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STATUSPHERE 9 THREADS 12 SETTING 13 BRICK & MORTAR 14 SCREEN 15 BEATS 16 TECH PACK
By Pola Beronilla
PAINT: ICE QUEEN
Beauty is a dish best served frosted.
Vocalizing the musings of a lady, Anna Wise responds to the call of being the patron face of feminism while threading the harsh waves of the oftenpatriarchal music industry.
BEAUTY 18 FACE
Swiftly strutting away from the fashion runway, Jessica Yang a.k.a. Jesych finds a new persona in the form of a music maven that seduces you with her eclectic charms.
By Gabrielle Abrahan
Riding high on the thrill of the rebellious youth, Miami-based rapper Pouya drops sick rhymes and gritty beats to permanently establish his presence on urban music history.
VANITIES: QUEEN OF SHADE
Let your luscious lips do the talking.
BEAUTY BITE: NAIL TROPICS
By Sue Leong
Stay polished and refined even in your most relaxed state with these subdued yet chic pieces that dances between the territory of luxury and cozy. By Miguel Alomajan
Dive into the blasé atmosphere by layering a myriad of wardrobe staples that come in various silhouettes, natural textures, and monochrome hues. By James Lopez
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2016
End the year with good vibes brought by these tastefullycurated pieces.
Seeing things in vivid color like no other observer does, fashion and beauty photographer Dookie Ducay captures his subjects in their most pristine state from any perspective. By Janroe Cabiles
With a preference for minimalism and sharpness, Koji Arboleda puts a new kind of crisp vibrancy to muted photographs that flood the glossy pages of well-known magazines. By Bea del Rio
Finding splendor in reality’s absurdity and brutal honesty, fashion model and photographer Georgia Hilmer turns her lenses to capture the world in its entire filterless beauty. By Janroe Cabiles
Hibernating from the boisterous atmosphere of clubs and festivals, Clayton Woodley delves into a more somber state by photographing his journey towards enlightenment. By Janroe Cabiles
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Staging timeless imageries that blur the lines between fiction and reality, LAbased creative Alex Prager is certainly the reel deal. Taking cues from the cinematic conventions of the movie directors she looks up to, the self-taught photographer and filmmaker creates a different kind of drama that we all need in our lives.
STATUS INVADES 98 MODEL CITIZEN
Proving that gloss and glitz doesn’t just stay in the runway and photoshoots, model Kim Ross Williams educates the public that one can still look glamorous even in their day-offs
By Denise Mallabo
POP OF COLOR
Armed with his neon-pop aesthetic, Vijat Mohindra commands the respect of numerous celebrities and fellow artists. Shooting with a great mastery of the lenses and a knack for embracing a new method of storytelling, he’s able to capture the vibrant humor and attitude of his subject that transcends beyond a still photograph. By Denise Mallabo
With a combined zeal of finding novelty and inimitability in the art of camerawork, Dimitri Scheblanov and Jesper Carlsen came together to mold a professional partnership under the signature of Herring & Herring, building a reputation of producing provocative art-houseinspired images that international clients adore.
By Pola Beronilla
ABOUT THE COVER For our #PhotoIssue, we’re putting our focus on LA-based photographer and filmmaker Alex Prager as she exposes to us her reelest side.
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C O N T R I B UTO RS
Karin Postert Driven by visual aesthetics, passion, and curiosity for imagery, Hamburg-based art director Karin Postert shows us how to spread the season’s greetings in style. Armed with a strong sense of contemporary design and a precision-trained eye for photography, her work is a visual manifestation of how simple, cleverly-mixed staples become bold fashion statements. Packaged in a blast of colors and textures, this issue‘s SWAG (45) is a Christmas hit list that’s worth the holiday rush.
James Lopez With techniques that show action and inferred movement by a line, James Lopez creates a pleasant division of photographic weight and lets elements convey a story of its own. Starting as an assistant photographer for various shoots and campaigns, he’s now ready to fly solo and gamble his way up to major league. Go big time and place your bets on him as he gives everyone a run for their money in High Roller (34).
Joseph Jiao As 2015’s BroadwayWorld Philippines Best Hair and Make-up Design winner, Joseph Jiao blesses this month’s issue with a flick of a brush and pixie dust. Transforming our muses to various looks fit for royalty, this MAC artist is the right hand to the makeup gods. See how he made a lasting impression in our Dusk ‘til Dawn editorial shoot (22) and how he groomed our Kim Ross Willams for world domination in this month’s Invades (98).
Initially starting her career as journalist, Bostonbased creative Emari Traffie discovered her love for cinematography and photography while serving as a broadcast combat correspondent to the marines. A far cry from her academic roots, she chose to bear fruit on the artistic side of the fence by working with big brands like Reebok, Coach, and Hachwith as well as collaborations with fellow artists like Jean Deaux, Lisa Dengler, and Brittany Seymour. See how she orchestrates old Hollywood glam realness on Anna Wise (58).
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Crowd #8 (City Hall), 2013 Archival Pigment Print 59.5 x 80.5 inches, 151.1 x 203.2 cm Photo courtesy of Alex Prager and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
t seems that almost every waking moment, we are oversaturated with images. Though everyone’s photo game has stepped up, does is still feel original or even exciting? I find that the most interesting photographers right now are the ones who envision what no one else sees and are able to create it into real life. Our theme for the #PhotoIssue this year isn’t just about capturing a moment but rather creating a winning shot. Alex Prager is known for creating vibrant and complex scenes in her photography. From timeless scenarios to sensational dramas, this LA native’s style crosses back and forth over fashion and art. Catching up with the photographer, she shares with us her inspirations, how the City of Angels plays a part in her work, and what it was like to direct Brad Pitt. One thing’s for sure, the world is her cinematic playground. Merging their skills in fashion photography and art direction, Dimitri Scheblanov and Jesper Carlsen have combined their talents to be known as the duo behind Herring and Herring. Over the span of their career, they’ve strengthened their style once they removed their own restrictions to what fashion photography is supposed to be, creating the surreal and sublime while injecting their own sense of humor and personalities. In their interview, they tell us the pros and cons of working together and the advice they would give to young photographers. If Vijat Mohindra’s photos were a cocktail, the recipe would be onepart daring, one part electric, and two part’s tongue-in-cheek. Giving credit to his stylized “synthetic” photography to social media, the Internet, cities he has traveled, and fashion shows he has watched, he shares with us how he executes his hyperconceptualized ideas, what he never compromises on shoots, and what his ultimate career goal is. With all the filters, flatlays, and food snaps, it’s quite refreshing to see how these photographers have mixed fashion and art with a jolt of playfulness and whimsy. They‘ve shown us how to be fearless in your vision and uncompromising in the execution.
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THREADS / setting / BRICK AND MORTAR / SCREEN / BEATS / TECH PACK december - january 2017
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erging present reality with past memories in every design, FENGCHEN WANG embroiders words in her collection to signify important parts of her life. As a particular subject matter is uncovered and shared as a way to connect a message, Wang’s work is always erratic and never boring, ranging from simple yet classic pieces to the wild and wicked. fengchenwang.com
patch perfect T
aking cues from her time in Balmain, ROBERTA EINER makes couture pieces fun and modern with stark embellishments and detailed embroidery, pushing the boundaries of normal everyday pieces and turning them into high fashion steals. For her newest collection, she draws attention with bigger pieces and bright patches of hues set against solid blocks of color. robertaeiner.com
brother hood F
resh from one of the world’s cradles of fashion, CGNY’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection keeps you warm and cozy with streetwear must-haves that exude the wild sophistication of the East and the well-rooted traditions of the West. Their bomber jackets, oversized hoodies, and crewnecks that go lowkey in color pack a punch in structure with its asymmetric approach to eclecticism. thecgny.com
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BRANDS TO KNOW
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or modern gentlemen everywhere, THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER. The fashion label carefully puts together the artistry of formal menswear with touches of urban street fashion. Focusing on perfect fits and functional trousers, tops, and outerwear, it makes rolling out of bed an understatement. facebook.com/theworldisyouroyster.co
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bottle service D
esigned to embrace the uninhabited youth, New York-based designer BRYCE BARNES shares his Drunk Nights through oversized hoodie sets in black, green, red, and white. Highlighting the collection are the teal knee-length parka with an orange wool lining as well as a jacket in subdued beige detailed with the Fireball Whiskey demon mascot with “Drunk Nights” and “Whiskey Curves” decals. barnesbryce.com
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Words by Gabrielle Abrahan, Chino Aricaya, and Charmaine Resari
ime to keep your sneaker game on point as ARTICLE NUMBER releases its latest collection that’ll make you stand out from all the other kids and their pumped up kicks. With a variety of leather low runners and suede trainers in neutral colorways of black, brown, taupe, and olive green, the brand keeps its signature minimalist appeal while giving competition a good run for their money. article-number.com
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hile keeping the rebellious youth aesthetic alive, PLASTIC TOKYO stays true to their no-concept, no-rule motto with the release of their Fall/Winter 2016 collection. Designer Keisuke Imazaki gives a playful twist to typical holiday knits with an ingenious mix of velvet sweatshirts, angora wool tops, and parka jackets that’ll give you that “cool cousin” status during those awkward holiday photo ops. plastictokyo.jp
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ith visual opulence and distinct style, SSENSE puts us in a photographic trance. Theory of Color puts together pieces displayed in high contrast with the lush forests of Montreal. Featuring Marques Almeida’s yellow oversized pullover, Comme des Garçons’ pink cut-out vinyl suit, and Miu Miu’s blue shearling coat, the collection is definitely not your ordinary eye candy. ssense.com
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ore than just a clever play on words, DRESSEDUNDRESSED takes a paradoxical approach to this season’s staple silhouettes. Slip dresses, coats, trousers, buttondowns, sweaters, and bomber jackets in a palette of black, blue, gray, and white get dressed in this brand’s double-edged statement that covers you up, yet reveals so much more. dressedundressed.com
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PLACES TO GO
MAR ADENTRO, MEXICO A
vision of an achromatic utopia amidst clear blue, MAR ADENTRO holds a sea inside its walls. Standing tall in San José del Cabo, the immaculate and striking structure overlooks the Sea of Cortez, created by Miguel Angel Aragonés. “The greatest virtue of architecture is the generation of sensations through space that is found within the realm of sensitivity,” says the architect and mastermind of his philosophy, which he wholeheartedly adapts to his minimalistic landscape. With all sharp plans, right angles, and crisp interiors, the hotel consists of 143 suites interlaced over a vast, calm infinity pool only disturbed by winding walkways, a private beach club, luxury shopping plaza, five restaurants, a spa, and an art gallery. Paseo Malecón San José Lote 8, Zona Hotelera, 23400 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico maradentrocabos.com
MADECA, BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY A
G/F Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig facebook.com/madecafood
MEX AND MATCH Filipino flavors of our own fill up our cups and baskets with only our favorite Mexican comfort food.
SISIG NACHOS Homemade chips, sisig, sour cream, cheese, salsa, and jalapeño
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SALPICAO TACOS Soft taco shells, bean paste, salpicao, mushrooms, sour cream, and salsa
SISIG BURRITO Sisig and Mexican rice burrito served with chips, salsa, and cream cheese
LECHON KAWALI Lechon kawali and Mexican rice with chili con carne on the side, served with chips, sour cream, and salsa
Words by Janroe Cabiles, SUITE photos by Joe Fletcher, GRUB and PLATE photos by Daniel Santillan
n upscale cantina of sorts hides behind white walls and playful, color-stained windows in the form of MADECA, a FilipinoMexican joint ready to ring in flavors of both worlds. Brought to life by Dos Hermanos one drunken night, two friends conceived the idea of bringing familiar, home-cooked recipes from their childhood to the city. Inspired by the age of the Galleon Trade, they coined the name after Manila de Acapulco and began their venture into the spices of Manila and Mexico. Enjoy a mix and medley of your favorite bits from both countries, all within brick walls and wooden accents, on booths and seats with charming pops of red and green.
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STORES TO SHOP
SONG, VIENNA Praterstrasse 11, 1020 Wien Vienna, Austria song.at Dime to drop: PHP4,000-PHP150,000 (€75-€2,960) Don’t leave the store without: a Dries van Noten Fall/Winter 201617 coat
midst the quiet street of Praterstrasse in Vienna’s historic first district, concept store SONG echoes a distinct avant-garde tune that reverberates across the kilometer stretch of the tree-filled boulevard. The boutique showcases a perfect harmony between fashion and art– with the entirety of the unfurnished space accentuated with paintings and furniture created by various Viennese artists as its minimalist interiors serenade customers with a melody of effortless charm and timeless elegance. Being the front-runner of a holistic approach to consumer experience in a country that’s deeply rooted to its past, Myung Il Song has orchestrated a movement that sets the tone for the Austrian retail scene. If having an art gallery and a VIP salon aren’t grand enough, the store also boasts of pieces from luxury brands like Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons, Dries van Noten, and Olympia Le-Tan, along with their in-house collection–music to any fashionista’s ears.
Words by Chino Aricaya
ounded in Florence in the early 1930s, LUISAVIAROMA has been unparalleled in the fashion retail market up to this day. The online retail store has been selling luxury brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Valentino, Balmain, and Saint Laurent since 1999. With clothing, bags, shoes, and jewelry from over 600 established designers worldwide, it’s the one-stop online shop to the life of the rich and famous.
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SCENES TO SEE
REMOTE CONTROL TICKET
TERRY CREWS SAVES CHRISTMAS (THE CW) Good news for all hopeless holiday enthusiasts! Pull off your best Christmas yet with The CW’s weeklong reality special featuring comedian Terry Crews as your very own holiday guru. Follow the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star and his team of food and design experts as they give you the ultimate lowdown on how to do Christmas right.
LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (NETFLIX) Netflix finally picks up the classic children’s mystery novel series, following siblings Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire’s journey in search of the truth behind their parents’ death. Joining the cast is Neil Patrick Harris as the fiend Count Olaf with Daniel Handler a.k.a. Lemony Snicket himself onboard as the screenplay writer.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY The latest installment of the iconic franchise centers around the events between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, when a group of rebels led by Jyn Erso attempts to steal the plans for the Death Star.
LA LA LAND Playing an aspiring actress who struck up a romance with a jazz musician, Emma Stone stars alongside Ryan Gosling yet again in this retro musical drama written and directed by Whiplash director Damien Chazelle.
THE EYES OF MY MOTHER Following the story of a deeply scarred, doe-eyed psychopath, Nicolas Pesce’s horror noir sees a traumatic encounter from her past manifest darkly as she lives a lonely life of fascination with anatomical torture.
SILENCE Based on Shūsaku Endō’s influential novel, Martin Scorsese takes on the story of two Jesuit priests whose attempt to propagate Christianity in the 17th century Japan led to their persecution.
JACKIE Natalie Portman plays the role of Jacqueline Kennedy to a tee in this biographical drama, recounting the life of the first lady before and after the infamous assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy in 1963.
SPLIT From the mind of M. Night Shyamalan comes a psychological thriller centered around three teenagers held captive by a man who suffers from dissociative identity disorder with 24 personalities.
PLAYBACK HIGH FIDELITY (2000) Clever, familiar, cheeky, frustrating, and very human.
MOONLIGHT (2016) So heartbreaking, but hopeful and beautiful.
TRAINSPOTTING (1996) Exhilarating, scary, hopeful, heart-aching.
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (2012) Captivating, a bit strange, but extraordinary.
MUSTANG (2015) Lovely, terrifying, new, worthy, heartwrenching.
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Words by Bea del Rio
GEORGIA HILMER (Photographer/Model) georgiahilmer.tumblr.com
MUSIC TO HEAR
RELEASES As of the moment, these song perfectly capture where I’m at right now. These songs give me excitement:
“I’m A Slave 4 U” Britney Spears
“You and Me” The Wannadies
“Geezers Need Excitement” The Streets
The thing is, there are so many songs that I could give. But I feel like these songs sum up what I can’t stop listening to right now:
KACY HILL kacyhill.com
“Ivy” Frank Ocean
“Say It” Flume
“Love on the Brain” Rihanna
“33 ‘GOD’” Bon Iver
I like a lot of artists, so it’s hard to say what my favorites are. I love everything! But here some of my top favorites from 2016 so far: “Fancy Man” Devendra Banhart
JESYCH soundcloud.com/ takemychillpill
“Blessings” (feat. Jamila Woods & Byron Cage) Chance The Rapper
“Drowning” (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD) Mick Jenkins
Made in Hamburg after moving to Germany for six months, The Libertines’ PETE DOHERTY writes a love letter of sorts in Hamburg Demonstrations, giving out proclamations like “I Don’t Love Anyone (But You’re Not Just Anyone)” and even a tribute to the Amy Winehouse.
Cult hero BRANDON CAN’T DANCE showcases a confusing yet beautiful stage in one’s life that is adulthood in Graveyard of Good Times. From being the “Freak of the Freaks” to remembering that “She Loves Anime,” this record bids farewell to his allconsuming teenage years.
Words by Gabrielle Abrahan
Ready to drop charttoppers “All My Friends,” “Money on Me,” and “Cruel,” British electronic music duo Snakehips are finally coming out from under the rocks and revealing themselves at Black Market in Makati City on December 13.
The network known for live TV musicals has a new project that just makes the beat too hard to stop. Starring Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, and Ariana Grande, NBC’s Hairspray Live! relives Baltimore from 1962 this December 7.
If your shoes were made for dancing, then you better head on to Smart Araneta Coliseum on January 5 as David Guetta brings in a whole party for his Unity Tour. There’s no better way to celebrate a comeback than with a live DJ set.
British punk band FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES draw a whimsical fantasy in their newest release Modern Ruin as it explores human relationships and how it affects us in every song, including hard-hitting bangers like “Vampires,” “Wild Flowers,” and “Acid Veins.”
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GADGETS TO BUY
From amateur to pro real quick.
PICTAR IPHONE CASE GRIP • Has built-in controls such as zoom ring, multi-state shutter release, and exposure compensation wheel • Provides ergonomic grip for stability and comes with a neck and wrist strap • Makes use of ultrasonic sound waves instead of Bluetooth for less battery consumption SRP: PHP 4,364.95
OOWA LENSES • Boasts of a free-form lens technology featuring a rotationally asymmetric design that optimizes image quality • Includes two types of lenses: 2.5X telephoto lens with a focal length of 75mm and 15mm wideangle lens • Comes with a case attachment system for better use and switching of lens
PAPER PLANES By Active Theory LLC Create virtual paper planes, throw them out to the world, and monitor who gets them by the country stamps it collects along the way.
SRP: PHP 8,681.41
EXOLENS SUPER-WIDE + TELE KIT • Features a wide-angle lens that expands up to 165° and a 4X telephoto lens • Has a lightweight integrated bracket where tripods and selfie sticks can be mounted • Offers a sturdy, strong frame made from aluminium SRP: PHP 6,302.51
ISS LIVE By Nadion Be an all out space junkie and watch this live video feed of our lovely planet anytime, anywhere fresh from the International Space Station.
SRP: PHP 26,798.84
OLLOCLIP × OTTERBOX 4-IN-1 LENS • Equipped with 4-in-1 interchangeable optic lenses: Fisheye, Wide-Angle, Macro 10X, and Micro 15X • Connects to the uniVERSE case system from which you clip it on • Designed for iPhone 6, 6s, and 6 Plus SRP: PHP 3,879.48
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STITCH IT! By Lucky Bunny LLC Combine multiple screenshots of online conversations into one vertical photo. Highlight and add notes to make that gossip extra spicy.
Words by Honey Bautista and Chino Aricaya
• Built with retractable sliding camera lens, giving you the choice to use it or the standard iPhone lens instead • Measures to half an inch, making it an easy slip in the pocket • Doubles as protective cover case for your phone
F A CE PA I N T BOBBI BROWN Brightening Blush in Warm Cocoa P2,596.82
GUERLAIN Météorites Perles de Légende Light-Revealing Pearls of Powder P3,375.87
MIRACLE SKIN TRANSFORMER “Lip Rewind” Divine Shine Lip Gloss in Sublime P1,038.73
Get frosted in the holiday glimmer.
BURBERRY BEAUTY Festive Gold Shimmer Gold Touch P1,921.65 BY TERRY Touche Veloutée Highlighting Concealer P3,116.18
YVES SAINT LAURENT Sparkle Clash Touche Éclat Lumiere Divine Highlighting Finishing Powder P2,441.01
DIOR “Diorshow” Brow Chalk in Dark Brown P1,558.09
TOM FORD Waterproof Foundation/ Concealer in Sienna P4,258.78
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eyeshadow P986.79
ESTÉE LAUDER Victoria Beckham Morning Aura Illuminating Crème P4,933.96
CLINIQUE “Lash Power” Flutter-toFull Mascara P1,090.66
Runway photo from Tommy Hilfiger Fall/Winter 2016
CLARINS Bronzing Powder Duo SPF 15 in Dark P1,921.65
VAN I T I ES METALLICS
Feel like beauty royalty with BITE BEAUTY GOLD CREME LIP GLOSS, formulated with the perfect blend of jojoba oil, shea butter, and honeysuckle extract to keep your lips locked and hydrated in a fancy foil finish.
QUEEN OF SHADE There’s literally a new color to wear each day with the KAT VON D EVERLASTING OBSESSION LIQUID LIPSTICK COLLECTOR’S EDITION. With a sleek envelope-style clutch as a carrying case, it opens to 15 of the bestselling Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, featuring two exclusive shades: “Devils”, a bold red hue, and “Lovecraft”, a beautiful nude–leaving lips matte without feeling the slightest discomfort.
With a newly improved formula of bioceramics and ceramides, CHANEL LE VERNIS LONGWEAR NAIL COLOUR IN EMERAUDE packs a shade of emerald green with gold undertones to get your nail game on point.
EXPERT ADVICE Swap your usual neutral tones for an adventurous golden blue with GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY EYES TO KILL SILK EYE SHADOW IN BLAST OF BLUE’s waterproof formula that lasts up to 24 hours.
Use a primer to create a strong base for any metallic product for a strong, flawless application.
Words by Honey Bautista
eep calm and de-stress your way into serenity as NAIL TROPICS brings you the outdoors while catering to your pampering needs. A little piece of heaven tucked in the corner of the busy city of Mandaluyong, the well-loved salon takes inspiration from the zesty vibe of a tropical paradise. Sink into their beach-like chairs and treat yourself with their eco-friendly and organic services specializing in massages and classic mani-pedis. The Podium, BO1 and 29 Basement 1, ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City nailtropics.com
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GO S E E
Cozy up during the holiday season with ensembles that mix comfort and style. Photos courtesy of lookbook.nu
MARCO MOURA dons a self-made kimono to top off his go-to black pieces. @marco__moura
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Fashion designer REKAY WOO adds a little edge to Parisian chic with crisp white booties. @rekaystyle
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jacket by Sfera jumpsuit by Banggo Niu choker by ALDO
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Dusk 'til dawn Photographed by Miguel Alomajan Styled by Jill de Leon Shot on location at Z Hostel Makati
sweater by Forever 21 skirt by UNDO shoes by ALDO
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top by Mango co-ords by SM Woman
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cardigan by Forever 21 top by Mango pants by H&M shoes by ALDO
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jacket by Forever 21 top by H&M pants by SM Woman
button-down by Sfera top by UNDO choker by ALDO
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robe by Forever 21 top by H&M pants by SM Woman shoes by ALDO
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sweater by Forever 21 dress by SM Woman
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dress by Sfera skirt by H&M shoes by Call It Spring
Makeup Joseph Jiao Hair Ken Azuela Model Jach Manere
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Photographed by James Lopez Styled by Matt Panes
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button-down by Topman sweater by H&M pants by TG
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hat by Call It Spring eyewear by Forever 21 turtleneck by Topman jersey by Sonic Apparel pants by TG bag by H&M
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hoodie and jacket by H&M pants by LRG
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sweater by Pro Spirit shorts by Topman hat by Godmade shoes by Vans
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button-down by Topman sweater by H&M
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top by Tidastyle jacket by Leviâ€™s pants by Topman belt by Antony Morato
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jacket by Wall Street overalls by H&M
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sweater by Uniqlo hat by R.Shemiste
Grooming Miguel Alomajan Model Bruno
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SWAG HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2016 Spread the holiday cheer with these presents perfect for every character in your friends list. Product photography by Michi Schunck Styled by Franzy Gรถtz Produced by Karin Postert
eyewear by Les Specs hat by Tiger of Sweden sliders by Slydes
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AT H L E I S U R E
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STREET SMART Grind up the basics.
beanie by ASOS watch by SWCO-Kent shirt by Purple Rain pants by Criminal Damage shoes by adidas Originals skateboard by Blur Skates STATUSMAGONLINE.COM - 47
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RIGHT TRACK Full speed ahead.
top by Calvin Klein pants by Nike shoes by Puma headphones by Urbanears
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Rock those neutrals.
shirt by COS pants by MAC Jeans shoes by COS
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PA ST E L S
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Get a taste of these sugar-coated pastels.
eyewear by Quay shirt by Y.A.S culottes by Tom Tailor sandals by Nasty Gal backpack by COS
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Business as usual.
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suit and suspenders by Herr von Eden bag by Roeckl camera by Polaroid
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M A E S T R O In the course of strutting the hustle and bustle of the runway, Jessica Yang walked into a forgotten childhood dream that led her into a fated detour. Turning to rhythm and rhymes in her debut EP, JESYCH radiates with an inimitable glow and irresistible flow with Midnight Sun. By Pola Beronilla Photographed by Miguel Alomajan Styled by Florian Trinidad Makeup Joseph Jiao Hair Ken Azuela
rom upscale catwalks to gritty streets, Taiwanese-born, Manila-based model Jessica Yang is a familiar face that consistently stays fresh. Through sharp poses and refined strides backed up by a killer sense of style, she has become a hearty canvas for fashion designers and has grown to be a muse of streetstyle photographers. Standing tall at five-foot-eight, that subdued, milky glow and jet-black locks of hers have also made its way to ad campaigns, TV commercials, and billboards. But amidst the glitz and glamour of it all, concealed underneath that statuesque frame is a creative soul that brims with passion. “I’ve been modeling for nine years, and I feel like it’s time to make a change,” she shares. As she rekindles the fire with a childhood hobby in her latest project, she’s determined to do more than just be dolled up in couture. Putting back the muse in music, Jessica recalls that her musical aspirations trace back to her younger years in Taiwan. “I’ve always loved music. Whenever I was at school, I‘d write lyrics, then I’d force my friends to listen to me sing during our break. They had no choice but to listen because they’re my friends,” she jokes. Fast-forward to her modeling career today, she never thought that strutting the catwalk would lead her towards a career in music. “I used to have intense stage fright, so there was no way that I could be a singer. Luckily, modeling actually helped me build up confidence.” Soon after a string of ukulele covers and collaborating with kidthrones, meeting multi-instrumentalist
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and music producer Nick Lazaro was the final piece to the puzzle. “He heard my music and said that he’d like to produce it, and I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s try it.’” Recording under Jesych, Midnight Sun glimmers with a pop formula of polished hooks and good vibrations. “I want people to feel light, bright, and happy whenever they listen to my songs,” she explains her vision for the EP. Built around Nick Lazaro’s lilting loops and woozy rumbles, the three-track debut evokes a throbbing electronic pulse that makes you lust for a quick getaway. But at the center of the heaviness is her smoky and restrained vocals, drifting across the gentle waves of synthesizers. “The funny thing is, I’m really into music that uses real instruments, but I have this thing with songs that have a lot going on,” she shares. “It excites me somehow, ‘cause it’s like a game where everything just falls into place. For me, it’s like a little magic.” Though her next steps include a plan to release an EP solely for runways, Jessica doesn’t take her path in music too seriously. “Actually when I started, my only goal was to make music and put it out on Spotify, so people can hear it. That’s it. I didn’t really see myself performing, but I also wanna see how it goes, ‘cause you never know,” she says. “Even with my modeling, I never knew that I’d be doing this for nine years, and I’m still at it.” But that’s not to say that she doesn’t put her heart and soul into it. “I don’t make music to sell. I make it because it’s art. And if that can inspire other people and make them happy, then why not? It’s fun to make people dream and bring them up,” shares the artist. “‘Cause I feel most achieved when people tell me that what I do affects their life. I think that’s what fulfills me. In order to inspire people, you really have to do and give something.”
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Down in history, Anonymous–as Virginia Woolf would say–was mostly a woman. But ANNA WISE is a name that will never be known as such. From being a feminist to owning up to herself as a self-released artist that never plays coy, she’s the girl boss that the music industry has been waiting for. By Gabrielle Abrahan Photographed by Emari Traffie
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ortraying different characters in her songs, Anna Wise is the new champion of feminism with a message that bores a sad reality, which can be hard to swallow at times, and The Feminine: Act I can be a testament to this. Released last April, her solo debut pours the deep layers of the feminine psyche over her ethereal vocals. “It was important for me to make this record because the ancient people believed that the world was created by female beings; women used to have social and political power, and it just got completely shut down after thousands of years,” she shares. “Now, we’re slowly rebuilding this concept, and I felt like putting out these songs could help push women forward. Even just a little push, to me, is a big deal.” Starting off her music career as the vocals of Sonnymoon back in Berklee together with bandmate Dane Orr, later collaborating with rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar in Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City, To Pimp a Butterfly, and untitled unmastered, and then eventually working on what she calls as “The Anna Wise Project,” this Brooklyn-based musician is set to change the game and conquer things her way. Fresh from rehearsals on a Wednesday night, we caught up with Anna to discuss how she carved her own way in the industry as a woman and her much-awaited follow-up to The Feminine: Act I.
MAESTRO What’s it like being a self-released artist in the industry? It’s really fun to have a different way of doing it. I make my own decisions, which can be harder than having a roadmap right in front of you, but it’s also comforting that any decision I make is my own and my own completely. It all depends on what I choose that will push me forward. It’s also really empowering as a woman not to answer to a man, to be quite frank, since most record labels are owned by men. I’m not really in the position to be taking orders from a man, considering that I’m a feminist artist. I think men kinda dominate every industry, even music festivals. For example, men account for about 87% of the acts that are featured and you wonder why that is. Being able to carve my own way as a woman is very exciting and also really hard, but it’s been a lot of fun. Way before your solo debut, your name wasn’t necessarily unknown. Are you genre-specific when it comes to collaborating with other artists? No, I’m not genre-specific. I want to collaborate with people who I think spiritually, musically, and personally are warriors. I wanna collaborate with people who are as obsessed with music as I am, who are basically making themselves a better person and making the world better by putting out a record that reflects that, like Kendrick Lamar or Kimbra, you know, different people who I believe in regardless of genre. It’s all the same to me.
The Feminine: Act I is based on women and your experiences as a woman. How important is this album to you? It’s really important for me to make a record that talks about these issues that women face every single day of our lives. There’s wage inequality, victim-blaming, ageism, the constant picking apart of every aspect of a woman’s general appearance–the list goes on. We live in a misogynistic society, so it’s very important for me to put out this record and kind of create a space for men and women who feel like I do.
We heard that you’re currently working on your follow-up. How different would this be from your debut EP? The concepts aren’t as aggressive, because with the first EP, I had a very literal take on the feminine concept. The second EP is a little less literal and more about the celebration of the feminine in general. The first act felt like a sledgehammer hitting a wall. Now that we’re in the second act, I feel like we’re in a gorgeous purple room with tons of flowers and just celebrating women, as opposed to the first, which is all about taking on the misogynistic tendencies of society. It’s going to be a calm, beautiful voice that’s celebrating feminity.
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Packing in even more heat in Miami is hip-hop artist and certified anti-hero POUYA, who’s poised to highjack the scene with his unfiltered wisdom. By Sue Leong Photographed by Max Beck
t’s a long way to the top if one seeks to stay in the spotlight. There’s no denying that people will go through great lengths of sacrifices to achieve any form of recognition, choosing to camouflage their primary background down to the most inconspicuous details of their lives. Society has come to accept and even relish the notion of a manufactured artist, but we can’t mistaken Pouya to be in the same basket as these people. Taking stage presence schoolings from his musical idols Outkast, Bone Thugs ’N Harmony, and even Spice Girls, this young hip-hop artist hailing from South Florida isn’t one to bashfully tiptoe around people just to get them to listen. This strategy disputably works well for him, proven by the 160,000 followers on Twitter who welcome his raw and brutally honest rhetoric on any subject that exists. Diving into the raunchier side of YouTube, you’ll find his sense of joie de vivre extends to the unapologetic and borderingon-controversial lyrics of his songs like “Get Buck,” “Gotta Go,” and “You Know I Know (I Wanna Fuck)” from his Baby Bone EP. Bringing the heat from the streets of Miami, Pouya obviously doesn’t flinch away from the criticisms. Instead, he continues to promote his highly-anticipated album Underground Underdog that includes 14 tracks that point out his provocative philosophy. Built around the sonic framework of the OWSLA-signed producer Getter, his commercial debut lives up to the hype. The rapper doesn’t break a sweat, because amongst a sea of haters, there’s also a loyal posse who rises to his
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MAESTRO defense. Abetting this shaggy-haired youth is his crew who call themselves The Buffet Boys, which includes Fat Nick, his web show partner and childhood friend since the 7th grade. The guys are getting their songs out by touring to big cities and uploading their stuff to SoundCloud, Youtube, and other social media outlets. Setting aside their infamous wild reputation, Pouya and his crew’s lyrics are actually creative and different without sacrificing the resolve to be hilarious and graphic at the same time. And with his brazen attitude, he has collected himself a collaborative fan in Rich Chigga–the Indonesian web comedian and rap artist that went internationally viral recently for his banger “Dat $tick.” “I’m apparently one of Rich Chigga’s biggest inspirations, so when he asked me to be a part of the remix along with Ghostface Killah, I was more than grateful to do so.” Sticking to his content that remains focused on riding the ecstasy of youth culture, you’d be a fool to seek out Pouya for a deep and intellectual rationale.
“IF I CAN CHANGE ONE PERSON’S LIFE, THEN I’M DOING MY JOB CORRECTLY.”
Regardless, his potential continues to soar through the roof by the aid of his addictive raps that will eventually evolve into an earworm. Given the lethargy that the mainstream urban music is experiencing, there’s bound to be a major executive who craves the technical, energetic rap skills that only this so-called Baby Bone possesses. When asked about his rise as an unconventional role model, Pouya tones down his brash demeanor quickly. “If I can change one person’s life, then I’m doing my job correctly,” he says. Love him or hate him, Pouya is admittedly a simple guy who wants to make everybody happy in his own way.
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ULTRA VIOLET Going through the motions of flashing photography, DOOKIE DUCAY fleshes out a range of emotion with every click. By Janroe Cabiles
rading frills for thrills on stills of flowing garments, Filipino fashion and beauty photographer Dookie Ducay captures couture in a different light. Clicking with all the colors of the night, his distinct aesthetic tells stories of what happens after hours, in youthful hues that remind you of speeding through neon lights through dark streets. Describing his own style, he shares, “[It’s] a variety of well-lit photographs that speak straight to the eye. The kind of photography that’s clean, sharp, and proportioned yet still communicates the mood and beauty of the subject.” Idolizing the likes of Gavin O’Neill for his sharp color-toning and Norman Jean Roy for his painting-like photos and light manipulation, he’s been mixing both influences in moderation since discovering his passion for photography. “I had an office job that wasn’t challenging enough; it got boring there. I remember just looking at photos in magazines, and one day, I started doing test shoots and collaborations.” Six years later, he has worked with local publications such as MEGA and Urban Living, and has been featured on HUF Magazine, Adon Magazine, and The Fashionisto.
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Seducing the semantics of expression from his subjects, the exchange of emotion on both sides of the lens takes form in his photographs. “I look for the emotion, the story it tells, and its impact,” he shares. “I want people to wonder how the photo was made, for people to see the beauty in every detail.” This is something he always brings onset, whether to a fashion or commercial shoot–but regarding the difference of creative freedom for each, he tells us, “In fashion, you can approach it in an artistic way, and it’s also more of a collaboration amongst the team. For commercial, it’s client-based where specific requirements have to be met, so we have to adapt to the client’s wants. But I’m always looking for a story through fashion.” For his most memorable shoot, Dookie recalls, “For me, it was in El Nido, Palawan. Right before our editorial shoot on the island, I slipped off the boat together with my camera and lenses. So basically, I broke all my equipment. But I was able to borrow a camera from a tourist on the island, who turned out to own a yacht and offered us a tour around the island. So because of my bad luck, we ended up shooting the editorial on a yacht.” With a phenomenal feel as the backbone of his photos, Dookie is no stranger to things falling into place, but he doesn’t do it alone. “I gain trust from my subject as I always try to explain the feel of the photo I’m trying to achieve, ‘cause I believe that photographs should be translated with depth and feelings. For beauty, I always look at the eyes. The subject needs to have expressive eyes to transmit everything in just one look. For fashion, I guess experience builds up your instinct, as well as how the subject can deliver the concept of the shoot. But I always collaborate with everyone involved in the shoot, not just my subject, because I think that a photograph doesn’t involve only a photographer and his muse, but rather a product of a good team.”
“[I strive for] the kind of photography that’s clean, sharp, and proportioned but still communicates the mood and beauty of the subject.”
Strange yet stunning in its austerity combined with refreshing peculiarity, fashion photographer KOJI ARBOLEDA’s work is an intimate reflection of his deep love for the craft. This may not be story of boy meets girl, but yes, this is a love story. By Bea del Rio “Fresh Air”, Oxygen
oji Arboleda knows firsthand that when love strikes, it’s futile to resist. Growing up actually wanting to be a civil engineer, the Manila-based photographer confessed to looking the other way and falling hopelessly in love with his present craft while he was in college. And thus, it was with complete resignation and a firm resolve to shift careers that Koji turned from his first love, engineering, to his true love, photography. And like any great love, pursuing his came with many risks. “I was sure it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, even if I had no idea how I was gonna do it. I just knew that I needed to do my best for something I love than stay somewhere I had no motivation for at all.” While it all started innocently enough,
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shooting macro and flowers, he found his true calling in fashion photography while helping his childhood friend shoot clothes she got from thrift shops to sell online. Once he found it, there was no point in playing coy. He fell fast and hard and pursued it with a grand passion. The self-taught fashion photographer went on to mastering his craft, and in just a short span of time–three years since he first ventured into professional photography–has already matured exceptionally. “I used to get influences from different visuals, but I’ve been wanting to focus internally from experiences. I’m trying to depend less on external influences.” Koji has already established a distinct identity that made him stand out in the industry. His slick, minimalist photos though visually understated never lack that ineffable quality, which make them unique and interesting. He shares that for the perfect photo, he’s searching for something odd that still somehow works for the story. He adds, “I like to think that humor and emotion is part of my aesthetic too.” And though his trademark aesthetic featuring clean, sharp lines, and always faultless output may make him look like an obsessive perfectionist, it’s surprising to know he’s actually a big believer of spontaneity in his shoots. “It’s important to have a plan, but it’s more
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important to be chill and go with the flow.” He tell us this spontaneity is crucial to be able to show raw expression and emotion. This is also why he loves shooting models that are as wonderfully odd and up for anything as he is. He believes that character is more important and prefers the not-so-pretty girl and the awkward boy as his muse. His uncanny ability to make the unconventional and strange look unquestionably stunning and beautiful proved enough to make the right people notice. Having already been featured locally and internationally in prestigious publications such as L’OFFICIEL Manila, Esquire Philippines, Preview, and Mega, as well as Fucking Young! and Pitch Zine, it’s safe to say the risks Koji took to pursue his passion paid off. Despite the much-deserved attention his works are presently getting, he admits he still has a lot to learn. “I never had any formal schooling with photography–that’s why I’ve been wanting to learn more about the history, technical lighting, retouching, and how to be more critical with concepts and ideas.”
“I was sure it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, even if I had no idea how I was gonna do it.”
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Stressing his philosophy of not settling for where you feel comfortable, he tells us, “Photography is the only thing I know how to do. I came to a point where I already had a formula, and eventually, I just got bored of my work. I felt like everything I did was the same. That made me panic because I had only started my career. I realized that, as an artist, you need to keep pushing yourself and developing your craft. Being comfortable will get you stuck; you’ll die as an artist.” Determined to be the best at what he loves to do most, he’s currently saving up for his own studio and beefing up his portfolio. As for those who might get bitten by the photography love bug as he did, here’s a tip from Koji: “Just be sure of your love. I’m sure things will fall into place if you give your best.”
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Flipping through model and photographer GEORGIA HILMER’s work reads almost like a diary as she focuses her lens on fluttering moments, frame by frame. By Janroe Cabiles
eyond flashing lights and staged takes, Georgia Hilmer finds solace in an honest photograph. “I make found photos,” the 23-year old model, photographer, and NYU student says. “I try to interfere as little as possible with the world. I don’t ask anyone to pose for me, I don’t adjust the light in a room, I use the most basic of cameras in order to avoid manipulating the moment. I want to document.” Grainy scenes of skin and shadows greet her 35mm point-and-shoot as she bends light into rainbow-colored stains on faces, which led to collaborations with publications Dazed, i-D, AnOther, Forget Them Magazine, Is In Town Magazine, and streetcar brand Opening Ceremony. Starting her pursuit of visual arts young, she cites her childhood as the beginning, what with her parents both in creative fields. “I was creative and curious growing up. I’d always drawn and painted, but it wasn’t until I started taking photos that I felt like I had found the medium that was meant for me. Picking up a camera felt like coming home.” Beginning with Polaroids from
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a Fujifilm Instax in high school, she then ventured more seriously into photography. “I got a Yashica T4 for my 20th birthday and really started taking photos obsessively,” she says, but not until she crossed paths with another love affair. Modeling had always been a shot in the dark, what with her statuesque frame towering over her classmates by a foot and the subsequent rise of America’s Next Top Model, but turned into an actuality after getting scouted at the cinemas. “Friends and family started telling me I should try it out,” she recalls. “I really loved school and sports though, and the thought of trading those experiences for the great unknown of fashion scared me. I didn’t seriously pursue it until I was scouted, and still didn’t go full-time until I finished high school.” Fast forward three years, having shot for Vogue Germany, Vogue Japan, Vogue Russia, Vogue Italia, W, Dazed, Interview, Bon, and Contributor, as well as walking for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Alexander Wang, Kenzo, and the like, sartorial romance turned into a whirlwind of chance–one that not only taught her to be comfortable in her skin, but how to be comfortable with her mind. “It was incredible. I learned about taking care of myself, both emotionally and physically,
“The more work I have done, the more I have been able to find organic moments in an otherwise orchestrated experience.” while being alone. My independence blossomed into full-on self-sufficiency. I got to see amazing places: Tokyo, Singapore, Istanbul, and all the corners of France, Italy, and England. I think that has been the best part of modeling for me, recognizing my own potential and tapping into my own personality. One of my favorite writers Marilynne Robinson said that the greatest lesson she’s learned is: ‘You have to live with your mind your whole life. You build your mind, so make it into something you want to live with.’ I’m learning that lesson all the time.” Staying true to her first love, she found beauty in real moments, thus finding her tranquil and spontaneous style. “I started taking photographs purely for fun, carrying my camera around and waiting for pictures to arrive: candids of friends, light falling a certain way at dusk, flowers blooming, drama–all that. As my photos got more attention, I was approached to translate my visual language to fashion stories–something I find hard to articulate even now.” Though she’s drawn attention and has built her portfolio with both print and online publications, she says, “Shooting editorials doesn’t feel totally natural to me. I’m less interested in choreographing artificial moments. But the more work I have done, the more I have been able to find organic moments in an otherwise orchestrated experience. I just have to dig deeper when there is fashion standing between me and my subject. Being a model has given me enormous empathy for the people I am photographing; I understand what it’s like to be on the other side of the lens. I’m not interested in designing a scene and inserting a body into it; I hope for something more like reportage–showing a person and a moment as they are.”
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Catching dreams from all corners of the globe, photographer CLAYTON WOODLEY opens the gates to a world untouched by the present with his series, Dreams to Awaken. By Janroe Cabiles
t the dawn of Clayton Woodley’s life with the lens, he may have been taken with tunes while he toured with musicians and DJs as their photographer, but later found the skies and seas less crossed were impossible to ignore. Starting with a point-and-shoot at an early age in the confines of Indiana, the AustralianAmerican confesses to his fascination with making videos in high school prior to finding photography. Spending his days making skate videos in Los Angeles, he then started his career as a music photographer. “My style in music photography was really formed from a decade prior of shooting skating,” he shares. “My shots tended to be up-close, fisheye/wide-angle, right in the action, bold, and unapologetically raw.” Making the transition to fine arts, he found inspiration from the works of Dali, as well as the scale of photographers Andreas Gursky and Richard Misrach, and the freedom of Ryan McGinley’s photos, and ultimately sought after a different path–
possibly his own. “I really enjoyed traveling and being on tour, but I was playing a role in capturing someone else’s dream, and it was time to find and actualize mine.” The path leading to his dreams began with a bump in the road. In 2014, Clayton broke his back as a result of falling off a statue. “The doctors weren’t sure if I was going to walk again or how much feeling I’d have below the waist post-surgery,” he recalls. “It was a huge wake-up call. I really started re-evaluating my whole existence.” Opening his eyes to a new frame of mind, he set his course on the map and went around the world as a vagabond, slowly building Dreams to Awaken: a series of sceneries almost unreal to the eye–otherworldly, ethereal, and yet subtle in its image of how nature was before there were hints of trails and footsteps. Standing with the majestic scenes of nature is the female body–masked in cloth, stripped of identity–as the two halves of a whole meet. “I’d have a loose plan on how to get from one destination to the next. Being able to surrender to ‘what is’ allowed the magic to just happen all around me. During the first year, shoots would start off by me showing my work to the models I had met. If they felt excited about it, we’d go off and create,” he explains. “I allowed the landscape to set the tone, kept two or three chiffon options with me at each location for the model, and then just hoped for the weather I was looking for.” Two years and 34 countries later, he unfolds our dimension into the corners of the dream realm in Dreams to Awaken.
“I WAS PLAYING A ROLE IN CAPTURING SOMEONE ELSE’S DREAM, AND IT WAS TIME TO FIND AND ACTUALIZE MINE.”
Tell us about your muse for Dreams to Awaken. The photographs are in collaboration with friends that were available at the time or people who I had met serendipitously. Identity and its role is a big theme in the work, so I love when people don’t realize there are multiple women throughout the series. Right now, I’m fascinated by human form in timeless, surreal nature. What does the title of the project mean to you? The title is two-fold. On one part, it’s a spiritual journey to my own awakening, on the other, they’re dreamscapes that inspire others to do the same. Could you tell us about the two years you spent traveling nomadically through six continents? It was extremely polarizing. There was so much life lived and lessons learned during that year and a half, both joyous and challenging. Some highlights were teaching myself stick while driving off road 2,000 kilometers through Bolivia, spending two months in Ubud, Bali going deep into my self work, volunteering in Nepal after the earthquake, celebrating my birthday at AfrikaBurn, seeing my nieces for the first time in Australia, and making it to Socotra, Yemen. The whole story is too much to even start getting into; I’ll probably end up putting some book together that links everything in chronological order.
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The scenes you’ve captured speak of a communication between the female form and nature at its most beautiful form. What are you trying to portray through this connection between the two? I’m capturing a dance between multiple levels of creation. Upon viewing your works, what do you want people to feel or take away from your photographs? I want people to start marveling and protecting the beautiful, diverse nature in this world. I also want people to go inwards, start living from their hearts, and ultimately realize that anything is possible.
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Snapping shots on a bigger scale, photographer and filmmaker ALEX PRAGER takes her staged world in one click, making oldHollywood imagery come to life. By Denise Mallabo Photos courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
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challenging herself with largerthan-life scenarios. Inspired by William Eggleston’s exhibit at the Getty Museum in LA around 1999, the colorful images awakened her desire to get into the art of photography. “I hadn’t thought of being a photographer before then, and in fact, I’d never even owned a camera, but in that instant of seeing Eggleston’s photographs on the walls, I knew with certainty that that was what I was going to do. Within that same week, I bought everything I needed to become a professional photographer,” says the 37-yearold artist. Her crisp, bold, and dramatic mise-en-scene was put on display at her first solo exhibit Polyester in 2007. Since then, her productions have become bigger, motivated by movies that allowed her imagination to soar through limitless proportions as seen in her 2010 series Weekend, 2012 collection Compulsion, and her most notable work to date Face in the Crowd starring actress
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Elizabeth Banks. “I feel there are no boundaries to what I’m capable to do, so I push myself to follow through with any idea I feel strongly about. I think in the beginning, I was working in a smaller space, so I wasn’t aware of the possibilities of scale, but I was always talking about the same fundamental subject matter. It’s something that’ll probably never change.” Alex’s photographs articulate a lot of her inspirations: the artifice of Hollywood, Los Angeles with its endless blue skies, beautiful people, possibilities, and tragedies, as well from past street photographers. “There’s something about nostalgia that’s a very powerful perspective to work with. It tends to make people feel warm and safe, so it’s a good place to start a conversation when asking more difficult questions. I aim to create timelessness in my work, making it more universal,” Alex shares. From stills to screen, she then ventured into film coming from the initial motivation of telling the story behind her photographs. Her first short film Despair starring actress Bryce Dallas Howard was featured in MoMA’s New Photography 2010, which was followed by a commissioned work from The New York Times’ Touch of Evil, the Gary Oldman-narrated short film La Petite Mort, and her 2015 Paris Opera commissioned work La
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“ I feel there are no boundaries to what I’m capable to do, so I push myself to follow through with any idea I feel strongly about.”
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Grande Sortie. “As I continued in film, it started to become a separate process and entity. It’s about diving into a new medium and being able to use the tools and experience I’ve worked with as a photographer for the past 15 years. I’ve always loved movies, so to find myself organically transitioning into that field is one of the most surprising and exciting things that has happened in my career, as it didn’t start off as part of my original plan. That’s how I became a photographer too, though. The best things in life tend to be unplanned,” Alex explains. Gifted when it comes to capturing the intricate details in her photographs and films, Alex takes us into the extension of her mind’s eye, directing Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, and a crowd of 300 people. The Touch of Evil clips for The New York Times were nothing short of amazing. How was directing all these familiar faces? It’s an incredible experience to direct actors of that caliber as well as working with people so experienced with taking direction and internalizing characters. It was one of the first things I directed after my very first short film, Despair. It really opened my eyes to the potential of filmmaking. I remember walking away with this newfound enthusiasm for wanting to make more films. Gary Oldman and Brad Pitt were two of my favorite actors
from that experience, because I was impressed by their ability to walk on set, and they slipped right into their characters within moments of us discussing what I wanted. Gary Oldman went from being an elegant, easygoing man to a scary wooden puppet right before my eyes. Brad Pitt scared us all because his face was getting so red from the intensity of his character and the commitment he put into it; we all thought his head might pop before I had a chance to call, “Cut!”
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How important is musical scoring in all your films? It’s one of the most important components. I usually have a pretty good idea of what the music will be before I’ve even shot the first scene. I’ve been lucky to work with some extremely talented composers. Ali Helnwein, whom I’ve worked a lot, has made it possible for us to record all of our scores with a live orchestra, which is one of my favorite parts of the post-production process. Your Face in the Crowd series is probably one of the most challenging and ambitious projects that you’ve ever done to date. How did you come up with the idea for this? Face in the Crowd came about organically, as I’d been traveling more than I ever had and found myself in foreign environments, often in crowded ones, and wanting to process those experiences. I was
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also dealing with personal anxiety related to being asked to do public speaking for the first time in my life. Setting up a huge crowd of 300 people along with a massive film crew, with money on the line, was one way of forcing myself to confront these fears. It doesn’t necessarily answer any questions or act as a cathartic experience, but I will say that when I throw myself into an uncomfortable or scary situation with all these kinds of emotions, it definitely helps bring about my strongest work. In your latest project La Grande Sortie, you’ve worked with another huge crowd. What is it about working with crowds that challenges you? Working with crowds is exciting in so many ways. I like the fact that no matter how many details I plan out beforehand and control on set, there’s never a sure way to actually control it. They come to set with their own emotional baggage, and when they’re on set, they’ll do all kinds of subtle things to remind me that there’s a full human with an experiential track sitting just behind the character that I’ve worked out for them and asked them to play. These unexpected realities wrestling with the staged we’re working in together make the dynamic so much more interesting. I always get my best work from the shots I didn’t plan on.
Crowd #7 (Bob Hope Airport), 2013 Archival Pigment Print 59.5 x 79 inches 151.1 x 200.7cm
What do you have in store for us to watch out for? I’m working on several big projects and a museum exhibition in 2018, which should be announced soon.
Crowd #8 (City Hall), 2013 Archival Pigment Print 59.5 x 80.5 inches 151.1 x 203.2 cm
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Burbank, 2015 59 x 78.58 inches 149.9 x 199.6 cm
“I always get my best work from the shots I didn’t plan.”
Barbara, 2009 c-print 36 x 48 inches 91.4 x 121.9cm
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Vibrant and provocative— two words that best describe photographer VIJAT MOHINDRA’s works. Driven by his passion to create stills to inspire others, he flashes a far-out foray into the formidable world of flashy fashion and art. By Denise Mallabo
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LA-BASED FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER Vijat Mohindra has been living a hectic life. Having just wrapped up a commissioned portrait shoot at the Hollywood Hills, before catching this interview, he recently opened his first exhibition of his personal works over the last ten years at the Museum of Retail Space in LA entitled Always Believe Something Wonderful is About to Happen, which featured vivid, contemporary, and larger-than-life photographs of model Amanda Lepore, dancer Amazon Ashley, and more that will run until January 2017. “It was a great success that I was able to show my friends, colleagues, and the world my vision, point of view, and the passion I have for the greatest love in my life, photography,” says the 31-year old photographer. His attraction to photography sparked at a very young age when he saw his mom’s black and white portfolio that she created in design school during the ‘70s. Adding dimension into his work when he stepped foot onto the grounds of Art Center College of Design, he started photography in color. “My mom’s photographs have stuck with me ever since I first saw them, and
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that was when I knew I wanted to use photography to inspire others in the way I was inspired. My life goal since then has always been to inspire others, whether creatively or otherwise, because I love the positive energy that comes with inspiration.” Aside from his mother, Vijat cites photographers David Lachapelle and Miles Aldridge as some of his influences. “I love that they use their photography as a platform to make social and political statements, which is such a creative form of speech,” he says. It’s not a surprise that his vibrant and unconventional works have caught the interest of magazines Plastik, Complex, Numero, and PAPER, and with his optimistic and cheerful personality, he also gained the trust of personalities
“The reason for my existence is to create artwork that inspires people to do what they love, to follow their dreams, and to love themselves enough to do so.” like Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan, Pamela Anderson, A$AP Rocky, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian, and Gwen Stefani. As Vijat continues to capture striking and visually-stimulating stills, delve into this photographer’s thought process and his photography style as we talk to him about his passion for the craft.
If there’s a signature Vijat Mohindra style that shows through your photographs, what would that be? I believe my signature style would be defined as hyper-synthetic, modern, and graphic. I love the high gloss finish of fashion photography mixed with really conceptual and unexpected subject matter. I think this recipe creates very dynamic images, which perfectly portray my point of view.
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Your photos are very striking and a bit risqué. What are the difficulties that you encounter upon putting these kinds of concepts into reality? There are definitely quite a few factors that can be difficult to navigate through when producing my shoots, the biggest being able to stick to my vision completely without compromise. After that, it would be working with my subjects to be open to the concepts and ideas I have, but with love, respect, and the right finesse. What important preparations do you do when you work on an entire day of shooting? The production process varies greatly from shoot to shoot. However for me, it’s very important to create the right team for each shoot; so much of my pre-production involves sourcing the best possible artists and creatives that can bring the vision to life. For my gallery and exhibition work, I design almost every detail, from the clothing to the sets, then the highly talented team of artists and creatives construct all the elements that bring my vision to life. Important preparations for an entire day of shooting involve making sure that every last detail we need for the shoot are ready to go. We’re not always at a studio or a location where we can just pick things up we’re missing, so making sure
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“The real skill of a photographer or director is staying true to their vision while being respectful and diplomatic to those helping them bring their ideas to life.”
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everyone has everything they need to bring the vision to life is an extremely important part of the process. What breaks your flow? The biggest issue for me when creating my personal and gallery work is making sure that every element in the image is my truest and purest vision, so dealing with all the opinions that everyone has at the shoot can definitely break the flow and interrupt the creative process. I think the real skill of a photographer or director is staying true to their vision while being respectful and diplomatic to those helping them bring their ideas to life. What’s something that you don’t compromise when you work on a photo shoot? Something that I do in almost all my photography is using cruelty-free and environmental friendly products for as much of the shoot as possible. I always make sure that the makeup and beauty products we use are cruelty-free, but at times, it can get difficult because not all products are always this way, so if there’s absolutely no way around using such a product, we don’t credit or promote those products in editorials we’re shooting and I drop the concept if it’s for my personal work.
“My life goal since then has always been to inspire others, whether creatively or otherwise, because I love the positive energy that comes with inspiration.”
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How do you want people to be inspired through your work? When I say I want to inspire people with my work, I mean that I want people to be moved in a positive direction. What people get out of the photographs I create is entirely up to them. I like to subtly draw attention to real and current issues in the world through my work, but all of it is open to interpretation. Which personality would you want to shoot and what would be his or her concept? I would absolutely LOVE to photograph Beth Ditto. She’s a complete inspiration to me, and I think we could come up with an incredible shoot. I would definitely shoot it in the style of the images in my first solo exhibition Always Believe That Something Wonderful Is About To Happen. What’s next for you? The ultimate goal with my work is to build a bridge between my celebrity work and the type of work that’s in my exhibition. I think it would be incredible to see iconic people in such an abstract yet polished light. Eventually, I want to move more predominantly into fine art and use my work as a platform to address social issues. In years of taking photographs, what have you learned about yourself? One of the biggest things I have learned about myself is that the reason for my existence is to create artwork that inspires people to do what they love, to follow their dreams, and to love themselves enough to do so.
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They say that all it takes to capture the best shot is hitting the shutter release at the right place at the right time, but Dimitri Scheblanov and Jesper Carlsen see it from a different angle. Developing visual stories with the proper balance of hue and humor, HERRING & HERRING doesnâ€™t capture perfect moments; they create them. By Pola Beronilla 88 - STATUSMAGONLINE.COM
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ith two sets of eyes peeking through the viewfinder, Dimitri Scheblanov and Jesper Carlsen draw a focal point to their vision. “To me, it’s more about getting these ideas and concepts that are floating around in my head out into the world in the best possible way,” says Jesper. Initially meeting at a commercial project in 2008, with Dimitri art directing and Jesper behind the camera, the two clicked at first shot. “Throughout the project, we would meet up, have drinks, and chat. Jesper asked me to art direct an editorial shoot, one turned into two, and two into three,” recalls Dimitri. “We both got along really well and had the same sense of humor, so it seemed natural that we would work together, and here we are today,” Jesper adds. Soon shooting side by side as Herring & Herring, their mutual respect for each other developed the perfect balance between their creative collaboration. “We had well-defined responsibilities in the beginning, and over time, we learned each other’s strengths. Now, we work very fluently and will trade roles throughout the shoot.” Herring & Herring’s honorable film roll includes the likes of Beyoncé, Elijah Wood, Lily Allen, Imogen Poots, Lars Ulrich, Eddie Huang, Darren Criss, and Soko. From the glossiest to the grittiest, their conceptual explorations have also graced the pages of Dazed & Confused, Playboy, New York Magazine, Fast Company, and Vice. “We balance humor with respect for the people we are working with. We’re always prepared,” explains Dimitri. “We spend more time on pre-production than most, so that we can be completely at ease on set. And when we’re working for others, we make the success of our clients our top priority.” Aside from their commercial work, the duo has found another outlet to expose their reel side with Herring & Herring Magazine. “Each new issue is different from the last in its subject matter, look, and structure. That’s very much due to our personalities and our need to push ourselves into new arenas,” shares Dimitri. Capturing a visual sensation trapped within their psychotropic frames, the two constantly hit us with their best shot.
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"WE AVOID A SINGULAR VISUAL STYLE. THE CONSISTENT MARK OF OUR WORK IS STRONG ART DIRECTION AND CONCEPTUAL BASE.”
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“"WE DON’T REALLY SEARCH [FOR THE PERFECT PHOTO, RATHER WE DESIGN OUR PICTURES.” Smile Till It Hurts, FIT FOR PRINT Magazine
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Your photos seem to push the boundaries of storytelling. How would you describe the style of photography you’ve developed? Dimitri: Our work reflects our personalities. And as any personalities go, you will have consistent characteristics and more nuanced undertones. We avoid a singular visual style. The consistent mark of our work is strong art direction and conceptual base. Jesper: It took a long time to find our “style” of photography. I feel that in the beginning, we were a little all over the place, but we honed in on what we think make our images stand out: humor and the unexpected. What are the pros and cons of working together? D: While the pros and cons of working as a duo tend to change with time, some are constant. The pro is that we have a shared vision, and it’s a lot easier to fight for that vision as a duo. We also have different talents that we bring to the table, which make us stronger as a whole. As far as cons go, the biggest con is splitting the fee [laughs]. In search for the perfect photo, what do you look for? J: I don’t think I have ever thought about that. For me, it’s about having an idea and then executing that concept to the best possible result. I will let others answer if it’s a perfect image. D: We don’t really search, rather we design our pictures. But I would say generally when there’s a connection to the subject, we tend to get the best photos. Tim Simons
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How do you feel about the fashion world and how they glamorize reality? D: People seek out romance and glamour. The fashion world is reactionary and will sell you whatever it is you are seeking. When trends in culture change, so does the fashion world. Most people don’t have access to many things; if they’re able to get a taste of them though pictures or films, why not? In the scheme of all the concepts you’ve worked on, what has been the most memorable shoot you’ve had so far? J: They’re all memorable to me. The process from the conception of the idea to producing the actual photoshoot is what I find the most rewarding. There are always small, unexpected things that show up that you could never have planned for, which makes each of them very unique. D: The last one always tends to stick out for me. Not to beat a dead horse, but we shot the new Metallica record Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. That was a big deal to us both as fans and as artists. We were able to use a double exposure/projection technique that we
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developed years ago and apply it to something totally new. The band loved it so much they made it the total creative lead for the album and later on asked us to translate it into a music video for one of the songs. What advice can you give to people who want to pursue photography? D: Don’t! No, I’m kidding. Though I would discourage anyone from going to university to study photography. There’s nothing technical about photography that you cannot learn on your own through books and YouTube. Then you just need to start assisting to learn the rest. Learn all you can from those places, but seek your own voice. Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is often the best teacher. And most importantly, I’d rather you make something ugly but truly original
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rather than a pretty copy of an already successful work. J: I would say look at what you like and find a totally different way of doing it that nobody has done before. I hate when people copy other photographers, and I strongly believe that if you don’t have your own style, you really have nothing.
"WE HAVE DIFFERENT TALENTS THAT WE BRING TO THE TABLE, WHICH MAKE US STRONGER AS A WHOLE.” PUSH AND PULL IT, NORDIC Magazine
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MODEL CITIZEN Once off the runway and out of the studio, model KIM ROSS WILLIAMS steps into the light with a smile intact and sunlight on her back.
Portrait by Miguel Alomajan Product photography by Nadine Layon Styled by Jill de Leon
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My go-to item! I can’t leave without it. Especially with how cold I easily get with just a little wind.
This was given to me by someone important. I always carry it around to remind myself that I must appreciate gifts more.
MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN BY JOSHUA FOER A brilliant read! Two thumbs up, I highly recommend.
Gotta have that final touch, am I right? I think I have about a dozen baseball caps at home, all of them I cherish.
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Makeup Joseph Jiao; Hair Ken Azuela
I found these one day while looking for regular earphones. I can’t believe how much easier it was to listen to my favorite songs without having your phone attached to you at all times.