CXIII ISSUE III
the EVOLUTION issue
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SPECIAL THANKS TO Richard Brandon Yates Erevos Aether Jeffie Sigman Christine Lam
KJ Schelling Risa Le Pera Terry Fan
We meet again in this cozy haven of dark delight, my lovely readers. The new year marks the birth of Issue III of CXIII, the Evolution Issue. Evolution has been widely defined as this constant change over time, biologically, physically, and mentally. What is more crucial to highlight is technological advances. Advances in communication, industrial science, and travel were the basic foundation on which Issue III transpired. From there, the metamorphosis of art and fashion developed and fused coincidentally with such technological growth, and resulted in some of the most influential and cutting edge trends we come across today. Thatâ€™s what I wanted to focus on more than anything. The last issue was a bit more of a black abyss, and from there came the evolution of a higher concept stream lined focus. My thought process was to be exceptionally rich in visual content, but incorporating heavy metal and industrial accents. I chose designers, artists, and young talents who fit seemlessly into this modern high shine futuristic vision. I come before you seeking to submerge your mind in the sublime and fascinating advances twisted into a sleek little magazine, bound by avant garde intentions. Itâ€™s all about the new, the next, the strangely addicting, the weird beauty, the journey, the change..the evolution. With much love from the East Coast of the U. S. of A. Your Editor - in - Chief warmly welcomes you to the Evolution.
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LOVE, LU ST, LU XE
T ITA NIUM LIBE R ATION
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BL AC K W I D OW
C LE A N C U T
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ES C A PE TACTICS
JEFFIE. C OM
RIC HARD BR AND ON YATE S
W I N T E R REVOLU T ION
T H E A RT OF T E RRY FA N
EDITOR OBSESSIONS Do to the enormous reader request, my life be like... Obesssive Compulsive Lip Tar Sephora $16
ON MY PLAYLIST > > > > > > > >
A$AP ROCKY DIPLO TRIFONIC IGGY AZALEA AZEALIA BANKS GOLD FIELDS KLAXONS BAND OF SKULLS
> FRANZ FERDINAND
ON MY FASHION RADAR > > > >
FOX AND OWL ACTUAL PAIN EGO AND GREED SKINGRAFT
> ZANA BAYNE
IN MY PURSE > HARAJUKU LOVERS ANGEL PERFUME > OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS LIP TAR > WET N’ WILD JET BLACK LINER > SECRET SNACKS > 2 IPODS
BEAUTY TRENDS > BOLD BROWS > PLUM LIP BALM > MASK EYE MAKE UP > lUMINIZER
Fox and Owl Leg Braces
Masked eyes and deep plum lips are like a modern day vampireâ€™s dream Model -Christine Lam Photographer - Ashley J
COLOR ME curious Photography, styling, make up - Ashley J Model - Ashley J
pHOTOGRAPHY, MAKE UP, STYLNG - ASHLEY J MODEL - ASHLEY J
T his season Erevos Aether travelled deep inside our Galaxy, to meet the Seven Sisters, the Pleiades, daughters of Atlas. A voyage through cosmos to the extremely luminous star cluster, which incarnates the 7 total looks of the Pleiades collection. Emphasizing the astute quality and artistry of clothing, Erevos Aether continues to push the boundaries using couture techniques and approaches women from a different perspective, creating unique and powerful, while at the same time ultra feminine high fashion silhouettes. Structures that embrace the female body are intricately decorated with opulent embroidery and rich beading using innovative and high technology techniques. An essentially black palette with blue-black overtures, spiced up with reflective metallic tones of blue, silver, green and bronze create the seven goddesses, the seven most luminous women in the galaxy. Establishing the main way of communicating a vision of a different world through film presentation, Erevos Aether is releasing a film showcasing M45 Pleiades collection captured in association with Anomalous Visuals. Each collection’s short film has been credited as exceptional and has been featured in the prestigious website of Diane Pernet, “A Shaded View on Fashion” as well as in the A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival IV in Centre Pompidou in Paris. The brand since its launch has attracted the attention of numerous stylists and bloggers alike and has created bespoke commissioned pieces for some of the world’s leading stylists including Bea Akerlund for the Black Eyed Peas world tour 2011, Nicola Formichetti for Lady Gaga’s several appearances and GK Reid for Daphne Guiness, among others.
BL ACK WI D O W pHOTOGRAPHY + model - ASHLEY J
PHOTOGRAPHY + STYLING - ASHLEY J MODEL - RISA LE PERA
PHOTOGRAPHY + STYLING - ashley j model - kj schelling
Sequined leggings - Express Faux Fur jacket - Vintage
KEEP IT TIGHT JEFFIE.COM
ressed as a vision of clean cut and modern military meets outer space sophistication, we encounter a man brave enough to take the plunge head first into the world of fashion. Currently he hails from the heart of Seattle, scheming his latest venture with extra haut espresso in hand. We were lucky enough to disrupt his beloved coffee excursion and get the scoop on Jeffie, the person and the brand. Born in the panhandle of Florida, Jeffie Sigman entered the world ready to rock. His dad was highly skilled master of all things nuclear power, laser, and robot oriented and his mum was a teacher and dabbled in publishing as well. Always mechanically inclined, lego obsessed, and focused on detail, Jeffie quickly found his calling in the world of programming. By the time he was 20, he got called to work for Microsoft and began what would be a 15 year career as a total computer savvy badass. “I grew up at that company. I was all about motivating people and helping people make their lives better,” says Sigman. “I considered Bill Gates a personal hero and found working for him a life goal. I wrote code for Bill Gates and achieved that dream, and once that chapter ends you get bored.”
So now we get to the good stuff of course. From Microsoft to tight pants. My biggest question of all was whether this fresh new designer always rocked out in head-to-toe fashion perfection. “At 29 I realized I let other people dictate what I looked like. Eventually I was like ‘Fuck it, I don’t care!’ I ended up finding this store, David Lawrence, in Seattle that carried brands like Hugo Boss and Versace. They sold clothes to men who really cared about how they look. From there I found All Saints and fell in love with their entire store. Everything from the colors, to the fit of the jeans, and their themes of cheerfulness and death.” Eventually Jeffie found his fashion mojo and rocked the tight pants like he invented it. “I also had love for the idea of space military. Coldplay had this theme of Military French Revolution that I was instantly drawn to.” By 2012, a good friend sent Sigman a link to a page of leggings on Pinterest, and after spotting a pair of galaxy printed ones, it was game on.
Construct Blue Leggings - Jeffie.com
Anoid Droid Leggings - Jeffie.com
14 pairs later and he was submerged into the world of tight pants and the thousands who also were devoted to the style. He was introduced to the community that held both a high appreciation for their beloved brands and was accepted into their world. “It changed my life, and writing software was no longer good enough. Corporate wasn’t exciting anymore.” “By mid 2012 I focused my energy on creating a collection site for this community, so that they could have this virtual closet and space to see their collections.” From there Jeffie was able to establish an online warehouse that held every item of clothing within these brands, so that one could easily make an account and place their collection into this special space. As he continued to work like a mad man at his job and on his newly created site, Sigman boarded a flight headed for New York that was the initial push and serendipity moment that eventually led to his brand today. “I was on a flight headed to NY, sitting next to a married couple. When her husband got up to go to the bathroom she asked me about the pants I was wearing. It turned out she was in the apparel manufacturing business for her whole life, doing work with stores like Nordstrom and Lululemon. I told her about my dreams and ideas, and she asked if she could help. Her husband came back and I quickly found out that he was previously a chemical engineer for fabric. We talked the whole flight and it was the push that I needed to make this happen.”
As the creative director and founder of this new upcoming brand, Jeffie needed to really assemble a team strong enough to pull it off and in his own words “kick ass and go to the moon.” “I had to first find a graphic designer that had the same vision. Through the community of legging fanatics I had stumbled across Ashley J. She wasn’t as active in the discussions or anything when I came into it all, but we chatted briefly about her work and I realized it really aligned with the aesthetic I admired. From there we built a really strong friendship and I knew she could handle the job. She ended up being not only the graphic designer for the leggings, but photographer and model.” Of course another strong force in the team was Joan and Steve who Jeffie had met on the flight to New York. They took the business plan on paper and worked through all necessary details, taught him how to source fabric, and showed him the world of clothing manufacturing. They helped steer the ship. On board the Jeffie ship was his own dad as well. “My dad used to work with lasers, robots, nuclear power plants. It was cool because I used to work under him but he offered to help and work for me with my brand. He saw problems before I even ran into them and is really skilled with an autoCAD machine.” Finally, Jeffie’s long time friend, JM King completed the team. “She’s like Leonardo. She is an incredible fine artist and I wanted to have her involved and use some of her images. She’s also has amazing skills in business and presenting products, which is where she really helped in making the packaging and shipping methods personal and unique.”
With a team, a vision, a plan, and the determination to make this idea a reality, The Jeffie.com brand was born. “What differentiates me is that I want to change the world and to blow people away with something new. I wanted to create something all about the future and breaking free of the gravity of this planet.” Clearly this dream became a reality when the debut collection, “Space Babe” launched into orbit online in January of this year. Featuring designs reminiscent of robotic legs, lasers, and even molecular caffeine structures, the 12 piece American made collection went live with a purpose to not only inspire and excite people, but break boundaries. “We need to break the typical sexual orientation stigma’s associated with the way one dresses. I like the idea of androgyny and accept both men and women just wearing what they want.” The online web store, Jeffie.com, ships worldwide and includes sizes ranging from XS-XL, in order to accommodate as many figures as possible. With the goal to “keep it tight” and the objective to make women and men feel great in what they wear, this only makes the beginning for the brand and it’s bright future. Using tools in the social media arena like Instagram and Facebook, it gives the customer a way to connect with the brand. “Life is for living,” Said Jeffie, as we came towards the end of our revealing interview. “Coldplay said that. They’re right. If you wake up just because you have to, and you live like that, you’re fucked. It’s all about attitude and really living.”
“If you wake
up just because you have to, and you live like that, you’re fucked. It’s all about attitude and really living.” As we wrapped up the interview and ran out of coffee, one thing is quite clear. In a world where a small business or start up lies behind every corner, it takes more than just an idea to thrive as a success. Brands and businesses become great when there is a dedication to the product, the customer, and the continuous push to do greater than before. To differentiate as a separate enigma within the small business playing field, whether it be the next fashion innovation or breakthrough in flavored toothpaste, determination is the ultimate driving force. The heart and soul of this newly launched company is drenched in sheer determination, with a creative director and a team that possesses the talent and certainty of a bright future, we all wait in suspense to see what’s coming next.
Silica Pathway Leggings - Jeffie.com
Complete collection now available on Jeffie.com
Androgyny meets refinement, a lone women inspired by the golden eras of yesteryear. Decadent atmospheres and an aura of sophistication accentuate, but never obscure here independent allure. Photographed by Richard Brandon Yates Model: Hannah Ray. Styling by Isabella Wisinger. All Hair & makeup by Euffel Calip.
Man Behind the Lense: Richard Brandon Yates Before we dive head first into the jaw dropping editorials of the talented 18 year old photographer, itâ€™s only fair that we get to grill him on his style and brilliant approach .
Where are you from, and does your surroundings influence your work at all? I was born in Houston, Texas, and have lived in the vicinity of it for the majority of my life. I believe that urbanized surroundings melted within me at a young age, and the imagery associated with it was subliminally embedded. I never knew what my attraction was at first, but this mysterious womanly figure with a sort of untouchable beauty; she is a muse, a creation of the mind, an elusive image that I still am trying to capture to this day. When did you start taking photographs? Was it always an interest of yours? I did not start taking photography seriously until shortly after my sixteenth birthday. At the age of eighteen, I am still learning something new every day, but have benefitted from an obsession with visual arts at a young age. I do not find a limit to what inspires me, any quality of any sense can be the source of something special later on. I have been drawing for almost all of my life, and have never relied on photography as a medium, just as a preferred method of portraying an inner world, the one thing I am truly passionate about. Much of what I learned from developing drawing skills carried over to cameras; I am more concerned about what is portrayed than how I portray it. 104
Any muses or inspirations that you look to when conceptualizing a shoot or series? I mentioned that elusive imagery of an ideal being I have always chased; a very classical allure, yet nearly androgynous. No defining qualities to judge what lies beneath, only pure statuesque perfection. I try portraying my models as that ghost. The image, in turn, was probably influenced by many things I look to today, as well as the past. Some very memorable examples include too many classical paintings to name, a certain kind of atmosphere found within music, that which evokes an intimidation and sublime beauty all at once, and even movie characters; Xenia Onatopp from Goldeneye is a huge one, the casino scene at the beginning is my favorite clip to this day. What would you say is your absolute favorite aspect of photography? The ability to capture the impossible; when minds come together for a shoot, the viewfinder is not a device for seeing objects in real time, but a visual portal into the collective imaginations of those behind it. The final product is always rewarding, but there is an ad dictive rush you get when actually seeing that image for the first time, before the shutter closes. That moment of absolute connection between the photographer and subject.
Any new projects that we should be on the look out from you in the near future? Oh yes! I am getting more attention from clients as of late, so that will hopefully bring an evolution in my productive timeline. I have some personal projects that I am very involved in, including another original editorial. Isabella Wisinger (stylist, and quite often, my creative partner) and I are always cooking up new concepts. I will be very happy when I can release more work for you and everyone else! If you could give one piece of advice to young talents, or anyone beginning to set foot in the creative industry, what would that be? If you choose to pursue a creative profession, you may feel defeat at times. It is a very selective industry, and can take many years to eve n gain a foothold in. You have to know who you are, and stick to that person, if you are not firm in your ideals, you will not have the strength to push through.
We live in a society that promotes uniformity, and as cliche as it sounds, mandatory institutes such as high schools have become an indoctrination center in favor of those who are willing to give in to someone elseâ€™s way of thinking. You will be contrad icted, you will find yourself contradicting others, but you have to accept this. Let your work reflect the world and ideals within your mind, something nobody could ever see anywhere else; I believe a successful artist is not one who has the most prolific career, money, or fame, but one who can truly translate thought for others to interpret and understand in a unique way. And very often, those are the ones who attain the aforementioned things in their journey.
WINTER RE VOLUTI ON p hoto g r a p h y b y richard brand on yates Hai r / M a k e u p- E uffel C alip M ode l s - A l ondra Guerra, A leez a Williams, Trena Pokorski
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“Dark Side of the Forest”
Where are you located and has your location influenced your work at all? I’m currently located in Toronto, Canada, but was born in the US and moved around quite a bit when I was younger. Also, being half-Chinese I have family living in Taiwan, so I’ve had a lot of different cultural influences to draw upon. However, a good portion of my life has been in Toronto and I went to art school there as well so that’s had a big influence. I would say that living in Canada encourages a certain introspective quality simply because of the weather - the winters are so long and cold that a lot of time is spent indoors which also tends to cut down on social interactions. Has art and design always been a significant part of your life? When I was a kid I remember constantly drawing, painting, creating all kinds of things all of the time so yes, it’s always been a significant part of my life, although it’s only been recently that I’ve been able to make a living off of it. I’ve been involved in a number of artistic pursuits in different mediums over the years including music, film, screenplay writing, t-shirt design and graphic novels. Illustration has become my bread-andbutter, but I don’t really differentiate between different mediums and to me anything that involves creativity can also be an art form. I might even be involved in doing something for a video game at some point, keeping my fingers crossed on that one! What are you inspired by the most when creating new pieces? Basically my aim to to create something that evokes a certain mood or feeling. I’m inspired by almost anything around me and it can come from some pretty unexpected places. I think it’s really important to be able to tap into the kind of imagination and wonder that’s so natural among children, but which gets suppressed as we get older. Intuition plays a large role in that and I’ve been trying to listen to it more carefully.
“The most valuable thing any artist possesses is that indefinable thing that makes their work unique” My best ideas come when I allow my thoughts to roam and usually this is when I’m lying in bed, half-asleep. An image or feeling will come to mind and then I’ll often type a little note in my iPhone so I wont forget it. -What mediums or techniques do you use? My art is a blend of traditional and digital. I usually start with an illustration done with graphite or pen-and-ink, scan the image, then colour it in Adobe Photoshop. I know a lot of artists who work directly on the computer and use a Wacom tablet, but I find there’s nothing that replaces the tactile feel of pen or pencil on paper and I doubt I’ll ever give that up. Also this process has become part of my style and gives it an organic quality that would be impossible to achieve any other way. However computers are invaluable tools and I don’t want to minimize their importance. Working in photoshop I have the choice of taking a piece in several different directions depending on the treatment. It also grants me incredible freedom and almost limitless possibilities to manipulate images, experiment with different colour palettes and refine the composition, so it’s definitely a key aspect of my creative process. All in all though, I prefer a more hand-drawn style and am not a fan of most vector work, although there have been a few exceptions.
Any favorite subjects or styles that you like best? I’m really attracted to surreal or dreamlike images, ideas that come from an intuitive, sub-conscious place. I find that I do a lot of night scenes - I think because of the mysterious, internal, sheltered quality it possesses, much like the artistic process itself. Nautical themes also find their way into my work on a regular basis because I’ve always felt a strong, spiritual connection to the sea. However sometimes I’ll do work that’s silly or absurd too, it really depends on my mood at the time. What do you love most about what you create? Is there a certain aspect, the work, the finished product, or maybe the initial brainstorming process that you enjoy the most? The part where I’m actively working on a piece is the most enjoyable, when all the pieces are falling into place and the result is something that’s close to what I had in my head. When something is completed I tend to sort of forget about it and it’s on to the next thing. However, it’s an awesome feeling when an illustration takes on a life of it’s own and really connects with people in some way and I get a reaction that I didn’t expect.
“Earl of Eisley”
Any advice for young artists of words of wisdom? One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is just being able to produce work when things weren’t going so well. Discipline is incredibly important - producing a certain amount of work on a regular basis regardless of how you feel. You’ll never know what you might come up with if you don’t at least try. I’ve created some of my best work just by messing around with stuff that initially I thought was going no where. It’s also critical to find good venues to promote your work. For me sites like Threadless and Society6 have been incredibly rewarding. Both are great places to get feedback, expose your work to a larger audience, belong to a community of artists and potentially earn significant income. My success on these sites has also led to many other unexpected opportunities.
“Big Foot is Watching You...”
My last piece of advice would be to try and develop your own “voice” and listen to it carefully, learn to trust it. Identify your personal strengths and then build on them, don’t try to spread yourself too thin stylistically or blindly follow trends. I think the most valuable thing any artist possesses is that indefinable thing that makes their work unique - a style or vision so personal that it’s instantly recognizable and can’t be duplicated.
â€œJourney to the Westâ€?
To purchase prints, and various products from Terry Fan, visit Society6.com http://society6.com/artist/igo2cairo
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