which is only 30 minutes away from London, was the city an influence on your work and passion? Oh yes, that’s when I started clubbing in the days of Taboo, Leigh Bowery, Boy George, Philip Sallon, and all of that ‘post-New Romantics’ time. We used to get the night bus back to North Cheam where we lived in a grotty flat - it used to take nearly two hours! I loved the shops too and

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Looking back at your list of clients, how does it feel to see so many esteemed names/brands? It feels great, but I’m striving for more each year! Why do you choose to work with watercolour? Is it because of its long history in fashion illustration? I like to swing between painting and collage as a contrast. It kind of keeps me on my toes, and each style tends to work with different clients - they either prefer one or the other. I am inspired by the traditional fashion illustration feel from the 40’s/50’s, especially René Gruau. Letrafilm has become a forgotten medium; what is it that you love about working with it? The sharp line that you get when using a scalpel and the flat colour, which has a random texture, where you get tiny air trapped giving an imperfect feel. I bought the entire stock from London Graphic Centre which was discontinued from Pantone.

longed to have enough money to buy the amazing young designers’ collections. Carnaby St. and Newburgh St. were my favourite places. What is it about working in England that you enjoy most? Now, I LOVE the countryside where I live with my husband and two young children. We are opposite the South Downs, surrounded by fields of cows, sheep, and horses; I’ve gotten back into horse riding, which I adore! We lived in the South of France for a year before moving here, which was fantastic. I’m a bit of a Francophile - love the language and lifestyle - but when we moved back to England, I realized how much I’d missed all of the lush greenery. Why is drawing at live events, like catwalk shows, such a passion for you? It allows me to draw from [live] models which I don’t manage to do in my commercial work. It’s instant, not always precise, but so spontaneous. You can tell a ‘live drawing’ from the line quality. I try to transfer this into my ‘studio’ work. I would like to draw more at catwalk shows but it’s so hard to get tickets! I had four days drawing for Kurt Geiger at Selfridges recently, a fabulous job drawing the shoes [customers bought] and showgirl-type illustrations on customers’ shoe boxes.

What do you feel has been your biggest achievement so far? That’s difficult...I’m proud of the Selfridges job, but I feel my best is yet to come…


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Do you have any advice for aspiring illustrators? Do not bother unless you are absolutely hard-working and determined to do well. It’s a very competitive field; you have to be thick-skinned to take the knocks and criticism that inevitably one gets with hundreds of jobs (possibly more than a thousand jobs now!). It’s a wonderful career to have though, if you really want it badly enough. I love drawing as much now as I ever did. Don’t give up; being self employed can be up and down at times, but you never know which client is around the corner! What are your goals for the next five years? To continue working as I am, with varied commissions from London, the U.S, Germany, and France. I hope to start getting work from India soon (my agency now has an office in Bombay!). Also, I’ve narrowly missed out on two fabulous jobs recently in New York, so I’m hoping it’ll be ‘third time lucky’. It’s been a long time since I visited Manhattan!

Do you have a favourite artist (illustrator or otherwise)? René Gruau, as I mentioned previously, but also my tutors, Lynne Robinson, Colin Barnes, Shari Peacock, and Howard Tangye, who all inspired me and taught me so much. Many have said that illustration is a dying art form; what is your view on the subject? I don’t see it myself. I always have plenty of work coming in new forms, all the time, so as well as books, magazines, etc... commissions come from web sites, Facebook pages, and live-streamed events such as one last year with Ted Baker. Although we cannot hope to compete for huge ad campaigns on the scale of fashion photography, it’s so refreshing when fashion houses take the risk and use a fashion illustrator - it looks SO eye-catching and it makes a bigger statement to stand out from the norm.


INTERVIEW - JEWELLERY DESIGNER

BIKO Corrine Anestopoulos

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f you have picked up any sort of fashion-related magazine over the last few years, you would undoubtedly have come across the work of Corrine Anestopoulos, the designer behind the wildly successful jewellery line, Biko. Born and raised in Toronto, Anestopoulos began her foray into the world of jewellery as a young girl when she designed and made friendship bracelets - ones that had her friends requesting them every day. Fast forward a few years and the designer had a Bachelor of Design in Image Arts from Ryerson University, and in 2004 she created her own jewellery line, Biko, which has become a favourite of celebrities, such as Natalia Vodianova, Kathleen Edwards, and the show Gossip Girl, and fashionable women everywhere. www.ilovebiko.com

When did you realize you wanted to be a jewellery designer? I began making jewellery in 2004 at the age of 21 while studying Image Arts - The New Media at Ryerson University. I didn’t plan for a jewellery brand, but it developed from a passion, which quickly turned into a business, upon graduation. Where did the name “Biko” come from? Biko was a nickname I was given by my family when I was a little girl. Being that you have a degree in Image Arts at Ryerson, are you entirely self-taught in terms of jewellery design? Yes, I am self-taught. Through trial and error, I developed the ‘modern nostalgic’ Biko aesthetic that I strive to stay true to with each new collection: always a nod to the past, but with a modern sensibility. I love to play around with different materials and processes to see where they lead me. Has what you learned while in Image Arts helped you in any way? Of course. At school I learned about design theory and practiced the digital side of design, which I use daily in my current work, and understanding web design and Adobe Creative Suite. Why is designing around vintage inspiration so appealing to you as a designer? I love odd treasures and curiosities, and tend to fill my home with them. This love has just naturally extended itself into my work, and it continues to excite and inspire me each season. Do you have a favourite material (metal, gemstone, miscellaneous) to work with? I love working with various materials (such as leather, glass, and mixed metals), but I always lean towards oxidized brass as the main base metal.

Photo by Adam Levett

If you can, describe Biko in one word. Timeless.

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If you could move anywhere and set up a studio, where would it be and why? I quite love my studio here in Toronto, but perhaps a move to NYC is something to think about in the future. The vibe of that city is ever-inspiring. What is your favourite piece of jewellery from your own personal collection? Each season I tend to pin-point my one or two favourite pieces, which I wear to death for months on end. For the past three months, I’ve been wearing the Mira Necklace, which is a part of our upcoming Fall 2013 ‘Dark Star’ collection. It can be worn long or short, and matches everything! I’m also happy to report that Free People in the US has fallen in love with it as well - they stock this piece on their e-store and it’s been doing extremely well for them.

Atticus Necklace

What would you say is your most popular design? While each season a new Biko collection is introduced, we keep a constant ‘Classics’ collection available year-round. These pieces are well-loved favourites that are wardrobe staples, perfect for daily wear. The Kaleidoscope Necklace (a functioning mini-kaleidoscope!) has been the most popular of this grouping, and I still love it as much as I did when it was first introduced. How would you describe the ideal Biko woman? I strongly feel that any woman can find a piece to make her own in the Biko collection. I would say the typical Biko woman is fashionable, confident, and put-together, but not a slave to fashion.

Do you have a favourite era of jewellery design? That is tough to pin-point, but I do love the bold colours, futuristic motifs, and use of geometry in Art Deco jewellery. I also love Retro jewellery of the 30’s and 40’s, as it paved the way for fun, glamorous, larger-than-life costume jewellery. Do you have any plans for expansion? Yes, we are continuing with our international growth by participating in new trade shows and events in the US and overseas. Also, we’re hiring more staff in order to keep up with our growth. I love the idea of having a great team around me, and look forward to the new hires! Photos by Shopify

How did it feel when you saw one of your pieces in a national magazine or on a celebrity for the first time? It felt amazing! The fact that a larger audience could finally see my work was the absolute greatest feeling. You cite travel as one of your main sources of inspiration for Biko; why do you personally feel it is important to travel? Travel has enabled me to source new and interesting materials that are not available in my hometown. This allows me to keep my designs fresh and exciting. Do you have a favourite city/country you’ve traveled to? Marrakesh, Morocco, was equal parts brilliant, chaotic, and beautiful - I cannot wait to go back.

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IN THIS ISSUE... This label by Canadian duo Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe has become the ultimate in flawlessly-tailored jackets and coats that are both modern, stylish, and classic. These made-inCanada pieces are distinct in their traditional menswear tailoring details and can be seen both on the fashion elite, and on celebrities. (Page 7)

Smythe

Sneha Varma

Jamie Kennedy It takes a special person to make the leap from a comfy job to a new one that you are so passionate about that you cannot wait. Toronto designer Sneha Varma worked as an accountant before starting over as a handbag designer. After she released her first collection in 2012, Varma has enjoyed speedy success, with features in top magazines and accolades from industry insiders and bloggers. (Page 76)

Christian McLeod

Anyone with any interest in fashion will no doubt have heard of the jewellery line, Biko. Corrine Anestopoulos had been making friendship bracelets for friends since a young age, and in 2004 decided to put her passion and skills to work and create her own jewellery line. Since then, Biko has been featured in many publications and on the mega-hit show Gossip Girl. (Page 13)

Biko

This Toronto artist has a way with abstraction that catches your attention, arrests your senses, and makes you think, all at the same time. In McLeod’s own words, “Painting is my way of remembering and interpreting beauty and destruction”. He has lived and worked in many places such as Mexico, Germany, and Spain, but currently calls Toronto and his Toronto-based studio home. (Page 4)

Any illustrator that is starting out (then again, even experienced ones) would want to have the career that Jacqueline Bissett has had thus far. Her graphic pieces, composed of fine and heavy handed strokes and splashes of juicy colour, have landed her jobs with clients such as Givenchy, Selfridges, Rimmel, and Samsung, among many others. (Page 10)

Jacqueline Bissett Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita was voted the Top Luxury Hotel in Mauritius, and 6th Best Hotel in the World, 2013 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, as well as being listed in the Top 10 Beach Resorts Around the World 2012, Forbes Travel Guide. (Page 80)

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A pioneer of the Slow Food Movement and the relationship between farmers and chefs, Jamie Kennedy found himself at a fork in the road at the age of 17, when he found himself gazing towards either a career in the visual arts, or one in the culinary arts. When he got a job at the Windsor Arms Hotel as apprentice cook he knew the choice was made and the rest, as they say, is history... very yummy history. (Page 74)

Kristina Maria had no doubt in her mind that her destiny was to be a singer, entertaining audiences on tour around the globe with her powerhouse vocals and catchy songs. This certainty has paid off, and this Canadian darling has a debut record ‘Tell the World’ under her wing, with two hit singles, ‘Co-Pilot’ and ‘Let’s Play’, to prove it. (Page 78)

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Photographed by Genevieve Charbonneau

www.genevievecharbonneau.com Represented by Judy Inc Makeup and Hair: Sabrina Rinaldi, using MAC Cosmetics and TRESemmĂŠ Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray Represented by Judy Inc Model: Chantal - Specs Models Photographer Assistant: Neal Hardie Swimsuit: Shan Accessories: Aldo

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CITYSCAPE Photographed by Koby

Koby Inc www.koby-inc.com Stylist: Terri Dacquisto, represented by Plutino Group Makeup and Hair: Natalie Blouin, represented by Plutino Group Model: Dajana - Elmer Olsen Models Location: Toronto, Canada

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Top Pink Tartan Pant Maje Bracelets Gilles and Co. Shoes Jerome Rousso

Left: Jacket Burberry Skirt Kaelen Bracelet Vince Camuto


Vest American Retro Pant Custom Made Shoes MCQ Alexander McQueen Bracelet Giles & Brother


Top Theory Belt Burberry Pant Dries Van Noten Shoes Jerome Rousso Bracelet Giles and Brother


Dress American Retro Bag MCQ Alexander MCQueen Necklace Jerome Rousso


Shirt Helmut Lang Bag Burberry Short Maje Jacket Custom Made Bracelet Giles and Brother Shoes Giuseppe Zanotti


Top and Jacket American Retro Skirt Aquilano Rimondi


SISTER HOOD Photographed by Anthony Turano

www.anthonyturano.com Stylist: Bianca Di Blasio Makeup Artist: Nisha Gulati using Makeup Forever Hair Stylist: Karisa Hannah Models: Viktoriya and Cat - Folio Montreal Left: Dress House of Harlow at Winners Bracelet TopShop Right: Dress Charli Hat TopShop

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Left: Sweater TopShop Floral skirt DarlinG Booties Valentino at Holt Renfrew Right: Sweater Manish Arora at La Maison Simons Pants TopShop Booties Salvatore Ferragamo at Holt Renfrew


Left: Shirt Pink Stitch Sleeveless Jacket Designers Remix Charlotte Eskildsen Pants Gucci at Holt Renfrew Booties Valentino at Holt Renfrew Right: Jacket Gucci at Holt Renfrew Denim Pants Balmain at La Maison Simons Booties H&M Necklace at La Maison Simons


Left: Jacket Smythe at Holt Renfrew Tank Top H&M Skirt Denis Gagnon at La Maison Simons Shoes Nike Hat TopShop Right: Jacket Anomal Couture Shirt at La Maison Simons Skirt Tory Burch at Holt Renfrew Booties Saint-Laurent at Holt Renfrew


Left: Sweater Designers Remix Charlotte Eskildsen Sequin T-Shirt TopShop Pants Darling Booties H&M Right: Polo-Neck Sweater at La Maison Simons Sweater Designers Remix Charlotte Eskildsen Dress H&M Heels Mango


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Left: Coat Acne at La Maison Simons Pants Anomal Couture Leather Gloves at Holt Renfrew Shoes Mango Right: Vest Colcci Dress Prada at Holt Renfrew Booties H&M


BLACK WHITE RED Photographed by Richard Dubois

www.richarddubois.com Stylist and Nail Artist: Annie Lam Makeup and Hair: Elena Pacienza Models: Stephanie - Plutino Group / Chantale Nadeau, and Jane - Push Agency

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Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation Veluxe Brow Liner in Red Head by MAC BITE BEAUTY Honey Lip Lacquer in Peachy Pink Stay All Day waterproof liquid eye liner by STILA


Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation Veluxe Brow Liner in Red Head by MAC BITE BEAUTY Honey Lip Lacquer in Peachy Pink Stay All Day waterproof liquid eye liner by STILA Mineralize Blush in Sweet Samba by MAC Nails Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Onyx Rush and Sandstorm Dress Zara


Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation Veluxe Brow Liner in Red Head by MAC BITE BEAUTY Honey Lip Lacquer in Peachy Pink Stay All Day waterproof liquid eye liner by STILA Nails Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Onyx Rush and Porcelain Party Bodysuit Forever 21


Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation Veluxe Brow Liner in Red Head by MAC BITE BEAUTY Honey Lip Lacquer in Peachy Pink Stay All Day waterproof liquid eye liner by STILA Nails Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Onyx Rush and Porcelain Party Shirt Zara


Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation Veluxe Brow Liner in Red Head by MAC BITE BEAUTY Honey Lip Lacquer in Peachy Pink Stay All Day waterproof liquid eye liner by STILA Nails Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Onyx Rush and Sandstorm Jumpsuit Zara


Jennifer Blazer Hilary Macmillan Printed pants Sandro Vest Hermes Blouse Sandro Headpiece House of Harlow Shoes Sam Edelman Ben Suit Haight and Ashbury Polo J.Lindeberg Shoes Cole Haan

STOLEN ROMANCE Photographed by Maayan Ziv

www.maayanziv.com Stylist: Tiffany Briseno, represented by Judy Inc Makeup Artist: Jackie Shawn, represented by Judy Inc Hair Stylist: Tami El Sombati, represented by Judy Inc Models: Jennifer Steele and Ben Clark - Sutherland Models

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Jennifer Blouse Malene Birger Silk kimono Divine Decadence Turban Lilliput Necklace Rita Tesolin


Jennifer Dress and overpiece Divine Decadence Fur trim Etsy Pearl necklace Rita Tesolin  Black necklace Rita Tesolin Gloves Etsy Ben Denim shirt RRPS  Blazer and pants Hugo Boss


Jennifer Sequin pants Yves Saint Laurent Blouse Malene Birger Silk kimono Divine Decadence Turban Lilliput Necklace Rita Tesolin Ring Kara Ross Shoes Enzo Angliolini Ben Suit vest and pants Ben Sherman Mandarin collared shirt Fred Perry


Jennifer Skirt Hilary Macmillan Negligee Hoss Fringe Bolero River Island Necklace Laborde Ben Silk robe Hermes


Jennifer Dress Lucian Matis Blouse Hoss Hat Lilliput Shoes Pour La Victoire Gloves Ralph Lauren Earrings Anzie Ben Pants Haight and Ashbury Mandarin collared shirt J.Lindeberg Suspenders Hugo Boss Hat Goorin Bros


Jennifer Sweater Lucian Matis Skirt Genevieve Lima Ring Laborde Ben Vest Strellson Pants Strellson Henley shirt Diesel Blazer Ted Baker


FLORICOLORIS CAPILLUS Photographed by Ugo Richard

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Coat Alexis Reynal


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Dress and Jacket Issey Miyake Necklace Yojhi


Coat Etro Top Alicia Reina Skirt Katrin Schnabl Shoes Melissa by Vivienne Westwood Ring JewelMak

COLOR EXPLOSION Photographed by Jill Wachter

www.jillwachter.com Stylist: Cameron Carpenter Makeup and Hair: Daniel P. Represented by Creative Management MC2 Model: Jennifer Lamiraoui - Elite Models

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Dress Anna Sui Tights Agent Provocateur Boots Bottega Venetta Scarf Dorothy and Herb Handbag THALÉ BLANC


Jacket Etro Blouse Marissa webb Skirt Katrin Schnabl Onyx ring JewelMak Purse Anna Sui


Dress Gustavo Cadille Wrap Norma Ishak Heels Valentino Clutch THALÉ BLANC


Coat 5 preview Top and skirt Reddoll by Tatyana Merenyuk Heels Shoedazzle Labradorite bangles JewelMak


Jacket Han Kjobenhaven Blouse Etro Mesh sheath Buki Akib Suit trousers Augustin Teboul Heels Marissa Webb Bag THALÉ BLANC


Eyes MAC Rainy Season eye shadow quad/ L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Cheeks MAC Rosy Outlook blush Lips MAC Peach Blossom lipstick Skin Laura Mercier moisturizing foundation, MAC translucent powder

STRUCTURAL HARMONY Photographed by Gabe Toth

www.gabetoth.com Creative Director: Dylan K Hanson Makeup Artist: Shawna Lee, represented by Judy Inc Hair Stylist: Dylan K Hanson, using TRESemmé Hair Care Model: Elise - Elmer Olsen Models

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Eyes NARS Cyprus eye shadow/ NARS Black Stylo on lids Cheeks NARS Puerto Vallarta highlighter Lips NARS Rouge Basque Skin Laura Mercier Moisturizing Foundation/ MAC translucent powder


Eyes MAC Black Fluidline pot liner on lids/ L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Cheeks MAC Rosy Outlook blush Lips NARS Moscow Matte Lipstick Skin Laura Mercier Foundation/ MAC translucent powder

Necklace JEWELLERY BY KAREN


Eyes NARS Himalayas eye shadow on lid/ NARS Black Stylo liner Cheeks NARS Deep Throat blush Lips MAC Peach Blossom lipstick


COLOR FLUCTUATIONS Photographed by Fabio Piemonte

www.fabiopiemonte.com Stylist: Angelina Canale Makeup Artist: Paolo De Vita, represented by Freelancer Hair Stylist: Alessandro Galetti, represented by Tony & Guy Stylist Assistant: Giorgia Giacomini Model: Kana - Elite model

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Blazer Roberto Cavalli Evening Gown P.A.R.O.S.H. Boots Premiata Earring Accessorize

Left Coat SinĂŠquanone Smock Mariella Rosati Evening Gown Roberto Cavalli Belt Nanni


Leather Jacket Hanita Evening Gown Iceberg Bangles Accessorize


Waistcoat Ash Dress Mariella Rosati Evening Gown Marco Bologna Earring Accessorize Bangle Chanel Shoes Giuseppe Zanotti Design


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Dust Coat Ksenya Ivanovskaya Evening Gown Roberta Scarpa Belts Gf FerrĂŠ Bag Benedetta Bruzziches


INTERVIEW - CHEF

JAMIE KENNEDY Chef/Owner, Jamie Kennedy Kitchens

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he idea of “Celebrity Chef” has become a pop culture mainstay in recent years, whether they’re screaming at protégés that their work has too much creme and not enough brulée, or testing contestants’ famous chicken recipe for tenderness. But there is one chef who has expanded these guidelines on how to be a famous chef, and has created not only wonderful food, but also a more positive community, both in Canada and in the culinary world at large. Jamie Kennedy studied at the respected George Brown College before being swept off to Switzerland by the owner of the Windsor Arms to be his personal chef. Since returning to Canada in 1980, Kennedy has been instrumental in making Toronto a place to go to for groundbreaking uptown, five-star dining. In addition to his work at Scaramouche and his own Palmerston Restaurant, in 1989 Kennedy co-founded Knives and Forks, a trailblazer in implementing ‘farm-to-table’ practices, and in cultivating lasting relationships between farmers and chefs. Fast forward to today, and Kennedy’s hand is still as strong as ever in the way Toronto enjoys their food, inspiring progress in the way we look at food and agriculture, and the relationship between them. In 2010 he was awarded the Governor General’s Award in Celebration of the Nation’s Table that recognizes and celebrates outstanding efforts in improving the quality, variety and sustainability of all elements and ingredients of our Nation’s Table. www.jamiekennedy.ca To go way back to the beginning, when did you realize you wanted to be a chef? I was 17 years old, and I had come to a fork in the road; one tine led to visual arts and photography, and the other pointed in the direction of the culinary arts. I interviewed for a job as an assistant filmmaker at the CBC, and I interviewed for a job as an apprentice cook at the Windsor Arms Hotel. I got the job as an apprentice cook. My path was blazed. What is your favourite dish from childhood? Dr. Martin’s Mix. My mother learned how to make it from Peg Braken’s “I Hate to Cook Book.” Do you remember what the first thing you cooked was? It was an omelette for my mother. I was mimicking the directions that Julia Child had given me from her television show.

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What inspires you? I try to respond to things that are happening outside of myself, outside my body; the city that I live in, the rural community around Toronto, and the people I meet. Do you have a favourite type (ethnicity) of food? Depends on what day of the week it is. I love everything. Could you describe the experience of working in Switzerland, and learning the culinary craft of European cooking first-hand? The Swiss experience began long before I set foot in Switzerland. My apprenticeship was like living in Little Switzerland in the basement of the Windsor Arms Hotel. Did the experience change the way you look at food? The experience certainly informed how I would look at food in the future, but the experience was all about learning how to work; how to work in a team environment toward a common purpose. The skills of cooking came later.

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How would you define the ‘Slow Food Movement’? The Slow Food Movement is an organization of people that are concerned about the future of food, and look to models of food production that hail from an era that pre-dates modern times. So it’s an effort made by Slow Food to reconnect with artisan food production and respect for individuals, for the environment, and for tradition. Tell us about the experience of receiving such a distinguished award as the Governor General’s Award in Celebration of the Nation’s Table? It was a personal honour, but it’s also showing how there’s a turn in the tide in respect to how people in our society value our sector, that they value gastronomy as something that contributes to the culture of our society. When did you realize that the importance in the ties between chefs and farmers had to be taught to consumers in Ontario? Would you regard it as necessary transparency? It became an important part of the strategy of the Local Food Movement to develop models that made sense economically: driving that connection home to people through representation in farmer’s markets, and awareness about new business opportunities; for example, the distribution company 100 KM Foods. It’s really about making food that’s grown in the community available to people in the community, at a price point that is not considered elitist. For the price to come down to what we’re used to will probably never happen, but with more demand there will eventually be some parity, as better distribution models evolve. How has awareness of this important relationship helped to change the Toronto culinary landscape? It has propelled it into a new era of excitement, with many owner-operated restaurants coming into being that are exponents of local food provenance.

You purchased farmland in PEC (Prince Edward County) while the ROM (and your restaurant there) were being renovated, and have grown vegetables, herbs, raised livestock, and cultivated a vineyard there; why PEC? We chose the County because it was an exciting new cultural area that also has a history of farming and agriculture, and being a city dweller, I personally wanted to become more connected with the supply side of my work. If you could sit down to lunch with any chef, dead or alive, who would it be and why? It would be Auguste Escoffier because of his ability to communicate ideas at a time when there wasn’t the technology that exists today. I find this fascinating, and I would like to learn more about how he did that. What would you say is your cooking philosophy? It’s very much to do with furthering the ideas around the Local Food Movement, the ideology of the Slow Food Movement, and educating young cooks in the workplace to that way of thinking. Do you have any plans for expansion beyond Canada? No. Where do you see yourself in the next five years? Home-based on the farm during the growing season, observing the developing seasons, and having access to the city during the winter months. Photos by Joanna Dickins


INTERVIEW - BAG DESIGNER

Sneha Varma Handbag Designer

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f you believe that handbags are like works of art, then you would get along very well with Toronto handbag designer, and former accountant, Sneha Varma. Although a very new, fresh line (the first collection came out for Fall 2012), Varma has already enjoyed great success; her line of colourful, chic, durable, yet slick designs has become a mainstay, not only for Canadian style setters, but also industry insiders and bloggers, and has been featured in top magazines. It’s clear this designer is on the fast-track to success, and with all those sales rolling in, she’ll certainly be putting her accounting skills to work. www.snehavarma.com

Why handbags? I have a natural affinity for bags, and truly appreciate the design and craftsmanship that goes into each bag. My love for bags dates to as far back as I can remember. It was just a matter of time before I felt so compelled to convert my passion into a business. It just felt right. How would you describe your style as a designer? Modern and a bit edgy. Where do you find your inspiration? I find my inspiration mainly from the everyday, as well as from street style around the world. What was it like to move from accounting to fashion? It was scary, quite honestly. Entering an industry as a business-owner rather than as a consumer is completely different, as obvious as that may be. However, my drive and commitment supersedes all fear. If you want to grow, both personally and professionally, I believe you have to continuously challenge yourself and travel outside your comfort zone. Did you have any training or background in the fashion/ handbag industry? No formal training. The knowledge I have obtained and continue to obtain has come through experience, research, and self-teaching.

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When did you realize that life as an accountant was not right for you? I would not say that it was not right for me. Actually, it has served, and continues to serve me well. My background allows me to properly understand, manage, and ultimately grow my business. There just came a point in my life and career where I decided to turn a strong passion for handbags into a business. In my case, I believe this was possible due to my accounting background.

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How do you like to begin the design process; does it just happen organically? It begins with a visual in my head, whether it is a colour palette, a whole silhouette, or parts of a bag, and then I bring it to paper... the rest flows from there. If you could work in any city in the world, where would it be and why? I would work in New York City. There is a tremendous amount of support for emerging designers there, especially in the handbag industry, such as local manufacturers and suppliers to source materials from. What do you look for in a good handbag design? It should be functional but also stylish and in keeping with the times.

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What is your favourite material to work with? To date it’s been nappa sheepskin, mainly due to the texture. I have not worked with too many materials yet and look forward to discovering more materials for future collections. What other materials are you currently craving to work with? I would love to create my own custom graphic prints.

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Do you have a favourite piece out of your collection? That’s a difficult question to answer because I love all of the pieces in my collection. However, I have a special place in my heart for the “NYC Mini”. Who would you most like to see wearing your bags? The woman I design for is fearless and edgy, an uptown meets downtown conglomerate. She appreciates the simplicity of useful things, but spices things up with sharp angles and colour. She wants people to notice her, but not in a “look at me” way. I like it when people do a double take not because they know the label, but because they want to know the label. If you could speak to any designer/artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Nicolas Ghesquière. He is one of the reasons I entered this business on account of his iconic “Motorcycle” bags. I would love to pick his brain.

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Where do you see yourself/your company in the next five years? In the next five years, I would like for this company to be a globally recognized/respected brand. Any plans for expansion beyond handbags? Eventually, yes. I would love for the company to develop into a bit of a lifestyle brand. Photos by Mike Lewis

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INTERVIEW - SINGER-SONGWRITER

kristina maria

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Singer Songwriter

f you had the radio on at all last summer, you would have heard the voice of Kristina Maria blasting through your speakers with songs like the hit Co-Pilot and Let’s Play, both of which have sold close to 100,000 units in digital sales. This success is no surprise, as Maria’s passion for the industry is evident, and her vocal chops are both powerful and highly technical - in other words, this girl can sing. Born in Ottawa, she has become one of the country’s fastest-rising music stars, spurred on by the success of her debut album “Tell Everyone”. She spent 18 months recording all over the world, from Sweden and Anguilla, to NYC, Montréal, and Miami, with music industry legends who have worked with icons like Madonna, Céline Dion, Katy Perry, Janet Jackson, and Britney Spears. As if that wasn’t enough, Kristina Maria has grabbed a record deal in France and scouts from the American record industry have certainly taken notice of this Canadian gem. They may have taken notice, but when she’s on billboards all over the world, we’ll always be proud that she’s a Canadian girl. www.kristinamariamusic.com

When did you realize that music would be your destiny? I know that it’s cliché, but I feel like I always knew music was my destiny. I remember belting out ballads from Céline and Whitney at the age of four and imagining I was performing in front of thousands of people. Could you describe the feeling of releasing your first album? It’s difficult to describe the feeling I felt when I released my first album. I felt mixed emotions of nervousness, pride, and “OMG this is a dream come true!!” Vito and I worked very hard to perfect it and we were so proud of the outcome! What was the process of creating your debut album like? The process of creating my debut album was an amazing journey! My manager Vito Luprano introduced me to the most talented people to work with. I learned so much and grew as an artist. What was the first thing you did when you heard one of your singles on national radio for the first time? The first time I heard my single “Let’s Play” on the radio, I was in my car and thought it was my CD playing. I had to press the eject button to believe it was actually coming from the radio! Then came the freakin’ out part. If you can, could you describe your album Tell The World in one word? To describe my album Tell The World in one word it would be ‘heartfelt’, because it really is ‘a day in the life of Kristina Maria’. I co-wrote 11 songs out of 14, and truly believe I poured my heart out. It’s songs that most people can relate to. You worked with countless talented people on the album; if you could work with anyone you haven’t yet, who would it be and why?  If I could work with anyone I haven’t yet, it would be Bruno Mars. That man has such an angelic voice, he serenades me every single time I hear him! You co-wrote 11 out of the 14 songs on the album; how would you describe your typical writing process? There is no way of describing a typical writing process because it changes with every song. Sometimes you come into the studio with lyrics already written, a melody done, an idea, or a cool beat. Then the music making begins.

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Pop songs, ballads, dance songs… do you have a preference? Picking a single genre is too tough! They can all be my favourite depending on my mood. What motivates you? What keeps me motivated is waking up every day and knowing I’m living my dream. I get the opportunity to do what I love and thrive off of learning from my experiences in an effort to better myself as an artist. What is it that you like most about your job (aside from the fact that it’s a pretty fantastic job)? What I like the most is performing on stage! The adrenaline gives me a rush that I love! Being able to be myself and sharing the moment with my fans feels so liberating. Also, writing with other talented artists; it gives me a freedom of speech.

What was it like traveling all over the world while creating your album? Traveling all over the world while creating my album was a great inspiration. It brought so much to the album by creating an American, Canadian, and European feel to it! Also I loooove travelling, so I was like, “Hellllllo Sweden!” What part do your life experiences or feelings play when you are writing your songs? A lot of my life experiences and feelings play a big part when I am writing my songs. Most songs reflect a chapter in my life that I want to share with the world. Do you have a favourite song amongst those that you have written? All of my songs are my babies, so it’s very hard to pick a favourite amongst them. I do catch myself singing or listening to one more than the other, but it really depends of my mood. Today I’m totally feeling “You Don’t Have The Right To Cry”. Is there something you wish to communicate with your music? I don’t have a specific message to communicate with my music, but I do hope to write songs that people can relate to. Music is therapy and I truly believe people can heal by listening to lyrics that describe how they feel... whether it is a fun night out or a heartbreaking situation; we’ve all been there.

If you could jet off to anywhere in the world to play a show, where would it be? If I could jet off to anywhere in the world to play a show it would be in Agadir, Morocco, for the “Tolerance” show. I performed there last year with a bunch of other artists in front of 300,000 people by the beach. It was for a great cause that encouraged world peace. What a rush! Can you tell us about the experience of performing on the Céline Dion Special in Paris? Performing on the Céline Dion Special in Paris was a true honour. I used to sing her songs recreationally as a child, but never in a million years would I have imagined myself on stage performing in her honour. As if that wasn’t enough, I also have the pleasure of working with Céline’s former executive producer and artistic director, Vito Luprano, who is my partner in my artistic journey. Who were and are your musical influences? Growing up I had many musical influences such as Whitney Houston, Céline Dion, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin (the list is too long!). I would listen to a different variety of music and try to imitate the notes that sounded beautiful to my ears! Besides your voice, do you play any instruments? Unfortunately I do not play any instruments other than my voice! I’ve always dreamt of playing the guitar. It’s never too late to learn! Where do you see yourself in the next five years? I see myself being successful at doing what I love, and being happy! Photos by Randee St Nicholas


TRAVEL - MAURITIUS

FOUR SEASONS RESORT - MAURITIUS

Situated in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a tropical island of volcanic origin. Located approximately 1,200 miles (1,900 km) off the southeast coast of Africa and east of Madagascar, the island has 200 miles (320 km) of coastline and is bordered by broad lagoons, which have been created by one of the largest coral barrier reefs in the world. Mauritius benefits from direct flights from most international destinations year-round, mild sub tropical weather, English and French-speaking locals, and a variety of sights and excursions for all age groups. Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita is a 136 pool villa retreat with views over an extensive lagoon and its own private 11 acre island. Situated within a protected sanctuary on the east coast of Mauritius, the Resort is set against a backdrop of the Bambou Mountain. With its secluded beaches, a choice of regionally inspired treatments at the overwater spa, and an Ernie Els designed golf course, this stylish open-air Resort is a haven from

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the demands of modern life, where every need is catered for by the genuine care and warmth of the Four Seasons Resort family. The Resort offers romantic tranquility for couples and honeymooners, as well as unrivalled children’s and teen facilities for travelling families. The Resort comprises 90 One-Bedroom Pool Villas, 20 Two-Bedroom Garden Residences, 15 Three-Bedroom Garden Residences, 10 Luxury Villas (ranging from four to six-bedroom), and one Presidential Suite, with external features including landscaped terraces, an al fresco shower, an infinity edge plunge pool, and a private garden filled with indigenous plants and trees. The villas’ floor to ceiling windows and doors maximize the views and create a true sense of outdoor living. There are three secluded beaches on the Resort’s private island. The two bays of white sand on the northern face of the island flank the main swimming pools. The white sand cove to the south of the private island, the Quiet Beach, faces the lush mangroves and offers a peaceful retreat, away from the main facilities.

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The Resort has four swimming pools. The infinity-edge pool is located adjacent to Bambou restaurant; it is lined with majestic Royal Palms and features sweeping views across the lagoon, ocean and nearby islands. The free-form California-edge pool overflows into the infinity-edge pool. There is also a 25 m lap pool, located in the Fitness Centre, and a children’s pool within the Kids’ Club. The Resort’s four restaurants are able to cater to any culinary desires, from the finest Mauritian and pan-Asian delicacies, to fresh seafood, classic Italian dishes, and a contemporary grill. In-Villa dining is also available around the clock, seven days a week, to allow guests to dine in relaxed privacy without having to set foot outside their villa.

Golf is complimentary and unlimited to all guests, allowing players of all levels to enjoy oceanfront views from the Ernie Els designed 18-hole, par-72 championship course. Mauritius is one of the world’s top game fishing centres, with record-breaking marlin, sailfish and sharks regularly caught off its coast. Mauritius’ abundant live reefs sustain a thriving underworld of corals and tropical fish. The Resort operates its own PADI licensed dive centre, Quayside, run by a team of experts who know every nook and cranny of Mauritius’ aquatic paradise, and can accommodate any group or individual wishing to explore the lagoons.


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The Resort’s Fitness Centre is set within beautiful tropical gardens on the mainland. There are two floodlit synthetic grass tennis courts at the Resort, located just a short distance from the Fitness Centre. In keeping with the spirit of the Resort, the Spa is designed as a contemporary, natural retreat, with the emphasis on the fusion of Afro-Indian cultures that is so evident in Mauritius. The over-water Spa offers regionally inspired rituals and therapies that reflect the island’s multicultural heritage. The fully serviced Salon offers manicures, pedicures, facials and hairstyling, and is adjacent to the boutique, which stocks a wide choice of beauty and wellness products used in the Spa, for those wishing to continue their pampering on their return home. Exclusive lines of jewellery and clothing can also be found in the Spa boutique. In addition to its wide-range of family friendly activities, Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita offers two dedicated children’s clubs: The Kids’ Club, and The Young Adults Centre Karokan. Four Seasons is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continuous innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. For more information visit www.fourseasons.com/mauritius


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Issue 9 - Fall 2013  

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

Issue 9 - Fall 2013  

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

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