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QP JULY 2019

JESSICA LOWNDES by IAN LIM

FASHION and lifestyle MAGAZINE


TEAM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF JOSE-MARIA JIMENEZ

SENIOR EDITORS

CREATIVE DIRECTOR ROBERT STEINKEN

LYNN VENTURELLA

FASHION EDITORS ART DIRECTOR & JOSE-MARIA JIMENEZ LAYOUT DESIGNER

NATALIA VOYTOVA SHARON JANE ANDREA LEIGHTON

FASHION STYLISTS NICOLE CLOUTIER MICHELLE WU FRANCESCA LOPRESTI NATALIA VOYTOVA

NOVA KAPLAN

BEAUTY EDITORS

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS

VANESSA MAPES VALENTINA SOLCI

MAKEUP ARTIST TEAL DRUDA HAIR STYLIST VLADIMIR SIMIC

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Hi there, We really hope you are enjoying your well deserved holidays! Launching a new issue it´s always a reason for celebration for us, and this time we are extremely happy we could finally have gorgeous Canadian actress JESSICA LOWNDES on the cover. In her interview, we will all learn more about her background, experiences and motivations. We present you the highlights of PARIS HAUTE COUTURE WEEK FALL WINTER 2019/20 and discover the island of MAUI, thanks to our collaboration with travel blogger EMILIA TANEVA. Another amazing feature is our exclusive interview with BY JOHNNY designer, JOHNNY SCHEMBRI. In addtion to this great content, we also include our SHOPPING GUIDE, BEAUTY and the always controversial THE HOLLYWOOD CONSPIRATOR. Like always, a big THANK YOU for all the professionals who are constanly supporting QP. We wouldn´t be able to make it without you, guys! THANK YOU!!

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IN THIS ISSUE 8-27 | EDITORIAL: OCEAN HAZE 28-32 | FASHION: PARIS HAUTE COUTURE WEEK 34-47 | COVER: JESSICA LOWNDES 48-49 | BEAUTY: BLAZED & INFUSED 66-74 | TRAVEL: DISCOVER KAUAI 76-83 | EDITORIAL: AND WE MEET AGAIN 84-87 | INTERVIEW: JOHNNY SCHEMBRI 89 | SHOPPING GUIDE: SUMMER LOVIN´ 90-99 | EDITORIAL: OLYMPIC HEROES 100-101 | THE HOLLYWOOD CONSPIRATOR

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PARIS

HAUTE COUTURE WEEK

FALL/WINTER

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s the spectators fanned the Parisian heat away, every one of them had their phones ready to capture all the bits of magic that glittered through the runways of Paris Fall/Winter Couture Week 2019. This couture week gave us ultra-femme silhouettes, Victorian collars and cuffs, sparkles, nostalgic imagery, unexpected coloring techniques, gravity-defying shapes, and immense attention to detail. Paris is always known for going big for couture week, and it certainly did, giving us 3-Dimensional, sensory enhancing couture that you could almost feel through the screens as each plume, ruffle, and fabric floated fluffily from the softer looks. Paris also shared the runway with heavily structured, sturdy, and yet perfectly feminine shapes. The grand majority of the collections contained many contrasting looks to keep us on our toes, just as a good book would.

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CHANEL

Although we solemnly know that this was Chanel’s first show without Karl Lagerfeld after his passing and 36-year reign, Virginie Viard, the new creative director of Chanel, certainly did not disappoint. In fact, it was moving to see how Chanel’s signature savoir-faire is here to stay after witnessing the collection’s “nonchalant elegance.” You could almost see Karl and Coco on each of Viard’s shoulders. The Grand Palais was transformed into the library of a bookworm’s dreams, Mademoiselle Coco’s dream library to be exact. The 3-tiered library wonderland was filled with Stendhal and Flaubert, guarded by lion bookends, and decorated with Art Nouveau interior - a set that paid homage to French classics, the peak of an era of Coco’s youth, and the fact that Coco was a proud Leo. My heart fluttered as soon as the first model stepped out from one of the hallways, wearing a Mandarin-collared tweed coat lined with blue and deep burgundy intertwined with subtle sparkles, decorated with pearl and crystal flower buttons, and needle-heeled black and white bowed oxfords. As the show continued, it was pleasing to see how much of Coco, Karl, and Viard was implemented in this collection. The 1930’s-esque silhouettes, Victorian collars and cuffs, emphasized waists, signature tweed, oversized lapels, garden party palette, classic black and white combinations, statement buttons and earrings, impeccable yet seemingly effortless tailoring, and subtly glittery fabrics that glimmered with the sunlight that peeked in the Grand Palais all showed the power Chanel’s trinity holds. Viard’s effortless elegance was evident in how she focused on simply adding statement details to the savoir-faire Chanel is prominently known for, like pairing a velvet tuxedo ball gown or an empire tweed dress lined with flowers paired with loafers and glasses. As The Guardian said, after witnessing the grandeur of this year’s Fall/Winter couture show, Chanel will surely always be known as “the blockbuster event of any Paris fashion week.” It was exciting to see Viard’s fresh artistic direction, making all of us wonder what her expertise will gift us in the future as the new heir of the French fashion powerhouse.

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Jean Paul Gaultier this season decided to rise old looks from the ashes and re-modify them to surprise. From what began as an idea to surround a collection around the concept of redefining hoodies, collars, waistlines, and all lines raised to be sky-high to create spectacular illusions that set an atmosphere full of fun and humor. The collection grasped inspiration from the animal kingdom, achieved with fur-like prints or recycling fur from archive designs (no animals harmed!). With Gaultier’s desire to decrease the harm of animals in fashion and create a lighter atmosphere, he created a collection that was the life of the party (just as he is) with whimsical shapes and vibrant colors. GAULTIER Photo credit: Filippo Fior

GIVENCHY

GIVENCHY Photo credit: Alessandro Lucioni

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A bird of paradise was freed from its cage for Givenchy’s Fall/Winter 2019 Couture Collection. Clare Waight Keller embodied the feeling of finally spreading one's wings and feeling the crisp air with lightweight breezy gowns and fuzzy feathers. The collection showed a much freer feel to what Keller usually demonstrates with Givenchy, one that hopefully parallels her spirit and connection with her increasingly personal creative direction for Givenchy. According to Vogue, Keller wanted “to step it up a notch for myself, to push it into something that has a little more theater. It’s the idea of an anarchic woman who comes through the château and all of the elements of what you’d find there. I like the idea that the château wasn’t perfect. It was part of the way I discovered the spirit and the girl of this show.” Well Clare Weight Keller, I really enjoyed your idea.

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Maria Grazia Chiuri, the creative director of Dior, collaborated with London-based feminist surrealist Penny Slinger to create an enchanting chimerical set to showcase Dior’s Fall/Winter Couture collection that was just as magical. The inspiration for the set began with the illusion to create a ceremonial atmosphere which was expressed with the power of alchemy, a sense of transfiguration created by rooms that manifested the elements used in alchemy like earth, water, and fire. The Earth rooms were a spectacle to see, decorated with 3-Dimensional collages of crystals, stones, and trees including a Tree of Life opening centerpiece to emphasize and symbolize the beginning of a transformation. The set also celebrated women by showcasing a lot of feminine force holding the elements together, as seen behind-the-scenes with Penny on the Dior website. The mansion at 30 Avenue Montaigne, the location of the show, all included caryatids, which are close to Chiuri’s heart because of her passion for architecture, and how “they represent the first time that the female body has formed part of the architecture.” Just as Alchemy combines magic and science, the collection did just that, too, with extravagant capes, diverse fabrics, dramatic sleeves, unexpected details, and an alluring emphasis on shapes, textures, and illusions rather than color. The predominantly black collection stayed close to what Monsieur Dior believed in: that black was the ultimate color of elegance. This played in favor of what Chiuri wanted to achieve with the collection. With her passion for architecture also seen in the structure of this exciting couture collection, the moments where toned down hints of color were seen was mainly used to create dimension. The black also beautifully defined the silhouettes of her creations; something the color has gained fame for achieving.

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With architecture in mind for structure and decor, it was seen in combining the lightweight sensation created by embroidery, mesh, and feathers with voluminous and powerful structures. Chiuri believes that as women, we can choose and achieve whatever shape we want to express, which was seen in the variety of shapes Chiuri achieved with this collection, one that has left a mark in history and a turning point that leaves us eager to see what Dior will do for the next couture week.

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Continuing in the fantastical theme, bedtime stories came to life with Viktor & Rolf’s Fall/Winter Couture Collection. In my first glimpse of the show, a nostalgic, reminiscent, and naiveté sensation ran through me that reminded me of the fantasy world I created and believed in as a child whilst reading my favorite books. Looking into the story behind the collection, I came to understand that when Viktor & Rolf collaborated with Dutch artist, textile designer and sustainability advocate, Claudy Jongstra, they wanted to create a collection that was spellbinding and holistic. Highly contrasting the campy and ironic tulle gowns presented in the last couture week, the “Spiritual Glamour” collection embraced the heartwarming effect handcrafted wearable art creates as well as the original meaning of Glamour: a spell or illusion cast by a witch. The spell, in this case, was “to transform a general feeling of doom about the environment into positive action” said Viktor Horsting. By collaborating with an advocate for sustainability, the fabrics used in this collection were hand felted and woven with wool from Claudy’s flock of Drenthe Heath sheep, dyed with organic ingredients from her gardens in the northern Netherlands. The collection also interestingly showcases a coloring technique seen in the Renaissance, an elaborate one to achieve what was the most expensive (and once thought to be long lost) color of the time: Burgundian Black. Overall, it was all almost nostalgic with the pillowy coats, quilting, and Klimt-like imagery. The Art Nouveau themed embroidery told a story that began dark and ended with a happily-ever-after starting with night sky reminiscent felt coats, giant moons in different phases, twinkling stars, furry owls, crows, black cats and cheerfully turned into colorful mosaic-like patchwork dresses with Yin-Yang symbols, suns, and a mountainous landscape.

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It was almost anti-futurism, embracing vintage fabrics, thread-hanging, disassembled, reconstituted, crochet, handcrafted, embroidered, DIY techniques. It was contrasting the idea of a “cutting-edge” future, and instead opted for artisanal textures that had that imperfectly perfect feel we all turn to that taught us to also embrace the charms of loose threads and uneven hems. With the artisanal and magical feel of the “Spiritual Glamour” collection, Viktor & Rolf, you have certainly cast a spell on us.

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JESSICA

LOWNDES Determined to Succeed

Gorgeous Canadian actress Jessica Lowndes shares her experiences with her latest project, “Over the Moon”, the story of a Matchmaker (Lowndes) who agrees to set up her best friend (Wes Brown) in hopes of furthering her career but as she comes closer to her goal she realizes he has been her perfect match all along and struggles with the right way to tell him how she feels. The film’s original songs and score are also written by Lowndes along with esteemed music producer Evan White from Vandelux. Wes Brown stars opposite Lowndes. The two actors previously worked together on the CW TV series 90210.

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alk to us about your latest musical project “Over The Moon”. What first inspired you to have the idea that this is something you wanted to create? I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember but really started focusing on writing my own screenplays two years ago. I wrote the musically inspired romantic comedy “Over the Moon” last year. I remember seeing the production of Cyrano De Bergerac when I was in high school and being blown away by it’s complexity. I love how the playwright, Edmond Rostand, tackles the concept of love in such an interesting way. At it’s core, it’s about a “physical, surface” love versus a “pure, intellectual” love. This film is a modern take on that set in the world of matchmaking and dating apps, with a musical twist. I couldn’t write a film without adding some sort of musical element to it. I can definitely identify with the lead character in certain ways. I have always loved love. I’m probably one of the biggest hopeless romantics you will ever meet. I have also been known to play matchmaker with my friends and I’ve been pretty successful at setting them up! You star in it and executive producer as well? Yes. It was a dream come true.

Tell us about your early years, growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia. Every time I go back to visit Vancouver it's even more visually stunning than I remember! The mountains look more fluid than solid and everything is so green! My mom was a piano teacher and had a studio in our basement growing up. I took piano lessons for ten years. My dad is the biggest sports fan you will probably ever meet... He's obsessed with Boston. Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, Bruins. Our entire basement in Vancouver is like a Boston museum filled with signed jerseys, memorabilia, playing cards... etc. He has no boys in the house so whenever my younger sister or I bring a guy home, he clings to them. He gives them a three-hour tour of the basement and tries to convert them to being members of the Boston nation... Ridiculous. And amazing.

"I’m probably one of the biggest hopeless romantics you will ever meet"

After writing the entire screenplay, script, and music was filming the easier part or was it all a “labor of love”? The filming was probably the hardest part for me if I’m honest because I knew every single word of every single character in the script. I had to take off my writer and producer hat, and really practice on being present and in the moment while I was acting. What is it like to work with your co-star Wes Brown from CW’s drama series “90210” again? We had an absolute blast. He’s such a joy to be around. Such a talented actor, an incredible musician and a real class act, on and off set.

How much did you enjoy the experience of working with director Christie Will Wolf? I absolutely adore her. She is the definition of a badass. She directs, writes her own films as well and is an amazing single mother to two incredible daughters. I really look up to her and admire her. I worked with 37

her last year on a film and we became really close. She has such a great eye and makes everything look exceptional.

What is your relationship like with your family? Do you still get to see them much? We're all super close. My mom is my best friend. My parents just bought this incredible home on the ocean a couple of years ago. I love visiting and try to go home whenever I can. My parent's place feels like a hotel and smells like a bakery. I have an obsession with anything that smells like cake. Seriously, buttercream frosting body butter, red velvet bubble bath, pink sugar perfume...etc I want to smell like Disneyland. (I have a year pass and go all the time) As a child did you aspire to be a singer or an actress? I was always a very expressive, somewhat hyperactive kid. Singing to strangers in speedos (yes, there's an embarrassing home video) and always living in my own dream world of make-believe... building forts, talking to myself and making up songs. I always knew, without a reasonable doubt, I wanted to be an entertainer and when I was 5 years old I announced to my folks, "I'm going to live in Hollywood when I grow up". My parents have never held me back from anything and I'm extremely grateful to have such

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such an awesome support system. I got my first agent when I was 14. After booking a few jobs up in Canada, I ended up homeschooling my senior year online. I had online teachers and an online principle. Three months later I graduated and drove down to LA (the day I got my drivers license.) I admit, I wasn't the best driver but the 22-hour drive definitely gave me a lot of practice. You grew up in a family where your mother was a piano instructor and your Father holding the record for running across Canada. How have they impacted you in terms of ambition and learning to believe in yourself? They have always made it a point to always support and believe in me no matter how outrageous the dream. They are both my role models. They are both some of the most incredible people you will ever meet and have worked so unbelievably hard. I love them more than anything and wouldn't have been able to do half of the stuff I've done without their endless support. My Dad’s name is Dan and he sends me a Danism a day— positive thoughts and life lessons. Did you always want to become an actress? It's this innate thing that has been inside of me since I was little that I can't really explain but I've always had a love for entertaining. I love being able to provide people with escapism. I love telling stories and I've always had a need to express myself. Acting, singing and writing, all give me the opportunity to emote and are such perfect outlets for me. They're my true passions.

"I hope to start a family. Family is everything to me.

How do you prepare for a new character?

I try and give every new character a true emotional life. I try and identify with the role in some way. I think the key for me is, to be honest in my work and really come from an honest place. I try and draw from personal experiences which helps a lot. What is the most satisfying thing about this job? And the less? The most satisfying thing would have to be the work and being on set. I find it incredibly inspiring. The less would be the grueling audition process to get the work. I actually don't mind auditioning but so much comes down to things that are out of your control.

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How would you explain your evolution as an actress? When I was 19 I booked 90210 and was originally supposed to be a guest star with maybe a two-episode arc if I was lucky. I was added in at the last second after everyone was cast. The breakdown was: the singer of the school music. All I had to do in my audition was sing some Spring Awakening (which I loved and knew already) Three weeks later, I got a call from the executive producer of the show. Just like that my life changed forever. I've learned so much about myself and I feel like I've really been able to grow as an artist. My character Adrianna had many dramatic storylines and I was really able to take risks and explore and push boundaries which in turn made me trust my instincts more. I also feel super fortunate that I was able to sing as well as act on the show. It was a terrific platform and I can't wait to see what's next. I'm excited! Where do you see yourself in ten year’s time? I hope I'm still able to be doing what I love whether that's writing, acting or singing, even a stint on broadway would be a dream come true. I also hope to start a family. Family is everything to me.

Which film/theatre character would you like to perform? It's a dream of mine to play Elphaba in Wicked or Eponine in Les Miserables! As for a film, I love every genre. A comedy, a period piece, a thriller, doesn't matter. To be able to tell those kinds of stories and really immerse myself into a new character's life is what drives me. What scene has been the hardest to film? I don't know if I can think of one in particular. I have done a lot of scenes out of my comfort zone so that's definitely a challenge but I thrive on things that scare me. I loved the drug addiction and pregnancy scenes on 90210 and portraying an airplane pilot In Altitude was something I obviously didn't have any personal experience doing. I shot a film called Eden on a desert island in the South China sea and we had to fight natural ailments like monsoon storms and extreme humidity so that was difficult in a different way but rewarding.

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You have been composing since you were a child, how important is music in your life? Very important! I am absolutely in love with music! I love writing my own stuff. I write poetry on a daily basis. It's my way of expressing myself. I write all the time. When I'm happy, upset, doesn't matter. If I am sad though, I find writing doesn't even allow room for myself to be crippled in that mood. I work it out, write it down and feel this release afterward. I write what is important to me. I'm not opposed to singing songs other people have written but there's nothing like singing your own. Favorite song/singer? A book, a film, a special dish? I LOVE Leonard Cohen. I find him extremely inspiring. I hope to be half as sexy when I'm pushing 80. There's this book "Stranger Music" which I don't even consider really a book but it's a collection of his poems, songs, letters... I can't get enough of it. Every time I read his poetry, I notice something new or it sparks something else inside of me. His writing is full of imagery and it keeps circling back to love. Who do you admire? My mom was my first musical inspiration. Being a piano teacher, she was the best kind of mentor to me. Music would be playing throughout our house when I was a kid. I really look up to her. A useful piece of advice someone gave you and you still remember? My dad always says "whatever you can conceive and you truly believe you will achieve" How did 90210 come about? Did you feel pressure being part of a rebirth of such a cult TV show? I was 19 and originally supposed to be a guest star with maybe a two-episode arc if I was lucky. I was added in at the last second after everyone was cast. The

breakdown was: the singer of the school music. All I had to do in my audition was sing some Spring Awakening (which I loved and knew already) Three weeks later, I got a call from the executive producer of the show. Just like that my life changed forever and so did my hair-do. (I had to chop my hair to get the role) I never felt pressure to live up to the original series. I was just so happy to be apart of something so iconic. I was also happy to have steady work and be able to pay my rent. What has been the highlight of your career so far? 90210 has definitely been a highlight. Working with Will Ferrel and Kristen Wiig in “A Deadly Adoption” was also one of those “pinch me” moments, such a fun character and an incredible gig. But I’ve got to say, seeing the movie I wrote come to life, takes the cake. It’s one of my biggest achievements so far, something I’m incredibly proud of and an absolute dream come true. I’ve learned so much about myself through this whole process and I feel like I've really been able to grow as an artist. I also feel super fortunate that I'm able to sing as well as act in the film. It was a terrific experience and I can't wait for everyone to see it. In terms of your music do you have much creative input? Do you do much of your songwriting? How important is that to you? I definitely have a lot of creative input and I love writing my own stuff. I write poetry on a daily basis. It's my way of expressing myself. I write all the time. When I'm happy, upset, doesn't matter. If I am sad though, I find writing doesn't even allow room for myself to be crippled in that mood. I work it out, write it down and feel this release afterward. I write what is important to me. I'm not opposed to singing songs other people have written but there's nothing like singing your own. For you, what is the most important thing in life? To surround myself with people I love and to be happy.

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Dramatic Cliffs, Tropical Rainforests and Pristine Beaches BY EMILIA TANEVA @bubbly.moments

here are many beautiful places to visit in Hawaii, but if you’re looking for a more authentic, natural scenery of the islands you might want to visit the pristine island of Kauai. It’s the perfect combination of tropical rainforests, emerald valleys, dramatic cliffs, and relaxing beaches.

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Nicknamed “The Garden Isle,” Kauai is the least populated and commercially developed of all the Hawaiian Islands—a real slice of paradise! It’s not even so off the beaten path; you can easily get a connecting flight from Honolulu, or even a direct flight right from the continental U.S. into Lihue Airport. combination of tropical rainforests, emerald valleys, dramatic cliffs, and relaxing beaches.

Did you know?

You may not believe it, but the Russians once built a fort on the island. They were welcomed by the natives, who were trying to resist the efforts of King Kamehameha to unify the islands.

When to Go to Kauai

The best time to visit Kauai is anytime between April and June. The weather is nice, and the hotel and airfare rates are lower. Though December through March is actually Kauai’s rainy season, that doesn’t seem to keep people away, and that’s when rooms and tickets are the priciest. Summertime may also see high prices because of vacationing families, but prices fall slightly in the fall, while the temperature starts to dip into the low eighties—though it starts to rain a little more.

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THINGS TO DISCOVER IN KAUAI

There are a number of fun things to do on Kauai, whether you like to hit up the beach, take a hike, swing a golf club, or enjoy some unique foods. Here are just a few...

1 NA PALI COAST

If you want to feel what it was like for the first settlers to arrive in Kauai, you won’t want to miss Na Pali Coast State Park. It’s inaccessible to vehicles, so you’ll have to hike, helicopter, or kayak your way in. If you’re looking for a less-adventurous entry into this scenic tropical wonderland, you can take a boat tour from Port Allen or Hanalei. Despite its modern-day inaccessibility, Na Pali was actually the first place ancient Polynesians landed when they arrived—and you may recognize it as the coastline of the island from the JURASSIC PARK movies.

2 KALALAU HIKING TRAIL

If you are up for the adventure, you could walk along the Kalalau Trail into Na Pali, which has been called one of the most epicly stunning—and dangerous—trails in the world. It offers incredible views of jungle valleys and waterfalls, and ends at the beautifully secluded Kalalau Beach. You can camp on the beach, or at the halfway mark of the 11-mile trail (Hanakoa Valley), but either place requires a camping permit. If you’re a strong hiker, you may be able to do the 22-mile round trip in one day, but most people will need at least two days for the journey.

3 WAIMEA CANYON

This incredible 10-mile canyon has been called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” The canyon was formed by the erosion of the Waimea River and the epic collapse of the volcano that formed Kauai—resulting in the dramatic landscape of a 3,000-foot deep fissure. Green jungle foliage dots the red soil of the canyon’s walls, creating a memorably vista you can take in from the numerous hiking trails, or from the comfort of a lookout just off State Road 550. There are two small hotels and a handful of shops and restaurants in the nearby town of Waimea if you need to break for lunch or dinner.

4 SHIPWRECK BEACH

This incredible 10-mile canyon has been called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” The canyon was formed by the erosion of the Waimea River and the epic collapse of the volcano that formed Kauai—resulting in the dramatic landscape of a 3,000-foot deep fissure. Green jungle foliage dots the red soil of the canyon’s walls, creating a memorably vista you can take in from the numerous hiking trails, or from the comfort of a lookout just off State Road 550. There are two small hotels and a handful of shops and restaurants in the nearby town of Waimea if you need to break for lunch or dinner.

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5 POIPU BEACH

Poipu Beach has been named one of the 10 Best Beaches in Hawaii by the Travel Channel, and it’s easy to see why. The beach is formed from a pair of sand crescents, creating awesome spaces for snorkeling, swimming, wading, surfing, and boogie-boarding—just about something for everyone; there is also a lifeguard on duty, making this beach a more comfortable bet for families. Adjacent to the beach is Poipu Beach Park, offering green spaces for eating, walking, and sports. Across the street there is a restaurant and surf shop, and the Marriott is nearby—along with a handful of other small hotels.

6 GOLF

If you like to play golf, Kauai won’t disappoint you. Most of the courses are clustered around Poipu on the southern part of the island, Hanalei on the North, and Lihue on the Western shore. Wailua and Poipu Bay are right on the water, so if ocean scenery is something you like as a putting backdrop, you’ll want to check these courses out. Another interesting course is inland: Kukuiolono Park & Golf Course. Once a sugar plantation, it now features 9-holes, a Japanese Garden, and lava sculptures. If family golf is part of your trip, there’s Kauai Miniature Golf and Botanical Gardens—with a chocolate factory next door.

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What to Eat

The Hawaiian Islands are home to a cultural blend of American, Asian, and Polynesian influences, and that definitely shows up in the food. Pineapples and macadamia nuts are two Hawaiin staples, so whether you’re getting a smoothie, iced coffee, or French toast, anything on the menu with those flavors is a unique taste of Kauai. Other Hawaiian favorites include Poke, which is a diced salad of raw fish, and Poi, a sort of pudding made from taro roots. Shaved ice is also a popular island treat, and it’s great on a hot day—especially when it comes with toppings...so check out the clever menu at The Fresh Shave. If you’re able to take a drink with the sunset, there are a number of unique Hawaiian specialties like the Blue Hawaii.

Conclusion

Kauai is an incredible place to visit, especially if you want a more relaxing tropical vacation. Considering the number of five-star resorts on the island, you also won’t have to sacrifice any luxury to obtain a natural view of Hawaii with a lot more aloha. From swimming to golfing to dining on exotic fare, this island paradise has something for every traveler—and you can get there directly from the mainland.

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INTERVIEW

JOHNNY SCHEMBRI BY JOHNNY´s Designer

Having dress the Kardashians, Jessica Alba and former Victoria´s Secret Angel Miranda Kerr, By Johnny are fast becoming the hottest brand to look out for this Summer! QP magazine sat down with the designer himself, Johnny Schembri to talk all things fashion.

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How did you start in fashion? In the brief period between completing my studies and starting BY JOHNNY, I worked in a PR showroom for a few years. This gave me the perfect foundation to get a greater understanding of the industry and the business side to fashion. I then started BY JOHNNY in 2009 selling one-off designs at the fringe markets, this is where I got to know the BY JOHNNY girl and start building the brand that BY JOHNNY is today. What´s your favorite part of being a fashion designer? I have always been creative and loved the idea of designing a product and selling it. I love seeing my designs come to life on beautiful strong women. What inspires you to create amazing collections season after season?

How is working in fashion different today than from when you started out? The online space has grown and enabled brands to take control of their market and direction. This online marketplace has given brands the power to communicate directly with the customer and tell our story our way rather than through traditional publications. What role do you think social media plays in fashion today? Social media is a great way of evolving both the collections and the brand through story-telling, which is important when trying to promote and inspire your customer. How do you want women to feel when wearing your clothes? Bold, beautiful and confident.

I find inspiration in many areas of my surrounding environment, anything from art and architecture through to travel and new environments. I also like to find public figures and celebrities to channel as a muse. How would you define the By JOHNNY woman? The BY JOHNNY woman is a very modern, sophisticated woman who appreciates effortless contemporary fashion. Who have been your highlights to dress? Kourtney Kardashian, Jessica Alba, Miranda Kerr, Sophia Bus, Lily Collins and Chriselle Lim. Who is still on your wishlist to dress? Oliva Culpo, Giovanna Engelbert and Emily Ratajkowski. Where do you see yourself in the next ten years? I see the brand branching into different product categories, whilst evolving our and signature style and brand handwriting. If you could go back and tell yourself one thing before beginning your career what would it be? Start small and be patient, it is important to focus on getting one thing right at a time. 87

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THE HOLLYWOOD CONSPIRATOR

THE GOLDEN

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As my readers know there has been a continuing and sometimes controversial debate about the future of the traditional movie theaters. The streaming services have taken over on almost every level. They offer star-filled shows and movies that are award-worthy, at low prices that you can watch wherever you are and whenever you want. They have bigger budgets and have no fear of taking chances.

Iwithhavea magic spent quite a bit of time trying to come up formula that could save the theaters we

grew up with and love and I have come to the conclusion that they need to go back to what it used to be and not how it is today.

I want the build-up of two movies (remember those days) and the candy girls walking down the aisles in the break.

Theaters have evolved into huge impersonal multi-movie experiences that we don’t really feel connected to. Gone are the days that everyone at the cinema was there for the same movie and we would all share the experience. How wonderful it was when the whole audience was having the same reaction and the theatre felt full of emotion. We all cried at the same moments and felt joy or fear together. I think this actually made the experience more amazing as we were all connected and all cheering on the same hero. Going to the movies was definitely more of a social occasion as we would see our friends and neighbors watching the same movie and having the same experience. That is what is lost, the social connection and the magic of a full theatre and group all sharing this experience. We need to make going to the movies a bigger and more meaningful experience than the convenience of watching from home. We won’t save the movie theaters by squelching creativity and by not letting streaming services compete. We can only save the theaters by creating a stronger more worthwhile experience that we can’t get at home. I want to go to the movies and be in a full large theatre where they only show the best movies with big movie stars and the emotional connection is shared and increased by the audience.

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So let’s make fewer movies for cinematic release and RAMBO: LAST BLOOD work towards quality rather than quantity. Make Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Yvette Monreal, movies that blow us away and stay with us forever and How could we not see a Rambo movie in the theatre? that create an experience that is really worth a night out. There is definitely a golden group of actors and moviemakers that we will all make the effort to go see at the theaters. Just heard today that Robert De Niro is negotiating to re-team with Martin Scorsese & Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’ . Definitely a movie we would all go to see at the cinema. We all need more Leonardo, how can we ever forget him or get over him in Titanic, a movie that you had to see in the cinema.

AD ASTRA Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Ruth Negga. Director: James Gray. Great actors and beautiful cinematic images that are not the same on the small screen. JUDY Cast: Renee Zellweger, Bella Ramsey, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Finn Wittrock. Director: Rupert Goold.

On theaters now and upcoming movies worth going to for the cinematic experience. This looks to be a very emotional movie that could be a wonderful shared and connecting experience and that is someFAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW thing we all want and need and can never get by watching Any FAST & FURIOUS movies are a must to see in the big on our own. screen, just like any BOND or MISSION IMPOSSIBLE movie.

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