HAUTE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
TABLE OF CONTENTS
7 WHO WE ARE
The Inspirare Elves.
So thankful for you.
12 LETTER FROM
14 OUR COVER MODEL
Katie of JE Models.
18 HAUTE ITEMS
22 LOOK WHO’S
BLOGGING Sydney Mintle of Gossip & Glamour.
Chillin with your Coolies.
DESIGNER EDITORIAL 26 DESIGNER EDITORIAL 96 Gioa and Baschieri. Justin Jamison. 108 FASHION INSIDER 44 BEAUTY Pretty for the Parties.
56 PRODUCT REVIEW Rollasole.
114 ARE YOU ON THE LIST?
Fashion, fashion, fashion.
60 SWEET STREET
120 DESIGNER ADVERTORIAL
66 BEHIND THE
144 CELEBRITY CORNER
Paris by Stela Alves. FASHION DJ Caroline D’Amore.
72 COVER STORY
The Fab Miss J.
148 DESIGNER EDITORIAL
Jessica Joyce. Walking Lightly.
158 NEXT IN INSPIRARE
BEHIND THE SCENES Winter at Sutro
Tech the Halls.
You know you wanna peek. 4
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WHO WE ARE
MEET THE FOLKS BEHIND INSPIRARE MAGAZINE
INSPIRARE INTERNS CHIARA POLI KAREN LUC
THE AMAZINGLY TALENTED PEOPLE THAT ADD TO THE WORDS, IMAGES AND FASHION OF INSPIRARE MAGAZINE To the ones who make our world go round...
RAFFAELE INGENGNO Photographer.
An Italian photographer, headquartered near Milan, with a passion for fashion... he also is a graphic designer, brander, and a teacher.
LAUREN BAYLESS Photographer.
A San Francisco based fashion and still life photographer. Her passion for photography is driven by what surrounds her; art, music, love, and experiences.
Makeup and Hair Sylist. Drawing inspiration from all performance arts and making that inspiration manifest through individual and collaborative means.
STEPHANIE ST. CROIX Stylist.
A student at the Academy of Art University, majoring in fashion styling. Also spends her time as a freelance fashion stylist and intern for a personal styling company called Tog+Porter.
CHARLES NOURY Wardrobe Stylist.
Originally from France but now based in San Francisco, he is a freelance wardrobe stylist, enjoying life to its fullest, taking inspiration from his travels, France, the U.S. and everything that surrounds him. To him, â€œdressing is a way of life.â€? -YSL.
Hair Stylist. Hair, makeup, fashion. It’s expressive, it’s creative, it’s art. That’s what I love to do. I like to make hair do cool things. I like to create wearable art.
MakeUp and Hair Artist. Proudly represented by Artists Services, specializing print advertising. Professionally trained at one of the top makeup academies in the nation. Known for her bubbly personality and passion for her artistry.
GEOFF MAW Photographer.
Recently relocated to SF from the beautiful state of Hawaii where he was born and raised. He lives by the motto: Life is a beautiful disaster so enjoy it! Treat everyday as a gift and live as if it were a dream. 10
TRAVIS ALEXANDER WALLS Stylist.
An internationally recognized fashion stylist with a keen eye for detail and passion for the arts. He brings imagination and creative concepts to life through his work and is represented by the renowned talent agency, Artistsâ€™ Services.
SHANNON BAKIES MakeUp and Hair Artist.
Working in San Francisco, drawing inspiration from the city, live music, and vintage fashion to name a few. She has a keen eye for beauty in all mediums, and this reflects in her work.
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes. Just like Maria Von Trapp… these are a few of my favorite things. I love the winter. Putting on the kettle to make cocoa and settling in to sip it by the fire is one of those things that makes me feel whole again… add cashmere to that scenario and I can die happy. This winter issue we are not only bringing you the terrific pieces from some of our wonderful new Inspirare designers, such as Mansoor Scott and Justin Jamison, we are showcasing a few special guest editorials. One amazing sparkle filled party scene by the chic designers Artful Gentleman and another guest shoot from the man that specializes in fur and gives true meaning to “Made in Italy”, Vladimiro Goia.
To contact our Executive Editor, you can reach her at email@example.com or 415.449.8894
As we make our way through this wonderfully fashionable holiday season and begin a New Year, we are grateful for all of the new talent that continues to grow with us. Inspirare and I wish all of you a safe and Happy Holidays and we will see you next year! With Mistletoe,
ADRIENNE GLENN Executive Editor.
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INSPIRARE COVER MODEL
A MOMENT WITH OUR FABULOUS COVER MODEL KATIE
It is always so great for us here at Inspirare to see new talent developing to join the ranks and inspire new art from the talent that has long since been. Katie Newburn is one of these new, outstanding talents that Inspirare and San Francisco’s JE Model Management is very excited to share with you. A soft and natural beauty, with an equally soft and natural nature… learn more about her in our cover model interview.
How long have you been modeling? I’ve been modeling for about three months, but they’ve definitely been the most exciting three months of my life.
school and work. I’ve always been committed to my academics, but modeling is so fun and unlike anything I’ve ever done, it’s worth being a little busier.
Tell us what got you started in modeling… It all happened really fast. It finally seemed like the right time to give it a try, so I sent in some pictures online and ended up signing with JE.
Do you have a favorite clothing item or accessory? I have an unhealthy shoe obsession. My life isn’t nearly fabulous enough for all the shoes I buy, but in the right pair I will strut my stuff anywhere, runway or grocery store.
Where were you born and where did you grow up? I’m a California girl, born in Santa Barbara and raised near Sacramento in Auburn. What is your favorite color? Can I pick black? I’m a pretty outgoing person, but black is so strong and classic. I’m just drawn to it over bright colors. What is your favorite food? I love anything sweet! Doughnuts, chocolate, ice cream, or pastries—if it can give you cavities I love it. A healthy body is important as a model, how do you keep yourself fit and happy? I think health is all about balance. I definitely treat myself, but I know that making healthy choices is important for maintaining physical fitness and energy. What do love most about being a model? I love the passion of everyone in the fashion industry. People genuinely love what they’re doing, and being a part of that energy is incredible. What do you see as the biggest challenges in modeling? My biggest challenge has been balancing 15
Who is your favorite designer? I love Dior, of any decade. How did you prepare for this cover shoot with Inspirare? I researched Mansoor Scott to get a good feel for their clothes, and talked with the photographer, Jeffry, about the feeling of the shoot. If you met the designer, Mansoor Scott, what would you tell them about their designs? I would tell them that I think their clothes are so cool and modern but still perfectly tailored and flattering. I love them! What does fashion mean to you? I think fashion is an outward expression of what’s inside someone. When I’m wearing clothes that reflect my personality, I feel invincible. If you could tell the world one thing about Katie, what would it be? I am a huge Star Wars nerd. May the Force be with you! To book Katie visit jemodel.com
Model Courtesy of Urban Management
Winter Wonder-awesome When the weather outside is frightful, fashion can be so delightful! As jack-frost nips at your nose, give him a run for his money with some sexy velvet covered toes! This winter season our staff found some of the coziest, warmest and furriest items available to make this winter your most fashionable...
Faux Fur Weekend Bag Article Blouse
Fabulous Furs $129
EYESTUDIO Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner Maybelline $10
Smoking Slipper Kate Spade $238
Rudolph Christmas Onesie ASOS $82
Silver Wingbacks Jeffery West $318
Navy Umbrella Totes $42
Holiday Lacquer Set Michael Kors $36
Pop Dot Tights Anthropologie $24
Pearl Tone Clutch AccentSF $66
Smoking Slipper Prada $455
FlowerBomb Viktor & Rolf $120
LOOK who’s blogging
SYDNEY MINTLE OF GOSSIP & GLAMOUR Written by Paula Tabinski
She started from the bottom and now she’s here! Sydney Mintle has worked her way up swiftly through the fashion world and in 2010 launched her own fashion business. Based in Seattle, Gossip & Glamour is a classy, independent marketing, public relations and project management company that works exclusively with fashion industry clients. Sydney is more than just the ultimate businesswoman; she fell in love with fashion a long time ago and her affair with beauty and traveling is no secret! Sharing top information, global fashion news, trends, style inspiration, beauty and travel tips, and even career advice, you can quickly be inspired by her sophisticated taste and glitzy lifestyle. Take a minute with Sydney to understand why you should never give up on your dream… INSPIRARE.com
23 Photo Credit: Julia De Boer
Piece your ideal winter outfit together. Dark denim skinny jeans, a silk short sleeve fuscia top, a collarless black leather jacket and some black stilettos. If it were freezing out I would add a big scarf with a print to keep the outfit interesting. What motivates you at work? At work I’m motivated by a job well done. I enjoy going above and beyond my client’s expectations and thinking outside the box to achieve results. I love working as part of a large team!
What influences your style the most? My clothing and style choices really depend on what city I’m in and what my plans are for the day. For example, if I’m spending the day in the city I might opt for skinny jeans and oversized sweater and a pair of ankle boots. If I’m planning to be at my desk all day or sitting in meetings I’ll wear a dress and some heels because I know I won’t be walking very far. I don’t like my outfits to be fussy. What are your winter beauty essentials? My beauty essentials for winter are a hydrating serum to keep my skin from drying out. I like the Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum and moisturizer to keep my skin soft. My current favorite is the Blood Orange + White Pepper body butter by Bliss. Who or what inspires you? I am so inspired by hard work and people who follow their dreams regardless of the hardships they may have to overcome. I’m incredibly inspired by the possibilities the universe has to offer. I constantly ask myself, “What else is possible?” What’s your favorite trend for winter and why? My favorite trend is the comeback of elbow length gloves. They are so much fun to wear and look so chic and sophisticated.
What are your other passions and interests? I love traveling. My favorite city to explore is London. I love all the little boutiques and indie shops in the city. When I’m looking for sunshine, I head to Kauai. I actually spent time there as a kid, so it feels like home to me. What is something most people don’t know about you? I really like riding bikes. It reminds me of being a kid and riding my bike around the neighborhood with my friends. Whenever I go on vacation and have the opportunity to ride a bike (even if it’s a beach cruiser) I do it!
Name something new you’d like to learn/try and why. I would love to learn how to speak a foreign language. Either Spanish or French. My last trip to Paris would have been so much easier had I known how to speak the language and read the signs. Tell us your best style advice. My best style advice is to not take yourself too seriously. Fashion is about having fun. It’s also about knowing what look good on your body type and finding clothes that fit properly. I take everything to the tailor. Even t-shirts if they are too long for me. What was the most difficult point in your career and how did you overcome it? The most difficult point in my career was when I launched my own business back in 2010. It was actually harder than I thought to be vunerable and put myself out there. As it turns out, networking and talking with friends and colleagues about my new venture was the best way to put myself on the map even though it was scary at first. It gets easier! And I’m happy to report that every single client since my launch has come to me by word of mouth. What is your favorite thing about your job? I love the clients I work with! Setting my own hours comes in a close second. I feel so lucky to be able to working in an industry I love with clients that are doing some very amazing things! What do you love most about winter? I love wrapping myself in a fur blanket and lounging on the couch with my family while watching movies. I cannot wait for it to snow!!!! What are the questions you get asked the most about regarding the fashion industry? I get asked a lot about blogging. I’ve had my personal style blogs since 2008 and people are naturally curious about why I started blogging and if there’s money to be made. I
started blogging because I love writing and I knew I wasn’t cut out for a career in journalism. When it comes to making money, yes, there are so many ways to monetize your blog, but it’s a lot of work it can be hard to maintain the integrity of your blog if the majority of your posts are sponsored. Who is your style icon and why? My personal style icon is Salma Hayek. She is absolutely gorgeous and I love how she embraces her curves. She always looks so chic and effortless. Whenever I see her on the red carpet I take notes on how styling choices so that I can try to emulate her look. Our theme for the next issue is ‘Haute for the holidays’. What is your favorite haute piece? Oooh. That’s a great question. I don’t currently own any haute couture clothing, but it’s definitely on my list! To learn more about Sydney visit Gossip-glamour.com or Sydneylovesfashion.com
Inspirare’s newest menswear designer, Justin Jamison, showcases that simple can still be the peak of style.
PHOTOGRAPHED BY GEOFF MAU STYLIST: BREANNA BOTELHO MODEL: JAMES VALERIO OF SCOUT MODEL & TALENT AGENCY MAKEUP: GARY NOMURA FEBUS ASSISTANT & RETOUCHER: SARAH BRICKEY
Leather High Top Sneakers, Converse All Stars
Sneakers, New Balance
Leather High Top Sneakers, Converse All Stars
his own line of contemporary menswear, Justin Jamison, and was one of 6 emerging designers selected for the program at the Fashion Incubator San Francisco, which is sponsored by Macy’s. Justin’s advice to other designers coming up in this industry is to “Be patient. Success doesn’t happen overnight and there are many things you learn along the way that not only help build the company but also shape you personally as well.”
A Designer for the Contemporary Man
Written by Adrienne Glenn
Justin Jamison is an emerging designer that is expertly bringing about a current formof minimalism, in traditionally classic silhouettes. How can that be done, you say? With a keen eye, laser sharp focus and an incredibly determined spirit. These are all qualities of Inspirare’s spectacular new addition to the menswear shop, Justin Jamison. Born and raised in San Diego, at the age of 20, Justin set his sights up North which is how he wound up in the artistic locale of San Francisco. After graduating with honors from The Art Institute of California, and being awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design with a focus in Menswear, Justin set sail on the journey of becoming a true designer and was given the opportunity to study abroad in Paris under some amazing European designers through the Arts of Fashion Foundation. In2012 he began 41
The brand, Justin Jamison, is thinking of how men shop and dress when each new seasonal collection is created. Designed by men, for men. According to Justin, “men are becoming more open to shopping. They are willing to take risks with fashion more than they have in the past. With that said, they are still hesitant to buy garments that might be too bold. With our designs we give them the fit and style that they are used to and add bold elements that they can be comfortable wearing.” Justin’s clothes are clever yet simple. They aren’t over thought, simply created with quality and precision. Justin tells us “that being true to yourself and your vision is the one thing that I have kept to this day. There will be many times that others will tell you that you have to change your aesthetic or vision. However, staying true to your design aesthetic is something that makes your designs stand out from anyone else.” As we will soon see in Justin’s S/S14 line, he does keep very true to his design aesthetic and will continue to provide men with strong minimalistic silhouettes that can be worn and appreciated for years to come. To contact the designer or shop visit shop.inspirare.com/justin-jamison INSPIRARE.com
FOR THE PARTIES
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFFAELE INGEGNO – RAFFAELEINGEGNO.COM MODEL: JESSICA DE VIRGILIS – JESSICADEVIRGILLIS.COM MAKEUP: RAMONA BALDUCCI HAIR: ALESSIO SCOLARI JEWELRY BY: ISAJOUX - ISAJOUX.COM INSPIRARE.com
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PRETTY FOR THE PARTIES By Beauty Editor Pearl Michaelson
Paisley dashed to her vanity to prep for the party-did I mention it was tonight? As she thought of her week’s festivities, the panic set in. Four parties in one week, Paisley would be pressed to be pretty, but how would she find the creativity to recreate her looks every night? There would be people going to multiple parties and she would be sure to run into people more than once. Her boyfriend’s boss was her best friend’s cousin; her boss’s flavor of the week is her archenemy from high school, and her sister’s partner was coworkers with her boyfriend, Jake… dizzy yet? And that doesn’t even touch on the family get-togethers. Small-town life in New Jersey never felt so “cozy” as during the holidays. Still smelling of her barista shift, the coffee queen felt confident as she peeked into her beauty bag of tricks. Nee Makeup Milano had always glorified her inherent beauty before, and she was pleased to find inspiration for her first look upon glancing at the colors in her beauty box. When in doubt, a holiday party can always have more glitz! She doused her eyes in glitter with their Trousse Eyeshadow Cotti in grey and white and their always reliably beautiful lipstick in the Stay Nude shade-- the perfect color to camouflage the make-out session with her man that she had been looking forward to all day. There, she thought, now I feel dressed-up and festive. By Pearl Michaelson, Dinner was delicious Inspirare Beauty Editorbut as she enjoyed her champagne cheers amongst fellow party-goers Paisley INSPIRARE.com
caught sight of her boo, boss and that brat, Vanessa, he dates whose spiteful remarks haunted her youthful years. Reaching their chat a moment too late, she arrived to hear the oh-so-joyful news that they would be going to her sister’s Holiday Hideaway party at her and her partner’s second home in the Hampton’s. The weekend arrived and after two more parties since Paisley’s last encounter with her adolescent nightmare, and not-to-mention two more boastworthy, successful beauty ensembles, she was ready to take this weekend get-away by storm. Paisley made her way up the walkway to her sister’s place in a timeless high ballerina bun, a classic red lip and black liner that created an almost unreal lashline. Paisley kissed her boyfriend and whispered she’d be right back. She wanted to make sure that she looked incredible. I’ve been places and I’ve seen things and I might still live in the same town as I did in high school, but I look damn good, she thought, a hell of a lot better than those girls who at one time thought they had it all. When she reached the restroom, she was surprised to find the very girl she least wanted to see. Vanessa stood there, long-legged, beautiful, and… crying? Paisley’s plan of attack instantly fell apart as they stared at each other for a moment. Vanessa began to explain and Paisley told her not to worry, dampened a tissue, wiped her smeared mascara and offered her the same shade of Nee Makeup Milano lipstick she wore the night before. At that moment they both smiled. After all, she remembered, we’re all just living our lives, one day at a time, trying to look and feel incredible. That’s the funny thing-- people change, things happen, life goes on, but a kick-ass lipstick is the difference between what once was and what could be. For more information about Nee Makeup Milano, visit neemakeup.it 48
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OUR TOOTSIES THANK YOU! Written by Adrienne Glenn
How many of us have dared to rock those brand new heels for a night on the town and regretted it only an hour or two in?! Truthfully… I’m pretty sure it is most of us. And this holiday season probably isn’t going to be any different! For all of the holiday parties and events that we have bought new outfits and matching new shoes for, running from mistletoe to mistletoe can be brutal on our perfectly manicured tootsies. Have no fear ladies… and gentleman, because these can save your night too (from all the inevitable “my feet hurt” whining)… Rollasole is here to save us!!!
You will now find Rollasole shoes in a number of high street retailers in the UK, America and Australia. Right now the spectacular Rollasole Emergency Footwear stations are only available in California and Las Vegas, but are quickly expanding! They have three different vending machines available that can fit any venue’s needs. These spectacular shoes have also twinkled the toes of Hollywood’s elite at the Golden Globes for the last three years.
I can attest first-hand that these wonderful little flats have saved my night from being ruined multiple times. I have a pair that I Rollasole began back in 2008 when Matt throw in my purse every time I put on a pair Horan decided there had to be a better way of six-inch heels and think, “Am I going to for his girlfriend to return home after a fun make it through the night in these, even with night out, other than the backbreaking, oblig- Uber on my side?” Strut confidently over atory piggyback ride. From that day forward to the Rollasole website today and pick up Matt began developing and patenting their your favorite style to stash in this holiday unique Rollasoles, which became the world’s season’s handbag… and don’t forget for only very first rollable flats. Soon thereafter, the $20, they make great gifts too! first Rollasole vending machine appeared in Matt’s home town of Bristol, England. To buy your Rollasoles visit rollasole.com INSPIRARE.com
Photo Credit : Lauren Bayless
PARIS THE CITY OF LIGHTS Photography by Stela Alves - stelaalves.com
Paris. The City of Lights. La Ville-Lumière. From the time of the Age of Enlightenment, this city has been known as a centre for ideas, hundreds of years later nothing has changed. Paris is constantly on the cutting edge of new concepts in fashion. The women walk the streets impeccably dressed at every age; there is no such thing as too old for heels in Paris. The outerwear is original, fun and often worn in a classic trench… but classic never means you can’t add a little bit of outlandish to it! Parisians know how to light up the street with spectacular one of a kind outfits while just stepping out to grab a baguette or take a walk by the Eiffel Tower.
ON THE STREETS OF PARIS
BEHIND THE FASHION
DJ CAROLINE D’AMORE Fashion. Music. Love. Written by Pearl Michealson Photographed by Stephen Garnett
California brings many things to the popular culture, but one of the golden state’s biggest claims to fame is Los Angeles, the city of Angels, where big star dreams become realities. Born and raised in nearby Malibu’s beautiful sunny weather, DJ Caroline D’Amore had aspirations to match her famous landscape stating, “I knew I wanted to create art and perform for others.” I loved creating smiles while entertaining.” Now most famously known for her electronic dance music, specifically song, “Music Man,” it’s been a long road for this modelturned-DJ to both having her own radio show, “Heartbeatz,” on Skee247 and having the number one song on Beatport for “Music Man.” She made a plan for success at an early age as she fed her creativity with issues of Vogue and went so far as to literally build her own wardrobe, spending hours at night before school sewing new pieces to fashionable perfection because, she 66
tells us, “You can’t wear the same thing twice anyway.” But sewing new fads was not the only creativity that fueled her passion for the arts. D’Amore excelled in creative writing telling us, “I knew fashion was in my blood, but I was great at writing stories and eventually started writing music.” The incredible thing about D’Amore’s story is that she transitioned into her new role of musician after already setting the stage for people’s interests in artistic development from her previous modeling life.
but this comfortable trend lends itself to the career path she has chosen and her personal ideology because, D’Amore states, “My biggest learning experience over the years is that you have to put your creative energy into one craft until you achieve greatness. All your other ideas can come much easier once you have achieved success in one field.” Spoken with entertainment business acumen, D’Amore let go of her swim line, “D’Amore Swim,” modeling and acting gigs in order to fully invest herself in her DJ art. By immersing herself into music, D’Amore found her unique style both fashionably and musically.
As we fast forward a bit, we come to find D’Amore modeled for M and NEXT modeling agencies. How did the creative beauty fair in her modeling role? Between the uncomfortable So where does Mrs. Music get her style? She inclothes and unpredictable weather conditions forms us, “My personal style is stolen from my under which she would have to perform for husband’s closet. He’s a true punk rock man, the camera, she fills us in that she knew she, “wouldn’t last long.” Feeling creatively unfulfilled and hungry for more outlets to show her talents, D’Amore began to hate modeling for others. It wasn’t until she began modeling to promote her music that she grew to love it again. She tells us, “I get to be creative and come up with the whole look. My opinion actually matters; I’m not just a clothes hanger.” Feasting on her own creative thoughts, D’Amore has finally made it to a place of clarity and stability where she is able to stand her ground and liberate herself from the confines of forced fashions. She feels sexiest, “in ripped white wash jeans and my red flannel than in a tight dress and heels.” Finally, a fashion-forward entrepreneur who can relate to the females preaching the wisdom found in comfort! D’Amore’s dress-down style speaks to her art with a more punk vibe than she previously had during her modeling career, 69
and I love stealing everything he has ever worn.” Punk rock idol, this DJ was originally, “obsessed with Kate Moss,” but when it comes to her latest fashions, she has been rockin’, what she coined, “the Husband Jeans,” because, “A dress and heels wouldn’t be so cool to stage dive and crowd surf in.” The electronic rock DJ expressed her comfort found in a rocker tee and jeans. How else would Mrs. Music be expected to perform?! While fashion plays a major role in her art while performing her music, D’Amore tells us, “It all comes from inside my body, not so much outside.” D’Amore’s fashions speak to the performance, not the art she produces. But, while changing her career proved to be the most difficult transition of her artistic journey, it also was the most rewarding decision she ever made. Model-turned-musician, D’Amore informs us, “Once you are presented to the world as one type of artist, it is very difficult for the world to accept a new career path. I had to really focus all my creative energy into DJing for a long time to finally be taken seriously.” D’Amore pursued her new career with endless gusto, putting all other creative ideas not pertaining to her music on hold in order to reach the level of success that she is climbing to meet. While we have no doubt that D’Amore will pick up exactly where she left off with her varying creative projects once she has the time, it’s safe to say she is enjoying the rewards of her musical efforts. With a soon-to-be new hit called “Global Warming,” coming out in the New Year you will find that of advice can she give those seeking a sucD’Amore will soon be a staple amongst music cessful career like hers? She tells us, “Don’t be and popular culture at large. afraid to mess up. I’ve cried after and during hell sets, but I’ve learned to be great by first D’Amore is on her way to reaching her own dreams as she continues to climb the charts being terrible and to never make the same with her electronic dance music, so what kind mistake twice.” This grants hope for those INSPIRARE.com
wanting to pursue any career. The road to success is never easy, but it has proved to be worth the hard work for D’Amore. She not only has the talent to make her way through the aggressively competitive music industry, but she also has the fashions 71
to present herself in the collective entertainment industry, which encompasses a much broader audience. Captivating her listeners by her electronic dance music, we’ll be rockin’ out to D’Amore for a long time to come.
Necklace: H&M, Shoes: Jeffery Campbell, Tights: Merona
THE CRAZY SHADE OF WINTER Mansoor Scott makes the cold season, designer. Photographed by Jeffry Raposas - jeffryraposas.com Wardrobe Stylist: Travis Walls of Artist Services MakeUp and Hair: Janet Mariscal of Artist Services Fashion Assistant: Charles Noury Model: Katie of JE Model Management
Skirt & Shoes: H&M, Corset & Rings: Vintage
Studs: Ralph Lauren
Necklace: H&M, Shoes: Jeffery Campbell, Tights: Merona
Pants: H&M, Boots: Black Bull
Shoes: Jeffery Campbell, Ring: Vintage
Skirt & Necklace: H&M
Studs: Ralph Lauren
Rings: Vintage, Belt: J.Crew, Dress: Vera Wang, Shoes: Jeffery Campbell
BEHIND THE SCENES
WINTER AT THE SUTRO The Sutro Baths ruins in San Francisco are a favorite for many of us locals. Back at the turn of the 19th century they opened as the worldâ€™s largest indoor swimming pool establishment and when they burned down in 1966 they were abandoned and left for us locals to wander, photograph and admire. For this shoot it is the perfect backdrop for Mansoor Scottâ€™s gorgeous designs. The photoshoot team of photographer Jeffry Raposas, wardrobe stylist Travis Walls, makeup and hair artist Janet Mariscal, model Katie and assistant Charles Noury created lovely and inspiring images for us that sunny and beautiful winter day in San Francisco.
Chillin with Your Coolies As the weather turns to the frigid, the chance for that extra layer of fashion excites even the slightest fashionista/os. Chill all the way through this season with the coolest trendsâ€Ś
FLUFF Jason Wu
GRAY Victoria Beckham
TARTAN Tommy Hilfiger
ROSA Lala Berlin
VELVET Christopher Kane
GOWNS Badgley Mischka
COLOR BLOCKING DKNY
ITALIAN LIGHTS PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAELE INGEGNO RAFFAELEINGEGNO.COM STYLIST: FEDERICA CARBONE MAKEUP/HAIR: SAMIA LAOUMRI MODELS: ANZHELICA AND JENNA WITH URBANMANAGEMENT.IT DESIGNERS: VLADIMIRO GIOIA AND CHIARA BASCHIERI
Total look by Vladimiro Gioia - vladimirogioia.com
Total look by Chiara Baschieri - chiarabaschieri.it 100
THE FASHION INSIDER
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Katie Linendoll is an Emmy-winning TV personality, journalist and tech expert, and is a tech contributor to TODAY show. She has hosted shows for Spike TV, Huffington Post and contributed to publications such as Shape, Marie Claire, Fitness, ESPN and Oprah.com. Katie is so obsessed with Chic Geek style that she, in fact, trademarked “Chic Geek,” and she ‘s not afraid to rock custom-made Lego shoes or Tetris leggings on a red carpet. She earned her degree in information technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
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The 10 Hottest New Year Trends for the Chic Geek Written by Katie Linendoll
New year, new you? Time for a tech makeover! Today, fashion and technology go hand-in-hand, whether you’re searching for a new bag, the most fashionable fitness tracker or even a light-up dress. Here, I’ve put together my favorites in the realm of fashion and technology…
Tap Tap - Wristband Forget Skype or texting a heart Emoji, forget kissing gadgets and hugging pillows, those are already old school. Today, there are bevies of unique ways to say, “Hey, thinking of you!” and nothing is more unique than the TapTap Wristband. You and your partner each wear one ($130 per pair), and, wherever you are, when you tap your band it will vibrate his or hers, resulting in an instant, heartwarming, shared gushy moment. TapTap is raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign and is due out April 2014. While I’m single, I’m wearing one on each wrist.
Jump from Paper – Bags Remember when 3D was the tech thing we all aspired to? Well now, when it comes to fashion, 2D is all the rage. Retro 2D, that is, which is the latest trend from Jump from Paper Bags. Cleverly using forced perspective, the 3D bags look like 2D cartoons, and mine has gotten me stopped countless times in NYC by other fashionably chic geeks who want one just like it.
CuteCircuit - Light-Up Wear When I was 17, my mom engineered a light-up dress for me to wear as a part of the homecoming court. Clearly, we were ahead of the times, because now, a decade later, celebs are getting on board and discovering that light-up dresses are available to everyone. CuteCircuit’s dresses are illuminated by hundreds of LEDs, powered by tiny lithium polymer battery packs embedded in the dress that charge via USB (charge typically lasts 2-3 days). Katy Perry and Nicole Scherzinger seem to love CuteCircuit, and so do I. The London-based team was kind enough to fly out some dresses to the 30 Rock studios, so I could feature them in a tech segment on TODAY show. (My mom was even on hand to check out the craftsmanship, and she approved). The dresses start at $500, and give me hope that kids who don’t have costumedesigning moms can now light up the prom.
iRobot - Ava 500 Video Collaboration Robot Yeah, yeah, yeah, all this Jetsons talk of sending a virtual you to the office never really panned out. But maybe 2014 will see be the year. iRobot, the makers of the Roomba, have created the iRobot Ava 500 Video Collaboration Robot with the help of Cisco’s TelePresense EX Series. Just tell the autonomous robot where to go with an iPad and it will drive itself there. Your face appears on a screen where the robots face would be, allowing for communication from anywhere in the world. And don’t worry; no handholding is necessary and the virtual you won’t get lost. Ava can navigate through the hallways to conference rooms and back to dock to recharge.
Under Armour – Armour 39 and Jawbone - Up 24 The stats don’t lie. My entire fitness regimen is now based on data, and I can’t get the same workout when I leave my Under Armour’s Armour39 behind. Wearable technology is here to stay, and now that the tech companies are getting the function down, they’re starting to turn to form. Better put: fitness devices are getting prettier. Just check out UP24 by Jawbone (tracks how much you move, how you sleep and what you eat) for a glimpse at a decent option. It comes in multiple colors and passes as a modern bracelet.
Smarter Fabric, SPF protection, heat and power from clothing Could the next Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) degree be in the realm of fabric technology? Just look around at how far fabric engineers have come. Columbia Sportswear makes jackets that reflect the heat your body makes (as I write this I am somehow near sweating in mine, despite the fact that it’s about 30 degrees out) and Under Armour is one of many companies that makes T-shirts with SPF that protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. And then there’s clothing in the works by the company Athos, which captures your output data as you exercise. But all of the above pale in comparison with what’s to come. Researchers at Colorado State University are actually working on creating clothes made with natural fibers that capture energy from the sun and use it to power your personal devices, such as smart phones, tablets and MP3 players. Right now, the designs are in the prototype phase, so there’s no telling if they’ll actually make it to the market. But it gives a glimpse of what could lie in our future.
Coin - Electronic Payment Card My wallet is a sight to see. One quick glance and you’ll know a lot about me: A. I love Nintendo (the theme of the wallet). B. I lack monetary organization. C. I have too many loyalty cards, membership cards, debit cards and credit cards. That’s why I can’t wait for Coin, a single card that connects all of your debit/credit/loyalty/membership cards into one. When Coin starts shipping out in the summer of 2014, you’ll never have to flip through your Rolodex of cards again.
Google - Glass I’d be remiss to leave Glass off the list. In 2014, consumers will have a chance to try out these augmented reality glasses, which let you record videos, take photographs, read email and even send tweets amongst a bevy of other features. Celebrities galore have already sported Glass (Alyssa Milano, Neil Patrick Harris, Kevin Smith and other stars have been among the first explorers selected by Google to try them out). Still, there are many memes on “White Men Wearing Google Glass,” and the device comes with a high-nerd/low-style risk factor. As it stands, as someone lucky enough to have one of the first units, even I feel nerdy wearing them. But maybe more fashionistas could turn to the device, especially considering that 2012 Fashion week saw it on the Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF) runway.
SIGMO I absolutely love traveling, but one of the biggest challenges to jet setting across the globe is communication. Thanks to technology, translating devices, like SIGMO, make it easier than ever to talk to just about anyone. This pocket-sized device can translate 25 languages, and it does it in real time, so people can understand what you’re saying as you’re saying it, and you can understand the response.
Samsung, iPhone and more Bigger is Better (for Smartphone Screen Size!) Remember the cell phone Zack Morris used in “Saved by the Bell?” It’s amazing how far we’ve come from that monstrosity. But is it possible that big is actually making a comeback? Yes! Well, sort of. Taking cues from the success of Samsung’s Note and the Galaxy line, expect your next smartphone’s screen size to have more real estate in 2014. I’m even looking at you, iPhone 6.
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L.A. Fashion Week Tinseltown has itâ€™s own way of doing fashion. Complete with Red Carpets, celebrities and big name sponsors, L.A. Fashion Weekend was a spectacular party. Showcasing super hot, bun baring swimsuits, many ready to wear collections and a final night of couture made this a stellar fashion showcase at Sunset Gower Studios. Photo credit: Adrienne Glenn
Nima Shiraz Fashion Show Nima Shiraz is an up and coming designer that has gone from creating couture handmade gowns to his S/S 14 ready to wear collection. We were invited to a private showing of this collection on a chilly winter evening in San Francisco. The makeup was created by renowned makeup artist, Sarah Dashty. Models Jan Graham, Shaiâ€™La Yvonne, Danielle Hartono and Mirela Paraganlija walked the runway. Nimaâ€™s use of lace and velvet went with the vintage vibe of the line, with some dresses to just die for. Photo credits: Lauren Bayless and Bahara Emami
Fashion DuJour Westfield knows how to do fashion, and the Fashion DuJour event was no different. Wandering past Cartier, Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton while sipping our Veuve Clicquot. #265 was on exclusive display, the new accessories line by Randi Zuckerberg, Angelina Haole, and Hasti Kashfia. Between delicious nibbles, browsing the costumes from Emmy award winners, a gown designing competition by FIDM students and an energized panel discussion there was a feast for the fashion eyes everywhere you turned! Photo credit: Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography
â€˜Tis the time of year to show what a Gentleman you can be!
Photographed by Jeffry Raposas - jeffryraposas.com Produced by Adrienne Glenn Models: Bianca, Jake and Micah of Stars Model Management, Emily and Monika Designs by Artful Gentleman. - artfulgentleman.com Wardrobe Stylists: Suchandra Bullock and Stephanie St. Croix Stylist Assistant: Charles Noury INSPIRARE.com MakeUp and Hair: Alicia Garcia, Jaridann Jamie and Shannon Bakies
Gold/Silver Bracelet and Necklace, Madewell; Black Clutch, Zara; Red Lip Brooch, Walter Van Beirendonck; Oxfords, Cole Haan
Black heels, Michael Kors; Silk and Pearl Necklace, Yves Spinelli; Black Oxford Shoe, Paul Smith
Black Clutch, Zara; Bracelet,Yves Spinelli
Black Clutch, Zara; Black Heel, Steve Madden; Bracelet,Yves Spinelli
Nude/Black Bracelet, Club Monaco
A special thanks to Modern Appealing Clothing, San Francisco
Miss J. Alexander: Clean Underwear and a Smile Written by Adrienne Glenn
It was New York Fashion Week, October 2013; as I sat across the aisle from this person waiting for the Spring collection show to start, I realized I positively had to have him as a feature in an upcoming issue. People were flocking to him, asking for picture after picture, not letting up until the security stepped in and asked people to take their seats. Miss J. Alexander is known by just about every tfashion lover on the planet. A force to be reckoned with on the runway, this man has turned gender stereotypes on it’s head, and introduced humor into the fashion world with incredible ease. A truly inspiring personality, it is no wonder runways all over the world turn to Miss J. for guidance.
ing models for his New York show… it was then that he was cast as a model and was springboarded into the world of fashion. Coaching was a natural transition for Miss J. This talent was recognized while coaching other models backstage, great models such as Naomi Campbell and Kimora Lee Simmons and many more. When I asked J. if he preferred being on the runway or coaching for the runway, ever diplomatically he said, “I enjoyed both. Being on the runway you got to feel the fashion, the moment the designers were feeling when they were creating the clothes, and then bring it alive. Teaching others you get to see what you taught go to good use.” He says he never had a model as a student that he didn’t like, but there are a few who definitely thought their “shit didn’t stink” when forced to visit him for a lesson or two. Again always the diplomat, he didn’t disclose the names, darnit… we were hoping for model gossip!
Born and raised as Alexander Jenkins in the South Bronx neighborhood of New York City, he realized his passion for fashion at birth; the moment he was slipped into that Christening Gown, the love of couture was born. The passion continued many years later when he met Kathyll Carnegie who ran The Giorgio Armani Boutique on Madison Avenue. Listing his favorite designers and and fashion She suggested he go see Jean Paul Gaultier influencers he begins with Marc Jacobs, sayat Bergdorf Goodman because he was cast- ing “They are sooooooooooooooo good to
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me.” Second on the list is Yves Saint Laurent, followed by Alexander McQueen and Carolina Herrera. If he had to select one designer to wear for the rest of his life, he comedically said, “Anyone who will dress me for the rest of my life?” Any takers? Dressing those legs for the next few decades would probably be worth it to just about any designer! Originally educated as an accountant, it is fascinating how the world of glitter, lace, leather and stilettos came calling for Alexander Jenkins. I guess great minds can’t always be stopped at the calculator, the thirst for creativity is in so many of us. Residing part time in France, he leaves quite often but is always excited to return for a relaxing “staycation” with beautiful visuals, while walking around or peddling away on a Velib bicycle.
good-for-everything types. In my interview I always ask, ‘What makes you smile?’ and Miss J.’s response was, “Anything Twisted! Ok, ok. Bad Fashion keeps me smiling… because it allows me to share the hysterics of the bad outfit.” Fashion makes him smile, but bad fashion makes him smile even harder… and so many of us can relate to that! Misuse of power and child abuse are on the list of things that make him frown. This long-limbed modeling angel has a heart of gold, with little teeny tiny devil horns poking out.
Just because Miss J. Alexander is no longer coaching America’s next top models, doesn’t mean there aren’t some great things on the horizon for him. In the works is the design of a shoe line based on women’s needs. He would overhear women exclaiming, ‘Oh, I wish this shoe was like this or that.’ and it sparked the idea. He has recently shot two Miss J. Alexander really skyrocketed to stardom for the fans outside the world of fashion new television shows, one fashion based and the other not… so stay tuned for more on during his tenure on the long time running show, America’s Next Top Model. Brought on those! He is also partnering up with his friend Carmen Sol on a luxury shoe and accessoby the show’s creator Tyra Banks, he “Never ever!… Ever!” expected the show to be such a ries website. sensation; but when Tyra called him to share “the idea. She said it was going to be ‘HUGE’!” As a major player through decades of fashion, Miss J. Alexander no doubt will conHe tells us that the ANTM experience didn’t really change him, but it certainly did change tinue to thrill and shape runways all over the world. A sparkling personality with a keen the restaurants he eats in. eye for beauty, grace and talent… we await each move from this fashion icon. And when I think what the fashion fans relate to with asked what is the MUST-HAVE piece for the Miss J. is the obvious humanity of this indiWinter 2014, get out your fashion notebooks vidual. A sense of humor and a giggle go a long way in a world of often stodgy and too- folks, Miss J. tells us, “Clean underwear.” 147
WALKING LIGHTLY TAKE A STROLL THROUGH THE LIGHTS OF WINTER WITH DESIGNER JESSICA JOYCE. PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAUREN BAYLESS MODEL: DANIELLE HARTUNO OF JE MODELS STYLIST: INESSA HERNANDEZ MAKEUP AND HAIR: DOMINIQUE BERRY
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