INK Magazine presents
a u t u m n // 2 0 1 0
v o l u m e 11 , i s s u e i 11
with akong london, top notch, grant heinlein, mike baileygates by chrissie white, yotam solomon with giglianne braga, claudia by john troxel, kimandra, bethany grace, sleeping in chanel featuring anna feller and illustrations by missy mccullough + more interviews, fashion, and photography
EDITOR IN CHIEF John Troxel
FOUNDERS John Troxel, Aaliyeh Astar & Mike Bailey-Gates
Taylor Bryant, Tracy Mathewson,
Chrissie Whte, Chloe Scheffe,
In search of Department Head! Contact
Liz Osban, Monica Merel
Joy Newell, Alicia Vega
us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolina Engman, Tori McBride
CONTRIBUTORS STYLISTS, ART DIRECTORS
Katie Espinoza, Molly Bright-Hughes,
Matt Holmes, John Rozier, Brian
Sara Be @ Love Illuminati, Cari
Santiago Ramos, Sarah Williams,
Markham, Carl Pocket, Zenaida Kwong,
Gadamus, Molly Bright-Hughes, Deanna
David Urbanke, Matthew Wilson, Bethany Grace,
Palkowski @ Lizbell Agency, Lenka
Shirley Yu, Dan Carlberg, Marc Laroche, Grant
Laneova, Angelina Vivace, Ayesha
Heinlein, Kira Bucca, Brandon Wickenkamp,
Fly Chick, John Ersing, Taylor Bryant,
Marisa Chafetz, Ailine Liefeld, Victoria Daaboul,
Tamara Darden, Julia Danckwerth, Tova
Ellie Harvey, Rinaldi Djohor
McCall @ Juicy Inc, Sepehr Maghsoudi
HAIR & MAKEUP
David Ducane, Nicholas Whitford,
Kasey Golden, Ashlie Sampson, Danielle
Claudia Vaughn @ BMG, Molly Bright-Hughes,
Noelle Quanci, Mervin Klerks
Hartnett, Natalie Faye, LucyAnne @ Lizbel Agency,
Tatsiana @ Commence Quest, Giglianne
Lenka Laneova, Olga Karpecka, Wenya Chang, Shreya
Braga, Anna Feller, Ana Smirnova,
Thaker, Jil Clinger, Vanessa Melanson, Crisol Velasquez,
Emily Carter @ Ford Models, Julia
Cindy Vazquez, Nyrisha, Nikky H., Eva Dieckhoff,
Merrell, Isabelle Stork @ Ford Models,
Whitney Kril @ Judy Inc., Theresa Nuth @ Lelo Artistry,
Sasha Klishchenko, Laura Schuller,
Dee DeSalu, Natasha Woodward, Rosita
Amanda Tataryn @ Sutherland Models,
Doerbali-Timal, Sanne Van Hezik
Alex Cook, Katheryn Love, Jalnar Dhanani, Wesley Nault, Kelley Larkin, Amber Gibson @ Agency Galatea, Charlotte-Amy Stiff, Rosa Merino Claros, Carlton @ Elmer Olsen, Mike W
corrections, summer 2010 // the contributor's list was missing the credits for a shoot called runaways. photography was by andrew babarczy, with styling by sheri-ann tualla, and hair & makeup by kate blainey. the models were ryder and stacey @ camerons. // in the covershoot, summer play, the red blazer was mislabeled. it was designed by brandy godsil.
@ Elmer Olsen, Alex @ NAM, Quinn @ NAM, Rashel @ Velocci Models, Elissa @ HOP, Mitchell @ HOP, Lyric Lincoln, Rosalinde Kikstra, Emma Myrthe Simon
Missy McCullough is a Los Angeles-based illustrator. She is greatly influenced by California culture and her travels overseas. With a fashion industry background, her love for fashion comes through in her work. Working mainly with ink and watercolor, she loves creating images that capture the lighter side of life. See more // www.iMissyYou.com
Grant Heinlein is a 17-year-old fashion photographer and freelance designer operating out of Kansas City. He has just recently began to see photography as a serious career path. Grant plans on studying both photography and graphic design in college. See more // grantheinlein.tumblr.com
gr ant heinlein, photogr apher
missy mccullough, illustr ator
"SHE IMAGINED CONTRIBUTING TO MAGAZINES ALL AROUND THE WORLD"
Born and raised in the West Coast of Canada, Zenaida discovered her love of photography at 15. Fashion photography was always her calling, as she would dress her friends up and photograph them after school and on the weekends. Spending hours upon hours in the darkroom developing these photos, she imagined contributing to magazines all around the world when she grew up. Perhaps that day has come.
â€”Zenaida Kwong See more // www.zenaidakwong.com
zenaida kwong, photogr apher Matt Holmes is an aspiring fashion photographer of 16. He resides in upstate New York and draws his inspirations from life around him, as well as from music. He tries his best to deliver edgy and dreamy images to his viewers for their enjoyment. Coming soon // www.mattholmes.com
matt holmes, photogr apher
CONTENTS the lost touch, page 146
the young & hip, page 62
elements of communication, page 24 4
sleeping in ch a nel, page 180
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top notch, page 20
yota m solomon, page 78
Photography John Troxel Model Claudia @ BMG Gown Rachel Gilbert
ask me a ny thing, page 14
soft & pa le, page 204
F E AT U R E S
to the r aces!, page 170
Letter From The Editor
Let's Get Some Shoes
Makeup So Bright It Should...
T-Shirts & Charity, To The Tune...
Ask Me Anything
The Young & Hip
Danielle Ate The Sandwich
If I Can Dream
Spanish Moss Vintage
"Will You Go To Prom With..."
Diamond In The Rough
Interviewed & Illustrated
High School & High Hopes
Feathers Are A Girl's Best Friend
Soft & Pale
Elements Of Communication
The Model Life
BFA Takes LA
A Short Story About Sepher
To The Races!
Once Upon A November
Sleeping In Chanel
The Lost Touch
On The Road To Eldorado
FROM THE EDITOR DEAR READERS, I am blown away by the amount of support INK has gotten over just the
I fell for a crisp Autumnal feel; deep reds and purples, along with
past few months. After the release of the Summer issue, I felt satis-
blazing golds and musty browns that echo the song of Fall, with its
fied, yet inevitably nervous about raising the bar for the next sea-
vast and colorful array of leaves. We pay attention to texture this
son. These worries melted away as streams of applications and in-
season too, with layered knits, furs, and wools.
quiries about getting involved poured in! I immediately knew that
A few weeks ago, I pulled on a sweater, and slipped out the door
our Autumn issue had to be all about the people in the fashion and
to get to a photoshoot. I met the cover stylist and we rushed down
photography industries...and thus The People Issue was born.
Lakeshore Drive to get to the location on time. As we detoured to
I immediately approached Claudia Vaughn to do the cover. She
grab some warm caffeine, and I hopped out of the car, I couldn't
has such a unique look, and she truly embodies INK Magazine with
help but notice the slight breeze causing the leaves to slowly be-
an eclectic mix not only in her heritage and natural look, but also in
gin to churn upon the ground. It was an abnormally cool day, but I
her hobbies and passions.
truly felt as though it was Autumn...and I was even more inspired
From cover to cover, we have a fantastic assortment of people
by the season! Enjoy the changes, and the upcoming holidays and
featured. I was ecstatic to work with Giglianne Braga, from the TV
catch that feeling of coziness. Realize the beauty around you, and
show If I Can Dream. When we photographed her again with de-
get ready...the feeling is electric!
signer Yotam Solomon, I was glad to see them work so well together. The resulting photographs are stunning. Model and blogger Anna
I hope that as you look through this issue, digesting each editorial and article, you feel excited for Autumn! You know we do!
Feller also graces our pages, along with musicians Emily Casey, Danielle Ate The Sandwich, and Naive Thieves. Incorporating so many talented and unique people in this issue meant we were also going to have to really impress with the styling.
John Troxel | Editor in Chief
Elissa Hop Model Management
Mitchell Hop Model Management
1. Detailing on lamp at Winding Creek Manor (Philadelphia, PA) 2. Veronica Boswell dives into deep red chiffon 3. Watercolors 4. Blazing gold detailing on dresses by Tanya Leigh on the INK racks 5. Anne Lehan in denim 6. Texture (Wisconsin) 7. Tan, camel, army green (Wisconsin) 8. Autumn leaves 9. Evening light on my studio walls 10. INK racks mark the end of a season (Chicago) 11. Autumn gradients 12. LNA tee 13. Belt from Ragstock (Chicago) 14. Evening light on bathroom walls, Winding Creek Manor (Philadelphia, PA) 15. Courtney Alexis wears Limecrime lipstick 16. Sportswear, grey knits 17. Morning light on a bed (Chicago) 18. Covergirl Claudia Vaughan in a top by John Troxel 19. Pattern and color on a chair, Winding Creek Manor (Philadelphia, PA) 20. Tribal print and Bullhead denim
EDITOR'S PICKS Photography John Troxel
By Tracy Mathewson
ASK ME ANYTHING GETTING TO KNOW ARISA FUKUMOTO, THE FUTURE OF JAPANESE AND UK FASHION Photography Ellie Harvey Hair & Makeup Natasha Woodward page 15
Model Charlotte-Amy Stiff
all clothes arisa fukumoto, shoes arisa's and model's own pompom cordelia weston
"EVERYWHERE I GO, THERE ARE THE SKY, TREES AND FLOWERS. NO MATTER WHICH COUNTRY I’M IN, THOSE ARE ALWAYS THERE TO RELAX AND INSPIRE ME"
This Japanese native was born in the Kanagawa prefecture and raised
details make for a downy, bird-like fluff on the bodice with the
there until moving to the Hyogo prefecture at 5 years old, which is where
stunning completion of the dress made wholesomely of feathers
she grew up. After graduating from high school Arisa moved to
that beg the poetics of Edgar Allan Poe.
Tokyo, which is where she studied English for a year before moving to the UK to study the arts in 2005. Always drawn to art even at a young age, Arisa especially enjoyed drawing, painting, and photography, focusing most on
With a history of moving house, Arisa is trained in using her changing surroundings as inspiration for her art. “Everywhere I go, there are the sky, trees and flowers. No matter which country I’m in, those are always there to relax and inspire me.”
taking pictures and creating illustrations as a mode of expression.
Her use of soft colours like ivory and pale blues, greens, pinks
But what does it take for a classically trained ballet dancer of over
and purples is derived from the feelings she has towards the na-
10 years who’d hardly given a thought to designing to become so
ture she encounters in her travels.
invested in fashion?
Celebrating femininity with a quirky take on elegance is Arisa’s
2004 and 2005 were changing years for Arisa. Alexander
way of bringing the nonsense of fantasy to the timelessness of
McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2005 and Christian Dior Couture
fashion—but not without remembering that clothes are meant
Autumn/Winter collections were bursting with detail and daring
to be worn, not just seen. “I consider a lot about the cutting and
silhouettes—so much so that the boundless quality of fashion was
fitting… to see how the skirt flows when they are walking, and to
hard to resist. “They were amazing, a totally new world to me. I
make the bodice fit nicely and yet comfortable.” Arisa’s under-
realized that fashion is not only about walking up and down the
standing of how clothing affects the wearer is unmistakable,
catwalk… There are no rules.”
“[An individual’s] favorite clothes can affect their emotion and
Arisa uses her love for theatrical costumes and settings that
confidence, even making them feel like a different person… This
she developed with Ballet as “something different from daily life.”
applies to my whole design concept—something a little bit dif-
Combining this with her interest in the idea of Alice in Wonder-
ferent from daily life, something special and fashion is fantasy…
land and her understanding of Japanese gardens, Arisa Fukumoto
My dresses are for people who want to feel pretty and beautiful,
states: “‘Fashion is Fantasy’ and I believe that good quality fabrics
rather than just showing lots of skin to look ‘sexy’.”
make the dresses even better.” Using satin and 100% silk chiffon,
Look for more of Arisa Fukumoto’s work at arisafukumoto.
Arisa fuses softness and chic femininity with a strangeness and
com and follow her blog, arisafukumoto.blogspot.com, for current
darkness that could easily date back to a Venetian masquerade in
inspiration and upcoming collections.
the 16th century.
dress from her 2009 graduate collection. Soft, hand-sewn gathered
Tracy Mathewson is a writer and student based in London.
A most striking demonstration of Ms. Fukumoto’s tread across the boundaries between dreams and reality is a black feather
"MY DRESSES ARE FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO FEEL PRETTY AND BEAUTIFUL, RATHER THAN JUST SHOWING LOTS OF SKIN"
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FOUR NEW-YORK-CITY-BASED ARTISTS ROAM THE STREETS (& ROOFTOPS) OF THE BIG APPLE PHOTOGRAPHY BRANDON WICKENKAMP STYLING JOHN ERSING ASSISTANT NOELLE QUANCI
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ALEX COOK GRAPHIC DESIGNER
KATHERYN LOVE PHOTOGRAPHER
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JALNAR DHANANI JEWELRY DESIGNER
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WESLEY NAULT FASHION DESIGNER
a selection of cook's album covers, redesigns and commissions, and a poster for a museum exhibit.
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What do you do? I'm a soon-to-be-officially-certified graphic designer. Currently in my second year at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. What drives you to keep doing what you love? I suppose my love for it is enough of a drive alone. I never really questioned that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life, and if I can pay the bills with it, great! I suppose I'm pretty lucky in that way; I think creative people have an easier time than others figuring out what they want to do in life. Cause even if you end up starving, you can't NOT do it. The need to create is a strong thing. An Autumn 2010 essential: A merino sweater. They're too cheap and comfortable not to own. An NYC secret that isn't so secret anymore: 2 Bros pizza. 1 dollar pizza feels illegal, but they're still in business so it must be OK. Your favorite place to shop: Uniqlo. My time in Japan as a kid shaped everything from my taste in food to my fashion sensibilities. Were can we find more about you, and see your work? My portfolio is www.cargocollective.com/alxck. Email or Facebook me if you want to talk about good music, grid-based layouts or Braun design.
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a selection of love's photographs, shot on location in iceland.
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KATHERYN LOVE Who are you? My name is Katheryn Love. I'm from Woodstock,
of Ann Demuelemeester boots to wear into the ground this fall.
NY and I am currently a photographer based in New York City.
An NYC secret that isn't so secret anymore: Pho Grand on Grand and Forsyth is definitely a city treasure.... especially if you are a sucker
What do you do? I am interested in many artistic mediums, but
for Vietnamese food like I am. I usually go with a few friends and
right now my heart definitely lies in photography. I have recently
share a few dishes. With a table full of delicious food, we usually
been really into the idea of "liminality" and "liminal space". A lim-
each still walk away spending no more than $8 a piece. Vanessa's
inal space is essentially a place between place and time. Iceland
Dumpling House on Eldridge is also amazing. A plate of four deli-
seemed to visually and culturally encompass this idea. I have been
cious dumplings for $1. Heaven.
traveling to Iceland for the past two years and spent this past January shooting the bulk of my most recent body of work there.
Your favorite place to shop: Tokio 7 is definitely one of my favorite places to shop. It is close to my apartment and I consequently find
What drives you to keep doing what you love? I think I will always
myself in there more than any other store in the city. It's an amaz-
continue taking pictures because photography adds such a perfect
ing little consignment shop in the East Village that carries second
balance to my life. I love the life and energy of New York and it
hand designer clothing. Like most other consignment or vintage
will probably remain my home base for quite some time, but pho-
shops it can be hit or miss, but when you find something good in
tography definitely takes me to a place away from the chaos. With
there, it is usually really really good. I think that is what makes it
my personal work, I am able to escape. When I shoot fashion or
more exciting. When I go back home to Woodstock, NY I always
documentary photography, my experiences with the people I shoot
love to hit up the flea markets, estate sales, and the local auctions.
and work with are fulfilling and definitely keep my heart in it.
The auctions are always fun and filled with interesting people. I definitely have a bigger place in my heart for old furniture and
An Autumn 2010 essential: Autumn is definitely my favorite time of
little vintage treasures than for clothing. In New York City, I would
year in New York. I love layering. Last fall I scooped up a grey Alex-
have to say the Hells Kitchen flea market takes the cake.
ander Wang cashmere beanie. It has been my Fall/Winter/Spring/ Summer essential. Aside from that, I usually live in a leather
Were can we find more about you, and see your work? www.katheryn-
jacket and boots. I am crossing my fingers to find the perfect pair
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WESLEY NAULT Who are you? Wesley Nault, 25, New York, NY former Project Run-
and sewed and I just breathe it in…and it’s euphoric…because
way Season 5 contestant, winner of the last Gen Art New Garde
it’s those moments where I can see my past, present and future
grant in 2010.
coming together and all of the doubts and what if's don’t matter, because everything is beautiful again.
What do you do? Owner/Creative Director of Wesley Nault. An Autumn 2010 essential: Fur. For those of you who are morally What drives you to keep doing what you love? I know in my heart and
opposed you can always substitute for Chanel's faux fur collection.
all of my being that I am doing what I was born to do, and I’m so
But there is nothing like bundling up in the real thing.
ridiculously lucky and fortunate and grateful that I’m able to do it. Like I might have pretty much no life, but every day (and frankly
An NYC secret that isn't so secret anymore: Being a pizza fanatic, what
well into every night) I get to create things that I want to create.
better place for me to live than New York? You have not had pizza
I’m able to do something that If I worked as an assistant designer
until you have had Ray's on 11th and 6th and Artichoke on 14th
to some big somebody in the industry (and I’ve considered it) I
wouldn’t have the chance to do. I get to experiment. Maybe life would be easier if I worked for a fabulous label and
Your favorite place to shop: I am in love with the antique store Olde
never had to pay for supplies or have to skip brunch with my
Good Things, New York. Its sometimes nice to take a break from
best friends because I’m saving up for a website, or an industrial
the fashion world to create a work space full of things that inspire
sewing machine… there are a lot of maybe’s…but when I do stop
working and take a moment to breath, I look around… and my cluttered, too-small, too hot, too expensive studio becomes a world
Were can we find more about you//see your work? Facebook, and www.
full of beautiful things that I dreamed and sketched and designed
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earring and broach designs by jalnar.
Who are you? I am the kindergartner that, instead of playing kickball like a normal child, gathers nuts during recess to burrow holes into and string fishing line through, the 8th grader that makes more perfect hemp necklaces than the local hippie store, the 19 on t he cov er
year old that still wants to be a jewelry designer when I grow up. What do you do? Being a Jewelry Design Major at FIT, I learn, constantly. Whether it's how to create a three-dimensional mirror-image pair of earrings out of Sterling silver, or render diamonds with
gouache, I'm a glutton for information. What drives you to keep doing what you love? One of the most rewarding experiences to me is having a client seek me out to purchase a piece that they're really excited about. Seeing their eyes light up the same way mine do when the design initially pops into my mind makes my heart swell--that will never get old. But.. who would have trouble getting motivated to use a blowtorch at 9 in the morning, anyway? An Autumn 2010 essential: I have this Sterling silver and Swarovski Crystal ring by Jessica Elliot that I actually get stopped in the street for. It's her "Floating" Double-Finger ring-- the silver is invisible from the top view, and three crystals give the illusion that they are floating between your fingers. I love it! See it for yourself right here: http://www.jessicaelliot.com/store/home.php?cat=386. An NYC secret that isn't so secret anymore: Improv Everywhere. If you're reading this, and you're not already an "agent," you should sign up. No Pants Subway Ride 2011, can't wait! Your favorite place to shop: Junk, in Brooklyn. It's a crazy store full of old stuff that no one really needs, like antlers and old suitcases and junior olympics medals. Were can we find more about you, and see your work? www.jalnar.com
John Troxel is a photographer and editor based in Chicago.
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SKETCHED AND SEWED AND I IN. . .IT'S EUPHORIC"
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By INK Staff
SPANISH MOSS VINTAGE Photography John Troxel Hair Dee DeSalu Model Lyric Lincoln
Suzanne Ford Carafano is the owner, stylist, and designer behind Spanish
2006 Spanish Moss is an online boutique specializing in statement
Moss and American Gold since SMV's inception in 2006. Although hav-
vintage pieces for tastemakers, artists, and It girls. Fans include
ing experience only on the journalism side of the fashion industry,
Daisy Lowe, Erin Wasson, Sky Ferreira, The Wildfox Girls, Scout
Suzanne began SMV with an addiction to rare vintage clothing and
Willis, Ruby Stewart, Krystal Simpson and Pamela Lowe. Span-
a promise to herself to never work a job she hated again. When
ish Moss also features a carefully curated collection of the most
she isn't scouring the states for exquisite vintage or sketching
quality and progressive independent designers in the Shop New
designs for American Gold, you can find her writing works of fic-
section of the site. In addition, Spanish Moss designs and produces
tion and reading books in bed all day, driving through or moving
a signature clothing line - American Gold - that is manufactured
to a new state every few months, sleeping under the stars in the
in California. Finally, Spanish Moss hosts the SMV Mag, a blog col-
desert, and dancing to classic rock and old country in her favorite
lective written by carefully selected fashionistas and SMV girls to
dive bars. Over the past years SMV's staff has grown and makes
keep you updated on the latest street style and runway trends, art,
it's "homebase" in the Golden State.
literature, music, and progressive culture.
For those who don't know...what is Spanish Moss Vintage? Founded in
So you design some of the pieces sold at Spanish Moss Vintage? Spanish
"ALL THINGS SOUTHWESTERN, MAXI DRESSES, MAXI SWEATERS, OVERSIZE ARMY JACKETS, BELL BOTTOMS..."
Moss designs "American Gold" a collection of vintage inspired clothing produced in the Golden State of California. Always made of the finest silks, crochets, and cottons, each material in the American Gold collection is handpicked to construct a supremely soft garment of the highest quality and attention to detail. Check it out for yourself at www.TheAmericanGold.com. What trends and staple garments are you thinking will be a big hit this fall? All things South-Western, maxi dresses, maxi sweaters, oversize army jackets, bell bottoms...
INK Staff is, you guessed it, the INK Staff.
"FANS INCLUDE DAISY LOWE, ERIN WASSON, SKY FERREIRA, THE WILDFOX GIRLS, SCOUT WILLIS, RUBY STEWART, KRYSTAL SIMPSON AND PAMELA LOWE"
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BY INK STAFF PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN TROXEL MODEL AMBER GIBSON @ AGENCY GALATEA
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AUTUMN'S JEWELRY DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT FALLS ON AKONG LONDON IN THE DWINDLING HOURS OF THE DAY
For Nicole Akong, designing jewelry is a relatively new pursuit—the fulfil-
strangers alike, she decided to take a leap of faith and officially
ment of a dream to spend her life making beautiful things.
launched her own jewelry label at the start of 2010.
Born and raised in the West Indies, Nicole’s early academic
Akong London is a young couture jewelry house with one
achievements were always underpinned by a rogue creative streak.
clear ethos—to make stand-out, statement jewelry with univer-
By age 7, she already held distinctions in dance and music. Aged
sal high-fashion appeal. Nicole’s work features everything from
10, she learnt to use her mother’s sewing machine and would
semi-precious gemstones, glass and crystal, to feathers, fur, velvet
spend all her free time creating entire collections of Barbie clothes.
and lashings of gold and silver chains; but it is only after rounds
She wrote a novel at 16 and at 18, left home to go to university in
of merciless editing and fastidious construction that her signature
Miami and graduated with a degree in Fine Art in 1999. From there,
look emerges. Since the launch of the label, it has attracted the at-
she moved to London where she immediately fell in love with the
tention of fashion insiders everywhere and is set to become a cult
city’s vibrant culture, and spent the next eight years building a
favorite among style hunters in the know.
successful career in the city by day and DJing by night. In 2008, she took her first jewelry-making course and it proved a perfect outlet to channel her abundance of creative energy. With her jewelry attracting the attention of friends, colleagues and
INK Staff is, you guessed it, the INK Staff.
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SINCE THE LAUNCH OF THE LABEL, IT HAS ATTRACTED THE ATTENTION OF FASHION INSIDERS
By Rebecca Arenas
FEATHERS ARE A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND Photography Victoria Daaboul Model Josephine Vittoria
Up-and-coming jewelry maker Josephine Vittoria always had an itch to create, and so it was less than a year ago that she locked herself in her house for a couple of months and came out with her jewelry line, Oyeloria. Vittoria’s autumn collection is a feather-focused frenzy. It is an in-your-face line for the no-nonsense woman who knows who she is and where she is going. At the same time, Vittoria is able to infuse fragility in each piece with the use of pearls and crystals to enhance the beauty and delicacy of the female. Born and raised in Montreal, Vittoria grew up in a culturally rich family of Venezuelan and Italian Descent. She was therefore raised speaking Italian to her parents, Spanish to her paternal grandmother, English at school and French on the streets. Vittoria accredits this knowledge of other countries and cultures as a source of inspiration. “Spanish culture fascinates me: the language, the lifestyle, the music. It’s all so colorful, so real. They enjoy what earth offers them." To see the full Oyeloria collection visit www.oyeloria.com.
Rebecca Arenas is a writer.
"IT'S ALL SO COLORFUL, SO REAL. THEY ENJOY WHAT THE EARTH OFFERS THEM" designer josephine vittoria wears one of her handmade earrings.
By Molly Bright-Hughes
IT GIRL Photography Joy Newell
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reminiscent of a fifties housewife in the Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 show, I embraced it instantly as, quite simply, a pleasant break from the allblack rocker look we’ve been bombarded with the past several seasons. Suddenly platform booties, second-skin miniskirts, and harshly structured jackets that, let’s be real, only really found success on a lanky frame, no longer represented forwardness in fashion. That show brought an entirely new taste to my palate, one that awakened and rejuvenated my attention and excitement. Then it happened again. And again. And again. Each show, each designer bringing a new twist and energy to the trend, seizing my appreciation and fondness with every look. Dolce & Gabana stunned me with their ultra-sultry take on that hourglass shape, mixing airily draped fabrics with synched waists and layered sheers in body-hugging styles. Dries Van Noten polarized the femme fatale attitude with a remarkably straightforward, no-frill approach. Using a utilitarian aesthetic and menswear tailoring, he presented selection of confident and simple pieces juxtaposed in a classic and ladylike collection. Fendi, Louis Vuitton, and Prada approached the fifties rather literally, fashioning looks straight out of Vogue half a century ago. Long, full skirts, structured bodies, belted and accented natural waists, coats, and quintessential retro updo’s graced their runways. I am grateful to fall for allowing us to wear real clothes again (I’m pretty sure the fashion world has exhausted it’s boyfriend tee and cutoff-shorts supply), and cannot think of a better way to celebrate than adding such body-complementary pieces to my wardrobe. A waist, a bust, and pair of hips are certainly things to be proud of. I plan on flaunting that pride straight to the new year.
Molly Bright-Hughes is a writer and blogger based in Los Angeles.
"THE SHOW BROUGHT AN ENTIRELY NEW TASTE TO MY PALATE, ONE THAT AWAKENED AND REJUVENATED MY ATTENTION AND EXCITEMENT"
"A WAIST, A BUST, AND PAIR OF HIPS ARE CERTAINLY THINGS TO BE PROUD OF. I PLAN ON FLAUNTING THAT PRIDE STRAIGHT INTO THE NEW YEAR"
By Carolina Engman
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WHO? A 23-YEAR-OLD TREASURE-HUNTING PASTALOVING ROCK-BOHEMIAN GIRL WHO WORKS AS A FREELANCE STYLIST AND WRITER, AND RUNS A STYLE BLOG CALLED FASHION SQUAD ALEXANDER WANG
Alexander This luscious cape jacket from closet for my in ing hang been has Wang her a month, just waiting for the weat as the soon As . gods to cool things down the down fly I'll , ping drop degrees start h! ooos Swoo an! Batm like ts stree
olute favorite Goldie is one of my abs it's almost pieces. Unfortunately eone when impossible to hug som n, no gain! pai no you wear it, but
books for interi or on, all available
at Anthropologie .
One of the best things about mov ing to the United States is that I get to spend hours and hour s at Anthropologie, my favorite store in the entire worl d!
ill e Litas w ing that th ad re sp e co ar 70;s dis Rumours a glittery ailable in soon be av s, please! edition. Ye
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p up shoes that I'm
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LEATHER JACKET After years of searching, I've finally found the perfect leather jacket. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my new bad boy from INBY! Image by Dan Carlberg.
love gem at Forever 21. I I picked up this little sorcery! and gic ma d by black jewelry that is inspire
VINTAGE BELT A gold chain and tas
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de in heaven!
Fall is just around the corner and it's time to stock up on
candles. I love scented ones from Le Labo!
MAXI DRESS This leopard print maxi dress is from H&M. Purrrrrr! Image by Dan Carlberg.
Over the years I hav e developed a crazy obsession for headge arâ€”be it hats, turban s, headbands or just a scarf tied around my head. Without them, I feel completely naked.
apartords as art in my I love using old rec at JUNK nd rs LP that I fou ment. This Star Wa of my e on is ) $5! (for only in Williamsbourg favorite pieces.
My boyfriend and I just mov ed to New York, and even though our sublet fell thro and we've had to moved ugh eight times in ten days, I love it. There's something about this city. Image by magical Dan Carlberg.
celona at a Zara sale in Bar I bought this poncho it with g rin pai e lov I e. d pric for a ridiculously goo look. ian em boh a for ts flopping hats and boo
I'm in love with this flowy dress from Swedish brand Nakkna's S/S 11 collection. It looks like something
straight out of a dream!
SHOE LOVE These are my all-time favorite shoes. Period. Jeffrey Campbell for president!
time. und my neck all the RP/Encore hangs aro pon! This pigeon foot from also function as a wea amazing, it's talons Not only does it look
Image by Dan Carlberg.
Comic Strip by Serge Gainsbourg.
Right on top of my wishlist for Christmas is this velvet backpack by Alexander Wang.
By Tori McBride
LET'S GET SOME SHOES THE BOOTS TO WEAR THIS AUTUMN Photography John Troxel
I have found myself falling in love with more shoes than any season past, and for good reason: shoes have tapped into their most extreme tendencies, ranging from the highest heights to the lowest lows. Boot heights are thigh high or ankle low, and heels are fabulously towering or comfortably flat. Expect nothing understated; these boots are furcovered, laced-up, and leather. Paul and Joe showed slouchy overthe-knee boots and Burberry presented ankle boots, both trimmed with shearling as per the trend. Michael Kors balanced chunky sweaters with tundra-worthy fur boots. The boots at Christopher Kane were less intended for the snow than for show, as evidenced by the open crisscross laces. If you find yourself buying as many boots as I am, donâ€™t worry. These boots will be around for a while, and will transition easily into Spring.
Tori McBride is a stylist and designer based in Chicago.
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By INK Staff
MAKEUP SO BRIGHT IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FOUNDER OF LIMECRIME Illustration Chelsey Scheffe
What made you, Doe Deere, want to start Limecrime? There are two
reason I started this company, so I can have the colors and prod-
types of cosmetic brands: ones that take makeup too seriously
ucts I've always dreamed of!
(great quality, boring black packaging) and ones that don't take themselves seriously enough (low-end product packaged in a cute
What are some of your favorite products? My favorite lipstick is
jar). I wanted to create a line of professional quality cosmetics in
Airborne Unicorn (a soft purple) and my favorite Magic Dust eye-
creative packaging - at a reasonable price. I love makeup, but I am
shadow is Lime Criminal (our signature shade).
also a girl who wouldn't be caught dead touching up out of a plain black tubeâ€”give me purple, pink, and holographic unicorns! In addition, I've historically had trouble getting a hold of
Lastly, were can our readers find out more about Limecrime? Shop: http://www.LimeCrimeMakeup.com, blog: http://www.DoeDe-
makeup in bright colors that didn't go on sheer. Lime Crime offers
ereBlogazine.com, Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/limecrime,
lipsticks and eyeshadows that go on opaque and true-to-color
effortlessly. When did you start Limecrime? 2008. We have to know, do you wear Limecrime? Of course! That's the
INK Staff is, you guessed it, the INK Staff.
"GIVE ME PURPLE, PINK, AND HOLOGRAPHIC UNICORNS!" this is sandra, a fashion blogger living in london. we love her style blog, 5 inch & up! check it out at 5inchandup.blogspot.com
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"THERE ARE FREE KITTENS NEXT DOOR, a I REALLY WANT TO GET ONE!"
By Promise Newell
IF I CAN DREAM Photography Joy Newell Creative Direction Promise Newell Styling Molly Bright Hughes Makeup Natalie Faye Hair Ashlie Sampson Model Giglianne Braga
"Don't worry about the cameras, trust me—you'll get used to them," Giglianne Braga exclaims, as she animatedly saunters to the room where she is to be prepared for hair and makeup. Being readied for yet another photo shoot, she keenly studies her cuticles, noticing sparkly teal polish and lets out a squeal, "I can't believe I forgot to take this off!" She smiles with full lips, and settles into the chair with a relaxed sigh as a makeup artist dusts a shimmery powder over her brow. From each corner of the room, a tucked away AXIS camera captures her every move. Giglianne, 21, lives in "The Dream House", a mansion in Hollywood that is monitored night and day by 56 cameras that stream live footage onto the internet. Part of a project created by American Idol Producer Simon Fuller, Giglianne is one of the five participants on If I Can Dream, a reality show that is currently airing on Hulu as it prepares to debut on a network station. Based around the lives of these five individuals, the show follows their daily routine as they strive to make it in their chosen industries. Born in Brazil, yet a New Jersey native, Giglianne frequently commuted to New York City for castings before landing a part on. If I Can Dream in an ostensible whim. Known best for her seemingly coy, yet upbeat character, Giglianne has already established quite a resume since her initial move into the house earlier in March. In just six short months , she has already appeared in three music videos, worked with many photographers including Brian Bowan Smith, for “Protect the Skin You’re In” campaign, by Marc Jacobs. And PETA, with Robert Sebree. Currently, her days are filled with an exhaustible excess of photo shoots, collaborations, auditions, and interviews. Confronted with a complacent charisma, Giglianne seems to take each day
with a no-muss-no-fuss attitude as every opportunity is met with a surge of unreserved energy. “I absolutely love beautiful photos”,
As Giglianne adjusts to life behind a lens, she also acclimates to a career in which every minute detail is constantly scrutinized.
says Giglianne, “Modeling gives me the opportunity to travel and
Alarmingly future-oriented, she appears circumstantially unper-
along the way, I'd like to help inspire others.”
turbed, “This project has been a complete dream-a chance of a
When Giglianne isn’t spending time in front of a camera, she spends most of her free time…in front of a camera. Every second of her daily routine from waking up, getting dressed and eating
lifetime,” said Giglianne, “the experience can be a ‘bug out’, but so many opportunities have come out of it.” As the months unfold, and the show prepares to debut on a
meals, to studying her pours in the mirror, to dancing to Lady Gaga
network station, Giglianne stands on the threshold of celebrity
in her PJ’s is recorded for viewers to watch on demand. “The only
success as her dream of becoming a renowned model fuels her
two places I have to hide out are the actual toilet room, and my
ambition, “I would go crazy if I ever had the opportunity to shoot
closet,” said Giglianne, “but that was part of the agreement- total
with Giselle [Bundchen]” says Giglianne, “She is such a goddess!”
lack of privacy!” It takes a special type of temperament to be able to handle the
Surrounded by an illustrious charm of her own, Giglianne truly shines in her real life Truman Show. “As long as I'm enjoying the
strain of reality television, as any purportedly unscripted situation
ride, that's all that matters,” said Giglianne, “creating beautiful and
could easily be turned into a dramatic schadenfreude. Giglianne is
interesting photos keeps me going.”
open to the creative prospect of the circumstances, yet approaches
Although her delicate features and striking qualities set her
this subject with awareness, “I remember one time when I first
apart, it is her boisterous allure and compelling talent that bears
moved into the house, I was having a moment to myself on my
the unmistakable earmarks of a real star.
balcony, hiding in the shade from the bright sun", said Giglianne, " It ended up being filmed for an episode, and I ended up being portrayed like I was trying to hide from the cameras- like I was terrified or something!"
Promise Newell is a writer based in Los Angeles.
Walking up to Yotam Solomonâ€™s Hollywood Hills home, one immediately senses a sort of understated quiet and stillness. Though both pleasant and engaging, Yotam maintains a certain peacefulness that leads one to believe he is an incredibly thoughtful individual. The same could be said for his unique clothing. An initial glimpse of an assorted rack of archived pieces from his self-titled collection instantly discerns his delicate method: nothing Yotam Soloman does is haphazard or on-a-whim. Instead, his aesthetic is careful. Detailed. Finessed. Each piece with its own lustrous personality and special property. From imported, hand-made glass adornments to leather shoulder pieces and remarkably delicate appliquĂŠd necklines, Yotam presents a diligently efforted selection of effortless-looking pieces. Utilizing a fair mixture of details, attentive draping, strategic cutouts, split sleeves, and a beautiful palate of rich color, he creates something entirely unique. Yotam Solomonâ€™s collection is something any girl would lust for. Needless to say, we definitely
BY MOLLY BRIGHT-HUGHES PHOTOGRAPHY JOY NEWELL CREATIVE DIRECTION PROMISE NEWELL ASSISTANT NICHOLAS WHITFORD STYLING MOLLY BRIGHT HUGHES MAKEUP DANIELLE HARTNETT HAIR ASHLIE SAMPSON MODEL GIGLIANNE BRAGA
didn’t mind getting to play with it all day.
which might cost a little more but will last longer and will help to save our plant. It really easy to manufacture in poor countries
When did you first become interested in design? I wish I could go
overseas, but it’s important to manufacture goods domestically to
back in time (probably before I remember) I can say that everyone
help sustain the economy. Make sure to look for my new collec-
noted my fashion skill as back as at Junior High. There was always
tion Spring 2011 inspired by the Oil Spill to raise awareness, while
an existing sense of style. Growing up I was aware of general style
proceeds will be given to help clean this mega disaster.
and upcoming trends being that I recognized them before they became publicly recognized. We all have our individual style, while
Who is the most memorable celebrity you have worked with, and why?
some of us need help to better execute it while I hope to assist
Victoria Beckham was one of the most extraordinary icons that
many with my designs.
I had the pleasure of working with; she was very easy going and has a great sense of humor. We shot a very fun campaign for LG’s
How were your collections received by your mentors and other students at FIDM? I am happy to say that I am very grateful for all of
Lotus Elite Cell phone, after we collaborated to design a collection inspired by the phone.
the support that we still receive from colleagues, former professors, the industry and my amazing customers and supporters. It’s a privilege to be able to do what I enjoy, and receive amaz-
Tell us about your collaboration with Victoria Beckham for your capsule collection. I got a call from LG asking me about doing a
ing feedback from our great industry. How did growing up in Israel affect the aesthetic of your designs? I think that having grown in a culture inspired by so many different elements has completely shaped my way of thinking and along with my creativity. Israel is a beautiful place enriched with different cultures and much history; it was a pleasure growing up in that environment. I hope that one day we can all be friends in the Middle East, but the governments have to set it up and think about things other than pride and money.
being a designer I try to only use materials that work in a cradle to cradle manner being that after usage they will be able to be taken apart reused or recycled. It is amazing how easy it is, and the next time you shop around try to look for fashion with an essence
How do you incorporate eco-friendly substances in your collections? Sustainability and eco friendly are subjects close to my heart, and
project with them, after asking for further details we set a meeting after which I found out that Victoria has selected me to collaborate with on designing fashion around the new bold cellular phone. I had a great time, where I ended on a commercial that ran for a few months on MTV. What is next for the Yotam Solomon Brand? The new collection Spring 2011 is finally offered to retailers on a massive scale, as I began my business being a private clientele label. The new collection is inspired by the oil spill as itâ€™s a close subject to my heart where I hope to raise awareness to saving our planet and ecological systems, being that I try to create beauty out of hardship. Together we can make everything happen and I hope to demonstrate that with this collection.
Molly Bright-Hughes is a writer and blogger based in Los Angeles.
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Claudia through a friend of a friend (photographer Taylor Wilder) at a test shoot, and immediately I knew I was going to photograph her again. And I did. When I showed up at the second of our test shoots, Claudia came to the car to help me with some of my things and I noticed her purple romper, and again was impressed by her personal style and taste. Again the shoot went well. Claudia and I worked together again numerous times, along with styling editor Tori McBride. I was actually photographed with Claudia by Chris Wilocki for Shock & Awe Magazine. I was continually impressed by her personal taste, as well as her work ethic in both modeling and in school. Immediately when we decided that INK Autumn 2010 would be The People Issue, I called up Claudia about doing the cover & covershoot. From there it went as usual, resulting in a strong set of images and a fantastic cover!Â We wanted to photograph Claudia in her natural habitat, as well as in a more "work-related" environment. We met at her home and shot the first half of the set, and then met again downtown. We used pieces from Claudia's wardrobe as well as pieces we had pulled for the shoot, infusing her personal style with ours. John Troxel | Editor in Chief
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queen of the jungle claudia wears a forever 21 leopard print dress from her own wardrobe
waiting her turn claudia wears a dress by forever 21 and stylist tori mcbride's earrings
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vintage winner claudia wears vintage boots, dress, jean jacket and pendant
"IMMEDIATELY WHEN WE DECIDED INK AUTUMN WOULD BE THE PEOPLE ISSUE, I CALLED UP CLAUDIA"
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casting call off to a casting call, claudia wears stylist tori mcbride's jacket, jeans and sunglasses, and a shirt by rvca. a vintage scarf and rings complete the look
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bus stop ready to catch the bus in style, claudia wears stylist tori mcbride's jacket, jeans and sunglasses, and a shirt by rvca. a vintage scarf and rings complete the look
photographer john troxel hits the studio with covergirl claudia vaughn and vintage clothing from kimandra
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FACTORY GIRL Photography John Rozier Assistant David Ducane Art Direction Cari Gadamus Fashion Editor Sara Be @ Love Illuminati Makeup Kasey Golden Model Tatsiana @ Commence Quest
page 103 pants hayden harnett blouse vintage plaid cape katra michener
page 105 1970's jacket stylist's own dress kimibilla necklace sarabe ring rabid fox
page 107 jacket customized vintage head scarf vintage belt & skirt stylist's own
page 109 fur & jacket vintage dress katra michener necklace sarabe shoes micheal kors
HAT HAIR Photography Ailine Liefeld Styling & Assistance Julia Danckwerth Hair & Makeup Eva Dieckhoff Model Rosa @ IZAIO Models Fashion Design Artischocki Hat Design Konstanze Luise Rafalski
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Autumn Daze PHOTOGRAPHER GRANT HEINLEIN MOVES IN FRONT OF HIS OWN LENS IN LAID-BACK AUTUMN LOOKS
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50'S INSPIRED Photography Marissa Chafez Styling Tamara Darden Makeup Nikky H Hair Nyrisha Model Riley Larkin
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AUTUMN AFTERNOON Photography Kira Bucca Styling Ayesha Fly Chick Hair & Makeup Vanessa Melanson
Model Amanda Tataryn @ Sutherland Models
page 134 mink fur coat cosmopolitan furs wide leg pants le chateau necklace miss niya
page 135 gold jacket stylist's own white dress h&m fashion against aids collection
page 136 tunic h&m fashion against aids collection wood bead necklace le chateu
Once Upon A November
photography bethany grace stylist & makeup lanka laneova hair olga karpecka model ana smirnova
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THE LOST TOUCH Photography & Styling David Urbanke
Model Isabelle Stork @ Ford Models
AUTUMN EXPOSURES Photography Matthew Holmes Styling Matthew Holmes, The People of Pittsford Makeup Shreya Thaker Models Julia Merrell, Sasha Klishchenko
jacket john carlisle signature skort kahri by kahrianne kerr shirt buddhistpunk belt vintage bag d&g
URBAN NOMAD Photography Shirley Yu Styling Angelina Vivace Makeup Wenya Chang
Model Emily Carter @ Ford Models
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dress juma hat alternative button down, gloves, stockings & sweater stylist's own boots versace
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page 169 poncho salvage shirt sugarlips hat stylist's own
TO THE RACES! Photography & Styling Karina Sagastegui Makeup Kelly Hanna Hair Richie Yniguez, Sandra Moreno Models Jay Stewart, Brian Francis, Maria, Mindy Zuckerman
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page 173 on model in focus blazer vintage yves saint laurent collared shirt h&m jeans 21 men
page 174 on her blouse h&m trousers zara socks urban outfitters shoes vintage on him undershirt diesel sweater gap jeans 21 men shoes frye
page 175 on her hat forever 21 sweater shirt vintage lace-up skinny jeans topshop shoes vintage on him undershirt h&m sweater & pants old navy socks paul smith shoes urban outfitters
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page 177 on him peacoat schott nyc v-neck tee h&m jeans 21 men shoes frye on her faux leather jacket delia's lace dress h&m booties aldo
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page 180 silk chiffon dress sachin & babi, $564 knitted long scarf holt renfrew, $55
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photography zenaida kwong styling deanna palkowski @ lizbell agency hair & makeup lucyanne @ lizbell agency using m . a . c . and tres emmĂŠ model anna feller @ sutherland models
model anna feller also runs a fashion blog , and we 're big fans ! check it out at nomadatchu . blogspot. com
page 182 patchworks toggle coat missoni, $4,595 gold sequined top 3.1 phillip lim, $950 liquid bronze harem pant carlie wong, $320 lace-up boots opening ceremony, $585
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page 184 cardigan missoni, $550 sequined silk cape obakki grappa, $620
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ON THE ROAD TO ELDORADO Photography Marc Laroche Makeup Jil Olinger Model Laura Schuller
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rodarte fall 2010 , new york
stella mccartney fall 2010 , paris
versace fall 2010 , milan
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iceberg fall 2010 , milan
By John Troxel
INTERVIEWED & ILLUSTRATED Illustrations Chelsey Scheffe
ADAM GALLAGHER Hey Adam, how are you? I'm great, John! Soaking up the summer
I'm feeling that day! The weather, music icons, colors, books and
sun, taking pictures, blogging, having smoothies and pool parties,
more all benefit my imagination process while styling. Following
and of course shopping have all been lately included in my life!
that, I find the one piece of clothing that pertains to that concept the most, wether it be shoes, glasses, bag or whatever...and I can
For those who don't know who you are, tell them...who are you? My name is Adam Gallagher, I'm 19 years young, I'm a libra who is ob-
go from there. imagination, visualization, and creation are the big steps in styling for me.
sessed with fashion styling, musical theatre, and anything artistic. I live in a nice town called Riverside in California, and I like it but I'm ready to move to Los Angeles to start my fashion career!
What do you think is going to be a staple in our Autumn wardrobes this season? Haha, well, by the looks of this upcoming runway season its going to be a lot of browns, blacks, grays, sportswear...fur..
What would you say would be the biggest "dream come true" if you
fitted military inspired jackets and suits.
could get one? It would be an absolute dream come true if I could become the next "Rachel Zoe" celebrity fashion stylist. Right now I'm studying in different fields of styling, and becoming more mar-
And you knew it was coming...favorite designers and labels? I adore Chloe, Christian Siriano, and of course, Chanel.
ketable with the different jobs I take. Hopefully it all pays off and so I can live a happy, simple life.
If you could meet anyone in this industry for lunch, who would it be and why? Rachel Zoe...I want to know how she made it and the
How are you working to really break out into the industry? I'm
proper steps to take to be in her position in 10 or 20 years.
interning and working in a lot of fashion fields pertaining to styling. Photographer's assistant, magazine styling and hopefully
Anything in the works you want to leave us with...any collaborations
backstage runway work! Cross your fingers! I'm also keeping up on
or projects to tell us about? I have a few fun projects I'm going to be
my blog and outfit posts so if a company happens to see my work,
working on in LA...a new magazine has asked me to be a stylist...
then they can contact me!
as well as helping a flaunt magazine editorial shoot, hopefully! As for LookBook.nu and my blog, keep an eye out! I don't plan on
For a stylist, and over all style junkie...we want to know how you
stopping my posts or outfit inspirations anytime soon!
go about putting together an ensemble. I like to start with a concept. Anything and everything inspires me so it all depends on what
Thanks Adam! Thank you!
JOHN MICHAEL SZCZEPANIAK-GILLECE Hey John! First off, how are you? I am doing really well. I try to smile everyday.
How are you going to change the world? I am not going to change the world, but I can be part of the movement.
Good! John Michael Szczepaniak-Gillece is quite the name. What do your friends call you? Tell the readers who you are and what it is you do. My friends call me JM or that damn kid.
Do you have any favorite photographers? I honestly enjoy Flickr. I could say something really smart and say a photographer from the 1920's but I like the present. I respect all photographers, but I must
You've done 'The 365 Project" successfully twice, and are in the middle
say I do have my favorites.
of your third year. Will there be a fourth? No. I really think I am coming up to a point in my life that history doesn't need to repeat itself a fourth time.
What are three things not many people know about you? Thanks so much for your time, John! I love odd things. I think that is why I think unicorns are so funny and collect things with them on it.
What really is your dream? What is the goal? What are you working
Sometimes I don't shower right after coming home from the beach
for? My dream is to be a well respected actor, writer, and director
because I like the feeling of sand in my hair. I get over happy when
of film. I am working to make film amazing again. I want to make
someone follows me on any site like Flickr, Twitter, or Tumblr. It
a classic or an hour plus long movie that touches someone's life.
makes me feel like I am doing something right.
SAIGE ROWE Where your located? The Atlanta Suburbs, GA.
or what would it be? I really want to work with models, no specifics yet, and this is totally cliche, but I would absolutely love to photo-
Hey! How are you? I am doing just fine... even though school started way early this year. The most basic question in the book, but important...how did you get
graph Mary Kate Olsen. Through everything she's done, I still think she's gorgeous, and cool, and her style is so amazing. What do your friends and family think of your photographs...assum-
into photography? I've always been really into the fashion industry.
ing they know you love photography? They're all very supportive,
I wanted to design clothes for the longest time, but unfortunately,
although it's hard to get my friends to model for me. Not all, but
I am a terrible sew-er. When I started taking a Graphic Design
most of the people here think photography is, "Smile!" click. And
class my sophomore year of high school, my eyes were opened to
that's it. It's not very artistic in the suburbs.
the really artistic side of advertisements and editorials, especially in fashion magazines. I found myself really interested in how the
Were do you want to go with your photography? Do you want to make
photos were taken, and the lighting, and the clothing. Immersing
it your career? Oh my gosh, yes! This is what I want to do for the
myself in the magazines, obsessing over them, discovering Flickr
rest of my life. I want to do editorials, and lookbooks, and ads for
and other outlets for creativity really sealed the deal for me. So for
designers. It's the only career that I've really thought about and
my 16th birthday I got my first DSLR.
realized that I will never bore of it. It's such an addiction, and the good thing is, I won't need rehab for it.
Your style is so dream-like, and has a very great consistency to it...do you notice a common theme to your photos? I take so many pictures
Lastly, for the tech junkies...what camera do you use? I use a Pentax
and try different editing styles and ideas, every shot feels distinc-
k2000d (km for outside of America). It's a good travel camera and
tive. I've never really noticed a common theme, but I do want
I use it to the best of it's abilities, but I'm ready to upgrade at any
consistency to separate me from others. I want people to know me
time. I also use a Minolta film SLR, but I've yet to develop the film
by my photographs, to be able to recognize my aesthetic.
yet (I'm extremely sparing of it).
What is your favorite thing to photograph? I love photographing
Thanks for your time! You are very welcome.
people because they can portray every other thing. Emotions, objects, art. They bring so much to a picture that nothing else can. If you could photograph anything or anyone in the whole world....who
John Troxel is a photographer and editor based in Chicago.
By Monica Merel
SOFT & PALE Photography Brian Markham
When you think Miami you think soft, sweet and pale, right? I know it seems a little out of character for the city that’s known
in the room. The Sun-Kissed: I’m tan skinned so I can relate to these readers
for its bold lifestyle but we can even bring it down a few notches
the most. A beige that exactly matches our skin tones leaves the
from time to time and bring back some femininity. High wasted
illusion that we’re wearing nothing at all. Of course, we INK girls
straight leg trousers in earth tones, sweet soft pink strapless ruf-
are no floozies, so what I recommend is an off-white outfit with
fled dress convenient for day and evening and skin colored shoes
a hint of beige. Add some lace and you’ve got a winning combina-
compliment every outfit (no exaggeration!). This is whats fashion
tion. Consider a lacy top with a white pair of pants and a nude
people-watchers, like myself, see when roaming the streets. Which
shoe, and no one will forget you as you walk out the door.
I think is an appropriate change of pace. Designers like Chloe and BCBG have started to use more lace
The Chocolate: Like my dulce de leche ladies, my chocolate skinned friends can go around in color-matching tones. You’ll get
and pastel based tones to compliment every skin type. To clarify
disapproving looks from woman and very approving looks from
what’s appropriate for your skin type let me break it down:
the male overseers. Luckily, you ladies can wear the actual beige
The Pale Beauty: Soft pink combination of shoes, dress and jewelry are surprisingly flattering. I say ‘surprisingly’ because I’m not a woman who likes to be ‘matchy-matchy’ but a look like that
colors. Now go! Indulge in a couple of pieces that compliment your wants! Just make sure they’re sticking to the color scheme.
actually compliments each other. The combo of the matching shoes and dress shoes the viewer that for one you did that on purpose and two that you’re not nude. It brings the center of attention on you because you’ll be the most put together piece of art
Monica Merel is a writer based in Miami.
By INK Staff
THE MODEL LIFE Photography Matthew Wilson Styling Tova McCall @ Judy Inc Makeup Theresa Nuth @ Lelo Artistry Hair Whitney Kril @ Judy Inc. Models Carlton @ Elmer Olsen Model Management, Mike @ Elmer Olsen Model Management, Alex @ NAM, Quinn @ NAM, Rashel @ Velocci Models Bicycles Curbside Cycle
Do you bike? Yes, for fun and travel. What's your favorite fall item? Zip-up hoodies. What's your most embarrassing moment? One time when I was doing a runway show I had to wear a garment that's the closest thing to a man thong. My Mom was at the show. Not one of my proudest moments. How old were you when you started modeling? 16.
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What's your favorite fall item? Boots.
What's your favorite fall item? I just like jeans.
What's your most embarrassing moment? One time during a
What's your most embarrassing moment? I don't have an
photoshoot I was wearing couplets (padding for boobs filled with
embarrassing modeling moment yet.
Do you bike? Not at all.
Do you bike? No, I don't.
water or silicone) and one burst all over me! How old were you when you started modeling? 16. How old were you when you started modeling? 18.
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Do you bike? Sometimes, for fun. What's your favorite fall item? Leather and fun. What's your most embarrassing moment? Once when I was doing a runway show, I could feel my shoe starting to slip off my foot. Luckily before I drifted off to the side, the shoe fixed itself and I continued walking. How old were you when you started modeling? 15.
Do you bike? Yes. What's your favorite fall item? Oversized t-shirts and sweatshirts. What's your most embarrassing moment? Once at an outdoor shoot I was wearing very high heels and because the ground was so rocky, I had to be carried by two people everywhere I went. How old were you when you started modeling? 19.
INK Staff is, you guessed it, the INK Staff.
"the ground was so rocky i had to be carried by two people everywhere i went"
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By Sepehr Maghsoudi
A SHORT STORY ABOUT SEPEHR Photography Rinaldi Djohor Assistant Mervin Klerks Styling Sepehr Maghsoudi Hair & Makeup Rosita Doerbali-Timal, Sanne Van Hezik Models Rosalinde Kikstra, Emma Myrthe Simon
I have always been around fashion, with pretty much my entire family active in different parts of the industry. Hanging around and playing with garments as a kid. I am not sure why exactly but I chose architecture and construction in college, got my degree, but felt empty, like it wasn't my thing, you know? So I started in fashion school and go figure, it was exactly what I needed and wanted. Since then I changed my style a couple of times, like a journey in the unknown. Searched what styles I love, like all designers do when they are just starting out. Always trying to enhance myself
and broaden my horizon with every collection. I participated with
tuned for that! The opening of my own store and a new collection
Project Catwalk, the Dutch version of Project Runway. From that
of ready-to-wear and haute couture is also coming up; I'm very
show I learned a lot about workflow, making decisions faster,
busy and I absolutely love it.
the ability to let go certain things and move on. Listening to my heart and just going with my instincts. I am very happy where I am now; things are going well and
Sepehr was born in 1982 and lives in a small city called Hoorn, about half
having great and nice people in my life is really a blessing. People
an hour out of Amsterdam. Sepehr manages his own label, and designs
that are willing to help me, just because they want to. And I can't
for Dutch VIPs.
say much about it right now but there will be a show on television
about me that is going to be broadcasted in 50 countries, so stay
By Monica Merel
HUMBLED HOMELESS Photography Humility Now
I want you to ask yourself a question and I want you to answer honestly.
Miami who would feast on their blessings.
Tell me if you have ever actually stopped to have a conversation
They do more organized activities since the days of scrummag-
with a homeless person. I’m not saying giving them a quarter, or
ing for food. Now they do more charitable events that everyone in
saying ‘sorry I don’t have any change,’ but have you actually ever
the community can get involved in. The very first event was held
asked them about their story. Most of us, we probably answered
last Thanksgiving. It was a traditional Turkey-style clothing drive
‘No.’ But why? Why do the homeless to us seem so unapproach-
and Bar-B-Que. With much loving embrace, the volunteers and the
able? Why can’t most of us just take the time to sit and take to our
attendees got to mingle and get to know one another as more than
just neighbors.They had over 150 volunteers contribute their time
At only nineteen, Julio Anta and a couple of friends decided to
to the event. Since then Humility Now has been lucky enough to
create their own non-profit organization called Humility Now to
host three other events and I’m constantly getting a new event
make it more accessible to give and interact with the homeless.
invitation from them daily. One of the most memorable events was
“The homeless are actual people and we just want to bring a voice
held at Talent Farm, a local venue, with over 300 people come and
to the plate...” says Anta cheerfully over the phone. Right now it
attend the show to come listen to music and fraternize. The other
is a small-scale organization with large potential. It is less than
was a free show collaborated with the non-profit called “Music
a year old, having only started in November it’s grown so rapidly
Saves Lives” at a Starbucks.
within the Miami area. Their merchandise can be scene through
What is so refreshing about Humility Now is that it is fun by a
out college campuses and their flies can be found lurking on the
very humble group of people. Their intentions are pure and just
tables in Art Walks at Wynwood. But how does someone just wake
want to spread this kind of charity at a grander scale. “I hope to
up one morning going.... “Ah, today feels like a good day to create
have different branches of Humility Now not just in Miami” says
my own non-profit.”
Anta. That means even you the reader could start something like
The idea arose for Humility Now with just a couple of friends who believed in conserving food. Anta calls their method of conservation ‘dumpster diving.’ It’s the act of going to the dumpster
this with a group of friends in your community. I can only hope for great things to come for Humility Now. If you want to know how you could get something like this in
behind the super market and salvaging the expired food. Sounds
your community visit humilitynow.com or email them at info@
fun right? It’s actually quite sanitary. It’s regulation for super mar-
kets to get rid of their expired food. What more people don’t know is that it just actually means that the food can’t be sold there any longer but is still edible. With this in mind, they would take these packages of goods to the local homeless people in Downtown
Monica Merel is a writer based in Miami.
By Sarah Williams
T-SHIRTS AND CHARITY, TO THE TUNE OF INDIE ROCK Photography Alicia Vega page 220
Seizing a rare opportunity to create a new breed of philanthropy, Matthew Stotland and Casey Cohen founded Yellow Bird Projectâ€”a non profit organization that combines indie music, charity, and fashion. The triplethreat nonprofit has brought together a lineup of beloved indie rockers, and put their artistic talents to use designing exclusive t-shirts, that are sold to raise awareness and support for charities hand-picked by the artists. Collaborations with indie favorites such as Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, and the newest additions Andrew Bird and Beach House, have produced some wildly imaginative and often whimsical designs, all available for the oh-so-affordable price of $25. Now you can satisfy your desire to do good, look fabulous, and show some love for your favorite artist all at once by indulging in these hipster friendly threads. With a continually expanding roster, Yellow Bird Project has been able to achieve its mission of raising money and awareness for charities, while simultaneously promoting the indie musicians you already adore (and the ones you soon will). The organizations they benefit support a range of causes from The Teenage Cancer Trust, selected by their first contributor and believer Devendra Banhart, to Elvis Perkins' charity of choice, the World Wildlife Fund. Founders Matt and Casey are constantly seeking new artists and charities to work with, and hope that they'll find inspiration from indie rock fans themselves, who are encouraged to submit their ideas online. To join the ranks of chic do-gooders, put on your favorite indie tunes and head over to yellowbirdproject.com
Sarah Williams is a writer based in Texas.
By Liz Osban
DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH Photography Someone
“I wonder if we’ll see anyone famous. Did you see anybody last night?”
the while my main goal is to get Danielle comfortable. For the
Danielle asked. “Jack Johnson” I replied. “Right around here.” I point-
past hour she’s been signing autographs, albums, and even men’s
ed to the back stage area of the main stage at the Mile High Music
chests in the hot sun after playing a set she’s sure to remember.
Festival, an annual summer gathering of musicians to perform
The crowd is full of friends, longtime fans, newfound fans and
just outside of Denver, CO. For two days, established popular art-
even past English teachers to applaud their rising star. And need-
ists such as John Mayor, The Fray, Jason Mraz, and MGMT perform
less to say, the giant “W” behind her (which stands for Weezer, the
on outdoor stages. And emerging Loveland, CO artist Danielle Ate
headlining band for Danielle’s stage), is not too bad of a feat either.
The Sandwich has just been added to the list of performers. It’s a
“I asked them if they could light up the W for me. They said no but
surreal moment for her and I as we’re whisked off from backstage
they’ll just leave it. I said okay!”
in a go-kart, passing the artists’ dressing rooms and buses. But one
Danielle Anderson, who “Ate the Sandwich,” was born in
can only wonder what’s going on in Danielle’s head. Does she even
Nebraska. She began writing songs in 6th grade, but quietly kept
have the time to fathom it all? We arrive at the media tent only
her music to herself until one fateful day in December 2008, when
to be rushed away again to our own private tent for an interview.
YouTube.com featured one of her videos. She has become a witty
The media team offers us free beverages in fancy bottles, and all
acoustic web sensation since. Her song “Public Property,” from her
DANIELLE ANDERSON, WHO "ATE THE SANDWICH", WAS BORN IN NEBRASKA. SHE BEGAN WRITING SONGS IN 6TH GRADE, BUT QUIETLY KEPT HER MUSIC TO HERSELF, UNTIL ONE FATEFUL DAY IN DECEMBER 2008
2010 album Two Bedroom Apartment, became YouTube’s spotlight video the same day her album released, accumulating more than 500,000 viewers. Now a post-grad, full time ukulele-wielding folk musician, Danielle shares her wit on stage, then tells us what she feels about playing the festival and opening for Weezer, about the pressure to be normal, and Lady Gaga. What was your favorite part of today’s festival so far? “I really like the behind the scenes stuff. It’s fun to just walk behind the stage. I get a dressing room and people drive us around in golf carts! It feels really fun to get the star treatment and it makes me feel my hard work is paying off. You play crappy shows and then you play shows like this and it feels like, ‘Oh yeah! Who gives a crap about the ones that were lame because today was really great.'”
"I GOT FEATURED ON YOUTUBE'S HOMEPAGE, WHICH WAS A GREAT DAY FOR ME"
So what do you say to musicians who feel like they’re stuck doing
ten post-college. I thought, “What do I do with myself?” I thought
crappy shows all the time? “I think it’s hard because sometimes you
college would give me all the answers, so I was spitting it back in
just have to play, play and play and you’re in a crappy spot for a
their face saying I don’t really think that leads to happy people.
long time, but I also feel that what’s meant to happen will happen;
And even if you’re successful financially you might not be happy,
so hopefully good things will happen. I think you also have to
you know, humanly.
weigh how bad you want it. What is it you hope to accomplish through your music on a personal What are your main influences in music and in life? I like Regina
level? I want to keep playing music. That’s my goal, to just keep do-
Spektor and Death Cab for Cutie, but mostly just music as an in-
ing it. I think a lot, “Do I want to be a super famous person and try
spiration. I like words; using them in new ways that people might
to achieve that?” I think I would love to be famous. I love being the
think are weird, ugly or mundane. It’s about poetry for me almost
center of attention and feeling like a star, but also feel really happy
as it is about music.
with what I’m doing now. So if it could just stay at this level where I can just play shows and have awesome, loyal fans but still be low
So how exactly did the YouTube videos start? My friend and I made some for some songs we wrote and I thought, “Well, maybe I’ll
key, that would be great. But I also want to be famous enough to have a fragrance! Or a [fashion] design line.
make some of myself”. They just kind of starting getting more hits from local places in Colorado as well as across the seas and
One last question: “Goo goo” for Gaga? I’m such a Lady Gaga fan. I
eventually it really caught on. I got featured on YouTube’s homep-
went to her [Denver] show! After seeing her I was completely sold.
age, which was a great day for me. I think it’s part of the secret to
More than anything I love her message. Be who you are. If you’re a
freak, who cares? Don’t let anybody tell you you’re wrong for being different. I think it’s awesome that kids are listening to someone
So in your song “American Dream”, you sing, “Go to school, get a job,
who actually gives a crap about them. And I really think she does.
find a wife, settle down”. What’s your view on the pressure to follow that pattern? There was that fear that when I’d follow a creative career path, my parents were worried that I wasn’t going to make enough
Danielle actually performed her ukulele cover of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” at the festival.
money or be normal enough to succeed. It’s a common pressure to be normal, to be a productive member of society, to do what you have to do to make a steady paycheck – kind of all those stupid pressures we put on each other to be normal. The song was writ-
Liz Osban is a writer based in Wyoming.
"I'M SUCH A LADY GAGA FAN. ...MORE THAN ANYTHING I LOVE HER MESSAGE. BE WHO YOU ARE. IF YOU'RE A FREAK, WHO CARES?"
By Promise Newell
NAIVE THIEVES page 227
Photography Joy Newell
Quickly gaining repertoire throughout the Inland Empire for a native sound that is compellingly tropical and outwardly direct, Naive Thieves started with two full-time members: Cameron Thorne (lead vocals, ukelele) and Levi Audette (guitar, ukelele), who wrote and meticulously constructed their From Nowhere EP with a rotating cast of associates. But recently, the Naive Thieves regular working unit has now grown to a fivetet with the addition of Kyle Garcia (bass), and live members Jaron Eldon (precussion), and Kevin Elliot (guitar). Widening their sonic pallate, From Nowhere paints an expressive and insular picture of wandering souls with no place theyâ€™re comfortable calling home, and a seeming emotional discord to certainty. With Hawaiin-esque ukeleles and resplendent precussion, their unique sound blends into a ranging scope that ultimatly transcends locality or region. Sometimes artists can be vague or protective about the creative process, but Naive Thieveâ€™s Cameron Thorne and Levi Audette are refreshingly game to discuss and dissect their own methods.We recently caught up with the band to talk about their striking album, their working process, and their thirst for new challenges. How do you know each other? Cameron: I met Levi in high school and our bands at the time played together a few times. When I decided to start a different band, I knew I wanted Levi to play drums. We became best friends and had a strange amount of musical chemistry. We shared an enjoyment for the same kinds of music, so when that band broke up, we started Naive Thieves, and the rest is history. Kyle: I've known Cameron and Levi for a while now. Jaron and
"I FIND MOST OF MY INSPIRATION IN OTHER LIKE-MINDED ARTISTS, THE UNIQUE DISTORED WAY IN WHICH I, AND ALL PEOPLE, SEE THE WORLD"
Kevin I met through Cameron and Levi.
sic. Sincere music from sincere people.
Jaron: I really met Levi and Cameron through a mutual friend. I played a show with that mutual friend and Levi and Cameron
Where do you draw your inspiration from? Cameron: I love trying
were in attendance. We had delicious breakfast foods afterwards,
to compose catchy songs that get stuck in someone's head...in
and talked about so many things and got along really well. Later,
the best way possible. I like popular music in the classic sense of
that mutual friend got married, and Levi, Cameron and I were all
pop. The Beach Boys, the Beatles, Bowie, Devendra, The Strokes,
groomsmen together. Levi and I had a really great conversation
The Smiths/Morrissey...etc. Some of those fall into the category of
about creativity and drumming and music, sitting at that big table
singers with incredible/unique/interesting voices, along with Chet
with the bride and groom, haha, and I knew that he and I were
Baker, Thom Yorke, and Bob Dylan...which is something I inspire to
be vocally. Levi: From Jerry Byrd and Alfred Apaka, to recent artists such as
Growing up in the Inland Empire, how did your environment play a role in developing your music? Cameron: Where Levi and I grew up
The Strokes and Devendra Banhart. Jaron: I find most of my inspiration in other like-minded artists,
and went to high school, the types of music that we listened to, or
the unique and distorted way in which I, and all people, see the
were interested in playing I'd say weren't really embraced by our
world, and older, more majestic time periods. I like the mystery
community. We spent plenty of shows being the musical outcasts,
and wonder of all of that stuff.
but I'd say it was a testament to what we were doing. I never wanted to play what was popular, even thought it probably would have been more successful.
How did you start Na誰ve Thieves? Personality wise, what does each member bring to your music? Cameron: Levi and I started the Thieves
Jaron: I think the members in the band are genuinely good
out of a mutual appreciation for well composed music from other
people. I wouldn't be able to spend this much time with them if
regions of the world, be it Tropical, French Pop, Bossa Nova, as well
I didn't think so. I think it would hurt my soul too much. I think
as great independent music. We wanted to blend the two in the
growing up in this strange area east of LA had a lot to do with that.
least kitschy way possible. I think what makes us all work great
I don't mean to knock LA at all... but I see people there, at shows,
together personality wise is a shared lack of ego...if that makes
who feel absolutely nothing! And that directly influences the mu-
sense? We are all each other's biggest fans...we try hard to bring
each other up when one of us isn't sure about something we've written. Jaron: I'm the socially inept and awkward member. Levi is the strong silent type and dearest of friends. Cameron is almost the reluctant frontman, but has no ego whatsoever, and has an amazing moustache. Kyle is the quiet, gentle, only slightly older brother that gives you amazing haircuts. And Kevin has a certain social grace that I will never be able to grasp. And in a funny way, it wouldn't work unless everybody had all these qualities that combine in such an interesting way. What type of reaction do you tend to get from your audience? Cameron: I'm happy to say that the vast majority of audience reaction is overall positive. Our biggest complaint that I've received is either..."the vocal mics aren't high enough in volume", or "stop drawing attention to your mistakes".But it's been great, and we have a lot of fun. The music, I'd say, for the most part is pretty happy and relaxing...I think it's hard for people to complain about either of those sentiments. Jaron: I've very happily been a member of the audience at a number of shows. When Cameron and Levi were playing, just the two of them, the shows were very intimate, and very fun. I think there's a certain amount of 'feelgood' that goes on.
"I GREW UP AROUND HAWAIIAN MUSIC, AND HAVE ALWAYS HAD AN AFFINITY FOR THE CHORD STRUCTURES"
Why do you prefer the ukulele? Cameron: When I started playing
they were inspired by French New Wave films from the sixties for
guitar around eight years ago, I stopped trying to be a "classically
the name. I love this so much, because I have such a deep love
trained" musician. I taught myself how to play completely by ear,
for those films myself, and the films are kind of unintentionally
and with every instrument I've picked up since, I've followed the
very tonal and atmospheric, and I find the Thieves' music to be
same formula. When I picked up my ukulele during the fall of
the same way. The From Nowhere EP is wonderfully cohesive, but
2009 during a trip to Hawaii to visit some family, I fell in love with
covers a lot of territory. It has a consistent tone throughout, and
the instrument. I grew up around Hawaiian music, and have al-
that tone is even similar to the feelings that those New Wave films
ways had an affinity for the chord structures, strumming patterns
evoke for me. But also, it's a wonderfully simple, catchy name. It's
and the overall tone of the ukulele. The fact that it is only four
catchy like a song. It's a name not easily forgotten.
strings helps with the whole "learning by ear" method, and makes it easier to make beautiful, interesting chords than a guitar.
If you could collaborate with any musical artist, who would it be? Cameron: Joe Strummer from the Clash, or Noah Georgeson.
Where did you play your first show, and what was it like? Levi: Cameron and I played The Village Grind in Wrightwood, a popular
Kyle: Either with Jonsi from Sigur Ros or Thom Yorke. Jaron: A lot of us really admire the songwriter/producer/film
showcase for our old band. The performance was stripped and
composer/performer/complete madman, Jon Brion. I would love
juvenile, and a local newspaper reviewed it as " a disappointment"
to collaborate with him, or even play a show where he has held a
It was more or less an invitation to our friends to show what he
residency for well over ten years, Largo, in Los Angeles.
and I had been writing that summer. What makes Na誰ve Thieves unique? Cameron: It's never been Why did you name yourself Naive Thieves? Levi: The name stems
Levi's or my goal to confuse anyone with our music...we have no
from our appreciation of French New Wave director Jean Luc Go-
desire to be avant guarde, we just want to write great catchy songs
dards films in which he illustrates the archetypal thief character
that our friends and our mom's can enjoy. There are bands that
as an introspective, contemplative but rather inept thief. Almost
specifically try to sound, dress, and be a band from a specific time
like a, dark comedic relief?
period...borrowing chord structures, melodies, and overall style. I
Jaron: The boys, Cameron and Levi, have talked about how
think that we wanted to capture the essence of specific older pop
music without simply cloning it. Jaron: It's something that I can't quite put my finger on, or put into words, which I think is good because it really does mean that the Thieves are unique. It's the way that Cameron and Levi write these wonderfully intricate, interesting songs, that also happen to be super fun and catchy and just good, and the sounds that they get from those ukes. I actually think that this sound that they have stumbled upon, which I haven't quite heard anywhere else, is a "New California" sound. Just like The Beach Boys pioneered that original California sound, there is something in their music that really embodies the spirit of California right now. Where do you think your band is headed? What do you wish to accomplish through your music? Levi: It's near impossible to stand out amongst the barrage of internet bands, be it blog bands, social networking or otherwise. I think we live in a time slightly passed the internet sensation in which a band really has to play shows and develop a following like the old days (8 or so years ago), and that sentiment is encouraging to a band like us who have been performing, writing, touring and publicizing ourselves amidst the ill conceived notion that at anytime, Warner Bros could see your YouTube Video and sign you. With that, we want to play as often as possible, releasing new material along the way, and develop a true (physical) following. Real people to come see us play and hang out with afterwards. Hits and views don't necessarily dictate a bands success these days...and that's awesome.
Promise Newell is a writer based in Los Angeles.
JUST LIKE THE BEACH BOYS PIONEERED THAT ORIGINAL CALIFORNIA SOUND, THERE IS SOMETHING IN THEIR MUSIC THAT REALLY EMBODIES THE SPIRIT OF CALIFORNIA
By Katie Espinoza
"WILL YOU GO TO PROM WITH ME, SAN FRAN-MUTHERGRUBBIN'CISCO?"
A REVIEW OF OUTSIDE LANDS AND THE STROKES' REUNION Photography Carl Pocket
Hippies, bums, San Francisco locals, and foreign music lovers alike all
Tokyo Police Club, Cat Power, The Levon Helm Band, Kings Of Leon,
united for a Winter infused August day awaiting the Outside Lands Art
and Al Green to name a few, made the festival money well spent.
and Music Festival. Being a new comer to the festival I was envision-
I have to be completely honest though; my Saturday was devoted
ing various classy wine displays, art exhibits, and a few scattered
to The Strokes. I loyally held my spot for hours in anticipation for
stages. For some odd reason my imagination steered me into
my first time ever seeing them live. A crazed fan for years, I was
thinking that the music would take a backseat to the exhibits that
not okay with standing a meek five feet six inches tall behind
were advertised. My hiccupped train of thought was a misconcep-
thousands of people attempting to catch a glimpse. I, like many
tion as the music proved to be a definite frontrunner. However,
others, marked my spot right at the fence separating us from the
Outside Land’s festival goers were a bit more mild contrary to
Lords of Rock. (I am glad I was not alone in my obsessive insanity.)
Coachella Music Festival’s fanatical ardent attendees who rage for
What’s funny is Strokes’ fans from the get go seemed to innately
three consecutive days. Outside Lands had a kick back feel; just
know one another as if a tribal crest was engraved on their fore-
honest people who wanted to listen to good music - no pseudo-
head. Luckily so, because when the clock struck 8:45 and the lights
indie kids fixated on the coolness of a music festival rather than
dimmed, things got serious. Fans stood with arms linked in hopes
the actual bands playing.
of defeating the chances of getting trampled to death. “Mild” Out-
Five stages span across Golden Gate Park, which was engulfed
side Lands attendants morphed into music savages. People were
by what seemed like a legitimate forest with plenty of space to
pushing so hard that an inhalation suddenly became a conscious
roam. The food was indeed fantastic as vendors sold vegan hot
effort. Numerous people fainted, got injured, or were rammed up
dogs, and gourmet meals. To top it all off the lineups were rad too.
against the fence while The Strokes opened with “New York City
The Whigs, Langhorn Slim, People Under The Stairs, Wolfmother,
Cops.” While my spot was ideal, I could not enjoy the music and
ITS MADNESS WAS PERFECTLY REFLECTED BY THE REMNANTS LYING ACROSS THE MUDDY PLAIN was left with no choice but to crowd surf to a security guard and was in turn escorted to the sidelines. Now in perfect view around a mellower crowd, I was able to thoroughly take part in celebrating the reunion of The Strokes. Their set list consisted of favorites such as New York City Cops, Live Once, Soma, Is This It, Vision of Division, I Can’t Win, Reptilla, and Last Night. They then encored with Juicebox, Someday, Under Control, and Take It or Leave It. To add more to the mystery, none of their new songs from their fourth album were played as so many had hoped. The Strokes were scheduled to play until 9:55 but at 9:45 they left the stage. Fans, waiting to see what would happen next, seemed to have a WTF grimace protruding off their face wondering why the band had parted early. Moments later they thankfully came back and played their last few songs. Oddly enough, their encore was penciled into their schedule time, which I thought was a tad mechanical. The end of the show unfortunately whizzed by and while people dispersed, its madness was perfectly reflected by the remnants lying across the muddy plain: missing shoes, shirts, wallets, and even a twenty-dollar bill. Even though survival tactics came into play, watching the Strokes live was an amazing experience. All fans can hope for now is what is to come in the future from The Strokes. Their fourth album, said to release in January 2011, is being produced by none other than Joe Chiccarelli, who also produced albums by The Shins, Beck, U2, and countless others. The album is rumored to contain a 70’s rock vibe meshed with a futuristic feel (Rolling Stone Magazine) and of course a little “scruffy charm” as quoted by Julian Casablancas in an interview with Dan Harris from ABC News. The mystery behind the album continues to linger as fans curiosity surges and questions rise such as, more tour dates? I guess all we can do is hang tight and know that the mystery will be solved Someday.
Katie Espinoza is a writer based in Los Angeles.
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EMILY CASEY: HIGH SCHOOL AND HIGH HOPES Photography John Troxel
Did you spend your adolescent days secretly rocking out in your room? If not, you had a friend who did. Singing into hairbrushes, dancing on the bed, and dreaming of becoming a star all come with the territory of being a teenage girl. What makes Emily Casey any different? A simple fact: She is making her dream of stardom a reality. How will Emily know when she has accomplished her goal? "I'll know I've made it big when little girls are wearing my face on their t-shirts." Emily is so close to the dream that she can taste it but that did not happen over night. Emily got her start in the entertainment business around the age of five. She was not limited to singing; she acted and modeled as well. Emily actually had contracts with Aria Talent and
By Taylor Bryant
SHE IS AN ALT-ROCKER AT HEART. IF YOU SCROLLED THROUGH EMILY'S ITUNES LIBRARY YOU WOULD FIND MUSIC BY ELVIS COSTELLO AND GUNS N' ROSES
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Ford Models. Around the age of eleven, she took a break from her
prefers to channel jazzier personas when she sings. Think Etta
career. This gave her a chance to enjoy parts of childhood she may
James or Aretha Franklin. And if Emily gets extremely successful,
have missed earlier like playing sports. Family parties were her
she would love to record an R&B track with Lil Wayne. Until then,
chance to dust off her talents. After singing at a family party, her
look for her current songs on iTunes. You can also hear her music
uncle encouraged her to try voice lessons. This suggestion was the
at www.myspace.com/emilycaseymusic. Live vicariously through
push she needed to really get serious about singing.
Emily Casey. If her teenaged dreams can come true, maybe there is
Last summer she attended a talent convention and received
still hope for the rest of us.
management. Recently, Emily worked with Capitol Records, collaborating with Gina Schock of The GoGo's. She is an alt- rocker at heart. If you scrolled through Emily's iTunes library you would
Taylor Bryant is a writer based in Chicago.
find music by Elvis Costello and Guns N' Roses. However, Emily
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ELEMENTS OF COMMUNICATION Photography Alicia Vega
One of the most defining qualities of popular music is its rarely harnessed ability to communicate a resonating message to the listener. The tendency of music to transmit a vague transcendent familiarity is what makes it that much more accessible, and likable to everyone it touches. Let’s face it, all music communicates, some better than others. But what is the trigger that separates the influential from the novelties or the potentially great from the shit that hits high numbers on YouTube, while simultaneously associated with “Worst Song Ever”–type polls? There are many elements in a song and some may argue that the most important is the message it conveys. That said it is of great significance that what you are saying is sourced from the right state of mind, encoded with astute musical knowledge and delivered creatively and with authenticity. Austin’s Matt Rusin and Timothy Ruch are aware of this, and the name of their new music project, "Elements of Communication", is homage to its importance. —Santiago Ramos So how did you guys come up with the band name? "Um... hm. This is the first question? Okay... [long pause] We used to have a really long rant that we were more than eager to tell people when we
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THERE ARE MANY ELEMENTS IN A SONG AND SOME MAY ARGUE THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT IS THE MESSAGE IT CONVEYS
first came up with it, but it's all kind of hazy right now." Matt and Tim lock eyes while I take a sip of my gin and tonic. "Next question." They laugh. We've just spent the afternoon in downtown Austin, making photographs and laughing about all the odd looks and high fives the locals kept giving us. Now, we sit at the G&S Lounge in South Austin where, if you ask me, the drinks are fairly overpriced and the bartender is a bit of an ogre. Quite honestly," they continue, "we were in the studio and we needed to come up with a name, so we started clicking around on the computer and found a document titled 'Elements Of Communication'. It turned out to be notes on a public speaking course, but something about it just clicked for us." And what did the document describe as the 'Elements Of Communication'? "The senders, the messages, and the recipients. Music is a universal language... Music is communication. We need strip down to the elements in order to get back to our roots, where we started when we first began creating music. Instead of using the 'guidelines' we learned over the years, we can just create whatever we discover." I don't know.. that all sounds really spacey. You guys might be smoking too much weed... or maybe not enough. [We laugh] So when did you guys first meet, and what attracted you to one another? Matt and Tim nervously glance at one another. I can tell the choice of my word "attract" has made them somewhat apprehensive. They make someone to open for my band 'Rook' about two years ago, when we were first starting to play out. Actually, I believe it was our first show... Anyway, I found 'Tin Can Phone' on Myspace and was immediately impressed." "Yea" Matt chimes in, " I heard Tim's songs on Myspace and knew I wanted to meet him." So there was a connection right away? " Um.. we were connected to Tequilla (at the show). Lots of Tequilla." [They laugh] And how did the collaboration begin? "Well, it started out as an opportunity for us to make music that didn't have to fit within a specific genre ( Rock/Reggae). Music fans have a tendency to pigeon hole musicians as one type or another, and this was our chance to break out of that and just create what we like." I've heard all of the songs so far, and I know the project is a work in progress, but what do you intend to do with the music? I mean, are you eventually going to make a full length album or is the project just an artistic release? "An album? Yes, absolutely. We want to make an album that is a work of art from beginning to end. We make all of our own samples, and hope that it gives our music a more 'organic' feel. Something that can't be traced back to a specific decade... a timeless sound." If you'd like to hear a sneak preview of Matt Rusin and Tim Ruch's underground side project "Elements Of Communication", visit (?).
Alicia Vega is a writer based in Austin.
fun of me, then finally give a serious answer. " I was looking for
By Taylor Bryant
BFA TAKES LA page 248
Isaiah Sneed and Coleman Deleonjones of Brothers From Another met in
to stop,” says Goonstar of achieving their goals in LA. Ideally, the
Little League at the age of 12. They hit it off. Six years later, so much
guys would love to be known by people who really know hip-hop
has stayed the same yet everything is changing. Brothers From
but they do not wish to become mainstream. With this as the end
Another (BFA), their rap group, started a year and a half ago. The
goal, BFA has its work cut out for them.
group consists of eighteen-year-old Isaiah, also known as Goonstar,
No good rapper can hit the stage without an identifying swag-
who is 5’2” and black. Coleman Deleonjones, Cool Breeze, is 6’2”
ger and BFA is no different. Goonstar changes his style for the
and Panamanian. The name BFA perfectly describes the relation-
stage. Normally he sports a minimalistic look, classic styles with
ship between Cool Breeze and Goonstar, different in their own
a soft palette. As Goonstar, he wears jerseys and makes his style
ways but brothers at the end of the day.
louder and flashier. Cool Breeze prefers to mix both Cole and Cool
BFA got its start from necessity. Attending a private high school
Breeze through layering. “I kind of have this 50 Cent meets Joe
in Seattle varied scheduling gave both guys more than enough
Jonas thing going.” Both share a love of shoes, bringing a total of
time to kill during school days. When a friend suggested rapping,
45 pairs to college. Each has a pair of beloved Nike Air Maxs. Cool
they jumped on the chance to do something other than hang out
Breeze’s are 97s and Goonstar’s are 90s. They offset the cost of
in the cafeteria. Having all the same advisors and classes only
their shoes by thrifting at Goodwill, hitting up Value Village, and
made the situation easier. BFA began taking by collecting inspira-
shopping at local boutiques.
tion from across the board. Their iPods contain everything from
LA is sure to bring new favorite boutiques, new challenges, and
Jack Johnson to Jimi Hendrix to J Cole. It is no surprise that their
a new side of Brothers From Another. Curious to see just how BFA
list of people they would like to collaborate with is just as varied.
takes on LA? Check out their blog at: www.brothersfromanother.
They finally summed it up: “We’d love to work with anyone who
wordpress.com. While you are there, you can hear some of the art-
makes good music.” Two EPs and three singles after their first song,
ists’ favorite tracks: Quartersackin’ and No Shirt. Right now, Cool
BFA is ready for a change. Goonstar and Cool Breeze said goodbye
Breeze and Goonstar are working on a new EP titled Two Weeks
to Seattle at an intimate concert, which included their mothers as
Vacation. This EP is a little lighter than their previous EP, giving off
guests. With farewells said, BFA is ready to take on LA.
a more carefree vibe. Two Weeks Vacation drops in September. Be
Cool Breeze and Goonstar did not plan to attend the same college. In fact, Whittier College is the only school they both applied
sure to give it a listen. In the mean time, take some advice from the Brothers from Another, “Life’s a vacation, just enjoy it.”
to. Both were accepted and will experience freshman year together. Goonstar will study as a literature major and Cool Breeze as a business major. BFA hopes to hit the college scene and continue to make a name for themselves. “If you don’t keep going, you’re going
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