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Flaunt in full bloom. By JC Cerilla



The boys are back in town. By Mateusz Sitek


Nature is calling to you. By Juanma Blanco


55 TOUGH LOVE Brogue Heels



It’s good to pair with the rare.


22 FACE PAINT: BRAZEN BELLA Strip down and show off.


SIGNED AND SEALED Set yourself apart.




26 GO SEE: STREET SHUFFLE Get ‘em fresh

29 STYLE ID: TARTAN TRACTION Cross the line.

56 GRAY MATTERS Gray Trousers

57 KICK BACK Sneakers


Bomber Jacket


Striped Button-downs

59 DRIVE MY CAR Brown Loafers


Printed Circle Skirts


Dangling Earrings

62 DOCTOR WHO Doctor Bag


Animal Printed Sweaters

63 SVELTE SINNER Skinny Belts



Mexican model Issa Lish ditched prom for Yves Saint Laurent, and there’s no way she’s getting detention for it. By Zoe Laurente



Tune in and get personal with Milosh’s raw offering straight from his own romantic journey. By Ian Urrutia


Place your best and stack ‘em high because the lost boys of indie outfit Brisom are ready to give it another. By Kathleen Curtis


Fuzz pop duo Tennis are ready to set sail again as they go on a new into sonic expedition with Small Sound. By Sunshine Reyes


Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington take a trip to the Darkside as their musical compatibility reaches higher frequencies. By Kristine Dabbay

Archie Geotina MASTERMIND


Those who can’t, shoot; those who can, draw. Leo Greenfield curates Melbourne street style through sketches. By Meg Manzano


Artist Archie Geotina proves that there’s more to him than painting the street red as he shows that his bark is just as bad as his bite. By Pola Beronilla


Seoul-based designer Kathleen Kye comes home to capture the essence of wasted youth in her latest collection. By Loris Peña


Photographer Czar Kristoff encapsulates the full spectrum of skate culture in shades of black and white. By Gabbie Isabela


Visual arts duo Mike and Claire lock into the latest GIF craze and loop in their own brand of auteur humor. By Rita Faire

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From notebook to glossy pages, the doodles of Hattie Stewart have an eye out for fashion and design. Drastic and ingenious, she’s redoing the way we see the world one stroke at a time. By Kristine Dabbay


Mike and Claire


Rip, stripped, scarred, and barbed, makeup artist Inge Grognard’s ladies and gents don’t sizzle in glam and glitter. Instead, they form the darkest verses of her poetic aesthetic in character-driven plots of paint. By Rita Faire


Bleached for a blast, Cali girl Soo Joo Park owes her struts for Chanel and cozies with Carine to more than just a bottle of peroxide. She’s in it to kill it, and nothing proves that blondes do have more fun than a model with a vision. By Zoe Laurente

Get moving with these GIF artists.





Makeup artist Joyce Platon’s favorite things are picks that are a class of their own.





A refresher course on love and other drugs

Sweet and scary, model Soo Joo Park glares holes into your souls along with her wide-eyed friends care of artist Hattie Stewart. Dressed black ink and Michael Kors, the Chanel-certified California chick shows the jawbreaking bite of bottle blondes.




Photographed by Hao Zeng



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


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e’ve got a lot of reasons to love this February. Not only is our annual Art Issue a favorite to put together, but it also marks the magazine’s 50th issue to date. It’s fun to look back on how we have grown, evolved, innovated, and executed our vision. Like most artists, one of the best things we cherish most about creating the magazine is seeing the finished product. I’m sure you have realized how much we love collaborating with artists. This month, we have combined the talents of Brit illustrator Hattie Stewart and top model Soo Joo Park to create our unique cover. Hattie is seasoned in turning fashion covers into works of art, while Soo Joo has graced the covers of Vogue, Numéro, and Wonderland as the new face of fashion. Both ladies have walked off the beaten path with their bold sense of style and have garnered incredible success in their own right. Not all art has to be on a canvas, makeup artist Inge Grognard explored the world of beauty through her collaborations with the illustrious Antwerp Six and pushed the boundaries beyond what can be done with a makeup palette and brush. Exhibiting in some of Europe’s most renowned galleries and museums, Inge makes sure her art doesn’t just wash off at the end of the day. We created a Go-See Special to highlight the fashion on the streets that’s catching our attention and dictating our style. Check out what ensembles these streetwalkers are rockin’ on the sidewalks of Seoul and London. Putting this issue together, I’ve learned that art doesn’t have to be familiar to be powerful. Art is about creation. To create great work, you don’t need to get anyone’s approval; you just need to do what feels right. So do what you want to do, get yourself out there, and create for yourself.


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contributors Rosario Herrera


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

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

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Tina Herrera Buenaventura junior account manager Gabrielle Bailon Marian Ortiz

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Everybody loves a good gal gone bad like fashion assistant Zoe who ditched her model behavior far before interviewing our cover gal Soo Joo Park (86). “They say well-behaved women never make history,” she quotes. “Growing up in a Catholic school, I like to think that I was taught perfect manners. I may or may not have ditched them when I got to college.”

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Meg Manzano, Sunshine Reyes, Ian Urrutia contributing artists

Juanma Blanco, JC Cerilla, The Cobrasnake, Fernando Colon, Danica Condez, Paul Cortes, Joyce De DiosIgnacio, Grace De Luna, Karla Espiritu, Everywhere We Shoot!, Gissell Garcia, Ana Gimeno, Jash Manuel, Erica Matthews, Inez Moro, Patricia Nabong, Alexa Nikolas, Kappo Rivera, Yvan Rodic, Casper Sejersen, Kamila Siemiatkowska, JP Singson, Mateusz Sitek interns

Pola Beronilla, Angela De Dios, JV Gonzales, Gabbie Isabela, Elaine Grace Villanueva


Illustrator and art student Karla is all about flowers and flourishes as you can see from her work in our fashion editorial Flora and Fauna (30). But she’d rather get a scare than live the sweet life. “Scary things are unforgettable,” she says. I guess that extends to scary–good just as well.

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They say blondes have all the fun but photographer Patricia, who shot indie band Brisom (66), isn’t taking sides. “I think anyone can have fun regardless of hair color. But just for the record, I’m sticking to my brown hair because I’d never dare color it.” Never say never!

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February 2014


plash color into your life with TRINE LINDEGAARD. Casualwear gets retouched with playful typography, Aztec embroidery, and recurring patterns. Dive into nostalgia and scream childhood while donning these graphic shirts. It’s the rage of your age.


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XYGEN’s newest collection takes you down the path of printed button-ups, graphic tees, tank tops, lightweight polo shirts, and denim toppers in various shades of blue from bleached to dark. Just throw on one of its floral printed shirts and pull it off with a pair of shorts. Remember: Fortune favors the bold.


f you love shimmer and square cuts, VÉLIZANCE is a perfect match. From art deco patterns to spikes, the French jewelry label toys with new technology to create artisanal cocktail rings, bangles, and earrings. Believe French girls when they say silver and resin are a Parisian’s best friend.


his is the only WALK OF SHAME you won’t be embarrassed to talk about. Designer Andrey Artyomov makes clothes for girls who are the life of the party. With bomber jackets, red hotel robes, and lacy satin dresses “dedicated to the 70s, but made in the 90s,” there’s no reason to be a prude.




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ach ATELIER DE L’ARMÉE carryall has a story to tell. Going beyond average rucksacks–distinct markings, stains, and patches from repurposed materials mark the goods’ aging glory. The label’s fresh take on denim and leather ensures that it never makes the same bag twice. It’s all in the details.


ay goodbye to a dreary wardrobe and say HELLO PARRY as it dares to push the boundaries of what you think a girl wants. All your laced, fringed, leather, holographic, mesh, gridded, transparent, origami, sheer, and houndstooth desires are covered in a range of dresses, skirts, tops, and accessories to hook you into the swing of summer.

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e can go ON AND ON about why or how this Italian brand is tailored to perfection but its Fall/Winter 2014 can do the talking. Playing with different textures and materials, its structured casualwear including pullovers, maxi T-shirts, bombers, dresses, and coats are classics that are meant to last forever.

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ndulge yourself in DESIGN DIGEST’s take on space-age charm and sample its collection Thin Think that fashions jewelry into deformed circles, intersecting lines, and protruding angles. Edgy silver bangles, necklaces, pendants, and rings prove that they are the shape of things to come.

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rench clothing brand OLOW keeps it low-key with fleece-lined parkas and pocket tees from its Piss & Lose collection. Taking inspiration from a day of wandering around the neighborhood, its handcrafted garments (from flannel button-downs to graphic tees) keep things simple and easy.



okyo-based menswear clothing brand ETHOSENS impresses with its clean lines and minimalist designs. Its Spring/Summer 2014 collection keeps it modest in neutral tones. Boxy silhouettes, soft textures, and feminine cuts come with crisp blazers, tapered trousers, and quaint button-downs. All


it the jackpot with jewelry by ELI HALILI. Inspired by history, Eli uses gold with imprints in different tongues. Made with natural stones, karats of gold, and fine leather, these handcrafted bracelets and rings are the stuff your history books are made of.

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limb your way up the high mountains in cold pursuit of winter sportswear brand COLDSMOKE. Inspired by classic military and workwear, the brand combines function and style to present an array of neutral outerwear and sportswear including zip-up hoodies, M65 jackets, fur parkas, quilted vests and anoraks.


ith a profound love for cashmere, LES100 CIELS delivers handmade knits made from goat wool sourced from the brand’s own farms in Mongolia. Cozy up to clouds of thick scarves, cardigans, dresses, and capes in warm tones of mustard, blue, and black, mixed against leopard print.


peed through city streets with URBANLEGEND’s parkas, capes, and jackets. Originally designed to meet cyclers’ needs with its waterproof fabrics, reflective surfaces, and ventilation panels–these items are an easy way to add action to your wardrobe. - 13




ou can only be YOUNG AND LAZY once, so you might as well look the part. Committed to laid-back dressing, designer Anais Peterson makes sure neon pullovers, floral shorts, baseball jerseys, and bucket caps strike a beat with the restless bunch. Look like you DGAF and mean it.


orn, raised and based in London, RACHEL BOSTON shines through her jewelry collections. Bibs, earrings, and bangles show an elegant touch to urban designs. Etches and carvings on shaped metal surfaces give a glimpse of gods and goddesses dressing to impress. Feel the power and wield it.


e’ve got mixed emotions on all things fashion, but rely on JOINTRUST to give us a clear picture. Its Spring/Summer 2014 collection Ambivalence brings casual elements into each design in a gray-centric palette. Invest in pieces such as reversible jackets and trench-mods for a fusion of details only a modern man can pull off.

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reat a tired pair of heels to HOUSE OF FACE. The LA-based brand extends the shelf life of your shoes by taking a pair of old kicks and pimping them with spikes, grommets, Swarovski crystals, chains, leather, lace, fringes, ribbons, and studs—making them ready for wear and tear.

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till thy FEATHER HEARTS for the brand’s collection of statement tees brimming of glitter and catchphrases. Shirts like “In Memory of, When I cared” and “Good Girls Go To Heaven, Bad Girls Go Everywhere” are just some of its offerings that will hurt souls and make ex-flames regret. Call it T-eraphy, baby girls!



ZEKIEL says “All We Have Is Now,” and don’t you question it. The brand’s latest collection of floral “Golden Age” button-down plaid, “ Harper” shirt, Camo “Now You See Me” sweater, and quilted “Replica” jackets swear to never waste a waking moment. With a tee that says “Never Land is Home,” you already know what they’re about.


olor pops out when summer slips in, and GIORDANO’s latest collection of preppy-meets-nautical embody the spirit of the season. Featuring two-toned button-downs, striped dresses, and denim shorts in bubblegum pink, beau blue, and white, the best way to work this wardrobe is to make a splash.


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

our words to live by: DON’T BLOW THE ILLUSION. In the case of the brand’s latest collection, that’s four words to wear by. Shirts, sweaters, and bikinis sport photographic prints of palm trees, blue waves, and cereals will have you feeling like it’s summer in autumn. A good vibe all year round, we say.


pair of jeans from SIMON MILLER is worth the investment. With pants made from Japanese selvedge denim and clothing fabric sourced from Italy, the menswear brand produces jeans, jackets, buttondowns, and shirts that can bring you sartorial salvation.


loss your latest bling with LOVE AND LEATHER’s rock & roll-inspired jewels. Adding a boho flair, the jewels can work in any occasion with a line ranging between band tees and cocktail dresses. The mix of wood, crystals, metal, beads, and leather makes each article a treasure unhampered by trends. - 15





BUDS AND SPUDS Courtesy of Chef Rob Pengson and Erwan Heussaff, THE HUNGRY HOUND keeps oldschool looking fresh.

PABLO’S PUB AND RESTAURANT is a man cave with more than just an extensive selection of whisky. Enjoy the moody ambience supplemented by their custommade leather bar stools, making for a perfect escape from the rush of traffic. Explore Pablo’s secrets including the mysterious bookcase that leads to secret Glenlivet Boardroom, (but you didn’t hear that from us.) If you want to drink the night away in intimate solitude as you nestle into the corner in secluded leather booths, Pablo’s drinks complement a menu of hearty grub, featuring the restaurant’s signature Pablo’s Pub Half Pounder (a tender beef patty with American cheddar, fresh vegetables, and potato bun) served with the house’s smoked paprika fries.

BANGERS AND MASH Pork sausages served horseradish, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and drizzled with apple jus

2nd Floor The Forum 7th Ave corner Federacion Dr. Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

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3-4 A. Santos St. Balibago, Angeles City Pampanga

DUCK FAT FRIES Crunchy potato fries cooked in duck fat, flavored with cheese and herbs

KIMCHI REUBEN Slices of sourdough are stuffed with homemade corned beef, kimchi kraut, Swiss cheese, with a side of fries and slaw

If breaded oysters with cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, pickled onion and remoulade in a bun doesn’t catch your attention, The Hungry Hound Pub & Kitchen offers a range of dishes to satisfy your cravings after a tiring day at the office. The casual gastro pub has taken over the food scene one bite at a time with its signature Duck Fat Fries, Angel Sliders, and high-quality draft beer that are designed to impress and keep you howling for more. Ground Floor Globe Telecom Tower 32nd Street corner 7th Avenue Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City

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OYSTER SLIDERS Imported crumbed Oysters, remoulade, bacon, cheddar, and pickled onion on a mini bun, served with fries

Words by Pola Beronilla, Kathleen Curtis, and Angela de Dios. Pablo’s Pub and Restaurant photos by Danica Condez

Located at Angeles City’s famous Walking Street, the newly renovated PENTHOUSE HOTEL gives jetsetters a five-star retreat that offers all the latest amenities, including a sauna and steam bath. Guests are treated with rooms stylishly designed to create a sense of warmth and comfort with wooden flooring, oriental carpets, state-of-the-art technology, high-speed connectivity, and floorto-ceiling windows that command impressive views of the glittering cityscape of Angeles City. Boasting 85 lavish suites and a Miami-esque upper deck pool, the Penthouse Hotel bestows the highest point of luxury.



N˚2, ZURICH Brotgasse 3 8008 Zurich, Switzerland Dime to drop: P340-P14,500 (CHF 7-CHF 3000) Don’t leave without: Scarves from Givenchy and Athena Procopiou will complete a lady’s winter look. Men can go for the off-duty look with the must-have sneakers from VOR.


˚2 is a place you would want to be in. This threestory store is a haven for fashion and design. It’s home away from home but with better closet space and great furniture. Its all-white storefront, with plant accents, welcomes walk-ins any time. Inside, concrete floors, built-in shelves, and quaint product displays (like a stand-alone glass cabinet) will make you stop and admire a piece of jacket and a gorgeous leather bag. With enough space for roaming, the concept store mixes up-and-coming with established designers including Sass and Bide, Steven Alan, Alexander Olch, Markus Lupfer, Gushlow & Cole, and We Are Handsome. Sharing the space with Mediterannean cafe KAFI Höfli, furniture store Wood Love, and store N˚2 Atelier, every nook (with its wooden cupboards and tables, framed photographs, and good food) has a story to tell.

THE BOARD OF TRADE, VANCOUVER Gastown 206 Carrall Street Vancouver BC V6B 2J1 Dime to drop: P260-P35,000 ($6-$800) Don’t leave without: Actual Pain Leather Cap


Words by Kathleen Curtis and Loris Peña

atch out for the neon prism sign to know you’re at the right spot. THE BOARD OF TRADE houses menswear, womenswear, accessories, and home decor for anyone looking for something more alternative. As you enter the downtown Gastown store, Holla! is the first thing you will see on the doormat. Not only will the merchandise catch your eye, but fixtures like a wooden dressing room, wrought iron clothing racks, glass display capsules, and compass motif floor tiles, Giving creatives a chance to showcase their work, you’re sure to spend a good number of hours browsing through the boutique’s latest offerings. Delve into a combination of well-curated brands including Muttonhead, Timo Weiland, London Alexander, Mark McNairy, Silent by Damir Doma, Actual Pain, I Love Ugly, Ksubi, Vladimir Karaleev, Upstate, A Kind Of Guise. Giu Giu, and Nanushka.



edicated to all things fashion, online store FASHION BUNKER delivers the latest from Cameo, Finders Keepers, Keepsake, and Senso. Its latest collection of dresses, shorts, skirts, outerwear, and shoes have been carefully forecasted to ensure that the on-stock pieces can last beyond season. And if you’re still unsure of your choices, live-chat with their online stylist for advice. - 17




TICKET THE LEGO MOVIE Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller reunite to helm the first, full-length theatrical LEGO movie. The film follows an ordinary mini figure who is mistakenly identified as the key to saving the world.

WINTER’S TALE Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Helprin, this adaptation tells the tale of Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), a burglar who falls for a young heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay) dying of a fatal illness.

THE WIND RISES Legendary director Hayao Miyazaki releases his final film as he takes a look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

BELIEVE (NBC) Following the success of Gravity, director Alfonso Cuaron heads to the small screen with a supernatural drama series, Believe. Co-created with executive producer (and fellow star warrior) J.J. Abrams, it follows an unlikely relationship between a gifted young girl and a man who has been sprung from prison and tasked to protect her from the evil that hunts her power.

LOOKING (HBO) From collaborators Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh, HBO’s new half-hour series takes a frank look at the experiences of Patrick, Agustín, and Dom as they explore the exciting and varied options available to a new generation of gay men. The series stars Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening) along with Frankie J. Alvarez (Smash) and Murray Bartlett (August).

PL AYBACK DROWNING BY NUMBERS (1988) Peter Greenway’s lighting is burned in my head. It’s always something I want.


THREE DAYS TO KILL This action thriller tracks the account of a dying Secret Service agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter when he is offered a drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment.

VAMPIRE ACADEMY Adapted from Richelle Mead’s bestselling series, the film sees Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch), a halfvampire with poor impulse control, training to be a bodyguard for a Moroi princess.

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ABOUT A BOY (NBC) Nick Hornby’s coming-ofage classic gets the TV treatment as NBC stretches the 2002 film into a series. It relives the story of Will Freeman (David Walton), a successful songwriter yet immature bachelor, whose perfect world is turned upside down when single mom, Fiona (Minnie Driver), and her 11-year-old son, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham), move in next door.

Napoleon Dynamite is a masterpiece; a true original.

LORDS OF DOGTOWN (2005) It’s what made me want to make videos in the first place.

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (1996) The styling in the film is so amazing! Those sisters…

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990) I cry every time. This is a movie that I can only watch alone.

Words by Pola Beronilla

ENDLESS LOVE Shana Feste’s remake of Franco Zerfelli’s classic follows the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.




HOT OFF THE PRESS JOSEPH ARI ALOI AKA JK5: AN ARCHIVE OF SKETCHES, TATTOOS, DRAWINGS, PAINTINGS AND OBJECTS By Joseph Ari Aloi The first monograph features contemporary artist Joseph Ari Aloi. It provides an indepth look into the graphic work of his alter ego JK5. With charcoal sketches, oil paintings, storyboards for animation films, tattoo art, and even poetry thematic of pop culture iconography and tattoo graffiti references from his 20-year-spanning career.

THE BEATLES: SIX DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD. FEBRUARY 1964 Written by Bill Eppridge Edited by Adrienne Aurichio and Daniel Melamud Introduction by Rankin A collection of photojournalist Bill Eppridge’s rare and unpublished photographs of The Beatles, the book documents the band’s first trip to the United States. Eppridge followed the famous foursome for Life Magazine—from their arrival in JFK Airport, to their historic performances in Central Park, Washington Coliseum, and Carnegie Hall. The book captures the trip that forever changed the course of music.



Words by Kathleen Curtis, Angela de Dios, and Gabbie Isabela

D&AD 2013 By D&AD For over 50 years, the British educational charity chooses among thousands of entrants to find the world’s best in design and advertising for the highly coveted Design and Art Direction awards. The D&AD 2013 edition represents artistic excellence in the field of Art Direction, Digital Design, Product Design, TV & Cinema Advertising, and Mobile Marketing.

ake a walk in the shoes of street style photographer Yvan Rodic. Taking a more journalistic angle as opposed to the sartorial sensibilities of his eponymous debut book, A Year in the Life of Facehunter delves into night life, afternoon delights, and morning musings of several concrete jungles and beaten-down paths. Read on and get a sense of Facehunter on the prowl, in his own words.

“This new book shows the evolution of my work as I’ve moved from being a streetstyle blogger to something more like a cultural explorer.” “This is also a book about travelling without a guidebook. I’ve never ever bought a travel guide— it’s against my entire philosophy.”

“Berlin is like a big, arty playground. After having been a hyper-tense friction point for international superpowers during the Second World War and the Cold War, the city finally deserved some fun.” “The paradox is that the country that invented the fashion industry as we know it, appearance is not actually that important.”

FOOTNOTES Boys love their toys and it just so happens that JK5 collaborated with Kidrobot on a limited edition set of RJ-K5 Astrofresh Basketball Droyds in 2012.

The famous Abbey Road album cover has a prequel. A series of eight shots were taken in the course of a single day by Iain Macmillan. One of the outtakes sold at a London auction for $25,000.

McCann Erickson Melbourne’s frustrating but addictive app, Dumb Ways to Die, took home awards for Art Direction, Earned Media Campaigns, Digital Advertising, TV & Cinema Advertising, and Writing for Film Advertising. - 19





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“5 YEARS” David Bowie It is an incredible way to start an album.

“BEACH IS BETTER” Jay Z Hits me like an espresso shot.

“SING ABOUT ME” Kendrick Lamar He paints such a vivid picture over Soundwave’s production. It’s beautiful.

“FOLSOM PRISON BLUES” Johnny Cash Dude had an unparalleled amount of strength and swagger while being so vulnerable. Very inspiring.

“DON’T CHALLENGE ME” The Makers It’s got this crazy offbeat groove with this silky as female vocal over it. A very odd, kooky gem of a track.

“DAMBAKALE” Comaore Issouf Just a straight up afro groover.

“WE ARE THE MUSIC MAKERS” Aphex Twin I’ve been into this song for years but recently started listening to be again.

“THE LONELY CITY” The Asphodells It’s got this almost drunken sea shanty sounding bass synth riff which constantly gets stuck in my head.

“CIRCLES” Soft Moon The Cure and Joy Division on acid!

“ELLI” Dirty Beaches Dusty, lo-fi, and a bit melodic in its own way. Reminds me of Suicide!

“I FEEL NOTHING” Tropic of Cancer Deep, dark, and beautiful at the same time!

“PUSH THE SKY AWAY” Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds The new album is fantastic and is on repeat when I’m home!


Music has been paving its way through the archipelago in the form of several festivals. Watch out for Febfest 2014 being held in the Metro Tent Convention Center on February 13 & 20. Featuring the likes of The National, Youth Lagoon, Mogwai, and Warpaint.

Recognized as the English version of the Grammy’s, Brit Awards 2014 holds the same significance and standard in the UK. Taking place on February 21 in the O2 Arena, it’s time to see who finishes on top this time around.



adies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, put your hands together for the six-person ensemble known as LIONS & ACROBATS. The band’s ambient contortion of post-rock and post-hardcore, infused with elements of jazz and classical. Given the testosterone level of an all-male band featuring Icoy Rapadas (vocalist), Pedro Tumibay (drummer), Oteph Tumambing (bassist), Andrew Son (guitarist), Ling Lava

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(guitarist), and Jim Lopez (guitarist), you’d be pleasantly surprised at the amount of thought and sentiment put into each song. They take pride in balancing technique and emotion in every riff and melody. Andrew explains, “Of course when making the song we really go on the technical side, but how we really finish the song depends on the emotion of it. That’s what builds a song’s character.”

Being a part of the local music scene since 2009, the band has managed to jump through several hoops. From adding a third guitarist, producing gigs, releasing two EPs, and even coming up with a full-length album, Points and Perspectives, they’ve been juggling a lot more than most can handle. Under the guidance of Red Ninja Productions, they are steering their way through the underground scene. The man behind the lyrics, Icoy muses, “I’m really curious about the relevance of our music today, and I guess that’s something we’ll find out by the end of 2014.” Not forgetting long-term goals, they definitely have their eyes on the horizon, setting out to make it big. Because if you can, then why not?

Morrissey fans, brace yourselves. A lengthy Q&A brought on the revelation of two projects in the works: a novel and an album. The New Year never looked so bright, especially with the coming reissue of his 1992 album Your Arsenal due February 25th.

Words by Gabbie Isabela Trentemøller photo by Casper Scjersen


TEC H PACK LEICA X2 GAGOSIAN EDITION • A limited 100 leather paint splattered X2 model camera designed in collaboration with the Gagosian Gallery • Houses a 23.6 × 15.8 mm APS-C CMOS sensor • Features a Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 lens that mimics the classic lens’s effects • Captures images with 16.1 megapixels SRP: P132,440



• Limited edition black matter and gold design by Alexander Wang in collaboration with Beats by Dre • Audio features include Beats precision sound with adaptive noise-cancelling technology • Powered by 20-hour rechargeable battery • Includes RemoteTalk controller

Stand out with these limited-luxe editions.

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• Pendleton woolen mill teams up with URBANEARS for limited headphones made from lightweight, pure virgin wool • Integrates 40 mm handmade drivers with a frequency response of 20 Hz-20 kHz • Employs a microphone and remote for hands-free talking • Features a collapsible design for easy storage

• Designed for Monocle by San Francisco’s Jawbone with a limited production of 170 pieces • Compact speaker with the dimensions of 39 × 38 × 26 cm housed in a bespoke Monocle sleeve • Enabled with Bluetooth technology • Charges via USB

SRP: P4,860

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DOWNLOADS MAYER HAWTHORNE WHERE DOES THIS DJ GO by Air Playd LLC Inspired by singer/ producer/ DJ Mayer Hawthorne’s album Where Does This Door Go. This game will bring you into his world as a performer.


ARTPOP by Lady Gaga

Sonic the Hedgehog is back, swipe as he runs over and under challenging obstacles in this fast and frenzied game.

An interactive worldwide community of music, art, fashion, and technology that aims to alter the human experience. - 21

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calming atmosphere wins people upon entering PINK PEONY SALON. The salon stationed not too far up north is at your service for the pampering you deserve. The dainty space invites with creamy walls in mauve and pastel shades, softly-cushioned couches, and dangling chandeliers. Supporting local natural ingredients, the salon makes use of custom-blended scrubs and oils for its hand and foot treatments. If you manage to stay awake during massage sessions—books, magazines, and even iPads are free to keep you company. At the end of the day, you can treat yourself to a mani-pedi, choosing from an array of lacquer, featuring products from various brands like Chanel, Sheswai, and Essie. 2F Bellitudo Lifestyle Strip 79B Katipunan Rd., White Plains Quezon City, Philippines Tel. 421 0421 - 23


STREET SHUFFLE Here are fresh looks to get ‘em hooked.

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Photographed by Schelay McCarter, Sara Pirtado, and RJ Roque

S T Y LE I D Fashion stylist Natalie Joos sports a comfy tartan sleeve pullover with a matching mini.

W Magazine Fashion Editor Giovanna Battaglia’s checkered overcoat goes full circle with a full skirt.

Marianne Theodorsen of Style Devil goes lumberjack-chic by tying a red flannel button-down around her waist.

Street style photos courtesy of and

Real men embrace the freedom of plaid skirts. ‘Nuff said.

Tartan TRaction All black and tartan equals a killer ensemble.

Scotland’s famous print has fashion’s top maisons and mavens working stylish squares into their winter wardrobes as seen in Marc by Marc Jacobs’s Fall/ Winter 2013 collection. By JP Singson Street style darling/designer Natasha Goldernberg wears a plaid mohair wool sweater with a matching purse cut from the same cloth. - 29

Flora and

Fauna Photographed by JC Cerilla Illustrated by Karla Espiritu Styled by Loris Pe単a

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necklace by AC + 632 jacket by Promod dress by Dorothy Perkins

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earrings by Firma dress by Joel Escober rings by AC + 632 socks, stylist’s own shoes by Call It Spring - 35

kimono top by Topshop skirt by Dorothy Perkins bangles by AC + 632 shoes by Charles & Keith

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blazer by Promod dress by Noel Crisostomo earrings by AC + 632

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TTHEE b boyss k w know Photographed by Mateusz Sitek Styled by Erica Matthews

From left to right: polo shirt by Anthony Morato jeans by Matthew Miller blazer by ASOS necklace by Gogo Philip ring by Gogo Philip watch by storm jumper by Topman bomber jacket by ASOS trousers by Topman ski goggles by Oakley

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shirt by Anthony Morato trousers by M.Q.T. jacket by Paul Costello belt by Anthony Morato necklace Gogo Philip watch by Storm shoes by Sebago

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From left to right: polo shirt by Anthony Morato jeans by Matthew Miller blazer by ASOS necklace by Gogo Philip ring by Gogo Philip watch by Storm jumper by Topman bomber jacket by ASOS trousers by Topman ski goggles by Oakley jumper by Topman blazer by Topman necklace by Gogo Philip trousers by Anthony Morato shirt by Vans trousers by Anthony Morato cape by MQT.

bomber jacket by ASOS

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Left: shirt by Topman trousers by Topman blazer by ASOS watch by Storm trainers by Alexander McQueen for Puma Right: shirt by Gabicci trousers by Beau Homme necklace by Storm bag by Topman glasses by Bershka shoes by Sebago

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t-shirt by Plan B for Known trousers by ASOS leather jacket by Foxhall sunglasses by Hype bag by Sprayground

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sweater by Custo Barcelona pants by Custo Barcelona necklace by Bijou Brigitte

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Photographed by Juanma Blanco Styled by Gissell GarcĂ­a

jersey by Custo Barcelona necklace by Bijou Brigitte

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jersey by Twin-Set pants by The Llie

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coat by Mademoiselle Tara night dress by Twin-Set accessories by Bijou Brigitte shoes by Twin-Set

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top by Andrés Sarda necklace by Zara pants by Zara

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tt y re ck le ss Getting pulled out of school could be a nightmare for a typical teen. But for a girl like ISSA LISH, not hitting the books became the sweetest dream. Words by Zoe Laurente


he sings in the shower and loves bubble tea. Her favorite colors are cerulean, lime, and hot pink, and her lucky number is three. If you think about it, Issa Lish is just your average teen queen but instead of sampling prom dresses at the mall, she dons frocks from Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, and Yves Saint Laurent fresh off the runway.

melting pot

I grew up in a very diverse environment. My mom’s family was not very fond of traditional Mexican culture so I could say I was raised in a mixed culture with Mexican food but not Mexican festivities. My dad was raised traditional Japanese. Both my parents traveled a lot when they were very young so they absorbed things from other cultures. Growing up, the food we ate was sometimes Japanese and sometimes multicultural; my mom never made us tamales or tacos. I saw that I have a bit of Mexican and Japanese but not more of one or the other. They combine perfectly, and what I like most about myself is that I am a chameleon of cultures.

drop dead drop out

When I was in school I failed most of my classes. My mom grounded me and made me work at my dad’s sushi restaurant as a waitress. While working, a customer who was a photographer asked me if I wanted to be a model. At first I said no. I was scared that a stranger asked me to model and the thought of modeling never crossed my mind. I never thought I could model. He came by a few times after. Eventually I said yes.

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He took some pictures and sent them to some agencies in Mexico. After I signed with my agency, everything started happening. I didn’t know a single thing about modeling. It wasn’t until I started that I realized that I love it. I could definitely say that it’s a dream come true. I guess I’m one of the lucky few who get to say, “I love my job.”

pretty in pink

My dad listened to a lot of Pink Floyd. He played it whenever he drove me to school. My mom also listened to a variety of music so I grew up pretty much listening to Pink Floyd‚ Elton John, and The Police. That kind of music heavily influenced what I listen to now. If I could play in a band it would probably be The Runaways. They seem

like they had an awesome time just being carefree and enjoying their music. Plus those outfits are amazing.

helmut lang and everythang

My style has changed so much in the past few years. I went from feminine to tomboy. Now I try to tone down the tomboy-ish look by mixing it up with leather pants and more feminine shirts. My go-to item would be my Helmut Lang jeans. I don’t know what I would do without them because they are so comfortable and long. Being tall and skinny makes it hard to find a good pair of skinny jeans so they are amazing.




Fresh off Rhye’s international success, Canadian singer-producer MILOSH returns to his solo roots as a soul-navigating, electro-pop craftsman inspired by romantic intimacy. This time, it’s all him: life skinned, heart out in the open, a lover showing his affection in the most delicate of ways. By Ian Urrutia Photographed by Alexa Nikolas


ilosh will always be associated as the other vocal half of Rhye, a nocturnal R&B duo that found its birthmark after topping heaps of buzz scorecards from various music blogs and publications in 2013, but not a lot of people knew that right outside of Rhye’s newfound triumph, Milosh has been making sweet music of his own, having released two studio albums under LA-based indie label Plug Research and another one under German electronic label Studio !K7. His latest and fourth album to date, Jetlag, shares the soulful tenderness of Rhye’s Woman while differentiating itself in fine strokes and details. “My solo work has a much more electronic sound to

it, which changes how I actually record in some ways. There is a lot more experimentation with synths and sounds on this record than with Rhye,” Milosh tackles the shift in style and form. “I didn’t want to use any strings on Jetlag because we had used so much on Woman, so that changes the general sound of the two records when heard back to back.” Hearing the new album validates Canadian indie’s breakthrough as he employs androgynous vocals. “My voice is my voice, I would say I am singing in a slightly lower register then in the Rhye tracks, but I don’t really use effects on my voice other than some reverb, so that is somewhat a constant.” While his vocals bear uncanny resemblance with Sade Adu—the British soul crooner behind classics “No Ordinary Love” and “Smooth Operator”—Milosh confesses, “I have to admit though I have not been influenced by her at all. I don’t listen to her music and never really have.”

Milosh’s solo work feels like confessional erotica, an admission of love and affection shared in the most intimate of spaces. Bulk of his inspiration comes from shared affectiom with his wife, actress Alexa Nikolas. To make the record more personal, Milosh sampled his drumming on Alexa’s tummy in “Do You Want What I Need” and used kitchenware as percussion in the self-titled track. Not a second of this sonic delight feels inauthentic and detached. “All of me went into Jetlag. All my time and energy... my life,” he stresses. Milosh sums up the mood of the record on the new track “Slow Down,” a haunting

piano ballad that marries his natural gift with stripped down instrumentation. “It’s about slowing down and really evaluating what’s important in life,” he says. “For me, it’s living the life I want to live with my wife. But over a glass of wine we could discuss this much further.” Right now, the record’s greatest virtue is its honesty, and no one pulls it off as elegantly as Milosh. @miloshmusic

“All of me went into Jetlag. All my time and energy... my life,”


UP THE ANTE Described as “a new band with old souls,” the lost boys of indie outfit BRISOM banded together to create a lush soundscape that’s ”simple enough to be played on an acoustic guitar with friends and a few beers.” Frontman Brian Sombero and his newfound mates may have gone through a series of letdowns for their previous musical projects, but now they are confident that they will succeed the second time around.

After a successful debut with Dýrð í dauðaþögn, ASGEIR sets out for “Higher” heights and a wider audience as his new album, In The Silence, features the English translations of his father’s Icelandic lyrics.

By Kathleen Curtis Photographed by Patricia Nabong

“ We make it a point to record our stuff in a friendly atmosphere involving beer and the support of friends… There’s no pressure, just pure fun.” A

lmost a decade ago, former Menaya lead Brian Sombero hit it off with Orphanlily orphan Terrence Teves over a game of poker. With their musical tastes in sync, the two decided to take a gamble and collaborate with each other, Brian taking on Terrence as the manager of his then band. But the working relationship didn’t last. Menaya disbanded shortly after and Brian went to the US to support family friend Manny Pacquiao in some of his prominent fights. The sabbatical wasn’t enough to quench the two’s combined need to keep chasing the dream. Brian describes his time back, saying, “I figured I couldn’t stay away from making music, so I asked a few friends to help me arrange, produce, and record songs I wrote during the hiatus.” Fast-forward a couple of years later and he’s got Terrence from the managing booth to lead guitar along with fellow lost boys Jeffrey Castro (drums), Kelvin Uy (guitars), and Jason Rondero (bass), and

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Timothy Abbot (synth/beats) rounding up the crew that would be known as Brisom. Surprisingly, the fact that all the members came from the skeletons of disbanded acts doesn’t complicate Brisom’s writing process. Terrence states, “Everyone’s suggestion is heard and every creative inputs are noted and everyone is actively involved in filtering all the things we write down.” Brian adds, “Sometimes it takes only an hour to finish a song. Sometimes, a song takes days, months or even years; and after playing it over and over, new stuff are taken in.” With the joint philosophy that “no great song deserves to be unheard, and no great story deserves to be left untold,” it is evident there are no limitations for the band, making gratification integral to the process. Brian reveals, “our recording sessions are so much fun because we make it to record our stuff in a friendly atmosphere involving

Don’t worry, ‘coz “It’s Alright Now.” Three years since their last album, BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB ride again saying So Long, See You Tomorrow. Don’t worry if they haven’t “Come To” or aren’t “Home By Now.” You know they’re good for it. beer and the support of friends… [There’s] no pressure, just pure fun.” Case in point, their cinematically visual track “Walking Lives,” which tells “a love story in a zombie apocalypse,” was conceived after finishing a Walking Dead marathon. Making the most of every opportunity that presents itself, Brisom has been taking back-to-back gigs from everywhere in the Metro and beyond. Recently returned from a stint in Singapore as the supporting act for Dave Elkins, Brian shares that the experience of working with “a great musician and an awesome guy was an experience of a lifetime.” Terrence backs him up, saying, “We hung out with him and he taught us so many things from his experience with Mae. Dave’s outlook is great and he is a humble and classy guy.” Now close to releasing their new EP, Perspectives, Terrence and Brian look back and have no regrets about how long it took them to get here and who they’ve ended up with. They say, “[We] believe in the music so much that we devote our time in the belief that something good will come out of this.” Brian elaborates, “Just like in Poker— where patience, perseverance and a little luck can bring success—” so can their gamble at a second chance bring them better luck than what they each had before.

Danger Mouse and The Shins frontman James Mercer reunite as BROKEN BELLS to uncover what happens After the Disco. Called by the Alternative Press’s Mike Usinger as “the perfect soundtrack for the monring after,” it’s just the kind of “Medicine” you need after a tripping through a “Lazy Wonderland.”

You don’t need a Motivational Jumpsuit to get into GUIDED BY VOICES’s new album... or maybe you do. This is the prolific band’s 21st studio album to date and you can be sure that they’re far from over with a followup, Cool Planet, slated for a release later this year.


STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS TENNIS just released a Motown, R&B, and progressive rock-inspired EP called Small Sound, proving that husband and wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore have come a long way from their seafaring start. Tennis are in it again to test the waters, and as Alaina puts it, “We are ready to venture out into new territory.” By Sunshine Reyes


ailing” is what comes to mind whenever Tennis is brought up. After all, if it weren’t for Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore’s fateful sailing voyage, the band would’ve not existed. It’s one of those stories that make one forget that an eightmonth-long sailing trip must be terrifying. “It is far from the luxury yacht stereotype. We had limited electricity, no running water, and no refrigeration. We had the best time of our lives, but also the most difficult, says Alaina. ”The whole experience was documented in the band’s first album, Cape Dory. To those who need an introduction: The band name was taken from an inside joke because Patrick used to play

tennis during college. The couple shared a common goal which absolutely had nothing to do with music—to sail away together. Music was not part of the plan; in fact, they knew very little of each other’s musical backgrounds and abilities. To satiate their seafaring desires, they sold their belongings, bought a ship, and started their nautical adventure. Mid-sailing, they stopped by a tiki bar and felt inspired by the song that was playing —“Baby It’s You” by The Shirelles, a 60s girl group. Alaina admits Cape Dory wouldn’t have happened if they hadn’t heard that song. It also made her realize that it was a sound

and style she wished was present in contemporary music. “I mentioned it to Patrick, and he said, ‘If you want to hear more of that, then we should make it ourselves.’ He’s just like that. It’s my favorite thing about him. For us, that was the beginning of everything.” A lot has happened ever since. They took in James Barone to play the drums, toured extensively, and released a second album called Young and Old. It introduced a heavier sound while retaining the fuzzy, surf pop feel of the first album. This year, they recorded cover versions of their favorite songs from The Zombies, Television, and Broadcast. “The first step in our songwriting process is to choose a beat or rhythm we are interested in, and then build off of it.” She names McDonald & Giles (of King Crimson) and Shuggie Otis as inspiration. It must be nice to creatively collaborate with your sweetheart, but Alaina reveals

she and Patrick occasionally have opposing views about a song, prompting the progress to come to a grinding halt. “Our recently devised solution is to let the initial creator of the song have complete creative control, and the other plays more of a supportive role. So far, this has worked really well, and I’m hoping it will speed up our writing process, which is unaccountably slow!” Alaina is being modest about their effort. A new album is on the works, and they are due to step into the studio next year. “We have already written the majority (of the next album), although we’re still trying to figure out how it should all come together. It’s usually more of a discovery than something we do intentionally.” Oh yeah, just like how it all started. @tennisInc

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tell us about each other’s dark side. D: The thing about the dark side isn’t that it’s necessarily scary or dark; it’s that you can’t see it—it’s the hidden part, sometimes it stays hidden.

SILENT PARTNERS Not all epic nights are made of treble and trouble. Salut to electronic music’s Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington of DARKSIDE who can color a room by improvisation and noise-reduction. By Kristine Dabbay


hough Chilean-American producer Nicolas Jaar is already known for his solo electronic projects, he leaves his creative door ajar for a roomful of collaborations. Enter Dave Harrington who furnishes Nicolas’s minimalist soundscapes with the warmth of some good ol’ rock and blues and you got Psychic, the duo’s full flora and fauna of an album that crosses the borders of Nicolas’s 2011 breakout debut, Space Is Only Noise. What sparked their joint forces is literally a spark. Since Dave was a part of Nicolas’s touring band, the two were experimenting on sounds in their Berlin hotel when smoke and sparks filled the room due to a faulty travel adapter. For what it’s worth, the fiasco led to their first song. Now breathing and living the grime of New York City, Nicolas and Dave are bound to make more noise—but not too quick, it’s noise that whispers and snakes through ears.

Hi Nico and Dave! What’s up? How’s life post-Brown? Nico: It’s great, although NY is its own kind of university.  Absolutely adored your Boiler Room set. Where are your usual haunts for discovering new music? Dave: My favorite places to go hear music when I’m home in NY are probably Glasslands, Cameo, Barbes, The Village Vanguard, and The Stone—I like going to those places in Brooklyn to hear friends play, and I like seeing jazz. My favorite track from Psychic is “Freak, Go Home.” Since most of your songs don’t have lyrics, how important do you think are words in music? N: Words are important and so is the lack of words.  Dave mentioned that “Being on tour is the easiest way to find out if you love or hate someone.” Having worked together for extended periods of time,

Nico said that sometimes he gets into this mindset where he doesn’t even like his own music. As a duo, how do you temper each other’s moods? D: We really take an improvisational approach to everything that we do on a macro, structural level and on the micro day-to-day of making music together. This means that we try to stay present in the moment, look at what’s directly in front of us, and respond and create meaning in that environment.  You guys remixed Daft Punk’s latest album into Daftside’s Random Access Memories Memories. Daft Punk’s stand on EDM as a sort of vapidno-signature genre has been debated over and over. As young progenitors of electronic music, what’s your stand on the issue? N: Electronic music is bigger than EDM. Today, there’s a side to everything that is slightly more glamorous and money-driven. Do you think electronic music is this decade’s version of 70s’s rock & roll and 90s’s alternative? N: I don’t think we have enough distance yet to say.  Miles Davis, Brian Eno, Angelo Badalamenti—those are just some names I can throw around in terms of influences to compare your music with. What can you say that most kids now just care about the hook or the drop? N: Thank you, those are all very important people in my view. I think there are plenty of hooks, drops, and noise in quiet music. What’s next for DARKSIDE? Any tours/projects/collaborations we should look forward to? D: We start touring next year, and we’re really excited to share this music with people— ready to take these songs out on the road and really let them breathe and expand.

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SCHOOLBOY Q gets his chance to be “Man of the Year” with buddies like Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator, A$AP Rocky, and Pharrell Williams helping out with his first drop under a major label Oxymoron.

Who says self-titled albums have to be your first? Not ST. VINCENT, that’s for sure. Believing in “Birth in Reverse,” she releases a self-titled record for her fifth studio album and we don’t think she has any “Regrets” about it.

If you’re hearing Voices right now, it may be because PHANTOGRAM has been “Howing At the Moon” and been up to “Nothing But Trouble” with their latest album. The band formerly known as Charlie Everywhere is “Celebrating Nothing” they’re giving us every reason to.

Racialized sex and double suicides find their way into XIU XIU’s Angel Guts: Red Classroom as they take inspiration from the Japanese film of the same name. Invite your “Adult Friends” and be prepared to get “Stupid in the Dark” because you’re in for one hell of a ride.


Melbourne-based illustrator LEO GREENFIELD poses himself as a sartorial storyteller who (quite literally and figuratively) draws inspiration from the streets. By Meg Manzano


he fashion world’s love affair with street style ensues. From an endless list of lens folk come a new breed of storyteller: Leo Greenfield. Instead of pressing away on the trigger, this sketchy fella draws inspiration from the streets and documents sartorial occurrences with a purely analog arsenal of inks, watercolors, pens, and fine papers. “As a teen, I wanted to be a designer,” says Leo. “I dreamed up collections and drew them all down. Later, I would draw looks from the streets as a type of notation for future collections.” Both purpose and process have now evolved as Leo discovered his love for drawing and his budding need to develop an art practice that takes a more journalistic approach. In 2008, Leo introduced his illustrations to the blogosphere, and since then, the front(row)runner has painted stories of the most interesting folk he encounters on the street and the catwalk while being featured in the platforms of A Magazine,, A Shaded View of Fashion, not to mention being an artist in residence at Australian Vogue and the Parisian atelier of designer Martin Grant. Have you always been a sketchy fella? I lived on a farm and in the winter I would sit and draw a lot. My grandma particularly encouraged me, and we would sit and painted, and I loved it. I have never lost that feeling of wanting to just sit and draw. Most of your illustrations remain unidentified. Do the people who browse through your website ever recognize themselves and contact you? I once attended a Paul Smith party in Melbourne—it was just such a wonderful source of inspiration. I drew the Australian stylist Lesley Crawford, who I didn’t know at the time. Later, she found the

drawings. (As did Paul Smith, who sent me the coolest letter!) Months later, we met at Australian Fashion Week, and Lesley asked me where I was sitting. I was in the back row, and she replied, “That won’t do.” Before I knew it, I was sitting front row at the fashion shows. Do you adhere to a particular design aesthetic or philosophy? I am very interested in the idea of memory and telling stories— this is my main philosophy. My drawings come from my love of letter-writing and keeping journals and notebooks as a teenager. I love this process and see the blog as a contemporary site for this kind of storytelling; for me, it’s recounting memory through drawing. Walk us through a day in the life of a street style illustrator. I like to get up early and get going to the studio. I can’t do anything without breakfast and Melbourne has the most wonderful cafes to indulge in. I like to start with writing, especially writing letters to friends. Art is a bit like sport, you need to warm up and drawing for friends and family is my favorite thing to do. From these smaller drawing and letters come larger drawings and blog posts. Again, it’s about storytelling. The studio can get lonely so listening to This American Life or TED Talks keeps me company—keeps me working ‘til dinnertime. What catches your eye? It’s always changing, what inspires me, but I always draw people I admire. I am very interested in trends and how dressing patterns repeat on the street. I keep seeing red details on the streets of Paris at the moment; socks, gloves, or scarves. And that is just beautiful in contrast with the wintery weather that is upon us now. @LeoGreenfield - 69



T ric k T reat Some kids outgrow the creatures underneath their beds but there’s a special bunch that grow to seize the monster within. Visual artist ARCHIE GEOTINA, aka chichimonster, may have planned to be Walt Disney, but inking the streets of Manila ain’t half bad. By Pola Beronilla Portrait by Everywhere We Shoot!

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irst of all, I am not a street artist. People just call me that,” says Archie Geotina, better known as chichimonster. Splattering the walls of the city with a tasteful infusion of style and street culture is not his only trick. He goes on, “What people don’t know is that I wear a lot of hats. I’ve designed clothing, shoes, bottles, logos, children’s books; the list goes on and on.” A creature of culture who grew up in a traditional Catholic household, Archie recalls, “[I was] subdued and taught how to act and move; my elders always trying to mold me into something from a cookie-cutter.” But once he got the chance to jump out of the oven, Archie overcame the roadblocks in his path and discovered a burning passion for art. “I wanted to be a priest, an astronaut, or a lawyer until adolescence happened.” Ultimately, his friends introduced him to the art of graffiti, making him see the

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world differently. “[It] made me want to be the best in the world.” Archie bluntly admits that bearing a creative soul is difficult in this country. “It’s a dog-eat-dog-world out here; either you fight or you flee.” But that doesn’t stop this beast from getting his share of the feast. “To be in the business of creation, first, you have to believe in yourself,” he explains, “If you do not have a strong voice inside you, people will see that, and everything that makes you unique and interesting will be muted out by all the noise.” To Archie and the monster within, everything is a giant canvas waiting to be filled. “There are many ways of interjecting creativity to the masses because people are always stuck in traffic or running around town.” And it is only fueled by his strong urge to change the city. Archie says, “Look all around Manila, everything is a façade of giant

billboards, faces plastered all over giant monolithic tarpaulins, and portraits of demi-gods called artistas.” He elaborates, “It’s the people given the power to approve creativity and expression,” If only artists were given chance to express their passion, Archie reckons it would be for the greater benefit of Manila. “Let’s see how the masses react, let’s see the kids’ taste go beyond that of vanity and glam and luster. Have them decide.” Though the country’s suppression of artistic expression can make him question his craft, Archie still maintains a hopeful outlook. “I know I can’t change the whole world, but I can make myself strong enough that I can inspire the next generation around me to change the environment, the politics in the industry, and the lack of taste. I will have to work harder and do more.” Fresh off a collaboration with Giordano Philippines and Crystal Head while being deep in the process of making a

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mural for Converse Wall To Wall in Cebu, the chichimonster is slowly eating up all that he can chew. As far as the impact of his artworks go, he only wants to leave a simple mark: “The story I want to leave is a question.” @CHICHImonster

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smells like Up-and-coming designer KATHLEEN KYE’s KYE paints a bittersweet reality for today’s insecure and YOLO’d youth. It may not be pretty, but it sure as hell is #OOTD-worthy. By Loris Peña Runway photos courtesy of Seoul Fashion Week


hen you have all eyes on you, it’s hard not to crack under pressure but Korean designer Kathleen Kye has got everything under control. She is calm and collected in her all-black ensemble as we caught a beat before her highlyanticipated show last Seoul Fashion Week Spring/ Summer 2014. Kathleen described her current state of anxiousness, saying, “I always get a little bit pressured because I have to make pieces that press and fans would love while also making something the buyers would like. It’s really hard to balance these things out.” For someone who has Korean pop stars like CL and G-Dragon sitting front row at her shows while having her gear worn by the likes of Rita Ora and Ciara half a world away, Kathleen shouldn’t be worried. Seoul Fashion Week feels like a homecoming after her show in New York Fashion Week almost three seasons ago. Despite having been born in Detroit and educated in London’s Central Saint Martins, she insists that it is important for her to bring all of her experiences back with her to Seoul. “I guess having an international background definitely played a big role in my designing. [It allows me to] design something diverse,” she admits. “I wanted to [do a] show in Korea, ‘cause it’s my mother country. I don’t just want to be Korean designer who works in an international field.” While she raises the flag for K-town high and proud, Kathleen is simultaneously free of any borders. With an aesthetic that is straight out cool, tongue-in-cheek, casual, and borderline luxe streetwear, her stockists include Opening Ceremony in New York and Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong, just to name a few. It only reinforces her belief that “KYE is not necessarily about race or age. It’s about taste and personality.” Heavily influenced by hip-hop, Kathleen describes the other parts of her process, “There’s usually [something] I want to make for the season. For instance, I want to make colorful fur and stuff. I start from there. And for the theme, I talk to my other friends from other fields. With a little help from her editor, model, and celebrity friends, she’s able to clear her thoughts and concepts for the final plan. Kathleen laughs, “I even ask my parents [what they think]. I don’t necessarily listen to them, but they always have similar views about the collection.” She candidly confesses that she makes clothes 50% for herself and 50% for the press. “[At the end of the day], I just make something that I love. All the buyers

and press love it, too. So, I guess that works.” Her latest collection, Healing for the Pained Youth, is self-explanatory, but Kathleen expounds, “It’s because the youth these days [are] going through [a lot] with their lives. They’re always stressed and somehow they want to relieve that stress by plastic surgery, shopping, and ulterior things. I kinda wanted to make a statement about that.” Inspired by the people around her and their stories, her collection of band-aid motifs, knife cuts, and leather shorts, cutout tops, jackets, and bone print button-downs are a reflection of this generation’s woes and unfulfilled egos. Kathleen may not have the answer to these issues, but pointing out the problem is a start. We end our conversation, and Kathleen is ready to take a bow after another well-received show. Afterwards, she hurries back to her office to answer emails and take a sip of something stiff because the youth has won the day and that’s all that matters for now. Cheers! @kathleenkye

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D A I LY G R I N D Skate enthusiast CZAR KRISTOFF is spending his twenties compiling memories and dreams through the lens. He develops his inner eye by focusing on random episodes of his daily life and the cult of the skating commune where he thrives. By Gabbie Isabela Marionne, 2013

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trongly aware that he is no Benjamin Button, Czar Kristoff immortalizes youth by stretching his craft to its fullest potential. Crediting his interest to years of watching the X-Games on television, Czar’s career kickflipped its way to greater paths after understanding the sport beyond just the technicalities and getting into the lifestyle that came with it. He found his bearings after gaining a newfound respect for what appeared to be more of a cult than a sport. Documenting life as he knows it, honesty, frustration, confusion, and desire play a big role on his photos. Pictures and faces showcase everyday’s ebb and flow. Presenting the world in black and white, Czar offers an unadulterated picture of youth in revolt. Other than skate culture, what other images interest you? What other stories do you want to tell? Anything that celebrates being young, vulnerable, lost. Images of voyeurism, horror, accidents, spaces, stuff like that. I think I have a lot of stories I need to tell in the future. But for now, what I want to show is something that

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is coming directly from me: Not fiction, but something real. Most, if not all your photos, are in black and white. I just feel like doing it that way. It is simple and easy to understand. I think by shooting in black and white, I can truly translate how I perceive the world around me and within me without trying too hard. I can tell something just by using forms, lines, contrast, and other elements even with the absence of color. I’m not against color photography. I’m actually starting to shoot in color now. It just came to my realization that there are things I can’t express in monochrome, so I have been studying it. I noticed that in a lot of your works, the faces of your subjects are often covered or out of focus. I do it so there will be a conversation between the image and the viewer. So that the latter can wonder, be mystified. Walk us through your workflow. It may vary depending on the situation. Sometimes I plan ahead, but most of the time, I just go with the flow. Snap the shutter fluidly and make

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photos. So basically, it’s more of spontaneity than staged. Listening to my favorite tracks before/during a shoot is a necessity. Yeah, I think that’s it. What makes an image worth capturing? Anything actually is worth photographing. Anything you think is beautiful. We are different from each other so we have different perspectives of beauty so I’m saying it in general. Whose works influenced you the most? I have a lot of influences, from filmmakers, artists, musicians,

photographers, etc. But to give you specific answers, I would say Diane Arbus, Ed Templeton, Francesca Woodman, William Eggleston. The works of those photographers speak to me the most. @czarkristoff



After meeting in a critique class at the School of Visual Arts in New York, duo MIKE AND CLAIRE combined their mutual love for the eccentric and esoteric to create visuals that shoot for the superlative. By Rita Faire


aper Magazine called them the possible lovechild of conceptual portraitist Cindy Sherman and LA-based visual artist and filmmaker Ryan Trecartin and we’re not going to argue with the label. Driven by outlandish characters with hidden glam rock and punk undertones, New York-based Mike Bailey-Gates and Claire Christerson of Mike and Claire make the most out of their 3-5 second medium as they prove that GIFs are the next frontier of short films. “The best thing about GIFs is that you can convey a story quickly,” says Claire. Despite the obstacle of having to limit their file size to a decent rate that even the slowest broadband connection can upload with the least amount of discomfort, the two transform themselves (and a couple of friends) into characters that channel everything from their inner Bowies to freaky suburbia and loop endlessly in episodes of lucid mania.

Transformation seems to be a very strong theme in your work. You transform props, clothes, and even yourselves. M: Superhero movies and comic books have always been my favorite because they usually involve someone normal transforming into something amazing. I remember when I was a kid, I broke up a magnet and ate the pieces because I wanted my blood to be magnetic, or to have some sort of superpower. When I’m acting for our work, I get that feeling of transformation for sure. It’s not really the leading force behind making work, but I like how electric things can get sometimes. It’s a rush.

One of the first things that drew me to your work was the fact that it came in GIF form, the ultimate in short films! C: I like GIFs because they don’t require a play button and it’s really amazing, the things you can come up with when you are working with such a small amount of time. I think it forces us to challenge the medium and try to find loopholes to tell longer stories in shorts. Another thing that I have always really enjoyed about making GIFs is the stop-motion element that goes into them. I like that you are essentially creating a flipbook. I might be wrong, but I feel like music is one of the hidden aspects of your work—given that I don’t think anyone can make those GIFs without setting the right mood with the right groove. That, and it seems that your characters are heavily influenced by music and style icons. C: I grew up listening to everything that my dad played

from Jimi Hendrix to the Talking Heads. When I got older I got into everything from David Bowie and The Clash to M.I.A., Cyndi Lauper, The Sex Pistols, and Iggy Pop—the list goes on. I realized how intertwined music and fashion are. I also learned that music and politics are friends too, which makes me happy. It does seem to have carried over. [Laughs] If you listen to Daft Punk you will notice that a lot of our GIFs move in synch to a lot of their songs. We just really like music and couldn’t live without it.   What’s next for you guys? C: We are working on mostly video projects at the moment. We have a lot of GIF ideas to work on soon, but for the time being we are excited to make short films. Were in the process of storyboarding a comic book video!

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London-based HATTIE STEWART’s creative juice spills all over her subjects. There’s no beginning and end, no heads, no tails, just a trail of doodle bombs facing eternal war and peace in that delicate zone between scary and sweet. By Kristine Dabbay

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elieve it or not, Hattie Stewart sometimes feels like she loses consciousness when drawing. So she steps back to collect herself. We caught up with her in the same state. It was the holidays. She goes, “Hello! Just doodling away at the moment—lots going on so can’t complain! I’m looking forward spending the holidays in Gozo with my family, and I can’t wait to have some time to relax and calm down for a few days.” With her parents in Gozo and sister in Madrid, Essexraised Hattie considers moving to America. Well, her works have gone ahead reaching farflung places including Germany, Miami, Bangkok—you name it. Still, you can’t take the Brit out of Hattie. Asked on London’s new slang, she enriches our vocabulary, “I’m not sure! I

keep saying ‘spangly’ when I feel a bit off, and my friends and I always say ‘snazz’ when things are great and ‘shazz’ for those things that are cool but a little tacky.” Snazz points go to her then since her works bastardize yet make magazines look cooler than they already are. Come on, Jennifer Lawrence spewing orange goo for Interview? Odds in her favor. Anyway, this style wouldn’t happen if she didn’t watch the telly while sitting across a copy of Dazed & Confused on which she doodled. Until now, she works with the TV on; her favorite is the 12-hour-long The Lord of the Rings extras which is the perfect duration for her to - 77

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accomplish a project. Hobbits aside, this Kingston University graduate shows art can be fulfilling as it is commercially viable. While working with giants like Adidas, Barney’s, and Marc Jacobs, Hattie also supports young and independent talents such as Tavi Gevinson. Hattie inches forward with more ink. “I have two solo shows planned and a few big projects that I am yet unable to talk about. I’m excited to see what happens,” she trills. Hi Hattie, your works are cheeky. Would you describe yourself the way your art is depicted? My work is a reflection of myself; I think an artist’s work always is to some extent. My work is playful and tonguein-cheek, but there are more serious or sinister undertones running through it, and I if I had to, that would be one way in which I would describe myself. I can be contemplative, argumentative, and serious, but I can also play the loveable, excitable fool! Since your art can be both extremely bright and dark, how do you balance its polarizing qualities? Would you consider yourself temperamental? I can definitely have a temperamental character. I am a

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generally happy, upbeat person, but I have my moments as every human being does. I don’t really know how anything is balanced. If I notice something is getting too twee or saccharine, I’ll try to create a piece that’s haunting and vice versa. I love all your magazine art! While growing up, what did you read? I used to read Beano and Beryl The Peril comics when I was young, but as I grew up, I began to read Juxtapoz, Vogue, and Lula. Now I love The Gentlewoman, Riposte, and 032c. I love wandering around magazine shops as I’m always hunting down covers to draw over; either that or I’m trying to hunt down articles on fascinating women. You’ve been doodling since you were a wee child. How did you realize fashion illustration is the one you’d want to get into? I became fascinated with fashion when I was 14. I always carried Vogue on my school folder. Although I was enamored with idea of becoming a designer, I remember the thing that engaged

me most was drawing the outfits and characters with no intention of making them a reality. The illustrations were already real; my imagination was my reality. The fact I am able to work in fashion now is exciting. I am a part of fashion but not restricted to it. Pauline Boty is one of your heroes. Can you tell us about your influences? My friends are big influences not only in my work but also to myself as a person. I am eternally grateful for their existence. The work of Martin Sharp was a great influence on my work as I was growing into my style. For someone who studied art and actually practiced it, do you think illustration is more of a gift or a skill? Absolutely both. You can have someone born an incredible singer or musician, someone naturally gifted, but you can

also have someone who can’t sing at all or can’t naturally play an instrument, but they study, they practice, they learn, they bend the rules to work in their favor, and they become exceptional. It isn’t necessarily what you are born with, but it’s your attitude and passion that give you the drive to do what you want. Illustration is both, and it always comes down to how you feel, what you want, and what you like that will define a style. My uncles on either side of my family drew cartoons so I would always draw with them. I hated life drawing throughout education because why bother spending time drawing things I can already see? I’ve got my own world to create! My Uncle Paul can draw anything on demand. He used to go to primary schools around Sheffield and paint murals of famous cartoon characters, and I used to help. [And] I remember

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“ Thanks to social media, no one is force-fed bullshit anymore.” we had a project where we had to draw an alien, and I was staying at my Uncle Terry’s in Sheffield. I was desperately trying to draw your stereotypical alien, and he said to me, “Have you ever seen an alien? If you have absolutely no idea what an alien looks like, you can bloody draw anything you want.” As a 10-year-old, that blew my mind. It was one of those small moments that stuck with me and definitely informed how I draw today. Paul taught me skill; Terry taught me how to think. It wasn’t a conscious development; I just knew what I liked to draw. I have started

using one sketchbook a year, and I have five now. Looking through them, I can easily see how my work has adapted, changed, and been influenced by what’s around me. Tell us about your creative process. It is all rather simple and boring, really. I get out of bed, roll over to my desk, and get to work. Break for lunch, pop out for a meeting or two, maybe meet a friend for lunch or a coffee then crack on with work again. My creative process is really just getting on with things instead of pondering

about what to do which is a waste of time. I usually like to watch documentaries while I work. Watching and engaging in someone else’s thought process and life experience is much more fascinating as I learn about my own. Learning about the process rather than the success of an individual will be a lot more influential on yourself as an artist. You’ve collaborated with Marc Jacobs, Henry Holland, and Urban Outfitters—all of which are

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lost caution INGE GROGNARD hardly uses makeup. She puts on a bit of concealer, brushes on a bit of mascara, and fills in her cheeks with a hint of color, but that’s about it. No contouring, no highlighting, no shadows, no liners, and—most importantly—no lipstick. Against the clichés of beauty, consider her work as a nod to beauty outside glamour, one that transcends to art. By Rita Faire Photographed by Ronald Stoops

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he Antwerp Six was not a group,” Inge tells us. “That was the name they got from the press because they had unpronounceable names.” Sources still conflict if it happened in ‘86, ‘87, or ‘88, but we do know that in the late 80s, a group of friends from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp rented a truck and set up their collections outside the London Fashion Fair. They formed a cult grounded in avant-garde sensibilities. In a time when shoulder pads, gaudy patterns, and glitter sashayed down the fashion capitals, Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Dirk Bikkembergs, Walter Van Beirendonck, Marina Yee, and Dirk Van Saene presented an alternative vision filled with deconstructed tailoring and humor-laden apparel. That made Belgium into what The Genteel’s Semhar Woldeyesus calls “the capital of fashion anarchy.” Inge Grognard, was in that truck. She had met the Six through long-time friend and collaborator Martin Margiela, also a student of the Royal Academy often doing shoots together, Inge’s dark take on beauty matched the Six’s new vision for fashion. Marina Yee explains to the Wall Street Journal, “There were just a

handful of designers in Belgium at that time and fashion in the ‘80s was a very somber, highly individualistic pursuit.” Consequently the world of makeup was limited and unexplored. Inge herself did not grow up surrounded by fashion. She has joked in the past that there were only three fashion-minded people in their small town— two of them being herself and Margiela. At the time, being a professional makeup artist in Belgium was next to unheard of. On occasion, Inge has expressed that her parents were initially negative about the whole idea, worried how she could sustain it as a career. But fashion was something intrinsic and it needed an outlet. Though she did not attend the Academy to pursue a career as a painter or designer, she discovered her interest in the human being as a canvas. In an interview with Dazed Digital, she says, “I was really interested by the face, body, and all those things you could do with that. I went to a beauty school, but I never assisted people in makeup like all those people do now. They assist a big name and they become also a big name, but at the moment I started it didn’t exist. Not, of course, in Belgium.” The aesthetic she developed is something she describes as a result of both “the designers around her and a kind of - 81

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protest—that you could do much more to express certain vibes, feelings, atmosphere, ambience, and so on.” The Six’s subversive debut in London can be considered hers as well. When ultra-teased curls, high-pigment bright shadows, bold pink cheeks, and equally bold lips were in vogue, Inge presented not just an alternative but an antithesis, which has gone to include smudged, wire-wrapped, scarred, bruised, broken looks to clean, and natural ones with small yet striking embellishments. Since then, Inge’s work has appeared in numerous imprints of Vogue, i-D, Dazed & Confused, Purple Magazine, Numéro, AnOther Magazine, V, and A Magazine. Her work has been captured by Nick Knight, Juergen Teller, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Tesh, Miles Aldrige, Satoshi, Horst Diekgerdes, and her husband Ronald Stoops. Not

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limiting herself to fashion, Inge has also collaborated with Anna Theresa Keersmaeker for her dance theater production, Rain, as well as exhibited in ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen, Museum Voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Forum ModeNatie, and Graanmarkt 13 Gallery. One of Inge’s most referenced work is the AF Vandevorst Spring/Summer 1999 presentation. The idea was to showcase pieces while models lounged around in bed. When the models arrived, their faces were washed and brushed clean, just as one would during their morning routine. They were sent out to the stage wearing nothing but moisturizer. Some people would not call that makeup, but one should not take offense in that. The term makeup (and by extension, makeup artist) is limiting to the point of asphyxiating when describing Inge’s work–driven by negative

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spaces and minimal flourishes. It goes beyond classical, doll-like perfection. As she explains to Acne Paper’s Anja Cronberg, “I always want to leave something of the person there.” Thus, Inge’s applications aim to add character and narrative, whether it is written out in black and lime green brushstrokes of verse or flickered in metallic sheets on heavy eyelids. Inge knows some people are scared of her work in the way that people are normally scared of the new. Some of her more jarring looks range from streaks of black paint applied with a dry broad brush to taped and stretched skin and black tears dripping from reddened eyes. Inge is well aware of the dangerous undertone her works carry—knowingly splattering black paint between woman’s legs and pooling it at her feet, oozing thick black tears down porcelain white skin, and opening a demon’s eye by

painting it on a closed lids. It is in that danger that she finds art and beauty. “They were scared about the darkness while for us it was poetic,” she says. With every piece and every effort, the artist hopes to convey a thought or a feeling—therein lies the purity of the work with acceptance and acclaim coming as a pleasant afterthought than the driving force. “Art is still art, but some are more visible and approachable; same as fashion,” she continues. “I don’t think, when you are creative, your first goal is not to be understood by everybody. You have to do what you feel.”


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Coco Chanel once said, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” A severe cut wasn’t the case for model SOO JOO PARK, but trying a different shade shook things up. “Hair can really change your image,” she says. True enough, this resulted to a massive traction that scored Soo Joo an army of magazine covers, ad campaigns, and designer shows that left the likes of Carine Roitfeld and Karl Lagerfeld blown away. By Zoe Laurente Photographed By Hao Zeng Styled by Laura Jones


oo Joo may look like your Seoul sister but she’s really a Cali girl at heart. The Korean-born, California-raised model proves that blondes have more fun as she rides through the highs and lows of fashion. You’d assume that for someone who grew up in the laid-back lounges of Bay Area, she’d have parents who are as chill as the weather. Soo Joo demurs. It’s a complete shocker her folks even gave her a go. After overcoming beginner’s slump—designers, editors, photographers, and

modelizers started to take notice of Soo Joo’s look that retains its edge even when the model is off-duty in her beat-up Chuck Taylors. Though it’s common for models to become designers’ muses, Soo Joo is determined to do more than just be dolled up in couture. As a girl of many interests, she’s branching out to to styling and designing à la Grace Coddington, Kate Moss, and Erin Wasson. But then again, Soo Joo has her own name and own game to gain, the way she has

earned her signature stare and gait. STATUS catches up with her in New York where she gives a primer on what she’s up to next. Hey Soo Joo! What’s up? Tell us the things you find beautiful. I love the crisp winter breeze, waking up after a good night’s sleep, stories, and people. You’ve been modeling for a while now. What are the highlights so far? Meeting Carine Roitfeld, walking for a Chanel Couture exclusive in January, the Tom Ford and Chanel campaigns, being shot by Karl Lagerfeld with China

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“ I am willing to try anything and everything, given the right opportunity and time.”

cultures and lifestyles that are reflected in fashion today.   Have you ever found yourself watching Korean dramas? I don’t watch Korean dramas— they are too melodramatic. I listen to K-pop, though. I love my friends G-Dragon and CL’s music. They’re so catchy. What has been the biggest turning point in your professional life? Bleaching my hair was the biggest turning point of my career. It gave me a new look and perspective.  Since bleaching your hair, can you say that blondes really do have more fun? I sure can.   Your hair is amazing. Are you willing to go crazier with it? Of course! Hair can really change your image. Given the chance, what other drastic hairstyles would you want to try? I am willing to try anything and everything, given the right opportunity and time.   Every girl has a go-to piece in her wardrobe. What’s your fashion staple? Skinny high-waisted jean from Madewell, super soft worn out t-shirts, comfy flats from Chanel.   

Give us one beauty tip that you swear by. Don’t stress! Stress does the worst number on your health, and it shows on the outside—your skin, hair, etc. What’s one thing people don’t know about you? I can cook! My go-to dishes are roasted root vegetables and chicken parmigiana.    Fashion week is probably the most stressful time of the year with castings, rehearsals, and endless hours of work. How do you deal with it all? I seek comfort in journaling, chatting with friends over a bottle of wine, listening to music, and sleeping.    You’ve worked with some of the biggest names in the industry like Karl Lagerfeld and Vivienne Westwood. Who would you like to work with in the future and why? I would love to work with Nicolas Ghesquiere because he is incredibly talented and Hedi Slimane because he’s all about the laid-back and chill rock & roll that I also love.   What do you do during your down time? I like to “hardcore lounge.” I play music, read books, or watch - 89

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“ Studying design helped me form a critical mindset to approach fashion. I like to think about the concept and story with everything.” films, while out of bed. to leverage on the road

trying not to get It’s something I do out the days I spend working.

It seems most people nowadays are doing multiple fields, do you see yourself branching out to something else? I do. I’m interested in collaborating in different things that interest me—design, music, fashion, and art. I’m collaborating with my friends at Rigards, an artisanal optics line, to design a special edition pair. How’s your band doing? Are you coming out with anything soon? Good! My band-mate and I are focusing on our main career at the moment, so we’re still incubating.  You took up Architecture in college. How does that affect your personal style? Studying various styles of architecture throughout different cultures and eras made me hone my ideal aesthetic. I love minimal, classical modernism seen in works of Tadao Ando, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe. I’ve come to appreciate other styles like rococo and futuristic/ transformative, but classic modernism is something I never tire of. In clothes, I think

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I tend to mix and be a bit of everything, so maybe I’m more postmodern when I dress, though it’s my least favorite kind in architecture. [Laughs] I think studying design helped me form a critical mindset to approach fashion. I like to think about the concept and story with everything. It’s more meaningful to me that way. Who do you consider your biggest art influences? Different artists have inspired me in different times of my life. When I was in my early twenties, still growing up mentally and forming into an individual, I loved the works of Francesca Woodman. She had this tragic vulnerability that showed through her photos. I was obsessed with her work. I even did a senior project inspired by her. I also love Tracey Emin who I think is emotionally similar to Woodman. She and artists like Jenny Holzer and Barbara

Kruger put a lot of emphasis on words and meanings and how they can express a sort of aesthetic through a range of wider issues addressing the world to something more focused, selfinvolved. Richard Prince and Ed Ruscha are also my favorites. But then, who doesn’t like them? And there’s also some of my friends who are very talented artists. My very good friend Ian Cheng, who went to Berkeley undergrad with me, is doing very exciting things in New York. He even had his piece shown in Frieze and Art Basel Miami this year which is super impressive. I also admire my friend Keegan McHargue’s work, which is colorful and compositionally intriguing. Having conversations with them inspires me and keeps me aware of that world.


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Get your instant frame fix with quickie GIFs that pull the funny bone or take you to cinema paradise. These artists fill your timelines with moving photos that capture the best moments of still life. Words by Zoe Laurente


How and when were you introduced into GIF making? I was first introduced into the process of GIF-making by the online community about three years ago. I didn’t attempt to explore that realm until my agent Suzy saw the potential in my video work, and a year ago, I began creating my own. We love your collaboration with MAC and the beauty section of your page. What do you find most beautiful in a woman? Her attitude, there is nothing more beautiful than a confident lady. What has been your most enjoyable collaboration to date? Probably my most enjoyable collaboration was the MAC project you mentioned (, we had a team of

30 people putting that concept together, everyone that were involved were truly a pleasure to work with. We drove to a building that was burned to the ground in the 1800s; the walls were the only surviving part of the structure, and over time, a forest grew in and around it, the team that was involved made this concept

come alive, it was exactly as we imagined it, and I could have not asked for a better result. @kobyinc

one that encourages all kinds of people to create and connect and do stuff together.


What do you think about how Tumblr, Pinterest, and other microblogging websites have changed life in general? Alex: We actually just did a project that had something to do with that titled “Where R U.” People talk a lot about how stressful and unrewarding it is to be “always on,” but there’s also this other side to it–

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How did you come together as a group? Alex: We were all hanging out together a lot during college. Tumblr was in its early days, and we wanted to make a collaborative blog together, compiling our GIF works. One of our first serious projects together was a small gallery show called “From Point A to Point B” at AMO Studios in Brooklyn, New York. We put together a series of GIFs on the theme of connection and travel. We had a computer mouse glued to the wall that would let visitors change the display to preserve some of the online viewing experience. If you could capture the kind of friendship you have in a GIF, what would it look like? Alex: It would probably be pretty colorful. It would definitely involve pigeons (midflight), with pink clouds in the sky. The clouds will be shifting like a time lapse, while the pigeons are stationary. The sun would be in the frame, but instead of an actual sun, there would probably be a 3D animation of a baby chewing on a donut. @fivism, @GertzMarisa, @alexthebez


Jamie Beck & Kevin Burg CINEMATOGRAPH

What inspired the idea of a “Cinemagraph”? Kevin: In 2009, I was playing with the idea of isolated movement in an image. I would take clips from TV or movies, and I developed a method for freezing certain areas to highlight the motion I was interested in. The first cinemagraph was made during New York Fashion Week in February 2011 from a fashion presentation where a girl was playing with the tendrils of her dress and looking into the camera with a haunting expression.

Have you ever considered making a full length fashion film instead of just GIFs? What kind of film would it be? Kevin: We work with video very often, and we’re doing more and more of it lately. We try to keep online videos to one to three minutes in length, and we recently released a three part video on Instagram. Before we start thinking about full length films, we want to focus on shorter movies, telling a smaller story in a beautiful way.

What are the benefits and challenges of working as a duo? Explain your work flow and process. Kevin: We try not to overlap what we do so we separate the creative portion of our work. Jamie does still photography, I do cinemagraphs and video which is very collaborative. When we shoot a cinemagraph we’ll discuss the concept, direct the models together, and split all the other little tasks.

JAIME MARTINEZ How did you get recognition for your works? I think it is very important to develop a style and to be continuously uploading fresh stuff. There are a lot of pages that reblog your work and they don’t give credit. When you have a style and a certain mood in your work, people get curious and they normally can find out who made that GIF or photo that they love. Also, for me it’s important to use always original material in my GIFs and collages (photos I took), I don’t use found images.

Your works are haunting, retro-like, and somehow strange. What things have influenced your style? I love family albums especially those from the 80s and 90s. I also love looking at old erotic magazines from the 70s and 80s. Another big influence are movies from those years, especially mystery and horror movies like those from John Carpenter and Dario Argento—two of my favorite directors.

What was it like working with MIA? It was great and magical. I still can’t believe what I have done in collaboration with her. I think we compliment our styles. She’s the perfect model for my style. I don’t need to direct her a lot, I just need to be there and do my thing and with her it will always be awesome. - 93

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Dj Krush

@ Black Market by Inez Moro

rave city secrets by The Cobrasnake

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status x facehunter after party @ Aracama

by Grace de Luna and Rosario Herrera

dim mak holiday party by The Cobrasnake - 97


schools out 4 summer

by The Cobrasnake

zero mondays @ Imperial

by Kappo Rivera

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vs Fridays @ URBN

by Paul Cortes

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PENSHOPPE SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City PLAN B PROMOD Greenbelt 5, Makati City RED SOUL RIVER ISLAND SM Aura, Taguig City SEBAGO Greenbelt 3, Makati City SPRAYGROUND STORM THEBALM TOPMAN SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City TOPSHOP SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City TWIN-SET URBAN DECAY VALENTINO VANS Vans Concept Stores, SM Department Stores, Robinsons Department Stores, Landmark Department Stores, Urban Athletics, Toby’s Sports, Olympic Village, Shoe Salon, American Rag, Sole Academy, Greyone Social VINCENT LONGO WAREHOUSE SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City ZARA Greenbelt 5, Makati City ARTISTS Juanma Blanco (Photographer) JC Cerilla (Photographer) The Cobrasnake (Photographer)

Fernando Colon (Photographer) Danica Condez (Photographer) Paul Cortes (Photographer) Joyce De dios-Ignacio (Hair and Makeup) Grace De Luna (Photographer) Kappo Rivera (Photographer) Karla Espiritu (Illustrator) Everywhere We Shoot! (Photographer) Ana Gimeno (Makeup) Giselle Garcia (Stylist) Jash Manuel (Photographer) Erica Matthews (Stylist) Miguel Miranda (Photographer) Inez Moro (Photographer) Patricia Nabong (Photographer) Alexa Nikolas (Photographer) Yvan Rodic (Photographer) RJ Roque (Photographer) Casper Sejersen (Photographer) Kamila Siemiatkowska (Grooming) JP Singson (Photographer) Mateusz Sitek (Photographer) Ronald Stoops (Photographer)



Ve Neill is a Hollywood makeup artist who has worked on Spider-Man, The Hunger Games, and Beetlejuice. A friend of mine surprised me with the brush set.

This is an original publication from my favorite author in the 1920s. I found it randomly at a Book Sale for $5.


They’re very classy but at the same time edgy. Kinda like my personality, I can wear them to the office and go out after.


Joyce Platon

This is very special to me as its from my late father.

Beauty, culture, and art have built the foundation of JOYCE PLATON’s career as a makeup artist. Can you blame her for wanting to surround herself with them as well?


I’m a camera collector. I travel a lot and I love to document everything.

I was looking everywhere for this specific style and on my birthday my mom gave them to me.


These pieces are from Japan. They are treasures from my mom.

Its very classy, unique, fresh, and it lasts all day from morning to night.


I wear it when I do make up, especially if I’m having a bad hair day. It goes with everything and it’s really cute.

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I always wear sunglasses, especially when I have no make up on.


These are special to me because my Muay Thai trainer gave them to me. He used them once in a fight in Hong Kong and won.

I always do them when I can’t sleep.

Portrait by Facehunter, Product photography by Jash Manuel


STATUS Magazine feat. Soo Joo Park  
STATUS Magazine feat. Soo Joo Park  

STATUS is an eye candy. February 2014.