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COLORAMA Photographer and Creative Director : Joanna Delys Model: Sonia Gleis @ Modinlux Agency Luxembourg Beauty Retouch :Svetlana Ivanova Mua : Jennifer Dumas Hair: Anabelle Nogueira Stylist : Salomé Levallois

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French photographer Joanna Delys brings us a pop of warm color in her latest editorial.

FASHION AVE The Streets, abuzz from the din of Fashion Week allow a makeshift runway for the beautiful people.



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Denim, the all-American textile that continues to be a staple in 2015. But, what if even the classics need a dose of modernization?



In four years, Paula Cademartori has built an accessories empire of her compact and colorful handbags. We thought it was time for a one-on-one interview with this fabulous designer.



It’s spring in the city through the colorful lens of Frank Rossbach.


Designer Daniel Wingate is the current man behind the world renown fashion label Escada. Join us as he walks us through his journey from his early beginnings at Parsons to becoming one of the most powerful creative forces in fashion.





hen Lapalme Magazine began eighteen months ago, our goal was to present a publication with original creative content to those who appreciate quality in their lives. Now, as our growth begins to surge, we find ourselves attracting others seeking to share their creative vision. The result is an organic network of brilliance, willing to reveal their talents to the world. This enables us to move further into the unchartered horizons of print and digital communications. The team we have assembled to build this issue is something life an after party at the United Nations. From hair styling professionals, to musicians and style marketers. To models, photographers and Designers. Wonderful graphic designers have brought us color, and writers and editors whom have brought us stories from all around the globe. Our team is as diverse and individual as I can possibly imagine, yet they all come together as one and give a spring issue that I am honored to present to the world. To everyone who makes Lapalme Magazine possible: staff, contributors and readers: Thank you. You are the ones who deserve the credit as you provide the force that constantly directs and propels us into the unknown.




THE SAVVY ONES In today’s modern world, Model Isabella runs the show, ready for any obstacle. When she wears her stylish athletic sneakers, no hurdle will stand in her way.

Photography: Dannie Dan-Irabor Model: Isabella E. , DNA Models Wardrobe: Phil Keophaphone, HK|StyleGroup Hair/MakeUp: Heidi Seager Bowles

GO GREEN GO Jacket: Antonio Melani Top: Sanctuary Short: Ann Taylor Shoes: Adidas Glasses: Chanel 9


INDIGO INTUITION Jacket: Vintage Calvin Klein Pant: BCBG Glasses- Etnia Barcelona

CHAIN OF THOUGHTS Jacket: Eileen Fisher Dress: Gianni Bini Athletic Sneakers: Nike Accessories: Feng KC 11

TWEED TAKEOVER Blazer: Vintage Gianfranco Ferre Top: Tracy Reese Skirt: Yoana Baraschi Shoes: Converse Earrings: Feng Kc Bracelet: Feng Kc Purse: Feng Kc 12

COMFORT IN BLUE Coat: Darling Top: Banana Republic Shirt: Eileen Fisher Skirt: Antonio Melani Shoe: New Balance Necklace: Feng KC 13


READY IN RED Hat: H&M Coat: Vintage Dress: Gianni Bini Pant: Banana Republic Shoe: Asics Clutch: H&M 15

Spring’sMust Haves In a world full of endless beauty products, sometimes it can be frustrating finding the crème de la crème. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. We’ve collected our top must-have beauty favorites for this season to save you time.

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara This month’s most talked about new mascara did not disappoint. The innovative Hook ‘n’ Roll™ brush really does catch onto every lash to lift, curl, and separate. There is also no clumping (even after multiple coats), no flaking, and barely any smudging at all. Definitely a great all-day wear mascara. Available at

Fresh Fresh Life Body Oil This was my first experience using body oil instead of lotion. I am officially a fan! It has a light, fresh, and long lasting scent. You can apply it right after a shower or after drying. A small amount goes a long way so be careful to really apply in small amounts. This is great for dry to normal skin and did not cause any breakouts even for my very sensitive skin. Available at Dior Lip Glow A go-to for the spring and summer seasons. Expect a very sheer, waxy, and non-sticky balm with long lasting moisture and protection. This natural color enhancer gives a “barely-there” sheen, which is great to wear alone or layer to help moisturize other lip products.


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Charlotte Tilbury FILMSTAR BRONZE & GLOW Face Sculpt & Highlight At the moment this is my most favorite sculpt and highlight set. The color goes great with all skin colors and even sensitive skin. It’s a duo perfect for the sculpting beginner or make-up artist pro. This will give you that flawless Kim K contour. Available at

Foreo Luna The Luna has become part of my daily skin routine. It’s great for sensitive skin and can be used both morning and night. It deep cleans with its T-Sonic™ technology pulsations and somehow still holds an extremely long lasting battery life. The best part is the silicone brush, which means no more investing in replacing brush heads (YAY!). They also carry an attractive men’s line. Available at

Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster I’m calling this one “magic serum”! I mix a couple drops into my daily SPF moisturizer and then magic happens. It not only protects and prevents skin damage, but also gives a healthy glow without shine. Paula’s Choice also has a new men’s line that I’ve read great reviews about.

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Colorama Photographer and Creative Director : Joanna Delys Model: Sonia Gleis @ Modinlux Agency Luxembourg Beauty Retouch :Svetlana Ivanova Mua : Jennifer Dumas Hair: Anabelle Nogueira Stylist : SalomĂŠ Levallois

Sonia knows she can be playful in her Nathalie Chaize Jacket.



Feeling So Pretty In Pink


Ooh La La Ticot Chic!


Beauty. Simply


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By Kim Hernandez

here is nostalgia in the air as the runways flow with 1970’s inspiration. Reinventing suede as a spring fabric in new shapes and silhouettes. Usually considered a fall staple, suede is taking on a new identity this spring. It’s a refreshing trend that features the soft fabric in exciting jewel tones and brings the bohemian spirit to life. The reinvention of suede for spring is highlighted in the details. Designers are using top stitching in contrast colors to exaggerate style lines and patchwork. Think not only color blocking, but fabric blocking as well. Classic silhouettes like the trench coat, a line skirt and dress, and even the high-waist trouser are all getting a suede facelift. A standout piece from the runways is by designer Jason Wu, who is taking the ‘70’s on a modern transformation. His stunning suede dress embraces the model in a dreamy and pale sage with a contemporary v-neck plunge and high slit. The collection is clean cut and fresh, and remains true to its vintage essence. Make sure you keep that favorite suede purse handy; you may need it this spring! Stay ahead of the trends and watch as this warm weather fabric undergoes a makeover into a year round staple.



N AVE. The city is a harsh, unforgivng place. Here, fashion is king. Here, Designers make the rules.

Photographer/Art Director: Dalong Yang Fashion Designer: Melody Yin & Oliver P. Zhang MUA/Hair: Yue| Assistants: Corrine Pan, Mier . L, Minlin Gu & Vanessa Zhu Models: Edin Ahmetović, Isabella Jiang (BMG Models NY) & Koki Tomlinson


CORNER CREW Stop and stare but make sure you have your camera


At the Scene Of the Crime


Keep Walking, Nothing To See Here






NouveauFAMOUS The

How YouTube and Vine are revolutionizing what it means to be famous in the new Millennial Generation. The thousands of glaring iPhone screens are blinding; your eyes can’t help but look at them as they surround you in every direction. All around you a mismatch of 90’s grunge, plaid tops tied around tiny little waists, converse sneakers, and crop tops of all colors run around madly, they all seem to be a part of the same family –the YouTube family. Long gone are the days of just fawning over the Scarlett’s, Angelina’s and the Brad’s of the Hollywood world; today, young gals and guys are following a new breed of “celebrity”,

rooms in the comfort of our homes, learning how to properly “contour” and do the perfect “cat-eye”. The names of everyday people all around the world have grown to become household names, with often over a million subscribers. These are indeed the millennial generation’s new celebrities..

Orlando, Florida was the host city of this year’s Playlist Live event, home to some of the virtual world’s most famous Viners and YouTubers. Lapalme magazine had the opportunity to work with new Youtube channel GlamBoothTV, and interview many YouTubers as well as cover some of the behind the scenes events. The energy was high, the screams and shrills were loud, and the sound of stampeding youth throughout the halls of the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort were unending. Following swarms of screaming young girls taking pictures, we found Nick, 21, Vin 21, and Joe, 20; together they form the Miuccio brothers. The Miuccio brothers, having gained an impressive following on Vine and YouYouTube sensation Jenna Marbles Tube after posting answers questions live for her fans at a series of dancing Playlist Live 2015. videos, said about their popularity: “I YouTube stars. In an age where relativity think our most popular video is “Grind and likeability rules, the millennial gen- on Me”. We just shot a couple of shirtless eration is seeking to admire those who dancing videos and backflips. I think peohave the wit and charisma to sit in front ple are looking up to YouTube stars now; of a computer and a DSLR, while sitting it used to be just celebrities, but now they in their bedrooms or living rooms talking see how they act and their personalities, about the subjects we can all relate to. For and I hope that it inspires them to be a make-up tutorials we turn to the “gurus”, better person.” The talented brothers say the Michelle Phan’s, the Andrea’sChoice, their dream is to go to California and the Candee Johnson’s, etc. Why go take a continue with their entertainment careers. class? When we can sit in our very own Landon Moss, a highly successful come32

By: Massiel Mancebo

dian on Vine said he truly enjoys the connection he’s been able to build with his fans: “I would say the best thing about it is coming to events like this, where you get to meet your supporters.” With over 3 million subscribers on Vine, Landon says it hasn’t gotten the least bit awkward but that he truly enjoys having that many followers. GlamboothTV’s Carmen Wong added that their new channel will be featuring style advice by Moss, and that in addition to being a YouTube beauty and style channel, it will also feature Viners and Instagram accounts, giving it a unique reach to all virtual audiences. GlamboothTV has become a species of talent growth network, giving YouTubers and Viners further exposure and channel growth. Not all YouTube is beauty and comedy; there are also those who cover social and political topics. Josh Paler Lin, who went viral after creating the social experiment and popular video: “How Does A Homeless Man Spend 100 Dollars” is highly interested in social experiments and human reactions. He was curious to learn more about an often ignored and stereotyped social problem: “ I wanted to know what homeless people spend money on. I had given homeless people money on occasion, a dollar or 5 here and there, but I wanted to see what they would do with something they could really spend. I think the video changed a lot of people’s stereotypes. Even in Brazil a lot of the stereotypes were changed because of this video. They had a policy in some shelters in Brazil of kicking homeless people out, but because of this video the Brazilian government was reconsidering their policies.” Josh believes that YouTube and Vine are changing the way people are viewing the world around them. “The new media combined with traditional media is what the future looks like.” Josh admits that he’d like to be an actor in the future, as he truly enjoys it. YouTube is also home to many family vloggers (video bloggers) who have made it a daily routine to invite us into the privacy of their homes as they live their everyday lives, often sharing some of the hardest and most important moments in the lives

of every family such as: childbirth, pregnancies, moving, career hardships, and even family losses. These YouTubers are among the most unique as they expose some of the normal human situations that have become social taboos, even among popular TV shows and regular media. Successful YouTube beauty guru April (AprilAthena7) hosts a daily vlog channel with her husband Justin and their child Liam, and she shared with us her favorite and most rewarding reasons for sharing their lives on YouTube: “ The best part is always meeting our subscribers, and getting to see our other YouTube family friends. I think that we are becoming role models to some people so we have to be good people for them.” Gerry from the popular family vlogging channel (The LaVigne Life) shared why he believes family vloggers have become so popular: “I think they look for us to gain happiness, they watch our channels to see something positive.” Through the family vlogger panel we not only had the opportunity to hear how our viewers gained from the relevance of YouTube, but also how the vloggers themselves are learning. Austin Null who hosts a family vlogging channel with his wife Brittany Null believes that YouTube has served as a learning experience for them as parents: “Sometimes we look at our old vlogs and I realize things we could have done differently as parents. Through our vlogs we truly learn to be better parents.” Brittany Null notes that through YouTube we have all been given a voice, and an opportunity to share our stories. Christina from TheStyleHaul channel believes that YouTube is even changing the way that young people are styling themselves, as well as their fashion icons: “ I t

way that young people are styling themselves, as well as their fashion icons: “ I think YouTube is a place where all sorts of women with different racial, cultural backgrounds, and body types are able to create content, as well as share their beauty and fashion secrets. Usually you have to rely on supermodels for that kind of inspiration, but I think that now it has definitely diversified how people are shopping, what they are looking to buy, and what look they want to have.” Brooke, who hosts the BrookXBeauty channel creates style and beauty videos. She has created a name for herself through styling outfits for her school days, as well as room tours, and speaking about subjects that young girls are interested in: “I have loved meeting all of my beautiful subscribers, it makes me so happy.” She admits that she loves finding inspiration in stores like Madewell, and blogs by the popular Lauren Conrad for beauty. “She’s very simple; classic but so elegant. I love everything about her style.” However, YouTube hasn’t only gained a following in the United States; the U.K hosts some of the worlds most successful and watched channels, such as twin brothers Niki and Sammy. The brothers host a comedy channel, where they talk about common events taking place in music, advertising and news, in their own unique way. “We’ve loved meeting all these people; getting to be on stage was incredible. It’s the first time we’ve done something like that in America. We’ve loved the weather because it’s been sunny and not freezing cold, everyone is a lot happier here, it must be the sunshine bit.” Niki,

believes that YouTube has definitely changed the timing of news: “ YouTube has made everything more instant, it’s on the second it happens, it’s there. Sammy adds: “Everyone’s need to consume information is larger, people just want to know more and more. Niki also believes it has given people more power over what they view: “I think it’s very democratic, people can just choose what they want to watch, rather than just watch whatever is on the television.” Although many believe the constant growth of social media has alienated us from reality, in certain ways, it is because of this new form of communication that we are reaching and creating bonds with those we couldn’t have reached in the past, and those nearby who didn’t have a voice we could listen to. In the future, we may be looking to our neighbor’s son for advice, and our sister’s best friend for style choices. In this age of being able to relate and communicate with those we admire, approachability is key. Perhaps our generation has grown tired of the unreachable power of fame and fortune, and instead we have grown to embrace the realistic truth that we are all people, being people, and going through the same learning process everyone else in the world is going through.

Christina from TheStyleHaul channel believes that YouTube is even changing the

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Black wood grain dress with Muse print and facing detail 34

EMERGING Style By: D’mani Devoe


esigners Rich & Norelis crossed paths at work in June 2013. After a few dates they realized they shared similar interests and had attended the same school for Fashion Design. Since meeting there’s been a romantic and creative chemistry that led to Muse, their collaborative clothing collection. The fashionable power couple recently won Orlando International Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer Gauntlet Exhibit in November of 2014. When recalling the competition Rich stated, “It was a great experience and we got to meet a lot of amazing people.” The panel included Digital Tiger Studios CEO Jon Maple, Ego Lab Boutique owner Mezo Riccio, and LAPALME Magazine owner and CEO Kevin Lapalme. One may wonder, “What about this dynamic design duo stole the hearts of such esteemed judges?” Our one-on-two interview may reveal the answer. While the collection features many eye-catching prints, that certainly isn’t the only trick up their sleeves. The pair incorporates Rich’s work experience with fiberglass and molding to incorporate hardware into their esthetic. When asked what inspires such innovation Rich stated that music is a huge inspiration for him; Norelis stated that she gains incentive from a multitude of things, making the world her oyster. Although Rich & Norelis have some different sources of inspiration one source they have in common is the fabric store. “A lot of times we’ll walk into the fabric store and after seeing an interesting pattern we’ll think of all the things we can do with the fabric and all of the different things we can create,” Norelis stated.

As far as their upcoming collections, the design duo tells us that we can expect a lot of prints and outerwear. They’ve also created a collection that allows consumers to interchange pieces to increase their versatility, and still look fabulous! When asked what celebrities they’d love to see in their designs they named Latin bombshells; Jennifer Lopez, Eva Mendez and Zoe Saldana. As you can see this design team has managed to maintain a successful relationship both romantically and career wise. Their advice to those who aspire to do the same is to remain honest, compromise and work with like-minded people. Clearly, Rich and Norelis have already set new heights with their collaborative col¬lection, leaving us eager to see what else they have in store.

Studio – Digital tiger studios Photographer – Jon Maple Videographer - Sean Maple Make up -Tabitha Hayden Hair – Michael Jon Maple Clothing - Rich and Norelis Modeling Agency - Modern Muse Modeling Agency Models - Kate Bell and Katie Genetti


Muse print cowl back top white pants and handmade white leather clutch


OmbrĂŠ Top with side grommet and lacing detail and muse print accent


Black dress with Muse print accent and piping detail with handmade leather clutch 38

Red OmbrĂŠ Top with cowl back paired with a black wood grain pencil skirt with Front muse print and piping detail handmade leather bow clutch


Muse print wrap dress with red tie.


V-neck A-line dress with button shoulder details and Muse print sash.


Ombre V-neck with back lacing detail paired with black wood grain grommet lace detail pants Black leather clutch with grommeted strap



A relationship founded in STYLE

Richard Dean and Norelis Arroyo met in June 2013. While Rich was busy working in the special projects department with tasks ranging from hand painting to fiberglass and molding while Norelis was steady handling the hectic cutting table and the gerber patterning room. They were merely quidams, nameless faces in the crowd at work, however; after six months working in proximity to one another, with an occasional passing by or good morning, it was being partnered to complete a 2 person elephant costume that marked a new beginning Proximity showed them that they had many things in common, not just having attended the same school for Fashion Design and Merchandising, but a synergetic energy that flowed. Rich & Norelis began sharing creative ideas which prospered into enjoying sunsets to cap off a productively stressful day. An invitation to attend a January fashion show where Norelis’ work was being showcased definitely sparked Richs’ interest… and not just in fashion! Their synergy slowly became paradoxical as they grew to know one another more fully during sunsets and empanadas – and their admiration for one another deepened. So from happenstance, hopes and aspirations the synergy of Richard Dean and Norelis Arroyo has resulted in a whole that truly is greater than the sum of its parts. While they are each have become one another’s muse, perhaps we are the greatest beneficiaries as from this union we have been given their collabora¬tive collection - Muse!

Photograph by Nikki Namdar

We created the Muse Collection by drawing our inspiration from the print you see throughout the pieces. We love the color palette and the artful fun feeling it brings. We stayed conservative in many aspects while adding an element of grommets and lacing to intrigue. We made it versatile in the fact you can mix and match our separates with each other or pair it with something else you already have in your closet. We just want you to feel and be "Comfortably Confident". -Rich & Norelis


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ushing out of the door on a hectic Monday morning you grab things and you’re out the door. Walking towards the glass doors leading to the day’s first meeting you admire your effortlessly chic outfit as you hear the waning sound of your cell phone as it chirps its last dying gasp just as your long, challenging day begins! You press the elevator button for the top floor and just then you remember you’re wearing a Rebecca Minkoff studded bracelet that, in addition to its beauty, also doubles as an iphone charger! The dark cloud above you vanishes and a brilliant rainbow filled sky appears. You settle in to the meeting with the confidence of Nike, the Goddess victory, as a successful, productive and fashionable day begins! Rebecca Minkoff has introduced a line of wearable technology that will immediately enhance and forever change fashion! The casual, edgy luxury Designer has teamed up with Case Mate to introduce a line of bracelets and cell phone cases that match today’s modern aesthetic

The line includes the tiny portable iphone charger (shown with RB to the right in actual size) of (8 cm H X 3.3 cm W) USB $78. Gold chain-link bracelet with pyramid studs that connects to your cell phone via Bluetooth and flashes when a specified contact is calling ($120). These pieces are sure to be an essential part of every fashion girls arsenal upon its release this November.



Photography: Michael Meltser Makeup: Vlada Haggerty Hair Stylist: Alisher Akhunzhanov Model: Natalie Slavonia | Exalt Model and Talent Agency| Model: Hanna Perry | Scout Model and Talent Agency|Headpiece Designer: Straight-Laced| Stylist: Lacey Bannister Silver Jewelry: Chris Vanwart



Photographer: Katia BDR Styling: Amany Gogo Hairstylist: Floriane Seguin hairstylist assist: Sidali MUA: Maud Eigenheer Model: Allison Testu - Enjoy Models





GENETIC AES Artist Families and their circles

Exploring the works of art within a family of artists reveals a certain touch, a style, although different from one generation to the next, there is a lineage, is it aesthetic or is it genetic or both? The exhibition at the Blue Hill Art and Cultural Center explores two distinct families of artists, with interesting connections. Lorrie Goulet celebrates her 90th birthday this year and is featured in the Blue Hill Exhibition with a major exhibition of thirty of her stone and wood carvings and paintings, many of which are being shown for the first time. Goulet studied with Jose de Creeft, the father of Direct Stone Carving in America, who became her husband, and their daughter, Donna Maria DeCreeft, an Artist whose works embrace the feeling of both her parents and yet is distinctly her own. Works of all three Artists appear in this exhibition.

OM - Lorrie Goulet

The Blue Hill Arts & Cultural Center has been the site for major exhibitions since 1984. It remains the prime exhibition space in Rockland County for American and International Artists of outstanding achievement and reputation.

Blue Hill Art & Cultural Center Opening Reception May 14, 2015 6:00pm- 8:00pm


STHETIC G.L. Sussman was deCreeft’s protégé, and Sussman lived with DeCreeft during his impressionable years and his aesthetic underpinnings were influemced by DeCreeft. Sussman’s wife, Barbara J. Sussman, is a fourth generation painter, descending from a lineage of distinctive American Artists, From Henry Hobart Nichols, wood engraver who illustrated Powell’s exploration of the Colorado River, to his two sons, Spencer Baird Nichols, NA, Chief Designer of Louis Comfort Tiffany, until 1917 and Hobart Nichols Jr., was the President of The National Academy of Design from 19391949, and a well known painter in his day, to the following generation of Margaret Nichols Bunnell and Helen Nichols Jacobs, to Barbara and to the fifth generation painter, Spencer Jay Sussman, whose landscapes and cityscapes reveal observations and craft inherent in a tradition from the past and yet decidedly modern in the present. The exhibition explores the aesthetic circle of influences of family and friends and contains representative pieces of each of these Artists. The art shown spans 145 years and reveals the morphing of ideas through generations to the individual who makes the art their own and yet connects to each other’s works in a mysterious and revealing manner.

Barbara Jacobs Sussman - Peak Edge of Earth IV

Barbara J. Sussman Art Consultant and Curator Joanna Dickey Art Administrator Blue Hill Art & Cultural Center 1 Blue Hill Plaza Pearl River, NY 109 65 (515) 894-7845


The AGE Of Denim By: Kimberly Hernandez

Denim, the all-American textile that continues to be a staple in 2015. But, what if even the classics need a dose of modernization? This is exactly what Spring 2015 has in store for us, as denim pushes the envelope of fashion into fun and quirky shapes and silhouettes. Daring denim styles have been waiting to make their new and improved appearances and designers got their points across by exaggerating ‘denim-ondenim’ looks. Straight from the runways were loose, relaxed silhouettes in dark denim washes, which wrapped models in full on jumpsuits. Long maxi skirts, and also introducing ‘the little denim dress’. The denim jacket will still be with us but with heavier embellishments such as 3D beading, lace ups and quilting details. Overall, denim is no longer a title reserved exclusively for jeans. This time, it’s reinvented denim like we’ve never seen it before. The return of distressed denim, including intricate and vintage-inspired repair and restitching detailing this year. There’s this huge 70’s resurgence happening right now, and it’s a denim trend that’s spot-on. Skinny jeans have become a classic staple for every woman’s wardrobe, and celeb’s have been embracing the skinniest of jeans with the plumpest of bottoms. Everyone needs to experiment with new denim technology; the infusion of ‘athleisure’ and comfort in the market, is really being perfected and is now offered in multiple fits, colors, and lengths with Lycra infusion and retention retaining. Who doesn’t want the perfect jean that never loses its shape and is beyond comfortable? Have you checked your denim stash lately? Maybe it’s time get yourself a new pair.

Photographer: Leo Creary Photography assistant: Sharretha Harper Wardrobe styling: Orlando Styling Styling assistants: Andrew Mitchell, Kimberly Hernandez, Alexiss Phillips Wardrobe Provided by Neiman Marcus Last Call Hair and Makeup: Orlando Styling Shoes provided by The House of Shoes



Bringing Back The Vintage Look With Patchwork and Tassels 56

Denim Exudes An Effortless Air Of Rugged Masculinity and Machismo 57

ANTHON Lapalme Magazine’s Creative Director Angel Cardona sat down with Anthony Edge; International artistic director for Label.M, hairdresser, educator and platform artist.


AC: Who is Anthony Edge? AE: I am the International Artistic Director for Label.M, I am a Hairdresser, I am an Educator/ Platform Artist.

AC: What has been the greatest moment as a hairstylist so far? AE: Having the opportunity to travel the world and meet amazing people.

AC: What is your story? AE: I am a hairdresser from England; I was inspired from an early age by education such as Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy. Later, I joined Toni & Guy in London. Have had the opportunity to travel the world; worked on collections and on catwalks. I have done photo shoots, worked with celebrities. And now I am the head of education for label.m USA.

AC: What is the biggest mistake women or men make with their hair? AE: Wanting something that looks better on someone else. Getting stuck in the wrong decade. AC: Where do you draw your inspiration? A: Lots of different areas: magazines, street fashion, social media, different cultures, art, my girlfriend.

NY EDGE AC: What are your favorite celebrity moments? AE: Talking with Tony Bennett the whole afternoon alone, just the two of us. We talked about the good old days of Vegas, about the Rat Pack, FrankSinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. It was an amazing afternoon.

AC: Where do you see the direction of the upcoming hair trends leading? AE: 2015 we will see lots of shine in the hair. Boys still have the fade but more length within the fringes. We will also see more 90's elements-e.g center parting; then we also see that messy, shaggy Ramones look. For girls, fringes are still massive. But more choppy. Mid Length is the new long. We will continue to see variations of the bob. Mullet is making a come back. Shorter in the front, pixie like, but having more length in the back. AC: How would you describe your particular approach to hair and education? AE: FUN is my main approach. Sharing salon friendly haircuts. Creating an exciting and memorable experience. Having the stylists leave wanting more and not intimidated to try new things. AC: You have been named the 4th Top Hairdressing Educator in the USA, would you contribute any specific attribute to helping you achieve this title? What has it done for your career? AE: People say that it is my friendly approach or personality. They tell me it’s an experience. I would say that it comes down to hard work and loving what you do. Living on the road, traveling constantly. Having the dedication and passion to build up others, showing up everyday. Team work is very important, couldn’t have done it without my talented and wonderful team. As for what it has done for my career- it has really encouraged me to push further and keep doing what I love.

AC: Tricks of the trade, what are yours? A: Finding that passion. When you love what you do, it shows. And it inspires others as well. AC: How did you get started in the hair industry? AE: There was a local barbers shop in my town that nobody went to because it was too old, a 20 year old lad took over the place and made it hip and it became the talk of the town. I was inspired then to be a barber, but my mum wanted me to pursue women’s hair. So I went to my mum’s salon and spent a Saturday there to check it out. That was when I fell in love with the industry. AC: What drew you to work with Label.M? AE: I worked for Toni&Guy London for many many years. Toni and Sacha Mascolo wanted to do their own product line called label.m. I was given the opportunity to run the education for this amazing line. I got to work with all members of the International Artistic Team here in London and then I traveled all over the world launching label.m. In 2009, had the opportunity to launch label.m in the USA. AC: What do you love most about being a stylist? AE: The power you have as a hairdresser to transform someone’s look and lifestyle by a haircut. Making people feel beautiful. AC: Most memorable shoot? AE: 2006 British Hairdresser Awards, managed to get into the finals but didn’t win. But I knew there was something really really special about that shoot. Everything just felt right, it just all fell into place with ease- great models, photographer, lightning, amazing team work. It was an amazing day.

AC: Who is your style icon? A: Vivienne Westwood for plaid and the element of surprise. Alexander McQueen for his more classic, clean lines and proportions.

AC: Why leave Europe and go to Miami to contribute your hair styling career? AE: Working with label.m in London and got transfer to Miami because that is where the USA headquarter is. However, I travel to 42 states within a year and am only in Miami 4 days out of the month. AC: What has been the biggest risk you have taken in your career? AE: I have taken lots of risks. Giving up my home and a successful clientele to go to London to start over was one. Leaving London to come over to Miami is another. I believe the greater the risk, the greater the opportunity. No regrets. AC: For upcoming stylists looking to break away from just being behind the chair, what advice do you have for them? AE: “Stay behind the chair because you make more money.” Haha no, life is short, live your dream. Don’t waste any opportunity because there may not be another. People come into your life for a reason and leave your live for a reason, so, just go for it. AC: How can people follow you and your work? AE: social media #AnthonyEdge #EDGE


“I really Love the Idea of being proud to wear something.”

Dont Give Up The Ship Anchor Pendant

My Heart Is In The Sands Sand dollar

Photography by Dax McClannahan Hair & Makeup by Steven Story Models: Alexa Collins & Chase Riner 60

I had a chance to catch up with Badge Ceo and Founder Lilith Guerrera whose unique tribute pendants are taking the jewelery world by storm. Their unique craftmanship and quality create a one-of-a-kind piece evokes a moment that will last a lifetime. LA: What Inspired you to start BADGE? Lilith: I’ve been in the entrepreneurial-type business world before so I think it’s something in my blood. I see something and I get these crazy ideas like “Oh! I wanna do that! I could do something like this!”. While vacationing in Aruba in 2009, I came across a pendant I really liked: a sterling silver pendant from Spain. It really hit me and I thought I could translate it into something here in the US. I was not in the jewelry business at all...I am in the creativity business. I really loved the idea of being proud to wear something. When I decided to go down the road of putting something together, I wanted to make it a badge of honor. Whatever I was making I wanted it to be that meaningful...that people are putting this on and feeling like its their own badge of honor. Whether you are giving it to someone with special meaning or buying your own for your own reasons, it would be special. LA: What inspired the messages written on the back of the pendants? Lilith: To me I start out with the symbol and I deepen its meaning. It takes me a bit to figure it out. I don’t want to come across preachy or corny. When it feels right, I go with it. LA: You’ve put so much passion into your are your customers reacting to your meaningful messages? Lilith: Each customer has their own story to tell. Someone bought my anchor pendant that says “Don’t give up the ship” because they have a boat and they kept putting a lot of money into the engine, so to them it was a lighthearted, prideful reminder. Then, another customer bought the same anchor to symbolize anchoring their soul. My customers and the jewelry are making me have so much passion for people’s causes and passion for life! When I started I wanted to make pieces that were nice and had meaning, but I didn’t know this passion of mine would take me on such an incredible journey.

LA: You mentioned you wanted your pieces to feel like armor. What brought on this idea? Lilith: My loyal customers have inspired this idea. Their stories of why they are wearing a certain pendant and why they get other that phrase or symbol can get them through a troubling time or remind them of a spectacular moment. It makes me feel good to be a part of that. LA: What materials are your pieces made of? What makes them special? Lilith: The pendants and chains are 925 sterling silver. The pendants are so unique because of the glass enamel. Glass enameling is a long lost art form dating back to 13th Century BC. The masters start with powdered glass almost sand like that is washed with water to clean it from any impurities. Each pendant is hand painted with delicate brushes to ensure the glass is evenly distributed. The pendants are fired in small batches to infuse the enamel onto the design then hand polished giving it a gorgeous jeweled effect. To me, it’s worth the cost of the unique craftsmanship to create such a one-of-a-kind piece that will last a lifetime. LA: What is your price range for your current pieces? Lilith: Our price points vary. We have pendants that are four different sizes and run from $50-$250 and the chains in different sizes run from $50-$250. LA: Lastly, do you have any upcoming designs in the works? Lilith: We’ll not to reveal too much, but I do have a collection on my mind inspired by our mothers. So far, the message on the back is bringing everyone to tears. Find out more about Badge at

By:Luis Ayuso


Wear your BADGE like your personal Armor

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Express yourself through these beautiful tributes each holding a unique meaning

The Sand Dollar The Compass 63




he floral pattern has long been associated with femininity. The ultimate symbol of beauty, delicateness, and poise, the floral print is a rejuvenating and fun addition to anyone’s wardrobe. However, long before just about anyone could purchase a beautiful set of floral curtains at Macy’s, or the perfect spring floral dress, this beautiful print was reserved for the royal and wealthy families of East Asia. According to most historians, floral prints were first spotted around the 12th century in East Asia, with simple floral embroideries made in silk featuring delicate flowers and birds. The trend flew quickly to the rest of Asia and the Middle East, then making its way to Italy, where artichokes, pears, and pomegranates were ornately imitated into intricate embroideries on the most expensive of gowns. In Japan and Korea, many of the floral prints were painted beautifully on kimonos. Many countries also used floral prints as the symbol of their family names. In China for instance, flowers were used depending on their symbolic meaning; peonies, which have always been a symbol of luxury, wealth, and honor, were often used in combination with the phoenix bird to symbolize the ultimate regal attire. By the 1500’s Europe had become familiarized with the beauty of Floral patterns, Italy leading the way with ostentatious velvet floral designs, which would make every other Eu-

ropean country quite jealous. But it was the classical floral pattern chintz, which would ultimately become the symbol of European floral fashions. Created first in India, these delicate originally glazed calico textile florals became popular to the point of having millions of exportations going to both England and France. Because at the time the English and French were not able to replicate this addictive little print, and importation was growing in cost, chintz was banned by law –who would have though floral print could bring such chaos? In 1686 France banned the import of chintz, and England followed in 1720 banning not only the import but also the use of it anywhere in the home or in apparel. Still, the high society didn’t want to let go of their floral prints, and since the ladies probably had a lot to say on the matter, chintz came back to stay in 1759. By the time the industrial revolution came along florals had become a staple in every woman’s wardrobe, and fast forward to the 1940’s and 50’s every woman was sure to own a few floral printed dresses. Today, people still think “feminine” when it comes to floral, and some may even consider avoiding it for the fear of it being a bit too feminine perhaps. But the truth is, florals are a hardcore print, just think, at one point you might have gone to the dungeon for wearing a simple floral top in England –that’s quite revolutionary. by: Massiel Mancebo

Photographer: Erich Caparas Assistant: Loel Lamela Hair, Makeup, Designer, and Stylist: Fanny TF Serrano Model: Yana Che of Chameleon Models, Manila Philippines 65

Paula Cademartori


aula Cademartori has design and passion in her blood. A blend of Brazilian and Italian backgrounds she has made a mark in European fashion and is taking the states by storm. Her brightly colored and exquisitely detailed handbags have been spotted in hot spots all over the country. Seen on an episode of “ The Carrie Diaries”, and at this years Oscars on the legendary Jane Fonda. The global brand has even partnered with Ford motor companies. Paula is to put her unique aesthetic into the “Mustang Unleashed Collection-Limited Edition apparel inspired by Mustang. Paula embraces and exposes us to new possibilities using materials most would not combine. Her boxy carryalls are known for their flamboyant colors, signature silver buckle and impeccable Italian craftsmanship. Lapalme Magazine had the pleasure of Interviewing the brilliant designer and learn just how she’s taking over the fashion world. By: Luis Ayuso LA: What inspires you as a designer? PC: It’s easy: everything that impresses me thrills me! Since I’m a very curious person, I am interested in the most diverse creative fields from art, music, cinema, literature; I love collecting art work and photos from different time periods and include them into a scrapbook. I also go to the most important trade fairs to get new sources of inspiration and proposals. When I create a new collection my view on everything is very personal and unique. I just interpret my emotions and translate them in shapes, colors and textures. I have a very simple ritual, I need a pair of headphones and some good music to be able to give vent to my creativity and to the sensations of that precise moment LA: What inspired you to use the greek Phi as inspiration for your logo and closures? PC: When I was in Brasil I worked for a brazilian brand designing jewelry and this background helped me to develop my buckle, which immediately became my logo. My buckel is a precious evocative element that reminds me of a jewel, a symbol of timeless elegance, for the woman wishing to make a statement all of her own with high-quality handcrafted accessories.


“I’m a very curious person, I am interested in the most diverse creative fields from art, music, cinema, literature; I love collecting art work and photos from different time periods and including them in a scrapbook.”

LA: Would you say you design more with your fiery Brazilian side? or your classic Milan mentality? PC: I think my brazilian origin is reflected in the way I play with colors and materials. I love to mix and create different combinations. Even in the fall/winter collections you’ll always find some bright color or unexpected matches. Then I think that being brazilian gives me a different energy to pursue and reach my goals here in Europe, On the other side, I’m very proud of being half-italian. Because I strongly believe in Made in Italy and italian craftmanship. Italian artisans have the real “savoir faire”, so it seemed the perfect place to learn, work and if is possible realize my dream. LA: What is something special about your spring/summer 2015 collection that you would like our readers to know? PC: The inspiration always brings together style, art and design but for this collection I referred to my Brazilian and took inspiration from the architecture of Oscar Niemeyer but also the graphic neons of Kleber Matheus and the neo-pop vision of the works by Eric Trine and Will Bryant. The Spring Summer is also an important season because of the launch of a new edition of clutches – Les Minaudières: a collection inspired by the work of the Fabergé jewellery and the geometric virtuosity which has always characterized my multicoloured bags. LA: What is your favorite piece from your S/S 2015 collection? PC: This is a difficult question, it depends on the occasion. It just has to make you feel beautiful! For example today I’m wearing a Dun Dun top-handle bag, but I will change it for a little Kate for the night.

“I think my brazilian origin is reflected in the way I play with colors and materials. I love to mix and create different combinations”.

LA: How does it feel having your pieces all around the world ? PC: I’m very glad to see these results. The fact that the press appreciates my creations and what I am trying to communicate is an enormous satisfaction. Surely the road is still long but this success is a continued motivation to do my best.



Establishes itself as the Go-To Image Platform For the Hairstyling Industry When Bangstyle, the image-based site devoted to hair styling, came onto the scene in 2011, it hoped to fill a hole in online platforms for professionals and styling enthusiasts. Four years later it has succeeded in solidifying itself as an industry mainstay. Everyday users know Bangstyle for its wealth of imagery of cuts and updos, and it has been touted as a replacement for the tradition of bringing a torn-out magazine photo to the hair salon. At its core, though, Bangstyle was designed to solve an industry-wide visibility problem by giving professionals a much-needed portfolio platform from which to publicize their work. The Bangstyle app and website lives and breathes hair. With heaps of hair photos from the best stylists all around the world for inspiration and easy how-to’s, tips & advice on things like the right products to use, you’ll be able to outsmart your hair in no time. We had the chance to talk to Bangstyle to get the scoop on what makes them such an asset to anyone looking for better hair. How did Bangstyle come about? Founder Geoff Nelson said he was seeing great work from stylists prior to creating Bangstyle, but they weren’t uploading it because they either didn’t have websites or did have ones that were difficult for them to manage technically. Bangstyle does that and then projects stylists’ work to potential clients nationwide. The app is intended for hair artists on every level, from editorial stylists to those working in salons. It found a key user base in beauty schools, because students are simultaneously looking for work to emulate and need an avenue to find jobs while self-promoting. In professional salons, stylists pull up their Bangstyle profiles so clients can pick a look from their range of work.


Who is on Bangstyle and what they do once they are there? Bangstyle is a fantastic mix of hairstylists, of all tiers, from all around the world, and everyday people looking for hair inspiration and advice. Stylists upload imagery of their work everything from simple wearable styles, to glamorous artistic looks from their editorial and creative work. Using our Style Finder, you can browse through our endless gallery of photos for styles that match your hair type, length and color. Save the ones you love into collections that you can take to your stylist so they know EXACTLY what style/color/haircut you want at your next appointment.

Can I buy products on Bangstyle too? In many cases, yes. Brands on Bangstyle have their own space called Brand Channels. Here, you can learn about all their products and find the best place to buy them. You can use our Product Finder to get recommendations for the best products for your hair type and the desired look you’re after. Photos on Bangstyle can be tagged with the products that were used to create that look, so if there’s a look you love with a “tag” on it, you can see what products you’ll need to replicate it. I hated my last haircut, how would Bangstyle have made a difference in my experience? It’s all about communication. In the end, both you and your stylist want the same thing - you leaving the salon looking amazing and feeling happy. Unfortunately, you may not be speaking the same language, and what is “shorter” to you may be a few inches different than what your stylist thinks is “shorter”. Our goal is to provide you with the tools to make communication easier. While Bangstyle can’t let you travel back in time to stop bad haircuts (yet!) we can help you and your stylist get on the same page from the start, so neither of you end the appointment crying. Tell us about “The Supremes”? Bangstyle also sponsors a weekly competition, called “The Supremes,” in which hairdressers submit images of their work to be judged — yes — by a “Supreme Court.” Winners get their 15 minutes of fame and community-wide publicity. At 1300-2000 submissions weekly, it has become the biggest hair competition worldwide.








or over 30 years, artist Stephen Knapp has been harnessing the power of light in magical installations around the globe. Armed with a palette of tinted glass shards, a single light source and a simple protractor, the Master of Light creates works of wonder that are funda-mentally abstract in shape, and fully architectural and sculptural at their core. The level of precision required by the artist to obtain exactly the vision he initially set forth to achieve is remarkable. Propped high on a ladder, Knapp painstakingly adjusts each piece of glass on the wall to create the perfect angle, the right amount of overlap between individual colors and the accurate tint in the composition. The Lightpainter’s master touch becomes suddenly visible as the piece reaches its completion: a burst of colors floods the walls. A real delight to the senses, the work is so thoughtfully arranged that it appears to be a symphony of colors allowing raw emotions to arise in the viewer. The experience is so visually intense and mesmerizing that it becomes almost transcendental.


Indeed, these exquisite and delicate pieces of wonder have a monumental impact. In the built environment Knapp’s installations are in direct opposition to the materiality of the ground/walls and ceilings that serve as their support. They open the space to a more airy dimension of lightness and impermanence while playing and re-flecting on the surrounding surfaces. Much like the practices of land art, Stephen Knapp’s large-scale site-specific installations are the most notable, transforming and transcending the space that surrounds them. Predominantly owned by exclusive art collectors and corporations, Knapp’s lightpaintings have a true universal reach and have garnered him an international reputation. Like a moth to a flame, one is instinctively drawn to Knapp’s light paintings The artist has the unique ability to capture and harness the colors of the rainbow and offers them in edless combinations of boutiques and compositions to the dazzlement and the enjoyment of all, no matter how old we are or where we come from. -CCG


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As a hair stylist in the industry for the last 10 years, I have paid close attention to the various looks. With each change of season, trends are constantly changing as well as hair care regiments. Here are a few trends & tips that are sure to last. By: Angel Cardona

With each season bringing new changes to our daily lives you can expect the same when it comes to your hair. After the buzz of the “LOB” began to wear off, so many women where looking for new ways to wear there newly cut shoulder length hair. Which sparked the “WOB” otherwise known as the wavy bob, some popular celebrity’s have even been know to wear this look wet such as Beyonce and Miley Cyrus. You can use your natural wave, enhance it with a curling or flat iron and even tuck one side behind your ear if you would like. There are no rules when it comes to this new classic look. With new trends comes new terminology but at least this one makes sense. On the runways you might have noticed dual texture hair is trending for SS15. At Ann Yee and Rolando Santana shows you would have seen sleek styles that morphed into textured waves. Angel Photographed by Dwayne Moore Talent Photos - Courtesy of Getty Images

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hen he’s not in search of a good wave to surf, Alex Baugh from The Crazy Carls band is doing what he loves to do most –entertaining people with his music.Alex is an avid guitarist and musician, a singer-songwriter, and a dreamer who loves to bring joy through his music. Lapalme magazine caught up with Alex at Orlando’s Downtown Credo to talk about life, being a nomad, and never giving up on the passion for ones music. MM: Who is Alex Baugh? How would you describe yourself: AB: I think I’m a fun, positive guy, who loves to entertain. I’m just going after things right now as a musician and singer-songwriter. I love to travel, I love to meet new people and have a good time. MM: What in your background has helped who you are today as a musician? AB: Everything. When it comes to being a songwriter and entertainer, I love observing things and taking in as much as I can. I’m influenced by everything, so all the relationships I have, all the relationships I’ve learned about from other people, that has contributed. I’ve moved around a lot as well, which I think is really important; that has really broadened my views on a lot of things. I’ve always loved to entertain and make people happy, it’s just something I really enjoy doing. MM: How did The Crazy Carls band start off? AB: I was going to UCF, and I had a very good buddy, a roommate called “crazy carl” (laughs) MM: So it was your roommate who inspired the name? AB: Yeah! We would play at college parties around UCF, at bars, open mic, etc. It was called “Alex Baugh and Crazy Carl”. Then we started just getting more fans, and we played around, it began taking off and we thought: “wow this is pretty cool, people like this”, but then all of a sudden “Crazy Carl” dipped, he had to move…so I thought I really got to keep this going! But since I had started the band naming 76

it after him, I just kept the name going. MM: How does he feel that you kept the name going? AB: He’s stoked! He lives in Charleston right now, and he just came out to my show recently. MM: How would you describe your music style? AB: I’m influenced by a ton of things, but right now I’d say it’s fun dance music. There’s some rock influence, some funk influence, definitely a beach influence which I think is really me. There’s this fun pop sound which I think a lot of people can enjoy. Prince is a huge inspiration. I’m a guitar player and so is he, I just think he’s such a badass, a great inspiration. I also grew up listening to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, most of my favorite songs are by Michael Jackson too, he’s just –the man. MM: Did you always know you wanted to be a Photo by: Dereck Mateo musician growing up? in my family is a musician, I’m the only AB: I kept things pretty open, at first I one. I went from playing piano all the thought I wanted to be an actor. My partime, to getting a guitar when I was like ents got me into playing piano, so I was 13, I just really loved it. I would say when playing recitals super young. To go after crazy Carl and I would go out and play, and there were all these fans, and I was onbeing a pro musician is intense; no one stage I really thought: “wow this is legit”

I really loved it, I love entertaining and being on stage. MM: Did you do any acting? AB: Yeah I was in a drama (laughs) and I also did a commercial, a Burger King commercial as a kid, it was fun. MM: Aside from your music we’ve learned that you are also a very avid surfer, can you tell us about that? AB: Yeah I love surfing, I need to surf some more… I think there are waves today (laughs). I’ve got a ton of buddies, we used to go surfing together. We went to Costa Rica once, Puerto Rico, up and down California, I surfed in Spain. Spain is awesome. Being in the ocean is inspiring. Music and surfing work together, they are my two favorite things. When you’re a musician and you manage your band and the shows, you know… surfing can take me out of that stress. You’re just there, you don’t have your phone, you’re just enjoying yourself. MM: Who or what has been your greatest inspiration? AB: I’d say my family, they have really supported me. My mom, she has really supported me and that’s everything to me. To keep chasing after things you really need that support. Also, it’s just how much I love music, anything that’s new and coming out, is really engaging. MM: Is there a band at the moment you’re really loving? AB: I don’t know, I really love throw back stuff, something I’m working on right now has that “Beach Boys” sound.

will come into my brain, but I always write music first. The music is what gives me the feeling; I love melodies. MM: Where do you see yourself and your music in 10 years? AB: Killing it! Hopefully (laughs). I want to tour and go to different places; I want to be on different stages and meet as many fans as I can. 10 years is a long time, and music is a tough industry, so to be able to keep doing what I’m doing and growing, that would be awesome. MM: So we know you’ve moved around a lot, what have been some of the best places you’ve traveled to? AB: Well, I was born in Hong Kong. I’ve lived in Norway, Connecticut, lived in

ter and good, and inspired when they listen to it. MM: If you could perform alongside any artist, dead or alive, who would it be? AB: Right now, I’d pick Michael Jackson. I go through phases, but I love Michael Jackson. He was the best entertainer of all time; he was a pure amazing person who just wanted to give love to people. Poor guy was really misunderstood, he was a great entertainer. MM: What have been some of the greatest challenges in the music industry? AB: Well, a lot of people are fake. I’m trying to make music for the right reasons, I’m just trying to get my music out there, and obviously it’s not very easy. A lot of people can lie, and almost like…steal from you, take advantage. Everyone knows it’s hard to make money in the music business. So a lot people are scamming each other, and saying what they don’t mean –so I guess I would say the fakeness of people.

“I want to tour and go to different places; I want to be on different stages and meet as many fans as I can.”

MM: What is your favorite thing about what you do? AB: I love performing for people. I also write music for other people, and I love seeing the fact that people really enjoy it; they just feel good after a show. That’s all that matters to me. MM: Where do you usually go to develop new music? AB: I guess I’m crazy because music is going through my head all the time! I can write music anywhere. As long as I’ve got my guitar…I’d say I’m a guitar player first, so sometimes I’ll get like a funky riff and then it all just kind of comes out from there. I like thinking of fun and cool concepts for songs. I don’t know if I have a “spot” to write, it just happens. My schedule is all over the place. Sometimes a hook

Texas, Miami, my parents have traveled to a lot of spots… Peru…my dad was born in Argentina but was brought up in Ireland. My mom is a New Yorker… I just say I’m from Miami, it kind of fits, I went to high school there. I just associate myself so much more with Miami than I do with Orlando; it’s so international. Miami is awesome, it really is a unique place; lots of natural beauty. I love south beach and surfing there. The most inspiring trip I’ve taken has probably been Spain; I just love Spain. MM: What would you like people to take away from your music? AB: Definitely that it’s original; also fun, also positive. I just want people to feel bet-

MM: Do you have any words of advice for other artists who are trying to make it out there? AB: I would say that the biggest thing is that a lot of musicians aren’t going after it as hard as they could, a lot of times they’re just waiting for it to happen. I don’t know, it’s like they are not as willing to put themselves out there, they are always waiting to work on their songs some more, or they need to get a different band member…but you have to take advantage of things right now.

MM: Last but not least, quote, proverb or statement that you live by? AB: I always say as a joke “Go big or go home!” (laughs) hmm… but what would be my saying? It’s a hard question. There’s this part of a quote from St. Francis of Assisi that I really like: “Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.” For more info: instagram: thecrazycarls twitter: @thecrazycarls 77


Photographer - Carlos Velez Model – Alexei Reyes Agency – Uno Models – Madrid, Spain Male Grooming – Ali Lee Wardobe Styling – Carlos Velez and Ali Lee 80

Under the mild Tuscan sun, nestled by the cool Mediterranean breeze brought by the early months of spring, our Casanova wears a printed floral button-up from H&M’s premium cotton collection along with their matching tawny colored leatherette gloves and weekend duffle bag. Oxford blue chinos from Neiman Marcus. Topman’s Selected Homme beige trench coat and Topman’s chocolate Puritan hat. 81

Against the background of this early 20th century Tuscan Italian estate, Alexei wears an H&M button-up shirt from their premium organic cotton collection, paired with chinos from British brand Asos in a terracotta color reminiscent of the clay found in the Central Italian region of Tuscany. A Stapleford lightweight chambray scarf, Urban Outfitters. Hugo Boss black leather belt, Nordstrom.


Alexei relaxes in a silk-blend cotton pullover from H&M featuring a Baroque inspired print, as is the architecture of this magnificent estate. Pants by Ted Baker, Neiman Marcus. 83

Juxtaposed with the lush greens of the Italian Renaissance gardens is Alexei in earthy browns and warm neutrals. An oatmeal colored cashmere pullover by Ted Baker from Neiman Marcus, under an Asos lightweight trench coat. Oatmeal colored pants by Spanish brand Zara. 84

In the forefront of this landscape decorated by the Mediterranean Revival inspired architecture constructed in limestone, is Alexei depicted wearing coordinating burgundy corduroy pants and blazer from H&M and premium cotton turtleneck, American Apparel. Black leather belt, Hugo Boss. Black leather shoes, Zara. 85

Tough Stitch

By-Dereck Brian Henry

Rebels they were called, the roguish men who abandoned conformity and scoffed at authority. The progenitors of this counter culture may not have known the impact they would have or the legacy they would leave. One thing can be said of them and it’s that they were cut from a different cloth, that cloth was denim.


Tom Ford spring/fall 2015 collection has captured the rebel spirit, and brought forth an era that would make Peter Fonda want to ride his harley and relive the heydays of Easy Rider. This collection feels inspired by Americana, Steve McQueen and the bravado that forged men and a nation. It is of no surprise to me that the director of A single man can envision the world that shaped these designs and breathe life into them so effortlessly. Tom Ford is a student of fashion and he proves he has done his homework. The contemporary take on denim that Ford has, imbued his designs with a layered approach that is chic and practical for the changing moods of spring with a beautiful array of blue hues that pair well together and yet still give the impression that you don’t always play nice. Subtle elements like the bandana around the neck and the leather accessories pull the look together and give it an authenticity to its rustic roots.


It’s always been said; Tom Ford can teach a man how he ought to be dressed. This season the man brings forth a taste of the American classic with his new Denim line: “America Still makes the best Denim” says Ford, and his new line is manufactured mainly in the good old USA. The Brands aim to build a strong denim arm is highlighted by the various cuts and washes available, but the main focus is on how it feels, the fit. Complimenting the focus on the materials, there is also a touch of the South in the collection. Cropped suede, rich earthy hues, over worn shirts and tightly hugged denim accent the line.


“America Still makes the best Denim�



Rough pasts and city lights are the back drops for two artists inspiration. Both seeking the fire to create. Drawing from the city lights, the man made art and the city's personal style, they travel the city in search of a modern muse. 90

Photographer: William Callan Styling: Dara Schafer Hair/Grooming : Octavio Molina Model: Garret Rau @ Vision Model: Martin Mica @ Next LA Right foot first. Garrett steps on the street in search of enlightenment. Geometric blazer in Midnight blue by : Original Penguin . Banded collar shirt by Jenny Shwarz


Making Tracks Jacket: Orginal Penguin Shirt: PRPS Goods & Co. Pants: G Star Raw Shoes: Tretorn


NO STRAIGHT PATH Sweatshirt: G Star Raw



ENLIGHTENDED Jacket: Kill City Shirt: G Star Raw Pants: G Star Raw 95

Relaxed Icon Status Jacket: G Star x Marc Newson Shirt: PRPS Goods & Co. Shorts: G Star x Marc Newson Bag: Band of Players Shoes: Tretor 96

Denim Chill Jacket: JennyShwarz Shirt: G Star Raw 97

The Return of

Caramel If you’re a guy with a sweet tooth, this season you are in luck because caramel hues are back in. From bags to shoes, we’ve put together some key accessories to add a snap to your appearance.

Paolo Scafora Caramel Brown Leather Belt

Louis Cartier bag - document holder

Rockport Ledge Hill Two Wingtip Shoes

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DKNY Tompkins Caramel Color Saffiano Leather Logo Dial Watch

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SPRING IN THE CITY Photography: Frank Rossbach Styling: Dilyana Hristova Hair & Make up: Sandra Brammer Model: Rahel Chiwitt / Modelpool

Rahel Eyes The Scene In Her Ribbed Angela Dress By Bordelle With Matching Leggings by Dilyana Hristova


Longing for him, In A Lemniscate Top and Dilyana Hristova Leggings. Accented With Earrings by Mawi and RIng By MM Edition


Earrings by H&M Complete The Dilyan Hristova Leather Cut Dress and Cherry Red Shoes by Zara


Rahel Shields The Sun From Her Face In a Top By Arden B, Shirt By River Is Land, Armband By Banlinini,And Ring By MM-Edition


The Waiting Is The Hardest Part. In H&M Shirt Top Assos Belt, Dilyana Hristova Skirt Accented with Christian Louboutin’s


Daniel Wingate, the joyful creator behind the new


By: Massiel Mancebo


hen Escada fashion director Daniel Wingate, bid an aufwiedersehen to the sunny Southern state of Florida many years ago in pursuit of a great dream, he quickly realized that fashion was the place for his creativity. Today, he has brought the positive and relaxing vivacity of his native Tallahassee to the great city of Munich, Germany. As he brings new life to the colorful Escada collections, Daniel joins Lapalme magazine at the Escada show at Neiman Marcus Orlando, for talks about Europe, sunshine, and staying true to who you are as an artist.


MM: Who is Daniel Wingate? How would you describe yourself? DW: First of all, I’m Daniel Wingate, fashion director at Escada. I am…I suppose patient? I am international, I am humorous, I am impatient (at the same time) I am creative, I love clothes, I love fashion obviously –I wouldn’t be in this business if I didn’t. I love color, I am Floridian by birth so I love color and flowers, and everything that’s beautiful. MM: How do you feel that your personality

ist, and went into kind of studying art, and excelled in it in high school, and then going off to college –which I was first at University of Georgia studying art history. I was taking some classes but in the back of my mind I always loved something about fashion. My mother’s roommate when she lived in New York (before she married my father) had gone to Parsons School of Design, and as a child I had always heard about this woman, and I knew her, and I had in the back of my mind the dream of going to Parsons and just trying my luck. I

ladies somehow…but with a twist of international, my mother had lived in New York and her friends as well, or had also lived in other places. So I would have to say it was more the personal surroundings. MM: How did you get started in the fashion world? DW: I convinced my parents to let me go to summer school in New York City at Parsons, with the idea that if I liked it, then we would try to figure out if I could stay, and I did. My first job was an internship at Geof-

Daniel Wingate welcomes us to the Escada fashion show at Neiman Marcus Orlando, FL. Photo by: Jill Michaels

matches the Escada brand? DW: I feel that Escada stands for color, and une joie de vivre –sort of a joy of life, and luxury, and these are all things that I personally love. I’ve realized that really the most important things growing up in Florida and being in the sunshine, and now being in Germany for so long when I work with my colleagues; the life and the childhood that I had had here, and the general influence of sunshine, and the beautiful weather is very influential and effective when I have conversations. I can say that women do love color, they do want to wear yellow. There’s this image of a woman in a convertible, in 90 degree weather in December, for Floridians. We are a very strong brand in America, so that’s kind of a double scoop to the whole thing. MM: Did you always know that you wanted to be involved in the fashion industry? DW: I think I really wanted to be an art-

did when I was 19, it all sort of just evolved from there. MM: Growing up in Tallahassee, Florida, who became some of your icons of inspiration? DW: I would have to say my mother and not Elizabeth Taylor or somebody –she was right in front of me. I would also have to say her friends, my father was actually a baritone singer, and was obviously very creative; he was a teacher at Florida State University as well, so we had always this very diverse crew of guests at our home. One time Soprano singer Leontyne Price was at our home. As a child, you see these people and… I think it affected me more to see the woman in front of me, to see how she moved, how she accessorized and just the whole being. I think it’s more of the personal icons that are private; like my mother, or my mothers best friend for example, they all had great style. Southern

frey Beene in NYC. That really was kind of the first step. I was going to school from 9 to 3pm in the afternoon, and then at 3pm I was going to work at Geoffrey Beene. So it was wonderful to get the daily routine of the microcosms of Parson School of Design and what everyone is draping and talking about, and then actually jumping across the street on 40th street, and going inside a company. At that point, Geoffrey Beene was like the pinnacle of New York fashion and also American fashion. I enjoyed Being in the workrooms and being with the designers and with Mr.Beene. I stayed there 3 and a half years, they eventually hired me… so I have a lot to thank Mr.Beene –rest in peace. I also have all the people to work with to thank (who I still know) like Albert Elbaz for example who was also one of the designers there.


MM: What changes do you feel you have brought to the Escada brand? and what do you feel has stayed the same? DW: I think what stayed the same is the DNA. I always explain that I try to keep the history and the DNA in the left hand, but in the right hand try to pull the left hand forward. I think my personal mark on it is to try to keep it more relevant for women today. Obviously to see how they dress and how their lifestyles are changing, and how quickly they’ve changed in the last 5-10 years, mainly with effects of the internet and how people are buying; also with how they inform themselves. I’m generally more of a classically oriented creative person, but I love to have the color there. I love to have the detailing, I love to have sense of whimsy, also we like to call it in German the “aufgeweckt” which is like the wink, that little bit of humor; this kind of “pep”. I think fashion should be fun. It’s the same way I like to buy things too. It’s an expression and today the world is getting smaller so we want to be more individual in a sea of… you know? MM: Absolutely. Well I remember owning a lovely orange Escada scent at one time, I believe it was Escada sport. That fragrance was truly delightful. Is there a particular Escada fragrance that you love most? DW: I think the current Escada Joyful is sort of my latest favorite… there also was once an Escada men’s fragrance –magnetism. MM: How is it like living in Munich, Germany? What do you like most about it, and what do you miss most about the U.S.? DW: I love America for the opportunity, and the idea of “what if,” also the idea of 24-hours… is very helpful sometimes! (laughs) but I love more my current European life. Because I feel there’s a little bit more of a quality of life. I don’t want to criticize the American lifestyle; but in Europe, there is set time for vacation, for taking walks, for introspection. I would say the wheels are spinning much faster in America, and often you don’t know why you are spinning the wheels so fast. Europe has taught me to slow down. On Sundays in Germany you’re really not supposed to do anything as far 108

as any kind of work around the house –it’s really a quiet day. One Sunday I was cleaning the windows of my apartment and my friend was like: “what are you doing? You can’t do that” and I was like: “Well I can do whatever I want…” you know? And he was like: “No you’re not supposed to” and I just said “that’s crazy” but then when I thought about it I was like… he’s right, it’s Sunday. Why can’t I just go for a walk, chill out, read a book, it’s the introspection time. Currently, I’m having that time on the airplanes because the phone can’t ring, I can’t read emails, so it’s basically the quiet time to think –what am I doing here? (laughs) where do I see myself in 5 years? And being proactive and insightful, instead of just constantly “reactive” because we all just have so much to do. MM: Who is someone that has inspired and motivated you? DW: There are a lot of different people, but I would have to say first and foremost my parents. They were kind of hesitant at first, but then they were extremely positive and helpful, and financially helpful with me going to Parsons and living in New York City. I think they are owed the biggest thanks. MM: What do you feel have been some of the greatest challenges in achieving your goals? DW: I think the biggest challenge was learning German. I think the biggest challenge is when you go to a different country, and it’s really a different culture. You have to hold that bird in your hand very lightly – because you can either crush it or it will fly away. There’s a sense of, you have to respect the culture and you have to understand how they are, but at the same time express your vision and what you want. There’s a lot of “lost in translation” that has happened over the course of my life, and still happens today. I mean I’m speaking fluent German, but I still don’t know everything. There are just these nuances of communication. Americans are much more communicative, they are more used to being communicative than the Europeans. I would say that this comes ‘first and foremost’ in my mind, that this is always a challenge. You’re not only dealing with the German mentality in a German company, but you’re deal-

ing with Italian manufacturers, Italian fabrics, and you’re dealing with the French; so you kind of have to understand all of these things. Sometimes we as Americans can be kind of totalitarian in that we can do “everything” and we have to be a bit more sensitive. German was very hard to learn, and as I said I still make mistakes, but I wanted to –and I did. Languages are the best thing for the brain, it keeps the brain young, once I could learn the language and sell my idea then it wasn’t a problem. MM: If you could go back to an era, which would you choose and why? DW: In general I don’t really like to look back because I think nostalgia kind of kills you sometimes? But I love the idea of the 1920’s. This sort of ‘Great Gatsby’ beautiful clothing, Paul Poiret –this sort of liquid language, slim, beaded, dreamy… and then the whole idea of the industrial revolution. The new wealth, and the men looked great too by the way, the cars looked great. MM: How would you describe the woman who wears Escada today? DW: She’s still independent, I think independent is a very important word. I think she’s daring, I always love to say daring. She’s definitely the life of the party, she’s that one that you want to have at the party because she has that joy of life. She is at the same time extremely educated as far as what fashion is about, because obviously Escada is a luxury label, and it’s expensive so she recognizes the quality, and the way that the linings have been sewn in, the fit of the trousers, and the quality of the cashmere. I think what has changed is the influence of the internet; she’s becoming even more educated through visual accessibility. Her lifestyle has changed, she can travel more, I suppose she has a bit more of disposable income, she has a desire to be more international. It’s not worn as this total head-to-toe look as it used to be, (it was a time period in the 80’s) the modern Escada is sort of breaking it up and making it not be so perfectly matched together. She still looks put together, still looks fabulous, still wowing everyone at the party, but it’s not calculated.

Daniel shares a laugh with some of Escada’s most loyal customers; at the Escada fashion show at Neiman Marcus Orlando, FL. Photo by: Jill Michaels

Models display the lovely spring/summer 2015 collection at the Escada fashion show at Neiman Marcus Orlando, FL. Photo by: Jill Michaels

MM: What is the best style advice you have ever received? Or you would ever give? DW: At Parsons we had guest speakers, and one time Donna Karan came and she spoke to us and she said something I thought was great, though it probably is going against the cycle of fashion and all the clothes that are out there. But she said: “If there’s something in your wardrobe you haven’t worn in the past 3 months, then you need to get rid of it (of course if it’s like a sweater and it’s August then that’s why you’re not wearing it). If you’re not going to it, an you’re not loving it, then you’re not going to wear it. For some strange reason you don’t feel comfortable in it.” She’s the one who started this kind of 8 easy pieces, and everything going together, ‘less is more’, spending more on quality items but having less idea. I think we are going back to that, when I think about what he have here with the WholeFoods stores, and all of these friends starting homegrown organic beers, I think people are going back to the idea of having quality and understanding it. We are going back to this sort of craftsmanship. I still think about that when I go into my closet and I think: “I never wear those shoes, why are they in my closet?” I think that I also try to keep a smaller closet, because I’d rather have 5 suits that I love, and

the best t-shirts, and the best cashmere, and the best shoes that I love and to just wear them. They become me, so when I wake up in the morning there’s no confusion or fuss about what I’m going to wear, because it just comes naturally together. I think that was a great knowledge from her. MM: When you’re not designing, what do you like to do for fun and relaxation? DW: I love to spend time with family and friends, I try to work out as far as running…I like to run, I went running yesterday on the beach. I love art and going to museums, and I love as well interiors, so you’ll usually find me in a museum in some city or thumbing through interior or architectural magazines. MM: Last but not least. Is there a quote, statement, or proverb that you feel you live

by? DW: Goodness gracious you’re good... I always loved Henry David Thoreau, but there’s this one quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Explore, and explore, and explore... make yourself necessary to the world, and mankind will give you bread…” Otherwise I always love to say: “The mind like a parachute only works when open” and I think that today in this world, and in fashion especially, it is so relevant because everything is moving so fast, and if we don’t stay open then… For more information visit: Instagram: Escadaofficial 109

F estival F lower After a wild festival season , music lover and model Madison Ritter finds herself stranded and alone. Armed only with her camera and a killer wardrobe she sets out to find herself a new adventure.

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Jean Dara discusses her influences and the artistry behind her Paper and Black Tape Collection. Interview by Ann Mathew Photographer: Erich Caparas Designer, stylist, hair, MUA, model: Jean Dara



AM: How did you get started designing? JD: Even before I started modeling I found myself spending lots of time looking through boutique windows admiring cutting edge designs by famous designers. I knew then that my calling was in designing clothes.

isisvery verysupportive supportiveofofmy mycareer careerboth bothasas model modeland andasasaadesigner. designer. AM: Are there any other artistic talents you pursue?

salvaging failed design is very fulfilling. AM: What is the message behind your clothes?

JD: Yes, I like to sing and dance but I like to concentrate on what I do best:)

JD: Two messages come to mind… “Life is too short to blend in” and “You don’t have to be rich and famous to look like you are.”

AM: Is design your full time job?

AM: Who do you primarily design for?

AM: Who are your inspirations for designing?

JD: Not yet. But I am hopeful it will be my full time job very soon.

JD: I design, mostly, for women between ages of 13 to 30.

JD: Jeremy Scott and Balmain.

AM: What is a typical day like for you?

AM: What is your favorite article of clothing to wear and design?

JD: I wake up, have a cup of tea, make my own Filipino breakfast, and then surf instagram. I wait for a text or PM from a friend and the content of that message is usually what dictates my day.

AM: Please discuss the fabrics of your collection and why you chose it.

JD: I like wearing rompers and jumpsuits to make me look taller. I like designing clothing that are trendy, fashionable, yet wearable. AM: Did you get any formal training for designing? JD: No, but I’ve always been passionate about the art of styling and design. As a model, I do my own styling and pick out my own clothes whenever I have that opportunity. This summer I will be attending formal design training in Paris at the Istituto Marangoni. AM: How does your family support your career? JD: Morally and emotionally, my family

AM: Any cities you would like to visit in particular and show your collection? JD: Yes. Most major cities in Asia: Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Seoul, etc. And, of course every designer’s dream: Paris, London, NY, and LA. AM: What places in the world inspire your design? JD: I haven’t traveled much to have a specific place in the world inspire me. But I take a lot of mental notes on what I see online and on boutiques. Most of my inspirations come from what I see from flea markets and neighborhood sales. Reinventing and

JD: This particular collection featured here is made of paper and black tape. I designed this primarily for editorial photography. The challenge is to make distinct wearable shapes out of paper. The black tape came afterwards after I realizing the need for detail and design elements. AM: What is the ultimate goal for your career in 10 years ? JD: I would be extremely happy and content if I am able to support myself financially as a designer. That’s my 10-year goal. AM: If you could have your dream in fashion design come true, what would it be? JD: For now, I’d be happy to have a collection featured in any fashion week.


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aunched in July of 2012 Punzoné Vodka immediately established itself as the world’s finest, ultra-premium organic vodka. Four years consecutively it has been awarded the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS). Recipients of this award include the finest in luxury travel, hotels, fine dining and related products. How does one person accomplish what is truly an incredible feat? Jay D’Alba went straight to the source to find out; Frank Guerrera, CEO / Founder of Punzoné Vodka.

JD: Frank, the Five Star Diamond Award presented annually by the AAHS represents the epitome of quality in the luxury lifestyle arena. How does a brand new product earn this recognition in the first year they’re launched, and then for four consecutive years? That’s like going from playing High School Football straight into the NFL, winning the Super Bowl and being awarded the MVP! It’s unheard of. FG: Thanks, Jay. Words can’t express how grateful we are to have received this award. It is the highest acknowledgement for a luxury lifestyle brand to receive, and to be included among some of the finest names of luxury living is truly a humbling experience. It’s an amazing achievement for us. And Joseph Cinque, the CEO of the AAHS, is a phenomenal role model. He’s a catalyst who inspires excellence throughout the world. JD: Okay, so there’s obviously something unique about Punzoné Vodka that enables it to stand out in the crowd that consists of some huge conglomerates. What is it? FG: You’re right. This is an extremely competitive business, and there are some very big players. So I approached this from a different perspective. The timing was right, the approach is proving to be effective, and we’re just very fortunate. JD: Luck is one thing. But what you’ve done takes a lot more than luck. How have you done it? FG: I’d say equal parts of passion, love and hard work. That, along with our ingredients. What really sets us apart is that we’re the only ultra-premium organic Vodka. And what makes Punzoné Organic Vodka so unique is our quality Italian ingredients. You get out what you put in, and we only put in the best. Organic Vodka from Piedmont, Italy distilled five times, and blended with pristine water from the Italian Alps. Combine these ingredients with love and passion and the result is organic Vodka the world has never before experienced. Not to mention our two blended vodkas so unique there is no competitive set to compare them to. 118

JD: Where did the idea for producing organic vodka come from? FG: My family, we try to live an organic lifestyle. Organic is everything. Chemicals, GMO’s, and processed foods are the source of the health and obesity epidemic. If we combined modern medicine with the food from 50 years ago we’d see our life expectancy, and more importantly our quality of life, improve tremendously. JD: So one morning you wake up and said “Honey, I’m going to quit the financial business and make Vodka”? And she said, what? I can only imagine. FG: Like I said, I’m a very fortunate man. Her exact words were “Frank, If there is anyone on this planet that can pull off a project like this, it’s you! My Wife, Danielle, is an incredible woman and has been supportive since day one. At that time she had just earned her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture so we decided to invest in her practice. And while winding down the mortgage business I transitioned into developing Punzoné full time. That’s when it all became real! JD: She didn’t hesitate? Obviously the idea didn’t just come out of the blue. Do you talk in your sleep? FG: No, (laughs). I’d been mixing my own blend of “punch” for years. We love to entertain family and friends and I’ve been making homemade wine forever, and one day, years ago, I began experimenting with mixing some of my wine with vodka, fresh Blood Orange and a few other ingredients sort of a sangria cocktail. My friends loved it and later would

invite me over and casually mention that I was welcome to bring a bottle, or two, of my ‘punch’ with me, and if I couldn’t make it, just send the punch! That’s how Punzoné, which is Italian for punch, was born. Our Punzoné Blood Orange “Originale” is my original recipe that I’ve perfected over the years and that inspired the business. It’s a blend of our ultra-premium Vodka with the Abruzzi Sangiovese grape and natural blood orange that we source from Calabria. It’s great on the rocks shaken and chilled as a martini, or a base for fresh homemade cocktails. Our Punzone’ Blood Orange “Originale” is my original recipe that I’ve perfected over the years and that inspired the business. It’s a blend of our ultra-premium Vodka with the Abruzzi Sangiovese grape and natural blood orange that we source from Calabria. It’s great on the rocks shaken and chilled as a martini, or a base for fresh homemade cocktails. JD: So, with your family’s support, it was smooth sailing for you to start the business? FG: Well, it couldn’t have been done without my family’s support and motivation, but it was anything but smooth! It’s a tough industry. I spent nearly six years sourcing ingredients and production while working with US and European agencies to verify every single ingredient met USDA certified organic standards. The ingredients, formulation, labeling, language used, down to the size and type of font on the bottle, must be approved by the U.S. Federal Government before given clearance to be imported into the United States. But I knew that quality was the key. And now I’ve got a luxury organic line of spirits produced at our winery in Emilio Romagna, Italy. Somehow it all came together. JD: What other products do you produce in addition to the Punzoné Blood Orange “Originale”?

JD: So which is your favorite? FG: Actually, it’s called the Punzoné Famiglia, the family, and you won’t find it on the website. It’s a simple but delicious recipe. Equal parts of Punzoné originale, Punzoné Lemoncino and Punzoné Vodka with fresh squeezed orange juice and shaken. Like our brand, its pure Italian luxury! Simple, and I think, simply perfect! JD: Your love of food, your appreciation of quality, and your sense of the importance of family, where do these qualities come from? FG: I was also very fortunate to have my Grandparents involved in my life for a long time. Both my Maternal and Paternal Grandfathers were very important to me. My Mother’s father Santo immigrated from Italy and brought with him the old world Italian values. And my Father’s Father, Benny, he was like a Father to me. He was an amazing man to be around. Both of them had great gardens where I spent hours and hours. I still have a garden in my back yard. I grow tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, basil. JD: Do you spend time with your children in the garden like you did with your Grandfathers? FG: Absolutely! It’s so important. Even if its only once a week, but its always more, my boys love working with me in the garden. JD: Tell me about your boys. I have three sons. Frank who’s five and was born just after we launched Punzone’. Daniel three who’s named after my Wife,

FG: We have two other products. Punzoné Vodka and Punzoné Lemoncino, not “ Lemoncello”! The Lemoncino is our vodka uniquely blended with a white chardonnay grape sangria from Abruzzi and natural Sicilian Lemon. JD: You’ve got several recipes on your website. Tell me about some of them, please. FG: Okay. Punzoné Maria was created by the winner of our recipe contest Robin Lavorto. It’s a combination of Punzone’ Vodka and Punzoné Lemoncino. The rim of a martini glass is moistened with Lemoncino and then dipped in Old Bay seasoning. The two vodkas are blended with Clamato juice and poured n the glass which is garnished with a banana pepper! Our Honey Lemoncino is the perfect warm weather treat. Two parts of Punzoné Vodka are blended with one part Lemoncino, add honey, and garished with a slice of fresh lemon. It returns you to the days of the lemonade stand … with a kick! The Punzoné Capri Martini is equal parts of Punzoné Vodka and Lemoncino blended with muddled cucumber and blended with fresh squeezed lemon and orange juice and garnished with a slice of cucumber. Perfect in the early evening after working in the garden!


and Salvatore who’s just a year old and who is named after my Great Grandfather.

as we sleep, we will maintain the excellence of our finished product.

JD: In today’s world it’s got to be scary to raise children. How do you try to steer them away from the negative influences that seem to be lurking everywhere?

JD: I don’t get to enjoy New York City as much as I’d like, but if Frank Guerrera were to show me three of his favorite restaurants there, where would I go?

FG: By being a part of their lives. Leading by example. Danielle and I spend as much time as possible with the boys. They are our life. Sure, I love my business, it gives me the opportunity to spend time and provide for my boys, but they come first. They are what our life is about. This is what my family gave me, and this is what I give them, and this is what I want them to give their kids. Quality. I love the kitchen. I do all the cooking. My kids are in the kitchen with me every chance I get. Just the other day I asked Frank what he wanted for dinner and he said: “Chicken on the bone and Brussel Sprouts.” I was so proud. My kids never eat fast food!

FG: Only three? It’s a BIG city! Okay, first Angelina’s Ristorante on Staten Island. She imports only the finest ingredients and you know how I feel about quality ingredients!

JD: What’s in store for the future of Punzoné? FG: Controlled expansion. We’re seeing our brand expand significantly and our production is targeted to increase by 300%. But the challenge to our growth is to maintain our quality standards. Growth means nothing if we don’t maintain our quality. But with vigilance, by maintaining excellent Italian partners that source our ingredients and who also appreciate the importance of quality, and by keeping one eye always open, even 120

Valbella in the meat packing district, Beautiful Northern Italian wine and food; SD26. Simple, delicious, and very Italian food in a beautiful, contemporary atmosphere and Angelina’s Ristorante on Staten Island. JD: Frank, I see that you’re a humble man, but truth be told, tell us about your proudest accomplishments. FG: You’re right, I’m not fond of talking about myself. But truthfully, I am proud of the man I turned out to be. I’m proud of being the Father I am. I hope that I will teach my children well. I’m grateful for the perseverance I’m blessed with to pursue my passion. And in the end, I hope to be proud an inspiration to others to pursue their dreams. The pursuit of money is an illusion; only by seeking what we truly prize do we obtain real wealth. JD: Frank, it’s a pleasure to know you. I wish you the best, but I don’t think you need my wishes. Thank you, Jay. I think both Punzoné and LaPalme share similar values – the appreciation of quality! You can find more about Frank and Punzoné Online at www.

Jonathan Bodrick, has created a compilation of hip and trend setting wearable looks that take from modern man & woman from day to night, work or weekend. High end designers Carlos Falchi, Christian Dior and Chanel can all be found here. While the merchandise is high quality and the clientele beautiful, don’t be mistaken, a shopper’s experience is never an ostentatious one. Bodrick’s clothing is a fusion of the old and new/vintage with modern, for men and women who want the stylistic drama of the past, today. The boutique and consignment shops of NoLita, the East Village and SoHo have long signified “Koolness” in New York, however, Harlem now has a store that aptly represents the taste of today’s artistic, free-style, intellectual, fashion conscious populace who settled there originally.

JB b.o.r.n. Vintage Fashion 57 East 125th Street New York, New York 10035 121

Shaping the next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs A University Of Central Florida, Journey Of Eight & Jai Gallery Collaborative Project Development Director for Journey of Eight, Melanie Miller, has a vision. She wants to help create a sustainable cultural environment for Orlando, by creating grass roots strategies that will shape the next generation of social entrepreneurs. If you haven’t yet heard of this wide growing business practice: social entrepreneurship, it pulls from the concept of using both business and nonprofit techniques to find solutions to social problems. For years Miller has traveled the world and worked on culturally enriching philanthropic projects. A few years ago she created The Paris Journey: a unique travel experience. Collaborating with each guest to create an itinerary including daily activities, excursions and special events. The Paris Journey raises Friends and Funds for the Orlando Ballet School, a school for classical ballet training and one of the few in the United States to be designated as ABT (American Ballet Theater) certified. Orlando Ballet School is entering its 22nd year of providing free ballet classes to low-income inner-city children through the Scholarship Training for the Enrichment of Primary Students (STEPS) program, modeled after a similar award-winning program developed by New York’s Dance Theatre of Harlem. Miller is now partnering with the University of Central Florida (UCF)’s School of Modern Languages, as well as Rollins College, and the local contemporary art gallery: Jai Gallery, to shape the next generation of social entrepreneurs. This current collaboration on a Business course conducted in the French program at UCF with Prof. Charlotte Trinquet, aims at educating and enlightening students about the concepts of Social Entrepreneurism while exploring the examples of Journey of Eight’s Paris Journey. The purpose of the course is for students to collaborate on a local event at Jai Gallery including members of the community, representatives from the Orlando Ballet Board, and business sponsors who will review student outreach and marketing plans for a fundraising event benefiting both the businesses involved and the Orlando Ballet.


The young social entrepreneurs will need to meet three key objectives. First, the aim of the partnership is to educate the local community in a culturally enriching way while raising money for the Orlando Ballet School. Second, the students will develop a communication and marketing method that benefits all collaborators. Finally, they must creatively engage in outreach that clearly communicates event initiatives and engages the general public in participation. Miller truly believes that this is the way to achieve further cultural growth and develop instruments of long term interest in cultural development and social needs in a city that has now been recognized widely as one of the next big boom cities in the USA.

By: Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon


When you think of butterflies, we could bet that probably the last thing on your mind is technology. Photographer and architect james cornetet, however, has set out to record the beauty – and unsettling uncanniness - of butterflies when shot up close. Cornetet, a genial inventor, has coupled his professional camera to a CNC (i.e. computer numerical control) machine -traditionally used for cutting metal, wood or card with the highest level of precision- to obtain what, to this date, appears to be the most complete photographic record of a single butterfly. This custom camera allows him to capture gigapixels of unprecedented details, stitching together anything between 1,200 to 4,000 individual shots of a butterfly. The images are shot on three axes: x, (covering the width of the subject), y (covering its height from head to tail) and z (covering its depth, which is achieved by adjusting the camera’s focus and depth of field). Cornetet then spends between 40 to 80 hours piecing the puzzle back together by assembling each shot to its corresponding slot, achieving a riveting result.   For his fine art series entitled High Fidelity, Cornetet has compiled a spellbinding collection of critters: butterflies and dragonflies that can be printed without loss of resolution to the size of 80ft-long buildings. The viewer can now relish in the exploration of these magnificent specimens, looking at them in full detail from the thinnest hair on their abdomen to their more leathery parts. This also allows cornetet – an architect by trade- to meticulously study the structural lines that support the mechanism of the wings, as well as the pockets of pigment that adorn them.   We are in complete awe of Cornetet’s images, which allow us to see callithea, parnassius and baskettail up close. Yet, as their physicality becomes more tangible and we are at leisure to explore them, we in turn become, more than ever, conscious of the unfathomable grandeur that these creatures possess, and forever they remain shrouded in mystery. Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon


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