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A story of constant evolution, the adidas Originals ZX Flux offers understated style that’s ready to perform - a blank canvas waiting for the mark of the pioneers putting it on. Designed in clean silhouettes with a two-tone mesh upper anda heel cage, dressing in style would only be as easy as taking a step.

Adidas ZX FLUX P4,895

Photographed by Shaira Luna Styled by Sabrina Mesina

Adidas ZX FLUX P4,895

Adidas ZX FLUX P4,895

Adidas ZX FLUX P4,895

Adidas ZX FLUX P4,895

Hair and Make-up by: Joyce De dios – Ignacio Modeled By: Daniel Velasco (I.M. Agency) and Daniella Freitas (Mercator Agency)


Photographed by Shaira Luna Styled by Mara Reyes

On her Varsity Snapback P199 Textured Skater Skirt P699 Feed Your Mind Graphic Tee P399 On him Five-Panel cap P199 All over print short sleeve shirt P899 Road to Success Graphic Tee P399 “Revolt” slim fit jeans P1,099

Backpack P949

Long Sleeve Chambray Shirt P1,099 Slim chinos P1,099 Education Graphic Tee P499

Gray beanie P299 Acid wash denim jacket P1,299 Acid wash skater skirt P799 Think Like A Proton Graphic Tee P399

Floral snapback P299 Men’s varsity bomber jacket P1,499 Faux leather skater skirt P799 LEARN Graphic Tee P399

Backpack P849

Backpack P849

Knit beanie P299 Heart print long-sleeve button-down P799 Men’s carrot fit jeans P1,299 Men’s gingham long-sleeve shirt P1,299 Chasing Dreams Graphic Tee P399

Five-panel cap P299 Zip-up hoodie P799 Slim chinos P1,299 Power Up Graphic Tee P399

Drawstring backpack P399

Five-panel cap P249 All over print chambray shirt P1,399 Carrot fit chinos P1,099 Never Ending Process Graphic Tee P399 Hair & make-up by Joyce De Dios-Ignacio Modeled by Tola Orendain and Erie Obsena of PMAP

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27 TECH PACK: get over it Out with the old, in with the new.


28 FACE PAINT: FRESH SQUEEZE The zest is yet to come.




A touch of new life.







An explosive 80s comeback.



The best time of day. By Meg Urbani


A heightened perspective. By Kaity Chua


Around the clock. By Enno Knuth


59 SWAG: DENIM SITUATION Smells like jeans spirit.


61 LACE UP Brogues

62 HOOD BY WEAR Pullovers






66 WASH AND WEAR Denim Jackets


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Straight from the sand and streets of Los Angeles, sunkissed, bright-eyed Leore Hayon shows that seasoned models don’t have to stick to one act. By Janroe Cabiles



Formed with the help of the combined perspective of 300 women, Brooklyn-based singer Jesse Boykins III devises Love Apparatus to examine love and beauty. By Kitkat Ramos


Local indie folk band The Ransom Collective wrestles with youth and living in the truth through anthems of hope on fire and nostalgic desires. By Janroe Cabiles


British quartet Clean Bandit steals the light in the EDM scene for their ironic mix of downbeats with classical instruments and over-the-orthodox ears of traditionalists. By Nicole Nequinto


One-man-band Migi de Belen gets shrouded under monicker, Nights of Rizal, entering a world of computer-based beats from his funk-rock band roots. By Nicole Nequinto

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Graffiti artist, toy designer, and illustrator Tristan Eaton proves that canvasses are just too mainstream when there’s a world out there waiting to be tricked out. By Pola Beronilla


Learning and forming his own brand of artistry, Travis Schneider sees from three kinds of vistas: as a photographer, a director, and a singer/frontman of The Damn Sons. By Kitkat Ramos



Visual artist Leeroy New entraps modern day creatures and magical entities to form his mythical army set to destroy our conventional understanding of art. By Olivia Estrada


A mad man in his own right, writer, actor, and director Kit Williamson tries to dabble in every form of media possible and just doesn’t know when to stop. By Olivia Estrada


Stepping out of the old Greek muses’ shadows are six Filipina models ready to take on the fashion world.

96 KELSEY MERRITT 97 Arianna cowper 98 sirene sutton 99 eriko malabanan 100 kate bautista 101 tola orendain









After acing the small sets of the indie scene, Jamie Blackley puts a hold on the little river roles and enters the main stream, introducing himself as he is: a young freak in love with everything film who is definitely here to stay. By Janroe Cabiles

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A shot of gin and tonic goes well with Olivia Malone’s shots of her subjects. Eternalizing youth with the help of her lenses, she captures and sharpens blurry lines of hazy stars that do what they want, say what they want, and love who they want. By Pola Beronilla







Twenty-three year-old photographer Laura Cammarata eternalizes Jamie Blackley through her lenses on Clements Road in London as the denim-clad actor poses and pouts, frozen before a red brick wall as a modern-day Peter Pan lost in time.


As far as cinematographer David Myrick is concerned, school is cool but you can always make it in your own way. Capturing images and creating scenes for music videos, commercials, and film, he produces his own curriculum with today’s hottest stars. By Olivia Estrada




Though her name may sound sweet, this fashion chameleon is certainly one a tough cookie.

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oming of age is a time in your life when you question everything and push yourself to the limits. What we love about being young, wild, and free is that you carry an armor of fearlessness. Life is all about discovering who you will become and in our Youth Issue, we bring to light the talented people who embody this spirit. Our cover boy Jamie Blackley is being hailed as the hottest rising actor on both sides of the Atlantic. Whether he’s setting the screen on fire with Chloë Moretz in If I Stay or with Kate Bosworth in While We Were Here, his James Dean-esque look is definitely catching the attention of major players in the film business. During our photo shoot with him in London, we discover why he’s being paired up with Hollywood’s hottest leading ladies. Photographer Olivia Malone captures the youth’s vulnerability and rebelliousness. While she shoots Pharrell, Miley Cyrus, and Robin Thicke, capturing intimate portraits of her famous friends keeps her grounded. As a self-professed perfectionist, she always pushes herself to make her work better than the last. Working with A$AP Rocky, Ellie Goudling, and The Weeknd, you could say that cinematographer David Myrick has made it to the top of his class. He gives us insight as to why he treats each project as a lesson in his personal school of life. We can’t have a Youth Issue without featuring the next crop of up-and-coming models in fashion. In our Block Party, models Kelsey Merrit, Kate Bautista, Tola Orendain, Arianna Cowper, Eriko Malabanan, and Sirene Sutton are the new faces to watch out for. With the youth constantly reminding us that anything is possible, they inspire us to live a life less ordinary.


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From shooting in places like Milan, New York, and Hong Kong, this Italian photographer takes a break from capturing the feminine kind and takes on the challenge of keeping Jamie Blackley (80) still in the streets of London before he heads off to his next conquests. While cooking (and eating) keeps this self-professed proper foodie occupied when she doesn’t have a hold of her camera, traveling is what fuels her motivation. “The more I travel, the better for my spirit.”

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Pensive, confused, and popcorn are three words that best describe Nicole. While this former intern relies on unicorn’s blood to keep her young, she continues to make our pages fresh as she shares the spotless stories of Clean Bandit (73) and the bedtime tales of Nights of Rizal (74). And when she’s not too busy enjoying her youth, she “looks up successful people’s ages to induce and existential crisis.”

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Ever since she was three years old, Janroe always dreamed of getting inked. “I got my first tattoo on the day I turned 18, and I’ve been adding one every birthday since.” Now as our youngest editorial assistant, she leaves her mark in this issue as she chats with LA wildflower Leore Hayon (69), prince screen Jamie Blackley (80), and the newest faces of the local fashion scene in Block Party (96).

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August 2014


hat started out as a side project, NEW YORK SUNSHINE eventually grew to sell across the United States, and now in Paris and Japan. From selling hand-silk screened shirts by the ocean, the brand now has a full range of garments including bucket caps, shorts, and jerseys. From one pond to another, NYS reps the city that never sleeps and everything that goes with it.


ttention all sneaker lovers, ADIDAS ORIGINALS ZX Flux is here to add to your wish list. The latest Base Pack with pops of aqua, orange, and lime colorways alongside black, grey, and navy models will break necks wherever you go. With the quintessential 3-stripe and heel cage accents, it pays tribute to its classic features with a new vivid design.


oday is NOT TUESDAY but you can still wear stylist Rachel Wightman’s handmade accessories. Playing with color, shape, and texture, her fun and vibrant necklaces are visually appealing and equally exciting when worn. This bold piece of wearable art turns all frowns upside down.


on’t be OBJECTS WITHOUT MEANING, wear one and let your individuality speak instead. Taking form in minimal silhouettes and simple material of leather skirts, chunky sweaters, jackets, and jogger pants, the brand takes in a lot of grace but their clothes can definetely say a lot. - 17




he lady in CARIN WESTER flaunts 40s-inspired silhouettes that enhance her body. With full skirts, mid-length coats, furry cardigans, and organza dresses, timeless beauty and classic shapes are made more interesting with voluminous fabrics and warm pastel colors. True class never goes out of style.




ondon-based streetwear brand HOUSE OF HOXSHORE knows how to make a woman feel a bit homie. Inspired by the cultural diversity of street style in Hoxton and Shoreditch, their Born Original collection of tees, crops tops, tanks, T-shirt dresses, hoodies, and sweatpants in classic black and white brings out the toughness in every girl.


nherit a sense of elegance and step into the shoes of HEREU. Adapting original styles worn in Majorca since the 1920s, the footwear label’s collection of mid-height buckle boots, lace-up 3-eye shoes, and open toe and T-bar sandals in black, navy, and porcelain is the perfect pair you’ve been looking for; your sole searching ends here.


orean brand BSX knows all things casual and cool. The brand’s latest collection of shirts, crewnecks, pullovers, and cardigans are comfortable but offers enough style. Wear the “French Terry” pullover with a pair of tailored shorts and loafers for a laid-back look that’s collegiate appropriate and sartorial high street.

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e your own hero with JAMIE WEI HUANG. For their Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, masculine silhouettes are used to create ladies’ tops, dresses, skirts, and coats to empower the 21st century woman, while taking cue from the armband that united wartime refugees, not only to connect the pieces together, but also to emphasize the importance of function with form.



andy Japanese meets New York grunge in KIMEM’s Fall/ Winter 2014 collection featuring soft fabrics and loose silhouettes in subtle colors contrasted with dark, edgy pieces. Staying true to their brand, each piece, ranging from vests to trousers to leather jackets, exudes effortless sophistication and the perfect balance between comfort and style.


nspired by the anatomy of creatures and mystical incarnations, sisters Lauri and Hayley Smith created SERPENT AND THE SWAN. The brand’s latest collection of marble-print dresses, leather pants, mesh tops, and shearling jackets are adorned with special details like animal-inspired trimmings and striking hardware-like buttons and toggles that leave the beholder bewitched and the wearer with mystery.


Words by Pola Beronilla, Claire De Leon, Olivia Estrada, and Loris Peña

ise up the ranks with ROOK as their Fall 2014 collection kicks up streetwear with hand-drawn designs. As the brainchild of illustrators Joe King and Jonathan Garcia, the California brand mixes art with some attitude as seen in their “Hydra Hood,” “Cheer Short Sleeve Fleece,” and “Diamond Tip Hat.”


raveling all the way from a faraway galaxy, let SPACEMAN UNLIMITED land in your closets and don their casual T-shirts in floral prints, graphic designs, black and white polka dots, and statement tees. Available for both men and women, cap it off with their floral 5-panel to get the full look. That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.


ophistication meets a new age with MIRLO. The independent jewelry brand sets diamonds and sapphires into modern designs for their double rings and cuffs. Stack them up for a party or pick just one for Friday night cocktails because these pieces are easy to pair with anything you choose to wear. - 19






lean lines and classic structures dominate the style of SAUDADE ATELIER as the clothing label stands for ethical consumerism and freelance collaboration in its manifesto. In this collection of button-downs, shirt dresses, suit jackets, and structured bottoms, each garment is made with careful precision and construction that value quality above all.


ime stands still in the magical world of MAGNOLIA ANTIC. This Barcelona-based brand perfectly captures timeless beauty and intelligence in their collection of coats, dresses, shirts, and trousers that utilize a combination of silk and cotton fabrics in subtle hues of pink and neutrals, further giving off a sense of femininity


nna Sheffield’s BING BANG shoots through our punk lovin’ hearts and into our downtown chicness qualities. Made in NYC, these tiny golden and silver necklaces, rings, and bracelets are decorated with mini ladybugs, smiley faces, tiny pineapples, and angel wings to add just the right amount of badass-ness and hint of class.


our dreams have taken the lovely forms of NAMAMI’s jewelries. The German label listens to your heart’s inner desires expressing feminine sensibilities with graphic design elements as you don pieces like the “Secret Heart” bracelet, “In Your Light” earrings, and “Soulmate” necklace.

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panish-born, Berlin-based designer Maria Glück wants the world to hear her HOWL. Her latest pieces of minimalistic shapes and elaborated textures made with handmade techniques and avant-garde materials in an earth-tone color scheme pushes the boundaries of traditional design and conventional gender limits. Now let’s hear her roar.


LOOK 8 Sweater APOLLO long sleeves with cutouts and inserts on front and back

LOOK 6 Top TYL with cutouts in front and back zip

Jacket ODILE raglan sleeves double cuffs lapel and front popper

Down shirt SHAMY belted waist front and back darts with fancy button at the front

Pants ALCYONE high waist minimalist cut with side zip


erlin-based brand FRISUR knows the season’s essentials. Their Autumn/Winter 2014 collection of sweaters, skirts, and jackets in basic colors are meant to be to mixed and matched for your layered ensembles, whether you’re off to face a pleasant chilly morning or to battle a full-on blizzard.

Pants KASTOR high waist minimalist cut with side zip


rench label JULYEN CARCY shows us that there is nothing better than what’s right in front of you with their Fall/ Winter 2014/15 collection, The Ideal Through Reality. Inspired by the opulence of the 17th century, it’s hard not to feel like royalty in their coats, skirts, and tops with accordion buffs, geometric panels, and pleats.


inimalistic and monochromatic describe AKA CLOTHING’s brand aesthetic. This luxurious streetwear label plays with understated but elaborate hand-designed prints on button-downs, vests, and jackets, proving that black and white is anything but boring.


good garment is hard to find, that’s why Berlin-based brand UCON ACROBATICS is proud of their fabrics, tailored cuts, and intricate details. With a sincere goal of ethical production and quality clothing, the brand’s latest collection of printed button-downs, knitted sweaters, tailored pants, and jackets will leave a lasting impression.


inter is coming, good thing FOLDED AND HUNG is serving up some jackets and sweaters in different prints and textures. With a collection of colorful chunky sweaters, knitted jackets, and printed bombers, you won’t be left out in the cold. - 21




HAM YARD HOTEL, LONDON Nestled in London’s entertainment district, the HAM YARD HOTEL invites a fresh injection of life as it houses premium recreational spots that take inspiration from modern art splashing colors, patterns and textures found in each room and suite. While lounging in the hotel’s luxurious interiors designed by Kit Kemp, get the best out of your stay and take pleasure in their 188-seat theater, The Croc, a 1950s bowling alley imported from Texas, and the Holistic Hub, an open square at the heart of the hotel where one can shop at any of the 13 specialty stores. 1 Ham Yard, Soho London, W1D, 7LG United Kingdom


BURGERS AND BREWSKIES, THE FORT Only straight up and no-nonsense platters come out of the kitchen of BURGERS AND BREWSKIES. From their NY-inspired menu jump out ingredients like tomato jam, onion confit, and balsamic glazed shitake with dried figs, to add a little mystery to their burgers. Of course, only the best beers from Germany, France, and Belgium can do these burgers justice alongside cocktails such as Dirty Arnold and This Little Piggy Went to The Bar. Enjoy all these in the comfort of simple and clean interiors that make you feel right at home.


OPEN WIDE Be ready with a monster appetite when you dine at BURGERS AND BREWSKIES.

KANDI Roasted garlic aioli, B&B cheese sauce, onion confit, and spiced candied bacon

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CALL THE NURSE Spiced mustard aioli, B&B cheese sauce, seared macaroni and cheese, and honey sriracha back

WALK OF SHAME Spiced mustard aioli, B&B cheese sauce, egg-in-awhole-wheat bun, crispy bacon, crisp potato hay, and B&B lemonnaise

P. SHERMAN New England style fish cakes, spiced mustard aioli, B&B cheese sauce, roasted sweet peppers, and fried basil leaves

Words by Olivia Estrada Ham Yard Hotel is a member of Design Hotels™ Ham Yard Hotel photos courtesy of Design Hotels™ PLATE photos by Rosario Herrera

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AMERICAN TWO SHOT, NEW YORK 135 Grand St, New York NY 10013, United States Dime to drop: P261-P26,200 ($6-$600) Don’t leave without: Clothes crop top and Highland tie dye T-shirt.


cross between an art gallery, a coffee shop, and a thrift store, AMERICAN TWO SHOT in Soho is everything you would expect a hip and young concept store to be–an organized chaos with a hint of Americana charm plus some good coffee c/o Cafe Integral. This space with whitewashed brick walls, concrete floors, and exposed ceilings is made home by brands like BLK DNM, Denim Refinery, Lazy Oaf, Smoke & Mirrors, Solid & Striped, Timo Weiland, Nanushka, Shakuhachi, Shourouk, Won Hundred, and more. Adorned by Christmas lights, potted plants, wooden benches, American flags, and an old grandpa couch, they also sell pillows, greeting cards, candles, books and magazines, lighters, and pins alongside vintage clothing. Like their Tumblr page, City of Friends, this space is casual, chill, and very friendly– selling everything that a twenty–something would like to have.

WILLYS DETROIT, DETROIT 441 W. Canfield Detroit, MI 48201 Dime to drop: P450-P90,000 ($10-$2,000) Don’t leave without: A Willys “W” crewneck sweatshirt from SMPLFD, a Helen Levi camp mug, or a pair of perfect Imogene + Willie jeans.


Words by Loris Peña and Claire De Leon

ust like the neon lights that outline the silhouette of the American map displayed on their wall, WILLYS DETROIT houses a total of 52 brands, each representing the American city they came from. Rugged brick walls, concrete floors, wooden shelves, leather chairs, and steel garment racks create an industrial look for this space. The concept store is primarily anchored by four classic American brands: Filson, Steven Alan, Clare V, and Mollusk. Not only that, Willys also carries an assortment of apparel, accessories, apothecary, and home goods from brands like Apolis, Black Bird, Giant Lion, Hansel from Basel, Jujumade, Mason Shaker, Pam Bauer, State, and many more. True to its commitment to highlight the American culture, the store’s layout evolves monthly to showcase each of these brands.



et your SUPREMEBEING be known in the streets and wear their latest collection of playsuits, maxi dresses, jackets, button-downs, and fitted caps. With exclusive collaborations with brands like New Era and artists like Mr Penfold, you are most likely to look the part of the big bad wolf in this concrete jungle. - 23





IF I STAY This adaptation of Gayle Forman’s bestselling novel follows Mia (Chloë Moretz), whose life changes after a car accident takes her family away and puts her between life and death.

LEGENDS (TNT) Robert Littell’s awardwinning book is brought to life in this new crime drama following Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), a CIA agent with the ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. Also among the cast are Ali Larter, Amber Valletta, Steve Harris, and Tina Majorino.

OUTLANDER (Starz) Starz offers a new television drama series based on Diana Gabaldon’s international bestselling historical novel seeing Caitriona Balfe (Now You See Me) as a married combat nurse from 1945, who is mysteriously brought back in time to 18th centery Scotland. Outlander also stars Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies.

P L A Y BAC K GOODFELLAS (1990) Scorsese is one of my all-time favorite artists and this movie is just incredible. Texturally and narratively, it is absolutely stunning. AUSTIN PETERS (DIRECTOR) @austinptellem FAT CITY (1972) It’s about this seedy world that’s so full of life. All of the characters, both main and peripheral, are amazing and super real characters that are simultaneously hysterical and heartbreaking.

BADLANDS (1973) I’ve watched this movie more times than I can count. It’s an incredible and bizarre love story.

THE WHITE RIBBON (2009) This is a beautiful, horrifying film about evil and hatred, and how it was passed down from generation to generation. Incredibly thought-provoking and important.

THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) What can I say about this movie that hasn’t already been said? It’s unlike any other movie ever. So surreal and filled with amazing performances. One of the funniest films I’ve ever seen.

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THE GIVER Newcomer Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) stars alongside Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep in a dystopian epic that takes us to a world where no war, pain, or suffering seems to exist.

THE TRIP TO ITALY Director Michael Winterbottom reunites comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they embark on a trip from Liguria to Capri, following the footsteps of great romantic poets.

LIFE AFTER BETH The Amazing SpiderMan 2’s Dane Dehaan stars in this zombie comedy film as Zach, whose girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) dies unexpectedly, thereafter suddenly rising from the dead.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Marvel’s latest film brings together Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper as an unlikely band of extraterrestrial misfits who team up to save the fate of the galaxy.

Words by Claire De Leon Austin Peters photo by Shelby Duncan

KATT WILLIAMS: PRICELESS (HBO) Comedian Katt Williams (Scary Movie 5, My Wife and Kids) returns to HBO with his second stand-up special. After previously working with the network in 2006 for The Pimp Chronicles Pt. 1, Williams now teams up with awardwinning director, Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Inside Man), for this TV special.

WHAT IF Medical school drop-out Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) finds himself in the “friend zone,” as he falls for Chantry (Zoe Kazan), who is already dating someone else.



BOO K M AR K URBAN ARCHAEOLOGY: 21 YEARS OF MO’WAX RECORDINGS By James Lavelle It has been 21 years since this legendary London-based record label came into existence. Its history speaks of an icon of independent music, responsible for discovering artists like DJ Shadow, DJ Krush, and the Beastie Boys. To celebrate this milestone, this book features a collection of artworks, photographs, and interviews with people who were involved in the legacy of the label.

BENEATH THE STREETS: THE HIDDEN RELICS OF NEW YORK’S SUBWAY SYSTEM By Jurne and Matt Litwack Jurne and Matt Litwack explore the world of tunnels mostly unknown to the millions of people who take the subway everyday. From both active tracks as well as abandoned sections and secret passages, this collection of photographs paints the full picture of the New York underground system for the whole humanity to see.


B DEAR LUKE, WE NEED TO TALK, DARTH By John Moe Host of the radio show Wits and author of the Pop Song Correspondences column, John Moe reveals the secrets and backstories behind pop culture films, TV series, songs, etc. This book features a hilarious compilation of lost letters, emails, notes, diary entries, and other correspondences, fictitiously written to twist some of pop culture’s most beloved classics.

eginning his social commentary by quoting a line from his best-selling book The Joy Of Hate, Greg Gutfeld tells us that the world is just one big high school—a crueler, more reckless, and more expensive high school where the often self-proclaimed cool people get to define what’s good and bad. Not Cool proposes a remedy and guide to breaking down this vast world of pretension:

“Suddenly all the things that seemed pretty good before became ‘stupid.’ It was now cool versus everything else that wasn’t cool. The new world had begun, and I wasn’t on the invite list.”

“Most people see the world split into two things. It’s all we can handle. Two things. If you add a third, it gets weird. If you add a fourth, it becomes an orgy. And orgies are messy, from what Bob Beckel tells me.”

“It is always at the expense of others. Cool is defined only by defining others as uncool.”

“We used to consider the right thing to do; now we consider the cool thing to do.”

Words by Claire De Leon

F OOT N OTE S While writing for music magazine Straight No Chaser, James Lavelle went on to build the label Mo’Wax when people started sending him demos.

To promote his new book, Greg Gutfeld interviewed himself with an introduction describing himself as “selfless,” “modest,” and “sexier than most movie stars.”

Before being the host and author that he is now, John Moe was a lead singer in the band Free Range Chickens and wore chicken suits while performing on stage. - 25



THE RANSOM COLLECTIVE Muriel Gonzales (Violin)



“Panalangin” APO Hiking Society No matter how long they’ve been around, how many times they’ve been covered and played, I’ll never get tired of listening to APO.

“Featherstone” The Paper Kites This song has a chill and somewhat dreamy feel. Perfect for road trips and the beachside.

“Papa was a Rollin’ Stone” The Temptations This song just has that old school swag.

“Fireflies” Mother Falcon Mother Falcon is a perfect combination of classical and contemporary.

“Write On” Gym Class Heroes It’s a calm and relaxing song has a unique feel of freedom to it. Perfect for summer.

“The Coolest” Lupe Fiasco Lupe speaks to my soul and this track has the best production you could ask for.

“I Wonder” Kanye West The subject matter relates to me like no other. Kanye has an unfulfilled quest to the top that he knows is within his reach, he just can’t see it.

“Diplomat’s Son” Vampire Weekend Absolutely one of my favorite cuts from the Contra album.

“Strangers Like Me” Phil Collins I always like to play this song for whenever I’m on the road traveling.

“Soul Shakedown Party” Bob Marley and the Wailers I only have three words for this song: classic, classic, and classic.

“What’s Going On” Marvin Gaye This Marvin Gaye single never fails to get me in my groove.

“Each Tear” (feat. Jay Sean) Mary J. Blige What can I say? This is my go-to heartbreak song.

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Have a scoopful of indie jams as art rock quintet SPOON serves the world an eighth studio album. They Want My Soul promises to feed us songs about holy rollers, backmasking, real-life properties of physics, and love during the apocalypse.

Garage punk act NAOMI PUNK breaks a sophomore slump with Television Man. Serving as a follow-up to their 2012 debut, the 10-track LP packs jagged and droning guitar lines with copious amounts of reverb and ominous instrumentals.

Step inside a utopian environment and explore STEVE AOKI’s Neon Future. Featuring artists like Fall Out Boy, Empire of the Sun, and Waka Flocka Flame, the first installment of his two-part album will guide you towards your luminescent fate.


After a trip to Brooklyn last year, the VMAs are heading back to SoCal. The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards will take place on August 24 at the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood, making it the first major awards show ever at the venue. That’s one small step for the Moonman, one giant leap for mankind.


The world’s oldest music festival still in existence returns to Richfield Avenue and Burnham Park on August 22-24. Housing the best rock, alternative, indie, punk, and metal acts from across the globe, the Reading/Leeds Music Festival 2014 will be headlined by Queens of Stone Age, Paramore, Arctic Monkeys, and Blink-182.

Through Bionic Yarn, Pharrell Williams continues to spread happiness as he collaborates with G-Star RAW to help save the oceans. Entitled as RAW for the Oceans, the collection includes denim, bomber jackets, boilersuits, trench coats, T-shirts, and caps all featuring the Bionic Yarn. Life in ocean plastic? It’s fantastic!

It’s the re-return of THE RENTALS and they have found themselves Lost in Alphaville. Ex-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp regroups his alt-pop outfit and recruits new friends like The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney to bring a new “Thought of Sound.”

Words by Pola Beronilla



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omplete with the Eiffel Tower, Hermès orange seats, hair detox, precision haircut, and some pampering, SALON PRIVAT takes you to an ideal Parisian getaway: luxurious, comfortable, and relaxing. The salon offers hair assessments before giving you any treatments. After cut and color, you can enjoy their nail and body care services too. They also make the waiting game bearable with a little turquoise nook beneath the grand staircase complete with magazines, art books, and a glass of pandan juice. G/F The Infinity Tower 25th Street, Bonifacio Global City Taguig 1634 8281888 - 29


No need to hit the books for some style tips. They may be too cool for school but not in these streets.

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Model Sam Rollinson quirkily matches her bomber with polka dot denims.

You can never go wrong with a basic black bomber jacket as seen on Andres.

The Bomb The eighties staple makes a huge comeback in a variety of shapes, textures, and colorways evidently seen on the Kenneth Cole Spring/ Summer 2014 collection and around the world.

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eople tend to believe that to be a model, all you have to do is stand still and look pretty. Even though she has a look that can launch a thousand ships without any makeup or hair styling, Leore Hayon brings so much more to the table. Her subtle ferocity and youthful soul need no call of attention, twinkling beneath her bold brows and glowing skin. Aside from being the face of brands such as Insight, Forever 21, LF Stores, TOMS, Mr. Kate, and Puma Social, she can also work her away around the pen and under the spotlight. Holding a Journalism degree from California State University Northridge and being drawn to film and photography make her blog a go-to site. “I’ve always been attracted to fashion photography and the women in the photographs,” she shares. “The Girl Habit is a fun outlet to share what I’m inspired by.” Print magazines and printed paper aren’t the only mediums Leore has tackled– she is already putting screen to that list. She has starred in horror occult film Raised By Wolves and is set to star in a film called Eden, to be out later this year. With so much on her plate, it seems clear to us–this stunning go-getter is wild at heart.


PERKS OF BEING A WILDFLOWER Free-spirited, wild child LEORE HAYON can’t be tamed. With her striking green eyes and tangled mane, this model of Moroccan, Israeli, Swedish, and Italian descent can open any door as she attempts to conquer the world. From modeling to acting to writing, it appears as if she is doing just that. By Janroe Cabiles Photographed by Dana Boulos Styled by The Neck Down Hair and Makeup Amy Strozzi

I was working at a surf shop when someone from American Apparel approached me and asked if I wanted to model. I always enjoyed being in front of the camera but never took it seriously as a potential career path. Through modeling, I meet so many amazingly talented people that always make the experience a pleasure.


I love to travel! I’ve spent a lot of time in Israel and I’ve lived on an island in Malaysia. But LA is my home. I love its diversity. From Downtown to Silverlake, to Hollywood, to Venice, to Malibu, there’s a different vibe in every place. LA is full of many beautiful, creative people and everyone is on the same journey of discovering their passion and talent. I love that we’re all in it together, inspiring and motivating one another like friendly angels.


Aside from modeling, acting is something I discovered and fell in love with after I graduated from college. I thought I was going into public relations, but it’s crazy where life takes you. I can’t imagine doing anything else besides modeling and acting, but I know I want to do more. A director

recently inspired me to start writing again, so I’m focusing on writing a script at the moment.


I think beauty comes from within. Trust your journey in becoming you and accept and love yourself. We are all in it together. Patti Smith has a great quote from her book Just Kids: “Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves.” @thegirlhabit

“That’s all I really write about mostly: awareness. I try to use that inwardly everyday with life. Love, romance, appreciation for art, and culture. It’s all in [my new album].”

into neoromance Singer JESSE BOYKINS III talks about the release of his long-awaited third LP, Love Apparatus, devising a perspective towards life in and through his artistry–and talked to 300 women about it too. By Kitkat Ramos


t’s been a long time coming for the Big Apple dweller and singer/songwriter. Two years haven’t been easy for his loyal and eager fans, a considerable gap from his last LP in 2012, Zulu Guru. During that time, he was on tour and went to many different places-London, Paris, Berlin, and even as far as Africa. “It was right around that time when I started writing things about myself,” he shares. “I find my art to be very personal, so I started writing about things I was experiencing personally as a man, and transforming from being who society wanted me to be to who I want to be, truthfully in my core. And that’s what the album turned out to be about.” The insights relayed in all 13 tracks reveal a more profound complication into the illusive concept of love and beauty-a fact backed by the documentary he made of 300 women answering questions about being a woman and their perception of those two concepts. Under several music influences like Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac, and The Beatles, the singer has invented his own genre blending R&B and soul, with burly downbeats attributed to the heavy-bass production of Travis Shaw aka Machinedrum. “I blend everything,” he explains. Though he says he doesn’t think about a particular woman when he hears the words Love Apparatus, Jesse sings a truth that everyone holds and should maintain–an awareness of the world’s beauty.

How do you feel about the hype surrounding your new album? Do you feel like this is a new thing, or do you feel seasoned now that you have ridden over the industry for so many years and still keeping at it? I try to feel both as much as I can. I try to keep in mind that I am somewhat of a new artist and I’m reaching a new demographic that I’ve never reached. But I also have a core fan base that I’ve worked really hard to maintain and to show that I’m still really active in this industry. It’s just a matter of going back and forth and knowing when to be like, “Okay, I’ve played all over the world,” and, “Okay, kill the ego.” Tell us about the other Love Apparatus, the documentary you made while making your latest album. How did that endeavor begin? It kind of started around the same time I was working on the album. I always wanted to document and learn more about the feminine concept and about a woman’s mind since most of my inspiration stems from that. I listened to my albums a couple times back and realized that most of my album was about balancing fantasy with reality, balancing truth with lies, balancing hurt with love, and all of the choices in life. So I got a camera, asked questions, and it became what it is. You’ve constantly separated yourself from the status quo of artists today by embodying an authenticity that’s hard to come by nowadays. How does this resonate in your music? I’m all about being yourself and loving yourself, along with the progression and evolution that comes with it. I try to understand things outside of my means to put myself in certain circumstances where I learn and become a better person and a better artist. “That’s all I really write about mostly: awareness. I try to use that inwardly everyday with life. Love, romance, appreciation for art, and culture. It’s all in [my new album].” @JesseBoykins3rd



hopeful wan derers

Local indie folk band THE RANSOM COLLECTIVE holds us fast as captives, singing songs of igniting souls and painting pictures of light, love, and youth. By Janroe Cabiles Photographed by Rxandy Capinpin


riginally named Kian Ransom, the group won Wanderband last January– as though it weren’t their sixth or seventh gig to date. As a prize, they joined the stellar lineup of this year’s Wanderland last May. The band recalls, “After winning, we really began to identify ourselves as a band, and we wanted to choose a new name we could collectively call our own.” Enter The Ransom Collective. What was to be a full-fledged indie folk rock band started out as a solo project in a dormitory. Frontman Kian Ransom, who had already written and recorded songs alone, found percussionist Jermaine Choa Peck, bassist Leah Halili, keyboardist Lily Gonzales, violinist Muriel Gonzales, and drummer Redd Claudio to practice for what was supposed to be a onetime gig. “Eventually, that project evolved into the full group we are today.” Playing bubbly, whimsical, footstomping numbers to slow, imageladen, melancholy tracks, The Ransom Collective delivers all of the above with guitar-driven leads, percussive patterns, and vocal swells that leave you wanting more. Added with universal themes of love and life, their music serves as a lifeline to an infinite luminescent burst of youth. What is your writing process? Kian: Typically, I start by writing lyrics and we build on it as a band from there. We each contribute something unique, and we’re always

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experimenting with different sounds, rhythms, or directions. Often, the lyrics are about things we all go through growing up, so they are usually relatable. How do you feel when people compare you with bands like The Lumineers or Arcade Fire? K: At first, we often found ourselves thinking, “They’re just being nice.” But when it started to sink in that people were being sincere and that they really liked what we had to offer, it was very humbling and inspiring at the same time. It still keeps us motivated and keeps us striving to hit such a high standard. Your tracks like “Something Better” and “Present Tense” both give a meticulously warm, melancholy feeling. In what place or story did they come from? K: About a year ago, there were a few unexpected changes of direction in my life and both “Present Tense” and “Something Better” were written about that time. Both songs were written when I moved back from Los Angeles to the Philippines after being gone for two years. They are both about changes and finding peace in times full of uncertainty. How was Wanderland? Jermaine: The whole festival was the most memorable day-turned-into night. Leah: We got to meet the bands, our idols. All of them were really nice. We met Franco backstage and The Last

“After winning, we really began to identify ourselves as a band, and we wanted to choose a new name we could collectively call our own.” Dinosaurs onstage after our set, while they were going through sound check. J: We hung out with The Royal Concept after! We played beer pong with them, which quickly turned into tequila pong. As a band that stands for anthems of youth, what do you do to preserve that energy? K: Individually, we’re all into the same things: hiking, surfing, going to different beaches. Some of us went to Calayan, to Malasimbo, and to Zambales to surf. J: Another activity that’s important to us is having random nights. We start off at someone’s house or at a gig, go out for drinks or pizza, and then end up in a pool somewhere. L: And we sometimes end up having game nights, movie nights, anything we feel like doing. We don’t have a concept of a weekend anymore, because everyday is a weekend. @TheRansomCMusic


CANON IN EDM MINOR British quartet CLEAN BANDIT reimagine classical symphonies and orchestrations with today’s fist-pumping dance music, melding the two genres into “electronic chamber music.” By Nicole Nequinto


t’s hard to imagine but there was a time when the names Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart were the reigning kings of popular music. Now, in an era where synth and computer programmed-based beats are the current music trend, it was inevitable for a group like Clean Bandit to swoop in and add their own spin to the electronic dance music craze. “So you think electronic music is boring?/ You think it is repetitive? / Well, it is rep-repetitive.” Well, you can’t blame them for being honest. Clean Bandit remixes the genre, blending futuristic synths and beats with classical violin and cello pieces. The combination sounds strange at first, but their incredibly successful single “Rather Be” proves that with enough ingenuity, good music is good music–regardless of genre. The Cambridge graduates never really set out to redefine the genres. “It came out as being friends more than the idea of mixing classical with electric music,” muses cellist Grace Chatto, who befriended violinist Neil Amin Smith at their local orchestra. The two went on to study classical music at Cambridge, where Grace met, and went on to date bassist and keyboardist Jack Patterson. At the time, Jack was playing in a funk band, but after hearing recordings of his girlfriend’s chamber rehearsal, he thought of mixing classical strings with some futuristic beats. They brought in his younger brother Luke to play on drums, and the rest is history. The band has an eclectic range of degrees, from history, architecture, Italian, and Russian. These varying interests and their incredible discipline can be seen in their work, not just in their genre-bending style but also in the visuals they use for their self-produced music videos.

“I think the fun was aiming at classical music aficionados who may be thinking that techno music is repetitive. But even though it’s repetitive, it can be great.” The reception from both sides of the music worlds have been more than positive. Aside from “Rather Be” topping the UK charts for four consecutive weeks, the band’s fresh take on dance music led them to tour with fellow English bands Rudimental. In fact, it was during this tour that the group realized that they didn’t really need a lead singer. Jack went on writing the lyrics, collaborating with various artists from musicians to videographers. The classical community has also given them rounds of applause, from musicians offering collaborations to inviting them to play at renowned music festivals. Despite their success, however, Grace says they feel no pressure in representing the classical community. “There’s been a general acceptance from the classical world and it’s all been very exciting.” she says.

Here lies the idea that has brought the group to where they are today. Instead of ignoring the rampant criticism of techno being boring music, they face it head on with their reimagined tracks that can get even the most rigid person on their feet. With their debut album New Eyes, Clean Bandit fits together all sorts of musical genres from garage, EDM to both well-known and original classical hooks. Looking back at the opening lines of their first release, Grace says, “I think the fun was aiming at classical music aficionados who may be thinking that techno music is repetitive. But even though it’s repetitive, it can be great.” @cleanbandit - 73


“Hold a gun to my head and I’ll pick my seven year-old laptop running on Windows XP over any guitar.”



rom strings and piano keys to keypads, Migi de Belen has remodeled himself as a musician since being a part of funk rock outfit, Splitcide. He has taken the leap from the traditional instruments to the new wave of today’s computer-based beats. Even now as a solo act under the stage name Nights of Rizal, he can’t deny the influence his former bandmates had on him. “Splitcide wasn’t just a group of people I jammed with for 6 years. Through making music together, we each found our individual selves.” Coming from the usual band setup and trained in both guitar and piano, Migi’s alternate course from his traditional background to this growing trend of

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Homesick and holed up in his bedroom, musician Migi de Belen, also known as NIGHTS OF RIZAL, turned to the bright light of his laptop to produce dreamlike, electronic music filled with heavy bass beats reminiscent of 8-bit video games. By Nicole Nequinto Photographed by Aina Sevilla

programming-based rhythms and beats is rooted in a song that share the same musical ambiguity. “If I were to pinpoint a eureka moment, it’s when I first heard the guitar solo in Daft Punk’s song, “Digital Love.” Actual musicianship! I thought to myself, as my feet attempted an awkward shuffle. Little did I know that four years later, my new bandmate would be a laptop.” Since then, he has thrown himself into the genre’s scene, learning new programming techniques on the way and citing artists such as The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Safari Duo, and Paul Van Dyk as prime influences. “Electronic music production showed me that I didn’t have to limit myself to how fast my fingers can go, or how high or low I can sing. If I can hear the music in my head, I can bring it to life on my computer,” he says of his sole bandmate. Besides performing electronic, he also performs acoustic sets. When asked to compare the two he says, “Sometimes, my tracks start with a guitar riff. Sometimes acoustic songs start out as beats. I like not knowing where the next idea will come from or where it will end up–but hold a gun to my head and I’ll pick my seven yearold laptop running on Windows XP over any guitar.” Modern technology has truly lent a helping hand to Migi, who occasionally uses his phone to record song ideas while commuting. His EP, Karma Zero, is filled with personal musings of his own life. After gestating for several years, his video game-esque sounds are humanized through his honest and straightforward song writing.

“Once you feel it / You just know / When it comes around don’t let go” goes the hook of “When It Comes Around,” which Migi considers to be his personal mantra. “When I’m inspired to make music I always feel like I’m writing for the first time,” he reflects. Starting off as a personal bedroom project, Migi has immersed himself into the local music scene being part of an electronica collective called Buwan-Buwan. Their future projects would all be online, where it all started for them. The young musician has also chosen to follow this new music consumer trend of online streaming with his EP available on Spotify. “At the end of the day, I’m still thankful that I’m in full control of my music: from production to distribution to commerce. It always amazes me that anyone can listen to Nights of Rizal any time from anywhere in the world.” The music industry has indeed grown with the tech revolution. Despite critics voicing the difference between handheld instruments and the keypads of laptops, Migi is indifferent to the criticism saying, “As a bedroom producer, I think today’s electronic music has been democratized to a point where it’s reminiscent of the punk rock movement—it’s totally DIY, it doesn’t require, and it sometimes willfully rejects–formal training or expensive equipment, and it can sustain a healthy [music] scene.” @nightsofrizal


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Some artists tend to choose the road not taken, but for street artist, illustrator, and toy designer TRISTAN EATON, he prefers to tread on all routes possible. He shares, “At the end of the day, I love painting walls outdoors more than anything, but I value all of the other paths I’ve walked on.” By Pola Beronilla


ristan eats on every form of art the world serves him. Splashing a tasteful fusion of pop culture and complex layers of color, his public display of affection on walls is not the only trick up his sleeve. Aside from his murals in cities like Detroit, London, and New York, this wunderkind co-founded Kidrobot, helped design Dunny, Munny, and their logo, and left his mark on mega-brands Dell, Nike, Disney, and Google. To top it all off, he formed his very own toy brand and creative agency, Thunderdog Studios. Just to name a few of the projects he’s worked on. At age 7, Tristan’s parents took him to a Saturday art school class that changed his life. He recalls, “It felt like having a superpower at that age. Before that, I had always drawn and doodled, but this class brought out some traditional training in me.” As this superhero pursued street art as a teenager, painting everything from walls to billboards in the urban landscape wherever he lived, he went a bit off the wall. “I’ve been arrested lots of times for all kinds of stuff but not graffiti,” he quips. “The best times are when you almost get caught and still get to sleep in your own bed that night. Your pillow never seems softer.” Though he had worked full-time as an artist at 18 years old, Tristan knew how studying would benefit him. “To be honest, it was only important for the relationships that came out of it with students and teachers.” But he also understands that the world is our best teacher. He adds, “Art processes can be learned outside of school.” Along the years of working for a lot of high profiles that include US President Barack Obama himself, Tristan learned to value creative freedom above all. “In a commercial setting, a professional artist will go the distance for a client when they are given creative freedom. You’ll typically get better quality results if you can give freedom and respect to a designer/ illustrator,” he explains. “My years running my design studio definitely came with infuriating moments, but we always found a way to find the awesome in any project.” As he continues to explore this art game from one wall to another, Tristan remains to be a student of the craft. “My

work is always changing. I follow my gut and try to maintain an honest approach to my art. What feels right at the time is what I’ll be doing.” He goes on, “If I need to experiment for a while, or try something completely different, I will. I’m not too concerned what other people think about the paths I choose.” Aside from a small Asian tour of mural projects scheduled this year, Tristan freshly painted a mural in Santa Monica, with his good friend Richard Henderson, and one more in Guam. Though he claims it to be top secret, he can’t help but tease a major mural project in the works for early 2015 in the UK. He adds, “ It’s super exciting.” All these projects seem like a little bit too much for one person, but Tristan is just filling up the first page of his portfolio. He shares, “I’m an artist and these are all ways of making art–making a living with art or problem solving life as an artist.” @tristaneaton



TRAVIS SCHNEIDER’s lenses have zeroed in on big names in the music industry such as Pharrell, Arcade Fire, and Robin Thicke. But his main object of scrutiny is pop rock band Maroon 5. Documenting the band’s evolution from behind the scenes to directing their music videos, this photographer and director also makes a breathing space for his own creative voice as frontman of The Damn Sons. By Kitkat Ramos “

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iming is everything in [this] world. You have to simultaneously blend in to the wall and also be an equal part of the group,” shares the LA native on how his creative endeavors contribute to one another. “I absolutely believe that each thing I do is intertwined. I feel that being a musician, first and foremost, helps me with my rhythm and pacing as a filmmaker. I always edit in my head as I’m shooting, knowing full well when I’ve got something, how I’m going to use it, and what I need next to take things to another level.” Playing to his strengths, Travis knows his way around from the backstage to the stage itself. Aside from snapping the music scene’s hottest names, the shutterbug has also directed and produced videos like Sara Bareilles’ “Uncharted” and Low’s “Try to Sleep.” However, his biggest project was delivered to him purely by chance. As Travis was documenting garage rock band Phantom Planet in a span of four years, in which they made their last album, the band got picked up by a new manager. After the band split, their manager started sending Travis out with another band, which turned out to be Maroon 5. Since then, it has been a wild ride for the young photographer, going on tour and recordings with his name on the best seat in the house. From shooting both private moments backstage and animated shots onstage, Travis has seen every angle of the group. Plus, the front row experience to every sound check, practice, gig, and concert serves as a sneak peek for his own blues rock band, The Damn Sons. “Maroon 5 is a group of wildly talented guys, each with different interests and amazing minds,” Travis shares. “They’re not afraid to push the envelope and try new things. I’m definitely inspired and pushed by them and their team to continue

to come up with new ideas and fresh ways of delivering content. It’s an incredible place for me to be as an artist because they allow me to grow and learn in so many ways. As a musician, I’ve had a priceless education being around them. I learn from them in one way or another every day I’m around them.” Having directed Maroon 5’s music video that is unlike any they have released, “Out of Goodbyes” hinges on the song’s genre, set in a rustic, country cabin with a young Southern belle tending to the wounds of a weary cowboy. Tugging at your heartstrings, the end reveals an unnerving twist between the two characters. When asked about what other song from the band’s discography he’d want to make a video for, he says, “It might be for the song ‘How’ from the Hands All Over record. I had an idea for that track that was a romantic Bonnie & Clyde/ Badlands-inspired, fugitivecouple-on-the-run type of story that takes place in the 60s and ends in a big old-fashioned Mexican standoff with the cops. I still play it out in my head when I hear the song.” At the moment, Travis is dreaming up more than his next video project with M5. “I’d like to start shooting for more brands like Nike and Vans or even stuff like Reformation and Nastygal, so I’m focusing a little bit on shooting more mildly ‘commercial’ work to expand my portfolio a little bit.” Along with expanding his portfolio, he dreams of working with big publications like Interview Magazine and Rolling Stone. Behind the curtains or under flashing lights onstage, it won’t be long before Travis Schneider takes over. @bootswallace

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SCARY MONSTERS AND NICE SPIRITS “If I had my way, the city would look completely different,” says Manila-based artist LEEROY NEW with a smile indicating that this isn’t just a dream he has; it’s something he’s really plotting out. He isn’t just about reiterating stories of the past; he creates new scenarios in them that predict the future. by Olivia Estrada Photos courtesy of Everywhere We Shoot! and Kevin Cayuca


ince we first entered the world of Leeroy New in our Art Issue four years ago, the sculptor has been traveling in hyperspace to see his vision of creating creatures beyond our usual stories. Shortly after our feature, he collaborated once more with designer Kermit Tesoro to create a dress for the Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga. In the years that followed, Leeroy claimed parts of the metro as his own with his solo exhibits: “Gates of Hell” in 2012 and “Monstrosities” in 2013. This year, he showcased his latest crossbreeds of sci-fi creatures and mythological deities with

his exhibit, “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” STATUS catches up with Leeroy, who is one of the most recent recipients of the coveted CCP Thirteen Artists Award, before he heads off into his next conquests. Slipping in and out of the different roles he has acquired throughout his artistic voyages, he proves that he morphs along with his creations. Aside from mythological characters, what inspires your work? People misunderstand when I say mythology. Mythology is

the ritual of daily life. In my work, I try to include all the modern story lines that we have all inherited–from superheroes to robots. All of these are part of our mythology. We always come up with mythologies to fill in this spiritual void we have in this day and age. Ancient mythologies tend to become obsolete–that’s why we modify them according to our time so it includes everything from religion to pop culture. What are your primary considerations when creating a new sculpture? I have to consider the space first. You have to understand the context and the people involved in the system of the space. An example is how “The Garden of Earthly Delights” is a direct reference to the mall because it’s where we gather our material pleasures. The title is also a reference to a Geronimo Bosch painting which depicts this scene of paradise and hell. What can you say about the rise of the fusion between pop culture and art in the global scene? It speaks of the commercial power of art. These global icons have opened the possibility of art as a very accessible language for most people. Art is a natural recourse for societal development and solving problems in society. To go out of the box and to do the unexpected, when done properly, can produce highly effective results. If you were to design a city what would it look like? The structures would be more sculptural and they will provide solutions how people move in the city. Footbridges would be sculptural pieces at the same time and there would be light installations at night instead of lampposts. I would look at the old structures that we have and figure out a way how you could repurpose or up cycle them.

Would you say that exploring different materials would be your way of expanding the language? Yes. By using materials that are drawn from our immediate culture, people can easily relate to the art works. Your choice of materials can be effective in cutting across social borders. We always refer to art making as a language, and just like any other art language, it needs to be cultivated in order to be learned and to be internalized. Given how you are expanding the language of art, is there a specific message you wish to deliver? The aesthetic. It’s not in words. It’s about opening up a new way of looking and experiencing things through novel forms and ideas. It is how we can change our approach in the manipulation of materials to use them for our modern concerns. @newleeroy

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he Jackson, Mississippi native is currently working his way on primetime limelight as he takes on the persona of Ed Gifford, Peggy Olsen’s copywriter on the suave smash hit Mad Men. Kit shares that the only challenge he had to overcome about joining the award-winning cast was loving the show like everyone else. “Being a fan made it easier to have fun during my first audition, because I was so excited to be there. I wasn’t expecting Matthew Weiner to be there at the pre-read, and that definitely made me nervous, but I’ve always performed better under pressure.” True enough, pressure is Kit’s friend. To be frank, Mad Men is actually just one more item to his extensive resume that consists of experience in different media platforms. Aside from film and TV appearances, Kit has been seen on Broadway for the Tony-nominated Talk Radio and as well at the New York Theater. But Kit is blazing new trails apart from the traditional routes with his online show, for which he calls all the shots. Kit has received much praise for his web series, Eastsiders, a tale of flawed gay characters that explores the concepts of infidelity and other issues that affect how new relationships struggle to define themselves within our society. Kit shares of his main characters, “Cal and Thom have to navigate a radically different relationship dynamic and start over in a lot of different ways. They just don’t know how to be people on their own just yet.” Kit himself might be in a dilemma of his own. Apart from being in different forms of media, he takes on different roles for the sake of his Kickstarter-funded series. Being the writer, director, and lead character of Eastsiders may be a headspinning task for other people but for Kit, it is really about being able to do as much as his artistic impulse demands him to do. He’s a man who does not know when to quit learning and there’s probably no use stopping him. “I really love embracing different platforms and mediums of expression, although they involve similar skill sets, they scratch very different itches for me as a performer.” His curiosity for exploring all sides of production and media come from his insight of life itself. Kit believes that nothing is purely black or white. “I think that real life is never cleanly comedic or dramatic–there can be real moments of hilarity during a funeral and genuine heartbreak during a wedding. Contradictory feelings really interest me and the way that they can coexist within the same millisecond.” No matter how complex life seems to be, Kit knows that the only way to keep up is to be flexible. “I think people don’t understand that you are constantly redefining success. As soon as you reach your goal post, it moves further away.” When we asked what exactly is next for Kit, he did not just give us a list of the things he wanted to do next which include making another TV series and an independent feature.“I don’t know if I will be ever satisfied with my career because I always find new things I want to pursue,” Kit says as if to promise that he’s never going to run out of tricks up his sleeve.


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Holding the perfect marriage of screen, both silver and small, actor JAMIE BLACKLEY proves to be master of multiple platforms. As he makes his way into our consciousness with his new film If I Stay , he leaves no room for doubt that he isn’t going anywhere.

“I approach everything the same way. If you respond to a story and it evokes something in you, it doesn’t matter what medium it is.”

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dark-haired misfit roaming the streets of London from the 1990s, an inked street lurker who falls in love with an older lady, a blonde boy at the club after an electrical storm, and a young George Harrison. Underneath all these layers stands humble phenom Jamie Blackley. Twitterpated with anything rhetoric, this Isle of Man native morphs easily into character, be it on a movie set, for the telly, or on a theater stage. “I approach everything the same way,” he shares. “If you respond to a story and it evokes something in you, it doesn’t matter what medium it is.” Growing up, Jamie led an ordinary life, more or less. Like any boy in the United Kingdom, he liked football, worshipped his team, Crystal Palace FC, and went to school. The only difference he had from the other kids was the type of education he got. Half by chance, half by choice, acting was lined up for Jamie at a young age. “When I was a kid, my mum’s best friend’s kids went to a theater school on a Saturday,” he says. “I asked my mum if I could give it a try. I went there on the weekends, and when I turned ten, I went to the Sylvia Young Theatre School for performing arts. It just went from there, really.” And from there, it took off. At the age of 17, Jamie landed one of his first jobs as

the well-known Hanschen in Spring Awakening at the Lyric Theatre. “I didn’t really know what I was doing. But once the nerves died away, it was such an amazing experience. I’d love to go back and do that show one more time.” Around a year after, he earned another role in Backbeat, playing none other than George Harrison of The Beatles. “[Backbeat] was exactly the same. We actually rehearsed in the same building as we did for Spring Awakening,” he recalls. “The idea of playing someone as huge as George Harrison was daunting, but once we got going, I had ridiculous fun.” An agamist to only one outlet of acting, Jamie set out to do more. Already checking off theater at the start of his career, he went on to do a mélange of films and series. Playing a modern-day Icarus for BBC Switch’s six-part series Myths and flawless, bullying Matt in the sci-fi series Misfits in the same year as Spring Awakening, he later moved on to the adaptation of Caroline Graham’s Chief Inspector Barnaby novel series Midsomer Murders and to the aid of Inspector Morse in the ITV’s Endeavour. On to the focal point of his resume: the independent film. Before setting foot on an indie set, he landed a small role as a footballer on a bigger set and found himself facing household names Keira Knightley and Colin Farrell in the British film noir London Boulevard. “I didn’t really work on the movie for that long,” he tells of his experience onset, “but I remember being so shocked at how kind [Colin] was. - 83

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“The best part of shooting is when the nerves cool off and all there is to do is to act.” I was so scared to meet him, but he turned out to be a really nice guy.” What cemented Jamie’s deliberate affinity to the indie film was his role in Vinyl, a 2012 British comedy based on lead singer Mike Peters of the alternative rock/new wave band The Alarm. “[Taking on the film], I just had a gut instinct–that’s the only way to explain it. After reading the script, my agent asked me if I wanted to do this film and I said yes immediately. I didn’t even meet our director Sara [Sugarman] until our first day of shooting.” Awhile after, Jamie found himself roaming the streets of Italy as a freespirited boy, stealing the heart of a beautiful married woman played by Kate Bosworth in And While We Were Here, directed by Kat Coiro. “My agent represented Kate and had this film set up with Kat. They were looking for the male lead, so I taped myself as an audition, and later had a Skype conversation with Kate and Kat, and that was it.” Playing the role of charming, overconfident Caleb proved to be struggle, but he soldiered on while delivering an amazing performance. “Kat was a huge help in playing this role,” he says. “She just reminded me to keep the energy up the whole time. She is an amazing director and a great friend.” Stealing long shots à la Before Sunrise in beautifully lit scenes with the aid of cinematographer Doug Chamberlain, Jamie made his debut as a steadily rising newcomer. Following his romancing persona came Jack of We Are the Freaks, an anti-teen film by Justin Edgar. Leading a band of friendly misfits, the film illustrates a young pack of stray teens not having the time of their lives, for a change. Surreal and anarchic at times, the brilliant plot gave no way to clichés–an anthem to lost teenagers

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with absolutely no answers, which Jamie slaughtered with idealistic foregrounding and an oath to adolescent angst. Straight out of the suburbs and onto the bohemian streets of London, Jamie carries the same freedom and minority as he slides to Chris Foggin’s first indie feature film Kids in Love, debut of Preston Thompson and Skin’s Sebastian de Souza as screenwriters, alongside Will Poulter, Alma Jodorowsky, and Cara Delevingne. Despite earning the title of indie prince after his roster of underrated, should-be classics, the actor breaks out and ensues the role of the talented Chloë Grace Moretz’s love interest in R.J. Cutler’s widely anticipated adaptation of Gayle Forman’s novel If I Stay. Jamie slips on the guitar straps of Adam Wilde, taking the stage and melting hearts. “One challenge I wasn’t expecting was the music,” he shares on tackling the soon-tobe rockstar character. “I spent a while

working on it in London, and then we’d have band practices in Vancouver before shooting our big gig scenes. It was a huge challenge making that believable, so I hope it worked out. The scary thing about this is knowing how much people love the book and the characters. I just hope they love the film as much as they love the book.” Engaged to the art, regardless of kind or form, Jamie pursues his passion for acting with his innate and natural talent again and again. On his acting philosophy, he tells us, “The best part of shooting is when the nerves cool off and all there is to do is to act. I’m just always hoping to stuff that I would love to watch if I wasn’t in it.” The main contender of all budding actors in this generation, Jamie Blackley provokes us to look on as he proves to be the zeitgeist of his craft.

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Photographer OLIVIA MALONE has blurred the lines between adolescence and adulthood through her looking glass. From capturing stills of the youth’s unabashed allure, she makes a move to music videos and works with the likes of Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and Miley Cyrus. Now, she can’t stop—and she won’t stop. By Pola Beronilla

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eeping through a pinhole camera built out of a laundry detergent box made Olivia Malone see her future. With the earliest memories of shooting sailboats and the ocean, this LA native was born to be a photographer. Now splitting her time between her hometown and New York City, her style plays with the sun-kissed surfer aesthetic she grew up with and the chic urban fashion she currently lives amidst. But before this shutter stunner developed a taste for flair, Olivia gained the most out of the littlest things. “I have always credited photo assisting as the greatest training I had,” she relays. “I worked for an insanely talented female beauty and fashion photographer. From her, I learned how to make beautiful lighting and direct models. I watched her navigate a successful career in the business as a woman, which has been incredibly helpful in my own career.” Though she loves capturing intimate portraits of her friends, her client list includes the names of Ellen Page, Iggy Azalea, and Dane Dehaan. With her apparent aesthetic, she seamlessly integrates her style into her subject’s profile. “I usually try to create a character for whoever I’m shooting. Something or someone that is related to their look, or a movie they just finished, so it’s not totally different from them.” She also produces the best photos when there’s a strong chemistry formed. “So far, my ideas excite everyone I have shot. I just think it’s important to show them your overall vision for the shoot.” She continues, “You also have to make them feel like they’re a part of it and let them contribute ideas. I usually get my favorite photographs when my subject is comfortable and trusting.” But as much as she prefers her subjects to feel at ease with her, she appreciates the beauty in awkwardness. “The poses I’m most interested in are ones that convey either an uncomfortability with being exposed or a complete vulnerability,” she explains. “I like the contrast mostly because I’m so uncomfortable being in front of the camera and I want to explore that in pictures. But at the same time, I’m also incredibly inspired by those who are completely comfortable.” Aside from putting the grace in graceless, Olivia sees the world in vibrant hues. “I pride myself in the technicality of what I do. I always approach my shoots with a concept

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and a specific look in mind in advance.” She goes on, “I often try to shoot images a bit flatter and with less saturated color, but I always feel uninspired by them. I think my eye just loves color and the drama of the contrast.” Through veteran music video director Diane Martel, she was given a chance to see her dynamic stills in motion. “Diane presented me with the concept to shoot Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell with the girls on a white wall and props,” she recalls. “I pushed to make it an overall colorcast, so it felt more unconventional and more like my own photographs. I showed her references of what I liked and we agreed on the desaturated, warm look

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and worked with the stylist to create the wardrobe from there. It was a super creative fun shoot that we finished in less than 12 hours.” After working on “Blurred Lines,” she had a clear calling to incorporate her style in music videos. “‘Blurred Lines’ was the first video I ever shot, and to be honest, Diane was the one who talked me into to doing it,” Olivia shares. “I was pretty nervous that I wouldn’t know what I was doing, but Diane convinced me that it was a small video so it would be a perfect start.” As her film roll continued to develop, she moved onto her next music video. “‘We Can’t Stop’ was a lot more pressure, it had more set ups and casting.

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It was a big deal to launch Miley’s album.” Despite the weight on her shoulders, she got by with a little help from her friend. “Again, Diane let me do my thing with the color and the looks. We actually based the look on the video of a test photo shoot I did in the location with an on-camera flash.” Now that she can’t stop, Olivia’s making her life into one big party and is doing whatever she wants. “I’m currently working on a new project called Valley Girl that I’m hoping to make into a book. I’m also directing my first series of music videos, which I’m really excited about.” However, she’s still in pursuit for that picture perfect moment. “I’m always trying to be a better photographer. I rarely think one of my photos is perfect. That’s the struggle of being a perfectionist–you are always pushing to make something better than the last.” @Livyjane - 91

Director of photography DAVID MYRICK frames in larger-than-life celebrities A$AP Rocky, Ellie Goulding, and Matt Damon. Before he could run off to another shoot, we caught up with the fastpaced shutterbug, who proves to us that there are superstars behind the lens as well.    by Olivia Estrada

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here was once a boy eager to prove that he can do something with a camera. In his early years, David would always share his photos to his father, who taught him his first lesson in photography. “My dad was a very hard judge, he would say, ‘If your style always stays that way, then that’s all you’ll become. You always want to be growing.’” David took that to heart and worked his way towards his aspirations from the ground up. “I started out as a set lighting technician, learning the ins and outs.” With a portfolio that holds music videos for Steve Aoki, The Weeknd, and Band of Skulls plus commercials for Nordstom and Sony Playstation, David never actually went to film school. Instead, he learned as he was going along and latched on to his determination. “I just moved down [to Los Angeles] and knew that I wanted to start working in the film business.” From then on, David treats each work as a new module in his personal school. When it comes to commercial endeavors,

he is selective of the projects offered to him. “I’d rather do things that inspire me, even if it makes it harder to move forward. When I do a commercial, I’m making the most out of it by using new technology provided because you can take that and try to think, ‘Hey, I think this can be an interesting way to set scenes in a movie.’” David is at the top of the class given how he always brings something new to the table. “I used to think of words to describe my style. I’ve had some funny ones that I’ve come up with like candyography,’” David quips. This approach can be seen in his work for True Religion as he makes colors pop. But he digresses from this aesthetic with his music videos. In The Weeknd’s “Love In The Sky”, David focuses on dark, close-up shots and plays on double exposure to suit the intimate feel of the music. While for Anberlin’s “Unstable,” he matches the scorching love story with a hotter-than-the sun approach by experimenting with lens flare.

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The variety of David’s style also comes with his willingness to learn from others, “It’s never just me. It’s always about a collaborative process.” As expected, David’s passion draws in people to work with him. “I feel that people like how I put my energy in the right spot; it makes them feel comfortable.” Add to this the fact that he always does his homework, which helps in integrating his ideas with the demands of the entire production. “There’s always a creative compromise and I think if you do enough planning in the beginning, it leaves you with a good playing field.” For all that David has learned so far, he does admit that most of the time, you have to go back to your intuition. On a large scale project in Prague, he discusses how he had to get 50 shots with just a two-day schedule and work with eight cranes that had 20,000 lights each to achieve the effect of sunlight in the dead of the night. Above all

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the craziness, David kept his composure. “I just stood there to absorb it all and looked at what was naturally there and how to heighten it in other ways.” He continues, “In situations like that where you have a schedule to keep, you have to go with your gut. There are a million ways you can do one thing, but you’ve got to do it in the one way you feel best about.” At this point, it would be easy to assume that David has gone past being a student of this artform. However, this is one person who will never get the school blues, as he knows that in continuous learning, there is no perfection. “You’ll never be a master of this craft. There’s always going to be new technology. You can get close to being amazing, but as an artist, you should always challenge yourself to do new things.”

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MODERN MU On the rise to the top, these fresh-faced models are ready for the reaping as they tell tales of fashion dreams in denim Technicolor. By Janroe Cabiles Photographed by Nick St. James

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What’s one thing that surprised you about the modeling industry? For the most part, not everything is pretty. There are times when I get so stressed with a job. People think modeling is such an easy job and believe me, I thought so too. They automatically assume that all you have to do is sit there and look pretty. But it’s not just that–it’s so much more. What would you wear on a date? I usually just keep it simple. One thing to remember is that one is never overdressed or underdressed in a little black dress. That would do, but nothing too revealing. Being conservative can gain you some respect!

Favorite denim clothing in your wardrobe? A nice, comfortable denim jacket. I just bought one recently and it goes with anything! Where will you be ten years from now? I honestly don’t know. I’m not sure if I’ll still be modeling or if I’ll pursue the career that I have planned after college. I’ll go where the wind will take me. I’m not pressuring myself to decide right away. Besides, statistics say that the youth often make the worst decisions when they feel pressured about their careers.




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What was your most memorable modeling project? The first project I had in my teenage years was for an online magazine. I will never forget the shoot because it taught me to have fun with what I have to work with and to do what I am told. It’s always best to not complain and just enjoy the shoot.

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What is your go-to style on a day-to-day basis? I wear whatever I feel most comfortable with. I follow trends but switch it up to make it more “me.” On a regular basis, my outfits are more

laid-back, yet I still make sure to look a bit sharp. What denim piece can’t you live without? Everyone needs a nice denim jacket. What is your favorite movie? I can’t decide between Across the Universe and She’s the Man. What is your favorite comfort food? Sinigang never fails to make me happy.


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What were your first impressions of modeling? Before I went into modeling, I generally thought it was just another job. But I was very wrong. Now, I have experienced working and meeting great people and great brands, I’ve gotten the opportunity to travel and to have so much fun doing what I love, all at the same time. Which model inspires you the most? Heidi Klum. Not only is she a model, but she is also an entrepreneur. She didn’t depend on modeling to make it in the industry but made a business out of it alongside her skills.

T-shirt by Cotton on shorts by Giordano

bustier top by H&M jeans by Oxygen

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What is the best part of your job that people don’t really know? I have worked with different photographers and designers, and to be honest, I appreciate all of them because they all have different styles and methods. The variety challenges me because I love playing the chameleon, and as long as they are happy with what I deliver, it’s a great experience for me. Aside from jeans, what is your favorite denim statement piece? One thing I cannot live without are shorts. High-cut denim shorts are love!




ma l a b a n a n What was your first modeling project? What lesson won’t you forget from that? It was a fashion editorial for a local newspaper back in 2011. It was my first time to work with Rxandy Capinpin. I practiced a lot of fierce and high fashion poses but the concept for the shoot was fun and all smiling. Since that day, I always make sure to know the concept, styling, and look for the shoot before hand. I also remind myself to always bring my basicmodel-must-haves: nipple tape, heels, and makeup remover!

bra by Fruit of the loom overalls by Cotton On

Who is your favorite model and what is it about her that you love the most? Liu Wen and Fei Fei Sun. I follow them on Instagram and actually stalk them everyday. I love how they present themselves, their confidence, their style. They’re my life peg. They really inspire me to push myself more and to work harder every time I book a job.

a photo shoot than what the finished picture presents. We may have to work with a lot of bull clips at the back of our clothes and pose in uncomfortable positions just to get the perfect shot. It’s tiring sometimes but that’s what makes it fun.

What do you now know about the modeling industry that you didn’t before? Clients can change the model’s look. Whatever concept they have for you, they can easily transform you into that. There is a lot more going on behind


What denim piece do you love to wear to make a statement? Jumpers! They’re so comfortable to wear.

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T-shirt bra by Fruit of the loom shirt by Giordano


B AU T I ST A Who is your favorite model? What do you love most about her? My favorite model is Kate Moss. Aside from sharing the same nickname, I love how she pulls off her uniqueness–features, size, and height–especially when she was just starting out. In addition to that, I’m not that tall too, so I really look up to her…by an inch. Overall, what is your fashion philosophy? My emotions dictate my style. If I’m feeling happy, I’d wear maxi skirts and bowler hats or berets. If I feel punkish, I’ll put a pair of Docs, torn denim, and a rocking shirt. Basically, it’s like acting; my style helps define the person I want to be that day.

crop top by Topshop denim jacket and jeans by Oxygen

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What is your favorite denim statement piece? Aside from jeans, my favorite denim statement piece is a cotton denim shirt I got from an ukay-ukay. It’s fun and easy to mix-and-match. Where will you be ten years from now? I’d be sweating, screaming like Gordon Ramsay in the toxic kitchen of my famous restaurant and a Krav Maga black belter.





tank by Sabrina Mesina Model’s own denim shorts

What did you learn during your first modeling project? My first project was a show, and that was the most terrifying yet exhilarating experience I’ve had to date. That show broadened my perspective on life–things were never as easy as they seemed to be. I learned that having confidence is key to succeeding in this industry. It’s a lesson I continue to keep in mind.  Who is your favorite model? What do you love most about her? It has to be Sui He. I admire her because she stands out in spite of being one of the few Asian models in Victoria’s Secret.  If you could only have one denim piece in your closet, what would it be? It would definitely be a denim jacket. I have three pairs and each give out a different vibe. Denim goes with pretty much everything, it just depends on how you use it. What food is your guilty pleasure? How do you stay in shape? My favorite comfort food is macarons, but I try to moderate it. Rule number one is self control. Rule number two is when rule number one fails, do HIIT.


denim vest by Oxygen sweat shorts by Topshop

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social saturdays @ Aracama

by Miguel Malabanan X Janelle Gangat

galore bombshells by Steven Meiers

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Mcguins back to the future by The Cobrasnake


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RIVER ISLAND SM Aura, Taguig City SCHOTT NYC SHU UEMURA SPEEDOMETER OFFICIAL SPERRY TOP-SIDER STORM TOPMAN SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City TOPSHOP SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City SAM EDELMAN STANDARD CLOTH SUITEBLANCO SM Aura, Taguig City VANS Vans Concept Stores, SM Department Stores, Robinsons Department Stores, Landmark Department Stores, Urban Athletics, Toby’s Sports, Olympic Village, Shoe Salon, American Rag, Sole Academy, Greyone Social WAREHOUSE SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City WIGBAR WILD FOX COUTURE WOOD WOOD YVES SAINT LAURENT ZARA Greenbelt 5, Makati City ARTISTS Anton Aguila (Photographer) Dana Boulos (Photographer) Laura Cammarata (Photographer) Rxandy Capinpin (Photographer) The Cobrasnake (Photographer) Kaity Chua (Photographer)

Isaac Davidson (Hair) Joyce De Dios-Ignacio (Makeup) Shelby Duncan (Photographer) Apple Faraon (Makeup) Amanda Forsyth (Makeup) Yuka Galindez (Stylist) Brandon Kidd (Photographer) Jun Lopez (Photographer) Shaira Luna (Photographer) Erica Matthews (Stylist) Steven Meiers (Photographer) Miguel Miranda (Photographer) Jandy Monroe (Stylist) The Neck Down (Stylist) Dogukan Nesanir (Stylist) Art Oca (Photographer) Mara Reyes (Stylist) Darwin Sablayan (Hair) JP Singson (Photographer) Nick St. James (Photographer) Amy Strozzi (Hair and Makeup) Takuya Uchiyama (Hair) Meg Urbani (Photographer) Eileen Garcia Viltres (Hair and Makeup) Julia Wilson (Makeup) Genstein Yuzon (Hair)



I’m a self-proclaimed notorious sunglasseshoarder. They’re smart accessories to have on off days when you want to cover those eyebags or that overall undone face.


I love how these “mandals” have a bit of Balenciaga aesthetic to them, with its thick ankle strap and buckle. These are on constant rotation with my sneakers, fondly worn during weekends.


MAC is my top choice when it comes to lip color. Whenever I’m too lazy to fix my face, I just put on a pair of sunglasses and swipe on some lip color in a vampy dark red hue, such as MAC Viva Glam, and I’m good to go.


Being a beach baby, I’m always on the lookout for unique but functional swimwear. This Triangl pair is a simple stunner made of neoprene, which dries off easily.

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Part-time blogger and full-time media manager KOOKIE BUHAIN is a fashion chameleon. Shifting from one look to another, she dominates the blogosphere through her effortless looks and killer style.


I love this bag for its size and simple design. I especially chose a bright red color for this bag so that it stands out against an all-black ensemble, or any outfit in subdued hues.



These Superstars are as 90s old school as it gets. I pair these classic sneakers with dainty dresses to avoid looking all saccharine and “girly.”

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Leather shorts are my go-to apparel whenever I feel like a sloth to dress up (which happens most of the time) as they are easy and comfortable to wear. I usually wear them with a sweatshirt or a cami top and sneakers for “casual days.”

As a music lover, a pair of great quality headphones that are both functional and stylish is a must for me. These Diamond Tears fit the bill perfectly.

Portrait and product photography by Anton Aguila


Alexander Wang is one of my all-time favorite contemporary designers when it comes to bags and footwear. I love the simplicity and subtle sexiness of these Alina gladiator heels and they pair well with jeans, tailored suits, and slinky dresses.

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