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2013

ELEGANTAUGUST

Volume1 Issue 2

FOUNDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, & CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Francisco Valencia dr902n0@gmail.com ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Giovanni Solano FASHION EDITOR: Samantha-Jane Agbontaen GRAPHIC DESIGNER & RE-TOUCHER: FV Studios - fvstudios.net frank92506@yahoo.com

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Š 2013 MODUS VIVENDI

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FEATURES p6

Arlen J

Day and Night

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Fabryan

The Beauty and the Beast

p26 Modus Vivendi

Christos Bibitsos/Interview Fashion Feature

p38 Inspiring Story Jacqueline Valdez

p40 M*KNIGHT

Pauvre Petite Fille Riche

Poor Little Rich Girl

p52 Chuck Kovach Bohemian Summer

p58 Trinette Denise Black & Blue

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Nigel Pacquette

Summer in an English Town

COVER CREDITS: Image Provided by MODUS VIVENDI.

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DAY AND

NIGHT by

Arlen J

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Makeup by Christopher Miles; model: Sanli Ekin Ozlen at FORD; Style: 3rd Party Stylists; Videography and editing: Kevin Cotteleer.

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ABOUT

EMMANUELLE CHOUSSY

photo modelturned

A former

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Photograph by Nicolas Larriere.

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his is the story of Emmanuelle Choussy, born and raised in France. The young woman inherited her father’s great passion for image and her mother’s unwavering dedication to writing. After obtaining in France a Master’s Degree in Modern Comparative Literature and an advanced degree in Communication (five years after the bachelor) in 2004, she won several regional Literary competitions in France. In 2004 she founded her own communication/ photo agency. Suddenly, photography became a dominant feature of her work and she started to sell her Fine Art Work. In 2009 the artist clientele grew to include the international aeronautics company Airbus, fashion designers, politicians and sportsmen such as famous soccer player Juste Fontaine. The same year she also did a commercial with the superstar rugby player Byron Kelleher. Emmanuelle moved to Los Angeles in 2011. She has been developing her art with fashion designers and works also with various artists including painters, singers, dancers… She had the honnor to work recently with directors for French magazines. Regarding the literature, Emmanuelle is still working on a book based on a study she conducted in France during two years about « Photography and Psychology ». 14

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At the end of the year 2011, she joined the historical photo agency GAMMA-RAPHO in Paris. She also collaborates with French speaking press within « FUSAM » agency. In less than one year in Los Angeles, she has been published in countless print issues. “I came to L.A. in order to realize my dream of working for major magazines and develop my Fine Art Photography. To be published in the fashion press would be a great recognition for me. I have heard for years : “you deserve it!”.

“I know that my Dad is sending me all his energy and love from the clouds to help me,”

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Assisted by Romain LEROY; Creative director: Marc Bensemhoun; Fashion designer and Styling Joey TIERNEY x Haute Street; hair by Lea JOURNO’s team at the Beverly Hills Wilshire Hotel; Makeup by Adela-May Pino, Amy Vu at Sonia Suttles for Lea Journo’s salon. male model: Brandon at Q Management; model: Alizee at Whilhelmina L.A. special thanks to Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

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model: Alissa at Wilhelmina L.A.

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THE & BEAUTY THE BEAST Photography by Karolina Amberville; makeup by Magdalena Skoczylas; hair by Aneta D Adufe; stylist: Rubina Marchiori; stylist’s assistant: Arianna Cavallo; models: Sarah, Marnie & Courtney R from Model Union. OPPOSITE PAGE: Dress, Fabryan, fabryan.com.


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Dress, Fabryan fabryan.com; Gold necklace, Top Shop.

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Fur top & leggings, Fabryan fabryan.com.

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THIS PAGE:

Dress, Fabryan.

OPPOSITE PAGE:

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THIS PAGE:

Dress, Mitsu-Mitsu, mitsu-mitsu.com. TOP LEFT:

Black leather fringed trousers, “Why So Serious”, whysoserious.co.uk; Shoes and leather cropped top, stylist own; Earrings, Top Shop. BOTTOM LEFT: Dress, Amin Anthony Phillips for “Love and be loved“, loveandbeloved.co.uk.


E INTERVIEW

Christos Bibitsos

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odus Vivendi is a brand that ranges from men’s underwear, beachwear, swimwear, homewear, sportswear and accessories. The line was started by designer Christos Bibitsos, which has been present on the market since 1989. Their High quality garments are made in Greece,

“Living in the countryside is the only thing that could make me happy.”

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by Greeks, and in the company’s own factories. Their huge variety of shapes, lines and styles are specifically tuned to the needs of modern men.

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What does Modus Vivendi mean/stand for?

CB: ‘Modus vivendi’ means ’way of living’ or ‘way of life’. It’s our motto, our philosophy even, for the brand and for every design we create. It reflects the simple fact that, always, we do what we do for one reason: because we love it! E:

Does Christos Bibitsos wear his own underwear designs and which design is his favorite?

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How did you get into the fashion industry?

CB: It’s a strange story, but it was more like the fashion industry coming to me (smiles). I never really dreamed of being a part of it (another smile). I just felt inspired to create designs and then happened to find the right way to bring my creations to life – by producing men’s underwear! E:

Who influenced you as you were starting out?

CB: I didn’t have any contacts with other fashion designers then, and even now I don’t really keep Christos Bibitsos > 28

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CB: I certainly do wear my own underwear designs! I have practically every single design at home, and all of the initial working designs for every new item. I have a lot of favorites, but if I had to choose just one, I would say that my overall favorite is the natural brief. E:

Did you ever expect to become successful so quickly?

CB: The truth is that the brand has been around for nearly 25 years. We started in 1989 and quickly became one of the biggest underwear brands in Greece, but it was only in the last two or three years that we began showing the brand in other countries. So it’s great to see how far we’ve managed to go on the global market in such a short time. It’s amazing how the brand has picked up so many fans and followers around the world. E:

Will you be designing for women?

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E INTERVIEW

Christos Bibitsos

up with what is going on in the so-called fashion industry, so I would say that probably no one in particular influenced me… It all started for me with a desire to clothe the male body, cleverly and with style (he smiles naughtily). As far as inspiration goes, I can only say that living in Greece, surrounded by our wonderful landscapes, our beautiful weather, our people, our civilization even, our way of life... everything is inspiration enough for anyone whose eyes are open and who listens with his soul. E:

What was the very first thing you ever designed?

CB: Believe it or not, the very first thing I ever made was a simple pair of briefs that I stitched together from an old piece of knitted fabric when I was about five years old and living with my family in a village in northern Greece. I remember them being not very comfortable, but I was really proud! E:

What is in the colors for fall?

CB: I don’t know if I’m the right person to answer to this question (smile)... My personal feeling and what I am proposing for this winter is black, black and more black. Some white, gold and silver details maybe and there you have the main look for Modus Vivendi’s trends for autumn/winter 2013-2014. E:

Can you imagine yourself doing anything else now? What was your first job? What would you do if you were not an underwear god!!!??

CB: If I couldn’t live my dream of designing underwear, then the only other thing I could be is a farmer.

E: How do you find your photographers? What do you look for in their portfolio? CB: We often like to change photographers and there are two things we look for especially: first, that the photographer is able to feel the concept for each collection and express that feeling through his pictures and, second, that the photographer is original, has his own point of view and doesn’t try to imitate others. E: What’s the secret to becoming a Modus Vivendi Model? CB: Each collection, depending on the concept, can be presented by different models, so there is no prototype, no formula. E: What is next for Modus Vivendi? CB: Modus Vivendi’s aim has always been to be a creative, innovative design house that produces affordable clothing for men who understand fashion, understand style. Our goal is to maintain a decent position on the global market, involving people who care about and appreciate diversity, whether or not it is to their own personal taste.

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Natural tanktop, Modus Vivendi, $35.96; Natural boxer,Modus Vivendi, $32.62 e-modusvivendi. com

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Querelle Short, Modus Vivendi, $40.10. OPPOSITE PAGE:

Nails boxer jockstrap, Modus Vivendi, $38.77. e-modusvivendi. com

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Ancient Skirt, Modus Vivendi, $74.06, e-modusvivendi.com

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F

ASHION IS

REEDOM by ALICE BODKIN

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xplosive London nights that dominated the fashion of the 1980’s enshrines the Blitz Club Punk decade. It rejoiced upon the marriage of chaos and creativity of an electric club vibe and the catwalk. So intrinsic and integral a relationship, it defined the era - An era that is being celebrated at the V&A in London. Under Thatcher’s unrelenting conservative government, the decade was a time of bitter and inequitable political and social unjust. Yet in these apparently difficult times, fashion remained a powerful influencer. And despite the unforgiving recession that dominated the latter of the decade, the concluding years established fashion to be one of the of the UK’s most prominent industries. Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980’s explores the risk taking and creative scenes that commanded the streets of punk club and rebellious London. Roaring, rampant and riotous, a night within the city set to establish a replication of Ibiza’s ecstasy charged dance club hype. And so, within London’s youth, the music got the louder, the ambition got profounder, and the creativity grew larger. With a create a something out of nothing attitude, the passion that stimulated the capital was increasingly more infectious to a selective and artistic crowd. Artists, musicians and designers alike would devote their Thursday evenings to craft and construct their costumes for the weekend. Such a ritual that grew integral due to the popular clubs such as Billy’s, The Blitz and Club for Heros. These venues were very particular about only allowing the most inventive and imaginative outfits access through their doors. And through creativity, appreciation of music and the motto ‘Sensation seekers, let music take you to the top’, punk and rave fashion established itself onto the catwalk. Creativity - one of the defining characteristics of the Punk era was assisted by customisation of clothes. Rule breaking and rebellious, punks disregarded, tore up and destroyed the uncodified fashion constitution.

Both designers and clubbers collectively sought to establish a postmodern style by customising and combing the historical with the new. And thus, London was becoming increasingly unique. The desire for originality was empowered by fashion magazines such as The Face. Magazines motivated their readers to experiment with fashion, and consequently contradicted any desire for consumers to go shopping. They were influential platforms that rejoiced in the notion that fashion was an art of expression. It was freedom. And perhaps in such tough political circumstances, liberation is what society was hungry for. The most compelling muse that fought for freedom of expression could be contended to be Katharine Hamnett. She stimulated a sensation in 1984 at a fashion event hosted by then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. She began the process of change by wearing a T-Shirt that read ‘58% don’t want pershing’. Hamnett used her shirts as a vehicle to express and protest green politics and anti-war dogma. In consequence, the punk era was about confrontation of conformity. It was backlash against the unyielding and constrained economic anxiety that plagued Britain. It was freedom of speech. With further global referencing to current exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art – PUNK: Chaos to Couture, this style is now influential today. One brand of many, which has been inspired by the Punk era, is Mac with their Punk Couture summer collection cosmetics. Arguably, make up is one example of a medium in which people can express creativity. It is a vehicle in which society can celebrate their individuality. Society can enjoy freedom; a term that politically establishes a meaning that one possesses the ability to think or act as one wishes. Freedom is a capacity that can be associated with an individual. And thus, a conclusion can be reached that, through the rebellious and expressive nature of punk attitudes, fashion funds freedom. Fashion is freedom. fashion is freedom.

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A unique & inspiring story On a dancer and Sjogren’s Disease – Jacqueline Valdez

Jacqueline Valdez Favorite food – Cheese pizza Favorite animal – The Wolf Favorite thing to do – Watching movies & having dinners with good friends Person who inspires Jackie - Phil & Angie Valdez (parents) Favorite exercise – Dance.

After recent discoveries Jacqueline has discovered she has Sjogren’s Disease. Sadly not many are aware of what this disease entails. Due to this fact Jacqueline has decided that she wants to speak out to the public to let others know more about the disease and how it has affected her as a dancer and athlete. According to EHow Health Sjögren syndrome “Not only are the mucus membranes affected but due to the dryness itchy or burning eyes, sensitivity to light, cavities, difficulty swallowing, adiminished sense of taste and yeast infections in mouth may result. Also individuals may have dry skin sometimes with rashes, fatigue, parotid gland swelling and joint pain.” continued > 55

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©2012 PHOTOGRAPHY DON CURRY

Jacqueline Valdez 40 years old and residing in Gainesville Florida owns and runs one of a kind studio “Elegant Body Pilates”. Jacqueline’s studio is an elite and all women’s fitness studio that focuses on fun and unique ways of working out. Jacqueline also professionally models and dances doing ballet, jazz and modern. Being a survivor herself she takes to heart each client she works with. Jacqueline is a very compassionate human being as she gives generously to the community and is the owner of many rescue animals.

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Since Jacqueline’s discovery of Sjogren’s she has made the decision to not professionally compete in aerial fitness. Jacqueline can not train like she used and can not keep up with the other competitors as her body gets fatigued sooner, her joints are stiff at times, she gets easily bruised and the recovery time is much longer than most dancers and athletes. Jacqueline has decided to not get on medication at this time and is approaching the disease in a holistic manner for now. Jacqueline is taking supplements, made changes in her diet, exercising daily, attending physical therapy, massage, chiropractor and acupuncture treatments. Jacqueline is more determined than ever to continue her passion for dance and helping others. Sjogren’s is not her only life changing obstacle. At one time Jacqueline’s dance career had stopped due to various car accidents. It was very difficult at one time for Jacqueline to even get out of bed without assistance. Jacqueline made many trips to the chiropractor and physical therapist just to keep her body moving. Jacqueline had been informed she would have to stop dancing and would have to give up on her dream of ever dancing again. Jacqueline decided to rehabilitate herself through safe and effective exercises on her own through methods such as Yoga and Pilates. Jacqueline made a come back to the dance world. In fact she has made a stronger come back than ever. Jacqueline even started not only pole dancing but competed after less than 6 months of mostly self-taught in training the field. Jacqueline then went on in the fall of 2012 creating the group Infusion Remax. Infusion Remax is the collaboration of a ballet aerial dancer and opera singer. They have made world ballet news and history in the aerial industry. Her dream is to continue creating more pieces of work to and hopesthey will be given many opportunities to perform on the stage and at various venues.

Infusion wants to change the stigma of what society sees pole dance as and bring an appreciation for opera to the younger generation. Infusion wants to bring any means of artistic expression to the stage highlighting each of their individual talents. They are so excited about this collaboration they have even decided to do an audition for a national T.V. show after friends encouragement to go forward and share with the world their talents. Car accidents did not stop her nor will Sjogren’s. She hopes to inspire others to keep moving and to follow their dreams at all costs. She strongly feels you do not have to be labeled by your disease or your handicap. She is an inspiring lady who is known for more than her looks. If only many others could follow in her footstep of kindness, positivity and hopefulness. Jacqueline hopes to make an imprint on others and is excited for her journey ahead. Jacqueline is more determined than ever to continue her passion for dance and helping others. At this pace the world will have to keep their eyes open for this young lady. Follow Jacqueline on facebook @ Elegant Body Pilates & Infusion Remax. Contact her at http://elegantjacqueline.wix.com/JacquelineValdez.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” George Carlin

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styling: Michelle Evans; makeup and hair by Kaia Bellanca; model: Autumn Leppla. retoucher: Ivan Payas and M*Knight.

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Swimsuit, Sophisticated Bitch Clothing; Eyewear and necklace provided by Guns and Roses Boutique.

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Black Fringe Top, at shopnow_janelle; Black Slit Skirt, at shopnow_janelle; All other clothing & accessories provided by Trinette Denise.

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ENGLISH TOWN by

Nigel Pacquette

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