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Fitz and the Tantrums


A lash blast from the mod past




Son, who’s yo momma? By Nicolas Le Forestier


Sometimes I wish I could act Comme des Garçons. By Joaquin Gregorio


Dip your toes in this season’s pool of choices. By Adrian Gonzalez


57 SWAG: CLUB DRIVE Swim Shorts


59 GYM CLASS HERO Sweatpants

59 DAY TRIPPER Duffel Bags

Import East Asia’s most beauteous secrets.


BEAUTY BITE: Folded & Hung | Famous Salon





62 BOMBS AWAY Muscle Tees





A change of clothes for the changing climate.

30 STYLE ID: BIG DEAL Ante up your wardrobe.

Drawstring Shorts

Black Paneled Dresses


Pointed Stilettos




Sung Hee Kim is blushing from her first brush with fashion. By Giano D. Dionisio



Probing collective thoughts and egoistic energies, Youth Lagoon wakes from a Year of Hibernation in order to invite us into his Wondrous Bughouse. By Reena Mesias


Reviving the convivial 60s while pumping 80s synths as well as upgrading to 2013 hits permits Fitz and the Tantrums to throw enjoyable hissy fits. By Leo Balante


Though his trap records don’t have a lot of words in them, HU¢¢I’s raving repertoire speaks volumes and hushes the naysayers. By Giano D. Dionisio


“It’s Time” to forget wondering, just for Imagine Dragons to realize their nocturnal writing emissions are fueling fantasies in kingdoms far and wide. By Rem Gomez


With musical tools that produce tonal hues, Lampara are lighting

Kelly Osbourne the way to listener illumination while keeping themselves alight. By Isa Almazan


A change is gonna come with the childish antics and danceable licks of punk synthesizers HeartsRevolution. By Rita Faire



Screen sweetheart Candice Accola talks about transitioning from girl-next-door to troubled vamp on The Vampire Diaries without chipping a fang. By Rita Faire


In this 21st Century web of buzzing personas, Marcus Troy stands out setting his own site and being above the label “blogger.” By Reena Mesias


Raymond Red’s films evoke an oneiric nostalgia that others may sleep on, but to the lucid, his visions are the stuff of dreams. By Liza Constantino


Recently arriving on our tropical shores, designer Samantha Richelle breaks through with her sensuality-surfing style. By Rita Faire


Behind the rad fringe and sad eyes, scene queen Maya Kibbel takes the courage in this crazy world to shine through. By Isabelle Kim


48 Midsummer Myth

75 Samantha Richelle


As Clay Clemmons of The New Normal, Jayson Blair shapes his personality to play with roles that make the dough. By Rita Faire


As stylist to E!-heads and reality stars aplenty, Monica Rose separates the overworn from the thorns. By Katrina Swee



No rest for the wickedly dressed Kelly Osbourne in between spilling Fashion Police tea, hosting red carpet kikis, and accentuating with just the right shade. From a naughty noughties reality TV teen, she’s grown into a noticeably real MVP on the scene. By Rita Faire


Channeling iconic Sex and the City character Carrie Bradshaw carries a clout that no cheesy


commoner can carry off, yet the charming AnnaSophia Robb continues to bring cherished moments to the CW’s highly polarizing The Carrie Diaries. By Reena Mesias


Shake away the pretense and get into modern zine I♥Fake’s candid take on all things unfake with fashion editor Jordy Huinder’s spiels on living and breathing the actual unreal. It’s all as thrilling, enthralling, and misleading as it sounds; trust us, we can relate. By Kristine Dabbay











Our fave posh princess of womenswear shares her wares.

You are your own special creation.


As STATUS adds a fifth candle to our birthday cake this month, we also layer on the bloody goodness to our sweet tiers with the ever lovely dame Kelly Osbourne captured in raw form by Jim Jordan. In staunch support of the full spectrum of colorful souls in our neighborhood, we let leading lady Kelly’s lilac liveliness radiate the realness we craved for this month’s issue.



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e are surrounded by bogus reality TV, YouTube celebrities, and overly manufactured “talents” from networks. But what keeps us coming back for more? Not the fakeness, of course. We live for the realness found in witty dialogue and mundane situations. We like truth (like trouts) to slap us in our faces and display pics, no matter how harsh it may be. Remember when you first met Kelly Osbourne in MTV’s reality hit, The Osbournes? She was a cursing young Brit with enough angst in her pinky finger for the whole family. This wild child has now turned into a fashion expert on Fashion Police and currently decodes style on the red carpet—her new reality. Away from Osbourne supremacy, we snag an interview with actress AnnaSophia Robb who plays the young Carrie Bradshaw in The Carrie Diaries. This girl has been busy building her acting chops on the big screen and is now gaining popularity on the small screen. Even though she doesn’t consider herself a celebrity yet, she tells us what she thinks is more important to her than fame. Nothing can be more disarming than hearing the truth from behind-the-scenes. Fashion director of I♥FAKE Jordy Huinder elevates our reality to a whole new sphere. Being one of our favorite fashion game-changers, we get to see how he merges fashion, reality, and youth culture into a seamless work of art. For our Block Party this month, we got to go behind the lenses of documentary directors and producers Shan Nicholson (Rubble Kings), Benito Bautista and Florante Aguilar (Harana), and Michael Collins and Martin Syjuco (Give Up Tomorrow). From glamorous red carpets to glossy magazine pages to the hard-knocked authenticity of documentaries, reality is what you envision in your mind and create in your lives. The truth will out!


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contributors editor-in-chief

Rosario Herrera @RosarioHerrera

creative director Patrick L. Jamora graphic designers Nyael David

Jer Dee Paolo Geronimo

associate editor

Kristine Dabbay @tindabs

features editor Reena Mesias fashion editor Loris Peña


Our resident History degree-toting movie geek/publicisthounding editor Rita is rumored to snatch wigs for breakfast and serve a mean midday repartee. So take several seats and show respect for the most visible name in this issue’s bylines, from Heartsrevolution (71) to Kelly Osbourne (78). Fakers who can’t keep up with Rita’s realness should try swallowing the wisdom she spits: “Being an idiot is worse than looking like one.”

@padraick @nyaels @jerdeeee @paolostroodles

assistant editor Giano D. Dionisio fashion assistant Zoe Laurente editorial assistant Rita Faire

@YoHitGirl @_dizzyrizzy @giodion @zoelaurente @ritadoesnttweet

Tina Herrera @tinaherrera_ Dan Buenaventura @danbuenaventura junior account manager Bea Macalino @BeatMac Marian Ortiz @HailMarian

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Isa Almazan, Leo Balante, Liza Constantino, Rem Gomez, Josh Lao contributing artists

Alfie Bogush, Ming Han Chung, The Cobrasnake, Jake Davis, Joe DeAngelis, Patrick Diokno, Amanda Elkins, Gerard Estadella, DJ Fabian, Ty Ferg, Judd Figuerres, Alexey Galetskiy, Mike Gella, Kristina Goldberg, Adrian Gonzales, Joaquin Gregorio, Clayton Hauck, Tinette Herrera, Elza Jo, Jim Jordon, Nick Joseph, Nicolas Le Forestier, Alex Levine, Shannon Mason, Miguel Miranda, Jadene Munster, Franz Navarrete, Joyce Park, Joseph Pascual, Brian Pritchard, Kappo Rivera, Ashlee Rose, Anne-Sophie Rousseau, Nikki Ruiz, Jacque Saladino, Jujiin Samonte, Steffi Santiago, Pam Santos, Katelyn Simkins, JP Singson, Carrie Tan, Haruka Tazaki, Katalyn Vakarciuk, Aleksey Volchek


This creative mind lurking behind the “Dark Shadows” (42) of our fashion pages would like to shares these three maxims to affect those who want to get real: “Dream, wake up, get up, and make it happen.” “Don’t be afraid to break some rules and to shake up the system.” “Express yourself, don’t repress yourself!” For maximum effect, Joaquin would like to let his work speak for itself.


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As a regular Go-See (28) contributor in print as well as online, our trusty Fashion Week correspondent Nikki has trained her eye to spot what’s tight. For the first time, she shot one of our page’s Maestros, Lampara (70), bouncing off their energy and adding more experience to her bankful of images. With her constant drive to deliver on remarkability, there’s no limit to her expanding field of vision.

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APRIL 2013

Eastern Promise F

orests, crystals, and creatures find their way into the “Radiation Jungle” and “Equatorial Night” prints of MANDARIN & GENERAL’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Matching a spectrum of ocean blues and lime greens with stark whites, Taiwanese-born designer Peggy Tan pays homage to the Orient with qipao-inspired dresses, pencil skirts, diagonal button-down shirts, and cigarette pants.

royal affair W

elcome to HAREM ROYAL’s The Garden collection. Explore the wild with the “Moth Beetle” and “Kabuto” necklaces. Go straight for the kill with “Kanzashi” long earrings made out of brass screws, silver-plated coat, laminated real moth wings, and porcupine quills. Handmade to create weapons-slash-accessories, this harem provides women with a dangerous spin.

Public space Invaders C

lean lines, structured tailoring, and a hint of suave dominate PUBLIC SCHOOL NYC, a likely venue of expression for city walkers. So if you have the right balance of class and street smarts, the brand’s navy blazers and perfect fit jeans could be your uniform for hustling.

summer swerve K

-SWISS Classic LPs are the kicks you can kick back and relax in. The shoes go back to their roots, designed through the inspiration of the California beach culture. Ideal for everyday, the K-Swiss Classic LP adds a twist of turquoise and hot pink to its neutral palette to exude a brighter vibe for the summer season.

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In Plain Sight I

t’s easy to get spotted in KSENIA SCHNAIDER’s Camouflage. Men’s dress shirts, sweaters, shorts, along with women’s maxi dresses, peplum skirts, and buttondowns are made special with camouflage prints. Regardless of the take, make, trend, or blend, the message is loud and clear: These outfits will tell on you.



OUR NOUT’s latest lookbook features rope necklaces that add elegance to your décolleté, especially if you match them with crisp and tailored blouses. With loops, layers of black and silver, and gold plates, you won’t have to worry about fashion disasters and social suicides. Just tie these ropes around your neck and show them the good life.


KECHERS launches big in the men’s department with three different styles—the lifestyle, the steel toe, and the street sneaks. With leather, suede, and mesh finishes, you can look stylish while you chill or get down and dirty with heavy duty work.

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heck out the upgrade on SUPER’s Spring 2013 specs. The Italian eyewear brand launches another set of sunnies for people of different fashions. Choose from cat eyes, round lenses, and flat tops; whatever style you pick, you’ll feel like a high roller with your new pair.


ledge allegiance to TRIPLE L SOCIETY’s Lavish Homme collection, and swear to look good in the brand’s red leather jackets, sweatpants, caps, and special tees. Designer Lawrence Nurse preaches “Live Life Lavish” which can only mean luxury streetwear pieces that are served with no BS.



elive your childhood days by rockin’ Salad Day’s Lisa Punk Spring/Summer 2013 Collection. Inspired by the work of graphic artist Lisa Frank, designer Willar Mateo tosses in a punk rock flair to create a new line of baby blue, metallic, and strawberry pink tops, zebra print sweaters, and oversized sheer garments.

LESSON LEARNED Wear that high polished brass to earn yourself miles of class. PSYCHE JEWELRY reps Brooklyn, recycled metal, ethically-source stones, and Latin and Greek cultures. Handmade by designer Nina Berenato, Semantic collection pieces like the “Cyprus Necklace,” “Deus Wrap Cuff,” and “Charriot Earrings” sparkle with gold, sterling silver, and pure awareness.


eize fire in the midsummer heat with wool knits and tie-dye dresses from RABENS SALONER’s latest collection. Pair those long fishtail braids with longer cardigans and floor-sweeping serpentine skirts for added drama. Spark up your mornings and make it last ‘til night with a black sequined cardigan that hits the spot just right.


et high on sequins, paillettes, and glitter with RAFFAELE ASCIONE. He employs athletic silhouettes and bright neon spills of lace and mesh. Pair loose trousers with a sheer top for a casual day then slip into a glittering lace number for midnight cocktails. These threads will keep the lights on.


ll that glitters may not be gold but you’ll catch some major luster in SIR NEW YORK’s latest collection. Metallic patterns adorn knit sweaters, splatter print dropcrotch pants, hoodies, modernized Western-heritage buttondown shirts, and drawstring drainpipe pants. No need to worry about the bling, Sir New York shall moonlight. - 17




CORSO takes some pointers from your man’s closet. With boyish silhouettes tailored to a woman’s figure—using supple leathers, knits, and jersey in black and grey with accents of military green and camel—the LA-based brand turns streetwear pieces into everyday wardrobe essentials.



trap up with ZERO GRAVITY’s latest collection of rucksacks. Canvas plus leather come together to create well-designed bags you can carry from school to your travels. Available in red, black, and blue, these goodies are the perfect buddies for those who have heavy-hitting pursuits.


ou know the best has arrived when designer Caroline Minar collaborates with product label AOX. CM AOX features accessories that protect your beloved gadgets, wallets, and leather holders with a laser cut design that represents the technology of the current times.


merica’s sporty take on retro seaside style has once again come to life with SPERRY TOP-SIDER’s Spring/Summer 2013 Collection—Get Sporty, Vacationland and White Sands. The men’s shoes focus on the contrast between neon and neutrals, while the women get a splash of colors, patterns, animal prints, and glitter. Now, you better stamp these on your swagger.


et’s go retro! MAJORLONDON only wants to “light up the world” with its collection that brings us back to the 90s. A hybrid between hip-hop culture and the DIY scene, the brand creates beaded wedges, cropped long-sleeved tops, quilted varsity and denim jackets, and jeans overdosed with digital prints and lace embellishments. Exclusively for the playful, let’s just say you should slay for this game.

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ou bet your DEAD LAST it won’t be the last. With only 20 pieces for each colorway being sold, how can you not cop them all? These 5-panel caps in “True Timber,” “Pansy,” “Suede Noir,” and “Staple” feature floral and snowfall camo prints, suede, cotton canvas, and leather straps to give you a good head start.


our textbooks and protractors aren’t going to help you here, but don’t worry ‘coz ANA SANCHEZ has already plotted the blueprint for you. Her latest collection, AS, hits edgy right on the spot with geometric prints and full-length dresses, blazers, and accessories. If this counts as math, where do we sign up?

GOod Behavior P

Words by Loris Peña, Katrina Swee, Rita Faire, and Reena Mesias

erfect with colored jeans and printed button-downs, OXYGEN revamps the classic derby shoes with digitized camo and leather details. Navy blue and grey shoes will make any young man want to dress dapper, if not proper. Next challenge: Mind your manners.

Present Tense T

he momentum is on with STILL GOOD’s Moment Now collection. With its lightweight jackets, graphic tees, nautical buttondowns, camo-detailed pants, and trunk shorts, you can look good doing whatever you want, when ever you want it to be.

FATAL Attraction I

f you’re guilty of JEALOUSY, then this brand’s current line of maxi skirts, chunky sweaters, wide-legged trousers, and detachable collars is guiltier of provoking it from you. Dinosaur prints highlight the collection; mix that with wellstructured jackets and a color palette of maroon and mustard, and you can drive out the green-eyed monster in everyone. - 19





HE RUM KITCHEN’s pirate ship elements complement worn leather armchairs, trunk case tables, and technicolor wall panels to give you a whiff of island breeze while in the heart of London. As the West Indies take their rum seriously, so does this bar’s rum-infused menu with drinks like Grog (Pusser’s Navy rum and grog mixed with a dash of lime, bitters, and ginger beer) and Lesser of Two Weevils (Red Stripe and Jamaican ginger beer shandy with Mount Gay rum, lime, and bitters).






ummer may not always guarantee eternal sunshine, but the EARLY BIRD BREAKFAST CLUB‘s spread makes for a spotless find. If the high ceiling, bi-level bistro’s Soleil Ignacio and Kris Abrigo wall mural—complete with chirping birds and charming foliage—doesn’t cheer you up, then the all-day breakfast offerings


should do the trick. Chase away gloomy days with an Adobo Sunrise, satiate your morning chocolate cravings with Belgian Chocolate Champorado, and elevate your egg order to a higher plane with the Spinach and Bacon Frittata on a crispy salad bed.

n between London’s Moorgate station and Liverpool Street station is luxury boutique destination SOUTH PLACE HOTEL. Each of the 80 rooms contains Conran and Partners-designed bathrooms and original works by contemporary London artists. The hotel’s monochromatic palette is modernized with pops of deep purples and canary yellows. With two Tony Fleming-helmed restaurants, three bars, and a guestonly game room, do you really need to go outside?

THE APPRAISERY, GREENHILLS THE APPRAISERY boasts gourmet sandwiches and vintage clothing choices in the same breath, making sure that all your impulses are met before you have a chance to fight them off. #8 Annapolis St. Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila

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SWEET GRILLED PANINI Pressed sandwich filled with banana slices, chocolate and hazelnut spread, nuts, and marshmallows

OREGON TUNA MELT Albacore tuna, mozzarella cheese, dill pickles, bell peppers, onions, and custom vinaigrette in a pressed ciabatta roll

KUMBAYA ICED GOODNESS Chocolate, marshmallow, milk, and coffee blended beverage with roasted peanuts, caramel, and whipped cream

GREEN TEA MATCHA FRAPPE Green tea blended beverage

Words by Rita Faire and Isabelle Kim




GENERAL, MANILA Unit 203 & 204 C1 Bldg., Upper Ground Floor, Bonifacio High Street Central Dime to drop: P690-P114,900 Don’t leave without: Lyle and Scott cardigan and a Victorinox polo shirt. arch your way to GENERAL. Its five-star logo seen from the façade preps you for the winning items inside. As you step onto the store’s concrete floors, a scaffolding is used as a display area for clothes, shoes and bags. The shop carries wares from Lyle and Scott, Victorinox, Reyn Spooner, and Boxfresh. Footwear from Tretorn, FitFlop, Sledgers, and Olukai can also be found alongside vintage televisions and suitcases. Try on the boutique’s apparel with accessories from Laco and Maglite and bags from Herschel, Hex, and Tumi inside the wide wooden dressing rooms. The red leather couch and the 60s-inspired armchair complement the interior’s high ceilings and big windows, making the space look like your ideal pad. Hollering to all the boys and a few good men in the yard to replace their ugly boots–always remember, one can never have enough artillery when going to the war(drobe) zone.


THE INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY, La 3176 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039 Dime to drop: $10-$200 (P400-P8,100) Don’t leave without: Juniper Ridge Douglas Fir incense, Individual Medley logo pocket knife, and Sydney Hale Co. candle alute to THE INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY. Furnished with flags, rugs, antlers, ceramic pots, gasoline lamps, and teepees, this neighborhood gem adds an earthy tone to Los Angeles’s glossy exterior. Speaking of tone, this shop offers an experience that will have you burst into song. Hyperbole? Not really. It’s just The Individual Medley. Packed with plaid button-downs, striped dresses, chinos, knapsacks, leather fedoras from Bridge & Burn, Juniper Ridge scents, TW Workshop ceramics, Current Elliott, and Baldwin Denim, this retail experience tunes in closely to your various moods and tastes. If buying pocket knives, candles, and incense is your thing, you can find them here. Known for working with up-and-coming designers, the owners make sure that they connect their buyers to the new voices of fashion.

Words by Loris Peña and Josh Lao



he Cyndi Lauper classic says “Girls just want to have fun.” In LUMAVI’s case, “Girls just want to shop and look good.” Offering pieces from camo skirts, tweed blazers, and leather shorts to LBDs and sheer blouses that are versatile for work and play,

you’ll be tempted to click on the buy button more than once. No need to worry about the price tag; quality is on point and Lumavi offers a 24/7 customer service to answer all your queries. Shop now and forget regrets. - 21




TICKET TO THE WONDER The latest in director Terrence Malick’s recent string of work sees an American man (Ben Affleck) who returns to his hometown and reconnects with a childhood friend (Rachel McAdams) after his marriage falls apart.

DEFIANCE (SYFY) TV sci-fi icon Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape, The Twilight Zone) jumps back into space after V’s cancellation from ABC. His new series, Defiance, sets itself in a post-apocalyptic world where the earth has been overrun by a collection of alien species. The story follows Jeb Nolan (Liz & Dick’s Grant Bowler), a small town law enforcer who keeps the peace in a refugee camp.

MY CRAZY BEAUTIFUL LIFE (MTV) Taking its title from Ke$ha’s recently published biography, My Crazy Beautiful Life follows the pop singer’s personal and professional life as she records her album, Warrior, and tours all around the world. Directed by brother Lagan Sebert and friend Steven Greenstreet, the documentary series will span the course of two years, documenting Ke$ha’s “party for a living” lifestyle.

PL AYBACK THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) Everything about this movie is amazing.

Eunice Lee (Designer) @UnisNewYork ALIEN (1979) I love sci-fi.

ARGO (2012) It was really suspenseful and entertaining.

URBAN COWBOY (1980) Sexy cowboys and cowgirls!

COMING TO AMERICA (1988) So fucking hilarious.

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TRANCE Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle’s latest film follows an amnesiac fine art auctioneer (James McAvoy) as he seeks the help of a hypnotherapist in order to find the location of a Goya painting stolen during his watch. MOOD INDIGO Michel Gondry reunites L’Auberge espagnole (2002) and Russian Dolls (2005) costars Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou in this surreal look at the development of a couple’s relationship while the woman battles a disease brought on by a flower blooming in her lungs. THE BRASS TEAPOT Michael Angarano and Juno Temple play a down-on-theirluck couple who find salvation in self-harm when they discover a magical brass teapot that produces money when its owners are in pain.

JOBS Ashton Kutcher transforms into Steve Jobs in this biopic. Focusing on the visionary’s early life, the movie goes from Steve as a young college dropout and follows his journey towards becoming one of the most influential minds in the 21st century.

Words by Rita Faire Eunice Lee’s photo by Jake Davis

GAME OF THRONES (HBO) Following the events of the first half of George R. R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords, the new season sees loyalties tested as the bastard Jon Snow infiltrates the Wildling camp beyond The Wall in order to discover their plans against the Night’s Watch. Meanwhile in the South, the recently crowned King in The North Robb Stark must face the consequences of his illadvised marriage as the fight against the Lannisters continues to dire ends.

EVIL DEAD This remake of Sam Raimi’s 80s cult classic franchise finds five friends who unwittingly wake dormant demons after discovering the Book of the Dead.



BOOKMARK WOKE UP LONELY By Fiona Maazel Helix cult leader Thurlow Dan promises his followers a cure for loneliness despite being lonely himself after ten years of separation from his family. Little does he know that ex-wife Esme is a covert agent sent to spy on him, a duplicitous act employed to protect him from the law. When Helix captures Esme’s recruits during a reconnaissance mission, Thurlow faces a situation that could keep him from his family forever.

THE DARK ROAD By Ma Jian Desperate for a son to carry on his eminent bloodline, Confucius-descendant Kongzi violates China’s population control policy by impregnating wife Meili right after the birth of their daughter. After a raid, the villagers discover the couple’s crime forcing them to live as fugitives by the river.


By Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose Illustrated by Langdon Foss and Jose Villarrubia

ALL THE BUILDINGS IN NEW YORK : THAT I’VE DRAWN SO FAR By James Gulliver Hancock The US Department of Finance states that there are approximately 900,000 buildings in New York City; Australian illustrator James Gulliver Hancock attempts to draw them all. Organized by different Big Apple neighborhoods, All the Buildings in New York explores everything from classic New York gems to scenic icons and hipster hideaways.

Get Jiro! follows a master sushi chef, Jiro, under attack from two of the culinary scene’s greatest warlords—the overpriced classically-trained Bob and the heartless vegan Rose. Similarly, Anthony uses this novel as a new platform for expressing his opinions on food, culture, and the heads that need to roll for true gastronomic independence to reign. Here are just some of his views: •

Words by Rita Faire and Isabelle Kim

Schmucks who disrespect the art of sushi deserve to die. There’s something to be said about repeat offenders who order nothing but the California Roll, even when in a 3-star Michelin. A slice of Jiro’s deba bōchō to the head may be a good idea. Authentic French bistros are a dying breed. Anthony’s nostalgia springs eternal as he romanticizes the bygone charm of the true French

bistros—questionable hygiene and feline infestations included. •

Men are pigs in the kitchen. After the age of bra-burning and Rosa Parks, women are still treated like pieces of meat, especially in the hospitality industry. Anthony personifies this in a tale of a would-be chef who is forced by her employers to wear nothing but a high-waisted chef’s jacket and panties.

FOOTNOTES With a conductor father and a classical pianist mother, author Fiona Maazel is also known for her vivid love of music. The artists in her playlist include Kanye West, Amanda Palmer, Black Eagle Child, and Half Japanese.

Ma Jian publicly called his Chinese publishers as “mouthpieces of the Chinese Communist party” after being manhandled for trying to present Beijing Coma to communist icon Liu Binjie.

Before being compiled into a book, James Gulliver Hancock’s illustrations of New York first appeared in a blog of the same name, a visual journal of his Aussie-in-theBig-City experiences. - 23






“Venus in Chains” The Virgins Never wave.

“Sexy Girl” Glenn Frey More of that pillow vibe. Soft rock, hard message.

“High (Shazam Remix)” Sun City Advanced dance. I’m always impressed with his material.

“99 Problems” Hugo A bluesy take on the original song done by Jay-Z.

“Goin’ In (Skrillex Goin’ Hard Mix)” Birdy Nam Nam I don’t play drum n’ bass but I love dancing to it.

“Face Melt” TJR ft. Whiskey Pete Every time I play this at gigs, the crowd goes nuts.

“Destroy Them With Lazers” Knife Party This track is the one that got me into them.

“Fuck Da Feds” Fat Trel ft. Chief Keef Lex Luger + anyone is usually a good combo, but Keef and Trel murdered this one.

“Home Sweet Home” Alex Young It’s going to be a classic no doubt.

“Cartoon & Cereal” Kendrick Lamar ft. Gunplay It’s only 112 BPM but gets me more hyped than any song out.

“Fuck You All The Time” Jeremih A super slow joint that gets me turnt.



ost 12-year-olds listen to young men with blond hair, who sing vapid lyrics and dance in sync or throw sand at each other by the beach in their music videos (not that we don’t enjoy or secretly listen to the same cheesy

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goodness). However, at that age, Rome Gomez listened to, experimented with, and made electronic music. Now 17, the self-taught producer has been recently added by Number Line Records to its roster under the name NO ROME.

Rome’s infectious new single, “Dance with Me,” is challenging to describe; it invokes expressions like, “Stop it or else I’ll dance,” or “Some teenager actually made this?” or “F***. This is the shit.” Let’s just stick to his music being “very catchy even after the 30th replay.” Influenced by eclectic electro acts such as Van She, Toro Y Moi, Chad Valley, Unicorn Kid, and NZCA/Lines, you can already tell that Rome may be new to the game, but he’ll make huge, shiny noises sooner or later. We’re staying tuned for a full length album. In the meantime, someone ask Daft Punk to sign this kid up for some old school mentoring, will ya? He’s got the goods. artists/no-rome


Rockers don’t want a lot of bass, that’s for sure. English rock band Motorhead know exactly the demand for that sound when they came up with Motorheadphones, a new line of branded headphones made especially for rockers. It’s made of metal, available in three overear designs and six in-ear models, and is smartphone ready. While it may sound amazing, we wish the branding could’ve been subtler. The Motorheadphones will be shipped in the US this month.

Morrissey’s 1991 Kill Uncle and 1989 single “The Last of the Famous International Playboys” will be reissued by Parlophone this month. The intended cover art—with an unseen Linder Sterling photo of 1992 David Bowie and Morrissey—was ordered not to be run by Bowie himself. But the current one doesn’t look bad at all.

We can never get enough of Coachella, particularly when the two-weekend festival brings Phoenix, Blur, Stone Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lou Reed, Postal Service, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and New Order together. There was a rumor that Daft Punk would hit the show considering the new LP in the works, but the duo denied it. Didn’t they also rebuff the new LP last year, though? Are we in for another surprise?

Words by Reena Mesias Ralph Mendoza and DJ Sanya Smith photos by Patrick Diokno, Josh Young photo by Clayton Hauck

BEE EYES Ralph Mendoza (drums)

“My Kind of Woman” Mac DeMarco It’s got this 80s soft rock feel to it. Killer.



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et’s face it, there’s no easy way to become famous. But thanks to FOLDED & HUNG | FAMOUS SALON, looking the part of a paparazzi-favorite celebrity is as easy as one, two, and three. Located in Greenhills, this urban salon also serves as a café. So after a hard day’s work of shopping, pamper yourself with a cup of freshly brewed coffee. With partnerships with beauty and hair care brands such as Wella and L’Oreal Philippines, rest assured that you’re in proper hands. Let these beauty pros do all the work and you’ll look like a star in no time.

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GO S E E You’re hot, then you’re cold. Fashion embraces climate change, and these style mavens prove it. Opaque Tights Beanie

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Camo Shorts

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Lingerie designer Issa Tchieu looks chic rocking the ginormous peacoat from the Margiela x H&M collab.

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Oliver Anton of Wardrobe by Oliver Anton wears his favorite blazer from his dad’s closet.

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Fashion designer Don Protasio wears a Maison Martin Margiela x H&M oversized masculine jacket.

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mister NIC E G IRL The baddest chick in town is too busy for your cheap frills. Bring your A-game and boost your street cred with beanies, muscle tees, varsity jackets, and Nike sneaks; then maybe you’ll get to roll with the big kids. Photographed by Nicolas Le Forestier Styled by Anne-Sophie Rousseau

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Dark shadows Spring may not be your thing, but CDG Homme Plus’s latest collection can change that. Keen on detail, texture, and design, each jacket has a story to tell. While the sun sets, keep calm and carry Comme des Garçons. Photographed and styled by Joaquin Gregorio

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Be still like the water but run deep in summer frocks while the sun shines like a spotlight on the lake. Cover yourself in lace appliquĂŠs and scalloped ruffles as you think of ways to spend the day. So put on that little pleated dress and let time slip through your fingers. Photographed by Adrian Gonzales Styled by Loris PeĂąa

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PRIMA FACIE All signs point to model SUNG HEE KIM having a breakout year. After leaping off the covers of Vogue Korea and Elle Vietnam onto Miu Miu and Prada campaigns, the Korean star landed with legs astrut all over Spring and Fall 2013 runways. Stage set, lights up, and Sung Hee is here ‘til curtain call. By Giano D. Dionisio Photos courtesy of ESteem Models


or Sung Hee Kim, the scene she is marching into seems to grow more familiar with the rising number of Asian faces in global fashion. “Hopefully, it is because Asian fashion industries are being more recognized than before,” she adds. It’s a pleasure to catch her in transit between bookings in Seoul and New York. Amid the rush, the rising model takes a breather to daydream about “just laying on the grass on a sunny day with absolutely no worries.” No worries here—Sung Hee’s forecast is looking bright.


Backstage, Vogue Korea January 2013 covershoot

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My interest in this industry all started when my mother dressed me up as a child. I like fashion so I appreciate style, but I don’t live for it… Now that I’ve started modeling, I’m experiencing [a job] for the first time in my life. I think I’ve become stronger as a person through modeling.


I grew up in a happy family. My family took a lot of domestic travel along the Korean peninsula. These travels are the memories that I will never forget… I believe thinking outside the box and meeting a lot of different people and traveling to a lot of different places can lead to finding what is important in my life.


[When I’m in Korea] I usually hang out with my friends that I haven’t had the chance to see. Before I worked internationally as a model, I used to take Pilates classes, but now that I travel a lot these days, I do yoga and walking… I majored in ballet. These days, I only do the stretches but I’ve been doing ballet for ten years.

LORD OF DANCE AND DAZE Trevor Powers of YOUTH LAGOON started getting into music when he was six. It may seem like he’s had it all figured out, but until now, he has so many questions about the human psyche; yet he sees through it just by doing things in his own way. By Reena Mesias


’ve worked on some music, watched a documentary on animals, and got motivated to give my dog a shower. Then I went into the mountains with a friend to a lumberjack bar,” says Trevor Powers of Youth Lagoon during our interview. Yes, Trevor has a friend. Even if people frame him to be a “loner” (his first album was called The Year of Hiberation; he wrote, recorded, released, and produced that record in the convenience and confinement of his bedroom alone; he chose Youth Lagoon rather than his own name because he likes the mystery; and he lives in Idaho), he enjoys solitude as much as he enjoys the company of people close to him. He expands his horizons in his sophomore album, Wondrous Bughouse, which was produced with Ben Allen and a local pickup band. It stretches all the way to the album’s anthemic sounds and themes about mortality, crazy versus normal people, and the relationship between the physical and spiritual world.

No one is gonna sleep through this wunderkind’s Wondrous Bughouse. It might take more listens to make sense of the lyrics, but the otherworldly sound ensnares. To get things straight anyway, let’s have him tell you more about the album and his roots. Imagine you’re describing the Wondrous Bughouse in a children’s book. What kind of wonders are inside? It would make kind of a twisted children’s book. The wonders would be those of people reveling in their own insanity. So often we have blinders on and we can’t see our own existence. We have an incapacity to be aware, and one reason is because technological advances have made us numb. Mechanical betterment is a blessing and a curse. I think sometimes those who are labeled crazy by society have a heightened sense of awareness in some ways. Their minds take them to places that many people can’t experience, and most of the time wouldn’t want to experience.

“I reach my arm across the bed and hold your hand,” you sing in “Dropla.” Where were you when you were writing this song? I wrote this song in a back corner room in my house. It’s the idea of watching death slowly come to life. The only way it can come to life is by taking it.

2011 saw The Year of Hibernation. What’s 2013 looking like? A lot of touring. I’ve really been looking forward to it. It’s hard after a record is finished to just sit back on it for a while until it’s released. I’m excited to start traveling again.

How intricate is the whole process of making your music? I feel like if I have any sort of agenda when I write, then it won’t come out right. If I feel like something is forced, then I throw away the idea. I view my music as building something–like creating some kind of world that I can live in. @youthlagoon

Do you remember that exact moment when you realized you wanted to make music? I can’t remember an exact moment, but when I was young, I would always think about music. I started really getting into it when I was around six, and even at that age, I would spend so much time working on it. We always read about you in the words of music critics. Let’s switch it up a bit. How would your friends describe you? Lord of the Dance.

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The COLD WAR KIDS have decided to change it up for their new album Dear Miss Lonelyhearts by enlisting former Modest Mouse guitarist Dann Gallucci to add some sweet new styles to their music. Hopefully, these indie rockers have created an album nothing short of a “Miracle Mile.”



ith Fitz and the Tantrums’s 2010 breakthrough, Pickin’ Up the Pieces, tucked nicely under the band’s belt, Fitz, Noelle Scaggs (vocals and percussion), James King (saxophone, flute, trumpet, and harmonica), Joseph Karnes (bass guitar), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards) and John Wicks’s (drums and percussion) sophomore outing is sailing to a more eclectic frontier—80s influences come to play layered by the band’s pervading 60s musical inclinations. While still not completely shying away from their famed old soul musical leanings, the band’s openness to new directions have resulted into More Than Just a Dream. Besides the obvious love for music, what brought Fitz and the Tantrums together? Noelle Scaggs: The beginning was due to heartbroken Fitz who sat down one night and created our first song called “Breaking The Chains Of Love.” Fitz Fitzpatrick: I stumbled upon a vibe that I’d never hit before and really liked the direction… NS: Fitz knew he was on to something interesting, and he thought maybe it would be good to go out and perform the songs to prove if there actually was… We had a great synergy from the very start which is rare, we also all kind of knew each other from the LA scene so there was a comfort there with each other right from the start. What tantrums do you usually throw? NS: You can say that we have hissy fits all the time on stage.

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Long after the successful thrust of his band’s experiment with the marriage of indie, soul, pop, and Motown influences, FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS frontman Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick is giddy this 2013. His band starts the year with a new album—a sonic maturation of sorts. By Leo Balante Photographed by Brian Pritchard

You’ve been called a modern day resurrection of Motown music. Is that a conscious effort creating that Fitz and the Tantrums sound? NS: I think in the very beginning, yes, there was a conscious effort in bringing forth that vibe of the vintage sound, but also bringing in a more modern feel. Crossing that Motown sound with a bit of new wave 80s and hip-hop. As our sound progressed, it became more defined and we really began to find our own niche within the influences. This new record has more of that expansion. Fitz, how did your musical psyche evolve from your first attempt at songwriting in your living room with “Breaking the Chains of Love?” FF: Practice makes perfect. [Laughs] This new record was really more of a collaborative effort. Noelle and I wrote a lot together, me and the guys got together and made a bunch of different ideas musically that we could play around with. When I first started with this project, it was only the initial five that were just me with the help of James and Chris. After that, it really became all of us in this band that helped bring everything into progress. Noelle, you’ve toured and spent much time with a bunch of male band members… NS: I’m constantly surrounded

by big brothers. Sometimes they are messy [Laughs], but for the most part, I always feel safe. I do miss being around women every now and again, but I love being the princess. From your very first show at Hollywood’s Hotel Cafe in 2008, what has changed for the band? NS: We played so many shows from the time we’d gotten together that there has been a natural progression. We have really been able to refine our sound. With More Than Just a Dream, we didn’t want to limit ourselves to what we had been branded from the outside world of just being a “vintage Motown outfit.” We wanted to make sure we were able to bring out more of the modernized aspect of our music and really put the stamp on our own sound. You hear that with our first single, “Outta My League,” where the 80s sounds are more in the front and the rhythmic vintage soul feel in the back. We really wanted to make a record that embraced our live show and the high energy. We have become such a family since we first started. Being on the road so much, you learn a lot about each other. This aspect of growth and connection made this record so much easier to get through. @fitzandtantrums

It was love at first sight when we saw CHARLI XCX. We just couldn’t “Stay Away” from her pop music mixed with low-lying synths and her gothic style. With 80s funky beats and psychedelic videos lined up for her new album, True Romance, we can celebrate. It’s not “So Far Away” from now.

We have all been “Patiently” waiting for what indie rock band RILO KILEY have in store for us. Don’t get too “Emotional,” but Rilo Kiley decided to do it big with Rkives, a compilation of archival material. The band are kickin’ it old school with unreleased songs, demos, and B-sides from their decade together.

Wayne Coyne mentioned in a press release that “The Terror is, we know now, that even without love, life goes on… we just go on… there is no mercy killing.” Pretty deep, disturbing, sinister. Maybe a foreshadowing of THE FLAMING LIPS’s new album, The Terror.



With the growing rise of grimy EDM on the internet, explicit content is increasingly unavoidable. Recentlyturned-17-year-old producer HU₵₵I, in particular, is holding the line and raring to roll. No matter how hard mum and pop try to pry, the all-grown-up little tyke ain’t the same precious tot. By Giano D. Dionisio Photographed by Alfie Bogush


U₵₵I (Ollie O’Neill in real life) is enjoying the trappings of teenagery expedited by a blazing online career as a trap producer. The young buck’s beats, backed by the likes of Diplo and Flosstradamus, have gone from mere Bandcamp releases to BBC Radio 1Xtra bangers. As he continues to ride the gusts of the musical sound cloud, the Brighton bloke gets candid about living loud. How’d your interest in making music start out? My brother showed me an old version of FL [Studio] three years ago. Back then, I just experimented with different buttons on it and tried to put together a beat, but nothing really sounded right. I then got FL 10 about six months ago. At the time, I was proper into Lex Luger type beats and that whole aspect of hip-hop, so I started and carried on from there. I would say I have evolved just how the music scene has: I used to love dubstep so I tried making it, but it had nothing on people like Datsik’s work. I guess when trap started blowing up, I kinda jumped on the bandwagon to see what I could create.

“‘Road to certain success’ sounds trill… I’ll probably just learn to mix, finish college, stack up some paper, get my own place, keep chillin’…” Why is trap so in right now? I dunno. But most probably how the 808s just bang so hard and get a club literally moving. Also, any catchy riffs that are just looped seem to make people go crazy. But yeah, not too sure. Walk us through a regular day as well as a regular day off. Well, if I have college, I’ll wake up, check what I have—if it’s maths, I’ll most probably swerve it and just go in late if I have media—I’d eat something at home if I have time, and go get the bus to college. Do what I have to do there then see waagwaan. Probably come back home and meet pals a couple hours later or some shit, then go to the gym, then steamroom, then go swimming, then get lean. It’s a pretty chill routine a couple friends and I have been

doing lately. As for a regular weekend, it depends on waagwaan, but I’ll probably wake up late, meet friends if I’m not with some already, then get wavey as the night rolls on and wake up all spun out. Any specifically memorable night out? One I will always remember is this girl’s party in a place called Lewes. This was so long ago but so funny. It got to about 4 AM and we were just still jamming at this girl’s phat house. Her garden was big and was almost like a cliff when you looked off one of the edges, and at the bottom was like a massive road. We raided the kitchen for anything funny to throw off the cliff and just had fun for about an hour lobbing shit from coffee jars to lettuce heads and other weird shit. It

was so funny, though, then we left and got the train back to Brighton all happy. So ignant but so young. Now that you’re on the road to certain success, map out your 5-year plan for us. “Road to certain success” sounds trill. I haven’t even thought of a plan, but good question. I’ll probably just learn to mix, finish college, do as many sets as I can, stack up some paper, get my own place, keep doing sets, keep producing, keep chillin’, work with different types of people/artists, and just pursue a producer life. In five years from now, I dunno where I’ll be! @olliehucci - 69


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merican indie rock band Imagine Dragons like surprises and concepts that punch you in the head when it comes to their music videos like “Radioactive.” “We wanted to tell the story in a different way,” says Dan Reynolds (vocals, drums). “Muppets knocking each other out isn’t something we see much of, so we thought it’d be creative.” Despite that, Dan tells us that the band’s songs have even deeper roots. “[Dropping out of college] was a bit of a low point in my life. I was going through a transitional space.” However, it would eventually inspire him to build a poem where stomping and clapping would follow, kind of like performance art. Before they know it, instrumentations from Wayne Sermon (guitars)—

They’re in the city of sin in the middle of the night, and what do they do? They write. Taking inspirations from nightmares, insomnia, and fistfights, the guys of IMAGINE DRAGONS are up and got evils to brawl.

Odd Future’s TYLER, THE CREATOR gets more savage and unruly with his new album, Wolf. It features three separate cover images including a deluxe-edition version by Mark Ryden (please see artwork above).

By Rem Gomez who hasn’t slept for four days straight because he’s a clinical insomniac—and the musical powers of Ben McKee (bass) and Dan Platzman (drums, viola) come in to make the powerful song, “It’s Time.” “I think not wanting to change who you are as a person is a universal theme,” Dan shares. “While on tour, people would tell us how much a song has affected and helped them. It shows how similar we are in our core.” It’s an eye-opener for him, and those sleepless nights sitting in his kitchen paid off with over a hundred songs

ready for serious fixing and heartbreaking. “Just having to choose, it’s like choosing our children,” Wayne says. “But in the end, we had about 15 songs we were all fighting for.” It took a lot of years and three EPs for the band to figure things out and stick to their electronic and rock fusion. Months have passed since their post-apocalyptic Night Visions release, but they’re pumped to beat themselves up again just like the first time. @imaginedragons

Sensual and relaxing to the ears, JAMES BLAKE has definitely Overgrown his 2011 debut through his new album. The electronic music producer and songwriter has our attention with his beautiful tones in “Retrograde.”

BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST Filipino band LAMPARA are burning to be heard, and that is exactly their game plan. Listen up with your lighters up.

Following 2009’s breakthrough Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, PHOENIX have come out with “The Real Thing,” and that is their new album Bankrupt!  We already know how excited you are to listen to the same shiny synths and gush of guitars, so we’ll give you trivia instead: the album was recorded on the very same console where Michael Jackson recorded “Thriller.”

By Isa Almazan Photographed by Nikki Ruiz


olleying jokes with one another during the shoot, it’s hard to imagine Lampara getting their hands dirty and producing music the way they do. It’s 21st century new wave— hardly derivative of its 80s roots but clearly advocating the underrated force of synths—the kind you would play during an evening highway drive. Add Maxie Barredo’s strong baritone, and you start feeling the urgency of the songs in your veins. Gerald Guerrero (bass) attributes the band’s dynamic to a lot of good food and laughter, “We eat a lot before our jam. We laugh a lot after our jam.” Lampara owe their sevenyear run to the brotherhood they’ve harnessed even before forming the band. Dave Go (synths and keyboard) sums it

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up, saying, “There is nothing more cathartic and satisfying than to make art with your best friends.” But just like any other relationship, each individual member’s priorities added roadblocks to the path of producing the album. “Each song is a gem,” Paolo Almazan (guitars) says. “Being able to write songs is the best part of being in a band.” But having received great

response first locally, then in Colombia and Italy (Thank you, Facebook!), Lampara have been shifting their sights from just writing to making their songs heard. A music video in the third quarter of the year, an Asian tour, and more local gigs are expected. @lamparaPH

Inspired by New Orleans and its music, the YEAH YEAH YEAHS have created their new album Mosquito. Their new single, “Sacrilege”—with that gospel choir background—makes us feel the soul of their new music and new juju vibes.


THOSE GETAWAY KIDS There comes a time when people expect you to act your age and stop daydreaming, but dance punk duo HEARTSREVOLUTION are all about living childhood fantasies—from choosing their own adventures to touring around in the ultimate wishlist ride.

Own Adventure) which is both the title of their 2007 EP and their lives’ credo.

Did you ever go through a youthin-revolt phase when you were teens? L: Totally. I dropped out of school and had a baby. B: I just went through the normal teenage rebellion stuff, but wasn’t really angry or aggressive and didn’t take it out on my parents. [Lo and I] are polar opposites in that regard.

Summer is here. What are you guys looking to do under the sun? Lo: Taking out our ice cream truck. We have been working on covering the first Heartschallenger truck in half a million Swarovski crystals. It has been hidden away in a dark warehouse in Brooklyn for the past two years. This summer is the first time we will get to share it with people, and we can’t wait!

There are a lot of Riot Grrrl flavors in your music, and Lo even stated that she was a Riot Grrrl since she was a pre-teen… L: I feel really fortunate to have had such awesome women in bands show me that women had a place performing in punk culture. It really goes far beyond Riot Grrrl. There used to be a lot of awesome women in music:  Björk, Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), etc. Not sure where that leaves us now. 

“Choose Your Own Adventure” isn’t just a title; it’s a mantra. When did you start living by it? Ben: The day that we quit our jobs and attempted to make careers out of the things we loved the most. That was six years ago and we haven’t had jobs since. The best is yet to come!

You told live-magazine. that “a lot of current musicians seem to be more interested in acting/looking cool and are too afraid to talk about anything,” adding, “That’s not us…”  L: People can come up with their own conclusions. We post the lyrics on our site. There isn’t one specific conversation;

By Rita Faire


pon releasing their music video for “Not that Hard to Explain” last year, vocalist of HeartsRevolution, Leyla “Lo” Safai, told Rolling Stone, “This is more of a mission statement than a music video. After navigating the dark underbelly of the music industry and watching the rapid decline of human civilization… The lyrics speak for themselves.” But the grim horizon is countered by their childlike refusal to give into a rainy day. It keeps both Lo and partner Ben Pollock’s music hyperactive with fizzcharged synths. Lo explains that HeartsRevolution’s music always has the “underlying hope that the seeds [they] plant today will harvest a better tomorrow.” She adds, “I feel a collective consciousness growing for a global call for change and the thought that we could be part of bringing that awareness is the best motivation ever.” It’s the very reason why the two invite listeners to CYOA! (Choose Your

the hope is just to start the conversation. What sound can we expect from the upcoming album? L: It’s rock & roll dance music. There is definitely a storytelling element in what we do. I think each song has a different narrative.  Is there any specific conversation you want to start with Ride or Die? L: The idea is to start a dialogue and see where it goes from there. Are there any other childhood dreams that you’ve been dying to fulfill? B: Finishing our Muppet music video that has been in the works for four years. L: Working with Nicola Formichetti. He is my spirit animal. @hrtsrevolution - 71

growing pains CANDICE ACCOLA may chomp on necks as The Vampire Diaries’s Caroline Forbes, but offscreen, she admits to loving strawberry banana Greek yogurt with Marché granola. Blood is an acquired taste, after all. By Rita Faire Photographed by Amanda Elkins


here weren’t a lot of hopes for The CW’s The Vampire Diaries when it started in 2009. Many dismissed it as just another Twilight wannabe, banking on the success of fangs and forbidden love. But after a couple of episodes, the audience sunk their teeth into the grit of a story that showed the path to true love paved in car crashes, suspected animal attacks, mind control, and blood—volumes of it. As the show gained momentum, so has its characters. Leading lady Elena (Nina Dobrev) started wielding vervain vials, silver knives, and wooden stakes to protect herself against those who’d suck her dry while best friend Caroline proved that there was much more to her than being a perpetually perky cheerleader. Actress Candice Accola, who plays Caroline, shares, “The scene at the end of the pilot episode where Caroline is asking why she never gets chosen [is my favorite]. It was such a wonderfully selfish, insecure, human moment that every young woman has felt once or twice. I immediately loved how innocently flawed Caroline was, how she wears her need to be loved on her sleeve.” While still wonderfully selfish and insecure at times, the one thing you can say about Caroline is that she is no longer human. A pivotal moment in the second season sees her turned into a vampire. Much like her character, Candice underwent a lot of change in order to rise. Before The Vampire Diaries, Candice was known (or rather, unknown) for being one of Miley Cyrus’s backup singers. “It was great… I was 20 and living a dream job!” But after a couple minor roles (including one in Jason Reitman’s Juno and TV series like How I Met Your Mother,

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Supernatural, and Greek) the dream got even better as The CW gave her first big break. Trading in frills for fangs, Candice packed up her suitcases and headed over to Atlanta, Georgia— known to TVD fans as the set of Mystic Falls. Four seasons down and another one down the pipe, The Vampire Diaries is going strong and so is Candice. During her downtime from the show, she started work on the hit web series Dating Rules From My Future Self alongside fellow CW alum, Shiri Appleby. She plays the painfully cynical Chloe Cunningham, a 26-year-old who believes that love does not exist. Quite different from Caroline who Candice describes as living “in an idealistic world when it comes to love… [Caroline] would probably say love conquers all. She is still so young.” The actor admits that she has not let go of her past completely. She tells us, “I still sing for fun today. Members of the crew and myself have a cover band that’s played TVD wrap parties.” Other offcamera duties include having chili and cornbread picnics with family and friends while playing Glow-in-the-Dark Ultimate Frisbee as well as joining castmates Ian Somerhalder and Michael Trevino in the anti-teen suicide campaign, It Gets Better Project. With a plate so full with work and play, what else does Candice do with her time? Simple: “The same thing I do every night—try to take over the world.” @CandiceAccola

“i immediately loved how innocently flawed caroline was. how she wears her need to be loved on her sleeve.”

Production Assistant Alex Levine, Wardrobe Stylist Jacque Saladino, Makeup Kristina Goldberg, Hair Shannon Mason



MASTER O F H IS D O M A IN MARCUS TROY? That Canadian blogger? Wrong. He is about as far from a blogger as you can get. By Reena Mesias Photographed by Nick Joseph


ot every blogger is a 17-year-old fashion student who reposts Tumblresque photos of Cara Delevingne. Some are professionals. A few are in their late 20s. A good number are men. And some aren’t really “bloggers.” “I want to move away from the word ‘blogger.’ I think people are just creatives.” These words are spoken by a man who dons Steve McQueen, Visvim, Gucci, and A Bathing Ape, who travels two to three times a month, parties in NYC one night then in a yacht in Miami the next, and writes all about them in In a world where most posts have a life expectancy shorter than Kanye West’s blog, Montreal creative Marcus Troy makes sure that his stands out. “Showing your personal style is just another way to express your identity to the world. People have become famous for showing us how they look in the morning. I think it’s great,” Marcus says about fashion bloggers. But when it comes to expressing identities, he has something more to say. The Marcus Troy Experience is a digital platform for a style-savvy audience who share or aspire for his lifestyle. “I share the things that I am into. If you like the music I listen to, you might like the food that I eat, and you might enjoy the hotel that I frequent.” Marcus has had projects with brands like Converse, Sebago, Nylon, Levi’s, and Nike, but he says, “My favorite has to be my digital collaboration with Nike called the Maverick Project. It was a great way to engage my audience and have them tell me about themselves. It was so inspiring, and we’ve been talking about turning this into a book.” Although the rise of Marcus reads like a choreographed story of business success,

he does not come off as a manipulative “journalist.” He works with brands he would support even without the blog. Oh, to earn money just by living and being yourself. Marcus spends some of his time in his home studio and office in Montreal, but he says, “My real work studio is on the road.” When he did the interview, he had just come back from Japan (where he bought Japanese safety pins from Kapital) and Thailand (where he mingled with elephants and deemed it one of his “favorite life experiences”). In a few weeks, he’ll be in another airport, off to another foreign place. “I get really inspired at an airport,” he says. That’s also probably where he conceptualized his online travel initiative called Travel With Us that’s about to launch soon. So Marcus Troy isn’t a blogger. He’s a journalist and a tastemaker. He knows where he came from, what he’s made of, and where he’s going. @marcustroy

“I w ant to move a way from the word ‘blogger .’ I thin k people are j ust creatives .”

E le me nts of T roy Marcus Troy essentials

Visvim wallet It is the best wallet I’ve ever had.

Type 1 (multee) Project × Ma rcus Troy carabiner in matte grey

It is the best device to hold all your keys.

My Spyderco blade

You never know when you will need to cut yourself out of some rope.

My passport

I am always on the go and at any minute, I can jump on a flight.

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A Madder Red

Traveling through history has never been more fashionable—chalk it up to obsessive nostalgia. Great filmmakers like RAYMOND RED should be thanked for finding ways to illuminate the past. By Liza Constantino Photographed by Jer Dee


aymond Red is a magician— not in the tawdry, garish sense of the word, but a master of imagination. Where most filmmakers are concerned with verisimilitude, he picks things from his travels between past and present in order to tell a many-layered story that delves into the heart of cinema and heritage. Take Kamera Obskura; a story of a filmmaker who is literally kept in the dark, isolated from the world for two decades. In Platonic fashion, his only idea of reality comes through a projection from a hole in the wall and his story is told within the larger frame of film preservation. Awarded the

Cinemalaya’s Special Jury Prize in 2012, it’s easy to get blown away by the lofty concept, but Raymond Red tells it in a way that the majestic points to other consequential concerns, like politics or the troubles of our film archive. The film showcases this technical prowess, but those familiar with Raymond know that his majestic touch goes far beyond the scope of one or two films. Kamera Obskura is but the culmination of his lifelong obsession with art, including painting, art history, and the humanities at large. “…I’ve treated [making films] very much like painting, like another visual art form,” he professes, “but one that Kamera Obskura



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recognizes a dynamism apart from classic arts, like fine arts, performing arts, and so on.” Speaking of his latest film, which took a long time to brew, he says, “I’ve come full circle on that. I’ve done so many different styles like dramatic, straightforward narratives, films that have more elements of surrealism... Now, its like all the ideas I’ve had come together in Kamera Obskura.” Crediting the surreal as one of his tools, it’s no wonder that of the Filipino artists, living or dead, Raymond would pick Mike de Leon as one he’d like to collaborate with. “There were a couple of dream sequences in Kisapmata which were some of the most amazing dream segments I have ever seen. It’s interesting because dreams are from your subconscious but at the same time are bits and pieces of thoughts that come out. I would think and believe, even though I have not confirmed it, that Mike probably draws ideas from his dreams.” Whether they represent his fears or desires, Raymond has reason to believe in dreams.

Though he’s been involved in commercial shoots, Raymond has always listened to an inner hankering for creative control, something that alternative cinema has given him. “In the 80s, there was a great number of filmmakers who started making films against the odds of exhibition, production, and distribution. They believed in the films they wanted to take and it was a big enough group to call it a movement. There was no real manifest, but realizing each other’s strengths, collaborating and cooperating, we really did start a movement. Going to the present, that’s what we see now. The acceptance, the recognition.” His 2008 film, Manila Skies, is one of many garnering praise. It was released in the US in 2012 and has been selected for festivals in Rotterdam, Montreal, and Vancouver. That such powerful force can come from a visionary like Raymond Red is no secret, but the sheer craftiness of it—that is where his magic lies.


Transit system Between immersing herself in the world’s fashion capitals and balancing art in ensembles, bespoke designer SAMANTHA RICHELLE takes us through her two-fold design aesthetic that has masculine origins and feminine ends. By Rita Faire Photographed by Patrick Diokno

was just like, “Hey, do you wanna wear my stuff?” I don’t have a shop or anything, but I have a workshop that I’m really trying to get done and get out there. So you’re planning to do bespoke stuff instead of opening a shop? For now, yeah. [After, I’ll] probably launch abroad before bringing it back here.

“ I’m very inspired by menswear while designing women’s.” L

ooking at her dark-hued, structured-yet-draped red carpet creations, one would never guess that designer Samantha Richelle originated with a menswear line. The former London art student’s fashion track began with a move to New York, but it accelerated when she got her big break as a stylist for designer M of LA menswear outfit, Haus of M. “While working with [M] as a stylist, he saw that I was good at designing—as that was my major—so… he trusted me to start his women’s line.” Samantha credits her menswear background, which emphasized structured tailoring as a key influence in developing

her own aesthetic—one that balances floral embellishments and lace with strong forms, accentuated shoulders, and razor-sharp silhouettes. You studied in London and New York before working in LA. How did those cities influence your style as a designer? To be honest, my style is very London. I’m very into the darker palettes… I love designing clean-cut, not-too-crazy-buteccentric kind of stuff. I also love draping with the structured kind of designing that I do. Do you think that has something to do with your menswear exposure?

It’s funny because I’m very inspired by menswear while designing women’s; so yes, you could say that. Since then, though, you’ve set up in the Philippines, dressing everyone from local celebrities to private clients. How did that come about? I was here after that because I wanted to help with my family’s [production house.] I started trying to look for work as a designer, but that didn’t really work out so I started designing on my own. I found a seamstress and some people who could work with me and sort of branched out into getting people to wear them. I looked for events and

Take us through your thought process when designing something for a client. Usually when clients come up to me, they go, “I want a dress!” or “I want something to wear for this,” and I just ask them “What’s the event? What kind of thing are you looking for?” I try and get to know their style and try to make sure that they’ll feel comfortable in [whatever I come up with for them.] If someone’s more laidback or they’re comfortable with a certain cut, then I’ll work with it and their style. How was the transition from living abroad to settling in the Philippines? It’s amazing because I came here expecting a lot [of differences and] a completely different culture with fashion, but I see that the fashion industry is really growing in the Philippines, which is amazing because they’re really [varied.] You get the high fashion designers… In the end, there’s not too much of a difference.

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RAINBOW At only 18, MAYA KIBBEL, aka Tumblr’s Gypsy Kid, has got it going on. The internet-savvy sweetheart, Elle Girl Japan blogger, The Cobrasnake photographer, and Nylon Japan’s favorite muse is a firecracker just waiting to explode. Don’t come any closer if you’re scared of sparks. By Isabelle Kim Photographed by Jujiin Samonte


aya Kibbel’s nights usually begin with shooting the craziest parties and end with 8 AM drunken ramen sessions. Meanwhile, her days are spent at the offices of Elle Girl and modeling for the likes of Jawbreaker and United Colors of Benetton. Before settling in the heart of Tokyo, Maya grew up in Jersey, worked in NYC, and toured all over the US with her friends The Jonas Brothers. It’s easy to understand where her Tumblr name, Gypsy Kid, comes from. “I can’t stay in the same city for [more than] a couple of months,” she confesses. Maya recently collaborated with local shoe brand Gold Dot and admits she’d love to come back and work with street brand

Proudrace. “I’m a huge fan! Plus, it would give me another reason to go back to Manila. I miss it!” Unfazed by the craze that comes with living in a metropolitan city, Maya feels right at home in Tokyo, saying, “I finally became myself and expressed myself in ways even I didn’t know I had suppressed.” And, boy, is she expressing. Describing her style as “weird and irrational,” Maya is known to rock white sky-high platforms, statement tights, shredded shorts à la grunge punk and technicolor hair to match. “I’m dying to try black hair. In Tokyo, hair is the biggest accessory.” The future is looking brighter than Shinjuku at night for the Gypsy Kid.

“ I FINALLY BECAME MYSELF AND EXPRESSED MYSELF IN WAYS EVEN I DIDN’T KNOW I HAD SUPPRESSED.” Looking to “defy the must-be-a-goddamngiant industry,” Maya is spreading her rainbow one blog post, photograph, and city at a time. @mayaaxxx

GOOD Cookie-cutter douches are penny a piece on television, but JAYSON BLAIR’s Clay Clemmons on NBC’s The New Normal breaks the mold and goes freestyle. By Rita Faire Photographed by Joe DeAngelis


t’s hard to fathom why people can keep casting Jayson Blair as a douche when he’s a sweetheart in real life. Before, people knew him from Seth Grahame-Smith’s The Hard Times of RJ Berger as Max Owens, a jock who harasses the title character on an episodical basis. Now, with his stint as Clay Clemmons in NBC’s The New Normal, Jayson evolves from stereotypical terror to all-around guy. Jayson recalls, “Oh brother, I was so awful when I started out. I remember getting so nervous that my knees

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would shake. That is something that didn’t go away for years.” Despite that, he had great opportunities on his door. “My first audition was for The OC, and my role was the one Ben Mackenzie ended up getting,” he says. But you know what they say, a time and a place for everything. “The casting director called my agent and said I was a nice kid, but very green. At the time, I thought, ‘He said I was green. That sounds good.’ Apparently, it is a term that many use in the acting community for fresh and

not experienced. Hearing things like that is the main reason I am where I am today.” Jayson says, “Ryan [Murphy] does use our personal lives to enrich our characters. He has asked me some questions about growing up and I have been seeing dashes of that in some of the upcoming episodes.” And if you’re asking Jayson, he wants to take that a step further, maybe bring someone from his real life into The New Normal? “I would love it if Clay started dating a celebrity. Say, Rumer Willis or someone like that. Hint hint, wink wink!” Well, you can’t blame a good guy for wanting to spend more time with his girl.



ROSE REALISM In styling, pretty words need to translate to pretty girls. What’s in MONICA ROSE? That every person she styles—the Kardashians included—should meet a higher understanding of her own fashion aesthetic. By Katrina Swee Photographed by Joyce Park

Makeup Jadene Munster of 901 Artists Hair Ashlee Rose of Exclusive Artist


efore her fitting with Kourtney Kardashian for the new season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Monica Rose gives us the lowdown on her life. The girl from Northern California who loved to play dress up as a kid never thought of working in fashion, but she followed her instincts and started fresh in LA in search for her life calling. How did she do it? First, she became an Assistant Manager in Robertson Boulevard and studied stylists like a book. Now, she gets all the looks. From recommending fedoras, structured pieces, leather pants, pointy pumps, and oversized accessories to obsessing over Altuzarra, Balmain, Isabel Marant, and Balenciaga by Alexander Wang, this down-to-earth busy bee connects us on a personal level to the style of Kim K, Keri Hilson, and the ladies of E! News. She’s become a household name in celebrity styling. So if you’re that girl who loves to play dress up while wearing jewelry two sizes too big, or that friend who loves giving makeovers, or doing a Regina George—“get in loser, we’re going shopping!”—Monica Rose is your gal.

a first impression is very important. I love consulting with my clients on how to dress their body shapes and discuss both parties’ ideas. They normally take me through their closet… it allows me to see where they are with keeping up with trends and helps me revamp their look to where they want it. As their stylist, I make sure my clients are always comfortable in what I style them in because the last thing I would ever want is to let any of them wear something in which they feel forced to wear.

I used to shop at local vintage shops in high school to find Levi’s vintage denim, designer handbags, fur coats, and statement accessories. Now that I live in LA, I love going to the local Flea Market and vintage boutiques like Decades, Sielian’s, and Resurrection online. My obsession for collecting vintage pieces is an never ending love that I have had since I was a little girl playing in my mother’s closet. I

also shop at estate sales with my boyfriend. He always finds the best jewelry and handbags for me. What’s your motto? “Work for a cause not for applause. Live to express not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed just to make your absence felt.” @MonicaRoseStyle

Who were your inspirations as a stylist? My mother’s classy, polished style is what grew me to love clothes… She has never let me feel sorry for myself, not even for a second! [Also], I remember dressing my friends since the third grade. I would call them the night before and tell them exactly what to wear to school for the next day. I definitely don’t think it was normal of me to do that. Now that I look back… I think that’s why I got a job at 14 working in retail. I wanted to help women look their best.

How do you choose your clients? I absolutely love when a client allows me have all creative freedom over their wardrobe. I truly live for makeovers. If a client is open to trying something new and fresh, then I am all for it.

How would you describe your personal aesthetic? Very effortless with a mix of feminine and an edgy twist. I love neutral pieces. They can make any outfit look appropriate and polished. I love to mix my favorite street fashion-inspired pieces along with my high-end items for my everyday outfits.

Tell us about meeting a client for the first time. Meeting a client and making

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KELLY OSBOURNE grew up in the limelight of MTV’s The Osbournes but she’s since gone beyond bleep-filled fights, explosive family dynamics, and heavy metal royalty. Now, she steps onto the stage as a fashion-savvy and sassy critic who’s treading the lines between class and iconoclast. Living the lessons of her realitybuzzed upbringing, Kelly lives in the moment, sticks to her guns, and doesn’t care about popular opinion. Preach. By Rita Faire Photographed by Jim Jordan

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“There’s nothing better than a good game of dress-up… [it] allows you to become whoever you want to be.”



t 13 years old, most girls dream about having long, blond hair; but at that age, all Kelly Osbourne wanted to do was chop hers off. After an argument with her mother, she yelled “Fuck you!” and cut half the length. Daddy Ozzy couldn’t look at her with a straight face after that—but who could blame him? His little girl had a hack job haircut and she didn’t seem to care. Fast forward to 2013, Kelly’s day starts off on Style. com. Everyday, she studies the season’s latest collections before scouring celebrity blogs (a necessary evil for someone who needs to immerse in the realm of pop culture fashion) to see who wore what and if it looked good. Whether dissecting

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Alexander Wang’s first collection with Balenciaga or digging into why Anne Hathaway switched from Valentino to Prada at the last minute. This process gives her the confidence to stand by each and every comment. In a television interview September last year, she told Chatty Man host Alan Carr, “You have to know what you’re talking about [on Fashion Police] otherwise you just look like an idiot.” Though she jokes that she’s already “halfway there,” nobody who’s seen Fashion Police can accuse Miss KO of being a fashion illiterate. In a show where style offenders are treated worse than convicted felons, Kelly keeps her comments about the clothes, even as she references vintage collections, changing designers, and styling departures. “I leave the comedy to [Joan Rivers] so I don’t have to worry about keeping up. She’s funny enough for all of us. I’m more focused on enjoying her brilliant commentary and giving my honest opinion.” These opinions range from calling Spice Girl Mel B out for recycling Britney Spears’s 2001 MTV Music Awards Dolce & Gabbana lace dress for the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony to comparing

friends Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice’s Royal Wedding ensembles to the Cinderella evil stepsisters’ ball outfits. As she elaborates with Alan Carr, “I would never say anything about anyone that I wouldn’t say to their face.” It doesn’t matter if you’re BFF Miley Cyrus (a common subject for show segment “Starlet or Streetwalker”) or controversial contender Lady Gaga (who she’s since buried the hatchet with after a very public weight debate), when the claws come out, remember that it’s just about the clothes. For Kelly, whether getting a pat on the back for a look well done or getting slammed for taking a risk, “fashion is fun and there’s nothing better than a good game of dress-up.” She goes on saying, “[it] allows you to become whoever you want to be. In Hollywood, I could wear a doctor’s coat and disco ball on my head, call myself Kelly the Disco Doctor, and people would buy it.” And if people don’t like it? She says, “Without the bad, the good could never be quite as good. You’ve got to remember that, when things get rough; no point in wasting time resenting it.”




ho are you wearing?” is the first thing every celebrity hears on the red carpet. Whether poured into a gold, art decoinspired Armani Privé column dress or experimenting with new silhouettes in an exaggerated Christian Dior Haute Couture ball gown, the answer sheds light on a star’s style. It lets audiences know whether they’re paying homage to 1940s screen sirens or marching to the beat of their own drum. As a correspondent and panel member for E!’s Fashion Police, singer-turned-fashioncritic Kelly Osbourne finds the middle ground between respect and rebellion. While her now lavender locks suggest she’s more rock than glam, her sheerwaisted white gown and cape ensemble at the 2013 Elton John Oscars party brought back memories of the Tom Ford moment Gwyneth Paltrow had the year before—a sure indicator that she belongs on the red carpet, no matter what people say. “The prep is always a bit different depending on the show but it all starts with the dress,” she explains. Like cliques in high school, each red carpet has its own unspoken dress code. You can go crazy with plunging décolletages and barely-there textiles at the Grammys, but show up like that at the Emmys and you might as well claim your award for Worst Dressed at the side entrance. The 2013 awards season saw Kelly in everything from an embellished Jazz Age number from Jenny Packham at the Screen Actors Guild Awards to a slinky cutout-ridden Paule Ka dress at the Grammys. But for the mother of all red carpets—the 85th Academy Awards—Kelly pulled out all the stops in a black Tony Ward Couture hand-embroidered tulle evening dress with satin straps, Norman Silverman earrings, Le Vian and Demarco rings, and a Judith Leiber clutch. Her goth yet glam final look is pulled together with

a sideswept chignon, linerdefined eyes, and Clara Bow coral lips. There’s no hint of the circus she went through to get there, nor the one that’s to follow. Her job starts after the shutterbugs get their 360° shots of her dress. Girl doesn’t just walk the red carpet, she works it. Microphone in hand and her bubbly personality in play, she’s the one who gets to ask, “Who are you wearing?” It just goes to show that realities change. In 2005, when The Osbournes aired its final episode, the world was convinced that Kelly would follow in her father’s rock legacy. Now, though she admits that “the best is yet to come” with her music, it is clear that her passion is in fashion. The run, rush, and rampage of distinctively demanding industry fail to faze her. Kelly’s roots revisited, it’ll take more than a few “rehearsals, pre-show, Live from the Red Carpet, press, parties, and Fashion Police tapings at 5 AM the following day,” to slow this girl down. The day after the Oscars, she’s been “working 36 hours straight with barely any time to sleep!” But who needs sleep? She has more realities to tackle.

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ANNASOPHIA ROBB has everything going for her—a Sundance film, an increasing amount of press, a shitload of peplum skirts (“I have a small waist, but I have wide hips so they really keep my figure,” she laughs), and the lead in Sex and the City’s prequel, The Carrie Diaries. But AnnaSophia isn’t like Carrie Bradshaw who has every girl kneeling for a taste of her life and wardrobe. AnnaSophia isn’t the most popular young actor today—yet. AnnaSophia is not a celebrity. She is an actor who doesn’t let success sway her from being who she intends to be. By Reena Mesias Photographed by Tyler Ferguson - 83



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ou shouldn’t have to sacrifice who you are just because somebody else has a problem with it,” says 30-year-old Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. If it were real life, she could give the same advice to the new TV show in town and the young actress who stars in it. The Carrie Diaries, prequel to the now iconic show based on the books by Candace Bushnell, just premiered its first season. It’s the same city without the sex. This time, Carrie jots her thoughts in a journal instead of an Apple laptop; the story takes place in between Connecticut and Manhattan, set in the 80s with an abundance of Madonna songs as backdrop; there are no Mirandas, Charlottes, Samanthas, and Mr. Bigs—only dorky friends, a rebel for a sister, a bad boy, and a typical popular nemesis. Sounds like the perfect disclaimer to teenybopper, yes? I won’t lie—the show very much is, but it’s meant to be that way. The pilot opens with a 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw walking down a Manhattan sidewalk in slow motion, with her bushy curls, a vintage Arnold Scaasi dress, oblivious to everything, and seemingly only dealing with #richwhitegirlproblems. And among all the Carrie-wannabes, it was AnnaSophia Robb who got lucky. We’re guessing it helped that she became goofy and did a chicken dance at the end of her audition. But unlike the 16-year-old Carrie in that particular scene, it wasn’t all frills and designer clothes for AnnaSophia despite having been part of the Hollywood industry for about a decade. She describes how she was when she was at 16: “I definitely did not imagine myself being out there. I didn’t really know if I would be going to college or working. I know I was so excited just to get my driver’s license,” she laughs. “I don’t think I’ve changed that much. Honestly, from 16, I think I’m a little bit more calm. Things don’t upset me as much.” Presently, 19-year-old AnnaSophia skips from one interview to another. We caught her right after her slot on The Today Show. “We had a good time,” she says. “It was very quick. The morning always just flies by… Now, I’m at the studio.” It’s not hard to expect this sort of recognition and appreciation for a girl who has always wanted to be an actor and has been going for it since she was eight. “My parents were kind enough to allow me to pursue my dreams. I’ve had nothing but good experiences, and I just feel so blessed. It’s just a special opportunity to be able to share stories with the world.” Despite people saying that filling in the Manolo Blahnik heels of a younger Carrie Bradshaw could be unnerving, AnnaSophia is, if not more, deserving. We’ve seen her in Bridge to Terabithia


“I think it’s important to just be yourself. If you’re not, then who else are you going to be?” playing Leslie, the imaginative kid full of life; in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as the competitive, gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde; in Because of Winn-Dixie as a lonely 10-year-old facing inner turmoils; in Soul Surfer being all inspirational; and most recently in Sundance’s The Way Way Back as an attractive girl-next-door. Add that all up, The Carrie Diaries is a cake walk. “This is my first time doing television,” she says. “It’s important to eat well, and I try to sleep–even though I don’t get a lot of sleep–but I really enjoy the people I work with, and the show is doing well so that makes it all worth it. It’s really exciting.” Despite some of the show’s bad reviews (“It is mostly about one thing—wanting to cash in on Sex and the City,” says Matt Zoller Seitz from New York Magazine’s Vulture site), AnnaSophia’s charm and acting chops haven’t let us down “Ms. Robb is fine as Carrie, exhibiting more personality than other young CW heroines…,” says Mike Hale from The New York Times. This is a young lady who’s at ease with herself and the projects that she chooses. “I think everyone just assumes that The Carrie Diaries is gonna be this daunting experience, but we’re not trying to remake the show,” AnnaSophia says without a hint of self-consciousness or irony. The Carrie Diaries is not a show meant for any of the Sex and the City foursome’s initial devotees, but it knows what it wants, and it’s not gonna change just because it’s being criticized. “We’re not trying to be Sex and the City. We’re not trying to emulate [Sarah Jessica Parker] or her performance. We’re our own show, and we have new characters. It’s Carrie before she experiences the city, before she is a writer, and before her fashion sense,” AnnaSophia says. “My Carrie still has the same characteristics like being a good friend, observing the world around her. I don’t think she’s a very judgmental person. I think she’s just trying to soak up the environment around her. But I’d say she’s a little less jaded and cynical, and more open to what people have to offer, and she doesn’t know what to expect. You know she’s not experienced in the world, so she doesn’t know certain things.” Maybe AnnaSophia Robb isn’t so far off from the character she plays after all. She also doesn’t know what lies ahead of her now. And just as she says there are “so much possibilities with film,” we predict that there are more possibilities waiting for her. “I hope these stories will encourage people to be themselves,” says AnnaSophia. “Laugh more or explore the dark side of human nature.” At the moment, they’ve just wrapped up filming. “I think I’ll take some time off. I’m kind of tired,” AnnaSophia chuckles. “I don’t wanna say burnt-out. As much as I

love to work, it’s important to be able to rejuvenate and have other experiences so that when you come back to work, you’re all ready to go.” Every now and then, a TV show comes along that changes history. Let’s not fool ourselves. We can’t say that The Carrie Diaries is one of those, even more so the next Sex and the City. But AnnaSophia’s career might change—for the better and the bigger. Being young and goodlooking isn’t a differentiating factor in Young Hollywood anymore. More than talent, it’s the ability to keep it real that’s the survival skill. “I think it’s important to just be yourself,” says AnnaSophia. “If you’re not, then who else are you going to be?”

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Fake it, Make it

I♥FAKE may have fewer issues than Vogue , but co-owner and fashion director JORDY HUINDER makes sure that his magazine celebrates the world of youth eternally quaking along granular goings-on, grandiose parties, rib-breaking wisecracking, no sleeping, and some nip-slipping. This “fake” world is where the real issues reside. By Kristine Dabbay Portrait by Elza Jo

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n this day and age when everyone is neurotically obsessed with the expanding market of the youth, it gets harder for media to catch the attention of pre-teens, teen queens, and twentysomethings. But in the eight years of the Amsterdam-produced magazine, I♥FAKE, Jordy Huinder–together with Jolijn Snijders–has already cast iron a throne in the top echelons of today’s youth culture canon. They’ve featured designers Katie Eary, Wendy Bevan, and Reed + Rader, worked on editorials with photographers Hasisi Park, Duy Quoc Vu, Joost van de Brug, and artist Koa. You may not know all of them now, but you might as well start to, because—like the magazine that took these artists in like a dad would a prodigal child—they

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are the budding talents bound to break and burn boundaries and comfort zones to the ground. We suppose I♥FAKE may not quite fit a magazine’s prototype, or it might trigger the prototypes that dispute themselves, or make every editor and publisher ask if there really should be a prototype in the first place. For your reading pleasure, we speak to Jordy Huinder as he tells us how loving fake surmounts to being real. Unconsciously, he tells us to look beyond today’s reality and imagine all that’s possible if you have a little panache. We drench in the perceived rebellion that the magazine exemplifies. Jordy reiterates it’s really just “celebrating the spirit of the youth.” Whatever that spirit is, may it all haunt us down; age, be hanged.


“ I love things that are awkward, imperfect, or shocking.”

photographed by Duy Qouc Vu for Prestage

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Hi Jordy! I hope you’re not too busy closing an issue to answer this. How are you? Hi Kristine! I’m all right. Thank you for having this interview with me. We’ve actually interviewed Jolijn Snijders for our Photo Issue before. To the uninitiated, why the name I♥FAKE? I♥FAKE started as an online magazine, way back (2005). So not in print = fake. We feature the stuff we love = I♥FAKE. The fun part is, of course, that we like it real and hate fake. But our readers know that! Your magazine celebrates the spirit of youth and having that fuck-you attitude. With all the kids and old-timers in the publishing scene, how

do you balance that spirit of “independence” while being a legit lifestyle authority? To be honest, I am not sure we’ve ever found our balance. But we do know what we like and stick with the “plan.” We’re always looking for young fresh talent, and so it’s possible for a young photographer with a first editorial ending up with 20 pages. I think that’s something new that we are doing. You were an intern for Vivienne Westwood Gold Label. Now a Fashion Director, what guides your style? Who and what influence you? I love things that are awkward, imperfect, or shocking. I love streetwear and high fashion. I’m an internet, magazine, sitcom, and movie junkie. I like things mixed. I like chaos brought back to simple. I like it how people wear high fashion on the streets with their own idea about fashion, beauty, and style.

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photographed by Jolijn Snijders

photographed by Duy Quoc Vu for NYC S/S 2013

“It’s possible for a young photographer with a first editorial ending up with 20 pages. I think that’s something new that we are doing.” photographed by Jolijn Snijders

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“I believe in many true styles and answers.”

photographed by Joost van de Brug for I♥FAKE

For the magazine, it needs to be “celebrating the spirit of youth.” I love what you said, “The difficult but also the fun part is finding everything out for the first time. We are virgin rookies!” What’s the biggest lesson you learned from trial and error? To always move on. Doing things for the first time is always exciting. Thank god I’m a fashion stylist—fashion’s always moving. I mean working with different photographers, models, styles—it’s exciting. For me, the way you capture youthful fashion is spot on. With too many glossy-wannabes, self-proclaimed hipsters, Twitter-trending-influencers, and

whatnot, how do you keep your eyes fresh for true style? I believe in many true styles and answers. For specifics, what current collections/pieces do you love and hate at the moment? Why? At the moment, I like more clean and simple designs. I love Céline and Raf Simons. For upcoming F/W 2013, I really liked the Prada collection. For my personal clothing style, I love ACNE studios, American Apparel, and I’m a huge Lou Dalton fan! Complete the sentence. I love fake because… It’s so real! I heard Madonna and Courtney Love influenced you a lot. If there’s a song that best encapsulates what you feel right

now, what would it be and why? Yep, I love Madonna [when I was a kid] and Courtney Love [when I was a teenager], both for different reasons; but I also love 70s Blondie. I guess I love blond rock/pop icons. [Laughs] I don’t know about a song—I really like listening to The Drums while working. Any tip on how to upgrade one’s lifestyle? I think the most important style you can have is to be yourself. Lastly, what projects should we expect from you this year? I♥FAKE issue four is coming out in the second week of April 2013! @jordyhuinder - 91



When it comes to realness on the reel, there’s nothing quite as in-depth as the documentary in its quest to uncover the human truths connecting us all. For your entertainment and education, here are three recent standouts that put culture, social injustice, traditional music, and the concord of folks in focus.


Shan Nicholson (Director)

What is the movie all about? From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights movement lay an unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to hip-hop culture. Rubble Kings, the most comprehensive documentation of life during this era of gang rule to date, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted the world over.

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What are some of the themes you’ve endeavored to explore? My dream is for this film to reach at-risk youths, kids who are either in gangs or on the fence about it. I think it’s powerful for a teen to see that just a few generations back, under equally (if not more) trying times, and with less resources, a few extraordinary ones took it upon themselves to take a hold of the wheel and steer it in the direction of a more peaceful resolution… One of the values the film speaks to is a sense of community… We are in this together, and the changes we make within ourselves and our communities are not isolated incidents.

What did you personally learn about yourself from making the movie? The power of perseverance. This is a project that I’ve been working on for four years, and it is just now, through everyone’s support with our Kickstarter campaign, that this film will see the light of day.


Benito Bautista (Director), Florante Aguilar (Producer) What is the movie all about? After vowing never to return to the Philippines, Florante Aguilar—a San Francisco-based guitarist—found himself back home when his father died. His return awakened his focus in music. Many years later, he returned to the Philippines to search for the lost art of the serenade (harana) and its unpublished and unrecorded songs. He went on a quest to search for the remaining masters of harana and learn from them the songs, practices, and traditions, eventually recording the songs themselves. Harana is a celebration of the discovery of the masters of harana and the experience of the romance and nostalgia of its music. What are some of the themes you’ve endeavored to explore? Besides the idea that harana is a musical practice and tradition with beautiful romantic songs

and passionate practitioners, I wanted to inform the audience that I used the film as a symbol of all vanishing traditions. Somehow, progression through modernity will overwhelm all our traditions and so, moving forward, we need to continually discuss, record, express, and—if possible—practice our traditions so that our future generation will have something to be inspired and be proud of and talk about. What did you personally learn about yourself from making the movie? That I am doubly proud and inspired by our people, our landscape, our music, and our traditions… Since harana is clearly part of our musical DNA… our local music industry should empower our OPM musicians by promoting them in all platforms so our future generations will have music to call their own.


Words by Giano D. Dionisio

Michael Collins (Director), Martin Syjuco (Producer)

What is the movie all about? In 1997, 19-year-old culinary student Paco Larrañaga was arrested for the kidnap, rape, and murder of two sisters on the provincial island of Cebu, Philippines. Despite demonstrable evidence of his innocence, including 40 eyewitnesses and photographs placing him in Quezon City hundreds of miles from the scene, Paco’s legal ordeal was only just beginning… Following the case and its aftermath for 15 years, Give Up Tomorrow traces Paco’s story from the ethnic and class tensions at its roots through a distracting thread of tabloid sensationalism and ultimately to appeals and interventions from foreign governments and human rights groups as the injustice of Paco’s situation becomes ever more stark and undeniable.

show the complete breakdown and failure of this system, starting from the ground up with the police frame-up and reaching to the highest court in the land with the Supreme Court… What did you personally learn about yourself from making the movie? You really have to be passionate about your subject matter because you have to commit to it completely. The blood, sweat, and tears that we have shed in the making of this documentary have been worth it, but boy there were times when we felt like giving up. In those times, we would think of Paco, who never gave up despite everything that happened to him.

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JETSET ICON by Aleksey Volchek

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@ 7th High

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Social Saturdays @ Aracama by Pam Santos

Escape to narnia by The Cobrasnake

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LED Anniversary by Aleksey Volchek

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DIRECTORY BRANDS 21 MEN Forever 21, SM Megamall, Ortigas City ADIDAS Greenbelt 3, Makati City ALDO Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Drive, Makati City BARBARA BUI BENCH Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Drive, Makati City BENEFIT Greenbelt 5, Makati City CALL IT SPRING Greenbelt 3, Makati City CAROLINE SEIKALY CHRIS DIAZ Myth, Greenbelt 5, Makati city CLAUDIE PIERLOT CLIO CLINIQUE Rustan’s Department Store, Makati City COMME DES GARÇONS COTTON ON SM Mall Of Asia, Pasay City DOROTHY PERKINS SM Mall Of Asia, Pasay City ESCADA ETUDE HOUSE FOLDED AND HUNG SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City FOREVER 21 SM Megamall, Ortigas City GIORGIO ARMANI Rustan’s Department Store, Makati City GORGEOUS COSMETICS GREYONE SOCIAL Greenbelt 5, Makati City H&M

HÉLèNE ZUBELDIA INNISIFREE IOPE JOEL ESCOBER Myth, Greenbelt 5, Makati City KATE SPADE Greenbelt 3, Makati City KEDS LANEÍGE LESPORTSAC Greenbelt 5, Makati City MAC Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Drive, Makati City MARC BY MARC JACOBS Greenbelt 5, Makati City MASSIMO DUTTI Greenbelt 5, Makati City MYTH Greenbelt 5, Makati City NAPOLEON PERDIS NARS Rustan’s Department Store, Makati City NIKE OXYGEN SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City PENSHOPPE SM Mall Of Asia, Pasay City PONY PUMA ROBIN TOMAS Myth, Greenbelt 5, Makati City SKECHERS SKINFOOD SMASHBOX Beauty Bar, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Drive, Makati City SPERRY TOP-SIDER

STEVE MADDEN Greenbelt 5, Makati City TEDDY SMITH THEBALM TOPMAN SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City TOPSHOP SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City VANS Vans Concept Stores, SM Department Stores, Robinsons Department Stores, Landmark Department Stores, Urban Athletics, Toby’s Sports, Olympic Village, Shoe Salon, American Rag, Sole Academy, Greyone Social WAREHOUSE SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City ZARA Greenbelt 5, Makati City ARTISTS Ming Han Chung (Photographer) The Cobrasnake (Photographer) Joe DeAngelis (Photographer) Patrick Diokno (Photographer) Amanda Elkins (Photographer) Gerard Estadella (Photographer) DJ Fabian (Photographer) Ty Ferg (Photographer) Judd Figuerres (Videographer) Alexey Galetskiy (Assistant stylist) Mike Gella (Photographer) Kristina Goldberg (Makeup) Adrian Gonzales (Photogapher) Joaquin Gregorio (Photographer and Stylist)

Clayton Hauck (Photographer) Tinette Herrera (Hair and Makeup) Elza Jo (Photographer) Jim Jordan (Photographer) Nick Joseph (Photographer) Nicolas Le Forestier (Photographer) Alex Levine (Production Assistant) Shannon Mason (Hair) Miguel Miranda (Photographer) Jadene Munster (Makeup) Franz Navarrete (Photographer) Joyce Park (Photographer) Joseph Pascual (Photographer) Ashlee Rose (Hair) Anne-Sophie Rousseau (Stylist) Nikki Ruiz (Photographer) Jacque Saladino (Photorapher) Jujiin Samonte (Photographer) Steffi Santiago (Photographer) Pam Santos (Photographer) Katelyn Simkins (Makeup & Hair) JP Singson (Photographer) Carrie Tan (Assistant photographer) Aleksey Volchek (Photographer)


Vania Romoff

Designer VANIA ROMOFF’s reality is more like fantasy with her custom-made everyday wardrobe, mirrored silver home décor, and glittering gold trimmings.


I’ve been trying to find Wayfarers that look a lot like Audrey Hepburn’s in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and this is the only one I could find that got the shape right.



I thought it was just such a beautiful, masculine piece; I just had to get it. It’s so hard to find good bookends.

I like Grace and I like Inez so I had to buy them.

BCBGMAXAZRIA GOLD HEADPHONES I like to wear them around because I’m a huge fan of gold.


I got them from Anthropologie during a trip to New York. It’s a great way to organize my stuff because I work with a lot of pens and pencils.




I love to layer stuff on my wrist, and these are the three pieces that I wear all the time.

It was from our house in Cebu. I thought it looked perfect in the shop and it’s so comfortable to sit in everyday.



These are the first things that I purchased when I started my business. They were my first luxury purchase.

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It’s fresh. It’s an everyday scent that you could wear while going out to the grocery.


I only get to see my boyfriend very rarely so I take photos when I’m with him.

I’m not a dog person but Dolce was a gift from my brother during my last breakup.

Photos by Jer Dee, Portrait by Joseph Pascual

Why buy it when you can make it?

STATUS Magazine feat. Kelly Osbourne  

STATUS is honest to goodness. April 2013

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