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Hello from Portland, Oregon! After a hectic few weeks of packing up everything I owned and spending far too many hours in IKEA, I am finally settled in my new home, my new city. This issue of Missfits reflects the change I am going through in that the content is experimental and varied. As I attempt to rediscover who I am and what I stand for among these mountains, city scopes, waterfalls, and rocky beaches, I am doing the same for the magazine. I feel Missfits and its readers are heading in a groundbreaking new direction, and I could not be more excited. Keep an eye out in the next few issues for more changes in layout and content. I hope to include more artists than ever before and interviews with incredible people. One of the many reasons I enjoy editing this magazine is because of the way in which we constantly evolve with our readers As we change, and as you change, so do the pages of this publication. We have a few changes in leadership in this issue as well! Courtney King, my original co-founder, will now be serving as Fashion Editor, bringing unbelievable talent and innovation to your attention within the fashion realm. My cousin and dear friend Taylor Maschger has left her personal column and is now our Music Editor, providing you with intimate interviews with up-and-coming bands. I will be taking over the design, press, and management aspects of the magazine as the Editor-in-Chief. All in all, this issue has been a blast to piece together! I hope you enjoy. Maddie Maschger, Editor-in-Chief

Photographs by Erica Coburn

Photographer: Erica Coburn Stylist: Eimear O'Reilly Model: Hannah @ Absolute the Agency Clothing by Carla Donnelly, H&M, Topshop, Tahiti Vintage, Forever 21, American Apparel, handmade, and stylist’s own.

Fragile Innocence Photographs by Laia Flynn

Disco Misfit Photographs by Jaclyn Alexandra

Autumn Calling Photographs by Elizabeth Lim

SUNSET AT THE LAKE Photographer: Gaetano Pavano Retouching: Gaetano Pavano Make-up Artist: Floriana Salvaggio Stylist: Ganga & Company Model: Marcella Grasso

About a month ago I moved a mere two hours away from home. The 112 mile distance between my house and my dorm room is separated with nothing more than a long highway drive and Missouri trees. Though I can return home with a short car ride, the world that I have been suddenly thrown into is entirely new. Though the scenery around me is identical, the lifestyle that I am now engaged in is drastically different. I am taking classes at the biggest University in Missouri. My anticipated major is in Textile and Apparel Management with a focus on the marketing and merchandising side of the field. I hope to be able to use my newfound knowledge on the textile industry in the best way possible for Missfits. This fall I want to share my interview with a young fashion designer who has a very distinctive point of view. What is seen in this issue will be the start of my fashion column that will now be released in every issue of Missfits. If anyone would like to contact me specifically regarding the fashion side of Missfits, or my column in general, feel free to contact me at I will be accepting any contributors for my column on my own, while Maddie will be responsible for the rest of the magazine. I hope you have a great fall. Courtney King, Fashion Editor

JOVANA MIRABILE An exclusive interview. Article by Courtney King, Fashion Editor.

With captivating prints and loud, attention-grabbing colors, Jovana Mirabile is ready to make an impact on the fashion industry. I had the privilege of attending her fashion show in Kansas City, Missouri before she left for school at Parsons in New York City. Now she is furthering her career by working in London for an English fashion designer, Matthew Williamson. CK: When did you start to realize that you wanted to go into fashion? JM: I think I always knew that is what I wanted to do with my life. When I was in first grade at parent teacher conferences, my teacher told my mom she knew one day she would be buying my clothes at Bloomingdales (I used to always pick out my clothes and mix and match my outfits for school, and had a passion for art)…my mom then explained that she thought I would be a fashion designer. I remember thinking how cool would it be to design what I wore! From then on I began sketching away! CK: Tell me a little bit about your style and how that's changed, or stayed consistent throughout your design experiences. JM: I have always had a great love for color, print and embellishments—which has remained consistent in my designs throughout the years. But since attending Parsons and being exposed to new ways of working and developing my designs, my vision has become much more refined and mature. When I was younger I used to have a sort of ‘Barbie’ element about my clothing, whereas now I still hold onto the bright, vivid colors but my silhouettes and shapes have matured. CK: Could you tell me a little about your Beauty Queen for a Day fashion shows? JM: When I was 13 started the charity (now known as Fashionista Girls) to help underprivileged and at-risk teen girls develop confidence and believe in their dreams. A couple of friends and I would go to different schools and talk to the girls about setting goals and loving themselves, and would do their hair, make-up, and nails. Many of them were estranged from their families and did not have a female role model in their life… They didn’t have a mom or older sister to play around with make-up and do their nails. We would give them little goodie bags at the end, which began to cost a lot of money. This is when I decided to hold fashion shows to raise money to fund the program.

CK: Do you think that these shows helped drive you towards your goals for your career? JM: Yes definitely! They taught me a lot about organization and working with a team. They also made me realize I could achieve things I never thought I would be able to….with the help of great supportive family and friends! CK: You had the opportunity to go to Parsons in New York City for college, how has the school affected your view of fashion and your skills as a designer? JM: I have nothing but positive things to say about Parsons… although at the time I was constantly working and a bit stressed, I realize now what a strong person the workload made me! I was so fortunate to have the most amazing professors, many of whom I am still friends with and still go to for advice. I was able to develop who I wanted to be as a designer and learned not only the technical skills, but also work ethic and business sense that it takes to be a designer. CK: Tell me about your thesis collection at Parsons. What was your inspiration? JM: My thesis collection was inspired by the interaction of technology and the human body. I looked at various ways that new advancements in medical technology enable us to see beneath the skin. I combined hand painting, fabric dying techniques and actual MRI scans to create the prints of my collection. CK: I have noticed that accessories are a huge part of your collections. Why are accessories such a major part of your designs? How do you tie accessories into your design process? JM: Accessories are a huge part of our daily routine….whether you love fashion or not, everyone uses a handbag, wears shoes, etc… Accessories can make or break an outfit. I personally love designing them, as you can be as creative as you want—you don’t need to think about fitting a body, just incorporating practicality with creativity. CK: There is so much color and life in your designs. How important is color in your work and what is the inspiration behind this? JM: Color evokes great emotion in people. Just as a rainy day can make you feel tired or sometimes sad, colors do the same. For me, playing with different color combinations is one of the most exciting parts of design.




CK: I would assume that NYC and London are much different places to work. What is it like for you to work in London for Matthew Williamson? JM: They are actually very similar….except that London is much more relaxed than NYC. NYC can be quite busy and fast-paced…but London is a bit mellower, which has been a nice change. CK: What do you hope to accomplish in the future? JM: I plan to one day have my own line (maybe sooner rather than later!). I would like to be at designer/ contemporary price point, focusing on great fit and quality….and of course stay true to my aesthetic. CK: Do you have any advice for our readers? JM: Always follow your dreams….hard work, perseverance, kindness and a positive attitude is the key to success!



With a breathy voice and romantic hooks, up-and-coming artist Mr. Little Jeans pulls her listeners in from the very first note. The artist’s new (and first) single, which is titled “Runaway,” focuses around the concept of escapism, something anyone with a taste for wanderlust is able to identify with. In fact, as Mr. Little Jeans, or Monica Birkenes, began her expedition into the music industry, she experienced what most young people only fantasize about, travelling from her home in Norway to London, then on to Los Angeles, all while working with some of music’s biggest names, such as Peter Moren (Peter Bjorn & John) and John Hill (Santigold). Though the singer describes her time in London as “a great introduction to the rest of the world for [her] 18-year-old self,” she is very clear in saying the road to success was hardly ever an easy one. When asked to give advice to aspiring performers, Monica joked, “Don't do it! But if you have to, prepare to make some sacrifices & don't rely on other people for help.” As for Monica, making music truly was something she was born to do, and a career she’d always envisioned for herself. A member of her church’s choir at the age of five, Monica discovered her calling for music “right out the gate, pretty much.” By age 15, the young musician had a few years of performing in bars and on local television stations under her belt. Even so, Monica states her performances still serve as brilliant new experiences for her. When asked what her favorite part of making music professionally was, she answered simply, “One of the nicest things has to be that people actually get to hear it, and I get to meet those people when I play shows.” And there’s no doubt fans would be excited to meet her. With an enchanting voice able to send listeners into an almost dreamlike state, (a talent which is especially defined in the video for “Runaway”), the woman behind the pseudonym Mr. Little Jeans is not only charming, but still incredibly humbled by how far she has come. As for her future in the industry, Monica declared, “My hope is to be able to do another record* and continue growing as a writer. That would be the dream continuing to come true for me.” *Mr. Little Jeans released her self-titled debut LP, featuring “Runaway,” in August 2012.

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A Hundred Million Miracles Photographs by Sophia Kahlenberg; Modeling by Barbara Bordas

Missfits Magazine: Issue 8  

Missfits Magazine is a constantly-evolving forum for young artists and writers as well as an open and intellectual discussion on social and...

Missfits Magazine: Issue 8  

Missfits Magazine is a constantly-evolving forum for young artists and writers as well as an open and intellectual discussion on social and...