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ISSUE # 18 | 05.04.17 DESTINATIONS: BOGOTÁ COLOMBIA PRIDE AND PROGRESS

TOP TRAX: BLONDIE

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TABLE OF CONTENTS: 7Having . DESTINATIONS: COLOMBIA emerged from its violent period, today

Colombia's capital of Bogotá is an intriguing destination, particularly during its huge June Pride event and August's Carnival.

14. COVER STORY: VERSACE MEN'S FASHION COLLECTION

Versace's Men's Fall/Winter '17 line explores the different tribes of Versace and what happens when diverse men come together.

17. COVER STORY: BALMAIN MEN'S FASHION

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For Fall/Winter '17, Balmain reflects and celebrates the relationship between music and fashion, which has long helped define the Balmain style.

20. COVER STORY: ACNE STUDIOS MEN'S FASHION COLLECTION

Classic looks from the '40s and '80s across a range of fabrics highlights this year's Men's Acne Studios line for Fall/Winter.

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26 . GOING OUT: PLAN YOUR OUTINGS The week's rundown of nightlife, dining and cultural events.

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22 . TOP TRAX: BLONDIE'S LATEST BUZZ One of the iconic groups of the 1980s, Blondie is


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DESTINATIONS By Dane Steele Green

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COLOMBIA EMERALD CITY f Colombia has a problem, it is reputation. Back in the '70s through to the early '90s, the country was downright dangerous for everybody. Drug cartels and a particularly vicious civil war birthed the idea that the country was in a permanent tailspin and that foreigners would be shot on site if not kidnapped, ransomed for a fortune, and then shot on sight. It's an image that has been hard to shake. Truth be told, Colombia's been sittin' pretty for the last 16 years, and any precautions you have to take now are the same precautions you would take anywhere. Colombia has a lot of plusses and points, but from a gay travel perspective, all roads lead to the capital of Bogotá, particularly to the hip (and hipster) neighborhood of Chapinero. Gay Pride kicks off in June, and while the city's self-proclaimed title of "Gay Capital of

the World" may be a bit of a stretch, it shows that Bogotá takes the whole LGBTQ thing seriously. But perhaps it is understandable, given that the Theatron mega club is one of the biggest gay nightclubs on the planet. It practically dominates the entire scene (as well as an entire city block). But that does not mean you should skip other hotspots like El Mozo, Gia Bar or the Village Cafe. Never underestimate a Latin country's drive to have the best party. Beyond the club scene, Bogotá gives every indication of a city on the rise. And I mean that in more ways than one: Because the city is over 8,000 feet up, lowlanders may want to give themselves a day or two of low-level activities to acclimate. One of the bling-iest draws is the world-famous Gold Museum, dedicated to the goldsmithing of pre-Colom-

bian and pre-Spanish cultures. The most famous piece is the Muisca Raft, arguably one of the most iconic works ever made in the New World. Certainly not "low-level" is Carnival – this is South America, after all. However, Bogotá bucks the Lenten trend and holds its parade and assorted parties in (huh?) August. But like any other Carnival on the continent, this puppy shuts the city down. If you are not there to have a good time and dance the night away, you may as well just stay in your hotel. And if you are into salsa, you are in luck; the genre has a hammerlock on the country. Other photo-ops include the pastel-colored lanes of the old La Candelaria part of town, Journalists' Park, and the quirky San Alejo flea market. And if you are into gemstones at all, there is no better place to score a few emeralds. Colombia is synonymous with them.

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YOU MATTER AND SO DOES YOUR HEALTH

That’s why starting and staying on HIV-1 treatment is so important.

What is DESCOVY ? ®

DESCOVY is a prescription medicine that is used together with other HIV-1 medicines to treat HIV-1 in people 12 years and older. DESCOVY is not for use to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection. DESCOVY combines 2 medicines into 1 pill taken once a day. Because DESCOVY by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1, it must be used together with other HIV-1 medicines.

DESCOVY does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. To control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses, you must keep taking DESCOVY. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to reduce the risk of passing HIV-1 to others. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body fluids on them.

What are the other possible side effects of DESCOVY? Serious side effects of DESCOVY may also include: • •

Changes in body fat, which can happen in people taking HIV-1 medicines.

Changes in your immune system. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any new symptoms after you start taking DESCOVY. Kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare provider should do blood and urine tests to check your kidneys. Your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking DESCOVY if you develop new or worse kidney problems. Bone problems, such as bone pain, softening, or thinning, which may lead to fractures. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your bones.

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The most common side effect of DESCOVY is nausea. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or don’t go away.

DESCOVY may cause serious side effects:

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking DESCOVY?

What is the most important information I should know about DESCOVY? •

Buildup of an acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include feeling very weak or tired, unusual muscle pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain with nausea or vomiting, feeling cold (especially in your arms and legs), feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or a fast or irregular heartbeat.

Serious liver problems. The liver may become large and fatty. Symptoms of liver problems include your skin or the white part of your eyes turning yellow (jaundice); dark “tea-colored” urine; light-colored bowel movements (stools); loss of appetite; nausea; and/or pain, aching, or tenderness on the right side of your stomach area. You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious liver problems if you are female, very overweight, or have been taking DESCOVY for a long time. In some cases, lactic acidosis and serious liver problems have led to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of these conditions. Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. DESCOVY is not approved to treat HBV. If you have both HIV-1 and HBV and stop taking DESCOVY, your HBV may suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking DESCOVY without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health.

All your health problems. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis virus infection. All the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Other medicines may affect how DESCOVY works. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist. Ask your healthcare provider if it is safe to take DESCOVY with all of your other medicines. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if DESCOVY can harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant while taking DESCOVY. If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in breast milk.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/ medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Please see Important Facts about DESCOVY, including important warnings, on the following page.

Ask your healthcare provider if an HIV-1 treatment that contains DESCOVY® is right for you.


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This is only a brief summary of important information about DESCOVY and does not replace talking to your healthcare provider about your condition and your treatment. ®

MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT DESCOVY

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF DESCOVY

DESCOVY may cause serious side effects, including:

DESCOVY can cause serious side effects, including:

• Buildup of lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency that can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: feeling very weak or tired, unusual muscle pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain with nausea or vomiting, feeling cold (especially in your arms and legs), feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or a fast or irregular heartbeat.

• Severe liver problems, which in some cases can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice); dark “tea-colored” urine; loss of appetite; light-colored bowel movements (stools); nausea; and/or pain, aching, or tenderness on the right side of your stomach area. • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. DESCOVY is not approved to treat HBV. If you have both HIV-1 and HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if you stop taking DESCOVY. Do not stop taking DESCOVY without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months. You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver problems if you are female, very overweight, or have been taking DESCOVY or a similar medicine for a long time.

ABOUT DESCOVY • DESCOVY is a prescription medicine that is used together with other HIV-1 medicines to treat HIV-1 in people 12 years of age and older. DESCOVY is not for use to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection. • DESCOVY does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS. Ask your healthcare provider about how to prevent passing HIV-1 to others.

• Those in the “Most Important Information About DESCOVY” section. • Changes in body fat. • Changes in your immune system. • New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure. • Bone problems.

The most common side effect of DESCOVY is nausea. These are not all the possible side effects of DESCOVY. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new symptoms while taking DESCOVY.

Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health before and during treatment with DESCOVY.

BEFORE TAKING DESCOVY Tell your healthcare provider if you:

• Have or had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis infection. • Have any other medical condition. • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. • Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you have HIV-1 because of the risk of passing HIV-1 to your baby.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take: • Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-thecounter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist. • Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with DESCOVY.

GET MORE INFORMATION HOW TO TAKE DESCOVY • DESCOVY is a one pill, once a day HIV-1 medicine that is taken with other HIV-1 medicines. • Take DESCOVY with or without food.

• This is only a brief summary of important information about DESCOVY. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more. • Go to DESCOVY.com or call 1-800-GILEAD-5 • If you need help paying for your medicine, visit DESCOVY.com for program information.

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Men's Fashion Collections Fall/Winter 2017 By Michael W. Sasser

Versace's Fall/Winter '17 collection reflects the brotherhood of Versace – the strength of individuals, the power of unity. Outerwear includes long, knitted coats that wrap the body, or sharply tailored coats that are held by belts to dramatize the silhouette. Prints throughout are like markmaking, as if the hand-painted pattern of an ancient tribe. The prints unify and blend the collection between formal and casual. Nylon trenches have light yet dynamic volume, with double-length belts to hold and exaggerate their elegant fluidity. Photographic prints of classical sculptures are collaged with images of hardware, symbolizing the idealistic beauty of male power through the ages. Shearling coats bring the survival instincts of the wilds to the city, while plaid shirts are rugged for the urban landscape. Positive words of hope are embroidered on the chest of shirts and nylon zip-ups, with hidden messages of affirmation also sewn inside coats to embolden the wearer. The pattern and beauty of African textiles are found in jacquard coats that are woven like blankets, or graphic sweaters that were proudly knitted by hand. The Versace suit is refreshed and lightened: the strong silhouette is now neat to the body, with a soft constructed shoulder for the way men wear tailoring today. "This is a collection about the different tribes of Versace men, and the powerful positivity that can happen when men from different places, different cultures join together," explained Donatella Versace.

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BALMAIN Music and fashion have long been intertwined in the distinct signature look of Balmain. It is therefore no surprise that Balmain's Fall/Winter '17 collection reflects the classic trajectory of a rock anthem. It opens with the relaxed ease of layered knitwear that builds upon last season's slouchy silhouette, followed by a diverse, steady escalation moving through plays of camos, denim, studded leathers, plaids and graphic black and whites. The escalation concludes with a full-throated roar that accompanies rich colors paired with impressive offerings of the type of detailed embellishments that Balmain's atelier is celebrated for. The runway's final crescendo underlines this collection's debt to the spirit and style of the hardest of the '80s hard rockers – men who paired hypermasculine, who-gives-a-f*ck primal screams with eye-catching looks that consistently challenged accepted standards and fluidly crossed over the barriers of outdated gender norms. That daring confident style pulses through today's runway, its soundtrack and, of course, the collection itself.

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An investigation into fabric and shape, with a deep respect for materials, focusing on the clothes of 1980s classic businessmen combined with the1940s "New Look" of couture defines Acne Studios' Men's Fall/ Winter 2017 looks with a mood of lightness and calm. Fabrics are amplified and even swollen to create a richness of form and structure, in sorbet colors like dessert in a fine restaurant.1980s double-breasted suits, in wool pinstripe or Prince of Wales check, are bonded with scuba to create shape, then fitted at the waist as if a couture construction. Matching trousers have long pleats at the waist that eventually fan out for a graphic effect, with a seam running down the back of the leg to maintain the correct form. Shirts may have a classic businessman's white collar, but the body is in fluid cupro, and in shades of red or blue. Cashmere blend sweaters are cropped and ribbed, with high v-necks and pleats in the back to emphasize the shape. Longer sweaters have extra volume cut into the back. Ribbed ski sweaters that zip at the neck have been flocked to create texture, while certain mélange suits have been sprayed to mattify their appearance. Motifs from the products in a gentleman's store – hounddogs, golfing diamonds – are embroidered as repeat patterns on grey ribbed ski sweaters that zip at the neck. Sneakers have platform soles and amplified features to echo the volume of the tailoring. Bags use covers from classic issues of Acne Paper in an act of image recycling.

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TOP TRAX By DJ FR8-O

BLONDIE'S

LATEST BUZZ

It was 1980 when Blondie got their first taste of No.1 status with their Grammy-winning juggernaut "Call Me." The years that followed gave us more iconic hits like "Heart of Glass," "Atomic" and the track notorious for being one of the first raps songs to hit radio, "Rapture." Nearly 40

years and several incarnations later, Blondie is delivering their 11th studio album, Pollinator. The new collection takes the group back to their New Wave days – melding elements of classic rock with synths and pop melodies – while still keeping it fresh with the help of big-boy (and girl) collaborators like Dev Hynes, Sia, Charli XCX and Nick Valensi from The Strokes. In an interview with Mojo, lead guitarist Chris Stein explained, "We thought to ask [other] people because there's so much good music swirling about. We sorted the contributors ourselves, or someone would send us a bunch of songs and we'd pick one." It seems Blondie's open-door strategy paid off. Thanks to such diverse talent from so many different genres and generations, Pollinator is a treat for the soul that's at once nostalgic and forward-thinking. Debbie's unmistakable voice is still perfection as she narrates stories of love and reckless abandon as flawlessly and unapologetically as she did on her 1976 debut. The lead single "Fun" is a dance-y confessional whose title says it all. Hook-heavy follow-ups "My Monster" and "Long Time" echo the same upbeat tone, while guitar-laced tracks like "Gravity," the Sia co-penned "Best Day Ever" and "Doom or Destiny" (featuring Joan Jett) spotlight the band's classic rock roots. As if their audio encore wasn't enough to make you want to dust off your ripped jeans and tease your hair, Blondie will also be kicking off their "Rage and Rapture Tour" this summer along with co-headliners Garbage. Blondie may not be chart-toppers anymore, and probably not as relevant as the 20-somethings who currently dominate your gym playlist, but with so much uninspired, formulaic product being hailed as "groundbreaking" lately, it's good to know that these true pioneers are still here and are still shaping the future of music.

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hat is it about the '80s that we just can't seem to get enough of? To this day, the decade of decadence continues to seep into the fashions we flaunt, the movies we see and especially the music we love. One of the era's most iconic recording artist was a certain blonde who ruled the airwaves with sexually charged anthems powered by unforgettable hooks. No, I don't mean Madonna. This particular provocateur was causing a commotion long before the "Material Girl" had her first hit. Her name is Debbie (or Deborah) Harry, and with the help of her bandmates – collectively known as Blondie – she ushered in the '80s with a ménage of rock, reggae and disco that influenced almost every female artist that followed and is still a muse to many of today's divas.


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