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we rounded up the velvety-soft fabrics that will take you all the way to winter.
012 BEHIND THE SCENES
054 MASS APPEALS
FASHION & BEAUTY 014 TIES THAT BIND
living la dolce vita with styles inspired by italy´s finest designers
058 THROUGH BEING COOL
the laced-up look is here to stay.
we combined forces with marc jacobs, nars, and redken to re-create some truly daring looks.
020 FASHION NEWS
064 BEAUTY NEWS
030 HAUTE STUFF
066 ROLE MODEL
chanel has you covered with super-luxe jewels to lust over.
032 HAPPILY EVER AFTER
the new dolce & gabbana fall staples will help you write your own happy ending.
038 RIDE OR DIE
lexi stellwood takes us on a drive through the hollywood hills in her 1982 mercedes-benz.
040 MODEL CITIZEN
multi-hyphenate tommy genesis talks modeling, rapping, and her heritage.
042 GIRL WE HEART
ilse valfré's illustrations caught our attention, but her awesome personality proves we can't get enough.
youtubers manny mua and patrick starrr engage in real talk about men in the beauty industry.
068 HAIL TO THE KING
singer-songwriter elle king dishes on her beauty faves. photographed by samantha casolari
072 EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
making the lovers´ eye trend from the 1700s fit for a 21st-century girl
074 COUNTER CULTURE
the witching hour is upon us with these eerily perfect products.
076 SMELL YA LATER
peep the new fall fragrances we can't get enough of.
page 32 happily ever after
photographed by ben lamberty. styled by dani stahl. all clothing and accessories by dolce & gabbana. on the cover: top by geoffrey marc, pants by baja east, choker with jewels by eddie borgo, gold choker by alexis bittar, tinashe's own chain and rings. subscriber cover: bodysuit by emilio pucci.
page 88 sweet dreams are made of this photographed by mayan toledano. styled by julia baylis. jacket by chanel, stylist's own choker.
FEATURES 078 THE COMPLETE STORY OF THE DARING EXPLOITS OF THE ONE AND ONLY TINASHE
a modern-day superwoman who's not afraid to tell it like it is. get ready to meet the real tinashe. by keryce chelsi henry. photographed by anairam. styled by johnny wujek
088 SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS
five inspiring ladies rock looks that will have you on cloud nine. photographed by mayan toledano. styled by julia baylis
096 ZEF LIFE
south african duo die antwoord sport some of fall´s freakiest styles. by marissa g. muller. photographed by olivia bee. styled by marjan malakpour
104 PRACTICAL MAGIC
peer into the mystical world of the new york city botanica. by celia shatzman. illustrated by liz riccardi
108 TOP EIGHT
from fresh faces to familiar ones, here are the girls who continue to amaze us: rebecca ferguson, angela sarafyan, emily kinney, amanda steele, issa rae, daya, banks, and tove lo.
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130 CULTURE CLUB
this month’s best art, films, music, and more
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It Is What It Is For several years now, NYLON has devoted an entire issue to our favorite It Girls. Truth be told, this is pretty much our goal every month, but October is when we really celebrate “It,” analyze what “It” means now, and try (and inevitably fail) to put into words what exactly “It” is. So it makes perfect sense that the best explanation we’ve been able to come up with is “je ne sais quoi,” a phrase that means roughly “a certain alluring, intangible quality,” and literally “I do not know what,” in French (because, of course). No matter how you define it, Tinashe most certainly is It. I knew it the minute I met her, about three years ago, when she stopped by the NYLON offices after dropping her Black Water mixtape. I booked her for a six-page feature in our 2014 music issue, on newsstands three months before her debut album even dropped. The few songs I’d heard by then were that strong, and I knew she was on her way to superstardom. Likewise, I only had to listen to a few tracks off of Joyride, her long-awaited follow-up to Aquarius, for my suspicions to be confirmed. Mark my words: We’re entering the age of Tinashe. Read for yourself on page 78. Since being It is synonymous with everyone wanting to be your best friend, we rounded up eight of our favorite musicians, actresses, and all-around cool women of the moment (Banks, Daya, Rebecca Ferguson, Emily Kinney, Issa Rae, Angela Sarafyan, Amanda Steele, and Tove Lo) and invented the raddest social network ever. Talk about a badass Top 8. Check it out on page 108. Elsewhere in the issue, you’ll find interviews with Die Antwoord, Nick Valensi, and The Big Moon, as well as a gorgeous fashion shoot featuring the muses that are currently inspiring It photographer Mayan Toledano. So without further ado, let’s get It on! couldn’t resist interrupting our cover shoot with tinashe to get in some quick snaps!
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Writer, Los Angeles
Wrote “This Is It” on page 126.
Illustrated Counter Culture on page 74.
Shot The Big Moon on page 128.
Wrote Tove Lo’s It Girl profile on page 122.
“I finally got to interview a Stroke. Nick Valensi was exactly how I’d imagined one of the band members to be: aloof, ostensibly cool, and a little rough around the edges.” Hometown
Glasgow, United Kingdom
A YouTube video of Blur performing “Trimm Trabb” on French TV from about 10 years ago
Tampa (secret), Austin (ACL), Brisbane (BIGSOUND), and Tune in Tel Aviv in—you guessed it—Tel Aviv
Playing on repeat
Frank Ocean’s Blond/e. I’ve listened to that about 20 times in a row.
Yes, that’s a problem I have. What’s the question?
Mode of transport
Uber, sometimes Lyft
“I drew some witchy crystal soaps and perfumes, which was great fun. It reminded me of those cool ’90s witch series that I really loved as a child.” Hometown
“I met The Big Moon in a studio in East London. We went out to a park nearby and played with pigeons— they were all so lovely.” Hometown
“I had fun interviewing Tove Lo. Her song was stuck in my head the whole time. I had to keep reminding myself not to hum it out loud while we were chatting.” Hometown
Massapequa Park, New York
That my girlfriend is an amazing cook. She makes great vegan food.
I really want to go to India and shoot some things there.
My friend Sadie, a.k.a. Sad13’s pop song about consent, “Get a Yes.” Also: Sammus, Moor Mother, Emily Reo, Yohuna.
Playing on repeat
Any place with cacti, palm trees, or salt water
Playing on repeat
“No Destruction” by Foxygen
My website, www.laurabreiling.de
Articles on ‘70s New York and L.A.
Mode of transport
Text messages on my phone
Mode of transport
Feet, subway, and Uber
I can remember any lyrics from the first time I hear them, which is kind of a curse.
Not giving a fuck
Wheels or wings
All of my skills are secret.
Bus trips to Providence and Philly next month to see friends and shows
The fine print
Mode of transport
Black lace-up three-eye flats from Vegetarian Shoes
All black every day for a decade
I can wax your legs.
I wear the same leather jacket every day despite alternating temperatures. It’s by BLK DNM and I believe it’s the one Kanye and Kim wore in their “Just Married” pictures, but I had it first.
behind the scenes
When it came time to select a cover star for our It Girl issue, we knew we wanted someone incredibly fierce, unapologetic, and unquestionably a leader in her industry. Enter Tinashe. Whether it’s going the extra mile to prove herself or dealing with misogyny in the music business, Tinashe holds her head high and manages to inspire those around her in the process. She is a force to be reckoned with, and the fashion in her cover shoot certainly told the story of a powerful woman who knows what she wants. Stylist Johnny Wujek says the Pucci bodysuit and the Baja East cashmere pants were his favorite pieces. “It’s always amazing when your model can move. She worked every look,” he says. Hairstylist David Cruz says Tinashe is “so remarkably beautiful that [styling her hair] was kind of easy.” Cruz used a blow-dryer and a round bristle brush to smooth out Tinashe’s roots. Then he used a three-fourths-inch curling iron to add texture, and applied a leave-in cream and texturizer to lock it in at the roots, finishing with a shine spray. Makeup artist Michael Anthony believes that “the true essence of someone’s own beauty is the best place to go for inspiration.” For her cover look he began with a moisturizer, liquid foundation, and an air powder in medium beige. He shaded her eyes using a shimmery palette and finished with a strip of false lashes and a swipe of lipstick. When asked to describe Tinashe, Michael Anthony says, “No drama, no ego, and super professional. I believe she’s a legend in the making.” We can’t help but agree.
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photographed by anairam.
THIS MONTH ON
The lingerie drawer tends to be the most neglected part of our wardrobes. While we’re busy figuring out what clothing best presents ourselves to the world, the scant garments we wear closest to our bodies get overlooked, or thought of as only being worth an investment for special occasions. But every day is a special-enough occasion to wear something that fits well, feels comfortable, and makes you look good when you take your clothes off. (Plus, your mother can rest easy knowing that should you get hit by a bus, she would not be embarrassed by what you’re wearing underneath your clothes.) So let’s get to clearing out the clutter in your undie drawer, and paving a path toward lingerie maturity.
How to Open Your Own Online Boutique While pretty much anyone can open her own vintage Etsy shop, it takes a little more planning and strategy to start an independent online store from scratch. That’s why we talked to three of our favorite online boutique owners to find out how it’s done. Lauren Jade Katz of Emerging Thoughts, Sarah Lorsung Tvrdik of Hello Holiday, and Lisa Williams of Lisa Says Gah weighed in on what helps make an online shop thrive from the getgo. Follow their advice and your virtual-shop-owning dreams may become reality. nylon.cm/online-boutique
The Runaways’ Impact on Rock By 1975, the pop music landscape had already produced a slew of female-driven groups, but none quite like the troupe of misfit teenage girls that made up The Runaways. They kicked in the rock world’s teeth with their lively single “Cherry Bomb,” and thrived in the legendary ’70s glam scene of Los Angeles. With their nononsense attitude, lyrics that were at once brash and challenging, and killer performances that flaunted a mastery of their craft, they were trailblazers in every sense of the word. Every risk they took made the tangled path a little clearer for other female rockers to follow in their platform heels. Check out what some of those musicians have to say about how The Runaways changed their lives.
Witchy Travel Destinations Around the Globe If you’re looking to add a little magick to your next vacation, not all roads lead to Salem. Around the world, people have been practicing different variations of enchantment and healing for centuries, and many of their traditions are still around today. So while relaxing on a beach and listening to the waves slowly lap against the shore might be the ideal getaway, it couldn’t hurt to add in a little healing for the soul as well. After all, isn’t every vacation meant to take care of both body and mind? We traveled the globe to find five destinations that will leave you feeling both refreshed and enlightened. From the deep forests of Brocken, Germany, to the serene shores of Siquijor in the Philippines, there’s a locale for every taste.
illustrated by liz riccardi.
Step Up Your Underwear Game
Ties That Bind these lace-up pieces have staying power. photographed by adrian mesko. styled by j. errico
all clothing by ellery. opposite page: dress by antonio berardi.
all clothing by kenzo, stylistâ€™s own sunglasses. opposite page: all clothing by dkny.
all clothing by tome.
all clothing by proenza schouler. hair: yohey nakatsuka at de facto using bumble and bumble. makeup: joseph carrillo at kate ryan inc. using diorshow. manicurist: kayo higuchi at de facto using dior vernis. model: june downs at new york model management.
styled by marissa smith. jacket by exkite, top by american apparel, shorts and leggings by ivy park, sunglasses by dior. photographed by evan browning. model: chelsea malefyt at major model management.
Surrounded by the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia, Italy, is the type of place that dreams are made of. And for Renzo Mancini, local kite surfer and founder of fashion label Exkite, it’s where dreams became a reality. With the help of creative director Eirinn Skrede, Mancini launched his brainchild brand with a strong backstory: All of its materials are sourced from recycled kites, making use of their bright colors, text, and interesting shapes. The resulting windbreaker-style pieces for both men and women are each one of a kind; inside every jacket and vest you’ll find a tag with the kite’s model, its former surfer’s name, and the places it’s surfed. So purchasing an Exkite piece isn’t just about buying into the brand, it’s also about sampling a unique lifestyle—and who doesn’t want that? MARISSA SMITH
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e New Classic This fall, Esprit joins the roster of reinvigorated ’80s and ’90s staple brands, thanks to Opening Ceremony’s new collaboration with the iconic label. “We’ve loved Esprit since we were teenagers, and with our roots also [being] in California, this collection is one of our dream collaborations,” say Opening Ceremony founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. “This is Opening Ceremony’s interpretation of the original Esprit staples that we hoarded growing up, and we want to make this generation just as excited about Esprit.” Indeed, this is a reimagined take on the Esprit you might remember: Draped silhouettes and reversible, unisex offerings introduce the brand to the 21st century, while its classic multicolored logo adorns several pieces in the collection for a touch of nostalgia. Autumn-appropriate neutrals are offset by color blocking, checkerboards, and Dalmatian print throughout the selection of apparel, outerwear, and accessories. The collection blends California effortlessness with a modern-day streetwear aesthetic and a dash of sentimentality, proving that what is old truly can be made new again. KERYCE CHELSI HENRY esprit by opening ceremony, $30-$375, openingceremony.com
Come On, Barbie, Let’s Go Par The Barbie lover’s mantra may proclaim that life in plastic is fantastic, but this fall the doll company dabbles in more luxe materials courtesy of a collaboration with accessories label Charlotte Olympia. Together the brands have created a range of Old Hollywoodinspired pieces sure to please the Barbie fanatic—everything from a rosy vanity-tableinspired clutch to sky-high shoes adorned with a cluster of Barbie’s own heels. “This was a childhood dream come true,” says Charlotte Olympia Dellal herself. And she’s right: The capsule collection will give grownup Barbie fans a chance to rock pieces they didn’t even know they wanted. Looks like we really are living in a Barbie world. AUSTEN TOSONE charlotte olympia barbie capsule collection, $325-$1,565, charlotteolympia.com
Abril Barret Those who long for the friendship bracelets and kitschy Claire’s purchases of their youth, but desire a little more oomph in terms of quality, will find their dream line in Abril Barret, a fine jewelry brand based in Los Angeles. Founded last year by sisters Katie, Stephanie, and Christina Theofilos, the label favors a playful aesthetic reminiscent of childhood camp accessories, reimagined with precious metals—think everything from gummy bear charms in an array of hues hanging from yellow gold chains to white gold block-letter beads on braided plastic bracelets. It’s the kind of stuff that makes you feel nostalgic and sophisticated all at once. MS
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This season, a rising star and veteran icon have joined fashion forces on a collaboration that you’ll be seeing all over the streets. Oh, and on Instagram. As anyone with Wi-Fi access knows, Gigi Hadid is one of the most followed and influential figures of the moment. So it’s no surprise that Tommy Hilfiger recruited her for a capsule collection (the first she has ever co-designed). “With her strong sense of style and lighthearted personality, Gigi really brought an interesting new perspective to the design studio,” says Hilfiger. “Our inspirations came from our brand’s East Coast heritage fused with Gigi’s relaxed, laid-back West Coast twist.” Here, Hilfiger gives us more intel on the collaboration’s making. AUSTEN TOSONE tommy x gigi, $50-$600, tommy.com
How would you describe your creative process? My biggest inspirations come from pop culture: fashion, art, music, and entertainment, which I summarize with the acronym F.A.M.E. I look at iconic pop culture moments from the past, present, and future, and it’s always a fun process to think about how we can bring these ideas to life through fashion.
Sadie Williams With a flair for textile innovation and an affinity for a bit of sparkle, London-born and -based designer Sadie Williams’s work is eye-catching for sure, garnering attention from the likes of the NEWGEN council, which recently awarded her a sponsorship, and beloved retailer & Other Stories, who tapped her for a collaboration. This season’s collection, inspired by old family photos featuring retro ski wear, plays to her strengths with reimagined winter-tech fabrics and sporty, slope-worthy silhouettes. Here, get to know the designer and all that she’s into. LISA MISCHIANTI
Astrological sign Pisces
Have a passion for your practice, stay true to yourself, and follow your intuition while recognizing your strengths.
I always look to a bunch of figures from various decades and all sorts of references. I think I draw quite a lot on my personal style, too.
Materials of choice Lurex mixed with simpler, plainer fabrics (cottons, tracksuiting, wool)
I like juxtaposing unexpected, odd combinations of fabrics and themes together,
so some kind of eclectic remix! Something you can dance to.
I get six-pack [abs] when I do lots of heatpressing!
Inspiration for fall ’16
Old photos of my mum and dad on skiing holiday as a young couple in the ’80s. I loved how they were so happy and carefree and mixed their own clothes in checks and tartans with their old-school ski wear.
Personal wardrobe staple Sweatshirts with A-line/full or folky skirts
Dream travel destination I really want to see the West Coast of the
States one day.
Favorite spot in London
Portobello Market (I grew up around there, too!)
Last novel you loved I just finished The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and I really loved it.
Favorite film of all time
Harold and Maude is always a winner.
Daily soundtrack ’90s radio
Ciders at the pub, something with vodka at the bar
On a good day: apples. On a bad day: tea and biscuits.
What drew you to Gigi Hadid as an influencer and a collaborator? I’ve known Gigi and her family for years, and it has been amazing to watch her grow into one of the world’s most-followed fashion influencers. She is truly the definition of today’s “Tommy Girl.” Her personality is always bright and optimistic, and her style is confident, effortless, and cool. She’s redefining what it means to be a model today and connecting with her audience in a really authentic way.
What fabrics and trends dominate this collection? The look is nautical luxe. We reimagined heritage favorites and seafaring staples with new fabrics, silhouettes, and prints, and each item is marked with Gigi’s own twist that’s effortless and cool.
What are your favorite pieces from the collection? I love our new take on the classics—the chunky cable-knit fisherman sweaters, navy striped shirts, and marine details.
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Punk’s Not Dead Forty years after its formation, legendary punk rock band The Clash is being celebrated with the release of two new and exclusive Converse high-top designs. The group’s music, which took the U.S. by storm in 1980 with their hit album London Calling, helped to push a raw, riotous punk agenda, and that energy translates through the shoes. The collection is anchored in black, but the sneakers also command attention with imagery of playing cards and skulls. They’re great for any rebellious occasion—even a Clash reunion tour, perhaps? We can only dream. DARRIEA CLARK converse chuck taylor all star the clash, $70-$85, converse.com
Assistant fashion editor Nicole Draga has it made in shades. photographed by jin + dana
Make You Sweat For anyone who’s ever fallen in love with a collection, but missed out on purchasing a piece before it’s too late, Christopher Kane knows your pain. This season, in honor of his namesake brand’s 10th anniversary, the designer is releasing a unisex capsule collection of sweatshirts that revisit some of his most iconic men’s and women’s ranges. There will be 10 crewnecks featuring reissued prints we’ve coveted since they first went down the runway, like Kane’s classic gorilla graphic or the galaxy all-over pattern. Grab them while you can! MS christopher kane 10th anniversary capsule collection, $345-$825, christopherkane.com
I was 13 years old, on vacation in Miami with my family, when I spotted them—the most perfect pair of white Chanel sunglasses with a mother-of-pearl signature logo. I begged and pleaded with my parents, swearing I was mature enough to take care of such a treasure, and I still remember the euphoric feeling of leaving the store with them on my face. I felt instantly, confidently, unequivocally stylish. I knew from that moment on that sunglasses were the key; it was the start of one serious obsession. I wear sunnies every single day, to every place that I go. They are the type of piece that can tie together any look and immediately elevate it. And it goes without saying that they add an inherent dose of excitement and cool. I wear shades so often that I swear it’s gotten to a point where I’ve conditioned my eyes to them, and even the slightest bit of bright sun causes me to squint. My obsession has become a necessity—or at least that’s what I tell myself to justify my purchases! Over time, I’ve collected everything from basic signature frames to colorful “It” glasses ranging from Chanel and Dior to my new favorite brand, Ahlem. Because, to quote the Corey Hart song, “I wear my sunglasses at night”—and inside, outside, rain or shine, whenever, wherever, I’ll surely have them on.
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House of Mouse
top, from left: michael kors, ralph lauren, kate spade new york, cindy soong, temperly london, simone rocha. bottom, from left: joseph, house of holland, msgm, vetements, msgm, msgm, house of holland, ji cheng. minnie with bow image: david pacheco, from the art of minnie mouse (los angeles/new york: disney editions, 2016).
What’s black, white, red, and polka-dotted all over? Oh, just arguably the most iconic female character in cartoon history and the original It Girl, Minnie Mouse. From her 1928 debut in Steamboat Willie through today, Minnie’s look has become unmistakable—the color palette, polka dots, and blooming bow now a symbol of the classic figure who wears them best. And with celebrity fans ranging from Madonna, Cara Delevingne, and Lady Gaga to NYLON alums Paris Hilton and Demi Lovato, her style tropes have made their way into runway and retail alike. The fall ’16 collections can attest to this: MSGM, House of Holland, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade (to name a few) have been channeling their inner Minnie in all the right ways. So go for the look—not only will you be on-trend this season, but also ready to take on any Disney theme park. MS
First Crush these luxurious new quilted gems from the iconic house of chanel will make you fall in love all over again. photographed by george underwood. styled by dani stahl
coco crush collection by chanel fine jewelry. hair: hiro yonemoto at atelier management. nails: yuko wada at atelier management using chanel polish in liquid mirror and rouge radical. retouch: monarc new york.
dolce & gabbanaâ€™s fall collection makes all of our punk princess dreams come true. photographed by ben lamberty. styled by dani stahl
In a kingdom far away, there lives a royal rebel, decked out in Dolce & Gabbana. The label’s fall collection is full of fashions fit for the castle, but perfect for remixing to make each look her own. There are glittery, tinselly dresses and skirts in shades of gold, silver, and baby blue; powerful patterns ranging from houndstooth to bold florals; and even military frogging, sharp tailoring, and cascading coattails borrowed from the prince. The range also features nods to a few famed princesses such as Snow White and Cinderella (not to mention her evil stepmother). It’s all enough to make for a NYLON girl’s fall fairy-tale ending. DANI STAHL
all clothing and accessories worn throughout by dolce & gabbana. photo assistant: hose cedeno. hair: jeanie syfu at atelier management using tresemmĂŠ. makeup: cedric jolivet at see management using gorgio armani. manicurist: angel williams at opus beauty using dior vernis. retouch: katie field. model: selena at new york model management.
Lexi Stellwood Her 1982 Mercedes-Benz
by lisa butterworth. photographed by faith silva
“I don’t use GPS,” says Lexi Stellwood, as we come upon a roadblock on a winding street in the Hollywood Hills. “I can look at a map and be like, ‘That’s where I’m going.’ But sometimes we take little detours.” When you’re driving a car as quirky and comfy as Honey Ryder, her light-yellow 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300D Turbo Diesel, small diversions are more of an enjoyment than an inconvenience. The model and singer (her new all-girl band is called Barcelona) paid $3,500 for the car nearly six years ago when she moved from New York to Los Angeles. Since then, Stellwood’s made it distinctly hers: A Big Sur bumper sticker adorns the back, floral fabric is affixed to the ceiling to cover ripped leather from a backseat bike storage mishap, and a jumble of necklaces and crystals (including a “good luck gem” for driving and one that looks like “a unicorn horn”) hang from the rearview mirror. Like any vintage car, it has its imperfections—right now, one of the headlights is out, an automatic transmission fluid leak needs fixing, and the A/C is on the fritz—but they don’t matter. Turning the ignition, her silver bangles glinting in the sunlight, Stellwood smiles and declares, “This car is magic.”
What’s the story behind the nickname? I always loved James Bond when I was little, and my favorite Bond girl was Honey Ryder, [played by] Ursula Andress. She’s the blonde who comes out of the water wearing the white bikini! Why did you buy this car? I had a Saab that was a lemon, and I hated having a car payment. So when I got out here I was like, I want to find a car that’s gonna run forever, that’s also classic and cute. My mom had a convertible Mercedes 450SL that was our family car— me and my brother would be squished in the backseat, but it was amazing. So I was really obsessed with Mercedes. Plus, Honey Ryder’s diesel so the gas mileage is better than a Prius. We speed past the greenery of Griffith Park before making a right on Los Feliz Boulevard. Do you drive it every day? Yes, it’s my daily driver. And I take it on road trips all the time, to Big Sur and Joshua Tree. It’s super comfortable, I can pack my friends in. What’s the most memorable drive you’ve taken in this car? I was once on the 101 Freeway with my boyfriend coming back into Hollywood from Malibu when the hood flew up and smashed the windshield. I had gotten an oil change, and the hood didn’t properly latch because it was a little bit broken
and I didn’t know that. I started honking my horn and slowing down and my boyfriend put his head out the window telling people we were pulling over. I don’t know how we managed it. It was crazy. From Franklin Avenue we head up Beachwood Drive and hang a left on Ledgewood, taking tight curves on skinny streets as we climb higher into the hills. The Hollywood sign looms above us. Do you do any of the maintenance yourself? I can change the oil, I can change the fluids, and I know how to check it out—it’s very simple inside. I also learned how to change a tire, ’cause I’ve gotten a couple of flats. Why are you an old-car enthusiast? Older cars have such character and beautiful design—they feel good to be in. If I ever hit the jackpot I’ll totally be that lady that just has a bunch of vintage cars. And I’ll name them all after Bond girls. Back down on Franklin, Stellwood honks at a driver who’s sleeping through the green light before turning left on Western Avenue, taking us back to Griffith Park. What’s Honey Ryder’s most distinct quirk? This car sounds like a truck because of its engine. People hear me coming, and they’re like, “Oh, I know that Lexi’s here ’cause I can hear her car.” Even my cats notice when I get home.
Tommy Genesis this self-proclaimed bad girl is making her mark as a model, artist, and rapper. by katherine brodsky. photographed by katrin braga As a child, all Tommy Genesis needed was a box of crayons. “I was the kind of kid where, if you gave me crayons and paper, you could leave me for hours,” she recalls. “My mom had to yell for me to go play outside.” These days, she uses a different set of tools. A graduate of Vancouver’s Emily Carr University of Art and Design, she is drawn to structural paintings using fabric and glue, but her canvas is even broader than that. “To dress up and get your makeup done and be somebody new for a day, to go into a different character, that part is fun for me,” says Genesis of modeling, an endeavor that she took on when her photographer friends asked her to pose for them. Although she won’t pinpoint exactly where, Genesis grew up in northern Canada, where racial tension wasn’t unheard of. While her sisters inherited the blue eyes and blonde hair of their mother’s European ancestry, Genesis received her South Indian father’s traits, and it—along with her tomboyish appearance—was cause for some bullying. Despite initially wishing that she looked more like her siblings, today she feels differently. “The fact that I look like my dad [means that] I’m able to represent a whole part of me that would have been otherwise hidden,” she says. And, indeed, she is being noticed. Most notably, she appeared in Calvin Klein’s fall 2016 #mycalvins campaign, which also features Kate Moss, Margot Robbie,
Zoë Kravitz, and Young Thug, among others—along with bits of Genesis’s songs, yet more proof of the multi-hyphenate’s creative prowess. She didn’t have quite the natural inclination for music that she did for visual art, however: Her foray into rap was actually the result of being criticized for her singing skills (or lack thereof), with one of her sisters often yelling at her, “‘Stop singing! You suck,’” as Genesis recalls. Her rhymes caught the attention of Atlanta rapper Father—and his cultlike fan base—as she was readying the release of her 2015 debut album, World Vision, followed by tracks such as “Art” and “They Cum They Go” from the record’s upcoming sequel. Her lyrics can be considered crude by some, but definitely not by Genesis. “I don’t think I’m that explicit. I think I’m just a bad girl,” she says with a laugh. “My identity is very sexual. Sometimes I try to repress it, but I just can’t. I think that it’s because a lot of the time, when I write, I just lean on sexual experiences, because to me it just ties a lot of my thoughts together naturally. It’s not like
I’m trying to shock anybody.” But as sexually open as her music may be, there’s much that Genesis is very private about. “I like to speak in generalities,” she explains. It’s her way of protecting herself as well as her loved ones. “I can’t put anyone on blast. I care too much about the real-life consequences of relationships, and I respect friendships.” What doesn’t concern Genesis is gender, especially in light of the fact that female rappers are relatively rare. She does have a particular appreciation for her female fans, though. In her eyes, girls can connect to certain themes in her music because, as women, “we share collective insecurities because of the way society is structured,” she says. With whatever outlet she may choose, Genesis simply wants to create work that she can be happy with. “I would leave it all if I wasn’t happy, without regret,” she insists. “I just do things that make sense, but I’m aware that I change. If in a year it doesn’t make sense, I don’t know, maybe I’ll start acting. I just do what I want to do.”
The doe-eyed, star-freckled Bettie Page types that inhabit Ilse Valfré’s illustrations might go sunbathing in BDSMstyle harnesses. They may melt their own pretty faces off with a blow-dryer or strip out of their skin so that their skeletons can take a bubble bath. Sometimes they’ll even sip from a carton of “100% Boys Tears.” People are so drawn to Valfré’s cast of playfully subversive female characters—which are, as she explains, cute, “but not too cutesy”—that she’s been able to translate her aesthetic into a popular cult clothing label and garner a loyal Instagram fan base of more than 600,000 followers who eagerly await her latest work.
Born and raised in Mexico, the 28-year-old artist always had a knack for drawing, and turned to it when she needed a creative escape from her teaching job at a Montessori school. “My sister randomly said, ‘Why don’t you become an illustrator?’ and I was like, ‘What? Is that a thing?,’” she recalls. “I Googled it and thought, ‘Wow, you can make money for just drawing?’” Valfré quit her job, moved home with her parents, and started the journey to being her own boss—which wasn’t as glamorous as she imagined. “I was really broke,” she concedes. Inspired by artists like Edward Gorey, Mark Ryden, and Miss Van, Valfré began
posting original sketches on her blog in 2010. After a few years, she opened a Big Cartel online shop that sold clothing and accessories featuring her art prints. Before long, she noticed an interesting trend: It seemed customers didn’t just want to appreciate her illustrated femmes, but rather to emulate them in their own lives—to some extent, be them. It’s a sentiment she immediately recognized. “Growing up, I always wanted everything Barbie had,” Valfré explains. “I dreamed about that little Lamborghini, and I wanted her purses, her hat. So it got me thinking, maybe the girls who follow my artwork, they want the stuff my characters would have.”
illustrations by ilse valfré. makeup: kristee liu.
meet the illustrator-turnedcult-clothing-and-accessoriesdesigner busy making her fantasy our reality. by katherine martinez. photographed by amy harrity
valfré’s musts Eating
Sushi is always a good idea; my fave spot is Sushi Ike on Hollywood Boulevard.
A cold glass of white wine at the Chateau Marmont
Nike, vintage, and Valfré, of course ;)
She moved to Los Angeles and began bringing her illustrations’ clothing and accessories to life. One of her more famous pieces, a 3-D iPhone case that’s an IRL version of the “100% Boys Tears” beverage, was an instant hit. So big, in fact, that a friend called to let her know that she had spotted knockoffs being sold at a market in Mexico City. While initially peeved, Valfré knew then that she had made it: “That was my first aha moment. It was kind of exciting.” Valfré’s success can in part be attributed to her steady three-times-daily drawing schedule. “I’m not organized at
all in my life, but that’s the one thing that I feel like I’ve always committed to,” she says. Her advice for other artists trying to stand out in the crowded marketplace of talented Insta-illustrators is to do the same. “Stay persistent,” she advises. “Work on your craft every day.” Between raising a family (Valfré has a newborn and a three-year-old) and developing her fashion line, she is busy finalizing an upcoming art exhibition in Tokyo and working on an animated TV pilot. How will that look? “Sex and the City-meets-Adventure Time,” she says coyly. Sold.
I’m obsessed with Lime Crime and Glossier—their products make my skin look and feel good.
Listening Isle&Fever and Tame Impala
The websites for DNA and Oyster
I’m very into psychology books.
Japan and any beach destination in Mexico
A full night of sleep—haven’t had one in a while
In the power of glitter
I just started getting IV vitamin therapy. It makes me feel so fresh and energetic.
jumpsuit by ulla johnson, scarf by yuliya magdych.
from slouchy to structured, behold the plush pieces that your fall wardrobe has been craving. photographed by seiji fujimori. styled by gabriela langone
1. topshop: blazer, $100; pants, $80 2. h&m studio: blazer, $99; pants, $80 3. marc jacobs: blazer, $425; pants, $495 4. the jetset diaries: blazer, $249; pants, $209 5. erin fetherston: blazer, $375; pants, $325 6. edun: blazer, $1,650; pants, $1,290 7. kochĂŠ: blazer, $805; pants, $565 8. vanessa seward: blazer, $720; pants, $485. opposite page: all clothing by frame, ring by dannijo.
1. raquel allegra, $645 2. rebecca taylor, $525 3. majorelle, $228 4. 3.1 phillip lim, $995 5. brock collection, $2,990 6. mother of pearl, $750 7. asos, $97 8. emporio armani, $2,095 9. cos, $135 10. buffalo david bitton, $79. opposite page: dress and shoes by gabriela hearst, hat by lola, choker by dannijo, necklace by leigh miller jewelry.
all clothing and by karen accessories tanya taylor, walker,by earrings by rings faris. by erica weiner.
clockwise from top left: all clothing by mara hoffman, necklace by erica weiner; all clothing by nicholas k, necklace by erica weiner; all clothing, shoes, and belt by anna sui, necklace by erickson beamon, ring by dannijo; dress by gabriela hearst, hat by lola, choker by dannijo.
1. topshop unique, $120 2. m. martin, $395 3. derek lam, $1,195 4. tibi, $265 5. lacoste, $230 6. the kooples sport, $225 7. veda, $378 8. frankie, $265 9. emilio pucci, $1,135 10. hilfiger collection, $390. opposite page: all clothing by anna sui, shoes by prada, jeweled cuff by percossi papi from jaded jewels, black bracelet by dannijo, rings by erica weiner, stylistâ€™s own socks. photo assistant: guarionex rodriguez, jr. hair: eloise cheung at kate ryan inc. using oribe. makeup: cedric jolivet at see management using chanel. manicurist: angel williams at opus beauty using dior vernis. model: sophie jurewicz at new york models.
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1. être tre cécile, $120 2. see by chloé, $415 3. opening ceremony, $425 4. milly, $298 5. pierre hardy, $695 6. off-white c/o virgil abloh, $300 7. marc jacobs, $150 8. frankie, $565 9. öhlin/d, $650 10. sunday somewhere, $320 11. alison lou, $250.
1. tory sport, $165 2. asos, $13 3. chrishabana x gypsy sport, $70 4. wesc, $68 5. adidas, $65 6. lacoste, $265 7. adam selman, $225 8. fendi, $800 9. donatienne, $495 10. schott nyc, $650 11. maison kitsunĂŠ, $295 12. g-shock, $130.
1. dr. martens, $160 2. anthony dreyer for pearl collective, $420 3. kate spade new york, $498 4. kenzo, $540 5. thii, $545 6. vilshenko, $965 7. victoria beckham, $2,640 8. tory burch, $350 9. kahle, $398 10. jennifer fisher, $215 11. paige, $159. still lifes: bethany bandera.
go coconuts for hydration!
we’d rather join this girl gang and take inspiration from the beauty looks dreamed up backstage at marc jacobs’s fall/ winter ’16 show by nars founder and creative director françois nars and redken global creative director guido palau. photographed by jin + dana. styled by marissa smith
all clothing and accessories worn throughout by marc jacobs.
TRY THESE: nars flibuste velvet shadow stick, $28; nars #44 precision contour brush, $28; nars minorque kohliner, $25; nars audacious mascara, $26; nars triple x lip gloss, $26; narscosmetics. com for all. redken hardwear 16 super-strong sculpting hair gel, $18.50, and redken forceful 23 super-strength hairspray, $19; ulta.com for both.
credits TRY THESE: go here: nars minorque kohliner, $25; nars black valley eye paint, $25; nars #47 angled eyeliner brush, $28; nars #13 precision blending brush, $26; nars las pozas velvet eyeliner, $24; nars audacious mascara, $26; narscosmetics. com for all. redken hardwear 16 super-strong sculpting hair gel, $18.50, and redken forceful 23 super-strength hairspray, $19; ulta.com for both.
TRY THESE: (on eyes and lips) nars flibuste velvet shadow stick, $28; nars #44 precision contour brush, $28; (on eyes and lips) nars minorque kohliner, $25; nars pandora duo eyeshadow, $35; nars audacious mascara, $26; (on lips) nars black moon velvet eyeliner, $24; nars triple x lip gloss, $26; narscosmetics.com for all. redken hardwear 16 super-strong sculpting hair gel, $18.50, and redken forceful 23 super-strength hairspray, $19; ulta.com for both.
TRY THESE: nars chantilly radiant creamy concredits go here: cealer, $29; nars pandora duo eyeshadow, $35; (on eyes and lips) nars black moon velvet eyeliner, $24; nars #47 angled eyeliner brush, $28; nars black valley eye paint, $25; nars carpates eyeliner stylo, $27; nars audacious mascara, $26; (on lips) nars flibuste velvet shadow stick, $28; (on lips) nars minorque kohliner, $25; narscosmetics. com for all. redken hardwear 16 super-strong sculpting hair gel, $18.50, and redken forceful 23 super-strength hairspray, $19; ulta.com for both. makeup: jenny smith at nars. hair: remy moore using redken. nails: angel williams at opus beauty using dior vernis. models: jordan, briet, and huan at elite model management and georgia at fusion models. beauty editor: jade taylor.
Considering the fact that Louis Vuitton became the iconic brand it is today because of its creation of luxury trunks back in 1854 on Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris, it’s unsurprising that the house has crafted seven new olfactory creations inspired by one word: adventure. Master perfumer and native of Grasse (which is basically like Disney World for noses because of its rich history in the perfume business) Jacques Cavallier Belletrud traveled to five different continents over a span of a few months in search of unexpected emotions to serve as his inspiration for this project. It was during this time that he imagined the seven different journeys for Les Parfums Louis Vuitton. First, there are the lighter scents—Rose des Vents (infused with Turkish and Bulgarian rose essences), Turbulences (tuberose, jasmine grandiflorum, and Chinese magnolia), and Contre Moi (vanilla and orange blossom). Then, there are the darker blends: Dans La Peau (made up of tobacco and powdery musks), Apogée (smoky guaiac wood and sandalwood), Matière Noire (black currant and white narcissus), and Mille Feux (saffron and raspberry). Of course, the bottles are dressed up, too (thanks to designer Marc Newson), in chic, robust glass vessels and stamped with the iconic LV emblem on each cap. To say there’s a scent for everyone in this line is an understatement. But more importantly, let’s not forget that Louis Vuitton hasn’t released a new fragrance in 70 years, so don’t you dare sleep on this launch. JADE TAYLOR les parfums louis vuitton, $240 for 3.4 fl. oz. each, available at select louis vuitton stores
photographed by sonia ostrovsky.
Time in a Bole
Fun fact: Two years after NARS founder and creative director François Nars created his own cosmetics line with 12 lipsticks back in 1994, he fell in love with photography and began shooting his own makeup campaign ads. His career as a makeup artist and photographer went on to resemble what we think of when we hear the words American dream—except I guess his was a French dream, which is basically the same thing but sounds cooler. And now, 20 years since he began snapping his own ads, we’re getting the coffee table book to end all coffee table books: a 434-page photobiography that chronicles his ascension as one of the most influential figures in the beauty world today. The six chapters are named after some of Mr. Nars’s favorite product names (let’s have a moment of silence for Deep Throat), and cover his early years, influences, high-flying friendships, the creation of the NARS brand, and his personal photography. For the biography-obsessed, expect old family photos from the ‘60s in coastal France and plenty of vintage magazine covers. For the aspiring model, there are drool-worthy backstage candids of him with Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Kristen McMenamy, and Shalom Harlow. For the entrepreneurial-minded, it includes the Harper’s Bazaar cover he snagged the year he moved to New York in 1984 (#goals), his personal sketches for his collections, and images from the flagship store. And, of course, glorious product photos along with every campaign ever shot, providing cross-trend-anddecade makeup inspo for every idiosyncratic whim. SOPHIA RICHARDS françois nars, $85, narscosmetics.com
Letâ€™s Hear It for the Boys
after taking a leap of faith by creating their youtube channels to show off their skills, makeup artists manny mua and patrick starrr became overnight sensations (and best friends) in a beauty world that was once believed to be for girls only. here, we chat self-love, makeup secrets, and how to handle the haters, one highlighter at a time. by jade taylor and blake alexander vulgamott. photographed by amy harrity
What was your first memory of playing with makeup? Manny Mua: When I was a young boy I would watch my mom apply her makeup, so one day I took a lipstick she had and put it on my mouth, trying to imitate her. It ended up all over my face. Patrick Starrr: I didn’t play with makeup until I was 17 years old, but I remember stealing my mom’s CoverGirl foundation that was too dark for me [laughs]. When was the first time you were told it wasn’t OK for boys to wear makeup? PS: I’ll never forget the time I was told to wipe my makeup off at the makeup counter I was working at. It was the first moment something like that happened to me in public. All I wanted was to look good and sell what I was wearing on my face. MM: I didn’t start wearing makeup until I was in my early 20s, so I never realized that makeup “wasn't for boys,” as many social norms say.
Manny, same question about Patrick. MM: I love that he’s such a hard worker. He’s one of the original boys I saw wearing makeup online and really bending the rules of society, and that really resonated with me. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am now without him in my life. You’ve both done makeup collabs in the past, Manny with Makeup Geek and Patrick with Formula X. Would you ever start your own eponymous line of makeup products? Do you have any upcoming collabs? PS: I have a collaboration coming up this holiday season! I would definitely love to have my own makeup brand one day, that would be a dream come true. MM: I would also love to start my own brand, that’s definitely in my future. I do have two upcoming collabs, though. I can’t talk about them just yet, but they will be amazing. Who can beat a face faster? PS: I take forever. I feel like Manny is faster!
Why is it important for men to be represented in the beauty industry? PS: Makeup is one size fits all. It makes me feel good and it’s no different than what we eat and what we wear. MM: It’s important because being different is beautiful. I believe that society needs to be more open and accepting of things that are seen as “different.” What are your dreams for yourself in this industry? PS: To bring awareness to parents out there that makeup is art. I want parents to educate and teach their children that men in makeup are no different than anyone else. At meet and greets I thank par-
ents for allowing their children to watch my YouTube channel—it means so much to me. We can change the world. MM: I would love to keep growing. I want to become successful and represent a different form of beauty in my generation. Patrick, what’s the most inspiring thing to you about Manny? PS: I admire his drive. He’s such a gogetter and he does every move with passion. He has pushed me to be more vulnerable. For me, friends were hard to come by until I met him.
MM: No way, Patrick for sure [laughs]. How do you handle the hate that comes along with being a male beauty vlogger? PS: I ignore it. If I do come across hate comments or bullying, I know where the block button is. I know at this point that I have a responsibility. My platform is under my control and I know there are boys and girls reading, and I would hate for my social media to be a hub of negativity. MM: There is tons of hate, yes. However, there is so much more love and positivity that makes the hate roll off my shoulders. You can’t let hate control you or what you do. You have to see past it and know that people who send you hate online are insecure with themselves and it ultimately has nothing to do with you.
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What’s your dream for the beauty community and its inclusion of men? PS: My dream is to have beauty influencers in the forefront of businesses and communities outside of YouTube and Instagram. There is so much we can do beyond social media. MM: My dream is for male beauty models, bloggers, YouTubers, and everyone in between to be seen as equal to women in the beauty community. I’m not talking about makeup artists—I’m talking about those who love to wear makeup and be seen in makeup. I hope that society will one day be accepting of men in makeup: no stares, no talking behind our backs, no bias, just acceptance. What is your advice for a young boy who wants to explore wearing makeup? PS: Make friends who love what you love. When Manny and I became friends my life changed. I became more inspired and driven to go after my dreams. MM: My advice would be to talk to your parents, let them know that makeup is something you love, that you’re passionate about it, and it’s your artistic freedom. After you’re done talking to them, have them help you pick out your first highlighter. Where do your YouTube illuminati meetings take place, and can we get an invite? PS: You need three Morphe brushes purchased with the discount code “PSTARRR,” then bring them to the Hollywood sign and knock on the “D” three times, and name your favorite Tarte eye shadow palette while wearing American Doll liquid lipstick by Anastasia Beverly Hills. Boom. MM: I plead the fifth!
Hail to the King talking feminism in the music industry, life lessons from wanda jackson, and how to rock a perfect cat-eye with the new queen of rock ’n’ roll, elle king. by jade taylor. photographed by samantha casolari I’ve never seen someone light up a room quite like Elle King: The 27-year-old country-rock-pop singer bear-hugs me when I open the door to the Ludlow Hotel suite in Manhattan where we’re photographing her, grinning from ear to ear and clutching a sugar-free Red Bull as her big blue eyes (beneath matching blue hair) scan the room. “Do you mind if I have a cigarette really quickly?” she asks. This habit explains that charming rasp of hers, but the roughness in her voice is also a side effect from her performance just a few days ago at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, where she opened up for Lynyrd Skynyrd. You probably recognize King from her Grammy-nominated song “Ex’s
& Oh’s”—the first single off her album Love Stuff—which played nonstop on the radio and became a catchy, poprock girl-power anthem for women across the world (likely because it was based on true stories about three of her ex-boyfriends). Before we actually start talking, however, she kicks everyone out of the room. “Thanks guys, sorry, I get self-conscious,” she says. This seems strange considering that King had just been showing me a video of her and Dierks Bentley performing a duet in front of thousands of people at the CMT Music Awards (which aired to millions around the world), where she oozed nothing but confidence. The layers start to unfold.
years of my career: I got to sing with Ronnie Spector at Glastonbury, then I got to sing with Wanda Jackson—who I have a beautiful friendship with now—she’s the one who taught me how to sing with a rasp.” I inquire more about this. “Well, she taught me how to yodel,” says King. “But when I would listen to her music when I was younger, I would try to mimic her sound, not knowing that if I eventually drank and smoked enough, I would get my own rasp, too [laughs]. While we were driving in her car, she looked over at me and said, ‘The boys will try and get you down, but you just have to sing louder than them, and know that you're as good as them.’” King interrupts herself. “Can I say something? For years, a lot of people asked me, ‘Have you ever had any hardships or speed bumps about being a woman in rock ‘n’ roll?’ And for so long, I was like, ‘No way, man, everybody's cool!’ But it wasn’t until I reached a new level of fame that I realized men started acting like dicks to me. From that moment on I was like, ‘I’m going to sing and play music better than any man ever thinks they can!’ I had never identified as a feminist before this, but it just took one thing for me to change my view.” I segue our conversation to her eyeliner, since she had previously mentioned Ronnie Spector, the queen of cat-eyes. “I’ve always done big eyeliner, just like The Ronettes and Amy Winehouse did,” she says. “But I can’t do a smoky cat-eye; I love a clean line. I have two favorite cat-eye looks I do: I've got the “full cat,” a really sharp pointy liner. Then my second favorite, I call it the “shark fin,” is a three-quarter-length, really sexy bedroom eye. I think anyone can pull off a cat-eye. You just have to find which one works best with your eye shape.” Her secret weapon? “M.A.C Fluidline Pen in Retro Black, it’s my absolute favorite,” she says. Before she leaves to meet up with her fiancé downstairs, King slips her fringed leather jacket (which reads WILD CHILD on the back, her own custom design) over her grungy, mermaid-hued locks. “I'm getting married next spring and I want to dye my hair back to blonde for the wedding, so I’m having fun with the blue while I can,“ she says. It’s nice because having [colored hair] isn’t so taboo in the music industry anymore. Plus, the blue makes my eye color pop. I’m in love with it.”
makeup: michelle clark. hair: nathan prescott for trephin salon. special thanks to the ludlow hotel.
Born Tanner Elle Schneider to comedian Rob Schneider and model London King, the musician started playing violin at the age of four, when she was told she had perfect pitch. But it wasn’t until she was 10 that she picked up a guitar and learned how to play her first song, “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd—making her aforementioned Sturgis debut a fullcircle moment. “I knew I had a job to do, and that was get the crowd pumped for Lynyrd fucking Skynyrd, but the audience was tough—I knew I had to work harder to gain respect from them, just for being a female musician,” she says. “But I proved myself for over an hour, in front of 20,000 bikers, who were mainly men, and got their approval. I'm still buzzing from it. Sorry, I had to get my girl power moment in somewhere.” King smiles, and looks down at her arms, which are covered in a mix of American traditional tattoos and other random inkings (like one that just says “fuck you”), kept in pristine condition thanks to her obsession with coconut oil (she later asks me touch her arms to prove how soft her skin is). “You know, there are these little boxes that I've been ticking off the last couple
inspired by lovers’ eyes— odd pieces of jewelry that depicted one’s own gaze and became popular in the late 1700s as a gesture of romance when given to an admirer— makeup artist lindsey williams takes us through the art of the line with these modern ways to decorate your lids. by jade taylor. photographed by anairam TRY THESE: kat von d lightning liner in poe, hex, juno, ludwig, bach, amadeus, and gould, $20 each, sephora.com for all; lime crime liquid eyeliner in rhyme, reason, lazuli, citreuse, and orchidaceous, $14 each, urbanoutfitters.com for all; milk makeup shadow liner in model/dj, working girl, and hustler, $26 each, milkmakeup. com for all; urban decay razor sharp waterresistant longwear liquid eyeliner in chaos, ecstasy, deep end, kush, fireball, junkshow, and intergalactic, $22 each, sephora.com for all; ardency inn modster smooth ride supercharged eyeliner in grass, jade, true blue, hot pink, and lemon, $19 each, urbanoutfitters.com for all; too faced sketch marker liquid art eyeliner in smokey emerald, steel blue, deep lilac, candy pink, papaya peach, and canary yellow, $20 each, sephora.com for all.
makeup: lindsey williams at kate ryan inc. models: fatoumata, jocabed, and polly at apm models, jessi at wilhelmina models, jade taylor, and chloe anello.
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double, double, toil and trouble, these magical beauty offerings are like no other. by jade taylor. illustrated by laura breiling
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Created in Miami by co-founders Fawn Embrey, Jessie Laino, and Angela Laino comes Wild Medicine, a beauty brand that promotes the healing and cleansing properties of stones, crystals, and essential oils via the use of soap. Yes, soap. It might sound silly, but these little squares of heaven have real crystals inside of them and will have you smelling like an angel all day long (our favorite combo is a tie between the Titanium Quartz/Tea Tree and Fluorite/ Lavender soaps). Even better? You can use the power of meditation, manifestation, affirmation, projection, focus, and intention to help you cleanse daily with them. Bonus: They also happen to be the perfect gift for those who are both beauty- and magic-obsessed (ahem, us). wild medicine soap, $22 each, wildmedicine.us
Crystal Castles Crystal Cactus is a self-described “soul project” from model, artist, and NYLON It Girl Audrey Kitching, who’s certified in crystal work and energy healing. The line features handmade, mystically infused beauty products such as Aura Cleansing Spray, New Moon Oil, and Manifestation Fairy Candle Dust (to name a few). Our favorite? The Crystal Venus Love Bath, which uses a blend of pure, raw pink Himalayan sea salt, rose quartz (which, FYI, is the ultimate stone of love), and is garnished with a ton of rosebuds. Not only will your bath smell amazing, but if you let yourself slip under Venus’s love spell, you may just conjure your truest desires (or so it says on the label). We recommend listening to “Venus” by Air while you do this to really set the mood. crystal cactus crystal venus love bath, $23, crystalcactus.com
Strange Magic One of our favorite metaphysical shops in Los Angeles, House of Intuition (make sure to drop by the next time you’re in town!), which already has its very own eponymous line of beauty products, is now responsible for also healing our hair. The brand just debuted a product called Hair Mystics that comes in six amazing scents and is designed to nourish your hair by using a mixture of essential oils and the vibrational energy of crystals inside each bottle. The label on the bottle reads, “Manage your mystical mane while treating your tresses to some spiritual self-care. Your hair is not just your crowning glory; each strand is an energetic conduit connecting your crown to the universe.” Tell us you’re not as obsessed as we are. house of intuition hair mystics, $18, houseofintuitionla.com
Witchy Woman Exclusive to Urban Outfitters, the vegan and crueltyfree Adorn fragrance collection first caught our attention because of how cool it looked. But it wasn’t until we looked inside that we found out that each natural scent (and there are four to choose from) is supercharged with its very own sacred stone, which can help channel inner strength, balance, and luck. And they all smell otherworldly: Amethyst is infused with jasmine, ylang ylang, and violet; Jade has a blend of rose petal, peony, and reseda; Lapis is made up of sea salt, sage, and beechwood; and Tiger’s Eye consists of sandalwood, moss, and suede. It may be hard to choose just one, but considering you can snag the entire collection for under 100 bones, we recommend getting the full set. adorn eau de parfum, $24 for 1 fl. oz., urbanoutfitters.com
Eau-La-La the beauty world is ushering in a new type of bottle service with these fall fragrance launches. photographed by sonia ostrovsky
from left: tom ford orchid soleil eau de parfum, $120 for 1.7 fl. oz., sephora.com; oscar de la renta velvet eau de toilette, $78 for 3.4 fl. oz., macys.com; prada le femme eau de parfum, $95 for 1.7 fl. oz., bloomingdales.com; burberry my burberry black eau de parfum, $125 for 3 fl. oz., macys.com.
from left: givenchy dahlia divin le nectar de parfum eau de parfum, $94 for 1.7 fl. oz., sephora.com; bond no. 9 soho eau de parfum, $260 for 1.7 fl. oz., bondno9.com; yves saint laurent mon paris eau de parfum, $92 for 1.7 fl. oz., sephora.com; gucci guilty platinum pour femme eau de parfum, $99 for 2.5 fl. oz., sephora.com.
from left: alexander mcqueen mcqueen eau de parfum, $115 for 1.7 fl. oz., saksfifthavenue.com; elizabeth and james nirvana bourbon and nirvana rose eau de parfum, $85 for 1.7 fl. oz. each, sephora. com; marc jacobs divine decadence eau de parfum, $97 for 1.7 fl. oz., sephora. com; kenzo world eau de parfum, $86 for 1.7 fl. oz., bloomingdales.com.
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ALBUM DELAYS MEDIA SCRUTINY MISOGYNY AND EVEN SELF-DOUBT CAN’T KEEP THIS SUPERWOMAN DOWN. BY KERYCE CHELSI HENRY. PHOTOGRAPHED BY ANAIRAM . STYLED BY JOHNNY WUJEK Tinashe has never seen The Breakfast Club, and her cousin Nakisa Kachingwe and I cannot believe it. The entertainer (or singer-songwriter-dancer-producer-actress-model if we’re being thorough) quickly attempts to redeem herself: “I think I’ve seen parts! Just not the whole thing,” she says. We’re waiting on two more people to complete our team for a round of Escape the Room, a 1980s-themed interactive performance on New York’s Lower East Side, and we’ve just been informed that not only will this activity require knowledge about a decade during which none of us were alive, but that our cohorts include five prepubescent boys who were born in a completely different century. When a couple in their mid-30s arrives—their awkwardness around each other a clear indication that this is an “early date,” as Tinashe posits later—we’re relieved. Suddenly, the dimly lit room fills with the opening synth line of “99 Luftballons,” causing the walls—adorned with a basketball hoop, a Back to the Future movie poster, and Spuds MacKenzie Bud Light ads—to lightly tremble. We launch into action: Kachingwe and I analyze a riddle that’s taped inside a yellowing issue of Tiger Beat. The couple hold a cassette player to their ears, straining to hear the recording. The boys argue about whether the final score of the “Miracle on Ice” could be a clue, with an impressive recall of stats on the legendary hockey game during the 1980 Winter Olympics. And off in a corner sits Tinashe. Clad in a breezy white tank, black leggings, and low-top Vans, her legs are folded beneath her on the floor, her focus as sharp as her inky-black fingernails, which are clacking away at the buttons on a brick-size mobile phone. She’s trying to figure out which combination of numbers will open an attached safe, and clearly working according to some clever strategy. Or is she? “Oh, I don’t know,” she says with a flip of her hair, still damp from a dip in her manager’s mom’s pool this morning. “But some buttons, when you press them, beep three times. Others just beep once. See?” She dials 2 and the phone chirps back with one beep and a flash of a yellow light. When she presses 3, however, it responds with a beep-beep-beep and three flashes, as it does with the 9. “The 3 and the 9,” she confirms, grinning proudly at her discovery and revealing the dimple on her left cheek that punctuates her lightly freckled face. Just then, a snippet of the Back to the Future theme song plays—someone just unlocked one of the safes. The framed
poster depicting a stunned Michael J. Fox stepping out of a flaming DeLorean swings open to reveal more clues and we gather to check it out. From the other side of the room a boy shouts that he’s unlocked the phone. “I want to know what he pressed,” Tinashe mutters, shooting a playful side-eye in his direction. While escaping rooms might not be Tinashe’s forte, she’s developed a lengthy résumé over her 23 years. Born Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe in Lexington, Kentucky, to a mother of European descent and a Zimbabwean father of the Shona tribe, she spent much of her childhood channeling her boundless energy into modeling, acting, dance, and tae kwon do. When she was eight, her parents, both professors, moved the family to Los Angeles, and by 14, she had found her calling in music, having been selected by pop singer Vitamin C to join a girl group called The Stunners, which opened for Justin Bieber’s My World Tour in 2010. Shortly after the tour, Tinashe left the group to start a solo career. She set up a makeshift studio in her bedroom and learned how to produce and engineer songs via YouTube tutorials. Before long, she’d cranked out three mixtapes and a string of videos. In 2012, she signed a deal with RCA and then put out another mixtape. But it was the inescapable, platinum-selling hit “2 On” from her critically acclaimed 2014 debut, Aquarius, that truly jump-started her career. Since then, she’s sold out a headlining tour, hit the road with Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, performed a tribute to Janet Jackson at the 2015 BET Awards (after being hand-selected by the iconic singer to do so), modeled alongside Cody Simpson, Bella Hadid, and Hailey Baldwin for a Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply campaign, and even created an eye shadow palette for a collaboration with M.A.C. In a matter of weeks, Tinashe will be reaching yet another milestone. She’ll release her highly anticipated sophomore effort, Joyride. But first, there’s an elephant in the room—or restaurant, rather, as we’ve relocated to drown our sorrows in sangria after failing Escape the Room: the fact that she has been promoting the album for about a year (and even wrapped the North American leg of the Joyride tour before canceling her European dates to put finishing touches on the record), but as of this writing her label was still hammering out the release
jacket by christian siriano, bathing suit by redwolf pdx, earrings by eddie borgo. tinasheâ€™s own rings (worn throughout). opening spread: bodysuit and boots by emilio pucci.
opposite page: jacket and top by versace, shorts by revive, boots by lodovico zordanazzo, earring on left ear by alexander wang, earring on right ear by eddie borgo.
date and could only confirm that it will come out in October. “Yes! Totally!” Tinashe exclaims mid-sip when I ask if she is ever tempted to leak the tracks. “But how is that going to help me? It’s just going to come out and then it’s gone, and then I don’t have the support. No one’s going to be booking me for TV performances, [the label is] certainly not going to help me with my next one,” she says with a chuckle, possibly trying to downplay her exasperation over the delay. “The producers would be mad at me because they wouldn’t have gotten paid. If I just put it on SoundCloud, I’m not getting paid, my label isn’t getting paid.” She’s quick to clarify that she doesn’t have any hard feelings against RCA, and that she understands that profitability is their top priority. “It’s the business aspect,” she says. “There’s always going to be a difference in opinion because they’re just looking at things from a different side. And I’m not mad at them for it.” Still, it’s quite a disheartening situation for a young woman who already has the makings of a superstar, having collaborated with a who’s who of artists from across genres, including Dev Hynes, Enrique Iglesias, Drake, Usher, Charli XCX, and Nigerian pop prince Davido. She’s also written alt-R&B singer Kelela’s “All the Way Down,” as well as hit songs for Fifth Harmony, including the official anthem of the United States Olympic women’s gymnastic team, “That’s My Girl.” On top of that, she can perform full-out choreography that no doubt gives that couple in their 30s Rhythm Nation-era flashbacks. So why did it take so long for her label to “get behind” Joyride? Was pure talent no longer enough to make it in the music industry? Or worse, was Tinashe no longer enough? Working nonstop to meet others’ expectations introduced the entertainer to a harsh reality of fame: insecurity. “I’ve never been insecure. I’ve never doubted myself,” she says, poking at her filet mignon with a fork, “but I’ve had those thoughts seep in, and it’s very scary because I would never want to be the type of person who was afraid to do whatever they wanted to do, or was just too caught up in their own head that they didn’t put themselves out there. There are people I know who hate their life and this business. It’s terrible because they’ll want to quit. I would never want to get to that point. There’s so much going for me, and it’s something that I’ve always wanted.” The pitfalls don’t stop there. While some progress has been made, the mainstream music media is still rife with misogyny. “It’s disgusting sometimes,” she says, pointing out that she barely even opened her mouth during an interview with New York radio station Hot 97 before having her tongue measured. “You can either a) be a good sport or b) walk out of the room. And, again, what exactly does that prove? I don’t want to be subjected to objectification, but then I don’t get the interview. And I do want an interview with Hot 97. I want them to play my songs. So some of it is just stuff that I’ve learned comes with it. I try to brush it off,” she says, swirling her sangria with her
straw. “But hopefully I can get to a point where I’m respected enough for my music that I’m able to change the way that male DJs think of female artists. We have it a lot harder in general. Not only do radio DJs and people who are interviewing you sexualize you and objectify you, but other artists do as well. Fans do. People dumb you down. Other male artists don’t support female artists because it makes them look, what, thirsty? And other female artists don’t support women artists because it’s too competitive.” But Tinashe doesn’t necessarily blame the DJs either: “A lot of it is for ‘entertainment value,’ which isn’t their fault because they’re ‘giving the people what they want,’” she says, raising her fingers in exaggerated air quotes. “It’s weird,” she says with a chuckle that only lasts a second. “It’s annoying.” Elephant number two: Even NYLON is guilty of placing Tinashe under a microscope. Late last year, we published an opinion piece on our website that questioned her decision to collaborate with R. Kelly and her labelmate Chris Brown, two men who’ve faced allegations of abuse against women. She understands that, too, especially since she didn’t want “Player”—her song with Brown and the first promotional single for Joyride (although it’s absent from the final tracklist)—to be available only in the version with his feature on it. “It wasn’t my decision. That’s what people don’t understand,” she says. “But you know, at the end of the day, I still really respect him as an artist. I think he’s really talented. It was always a goal of mine to collaborate with him at some point.” Her most avid supporters (called “SweeTees”) and new fans alike will delight in the artist’s evolution on her sophomore album, which shows off her genre fluidity like never before, tapping into alt-R&B, hip-hop, and pop in equal measure. “As an artist, I don’t fit into one box, so sonically it’s important to represent that as well,” she says. The album’s title is a metaphor for the turbulent “wild car ride” of one’s 20s, she says. “When you’re a young person, you don’t really know what’s going to happen next. You’re just going to take it as it comes. You’re going to have the time of your life while you can and see what happens.” Maintaining a fickle attitude toward romantic relationships—a hallmark of her generation if one were to believe the countless swipe-left think pieces currently clogging the internet—is a running theme throughout the album. “Superlove,” the standout bop with an accompanying Baywatch-inspired music video that’s just as sunny, alludes to Uncle Luke and banana splits in its playfully naughty consideration of turning a potential lover into a baby daddy—a completely different sentiment than “Company,” which adamantly maintains a desire for no-strings-attached relations, or the tender vulnerability of “Stay the Night,” which puts Tinashe’s vocal range in the spotlight as she pleads for one last quiet moment before bidding goodbye. Even with all of the relationship talk on the album, there’s
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an element of independence present throughout—like how “No Contest” blames the protagonist’s unresponsiveness to a suitor on different time zones, a consequence of a jet-setting life, something Tinashe is quite familiar with. Case in point: She’s now discussing her upcoming trip to perform in South Korea with the same casualness as a radio show gig in Atlantic City. “At the end of the day, obviously, my music is number one to me,” she says. “I’d never, ever put my career aside for a man. Ever. So, yeah, there is a level of, ‘I do want you, but I definitely don’t ever need you. Not, like, need-need you. Not, like, really, truly need you. Not, like, need you to survive. I will definitely survive. I’ll thrive, in fact. But you’re a great asset.’” She bursts into a laugh so infectious that even the woman at the table next to ours glances over, as if contemplating ditching the guy she’s eating with to pull up a chair and add her two cents. I can’t help but wonder whether the mini rant is a veiled jab at the frequent headlines that attempt to forge romantic connections between her and other artists. She’s shut down rumors tying her to Future and Nick Jonas, the latter of whom further confirms their professional relationship by gushing about her talent. “I was thrilled to have Tinashe on the remix of ‘Jealous,’” Jonas says. “She brought a whole new energy to the song, and in the promo we did together I was blown away
by her work ethic and her overall star power. It’s amazing when you see someone who you know is going to be around for a long time. It’s instant and undeniable. She is a powerhouse.” Most recently, she’s been linked with another collaborator, Calvin Harris. She managed to make it through the entirety of our Escape the Room experience and dinner without being outed as a celebrity, but three days later, when she tries to take a helicopter ride with the Scottish producer, a paparazzo’s wide lens is poised and ready. They do indeed look “cozy” in the images, as the Daily Mail reporter writes, but Tinashe has consistently brushed off any rumors that they’re a serious item. As if anyone needed more convincing of Tinashe’s unyielding focus on her career, one look at her schedule would make even the most hardcore workaholic break a sweat. One of the projects she’s most excited about is a modeling gig for Alexander Wang, which came about after she and the designer had quite the experience when he styled and accompanied her to the Time 100 Gala earlier this year. “I puked!” she says, noting that she’d taken 12 vitamins on an empty stomach earlier in the day. “I was in the car with him and we were just talking, and all of a sudden I was like, ‘Holy shit, I’m gonna puke!’ So I rolled down the window and threw up outside.” She shakes her head, chuckling. “I really was fine, though.”
The image is pretty hilarious: the pint-sized songwriter sitting beside one of the most influential fashion designers in the world while wearing his design, spewing chunks outside of a sleek black car, and then reassuring him with a chipper, “I’m fine!” before pulling up in front of a red carpet at New York City’s Lincoln Center. Still, it’s an oddly refreshing reminder that, even with her superwoman talents and the equally unimaginable resolve to succeed in a cutthroat industry (and the fact that she hasn’t had a spare second to view certain classic coming-of-age films starring Molly Ringwald), Tinashe is still very much a 23-year-old woman, grasping at what straws remain of her youth before fully immersing herself into the throes of adulthood. After all, she still lives with her parents and two younger brothers in the same La Crescenta, California home she grew up in (although she does have a brand-new Ferrari parked out front), and she spends her rare free moments with her family, bringing them along to her international
shows when they’re not too busy with work and school. Most recently, the Kachingwes trekked to South Africa for Tinashe’s performance in Durban, where they visited a Zulu village. Her youngest brother, Kudzai, uploaded a five-part vlog from the trip to YouTube, which captured everything from the siblings’ terrified encounter with wild monkeys to Tinashe asking a medicine woman if this year will be a good one for her, to which the woman responds via a translator that she will be very happy. And Tinashe believes her, for the most part. “I’ve always been so confident in myself, but there’s so much doubt now in my mind because of what I’ve gone through—so many setbacks, pushbacks, album delays,” she says. “It’s just kind of shaken my belief system. But I still believe, at the end of the day, I’m going to find some way to succeed and be happy.” She stares into her now-empty glass and then back up at me. “So yes, absolutely. This year is going to be a great year.”
jacket by emilio pucci, top and skirt by alexander wang, shoes by no. 21, necklace by eddie borgo. opposite page: top and skirt by kenzo, earrings by i still love you nyc. photo assistants: conor mcintyre and eduardo valderrama. hair: david cruz for kevin murphy. makeup: michael anthony using dior rouge. manicurist: angel williams at opus beauty using dior vernis.
Sweet dreams are made of this playing dress-up with five of our favorite models, artists, and muses, who are unabashedly themselves. photographed by mayan toledano. styled by julia baylis
on lulu bonfils: sweater by lulu bonfils, skirt by molly goddard.
on salem mitchell:
sweater by miu miu, tights by velvet heart, boots by chanel.
opposite page: on ami doumbia (left): dress by molly goddard, earring by delfina delettrez, doumbiaâ€™s own jeans.
on gabby richardson: dress by prada, bracelets by venessa arizaga, richardsonâ€™s own rings.
opposite page: on jada-renee bland: dress by chanel, sneakers by nike, bandanna by me and you x deer dana, blandâ€™s own earrings.
sweater by carven, earrings by venessa arizaga, socks by topshop.
r r opposite page: sweater by lulu bonfils.
photo assistant: joy taira. hair and makeup by ingeborg at opus beauty using chanel rouge allure and number 4 hair care smoothing balm.
jumpsuit by g-star raw, necklace by melody ehsani.
yo-landi visser, ninja, and their daughter, sixteen jones, rock fall styles at their california compound in celebration of die antwoord’s fourth album, mount ninji and da nice time kid. by marissa g. muller. photographed by olivia bee. styled by marjan malakpour
Visser, with her nymphlike stature and jagged haircut making On a sleepy, white-picket-fence-lined street in Southern Caliher strong jawline seem all the more chiseled, is also worrying fornia, a mother and father take their daughter out for a mornabout her daughter, Sixteen, who’s actually 13 and is the spiting stroll, coffee mug in hand, blunt in mouth, goat on leash. ting image of her mom if Visser let her stick-straight blonde Yes, goat. His name is Fred, and he’s been rented for the day hair grow out and wore jeans and T-shirts. Sixteen reassures to honor The Black Goat, a.k.a. Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs, their her mom that she’s fine, in between posting to Die Antwoord’s musical mentor and influence behind their new album, Mount Snapchat and streaming Friends, a show Visser also “loves.” Ninji and da Nice Time Kid. Like anywhere else they might “They only talk in punch lines,” she tells me later over email. show up, the South African rave-rappers look like they’ve just The two rules I’m given today are: 1) Don’t ask Visser anydropped down from Mars, or, as Ninja says about his partner, thing (she’s not a fan of in-person interviews—as Ninja explains, Yo-Landi Visser, “like something that fell out of heaven, got a “She’s quite private and standoffish, but she’s a real heavenly little lost, and wound up in hell, unscathed.” creature”), and 2) Don’t pull out my phone inside the compound, The comparison feels apt as today’s fiery temperature is which is actually DJ Muggs’s studio but also Die Antwoord’s pushing 100 degrees. But Visser, clad in a red robe, matching home away from South Africa. The latter directive is quite hard bubble-gum pink shorts and crop top, and ankle socks dotted to follow, as the building’s inhabitants have transformed the with avocados (no shoes beneath them on the scorching pavespace into an Instagram-friendly palace, painting every inch of ment), doesn’t seem to mind. Back at the Die Antwoord comit pitch black and covering the walls with the Richard Ballenpound, she’s more preoccupied with how Fred is faring, asking inspired graffiti that has been their signature since releasing his handler if she can introduce him to her “micro teacup fluffy the video for their breakthrough song “Enter the Ninja.” For Die puppy” Boojie, who’s running around in a red-and-white gingham dress. (No, unfortunately she can’t. Fred likes to headbutt). Antwoord, every aspect of their lifestyle is art.
this page and opposite: on ninja: shorts by jackson, hat by popular demand, necklace and bracelet by melody ehsani, socks by american apparel, ninjaâ€™s own sneakers; on visser: vintage robe by pierre cardin, crop top by scrap city l.a. , visserâ€™s own shorts and socks.
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“The music bleeds over to how we dress, how we think, our cars, how our studio looks,” as Ninja puts it. When they emerged six years ago as a lightning rod for conversations about authenticity (Were they playing characters? Did it matter?) and racial appropriation (How should we process their references to African culture and white nativism?), they did so with a fully formed perspective. “Be Zef” is spelled out in blue neon on their kitchen counter. Zef, an aesthetic Urban Dictionary describes as “wearing high heels with a tracksuit,” is a term the pair transformed from “the dark underbelly of Bible-bashing white South Africa that everyone tries to kick aside” into a “dope thing,” Ninja says. “Zef is our religion now, and it means pure originality.” That philosophy carried over into selecting their stage names. “As a joke we started fucking around, thinking of the worst names,” recalls Ninja. “Yo-Landi is the most normal, nerdy name in South Africa. Then she was like, ‘Ninja.’ I was like, ‘Jesus that’s bad—a grown man that calls himself Ninja. It’s amazing.’ And then we started fucking with a style that’s so bad it became cool.” It also became who they are. “My actual self became super boring to me—now my daughter and mom call me Ninja. It’s almost like I was reborn.” As Visser concurs later, “All days are off days for me.” While mastering the art of trolling the music industry, Die Antwoord came out of a bidding war with a record deal at Interscope, a legal team that represented Michael Jackson and Steve Jobs, and one of the most notorious agents in the biz, Ari Emanuel—the real-life inspiration behind Entourage’s Ari Gold. “We didn’t know anything about how the music industry works in America,” says Ninja. “All of this infrastructure came around us. We thought Interscope was going to be like Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Marilyn Manson, and it turned out to be Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, and Far East Movement.” The group—who “co-exist by standing out,” as Ninja says—wanted nothing to do with that world and boldly wired back the $1.2 million advance Interscope sent them for their second record. Instead, they started their own label, Zef Records, and managed themselves with help from Muggs. “Money comes and goes,” says Ninja, braiding his rattail into pigtails. “South Africa is this third-world terrain, and it’s fucking hard to break out of that hole. Now, we go back and it’s this gorgeous, dark beautiful place. We’re blessed to be able to move in and out.… Muggs taught us how to be more punk musically and on the business side to be more masterful.” Anyone wondering who Die Antwoord really are need look no further than their new album. The ADD-paced LP skips between operatic singing (“We Have Candy”), spaghetti western (“Shit Just Got Real”), trap (“Fat Faded Fuck Face”), show tunes (the Jack Black-led “Rats Rule”), and skits. They’re a shot of originality in a landscape where regurgitation is the
artistic norm, basically a walking think piece. Regardless, Die Antwoord have built their own empire that spans across music (including Visser’s first solo album on the way), art, film, and, soon, their own reality show, which captures the making of the album. Never mind that Visser says, “I hate reality TV—it’s fucking boring.” “Our reality is a little different than the Kardashians,” says Ninja, recalling the time Kim’s husband, Kanye West, invited him over to collaborate. “He asked me to come to his house and speak about music. I’m trying to talk to him and he’s watching ass porn and Star Wars and getting a massage, and taking me next door to play basketball at Drake’s house. We beat Drake’s team and he got sulky and walked off into the sunset. He didn’t say goodbye or anything. Anyway, there wasn’t any animosity, but it was like a fucking fashion show. I’ve blocked his number.”
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n a dimly lit basement office, the where she’d hold air dense with burning incense, a her hand over it and man named Charlie Olmeda is seated describe the perpeat a large desk littered with spiritual trator, giving a name statuettes, preparing to tell me my and location. destiny. Just upstairs, aisles of colorful When Olmeda candles and bath bottles with intriguwas around 14 years ingly specific labels—“Fast Money old, he realized he Blessing,” “Jinx Removal,” “Love Spell”— had inherited the fill this Brooklyn corner store dubbed gift. “I was freaking Botanica El Phoenix. From the outside, out, but I was told you might mistake it for your average that it runs in the bodega, but inside it’s packed to the family, so accept gills with Santeria supplies, amulets, it—you’re not going oils, perfumes, Roman Catholic goods, crazy,” he says with and other products used for religious a chuckle. Growing or magical purposes, often as a form of up in Puerto Rico, folk medicine. there were botanicas The whole experience feels both everywhere. “It’s unusual and oddly familiar. For the the culture,” he says, uninitiated, botanica shops are largely “but it’s the same found in Latino communities, espeprinciple here. When cially Caribbean ones. My traditional you find Puerto Ricans, you’re going to Hispanic family on my mother’s side find botanicas, the same way if you find has been in New Mexico for generaa bunch of Italians there’s going to be a tions, and I spent a large chunk of my pizzeria nearby.” His family opened up childhood growing up in Santa Fe, their shop in 1973 in Park Slope, and where you can’t throw a rock without in 2008 it moved to its current Carroll hitting a shaman. Back home, Our Lady Gardens location. of Guadalupe can be spotted not just Word about Olmeda has spread in churches, but everywhere from the around the world. “I’ve never been to hoods of cars to tattoo parlors, and Kazakhstan, but there’s a person there nearly every longstanding landmark is who got really, really ill,” he says. “The haunted. So, when Olmeda spreads out doctors could find nothing wrong with his tarot cards, my old-school spiritual her. Her mother had a friend over here. family is the first thing he somehow She called up, I told them what to do, knows to ask about. I can tell things are and within two days the lady got back about to get interesting. on her feet. And that’s how I got customers from Kazakhstan. I have people from practically all over the place.” Clients come to him for everything from spiritual cleansings in which he Olmeda comes from a long line of clairvoyants. “My mother and my grand- recites a powerful prayer that was mother, once they open up their mouths, written in the dark ages to combat the bubonic plague, to the reversal of an write it down because they are so precise in what they say it’s scary,” he says. impotency spell that was cast by an exgirlfriend, to the removal of the evil eye His maternal grandmother foresaw his from children. When customers come brother’s death during the Vietnam War in for tarot readings, he simply asks down to the exact location and time. for their first name and nothing else, His paternal grandmother was a healer knowing that his readings will typically with such strong abilities that when the answer any questions they have. police department in San Juan, Puerto Despite hearing stories of local Rico, couldn’t solve a murder, they’d ghosts and whisperings of cursed take her to the scene of the crime,
neighbors since I was young, I’ve remained something of a skeptic. Possibly sensing my reservations, Olmeda offers to do a reading for me. Within minutes, he’s mentioning family secrets and personal details about my life that aren’t Google-able. I start to see why people across the globe will pay for the long-distance phone calls.
It turns out there’s more than one way to predict someone’s future. Original Products Botanica, located on a bustling street in the Bronx, offers a variety of consultations. Chris Ochun, a.k.a. Crystal Truth, runs the spiritual center. The third-generation psychic is a Santeria priest who fills his staff with readers from different cultures and backgrounds. “We cater to just about every type of religious system,” Ochun says. They offer tarot card readings, water gazing (“I look through the water and I can spiritually travel through it, like a movie scene, and then I dictate things that I see,” explains Ochun), and shell divination, which involves interpreting cowrie shells. Since the mid-1960s, the botanica has been serving anyone looking for a little help. Now run by cousins Steve
To send me on my spiritual jourAmateau and Jason Mizrahi—the latney, Ochun lets me choose a handter’s dad founded it—the core is still carved candle, encouraging me to the same. Most products fall into one pick whatever speaks to me. The of three categories of issues for which green ones with dollar signs feel people seek assistance: money, love, obvious, so I choose a pretty yellow and protection. “It’s a wide range of candle with a peacock in glitter, who you’re going to see and what their partially because I like the mystery need is,” Amateau says. “Everybody’s of it. (And admittedly, because I different, so you just try to help them like the design, too, which Ochun however you can.” evolving Spanish Harlem neighborhood. jokingly calls me out on.) “This is conPeople might come in looking for oils He taught his daughters how everysidered sweet honey; you can use it to or candles for their altar. The botanica thing in the store worked by passing sweeten up any part of your life. We creates specially carved candles dedialong the rituals. “When I needed claradd rose petals and a little bit of lavencated to particular situations, such as ity, he would give me the candle Saint der to give the energy of the spirit,” he a chakra-balancing one—say a prayer Claire—a white candle, white’s for clarsays, advising me to pray to whatever when you light it and it will help realign ity—and I’d do a bath to cleanse myself,” I want when I light it, and suggesting your energies. It also offers stones, Jeanabel explains. I add a bit of sandalwood to balance which have been used since ancient Similarly, the Vargas sisters help cusout energies, while an employee carves times for energy work (think amethyst tomers find the right path, whether it’s a my name into it. I haven’t decided what for calming power). Then there are candle, bath, or reading. “Once you have needs some sweetening in my life yet, recipes for spiritual baths, which can a practice, it’s a continual ritual every but Ochun assures me, “The power of be blended to help with a specific day, so you always want to light your prayer is within the candle and yourself.” candles for whatever it is that you’re issue. Simply pray over the liquid and then pour it over you from the neck specifically looking for,” Jeanabel says. down. “That’s to exorcise the energy in “It’s very therapeutic when you sit next your body and in your system,” explains to these candles, and the special thing Candles are also a staple at Justo Ochun. “Our bodies are like forces of is how the flame flickers—it’s just so Botanica, whose plain, no frills sensibilenergy. They have a lot of energy within different compared to any other candle. ity and warm shopkeepers remind me of them, so sometimes we either need to Sometimes it means a presence.” calm them down or raise their vibrations. many of the dusty religious shops found I opt for a destiny reading with in New Mexico. Everything inside feels That’s what the baths are for.” Most of Melissa Nieves, who works by channeldeeply personal, from the handwritten the products are made downstairs in ing Saint Barbara—she passes along labels on the products to the wares the basement, while all of the candles messages and advice through Nieves themselves, which were made by the come directly from Santo Domingo about your future, offering spiritual store’s previous owner, Jorge Vargas, in the Dominican Republic. “We have guidance. Nieves asks my name, writes whose own Puerto Rican-born parents [employees] that have been here for 10, it on a piece of plain white paper, and first opened the shop. After Jorge passed starts shading in the page with her pen20, 30, 40 years, so they’re knowledgeaway in March, his daughters Jeanabel able,” Amateau says. cil. As Saint Barbara connects with her, and Ivelisse Vargas took over, but the “Knowing I have the ability to she jots down key phrases and draws place is still very much his. change somebody with a good direction small pictures as they come, predicting “My father grew up with the is what inspires me,” says Ochun. “I try what life has in store for me and endwhole practice, so that’s how he was to have [everyone who works with me] ing my session with a quick tarot card very knowledgeable,” says Jeanabel. inspire people with the best of their reading. Since my power colors are red abilities and utilize the different materi- “People came for him; he was the conand black, she says I should light red sultant doing spiritual readings, he als that we have here, like candles, to candles. blessed everything. My dad was like a give people a focus. Basically you’re “There really is a connection when psychologist who didn’t go to school using an item to generate your vision so you find the right candles,” Jeanabel for it. After hearing so many people you can transfer that energy into someadds. “People just want hope, especially who came and trusted him with their thing good. The miracles happen within with everything going on in the world. stories and really profound things, he your own hands.” And he wants others And the beauty of this practice is that learned a lot about people.” to be able to do it, too. Every Saturday, it doesn’t discriminate; it’s open to anyThanks to her father, several genOchun leads a spiritual development one.” Even, perhaps, those of us who erations of families continue to shop class at the shop. Filled with handsare just warming up to it. at Justo Botanica, along with newer on exercises, it teaches people how to customers in Manhattan’s continually enhance their psychic abilities.
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In the past few years, Swedish-British actress Rebecca Ferguson has played both the would-be queen of 15th-century England and an elusive, neck-snapping spy. But for her part in this fall’s hotly anticipated romantic mystery The Girl on the Train, sounding like an American presented a fresh challenge. “I’ve never done [that] accent before, which was scary,” the 33-year-old actress admits. And despite a “potpourri” heritage, as she puts it, and a schedule that takes her around the globe, Ferguson had yet to travel to New York for more than two days before she moved to the East Coast to shoot the film. “I loved living in New York,” she says. “I managed to get there three or four weeks before shooting just to try to throw myself into it: the tempo, the energy, and the accent.” Ferguson grew up in Stockholm, and started her acting career on a popular Swedish soap opera and then several Swedish films before landing her role as the title character in the 2013 BBC and Starz miniseries The White Queen, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. That led to her breakout role in last year’s Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation, where she played Ilsa Faust, an undercover MI6 agent who goes punch for punch with Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. In this fall’s The Girl on the Train, based on the twisty best-selling book, Ferguson plays Anna Watson, the new wife of Justin Theroux’s Tom Watson. The couple are being stalked by Tom’s ex-wife (Emily Blunt), and to say anything more would be crossing dangerously over into spoiler territory. “What was lovely was the energy on set,” she says of the shoot. “I really, really love Emily. I’ve a bit of a girl crush on her.” With her nine-year-old son, Ferguson splits her time between London and her home in Sweden, in a remote fishing village of less than 7,000 people, where she’s lived for several years. “I think I’d have probably gone mental if I’d not had the possibility to travel,” she says. “It’s intense, and then I get to come home to a completely different energy. A lot of people look at me and go, ‘You’re crazy! How can you live there?’ But the answer is simple: I feel normal, and I feel like me.” ALI PECHMAN
ABOUT: Ferguson often gets compared to Swedish acting legend Ingrid Bergman, but her favorite actress is Isabelle Huppert, whose unpredictability she admires. “There’s an interest for me in not knowing what she’s going to do next,” Ferguson says. “She just feels very real.” FAVORITE QUOTE: “A broken oyster always heals itself with a pearl.” HANDLE: Ferguson doesn’t use social media. “I kind of have an addictive personality. I think if I’m doing any kind of social media that will take up my entire day. And I like people not knowing what I’m doing. I’d much rather call a friend or see a friend,” she says. OCCUPATION: Astronaut. Ferguson is currently shooting scenes alongside Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal for Life, a film about an international space crew that finds life on Mars. “My day is hanging in a harness, or not, looking like we are in zero gravity and laughing,” she says. SONG: “You Don’t Own Me.” “I’ve been listening to the Dusty Springfield version a lot.” TOP 8: “I have a massive span of friends,” she says. “My family is very close to me. I have old friends from when I was five years old, the ones who really know you.” ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
FAVORITE QUOTE: “‘Give to the world your best and the best will come back to you.’ It’s my family mantra.”
HOMETOWN: Windsor Hills, California. Rae first bonded with Insecure showrunner Prentice Penny—who replaced original showrunner Larry Wilmore‚ over his familiarity with the Los Angeles neighborhood. “I didn’t think I was going to be able to find another person to replace Larry, and I wanted someone of color—someone black, ideally,” she says. “And then I found Prentice and we realized we grew up in the same small neighborhood in L.A.” SONG: Stevie Wonder’s “Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer.” “Everyone has their moment of personal discovery with Stevie, when you realize he’s a genius,” she says. “Mine happened in college when I was illegally downloading a lot of music. I loved his classic songs, but I started wondering what else I could get and just downloaded a shit-ton of music. Since then I’ve just been obsessed, with his talent, with his writing.” TOP 8: Debbie Allen, Shonda Rhimes, Mara Brock Akil, Ava DuVernay, Oprah, Gina PrinceBythewood, Tina Fey and Larry David
“I’m a boring person all day, and that will never change,” says Issa Rae with a laugh. The writer, actress, producer, and voice behind the YouTube sensation The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl may be right, but from the outside looking in she’s anything but. Casually dressed in jeans and a T-shirt with the word “Inglewood” emblazoned across the chest, she sits down to chat in her Los Angeles office, which looks a lot like your best friend’s apartment, right down to the hot pink paint. “My favorite thing to do with my friends is to sit and talk about nothing, just like this—in their home, in my home, in a restaurant—it’s the best,” she says.
ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn. “One of my best friends is a Capricorn and I can see our similar traits, so I definitely identify,” she says. “We’re stubborn, organized, ambitious— ’Did someone shake their head at organized? Because I will fight you.’ We’re also very pragmatic, kind of no-nonsense, and loyal.”
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“I’m a boring person all day, and that will never change.”
While millions already know Rae from her internet series, or as the author of the eponymous New York Times best-selling book it spawned, her fan base is about to blow up in a very big way. This October, HBO will premiere Rae’s new show, Insecure, which follows its main character—played by Rae—through the struggles of everyday life. Like Awkward Black Girl, the show hinges on Rae’s honest, observational humor, immediately relatable insecurities, and fumbling attempts to just be chill. Growing up the middle child of five in Maryland, then Los Angeles, Rae says a lot of her work stems from her family, and from her experiences trying to fit in as a young black woman. “My whole upbringing was just me trying too hard,” she says. She wrote throughout junior high and high school, but didn’t catch the acting bug until college. “When I was a freshman this one girl wrote, directed, and produced her own hip-hopera,” she says. “I saw the work that she put into it and I saw what came out and I was like, ‘Wow, this is cool, and she’s only a couple of years older than me. She did this, and I want to do this, too.’ That caused me to produce and direct plays, which led to the first web series.” She launched the first season of Awkward Black Girl in 2011 and it caught on almost immediately, earning co-signs and support from Shonda Rhimes, Kelly Rowland, Gabrielle Union, and Pharrell, who saw a kindred spirit in Rae and offered to host the show on his iamOTHER YouTube channel. Since then, similar kindred spirits have flocked to Rae online and IRL.“I attract people who are the same, so they get it,” she says about the fans who showed up to her 2015 book tour. “The best part was the reactions to my story about being a cyber ho. This girl came up to me in Chicago and was like, ‘Oh. My. God. I thought I was the only one! I used to have so many boyfriends that I used to IM all the time, and then my parents discovered it and shut all my computers down.’ It cracked me up because she got caught. But she was so excited to share that with someone.” No doubt it’s a reaction that Rae’s about to feel from all sides, and one she’s steeling herself for leading up to Insecure’s premiere. “I’m spoiled in that when you create content for the internet you have an idea, you film it, you put it out there, and you know immediately if people like it or not,” she says. “We’ve been working on Insecure for a year and maybe 200 people have seen it. I’m just anxious for it to be released and for people to love or hate it. I’m trying to develop a thicker skin because I know with more attention comes criticism, and that scares the shit out of me.” ALY COMINGORE
ABOUT: She crashed the charts with her debut single, leading to once-in-a-lifetime moments such as performing at the White House (she can confirm that Michelle Obama is chill as hell), and her latest single “Sit Still, Look Pretty” is poised to see similar success. When it comes to Daya, the world hasn’t seen anything yet. FAVORITE QUOTE: “I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I love, and doing as much as I can of the work I still have to do. I am going to write fire until it comes out of my ears, my eyes, my noseholes—everywhere. Until it’s every breath I breathe. I’m going to go out like a fucking meteor!” —Audre Lorde HANDLE: @Daya (Twitter and Instagram). “I’m so grateful for social media because it allows me to establish a real sense of friendship with my fans and break down that fourth wall to let them see that I’m really just like them,” she says. HERE FOR: Relating to people through her music, and sharing it with people across the globe. “I would love to go on world tours within the next couple of years, and be selling out stadiums. That’s a
Daya may only be turning 18 this month, but she’s already accomplished more than most achieve in a lifetime. Her debut single, “Hide Away,” went platinum, she’s featured on The Chainsmokers’ double-platinum song of the summer “Don’t Let Me Down,” and she’s managed to figure out a normal work-life balance despite her skyrocketing fame, staying close to her roots and even making it home in time for senior prom and graduation. “It’s been the best of both worlds,” says Daya. “I was still doing school, but at the same time starting a new career and launching myself into the adult world.” Now, with this month’s release of her first full-length album, Sit Still, Look Pretty, the recent high school graduate is ready to move on to the next chapter of her life. “It’s definitely going to show growth. It’s definitely going to show maturity, but I still have that youth anthem on it,” she says of the record. With an uncanny ability to create youthful pop that appeals to all ages and fans of all genres, Daya adds: “I can’t write about experiences that I haven’t had yet, but I can write about what I know, and I hope that people can relate.” SOPHIE SAINT THOMAS
dream of mine,” she says. “Madison Square Garden, I’m coming for you!” HOMETOWN: Pittsburgh MEMBER SINCE: 2015, when “Hide Away” proved her star potential. “The process of recording ‘Hide Away’ was huge for me, because I had never worked with anyone from L.A. before. I’d never even really collaborated with other people,” says Daya. “I had just written on the piano or the guitar myself, and so it was just such a new world to me to work with producers and everything. That was an exciting time to totally immerse myself in the recording world and produce something from scratch.” OCCUPATION: Musician (and straight-up prodigy, if we’re being honest) SONG: “Dare,” off her debut album Sit Still, Look Pretty. “It’s about being held back by people telling me that I can’t [do something], or that I’m too young,” says Daya. “I’m just going to go for it. I’m going to put myself out there and I’m going to be vulnerable. I’m going to do all these things. And you who are putting me in that box, you’re not doing anything with your life. It’s a sassy kick in the face.” TOP 8: Her parents; her dog, Quincy; and her sisters, Rachel, Avery, Mariana, and Celia. And Rihanna. ZODIAC SIGN: “I’m definitely a Scorpio through and through. My passion for meaningful music, paired with my innate ambition, are really what fuel me.”
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Emily Kinney is very much alive. The last time most people saw the Nebraska native, Beth—her Southern belle-turned-postapocalyptic warrior— was zombie food, the latest in The Walking Dead’s long list of casualties. Since leaving AMC’s ratings juggernaut, the 31-year-old actress has appeared in The Flash, Arrow, Masters of Sex, and The Knick, while continuing to nurture her blossoming career as a singer-songwriter (her new tracks “Back on Love” and “Popsicle” will be available for download October 28). As she gets set to embark on her latest role, playing an eager-beaver paralegal in ABC’s fall legal drama Conviction, Kinney is a living reminder that it’s possible to come back from the dead. DAN BARNA
ABOUT: At 31 years old, Kinney is sure of her place in this world. “When you’re young, you feel like there are fewer consequences,” she says. “In my 20s, it was always ‘On to the next thing.’ I don’t think I saw the passage of time the way I do now. I didn’t hang on to the fact that there’s limited time. In your 30s, there’s more of an ownership. It’s not ‘Someday, I’m going to do this.’ This is your thing, this is who you are.” FAVORITE QUOTE: “It’s from the essay ‘Of Power and Time,’ by my favorite poet Mary Oliver. She writes: ‘I have wrestled with the angel and I am stained with light and I have no shame. Neither do I have guilt.’ She’s basically saying the saddest people in the world are those who feel a calling to creative work, and didn’t give it the power or the time. This quote is about not feeling guilty for leaving your family, because you feel like you’re onto something.” HANDLE: @emmykinney (Twitter). “It was always some variation of my name. I had Xanga, which was way before Myspace. I got it when I was 18 or 19. It was for blog posts, almost like Tumblr, but not as cool. It was actually super nerdy. I used to write little essays on it about life in college.” HOMETOWN: North Bend, Nebraska. “The idea of moving to New York City or Los Angeles and being an actor was very much a mystery,” says Kinney. “It was not a part of our culture or the world I grew up in at all. Music and acting certainly were; there was a movie theater and a music teacher where I grew up, and that kind of stuff, but my parents are dreamers, and I feel like that was passed on to me.” MEMBER SINCE: 2006, when Kinney appeared in the Broadway smash Spring Awakening. “Even though I was excited to be in the show and on Broadway, my actual lifestyle didn’t shift, except for doing the show every night,” she says. “Especially in New York,
actors will always have a sense of excitement, but you can’t get too caught up or ahead of yourself. I wasn’t like, ‘I’m on Broadway now, here I am, world!’” OCCUPATION: Actress and singersongwriter. “Acting is more of a job, and some days that’s good, some days it’s bad. What’s cool about it is you audition, you get the part, you show up and do your work. As a songwriter or artist, it comes from you. You are the TV show,” she says. SONG: “This is so cheesy, but I love ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon. I remember listening to it in my dad’s pickup truck and wondering what song it was, and I was like, ‘That’s it. That’s my favorite song.’ I can always come back to it; it’s so simple, but it cuts through.” TOP 8: “I went to NYU for a semester, and the two friends I met there are still among my very best girlfriends. My one friend Gladys is now an editor who won an Oscar, and my friend Hillary is a vice president at a major PR firm, and I don’t see them as much as I’d like. My closest friends now are the people in my band; my friend Hayley, who plays bass for me; my boyfriend; and my little sister, who lives in L.A. now,” she says. ZODIAC SIGN: Leo. “People say Leos have to be the center of attention and I don’t know if that’s true for me. I have this stupid argument with my boyfriend, and he thinks I’m an extrovert, because I like performing,” says Kinney. “The difference is when I’m around people, I start to get drained and lose myself and have to go be by myself to re-energize. I would call myself an introvert, but I’m a performer. It’s an outlet.”
FAVORITE QUOTE: “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.”—Georgia O’Keeffe HANDLE: @hernameisbanks (Twitter and Instagram). Fun fact: When she first came onto the scene, she connected with fans via a phone number that she shared with them. HOMETOWN: Los Angeles. “I grew up in the Valley. How people think of L.A. is not my version of L.A. It felt like a good home,” says Banks. “It’s cool that it’s so spread out. There’s a beach, there’s a city. You get time to yourself because you drive so much.”
SONG: “Fuck With Myself,” off her new album, because she’s the type of person who believes in living in the present but also thinks that “you can’t capture a whole human in one song” TOP 8: Lowe, The Weeknd, Miguel, DJ Dahi, Tim Anderson, Sohn, Snakehips, Chet Faker
Banks strolls into the lobby of New York City’s Inn at Irving Place dressed from head to toe in black. The humidity is stifling, but that hasn’t discouraged her from wearing a silk bomber jacket, ribbed maxi dress, and heeled ankle booties. While we wait to be seated at the hotel’s famed Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon, she approaches the table in the center of the foyer, upon which rests a huge arrangement of wilting sunflowers. “I wonder if these are real,” she says as she pokes the petals. Once we’re seated, Banks contemplates ordering the lemon verbena tea, which is described as having medicinal elements that help ease aches and
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MEMBER SINCE: 2013, when she started putting songs out on SoundCloud, including her debut, “Before I Ever Met You,” which Zane Lowe played on his Beats 1 radio show that year
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pains. It’s almost too fitting, given the nature of her music: R&B-infused alt pop that’s dark, devastating, and a little depressing, but also comforting, like a friend who knows just what to say to console you after a bad breakup. But she quickly changes her mind, instead opting to stick to the huge bottle of water that she brought with her. Though not a firm believer in astrology, Banks acknowledges that there are moments when it’s obvious that she’s a Gemini—such as when she’s too indecisive to settle on a drink order. “All in all, I think everybody can choose their own destiny. People aren’t predestined to be a certain way,” she says. “You can also read into things in any way you want, so everybody has different sides and facets to who they are. When I think about the fact that we’re all just hydrogen—because that’s how the world was created—I can start buying into [astrology] a little bit more, because I realize how everything started from one simple cell.” Raised in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, Banks began writing songs around the age of 14, primarily as a form of personal therapy. “When I first started writing, music saved my life,” she explains. “It’s the language I’m most fluent in.” While she has fond memories of her dad blasting Dead Can Dance, she gravitated toward artists like Fiona Apple, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Eartha Kitt, and Brandy—all women to whom she has been compared—because of their raw honesty. She went on to major in psychology at the University of Southern California, but she denies that her studies have influenced her music in any way. “It’s a separate thing that I’m interested in—human dynamics, how people develop, adolescent development, what affects you years later, stuff like that. My music doesn’t come from a mental place. It comes from my heart,” she says, placing her hand on her chest to affirm the statement. Still, her work does give the impression of being grounded in some form of social science. Take her music video for “Gemini Feed,” for example, a Philippa Price-directed performance piece in which Banks channels different versions of herself to convey a thirst for balance. “I want to keep pushing myself creatively. My goal is to always stay inspired and keep creating. If I’m not inspired, I feel like I turn gray—my skin turns gray and I just wilt,” she says, illustrating the point by dragging her hands down her face. “If you’re inspired, you’re excited, and if you’re excited, you’re passionate. If you’re passionate, you have meaning.”
On her new album, The Altar, the singer unveils the product of her personal metamorphosis. “I called my album The Altar because the altar is a place of sacrifice, of pure emotion,” she explains. “That’s what I feel like my music is—it’s the purest place of who I am. It’s the safest place, the holiest place for me. ‘Altar’ can also be spelled with an ‘e,’ and I feel like I’ve gone through a transformation.” That change is especially apparent in Banks’s appearance: Her flawless, freckled skin (which she maintains by applying fig oil, she divulges) is offset by her recent haircut—gone is the long, brown mass of hair she used to hide behind. “I’m the same person, but you have to let go of certain aspects of yourself—certain things you used to think about, things you need to overcome—in order to grow,” she says. “Sometimes I feel lovesick for my past in this deeply nostalgic way, even if the things from the past didn’t always work for me as well.” After three years on the scene, Banks is finally comfortable enough to reveal to the world who she truly is—and has been all along. “I walk to the beat of my own drum, and I always have,” she explains. “Sometimes people ask me to describe myself and how I do things, and I almost have to create the way that I do them because I don’t think about it. It’s such a natural thing. I don’t have a formula.” SYDNEY GORE
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FAVORITE QUOTE: “‘Life is a dream’— this wonderful actor told me this and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since,” says Sarafyan. “It makes so much sense. This is our moment now, and when it’s over it will be a memory just like our dreams are. And it can be taken as, ‘Life can be anything you want it to be.’ It really resonated with me.” HANDLE: @AngelaSarafyan (Twitter) HOMETOWN: Yerevan, Armenia. “[Armenia] was really beautiful. There’s lots of flowers and fields of grass. I have very vivid memories of my grandma. When I was little, we used to take these long walks together in the moonlight. She would wear this beautiful long black coat and only burgundy lipstick and these cute little shoes.” OCCUPATION: On Westworld, Sarafyan plays an android programmed to be a prostitute. “She’s this feminine creature,” Sarafyan says. “She embodies innocence. She’s the ultimate woman that men come to see. The way she sees the world, I believe she falls in love with people regardless of whether or not they want her, and that was the part I connected with.”
ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer. “I’m a water sign, so we’re sensitive, intuitive, and we can get very emotional,” she says. “We’re also very loyal. If we love someone we love them and that’s it.”
There is a leather-bound journal tucked under actress Angela Sarafyan’s arm when I meet her for coffee in downtown Los Angeles. Dressed in a whisperthin, floor-length floral dress and sandals, with her hair in loose curls, she embodies that boho California spirit that’s been a thing since 1969. “This place is just absolutely beautiful,” she says when we sit down at the café, genuinely taken aback at the little slice of sunshine, floral arrangements, and pastry heaven in the middle of an otherwise construction-filled street. Sarafyan has been living in Los Angeles since she was four, but was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1983. When she was three, her grandmother left for the States and Sarafyan’s parents followed shortly after. “My dad and mom both loved American culture—movies, cars, music. They were total hippies,” she
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SONG: John Lennon’s “Love.” “It’s a short song that he wrote for his wife and I just love it.”
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says with a laugh. “My dad’s an actor and my mom’s a painter, so they were very ‘Whatever, dude! Get me to California now!’” Growing up in L.A., she started performing early on, piano and ballet before acting. “I was a really, really weird kid,” she confesses. “I loved stories—like, I preferred them to reality. I think most kids like to live in their imagination, but that went on for a while. I liked to tell stories in front of my fourth grade class. I’d get emotional and cry and there’d be this huge drama, and then I’d go sit down and feel great!” In 2000 Sarafyan scored her first high-profile role on the CBS drama Judging Amy. Since then, she’s been in more than 50 films and television shows, including Law & Order, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Immigrant, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2. When asked about the moment she decided to pursue acting, she says that it was never really a choice. “It’s a natural passion. I think people are so fascinating, how we all function and talk and move a different way.” It’s a theme that will no doubt come up in Sarafyan’s latest role alongside Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, and James Marsden in HBO’s sci-fi thriller Westworld, about a futuristic theme park that turns deadly after its lifelike robots rebel against their human creators. Later this fall, Sarafyan will also appear in The Promise, opposite Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale. When asked about the latter, a love story set during the Armenian genocide, the actress’s eyes widen with excitement. “My agent found that script accidentally,” she says. “The minute I read it I felt like I was born to play the part.” The leather notebook, which she carries with her most places now, was a souvenir from filming. “I got it in this tiny village in Spain,” she says. “I like to write poetry and journal entries. I’ll write about my dreams. I realized that when I started writing my dreams down I began to see how they fit into my daily life. I don’t know what it means, but I think it’s really interesting.” ALY COMINGORE
ABOUT: Tove Nilsson, a.k.a. Tove Lo, cut her teeth at Sweden’s music high school, Rytmus Musikgymnasium. Her self-made solo demos landed her a gig as a songwriter for majorlabel pop stars in 2011, but she’s since come into the spotlight herself. BIRTHDAY: October 29, 1987
HERE FOR: “A Tove Lo world tour! That would be so cool,” she says. HOMETOWN: Djursholm, Sweden, a suburb of Stockholm MEMBER SINCE: She self-released the first video for “Habits (Stay High),” which later became a Top 40 radio hit. OCCUPATION: Singer-songwriter SONG: “Cool Girl,” the first single from her new album, Lady Wood TOP 8: Icona Pop, Elliphant, Erik Hassle, Charli XCX, Lorde, Rebecca & Fiona, and Diplo ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio
Tove Lo is sick of “cool.” That much is clear when we meet up on New York’s Lower East Side to chat about her new album, Lady Wood, out this month on Island Records. “I hate that we’re so scared of emotions,” she says. “It’s not the end of the world if someone is upset, or sad, or happy. We’re always trying to keep it in. You’re always supposed to be a calm, cool person. Cool sucks. I hate cool.” The 28-year-old Swedish songwriter born Tove Nilsson channels these frustrations into “Cool Girl,” the album’s lead single, a hooky, techno-inflected jam that Lorde called “the pop song of the summer” on Twitter. “I’m a cool girl/ I’m a, I’m a cool girl/ Ice cold/ I roll my eyes at you, boy,” she sings over pulsing beats and claps. But it’s almost as if she’s rolling her eyes at this entire coolgirl trope, the fear of vulnerability, the anxiety of being unchill.
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FAVORITE QUOTE: “It’s not the storm, it’s the calm.”
Nilsson says the song is inspired by a monologue from the film Gone Girl, where a lead character changes herself dramatically to appeal to a guy, to appear more cool. “So many girls and guys do that,” Nilsson says. “Why would you put yourself through that? We’re so afraid to be the one who is vulnerable. But anyone can fucking pretend to be cold. It takes way more courage and energy and feelings to actually be emotionally involved in anything.” Nilsson has a knack for narrative—so it makes sense that her second job is writing songs for other artists. Writing has always been a part of her life in some form or another. “When I moved to a new apartment in Stockholm, I found all of my journals from when I was nine to 22,” she says. “When I was 23 I stopped writing journals, and started writing lyrics and scribbling keywords. I’ve started writing poems again, actually.” As a Courtney Love-worshipping child, Nilsson started an all-girl band at age 11. After music school, where she befriended Caroline Hjelt of Icona Pop (Robyn graduated from the same school), she played in a rock band called Tremblebee. When the group disbanded, she spent six months working on her own demos. As the story goes, Nilsson passed along her recordings to an A&R rep at a party celebrating Icona Pop’s first album deal, eventually leading her to get signed as a songwriter with Warner Chappell Publishing. She’s since worked on songs for Icona Pop, Ellie Goulding, Hilary Duff, Girls Aloud, and Lea Michele, to name a few, and was recruited by megahit-maker Max Martin to join his writing collective Wolf Cousins. While co-writing for pop stars, Nilsson quickly became one herself. After independently releasing a few of her own singles, Island signed her in 2014. Lady Wood follows her debut album, Queen of the Clouds, as well as high-profile collabs with the likes of Coldplay and Nick Jonas. To accompany the music, Nilsson is releasing a multipart video series. The first one, “Fairy Dust,” features actress Lina Esco, also the activist behind the viral “Free the Nipple” campaign, which questions public nudity laws and aims to push boundaries about
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how we objectify and govern women’s bodies. “There was a bit of love there already,” says Nilsson, who similarly hopes to convey a sense of sexual autonomy through her music and aesthetics. “Lady Wood is very open sexually,” Nilsson says. “I’ve been getting very mixed reactions to that. I’ve been asked many times, ‘Don’t you think you should be a better role model?’ But I don’t think it’s a bad thing to be open about sex. I think it’s a very good thing. There’s nothing shameful about that.” To Nilsson, her album’s title plays with gendered language, and presents a way of creating language around female identity and sexuality that has strength written into it. She thought about this more after seeing the documentary The Mask You Live In, which tackles the toxic gender stereotypes that young boys are taught. “You know how, if we want someone to be brave, we say, ‘grow some balls.’ Or if someone is being cowardly, we say, ‘stop being a pussy.’ It’s really fucked up. Bravery has nothing to do with masculine or feminine,” she says. Nilsson says her album artwork was inspired by The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers cover, that iconic image of a dude’s bulging crotch. The front of Lady Wood is a close-up of Nilsson pulling at the waist of her shorts. “If there was any doubt about what Lady Wood means, that shows it,” she says. “That’s basically me just staring down and saying, ‘Yeah, there it is.’ I’m fucking proud of it.” LIZ PELLY
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ABOUT: With beauty dogma like “highlighter over your cupid’s bow is always a good look,” and “dark lipstick can get crazy fast—use a brush,” Steele has built an avid base of acolytes and fans, and today boasts over 2.9 million subscribers on YouTube, with over 6.5 million followers across all of her social platforms. “The first time I got recognized on the street was surreal,” she says of her online fame, “but I had such a close connection to my viewers that it kind of felt natural, like I already knew them.” With the silver screen calling, Steele went on to star in AwesomenessTV’s original series Guidance as Miriam, the surly, enigmatic babe on campus. “It was such a great experience. I learned a ton about acting and being on a set, and loved playing Miriam—she was a unique balance of sassy and vulnerable,” she says. Steele also recently signed on with WME and IMG Models. “I’ve always wanted to design my own line, too,” she adds. “My brain explodes thinking of all the things I want to do.” FAVORITE QUOTE: “It’s cheesy, but I’m owning it: [Oscar Wilde’s] ‘Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.’” HANDLES: YouTube: MakeupbyMandy24; Instagram: @amandasteele; Snapchat: amandasteele24 HOMETOWN: Orange County, California, a quick cruise down the freeway from her current digs in Los Angeles INTERESTS: “I could eat sushi every day. Totally not kidding.” MEMBER SINCE: 2010, when she discovered that YouTube is life. After poring over makeup tutorials day after day, she finally created her own channel at just 10 years old. RELATIONSHIP STATUS: “Married to my Australian Shepherd, Harley” SONG: “Cannot get enough of ‘Cool Girl’ by Tove Lo.” TOP 8: “Right now I’m addicted to my Chanel Boy bag, an amazing matching short set I got from GCDS, RTA’s leather lace-up dress that’s the perfect mix of grungy and sexy, my Givenchy leather heel booties that I wear literally everywhere, my vintage Metallica tee, RE/DONE vintage denim shorts, a Danielle Guizio silk dress, and high-waisted leather shorts from Nasty Gal.” ZODIAC SIGN: Leo. “I totally identify—expressive, confident, and ambitious.”
Hailed by some as a mini Kendall Jenner, 17-year-old vlogger and social media phenom Amanda Steele is your girl if you need a killer contour or cat-eye. Steele has been in the beauty game for almost seven years and has evolved from a fresh-faced tween showing off fringe-laden Coachella looks in her backyard to a style pacesetter collaborating with heavy hitters like Maybelline, CoverGirl, and L’Oréal. She’s now even transitioning into modeling and acting, proving she rules IRL, too. REMY RAMIREZ
This Is It
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nick valensi is shedding his skin as lead guitarist of the strokes for a new role as the unlikely frontman of power rockers crx. by eve barlow. photographed by braina laviena and andrew echeverria
Ever since The Strokes arrived with 2001’s insta-classic Is This It, the band has been synonymous with New York City. So it’s a little jarring to find their lead guitarist Nick Valensi living in Los Angeles. But here he is on a Thursday afternoon at La Mill, a coffee shop in the bosom of L.A.’s artsy Silver Lake community. Valensi is the only member of The Strokes who calls L.A. home, having left the city that birthed them a vague “six, seven, maybe eight years” ago. He’s the last Stroke to start his own project, a fivesome called CRX. We’re meeting the morning after his first show as a frontman, which took place at the Hi Hat on L.A.’s East Side. Despite all that, he remains as contrarian an interview subject as any classic Strokes encounter would have you anticipate. He remarks that he likes my necklace so I return the favor, inquiring as to what the shrapnel resting atop his Led Zeppelin tank top means. “It’s a Scorpio symbol,” he says, through a mane of curls and via the mystery of aviator sunglasses. So you’re a Scorpio? “No, I’m not,” he says with a shrug. Our encounter will go on to be fueled by similar Keanu Reeves-style “uhms,” unimpressed pouts, and nonchalant responses. Last night got off to a nervy start, as Valensi took to the stage with a motley crew including keyboardist Richie Follin (of Guards), drummer Ralph Alexander (The Dose), plus guitarist Jon Safley and bassist Darian Zahedi (The Reflections), the latter of whom looks like he could be in a hardcore screamo outfit. “The bass player doubles as my security guard,” jokes Valensi. In attendance were friend Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, and his wife, Amanda de Cadenet. The set consisted of neverbefore-heard cuts from the band’s debut album, New Skin. It ended triumphantly, with the crowd chanting the band’s name in unison. “Band names with three syllables lend themselves to chanting,” says Valensi, reticent to reveal where CRX came from. “Naming the band was as hard as making the album. It’s a boring story you don’t wanna hear.” The story is that while they were recording in L.A., they used a Roland CR-78 drum machine and at the same time, Homme, who produced the album, was imagining a visual in his head of “a Japanese punk rocker driving a [Honda] CRX through the deserted streets of Tokyo.” CRX became shorthand for the album’s mechanical sound. Valensi says he was never going to put his own name in front of the project, unlike, say, his Strokes’ bandmates Julian Casablancas and Albert Hammond, Jr. In a 2011 interview with Pitchfork, Valensi claimed he wasn’t a supporter of side projects. “If you’re playing material that you haven’t even shown to your main band, I’m not a big fan of that,” he said at the time. Did The Strokes get first dibs on this new material before Valensi formed CRX?
“No,” he says. “Regarding that statement, I’ve changed my mind. That shit happens.” Have The Strokes heard it? “Yeah, they’ve heard it.” He pauses. “Well I’ve given it to them. I didn’t sit there and watch them listen so I can’t guarantee they’ve heard it.” If they did listen, they’ll have heard a 30-minute sucker punch of tracks like “Ways to Fake It,” “Walls,” and “On Edge,” all mired in pent-up frustration. The sound is more Strokes than even The Strokes were on their June 2016 EP, Future Past Present. “It’s all pretty transparent,” says Valensi of his songs’ combative lyrics. “I’m a straight shooter. I’m frustrated with how fake the world seems and even more frustrated when I’m a part of that.” Valensi decided to unleash his frustrations around 2013. That year The Strokes put out their fifth album, Comedown Machine, without much promotional or touring support. “I got to a point in my life where I was hungry to play more without this big machine behind me,” he says. “For the first time I wrote songs with the intention that they wouldn’t be for The Strokes—just for me, for fun.” The first song he wrote was “Unnatural,” a faster, more aggressive track, which led him to concentrate on one thing: being “heavier than The Strokes.” Valensi scored the vote of confidence he needed when he played eight demos for Homme. “He was borderline blown away,” says Valensi. I wonder what Valensi has gleaned from Casablancas when it comes to fronting a band. “That’s a very good question. Shit! I’m still figuring that out,” he says. “The most important thing is that everyone’s having fun and we believe in the music. Without that there’s nothing to build on.” He says there’s “absolutely never” been a frontman inside of him. “I grew up identifying way more with Slash than I did with Axl. The singing has been a bit torturous. At rehearsals I do a David Lee Roth impression to get into it.” A week after our meeting, CRX will play the Mercury Lounge in New York, a venue synonymous with The Strokes. “New York is my first home. My mom, my sisters, all the guys in The Strokes live there. It’s nice to come full circle, to have to win people over again,” he says. Will his bandmates be in the audience? “Everyone’s scattered. Nikolai [Fraiture] goes away for the summer. I think Julian lives outside of the city. Albert might be on tour. But they’ll get an invite,” he says. Drummer Fabrizio Moretti goes without mention. In terms of the future of CRX versus The Strokes, Valensi remains balanced. “There’s a feeling of excitement to get CRX rolled out,” he says. “But when The Strokes put something out people still get excited.” He puff s his chest out. “I’m just grateful people are pumped about me doing anything.”
Tide Is High
After just a few months of rehearsal, they uploaded their first demo, Though they’ve only known each other for two years, London quartet The “Eureka Moment,” to SoundCloud, and were immediately inundated with Big Moon seem more like sisters than bandmates. Relaxing with mugs emails. “We made a Facebook and Twitter page and sat in a café staring of tea in an East London studio ahead of their NYLON photo shoot, frontat the laptop and squealing every time we got a like,” says Archer. “We woman Juliette Jackson, guitarist Soph Nathan, bassist Celia Archer, and were super cool about it, basically.” drummer Fern Ford are regaling each other with stories of their weekends. A record deal and a debut EP (featuring standout singles “Cupid” and “We’re really close,” says Jackson, who spent her weekend at the U.K.’s “Sucker”) followed, while their ebullient live show landed them on tours annual Wilderness Festival, and has just re-enacted waking up surroundwith the likes of The Maccabees and on the bill at festivals including ed by the deep, yogic breathing of her fellow campers, prompting fits of Latitude and Glastonbury. Jackson’s infectious hooks and simple melodies giggles. “When we met, we knew we’d get on straight away. I cared more have garnered comparisons to Britpop-era bands such as Elastica, and about finding the right people than finding perfect musicians.” they’ve been dubbed “London’s most exciting new quartet” by NME. Their Do they ever need time out from one another? debut album, produced by Catherine Marks (Foals, Wolf Alice) is slated “Not really,” says Jackson, looking tenderly at the others. “If we do, we’ll for release in early 2017. give each other space, but 20 minutes later it’s like, ‘I’m sorry, I love you!’” Lyrically, Jackson relies on her experiences in relationships and navigatThe Big Moon (named in part after an occasion when Jackson mooned ing complex emotions for material. “It’s a lot about love and being irritated, a DJ on live radio, and also for “astrological reasons”) formed in London in or being swept off your feet,” she says. “All those things that make you 2014. The girls were introduced through friends of friends, after Jackson, happy or really sad. I’ve tried to articulate them in a way that isn’t too who’d written a handful of melodic pop-rock songs about love, angst, and complicated, because those kinds of feelings are really hard to explain. infatuation, started asking around for like-minded musicians. You try to find clarity by boiling down an emotion into one five-word lyric, “We thought about making up a ‘how we met’ story that’s more exciting and it’s like, ‘Ah, that means exactly what I want it to mean, and the music and concise,” says Archer with a laugh, “but that’s it. I was the last to join.” sounds like what the emotion is.’ It’s really cool when it works.”
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the sky’s the limit for up-and-coming london garage-pop quartet the big moon. by lucy brook. photographed by ash kingston
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To say that The Handmaiden, the latest from South Korean revenge auteur Park Chan-wook, is twisty would be an understatement of spectacular proportions. For the first hour, you think you’re watching a light, witty period drama. Sook-hee (Kim Tae-ri), an orphaned pickpocket in the occupied Korea of the 1930s, becomes a handmaiden to the naive Japanese heiress Hideko (Kim Min-hee), who is being courted by Sook-hee’s smooth accomplice, the would-be Count Fujiwara (Ha Jung-woo). The tone is at turns melodramatic and tawdry (there are numerous shots from a vagina’s POV), the locations and imagery reminiscent of Studio Ghibli’s animated greats (Hideko’s bushy-browed, ink-tongued uncle is a dead ringer for the boiler man from Spirited Away). But look carefully and you’ll notice cracks in the veneer, lines of dialogue, and split-second shots that seem strange or out of place. Beneath the façade of a genteel period romance, Park constructs a terrifying psychosexual drama whose true depths are horrifically revealed throughout the film. Part gothic horror, part bloody revenge thriller, The Handmaiden offers a glimpse at a patriarchy unchecked and the lengths to which women will go in order to escape it. Be prepared to squirm. NOAH JACKSON
Moonlight, the second feature film by Barry Jenkins, addresses a plethora of challenging issues, from sexuality and masculinity to racism, poverty, and drug abuse. Its beauty, sensitivity, and tenderness toward its characters, however, make even the harshest scenes eminently watchable. The film follows Chiron, a black boy growing up in the urban sprawl of ‘90s Miami, as he slowly and painfully comes to terms with his queer identity. Jenkins weaves a masterful visual narrative, reusing iconic images and motifs throughout the film’s three acts. The effect is comprehensive: In seeing three separate car rides, three separate beachside encounters, three romantic (or proto-romantic) assignations, and three sets of references to the color blue, the viewer is able to chart Chiron’s development from quiet child to awkward, bullied teen to scarred adult. Beyond being a visually stunning work, Moonlight is a triumph in its refusal to pigeonhole its characters. Blue (Mahershala Ali) can be a tender father figure to Chiron yet still supply the drugs that ravage his mother; Kevin (portrayed by André Holland and Jharrel Jerome) can love Chiron despite betraying him. Moonlight is a film that withholds judgement, instead delving into the complexities that inevitably crop up when race, poverty, and sexuality intersect. NJ
Even without knowing it beforehand, you can guess that Certain Women is based on a collection of short stories. Over the course of three unrelated vignettes, director Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff) presents snapshots rather than plotlines, little slice-of-life narratives that start in medias res and come to little, if any, conclusion. But that’s where the beauty of Certain Women lies. Its three female protagonists, artfully portrayed by Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, and Lily Gladstone, are all denizens of small-town Montana, and their stories are fittingly compact. Even the hostage situation that Dern, as put-upon lawyer Laura, is called on to defuse is comically low stakes. The lack of drama or tension, however, allows Reichardt to explore emotional subtleties that contrast with the striking expansiveness of the film’s rural setting. Dern infuses Laura with an appealing mix of dry exasperation and empathetic humor, while the budding friendship between Gladstone’s guileless rancher and Kristen Stewart’s overworked law graduate is handled with the utmost tenderness. Even Williams’s nonstory, which follows a couple whose attempts to buy a pile of sandstone from an aged neighbor underscore rifts in their marriage, contains some delightfully insightful moments; it’s hard not to relate as her character, in full athletic gear, smokes a furtive cigarette in the middle of a run. Translating Maile Meloy’s lyrical prose to film would be a tall order for any director, but in prioritizing these moments of quiet emotion, Reichardt does her source material proud. NJ
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This month, New York City’s New Museum will display immersive video works by Swiss multimedia artist Pipilotti Rist, in the exhibition “Pixel Forest.” ST We consulted I RI LOTT PIPI Massimiliano Gioni, artistic director at the New Museum, to get his thoughts on how the museum plans to present these works, and on our changing impressions of technology and art. AUSTEN TOSONE
pipilotti rist, pixelwald (pixel forest), 2016, courtesy of the new museum.
What drew you to Rist’s work and inspired you to bring her to the New Museum?
Rist is a well-known international artist, but has not been shown in New York often or in depth. She’s an artist who, since the late ‘80s, has looked at the way technology transforms our perception of our bodies and ourselves. In what way will the viewer encounter the multimedia components of this exhibition?
With one of the pieces in the exhibition [the eponymous Pixel Forest], imagine an LED screen as though it’s been taken apart so that the screen becomes a sculpture through which you can move. You’re literally surrounded by pixels, almost like your own nervous system. How does this exhibition reflect our changed perceptions of technology?
Technology is becoming a metaphor for the way we experience the world. Rist grew up witnessing a desire for images to become more and more crisp and bigger and panoramic, but the future actually meant that images were becoming paradoxically smaller. Now we consume films, TV, and more in intimate spaces. How would you characterize the artist’s views on technology?
Unlike many of the other artists from her generation, Rist has looked at technology with a sense of optimism. I think she’s also very much aware that the technology can wake up new spaces of perception and new spaces of participation.
william eggleston, untitled, courtesy of david zwirner.
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William Eggleston’s 1976 solo show at The Museum of Modern Art marked the institution’s first presentation of color photography, a turning point for the medium’s acceptance into traditional art spaces. His upcoming exhibition at David Zwirner is no less groundbreaking. Showcasing images from his travel collection, these selected works from “The Democratic Forest” argue that no subject matter is more or less important than any other, giving seemingly ordinary scenes a moment in the spotlight. AT october 27 through mid-december
donna j. wan, dumbarton bridge (#2), 2014, courtesy of the museum of photographic arts, san diego.
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Social media has only increased our appetite for beautiful and interesting images, and the Museum of Photographic Arts is giving 12 contemporary California photographers the recognition they deserve with the museum’s third triennial invitational, “Boundless.” Defying expectations through unique stylistic choices such as tilting images, overlapping visuals, and cropped shots, these local photographers will have viewers engaged and wanting even more. AT october 15 through january 29, 2017
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Special Brew getting buzzed at america’s first beer spa. by vanessa friedman. illustrated by liz riccardi It’s a sunny late-summer morning on Route 22 in Oregon, and as I drive past Detroit Lake, through the towering pines and firs, up to a quaint cottage in the sleepy town of Sisters, I’m struck by a sudden realization: Wait, I forgot my swimsuit. Am I going to get a yeast infection? I figure it’s not an unreasonable concern, considering soon I’ll be plunging my body into a hoppy concoction. Because here, just less than three hours outside of Portland (of course), is America’s first beer spa. Founded by Sally Champa and Mike Boyle, the aptly titled Hop in the Spa is inspired by the beer spas popular in Eastern Europe, which Boyle came to learn of in his travels. His own positive experience with massage as a healing method following a near-fatal car accident coupled with his newfound interest in brew-centric rejuvenation led him to set his sights on bringing a beer-focused spa to the States. Champa, an Ayurvedic massage therapist who is trained as an herbalist and naturopath, worked with Boyle postcrash and signed on as his partner in the endeavor. Together, they agreed that their spa would focus on hops. “They are powerful herbs that are great for the skin. They moisturize and are wonderful for [people with] eczema and psoriasis,” explains Champa. “Hops [also] have lupulin in them, which is great for insomnia. It calms the nervous system.” Hop in the Spa’s treatment options range from their signature microbrew soak and hop oil massages to a hop body masque therapy and hop sugar scrub for the hands and feet, all of which feature hops as a main ingredient. There will soon also be a corresponding beer garden (Hop in the Garden) and a tea and coffee spot (Hop in the Cup) in Sisters. Boyle and Champa have additional plans to debut a second spa location in Bend and to sell their therapeutic bath brews (Hop in the Bath) online.
I’ve brought along my most adventurous friend, Alex, to share in this experience, so we opt for the 25-minute couples microbrew soak. (We’re relieved to hear no swimsuits are necessary—most guests choose to go in nude—and the 102-degree spring water, hops, malt, minerals, and lemon slices present no yeasty threat.) The soak takes place in large cedar tubs and includes a complimentary pint of beer from neighboring Deschutes Brewery; I choose a pale ale while Alex goes with the porter. We’re also presented with a huge soft pretzel and a side of mustard. The whole experience is sort of what I imagine it might be like to stew in a classy vat of beer-in-progress, the peaceful music and low lighting complementing the faint aroma of the hops. When it’s time to get out, plush white robes and slippers await (as do some slightly off-putting pale green hops stuck to our butts). I leave the spa feeling super relaxed and ever-soslightly buzzed. My skin seems extra smooth, and I want another doughy pretzel. Eventually, when the time is right, we drive home slowly, appreciating the natural beauty of the Cascades and picking leftover hops out of our hair and underwear.
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Do you think a big part of that natural enerTwenty-six years after the inception of their seminal gy comes from the fact that you guys selfpunk-rock band Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong produced the album? and his bandmates released a trilogy of albums, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!, and then promptly went on a Yeah, but it just kind of ended up that way. My stufour-year hiatus to focus on their personal lives. Now, dio here is small and we were getting great sound, they’re back and just as commanding, inspired, and so there was no point in bringing in another guy to loud as they were when we first fell in love with them. look over our shoulders. It felt very independent and Their new album Revolution Radio, out October 7, focused, but also really loose and fun. There were no delivers in terms of music, lyrics, and an unstoppable distractions. and quintessentially Green Day energy. The record How do you feel about Green Day’s return? covers a wide spectrum of both sound and feeling, shifting between fast tempos with striking guitar riffs, I think people are going to be excited with the new as heard in “Bang Bang” and “Bouncing Off the Wall,” record, and the only thing I feel, honestly, is grateful. and softer yet powerful songs like “Still Breathing” A little bit of nostalgia can be very good for the soul, and “Ordinary World.” as long as you’re not sitting and stewing in it. There’s That’s not all that Armstrong has been preoccupied something about this record that is very refreshing. with: He also composed songs for the musical These Paper Bullets! and is starring in this month’s Geezer, “Bang Bang,” the lead single from the new a coming-of-(middle-)age film written and directed album, comments on gun violence, from the by Lee Kirk. Here, Armstrong discusses Green Day’s imagined perspective of a mass shooter. What new album, his first starrring role, and the legacy of inspired you to write about that topic? his iconic band. Well, I just try to reflect on what’s going on. A lot of my songs are a series of questions and looking at What inspired Revolution Radio? things and just being completely confused by what’s We took a long break and then, I don’t know, one day happening—especially now, in the strangest election I just got into my studio in Oakland and I recorded season I’ve ever seen in my life. “Bang Bang” is about a demo of “Bang Bang,” then I did another demo of America’s gun culture and how it’s blended with “Somewhere Now” and it just felt like the beginning of social media. It’s this really twisted version of what’s something really exciting. It wasn’t a forced process going on in this guy’s head, which I don’t really know in the slightest. I showed the guys the songs and because I’m not in his head, but I tried to write from they got really excited, too, and so I just kept writing his perspective. It was freaky because it took me a from there. couple of days to write the lyrics, and I was walking around singing to myself, “I am a semi-automatic
illustrations by liz riccardi.
billie joe armstrong discusses the return of green day and his foray into film. by austen tosone
lonely boy,” and thinking, “I just want to get this song done because it’s freaking me out.”
In the movie, your character’s daughter plays guitar, and your sons in real life have ventured into music, as well. What’s that dynam-
Tell me a little bit about what it was like
filming Geezer, and your character Perry.
We just share music with each other. Jakob’s a really good songwriter, and Joey’s band SWMRS is a really good band, but I’m biased because I’m a proud dad. The fact that they’re playing high-quality stuff is great. They [introduce me] to stuff and I’ll show them old music that I listened to. It’s pretty cool.
I love brand-new experiences like that, and feeling like a rookie. I felt really close to the character because Lee Kirk became a father at 40, and I had a similar experience raising my sons and feeling like I didn’t know what I was doing. I think I was pretty freaked out the first couple of days [of filming], kind of just going, “Oh my god, am I doing this right?” But then after a while I got really comfortable, and I was working with awesome people, like Selma [Blair] and Judy [Greer]. Working with Fred [Armisen], obviously, we had a lot in common because Green Day played with his old band in Wisconsin in, like, 1992, so we reminisced about that. Perry plays “Ordinary World” in the scene where he’s singing to Judy Greer’s character. How did that song end up on the album?
Lee Kirk wanted a song for a really poignant moment where I’m sitting down, singing to Judy Greer, and he loved it. It just turned out to be perfect for Revolution Radio. Through all of the craziness going on, I was just looking for something a little more simple. Whether it’s social media, crazy elections, or terrorism, I just want to slow things down in my brain and my world.
Green Day have been working together for so long. What do you think has allowed the band to stand the test of time?
We’ve always just stuck to our guns. With Green Day, there is an energy that we put out that is infectious, and we never want to abandon that because I’m chasing a trend or what current alternative radio is playing. We want to expand, but not conform to what’s going on now. We seem to rejuvenate with every record that we put out, and this time, I plugged my Les Paul Jr. into my Marshall amp and it immediately felt brand-new again. I love that noise that we make; it’s been the one thing that has been very loyal to me over the years.
TECHNOLOGIC Vinylize.it For the past decade, the divide between the convenience of music-streaming services and the pure, unadulterated sound of more old-school ways of listening has only widened, considering that more and more artists are opting to release their music digitally. But Vinylize.it is here to find the happy medium between the two: Capitalizing on the personalization of streaming and the quality of vinyl records, the service allows listeners to crowdsource support for the SoundCloud tracks that they want to be available physically. “When the campaign reaches critical mass—usually around 20 to 30 supporters—Vinylize.it searches out the artist. If they’re game, you can buy your dream record,” explains chief marketing officer Taishi Fukuyama. Plus, it gives artists the control over their work that they often lack when they distribute it on top streaming sites. “100 percent of the vinyls pressed by Vinylize. it will be initiated by the artists themselves,” continues Fukuyama. Sounds like music to our ears. MORGAN MACEY
How to Dress Well Care Domino Records How to Dress Well (a.k.a. Tom Krell) has long entranced fans with his R&B-inspired bedroom pop jams. Sung in an angelic voice, his tracks speak to the tenderhearted, serving as a release of pure emotion. Whereas 2014’s What Is This Heart? was heavy with intensity as he examined the dark side of desire and the pain that we inflict on each other in the name of love, Care shows How to Dress Well stumbling into the territory of euphoria, teaching us the importance of celebrating the joys of being in love. “Lost Youth/Lost You” is a surprisingly uplifting take on the dilemma of having a change of heart, while “Burning Up” quite literally sounds like a heartbeat speeding up in response to the sight of that special someone, pounding in real time to the ringing of the singer’s delicate falsettos. “Anxious” is reminiscent of “& It Was U,” the breakout single from How to Dress Well’s 2012 effort Total Loss, with its cheery, upbeat tempo. And then there’s “Made a Lifetime,” which builds on the simplicity of his fragile vocals, which float with the piano accompaniment before swirling guitar solos drive it all home. Give your heart a break and dive into this record. SYDNEY GORE
r e t s n o m y t r a p LOLLAPALOOZA STREET STYLE During the last weekend of July, Chicago’s Grant Park hosted hundreds of thousands of music lovers who braved the rain to celebrate Lollapalooza’s 25th anniversary. This year, the fest was extended by a day, so even more artists than usual, including Melanie Martinez and The 1975, performed at the packed festival grounds. Not only did the music rock, but so did the fashion, and after snapping some inventive street style, we’re already planning our outfits for next year. Photographed by wPHIVES Photography
NYLON NIGHTS CHICAGO After the first day of Lollapalooza came to an end, we partied with the dFm at Upstairs at Virgin Hotels Chicago, where we watched crowd-rocking performances by HĂŚlos, Dua Lipa, and Jarryd James as we sipped on Stillhouse Whiskey cocktails. Graffiti artist Brendan Cooney partnered with Equinox to help us stay cool in the Chi-Town heat with custom handheld fans, and Leslie Kirchhoff provided the beats for an all-out dance party. As the festivities ended with a conga line led by the boys of Bastille, guests left with festival-ready gift bags, featuring products from Equinox, Rad and Refined, Festy Besty, Stillhouse, and Mamma Chia. Photographed by Tim Hiatt and Daniel Boczarski for Wire
AFTER-CON We made our debut at Comic-Con this year by partnering with NVE for a full-on rager at San Diego’s Omnia nightclub, joined by 2,000 of our closest friends. After-Con kicked off with a special DJ set by Kristian Nairn (a.k.a. Hodor from Game of Thrones), and a surprise performance by DMX had all of the VIP guests, including André 3000 and Holland Roden, dancing into the wee hours of the morning. Photographed by Michael Bezjian for Wire and Ryan Campbell
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