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Capture all the snaps, crackles, and pops



Dash through the snow and paint the town red.

25 ABOUT FACE: CLEAN SLATE Go from drab to fab with nourishing oils.





A year at every corner and every city.


Show ‘em who wears the pants.


The boys are back in town after four years of staying away. Hitting the airwaves like they never left, Franz Ferdinand prove no one can knock them down. By Marty Arnaldo

Howl at the moon and stalk your prey. By Yoshimichi Saiki




It’s a wonderful life. By Shaira Luna



Savages released Silence Yourself to distinguish voice from noise. Now, you must abide to their show rules: No instagramming, no videos, and no tweets. By Kristine Dabbay

Be the lord of your hoard. By Nick St. James





This Māori beauty is quite the devil. After a stint on New Zealand’s Next Top Model, she went on to win more than just the series. By Kathleen Curtis


Strumming the bass since she was 10, Kitten frontwoman Chloe Chaidez covers The Smiths and New Order with a boost of youth. By Bea Del Rosario


Indie outfit The Royal Teeth maul their way into becoming mainstays, proving their bite is worse than their bark. By Niche Dumlao



Manually burning and labeling their album for two nights straight shows Imelda’s dedication. With in-your-face lyrics, these dudes have a “no holds barred” honesty. By Angela de Dios



With the aptitude to mix monkey business with business class, photographer Johann Bona goes by the philosophy that women are a “work of art,” and he’s just around to photograph it. By Zoe Laurente


Filmmaker Judd Figuerres celebrates youth as he presses play and fast-forwards through trends. By Rita Faire


Actor Ben Schnetzer digs deep to find his roots in a land across the pond from his native New York. By Rita Faire


For director Adam Powell, music videos are still integral to the music industry. Aiming to promote new ways of thinking, the music gets better through his visual expertise. By Reena Mesias


Laura Allard-Fleischl is a photographer who happens to blog, not the other way around. Going beyond run-ofthe-mill selfies, she screens, saturates, and scintillates. By Reena Mesias

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Unroll some TOILETPAPER as the magazine’s main man Maurizio Cattelan ditches gloss to hear the crack and cackle of your funny bone. He perpetually strives to create work that’s strong enough to kill you. By Kristine Dabbay



While instant chemistry is developed with the subject on the opposite side of the lens, Jiro Schneider’s secret to snapping the right photo starts with finding the right tunes and ‘tude. By Reena Mesias


Classical sensibilities meet the modern world as Francesco Carrozzini captures beauty through a uniquely Italian perspective that becomes less of a look and more of a lifestyle. By Rita Faire


Developing a rare talent for combining surreal tones with dynamic stills, Chad & Paul’s Paul McLean achieves a cinematic state of captivity. By Meg Manzano








Set designers draw the boundaries, literally.


When she’s not shooting, she’s collecting all of her favorite things.



The evolution of millenials’ Fear of Missing Out captured in Instagram.

Chickadees and cock-a-doodle-doos find something to crow about as STATUS looks pretty in pink and yellow. Doesn’t matter if you want the leg, the thigh, or the breast, Maurizio Cattelan’s work for TOILETPAPER cuts through the chicken shit. Photo in detail, Concepts and image by TOILETPAPER



the pulse of hip at your fingertips

go see

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


Concepts and image by TOILETPAPER

Paul Mclean (88)

Maurizio Catellan (72)



e embody the spirit of being bold and adventurous by putting, well, a cock on the cover. We didn’t do it for the shock value but more for the fun of it. In this month’s Photo Issue, we’ve gathered photographers who have ventured out of the norm. Our cover photographer Maurizio Cattelan is no stranger to controversy and attention; however, he is also a big joker himself. Having worked recently with Kenzo and Vice, he puts more value in reaction versus provocation. Find out why he thinks “a powerful picture can kill you.” Our next snapper is more of a free spirit than a joker. Jiro Schneider is the lensman behind our October cover with Adrianne Ho and has an impressive portfolio chockfull of celebrities. In his interview, he tells us the craziest thing he’s done on set as well as the secrets to keeping his locks so shiny. Francesco Carrozzini, son of Vogue Italia EIC Franca Sozzani, grew up exposed to fashion greats like Bruce Weber and Peter Lindbergh. No doubt he became a fashion photographer and director. Now at the top of his game, he shares why he still continues to push the boundaries of his work. Paul McLean has caught our attention with photographs that stop time with their cinematic tones and treatment. Working with the likes of i-D, GQ, Nylon, Teen Vogue, Vision China, and Flaunt, you could say his style caught on. We’ve also invaded the space of Shaira Luna to see what keeps her inspired to keep shooting. And we’ve picked the brains of Johann Bona and Judd Figuerres to see how these masterminds go about capturing picture-perfect moments. This is a new breed of visionaries. They don’t only take fashion photos or celebrity portraits; they take risks, tell stories, and have a sense of humor.


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creative director Patrick L. Jamora art director Paolo Geronimo graphic designers Nyael David

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Kristine Dabbay Reena Mesias Rita Faire fashion editor Loris Peña fashion assistant Zoe Laurente editorial assistant Kathleen Curtis

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The only thing blue about optimist NikkiRu, who shot iamtheBGNR (22) for us, is the way she colors her photos. Other than that, she keeps life sunny by believing “There are instances when you feel like everything’s in your favor, most especially when you’re doing what you love best.”

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Bea Del Rosario, Niche Dumlao, Meg Manzano contributing artists

Anton Aguila, Andrew Apuya, Jandra Barbiera, The Cobrasnake, Fernando Colon, Troy Dabski, Shanna Fisher, Jenna Genio, Alexandra Greenhill, Ike Gube, Kaho Kiatayama, Andy Knowles, Kichiro Koike, Shaira Luna, Ralph Mendoza, Miguel Miranda, Hanna Pechon, Gina Ribisi, Jennie Roberts, Yvan Rodic, Nikki Ruiz, Yoshimichi Saiki, Pam Santos, Jason Setiawan, JP Singson, David Sheldrick, Nick St. James, Riccardo Ulpts interns

Maya Abellon, Marty Arnaldo, Angela de Dios, Chelsea Madamba, Elaine Villanueva


Reena is a girl who likes getting things in bulk. Adding to festivals, new albums, and sleep, there’s no such thing as writing too many articles given that she wrote about Jiro Schneider (80), Adam Powell (70), and Laura Allard-Fleischl (71). What can we say? Ain’t no rest for the wicked.

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When London calls, we call on David Sheldrick, the unofficial Anglo connection. Snapping actor Ben Schnetzer (69) had him all tickled pink enough to give up his Sunday in the name of STATUS. And when we saw the photos, let’s just say the feeling was mutual.

read our digital version like us follow us instagram: statusmagazine STATUS is published by STATUS Media Group. Reproduction without permission is prohibited.

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December-January 2014


est the waters of your style with LACOSTE’s coats, pullovers, hoodies, puffer jackets, collared shirts, sweaters, and buttondowns. This preppy collection uses cool tones to keep you calm and collected. With stripes and geometric prints, you can breeze through any cold day.

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AYE MARIE’s Firefly collection is inspired by the spectacular visual effects fireflies put on to attract a mate. With the use of fire opal bolts against gold and black metals, the brand’s earrings, necklaces, and bracelets will make your style burn bright.

t’s time for wrist candies sans frills. Make a statement with the AARK COLLECTIVE’s selection of classic calfskin leather, Polyurethane plastic, and Aircraft-grade stainless steel timepieces. These minimalist watches come in a variety of colors ranging from peach to black.


esigners Kim Schraub and Natalia Kulb must LOVE LEATHER. Taking in the culture of youth gone wild, the brand’s latest collection of laser-cut and printed leather is as bad as it gets. After all, cropped tops, high-waist skirts, pullovers, jerseys, and jackets make you look your best even through your worst behavior.








hether you’re running like a “Gazelle” or dancing the “Samba,” ADIDAS keeps your kicks supply well taken care of. Count on them to bring you fresh picks from its classic styles–reinvented with bright colors and metallic details—elevating your shoe game to a winning streak.


all so hard only if you look the part. SHOOP’s Bounce collection of printed jumpsuits, leggings, sweaters, skirts, and onsesies are sportswear pieces you can dress up or down whatever the occasion. Linked to music and the streets, these are laid-back outfits you can easily say are trill, for real.


ADAK tells mystical and poetic stories while incorporating elements from various eras and ethnic cultures. A gray, white, black, and orange kaleidoscope of custom prints featuring waves and dragons translates to skirts, sweaters, shorts, blazers, capes, harem pants, leggings, and tees. Sadak is the brand for blokes who are determined to create their own trends instead of joining the bandwagon.


ravel back to the 50s and 60s with CULT GAIA. Handmade for your hair flair, this LA brand has it all from fun accessories like tie-dye turbands to flower-filled crowns. Take a stroll around town with one of these vintage-inspired pieces, and they’re bound to wake your inner flower child.


talian label CO|TE shows off what a woman is made of with its dresses, skirts, jackets, and pullovers. Relaxed fits and geometric shapes meet graphic prints and bold colors with clean-cut pieces. Polish off your look with easy silhouettes that keep you looking prim even if your top is cropped.

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OTHER OF PEARL stays true to its sports luxe aesthetic. The collection creates substance through floral skater skirts, pleated leather, cropped pants, and fishtail dresses. Featuring colorful, fruity prints juxtaposed to stripes and shrubbery, the line presents every piece as artwork.


eeping it in the fam, MUM AND CO knows how to please your bros, sis, daughters, and sons. Handmade with love and care, its school packs, bucket bags, backpacks, and accessories are made with natural soft leather, soft cotton lining, and vintage-style leather belts. Take it from them when they say, “Mom knows best.”


nnocent desire, forbidden ambition, and naïve seduction– that’s what LAYUHL aims to ignite. Through a combination of deep reds, white, black, ocean-blue, and gray alongside multicolored pastels, you can bare skin as plunging necklines, slits, cutouts, and pleats leave little to the imagination.


ake center stage with luxury accessories label SOOMIN‘s Dance Kaleidoscope collection in intricate metallic angel wing collars, laser-cut necklaces, and abstract-printed silk scarves. With only a hundred of each design made, these accessories will definitely make you a cut above the rest.


otivated by the Nigerian immigrant’s sense of style against American culture, WILLIAM OKPO offers feminine design emblazed with elements of masculinity. The print of faces is inspired by illustrations on barber shops spotted by the designer’s trip to Senegal. Embodying youth in red, white, and sea foam, the capsule collection includes T-shirts, dresses, blazers and button-downs. - 15




here’s more to cotton than just your ordinary tee, and KOWTOW gets down to where it all begins. From farmers planting seeds to the sewing and finishing of each garment, the brand takes pride in cultivating its own organic cotton crop. From long draped blazers to culottes and jumpsuits, Kowtow uses hundred per cent fair cotton, striking the right balance between comfort and style.


ave a ball with ULLA JOHNSON’s holiday collection. From sequined tops to leopard printed mini dresses and lacy cocktail dresses, these feminine looks will keep you shining all night. Don’t worry; you won’t turn into a pumpkin at midnight.


UPERDRY keeps you warm against the chill with outerwear from its latest collection. Whether you’re in a fur-trimmed cape, artsy with a tasseled cardigan, butch in a flannel hoodie, or laid-back in a zip-up jacket, there’s no reason to get cold feet with these cover-ups.

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it the streets hard with leather selections from GBX. Whether dressing up or down, these bad boys are available in Chelsea-styled action shoes and a casual oxford pair in black and brown. It’s that extra edge you need for everyday.

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implicity is key. Denim-centric brand RTA (Road to Awe) reinvents 90s grunge with acid wash denims, plaid buttondowns, leather pants, and standard black skinny jeans. Pair them with a plain white T-shirt and black leather booties, and be ready to tough it out in the streets.



ophisticated never goes out of style with BURBERRY’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection of rich textured leather, bold animal prints, and polished metal. Standout pieces include the brown leather tote bag with edge-dyed leather trim and distinctive belt embellishment, and the espadrille wedges with striking animal print and patent leather.


oon phases and rainbow irises mystify the mind as they become hand-painted visuals in GYPSY GIGGLES. Its current collection is adorned with black mesh maxis, mesh drop hem tees, batwing tops, chain strap swing tops, and mesh vests with decorative touches like glitter, glow-in-the-dark slime cats, and dyed ombre fringing.


Words by Marty Arnaldo, Kathleen Curtis, Zoe Laurente, and Loris Peña

ight the power with the latest from streetwear brand PXL as you stick it to the man with “corrupt” message emblazoned on your caps and beanies. Featuring Aztec tees and the retro cool Space Invader snapback, use these new weapons to win any crowd.


et the best of both coasts with LONDON LOVES LA. Bringing the Hollywood Hills to Big Ben, its Candyland collection of cropped tees, oversized sweaters, and onesies are an ode to palm trees, Coachella nights, and California love. With these stone wash denim and slogan tees, you are never too far from the stars.

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and-sewn and waxed, SUIGENERIC is wrist luxury at its finest. It’s not your grandfather’s type of strap; the collection’s pumped up timepiece accessories come in stripes, camos, and animal prints made with premium cotton twill canvas. - 17






skyve dive For a hearty meal, SKYVE strikes all the right flavors.

Responsible for infused concoctions such as butterscotch whiskey and Rooibos, chai, cinnamon, and Belvedere, it’s no wonder why NINER ICHI NANA is the current talk of the town. With beautiful Machuca floor tiles, gold-skirted high ceilings, and a random stuffed deer head, the den-style craft cocktail bar pours out twisted classics and modern perspectives along its brown marble bar. With impeccable presentation, sip on a mug of “Wood Pick,” (bourbon, lemon, strawberry, egg-whites) served in a Day of the Dead skull or opt for a refreshing “Asian Mint Julep” (mint, bourbon, syrup, pomegranate seeds) in a mini ice bucket.

THE SLEEPING OYSTERS An assortment of Mentaiyaki (mentaiko, ebiko, lemon, and aioli), Chilean (Serrano, lime, red wine vinegar, and cilantro), and Kilpatrick (bacon, Worcestershire sauce, and chives) Ground Floor, Globe Tower 32nd St. cnr 7th Ave, BCG, Taguig

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In the soul of Vienna next to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, hotel LAMÉE describes itself as a “hideaway worthy of a film.” With a cosmopolitan aesthetic, the spacious soundproof rooms are flooded with warm tones and glossy printed Makassar wood paneling. Elegant leather commodes alongside entertaining fuchsia pink velvet couches will instantly catch your eye, as will the glass-screened partitioned marble bathroom. Don’t leave without watching the sunset on the roof deck as you can take in a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city.

SKYVE BEER TARTARE Truffle egg-yolk served on flat bread with cilantro dust, ancho-chilli aioli, and thyme sea salt Rotenturmstraße 15 1010 Vienna, Austria

GRUB If you need a break from a tiring shopping trip along Orchard Road, SKYVE is off the beaten track. The establishment presents a variety of modern European comfort food and an extensive wine menu to complement modernized cafeteria-style interior occupied by roof-length windows, wrought iron-patterned partitions, and tiffany blue chair. Putting an emphasis on “sous vide” cooking which keeps the inside of the meat tender and juicy without overcooking the outside, the venue is a favorite among locals for a casual meal or a lazy weekend brunch. 10 Winstedt Rd Singapore 227977

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SOUS VIDE POULET Apricot-glazed baby vegetables, with candied pecans and pommes purée

SPICY KALBI BEEF SHORT RIBS Short ribs with a spicy kalbi glaze accompanied by a sautéed brocollini crispy root vegetable ribbons

Words by Kathleen Curtis Skyve photos by Patrick L. Jamora

Skyve, Singapore



EXTRA, NEW YORK 10 Extra Place New York NY 1003 Dime to drop: P8,500-P90,750 ($195-$2,100) Don’t leave without: Post Overall’s engineer’s jacket


mid the streets of New York City, a collection of antiques, clothes, and collectibles greet you at EXTRA. Fostering nostalgia and premium pieces (boasting the largest selection of Post Overalls clothing outside Tokyo), this is the store for people on the lookout for vintage Japanese finds. Run by clothing connoisseur Koji Kusakabe, this impeccably edited retail space features a number of interesting eye-catching collectibles like vintage tin signs and photographs. Despite the fascinating goods on display, the clothes are still the highlight. Inspired by work clothes from the 20s and 30s, designer Takeshi Ohfuchi brings detailed construction to the table. Be sure to check out the shop’s selection of engineer’s jackets which remains the epitome of American industrial design. Extra gives you an array of timeless clothing that will only get better with age.

WANDER WONDER, SINGAPORE 2/F 65A Haji Lane Singapore 189244 Dime to drop: P957-P31,300 (SGD29-SGD 949) Don’t leave without: All the labels that we carry.


Words by Marty Arnaldo and Loris Peña The Dreslyn photos by Dreslyn

space dedicated to exploration and discovery, WANDER WONDER takes you to a journey of craftsmanship. Step up the flight of stairs to enter the world every menswear geek should be introduced to. Wooden floors, framed posters, an antique sewing machine, and ropes welcome you from the get-go. The saying “Not all those who wander are lost” is displayed on a table along with piles of shoes, socks, and denim. Wooden crates and metal pipes house casual apparel and footwear in a room bathed in natural light coming from large windows. In-house men’s label, WanderWonder, The Superior Labor from Japan, Bexar Goods from Texas, and Viberg Boot from Canada join Japanese magazines and books in the store; there’s no reason why an average Joe can’t walk out decked head-to-toe in fine clothing and filled with food for thought.



HE DRESLYN’s philosophy on “Style before fashion” will have you rethinking your next online purchase. Its lineup of brands like Band of Outsiders, Helmut Lang, Rachel Comey, Theysken’s Theory, and Opening Ceremony ensure that you are “standing apart, but not alone.” One can never go wrong with a good mix of style, substance, and a pair of leather mules. - 19




TICKET HER Spike Jonze helms this film starring Joaquin Phoenix playing a lonely writer, who after a break-up, falls in love with an operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

AMERICAN HUSTLE David O. Rusell assembles recent collaborators Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner in this film about con artists who must work with a federal agent in order to take down volatile political operation. THAT AWKWARD MOMENT Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan take the lead in this bromantic comedy about three best friends navigating the many pitfalls of dating.

SHERLOCK SEASON 3 (PBS) After a two-year break, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are back to solve the most impossible mysteries this side of Britain while tying up the loose ends of Sherlock’s staged death, enduring Watson’s upcoming nuptials, and discovering just who will fill Moriarty’s shoes. Will it be Lars Mikkelsen’s Charles Augustus Magnussen? Only time (and three 90-minute episodes) will tell.

DOCTOR WHO CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (BBC) The yearly Doctor Who Christmas Special goes the extra mile (and the extra Doctor) this year as Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor goes on one last timey-wimey adventure with his companion Clara (Jenna Coleman)–facing off with a familiar foe in the Cybermen. This is the last episode for Matt Smith, and it will also mark the first appearance of the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor, played by The Thick of It’s Peter Capaldi.

TRUE DETECTIVE (HBO) Atmospheric and dark, the Cary Fukunaga-directed, Nic Pizzolatto-helmed anthological drama has Mathew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson playing two grim detectives constantly crossing paths during a 17year manhunt for a Louisiana serial killer. Rounding out the cast in supporting roles are Michelle Monaghan, Kevin Dunn, and Alexandra Daddario.


THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Ben Stiller directs and stars in this film adaptation of the James Thurber’s short story about a daydreaming office worker who finally sets out on a real adventure.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Based on Tracey Letts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, this ensemble drama follows a dysfunctional family who must face their inner turmoil amid their father’s death and their mother’s worsening cancer.

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I don’t know what drugs the director took to come up with such visuals but it all works for some strange, wonderful reason. Judd Figuerres (Filmmaker)



Up ‘til now, a lot of film writers and scholars still speculate on how Buñuel (in collaboration with Salvador Dali) came up with the images he presented in the film.

Adam Brody is a weed dealer in dreads.

SAFE (1995)


I personally think this is Julianne Moore’s strangest film character.

The score is amazing! When you listen to it closely, the musical score could be an AlunaGeorge track.

Words by Marty Arnaldo

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES The Channel 4 news team is back to see the boys (Will Farrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner) take New York’s first 24hour news channel by storm.



HOT OFF THE PRESS WALTER CHAPPELL Edited by Filippo Maggia An in-depth look into the works of unconventional 20th century American photographer Walter Chappell, this intimate monograph of spirituality reflects work from the 50s to the 70s, providing a fresh perspective on the photographer’s ouvre. It features 130 prints of his original works including the unfinished and previously unpublished series, World of Flesh.

LEAVING THE SEA: STORIES By Ben Marcus A showcase of Ben Marcus’s dynamic range and gift for storytelling, Leaving the Sea: Stories is a novel that delves into the experimental. From a onesentence story about one’s downward spiral into madness to an automaton finding love and reinventing its language to find a place for it, this collection offers a surrealistic take on the human psyche.

ANDY WARHOL: THE DAY THE FACTORY DIED By Christophe Von Hohenberg and Charlie Scheips


hotographer Christophe Von Hohenberg attended Andy Warhol’s memorial service on April 1, 1987 at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral and documented the social event for Vanity Fair. He later on compiled the photos and made a time capsule presenting stolen shots of the famous and infamous attendees including Yoko Ono, Diane von Furstenberg, and Roy Lichtenstein. Here are some vivid portraits on how they viewed Andy:

Words by Marty Arnaldo, Kathleen Curtis, and Angela de Dios

“Andy was my God of creation, invention, attention to the special people. All Andy ever really said to me is that he liked my work. That meant everything.” - Betsey Johnson, designer “Andy retained the ability to view life and appreciate its beauty through the eyes of a child. How lucky we all were that he shared his vision.” - Cornelia Guest, author and socialite

ILLUSTRATION NOW! FASHION Edited by Julius Wiedemann

“The truth though, was that Andy was everywhere. He was an icon, a vampire, a ghost who could pass through walls. Once night fell, if you were out in New York City, there was always a chance that you might cross paths with Andy… He was a mirror with a light emanating from it. To a large extent, that light drew me to New York and allowed me to believe that anything was possible.” - Jim Jarmusch, director and artist

A comprehensive collection of fashion illustrations from the 17th century to today, this celebratory compilation features work from over 90 artists around the globe including Ruben Toledo, Tanya Ling, and Jean Philippe Delhomme, as well as works from modern masters like Rene Gruau and Antonio Lopez.

FOOTNOTES As soon as Chappell built his home in New York in 1961, a fire destroyed the house and all of his photographic work to date including negatives and their corresponding prints.

Leaving the Sea was Ben Marcus’s first story collection since 1995. Realizing he wanted to write other kinds of stories, he cut the early work and added new ones.

Before Julius Wiedemann became the editor-incharge at TASCHEN Germany, he was an art editor for digital and design magazines in Tokyo. - 21





HIGH AS KITE Trond Bersu (Drummer)

KISS ME FRIDAY Pauline Nal (Drummer)

“Sweet Thing” Van Morrison Big influence on the album—I love the upright bass and the chimes.

“Guitar Man” Bread I just love the guitar sounds on this song.

“Pling!” Shuggie Otis I can vividly see a picture of a rainy day while listening to this.

“Ram On” Paul McCartney Strange instrumentation and playful sense of experimentation happening.

“Towers” Bon Iver Our heartaching soundtrack.

“The Glorious Land” PJ Harvey A big inspiration when we started writing songs for our debut.

“Hoppipolla” Sigur Ros The documentary Heima shows Sigur Ros playing all over Iceland to give back to the local Icelandic people.

“A New Wave to go by” The Deportees ft. Lykke Li Make us long for white beaches in the Pacific ocean.

“Crime of the Century” Supertramp The instrumental part with the deep sound of piano/drums/ violin then saxophone is just fabulous!

“2nd Law: Unsustainable” Muse Muse introduce dubstep in their own way, and the result sounds really good.

“Sympathetic Noose” Black Rebel Motorcycle Club I like the countryside of this album.

“Run Boy Run” Woodkid I really enjoy his sound identity, which is incomparable to any other.


The Eleventh Doctor goes a little bit crazy as Matt Smith kills and sings in American Psycho: The Musical. An adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 thriller, it sees Smith play Patrick Bateman in his descent toward the spiral of insanity.

We’ve got turbulence as Steve Aoki headlines Sonic Carnival Feast on Sound in the MOA grounds. With a lineup featuring the likes of Yolanda Moon, Razorback, and Up Dharma Down together with the DJ Euric, DJ Hendrix, and Laidback Luke, it’s sure going to be one hell of a ride.



may be a teeny tiny pixel in the gigantic picture— which I truly believe I have yet to grasp—that is Filipino music, but it’s a blessing to be part of it,” says Andrew Florentino aka iamtheBGNR. Trying to go solo after finding success with his

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band Actually Not Here is a pretty ballsy move but what’s important to Andrew is finding what aspect he hasn’t explored yet. “I had more freedom to experiment, and I worked on my own time. There were also sounds and ideas I wanted to explore but

couldn’t do within the context of ANH,” he says. For now, he’s not going to sweat the small stuff and would rather just take things one step at a time. “I like to live life gig by gig. I’m not one who plans long-term, which may sound like a bad thing to some people, but it works for me. I do have goals like releasing a couple of successful albums and maybe getting to play a music festival, but I’m not expecting anything. What comes, comes.” He’s not expecting anything, but we have high expectations for this beginner.

Kick things off with a Grammy nomination concert in LA featuring performances by fun., Ne-Yo, Maroon 5, and The Who. It’s awards season once again, and it’s a fight to the finish to see who will reign supreme in the music world.

Words by Marty Arnaldo iamtheBGNR photo by Nikki Ruiz


TEC H PACK LEICA C • Fitted with a 7x zoom lens, ensuring sharp pictures with outstanding contrast • Integrated with Wi-Fi so images and videos can be transferred to smart phones and tablets • Records video in full HD quality • Uses a 12.1 MP 1/1.7” MOS Sensor SRP: P30,170

GOPRO HERO3+ BlACK EDITION • Captures up to 12 megapixel photos and supports 4K, 2.7K, 1440p & 1080p video • Uses a low-light sensor that automatically adjusts the frame rate and exposure according to the context • Updated with 30% longer battery life • Contains built in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi enabled remote with a 600 ft transmission range SRP: P17,240


Snap it, work it, quick-erase it.

SONY ALPHA NEX-5T • Shoots up to 10 fps with fast Hybrid AF with face detection • Features built-in Wi-Fi and NFC • DSLR performance with 16.1 MP APS-C sensor • Built with a 180° tiltable touchscreen SRP: P29,700

FUJIFILM FINEPIX XP200 • Equipped with four-way protections • Waterproof to 50 ft, shockproof to 6.6 ft, freeze proof to 14°F, and dustproof • Wi-Fi enabled for instant sharing with smart phones and tablets • Features advanced filters such as pop color, toy camera, miniature, soft focus, partial color, and cross screen SRP: P12,940



DJAY 2 By Algoriddim

Choose from 16,000 players, 600 teams, and 33 leagues. This app packs all features included in the gaming console.

Creates 16-second video clips by mixing various footage. Supports a pastiche of clips up to one hour in length.

Full-featured DJ app with traditional classic twin record decks that allow scratching records as if it’s the real deal. - 23

FAC E PA I N T Estée Lauder Holiday Compact Collection 2013 Lovely Ladybug Pleasures Solid Perfume P13,000


Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Red Carpet P1,350

Sweet red kisses always leave a mark under the mistletoe.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-InPlace Lipstick in Stay Raspberry P1,300

MAC RiRi Holiday Nail Lacquer in RiRi Woo P830

Bobbi Brown Holiday Gift Giving Sequin Shimmer Brick Eye Palette P2,700

MAC RiRi Holiday Eye Shadow in Phresh Out P1,290 MAC Divine Night Lipstick in Prepare For Pleasure P1,100

MAC RiRi Holiday Double-Ended Brush P1,980

Bobbi Brown Holiday Gift Giving Date Night Lip & Eye Palette P2,000

MAC Divine Night Cremesheen Glass in Prepare For Pleasure P1,265 Bobbi Brown High Heels Lip Color in Old Hollywood P1,500

MAC Stroke Of Midnight Smoky Eye Brush Kit P4,000

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Bobbi Brown Holiday Gift Giving Date Night Lip & Eye Palette P2,000

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Words by Zoe Laurente Model photo by Fernando Colon


ood old services make a comeback with the re-launch of HAIR PHILOSOPHIE BY JING MONIS. The Salcedo space—adorned with brick walls, wooden planks, dangling chandeliers, and an endless display of full-length mirrors—may look different but expect the same warm vibe once you set foot inside. Services ranging from cuts to color remain to be its area of expertise. In-house stylists will walk you through treatments with tailor-made consultations, making sure you leave the salon looking your best. 117 Tordesillas St. Salcedo Village Makati City, Philippines - 25

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Having just released his new book, A Year in the Life of FaceHunter, street fashion photographer Yvan Rodic proves his eye for style one snap at a time.

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Shoko Yamashita shows us how to dress in Comme Des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto.

There’s nothing comfier than a pair of worn-in boyfriend shorts.

Dutch blogger Sabrina Meijer goes all noir by pairing a sharp tailored blazer with slim trousers.

Street style photos courtesy of and

Architect Julia Villamonte goes for a safari-themed get-up.

TOMBOY chic Ladies, show who the real boss is and ditch the skimpy girly girl outfits. Channel your inner tomboy style in Steven Alan’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection. By JP Singson

Swedish stylist Hilda Sandström channels Annie Hall by donning her favorite navy pinstripe suit.

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In the Company of Wolves Photographed by Yoshimichi Saiki Styled by Kichiro Koike

top by Beauty and Youth skirt by American Rag Cie

sweater by Actuel leggings by Beams shoes by Isabel Marant

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jacket by Journal Standard riding pants by Journal Standard shoes by Atmos sunglasses by Nano Universe

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jacket by Adam et Rope’ top by Beams skirt by American Rag Cei necklace by Journal Standard belt and ring by Vis leggings by Uniqlo - 35

sweater by Beams skirt by Adam et Rope’ leggings by Rohmir beanie by Rike Feurstein glasses by Beams

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coat by Beams dress by Snidel boots by Avirex

Hair and Makeup Troy Dabski of Bigoudi Assistant Photographer Kaho Kiatayama Model Regina M of Modelwerk - 37

Photographed by Shaira Luna Styled by Zoe Laurente

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cropped top by Forever 21 jacket by Zoe Laurente shorts by Forever 21 necklace by Firma sunglasses by H&M shoes by Suite Blanco

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romper by Topshop earrings by Firma sunglasses by Firma shoes by Charles & Keith

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sweater by Warehouse jacket by Miss Selfridge skirt by Ever New necklace by Firma

Makeup Hanna Pechon of Shu Uemura Hair Jandra Barbiera Model Katie P. of Elite Manila Location Joaquin’s Bed and Breakfast, Tagaytay - 43

shirt by Topman pants by Bench cap by S/S Goods shoes by Sole Service

R O O M SERVICE photographed by NICK ST. JAMES styled by LORIS PEÑA

button-down by S/S Goods pants by Bershka shoes by Sole Service

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blazer by Bench shirt by Topman pants by Oxygen shoes by Sole Service

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blazer by Randy Ortiz button-down by S/S Goods

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Laid-Back Boy

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RATED CHILL The laid-back dude never tries too hard. Comfort is key.

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Brooks Brothers Fall/Winter 2013

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City Boy

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CONCRETE JUNGLE The city never sleeps and so does he.

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Tommy Hilfiger Fall/Winter 2013

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Posh Boy

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UPPER CLASS He may be teased as posh but he just appreciates the luxury of life.

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Aldo [P1,495] Celio [P595]

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Bershka [P1,790]

Tommy Hilfiger Fall/Winter 2013

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Boy Next Door

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HOME SLICE Always on the go, the boy next door shuffles from camping, trekking, and playing sports.

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Retro Girl

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You go retro girl, you swing those hips, don those vintage prints, and walk those heels.

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Mara Hoffman Fall/Winter 2013

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P r e pp y G i r l Bond No.9 New York Manhattan Eau de Parfum (2.3oz) [P12,515]

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Uptight as she may be, this true blue prep just wants warmth and a brand new knitted cardigan.

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Tory Burch Fall/Winter 2013

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Bad Girl

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Guerlain Violette de Madame Gloss d’Enfer in Madame Fascine [P1,390]

Forever 21 [P2,995]

BREAKING BAD She’s a bad gal and she knows it, but here’s to hoping you do, too.

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Promod [P1,995]

Zara [P5,990]

Vince Camuto [P7,450]

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Penshoppe [P749]

Kaufman Franco Fall/Winter 2013

Forever 21 [P905]

Uptown Girl Forever 21 [P385]

Aldo [P1,295]

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UPTOWN CHIC Expect good gifts from this Park Ave. princess who leaves nothing out of her shopping list.

Zara [P2,795]

Tory Burch Fall/Winter 2013

LG PD221 [P7,990]

Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum (3.3oz) [P4,542] Kate Spade [P25,450] Forever 21 [P1,299]

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WINNING WARRIOR Fresh from her A Détacher NYFW debut, 22-year-old Kawerau native DANIELLE HAYES is making her mark in the city that never sleeps. Igniting fresh perspective, there is nothing Dani would advise to her future self other than to give her “a slap on the face without any explanation.” She’s admittedly weird like that. By Kathleen Curtis Photographed by Riccardo Ulpts and Jason Setiawan


anielle Hayes admits, “I come across as a very hard and staunch person but once you get past that, I am the most comedic and happy person to be around.” Her future looks as rich as her favorite Great Gatsby soundtrack on repeat.

LINES AND DOTS The Māori tattoo I have symbolizes my grandmother who I lost in late 2011. The design originally was in the shape of a circle but later changed to a triangle. I worked alongside my tattoo artist to create a design that was original, unique, meaningful, and visually appealing. It’s my favorite tattoo of the lot for sure.

TRUTH OR DARE Growing up, I had a fear of heights and it was also displayed on New Zealand’s Next Top Model in one of the episodes. Thankfully, I have overcome that fear now and love a good view from above. Is it

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weird that whenever I’m on a plane, I think how cool it’d be to jump out of it at that moment with a parachute?

BACKUP PLAN I never thought I would be a fashion model! I thought I was going to go to university, get my degree, and then travel. I’ve loved photography since I was a youngin’ so I’ve had dreams to photograph my way around the world. I’m kinda doing that now just on the other side of the camera.

ROAD TRIPPIN’ There’s more to New Zealand than just Auckland City. Hire a snazzy rental van and drive around the country. It won’t take you long to see most of New Zealand as it’s not a very big country, but it definitely is beautiful.


After a listless third album and a hiatus, it seemed like the end had FRANZ FERDINAND. Luckily, that was case as the boys snap back to form Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right

four-year come for not the with the Action.

By Marty Arnaldo Photographed by Andy Knowles


four-year rest was just what Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar), Bob Hardy (bass guitar), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards), and Paul Thomson (drums) needed to recharge their batteries and reclaim their rightful fame. Nick tells us, “Writing the songs together [is] what we do quite well, and I think we should keep on writing.” Expressing the likes of suburban parties into modern poetry, the Glaswegian post-punk outfit has always been lyrically gifted. Singing strains of “We are bored / We are married / We are young / On the edge of the city / The edge of ambrosia / Rolls upon rolls upon / Rolls upon the tongue,” their music embodies a fun and carefree subculture that owns the night (and every other part of the day). At the same time, their anthems are not just about the wasted youth—they are about the beauty of reckless abandon.

Nick explains, “I’m very happy with [Right Thoughts Right Words, Right Action]. It’s a very positive record that gives a good message. You can listen to it and have a good time. I’ve listened to it a few times as well, and there’s a few hidden things. If you listen to the record [well enough], you might hear something you didn’t in the first listen.” It’s a justifiable statement, given the band’s penchant for wry wit, demonstrated in lyrics like “Right Action” (Sometimes wish you were here, weather permitting) and “Treason! Animals.” (I’m in love with the narcissist / And I know, though the mirror told me / I’m in love with my nemesis). It’s really no wonder Nick and the rest of the crew are having a ball. “[Playing them together] feels right; it feels good—good for me.” The frolic keeps rolling with “Evil Eye” and its Queenian feel. “Stand on the Horizon,” is like a musical wave with an intro that lets you float, a middle that gets you moving, and an end that lays you down as gently as it picked you up.

“It’s important to have a little bit of dirt into your music. With emphasis on guitar riffs and hooks, there’s still no taking away anything from Alex’s unmistakable vocals and Paul’s stellar drumming. Franz Ferdinand’s music makes you want to get funky—although Nick admits that as much as he enjoys stealing moves from Soul Train and people online, it’s still important to have a bit of a dark side. It’s the fact that they don’t mind getting wild and messy that makes their music so appealing. “It’s important to have a little bit of dirt into your music,” he says. Dirt, however, does not translate to trashy behavior as the band’s lifestyle remains

grounded. “We don’t hate [on it], but it’s just a bit stupid. I’ve been in one fight my whole life, and I think I’ve only ever hit one guy. I’ve been hit a lot… [the band and I] take hits quite well.” Take that statement and flip it to describe their musical career, and you’ve got it just about right. @Franz_Ferdinand - 63


With their debut Silence Yourself pricking 2013’s indie bubble, SAVAGES continue to shut the world up from all its crippling noise. Their shows’ rules: No instagramming, no video, no tweets. What’s left then is that rattling realization that life is but a scream. By Kristine Dabbay

You did a Sonic Simultaneous poem with Bo Ningen titled “Words to the Blind” last May. Have you ever done something like this before? It was while we were recording our album that Johnny Hostile (producer of our album along with Rodaidh McDonald) was imagining Savages and Bo Ningen playing at the same time. So we wrote a 40 minute-piece based on the idea of the simultaneous poetry created by Hugo Ball in 1916—the voice against the world, each sound vying for its own position, working against and with each other.


hile the rest of the world zig, Jehnny Beth (vocals), Gemma Thompson (guitars), Ayse Hassan (bass), and Fay Milton (drums) of Savages zag through the slithery sheen of the music scene. They would rather unsubscribe from trends and come up with an original approach to songwriting. Comparisons to Patti Smith, Joy Division, and Siouxsie and the Banshees, among other acts associated to the post-punk era are inevitable, but Savages manage to define their sound and mission with manifesto gravity. As STATUS catches up with Gemma, she says, “I can’t really speak for other bands or contemporary music in general, but I think many bands miss an intent behind what they are doing and integrity to themselves.” If anybody can “Shut Up” the world, it’s got to be them. After all, human behavior validate their verity: “And I’m cold, and I’m stubborn… leaden like a bullet to the sun.” Your live shows have been known to deliver life-affirming sets,

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what do you think makes your lives so different from other bands? From our first rehearsals together, we only thought of writing for a live environment. It seems like a simple thing to say, but I think it requires a certain kind of energy, a physicality when you know what you have written is only completed through a live performance. There is quite a primal, primitive energy required with such a set-up. You have varying artistic influences such as filmmaking and poetry. How do these affect your music? Each of us has different influences and comes from different backgrounds, but we inform each other continuously. It is hard to close in to individual influences, but much of the influence is from the intent behind the action, music, and word.

In your search for different ways of performing music, what has been the most interesting performance yet? During one of our early shows, we played in a wooden cage in a warehouse just on the outskirts of Manchester, surrounded by the audience—their limbs stretching through the bars above us. It was only a small space, with just 150 people, but it’s such an intense experience that we have always sought ways to recreate it by performing “in the round,” surrounded by the audience. Emancipation seems to play a big part in your creative process. What’s with your fascination with emancipation? By playing this kind of music, you are already seeking your own idea of emancipation, you are trying to find out more about yourself, the time and place that you live in to free yourself from restrictions and distractions. We use repetition in word and music; there is this idea of an exorcism though repetition, an understanding of yourself. Genesis P-Orridge, through the group Psychic TV, and the writer Henri Michaux are interesting influences for this idea.

The band is getting back together After the Disco as Shins frontman James Mercer and artist-producer Danger Mouse collaborate once more for their indie rock outfit BROKEN BELLS. Boogie on to some beats that will get you to cloud nine.

Britney Jean is feeling more comfortable in her own skin as BRITNEY SPEARS is once again on the rise. This work has one piece of advice for you: “Work Bitch.”

It might seem Like It Never Happened with Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter ELIZABETH & THE CATAPULT; but don’t worry, with the new album put together with a little help from friends like Sara Bareilles and Reggie Watts, you won’t be forgetting her any time soon. Rave Tapes, MOGWAI’s eighth studio album, releases sonic and textured guitar riffs and solid electronic beats for a slow burn of a record.


KITTEN do covers by The Smiths and New Order and have a 17-year-old frontwoman who could just be your next new proverbial It girl. They’re about to release their full length album this 2014. They land in all fours; make sure you don’t miss the shake. By Bea Del Rosario Interview by Rita Faire Photographed by Shanna Fisher Hair and Makeup Gina Ribisi


he term “cool cats” is an understatement. Besides LAbased Kitten actually having all the grime, goods, and rock music genius to keep them in the airwaves for years to come, frontwoman Chloe Chaidez already embodies staying power, having been a bassist in a band at age 10. We talk to her about the 80s and discuss the fact that today’s trends seem to be headed (back) there. “I think because so much has been done musically over the past 70 years in popular music, there is an audience and place for every genre right now,” she says. “And that is the beauty and the curse.” How do you feel about the label, “retro?” I don’t know. When I think of the word “retro,” I think of a Mark Ronson record or a bunch of dudes dressed up in bell bottoms and flower print shirts like they’re from the 60s. I think we’re trying to make clever and thoughtful pop music, and because of that, a lot of our music end up sounding “retro” because a lot of our influences are from the past—a time, I feel, when pop music had a lot of integrity. You guys have a lot of 80s music influences—even your band name

is a throwback to classic retro names like Blondie. I’ve been inspired by so many aspects of the 80s for the past couple of years. I’m not sure if I’m a huge fan of “80s culture,” but just so many of my favorite bands emerged at that time. A lot of singers from the 80s weren’t afraid of challenging their voices and getting into a character while they sang. I find that very inspiring. I also feel there was very clever and brilliantly choreographed production happening in the 80s that was groundbreaking for pop music. Production-wise, it doesn’t get any better than “West End Girls” or Tears for Fears’s “Songs from the Big Chair.” The sound and attention to detail is still inspiring. Tell us about your earliest/ fondest memory related to 80s music. Hearing the Eurythmics’s “Sweet Dreams” for the first time was a very intense moment for me. The song had a lot of impact—in part because I was so young. It was eerie, uncomfortable, and fascinating all at once. I didn’t have the slightest clue how someone could possibly create that music. I could digest the classic rock my dad used to play me—a guitar and a long-haired dude singing—but “Sweet Dreams”

“A lot of our music end up sounding ‘retro’ because a lot of our influences are from the past—a time, I feel, when pop music had a lot of integrity.” sounded like it had been produced by aliens. Later on, to my surprise, I found that it wasn’t created by aliens at all was but was in fact just a four on the floor kick and a keyboard bass. A lot of musical icons often find their way into becoming style icons as well—David Bowie, Patti Smith, Karen O, etc. How would you guys describe your style? My personal style is usually just a reflection of what I’ve been into lately. I’ve been

really into Helmut Newton’s work and Madonna’s imagery and aesthetic back in her “Justify My Love” days, so I think a lot of that has been seeping into my personal style. @kittentheband

Natural Instincts

Five trends in music Chloe wishes would just die. House-influenced top 40 and R&B music

“Because the correlation between house and Top 40/R&B just doesn’t make sense to me.”

“Chanty” acoustic bands with no lead singer

“In part because I can’t find the frontman, and everyone in the band is just a little too happy when the chorus hits.”

Hipster white guys making R&B records

“Because they can’t hide the fact that Grizzly Bear is their favorite band and not R. Kelly.”

White girl rapper Youtube sensations “Because they’re just not talented.”

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Once Bitten

Louisiana natives ROYAL TEETH should be in your iPod. Put it under your “Awwww” playlist, because that’s exactly how they assault your senses. By Niche Dumlao


ombining saccharine pop hooks and teen movie sweetness, Royal Teeth produce a rich blend of tender melodies and catchy choruses perfect for sunny strolls and lazy lounging. But by instilling that homegrown Southern heart on their sleeve, vocalist/guitarist Gary Larsen, vocalist Nora Patterson, bassist Joshua Wells, percussionist Josh Hefner, guitarist Stevie Billeaud, and vocalist/ keyboardist/percussionist Andrew Poe create something that is innately theirs. “We carry the spirit of Louisiana wherever we go. We want every Royal Teeth show to feel like a party. Once we are all onstage and the crowd is into it, we just feed off

each other’s energy. It creates some very special moments.” Not quite dance, not quite synth-pop, their music succeeds by being accessible. “Our goal then was to make a great album. I think we achieved that. Our goal now is getting it into as many people’s hands as possible. Ultimately, we want to take this as far as it can go,” Gary shares. And it seems that the band is on the right path with Glow. Having made waves in festivals such as South by Southwest and CMJ Music Marathon, plus getting the attention of bigwigs like CNN, Buick, and FOX, Royal Teeth may be near into hitting it really big. But no matter how bright the glow of the future is, the band prefers to take it

in gradually. Gary shares, “We are pretty calm people normally. We just like to let loose onstage. We laugh about it a lot ‘coz we are the farthest thing from traditional ‘rockstars.’ We clean up a green room after using it rather than thrashing it. Hef runs our social media, and it gives us a better chance of getting to know our fans as much as possible… We don’t want to over-analyze the process. We want to enjoy it. There are some sacrifices we know we have to make doing this for a living but it’s well worth it. We are a very determined group.” @royalteethmusic

Because the Internet proved that Donald Glover aka CHILDISH GAMBINO is as serious about hip-hop as he is about comedy by scaling down on his Community work load to focus on music.

It’s all Mind After Matter for California-based rock band Young the Giant. Despite experimenting with different sounds for their second album, they’re as focused and ready as they could ever be.

Punch, Drunk, Love It wasn’t all about sex, drugs, and alcohol for independent rock band IMELDA. Making their debut EP meant having to manually burn and label each CD for two nights straight. “You could call it a labor of love,” jokes bassist and backing vocalist Diego Manzano. Good thing love begets its own rewards.

Ready the battle drums and the Warpaint for WARPPAINT’s self-titled album. With R&B and rap playing a big influence on its tone, the record will get your body moving and blood pumping.

By Angela de Dios Photographed by Andrew Apuya Location Revolver Studios, Inc.


iego Manzano, Jam Pascual (vocals), and Vincci Santiago (guitars) have been playing together since 2nd year high school—although back then, they still called themselves Pulburon. It wasn’t until right before college that they decided to go in a different direction—moving away from their self-described post-hardcore inspirations à la A Day To Remember and Saosin—to a more “bluesy, hard rock” sound. Changing their band name along with their music, they also

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recruited Miguel Feria (guitars) and Nas Ignacio (drums, percussion), forming what is now known as Imelda. Their self-titled EP boasts rock tracks with aggressive tones and headbangworthy drumbeats reminiscent of old school rock bands–thus individualizing them from contemporaries and peers, not just in the Metro but around the world as well. Imelda are as real as they get, performing songs based on personal experiences with a “no holds

barred“ honesty that doesn’t hold back from intentionally raw themes and in-your-face lyrics. Diego refers to their song “Douchebag” as “a glorified complaint aimed at glorified macho fucks who don’t know how to check their privilege” while he describes “Great Wall” as “a song about the challenges that come with trying to court girls from strict, traditional Chinese families.” You can’t say they don’t know how to get their point across. @officialimelda

Have fun as you try to Join the Dots through the haze and daze of TOY’s psychedelic sound. With steady and heavy guitar riffs and beats accompanying stellar vocals from Tom Dougall, you’ll definitely see the bigger picture.

SEX PISTOLS Meet photographer JOHANN BONA. His (camera) flash meets flashing girls as he frames still moments that mix monkey business with business class. By Zoe Laurente


here’s no doubt that sex sells. The female form is a work of art and everyone in the fashion industry has done his part to capture their beauty from dressing them in frocks to stripping them down to their lacy lingerie. Johann Bona immortalizes ladies embracing their commercialized hyper-femininity. “Women are a work of art. I’m just here to photograph moments of it,” he says. It’s impossible to tear yourself away once you’ve locked eyes with the gorgeous women staring back from the other end of his photos. And after a successful head start in his career outside the country, Johann seeks thrill in Manila saying that “life is too short to be bland and safe, anyway.” All he really wants is some room for creative freedom. “A great portfolio is only one step,” says Johann whose contact sheet boasts works with Nylon Guys, GQ Brazil, Juxtapoz, and High Snobiety , to name a few. Having been born and raised in the Philippines, it wasn’t until he decided to study in Istituto Marangoni in Milan that the ball got rolling. Starting out with a knack for art photography, he turned his attention to fashion after getting commissioned shoots. “People go out of their way to endorse you,” he says about what he liked most about working in Toronto, adding, “if they believe in you, expect a mountain full of opportunities.” Does sex really sell? Yeah, sex does sell, without a doubt. A perfect example would be Tom Ford’s genius during his stay at Gucci. The brand was on its way out but because of his controversial ad campaigns, it became the Gucci we know today.

Do you remember the first time you ever held a camera? I don’t think I can remember the first time I held a camera, but I can recall my first shoot way before I realized I wanted to be a photographer. When I was doing my undergrad, I had to do a fashion shoot for one of my classes. At that time I thought the images looked brilliant, only years later that I realized they were probably the worst photographs I’ve ever taken! What made you decide to make the move from Manila to Milan to pursue a career in fashion photography? Actually, I didn’t start off in fashion. I started out wanting to be a fine art photographer. I’ve always admired the careers of Ryan McGinley, Juergen Teller, and David LaChapelle. But then, paid fashion projects came in so I ended up putting my focus on that; which doesn’t mean I was forced into it. Both fashion and art photography have their merits. They even fuse all the time. What I like about art is the freedom to create anything you desire without the subconscious need to satisfy or impress anybody.


We rank Johann’s dream girls from sizzle to scorch. Handle with caution. You wouldn’t want to burn yourself Emily Ratajkowski Daria Werbowy Kate Moss Lara Stone Anais Pouliot Cara Delevingne

Any plans for 2014? First, I’ve been investing time in my personal work so expect a gallery show or maybe a book down the road. Second, expect to see more images made in Milan. The brand I recently worked with loved the ad campaign I did for them so they expressed intention in hiring me again. Lastly, more editorials!

Tell us about your muse. I’ve only had one real muse. Her name is Claudia, she’s Peruvian-Canadian. I met her when I was just starting out. Years after, we were still working together on my personal projects up until I left Toronto. She’s gorgeous and very down to earth. Best of all, she’s one of the boys. When I’m photographing her, it really feels like we’re just hanging out. - 67



STOP/MOTION It’s been more than a year since we interviewed filmmaker JUDD FIGUERRES. Back then, he was photographer Charles Buenconsejo’s apprentice. Now, he steps out of the shadows and comes to light with his own body of work and name to back him up. By Rita Faire

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espite hanging out in shoots, meeting socially, and occasionally chatting in the office, it had been almost a year since Judd Figuerres came to STATUS on the premise of an interview. Fresh off his collaboration with Proudrace, December 2011 saw Judd as part of our online exclusive story on rising talents who mentored under their own personal Yodas. Now it’s still early days for Judd who isn’t in any hurry. Life is treating him well and he’s looking to take this road one day at a time—or in this case, one afternoon doughnut at a time. Hey Judd, how are you? I was just eating my afternoon doughnut while watching a talent search for lesbians. Life is good! It’s weird that we’ve talked so much but we’ve never asked you how you got into this whole thing. I never really grew up experiencing films as art; it was merely entertainment for me. When I was kid, my uncle owned a video rental shop back in my hometown, and I would hang there during weekends. It was always

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a movie marathon, and I remember watching everything from JeanClaude Van Damme to Jolina Magdangal. My decision to pursue it as a career was 50% passion and 50% timing. When I graduated from the UP Film Institute in 2011, HD cameras were becoming more and more accessible for everyone, and it was slowly changing the whole film landscape. I shot my whole thesis using a Canon 7D—it might sound normal now but a few years back, DSLRs were still experimental. I saw the potential of digital [and fashion] videography and when Proudrace asked me to shoot their motion lookbook. I immediately said yes. From then on, I never stopped. You’ve been doing a lot of collaborations with fellow artists and brands. My greatest fear as an artist is to be stagnant. I don’t want my (he)art to rest, I want it to be perpetually dynamic. Collaboration feeds my creativity. It’s rare to find people who fully understand where I’m coming from and collaborating with these people helps me ground whatever it is

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I’m doing. It helps me grow. It’s also a nice avenue for constructive criticism. Your training with Charles Buenconsejo discouraged you from too much post-processing (if any). Do you still believe in the purity of the moment captured at the right time with the right settings? It’s about the illusion you want to portray. As an artist, you have to be decisive and very wary of your execution. Postprocessing is not bad but it has to be justified and must be used with taste. Filmmaking is all about careful orchestrations of a lot of factors, and each concept requires a certain kind

of balance. The concept of purity of the captured moment is more applicable to still images or to a particular film genre like the documentary. Fashion always favored manufactured imagery. I like it ‘cause it’s always a challenge. What kind of stories do you want to tell? I like to celebrate the youth! If given a chance, I want to be young, wild, and free forever. I want my audience to appreciate it and celebrate it also.



After leaving his native soil to study and work in the Continent, actor BEN SCHNETZER unwittingly digs deeper to find his roots and discover that crossing Atlantic doesn’t mean leaving his identity behind. By Rita Faire Photographed by David Sheldrick Styled by Alexandra Greenhill Grooming Jennie Roberts


ew Yorkers have this reputation of being loud and proud of their Big Apple residency. From their walk to their talk; their pride in their pizza (and their loathing of Chicago’s pretender pies), their innate knowledge of the subway system and their uncanny ability to get cabs—you know a New Yorker from a mile away; they might as well be wearing an I ♥ NYC T-shirt with a New York Mets cap. That, however, is not the case for NY-native Ben Schnetzer; if anything, people find it hard to believe he’s one. On the set of his upcoming film Posh, Ben admitted to “spending the whole time, on and off camera, speaking in an English accent.” The cast of London lads and ladies—including Max Irons, Natalie Dormer, Holliday Grainger, and Douglas Booth, among others—were completely fooled. Film co-star and recent STATUS cover boy Sam Claflin even admitted, “It took about five weeks of filming before I even knew he was American. Spot on English accent!” We mentioned it to Ben, and he laughed it off, saying, “It made the wrap party quite fun, realizing some of the crew had no idea where I was from.” His accent isn’t the only thing that that throws people off. Looking at the list of Ben’s upcoming roles—including an Oxbridge frat boy in Posh, a Jewish bare-knuckle fighter in The Book Thief, and an Irish gay activist in Pride—you’d think that it was the body of work of a young British actor, not a kid from the boroughs. But looks (or

in this case, accents) can be deceiving, and Ben has as much New York in him as Woody Allen and Carrie Bradshaw. “As excited as I am to be able to work so much in the UK, it wasn’t until I moved here that I realized how much of a New Yorker I actually am,” says Ben. “I thought making the move would make me feel much more European, but it was just the opposite! Being from New York has really become a palpable part of my identity whenever I work abroad, which is something I’m quite proud of.” Recalling the sights and sounds of his Yankee years, Ben says, “Growing up in such a cinematic city has certainly had an impact on my desire to pursue this profession. There’s tangible inspiration everywhere you go, and for me, it seemed like a very natural choice to make.” Combining that with English education from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and he’s achieved a unique blend of European craftsmanship with American intuitiveness—something he hopes will lead him to dream roles some time in the future. “I’d love to play [American jazz musician] Chet Baker if a

film were ever to be made about him.” Whether films flop in the box office or rise in the awards circuit (The Book Thief being one of those hopefuls), all Ben wants to do is be a part of what the up-and-coming generation of filmmakers have to offer. “It

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SHOOT TO THRILL When not done right, redefining a band’s aesthetic could be dangerous. It could either go well (just ask queen of reinvention Madonna) or could shatter your credibility (R.I.P. The Black Eyed Peas). But if it’s music video director ADAM POWELL who suggests it, then you know it’s all good. By Reena Mesias


hey were good, but now they sold out.” This criticism is usually at the top YouTube comments backed by many thumbs up. Take The Black Eyed Peas, for instance. They recruited Fergie and gained the pop charts, but they lost their credibility as a hip-hop group in the same swing. No doubt this kind of cautionary tale went through Manchester indie rock band The 1975’s mind when music director Adam Powell suggested that they shake things up and go from black and white—which is the staple palette of all their clothes, photos, artwork, promotional materials, and music videos—to full color. At the start of the rainbow-filled music video for “Girls,” The 1975 lead singer Matthew Healy complains, “Everything’s totally wrong. It’s too… pop. We’re not a pop band… It’s not really what we’re about. It needs to be black and white for a start.” All part of the bit, though. In real life, the band didn’t really have any qualms with the stylistic change. Never the less, it sparked controversy; fans thought the band was “conforming to a record company’s wishes.” Clearly, they weren’t in on the joke. First of all, it was cheeky and subversive; Adam argues that they were making fun of how people see the music industry and music video directors. It was a response to people’s “response” about the colored “Sex” music video, which Adam also directed. “‘Sex’ being in color was a huge debate, honestly. It was something the band had to consider very carefully—I just presented both versions, and the colored version was truer to the style and to what we set out to do.”

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That’s how Adam Powell does it. “I’ve been in bands all my life and there’s nothing that upsets me more than the idea of a band not having a video they are happy with—which is why ‘Girls’ is so funny to me—I would never do that to a band! I always tell my artists they don’t have to do anything they don’t want to. They have to trust me! That’s important, and obviously we’re all going to have to work hard, but the artist has to be into it, otherwise there’s no point,” he says. It’s more than just the “Korine-style” visuals of his videos that inspire trust from bands he works with. It’s also his knack for making narrative music videos. “Stories play an important part in our culture,” he explains. “They allow other people to have experience they may not otherwise have had. In his video for Example’s “Say Nothing,” a young couple enjoys a desert’s emptiness. And the one for Jamie T’s “Sticks and Stones” shows him looking for trouble in London’s suburbs. I ask what makes a great story. “Emotion, I think,” he answers. “That the audience feels your story. Honesty. Personal truth.” To make a great story, Adam would go as far as floating a camera out on a bit of Polyboard into the middle of the sea. But in this day and age when people go to a music store to buy tracks and not music videos, are all of these worth it? “The purpose of [music videos] is to inspire, to show people new things, to open debates and inspire new ways of thinking, to expand consciousness,” he says. Although technically, it exists to sell records, Adam says, “We’re not allowed to take them 100% seriously, you know? It’s a blessing and a curse.”

“Girls” featuring The 1975

Adam prepares for the future by writing his own projects and exploring options for shorts and features. “I’m taking it as it comes,” he says. “For me, the excitement comes from the music.” And music gets even more exciting because of his art.



“I do have my doubts about blogging and can’t say I’m always proud to be a blogger,” admits LAURA ALLARD-FLEISCHL. Although she’s famous for her blog, Ponyhunter, she’d rather be a photographer whose body of work is worth blogging about. By Reena Mesias


hese days, everyone with satisfactory selfie is a “model,” while everyone with an H&M top, camera, and internet connection is a “blogger.” The common denominator being that they are all self-proclaimed. While Laura Allard-Fleischl has more than the means and cred to be both, she denies being either. “I never post OOTDs on Instagram or social media sites,” Laura laughs—which is funny because if there’s any OOTD out there actually worth putting on the net, it’s hers. She would rather just post a “high quality” selfie than document all her Dries Van Notens and Ksubis. She says, “Maybe that’s because I’m a photographer.” It’s not an empty claim, either. Laura has done several exclusive collaborations with online retail store Nasty Gal as well as shoots with Oyster online, IMG Models, and Next Models. What do you enjoy about people? I like how varied people are—how they may have complete opposite personality traits, but still be equally as awesome as each other. How much of your personal style reflects onto your photos? I style about 98% of my shoots. Unless it’s for editorial content, I find it easiest to use my own clothes, so I’d say a lot of my personal style reflects on them. Did you have to sneak illegally into places for shoots? Not exactly, I’ve shot places that I’m sure I wasn’t technically allowed to shoot before, but no one has ever stopped me and there has never been any ‘sneaking’

involved. I miss the freedom you have for locations in New Zealand, I used to love hopping in the car and driving a few hours to a little seaside town and shooting at the beach. I quote you, “I like too many things to ever really choose just one generalization.” What are the things you’re into now? It changes by the day. I’m feeling flat shoes, short shorts, and fuzzy jumpers today. I never wear heels. They say good shoes take you to good places. What takes you to good place? The train took me to Brighton last weekend, that was a pretty fantastic place. [Laughs] We ate veggie burgers with fries, explored the streets and little vintage stores, bought trinkets, danced on the pier, and people watched, then got tipsy on cheap cocktails in little side street cafes until it was time to train home again. Why do you choose to be a “ponyhunter?” It’s an old name that was part of a personal joke. It had nothing to do with ponies or hunting. I would do almost anything to be able to go back in time and change the name, but it’s been too long and I’ve built a following around that name, so guess I’m stuck with it now. - 71

TOILET HUMOR MAURIZIO CATTELAN summons laughter in the dark by acclimating audiences to emotional murder and vanity blunders via TOILETPAPER ’s anally rollicking taste for toxic imagery. By Kristine Dabbay

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Concepts and image by TOILETPAPER

In moments of absurdity, everything is laughable. Capturing that duress where logic fails and senses prevail is a feat performed only by the best tricksters. Enter Italian provocateur Maurizio Cattelan and his collaborator Pierpaolo Ferrari whose joint creative juices have yielded bi-annual art bookcum-magazine, TOILETPAPER, an opus discharging visual shock preferably taken in increments. A pirouette whirling at top performance, Cattelan balances the grace of fine art and the gutter flash of pop iconography; his photographs will screw you over and over. Specimens include severed fingers and ballooning bellies frozen in infinite jest; the joke, after all, is on you. It is only natural progression as the 53-year-old has always been known for his satirical sculptures including “The Ninth Hour,” a piece depicting a meteorite-struck Pope John Paul II. At the Pope’s homeland, however, Cattelan’s statue of a praying

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Hitler carries the weight of a million Jews, rousing ghosts of Warsaw’s former ghettos. He besieged city galleries and museums from Guggenheim to Louvre, but nothing quite beats the mileage covered by guilt trip excavated from his work. Taxidermized animals—a horse hanged from the ceiling of Turin’s Castello di Rivoli for instance— stir disquiet and a looming desire to pet death for auction price. TOILETPAPER prescribes more of this poison through tableaux and optical illusions, tortured testicles notwithstanding. This sadism thrusts faster and harder as brands like Kenzo, MSGM, and Vice have reproduced Cattelan’s prints for mass consumption. He credits the magazine’s genius for its knack for “uncanny ambiguity.” STATUS learns upon close inspection that when devouring his digest of the disturbing, just swallow.


Hi Maurizio! How are you? You’re known for your sense of humor. What’s your favorite joke? If you wake up and you’re not in pain, you know you’re dead. I must admit I’ve a quite dark sense of humor.   You mentioned that since childhood you dreamed of becoming satirical and sadist like Joker. Professionally, this unique point of view sets you apart. Personally, how does your vision and temperament affect your lifestyle and relationships? I’d love to answer, but I’ve always said that mine was just a childish wish. Until now, I’ve never managed to reach the Joker’s level of satirical spirit!   TOILETPAPER has been producing innovative collaborations with brands such as Kenzo and Vice. With these efforts, magazine and fashion imagery feel new again—exciting to the point that not only curators and collectors are obsessed with them but the consumer youth. How do you feel about this newfound accessibility? I’ve always been fascinated by advertising and its viral and pervasive way of reproducing images, and TOILETPAPER proved itself to be a good way to have a try in

the commercial field. What interests me is the overlapping of different areas, such as fashion, advertising, and magazine’s images. It has been demonstrated that solutions to difficult problems may come by people not directly involved in the field. I wonder if in the future, the contemporary art world may be renovated, thanks to people from fashion or advertising, and vice versa. You’ve transitioned from being a gardener to mortuary attendant, curator, publisher, and artist, among other things, because of your interest in the possibility of changing masks and seeing what happens. What keeps you going from one risk to another? It would be like asking a bee what motivates it to constantly fly from flower to flower… I’m afraid it’s a philosophical matter, and whatever the reason, the answer doesn’t affect my attitude nor the one of bees!   You’re more concerned with reaction versus provocation. If life itself is an art, are you content with the way you’re reacting to its realities? Why? I’m not sure about what I’m concerned with, but for sure what I like about the public response is that it’s totally unpredictable. There’s just no way to anticipate it, and the same is with everyone.

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“My work’s mission could be to tell jokes that don’t make you laugh, or it’s the kind of laughter where if you didn’t laugh, you would cry.”

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“ If you wake up and you’re not in pain, you know you’re dead.” You said that the big crunch shouldn’t be treated as a menace but as an opportunity for artists to use their voices again. With social, political, and economic crises happening all over the globe—including the impending threat of World War III—what message do you want to amplify via your art? I’ve never thought of art as a way to spread specific messages, that’s more appropriate for Miss Universe’s speech of thanks… at most, my work’s mission could be to tell jokes that don’t make you laugh, or it’s the kind of laughter where if you didn’t laugh, you would cry.

I like what you said in that you’d rather spend money than accumulate it. What things do you splurge on? Being in a commercially comfortable place, what’s your advice to “starving artists”? An Italian writer said that you should enjoy your life, but continuously keep in mind that at any moment everything could disappear in a cloud of smoke. I try everyday to follow his advice, and give it to others, too.   You and Pierpaolo work on TP by pretending to be in a kitchen, whipping up deliciously lethal dishes. But tell us, what’s your poison? What makes horrible fatty snacks so desirable and yummy? I’ve heard about a secret flavor they put in it, something totally chemical but at the same time very delicious, that makes you addicted in few bites… I’m not sure we’re as sweet as that, but I hope to be even more irresistible!

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“A powerful picture can kill you.”

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You’re not much into the concept of “golden age” most especially in art. But what can you say about concepts such as dying medium or the death of print? I guess that as long as we need toilet paper in the loo, we’ll also continue to use printed paper!

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You prefer ambiguity than explication. How do you translate your vision to the people you shoot/work with? Was it ever hard for them? Tell us about your creative process. The conception of a work is the most interesting part to me, everything is new and exciting. The more you get into the practical phase, the more I become impatient to start with another one. I don’t like things I already know. As for the people I work with, I’m sorry, but I can’t tell. I don’t have a studio. I have never had one.   You have a knack to produce sinister but beautiful images even out of the most mundane elements. What’s the most disturbing thing you’ve seen outside your artistic practice? What disturbs me outside my artistic practice soon or then will become part of it, so it’s hard to tell what’s outside and what’s inside!   A powerful picture can… Kill you. - 79

JIRO SCHNEIDER’s photos are not subject to photo critics who overanalyze everything. His works show that having fun is the most natural, thing in the world. Jiro explains, “I guess I have a knack for making instant friends. And who wouldn’t want to do a shoot with a friend?” Well, who wouldn’t want to do a shoot with a Jiro? By Reena Mesias


rack a joke, find something in common and rap about it,” Jiro Schneider identifies his steps to breaking barriers during shoots. “I sometimes ask my subjects what they want to listen to, make them feel comfortable and loose. You gotta have tunes that fit the mood. I also keep a tight crew around me. Everyone is easy and approachable. Friends.” His subjects sneer and glare, jump and sulk, tempt and turn off. It’s a spirit that can only be sparked by a photographer who is skilled at finding lightness at any given moment. We’re talking about Jiro who just came home from a Depeche Mode concert at the Staples Center. “So tired now, I will try my best to formulate intelligible sentences,” he says. If he couldn’t, then allow his photos to do the talking.

Did living in Eagle Rock influence your inclination to shooting celebrities and creatives? Eagle Rock is cool. But where I live doesn’t influence my inclination to shoot celebs. How did you get started with photography? My grandfather gave me his old camera, a 1970 Yashica Electro 35G when I was 16. That got me interested, but what got me hooked was taking a photo class in school. It was an instant “Yes, this all makes sense. This is what I am going to do.” Tell us about the first time you got booked for a shoot. I think my first big job was photographing the ska band Hepcat. I grew up as a teenager listening to them, and they were sorta my idols, so to be their photographer at the age of 22 was a huge deal for me. I was a little nervous and overwhelmed. Trying to photograph eight guys is no easy task. In the end, it turned out great, and I made some great friends for life.


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What’s the craziest thing you made someone do to get the shot? The most outrageous thing you can ask someone to do is get naked in public. Who’s been your favorite person to shoot? There’s been a few. Janelle Monae was a dream, Lydia Hearst held my heart in her hand, Kelly Osbourne had me in stitches. Moments. So why people? Why not landscapes or events? That’s simple. I like people. You can connect with a person, share a smile or a laugh. As much as I love nature and being immersed within it, it doesn’t provide me the same connection as a human does. Name three obsessions that keep popping up in your work. Of recent: Movement, laughter, and lens flare.

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Your style is also very young. How has youth culture changed the most since you started documenting it? Youth will always stay the same. It’s full of passion, lust for life, and balls out pure energy. But I suppose if there has been any dramatic change, it’s how the next generation is fully incorporated into the grid; I mean like always on selfpromotion mode, hustling to gain more and more notoriety. It can be destructive and distracting to someone who needs to put that energy into themselves and to their future.But on the other end of the stick, it can also

add fuel to creativity in the world. Amazing music, art, and ideas are popping up faster and faster. It’s an amazing time for youth culture. Anything is possible. What are the occupational hazards of being a photographer? Probably at some point in the future, I’ll have an arthritic trigger finger. Other hazards include a squinty left eye, sunburns, and random guys that see your camera and want to talk about megapixels. The Internet seems overcrowded. What sets you apart from other young photographers out there? I think what’s important is developing a style. People will remember your work when there is consistency. And the more they remember you, the more they’ll book you. Also to help facilitate a smooth shoot and ensure that everyone on set is happy from your model to the client, you have to be organized. Have a clear vision and tie up all the loose ends with production before shoot day. That means you can concentrate on killing it photographically. Anyone you haven’t shot but would love to? I would love the chance to photograph in no particular order: Jack Nicholson, Jeff Bridges, Obama, Johnny Depp, Danny Trejo, Quentin Tarantino, Gaga, BB King, Kate Moss off the top of my head. Icons with


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gobs of personality. Their faces speak volumes.

image is that you can share it with others.

I’m sure there are quiet times. What do you do when not shooting? Honestly, there is always work to be done. In between shooting, you’re working on your portfolios, website, blog, meetings, marketing, production work, paperwork, gear upkeep, etc. It’s mind-boggling, and there is never enough time. You’re running a business so there are so many aspects to keep it oiled and running. But you have to make time for balance, so any time I can get to a concert or into nature, I’m there.

I love your hair. How do you take care of it? It’s coated daily by the oils of stranger’s hands that sneak up behind me at Starbucks and molest it. It’s a weird thing, but after so many years, I guess I’ve learned to bend over and submit.

Comment on this: “To me, it’s encounters that matter, pictures are much less important.” Yes, of course, the encounter is important. It’s that intimate moment between you and another human. But it’s a moment for only you and your immediate company to experience. The amazing part about taking an

What advice do you have for young photographers coming up? You have to keep shooting and find your own style. Respect your elders, and don’t sell yourself short. Your three rules of photography are “Shoot, shoot, sleep tomorrow.” Have you gotten any sleep yet? Tomorrow. - 83 Bruno Mars

The concept of la bella figura is hard to crack. An entirely Italian sensibility that stretches beyond aesthetics, ethics, and mores, it seems antiquated for the modern world. More Victorian than Versace, it is something ingrained in the Italian people, especially in the work of photographer FRANCESCO CARROZZINI. By Rita Faire

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Natalie Portman, and Rosario Dawson. Shot against a black background in moody black and white, the actresses under his lens were hardly made-up. Appearing in day clothes, the camera captured the nuances of emotion through laughter, longing stares, and unguarded twitches. The series’ approach to an often glossed-up world won Francesco a Daytime Emmy Award. It is a style he developed further as it now graces the pages of L’Uomo Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview, Esquire, and Rolling Stone and ads for Tommy Hilfiger, Fiat 500 by Gucci, Ray-Ban, and Geberit, among many others. Everything from his aesthetic to his ethics are attributed to his upbringing. “It is something that just became a part of me, and it will always be there… It’s part of my DNA, and I will apply it to all I do whether I’m in New York or Jakarta.”

Francesco Carrozzini, behind the scenes of “Volvo Art Sessions”


a bella figura is the art of making artifice look organic. It dictates everything from the way you put one foot in front of the other to the way you tilt your head back to catch the ear of a friend while making fun of a drunken tourist. It is not a specific feature or flaw to be glorified or condemned. Though appearing to be a strict code of conduct, it has a lack of rules that makes following it more instinctual than ritualistic. It is natural yet preconceived, effortless and studied, confident and selfconscious. It is a performance with grace of movement, manner, and visage. Unlike the French’s je nais se quoi, (aptly translating to “I don’t know what”), la bella figura isn’t a mysterious quality that makes one special and irresistible. Instead, it is a standard that everyone, no matter what age, gender, or circumstance, must live up to or die trying—but of course, one must not look like they’re working on it. For Francesco though, it is a birthright. Born in Milan, he was raised right in the center of fashion and culture.

Immediately known as the son of Vogue Italia Editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, he spent much of his formative years (both in terms of age and creativity) alongside great art and artists. While most photographers owe their careers to that defining moment when family members (often a parent or an aunt/uncle) give them their first cameras, Francesco begs to differ. He grew up in the studios of the likes of Bruce Weber and Peter Lindbergh, admitting, “Seeing great masters at work simply inspires you, and I feel very lucky to have had that experience.” “There was no single moment [for me],” he says. “It happened naturally.” Being 19 and directing short films while studying at university, he directed a 30-second promo for Italian MTV which led to a Venice Biennale of Art promo footage commission for McCann Erickson. A couple of years later, he would be traveling around Poland, making a documentary on the Polish Theater, as well as directing a series of films for The New York Times called Screen Tests. The quality was cinematic, befitting subjects Marion Cotillard, Charlize Theron,

We heard you were traveling quite recently. How did your trip go? I recently returned from a trip to Dubai and Doha. It was my first time there. I was mesmerized by the energy and amount of things happening there in the Middle East. I’ve never been there before. I also went to a Damien Hirst show which was fantastic.

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Vogue Italia featuring Jourdon Dunn

While describing your path as a director to Ganzo Magazine, you said that you “did as many things as I could do, and met as many people as I could.” Was there ever a point when you finally thought, “Yes, I am no longer a struggling artist!” Well, I think I am still a struggling artist. In a sense, I will always be because making films is one of the hardest things in the world. I am currently making a documentary and looking for my first feature project at the moment. I think in art, you never have to feel like you are accomplished. You have to push your boundaries. Achievement has nothing to do with struggle.  On that note, how do you feel about the label “struggling artist?” If we define what struggling means, and we think that it means having to struggle to eat; I haven’t been in that place. To me, the struggle to express yourself is the most important thing for an artist; to find what you want to say. Visconti did not struggle in that way, but made amazing art. You were originally a Philosophy major in university. Has the philosopher’s way of

thinking helped shape how you approach your art? It has absolutely shaped my approach. Doubting makes you want to look at things from different perspectives. Filming and shooting are two very different ways of telling stories and capturing concepts. How differently do you approach the two media? They are completely different. The struggle often is trying to merge them which is happening more and more in today’s digital world.   Is there anything that would make you want to stop being a photographer and director? Well, if I could become a scientist and discover something that changes the world— that would be extremely fulfilling. Science and technology seem like powerful ways to impact the world for the better.   

What kind of people inspire you to keep clicking your camera? People who have a message inspire me. What are the things you wish you were doing more of right now? Reading, traveling for pleasure, watching movies, cooking, and learning handmade craftmanship of some kind. How is 2014 looking like from here? Hopefully, the release of my first documentary feature will be presented. Hopefully, signing a project for my first feature. I also hope to continue collaborating with amazing artists and making art that is true to my vision. @akaFrancesco

What kind of images excite you? I get inspired by everything—from the label on a soda can to a Helmut Newton picture. It really doesn’t matter where it comes from. - 87


PAUL McLEAN talks to STATUS about bringing images into a sublime state of captivity. By Meg Manzano

raw radiance pervades the photos Paul McLean has captured with his partner-incrime, Chad Pickard (also the obvious other half of well-known photography duo Chad & Paul). It seems the duo has developed the rare talent of assaulting an audience’s attention and interest by marrying surreal tones with arresting stills. The end result? Images that are curiously cinematic. “We try to give the image a place in time,” mentions Paul after being asked if they adhere to a particular philosophy when it comes to their art. These young gentlemen met at Leeds about six years ago. “We were both doing this terrible photography course,” says Paul. “After a year, we decided to quit and move to London.” Several shoots for different modeling agencies and publications followed their arrival in the city. Having worked with industry heavyweights such as London high street clothing brand River Island, British department store House of Fraser, as well as international publications like i-D, GQ, Nylon, Teen Vogue,


Vision China, and Flaunt, it seems their signature styles have been warmly received. Interestingly enough, half of the duo hasn’t always welcomed the notion of holding a camera. Residing in the province that had no set place for photography, Paul McLean didn’t grow up honing his craft. In fact, apart from him never really being behind the lens in the past; for a sizeable portion of his life, a camera was instead relentlessly pointed at him. With a photography enthusiast for a father, Paul admits, “I think this actually put me off [photography] a bit as I never really got into it myself.” It was only when the younger Mister McLean turned 21 that he allowed himself to be consumed with it. “[It] seemed pretty obvious once I started,” muses Paul. Since then, Paul has found an artful sanctuary in his professional partnership with Chad Pickard. “It’s completely 50/50 really; neither of us has specific roles as such,” declares Paul. From the infancy of a concept to the fleshing out of different fragments of ideas in order to orchestrate a photo shoot, the collaboration has enjoyed a constant flux of energy

and passion from both sides. “There is not really a set formula to this,” explains Paul. The duo usually has just one camera for the shoot and simply switch between the two of them. “It seems quite natural, really. Neither of us has ever shot any other way so it’s the only way we know.” “It can start with anything,” offers Paul. From a location, a model, or even an idea cradled by a stylist; development always becomes a team process which they both direct the second it gains momentum until it readily reaches the final harrowing stages of post-production. Asked about whether they take the time to curate a song playlist in order to help ease tension and perhaps lighten the mood during crunch time, Paul articulates the absence of soundtracks and jokingly adds his resistance to making one himself. “We usually get one of our assistants to come up with a decent playlist… It’s always good not to be held accountable when a dodgy track comes on.” Eager to dismantle the technicality with which they approach their work, we come face to face with the set of images they have taken - 89


into a state of otherworldly captivity. From a series of photos resembling an unguarded gaze into a morning with British actress Imogen Poots, a brief albeit stellar encounter with artist Coco Sumner, charming moments with the band Noah and the Whale, to an indelible escape of sorts with former Downton Abbey actress Jessica Brown-Findlay, Chad & Paul has continuously prevailed at creating a sense of suspension of time where the image appears to have been put on a rather generous and luxurious pause. “Think it’s like I said before,” muses Paul, “we like to give a still sense of time so it feels like a screen grab.” The result, as we’ve mentioned earlier is a subtle homage to the grand cinematic narrative, “you can tell something has happened before and is about to happen.” Given Chad & Paul’s ability to harness certain elements

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to recreate a cinematic feel, it wasn’t surprising to learn about their intent on somehow foraying into the landscape of film. “I think it did feel like a natural progression to the way we shoot anyway.” What with their talent at producing images that have an air of stillness to it, or perhaps an intimate second that a onlooker just caught, the photographers have ironically found a way to exemplify why the verb ‘capture’ is used when referring to images. “It’s different in many ways,” says Paul as he returns to the subject of film, “and has a lot more to consider. But we just try to keep it visually interesting like shooting a ridiculous amount of stills.” If the duo’s take on photography is centered on capturing the most indelible of moments and putting it on display, the state of captivity (particularly by these guys) seems to have taken on a more tempting allure. Take, for example their ever-growing list


of publications they regularly appear in. From i-D to Vision China, many a beholder have started to take notice of the rather undone but masterful manner in which they capture the world. As with any other cinematic experience that successfully leaves audiences at the edge of their seats, we were compelled to approach one of the guys responsible for facilitating this immersion and ask him for an exclusive teaser of what’s to come. Paul says, “I don’t look past the next month, really. I try to focus on whatever we are shooting next.” But with an interval of sincerity, he offers, “probably a lot more editorials and it would be nice to shoot a bit more moving image.” Whatever the following movement or moment, consider yourselves warned: This set of London eyes may just be coming to a theater near you—figuratively, of course. - 91


If you can dream it, they can build it. These set designers push the backgrounds to the forefront. Words by Zoe Laurente

JO H N GEARY What’s the last dream you remember? I don’t usually remember my dreams very well. The last I remember, I was holding hands with a tall brunette from a Victoria’s Secret catalog, wandering a suburban neighborhood. We were hiding from someone behind the bushes, and we started kissing. I woke up and desperately tried to fall back into the dream, but to no avail. Set design is a way creating worlds. What kind of dream world would you want to create? I like variety. I’ve done forests, jungles, African tundras with lions, zebras, elephants, and giraffes. I’ve done castles, vineyards, a snowy Los Angeles rooftop, beaches, countless bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms. What kind of dream world do you want? Where do you draw inspiration for your set designs? It depends on the specific assignment, they differ greatly. I look at lots of pictures for research. Google images make my life much easier.

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STEPH EN PAPPAS What aspect of your work do you like more: Working with sets and inanimate objects or seeing the models interact with the world you created? I rather like both. However, when there aren’t people in the rooms, it allows a more timeless image. Would you rather have your work match how you imagined it to be or let it grow throughout the creative process? I think that’s the beauty of what I do. It starts off at one point then becomes refined along the way. It becomes more than what was initially envisioned. That organic quality speaks to me deeply. What has been the highlight of your career this far? It’s always a process. I don’t necessarily feel I’ve made it to the pinnacle, per se. It’s an ongoing process of refinement. That’s what keeps me inspired.

DO N NIE MYERS Your background isn’t exactly in set design. What brought about the shift? I studied art history in Florence and in Venice (for a year). I was also studying film production and chipping at marble sculptures. All my studies brought me to the same conclusion—your life work must elevate people and at the same time, it must support you financially. Tell us about the first set you ever worked on. One of the first sets I was on was with Kate Moss. She is always so chill and smart. That level of commitment to a craft is rad. It’s hard sometimes to work with new models especially when the supermodels show up, bringing in the magic that comes with the entourage.  Which of your works are you most proud of? I loved working with Craig McDean for W. There was a time when everything in the photo world was so electric. Now there seems to be a group vote on every color chip. What best describes what you do? I create worlds within other worlds. - 93





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Zero Mondays @ Imperial

by Jenna Genio

HATE BOY IN HOLLYWOOD by The Cobrasnake - 97



SOCIAL SATURDAYS @ Aracama by Pam Santos

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POLICE ACADEMY by The Cobrasnake

hotdog wednesdays @ Aracama by Anton Aguila - 99

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Andrew Apuya (Photographer) The Cobrasnake (Photographer) Fernando Colon (Photographer) Troy Dabski (Hair and Makeup) Shanna Fisher (Photographer) Jenna Genio (Photographer) Alexandra Greenhill (Stylist) Ike Gube (Photographer) Andy Knowles (Photographer) Shaira Luna (Photographer) Ralph Mendoza (Photographer) Miguel Miranda (Photographer) Hanna Pechon (Makeup) Gina Ribisi (Hair and Makeup) Jennie Roberts (Hair and Makeup) Yvan Rodic (Photographer) Nikki Ruiz (Photographer) Yoshimichi Saiki (Photographer) Pam Santos (Photographer) Jason Setiawan (Photographer) JP Singson (Photographer) David Sheldrick (Photographer) Nick St. James (Photographer) Riccardo Ulpts (Photographer)


GRANDMA’S FENDI PURSE I love how understated and old it looks.

MICHAEL KORS BARREL RING & CHEAP SIDEWALK RING I wear these almost everyday. I got the blue-stone one from a sidewalk vendor in Bangkok.



I’m never without it! It is a good dupe for my MAC ones.

If SHAIRA LUNA didn’t discover photography, her endless daydreams would have been just that. She shares, “What I do now is an ideal, shareable mix of creative work, play, and restless passion.”




I style and provide wardrobe for my personal shoots, and since I like doing different eras, this book is a handy reference.


I’m careful with what’s left of my favorite magazines because a heart-sinking number of them were totally damaged by flood water!









The owner of a house we were shooting at had passed away. The family was selling some of his things. I used this one in my 60s-inspired short film, Remember, Forget on YouTube.


Anyone who knows me knows how much I’m fond of my Harley Davidson & Dr. Martens collection! They’re perhaps the most essential items in my work wardrobe.


Who wouldn’t want to play the Beatles? This belonged to my boyfriend’s dad who was a drummer back in the 70s.


I wanted to become a doctor, so when I was about ten, my physician uncle gifted me with all sorts of study materials including this skull who I fondly call Morticia.

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Hands down, my favorite set of books! I got them back in grade school. They’re still wonderful and captivating reads.

I was a classical flautist for a while, then sold my flute years later when I left home to buy camera equipment. I got this one off eBay recently to see if I could still play after all these years.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 ZOOM It’s jam-packed with features, but what I really like about this camera-phone hybrid is its tripod mount. I get funny looks when I make calls, though!

Portrait by Ralph Mendoza, Product photography by Shaira Luna


I collect perfume, and these are among the scents that trigger lots of visual images for me because of their story and complex yet calming compositions.

STATUS Magazine feat. Maurizio Cattelan  

STATUS is pose-processing. December/January 2013/4.

STATUS Magazine feat. Maurizio Cattelan  

STATUS is pose-processing. December/January 2013/4.