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FEATURED DESIGNER Vanguard, yet Utilitarian Meet the designer behind the conceptual fashion brand that is also vegetarian friendly and cruelty-free
Sailing inspired designs in our rooftop cover editorial KAYLA MOORE A story of overcoming disability
Editorial Photographers SARAH JEHAN • TANER TUMKAYA • TJ MANOU • OLGA NEPRAVDA VIKTORIA OVCHARENKO • PAOLO PRISCO • KAREEM QUOW DIDI SEA • DENYS TROFIMCHUK
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SARAH JEHAN MOTEL BLUES
KAREEM QUOW LIKE DAY & NIGHT
DENYS TROFIMCHUK MODERN SABBATICAL
VIKTORIA OVCHARENKO SUMMER BREEZE
PAOLO PRISCO PINK GROOVE
DZHUS Featured Designer | IRINA DZHUS
DIDI SEA ILLUMINATE
VIKTORIA OVCHARENKO HIGH ALLURE
KAYLA MOORE SURVIVOR
TANER TUMKAYA MOLLY'S BLOOM SOLILOQUY
CONTRIBUTORS Irina Dzhus Samayah Jaramillo Sarah Jehan Taner Tumkaya TJ Manou Viktoria Ovcharenko Paolo Prisco Kareem Quow DiDi Sea Samantha Swade Denys Trofimchuk
Jennifer Chabri Editor-in-Chief Creative Director Special Thanks to Argie Mitra
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MOTEL BLUES PHOTOGRAPHY SARAH JEHAN
HAIR & MAKEUP INNA MATHEWS
MODEL JULIA LOCATELLI STARS MANAGEMENT
STYLING SAMANTHA SWADE
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LIKE DAY & NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY KAREEM QUOW
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SUMMER BREEZE PHOTOGRAPHY VIKTORIA OVCHARENKO MODELS ANASTASIA & IRINA EGO MODELS HAIR & MAKEUP DARINA LEVISHENKO STYLING ANNA TARAYAN
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linen jacket, top, shoes ZARA shorts, socks H&M velvet hat GIORGIO ARMANI silk scarf VINTAGE bracelet SONIA RYKIEL for H&M
jacket, shorts, socks H&M shoes ZARA hat GIORGIO ARMANI bag VINTAGE opposite page: dress, shoes ZARA socks H&M vintage scarf HERMES "GRANDS FONDS"
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Inspired by things at the edge of perception: from spiritual strongholds to abandoned industrial zones, DZHUS is a conceptual womenswear brand launched in 2010 by Ukrainian designer Irina Dzhus. LA DE DA: Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what got you started in design? Irina Dzhus: I'm from Kiev, Ukraine. I dreamed to design clothes since my early childhood. I could never imagine myself doing anything else. I went to an art school at 6, then I studied fashion design in university and did an internship at a wellknown Kiev-based fashion house. Right after the graduation, I launched my own brand, but I also had to work a lot as a fashion stylist to cover the production of my collections. By the way, since then, my style studio has gained local popularity and I still do the styling for ad campaigns, music videos and magazines, along with working on DZHUS collections. LDD: What is unique about your designs and makes them stand out? My designs derive from experimental and innovative concepts of construction. Every detail of my pieces is made following certain principles. I only use alternative cut that I invent by myself and that's what makes DZHUS designs exceptional. Along with that, each of my collections carries powerful mental and spiritual message. LDD: What is the most gratifying part of conceptualizing a design? I really enjoy inventing innovative cut. In my collections, I only bring those constructions to life that really look like nothing else I’ve seen before – I just don’t consider it reasonable and sustainable to remake someone else's creations, especially since there’s so much basic and trendy clothing in mass market. When I realize I’ve just made a design that is something truly unique, yet totally wearable (which, in my opinion, makes the diﬀerence between a fashion piece and a costume), then I feel great satisfaction. LDD: What matters to you most as a fashion designer? Firstly, as I’ve said previously, I always need to be sure my concepts are really interesting and worth production. Secondly, every garment I create should be made using vegetarian-friendly materials and ethical labour. And, ﬁnally, I can only be totally happy if my products are in demand and worn by real people, as an embodiment of their unique inner world, – I wouldn’t feel very enthusiastic if my pieces ended up in an art museum or a ﬁlm studio’s storage.
LDD: How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show? Any special rituals? Nothing special but the fact that most preparation is made by myself, as the high-end result that matches the initial concept impeccably means very much to me. In addition to patternmaking and technologies, I do the graphic design and style the looks for all DZHUS’ campaigns, manage sales, pr and communications and control every detail backstage. LDD: How would you deﬁne your personal style? My look is quite austere and minimalistic. I only wear black and the greyscale palette, and my styles are conceptual yet basic. I don’t like to show oﬀ and don’t wear any extravagant pieces, but I pay much attention to the silhouette, fabric textures and accessories as well as I always make sure that my outﬁt reﬂects my worldview and current mood. LDD: With that said, how would you deﬁne the style your line exempliﬁes? My designs are intellectual and functional, very structured and graphic. Each construction is unique and created by me personally. Along with the recognizable industrial leitmotif, the pieces display powerful ethical and philosophical burden.
I can only be totally happy if my products are in demand and worn by real people, as an embodiment of their unique inner world. LDD: Where do you get your inspiration? I get inspired with objects at the edge of perception, such as ancient temples or desolate industrial zones. Luckily, in Kiev, where I'm based, there are many such impressive places. This doesn't mean I necessarily need something special to get inspired – new ideas can derive from very simple things, like a cracky wall or a dried-up tree. LDD: Who are some of your favorite designers? I admire the early work of Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Martin Margiela. continued on page 47
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continued from page 45 LDD: What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers? A career in fashion design is far not an easy one to do. Along with an extraordinary talent, they will need special attainments as well as communication skills and funding to release at least a competitive designer product. Beginners should be honest to themselves: if they are a 100 % sure their ideas are that unique and they’re ready to spend literally all their time struggling for their work’s success, then they should deﬁnitely try. If not – fashion design is, undoubtedly, much more fun when it’s just a hobby. LDD: Where can our readers ﬁnd you, so they can embellish their closets with some of your designs and keep up with the brand? DZHUS’ collections are stocked in several concept stores around the world, but the easiest way to get some of my stuﬀ for all of the international audience would probably be ordering it from Not Just A Label (https:// www.notjustalabel.com/designer/dzhus) or directly from us.
SS16 Collection | PRO FORMA The Spring/Summer Collection " Pro Forma" is inspired with uniform design, with its priority of functionality and standardization over subjective aesthetics. Inventing alternative cut principles, Irina Dzhus plays up the recognizable structural features of the medical, training and workers’ wear in her eclectic, exaggeratedly normcore designs. DZHUS’ signature industrial-inspired ﬁnishing is used in the pieces, such as fastening with strings, raw hems and exposed overstitching. Seam allowances are exposed on the right side and piped with bias binding that forms straps, extending past the edge of the fabric. Elastic gathers replace traditional tucks. Overlock is also used as a constructional technique for a special fabric and a fringe. The ivory-grey and black pieces are made of hand treated bleached linen and textured cotton. PHOTOGRAPHY OLGA NEPRAVDA MODEL ANASTASIA NEPRAVDA HAIR & MAKEUP MARIA KOLOMIETS STYLING IRINA DZHUS LOCATION PLATFORMA ART FACTORY
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SURVIVOR An adorable tiny sun that powers a miniature universe.
Kayla Moore is doing just that, one step at a time. Who is she? An actress on the rise who is making a statement in the ﬁlm industry by proving just how much potential people with disabilities have. However, she will be the ﬁrst one to tell you that it has been anything short of easy. But Kayla was born a ﬁghter.
Miracle Baby. The story behind a shining example of inner strength and beauty. At 13 months of age, Kayla both fought and won a tiring ﬁght against a rare childhood cancer. She walked away completely healed from her battle against neuroblastoma cancer, stage IV that accounts for 15% of childhood deaths. The chemo did cause her to lose most of her hearing. Today, she hears 30% in her right and 20% in her left. She was known as the deaf girl. Some kids picked on her.
“The kids used to call me names like Deaf Girl, due to my hearing impairment.” Teachers had diﬃculty understanding her when she spoke. School oﬃcials tried to put her in special education classes, but Kayla was determined to prove that she is just like any other student. Her passion for acting started at a very young age. Back in the day, captions weren't an option while watching a ﬁlm for the hard of hearing. In order for Kayla to fully understand what was going on; she would rely on the body language, reactions, & reading the actors lip's. This was how she also learned to communicate with her peers.
“Acting is what helped me learn how to communicate with peers,” Moore said At just 6 years old, she was going to day and night school along with speech teachers to help her hone her skill of lip reading. She uses the strength to push herself forward and continue excelling in her career or pursuing her goals regardless of the challenges she may face. Kayla is quickly gaining attention for her speaking and communication ability. She won second place in the Miss Alabama USA pageant in 2010. She went to work for RPM Productions, a company that organizes several state pageants. But about three years ago, she decided to give acting another shot. She’s done a Doritos commercial and has appeared in short & independent ﬁlms. She’s worked on the 2015 movie “Vacation.” Most recently, Moore appears in the music video for Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind.” It’s her face that opens the video.
“The experience was unlike any other I’ve had on set thus far,” said Moore, who grew up in the Dothan area but now lives in Atlanta. “Everybody was just extremely nice.” The “Humble and Kind” video shows images of faces of people of all ages and ethnicities as well as footage from a variety of countries. The song’s uplifting refrain tells the listener to “always stay humble and kind.” “One woman I met, she’s the lady taking oﬀ her scarf toward the end of the video, she’s currently battling cancer,” Moore said. “… It was one of those rare experiences that you get to have that reminds you of the true meaning of life.” Moore knows she’s in a profession where her hearing impairment and speech may lead people to prejudge and underestimate her. But she said she won’t let it stop her. Kayla believes God gave her a second chance at life for a reason & a purpose. She hopes to fulﬁll that purpose.
“I want to basically open eyes in the industry even more to what people with disabilities could do,” Moore said. “… Just don’t let people put you in a box.” Currently, Kayla has been working with the talented Director, Zach Johansson, on an upcoming ﬁlm that will be a version of her story and hopes to bring a sense of hope to those who watch it. She said, “The ﬁlm will be about a young woman learning how to let go of her past and discovering that she can be loved for who she really is”.
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MOLLY BLOOM'S SOLILOQUY PHOTOGRAPHY & PRODUCTION TANER TUMKAYA MODEL GENEVIEVE FREEDOM MODELS LA HAIR & MAKEUP JULIA FLAHERTY STYLING SADIE PETIFORD
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