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KNEON autumn 2010 issue 2

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KNEON Editor-in-chief & founder Victoire Jin wictoiree@gmail.com

Photographers Meg Mel, Tracy Zhang, Andrea Pun, Co Cha Wai, Thomas Unterberger, Aimee Han, Valeria Cherchi, Nakeya Brown, Mili Malinovic, Victoire Jin, Vinna Laudico, Phen Mas, Kyle Galvin Contributors Sian Lewis, Janay Danielle, Caroline Rose, Xenia Rybina, Milica Jovicevic, Betsy Berger, Raffaela Loebl, Kate Noble, Alexia Elena, Emma Do, Laura Maria Grillo, Lianca Arnold, Kailee Parker, Taisha Paquiot, Marie G, Lu Philippe Guilmette, Corinne Skuza, Stephen Thomas, Alexia Bernal, Tiffany Saxby Published by Victoire Jin KNEON www.kneonmag.blogspot.com Contact kneonmag@gmail.com Copyright Š 2010 by Victoire Jin

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EDITORIAL ISSUE TWO // OCTOBER 2010

Big cities all have that same type of allure: the feeling of adventure, possibilities and hopes. They are places where things we can’t possibily imagine turn into reality. You get to bump into the most interesting people and life seems to be always on fastforwards, propelling you to one event after the other. This second issue of KNEON will take you to countless cities and locations, including Shanghai, New Zealand, Vienna and Argentina, and celebrates the amazing attributes of big cities, while also focusing on smaller cities and areas less populated and less busy. Because while big cities hold excitement and that incredibly element of the unknown, it’s not everyone’s piece of cake. Life in suburbia, a park or even a forest could be just as interesting, or as “big.” I hope the countless articles, interviews and fashion editorials will open your eyes to this world of internationality and culture. I really hope you enjoy this second issue of KNEON. All the pages of editorials, articles and interviews with creative individuals have all been carefully reviewed and laid out by yours truly. A lot of work, a lot of effort, but oh so rewarding in the end for a seventeen-year-old little Asian residing in a foreign city. Enjoy your travels in this issue!

Victoire Jin editor-in-chief & FOUNDER www.ellevictoire.blogspot.com

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GO WHERE YOU WANT TO GO EDITORIAL 90

ROCK AND ROSES EDITORIAL 68

MISC

06 Three cities, three styles 18 Brooke Shaden interview 38 Melbourne, Toronto & Boston 42 Think Food 48 London Fashion Week 50 Vienna Fashion Week 58 New Zealand Fashion Week

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60 Just Another City Girl 68 Rock and Roses 82 Hello Shanghai 90 Go Where You Want to Go 100 Basic Space 106Power Woman 116 Child of Fire 138 Barely There

126 City Kids 144 A Denim Story 122 Halloween Special

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27 Pinie Wang interview 38 Shout Out Louds interview 34 James Hersey interview

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18 Brooke Shaden interview 24 Bryony Lloyd artist interview 26 Nicolas Pagliavoli artwork


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BROOKE SHADEn Interview Victoire Jin Photos brooke shaden

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Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m 23 years old as of March 2010 and I live in Los Angeles, CA. I grew up in the Amish country, otherwise known as Lancaster, PA (no, that does not make me Amish). I went to college in Philadelphia where I studied film and English. I developed a passion for lighting and visuals while in film school, though I thought I was going to focus on the storytelling part. I graduated a semester early and I headed out west with my husband and three cats and we’ve lived here since then. When did you first become interested in photography? It wasn’t until I had graduated college. I thought that I had everything figured out...I was going to move to California and be a filmmaker. As much as I didn’t want to admit it, something didn’t feel right, as though I was forcing myself to love it and the real passion wasn’t there. I began photography in December 2008 because I had some down time before moving out to Cali, and decided to pick up my camera after I discovered the world of self portraiture on flickr. It wasn’t long after that when I started feeling like photography was the right way to go, and I haven’t looked back since. How do you instruct your models? In most cases I first tell the story that inspires the image. I will describe the scenario that we are trying to act out, and I will describe the character. I want my

models to feel like they *are* that character, so building a believable person to act out is important. I explain in as much detail as is possible (which is usually quite a lot) what the set will look like and what they will be doing. Typically I shoot about 5-10 frames because we have talked everything out so thoroughly that we both understand exactly what our role is and we get it finished. I will often, if the test shot isn’t how I want it, approach the model and move her around if it doesn’t look right, always explaining *why* I am doing that since it isn’t so polite to start pushing people around. How do you come up with the themes and stories for each photo? I have a certain set of ideas in my mind that are forever fascinating to me. They always have been; they are the themes that I wrote about as a very young person in poetry, the themes that I tried to create on video in high school, that I put on film in college, and now that I am putting into digital photography as a postgrad. I love thinking about the beauty in death, about rebirth and growth, about being trapped and alternately being set free. I pull from those themes to help me create stories around them. They come naturally to me, like I am putting my mind and the things that I enjoy thinking about into a more tangible, visual form. 21


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Your photoraphs all have a very ethereal and painting-like quality about them. Can you tell us a bit about this style? What do you wish to convey through your photos? That is a style that I am increasingly drawn to, which is why my Ophelia series felt quite natural, as though it was waiting to unveil itself until the right moment when I could appropriately capture it. I love the Pre-Raphaelite painters and the way it seems as though skin glows in those paintings. Everything is ethereal in them from the the colors to the light to the settings. I think that it shows a timeless quality, and one of beauty as well. There are such soft, serene tendencies in that ethereal art, and I like to pair that with my darker themes for what I think of as an appropriate juxtaposition: beauty through death. I want my images to be magnetic, to attract attention both for the often sad and unnerving themes but also for the beauty that relays those themes. Where do you get your inspiration for shoots? I am often inspired by props. For example, the other day I was thinking of a shoot that I could do and the only idea I had in my head was of a 22

woman’s hair blowing in the wind. So I immediately thought, “Well, naturally, I need a 5 foot long wig”. So I did some research with the help of a friend and found an inexpensive 5 foot long wig. I get inspiration from the themes in my head that I was talking about above. I am inspired by little movements (like hair in the wind), and by naturally dark places like lakes and forests. And I am inspired by taking a new look at everyday places like kitchens and what that can represent. What sort of equipment and editing software do you use? I use a Nikon D80 with a 50mm f/1.8 lens, a tripod, a remote, and on rare occasions a couple 200 watt bulbs with paper lanterns around them for diffusion. I edit with Photoshop, but recently used GIMP and found it to be nearly the same! Out of all your photographs, which is your favourite? “The Quiet Death” for so many reasons, some of them being...that I liked the way the reflection turned out, and the symmetry of the everything from the square frame to the model’s positioning. I liked the colors, the golden floor and green

moss and purple flowers. I liked the obscured face and the feeling that I get when looking at it...it makes me exhale because that is what I see the model doing, taking one last breath. If you could photograph anyone in the world, who would it be? Kiera Knightly for her incredible bone structure and classic face. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I see myself living in California with my husband and cats and hopefully even a dog (a Dachshund that we plan to name Shy). I will be creating photographs and with enough perseverance I’ll be exhibiting them in galleries. I hope to be better traveled, as I have not been many places and would love to see different countries. Above all I want to be creating art that means something to someone.

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Bryony Lloyd TITLE: Freelance illustrator FROM: London CLIENTS: Selfridges, Creative

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Tell us a bit about yourself I'm 24 and live in London where I work as a freelance illustrator. I can usually be found in Tate Britain, in front of my computer or at my local pub. I enjoy reviewing art and design books on my blog although I'm very aware that blogs have become a taboo and you should never really admit to having one. How would you describe your art? My work is usually collage-based, working with found imagery from both old and new sources. It's moving towards a more feminine, pattern based look. I like my illustrations to have a nostalgic atmosphere. How did you find your stylistic niche? Through lots of experimentation! I want to project the things that interest me so it feels very personal. With

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my style, like many illustrators, I try to move away from what's the latest craze in the illustration scene, and do something fresh. I used to use lots of images of the solar system in my work for the mystical, otherworldly aethstetic, but I wouldn't do that now as it feels very overdone. I stil don't think I've found my stylistic niche really. I like to think it's constantly evolving. Where do you find inspiration for your illustrations? The inspiration is probably the most important part of the process. My inspirations are fairly diverse, although they are all usually from a by-gone era. I love 60's lifestyle illustrations, colourful cinematic imagery, beautiful faces like Brigitte Bardot and Britt Ekland, Pre-Raphalite paintings. Surrealism and architecture also interest me. I try not to go back to the exact same

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inspirations, otherwise you are in danger of exhausting an idea. Do you have any formal training in art? Yes, I went to Brighton University which is known for it's informal teaching style. The illustration degree course there is very open and experimental. What are your goals with your work? To create something that connects with people, but also images that I would have on my wall. If I make an illustration that I wouldn’t want to frame, then I feel I’ve failed. For future work, I want to push materials and styles, working in a more detailed way and incorporating drawing. Which city inspires you the most? I felt very inspired after coming


back from Paris, the city that seems to be eternally chic. I saw an art nouveau exhibition at the musee d’orsay and fell in love with all the pieces there. The most ispiring place, however, was LA. It blew me away by breaking all preconceptions that I had. I was expecting a plastic city or a Hollywood film set but it’s so wild. It’s so sprawing and diverse -you can turn a corner and feel like you’re in another place. I became really inspired by the architecture and especially the non-plan feel of the city. At first, I thought that the lack of building regulation was so-

ley a bad thing as it meant a huge parking lot could crop up just about anywhere. But with LA, it’s created something completely unique. Something really fast paced and changeable. If you had to choose one city to live in for the rest of your life, which would it be? Paris is so beautiful and has such romantic appeal. I could see myself being very happy there. I’m a fan of the parisian way of life, the nonchalant attitudes, the art history and red wine. I am, however,

very changeable (some may say fickle) so I think I’ll just city-hop for a while. Which cities have you lived in? I’ve lived in Brighton, New York and London. Best and worst thing about big cities? Best: Feeling like you are at the epicentre of something big. Worst: Not seeing a true strarry night sky.

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01 - 06 Illustrations for the 'Shoescopes', written by Susie Lau and featured in the 'Shoespaper', a publication celebrating the launch of the store's new shoe department. 07 - 08 Personal project celebrating 60s and 70s illustration/ design and the icons of the era.

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KNEON. Artist feature

nicolas pagliaroli TITLE: Designer and musician FROM: Rosario, Argentina WEBSITE: www.palunob.webs.com

Tell us a bit about yourself I never studied art. All I know is how good it looks. I play around with colors, the suliminal, the surreal, the cartoons and like to discover new things. The art I create is not always for the public to see. Sometimes it’s just for me. What’s your music like? I like a lot of variety of music; pop rock, electronica, punk. I have two rock bands and am also a

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soloist. Our music can be found on my website. I like radiohead, smashing pupmkins, björk, soko, and the Strokes. What do you think about the relationship between album cover designs and the music within the album? Obviously metal bands are not going to use a hard cover pink. every style of music has a different picture. As Vivaldi did with the seasons.


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pinie wang TITLE: Graphic designer and DJ FROM: Beijing, China LIVES IN: Vienna, Austria WEBSITE: www.piniewang.com

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do. I am from Beijing, but moved away when I was 12 to live in Austria with my family. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved to draw, so I decided to attend a school of arts in Graz and learn graphic design. After graduating there, I did graphic advertising work and art projects, such as Asian Village during the Wiener Festwochen 2009, China Go, and a fashion design exhibition featuring Chinese designers which was where I showcased my first fashion collection. How did your DJing gig with Matt develop? When I arrived in Vienna, my suitcase was filled with music cassettes – I love music. I was a part of the first generation (the so-called “after 1980s”) in China to grow up in both a communist and pop/ consumerism culture. I started DJing four years ago, before I met Matt, and made compilations of Chinese electronic music for the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna, called China Wearhouse Pop. I met Matt Modny in 2007 at the Modeselektor concert and discovered that we have so much in common. Together in 2008, we organized Myyy Bitch Club, which has developed into one of the

most popular underground clubs in town. Matt, who comes from Poland, and I are the first party-maker-duo in Vienna who have immigration backgrounds. We’re both well booked in Vienna as well as other European countries like Milan, Hamburg and Amsterdam. Goals for the future? After my PhD in Media and Music Industry, I hope to work in the various fields I’m good at, which includes music, art, design, culture and management. You moved to Austria after spending most of your life in China; what’s the main difference between the two cultures other than the obvious ones? The life, expectations and philosophy of the two cultures are all really different; they’re like two different worlds. Every time I go to China, I have a little culture shock. Once, I sat at a dinner table with a group of Chinese contemporary artists. Most of them were in Europe for the very first time. One of the artists stared at the equal servings on each plate and asked, “Is this the western idea of democracy? That

everyone gets the same portion of food?” This is because Chinese people like to share food with each other and in Europe everyone has their own plate of food. Impression of Vienna’s music scene? Vienna’s down tempo music scene was very strong during the 1990s. After the trend ended, Vienna’s music scene fell into a kind of disorientation. The club scene is now booming. Every weekend you can go to several parties with the best international DJs or producers. What are you inspired by? My inspiration for design and DJing definitely comes from the Chinese and the western pop culture. Which cities have you lived in? Beijing and Vienna Best and worst thing about big cities? Worst thing: the noise. Best thing: great possibilities

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH

SHOUT OUT LOUDS While “Work” may be the title of their latest record, it contrasts with the carefree and relaxing attitude of their music. Currently touring around Europe, Shout Out Louds return to perform in Vienna for their second time ever. This exclusive interview with Adam Olenius, singer, and Carl Arbin, guitarist, reveal their love of art and design, disappointment at never been thrown bras on stage (only vegetables) and their plans for Halloween.

INTERVIEW & PHOTOS: Victoire Jin EQUIPMENT ASSISTANT: Nathalie Hood

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What is your first impression of Vienna?

Adam: We like it here in Vienna, it’s really great. This is actually our second time here. We actually took a bike ride around today (we always have bikes with us on tour). Oh and speaking of bikes, we also got our drummer a bike for his birthday next week. Hopefully this won’t get published before then. But yeah, it’s a really beautiful city.

Tell us about your choice of clothing and your styles

Adam: We like to buy a lot of vintage clothes, especially on tour. We like clothes a lot and we like talking about it – like any other hobby really. Sometimes we feel like boys in old men’s clothes.

Speaking of hobbies, what do you guys like to do when you’re not performing? Adam: I guess we like food a lot. It’s nice to be home away from tour to be able to cook, since you missed that on tour. It’s always catered food, or going out to eat, so it feels good to cook at home and things like that. I mean, basically, music is so involved in my life that I guess it’s a hobby as well.

Carl: I like to do sports: bicycling, cycling Adam: Carl is the quarterback.

What are your fans like?

Adam: That’s hard to saw; we get a lot of mixed crowds of all sorts of ages with mostly a younger audience in the front of the crowd. It’s funny the other day we played in Paris and I think it was mostly girls and guys in their 20s and there were these three guys in their 50s or 60s standing right in front of me. It was really weird to see those old guys standing up front, because I’m so used to the younger kids being there. I was really proud of all those old boys. But in general, we have good fans. It’s great to talk to them on tour, find out what they think. We try not to have a label or create a barrier between us and our audience. We even get presents sometimes. They create illustrations and stuff for us – we’re really into art and design so that’s great. Carl: One of the better moments was when someone threw a leak on stage with a message on it. Adam: Unfortunately, we’ve never been thrown bras at on stage. Maybe tonight. I mean, do we want more vegetables? Carl: I’d like more vegetables.

How is it on tour? Do you get enough sleep?

Adam: We have a sleeping bus. It’s a bit hard to sleep when we’re driving, but I think you can get more sleep. It’s fine. It’s weird when you wake up around lunchtime, because then your whole day is mixed up. Thanks for asking!

Do you guys have any secret obsessions?

Adam: Bicycles. I’m always online checking for bicycles and bicycle news. Adam: It’s not really a secret, but I’d say music. Carl: It’s our secret.

If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be? Adam: I really like to work with Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio. He’s a producer. Maybe something like that. It’s always fun to work with someone different from what you’re doing. Carl: It’d be interesting to work in another of work, like art, or maybe a special building with acoustics. Doesn’t have to be music itself. 31


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Adam: Yeah, and it’d also be fun to do a film project from the very beginning; write songs and film the process.

Tell us about your music videos

Adam: They are quite cinematic; our music can be quite cinematic. We talk about movies a lot and we try to involve art into what we do. Sometimes we let our bass player Te come up with ideas for music videos. We also mention cinema and movies when we talk about stage design to get the idea of what we’re talking about.

What are your plans for the future?

Adam: We have a little more touring to do, but we might be back here in March or April, not Vienna but somewhere else in Austria. We’ll also be around southern Europe, in Portugal and Spain. I have a different project I’m working on in Sweden, which will be released somewhere else. We’ll try to book studio dates as soon as possible to start working on the new record – we have so many ideas. Carl: Tomorrow we’re going back to Germany. We were in Berlin just last Tuesday and it was great. Adam: It was probably one of the best shows ever. The venue was great, the city was really good to us. Here as well though – we did a radio show at FM4. It’s nice to mix it up, not only playing at clubs. And I remember it was really good here last time so I’m excited for tonight. Carl: This whole building is quite interesting. I actually got a little lost and I went to a class up there for five minutes. Adam: Reminds me of a place in

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Copenhagen, more of a shelter place, with rooms and stuff that was occupied by anarchists. They actually found a dead body while we playing since there were so many abandoned rooms around. It’s not there anymore though.

Where does “Shout Out Louds” originate from?

Adam: It comes from different words in our lyrics, and also from the logo on our artwork. It features two wolves, howling and shouting to the moon and sky. So it came from that and other words as well.

It’s quite a contrast to your music...

Yeah it is – I remember we were in France ages ago doing a festival and there was a press conference and we were all sitting down, journalists were everywhere. These three guys with piercings and long hair who looked like they were really into heavy metal came in, saw us, went “ugh” and then went out again – they thought we were a heavy metal band because of our name. Maybe we’ve disappointed a few people, but it doesn’t really matter.

Halloween is coming up – any plans?

Adam: It’s actually not that big in Sweden, since it’s more of an American invention. But I mean, some American inventions are cool. We’ll probably have a party. We have a day off that day so we might try to go to Champagne in Paris. Maybe do a little trick of treating.

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A young Euro-American living in Vienna, whose soft vocals and authentic lyrics bring to mind artists the like of John Mayer and Mark Ronson. James Hersey is certainly a man of talent. In this interview, he talks about his lifelong passion for music, major musical influence, and the recordingprocess of his first self-published EP. Interview by Victoria Jin

Tell us about your music; what do you sound like? Oh man, this is such a hard question! I think foremost anyone would agree I‘m definitely rooted in the American singer/songwriter tradition. But to leave it at that is to withhold so much. If you ask to hear a song of mine we could be whispering by candlelight in your bedroom, or screaming and sweating in a crowded stadium - there‘s no limit to the sound I strive to create. There are club and hip-hop beats, acoustic love-songs, electric guitar solos and soft piano ballads - it all comes from the same place, and it‘s all authentic and honest as hell. I love music, in all it‘s crazy shapes and forms - that‘s what I sound like. When did you decide you wanted to make music? The first time I picked up a guitar I was maybe thirteen years old. At fifteen I got my own instrument, and by the time I was seventeen I was spending every possible moment with it. This got to the point where I was late to every class, skipping lunch to work on songs, and getting up hours before school just to practice. At the end of that year I‘d fallen way behind academically, and dropped out to go study jazz guitar at a private conservatory. After four semesters I went back to finish high school, served my Zivildienst [military service that is required of all men in Austria], and about a year ago made the final decision. It felt like studying music was actually estranging me from it‘s essence; I had to take things into my own hands. To be honest, it‘s a decision that I make every day; a promise to myself that I am fully committed to, and will never break. When did you start writing your songs and performing? I have been writing and performing as far back as I can remember playing the guitar. It was a very natural step for me to take, and I was lucky to be strongly

encouraged by family and friends. The first songs were all about girlfriends and a life of freedom, my two other passions (#1 will forever be music). Performing my own stuff was always extremely difficult, and still can be. When you sing about your life in honest lyrics there is a vulnerability that is disconcerting at the most primitive level. It‘s hard to put yourself out there and play your own songs - especially when you‘re alone on stage. The ultimate rush and reward, though, is if the crowd loves it.

Tell us about your album-recording process. At the end of 2009 I got the chance to record a „pre-production“ of several tracks. That‘s a very basic version of the songs - just one guitar, a melody, maybe even a simple beat or keyboard line. I tought it all to myself - from using the softand hardware to actually playing every instrument. I was satisfied with the result, but since I don‘t have my own equipment I was unable to take it to the next level right away. I spent the winter reviewing those recordings; writing new lyrics, arrangements and extending or cutting parts. I tried to record with a studio drummer, but my own imaginations exceeded his skills and my own ability to convey them. So, in March 2010, I borrowed a great microphone, guitar and high-end recording software for three weeks. That gave me enough time to re-record, re-write, arrange, produce and mix the six tracks on the EP - all by myself, right here in my living room. Working without the influence of producers, bandmembers, and technicians really gave me the freedom to try whatever I wanted. I hope that I retain that freedom forever, no matter where or with whom I‘m working. If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be? I would give anything to sing a song with John, write an album with Paul, and produce my own with George. 35


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Who are your major musical influences? When I was a kid my Dad sang American singer/songwriter and Folk songs with us at home. That was probably the greatest influence on my approach towards writing and especially singing. For the sake of naming a few, I wouldn‘t be here if it weren‘t for The Beatles, Michael Jackson, The Strokes, Kings of Leon, and Muse. Right now I really dig Phoenix, Ryan Adams, Villagers and Stevie Wonder. What is the ultimate direction for your music? What are your goals and dreams? I want to travel the world playing tours, selling and recording albums, hosting unique concerts, supporting young & ambitious artists, and making a proper living off my own music. That is the ultimate reward. What advice do you have for aspiring musicians reading this? Anyone who plays an instrument (including your voice) should always be writing their own stuff. It doesn‘t need to be full songs, maybe just a simple melody or lyric that you absolutely love. That‘s what it‘s all about, creating something you love for yourself. Write and sing a song from your heart, it will change you forever; I promise.

You’re currently residing and working in Austria. Any plans to expand your music to other countries? I knew when I kicked off in Vienna that this is not the place to make it big. Though the interest is there, the true market for my music is not. If I want to live a life without compromise sooner or later I‘ll need to leave. Wellplanned musical trips to England, Germany, and the USA over the next year will help me get my feelers out and connect as much as possible. The plan is to lay out a foundation here in Austria, and use that solid groundwork to grow internationally. Lastly, if you had to choose one city to live in for the rest of your life, where would it be? Oh man, if I could afford it I would pack my bags immediately and buy a 200m2 loft in New York City. My goal for the moment, though, is to tour the world. So, a life on the road for the next few decades and then we‘ll see!

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Melbourne in the winter A SHORT STORY

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Every day was the same; I would walk solemnly and silently to work. Down the grey clad streets, pushing my way through the homogenised crowd knowing that they were all experiencing the same dread, the same exhaustion I felt everyday. I had grown tired of dressing in grey suits, choking on striped ties and being constrained in tight cotton shirts. It was winter in Melbourne; bitter cold in the mornings, but warm in the afternoons. This particular morning I stood at the concrete slab of a train station, waiting to catch the train. The harsh wind burned my face and made my nose run. When the train finally came, it was covered in graffiti and filled with soiled seats. This would be the third time this week that I would be late. The moment I arrived at work, I realised something was different. People acted differently around me, I had a hunch as to why but I hoped to god that I was wrong. The plump, middleaged receptionist sent me sympathetic looks as I walked towards the elevator. The second I stepped onto my floor, I understood why she had done that. I had lost my job. I packed my personal items into a small cardboard box, tucked it under my arm and re-entered the elevator. After I left the building, I began to walk aimlessly around the crowed streets. Hundreds of people pushed past me, all expected somewhere. Seas of navy and grey all swishing past at alarming speeds, and then I saw it, a flash of flowers. A floral pattern whooshing past amongst the sea of dull and upsetting colours. At first, I wasn’t sure if it was

real, but I watched closely, waiting to catch another glimpse. I saw it again; the fabric now seemed to be draped across a porcelain-skinned woman’s leg. Immediately I was intrigued, without realising what I was doing, I began to follow her. My possessions clutched under my left arm, I walked swiftly through the streets keeping an eye on the woman. I lingered behind her in the raging crowd. She had long auburn hair parted in the middle that caught my attention. It brought out her stark white skin, red lips and dark eyebrows and was accompanied by a pair of black Ray Bans. She had a brown satchel draped across her front and lying on her lower back. She also had a leather duffel bag with her, with a giant union jack printed on its front. Corners of something seemed to cause the leather exterior to jut out awkwardly. The last thing I noticed was the way in which she walked with a purpose. Every few steps she would skip a little bit to quicken the pace. With every skip the little brown satchel bounced into the air before landing smoothly on her lower back again. Her long auburn hair would flick into the air and catch in the wind, it would float for what seemed like so long before slowly falling back onto her back. I followed her until she suddenly turned into a small bookstore in Bourke Street called ‘Hill of Content’. I leapt across the street, still searching the crowds for the woman. I burst through the open door, continuing to scan the quaint little bookstore for the pretty woman. My eyes flying from side to side, up and down the book covered aisles. She strode slowly into the aisle

with a large sign suspended over it reading ‘POETRY’. Acting nonchalant, I peered over at the book she was holding. Leather bound with golden writing on the cover reading ‘John Keats Poems’. “John Keats.” I commented in her direction, “he’s really good!” I had never read any of John Keats’ poems. She turned her head in my direction; she had porcelain white skin, a small freckle above her eyebrow and bright green eyes that were shadowed by small dark circles from lack of sleep. The woman replied in an unusual accent, “I’m Jessica.” Her hand held outwards with a smile. “Kalen.” I said as I shook her pale hand. She mentioned she was from Canada. She explained that she had been travelling around the world for 15 months now; she was hitchhiking and flying around one country a month. In every country, she bought a book, which explained the corners jutting out of her duffel bag. When she asked me for my story, I told her everything. I explained how I saw her floral dress amongst all of the grey, I told her how I followed her desperate to talk. Jessica smiled as her white cheeks flooded with colour. “I’m sorry about your job. But where misfortune lies, opportunity hides, you just have to look for it.” “You might just be my opportunity.” I replied without realising. Jessica was right; at the moment I merely existed. I wanted to live. After all, life is too short to live the same day twice.

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TORONTO Forget New York, Paris or Milan. If you’re in need for some blue-ribbon vintage shopping, all-night art prowling or a delicious vegetarian friendly meal, get ready for a fun-filled adventure in Toronto, Canada. Known for its typical tourist magnet, The CN Tower, Toronto is bursting with less quintessential options for the individualistic tourist. As far as shopping goes, there are no boundaries in this compelling city. Filled to the brim with a balanced combination of small boutiques, electrifying vintage outlets and more commonly known nation-wide stores (think Urban Outfitters, H&M and Anthropologie), you will always be carrying at least one shopping bag.

The jackpot for all things vintage, handmade and just plain unique is the legendary Kensington Market, bordering China Town. With its streets lined with vibrant stores, mannequins parading the roofs and music playing in every direction, it’s not hard to miss. Not only is every piece distinctively hip, the prices are always budget-friendly. One new, and much adored addition to the city is Nuit Blanche. Also known as the city-wide, free of charge, dusk until dawn art extravaganza taking place once a year. Originating in Paris, Toronto was the first North American city to take on the “Sleepless Night”. Hundreds of artists, galleries, museums and art institutions participate in this mesmerizing affair

as the city itself is transformed into a gigantic art gallery. Alas, the one thing all hungry tourists aspire on a tiring voyage- food! The Urban Herbivore in Kensington Market is a sure-shot for satisfying any of your cravings, especially since it is always safe for vegans and vegetarians. Not to mention, Fressen, it’s “cousin restaurant’ was named one of the 14 hippest Vegan eateries in North America. So pack up your bags readers and book that flight over to Canadaland. Just be sure to bring your camera... there will be loads of photo-ops where you’re headed! Article & photo

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BOSTON Cities breed a style unique to its surrounding borders, and serve as an unrestricted hive of inspiration for architecture, foodies and the fashion hungry. Beyond the traffic jams and dingy public transportation thrives a mismatch of different aesthetics, opinions, and backgrounds, which flourish together to form a single unwavering pulse – and a truly remarkable experience. It is no surprise then to know that the inhabitants of these cities serve as the center for displaying the most fashion-forward looks of the season. Bostonians know this all too well and parade the streets of Newbury, Harvard Square and beyond in a well practiced uniform of the ultimate cool, classic and chic looks of the moment. Boston, Massachusetts is only a stone’s throw from where I grew up, and now serves as my permanent residence. You could say I am a stranger in a foreign land for I possess no thick accent or any feasible grasp on how baseball works, but style? – I’ve got that one under control. This city has an expression of its own that distinguishes itself from neighboring settings. From New York to LA, Boston knowingly persists as the more conservative fashion capital where preppy-chic is the look of choice. The streets are filled to the brim with students mixed in with long-time dwellers,

each that embrace their own style aesthetic comfortably. Like with all metropolitan areas, a wide range of tastes and expressions exist. Yet, it is rare that something particularly outlandish will cross your path. Rather, people here will ultimately choose the traditional direction of tailored clothing and muted colors over bold prints and crazy accessories. Boston’s classy residents are masters of cold weather chic. With the reappearance of New England’s notorious chilly climate, it comes as no surprise that our city slickers have transitioned to layers and sweaters effortlessly. In my experience, two distinct types of fall fashions emerge on the streets: those who worship the current trend and morph its perspective into something personal and unique, and those who will stick to their habits year after year. Of course different extremes of each exist from fashion slave to fashion victim and between, but stepping back, each style remains distinct and passionately cultivated. Today’s look of the moment in Boston mirrors what many are stocking their closets with all over the country. From voluminous ponchos, to luxurious leathers, Boston is happily bustling with the season’s freshest take on style while staying warm in the process of course. Girls of all ages

can already be seen storming the avenues confidently clad in leather pants, oversized knits and yummy boots of all lengths and heel sizes. Classic seems to be the word of choice as usual, and it is as if the runways were made for Boston’s walkways. Much of what is in fashion’s forefront of obsessions this fall easily translates to New England’s styling tastes. Those who consider their daily clothing ritual to consist of classic coats, trousers and luxury fabrics will find this year’s updated choices rather pleasing. It is a seamless renovation to faux furs and longer hemlines – much of which has already been snatched up from shops throughout the city’s limits. Boston will probably never give up its conservative flair, which as the current trends tell, is a positive in every way possible. The stylish people here possess a secret that time and time again presents an elegant point of view to embrace: simplicity stands the test of time, and when in doubt don a classic coat, a scarf and maybe a red lip. Article DIANA

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THINK FOOD

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1. .bagel station Währinger Straße 2-4, 1090 Wien http://www.bagelstation.com

If you want to have a good start into the day, you need a good breakfast! Our advice: Bagel Station. You can get everything from delicious bagels to a good cup of coffee or ice cream. As all these are available as takeaway, we suggest to go to the Votiv Park which is across the street. Enjoy the sun, the bagel and Sabinna’s excited face!

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2. sly and arny Lackierergasse 5, 1090 Wien http://www.foodbar.at

The perfect place to have a good lunch, a tasty dinner or just amazing cocktails for a fair price. Call up your friends and try our personal favourites: a Pitcher of ‘Caipirovska’, ‘Pizza Margarita’ and ‘Palatschinken’.

3. .donau Karl-Schweighofer-Gasse 10, 1070 Wien

Up for good music, some beer and an unbelievable, one-of-a-kind location? Then ‘Donau’ is the right choice for you. You will be amazed by the colors, the lights and the furniture in this bar.

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JUST another CITY GIRL Photos Andrea Pun Model Tiffany T @ Q Management, LA Stylist Janay Danielle

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ND ROSES Photos Victoire Jin Styling Raffaela Loebl Makeup Victoire Jin Model Belinda hirt @ wiener models

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blouse h&M bra Urban outfitters skirt sandro belt scuhmacher bracelet stylist’s own socks H&M watch rolex.

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hello shanghai Photos & styling Co Cha Wai Makeup KATE NOBLE Models gao ying, camilla e, chen shuo xu meng @ esee model mgmt shanghai Venue shanghai xiao xiao art furniture co.,ltd

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go where you want to go Photos Aimee han Model chervil @ vivien;s Stylist emma do Thanks to design a space & lenko

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(left side) Velvet blazer Zara Lace top Stylist Own Tights Stylist Own Shorts Forever 21 Shoes Chinese Laundry Earrings Stylist Own (this page) Dress Topshop Tights Stylist own Boots Models own Chain Betsey Johnson

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CITY KIDS Photos Vinna laudico Stylist Lu Philippe Guilmette Makeup Corinne Skuza Hair Emmanuelle Campolieti Models Masha@IMG New York,

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