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and samples.” Much of Chromat’s most recent collections are made to appeal towards strong, fearless women. Artists such as Beyoncé, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and Nicole Scherzinger have all donned Chromat pieces: and these are just to name a few. The structural pieces emphasize on effeminate silhouettes. One of McCharen’s most favored pieces is the machine city dress which highlights the body with a grid-like composition muscled from an architectural theory that she was obsessed with in school. It has been featured in Numero Tokyo 66 in all white. Some of her inspirations stem from McQueen, Sarah Burton, Rodarte, Haider Ackermann, Comme Des Garcons and JeanPaul Gaultier, who she hopes to work with one day. McCharen sheds light upon the appeal of wearing garments from fresh designer friends to trading garments with other fashion devisors. Just this Sunday, she received a garment from fellow designer and friend, Titania Inglis, during a studio visit. McCharen is recognized for praising the women and men who work in tandem to conjure up couture designs out of humble fabrics such as cotton and elastic and gives even more props to the ones who can embrace richer material such as lace and leather. As for personal style McCharen draws her brilliance from individuals such as Jeremy Scott, Karen Winsberg, Adeen, and her indefinite fondness for Grimes’s work. Designers often go back to their roots for inspiration, and the root aspect for McCharen has always been architecture plus her earnest appeal towards confident women. In her Spring/Summer 13’ Riot Box collection she stresses the boldness of strong feminist punk icons like Joan Jett, Pussy Riot and the Guerrilla Girls on her pieces. Her pentagram suit II and X Bustier suits easily capture her clients with no wistful glances. In her Leather Core Cage Collection, one of her fiercest pieces has to be the leather symmetrical skirt; allowing patrons to wear it as a vest or skirt piece. This femme fatale wishes to characterize power, intelligence, and a sort of passionate coldness in all her collections. She aspires to portray a natural phenomenon of static electricity between the garment and the individual clothed in it. We look forward to the continued success of Chromat!
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An alumna of The University of Virginia’s School of Architecture (ARCH), Becca McCharen pines towards developing conceptual collections that allow her to do iterations of a single idea. With her interest in fashion and her architectural background, she is able to combine the two concepts into a single creation. McCharen’s desire in building scaffolding is prominently displayed in all her collections, trademarking powerful architectural undertones. This is evident in her most recent collection “Chromat Super Structures: a collection inspired by parametric design and mathematical equations such as hyperboloid structures” – it is beyond your traditional feminine bevy. Accentuated with blunt bangs and fiery orange hair, this siren has been conjuring and managing this distinctive brand circa 2008. Throwing on Beyoncé and Andre 3000’s version of Back to Black, Becca McCharen shares the low-down on her incredible label. Shortly after McCharen built her initial base in Lynchburg, Virginia, she gravitated towards the tri-state area and collaborated with International Playground Showroom, which is now the home of Chromat’s killer wardrobe, nestled in the heart of SoHo. With a full studio in her care, having a runway show in her small Virginian town swiftly became a foreign concept. After five years of co-founding Chromat, McCharen has made a steadfast effort to curate a label that uniquely redesigns itself within her two passions. In the ultimate experiment of putting complex building designs onto the anatomy of the human body, McCharen has provoked a new level of fashion and we are excited to see her continue her series of explorations. Upon inquiry of Chromat’s unique name, McCharen replies by explaining her obsession with organizing colors, detailing the premises of her own apartment, which was originally arranged in multiple colors, but nowadays it’s systemized in monochromatic order. Chromat, which stems from the Greek word chroma, meaning color, is only befitting as her brand’s title. Rather than pursuing her original goal of being an architect, McCharen channels her expertise of incorporating constructive blueprint designs onto smaller scales such as female bodies. This integration quickly became the foundation of Chromat. “It is the same design process, it’s just the difference in sites and scales. Going from concept research and site research into material investigations, it allows me to move forth into creating models
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RICARDO SECO “Absolute Certainty” By J.L. Arevalo Ricardo Seco, an up-and-coming fashion designer from Mexico, has a tattoo symbol on his right wrist, which means “Absolute Certainty.” This is the kind of person he is, and you can see it in his designs. Right before his most recent New York Fashion Week show, he was very calm, completely in control, and admirably down to earth. Let’s get inside this designer’s mind. RAINE: Tell us about your inspiration. SECO: The concept for my design is “Urban Orthodox.” I lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for six months and that’s where I got my inspiration. I had a very good experience living with the Orthodox Jewish Community. I love the black coat, and they really believe in their tradition. They believe in music, the arts, and many things. When they believe it they feel alive, and this is why I call my collection “Alive.”
RAINE: If Michelle Obama came to you and said, “I am not happy with my husband’s wardrobe,” how would you change it? SECO: I like President Obama a lot. I see him in a classic suit but I know he is chic. I would put him in a skinny pants, white shirt with leather jacket. He will look great, and with Converse shoes he would be the most stylish president! RAINE: What do you want people to get out of the collection show? SECO: All communities give you something and you never know. When you see the people you never know what is inside. You have to take the time to know why they dress like that, and I am sure you will be surprised. This is homage to the Jewish people. When I saw them I like what they wore. When I see the hat, I see cool. When you keep your tradition, you will have your own identity. In the end I want the Urban Orthodox to walk with absolute certainty. As for the show itself, it was congruent with his thoughts. The outfits themselves were simple, functional, and tradition-minded – none of the exotic animals, space suits, or intimidating makeup characteristic of other fashion week exhibitions. The models strode out one-by-one as if on their way to school, with leather paneled coats and modern man purse in hand. The monochromatic color scheme never looked so masculine and sharp. Black is the new black again. On each of their heads were tassels and a yarmulke, a symbol and a reminder to that “God is above us”. That it is important to celebrate your heritage and culture. Ultimately, as Ricardo Seco has demonstrated, less is always more, and anyone can afford to be stylish.
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RAINE: You used to have a successful business in Mexico, and you gave all that up before you became a designer to follow your dream. What kind of challenges did you experience? SECO: I was the general manager for an import and export business, but I felt I was not complete, so I went to Milan and studied there. I was a late bloomer; when I started; I was 31 years old.
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When you first meet Daniela Brooker, it’s hard to believe how young she is. Beautiful, energetic, super smart and ultra charismatic, you understand immediately just what it is about her that sets her apart from other young starlets. She’s a charming young woman with a crazy powerful voice, in hot pursuit of her dreams – there is no Plan B for Daniela, and something tells us, she won’t need it. RAINE Where are you from and what is your background? BROOKER: I am actually from a very small town outside of London and my background, well, my mom is Venezuelan and my dad is British and here I am (laughs). RAINE: When did you start singing and who were your influences? BROOKER: Oh god (laughs), I’ve always sung, I’ve been singing since forever, but I sort of started to record music when, I think I was about 13. My mom likes Spanish music; Juan Carlos is one of her favorite artists, and my dad, he listens to rock-and-roll and, he’s into Tupac and stuff like that. But I like all types of music, across different genres. I am influenced by the classics, and I love all the modern pop artists as well. RAINE: Out of the classics, whom do you like? BROOKER: (laughs) You know my influences vary. I like Etta James, and the Rat Pack, you know what I mean, I like Jazz music, but I also really love my bands, like Aerosmith, ACDC and Queen (laughs), you know, old rock-and-roll. RAINE: Out of the modern pop-stars, whose performance style do you admire? BROOKER: Oh, Beyonce, definitely, she has that raw energy, it just so incredible to watch her! But I also like Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stephanie, Shakira, you know, the big divas; they’re all amazing. I also love Pharrell and stuff like that too. RAINE: Do you mimic your performance style after them? BROOKER: Do you mean the dancing and all that? I dance on stage, but I don’t have a routine. I do like to dress up, you know with the big hair and I like to have outfits, but no, I don’t have choreography. I throw in Spanish lyrics in my songs, or a Spanish cover in my sets, that’s something I try to do, definitely. RAINE: You have been performing and touring, whom did you like to perform the most with and what are some of your touring experiences? BROOKER: Well, a little while ago we did a tour with The Saturdays. I was their support act, so that was absolutely incredible, it was one of the most amazing experiences. Touring experiences, oh god, it’s one of the best things for the artists, but we performed in Texas, and where we were, it was a place with house music and when we played our set, people were line dancing, and we thought, “alright, let’s go with it”, but it was pretty bizarre. RAINE: Do you miss your family when you’re on tour? BROOKER: You know, we are such a close and tight family that they sort of come with me everywhere I go; my mom is actually right outside here. My dad couldn’t come this time, but yeah, in my family, we’re all really close. RAINE: How does it feel to build up your brand? BROOKER: I mean, I am a performer, and you know, I hope people like what I do. I am competitive and I’m driven. I actively sought out a producer when I was 13. I’ve been writing songs and meeting with different people to work with ever since, it’s all part of rising. http://www.danielabrooker.com/ Breathe, out July 15th.
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BUILDING A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR “ZINE” BUSINESS Meet ZinePak Founders: Brittany Hodak and Kim Kaupe By Liz Belilovskaya
RAINE: How did you first come up with the idea to start ZinePak? HODAK: I come from the music industry and Kim comes from the magazine industry. We realized that people love reading about musicians and movie stars, listening to music and watching movies. ZinePak is a fun and innovative alternative to traditional CD packaging; each one includes a CD and a small format magazine with original and customized editorial content. We were confident that if we can provide people with incentive to go out and buy a physical product instead of going on line to download it, they would. KAUPE: We started ZinePak about two years ago, in 2011, and it has really grown a lot, sometimes I can’t even believe it. There were a lot of people who said it wasn’t going to work but we’re young and determined. We like to say that ZinePak is for the super fans because we’re engaging fans in a unique and memorable way. RAINE: How does it feel to be on your own? KAUPE: It’s sort of terrifying, you have to start with nothing; no health insurance, no safety net. HODAK: I remember when we were just starting, someone asked us about our business plan. We ran to Starbucks with a piece of paper and jotted down two things: have fun and make money! We came back to the company and showed it to them. “That’s not a business plan,” they said, “with all due respect, this is our business plan, this is how we are going to build our company”, we replied. RAINE: How do you pick your clients, and is there someone you wouldn’t work with? KAUPE: Many of our clients refer us to their friends, so that’s how we get a lot of our business. We try to stay inline with our brand, we analyze each potential client and determine if they will fit in with what we’re trying to do, or
not. HODAK: There was an incident where we had to turn down a potential client because of their legal woes. RAINE: How long did you know each other before you started ZinePak and are you close? KAUPE: I think about 2 months, right? HODAK: Yes. I mean I really enjoy working with Kim; we get along and
work well together. KAUPE: Definitely, if I go on vacation or have to travel somewhere, I know that Brittany will be there, and that I am not leaving the company alone or without supervision. Of course it’s great having that knowledge. RAINE: In business, they say it’s a bad idea to partner with your friends, have you found any truth to that at all? HODAK: No one ever asked us that before! I mean we don’t really hang out socially; we already spend all our time together. KAUPE: (laughs) I love my friends, I think they are some of the most amazing people in the world, but I think I we would kill each other if we had to work together. RAINE: The two of you are rather young and attractive ladies, have you faced any sexual discrimination in your business endeavors so far? HODAK: Yes, a little while back, we were doing a business pitch and one of the men in the room said “it’s (ZinePak) a cute hobby”. We were like “ yeah, thanks, except it’s actually a multimillion dollar business”. The other people in the room were very uncomfortable and apologetic for his behavior. KAUPE: I think that because we’re young women, sometimes we’re not taken seriously. We have to prove ourselves, and we do with our product. The last two years have been amazing!
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ZinePak , pronounced ZEEN-pack, is a magazine package that combines about 64-120 pages of original, custom-written content, with branded merchandise for any brand, artist, entertainment franchise, or athlete. We sat down with the lovely founders of ZinePak for a brief chat about their product, and the company they built in two-years time.
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HEY MISS DJ! MEET VH1’S AMANDA SEALES RAINE: At what point in your career did you consider yourself an entrepreneur? SEALES: I feel like I’ve always been of a business mind. Even when I was a gymnast I would paint designs on hair clips and sell them at the gym. Then I created fancy-schmancy clip holders and sold those at the gym! One Christmas I even made a coloring book and sold it at the gym. I grew up with a single mother who instilled in me early on that I needed to be independent and selfsufficient and using my talents to do so always made sense to me.
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RAINE: What is the most difficult challenge you had to overcome in your career? SEALES: Getting out of my own way. For a long time I didn’t understand how to choose my battles and harness my strengths. I had a lot of people around me that were like zeroes to the left. You know what happens when you add a zero to the left of a number? NOTHING. It adds NOTHING. With some maturity and inspired people in my life my path became clearer and has allowed me the opportunity to hopefully flourish to my potential. RAINE: You were once known as Amanda Diva. What prompted the name change?
BEALES: I turned 30 and it just seemed corny to have a fake name. I want to be taken seriously not just as an artist but also as a culture critic and tastemaker. As long as I had that name it felt like an invisible hand keeping me from elevating to become the woman I’d always hoped to be. RAINE: Tell us how «Death of a Diva» came about? BEALES: I got so tired of watching the incessant fighting and women debasing themselves on TV. Also, when I spoke to my peers many of us kept running into the same issue of being told we weren’t sexy enough or crazy enough to be interesting for television. An agent literally told me “if you had a twin sister and ran a bakery then I’d be more interested in repping you. At least then I could create a show around you. According to your resume you’re just a funny black girl who knows a lot about music. There’s not much I can do with that”. Ridic. I decided that I had to not only speak on the media’s increasingly deleterious female image but also to take matters in my own hands and not just complain but be a part of the solution. RAINE: Share with us three fun facts that your fans don›t know about you. SEALES: I LOVE taco bell. I’d serve it at my wedding. - I can still walk on my hands for a really long time. (Once a gymnast always a
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gymnast!) - I can sing the Greek alphabet. RAINE: You›ve hosted numerous projects throughout the years, how do you stay fresh in the business? SEALES: I honestly have no idea lol. I will however give you this lil nugget, when I’m hosting on TV and we’ve been shooting for hours and I’m tired and over it, to prevent looking like that on camera, during the countdown to action I repeat to myself “kittens and koalas kittens and koalas kittens and koalas”. Because the fact is kittens and koalas are adorable creatures and if thinking of them in all their cuteness doesn’t bring a smile to your face you’re a terrible person. I of course, am not, so every time, without fail, I find myself smiling a genuine smile of joy for the camera and it keeps me looking fresh long after I’ve began running on the fumes of fumes. RAINE: DJ-ing is known to be a male dominated field, however do you feel being a female gives you a competitive edge? SEALES: Oh definitely. Let’s keep it real. Women look AWESOME behind the turntables and a lot of event producers want that awesomeness. However, I don’t in any way consider that to be a pass for mediocrity. I actually feel even more pressure to make sure that I actually DO the damn thing behind the turntables and not just look good while not doing a damn thing behind ‘em. RAINE: How did you land the job as host for VH1›s Master of the Mix? SEALES: I literally woke up on a Friday to an email from my lawyer with an offer aka I didn’t have to audition. The wonderful folks at VH1 suggested me for the position. You have no idea the excitement of NOT having to audition. I did a cartwheel of exuberance in my living room…no really. RAINE: What do you enjoy most about hosting on VH1? SEALES: They like me for me and let me be “me”. They are nice and consistent and the content I’m involved in is thought out and of quality. They’re like the good boyfriend you’re proud to acknowledge you’re in a relationship with on Facebook. RAINE: Where do you see yourself in three years? SEALES: Buying my first property (I found myself in the most POINTLESS conversation outside my building the other day and I realized it’s time to move and gave myself 3 yrs to be in a house!); hosting my own humor based pop culture/news television show, a best selling author, my art/music event (more like an extravaganza!) “Spectrum Funk” expanding from the US to Paris to South Africa, wearing clothes made of my own prints and designs, and accompanying my mom on trips to the places in the world she’s always wanted to go but didn’t get a chance to until retirement! Oh and PAYING OFF MY COLLEGE LOANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RAINE: What›s the best advice you could give to someone looking to break into the hosting world SEALES: Diversify your skill set. I’m a good host because I can read the crowd, speak articulately, think fast, and be funny. I gained those skills partially from hosting but mostly from the other lines of work within entertainment that I’ve explored.
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azneen Contractor surpasses every goal she sets out to achieve, whether it be starring in a major blockbuster (this summer’s Star Trek: Into Darkness), landing a role on a hit show (24), or bringing goodness to those around her. With an incredibly diverse and welltraveled upbringing, Nazneen learned to open her heart to a passion for performing from a young age. She brings this passion to life while working alongside stars like Zoe Saldana under the direction of the one and only JJ Abrams. Her belief in good thoughts, good words, and good deeds makes her a true role model. Follow along as this Persian beauty takes us by storm. RAINE: Tell us what interested you about being an actor? What made you make that leap? CONTRACTOR: I was actually a dancer for many years. I trained in classical ballet and was dancing 10 times a week when I was 15 and loved it! I realized that I was utilizing every part of my body in terms of performing except my voice and so I decided to explore acting and never looked back. I was about to go to a really wonderful performing high school in Toronto and I switched my major to drama. I went on to attend the University of Toronto on a scholarship where I majored in Theater and Psychology, but after one year I was recruited by Stratford, a classical Shakespeare repertory company that had me doing 8 shows a week. Leaving school wasn’t an easy decision to reconcile with my parents, they were very clear I should have a university education. I did go back to school after 3 years of working with Stratford. I ended up booking a series in Canada and was doing homework on set on the weekends. It was very difficult, but I loved learning. That’s the biggest gift you can get as an actress. RAINE: How does your international background influence you as an actor? CONTRACTOR: I was very fortunate that I had a father who worked all over the world and was insistent that his family went with him. Whenever we would take a holiday, we would go together as a family. I was very well traveled as a child: I traveled to Kenya, and lived for 6 months on every single continent before the age of 10 - except Australia and North America. Everywhere we went, we attended school and I feel like that was a blessing. When I was 10, my mother said okay, this enough - we’ll stay in Toronto. It was a double-edged sword. I was able to fit into any environment that I was put in and I was very comfortable around whomever I was with; however, I always felt that I was an outsider looking in. I think that has helped me as an actor. It has given me a different perspective from many actors. I lost my father two years ago and the 3 things he always did were: love us unconditionally, educate us, and show us the world. RAINE: From your perspective, how are performing on television or in theatre different? CONTRACTOR: They’re completely different mediums. You have some parallels when it comes to comedies filmed in front of a live audience. My theatrical training was mostly classical, predominantly Shakespeare. Everything is so much more pronounced in theater: theater is the magnifying glass of acting. I really feel like doing both has benefited me as an actress. I have so many tools in my belt. I can take my performance to that height and level: a mark of a true actor is to do everything and do it well. RAINE: Where are you in your goals as an actor? CONTRACTOR: Your measure of success depends on where you are. When I moved to LA I made a list of all of what I wanted to do. I wanted to land a big American show: I got a role on 24. I wanted to book a pilot: I booked 4. I feel like I’m just beginning because I want to do this until the day I die. What do I do next? That’s the exciting thing about being a freelancer. There is the unknown. You have to have the personality to just go with it. I struggle with that because I come from two professional parents that get up and get their paychecks every day of their lives. It’s very exciting and very terrifying at the same time. RAINE: Where you always like this, a thrill seeker? CONTRACTOR: I was always a performer. My parents got me a boom box when I was 3 and I would make up routines and perform for them. I always had that sense of play when I was a kid. I would play hours and hours on end making up ridiculous scenarios. I always had a fascination of performing and was never shy. When we moved to Toronto, one day my parents found me 4 houses down the street singing and dancing for my neighbors. When I went through puberty I became a little more shy
and introverted. My favorite part of the year was when we did dance performances. I was always told that I had beautiful feet and posture, but my biggest strength was my performance. My love of performance would get me all of these honors and accolades. I always felt that I was on stage and I loved it. I wasn’t always the highest jumper, but I always wanted to tell a story. RAINE: Your name is very unique; does it have a meaning? CONTRACTOR: My names means “graceful maiden”. It’s a Persian name, I’m a Parsi. They’re known for many things: philanthropy, great success, and superstitions. When you have a baby a Parsi astrologer comes to the hospital and tells you what letter your baby’s name should begin with based on when the baby was born. For me it was to be either N or Y. RAINE: Tell us more about what Zoroastrianism is and what it is all about? CONTRACTOR: My religion is believed to be one of the first religions to preach one god, it’s believed to be older than Judaism. The religion is of tolerance: good thoughts, good words, and good deeds. If you achieve those in daily life, you are guaranteed a place in heaven. There is good and evil in this world and it is our choice to follow the good. Charity is a huge component in our religion. We also believe the body is sacred, so there’s no smoking or drinking. We live every day to the fullest and believe life is a celebration. I studied my religion every week and went on to teach it. It’s such an ancient religion, but not a lot of people know anything about it. I am honored to be a part of it and honored to bring it to my family. RAINE: Congratulation on your role in Star Trek. How difficult was it to land that role? CONTRACTOR: It’s actually a great story. I auditioned in December 2011. It was a very special audition because I was 9 months pregnant. I had not had an audition in a long time and hadn’t worked since I was 3 months pregnant. I had also lost my father that year. My manager called me with the audition for Star Trek 2, for this very pivotal character in the movie. I asked, “Do they know I’m pregnant? Do they know I’m really pregnant?” and was reassured they knew I was due in just two weeks. The audition was the next morning, which was earlier than I expected. I hit the worst traffic ever and was running really late. I even called my husband asking him to find me an alternate route, but he reassured me that it was going to be ok. I finally arrived and I was very sweaty and tired. As I’m doing my audition, JJ Abrams walked into the room. After they finished the taping, I was introduced to him. I am a HUGE JJ Abrams fan. I was hoping my water didn’t break because I had to pee so badly. After I left, he asked whom I was. He watched my tape on the video camera and said, “That’s the one”. I have to credit the casting directors to see me beyond the pregnancy. JJ wanted a mother: he wanted someone that would go to the end of the earth to protect her child. RAINE: How was it working with the very talented Zoe Saldana and JJ Abrams? CONTRACTOR: It was great! Zoe was so warm and friendly and sweet and they all wanted to see pictures of my baby. The entire cast is a bunch of young actors that are extremely talented and with a super franchise. They all know JJ and they all get him. He is a very demanding and meticulous director, but he has a huge heart and everyone is on the same playing field. He speaks to everyone with success and sincerity and a lot of heart. I LOVED going to work. It was my first feature film and a great learning experience as well. Here we would shoot maybe one page a day and it was so exhausting - emotionally and physically - especially since I had given birth 6 weeks earlier and it was hard to leave my baby at 6 weeks. I was so vulnerable and open, so exposed that it really added to my performance because I was faced with so many new challenges. Chris Pine was just awesome! He lives in my neighborhood and he was talking to me about my performance and my kid. He is an inquisitive and lovely actor. I felt so lucky and so spoiled. RAINE: What can we see you doing next? CONTRACTOR: I think that I would really like my next project to take me to the next level. I’ve played the daughter, the lawyer, and the cop. I would like my next project to really utilize my new skills as a mother. It should be something where I can bring what I’m learning right now to the stage or screen. I think Star Trek will help me with that because I have a youthful look and the world will see me doing other things. I would love to work with JJ again. He makes it so safe and easy to work with him. It was so amazing. This is life. This is life at its best. You can have it all. A wife, sister, and mother - I want to play every role in every stage in my life - I have to do it all!
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If you spend one second talking to Katherine LaNasa, it’s not hard to see how her enigmatic beauty and charm could easily convince even the most austere of hearts to yield. Quick wit, southern charm and ballet poise have given the New Orleans native and one of Hollywood’s leading ladies, a well-refined grace, but she is also human, and very relatable. “I never wanted to be an actress. It was not something that I set out to do,” she recalls. LaNasa, a classically trained ballerina, studied at the legendary North Carolina School of the Arts which led to an apprenticeship with the Milwaukee Ballet and later, danced with Salt Lake City’s Ballet West and the Karole Armtiage ballet. During a trip to Los Angeles, where her ballet company was being photographed for LIFE Magazine, she met former husband, the late, legendary actor Dennis Hopper – with whom she shares a son. Upon settling in to life with her then husband, LaNasa came across a documentary filmed by Sydney Pollock about the late and great Sanford “Sandy” Meisner. “Whatever he is doing, I want to do that. I want to be in that space and move just like him,” she said. She went on to study at The Neighborhood Playhouse under Meisner to hone her abilities. In the film, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, which is slated for a nationwide June release, LaNasa plays Donna, a small town beauty queen who has returned to her hometown in Alabama to bury her mother whom she hasn’t seen in years. During her return home we see the complexity of her character being the fun loving doe-eyed woman that also exudes a quiet loneliness. “I feel like Donna was the odd man out. Her brothers have this bond that they share from all being in the war together. She’s returning to Alabama from being in Atlanta, where she’s not a big deal, her husband’s a loud-mouth that talks all of the time. But here in this town, everyone loves her. She’s the fun party girl.“ Through her work on Jayne Mansfield’s Car, she gained a mentor and friend in Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thronton both of whom she remains really close with to date. “I’ve been lucky enough in my career to have never been ‘type cast.’ I get to enjoy playing total opposite characters like Lizze on A&E’s Longmire or Sofia on Deception.” LaNasa plays Sofia Bowers, a mad-cap matriarch on NBC’s soap-drama. From the scene when she’s confronted with her husband Robert’s infidelity you instantly know her character doesn’t lack confidence. “She has a lot of self-loathing about who she is. She loves her daughter. I hope that as time goes on they reveal the dark devilments
of her character,” she says.
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When you speak to LaNasa, you get the sense of someone who has lived a remarkable life. Nuances about balance and the “ability to let go.” She believes to live in the moment and that at the end of the day everything will be all right, if you just live. As for advice to hopefuls, “Persistence is the whole game. Preparation is everything. It takes time to know yourself and your instrument. ” When asked if women could have it all? LaNasa says, “I think you can. You make decisions. I think ‘having it all’ is selfdefined. Contentment comes from within. But I do feel that women are in the position to do it.” If there is anyone who can defy the odds and make it so, it is definitely Katherine. **Ed. Note: NBC/Universal Studios decided not to renew Deception for a second season. Photo by Bell Soto
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FUNNY GIRLS RULE THE WORLD! Meet Jen Kirkman By Michelle Winters
Between joining the banter of Chelsea Handler’s infamous round table as a regularly featured guest on Chelsea Lately, performing stand-up at major clubs across the country, and penning her debut novel, the New York Times bestseller I can barely take care of myself: Tales from a Happy Life Without Kids, Jen Kirkman is ushering in the new wave of comedy. Her comedy is unapologetically honest and refreshing. Her hilarious writing can be seen in a number of sitcoms and she shows off her acting chops in the hit spin-off mockumentary “After Lately” on E! - as well as in the cult hit series “Drunk History”. Keep your eye on Jen: funny girls are ruling the entertainment world. RAINE: How did you get started in stand up? KIRKMAN: You have to have a certain form of craziness. When I was little, I was always fascinated by stand up as a kid, but I didn’t know how to go about doing it. It wasn’t until I was in college that I realized that stand up was something you could do for a living. However, I didn’t attempt it until I was done with college. I couldn’t ignore this feeling that I had to do it. The really funny people are the ones that are the quiet ones I remember that I wanted to be the class clown when I was growing up and would do these dumb things that no one thought was funny except me. I failed miserably as being a class clown. I have really close girlfriends and we were all real funny together but I was the only one that wanted to take my sense of humor to the masses. RAINE: Do you ever get nervous before going on stage? KIRKMAN: Yes, I still do. It’s not really stage fright nervousness; it’s more of a gripping sense of concern. I will sometimes get a huge rush of excitement. I hope I always feel something. The last 15 minutes should build. If it doesn’t build at the end then I am kind of screwed, so there are about 30 jokes that I don’t like doing but I know people will laugh at them. As comedians we usually have a parachute in our back pocket. RAINE: Do you have any regrets doing this as a career? KIRKMAN: No. I am lucky that I can do stand up mostly as a career along with my writing job. The last 4 years I have been steadily getting paid. It was a hobby the first 12 years and I’ve never regretted it. I knew how hard it would be and I love doing it. I am lucky I get paid to do it.
RAINE: If you weren’t doing comedy what would you be doing? KIRKMAN: I would love to be working at a magazine or working in the fashion industry somehow. The realistic answer: I would be someone’s executive or administrative assistant. I am organized and know Microsoft Office in and out. I would be miserable, but that’s what I would be doing. RAINE: What has been your most challenging moment? KIRKMAN: It’s hard when you know you are good. I would have friends have me open for them and once or twice a year I would get on TV. I knew people knew I was funny, but I was not yet making a career out of it yet. During the week I would go back to my desk job. That was the most challenging time, the years when I was living a double life and not knowing when anything was going to happen. RAINE: What advice would you give to aspiring comedians? KIRKMAN: There’s no easy way to go about it and no improvements on how to start. Go to every open mic you can and start doing it and do them all the time even if you bomb. Make friends in that community. 42
Those connections are important because it’s who you came up with it and not who you know. Don’t be impatient and don’t send videos to established comedians. You have to grow into your jokes. The jokes I told when I was 22 weren’t funny then, but they got really funny in my thirties. Also, only do it if you could do it without getting paid. RAINE: What has been your most memorable moment? KIRKMAN: Thanks to Chelsea, I got to do a half hour of material in front of 5,000 people and it was great. It was a big, rowdy crowd listening and laughing. It was definitely a highlight. RAINE: We can’t wait to see what you’ll do next! What are your goals? KIRKMAN: I would love to write another book. I already have an idea and am making notes. I would like to do a stand up special, and just continue getting better and doing more. It’s the stand up and the writing that I love the most.
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RAINE: Are there any fun facts about you that fans don’t know? KIRKMAN: I am super into spirituality and self help. I love psychology and love reading those kind of books in my spare time. I am also really into high fashion. I have every fashion magazine and I know every trend coming, even though I don’t wear them. If I weren’t doing comedy I would love to work as Rachel Zoe’s apprentice.
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A CHAT WITH PURGE’S EDWIN HODGE By Nova Lorraine
From humble beginnings to Hollywood, Edwin Hodge has flourished every step of the way. Starring in this summer’s hit psychological thriller Purge, alongside Ethan Hawke, the down-to-earth actor accepts every new challenge with a strength that rivals actors twice his age. See what inspires this rising star to bring his best to every role, both professionally and personally.
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RAINE: You’ve worked on many projects including CBS’s NCIS - what has been your most challenging role and why? HODGE: Most challenging was my role in the Purge because doing this film I actually had to dig a little deeper to bring out what I wanted to express to the audience. The character is such an intricate person and so instrumental to the film. I wanted to make sure that I did my part so the character was believable and able to connect with the audience. RAINE: The premise of Purge is both intriguing and terrifying. What were your thoughts when you first read the script? HODGE: My first thought: “Wow! This is a really sick and morbid film.” Then, I took a more thorough look into my thought process when researching the film. The context of the film relates to other things that may be going on today. It was very engrossing. The family has to morally decide if they want to partake in something they don’t believe in. It shows the power of choice and the power of humility and how to deal with mistakes. We have the opportunity to make a change and do something different even if you feel it’s wrong. It was so gratifying to see the trailer. RAINE: How was it working alongside Ethan Hawke? HODGE: He was one of my favorite actors to work with besides Samuel Jackson and one of the coolest guys you could ever meet. Not many times will you sit down with an actor of his caliber and still be treated as an equal. He was always concerned that we felt comfortable with what was going on in the scene. He wanted to make sure we didn’t suppress our talents. We could talk about whatever and nothing changed about our respect level for each other.
RAINE: What or whom do you draw inspiration from to bring the best to the screen? HODGE: Honestly it’s my mom - my inspiration has solely come from my mom. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. As a family, we were homeless three times. My mom has always been the one person that has given me the strength to keep going. She would always be positive and let me know I could be whoever or whatever I wanted to be as long as I stayed focused and kept my grades up. When I felt like I couldn’t push myself, my mom was pushing for me. She is one of the greatest people ever and I am blessed that she is the person she is and instilled in me the qualities that I try to instill in my friends and the people around me. RAINE: Tell us about some projects you’re working on that are in the pipeline? HODGE: We’re in the process of filming One Heart, a film centered on a Gainesville, Texas football team. It’s a very coming of age project that focuses on a group of teammates. I’m also waiting to hear if NCIS Red is picked up. RAINE: What do you love most and least about what you do? HODGE: I love he idea that creativity is within us. I can transform myself at different occasions from being a doctor to a policeman to being a bum on the street. The hardest part is doubt. A lot of times you doubt yourself because in this industry you hear no before you hear yes. You have to try to get past the idea that someone doesn’t like you or think you’re talented. However, those yes’s make up for the 10 or 20 no’s that you may hear. RAINE: What words of wisdom would you share with other rising actors? HODGE: Always be persistent in the idea that you have set for yourself never let anyone deter you from your goal. If you have to find a different avenue, get there in the most humble and respectful way. Educate yourself about the world in terms of culture and community to prepare you for a possible future role –basically, education, intelligence, and persistence.
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HOW TO DANCE WITH THE STARS G LE B
Raine sits down with the new and sensational addition on one of America’s favorite dance shows, Dancing With The Stars. Gleb Savchenko is an awardwinning dancer and choreographer and was partnered with Lisa Vanderpupm of ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ on the last season of DWTS (USA). Previously, he’s won six Professional Latin Dance Championships, and was ranked 10th in the world by the World Dance Council in the Pro-Latin American division. He’s also an established model and television personality having worked for Hugo Boss, GQ Fashion, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Calvin Klein and “Time Out”. Savchenko has traveled throughout the world and resided in Hong Kong, New York, and Sydney during his appearance on the Australian version of DWTS. He is currently living in Beverly Hills with his gorgeous wife and daughter, but is open to going where the wind and opportunity take him. RAINE: Where are you originally from? SAVCHENKO: I’m from Moscow, Russia. RAINE: How and when did you first begin to participate in dance? SAVCHENKO: I started to dance when I was 7 years old. Russian parents always want to involve their kids in creative circles and activities, so that’s how I started. (Laughs) I also did a lot of other things too, like tennis and swimming. RAINE: When did you decide that dance would be your profession? SAVCHENKO: I realized that I would be a professional dancer by the time I was 14 years old. RAINE: How did you decide that? Was a girl somehow involved? SAVCHENKO: (Laughs) Girls are always somehow involved. No, I realized 44
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that I could do this on a professional level because of the feedback I was getting and how I enjoyed doing it; I realized I had a gift that I could use. I graduated from The Russian University of Theater Arts “GITIS” with a degree in Choreography and thankfully, have been steadily working. I really enjoy it; it’s something I really care about. RAINE: Whom do you admire on a professional level, and whom would you like to dance with? SAVCHENKO: On a professional level, I admire Mikhail Baryshnikov, he just has this precision and emotion, and it’s very impressive. I also think everyone on Dancing With The Stars is very talented. Who would I like to dance with? I think Julianne Hough, she’s just a really great dancer, and you know, I would like to dance with Megan Fox, not for her dancing skills though. (Laughs) RAINE: Do you have other passions, other than dance? SAVCHENKO: I would love to get into acting; I studied acting when I was living in Australia; I’ve had a few hosting gigs, but I have always wanted to start my own fashion line. I really enjoy fashion; I don’t like to dress sloppy, you know? I like looking polished and presentable. No ripped shirts or stains or anything like that. I try to take care of myself, of my appearance and I also like nice things. RAINE: What type of clothing are you considering for business? SAVCHENKO: I would love to start an underwear line. It would be comfortable and you know, sexy of course (laughs). I could market it myself, use my modeling experience and try to incorporate what I’ve learned in this business (laughs). I just think it’s something that I have a passion for, why not try to use it, you know? In the future, I would love to do this and acting.
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A FACE ON ABC’S THE FOSTERS By Rochelle White
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RAINE: You are a versatile actor, what acting method do you find works best for you when on set? LAMBERT: I usually like to read the scene with the other actors involved. It’s important for me to understand the flow of the scene, but each job is different for me in terms of preparation. For example, right now with The Fosters, I tend to read the full episode instead of just focusing on the scenes I’m in. It helps me understand my character’s arc overall. RAINE: We see you have lived in a myriad of places like Louisiana, England, Taiwan, Texas, and Georgia, out of all these places, which one influenced you the most? LAMBERT: I went to Taiwan when I was only about 10, so seeing the other side of the world and a completely different culture at such a young age really humbled me once I got back to the states. It just stuck with me how different things were in Taiwan and really made me develop a love for traveling, and trying new foods and seeing new places. Traveling is now one of my favorites perks that comes with acting and I believe everyone should get out and take a trip or two!
RAINE: Out of the numerous roles you play on TV, which type of role do you enjoy the most? LAMBERT: My favorite roles are the ones that cause you to think and map out. A role where it challenges you as an actor and forces you to step up to the plate and really see if you have what it takes to pull it off. I believe if you’re not being challenged then you can’t grow. Growing in this industry and pushing the limits is very important in the long run. RAINE: What is it like working with Executive Producer Jennifer Lopez on The Fosters? LAMBERT: Jennifer Lopez is fantastic! She is a very down to earth woman, very nice and considerate. She’s done things like send cupcakes and other goodies to the set while we’ve been filming. She’s also just come by at random times to check in on how the shooting is going as well as see the sets - definitely a very cool boss to have!! RAINE: Is there anything about your character “Brandon” on the Foster’s that relates to your own personality? LAMBERT: Brandon and I definitely have things in common. We both play piano and really have an overall passion for music in general. We also both are the oldest in our families so I definitely can relate to Brandon feeling protective over his siblings and his moms. There are definitely enough similarities between Brandon and I that make him such a close character to me. He’s definitely a character I play, but I also definitely have a lot to pull from just in my personal life. RAINE: Which cast member, if any, is most like any of your own real life family members? LAMBERT: Cierra Ramirez who plays Mariana has actually been friends with my real sister far before we even started doing the Fosters together, so I’ve seen her around just hanging with my sister, it’s really funny how she and I now play siblings on a show together after probably a few years of just seeing her randomly so it definitely wasn’t a stretch to view her and treat her as family. RAINE: Are there any upcoming projects that you are excited to give the public an inside glimpsed on? LAMBERT: I did an independent movie last summer that ended up going to Sundance, which was an amazing experience. It’s called The Lifeguard and it was a really special project for me. It was written and directed by Liz Garcia and stars Kristen Bell. I must admit it’s definitely a more mature themed movie but just an amazing experience for me at the time. everyone involved was so great and I walked away learning a lot. RAINE: Though you are pursuing your acting career fulltime, do you have any other passions you would like to share with us? LAMBERT: Mainly music and I’m also interested in screen writing, maybe writing movies someday but for now I just read a lot of books about it and learn as much as I can. It’s definitely a very interesting side of the business creatively to me though. RAINE: With your rigorous schedule, how do you balance work with fun? LAMBERT: I think the key with that is finding your work to be fun, which I luckily do. I love all the people I work with, including all the cast and crew. Everyone is so gracious and hard working and just amazing. It’s hard not to feel so grateful, and to be surrounded by good people all the time. They really make it worthwhile for me, so I guess I just find my work to also be my fun. RAINE: Are there any specific activities or hobbies that you enjoy when not working? LAMBERT: My friends and I like to go on random adventures, road trips, trips to the lake, trips out to Big Bear; we also see a lot of movies but really it’s constantly changing. It’s just whatever we feel like doing at the time. I know a lot of musically talented people though so we do our fair share of jamming as well. RAINE: Last but not least, is there any advice you can give to young aspiring actors and actresses that want to pursue a full time acting career? LAMBERT: I would say if you have a clear idea of what you want do - never doubt yourself, you will make it. It won’t happen over night. It takes many years of dedication, so it’s just one of those things where you have to stay dedicated and find the good in every step of the way. It’s a journey for sure.
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MEET SHOWTIME’S TEEN STAR, EMMA KENNEY! By Michelle Winters and Researched by Christine Perez
At thirteen-years-old, most future entrepreneurs are engrossed in middle school, attending soccer practice, and dreaming of their big breaks. Young starlet Emma Kenney has already gotten hers. At the mere age of ten, she scored a starring role in Showtime’s hit series Shameless and will soon start filming its fourth season. Despite her fame, Emma has remained a normal kid with big aspirations. Keep an eye on this rising teen star! RAINE: What has been the biggest obstacle had to overcome on your journey as an actress? KENNEY: For this season on Shameless, my character Debbie was so exposed and vulnerable with Frank. I had to find a different approach for the character she is usually sweet and loving. I had to train for the emotional change. I would think of something sad or play a song on my phone. I also have an Actress Notebook I use for inspiration.
scenes. I think all actors need one of those experiences. RAINE: Is becoming an actress all what you thought it would be? KENNEY: I thought it would be a lot more serious but instead there’s a lot of fun involved. RAINE: How do you stay grounded? KENNEY: My mom and dad are both far from the acting business and I actually live in New Jersey and go to a public school. I really have very few actor friends, so 99% of my friends are normal teens and they all keep me grounded. RAINE: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? KENNEY: I see myself hopefully still in the acting business. I’d love to have gotten into NYU - the Film School and to have done movies. RAINE: What are your words of wisdom for aspiring young actors? KENNEY: Keep on trying and you will get the feeling when you know an audition is right for you. You should also get out there. I remember this one audition that I worked so hard for. I was flying home from a family trip to Alaska and I got home and found out that I didn’t book it; I was second runner-up. Three months later I had the audition for Shameless.
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RAINE: What projects would you like to work on next? KENNEY: I really want to do film, an action movie one day. My dream role would be something like James Bond or Titanic - something underwater or with water
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by Nadirah Jilaan
Tyler Curran, a 16-year-old athlete on the path to
triathlon stardom began in the sport at the mere age of 8. Tyler
explained that his father was the primary influence on him: “I wasn’t very good at the sport at first, but I did it because my
dad wanted me to.” Tyler originally only competed in 1 or 2 triathlons per summer, but this slowly changed as his passion
Success came quickly to Tyler. He won his first triathlon at age 10. He realized that not only did he have the ability to win,
but this also was an activity he enjoyed. The next year, he competed in the 11-14 age group, which he admits was a major challenge. By the time he was 12, Tyler was fully committed to
racing and training.
Triathlons consist of swimming, biking, and running
and demand intense training. He admits it is difficult to balance training with normal teenage activities: “since we have practice
every night, it definitely holds back on the school work. Also, on
the weekends, since we have practice every Sunday morning,
I can’t sleep over at a friend’s house. Friday, we have practice
at night, so that might prevent me from going out.” With this
busy schedule, he still finds time to play basketball and add to his growing sneaker collection. In all, Tyler has completed 30
triathlons since the age of 12. This past summer, he competed
in the adult male category at the Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon in Sleepy Hollow, NY and won first place.
Every athlete has a part of his or her sport they enjoy
most, and for Tyler, it’s the environment. He appreciates
that his competitors are nice and supportive of one another.
Photos by Carl Curran
However, he confesses that he still gets nervous before each race: “I get very nervous before all of them... nerves give me
energy. ” Tyler shared that not only is he competing against
other triathletes; he is always competing against himself. “You
don’t want to not be nervous and be more laid back and have
a surprise, so when you’re nervous and you’re ready to go, it’s always a lot better.”
Tyler admits that his encouragement comes from
having a supportive family. His father and 11-year-old sister
Olivia are also triathletes and his three-year-old sister Emma may one day join the family sport. His mother is the glue that
holds everything together. “When everyone else is enjoying it,
you can enjoy it that much more. I don’t see myself getting out of it very soon, especially because my family is so involved,” he
shares. His goal is to become a professional triathlete one day.
Tyler plans to compete in the Ironman Triathlon, which consists
of a 2.4-mile ocean swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride, and
followed by a 26-mile marathon run. “Hopefully that day will come,” he says with a proud smile.
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C O VE R S TO RY
McQuiston A Foodie Fairytale By Nova Lorraine photography by Jennifer Kendall
Dress: Suzie Turner; Necklace: Anton Heunis at Maggie Owen; Stylist: Patrice Hall Photographer - Jennifer Kendall Fashion Styling - Jess Broadhead and Patrice Hall Make-up and Hair - Zoe Gale using Mac cosmetics Photography Assistant - Oliver Coltman Videographer - Antony Burger
Things are heating up for Emma McQuiston. The esteemed culinary artist is
not only a rising celebrity in the food world, she is also set to become England’s first black marchioness when she marries Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth in June. The 26-year-old beauty has a passion for helping young girls discover the joy of cooking. Between hosting her own popular online cooking show, sharing her life and recipes through her incredible blog, and planning one of the most exciting aristocratic weddings of the year, Emma found time to sit down with Raine and give us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of her modern day fairytale. RAINE: Tell us about your love for cooking. MCQUISTON: It all started with my mother. She is a very traditional chef. She taught me the basics, how to bake bread. We always cooked for our family and friends and even for events of 100 people. Cooking came naturally and I have a passion for trying new things. I enjoy being in the kitchen. I like to share new discoveries or dishes I’ve invented. I love staring at the presentation of food in the markets. My mom is one of my kitchen heroes: she loves entertaining for a full house. RAINE: What was your favorite experience in culinary school? MCQUISTON: I think it was the new flavors. I went in knowing what I liked to make, but enjoyed learning new skills and experiencing different flavors like ravioli with a saffron cream. I learned how to make South Indian curry. I found it interesting to create my own curry and liked experimenting with heating the coriander seeds with the dry spices. That was the first place I ever did that. Red chili became one of my favorite ingredients: I love spicy things and chili boosts the metabolism. RAINE: How did you get the opportunity to host your own show on E.Food.com? MCQUISTON: Commissioning a show and talking to various production companies takes a long time. My blog has been an incredible outlet for growing my audience. E.Food.com contacted me to references recipes relevant to celebrities while putting together short and seasonal dishes. It’s been about a year now since I started with them. I would love to have my own show where my blog comes to life. People could see my day-to-day search for new recipe inspiration or maybe a travel food show. I’d love to go to Croatia and expose how they prepare seafood because it’s so different. RAINE: What do you love most about hosting your own show? MCQUISTON:It gets easier the more you do it. You have to stay calm and present it nicely and don’t forget to breathe and make sure nothing is on fire behind you. My acting background has really helped. The reaction I get is nice. People are able to get to know what I like from my videos. My audience can build a relationship with me through the show. RAINE: What do you like least? MCQUISTON: It’s the hectic element - just nervousness before the camera comes on or getting tongue-tied while trying to annunciate in front of the camera. Also, continuity is quite tricky. You have to be able to think forwards and backwards at the same time. I’m getting better at it. I hope! (smiles) RAINE: What is your favorite dish? MCQUISTON: I love healthy food. Everything is in moderation, not deprivation. I enjoy Provencal cuisine, Southern France cuisine – the food is amazing. One of
my favorites things in the world is Sea Bass with Chilean garlic wrapped in tin foil and cooked in the oven for 15 minutes. My favorite thing to eat in the summer is raw vegetable with a mayonnaise-like sauce made with olive oil, mustard, anchovy, and pepper. RAINE: How does your cuisine or cooking style differ from most chefs? MCQUISTON: I am quite Mediterranean in my taste in style. My food looks good, tastes good, and it’s good for you. I love food you can pick up with your hand and share. While I enjoy watching the processes and equipment on shows like Master Chef, my style is more homey than that. I’m a cook, not a chef in a restaurant. It’s more free and family style. I try to keep it healthy, interesting, and uncomplicated. I’ve managed to use my passion and turn it into a career. My style is based on how I live in it: I don’t promote anything I won’t do in real life. Hopefully I will get better with age. I’m not saying I am the guru - I just LOVE it! I love sharing what I know and what I do, it’s “friendly” cooking. A lot of young girls my age don’t cook, even if they do they make desserts or pasta. I came across a niche and want to encourage them to make interesting stir-fry dishes or fitness recipes. I want to encourage girls to cook for each other. It shouldn’t be intimidating. RAINE: What is Ceawlin’s favorite dish that you have prepared for him? MCQUISTON: He likes eating very healthy, which is brilliant. He loves kale, roast chicken – we have quite similar tastes. RAINE: Do you prefer cooking for large parties or intimate groups? MCQUISTON: It depends. Once you have gone big, you should go massive. There comes a point where you are just all in. When you are cooking for a lot of people, you have to do something that can stretch. I like to make it versatile when preparing for a big group. I was making pizza almost every day last summer and everyone loved it – I even though of opening my own pizza shop. I wanted to open a frozen yogurt shop once, it’s one of my favorite things, but a perfect location is hard to find in London. RAINE: Do you have a favorite celebrity chef? MCQUISTON: Jamie Oliver. He came out as the unconventional chef when he was young and show his show in a loft. It was very different and now he is an industry in himself, he’s a brand. He has his own culinary school and has quite a following. He’s a really good chef and person – he did a project where he helped underprivileged teens get jobs in his kitchen. He’s the chef who makes me want to cook the most; I’ve watched every one of his shows. RAINE: How will your new life change your career aspirations as a culinary artist? MCQUISTON:Ceawlin is very supportive and what’s brilliant is my job doesn’t tie me to a desk. I’m currently speaking with a literary agent about an upcoming book. I think it’s good that I’m honest with my cooking and that will continue to grow as I grow. I can’t wait to teach my children to cook one day. RAINE: Where do you hope to be in 5 years? MCQUISTON: I’ll hopefully have finished my book and have my own show on television – a travel food show or blog follower show. I’d also like to have a column in a magazine in London or the US. RAINE: What are you most excited about in your new role in British Aristocracy? MCQUISTON: It’s very exciting to be married and the wedding is all about happiness and turning a new leaf and starting a new life. I can’t wait to share all the things I discover after being married on my blog.
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BE AU T Y Sanctuary Camelback Mountain
Relax Your Mind, Let Your Conscious Free:
The World’s Top 10 Most Amazing Spas By John Petty, III
Many often refer to “hard work and dedication” as the ultimate keys to success. And who are we to deem that inaccurate? There are an overwhelming number of instances supporting the very idea. However, if you will, take a minute out of your overcrowded schedule and explore a different perspective. As an entrepreneur, not a single idle moment exists for you…ever. The amount of effort you exert simply trying to wrap your head around the concept of a “break,” is taxing in and of itself. And a day off? That idea is so foreign; there is probably a better chance of you meeting the real Saint Nick. Even with all of that, it is essential to the success of not only your business, but also of your person, to invest in – what I am sure we can both agree, can be classified as “much needed” – down time. Let us help you occupy all the down time you don’t have! In no particular order, Raine Magazine would like to present to you the world’s Top 10 most innovative spas. Oasis Day Spa Location: New York, New York, U.S.A. Owner / Founder: Bruce Schoenberg
THE SPA at the setai
Why not start in our own back yard, shall we? Located in Midtown New York City at the Affinia Dumont Hotel, Oasis Day Spa features over twelve different massage therapies, in addition to other enjoyable and relaxing spa treatments. Oasis Day Spa, founded in 2001 by Bruce Schoenberg, also offers a diverse selection of facial treatments, hydrotherapy and an exclusive fitness center with personal training options. Think of it as thee highly decorated, “all-in-one” option for spa and fitness. Oasis has been featured in Best of New York and received the Day Spa Diamond and the Reader’s Spa Silver Sage Choice Awards. Book your appointment now, and we won’t say ‘we told you so’ later!
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lebua Spa by L’Occitane’ at Devi Garh by lebua, Udaipur Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan, India Owner / Founder: Deepak Ohri In January of 2013, Lebua Resorts acquired Devi Garh of Udaipur and Raine Magazine - Volume 15
reshaped the resort into what we recognize today as Devi Garh by lebua, Udaipur. The spa here is bar none. As the resort itself sits on the outskirts of the major city of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, its position constitutes it as the ideal place to rejuvenate self. “Soothe your body, stimulate your mind and strengthen your spirit” at the fresh facility which offers premiere gratifying treatments in a more than accommodating setting. This utopia features regional ingredient combined with natural L’Occitane products to produce preferential regimen that you won’t be able to forget if you tried. With 5 treatment rooms, 1 cabana, steam, sauna, Jacuzzi and gymnasium, the most difficult portion of your journey, will be coping with the fact that all good things, must come to an end. Argyle Salon and Spa Location: Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. Owner / Founder: The Jeff Klein Hotel Group If you want to look and feel like a star, go to where the stars go to look and feel like the stars they are. Argyle Salon & Spa, located at 8358 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, is the ultimate fusion of dazzle and fitness. With Argyle, we’re asking you to completely neglect every notion you associate with the term “traditional.” Pushing the spa-nvelope, this establishment “redefines the beauty ritual.” They provide a rather extensive service list, including the standard salon and nail care, facials, waxing, tanning and more. If you’re interested in new life, try the Hammam. A Turkish “Bath” method in a low steam-heated room designed to exfoliate and detox your body while your mind takes that break it has been fervently begging you for! Considered a “must,” by Argyle frequent visitors, the soothing warmth of the Hammam creates an unerring way to begin your treatments. Be sure to tell them Raine Magazine sent you. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa Location: Paradise Valley, Arizona, U.S.A. Owner / Founder: The Westroc Group Close your eyes and imagine 12,000 square feet of pure bliss. Now open your eyes. Our guess is your first thought was nowhere close to Arizona…unless…your imagination landed you in Paradise Valley. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa is the closest place to perfection on Earth. ‘What makes this getaway unique’, you ask? Their Asian-inspired spa service packages include one-in-a-million features such as Chakra Balancing, Glycolic Acid facials, and eyebrow and eyelash tinting, among several others. The aesthetics are five-star, as the 53-acre resort features breathtaking natural views, further enhancing your experience. Hey, you! Wake up… We can’t blame you; the mere thought of the visit almost relaxes us just as much. Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort Location: Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy Owner / Founder: Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. Italy. Oh, Italy. The Terme di Saturnia Spa and Golf Resort is located in the rolling hills of Tuscany’s Maremma region. There, you can begin your revitalization with an Oxygen Infusion facial, schedule a Mukha Bliss face massage, and take pleasure in a Golfer Back Massage. This spa has a five-area focus: hydrotherapy, beauty, stress management, massage, and aesthetic medicine; all helping you to achieve that physical and mental balance you greatly yearn for! Their fitness center is state-of-the-art and their thermal waters remain at a “constant” temperature of 98.6° F. It has been coined one of the healing centers of the century. Grab that passport and beat us there! Maui Zen Day Spa Location: Maui, Hawaii, U.S.A. Owner / Founder: Virginia Lacker You can put the passport away for this one. We’re on our way to Maui, where Maui Zen Day Spa awaits our arrival. This intimate gem is everything you need to relieve those daily mental pressures; and they managed to fit the experience of a lifetime into just 1,000-square feet. Their massage therapy arsenal includes the traditional deep-tissue, Swedish, and hot stone in addition to the exotic lomi-lomi, reflexology and couples aromatherapy. The spa’s Signature Zen Massage blends techniques from Hawaiian, Asian,
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argyle spa and European traditions for a full-body massage experience. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention to you, all of their services are available via their Zen To Go feature, which provides the ultimate convenience by sending their therapists to your hotel or condominium by appointment. Don’t worry. They’ll be sure to keep your snoring a secret and to lock the door behind them. The Norwich Spa at Foxwoods Location: Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.A. Owner / Founder: The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe People don’t normally “get away” to Connecticut. But those people don’t know about The Norwich Spa at the AAA Four Diamond Foxwoods Resort and Casino. That wasn’t a typo. Yes, one of our Top 10 Spas in the world is in a casino in Connecticut! Conveniently located on the ninth floor of the Grand Pequot Tower, the spa welcomes you to rest your spirit and breathe easy…offering an all-encompassing menu of services from alluring massages to exquisite skincare. Their detail-oriented salon staff is ready to give you that transformation you’ve been putting off since your senior year of college. On your way out – because, yes, you eventually have to leave – grab some of the spa’s line of private-label body, bath, and skincare products to take a piece of that heaven home.
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BodyHoliday at LeSPORT Location: Gros-Islet, St. Lucia Owner / Founder: Craig Barnard, The Sunswept Estates Would you be interested in an entire resort dedicated to health and wellbeing? We’re talking chemical peels, acupuncture and hydrotherapy, mud, algae and seaweed body wraps on a Caribbean island surrounded by white sand, blue water and perfect year-around weather. If your answer is “yes,” then the 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012 Reader’s Choice Awardwinning BodyHoliday at LeSPORT resort is the place for you! When the Barnard family founded the BodyHoliday at LeSPORT, it was their intention to develop a phenomenon with what they felt were life’s simple core objectives as its focus: relaxation, restorative beauty, exercise and good diet. Beat that, Treasure Island! The Spa at The Setai Location: Miami, Florida, U.S.A. Owner / Founder: Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. Here’s how to make your friends envy you: Share the fact that you spent the last few days ignoring their calls, emails and tweets at The Spa at The Setai Resort in South Beach, Florida. First of all, it’s Miami. Does this spa need any more of a selling point? Each spa suite is equipped with steam and shower units built for two … wink, wink. You have the option to tailor your treatment regimen for a therapist to carry out in the privacy of your accommodations. If getting out is more your thing, take advantage of the personal training and yoga courses administered throughout the day. Being that fine dining is also essential to overall wellness, The Setai offers three top-notch dining options: The Restaurant, The Grill and The Pool & Beach; each featuring a unique feasting experience for which your taste buds will be eternally grateful. We promise you, that your standard fast food will never taste the same. Cleopatra’s Spa and Wellness Location: Wafi City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Owner / Founder: The MKM Group Who are you? Before you attempt to answer, just know that you don’t know yourself until you make your way out to Dubai and discuss life and the pursuit of happiness with Cleopatra, herself. Cleopatra’s Spa and Wellness, located in the center of Wafi City, is an urban escape that is more than just another luxury spa. This aesthetically pleasing health resort epitomizes wellness and encourages the growing health and fitness demands of modern society. After merging Cleopatra’s Spa, Pharaoh’s Club and Hair at Pyramids in 2009, the facility is the first and largest independent day spa in the United Arab Emirates to date. Fully equipped with a massive outdoor pool and lazy river, child-obliging facilities, sun bathing decks, and ravishing landscapes under statuesque palm trees, Cleopatra’s Spa and Wellness prides itself on A-1 customer service, and its avant-garde fitness center. I mean, historically Cleopatra had all the answers anyway, right? Now that you’re bursting with excitement over the potential to enjoy a reflexology massage in Maui, Chakra Balancing in Paradise Valley, a Hammam in Hollywood, and a lazy river in Dubai, doesn’t “hard work and dedication” sound like such an arid obstruction?
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Top 5 Summer Foods for Healthy Skin by DERMATOLOGIST Dr. Michael Spicer Fish Who would have thought that fresh fish is probably the best food for your skin? This food group is especially high in Vitamin D, E and Omega 3 fatty acids. The Omega 3 fatty acid, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), has been shown to block matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). UV exposure from the sun can cause these MMP’s to degenerate collagen and cause fine lines wrinkles. So a little fish in your diet may help you preserve that youthful appearance. Raw fish, like that found in sushi, is one of the best sources of natural Vitamin D, especially herring, mackerel, salmon and tuna. Studies have determined that Vitamin D is arguably one of the most important supplements for general health. Persons with low vitamin D are more at risk for colon, breast, and even skin cancer. So wear your Épicé Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 20+ and enjoy a weekly portion of fish. If you are vegetarian or vegan, I suggest supplementing with a daily dose of 2000 mg Vitamin D3. Green Tea Green tea is an excellent source of natural polyphenols. Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that can help protect the skin against the damaging UV rays form the sun. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, drinking two cups or more of green tea can reduce the risk of developing a particularly common skin cancer, called squamous cell carcinoma, by thirty percent. Of course, for proper sun protection still wear your Épicé Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 20+ or for the sports fanatics, Epi-Dry SPF 50+ sunscreen. Help your skin look younger longer by drinking a couple of cups of green tea can daily.
You are what you eat, and a healthy balanced diet is essential for healthy, glowing skin. There are several foods that you can include in your daily routine to help keep your skin healthy. Fruits We all know that fruits and vegetables are important in a healthy diet, but which ones are best for your skin? A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry looked at which fruits have the highest overall antioxidant level. Antioxidants are important because they absorb and neutralize damaging free radicals from the environment. They found that strawberries had the highest overall antioxidant level, followed by plums, oranges, red grapes, kiwi fruit, pink grapefruits, white grapes, bananas, apples, tomatoes, pears, and honeydew melons. Vegetables Vegetables are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals needed to retain that youthful appearance. For example, spinach is high in iron and sulfur, important in red blood cell formation and smooth skin, respectively. Chili peppers have the highest natural Vitamin C content. Vitamin C is essential in collagen development and with the passing of time and UV exposure the collagen of the skin starts to degenerate. Make sure to include foods high in Vitamin C to keep that youthful appearance. Add color and flavor to your favorite food or salad with yellow bell peppers. Yellow Bell Peppers have over 400% more Vitamin C than green bell peppers. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant, which helps protect the skin from harmful free radicals in the environment. Red bell peppers are the second highest, so the next time you are in the produce section, choose yellow and red bell peppers instead of the usual green ones. 58
Nuts Almonds and walnuts are excellent sources of biotin. Biotin, called Vitamin H, is a must for healthy skin, hair, and nails. As a health tip I recommend 3 milligrams of biotin daily for damaged hair or nails, but a serving of almonds will help keep the skin healthy. Nuts such as walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, and flax seeds are a great source of essential fatty acids and oils. These essential fatty acids are necessary for our health. Humans can’t make them and they must be obtained through diet. Studies show that these fatty acids are essential not only for brain function and cardiovascular health, but they are also necessary to keep your skin looking healthy. Flax seed oil in particular is known as an excellent supplement for people with dermatitis, eczema, and sensitive skin. Much of the skin’s barrier is due to its lipid oil content. These lipids keep the moisture that is in the skin from evaporating, keeping it soft and supple. Many moisturizing skin care preparations use nut oils, such as shea, macadamia, peanut, and safflower seed oils. Some believe that changing your diet to include these polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA’s) can actually help with skin problems such as acne. In conclusion, no one food is best, but if you start a balanced diet using a combination of the above you should notice a difference in your skin in five days. Give it a try! Dual trained in both dermatology and dermatopathology, Dr. Michael Spicer founded the international beauty brand, Épicé International. To learn more about Dr. Spicer and how you can achieve great skin, visit: www.epiceinternational.com
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B EA UT Y | F I T N E S S 10 1
TOO BUSY FOR YOUR DREAM BODY? By Fitness Guru Maik Wiedenbach
“I do not have the time to workout.” is something I hear over and over from prospective clients or acquaintances - and it is true. Implementing a daily or even three times weekly fitness regiment into a week filled with business lunches, late office nights, kids soccer games and the like can seem daunting to say the least. If you don’t have the financial means of a Hollywood star to employ a personal trainer, chef and stretching expert to work in the confines of your home, it can be difficult to stick to a program.
So, what is to be done? Here are a couple of things that I have learned over the years that might be helpful.
• Schedule your workouts: make them visible for yourself and others in your calendar. You must treat workouts as me-time and defend that time slot vigorously. In the end, you will be more productive and happier after you worked out, so your environment does benefit from your egoism.
• Combine exercise and family life. That can be as simple as giving your kids piggyback rides (uphill if you are really adventurous) or taking a family hike on the weekends. This way you will also get your kids interested in a healthy life style without making it seem like a chore.
• Do not join the cheapest or fanciest, but the closest gym. No matter how great the equipment is, it is not worth a 40-minute train ride. After all, the best gym is the one you go to, so make sure it is either close to home or work.
• Get educated about fitness: the more you know about the body in general and yours in particular, the better results you will get. This will result in greater motivation going forward.
• Find a training partner and set up an appointment. If there is someone waiting for you at the gym, you’ll be less likely to simply stand that person up. That can also be a personal trainer with a strict cancellation policy. • Switch it up. The beauty of not being a professional athlete is that we do not have to excel in one particular sport but can choose from many options to train across. Monday swimming, Tuesday boxing, Wednesday salsa anyone? • Time your workouts. Write up your workout, set your phone or watch to 40 minutes, and go. Try to get as many sets in good form as you can during that time frame. The short breaks will give you a nice pump and release endorphins quickly. In addition, a 40 minutes pump workout will seem much more achievable than a monster 10x10 squat session; so you are more likely to do it. • Schedule a photo shoot. In my experience, setting up (and paying for) a photo shoot is one of the greatest tools to get results. In my experience, once someone commits and mentions the shoots to his/her friends, they (the trainee) will be much more likely to be accountable and follow through on the program.
• Have pre-planned cooking days. Lets face it: we eat whatever is there, especially when we are hungry / stressed / tired or all of the above. If your fridge only contains Haagen Dazs and yogurt, well there goes your meal plan. Since it is simply impossible to cook everyday (at least for me, if you can, more power to you) I recommend to set aside 2 three hour blocks during the week where you prepare the majority of your meals. A slow cooker can be a Godsend, simply throw in meats and vegetables for a stew, get some rice at the Chinese take out place and you have a solid base for 10 meals. Note: a wellequipped spice racked is critical to avoid boredom! • Relax: you are not helping anyone including yourself, if you sit in the corner, munching on organic kale chips while judging everyone else. Any reasonable diet should have room for a cheat meal; you are human after all! If you manage to follow some of these pointers, you should be well on your way to your dream body!
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Maik (pronounced Mike) Wiedenbach is a fitness coach and physique architect based in New York City and East Hampton. He is an NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified personal trainer and AFPA (American Fitness Professionals Association), certified nutrition and wellness consultant and weight management consultant. A two-time World Cup and Olympic trial swimmer in his native Germany, Maik founded his company Adler Training in 2006 and quickly became one of the most sought after trainers in Manhattan. As a medalist athlete and scholar, he uniquely combines professional dedication, empathy, and intellectual rigor in keeping up with the latest fitness and health study findings in medical journals. Raine Magazine - Volume 15
R AI N E M A K E R S
FROM WIRED TO WEB 2.0 TO TACKLING BIG DATA
MEET THE ULTIMATE ENTREPRENUER
JOHN BATTELLE By Nova Lorraine
In our era of ultra-connectivity, one man stands out as a pioneer of Web 2.0. Entrepreneur John Battelle is best known for launching standout media properties such as Wired, The Industry Standard, and Federated Media Publishing: all now top-ranking online properties. His insights into emerging trends have made him a leader in all things web. Battelle co-founded and co-hosts the annual Web 2.0 Summit and his next book, WHAT WE HATH WROUGHT will give us a forecast of the interconnected world in 2040. Follow along as we learn more about this tech leader who is definitely ahead of his time. PART 1 - THE EARLY YEARS AND ENTREPRENEURISM RAINE: What was your first entrepreneurial moment in your childhood that you can reflect on? BATTELLE: When I was a kid, one of the things that I used to complain about with my friends in middle school was when our parents would have these cocktail parties, and they would ask us to help them. We would do whatever we could do to not be around. This was the early to mid 70’s. There was a circuit of these parties in our social set. My mom would complain that it was a lot of work, so my friends and I founded Parties Unlimited, and we catered these parties. I did the bar. I was 12 years old. I made the business cards. I was the co-founder. I saw this as an opportunity to turn this negative into a positive. How were we going to get paid, and how were we going to scale it? Thirdly, we looked good in the eyes of our parents and it got us in the middle of the party. It was also pretty easy to steal a few drinks! I ran that for 2 to 3 years... until it became uncool to be doing that in high school. RAINE: Can you talk about your interest in technology as an artifact of who we are and what we do? BATTELLE: I’m obsessed with ad technology right now, not for the technology, for what I think it means underneath. The infrastructure of advertising technology is very complicated. It’s an open platform with all kinds of players from entrepreneurs to fraudsters. It’s 10 times the size of search engines, i.e. Google. It’s how our culture is going to interact with each other: through data. I’m studying it because it’s the next great artifact of our society. I’m interested in how to guide it. And what is the greatest artifact ever created so far? The Macintosh. RAINE: What was the catalyst for creating Web 2.0? BATTELLE: It was an idea. I wrote a piece while teaching at Berkley. I was working with a magazine called FOO, Friends of O’Reilly. One of us had this idea of bringing together a group of really cool people without any agenda. Something is happening, we thought- a second coming of the web. This was between 2003 and 2004. We decided to call this conference Web 2.O. It had a great run for a decade, but I ultimately made the decision to stop doing it because it had run its course, and it was time to do other things.
RAINE: Are certain individuals destined to be entrepreneurs? BATTALLE: Entrepreneurism has become a job description in today’s world, and it’s simply not true. When I did Wired in the early 90s, the first truly crazy thing I’ve chosen to do; we had 300K and 11 people, and I was employee number 5 or 6. I took that job and was so in love with the idea and saw that I was going to be part of building something, and never thought about the consequences (e.g. no pay for 3 months). I never thought, ‘Oh, I’m going to be an entrepreneur now.’ Now, everyone wants to leave business school or any school to be an entrepreneur. It’s like a kid leaving school early to be drafted, as if it is an understood path. It’s celebrated and its hyped. That wasn’t what I was. We go on this path, and we figure out what we are and are not good at and we re-examine it. It turns out that a lot of entrepreneurs stop running things, and then they become venture capitalists; they become the player under a coach or the coach that helps the player. After a couple of decades of starting stuff, you tend have a bit of reflection. I just can’t imagine not being in a start-up and had been working at a ‘real job’ instead. I am fortunate to have made a path, so far, in making new things as opposed to working on others’ in a large organization. A lot of people go through this process and fail. Maybe it’s not wise to for the press to glamorize this. There is a potential downside if you don’t go into it with your eyes wide open: lost relationships, health, time with kids, money, life… PART 2 - THE BOOK RAINE: Has the premise of your book changed since your announcement to write it, back in 2011? BATTELLE: It’s a difficult task to paint a picture of what the world could look like in 30 years. In terms of a premise and starting the narrative, I’ve figured out how to tell the story and I’ve identified a hero. The overarching premise is the same, but it’s still an active work in progress. RAINE: What are some scary or more concerning observations that will be highlighted in the book? BATTELLE: One: As we, as a society, become data-driven and begin to clothe ourselves with data about ourselves and our interaction with others - could be commercial, social or political interaction - as we create information about that, and as it is stored, analyzed and tracked, it is done on systems that we don’t have control over as individuals. It’s not the privacy issue. It’s far more about the individual and the organization and how that social contract is written about this new currency of information. I’m very interested in that piece of the puzzle. I don’t think many of us as readers have thought very deeply about that. We are entering a new era, and it’s extremely exciting the potential of all kinds of opportunities. But we have to think about who is in charge of this information. My concern is when we start adopting systems through
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the equivalent of early lockdown. In other words, getting systems that have closed architectures and, for technical or commercial reasons, there isn’t an opportunity for citizens to have access to their own information…Facebook, for example. The system was built as a closed system. It’s very difficult to get actionable and valuable data that was co-created. There are business reasons as to why they have not made it easy, but I think architectures like that, in the long run, lack innovation. In Summary, do we have an open architecture to control data that is personal in nature, and does it mean something to me personally? Two: I’m very concerned with early policy lockdown. The concern or the fear over privacy tracking creates overbroad legal framework that stunts innovation. In the mid 90’s when the Internet first became a thing, we saw a reaction of society and lawmakers that viewed the Internet as negative. That was society’s view of this strange new dark force of the web. It was a place where child pornographers and fraudsters were waiting to take advantage of you, hence ‘Never put your credit card on the Internet.’ The broad perception was that it was a negative platform that would eventually hurt you. Now, when it comes to the next wave of conversation with ‘What’s next?’ the answer is “data”. Early on it was web pages, but now the world has become all about data. It’s regarded as a negative that data is used to track you. But the legislation shouldn’t prevent the exchange of data in an open system, which would allow for an explosion of ideas and innovations. For example, sharing health data anonymously would allow entrepreneurs to analyze it and generate ideas to better assist in new healthcare innovations. This could allow us, as a society, to create a progression of ideas that could add decades to our lifespan. Right now, we avoid this kind of openness on the net. Three: Finding and describing artifacts that exist today that will be considered artifacts of the future. Programmatic Advertising Technology, computing infrastructure that underpins the display of ads on the Internet, is good example. There is a phenomenal infrastructure of data that decides what ads you see; that infrastructure is an open ecosystem. There is no one actor that controls it. Thousands of companies use it. It’s probably the most intense computational system that has been created on the planet. If anyone wants to start a company and add value to it, they can, i.e. Facebook and Yahoo. Those companies didn’t have to apply to a government agency to do what they did, unlike our current ad system. The 40 companies worth in range of a billion dollars wouldn’t exist without this open eco-system. On the other hand, there is a half billion to a billion dollars in fraud, putting non-human traffic into the platform. They run ads on websites that no one sees and get paid for it, putting
malware into unsuspecting browsers, creating zombies to run pretend traffic over their other websites. That’s the price of the open ecosystem. What we have to do as a society is to police that and manage it and bring it down to a dull roar, just like search engines did after being riddled with fraud early on. What’s happening right now in the open ecosystem of marketing - it’s not just about ads. What’s compelling about this infrastructure is that it’s a response system that can be changed on the fly, as an architecture. It’s open and we can add value to it. It’s also good to determine the right response when you turn up your thermostat. We need a programmatic infrastructure underneath us that is open and responsive to the amount of data that we have access to in the world. It’s a model, moving forward, for how we interact with our energy grid, transportation grid, etc. The current system is closed and inefficient and non-innovative. With regard to government, hackers from the Internet space are taking problems of government systems and solving them in a fraction of the time. What once took 2 years now takes 2 months with a team of 3. Discovery and search, however, are still unsolved problems, because of the amount of information that is put up every day. The amount of data that is put on the Internet is doubling each year. The scale in which this is growing is mind-blowing. RAINE: In terms of social media, do you see the anti-Facebook, the extreme opposite of Facebook, cropping up? BATTELLE: Yes. What we want are all of the benefits- the connectivity, the ability to share and respond, and the sense of community from Facebook, while still having the ability to make it instantaneously go away. Example: why was Snap Chat such a phenomenon? Another example: at a conference, what makes a breakout of 40 people go to a smaller discussion - an instant social network for an hour. We want an interface that allows us to do that without a huge corporation sucking up that data and not allowing us access to it. RAINE: What do you want the reader to walk away with after reading the book? BATTELLE: To keep innovative solutions from being stunted by political and legal lockdown. There is an extraordinary world to be created if we just have faith in ourselves. RAINE: When will be the official release of the book? BATTELLE: 2014 RAINE: Will you be doing a media tour for the book? BATTELLE: Yes. Absolutely!
B US I N E S S Audio books are my latest obsession. I listen to them everywhere: in the bathtub, in the car, at the grocery store. My most recent download is The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake. This story describes the decadence of the 1970‘s and chronicles the rise of Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. In one passage, the author describes Karl Lagerfeld’s method of research. A voracious reader, Lagerfeld purchased scads of fashion books and magazines daily. He was known for buying two copies of each book; one for his library and one to cut up and share with his entourage, including illustrator Antonio Lopez and his creative partner Juan Ramos. It is not unusual for fashion designers to research and study the past collections of others in order to create a “new” collection. Likewise, it is quite common for creatives to gather together to parse out new ideas in groups. However, when inspiration can come from any and everywhere, it can be difficult to determine the origins of a singular creative idea. Recall the legal battle between Iam Flemming and Kevin McClury. In this instance, Iam Fleming, the author of the spy novel series featuring “James Bond” invited Kevin McClury and Jack Wittingham to join him in the Bahamas. During the course of one evening over drinks, the trio discussed plot ideas for an underwater cinematic adventure. By morning, it was virtually impossible to determine who actually “authored” the story. The collaboration soon fell apart. Later, Iam Fleming decided to base his newest book, Thunder Ball on the plot discussed that fateful night. McClury was not amused and later sued Fleming for copyright infringement (among other things). McClury won. And Iam Fleming died of a heart attack soon thereafter. The Flemming/McClury incident serves as a cautionary tale of what not to do when collaborating with others. There is a better approach. By drafting, executing and enforcing sound proprietary information agreements (or non disclosure agreements) creatives can help prevent their ideas from being misappropriated by others. Any idea that is kept secret and gives it’s owner a business advantage over competitors can be considered a “trade secret.” Trade secrets can be protected under contract law, provided they are held in confidence. Before a creative discusses an idea or shares a vital document or electronic file with another, she can present the collaborator with a non-disclosure agreement that articulates the terms of the disclosure. Some of the common terms found in a non-disclosure agreement include a definition of what constitutes confidential information, a purpose statement describing the purpose of the agreement, a term of confidentiality (how long the confidential information should be protected) and a damage clause that lists penalties for unauthorized disclosure. Still, it is important to note that non-disclosure agreements like all contracts, are only as effective as their drafters. Be sure to ask a licensed attorney to assist you in drafting a non-disclosure agreement to ensure that it contains all the necessary terms for enforcement. Also, before you present the agreement to your next collaborator, carefully consider whether the collaborator is indeed trustworthy. It is not advisable to share your creative ideas with anyone you do not trust unless you are willing and able to sue to enforce your rights. Please note that the information provided in this article is for general purposes only. It is recommended that you seek the advice of a licensed attorney in your state before making decisions or executing anything related to your legal issue or base any decision off of the content from this article.
Can You Keep a Secret? by Mariessa Terrell, Esq.
Mariessa Terrell is President of the Board of Directors of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (www.waladc.org). She is an intellectual property attorney, brander and founder of SBC Law Group with over 10 years experience providing intellectual property law services to fashion designers, defense contractors, non profits and start ups. Mariessa endeavors to make the trademark registration process simple and affordable by helping clients select marks that will be afforded the most protection, conducting comprehensive searches of potential trademarks and filing trademark applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to starting her own firm, Mariessa worked as Trademark Examining Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and helped to register thousands of fashion brands including, Revlon, L’oreal, Estee Lauder, Balenciaga, Chanel, Dooney and Burke, Avon and countless others. www.sbclawgroup.com www.fashiontrademarks.biz
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TOYS By Javin Forrest
Ever have one of those times when you wish you had a portable DJ station that fits in your pocket? Well, this summer that wish will come true. Korea’s JD Sound will be releasing a solution to the US in the summer of 2013 called PDJ (portable DJ). This miniature device packs all the bells and whistles that you need to create a groove as a professional DJ into pocket-friendly unit. Designed to offer a plethora of features that you would find in a full sized unit, the PDJ comes with 2 color LCD touch panels. Each panel has a 320 x 240 pixel resolution that allows for menu access, sample control, adding effects, virtual turntables, and more. There are also six rotary controls, independent Play/Pause & Cue Transport buttons (per deck) and a cross fader. There are ports for monitoring, microphone input, line out stereo, and a mini-USB, and as well as an SD Card. It’s LiPol battery will allow you to keep the music going for 12 hours per charge. Dimensions of the PDJ with in at 250 x 66 x 16.8 mm (9.8 x 2.6 x 0.6 in), 286 g (10 oz) and it has 4 GB of internal storage. In short, this is a party in your pocket and would serve as an excellent gift to any music enthusiast. Cost: $600 http://www.jdsound.co.kr/index.asp
Is it a drill, or a perhaps mini jet engine? The HG One is a mix of old meets new. This pristine machine is designed to bring home the quality of a large expensive coffee grinder to any espresso or coffee enthusiast that’s willing to crank away to their hearts content. The construction uses precisely aligned conical burrs that are standard within any good grinder. Inside this beast lays a clean design of hardened steel gears upon a stainless steel shaft that is durable & easy to maintain. It’s good ol’ fashion human strength combined with a futuristic machine to deliver an excellent grind. Cost: $900 HG-one.com
Need a light or four? Coming in at a combined weight of just over 15 ounces is Nitecore’s TM26. This QuadRay Beam Cannon produces a whopping 3,500 lumens, which is comparable to what a video projector in a conference room can put out. It has LEDs so powerful that the manufacturer incorporated built-in electronics to prevent it from overheating. There is an OLED display on the side that will show you how warm it’s getting along with various other settings. This is all controlled from two stage single button switches on the side, which allow you to choose from 8 brightness levels and modes. It has a remarkable runtime of 1,000 hours on a set of four lithium-ion batteries. This is all housed inside an aerospacegrade aluminum alloy that is submersible to up to two meters of water (Waterproof IPX-8).
Nitecore’s Cost: 390 TM26 Nitecore.com
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NEST Most people do not think much of their thermostat at home… until they become
aware that it controls half your energy bill. Meet Nest, the self learning thermostat. This device will not only learn your heating and cooling habits when you are home, but it will also automatically program itself and tune things when you are away. Just use it like your previous thermostat and it will learn each time you set it. It can learn your comfort zone at night and in the morning and it will adapt with your life changes. This smart device also has the ablity to be controlled remotely from anywhere and can be aware of upcoming peak energy periods from your power company. It will then fine tune your heating to use less energy during expensive periods. COST: $249.99 Nest.com
on a bike ride? Why not charge your phone or USB Siva Cycle Atom Going device at the same time? The Siva Cycle Atom can do that
for you. It connects to your bicycle seamlessly and without any tools to provide enough power to keep your device charged on the go. It can also charge a portable battery that you can use with your device at the end of a bike ride. It has a compact design that is durable enough for rain or shine to keep your lights lit for the road and devices charging through each turn. MSRP $105.00 http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/332999904/the-sivacycle-atom-powering-your-life-one-pedal-a
The intricate beauty of a music box is something that will never fade with time., especially when it’s designed by the renowned horological creators REUGE & MB&F. They have taken their 150 years of expertise and their unique and exquisite line of timepieces to create The MusicMachine. This eye-catching vessel first appears to be a cross between an aeronautical hydroplane and a spaceship from a galaxy far, far away. The micro-engineering of the vessel comes with two brass cylinders that play three tunes, each about 35 seconds in length. The left barrel plays two ‘Star Wars’ themes & one from ‘Star Trek’. The cylinder on the right plays Pinks Floyd’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall’, Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’ and ‘John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’. Only 66 of these will be produced. Half will be in white and the other half will be in black lacquer. Cost: $13,000 http://mbandf.com/machines/performance-art/ musicmachine/#/intro
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WELCOME TO MIAMI If you’re looking for a fabulous weekend getaway filled with international glamour, excitement and tons of hotspots, then Miami is the place. In this edition of Eat, Stay & Chill, we’re taking you on a stylish weekend rendezvous through the nation’s most sizzling city. By Milissa Mathai
The Sagamore Hotel JUVIA
WHERE TO EAT The Edge Steakhouse, Four Seasons Miami
The Edge Steakhouse situated in the Four Seasons Hotel with its casual luxe atmosphere is a relaxing break from the high-octane music and décor Miami is known for. Chow down on succulent steaks grilled to perfection and share delicious appetizers like shrimp and grits and baked potatoes with a gourmet twist. EDGE, Four Seasons Miami, 1435 Brickell Avenue, (305) 381-3190
Juvia’s camouflaged, penthouse location provides breathtaking panoramic views of the city and ocean. It’s incredibly beautiful by day, and ultra sultry and romantic by night. Juvia’s Executive Chef Sunny Oh, who controls the kitchen at Nobu for a decade, seamlessly blends the flavors and culinary traditions of Asia, France, and South America. Expect to find mouth-watering appetizers like Causa Croquettes; Sugarcane skewered Hawaiian Blue Prawn, Sautéed Duck Margret and Chilean Sea Bass. But don’t forget the best part: dessert. Those who have a sweet tooth should definitely try the Chocolate Candy Bar or Choco Croustilla - a delicious way to wrap up a meal. Juvia, 1111 Lincoln Road, (305) 763-8272
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WHERE TO STAY The W Hotel South Beach
The notorious W South Beach hotel is known for having one of the most unforgettable views of the Atlantic and has been notes as being one of the most gorgeous beachfronts in Miami. It could make anyone want to settle down and set-up residence in one of its suites. With an in-house Bliss Spa and an impressive list of restaurant partners including celebrity-magnet Mr. Chow and The Dutch, W South Beach solidifies its spot as the choice destination hotel for both W’s jet-set guests and Miami’s most fashionable locals. W Hotel South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, (305) 938-3000
The Sagamore Hotel
The Sagamore Hotel stays true to Miami’s eclectic style by blending the art scene inspiration with contemporary design. Each modern suite is complete with a balcony overlooking the pool and/or the ocean. The convenient location allows you to be steps away from Miami’s hottest clubs and restaurants. Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Ave Miami Beach, (305) 535-8088
WHERE TO CHILL Hyde Beach
Out of all of the clubs in Miami, Hyde Beach at the SLS hotel takes the cake. The chic crowd, amazing DJs and delicious cocktails all come together for an unforgettable night out. Rub shoulders with Miami’s glitterati and dancing the night away in true Miami fashion. SLS Hotel, 1701 Collins Ave, (305) 674-1701
Bal Harbour Shops
The Bal Harbour Shops is one of America’s most exclusive malls and a candy store for fashionistas! From Roberto Cavalli, Calypso St. Barth, GUCCI and more. The tree-lined shopping oasis will satisfy all of your couture cravings. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Avenue, (305) 866-0311
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he name of La Mamounia can be traced back to the eighteenth century. Its story starts with the King Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah who was customary to offer his sons, as a wedding gift, a house and a garden located outside the Kasbah. This is how Abdessalam, Mamoun, Moussa, and Hassan were to become the place names of the gardens that the king would offer them. These gardens “Arsats” are still known today, but only the arsat al-Mamoun was destined to become famous and inspire the name of La Mamounia. It is said that the prince used to hold extraordinary garden parties (named “nzaha” in Arabic) in the park for entertainment, which is now a popular amusement in many Moroccan cities. The magnificent remaining garden of such royal registrar combined with its 8 acres of ground and marvellous flora has the effect of leaving guests utterly delighted with all that they see. From the beginning, La Mamounia proved itself to be a true monument combining the traditional Moroccan architecture with the Art Deco style. From the beginning of its story, La Mamounia has never been large enough to satisfy all the guests who wanted to be accommodated. Until the end of thirties, the hotel had only fifty rooms. But it was expanded in 1946 to include 100 rooms, then refurbished successively in 1950, 1953, 1986 and finally in 2006 for a reopening with 210 keys on September 29th 2009. Throughout the years, visitors from the four corners of the globe come to La Mamounia.
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51 Buckingham Gate 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites & Residences has unveiled its new Cinema Suite, created by acclaimed Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee. A journey through world cinema and an ode to tradition, this 1,832 square foot two bedroom suite, with a dining room, study, powder room and kitchen, has been is designed in tribute to the history of film and takes inspiration from motion pictures across the globe. Aptly, the Cinema Suite opened just ahead of celebrations marking 100 years of Indian cinema in 1913. The suite is inspired most notably by the era of 1940s and 1950s Hollywood and Indian Cinema. Guests will find reference to masters like Ray, Coppola and Bergman in the imposing study, world cinema leaders like Majidi, Wong Kar-Wai and Almodovar amongst the cultured kitch of the living room and echoes of The Stepford Wives in the kitchen. One bedroom is reminiscent of the golden Hollywood era of Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe whilst the other draws on colonial inspiration and renowned Indian artists such as Guru Dutt, Merchant Ivory and Bimal Roy. The suite is a celebration of personalised detail and global culture. Visitors will marvel at breathtakingly rare Bollywood film prints, remarkable history books, vintage mirrors and a myriad of portraits and drawings. From the leather Chesterfield to precious glassware, intriguing art and antique rugs, world arts and crafts are displayed throughout. Each wall is a work of art in itself, with striking Nina Campbell wallpapers in burnt orange, black and red and curios collected from over 32 different cultures. The suite displays sumptuous silk drapery, magnificent oak flooring, priceless antique furniture and ornaments such as rare Chinese porcelain, Bhutanese frames and 1920s embroidered Indian lamps. The Cinema Suite is an urban cocoon featuring cutting-edge technology blending perfectly with the glamorous design. The 85 inch plasma cinema screen, with a 3D state of the art home theatre system, is the biggest private screen in a London hotel suite. The world-class Steinway Lyngdorf cinema system makes for a fully immersive cinematic experience which raises the bar for in-hotel audiovisual offerings. Preloaded with a repertoire of over 300 international motion pictures, books and music, it acknowledges that time is well spent amongst films, art and culture. Whilst utterly different in style, the Cinema Suite is the second designer collaboration for 51 Buckingham Gate, following the autumn 2011 launch of the worldâ€™s first Jaguar Suite which was conceived by Jaguar Design Director, Ian Callum. For more information on 51 Buckingham Gate visit: www.51-buckinghamgate.co.uk
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The Luxury and Magnificence of Portugal’s Five-Star Trio By Barney Lehrer and Jesse Nash
Luxurious five-star accommodations, prizewinning architecture, world-class gourmet food and the finest wines - where are we? St. Tropez? Paris? Rome? Nope! It’s Portugal, the unsung luxury destination at the southwestern tip of Europe. We recently stayed at the “Five-Star Trio” of hotels in three magnificent regions of Portugal. This is a cooperative marketing program which is the brainchild of Chitra and Roman Stern, developers and owners of Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, the relatively new (2010) five-star resort, as a way to introduce visitors to this varied and enchanting country. Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, Western Algarve Known as “Europe’s most famous secret,” the rolling hills, dramatic coastlines and sandy beaches of the Algarve in southern Portugal provide a wonderful getaway spot. And every Portuguese schoolchild knows of Sagres, referred to by early geographers as “the western edge of the earth.” According to popular legend, it was in his villa on the rugged Sagres Peninsula that Prince Henry the Navigator established a school of navigation and mapmakers in the early 1400s; and it was certainly from Sagres that he sponsored pioneering voyages along the coast of Africa. The stunning Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, just outside the sleepy little town of Sagres, is the only five-star property in this lovely, unspoiled corner of the western Algarve. And what a resort! Surrounded by the Costa Vicentina National Park, it’s the jewel of the region, with its opulence, exceptional restaurants, extensive sports and recreation venues, spa and stunning setting. What’s more, it welcomes children and is designed not only for couples in search of a relaxing escape, but also with families in mind. It even offers villa rentals and villas that can be 74
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purchased outright or on “leaseback” terms. In total, between the 38 boutique hotel rooms and the over 150 spacious designer villas, the resort has about 1000 beds. It takes a pioneering spirit and a lot of vision to create a magical place like this from nothing, and sure enough, Chitra, a native of Singapore, and her Swiss husband Roman Stern are a very special couple. Chitra’s father immigrated to Singapore from India, were he still has many business interests. Roman’s father is a well-known lawyer and property developer whose interests include the Liss Ard Country Estate, a resort in County Cork, Ireland. The couple hired award-winning British architectural firm Conrad and Partners to do the overall design and British furniture and interior designer Michael Sodeau for the interiors. The Sterns run the resort with the efficiency and attention to detail renowned in their native countries, while making sure that the renowned Portuguese charm and warm hospitality dominate the atmosphere. And, as parents of four young children themselves, they made sure that the resort is set up to accommodate the needs of families, including play areas for different age groups in all parts of the resort, as well as trained babysitters who take over the kid care when a couple would like to have some romantic moments alone. “We understand the needs of families on holiday,” explains Chitra. “There must be opportunities for children of all age groups, as well as ways for parents to have time alone.” Although the Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel has only been open since 2010, it has already been recognized as one of the top resorts in Europe. Indeed, it won the 2012 Europe’s Leading Villa Resort Award from World Travel Awards. Our motto for this resort is, “Come for the sea, stay for the good life!”
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Convento do Espinheiro, Évora From the Algarve, we drove two and a half hours north to the beautiful ancient university city of Évora, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established as a city for more than 2000 years, Évora became a second home for Portuguese royalty during the 15th and 16th centuries. Around 1400 it is said that an apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared above a thornbush (espinheiro, in Portuguese) outside of Évora. It became a sacred site and in 1458 the local bishop ordered the building of a monastery and church that was to be a home of the Order of Saint Jerome. The Convento was the site of many Portuguese and Spanish kings’ religious retreats and ceremonies. The Order was mostly dissolved in the mid 19th century and the property fell into ruin. Fortunately, in 1999, the Camacho family, from the Portuguese island of Madeira, bought it and planned its transformation into a five-star hotel. In 2005, after painstaking years of meticulous restoration, it opened as the Convento do Espinheiro Hotel and Spa (http://www.conventodoespinheiro.com/en), the first five-star hotel in Alentejo province and a national historic monument. This magnificent hotel offers opulent accommodations, a fantastic restaurant that serves traditional Portuguese food in a modern style, a spa recognized as one of the best in Portugal and many other luxury features. Dinis Pires, the General Manager of the Convento, took great joy in telling us the history of the property. “The Convento do Espinheiro is a national treasure,” he says “and I am humbled to be its caretaker.” He first brought us to the huge vaulted restaurant, which was the convent’s wine cellar. Across a corridor from the restaurant entrance is the magnificently restored church, now a venue for weddings and other religious events. Dinis patiently guided us through the extensive artwork in the church, including its superb tile murals of the life of St. Jerome. We visited the former royal residences, now transformed into suites fit for a king, and then moved on to the bar, which was originally the monastery’s refectory. Before dinner we wandered into the adega (wine bar) for a tasting of fabulous Alentejo wines paired with local cheeses and charcuterie. The adega, which is furnished with stylish alabaster tables and bars, was once the convent’s gothic cistern. Our motto for this hotel: “Come for the history, stay for the luxury!”
Then it was up to the 10th floor, to our stunningly beautiful rooms with balconies overlooking the Marques de Pombal (and most of the rest of historic central Lisbon). The view is fabulous, the room is fabulous, the service is impeccable (the housekeeping staff even neatly folds your clothes!) and the whole atmosphere of the Ritz Four Seasons makes you never want to leave! Of course, most five-star hotels offer good fitness facilities. But the Lisbon Ritz Four Seasons takes the concept of fitness centers to a (quite literally) much higher level. The 7,535 square-foot center covers the entire rooftop of the building, offering breathtaking views of the city and the Tagus River. It features an exercise room, two yoga studios, a 1,313-foot outdoor running track and a fully equipped traditional Pilates studio. What appears to be a beautiful indoor swimming pool overlooking the hotel’s gardens was under renovation during our visit, but a luxurious spa in the basement offers massages, a Turkish bath and a sauna. You can easily spend all day at the hotel, it has so much to offer. And the restaurant! Overlooking Eduardo VII Park and the hotel’s terraces, the Varanda Restaurant features a rich variety of French-style cuisine as well as some authentic and diverse Portuguese dishes. Executive chef Pascal Meynard, a native of the Basque area of southern France, previously owned his own restaurants in Tasmania and the Canadian Rockies and served as executive chef at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Four Seasons Hotel Montreal, Canada. For us he decided on a very French, multi-course gourmet tasting meal of seafood and meats, accompanied by special Portuguese wines. We began with an amuse bouche of foam celery with roasted red mullet with truffle condiment. The first appetizer was ObsiBlue prawn, and the second scallops with caviar Baeri. Then came the first course of roast cod with miso and seaweed salad and crunchy vegetables, followed by a second course of poularde (a specially fattened chicken) de Bresse, with lemon gnocchi and green asparagus. This amazing meal ended with a fabulous desert of made of cheese Bavaroise. Fantastique! Our motto for this hotel: “Come for the comfort, stay for the opulence!”
Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon Towering over Lisbon’s main square, the Marques de Pombal, stands a large, handsome building with a simple sign on top: “Ritz.” This is the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, the premier hotel property in Lisbon. Upon arrival, doormen who already knew our names greeted us warmly, and then walked us into an enormous elegant lobby decorated with spectacular flower arrangements.
What a better way to discover the wonders of Portugal than by staying in style in this five-star trio -- each one unique, each one offering an unforgettable experience. Marvelous in every way -- or as they say in Portuguese, “Maravilhoso!” We’ll be back!
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THE UNIVERSE OF HUSHI ROBOT isual Artist and Fashion Designer, Hushidar Robot Mortezaie creates a fantasy cosmos of wide-eyed child-like illustrations that reflect his own journey of creativity that began in the early 90’s NY Underground fashion/art scene through unique personal style and applauding the fearless outsider who stands out yet finds connection and unity in all his surroundings. His artwork and clothing line. Some of Hushi’s past achievements have been his buying and trend forecasting for the Patricia Field boutique which led to the Japanese Pop phenomenon of the early nineties that took over the U.S. and abroad. He also began the rise of Iranian calligraphy on textiles and initiated a call for the younger generation’s exploration of their middle eastern identity through celebration,art, and transcending stereotype.
“Hushi” Was born In Tehran and immigrated in 1975 to the bay area of California, at the age of three. He attended UC Berkley for Fine Arts in 1991 and moved to NYC for 10 and a half years with his design and business partner Michael Sears. Together they formed the art/fashion label “Michael and Hushi”. The designs were featured in several fashion magazines such as W and Italian Vogue as well as worn by celebrities like Madonna, Britney Spears, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Brad Pitt. Hushi’s signature aesthetic is a collage of multi-cultural critique and the contradictory celebration and negation of beauty and branding. His mainstays are drawing, painting, silkscreen printing, and multi-media collage. His work has been featured in galleries across the U.S., Japan, Europe, Dubai and Iran.
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About the Brand: The Quest for Love, Individuality, and self-expression guide "Hushi Robot" through his voyage into other-worldly dimensions, galaxies and virtual dream states. The Little Boy made up of metal â€œinstalls love and deletes hate â€?wherever he goes. Through his travels he discover other species, absorbs different cultures, and new ways of looking beyond surface and stereotype to embrace all the beauty and originality of the inhabitants that make up the colorful infinite universe of Hushi Robot. The collection can be viewed on www.hushirobot.com and sold only to specialty stores around the world.
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C R E AT I N G A N E W M O V E M E N T I N E N TR E P R E N E UR I S M M e e t P a t t i DeS a nte The last decade has seen a growing number of individuals leave the corporate world to follow their passion. One striking example is Patti DeSante. At the pinnacle of her career, she walked away to launch her company, and then 13 years later made the life-altering decision to embrace a Zen Chaplaincy and Ujamaah. Ujamaah is a conscious business working to create Dream Spaces in developing countries that would utilize tools such as indigenous Hip Hop to ignite each person’s entrepreneurial spirit. The goal – to resource, re-energize and reroute the story of development. DeSante was a solitary child who loved spending time in nature. As a teenager, her independent spirit chose to embrace widely diverse friends from all school groups. Working in a hospice at the age of 14 opened the door to the pursuit of a career in medicine, but several things changed her direction – a love of play, the grind of uninspiring studies and a handsome geophysicist. After taking a geology course, the appealing vision of a lifetime spent outdoors called. Geology, it was. When DeSante graduated, gas deregulation was being introduced in parts of Canada. Working as a Natural Gas Broker became the holy grail. Although lacking the required MBA in Engineering, an innate ability to connect with the right people landed her the job and she quickly became one of the top sales agents. The position came with a lot of creative freedom. “I always worked in non-traditional businesses and we were there to do everything non-traditional we could. It was a blast!” This was the high life of big paychecks, fishing trips, corporate excursions to Disneyland and more. The impetus for change came with the birth of her daughter. DeSante remembers, “As far as I knew this was just a two week blip in my life. But once I gave birth, I put every part of my soul into it. It was the biggest turning point in my life.” The family’s move to a small community on Bowen Island was also profound. The island offered deep friendships with many educated, creative individuals including the executive director of the local Dali Lama Center where she joined an organizing committee. Then came two key mentors – Anne Ironside, a brilliant woman who helped to found the University of British Columbia’s first Women’s Resource Center, and Roshi Joan Halifax who started the Upaya Institute where DeSante would earn her chaplaincy. What drew DeSante to study at Upaya was Roshi’’s focus on using the discipline of meditation to affect change in existing world institutions. Opportunities arose to learn from leading edge neuroscientists, organization gurus out of MIT and international policy makers while working with street kids added a different perspective. All meshed to ignite a new fire. “I felt a growing desire to give a greater voice to these under-represented street-wise youth.” Her world expanded again 78
when Silas Balabyekkubo of Bavubuka Foundation and James Kamau of Canada Youth Initiatives entered her life. The concept of Ujamaah began to take shape. Then came a cutting edge forum where visionary Otto Scharmer from MIT shared, “The future of the world is building enabling spaces to cultivate creative capital.” The term Ujamaah means my economic well-being is interdependent on your economic well-being. Simply put, we grow our wealth together. Ujamaah’s vision on how to accomplish this globally is Dream Spaces. In these centers, language would be maintained, culture respected, creativity and passion encouraged and success defined locally. “These are spaces to celebrate each person’s uniqueness and resource their skills, so individuals can become true leaders in their community. It’s about an entrepreneurial movement that will work to affect change in their relationships and lives – a movement that will shift the political and educational systems that are maintaining the status quo.” To this goal, DeSante brings her extensive 20-years of experience in the corporate world. “I am a clearing house. I know how to form an organization that would connect people, put all their resources in one place and maximize the efficiency of where those resources go – a place of sharing and networking.” On June 15th, Desante launched “InspiredDrive”to generate seed capital for her work. Accompanied by a Hip Hop artist and a Molecular Biologist, the tour will feature dynamic interviews with individuals on how being engaged with something you love can transform your life. Daily written and video updates will be available on
the InspiredDrive website and virtual followers are challenged to help the tour reach a goal of 1000+ people offering $10 each and every day. To follow and be a part of the “InspiredDrive” tour, go to www. inspireddrive.com. More information on Ujamaah’s Dream Spaces can be found on their website at http://ujamaah.tumblr.com/
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by Marilyn R. Wilson
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Colombian designer Adriana Santacruz exudes excitement when talking about her work – eyes flash, hands gesture dramatically and her face glows. No wonder. In her world, fashion is an art form defined by a love of beautiful garments walking hand in hand with social responsibility and a desire to preserve 3,000 year old traditions. Her collections seamlessly blend contemporary concepts with cultural roots. Each garment is a timeless classic created by skilled local artisans. Fashion has always been a part of Santacruz’s life. As a child she would dress friends up in adult clothing and put on shows to rounds of applause. As she grew, a new passion emerged that would define her future in fashion – the desire to rescue indigenous traditions. University studies in Spain led her to research the relationship between scientific knowledge and tribal lore. On return to Colombia, the designer’s successful participation in Expoartesanias and Bogotá Fashion Week propelled her into the media spotlight. She quickly began to garner local and international honors – El Lapiz de Acerro
Azul, Colombia’s highest fashion award; a scholarship to study at the Istituto Marangoni in Milan; the Bienal Latin American prize; an invitation to share the runway with Agatha Ruiz de la Prada: and more. Santacruz’s collection is produced by descendants of her local tribe – the ancestral indigenous culture of “Los Pathos.” Working closely with these aboriginal people brings prosperity and improved conditions to their village while allowing the designer to offer a truly unique line. Local craftsmen work with age-old techniques such as “the art of the four rustic sticks” to weave fabric, which is then dyed using traditional methods. The finished garment offers a beautiful counterpoint to the mass-produced work seen in today’s fashion industry - a play between simplicity and complexity that will surely become a cherished part of one’s wardrobe. Fall/Winter 2013 reflects contemporary concepts blended seamlessly with cultural roots and infused with a hint of the Orient. The collection’s warm palette of fall colours – yellow, brick, brown and black – was created using Ikat, Tie Dye and Mooring
techniques. Hand-loomed fabrics are fashioned into coats, ponchos and wraps. Silhouettes drape softly around the body and have an unexpected swing as you walk. There is a hint of denim as well as a few select separates to complete the looks. Each garment is an artistic composition marked by a touch of the worker’s hands. No two garments are exactly alike. Since 2009, Santacruz has increasingly stepped onto the world stage. Recently nominated as Colombia’s official representative to World Fashion Week 2013, the designer will soon be in Paris for the Inaugural Ceremony. While being an ambassador for her country is a role she embraces with pride, she also welcomes the opportunity to encourage the preservation of culture and traditional skills to a wider audience. For Adriana Santacruz, fashion and social responsibility walk hand in hand and she wouldn’t have it any other way. For information on U.S. distribution please contact Monica Macia at mmacia@ tribalelegance.com . To visit the designer’s website go to http://www.adrianasantacruz. com/.
FALL FASHION preview
At New York Fashion Week this past spring, designers gave us a preview of what will be trending and what must have items you should incorporate into your wardrobe for autumn 2013. Some of my favorite trends were the bright yellows, reds and oranges seen on everything from Nautica's super cool jackets for men to adorable day dresses by Rebecca Minkoff. However, the color that took center stage on many of the runways was the color of royalty. Yes, purple showed it's magnificence in a variety of silhouettes and fabrics. We saw it in fur at the Vexenia show, in tweed on the Richard Chai runway, and on breathtaking dress coats at Ralph Rucci. And the fun has just begun. My excitement soared after glimpsing the clear, yes clear boots on the Ralph Rucci models and the thigh-high boots at BCBG. So, make some room on our shoe shelves because high boots are a must have this fall. For evening, red is always a staple as shown by Monique Lhuillier and Badgely Mischka. For more casual looks for nightfall, Czar by Cesar Galindo and Emerson prove that metallics and textures are right on target for the stylish of hearts.
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Backstage at the Dsquared Show at Milan Fashion Week Design duo Dean and Dan Caten do it again at their most recent fashion show during Milan Fashion Week. Their Fall 2013 collection is all about details and sophistication while being reminiscent of some the most glamourous days of past. Take a glimpse of their vision of what you should be wearing this upcoming autumn season.
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