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FASHION + ART = PASSION: MEET THE TOLEDOS! THE REALITY OF AMERICA’S TOP MODELS ALL THINGS WINE THE UNSTOPPABLE ADRIENNE BAILON AND JULISSA BERMUDEZ

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Sweater - Fred Perry; Shirt - UNTUCKit; Belt - Carhartt; Pants WeSC; Shoes - Dr. Martens; Scarf - C.P.Company; Hat - Wosley Photographer - Jason Jaskot ; Fashion Stylist - Renesstsa Olds ; Men's Grooming - Torrence Forde; Assistant Fashion Stylist - Asheley Reynolds; Models - David Schafer and Fernando Diniz For Q Models

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ROXA NNE NI KKIU N A PO LO GET I C DECAD E N C E BY MARILYN R. WILSON

PHOTOGRAPHER – PAUL JOSEPH, WWW.PAULJOSEPHPHOTO.COM MAKE-UP – BRENDA BAKKER, WWW.BRENDABAKKER.COM MODELS – FEI REN AND CHRIS MCCORMACK, RICHARDS INT'L MODEL MANAGEMENT, WWW.RICHARDSMODELS.COM CLOTHING – ROXANNE NIKKI DESIGNS, WWW.ROXANNENIKKI.COM

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Fashion Designer Roxanne Nikki creates high-end, limited edition collections for “modern men and women who are not afraid to make a statement and embrace his or her identity as an individual.” Offered are edgy silhouettes that exude luxury and glamor – must-have pieces with a European flair that are still functional and easy to wear. They are works of art imbued with the designer’s own passion and vision. From the age of three, Nikki was always sketching and playing with fabrics and textures. Her mother noticed and began turning these ideas into real clothing. Despite this early interest, the idea of fashion as a career didn’t come until she was writing her final exams in University. Design school and industry internships soon followed, with the first Roxanne Nikki collection launching in 1994. Traveling to Europe, including a year living in Paris, added new dimensions the brand’s already unique aesthetic. This luxury brand is “…an unapologetic study in decadence.” Innovative and sumptuous textures, exclusive fabrics, unexpected couture detailing, avant-garde designs and the perfect balance between function and audacity combine to create truly original work that has not only made waves in the industry, but has caught the notice of Hollywood’s elite. Roxanne Nikki Designs can be seen in the movie The 6th Day’s futuristic party scene and in Sony Picture’s ad for The Messenger. A growing list of celebrities have come calling: Carmen Electra, Nicki Minaj, Michael Stipe, Nick Gilder, Photok Romeo Miller, Bai Ling and many, many more. Autumn/Winter 2012 is composed of fashion-forward yet functional clothing for both men and women. Nikki shares, “The inspiration for this collection resonates with my constant desire for originality, luxury, and super chic modernity. I design for men and women who are not afraid to make a statement and embrace their identity as an individual. Every piece I create must have personality, be coveted and be multi-faceted... lifestyle clothing without compromising the glamor quotient nor the power of personality.” Black dominates the palette, accented with striking dashes of bright color. All fabrics were custom made for the designer at exclusive European mills. Most surprising are the faux leathers. They have a beautiful patina but are lighter weight than regular leather, offering more versatility and comfort. A pleated black version used in several designs, including a stunning shrug, is definitely a standout. For women, statement-making outerwear combines perfectly with avant-garde takes on classics such as the “little black dress” and a great selection of edgy mix and match separates – creating looks that are truly modern. The mostly black palette is set off by a selection of high-energy neon faux fur pieces. All garments are multifunctional and many are reversible. For menswear you’ll find, “...a vintage heart in a future world,” with unexpected fabrics, colors and textures. The faux leather jackets and pants stand out in particular. Intricate detailing including zipper gussets, distinctive draped collars and “future retro militant silhouettes” dominate the strong looks offered. For those with a more daring sense of style, several pieces are constructed in a vivid, deep mustard textured fabric. Both collections are sure to find a strong following. Modern luxury, non-stop chic, unparalleled construction techniques and fashion forward yet functional – Roxanne Nikki Designs is a brand sure to rise to the top of everyone’s must-have list. For more information or to shop in the online store, go to website at www.roxannenikki.com.

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Handcrafted Silk Jacket dress with leather trim Anyaa by Elizabeth Anyaa eanyaa@elizabethanyaa.com


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THE UNSTOPPABLE

BY NOVA LORRAINE AND RESEARCHED BY CARLOTTA HARRINGTON

Top and Pants- K. Borgella; Earrings - Betsey Johnson; Necklace and Handcuffs - Laruicci; Boots - Jeffrey Campbell

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Gown - Marteal and Estrada; Headpiece - Sugar Scout; Booties - Betsey Johnson PHOTOGRAPHER: Manny Roman ; MAKEUP ARTIST: Derek Medina; FASHION EDITOR: Renessta Olds; STYLIST: Brittany Morales; ASSISTANT STYLIST: ShiSeer James; HAIRSTYLIST: Johnny Gonzalez

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OCC Tint , KISS NAIL DRESS "GOWN" jeweled strips Photographed by VITAL AGIBALOW for HENSEL Make Up by Kate Romanoff using OCC make up Manicurist - Myrdith Leon-McCormack

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METALLIC LIP TAR in TRIPTYCH, KISS NAIL DRESS "BABYDOLL" Jeweled Strips

OCC LIP TAR™ in TROLLOP, KISS NAIL DRESS "GOWN" jeweled strips


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America’s Top Models CHAMPAGNE DRESS: DOLCE & GABBANA $3,025 NECKLACE: LARUICCI $470; RINGS: LARUICCI $245 Manny Roman Represented by AiR I.N.C.; Photographer Assistant: Angel Guzman; Jaslene Gonzalez Represented by FORD Models Miami; Makeup by Tay Rivera; Hair by Theo Falkner; Stylist Laurean Ossorio


Raine Magazine catches up with three beautiful international faces from America’s Next Top Model. Each have graced our TV sets as some of the most memorable personalities and share with us what they’ve learned from this unique industry platform.

JASLENE GONZALEZ RAINE: What was it like growing up in Chicago as a Latina? GONZALEZ: I always felt like I was fully immersed in my culture. I was a singer and dancer for 12 years, singing and dancing to Spanish music: salsa and merengue. All I knew was how to dance - all I knew was my Spanish culture. I am very proud of being Latina. RAINE: What was your biggest struggle during Top Model?  GONZALEZ: My speech - I had to get over fair of talking I was always afraid of speaking because I felt that I didn’t know proper English or Spanish. I would think in Spanish when I needed to speak English. I remembered that fear – and still now I’m trying to overcome that. Also, I didn’t know who I was at that point in my life. I wanted to come in and be a sponge. I didn’t want to be a gimmick, I just wanted to model. Ultimately, the show is about personality - so I guess overcame my fear with that. I was able to play up both my interior and outer appearance. RAINE: How do your clients or fans react to your lean size? GONZALEZ: Most of the time - they think I can gain a few pounds. However, I never had to deal with eating disorders. I have been skinny all my life and genetically this thin. I have always wanted to gain wait but I’m happy with my size. You really need to understand that eating disorders are a serious disease and that a girl has to not love or respect herself to not feed herself. I am very active and I realize that I represent beauty at the end of the day - I don’t want to represent that. 

: $3,750; CAPE SE DURAN CATSUIT: JO $1,125; PYTHON SHOES: N JOSE DURA AMOND SNAIL EN $1,100; DI CUFFS: ALEX OLCAY GULS LD GO ; SOLDIER $470 CI RINGS: ALEX IC RU LA : LACE SOLDIER; NECK

RAINE: What was the experience like the first sixty days after winning? GONZALEZ: It was bananas. It was insane! The publicist and casting director at America’s Next Top Model was telling me and my mom that they had never gotten the response they got for any other model until I won. The demand for shoots, appearances, and awards - had never been greater! Some included Regis and Kelly, 106 & Park, 4 billboards in Time Square, Seventeen Magazine, Teen Choice Awards – it feels like it was yesterday. (Smiling) RAINE: What is life like after winning Top Model? GONZALEZ: I started my international travels in 2009. It was my first time in South East Asia. I was there for four months, two months in Thailand and two months in Malaysia. After I hit the top in the US and New York, I knew I would only gain more by traveling and going outside of the US. Recently, after going overseas, I was as able to do all the top fashion magazines: Elle Magazine - August 2012, Marie Claire - July 2012, Vogue - September 2012, Cover of New Woman - May 2012. It’s been incredible. The different beauty around the world is so inspiring. I still plan to go out and travel more. RAINE: Do you feel that starting your career through Top Model versus through a traditional agency gives you more or less credibility as a model? JASLENE: This is something that I battled with. As an international model, I have a social responsibility and I am totally honored to uphold and carry that title. I went into it to get a career out of it and that’s what I got. RAINE: Any regrets? GONZALEZ: No. I support myself through modeling. I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. It’s not been an easy ride at all. I’ve definitely had my highs and lows. To make money, I have to develop a great brand and my brand is myself. My business is up to my bookers and managers. I feel like I need to sell a product, I feel like I have something to give to my fans - I have not been trying to capitalize on my celebrity status and just trying to perfect my craft. RAINE: What projects do you have on the horizon?   GONZALEZ: Ron Keen Hair Extensions - I am now their spokesperson. I had long hair at the time when he approached me and I had the fear that the extensions would need a lot of maintenance. They are amazing! They are flexible; you can die them, wash them, and blow-dry them.  I’ve already had four sets of these extensions and lengths (and they all look fabulous. I get compliments all the time and they are so invisible that people can’t believe they’re extensions. 

SILK CAFTAN: PLEIN SUD $1,300; JIM VILLA SHOWROOM 212.221.0525; JEANS: PLEIN SUD $450; avail. @ SHARIS PLACE (516) 4847400; CUFFS: ALEX SOLDIER; NECKLACE WITH DIAMOND AND RUBY TAB: ALEX SOLDIER; SHOES: OLCAY GULSEN $650

RAINE: What about your experience was unique and how have you inspired others? GONZALEZ: The fact that I auditioned in Cycle 7 and didn’t make it and then auditioned in Cycle 8 and won. I went in for the challenge because I wanted to develop as a model and because I wanted it so bad, I didn’t give up. Perseverance is the key to success and I hope my experience inspires young girls. RAINE MAGAZINE - VOLUME 14

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FASHION + ART = PASSION MEET THE TOLEDOS BY NOVA LORRAINE


I watched as the couple entered the room. Mrs. Toledo’s black hair and architectural inspired coatdress is electrifying and Mr. Toledo’s book illustrations on display are unique and distinctive as he. Known by many for her chartreuse-like lace coatdress designed for and worn by Michelle Obama on President Obama’s initial Inauguration, Mrs. Toledo has a history of creating striking couture pieces that always push the limits of design while also offering a new perspective to the silhouettes we wear. Ruben’s hypnotic art spans from illustrations, to paintings to collaborations with other lifestyle brands. He is also the talent behind putting Isabel’s innovative designs to paper. Words can’t express the passion that exudes from this dynamic couple when they’re in a room. Their mutual respect for each other and undying admiration is evident in the incredible work they deliver in both art and fashion. Mr. and Mrs. Ruben and Isabel Toledo, recently spoke to a crowd in The Freedom Tower at the International Miami Book Fair, telling their story and signing their book, Roots of Style, for all in attendance. The International Miami Book Fair takes place annually at Miami Dade College in Miami, showcasing NY Times Best Sellers to first time authors, from all over the world. The Toledos take a moment to share their story of their rise from Cuban immigrants to world-renowned international artists. How soon after marrying did you decide to go into business with each other? RUBEN: We were in business before we got married really… Isabel was already doing costumes for some of our performer and musician friends. She was already doing some interesting clothing and accessories for the best and most advanced shop in the world, which at the time was Fiorruci. I would take them around and show them to the buyers there. I was also doing satirical fashion cartoons- portraits and photography also. ISABEL: It was very informal and in fact I don’t even think of it as being “in business” as we were working together and our buyers and clients were all our friends or became friends effortlessly, most of them we still know today, so it didn’t feel like business. RUBEN: We were very lucky that our careers found us, not the other way around. What are the hardest moments of being partners in business? RUBEN: The financing! There is never enough money when you are self propelled and independent! As artist and creators, we always want to invest back all our earnings into the product, your work, your staff and your workspace!!! Isabel: the deadlines, sometimes I want to keep following a new idea and evolving it but the deadline says not now!

This photo is by RANDALL BACHNER

RAINE: How did you finance your fashion company? RUBEN: From thin air! (Smiling) We have always found a way to make a living from what we each do, so it was a matter of slow growing. We are still in that process after 30 years. We have never had outside financing or investors, not necessarily by choice but we always find a way to make the best of circumstances. From tough choices some real gems are created!! The fact that we were captains of our own ship certainly formed our identity as artists and as a business. RAINE: Mrs. Toledo, how does working with an artist influence your design creations? ISABEL: From Ruben, I have learned not to plan things out so perfectly. He is impulsive with his work; he just starts a painting or watercolor with no pre-planning. He doesn’t over think anything and this has encouraged me to be less of a perfectionist and allow mistakes which can lead to new discoveries. In fashion, new discoveries are what its all about, newness is good for my business. RAINE: Mr. Toledo, your wife is your muse. When were first inspired by her in the artistic sense? RUBEN: From the very day I met her, Isabel completely captured my soul - no kidding; it was complete emersion into love. That’s

a powerful emotion, which of course triggers pretty powerful artwork. RAINE: It’s evident that your connection with each other is very strong. How does your business fuel the passion of your relationship? RUBEN: The great thing is that our business starts with art and creativity, and that is great for your soul. When you’re in touch with your soul you can’t help but grow stronger together. Innovation and creativity are what all companies; all businesses strive for in order to be ahead of the game. When you can combine business with pleasure, you have the best of both worlds indeed. RAINE: How does the business get in the way of your relationship? RUBEN: It’s hard to shut down!! When it’s going well - all is golden, but when it’s tough going, it’s hard to forget it at the end of the day. ISABEL: The good thing is that we are both on the same wavelength; we are both on the same roller coaster ride, and so we both experience the highs and the lows at the same time. It permits a great deal of understanding when your temper and patience is challenged. Learning how to navigate this is a plus. RAINE: What was your biggest challenge in the early years of your business? RUBEN: Again – financing! I could not even get a bank account when we first got married and started our business, let alone try and get a bank loan. It was really hard to join the human race but it did teach us to be resourceful. Creatively we were always taken seriously from the start, but not as a business. I think its still a problem because most people still don’t trust creativity. They view it as the opposite of logic or stability…somehow; they don’t trust creativity as one of the most powerful human resources! ISABEL:  And yet, here we are almost 30 years later without ever skipping a beat! We are still doing what we do, with a great staff of about 20 loyal people, a studio everyone loves to come to work at, and we still love what we do!!! We are very blessed to still be sharing and putting out culture from the heart. We have both collaborated on such diverse products as ceramics, furniture, textiles, theater sets, costume designs, advertising campaigns, books and even film and animation, so its not just fashion but everything else affected by it. RAINE: What inspired you to make the decision to not show your collections during NY Fashion Week? ISABEL: The nature of the fashion business changed radically at that point, in the mid 1990’s. For me, fashion was always about the intimacy of clothes, the emotional ties we feel for clothing is powerful and I understand and honor this aspect. Without that we have only merchandise. By the mid 1990’s, fashion became all about brand building and the corporate fashion conglomerates came into prominence. I cannot compete or outspend the mega brands, so instead I choose to be quiet and not to show my collections on the runways, but to let women discover a new shape or silhouette or textile at the shops for the first time. With no pre-conceived idea of how a dress or jacket should fit, it becomes a personal fashion discovery again, an intimate experience and that is very empowering for women. By not showing to the press first, I have given the fashion power back to women. RAINE: How has not showing in NY fashion week helped your business? ISABEL: It has allowed me to put all my focus and resources into my design work, which is ultimately what women, my clients will purchase. RAINE: What three words would sum up your newest book? RUBEN & ISABEL: From the heart…or do it yourself...or it takes two...or life, love and fashion!

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OFFERING LUXURIES OF A LIFETIME

BY NOVA LORRAINE

With years of experience in the luxury marketing industry, business partners John Aduna and Marc David continue to differentiate their company, Music and Commerce from the competition. Their distinctive company caters to every detail of the affluent lifestyle from luxury travel, personal requests to access to exclusive red carpet events. Music and Commerce is the “go to” company when clients are looking for the most exclusive experiences, handled at the highest level. RAINE: At what age did you know you wanted to be an entrepreneur? ADUNA: I would say when I was in grade school. One of my teachers told me after a class project that I should find a good company to work for. She said having your own business

business at the highest levels. RAINE: How do you stand out from your competition? ADUNA: In terms of execution, discretion and the services we provide, we are a true luxury company when it comes to dealing with this level of clientele.  Most companies in our business do not work at this level. We see ourselves as a real personalized service for those individuals who are looking for this level of access. RAINE: What were some of the obstacles you faced launching your company?  ADUNA: Credibility was a big one. Most of the time we are fulfilling people’s lifelong dreams; therefore, the trust from our clients remains

RAINE: Was there a key person that was instrumental in your life in helping you make your business a success? ADUNA: My business partner who shows no fear and that anything is possible as long as you’re willing to take a chance and think creatively outside the norm. RAINE: What do you like the least about being an entrepreneur? ADUNA: There are no set hours and no set vacation times. A personal life is can be hard since you are always working around the clock. RAINE: Do you have an inspirational quote that keeps you going when you reach a challenge in your business? ADUNA: “Show me the Money” -Jerry Maguire RAINE: What are some of the key pleasures that being an entrepreneur have afforded you? ADUNA: Being able to meet some of the most influential people in the world. I’ve met International Royalty, captains of industry, not just your typical Hollywood celebrities. We have also been able to travel the world and see most things that many people will unfortunately never experience in their lives. RAINE. What three words would you use to describe your business?  ADUNA: Elite - Discrete – Resourceful 

was too hard and wasn’t the right path in order for me to be successful. I guess I always wanted to prove her wrong. RAINE: This is a very unique niche business. What attracted you to this area of hospitality? ADUNA: Having the opportunity in working with very well connected and high net worth individuals. That has helped us in doing 78

the most important aspect of our company. RAINE: What inspires you most from a dayto-day basis? ADUNA: That the company is mine! I give myself daily obstacles that I must overcome and I often do. This way I always keep myself on point for the small details. Creative people also inspire me, in all forms of business as well as trailblazers who think outside the box. RAINE MAGAZINE - VOLUME 14

RAINE: What’s the back-story on the name of the company? ADUNA: Music and Commerce was named after Art and Commerce. That company presented themselves as a unique and high profile company representing some of the top creative talent in the world. Music and Commerce always uses them as a benchmark in our current and future goals. RAINE: What do you want to be most remembered for? ADUNA: That we are a company that clients can always go to in terms of fulfilling their dreams in a trusting and proper manner.

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