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As a child growing up in New Zealand, I’ve always felt that America was just an arm’s length away despite it geographically being on the other side of the world. For a long time, since before I was even born, American pop culture has infiltrated countries all over the world and has become a part of our vernacular. Images of America are beamed into our living rooms, American music plays over our radio waves and we wear American fashion. We’ve adopted a lot of it with gusto, put our own spin on it and called it our own. This issue is our tribute to American pop culture as we see it. It seems fitting to do this in our first ever issue being distributed internationally. You’ll see shades of Americana throughout the issue, from the trends pages to the entertainment reviews through to the fashion editorials. Our cover girl Nicole Richie is the quintessential American girl; a widely emulated style icon who first made it big internationally via a quintessentially American entertainment format, reality TV. We’ve also profiled New Zealanders who are making their mark in the USA: musician and jewellery designer Boh Runga, hair stylist Richard Kavanagh, jeweller Nick Von K and pop singer Zowie. Our art director Ian Ferguson and contributing photographer Steve King share their images of America in a beautiful, raw photo essay. America is many things to many people – to me, it’s a constant source of wonder, inspiration and madness all rolled into one. Enjoy, Tina x
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QUESTION: IF YOU WERE AN AMERICAN STATE, WHICH WOULD IT BE? Geoffrey Nolan, contributing fashion editor: Q: If I was an American state which would it be? A: Michigan Q: Why? A: DETROIT Gianluca Santoro, photographer: I would be New Jersey. I love New Jersey because is full of nature, which provides a great lifestyle, and is just 20 minutes away from NYC, the US capital of fashion. Darren Tieste, cover photographer: I’d be New York as it’s very diversified and has a lot of culture. l lived there for two years and loved it, there’s never a dull moment and supermodels are nightlife royalty. I love the architecture of the New York buildings from the old to the new and the mix of food and restaurants are genius. olivia hemus: photographer: Santa Monica, California because it’s sunny all year round and it has a laidback creative vibe about it.Charles Howells, photographer: new york city, because it is everything all of the time. ATIP W, fashion editor: northern california. i love san francisco.
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world vs pandora WORLD designer Francis Hooper is the latest fashion designer to be given the opportunity to open Pandora’s box and get creative with the treasure inside. Hooper designed a unique pair of bejeweled ‘around-the-world’ tights with individually hand-stitched Pandora jewels and used additional gems to embellish the eyes. ‘Working with a progressive global brand such as Pandora it was easy to create something extraordinary and breath-taking! Jewellery has always been a passion of mine and the chance to transform Pandora jewellery into something intergalactic was a dream! WORLD loves a challenge and Cleopatra is coming at ya!’ said Hooper of the collaboration. Photography: Jessica Sim model:Jessica May @ Nova Makeup: James Leuii Hair: Fraser Foulagi @ Ryder Salon for KMS California. Jessica wears WORLD gold Julie Andrews dress and WORLD tights.
new in town HAMILTON BROOKS
Environmental awareness is infused into the brand new Hamilton Brooks hairdressing salon situated at 23 Nuffield St, Newmarket. The eponymous Hamilton Brooks Hairdressing salon was designed in collaboration with Finn Scot to create a light and airy space filled with recycled timber and the scent of freshly cut flowers. Environmental awareness is a key value of the Hamilton Brooks Hairdressing philosophy. The salon goes into upmost detail using recycled plastics, wood, ethical paint and low emission hair dryers to assist in offsetting the salon’s carbon footprint. Window barriers of different heights allow passers-by to catch a glimpse into the salon, but afford clients some privacy from the outside world. ‘The most important thing for us is our clients walk into the salon and feel at home,’ says Hamilton.
RUBY RUBY RUBY
The charming Ruby Boutique has just opened its doors at 95 Ponsonby Road offering a fresh white interior to draw attention to an assortment from Ruby’s bold and beautiful summer collection. The interior of the new store has been the works of a creative collaboration by designers Emily Miller-Sharma (Madame Hawke), Deanna Didovich (Ruby), Christine Sharma (Ruby owner and ex-interior designer) and Amelia Holmes (stylist and consultant). Alongside the Ruby and Madame Hawke collections, the boutique will stock a variety of clothing, footwear, swimwear, jewellery and other accessories including labels such as Zimmermann Swim, Kathryn Wilson shoes, One Teaspoon, Cassette Society, Insight Swimwear, Doc Martens and Keds. From Winter 2011 Ruby Boutique stores nationwide will also stock pieces from the Lonely Hearts Lonely lingerie range and will be the exclusive stockist of Matina Amanita and Matina Amanita for Stretsis jewellery. www. rubyboutique.co.nz IMAGES BY JOE HOCKLEY.
The highly anticipated Men’s Department and Topman have become welcome additions to one of our favourite shopping destinations, The Department Store. Occupying one third of the ground floor retail space, The Men’s Department dresses the discerning man from head to toe, with apparel, footwear, underwear, bags, hats, fragrances, eyewear, watches and jewellery. Topman also plays host to a bevvy of international brands curated by local stylist and REMIX magazine’s fashion editor Atip Wananuruks. The Topman range includes a sensational selection of easy casuals, must-have basics and suiting with new styles arriving in store every two weeks to keep the boys in the most up to date looks. www. thedepartmentstore.co.nz
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sass & bide Hip Australian label Sass & Bide has finally set up shop in New Zealand, with a beautiful new store on Auckland’s Ponsonby Rd. REMIX chats to one half of the design duo, designer Sarah-Jane Clarke (a.k.a ‘Sass’) about the move.
You have been wholesaling to New Zealand for a while already, what made you decide to open a flagship store in Auckland? We have a long-
standing clientele in New Zealand who we wanted to offer the complete Sass & Bide experience to. It also made sense for our first international store to be close to home. Tell us about the design concept for the store. With our architect, Kelvin Ho, we decided to retain a lot of the original features of the space... the hardwood floors, the brick wall, the skylight and the exposed beams which we offset with super-future custom hanging rails, a
copper-clad bench and a one-off ‘island’ fitting room. The design is all about the balance between old and new. Why did you choose Ponsonby for the location? When we found the site, there was no looking back! Everything about the move felt right. The store has been open for a little while
of style that defines the way they wear Sass & Bide. But ultimately, the Sass & Bide wearer is unique and individual in the way she dresses, so that in itself is a common thread between our Australian and New Zealand customers. Tell us
So strong that we’re already considering opening another space somewhere across the Tasman! In
(fantastic projects!) after an inspiration trip to Tokyo which references traditional print-work and colours but is contrasted by futuristic elements like Perspex embellishment and copper panelling.
now, what kind of feedback have you received?
which ways do you see the New Zealand market and Kiwi style as differing from Australians?
Kiwis have a really distinct and individual sense
about the inspiration behind your current collection. We designed the resort collection
sneaker fest Everyone’s jumping aboard the collaboration train! Sneaker companies are teaming up with everyone from textile makers to fashion designers to magazines to create unique footwear.
Converse & Marimekko
Converse have recently collaborated with Finnish textile brand Marimekko to produce a collection of footwear showcasing signature prints by influential designers. Known for their bold and vibrant prints in the world of fashion and art, Marimekko’s prints will debut on a women’s footwear range in 2011, marking a two-year collaboration with Converse. Designers Anika Rimala, Maija Isola and Kristina Isola have each created three prints for the collection, which will be available through Ruby Boutiques.
PUMA & Alexander McQueen
Puma & Rudolf Dassler
The ongoing collaboration between Alexander McQueen and Puma continues its seasonal themes of hiking and climbing, but with a fresh summer update. The guys range sees new seasonally inspired nylon textiles and a soft nappa leather. A key style is the AMQ Climb Mid, a continuation of the successful Autumn/Winter 2010 style that combined the simplicity of the vulcanized look with Alexander McQueen’s fashion legacy.
Another ongoing collaboration, Rudolph Dassler by PUMA, draws inspiration from its heritage of giving vintage silhouettes a contemporary street style. The women’s footwear collection also features soft nappa leather for styles that are collapsible and compact for carrying and travel. Check out the Rudolf Dassler Uberschuh - the ultimate sporty ankle boot!
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adidas Originals & Ransom
Adidas and Canadian menswear label Ransom continue their â€˜authentically stylish, brazenly rugged and originalâ€™ collaboration, exploring the spring conditions with a nod to classic outdoor silhouettes. The Valley is a luxurious high top that pairs classic design with an added twist, while the Strata is a classic sports casual in a full soft leather upper.
Lacoste & Sneaker Freaker
Sneaker Freaker magazine, who since 2002 has made their mark deconstructing the global sneaker scene, has teamed up with European brand Lacoste to create a brand new take on their cult boat shoe, the Cabestan. The publishing phenomenon transformed the Lacoste classic into an inky black boat shoe complete with premium calf leather, ski-hook lace locks, fleck hiking laces, minty bumper bar and a ribbed polo collar. This subtle embellishment of a contemporary staple speaks volume.
SHOCK THE WORLD
Cool Kiwi brands Huffer, Misery and cool streetstore Qubic have joined forces with G-Shock to release limited edition watches that reflect the unique personality of each brand, teamed with iconic G-Shock design. The Casio G-Shock Shock The World event in Auckland provided the perfect platform to welcome NZ creatives Huffer, Misery & Qubic to a renowned group of G-Shock collaborators. They join the ranks of an international whoâ€™s who including hip hop legend Redman, New York bloggers Dee & Ricky and world renowned tattoo artist Mister Cartoon, as collaborators of the iconic G-Shock brand. The local design duo Huffer and QUBIC have each created a unique G-Shock timepiece while cult street artist & designer Misery has joined forces with Baby-G. The unique watches have been a keenly guarded secret and directly after their unveiling at Shock The World in Auckland, the watches hit the shelves at Qubic Newmarket and other select retailers throughout New Zealand and the world. In addition to Qubic, iconic Auckland retail outlet The Department Store (recently named by global arbiters of cool Monacle Magazine as the #1 hottest new retailer worldwide) will welcome Casio G- Shock to its stable alongside leading brands Karen Walker, Top Shop & Stolen Girlfriends Club. www.shocktheworldauckland.com
back to 1885 There is a common plight often heard among well-travelled Aucklanders. For a ‘Super City’ there is a lack of places worth staying out after dinner for on the weekend, unless you’re an 18-year old raver. Well, the tide is beginning to shift as the Rugby World Cup looms ever closer, as a number of upmarket venues start to pop up in the Britomart district that offer an international approach to a night out. Firstly there was Agents & Merchants and Racket, whose courtyard lane evokes a European feel. These summer months are great for a glass of Rose in the sun at Agents & Merchants, their summer menu is the best value in the city. The latest bar is to add to the international feel at Britomart is 1885 which feels as distinctly heritage as it does contemporary. The main area features a large main bar, perfect for afterwork beers with live music during the week. The mezzanine level offers the perfect place to take a step back, people watch and taste the freshness of the Vietnamese-inspired bar menu. The hidden gem though is the exclusive 1885 Basement. Its half Parisian, half Manhattan style influences are defined by James Gogin’s exquisite cocktail menu, which is the best in the country. We recommend you try the Stolen Rum Daiquiri as you lean on the striking marbled tile bar. Auckland nightlife never felt so damn good! www.1885.co.nz
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on the rise
Victoria Lee, although she is still a teen, is one of Australia’s hottest up and coming models. Photography: Fiona Quinn @ Vendrame Styling: Lucinda Rose Constable Hair and Makeup: Chisato @Vendrame using MAC Photography Assistant: Carolina Eklund Fashion Assistant: Caroline Hewson Model: Victoria Lee @ Chadwick Retouching: Monica Chamorro
Victoria Lee Victoria Lee, although she is still a teen, is one of Australia’s hottest up and coming models. Signed with Sydney modelling agency Chadwick, Victoria has been in high demand right from the get go, appearing in a total of 15 shows at this year’s Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. Hailing from the country town of Narrandera, New South Wales, Victoria has appeared in shoots for Italian Grazia, German Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar and Australian Vogue, just to name a few, along with featuring in campaigns for Sportsgirl, Roxy and Jeanswest. This country girl may be young but she is definitely a rising star. Here she is shot in Sydney by kiwi photographer Fiona Quinn. Above LEft: T shirt by Stolen Girlfriends Club, Overalls by Lover, Vintage cowboy boots from cream on crown, Bracelet by 2 by Lyn & Tony, bandanna stylists own. .above right: shirt by Wrangler. right: Jumpsuit by Therese Rawsthorne, Vintage jacket from Flashback, vintage cowboy boots from Cream on Crown, bracelet by 2 by Lyn & Tony, Bandana and wristbands stylists own opposite page: Dress by Stolen Girlfriends Club, vintage jacket from Flashback, vintage cowboy boots from Cream on Crown, bracelet by 2 by Lyn & Tony, Bandana and wristbands stylists own
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on the rise
Jenny Sweeney, a girl who grew up on a farm and lists her hobbies as fishing, four wheel driving and horse riding, has fast become a name on many peoples lips. Photography: GIANLUCA SANTORO Styling: Cliff Hoppus Hair: Richard Kavanagh @ DLM for Redken NYC Hair assistant: Summer Parham @ Cutler NYC Model: Jenny Sweeney @ Next New York
Jenny Sweeney Jenny Sweeney, a girl who grew up on a farm and lists her hobbies as fishing, four wheel driving and horse riding, has fast become a name on many peopleâ€™s lips. After booking an Elle shoot with Gilles Bensimon a mere week after signing with her agency (originally One Model Management, now Next Management New York), Jenny went on to debut on fall New York runways for the likes of DKNY, Anna Sui and Peter Som in February 2007. Her big beginning was clearly a sign of what was to come, as since then Jenny has worked with many big names, appearing in Vogue, Spanish Vogue and Italian Vogue (to name a few) as well as in campaigns for YSL and Y-3. Here she is shot by Australian-based Italian photographer Gianluca Santoro on location in New York, working with kiwi hair stylist Richard Kavanagh. by Kelly henderson above left: Gown by Prabal Gurung ABOVE RIGHT: Dress by Jason Wu, Cuff by Alexis Bittar RIght: Top by Stephen Burrows, Pant by Prabal Gurung, Cuff by Phillipe Audiber opposite: Jacket by Hernan Lander
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Widely referred to as the king of outdoor furniture, American-born Richard Frinier is credited with bringing luxury and sophistication out of the home and into the garden. Tim Phin caught up with Richard at the New York launch of his new collection for Dedon.
Has your American background influenced your design style? While
America is the land of cultural diversity, it has been my extensive travels around the world and the indigenous people, art, creativity, and architecture that have influenced my design vocabulary more than anything else. I prefer to work in a broad range of styles from traditional to modern and also in a wide variety of materials to bring an idea alive with spirit and personality. What was the process that you went through in order to design the Tribeca collection for Dedon? As with all of my design work with Dedon, I am inspired by the
company’s proprietary Dedon fiber. I had an idea to create a new design that would have an overall light form and appearance combining the weaving fiber with dynamic hydro-formed frames. The hydro-formed frames were developed and are used most commonly for racing cars and performance bicycles. The result was Tribeca, a soft-modern design that is remarkably strong yet light in weight. I called it Tribeca, which is a contraction for an area in lower Manhattan known as the triangle below Canal Street in New York. I call this design Tribeca because it is an arrangement of triangles, which transforms from thick to thin lines and morphs from round to elliptical profiles. As for the general design process, I create dimensioned drawings that are converted to CAD. Each frame is first hand formed to create the profile then woven to find just the right proportion and comfort. This process is repeated over and over to refine and perfect each item in the collection. Once the form is finalized, tooling for each component is developed to produce the framework within exacting specifications, then woven by Dedon’s expert craftsmen. To bring Tribeca from concept to production took nearly three years of development. After three years I bet you were pleased to see the final product? They say that good things in life are worth waiting for, so yes, all of the research and development time we put into Tribeca was definitely worth it. We were able to perfect the hydro-formed frames, a new handwoven box weave pattern, a new push-button and infinitely adjustable chaise lounge, and many other details that simply just take time to perfect. What does ‘design’ mean to you personally? Design means bringing to life the spirit and personality of materials into a functional object. I’ve always tried to blur the lines between art and craft, form and function within the limitations of durability, weather resistance and comfort. I am proud to know that over the past thirty years, I have created well over a thousand designs
all sold into the worldwide marketplace with most of them still in production today. You were one of the first designers to collaborate with Dedon
and you have been referred to as ‘the king of outdoor furniture.’ What other career highlights have you experienced? My furniture design career
began as a pattern maker, and custom furniture maker. The first production furniture design I created sold 9,000(!) sets, so it was at that point that I thought I might be on to something by focusing on furniture design. I spent more than 20 years with Brown Jordan and the last ten years as a consulting designer with co-branded collections around the world for textiles, lighting and furniture, all for full-time outdoor placement. I have been honored and humbled to have received over 70 design and career achievement awards, and in 2009, I received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Home Furnishings Alliance and the International Casual Furnishings Association both based in North America. You are best known for your mastery of a range of styles,
from modern and contemporary to traditional and classic forms. How does your personal design style reflect throughout the Dedon Tribeca range? Since the beginning of our collaboration, I have drawn from the DNA
of Dedon. While each collection of designs reach a different customer, they all possess the family resemblance. Some more modern than others, some with reference to more specific cultures, and some just make you smile. Tribeca has a certain twenty-first century urban edge, but with a slight resemblance to mid-twentieth century European modern. How would you describe Dedon in terms of their typical design style? As Dedon’s first designer, we have collaborated together to create what represents about half of the company line. I feel a strong part of what Dedon design style is today. Over the years, we have created a diverse range of style ‘personalities,’ but the designs retained a common connection. ‘Dedon Style’ has a broad appeal worldwide and has been the stimulus for countless interpretations in a segment of the business that has become a billion dollar industry. What’s the next design project for you? I am always working on new designs with my friends at Dedon. As for Dedon, they are always creating new ways to surprise everyone. It is my great joy and reward to be a part of the company’s history and now a part of its future. As I always say in my own life and work, ‘I see the future and I like what I see.’
art and design Toan Nguyen is one of the most promising young designers on the international scene, working with a vast array of the world’s most design-conscious brands, from Alfa romeo to Zegna sport and now Dedon.
You have been dubbed ‘one of the most promising young designers on the international scene’. Does this excite you? Sincerely I was not aware of it. I
would say that I feel more like an old young designer. For more than one-third of my life, I have dedicated all my energy working on very exciting projects for leader companies worldwide in many different fields. The only difference is that in the last two years I am doing it just for myself, so I am very happy if my work is still appreciated in the same way. How did the opportunity for you to collaborate with Dedon arise? I wanted to understand if Dedon was the young, dynamic and informal company as it looks in the communication and so I simply wrote an email directly to Dedon founder and owner, Bobby Dekeyser. Two years later, here I am discussing Mu, my modular sofa collection of 18 different pieces. What has been one of the highlights of collaborating with Dedon? Making a project with Dedon meant for me combining innovation through an approach for outdoor and technological research with the highest quality of the craft handwork. The basic idea of Mu was to think about a seating system that could be used both outdoors and indoors, which was then able to combine the specificity and flexibility of the typical outdoor weaved furniture with the comfort and modularity of the indoor seatings, having a particular attention to the reduced dimensions of the furniture elements. Mu has a very quiet design and in a first approach looks like the classical archetype of a sofa but at the same time contains a lot of innovation and details which makes it almost impossible to be realized by other companies for a while. What matters most to you as a designer and how would you describe your own personal design philosophy? I am not working following any
design dogma. I am a multi-specialist in many different fields but I cannot wait to work in new fields where I have no experience. What really excites me
is new challenges and the will, may be sometimes it is a utopia, to find a new idea which can give another value to the product for the final user. How long had the Mu collection been in the pipelines for?The Mu collection is the result of an 18-month process. It first started as a long discussion together with Dedon Art Director Nicola Rapetti to define a new approach of an outdoor Lounge Collection. When the direction became clear and I presented my final design proposal, it took about one year to develop it and get the first final prototypes. This whole ‘ecologically produced design’ idea has been quite a worldwide phenomenon lately. With your Mu collection, did you plan to keep the production ethical? I always try to be careful when I talk about
ecology and want to avoid using it as communication justification as it often happens. First of all, Dedon has a long tradition of eco-sustainability with its 100 percent recyclable and completely non-toxic fiber and with its production process controlled in each aspect from the raw material to the packaging. Regarding Mu in particular, we paid a lot of attention about the materials and finishes used in the product and the easy process of assembly and disassembly of its different parts. Mu is also a reflection of the ‘minimum’ in many ways. For example, the structure is perfectly safe and stable but it has been reduced to the smallest possible dimensions, the same for the weaving used only on the visible parts and replaced ‘inside’ by a technical net. All these aspects mean less material, less hand working, less weight and volumes to transport and at the end also less unnecessary costs. Do you have any other design projects that you are planning at the moment? Fortunately yes! At the moment I am working on many different projects in different fields but I would prefer to keep the projects confidential until they will be revealed to the public, so let’s talk again in Milan in April 2011.
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There’s no colour that screams ‘Look at me! Look at me!’ like red. Whether it’s a sexy red dress or a cutesy crop top, red will get you noticed. 1.
1. LA MADE TEE FROM FABRIC $115 2. KATE SYLvESTER EMILY DRESS $495 3. WORKSHOP BODYSUIT $139 4. KATE SYLvESTER FABIENNE SINGLET $145 & KSUBI RED SHORTS $235 5. LITTLE BROTHER WHITE STRIPES TEE $69.90 & WESC SHORTS $149 6. KSUBI IN CONTEMPT DRESS $395
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A classic white tee forms the basis of any decent wardrobe. Look out for interesting new cuts, simple embellishments or prints for a stand-out white t-shirt. 1.
1. TWENTYSEvEN NAMES JENNY HOLZER TEE $115 2. LITTLE BROTHER DOT TEE $69.90 & WORLD MAN HILLS ALIVE SHORT $349 3. LARA PARKER BOOKWORM TEE $129 4. MOOCHI LAGUNA TEE $139.99 5. BLAK BASICS LOVE SONG TEE $159 6. RUBY ASTRO TEE $189 7. vON zIPPER KILLED CITY BLUES FASHION KNIT TEE $59 & WORLD MAN HILLS ALIVE SHORT $349 8. FEDERATION FLY TEE $74.95 9. FEDERATION D.I.Y TEE $79.95 10. CYBELE APPARITION TEE $159 11. BILLABONG TEE $39.99
Chambray is back with a vengeance! Embrace the trend; it’ll give you a classic denim look without the weight of denim in the summer months. 1.
1. WORKSHOP DRESS $269 2. LEvI’S CHAMBRAY SHIRT $109.90 & FEDERATION ENIGMA SHORTS $139.95 3. SISSY MOON DRESS $125 4. FEDERATION NOW BUSTIER DRESS $139.95 5. BILLABONG TEE $39.99 CASSETTE SOCIETY OVERALLS $185 6. RIDDLE ME THIS SHIRT $289.99 7. KSUBI KEYHOLE DENIM DRESS $350 8. ELEMENT DENIM SOHO TEE $99.99
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Our top five picks: 1. Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick Legendary (pictured on the model here), $49 2. Maybelline New York Colour Sensational Red Revival $20.39 3. Designer Brands Matte Lipstick Fire Red is a good shade and is especially easy on the wallet, $8.99 4. Lipstick Queen Red Sinner, a luxurious texture with loads of pigment, it’s a good option for night-time, $39.50 5. Shiseido Perfect Rouge in Dragon is a vibrant and hydrating red available and an oftenmentioned favourite of beauty fiends, $51 story: Kelly Henderson Photo: Carolyn Haslett Hair & Makeup: Stacy Lee Ghin for Topshop Makeup Model: Alexus @ Monarch Models
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smashbox empire Davis Factor and Dean Factor, greatgrandsons of Hollywood cosmetics legend Max Factor, founded Smashbox Studios in 1990. The enterprise expanded to include photo studios, modelling agency, production company, clothing line, and, in 1996, a cosmetics line called Smashbox Cosmetics. The cosmetic line was sold to global beauty giant EstĂŠe Lauder this year, marking a new period of expansion for the Smashbox cosmetics brand. Smashbox Studios remains the premier photo and film studio in Los Angeles to host photo shoots, film shoots and celebrity events. Remix Editor-in-chief Tim Phin toured the studios and talked to Dean Factor about the empire that is Smashbox. Photo: Angelina Jolie shot at Smashbox Studio by davis factor
‘It was really was fun - my brother and myself painting rolls, making coffee and answering phones’ Tell us a little about the history of Smashbox as a brand. Smashbox the
brand was started by my brother Davis and I 20 years ago. We incorporated in 1989, we opened our business in 1990 and at that stage it was not cosmetics. We opened the photo studios in Santa Monica, California. It was really was fun - my brother and myself painting rolls, making coffee and answering phones. How old were you then? I was 25 then, and I’m 45 now. Davis must have been 30. I was still in college in Graduate school and he actually opened up the first business. Then when I graduated I joined and it was very fun - like I said, just the two of us and we had a chef at the time. A few years later we opened up here in Clover City and we had four studios, then we rented our next-door neighbors’ place so it became five in Santa Monica. Then a few years after that a make-up artist that we became friends with asked us to be his agent, I was like, ‘but what do we know about that? We own photo studios’. He said, ‘well you know how to book the studio, you know how to book a make-up artist, it’s not that big a deal’. So we did that with a really big make-up artist named Paul Star and then he referred all of his makeup artist friends to us as well. Within like a year we had about 20 different artists – really, really top artists and it became very successful agency. Paul then said we should do a cosmetics brand based on the studio, your family heritage and the whole thing. So he helped us design what became Smashbox Cosmetics, and that was in ‘96. So Smashbox cosmetics are designed specifically for photography? Yeah, the one misconception is that the make-up we use in the studio is different to what you buy in the store. It’s the same, it really is. There are some special tricks that artists use on shoots, but nothing really different in terms of product. We did come up with an anti-shine foundation, which was a big thing. That is the heritage of the brand - it’s always been based on what goes on at Smashbox Studio, it’s the only studio-inspired brand. We still work closely with the make-up artists today, they come up with new products all the time but we do have a big research and development department on top of that, which is all about what the chemist can create beyond what the make-up artist can create. You know, the actual formulations, ingredients and the skin care science that go into a lot of our products. So tell us about the sale of Smashbox Cosmetics to the global beauty giant Estee Lauder. One of the reasons why we went with Estee Lauder is because we felt like they had the best understanding of the brand. They really understood that it is about the studio, the studio lifestyle and the artists that work here and everything. I don’t believe there will be any perceptible difference in the brand now that it is under their umbrella, it’s just that they have so much more global leverage. Well they did a good job with M.A.C didnt they? They
certainly did and also Bobbi Brown they’ve done a great job with. So I don’t perceive much change at all really. As a small company owned by my brother and myself we actually didn’t take a lot of risks, we didn’t do a lot of wild or crazy colours, we kept it pretty basic. But I think they have the opportunity to do that and can probably take it to the next level and make the brand a bit more innovative and cutting edge in terms of the colour stories. We have eight people in our R and D department, whereas they have 800. So the products that will come out will be incredible and I think the quality will continue to improve - we always tried to make the best products we could but we can’t compete with them. So are you still both going to be Creative Directors? No, my brother Davis is the Creative Director. I don’t know what his exact title is now as it’s a changing title, it’s like Creative Consultant. He’s a full-time employee, I’m actually just winding down. You will be working more in the studio then? Actually no, nothing - I’m going to retire! I work on one of our big accounts, QBC, that’s sort of the thing that I’ve always overseen and I still do that but I will transition out of that over the year. Smashbox studios is known for being well-connected with the celebrity world. Tell us about that. We’re in LA and the celebrities live here. Basically when Davis was designing the studio he wanted to make it more like a high-end hotel specifically for the celebrities. We have five studios, and we didn’t want them having to walk out of the studio down the hall to a bathroom in front of everybody else. So every studio has their own bathroom, and their own private lounge. We wanted to make it feel comfortable, and also be able to offer them anything they required in terms of food and beverage as well so we had an in-house chef too. We get vegan people that come here or they only eat meat, kosher or whatever it is we would handle all those requests for them. If they wanted red roses in the room we would do all that stuff for them. Then on top of all that, architecturally from a studios stand point it’s very, very nice. When we started up, all the studios were these sort of grungy old spaces with scuffed-up walls and rickety old bathrooms. So we made our studios very nice and basically after that the celebrities would just request that the shoot has to take place here and we really cater to them. Tell us more about ‘Yellow’ the blog that you guys do. We have so many divisons, I’m not involved with all of them (laughs) but it’s through Smashbox studios. Michael Elliot runs it. It’s about what’s going on at Smashbox studios and also what’s going on in LA. They would do these pop-up shoots where the photographer would just go on the street to do a shoot and they’ll cover it in the blog. It’s cool and a lot of people like it.
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Get this killer star-quality golden glow and sexy, tousled hair with this step-by-step guide.
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HOW TO GET THE LOOK: BEFORE
Step 1: BASE Moisturise your skin with Skinfood Light Moisturiser to achieve a hydrated base for the foundation. Use M.A.C Airbrush Formula foundation for a long lasting, medium coverage yet, natural finish. This is a professional product used by makeup artists, but you can use it without an airbrush gun, just apply with a foundation brush such as UBU #20. Step 2: CONTOUR & EYEBROWS Using Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact, contour around the face and cross towards the nose, blending up towards the ear. Brush eyebrows and fill in with a pencil or an angle brush and powder. Groomed and neat eyebrows will make the final look more polished. STEP 3: EYES Use Designer Brands Black Kohl pencil over the eyelid as a base for extra depth, and press M.A.C Golden Crown eyeshadow over the pencil. This technique will keep your eye shadow on, create depth and will make the gold eyeshadow seem less yellow. With a fluffy brush, blend a little Jane Iredale
Quad Bronzer into the crease, to enhance with the all-over bronze look. Apply two or three coats of Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara on top and bottom lashes and finish off with lining the lower rim with M.A.C Chromaline in black and smudge downwards and outwards. STEP 4: LIPS Dab a little LancĂ´me Juicy Tubes in Toffee R & B on the lips. STEP 5: HAIR Spritz your hair with ghd Thermal Protector Spray, then section your hair into 8 sections. Curl using a wide curling tong or your regular straightening irons. Do not leave the irons in for too long â€“ ten seconds is more than enough! You want loose curls, not corkscrews. Separate the curls with your fingers and tousle your hair for a natural look. Finish with Giovanni La Hold Hair Spritz to keep it in place. See this entire look created step-by-step in an exclusive video shot for Remix at www.remix.co.nz
Get noticed with this dramatically dark green eye makeup by following our step-by-step guide.
PhotographY: Nigel Stone Makeup, text and styling: dARYA BING Hair stylist: SUZANNE CHOW Makeup assistant: FARON MARIE Model: CARLIE @ red11 Carlie wears white satin blouse from Tango.
HOW TO GET THE LOOK: BEFORE
STEP 1: BASE & EYEBROWS Moisturize skin with M.A.C Strobe Cream for a subtle glow. Follow with Revlon PhotoReady Foundation. Apply YSL Éclat Complexion Powder as a bronzer and a highlighter in one. Brush and correct eyebrows, adding extra color where the eyebrow arch would naturally be and blend in.
loads of mascara and then gently place individual lashes such as Jane Iredale Professional Faux Lashes at the outside corner of the upper eyelashes. Finish with a coat of mascara.
STEP 2: EYES Draw on a solid ‘half moon’ over the eyelid using Designer Brands Black Kohl. With a firm small brush, press on Jane Iredale 24-Karat Gold Dust in green over the pencil and blend sideways to create an elongated eye shape. Blend M.A.C Aubergine eyeshadow in Semi Precious into the crease and continue up towards the eyebrow. Line the eye heavily with a black cream liner. Apply
STEP 3: LIPS & CHEEKS For a subtle lip color brush on M.A.C Viva Glam Lipstick. Finish by brushing on Sothys Long Lasting Sheer Blush in Rose Éclair with a suitable blush brush, such as UBU #10. See this entire look created step-by-step in an exclusive video shot for Remix at www.remix.co.nz
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As they always do at fashion weeks around the world, M.A.C dominated the green rooms of New Zealand Fashion Week, directing the makeup for 17 shows. M.A.C New Zealand senior artist Amber Dreadon has firsthand knowledge of the key runway makeup looks as a member of the international M.A.C team. She talks to Remix about the trends seen at both New Zealand and New York Fashion Weeks. Remix flew to New York Fashion Week courtesy of M.A.C. Photos by Russ Flatt METALLICS The metallics were subtle - it was never a full face of metallics, but definitely elements of metal were everywhere. A metallic liner was used at Stolen Girlfriends instead of the standard black liner. At Cybele it was the killer metallic lip, which was created using pigment, but you could easily recreate that look with a regular lipstick. At the same time we were seeing the metallics coming through at New York Fashion Week, lots of the artists over there are talking about the rise of metallics. Seen at: Cybele, Nicole Miller, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Ruffian, Behnaz Sarafpour, Donna Karan, Rodarte
“SHE’S AN AMERICAN EX-PAT ADAPTING TO THE FRENCH CULTURE. IT’S A NEUTRAL PALETTE BUT THE GOLD MAKES IT GLAMOROUS.”
JAMES KALIARDOS EYE
PEARL CREAM COLOUR BASE – BLENDED OVER THE EYELIDS. CENTRE STAGE MEGA METAL SHADOW (AVAILABLE 2011) AND M·A·C PRO ROSE GOLD METAL PIGMENT – BLENDED THROUGH THE CREASE OF THE EYE AND WINGED OUT TOWARD THE TEMPLES. GOLDEN LEMON PIGMENT – PLACED IN THE CENTER OF THE LID, AND SMUDGED ONTO THE INNER AND OUTER CORNERS OF THE EYES. I GET NO KICK EYE KOHL (AVAILABLE 2011) – DRAWN ONTO THE LOWER WATER LINES OF THE EYE LIDS. # 33 LASHES – APPLIED TO TOP LASHES ONLY AND BLENDED WITH PLUSHBLACK PLUSH LASH MASCARA.
LADY BLUSH BLUSHCREME – BLENDED HIGH ON THE CHEEKS. REFINED DEEPER BRONZE BRONZING POWDER – APPLIED TO THE TEMPLES AND THE CHEEKS AS A CONTOUR. GOLDEN LEMON PIGMENT – TOUCHED ONTO CHEEKBONES AS A HIGHLIGHT.
M·A·C PRO DIM LIP ERASE – TONING DOWN THE NATURAL COLOUR OF THE LIPS. SO VAIN KISSABLE LIPCOLOUR (AVAILABLE 2011) – BLENDED OVER LIP ERASE WITH A LIP BRUSH.
GLOWING SKIN Nobody is into that flat, matte powder look right now. Nobody. So we used the M.A.C Prep & Prime Powder at almost every show, as well as Mineralize Skinfinish. Prep & Prime takes away shine but you can’t see it, and Mineralize Skinfinish gives a bit of coverage but is still luminous because it’s a mineral powder. As for foundation, almost every show we used Studio Sculpt which is just amazing, as it firms and lifts as well. Seen at: almost everywhere!
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EMBELLISHMENTS Trelise Cooper loves makeup, and this was definitely a challenging look to create, but we wanted a really international and glamourous feel without being over the top. Underneath those crystals there was actually a sliver and pink pigment that we mixed together and then we layered the crystals over the top, and then shaded with matte shadow. It worked so well with her clothes. Everyone loved this look because of its ‘wow’ factor. Seen at: Trelise Cooper
GRAPHIC EYELINER As well as quite heavy, graphic liner at shows such as Juliette Hogan, we saw liner being used in the crease of the eyelid in a few shows, Nicole Miller and Kathryn Wilson were a couple. It adds an edge, and in a way it references the ‘60s eye makeup without being too obvious. It just makes the traditional ‘smokey eye’ a bit new and interesting. Seen at: Hailwood, Juliette Hogan, Kathryn Wilson, Nicole Miller, Trelise Cooper, Preen, Monique Lhuillier
BUSHY ‘90s BROWS twentyseven names definitely rocked this look, theirs was probably the most ‘90s-inspired makeup. We did a brow that we called the ‘Brenda brow’, referring to Brenda from Beverly Hills 90210. Seen at: twentyseven names, Ruby
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runway make up TRIBAL Zambesi went for a tribal, sporty look with what looked like warpaint. It matched their sporty collection, college jackets and so on. This was a real standout look, not really seen anywhere else and not really wearable other than for shows, but worth noting! Seen at: ZAMBESI
CONTOURING We sculpted and contoured an awful lot this season, at perhaps 50% of the shows. Contouring and sculpting involves creating structure on the face without using colour.
SMOKEY EYE This is of course a perennial favourite look. There’s always loads of smokey eyes. Seen at: Alexandra Owen, Hailwood, Jeremy Scott
Seen at: twentyseven names, Altuzarra, Diane Von Furstenberg, Rodarte, Proenza Schouler
“THE COLLECTION IS VERY STRONG, TRIBAL, AND AMAZON SO WE DECIDED TO GO FOR NUDE, MATTE SKIN AND STRONG CONTOURS TO CREATE A TRUE DYNAMIC.”
LISA BUTLER EYE
M·A·C PRO SCULPTING POWDERS IN SHADESTER, SCULPT AND DEFINITIVE – APPLIED WITH A 222 BRUSH TO SCULPT FROM THE INNER CORNER OF THE EYES UP TO THE BROW BONES.
M·A·C PRO SCULPTING POWDERS IN SHADESTER, SCULPT AND DEFINITIVE – PATTED ONTO THE LIPS WITH A 242 BRUSH FOR A NUDE, MATTE LIP.
CARE BLENDS ESSENTIAL OILS MIXED WITH FACE AND BODY FOUNDATION – TO PERFECT THE SKIN. MINERALIZE SKINFINISH NATURAL MIXED WITH PREP + PRIME TRANSPARENT POWDER – TO SET THE FOUNDATION. M·A·C PRO SCULPTING POWDERS IN SHADESTER, SCULPT AND DEFINITIVE – TO CONTOUR THE CHEEKS AND TEMPLES AND NECK.
“IT’S A MUTED LOOK WITH TOMBOYISH SQUARE BROWS, A BIT OF CONTOURING AND A LITTLE NATURAL DISCOLOURATION LEFT UNDER THE EYES FOR A BIT OF A GRUNGY FEEL.”
DIANE KENDAL EYE
OMEGA, COQUETTE, OR MYSTERY EYE SHADOW – BRUSHED THROUGH BROWS ONE SHADE DARKER THAN NATURAL HAIR COLOUR TO CREATE A SQUARE TOMBOYISH SHAPE.
M·A·C PRO LIP ERASE IN DIM – TOUCHED ONTO THE LIPS TO NEUTRALIZE THEIR NATURAL COLOUR.
FACE AND BODY FOUNDATION – FOR SHEER COVERAGE. M·A·C PRO SCULPTING POWDERS IN SCULPT – TO CONTOUR THE CHEEKBONES. IRIDESCENT SILVER DUSK LOOSE POWDER – HIGHLIGHTING THE CHEEKBONES, NOSE AND TOPS OF THE LIPS.
“A COLLAGE OF CHAOS – MARILYN MONROE MEETS DEBBIE HARRY AT CBGB’S.”
VAL GARLAND EYE
M·A·C PRO PURE WHITE PAINTSTICK – BLENDED FROM LASHLINE TO BROW AND SET WITH A LAYER OF GESSO EYE SHADOW. M·A·C PRO BROWN CREAM LINER – BUFFED THROUGH THE CREASE OF THE EYELIDS TO CREATE DEPTH. IRIDESCENT SILVER DUSK LOOSE POWDER – BRUSHED OVER BLOCKED OUT BROWS TO CREATE THE ILLUSION OF A HIGHLIGHTED BROW BONE. M·A·C PRO BLACK OR BROWN CREAMLINER – DRAWN ABOVE BLOCKED OUT BROWS TO CREATE DEFINED, ARCHED BROWS. M·A·C PRO BLACK CREAMLINER – DRAWN IN A DRAMATIC, EXTENDED, WINGED OUT SHAPE ALONG THE UPPER LASH LINE. 7 LASHES – APPLIED TO THE LASH LINES AS A BASE. 3 LASHES – CUT IN HALF AND APPLIED TO THE OUTER CORNERS OF THE EYES FOR EXTRA DRAMA. M·A·C PRO LASH BLACK – BLENDED THROUGH THE FALSE LASHES.
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RED LIPS Another favourite runway look, the red lip was paired with either completely minimal eyes, such as Ruby, or with a smokey eye, such as Kathryn Wilson. Seen at: Ruby, Kathryn Wilson, Vena Cava, Erin Featherston, Jeremy Scott
“THE COLLECTION IS ALL ABOUT A ’70S COCKTAIL PARTY SO THE LOOK IS GIRL ON HOLIDAY, QUITE FLUSHED AND HOT, JUST OFF THE BEACH AND PUTTING ON A BIT OF MAKEUP BEFORE THE PARTY.”
LUCIA PICA EYE
COLOUR A lot more colour used this season, it seemed more playful, fresher, brighter and more youthful. Orange was everywhere – which is actually really flattering because it brightens your face. This was most obvious at Doo.Ri with a full face of yellow and orange, but also a bright yellow liner was used at Peter Som in New York. M·A·C GLOSS TEXTURE – PATTED ONTO EYELIDS FOR A SLIGHT SHEEN. ZOOM BLACK MASCARA – APPLIED TO TOP AND BOTTOM LASHES.
SO CHAUD LIPSTICK – PATTED ON, NOT REALLY DEFINED, FOR MATTE ORANGE LIPS.
SELECT MOISTURECOVER CONCEALER – APPLIED ONLY WHERE NEEDED. M·A·C PRO GLYCERIN SPRAY – TO ACHIEVE THAT “JUST OUT OF THE SUN” SHEEN ON THE HIGH PLANES OF THE FACE AND CHEEKS. M·A·C PRO BROWN CREAM COLOUR BASE – BLENDED INTO THE CHEEKS FOR A NATURAL FLUSH. CARE BLENDS ESSENTIAL OILS – BUFFED OVER THE CHEEKS TO ADD TO THE SHEEN.
Seen at: Peter Som, Doo.Ri, Preen, Monique Lhuillier
“SHE’S A FADED GIRL-DISCREET AND WASHED OUT WITH JOYFUL BUT MINIMAL COLOUR.”
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OTHER NOTEWORTHY LOOKS:
WASHED OUT CREAMSHADOW (AVAILABLE 2011) – BLENDED OVER THE EYELIDS. ASH BLONDE STUDIO FINISH SKIN CORRECTOR (AVAILABLE 2011) – APPLIED TO THE INNER CORNERS OF THE EYES. DERAILED CREAMSHADOW (AVAILABLE 2011) AND OCHRE STUDIO FINISH SKIN CORRECTOR – BUFFED INTO THE OUTER CORNERS OF THE EYELIDS AND LOWER LASH LINE.
ASH BLONDE STUDIO FINISH SKIN CORRECTOR (AVAILABLE 2011) – PATTED ONTO THE LIPS. OCHRE STUDIO FINISH SKIN CORRECTOR (AVAILABLE 2011) – TOUCHED INTO THE CENTER OF THE LIPS.
FACE AND BODY FOUNDATION – APPLIED FOR NATURAL AND PERFECTED SKIN. PROLONGWEAR CONCEALER – APPLIED WHERE NEEDED.
JIMMY D FOR HIS VAMPIRE RED EYES
NOM D FOR THEIR WILD AND DEATHLY APPEARANCE
“THE COLORS OF THE MAKEUP ARE INSPIRED BY EGYPT, THE COLORS OF THE SAND. THE CLOTHES HAVE BEAUTIFUL PALE BLUES AND LAVENDERS SO WE’RE DOING A LITTLE BLUE ON THE EYE AS WELL. VERY CATHERINE DENEUVE, BUT SUPER MINIMAL.”
JAMES KALIARDOS EYE
LITE BRITE CREAMSHADOW (AVAILABLE 2011) – HIGHLIGHTING THE INNER CORNERS OF THE EYELIDS. SWELL BABY SHADOW (AVAILABLE 2011) – BRUSHED THROUGH THE CREASE OF THE EYELIDS. M·A·C PRO NC15/NW20 CHROMAGRAPHIC PENCIL – DRAWN ALONG THE WATERLINES.
SUPER KISSABLE LIP COLOUR – PRESSED ONTO THE LIPS.
FACE AND BODY FOUNDATION – BLENDED ONTO THE SKIN. PREP + PRIME TRANSPARENT FINISHING POWDER – TO SET FOUNDATION. GIVE ME SUN! M·A·C BRONZING EVERYDAY (AVAILABLE 2011) – BLENDED ONTO CHEEKS. PEARL CREAM COLOUR BASE – TO HIGHLIGHT THE CHEEKBONES.
“WE TOOK THE ICONIC ’60S EYELINER BUT MADE IT FRESH BY DOING IT IN YELLOW INSTEAD OF CLASSIC BLACK.”
TOM PECHEUX EYE
M·A·C PRO PRIMARY YELLOW CHROMALINE – BRUSHED ON IN A PRECISE ’60S SHAPE WITHOUT THE OUTER CORNER WING.
SO VAIN KISSABLE LIPCOLOUR (AVAILABLE 2011) – PATTED ONTO THE LIPS.
FACE AND BODY FOUNDATION – APPLIED TO EVEN OUT THE SKIN TONE IN A SHEER WAY. MINERALIZE SKINFINISH NATURAL – TO SOFTLY SCULPT THE FACE AND REPLACE THE DIMENSION LOST WHEN FOUNDATION WAS APPLIED.
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You can be sun smart this summer without compromising a natural, golden tan – just fake it, and save yourself the wrinkles, sun spots and worse that come from baking in the sun. These are our top picks for achieving a winning summer glow. Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion $45 This lotion develops into a golden tan in just a few hours, and because it is tinted you can see where you’ve applied – great for getting an even, smooth and natural result. The lotion is oil free, non-acnegenic and it doesn’t smell, so there’s no tell-tale fake tan fragrance to give you away.Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner $85 Tantasia is a tanning moisturiser which gradually builds sun-kissed colour with daily use, while also hydrating your skin. Jane Iredale has used ingredients such as Acetyl Tyrosine and Monk’s Pepper which allow the lotion to mimic your natural tanned colour, making for a very realistic self tan. The moisturiser has a refreshing citrus fragrance and no after smell, and it can be used on your face as well as your body. Shiseido Brilliant Bronze Quick Self-Tanning Gel $49.50 This fresh, translucent self tanning gel can be used on both the face and body as well. It quickly produces a deep, even bronze glow with long lasting results. The
Multi-Affinity Micro-Gel, a patent-pending technology, ensures the stability of active ingredients while promoting intense color results. This gel is absorbed quickly and guarantees no stickiness or heaviness, leaving the skin feeling cool and refreshed. Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream $53 Clarins self tanning cream is tinted a caramel colour so it shows where it goes, making for ‘mistake proof’ application - you know you will get even, natural looking results. This cream can be used on the face and body. It moisturises and nourishes your skin as you apply, and even helps prevent premature skin aging. Joico Skin Luxe Golden Shimmer Gradual Self-Tanner $29 This moisturising, shimmering self tanner builds a gradual golden glow while simultaneously nourishing and hydrating the skin with ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil and aloe vera. It leaves the skin looking sun-kissed and soft, and has a delicious summery scent. Words by Kelly Henderson. Product shot by Jessica Sim
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eau de summer
The arrival of the warmer months heralds the release of some gorgeous new fragrances to tantalise the senses and a few remakes of old classics. La Prairie Life Threads Emerald A fresh green floral fragrance that captures the essence of nature in the springtime. A pretty fragrance for daytime. Paco Rabanne Lady Million This is the much anticipated ladies version of the uber popular Paco Rabanne 1 Million for men. The bottle pretty much screams wealth and excess, being a combination of gold and diamond. Vibrant and sensual, Lady Million is fresh, woody and floral all at once. Definitely a signature scent. Bobbi Brown Beach
Unbelievably, this fragrance smells exactly like a sunscreen we wore as children. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it’s a pleasant scent, and it has the effect of taking your senses directly back to childhood memories of playing around on the beach. It delivers exactly what the name suggests. Givenchy Play A radiant floral fragrance with warm, woody tones, a seductive fragrance that uses its boldness to surprise and captivate. This new fragrance comes in two variations created around a common spirit. Pictured here is the Eau de Parfum, a delicate echo of the Eau de Parfum Intense. Prada Infusion d’Iris As the name would suggest, this main note of this fragrance is Iris. This wisp of a scent is for the girl who doesn’t like her perfume to enter the room before she does. It is super light but very feminine and pretty and perfect for summer daytime wearing. Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Inspired by several summer holidays spent on the islands of Pantelleria and Antigua, where Armani has his villas, this fragrance is an aquatic woody scent featuring such notes as crushed mint leaves and limone primo fiore, giving it a very fresh, summer holiday feel. Boss Orange Sunset A derivative from last year’s release Boss Orange, everything about this fragrance says warmth and happiness. A rich white floral scent, the main notes of orange flower and tuberose in the heart and sandalwood and vanilla in the base imbues it with a soulful sensuality. Divine!
Clarins Eau des Jardins This ‘treatment fragrance’ combines plant fragrances and skin care benefits using aromatherapy and phytotherapy techniques. More than
10 essential oils and three bud extracts are in the mix here, mostly fruity notes from citrus, orange and grapefruit and a dash of blackcurrant. It’s like a walk in the park in a bottle. 50ml EDT $81. Estee Lauder Pure White Linen Pink Coral A new addition to the Pure White Linen range, this is an utterly feminine, tender and peaceful fragrance that gently sweeps over the senses. With a composition of sea-kissed apple blossoms, waterfruits, sweet peas and camelias this is a scent that is feminine and wonderfully, perfectly pretty. Juicy Couture Peace Love & Juicy Couture Another fruity floral number from the girls at Juicy Couture, this juicy treasure is an aromatic fusion of freshly cut blossoms soaked in natural accents and wild woody harmonies. Hippy chic! DKNY Be Delicious Five years ago, DKNY took the beloved apple – the universal symbol of seduction as well as the icon of New York City - and bottled it. DKNY Be Delicious was the first to extract the fruit’s delectable juice for its scent alone and the results were tantalizingly juicy. The new DKNY Be Delicious EDT Spray is everything you love about Be Delicious only lighter, brighter and more refreshing. Jean Paul Gaultier Classique limited edition Classique Eau de Toilette is unveiled in this exquisite bottle. For a limited time only, the famous bust designed by Jean Paul Gaultier is removing her corset to don a metallic veil. Notes of rose, star anise, orange blossom and vanilla, so full of subtlety, turns the senses upside-down. 100ml EDT $195 Giorgio Beverly Hills 30th Anniversary edition An American classic celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The iconic fragrance captures the luxurious and glamourous lifestyle of Beverly Hills, and comes in a limited edition bottle dressed in golf.
brush up Urban Beauty United presents a fresh burst of colour with their latest selection of beauty tools and accessories, perfect for the summer months. With a fashion forward approach these super soft cosmetic brushes in vibrant pink, orange and purple definitely won’t fade in to the depths of your make up bag! UBU specializes in fashion forward cosmetic accessories, perfect for Gen-Y females who want a little bit of personality with their products. As well as the delicious makeup brushes, UBU has a selection of false eyelashes, eyelash curlers, compact mirrors, fashion tweezers, manicure tools as well as fashion accessories including bra straps and clothing tape. www.urbanbeautyunited.com UBU is now available from selected pharmacies and Farmers stores nationwide. For stockists call 0800 787 456
easy breezy beach hair Beach hair is all about natural attitude and the texture should reflect this. It should look slightly undone and fluffy even though you’ve created it. We ask the experts how to achieve the ultimate summer look. Chad Gray of Atelier Hair says, ‘The easiest way to achieve a loose wave is by applying a soft hold styling product like Goldwell Move Control to damp hair. Part hair as desired then divide into six vertical sections around the head and twist each section around your index finger then either allow to dry naturally or diffuse dry for added speed. Once dry, tip your head upside down and shake and rake with your fingers to break up as desired. For the more skilled or brave try a medium sized curling iron, remembering to protect the hair beforehand with Goldwell Twist Around ($28.60) thermal protector spray. Take different size sections to create a less contrived finish, point your curling iron down close to the roots open the clamp and wind hair around the iron only, don’t let go of the hair this will cause the hair to coil around the iron and create loose salon quality waves. A useful tip - wear a cotton glove so you don’t singe your fingers! If you’re heading out to the beach, leave a treatment like Goldwell Inner Effects Resoft ($30.60) in the hair and plait into two sections, and let the treatment dry. When it’s dry loosely run your fingers through it to break up and create wavy beach texture while protecting and repairing at the same time.’ Olivia Davies of Servilles says, ‘The great news is that achieving the tousled beach hair look is very simple and requires very little if no heat styling, just the right styling products. If your hair has natural movement or curls it is very easy to achieve this look. Ideally you need to start with your hair partially damp, or if it is dry lightly mist water through the ends first. Then apply a generous and even layer of L’Oréal Professionnel techni.art Volume Lift Mousse ($31.50) through mid-lengths and ends. Use your hands to scrunch the product upwards into the hair to encourage movement and leave to dry naturally. For a slightly more polished look use L’Oréal Professionnel Play Ball Wax Smoothie ($31.50) and spray all over and scrunch again for added shine and smoothness. In general, hair needs to be in good condition for this (to ensure it doesn’t look frazzled), especially as hair can become drier over the summer months. Keep up with weekly moisture treatments and regular cuts to keep split ends at bay.’
Photography: Jessica Sim Hair: Fraser Foulagi @ Ryder Salon for KMS California Makeup: Stacy Lee Ghin using Topshop Makeup Model: Ashika Pratt @ Nova Models Ashika wears Element bustier singlet and Storm watch. REMIX 117
Salt Sprays A key product FOR any beach hair look is a good sea salt spray. It will provide enough hold without making your hair rigid. Just apply to damp or dry hair, scrunch in and you’re good to go!
Our favourite beach hair products include (from left to right) KEVIN MURPHY HAIR RESORT BEACH TEXTURISER, KMS HAIR PLAY SEA SALT SPRAY, JUUCE PURE SEA SALT SPRAY, PAUL MITCHELL AWAPUHI MOISTURE MIST (this one’s not a sea salt spray but this is perfect for an extra boost of hydration for your hair after a day in the sun), DAVINES FOR WIZARDS #14 SEA SALT PRIMER and WELLA HIGH HAIR OCEAN SPRIZZ. PhotoGRAPHY by Jessica Sim
THEO IS HERE
TheO from Cloud Nine is truly the first of its kind. A groundbreaking new styling tool, it needs to be seen to be believed. It operates faster and easier than anything available before, giving more volume, more movement, and more curls. It heats from cold to 130Ëš in under four seconds but still remains cool to the touch, and hot in the hair. TheO will change the way you style forever. For stockists call 0800 252 530 or visit www.cloudninehair.com REMIX 119
The next generation of style
HEAVY METAL Stolen Girlfriends Club has largely been responsible for a renaissance in fashion jewellery over recent years. Their new collection, Heavy Metal, is made up of 55 hand-produced styles using high quality materials such as sterling sliver, gold, onyx and garnet stones, with oxidised ageing finishes to give each an antique or grunge element to offset the highly polished finishes for a eclectic feel. The following images were shot by Derek Henderson as part of a film to showcase the new line. Photography: Derek Henderson Models: Dempsey Stewart & Jasper Seven @ Priscilla's Model Management Hair & Makeup: Charlotte Blakeney
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nicole richie SHE BURST into our lives as one half of The Simple Life over seven years ago along with childhood pal Paris Hilton. Since then she has become a widely emulated style icon for a generation, and is now in the fashion business herself as the creative director of a fashion and jewellery line. Remix Magazine editor-in-chief Tim Phin traveled to Los Angeles for an exclusive interview and shoot with the gorgeous Miss Richie. PhotographY Darren Tieste Stylist Simone Harouche Makeup Troy Jensen using YSL Hair Scott Cunha All FOR Margaret Maldonado USA
Photographic DIReCTION TIM PHIN Assistant: Drew Ryan, Shot at Milk Studio, Los Angeles
Sequin beaded dress by chloĂ¨
dress by Halston
dress by guilty brotherhood
thomas wylde fur jacket
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Pant and jacket tuxedo suit By Guilty brotherhood, Necklace by House of harlow 1960, Rings by Kathy Azami Rose for roseark, west hollywood
Born into the spotlight, it has been a journey of highs and lows for the stylish Nicole Richie. But it wasn’t always such smooth sailing in the fashion game. Now on the up with her own clothing and accessory lines she chats to Remix about her reputation, her inspiration and her unique personal creations. When you ask Richie what it feels like to be considered a style icon she bursts in to a fit of giggles. ‘I get shy when I hear that term...I don’t know...my first response would be thank you for giving me that compliment but that’s not how I look at myself though.’ Endearingly polite and generous, she finds it hard to accept that her style has caused a mass of imitators, because all she dresses for she says, is herself. ‘To be honest when I am getting dressed every day I really just go for what I am comfortable in. I wouldn’t necessarily look at it as people imitating me. I think that other girls, especially a lot of young girls, find that relatable. You just want to be comfortable with your body and comfortable with yourself.’
‘Obviously Lady Gaga is not someone that I dress like but I admire her courage and her boldness. I just think that that’s really cool. Beyonce is not someone that I dress like either but I think that she really owns her own look and I really admire and respect that.’
But for some time Miss Richie’s name was somewhat synonymous with fashion fads, an icon not for the same reasons she was today. Yet Richie is completely forgiving of her own journey. ‘I’m a 28 year old girl and so I think any girl can tell you ‘oh I went through this stage and I went through that stage.’ It’s all just a part of growing up and it’s fun. It’s funny to look back at pictures and just laugh at certain stages you were going through. My Dad does the same thing - he had a big afro in the ‘70s and my Mom went through her big shoulder pads ‘80s stages, so you know everyone goes through it.’ Richie’s induction into fashion began at an early age with inspiration from her father’s costume designer whilst touring. ‘From an early age when my Dad would go on tour, he had a costume designer come and make all of his stage clothes and I would ask her to make me some stage clothes out of the excess material. Clothing has always been something that I loved. I grew up watching a show called ‘Punky Brewster,’ and she wore the most eccentric outfits and different coloured shoes. I used to go to elementary school wearing different coloured shoes even though we wore a uniform.’ As a designer herself, Richie admires the difficulties of the industry. ‘I have a respect for designers because this is a new business for me and it is truly so much work. I have so much respect for people that have had their lines really last throughout the decades and through different trends. I really respect anyone in that league.’ Famed for her luxe bohemian style, combining vintage pieces with high street and high-end fashion, the next step for Richie was to create something unique of her own. Richie’s jewellery line House of Harlow 1960 launched in 2008 and has now been accompanied by her shoe collection last February. Building on the success of her accessory lines, Richie launched her clothing label entitled Winter Kate early this year. Richie’s collections reflect her personal style with a vintage, whimsical feel and show her inspiration from the 1960s and 1970s with an assortment of neo-hippy prints. ‘I love the way that people didn’t really believe in the idea of clashing. You could wear bright colours and there was just this whole energy back then. I obviously wasn’t around then
but it just seems so fun and so free. It’s something that I have always gravitated towards.’ Incidentally both collections share the name of her daughter Harlow Winter Kate. ‘It’s actually just a coincidence that both lines have her name in them. The lines are not dedicated to her, it’s nothing more than I just love the two names together. I think it’s a beautiful name; I came up with it obviously! So I am getting as much use out of it as possible.’ When it comes to fashion, Richie looks up to people who own their personal style through and through. ‘Obviously Lady Gaga is not someone that I dress like but I admire her courage and her boldness. I just think that that’s really cool. Beyonce is not someone that I dress like either but I think that she really owns her own look and I really admire and respect that.’ With her fashion influence widespread you can imagine the size of Richie’s wardrobe, yet she admits that most of it she doesn’t actually own. Her personal wardrobe contains a mix of handpicked vintage and designer pieces with her favourite piece of the moment being a beautiful Missoni jacket. ‘It’s a mixture between knit and sequins. It’s a great throw on jacket, great for evening and daytime as well. It’s one of my favourites.’ Richie doesn’t only have her head in the fashion game, she is set to appear as a guest star in the hit American series Chuck in October and has just published her second novel Priceless. ‘It’s about a girl named Charlotte who is very privileged, she’s from New York and she grew up really having everything. Her father gets arrested for fraud and they lose everything. She decides to go out on her own and move to New Orleans to stop living under her parents shadow and go do her own thing. She is an amazingly talented singer, somewhat of a Blues singer like Annetta James. So she leaves everything she knows and moves to New Orleans to find herself and follow her dreams.’ Sometimes the life of a celebrity as successful and prominent as Richie would be a little overwhelming, but Richie is gracious and grateful about her success. She is family orientated and enjoys spending time with her children and takes time to reflect on the life she leads. Success and style is only the beginning.
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For the last decade Emma Watson has played the demure, diligent Hermione Granger in Harry Potter. But now sheâ€™s embarking on a exciting new chapter in her life and career. story by des sampson Photos by Mariano Vivanco
Jumper dress by Isabel Marrant, pearl stud earrings by Laura Lee
When Emma Watson stood on Platform 9¾, about to board the train to Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, she never imagined the journey she was about to setoff on would be so lifechanging. In the ensuing ten years - across seven Harry Potter films – she’s become one of the best-known, most admired stars in a generation, as she’s changed from cute kid to sophisticated starlet. She’s also blossomed professionally, evolving from a wooden amateur to accomplished auteur. ‘I think people forget that when we first started we were so young – just nine or ten - so we really didn’t know what we were doing,’ confesses Emma, blushing as she recalls her first few Harry Potter scenes. ‘We barely had any acting experience between us and we relied so much on the director to guide us. Sometimes he’d even switch the sound off and, as the camera was rolling, direct us over the take and add the sound in later! We really needed that much guidance.’ Judging by her latest outing in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – the final installment of J.K Rowling’s beloved series, which has been split into two separate films – she’s learned her lessons well over the last decade. It’s a stellar performance, reinforcing that not only is Emma now a veteran actress, at just 20, but she’s also a sassy, sexy glamour puss.
when she was approached by People Tree to design a range of clothes, she leapt at the chance – even offering her services for free. Partly, she admits, it’s because they’re an ethical Fair Trade label. ‘For me, fashion has always been something that is fun. But I was also excited by the idea of using fashion as a tool to alleviate poverty. I think Fair Trade is so empowering and makes such a huge difference to people,’ she explains. ‘Also, by being involved, I knew that I could help make a difference.’ ‘I just designed things that I like and would want to wear,’ smiles Emma when quizzed about her input. ‘I just drew on inspiration from my own wardrobe, my friends and also vintage pieces. I’ve really enjoyed it and I’m planning two more lines for them.’ Emma admits that her appreciation of fashion and how she can influence fans with what she does - and wears - has been a recent revelation. ‘It may sound crazy, but it never really occurred to me that people would care about what I was wearing. It really didn’t. It only hit home with the last film,’ she confesses. ‘But now I’m increasingly aware that people really care about what I put on my body. Although I find that a little strange, it’s made me realise that when I’m in the public eye it’s important how I dress because that’s how I’m presenting myself to the rest of the
meeting people my own age and just being normal for a bit,’ Emma enthuses. ‘It’s tuned out to be everything I hoped it would be because I’ve made some great friends - people I really trust. ‘For my 20th birthday, I threw a party for 80 friends from University and we just danced all night. It was great; I had a fantastic time,’ she grins. ‘It was also a good moment for me, because I realised how far I had come: I’d moved country, gone to University and met some really special people. Best of all though was the fact that not a single photograph of that night turned up in the papers, or on the Internet. That meant so much to me, because it proved that the friends I’d invited are people I can trust. I feel so grateful and happy about that.’ While studying, Emma flitted backwards and forwards between Brown’s and Britain to film the two-part, final installment of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. Now that it’s all over, how does she feel? ‘Obviously there’s sadness - there were a few tears on the last day - but there’s also a great sense of relief because playing Hermione has been such a big responsibility,’ she admits. ‘Now it’s over, it feels like a massive weight has been lifted off me! It’s such a relief that I can just be myself - be Emma – again. ‘That’s why I cut my hair,’ she reveals. ‘I’d spent more
’playing Hermione has been such a big responsibility. Now it’s over, it feels like a massive weight has been lifted off me! It’s such a relief that I can just be myself - be Emma – again.’ That’s been evident with her modeling makeover for Burberry, the quintessentially British fashion house favoured by Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham. Their last campaign, featuring Emma alongside her brother, Alex, banished any notion of her as prim, or proper, as she toyed with playing the vamp. It’s an experience she found liberating. ‘Clothing and costumes are a way of becoming someone completely different. I guess that’s what attracted me to the Burberry campaign so much – just being able to express myself in a different way,’ she reveals. ‘I appreciated people seeing me outside of my role as Hermione and seeing other potentials in me. It’s fun playing around with different sides of your personality; it’s a way of expressing yourself, just like being an actress is.’ ‘It’s why I’ve tried to play different characters in the photo shoots I’ve recently done, so people could hopefully look at me differently,’ adds Emma. ‘I’m aware that it’s hard for audiences to separate me from my character, because I’m so identified with her, but hopefully by doing things like that people will see a different side of me. Also, I had a great time doing it because I love clothes and fashion. And they were certainly much nicer than the awful woolly jumpers and tartan skirts I had to wear in Harry Potter, which made me look very plain and boring!’ In fact, Emma enjoyed the experience so much that
world.’ However, she concedes that growing up in public and the scrutiny that accompanies being a sexy, stylish star has been hard to handle. It’s why she tries to keep as low a profile as possible, jealously guarding her private life. ‘It’s been so hard going through the most self conscious time of your life - when you’re changing, your body’s changing and you’re trying to get used to the way you look and feel - while the whole world is watching,’ admits Emma, sighing involuntarily. ‘It’s been pretty harrowing at times, especially as I am so intensely self-critical. That’s why I banned myself from reading everything about myself on the Internet. ‘I guess I just have to stop being daunted, or frustrated by people’s perception of me,’ she shrugs. ‘There’s nothing I can do about it - it will change when it changes – so I just have to do what makes me happy and follow my heart and not think about other’s expectations, because that’s so limiting. People put me in a nice little box - they decide who I am and what I should do – but that’s not how it is.’ She admits that the pressure of being in the spotlight and the public’s perceptions of her - are partly why she decided to flee the UK to attend Brown’s University, in America. ‘I was so excited at the thought of going to University there, being away from all the attention back home,
than half my life being somebody else – with their hairstyle - and I wanted to be Emma and have my hair the way I wanted it. I didn’t realise it, at the time, but it was actually incredibly symbolic having all this hair cut off that people so identified with Hermione. It felt great – it was very liberating - like I was shedding that old skin and starting a fresh, new chapter!’ As for the future, Emma’s less cut and dry about what’s in store, or what she’ll be doing long-term, although she’s adamant that she’ll always act. ‘You know, I’m only 20, so I have no idea what I want [to do] with there rest of my life, or even what I will be doing in say ten years time. I do have my dreams - a vision of what I’d really like my life to look like - but who knows if that will happen. ‘It’s funny, because a lot of my friends are now gearing up to get a job and really push on with their career but I’m at a point now where I need to just stop, have a break and take it easy for a bit. I’m very excited by that, and the prospect of just having some normality in my life. ‘The problem though is I’m a workaholic,’ adds Emma, laughing. ‘I’m hugely motivated and determined, so you’ve not seen the end of me, just yet! I’m always going to work hard and always want to act. But I’m also going to try and make sure that I have a bit of fun as well!’
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Zoe ‘Zowie’ Fleury is a singer, songwriter, drummer and electropop extraordinaire. Daughter of Johnny Fleury, one of Aotearoa’s most iconic guitarists, Zoe has been putting in a serious and dedicated effort over the last few years developing a unique sound she can call her own. With a string of recent hits, some out-there yet alluring music videos and support from key locals it’s been all go for the artist formerly known as Bionic Pixie. In between the hectic up and coming artists life of recording sessions and photo shoots (the photos you’re looking at right now in fact) Zowie was able to give me some time to discuss chocolate chip pancakes, the kindness of friends and the goings on in the head of Zowie. Reincarnated as Zowie, her recent debut single and EP, Broken Machine climbed the RIANZ chart, topping out at eigth place following the release of the Broken Machine music video and its subsequent national success. The music video is very different, very distinctive and very cool – when I asked Zoe how it felt getting that kind of coverage she coyly replied, ‘It was like showing everyone my first child, not that I have any, but sharing something
quite personal to me with NZ was a bit terrifying but really cool too. The response has been so positive – I expected with it being pop that some people might bring it down – but we’ve had such an amazing response here and overseas. America seems to really been digging it too which is crazy, it’s just overall bizarre.’ What’s even more bizarre? Chocolate chip pancakes. What the hell does this have to do with anything you might say, well I’ll let Zoe explain, ‘see I was in the school jazz band as a drummer, I started drumming around age 11 and was always around industry people cause of my dad – he was playing with Dave Dobbyn, Crowded House and those sorts of guys – anyway I was also in the choir but I was useless. I’d actually do something really weird because I didn’t know the words, so I’d just recite baking recipes while pretending to sing. The one I
knew best was chocolate chip pancakes so I’d end up standing there reciting it over and over – the worst part was everyone could see me and hear me and knew what I was doing. Useless!’ Turning now to the current hit ‘Broken Machine’, Zoe admits that yes, it was inspired by one person who broke her machine. But she’s happy to point out that it’s no longer the case. ‘When I was writing it I was looking back at what had happened with someone – now I don’t really relate to it memory wise, but more to what it means. The cool part is now I can see other people relating to it in different ways; I really get a kick out of that. But the personal meaning behind it has kind of dropped away.’ Bad luck for someone somewhere no doubt. Following the theme of support, the debut EP also featured a number of remixes from some big names. And her thoughts on it are pretty positive. ‘The remixes are all awesome
Zowie wears custommade garments by Serena Fagence, sunglasses by Karen Walker Eyewear. REMIX 141
I didn’t know the words, so I’d just recite baking recipes while pretending to sing. The one I knew best was chocolate chip pancakes
– I love the Pete Wiggs Remix and the way they put the really moody dark vibes on such a pop track. But I also love the RAC remix and the Computers Want Me Dead remix – they’re all just such different versions but reflect the creators so well and give a new feel to the track.’ Looking at her music overall you’ll hear the direct pop elements and feel, but it’s the twists that really add flavour to them. Her tracks tend to have a dark or light tone to them, but I’m promised the upcoming album ‘is a real range of stuff - it’s not just dark or light pop, it’s a bit of hip-hop and everything. The album is really a mashup of the styles of Broken Machine and Love Demolition. We’re aiming to have it out in mid-June but we need to do quite a bit yet. One of the biggest things is picking a name – we’re close to it, but that’s really the hardest bit. I can see why people put out self-titled albums.’ With a solid background and fan base for Bionic Pixie, it was always going to be an interesting transition to form a new direction. To get a glimpse inside how the Pixie used to be we need look no further than her very positive, yet positively enraged bio, ‘as she pulls on a pair of high top sneakers and strides out the door, it is clear this pixie is ready to kick out your fuckin’ speakers to the year 3000 and modify the heartbeats of the world to beat with hers.’ Quite. It’s strange to think an artist
would potentially jeopardise their standing as a successful ‘brand’ (for want of a better term) to reinvent themselves, yet Zowie forged ahead and received critical acclaim – turns out it was always part of the game plan anyhow. Clearly with a great deal of thought behind the shift, it’s best to let Zoe explain it. ‘When I started Bionic Pixie I always knew I wanted it to evolve later on – I really admire artists who reinvent themselves, artists like Michael Jackson. I’d always admired that and knew from the start with Bionic Pixie that one day I’d want it to evolve, the fact it was received well only inspired and drove that because I now knew I could do it. I didn’t want to be just be one music act, I wanted to carry on... Zowie is still very much Bionic Pixie but the music direction is much more aggressive and harsh. Broken Machine is still very much Bionic Pixie because I wrote it when I was doing BP, but the newer stuff, like Love Demolition, is a bit more aggressive and pushier.’ Which leads of course to a defining moment, a catalyst for the change from a pixie to something all together more badass. I’m assured this isn’t the case however, ‘I think when I started writing new stuff and felt like my writing skills had gotten a lot better, and that’s when I started to change over. I’d discussed it with my manager and my friends
– I’d also been working really closely with Serena Fagence my stylist and designer, and together we’d developed with a newer, more aggressive look – it just combined together and it was time for Zowie. Luckily I’d learnt so much from Pixie, the main one was what works and what doesn’t work live, that was the best thing I learnt and probably the most important. I learnt what I wanted to from Pixie and got everything I wanted out if it.’ Although not giving much away on the album or who’s been helping her out, I’m promised the list is international and that the overall result is due in part to the support of good friends and good people, ‘I was really lucky putting the album together, I got a huge amount of support from people everywhere. The weird thing was they were people I used to look up to – it’s crazy for me to think they’re now fans of Zowie, it’s a huge honour.’ But an earned one apparently – existing at the forefront in New Zealand for the mixup mashup sounds of electropop, synthpunk and synthpop, Zoe is nothing but gracious and excited for the future. ‘I hope I am, I’d love to be part of that, part of something that people like and love, and get real enjoyment from.’ Photography: Jessica Sim Styling: Serena Fagence Hair: Bonnie Liu @ Killer Hair using Davines & Cloud Nine Makeup: Amy Elgar using M.A.C
boh runga Whimsical and introspective, the beautiful Boh Runga spends her time between LA and her native New Zealand roots making music, making jewellery and making an impression. Remix chats to Boh about LA, her jewellery direction, and her not so secret love for Britney Spears. With the end of the year looming Boh returns to LA to work on her next music project and expand her successful jewellery line for the New Zealand Mint. Her time is spent commuting between New Zealand and LA, a lifestyle that she wouldn’t trade for anything. Three and a half years since the launch of her first jewellery collection her success continues to grow, so much so that she is beginning to realise she needs help. ‘Beforehand it was a really fun thing to do and now it’s serious. I’m not a business minded person either so I really need someone to lean on for that.’ Each piece in her boutique jewellery line evokes meaning with a unique story behind each design ‘I would like to think that my jewellery is more timeless, I’m not chasing trends. I really love to create pieces that people would like to collect, something a bit more heirloomy.’ Boh admits that being a Kiwi in LA is kind of novel. She dresses differently, so differently that she finds herself being followed around by prospective customers. ‘I’ve been followed around the Beverley Centre shopping mall by a girl wanting to know where my Katherine Wilson boots were from. Another time some girls followed me because of my Stolen Girlfriends Club jeans. That happens a lot when I wear New Zealand designers. There is a certain look in LA and I think that New Zealanders have a certain style about them.’ With New Zealand positioned so far away from LA, Boh thinks that people have a general interest in this part of the world because of its distant geographic location. ‘New Zealand pop culture is an amalgamation of the whole worlds pop culture and we get the best of everything because we are more selective.’ When in L.A Boh find’s it exciting to hear about the success of fellow Kiwi’s abroad seeing New Zealand as some what of a creative hub. ‘New Zealanders are really innovative. We are a quiet bunch of people doing really good things. A bit adventurous but a bit shy. We are like an oxymoron of getting out there!’ Boh suggests that there is general opinion that New Zealander’s are really nice, and that we are big travelers. ‘They have a really romanticized version of what New Zealand is too, which is quite charming. It’s quite charming to think that the whole world thinks that about your country.’ With her life spent commuting between two so vastly different locations she finds herself missing different aspects from her different homes. ‘When I’m home the biggest thing I miss about L.A is
waking up to that consistent sunshine. That sunshine has a powerful effect on your phyci, you’re just immediately happier. But when I’m there I miss New Zealand people. I think we have really lovely people. I really miss my family and my friends and the availability of a good coffee. We have a really great hit rate with coffee and have a culture of appreciating a really good barista!’ For the moment, Boh’s inspiration for music is more LA based. She is currently considering working with the people who worked with Thom York on his solo project. But she admits that writing music if often an excuse to be social. Her sound differs depending on whom she is working with. ‘It’s just whatever we are coming up with, or the mood we are in. It’s always sunny in LA so it’s a bit of light. Writing music is so much fun, It’s like doing a jigsaw puzzle, like working something out. Musicians are good fun and have a real lust for life.’ The music industry is a hard game anywhere, let alone in L.A, but Boh is realistic. ‘I am forty, I am no spring chicken. I’m so lucky that I have had a career with my band Stellar and now as a writer. All I know is I’m no Britney Spears. I love Britney Spears though, I just want to hug her and say go Britney, come on!’ Some of Britney’s latest songs features on Boh Runga’s playlist at high volume- she admits her neighbours are not her biggest fans. ‘I just got these new speakers for my studio, I play that song ‘Piece of Me’ a lot and all the sound is amazing. It’s a weird production, everything is slightly offensive in the track but it works really well. Super processed sounding pop music, it’s amazing!’ Transitioning from New Zealand to L.A means that Boh experiences celebrity along with anonymity. She enjoys both scenarios, and is gracious about her success. ‘I appreciate the fact that because I’m a known person doing a jewellery line it just throws more light on my jewellery. I appreciate that people will give me the time of day and want to talk to me about my projects. The fact that I have so much to do comes from having a career in music and I appreciate that fact. In the States it’s the opposite. I have to start from scratch. If I could have the same sort of success that I have had here I would be made.’ To purchase Boh’s beautiful jewellery visit www.nzmintjewelry.com/boh-runga. Photography by Oliver Rose. Story by Sophie Donovan
richard kavanagh As a hair stylist on the fashion week circuit, in demand for editorial session styling, creator of his own styling tool range and now creative director for Rodney Wayne, Richard Kavanagh is a busy man. As the new creative director of Rodney Wayne, you would suspect that Richard Kavanagh would have his work cut out for him. His recent stint at the acclaimed Northern Hemisphere fashion weeks, in demand for editorial in Paris Vogue, and a personalised line of his own styling tools would suggest that perhaps that this hair styling phenomenon just can’t stop. As both the face and the voice of Rodney Wayne, Kavanagh is at the pointy end of creating the brand’s image. With his head in the international styling game he is responsible for bringing globally connected fashion to New Zealand women. Mentoring his handpicked artistic team, Kavanagh works two years ahead of the trends to ensure all the 650 Rodney Wayne hairdressers around New Zealand know how to recreate the latest looks in a way that suits each individual client. When it comes to keeping up to the minute with the international fashion market, Kavanagh sees the blood, sweat and tears first hand. Each season he spends about five weeks amongst the chaos that is Northern Hemisphere fashion weeks. Kavanagh has just returned from Spring Summer 2011 fashion week routes in New York,
Paris and Milan working with the likes of Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Yves St Laurent, Calvin Klein and Prada to name a few. ‘Not bad, it does the trick,’ he says. In terms of choosing a favourite this season he hails the McQueen show which obviously held high emotional value due to designer Lee McQueen’s death in February this year. ‘McQueen was incredible, the hair was super super cool and the emotion, just because it was the first show without Lee, and Sarah was designing. There were hundreds of people backstage and the emotion was really really high. Then they played this Michael Jackson song ‘I’ll be there’ for the finale and everyone just started crying. Even me. It was amazing. It was a big deal, it was a tribute to Lee, it was Sarah stepping up to take the limelight. It was so many things.’ Although it sounds glamourous and there is always a glass of champagne to greet you, playing the fashion game is no picnic. ‘It’s pretty intense. You are working at the highest level and the expectations are really high. The expectations from the designers, the media, from our team leaders are really high, you can’t drop the ball or have an off day,’ he
I knew without a shadow of a doubt with every fibre of my being that I wanted to be a hairdresser
says. Amongst the bustle of Fashion Week shows, Kavangah admits he got a little emotional when he took a moment to step back and smell the roses. ‘I had an emotional moment at Yves Saint Lauren. I was doing the hair and was touching up this model Freya Beha Erichsen backstage in the finale dress and I stepped back and took a look at what she was wearing. It was this incredible midnight blue elegant dress and it was overwhelming. Then I looked down the line at all the other girls and was like wow, didn’t notice that. It was mind blowing.’ It’s been a long stretch to success for Kavanagh who began his career with a hairdressing apprenticeship after he left school at 15. ‘I knew without a shadow of a doubt with every fibre of my being that I wanted to be a hairdresser, much to my mothers disdain.’ After working in salons for a while Kavanagh reached the point where he decided he needed to re-assess his career in order to be satisfied. ‘I knew that part of my personality always wants to be pushing myself. I asked myself a few pertinent questions one day like what do I need in my day? What do I need to feel satisfied in my life?’ After some contemplation and re-
evaluation he realised that hairdressing was where he still wanted to be but he had to figure out what he wanted out of hairdressing. ‘So I entered a bunch of hairdressing competitions back in the ‘90s and I pretty much won everything I entered which was cool. And in the process of that I started working with photographers to do my shoots for the comps. They said to me they’d never really worked with anyone that does hair like that and did I want to do some hair for photo shoots. I then decided I wanted to build a freelance career.’ At the time there wasn’t and still isn’t anyone who is working as a freelance hairstylist in New Zealand, so Kavanagh has been breaking ground throughout his career. There wasn’t and still isn’t anyone who is really doing that here. So I had to build a career path for myself. Which meant being based in New Zealand but working overseas as well.’ Kavanagh wound up here, a renowned international stylist, a cutting edge creative director for the biggest salon group in the country and the CEO of his own multi national hair styling tool company. This project of Kavanagh’s began when he created a DVD teaching women how to blow dry and straighten their hair.
An American distributor got hold of it and asked, ‘Well where are the tools?’ ‘I thought why would I try and compete with the big colour, hair care and styling products. If I want to do something I want it to be the best. I knew as a hairdresser that it is really hard to find high quality performance tools, so I decided this is what I’ll do.’ Success happened over night and Kavanagh found himself running a multi-national distribution company alongside his other endeavours. After months of feeling burnt out and another reassess he employed someone else to manage the distribution and he returned to doing what he liked best, styling. Despite his international success Kavanagh is a person who takes the fashion industry with a grain of salt. He’s laid back and funny take his website slogan: ‘I get paid to make chicks hot,’ as a prime example. ‘I kind of catch myself saying things to the models that out of context would be so wrong. Like: ‘Ok girls when you’re finished with that if you could all just take your clothes off and then I’ll come through and touch you up.’ In context it’s totally right. I just thought the line was kind of funny and it’s true; I get paid to make chicks look hot!’ Photos by Derek henderson. Story by Sophie Donovan
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nick von k Despite launching his own jewellery line just months ago, Nick Von K has already been picked up for retail by one of America’s leading retailers. Signs of great things to come we think… Nick Klarwill has been in the jewellery business for twelve years, collaborating with Ricochet on seasonal accessory ranges since 1998. In September earlier this year, he also launched the Nick Von K jewellery line, which turned out to be quite a success despite Nick having ‘no idea at all’ that things were going to pan out the way they did. The only reason Nick did manage to head along to this year’s New Zealand Fashion Week, where American fashion designer Nicole Miller happened to pick out three pieces from his latest collection, was to meet the people that didn’t manage to turn up to [his] launch the week before. From collaborating with Ricochet, something that Nick claims happened from ‘being in the right place at the right time’, to recently catching the attention of American fashion blogger Derek Warburton, and impressing Nicole Miller with several of his own pieces, it’s nice to see that his plans to branch off with his own collection have truly paid off. Fast forward twelve years and it’s obvious that Nick has come a
‘I never really thought about being a jeweller. It just kind of happened that way and I’m going ‘this is perfect’’ long way from ‘living out at the beach and not doing a lot. I was just cruising around on the dole, living the life and having a good time,’ By finally getting to the point where he wanted to put out his own range, it was merely a matter of building up faith in himself and not wanting to work with other designers, and it has proven to be all the more worthwhile. ‘The funny thing is I’ve always loved jewellery but I never realised how much I loved it until more recently. I never really thought about being a jeweller. It just kind of happened that way and I’m going ‘this is perfect.’’ Perfect indeed, at least in regards to the response that he has received from Nicole Miller’s American stores. ‘I just got an email from her head of retail earlier today saying they want to get some more pieces’. It seems that Nick is a natural when it comes to art. If it wasn’t for jewellery design he’d be doing some other artistic pursuit, perhaps sculpture. In saying this, it still requires hard work and a lot of time. ‘It took a long time; you just can’t churn this stuff out overnight’. And as far as the design process goes, ‘there is a lot of business involved in this kind of work’, by his own estimation, leaving about one percent of the process to the actual design part itself. There are a lot of skull references seen throughout Nick’s latest collection, a number of reasons as to why. Although it begins with his teenage love of Guns n Roses, his fascination with skulls goes a lot deeper than just that. Referring to the ‘Day of the Dead’ festival in South America where they celebrate death and the spirit world, suggests that it’s not such a bad thing to die. ‘It celebrates the transition of the dead people and the fact that
they’re existing in the spirit world’. Rather than death being associated with this idea of ’darkness’ and ‘heaviness’, Nick’s idea is ‘to get humorous with the skulls’, symbolising the transition from life into whatever happens next. As far as what happens next for Nick Von K, plans to stock further nationally are on the cards. ‘I’m keen to expand out to the rest of New Zealand but at the moment it’s all just a matter of fitting stuff into the days. There’s so much to do. I start the morning and the next minute the days finished and I haven’t got all of the things that I wanted to, done. But I’ll get there, I’m definitely keen.’ Fortunately for Nick, the New Zealand market is a bit easier to crack into than the American one. ‘A lot of business people in the States are quite hard lined and you have to be really careful, whereas the New Zealand fashion industry is quite casual and they don’t need you to be a big name.’ So it’s good to know that his business foundations are firmly planted in the ground. Being in the industry long enough has had its benefits. ‘My foundations are really solid; my systems and my suppliers especially.’ After the recent success of late, it’s nice to see the Auckland boy done good for himself. Creating his own jewellery line is clearly something Nick is passionate about and has no regrets doing. ‘It’s something that I never thought of doing before, but now that I’ve done it I should have done it years ago. It’s the most fun thing. I can see this whole brand going for the rest of my life.’ So far, so good. Photography by Oliver Rose. Story by nicole leybourne
Play means different things to different people. Vodafone Play is a new hub of entertainment - a place for music lovers and sporting fans alike to read and download content, follow their favourite team, stream a runway show or kill time on a slow day in the office. REMIX captures the sport vs. music elements of Play in the form of league stars Benji Marshall and Jerome Ropati, and musicians Seth Haapu and J.Williams. For more on these guys, and for all sorts more music, sport and entertainment head to www.vodafoneplay.co.nz Photography: Garth Badger Stylist: Greta Van Der Star grooming: stacy lee ghin using kevin murphy
A pop singer-songwriter, Seth Haapu’s self-titled debut is a skip across the indie pop spectrum, with honest and meaningful lyrics. You are in the early stages of becoming quite a successful pop artist. Tell us about your musical journey so far? I was signed by Sony probably over a
year ago now. But in terms of my musical career so far I’ve had one single out for a while and the second one’s just recently been released. So it’s still quite early stages, but quite an exciting time because it’s hopefully the beginning of something big. How did you come to be signed by Sony? I’ve always been ambitious in a sense, even though I don’t show it externally, but always inside I’ve had this drive, that when I do something I want it to be the best it can be. I approached my manager Matt Ruys through MySpace and I was basically stalking him for a while. Because we’re in different countries and I was like, ‘dude check me out on MySpace’ and I sent him some photos and tunes and so on. And that went on for a little bit and then when I moved home from Australia in 2007 we met up and from there it kind of snowballed. So up until then had you just been ‘bedroom producing’? Yeah I was, and I kind of still am now. I’ve always had this element of indie in my music where a lot of it is self-made and self-produced. I recorded at least 50 percent of the record on a really dodgy laptop at home. How would you describe your personal style? I would say it has an element of a lot of different pieces in history. It comes across in my music as well. I grew up listening to the ‘60s and ‘70s and a bit of the ‘80s and the ‘90s so it’s a mash up of all of those eras I suppose. You’ve got a bit of a Buddy Holly look going on today…Yeah I love what Elvis wore and what Buddy Holly did with the glasses. Those artists were so influential in their time and you can take elements of them and make it your own. And that’s what I’m kind of about as well. What do you do for play? I’m typically quite boring. ‘Play’, to me, is writing music or making
beats. I’m quite lucky in the sense that I love music and I love creating it. And I think it’s always been like that for me as well. It’s a pure passion. What’s on high rotation on your iPod? Do you know who I love? I love all sorts of genres but at the moment I’m really digging Marina and the Diamonds. I love that she’s almost hard to distinguish because in a sense she’s taken a lot of different elements, a lot of different genres, and mashed them up and made them something unique. I love her music. What’s been the highlight of your career to date? There’s been so many cool things that have come up. I’d say one of the highlights was recording the album at Roundhead studios and I met Neil Finn there and he came in during one of the sessions and said that it sounded really good. So I suppose having people of that calibre compliment your music when you’re so fresh and so new. It’s always a bit of a gamble. You don’t know what people are going to think. Just having Neil comment was awesome. What would you be doing if it wasn’t for music? I’d probably die. So it’s your life? Yeah, I love it so much but I think that it’s probably also a bit of an obsession as well. I’m obsessed with music. It’s really weird. It’s almost an addiction in a sense. The more you do it the more you want to continue. I’d be dead if I didn’t have music. I’d be very unhappy at least. In terms of performing live, do you have any particular routines that you go through before you go on stage? Yes I usually get really naked and just
stand in the dressing room… (laughs) No, I don’t actually. I actually just breathe funnily enough. I typically get quite nervous and I don’t know why. Breathing is just something I do before I get up on stage.
Seth wears jeans by Neuw shirt, blazer & belt by WORLD, wayfarers by Ray Ban
jeromeropati Professional rugby league player for the Vodafone Warriors since 2003, Jerome Ropati is a softspoken family man at heart.
Professional rugby league star Jerome Ropati has played for the Vodafone Warriors since 2003 and was a member of the Kiwis team that won the Rugby League World Cup in 2008. How would you describe your own personal style? I would describe it as quite simple. I like to take things a little easy and be cruisy when it comes to things outside of football. In terms of my own fashion style, it’s probably a nice casual street style. Whatever is comfortable and looks good. Just a t-shirt, jeans and Chucks kind of thing. Would you say you push the fashion boundaries then? Not really, although my wife tries to get me to go there. A few times she has changed my style in the past couple of years. I don’t like to push it too much. But if I see something cool on TV or whatever that I think I can wear I’ll certainly give it a go. Do you have any fashion icons? There are a few guys that I think have great style. Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt are two that come to mind, even though they’re quite different styles. Their styles are something that maybe I can’t rock myself but I do appreciate. And if you were to go to the extreme I would say Criss Angel has quite a cool look. What do you do for play? I’m a very laid back kind of guy. When I’m not playing footy, a lot of time is spent with my family. I spend time with my wife and my son, who is three in January. It’s good to have the time off to catch up with the family. What’s on high rotation on your ipod right now? I quite like listening to a bit of RnB and a bit of Jazz. Artists like Maxwell and Jay Z are what I like listening too. It suits my style. I think Vodafone has opened up a great doorway with their Play website, connecting people with music more easily. Have you used the Vodafone Play website yourself? Yeah I had a look at it last week for the first time and I just browsed through it and I think it’s cool. It gives you a lot of opportunities to explore a lot of music and sport. And the Vodafone Warriors fan site ‘One Tribe’ has been incorporated into
the new Play website which is quite good. It gives an avenue for the One Tribe members to listen to New Zealand artists and look at what’s in motorsports and sailing and that kind of stuff as well as just league. What’s been the highlight of your career to date? The highlight of my career would probably be in 2008, winning the world cup. It’s definitely the pinnacle. We were the underdogs because we played Australia in the finals and we beat them, even though they had fielded what was arguably the best team that year. What would you like to do if you weren’t playing league professionally? Actually I’d quite like to become a physiotherapist. It’s tied back into sports, which I love. And I am interested in the anatomy of the body and that kind of stuff as well; sports science. Where’s your favourite place in the world? It’s quite simple; home. Home is my favourite place. I just like to chill out and the most important thing in my life is my family. How did you become a professional league player? What path did you take to get to where you’re at now? I was incorporated into the Warriors development
squad when Danny Anderson coached the Warriors back in 2002. It was really a goal of mine play league professionally until that year. Growing up through school I played league ever since I was five just for the fun of it. Come 2002, my last year of high school, it kind of hit me that this could be a good career for me if I gave it a go. So I did. I made the Warriors in 2003 as my first official contract and I’ve been playing for them ever since. Do you have any particular routines you follow before you go out to play? Any superstitions? The only routine I have is my breakfast. I always have four Weetbix, a strawberry yoghurt and a banana. It’s what makes me happy in the morning. Jerome wears Little Brother blazer, Marcs t-shirt, WORLD chinos, Crane Brothers pocket square
BenjiMarshall Captain of the New Zealand rugby league team, Benji Marshall cuts an imposing figure on the field.
How would you describe your personal style? I’m a jeans, t-shirt and chucks or high tops kind of person. Would you say you have a passion for fashion?
Not a passion, but I do take pride in my appearance and what I wear and what I look like when I go out. If I’m at home I don’t care but if I’m going out I definitely care. What do you do for play? I’m quite into music. Actually I’m going to start piano lessons. I can play piano but I can’t read music. I can also play guitar but I don’t know what the chords are called. I pretty much just learnt how to play guitar from people playing at parties when I was younger. I just listen now and learn how to play that way but I’m going to get music lessons so I can learn how to read music. And I don’t mind having a beer with the boys…What music are you inspired by? At the moment I’ve been been thrashing J Boog. And in Kiwis camp everyone’s sort of into the whole reggae scene. And I’m pretty close with the Nesian Mystik boys so before their stuff comes out I always get it and thrash it six months earlier and I give it to all the Kiwi boys. Have you ever travelled to the USA before? Yep. I’ve been all over. I was there for a month. I started in San Francisco, LA, San Diego, Las Vegas... I was in Vegas for six nights which was probably about three nights too many. After the third night I was shattered. Then we went on a snowboarding trip after that. I went all over. San Diego and Vegas were probably the best for me. Did Las Vegas live up to its reputation as a party town? You don’t understand unless you’ve been there. When you think it’s night time, it’s lunch time. They don’t have any clocks. You’re just partying and you don’t care. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.What’s been the highlight
of your career to date? Winning the world cup in 2008 with the Kiwis. And I won a premiership in 2008 with the Tigers.What would you be doing if you weren’t playing league professionally? I’ve seen how musicians party, right. And I was thinking, if I had no other talent I would be backstage or carrying some speakers and be a roadie. I don’t know, maybe play guitar and pretend I was playing for someone. What’s your favourite place in the world? There’s too many places… home, actually. I always look forward to coming home. I don’t really get much of a chance to come home, once a year probably. I live in Sydney so I only get to come home at Christmas or when I play for the Kiwis. Talk me through how you became a professional league player? Was it always something that you wanted to do from school as a young boy? I always wanted to play rugby to tell
you the truth. But then I went on a trip to the Gold Coast and watched one of our mates play rugby league and they were having a trial game and they asked any of us if we wanted to play. So I had a game and it must have gone alright because they got me back on scholarship and then I signed with the Tigers when I was at school and that was it. Do you have any superstitions or routines that you stick to before you play a game? Yeah I eat the same meal every time and if I’m playing at home I go to my mum’s place and she cooks me a feed. If we’re playing away I’ll eat chicken schnitzel, mashed potato and vegetables. That’s the night before the game. And I always put my left sock on before my right sock and my left shoe on before my right shoe. It’s actually quite weird now I think about it. Benji wears Little Brother t-shirt, WORLD blazer, Neuw jeans, Marcs belt and Converse shoes
J Williams Joshua Williams, aka J Williams, has made a smooth transition from world class dancer to singing sensation.
How would you describe your personal style? Personal style, hmm, that’s a hard one. What do you mean? Throw out some words to describe how you dress? Well I’m actually sponsored by LRG so I’m always wearing LRG skinnies and high top shoes. But I like to mix it up, so I have more of a street style but still classy at the same time. When you look good it makes you feel good so I do think it’s important what you wear. What do you do for play? I play basketball and touch, I skateboard as well and I’m always at the gym, I like to keep active and fit. And I teach dance classes as well. That’s cool because I get to meet the fans because they’ll come in as students. It’s good to meet and greet. Did you learn to dance through schools or are you self taught? Self taught - I actually learnt off YouTube. I formed a crew with my boys called Prestige Dance Group and we’ve competed in a lot of competitions and we went overseas to America a few times so dance has been a main thing in my life. Tell me about how you became J Williams the ‘music star’? Honestly, I don’t know how it came about. I was actually on a dance tour and I was singing away at the back of a van and this guy was like, ‘stop the van and sing that again’ and I started singing again and from then on it was like, ‘we want to do this, we want to make you a star, we want
to make you a singer, an artist, sign a contract’ and from there on in everything has just been hectic, everything’s just blown out of proportion. I never thought it would be this huge, I never thought I was going to be a singer; I always wanted to be a dancer. What music are you inspired by? Usher is the man. I take my hat off to him, also Michael Jackson as well. Trey Songz and Jazmine Sullivan, I was just jamming that before I came to the shoot today. What’s your favourite US travel memory? Have you heard that song ‘Empire State of Mind’ by Jay-Z, featuring Alicia Keys? Because I just got back from New York about two weeks ago and I was actually hanging out on those stairs where the music video was shot, that was a trip. That was an awesome experience. What’s been the highlight of your career to date? For me it would being signed to Illegal Musik, they’re like my family now. What would you be doing if you weren’t a musician? I’d either be dancing or teaching dance. Before all this I taught loads of dance classes. It wasn’t really a passion of mine though. Otherwise I’d be an electrical engineer because I studied that for a bit. J. Williams wears Little Brother cardigan, Marcs t-shirt and jeans, Ksubi sunglasses, Converse shoes, suspenders stylists own, necklace and watch models own
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WHAT SHE SAID PHOTOGRAPHY OLIVIA HEMUS FASHION EDITOR ATIP W HAIR NATASHA ARCHER @ MODS HAIR PARIS MAKE-UP MARGO REGAN USING M.A.C & Kevin murphy MODEL Alexus @ MONARCH MODELS
T-shirt by The Cassette Society, dress by Acne @ Fabric, gold pendant and ring by Meadowlark
Dress by Belle Sauvage and socks by Eley Kishimoto both @ Children Of Vision, rings by Meadowlark
Shirt by Topshop ‘Unique’ @ The Department Store, bodysuit and belt by Lara Parker @ Process, shorts by Hopetown, shoes by SDG @ MADE
Jacket by The Cassette Society, trousers and shoes both by Maurie & Eve, necklaces by Company Of Strangers
Top and Skirt by Salasai, rings by Meadowlark, necklace by Deadly Ponies
Dress by Jaimie @ Jaimie Boutique, shoes by Maurie @ Eve.
shirt by Topshop ‘Unique’ @ The Department Store
Jumpsuit by Maurie & Eve and sweater by The Cassette Society, shoes by SDG @ MADE
Dress by APC ‘Madras’ @ MADE, shirt by Topshop @ The Department Store FASHION ASSIST: KRYSTA HARDAKER SHOT @ STUDIO 58
PhotographY Coco Neuville Fashion Editor Camille De Ginestel Hair Stylist Boris Depais Make-Up Artist Morgane Martini @ Artlist Paris Model Marinet @ New Madison
Blue Satin Jacket with Shoulder Pads by JC de Castlebajac, White T-Shirt by Ground Zero, Nude Panties by Eres REMIX 175
Black Beaded Leather Jacket by Barbara Bui, Cropped T-Shirt by House Of Holland, Grey Panties by Yves Saint Laurent, White Leather Sneakers, Leather Cuff & Gold Bangles by Hermes
Cropped Green Tank-Top by Dries Van Noten, Beige Leather Hoodie by Hermes, Green and Black Striped Coat by Dries Van Noten, Black Leather Shorts by Barbara Bui, Black Leg Warmers by Yohji Yamamoto, Leopard Print Ankle Boots by Barbara Bui
Torn Grey T-Shirt by Maison Martin Margiela, Grey Shorts by Prada, Red Timepeace Bracelet by Denise Julia Reytan Red, White and, Blue Peep-Toe Pumps by Christian Louboutin REMIX 179
Pink-Torn Sweater by Comme Des Garcons, Multi-Color Sequins Bodysuit by Kenzo, Grey Cotton Leg Warmers by Maison Martin Margiela, Silver Patent Leather T-Strap Stilettos by Karl Lagerfeld REMIX 180
Sweater by American Apparel, White Elastic Belt by Karl Lagerfeld, Nude Cropped Shorts by Sonia Rykiel, Black Leather Leg Warmers & Pumps by Maison Martin Margiela Production Charlotte Gouy Photography Assistant Laurent King Assistant stylist Lindsey Hornyak REMIX 181
At THE INN PhotographY By SARA ORME Fashion Editor ATIP W HAIR & MAKEUP STACY LEE GHIN using topshop makeup & ghd Models ELLA & HUNTER @ CLYNE MODELS MAX @ AUGUST MODELS, IMOGEN @ RED 11 MODELS
Imogen wears: Shirt by Juliette Hogan, shorts by ‘Hi There’ by Karen Walker, cardigan by Workshop, Straw boater hat by Jam & Bread @ MADE.
Imogen wears: T-shirt by Workshop, blazer by Self Help @ Fabric, Shorts by Helen Cherry, necklace by Karen Walker Jewellery. Max wears: Polo Shirt by Topman @ The Menâ€™s Department, suit by Mister @ MADE
Ella wears: Jacket by ‘Hi There’ by Karen Walker, bracelet and rings by Karen Walker Jewellery
Max wears: Shirt by Topman Ltd @ The Menâ€™s Department, cardigan by Vanishing Elephant @ BlackBox Boutique
Ella wears: Shirt by Madras by APC and knit top by Gorman @ MADE, blazer by ‘Hi There’ by Karen Walker
Hunter wears: Shirt by APC @ MADE, bow-tie by ACNE and chino’s by Engineered Garments @ Fabric, ‘Destroyer’ varsity jacket by Nike Sportswear
Imogen wears: Dress and shirt by Karen Walker, bow-tie by APC @ MADE
Max wears: Shirt by Junya Watanabe for Comme Des Garcons and jacket by Engineered Garments @ Fabric, bow-tie by APC @ MADE, Opticals by Retro Superfuture
Ella wears: knit jumper by APC @ MADE, chambray blazer by Lonely Hearts, shorts by Karen Walker. Hunter wears: T-shirt by Topman @ The Men’s Department, chino’s by ACNE @ Fabric.
Hunter wears: Polo shirt by Junya Watanbe for Comme Des Garcons, blazer by Opening Ceremony @ BlackBox Boutique. FASHION ASSIST: KRYSTA HARDAKER
PURITAN PhotographY by CAMILLE SANSON Fashion Editor VALENTINA TIURBINI Hair DIANA MOAR using Schwarzkopf Make-Up LAN NGUYEN using Mac Models REGINA & KATIUSHA @ Premier Model Management DASHA SUSHKO @ Next, shot at 33 Portland Place, London
Katiusha Wears: Latex shirt and gloves by LOUISE CHARLOTTE TAYLOR, Skirt PRADA
Regina Wears: Dress By ZAMBESI, Shoes by ANNA KICHENSIDE, Ring By LUCY HUTCHINGS. Dasha wears: Transparent net dress by TINA KALIVAS, Top and shorts by CALVIN KLEIN, Shoes by ANNA KICHENSIDE, Bracelet by ELM JEWELLERY. Katiusha wears: Dress by STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB, Necklace by ELM JEWELLERY, Boots stylists own, All head pieces made by hair stylist
Regina wears: Top and jacket by GEMMA SLACK, Latex skirt by LOUISE CHARLOTTE TAYLOR, Rosary by ELM JEWELLERY
Dasha wears: Coat by HEMYCA, latex bodysuit by LOUISE CHARLOTTE TAYLOR, Necklace by ELM JEWELLERY, Lace headpiece by ZAMBESI, Sandals by ANNA KICHENSIDE
Regina wears: Shirt by HEMYCA, Skirt by NEUROTICA, Head piece by BITCHING & JUNKFOOD
Katiusha wear: Latex playsuit by LOUISE CHARLOTTE TAYLOR, Transparent long coat with hood by ZAMBESI, Scarf by COMMENCE
Dasha wears: Shirt by HEMYCA, Skirt by PRADA, Bracelet by CULLIETTA, Veil PIERS ATKINSON
Dasha wears:Top by GEMMA SLACK, Latex skirt by LOUISE CHARLOTTE TAYLOR, necklaces by ELM JEWELLERY, Lace used as head piece by ZAMBESI
left to right; Dasha wears: Silk trousers and top by NEUROTICA, cross necklace by ELM JEWELLERY. Regina wears: Dress by THURLEY, Necklace and arm chain BY BITCHING AND JUNKFOOD, shoes by ANNA KICHENSIDE, Katiusha wears Dress by TINA KALIVAS
Katiusha wears: Body suit by RACHAEL FREIRE, Socks and shoes by PRADA, Necklace by STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS club, Head piece by PIERS ATKINSON
Regina wears: Dress by STOLEN GIRLFRIEND CLUB, Arm bracelet by CULIETTA, Head piece by ELM JEWELLERY
Dasha wears: Dress, belt, socks by PRADA, Rosary by ELM JEWELLERY Shoes by ANNA KICHENSIDE, Headpiece stylist’s own
Regina wears: Coat, socks & sandals by PRADA, Under skirt stylistâ€™s own, Head piece by PIERS ATKINSON
left to right; Dasha wears: Dress by GEMMA SLACK, Latex corset dress by LOUISE CHARLOTTE TAYLOR, Shoes by CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN. Katiusha wears: Dress by AQUA Sandals by ANNA KICHENSIDE. Regina wears: Dress by TOSHA, Platform shoes by JOHN ROCHA, Leather bag with chain by MAHE
Katiusha wears: Dress by STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB, Rosary by ELM JEWELLERY, Lace headpiece stylist’s own Photo assists: MIGUEL DOMINGOS, SIGRID JOON & FRANCIS RAE Stylist’s assists: FILIPPO GIULIANI & ANNALIE BOTTARE
Amy Wears: Therese Rawsthorne cotton dress & silk dress (worn underneath). American flag stylists own REMIX 216
beach excess Photography: Charles Howells @ Network Agency Styling: Britt Mccamey @ Network Agency Hair: Sarah Laidlaw @ DLM for Cloud Nine Makeup: Sarah Laidlaw @ DLM using M.A.C Photo Assistant: Alisa Nuanchan Hair & makeup assistant: Katy Clukas Models: Amy Finlayson @ Chic management & NIIA ALAKOSKI @ PRICILLAS MODEL MANAGEMENT
Nia wears: Alex Perry slip (worn as dress), Americana shoulder pads customised by Remix. Amy Wears: Stolen Girlfriends Club dress, Roxy Swimsuit & New York Yankies jacket stylists own REMIX 219
Alex Perry Lace motif dress
Alex Perry slip (worn as dress), Sass & bide copper belts
Mink Pink silk dress, Roxy swimsuit, sass & bide copper chain ring
Flannel silk dress, Roxy swimsuit, American flag sash stylists own
AFTER THE SHOW
PhotographY TIM WHITE @ IDC Fashion Editor ATIP W HAIR & MAKE-UP VIRGINIA CARDE USING KEVIN MURPHY & TOPSHOP MAKE-UP Mask from First Scene, body suit by La Perla ‘Black Label’ @ the Silk Drawer.
MODEL VILMA @ NOVA MODELS REMIX 225
Corset from Corseterie, skirt by JIMMY D, hat from First Scene, shoes by Laurence Dacade @ Runway Shoes, gold feather ring by Meadowlark REMIX 226
Body suit by Pleasure State ‘White Label’, vintage gown and hat @ First Scene, lace top by Topshop @ The Department Store, gloves by Fistful Of Birds @ Process, shoes by Laurence Dacade @ Runway Shoes. REMIX 227
Corset from The Corseterie, shorts by Ksubi, knit gown by Sabatini ‘White Label’, shoes by Laurence Dacade @ Runway Shoes. REMIX 229
leather vest by matchi motchi, Bodysuit by Trelise Cooper, suspender belt by Pleasure State â€˜White Labelâ€™, knickers by Annah Stretton, hold up tights by House Of Holland for Pretty Polly from Children Of Vision, ring by Company Of Strangers REMIX 230
Feather bodysuit by La Perla ‘Black Label’ @ The Silk Drawer, skirt by Therese Rawsthorne, feather boa by Trelise Cooper, knit cardigan by Sabatini ‘White Label’, hold up tights by Pretty Polly, shoes from Mi Piaci, Gold feather ring by Meadowlark REMIX 231
Corset, tutu and stockings all @ The Corseterie, leather bracelet by Company Of Strangers, sequin top by Trelise Cooper, shoes by Laurence Dacade @ Runway Shoes.
Silk slip by La Perla ‘Black Label’ @ The Silk Drawer, shorts by Therese Rawsthorne, head dress and mask from First Scene
FASHION ASSIST KRYSTA HARDAKER THANKS TO JILL PETERSON @ THE CORSETERIE REMIX 233
not fade away
PHOTOGRAPHy by STEPHEN TILLEY FASHION EDITOR ATIP W MAKE-UP HELEN LUO FOR SMASHBOX HAIR Ejay Strickson @ Strickzin Salon for Fudge MODELS AMANDINE @ NOVA MODELS & HUNTER @ CLYNE MODELS photo assist: Fionna Pierce
Shirt by Mink Pink, shorts by Wrangler, jacket and belt by Topshop @ The Department Store.
Dress by Storm, leather jacket by Therese Rawsthorne, necklace by Culet.
She wears: denim shorts by Wrangler, denim bra by Ksubi, jacket by Ellery @ BlackBox Boutique, jewellery by Culet, shoes by Supra, sunglasses by ROC eyewear He wears: singlet and jeans by Fistful Of Birds, shirt by Krew, denim vest and boots by Ksubi, jewellery all by Culet, sunglasses by Retro Superfuture
Top by Guess, leather skirt by One Teaspoon, boots by Topshop @ The Department Store.
She wears: leather bra by One Teaspoon, denim vest by Fistful Of Birds, jeans by Grab denim, bags by Company Of Strangers, leather jacket by Huffer, boots & belt by Topshop @ The Department Store, sunglasses by Electric. He wears: Singlet by Lee Jeans, jeans & flag worn as scarf by Krew, sunglasses by ROC eyewear, jewellery by Culet, boots by Ksubi FASHION ASSIST: KRYSTA HARDAKER PHOTO ASSIST: FIONNA PIERCE THANKS TO BRAD PLAMUS @ SUBSTANCE DISTRIBUTION & NICK
Shirt by Maurie & Eve, denim skirt by One Teaspoon, denim vest by Glassons, boots by Ksubi @ Blackbox Boutique, necklace by Culet ‘Blackwater’, watch by Storm watches REMIX 241
Shirt by Ricochet
She wears: Swimsuit by Roxy, denim vest by Wrangler, jewellery by Culet, boots by Ksubi, bag by Company of Strangers. He wears: all by Krew, sunglasses by Retrosuperfuture, boots by Ksubi REMIX 243
gangs ofnew york PHOTOGRAPHY CHARLES HOWELLS FASHION EDITOR GEOFFREY BURGER MAKEUP RAE MORRIS FOR L’OREAL HAIR SARAH LAIDLAW FOR CLOUD NINE MODELS MYF & NICOLA @ CHIC, RACHEL GILL @ VIVIEN’S MAKEUP SPECIAL EFFECTS AMY SARTOREL TATTOOS AVA BELLE NAILS SARAH PATRICIA FASHION ASSIST: KATHERINE TEROXY
Myf wears: Miu Miu wool crepe dress, plastic handkerchief head scarve by suzy oâ€™rourke and heels by Miu Miu. Hair & makeup by sarah laidlaw REMIX 245
myf wears: dress, stockings, heels and yo yo handbag all by prada, gloves stylistâ€™s own. Hair & make up by Sarah laidlaw REMIX 246
RACHAEL WEARS: MIU MIU DRESS WITH FLOWERED SILVER HARDWARE AND PLASTIC HAT MADE ESPECIALLY FOR REMIX BY SUZY O’ROURKE. REMIX 247
NICOLA WEARS: WHITE LASER CUT DRESS BY LEONARDO SALINAS, STOCKINGS AND HEELS BY PRADA, HEADSCARF BY GUCCI. RACHAEL WEARS: CORSETED BUSTIER DRESS BY YOHJI YAMAMOTO, STOCKINGS AND HEELS BY PRADA, HEADSCARF BY GUCCI.
Myf wears: zip jacket with fox fur detail and stretch wool gabardine pants all by GUCCI, two-tone brothel creepers from FASTER PUSSYCAT, belt by ZAMBESI. HAIR & MAKEUP BY SARAH LAIDLAW REMIX 250
RACHAEL WEARS: TOP, BELT AND PATENT LEATHER SKIRT ALL BY PRADA. GLOVES STYLISTS OWN, S&M HAT BY SUZY O’ROURKE. REMIX 251
nicola & rachael wear: Leather and shearling jackets both by BURBERRY. REMIX 253
Nicola wears: leather and shearling jacket with lace pants both by BURBERRY, Leopard print brothel creeper shoes by FASTER PUSSYCAT, Micro mesh bra by AMERICAN APPAREL.
RACHEL WEARS: JEANS AND DENIM JACKET BY DIESEL, HEELS BY PRADA, DAGGER EARRING MADE ESPECIALLY FOR REMIX BY KATE MCCOY, LEATHER ARMBAND ALSO BY KATE MCCOY, BRA AND UNDERWEAR BY AMERICAN APPAREL REMIX 255
NICOLA WEARS: LEATHER COWHIDE T-SHIRT AND SILK ORGANAZA SKIRT MADE ESPECIALLY FOR REMIX BY LEONARDO SALINAS, HEELS BY MIU MIU AND COUTURE TURBAN IN DOLLAR BILL PRINT ESPECIALLY MADE FOR REMIX BY SUZY O’ROURKE, Lace boy pant under dress by AMERICAN APPAREL, gloves stylist’s own. backdrops by Eli Reskov REMIX 257
SCARS & STRIPES FASHION & PHOTOGRAPHY by Guy Coombes HAIR by Jason Li assisted by Jarah McLaren for Stephen Marr MAKEUP & BODYPAINTING by Kirsten Stanners for MAC MODEL Anna Fitzpatrick @ 62 Models SPECIAL THANKS to Kingsize Studios & First Scene Costume & Prop hire.
Body Painting by Kirsten Stanners for MAC
Leather bra by Lonely Hearts, Knickers by Stolen Girlfriends Club, customized leather vest stylists own, AK47 necklace by â€˜Day of the lone wolfâ€™ from Wunderkammer, guns from First Scene REMIX 260
Bodysuit by Stolen Girlfriends Club, PVC jacket from Lonely Hearts archives, rings from Wunderkammer & helmet from First Scene
Customized leather jacket by Wrangler, carved Onyx rings from Wunderkammer
T-Shirt by Stolen Girlfriends Club, Shorts by Adidas Originals, Underwear by Calvin Klein, ring from Wunderkammer, leather cuff by Ann Demeulemeester & Grid Iron armour from First Scene
Grid Iron armour from First Scene
Tshirt & shorts by Stolen Girlfriends Club, Sterling silver cuff from Wunderkammer, helmet & shoulder pad from First Scene
Jacket by Alexandra Owen, T-Shirt by Stolen Girlfriends Club, lace shorts by Lonely Hearts, underwear by Calvin Klein & carved onyx rings from Wunderkammer
REMIX_PEOPLE & PLACES
BORN IN THE U.S.A A picture tells a thousand words. hereâ€™s a photographic look at all things american. seen through the lense of remix photographer steve king, and creative director Ian ferguson
IMAGE STEVE KING REMIX 269
SEAL BEACH & Wilmington, L.A. images BY STEVE KING
SEAL BEACH & Wilmington, L.A. images BY STEVE KING
L.A. images BY ian ferguson
left: if you have been to venice beach, santa monica, then you have met ‘the worlds greatest wine-o’. above right: can you smell the hotdogs? la dodgers at the dogers stadium. right: it never rains in california... but there’s always smog!
L.A. images BY ian ferguson
left, above & below: the view from the huntley hotel in santa monica. RIGHT: a Palmy scene, and the tony hawk skate park at venice beach.
DURING SOME DOWNTIME AT MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK THE REMIX TEAM AMBUSHED THE STREETS OF NEW YORK WITH OUR OWN NEW ZEALAND FASHION
empire state of mind photography GIANLUCA SANTORO stylist Leila wolford makeup Virginia linzee usinG mac hair RICHARD KAVANAGH for REDKEN model Timoxa @ next HAIR ASSIST: SUMMER PARHAM @ CUTLER NYC
blazer by WORLD, dress by ZAMBESI, necklace by CAROL DAUPLAISE
dress by KAREN WALKER
jacket, shorts AND blouse by HELEN CHERRY, earrings by ROBERT ROSE
jacket by WORLD dress by KAREN WALKER earrings by STEIN BLYE
dress by HELEN CHERRY necklace by ROBERT ROSE cuff by STYLIST’S OWN shoes by ELAINE TURNER
REMIX_FASHION WEEK 2010
Each year, REMIX is granted backstage access to the green rooms of New Zealand Fashion Week. These are our favourite shots of the goings-on behind the scenes. If you’d like to see our backstage exploits in greater detail, check out the film we’ve made at www.remix.co.nz Photography BY GARTH BADGER & Jessica Sim
REMIX_FASHION WEEK 2010
REMIX_FASHION WEEK 2010
REMIX_FASHION WEEK 2010
from the remix studio backstage at nZ fashion week 2010, we pick our favourite looks from the best shows to give you a taster of the autumn/winter 2011 collections. Photography GARTH BADGER assisted by Jessica Sim & Holly Broomhall
stolen girlfriends club
sable & minx
from antm to nzfw Krista White, winner of the latest season of America’s Next Top Model, was flown to Auckland by Air New Zealand to take to the runways of New Zealand Fashion Week. Walking for Nicole Miller, Huffer and the NZFW 10th annivarsary retrospective show, REMIX caught up with Krista ever so briefly in between her hectic schedule of shows and appearances. How was your first day of New Zealand Fashion Week? First day, wow, I went to Cybele’s show and I thought it was amazing. There are a couple of pieces in there I want to get, I’ll have to meet up with Cybele and see if she can work something out with me… What do you love about New Zealand so far? Being here for just one day so far, what I love best is probably BurgerFuel! I went and had a burger there today and it was delicious, I ate the whole burger and could have passed out and gone to sleep afterwards. Can you give us some gossip from America’s Next Top Model? One piece of gossip… I would just say when the cameras go down, some of the people you see on TV are not who they really are. When you see us on camera saying things like ‘oh she’s fake’, you don’t get to see the things that happen when the cameras are off. What do you think of the Langham Hotel? It’s beautiful, it’s really expensive, I probably couldn’t afford to sip a cup of tea in here! Random question time: favourite colour? Black Favourite car? Hmm good one! Right now I like the Hyundai Genisis. Favourite makeup? Covergirl of course because I’m a covergirl! What do you think about New Zealand Fashion Week in general? It is really good, it kind of compares to the New York Fashion Week, everyone said this was a little smaller but it was just as good, I mean I didn’t see anything different so I was excited. The guests, the way they’re coming in the door and how they’re dressed, you would think you’re in New York – except that it’s not snowing and it’s not extremely hot, it’s just really perfect weather. PHOTO STEVE KING
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contemporay swedish design Sweden is renowned for its creativity and unique design aesthetic. Some of the worldâ€™s best-known brands have originated from this beautiful place, none more quintessentially Swedish than Absolut Vodka. Remix Editor in Chief Tim Phin, visited the icy nation to tour the Absolut Akadami, the farms and the dazzling Absolut Ice Bar.
Swedish design has its tradition steeped in simplicity and functionality, with everything tested and retested. As the design industry in Sweden has developed, Swedish design has become more diverse. Today it is focused on developing more beautiful things for every day use yet it always returns to tradition: clean, pure form dictated by function. Household names like IKEA and iconic fashion brands such as Nudie and Acne all come from the Swedish tradition of quality and innovation. Absolut Vodka is no exception; in fact the brand has become synonymous with creativity, design and innovation whilst retaining the functional, high quality Swedish aesthetic. The Absolut Vodka concept is a pure vodka with a heritage of innovative marketing. Every bottle retains the slogan ‘Country of Sweden’ which stresses the origin and highlights Sweden’s tradition of purity, yet its marketing campaigns bridge tradition with cutting edge modernity. The phenomenal success of this Swedish brand begins in 1879 with entrepreneur Lars Olsson Smith who introduced a revolutionary new distillation method called continuous distillation, a method they still use today. ‘Absolut Pure Vodka’ as it was called, is the foundation of the Absolut Vodka brand we know today. Absolut Vodka’s long running advertising campaign, which was created by the advertising agency TBWA, is based on the distinctive bottle shape. With more than 1500 ads, this campaign is the longest running ever. With Sweden’s history in mind, the construction of the Absolut ad campaign demonstrates Swedish ingenuity. The breakthrough came with the Absolut bottle, purely by chance. It stems from a chance spotting in an antique store of an old Swedish medicine bottle, a cultural icon that has remained unchanged for 100 years. The advertising team decided that this bottle resounded with Swedish tradition; simple, functional yet aesthetically pleasing. Vodka had been used in the 16th and 17th centuries to cure sickness. Teamed with contemporary clear glass to display the crystal contents and the bold blue Absolut Vodka logo the icon was born. Absolut Vodka began exporting in 1979,
and by 1982 it had surpassed competitors marking it as the leading imported vodka in the US, the largest vodka market in the world. Absolut Vodka is now the world’s number one premium vodka. Since the inception of their worldwide marketing campaign the brand has continued to develop new product flavours, and with this the marketing has evolved encompassing new media and technologies. For example the 2003 launch of Absolut Vanilia marked a step away from launching new product through print media advertisements and instead they used an internet campaign which offered an innovative, interactive variable. Narrative film like interactive parties, drink mixing tutorials, invitations to the internet users own parties and so on. Absolut’s investment in creativity and modernity has made the brand the leader of the pack and cutting edge. Collaboration has become a keystone in Absolut’s marketing agenda. Over the years over 300 artists across the art, music, fashion and sculptural fields have been commissioned to design campaigns. In 1991 Absolut commissioned an art program throughout America to run full page Absolut Vodka ads with images of the commissioned works every two weeks, with 300 lithographs of each work sold to raise funds for Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids. Collaboration with Lenny Kravitz in 2005 marked the first Absolut track. This song, entitled Breathe and 10 remixes by different musical artists around the world features its own video and was available as a free download. Some of the Absolut poster ads at bus stops and train stations featured a headphone jack where you could listen to the track while waiting for the bus. In 2009 in The Simpsons iconic opening sequence, the magazine Marge reads at the checkout features a fictional Absolut ad, entitled Absolut Krusty. In 2010, Absolut Vodka collaborated with renowned fashion photographer Ellen Von Unwerth and critically-acclaimed actresses Kate Beckinsale and Zooey Deschanel, in a campaign to bring the cocktail world to life by celebrating unique Absolut drinks captured photographically by Ellen Von Unwerth.
With a foot in every element of Pop Culture and a constantly evolving recipe for success REMIX talks to Absolut’s Henrik Ohlstenius, Global Brand Ambassador for Absolut Vodka Why do you think that the Absolut campaigns appeal to such a wide market? The Absolut Vodka campaigns
are universal and appeal to the readers and viewers that are savvy and intellectual. The advertising appeals to their senses and inevitably has boldness to its execution. In what ways do you think Absolut exerts it’s ‘Swedishness’? Absolut Vodka is pure and comes from a land that has an environment (forests, lakes, fields and the sea) that is clean. The idea with the bottle is to portray the purity of the brand, the origin and the product. Why was communicating through new media such an important stepping stone for Absolut? It’s important to interact with the market, to involve and make the person that buys Absolut Vodka have a possibility to engage with the brand, whether it’s mobile, stationary or in any digital shape or form. Looking at the development in media consumption, you see that print ads in glossy magazines were important to the consumer in the 80’s and 90’s. Today they send film clips to each other and watch YouTube. Absolut is there too. How does a brand with so much history and fame continue to stay cutting edge and fresh? Absolut always has to challenge itself and reinvent. The brand stays as a leader by working with artists and creative visionaries. The latest example is a short film produced by Spike Jonze entitled I am here. Swedish design is renowned for its purity, function and attention to detail. Explain how intrinsic these values are to Absolut? They are very intrinsic and part of our traditions, history and future. Purity and attention to detail are part of Absolut’s DNA. This is what we are passionate about and stay true to, as we evolve. Tell us a bit about your latest collaborations? Film directors Spike Jonze and Spike Lee and photographer Ellen Von Unwerth
are the latest collaborations and there are lots to say about each person, but what they have in common is their passion and visionary acumen. What qualities do you think are vital for a brand’s success? Quality, premiumness, vitality, a constant challenger’s mindset and collaborating with creative people. What projects have you got coming up with Absolut? The latest project is the Absolut Glimmer limited edition bottle that is being launched worldwide in time for Christmas.
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Described jokingly as the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture, if you’ve been near a dancefloor in the last year you’ll be well acquainted with Chromeo. This Canadian electrofunk duo, P-Thugg and Dave 1, have been on a steady climb to the top since their second album Fancy Footwork exploded in popularity – and with good reason. Will Seal talks to P-Thugg (aka Patrick) about their new album Business Casual. The electrofunk movement has seen a massive resurgence of late after a brief hiatus. It’s hard to pin down exactly what defines it given the club-banging yet funkadelic mishmash of sounds and the way it pops up every few years around the world, and to be honest, Patrick isn’t much help. He describes the Chromeo sound as pure electrofunk, but in pointing out their influences lays claim to an eclectic mix. ‘We do it really from a mashup in our heads – we draw from hiphop, playing instruments, learning guitar, listening to Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles – it’s hard to say, but everything you listen to has some influence. It all stays in your head and all gets used.’ And on the rise of electrofunk itself? ‘It’s great, it’s going for it – but the genre is hard to push when you’re the only one as you’ve got no references. We’re making a new sound – but we love new bands coming through as it gives you inspiration and a bit of friendly competition.’ Which is an interesting point to raise when the biggest competition comes from within the family (sort of). As it turns out Dave 1 (aka Dave’s) younger brother is none other than international turntablist legend A-Trak – the first DJ to win five World Championships (including DMC’s World DJ Championship at 15). It wouldn’t be surprising to discover some sibling rivalry, but Patrick assures me this isn’t the case. ‘We all grew up together, we exchanged ideas, fed off each other, mixed up music and ideas – at a certain point you don’t even know where the ideas came from. We’re family and we share everything. But A-Trak keeps us a close family and together we combine all the genres.’ Their newest studio album Business Casual is set to be another sensation, described as a blend between Fancy Footwork and more balladry stuff. There are a few surprises on the album with Solange Knowles tapping into the ring performing the vocals in ‘When the Night Falls’ and it may be of interest to note Cassius member Philipe Zdar lent a hand and mixed the album. Patrick is more than happy to outline the basis for the album. ‘We tried to make it a bit more musical and didn’t want to take ourselves too seriously. We wanted to focus on just having fun and getting the dance floor fired, but keeping it interesting for everyone and us at
the same time.’ Turning to the Chromeo back catalogue, Fancy Footwook, their second and most often touted as the sound-defining album, destroyed dance floors worldwide with a string of club hits like ‘Momma’s Boy, ‘Bonafied Lovin’ and ‘Fancy Footwork’. Promoted as a huge success over their debut album She’s In Control, Patrick pointed out the reasons for the dramatic turn in audience opinion, ‘it was all about experience – experience in the studio, better experience mixing, more experience in song writing and a bit of natural progression’ While trying to avoid harking back to their prior albums there is an interesting story around their debut She’s In Control. While not claimed as a huge success by Chromeo, critics reviewed it positively and the track ‘Needy Girl’ became a club sensation. Strangely it was picked up by Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups for an advertisement while other tracks from the album were used by Heinekin and McDonalds. Regardless there was no mistaking the public’s love of ‘Needy Girl’ and as Patrick puts it, ‘it was like a door opening, it went worldwide and people played it everywhere. Initially we thought it was the best song on the album, and it’s still in the top three if not the best. Now we’re a bit over it, it’s an oldie but a goodie – we can afford not to play it or play around with it. It was our first semihit, where we realised we could actually make it.’ Despite the personal negativity towards the album it did come with a silver lining of steering the future direction of Chromeo. ‘Partially, it was our first experimentation – we made mistakes, we had some amazing highlights, but we learnt so much and it’s what made Fancy Footwork that much better. Getting into Fancy Footwork we were going back to measure against it and take those highlights and just improve – we wanted to draw on the good stuff. She’s In Control had a couple of good songs, but in general we were still defining our sound and looking for the perfect balance. You can hear we’re still fiddling around with everything, but in the second album we solidified our real sound and made the sound that is Chromeo. Catch them and their party-rocking, club-banging and heart-thrilling electrofunk at Rhythm and Vines this New Year’s Eve. BY WILL SEAL.
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FRENCH electronic dj SUPERSTARS JUSTICE ARE PLAYING AT RHYTHM & VINES. THE ARTISTICalLY ELUSIVE DUO GRANTED US A qUICK INTERVIEW.
What has the journey from being an undiscovered passionate DJ to worldrenowned musical legend, been like? Has your view on the electronic music world changed, because some of it has become less instrumental and remains very commercial, entirely based on making money? The word
‘legend’ is a bit strong but thank you anyway. Actually we’ve been lucky enough to release our material on Ed Banger just a few months after we started to make music together, so it has never really been a struggle and we are everyday thankful for that. We never really had a view on electronic music and still don’t have, but to us commercial music isn’t necessary the enemy of good music and instrumental music ain’t always guarantor of good taste. After Xavier’s
production work for Jamaica and Gaspard’s collaboration with Mr Oizo, are you actually working on your next album ? If so, what can you tell us about it ? If not, any other ongoing productions or collaborations? Yes
we started to work on our new album earlier in the year, and are using 100% of our time and efforts on it (apart from the week we’ll be downunder). So, no collaborations nor side projects are planned in a near future. Favourite synth and why? To be honest we are not so much into synths, and dont have a lot of them. We’d say the Juno 106 cause it s one of the first and only we’ve got, but in a general manner we try using other tools. Whatever happened to Gaspard’s Vegas bride? You’ll be delighted to know that she’s now a mother but the kid is not my son. If you could interview anyone dead or alive who would it be? And what question would you ask them? We can’t think of anyone right now, but that said, we’ve been looking for interviews of Robert Lange about the recording of Back in Black cause we love the way it sounds and wanted to
understand how he did it. Sorry for the nerdy answer. Oh and Tom Cruise as well, but is just because we’d like to be friends with him. How did you start making
music together? One of you an amazing producer and the other an amazing DJ, and thought this could create an amazing combination? Actually our
roles in Justice are not separated this way, and we share all responsibilities in the studio and when producing and making music. We both used to be graphic designers before, and started and learnt to make music together, so we didnt have any other combination idea than just friendship. What is the worst thing you’ve done on tour with Soulwax? We’ve never done anything worst with Soulwax, only best things. One of them being taught some wise entertainment tricks. What is your favourite, timeless party starting ‘This will really get the crowd going’ failsafe song? And conversely, what is your ‘my ears are bleeding’, nemesis song that you absolutely cannot stand to hear? Well, it
seems that electronic music scene is a cruel world where nothing is timeless (until it becomes the hottest thing again) but we can fairly say we abused of LFO’s Freak and Stunt by Mr Oizo. I’m afraid nothing makes our ears bleed, we usually forget them quite quickly. The French love their baguettes and
cheese and much as we love our beer and meat pies what’s the one French food item you cannot live without while touring on the road? One of the
great pleasures of touring is especially to try local specialities, and being cut off baguettes and cheese that we otherwise eat the rest of the year. Who wears the pants in your relationship? We share the only pair of leather pants we own.
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Boys Noize – DJ, producer, label owner... and all round nice guy. Starting his DJ career at the age of 16, Boys Noize (real name Alexander Ridha) has evolved a sound that’s entirely unique and attention grabbing. He’s been described as an experience to behold on the stage, while his own productions and those from Boysnoize Records (BNR) are topping club charts worldwide. It’s hard to pin down exactly what his genre is, but think a mishmash of techno and electro – grimey but goodness. With over a decade of experience at the young age of 27, he’s full of insights into the music scene, and through BNR is helping to define the sound of ‘what’s hot’ going forward. Will Seal caught up with him to hear what’s going on as the touring mayhem of New Year’s Eve approaches. Having started in his early teenage years, the route to success was always going to be an interesting one for Alex, he fondly recalls a simpler time when he started out in the scene. ‘It used to be a totally different feeling being a DJ. It was about the music and the people – my first gig was in Hamburg at this club, like 600 people, and the DJ booth was in the corner. That’s how it was, the DJ was off to the side and the music was the focus, it’s totally different now.’ That is true of course with Alex just managing to predate the rise of the superstar DJ - starting off with warmup sets of deep house and simple beats, he finds himself sometimes a tad surprised at the level of fame some DJs now hold. ‘It has all changed – these days DJs get a lot more respect than they used to, but you have to work for it. You get more from it, but you have to deliver so much more – it’s not enough to simply go out with a laptop and controller. I’ve got production machines being built specially for me at the moment, because as the demands progress so does the music. It’s developed so much from the deep house I used to play, the production levels and crazy special effects just weren’t possible when I started out - to create some of the sounds would have been impossible on analogue machines.’ It’s these changes that Alex is quick to highlight, but he makes it clear that he supports them. ‘The DJs really deserve the support. It’s all about giving people a good time, you need to respect that, because you’ve got a responsibility to give them a good time and make sure they’re rocking. It can’t just be you playing for yourself, you’ve got to engage with the crowd and help them have an amazing time.’ In the words of Peter Parker, with great power comes great responsibility. There is one really good way around this however, a way of playing what you want, and what the people want, and that is so create an entirely new sound that people want to party to, and thus we have the Boys Noize sound. Alex explains it, ‘I had always wanted to make music that is new and different. I started off, then my sound started getting bigger and bigger, and I had so many DJs come and say ‘man I want to play your tracks, but they won’t fit in my set!’ But I never let that stop me. I just went with my sound, it was so crazy, but I
stuck with it and now more and more people are getting into it. I never planned it, I just wanted to do something unique, and I’m still trying to, but I love that people are digging my sound. I just wonder how producers can make music that is similar to other peoples - when I go in I just want to make something totally new - that’s my main goal.’ And what better way to make, promote and influence the current audioscape than with your own record label. Boys Noize Records, founded in 2005, was launched by Alex as a way to retain full artistic freedom around his music while promoting similar sounds. Based in Berlin the label recently celebrated their 50th release with albums from the likes of Housemeister, Shadow Dancer and Siriusmo, and EPs from an assorted mix of musical anarchists like D.I.M and Strip Steve. While not wanting to use the term ‘overshadowed’, it’s an accurate way to describe Alex’s own releases on the label. With signed remixes of tracks by Kaiser Chiefs and Bloc Party, he’s clearly playing for keeps, and to top it off, recently produced Black Eyed Peas feat. 50 Cent ‘Let The Beat Rock’. But like any good label owner Alex is all about promoting his other signed artists too. ‘I make a huge effort to play out all the new tracks we release. We’ve also got something really exciting for everyone to be involved in. We decided to put together an acid compilation and have every artist on the label produce an acid track – it’s sounding insane and everyone’s getting into it. My crew and the kids just love the sound and feel, even though it’s been around for twenty years!’ It’s an interesting approach he’s taking, but one that seems to resound worldwide. His 2007 debut album Oi Oi Oi features remixes from Surkin, while the ‘& Down’ track features in Grand Theft Auto IV and has been used as a sample for Estelle’s single ‘American Boy’. The accomplishment he really wants to discuss? Getting a Mixmag cover CD at the end of 2009. ‘It was so cool but it’s funny – none of the UK magazines have reviewed a release by my label because I never did any promotion. Back then there were so many records in the shop I’d rather DJs just found it and liked it, but now there are no shops so I had to do something. It was amazing Mixmag respected me enough to pick me, I’m so happy to have their support. I never tried or pushed to get in there, so it’s awesome they picked me up.’ Despite all these accomplishments Alex remains one thing – humble. Striking me as one of the nicest people I’ve interviewed, he’s literally gushing with excitement when talking about his own musical direction, and as you may have noticed, not without good reason. When your tracks and remixes are played by DJs like Soulwax, Erol Alkan and Justice you can afford to be a bit cocky, but in his own words, ‘it’s still all about the music and the people – they’re there to have a good time, and you’ve got to make that happen.’ Couldn’t agree more. By Will Seal
SHIHAD Jihad, War on Terror, Afghanistan... it’s a politically charged atmosphere out there. But how does a hard rock band from Wellington, born and bred Kiwi lads with three #1 studio albums and a 22 year history, get mixed up in all that hoo-hah? Atrocious spelling and sci-fi films at the age of 15 unfortunately – let that be a lesson for those who can’t spell – it will come back to haunt you twenty years later. With a name inspired by Frank Herbert’s Dune and an inability to spell Jihad comes the truly iconic New Zealand smash success; Shihad. I was lucky enough to catch up with Phil Knight, one of the dream team, to have a look back as the boys enter their third decade with a bang and see where to from here. Their newest album, IGNITE, released in September was an instant hit debuting at the top of the RIANZ charts and drawing resounding praise across New Zealand and internationally. ‘It’s a return to our classic heavy elements of the band – it’s a bit Killjoy, it’s a bit heavier than Beautiful Machine. We had a lot of fun with the heavy guitar riffs, but there are still a lot of electronic themes as well. The first song Jon just came in with the keyboard loops and drum machine parts and we just loaded it up and swapped a few bits around and went from there.’ Phil was eager to discuss his views on Shihad’s continuing kick-assery and puts it down to two simple things. ‘For us it was the people. Other bands might have to find others to work with but we all meshed.’ And the other key point? ‘Well everyone is good at what they do. Jon’s a great front man, Karl’s an amazing bass and Tom always delivers. We’ve also avoided any major interpersonal issues – it’s only small things like people farting that have been a problem.’ It’s not just the good mix of blokes that holds it together, but the constant development of their vibe and feel. ‘It’s something we focus on – moving forward. Always challenging ourselves – with shows, touring, albums, everything – we keep going forward. You’ll see it in the new album, an ignition of a new, heavier, chapter of the Shihad sound.’ With a history like theirs the point can’t really be argued. If album acclaim wasn’t enough, the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards saw Shihad announced as the winner of the Legacy Award and subsequently inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame, which, in Phil’s words ‘was just such a humbling experience. All we felt was gratitude, and personally, luck that I had hooked up with three other guys that were as determined and passionate about making and performing awesome music as I was. We gave a big speech, but it was really important to us that we took the time to thank everyone that’s been a part of the Shihad family over the years. It was a good buzz.’ A buzz that comes off the back of straight aces with big hits and a bizarre twist with naming that saw ‘Pacifier’ release a self-titled album. As Phil puts it, ‘of course we acknowledge now, that changing our name was a big mistake, but I think if you put us four individuals back in the same situation, with what we knew, the environment that we were in, and what we wanted out of our bands career, we probably would’ve made the same decision. Just after 9/11, we were living in L.A, everyone had flags on their cars, there was a lot of fear in the air and the
record company didn’t want to push a band called Shihad, which was our way of spelling Jihad.’ The change in name had little effect on popularity or output, with Pacifier the album going double Platinum and sitting at #1 on the RIANZ charts featuring hits like ‘Run’ and ‘Bulletproof’. Eventually the boys reverted to Shihad, but not without a few additional scares while touring in the USA as told by Jon Toogood, ‘We were on this bill with these really ugly – what we call WWF – metal bands, and we were shitting ourselves. I just wanted to get out of there. Beside the stage was a paintball gun alley where kids were lining up to shoot effigies of Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden and (French president) Jacques Chirac. That was the weirdest one. The amount of times I actually pointed out to Americans the fact that their Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French and they were supposed to be mates.’ But politics and name-changing aside, it’s been an inspirational ride. Placed as the lead band for rock’s biggest international stars touring down under, Shihad have rocked out with the likes of AC/DC (thrice) and Evanescence, and have opening acts planned later this year with Guns N’ Roses and Korn. ‘We’ve been so blessed with the whole thing – supporting AC/DC three times was amazing, particularly the last time – the crowd, the buzz, the vibe – it was their crowd but we fitted in really well. It was a scene from our life and you can’t beat that – we’ve worked for a long time to get there, but we’re still so lucky.’ While Phil may put some of it down to luck, the continued success of Shihad locally and abroad gives you the impression it’s all skill, and some recording habits they’ve stuck with. ‘The way we’ve written has always been the same – we just jam it in the studio. We started recording everything on tapes, now on PC – we just spontaneously jam and see what happens. We listen to everything and pick out all the bits and pieces – when you go back, even just farting around, you can pick out the real gems that you might have missed – then we’ll make songs out of that.’ It’s a winning formula that shows no signs of disinterest from crowds and critics, but where to next for Shihad? In the short term they’ll be welcoming in 2011 at Rhythm and Vines with the midnight set which sets the bar high and demands only the best. Are they at all nervous? Phil reckons, ‘we’re just making sure we put on the best show possible. I’m looking forward to playing ‘The Final Year of the Universe’ [track one on IGNITE] to that massive crowd in such a beautiful natural space.’ In the long term it’s more practise, more tours and more gigs. ‘We really want to focus on rocking the new songs into our sets.’ New Years Eve and IGNITE, here we come, it’s gonna be a big one for Shihad and with seeing in the New Year, looks to be another fantastic year all around. by will seal
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summer festivals St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Since its inception in 2004 in Melbourne, the Laneway Festival has become synonymous, with hot summer days, awesome locations and diverse, forward-thinking line-ups that favour talent over mainstream success. On the 31st of January 2011, New Zealanders will experience their second Laneway Festival in the newly revamped Aotea Square with two stages plus local arts showcases and delicious cuisine. Lineup: Yeasayer, Foals, Ladyhawke, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Deerhunter, Blonde Redhead, Children’s Hour, Warpaint, Beach House, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti, Lawrence Arabia, Holy Fuck, An Emerald City. www.lanewayfestival.co.nz
Rhythm & Vines
Easily New Zealand’s best New Year’s Eve festival, Rhythm & Vines is back this year with a lineup to knock your socks off over three days. Nestled within rural Gisborne’s rolling hills amongst vines of Waiohika Estate, it is without doubt the finest location in the land for a party and spending summer days and nights with wonderfully strange friends and friendly strangers of wonder. The Remix team will all be there! Lineup: N*E*R*D, Justice (DJ set), Shihad, Carl Cox, Chase & Status (DJ set), Boys Noize, Chromeo, Flying Lotus, Netsky, Tinie Tempah, Miami Horror, Dragon, Mystery Jets, The Naked & Famous, The Gaslamp Killer, Erol Alkan, High Contrast and loads more… www.rhythmandvines.co.nz
Remix has two R&V Special Reserve VIP tickets to give away!
VIP ticketholders can look forward to star treatment in their very own area with a prime spot overlooking the main stage. The VIP enclosure also includes its own luxury toilets, huge undercover bar area and chillout marquee. VIP’s can also take advantage of the daily meet-and-greet in Gisborne township. At this central meeting point VIP hosts will be able to accredit you with your festival bands while you enjoy catered hospitality. Then you can access the R&V priority bus service, which will take you straight to the event. There’s no better way to pimp your New Year’s Eve than this! To enter go to www.remix.co.nz. Competition closes at 5pm Friday 17 December.
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In between Oscar nominations and appearing on hit American television shows like Lost, Dutch actress Thekla Reuten has scored herself a killer role alongside Hollywood royalty George Clooney in the new thriller film The American. Thekla plays Mathilde, a beautiful assassin who needs a big new gun to carry out her killing tasks. She turns to Clooney, an armourer and assassin himself who is on the run after having a hit taken out against him. The American’s beauty is in its pace and atmosphere. It tracks along nicely, allowing the viewer time to soak in the characters and relationships, without forcing the action and the plot down your throat. Jack is wary of Mathilde, and why wouldn’t you be if a gorgeous and enigmatic European woman asked you to build a highly lethal and experimental sniper rifle? REMIX spoke to Thekla about assembling guns, George Clooney and sexual tension. How much of the assassin is there in you? I would say there’s hardly anything of the assassin in me! Playing a killer in a James Bond film is something so different to this film – here I mostly focused on the humanity of the character. The dialogue is about the work they do and its very clear what we’re working on and what I need from him. So I focus on what she could be beside that. How do you feel about guns? Guns are an alien object for me. I’m a pacifist. But whether it’s being a concert pianist which I did once, or playing someone very familiar with guns, I like to master a certain skill usually quite alien to me. It’s like languages really. I voraciously take on such challenges. My gun instructor really thought I was beginning to like guns by the end, which I wasn’t, but I couldn’t convince him otherwise – he thought I was hooked! I went from taking 42 seconds in assembly to 23 seconds, all the same. The scenes with Jack working on the gun and silencer for your character are kind of mesmerising It was just an instrument but it’s an important element of the
film obviously and it’s what I liked about the script – you’re alone with this man and his loneliness. We hardly realise there’s such craft in the making of those weapons. I think we all find craftsmanship beautiful. He’s a professional in it. The best things are hand-made.Not surprisingly there’s also some exciting sexual tension between your characters. Well I would say there’s a sexual
tension which I think is there; he is someone that she admires in her profession. It’s like a cowboy standoff. She also wants to impress him. When she shoots at the target she brings she wants to show him how good she is. And to ask someone to shoot you right next to your ear is such a vulnerable thing to do – you need absolute trust – and I think that’s why it becomes so intimate. Do you think she’s also kind of a lonely character? Jack’s loneliness in his eyes is a warning for her and in a way a mirror image of herself if she continues on the road she’s on. And she’s ambitious. She does try to make contact with him, that there is life next to the loneliness of the job, but he shrugs it off. There’s a moment. George Clooney has a reputation for being fun to work with, was that the case on The American? He’s really someone who makes everyone feel at ease and he’s on set all the time, he’s not in his trailer. Even if he’s playing a game with his friend or his security guard, he’s still there. Did he intimidate you? I admire his work and his career, it’s very unique. He’s this really iconic actor and shows what he’s made of by taking on projects like this. He always socialises. For The American there were two films that he was promoting at the same time; everyone was in Italy for a while prepping and I was doing my gunwork. He arrived on Friday morning and his first shot was on Saturday. So it’s not like we had a lot of time. Every one of the main parts met with him for an hour and a half with Anton, just sitting down with some eye contact. The director Anton Corbijn is Dutch also – did you know him in Holland? We never met in Holland, no. It was lovely that we’re both Dutch and had that connection and could gossip onset and have secrets in Dutch! That must have put you at ease on set, what did you two bond over? He has a very good Dutch sense of humour which I would describe as very dry, and a lot of linguistic jokes, which I’m very fond of myself and would find myself laughing alone. You have an Italian mother and a Dutch father, Are you more Dutch or more Italian? I really love Italy and I prefer sun and warmth, but I think I’ve very down to earth and Dutch.The American opens in New Zealand on November 25th. Story by Tim Lambourne
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somewhere Sofia Coppola knows about loneliness, or at least she knows how to capture it perfectly in her films. ‘I like the characters in transition and kind of deciding which way they are going to go. I guess that’s something that interests me,’ Copolla explains. That loneliness and dislocation which permeated so effortlessly throughout Coppola’s 2003 film Lost In Translation is back again, but this time it’s set in the West. Somewhere is the story of Johnny Marco. A Hollywood actor with everything going for him. He’s rich, successful and living the celebrity dream: parties, booze, drugs and women. But Johnny, played by Stephen Dorff, is struggling to keep his head above water. He’s lonely and his hedonistic lifestyle is setting him up to spiral out of control. ‘There were a few things in the news about different young actors having these crises and I was thinking about that lifestyle,’ she recalls when asked about the script she wrote for Somewhere. However Johnny’s own personal crisis is put on hold when his 11-year-old daughter Cleo, played by Elle Fanning, shows up in his life and changes everything. ‘Johnny finds himself at this moment in his life where he has to choose which way he is going to go, how he’s going to live his life. And I think that’s something that anyone can relate to,’ says Coppola. Copolla herself deplores the self-indulgent and often shallow nature of Hollywood’s party lifestyle. ‘I can have fun too,’ she laughs. ‘But I think if your life is consistently
indulging, where there is not any kind of balance with something real, that’s not so good. Maybe it’s fun at the beginning but after a while where is it going?’ Somewhere also addresses themes around today’s modern celebrity culture, or rather the celebrity obsession and illusion. ‘I’m just looking at our fascination with celebrity culture and that phenomenon we have now where so many people want to be famous but is that really fulfilling at the end of the day?’ asks Coppola. If Johnny’s daughter Cleo is his ticket out of the lonely and hedonistic orgy he finds himself in, then the Château Marmont Hotel, a character in its own right and Johnny’s home in the film, is the sultry mistress trying to lure him back. The Château Marmont Hotel is a legendary Hollywood hotel. Coppola first went there as a child with her father, legendary film maker Francis Ford Coppola. ‘I remember visiting there as a kid and there’s always so many stories about the Château Marmont - it’s always an interesting place to be and I thought it would be an interesting place to use in a story,’ she says. Coppola also spent time at the Château Marmont later on in life, seeing first hand the party scene that draws Hollywood’s hippest crowds. ‘Yeah in my college days, my early twenties, my friends and I hung out there,’ she smiles. And Coppola admits that when it came to choosing a location for Somewhere, there was only
I can’t believe I’m doing this but we are in LA, we’ll just embrace the whole town.
one place it could ever have been. ‘It definitely had to be the Chateau and I’m always like that. My producers want back up choices but I never have a Plan B. I don’t have a back up like that - I have an idea and I have to figure out how to do it, or not do it, but the Marmont was essential to Johnny’s story It doesn’t work somewhere else. It’s part of that iconic element of the LA culture.’ she says. The Chateau Marmont is almost a rite of passage for a Hollywood actor such as Johnny. ‘I thought, ‘where would this young actor live?’ Of course he’d be in the Chateau Marmont and not really have a home because a lot of guys have had their time at the Chateau Marmont.’ ‘I think it’s also the aspiration to get to the Chateau Marmont but what happens when you get there?’ she wonders. While the Chateau Marmont was a crucial development in Coppola’s screenplay, it was Johnny and Stephen Dorff who were in her mind early on. ‘I first thought of this character (Johnny) and I thought of Stephen playing him very early. I met him years ago through a friend and we became friends and just him as this character came into my mind,’ she recalls. Coppola has been friends with Dorff since the 1990s. She wanted to juxtapose his natural sweet side against the bravado of his character. ‘I wasn’t basing the character on him (Dorff), but I thought about him playing that guy because I know he’s really sweet…which is a great contrast to that lifestyle that you see and that kind of macho guy that he plays. I liked that there was this other side to him that was sweet and then I thought about bringing in the character of the daughter and I knew that he would be nice with the kid,’ says Coppola. And to make sure that chemistry was right Copolla made
Dorff and Elle Fanning, his daughter in Somewhere spend time together outside of the movie set. ‘I had Stephen pick Elle up from school. It was like ‘off you go, pick Elle up from school and hang out together..’ And so they did things together which helped them bond. And that was important, I felt, because it made them more relaxed when we started filming,’ she says. It was a technique she picked up off of her father. ‘I learned that from my dad that if you kind of make fake memories for the characters when you are doing the scene it has an effect,’ says Coppola. Despite Somewhere being a classic LA film, Coppola was living in Paris when she wrote the script. ‘I feel I always have to write about somewhere from a distance, because I was living in LA when I was writing about Tokyo and France and it took me living in Paris to write about LA. I always feel like I don’t want to write about what’s around me. And some distance is a good thing because it gives you perspective I think,’ explains Coppola. Once Coppola got back to Los Angeles it was out of the frying pan and into the plastic fire. They cast two of their pole dancers from the reality television show Girls Of the Playboy Mansion. ‘It’s pretty funny, it was fun though. I had this idea of these characters that were twins, and my friend watches the reality show that they are on, The Girls Next Door, and she said, ‘oh you’ve got to meet those twins!’ But yeah, they were rehearsing at the Playboy Mansion so it’s was pretty funny to drive there with my producer, and, Hef came by… I thought, ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this but we are in LA, we’ll just embrace the whole town,’ laughs Coppola. SOFIA COPPOLA’S FOURTH FILM, SOMEWHERE, OPENS IN NEW ZEALAND ON december 16th. Story by Tim Lambourne
The film Tron was ahead of its time. Released in 1982 it was the first film to use extensive computer graphics, disqualifying it from the Oscars because at the time they considered using a computer cheating. So how do you take such an innovative film with an almost religious cult following and make the sequel work 28 years later? How about getting an architect on board? Itâ€™s hard to believe that director Joseph Kosinski is making his feature film debut on TRON: Legacy, the 3D sequel to TRON.
It’s a story about finding human connection in a digital world.
Having made a name for himself in high end commercials for video games like Gears of War and Halo, the Stanford mechanical engineering graduate, who also has a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University, was originally pitched TRON: Legacy by his producer three years ago. ‘I remember TRON being this completely unique movie; it pushed the technical boundaries and looked like nothing else. Conceptually it was about a decade ahead of its time, for example, in terms of this notion of ‘users’ and ‘programs.’ I thought the way to make a TRON sequel unique was to wholly embrace the aesthetic of the original movie and to find a way to evolve it,’ he says. The original TRON film was about video game engineer and hacker Kevin Flynn, played by Oscar award winning actor Jeff Bridges, who gets abducted into a computer world and is forced to undertake a series of gladiator like challenges. ‘Getting pulled into the game grid and going on all of these adventures—it was incredible to imagine. Having to fight his way from one level to the next to complete the objective and find his way back out,’ says Garret Hedlund, who plays Kevin’s son Sam Flynn in TRON: Legacy. Even If you don’t know much about TRON, you’ll most likely know the light bike scene. The futuristic blue, red yellow and orange cyber-bikes that raced on a grid and left acoloured light wall behind them. It’s been parodied in popular culture on the likes of Family Guy, but never properly replicated, until now. TRON: Legacy is the story of Kevin’s 27-year-old son Sam Flynn, who’s haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father who has been missing for 20 years, trapped inside a digital video game. When Sam starts to investigate a strange signal being sent from Kevin’s old arcade, he too is pulled into the computer world where his father has been trapped. ‘It’s a story about finding human connection in a digital world,’ says Kosinki. Hedlund points out that it’s not just the digital geography that defines TRON: Legacy. ‘At the core of it, it’s a father and son story. My character, Sam, has been without his father for 20 years, and he finally gets to find out where he’s been,’ says the 27-year-old actor.. For Kosinki, getting Jeff Briges back on board was one of the most crucial parts of deciding to continue on with the TRON story. ‘I don’t think this movie would exist without Jeff Bridges, and I certainly don’t think I would have been interested in doing it without his involvement,’ says Kosinki. Kosinki used his background in architecture, product design, engineering and music to create a world for TRON: Legacy that is able to advance the visual style
without overdoing the CGI. ‘People know that the technique utilized in TRON was out of the ordinary — the way they basically made a movie look digital using handcrafted methods, which is just mind-boggling. For instance, every frame of the film inside the computer had to be hand-painted and traced out. Our approach is basically the opposite. We’re trying to make a digital world look as real as possible by using real sets and real suits,’ says Kosinki. Kosinki was fascinated with the idea that Kevin Flynn and his digital world had been evolving over the last two decades. ‘Over that 20 years the simulation had become much more visceral and real, like our world,’ says Kosinki. The ‘grid’ is now more realistic, well, as realistic as the setting for a video game can be. Kosinki has added lightning storms and weather along with more natural features such as cliffs and mountains. ‘I was interested in bringing in that atmosphere and that sense of the material, basically making it feel like we went into the world of TRON and shot it with a motion picture camera,’ says Kosinki. When the original Tron first hit cinemas, its director Steve Lisberger would of had no idea it would go on to inspire some of the world’s future music pioneers. But that’s exactly what it did for legendary French electronic music duo Daft Punk, who have spent the last three years scoring TRON: Legacy. ‘They are huge TRON fans, and you can see in their live shows, the influence the original TRON…and its music had on them,’ says Kosinki. The director heard they were interested in being involved in TRON: Legacy, so he arranged a meeting with the mysterious French musicians. ‘We met in Los Angeles, where they more or less interviewed me: they wanted to know what my approach was going to be, because they held the original so near and dear to their hearts,’ Kosinki recalls. ‘We talked a lot about the look, the feel, the theme of the movie. So now, we’ve been working on the music for almost three years—it’s so integral to the film, so tied to the picture. It’s a combination of orchestral music, electronic music, granular music, a layering blend that sometimes blurs the line between music and sound design in a really interesting way,’ Daft Punk, whose futuristic glamrock space costumes lend themselves so well to Tron: Legacy’s aesthetic also make a cameo in the film. But don’t expect for the enigmatic duo to reveal their real identities any sooner than they would on stage. Tron: Legacy is out in New Zealand on december 16th. Story by Tim Lambourne
music Neil Finn
Music has a way of describing complex, mysterious aspects of living in a way that nothing else can. It can get underneath your skin in the most beautiful way.
I wouldn’t feel like myself if I didn’t make music.
Music is a beautifully presented new coffee-table book for any music lover, shot by Andrew Zuckerman. Following his previous work, the highly acclaimed Wisdom, this book features stunning high definition portrait photography and insightful interviews with fifty eminent musicians, including local artists Dave Dobbyn, Neil Finn and Bic Runga. REMIX speaks to Zuckerman about the book. The book is produced in collaboration with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. What was his role in the project? Tutu’s association with these projects
began with Wisdom. He helped develop the idea that we could create a collection of global elders and speak to them about their experiences and what they had learned. As the project progressed and we spoke more about the idea, it expanded to people who focused on a particular field, and didn’t just have a unique perspective because of their age. So, as with Wisdom, he helped compile the list of contributors and wrote each of them a letter personally requesting them to be a part of the project. It’s a huge deal to get a request from someone as incredible as Tutu and I’m really lucky that he’s a part of it. Did you take a different approach to photographing Music than you did to your previous book Wisdom? Particular technical concerns have evolved
from Wisdom, but from a process perspective the two projects were approached the same way. How did you go about selecting the artists you wanted to participate and how did you get them on board with the project? At the
onset we made a list of roughly 200 musicians who I felt had a significant impact on their genre. The next step was to write letters to all of the artists asking for their collaboration and participation. From that list of 200 we were able to complete about 50 sessions for this first edition of the book; however, I do plan on continuing to create more portraits in the future for further iterations of the project. There is a selection of renowned Kiwi artists amongst the big international names. What is your connection to New Zealand? I love New Zealand for many reasons, but a major one is that all of my book projects originate in Auckland with PQ Blackwell and because of our relationship I have been exposed to a lot of New Zealand culture. Why was it significant when compiling your selection of artists to select from a wide range of ages, styles and nationalities? I feel that by exploring the subject through the
perspectives of the artists, the audience can achieve a greater understanding of the medium, and a span of age as well as genre is crucial to the broadness of the perspectives. What do all these artists have in common for you? Hard work, passion, and dedication. Five percent of the publishers revenue is donated to a variety of charities, can you explain why is this important to you? The charity pool, which we started on Wisdom, and continued with Music
has been successful at raising a fair amount of money for the subjects’ elected charities. I think that it is important to provide an opportunity for the subjects’ interests to gain support from the contribution they made to the book.
books 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking
In 1935, DC Comics founder Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson published New Fun No. 1, the first comic book with all-new, original material at a time when comic books were simply repositories for the castoffs of the newspaper strips. More than 40,000 comic books later, in honour of the publisher’s 75th anniversary, Taschen has produced the single most comprehensive book on DC Comics, in an extra-large edition that even Superman might have trouble lifting. The result is an invaluable reference for any comic book fan and a
snapshot of one of America’s greatest cultural exports. More than 2,000 images including covers, original illustrations, photographs and film stills are reproduced using the latest technology to bring the story lines, the characters, and their creators to life as they’ve never been seen before. Telling the tales behind the tomes is 38-year DC veteran Paul Levitz, whose in-depth essays trace the company’s history, from its pulp origins through to the future of digital publishing.
books leroy grannis: Surf photography of the 1960’s and 1970’s Developed by Hawaiian islanders over five centuries ago, surfing truly began to catch on in the American mainland in the 1950s, becoming not just a sport, but a way of life, admired and exported across the globe. This hardcover book taps into the archives of America’s most important surf photographer of the ‘60s and ‘70s, LeRoy Grannis. A surfer himself since 1931, Grannis began photographing the scene in California and Hawaii in the longboard era of the early 1960s. This new edition showcases Grannis’s most vibrant work, from the bliss of catching the perfect wave at San Onofre to dramatic wipeouts at Oahu’s famed North Shore. An innovator in the field, Grannis suction-cupped a waterproof box to his board, enabling him to change film in the water and stay closer to the action than other photographers of the time. He also covered the emerging surf lifestyle, from ‘surfer stomps’ and hoards of fans at surf contests to board-laden wooden station wagons along the Pacific Coast Highway. It is in these iconic images that a sport still in its adolescence embodied the free-spirited nature of an era a time before shortboards and celebrity endorsements, when surfing was at its bronzed best. A simply stunning, must-have collector’s book.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Returning once again to semi-historical times, third person action-adventure Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood places the gamer in Renaissance Italy controlling Ezio Auditore, a highly trained one-man killing machine. Picking up immediately where Assassin’s Creed 2 left off, you’ll find yourself immersed in an immense sandbox of beautifully rendered cityscapes full of le parkour (free-running) style adventure as you leap from rooftop to rooftop. Taking place almost entirely in Rome, the game sees the return of many classic characters to help or hinder you along the way – Machiavelli is never ever shy about chipping in with some advice and Leonardo da Vinci has your back with some handy technological innovations. The storyline is rich and masterful with plenty of intrigue, twists and turns. This is great for development of the plotline, but makes it a tad difficult for those new to the series to jump in and have any idea what’s going on. The story unfolds as your family villa is besieged and destroyed by the army of Cesare Borgia – son of the Pope and the guy you nailed last time. Luckily revenge is what you do best – particularly the high-profile, message-sending, overthrow-your-tyrannical-control kind. This leaves you in a great position to slink around Rome as you both eliminate people and utilise the best new feature of the game – Brotherhood. In a fantastic addition, you now have the ability to recruit, train, equip and dispatch teams of assassins across Europe to do your dirty work, or have them tag along on your missions to create a diversion or lend some much needed support. Either way it’s awesome and adds a whole new strategic element to the game. This game is fun, elaborate, brutal, time-consuming and sexy to look at. Regardless of your genre preference there’s enough quality and scope here to put Brotherhood in the running not just at the top of the Xmas wishlist, but as one of the standout action games of the year. BY WILL SEAL.
The kingdom is in peril! The wenches cry out for a hero, will you answer the call? Like an epic Knights of the Roundtable adventure saga hosted by Charlie Chaplin, this monumental RPG combines plenty of serious hack-n-slash moments mixed with the hilarity only John Cleese can provide. You find yourself once again in Albion, an immense 3D world full of gently bubbling brooks, quaint towns and very strange people. Picking up not really where the previous incarnation of the game left off (perfect for those new to the series) a quick run in with your tyrannical older brother, ruler of this land and all he surveys, sees you fleeing with your motley crew to a suspicious looking castle. It’s from here you’ll begin to plot that sweet, sweet revenge. Step 1 on overthrowing a government? Raising an army of course. But the life of a self-made rebel leader isn’t an easy one, particularly in the colossal territory that is Fable 3. It all comes down to choice – raise a family, play at trading, perhaps the occasional random murder? It’s up to you, and with stacks of mini-games boredom is unlikely to be a problem. You’ll quickly find the world of Albion reacts to your actions – buying up tracts of housing to pimp out for cheapish rents will quickly turn into a slum-lord for instance. While it’s arguable if this is really a bad thing, you’ll find the churlish comments from your butler (John Cleese) and arms master (Bernard Hill) tend to steer you away from an outright reign of terror. Why? Because you’re here to save the world from your brother of course, claiming the throne and ruling the land through peace and prosperity – after just one quick war. Through your interactions with the inhabitants of this fair land, you’ll wheel, deal and start to draw supporters. As these begin to amass, you’ll quickly find yourself with an army to overthrow that bastard son (sorry mum) and promptly do just that. At this point Fable 3 takes a very unusual (and really awesome) turn. Congratulations Sire, you are now in control. Unleash wenches and tap the barrels of mead – but before the party really gets started, there’s some administration to take care of. Unfortunately like with any position of power, you didn’t end up there by yourself – those supporters and groupies you made promises to along the campaign trail (and you will have made plenty) come calling with one demand: ‘I want’. And thus begins your time as a ruler – constantly juggling requests, costs, demands and cashflow like some miniature Obama trying to get universal healthcare. You just can’t please everyone, but you can have a fantastic time trying. And if you’re going to try double dip as both a heroic saviour of the masses and benevolent ruler there is no better place than the land of Fable 3. The crisp graphics and landscapes are a joy to rule with an iron fist, while the A-list voice acting avoids any dull moments. Gameplay too is superb, with a new romance interaction system that is borderline obsessive. Overall the game is the perfect timewaster and great for the experienced or occasional player looking for something a little less serious and a lot more fun. BY WILL SEAL.
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Rochet 0508 566 300
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Exciting news! Since the last issue, Remix has secured an international distribution deal that will see Remix on sale around the world, in the U.S.A., Europe, U.K., and of course, Australasia. It’s amazing to think that what we that started fourteen years ago in Auckland, New Zealand as a free magazine has been able to grow into the passionately creative global fashion and pop culture magazine that it is today. The past few months have seen us travel all over the world to meet creative folks in various industries, in order to grow our brand and to find new global contributors. We’ve done shoots in New York and Los Angeles and hit the international fashion week circuit, as well as touring the Absolut Akademi in Sweden, the home of modern design. We intend on keeping this momentum going for 2011. I’d like to give a warm welcome to our new readers around the world, particularly in the USA, where we’ll be holding a launch event in Los Angeles in early February. See you there! From Tim Phin, Editor-In-Chief. Special thanks to Air New Zealand, MAC and Absolut for making all the travel possible.
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