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036 day + night m i u m i u ma ke s a p re t t y s t ron g s t a t em en t wit h it s s p r i n g ‘1 6 c olle c t ion .
042 mass appeals t h e c rèm e d e la c rèm e o f fa sh ion we e k s a ro u n d t h e wo r l d
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048 ride or die i n t h i s n e w fe a t u re , nyl o n h i t s t h e ro a d w i t h m o d el- a r t ist c a r i sla d e k in h er 1970 ch evy n ova .
050 directory t i e - dye d pie c e s every f l ower ch i l d wo u ld love
060 that ‘ 70s show b e a u t y l o o k s in sp ire d b y t h e g l i t t er era
068 beauty news 070 face value c o l o r- c o rre c t in g p ro d u c t s t h a t c o m e c o rre c t
072 mouth off c e l e b ra t e t h e re su rg en c e of ch o c o la t ey lip c olor.
074 counter culture
094 on the cover: riley keough photographed by hilary walsh. stylist: daniela jung. stylist’s assistants: lex robinson and mercedes natalia. hair: mark townsend at starworks artists using dove hair care. hairstylist’s assistant: clay hawkins. makeup: kayleen mcadams at the wall group using lancôme. manicurist: debbie leavitt at nailing hollywood using the nailing hollywood collection in “strand.” jacket by gucci, bodysuit by topshop, pants by chanel, choker and belt by zana bayne, necklace by vanessa mooney, rings on pointer finger and middle finger by we who prey, keough’s own ring on ring finger.
peep show p ho t o g ra p he d b y s i l j a ma g g . d res s b y guc ci , b r i efs b y fend i , ea rr i ng b y s a c a i , sung la s s es b y a hl em, p ho t o g ra p her ’s ow n r i ng s .
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FeatUres 076 on the wild side t a k i n g r i sks is n o t h i n g fo r c over st a r r i l ey ke o u gh , a n d sh e’s p ro vin g it wit h ra c y ro l e s in t he g i rl f ri e n d e x p e ri e n c e a n d am e ri c a n h o n ey . b y m a rg a re t wa p p ler. p h o t o g ra ph e d b y h i la ry wa l sh . st yle d b y da n i e la ju n g
084 glam jock t h i s s e a s o n’s m o s t su m pt u ou s s p o r t s we a r. p h o t o g ra ph e d b y s a ch a m a ric . st yle d b y ka ren l evit t
094 peep show intimates that wo r k fo r t he sh e e t s an d t h e s t re e t s . p h o t o g ra ph e d b y s i l j a m a g g. st yle d b y ch r i s t i n e de la ssu s
104 wildest dreams eight of new z e a la n d ’s c o ole st re s i d en t s s in g t h e p ra i s e s o f t h e ir s t o m p i n g grou n d s . p h o t o g ra ph e d b y z a ra m i r k in . st yle d b y z a ra m i r k in a n d p a ris m i t ch e l l
radar 114 slow burn w i t h j u s t t wo m i x t a p e s a n d a lre a dy a g ra m my n om u n d er h er b e l t , r & b s in g er ke h la n i ’s c a re er i s h e a t i n g u p. b y j e s s i c a h ern d on . p h o t o g ra ph e d b y j a c qu e l i n e h a rrie t
126 loud + clear a ct ress and des igner hana ma e le e let s her vo ic e b e heard in fo ur up c o ming films . by lisa but t erwo r th. pho t o graphe d by shane mc c auley
128 building an empire fro m the lyo ns’s den t o c ent er st a ge, s erayah is making her mark . by safy-hallan farah. pho t o graphe d by bryan sheffield
132 culture club this mo nth’s b est mus ic, film s, b o o ks, ar t , and mo re
138 shopping list 140 bag check eye - c at ching go o ds in an e qually o pt ic t o t e. pho t o graphe d by w ill anders o n. p a cke d by dani st ahl
120 after-school special b e a u m a ke t h e ir d e b u t wi t h t h at t h in g re al i t y , a dre a my re c o rd t h at ’s n in e ye a rs i n t he ma kin g . b y c e l i a sha t zma n . p h o t o g ra ph e d b y a m b er m a hon ey
124 acting up a l ex wo l ff is t a kin g a b i t e o u t o f t h e movie i n d u s t ry. by p a t t y a da m s m a r t in e z . p h o t o g ra ph e d b y em m a n m o n t a lva n
104 wildest dreams ph ot o g ra ph e d by z a ra m i r k i n . j a cke t by m erch j u n k i e s , s n e a kers by va n s .
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always be closing Believe it or not, dear readers, every gleaming issue of NYLON has its, well, issues—those moments of behind-the-scenes chaos that can make a woman question her life choices. And, folks, this one here had it all: • Cover star comes down with pneumonia right before her shoot? Check. • Another interviewee throws her back out and lands in the ER hours before her shoot? Check. • Waist-high mounds of snow blocking the crosswalks leading to NYLON HQ? Check. • Our April and May cover stars are only available to shoot this month, too? Check. • Our copy editor (a.k.a. our hero) comes down with a stomach bug, and our server (a.k.a. our nemesis) decides to conk out two days before we’re supposed to ship the whole shebang to the printer? Check and check. If you’re reading this now, it’s not too late. It means we made it through another successful, if harrowing, close (that’s industry speak for finishing an issue). But then again, we always do somehow. My birthday is coming up (fun fact: features director Lisa Mischianti and I were both born on March 29!), and I’ve always posited that my spring arrival on this earth has a direct correlation to my insufferable optimism. After all, who isn’t uplifted by those first sprouts of green peeking out through the thawing snow, or that one holy day when you can finally pack the heavy parka away and toss on a light moto jacket? Speaking of great spring jackets, we’re all pining for the
Gucci one that Riley Keough’s rocking on our cover. And speaking of Keough, talk about a trooper. She made it through a full day of shooting while under the weather—and was sweet as can be throughout it all. There’s a crystal-clear reason why this granddaughter of Elvis Presley and (if only briefly) stepdaughter of Michael Jackson is becoming more recognizable for her standout performances than for her connections to legends. Next month she adds The Girlfriend Experience, a new series on Starz that takes inspiration from the 2009 Steven Soderbergh movie of the same name, to her CV. It’s raw and real and bound to bring her even more recognition. Read all about it on page 76. Want more highlights? Check out our beauty ode to the ’70s (page 60), inspired by The Runaways, Grace Jones, David Bowie, and other shining lights of that decade. And don’t miss stylist Zara Mirkin’s love letter to New Zealand, starting on page 104. It’s absolutely mesmerizing. So, sure, in the waning hours of wrapping this beautiful beast, I may have gotten caught daydreaming about a mid-career switch-up to glass blowing. But don’t feel too sorry for me: As sad as it sounds, there are few things I’d rather be doing at 10 p.m. on a Friday than debating the proper use of semicolons with the best team in the business. Besides, there’s no time for soul-searching in the magazine world. Our next close is only a month away!
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photographed by hilary walsh. jacket by prada, bodysuit by topshop, skirt by stoned immaculate, tights by wolford, bracelet on right wrist by chanel, bracelet on left wrist by libertine, keough’s own rings.
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There is nary a challenge that Riley Keough won’t accept—especially when it comes to her acting career. Be it embodying rocker Marie Currie in The Runaways, stripping down in Magic Mike, or playing a siren-like sister wife in Mad Max: Fury Road, Keough has already established a no-holds-barred approach to building up her résumé. It comes as no surprise, then, that she’s taking on the risqué lead of the upcoming Starz series The Girlfriend Experience, as a law student and empowered sex worker. Keough’s got the kind of confidence (and chops!) that make her the perfect fit for our March cover, for which she was glammed up by a team that included stylist Daniela Jung, hairstylist Mark Townsend, and makeup artist Kayleen McAdams. The trio channeled what McAdams calls “‘70s glamour meets ‘90s grunge,” as seen in the rose gold eye shadow, subtle contour, and chocolatey lip color that she used on Keough. Townsend went for an easy, casual ‘do, blow-drying Keough’s damp hair, creating bends with a one-inch curling iron, and amplifying the texture with dry shampoo. David Bowie was a major inspiration for Jung, who paid homage to the late great artist with pieces like Miu Miu boots that Ziggy Stardust himself would’ve coveted. “Riley was really game to try anything, which I loved,” says Jung. It’s clear: For Keough, anything goes—and it goes pretty damn well.
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Before she was even born, endless gifts from fashion designers such as Alexander Wang, Balmain, Stella McCartney, and Givenchy (just to name a few) made little North West cooler and more fashionable than us. So, our market editor Marissa Smith decided it was time to show our dedication to our favorite West’s wardrobe by re-creating her most memorable outfits with pieces that are easily accessible. Next time you’re getting dressed, think “WWND”—What would Nori do? http://nylon.cm/north-west-style
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writer, l.a. hit the road with cari sladek for ride or die (page 48).
nylon photo director, nyc produced the photo shoots seen throughout this issue.
“we couldn’t have finished this beast without the help of our new staff member/ goldfish fishney spears.”
photographer, l.a. shot directory (page 50).
“we got through this shoot rather quickly. [model] meredith is such a natural.” hometown: omaha, ne instagram handle: @darren_ankenman latest discovery: sensesofcinema.com for great cinema discussions, with entire issues devoted to chantal akerman and eric rohmer, to name a couple travel plans: a quick run to mexico city playing on repeat: fipradio.fr/player (it’s also an app). no commercials. amazing and tasteful french djs—their sexy voices are a plus! online fixation: shopping for obscure films on ebay compulsively reading: eric rohmer: interviews mode of transport: ’76 ford f100 secret skill: getting experimental with my darkroom printing sartorial signature: glasses
hometown: chicago instagram handle: @marissagmuller latest discovery: high maintenance, the vimeo series soon to be on hbo travel plans: a motherdaughter trip to paris to pick up my wedding dress, primavera sound in barcelona, and a honeymoon along the amalfi coast playing on repeat: kanye west and kendrick lamar’s “no more parties in l.a.,” the anthem I’ve been waiting for since moving here online fixation: solange knowles’s blog/label saint heron, for new music discoveries compulsively reading: pacific crest trail stories, an obsession inspired by cheryl strayed’s wild mode of transport: a few months ago, i traded in my suv for a convertible, and my two dogs couldn’t be happier. secret skill: i can recite clueless word for word. sartorial signature: a good leather jacket
stylist, nyc wrote, photographed, and styled “wildest dreams” (page 104).
“working on this issue was so fun! i got to drive around new zealand with my friends and take beautiful photos.” hometown: auckland, new zealand instagram handle: @zaraeloise latest discovery: “nights with alice cooper” radio show travel plans: moving upstate for the summer playing on repeat: everything lemmy— motörhead, hawkwind, sam gopal online fixation: merchjunkies.com compulsively reading: j.d. salinger’s franny and zooey mode of transport: my dad’s car, because i blew mine up secret skill: being bogun sartorial signature: jeans and a t-shirt
beth garrabrant photographed by passerbuys, darren ankenman photographed by michael cukr.
hometown: chicago instagram: @bethgarrabrant latest discovery: unleashed! a dog dancing story on netflix. it’s a must-see. travel plans: l.a., to visit my sis playing on repeat: [giorgio moroder’s] “tom’s diner” featuring britney online fixation: @chihuahua_chloe1 on instagram compulsively reading: the shining girls, about a time-traveling serial killer in chicago mode of transport: on the 6 secret skill: i can make my eyeballs shake. sartorial signature: my cheeseburger purse
“driving around l.a. is usually something you do just to get from one point to another, but for cari sladek it’s a lifestyle. it was a blast to get to see the west side of the city from the front seat of her 1970 chevy nova.”
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chris benz talks changing the game in the designer fashion market with the recent e-commerce-only relaunch of heritage label bill blass under his wing. by joseph errico
How long ago did you start at Bill Blass? In November 2014, and it was almost exactly one year later that the website launched. We’re using e-commerce on our own website for basically three reasons: first, to redirect people’s eyes on what Bill Blass is today; second, to be in a controlled environment; finally, we wanted to focus the company and the brand specifically on the consumer, versus lots of fashion brands that are interested in directing their efforts toward impressing the fashion industry or appeasing retailers. I have been using the example that Bill Blass is sort of like Netflix and our clothes are like House of Cards. If you want to watch House of Cards, you have to go to Netflix and that’s just the way it is. What has been your approach to designing the brand? [There were several designers] before me. I really tried to look forensically at what didn’t work at other times. My conclusion was that all those attempts really focused on resurrecting the past, so I wanted to keep the past as much as possible where it belongs and just think of the philosophies of the brand and how they relate to the modern customer who is mobile and traveling and carrying three bags to work every day. To me it’s kind of the modernday version of the lady who lunches. All of the people lunching are now writers and bloggers and they have personal Instagrams. So much of what I’m about and what I’m
hoping Bill Blass will be to people is a place to find cool, unique items that will help crystalize their point of view personally. That’s refreshing. No one is doing that. People are still in the headspace where it’s like, “Here’s your look this season, we’re doing the ’70s.“ And we don’t even design in that space. We don’t think about season and seasonal collections because the way that we’re delivering product is on a monthly basis— more like streetwear companies. So I met with Stuart Goldblatt, who’s my boss, and his vision for the brand really was this nimble 21st-century digital design company rather than perpetuating an old-fashioned Seventh Avenue sportswear model. To me that was very exciting—the opportunity to work on a brand with an illustrious heritage, but really from scratch. Do you guys have all the archives? We have a huge archive. Every sketch, fabric swatch, editorial pull, video, audio recording. Also, datebooks, personal notes, telegrams from Diana Vreeland to the Ritz in Paris. What have you learned about Bill Blass? DVF had the wrap dress, Chanel has the tweed suit and the quilted bag. For Bill Blass, there are some recurring themes (sequins, obviously, and beaded things were big), but overall what I think resonated with people is that the clothes are all pretty simple shapes that we can continue using in a modern way.
mixed media Of the qualities that & Other Stories shares with its parent company, H&M, its penchant for exciting collaborations is among the most apparent. Case in point: the brand’s latest ”co-lab” collection with Rodarte. Available March 17, the joint effort presents the California-based label’s dreamy-yetrebellious signature feel, translated through ultra-textured pieces that represent not just the union of the two brands, but the coming together of disparate elements. Sharp lines and geometric shapes punctuate the clothes, while dainty gold and silver jewelry adds a soft touch. Metal and crystal embellishments shine against the luxe mohair, suede, and crushed velvet used throughout. The result is a set of wardrobe staples that have just the right amount of opulence. “We wanted to create a collection that represents the textures of a California lifestyle,” explain Rodarte founders and designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy. “The clothes should easily transition from day to night and transform to one’s personal style and individuality.” That they do—thanks to their minimalist design and neutral color palette, the versatile dresses, tops and bottoms, outerwear, and accessories fit any closet. So, if you’re in the market for new go-to pieces after your spring cleaning, this range is just the place to start. KERYCE CHELSI HENRY Rodarte & Other Stories, $85-$395 for ready-to-wear and $35-$425 for accessories, stories.com
After studying philosophy and English literature, French fashion It Girl Camille Seydoux delved into the advertising world, opened an art gallery, and even dabbled in interior design before fate ultimately intervened. Her sister, actress Léa Seydoux, was in desperate need of something to wear to the 2011 César Awards. When Camille managed to procure the perfect Elie Saab gown, she became Léa’s stylist, and soon after, started working with major fashion houses to design custom dresses for some of the biggest names in entertainment. This season, Seydoux has sharpened her design skills by creating an exclusive capsule collection for Roger Vivier. Putting her own twist on the brand’s iconic Prismick line, the collection—which features platform sandals, ankle boots, a shoulder bag, and a mini-drawstring bag— showcases the most wearable fabric in history: denim. Here, we get all the details from Seydoux herself. YASMEEN GHARNIT Camille Seydoux Denim Collection for Roger Vivier, $925-$2,950, rogervivier.com
What draws you to the aesthetic of Roger Vivier? The first time I really fell for Vivier was at a fashion shoot for L'Officiel de la Mode. The fashion editor had a little black Prismick that I absolutely loved. I’m addicted to bags! I even have them hanging from the walls at home like objets d’art. I’ve always considered Roger Vivier to be a very chic Parisian accessories house with a powerful legacy. After working more closely with the Maison, I discovered that it is also really unpretentious and very sincere. Its identity is immediately recognizable, but it never only relies on that—it is continuously searching for a creative and modern edge. What kind of research did you do for this collection? We decided that my collection would be dedicated to the 2012
Prismick line, which is one of my favorites. I began by attentively exploring my own Prismick bag, which features a melting fade of black and gray. I wanted to work on the idea of facets that make up grades of shading. I looked through the Maison’s archives and thought of denim. How did denim’s utilitarian history influence your designs? Denim is a fabric that naturally burnishes. It’s both classic and modern, and is very resistant. I had a look at the different ways of treating denim throughout the history of fashion, with style icons like Jane Birkin and Carolyn BessetteKennedy. Did having a strong knowledge of styling help with the design process? It did! I had some ideas in mind and I thought about a mini-collection plan: ankle boots, highheel sandals, a classic
bag, and a smaller evening bag. Then I worked hand in hand with the studio—there were so many details to figure out. I wanted a pink leather interior for the bag for a little hidden impertinence. I also made the shoe’s insole pink—that’s my signature! How do you imagine this collection being worn? The boots are adorable with an A-line miniskirt or a little lace dress, but they can also be super fashionable when mixed with very strong, ’70s-style prints. You can be a fan of black and wear the Prismick bag to shake up your outfit. It’s also very chic and contemporary with an all-over denim look. For a ladylike look, you can wear the sandals with a preppy little dress, or be more rock ’n’ roll with socks, capri pants, and the Miss Viv’ bag with fringes, for example. It’s unconventional and electrifying.
designer dispatch: danielle romeril
With a master's degree from The Royal College of Arts in London and a stint at Alberta Ferretti under her belt, designer Danielle Romeril launched her eponymous label in 2012 and has been steadily ascending ever since. (Let’s just say she earned the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN recognition for four consecutive seasons starting in fall ’14.) Here, she offers a peek inside the mind behind the line. LISA MISCHIANTI Hometown: Dublin, Ireland, via Tullamore, a small, anonymous town in the Midlands Astrological sign: Cancer Muse: Joan of Arc, if she liked to party and drink beers with her friends on the weekends. I’d design a 100 percent nonflammable line just for her. Materials of choice: Transparencies and leather. I also like using traditional laces in an unpredictable way. I work almost exclusively with Italian or Japanese fabrics because they are beautiful but unusual, and their craftsmanship makes them timeless. Sartorial scenario: The clothes we make are like those moments late at da club when the DJ drops an unexpected, old-school indie track and it jars the atmosphere for a second until the crowd realigns and goes mad, singing along and dancing like gorgeous loons. Inspiration for spring ’16: I fell in love with a series of photographic portraits by Jackie Nickerson of agricultural workers in Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. I was drawn to the way that they layer and knot items in interesting configurations. It didn’t just find its way into my collection, but also changed the way I think about clothes.
Dream travel destination: I’ve become preoccupied with that Southern Gothic Americana vibe after binge-watching series one of True Detective and seeing Beasts of the Southern Wild, so I’d like to do a southern USA road trip. Favorite spot in London: For dancing with abandon, Vogue Fabrics in Dalston. For chilling with friends, I head to Broadway Market or grab a tea on a canal boat café in East London. I eschew the gym in favor of the outdoor heated pool in London Fields, and in the winter I love to cycle to the Stepney City Farm with my boyfriend and buy game to cook up. Last novel you loved: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. It’s fascinating to read about the 1960s from a perspective that isn’t inherently Western. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the era existed outside of the French Left Bank, Woodstock, the Village in New York, and Swinging London. Standby snack: Whatever is in reaching distance. When I’m good, that will mean an orange; when I’m bad, it’s prawn cocktail crisps.
Vans is a way of life. The iconic brand might remind you of growing up, or going to an epic concert, or your first time stepping on a skateboard. And if you’re anything like us, it dominates your footwear wardrobe. This month, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the beloved label that opened its inaugural store in 1966 under the name Van Doren Rubber Company, after the founder Paul Van Doren. Paul’s son
ANGIE DITA VANS HEAD OF WOMEN’S FOOTWEAR DESIGN Team Vans tenure: About four years Favorite Vans pop culture moment: “The collaboration we did with Takashi Murakami. I was really stoked because we were able to meet him and learn about his process, and how he wears the classic Slip-Ons. He was at the top of my top list of artists that I wanted to work with.” Fondest Vans memory: “When we went to the Venice Biennale to get inspired for the spring ’17 collection.” Vans stash size: Around 200 pairs deep Sneaker storage strategy: “I have a closet now to store all my shoes, but then for the month I’ll have my top five outside in the living room. Before, our place was too small and my boyfriend was like, ‘Yo…you have a lot.’”
STEVE VAN DOREN VANS VP OF EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS First pair: “I remember my dad made a pair of shoes out of a Hawaiian shirt that I had. I’ve always gravitated toward Hawaiian print. It was probably that pair.” Favorite Vans moment in pop culture: “Julia Roberts was filming My Best Friend’s Wedding in Chicago while we were there for a trade show. So, I sent out some guys and said, ’OK, go get a couple pairs of shoes, a long-stem rose, and a box of candy.’ I put the whole thing together with my business card and wrote, ’Dear Ms. Roberts, I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of this company called Vans, but if you ever need any shoes, please call me.’ I left the box with the manager of the hotel to deliver and came back to find a note that said, ’Not only do I know Vans, but I love Vans! And if I can be so bold, of course I want some shoes!’ Later we returned from dinner when they were filming and she gave me a big hug! So in Notting Hill she wore our first platforms two or three times.“ Where Vans is headed: “My goal is just to keep it as real as possible, to keep action sports and music in our culture and not let it get away from that. As for House of Vans, in five years I’d like to see 10 of those around the world, because we’ve had the one in New York and never charged a penny to come and see some great music, an art show, or skateboarding. And the Vans Warped Tour! We’re on year 22! So I see that still going...it’s the gnarliest thing in the world.“
photographed by scott león.
LEILA HURST SURFER (VANS SURF TEAM RIDER) Vans initiation: “I started wearing Vans really young. I was probably, like, 10. By 14 I was wearing them religiously.” Favorite way to style Vans: “Since I’m from Hawaii, with high-waisted jean shorts.” Favorite Vans pop culture moment: “Justin Bieber’s been wearing them all the time lately and I’m in love with him. I just made a surf video to his music.” Vans stash size: “Probably 60 pairs. And they’re just freakin’ thrown everywhere. I recently went back to Hawaii for two months and I literally had to bring three suitcases because of my Vans. It was, like, a huge issue.” Favorite pair: The Sk8-Hi Slim in perforated leather
Steve has been with the brand since he was 10, and now oversees the company’s events around the world. (Fun fact: he’s responsible for sending over Spicoli’s Slip-Ons to be used in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, so he’s basically a legend.) Today, Vans is now synonymous with so many things we hold near and dear: Warped Tour, the checkerboard print, the trusty Waffle sole. So, in honor of the occasion, we rounded up some of our favorite Vans loyalists and picked their brains on why they love the brand as much as we do (plus we put together the most perfect custom NYLON pair). MARISSA SMITH
LIZZIE ARMANTO SKATEBOARDER (VANS SKATE TEAM RIDER) Vans initiation: “My first pair of Vans I recall is from when I was in ninth grade. I remember I went to the store in Santa Monica and got these black suede Eras with a red trim.” Favorite Vans pop culture moment: “The release of Propeller [Vans’ first-ever featurelength skateboarding film] and its impact in general. A lot of people were waiting a long time for Vans to put out an official skate video. In my world, it was a big thing.” Fun way to style Vans: “I think the platform Vans are cute to wear out.” Vans stash size: “Under 50—I’ll skate in them and then they go. Every two or three weeks I’m getting a new pair for skating.” Vans is iconic because: “They got into something and they stuck with it. They’ve always been true to their roots.”
WENDY LAM VANS COLLECTOR AND BLOGGER BEHIND NITROLICIOUS Vans initiation: Circa 2009 Favorite pair: “I think I would have to say the Supreme x Comme des Garçons x Vans Era from 2013. And what makes it even more special is that small sizes were not sold to the public—my pair was gifted to me from Angelo at Supreme.” Vans stash size: ”My guesstimate would be 50 to 100 pairs. I also collect toddler Vans for my kids fashion and lifestyle blog, minilicious.com. No kids [myself] yet, but it doesn’t hurt to save the dope collabs for the future mini(s)!” Fondest Vans memory: “Going to Disneyland for the launch of their Disney collaboration in 2015!” The Vans lifestyle is: “Timeless, young, and fresh.” photographed by peter b. samuels.
AMIRAH KASSEM VANS COLLECTOR AND OWNER OF FLOUR SHOP Vans initiation: “I grew up in Mexico but was always in love with California culture, and Vans is a huge part of that. I think I got my first pair on a trip to California.” Vans stash size: ”I’ve gone through a lot of them since I was a little girl, but currently I have about 36 pairs and counting!” Favorite pair: “If I absolutely have to choose I would say my Disney Vault Mickey Sk8-Hi.” Vans is iconic because: “It’s for everyone! I like inclusive brands. Vans is for babies or grandpas, skaters or Disney lovers—there’s really no limit to what they can create. I also like the idea of living off the wall!” Fondest Vans memory: “The first time I met Steve Van Doren I was visiting the Vans office and couldn’t keep my hands off of anything. I put on the giant display Vans and was trying to take a picture just when Steve was walking by, so I introduced myself wearing those silly shoes!”
To mark its half a century in the game, Vans has taken its Sk8-Hi silhouette and created 50 colorways for men and women, and we got the awesome opportunity to step in and make our own custom NYLON pair! We took our favorite color, NYLON pink, and splashed it on the sole and all over in a checkerboard print. We then doubled down on the checker pattern with the laces and embroidered our logo on the back to make the shoes feel extra special. MS
behind the seams with ty hunter
Ty Hunter can’t remember a time when he didn’t have an eye for fashion—after all, his childhood friends used to pay the oft “best dressed” kid to consult them during back-to-school shopping trips. Fate would have it, then, that in late 1999/early 2000 he’d ditch his job in the medical field and connect with Tina Beyincé-Lawson, beautician and costume designer for her daughter Beyoncé Knowles’s girl group, Destiny’s Child. As Beyoncé became, well, Beyoncé, Hunter stuck by her side, collaborating with stylist Raquel Smith on the singer’s most iconic looks (all while pursuing his own endeavors, like his customized emoji pack and the Ty-Lite, a protective phone case with built-in selfie lighting). Here, the stylist and selfie king dishes on some of Queen Bey’s most memorable ensembles that he helped style. KCH
Met Gala: “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” 2014 “[Givenchy's] Riccardo Tisci was inspired by Diana Ross for this look. He wanted it to be sexy, but still carry the ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ theme.”
MTV VMAs, 2011 “This was a moment because [later that night] B. revealed that she was pregnant. Raquel and I felt like we had [the look], but then this dress was in one showroom by itself in a corner and I was like, ‘This is perfect.’ If she didn’t hold her stomach, you couldn’t tell she was pregnant.”
A kitschy-cool jewelry brand by Korean-born and Milan-based designer Marisa Jiwi Seok, Jiwinaia is forever young. Founded in 2014 on a celebration of youth and the teenager, the line’s spring collection, dubbed “Moodswings,” is inspired by a Japanese anime called Kimagure Orange Road that’s based on a high school love story. The label has also done a special collaboration with DreamWorks featuring cartoon characters Felix the Cat and Hot Stuff the Little Devil. Although the pieces exude lighthearted fun, they are plated in seriously luxe materials like gold, rose gold, and rhodium, and incorporate crystals from Swarovski. So whether you’re feeling a little teen angst or childhood playfulness, Jiwinaia has got you covered. MS
Met Gala: “China: Through the Looking Glass,” 2015 “Our I Dream of Jeannie moment! This was one of the most complicated dresses because it was so heavy, but she walked like she had a feather on. And the ponytail we literally did last minute. Even though it was simple, it’s still a badass ponytail.”
illustrations by kelly shami.
“Crazy In Love” music video, 2003 “I was so excited to do this because nobody had really seen B. dressed down—pretty much the whole [Destiny’s Child era], she was glammed up. It was a look that young girls could copy.”
“Survivor” music video, 2001 “‘Survivor’ is about fighting and overcoming. However you want to interpret the song, everybody survives something. So we just wanted to take army fatigues and make them fashionable. And after that, every designer was doing it.”
This young eponymous label by Swedish designer Anders Haal has been on our radar since its launch in 2013, and now we’re more into it than ever. The spring ’16 collection’s aesthetic is informed by the traditional preppy lifestyle vibe (think tennis skirts, polo shirts, V-neck pullovers, and trench coats, as well as khaki styles, argyle checks, cable knits, and embroidered emblems), reimagined through an exploration of texture and surface design. The results feature classic elements with a more streetwear feel. The range also offers some unique denim play with a ribbed technique that changes the way the fabric looks and fits on the body. An edgy take on Clueless-like style? Yes, please. MS
give ’em the slip
all images throughout courtesy of the respective designers.
Fashion designers are in the business of looking forward while looking back. Case in point: This season, one of the most pervasive styles came from our recent past. Lingerie made its first steps out of the bedroom in the ’80s (thanks, Madonna) but it was the ’90s when sexy, slinky slip dressing became de rigueur for the Kate Moss-crazed cohort. Simultaneously pioneered by both Calvin Klein and John Galliano, these typically bias-cut, spaghettistrapped creations seemed effortless and simple while also feeling downright racy. Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci showed his updated take on slip dressing at New York Fashion Week this past September, and he was far from alone. Versions reminiscent of Calvin Klein’s classic slips modernized with chain detailing wafted down the catwalk courtesy of designer Francisco Costa, while Narciso Rodriguez (he of the famous Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy wedding slip dress), Alexander Wang, Zac Posen, and Rag & Bone rounded off the trend for the Americans. And though slip dressing made a strong showing in NYC, it was the European collections that really drove the point home. Lace appliqué was added at Burberry and Céline, while Haider Ackermann not only included lace but also punched up the color. And for those who may prefer Courtney Love’s version of slip dressing, have no fear, Hedi Slimane has got you covered at Saint Laurent. JOSEPH ERRICO
top, from left: zac posen, rag & bone. middle, from left: narciso rodriguez, rochas, alexander wang, saint laurent by hedi slimane. bottom, from left: givenchy, calvin klein, céline, emilio pucci, burberry.
shoulder up It seems every season a new body part is deemed en vogue. Ankles, thighs, midriff—each have, at one point or another, been considered fashion’s new frontier. Fast-forward to 2016 and there are few boundaries left to push, particularly when it comes to accentuating our bodies. But fashion must still seek new areas to expose and celebrate. So this season, let us bear witness to the latest erogenous zone: From puffed-up and super exaggerated (see “Strong Arm,” page 22) to fully exposed for all the world to admire (see right), it would appear the style for spring ’16 rests squarely on one’s shoulders. Sure, women have been in the habit of dressing in shoulder-centric clothing since the 1940s, but this is not your run-of-the-mill strapless dress or shoulder-emphasizing jacket. These new creations have been sliced, slashed, and engineered to not only optimize drama but also heighten your clavicle (and in some cases highlight your months of hard work at barre class). So should you dare to dabble, your options are plentiful. Be it the poetic romance of Derek Lam, Sonia Rykiel, and Chloé, or the aggressive glamour of Diesel Black Gold, Hood by Air, and Eckhaus Latta, or even the full-stop chic of Givenchy, Proenza Schouler, and Roland Mouret, you are sure to be serving a cold shoulder to those who haven’t caught on yet. JE
top, from left: hervé léger, chloé, hood by air. middle, from left: anrealage, roland mouret, derek lam, eckhaus latta. bottom, from left: jil sander navy, adeam, sonia rykiel, givenchy, diesel black gold, proenza schouler.
take a bow Trends come and go so quickly these days, it’s enough to make one fit to be tied. The addition of fashion seasons (both pre-fall and resort) has swept the design community into a breakneck pace of constant output. And sometimes, in an effort to capture the attentions of our rapacious consumer culture, designers lose sight of what we ultimately want. Sure, clothes can be used to help you express yourself, convey your social tribe, even transmit your sociopolitical agenda—but ultimately the best clothes are simply the ones that make us swoon. Of course it’s not every day you find yourself heading to the office in a frothy, floor-length frock, nor for that matter do you often walk the dog in a gold embroidered cocoon coat replete with sequin and feather applique. But wouldn’t the world be a much more beautiful place if you did? OK, so perhaps an Isabella Blow or an Anna Piaggi on every corner is too much to hope for, but how about a bow? Aren’t the most lovely presents the ones wrapped up in ribbon? Well so, too, is the best fashion. From huge pussycat bow blouses at Gucci to modernist ribbon-lacing binding together Proenza Schouler’s coats, this trend sure bodes well for a beautiful spring. JE
top, from left: moschino, chanel, rochas, marc jacobs. middle, from left: mary katrantzou, oscar de la renta, arthur arbesser, salvatore ferragamo. bottom, from left: proenza schouler, isabel marant, maison margiela, gucci.
hair: sven bayerbach at carol hayes management london using bumble and bumble. makeup: theresa davies at carol hayes management london using m.a.c cosmetics.
rising model and newly minted victoria’s secret star leomie anderson is a big talent and even bigger personality. by jessica bumpus. photographed by bella howard
“Everyone loved it, but it’s the weirdest thing to me because I haven’t even got any boobs!” declares the 23-year-old Leomie Anderson with an effusive laugh, referring to the end-of-runway shimmy seen ’round the world that she delivered during her recent Victoria’s Secret fashion show debut. “That’s why it’s so funny, because nothing was moving except the outfit!” As we chat post-photo shoot in her native London, the tracksuit-sporting self-confessed foodie and newly appointed Angel fills the room with her sparkly energy. “The reason I wanted to do the Victoria’s Secret show is because it’s one of the only ones where the girls get to show their personalities, instead of pretending to be somebody else,” she says,
flashing a charismatic smile. “It’s one of those shows I always looked at and wondered what I would do at the end of the runway.” The opportunity represented a big break in Anderson’s career, which started when she was scouted at age 14 on the way home from school—rocking red hair and blue mascara, no less. “I looked crazy, but they still saw the potential, which is cool,” she recalls. At the time, modeling was not on her radar, but she did aspire to work in fashion. “That’s one thing I always knew. I wanted to create content for a fashion magazine or website, and then I thought maybe I wanted to do something in TV,” she explains. As fate would have it, her first fashion week season came at a time when Premier Model Management, the agency that discovered her, became the focus of a weekly reality
television show in the U.K. called The Model Agency, and Anderson ended up having a starring role. “People remind me about it more than I think about it, but it was a good experience and nice to be able to look back at,” she reflects. Fastforward to 2012 and she launched a blog, CrackedChinaCup. com, which, aside from documenting her backstage fashion week diaries and what she’s wearing or obsessing over at the moment, is also a pretty good place to find some real talk. “It’s honest, because there are aspects of my job that are hard. I show the truth, and that’s really important to me,” she says. Take, for instance, Anderson’s two cents on interpersonal relationships. “The best advice I would give someone is ‘no new friends.’ Stick with your people. Don’t try and switch it up because you’re in a new environment— bring your friends with you,” she says. “That’s what’s going to keep you grounded. Look at Rihanna—#NoNewFriends.” Her other note of wisdom: embrace social media. “When models tell me they don’t have Instagram, I’m just thinking, ‘You’ve played yourself, mate. You’re not impressing anyone by not having Instagram, because at the end of the day if you put our job down in its simplest form, we’re paid for our image.’” Followers, she shrewdly points out, are currency. We’ll take her word for it, especially considering that she has managed to build herself an impressive CV, which includes working with Italian Vogue and walking for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, and Chloé. (You’ve even seen her grace our fashion pages just this past December.) She names her friend Jourdan Dunn as a big inspiration: “You can see she started from the bottom, she worked her way up, and now she’s at supermodel status. It wasn’t just handed to her on a plate. And
throughout the whole thing she’s stayed the same.” Off the catwalk and away from the lens, Anderson splits her time between South London and Harlem, New York (because you “don’t see any fashion people,” she adds). Her hobbies include providing running commentary during movies and listening to rising U.K. musical acts like Lancey Foux (who also happens to be her boyfriend) and Bree Runway. What’s next for her? “Who knows! I don’t even know what I’m doing tomorrow. I don’t even know what I’m going to eat tonight,” she says. “I’m just going with the flow of life. Hopefully big things, but I know this year is going to be a good year.” Something tells us it is, too.
Anderson and Foux.
day + night
strong suiting and statement outerwear meet negligeeinspired pieces in miu miuâ€™s spring collection. photographed by eric white. styled by dani stahl
all clothing and accessories worn throughout by miu miu.
Some things aren’t meant to make sense, and instead evoke a beautiful irrationality—celebrating a touch of absurdity and madness. Like Alice’s storybook adventures, they must be viewed through the looking glass. Miu Miu’s spring ’16 collection lives in this world of inverted expectations and topsy-turvy combinations. Gauzy, opulently frilly nightie-like pieces rendered in ruffled, pastel tulle and silk are made to be layered over structured, smartly tailored suiting in classic plaids and paired with thick knit sweaters. Loud geometric patterns and details in vibrant, poppy hues bring an added dimension to this dichotomy, upping the oddity factor. Accessories such as tiaras, chunky glam-rock platforms, and furry add-ons top off the effect. Equal parts darkly serious and girlishly sweet, the resulting look has an undeniably attention-grabbing, cerebral quality consistent with such a conceptual designer. I’ve always said that Miu Miu is for the real fashion lover. And for spring ’16, this exceptionally rule-flouting collection is especially for the NYLON girl. DANI STAHL
hair: travis speck at sally hershberger downtown. makeup: katie mellinger using le sourcil de chanel. manicurist: yuko wada at atelier management using dior le vernis. model: sofe at silent models.
outfit your spring wardrobe with picks inspired by fashion month’s finest. 1
CHRISTOPHER KANE 1. edun, $390 2. missguided, $34
3. tracy reese, $298 4. equipment, $208
5. armani exchange, $120 6. alexis bittar x jeremy scott, $298 7. jeremy scott, $130 8. rebecca minkoff, $195 9. cooper st, $129 10. cynthia rowley, $250 11. aldo, $90 12. we love colors, $4 13. dsquared 2 , $1,055
DKNY 1. clare v., $295 2. brunello cucinelli, $3,695 3. elizabeth and james, $135 4. 12ten, $138
5. gap, $20 6. behno, $525 7. french connection, $128 8. c/meo collective, $125 9. asos, $65 10. topshop, $85
11. opening ceremony, $450 12. hue, $10 13. ganni, $340
DRIES VAN NOTEN
1. giamba: jacket, $1,695, pants, $1,045 2. keepsake, $170 3. joie, $278 4. anna sui, $310 5. weekend max mara, $250 6. jil sander, $320 7. brock collection, $2,100 8. ganni, $190 9. carven, $650
10. kotur, $595 11. victoria, victoria beckham, $520 12. diesel, $58
VERSACE 1. current/elliott, $238 2. 3x1, $365 3. les coquines, $177 4. alpha industries, $140 5. marc jacobs, $175
6. alexander wang, $650 7. bibi van der velden, $5,800 8. buffalo david bitton, $59 9. ash studio paris, $427 10. roberto cavalli, $1,380 11. jaggar, $225
12. [blanknyc], $98
still lifes: george underwood.
sami miró with preternatural vintage-sleuthing skills that she’s built into a fullblown career, and a hollywood leading man for a beau, this l.a. fashion plate is simply killing it. by lisa butterworth. photographed by scott león
hair: tori mcconkey. makeup: daisy ontiveros.
Sami Miró is a vintage-clothes whisperer. An ’80s suit with gigantic shoulder pads becomes a totally sexy ensemble when she’s done with it. A men’s leather jacket that most would overlook becomes completely covetable after she plucks it from the rack. When we meet at a French café in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz hood, she’s wearing an old oversize black Malcolm X T-shirt paired with a velvet-adorned sheer turtleneck, black jeans, booties, and at least one ring on every finger (including her mom’s wedding band). The 28-year-old’s got a serious sixth sense when it comes to making the old new again, which is what helped her make the leap from a career in marketing to what she does now: vintage curation, styling, and an upcoming secret venture that she won’t say much about except that it will combine her three main passions— business, vintage fashion, and creativity. There’s another major element of Miró’s life that she doesn’t much want to dish on: her relationship with her super-famous boyfriend, Zac Efron. But that doesn’t stop other people from talking. Tabloids keep constant track of the couple, even on their recent monthlong vacation in Asia. “Some media outlets are like, ‘And so-and-so’s model girlfriend.’ I’m like, ‘You guys, stop saying I’m a model. I’m 5’5”—let’s be real,’” she says with a laugh as our almond milk lattes arrive. But Miró has done some modeling for brands like Levi’s and Missguided—not an easy feat for a person who’s happiest when she’s not the center of attention. “You have to kind of grow a pair and do it,” she says. “And that’s taught me a lot on life in general.” She will bring up Efron when it comes to work, however. “I’m styling Zac, which is a natural transition,” she says. “It was something we did—now it’s just having an official role for it.” Even though styling is new to Miró (with a B.A. in marketing and a master’s degree in global entrepreneurship and management, she worked at a tech/consumer electronics start-up until well after her move to L.A. in 2013), vintage clothing is not. She was a teen in her hometown of San Francisco when she first discovered it as a way to keep up on the cheap with her rich, designer-clad classmates at private school. “Then it turned into me realizing, ‘Oh wait, this Lacoste polo that went from the traditional purple to the faded purple and now has some random holes in it is actually so much more awesome than your new Lacoste polo,’” she says. “I realized the value that age gives to clothing and how special it becomes. Everything is one-off, everything is unique, and everything tells a story.” And while her epic clothing collection, enviable style, and, yes, hot Hollywood bae make Miró an obvious Girl We Heart, it’s her attitude that takes our love to the next level. “I don’t ever dress for anyone else, ever, ever, ever,” she says. “It’s like, ‘Does this outfit complete me? OK. I’m ready to go.’”
miró’s musts Eating: L.A.’s Sushi Park—definitely the uni Drinking: I love a good cold-pressed juice. I’ve been drinking the green ones that have no fruit in them. You can’t sip those things, you gotta just chug. Beautifying: Organic sunscreen’s a must. And EO’s lavender body oil.
Listening: I love me some hip-hop, always. Ty Dolla $ign is my favorite right now. Reading: My dad gave me the autobiography of Lenny Bruce. He used to know Lenny like a million years ago and it meant a lot for me to read it. But it’s actually really incredible and still very relevant. Visiting: Museums— it’s something I need to do more of.
Believing: In always being yourself. I’ll go back home and see all my friends, and they’re like, “Oh my god, I’m so happy you’re still you.” I’m like, “Duh, what did you think?” Rejuvenating: Yoga, the sauna, and the cryosauna, which is basically like an ice chamber
—RIDE OR DIE
cari sladek + her 1970 chevy nova
cruising with the artist-model-gearhead in her hot wheels. by marissa g. muller. photographed by jacqueline harriet “This is my little sculpture that I get to drive around,” swoons Cari Sladek. We’re standing in the full-time artist and part-time model’s studio in the back of her “Inglewood Ranch,” where she resides with her boyfriend, fellow artist Vince Szarek—but she’s not talking about one of her own pieces. The object of beauty in question is a golden 1970 Chevy Nova, a car the size of a speedboat with an engine that roars just as loud. A lifetime loyalist to Chevy, Sladek picked up the “blank canvas,” as she calls it, five years ago in Marina del Rey, a stone’s throw from her then-neighborhood of Venice Beach. Since then, she’s entirely rebuilt the vehicle and given it a splashy new paint job with help from Szarek, who, with his ’65 Impala and pickup truck, shares Sladek’s soft spot for vintage Chevys. It was actually the Nova that brought the pair together after a brief encounter at Art Basel. “He knew what make and year my car was when he saw it,” remembers Sladek. “We fell in love after that.” Like any relationship, the Nova is a constant work in progress. Just before meeting up with us, Sladek labored day and night tuning it up, “putting in a new master cylinder and fuel filter, fixing an oil line leak, and tweaking the carburetor.” We get to reap the rewards as we cruise around her Westside neighborhood to talk all things automotive.
What was your introduction to cars? My dad always worked at Chevy dealerships, so I’ve always had love for older cars. They’re like timetravel machines. What made you curious about the mechanical side of things? It was this car specifically, because the chance of me breaking down is very likely. There’ve been times when my car will just stall—the important thing is to stay calm and be prepared for anything. If my Nova isn’t running, I’m not a happy camper. But, one way or another, I’ll get it running. There’s nothing like putting in time and energy to fix it. Sladek swings right onto La Brea Avenue. How did you find your Chevy Nova? I got really lucky. I was waiting for this car and it only took me two months to find it. I saw it on
Craigslist and it was right in my price range. It came in a midnight blue and originally I got a crappy paint job, but recently my boyfriend painted it Mojave gold. It’s the GM factory color from 1972 and I really like it because it’s period-correct and it’s fun.
What’s your favorite place to go for a drive? I love the PCH near Malibu.
What kind of work have you done to it? I’ve put in a new transmission—I had a three-speed and now I have a four-speed—and new fuel pump. I’ve converted the front breaks. I’m lucky that I have my friend Felix, who is such a good mechanic—he teaches me how to do it all. Felix has been racing his whole life, so naturally I got interested and I’ve been buying more high-performance racing stuff for under the hood. Vince’s ‘65 Impala is very clean and drives like a grandma car, but I’m souping mine up in a different way. I’m always working on how to get my car faster.
What’s usually playing on your car stereo? Most of the time I don’t listen to music because I like to listen to the engine and be in tune with it. I want to hear if something is changing or if whatever adjustment I’ve just done is making a difference—right now I hear it bogging down. I’m going to get a new carburetor soon. When I used to listen to the radio, I was listening to older stuff like Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and Lefty Frizzell.
We ascend a hill until we’re eye level with the tops of the palm trees. The sun is starting to set.
As a woman, have you ever found yourself treated any differently in the car world? Mechanics lie all the time to girls because they think [we’re] dumb. I took my car somewhere to
get a simple oil change and the next day it wasn’t running right. So now I do all of my oil changes myself. We stop at the intersection of Overhill Drive and Northridge Drive where Sladek’s car stalled a few days ago—an occasional fact of life for a true vintage-ride diehard. Do you see cars as an extension of people’s personalities? It definitely is for me, but it may not be so convenient for someone who has to rely on their car for a 9-to-5 commute. I chose to make my car a lifestyle. I love driving, so I’ll find an excuse to go somewhere.
all tied up subtly psychedelic prints for the modern-day hippie. photographed by darren ankenman. styled by jak
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hair and makeup: allie b. at jk artists using koh gen do cosmetics. model: meredith at freedom models.
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whether your muse is grace jones partying it up at studio 54 or cherie currie rocking out in the
try these: burberry eye colour wet & dry silk shadow in stone blue no. 307, $29, sephora.com; bobbi brown high shimmer lip gloss in pastel, $26, sephora.com; bumble and bumble dryspun finish, $31, bumbleandbumble.com. opposite page: kat von d metal crush eyeshadow in thrasher, $21, sephora. com; marc jacobs beauty velvet noir major volume mascara, $26, sephora. com; bumble and bumble bb. curl defining creme, $31, bumbleandbumble.com.
runaways, we have a beauty look for you. photographed by ben rayner
try these: nars duo eyeshadow in bouthan and jolie poupee, $35 each, sephora.com; too faced better than sex mascara, $23, sephora.com; bite beauty lush fruit lip gloss in strawberry, $22, sephora.com; bumble and bumble donâ€™t blow it, $31, bumbleandbumble.com.
try these: urban decay eyeshadow in haight, $19, sephora.com; clinique cheek pop in berry pop, $22, sephora.com; bareminerals marvelous moxie lipgloss in hypnotist, $18, sephora.com; bumble and bumble bb. curl conditioning mousse, $31, bumbleandbumble.com.
try these: make up for ever glitters in white violet 4 and silver 2, $15 each, sephora. com; smithâ€™s rosebud salve, $8, urbanoutfitters. com; bumble and bumble does it all hairspray, $29, bumbleandbumble.com. opposite page: make up for ever glitters in pink 8 and gold 1, $15 each, sephora. com; sephora collection color lip last in 16 orange rocks, $14, sephora.com; bumble and bumble bb. curl prestyle/re-style primer, $28, bumbleandbumble.com.
try these: urban decay electric pressed pigment palette, $49, sephora.com; givenchy le rouge in 101 beige mousseline, $36, sephora. com; deborah lippmann sweets for my sweet set, $34, sephora.com; bumble and bumble bb. curl anti-humidity gel-oil, $34, bumbleandbumble.com.
try these: m.a.c cosmetics eye shadow in rule, $16, maccosmetics.com; holika holika aqua petit jelly cc tint bar in pink, $10, urbanoutfitters.com; stila aqua glow watercolor blush in water blossom, $26, urbanoutfitters.com; bumble and bumble spray de mode, $29, bumbleandbumble.com. styled by liz rundbaken. hair: mischa g. at bumble and bumble. makeup: linda gradin at lâ€™atelier management using m.a.c cosmetics. manicurist: yuko wada at lâ€™atelier management using dior vernis. models: katie moore and lily lightbourn at trump models.
downtown train In this day and age, the airbrushed look (see: the “Instagram brow”) has become easier to achieve and more "normal” to flaunt on the daily. Although we can appreciate intricacies such as an ombré lip, let’s be real: A full face is a lot of work. Thankfully, Milk Studios just released a line of products designed specifically for the camp that likes to look good, quickly, and still make a statement. Think fashion week rebel as opposed to thoroughly lipglossed guru. Milk Makeup has designed more than enough products for a full kit, with bright and easyto-use versions of staples like eye marker liners, lip pigments, and brow gels, to name a few. Unique
pucker up clinique has partnered with swedish pop star zara larsson for the raddest campaign ever. here, she gives jade taylor the inside scoop.
How did this partnership with Clinique happen? I heard that the Clinique team saw my video for “Lush Life” and loved it! They approached me about working on this Lip Pop campaign and I couldn’t have been more excited to bring lipstick and music together. What are some of your favorite Clinique products? I’m a huge fan of
the Acne Solutions BB Cream—it feels like you’re wearing absolutely nothing on your face. And the Pretty Easy Liquid Eyeliner Pen is my favorite. What’s the one beauty product you take with you everywhere? Bronzer! I live in Sweden, so it’s necessary for me to fake a tan so people don’t mistake me for a ghost. What’s your favorite makeup look on stage? I’m a sucker for thick eyeliner, so that’s my No. 1 priority. What I like about stage makeup
pieces include blush oils, a liquid and putty concealer duo, two glossy liquid shadows, and a lash stain that’s smudge- and waterresistant—meaning it’ll still look good when you wake up the next morning. The fact that they left out foundation is telling; their vision for makeup is not to perfect, but to emphasize, create, and disrupt—demonstrated in their highly conceptual launch campaign that showcases bold geometrics, bare faces, and a long-haired dude rocking incredible purple liner. The products were created in-house by Milk from concept to design to formulation—resulting in a range of reliable, multiuse products suitable for all genders and any skin type or shade. Needless to say, we’re drinking it up. SOPHIA RICHARDS milk makeup, milkmakeup.com
is that there’s no such thing as too much. How would you describe your music? Pop! Most of my songs are about love—the good, the bad, the achy kind, the happy kind. I feel like everyone can relate to my lyrics. What are your feelings on playing SXSW this year? I’m excited and nervous—but in a good way. I can’t wait to get there and perform! What are you coming out with this year? My debut album! I’ve worked so damn hard on it.
milk makeup and charlotte tilbury stills photographed by graham pollack.
If we’re to accept Nietzsche’s opinion that a respectable philosopher ought to preach by example, surely makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury is the pinnacle of glamour. Since she started wearing makeup at 13, she’s never gone without it—not even for her husband. Her insistence on keeping the mystery alive is easy to critique, but she doesn’t see it as a mandate so much as an opportunity. When her iconic Magic Cream revolutionized backstage at fashion week, she was given a platform to help women have the best skin of their lives—and now she’s redefining beauty sleep, having launched a Magic Night Cream, Magic Eye Rescue, and Magic Foundation. Four years in the making, the Magic Night Cream relies on two star ingredients: winter daphne stem cell extract and time-released retinol, the anti-aging superstar that rejuvenates skin and increases collagen content. Give yourself some special treatment with the Eye Rescue. The eye area is one of the first to display signs of aging, but it can also be slowed with steady and preemptive TLC. The foundation, which comes in a large variety of shades, was formulated to be super lightweight and yet still be able to cover anything, all while working to reduce acne scarring, redness, rosacea, and discoloration—in other words, everything that tries to prevent you from feeling like a vixen. And a vixen Tilbury is: BFFs with Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, and Liberty Ross, and a self-started woman with a vision, she is sure to transfer a hint of her magic to you. SR charlotte tilbury magic foundation, $44 each; magic eye rescue, $60; magic night cream, $145; charlottetilbury.com.
clinique acne solutions bb cream broad spectrum spf 40, $38; clinique true bronze pressed powder bronzer, $27; clinique pretty easy liquid eyelining pen, $19.50; clinique lip pop lacquer lip colour +primer in love pop, $18, clinique. com for all.
take a bite
senior beauty editor jade taylor visits the bite beauty lab in toronto to get the scoop on what makes the perfect lipstick. here, she chats with founder susanne langmuir about their new amuse bouche collection. photographed by aaron wynia
How did Bite Beauty come to be? The idea for Bite came out of finding a lack of choices for what I wanted: products with beneficial ingredients, high performance, and luxe packaging. I was disappointed I couldn’t find any I liked, so I started making my own batches in my kitchen, since I have a background in cosmetic production. Why only offer lip products? Originally, we were creating an entire lineup of cosmetics (lips, eyes, cheek, skin), but I discovered it was better to focus and do something extraordinary in one category. Lipstick is timeless for every woman, it’s relatable. And of all the makeup you put on your face, lipstick is the one that actually goes on your mouth—essentially you can eat your lipstick—so I wanted to create a lipstick that benefited you both inside and out. How did you land on the name Amuse Bouche for the new collection? The translation of amuse-bouche is “entertainment for the mouth,” so it’s all about the perfect bite—taste, texture, flavor, scent, and sight. An amuse-bouche is a chef’s greatest creation, since the mouth benefits from a multisensory experience.
bite beauty amuse bouche lipstick, $26 each, sephora.com
How did this inspire the ingredients in the lipsticks? The concept of flavor was a great inspiration, so each lipstick is made of the perfect cocktail of 12 edible oils for long-lasting hydration: sweet almond, grape seed, olive, sunflower, apricot, avocado, coconut, argan, pomegranate, sesame, castor, and jojoba. Oftentimes the more pigmented lipsticks are, the more drying they can be; but our formulation allowed us to increase color payoff while still providing creamy hydration—and they all have a fresh citrus scent! What about the colors themselves? Keeping in mind that flavor inspired the color, we chose shade names like Gazpacho, Sour Cherry, Pickled Ginger—all tangible colors that conjure up taste. By growing to 34 shades we were able to have 10 that are interesting, edgy, and unique—for example, Black Truffle looks like a black lipstick, but has a gorgeous plum undertone.
Who are your ultimate lipstick icons? Risk takers! Rihanna, Jeanne Damas, and Maryam Nassir Zadeh are just a few women I can think of who pull off extraordinary lip colors with confidence. I consider all the women involved in Bite icons—there is such a passion for innovation in the colors and formulas that we all get excited about. Our SoHo Lip Lab store in New York City is a constant source of inspiration—women come from all over the world with an amazing clarity about what lipstick shade they want to wear, and we make it for them right there. How does your creative process work when creating a new lipstick shade? There isn’t really a process— inspiration is everywhere. Sometimes it’ll be an accident when we’re blending something in the lab and stumble upon a beautiful texture, or unique shade. Other times it’s an experience, which could come at any time! It could be the taste of something, or a piece of clothing—for example, an entire shade range we have was inspired by the lining of a Chloé bag. [Laughs] What is your beauty philosophy? I think all cosmetics are empowering, but the beauty of a lipstick is that you don’t need to have artistry, experience, or tools to try a new look—you can play and change it as often as you’d like in a way that isn’t permanent. I love seeing the expression on a woman’s face when she tries a black lipstick, or a bolder red than she’s tried before—it’s an awesome way to instantly change your look and mood.
the color wheel 窶認AC E VALUE
it may feel weird to coat your skin in shades of blue, green, and pink, but consider these color-correcting products your new bffs when it comes to reducing dark spots, redness, and dullness. by jade taylor. photographed by graham pollack
tip: green color correctors neutralize redness and are helpful to apply on breakouts, acne scars, or red patches.
tip: yellow, orange, and pink color correctors are perfect for concealing purple and blue tones, such as veins and dark under-eye circles.
tip: purple and blue color correctors help counteract any yellow or orange undertones on skin, such as dark spots or sun spots, and leave a healthy-looking glow.
counterclockwise from top right: make up for ever step1 skin equalizer in 10 caramel, $36; algenist reveal concentrated color correcting drops in reveal apricot, $38; marc jacobs beauty cover(t) stick color corrector in getting warmer 320, $42; vmv hypoallergenics skin the bluff in no more blues, $20; make up for ever step1 skin equalizer in 6 cool pink, $36; sephora collection bright future color correctors in 03 pink, $14; algenist reveal concentrated color correcting drops in reveal pink, $38; fiona stiles beauty full cover perfect finish peach corrector, $24; m.a.c cosmetics studio conceal and correct duo in pale yellow/pale pink, $25; clinique superprimer face primer in colour corrects, $27; sephora collection bright future color correctors in yellow, $14; algenist reveal concentrated color correcting drops in reveal green, $38; nyx cosmetics concealer jar in green, $5; vmv hypoallergenics skin the bluff in red alert, $20; marc jacobs beauty cover(t) stick color corrector in co(vert) affairs 300, $42; & other stories cc quad, $15; essence say no to redness, $3; sephora collection bright future color correctors in 01 green, $14; nyx cosmetics hd photogenic concealer wand in green, $5; nyx cosmetics color correcting cream in green light/medium, $14; maybelline facestudio master prime blur + redness control primer, $10; nyx cosmetics hd photogenic concealer wand in lavender, $5; marc jacobs beauty cover(t) stick color corrector in bright now 310, $42; make up for ever step1 skin equalizer in 7 blue, $36; algenist reveal concentrated color correcting drops in reveal blue, $38.
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making the case for a brown lipstick comeback. by jade taylor. photographed by maxwell clements
Although we can’t be sure of who started the trend, it’s hard not to picture Jean Harlow when we think of brown lipstick. This came from necessary “movie magic” in the ’30s, since silver screen sirens were portrayed in black-and-white and had to use unconventional makeup colors to trick viewers: The majority of women at the time weren’t actually wearing red lipstick like you’d think, but were really rocking dark browns. It wasn’t until the ‘70s that brown lipstick had its glorious heyday, made popular by makeup brands like Revlon, and seen on goddesses like Lauren Hutton and Farrah Fawcett. Of course, bronze lips ruled the ‘90s the hardest, and became a beauty staple for grunge girls like Winona Ryder and Drew Barrymore. Fast-forward to 2016 and the lip color has been spotted on the pouts of everyone from Kylie Jenner to Frances Bean Cobain, once again making waves in the beautysphere. Lucky for us, the shade selection has grown exponentially over the years to suit all skin tones—now you just have to find the perfect hue for you.
from left to right: make up for ever rouge artist intense color lipstick in m3 matte caramel, $20; kat von d studded kiss lipstick in piaf, $21; clarins rouge eclat lipstick in 19 chesnut brown, $27; sonia kashuk satin luxe lip color in 81 barely nude, $10; giorgio armani beauty rouge d’armani sheers in 114 chestnut, $34; clé de peau extra rich lipstick refill and holder in 308, $65; m.a.c cosmetics lipstick in double shot, $17. stills photographed by graham pollack. makeup: katie mellinger using chanel rouge coco. model: bianca valle.
mou boots and park city photographed by nick cruz, aprés ski party photographed by mat hayward for wireimage.
Lights, Camera, Action A PR ÉS SK I PA R T Y AT S U NDA NCE Every year, the who’s who of film flock to Park City, Utah, to celebrate independent cinema at the Sundance Film Festival. And the starstudded parties are just as popular as the movies—including our annual Aprés Ski Party with DREAM Hotels, which took place on the stunning rooftop of the Main & SKY hotel this year. The awesome on-demand beauty app beGlammed helped us get dolled up for the event, and we took selfies in the snow with the Photage App, which made its debut at the festival. With picturesque views of Park City in the background, guests danced to beats by Mel DeBarge, and kept warm and toasty with libations from Tequila Avión and 50 Bleu Vodka, Heineken, and Red Bull. After hanging out with Harley Quinn Smith, AnnaLynne McCord, and Nick and Joe Jonas, we were back to film-hopping in our cozy, handcrafted Mou Boots (because nobody wants to ruin their heels in the snow!).
natural instinct — C O U N T E R C U LT U R E
meet some of the all-natural, organic, cruelty-free, and handmade beauty products we’re lusting over. by jade taylor. illustrated by liz riccardi
plant life After Jes Morgan spent a considerable amount of time studying plants in a medicinal herb greenhouse, she “felt called upon to be a voice for nature in our modern era.” Her answer? Good4You Plant Makeup, an independent beauty brand that uses local flowers and herbs to create cosmetics, skincare, and botanical fragrances. Some of our personal makeup
faves are the Sandalwood Blush Powder, Lilac Lip Balm, Chamomile Body Powder, Plant Shadow Mascara, and Blood Orange Lip Tint—all packed with locally grown or certified organic ingredients and whimsical packaging. Skincare, bath, and hair heroes include yummy offerings such as the Wild Bathing Flowers, Mermaid Dreams Hair Spray, Rose Petal Clay Mask, and Seaweed Balm. But don’t forget to check out the brand’s incense selection, which has olfactory treats like Lavender and Frankincense, Sage and Copal, and Red Cedar cones that’ll cleanse and scent your home, too. good4you plant makeup, plantmakeup.com
face to face
After a close friend of brothers Keston and Jeremy Mujis developed a reaction to almost all beauty products while undergoing cancer treatment, the pair became zealously passionate about the power of organic alchemy. Together, they founded Grown Alchemist—formulating products with plant-based active ingredients that are compatible with human biology. This season, the line is growing by adding two new launches: Tinted Hydra Repair Day Cream: Camellia and Geranium Blossom, and Hydra-Repair Eye Balm. The former is a universally flattering tinted day cream that enhances skin tone while hydrating and nourishing, thanks to its blend of camellia and rose hip seed oils. The latter is designed to be applied before bedtime, since active ingredient helianthus seed extract increases the skin’s lipid structure while you snooze. Both are packaged in sleek, minimalist black bottles, proving that organic skincare can be très chic after all. grown alchemist tinted hydra-repair day cream: camellia and geranium blossom, $50, hydra-repair balm, $100, grownalchemist.com
in the flowers whip my hair This month, Lush Cosmetics— our favorite handmade, crueltyfree, 100 percent vegetarian brand—is expanding its unique line of hair-care treatments to suit all varieties of textures, and we couldn’t be more stoked. One of our favorites, a shampoo called Jersey Bounce, is packed with honey, linseed, sea salt, and organic lemon juice to do just as the name states: make your hair bounce. Seriously, your scalp will never feel cleaner—not to mention the enviable shiny strands the treatment leaves behind. Another highlight: The Hot Oil Hair Treatments— Damaged (to rehydrate thirsty locks), Kinky (to strengthen natural curls), and Tangled (for taming those pesky knots)—are
all packed with natural oils and butters, and, in typical Lush fashion, are beautifully scented with earthy aromas. Finally, the line boasts three new hairstyling products: Sunny Day (an anti-static hair detangler), Hair Custard (adds moisture with its protein-rich formula), and Mr. Dandy’s Hair Candy (a texturizing cream). Unsurprisingly, it’s hard for us to pick a favorite. lush cosmetics hot oil treatments, $10-$11; hair dressings, $24 each; sunny day anti-static hair detangler and jersey bounce shampoo, $20 each; lushusa.com
If you’re unfamiliar with Hi Wildflower Botanica—the smallbatch perfume, skincare, and hand-poured soy candle line based out of Brooklyn, listen up: Tanwi Nandini Islam, founder, tells “a story inspired by wildflowers, faraway places, and familiar evocations” in each product, and we are beyond obsessed. For their newest Ritual Collection, the brand is releasing a fragrance called Nāmaka, inspired by the Hawaiian goddess of the ocean, and featuring an incredibly rare, all-natural Tahitian gardenia absolute. Top notes include neroli, marine accord, and white grapefruit; heart notes showcase tiare flower, mimosa olessence, and coconut milk; and base notes are composed of eucalyptus absolute and nutmeg. The end result is a hybrid floral-citrus scent that’s absolutely stunning and unique—trust us, we can’t stop spritzing ourselves with it. hi wildflower botanica nāmaka eau de parfum, $65, hiwildflower.com
jacket and boots by miu miu, top by merch junkies, pants by sandro.
jacket by hilfiger collection, dress by blumarine, jeans by zadig & voltaire, shoes by t.u.k., bracelet by holst + lee, rings on left pointer finger and left middle finger by we who prey, socks by topshop, keough’s own rings on both ring fingers (worn throughout).
At Kure Spa in Silver Lake, we’re testing out polishes for a mani-pedi, and the tyranny of choice is killing us. We want all of the colors, like a unicorn’s mane. “I always want to go for the wild shades,” says Keough, her voice still a tad hoarse from pneumonia, “but most of the time, I just have to pick nude.” Defeated, she brings the Deborah Lippmann neutral back to our cushioned white perches where the spa technicians scrub away at our soles. It’s a safe choice—the barely there hue won’t clash with the dark Dior ensemble she’ll wear tomorrow to the Critics’ Choice Awards (Mad Max: Fury Road, in which she plays a rubyhaired concubine on the run, snagged nine awards, including Best Director for George Miller)—but it also has an intriguing resonance with Keough’s latest project. In The Girlfriend Experience, set to premiere on Starz next month, the actress plays a Chicago law student who revels in the empowerment and detachment of sex work—and spends a lot of her time naked in the throes of calculated ecstasy. Innocuous nail shades aside, the role, like many of Keough’s career choices, is a high-wire feat that should pay off big time. In the span of a few flurried years, Keough, 26, has defined herself as a gutsy and unvarnished actress who doesn’t blanch at stripping down for steamy sex scenes (hetero, lesbian, or otherwise) or playing a harem member in a dust-raw dystopia. Her laid-back personality—at times in our conversation, she tips her head back like she’s sunning at the beach, her voice close to a sigh—translates on-screen as unflappable. She’s a naturalistic performer who has yet to blink. “I don’t have a weird button on nudity really,” she says with a wave of her notyet-manicured hand. “I guess I’m a bit hippie in that sense. You kind of know
what you’re signing up for when you’re doing a show about a sex worker.” The 13-episode series jumps off from the 2009 Steven Soderbergh movie of the same name (starring porn star Sasha Grey as Christine), but it digs into the main character’s manipulative psyche even more, while expertly dodging clichés. “We weren’t making her come from some fucked-up background, or from abuse, or being forced into it.…I think the show is really not judgmental and unbiased to that world,” says Keough. “I didn’t want to be like, ‘Hey, I’m promoting it,’ or ‘Hey, I’m against it.’ We wanted to show an accurate story of this girl who ends up doing it.” Truth be told, Christine is not particularly likable. As Keough puts it: “She’s selfish and controlling, and she really likes sex. She’s not a character you often see written for a woman as a lead, and you’re kind of put off by it, because women are supposed to be super wholesome and moral or whatever.” She pauses, her lips forming a lazy grin. “That’s why I liked it.” Created by Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz, the drama was produced by Soderbergh, who played matchmaker between the creative team and Keough. Soderbergh first cast her as a hot-mess stripper in Magic Mike. “I got a very interesting vibe from her,” he says of Keough’s performance. “She seemed very unself-conscious. She has a quality that’s rare in a person, much less an actor. There’s no sense of trying to protect an idea of herself, or a persona that’s separate from who she is at her core.” Because of this, she establishes a startling intimacy with the viewer. “You really feel like you’re spying on her,” adds Soderbergh. “You feel like you’re watching someone when they’re alone.” He points out that the shoot, which took place during six months of winter in Toronto, was grueling. “And she had to carry the whole thing. I think she had one day off.”
But Keough is no stranger to tough shoots. For Mad Max, “there wasn’t really a set; there was just a truck in the desert,” she says. “It was huge and wild and dusty and exactly what it looked like on-screen for six or seven months, which was really hard. Everybody went through such crazy shit on that film. In hindsight, I think we all really had a good experience. That’s what you want as an actor, you want to be immersed in whatever you’re doing. But there are moments like, ‘Fuck this, I want a cheeseburger.’” Mad Max has marked a watershed moment for Keough, career-wise and personally. Grossing more than $375 million worldwide at press time, it’s her biggest showcase yet. While filming, she met her husband, stuntman Ben SmithPetersen, who plays the film’s most campy character, the guitarist strapped to an apocalypse-mobile. In the Namib Desert of southern Africa, he was just one of dozens of stuntmen. “They all looked the same and had bald heads and I was like, ‘Oh, whatever. It’s too much to try and figure everybody out,’” she says. But then reshoots happened in Australia and a week grew into two sun-dazed months of road-tripping to Smith-Petersen’s native Byron Beach and lazing about Sydney. “It was the summer and you could go topless on the beach and drink a beer and be in the ocean every day—and the food’s amazing,” says Keough. “Ben and I started hanging out, and then we started dating. Then I imported him.” Keough cleaves to intense experiences, relationships included (she’s already been engaged once before, to actor Alex Pettyfer from Magic Mike). With Smith-Petersen, “we were together eight months and then we got engaged,” she says. “But I think I told him I wanted to marry him after a week. I was like, ‘Homie… .’ I don’t know, I just had a moment. I don’t over-intellectualize it because it just kind of happened, and I went with my gut there. We both had the same reaction, like, ‘OK, cool.’” In the middle of our spa sesh, SmithPetersen wanders in, looking sheepish to interrupt but gleeful to see his wife. The two have been house-hunting lately— and one day, Keough says, they’ll have “a tribe of babies”—but today he’s just
dress by mcq, jacket worn around waist by a.l.c., earring by vanessa mooney, necklace by we who prey.
waiting to hang out. They spend most of their downtime drinking with friends or watching UFC fights, occasionally playing raucous games of charades. Keough sends him away quickly, but it’s obvious she feeds on the closeness. “Oh god, I’ve had so many relationships,” she says, sitting up a bit in her chair, her light cat eyes sparkling. “I’m not shy about that. I’m not someone that’s delusional to the fact that I’ve been in crazy relationships, and a lot of relationships. I like being in relationships. I’d like to say to myself that I love being alone, but I hate it. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. People always make this issue out of, ‘Oh you don’t like being alone.’ No, it’s fucking lonely. That’s why people have relationships.” In that way, Keough takes after her mother, Lisa Marie Presley, who’s had a number of high-profile loves and flameouts: Michael Jackson, Nicolas Cage, Danny Keough (Riley’s dad), and her current husband, Michael Lockwood,
with whom she has twin girls 19 years younger than Riley. Keough describes her family as “super close: my mom, my dad, my brother, me, my sisters. We’re like weirdly close. We know all each other’s business, and it’s a not-goodsometimes kind of close. We text a lot. I probably talk to my parents every two or three days.” She credits her mother for her own level-headed approach to fame. “She was like, ‘I don’t want you growing up like another Hollywood celebrity daughter.’ She was so not about that life, you know? She didn’t really put attention on it. It was there. We’d get photographed doing stuff, but I didn’t see a tabloid until I was 15.” Elvis Presley, who died before Keough was born, was “acknowledged and treated like what he is, which is a family member,” she says. “It was never like, ‘He was very famous.’ I was aware of the legacy because I was around it growing up. We were always going to
jacket by chanel, t-shirt by koza, skirt by marc jacobs, choker by i still love you nyc.
stylist’s assistants: lex robinson and mercedes natalia. hair: mark townsend at starworks artists using dove hair care. hairstylist’s assistant: clay hawkins. makeup: kayleen mcadams at the wall group using lancôme. manicurist: debbie leavitt at nailing hollywood using the nailing hollywood collection in “strand.”
Graceland—but it’s never burdened me in any way really.” She blows on her polish to speed up the drying process. “I didn’t have it as hard as my mom. I didn’t have his last name. There’s something about that…writing my name, it’s not Presley. That’s heavy.” Growing up between Hawaii, Los Angeles, and London, Keough entertained herself as a child by making amateur films, starting at age 11. “I thought people were super interesting, so I’d film everything, and make these weird little horror movies, and have my mom’s friends edit them together and add music,” she says. Keough didn’t go on her first audition—for the rock biopic The Runaways—until age 19. “I was already exposed to it a little bit, so I didn’t really want more of it,” she says of the celebrity side of the business. “I wanted to grow up before I started acting. I wanted to live my life a bit. I also really don’t like attention on me, so it was kind of coming to terms with all of that.” Of course, Keough nabbed the role of Marie Currie, sister to Dakota Fanning’s Cherie. It’d be the start of a streak of female-centric films, some of which portrayed feminine friendship gone toxic—or rabid in the case of Jack & Diane, where Keough and Juno Temple tangle as werewolves. “Riley completely lets herself go and steps into the skin of the roles she plays,” says Temple. “She takes risks—I feel like there is no part she would be afraid to embody.” So far, Keough’s had extraordinary fortune in finding roles that show off her risky side. “I think when you’re a girl and you’re young, you get pigeonholed as a pretty girl, or the sexy girlfriend of the main guy,” she says, “but my acting style is a lot different from what they’d want for something like that. I’m like, ‘I can’t do that.’ And they’re like, ‘What do you mean you can’t do that? You’re a young woman.’” Before she slips away to get Vietnamese noodles with Smith-Petersen, whom she’s been not-so-surreptitiously texting updates on her nail status (young love won’t wait for air-dry), we talk about her role in American Honey, an upcoming road-trip movie she stars in with Shia LaBeouf. The experience, which involved acting alongside several nonprofessionals, married feelings of being “inspired” and “freaked out a little,” she says. In other words, Keough felt right at home: “You’re not really thinking about acting at all. If I ever feel like I’m performing, I don’t get the fulfillment that I get when I feel like I’m existing in the story and truly being this person. That’s what I love doing.”
jacket by prada, jeans by filles a papa, boots by miu miu, bracelet on right wrist by chanel, bracelet on left wrist by libertine.
spice up your spring fashion game with a playful mix of sporty and luxe.
photographed by sacha maric. styled by karen levitt
coat by louis vuitton, sneakers by robert clergerie, socks by no kaâ€˜oi, watch by nooka.
top by norma kamali, skirt by dsquared2, leggings by aeance, sneakers by buscemi, visor by fleet ilya, arm pads by nike, stylistâ€™s own earbuds.
bra by forever 21, crop top by ashton michael, skirt, shoes, and gloves by chanel, leggings by adidas, watch by nooka.
top and hood by ashton michael, choker by i still love you nyc.
jacket by marni, pants by mary katrantzou, customized sneakers by adidas originals, belt by fleet ilya.
jacket by maryme-jimmypaul, top by versace, pants by adidas, sneakers by buscemi.
jacket by adidas originals by rita ora, dress by emanuel ungaro, watch by nooka.
hair: yoichi tomizawa at art department using klorane. makeup: theo kogan for armour beauty. manicurist: miss pop using chanel le vernis. model: laura sims at the society management.
jacket by georgine, top by alexander wang, visor by fleet ilya.
sheer fabrics and cheeky silhouettes shine a spotlight on standout undergarments.
photographed by silja magg. styled by christine de lassus
all clothing by dries van noten, shoes by laurence dacade, socks by pan & the dream, photographerâ€™s own ring worn throughout.
vintage blazer by jean paul gaultier from cloak wardrobe, pants by acne studios, shoes by dior, earring worn throughout by sacai.
top, shorts, and boxer shorts by alexander wang, scarf by sacai.
coat, white underwear, and neckpiece by prada, paisley print bra and underwear by deborah marquit, boots by miu miu.
dress by gucci, bra by pan & the dream, underwear by fendi, boots by laurence dacade, sunglasses by ahlem.
bra by noe undergarments, jeans by faith connexion, boxer shorts by alexander wang, sneakers by metalgienchi for nicopanda.
jacket, dress, and bra by saint laurent by hedi slimane, underwear by deborah marquit.
all clothing by miu miu, shoes by laurence dacade. stylistâ€™s assistant: pedro rodriquez gonzalez. hair: hanjee at jed root using bumble and bumble. makeup: paco blancas at jed root using estĂŠe lauder. manicurist: angel williams at opus beauty using dior le vernis. model: ros georgiou at the society management.
top and underwear by valentina kova, bra by rochas, shoes by dries van noten.
getting to know the fantastical fairy-tale world that is new zealand, as told by cool kiwis. photographed by zara mirkin. styled by zara mirkin and paris mitchell
GROWING UP IN NEW ZEALAND was, in retrospect, like winning the birthplace jackpot. We were so far removed from what was going on in the rest of the world: Musicians rarely toured here, trends arrived two years late. Mostly we were bored as hell, so instead we had to make our own fun in our back lawns, which just so happened to be a slice of the most beautiful, untouched paradise on Earth. The black sand beaches, deepblue crystalline rock pools, seemingly eternal waterfalls, impossibly multihued lakes, magical bubbling mud, and a population ratio of four sheep to one person—it was all ours. Surrounded only by nature, we really made use of our imaginations and creative potential. Most New Zealand kids do. I started doing fashion shoots when I was 18, packing up the car with a model and tons of old clothes for epic road trips in the countryside. And this kind of scrappy ethos is still at the heart of New Zealand youth culture. You can always see our roots in everything we do: a natural lo-fi vibe, no done-up hair, no makeup. Sometimes it takes leaving to realize it, but New Zealand really is the most magical place in the world, with some of the most interesting, down-to-earth people. Here, get familiar with NZ, or in Māori Aotearoa, “the land of the long white cloud,” from some of its freshest young faces. ZARA MIRKIN
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BECKY SKIRROW Age: 15 Occupation: Art student and model Based in: Muriwai Beach, Auckland One of my favorite memories from growing up in New Zealand is Muriwai’s Waitangi Day music festival organized by locals. All of the families would go up to the Houghtons Bush Camp with their
picnics. It was always such a joyful atmosphere. The Muriwai arts trail makes me inspired and amazed by how talented our community is. I like NZ-based artist Bill Hammond, because there is a lot of depth to his work and he uses a lot of symbology that I find intriguing. I also like Amanda Jakich, who is a local Muriwai artist. I love her use of color.
THE SCENE::Waiotapu is a geothermal wonder, with its volcanic steaming multi-colored lakes and champagne pools of bright greens and pinks. You can stare down into the Devil’s Bath and see craters full of bubbling hot mud or watch geysers shoot 20 meters into the sky. ZM
IMOGEN WATT Age: 21 Occupation: Student (working toward a Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Auckland). I’m currently completing a Summer Research Scholarship with Dr. Monique Jonas. Hopefully at the end we will get a paper published, which would be the first time my name would appear in academic print! Based in: Auckland I couldn’t pick a single favorite New Zealand
beach. I often go for a morning or afternoon swim at Cheltenham, a beautiful, calm beach looking out toward Rangitoto Island. Then there are “day-trip beaches” such as Goat Island, a marine reserve with amazing snorkeling, or the black sand beaches like Piha. If I am feeling really adventurous, I go to Hot Water Beach, which is famous for its underground hot springs. At low tide, you can dig a hole in the sand and watch it fill with warm water.
THE SCENE: Piha is a west coast black sand beach, reachable by a twisty drive down a scenic route past waterfalls where it’s said fairies live. You’ll see Lion Rock when you arrive; climb it and feel like you’re on top of the world. ZM
Vixen on Karangahape Road is my current go-to local shop because of its high-quality vintage pieces. My mother is head of the fashion department at Whitecliffe College in Auckland, so I grew up in her sewing room. I love fashion—it is fun and creative, and it allows people to express themselves—but I don’t like the “consumeconsume” mentality of fast fashion. I usually buy secondhand or make my own clothes. My favorite spot currently is the Blue Springs. You follow the Waihou River for just over an hour, walking through wetlands
and native bush, past a waterfall until you end up at the freshwater springs, where you can swim in the bluest water you will ever see. The water takes around 100 years to filter into the springs and is incredibly clear. There are lots of trout and watercress, and a big rock to jump off of. My friends and I have just started an “adventure team” where we are aiming to do at least one or two activities like this a month.
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on watt: top by search + destroy, vintage bodysuit from fast & loose, sneakers by vans, earrings by kate sylvester. on bogiatto: jacket by merch junkies, vintage t-shirt and shorts from fast & loose. previous spread, on skirrow: top by karen walker, vintage dress from the mercantile, sneakers by vans.
Age: 16 Occupation: Student and model. I recently did a Stephen Marr campaign that was really fun! Based in: Auckland My favorite thing to do in Auckland is go to the viaduct. I love how on one side there’s the city and on the other there’s the ocean. That balance makes me feel at peace. The most incredible natural site in New Zealand is probably the Milford Sound. The mountains and the water are so picturesque, and when the sun sets it is just stunning. My favorite NZ band is Six60, because their songs just have a chill vibe. If I ever felt homesick overseas I would listen to them because they remind me of NZ.
THE SCENE: Herne Bay wharf is on a city beach across from the Chelsea Sugar Refinery, a pink building that looks like a castle. ZM
COCO REARDON Age: 18 Occupation: Fashion student Based in: Auckland New Chums in the Coromandel is the most spectacular beach, as one of the only undeveloped beaches in New Zealand. It’s about a 30-minute walk through the forest to get there, but well worth it for the golden sand. It’s clear to see why it has been voted one of
the top 10 beaches in the world. Being surrounded by water, we have such amazing seafood. One place in particular that I love is Mission Bay Café right on the beach in the eastern bays of Auckland. I order the fresh calamari every time. My favorite museum in NZ would have to
be Te Papa on the beautiful harbor in Wellington. I went to the World of WearableArt exhibition there, which was incredible. Yellow Brick Road Boutique in Ponsonby has always been a favorite of mine for its unique ‘50s-style dresses and jewelry as well as its cute knickknacks and stationery.
THE SCENE: Rotorua was always referred to as “Rotovegas,” since people played the pokies (slot machines) there. It smells like rotten eggs from all the sulfur and geysers. There are luges, gondolas, blue and green lakes, hot pools, bubbling mud, and a lot of ugly-cool hotels— it’s just so weird and pretty. zm
THE SCENE: Lake Ohau is a glacial lake in the South Island. You have to drive hours to get there, but the payoff is like a dream: hundreds of bright pink and purple delphinium flowers, super-blue water, and mountains that stay snowy through the summer. ZM
on reardon: top by holly meyers, jeans by b side from the mercantile, necklace by karen walker. on frankish: sweater by harry were handknits, earrings by kate sylvester.
Age: 16 Occupation: Student and model. I’ve walked during New Zealand Fashion Week and I’ve recently done campaigns for Huffer and Kate Sylvester, as well as editorials for Fashion Quarterly, M2woman, Charta, Canvas, and 1am, to name a few. Based in: Auckland Some of my fondest memories from growing up in New Zealand are of going to my family’s bach [that’s NZ speak for beach house!] in Kinloch (Taupo) and learning to water-ski. Also, the Huka Falls in Taupo are stunning. On top of the gun emplacement in Bastion Point or on an old warehouse roof in Orakei are both really chill spots to picnic and admire Auckland’s scenery. I’d describe the NZ music scene as alternative and fast-changing. I like listening to KVKA from Hamilton. NZ is special not only for its physical nature, but the nature of the people. I always appreciate the kindness and friendliness from strangers and the respect we all have for one another.
from left: talea tatupu, becky skirrow, coco reardon. on tatupu: top by karen walker.
BIANCA HENRY Age: 17 Occupation: Full-time model Based in: Auckland
JADE WOODS Age: 20 Occupation: Student (studying communications) and model. I also recently worked on a music video— it was my first acting experience! Based in: Auckland The best place to see in Auckland is actually about 40 minutes outside of the city. It’s called Warkworth, and it
has these amazing old ruins that have been turned into a freshwater oasis. The most breathtaking natural site I have visited has to be the top of The Pinnacles. It is a hike and a half to get to, and it definitely tests my fear of heights, but on a clear day you can see for miles, and the natural rock formations are insane. A little restaurant in Browns Bay called Takara does the best ramen
in town. Charlies Gelato Garden in Matakana is the best place to get your ice cream fix—my favorite is the feijoa sorbet. There is a very laid-back vibe to Aucklanders’ looks, but at the same time a bit of glamour. My favorite NZ fashion brands include Ruby, Miss Crabb, Ovna Ovich, Rebe, Stolen Girlfriends Club, The Mercantile, Deadly Ponies...and there are so many more!
THE SCENE: Muriwai Beach is a black sand beach on the west coast of New Zealand. It’s filled mostly with surfers, as it’s one of the best surf spots in NZ, and it also has a huge gannet colony. But the coolest thing about it is that you can drive a four-wheeler up and down the beach, so it’s like Mad Max over there with people riding their buggies over the sand dunes! ZM
The best activity in Auckland is visiting New Zealand’s first cat café, The Cat Lounge, because…cats. Two Birds eatery in Hamilton is the best for organic food.
Music here is really unique. My favorite artist that started in NZ is Lorde! Recycle Boutique in Hamilton is my favorite because it’s all secondhand and you are bound to find little treasures.
on woods: top by karen walker, shorts by aztec rose from fast & loose, vintage earrings from the mercantile. on henry: vintage swimsuit top and pants from fast & loose, sneakers by adidas. on tatupu: top by merch junkies, vintage pants from fast & loose.
TALEA TATUPU Age: 16 Occupation: Student, model, and surfer in my downtime Based in: Hamilton The best beach in New Zealand for surf is Raglan, definitely! My favorite local surf shop/brand is North Beach. The Whanganui River has the most stunning natural scenery. It’s a definite must-see for anyone in or out of NZ—and Whanganui is where I’m from! Our multicultural society is particularly important to me, as I’m part Māori and Samoan. NZ is unique and beautiful and I am proud to call it home.
vintage coat from wasteland, jacket worn underneath and choker by acne, top by dries van noten, sweatpants by haider ackermann, kehlaniâ€™s own necklaces worn throughout.
plaid shirt by vince, vintage t-shirt from wasteland, ear studs from tsunami shop, earrings by h&m.
INDIE HOPEFUL TURNED GRAMMY-NOMINATED DARLING KEHLANI IS DRIVING R&B’ S RESURGENCE WITH BLUNT LYRICS AND A THROWBACK SOUND. BY JESSICA HERNDON. PHOTOGRAPHED BY JACQUELINE HARRIET
Spend the afternoon with Kehlani and little will be left unsaid. She’ll quip on Justin Bieber’s impressive last album: “He does that shit!” She’ll laugh about growing pains: “I’m just now learning how to be a woman, how to match my bra and my panties.” And she’ll deliver clinching one-liners about her sexuality: “I’ve dated a man, a woman, and a hermaphrodite.” Her candor is especially apparent within her lyrics, crafted by the heavily tattooed, Bay Area-bred beauty herself. “I’m a very parallel-to-my-life writer,” says the 20-yearold, tucking in her legs as she sits in a studio in Los Angeles, clad in ripped jeans and a black T-shirt. On mixtapes Cloud 19 and You Should Be Here, released independently in 2014 and 2015, respectively, Kehlani sings, unfeigned and frank in her husky coo, about love, self-esteem, and family over modest yet danceable beats reminiscent of ‘90s and early ‘00s R&B. Due in part to her tomboyish swag and tight choreography, she’s been compared to Aaliyah—arguably the poster child of that era—but her influences range from D’Angelo and Musiq Soulchild to groups like Destiny’s Child, TLC, and SWV. “I feel like that’s when music was at this golden time, when people were very outspoken but also had a purpose,” she says. “So for my music, I set out with a mission statement that whatever came out of my mouth had some purpose, even if it was a trap song.” The 15 tracks on You Should Be Here have been streamed more than 60 million times on SoundCloud, and the mixtape has earned a nomination for best urban contemporary album at the Grammys—an exceptional feat for someone who’s yet to release a record on a major label. But the game is changing. “Mindie” artists (major acts with indie cred) are at the forefront of the pack, and, after signing to Atlantic Records last year, Kehlani is preparing to release a new album this spring. “Everybody told me that I wasn’t going to make it. Tomboys were so cool, then everybody got really sexualized,” the singersongwriter admits of her preferred ensemble of baggy pants, a cutoff shirt, and sneakers. Her style criteria is simple: “Can I lay [sic] in it? Can I walk in it?” Still, she’s not totally satisfied with what she sees in the mirror. “I started getting tattoos because I didn’t fuck with the way I looked,” she says. “I still don’t think I’m cute. I think I look like a little boy and that I’m just rough.” But Kehlani is, in fact, stunning. Her ethnicity is a combination
jacket and choker by acne studios, top by dries van noten, sweatpants by haider ackermann, sneakers by nike, ear studs from tsunami shop, earrings by h&m, socks from target.
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of “black, white, Native American, and Spanish” and she has an infectious smile, bright eyes, and enviable abs. Raised in a family of little means in Oakland, California, Kehlani was adopted by her aunt after her mother, an addict, went to jail. (Her father died when she was just a baby.) Even after her mother was released, Kehlani didn’t become “cool” with her until more recently, says the singer, adding that her mom is in a program to kick her habit. “Life’s too short. I’m from Oakland. I get a phone call about somebody dying or going to jail every week. I know what state my mother’s in so I’m not wasting any time.” As a kid, Kehlani attended Oakland School for the Arts, where she focused on dancing and singing. It was there that she met her first girlfriend, but she doesn’t feel the need to categorize her sexuality. “I don’t believe anyone is necessarily put in one box,” she explains. While still in school, she fronted the group PopLyfe, which competed on America’s Got Talent. Though they didn’t win, Kehlani left an impression on the show’s host, Nick Cannon, who recruited her for a rap crew. But she didn’t like spitting words written by someone other than herself. “Months later I put out a couple songs by myself, and he was like, ‘Oh, I see what you were trying to do,’” she recalls. Soon after, Cannon flew her to L.A. and set her up in an apartment so she could focus on her solo career. “I remember going days without taking showers and not having bread for food and getting in trouble at the store for stealing,” she says, tearing up. “Now I had a refrigerator, my own room. He turned my life around.” It was then that she hit the studio and recorded Cloud 19. On her next album, Kehlani is “gearing toward being more mature.” She’s already hit the studio with Timbaland, but, joint efforts aside, she’ll continue to write her own songs. “I feel like I have too much pride,” she says. “I’m Grammy-nominated off of my words. But now I feel like I have to be very careful and dissect every song. I can’t start off on a great foot and then let everything go downhill. The pressure is on.”
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AFTER-SCHOOL BEAU' S HAUNTING DEBUT ALBUM IS OUT THIS MONTH, BUT THEY' VE BEEN MAKING BEAUTIFUL MUSIC TOGETHER SINCE THEY WERE KIDS. BY CELIA SHATZMAN. PHOTOGRAPHED BY AMBER MAHONEY What were you doing when you were 13? Playing video games? Updating your AIM profile? Well, Heather Golden and Emma Rose Jenney of the New York dream-folk-rock band Beau were writing songs that would appear— about nine years later—on their debut album, That Thing Reality, out this month. Their sound—a little Stevie Nicks, a little Lana Del Rey—hasn’t changed all that much since they first started strumming together in their junior high guitar club. “Even though we were obviously terrible at guitar at the time, we just looked at each other and Emma was like, ‘Let’s start a band,’ and we started jumping up and down hysterically, just so excited,” recalls Golden. But the duo’s history goes even further back. The two grew up in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village and met at camp when they were about seven or eight. Their mothers were friends from the neighborhood, and the bond between the girls was instant. “To me, Emma was the ultimate Greenwich Village girl,” says Golden. Today, the two ooze effortless downtown cool with their perfectly tousled hair, seemingly makeup-free glowing skin, and skinny black jeans and booties. They’re recounting their meet-cute from the penthouse of The Standard, East Village, an airy, gleaming space where they played their first official show as Beau just over a year ago. “It’s one of our favorite places in New York to play,” says Golden. “It’s so nice, it’s on top of New York City—you can’t get any more New York than right here.” Another favorite—and more traditional— venue is the newish East Village hot spot Berlin, where they had a residency late last year, but that might have something to do with the taco truck across the street. “We definitely eat a burrito before we go onstage,” says Jenney with a laugh, admitting that until recently they stylist: tracy cox. hair: matthew monzon at jed root using oribe hair care. makeup: william murphy at atelier management using diorskin nude.
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didn’t realize such a heavy pre-show meal wasn’t exactly recommended. “But all the rock stars and punk bands back in the day were not following the rules,” points out Golden. These days, though, they’re trying to get into the habit of abiding by at least a few of them— Golden tries to do warm-ups before concerts, for one. ”But the more rules you build for yourself the harder it is to deal with life,” says Jenney. “So much is out of our control. And I feel like the fewer walls we put up and the less neurotic we get, the better. Listen to your body. If you’re fucking hungry you’ve got to eat. If you’re tired you’ve got to sleep. And being on tour is hard because you don’t really listen to yourself. I think if you do, it just works out. Your body knows what it wants.” The same organic thought process goes into their music. Instead of studying theory, they’ve gone the self-taught route, with a few lessons and after-school songwriting workshops sprinkled in. “It’s mostly just intuition guiding us,” says Jenney. “I feel like that’s when you really develop your own style.” As Golden explains, “We’re very self-driven and hear melodies every day. It’s amazing how an emotion can transfer into a melody.” Their songwriting process is just as fluid: “We try to be very honest when we write together, and not stress ourselves out too much where we’re thinking about way too many other things and it’s not natural,” says Golden. “It’s really creative when you have someone you can collaborate with on everything, because it’s two people writing lyrics, creating melodies, and two voices versus just one. It’s rare to find that.” But it’s easy to see eye to eye when you have the same musical influences. Both admire singer-songwriters like Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Andrew Wyatt, Grimes, and Bob Dylan, as well as bands like Alabama Shakes, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin. But perhaps their greatest influence of all is New York City itself. “There’s a romanticism in being a starving artist in New York,” says Golden. “I grew up around [them], and I think that really influenced a lot. That’s one aspect of New York that’s really apparent—everyone is an artist. But there’s something beautiful about that, and really positive, too—it keeps the blood flowing.”
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ACTING UP IN-DEMAND ACTOR ALEX WOLFF TALKS SEX SCENES AND EGO TRIPS DURING ONE DANGEROUS LIAISON. BY PATTY ADAMS MARTINEZ. PHOTOGRAPHED BY EMMAN MONTALVAN
Alex Wolff is so nice that he would rather risk an allergic reaction to an avocado on his steak sandwich than send it back—making this the riskiest interview he’s ever done. After deciding to throw caution to the wind and just scrape off the offending add-on at French Roast in New York City’s West Village, Wolff and I come up with a signal (flailing arms!) if in fact he goes into anaphylactic shock. But the (possibly life-threatening) sandwich is not all this guy with the unruly curls has ordered. Add to that a croissant, a cup of tea, and a bagel with cream cheese and lox. “All the weight goes to my hair or my ego, not my body,” he jokes about his thin build, currently covered in a gray thermal and jeans. Wolff explains that even though his first 2016 release is this month’s family dramedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (where he plays the love interest for Nia Vardalos’s on-screen teenage daughter), he’s become a voracious eater mainly because he’s been working out six days a week to shoot shirtless scenes in the coming-of-age dramedy Dude opposite Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale. Between taking huge bites of food (always politely wiping his mouth with a napkin before he utters a word), Wolff discusses his very daunting big-screen sex scene with Hale, his first ever. “I had to basically take off all of my clothes—on the very first day of filming,” he says. “I said to everyone, ‘Hey guys, nice to meet you. You’re all about to see a lot of me, and thank you for that.’” In Dude, Wolff plays Noah, a character he describes as a “clever, cocky, hotshot kid who wants to get high with and date Lucy’s character.” Coincidentally, Wolff gave himself the name of Noah in a short he wrote, directed, and starred in called Boots, before taking the role in Dude. Boots, an emotionally raw story of young love, also features his friend Gabriel Day-Lewis (actor Daniel Day-Lewis’s son). Wolff financed the short—which has more than 22,000 views on YouTube—himself with money from other acting gigs and a little help from his older brother, Nat, who is also his musical collaborator (the duo has songs on the soundtracks for Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars, among others). The New York City native—who finds it amusing that he was recently punched in the face by a complete stranger on the subway—got his start at age eight doing The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie, a musical comedy that co-starred his brother Nat and was directed by his mom, Polly Draper, with musical direction by his dad, jazz musician Michael Wolff. Two years later, the concept became a successful series for Nickelodeon. Ever since, the youngest Wolff knew he wanted to be an actor and never considered
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a plan B. “Well, I was going to be a doctor, but who makes it as a doctor anymore?” he quips. At just 18, the quirky star is already an industry vet, but that doesn’t mean self-doubts don’t creep in. “I relate to Michael Keaton’s character in Birdman so much, how he has that voice being so mean and then another boosting his confidence,” says Wolff. “I give myself pep talks. I have to tell myself how sexy I am—literally every day. I do. I look in the mirror and say, ‘You are so sexy,’ because everything else in my body is telling me, ‘No, you’re not.’” The high school senior’s college admissions essay was about how he feels more himself when he’s acting than any other time. “That’s why it’s really hard for me when I’m filming movies—I fall in love with everybody because it feels even more real than real life,” says Wolff, as he flags down the waitress and orders an apple cider. Wolff’s yet-to-be-released film Coming Through the Rye, which made the festival rounds late last year and into this year, was serendipitous casting to say the least. The movie focuses on Jamie Schwartz (Wolff), who is obsessed with Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye. So much so that he ditches boarding school to find the book’s reclusive author, J.D. Salinger (played by Chris Cooper). “I went into my audition with a copy of The Catcher in the Rye that my grandfather read,” says Wolff, stealing a few french fries from my plate. “He signed his name inside and wrote the date that he read it. Then when my dad turned 13, my grandpa gave him that copy. My dad read it, wrote his name and the date in it, and gave it to my brother when he turned 13. Nat read it and signed it, and I did the same when I was 13.” Family aside, Wolff cites The Catcher in the Rye and the Beatles as being his biggest personal and professional influences to date. Though he hates the color yellow, his bedroom is decorated in a Yellow Submarine design because he’s so devoted to the legendary band. “What can I say? I’m a complicated guy,” says Wolff, with a laugh. “If it’s Beatles yellow, it’s great. Anything else yellow, get outta here.” stylist: skye stewart-short. grooming: amber duarte at the rex agency using r+co.
LOUD + CLEAR THE ACTRESS BEHIND PITCH PERFECT’ S QUIETEST CHARACTER ACTUALLY HAS A LOT TO SAY. BY LISA BUTTERWORTH. PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE MCCAULEY
When I walk into the small studio in downtown Los Angeles where Hana Mae Lee’s NYLON photo shoot is happening, she’s wearing a sheer button-up blouse that shows off the skull pasties covering her nipples, and she boldly goes straight in for a hug. It’s the first indication that the 27-year-old is nothing like the character that put her on the pop-culture map: Pitch Perfect and its sequel’s absurdly shy, kooky aca-bitch Lilly. The second is her laugh. It’s big and infectious and punctuates almost everything she says. When we sit down to chat post-shoot, Lee is quick to point out how different she is from her breakout role. “I liked how quiet and direct Lilly
was ’cause I’m so loud and I talk a lot. It was almost meditative,” she says. “I’m like, ask me a question and we’re here for five days.” She’s changed into a far-less-sheer sweater, black leggings, and a pair of patent croc-embossed Alexander Wang mega-platform lace-up boots. “No way,” I say, when she tells me who designed them. “No, Wang!” she replies, cracking up. A designer herself, Lee has never shied away from outrageous fashion (Google “cigarette butt hat” for proof from the 2013 MTV Movie Awards). For her label Hanamahn, which means “just one” in Korean, she creates one-off lambskin jackets, hand-knit wool vests, and rings that are like miniature works of art. The L.A. native went to Otis College of Art and Design and designed for both Juicy Couture and Mossimo (even creating a plus-size line for Target under Mossimo), before leaving the industry to focus on entertainment, much to her parents’ chagrin. “I always wanted to do acting, but coming from a Korean background they’re very, ‘No, get a real job! We got on board with you doing fashion and now you want to do what?’” says Lee. But that didn’t stop her. She was acting in commercials for the likes of Jeep, Verizon Wireless, and EA Games when she landed Pitch Perfect, her first feature film role. And that was just the beginning. This year alone, Lee has four movies slated for release, helping to assuage her parents’ fears: Unleashed, a comedy with Kate Micucci; the McG-directed horror flick The Babysitter (she plays a villain); the road-trip–centered Frat Pack; and Coco, the highly anticipated rap drama starring Azealia Banks, directed by Wu-Tang’s RZA, who’s “really super chill,” she says. “I love it because I got to play a Valley girl but, like, ghetto fab.” Interesting characters haven’t always been so forthcoming, though. “When I first started acting there were no roles for Asian people,” she says. As a kid in the San Fernando Valley, Lee didn’t think too much about her ethnicity. “I grew up looking up to Drew Barrymore, not Kristi Yamaguchi or whatever. Race was never an issue,” she says. “But in the industry, my first manager was like, ‘Oh, you want to do comedy? Take some new photos, do some ninja shots and some samurai-looking things.’ I was like, ‘Samurai? I’m not even good at ninja stuff. [There are] people really trained in martial arts—I am a yellow belt in tae kwon do, dude. Like, for self defense.’” Following Lee through our conversation is a bit like tracking a pinball. We cover corporal punishment, penis envy (“I’d be ruling the world!”), playing a badass (Lee was Roxy, one of the Misfits in Jem and the Holograms), and the personalities of her two Bully dogs, ButtMan and Dirty Looks. And she’s got just as much going on in the real world as ideas bouncing around in her head. In addition to nonstop acting, Lee is also writing, channeling her knack for comedy into screenplays and TV pilots. “I want to do so many things, but I get cranky,” she says, tempering her overachieving nature with some old-fashioned self-deprecation. “I feel bad for all my loved ones. They’re like, ‘Oh, this bitch—you are so whiny!’”
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BUILDING AN EMPIRE WITH A HIT T V SHOW, A KILLER VOICE, AND MEMBERSHIP IN TAYLOR SWIFT’ S SQUAD, SERAYAH IS ABSOLUTELY UNSTOPPABLE. BY SAFY-HALLAN FARAH. PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRYAN SHEFFIELD
Serayah doesn’t just want to be a star. She wants to be a whole constellation. And the thing is, you’ve probably only seen a fraction of what the triple threat—actress, dancer, and singer—can do. The 20-year-old, who plays bisexual pop star Tiana on Fox’s juicy hip-hop drama Empire, has been dreaming of performing since she was nine. The former model recently dropped her last name, McNeill, professionally and is now a onename wonder like Beyoncé and Rihanna (two artists whom she loves). She has big plans ahead, too: Serayah’s preparing to release a mixtape of pop-R&B later this year, and hopes to land her first feature film role. But first, Serayah’s still celebrating being upgraded from a recurring character to a regular on Lee Daniels’s addictive primetime soap, and she’s collecting loads of fans along the way. “I think everyone is attracted to the ghetto-glamorous lifestyle,” says Serayah about Empire’s appeal. “Fans tell me they love how Tiana dances and sings, her attitude, and how she is relentless in getting what she wants.” However, the gig does come with its challenges—namely, the occasional offensive interview, such as when New York radio station Hot 97’s Ebro Darden opened up Serayah’s first visit to “Ebro in the Morning” by asking if she’s ever “walked into a rapper’s dressing room and had sex with him on the floor.” The confident singer held her own in the hot seat, unfazed by the rude line of questioning. “I think they’re not really trying to be informative, but get the best-sounding interviews,” she says. “So they go for shock value sometimes, which throws off artists.” Other stars maybe, but not Serayah. She has had a good career role model in friend Taylor Swift, even getting to star beside the pop star and the likes of Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid, and Selena Gomez in Swift’s “Bad Blood” video. Contrary to popular belief, Serayah says the squad doesn’t feel cliquish. “Being new to the industry, I think I was very lucky to meet Taylor and the girls at the time I did, because they’re very down-to-earth and cool,” says Serayah. “I know that Taylor’s
RADAR been friends with a lot of the group for a long time, and the ‘Bad Blood’ video definitely made everyone a lot closer.” The two also recently shared the stage, when Serayah sang “Style” with Swift during a tour stop in Chicago, where Empire films. “It was amazing. I got to perform in front of 55,000 people,” she says, still in awe. “That’s more people than I can even imagine! It was like the ultimate high.” From that performance, Serayah realized she and Swift have an overlapping fan base. “A lot of the girls from 10 to 15 or even younger were like, ‘Oh my god, I love you!’” she says. “It made me realize how many young girls I really reach.” Though she now boasts 700,000 Instagram followers, Serayah is still a regular-degular girl, a former community college student who studied business and theater. The California native still makes time for her crew back home, even though it’s not always easy. “Sometimes, you know, I’m not able to make every birthday or event, but my friends understand,” she says.
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“ Fans love how tiana dances and sings, her attitude, and how she is relentless in getting what she wants.” —SERAYAH ON HER EMPIRE CHARACTER When the busy actress does have time to chill, though, she and her friends go to the movies, try new sushi spots, or hang at a hookah bar. Serayah says she doesn’t sacrifice that relationship with her “day ones,” because those girls know her better than most. In fact, one of her close pals is really into astrology, and has helped her learn more about her life as a Gemini on the cusp of Cancer. “I relate more with Cancer,” clarifies Serayah. “Whenever you say you’re a Gemini people are like, ‘God!’ But I think we’re pretty balanced right there in the middle. We get to feel emotion and show emotion, but we’re still the life of the party.” For Serayah, that means being a born entertainer. “I just love to do it,” she says. “I don’t know how it feels not to know what you want to do. It’s been what I’ve wanted for so long, so it’s just natural for me to want to [perform] every day.”
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Esperanza Spalding is all about pushing boundaries and confounding expectations of what a jazz artist can create. The 31-yearold singer, bass player, and composer found international acclaim after grabbing a Grammy for best new artist in 2011, and has since been unleashing albums that fuse her classical jazz roots and soaring voice with genre-splicing tendencies. Her latest project, Emily’s D+Evolution (out March 4), presents a fresh persona to the world, using her own middle name. “I realized the Emily character needed to come through and speak,” says Spalding from her Prospect Heights, Brooklyn apartment, where she lives when she’s not in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. “While writing this project, I was continually asking myself how I could express myself as Emily.” The 12-track, self-produced album is true to Spalding’s freewheeling spirit, blending neo-soul influences with fierce funk-guitar licks and expansive jazz rhythms, while filtering the songs through “a theatrical lens” that she says will take the experience to a whole other level when performed live. Taking a cue from her rebellious approach to traditional musical boundaries, we asked Spalding to curate a list of songs that boldly defy fusty genre definitions. Here, she waxes poetic on the tracks that she’s chosen. PHILLIP MLYNAR
“O Superman,” Laurie Anderson “I first heard this when I was about 12, when I visited my uncle in San Francisco. He showed me a [video of the] performance and I couldn’t believe it was real. It was the best of everything you didn’t even know you loved, by this badass woman with short hair.” “Hungarian Rock,” György Ligeti “This is played on harpsichord, and it’s this sensory kaleidoscope…. At times you’ll try to notice the beat—and I’m not even sure I like it— but you can’t help but trance out to the vibe.” “Três Coisas,” Hermeto Pascoal “He’s a Brazilian composer, and the seminal genius of our time. He came up with his own
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i like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it dirty hit records The 1975’s I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it (out February 26) takes the hallmarks of the band’s debut and matures them into an album that’s slick, raw, and utterly complete. Gone are the black-andwhite days of toeing the line between pop-punk and plain ol’ pop. Lead singer Matty Healy and his Manchester boys dive headfirst into the latter and create a splash replete with chemical highs (“UGH!”), love-lost lows (“A Change of Heart”), and the bliss of descending into madness (“The Ballad of Me and My Brain”). Many recent albums tout ’80s influences, but The 1975’s is among the more honest, inventive, and ambitious of the bunch. I like it when you sleep deserves to be played in full, from beginning to end, because, like all good pleasures, it grips you from the start and shines in its afterglow—even when the comedown has passed. HAYDEN MANDERS
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notation system that includes color, and through his art he lets us know language is music. This song is so intricate, but I couldn’t pick a color to describe it.” “Water Walk,” John Cage “There’s a video for this where he’s on a talk show, and to hear him introduce it is inspiring. This is his study into ideals, and it’s delightful. The host [warns that the audience might] laugh during the performance. He says that’s OK, [if] it means there’s been a reaction. This teaches us to just go for it.” “Einstein on the Beach,” Philip Glass “This is like an opera, but it’s not an opera at the same time. It’s a multisensory wonderwork, and it creates this abstract, surreal landscape. There’s really no reference for it.” “My Pal Foot Foot,” The Shaggs “A teacher at Berklee College put me on to this. It was an experiment by The Shaggs’ father, as they had no musical references or training. He wanted to see what they would do, left to their own expression.” “Mama Rosa,” Brian Blade “This is a quote-unquote jazz drummer who decided to do a song as a singer-songwriter. I don’t know what planet he’s from, but I want to inoculate myself with his blood. It’s magical.”
“Sincerely, Jane,” Janelle Monáe “Janelle sounds like no one else. She has a new sound and a new way of making music. She’s in that camp of artists who will take a couple of decades to get their genius appreciated. It’s exploratory shit.” “Breathing Underwater,” Hiatus Kaiyote “This is like Janelle Monáe because I can hear the genres, but it’s not a case of them sounding like those genres. There’s no category for it. It’s not a mash-up of five genres, like rock or whatever. What they’ve created is something more than that.” “Just the Way You Are,” Urszula Dudziak “She’s a crazy Polish jazz artist, and her vocals were [among] the first to use loopers and samplers in the ‘70s. On this song, she goes for it. It’s powerful.”
Having worked as a DJ since the early ’90s, Ramble Jon Krohn has certainly earned himself the title of “veteran producer” under his moniker RJD2. Dame Fortune marks his sixth full-length record, and features artists like Son Little (“We Come Alive”) and Phonte Coleman (“Saboteur”). Deeply influenced by Philadelphia—where he lived during the album’s production—all 12 tracks present what can only be described as the city’s heart and soul. Applying the cultural context is the key to understanding the concept of the record; there’s no denying that jazz and electronic music would cross paths in the City of Brotherly Love. RJD2 takes listeners directly there with what feels like a late-night drive through the streets of Philly, where there’s something different happening on every block: He coasts on the beautifully instrumental-driven “PF, Day One,” then lets rapper Blueprint take the wheel on “Up in the Clouds,” while Josh Krajcik rides in the passenger seat for “Band of Matron Saints.” If you’ve been aching for a musical getaway, Dame Fortune is your vehicle. SYDNEY GORE
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martine syms meet the artist With subject matter that challenges preconceptions about race, self-proclaimed “conceptual entrepreneur” Martine Syms’s work consistently provokes thought and necessary discourse. The Los Angeles-based artist, graphic designer, and writer has created some of the most memorable art moments in recent history: Her ambitious installation for the New Museum 2015 Triennial, S1:E1, investigated the portrayal of black characters in sitcoms, and her show at Bridget Donahue in New York delved into performative politics. She lectures at museums around the world, and her publishing company, Dominica, puts out beautifully designed art books. Soon, her work will be on display at Karma International in Beverly Hills and in Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. biennial. Here, we catch up with Syms in the midst of her latest project—a series of 180 films, 60 of which will be on view at Human Resources, a nonprofit, artist-run space in L.A. MAXWELL WILLIAMS Your upcoming exhibition is partly inspired by poet Kevin Young’s book The Grey Album—particularly his five lessons on tradition in black art. That book was incredibly influential to me. I was invited to the Walker [Art Center] to lecture about my practice. I used the five lessons as a framework. Then they commissioned me to do a video project. I thought, “I’ll make commercials for each of these lessons”—some of my favorite things are Nike commercials. I made the first five, and I was immediately like, “There’s way more than five.“ [My expanded lessons] are an annotation of things that I’m reading. I’m interested in rules for living: Marie Kondo’s The LifeChanging Magic of Tidying Up, Gilbert & George, Fischli and Weiss’s “How to Work Better.”
“Misdirected Kiss,” your recent show at the Broad museum in Los Angeles, references turn-of-the-century silent films in which the male protagonist accidentally kisses his black maid instead of his white lover. Maxine Powell, the legendary etiquette instructor at Motown Records, also inspires it. How does this tie together? Gordon Hall, who is the creator and director of the Center for Experimental Lectures, wrote an essay a year or two ago that had the phrase ”Politics are something that you do with your body.” It just stuck in my head. The main piece I did at Bridget [Donahue] was a 10-minute film called Notes on Gesture, which was about the difference between how you present yourself in person versus on screen. And the lecture goes through how that information becomes more important as there’s constant surveillance, and how the movement of the body has political implications. When I was a kid, I went to this camp that Tyra
Banks started called TZONE that was an unofficial precursor to America’s Next Top Model. I wrote an artist’s book last year with Publication Studio Oakland where I write down my personal presentation rules: I don’t say the phrase ”L.A.”—I like to say ”Los Angeles”—[and I wrote about the way I] walk and groom. I talk about other micro-aggressions. Maxine Powell is very important—a lot of what her mission at Motown was about was these aspirations and this mid-century moment around [the Civil Rights Movement], and now what we would probably call respectability politics: No matter how nice you look or dress or talk, it’s not going to stop racism. You wrote The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto, an exploration into the racial politics of Afrofuturism; produced the album Most Days, a mundane futurist “audio film”; and published science fiction with Dominica. How did you get into science fiction?
One of my older brothers was obsessed with Babylon 5, and in my family, if one of us had an obsession, we all had to go. [After college], I read Emmet Byrne, who published this magazine called Task Newsletter. They had a whole issue about “mundane science fiction,” which is about using speculation to imagine different values. That really opened up sci-fi to me, as a place where you could start to project, and imagine, “What if people got paid the same?” That’s really how I got interested in it. That’s still my primary interest in sci-fi—as this playful space. from bottom left : love, diamond by diamond stingily and untitled (newspaper 13) by marco braunschweiler from dominica.
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a bit of literary guidance goes a long way in navigating the world as a young woman. so in honor of women’s history month, we asked the writers who helped us figure out our lives to share the books that helped them do the same.
how to be both, ali smith “It’s about love and history and art and motherhood and being horny and being a teenager and wanting to create something important. It made me rethink my relationship with my body, my mother, and my feminism—a pretty tall order for a book that also has some first-rate dirty jokes.” –Monica Heisey, author of the hilariously insightful I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better
lean in, sheryl sandberg
Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s debut novel gets its title from the name that the Plumb siblings—Leo, Jack, Bea, and Melody—have given to their inheritance: a $2 million trust that they will receive on Melody’s upcoming 40th birthday. “The nest” is their financial fallback plan until Leo, drunk and high on a summer drive, crashes his car. To keep the accident out of the press, the Plumbs’s mother drains the fund, thus throwing the siblings into freefall. Although The Nest is a conventional novel, it’s not hard to see why the publishing industry is betting it will be the next best seller. Sweeney writes fiction that is sweeping and lifelike, and she holds the reader’s attention with intricate histories for a dozen characters. At times, it’s hard to really care about the Plumbs’s shallow problems; the most striking and complex relationships belong to the strangers whose lives intersect with theirs. Rightly, Sweeney leaves pieces of this story undefined—not knowing what happens to everyone is what saves The Nest from feeling one-dimensional—and, structurally, it’s how she explores the novel’s prime themes of privilege, failure, and self-reinvention. JESSICA CALDERON
stills: brandon bostic.
The sixth book from Helen Oyeyemi (author of the acclaimed Boy, Snow, Bird) marks a slight departure from the author’s trademark fairy tales told through vividly realistic lenses. The collection of nine short stories is threaded together by the presence of a key, in the literal and metaphorical sense. Oyeyemi demonstrates her cleverness with the many ways that she reimagines what a key can mean, and flaunts an impressive fluidity of voice throughout the stories. She captures the mind-set of people of different genders, ethnicities, creeds, and sexualities (as well as—no joke—a puppet) with the knowing detail of someone simply recollecting the many lives she has lived, rather than just a writer who has an uncanny ability to immerse herself in the characters that she has created. Add to that her descriptions, as colorful as they are refreshingly unique, and what you wind up with is a downright addictive read. Oyeyemi writes in “Is Your Blood as Red as This?” that stories “come to our aid in times of need.” For those seeking a glimpse into the intricacies of personal connection, the collection will surely serve as refuge. KERYCE CHELSI HENRY
“It had so much to teach me that I was soon underlining and taking notes in the margins. In frank, clear, and often surprisingly funny language, Sandberg and her co-writer Nell Scovell offer advice about planning, prioritizing, and negotiating, no matter where you are in your career.” –Curtis Sittenfeld, who brilliantly reimagined Pride and Prejudice with the upcoming Eligible
the torn skirt, rebecca godfrey “This is like a noir-punk Alice in Wonderland that journeys into the underworld of outcast beauty queens and john-swindling prostitutes, with elusive runaway Justine as the White Rabbit. The urgent, fever-dreamy voice of outsider Sara Shaw is as moving, exhilarating, and familiar as a favorite song.” –Mona Awad, writer of the coming-of-age novel 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
the witch february 19
melissa rauch in the bronze Melissa Rauch—whom you may know as Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory—co-wrote, produced, and stars in The Bronze (in theaters March 18) as Hope Ann Greggory, a bronze-medal-winning gymnast turned washed-up, chain-cursing 28-year-old still donning a warm-up suit and high ponytail. Here, Rauch reveals how she stuck the landing on her first foray into being a movie-making boss. KO IM
Do you think being a female screenwriter makes getting a movie made more difficult? It was an uphill battle—first because [studios] wanted a bigger star for the lead role, then because of the character herself. Hope doesn’t lean in, she bulldozes through. Initially, we [Rauch co-wrote the screenplay with her husband, Winston Rauch] kept getting the question: “Can we make Hope more likable?” I’m not exactly sure why it’s so hard for people to get on board for an unlikable female character. Hope is stuck in the past, angry, and can’t engage in the present—therefore she’s completely miserable to be around. There’s been an incredible resurgence in recent years with women having the opportunity to show these flawed characters, so I was surprised it was a battle in that sense. I’m really happy we were able to make the movie we ultimately wanted to make. Were you a gymnast growing up? No, I was an unathletic child. My highlight was being the only girl on an all-boy T-ball team. I used to just dance in the outfield. In the last game of the season, the ball interrupted my dancing, so I threw it to second base and ended up winning the game. They made me MVP. It’s a moment my father still talks about.
Hope has been compared to former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding. Coincidence? I did see a documentary about her, which was really interesting. She wasn’t so much an inspiration for the movie, but her bangs were, for sure. There’s nothing that makes me feel more confident than a big ‘90s bang. I really hope they come back! Without giving anything away, you have a hilarious, epic, athletic sex scene with Sebastian Stan. What was it like filming that with him? It’s very interesting when you write these scenes with your husband. What we wrote into the script was the craziest, most insane gymnastics sex scene ever, with tons of caps and exclamation points. To see it come together was very, very exciting. My body double was a Cirque du Soleil performer! You are part of every facet of the movie. You even rap during the end credits. Could that be your next career move? Never say never. As a 4'10.5" white Jewish girl from Jersey, it would be my duty to do so. Who knows what will happen with my career? So I’m not going to shut the door on the gangsta life.
As Nathaniel Hawthorne knows, no time in American history is as captivating and utterly spooky as 17th-century New England. Freshly planted in the "New World," perched on the edge of an unknown land, and deeply, unfailingly Puritanical, the settlers depicted in The Witch had an awful lot to fear. Upon threat of banishment from the church, William (Ralph Ineson) relocates his wife and five children to a remote location on the edge of a forest. The premise alone is unsettling, but when the youngest child disappears, the family goat begins producing blood instead of milk, and an old hag is seen in the moonlight doing, well, something, the pervasive unease turns to terror. Yet, it’s not just the otherworldly frights that make The Witch so good, but writer-director Robert Eggers’s eerie vision, a simple score, and stark cinematography as well, all of which remind you that this crucial moment in history is still so totally foreign—and that a lifestyle based on strict religion crumbles in the face of uncontrollable wilderness. That wilderness is embodied in many ways by eldest daughter Thomasin (a breakthrough performance by Anya Taylor-Joy), who is on the verge of puberty—an occurrence that is just as threatening to this religious family as the supernatural presence lurking in the woods. LEILA BRILLSON
triple 9 february 26
In John Hillcoat’s latest action-thriller, a group of corrupt cops (Aaron Paul, Anthony Mackie, Clifton Collins Jr., and Chiwetel Ejiofor) is blackmailed by the Russian mob and forced to perform a near-impossible heist in modern-day Atlanta. There is just one problem: time. In order to divert the precinct and complete the task, the cops devise a plan to carry out a 999 (code for “officer down”), selecting rookie detective Chris Allen (Casey Affleck) as their victim. What these dirty cops have not planned for is Allen’s survival. The film promises anxiety-inducing scenes of robbery, shootouts, and revenge, as well as a phenomenal performance by Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet as the cold-blooded mobster Irina. JESSICA QUINN
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