flora, fauna, and fashion R
ita Ora shines her light onto adidas Originals Fall/Winter 2014 collection, sporting her new threads with a brand of cool only she can pull off. Dubbed #Unstoppable, the super sports brand comes together with the British singer for a mutual aspiration and invites you to break boundaries, extend your limits, and live for the moment. adidas.com/originals
ZX 500 2.0 RITA W [P 4,495]
ZX 500 2.0 RITA W [P 4,495]
Joining the ranks of other celebrity partners like David Beckham, Jeremy Scott, and Kanye West, adidas crosses over with Ora to her atypical world of flora with a blend of pastels, bright and classic monochromatic colors. All true to her spirit in her music and fashion, this new collaboration fills in the brandâ€™s structure of first-rate garments. The collection holds a selection of jackets, sweaters, track pants, down to cool kicksâ€“all pieces that can stand on their own, and flexible in style and in comfort. So take a cue from Rita Ora, clad yourself in a range of flora and chroma, and be unstoppable. BANKSHOT RITA 2.0 W [P 5,495]
TECH SUPER RITA W [P 5,295]
CAP GRAPHIC [P 1,195]
CROP MINI TEE [P 1,795]
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18 STATUS MESSAGE 20 MASTHEAD
STATUSPHERE 23 THREADS 28 SETTING 29 BRICK & MORTAR 30 SCREEN 31 INK 32 BEATS
72 CAMO CHAMELEON Military
73 ROCK N’ ROLLIN’ Punk
74 WIDE AWAKE
From walking for Jeremy Scott to taking over Tumblr, Staz Lindes is redefining model behavior by being fashion’s beloved darling. By Olivia Estrada
33 TECH PACK: IN LIVING COLOR Things go better with hue.
75 SOBER IN LOVE
With her bottle of patron, rattled and sippin’ on heartache’s toxic, Mila J resurfaces solo and dances through it all, bringing back vibes from the great 90s. By Kitkat Ramos
34 FACE PAINT: IN THE NUDE The zest is yet to come.
ABOUT FACE: EYE SEE YOU
A fuller and thicker look.
35 BEAUTY BITE: BE POLISHED
76 ALL THAT SHE IS
Six years after a fated encounter with a sound engineer, BP Valenzuela comes out with her debut EP, be/ep, covering all that she was, is, and what she will be. By Nicole Nequinto
38 STYLE ID: MIDI ME Just the right size.
77 SPARK IT AND GET LACED
Constantly best-dressed and well-versed, young soul rebel Leon Else drowns out the noise singing today’s misadventures. By Olivia Estrada
40 FREE REIGN
Claim the throne. By Shaira Luna
48 TWO WEEKS
78 IN MY BACKPACK
The fun and whimsy of French singer Petite Meller goes beyond her looks. Her avant-pop sound begins with her philosophic roots and ends with colorful, nostalgic music videos. By Kitkat Ramos
Seize the days. By Patrick Diokno
A mathematical glamor. By Zack McDowell
64 SWAG: FALL/WINTER
66 SERIOUSLY CHIC Girl Suits
67 FLORA AND MUSE Floral
68 UP BEAT Pop Art
70 SHOW ME MONEY Guy Suits
71 VARSITY BLUES School Boy
Stitching seams and scenes out of social issues and visual wonders, fashion designer and director Tessa Edwards delivers a message through shapes and silhouettes. By Olivia Estrada
80 AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE
Dreaming and peaking, Cebubased illustrator Nicky Roa flows back and forth in a moment’s notice to transform a blank page to elaborate and detailed portraits. By Kikat Ramos
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81 SHELLING OUT
Fresh out of a secret sewer lair, Canadian Ninja Turtle Noah Fisher takes off his orange mask and puts down nunchucks to formally introduce himself to us. By Pola Beronilla
82 FIRST DRAFT
From one yard to another, LAbased actor Ser’Darius Blain proves that he is no rookie when it comes to claiming victory on and off screen. By Olivia Estrada
NO FUN INTENDED
Pun’s not dead, says the street fartist that is Hanksy. Infusing pop culture references and wordplay in his work, his art is a big joke. Well, this boy just wants to have pun. By Pola Beronilla
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92 With her luscious curls, Lana Del Rey screams out the thought that style shouldn’t always be extravagant. Donning a white tee and heart-shaped shades, she exudes her rebellious glamour in everything gold–gold chains, gold Chanel earrings, and a gold cross. With her Bad ring and her IDGAF manner, Lana personifies a simplistic, effortless cool that many cannot achieve.
Singing of love on the West Coast and the blues of a Brooklyn baby, singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey exudes a thousand shades of cool. Exposing her core to a cruel world through colorful stories of romance, woes, beauty, and power, she liquefies glamour into timeless music. By Janroe Cabiles
THE UNCANNY ARTIST
Matter doesn’t mean much when its physics are bent to form new rules and realities. Dutch multi-media artist Bart Hess creates tactile experiences out of virtual spaces and stretches thread, textile, and time to defy the limits of the physical world to merge dreams with disasters. By Germaine Chuabio
THE GRUNGE FACTOR
In her messy denim jeans and strappy heels, illustrator, fashion filmmaker, and photographer Quentin Jones knows just how to add that perfect twist at the end of something already beautiful. With her unique craft of piecing soft subjects and bold splashes, she makes each piece a scenery of art in itself. By Janroe Cabiles
BURST OF LIGHT
Sometimes in life, you have to use the negatives to develop something great. That’s what Simon Burstall does best. In a world overflowing with fashion photographers, this lens god bursts tall and captures a sense
of vulnerability underneath a glossy aesthetic, exposing bold structures of sophisticated yet beautifully fresh photos. By Pola Beronilla
98 BLOCK PARTY: tailored dreams
From sketching at the corners of notebooks to seeing their designs on a runway, these upcoming designers have tailored their bespoke dreams into reality. By Janroe Cabiles
98 ORPHAN BIRD 99 ANN YEE 100 BAARTMANS & 101 DELUXE
EVENTS NIGHTVISION 103 MAGICAL MIAMI SWIM WEEK 104 PROJECT H @ HYVE 104 FANCY PANTS MARC JACOBS 105 WILDFOX RESORT 105 106 106 107 107
PROJECT H @ HYVE SATURDAY NIGHT HYVE MOKAI MONDAYS IN MIAMI SATURDAY NIGHT HYVE FEAT. RAVE REPUBLIC BOUNCE BOAT
108 DIRECTORY STATUS INVADES
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This part-time blogger and full-time fashion girl may worship all things black, but once she steps out on the streets, she paints the town fifty shades of cool. We’ve cracked the code of the special edition of Llama Glama album! See the illegal download link here…
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ashion has become our superhero. The perfect vigilante, it has saved us from the sorrows of the boring and mundane. Its superhuman powers? It gives us armor to face the world with strength (especially with killer shoes on). For our Style issue, we tap into this mental power to bring our creative vision to new heights. And who else could help us more than the fashion heroes we’ve discovered, living among us, shining a light on beauty, courage, and adventure that fashion gives us. Our ultimate wonder woman takes the shape of a girl named Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, also known as Lana Del Rey. Combining musical talent and her old Hollywood glam, this singer/songwriter is in a league of her own. Bringing about a softness in her gaze and strength in her voice, she stands out as she tells us how her life has been a combination of chaos and normality. Despite being the armed arsenal of Vogue, Elle, Wonderland, and Russh as well as global giants Levis, Lancôme, and Hugo Boss, photographer Simon Burstall keeps it real and reminds us that the key to creativity is to stay true to who you are. Quentin Jones is fearless. This London-based model, director, and illustrator has been at the forefront of mixing art and fashion for Chanel, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Opening Ceremony. Not only do her fashion films make her stand out; it’s her fearless technique in creating them. For a visual adventure, look no further than Bart Hess. This Dutch designer gives us a glimse into the future of sci-fi and reality. Collaborating with Lady Gaga, Vogue, Nowness, and AnOther Magazine, he shares how he finds the balance of beauty and grotesque with his intuition alone. Fashion has saved our lives from the ordinary. In a fashionable world of wonder, escape, and excitement, our fashion heroes where we learn to discover our voices and super powers within.
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Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, this photographer can shoot it all. As trends come and go, Miguel Miranda is here to stay. For this month’s SWAG (64), he shoots the Fall/Winter 2014 essentials from pop art motifs, floral prints, and aspen designs to military ensembles, schoolboy looks, and punk outfits. And if you want to work with this snapper, his rules are simple: be punctual and know what you want.
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Just like Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy,” our resident fashion editor is blowin’ up like we thought she would. Hustling two editorials for our Style issue, she struts her stuff in Free Reign (40) and Two Weeks (48). As she’s on an effortless mission to make this ugly world look pretty through glossy pages, playas just can’t get at her level. While sipping her imaginary tea, she taunts, “I’d like to see them try.” #NoShade
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Similar to artist Bart Hess (90), Germaine understands how fashion is an art form. “I like how people can express their unique personalities through fashion.” When this girl is not hitting the books or handing in articles for us, she dreams to be the next Charlotte Tilbury or Lisa Eldridge, traveling around the world and making it prettier one celebrity face at a time.
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SIMPLE ADDITION S
porty meets spice and everything nice with RADHA DUMRA. For their Eco collection, mesh panels, cutouts, and see-through fabrics breathe life and positive energies into sweaters, pants, jackets, and skirts. The brand also sports eco-friendly elements such as leaf prints and the 3R’s symbol, making sure that you’ll be re-wearing these outfits. radhadumra.com
MYSTIC RIVER E
nter the realm of streetwear brand LOVE IS EARTH and allow them to show you a Primordial Bliss. While still maintaining the brand’s core beliefs of exclusivity and social awareness, their latest pieces of “LIE Logo” athletic mesh jerseys, “Maha Lakshmi” drop-back mesh-back shirts, “Sri Yanta” shorts, and “Primordial Bliss” snapbacks radiate a transcendental vibe. Namaste. loveisearth.com
NEW AGE A
lways known for its sharp and clean design and wearable products, Amsterdam-based brand ETQ pulls out all the stops by experimenting with new materials and neoteric details. The Capsule Collection in the brand’s signature silhouette is now available in marbled leather and Nappa leather, proving that luxury begins on your toes. etq-amsterdam.com
LOOK NO FURTHER W
ear the delights of nature with AYAKA NISHI jewelry. The brand takes cue from organic forms and aesthetics to create pieces that aren’t only ornamental but also celebrate the beauty around us from the graceful layers of fish scales, the methodical arrangement of honeycombs, and the fine geometry of a spider’s web. ayakanishi.com
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BRANDS TO KNOW
ONE FOR THE TEAM U
K-based brand ADYN brings in the essentials for those who want to stick to the basics of an extravagant wardrobe. Their sweaters, oversized jackets, and hoodies in deep black also carry a luxe sportswear vibe that can be worn whatever side of field you may be on. adyn.co.uk
UP FOR GRABS M
ove over “It” bags, MANSUR GAVRIEL takes the cake for this season’s covetable shoulder piece. Made out of the highest Italian leather and an age-old craftsmanship, their latest collection of leather bucket bags, totes, and backpacks are the perfect go-to accessory. No wonder beauties like Kirsten Dunst, Miranda Kerr, and Lucky EIC Eva Chen have been seen trotting them around. mansurgavriel.com
HIGH WATTAGE C
lean designs and minimalistic lines define WYATT ORR. Their Autumn/Winter 2014 pieces in neutral colors are the comfortable and versatile creations of designers Liise Wyatt and Karly Orr. The Seattle-based brand proves that luxury doesn’t necessarily mean over-the-top but is rather classic and timeless. Now, that’s the loudest statement you can possibly make. wyattorr.com
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THE POLAR VORTEX D
o you wanna build a snowman? Designer DORIS Q can help you with that. Taking its inspiration from James Balog’s documentary Chasing Ice, coat yourself with their “Glacier Mesh” Oversized Tee, “Pertio” Asymmetrical Drape Top, “Dino Print” Hot Pants, and Sculptural Cocktail Dress incorporated with a variety of pleats, digital print on sequins, and neoprene to get a look that’s cooler than cool. dorisqlabel.com
FUR SURE I
ntroducing a modern take on ethical fur, leather, and knitwear, ONAR’s latest collection of collars, scarves, vests, hoods, earmuffs, and beanies in hues of velvety black, soft purple, deep blue, acid yellow, and emerald green are as knit as it gets. For this season, designer Sophie Sälekari was invited to apply her rich color palette over the brand’s trademark sustainable furwear. onarstudios.com
ll day everyday with PENSHOPPE only means one thing: Basics. With its latest All Day collection of tees, tanks, pique polo shirts, pants, shorts, skirts, and chinos, all you ever have to worry about is how to wear them. Try to mix and match one piece with another and use various types of accessories for different set of looks in a price of one. penshoppe.com
EXCLUSIVE STEP DAINTY DELIGHTS E
cho Park-based jewelry designer and porcelain ceramicist KATHLEEN WHITAKER reminds us that simplicity is perhaps the hardest accessory to pull off. Pieces such as the “Aquamarine” ring and the “Edge” ring carry a certain understated class with a little hint of edge that would work with any outfit kathleenwhitaker.com
he limited pieces of the SUPERGA x VERSUS VERSACE Fall 2014 collection are colorful and one of a kind. With a Greek style and the Versace Versus logo, it’s made out of a cotton upper, a vulcanized natural rubber sole, and cutout baroque graphics. With these two iconic Italian brands collaborating, one can only expect the best of the best. superga.com
SOPHISTICATED LADY E
legance is Swiss designer STEFANIE BIGGEL’s middle name. Centered on androgynous, cleancut shapes in high-quality silk and leather, her Autumn/Winter 2014 collection of skirts and jackets in thick plum and pare-back nude tones share a touch of iridescent luxury and can give every girl a chic yet urban look. stefaniebiggel.com
BRO TIP E
very guy should have a go at menswear brand MARSHALL ARTIST. One, it knows modern tailoring; two, muted colors are key to their aesthetic; and three, they believe in ultra wearable menswear. And if these aren’t enough reasons to wear them, just ask dudes like Jude Law and David Beckham who swear on this brand. marshallartist.co.uk
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BRANDS TO KNOW
CHANGING OF THE SEASONS
nspired by her father’s vast collection of jewelry from New York and Puerto Rico in the 60s, NY-based label BOTÁNICA created an 18k goldfilled collection. Composed of a pair of golden sunglasses, “Tony” bracelets, and “Don Eliette” rings, designer Nic De La Paz gives tribute to the man who influenced her style. Just goes to show, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. botanicany.com
inter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, all you have to do is call B-SIDE BY WALÉ. Inspired by the transition of seasons, the London-based label’s latest collection of tees, bomber jackets, mini skirts, and dresses that boast high-visibility fabrics such as faux fur, jersey, textured wools, cotton twill, quilted nylon, and mesh can stand the test of time. b-sidebywale.com
THE BLING RING J
ewelry architect ANGELA CIOBANU is a diamond in the rough. Her latest pieces of rings and earrings in contemporary shapes and edgy proportions are an absolute must-have. Emphasized by various textures of wood, enamel, and precious stones, choose from either the “Scathed Beauty,” “The Flow of Point,” or “Forget Me Not” collection and put a ring on it. angelaciobanu.ro
DENIM LOGIC P
ants should never be boring. Take cues from OXYGEN’s new range of denim jeans in black, blue, and light washes. Besides the great fit and affordable price, details like contrast patches and pocket embroidery makes each pair unique and interesting enough to wear over and over again. oxygenfashion.com
IN YOUR HEAD L
os Angeles-based label BON GEORGE is certainly good for you. Garments such as the “Willa” dress, “Nicky” pants, and “Charlie” skirt embody a California cool not only in color and design but also how they represent the designers’ vision of conscious clothing as they are handcrafted and locally sourced. You don’t just have to look great, you can do good as well. bongeorge.com
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QUICKY FIX S
upermodel-turned-designer Hye Park’s namesake brand HYE PARK AND LUNE is a testament to her off-duty sensibilities. Her collection of casual luxury clothing composed of pullovers, sweaters, tees, and outerwear may give the I-woke-up-likethis look a run for its money. To transition the lazy look to an oversized party sweater standout, there’s nothing a pair of sexy stilettos can’t fix. hye-park-and-lune.myshopify.com
LET’S GET LACY E
veryday should be VALENTINE’s day like how everyday one should always be in lace. Designers Whitney Brown and Paloma Jonas created the brand to serve soft and sexy lingerie that has the greatest fit and perfect lace. Celebrating bold, strong, and unique individuals, the brand is one with the free-spirited woman who’s carefree and sexy all through her days. valentinenyc.com
MAN OF THE HOUR D
esigners Alexander and Tim Britten of FROM BRITTEN P/L know the true function of form. In fact, their latest menswear collection of coats, jackets, trousers, and button-downs are made for utility while still considering the art of style. Details like texture, finish, and color are important keys to this Melbourne-based label, showing that all is not lost in their take of the modern man. frombritten.com.au
f Polish brand PARIS AND HENDZEL’s products had lips, they would say, “Let’s start a journey!” Their collection of handmade 5-panel caps made out of cotton and leather will accompany you in the trenches of your adventure while looking hella good. Caution though, don a classic 5-panel design with the letter “H” or a colorful print of birds, pineapples, and red palms to protect your head with style at all times. parishendzel.com
his season, strap on some rugged pair of boots from STEVE MADDEN’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Get down and dirty while doing chores in your leather lace-ups and pair them suede boots with a lace dress or daisy dukes. After all, these boots are made for walking. stevemadden.com
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PLACES TO GO
THE BOWERY, Taguig A nod to the streets of southern New York, THE BOWERY brings in the home comforts of Manhattan in big plate-sized servings from Chef Cuit Kaufman. Cure all your incessant cravings with the Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese, the classic favorite upgraded with creme fraiche, cream cheese, mozzarella, truffle oil, and of course, lobster meat. For those who prefer less fuss, The Bowery Burger, topped with pickled onions for that extra bite, is also a good option. Enjoy these along with freshly squeezed juices and shakes in the relaxed atmosphere brought in by wide windows and clean brick walls perfect for either lazy mornings or cloudless skies. F151 Forbeswood Heights Rizal Drive cor. Burgos Circle Bonifacio Global City, Taguig facebook.com/pages/The-Bowery-NYC-Comfort-Food
WOLF & FOX GASTROPUB, Taguig
legant leather seats, luxurious wooden panels, dim lighting, and refined portraits of animals in fancy outfits will tame your wild side in WOLF & FOX GASTROPUB. Tailored to the tastes of classic British cuisine, the gastropub offers a formidable list of time-tested liquors and spirits. On the other hand, two menus cater to your spirit animal for a soulful experience. Choose from the Wolf menu, especially if you enjoy the finer things in life, or from the Fox menu, if you prefer farm-to-table dishes. Either way, their selection of cocktails, which include their Safari Sangria and Long Beach City, will compliment whatever you choose. Two Parkade 30th Street cor. 7th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig facebook.com/pages/Wolf-and-Fox-Gastropub
INTO THE WILD
Let WOLF & FOX’s dishes bring out your animal instincts.
Wolf & Fox Double Deck US Angus beef, cheese, lettuce, and bacon on your choice of either sesame brioche or potato bun
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Foie Croquettes Mashed potato, goose liver, and reduced balsamic vinegar
Bangers and Mash Homemade Cumberland sausage with mashed potatoes and caramelized onion gravy
Fish and Chips Beer-battered sole fillet with peas, malt vinegar, and fries, served with tartar sauce
Words by Olivia Estrada Photos by Rosario Herrera
P L ATE
BRICK AND MORTAR
STORES TO SHOP
WARM NY, NEW YORK 181 Mott Street New York, NY 10012 warmny.com Dime to drop: P87-P657,000 ($2-$15,000) Don’t leave without: Warm fragrance oil
easons may change but WARM will always stay, well, warm. This newly opened Nolita retail space will remind you of piña coladas, paper umbrellas, a nice sun tan, and your favorite seaside destination. Inspired by her childhood in Hawaii and memories of when she met her husband while surfing in Montauk, owner Winnie Beattie is clearly inclined to the summer temperature and everything that it has to offer. With a relaxed vibe, a good sense of hospitality, and a fun way of approaching things, this store feels like a complete summer getaway with its beach hut, puka shell chandeliers, beach photos collaged on the wall, and an Aloha signage. Carrying both women and men’s fashion and accessories, home decors, books, gifts, and a great selection of brands like Vanessa Bruno, Veda, The Reformation, Howlin’, M.nii, and Quality Peoples, Warm brings the heat to your closet no matter what the temperature may be.
STUDIOSTORE, BARCELONA Calle Comerç 17 Barcelona 08003, Spain studiostore.es Dime to drop: P588-P59,000 (10€-1000€) Don’t leave without: Sheriff & Cherry sunglasses, Woouf! bean bags, Kanken bags, or your own made-toorder neon sign.
ne look at STUDIOSTORE and you’ll be overwhelmed by its 300 square-meter space. Both a studio and a store, this space was opened to promote collaborations with local artists and the community around it. Inside the all-white warehouse with exposed ceilings, a large illustrated carpet is drawn on the floor. On the opposite end, a neon green pole stands out together with wooden tables and chairs that also serve as a display area. The wide store space is filled with clothes of young designers from around the world, including from its homeland Barcelona. Pieces like Happy socks, Oro and Other Histories necklaces, Oh, Tiger! earrings, and a Barrythings cardboard bull are just some of the quirky things you’ll love to take home. Also carrying art prints, design products for home, clothing, accessories, books, and magazines, the studio is a creative tinktank for furniture, retail design, lectures, and conferences as well.
Words by Loris Peña
ledge allegiance to SCOUT, an online store that can be your source of inspiration, vintage scores, and designer finds. Owner and designer Joey Gana curates archive pieces like Jean Paul Gaultier’s quilited top, Issey Miyake’s sport striped dress, Karl Lagerfeld’s high waisted skirt, Angelo Tarlazzi’s red knit jumper, Voyage’s slip dress, and their own in-house brand to prove that both past and present can coexist in your closet. scoutla.net
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SCENES TO SEE
RE M OTE CO N TRO L
T I CKET GOD HELP THE GIRL Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch directs a musical film following Eve, a young girl who writes songs to recover from her emotional problems as she meets musicians Cassie and James.
JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE OutKast’s André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this biopic recounting a year in the life of the rock legend as he makes his mark into the music scene.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: THEM Director Ned Benson unites the perspective of Connor Ludlow (James McAvoy) and Eleanor Rigby (Jessica Chastain) as they pick up the pieces of the love they once had.
THE SKELETON TWINS Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader plays a gay twin brother to his co-alum Kristen Wiig, seeing the life of the siblings who unexpectedly reconnect after ten years of estrangement.
THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, and Corey Stoll star as antagonistic siblings who are forced to live together for a week in their childhood home after their father dies.
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MADAM SECRETARY (CBS) CBS offers a new political drama inspired by current events and global crises, centering on powerful Elizabeth Faulkner McCord (Tea Leoni), a college professor and a former CIA analyst, who was unexpectedly appointed as the Secretary of State, dealing with international diplomacy, office politics, as well as her family life.
SCORPION (CBS) From Fast and the Furious director Justin comes a series about an eccentric team of super-geniuses tracking the account of Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel) and his band of recruits who use their skills and hacking techniques to serve as defense against complex threats in the world. The hacker drama also stars Katherine McPhee, Robert Patrick, and Eddie Kaye Thomas.
THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA (NBS) Adapted from the Spanish series Los Misterios de Laura, Debra Messing returns to the small screen with a new police-procedural comedy-drama series, taking a look at the life of Laura Diamond, who balances her career as a homicide detective and her personal life as a soon-tobe-divorced single mother raising twin sons.
P L A Y BACK AKIRA (1988) The true masterpiece of anime. This film changed my DNA back in 1992. Powerful visuals and great soundtrack.
TRISTAN EATON (ARTIST) @tristaneaton PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE (1985) Tim Burton at his best! This film captivated me when I was a kid and I think it definitely influenced me into the world of Kidrobot; especially, the giant dinosaurs.
REPO MEN (1984) This film is amazingly subversive. Beautiful details, great writing, and a theme song by Iggy Pop. This film influenced TrustoCorp a lot.
STYLE WARS (1983) Hands down the greatest graffiti documentary ever. I saw this when I was a punk skater in London. Ever since then, graffiti has been a sacred quest to me.
WATERSHIP DOWN (1978) This animated film is dark when you think of it. I’m surprised they show this to kids. Beautiful story, beautiful animation.
Words by Claire De Leon
HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS Based on François Lelord’s novel of the same name, this adaptation follows a psychologist (Simon Pegg) as he goes on a journey around the world to discover what makes people happy.
BOOKS TO READ
BOOK M ARK
HOT O F F THE P RE S S THIS OLD THING: FALL IN LOVE WITH VINTAGE CLOTHES By Dawn O’Porter TV personality-turned-author Dawn O’Porter carries her mission in Britain’s streets down to the pages of her book, attempting to convert vintagestore-virgins to first-class chic. Hosting a show bearing the same name in Channel 4’s primetime TV, the book follows the not-tos, where-tos, and how-tos of vintage style conversion.
AS SEEN IN BLITZ: FASHIONING ‘80s STYLE By Iain R. Webb While 1980s London ran amok with every cultural upheaval, BLITZ was one of the magazines that was right at the heart of this phenomena. As the magazine’s fashion editor, Iain R. Webb writes a memoir of his first-hand look into that lost world along with the magazine’s most notable features and never-before-seen content.
FASHION FUTURES By Bradley Quinn
B MEN IN THIS TOWN: LONDON, TOKYO, SYDNEY, MILAN, NEW YORK By Giuseppe Santamaria Photographer and graphic designer Giuseppe Santamaria compiles a photographic collection that with every turn of the page, lots of swooning women will be heard in the background. Traveling in all the major fashion cities, Giuseppe documents the style and evolution of the modern man–the beautiful and the stylish male, á la The Sartorialist.
radley Quinn takes “fashion-forward” and propels it to a future that only The Jetsons can put in a nutshell. He has gathered young designers who combine fashion and functionality–taking advantage of technological advancements on biological science, climate change, space suits, artificial intelligence, etc. While taking a closer look at extreme operations in the industry such as advance marketing strategies, he looks into how fashion adapts to the future. Close in on Quinn’s vision of the future: “Wearable technology will enable the garments of the future to be more in-tune with their environment, and will allow the senses to play a greater role in everyday experience than they do today.” “Advanced materials will make the fabrication of future clothing as sustainable as the garments will be durable, comfortable and beautiful.”
“A new generation of designers is envisioning the forms, shapes and materials of tomorrow, transforming garments from passive receivers into active technological tools.” “Such gadgets as the MP3 player were among the first to be partially embedded in textiles, with their wiring and hardware encased between layers of fabric.”
Words by Kitkat Ramos
F OOT N OTE S Ready your keyboards and type meninthistown.com, ladies. It gives a peek of the fine, fine males of the world, or what you could see more of in Giuseppe’s book.
British go-to-gal Dawn O’Porter was previously named Dawn Porter before marrying actor Chris O’Dowd. She started using her stylized surname shortly after they tied the knot. Oh.
After a long-standing career in the fashion industry, Iain R. Webb is now a consultant for the Fashion Museum in Bath, taking Jane Austen-esque walks on the beach during weekends.
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MUSIC TO HEAR
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BP VALENZUELA soundcloud.com/ bpvalenzuela
LEON ELSE leonelse.com
NIGHTS OF RIZAL soundcloud.com/ nightsofrizal
“Losing You” Solange This is a Devonté Hynes-produced song. He really shaped the sound of 2013.
“Gooey” Glass Animals I like subtlety when it comes to arrangements. No need for solos or super understated beats. I love that.
“It Is What It Is” Blood Orange He’s also a great producer/singer/ songwriter and Cupid Deluxe is such a good album.
“Little Bit” Lykke Li The one song I will never get sick of. The whole combination of how subtle everything is makes it intricate.
“Magic” Coldplay The song title says it all: this song is magic. It’s as easy as that.
“All of Me” John Legend This is an exceptional ballad. It’s just so refreshing to hear something like this in the UK charts.
“Scream (Funk My Life Up)” Paolo Nutini He’s an incredible artist; I love all his work and this song is too cool for school.
“Hideaway” Kiesza House-y beats, lovely melody. Just all round good vibes. Love it.
“Hyperballad” Björk Embedded in her idiosyncratic singing style and choice of soundscapes is solid songwriting.
“Piece of This” P.O.T. Sweet melodies and soulful grooves tinged with dark melancholy. Gets me every time.
“Touch” Daft Punk feat. Paul Williams Leave it to robots to produce a heartfelt, painfully human masterpiece.
“Ghost Hardware” Burial The best Christina Aguilera has ever sounded to me–submerged in London gloom.
The music festival season is far from over; Bestival 2014 has arrived. Head on over to Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight in England and expose yourself to the best of the best with a lineup that includes Outkast, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, Beck, Major Lazer, and Busta Rhymes.
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Indie spectacle KAREN O takes a break from a few yeahs and treats us with a romantic debut. Along with the lo-fi heartbreaker “Rapt,” Crush Songs is the soundtrack to her everlasting love crusade.
Following their 2011 sophomore effort, THE DRUMS have found the perfect beat with Encyclopedia. Scrambling through every letter of the alphabet, the indie pop outfit is on their way up the “Magic Mountain.”
Geek rock heroes WEEZER are going “Back to the Shack.” While front man Rivers Cuomo reunites with his strat with a lightning strap, the alt-rock veterans pledge that Everything Will Be Alright in the End.
Were you one of the million others who missed out on the rare chance of seeing Mr. and Mrs. Carter together live on stage? Worry no more; premium cable’s got your back. Taped on September 12 and 13 at the Stade de France in Paris, catch the premiere of Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “On The Run” Tour on HBO this September 20.
Get your keyboard shortcuts ready as Australian synthpop group Cut/Copy is all set to paste some electronic delight to our ears. Catch the indietronica quartet perform hits like “Hearts on Fire,” “Lights & Music,” and “Free Your Mind” on September 13 at SM Aura’s Samsung Hall in Taguig City.
The Strokes’ JULIAN CASABLANCAS + THE VOIDZ have teamed up to form a Tyranny. Combining a retro underground sound with modern harmonies, this “protest record” fills that void in music.
Words by Pola Beronilla
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Monument Valley By ustwo Navigate through a world of architectural delight and geometric wonder to save a captive princess.
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DOLCE AND GABBANA “The Illuminator” Glow Illuminating Powder P2,388.44
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Powder the under-eye area before applying mascara, to reduce eye smudges.
The MAC X MARGE SIMPSON collection includes the “Nacho Explosion” lipglass, “Pink Sprinkles” blush, “That Trillion Dollar Look” eyeshadow quad, “Lash #07,” and “Marge Simpson Cuticles” nail stickers.
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Now you can match your nails with an It bag. The 3.1 PHILLIP LIM X NARS limited edition comes in nine hues from deeply muted opaques to high-shine metallics.
Words by Loris Peña
fine lady should always BE POLISHED. This nail spa and its Tiffany-colored walls and lime green sofas will help relieve the stress of the week by offering services like Spa Manicure, Nail Art Stamping, and Gel Polish. This nook of comfort and relaxation vouches on pampering their customers with wellgroomed tips at an affordable price. 264 Unit 5 Madison Square Bldg. Brgy. Pasadena N. Domingo 1500 San Juan del Monte facebook.com/bepolishednailbar
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GO S E E
Catch anyoneâ€™s attention with bright colors and statement pieces that are indulging in plain sight.
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Photographed by Steffi Santiago and Rj Roque
S T YL E I D Street style favorite Caroline De Maigret layers her A-line midiskirt with a pair of skinnys.
Pair a traditional pencil silhouette with a slouchy pullover.
Hong Kong Cantopop lyricist Wyman Wong goes matchymatchy with his man skirt.
MIDI ME This season, itâ€™s all about the midi skirt as seen on the Calvin Klein Fall runway. Itâ€™s the only length we are all craving for.
Add a feminine touch to your androgynous look.
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Bring texture to your outfit with a pleated mid-length skirt.
Photos by lelook.eu and jponfashionspeed.com
By JP Singson
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Photographed by Shaira Luna
Opposite page glasses by Sunnies Studios jacket by H&M
coat by H&M button-down by S/S Supply Goods glasses by Sunnies Studios
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jacket by H&M button-down by 21 Men joggers by Oxygen shoes by Sole Service
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jacket by H&M button-down by 21 Men ring, Modelâ€™s own
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sweater by Oxygen
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Model Tiago Pinheiro of Elite Manila
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TWO WE EKS Photographed by Patrick Diokno Styled by Loris Pe単a
Opposite page: earrings by Firma necklace, stylist's own shades by Sunnies Studios earrings, stylist's own jacket by H&M shorts by H&M heels by Giueseppe Zanotti
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bucket cap by Stussy necklace by AC + 632 earrings by Primark nose ring, stylist's own bracelets by Firma top by River Island shorts by Topshop
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necklace AC + 632 earrings, stylist's own tank by H&M sports bra by Forever 21 hoodie by 21men shorts by Topshop boots by Timberland
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earrings by River Island bracelets worn as necklace by AC + 632 bra top, stylist's own hoodie by forever 21
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jacket, stylist's own cropped top by River Island shorts by River Island earrings, stylist's own bracelets by AC + 632
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bucket cap by 21men top by Topshop pants by H&M sunnies by Sunnies Studios earrings, stylist's own necklace, stylist's own
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earrings by Promod necklace by AC +632 bracelet by Firma nose ring, stylist's own rings, stylist's own mesh top by H&M sports by Forever 21 shorts by 21men
Makeup Hanna Pechon Hair Adam Seth Teh Model Evelyn of Ideal People Nail Wrap by NCLA X Melody Eshani Nails by Salon Privat
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blazer by Elie Tahari sweater by Kate Spade topLondon by Cameo shirt by Liberty of blouse byby RedJ.Valentino skirt Crew byFeet J. Crew tightsnecklace by Happy skirt by Maeve shoes by Steve Madden
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M U L T I P - L Y / D I V I D E Photographed by Zack McDowell Styled by Aubrey Closson
shirt by Liberty of London dress by J. Crew scarf by Lanvin socks by Happy Feet shoes by J. Crew
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dress worn under by J. Crew dress worn on top by Diane Von Furstenberg necklace by J. Crew
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top by Cameo blouse by Red Valentino necklace by J. Crew skirt by Maeve
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pink scarf worn as headdress by J. Crew headdress by Echo blouse by Red Valentino dress by Emilio Pucci skirt by J. Crew
shirt by Liberty of London dress by J. Crew scarf by Lanvin
Hair Michael Johnson Makeup Alana Wright Model Adesuwa Aighewi
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pink scarf worn as headdress by J. Crew blue scarf by Echo blouse by Red Valentino dress by Emilio Pucci skirt by J. Crew tights by Happy Feet shoes by J. Crew
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M U S E
Social media stunner STAZ LINDES does away with pretenses and keeps it fun. She may be one of the newest names in fashion royalty, but she won’t quit her girl-next-door personality. by Olivia Estrada Photos courtesy of Vision Los Angeles From A Denim Story
napproachable, diva-esque, and snobbish are just some of the words people associate with models. It would also probably be your first impression of Staz, this year’s breakout sensation as she walked for Jeremy Scott’s quirky, cartooninspired collection for Moschino–on top of being the star in editorials for Elle Italia, L’Officiel Netherlands, and Vogue Japan. The opportunities that have opened up for Staz encourage her to share her life on Tumblr. Her account has caught the attention of i-D for its mix of wit, California cool, and off-duty antics. She sees her influence–which has grown after representing brands such as H&M and BCBG Max Azaria, as well as being featured in Nylon and The Last Magazine–as a tool to achieve her other endeavors. “Eventually, I want to use the attention for the things I do aside from modeling once I start seriously pursuing them,” she shares. “Number one being music. I’ve also been really into the idea of making short films or music videos with my friends.” This London-born, LA-based model is also a musician. She sings and plays guitar, taking after her father, a film score composer and a member of British rock band, Dire Straits. When it comes to music, Staz prefers to look closer. “I like music with feelings and soul. I listen to mostly doo wop, soul, and punk. I like things that sound like it hurts.”
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FOR ART’S SAKE
What I really love about modeling is playing dress up and just having fun with people who are doing it for the pure love and art of it. On the other hand, I simply hate it when people take it too seriously and treat models like objects. It drives me crazy.
Remember that only you can do you and that’s the most special, precious, wonderful thing you have. Embrace and express yourself. Try to impress yourself before anyone else.
I try to make the eight-year-old me proud everyday. Playing dress up professionally is definitely a dream come true. I’ve also had a lyric book since I was a kid, I still keep one with me all the time. I haven’t broken into the music world yet, but I am working on it everyday.
SECRETS TO SUCCESS
People can take the easy way with social climbing and partying with the right people, but I don’t believe that leads to a substantial career; it makes it paperthin. I think the best thing to do is have patience and to work really hard. Don’t listen to the vampires that tell you who you are or who you should be–they don’t know shit. Stay true to yourself and just have fun. Also, be nice to everybody.
SOBER IN LOVE LA native MILA J sings above the whirls of smoke from heartaches and disappointments of an intoxicating relationship in her breakout single, “Smoke, Drink, Break-Up.” Having an old hand in the game, this now solo act gets high on the rise of her career–while dancing circles around players, with a bottle of Blue Moon in hand. By Kitkat Ramos Photographed by Isaac Sterling Styled by Lo Von Rumpf Hair Kia Morris Makeup Patrick Ta
Left: jacket by Old Gringo pants by Standards and Practices Denim jewelry, Versace and Kesha Rose by Charles Albert shoes by Jordan Right: jacket by Old Gringo denim by Standards and Practices jewelry, Versace and Kesha Rose by Charles Albert shoes by Jordan
o me, ‘Smoke, Drink, BreakUp’ was an opportunity to reintroduce myself to music fans, only this time as a solo artist,” says Jamila Akiko, better known as Mila J. “I really want to bring back that 90s R&B vibe with great dance sequences that make music videos so great.” The video for the single dropped earlier this year and has been climbing the charts since. Showing several scenes with Mila dancing, along with snippets of her and her video beau rapper Ty Dollar $ign playing the other half in an erratic love situation, her overall feel as an artist is indeed a throwback to the 90s. With a sweltering love story accompanying a slow-burn, heady R&B track, it’s not hard to hear Mila’s love for the decade. “I really want to bring back the creative dance sequences that made that era so memorable. Also back then, artists were about presenting a full body of work. I’d like to be able to do the same.” With her killer moves, broad voice range, and a bangin’ bod, her own full body of work certainly does its rounds. Starting out in the business as part of girl groups Dame and Gyrl, Mila knows her way around the industry already.
On landing a solo gig coming from performing and singing in a group for years, she says, “I never actually made the decision to have a solo career. After the groups dissolved, we all went our separate ways, but my love for making music stayed with me. I didn’t know what I was like as a solo artist because I was always in a group. I started releasing my own mixtapes and the rest is history.” Now signed under Motown records, Mila is bound to make history. In the thick of all the feedback upon the release of her single, comparisons have been made to artists that have established a vibe similar to Mila’s like Ciara, the late Aaliyah, and even her sister, another artist making huge waves this year, Jhene Aiko. To this, she shrugs them off and takes them with a smile. “I think being compared to iconic women like Aaliyah and Ciara is truly a compliment. And obviously, I love my sister. I think as fans get to know me and my music better, they’ll be able to see that I bring my own vibe and personality.”
It all seems natural and effortless for the singer. As she shares a recent performance in this year’s BET Experience in Los Angeles, this proves to be true. “It was really a busy weekend. I’d just come back from being on the road in a radio promo tour and literally had no time to think about the performance until I was already onstage. Everything just clicked. Hands down, [my] best show to date.” With that guitar twang, coupled with head-bobbing bass beats and lyrics that bare a conflicted heart, Mila sings, “See, I love you but I don’t like that / Keep leaving and coming right back to you / So I roll me swisha, pour me some liquor before we start to bicker.” With all women nodding in agreement and guys begging to differ, all of them would be clamoring for Mila’s debut EP entitled M.I.L.A. (Made In Los Angeles) set to be released this September.
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all that she is In the confines of her room, Manila-based music producer BP VALENZUELA transforms her summer hobby into a heartfelt and emotionally-charged synthpop EP. By Nicole Nequinto Photographed by Bardo Wu Makeup Apple Fara-on of MAC Location Craft
“I want [my EP] to be a continuous listening experience. The whole five tracks are a synthesis of my coming of age.” A
t 19 years old, BP already has a lot to say about her music aesthetic, eager to give as much as she can when speaking about her start in music, influences, and opinion on the music scene. “Sorry, I get long-winded,” she laughs. Her candidness on every topic is indeed a reflection of her willingness to express herself, especially through her self-produced EP, be/ep, which she released earlier this year. Music has always been an integral part of BP’s life. She began writing music at a very young age and went on to teach herself how to play the guitar and keyboards–even playing for various bands in high school. However, her interest in electronic music and music production all began while working in a professional recording studio at the age of
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13. After paying for studio time to record her songs, she was incredibly disappointed with the outcome saying, “When I got the tracks, they weren’t mixed. Zero effort. [The studio engineer] thought that just ‘cause I was a young girl, I wouldn’t notice. But I did. And I said, ‘Fine, if he won’t do it, then I will do it.’” What followed was a lot of reading up from manuals and saving for her own mixing equipment. What began as an altercation soon became a blessing in disguise as she found herself immersed in the world of music production, using what she learned to create her own instrumental film scores. “My passion was really film and film scores. I would stay in my room and write scores. I would never show anyone.” Her interest in movies can clearly be heard in some of the tracks from her EP where she uses samples from various films such as Donnie Darko and Cameron Crowe’s classics, Say Anything, and Almost Famous. Aside from dialogue samples from films, she also incorporates E.E. Cummings’ verses and spoken word. “The things I watch have such a huge impact on me so I credit them by putting them there because they really shape the experience for me,” she reflects. When asked to place her music in a genre, she took a moment to classify it as ambient synthpop saying, “I want it to be a continuous listening experience. The whole five tracks are a synthesis of my coming
of age. My whole first year of college is wrapped into this little microcosm of synthpop.” Her dedication to the craft can be seen in her creative process. “I work on these things with no distraction. I turn my Wi-Fi off, no social media, I lock my door.” When talking about how she comes up with the lyrics and her beats she laughs saying, “You know, when you’re in the shower and you have an idea? I usually stop showering, get my phone, have a voice note, sing or mimic a beat or something, and then get back to showering. I’m so impulsive, I really act on it.” Well, this impulse has helped in her career as her bedroom hobby has now opened new doors for her, not just online but in the local electronica scene as well. Other than preparing for her album launch next year, BP is producing tracks and collaborating with other artists such as the solo project of Imago’s Zach Lucero. She also recently ran into local music’s magnate Raimund Marasigan, “He was like, ‘I like your music.’ And I kind of died. I grew up listening to him. It’s weird, isn’t it? It came into full circle.” Even though she’s barely dipped her toes into the Filipino electronic scene, she’s incredibly enthusiastic about the locally-produced music, saying with conviction, “OPM is not dead.”
spark it and get laced Like fine vintage, LEON ELSE’s voice is a soothing elixir of truth. As he sings out the troubles wasted on the youth, his unapologetic approach is a void of delusion. by Olivia Estrada
ou may have seen Leon in the front row of the most important fashion shows, bagging a best-dressed award or two while at it. Though he doesn’t really have any major influences in dressing well, Leon sees fashion as an extension of his creativity. “I love being able to put on something that becomes a part of me, like a second skin,” he says. “Fashion is an expression, just like music.” With this dashing gentleman’s lyrics such as “My life’s been going one girl, two girl, three girl, four / I don’t know what the fuck I’m doing no more,” it may be easy to judge his songs as just another anthem declaring illicit conquests. But like the sheen of a first impression that invites you to look closer, you need to listen a little bit more. In Leon Else’s “River Full of Liquor,” the hook is a confession of a man asking for help: “It’s the lifestyle of the sick and shameless… / Light it up, pour it down ‘til we get brainless / Going out and bringing home strangers / Light it up, pour it down, this
is getting dangerous.” However, this good-looking and welldressed musician isn’t about glorifying life in excess. “If you write from truth, no one can say you’re wrong. I write about things I go through, things I’ve done, things I’ve seen, and felt. I can’t write about something I have no experience or a true understanding of.” From Leon’s cathartic encounters with life’s truths comes his first EP, River Full of Liquor. “The EP is from a certain time in my life that I’m no longer in, and as my story unfolds, there are many more to come. You will see how I have grown up as a young man, learning from these things and having different outlooks now.” River Full of Liquor is the English singer‘s reflection on issues unique to this generation. Leon hides notes of regret, apology, and uncertainty in smooth and sexy tones like in “Cheap Hotel.” The song is about an illicit relationship that got a little too messy and real way too fast. Prior to the EP, Leon released “Protocol,” a
“If you write from truth, no one can say you’re wrong.”
song about friends with benefits falling in love set on a sexy tempo that matches Leon’s voice. Here is a man who can sing the word “stop” in that way that encourages you to go on. Similar to the greatest names in the music industry who have seen dark paths and seedy motels of their consciousness, music is Leon’s salvation: “Music was my outlet and my light at the end of the tunnel. I channel it all to music to help me understand things and put things out there, almost like therapy in a way. Things I find hard to talk about, I write about. Sometimes my songs have messages that you may pick up on or may not. I’m grateful because I definitely would not be the songwriter I am today if I had not had the experiences I did.” Leon explains that his music stems from an intuitive understanding. “It was something that happened organically. There were things that I went through that I wanted to write about. The moody, downtempo music felt like a good way to convey the story and the feeling. It just happened because that’s what the songs needed. I try not to think too much about it and just have fun experimenting with sounds.”
Although his EP has been released this year, Leon’s debut has been a long time coming as he already had his first experience singing live in his early teens. “I remember just singing and the world went quiet. I don’t even remember the people, I just saw lights. But when it was over and the audience roared, I didn’t want to leave.” From then on, Leon was hooked. “I got a taste of what it was like to perform and knew this is where I needed to be.” As we smack our lips to the rich melodies and the contemplative words of Leon Else, the singer-songwriter is preparing new concoctions. “After my debut EP is out, I want to move on to the the next part of my life. I’m hoping that I can put out the first animation that I have created based on situations and things in my life. There will be more of those and this is the start. After that, I would also like to put out another kind of buzz song, before an official single, and then a full debut album out in 2015.”
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“What fascinates me is the libidinal imaginary fantasies and absurd situations that we encounter in life, as we tend to repress those when we wake up.” I
always say I want to be the muse of my own muse,” says the French enchantress. The sometime Vogue and L’Oreal model relishes at the thought of sharing her thoughts through radio or other forms of media. “[They] are my way to invite others to join the ride of me exploring my mind.” And what a mind Petite has–when you look past the pale face, rosy cheeks, piercing blue eyes, and flaxen hair, you’ll see a mind privy to cinema and philosophy. “My biggest inspiration comes from [both]: Antonioni’s L’eclipse, Luchino Visconti’s Death in Venice, or philosophers like Gilles Deleuze, Kant, Sade, Lacan, and Freud,” she explains. “What fascinates me is the libidinal imaginary fantasies and absurd situations that we encounter in life, as we tend to repress those when we wake up.” Libidinal imaginaries do run wild in the songs and the music videos of her two carrier singles, NYC Time and Backpack. “I can finally / think of time physically / I can finally / think of love easily,” goes the hook of her Backpack. Letting loose and basking in freedom, it’s her latest single that contains the carefree sensation of all that’s well and good in liberty. And nothing says free like girls in barely-there nautical attire, running and dancing around a quiet lake-side town against the track’s playful sax tunes and her bell of a voice ringing over the bass, dictating the girls’ sway and dance in the music video. She shares, “The whole concept of Backpack came to me, actually, in a taxi ride. A moment of acknowledgement that I’m finally using the [feeling] which used to hold me back from a productive, free way.” Well, like the lyrics say, “You should do something / just instead of, fill those tears tonight.” Of her debut single NYC Time, she says, “[It’s] where my solo career began. This song was written while walking down the streets of New York, feeling its jazzy, positive rhythm and vibes
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on every turn of a corner.” She grows nostalgic over the growth and change she’s seen in her career. “For me, this song is about this ongoing voyage on the shoulders of my childhood’s music that carries me from its quiet suburbia into magical New York.” The transition from her childhood beginnings to New York life is artfully demonstrated in the song’s video, with her resting in the arms of a man carrying her through a quiet suburban town to the busy streets of the Big Apple. Disclosing her innermost thoughts in life is something that’s plain in her music. “My unconscious contains things I absorbed and repressed but then there are those pure moments of dissociative flow of words and melodies.” When asked about her influences in creating her songs, she says, “I think Paul Simon and Rickie Lee Jones influenced my way of writing, which is more of story-telling. The jazzy classic sax tunes and the French chansons are all elements that ensemble into my genre: Le Nouveau Jazzy Pop.” Operating under a genre of her own making, Petite has freely contained herself and her music that’s her own brand of sound. We ask Petite the five most important things she brings in her backpack and she tells us, “First it will be my hat. I’m obsessed with hats, whether it’s a Barrett, straw ones or a Yankees cap. It keeps my mind focused on my imaginary world. Second, a Shakespeare or Lacan book. I’m trying hard to finish up my philosophy thesis writing. Third would be my pink blush. Fourth, a little diary for writing my reflections and ideas. Fifth, my optic glasses, since there are days when [everything] looks blurry.” As the intro of Backpack’s music video says, “The war and the madness, all those things, in my backpack.” soundcloud.com/petite-meller @petitemeller
IN MY BACKPACK From the vinyls of Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Parker, over French chansons Chantal Goya and Charles Aznavour, and under Euro ClubMed pop purveyors like Leif Garrett and Ricchi e Poveri, French avant-pop singer PETITE MELLER sets a nouveau tone in the scene, with a hat on her head and a backpack in hand–all in NYC time. By Kitkat Ramos Photographed by Eleanor Chadwick and Eddie Charcon
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“Fearlessness, identity, and consciousness.” These are words British designer TESSA EDWARDS says when asked what was lacking in the fashion industry. Given how she weaves different issues from consumerism to women’s rights in her creations, we doubt that gap will stay for long.
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brand identity should be able to transcend into anything if it is strong enough, and if not, then at least stand for a basic moral message.”
our years after launching her own label, Tessa still dares to go beyond what is already on the runway. Collection after collection, the designer takes from a wide array of storylines and inspirations to create clothes that “exist in their own context.” Last year, she created designs that challenged the norms of female sensuality through cutouts and 3D florals. Now, Tessa’s collection for Autumn/Winter 2014, As Seen On Screen, challenged how exposure to media is creating a culture focused only on wealth and narcissism, represented by the use of glaring gold textiles and unlikely cuts. As a director as well, she presents her collections as movies to further conceptualize her world. She has also directed music videos, most recent of which is “Hot Body Gal,” a dancehall hit from Benny Page. “It was weird to be asked to do a video for a typically misogynistic music style, so I took it as a perfect opportunity to do something different. The fun of it was to present a strong message by speaking a language through visual perversions that the industry understands: essentially babes, hyper femininity, blood, sex, and weed.” She continues, “I think it’s really important to take on projects like these because the
Can you tell us about your childhood? What about it influenced you to be the designer you are today? My mum is Greek, my dad is Welsh, and I was born and raised in South Africa, then I moved to London. Since I was 10 years old, I wanted to be a designer simply because I really enjoyed making clothes and accessories. So the concept is certainly not new for me, only the fashion climate has changed by the time I got here. I think having such a diverse upbringing has made my outlook quite dynamic, or confused, depends how you see these things. How did you formulate your beliefs in fashion design, especially taking on the issue of consumerism? I think fashion design is not as free as it was in the past. Sure, Pierre Cardin, Lacroix, Galliano, McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, and Rei Kawakubo had to sell, but it did not define them in the beginning. There was a lot of support based on integrity. I wonder if today they would make it. As it seems, fashion is less likely to take a risk for the sake of art and concept, it would rather have commercial viability. This concerns me because of what might
Does filmmaking concretize the kind of world you want your clothes to be in? Yes and no. The clothes should essentially exist in reality as part of individual expression, but in my films, they are usually the opposite. I create a fantasy around them based on emotion and evocation. They usually sit in the realm of an abstract world made of contextual references. Either way, none of the worlds in film have anything to do with conscious trends or “industry reality”– unless it’s set as a satire. What can we expect from your next collection? The collection will be shown in an amazing location that I can’t say yet because we haven’t 100% confirmed it. But it’s very dramatic! Also, I’m on the London Fashion Week’s “Digital Presentation” schedule, so that means I will be presenting digital stuff as well as a predominantly conceptual collection that will require some interaction. Apart from that, all I can say is that the collection goes hand in hand with the documentary my sister Grace and I are making about “post internet feminism” and the choices women make today about publicly presenting “themselves.” The digital presentation itself will be in collaboration with Robbert Walker, while the clothing and collection references are in collaboration with artist Penny Slinger.
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his year has been quite a whirlwind for the Cebu-based illustrator, being part of the third season of Philippine’s Mega Fashion Crew while finishing many other design projects on the side. With art and fashion at the center of everything he does, there are many things waiting for this young romantic. “I like monochromatic colors, but at the same time, I like pops of colors. I guess that explains my attitude and the things that go on in my head. It’s always on the extremes,” he shares when asked about his artistic style in his illustrations. “It also depends on my mood. It’s either I’m really optimistic and happy, but there are also days that I’m blank.” And when those happy days come along, he produces portraits that provoke bright and happy emotions from its vivid colors. But one look at the glossed-over eyes of the girls he pens down to the once blank page, the contrast sways any initial impression made by the striking hues of his works. Reflecting how he is in real life, his illustrations’ contrasting qualities demand more than a glance. Dictated by erratic moods, the flighty artist operates on extremes but finds that the best mood for him to be more creative is when he’s down and blue with ballads playing in the background. “When I get emotional about my failed attempts at romance, I listen to Sam Smith and Adele. I get really productive when I listen to them.” With eclectic illustrations that are profound in detail and bursting with an unwavering vision, stars now align for him in the form of a Facebook message from Dubai-based designer Furne Amato. His career has taken a beeline for the fashion industry.
“I feel so old and unaccomplished,” says illustrator NICKY ROA. While the age of 21 is hardly considered as old, neither does his body of work suggest anything less than remarkable for his age. With a lot to his name and a dream job waiting in the shores of Dubai, this young dreamer isn’t far from peaking. By Kitkat Ramos
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Hey Nicky! What have you been working on recently? I’ve been accepting commissions for portraits, like little projects–just something fun, not really serious. Each portrait, each drawing that I do is interesting to me right now because they have different styles and that’s because the client wants different things. It’s never boring. Walk us through your creative process. I start drawing whenever I feel like it. It could be at 3 AM or right when I wake up, any random moment. But there are also days where I don’t want to draw, even
when the deadline could be just a few days away. I can’t work with a client where there’s a time table. It’s all about how you feel in the moment–and then you draw it. Can you tell us about how your artistic style plays out with your body of work? When I look at my illustrations, I don’t really see a certain style. But when I do portraits sometimes, I usually have the big-headed, big-eyed kind of girls. It’s really a problem to find a specific style because there are so many artists. When I search Instagram, I find artists that are similar to my style and here I thought it was mine. It’s really hard to find a certain style that’s one hundred percent yours nowadays. Have you tried to extend your style towards a different direction since? I’ve been doing the same style for some time now, so if I have to change it, people would be confused. And ever since I captured that style, people started to notice me more. They have identified those illustrations to me already. What do you do to keep you inspired when you are distracted? Actually, what distracts me, inspires me. That’s the thing, I am distracted by certain things on the internet, but at the same time, because I am spending so much time looking at these things, they inspire me as well. Describe to us what the perfect job is for you. First of all, I do want to spend my entire career or my life doing something in fashion and in art because of the lack in my love life. Thank goodness for work. But there’s this job in Dubai, with Furne Amato. He noticed my illustrations via social media and then he contacted me on Facebook. He hired me to illustrate for him right then and there. I told him that I would send more illustrations but he said, “No, you’re good.”
shelling out Canadian actor NOEL FISHER has been a constant shapeshifter in our TV boxes and movie screens. Playing the care-free, pizza-loving Michelangelo in the latest adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, he sets aside his beloved nunchucks, takes off his orange mask, and steps out of his shell to show us who he truly is. By Pola Beronilla Photographed by The Riker Brothers
N “I love what I do and I feel like I’ve had a really amazing time doing parts that stretch me and force me to learn and adapt. I just want to keep doing that as much as I can.”
oel Fisher has the coolest job. Slipping into different skins of his characters, he has a natural ability to adapt to their diverse personalities. “A couple of years ago I was playing a 3000-year-old Romanian vampire with a grudge in Twilight, and then I actually went to Romania to play a mentally challenged kid caught up in a blood feud in Hatfields & McCoys,” shares the actor. “I can’t really imagine a cooler job than this.” From starring in movies like Final Destination 2 and Battle: Los Angeles to TV series such as The Riches and Godiva’s, he relates, “Definitely one of the best parts of acting is that it has so much variety. There is an endless supply of different characters, stories, and kinds of filmmaking. It’s all different, so it never gets old.” However, some roles feel more natural than others. “I tend to gravitate towards things that I find brave or unique. I try to find roles that I really connect to and that usually means there is something in the writing that just clicks for me. Mickey is a good example of that.” Noel is best known for his role as Mickey Milkovich in the American remake of the famous dramedy series, Shameless. “For some reason, the way he’s written feels kind
of natural for me to slip into his skin. He jumps off the page as a fully-formed person to me.” Aside from his personal connection with his character, this role has also helped him connect with a wider audience. “It’s the first time that I’ve been able to clearly see a character I am playing having a direct impact on people who are watching. The credit really does go to the writers because they created an arc for Mickey that is just sick–the good kind–and I am really thankful I get to help with telling that story.” While waiting for Mickey’s next move, Noel took the opportunity to jump down a secret sewer lair and got into a pizza diet for Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He recalls, “I was a huge fan of TMNT growing up. It was definitely a pillar of my childhood as I think it was for a lot of kids growing up in the 90s.” Though admittedly a Donatello fan, Michelangelo’s shell was a perfect fit. “I share a sense of playfulness with Michelangelo. He doesn’t take himself too seriously and I try not to do that either. I also love pizza, so there’s that.” For four months, Noel ran around NYC donning a motion capture suit and a pair of nunchucks. “The whole motion capture thing was definitely a new world for me to step into, but I kind of love it,” he relays. “I really like the idea that we can tell stories about characters that look and behave differently from humans in a way that clearly shows a heart and soul. I think there’s a very powerful message in that. It’s a really interesting leap forward in storytelling and I’m excited to see and do more of it.” As he moves his career forward, he doesn’t stress himself too much on his next step. “I try not to think too much about what certain parts might do for my career. It adds a pressure that I don’t think is necessary or helpful and it seems counterproductive to my ongoing battle to just stay present.” He goes on, “I want to continue growing. That’s my main focus. I love what I do and I feel like I’ve had a really amazing time doing parts that stretch me and force me to learn and adapt. I just want to keep doing that as much as I can.” From working with directors like JJ Abrams, James Cameron, and Christopher Nolan to actors such as Tom Hanks, James McAvoy, and Guy Pierce, Noel’s list of dream projects goes on. But just like the ninja that he is, he’s got a concrete plan. “I’m going to start crashing the sets of people I look up to until they just give up and hire me. I think it’s a solid strategy.”
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first draf t With three films lined up, it’s clear that SER’DARIUS BLAIN is on a winning streak this year. Though he wanted to become a cardiologist at first, it’s a good thing that he set his heart on acting. by Olivia Estrada Photographed by Sean Armenta
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mong the characters Ser’Darius has played, he says that Skip from Maybe Someday would be his best friend. “He’s level-headed but always willing to go along for the ride despite his better judgment. That’s the kind of friend I need because I get a little crazy sometimes.” And he didn’t have to look very far for a friend to help him out with his career. Growing up, his mother helped him to realize his path in life. “My mom encouraged me to follow my dreams and try new things since I was a child. Acting just so happened to be one of them,” he shares. “After that, acting opportunities just kept popping up.” He wasn’t really sure if he could take the risk until life had given him an offer he couldn’t turn his back on. “I began to realize that I might have a real chance at a career after I received a scholarship from New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. I dropped out of regular college and packed my bags for NYC.” Since then, Ser’Darius has been persistent in creating a career worthy of his dreams. Shortly after finishing his degree at the conservatory, Ser’Darius appeared in a number of TV hits such as NCIS, The Vampire Diaries, and Jane By Design, showing his range in being able to adapt to both drama and comedy. Not long after, he transitioned to the silver screen through a supporting role in Footloose. Looking at the string of roles Ser’Darius has portrayed, down to his dancing feet, it’s no surprise that he’s a promising new face in the big leagues. In his most recent movie, When The Game Stands Tall, Ser’Darius takes the lead role alongside Jim Caviezel and Michael Chiklis. Based on a true story about an underdog football team’s mythical journey to breaking records in American sports history, the film offers a departure from
Ser’Darius’ previous roles and into one he can portray with a personal insight. An athlete himself in school, he understands the meaning of determination, “We have to fight in life in order to succeed.” Behind the scenes, Ser’Darius looks at the overall playing field to ascertain continuity on how to tackle any hurdle. “At the end of the day, talent is probably about 30% of the formula, along with attitude, professionalism, and business technique. Everyone kinda does their own thing and respects your views and upbringing. The assumptions and rumors I heard initially have caused me to focus on treating everyone with the utmost respect.” But of course, there are other things that help with his method. “I have an album that I listen to repeatedly for every project I work on and I crank it up really loud in my trailer before I go to set. When I was doing Footloose, I was listening to B.O.B.’s first album, for Jane By Design, it was Beyoncé. For Camp X-Ray, Daft Punk, and When the Game Stands Tall, it was Wiz Khalifa/Marc Broussard. It gets me in the zone.” Further down the zone, Ser’Darius is set to explore other arenas in the craft. He talks of the projects he is writing and hopes to get into more producing. Like a real team player, he likes to include as many others in his game plan. “I love taking control of my career and giving others opportunities,” he continues, “I’m currently filming a movie in Louisiana called Bolden about Jazz legend Buddy Bolden. I’m also writing a dark comedy with two partners about the effects of the relationship between people and their fathers. I’m really excited about what’s to come in the future.” serdariusblain.com @SerDariusBlain
no fun intended In all seriousness, HANKSY’s art is a big joke. One glance at his work will make you laugh. It may take a few seconds, but it’s coming–and he doesn’t mind at all. The street fartist shares, “The best part about what I do is my upturned lips; everything I do makes me smile. I’m a joke and I love that. And you should too.” By Pola Beronilla
hey say that the only good pun is a bad pun. The best person to prove this is Hanksy. Who is Hanksy? No one knows. But basically, he’s this cryptic New York-based street artist who flushes down his toilet humor by making art that solely consists of pop culture puns and celebrity parodies. “My pop culture and joke-infused work tends to be lighthearted, trivial, and not very good. Because let’s face it, I tend to draw glorified notebook doodles–and I’m completely okay with that.” Though his art may feel a bit immature, one must never toy with his story. Growing up in the burbs, he always felt like he was in a league of his own. Aside from spending sleepless nights, possibly in Seattle, watching terrible TV shows and fanboy-ing over Tom Hanks’ films, he started scribbling lame puns on a small notebook at the tender age of six. But because of this humor, he was a young cast away–no one ever got his punchline. But he knew that one day, he would get big. He made his first splash writing most of Hallmark’s pun-related greeting cards. He recalls, “It was a random hookup through a friend of a friend. For years I wrote silly catchphrases and notes, all in an attempt to brighten someone’s day at $3.99 a pop.” But he was never into art to drown in himself in the money pit. “I’d be lying if I told you wordplay and art isn’t super gimmicky. Because it is. But it’s also what I find enjoyable. If I didn’t think a superbly written poop joke wasn’t funny, I wouldn’t just be cheating the public. I’d be cheating myself.” Combining his obsession for Josh Baskin himself, Tom Hanks, and adoration for street art legend Banksy, he generated a buzz when he placed the head of a smiling T. Hanks on a Banksy rat on the corner of Mulberry and Kenmare in Lower Manhattan in 2011. By chance, someone snapped a photo of it and posted it on an art site called Wooster Collective. From there on, it became an online hit. Thus, Hanksy was born. Images of Hanksy’s punderful stencil works and wheatpaste pieces plastered and sprayed over walls in both New York and Chicago can be seen all over the interweb.
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From Bruce Willis as a pizza delivery boy entitled “Pie Hard” to Nicholas Cage bullriding a robot with the words “Cage Against the Machine” and Justin Bieber’s face on a beaver’s body that just doesn’t give a dam, he is a viral sensation. But living in this digital age, there’s more to it than getting his art out there. “Thanks to the internet, I’m able to see all the dope art that’s being put up in the streets around the world,” he quips. “It’s also how I saw my first pair of boobs.” As dreamers would often lie at night, this street rat would rather create his own reality and work under the dark skies in the shadows. “Being anonymous is part of my gimmick, I guess. I always find it humorous to have this pixelated image of this super serious street artist. And then you find out that one of his more notable pieces of work includes a monkey with George Clooney’s head holding a phallic banana.” He goes on, “It’s
kind of taking the piss out of the whole game, you know? Which is what I’ve wanted to do all along. Cheer up, kids. Why so serious?” Though his art may not bring much of a social impact in as much as other street artists, he knows how vital a single smile is to anyone. “In the grand scheme of things, I’m not terribly important. The art is bad and the humor is immature. But if my work brings a wide or small grin to an otherwise bummed out face, then my job is done.” No one knows when or where Hanksy is going to strike next. Just keep your eyes glued to your smart phones and catch him if you can.
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Painting surreal images of Cubano balconies and Beat poetry, LANA DEL REY crafts gospels of love and dispassion. With her wild child themes and old glam sound, a blessed, romantic unrest keeps her from sounding like anyone else. By Janroe Cabiles Photos courtesy of MCA Music Inc.
a doe-eyed girl singing in church choir in the village of Lake Placid, New York who would later grow up to be many things: a jazz lover roaming the streets of Brooklyn looking for the next Beat generation, a California dreamer floating through the palm trees of the West Coast, and a real-life version of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, only lost in the hood. Being all of these personas at the same time doesn’t seem possible, but when it’s relayed through her music, it doesn’t really matter–it becomes clear that Lana Del Rey can be whoever she wants to be. After releasing Born to Die in 2012 and her short film based on the Biblical slant of sin and redemption entitled Tropico a year later, Elizabeth Woolridge Grant released her third studio album Ultraviolence last June under her glaringly famous stage name Lana Del Rey. “I wanted a name I could shape the music towards. I was going to Miami quite a lot at the time, speaking a lot of Spanish with my friends from Cuba–Lana Del Rey reminded us of the glamour of the seaside.” As she wrapped up the album in 2013, a stroke of luck came in the form of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, changing the sound of the whole album. “In December, after a chance meeting at a party with Dan, everything opened up,” she recalls. “Some kind of chemistry happened. When we were recording, we just looked at each other and felt something was happening.” Known for her cinematic harmony and references to pop culture in the 1950s and 60s, the singer-songwriter brings her dark, old Hollywood sound with her in third record. “The
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first song of the album, ‘Cruel World’ decided everything,” she says. “It places the album geographically: Dan’s guitar tells a story about entering California. In the beginning of the text, there’s something minimalistic, a simplicity that repeats over and over. And then, the chorus comes with its big drums, its electric mess. This cohabitation between normality and chaos is very symbolic of what I’ve been through in my life.” With mixed influences of heavy-guitar interludes, reggae drums, soft rock guitar riffs, and orchestra swells, some songs swirl with psychedelia and some swim in melancholy. A few share the undertones of great names, like “Pretty When You Cry,” which was influenced by The Eagles, with a particular purpose in mind. “Nobody makes slow dance music anymore. I’d really like to try it again; it’s been such a long time. Nobody knows this, but I love dancing,” she shares. “During
our recording sessions in Nashville, at the end of the day, we would re-listen to what we did and dance like crazy.” Other tracks nodding to the legends include tracks “Ultraviolence” inspired by The Crystals, “Brooklyn Baby” being written for Lou Reed, and Nina Simone’s “The Other Woman,” the last track of the standard edition. When asked why this was her choice of song to end the album, she shares, “Because it says it all, because I love jazz, and perhaps because it opens the door to what the next album will be. I feel so in tune with Nina that I feel like I could have written these words.” In the Deluxe edition, four amazing bonus tracks appear. Aside from the radio mix of “West Coast,” Lana quips love stories of cocaine and Cherry Cola in Florida in “Florida Kilos,” alongside emotional tales of regret and melancholy loves. She sings of a rock and roll what-if in “Guns and Roses” that goes, “Heavy metal love of mine / I should have learned to let you stay / You didn’t want me all the time / But you were worth it anyway.” She cries out desperation as she pours her heart out to a dark soul, singing, “I paint the house black / My wedding dress black leather too / You have no room for light / Love is lost on you,” in “Black Beauty.” Despite the serendipity that brought the album to a strong finish, lifting it off the ground wasn’t as easy. “There were long periods when
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HEAVY HITTER I didn’t write a word I liked and I prayed that my muse would come back. And suddenly, she did last winter. A song like ‘Old Money’ came to me in one shot.” The conception of the album as a whole was born. “Words become the cornerstones. For this album, it was ‘fire.’ I wanted the album to suggest the idea of flames, but the blue part, the hottest. I saw electric blue with red highlights.” And as a result, we have for us 11 tracks speaking of love, infidelity, drugs, and cities. Bold statements like, “I fucked my way up to the top” and “He used to call me DN / That stood for deadly nightshade / ‘Cause I was filled with poison / But blessed with beauty and rage” leave us drowning in dark surrealism, but wanting more. “I feel like I’m making happy songs, but when I have people listen to them, they tell me how sad they are,” she says. “I can’t run away from my life, which was pretty tumultuous. Three years after my real debut, I’m still plagued by both doubt and sadness. I just have uncertainty and emptiness in front of me.” Channeling this and delivering it with her indie rock, hip-trip hop style and her contralto vocals leaves plenty of room to wonder what moves Lana. While studying in Kent School, Connecticut to deal with her alcohol dependence at the age of 15, the darkest period in her life, she found
a source for more inspiration. “I became friends with one of my teachers, who made me discover Jeff Buckley, as well as 2Pac and Allen Ginsberg.” Later, she moved to The Bronx to study philosophy at Fordham University, specifically metaphysics, as it bridged the gap between God and science. While studying, she spent her downtime either working for community service, working for homeless outreaches and alcohol rehabilitation, or in Brooklyn performing underground, but what she secretly sought for wasn’t to be found. “When I lived in New York, I was looking for a modern-day Laurel Canyon in the 60s; the spirit of community, a bit like what Jeff Buckley had managed to build around him in the 90s, or Bob Dylan in the 60s. But I never found my gang, my family, so I wondered where the musicians were, willing to sacrifice everything for their songs, ready to die for them. And as soon as I arrived in Los Angeles, I finally met people to talk to and play with; musicians who have revived Laurel Canyon. Everything I was looking for in New York, I suddenly found on the West Coast.” “What I actually wanted was something quiet and simple: a writer’s community and respect,” she shares when asked about the meaning of “Money, Power, Glory.” Taking inspiration from the big leagues of each genre such as Elvis Presley,
Amy Winehouse, Eminem, Nirvana, Frank Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, Stevie Nicks, and Joni Mitchell, she also submerses herself in literature and film noir, favoring The Godfather series and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. It’s no surprise then that the queen of antipop has spread herself quite thin, harvesting influences in every pocket and undergoing metamorphosis for every persona, remaining lucid and illuminating. Whether you choose to fill your head with Lana’s music as you watch the sun cast shadows through your soft white curtains or while driving through a deserted highway, trust that a hazy filter will automatically coat the surface of your surroundings like her music videos of dreamlike quality. With her liquefied glamour drizzled on her tracks, her lyrics bleed into reality, being both raw and beautiful because of their seemingly autobiographical origin without needing to be authentic. Sharing a threshold to a different era, a different genre, a different city in each and every song she sings, Lana Del Rey holds the key to an opulent and beautiful rendition of honest music lost in time that is entirely hers.
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The Uncanny Artist For Dutch designer BART HESS, art goes beyond the visual domain. It seeps into the tactile realm eliciting a tingle down your spine, a gulp down your throat, and an intrigued stare from the depths of your eyes. by Germaine Chuabio Interview by Olivia Estrada
f there is an artist who can challenge your notion of art, it’s Bart Hess—with his slightly grotesque, mildly disturbing portrayals of human flesh draped in bizarre materials and contorted in unusual ways. Think Lady Gaga covered in bluish slime that wraps around her torso and legs in a way a tentacled sea creature would. Envision tiny black needles sewn so intricately together to resemble the softness of a glamorous diva’s fur coat. And this barely even scratches the surface. Drawing from the surreal attack on the senses, Bart Hess has defined his own reality. He recalls, “There was no particular artist that drew me into the art world. It was more of a big blur of MTV visuals. I can remember that as a kid, my sister and I got super excited when we saw George Michael’s ‘Too Funky’ without realizing what we were looking at. Now, I know and see the visual qualities of a video like this and the amazing work by Mugler.” His artworks, which have been showcased in different major publications and exhibited across the world, merge digital aesthetics with fashion to produce creations straight out of futuristic epics. What was the first medium you explored? How did that lead you to combine different types of media? In 2007, I made a textile collection called “A Hunt for High Tech.” I made different artificial furs and skins out of unnatural materials such as foils and pins. To present the collection, I created an animated film to show a fictional world of imagined humanlike animal species. Using the camera was like an extra set of eyes that I used to direct my own reality into detail. It was a starting point for me to see my
work through digital lens. I thought of the possibilities to combine digital and analogue ways of working and viewed the digital world as a form of inspiration and reference. Your artwork is mainly focused on manipulating the human body and predicting the future. How does it contribute to our understanding of reality and creation of an alternative world? As a kid, I used to daydream non-stop. Now as an adult, I take these dreams a step further and think of them more as possible scenarios for upcoming projects. I translate these scenarios into my own tactile or visual world using different materials and techniques. My works reflect our perception of “beauty” and always strike that balance between beauty and grotesque. Another important part of my work is the boundary between the physical and digital worlds, which are constantly intertwined with each other. Your works like “Echo” and “Heart to Mouth” somehow remind me of sci-fi novels. What usually drives your imagination when you’re in the process of creation? Novels, whether sci-fi or not, are a source of inspiration for my works. I’m fascinated by the low-tech approach of creating futuristic materials. Through traditional craftsmanship and basic video-editing techniques, my work is created. Recently, I’ve been reading books about future societies wherein we are controlled by future technologies and constantly being watched by cameras in public. Stories like these were an inspiration for my latest work “Work With Me People,” which was shown during the 2014 Salone del Mobile.
Heart to Mouth
The project hinted on the discrepancy between the postFordian creative industry and the huge amount of work required to sustain it. The innovative format of the project offered insight into the production process of my couture skins and invited Salone visitors to take part in making them. You often say that you are “searching for the limits of both the material and the body almost as a modern fetish interpretation.” How do you think this desire to find these limits is a reflection of your upbringing and the society we move in? People in modern-day society are constantly looking for new limits and boundaries of their domain of existence. It’s becoming an attrition to keep up with both your own as well as new realities that we interact with through technology. We question how far we can drain ourselves, the planet, and the materials that we source from it. It sounds dark, but it seems very instinctive, like the urge of burning a match until completion to the point of burning yourself.
possibility of going through that physical experience themselves. Given the advances in technology and the availability of different multimedia art platforms nowadays, what do you think an art work must have in order to be truly relevant in the art scene? A lot of people assume my work is only digital or film, when actually, the materials are developed in real life. I show audiences the installation and handling of materials through performances such as “Digital Artefacts” or “Work With Me People.” The sad thing is, most people can only see the works digitally via social media. From my point of view, art should be about a physical reaction. It needs to overwhelm and translate a feeling. It’s not about claiming a truth but inciting different questions from individuals.
Digital Artefacts in collaboration with Postmatter
Where do you draw the line when it comes to using art as means to make people aware of certain unnoticed values and simply grabbing people’s attention for the sake of being talked about? The way I work and create is purely based on intuition and gut. I make sure the work never tilts to one side and is always in balance—it’s much more interesting if something is both scary and beautiful at the same time. I often use the term uncanny to describe my work. It’s about tempting the spectator to watch or to touch, even though it makes them feel awkward or repulsed. I want the spectator to feel the work with her or his head and stomach, visualizing not only a material but also imagining the
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THE GRUNGE FACTOR
Sharing her aesthetic with the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Victoria Beckham, illustrator, fashion filmmaker, and photographer QUENTIN JONES knows how to paint the town black. With her style of taking delicate things and putting her spin of dark intricacy, this artist has what it takes to change fashion films with a single flick of her paint brush. By Janroe Cabiles
oving images have become a daily part of our lives. We’ve grown accustomed to the viral video culture of this generation: hilarious Vines, random videos of cute animals, and YouTube subscriptions to sports, Hollywood, music, or anything you desire. But picture this: headless, swan-like ballerinas with letter-O bodies in tutus, dancing and prancing around cats, paper stairs, and lit circles, exploding diamonds, kaleidoscope figures of lips and bodies wearing Chanel Spring/ Summer 2011. Spring green and baby pink paint splatters at the corners in a messy, beautiful manner as the words “A Film By Quentin Jones” appear at the end. As a child, Quentin Jones was already immersed in a world full of art, drawing cacti at a museum in Toronto with her
father and toying with stop motion using her mother’s camcorder. “Both of my parents are architects, and my father paints and draws in his spare time,” she shares. “It’s what we did when we were bored. On holidays, we would sit at the dinner table to draw on napkins and make our parents gifts. It was the currency most appreciated in our house.” Aside from her creative upbringing, Quentin moved on from creating homemade projects to drawing inspiration from big leagues such as Michel Gondry, Todd Solondz, Jan Svankmajer, and Stéphanie Di Giusto for films. As for art, she looks up to Dadaist artists such as Hannah Hoch and Marlene Dumas. “I have always been attracted to graphic arts–the Bauhaus period, modernist poster design, and the bold photography of Man Ray.” As a result, her style comes off as quite rough compared to the usual soft, fragile watercolors. Going against the grain of classical art, she chooses a tear-out and paste technique over the technical part of drawing, adding flourishes in distinct parts of her work. “I am also impatient,” she shares. “The way I work can be quick and satisfying.” By relying on her artistic instinct, she proves
again and again that taking her art to a different direction was the best option. Getting a BA degree in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, transitioning to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design was a bold leap. “I was certainly lacking in confidence during my MA because I came from a degree where we only wrote essays.” Starting out with studying graphic design, she shifted to illustration. Despite the gap in background, she soon found her own voice among the crowd of budding artists. The best advice she has to give by experience is to create a style of working that you love. Instead of looking at what other people are doing, take what you can do and make it your own. Honing her own style in filmmaking, she has made quite an impression on the fashion monuments. She has made films for designers Marc Jacobs, Victoria Beckham, digital magazine AnOther Magazine, and the online culture platform Nowness. Her video for Chanel was nominated for Favorite Film in the New York Fashion Film Festival in 2011. On the subject of the emergence of fashion illustration, she says, “I don’t draw the line between
fine art and commercial art. I’ve observed this when I work out how to answer the brief from my client. Fashion film can fall anywhere on the spectrum from art to commerce.” After viewing a couple of her videos for these icons, it becomes apparent that there is no mistaking her style for anyone else’s. With her name reaching the renowned standard shared with the impressive labels she’s worked with, her secure ideals are confirmed as a force to be reckoned with. “I think success makes an artist feel more fluent in their own visual language. They stop questioning their own technique.” With the reception of her style, the cementing of her voice as a go-to fashion filmmaker leaves her no room to question her own technique, especially in collaborations. “Most projects are a collaboration to some degree,” she says. “Teams on shoots all rely on each other’s skills and tastes. It’s great to have fresh influences thrown into how you work, so long as you have a strong sense of your own aesthetic.” A large part of what Quentin’s aesthetic actually is hides in the concept of juxtaposition. It started with her piece entitled “Chanel Dancing” for British Vogue. Taking a soft, classical art form like ballet but styling it in a grungy direction seemed like a balanced take on the fashion film. Since fashion photography is smooth and glossy while fashion illustration tends to be classic, textural, and fine, Quentin finds originality in balancing that with her raw filming style. Her favorite part of a project is the beginning where her only task is to follow her imagination without having a limit, adding a visual surprise or a surreal element. While staying true to a surreal touch to the images, she merges the perfect balance of delicate subjects and her bold, rough style. Visual contrast isn’t just something that lies within her art; it is her underlying philosophy.
Punk Stories feat. Cara Delevingne
Aside from the concept of her art philosophy, she also finds depth in self-portraiture. “I love self-portraiture as a thread in art’s history,” she says. “My dad introduced me to the idea that the artist, as his own subject, always has a present to return to throughout his or her life. He used to show me Rembrandt van Rijn, the original king of selfies.” In comparison to her projects for fashion brands, self portraiture contains more depth, both emotional and personal. The artist believes that there is some kind of strength in having the camera turned around on somebody used to being behind it. Being the subject in a selfknowing way and having a more direct presence or consciousness while facing the camera opposed to being a passive subject shows empowerment. One of Quentin’s beautiful pieces showcasing herself is entitled “Naked with Paint.” The artist is initially shown bare and bold, but as the video progresses, she adds layers and layers of black paint, playing around with her facial expressions and partial nudity to her artistic advantage. Quentin never focuses solely on what’s in front of her; there is always something raw and interesting beneath the layers of what the eye can see. On the topic of sexualization, Quentin shares, “I think there is a beauty in nudity and in sexualized images. Where there are sexual forms in photography, there is the possibility of exploitation as much as there is room for beauty.” An origin of this form of photography in her oeuvre lies within her
piece with Miley Cyrus entitled “Tongue Tied.” “Because Miley’s image was already sexual to start with, our film just took that sexuality in a more focused direction. I think it was really exciting in how it pushed Miley visually–in a sleek, black and white direction. I was quite surprised by how sexy people found it.” Taking a variety of things, from mountain landscapes to naked bodies and bird feathers, her body of work is nothing short of whimsical, ethereal, and surprising. Her imagination takes the simplest things and elevates them to something both of this world and beyond. Absorbing two extremes of beautiful, smooth faces and dark shapes against loud, bold colors and splashes of paint, Quentin Jones extracts her own surreality.
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A BURST OF LIGHT Taking a peek at his viewfinder, SIMONÂ BURSTALL knows a pixel perfect moment when he sees one. As he takes a hit at that shutter release, a great photograph is bound to be developed. By Pola Beronilla
“The most important thing is to stay true to who you are and to make sure people have a fun day on set.”
n this age where smart phones are a part of the human anatomy, everyone knows how to take a good shot—of course, with a help of a thousand camera apps and smothering it with their favorite filters. While we mere mortals capture these #HashtagMoments, there are lens gods who burst tall and remind us why our photos can only go as
far as social media platforms. Enter this flare of flash: Simon Burstall. Growing up, his first shot at photography was shooting his friends riding the risky waves of Australian waters. The Aussie recalls, “A teacher saw my interest in taking pictures and took me under his wing.” As he zoomed in on this hobby, this interest became his focal point when he was exposed to the works of American fashion photographer Richard Avedon. From snapping the ultimate Brit chic Twiggy to the quintessential sex symbol Marilyn Monroe to pop art visionary Andy Warhol, Simon takes in how the late great photographer helped define America’s image of style, beauty, and culture for the last halfcentury. “He gave life and
movement to all of his pictures,” he adds. While some look at the negatives to develop a good shot, Simon flashes his light on the dark road not taken. As he tries look in to the iconic shutterbug’s camera, he now captures his own composition exposing bold structures of sophisticated yet beautifully fresh photos. Through his lens, he locks a sense of vulnerability underneath its glossy aesthetic. Shooting advertisments for brands like Victoria’s Secret: Pink, Hush Puppies, Levi’s, Lancôme, and Hugo Boss plus editorials for fashion magazines such as Elle UK, Vogue Russia, and Marie Claire, Simon Burstall is absolutely in the right mindframe.
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Hi Simon! What’s up? Any projects you’re currently working on? Hello! I’m very happy to spend summer here in New York— it was a brutal winter. I’m keeping myself busy doing some international projects. I’m currently working on a book project based on my Kenya photos and personal beauty work. It’s quite challenging to be a photographer in the fashion industry nowadays, with the growing number of competitors. What do you think makes you stand out from the crowd? It’s an ever-changing environment. The most important thing is to stay true to who you are and to make sure people have a fun day on set. I love what I do and I want to have fun with it and spread that feeling to the people that I work with.
The fashion spreads you work on vary in so many fields, but you seem to never run out of fresh ideas. What fuels your creative juice? Books, history, music, and always keeping open to new ideas. Also, the collaboration with the talented people I work with. You’ve shot for an eclectic range of publications from Vogue and Elle to Wonderland, Russh, and Oakazine, as well for GQ and SPIN. How does it feel like to work in contrasting fields of interest? Do you have a specific approach for each variation? It’s great! Diversity is important and it pushes your work in photography. I like to approach it regarding my light, my cast, the concept, and work around all of those elements. In the scheme of the all the concepts you’ve worked on, what do you find to be your favorite theme or idea to shoot for? People! Faces, personalities. I love capturing that in between moment.
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“I like to keep an energy and an ease to capture people in all their many funny ways.”
mum, my wife, my friends. I want to celebrate their beauty in my pictures.
You’ve also shot several ad campaigns with young people. How is it like to shoot projects like these that involve so much exposure to the youth? The youth are fresh and young and always a joy to shoot. I try and keep it fun and light. It’s noticeable that you frequently work with female models and deliver strong photos at the same time. What are your thoughts on the touch of female empowerment from your work? I adore women. I love to take pictures of women. I love my
Apart from working on fashion spreads, your online journal shows that you love to travel also. How does this help develop your skills as a photographer? I shoot my travel pictures like I would shoot anything. For example, in Kenya, I was exposed to such beauty in such a wild place and I wanted to capture it. Your online journal also shows that you’ve been to some concerts and other music-related events. Are there any musicians that you’ve been wanting to shoot? There is so much great music now, it’s hard to to keep up. I like anything that is spirited and nothing mainstream.
Do you think that you have developed a trademark in your photos over the years of your profession? What would probably make people say, ‘That’s a Simon Burstall photo’? Some key words that come to mind are emotion, movement, my light, and my cast. I like to keep an energy and an ease to capture people in all their many funny ways. In the long run of your career as a photographer, have you considered changing the scene like going for food or event photography for the meantime? No. I have kicked a few goals and I have many more to kick. It is a hard industry and one has to stay focused and on track. Complete the statement: A good photographer always… Shoots more pictures but also hands down what he has learned to the next generation of photographers. Don’t be a dickhead.
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B L O C K P A R T Y
TAILORED DREAMS What once started out as a budding aesthetic has turned into haute couture and prêt-àporter. Watch these bespoke geniuses breach into the fashion world, one fabric at a time. By Janroe Cabiles
ORPHAN BIRD (CIRO SUPINO & SARA LOHMAN) What first influenced you into the application of design and aesthetics? Creativity in all its forms has always captivated us, but what really enthralled us to become designers is fashion’s dual function as an artistic expression and functionality. Where do you get your inspiration? We founded the label with a philosophy to not follow fleeting trends, but rather to create timeless and unconventional garments that follow their own natural shapes. Our designs are a driving inspiration of modern and minimal architecture. We reinterpret the geometry of architecture in order to generate our own shapes and lines into our designs. What won’t you forget from your very first collection? The feeling of the final result of something that started off as a tiny two-dimensional drawing on a piece of paper. Who do you envision wearing your clothes? A person with an eclectic sense of style. Someone who embraces a lifestyle rather than simply wearing a piece of clothing.
ANN YEE When did you first realize your desire to enter the fashion industry as a designer? I’ve always loved clothing and was a creative child– sketching and doodling all the time. I realized that I wanted to be a clothing designer early on in high school when I was obsessed with styling and never wore the same outfit twice. What’s the one thing that surprised you about the industry? There are so many generous people in this industry. I think a lot of people come into fashion thinking it’s such a rat race and extremely competitive, which it definitely is, but it’s so refreshing how many special individuals you meet along the way that are genuinely happy to help you. I wouldn’t be here without them. How did it feel launching your first project or collection? It was terrifying and fun at the same time. I’ll never forget that sense of accomplishment after seeing everything completed in front of you–all those months of hard work staring you straight in the face. There’s nothing quite like it. How do you set your designs apart from other designers? I really try to push the envelope on my mixed media techniques, incorporating knitwear in an unexpected way. I work closely with my patternmakers and factories to develop these innovative techniques. It’s a very hands-on process.
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BAARTMANS & SIEGEL (WOUTER BAARTMANS & AMBER SIEGEL) What have you found in the industry that you didn’t expect? True camaraderie and support. It’s like a second family with many friends and fantastically colorful people. As it is a cyclical industry–lead by seasons– often, it feels like a traveling circus where we all meet at different trade shows, fashion weeks, and events. How would you describe your designer aesthetic? Our aesthetic is slick daily indulgence for men who appreciate tactile, refined, and excellent craft, with a truly wearable approachability. We are always inspired by cinematic references and intense masculine characters, highlighting the quirks and traits of their characteristics, as well as nods to popular culture, mixed with heightened luxury. What is your favorite part in the process of making your collection? When we receive an email from someone who has bought our clothes and lets us know how much they like our products. There is nothing better than knowing that people wear and love our garments. What hobbies do you have outside your art? Our lives are very focused on our work and it’s such a social community so is becomes a merged world of holistic living: eat-sleep-breathe. But when we have down time, we like to escape back to Amsterdam and enjoy a slower paced rhythm, cycling and taking our miniature dachshund noodle for adventures.
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DELUXE (HIDEKI “HUE” KIMURA) How did you get started in fashion design? As a kid, my friends and I were always very fashion conscious. The brands we were wearing and the way we wore them meant something to us. This passion for style made me accumulate a large collection of vintage clothing over the years. When I first started designing, I used my collection as a reference and created around it. During my learning process, I also met great designers and artists who taught me a lot and made me the designer I am today. What is your brand’s aesthetic all about? DELUXE has a modern approach of American classic sportswear. We like to play with old codes and add edgy elements to it. We are always aiming for the prefect balance between simplicity and originality. How was your first collection? What has changed in your aesthetic since then? It was such a great feeling having full control of the design process for the first time and seeing the pieces I imagined being made, sold, and worn by people around me. After that first collection, I was finally a designer. Although looking back, I realize now how much progress we made in terms of garment quality in the past decade. What advice would you give to people who dream of becoming fashion designers? Get out there, meet, and learn from established professionals. Touch fabrics and learn about textile. Listen to music, go to museums and movie theatres. Create your own philosophy and make it your basis. Use the virtual world to support and translate your real world experiences.
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NIGHTVISION magical miami swim week by The Cobrasnake
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Project H @ Hyve
by Jun Lopez
fancy pants marc jacobs by Steven Meiers
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wildfox resort swim runway by The Cobrasnake
Project H @ Hyve
by Jun Lopez
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saturday night hyve by Jun Lopez
mokai mondays in miami by Kirillwashere
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SATURDAY NIGHT HYVE feat. rave republic by Jun Lopez
Bounce Boat by Kirillwashere
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DIRECTORY BRANDS 21 MEN SM Megamall, Ortigas City AC + 632 Greenbelt 5, Makati City ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS anastasiabeverlyhills.com BURBERRY us.burberry.com BOBBI BROWN bobbibrowncosmetics.com CA4LA ca4la.com CALL IT SPRING Greenbelt 3, Makati City CAMEO revolveclothing.com/cameo CLARINS clarinsusa.com CLINIQUE clinque.com COTTON ON SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City COVERGIRL covergirl.com DIANE VON FURSTENBURG dvf.com DIESEL diesel.com DIOR dior.com DIPTYQUE diptyqueparis.com DOLCE AND GABBANA dolcegabbana.com DOROTHY PERKINS SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City ECHO echodesign.com ELIE TAHARI elietahari.com EMILIO PUCCI home.emiliopucci.com FIRMA Greenbelt 3, Makati City FOREVER 21 SM Megamall, Pasig City
GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI giuseppezanottidesign.com H&M hm.com HAPPY FEET happyfeet.com ITALIA italiaindependent.com J.CREW jcrew.com KATE SPADE Greenbelt 5, Makati City KESHA ROSE BY CHARLES ALBERT kesharose.com KSUBI ksubi.com LAURA MERCIER lauramercier.com LANVIN lanvin.com MAC maccosmetics.com MARC BY MARC JACOBS Greenbelt 5, Makati City MISS SELFRIDGE Greenbelt 5, Makati City NARS narscosmetics.com NIKE nike.com OLD GRINGO oldgringoboots.com OXYGEN SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City PEDRO Greenbelt 5, Makati City PENSHOPPE SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City PREEN preen.eu PRIMARK primark.com PROMOD promod.com REDVALENTINO redvalentino.com RIVER ISLAND SM Aura, Taguig City
ROSSOFORTE rossofortestudio.com S/S SUPPLY GOODS ssgoods.com SAINT RITA PARLOR saintritaparlor.com SOLE SERVICE soleservice.com.ph SPRINGFIELD Greenbelt 3, Makati City STANDARDS AND PRACTICES standardsandpractices.net STEVE MADDEN stevemadden.com STUSSY stussy.com SUITEBLANCO SM Aura, Taguig City SUNNIES STUDIOS sunniesbycharlie.com SUPERDRY superdry.com SUPERGOOP! supergoop.com THEBALM thebalm.com TIMBERLAND timberland.com TOM FORD tomford.com TOPMAN SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City TOPSHOP SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City TRISH MCEVOY trishmcevoy.com VERSACE versace.com ARTISTS Sean Armenta (Photographer) seanarmenta.com Aubrey Closson (Stylist) aubreyclosson.com The Cobrasnake (Photographer) thecobrasnake.com
Chiqui Dingcong (Hair) chiquidingcong.wix.com Patrick Diokno (Photographer) patrickdiokno.tumblr.com Apple Fara-on (Makeup) applefaraon.com Jun Lopez (Photographer) facebook.com/junlopezshots Shaira Luna (Photographer) shairaluna.tumblr.com Kirill Was Here (Photographer) kirillwashere.com Zack McDowell (Photographer) zackmcdowell.com Pamm Merrera (Makeup) facebook.com/pammmcakes Miguel Miranda (Photographer) miguelmirandaphotography.com Kenji O (Photographer) kenji-o.com Hanna Pechon (Makeup) hannapechonmakeup.com RJ Roque (Photographer) inaninstax.com Steffi Santiago (Photographer) keiandink.tumblr.com JP Singson (Photographer) jponfashionspeed.com Nick St. James (Photographer) nickstjames.com Adam Seth Teh (Hair) twitter.com/dumders Alana Wright (Makeup) facebook.com/MakeupByAlanaWright Bardo Wu (Photographer) bardowu.tumblr.com
S TAT U S IN VA D E S KMS CALIFORNIA SEA SALT SPRAY
I’ve tried a couple of other brands and found this to be the best in adding body to limp hair without weighing it down.
CAUDALIE VINOPERFECT RADIANCE SERUM
This serum is really good for dark spots and tired skin.
MAC CYBER LIPSTICK
I don’t wear many accessories, so I love to playx with lip color.
PRADA VINTAGE PURSE
One of my absolute favorite vintage bags from my mother.
CDG PLAY x CONVERSE SNEAKERS
With black as her religion and fashion as her spectrum, part-time blogger and full-time buyer for H&F Retail Concepts TINA ONG keeps her standards high, showing that her life is anything but a grey scale.
It’s so cliché, but these really are the comfiest.
MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA SHIRT
I love a good men’s white shirt; definitely a must have.
KLORANE DRY SHAMPOO
An oily scalp’s best friend. The scent is super fresh too!
These white sneakers are my new favorite shoes.
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My whole life is practically in here. I’d choose it over my phone anytime.
AMERICAN APPAREL DANCING SHOES I’ve had these forever, they’re always reliable!
Portrait and product photography by Kenji O Makeup by Pamm Merrera for Make Up Forever
From the uncertainty of how the photos will come out to the surprise of seeing the colors you end up with, the entire journey of film is exciting.