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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Danielle Murray Maik Wiedenbach Javin Forrest Iesha Coppin

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N E W YO R K FA S H I O N W E E K M E N S ( N Y F W M ) By: Iesha Coppin

DUCKIE BROWN: RTW SPRING/SUMMER 2016 art movement dating back to the early 19th century. This style was marked by the use of black and white, primary colors as well as simple shapes and figures. Just as the art movement, Duckie Brown designers, Steven Cox and Daniel Silver have returned to minimalism and simplicity in aiding their design process. Voluminous silhouettes contributed to a rather eye brow raising, chin stroking, yet chic lineup that emphasized simple dressing. Back to basics with high-waist trousers and slouchy windbreakers carried out the season’s theme of lightness with airy, breathable materials and forgiving silhouettes made from organza, crepe de chine and charmeuse. All in all, the collection came off a bit repetitive and lacking depth. This is defiantly not a collection to please the masses, rather a collection that acquires a certain taste and fashion enthusiast to pull of these set looks.

Photographer: Jason Jaskot

Ethereal, soft, and fluid are a few words to describe Duckie Brown’s recent ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Steven Cox, creative director to Duckie brown describes the recent collection as “they’re very classic men’s wear pieces done in a somewhat exaggerated way.” Classic wouldn’t be the first word to come to mind but exaggerated pretty much nailed it! Brown’s recent collection, showcased at New York Fashion Week Mens featured overly voluminous sack pants, sheer shirts and oversized jackets. Brown has been one to tread the gender-bending lines and has been noted as one of the pioneers in creating an androgynous approach to their design aesthetic. During a time of self-identity, self-assurance, and self-acceptance one can’t help but commend Brown on being a reflector of the current times. The collection also brought about the De Stijl, meaning ‘the style’ an

SIKI IM: RTW SPRING/SUMMER 2016 “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald New York City is filled with dream chasers and risk takers, those who are willing to go the extra mile in making their mark within a crowded room. Siki Im has been deemed one of those set dream chasers, 14 years after arriving from Germany by way of Oxford University, where he studied architecture. Im used the creativity, culture and strive for success in molding his recent collection. “I wanted to combine the gritty and the angelic,” explained Im, as he described his use of New York city as his muse, he cited an eclectic bunch of intrepid auteurs, from Paul Auster and Larry Clark to Philip Glass and Sonic Youth. Titled, “Youth Museum,” the collection screamed frantic, chaotic and 16

out of bounds, all of which follow the pattern of a wayward teenager. Oversize cotton ponchos and graphic sweatshirts were cinched at the waist with rope. When viewing each garment the viewer is able to find pieces from Im’s past such as motherboards, CDs and locks. Im has always been known as the uncommonly storyteller, where he draws his audience closer to his creations, thought process and personal significance throughout each collection. A collaborative effort is also made between Im and his friend, the artist Frank Thiel where peculiar prints were collaged out of photos in their hometown of Cologne. Fine shirts and suits paired with baggy, seemingly dirty jeans or variations on the M-65 military jacket to create a comfortably ununiformed vision of how men, or how Im’s observed men to dress. This collection exudes chaotic brilliance, which is quirky, daring, authentic and ambitious in showing at New York Fashion Week.


BLACKFIST: RTW SPRING/SUMMER 2016 Bradley Soileau first graced us with his presence with the launch of his fashion/ art/music project, entitled Blackfist. The first installment entailed a sevenpiece capsule collection accompanied by one-of-a-kind handmade pieces, zines, limited edition cassette mixtapes, a short film, and ultimately a gallery installation. The collection was inspired by Soileau’s dislike for Los Angeles (his current hometown) and the feelings of drowning and depression brought about by the city’s state of endless summer. Hmmm… a rather interesting twist, just when you thought the people of ‘SO CAL ‘lived and breathed this carefree, laid back, surfer dude attitude and an undeniable admiration for all things colorful, bright, and print obsessed. In a sense, Soileau’s approach to design of rebellious gestures and a no holds barge attitude is refreshing and invigorating to see what comes next from the youthful designer. Soileau’s recent collection, “Hurts So Good” was revealed at this year’s New York Fashion Week Mens. Known as the second installment to his line, Blackfist was inspired by the ‘80s thrash skate scene and the Troma cult classic

film The Toxic Avenger. The devil was in the details: untied shoelaces, trench coats with back flaps that didn’t line up, thick headbands emblazoned with the words “Hurts So Good,” oversized gages in the model’s ears, and visible tattoos rounded out each ensemble. Standout pieces within the collection include a pair of paneled pants and an asymmetrical black trench coat. One can’t help but return to the late 1960s British Rebellion, where Vivienne Westwood and the Sex Pistols gave way to a sense of individuality and taking a stance for what one believes. A little bit punk, a little bit DIY, and definitely wearable streetwear that adheres to the masses. From the east end of Shoreditch, London to the Lower Eastside of Manhattan, New York City Blackfist has embodied a gritty, raw, and authentic approach within the men’s fashion industry. As Solileau has said before he designs for a “cool kid” who wants to buy something they can actually trust and believe in.

ASAF GANOT: RTW SPRING/SUMMER 2016 Ole Ola, viva Brazil! After living in Brazil for two years, Ganot uses the vibrant, cultural hotspot as the muse for his Spring/Summer 2016 collection during New York Fashion Week Mens. Well known cities through the tropical country served as the foundation for Ganot’s recent collection, as well as Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer informed patterns on intarsia knits and board shorts. Ganot’s ultimate goal was to render his interpretation of the Brazilian attitude, lifestyle and how the quintessential Brazilian man dresses. In Brazil, fashion is all about individuality and a person’s sense of style. The general dress code is casual, comfortable, and effortless. The typical customer is sophisticated, appreciates quality, worth, and knows exactly what he/she wants. Ganot uses this ideology as the building block for this collection, but still managing to adhere to his own personal style in design. To Ganot, the

Brazilian man has an affinity for leather and suede. He presented leather that ranged from an electric blue moto style to a white biker option with a charcoal lapel. Notable highlights included suede shoes with drawstrings, paying close attention to detail in regards to Brazilian men’s primary concern toward footwear; comfortable yet stylish. Aside from leather, lapels, and everything nice – Tailored options included tuxedo suits accompanied by paper crinkle blazers and shorts with frayed edges. Over all, the collection is both wearable and accessible for the everyday modern man. From cool, man, cool vibes of linen shorts and straw hats, to tailored blazers, bomber jackets and leather accents for a bit of edge this collection has a taste for various pallets.



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KICKS TA R T INNOVAT I O N SPACE CASE 1 Born from 30 years of experience in the luggage industry, the team at Planet Traveler is introducing the true next generation of luggage. Designed to specifically balance technology, style, and function, the Space Case 1 luggage line is engineered to be the ultimate travel companion.

“Consumers are reacting positively to an emerging trend

of building luggage around tech,” said Planet Traveler CEO Harry Sheikh. “We have actually been working on the Space Case 1 for over four years, and believe we have finally perfected the integration of tech into our beautifully designed luggage. We didn’t set out to just design a smart suitcase. Our goal was to be the first to offer a full line of attractive smart luggage.”

To begin, Space Case 1 offers a variety of sizes, exterior

colors, exclusive designs, and unique virtually indestructible textures, just as you might find with a premium suitcase. However, upon closer inspection you will find these cases have a surprising array of more technological functionality than any other luggage currently offered, making Space Case 1 the undeniable leader in consolidated smart travel technology. Here is a summary of the tech conveniences: (see appendix for more details) •Smartphone app control (IOS, Android) of all functionality. Smartwatch interface. •Biometric fingerprint locking for up to 5 travelers. State of the art security. •Free worldwide GPS Tracking. •Digital scale integrated into the wheels. No lifting necessary. •Bluetooth speaker and microphone – Play music. Make handsfree calls. •Anti-theft proximity security. When the app moves beyond 40 feet from your case the phone is notified, and an alarm can sound through the case speaker. •Triple USB 12 Amp charging ports (Dual external, third internal in carry-on laptop compartment only). •Personal Concierge – On demand information for departure and arrival times & gates, book flights, hotels, car rentals and more. •10 Year Warranty with 24 hour repair worldwide. The Space Case 1 line of smart luggage is currently comprised of both a carry-on (19.5”/49.5cm) and check-in sized (29”/73.6cm) suitcase. More sizes and profiles are being introduced periodically, and will offer a complete suite of luggage utility in 2015. 20


B.One is a highly sophisticated Smart Home System that will allow users to completely control their home utilizing a single HUB. B.One is the most advanced, powerful and intuitive Smart Home System ever made. Using B.One, homeowners will be able to gain complete control over their security, ambience, entertainment and wireless mobile charging from a single hub and a single mobile app. B.One features a proprietary algorithm that learns the behavior of the user and keeps updating its knowledge base with each day of use. It improves the control of the user over his/her home by anticipating, predicting, and notifying certain key activities. With ten processors working in tandem, B.One ensures that every alarm and alert is communicated in real time to the intended destination. B.One Smart Hub incorporates NFC technology to the sensors, making it easily configurable and usable for all. Some of the most important features of B.One are A multi-functional and versatile smart-hub that is very user friendly. Integrates various aspects of smart home living such as security, controlling IR remote based devices using universal remote, media management, A/V streaming and energy management. Employs state-of-the-art parallel

HidrateMe is a smart water bottle that syncs with a corresponding mobile app available for iOS and Android devices. Hidrate Me helps you keep track of water intake and improve hydration habits. Embedded with LED lights, the bottle gives off an ambient glow to make sure that you never forget to drink your water again. The Hidrate app recommends a daily goal customized for your personal health and fitness needs The Hidrate app calculates your needed daily amount based on your gender, age, weight, and height. The app also syncs to your favorite wearables and fitness apps to adjust your water goals to fit your activity level. Lastly, it takes into consideration the location information on your phone to adjust your daily water intake based on your surroundings such as the temperature, humidity, and elevation. The bottle automatically tracks your water intake and glows when it’s time to drink more water. HidrateMe bottle, made from a BPA­free plastic, connects to your phone via Bluetooth Low Energy to automatically track your water intake and sync that information to your phone throughout the day. If you’ve forgotten to drink water, it will remind you to stay hydrated with a soft glow coming from inside the bottle.

processing architecture to make it the first and the only one of its kind in the market.   Capable of handling extensive wireless and wired protocols, giving it a distinct edge over other contemporary devices. The unique self-diagnostic capability helps it continuously monitor the health of the B.One system and convey its heartbeat to a cloud server and hence to the users. The built-in Lithium battery will provide backup for 48 hours in the event of power outages/failures. Having done all the hard work, Blaze Automation is now ready to start manufacturing B.One Smart Hub. Once released to the market, B.One Smart Hub will have a retail price of $249. The company has just started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 to support the production of B.One Smart HUB. All Kickstarter backers will be able to pre-order B.One at exclusive prices. About Blaze Automation: Blaze Automation is a Smart Home company based out of New Jersey. Their objective was to build a Smart Intelligent System that is easy to use and future ready. This is where they have spent the last two years in creating B.One, a truly intelligent device with a brilliant ecosystem with the purpose of making lives safe & simple. Visit B. One Smart Home System to find out more:

The 24­ounce, dishwasher­safe bottle has a battery life of over a year with no charging needed. The app keeps track of your hydration history The app also keeps track of your hydration history to make sure that you stay on track each and every day! About Hidrate Founded by University of Minnesota alumni, Hidrate was built out of passion and necessity. CEO Nadya Nguyen pulled together a team for a Startup Weekend powered by Google for Entrepreneurs in Minneapolis to build the first working prototype, after coming up with the idea while feeling dehydrated from a long day of volunteering. After finishing in third place in the competition and receiving the confirmation that their product could make a great impact on people’s daily lives, the team decided to move forward with the official launch. Hidrate was a part of the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator Program powered by Techstars in Spring 2015, where they got the funding and support from a wide network of mentors, advisors, and investors to push their startup forward.





Team Turquoise is as diverse and impressive as the tech they have created, called doppel: Jack Hooper, Fotini Markopoulou Ph.D, Andreas and Nell Bennett. This dynamic quad has experience in mechanical engineering, quantum physics, industrial design and material science. “The human machine is the most complex and powerful machine there is. Technology should not just monitor us, but actively help us realize our potential. We have developed the first of a new breed of wearable technology that can make you more alert or calm on demand,” said Team Turquoise. “It is completely natural, harnessing people’s innate response to rhythm. We do not see the future of wearables as blinking lights and flashing screens, but rather a softer technology that works symbiotically with us, helping us to be the person we want to be.” The same way that music effects mood by being upbeat or mellow, doppel is able to wind you down or keep you alert by sending vibrations directly to your body through a wrist band. These good vibrations can be beneficial when you are trying to fall asleep or trying to stay alert during a lengthy workday. Unlike other wearables, doppel does not track motion, gauge body temperature or read your pulse, instead it changes your mood through the rhythmic pulses. It works with your body’s natural response to rhythm like the organic functioning of breathing or heartbeat, making doppel one of the most intuitive wearables on the market. doppel is controlled through touch - a stroke of the wristband face will slow down the tempo of the vibrations and a press down on the face will speed them up. The wearer can also control the intensity of the pulses by turning the rotation dial, much like a knob on a stereo. Team Turquoise has won six awards for their creation of doppel and as of this past summer 2015 have been nominated for two more awards. Stay calm and put your doppel on! doppel is available for pre-order and will be ready to ship by June 2016. “doppel was born from our original research in to psycho-physiology; the way in which peoples’ mind and body react to one another. We have tested doppel with over 250 users in the real world, using doppel in various scenarios,” said Director Jack Hooper. “We also had doppel independently tested by experts at Royal Holloway University of London who found it can massively increase focus and alertness.” This new generation of wear-tech is making total wellbeing more obtainable during a daily routine. With the help of ground-breaking wearables like Spire and doppel we can all feel like we are taking care of ourselves in a multi-level and well-rounded way. Finally those precious healthy moments of calm and peace can happen more frequently. Seize your moment of zen.

doppel key features • • • • • •

Companion app Comes in an array of colors Sleek wristband design No charging needed Controlled through touch Retail price starting at $_____

Feeling stressed out and perhaps stretched too thin? Are you having trouble returning to a state of calm and maintaining it after being stressed? Spire, created

by Neema Moraveji, Ph.D and Jonathan Palley is an inspired device that measures

Spire key features • Seven day battery and wireless charging dock • Companion app • Notifications for significant events • Elegant design • Retail price of $149

breathing patterns, enabling the wearers to reach peak awareness of their state of mind.

“Breath is the most accurate physiological indicator of psychological

states. In other words, we can harness the power of breath to give us a window

into our state of mind,” said Neema Moraveji, Spire co-founder and chief science officer. “With Spire, we’ve been able to tap into this and gain not only amazing

insights into how we are feeling and functioning, but can also empower user’s to take control of their mental health by relieving periods of tension.”

The average person is only active for about 14% of their day, a shockingly

low percentage. Therefore it’s great to have amazing technology like Spire to help

us shrink the gap to the remaining 86% of our dormant activity. By tracking breath it becomes easier to reach optimal levels of focus, tension and calm. Personal

goals become more achievable, be they fitness, relaxation or career goals, by making the Spire wearer more self-aware, ensuring peak productivity levels.

Last year, creators Moravenji and Palley received the Cooper Hewitt +

Smithsonian 2014 People’s Design Award for Spire, and it was well-deserved. The team created the ultimate design for this mood-stabilizing gadget by turning to

nature for inspiration. Not only is the tracker small enough to be worn with optimal comfort and discretion by being clipped onto clothing in the hip or torso areas, but it also also comes in sleek and pebble-like design making it wearable and

complementary to any outfit. As an added plus, the Spire device is washer proof!

“The well-being of both body and mind are an important part of a healthy

and productive day,” said Jonathan Palley, Spire co-founder and CEO. “After

years of research and development, we are thrilled to bring a wearable device to market.”





In CRUSH IT! Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. Then one day he turned on a video camera, and by using the secrets revealed in this book, transformed his entire life and earning potential by building his personal brand. Gary Vaynerchuk has captured attention with his pioneering, multi-faceted approach to personal branding and business. After primarily utilizing traditional advertising techniques to build his family′s local retail wine business into a national industry leader, Gary rapidly leveraged social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook to promote Wine Library TV, his video blog about wine. His lessons on social media, passion, transparency, and reactionary business are not to be missed!

2. TRIBES – Seth Godin

A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have been seeking out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It’s our nature. Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. And so the key question: Who is going to lead us? The Web can do amazing things, but it can’t provide leadership. That still has to come from individuals—people just like you who have passion about something. The explosion in tribes means that anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at her fingertips. If you think leadership is for other people, think again. Tribes will make you think (really think) about the opportunities in leading your fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, or readers. . . . It’s not easy, but it’s easier than you think.

3. THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK - Timothy Ferriss Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing highend world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint. MARK CUBAN SHARES HIS WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE AND BUSINESS SAVVY IN HIS FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK, HOW TO WIN AT THE SPORT OF BUSINESS .

One of the world’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, Mark Cuban has collected and updated the greatest material from his popular blog, “blog maverick,” to provide a handbook of insider knowledge on what it takes to become a thriving entrepreneur. Cuban’s story is a stunning tale of rags-to-riches, as he went from selling powdered milk and sleeping on friends’ couches to owning his own company and becoming a multi-billion dollar success story. Cuban’s business tips will be inspirational to entrepreneurs at any stage of their careers. His ideas may be unconventional, but Cuban shares why and how they’ve worked for him and will work for you, too. Through his bold and ingenious approach to business, sports, and life, Mark Cuban has become one of the world’s wealthiest entrepreneurs. With a knack for the inventive, as well as the spotlight, Cuban stands as one of the most innovative, successful, and talked about business minds of our generation.


Using the greatest material from his popular Blog Maverick, Cuban has collected and updated his postings on business and life to provide a catalog of insider knowledge on what it takes to become a thriving entrepreneur. He tells his own rags-to-riches story of how he went from selling powdered milk and sleeping on friends’ couches to owning his own company and becoming a multi-billion dollar success story. His unconventional yet highly effective ideas on how to build a successful business offer entrepreneurs at any stage of their careers a huge edge over their competitors. DIVERSIONBOOKS

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5. LAUNCH – Jeff Walker

Since 1996 Jeff Walker has been creating hugely successful online launches. After bootstrapping his first Internet business from his basement, he quickly developed an underground process for launching new products and businesses with unprecedented success. But the success-train was just getting started---once he started teaching his formula to other entrepreneurs, the results were simply breathtaking. Tiny, home-based businesses started doing launches that sold tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, and even millions of dollars in sales with their launches. “Launch” is the treasure map into that world---an almost secret world of digital entrepreneurs who create cash-on-demand paydays with their product launches and business launches. Now the question is this--are you going to start slow, and fade away from there? Or are you ready for a launch that will change the future of your business and your life?

6. THINK AND GROW RICH – Napoleon Hill

In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., an expert in applying Hill’s thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers. Think and Grow Rich has been called the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature.” It was the first book to boldly ask, “What makes a winner?” The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world’s winners himself.

7. PEOPLE OVER PROFIT – Dale Partridge

Every day major headlines tell the story of a new and better American marketplace. Established corporations have begun reevaluating the quality of their products, the ethics of their supply chain, and how they can give back by donating a portion of their profit to meaningful causes. Sevenly founder Dale Partridge uncovers the seven core beliefs shared by consumers, starters, and leaders behind this transformation. These beliefs have enabled Dale to build a multimillion-dollar company that is revolutionizing the marketplace. He believes they are the secret to creating a sustainable world that values honesty over deception, transparency over secrecy, authenticity over hype, and ultimately, people over profit.






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TONY ANDERSON The man behind the sound; a melodic blend of organic, electronic, and nostalgic elements have created a systematic combination to cinematic music. Anderson takes his listeners on a journey of their soul, bringing life back to music. It’s about telling a story through rhythm and sound; each beat, each cord, each progression, and each accent plays a vital part in the creation of each and every master piece of his work. Anderson gives us a look inside the man, the genius, the meticulous Sonic Architect that he is known as today. Having had 14 plus years in the industry, his ideology of music as an art form has been pushed to the limits; he gives us a clear cut, raw interpretation of his humble beginnings, experience, inspirations, aspirations and his current position within the industry. The ultimate goal is to invoke a feeling in each listener. Are you moved, brought to tears, great joy, pain, or anguish? If the answer is yes, than Anderson considers that a job well done, an accomplishment and a privilege to touch others through his gift of composition. RAINE: In your bio, you say that for the first decade everything that you wrote was awful. Talk about your ability to keep moving forward in the face of adversity? ANDERSON: If I have my way, I sit on an idea for a long time. I chisel away the excess little by little. I prune the vines as they need to be pruned. My secret is that I know what sounds bad in my music. Lots to unforced time with my music helps the core ideas of each song to decant like a good wine. That’s just something I learned from 10 years of writing music in obscurity. When nobody is watching - and when you aren’t filling your mind with the noise of social media when you’re writing - anything is possible because you aren’t writing from a motive of comparison, competition or worry. RAINE: How has partnering with Musicbed helped your career as a creative entrepreneur? ANDERSON: Partnering with Musicbed has single handedly been the wisest and most liberating decision I’ve made in my creative endeavors. Period. I feel like most free man in the world because I get to wake up next to my 30

wife every morning, walk to my studio 3 blocks away and write music all day long. I joined Musicbed in 2012, and their team in Fort Worth (who have become friends) - are on the phone on my behalf brokering deals, making placement suggestions to filmmakers, writing all of my contracts, dealing with all the invoicing, agreements, collections and administrative details that drain creatives like me from what I’m here on earth to do - that’s a small part of what Musicbed brings to the table. Their ability to uniquely market the music is second to none. They’ve created an ecosystem in which every artist has an opportunity to be heard. I get emails every week telling me about new artists they’ve signed, new playlists they’re releasing for filmmakers and new events the entire Musicbed community is invited to. They truly remove the need to self-promote for artists. RAINE: Are there any big project that you are working on for 2016 that you can talk about? ANDERSON: Two things. First, I am officially stepping away from scoring films after 2016 simply because longer films force me to write tons of low quality music in a compressed timeframe. However, I have one more film to score between January and April of 2016 called the Hearts of Men. It’s a film about what men are really searching for when they visit brothels and continue to perpetuate the demand in the global sex trade. It’s legitimately the most powerful and life changing thing I have ever come across in the history of films. Second, I have started a second name from which I’ll begin writing and releasing electronic/house music inspired by my limited time in Miami. It’s called WAVMAP and my first single called Immersion will be out sometime before I die - can’t guarantee what time exactly, but it will be before I die. WAVMAP harkens back to many late night drives in warm coastal breezes, Miami’s many incredible sunsets and the ever evolving electronic scene in South Florida. WAVMAP will certainly be a dance of discovery and a departure from my current music.


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JOHN DELUCA John DeLuca has always known he wanted to be an entertainer. Raised in the small town of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, DeLuca fueled his creative passions through various high school theater productions where he honed his acting technique. When he was cast as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, DeLuca’s love for acting was affirmed and he knew that pursuing a career in the entertainment industry would require him to leave the comfort of his home in Massachusetts. RAINE: Having been raised in a small town, can you talk about your decision to leave Longmeadow for New York City to pursue your dream? DELUCA: I went to Fordham University in NYC. I didn’t go in as a declared Theatre major, but I felt drawn to the city because I knew it was a place where I could develop the courage to chase my dream. Nobody I knew was going to study anything in the arts in college, and it just seemed like such a different path to be taking. When you’re younger, doing things differently from what’s considered “normal” is scary. After my first year at school as an undeclared major, I had come to terms with the fact that I really did want to be an actor, and that’s what I wanted to dedicate my education to. It was a scary plunge to take, but I did it and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. RAINE: You received your breakout role in Teen Beach Movie. Looking back in retrospect, did you realize that it was going to be the success it is today? DELUCA: I knew it was a ton of fun to make and that I had met some wonderful friends along the way, but no, I don’t think any of us knew what was going to come of it all. I remember the moment we all found out how many people had tuned in to watch, how popular the movie was, and just kind of freaking out a little bit because we just had no idea

it was going to be what it became. It was just so exciting! Then to be able to go back and do it all a second time was incredible. To this day, I’m still kind of in awe that it all happened…and kind of have to pinch myself to remind me that it’s all real. RAINE: What was it like working on the movie Staten Island Summer with members from the cast of SNL? DELUCA: It was so much fun but it was also very intimidating at times. I just went into it all as such a fan of SNL so to be working alongside them took some getting used to. Everybody was so nice and such a blast to work with. It was also a sort of comedy workshop for me getting to watch these brilliant people work every day. I just feel very lucky to have been part of the film. RAINE: What is one piece of advice that has served you best in your career? DELUCA: Willem Dafoe came and spoke at Fordham while I was a student there and gave us this advice: “Figure out what it is you want to do in life, get AS CLOSE as you can to it, and if it’s meant to be, something will happen.” That has rung very true for me…choosing to move to NYC. Choosing to be a theatre major. Choosing to move to Los Angeles--I think it was great advice. RAINE: What are three fun facts about you that your fans do not know? DELUCA: My father is also named John DeLuca so I’m John DeLuca Jr., which is why my family calls me Johnny. I’m an Eagle Scout. I once played Robin from Batman and Robin at Six Flags New England.




JERRIKA HINTON Bright, enterprising, strikingly beautiful, multi-faceted, and an

undeniable talent are all ways Jerrika Hinton can be described. In 2015 Hinton can be seen starring as the ambitious and headstrong “Dr. Stephanie Edwards” on ABC’s long running, award winning

series “Grey’s Anatomy.” Joining the cast in season nine [2012] Hinton quickly became one of the most talked about characters on the show.

In addition to “Grey’s Anatomy” Hinton is currently in pre-

production on SOLACE, an independent film which she is producing.

The film is a dark, coming-of-age story about a young girl sent to live with her estranged family after the death of her father. Loneliness and

sadness cause her to strike up a questionable friendship with the girl next door, who further pushes her to spiral out of control.

In 2012 Hinton wrote, produced, and directed the short

film THE STRANGELY NORMAL, which received the distinction of

being official selections at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, Out In The Desert LGBT Film Festival, and the Atlanta Black Film Festival.

RAINE: Can you talk about the moment when you realized that you wanted to pursue a career as an actress?

HINTON: I’ve been onstage since I was a kid so, career-wise, pursuing an acting career as an adult has never felt like a life-altering consideration. If anything, the decision to actively follow it as a

profession came about once I was already in the midst of my career; the choice was more about deliberately choosing this life rather than

letting it happen to me. Which is a great lesson to apply to so many things.

RAINE: In 2012 your short film Strangely Normal received the

distinction of being an official selection at several nationally recognized film festivals. What was it like to receive that type of recognition?

HINTON: Gratifying. You create these stories in a vacuum and, if you’re fortunate, they are received in a meaningful way by the world. That’s

with us and we have faith it will resonate with others.” It’s strange and beautiful validation.

RAINE: You’ve worked both in front of and behind the camera. Which do you prefer most and why?

HINTON: Ooh, this is a hard one. It depends on how I’ve come into the

process: When it’s a story birthed from my own brain, I 100% prefer

to remain behind the scenes where I can better care for its growth. Acting relies on different muscles. Similar instincts but different muscles. In either capacity, what’s paramount for me is finding the best way to serve the story — giving myself permission to get naked

(metaphorically) and bolster the emotional intelligence good projects are built on.

RAINE: What words of wisdom do you have for aspiring creative entrepreneurs in your industry?

HINTON: Know and understand yourself first and foremost. You are your most worthwhile commitment. 32


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really what all that fancy ‘official selection’ talk means: “This resonated




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B E AU T Y & F I T N E S S







Today’s piece deals with the actual nuts and bolts of progress, training. Very often people focus on everything like food, supplements, workout gear, attire, choosing the right gym, but the actual workout tends to be subpar. Now, to be clear, not every workout is going to be stellar. Working out should be seen like a fun kind of work, but still work. Some days are great while others can be a bit more challenging. However, there are certain things that can wreck your workout and they should avoided like the plague. 1. BRINGING YOUR PHONE. I know, you need it for the music. But VERY few people have the discipline to put it on music alone and train (I know I don’t). Get an iPod shuffle - it is also more stable in case you drop it or put a dumbbell on top. AS for the social media aspect, one post workout selfie should put you safely on the gains train. 2. HAVING POOR PRE-WORKOUT NUTRITION. I wrote about it here, but the short version is that I feel that pre and intra workout nutrition matter more than post. Having poor pre-workout nutrition. You cannot, ever, workout on an empty stomach. At the very least, have about 30-40 grams of carbs as well as 10-20 grams of protein within the hour before the workout. Suggestions would be: • Greek yogurt with fruit • P28 wrap with almond butter • Ezekiel granola with soy milk or regular milk 3. NOT HAVING A PLAN. Instinctive training works for about five people on earth. The rest of us needs a plan. The amount of detail depends on the individual; personally, I do best when every set and weight is pre-planned but allows for some leeway within rep ranges. Another pitfall with that is that trainees tend to chase too many rabbits within one workout. For example, you cannot have a fat loss and get bigger biceps workout within the same day. Pick something you are focusing on, give it 4-5 weeks, and evaluate from there. 4. OVER-RELIANCE ON PRE WORKOUT STIMULANTS. Stimulants are great but not every day. Motivation comes from the inside, not from a pill. Too much caffeine will inevitably fry your nervous system and increase your cortisol. 5. SOCIALIZING. This one is tricky, since you do not want to come across as an arrogant muscle head. If you are like me and do not have any friends, the issue will not arise. As stated above, working out should be treated like work, so saying hi and bye is fine. Save the fantasy football debates for the locker room. 6. GETTING ANNOYED BY WHAT OTHER PEOPLE DO. This is a free country; people have a right to make dumb decisions. Besides, they might say the same thing about you and your workout. 7. NOT WARMING UP PROPERLY. 8 PSYCHING YOURSELF OUT. This happens to me quite a bit, as I put so much pressure on myself with needing a great workout, press x pounds, etc. that I am sometimes almost paralyzed. It is not war, just training! 40


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Shiseido - BIO-PERFORMANCE Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream Farewell to those long summer days, blistering heat waves and skin damaging sun burns. Summer time fine is now a thing of the past, it’s now time to repair, replenish and rejuvenate that damaged skin from the past three months and get prepared for the arctic blast that winter has in store. Fall is a great time to prep one’s skin for the fridge temperatures ahead, so you better believe with Shiseido’s: Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream you’ll be thanking us sooner rather than later. The Super Revitalizing Cream acts as a preemptive high-performance anti-aging care, leaving the skin beautifully resilient, smooth and exuding a youthful glow. Your skin will appear blemish free of fine lines and wrinkles, all the while leaving your face fresh, dewy, soft and fully moisturized. The Super Revitalizing Cream is extremely lightweight, non-greasy, fully moisturizing for all skin types, and dermatologisttested. RAINE MAGAZINE - VOLUME 25

Lancôme – Visonnaire Fall is quickly creeping around the corner which only means one thing, and no, we’re not talking about the frantic craze of pumpkin spice in the air, but more along the lines of correcting and redefining one’s skin. During the autumnal months, your skin is now in the transitional stage from heat and constant exposer to the sun, to dry, cooler temperatures. Prevention of further damage to your skin is key and Lancôme is already setting the stage with their newest product, Lancôme: Visionnaire. Visionnaire is a product everyone will want to have in their gab bag this season, as a second generation serum it smooths and corrects wrinkles, pores and skin texture. Unlike other beauty treatments, Visionnaire will correct blemishes in both real time and over time, therefore seeing short-term and long-term results.



Giorgio Armani – Crema Nuda Supreme Glow Reviving Tinted Crème

The age old question of trying to find the perfect foundation to match your newly glowing skin… After months of fun in the sun and gallivanting during vacations, reality sets in that Fall is just around the corner, meaning it’s time to switch up your beauty regime. From barely their makeup applications of dewy skin and beachy, air dried hair to bold lips and plum cheeks. Quite the change, but do not fear, Giorgio Armani never fails; Crema Nuda Supreme Glow Reviving Tinted Crème is the latest installment in the Giorgio Armani beauty collection. It’s conveniently called, “The New Glow Treatment” available in six perfect glow shades. Crema Nuda surpasses BB and CC crèmes, where it acts as a multi-tasker to treat and correct complexion. The perfectly blended formula improves skin radiance and increases a youthful glow that women can see, touch and feel. 46


SK-II – Cellumination Aurabright

There’s nothing better than having the crisp, refreshing air brush across your face as fall comes creeping around the corner. Many changes are taking place during this time, the temperture begins to dwindle down, an array of beautiful harvest colors surround us, and your skin, oh yes, that changes too. Its time to dig deep with Sk-II newest product, Cellumination Aurabright. Like many of SkII skincare treatments you won’t be left disappointed, but simply screaming for more. This product is all about radience both inside and out, correcting dull, uneven skin and replenishing that unmistakable glow that shines from within. After just one week, your skin will be left feeling healthy, radient and glowing as if draped in a veil of light.



Yves Saint Laurent – Forever Youth Liberator Serum

Yves Saint Laurent has left women feeling beautifully radiant since the 1960s, fast-forward to present day and women are still able to feel flawless and gorgeous not only through apparel but through YSL’s newest beauty serum, Forever Youth Liberator. The fall months tend to leave one’s skin yarning for attention and correction, but with the use of the Forever Youth Liberator your worries can finally be put to rest. The Forever Youth Liberator serum concentrates on those not so flattering areas, offering a skin renewal agent and anti-wrinkle properties that will leave you feeling forever young. 48






ON THE FAST TRACK TO SUCCESS Photographer: Raoul Beltrame, New York City Model: Zoe Cristofoli Assistant Photographer: Francesco Rocco Stylist: Eleonora Ardenghi Makeup and Hair: Anamaria Vasile Wardrobe: Nolo150 Props & Fashion, Italy

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Raoul Beltrame is one of the few that leaves a life behind of opulence to pursue of a dream of creativity with no guaranteed rewards of immediate prosperity. His relentless desire to go after his heart’s calling, led him to New York and eventually to becoming a sought after photographer in the exhilarating industry of fashion. His story is inspiring as is his charm.

“Ciao Bella!” is the boisterous greeting that you can anticipate

along with a warm embrace and a pair of cheek kisses upon entering the Union Square studio of Raoul Beltrame. Beltrame, a native Italian fashion, beauty and portrait photographer, has relocated to the dynamic city of New York to grow his portfolio. Despite only having a few years of semi-professional photography under his belt, Raoul is comfortably cool behind his camera.

Growing up in Verona with his family, Raoul’s initial exposure

to the business world involved spending his weekends and summers with his brother helping out in the family’s plastics factory. As Raoul was entering his first year of college at the age of twenty-one, his father died and he and his brother took over the family factory. Without any formal business training, the Beltrame brothers ran the family business, overcame its colossal debt, and turned it into a profitable business. Raoul, still in his early twenties, was living the good life, married with a big house and fancy car, and a booming high-society jam-packed calendar.

By his late twenties, Raoul, now divorced, decided it was

time for a change of pace and enrolled himself in a one year course at the National Academy of Cinema in Bologna to pursue his longtime hobby of filmmaking and editing. It was during his time at the Academy that Raoul discovered his passion for photography. At the end of his course, he took a trip to New York City to visit friends and it was during this vacation that he purchased his first camera and underwent some photography and retouching training.

The family business in Italy continued to grow, but the

Beltrame brothers decided to split up due to creative and management differences and Raoul sold his part of the company in the spring of 2012. Now Raoul would make his living as a photographer and videographer, taking a second trip to NYC.

Moving through the

bustling streets of the city, Raoul photographed whatever caught his artistic eye or struck a creative chord.

This was the start to a new and exciting chapter in his life.

One of Raoul’s Italian friends made an introduction to Maurizio Bacci, photographer to Manolo Blahnik, whom he had known through weekly soccer games. Bacci offered Raoul a job, and with it Raoul made the permanent move to the United States from Italy. As soon as the move was made, Raoul started taking advanced photography workshops with other top photographers and has since has done advertisements for Missoni and Los Angeles-based designer Joe Polthakorn of Vilaiwan Fine Jewelry. RAINE MAGAZINE - VOLUME 25


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Step into Fall Most Lavish Homes ELLE MACPHERSON’S ASPEN MANSION! Supermodel Elle Macpherson, now age 51 and still a sexy glamour girl, has appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Elle, GQ,

Harper’s Bazaar and a record breaking five-time covers of Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue between 1986 and 2006. Time magazine gave Elle the nickname of “The Body” after she

appeared on their cover in 1989 and she has appeared as host of Saturday Night Live and in a number of films including Sirens with Hugh Grant, Woody Allen’s Alice, and The Mirror Has Two Faces. As a business woman, she has won awards for developing and

promoting her workout series of videos, her lingerie collection and her line of beauty products. Like so many of the super wealthy

who tend to congregate in the same playgrounds, Macpherson

owns prime real estate in Aspen. Macpherson has put her and

billionaire husband, Jeffrey Soffer’s, Aspen mansion on the market which they purchased in 2007 for $36.5 million.

Located in the exclusive gated community of Starwood

perched above Aspen on 66 acres, Macpherson’s estate is in McLain Flats with mountain and city views. Built in 2004, the rustic but sophisticated home uses reclaimed aged oak, plenty

of granite, white oak paneling and limestone with custom copper shingles. At 14,395 square feet, the interior, with its soaring ceilings

in the main living area contains seven bedrooms, thirteen baths, French limestone floors, indoor and outdoor pools, commercial kitchen, steam room, hot tub, juice bar, exercise room and two elevators.

Not as pricey as Bill Koch’s $100 million Aspen pad,

but very attractive to the billionaire market, the estate is priced at $35 million.

JON BON JOVI’S SOHO PENTHOUSE! Many people know Jon Bon Jovi’s music, Slippery When Wet and Destination Anywhere, along with his soundtracks

for Young Guns II (Blaze of Glory) and Stand Up Guys (Not

Running Anymore), not to mention the ten major awards these productions have won. Many of us were also aware

of his acting in films such as Moonlight and Valentino and

TV appearances on shows such as Sex and the City. But there’s so much more to know.

Jon married his high school sweetheart, Dorothea,

almost 25 years ago. They have four children, have stayed married and are one of the country’s most generous

couples, very active in the Special Olympics, American Red Cross, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation,

Habitat for Humanity, Covenant House, Project H.O.M.E. and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. The Bon Jovis have

donated millions of their money, and much of their time for charity, then have gone out and worked side by side

with the people to execute these projects. Even wielding a hammer or washing a dish where needed. Jon was also

appointed by Barack Obama to the new White House Council for Community Solutions. He is not just another rock star.

If a person’s home is the mirror of the person

themselves, Jon and Dorothea seem to do everything

well. Now up for sale is the Bon Jovi’s 7,452-square-foot New York Soho duplex. With huge glass walls and terraces seen from almost every room, even the kitchen windows

will have you looking instead of cooking. Aside from the pure glamour of it all, the layout is unusually well thought out. The family part of the house is on the lower floor with

a great room, wood-burning fireplace, marble baths, dining area and a gourmet kitchen. There are five bedrooms on

the first floor including the master bedroom suite with rare arched windows.

The upper level includes formal living and dining

rooms and access to the home’s grand terraces with lush

landscaping and panoramic New York views. Also on the

second floor is another kitchen, screening room, guest

room, full bath and a powder room. Did we mention the second wood burning fireplace?

The Bon Jovi apartment is located in the New

Museum Building. At 12 floors, it is one of the tallest structures in the Lower Manhattan area. The building was

constructed in 1897 as offices, became the New Museum

of Contemporary Art in 1996, and later converted to condominiums.

In the mid 1900s, Soho was one of New York’s

most distressed neighborhoods as its deep industrial

base began to erode. Starting in the 1960s, Soho was transformed from the mostly deserted remnants of

the city’s big textile factories into artists’ and hipsters’

lofts. Today, it is near the top of any list of U.S. upscale neighborhoods with art galleries, shops and expensive homes. Other celebrity SoHo residents include Kelly Ripa, Justin Timberlake and Ariana Huffington.

Previously asking $42 million, the penthouse,

including furniture & great views, is now priced at $37.5

million. Raphael De Niro of Douglas Elliman and Leonard Steinberg of Urban Compass share the listing. RAINE MAGAZINE - VOLUME 25



How did Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better know as Sting, get to the age of 62? Where did the time go? A whirlwind of musical talent and following his dreams,

Sting has made it to the top of the celebrity world. He’s

a musician and songwriter who hit the big time in the

late 1970s with his band, The Police, and their first hit

“Roxanne.” The band’s 1983 tune “Every Breath You Take” was the year’s biggest hit, won a Grammy for Song of the Year and has been a staple at wedding receptions

for years. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has sold almost 100 million records. Sting has been performing solo since the mid 1980s, devoting much of his time to

charity, human rights activism and expanding his world of creativity. On June 25th, his musical production, “The

Last Ship,” about a group of English shipyard workers, opens in Chicago as an out-of-town tryout before

heading to Broadway. Sting grew up in the Swan Hunter Shipyard neighborhood on the River Tyne where many of the world’s largest and fastest ships were built.

Sting and his actress-producer wife, Trudie

Styler, are serial real estate collectors. Their love of nature led them to Italy in 1999 when they bought a 600-acre estate in Tuscany, Villa Il Palagio where they produce and sell wine, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil,

produce and honey. They own or owned an Elizabethan manor house, a 1578 English historic home called the Lake House, a recently sold New York City apartment, a

California beach house, a London apartment on the Mall

near Hyde Park, homes in the Caribbean and an 18th

century London townhouse that is now on the market. He can afford it with a net worth of $300 million, taking

in about $2,000 every day in royalties from “Every Breath You Take”.

Just a half-mile from Buckingham Palace, and

enclosed in an historical building in the Birdcage Walk conservation area, the 8,500-square-foot townhouse contains seven bedrooms and six bathrooms in stunning contemporary decor from a 2010 redo.

With many

venues for entertaining, the home has five living areas, a roof terrace and garden terrace with direct access to

Birdcage Walk and St. James Park, said to be the finest

of the Royal parks. The home has an elevator and formal entry and staircase. Notable, but not for sale, is Sting’s wonderful art collection with a similar Diego Giacometti

table that recently sold at auction for a record-breaking $1.76 million.

Sting’s 18th century London townhouse on the

market at an undisclosed price, estimated to be in the $32 to $35 million price range.


Tyler Perry is now living the American Dream - a dream he made happen through perseverance and overcoming some long odds. Trapped for many years in an impoverished and abusive

childhood including a suicide attempt, Tyler began writing plays to calm the demons - a method he learned from watching his

favorite TV program, the Oprah Winfrey Show.  He wrote mostly

about himself and his relatives and friends but the plays were such financial disasters that he almost gave up. Tyler continued

to plug away, doing his shows primarily for African-American audiences on the East Coast until he finally found some success. His plays eventually led to film where he did everything - writing,

acting and directing. After he developed his beloved Madea

matriarch character, Tyler became one of Hollywood’s top money makers with his own film studio in 2006. He went from being an Oprah fan to an Oprah partner at the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2012.

Tyler is the first filmmaker in history to have five films

open at #1 in five years beating the records of Steven Spielberg,

James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino. His thirteen most popular films have grossed over $600 million at the box office but cost less than $10 million to make.  By being independent with his

own studio and filling the major roles himself, Tyler has been able to rake in a larger share of the profits.

With films such as the Madea series, Madea’s Family

Reunion and Madea Goes to Jail, and with his new success on

Oprah’s network with the blockbuster hit The Haves and Have

Nots, his annual income is somewhere between $100 million to $150 million.

During the years of his growing success, Tyler understood

the value of real estate and has bought and sold real estate across the country. Currently focusing on the Atlanta area where he lives and found most of his success, Tyler has acquired over 1,000

acres where he plans to build his new home. He recently put his current Atlanta mansion on the market.

The penultimate for the person who has everything but

still wants more, Perry’s French provincial mansion is perched atop

17 acres with views over the Chattahoochee River off Paces Ferry Road in the upscale Buckhead community of Atlanta. Palatial

in every conceivable aspect, the 34,688-square-foot home has seven bedrooms and fourteen baths, stately formal rooms, a two-

story library, resort-style infinity-edge swimming pool, lighted tennis court on top of a two-story parking garage, fully equipped

gym, spa, theater, hobby house and an underground ballroom with catering kitchen. There are both formal and informal

gardens, an entire estate generator, guard house, caretaker’s suite and presidential-level security system including two gated and

secured residential entrances. The home has hosted President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey among other notables.

Tyler Perry’s impeccable Atlanta estate on the banks of

the Chattahoochee River with river views on seventeen private wooded acres - host to President Obama - is now for sale. Priced at $25 million.




ICONIC SANTORINI A Jewel in the Mediterranean

The stunning Iconic Santorini, perched on the rim of a dramatic caldera a thousand feet above the Aegean

Sea, places its visiting friends front and center in one of Greece’s most romantic settings.

This exquisite boutique cave hotel is fashioned

from the former homes and shops in one of Santorini’s typical traditional white-cube villages, Imerovigli, the highest settlement on the caldera.

All residences

take their vibe from the island’s unique architectural

style featuring whitewashed walls, arched ceilings and traditional fabrics, creating an authentic Greek

experience skillfully blended with today’s luxury amenities.

Now the award-winning Iconic Santorini has won the hearts of its travel-savvy visitors, enthusiasts who appreciate the décor and luxury so much they’ve been asking for “more suites, please.” Now they have two

more playgrounds for wallowing in luxury with attentive service and warm Greek hospitality.








authentically Greek residences are among the largest on the island. In each case, two hotel rooms have been

combined for an uncluttered sense of spaciousness, with

separate living room and bedroom, two full bathrooms per suite and personalized terrace and lounging space with spectacular views.

Headboards are fashioned from the branches of native

trees to complement the all-natural, cloud-like comfort

of all-natural COCO-MAT 4-layer beds. The residences also feature oversized flat-screen TVs, individual air-

conditioners, luxurious Aesop bathroom amenities, dedicated WiFi routers, and personalized service.





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( R O M A I N D E T I R T O F F ),1 8 9 2 – 1 9 9 0

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Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Romain de Tirtoff (or “Erté” – a nickname

major museums across the U.S. and Canada.

based on the French pronunciation of his initials) was destined for

a military career, as his father was an admiral in the Russian fleet.

the style that came into vogue internationally in the 1920s. Erté defined

However, he defied expectations and proved that he was to become

it as the fusion of the curvilinear designs of Art Nouveau of the 19th

a fabulous fashion illustrator, moving to Paris in 1912. He is notorious

century with the Cubist, Constructivist, and geometrical designs of

for his elaborate costumes and exotic designs, especially at the Folies-

modernity. He was also influenced by Persian miniatures and would

Bergère in Paris. Erté also spent a brief period of his life in Hollywood in

often use a brush with a single hair to complete his gouache paintings.

1925, working with MGM at the invitation of Louis B. Mayer.

Raised as a child of the socially elite, Erté lived in Paris for

stage sets, jewelry, objet d’art, sculpture, and ceramics. His costumes

a year in 1907, then moved to France at the age of 20 to work in the

and sets were used in productions of the Foiles Bergere and on

world’s center of art and fashion. His father strongly objected to his

Broadway, and in 1925 he worked in Hollywood, designing sets for

career choice, leading Erté to work under his pseudonym. He began

movies like “Ben-Hur,” “Time” and “Dance Madness.” He also worked

his career under Paul Poiret, the most respected couturier in Paris at

on ballets, operas and revues, and even created seven limited edition

the time, from 1913-1914. Erté went on to work for Harper’s Bazaar for

bottle designs for Courvoisier that depicted the different stages of

22 years where he created more than 240 magazine covers, and his

cognac creation.

artwork appeared in publications like Vogue and Cosmopolitan.

His reputation earned him the patronage of Mata Hari, Pavlova

design, saying it is all based on fantasy. Unlike many artists who work

and William Randolph Hearst, as he became a major contributor to

freely before a canvas or sketchpad, Erté developed his own unique

20th-century fashion. Erté began his work with the fine print media in

process: he would visualize the entire work of art in his mind until it was

the 1970s, publishing more than 180 of his designs through the Circle

completed to every detail and then create the work from his “mind’s

Fine Art Corporation and then numerous lithographs and serigraphs


commissioned by various publishers.

In 1979, the Smithsonian

Institution organized a retrospective of his work, which traveled to

Erté is often referenced as one of the founders of Art Deco,

His imagination was limitless and Erté designed costumes,

Erté drew comparisons between his art and his interior

At the time of his death at the age of 97, he was considered

one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.







California-based artist, Cait Chock, grew up wishing she was a mermaid

but settled with drawing the imaginary. Self-taught, her background

Burton, Chock says, “One could call my style a marriage between the

had been primarily focused on athletics, running professionally for

two.” Fashion and fashion photography are also major inspirations to

Nike. In 2010 she was struck by a hit and run driver while out running

Chock, “I love the angles and the way eye makeup and hair is utilized

which resulted in her nearly losing of her lower right leg. Told she would

to give more emotion to the images.”

never run again, a fate she refused to accept, she relied on her other

great passion, art, to keep her sane through her recovery.

“I want people to feel what the character is feeling; make people

Perhaps living in the imaginary, and stubbornness, helped keep her

connect with the moments they’ve felt the same.” The stories behind

motivated; a year later she proved the doctors wrong and was able

her characters, ones too long to caption for her Instagram followers,

to run again, though certainly not as fast. Having to consider a career

spurred her to publish a collection of illustrated short stories, “And

change she pursued her dream to work as an artist.

Then She Ate the Wolf”, available on Amazon.

“My style hinges on long limbs, jagged joints, and exaggerated

facial features,” explains Chock. “I give my characters a whimsical,

Growing up on Disney and properly obsessed with Tim

Eyes tell a story and they are key to all of Chock’s characters,

She’s not a mermaid but found a way to never grow up; draw

all day and eat breakfast for dinner.

light sense even when the theme or emotion may be darker. The juxtaposition urging the viewer to look beyond their first reaction. My

Cait Chock can be found on her website where you can purchase

mediums of choice are pen, watercolor, and pencil. I’m highly diverse

prints, cards, and contact for commissions:

and tailor my style accordingly to the client and outlet.”

Follow her on Instagram: @caitchock



Raine 25 - Fashion & Style  
Raine 25 - Fashion & Style