Earns its stripes JULY 2013
62 JESSICA CONNELlY
61 D-WHY 08 STATUS MESSAGE 10 MASTHEAD
STATUSPHERE 13 18 19 20 21 22
THREADS SETTING BRICK & MORTAR SCREEN INK BEATS
TECH PACK: CAUGHT IN THE ACT
Capture the moment.
BEAUTY 24 25 25
29 STYLE ID: WHITE RIOT
Are you taking over or are you taking orders?
30 TROPIC WONDER
Predict stormy weather patterns. By Diana Kunst
39 CONTRA CHROMA
Solid colors for those stolid occasions. By Vincent Urbani
45 MILES AWAY
Carry on with rooftop liasons. By Yoshimichi Saiki
SHOPPING GUIDE SWAG
53 SWAG: OCULAR SURFACE Cat eye sunglasses
54 Floral Persuasion
ABOUT FACE: VIAL VENOM
54 POWER COUNTER
Poised in poison
BEAUTY BITE: KÈRASTASE INSTITUTE BY SALON ESA
Longsleeved collared shirts
55 CROSSHATCHING Strappy heels
56 RAINBOW CONNECTION Colored pants
57 LIGHT WORK
26 GO SEE
58 ARMY OF ME
Multiple choices from point A to bad Bs.
59 STREET STEP Sneakers
FACE PAINT: FLUSH CRUSH
58 HANDY MAN
All the world’s a stage and Jillian Kate is merely playing By Giano D. Dionisio
61 LIVE AND LET D-WHY
It’s been a long way since 17, when rapper D-Why first began rhyming, and now—years later— he’s Young, Loved, Hated, & Broke. By Jericho Umali
62 FUTURE PROGRESSIONS
Jessica Connelly transitions from reality television to jazzcrooning sensation; “Promise Her Anything,” she’s just happy to sing. By Kathleen Curtis
63 CHAOS THEORY
More than a decade later, Rogue Wave are still churning out rock that progresses past life stages and ripens with age. By Denise Fernandez
64 LOUD SPEAKER
From YouTube hit to Pharrell protégé, punk rocking Maxine Ashley takes everyone up and down with her Mood Swings. By Rita Faire
JASMINE CURTISSMITH 65 WORLD IN MOTION
Relocating from Dallas to Manila and back, June Marieezy goes through turbulent tides to settle for her moment in the sun. By Isa Almazan
66 ROYALTY & NOVELTY
The internet’s original street style prince, Pelayo Diaz, shares his views on fashion’s emerging democracy. By Meg Manzano
67 CUTTING OFF THE MAIN
Jasmine Curtis-Smith gets a taste of thespian craft and chooses to step out of the show business shadows for projects that matter. By Kathleen Curtis
68 GUNS AND HORSES
The Animals director Gino M. Santos provides party favors for the crowds of rowdy young moviegoers still searching for something real. By Denise Fernandez
69 LETHAL WEAPON
Artist Olivia d’Aboville stretches the polyfiber fabrics of her life onto metal shards and into framed microcosms of living. By Petra Magno
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65 JUNE MARIEEZY
68 GINO M. SANTOS
66 PELAYO DIAZ 82 TWO FOR THE SHOW
70 ROYAL RIOTS
Presenting to the highest court, the young and talented debutante Freya Mavor—this queenly character of teenage zeitgeist phenom Skins curtsies, then speaks on societal graces, live performance, and the fragility of teendom. By Reena Mesias
76 WINDOW PAIN
With the release of their third album, Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend define their universe more concretely. During our interview, Ezra Koenig pontificates on the constant evolution of music, of community, and of consciousness. By Kristine Dabbay
80 STAR-CROSSED LOVERS
Although she dreamed to travel among celestial bodies back then, Shelby Duncan settled for earth and its own abundance of stars—from Jim Sturgess to Jena Malone. With her camera, she illustrates with the spirit of the times and the urgency of today. By Rita Faire
Nineties icons Ely Buendia and Bamboo live up to their legend by ditching the nostalgia and driving toward new frontiers in music and performance. Respect. By Pepper Bautista
BLOCK PARTY: SCREEN TEST
96 ALEX AND PIERCE 96 SOCIAL SATURDAYS @ ARACAMA
97 LIL DEATH RETURNS 97 PULSE @ 7th HIGH 98 PHILIPPINE FASHION WEEK
HOLIDAY 2013 PART @ PRIVÉ
Young actors growing up in Hollywood.
84 GINA RODRIGUEZ 85 DAVID LAMBERT 85 GREGG SULKIN
98 COPACABANA DAVID & BIMBA 99 BANG! @ EL MOLINO 99 ZERO MONDAYS @ IMPERIAL
86 At World’s End
The future belongs to the rugged renegades By Sean Armenta
102 KATRINA RAZON
What’s the one plaything she can’t leave home without?
With Nicolas Le Forestier behind the lens for this STATUS exclusive, Skins’ Freya Mavor untangles her tresses and lets us in deeper than skin for a glimpse at a young actor in her prime. Her freckles are as bare as her expression, and the newly 20-year-old has no qualms about ascending the next steps in her life, leading to more than one golden crowning.
95 Motorik Madness
the pulse of hip at your fingertips
we’re all models off duty. smize!
there’s more to what’s in print
NightVision who’s spotted partying where
Photo Diary confessional for lensmen
Digital Magazine DOWNLOADS STATUS in pixels, not free mixtapes paper and wallpapers
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Earns its stripes F
ive years ago, we created this youth culture magazine from a naïve and humble start. Having a team of eight, with no experience of putting a magazine together, we came in to work with hangovers and laptops in hand to create our vision page by page. Back then, we didn’t know a lot, but that was the beauty of it. We celebrated each cover and got high on each issue printed. Now we have collected all of our lessons and feel like we are finally entering kidulthood. Like our growth spurt, witness our blue-eyed cover girl Freya Mavor transition from Skin’s teen queen to becoming a full-fledged actress busy churning out movies and series that separate her from the rookies. In her feature, she reminisces the beauty of adolescence and how she learned from her mistakes. On the other hand, Vampire Weekend trade wisdom for youth in their latest album Modern Vampires of the City. Frontman Ezra Koenig shares how it feels to come into his own amid New York’s neuroses. To capture the right mix of rebellion, spontaneity, and carefree attitude in photographs, you need to look no further than Shelby Duncan. Whether she shoots models in fashion mags like Elle, Nylon, or L’Officiel Hommes, or the young Hollywood jetset, she aims to captur “raw honesty” in her subjects. In this issue, we also rounded up the artistic visionaries of Manila like Paul Jatayna, Shaira Luna, Gian Romano, Kookoo Ramos, No Rome, Kris Abrigo, Ally Duazon, and Archie Geotina. Not only have they broken new ground with their accomplishments, they are setting the stage for the rest to follow. It so happens that creating this issue is not only timely for the magazine, but for our team, our culture, and our vision. We experienced many victories, and learned even more lessons. But with our maturity and evolution, we still hope to celebrate more milestones.
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creative director Patrick L. Jamora graphic designers Nyael David
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associate editor Kristine Dabbay features editor Reena Mesias fashion editor Loris Peña assistant editor Giano D. Dionisio fashion assistant Zoe Laurente editorial assistant Rita Faire
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sales & marketing consultant Tina Herrera account manager Dan Buenaventura junior account manager Bea Macalino
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Jer Dee Paolo Geronimo
Madrid-based photographer and filmmaker Diana works for clients such as New Balance, Lacoste, and designer David Delfin, shooting scenes of mountainside adventure, poolside mischief, and diner discos to render moody portrayals of fashion. For this issue, she lends STATUS some Spanish coloración in this month’s “Tropic Wonder” (30), bringing out the jovial nature of island-inspired patterns.
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Isa Almazan, Pepper Bautista, Petra Magno, Meg Manzano, Jericho Umali contributing artists
Patrick Alcober, Art Alera, Ignazio Arizmendi, Sean Armenta, Alex John Beck, Lesley Bryce, Bruce Casanova, The Cobrasnake, Fernando Colon, Danica Condez, Azer Dimalanta, Gerard Estadella, Ming Han Chung, Tinette Herrera, Yuka Hirata, Chie Kakizawa, Maya Kawakami, Diana Kunst, Nicolas Le Forestier, Vanz Litonjua, Terri Loewenthal, Diana Lomelin, Vivian Luxx, Marita Manalo, Miguel Miranda, Hanna Pechon, Jeruel Pingol, Karen Raphael, Kappo Rivera, Eva Roncay, Yoshimichi Saiki, Ouie Sanchez, Steffi Santiago, Pam Santos, Marillo Serrano, JP Singson, Sharon Soledad, Nick St. James, Noriko Takayama, Adam Seth The, Vincent Urbani, Aleksey Volchek, Paul Wagtouicz, Logan White, Shunpei Yamaguchi
NICOLAS LE FORESTIER
To frame Skins queen bee and this issue’s cover star Freya Mavor (70) in a different light, we called on French photographer Nicolas to shed some of his punk rock energy on the young actress. Living with his wife and dealing with two teenage daughters, Nicolas is right at home capturing lovely lasses (often those from local modeling agencies) in the raw, presenting edgy fashion portraits sweetened with the innocence of youth.
Ivana Bito, Kathleen Curtis, Grace de Luna, Karla Espiritu, Denise Fernandez, Stephanie Liao, Chelsea Madamba
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Makeup artist and hair stylist Tinette believes that true beauty starts with feeling good on the inside, but she also knows a thing or two about prettifying exteriors. She’s gone far from her early precious memories of grooming her own eyebrows. With a curl of the hair here and a blush of brush there, she can transform good ol’ looks into exceptional glamour—just check out Jessica Connelly (64) and Jasmine Curtis-Smith (69).
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THREADS / setting / BRICK AND MORTAR / BEATS / SCREEN / INK
HYPERACTIVE IMAGINATION P
rint over print—TOTHEM does it very well. The Roots collection for men features lush vegetation while the women’s Flos collection focuses on florals. These photographic compositions are digitally printed on jackets, dresses, and tees making them coveted items. thetothem.com
THAT DAPPER GENTLEMAN P
ENSHOPPE just released a new line of bowties and neckties for the season in classic black and gray, providing an edge with playful polka dotted patterns. The brand now adds a modern, gentlemanly touch to your wardrobe. penshoppe.com
PRIME ARRAY A
DIDAS heads back to classically designed apparel and concrete colors in its latest line. Pair plaid button-downs, monochromatic sweaters, and track jackets with dark sweatpants, caps, and sneakers. With boldly colored, striped footwear, Adidas proves that simple can pack one solid, sonic punch. adidas.com
DARING DYSTOPIA R
ELIGION keeps its trademark dark aesthetic alive by letting monochromatic colors dominate its latest collection. With military-inspired apparel, loose printed coats, blazers, graphic tops, patterned bottoms, silver-studded accessories, and black clutches–you’ll be saying amen after each fitting. religionclothing.co.uk
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BRANDS TO KNOW
Denim felon T
he rise of TRIARCHY is here. Its latest collection of skinny, boyfriend, and boot cuts is a daring mix for the denim-obsessed. With dark washes, acid, ombré, metallic gold, tie-dye, and studs, holding back from denim isn’t an option. triarchy.com
OUT IN AFRICA Ò
KUN is the tribe Yoruba’s word for “ocean.” For a brand that’s named after the big blue, expect nothing less than the best beachwear you can comb for. Boardshorts of every color are up for grabs in Òkun’s latest collection, with African patterns amid bold hues conveying various ethnic tribes’ exotic culture and spirit. okunbeachwear.com
DANDY DAYS C
hivalry is alive when THE DAILY SHIRTING COMPANY’s got Manila’s gentlemen dressed so fine. The Daily has crisp button-downs that can be paired with blazers, cardigans, jeans, and slacks. A range of basic colors and neat, simple patterns provide the razor edge for those cavaliers in search of classic shirting. thedailyshirtingcompany.com
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tep out in high-shine metallic pants and dresses, then do it all AGAIN. The latest drops from its Grey Garden collection leave no room for gray areas between the monochrome graphic print skirts and pastel jackets. Perform endless tricks with a silky white romper that’s perfect for reuse and abuse. againapparel.com
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here’s nothing ugly about UGLY LOVELY’s one-of-a-kind headpieces. Flowers, feathers, and nets will make you mad with intricate details worked into each headdress. Try on a lace turban to channel an ethnic queen. These pieces are not for the faint of heart, so take caution when donning your crown. uglylovely.co.uk
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SAVAGE GARDEN D
rape camouflage around your neck with GINNY LITSCHER. Definitely not your typical scarf line, Ginny Litscher features graphic pieces inspired by the wild, including blue snake scales, bright yellow honey bees, tigers, and the usual florals. If animals aren’t your thing, skulls, tanks, and guns also abound. ginnylitscher.com
jetset, Go F
rom designer Sandra Sandor’s childhood nickname to her brand, NANUSHKA creates clothes “for those who are on the move but always at home.” Mixing comfort and style, the brand’s cutoff and metallic shorts, cardigans, button-downs, and dresses in muted tones are made for the urban nomad prepping for the next great adventure. nanushka.hu
CAN’T TOUCH THIS M
C Hammer, eat your heart out. TIM LABENDA’s Nachtwandler collection is bringing back the harem with ease as he maximizes the minimum. Knit mohair sweaters, pants, and outerwear warm the collection while shiny rubber trimmings depict a contrast between urban and isolate. Although it looks like it’s anticipating harsher climate, this collection is as comfortable as your pajamas. timlabenda.com
DESERT QUEEN N
ew York-based CARLEEN proves that conservative can be stylish as it launches its Fall/Winter 2013 collection. The line highlights intricately designed apparel with complex patchwork, embroidery, and geometric prints. You’d think loose, flowing garments would seem unflattering, but Carleen manages to pull them off with lengthy skirts, dresses, and coats serving as key pieces this season. carleen.us
COLOR COORDINATES DC
SHOES get your feet all dressed up. Fashioned in modest designs, DC Shoes incorporates both style and substance into its footwear. The sneaker line comes in black, red, salmon pink, and lemon yellow, among other colors—fit for vibrancy during your first couple months back in school. dcshoes.com
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BRANDS TO KNOW
MIDDLE GROUND T
urn up the heat for one last summer hurrah with skin-baring pieces from SUNE. Its latest collection is just what you need to cap off the vacation season with sheer dresses and cropped tanks. Sweat it out in silky drawstring shorts paired with something racerfront that sizzles up in the day. Slip into a high slit midi for the night. Sometimes, skin, limbs, and style are all you need. shopsune.com
TRANGE RITUAL’s geometric hardware, inspired by Native Americans and architecture, are for keeps. Your neck, wrist, ears, and fingers will be adorned with copper, nickel, brass, “Agate” rings, and “Disc” Diamond necklaces. These ornamental lampwork beads and gemstones are for you to have and hold onto. ‘Til death do you part. strange-ritual.com
othing can go wrong when you have the right basics, which is why WINNIE AND KAT has them up for grabs. From dresses that you can wear for work and play to maxi skirts and cardigans that you can pair with anything, this collection builds the foundation of your closet. winnieandkat.com
BLACK LABEL H
elsinki-based designer SARA RIIKONEN confesses to being roused by “weird” and “dark sides” of life, but her latest collection, although in gothic-mod style, is anything but weird. With the use of cutouts, tailed leather tassels, and abstract prints, she creates a mob of dresses and trousers that are heavy on the details but easy on the eyes. notjustalabel.com/sarariikonen
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Regulation Hottie S
ydney label THIS IS GENEVIEVE offers an array of boho and romantic designs with its Underwater Love collection. Featuring cropped tops, jumpsuits, and high-waisted shorts as well as knit, lace, and jersey, the ladies will be just as pleased as the boys ogling them. thisisgenevieve.com
eel almighty fine with CHIEF AND GODS’ latest collection of tees, headwear, and accessories. Pair graphic “Woah Thur” or “Spirit of America” tees with dark denim jeans and a cap that proclaims, “CHIEF.” Lording over men and beasts may not be in your agenda, but it’s hard to avoid when you’re looking this fly. chiefandgods.com
CASUAL UTILITY F
Words by Kathleen Curtis, Denise Fernandez, Zoe Laurente, and Loris Peña
ootwear brand NATIVE keeps your feet going with its signature light and easy designs. Promising neat features through odor-resistant, shock-absorbent, and waterproof materials, Native’s shoes are practical, stylish, and great for both rain and shine. Aside from brightly colored, tastefully holed slip-ons, the brand also offers sturdy combat boots and comfy sandals. shop.nativeshoes.com
Pan o Rama C
reate a landscape of patterns and print with WRK-SHP’s Hatch Pattern collection. Mimicking wallpaper and architecture façades, textures like houndstooth, plaids, and checks are incorporated into coats, jackets, and dresses. The next time you take in a scenic view, include your outfit in the bigger picture. wrk-shp.com
FARMER JANE O
6374)./01374)*0%0.%+,-*./0B3-30%0+4-*./0(311-)0%09)74137)/01'**' nly BELLEROSE can give farmyard dressing an urban twist. With a touch of floral and leopard prints, the Belgian brand upgrades the old khaki and plaid combo from country field to capital city. Add an Ivy League touch to tapered trousers by throwing on the “Maia” tee, and finish off with a houndstooth jacket. Now this rural girl is ready to take the concrete jungle. bellerose.be
Slasher Love B
udapest-based designer LINDA SIETO’s handmade leather bags are not for everyone. In her Loosen collection, the bags come in a neat box shape with paper sheet-like flaps slashed open. Through time and wear, the bags’ dye fades to show its true colors, guaranteeing bad girl chic until the end. lindasieto.com
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PLACES TO GO
TOOKER ALLEY, NEW YORK
Vintage ambience and standout concoctions await you at New York’s TOOKER ALLEY. Decked with antique wallpaper, exposed brick, and dangling filament bulbs, the cocktail bar evokes classic 1920s watering holes. Supporting Tooker’s intimate mood are dark wooden furnishings, light flooring, and a row of round tables. Perfect for a casual Friday night with good company, the bar’s classic and modern cocktails like the Cherry Orchard, Hobo Julep, and Puritan are must-tries for every new visitor.
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MIRA MOON, HONG KONG Opening this month, Hong Kong’s MIRA MOON delivers tourists and patrons an audacious, refreshing take of the city’s finest accommodations. Located at the heart of Wan Chai, this designer hotel features quirky yet sophisticated interiors inspired by modern Chinese architecture. Mira Moon’s 91 rooms come to life with bold red furnishings,
giant lanterns mounted on the ceilings, marble sculptures, patterned carpets, and graphic Asian art splayed onto walls and floors. Designed with black and white silhouettes and giant mirrors, this hotel reflects the bustle of the city’s modern yet subdued side.
CRAFT COFFEE WORKSHOP lives up to its name because you can actually learn the craft of brewing coffee here. Prepped with warm, wooden architecture, colorful throw pillows, and vintage-inspired silverware, Craft’s drinks and cozy atmosphere will make you forget that you’re out in a public establishment. With wooden shipping boxes as seats and low-lighted fluorescent bulbs, the mood is set from the moment you sit down. Craft also sells world-class coffee equipment, accessories, and assorted coffee beans—Brazilian and Ethiopian blends are among the roster.
MEMORY LANE It isn’t just good crowds and 20s jazz music you’ll find down TOOKER ALLEY. Comfort food and daring drinks await you here. 793 Washington Ave. (b/t St. John and Lincoln Place), Brooklyn, NY 11238, United States
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THE CHERRY ORCHARD A mix of cherry EDV, cherry liqueur, maraschino, applejack, grapefruit, lemon, and Peychaud’s bitters
HOBO JULEP Reimagining of the classic Julep with Bourbon, cane syrup, fresh mint, mint bitters, and club soda
JALA PINA Pinapple-infused white rum, Seranno-infused honey syrup, orange Curaçao, and lemon topped with Maraschino cherry
RED EMMA Strawberry-infused Pisco, M&R Bianco, Spanish brandy, and Verjus cocktail
Words by Denise Fernandez Tooker Alley photos by Paul Wagtouicz
BRICK AND MORTAR
STORES TO SHOP
BERSHKA, MANILA Glorietta 2, Makati City Dime to drop: P800-P4,500 Don’t leave without: A pair of nice heels and a good pair of denim
nter the world of BERSHKA in Manila, where neons, pastels, florals, and lace come together to serve your fashion appetite. Divided into two sections, the store has ladies clustering in an all-white space furnished with wooden shelves and tables that display dresses, denim shorts, tops, and jackets. In one corner is a wall of pumps and an array of mannequins modeling the latest trends. Besides the usual tees and button-downs, camo shorts and shirts are neatly displayed in the men’s section. While the space is wide enough for you to dance in (no wonder they had DJ Eve Speciall and Pelayo Diaz throwing some sick beats at their opening), it is also maintained by a friendly staff that will help you with your shopping. Don’t miss the accessories section right in the middle of the store. Gold necklaces, pastel shades, and printed scarves are just some of the items you might want to score before billing out.
DAMAGE PLAYGROUND, ROTTERDAM Hillelaan 29 3072 JD Rotterdam, NE damageclothing.com Dime to drop: €5-€600 (P260-P32,000) Don’t leave without: Babar meets Soulland shirt and Études Studio X SUPER shades
Words by Loris Peña and Kathleen Curtis
AMAGE Playground is not for kids. In fact, this Dutch boutique is also a gallery, bookstore, and a record store. Located in a modern waterside structure across the Meuse River, the building’s asymmetrical windows will lure you in. The floor-to-ceiling panes flood the store with daylight to highlight its all-white interiors; softlylit cabinets; and wooden mannequins dressed in chinos, button-downs, tees, and caps. Canvasses, projections, and prints also play as a backdrop to brands such as Uniforms for the Dedicated, Brooklyn We Go Hard, Études Studio, Soulland, Homecore, United Nude, and Smith-Wykes. While having fun and dressing up are two of the key things to do here, boys are also encouraged to listen to Damage Playground’s vinyl collection of James Blake, The Black Keys, and Amy Winehouse. Discover new magazines like The Plant, Foam Magazine, Fantastic Man, and books like Adolf Loos: Why A Man Should Be Well-Dressed and Damn Good Advice (For People With Talent!) by George Lois. Curious boys are always welcome here.
hile KIN is known as a retail destination in Sunset Blvd., its online store boasts the same wares minus the hassle of making the trip. Offering choices from UNIF jumpers, Mara Hoffman bustiers, T by Alexander Wang long-sleeved shirts,
and home products like candles and body washes, you can get that fashion fix with a 14- day return policy and stylist services.
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SCENES TO SEE
TICKET THE WAY, WAY BACK Recent Oscar-winning duo Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (The Descendants) tell the story of 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James) as he comes into his own after befriending the Water Wizz water park’s strange manager, Owen (Sam Rockwell).
VICIOUS (ITV) A throwback to classic 1970s British comedy, the 30-minute show follows Freddie Thornhill (Sir Ian McKellen), an aging actor whose greatest role was a one-off villain role in an ancient episode of Doctor Who, and his life partner Stuart Bixby (Sir Derek Jacobi), a former barman turned homemaker, as they welcome a new neighbor (Iwan Rheon).
DRACULA (ABC) From graphic novelist and screenwriter Cole Dahhon and Dan Knauf—creator of HBO’s Carnivàle—comes this reimagining of Bram Stoker’s classic tale. Here, Dracula (The Mortal Instrument’s Jonathan RhysMeyers) travels to London and poses as Alexander Grayson, a wealthy American entrepreneur bent on bringing modern science into the crumbling Victorian city.
PL AYBACK AMÉLIE (2001) I’m a big fan of French film and theater so this classic is an obvious choice. From the vivid colors to the oh so French soundtrack, it parallels Paris’s enigmatic, quirky energy perfectly. FREYA MAVOR (Actress) @freyamavor__ WITHNAIL & I (1987) Possibly one of the funniest films I’ve ever seen—comedy at its best. Has some of the most hilarious oneliners, e.g. “I mean to have you, even if it must be burglary.”
HUNGER (2008) I went to go see this with friends at the cinema and when the credits rolled at the end, no one moved or spoke for a good 20 minutes. A true piece of cinematic art, beautifully shot and incredibly moving.
THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (2001) I’m a massive Wes Anderson fan. Everything seems to feed into an aesthetic harmony, creating a particular, eccentric world that the audience can’t help but get sucked into.
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (1994) I feel like I grew up with this film; I’ve watched it so many times with my family and it never gets old. Woody Allen’s best film in my opinion.
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TURBO Dreamworks Animation’s latest offering follows garden snail Turbo (Ryan Reynolds) after a freak accident that fuses his DNA with Nitrous oxide, giving him the speed and confidence to follow his dream and race in the Indianapolis 500. PACIFIC RIM Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro rounds up Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, and Rinko Kikuchi in this sci-fi tale of a world overrun by gigantic monsters from beneath the sea and the massive robots known as Jaegers that keep them from ending the human race. THE LONE RANGER Armie Hammer stars as the eponymous masked hero, who–along with his trusty companion, Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp)–must fight greed and corruption in the American Old West.
BLUE JASMINE Woody Allen’s latest film follows a fashionable New York housewife (Cate Blanchett) in the final stages of an acute crisis. Rounding off the cast is Alec Baldwin (To Rome With Love), Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky), and Louis C.K. (Louie).
Words by Rita Faire and Denise Fernandez Freya Mavor photo by Nicolas Le Forestier
THE WHITE QUEEN (BBC) An adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s bestselling series, The Cousins’ War, the BBC’s The White Queen sets itself against England’s War of the Roses and the women who were caught in the conflict. The series starts in 1464 as Edward IV of England (The Host’s Max Irons) fights for his rightful throne while wooing the commoner Elizabeth Woodville (Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson) who would later become his queen.
FRUITVALE STATION The 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award film winner follows Bay Area resident Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) in the events of the the last day of his life.
BOOKS TO READ
HOT OFF THE PRESS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS By Ian Doescher Ian Doescher concocts an ingenious retelling of a classic story of evil lords, courageous knights, young heroes, and beautiful princesses held captive in a galaxy far, far away—yup, you’ve guessed it. It’s George Lucas’s Star Wars with a classic twist. Narrated in iambic pentameter, the book recites the epic saga in William Shakespeare’s style, while keeping the cultural phenomenon’s necessary elements (don’t worry, the Wookies and droids are still there). Complete with illustrations, it’s Star Wars with an Elizabethan twist. THE VOGUE FACTOR: FROM FRONT DESK TO EDITOR By Kirstie Clements 25 years after editor Kirstie Clements’s unceremonious firing from Vogue Australia, she releases The Vogue Factor: From Front Desk to Editor, an alleged statement of revenge on the iconic fashion magazine. The book features a tell-all look behind the scenes of the fashion industry, its lavish celebrities, ostentatious launches, and the dark secrets that came with Clements’s controversial time with Vogue.
NEW AVENGERS, VOL. 1: EVERYTHING DIES By Jonathan Hickman
Words by Rita Faire and Denise Fernandez
The Avengers must reassemble to prevent the collision of our universe with another. Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting revamp the most powerful team known to the Marvel universe, featuring Iron Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Mister Fantastic, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and Beast. Together, the New Avengers fight against an infinite number of parallel realities, their journey fraught with secrets, betrayals, and past wounds.
Author Ian Doescher, a fan of Shakespeare since the eighth grade, was also born 45 days after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, was released.
EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS HOW THE SEX-DRUGS-AND-ROCK ‘N’ ROLL GENERATION SAVED HOLLYWOOD By Peter Biskind
he 1960s. The golden age of old Hollywood has ended. People no longer want to see glitzy musicals or drawn out drama pieces. They are screaming for the new, as exhibited by the rise of experimental European cinema and the directors of French Nouvelle Vague. Enter the young like Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Stephen Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese who put Hollywood back in business. Cultural critic and Vanity Fair contributing editor Peter Biskind documents this era in all its grime and glory. What do those directors of the era think of American film since what is generally called “The Last Golden Age of Hollywood?” Here are some of their opinions:
“Last summer [of 1997] trying to find a picture to see, I went to the multiplexes in Beverly Hills. Every single screen was playing Lost World, Con Air, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and Face/Off. There wasn’t one picture that an intelligent person could say, `Oh, I want to see this.’ It’s just become one big amusement park. It’s the death of film.” -Robert Altman (M*A*S*H)
In her book, Kirstie Clements reveals how models maintain their weight—eating tissue paper, starving themselves during shoots, and spending frequent stints on hospital drips. Talk about diet and nutrition.
“Popcorn pictures have always ruled. Why do people go see them? Why is the public so stupid? That’s not my fault.” - George Lucas (American Graffiti)
“Star Wars swept all of the chips off the table. What happened with Star Wars was like when McDonald’s got a foothold, the taste for good food just disappeared. Now we’re in a period of devolution. Everything has gone backward toward a big sucking hole.” - William Freidkin (Sorcerer)
The original Avengers team consisted of Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, The Wasp, and The Hulk. Captain America and Hawkeye only came in during the 60s while Black Widow didn’t even join until the 70s.
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MUSIC TO HEAR
ON THE RISE
Dismantle and Repair M
ajority of the twentysomethings today nostalgically hold the iconic Nintendo Gameboy dear to their hearts, but old soul Zom Kashwak of ZOMTENDO didn’t just play it like a
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KISS ME FRIDAY Jamie Santos (vocals) kissmefriday.com
LITTLE BOOTS littleboots.co.uk
MS MR Max Hershenow (producer) msmrsounds.com
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petty toy—he now makes music with it, too. It was inevitable that this Legend of Zelda fan would discover his talent for producing music. A lover of vinyl and old cameras,
17-years-old, Zom thought of the idea as soon as he heard an 8-bit sound while making music on his laptop. “I thought, ‘Hey! That sounds like a Gameboy!’ I researched about it and found a site that has the tracker for Gameboy called LSDJ. It was very challenging because it has limited options on how you can produce sounds. I was forced to dig deep into my creativity so that I can produce certain sounds that I like,” he shares. Zom went on to write original songs and cover prominent artists like Skrillex. While Zom plans on making a side project using synthesizers and pads, he’s got loads planned for Zomtendo, too—official merch, an EP, and a music video in the works. We’re thankful for Zom bringing back the good old memories of our childhood games. And what better way to do it than through great beats and awesome music? We can’t wait to press play.
Headlined by R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle and Sebastian, the annual Pitchfork Music Festival will be held on July 19-21 at Chicago’s Union Park. The full lineup is packed with 40 artists, including Chairlift, Toro Y Moi, and Sky Ferreira.
“Save The World” Swedish House Mafia This song is an anthem, and it always pulls my energy up.
“Dig” Incubus I love the variety put into this one song.
“Crash Into Me” Dave Matthews Band Intimate, sensual, and honest. I always imagine it being sung to me.
“Last Waltz” Franco This song sends me into a hypnotic, almost comatose state. It’s sad and beautiful.
“Lost In Music (Dimitri from Paris edit)” Sister Sledge We started playing a bit of this in our live club set. “Lanzorote” Lindstrom & Todd Terje It reminds me of slightly dodgy family summer holidays from childhood.
“This City’s Local Italo Disco DJ Has A Crush On Me” Sally Shapiro My favorite song of the new SS album even on the title alone.
Chronicling the times of iconic band The Beatles, their humble beginnings, and their rapid rise to stardom, Let It Be is hitting New York City this summer for a run on Broadway. The musical features The Beatles’ 40 best songs, including “Hey Jude” and “Help!” P.S. Those aren’t the real Beatles on the poster.
“Berlin Lovers” Still Corners I’ve been obsessed with this song since finding it on the Gorilla vs. Bear blog.
“Royals” Lorde Really interesting and clever production.
“Feeling Special” Mykki Blanco Restrained in its production, which forces you to pay more attention to her lyrics.
“Glass” MØ I just love her voice and think the production’s really interesting.
“Paris” Magic Man It’s as catchy as any Foster the People song, but a bit more laidback.
The late actor, comedian, and hoax artist Andy Kaufman will be having his first comedy album titled Andy and his Grandmother released by independent label Drag City. The record has 17 tracks of unheard material taped from Kaufman’s lifetime.
Words by Denise Fernandez and Reena Mesias Kiss Me Friday photo by Ouie Sanchez, Max Hershenow photo by Logan White Zomtendo photo by Kathrina of Kat Eyes
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Model photo by Ming Han Chung Words by Kathleen Curtis
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GO S E E Mix hats, scarves, and leather gloves for a complete look greater than all of the above.
Brogues Flatform Sneakers Leather Gloves
Graphic Trousers Digitized Print Blazer Maxi Dress
Varsity Jacket Denim Jacket
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Fuschia Socks Muscle Tee Motorcycle Jacket
Photographed by Steffi Santiago, Loris Pe単a, and Vanz Litonjua
Duffle Coat Neon Sneakers Round Specs
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S T Y LE I D
Kookie Buhain of Death By Platforms looks mighty fierce in her white moto jacket and LWD.
Street style photos courtesy of jponfashionspeed.com, Runway photo by Ming Han Chung
GARAGE Magazine’s Shala Monroque dresses down her pristine kneelength overcoat.
Don’t be scared to mix different shades of white.
WHITE RIOT Rag and Bone Spring/Summer 2013 got you looking celestial in this season’s must-have white ensembles. Clean is in, and so are you.
Blogger-turneddesigner Karl Leuterio jumps on the blanc on blanc trend.
By JP Singson
Model Pace Wu looks immaculately radiant in her all-white number.
Up-and-coming Russian designer and street style blogger Bibi Bevza adds a pop of color to her statement clutch.
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TROPIC WONDER Get your green thumb on deck and be spring-ready by experimenting with bold floral prints. Use various textures and colors—no one’s gonna bash if your prints don’t clash.
Photographed by Diana Kunst Styled by Loris Peña
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hat by Oxygen sunglasses by Ferrin and Gruss earrings, stylistâ€™s own cropped sweater by Topshop dress as skirt by Folded & Hung sneakers by New Balance
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t-shirt by Topman corset by Topshop bracelet, stylistâ€™s own trousers by Dorothy Perkins shoes by Forever 21 stockings, stylistâ€™s own
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beanie by Supreme sunglasses by Aldo earrings by Forever 21 necklaces, stylistâ€™s own gym bra, Terranova dress by Bershka
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beanie by Adeen earrings, stylistâ€™s own necklace, stylistâ€™s own denim vest, Bershka pants by Terranova
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sunglasses by Cotton On earrings by Forever 21 necklace, stylistâ€™s own denim jacket by Leviâ€™s top by Topshop skirt by Topshop
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earrings, stylistâ€™s own sheer top by Terranova pullover by Zara gold necklace, stylistâ€™s own silver necklace by Zara
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makeup Marita Manalo hair Adam Seth Teh model Kyong of Elite Agency location Shutterspace Studios hat by Forever 21 earrings, stylistâ€™s own sheer top by Bershka sweater by Warehouse skirt by Salad Day
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dress by Maria ke Fisherman jacket by Maria ke Fisherman shoes by United Nude
CHROMA Washed in white with a pop of color equals tons of fun. Prepare to get rowdy in bodysuits, cutout dresses, and nails painted in RGB.
Photographed by Vincent Urbani Styled by Ignazio Arizmendi
t-shirt by Rabaneda leather harness dress by Carlos DĂez shoes by United Nude
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dress by Maria Ke Fisherman pants by Carlos DĂez shoes by United Nude
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bodysuit by Amaya Arzuaga shoes by Amaya Arzuaga top worn as skirt by Carlos DĂez
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dress by Maria Ke Fisherman
Makeup Marillo Serrano Location Lubeck99 / Madrid Model Jennifer Bucovineanu @ Plugged MGMT Photoshoot Coordinator Benito Olias
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jacket by Minimum lace bodysuit by GESTUZ trouser by plushthirtynine hat and scarf by The Top Shop bag by House of Vintage shoes by Shellys
She’s in vain wearing silk scarves, suede gloves, trousers, and blazers. Take a photo, seal it with a kiss; here’s to hoping he’ll come your way. Photographed by Yoshimichi Saiki Styled by Maya Kawakami
jacket by GESTUZ jumpsuit by Beautiful Soul belt by MO SAĂ?QUE bracelet by Pebble London
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jacket by Day Birger et Mikkelsen top by Baum und Pferdgarten trousers by Vita Gottlieb scarf by The Shop belt by Beyond Retro shoes by MO SAĂ?QUE earrings by Ottoman Hands bracelet by Pebble London
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coat by Stylein shirt and trouser by GENE hat and scarf by The Shop bracelet by Felder Felder shoes by Topshop
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jacket by Felder Felder dress by The Pretty Dress Company scarf and gloves by The Shop belt by Beyond Retro bracelet by Pyrrha
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dress by Barron Oh scarf by The Shop hat by Beyond Retro
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coat by Jenny Schwarz lace top by Baum und Pferdgarten short pants by GESTUZ belt by Rokit shoes by MO SAĂ?QUE bracelet by Pebble London
makeup Noriko Takayama using Bumble and Bumble hair Yuka Hirata using A La Carte model Minnie at Premier assistant photographer Shunpei Yamaguchi assistant stylist Chie Kakizawa
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C o lo r e d Pa n t s
RAINBOW CONNECTION Paint the town in these colored jeans.
Kate Spade [P9,350]
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Nothingâ€™s too heavy with these black and white handbags.
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M U S E
GLAMORAMA Given the choice, JILLIAN KATE would liken her life to Troop Beverly Hills, “because that’s where I’m from and it’s the best movie ever!” The shopaholics, socialites, celebs, and Hollywood drama are mere fluff for this beauty queen. To Jillian, it’s all for her entertainment. By Giano D. Dionisio
odel/DJ/jetsetter/scene stealer Jillian Kate brought her madcap style and personality from Los Angeles to Tokyo, taking the Asian capital by the balls with unapologetic sass. From appearing at rowdy Cobrasnake parties to inspiring local designers with her punk sweetheart aura, Jillian was propelled to It girl status, soon flashing her fangs and fanny packs for Japan’s glossiest rags. She walked the catwalks and stalked the sidewalks, now she’s ready to pack up her success and travel wherever her heart and heels take her.
FAKE IT, MAKE IT
[Celebrities aren’t important,] besides the fact that everyone copies people instead of setting up their own image. Nowadays, anyone can be famous—just dress well, attend events, get an agent and a blog, do well, and you’re a star! It’s kind of weird.
It’s better in Asia than in America—you get less notoriety—but it’s beginning to become an issue. For me, I just live my life and I love and appreciate those who share it with me. I want nothing more than that.
I like to make it clear to people that a path will come. When I was young, I was so concerned about finding that path. Even now I am concerned about my career and life since I’m leaving Japan. But things happen for a reason and something always follows its footsteps.
It’s hard to make it in the fashion industry. It’s luck, basically. But try… Be comfortable in your skin and be yourself, be creative. Everyone has some sort of creativity in their mind.
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M A E S T R O
D-WHY onced rapped about how he’s “Jay-Z meets J. Christ meets Jay Leno meets J. Crew” in his Busta Rhymes-style cover of Childish Gambino’s “Freaks and Geeks.” During our interview, he adds another one to the list, citing James Bond. “James Bond races cars, shoots people, fights people, rescues the girls, gets the females.” But D-Why doesn’t have to spill blood to prove he kills the beats. By Jericho Umali
was 17-years-old and I had to be snuck into the club because I wasn’t old enough to get in yet,” David Morris aka D-Why reminisces his first ever performance. “I performed with a buddy of mine, had a lot of my friends support me because it was sort of the debut of D-Why. It was fun; it was the first time I performed onstage, and I’ve never done anything like that, but as soon as I kind of got on the stage and the music played, it was very natural, and it felt like I belonged.” Seven or eight years later, the rapper—who reps West Virginia but is currently based in NY and LA—has just released his EP, Young, Loved, Hated & Broke, a blend of hip-hop joints with a pop rock style
that’s ready to tour. While D-Why gains more recognition whenever he talks a pretty good game (i.e. freestyles), it’s also his ability to balance melody in singing and harmony in rapping that’s worth talking about. He says, “[My music is] a little bit of everything, and that’s kind of what I want to be known for—doing a little bit of everything.” D-Why grew up with a lot of idols and his music taste ranges from country ballads to 90s hip-hop. “I remember the first CD that I got was when my older brother got me a copy of Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, which came out the year I was born,” he says. “I remember having that and just being excited to
memorize stuff and learn from the lyrics.” From lyrics to wardrobe preferences, all D-Why wants is to create. He joins his throwback mindset with the heavy-hitting production by Dot Da Genius and Hit-Boy for his Don’t Flatter Yourself mixtape. He soon dreams of working with Jeff Baxter and Rick Ruben; “People like that who have a great diversity, who aren’t just rap producers, who aren’t just rock producers who offer a unique sound.” Straying from the norm of modern rappers— designer clothes, gold grills, multiple cars—D-Why devotes his sense of style (Ralph Lauren, Brooklyn Circus, J. Crew, and thrift pieces) to icons Bob Dylan, Steve McQueen, Johnny Cash, and “really everybody from the 60s and 70s—maybe even as far as James Dean for me.” He says, “I just look at iconic artists, actors, and people who weren’t trying too hard. I think that’s the key: they didn’t necessarily ‘try.’” Whether D-Why tries hard or not, he’s attracting the right kind of attention. Diggy Simmons and Boi 1-da have all shown their support for the wordsmith. Putting out track after track for free to download, growing
as an artist creatively, introspectively minding his own business, and basking in the glory of being Young, Loved, Hated & Broke, D-Why lets the rest of the masses do the liking for themselves.
“ I just look
at iconic artists, actors, and people who weren’t trying too hard. I think that’s the key: they didn’t necessarily ‘try.’”
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X marks CHRIS BROWN’s spot. Packed with collaborations with other prominent artists like Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Timbaland, and Rihanna, Brown shares that X implies “progressing and moving on in life, not holding on to the past and your old ways.”
Future Progressions For some reality stars, winning cash and/or being on TV isn’t enough. JESSICA CONNELLY turns to rhythm and reverb, but reality check, everyone: she’s not a pseudo-singer as you might expect. By Kathleen Curtis Photographed by Sean Armenta Hair and Makeup Tinette Herrera
hile shooting in Fort Bonifacio’s Nolita, we hear snippets of Jessica Connelly singing away as if no one were watching. It’s here that we really get a glimpse of her carefree spirit. Leaving Wollongong, Australia with her family at 16 and moving to Cebu, Jess conquered the difficulties of adjusting to an unfamiliar environment as an adolescent. Now 20, the young vocalist doesn’t let her fame taint her perception of life. “At first, I hated it; I had no friends, but then I met all these friends in Manila, and I decided to stay and didn’t go back,” she says in reference to her debut on reality TV show Pinoy Big Brother; which became a stepping stone to her real passion—singing. “The showbiz industry here goes hand in hand with acting, singing, whatever. I’ve learned to not care what people think; I don’t have them tell me what to do or how to act.” No one
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should have to… even those who think jazz—her niche—is for the older generation. Jess challenges this notion, saying, “I think that people have to just appreciate music; I don’t think it’s generally for an older generation because I have a lot of friends who love this music.” This passion unraveled through the influence of her dad’s musical talents. “My dad is obsessed with Tom Jones so I learned every Tom Jones song, and I would just copy him. I enjoyed singing and the feeling of it, then as I got older, that’s when I started liking my own type of music.” As far as writing her own songs, Jess has been doing it since age 12, emulating idol Alicia Keys, and eventually making it second nature for her to perform while playing an instrument (i.e. the piano or guitar, which she admits can be quite difficult to do). With music being either synthesized or raw nowadays; as a jazz
singer, Jess sees her talent having a mixture of both. “When it comes to performing, it’s definitely a lot better when you are live to have an awesome band… Lately, everyone just collaborates, so sometimes you put a DJ with a live band, but my favorite is just my voice and my guitar or my piano.” When this beauty is not working, she spends time with her loved ones, draws, and indulges in her guilty fix of reality TV shows like most of us. “I’m weird, I like to keep my talents and hobbies to myself.” She shares that the only time her closest mates have seen her perform was at the intimate setting of the Magnum party months back. “I sang Aaliyah’s ‘Are You That Somebody?’ and covered ‘Oops’ by Tweet as well as ‘No Diggity,’ so that was awesome!” The number of gigs could increase now that her career is taking off; Jess plans to focus on working on an album. She says, “I think this year, moreso than ever, I’ve been more focused on my music. I want people to know me for what I’m really good at and not for an acting project where I got picked for a role.”
Oh, Yeezus! KANYE WEST’s back with yet another record, and he’s apparently so confident that it’ll be a hit that he banned his fans from pre-ordering the album. He collaborates with the likes of Frank Ocean, John Legend, James Blake, and Travi$ Scott on his new album.
Upcoming band SWIM DEEP will having you saying Where the Heaven Are We after they release their debut album this month. For a band that’s toured with Two Door Cinema Club and Bastille, we’re excited for what they’ve got for us.
ALUNAGEORGE make Body Music for their debut studio album. Their sound combines George Reid’s beats and Aluna Francis’s sugary sweet vocals, with the tandem taking inspiration from artists like CocoRosie, Van Morrison, and James Taylor.
STATUS talks to ROGUE WAVE frontman Zach Rogue before the release of Nightingale Floors. He cheekily, confidently talks about his band’s new sound, “You are in for a lot of surprises. But are you the kind of person who likes to reveal surprises to people before they happen? That’s not very nice.” Although he didn’t give us too many spoilers about the album, we knew it would beat hard, slow down, and be more chaotic than the pulse of a human heart. We were right. By Denise Fernandez Photographed by Terri Loewenthal
ack in 2002, Zach Rogue only intended to record a couple of songs with his friend Bill Racine once he took the time off from homeland San Francisco to fly to a New York studio. After a period in the Big Apple, Zach walked away with enough material to produce a full-length album, thus birthing Rogue Wave and debut album, Out of the Shadow. 11 years, two EPs, and five records later, Rogue Wave are still going strong and they’ve grown both musically and personally since then. “When we first started, I wasn’t all that comfortable with connecting with people who were listening to our music. As we progressed, it became easier to be more open with people who dig what we’re doing,” says Zach. “Making human connections seems to make things feel more worth it. We’re people’s people.”
In between Permalight and Nightingale Floors, Zach mused about the difficulty of disconnecting songwriting from everything else. “It’s all connected. We all have been doing a lot of things. Reading, traveling, stretching, eating, talking, helping, raising, supporting, building, cleaning—all the things that eventually circle right back to the place we always go back to: our studio and rehearsal space.” And while the rest of the band took a break, its frontman flew solo in 2011, and produced his very own record as well as going on tour— Zach’s first time playing with a new set of musicians since he started Rogue Wave. “It was fun to use an acoustic guitar all the time. Although, my fingers kept splitting apart since I wasn’t using a pick. So I got pretty deft at using crazy glue. I’ve heard
they used crazy glue on the battlefield to seal wounds. I can see why. Works like a charm.” While in the studio producing Nightingale Floors, the band took refuge in the likes of Tom Petty, White Fence, Flaming Lips, M83, and Fleetwood Mac, among others. Out came first single “College,” contagiously upbeat and ridiculously catchy, hitting the airwaves as a rogue wave should. We ask Zach about his own college experience, and he shares that he actually got pretty good grades. “Did I use proper grammar? No, not all of the time. But I tried to when the time was right. I would creep around on my beach cruiser, skimming the town for relaxation. Then I heard about all of the studying that was involved, and I completely changed my ways.” Along with Rogue Wave’s evolution of sound is their transition from Brushfire Records to independent rock label Vagrant. Despite Nightingale Floors being their fifth album, it’s their first with Vagrant. “Vagrant are very nice and hard working people. It’s been smiles and hugs all around. And why shouldn’t it be? Everyone knows we are classic huggers. Pat is tall so he can really cover some ground while hugging you.” After staying together for more than a decade with a solid fan base, as well as being featured in films such as Friends with Benefits and Iron Man 3, we can totally see that the band’s living up to its name—rogue, wild, and all set for the kill. Zach candidly adds, “Nightingale Floors is our best album so far, so I’m glad that it is happening now. Maybe it’s really our first.”
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WEEKEND’s latest album is no doubt going to Jinx other records in your playlist. Though leaning onto a more melodic post-punk sound as supported by lead single “Mirrors,” Weekend still keep their deliciously dark roots intact.
What’s a girl gotta do to get herself heard these days? YouTube ingénue and Pharrell prodigy MAXINE ASHLEY suggests her five-step process. “Make good music, push the shit out of it, hope people catch on, believe in your music, and never ever stop making music!” Worked for her. By Rita Faire Photographed by Vivian Luxx
ou know what they’re thinking: “This is the most boring party ever.” Held in a nondescript hotel banquet hall with bare walls, beige furniture, and white top tables, models wear blank expressions to match their razor-sharp suits, form-contouring LBDs, and jewel-toned drape gowns as they sip drinks from crystalline glassware with the least amount of interest. Despite their ropes of fine gold jewelry, statement pendant necklaces, and gemencrusted masks, they drape themselves in pythons if only to liven up the scene a bit. No, it’s not a scene from the Slytherin common room, as the top-rated YouTube comment observed. It is Lanvin’s Summer 2012 ad campaign. In the background, a clicking beat sets the rhythm as Maxine Ashley sings, “What’s that shit on the radio / Halfway ya’ll goin’ hear me ho / The other half can’t take me so / Switch my shit up!” It’s strange to think that “Cookieman” is all about how hard it is to get your music heard given that it plays in an ad campaign for the Alber Elbazhelmed brand. One season later,
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she was in Paris watching the label’s show from the front row— three seats away from a stone cold Anna Wintour. While many artists would rest their laurels on such an achievement (even if it is a one-hit wonder), Maxine’s end goal goes further than one song. “I don’t think my music is really being heard yet, especially since my mixtape Mood Swings isn’t out.” Maxine recently released exclusive previews of the mixtape via Vine and with fast-track beats, near-ambient electric guitars, layered vocals, Maxine describes Mood Swings as having a “smoother and chill kinda vibe” compared to the hustle anthem tone of “Cookieman.” Maxine is reluctant to go further into what makes this upcoming mid-summer album different from what we’ve heard from her to date. It’s not her job to judge her music. “It’s ultimately up to you guys to decide how it differs.” She employs the same blasé approach when asked about the potential stigma that comes with being a YouTube-discovered artist, “None of that really bothers me.
I just can’t wait to release my music, then people can judge.” To some extent, the jury’s decision already preceded the full evidence roster as verdicts came in as soon as “Cookieman” hit the airwaves. Abby Schreiber of Paper magazine compared Maxine’s self-dubbed “grimy, melodic pop” to the likes of Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl”— not a bad comparison, especially considering they share the same producer, Pharrell Williams, Maxine has called him mentor ever since he hunted her down from YouTube and offered her a joint contract with Interscope and his own iam OTHER. “He’s taught me a lot about trust and loyalty,” Maxine says. “Don’t fuck with people’s lives and careers if you’re going to help someone help them. If not, move on. He also taught me that it’s better to do things yourself than waiting for someone to help,” she adds. As for the future, Maxine shares, “[I’ll be] doing what I’ve been doing since ‘93: Hustling, making music, and living life the way the earth intended us to live.” Sounds like a plan.
Four years in the making comes EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS’ self-titled third studio album. “It’s the rawest, most liberated, most rambunctious stuff we’ve done,” frontman Alex Ebert shares.
Hip-hop newcomer PUSHA T declares My Name is My Name as he releases his highly anticipated debut album. The record features guest appearances by renowned artists like Rick Ross, Kanye West, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar.
As neo-soul artist MAYER HAWTHORNE asks Where Does This Door Go, we can only say that it leads to greatness. Hawthorne notes that his new album merges the sounds of both Steely Dan and The Beastie Boys.
WORLD IN MOTION In between rubbing elbows with Erykah Badu and Robert Glasper and performing at SXSW 2013, formerly Manila-based soul and hip-hop artist JUNE MARIEEZY talks to STATUS about trying to make it on her own, missing Manila, and creating her new EP, Contagious. By Isa Almazan Photos courtesy of Anh Studio
e got to know more about June Marieezy’s music when she came home to the Philippines and released Heavy Eyes in 2011. She was quite a different one—amid the several pop rock OPM bands and artists who win singing contests belting out ballad after ballad. After Heavy Eyes, June left Manila for Dallas, Texas in the hopes of starting over and growing her audience, music, and self at the same time.
While Dallas had been home to her for so many years when she was younger, June finds a bit of discomfort in moving back. “I’m quite the oddball in Dallas,” she says. “I feel like a secret in the city and sometimes a lion in the cage… It doesn’t make me feel as comfortable as I used to feel with being who I am, doing what I do, and for the reasons I do it.” What fueled her to keep going? “My family, the future
of the world, immortality, and all the people who believe in pushing me to my potential,” she says. “I have faith in the struggle and my purpose in the world.” Those changes in her life tested her ambitions and taught her that “if you want to get yourself out there, then it isn’t about what you know, but who you know,” she says. “I stay real by asking what 18-year-old June would do. And she’d say,
“It's not about who you know, but who knows you.”
‘It’s not about who you know, but who knows you.’ Just be real and keep doing what you love.” If anything, June has mastered the art of being real. A closer reading of her lyrics reveals a lot about her life, and the most beautiful thing to her is how much she finds out about herself and how much other people, too, find more about themselves through her songs. “I think my lyrics also have the ability to manifest events as if I’m creating reality,” she says. “It’s a weird and exciting way to live life.” Despite finding herself on the other side of the globe, June continues to grow her music in the Philippines. There is much excitement that surrounds Contagious’s release under Deeper Manila. After all, her five-year stay was musically and spiritually nurturing. Being lost all the time in the city and riding her bike to its crannies instilled a new sense of adventure. The feeling, she says, sets her “soul on fire.” Here or there, June sounds good anywhere. It’ll be a while before she returns to Southeast Asia, because right now she’s still coasting and consumed by “experiencing life as an artist and learning more about how the world works.”
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R o ya lt y & N ov e lt y Kate loves me, Kate loves me not. We’re sticking to katelovesme.net curated by the prince far too coiffed to handle: PELAYO DIAZ. By Meg Manzano
he business of fashion has continuously proven its fickleness. From the steady rise and abrupt fall of trends, fashion houses, and front (row) runners, there is one particular industry insider whose influence has managed to resonate throughout the years: Pelayo Diaz (that’s Prince Pelayo for all you netizens). Decked out in a sartorial mix of an LA young gun with a hint of James Dean and a touch of Kurt Cobain, the Spaniard’s style has left onlookers (both online and off) pretty hooked. Scott Schuman, we’re looking at you. One of the pioneers of the fashion blogging era, the Central Saint Martins (CSM) graduate with boyish good looks and easy cool gave birth to a brilliant little brainchild in 2007: katelovesme.net; an illuminative homage to fashion icon Kate Moss. Interestingly enough, it was Pelayo’s web log that afforded the prince a chance to become a fashion icon himself. “Ordinary people like us have a voice,” offers Pelayo, “What we do is let people be in the front row with us and see the fashion show from another point of view.” With an online following in the tens of thousands, Pelayo gamely (and quite charmingly) steps down from his royal seat to mingle with us subjects by way of social media. He continues, “We [fashion bloggers] make it more accessible… Normally, fashion journalists or celebrities make the fashion world look far for people like us when the fashion world is really close, and everyone can afford anything they want–they just have to desire it.”
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“ T H E F A S H I O N W O R L D I S R E A L LY CLOSE, AND EVERYONE CAN AFFORD A N Y T H I N G T H E Y WA N T – T H E Y J U S T H AV E T O D E S I R E I T . ” Apart from revolutionizing the landscape for sartorial hopefuls, Pelayo Diaz has found his footing in the design aspect of the industry after finishing CSM and interning at McQ by Alexander McQueen. Presently reveling in creating covetable leather accessories for his collaboration with David Delfin’s Madrid brand, davidelfin, it’s quite apparent he isn’t just sitting on his laurels. Pelayo has taken his Céline floral leather jacket, bespoke Prada loafers, and Balenciagas to London, Paris, New York, and just recently, Manila as Bershka’s DJ for the clothing line’s launch party. “I’m actually really excited Bershka chose me for this. As a Spaniard, I feel really proud that a company from my country
is growing and doing so well,” Pelayo muses, “It’s a great satisfaction for me.” Moving on to the subject of kilts and all things Kanye, Pelayo wasn’t one to skirt the issue of wearing kilts before the hip-hop star made it trendy. In fact, he expressed sheer delight that the artist loved fashion enough to play with it. “I think it’s great when someone connects so much with the young people who have ambition. He wears clothes and makes people realize fashion is there to have fun… It’s not just something you need to take seriously and need to be afraid of.”
Th e M a i n It’s survival of the fittest in the indie film industry and evolution is in JASMINE CURTIS-SMITH’s nature. By Kathleen Curtis Photographed by Nick St. James Styled by Zoe Laurente Hair and Makeup Tinette Herrera
asmine Curtis-Smith has just enrolled in Ateneo de Manila University and is preparing for her transition into adult life. The-19-year-old doesn’t mind a more hectic schedule since she prioritizes university. “It’s something I don’t want to compromise; that’s education and it’s important to me,” she shares. We get a glimpse of how she deals with business by seeing her take alternative routes to get ahead of her game. Despite the pressures, she won’t let the cutthroat entertainment industry get to her. Empathetic by nature, she wants to bring attention to those who suffer from mental disability through film, saying, “You have to understand their way of thinking and the way they act. When I see someone who is mentally challenged outside, I look at who they’re with, how they are treated, and how they react to what a person is saying.” She makes it a point to give back, and that’s what makes her rise from the pack. What are you doing after our photo shoot? Playing laser tag with my fans. Usually, we have dinner together and it gets too quiet, because they don’t know what to ask
or they’re shy, so I requested laser tag so everyone gets to mingle as well. Initially, you didn’t want to get into acting. Was it because you didn’t want to step into anyone’s shadow? Yeah, basically I just wanted to be in a different industry from my sister (Anne Curtis-Smith). Growing up, it was always that same question, ‘Why don’t you follow your big sister?’ Some think I’m copying everything she does. I want people to see that I am my own self, far away from my sister. There is a fine line between our similarities and differences; you can’t help but be alike when you’re with someone everyday; you develop the same characteristics. Let’s talk about Transit. Tell us about how you came into the project and how it affected you? Well it started out at the Cinemalaya screening, my first audition. I felt like no one was really interested, but then they came out and got my details. ‘We want you,’ they said. ‘I was like, What? Okay sure!’ After they followed up, we did readings, and they got us a tutor for Hebrew to
prepare us for the trip to Israel. Overall, the experience was incredible, considering the amount of time we had to shoot for such a heavy movie. Speaking Hebrew while delivering emotion was the biggest challenge. For one, I was with such a power cast. It was my first so I had to bounce off from their energy to deliver. It was so much fun; everyone was so easy to work with, especially our producer. Tell us about your character? I’m the daughter [of Irma Adlawan’s character] and I’m half-Hebrew, halfFilipina. I grew up in Israel and came to know my life as an Israeli. Basically, there is a conflict that’s set to happen, but I make it worse by rebelling because of a boy. I am a teenager, and you see the tension with my mom because of our cultural differences. What’s the most exciting thing in working for the indie film industry? Trying to be independent as an actress in terms of the emotions I had to bring and really just delivering what they wanted. With mainstream films, you have so many people to help you. With indie… you have to rely on yourself… I found it so nourishing [because] being independent; you have to be assertive there’s no one to voice what you want to say to the production team.
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G U NS and HORSES Young filmmaker GINO M. SANTOS thought he wasn’t ready to make a full-length project, but having gone to Kyoto, Japan for film workshops and being taken under the wings of applauded directors Marilou Diaz-Abaya and Brillante Mendoza, Gino has become a dark horse readily proving that age is just a number. By Denise Fernandez Photographed by Nyael David
efore Gino M. Santos tucked critically acclaimed debut feature The Animals under his belt, he was a kid who simply loved watching movies. The then 15-year-old eventually developed a deeper interest in film after enrolling himself in a workshop by Marilou Diaz-Abaya (Muro Ami) and meeting people who shared similar passions. Afterwards, Gino continued film studies at De La Salle-College of St. Benilde and produced Every Other Time, a short that was screened at 2011’s Cinemalaya. Among Gino’s experiences with film, working as an intern for Cannes-winning Brillante Mendoza is one of his most memorable. Gino had nothing but compliments for the veteran director, claiming that Mendoza was one of the nicest, most down-to-earth filmmakers in the industry. “I was able to shoot a short film with him in Madaluyong, walking along the streets, and I noticed that
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everyone just loves him there! ‘Direk, here’s your next star!’ people would call out to him in the streets, and he would take time to respond to them, and kid around with them,” shares Gino. By 2012, Gino came out with his very first full-length feature, The Animals, which was one of the most talked-about Cinemalaya releases of the year. “Honestly, when I got the call about me getting in, I had mixed emotions, since I literally just graduated from CSB’s film program that day. I was happy, scared, nervous, excited, stunned, confused, everything! Mainly, I was scared because it was a make-it-or-break-it moment for me, and it wasn’t just any festival, it was Cinemalaya,” he says. The Animals follows upper middle class high school students and the woes of peer pressure, providing an insiderlook into the party scene of the
well-off Filipino youth. Gino found inspiration for the film from organizing parties when he was still in high school, then proceeding to observe more social gatherings after his screenplay got shortlisted for Cinemalaya. The Animals was eventually met with both positive and negative comments, critics dismissing it as a film selfishly catered to Manila’s elite society. “What makes making a film about the upper middle class different from making a poverty film? They’re essentially the same—telling a story about human beings. The only important thing is that the characters in the film are human; they experience emotions and deal with what makes them human—fear, happiness, longing, sadness, sexuality, etc. The only thing that makes it different is the perspective that it’s told, so even if people didn’t relate to the story, I hope that they at least were able to relate to the emotions felt by the characters,” Gino retorts. Following the success of his first movie, Gino was then tapped by his friend Aloy Adlawan to come on board as a co-director for his next release entitled Island Dreams,
a romantic comedy that Gino insists stand out in terms of look, style, and humor. While the storyline involves romance between a wealthy, foreign tourist and an island native, Gino is confident that this won’t be your normal rich guy/poor girl plot that Filipino masses thrive on. “It’s more about the characters. What they’ve been through, and what they are doing to move on and just live. The film is pretty much about moving on, and starting a new chapter in life, and letting go and letting all these emotions run through you. The rich guy/ poor girl scenario is just a backdrop.” Now 23, Gino is on a constant hunt for new experiences, stories, and inspiration, currently writing his screenplay for his next independent feature, which–much like The Animals–would also involve teenagers, sex, drugs, and alcohol. As for us, we can’t wait for him to bring out the beast in his work that we love so much.
LETHAL WEAPON OLIVIA D’ABOVILLE’s fascination is with fabric, and beyond that, fabrication. Schooled in Duperré, the textile design academy in Paris, Olivia has since then been creating and recreating everyday objects into more malleable, fluid forms. By Petra Magno
livia d’Aboville stands at a powerful intersection of a philanthropist father and DJ boyfriend, from which sprouted the Malasimbo Music Festival. “My family was definitely involved but the musical part came more from my boyfriend,” she says, “The credit goes to him, not me.” For her art, however, she cites the women in her life. Olivia happily describes her younger sister, a graphic designer, as a “super talented” inspiration. Their grandmother, too, was an artistof-all-trades: an opera singer, a poet, a woman who wrote and illustrated books for children. “She did all the wedding gowns for her daughters,” Olivia says with pride. It’s this feminine fluidity and grace that fills Olivia’s art. From the dreamy coral sculptures that illuminate a Singaporean park to the complex and delicate jewelry she designs, Olivia displays great interest in material, in origin and in growth.
Though Olivia began painting when she was four years old, she knew it wasn’t the right medium for her. Her schooling in Paris, internships in Siem Reap and Brisbane, and roots in Manila set her solidly on the path of the textile. “It’s really open,” she says of her choice in medium. “It’s a new dimension. I would never think I could sculpt with textiles.” She continued to innovate, investigating silk, fish nets, and indigenous materials like piña and abaca. Her first solo show in Ayala Museum also played with the textures of light. WWF Philippines approached her with a lovely commission: create sea creature-like sculptures for a print ad campaign meant to raise awareness for the protection of coral reefs. It was a project that was right after Olivia’s nature-fascinated heart. “Commissions are definitely what sustain you as an artist,” she says, “and I’m very thankful for that, and I hope I get more.” Her gratitude is apparent, and she disabuses the independent artist of the notion that accepting commissions is a form of selling out. “A client will get you for your style. They want you for you even if they have ideas; they really get you for you.” Olivia’s second solo show at Altro Mondo, Sacred Geometry, is proof that she hasn’t run out of ideas of her own. Using about 18 kilos of metal one and two-inch pins, which were pushed through delicate netting and then draped onto glass forms, Olivia created a series of sculptures that recall both the infinite matter of the cosmos and minuscule creatures in petri dishes. “I was looking at the similarities between the visual world and the cosmos,” Olivia says, and true enough, the sculptures recall tiny lethal explosions: a gleaming universe unfolding, a bacterial growth unrolling itself. There are also framed squares of the lethal
textile, which look as innocent as the toys that children press their faces or hands into to leave an impression. Also present at the exhibit are tapestries made of linked studs. They recall armor, of course, but also ancient jewelry, and some pieces demonstrate a liquid sheen and drape that belongs more to silk than metal. “My pieces are usually flexible surfaces,” Olivia says. Beyond art imitating nature– which is an overt theme in a show that recalls sea creatures, microorganisms, and galaxies— Sacred Geometry is above all an exercise in bending the stubborn material, making fluid the inflexible. The beauty is on the surface, but the thought runs deep.
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It’s a brave new world for FREYA MAVOR who’s ready to take the queen bee-next-door guise to more strange but sophisticated neighborhoods. Yes, they grow up so fast. One minute she’s a teenager, the next she’s about to rule Europe. By Reena Mesias Photographed by Nicolas le Forestier Hair and Makeup Eva Roncay Location Studio Bastille Design Center
“Adolescence is a beautiful time where there is always a lesson to be learned from every stupid mistake… Hopefully not too stupid though!”
It all started in Bristol.
rug-fuelled teenage runaways rolling around school parks and raving in empty pools and underground clubs. The last hours of the days are spent essentially for the haze and the unbelievable high. The concept is clear: this is the time of their lives. In the middle of all the grit, dirty bits, and Banksy skits is Freya Mavor, recognizable as Mini MicGuinness, Roundview College’s queen bee. But she’s only really there for E4 teen drama Skins—the reason that anyone knows who Freya is at all. “Skins always seemed to be about adolescent rebellion, about discovering who you are by doing things you know you shouldn’t and pushing boundaries in those prime teenage years,” Freya says. Back in Scotland where she’s originally from, her “Skins moments” weren’t so different. Although Freya admits that her personality is nothing like Mini’s in real life, she remembers memories of sneaking out of the house at 3 in the morning, risking her life to climb the “killer wall” in their garden, thinking three people on a scooter is perfectly acceptable, and throwing up whilst simultaneously attempting to sing “No Woman, No Cry” with friends around a campfire. “Adolescence is a beautiful time where there is always a lesson to be learned from every stupid
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mistake,” she says. “Hopefully not too stupid though!” Those days, it was like, go forth, enjoy, and ectas-ize—by all means. But that was two years, 400 miles, and the dream to be “sitting in a café in Paris, writing her next big play” ago. As the door closes on Skins and Bristol, Freya imagines a different kind of life. As exciting as Skins was, each character had to move on. And Freya decided to move on to Paris. She traded parties for plays, Roundview College for Rue Mouffetard, and coke for cigarettes. Today, Freya revels in a spectacle. “I just dropped an Australian friend who came to visit me in Paris at the Eurolines bus station in Gallieni, and now I find myself in a cute little café where, having finished this interview, I will proceed to light a cigarette and carry on with a play I started earlier this year,” she laughs, remembering a couple of years ago when all these were just aspirations. Whether that script is bull or bona fide, it’s obvious, Freya’s love is theater. It’s like going back to her roots with her father being an award-winning playwright and her grandfather being a theater critic. “Originally I thought to study physical theatre in Paris, but this was altered when I got a job in a Scottish musical,
Sunshine on Leith, last autumn,” she says. “After, I went straight onto The White Queen, filmed in Belgium, and would pop back to Paris when I got the chance. Since I finished being [Princess] Elizabeth of York, I’ve been immersed in Parisian life and have loved every minute of it. The city has sparked a hunger for creativity and culture. From going to experimental music concerts to making short films with my friends—I’ve felt a real desire to be active and to feed off the city’s energy. It feels like home now.” The love for rich cultures and histories is innate to the self-proclaimed geek. Freya’s most recent project, BBC One’s The White Queen, is set against the backdrop of the War of the Roses and has drama, seduction, deception, betrayal, and love written all over it. As soon as she found out she got the role of Elizabeth of York, she read the Phillipa Gregory books and more. “I loved learning about the drama surrounding the throne, the customs and beliefs that were held in the 15th Century, and trying to get my head around family trees and who beheaded who, who turned against who, who married who, etc.” Equipped with that hunger for knowledge and Uta Hagen’s advice about interpreting historical characters (“We must realise in
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our bones that almost everything in time and history has changed except the human being.”), Freya plays Princess Elizabeth like it’s second nature. She explains, “Her life is extremes—the luxury of court contrasted with the bleakness of hiding in sanctuary, the promises of great suitors and queenship that are dashed by political feuds. It’s a roller coaster of ups and downs. She’s feisty though, knows her own mind. She learns from a very young age what it means to be a woman with a title in those times—it is to be a pawn in the political minefield. She realises you have to be smart and tactical if you want to get by (like her mother), but is always wishing for a simpler more wholesome life. She manages, despite all that happens to herself and her family, to keep hold of this optimism and hope of a better life
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that gives her the serenity and grace she is historically renowned for.” It’s easy to hear that enthusiasm in Freya’s voice when she talks about the roles that transitioned from highs to highness. But when you’re a young actress who’s trying to balance career and studies, it could consume you and beget perennial emotions of breakdowns. You can either freak out, act the f out of less satisfactory films and TV shows to make it, and then burn out from being a sell out. Or you can be like Freya—be quiet but meticulous like a queen in chess. She keeps sight of her career. “I definitely think that the more a project grips and inspires you, the more you’re going to want to throw yourself into it,” Freya says. “I appreciate that actors cannot constantly pick and choose and that, in order to
“ I think the most exciting thing in this job is the diversity and the leeway to make the world and the time itself your playground…”
survive and make a living… however, I feel it’s important to set yourself standards and have a certain idea of things you won’t do, perhaps nudity or maybe it’s not being the one that’s sliced into pieces in the first five minutes of a slasher movie—each to set their own limitations. I’ve been lucky in that I’ve really enjoyed and felt strongly about the projects I’ve been in so far. I can only hope that carries on.” With more projects like John McKay’s indie rom-com Not Another Happy Ending lined up, trust that nobody shall put Freya in the corner; especially now that Europe has put her in a place where maybe, even in its most symbolic way, she’ll claim a throne somewhere in a humble café in her own right, writing a play and maybe even starring in it. Freya says, “I think the most exciting thing in this job is the diversity and the leeway to make the world and the time itself your playground…The game you throw yourself into has rules and a structure, certain boundaries and expectations—but it doesn’t mean it can’t be just as fun or just as spontaneous.”
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Amid crawling vines and weeping willows, EZRA KOENIG and company have now traded wisdom for youth in their latest album, Modern Vampires of the City. Gone is the aimless albeit attractive ambling of VAMPIRE WEEKEND’s debut and sophomore efforts. What surfaced is an enlightened clamor (“Ya Hey!”) toward life itself. In a way, their music still wanders in unexpected turns, taking listeners on a road trip—shotgun position—where the emotions stab harder and the band’s vision becomes clearer. From Providence to Phoenix, Vampire Weekend stick to their puns and gun them with prudence. By Kristine Dabbay Photographed by Alex John Beck
“I don’t really think of music as imparting knowledge; it’s a way of expressing yourself.”
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f I can’t trust you then damn it Hannah, there’s no future, there’s no answer,” Ezra Koenig cries, three minutes into the track “Hannah Hunt.” This kind of outburst is common in Modern Vampires of the City where Ezra, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Tomson, and Chris Baio liberate feelings of loneliness with piano flourishes. While trembling with meaning, the album isn’t a dead zone for references. It’s chillingly personal as listeners can identify with “Unbelievers” and “Diane Young”—lost souls needing redemption. Intrigued by the characters, I stopped guessing and called Ezra in his hotel. One can only imagine him entwined in robes and blankets, untangling life’s great riddles. I ask, “What’s your concept of a modern vampire of the city?” He retorts, “It’s kind of just the average relatively privileged human being living in a firstworld city.” Privilege, first-world—not everyone can relate—all the more that they become resonant in people’s psyches. Somewhere along the way, you might have felt like a lowlife dating a girl you can’t afford. Somewhere along the way, you’ve dropped out of campus. For what? Maybe more horchata? Somewhere along the way, you visited the Dharamsala to realize god is absent, so you
turn to your fake friends. Trust, after all, isn’t found in a trust fund. Those are touchstones of their truth. Along with faith and maturity, Ezra at 29, is reaching a new prime accompanied by the glory of choirs and angelic projections. It’s a bit melancholic so prepare for dark days. You can hark to Yahweh or sing for Zion; all we’re saying is Vampire Weekend work like a new religion. Hi Ezra. How’s 2013 so far? It’s been very good. Very busy. In an interview with The National Post, it was noted that you didn’t feel connected to indie rock. With our band, we didn’t come out as part of any scene. People thought we were part of this Brooklyn indie scene, but the truth is, we started our band totally on our own at school. I remember being at the Grammy’s a few years ago, and seeing all the artists there like Arcade Fire winning Album of the Year. I do feel a connection to bands that are part of independent labels. Even if we don’t come from the same place and meet each other later in life, there’s some sort of connection there, but it’s certainly not something the band started with.
Modern Vampires of the City is the first Vampire Weekend album that isn’t selfproduced by Rostam. This time, you collaborated with Ariel Rechtshaid. What led you to this decision? We’ve already done a lot of work on our own. We had a feeling we needed a bit of extra help especially when it came to finishing things. We got quite a few ideas, but we needed help to contextualize some of what we’ve done and just get it done. In the end, Ariel did a lot of different things on the album. Some songs, he really went in and gave them a different feel like, reworked the drums. You mentioned that you sound more like Vampire Weekend now than you did in your previous albums. What brought you closer to your “truer” sound? When a band first comes out and you only have one album, people have a very narrow impression of you. You have an artistic identity that hasn’t gotten out there yet. But of course, people judge you and what you’ve put up. That’s what’s kind of cool about the career—every album you put out, it’s not that it has to differ from the previous ones; it’s not a different album… but every record, I think, kind of shows another side to Vampire Weekend. So when I listen to a past record, there’s nothing on it that shocks me. If I could put this record for myself six years ago, I wouldn’t think it would be totally shocking like, “I can’t believe you guys made a song like that,” because, of course, you grow and get new ideas, but artistically you’ve been kind of flawed so every album is a chance to keep defining the world of Vampire Weekend.
Is it true that if you weren’t in Vampire Weekend, you would’ve been a professor? Is music now your way of imparting your knowledge to people? I don’t really think of music as imparting knowledge; it’s a way of expressing yourself. It’s a way of thinking out loud so that’s kind of an interrelation process just like an academic job. The only job I had before being in the band was being a teacher, and it’s something that I enjoyed, but I don’t know if it’s something I could’ve done my entire life. Writing songs is something I’m most cut out for, but I’d also like to think that if I weren’t doing this, I’d figure out other ways to be happy and contribute to society. Vampire Weekend’s intellect is a signature, but your new album is said to be distinctly instinctive. Do you trust your intellect or your instincts more? They’re very intertwined. I don’t look at instinct and intellect being two total different things. It’s your instinct in your gut that’s kind of just giving you a visual reaction to something you don’t like, but then you need your intellect; you need your brain and your collaboration to figure out where you go from there. Because you can’t just be a band by saying, “All
this other shit sucks.” You also need to expand and do hard work. You need to use your brain to figure out what’s the opposite of the stuff you don’t like. I love the poignancy and simplicity of “Obvious Bicycle.” Do you think music nowadays is less emotionally charged? I think this is an amazing time for music, and I’m very happy to be alive now. I can’t think of any other time I’d rather be alive, other than maybe caveman days ‘cause I’d just be curious to see how people are acting. Music today… is more diverse than it’s ever been. I remember this thing a few years ago—the same time that some of the most synthetic electronic music was becoming very popular—and you’d be hearing stuff like… human beings singing with guitars and drum sets. All these things can be popular in the same moment. It can even be enjoyed by the same person, so I don’t think there’s any lack of creativity and passion or diversity in music today.
How did recording in a room surrounded by trees change your perspective as musicians? The setting of the recording is a lot happier with sunlight and trees; you can relax. The truth is, you never know when you’re gonna get ideas. I could be walking down the street at home, and it’s hot, and suddenly get an idea for something that speaks to me in a different place… So it’s hard for me to say how where you are affects what you write about. We love the lyric, “Wisdom’s a gift, but you’d trade it for youth.” How does that apply to your life now? I can see both sides of it. Since I’m learning more about the world, it’s painful even though it’s necessary. I’m 29 so I’m not particularly old and I’m not particularly young, so of course aging is gonna be on my mind to some extent. Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about anything too major yet. It’s just kind of learning in the distance. It’s funny; suddenly, my teenage years seem so far away and yet it’s kind of weird that I feel like an adult. These ideas pop out more often.
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If SHELBY DUNCAN weren’t a photographer right now, she confesses that she’d probably be doing something “psychedelic in space.” Fortunately, earthlings are able to coexist with Shelby’s stellar captures for the meantime. By Rita Faire
ith dreams of intergalactic travel, Shelby Duncan decided that shooting people was far more interesting than shooting stars, with all its flash triggers and double exposures. She recalls, “When my parents gave me a little red Kodak 110… I took it everywhere. The love started then.” It has since grown into something deeper, leading her to work for glossies like French Elle, Nylon, and, L’Officiel Hommes, as well as exhibits at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Arena 1 Gallery, and Space 1520.
Shelby captures both the indulgent (sometimes self-aware) mettle of the Los Angeles and the nonchalance of Gallic new vogue as she hightails between the two cities. “I can’t say either has a stronger influence over the other as I love both cities for so many different reasons. Both settings are a constant inspiration and a form of my expression, capturing some sort of raw honesty within my subjects wherever I am in the world,” she shares. Rooted to these locales, her passions are now literally grounded to Earth’s worldly affairs. She no longer has
to look up to the skies to seek romance. She says, “I am in love with the truth I can reveal by taking a portrait.” The connection intensifies as the snaps progress. As subjects become friends, the world gets wilder, and Shelby gets “closer to revealing the truth.” She explains, “After establishing a connection of friendship, the subjects become more comfortable and open… They usually get more excited about ideas and visions that they have…” You’ll feel the universe expand with the revealing images of Louis Garrel in mid-speech in front of a quaint French
café, Jena Malone threatening a sea of balloons with a sharp-edged box cutter, and Jim Sturgess in Jeremy Scott × Linda Farrow Mickey Mouse frames. Leaning towards verity and spontaneity, Shelby goes wherever the moment takes her. “I photograph whatever inspires me at the time—whether it be a mountain on a road trip or kids on a subway. I constantly have ideas, projects, and personal narratives I’m jotting down and want to make [into] a reality either to fulfill my curiosity about the mystery of a culture, person, thing, or place,” she says. Shelby stalks suburbia for lace-clad ladies splayed on cold stone and follows it to abandoned streets bathed in red
lamplights and cigarette butt glows. Armed with strong flash and a stronger stomach, Shelby invades marbled bathrooms, mental mosh pits, and beerstained back alleys of feverpitched raves. But even softer stills of bathing beauties in dark waters and flirtatious femmes in sun-kissed porches beckon the attention. With vitality and the “spirit of the youth of now,” she shoots in the frame of “intuition, spontaneity, and human desire.”
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B L O C K P A R T Y
In an era of #nofilters and plenty of fakers, Hollywood has earned a reputation for sucking the souls of its denizens—Amanda Bynes being the least of them. Yet there’s still hope in those stars rising above the doom and gloom of celebdom. They endeavor to break the vicious cycle, driven by their passions. Here are just a few young’uns who are coming into their own. With the spotlight on and the cameras rolling, the stage is all set for their taking.
GINA RODRIG UEZ What made you transition from dancing to acting? I wanted to speak—I knew I wanted to be a storyteller and so I went after it. The transition was easy, I chose to study theater in school, and the [Tisch School of the Arts at New York University] taught me what I know today. What do you like to do in your downtime? I’m an adrenaline junkie. Skydiving, rappelling, zip lining, and just about anything that scares me—that’s where I’ll be! Who are your greatest influences? I am inspired by the amazing women in my family: my grandmother, who is an activist and is not afraid to fight for what she believes in; my mother, who raised strong women—strong, passionate, and generous; and my two sisters, who have worked so hard to create their careers and beautiful families. I have favorite actors, of course… but it’s family that has gotten me this far. They are the reason I won’t stop fighting for my dreams.
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DAVID LAMBERT How did you first pursue acting? I started in elementary school doing it for fun. When I was about 14 or 15, I went to an open call in Atlanta, got an agent there, and started working locally… I never really had a goal of where I wanted to go with it, but I knew there was nothing else I could see myself doing. I just took it day by day. What’s it like being a young actor in Hollywood with so much competition? I’m mainly cool and calm; I don’t like to stress myself out, but it is very competitive… It seems like everyone out in LA is an actor, so you have to not think about it—stay calm, do the work, and let whatever will happen happen. You just have to keep at it and stay dedicated. What’s on the horizon for you? Where do you see yourself heading? I would love to play in an action movie, a Western, and an epic fantasy… As of right now, the sky’s the limit. Lifeguard is coming out this summer and The Fosters is currently airing. We’ll see what comes next!
Words by Giano D. Dionisio Gina Rodriguez: Photographed by Lesley Bryce, Styled by Karen Raphael, Hair and Makeup by Diana Lomelin
GREGG SULKIN What are the most significant lessons you’ve learned growing up in the industry? My parents taught me to be humble and grateful; [they’re] very supportive but also keep me very grounded. Regarding the industry, I think it’s important to be thick-skinned and positive. A good friend and co-star of mine once told me, “Always be nice to people on the way up, because if you don’t, it will be very bumpy on the way down.” I think that’s crucial. Be polite. Be respectful. Be supportive. Be kind. And be easy to work with. What keeps you motivated? Well, firstly, I love what I do. I caught the bug and never want to stop. Secondly, I don’t want to fail! I know there are people who have put a lot of time into developing my career, and I don’t want to let them down. What’s on the horizon for you? Where do you see yourself heading? I want to do a lot—produce, write, create my own content. I don’t like the thought of my career being in someone else’s hands; I want it to be in mine.
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NIGHTVISION motorik madness by The Cobrasnake
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ALEX AND PIERCE by Volchekshot.Me
social saturdays @ Aracama by Pam Santos
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LIL DEATH RETURNS
by The Cobrasnake
@ 7th High by Kappo Rivera
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PHILIPPINE FASHION WEEK HOLIDAY 2013 PARTY @ PrivĂŠ
by Grace de Luna
Copacabana david & bimba by Gerard Estadella
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@ El Molino
by Gerard Estadella
zero mondays @ imperial
by Kappo Rivera
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S TAT U S IN VA D E S chanel Tin man earrings It is timeless and always reminds me of my dad wherever I go.
moleskine Journals My canvas for reflection and ideas.
Olympus F1.8 Digital Camera
Capture moments with friends and family or scenery in the beach or in the city.
Skull ID Bracelet
I am not superstitious by any means, but I somewhat believe that there is some sort of luck attached to it.
Rick Owens leather jacket
A leather jacket that embraces me in the cold winters of Boston and New York.
Working the night shift is just another day at work for DJ and Manila Music Festival co-founder KATRINA RAZON. But when she’s got her hands off the turn tables, she gets has the world caught in between her fingers.
Adidas x Sennheiser headphones
A gift from Damian Lazarus after his show in Boston.
Il Piccolo Principe
People who know me best can assert that I never leave my house without a hacky sack in my purse.
An Italian copy of The Little Prince that my dear friend Tommaso of The Bloody Beetroots gave me in 2008.
Sakura Pigma Micron pens Gigi
Cardbox from South Africa
I got this cardbox from a safari trip in Kruger, South Africa and use it as a jewelry box.
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The cat character from Hayao Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service. I’ve had it since my first visit to Tokyo.
The only pen I use when I sketch drawings during my trips around the world.
Anton Chekhov plays My favorite Russian playwright’s work stands as some of the greatest works in theater history.
Olympia Le-Tan clutch
A charming gift from film producer Gregory Bernard during my visit to Paris. It will always remind me of that city.
Portrait and product photography by Jer Dee
Native Instruments’ Traktor allows me to be creative with my mixing while ensuring a fat sound.
STATUS earns it's stripes. June 2013