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EDITOR'S LETTER I guess I can say that my generation grew up on George Michael and Celine Dion cassette tapes, celebrity cutout scrap books, question based personal journals passed around for friends to fill in, Russian books by Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky read on rooftops in the summer, platform shoes and denim overalls. However, I cannot say that the generation of snapchatters, hashtaggers, Pokemon hunters and self proclaimed influencers is not MINE.

I do admit to, though, scrolling through Facebook and Instagram before my morning coffee to post an occasional selfie from some pompous Beverly Hills after party using my favorite Valencia filter. In the afternoon I get a few snaps from my parents who live across the globe – it is the after work time there. They go and catch up on a comedy play at the Riga National theater or enjoy their weekends by grilling that island-style dorado with some fancy white wine at the summer cottage house. They share their life moments with me through social media and I am sure they also do not feel like the cyber life is something that did not touch on their generation either. Most people, including an 86-year old grandma and a 6-year-old kid, have the skills to create and upload content online. Modern web accessibility allows the talents of all generations to be exposed to our saturated ears and eyes, but BASIC has scouted that special talent that will move you and inspire.

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The fall edition of the BASIC Generation Issue opens up the doors to the insights of some of the most amusing artists, singers, designers, actors and photographers from all over the globe. Like 10-year old Norwegian song bird, Angelina Jordan, who I found from my mom. Talking to BASIC, Angelina unveils her secret reason why she is always singing barefoot on stage. Find her on YouTube and you will get severe goose bumps from her deeply touching, and everything but childish, voice. My first introduction to the Harlems happened through tedious scouting on Instagram. No wonder they became an instant Internet sensation. While some kids cannot wait to get away from their parental love in the company of their peers, Benny and Jaxyn (father and daughter) are showing off their glamorous teamwork. We want to make a statement that at BASIC we are all about promoting true role models and inspirational talent, thus, the Harle's are on the cover of this issue. And lastly, as a female publisher, I would always give an extra nudge of support to female leadership. We chose the most bad-ass runway looks from

Fall Fashion 2016 collections throughout the fashion capitals of the world and compiled a visual list of the Top Careers in Fashion, alongside a Special Spy Report from the streets of Paris, Milan, London and New York. I encourage women of all ages, races and shapes to continuously upraise their career goals and ambitions. To finish I’d quote Ralph Waldo ‘To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment’. Basically Yours, Viktorija Pashuta Editor-in-Chief


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Think Global, act Local. Based in Beverly Hills, BASIC Magazine gives tribute to the most striking talent from all over the world.

BASIC BEAUTY

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Balmy Nights Carolina Herrera Mens’ Cologne from Russia by Sergey Vasiliev

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Gossamer Muses Fall 16' Backstage Beauty Looks by Barbara Yniguez

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Once Upon A Shoe from Australia by Sarah Palmer

BASIC Principles Playful Accessories for Fall by King Yip from UK

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Women on Top Most Coveted Careers in Fashion by Abby Draper

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BASIC Vamp Fashion Illustrations by Kai Yoshizumi from Japan

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From the streets of Paris, Milan, London, New York

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BASIC DESIGNERS

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BASIC Project Kabangu – the small secret hip hop society from Nairobi, by Osborne Macharia from South Africa

BASIC Viral Kids as Music Icons by Viktorija Pashuta

BASIC Case Study Staged an Interview with Marina Toybina by Jessica Golich

BASIC Heroes Breaking Boundaries with RJ Mitte by Lisa Wayne

Fall 2016 LookBook Preview

BASIC INFLUENCERS

Dunyah by Mustafa Wafa from USA Paule Ka from France Jean Gritsfeldt from Ukraine Max Tan from Singapore Nicholas K from USA

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COVER CREDITS

CONTRIBUTORS

BENNY

G E N E R AT I O N I S S U E

WOMEN ON TOP

HARLEM

On Peace, Racism & Hair-Do Attitude

PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Viktorija Pashuta, Kris Baum, Marco Conte, Sergey Vasiliev, Tomaas, Daryna Barykina, Jürgen Knoth, Peter Warrick, Dana Cole, Trevor Flores, Dickson Moses, Osborne Macharia, Miguel Gauthier

Einat Dan, Barbara Yniguez, Chelsea Conklin, Lupe Moreno, Meyloo B. Represented By B-Agency, RETOUCHING/DIGITAL ARTISTS

Trevor Jackson Jordyn Jones Viviana Soldano RJ Mitte Aidan Alexander

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Mandi Pimental, Alycia Cohen, Jessica Golich, Barbara Yniguez, Lisa Wayne, Abby Draper, Vivian Tang, Brooke Butler, Tara Ciccone, Courtney Wilkins, Yasmin Santana MODELS

Marine Mercandalli @ Premium Models (Paris), Tim Grupp @ Wiener Models, Amber T, Carmen, Ramzan @Model Union; Max Saward @First Model Management And Alessandra Lauren, Joyti Duggal Chauhan For Base Models @ Cape Town

Elise Auge, Timo Pfaff @ Blossom Management, Suki Miles, Marla Vazquez, Africa Navarro, Valary Mdeizi HAIR STYLISTS

Victor Mendoza, Bethy Mireles, Marla Moore, Atma Hari, Yumiko Hikage, Timo Pfaff @ Blossom Management, Courtney Young, Suki Miles, Marla Vazquez, Richard Kinyua HAIR & MAKE-UP ASSISTANTS

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DESIGNERS/CRAFTS STYLISTS

BASIC TOP 25 INFLUENCERS

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Shadow Illusionist, Roberta Hall, Andrew Fixara, Lesya Kostiv

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Sarah Palmer, Dunyah, Paule Ka, Jean Gritsfeldt, Max Tan, Nicholas K, Elie Saab, Gareth Pugh, Gucci, Prada, Puma by Rihanna, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs

Photo Assistants Jeremy Ponce & Oye Decova Special Thank You 17 Hertz Studio

ILLUSTRATORS & ARTISTS STYLISTS ASSISTANTS

Ambika Sanjana, Tita Sapag & Anthony Amato, Jasmin Valjas & Andrew Arboleda,

Kai Yoshizumi, Antonio Del Prete, Akvile Lesauskaite VIDEO PRODUCTION Ana Maria Manso, Anna Chan

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Benny Harlem Trevor Jackson Jordyn Jones Viviana Soldano RJ Mitte Aidan Alexander

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III Edition | BASIC GENERATION

Think Global, act Local. Based in Beverly Hills, BASIC Magazine gives tribute to the most striking talent from all over the world.

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BASIC Facts Top 7 Fashion Apps Curated by Alycia Cohen

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Basic Generation Fashion Political Comment by Peter Warrick from London

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Benny Harlem & Jaxyn Cover Stars delivering a message of Peace by Lisa Wayne

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Madame Butterfly Viviana Soldano by Jessica Golich

The Norwegian Nightingale. Angelina Jordan, The Next Growing Musical Legend from Norway by Mandi Pimental

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Hey Bruh! The Youngest Girl in Power Jordyn Jones by Vivian Tang

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British Model and singer-songwriter by Mandi Pimental

Jackson On The Block An interview with Jackson Trevor by Jessica Golich

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Insights on Controversial art of Antonio del Prete From Italy, written by Courtney Wilkins

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ONCE UPON A SHOE SHOES BY SARAH PALMER // GRAPHIC DESIGN BY ANDREW FIXARA // PHOTOS BY KRIS BAUM

OnceUpon AShoe Shoes // SARAH PALMER, Italy Graphic Design // ANDREW FIXARA with OSDART Studio Photographer // KRIS BAUM

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evolving in workshops of various artisans, each lend their unique skills in creating distinctive workmanship and a luxury finish to create Palmer’s vision. The range is inspired by her travels, the lavish Baroque interiors of Europe juxtaposed with the gemstone and mirror-etched walls of Indian palaces.


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Hat - Forever21 Sunglasses - Fendi Key Accessories - H&M

BASIC Photographer // MARCO CONTE Art Direction / Set Style // KING YIP @King_yip

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Words by Vivan Tang , Mandi Pimental, Jessica Golich, & Brooke Bulter

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DESIGNERS / FALL 2016 PREVIEW JEAN GRITSFELDT LOOKBOOK // WORDS BY VIVIAN TANG

JEAN GRITSFELDT Ukraine's elite fashion designer, Jean Gritsfeldt, has done it again. Circus of Life, Gritsfeldt's FW 2016/17 collection debuted at the National Circus of Ukraine during Ukrainian Fashion Week, pushing boundaries that speak to the chilling storms and the winter sky that inspired the collection. The fall line presented an array of

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DESIGNERS / FALL 2016 PREVIEW DUNYAH LOOKBOOK // WORDS BY MANDI PIMENTAL

DUNYAH Sleek, black and futuristic design captivates the world of men’s fashion in Mustafa Wafa’s latest line for DUNYAH. The edgy, readyto-wear brand designer created the line from a vision that had come to him in 2003, when he was broke, homeless and down on his luck. “In order to even survive during those times I would travel back and forth from Washington DC to New York with two of my surrogate brothers and bring back articles of clothing to hustle.” Wafa stated. 20

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Fast forward to 2016 and the successful designer presents us with a new collection he calls “a mixture of street and high end wear.” DUNYAH gives the city man a wearable line which incorporates high-end, handpicked fabrics and threads that tie in the garment look of classic and modern aesthetics. Someone that’s cool, sleek and classy with a little bit of edge. An individual who is not afraid to make a statement or be just be himself.


DESIGNERS / FALL 2016 PREVIEW DUNYAH LOOKBOOK // WORDS BY MANDI PIMENTAL

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DESIGNERS / FALL 2016 PREVIEW PAULE KA LOOKBOOK // WORDS BY JESSICA GOLICH

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Paule Ka for 2016/2017 is a Parisian chic collection possessing a style that evolves from monochromatic beams of vivacity all the way to empowering pastel tones. The signature style of Paule Ka has fiercely lived on over the past twenty-five years and remains relevant in the ever-changing fashion world today. For those interested in a simultaneous clean yet serious style statement? Gravitate toward Paule Ka and add a dash of darling with sophisticated options that create unique and cohesive looks.


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DESIGNERS / FALL 2016 PREVIEW NICHOLAS K LOOKBOOK // WORDS BY BROOKE BUTLER

NICHOLAS K If Rey from Star Wars needed a designer, one would call upon brother and sister duo Nicholas and Christopher Kunz behind the inspirational Nicholas K. Their Fall 2016 Runway Show had us dreaming of being an effortless urban nomad draped in layers of silk, slinky sashes and leather bandanas fastened around our heads. Inspired by the futuristic, self-sufficient desert community Arcosanti,

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Nicholas K stuck with neutral colors of camel, cream, black and merlot. Rousing looks cruising the catwalk included a dark, date colored crushed velvet dress with a low cut V that was slit up-to-there, a monochromatic steel colored outfit of slouchy drop crotch pants, a layered trench coat and thick leather waist belts. If this is the future, we can’t wait.


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DESIGNERS / FALL 2016 PREVIEW MAX TAN LOOKBOOK // WORDS BY JESSICA GOLICH

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Style is never limited to a set of restrictions and you don't have to be stingy with your money to capitalize. Edgy yet elegant Singapore based brand,

Max.Tan, is breaking the boundaries of fashion and speaking volumes through draping and deconstructed fabrics throughout the AW 16/17 Cloistered


DESIGNERS / FALL 2016 PREVIEW MAX TAN LOOKBOOK // WORDS BY JESSICA GOLICH

collection. The art of bending the rules is no sin to Max.Tan and the designer describes the line as “drawing inspiration from two sets of uniforms and transcending religious and military norms�. Vulnerability is seen between seams secured with hardware tools.

Fragility is revealed with an exercised sense of control, utilizing fabrics such as crepe and crisp cotton. Obtaining pieces from this collection can be equal to stylishly veering off the beaten path. 27


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The story speaks to our culture’s over-consumption of prescription drugs and our bodies’ dependency on these medications. Over the course of our lifetime we are likely to be prescribed more than 14,000 pills. As we are on the verge of becoming a medicated society, Tomaas has tried to create a series that reflects our chemical intake. Photographer // TOMAAS Photographer Assistants // JASMIN VALJAS & ANDREW ARBOLEDA Make-Up Artist // MEYLOO B. Represented By B- Agency Make-Up Assistant // ELISE AUGE Hair Stylist // YUMIKO HIKAGE Stylist // PRISCILLA TEKO Model // MARINE MERCANDALLI @ Premium Models (Paris)

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pencils. The artist began her creative journey when she attended the Vilnius Academy of Arts and Erasmus studies Academia Di Belle Arti Di Brera in Milan, Italy. Upon graduation, she began showcasing her personal art exhibitions at events all over Vilnius, Lithuania and Milan. Her contemporary artwork and portraits depict lifestyle portraits and stylish imagery of today's fashion industry. Inspired by today's “It” girl and top fashion designers such as Aquazzura, Valentino, and Alexander Wang, it is a trend you can see in her popular portraits, such as her famed “Shoe Studying”. Working in international fashion she gets to attend top fashion weeks which fuel her inspiration for her art pieces. Some of her most popular portraits include Lanvin landscapes, Paris Girl, Southern Ruffles and Shoe Studying. To look at her work, it is hard to believe her stunning creations are created by using lipstick. She uses various lipstick tones from corals and reds, to deep burgundies and fills it in with watercolors and markers. Lesauskaite discovered the genius idea of using lipstick in her work after experimenting with different paints, as she realized lipsticks would not fade, show intense color and dry well. Lipsticks have since become the basis for her paintings. Her future goals include wanting to create larger canvases and limited edition prints. We are eagerly awaiting to see how she uses this unique and artistic medium next.


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With a fierce sense of style and an unparalleled enthusiasm for innovation, a fashion buyer is responsible for carefully selecting items to be sold in retail fashion and department stores. Typically dressed in edgy and versatile pieces similar to those in this collection, fashion buyers often turn heads. A successful fashion buyer typically earns upwards of $130,000 annually.

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Burberry

Chanel

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Emilio Pucci

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FASHION PHOTO GRAPHER Always looking for the best angle, fashion photographers have a sharp sense of style and a keen eye. Trusted among their colleagues and peers, fashion photographers often have behind-the-scene access to exclusive fashion events. Salaries range based on freelance opportunities and full-time positions.

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Stella McCartney

Nina Ricci

V P OF PUBL ICITY Never a dull moment in this role which means their fashion sense also requires flexibility, like the layered looks in this collection. A media event in the morning, a lunch with a client at noon and drinks with an editor in the evening - with a few unexpected meetings in between - requires many looks. A VP of publicity is always prepared to appear presentable, even under stressful situations. At this level, this position offers $150,000 annually. 39


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FASHION BLOGGER Always on top of fashion trends, a fashion blogger is often a trendsetter herself. Whether mixing prints or showing off the brightest fur coat in the room, people are paying attention. Not only to the outfits, but where they can find the pieces. Good thing there is a blog to go to. Fashion bloggers tend to make money from sponsors, advertisers and fashion brands.

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Giorgio Armani

Bottega Veneta

Valentin Yudashkin

Zac Posen

Vanessa Seward

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER Always the professional, the chief marketing officer feels most fearless in demure attire that accentuates her powerful personality. Walking tall into the boardroom requires the perfect heel and she didn’t march to the top without knowing how to pick those out. As chief marketing officer, one typically makes $165,000.

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Blumarine

Balmain

SUPER MODEL

Roberto Cavalli

Born to be seen by many, super models are rarely shy and neither is their style. When you are comfortable wearing anything, you pull of the looks others envy. Aspired to by many, they make bold statements worthy of their super title. Salary is based on experience and previous success.

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Christian Siriano

Max Mara

STYLIST With their reputation often on the line, stylists are thoughtful about their selections for their clients as well as themselves. Having to think for more than one person in the dressing room, stylists are always thinking ahead and that is reflected in their fashion selections. Usually keen on accessories, a stylist makes the look unexpectedly chic.

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Emporio Armani

H&M

FASHION DESIGNER A fashion designer finds inspiration in everything she sees and brings that inspiration to her work. As a creative professional, she is open to trying new things at work but also in her wardrobe. Her knowledge of style exceeds that of many so she is trusted and doesn’t take that for granted. This collection represents creativity and transparency, as do top designers. 45


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Fashion writers have a powerful way with words that transcends into their own style. With a desire for a story to be told in all areas of their world, fashion writers know that what one wears narrates more than just where they’re going. They want to tell a compelling story which can be reflected into their personal style. In terms of salary, writers’ are often compensated per article.

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Pink Dress - Roberto Cavalli Nude Strappy Sandal - Steve Madden provided by ZooShoo.com Pink Choker - ZooShoo.com

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Tan Bathing Suit - Beach Babe Swimwear Embellished Army Jacket - Danielle Leigh Davis Cargo Pants - Departed Belt - KennyKennyGear provided by La Maison De Fashion Nude Strappy Heel - Steven Madden provided by ZooShoo.com Envelope Hat - Donato Crowley for Kali4Kouture Mesh Scarf - Cosmo & Nathalia

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'Gold' Embellished Coat - Elisabetta Franchi Gold Slip Dress - Octavio Carlin Jewelry - Marianna Harutunian Nude Strappy Heel - Steve Madden provided by ZooShoo.com

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7 DAYS 7 STYL E S Fa s h i o n S t re e t S t y l e f ro m Kr i s t i n a D o l i n s k ay a

2:56 PM MONDAY Mondays don’t always have to suck.

9:23 AM WEDNESDAY When decisions aren’t simply black or white.

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4:42 PM TUESDAY Brighten up your day with a pop of color.


Photos via Kristina Dolinskaya / Words by Vivian Tang

STREET STYLE

6:38 PM FRIDAY Casual Friday’s aren’t meant for everyone. But leather jackets might be.

5:04 PM SUNDAY Simple doesn’t equal basic.

11:21 AM THURSDAY Your colleagues are not ready for this getup.

12:54 PM SATURDAY Who says you can’t run errands in style?

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Style Savvy by Alycia Cohen

A guide to top fashion apps.

1 | PRISMA A new favorite in the world of image editing apps is Prisma. Not just another filtering app, it uses technology to create geometric art from your own photo. Despite the complicated science behind this new app, it is extremely easy to use. Users can filter a simple photo or selfie into a work of art in a few short seconds, although playing around with the different options keeps you entertained for quite some time. Instagram followers may mistake you for the Picasso of this generation, as using Prisma allows you to create a work of art from even the most basic photo. In short, this is the ultimate modern art filter app. Everyone from bloggers and fashion professionals to top photographers are using, and loving, Prisma.

6 | Swavy

2 | VSCOCam

Swavy is a favorite for outfit inspiration, as well as celeb style. Those paparazzi snaps of your favorite celeb where one wonders, “Where can I get those shoes she’s wearing?” Wonder no more, because with Swavy every item from the featured ensembles link directly to a site where it can be purchased. They also supply more budget-friendly alternatives so you can dress like Rihanna or Gigi at a fraction of the price.

Favored by many bloggers and influencers, VSCOCam, allows users to easily edit photos and post directly to social media. The high quality editor has easy to use filters that take one simple tap to experiment with. There is also an additional component of the app that allows you to share with other VSCOcam users, creating an additional social outlet to share your posts with others.

3 | PS Dept. PS Dept. is considered the holy grail of shopping apps, used by fashionistas of all categories. Prepare to find exclusive sales and designer items that are hard to find elsewhere. Users are able to message the company with any specific requests and the team is often able to find items that are sold out of popular retailers. Think of PS Dept. as your digital personal stylist.

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4 | Stylebook Stylebook is an app in which you can upload photos of your wardrobe in order to easily create outfits in an organized way. Users can save outfit ideas and virtually pack for vacations on the go. Consider Stylebook to be the millennial’s version of Cher Horowitz’s iconic closet in Clueless. Traveling bloggers, stylists and influencers are huge fans of this time-saving app.

5 | RewardStyle RewardStyle is a must-have tool in 2016 for online publishers and fashion influencers. It allows creators to link posted items to retailer’s sites, receiving commission for any items sold in return. RewardStyle is one of the top monetization tools on social media for fashion influencers and bloggers today.

7 | Facetune Facetune is a nice tool to have in your back pocket if you’re an influencer constantly scrutinized by your many followers on social media. We all like to look our best and Facetune gives everyone a little boost. Whether you want to remove a stubborn pimple, smooth your skin to the complexion of a baby’s bottom or whiten your teeth, Facetune has you covered!


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Say it with a clutch (and revolutionized work boots) to give off that effortlessly trendy feel.

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Camel coats and a book of notes.

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Monotone with repeat patterns tantalize the eyes and evokes envy.

Cradled in fur and doused in light blue on a rainy day. A fantasy flows in the wind while emerald shoes possess the pavement. Collegiate bomber flare paired with a sensible satchel is go-to for the casual femme. Paris

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Audacious, daring; with a sheen and a pop of gold these booties make quite a statement

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All about the details; braids in the coat, color blocking for the bag, caged shoes and texture pants.

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Mint-green with envy for this ensemble.

Fierce strut, deep jewel tones, rich fabrics – ultimate squad goals.

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Dusted in snow, draped in all black – is there anything more sophisticated?

A Mickey-Mouse Graphic-T can transport even the gloomiest of streets to the Happiest Place on Earth!

Cool, calm and casual on top, party on the bottom.

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Lady Vamp

PARIS Straying from his feminine trademark, Saab added a flare of fierceness to his collection from Paris fashion week. Flowy silhouettes embellished with dark lace and intricate embroidery strutted down the catwalk. By mid-show black magic took over the clothes as black and crimson lace, cascading fringe, Victorian blouses and dresses flowing like waterfalls bewitched the runway. Long, sexy fringe hugged the curves of many of the models and a black fur coat even enchanted us. What stole our hearts was an opulent red dress with long, layered sleeves, red leather belt and black studded choker necklace. This show left us mesmerized.

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LONDON It’s a man’s man’s man’s world…but it wouldn’t mean nothin’ without Gareth Pugh’s statement on the modernized woman this past Paris Fashion week. Stealing from the working mans closet, Pugh’s line takes an almost 80’s take on the cinched suit jackets, belted coats, capes and perfectly tailored looks showing a woman can be powerful and make a head or two turn in the mean time. His new spin on the power suit revealed our favorite look in a camel trench with matching corn dolly hat adorned with white stars. The most outlandish part of the show was when the models wore Hannibal Lecter-esque masks that Pugh said reflects the “visual codes of raw female ambition.” Apparently, we are man-eaters…watch out world!

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FALL FASHION COLLECTIONS ILLUSTRATIONS BY KAI YOSHIZUMI // WORDS BY BROOKE BUTLER

MILAN Take a trip into Italian art and renaissance themes with Alessandro Michele’s new creative direction for Gucci’s line at Milan fashion week. 60s style mini dresses drenched in abstract graphics and mixed textures walked the runway. Platform sandals with aquamarine and canary yellow tights made a splash. Highlighting streamlined silhouettes Michele revived the baroque style with exaggerated pieces reminiscent of French couture. A long, vibrant red fur coat draped over the shoulders of a menswear inspired suit and caught our eye. The quirky look was finished with silver rimmed glasses and black hat…have you seen Carmen San Diego?

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MILAN Put on your sailor hat, fasten your sky-high laced up boots and grab your large cross-body handbag…it’s time to travel and roar to the world “I am woman!” Miuccia Prada wanted you to know that everything in her line is symbolic. From the trinkets worn as accessories to cinched white corsets to golden anchors decorating shoes, every intricate layer of her unique line screamed a woman who has traveled and experienced life. The line covered all four seasons and if we read into the symbolism Prada asks us to we see a woman whose clothes have shaped her identity throughout time. Prada stated backstage at her show that her clothes are “like a collage of what is happy or painful, of whether you are feeling beautiful or horrible, when you have love or no love. I thought of it as like someone who has all the clothes she’s ever had on the floor in front of her in the morning and she must choose how she’s going to assemble herself.” Standout looks included a deep navy velvet textured dress with golden embroidery, pirate-like light brown leather lace up boots and like any worldly Prada woman, a white sailor hat. The message is clear: wear who you are and don’t apologize.

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NEW YORK With the athleisure trend on the rise, Rihanna’s new line as creative director for Puma is one to keep your eye on. Inspired by Japanese street culture with gothic undertones these clothes will make you feel edgy and confident. With an emphasis on sporty silhouettes and fabrics such a jersey and velvet - you can be comfortable and utterly sexy simultaneously. The simplicity of the colors – staying with black, grey, and white – and minimalistic makeup only highlighted the “glamorous goth” shoes of this line. Our favorite look was a laceup thigh-high sneaker boot, black poncho and puma choker reminiscent of a 90s punk rocker. Lastly, did we mention the gothic jungle full of trees and the metallic catwalk that Rihanna created for her models to walk? Game changer.

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NEW YORK Ralph Lauren “dares you to be yourself,” with his new ready to wear fall/winter collection from New York fashion week. Inspired by the sophisticated yet effortless woman, his line opens with super soft beige tones luxuriously mixed into fabrics of cashmere, flannel and plaids. Seemingly inspired by British style its no wonder Sienna Miller was front and center at the star-studded event. Where his line truly popped was the shift into cool rocker territory. Every look felt like watching a mysterious celeb from the seventies in London. Royal blue, pleated velvets, frock coats and little black dresses swept the runway. But we can’t get our minds off the golden finale that screamed modern romanticism. A black long sleeved crop top, matching black belt and boots seem something from today’s magazines, but when you add a long luxurious skirt glimmering in gold you’re far from average. We are sure the red carpet will be overflowing with these looks.

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NEW YORK Did we fall down the rabbit hole or get sucked into a black hole that landed us in a world of dark magic and fashion noir? Possibly, or it’s the inventive direction of Marc Jacob’s new line from New York fashion week. Amongst a stark white backdrop, models walked in tweeds, leather skirts, deconstructed varsity sweaters and silks all touched with a bit of fur. The makeup was gothic emphasizing black lips and smoky baby doll eyes that had us dreaming of a world where a Clockwork Orange intertwined with the Queen of Hearts. While dark, this world still preserved its sweetness amongst the flowing, full skirts and silk dresses. Kendall Jenner’s look stole the show in a gloomy tweed skirt and coat lined with raven feathers. The show finished with Lady Gaga walking…need we say more? Sign us up for this haunted world.

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COLOGNE, BALMY NIGHTS

CAROLINA HERRERA Grass, saffron and nutmeg float on this nature-inspired Carolina Herrera cologne for men. Buried beneath are delicious notes of vanilla, cashmere, suede and sandalwood for a beautifully complex blend. 85


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MEN'S FASHION

BERLUTI Berluti’s exotic explosion of vermillion red eschewed the traditional tuxedo in favor of a slightly fashion-forward look.

Balmain’s exaggerated signature elements and iconic shapes stay innovative and current within this black, navy and gold bag.

COATED On The Coattails of Fall Men’s Fashion 2016

PHILIPP PLEIN Philipp Plein’s black leather display of urban sexiness creates a spectacle with dominant dark tones.

OVADIA & SONS EMPORIO ARMANI Grey tones dominate with a few bursts of white within Emporio Armani’s street-style design with polished effects and crisp tailoring.

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Bold, rich shades of olive green provide a conservative yet effective way to wear this ever-versatile Ovadia & Son’s coat.


PRADA Full of individuality and power, Prada’s oddly pleasant orange hues and androgynous touch accentuates the idea of sly, transgressive sexuality.

ROBERT GELLER

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Soft brown shades define this Robert Geller jacket cleverly sculpted for a very modern and avant-garde touch to coats and jackets.

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO Salvatore Ferragamo’s burnt orange trench coat features nonchalant elegance and quiet sophistication that offers a wealth of style with a modern twist.

ROBERT GELLER ROBERT GELLER Robert Geller’s elegantly softer and nonthreatening black wool jacket showcases a more casual, sportsman’s look

Robert Geller’s electrifying rich mélange of black and brown shows viewers a gentlemanly way to move forward with an Americana look for one of the cornerstones of their cold weather wardrobe.

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Photographer // Mariusz Jeglinski Model // Seth Andrew Thompson @sir_ndrewsilver Stylist // Lanie Thompson


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Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. Chinese Proverb


When you drink the water, remember the spring. Chinese Proverb


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Special Fashion Project from Berlin shot exclusively for BASIC by Guest Fashion Editor Anita Krizanovic featuring independent German Designers.

Top - Frisur Shirt + Shorts - Barre Noire Jacket - Thisisnon Trousers - Blank Etiquette Hat - Esther Perbandt Sunglasses - Lunettes Kollektion x Julian Zigerli Shoes - Velt

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HEROES Cape Jacket - AZUL by Moussy  Shirt - GM Studio By Georges Marciano Tie - c/o Trendhaus Showroom  Pants - AZUL by Moussy

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RJ MITTE IS

AT FIRST GLANCE you might think this stunningly handsome guy walking the Fashion Week runways around the world including Milan, London and Berlin is just another model. Beautiful, aloof and unapproachable, until you realize it is in fact RJ Mitte. The well known and beloved actor from Breaking Bad who captured the hearts of millions playing the disabled son of Walter White in the long running T.V. series. 104

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Sweater - Dunyah Jewelry - GM Studio By Georges Marciano Leather Pants - Dunyah Shoes - Stacy Adams

OW LANDING ROLES in major films, Mitte will also be co-hosting coverage for the Paralympics in Rio for 2016. This incredibly talented, good-natured Louisiana native lives every day of his life with cerebral palsy. By his own words, he looks upon the diagnosis as just a challenge, one that has never deterred him from doing what he loves best, performing and helping others to lead positive, outstanding lives in spite of anything they might be up against. RJ tours colleges and does public speaking engagements where he talks openly about the challenges he faced growing up. He uses much of his time in the spotlight to encourage people to be brave and face their fears. His courage and candor about his illness have long been an inspiration to many never detracting from the artist that he is.

Who’s Driving Doug is your first starring role on the big screen, fill us in on the film… It was an amazing opportunity shooting that film. It was very different being the lead in this project and I definitely had a lot of fun doing it. There’s more responsibility and weight in doing a film project but I think it worked out well for what it is. We all cared about the film and what we were

doing. Our cast and crew were a lot of fun. That’s all you can hope for when you’re working on a role. Doug is an interesting character too; he’s a smart, outgoing kid who is trapped in his shell. As the movie plays out he starts to come out of that shell and learn who he is and what he can do. Big screen or little screen, where are you most comfortable? Anywhere that I can fit; I just enjoy working. Working with a good crew and a good cast of people who care about the project is where I feel most comfortable. Can you tell us more about how you got involved with the 2016 Paralympics? I was doing some work in London at the time and I met a few people, including Channel 4 and Scope, and from there the relationship just continued to grow which allowed me this amazing opportunity. I’m really excited to be able to do this, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that Channel 4 has given me. I can’t wait to see how Rio goes and to see the amazing strength of each athlete competing for the gold! And lastly, who is your favorite go-to fashion designer for events? I like Moods of Norway; they make colorful and comfortable suits. I also love wearing Vivienne Westwood. Honestly any designer that makes comfortable clothes that fit my lifestyle is my go-to.

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Albanian-American Luxury Design Consultant

Your Instagram is filled with beautiful, artistic and eye-pleasing images that make up one of the most beautiful feeds on the app. How do you select which images to post, and how do you balance the art with the fashion posts? As effortless as it may seem, deciding on which art pieces to post is really an exacting process. I am lucky enough to be flooded with beautiful images, from personal submissions, galleries and what I find on Instagram. Yet, I really need to connect to each thing I post, and that can take many hours, be it a hidden message or a butterfly - it's really about what moves me in that moment. How they turn out to be symbiotic with my personal style posts is really an intrinsic figure of my emotion.

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How would you describe the Faarrow sound to someone who has never heard your music before? Anthemic stadium music that makes you want to go out and do something with your life. You must spend a lot of time together as a sister/sister duo. What is it like working with someone you are so close to every day? It's literally the best thing ever. We're telepathic at times since we've been by each other’s side since birth. Haha. And the best part of it all is that we can never break up because we're sisters!

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Sophistication, pure talent and classic charm are wrapped up in a sweet vintage bow when speaking about darling 10-year old songbird Angelina Jordan. Jordan, with over 700 million views on social media and praise by some of today’s hottest musical stars, has taken the world by storm, solidifying herself as an international sensation. The Norway’s Got Talent winner spoke with BASIC on her talent and the influences that led her to find her exceptionally unique sound. 130

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INTERVIEW when I performed there. The love I get from people all around the world is an incredible feeling and to be able to help and provide for people in need through my music is wonderful. Your talent is truly exceptional and seems to come with such an ease when you perform. In a few words, how do you feel when you’re performing? I feel at home when I'm on stage and the feeling or "energy" I get on stage is an amazing feeling.

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most of your young life. Was there anyone who influenced you to listen to artists like Billy Holiday and the jazz genre or did you discover the greats through YouTube? I started with listening to Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" every time I went to YouTube and then I started watching the “Related Videos”. Through that I got introduced to Jazz artists such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald and I fell in love with their songs. My grandmother, who is also an artist, has also been a big inspiration. Having accomplished so much at such a young age, what has been your favorite moment so far? There have been many amazing moments so far. I'm glad I have raised over 16 Million Euros in Germany for children in need who struggle with health problems. It was also very fun to meet PSY in South Korea

What one piece of advice would you give to other young, talented individuals who dream of performing? Do what you really love to do and don't let anybody else decide something for you that you may not feel right about. Spend more time with people that give you good and positive energy. The other stuff will fall in place if you are dedicated to your art. Now an author, your book that was released in Norway explains why you perform barefoot, can you share with us the special meaning behind this? Yes! I was 6 years old when I was in Asia with my mother. On a street corner I saw a little girl who weighed people on a bathroom scale for a small fee, whatever change people had to give. I was shocked that the little girl didn't have any shoes on and she looked very sad. I approached the girl and talked to her and she spoke of her dreams to become a doctor someday but since her parents passed away she doubted that she would ever be able to go to school. I was very sad to hear this, so I took off my shoes and gave them to her and told her that she must not lose hope and to pursue her dream. So, to honor her, I sing barefoot every time I'm on stage. 131


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hat is one thing that people would be surprised to know about you? I think people would be surprised to know that I love country music. What inspired your passion for music and who has been there supporting you from the beginning? Michael Jackson, Donny Hathaway, Ray Charles, R Kelly, Brian McKnight, Boys II Men, Bojangles and Gregory Hines inspired my passion for music and entertaining. My Mom has supported me from the beginning and my family. My Mom left her career to support my dreams. Where do you see yourself five years from now? Hopefully I'll still be doing what I'm doing now and more. I would also love to do some directing and producing.

Share with us your proudest moment in your career so far. One of the proudest moments was back when I was on my “In My Feelings� tour and the crowd sang back every word. Last but certainly not least, looking years into the future - what legacy do you want to leave behind? How would you want Trevor Jackson to be remembered? I just want to be remembered as a man who followed God, stayed true to himself and spent every day of his life helping inspire others to do the same.

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unit. Standing at 6 feet 4 inches tall, Benny answers the call. Stepping up first in his local community to become a role model for young black men, he encourages them to take part in the joy that is being a father. Sharing beautiful father daughter portraits of what that means to him, he teaches by example, reaching millions with his message. As you are drawn into Benny’s world, the vibe is so sincere. His message is about taking pride in who you are, caring for your family and loving your fellow man, a simple concept this country, and this world, are aching for. Through his unique art, Benny is reminding us of those ideals we all hold so dear.

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INTERVIEW: You have become a strong example of a positive male role model and father figure. How did this drive to uplift those around you come about? Who was your inspiration in your youth, your hero? The more I believe in me the more I help others around me to believe in themselves. the more I learn the more I teach. Being that I didn't have many positive male role models that I knew personally growing up, I quickly had to find the father in me, I had to self-motivate myself and believe in me more than anyone else could. I had to let go of excuses and thoughts of why I couldn't become somebody and listen to the tiny voice in my mind of why I could. The older I grow, the bigger that voice becomes. Watching my mother battle and conquer breast cancer when she was only nineteen years old taught me so much about strength and perseverance when you are against all odds. She was given four months to live and had me, I was four at the time, to raise and look after. I remember every single day of her fight with cancer and in the end she won. My mother is a survivor and hero, not only a hero to me but to anyone who knows her. My grandmother tried to confront her former husband, a crack addict, about stolen rent money and was choked and had her neck almost broken by him. She had to go to work, where she educated HIV Aids victims, the next morning. She never complained - she put on the most beautiful white Anne Klein suit draped in pearls and got through

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the day without anyone noticing anything from the awful night before. These strong women in my life are definitely my greatest heroes. My daughter teaches me to say yes to love a little more every single day, she's one of my hero's as well. Your daughter is lovely! What are your goals as a parent for her and in what ways do you aspire to help her on her journey to achieve success in life? I want my daughter to be comfortable in her own skin. Go through her journey with wisdom, knowledge and optimism. I only want to nourish her invisible wings as they continue to grow. One of the lessons she's learning is to never make excuses. Excuses do not equal success, make the greatest decisions you can no matter what circumstances are. You are bringing a beautiful message of peace to the world. Currently the U.S. is aching for more of the words you are speaking. We are in the throes of vast political divide and just recently, more hatred and racial tumult has flared up once again. What words do you offer on the state of the nation to inspire others? The only cure for fear, hurt, pain, hate and racism is the medicine of love. I'm sending comforting energy and light to any soul that may be grieving or experiencing heartache of any kind right now during these trying times. As long as you’re blinking it’s not over - as longer as you’re breathing you are safe. God loves you and so do I. As a beauty editor, I’m very excited to have you share some of your shampoo making secrets and formulas. I understand you make everything yourself. Are these items that anyone can make at home? I try not to put anything in my hair that I can't put into my body. Using homemade ingredients for my hair has helped me maintain it a great deal. I'm currently working on a project that will help people on their journey to growing healthy, lengthy, extraordinary hair as well.


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Tell us about your upcoming plans and projects for the future, where is your creative vision taking you next? I'm excited about every project I'm working on! A book that I've been working on for a year is coming very soon, hair care products are on their way and I'm almost finished with a music project along with some other fun surprises that I think the public will really enjoy. I'm even more excited about the projects my daughter is working on, seeing her dreams come true in so many ways at such a young age is so fulfilling. Like I always tell her, the skies the limit when you are an unlimited artist, thinker, dreamer and believer.

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Growing up in the spotlight alongside world famous designer father, Sergio Soldano, hallways of creativity were opened within the mind of fitness and glamour model, Viviana Soldano. Flash forward to a couple of decades later, and she herself is conquering the runway while mixing up her ultra-feminine style with the world of fitness and figure competition. Whether diving into her entrepreneurial roots and uniquely creating products within her steamy modeling forte or simply rocking the world in front of the camera, Soldano certainly has a superabundance of innovative tricks up her sleeve. Words by Jessica Golich

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With beauty standards changing almost every year. What is your understanding of true beauty? And what are your comments on women racing for the latest beauty tricks and technologies? I believe true beauty really comes from within. By being confident, knowing who you are and accepting it. Beauty comes in so many forms, by how kind someone is, or how passionate, or by one’s character and soul. Unfortunately, our society focuses much more on external beauty. Strong character and a good heart is much more powerful. We all spend so much energy and time on improving or changing our external appearance. As a woman and model myself, I always love to try new skincare products, l love to wear makeup and I like to wear nice clothes, but that doesn't define me. Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with enjoying these things, I do believe a woman should take care of herself and age gracefully, as as long as she knows that it doesn't really define her true beauty. What are the most unusual beauty treatments or tricks you have tried or experienced? Growing up, and even still now, I have used velaterapia. A process in which you burn your hair to rid it of split ends. I have also had a facial with human placenta tissue, which makes your skin super soft. What are your top three beauty routines? Besides drinking a ton of water and sleeping at least 8 hours a day, I always make sure I wash my face and remove all make up. I also deep cleanse my skin before I go to bed, which is very important! I also like to apply different serums under my day cream and night cream. I also always get a facial every 3 to 4 weeks, and as maintenance at home, I exfoliate my skin and apply a facial mask every two days. I am a total cream freak, as I also have an esthetician license. 154

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Tell us, who are your most inspiring beauty icons and why? Being in the modeling business most of my life, I have always been surrounded by beautiful & talented women. The ones that inspired me the most are the ones who appreciate their own inner beauty and never use their external beauty as a weapon or a method of control in order to get what they want. A particular model that always inspired me is Christie Brinkley, she is beautiful inside and out, forever ageless!


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CANDIDLY AIDAN WORDS BY ABBY DRAPER

Entertaining others has become his forte and now he is taking that to the big screen with three movies on the way – VIKES, an Indie film which he stars in; F The Prom, a comedy and Cowgirl’s Story, a dramatic role opposite Bailee Madison. We took some time to sit down with the fashionable Alexander to learn more.

AT SIXTEEN YEARS OLD, MOST TEENS ARE EXCITED TO PASS THEIR DRIVER S TEST. AT THE SAME AGE, ACTOR AIDAN ALEXANDER HAS A LOT MORE TO CELEBRATE. THE YOUNG, UP-AND-COMING HOLLYWOOD STAR IN BOTH FILM AND FASHION, HAS TAKEN THE SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD BY STORM THROUGH ENGAGING YOUTUBE VIDEOS, FASHIONABLE INSTAGRAM POSTS, WITTY SNAPCHATS AND CHARMING TWEETS TO HIS EVER GROWING FAN BASE.

You recently tweeted, “I want 2 date, like, everyone I see”, but tell us about your dream leading lady. I'm lucky that I get to work with the ladies I do! They're insanely special inside and out. I definitely look for a sense of humor and someone that can just make fun of themselves.

As someone who essentially started their career on social media, how would you describe your online voice? I like to keep it completely candid. I think my relationship with my followers is really cool. We can talk to each other like friends. It's great. As far as my voice goes, I try to speak out about things I feel passionate about. You’re filming three films right now – an Indie, a comedy and a drama. As a young actor, how do you transition within such an array of genres? That's what I love about acting. I love getting to delve into a ton of different characters. Getting to know your character is one of the funnest parts of the process.

Many of your Instagram posts are very fashionable and Esquire named you one of the best dressed at the Billboard awards. Who do you consider your fashion inspiration? A lot of people! Austin Butler for one and Tom Odell for another. I love layering stuff, so I'm always looking for things to put on top of each other. I've also really been getting into homemade stuff lately. I've been getting patches and sewing them onto my jackets. What inspired your venture into the YouTube video medium from film? I've been making short films since I was in elementary school. I appeared in the movie Red Wing, directed by Will Wallace in 2013 and YouTube came shortly after. When I started my channel, I was so excited because it gave me another place to act. Most fashionable fall accessory for 2016? Sunglasses. I've been buying so many new pairs lately. I think having a good pair of sunglasses completes the look. And lastly, everyone needs to take a break from time to time. How do you spend a day off? I sleep, haha! I feel like I never have time to sleep with my schedule. I will usually lay in bed and read when I can. I love going to the beach and surfing. That's definitely a good way for me to relax. 157


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private clientele. This helped me get my company off the ground and my work slowly recognized in domestic and international publications. My first custom celebrity request was designing a magazine cover piece for P!nk. I don't think her stylist ended up using the creation, but it was definitely worth the experience.

LOS ANGELES CELEBRITY FASHION DESIGNER, MARINA TOYBINA, has learned to tap the power of the red carpet and stage as perhaps one of her most powerful weapons in her arsenal. Celebrities such as Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Usher and Justin Bieber have gravitated toward Toybina to uncover and fulfill the demand for an assemblage of new looks which support their clients to build their personal brands on what is a highly competitive stage. With a wide array of costume designs for a broad range of mediums such as Performance / Television, Music Videos, Concert Tours and Films and Primetime Television under her belt, Marina has certainly made her mark in the world of fashion. Here’s what the four time Emmy Award winning designer has to say about many facets of her career. Everyone has to start somewhere. What was your first job? My very first job, non-paid of course, was creating one of-a-kind designs for stylists to use in editorials and for

Where does your artistic influence come from and when did you start making clothing? My influences are endless. I draw inspiration from many different aspects of life: travel, history, architecture, literature, people and of course, my own experiences. I am on a constant search of self-discovery and evolution, which, in turn, affects my growth as a designer. I was around 15 years old when I first started crafting my own designs and experimenting with different textiles, embellishments and forms of draping. Almost 20 years later, I'm still experimenting and evolving. The process never stops or sleeps. Having worked on tour with musicians such as Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry and Ariana Grande - what is the course of action of costuming a tour? Tours are not easy and often very challenging. The process varies from artist to artist and rarely will I experience the same construction or creative formula costuming an entire tour. The work is always broken down in several stages: sketching original designs, approval/feedback by artist and/or creative director, reworking the sketching until all designs are up to perfection, sourcing out materials and construction shops, multiple fittings followed by dress rehearsals and then, of course, it’s show time. What was the most memorable Performance/ Television costume design challenge of your career thus far? Being the costume designer for So You Think You Can Dance is probably the most rewarding and, equally as challenging, experience of my career. For the duration of the show, extreme

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hard work, dedication and passion goes into each and every costume. The show is very fast paced, constantly changing gears of inspiration and the creative expectation is always rising. I take a lot of pride in all of my work and will always make sure that my team and I deliver our creations to its full potential; and that type of work ethic, in my opinion, is what produces the most memorable experiences. If given the opportunity, what artist/musician are you interested in costuming a tour for in the near future? It would be a dream to collaborate with artists like Bjork, Lady Gaga and Grace Jones. If speaking theatrics, I am ready to expand my work into Broadway, film and Cirque Du Soleil.

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Discuss the experience of designing for a group of tour dancers, having to accommodate incredibly active performers? What specifically are the kind of things you have to pay attention to or do differently when designing for such active performers? Proper materials, pattern making, precise cut of the garment, technical sewing and, of course, logic are the key ingredients to any stage worthy costumes. Movement requires special attention. Dancers must always feel as if the textiles used to create their costumes are an extension of their skin. The costumes have to breathe, move and adjust with the technicality of the choreography, have enough durability and life span to survive any unpredicted malfunction, as well as fully correlate with the visual aesthetic of the show. I always make sure that my costumes create a healthy balance between complexity of construction and stage appeal. You applied 2000 custom chain-andbead embellishments to a piece for Carrie Underwood’s 2016 ‘The Storyteller’ tour. What do you think beads and other tiny details add to the costume? Details and extra embellishments tell an extended story on a costume. The extra work that goes into polishing a specific look or style is what makes the costume unique and unlike any other. What has been the biggest success of your career thus far? It has been a privilege to have my work recognized by my esteemed colleagues by awarding my team and I with four consecutive Emmy wins for outstanding costumes. How do you want people to remember the characters/musicians and their style? Everyone has their own perception and opinion once they are exposed to the visuals of an artist’s catered style, look and/or stage presence. I do hope that over the past decade, my work was able to create its own aesthetic, to where the artists and projects that I've had the pleasure of collaborating with will be remembered in a very daring, unique, artistically fulfilled and special light.


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oo busy looking forward, we often miss out on how far live in. Right now everyone is doing Trump material so I will probably we have come. Taking time to appreciate historic artists, wait a while. such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Velazquez, Poussin and Boucher is sometimes needed to remind us of beauty What comes to mind when you hear the historical phrase “Cat got of the past. Thus providing the opportunity for growth, not only your tongue”? I do have a lot to say on this, but it’s easier for me to say through within oneself, but in art. We must not only learn the proper technique of our craft, but my art, as English is my second language. pay homage to those before us that paved the way. Artist Antonio Del Prete revisits past artists and artwork from the Baroque Period Most voters are saying the current presidential race is a circus, for inspiration in his “Masters Remixed” series. Remaking Baroque therefore they are not taking it serious. How has this influenced paintings, he manipulates his work to provoke emotions and your art? Being in America right now is like having front row seat to a freak responses. Highlighting recent and current societal artwork, he show. This kind of material is basically fuel for my art. challenges the human form, a sense of motion, visual composition and all that embraces scenes that appear in the real world. Del Prete takes pride in introducing new generations of Baroque, What comes to mind when you hear the historical phrase “Rule paying tribute to forgotten Baroque artists. His recent work of Thumb”? That “Rules of Thumb” are made to be broken. “Masters Remixed” incorporate 3-D elements: 24 karat gold leaf, pearls and Swarovski crystals. Exaggerating contemporary politics and other issues among his current work, it brings How do you feel when you hear that most politicians consider the awareness to common controversies, such as his “BacDonalds” 2017 presidential race a lose/lose campaign? This is a very big question and I would agree with them. The two piece, which addresses childhood obesity head on. party system does not work, but I think the political problems in this What comes to mind when you hear the historical phrase country are larger than just who becomes President or not. “Bite the Bullet”? That someone makes the best out of a bad situation. I do so Currently in Italy the economy is declining and less jobs are being offered. Being from Italy, is this an opportunity to do an inspired by using my art. “Shepherd Ferry” with your artwork? The part of Italy where I come from, Naples, there was a 50% #ASKTHEGAYS was trending after Donald Trump’s recent unemployment rate before the recession. The economy in Italy has interview, referring to the Orlando shooting. How might you never been strong. I’ve been living in Los Angeles for 20 years now translate this to your work? Trump is an idiot and it really troubles me that he went this far. and my main inspiration comes from the facts, and the fictional All of my works reflect the sociopolitical aspects of the world I theories, that are occurring in America. Italy, yes is a part of me and it is reflected in all of my art.

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British model and singer-songwriter Lauren Bennett is the epitome of a ray of California sunshine.

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THE BLONDE BEA UTY, Lauren Bennet, who rose to fame by her appearance in LMFAO’s ‘Party Rock Anthem’ is celebrating her own milestone of breaking out solo and reaching millions with her new single ‘Hurricane’.

Having left the all-female group Paradiso Girls to explore her own endeavors, these days Bennett’s songs are less about the party life and more about things that truly matter. ‘Hurricane’, which deals with mental illness, is an anthem to those who may be struggling themselves and offers deep lyrics, passionate vocals and a piano melody that pulls at one’s emotions.

BASIC sat down for a rapid-fire interview with the stunning multitalented up-and-comer. Hurricane deals with mental illness and vulnerability, how do you practice self-care to stay positive and centered? I have to make a conscious effort to keep myself in check, I think it’s so easy to get caught up in your own negative thoughts, especially when it doesn't all go to plan! There are also three rules I follow: I read and study self-help books. I try to do one thing every day that contributes to my goals and I accept that life isn't always perfect. Describe your summer plans in three words. Music, Sunshine, Good times. Tried to make a little rhyme for you… Haha, once a songwriter… What is your top tip for your amazing physique? Don't eat late! Having gotten your start with LMFAO and "Party Rock Anthem", what is your personal party anthem? Me and my friend always put on the song 'Love Rollercoaster' by the Ohio Players and dance like idiots to each other. That song brings much joy to my life, haha. What's one BASIC accessory you never leave the house without? I wear a gold ring on every finger every day and I don't take them off. For more on Lauren Bennett follow her on Instagram @LaurenBennett. For more information on the Change Direction Foundation, that she supports through her musical efforts, visit www.changedirection.org. 167


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