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By Janroe Cabiles
PACK: DIGITAL LOVE
Your childhood favorites get a facelift.
PAINT: BARE PLAY
VANITIES: PEACHY KEEN
Show off that after glow.
BEAUTY BITE: FLAIR BLOW DRY BAR
By Celene Sakurako
STREET STYLE GO SEE
By Steph Sison
Moonlighting as a dance DJ and an electronic artist, Chris Baio works through a vampire weekend and shares with us a chronicle of his daily grind through his solo record, The Names.
Take the fast lane let subdued hues on delicate detailing take you to your next stop. By Ricky Michiels
By Raen Badua
By Pola Beronilla
The achromatic scheme lets the clean lines, volume, and structure do the talking.
Messenger Bags Slip-ons
Singing songs by telling stories in layers of hypnotizing synths and hazy beats, LA-based singersongwriter Sophia Black cleverly weaves pretty pictures in range of language and emotions.
With the release of his debut album, genre-defying musician Petite Noir reflects on his success and looks straight ahead into the bright future of noirwave as it makes its way into pop culture.
Strip down and uncover your assets.
With the air of the icons of our past, model Bash Sanchez owns a timeless charm lying beneath his rebellious nature, a dichotomy of power and softness innately reflected in his photos.
GADGETS 21 TECH
Sleeveless Crop Tops
NEW COLOR WAVE
Making moods come to life, filmmaker, photographer, and muralist Jimmy Marble pops positivity and color into every frame with his sun-tainted, New French Wave magic. By Janroe Cabiles
With his personal punch of retrospective color and geometric surrealism, a mixture of rationality and creativity greets the aesthetic of digital artist Daniel Aristizábal. By Ida Aldana
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Relishing in both candycolored sweetness and dark states of torment, artist Yeo Kaa paints perpetual pain and romance found in the sadistic reality that is our world.
By Janroe Cabiles
By Denise Mallabo
HEROES FOR THE DOOMED YOUTH
As The Libertines pledged to sail upon the good ship Albion in their debut in 2002, the four likely lads rocked the boat with the news of a breakup two years later. Returning now with Anthems for Doomed Youth, keep calm and carry on ‘cause the British boys are coming back.
89 DIRECTORY STATUS INVADES 88 SHADES OF COOL
By Pola Beronilla
With her stage name being the love child of two high entities, Angel Haze smokes up beats that rise up with her narrative, cutting the bounds of freedom and embracing her vulnerability for the sake of chronicling her growth and evolution in the most honest way possible.
QUEST FOR HIGHER TRUTH
Fresh off his venture to find his own truth first sought at the seedling of Seattle’s grunge movement, singersongwriter and frontman of Soundgarden Chris Cornell carries on from euphoric mornings to something intimate and free, screaming a quiet fidelity in his album Higher Truth.
Keeping his high-fidelity details the analog way, Vin Quilop’s art lives in shades of blue, everlasting and alive on canvas with his painterly real aesthetic.
THE GREATEST COMEBACK
A behind-the-scenes look.
By Denise Mallabo
about the cover Captured by longtime Libertines collaborator and legendary NME snapper Roger Sargent in the busy corners of Thailand, John Hassall, Carl Barât, Pete Doherty, and Gary Powell find themselves lightly resting on each other’s side, staring straight into the doomed youth in front of a pasty wall.
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we’re all models off duty. smize!
there’s more to what’s in print
who’s spotted partying where
Photo Diary confessional for lensmen
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c ontributors JEFF LIPSKY Before becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest photographers who’s shot Carey Mulligan, Tony Hawk, and John Legend, Jeff Lipsky was an avid snowboarder who worked as a fly-fishing guide in the summer. Now, he’s a cool dad of three kids, who can proudly say that their dad took the photos, musician Chris Cornell (74).
With a playful eye locked into his viewfinder, Danny Kasirye adds a flavor of youth and rawness to his visual stories. Having world with F-Word Magazine, PAUSE Magazine, and FGUK, the London-based filmmaker and photographer mixes soft monochrome and tender light with our male muse Bash Sanchez in Heartbreak Hotel (50t).
Injecting his own style in every look, stylist Brendon Alexander will leave you under his influence as he creates a brand new perspective on the New York city aesthetic through each layer of minimalist pieces, leaving you hooked and begging for more.
RICKY MICHIELS Knowing how to skilfully play with the balance between darkness and light, Ricky Michiels will leave you dazed with each shot. Born in California, the now New York-based photographer will take you coast to coast with a lucid trip through Midnight Express (26).
TRAVYS OWEN Cape Town-based portrait photographer and filmmaker, Travys Owen has become a fixture in the South Africa art scene as his work include shots for ELLE South Africa, GQ South Africa, and adidas Originals. It only makes sense that he delivers a powerful shot of musician Petite Noir (54) from the artist’s revered music video “Best,” which he directed.
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ROGER SARGENT Fully immersed in the punk rock scene, Roger Sargent has made his mark as UK’s most important music photographer. Taking up a documentary photography course, he went on to work with i-D, Rolling Stone, and NME, shooting the most iconic photos of Kasabian, Radiohead, Oasis, The Kooks, Kings of Leon, and Cat Power, including our cover boys (66).
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eing a little bad never hurt anybody—at least that’s how it seems like in this month’s exclusive features. As we explore the roads to sinful salvation, this October, we’re introducing our very first Vice Issue. It’s been a minute since English rock band The Libertines have been on our radar. After traveling the path of critical acclaim, rehabilitation stints, notoriety, and an eventual breakup, the likely lads are back. With the revival of garage rock and a new album Anthems for Doomed Youth on deck, we caught up with the boys as they share with us what it was like during their first reunion show and how their bond gradually developed again. We also got to reconnect with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell about his fourth solo record, Higher Truth. As we talk about his 21-year solo journey discovering himself, his music, and his new audience, Chris opens up about his band being underrated during their time and how it contrasts with how his younger audience view him as a music legend today. Our next Heavy Hitter is still considered fresh in the music scene, but she ain’t short of any life experiences. 23-year old rapper Raee’n Roes Wilson, better known as Angel Haze, coined her name as a combination of spiritual aspirations and getting high off of weed. Though she characterizes her honesty in her lyrics as weakness, she reveals to us the true strength it personifies. From sex, drugs, and rock & roll to sobriety and back, no matter what, our inner demons will always lead us towards our true path.
THREADS / setting / BRICK AND MORTAR / BEATS / SCREEN / INK october 2015
e a star player in the streetwear game and join VAR/CITY. Join the winning team and knock your style out of the park with bomber jackets, structured trenchcoats, textured and paneled sweaters, and unconventional silhouettes in shades of black, blue, white, and red on their roster. varcityonline.com
ut on your war paint and don classic designs and silhouettes armed with elegance with streetwear brand ATTAQUE FRANCAISE’s latest collection. Revamping street essentials with a French touch, they bring a fresh take on pieces like graphic hoodies, pullovers, staple jackets, slouchy pants, and layering pieces with an understated, neutral palette. attaquefrancaise.com
rchitecture merges with high fashion in FORMS STUDIO. Originating from Moscow, the brand combines contemporary designs with architectural aesthetics, textures, and embellishments with the use of custom-shaped leather from Italy, which they then have handcrafted in Spain. Their out-of-the-box designs are sure to whip you into shape. formsstudio.com
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BRANDS TO KNOW
LOAD OF CRAFT
reathe in a fresh batch of OXYGEN as they come out with yet another collaboration with the talented Collective 88. Featuring prints from Filipino artists Luis Lopa, Jayson Atienza, and Chichimonster, their signature silhouettes matched with splashes of color, geometry, and tribal scriptures are ready to give you an art attack. oxygenfashion.com
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
xperiment with Asian street style with LAB RAT’s latest collection. From the Japanese brand’s inclination to detail, chaos and disorder comes off as a little sly and a little mischievous in the streets of Tokyo with ripped, graphic tees and their own twist on classic silhouettes. store.paris-tx.com
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Words by Jill de Leon, Una Ilarde, and Matt Panes
nspired by Jack Kerouac, hit the road in 883 POLICE’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. Born in the 90s by Italian craftsmanship and American culture, the brand lives up to their vision by providing fashion-forward jeans for the bold and modern youth in smart cut denim, fine-tuned jeans, leather jackets, and tees. Fade into these classics and put your pants where we can see them. 883police.com
etting on a stylish wardrobe is now just EA$Y MONEY. Feel like a million bucks in their Signature E Summer collection. Originally from England, the now-US-based brand’s latest collection features T-shirts, hoodies, pullovers, windbreakers, and baseball caps in muted tones and clean silhouettes bound to make stocks higher. shopeasymoney.com
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
et happy and binge on ADER ERROR’s feast of comical food pop art, take-out tags, and ‘90s throwback graphic prints. Savor your Break Time while it lasts with their own spin on funky details on trench coats, sweaters, oversized tees, sport shorts, cropped denims, loose chinos, caps, and canvas totes. adererror.com
atch up your favorite jacket or slap a pin or two on your basic white tee with ROSEHOUND. Taking inspirations from food and retro pop culture, Torontobased designer and artist Megan Campagnolo turned a graduation project into a unique collection of quirky pins, patches, and apparel with references that will have you in stitches. rosehoundapparel.com
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PLACES TO GO
DOMICILLO DESIGN HOTEL, TAGAYTAY O
verlooking the breathtaking view of Taal volcano and lake rests DOMICILLO DESIGN HOTEL along Aguinaldo Highway in Tagaytay city. This contemporary bed-and-breakfast houses eight fully-furnished stylish rooms, designed by some of the country’s most celebrated designers such as Milo Naval, Tes Pasola, and Budji Layug, as well as two restaurants: farm-to-table-inspired comfort food restaurant La Finca and modern Japanese bistro Aozora, and the Domicillo homestore and gallery, which showcases ready-tobuy fashion and home décor accessories. Blending in perfectly with its serene surrounding, the simple interior is marked by unpainted concrete, polished wood, and greenery dispersed throughout the hotel.
KM 58 Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Maharlika East, Maharlika, Tagaytay City facebook.com/domicillo-TAGAYTAY
OOMA, MANDALUYONG S
tep inside SM Megamall to find Japanese rice bar OOMA on the third floor of Mega Fashion Hall. Inspired by the boisterous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, everything from its warm lighting to its concrete-tile flooring adds to the place’s lively ambience. Although casual in feel, the interior is trendy yet bold with décors that include crate seats, rain boots, a weighing scale, and a manhole. Harmonizing new and old, its innovative menu made by Manila’s young rising chef, Bruce Ricketts, has also been creating a buzz. Expect to see classic Japanese dishes like gyoza and tempura with a modern makeover.
3/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall Ortigas, Mandaluyong City instagram.com/ooma_ph
TOO GOOD NOT TO BE TRUE Named after the Japanese word umai, OOMA’s food is as good as it sounds.
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OYAKO DON Smoked marinated chicken served over a bowl of rice, topped with mushroom, micro greens, egg yolk, and crispy chicken skin
SALMON SKIN ABURI MAKI Torched salmon fillet sushi roll with crispy salmon skin, asparagus, cream cheese, and specialty wasabi garlic aioli and teriyaki sauce
BUTA KAKUNI UDON A bowl of thick udon noodles with a plateful of slow-roasted savory pork belly and flavorful seasonal vegetables
GREEN TEA ICE CREAM A sweet serving of green tea ice cream graciously sprinkled with candied cashew nuts
Words by Celene Sakurako
BRICK AND MORTAR
STORES TO SHOP
JUST ONE EYE, LOS ANGELES 7000 Romaine St, Los Angeles, CA justoneeye.com Dime to Drop: P9,200-P2,990,000 ($200-$65,000) Don’t leave the store without: Victor Douieb pop art Rhino sculpture
ucked away amongst the glitter and gold of Los Angeles, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled when looking for JUST ONE EYE. The unique concept store holds together the creative minds in the world of fashion, art, and design under one roof, and with no signage or store window, the store is located inside an art-deco building with locked front doors in West Hollywood. It’s a bit of a hunt to locate the entrance, which is a smaller side door wherein you’ll be greeted by a man in a suit and tie to escort you through a long hallway. Inside, art pieces from artists like Damian Hirst to Andy Warhol and sculptures by Victor Douieb as well as antique chairs, vintage lamps, and designer sofas are scattered all around. If that’s not enough to have you reaching for your wallet, luxury goods by Yohji Yamamoto, Off White, and Valentino, to name a few, hang on matte black metal rolling racks that’ll make it impossible for you to leave the store empty-handed.
Words by Una Ilarde
aving an edge over the competition, online menswear store EJDER brings their passion and rebel hearts into the world of menswear fashion. The online store’s vision of rebellious-yet-contemporary fashion houses some of the new generation underground menswear brands in the game like KTZ, MISBHV, Midnight Studios, and Youth Machine, boasting obscure prints and a fresh approach on classic silhouettes.
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SCENES TO SEE
RE M OTE CO N TRO L TICKET
AMY SCHUMER: LIVE AT THE APOLLO (HBO) Catching the wave of momentum, the wit leaps from inside Amy Schumer to the Apollo in Harlem as she gives her dirty spin on drunken, sex-driven tales. With Chris Rock directing this special, the comedienne stands up from trainwrecks and gets back to taking Jewish jabs and stakes on feminism.
WICKED CITY (ABC) Set at the peak of the party scene in 1980 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles is the true crime drama loosely based on serial killer couple Doug Clark and Carol Bundy. With Ed Westwick and Erika Christensen playing Kent and Betty, the Bonnie and Clyde-like sociopaths fall in love and terrorize Sunset Strip with a streak of murder behind the world of sex, drugs, and rock & roll.
CRIMSON PEAK Guillermo del Toro goes back to his fantasy-filled roots with this horror romance, seeing a young author (Mia Wasikowska) move into her new husband’s (Tom Hiddleston) mansion, where she discovers secrets kept by him and his sister.
FREEHELD Based on a documentary short, Julianne Moore plays Laurel Hester, a detective who appeals for her right to pass on her pension benefits to her partner Stacie, played by Ellen Page, after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
LOUDER THAN BOMBS Recently selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, Joachim Trier’s drama follows Jonah’s reunion with his father and brother, three years after his mother’s death, as they reconcile their different memories of the same person.
PAN Screenwriter Jason Fuchs imagines the origin story of Peter Pan (Levi Miller), fulfilling his prophecy of saving Neverland with James Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) from Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman).
THE LOBSTER Yorgos Lanthimos’ dystopian rom-com drama involves a society that turns people into animals when they fail to find a partner, but when David flees into the woods and falls in love with a loner, they quickly make themselves targets.
KNOCK KNOCK Starring Keanu Reeves, Eli Roth’s second feature film of the year sees an erotic horror flick that tells the story of the night Evan Webber’s life was wrecked by two stranded young women (Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas) who come knocking at his door.
P L A Y BACK A BRONX TALE (1993) A classic! Two incredible actors in a great storyline about love and family.
DO THE RIGHT THING (1989) It’s such a feel-good film. It romanticizes Brooklyn in a way that no movie has ever done for me, and again, the soundtrack is bomb.
AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000) It’s visually stunning, the soundtrack is unbelievable, the wardrobe is perfect, and Patrick Bateman is so likable.
LÉON: THE PROFESSIONAL (1994) A very young Natalie Portman and Jean Reno. It has one of the saddest endings, but it’s also very optimistic at the same time.
EMILY OBERG (Model/Stylist/Designer) BELLY (1998) An obvious favorite for anyone. The opening scene is absolutely brilliant. That acapella version of “Back To Life”? My God.
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Words by Janroe Cabiles
BOOKS TO READ
BOOK M ARK
HOT O F F THE P RESS
M TRAIN By Patti Smith Bringing memoirs to a whole new level is the winner of the National Book Award, Patti Smith, who describes her new book as a roadmap to her life. Smith shows us the important pitstops she’s taken as she alternates between detailing the paths she’s taken in life and her dreams as a writer.
TERRY RICHARDSON: VOLUMES 1 & 2: PORTRAITS AND FASHION By Terry Richardson Known around the world for his iconic style of photographing the most famous celebrities, Terry Richardson has always put together the perfect mix of provocative sexual prowess and glamourous sophistication, as seen in this two-volume monograph of his successful career.
Words by Ida Aldana
HUNGER MAKES A MODERN GIRL By Carrie Brownstein Taking her talents from rocking out on the stage with Sleater-Kinney to pages filled with adventures and her experiences of finding herself in music, Carrie Brownstein lets us feel what it was like growing up in the era where the punk rock movement and subculture would change music and pop culture forever.
PARTY MONSTER: A FABULOUS BUT TRUE TALE OF MURDER IN CLUBLAND By James St. James
mongst the glitz and glamour of the New York party scene shrouded in strobe lights and thumping music is the harrowing truth of booze and busted drug deals. One such deal was that of Angel Melendez and Michael Alig, which ended in Alig killing Melendez. Party promoter James St. James details the true story as it happened and went on to inspire a movie of the same name. Here’s a sneak peek behind those closed club doors: “You have no choice. Play it out. That’s how Michael described to me the moments leading up to the murder. That’s the way he described killing Angel.” “I didn’t have any money and, for the life of me, I couldn’t remember where I lived. And the club I had just left? It had already disappeared.” “He laughed in that staccato, half snort and gulp that is uniquely his. ‘Yep, I got rid of him, boy, once and for all. Skrink-la-da-doo! I killed him.”
F OOT N OTES Terry Richardson: Volumes 1 & 2: Portraits and Fashion is the first monograph to ever show and tell the complete story of Richardson’s career that has spanned more than 20 years.
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MUSIC TO HEAR
P L A Y L IST
MR LITTLE JEANS mrlittlejeansmusic.com
“Just” Bicep This song is new to me, but it’s absolutely irresistible. Perfect 3 AM zombie-dancing vibes.
“KHLHI” Percussions If a groove makes people uncontrollably applaud, it’s a brilliant groove.
“Jungle Boogie” Kool & The Gang A lot of classics are classics for a reason. We covered this for high school jazz band and it was glorious!
“Jam” Michael Jackson I was seven when this album came out, and we very much had it on repeat in the Baio household.
“Computer Games” Mi-Sex It always makes me feel slightly aggressive, but in a good way.
“Temporary Secretary” Paul McCartney Ranked as the #36 all-time McCartney post-Beatles song by Rolling Stone, it’s an ageless classic.
“Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” TLC Or any song by TLC really. It just makes me wanna bounce.
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” Whitney Houston It’s just an ‘80s dancing situation.
“Beautiful” India.Arie The first song I listen to when I wake up is really any India.Arie song. It’s a good way to start your day.
“Building a Ladder” Hiatus Kaiyote The production and arrangement in this song are insane. I can’t put into words how much I love it.
“Sunday Morning” Maroon 5 This song is such a stay-in-bed-until-5 PM song. You just can’t help but feel good after listening to it.
“Hey Love” Stevie Wonder This song makes me smile from ear to ear. I hope that someone writes me a song like this one day.
Better wake up ‘cause AVICII is leveling up his sophomore efforts to bring more Stories to the electronic music universe. Including collaborations with Jon Bon Jovi, Billie Joe Armstrong, Chris Martin, and Matisyahu, the Swedish DJ claims that his latest 14-track LP will be “a lot more song-oriented.”
After Sweet Valley’s split EP with MNDR, Spirit Club’s debut LP, and their collaborative album with Cloud Nothings, Nathan Williams gathers the boys of WAVVES to add another V to their roster. Ditching their lo-fi aesthetic in their fifth studio album, you can never have “Way Too Much” of it.
Go beyond the distance and find yourself at the Zilker Park for the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 2 to 4 and 9 to 11 to enjoy two weekends filled with stellar performances from Foo Fighters, Drake, The Weeknd, and more.
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Straight outta Liverpool, the tide is definitely high as British indie rockers Circa Waves make a final stop in South East Asia to bring their Stand For Something Tour to Manila on October 24 at 12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub in Makati City.
From Wonderland to Neon Future, it’s time to get wet n’ wild with Steve Aoki as the Japanese-American DJ and producer makes a splash in Manila to deliver the ultimate pool party on October 16 at the Palace Pool Club in Taguig City.
Following up 2013’s garageinfluenced Monomania, Atlantic indie rockers DEERHUNTER are now on the chase for a Fading Frontier. Armed with a funky and psychedelic charm, the band’s seventh studio album promises an apparent shift in style, as first heard on their lead single, “Snakeskin.”
Words by Penny Lane
M USIC N E W S
TECH PACK DO W N L OADS
Nostalgia gets a 21st-century upgrade.
LUMENATI CS1 • A cinematic smartcase that turns your smartphones into a portable super8 camera • Equipped with a real-time viewfinder and an intuitive trigger that frames and films a steady, stable shot • Built with a cold shoe that can utilize various attachments from lights to microphones and extra handles for sport shooting
VHS CAMCORDER By Rarevision
SRP: PHP 9,340.86
HOLGA DIGITAL TOY CAMERA • Designed to be a simple point-and-snap device and saves all photos to an SD card • Features a built-in viewfinder and micro USB connectivity for data transfers • Available in four different camera colors (black, white, pink, and mixed) and with a set of accessories, including lenses (wide, fisheye, and telephoto) and external flashes
Travel back to the ‘80s or ‘90s and shoot videos that look and sound like videotape recordings that have been in storage for decades.
SRP: PHP 3,520.43
POLAROID SNAP • Prints 2x3 photos in less than a minute through the Zero Ink Printing technology • Has several simple presets—color, black and white, and vintage—a selfie timer, and a photo booth mode • Takes 10MP photos and armed with a microSD slot that can hold memory cards with up to 32GB of capacity
YEMOJI By Charles Polk
SRP: PHP 4,646.96
THE POOL AOYAMA × ION AUDIO PORTABLE TURNTABLE
Express your inner Yeezy. Never let people finish what they’re gonna text and send ‘em Kanye stickers through this keyboard app.
• Created in collaboration with US-based electronics company ION Audio to present a stylish portable turntable device • Supplied with a built-in speaker for playback, iPad compatibility, and a pitch control function • Works with a dry cell to enjoy music without choosing the place SRP: PHP 9,941.74
CHEAP MONDAY “POCKET OPERATORS” MICRO SYNTHESIZERS • Enables the user to produce and edit music from the product’s adjustable sound pad format • Available in three different models: Operator Drum PO-12 Rhythm, Operator Bass PO-14 Sub, and Operator Melody PO-16 Factory • Can be used individually or grouped together SRP: PHP 3,495.62
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FAC E PA I N T BURBERRY Eye Color Cream in Gold Copper P1487.83
LAURA MERCIER Caviar Stick Eye Color in Rosegold P1388.64
BOBBI BROWN Intense Pigment Liner Palette in Midnight P1785.39
Accentuate your features with light coverage and smudged liner.
YVES SAINT LAURENT Rouge Pur Couture—Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain in Guilty Coral P1785.39
MAC 267 Curved Angle Eyeliner Brush P1151.76
TORY BURCH Cat’s Meow Lip & Cheek Tint P1884.58
HOURGLASS COSMETICS Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light P2479.71 DIOR Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Invisible Powder in Medium Beige P2678.00
CLINIQUE SuperFine Liner for Brows P767.84
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LANCÔME Sourcils Waterproof Eyebrow Gel-Cream in Taupe P1190.26
Runway photo from Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2015
MAC Upward Lash in Upwardblack P1091.00
VANI T IES hair fragrances
With notes of Italian-Mandarin and Indonesian patchouli essences and Damascus rose absolute, MISS DIOR HAIR MIST SPRAY is your hair’s very own little black dress–with a scent that’s perfect for any occasion.
PEACHY KEEN Expert Advice
Add a flush of excitement to your skin with the BOBBI BROWN Limited Edition Cheek Palettes. With each palette’s neutral, vibrant, and highlighting blushes that you can layer however you want, the palettes also come in three different hues to give any complexion a gorgeous, natural glow that everyone else will lust after.
Use a shimmery powder to highlight the highest point of your cheekbones for a more defined, chiseled look.
Now, you can literally wear your scent from head to toe. CHANEL COCO MADEMOISELLE HAIR MIST is a perfect match for the luxury brand’s body cream, face mist, and perfume.
Bask in the elegant fragrance of BURBERRY BRIT RHYTHM HAIR MIST’s notes of British lavender, pink peppercorn, orange blossom, and orris, as well as a baseline of vetiver and musk.
FLAIR BLOW DRY BAR
Words by Jill de Leon
ump up the volume at FLAIR BLOW DRY BAR. Located in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, the salon’s dominantly white interior with splashes of neon green and cool hues of blue will get you relaxed and ready for their wide variety of blowouts and hair treatments. From an everyday look, to “Messy Chic,” “Glamorous Curls,” “Old Hollywood Waves,” and “Sleek & Straight,” you can change up your look as often as you’d like. 2/F Eight Forbestown Road, Forbestown Center, BGC Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City (02) 621 4129 flair.ph
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GO S E E
Let stripes and bold colors rule your everydayâ€Żensembles. Photos courtesy of lookbook.nu
Blogger Paul Conrad Schneider gives us the green light on pops of color. @paulconradschneider
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These palazzo pants on RACHEL LI are a stroke ofâ€Żgenius. @lovefrom_rachel
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Photographed by Ricky Michiels Styled by Jungle Lin
top by Paul Smith pants by Dahlia
top and skirt by Lafayette 148 New York
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dress by River Island
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top by Paul Smith pants by Dahlia shoes by Christian Louboutin
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jacket, shoes, and dress by Ash Studio Paris flannel shirt by Leviâ€™s
top and skirt by Lafayette 148 New York Hair and Makeup Shay Garcia Model Rachel Cohen @ MSA Models
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NEU TRAL GRO UND Photographed by Raen Badua Styled by Brendon Alexander
top and overalls by Ddugoff
From left to right: top and overalls by Djacket shirt by Ddugoff pants by Leviâ€™s shoes by Won Hundreds top and overalls by Ddugoff shoes by Dr. Martens
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coat by DDugoff gloves by Issey Miyaki
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coat by Soul Land shirt by DDUGOFF hat by Wood Wood socks by Falke shoes by Dr. Martens
Models Cody Gilman and Nick Lagerburg of New York Model Management
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SWAG oc tober
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MATCH POINT Pair up with these messenger bags, bomber jackets, jean joggers, leather slip-ons, crop tops, round sunglasses, printed trousers, and sandal heels that leave you on aÂ high. Product photography by Ian CastaĂąares
Top and skirt by H&M [P3,795]
BO M BER J A C K ET S
FLIGHT RISK The skyâ€™s the limit with bomber jackets.
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HEARTBREAK HOTEL Belonging to the London alleys and streets, BASH SANCHEZ splits his dichotomy of power and softness down the center with a raw mystery. By Janroe Cabiles Photographed by Danny Kasirye and Hamish Stephenson
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ike the icons of the past, Bash Sanchez’s pensive expression cast on his defined features tends to leave you wondering. Paired with his London-tainted style, strong jawline, and defined cheek bones, he has a way of transforming his presence into a poetic mood, bringing a tender rawness to the lens. A timeless charm lying beneath the surface reveals a quiet chaos in the laidback renegade. Aligned with what was to be his full-time career, his modeling preceded his intentions before he was even born. “I actually started whilst my mother was pregnant with me–she’s a model as well. But as a child, I did shoots here and there that she would arrange. Growing up in West Sussex, it wasn’t until I moved back to London for university when I decided to give modeling a proper go, and I’ve taken it full-time ever since.” Working with photographers Laura Jiménez, Nir Sarig, Renee de
Groot, and Iakovos Kalaitzakis, as well as being featured in publications Carbon Copy Magazine, Boys By Girls, Fashionisto, Fucking Young!, Pause Magazine, and GRIND Magazine, he’s become recognizable by working with brands Killion, MOSS, Onitsuka Tiger, ADYN, Urban Outfitters, and TONI&GUY. “If I’m honest, my first proper shoot made me realize I had a lot to work on,” Bash recalls. “I was lucky enough to have worked with Iakovos. He helped me be a lot more confident, which acted as a motive to stick at modeling. But I have to say my trip for the Onitsuka Tiger campaign has been the most memorable shoot. I had always dreamed of going to New York for a job and stay in Manhattan–that was special for me.” His alluring coyness is what lets on in his photographs, a quiet, powerful air that he sets on film. “I have an idea of how I want to look. I know my bad and good side, and maybe a look that I want in a photo that I haven’t done yet. But I also like the photographer to direct me and draw out what they want. A lot of the time, it’s a blend of the two.” With more projects coming his way for the next year, Bash takes each day as it comes. “To any model starting out, be open and willing to get out of your comfort zone, because it’s going to happen one day or another. Be humble, because apparently we have a bad stigma around us. I’ve found that people are surprised to find humble male models, so I try to stay as down to earth as possible.”
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GOD SAVE THE QUEEN
I love both LA and NY, but nothing will beat London. I was born here and this is my home, so as much as I want to travel, I’ll always live in London. Being part-Spanish, a lot of my holidays were spent there growing up. I’ll always go back to Ibiza as we have a place there–it’s like a home away from home.
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As a model, I should really be saying that walking for Saint Laurent in Paris or working with Rick Owens, Riccardo Tisci, etc. is a dream of mine–but don’t get me wrong, I do dream of working with them. However in this climate and time in my life, it would have to be Kanye West. He’s been an idol of mine since I first heard “Through the Wire.” With his venture into fashion, working for him would be the dream.
I don’t think too much about my style. I just know what I like, and I think that’s the main thing. I like to take inspiration from what’s around me, and London helped me develop a style for sure. I feel like the street style here is beyond anywhere else. From being close friends with the guys at ADYN, I’ve developed an aesthetic that we both relate to. But all in all, I just like to look good, whether I’m wearing all designer, all high-street, or a mix, it means no difference to me as long as the outfit is on point.
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The eyes emoji, those eyes are my best friends. They can mean nothing and everything at the same time and can be an answer to any question.
FILL IN THE BLANKS A party isn’t a party without: Hip-hop.
â€œI have an idea of how I want to look,
But I also like the photographer to direct me
and draw out what they want.â€?
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d i i R n g th e R I W O AVE N Blending ‘80s-originating New Wave with culturally forward African influences, meet the face of the new retrofuturistic sound of “noirwave”: Yannick Ilunga, commonly known as PETITE NOIR, a Belgian-born, Cape Town-raised artist who’s got the vision of making his music the new pop culture. By Celene Sakurako Photographed by Kent Andreasen and Travys Owen
ot a lot of people can say that they’re right where they need to be with the astounding confidence that Yannick Ilunga a.k.a. noirwave musician Petite Noir can. At the young age of 25, he’s already collaborated with hip-hop royalty Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), appeared on a Solange Knowles-produced compilation album Saint Heron, and the Fela Kuti tribute album Red Hot + Fela. Currently signed to Domino Records’ sister label Double Six, it all started three years ago when the half-Angolan, half-Congolnese artist was flown from his hometown Cape Town to live in London. The drastic change of setting from sunny beaches and mountains to volatile weather in the metropolis could be intimidating for most, but not for Yannick who says, “The world is my home.” Born in Brussels, Belgium and French being the first languages he’s learned, he’s taken a moniker that’s familiar to him but with no particular meaning. On his first year as Petite Noir, he released the single “Till We Ghosts,” gradually adding songs through the years to make his fivetracked EP The King of Anxiety, which came out earlier this year in January and became the
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“Noirwave is more than just music. It’s also movies, photography, and the arts. It’s a new movement. ” defining moment in his career. His genre-defying music, which he calls noirwave, in his words is “a mixture of influences. It’s New Wave with an African aesthetic.” Striving everyday to change the world with his music, he expresses, “Noirwave is more than just music. It’s also movies, photography, and the arts. It’s a new movement, and the beauty of it is anybody can do it.” Although it’s a genre he created, he says, “It’s not about me. Yes, it’s something different, but music is all collaboration. It’s all interlinked in a way, so I guess it’s a progression. It’s something that’s added to music.” He goes on, “I’m not trying to define myself or put myself apart. For me, it’s just naming the kind of music I know how to make. I felt like I had to name it something because it’s special to me.” For his latest debut album titled La Vie est Belle/Life is Beautiful after an inspiriting 1987 Congolese film, he explains how the unforeseen success from his EP pushed him to create better music, allowing him to showcase dimensions of his life that he hasn’t explored yet, like an insight into his love-life and his somewhat politicallyinclined mind. He says, “Life is crazy, but it’s all beautiful. There’s a lot of evil things in
the world, but there’s a lot of good too. That’s what we should focus on. Focus on the positives. Being alive is good. That’s the message.” Spending half his time in South Africa and half in London, Yannick is no stranger to moving around. With his recent mini Euro-tour and gigs in America, he’s been able to travel the world and share his music with fans where he feels most in his element. Out of all his gigs, he says that Afropunk Festival 2015, where he played among artist such as Danny Brown, Grace Jones, Lenny Kravitz, and Lauren Hill, has been his favorite. “It was amazing. It was one of the best shows ever, so far. The festival itself is amazing. The festival is 100% and the line-up is 100%. Just playing was awesome.” To Yannick, being a musician is what comes natural to him; it’s been something that’s touched every second of his life. From a childhood of playing in a church band to an adulthood where he’s pushing new boundaries in music, he’s slowly changing what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. As he says, “I love making music. I love creating. It’s just what I love to do.”
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MULTITUDE OF SYNTHS Highlighted by her cosmic synths and hazy beats, topped off with a whole lot of soul and heart, let singer-songwriter SOPHIA BLACK paint you pretty pictures through a mélange of clever words. By Stephanie Sison Photographed by Daniel Kosoy
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ophia Black isn’t just a singer; she’s also a great storyteller. “I find inspiration in every little atom that surrounds me. I feel like the more I pay attention to what surrounds me, the easier the lyrics come to me,” shares the LA-based artist of her songwriting. “I love writing about things that relate to my life because I’m able to perform and tell the story a lot better when I get to sing them live.” Weaving her tales in three languages—Japanese, French, and English—with her hypnotic, dream-like harmonies, you won’t be able to tell the difference. But it’s not just her trilingual ability that makes her special. Sophia is a musical prodigy, being first signed by music giant Dr. Luke of Kemosabe Records at the mere age of 14. Since then, she’s been working alongside him and even contributed a song for the film Smurfs 2. In 2014, she finally graced the music industry with her own serenade by dropping her song “Kissing” on SoundCloud, which immediately got the attention of thousands without any marketing help. Now, Sophia is set to release a fivesong self-titled EP.
Your music is very soothing. What normally calms you when you’re agitated? If you knew me, then you’d know that I rarely get agitated [laughs]. But on those days that I do, I like to take naps on the grass while listening to jazz. You can never go wrong with a nice long nap during daytime. Do you feel a certain kind of pressure that at a very young age, you were signed under a major label? When I was first signed at 14, absolutely. Being surrounded by so many talented writers at a young age made me feel like I had to work twice as much, but over time, I’ve come to realize it’s really important to believe in your worth. Things flow so much easier when you do you.
she’s not afraid to take risks with her music. She never fails to have outstanding production, both sonically and visually. Even after growing up listening to them, I still learn something new from both each day. When did you realize that you would like to create the kind of music that you’re doing now? I went through like 300 different styles of music before I finally found home. There was never an “aha” moment, but when I started making the kind of music that I do now, it just felt like it made sense. What’s the best thing about producing this EP? I would have to say that my favorite part about producing this EP was being able to work with some of my closest friends. You really get great songs when all the vibes in the room are on point. Also, I’m really thankful that I was able to have an abundance of freedom to be as creative as possible. I really put my heart into all my music. How do you make sure that you keep your focus and that you deliver good music? When you overthink things and fall under pressure, you overwork yourself and could mentally exhaust yourself. I can’t imagine doing anything other than music, so when I find myself losing focus, I like to keep that in mind.
Which artists do you look up to as a musician? I look up to Stevie Wonder and Björk a lot. Stevie definitely taught me how to emote in my songs. He could be singing about making bacon and you’ll still feel it in your bones. He has so much soul. I love Björk because
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Fresh off a vampire weekend, Chris Baio continues the daily grind of his sonic ventures to make a name for himself. Looking dapper in his clean-cut suit, BAIO elusively hides under his moniker and shares with us a memoir delivering the culmination of his producing hobby through his solo debut. By Pola Beronilla
ryan Ferry, David Bowie, Don DeLillo, and George Clinton,” quips New York-based musician Chris Baio. These are a few names that he claims have helped make his debut record possible. Moonlighting as a dance DJ and an electronic artist, Chris is more popularly known as the pogoing bass man of the Columbiaeducated indie rockers Vampire Weekend. But prior to giving a hand to the base of the band’s Afropop rhythmic backdrop, he spent his student years DJ-ing and running a radio station, exposing himself to Eastern and Western African music
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as well UK house and electronic influences. From his Ivy League stints to his Vampire Weekend gigs, Chris Baio momentarily goes off bass to get his name out there. Entitled after a Don DeLillo novel, The Names is a testament to how far his career has gone. “I was really trying to make a 38-minute journey with The Names, and some of its moments are like my EPs, some might be like VW, and a lot of them are nothing like either,” shares Chris. Channeling his favorite ‘70s art rock records from the likes of Maggot Brain, Low, Stranded, and Ege Bamyasim, he finds a common ground between acoustic and electronic elements, producing musical synapses of droning synths and stringed riffs. “The techniques and themes were all new for me. I’ve never written lyrics before,” he adds.
Catching him right before his flight out of town for the tour of his first record, we have a weekend with Baio to talk about the making of his debut record, The Names. Being in a band and on tour with Vampire Weekend for almost eight years, what have you discovered about yourself as an artist? To be honest, it feels like everything has been leading up to putting out my first solo album, and I’ve spent a lot of that time thinking about the record—not just the music and lyrics, but the whole visual side—videos, artwork, fonts, photographs. Hopefully, everything that goes into The Names is what I’ve discovered about myself, not just in the last eight years, but also in each of the 30 years of my life so far.
“There can be powerful moments when you’re working on music and chords, notes, and words just flow out of you. I’m not a religious person, but in those moments, you feel almost like a vessel for something that’s bigger than yourself.” For this album, you chose to record your vocals. What persuaded you to do this? For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved singing but felt insecure about my voice. Around the fall of 2013, real songs started coming out of me— not just melodies, but lyrics too. There can be powerful moments when you’re working on music and chords, notes, and words just flow out of you. I’m not a religious person, but in those moments, you feel almost like a vessel for something that’s bigger than yourself. I knew that I had to
sing these songs that were in many ways intensely personal, but at the time, I didn’t know if my voice was up for the task. When I started to like the vocal performances, around August of last year, I knew that the album would see the light of day. Could you walk us through how your track “Needs” came about? It started in the simplest of ways: me sitting down at my piano at home. I found the verse chord progression had a real elegance to it—the first three chords fall while the
second three chords rise. Symmetry can be nice! I put together a few more chord progressions and rough melodies and then took it with me on Vampire Weekend’s Winter 2013 tour. I’m pretty proud of the lyric, “I promise that I’ll never lie to you / Except when you make me promise to / You’ve got your needs” because it’s a little bit dumb but at the same time sweet and communicates an unconditional love. Did you encounter any hitches during the recording of The Names? When working on an album, there’s really nothing better than perspective. If I was stressed out about a performance, it’s nothing that an hour-walk and some fresh air can’t fix. I took breaks along the way and was able to be pretty ruthless in criticizing myself. Ultimately, it’s just an album, y’know? What have you picked up from recording your solo record? Knowledge is power. My biggest regret in life is that I waited until my mid-20s to start being a producer. Take the time to learn how to record music; the software is totally affordable, nowadays! If you can make a recording that makes you happy, that’s a beautiful gift that absolutely no one can ever take away from you.
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End of Babes Still
A slap in the face with color and comical exuberance and you get the work of JIMMY MARBLE. The LA-based filmmaker and photographer grabs at all modern visual medium and gets reel with his upcoming film, End of Babes. By Janroe Cabiles
hen the simple promise of possibility serves as your muse, the space for creation expands horizons. Saying adieu au langage, Jimmy Marble shapes stories with a heavy trace of lightness, moving pictures with so much detail that the images become as much of the film as the story. Capturing the attention of Flaunt Magazine, for whom he created films starring comedian David Wain and musician Ariel Pink, he went on to work with publications Live FAST, Nylon, Refinery29, and Complex and companies like South by Southwest, Native, Kate Spade, Dimepiece, Oreo, and Nike, as well as directing music videos for bands Puro Instinct, The Subs, Diva, and Megafaun. Popping color into every corner of a take, the director, photographer, and designer puts a spin on the art of filmmaking. “I loved storytelling as entertainment,” says Jimmy. “I would write short stories and read to my classmates in elementary school. Then in my teens, I started developing a passion for visual art and decided I would blend the two.” Already given a head start to his artistry, he was poised to go off to art school but took up creative writing and art history instead. “Studying creative writing helped me develop a strong sense of how narratives work. It allowed me to go through trial and error to develop a voice. With the addition of art history, I began to understand aesthetics and its history–knowing why things look the way they look, the origins of our visual culture, and why we understand and interpret visuals the way we do.” With already two
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films, Cleopatra’s Intergalactic Vendetta and Nate and Natalie under his belt at the time, he flew from Washington to Paris to teach French New Wave and DIY filmmaking before moving to the City of Angels, shaping the many motifs of sun and flowers to come. “Los Angeles shaped who I am as an artist 100%. Before moving here, I was passionate for sure, but I wasn’t caring about quality so much as I was caring about being prolific. Once I moved here, I found myself collaborating with some amazing artists who really pushed me to understand the details, make everything about it intentional, and enhance every element to add to the meaning of the work. There’s also an openness to this city that’s great–this floating idea that everything might be art.” Upon arriving in Los Angeles, he quickly found set designer Adi Goodrich, who shared his enthusiasm and love for design and color. Together with their collective Sirocco Research Labs, they created short films Cleo in the Universe and Red Moon, the latter becoming viral and featured by VICE, The Fader, Adweek, and Vimeo. Revolving around a Soviet submarine captain who turns into a werewolf, we’re given a taste of the filmmaker’s absurdity clashing with color, comedy, and heart, heightening the brilliance of his work with the help of tableaux vivants. One for optimism, he stands for the inverse of the common speculation of art: it stems from a dark inspiration, taking a shot at whatever makes us unhappy. But to pick up the bigger challenge and evoke positivity is the artist’s goal.
“Falling” for SXSW
“Los Angeles shaped who I am as an artist 100%. There’s also an openness to this city that’s great–this floating idea that everything might be art.”
Chilly Beans by Yacht Finals
Citing French New Wave pioneers Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, he shares their love for fun underneath supposedly serious plots, with a taste of self-awareness in his films. Along with his love for Matisse, his narratives play out as stories of images, capturing your attention to the detail, the costume, and the medium, just as much as the emotion. The most recent of his works is short film End of Babes, a piece stringed with love and flowers starring rapper Theo Martins and actress Gillian Zinser. “End of Babes is pretty autobiographical. It’s a pastiche of different moments in my life I’ve shared with some women I’ve loved very much. The aesthetic is based around my favorite kind of movies, namely European art films from the ‘60s and ‘70s.” Continuing to make moods come to life through his art, he is self-publishing a book and planning his first gallery photo show. Aside from this, he also launched a Kickstarter campaign for his upcoming projects. Of this experience, he tells us, “It was a very empowering feeling, but it also made me feel very vulnerable. But that’s the point; you have to put yourself out there to make the good work.”
“Lost Weekend” for The Work Magazine
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THE VIRGIN SUICIDES Using her perfect dichotomy of color and torment, artist YEO KAA paints deceptively candy-colored characters trapped in violent states of reality. By Janroe Cabiles
y art is like a rainbow with dark colors,” quips Yeo Kaa of her aesthetic, penning her imagination into characters of bubble gum-flavored anger. Painting pictures of scenes almost voyeuristic in nature, the artist penetrates the canvas with simple stories of emotion, realizing the most perturbed thoughts that lie in all of us. “It’s my way of expressing my feelings,” she explains of the dark undercurrent flowing through her work. “There are some things that I wish I could do, for which I’m still looking for reasons to, but hopefully not enough to do it, if that makes sense. Painting is my way of helping myself not to harm myself or do harm to anyone. I paint the things I wish to do but cannot do in real life.” Starting her love affair with hues, she found the path to her craft early on. “I got it from my mother,” she recalls. “She taught me how to draw and how to use angles, colors, and precision.” But going beyond this form of expression, she sought other ways to color her life with the chaos of art. “In my high school years, I expressed myself by
Drowning Myself to Sleep
Your Negativity Wil
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ll Kill You
While You’re Still Confused Somewhere Someone Has Already Decided
“My art is like a rainbow with dark colors.” coloring my hair with hair mascaras, colored sprays, and gels, even though hair color wasn’t allowed. I bleached my hair blonde in my last semester, and went pink on the last day.” With this candy-colored rebellion, her visions of acrylic toons portray a deceptively sweet tale of romancing violence, something sinister but somehow natural to the narration of the macabre. Titles like, “Slowly Dying From Overthinking,” “Lonely Nights Tell You The Harshest Words,” “Confused As Fuck,” “Turn Pain Into Something Beautiful,” and “No One Wants To Be With Someone Who Doesn’t Know Anything But To paint,” she captures post-pubescent rage in bold pastels that touch on lowbrow pop
surrealism. “I’m usually influenced by things I’ve experienced, seen, watched, or heard, etc. I love watching anything gore–A Serbian Film is one of my favorite films ever! I don’t know why I enjoy watching them, but it gives me the adrenaline. From there, I translate what I see to what I feel, and then I’ll paint them. A good example is the feeling of wanting to kill someone, but I can’t do it, so I’ll just paint it.” Perpetuating her passive pigmentation of reality, she continuously traces everything seen or experienced, drawn by the things that remind her how sad and cruel it is to live in this world. A reflection of this is her character Krinini, which she launched during her first solo exhibit Blood and Stitches in 2014. “Krinini is a broken girl who sewed
herself to be better. Every stitch is a story about self-improvement, because she needed to endure all the pain just to be complete. Krinini is like us all, struggling to become someone, to be great, or just to feel happy.” Hardly detached to her restless language of misery, her work aids to the placation of her inner thoughts. On her sophomore solo exhibit this year entitled Okay, she explains, “’Okay’ is my way of accepting things I cannot do or change. I may not be the most reliable daughter, the best friend, the best leader, or just a normal living person, but I’ve been trying my best. And if that’s not enough, then there’s nothing I can do–and that’s okay.”
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RETRO With his colorful pop surrealist works emitting a distinct retro feel, Colombian digital artist DANIEL ARISTIZÁBAL shows that he doesn’t only have a passion for creativity but also has his art down to a science.
By Ida Aldana
t’s common to think that science and art are two separate fields that share no common ground. But for Daniel Aristizábal, the pairing has been a match made in heaven. “For a long time, I didn’t know how to mix my passion for knowledge with my artistic tendencies. I finally feel that I’m starting to work on that path,” he shares. “I have a theory about myself; I use my rational mind to think about art and my artistic mind to understand science, so it was only a matter of time when finally the two parts would come together.” Proving his sentiment that the future really is based on the past, Daniel shares that his love for science when he was young molded him into the artist he is today. “Growing up, science created in me a habit to value knowledge more than ego.” It’s also his love of learning and the ‘80s feel that influenced one of his recent projects, Cósmica y sus huevos. “I’ve always been interested in philosophy and history. I used to watch a lot of shows about the origin of the universe, and although I am a ‘science’ guy, some of the myths of creation really stuck to me, like in this case, the primordial egg.” He continues, “I was thinking for a while to create stuff that was happening inside a black hole, a place where the rules of physics didn’t work in the
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same way as they do here, so I put those ideas together and came up with Cósmica y sus huevos.” Describing his personal aesthetic as a retro colorful punch of geometry and surrealism, Daniel mixes his knowledge and creativity to produce works that pop out and bring us back to the ‘80s. “I consider myself more of a retro person. I like old stuff. The past is the base of the future, so I try to dig up as much as I can from my memories to create something new.” Even with so many things already happening at the back of his mind, Daniel doesn’t seem like he’s going to run out of steam anytime soon as he constantly discovers new things to work with, following his work for Refinery29, ELMÖ Lab, and Toy Nail Polish. “My mind works better when it creates non-sequential ideas. I like to find patterns and connections between seemingly unconnected stuff. Not just in art, but also in the rest of my facets.” He continues, “This allows me to discover new stuff just by playing with randomness. It’s the base of my life: random events and uncertainty.”
In your early years, how did you express your creativity? I used to doodle a lot in the walls of my house. I loved to build drum sets and cars from cardboards and oven pots, so I always had that urge to create stuff, that urge is the same thing that still keeps me motivated. There’s a nostalgia to your work that perhaps comes from your personal tone to your projects. What memories from your life regularly play a part in your art? I always felt different growing up. I wasn’t an outcast or anything like that, but my feeling was that I didn’t belong anywhere. I tried to fit in to different roles all my life, and I’ve found out that I hate being stuck in one role or an idea, so this led me to pursue different paths and ways of seeing life.
“I use my rational mind to think about art and my artistic mind to understand science, so it was only a matter of time when finally the two parts would come together.”
What do you want to get across to your audience? I don’t think in those terms. I love that people enjoy my work, but I just like to create stuff because it makes me happy. To be able to get out of my mind ideas that were stuck for so long has been the most relaxing and fulfilling experience in life. What’s next for you? Next year, I’m going to be a speaker at OFFF Barcelona, so that’s huge for me. I just published a typography class on Skillshare. Also, I’m working on some top-secret projects as we speak, so stay tuned!
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Letâ€™s get straight to the heart of the matter. In 2002, rock & roll restoration was looking for heroes and THE LIBERTINES enlisted themselves to the movement. As the indie rockers went up the bracket, the stylish kids in the riot ultimately found themselves abandoning a sinking friendship. If you ever wondered what became of them, hereâ€™s the return of the likely lads. By Pola Beronilla Photographed by Roger Sargent
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"There’s a very good atmosphere in the band at the moment, it just keeps on getting better and better. We just feel very privileged and very grateful to be in this position.”
his one’s for your heart and for your mind,” gushes Carl Barât on The Libertines' “Barbarians,” the first track off their latest record, Anthems for Doomed Youth. The Libertines’ muchpublicized breakup in 2004 caused havoc, but with the release of their third album after over a decade, the crowd can keep calm and carry on 'cause the British are coming back. With Pete Doherty on Carl’s side, backed up by John Hassall on bass and Gary Powell on drums, The Libertines spearheaded the garage rock revival in the UK movement with the release of Up the Bracket in 2002. Igniting their audience with glam anthems charred in stories of drugs, hedonism, and the grit and grime of London, their self-titled follow-up carried them closer to their fantasy of Arcadia as a utopia without any rules or authority. Apart from their sharp garage slops, the quartet’s strength could be found in the vulnerability of Pete and Carl’s friendship. “I think the history of the band is what it is. Pete and Carl have always been very honest about their relationship together, and you know a lot of songs about that, but that’s very positive ‘cause it turns into something that people can relate to,” explains John Hassall. As a substantial partnership in the history of songwriting, their pens
doubled as daggers that both guarded and damaged their relationship—until it was ultimately ravaged by Pete’s addiction. Their final single before the breakup foreshadowed a truancy of The Libertines, “What Became of the Likely Lads?” With the sound of the Babyshambles, Yeti, and Dirty Pretty Things filling the void they left, echoes of The Libertines' mental scars bounced at the corners of their gigs. Six years later, still laden with fresh cuts and bruises, the four members set aside their differences to reunite and play at the 2010 Reading and Leeds Festivals. “When we did the first reunion show, that was kind of a one-off show, but that was very important ‘cause it was very hard for us to get back together,” recalls John. “We were kind of thinking, ‘Is this gonna work,’ ‘Are we gonna be able to be in a room together,’ or ‘Would we even still sound good playing together?’ I think 2010 kind of set us up to prove to ourselves that it was going to work— we could do this.”
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a little bit confusing, but as soon as together and plugged in the guitars kind of happened like the old days.”
However, as they announced that they would yet again reform for a show at London’s Hyde Park in 2014, NME subsequently quoted an interview with Pete Doherty in a headline saying, “It's completely in the spirit of The Libertines to play Hyde Park for the money.” Despite the criticism it sparked, the lads found themselves ushering in a fresh generation of believers on board. Even though their reunion came at a hefty price, it was an investment of great expectations. “It was obviously in the back of our minds. It was around the time of the Hyde Park concert when we played to 60,000 people when it just got to a point where we were just like, ‘Let’s do this, let's make an album.’” Given it was a rough trade, The Libertines signed a record deal with Virgin EMI Records a few months after. With an attempt not to replicate their previous classics, The Libertines leave their legacy untainted. More than a decade later, Anthems for Doomed Youth shows the same lads that hid beneath the silhouettes in 2002‘s Up the Bracket. “It was definitely a surprise to see the overwhelming response from the audience,” John Hassall explains. “There’s a very good atmosphere in the band at the moment, it just keeps on getting better and better. We’re brewing something new as a band, which is really great. We just feel very privileged and very grateful to be in this position, and playing the new songs is really exciting as well.” Recorded in Karma Sound Studios, close to where Pete recently completed rehab, flying all the way to Thailand was also a way for the band to fumigate their inner demons. “That was kind of a big thing to leave the country for six weeks and go to the other side of the planet to record, but I think it was the perfect situation for the band,” recalls John. “It was great that we were all living together in a very small village in Thailand—never leaving each other. That definitely is good for this album.” Having been apart for many years, their synergy was still within
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“That’s what people want to see, people want to see a band that is enjoying themselves, enjoying being with each other, and having that friendship onstage.” their frames. “It’s a little bit confusing, first of all, but as soon as we got in the room together and plugged in the guitars together, it just kind of happened like the old days. It was a challenge as well. It was a good challenge doing it all,” explains the bassist. “The whole friendship thing is so crucial, in anything really. When you can feel that friendship developing again, it comes quite naturally. Everything else feels very important again,” he adds. Still reigning supreme over this harsh world, their tight ship sets sail yet again. Emitting sophisticated melodies and matured tones in their recent release, The Libertines benefit mostly from their bond. “It depends how you define successful. If you’re talking purely about selling records, then maybe you don’t need friendship. But if you’re talking about
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becoming happy or making other people happy, then I think it’s crucial.” As they shed light on their dark past, which was recently incarnated in their music video for “Heart Of The Matter,” they’re just genuinely enjoying themselves as of the moment. “I think that’s what people want to see, people want to see a band that is enjoying themselves, enjoying being with each other, and having that friendship onstage. It’s really hard to maintain that, but there’s always gonna be problems in bands and stuff; it’s just a question of really winning over the problems.” With the four likely lads on deck, the good ship of Albion is a far cry from a shipwreck.
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Ever since breaking their 12-year hiatus, Soundgarden has been taking their classic and more recent tunes on the road. But that didnâ€™t stop singer-songwriter and frontman CHRIS CORNELL from producing his fourth solo album, Higher Truth. By Denise Mallabo Photographed by Carlos Ramos and Jeff Lipsky Special thanks to Brian Bumbery of BB Gun Press
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could say that maybe in some levels, Soundgarden is underrated. If I could say all the arrogant things about my band, I think that out of all the rock bands that probably came out in the same era, we’re one of the most experimental. I could say that we were the most varied in our songwriting. I think we were way more adventurous from one album to the next,” claims Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. And as part of a band frontlining the Seattle scene in the then emerging grunge movement, he would know. It’s been almost 21 years since Seattle-based rock band Soundgarden released the iconic album Superunknown, which carried some of their hits including the Grammy award-winning song “Black Hole Sun.” When asked whether they anticipated the path that it would lead to as they were making the album, Chris begs to differ. “At the time that we were writing Superunknown, it was just the same as how we’d write any album. I think that it was an album that kind of defined what we were up to at home,” he relays. “I don’t think that we’d be able to make another album in that style that’s going to be better, so it just felt like a natural progression to start to just kind of entertain new ideas, approach song-writing and the recording process in a different way. I tried really hard to keep every song as close to whoever’s conception it was, and that contributed a lot to the record that came out.” Since the end of their 12-year break, they’ve been on the road, headlining festivals and concerts. With all the live shows that he’s done, both with Soundgarden and as a solo artist, there’s been an obvious change with their audience. “I think the world is different. Obviously, we have fans that are way younger than us. Some just got to listen to our music for the first time, so they kind of reached into the past to see what’s back there. I guess the biggest difference for me is how people see us, especially our fans,” Chris relays. “Twenty years ago, we were sort of everyone’s contemporaries. There’s a certain amount of feeling that we’re special and that we’ve achieved this level of success that can make us feel like we’re ‘rockstars.’ But it’s very different now. In their minds, these 15-year old kids would think that we’re legends on stage, in a way that I would look at Neil Young, because he would sing to a form that I would never have thought about, songs that I would never expect.” As part of a pivotal role in the conception of the grunge era, Chris looks back at the healthy competition that they had during those years. “We’re kind of trying to one-up each other without really talking about it, and that was good, that really elevated each other. We were all just busy touring, making records, and just living in a world of our own.” The last time he released a solo studio album, 2009’s Scream was somewhat distinctive from his releases before it, Euphoria Morning and Carry On. With Higher Truth, Chris admits that the album
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is brighter as compared to the rest of his solo endeavors. “In a sense, its hopefulness and levity come out of it kind of naturally. I’ve never had that in an album before; It wasn’t something that I did on purpose. It’s just probably the state that I’m in, and it’s also the kind of musical work that I’m interested in,” says Chris. “I kind of have the ability to write these dreary songs without even realizing how dreary they really are. Sometimes, I think the songs that I’ve written are hopeful and happy, but once I’d start to record them, I’d realize that, ‘Wow! That’s really boring’ or ‘That’s really slow and dreary.’ Higher Truth has a little bit of that. It’s brighter in a level that’s new for me, and I didn’t expect it without being so selfcritical of it. I didn’t worry about what it was going to be, I just let the songs become the best version that I could create. I think that’s good; I think that’s really healthy, creating an album that’s really natural and honest.” His first single from the album, “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” was released a little more than two months ago, and it sparked everyone’s curiosity on how the new album would sound like. He worked with Pearl Jam producer Brendan O’ Brien in this album, who also happened to mix Soundgarden’s Superunknown. “I think he really understood what I would want the album to sound like,” adds Chris. Open about his being sober, it brought back his focus and him being an effective songwriter, a state, which according to him, was absent during the time that he was working on Euphoria Morning. “There are certain days with ups and downs and some bad moods, and you could integrate that to influence your music,” says Chris. Amidst the accolades that he’s been getting as one of the most prolific rock icons around, Chris is grateful just to be lucky enough that he’s able to do what he’s doing for a living. “I’ve been lucky in my life to be able to make music, write songs, and record, and people want to listen to them. I think it’s a responsibility to be honest to your craft, to be dedicated to it, not be lazy in terms of being a songwriter or in terms of performing, and giving it all you have because it’s the best job a person can have. And I am that, I’m responsible for my craft.” Currently touring, something that’s strategically planned since he’s both doing his acoustic solo shows and performing with Soundgarden, it just kind of worked out the way it is for him. “Touring the new album is sort of a solo acoustic performance, kind of different from anything that I’ve ever done. Playing a show with Soundgarden is so different from each other, that if I’m beginning to get sick of one, it’s not that long before I’m doing the other. It placed me in a good balance.” A state in which he obviously deserves.
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With the rap industry dominated by men, rapper and singer ANGEL HAZE isn’t intimidated to show that she’s capable to rule and be paramount. By Denise Mallabo Photographed by Dorian Caster and Patrick Castelo
“I’ve been waiting for what feels like my whole life to make something that I could be proud of, music that I could be confident in and stand firmly behind, so that’s how I’ve evolved. My music is me and my chest is puffed out with it.”
I always tell different stories
as to how I coined my stage name just to see how far I can go with, but I’m going to spare you the bullshit today. It’s just some metaphor for things that are high. ‘Angel’ is for the spiritual thing, and ‘Haze’ is a strain of weed. I don’t think that it’s anything special,” says Angel Haze. But just like her, honest and without bullshit are words that best describe her songs packed with infectious beats and rhymes that are on point. Using her painful past to come up with songs, she breaks down her mysterious walls. Case in point is her track “Cleaning Out My Closet,” where she conveyed her story about being sexually molested at the age of seven, using her traumatic past to her advantage. “My music is the only place where I’m allowed to be weak. So to me, when I hear my songs, I can hear myself breaking down, and that’s what I’m meant to do there. But when people take my music and say, ‘Angel Haze is this dark badass, she will punch you in your face,’ that’s not a lie! I think it’s cool that my music translates
as strength instead of a weakness because to me, it’s where I break,” says Angel. This 23-year old Detroit native hardly has time to settle down, with her being busy preaching her tunes as well as having commitment issues. “I don’t even live anywhere right now. I’ve been living in a hotel for the past three months ‘cause I refuse to choose a place. I think me not being satisfied always pushes me to want more for myself,” she admits. Just recently, she released her latest project Back to the Woods, following her controversial first studio album Dirty Gold. If anything, Angel is mighty proud of this project. “Evolution is being able to stand on your own and stand behind your art as firmly as possible. I’ve been waiting for what feels like my whole life to make something that I could be proud of, music that I could be confident in and stand firmly behind, so that’s how I’ve evolved. My music is me and my chest is puffed out with it.” Back in February, you came out as agender. Was it something that had always been out there? I think gender fluidity is something that’s burgeoning in all cultures. More people are now coming to understand that there are people who don’t identify as anything, there are people who feel like they are born in the middle, and there are people who
identify as the other sex. For me, I’ve just always existed two-spirited, and it means that you’re basically born as both male and female but not with sexual organs, this is in regards to your personality and traits. Science says there is no gender, the only thing that separates us are organs. I think that gender has a lot to do with society’s standards, placed on men, placed on women, placed on trans. I just try to live free from anything that limits my freedom to be who I am at all times. I don’t give a shit about terms; I don’t care what you call me: him, her, they, it. It doesn’t bother me. I just want to be called the fucking best because that’s what I am. How has social media affected your career and life as a whole? I was a lot more socially active before, but now, I don’t do Youtube videos, I hardly post on Tumblr, you’ll catch me on Twitter, but I don’t know how to use Instagram. The more I started living in the world where there’s only music, the more I forgot to exist in things that are more technologically-based. I’m also way busier and more consumed with things that actually make me grow musically. Music is my main focus in life, so since I started this especially with my latest album, I’ve been into just music.
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where I’m allowed to be weak.”
“I just try to live free from anything that limits my freedom to be who I am at all times. I don’t give a shit about terms; I don’t care what you call me: him, her, they, it. It doesn’t bother me. I just want to be called the fucking best because that’s what I am.”
What is it about poetry that appealed to you? Poetry taught me the way of the language and words. It really helped me with rap too, because I don’t do poetry anymore, but I feel like what I do is my own specific brand of that. I used to start poems off in the most flowery, intricate ways. Now, I’m just like, “Yo! You make me feel like a flower slowly blooming in the fall, like it’s not supposed to be there at all.” Something that’s just straight to the point. I think that poetry lends a certain romance and sadness to everything. And you know me, I’m the queen, king, or whatever of the sad, sad, sad shit. Now that you released your album Back to the Woods, how do you think has your sound evolved throughout the years? When I did Dirty Gold, I really didn’t have any goals in mind because I really didn’t have a clue that the album was going to come out. There were just so much in that record that didn’t go the way I wanted to. Once it dropped, it gave me a whole new set of goals, a different focus, and a scope. I think that the goal I started with was to be as transparent as possible with my music and to grow, to be an artist, and to understand myself. It took Dirty Gold and a lot of other shit to get me to this point now. With Back to the Woods, I tried to make it about being who I am intrinsically as an artist and as a person. I think my goals are evolving as my passions are. Everything that you hear in the words and melodies, the record and its entirety comes from Angel Haze. This is all me. That’s evolution.
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What was the main source of inspiration for your new album? I had lots of pain and drama but also a desire bigger than all that shit. I feel people didn’t know me enough yet, so I dove deeply into myself to pull up what I feel are the most important facets of my being, to put them out there for the world to see. I think there’s power in representation in my album, and I think this record will make a lot of people feel a lot less alone. There’s an honesty about it that gives me chills. Were there any struggles that you overcame as you were recording? I was really sad and suicidal, but I think that’s the way with me. It took me so long to be comfortable and be okay with expressing myself that I found a reason to live through that, so that has to be part of the journey—I had to suffer. But right now, I’m not suicidal. I haven’t even lived as much of the rock star life I deserve, so you won’t see me dead for a few years. What’s next for you? I see everything on my horizon, whether it’s fashion or animated films, music or movies, everything. I’ve opened up in a way that allows me to see my future or something that’s an opportunity for me to be as colossal as possible. By the end of next year, I want to be like Godzilla reigning over the world.
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SHADES OF COOL Quipped with paint and a passion for creating, illustrator VIN QUILOP crafts high-fidelity portraits in detail, keeping art on canvas alive through his painterly real aesthetic.
@vinquilop Portrait by Miguel Alomajan Product photography by Ian Casta単ares and Carlo Nu単ez Special thanks to Local Edition Coffee & Tea
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Something I love collecting: a series of my favorite classical paintings printed on pairs of socks.
I bought a smaller version of a French easel that I use whenever I’m out looking for things to sketch en plein air. It also doubles as a container for my art supplies.
big SKETCH BOOK
It’s an essential that I bring with me to sketch out in detail the final studies of the sketches I have in my smaller Moleskine.
I’m working on practicing my skill on this traditional medium. I work rough and textured, and I think acrylic best fits my style of illustration.
THE LITTLE BOOK OF DRAWING BY MARY McNAUGHTON
This is the first ever arts book I bought for myself from my first commission, way back 2012. It contains the basics and howto’s of sketching.
A beloved classic turned into everyday-sneakers.
PAINTBRUSHES and PALETTE
I don’t usually put color in my works, but when I do, they’re usually different shades of blue.
I use this for making detailed works in color using acrylics. It’s a thick, cold-pressed texture paper that’s essentially made for acrylics. The coldpress texture matches my illustration style.