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FEBRUARY 2013 | ISSUE 10 | ALCHEMY


VEUX Magazine - Issue 10 - Alchemy STAFF

Ada Adams Editor-In-Chief/Content Director/Public Relations ada@veuxmag.com

Vivien Hoang Editor/Advisor/Layout Design vivien@veuxmag.com

Wales Wong Editor/Literary Editor/Photographer wales@veuxmag.com

Yawen Chan Web Producer

CONTRIBUTORS: Vivien Hoang, Ayobola Ejiwunmi, Endless the Artist, Guilhem Eustache, Jean-Marie Monthiers, Gary Russell, Noel Shelley, Nikki White, Wales Wong

PUBLISHER AVW Publishing Inc. CONTACT www.veuxmag.com General Information: info@veuxmag.com Editor-In-Chief: editor@veuxmag.com Editorial Submissions: editorial@veuxmag.com Writing Submissions: write@veuxmag.com Advertising Inquiries: advertise@veuxmag.com Subscribe: subscribe@veuxmag.com FOLLOW www.facebook.com/veuxmag www.twitter.com/VeuxMag

COVER PHOTO Photography: Wales Wong Make-Up: Patricia Lee Hair: Carlos Spellbound Models: Alayna Kellett BACK PHOTO Photography: Julius Ding & Stephen Kerr Make-Up & Hair: Nicole Ostonal Fashion Design: Nicole Ostonal, Julius Ding, Jessie Yang Wardrobe Styling: Nicole Ostonal, Julius Ding, Jessie Yang Assistant: Francis Zhang Model: Grace Zhao


IN THIS ISSUE

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Photography: Benjamin McCloghry Make-Up & Hair: Helen Samaryan Wardrobe Styling: Shannon Meddings Model: Jess Koops Cream Frill Trim Top by Aurelio Costarella Beige Lace Undies by Holdmetight

FEATURES

EDITORIAL

6 Beauty: Beauty Explosion 18 Beauty: Along Came A... 24 Feature: A House in the Desert - FOBE House 88 Feature: Brazilian Gold 96 Feature: Elemental Transformation 116 Feature: The Sugar Alchemists 124 Beauty: chrysopoeia

12 In the Villa 26 Woman on Top 32 Estival 46 La Femme De Mes Amours 52 Vagor 58 Volare 64 Dust in Gravity 70 Summer Down Under 76 New World 82 Parisian Dawn 106 The Blue Alchemist 112 The Witch’s Curse 118 Neon Planet

ARTS 38 Visual: Nikki White 92 Visual: Black Diamond series 102 Visual: Gary Russell

IN EVERY ISSUE 4 Letter from the Editors 42 Travel: New York City


Letter from the Editor All artists are alchemists. The process of transforming base metals into gold can easily be applied to the art of creating a photograph. Much like alchemists, artists start off with the basics: a fresh face, buttons and threads, lipsticks and powders, cameras and lights—tools that, when employed by models, designers, make-up artists, and photographers, combine to create something divine. Artists, much like alchemists, quest for perfection in their work, but the discovery of their ability and success often lies within the exploration of the term. What is perfection? Is it ever truly achievable? After all, both perfection and art are extremely subjective and can be interpreted in various ways by different people. One artist’s idea of “gold” may be vastly different from his or her peers’, yet aren’t they equally valuable? Art—whether writing, painting, photography, or design—is never black and white, right or wrong, nor is it simple. Art and alchemy both rely on chemistry. In art, this chemistry can be applied in literal terms of mixing make-up substances in order to come up with a novel product, or in a more figurative way of artists having chemistry with their subjects—both of the live and inanimate sort—in order to be able to make something magical. At VEUX, it is our goal to support artists of all levels and on all journeys. We hope that you will always continue to pursue your passions and enjoy the value of both the processes and the outcome of your creations!

- A.A., on behalf of the Editors

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Photography: Merry Widjaya Make-Up: Jason Melgar Hair: Brandy Stokes Wardrobe Styling: Vico Puentes Model: Sara Cremer

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Beauty Explosion

Top: Chanel Pro Lumiere Foundation MAC Eyeshadow in Swimming MAC Lipstick Gel Snazaroo Paint in White Bottom: Chanel Pro Lumiere Foundation Shiseido Silky Eyeshadow S11 MAC Lipstick Gel Snazaroo Paint in White

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Chanel Pro Lumiere Foundation NYX Eyeshaow in Kiwi NYX Eyeshadow in Black Avon Clear Lipgloss

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Above: Chanel Pro Lumiere Foundation MAC Lipstick in Black Kiko Rock-Top Lacquer in Green On Facing Page: Chanel Pro Lumiere Foundation Top Left: NYX Eyeshadow in Black Kiko Pigment 19

RUSSIA Photography: Marina Morozova & Artem Serdechny (www.photoma.ru) Make-Up & Hair: Marina Morozova Model: Ksenia Danilina

Top Right: NYX Eyeshadow in Black Kiko Pigment 17 Bottom Left: MAC Lipstick in Black Kiko Pigment 07 Mixing Solution Bottom Right: Kiko Rock-Top Lacquer in Blue Kiko Lacquer in Pink

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Chanel Pro Lumiere Foundation NYX Eyeshadow in Kiwi NYX Jazzy Eyeshadow in Pink Kiko Lacquer in Pink

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Chanel Pro Lumiere Foundation NYX Eyeshadow in Black Snazaroo Paint in White Kiko Pigments 20 & 17

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Dress by Okiana Mikeli Clutch by Accessorize

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In the Villa

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EDITORIAL

Black Trousers by Zara Blazer by Pimkie Necklace by H&M

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Bodysuit by Ivan Iaboni Clutch: Vintage

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EDITORIAL

Dress by Candida

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ITALY Photography: Daniela Pizzuro (www.danielapizzuro.com) Make-Up & Hair: Andreea Lavinia Pop (MKC Beauty Academy) Fashion Design: Okiana Mikeli Wardrobe Styling: Okiana Mikeli Assistant: Ettore Manfredi Model: Diandra Barsalou (Edge Models) Shot on location at Villa Matilda

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BEAUTY

Along Came A . . 18 | VEUX | ISSUE 10 | ALCHEMY


BEAUTY

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BEAUTY

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BEAUTY

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UNITED STATES Photography: Elizabeth Parker (www.coutureportraiture.com) Make-Up: Kasey Lestrange Hair: Brooklyn Stephen Digital Work: Elizabeth Parker Models (in order of appearance): Abby Rogue, Jenna Jeane, Ebonnie, Renee Olivier, Kasey, Su-Ah

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FEATURE

A House in the Desert: FOBE House By Vivien Hoang Morocco has long held a certain mystique in our collective eyes. Whether it was born from the glamour of the film Casablanca, the historical importance of the various Moroccan dynasties, or the mixing and merging of Arab, Berber, and European cultures, it is unsurprising that artists around the world have found inspiration in this country. Architect Guilhem Eustache graduated in 1986 from the Architecture School of Paris (l´Ecole Spéciale d´Architecture de Paris). He visited Morocco regularly for many years. It was perhaps rather serendipitous when a client introduced him to a Belgian film producer who had 2.5 hectares of land south of the city of Marrakech, and was in need of architectural plans for houses. Eustache had his challenges: the need to preserve the plantation fields, the orientation of the sun, and the desire to maximize the views of the Atlas Mountains in the distance. The house had to work with the surrounding lands and climate, as well as function as a usable building for the owner. The FOBE House, as the Eustache creation is called, was built using local materials and techniques. Its geometric shape and lines are stark, like the desert, but modern. The viewer is struck by the tall white walls – built to keep the sun and wind at bay – but also allowing for the interplay between lights and shadows in the empty spaces. The pool is an oasis in the heat. As Eustache remarked, “Each region and country deserves architectural answers, [that are] adapted to climatic, cultural, and economic conditions.” His FOBE House is an architect’s proposition that you can have an elegant solution to unique geographical conditions and constraints. For more about the architect, please visit his website www.guilhemeustache.com.

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Photography: Jean-Marie Monthiers Photographs provided courtesy of G. Eustache

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WOMAN on TOP

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AUSTRALIA Photography: Jules Szoke (www.photographerinperth.com) Make-Up & Hair: Crystal Brown (www.crystal-glow.com.au) Wardrobe Styling: Marty Collister (www.facebook.com/FoxFeet) Assistant & Video: Erikson Nygaard (www.facebook.com/NoskireMedia) Model: Sally Arnott (www.starnow.com.au/sallyarnott) Clothing Provided Courtesy of Brave New World (www.facebook.com/bravenewworldclothing.northbridge) Method Clothing (www.methodclothing.com.au) FI. & CO. (fiandco.com)

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EDITORIAL Vintage Blouse by Dior Couture Shoes by H&M Stockings: Stylist’s own Scarf: Stylist’s own

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Estival

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EDITORIAL

Vintage Silk Blouse by Borbonese Fur Skirt by Valentino (Red Label)

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Fur Coat by Borbonese

ITALY Photography: Thilini Gamalath (www.thilinigamalath.com) Make-Up: Alice Nicoletti Wardrobe Styling: Alice Nicoletti Model: Viola Sartoretto

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Lace Blouse by Valentino (Red Label) Stockings by Calzedonia Hat: Stylist’s own Shoes: Stylist’s own Skirt: Stylist’s own

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Blouse by Chanel Jacket by Max Mara

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“Girls Cry Glitter” | Oil on Canvas

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ART

NIKKI WHITE

CANADA Nikki White is a Toronto based artist. Her work aims to make the viewer grapple with ideas of identity, desire, and the formation of self in the critical years of youth. Often erratic and raw, Nikki’s work looks at the transformation that occurs between the real and the unreal. The duality of the outer affecting the inner presents itself through the formation of power roles in gender and the formation of identity in youth. She can be contacted at nikkiwhiteart@gmail.com. www.nikki-white.com www.facebook.com/Nikki.White.Art Shop for her art at nikkiwhite.bigcartel.com

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Times Square

New York City: Out With the Old, In With the “New” By Wales Wong Photography by Wales Wong

When you think of the magic that inspires a creative idea into a tangible being, there are few places that do it better than New York City. A city of fashion, business, art, food, and culture - it does not lack in variety and flavour. NYC is a place that many Canadians, especially Torontonians, visit throughout the year. With its convenience in proximity, the advantageous currency exchange rate, and the seductive fun factor, it was just a matter of when it would be the best time for me to make a visit. Holidays are meant to be a time of celebration, but they often serve as a reminder of how some things may be lacking in our lives. New Year’s Eve is definitely not an exception. Not wanting to spend another new year hiding in my bed, away from the chilling cold and crazy crowds, my friend and I decided that NYC was the place to be for NYE. We arrived a couple of days before the countdown. Our lodgings were right on Wall Street, which was just the first highlight of our trip. We landed a great deal on a stay in a newly renovated apartment by using the website Airbnb. It was my first time using their online services, which connect people with a place to rent with travelers who are looking for an alternative to the traditional hotel stays. It worked out well since the Christmas holidays are when hotel rates go through the roof. Our host was friendly and helpful throughout our trip. The place was central to many of the tourist spots such as Battery Park, the New York Stock Exchange, and the 9/11 Memorial, so going out for a walk around the area and then coming back for a rest was convenient. Be forewarned though: this is also the time when the locals leave the city and people from every country step foot into Manhattan to have a taste of what the city has to offer. Walking the streets, pretty much every person had a camera in hand, stopping every few feet to snap away at a building, monument, or store. Yes, I was very much one of those individuals.

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TRAVEL

Adding to the convenience, we were a stone’s throw away from the Mass Transit Authority’s subway lines. Lines 1, 2, 3, J, and Z got us to every part of Manhattan and it was only $29 (USD) for a 7 days/1 week pass. It took only about 15 minutes to get to Soho, a shopper’s paradise - even more so since we went there after Christmas and the holiday sales were in full effect. Forget about the outlet malls that are on the outskirts of NYC; good deals were just as easy to find on Broadway. This area’s name originated from its longer description, South of Houston Street. Stores range from high-end stores to local boutiques. Spending a day there just isn’t enough. Some brands are either non-existent or difficult to find in Toronto, so why waste the opportunity to grab a pair of purple skinny jeans at Uniqlo, a loose floral print shirt at C Wonder, or a red crossbody handbag at Kate Spade? The list of eateries is endless. No doubt, the cardio from walking and shopping warrant stop offs at a pizza parlour or a schwarma food truck. Lombardi’s Pizza may have a long wait (usually one hour for lunch) due to its clientele of tourists, but it’s worth the time because your hunger will be thoroughly satisfied after a bite of these delish pies. We opted for two 14” pizzas with 2 toppings on each and the bruschetta. The meal was more than enough to fuel us for a second round of retail therapy. Ramen at Momofuku’s Noodle Bar Cereal Milk soft serve ice cream at Milk Bar

I found it was also necessary to check out spots that are much talked about and to test to see if the real experience meets all the hype. Momofuku was at the top of my list. It is another restaurant that attracts travelers so a wait time of one hour was not surprising. I was starting to realize more time was spent on waiting for food in NYC than actually eating it! As many people living in Toronto know, there have been many ramen shops popping up all over downtown. Ramen is now overshadowing the once trendy fish tacos. I was sad to say that when I went to Momofuku’s Noodle Bar in Toronto that the ramen just did not meet expectations. Not even close. I was even sadder when I discovered the ramen at Noodle Bar on 2nd Avenue was just the same. While their buns are soft and yummy, we found that Bao Haus had a better and tastier selection. With funky names such as Chairman Bao and Jeremy Lin Bao, it was fun just to order from the menu. Meats that have been flavoured and well-seasoned are wrapped in a hot white steam bun and the use of cilantro and daikon serve as a reminder of the Asian origins of the dish. Momofuku’s saving grace is their dessert counterpart, Milk Bar. I melted when I had a taste of the Cereal Milk soft serve ice cream covered in crunchy cereal bits. Notorious for their Crack Pie, I saved myself a slice and bought another one to bring home for my friend. Dealing pies like these would make me rich judging from her ecstatic reaction after scarfing down this sweet treat. Other notable dessert breaks took place at Veniero’s Pasticceria & Caffe on 11th Street. It first opened its doors back in 1894 and has been serving many happy customers since. The selection of cakes and cookies sitting in their front window beckoned us to step foot into the café. Their cheesecake was light and fluffy. Cakes were flying off the racks when we came back for a second visit on New Year’s Eve. Understandably, it was a day for celebrating, but it was proof that both locals and tourists know where good pastry can be found. After doing a little shopping at Bloomingdale’s, where I was happier to have the famous “little brown bag” than my recently purchased Marc Jacobs’ Dreamy Graffiti cosmetics case, we serendipitously found Magnolia Bakery. With the trend of cupcakes still going strong, Magnolia has made loads (both in terms of profit and cakes!) and it’s no surprise. Yet another place that knows how to make a buttercream frosting that is light and not overfilling. My heart still longs for a slice of their Pistachio cake. They have five locations in the core of the city, but don’t expect to get your hands on everything in the menu because items sell out quick.

Exterior of Veniero’s Pasticceria & Caffe

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If you’re looking for a good old fashion hamburger, look no further than Shake Shack. While the lines go by fast because it’s a fast food chain, waiting for a seat with a tray full of food can be annoying. We were in the Times Square area so many places are full of tourists waiting to try any place that’s been named as a hot spot in the guide books. Still, give the place a try and remember to be patient. The food was good after a day of walking in the city and the atmosphere is a reminder that you are truly in a city that never sleeps. The days leading up to the New Year were filled with sightseeing places such as Rockefeller Centre and taking a quick walk through Central Park. Time was limited after all. With only 4 days, we only got to experience a small fraction of what it would feel like to be a New Yorker. The one event we were truly looking forward to was the countdown in Times Square. Warned by both locals and guide books as the place NOT to be at when the ball drops, we decided to compromise and be spectators on the outer perimeter of the blocked off area. Tourists had secured their spot since 9 AM just so they could have bragging rights to doing the once in a lifetime challenge. A challenge because one has to stand in the cold for hours (leaving the area after 5 PM can guarantee you no access back into the vicinity) and while restaurants and Starbucks are on every block, they don’t kindly to people who are just dropping in to make a quick potty stop. While porta-potties are available, I save that kind of experience for 2-day music fests when I’m so inebriated that the option is an adventure, more so than a necessity. 3…2…1! A countdown that I had been looking forward to for weeks was every bit as exciting as the trip itself. I welcomed the New Year with delight in knowing that I got this opportunity because I put traveling as the top priority in my life now. Somewhere during the mad dash to purchase fashionable deals and photograph landmarks, there were times when I had to stop, breathe, and remind myself that in a city with “New” in its name, there’s something enchanting about creating our own invaluable moments from our ordinary lives. Perhaps the old events of the past had weighed me down and it was a strong motivator in making this trip happen. By being able to turn a potentially depressing holiday into a priceless experience, I realized that I too can turn metal into gold.

Center: 9/11 Memorial Construction Site Clockwise, starting from the Top: (1) Magnolia Bakery; (2) Federal Hall National Memorial at 26 Wall Street; (3) Radio CIty Music Hall; (4) New York city street; (5) Bloomingdale’s; and (6) the New York Stock Exchange.

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For more info: Airbnb – www.airbnb.com MTA - www.mta.info Uniqlo - www.uniqlo.com/us/stores/ny-soho C Wonder - www.cwonder.com Lombardi’s Pizza - www.firstpizza.com Momofuku – www.momofuku.com Baohaus - www.baohausnyc.com Milk Bar – www.milkbarstore.com Veniero’s - www.venierospastry.com Magnolia Bakery - www.magnoliabakery.com Bloomingdales - www.bloomingdales.com Shake Shack – www.shakeshack.com Times Square - www.timessquarenyc.org

Times Square on New Year’s Eve

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EDITORIAL

La Femme de Mes Amours

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Silk Dress by Susanne Bommer Glass Bead Necklace by Noa Noa

Corsage and Lace Tanga by Valisere Shoes by Laura Jane Birdcage by Kokon

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EDITORIAL

Silk Dress by Marcel Ostertag Quarter Cup Bra and Pasties by Valisere

Quarter Cup Bra and Pasties by Valisere

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GERMANY Photography: Alberto Maccari (www.albertomaccari.com) Make-Up & Hair: Stefanie Schumann (for Phoenix) Wardrobe Styling: Cosima Gerke Assistant: Cornelius Kaess Model: Ivana B (PS Models)

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Tunic by Pina Pirozzi Collar by Alessandra De Tomaso Ring & Bracelet: Vintage

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V책gor

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EDITORIAL

Top: Coat: Vintage Necklace by Ngb Jewels (Birik Butik) Bottom Left: Dress by AMEN Jacket by Labor Limae Bottom Right: Lace Dress by Alessandra De Tomaso Earrings by Alessandra De Tomaso

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Left: Dress by AMEN Jacket by Labor Limae Right: Lace Dress by Alessandra De Tomaso Earrings by Alessandra De Tomaso Necklace by Giulia Boccafogli (Birik Butik)

GERMANY & ITALY Photography: Patrick Jendrusch (www.patrickjendrusch.de) Make-Up & Hair: Grazia Carbone (www.graziacarbone.com) Wardrobe Styling: Chiara Caputo Production and Photographer’s Assistant: Antonio Guzzardo Models: Marianna (Icon) & Carlijn (Zoe)

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EDITORIAL

Right: Jacket by Labor Limae Neclace by Ngb Jewels (Birik Butik) Left: Shirt by Le Gallinelle Jacket by Pina Pirozzi Necklace by Ngb Jewels (Birik Butik) 56 | VEUX | ISSUE 10 | ALCHEMY


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EDITORIAL Morosa dress

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UNITED STATES Photography: Shantia Veney (www.modelmayhem.com/1619050) Make-Up & Hair: Lauren Reid (www.laurenreidmua.com) Fashion Design: Shantidas Contu-Owen (www.shantidasdesigns.com) Assistant: Brad Olson (www.facebook.com/bradolsonphotography ?fref=ts) Models: Cassie Brooks, Erin Parmley All make-up by Makeup Forever.

Midnight dress

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Dust in Gravity

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UNITED STATES Photography: Merry Widjaya (www.merrywidjaya.com) Make-Up: Jason Melgar (www.jasonmelgar.com) Hair: Brandy Stokes (www.brandystokes.com) Wardrobe Styling: Vico Puentes Model: Sara Cremer

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EDITORIAL

Summer Down Under

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AUSTRALIA Photography: Aimee Stoddart Make-Up: Bec Fiedler Hair: Skye Bridge Model: Chelsey Nichols (Vivien’s Model Management)

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On Nada (Right) Jacket by Acme Scarf: Vintage On Greg (Left) Shirt by Zara Suspenders by SuitSupply Hat: Vintage

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Shirt by Zara Jacket by Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti

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Top: Vintage Skirt by J.Crew Shoes by Christian Louboutin Belt by Frye

EDITORIAL

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Shirt by Chloe Jacket by Acme Skirt: Vintage UNITED STATES Photography: Jon Gordon (jongordon.net) Make-Up: Kazue Hair: Mikako Shojima Wardrobe Styling: Nicole Lam Art Direction: Francis Vazquez (francisvazquez.com) Models: Nada Vasilijevic (Muse Model Management), Greg Salmon (Colby Models) 80 | VEUX | ISSUE 10 | ALCHEMY


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Parisian Dawn AUSTRALIA Photography: Benjamin McCloghry (benmccloghry.net) Make-Up & Hair: Helen Samaryan (helensamaryan.com) Wardrobe Styling: Shannon Meddings (shannonmeddings.com.au) Model: Jess Koops (Chic Model Management Sydney)

Top Elastic Waist by Braez White Cotton Leotard by S by T

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EDITORIAL Beige Elasticized Undies by Braez Shell-detailed Top with Zip by Aurelio Costarella

Orange and White Underworked Dress by Alice McCall

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EDITORIAL Beige Elasticized Undies by Braez Shell-detailed Top with Zip by Aurelio Costarella

Lace and Cream Leotard by Shakuhachi Chord and Silver Necklace by Rubylovejoy Floral Kimono by Rubylovejoy

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EDITORIAL Bra by Kate Sylvester Green and Cream Lace Top by Kate Sylvester Silk Shorts with Blue Trim by Kate Sylvester

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Brazilian Gold By Ayobola Ejiwunmi

Isn’t it fitting that Paulo Coelho – a Brazilian author - would write a book The Alchemist, which narrates the journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy Santiago seeking hidden treasure in his journey to the Egyptian pyramids? A book much loved all over the world, it perhaps holds the record for the most-translated book ever. The gist of the book is about one’s personal legend (destiny) and that “Your Personal Legend” is what you have always wanted to accomplish: “Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is.” Coelho adds that “…when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” This is the core theme of the book. The alchemist in the book states, “Those who don’t understand their personal legends will fail to comprehend its teachings” and that “…the treasure of one’s destiny is more worthy than gold.” In an important exchange in the book, Santiago tells the alchemist, “My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer.” To which the alchemist replies,” Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.” The treasures Santiago finds along the way teach us about the essential wisdom of listening to one’s heart, picking up on the signs scattered along life’s path, and, above all, following one’s dreams. Although the word alchemy derives from from the Arabic al-kimia, which in turn could be based on an ancient Egyptian word khem (which was used in reference to the fertility of the flood plains around the Nile), it is a far more ancient combination of science and rather speculative philosophy dating back many millennia.

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Several alchemical traditions can be recognized, originating from the Chinese, Indian and Mediterranean regions. One characteristic they all shared in common was a tendency toward cryptic and symbolic language. Their knowledge was protectively kept from non-initiates. Among the aims of alchemy was the application of mystical powers to convert base metals into gold, discover the universal cure for disease; and to indefinitely prolong life. In essence, alchemy cultivated the power and process of transforming something common into something special. Given the historical persecution that many practitioners of alchemy endured, combined with their secrecy, not much verifiable documentation has survived. Many modern adherents adopt an interpretation of alchemy as something spiritual or redemptive. Some secret societies like the Rosicrucians and Freemasons have a continued interest in alchemy and its symbolism. Some traditional medicine sometimes invokes the conversion of natural substances. They often combine the techniques of pharmacy and spiritual healing. In Ayurvedic medicine, processes that claim to detoxify heavy metals and toxic herbs are still actively used. Some of these heavy metals include lead, mercury and even arsenic! It’s the spiritual aspect that hooks me. I believe that a country just as well as an individual can achieve the transformations of alchemy. Some countries are still struggling (think Haiti), while others are more successful. The story of Brazil embodies for me a tangible portrayal of alchemy. In the interest of full disclosure, let me confess my personal affinity for the land and peoples of Brazil.

First, a little bit of history. Here we are toward the end of the 15th century. The Reconquista is almost complete with the ouster of the Moorish Arabs from the Iberian Peninsula, in the defeat of Granada. Mix a large portion of Euro-centric thinking, a dollop of monumental ignorance, a dash of religious fanaticism and buckets-full of avaricious greed and what do you get? The post-medievalage ”discoverers”. Thus Cristobal Colon (that’s Christopher Columbus to us English-speakers), serving God and his king, heads West in a bunch of leaky boats. After the near-mutiny of his crew, weeks of drifting and starving, he makes landfall in the Bahamas archipelago. He promptly announces, he’d found a new route to the Indies – India that is! Land of limitless gold and spices. Soon every Pedro, Francisco and Hernan who could muster the next leaky boat and a bunch of ruthless armed mercenaries was shipping out to the West. While Spanish navigators set out in search of a route to Asia by sailing westward from Europe, Portuguese sailors opted instead for sailing progressively southward along the African coast. Portuguese navigators reached the Cape of Good Hope at the southernmost tip of Africa in 1487.In 1498, led by Vasco da Gama, they opened the sea route from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean and then to the Far East. In 1494, the “Treaty of Tordesillas” between Spain and Portugal settled the dispute about lands yet to be discovered. These two greedy kingdoms thought they could carve up the world as their personal piece of cake! According to the treaty, territories lying east of an imaginary north-south line located 370 leagues west of Cape Verde Islands would belong to Portugal, and lands to the west of that imaginary line would be under Spanish control. This division, extending from pole to pole, dissected the easternmost part of the South American continent and defined Brazil’s first frontier. So it came to be that on April 22, 1500 a Portuguese navigator called Pedro Alvares Cabral reached the shores of Brazil. He claimed the land for his king, as was typical for these adventurous European “discoverers”.

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The country even went from being a colony to a period of being a monarchy, as the Portuguese royal family was forced to re-settle in Rio between 1808 and 1821 due to Napoleon’s aggressive push against the Portuguese homeland. From 1822 to 1889, Brazil remained a monarchy. . The next transition from Monarchy to Republic took place without bloodshed. Unlike the creation of the United States, there was no war of independence. Brazil, following the enlightened monarch Pedro II, who succeeded Pedro I, became a federal republic in November 15, 1889. From 1956 to 1960, Brazil experienced five years of high economic growth under President Juscelino Kubitschek, who as one of his crowning endeavours, inaugurated the futuristic city of Brasilia as the new capital city.

Today, Brazil is a vibrant democracy. After two terms under President Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, the current President Dilma Rousseff - the first woman in such a macho nation - took office in January of 2011. In the beginning, Brazil’s economy relied primarily on sugar production and the exploitation of gold and precious stones, along with cattle ranching and other agricultural activities. To carry out such endeavours, increasing tracts of South American uninhabited land were progressively incorporated into Brazil by Portuguese settlers and was accompanied by a huge influx of slave labour from Africa. The discovery of gold brought migrants from the coastal plantations and new immigrants from Portugal to the interior of the country. The boom in gold and diamond mining, like that of sugar, was followed by the rise of another important source of wealth for which Brazil is well known today – coffee growing. Coffee plantations drew even more foreign workers to the country.

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When you come to think of it, Brazil was founded and developed under the base template of greed and human exploitation. Coupled with that were the years of dictatorship that kept the country down. But today, what a turn around! The country is one of the BRICS – the association of emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa They have united to become the new engine of world economic progress. Brazil also builds computers, cars, airplanes and many other sophisticated machines. There are 347,490 square miles of arable land in Brazil, excluding the hundreds of millions of the untapped Amazon region. Apart from being the third largest fruit producer, Brazil is the world’s largest coffee, sugar, and alcohol producer, and second in soybean and corn. Brazil is the world’s largest producer of beef. It is the second largest world producer of poultry, as well as a significant producer of pork and sheep. The country is self-sufficient and a net exporter of food. One of the most important Brazilian industrial segment is the automobile industry. Many international companies make cars in Brazil: Volkswagen, Ford, Mercedes Benz, General Motors, Fiat, and Volvo. The Brazilian automobile industry is very inventive. During the world oil crisis in the 70’s, Brazil developed a cheaper and less polluting fuel - alcohol. Today a large number of Brazilian cars use alcohol instead of, or in combination with gas. Brazil is nearing self-sufficiency in oil too. Brazilians learned how to extract oil from the deep sea. Now this technology is being exported to other countries. There was a time, a few decades back when Brazil was the laughing stock of the South American continent. Its national motto, “Ordem e Progresso” meaning “Order and Progress”, was ridiculed for being neither one nor the other. However, Brazil’s history has been relatively peaceful compared to other South American countries.

It has achieved a transformation akin to alchemy. The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in access to higher education, both in relative and in absolute terms. The large discrepancy between the haves and have-nots, as illustrated by the existence of housing blights like the favellas (slums) around the major cities still exists, but it is being addressed. In a country that was nurtured on the breast milk of slavery, the issue of race is of little significance today. Its peoples are as mixed as can be imagined. In the alchemy of self, Brazilians also have no qualms about re-making themselves. Cosmetic surgery and breast augmentations are very prevalent, to the extent that Brazil boasts some of the world’s best plastic surgeons and clinics. It is not surprising to see even a teenager who has already been under the cosmetologist scalpel. The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) stats show Brazil as among the top 3 countries with the highest number of procedures. In other aspects, Brazilians participate in all kinds of sports, live for the outdoors, and love to have fun. Here is a country where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are serious endeavours. Music is the food of love, which the Brazilians play with abandon. Their carnivals have become a world famous yardstick for serious partying. Football (soccer) in Brazil is almost a religion, played with such flair that their way of playing the game is admired all over the world. In a close parallel to how China has come of age, Brazil’s day of destiny is upon us. China’s coming-of-age party was the 2008 Olympics. Brazil’s coming-of-age party will be the 2014 World Cup, to be closely followed by the 2016 Olympics. Here is a self-confident country which knows who it is and where it is going. You are all invited to the party. Come one, come all! Don’t miss the next great alchemicaltransformation. Photograph courtesy of Wales Wong.

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ART

BLACK DIAMOND UNITED KINGDOM Photography: Noel Shelley (www.noelshelley.com) Artwork: Endless (www.endlesstheartist.com) Model: Endless The series Black Diamond represents two artists combining their skills and concepts to produce a striking and well-balanced visual language with depth and power. The concept for Black Diamond had its genesis in the creative inspiration of Endless, who then teamed up with well-established fashion photographer Noel Shelley. Their collaboration created the iconic portraits of not only the artist, but also provided a commentary on greed and power in today’s confused world. Both Shelley and Endless believe that the work should speak for itself and any impact on the viewer is a success. Endless works on many levels of media to get his ideas into the world, whether through paint, graphics, collage, or sculpture. He ascribes to the belief there should be no limits to creation. Keeping his distinctive style of layering and strong imagery Endless endures to stay true to his passion and concepts throughout his life and work. Shelley has worked with some of the biggest names in the world of fashion and has created his own unique style. He continues to strive to push all aspects of his work. His clean lined editorials and black and white shots come to life with dramatic stylized lighting and dynamic structure.

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Triangular Filigree Ring ($165) by Samantha McAdams 3 Ovals Necklace ($140) by Samantha McAdams 3D Printed Shell Pendant Necklace ($200) by Lotus Yu Mokume Ring ($320) by Lotus Yu 96 | VEUX | ISSUE 10 | ALCHEMY


Elemental

Transformation

Double-finger ring pair by Liane Vaz Silver Necklace by Marianne Chung

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Elemental Transformation VEUX Magazine had an opportunity to meet with some of the young talent emerging from the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University, where they are learning the age-old craft of metalsmithing and jewellery making.

Marianne (Eun-Ji) Chung eunji2164@hotmail.com Marianne (Eun-Ji) Chung is a designer and maker of jewellery. She is originally from Korea and is currently attending Ontario College of Art & Design University for the Jewellery Design and Metalsmith program. Marianne is often inspired by nature and the natural form. Her pieces can be best described as feminine and elegant. Samantha McAdams www.samanthamcadams.com Samantha McAdams is currently a fourth year student in the Material Art & Design Program at the OCAD University. After working in a jewellery oriented environment for several years, Samantha decided to further pursue her interests in ornamentation. Samantha’s plans are focused on designing and creating jewellery that bridges the gap between antique and contemporary forms. Heather Roblin roblin.heather@gmail.com Heather Roblin is a fourth year thesis student attending OCAD University, majoring in the Material Art & Design Program. Her concentration is on jewellery design and metalsmithing, using precious metals and alternative materials. The main processes used in her work involve casting, silversmithing, rapid prototyping and ceramics. Shawna Tabacznik www.shawna-tabacznik.com Shawna Tabacznik, a Toronto based jewellery designer, launched her own jewellery company in 2011. Based on clean and modern lines, her jewellery represents everyday life experiences in a sophisticated aesthetic that connects with people. Sardonna Tsui sardonna_tsui@hotmail.com Sardonna Tsui is a Toronto-based designer and maker of jewellery. She is now finishing her Bachelor Degree in Jewellery Design at OCAD University. Her skills in goldsmithing have allowed her to create unique jewellery that contains deep stories. Liane Vaz www.lianevazdesigns.yolasite.com Liane Vaz is currently in her final year at OCAD University specializing in Jewellery and Metalsmithing. She is a tireless seeker of knowledge and inspiration, and combines both of these elements with her love of making jewellery. Lotus Yu www.chispajewelry.com Lotus Yu is an OCAD University student majoring in Jewellery and Metalsmithing. Nature has always enriched and inspired her in many ways. She loves to transfer the colours, textures, and stories into her work.

On the Cover: Fingerprint Double Ring by Sardonna Tsui Master Bridge Necklace ($450) by Shawna Tabacznik Square Bridge Bracelet ($150) by Shawna Tabacznik

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Nickel and Brass Headpiece by Sardonna Tsui Rebirth Necklace by Heather Roblin Cancer Series Bracelet and Ring by Heather Roblin

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Copper and Silver Ring by Liane Vaz Rose Hairpiece by Marianne Chung

CANADA Photography: Wales Wong (www.waleswong.com) Make-Up: Patricia Lee (www.patriciamakeupartistry.com) Hair: Carlos Spellbound (www.spellboundhairdesign.com) Model: Alayna Kellett 100 | VEUX | ISSUE 10 | ALCHEMY


Brass Scarab Collar Piece Necklace by Liane Vaz

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GARY RUSSELL

UNITED KINGDOM

“The Word 2”

Gary Russell works mainly with collage using old photocopies of previous work. His pieces are inspired by literature, folklore, religion, music and dreams. Russell has exhibited his art on Brick Lane, as well as with Art Against Knives, Showcase Cities. He has worked with The Ministry Of Stories and the Bulgarian music festival Meadows In The Mountains. To see more, please visit garyrussellart.tumblr.com .

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ART

“Deathly Egg Dropper”

“River of Sorrow”

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“Lots of Different Cups”

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EDITORIAL On Emily: Red Dress by Black Halo Bracelet and Earrings by Simone I Smith On Wesley: Black Top by Branjela Black Sneakers by Adidas Black Denim Jeans by Levis

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EDITORIAL

The Blue

ALCHEMIST

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On Emily: Yellow cocktail dress by Elena Perseil Bracelet by Simone I Smith On Wesley: Top and Bottom by Elektrode

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Top and Bottom by Elektrode

Leather jacket by Lauren Stucky Earrings by Simone I Smith Red Leggings by Leg candy

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EDITORIAL

Jersey Top by Coveted Society Leggings by Leg Candy Jewelry by Simone I Smith

Top and Bottom by Elektrode

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UNITED STATES Photography: Irvin Rivera (www.graphicsmetropolis.com) Make-up: Carly Ryan (www.modelmayhem.com/60614) Hair: Anthony Pazos (www.anthonypazos.com) Wardrobe Styling: Salomon Gutierrez Creative Director: Joe Alimagno (www.stateofjoe.com) Photographer’s Assistant: Michelle Therrien Stylist’s Assistant: Randi Slushser Models: Wesley Moomaw (NTA Talent) & Emily Gabel

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UNITED STATES Photography: David Levine Model: Johnny Fammiglietti

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FEATURE

Left: Aaron; RIght: Taylor

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The Sugar Alchemists: The Fizzary By Vivien Hoang Photographs by Vivien Hoang & Cassie Destino Between the Mexican restaurants, laundromats, and dollar stores in the Mission District of San Francisco is a time machine. Stepping through the doors of The Fizzary (2949 Mission St, San Francisco, CA) will transport you back to your childhood and perhaps even to another era. The Fizzary is unabashedly a soda pop and candy shop, selling hundreds of brands and flavours of carbonated drinks alongside classic and rare candies. The store and décor are reminiscent of a turn of the century shoppe, but it is not cluttered with curios and knick-knacks. Instead, front and centre, are the soda pops – shelves upon shelves, and rows upon rows of colourful, sweet potions. A five minute conversation with owners Taylor Peck and Aaron Dolson will quickly tell you these men know what they are talking about. A woman comes in looking for a bottle of her favourite youthful drink, made only locally in Ohio, which she hasn’t had since moving to California. Not only does Peck know what she is talking about, but they also carry the brand and its multiple flavours. Others come in wanting to explore ginger beers, cherry sodas, or some new company they’ve read about on the Internet.

The Holiday Fizz Collection

Peck and Dolson can help you find what suits your taste buds and direct you towards unknown alternatives: organic ingredients, cane sugar, and even sugar-free options. I’m currently on a quest to try all the root beers and grape sodas, but I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface despite multiple trips and purchases. February brings Valentine’s Day love potions (though romantic success is not guaranteed!). The Fizzary makes it extraordinarily easy to be adventurous: each bottle is $2.00 (USD), a 4 pack is $6, 12 pack is $16, and a case of 24 is $30. If you want to drink your purchase right away, they have a rapid chiller next to the cash register. 5 minutes, and your bottle is chilled perfectly for consumption. Peck and Dolson are also more than owners and distributors. Their first foray into the drink business was brewing organic teas in the mid-1990s. Taylor’s Tonics soon expanded and began experimenting with the fizzier arts. After creating a Chai Cola in 2009, they continued to combine unusual, but delicious flavours: Café Azteca (an espresso cola), Mate Mojito (mint and lime concoction), and Mate Colada (tea, coconut water, aloe vera and pineapple). Their Holiday Fizz collection evokes all the memories of Christmas at home with flavours of gingerbread, candy canes, eggnog and cranberry. Their soda pops are not the chemically-laden, mass marketed products; reading over their ingredients, I could pronounce every single one. While drinking their product, I realized I could actually taste the ingredients. The Gingerbread House sparkler has a rich and complex flavor profile that I would expect of a Savoy Hotel cocktail! Where Peck and Dolson venture next in their brewing kitchen is only limited by their imaginations. San Francisco is traditionally known for its cocktail and foodie culture, but The Fizzary is quickly proving that options for those with a sweet-tooth are just as well-favoured! Find them on the Web: www.fizzary.com taylorstonics.com Aaron demonstrates the rapid chiller.

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neon planet UNITED STATES Photography: Brian McGuffog from Annie Leibovitz Studio (www.brianmcguffog.com) Make-Up: Tess Money (www.modelmayhem.com/1822503) Hair: Lena An (Mizu Salon) Colorist: Melissa Garner (Mizu Salon) Wardrobe Styling: Sarah Mendelsohn (www.ahitofsarah.net) Producer: Jillian Mercado (www.wetheurban.com ) Model: Sami (Wilhelmina)

Dress by Nanette Lepore Belt: Stylist’s Own Envelope Clutch by Sophia Hulme (via Owen) Platform Wedges by Minimarket (via Agency V)

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Blazer by Nanette Lepore Button Down Shirt by Opening Ceremony (via Owen) Trousers by Erin Barr (via Mao PR) Ring by Bjorg (via Agency V) Necklace: Stylist’s Own

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Dress by Nanette Lepore Jacket by Muubaa (via Agency V) Earrings and Cuff by Danni Jo (via Owen) Platform Wedges by Minimarket

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Dress by Nanette Lepore Jacket by Suno (via Owen) Earrings and Cuff by Danni Jo Platform Wedges by Minimarket

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Jumper by Nanette Lepore Vest by Maria Dora (via Mao PR) Earrings by Bjorg (via Agency V) Platform Wedges by Minimarket

Jacket by Muuba Dress by Nanette Lepore Earrings by Bjorg Platform Wedges by Minimarket

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All Make-Up: Make Up Forever Flash palette MAC

CANADA Photography: Julius Ding and Stephen Kerr (Julius and James - www.juliusandjames.com) Make-Up & Hair: Nicole Ostonal (nicoleostonal.tumblr.com) Fashion Design: Nicole Ostonal, Julius Ding, Jessie Yang (www.facebook.com/jessieyang90) Wardrobe Styling: Nicole Ostonal, Julius Ding, Jessie Yang Assistant: Francis Zhang Models: Jessie Yang, Grace Zhao First image shot using a Polaroid land camera with Fuji fp-100c films.

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BEAUTY EDITORIAL

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