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“One Turf Shall serve as a pillow for us both; One heart, one bed, two bosoms and one troth�


Editor In Chief Le’Keisha Sims

Staff Nancy Liu Geraldine Sanchez Tori Simmons Cameron Lovett Adam Miller Natalie Smith

Contributing Photographers Ole Martin Halvorsen Faye Sampson Jessica Luch Quintin Perez Erick Dochigue Edward Cheuk Yin To Sarah Jehan Marie Louise Collins

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Model: Eve @ Oxygen Models Photographer: Faye Sampson Hair and Makeup: Siwan Hill Stylist: Aliya Zaidi Assistants: Stuart Berham and Hannah Ranken Dress: Asos


Editor’s Letter

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ll I can say is wow.

When I started this project last year, I really didn’t Know where it was going to go. But a year later we’ve expanded and accomplished so much. I truly want thank all of our amazing readers and followers. Summer is the time for dreams, wild nights and adventures. It’s the time where we attend festivals in the desert, park or forrest. Where things in our dreams come to life. In this issue we chat with Steve Angello from Swedish house Mafia , and new NYC band Eva + Her virgins We also curated some of our favorite summer tunes for you to go to itunes, amazon or wherever to listen to and enjoy.My “dream” started for me last summer when I decided to launch this magazine. A project which has been filled with many challenges and lessons with each issue we put out. We get many letter’s asking how to get started in the fashion industry, how to start a label, and how to start up as a stylist.In the next couple of issues we’ll be talking to various people in the industry on how they got their start, and what advice they have for you, our readers. We are also proud to announce our partnership with Sugar Rush collective. A new project that is working on expanding the exposure of young new talent. What I really want you to take away from this issue is that anything is possible.We hope your summer is full of fun, full of adventure and most of all a kick off point for the realization of your dream and hopefully turning them into reality! Enjoy , Le’Keisha Sims Editor in Chief XO Magazine


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SS11: ROCK AND ROLL

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credits: Gagadaily.net, style.com, Givenchy.com, A Morir

Channel your in rebel this season with leather, fringe, and studs. Love this look? Check out Spring/Summer collections by Balmain, and Balenciaga, and accessory collections from Givenchy and A Morir. By Tori Simmons


SS 11: CITRUS

Image Credits : Toryburch.com, sephora.com,vo gue.com,style.co m,people.com

Orange was everywhere this season, from clothes to lips to nails. Go bright in an orange dress, or add a pop of color pairing orange pieces with neutrals. Love the orange trend? Check out: Spring/Summer collections from Calvin Klein, Tory Burch, BCBG, and Gucci.

Orange not for you? Other citrus colors brighten up trends this summer also.


SS 11: NEUTRALS

Image Credits: Style.com, Neiman Marcus

A reoccurring trend throughout season, neutrals are the most versatile way to go. Able to be dressed up or dressed down, it’s easy to wear earth-toned dresses, cardigans, shoes and bags as high fashion or street chic. Love neutrals? Check out: Spring/Summer collections from Mango, Donna Karan, and Thakoon.


SS 11: COLOUR BLOCKING

Image Credits: Style.com,Vogue .com

Pair your brightest colors together for this summer’s trend of color blocking. Sure to make you stand out, electric colors pop against each other for a look that’s young, fresh and chic. Love color blocking? Check out Spring/Summer collections by Prada, Jill Sander, Sonia Rykiel, and DKNY.


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Popular in jewelry trends for summer 2011: crystals, studs, rose gold, and statement pieces. Check out: Jewelry by Pamela Love, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Dannijo, and Fallon.


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Pale accessories are becoming white-hot as we go into summer. White structured bags bring a ladylike feel, while white shoes are perfect to pair with any outfit. Love white accessories? Check out Alexander Wang, Givenchy and Chanel.


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Meet Rachel, she’s the kind of girl You'd get a pack of cigarettes with.


When I first discovered you/your blog you were focusing more on your clothing line and designing ; now your focus has turned more towards modeling and writing. What has led ! you to this transition? Attention Deficit Disorder, haha.. No, but really I just got bored working simply with materials. I'm more of a words and action person. Fabric seems so limiting. You've recently just published your second book (Hotel Milk), can you tell us about that project ,how it came about, inspiration etc? The inspiration for the book is my traveling and my lovers. I've been a lot of different places and meet many people. Hotel Milk is about trying to find nourishment in one place, with one person, but never being able to settle. How did you get into writing? Martin Amis. He's funny as hell and I liked that he could tell a story in this clever way that made you laugh and think at the same time. I want to write

things that people could never of thought up and assemble words in ways never mashed before. So how did you get into blogging? how?did you come up with velvet cigarette? Velvet Cigarette was actually a name given to me by my ex boyfriend from LA. He's always been the best at describing my antics. How do you come up with ideas for your posts? Does !your writing or the images usually come first? The images come first, the writing follows my outrageous behavior. Describe your personal style. Any favourite labels/shops? My personal style is girl who doesn't care on a skateboard meets west coast drug dealer on her way to private school. I love Wildfox Couture and Sauvage swimwear. What are your summer essentials? Summer essentials would have to Wildfox tees, Swarovski crystal swimsuits, heart sunnies and element skateboard.

What's next? Next? I'll most likely offend a few people and hopefully land an internship this fall at vice to write about science and technology. Read Rachel’s Blog at www.velvetcigarette.com


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XO Summer Picks: Sgc Nyc + Wiloh Ecosocial


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XO Magazine chats with Stylist and designer Ugo Mozie


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Wonder Kid XO magazine catches up with Alex Kazemi, Music blogger and newly appointed Music Editor at Super Super magazine


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Yes! I've been working on AlexKazemi.com and expanding the new issue of SuperSuper Magazine. Also working with labels/ numerous artists on creative ideas and business plans! Which is new, I think. I can't say who though!!!

You're really a example of hard work paying off, what advice do you have for other aspiring journalists? I have to say that hard work is so important, please don't take no for an answer and keep going.. Follow your heart and know who you are. Write if its what you really want to do, don't just be a journalist because you want to be. Be a journalist because you need to be, and your opinions differentiate from the rest and you have your own voice for its own certainty. How do you think you've grown personally and as a writer since your days working on your first blog? I have learned my strengths and my weaknesses by naturally growing with my writing. I know what I want

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Who are your "ones to watch " for summer 2011? I am excited for Colette Carr's debut album Skitszo off Interscope in the fall! I really am for Nicola Roberts, I just recently got into Girls Aloud. I like Charli XCX, Cher Llyod and I really like Joe Jonas's new record! Simon Curtis's RA album is incredible too! What does summer mean to you? Summer should be about being with your friends, loved ones and should be a time for the mind to clear from worries.. All about freedom! I basically have to finish high school though, so summer isn't really any time for that. If you work in the music business, you don't really have time to balance a personal life and work. If you do, then great.. I need to take up juggling.

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Who’s Gonna Save The World? Swedish House Mafia Of Course! Leʼkeisha Sims Chats with Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia about touring, Until One and working with Coldplay


So what Has SHM been up W E L to? You know we’ve just been touring and working in the studio etc, etc How has playing EDC Been? Its been great, we’re actually about to play our set in a little bit, we’re going to reveal a new song. So your debut album until one, was a collection of material between you three as a collective and as solo Djs how did you guys go about choosing what tracks to feature? We really just chose the songs that were closest to our hearts, and what the fans really were into. Who would you say would be your dream person or group to collaborate with? Well you know we’ve always said Coldplay, and we’ve actually worked with them on there next single so its a dream come true really. You guys have mashed up and remixed a lot of material how do you guys go about creating remixes? Do you have a plan on how you want to present a song in a new way, do you experiment with effects? It’s different every time, we usually just go with the flow.

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listen to when we are in certain moods and there are songs we listen to that remind us of certain people and there are songs that we listen to in certain seasons... Summer songs need to be to youthful, fun, carefree, immediate, up tempo, catchy and so good that you want to overplay them to death so that you can never play them again without reminding you of ‘that summer’ with feelings of nostalgia. It’s a long road trip with friends, it’s music festivals, it’s lazy afternoons when we openly kill time, it’s late humid nights, it’s that friend who looks at you with the possibility of love, it’s sweaty dancing in the smallest amount of clothing possible, it’s the sun... it’s all of that. So kids scroll your iPod playlist for summer – here’s a collection of recent songs this year and last to take you on the ride from the anticipation as you begin the day in the late morning to the crash and comedown of it all at the end and everything in between. + playlist > summer The Naked And Famous-Young Blood http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=WdO85Qf4Poc

The Wombats-Tokyo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAxEKnmbME Two Door Cinema Club-Undercover Martyn http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=LLK4oaXUuLg ! Phoenix-1901 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiQppszlXrg Patrick Wolf-Time Of My Life http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Boyl6Iaw2Y4 ! Husky-History’s Door http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlWph8X18sc Little Scream-The Heron and The Fox ! http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=S68ppvpaoSg


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XO Magazine’s Summer 2011 Playlist 1. Skinny Love - Birdy 2. Rock Me - Melanie C 3. The Greeks - Is Tropical 4. Annie You Save Me - Graffiti 6 5. Finale - Funeral Party 6. South Pacific - Is Tropical 7. Swagger Jagger - Cher Lloyd 8. Beat Of My Drum - Nicola Roberts 9. We Do It Primo - Colette Carr 10.Wetsuit - The Vaccines 11.Living In America - DOM 12.Young At Heart - Amy Meredith 13.Marry The Night - Lady Gaga 14.Let Go - Japanese Popstars 15.Live Those Days Tonight - Friendly Fires 16.Kids - Sleigh Bells 17.When I’m With You - Best Coast 18.Country Lane - Telekiniesis 19.Rayban Vision (Luckybeard Remix) - Atrak feat Cyhi Da Prynce 20.Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People


XO MAGAZINE Talks to Lyz Olko, Designer and Cofounder of label, Obesity + Speed about the startup of the label, and what it takes to be a designer. S

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Josh and I began the line a few years ago by accident. It began with a rumor we had a clothing line, a Japanese showroom approached us for representation. I didn't know how to say no, so I agreed to the meeting, and Josh and I made some hand sewn sweatshirts for the appointment, and declared the 8 piece group our collection. It worked. We couldn't believe it. The show room placed a sample order, then showed the line in Japan and stores placed orders....we began production, and away we went. Over time the label expanded from strictly hand sewn items to silk screened graphic tees and tanks, dresses, sweaters, denim and so on. Everything is hand made in NYC. We have a studio here and use NYC factories. Is it best to start out selling/promoting online and then slowly trying to get into stores?

I'm not sure, when we began there was not such a retail/fashion online presence. It does seem to work for brands though to generate a buzz first, and then are approached by stores, magazines, etc....

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I think it's different for each brand. We literally started with nothing.

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We like to expand into more luxurious fabrics and different dyeing techniques, new bodies, new ways of doing denim and so on. We continue to only create what we are passionate about and believe in.


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etsy we made our own website! Your best bet is to create an etsy and start from there. They charge you on transaction fees and listing fees but its not much! Also most important you need to create your pay pal account so customer can make payments through there. But its super easy, its free, and creating your listing is super easy too! As in a new site try big-cartel, you can create your own shopping website there for free and no contract and no listing fees. I pay for the premium shop but its just the shop since the site I have. Also you can can try wix.com And well pretty much start slow on this, have great merchandise that is tasteful and follow the trends unless your a trendsetter EVEN BETTER Xx Tatiana


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How did the band come together? How did you all meet? Holly: Emily and I met when we were born because we were sisters. So we’ve known each other our whole lives. *laughs* Emily: I moved [to New York] when I was eighteen and I had a demo done and after it was done, I was like “Okay, where do we go now? I need a band. I need something to get this thing going.” So for Halloween in 2006, I was like, “you know what? I’ve already gone through like crazy interviews, and met wacko people. I’m sick of this, I’m just gonna put flyers up all over the city with what I’m looking for and my number. Let’s just do it; balls to the wall.” So we went all over Manhattan, all over Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and we put flyers up and I definitely got a lot of crazy things from putting my number all over the city but then I got this one Myspace message from this guy and I was like, “Okay, this might seem cool… Come to my jab.” And so he came to my jab and as soon as he walked in, I was like “That’s the guy. That has to be him.” And that was Jabbath and we’ve been together ever since. Holly: And it was the last flyer we put in the weirdest spot. Emily: We were walking home in Times Square and we were like, “Well there’s one more, there’s no way anyone’s gonna see it in Times Square. It’s so touristy, well let’s put it there.” We were together for a year before we got Holly to play. Holly: I think so. Yes, I didn’t start until October ’07. Emily: So then Holly moved up and we wanted her to be a part of it. We were gonna have her manage just to have her be a part of the band somehow but she sucked. *laughs* So Jabbath had this idea that we should have her play bass so she learned bass just to play for the band. And then recently we found Pete and we felt whole. *laughs* What inspires you to write music or what inspires you in general? Jabbath: Nothing in particular. Mainly for boredom cause that’s the only thing that kind of makes sense. Like, what else are you gonna do? Like the only space is when you’re almost free. For psychological reasons, for sometimes physiological reasons, for nothing in particular. Just for that there is no other possible choice for life. Did you guys always know that music was what you wanted to do?


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Emily: For me, yes. Jabbath: Yeah, there was no choice. Holly: No, but I love it so much and it’s really fun and it’s really super cool. Holly, when did you decide that you wanted to do music? Emily: When we asked her! Holly: *laughs* It’s true. I never even touched a bass before. If you guys weren’t doing music, what would you be doing? Emily: I like to help people so I’d probably be working with kids or victims of traumatic experiences. Not like a therapist but like an unlicensed therapist, I guess. *laughs* Jabbath: I didn’t have a choice. Music was the only choice. Holly: I’d probably be getting coffee for Pixar animation people. I’ll be like the coffee girl. With such an interesting band name, what’s the story behind coming up with the name, Eva and Her Virgins? Jabbath: It doesn’t really mean anything, it just sounds cool. I like that people will link it with sexual stuff because that always sells. How would you guys describe your sound? Emily: Electronic dark pop. Jabbath: Yeah, the first album was called Dark Pop because it’s pop and it’s dark. *laughs* and I think the second album will be called Pink Punk. It’s going to be punk and it’s going to be pink. Holly: I like that. *laughs* Emily: *Jokingly* Every album we do, it’s going to be different genres of music. Jabbath: No, it’s going to be a colour and a genre. Holly: Extremely bright… grunge. *all laugh* What’s your favourite song off the album or your songs in general? Emily: Mine would be Wake Up. The new one. Jabbath: Yeah, I always think the coolest one is the new one. Holly: Yeah, I think Wake Up too but Hammer is my favourite old one. Emily: Yeah, I love Hammer too. Hammer and Wake Up. And actually, I love


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Machina. Holly: Oh yeah, that’s true. Emily: All the ones that are like, they’re not industrial at all but they have an element that they remind me of metal. Not metal the genre but actual scrap metal. That’s what I think of when I hear Machina. Like scrap metal in my ears. Hammer’s drummy and I love African drumming and I just love drums. And then Wake Up is new and in your face and energetic and it gets people excited. I can’t pick between those three. Jabbath: I like the same ones. Holly: Yeah me too. What are some of your favourite musicians? Jabbath: That’s really hard but the band sounds like… Nine Inch Nails, Peaches, Prodigy… Emily: Those are what the band sounds like. Those are like elements of inspiration for the actual music. Jabbath: There’s also Max Matthews and all those electronic pioneers. Holly: That’s really tough. The Beatles, Dandy Warhols, The Eagles… There’s so many. All the time, I find things I love so much. Emily: I would say that my inspirations or my favourite artists in a nutshell would be, definitely Bob Dylan, Trent Resner, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z…. I love Jim Morrison a lot. Jabbath: I’m a conservatively trained musician so I know old day repertoire from 18th/19th century French/German schools of music and then avant-garde… and all that kind of stuff. We like a really wide spectrum of stuff… but the band needs to focus in some kind of style so we listen to whatever sounds dark and pop. *laughs* Emily: But I think one thing that makes us so great is that Holly listens to indie mostly, I mostly listen to rap and hip-hop and Jabbath is trained in classical and in experimental and all these different genres so when we bring all those three elements together, it’s really like a beautiful outcome. Jabbath: With the band I never really try to be precise, I do it very sloppy with the band like it’s my place for freedom. So I try when I’m in school like everything is about perfect pitch and perfect timing. When I’m in the band I have fun and be more like a punk kid, you know? Like not care at all. It’s more importantly the energy than the actual notes. Very grungy… What’s next for you guys? What do you plan to do in the near future?


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Emily: I wanna paint, I wanna act, I wanna do everything I can do that’s artistic and keeps me alive. Holly: Well as far as the band goes, I think we should be probably be coming out with some new songs and for myself, I want to pitch my script to Dreamworks or Pixar and see if I can do little kids movies. Jabbath: Just doing what I’m doing. I don’t really think about the future. I just think about now.


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