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VANITIES: DARK GLAMOUR

Cop that old school glamour.

BEAUTY BITE: VANITY CIRCLE

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STREET STYLE GO SEE

VISION BOARD DAZE

Get into the tranquil psyche as you bundle up in pieces perfected for the autumn vibe. By Mox Santos

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VALENTINE

Take denim and re-vamp it in different directions suited for the modern generation. By Miguel Alomajan

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FLAVOR

Inject some bright pick-me ups in your wardrobe with some help from Pantone. Spicy Mustard

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FULL CIRCLE

In a sea of the lo-fi sound, four-piece indie rock band Hoops emerges victorious compared to other bands suffering the crashing waves of generic cliché.

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THAT JAZZ

Indulge in the glory of a pop and neo-soul tunes because Chelsea Shag is here to become your newest gutsy musical darling as she reveals her true colors.

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SCHOOL SPECIAL

Presenting as a hybrid of your dad’s records and your own millennial rock sound, Public Access T.V. shows you why they’re going to rule the soundwaves.

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THE SUIT LIFE

He may be the most influential you’ve never known of, but Jim Champan has become a successful culmination of all things fresh from the blogging scene. By Janroe Cabiles

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LAPSE

Shooting with a touch of vintage aesthetic and a charm of modern details, Manila-based photographer Jerick Sanchez finds a home behind the camera. By Airiz Casta

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BINARY

Taking a page from the cool-crowd manifesto, Filipino designer Renan Pacson showcases an array of clothes oozing punk, urban, and hard-grit attitude.

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GIRL

Brimming with all things cutthroat sleek, designer Ericka del Rosario’s KAKÁSLOK label shows you exactly why there’s beauty and regality in urban wear.

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GOLDEN BOY

Tickling one’s earbuds, promoting an urban style, and now, growing into a fashion icon, nothing’s gonna stop Tyga from taking over every form of media. Compton has indeed proven itself that it’s the promise land of all things hip-hop as one of their homeboys continues to dominate the music scene.

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LETHAL EXPOSURE

Shooting pretty images of pretty women in pretty situations is something that Miles Aldridge has perfected over the years. As he bridge the gap between peculiar musings and fine art, the British photographer shares his insight on the different facets a single photograph of his can invoke to fascinators.

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She’s an example of Blondes having more fun, Wanda Chen shares her most important items that helps her navigate the fashion sphere.

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FEELING G.O.O.D.

Just a small time girl living in a lonely world, Kacy Hill might’ve taken a midnight train going to nowhere, but this impulsive decision of leaving her humble hometown in Arizona has led her to being Kanye West’s newest protégé. From the looks of it, the model-turned-musician is in G.O.O.D. hands.

CREATIVE COALITION

Known as a party organizer, DJ, creative director, photographer, and nightlife wizard, Milan-based Marcelo Burlon is a creative melting pot. From working with revered fashion houses, hosting the hottest parties, and producing fashion show soundtracks, everything this man touches turns to gold.

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ABOUT THE COVER Captured by the one and only THEYAOH, meet the real persona of a man whose name is frequently attached to controversial news and gossip headlines: Alexander Wang’s newest heir, King Tyga.

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BLOGSPHERE

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GO SEE

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FEATURES

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NIGHTVISION

who’s spotted partying where

PHOTO DIARY confessional for lensmen

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theyaoh Admittedly inspired by Caravaggio, THEYAOH’s defining lighting details are often reminiscent of the painter’s style. Combining this with his own brand of magic as he handles the camera and delivers us fresh, clean, and captivating photographs, he has easily become one of our favorites–first with our November coverboy Lucky Blue Smith, and once again this month as he displays his keen eye for Tyga.

Michael St. Michael Fuelled by an unparalleled creativity, Michael St. Michael’s strength lies in is his insane ability to be innovative in a variety of fashion trends, concepts, and mediums. Aside from his work as Fashion Editor of Black Chalk Magazine, Michael is no stranger to the hustle, with proof of his artistry also appearing on the pages of Bello, L’Officiel, Elle Men and now, on this month’s cover star, Tyga (66).

Airiz Casta A dreamer, bookworm, and idealist, Airiz Casta drops words as clever as the poets in the Romantic era. As a writer, she unravels interesting facts, obscure details, and the truth behind her subject’s artistry, which fascinate every reader. For this month’s issue, she turns her observant eye to fashion photographer and long-time friend, Jerick Sanchez (60)).

Ricci Calzado Behind the photographer and model, Ricci Calzado helms the responsibility to create a successful look that invokes a message by the use of fashion. With a great eye for details, he proves that styling is as demanding as any other fashion process. Check out his stroke of genius in Autumn Daze and witness her burst of creativity (26).


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hroughout history, it seems that fashion expresses the rumblings on the street without having to utter a word. The fashion influencers we obsess about on social media are stating their messages loud and clear through their attire. Whether they want to rebel, address social issues, or define their tribe, the first form of communication is often a silent one. This Style Issue, we’ve pinned down the style leaders filling up our feeds and keeping us on our toes ‘til their next post. When you Google Tyga, you’ll probably find more tabloid hits about his love interest Kylie Jenner than about him. Though Tyga kicked off his career in music, he’s been crossing into the world of fashion for quite some time now. Between his clothing line Last Kings, being the face Alexander Wang’s Fall 2016 campaign, and his collaboration with Marcelo Burlon, he’s taking his interest in fashion to the next level. In his interview, he shares with us how he deals with haters, the piece of clothing he can’t live without, and what he wants to be known for. Starting off as a DJ/club kid, Marcelo Burlon might describe himself as an accidental clothing designer–but maybe it was destined? When his first T-shirt collection was selling out faster than seasoned designers, he took that as a sign to continue on the fashion track. Marcelo has masterfully created his own world where fashion, music, and art collide, making his point of view on fashion distinct. He’s not only building the ultimate luxury streetwear brand, he’s building his own tribe. British photographer Miles Aldridge has inserted surrealism and seduction into his fashion photography. This world-renowned photographer’s work is scattered all over the pages of W, Numéro, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue Italia, as well as campaigns with YSL, Long Champ, Mercedes E-Class, L’Oreal, Hugo Boss, and Paul Smith. With his latest book Please Return Polaroid, he wanted to show that something so disposable could hold so much power. As his aesthetic evolves with his inspirations and experiences, he continues to blur the lines between a cinema and style. Kacy Hill may be the luckiest girl on Earth right now. Not only is she signed to Kanye’s record label G.O.O.D. Music, she also nabbed one of V Magazine’s coveted September covers and appears in Calvin Klein’s Fall 2016 campaign. Being touted as the next musician to watch out for, it was a mixture of luck and talent that got this beauty where she is today. Even as the fashion world welcomes her with open arms, she swears that music is her main focus. With real-time snaps taking over our daily lives, what better platform to speak your mind than through your style.

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aking a step back from its usual muted tones, this time PHLEMUNS is all about bold patterns that scream ‘70s doused in autumn colors. Creating the illusion of separate garments within a single piece, the collection features long-sleeved tops, denim dresses, peg-leg pants, and puffer vests all in androgynous fashion. phlemuns.com

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eaturing a line of pants in interesting hues and textures, biker jackets, fur-lined coats, oversized hoodies, sweaters, and tees with cheeky prints, Tokyo-based underground label SUB-AGE’s visually striking designs bring streetwear back to where it belongs: the unapologetically unkempt, cool youth that’s defiantly chic and intrepid. sub-age.tokyo

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port the laid-back yet edgy look with DELUXE’s newest offering for Fall/Winter 2016. Bringing in rugged military-inspired outerwear to downtown cool basics like trousers and warm sweaters in all the dark hues of the spectrum, this Japanese brand takes a nod to Western influences without forgoing its roots. deluxe.jp

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BRANDS TO KNOW

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nspired by German artist Otto Piene, Sydney-based DION LEE evokes sophistication while maintaining an effortless everyday look in his label’s Autumn/ Winter 2016 line. Showing off his exceptional skills on sculptural tailoring, the brand showcases innovative silhouettes, using both functional and ornamental details exquisitely like silver hoops and sharp pleats in wool coats and dresses. dionlee.com

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talian-based, Hawaiian-inspired gym-wear couture brand NO KA OI, which translates to “the best,” inspires its wearers to excel actively without compromising their sense of style. Renovating the concept of yoga gear, their bold graphic designs in playful colors are imbued in microfiber technology, promising comfort and high-performance for every woman stylishly dedicated to her well-being. nokaoi-apparel.com

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ngenious designer Greg Armas goes for fluidity and authenticity in ASSEMBLY’s latest menswear collection. The line of graphic tees featuring Japanese woodblock prints, jackets that make use of patchwork and overdye techniques, as well as seersucker tux pants somehow manage to look unforced, and the over-all subtle harmony works curiously well. assemblynewyork.com


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ounder Alex Lopez continues to invade France’s streetwear scene with YOUTH OF PARIS. Since its original startup as a mere Tumblr page in 2011, the label has considerably upped the game with its revolutionary Before and After composed of oversized unisex tees, hoodies, and crewneck sweatshirts, with the brand’s insignia in purple complemented visibly against the all-black garments. youthofparis.fr

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t’s no secret that British brand HIDDENLAB curates the best tailored streetwear pieces made from locally sourced fabrics. With the souvenir jacket as the star of its latest collection, cover up this season in style starting off with “Rabo,” inspired by Japanese elements such as the classic Sukajan and koi fish. thehiddenlab.com

FREE VERSE As fall settles in, it’s about time we sing praises to Poeme by Australian-based label SONG FOR THE MUTE for bringing in another set of apparel that’s all about the raw and distressed done in beautiful fabrication. Donned in soft grays and pale neutrals, the range covers knit sweaters to wide-legged trousers that encapsulate a quiet luxury. songforthemute.com

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SETTING

PLACES TO GO

SUITE

CONRAD MANILA HOTEL, PASAY CITY W hether it’s for business, pleasure, or some T-shirt weather, you can do anything at CONRAD MANILA by Manila Bay. Matching and patching up the lifestyle of a luxury traveler, the hotel provides the little details for the on-the-go visitor–with suites designed with intuitive technology like sensing motion, automatic energy-saving switches, curtains and lighting automatically adjusting to the time of day, and Nespresso machines–all while staying true to the vibrant dynamic of the city. Providing contemporary halls and ballrooms for those who mean business, guests can also treat themselves to the Conrad Spa, the al fresco Veranda, and infinity swimming pool, all with a view of the sea and city. Seaside Boulevard, Coral Way, Pasay City, 1300 Metro Manila conradmanila.com

GRUB

inter is coming to our perpetual summer along Bonifacio High Street, as FREEZER BURN makes us scream for ice cream with a dash of wit, sugar, and spice. Sprinkled with everything nice upon its vintage entryway, their place is a pastel space littered with pigmented playthings to decorate their retro shelves. Brought to us by Scout’s Honor and Le Petite Soufflé creators Chef Miko Aspiras and Kristina Lotilla, the ice cream parlor teases us with the sweetest burn and brain freeze the city has to offer, with the best iconic and ironic concoctions, featuring scoops, shakes, and their special match-ups of composed desserts. G/F Q3, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City facebook.com/Freezerburnph

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PLATE IT HOT AND COLD Featuring funky flavors in cute little scoops and shakes, FREEZER BURN’s stars of the show are their composed desserts, mixing up hot and sweet with cold and salty.

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JUNKIE Cookies and Junk Food ice cream served with Nutella donuts topped with sprinkles and a syringe of chocolate syrup

BEST MINT STRACCIATELLA ICE CREAM A scoop of Best Mint Stracciatella ice cream on cone, topped with cotton candy

KETCHUP MAYO FRIES Ketchup and Mayo ice cream on top of meringue, served with salt and pepper fries

LOMO SALTADO Richest chocolate ice cream milkshake, topped with cotton candy

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BRICK AND MORTAR

STORES TO SHOP

TENANT MANILA, MAKATI G/F Solace Hotel, Kamagong St., San Antonio Village, Makati City facebook.com/tenant.manila Dime to Drop: P2,000–P37,000 Don’t leave the store without: Jay Perforated sneakers from Saturdays Surf

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ou need not endure an hour-long drive just to catch some waves or dream about the ocean breeze ‘cause TENANT MANILA will let you experience the beach life right in the middle of the city. Designed to give you the retail experience of a lifetime, this two-story establishment founded by Anton Lopez and John Esguerra is a lifestyle boutique specializing in menswear with a café on the lower floor that serves a variety of gourmet sandwiches and drinks. Crisp white walls, wooden floors and shelves, potted greens, and elements inspired by Scandinavian design add character to the store’s neutral palette composed of calming colors of the sea, perfectly emulating the beaches in Cali and houses in Montauk. Carrying brands like Hill-Side, Saturdays Surf, Engineered, Mollusk, Kapital, Quality Peoples, and Converse, this resident cool store caters to the young and collected, dressing them up in a well-curated line of apparel and accessories.

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ake a right turn at AVENUE 32 and find a collection of rare designer pieces from evening dresses, trousers, blouses, jumpsuits, and swimwear guaranteed to make you stand out. Not only is this London-based retailer a virtual shopping destination, it also serves as a platform for up-and-coming designers like Regina Pyo and Ben & Lara Mead to fast track you with the designer stars on-the-rise.

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SCREEN

SCENES TO SEE

REMOTE CONTROL TICKET

BUILDING STAR TREK (THE SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL) Watch how the iconic U.S.S. Enterprise gets turned from a mere figment of imagination into reality as people from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum restore a 250-pound model of the spacecraft used in the original TV series as well as using authentic props and pieces to recreate the Enterprise bridge right in time for the series’ 50th anniversary.

ATLANTA (FX) With music video and filmmaker Hiro Murai as director and Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino as writer, producer, and lead actor, this semiautobiographical comedy follows the life of Earnest “Earn” Marks, a college dropout who tries and fails to make it big in Atlanta’s rap scene while incidentally finding his cousin as the hottest name in the industry.

THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS A lighthouse keeper (Michael Fassbender) and his wife (Alicia Vikander) find a baby adrift at sea and takes her in as their own, but the family they built is threatened when the biological mother appears years after.

BLAIR WITCH Seventeen years after its classic prequel, the film centers around James Donahue who as he follows his missing sister Heather’s footsteps into the cursed Black Hills Forest to uncover what happened to her.

BRIDGET JONES’ BABY Successful and single, we meet Bridget Jones happy in her 40s, having broken up with Mark Darcy and meeting a new American suitor, until she finds herself pregnant and clueless as to who the father is.

THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK Watch how the world’s most successful band of all time took the world by storm in this film by Ron Howard, documenting The Beatles’ rise to fame and the struggles that went with it.

BEFORE I WAKE Helmed by Director Mike Flanagan, awardwinning actor Jacob Tremblay returns to the big screen in this supernatural horror fantasy as a newly adopted orphan whose dreams and nightmares suddenly turn into reality.

SOLACE Adding a twist to serial killer narratives, Anthony Hopkins plays a reclusive, psychic doctor recruited to help an FBI agent catch a serial killer with the same psychic abilities, portrayed by Colin Farrell.

PLAYBACK CHUNGKING EXPRESS (1994) My favorite. Faye Wong is so cute in the movie and I’ve been deeply love with Hong Kong culture since I was a child.

BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999) So weird. Like you really wanna know how people came up with this crazy, weird story in their mind.

HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (2004) It’s by Miyazaki Hayao. He’s amazing. I wanna marry Howl.

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (2008) So deep. Deep enough to make you feel. Damn, this film is insane.

JOHN YUYI (Designer) MEAN GIRLS (2004) A legend in my teens.

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Words by Bea del Rio

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BEATS PLAYLIST

MUSIC TO HEAR

RELEASES Invading mine and Andrew’s playlist, here are our current faves. They’re really sick songs.

THE CHAINSMOKERS Alex Pall thechainsmokers.com

“Capsize” feat. Emily Warren FRENSHIP

“100it Racks” (feat. Drake & 2 Chainz) (Prod. By DJ Esco) Future

“Unsteady” X Ambassadors

“A Piece of Sun” Point Point

Here are songs that are anthems of my life as of the moment. I love the content and production in these; they instantly put me in a great mood.

EDEN iameden.eu

“My Hood” feat. Stormzy Ray BLK

“UGH!” The 1975

“Frank’s Track” Kanye West

“Stovall” Microwave

We used to blast these songs together at parties and dance and sing along like idiots, just a big list of favorites of all of ours.

HOOPS Drew Auscherman (Vocals/Guitar) hoops.bandcamp.com

“Not Good Enough” Blood Orange

“Bennington” John Maus

“Bonny” Prefab Sprout

“Domestic Scene” The Radio Dept.

Following 2013’s Mala, musical phenomenon DEVANDRA BANHART is back at it with Ape in Pink Marble. This calls for a “Celebration”! With his avantgarde style and quivering voice that’s enough to give one the chills, this folk singer is sure as hell going to get “Lucky” this year.

Electronic music scene’s favorite masked man ZOMBY returns home under the label Hyperdub after eight years, releasing his fourth album entitled Ultra in the process. The producer climbs through soil with 14 tracks, including collaborations with Banshee, Rezzett, and Darkstar.

Words by Honey Bautista EDEN photo by Diane Jong

MUSIC NEWS

Everything’s better the second time around as Road to ULTRA Philippines 2016 returns to the rave scene at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds in Pasay City. With an incredible lineup and world class visuals, September 17 is going to be legendary.

American hip-hop artist Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis returns to Manila for a one night at the Palace Pool Club in Taguig City. See them up close and personal and dance the night away with their rad beats and cool hits this September 22.

Happening from September 8 to 11, flock on over to Robin Hill country park on the Isle of Wight and witness top-notch performers of different genres as they come together to wow the crowd with an aural spectacle through UK’s Bestival 2016.

Marking their 11th album to date, TEENAGE FANCLUB’s newest record is finally Here—and it’s better than we’ve imagined. Returning after a six-year hiatus, the Scottish alt-rock band graces us with a 12-track LP, and we just can’t get enough of its lead single, “I’m in Love.”

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tech pack

GADGETS TO TRY

SLEEK IT UP

DOWNLOADS

Keeping it simple is the greatest luxury in the world.

BLOND SEGMENT CAMERA • A simple and compact mirrorless camera designed for the modern photographer • Its physical controls set into its cavity, protecting the controls but allowing users easy access • Draped in soft leather for a quality, tactile feel that exhibits a nostalgic aesthetic SRP: TBA

DOPPLER LABS HERE ONE WIRELESS EARBUDS • Allows you to instantly control real world audio through two wireless, in-ear buds and a smartphone app • Acts as a studio in your ears with a volume knob, equalizer, and effects to transform any incoming sound waves • Uses a variety of signal processing algorithms that target specific frequency ranges to modify sound SRP: PHP 11,706.86

THE HUNT By Style Hunter LLC With this app as your style guide, you can browse through new trends and exchange fashion advice with people similar to your taste.

BOWER & WILKINS × BURBERRY T7 GOLD EDITION WIRELESS SPEAKER • Comes with an exclusively designed black leather or tan suede Burberry case with a durable zip • Uses high-quality Bluetooth aptX to stream crystal clear audio files from a wide variety of compatible devices • Features unique drivers for room-filling spectacular sound and runs for 18 hours on a single charge SRP: PHP 46,780.42

BASSLET WEARABLE SUBWOOFER

STYLECT By Stylect Your search ends here as Stylect helps you find the perfect pair of shoes with over hundreds of brands available and amazing discounts.

• The world’s first watch-size subwoofer for your body with powerful bass for music, gaming, and VR • Uses a whole new technology for sound to deliver the beats and basslines of your music directly to you • Feel the full bass spectrum (10-250 Hz) with maximum precision, monitor your music, produce anywhere on your wrist SRP: PHP 7,052.33

AMAZON KINDLE OASIS • Amazon’s thinnest and lightest Kindle ever with the longest Kindle battery life • Built with an all-new ergonomic design with dedicated buttons and high-resolution 300 ppi display • Choose from a black, merlot, or walnut removable cover SRP: PHP 13,634.02

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STYLEBOOK By left brain / right brain, LLC Bringing your closet to life, this app lets you track your style inspo, plan your outfits in advance, and shop from your favorite retailers.


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F A CE PA I N T SMASHBOX “Studio Skin” 24-Hour Wear Waterproof Concealer in Fair P1,265.71

GERARD COSMETICS “Slay All Day” Green Tea Setting Spray P1,037.40 EYEKO “Rock Out & Lash Out” Mascara P1,417.60 TOM FORD “Soleil” Contouring Compact P5,467.87

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TARTE “Drench Lip Splash” Lipstick in Bonfire P1,125.50

Plum on over.

URBAN DECAY “Pro” Angled Lip Brush P1,113.82

LAURA MERCIER “Brow Dimension” Fiber Infused Color Gel P1,215.08

BOBBI BROWN “Brightening” Lip Gloss P1,316.34

ESTÉE LAUDER “After Hours” Pressed Powder Compact P1,999.82

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YVES SAINT LAURENT “Forever Light Creator” CC Crème Colour Corrector SPF 35 in Lavender P2,278.28

KAT VON D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Damned P943.19

Runway photo from Christian Dior Fall/Winter 2016

HOURGLASS Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Bisque P2,328.91


VAN I T I ES NAIL CARE

DARK GLAMOUR In elegant swatches of deep burgundys, plums, and soft pinks comes the TOM FORD BEAUTY ORCHID FALL 2016 MAKEUP COLLECTION, bound to make its way into our wishlist. This limited-edition line, made from exotic ingredients like soja seed extract, features Nightbloom powder, lip color, and solid perfume in ribbed, compact cases inspired by the iconic fragrance of their namesake.

The battle with weak fingernails that peel and split is over thanks to JULEP ‘MIGHTY NAIL’ CUTICLE SERUM’s protein-peptide technology that revitalizes dry and damaged cuticles all while strengthening nails.

Avoid taking an unwanted detour to Smudge City with BUTTER LONDON “P.D. QUICK DRY” CONDITIONING DROPS DRY OIL SERUM, which cuts down your polish drying time short while its rose hip seed extract leaves your hands soft.

Combining an acetone-free solution with the hydrating effects of its Abricot ingredients, DISSOLVANT ABRICOT NAIL POLISH REMOVER is nothing short of a miracle guaranteed to remove color with just one swipe while bringing back your nails’ natural shine.

EXPERT ADVICE For extra shine and strength, add a coat of clear gloss between each layer of nail polish.

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aking sure that their customers get the royal treatment, VANITY CIRCLE is the one-stop salon for crown-worthy pampering. Get a sense of an alluring French décor with its huge vintage mirrors, leather barber chairs, and glass chandelier that exude class with a dramatic effect. Specializing in hair treatments and nail care, indulge in their luxurious services fit for a queen right in the middle of the hustle and bustle city of Quezon City. 3/F Robinsons Magnolia Town Center Mall, Aurora Blvd. Cor. N Domingo & Doña Hemady St., New Manila, Quezon City facebook.com/vanitycirclesalonofficial

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GO S E E

March into the autumn breeze prepared in these different ways to rock the coat. Photos courtesy of lookbook.nu

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@carodaur

MARCO MOURA shows off his nudes in the form of a flowy coat and strappy sandals. @marco_moura

@boy.interrupted

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@evavelt

@jaimetoutcheztoi

@eversad

@liiskalda

Blogger CLAIRE LIU’s fur coat is the mane attraction of this balanced ensemble. @vonvogueblog

@pamhetlinger

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Autumn Daze Photographed by Mox Santos Styled by Ricci Calzado

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coat by H&M top by Zara pants by Uniqlo

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coat by by Warehouse Warehouse coat

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top by Mango

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jumpsuit by Forever 21

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Photographed by Miguel Alomajan Styled by Jill de Leon

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top by Forever 21 dress by H&M socks by Penshoppe shoes by adidas

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vest by Bagasao top by Topshop pants by Forever 21

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top by Miss Selfridge skirt by Forever 21 denim top by Penshoppe

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dress by Warehouse pants by Dorothy Perkins


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top by H&M camisole by Forever 21 pants by Levi’s

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Hair Theresa Padin Makeup Apple Fara-on of MAC Model Melissa Gatchalian

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COLOR THEORY Fall for hues this season with Pantone’s colors of Autumn 2016. Product photography by Daniel Santillan

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PARTY FLAVOR Spice it up.

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CONCRETE JUNGLE Gray matters.

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COPPER MOTION A rustic charm.

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RIVERSIDE

PRIVATE COOL True blue.

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EMERALD CITY Give the green light.

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AURORA RED

RED HERRING One in vermillion.

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PINK TANK

Big time blush.

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WA R M TAU P E

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NEUTRAL GROUND In the nude.

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A F T E R SCHOOL SPECIAL This just in: PUBLIC ACCESS T.V. is ready to broadcast their debut album, Never Enough. Tuning into a rhythmic snarl that draws from ‘70s pop rock and new wave nuances, the NYC quartet is bound to disrupt your regular programming. Please stand by. By Pola Beronilla Interview by Bea del Rio Photographed by April Arabella

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ublic Access T.V. is a rock band, plain and simple. Though they admittedly have good hair and dress cool, they’re not just another contemporary NYC band that you can’t wait to brag about discovering first; they mean serious business. Formed in 2014, John Eatherly (lead vocals/guitar), Xan Aird (lead guitar/vocals), Max Peebles (bass/ vocals), and Pete Star (drums/ vocals) had a collective goal in mind: to make music that feels natural to them. PATV built hype early on with the release of their debut track “Monaco,” which put the band on the radar of publications like The FADER, Clash Magazine, and NME–they even drew comparisons to The Strokes. However, they don’t really ponder in the luxury of flattery. “That comparison is a huge compliment, but it’s just the result of lazy, unthinking journalism,” says Xan. “They say that about every band in Manhattan that doesn’t use laptops onstage.”

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There’s a hint of decadence and heartbreak in PATV’s frenetic furor. In their latest banger “Sudden Emotion,” John sings with a passionate energy hardened by the boys’ jagged riffs and powerhouse drumming, which can be heard throughout their upcoming LP Never Enough. “The record is a collection of tales of urban struggle, glory, and lust,” quips the lead guitarist. “The inspiration came when I woke up in bed and there was a rat licking my toes.” Alongside their sad-eyed yet catchy hooks, PATV interweaves layers of irresistible melodies that are reminiscent of The Cars’ supreme pop sensibilities. Hooked on cheeky nostalgia, the band’s affinity for ’70s pop rock doesn’t sound too derivative, but more of a nod to the greats. Even though there are lots of obvious influences heard in their sonic template, the boys still deliver something cohesive and fresh to our ears. They’re far from doing second-rate imitations any time soon. PATV is big on bringing back the B-side! What’s your favorite B-side of all time? Xan: “Don’t Let Me Down” - 1969 Apple Records.


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Can you tell us some of the bands you’re currently listening to? X: We’ve all been living together in London for the past month, so each of us struggles to be heard. We usually can agree to put on Sinatra when the sun goes down. We listened to a lot of Suicide and Springsteen after Alan Vega gave up the ghost—may he find peace and a new motorcycle chain in heaven. I made a playlist late last night and it consists of Marty Robbins, Jacques Brel, a track from Nina Simone Live int Montreux, and a lot of Elvis at Sun Studios, the stuff with the ghostly slap back. It’s like aural xanax. Speaking of London, how different was it recording and playing in London as opposed to New York? X: In New York, the drugs are better, the beer is cold, human teeth are straight and clean, and they make use of a marvelous invention called air conditioning. England is grim and grisly. There’s nothing more pathetic and entertaining than touring the ruins of a depleted and gasping empire. More than half of the population decided in June to turn inward in anger, fear, and hate. That’s like if more than half of Americans voted for Donald Trump.

On the other hand, the kids over here have nothing else, so they go to shows and they truly care. If TV was such shit in America and you could drink legally and unburdened of puritan shame at the age of 18, rock & roll music wouldn’t have a breathing tube rammed down its throat in our country. What was the most important thing you’ve learned on the road? X: Don’t break down in Greenville, Tennessee in a van plastered over with Bernie Sanders propaganda.   What’s probably the greatest struggle about what you guys do? X: We’re poor, broke, skint, hard up, underfed, and underwashed. We’re in a waiting room with two doors—one could open up to glory and glitter and the other to obscurity and penury. Luckily, the magazines are pretty good. And the best part? X: We get to travel all over and we never know what day of the week it is. We aren’t forced to live lives of quiet desperation. On our deathbeds, we won’t regret what we didn’t do.

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ALL THAT J A Z Z Dolled up with a penchant for pop music, CHELSEA SHAG is all jazzed up as she pours out her soul into her debut record and reveals her truest colors to the world. By Pola Beronilla

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riginally hailing from Canada, Chelsea Shag is a wistful gem found in the corners of Atlanta. Coupled with a freespirited stage presence, she has been giving the city a subdued taste of her blend of jazz, soul, and pop. “Atlanta has given me more opportunities to see live music and really be part of a scene,” she shares. “I’ve been exposed to soul music here as well as hip-hop and R&B, which has heavily influenced my sound. There’s just something sweet in this part of the world.” Blessed with a sultry voice, the songstress turns classic soul sounds into something big, bright, and punchy. “I feel the blues more than anything, and jazz too. I’d be happy to play and sing jazz for the rest of my life because it feels natural to me, but it also challenges me,” says the artist. Even though she comes across as an old soul, Chelsea doesn’t lack in musical innovation either. Tearing down sonic boundaries and moving past a retro emulation, she spices up her soulful blend with a postmodern production. “What can I say? I’m a sucker for pop music. I’ve wanted to be Justin Timberlake since I was seven years old,” she quips. “Nowadays, I’m very much influenced by neo-soul, like Hiatus Kaiyote for example–I’m obsessed with their sound. I also love Erykah Badu and Amy Winehouse. Mixing pop and jazz/funk is my thing.” She recently released her debut album called Colours. “I went through so many names, but I couldn’t decide. Finally, I thought Colours was the right fit with it being so diverse and having seven tracks, just like how there are seven colors of the rainbow,” she says of the record’s title.


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“ We’re reinventing the image of females in the music world because it’s about our music and how it makes you feel. We’re fearless.”

Brimming with romantic woes, Chelsea unfolds a heartfelt collection of tracks in her debut. “I was falling in love at the time and writing a lot, so the album is full of love songs as well as heartbreaking songs,” she recalls. “I once was having a conversation with a good friend, and she sent me a poem she wrote. It was about falling in love and she asked, ‘What do you call these colors?’ Then I thought, ‘Wow. You really do see colors more brightly when you’re in love.’ It makes you see life through rosecolored frames.” Almost three years in the making, she also shares

that a lot of patience went into making of her much-awaited debut. “It took a lot of personal learning and heart-throbbing moments; it had a lot of growing to do,” she recollects. “Tanner Hendon and Wyatt Oates (my producer and my engineer) gave me all the freedom with my tunes and really let me stay true to my artistic ideas. They really brought out the best of me.” Apart from showing her true colors, she’s also on a mission to reinvent the image of females in the world of music. “So much of a female’s image in the industry is determined by who she’s dating

or who she’s wearing. My music is reinventing the image because of the shock when people find out it’s me playing the guitar solos–the so-goodit-makes-you-laugh moments when I’m rocking out on stage,” she says. “I basically went to an all-male music college, but the world’s changing. With artists like myself, Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes, and Nai Palm from Hiatus Kaiyote, we’re reinventing the image of females in the music world because it’s about our music and how it makes you feel. We’re fearless.” As she gears up to let her voice be heard, she’s set to step out of her comfort zone and explore what’s beyond her. “I have to get my music out there. What I’m mostly looking forward to is just hearing more feedback from my record, getting in front of more people and making more connections.” She goes on, “I’m also in the midst of recording a full-length record that‘ll be released sometime early next year. I’ll be working hard in the meantime to just be the best I can be. Expect great music to come.”

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Raising a middle finger to the conventional, lo-fi indie rock band HOOPS manages to seep smoothly through the cracks of today’s competitive music industry with an attitude that insinuates the true tools of the trade. By Bea del Rio Interview by Pola Beronilla Photographed by Daniel Topete

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hat started out as vocalist and guitarist Drew Auscherman’s solo project way back in junior high school, Hoops became a full-fledged band when he recruited his longtime friends, Kevin Krauter (vocals/ bass), Keagan Beresford (vocals/ keys/guitar), and James Harris (drums). Delivering ambient noise music nostalgic of the ‘80s, Hoops’ sound is a dreamy harmony of tones achieved through heavy exploration of production quality, and the equipment they use—a definitive reflection of excellent chemistry within the band. Drew shares, “That’s kind of a central theme in the way we write and record songs, making sure each individual part flows and interacts with everything

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else.” In a generation saturated with standardized “good quality” and obsessed with insistent artificiallyachieved perfection, the refreshing and stirring lo-fi sound Hoops produce is a novelty the world needs to get reacquainted with. Without so much as what is considered the necessary online publicity for artists these days, Hoops cuts away through all the bullshit and delivers pure, amazing talent. Proving good ol’ fashioned rock & roll centered more in the music rather than in keeping face for the public is still possible these days as the Indiana-based quartet follows up their two previously acclaimed demos with the release of a self-titled debut EP that holds

up to, and even goes beyond, their already established reputation. For all the good noise they’re getting from the music community at the moment, their music seems to effortlessly rise above. Looking at your Bandcamp, your album covers are interesting. Is there a story behind its artistic direction? Drew: I made the album covers for our first three tapes. Kevin and I actually collaborated on the first tape design. I like Xerox art a lot, and album covers from older and newer punk groups. It’s all heavily inspired by that sort of stuff. Our EP album cover was made by my friend Jenna, who’s an excellent artist. She did the majority of the EP cover on a Xerox copy machine. Going into your upcoming release, what are the themes and topics that you tackled in your debut EP? D: Musically, the EP is made up of songs we’ve been working on for a year or more, so we were basically trying to make a serious effort at creating a recorded version that sounds more polished but stays true to the lower fidelity-type sound on


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our tapes. Lyrically, we basically just wrote the little nuances of our lives into song. There wasn’t any grand thematic approach to it, but we looked at how the arrangement of the songs worked and created lyrics that fit into that feeling.

as opposed to doing everything at ourselves, which will relieve some pressure and make it easier for us to just focus on the songs and the production quality without getting overwhelmed by the actual execution of the record.

How do you guys manage to make your own identity without mimicking the sound of your influences too much? D: We don’t really try to strive for originality or authenticity. I think we’re all really inspired people who try to make music that makes us happy and sounds good. I think that if you’re always caught up in worrying about trying to not sound like someone else, the music can sound contrived. It’s good to let your influences shine through.

hoops.bandcamp.com @hoopsband

What’s next for Hoops? D: In the near future, we’re planning on making a new record, which has all of us pretty stoked. We’ll be working with an engineer at a studio,

“We don’t really try to strive for originality or authenticity... If you’re always caught up in worrying about trying to not sound like someone else, the music can sound contrived.”

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THE SUIT LIFE With a tailored pocket full of charm, English lifestyle vlogger, model, and Internet personality JIM CHAPMAN takes us through a room of squares with each dip into his dapper life. By Janroe Cabiles Photographed by Chris Fenner

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f anyone can talk the talk and walk the walk in perfectly tapered trousers, it’s Jim Chapman. First traipsing onto our radar five or six odd years ago as one of the pioneering vloggers out there, he’s now one of the most stylish, long-standing names in the online universe. Speaking of anything bespoke or sartorial, he has stepped out of the screen with collaborations with brands Mulberry, Louis Vuitton, Dunhill, Coach, Ferrari, and Burberry, and department store John Lewis with a project entitled Chapman × Lewis, as well as a monthly column at British GQ. With this much influence on the fashion world, it’s hard to believe it all began with a computer screen. “It all started when my sister (Samantha Chapman of PixiWoo on YouTube) started doing it, and then my wife Tanya Burr started,” he recalls. “Basically, I graduated from university and was working in general jobs, and I just wasn’t very happy. On weekends, I would make videos of some fun things to do; I had no idea it

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“I think a guy should always put time and effort in, but never look like he put too much time and effort in.”

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JERICK SANCHEZ doesn’t dabble in any sort of modern-day bewitchment, but with the way he takes a taste of a different century and immortalizes it in contemporary photography, he might as well be cooking up some good ol’ magic through his viewfinder. By Airiz Casta Interview by Kit Andaya

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was in the red-lit comforts of his university’s dark room that fashion photographer Jerick Paul Sanchez–then just a student armed with a trusty little SLR and a few rolls of black-andwhite film–got that serendipitous Eureka moment that set the course of his future: he’s going to be a photographer, and he’d start with the handful of chemical-soaked B&W snapshots for their Basic Photography class. “I don’t believe that my first 10,000 shots are the worst,” Jerick relates after the quick recollection, referring to a famous quote by French candid photography meister Henri Carter-Bresson. “Those shots I took built who I am today. They basically paved the way to where I am right now, so yes, I wouldn’t see them as my worst. I would prefer to

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see them as my stepping stones.” And some stepping stones they were. His vintage-tinged shots eventually found their way in the industry’s snazziest glossies, churning out editorials for Mega and shooting for Philippine Tatler, Star Style, and Garage. Recently, he worked with Coco Rocha for a Mega magazine project. With every camera flash, he makes sure that the resulting image will get a tastefully old-fashioned vibe. He professes his love to whole act of it: pulling his classic muses from the retro recesses of this world’s collective memory and fusing it with the newest demands of our time, where virtually everyone is a just an app away from #tagging themselves as professional photographers. Thrust in the glitzy bedlam of the fashion industry and fenced by overnight e-shutterbugs, what goes on in this millennial lensman’s head? STATUS sits with him to find out how he clicks in these eclipsing worlds. It has always been your dream to shoot edgy fashion editorials. How does it feel to be living the dream? This is something I didn’t expect to happen. It was just a big dream


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before and now I’m working with the industry’s best of the bests. It’s humbling, looking back on where I started. I’m just really thankful for all the opportunities that are coming in. And I’m also thankful to my friends who were there to support me from the very start. If not for them, I may not have followed this path. I may be working as a writer or a researcher in a broadcasting company. Did you attend workshops or have any formal training in photography? I didn’t have any formal classes. If you’d consider my photography class in college, that’s it. Maybe, it just really started because I was with friends who are equally creative. I’m very thankful to them. I’m especially thankful to Rei Buesing, one of my best friends, because we were really creative partners back then. If not for him, I wouldn’t be a fashion photographer right now. Or a portrait photographer…or a photographer. It’s funny whenever I say it because I still don’t consider myself as a photographer. How would you describe your style as a photographer? Vintage. I think I’m more of an old soul when it comes to shoot concepts. People always tell me I’m more of a classic photographer. From ‘50s flicks to war photos, from James Dean to Audrey Hepburn, they’re sure to get my creative juices flowing.

What’s it like to be a millennial photographer in the fashion industry today? What do you think makes you stand out from the rest? It’s really hard. It’s hard to compete with new and creative talents. Maybe I stand out because I base my work on old things. You’ve worked with a various range of publications. If given a chance to publish your own publication, what would it be like? I have an online magazine called Zone that I’ve started with my friends. Unfortunately, we don’t have time to update it anymore. If given a chance, I want to recreate Zone and make it more refined. It will be more womencentric and focused on feminism. I want to make it less lifestyle. I want it to be full on black-andwhite photos. What’s your dream photo shoot? That’s a hard question. This may sound cheesy, but I always wanted to do a portrait of my grandparents. I haven’t done it yet, because for some reason, I can’t seem to do it. I’m really close to them, but I’m shy to ask them to pose for me...it pains to know that they’re really getting old. Who is your muse? Someone who is always looking for something, who is trying to find something but reflects that they can do it by themselves. A person who looks vulnerable but has a fierceness inside. You look for strength. You dig out their weaknesses to reveal their emotions.

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Hitting us once with his debut close to home and hitting us back from all around the world, Filipino designer RENAN PACSON packs a perverse punch with his rebellious pieces. By Janroe Cabiles Photographed by Rxandy Capinpin and Sundae Cruz

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reaking bad parts off of bad boys and girls is part of Renan Pacson’s charm. Creating gender neutral outerwear in a fluid fashion, he stands by his philosophy in that “the devil is in the details.” Making his debut at MEGA Young Designers Competition in 2012 with his o-yoroi collection which won him the trophy, he pushed his boundaries and crossed borders, working at a haute couture shop in Dubai, and then later participating at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo last year as well as the International Fashion Showcase at London Fashion Week just this February. “I’ve always had an innate urge to create something with my hands. I think I got the buzz for fashion because of its fast pace. I’m too impatient to be any other kind of artist,” the designer recalls. “It all started when I was a child. As cliché as it may sound, I grew up with two sisters and would play paper dolls with them. And then later in high school, I would volunteer to design costumes for class activities, like

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performances that took place during Linggo ng Wika, to celebrate our mother language.” Going back to basics picked up from his BS Clothing Technology degree from the University of the Philippines, he maintains his vagabond aesthetic while daring to work local fibers into his pieces. “Challenge fuels me. I enjoy incorporating piña into knitwear. Another challenge for me, though not from local material, was working with PET fabric which are made out of mineral water bottles because of its low absorbency.” Catching eyes from the likes of Candid and Preview Magazine, he romanticizes his dark palette, predominately black, with exquisite accents and silhouettes, taking the rugged look up a notch. Taking queues from his own fashion icons, he mixed in his own style to conceive his clean-cut core. “I got acquainted with fashion in the early 2000s. During that time, Galliano and McQueen were the reigning supremes–so to me, they were gods. There were also Viktor & Rolf


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“Start now. Find a mentor. Embrace criticism.” and Chalayan, who I thought were brilliant,” he shares. “Then the MYDC came along, and I realized my personal style could actually be my design aesthetic as well.” From then on, he’s set out to raise anarchy and attitude with his refined vision. What’s your favorite collection to date? Seams and Interruptions, my Spring/Summer 2016 collection which I showed at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo, but my debut collection o-yoroi will always have a special place in my heart. How did your experience in Dubai affect your creative process? I learned a lot when it comes to technical knowledge, as they use high couture techniques there in the Middle East. But creative-wise and for my own use, I learned how to edit.

Can you share a little bit about your experience at the International Fashion Showcase at London Fashion Week? It was the closest thing to showing at an international season, as the IFS was held during London Fashion Week. So it was exciting to know who would suddenly drop by the exhibition in between shows. Aside from the platform and exhibit, I appreciated all the lectures and workshops held within the exhibition hall. They take incubating young talents seriously and invest in them. I wish we had a similar support system at home. What was the most random thing or event that inspired a design from you? A lot; inspirations always come from random things and people. I’m usually inspired by just sitting in one spot and watching people on the street. How do you keep yourself inspired, especially when experiencing designer’s block? I run or just walk aimlessly. I also clear my mind by cleaning, especially the bathroom [laughs]. What’s your advice to the aspiring young designers that are yet to find their confidence in their own creations? Start now. Find a mentor. Embrace criticism. Keep on creating, steal ideas at first if you must, eventually you will find your own voice and aesthetic. Always be real.

renanpacson.com @RenanPacson

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From kicking off dirt to hitting the pavement in concrete jungles, designer ERICKA DEL ROSARIO seamlessly seeks the symmetry and synergy of style with her brand, Kakáslok. By Janroe Cabiles Photographed by Mikey Estrada, McLayne Ycmat, and Hao Nguyen

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stories of snob shots and sewing kits, Ericka del Rosario shares snaps of style, whether in grainy scenes or seams of her vision realized into her brand Kakáslok. Featured in Flaunt Magazine, V, Hypebeast, L’Officiel Paris, The FADER, Fucking Young!, and Complex, the brand she built is both a shout-out to her past and a fabric of her present in California, tending to her roots from miles away. Hailing from the hazy streets of Quezon City, Philippines, she raced through the ruins of Project 6, earning her nickname kakáslok–a colloquial term for little shit. But at the age of seven, her family picked up and left for Seattle, in search for a better life. Upon her arrival–and padded years of navigating through adolescence–she soon realized that the road less traveled had her name embroidered all over it. “Growing up in a conservative family, it was difficult to want to be in the arts,” she recalls. “They’d want you to become either a nurse or dentist,

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but of course, I wanted to do the total opposite. I was in love with photography and would take art classes in high school even though I didn’t know how to draw or any of the basic skills.” Getting a glimpse of what it would take to get to where she is now, she went gung-ho off the conventional track and grit her teeth. “I can’t count how many times I skipped class just to do something fun, like drive to the city, go to a show, go to the beach, or just stay at home and work on projects. I just did it because I wanted to be inspired and get work done that would benefit my future and the route I wanted to take. School wasn’t teaching me that–the streets were.” Cutting off slack for steeze, she hustled hard for to make the move to the Big Apple. “I wanted New York so bad; I worked late-night shifts at Wendy’s and H&M while still a full-time high school student on the brink of graduating. I applied for scholarships consistently at Parsons. Finally, when I stacked enough bread, I moved.” Taking up post at Parsons pursuing photography, she fell underway to fashion, shooting for streetwear brands as well as styling shoots. “I was always intrigued by fashion, in


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learning how to construct a garment.” With her first swing at sewing and a fresh white T-shirt to show for it, everything was set in stone– this was what she wanted. Having worked at Opening Ceremony, Dover Street Market, and finally interning at Alexander Wang, she dropped out of Parsons and quit the latter, focusing more on her so-called project at the time. Turning up a sleek style for what she envisions as a creative audience, her Fall/Winter 2015 collection Project Six came together, recalling her childhood in monochrome pieces of simplicity and stability, built on the inspiration of experience: a sartorial montage of first steps, first love, and first failures.

Continuing her vision of garments fit for the grind, she’s recently released her Spring/Summer 2017 collection, Boyhood. Taking queues from the scenes and senses of Richard Linklater’s award-winning film of the same name, she constructed a visceral movement in a tattered sense: perfectly tailored pieces prepped and ready for the rugged delinquent in torn jeans. With an accompanying zine out with the collection, she muses on the realest of realism that goes into play in fashion. “I feel as if the youth today focuses a lot on building a brand just to make money, rather than building a project and having it grow into a brand.” She continues, “Let’s be more authentic with what we put out. A lot of these brands are inspired by punk rock, but never really experience that growing up– like going to an underground show, or actually listening to it growing up. These fashion brands are putting out these skate T-shirts, but [they’ve] never even skated.” Just like the emotional fiber she put to fabric in Project Six, Boyhood shouts to the moments we call home–and not just the broad essence of youth–but that tender time of confusion and nuanced freedom called childhood.

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His name might constantly be seen on social media due to continuous news on his love life, but there’s definitely more to TYGA’s path than meets the screen. By Denise Mallabo Interview by Jill de Leon Photographed by THEYAOH Assisted by Patrick Dayao Styled by Michael St. Michael Grooming Timothy Ro


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SPORTING AND DECKED OUT IN BRANDED STREETWEAR,

jacket by Landlord, hoodie by Alexander Wang, pants by Landlord,shoes by Gucci

Tyga rocked every rack spread out for him, but that comes as no surprise since he’s no stranger to style. Starting his own clothing line Last Kings in 2010, the 26-year old rapper pushed the boundaries of what was initially his merch. “It was basically my merchandise on tour, like hats and T-shirts. We started selling out the products, so we decided to make it into a full brand and take it worldwide. We just opened our second store in California.” Going back to his roots, music was vital to him since the age of 12. “I just liked the way my voice sounded and I wanted to perfect it, so I made making music a hobby and started doing it after school,” says Tyga. The first rap album that he bought was Eminem’s Slim Shady LP, to which he related his whole life despite the difference in background. “Even though we’re not the same age and I grew up differently, it’s all about the music. It’s Eminem’s story that connected me to hip-hop; he made me want to rap,” he admits. The rapper already has four studio albums released, as well as a pool of mixtapes featuring collabs with hip-hop artists like Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Bow Wow, and 2 Chainz. When asked what’s the importance of releasing mixtapes for him, he says that it just goes well together with rap. “You always want to keep your music current and releasing mixtapes is a good way to present that new style to the world. I always want to progress in my style in terms of music, and I want people to progress with me,” he explains. Just recently, he released a single called “1 of 1,” a dancehall tune with an imminent reggae feel to it. He flew all the way to Kingston, Jamaica to shoot the music video, which was directed by Illusive Media’s Shomi Patwary. “I’ve always wanted to do a Jamaican summer track and it’s a timely thing to do


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“I ALWAYS WANT TO PROGRESS IN MY STYLE IN TERMS OF MUSIC, AND I WANT PEOPLE TO PROGRESS WITH ME.”

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right now,” says Tyga, who’s part Jamaican himself. As if this California native isn’t busy enough, he’s now dabbling into acting as well. He just recently starred alongside Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Nicki Minaj, and Common in Barbershop: The Next Cut, and he can be seen soon with Bruce Willis and Jason Momoa in the comedy Going Under. Progressing with his style came along with everything else going on. He recently dropped this Marcelo Burlon × Tyga collaboration with the Argentinian designer out at Saaks, featuring Asianthemed accents such tigers and bamboos on the line. As he sits down with us to speak of his latest ventures, he touches up on how he deals with bad publicity, his reality show, and being part of the Wang squad. Stepping aside from music, have you always wanted to get into the fashion industry or did it just fall into your lap? I was always into style. I knew one day, I’d do something with fashion. Getting into rap, you’ve got to have a certain fashion sense to match your rap style. You got to have a certain kind of swag and charisma to be a rapper, so I think fashion and music just go hand in hand.

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jacket by Alexander Wang, pants by R.Swiader

Can you give us a little insight on your creative process while making the Marcelo Burlon × Tyga  capsule collection? I’ve known Marcelo for about two years now. He would always send me clothes and I would always buy a lot of his stuff. I would wear his clothes in my videos, so he started sending me stuff for free. He started talking about a collaboration, but I didn’t feel like it was the right time during that time. He sent me a few ideas, and my team and I sent ours over, and it just came together.


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“I’M NOT PLANNING ON BEING REMEMBERED AT THIS SLIGHT SECOND BECAUSE I’M STILL MAKING THOSE MEMORIES, AND I STILL GOT A LOT TO DO.” What’s the most exciting part about joining the #WangSquad? I think it’s dope because Alexander showed me a lot of love throughout my career. I have performed at some of his fashion events, he would always invite me and I would sit front row on his shows. It’s just good to keep a good relationship with him as he evolves with his fashion career and me evolving in my career in music as well. Aside from Alexander Wang, which designers do you think fit your style? No one in particular, but I like high fashion streetwear. It’s comfortable. I’d rather wear expensive sweats than expensive jeans. How would you describe your fashion style? I would have to say dope, swag, slim-jiggy fresh. What article of clothing can you never live without? It would have to be a watch or a chain. What’s your favorite pair of shoes that you own? Nike Air Force. Among all your tattoos, which one is your favorite? I always get tattoos whenever I feel like it, but I don’t really have a favorite. I feel like all of them represent a different time of my life. The ideas just come to me individually, and I have so many.

How do you deal with criticism? Do you still get bummed about negativity surrounding you in the press? No, I’m not a kid anymore. When I was younger, what people say might affect me but surely when I got older, I just realized what life is really about. A lot of the negative things people say are just meant to distract you from your actual life. I just focus on my vision and don’t let it affect my life. I heard you’ve premiered the second season of your show Kingin’ with Tyga. What can we expect from it? It’s going to be really fun. We took it worldwide. We did an episode in Australia and Dubai. I just wanted to show my fans around the world the real behind-the-scenes of my life, and how much fun we have while traveling the world. Aside from music, you’ve gone into acting, merchandising, producing, and now modeling. How do you want people to remember you by? I want people to know that I always give my all in every situation, just being the best that I could be. I don’t want to put myself in a jar. I think I got a lot of time, so I’m not planning on being remembered at this slight second because I’m still making those memories, and I still got a lot to do.

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SURE Compelling, alluring, and tense, MILES ADLRIDGE shoots his muses with a mysterious charm that never goes out of fashion. By Pola Beronilla


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in pretty situation is a feat that Miles Aldridge does naturally–but his portraits are more than just pretty. Rich with erotic insinuation, his body of work seduces you with a heady and immersive storytelling as he wistfully captures pure glamour riddled with suspense and surrealism. Hitting close to that 20year mark, he recalls clicking with photography very early on. At the tender age of ten with his dad’s Nikon in hand, Miles snapped his first ever photo, opening his mind’s eye to an explicit oddity. “I remember taking a doll down to the cellar and hanging it by it’s neck from a small window in the ceiling. The light falling on the ‘dead’ doll was very evocative,” describes the British artist. His pathway towards a career in art was always clear to him, with his father being a celebrated illustrator and art director who worked around psychedelic and sometimes shocking imagery. “I saw my father draw pictures, which became books and record covers that gave the family an income and a way to live from this process,” he shares. “This was very helpful in trusting that one can live off good pictures.”

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Drawing a line to his passion for the arts, he enrolled himself at Central St Martins to study illustration and reeled in a slew of music videos before developing a career as a fashion photographer in the mid-‘90s. From then on, he soon found his photos published on the pages of W, Numéro, GQ, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, The New Yorker, and Vogue Italia, which helped him build a long-lasting collaboration with the latter’s editor Franca Sozzani, and has shot for YSL, Long Champ, MAC, Sergio Rossi, Lavazza, Mercedes E-Class, L’Oreal, Hugo Boss, and


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Paul Smith. His honorable film roll has also been exposed around the world, from Brancolini Grimaldi in Florence, Hamiltons Gallery in London, and Steven Kasher Gallery in New York, while a collection of his portraits are held permanent in the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the International Center for Photography. More recently, he launched his latest book Please Return Polaroid, revisiting his archive of magazine assignments through the years. “I like how something apparently so throwaway has such power to arrest one’s attention,” says Miles of his amusement for Polaroids. “They’re jewel-like mementos of my history. Each one represents a thought towards making a picture.” From color photography of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s A Matter of Life and Death to the shock value of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali’s Un Chien Andalou, it’s apparent that the artist also pulls from cinematic influences, but more particularly from film legends David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock. “These filmmakers work with images of mystery. I like to use the same tricks,” shares the seasoned lensman. Truly a director at heart, Miles continues to hold a sacred approach to every angle and obsession to detail. His zealous process includes drawings, scribbled notes, casual tears, storyboards, and Polaroids. “I think of an idea about a woman and then, with many drawings, I study all aspects of that idea: location, props, lighting, references to paintings/ cinema/photography,” he shares of his routine. Breaking down characters painted with lurid candy colors, his photographs are parallel to a series of single-frame melodramatic scenes as he pulls the viewer within his psychedelic territory. Though

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he never loses sight of his eye for style, his imagery often falls somewhere outside the realm of fashion photography proper, telling a hard-edged tale about something other than the clothes. Shooting to thrill with an electric feel, Miles Aldridge will keep you guessing. There seems to be a sense of discomfort in your photos. Where does this come from? Simply that the world we live in is uncomfortable. Tell us about your muse. Strange beauty is my muse. How do you feel about the fashion world and how they glamorize reality? Well, reality can be boring.

Is there still pressure for women to adhere to feminine qualities and behaviors? It’s not my role to advise women on how to dress or behave. What has been most interesting project you have done so far? There really isn’t one; my whole career has been one long interesting project. How does it feel that you’re nearing your 20-year mark as a photographer? Looking back, I feel content about my journey from that “grunge photographer” in 1995 to the work I produce now. Complete the statement: A good photographer always… …shoots on film. In search for the perfect photo, what do you look for? A surprise.

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einventing clean-cut silhouettes and crisp details in a monochromatic palette while also dabbling with music and taking over the nightlife, it’s clear that Marcelo Burlon’s limit does not exist. Hailing from Patagonia, Argentina, he moved to Milan more than two decades ago and fell into a melting pot of creative roles. Spending the early stages of his career in PR and DJ-ing, his diverse taste in music showed early signs of an artistic force. “I like so many different types of music, from hiphop to techno. I love listening to Argentinian folk music too; I can listen to it almost every day of my life. I grew up with the deep house of the ‘90s, but I can also listen to Nina Simone all week long and then move to Drake on the weekend.” As he began to fall in love with the party scene, Marcelo managed to bridge a connection with big names in the fashion industry like Raf Simons as well as Riccardo Tisci, who he still considers his best friend and biggest influence. After ample experience in composing music for other designers’ shows and putting together epic parties with a wide variety of personalities, he further immersed himself into fashion by collaborating with graphic designer Giorgio di Salvo in 2012. Starting off with a collection of T-shirts featuring Argentinian elements like crosses, birds, and serpents blended with hints of the ‘90s club culture, the line easily became a

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status symbol for all the cool kids. After heading back to his roots for inspiration and research, they were able to sell 10,000 pieces with little to no effort, and thus, County of Milan was born. “I wanted to create an illusion of Milan to be seen as a county. What I really want to communicate is that this city isn’t only about business–there’s a whole other world to discover. There’s a culture behind it. It’s about belonging to a community and embracing a lifestyle. We wanted to be recognized as being part of something, represented by symbols that are personal to us,” shares the designer. While most people would think of this success as endgame and a sign to slow things down, Marcelo only saw it as fuel for his flame. He then came out with another collection in Spring/Summer 2013, which sold out everywhere in the world within five days. A year after, he collaborated with G-SHOCK for a small release of 500 watches, which, to no surprise, also sold out in a matter of hours, marking his status as a retail powerhouse. Despite his consistent triumphs, he doesn’t treat fashion like a business, but rather, a society. “I don’t see customers from a specific age range or a particular social class purchasing my pieces. I try to convey my message to a wider audience. My customer doesn’t buy my brand because of the clothing itself, but because they want to belong to this big and weird family,” he explains. Marcelo’s distinct style may be explained by the fact that he doesn’t aim to compete with other designers or sell as many products as he can. He finds inspiration in everything and everyone, all while submerging himself into the consumer’s point of view. “I do my own thing. I don’t


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“Just do what you like, be focused on your ideals, and do not let people take advantage of you.”

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follow any trends. But I think that designers have something special. Even if you don’t particularly like what they do, there’s always something interesting about them. I also like to interact directly with my consumers, because I am one of them.” With the recent growth of luxury streetwear in mainstream media adding to his luck, Marcelo’s masterwork flows along with it. In spite of his continuous success in fashion, he still hasn’t forgotten his love for music and other forms of art, even going as far as expressing that one cannot exist without the other. “I really believe that the connection between them is natural. Music is art, fashion is art, and art is life.” With his passion to create burning greater than ever, Marcelo’s appreciation for music doesn’t go unreciprocated, as musicians continuously reach out to him for collaborations. From overseeing the creative direction of Future’s album art for DS2, creating County of Pusha with Pusha T, and most recently collaborating with Tyga for an exclusive collection for American retail chain, Saks Fifth Avenue, it’s clear that his Midas touch for art knows no boundaries. “I’ve been a fan of Tyga since his first album, and I’ve bonded with him over our similar aesthetic, so we decided to do something together. It’s a very easy and friendly collaboration. The capsule could be the first of many partnerships, including another collection and even an album cover.

“Music is art, fashion is art, and art is life.”

When these synergies happen, you just never know,” he shares. This year, the original dream team got back together as he once again teamed up with Giorgio di Salvo for another collection with G-SHOCK. Sticking to their signature design aesthetic, the collection incorporates a camouflage print modified with Marcelo’s trademark snake details on a 3D printed strap, displaying both his allegiance to his roots as well as his adaptability to technology. After decades of hustling and fulfilling his thirst for the craft, to say that Marcelo has made a name for himself would be an understatement. With County of Milan distributed in more than 200 stores around the world, the brand has expanded into swimwear, footwear, and bags while raking in millions every year. To him, the formula for his success isn’t that complicated. For those who dream to create art of their own, he shares, “Every week and season there’s something new, and numbers are growing very quickly. Just do what you like, be focused on your ideals, and do not let people take advantage of you. Read a lot of books and get inspired by the people that you love.”

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in the making, but she’s also an unsung heroine waiting to be heard. Hyped as Kanye West’s newest protégé as the model-turned-singer signs under Yeezy’s record label, she’s definitely in G.O.O.D. hands.

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Just a small town girl living in a lonely world, Kacy Hill’s path towards Kanye West’s recording studio is like a Netflix Original waiting to happen. Straight after finishing high school, she packed her bags and left her hometown to chase a big city dream she never knew of. The Phoenix native started dabbling in fashion soon after being discovered by a wedding photographer she originally interned for, which led her to becoming the face for American Apparel. “I moved to L.A. when I was 18 and I was just modeling for a little while—‘cause it was a job and it seemed very convenient—but I was never super passionate about it,” she says. Even though she was trained to classical music, picking up the oboe and the saxophone, pursuing a career in music never crossed her mind. “I grew up in Arizona, and it’s not really a place where you can be like, ‘I want to be a pop star or a songwriter.’ It didn’t make sense because there was no feasible outlet for it, but I always wanted to do some kind of music,” she recalls. “I just didn’t think it was realistic to think of it that way, so I tucked it away. Then when I came to L.A., I guess I started digging that dream.” May it be pure luck or fate, Kacy was predisposed for a career in music, despite having the makings of an It-girl—that soothing milky complexion and copper red hair of hers have landed her editorial spots in Vogue and W. Trading fashion

poses for musical aspirations, she went past the glitz and glamour to see what was waiting for her. “I met this photographer who introduced me to a producer, and I started making music with them; it was the first time I wrote music,” she says. “Probably after a month and half when I first started writing, I went on tour with Kanye West as one of Vanessa Beecroft’s models for his Yeezus Tour.” Though she was just among the nameless, faceless women on stage, Kacy used the voice she was blessed with and luckily, she was heard. “He ended up hearing the music that I was making. I signed on after that, and it just kinda snowballed from there.” The snowball just kept growing bigger when people started taking notice as she released her first song “Experience” in 2014. Garnishing her dream pop framework with a silky falsetto and minimalistic synths, Kacy released a five-track EP called Bloo the following year under G.O.O.D. Music. Staying true to its name, signing under Kanye West’s record label was a good deal. “It’s a really good label for someone who wants to have space to create. They weren’t really involved in the early stages of my project, and I think that was a blessing in disguise because I was able to figure what I wanted to be.” While he might not be as handson with his artists, Kacy has been nothing but grateful to Mr. West. “It’s really special to have his input on my project. He has opened my mind to branching out to things that aren’t really my first instincts. He’s great at curating things, making them more high-end and more fine art. That’s why he’s been a great inspiration.” When asked whether she

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minds being labeled as a protégé of Kanye, she says, “I actually don’t mind that title. It doesn’t really bother me. He’s not super closely involved in my project, and I think those kinds of titles eventually fade away. It’s never been on my mind that it’s a defining factor because the music I make, he makes, and everybody else’s music in the label is so different from each other.” She goes on, “I make stuff that I want to hear. When I go into the studio, I want to make myself feel good and get something out of it emotionally. I want to make music that I want to learn from as an artist, a songwriter, and also a human being.” Even though she’s one of the faces of the Calvin Klein Fall 2016 campaign, alongside Frank Ocean, Kate Moss, and Young Thug, and has posed on the cover of V Magazine next to Lucky Blue Smith, Kacy always puts her music career first. “At the end of the day, I’m a songwriter. I like making music and constantly feel the need to

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make music. It’s very cathartic for me,” she shares. “I feel like I can’t function when I’m not writing music or being creative. Music will always come first; fashion is just a byproduct of what I make in music. I don’t want it to ever overshadow what matters the most to me.” Currently at the final stages of refining her full-length debut, Kacy’s fully satisfied with the unexpected path she took towards self-discovery. “Part of making an album is the grueling process and it’s emotionally taxing, especially because the things I write about are very fresh and relevant to my daily life. It’s also been taxing as a new artist who is putting out her first album because it becomes everyone’s first impression of you,” she admits. “I don’t have the space to waste time and music on things I don’t fully believe in. Everyday’s a struggle, but it’s very rewarding. I don’t see myself doing anything else.”

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POPS OF FLORAL Crowned with platinum and glory, model and social media influencer WANDA CHEN adds a dash of color to a monochrome world.

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PINS

These pins are the cutest. I got them from @opiumpapi.

CAT sby Lesley anne ivory

I love it so much because cats + poems = literary masterpiece.

KYLIE LIP KIT

I’ve succumbed to the hype, but I swear Exposed is the ultimate lippie if you’re looking for that perfect nude shade.

SKIRT

Hair and Makeup Iya Yujuico for MAC

This was a gift from my friend; it’s my closet staple.

SKETCH

My friend JC Peñaflorida, who happens to be a propainter, made this for me back when my hair was still dark.

YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING BY JOAN DIDION

CAP

All my caps are pink but this is my fave right now because avocados

First book I ever read of Joan Didion and it touched my heart.

FRIDA KAHLO POSTCARD

I love this because Frida Kahlo is the ultimate girl crush!

FLOWERS

It’s a flower fetish thing. I like collecting flowers, dead or alive, ‘cause even when they’re dead, they’re still so pretty. How 2 b u?

JACKET SHAMPOO

Purple shampoo is the key to platinum blond hair!

My go-to jacket. It’s also extra handy for the rainy season; it makes you look fab af.

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