Xquisit ISSUESIX NOVEMBER2012
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Xquisit EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Caileigh Kyle ASSISTANT EDITOR Alison Smink LIFESTYLE & FEATURES EDITOR Michayla Caughlin SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR Sabrina Loeprich MARKETING & PR COORDINATOR Amber Ciolfe MEN’S ISSUE CORRESPONDENT Matthew Beal
Welcome to the sixth issue of Xquisit Magazine, an issue that also doubles as our first Men’s issue! We are so excited to share with you a different side of our publication, but still a perfect mix of fashion, art, design, and lifestyle features that keep you coming back season after season. So what’s in store for you within these pages? As always, we’ve published some stunning editorial work for all to devour. You can also find our career profile on fashion designer Christopher Nevin, discover the year’s best scents for men, drool over a pumpkin ‘manwich’, and have your heart-strings tugged by our memoir feature.
PHOTOGRAPHERS Kirsten Becken Jodanna Bird Camille Collin Dmitry Koupriyanov Tina Rekdal Faye Sampson WRITERS Matthew Beal Alex Benac Michayla Caughlin Caileigh Kyle Sabrina Loeprich Alison Smink
We hope you enjoy this issue regardless of your gender, as there is always something for everyone within the pages of Xquisit. Live each day to the fullest, readers!
Cover by Kirsten Becken
It’s been a real pleasure working with our Men’s Issue Correspondent, Matthew Beal. Matt is always stylish, forward-thinking, and gave us a real creative edge to this issue. Needless to say, we couldn’t have made this issue without him.
In This Issue IN EVERY ISSUE
4 Meet the Contributors 5 What’s On: Movember 64 We Love this Blog: Tim Coulson Photography
FASHION AND BEAUTY 6 Men’s Jackets by Michayla Caughlin and Matthew Beal 7 Style Spotlight: Daniel Phillips 60 Emerging Artist: Christopher Nevin by Matthew Beal
8 My Name is Jake by Jodanna Bird 20 Dazzler, Con-Man, Trickster by Kirsten Becken 28 Sweet, Sweet Hooligan by Camille Collin 34 The Thief by Tina Rekdal 40 Edge of Seventeen by Faye Sampson 50 Lost and Wonder by Dmitry Koupriyanov
LIFESTYLE AND CULTURE 56 Xquisit Eats: Pumpkin Manwich 58 Scent Solutions 62 What Would Oscar Wilde Do? by Alex Benac
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Introducing the creatives that made this Men’s issue come to life!
Men’s Issue Correspondent
pg. 20 “Dazzler, Con-Man, Trickster”
pg. 8 “My Name is Jake”
Lifestyle & Features Editor
pg 28 “Sweet, Sweet, Hooligan”
pg 50 “Lost and Wonder”
Social Media Coordinator
pg 34 “The Thief”
pg 40 “Edge of Seventeen”
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BEHIND THE SCENES
WHAT’S ON THIS MOVEMBER It’s that time of the year again, gents, time to put down that razor and get growing! Movember is an annual event to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other various male health concerns. It spans the month of November as a time for men to grow their mustaches and collect donations in support of Men’s Health Programs. So get involved this year boys and become an official Mo Bro!
The Rules: 1. Begin with a clean, shaven face the night of October 31st, known as Shadowe’en. 2. Once registered, each Mo Bro must commit for 30 days, starting November 1st 3. Be sure to grow & groom your stache according to the following rules: a. There is to be absolutely no joining of mos to sideburns or handlebars to chins. b. A “tickler” is allowed (a small complimentary growth under the bottom lip) 4. Stick to these rules, men, no matter how much the female population may dislike it.
Remember gents, you’re all walking and talking advertisements for this cause so be sure to behave as respectable gentlemen! To register or donate, be sure to visit: ca.movember.com
BEST OF MEN’S J : ACKETS by Mic hayla and M Caughlin atthew Beal
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN $2,350
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN $1,440
YVES SAINT LAURENT $1,060
BOTTEGA VENETA $2,270
Image on opposite page by Shawn Tron
DANIEL PHILLIPS Owner and Founder of dpms.
WHAT HE’S WEARING THE SHIRT: “The Ralph” dpms T-Shirt THE SWEATER: Vintage Illbury Furs Hand Knit Sweater THE JEANS: 511 Levis Jeans Visit dpms online at
XQUISIT EDITORIALS FASHION
My Name is Jake Photography: Jodanna Bird Hair and Makeup: Grace Preston Model & Styling: Jake Egginton
Dazzler, Con-Man, Trickster 20
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kirsten Becken MODEL: Stefan Tueshaus CLOTHING DESIGNER: Esther Zhan HAIR AND MAKEUP: Teena Denzinger
Sweet, Sweet Hooligan Photographer: Camille Collin | Stylist: Diane Cabasse | Assistant Stylist: Julien Chatel | Makeup: Juan Romero | Model: Juanito
THE THIEF PHOTOGRAPHER: Tina Rekdal MODEL: Cole (TEAM) STYLIST: Karoline Klevan og Ane Finstad
EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Photography: Faye Sampson Models: Alek and Michael (FM) Styling: Emma Breden Makeup: Siobhan Drew Photo Assistant: Stuart Berham Styling Assistant: Emily Heayes
LOST AND WONDER Photographer: Dmitry Koupriyanov Model: Yanni Dimitri Kalamaras Stylist: Amanda Camille Jewelry: Drama Queen Creative Director: Yanni Dimitri Kalamaras
Images and text by CAILEIGH KYLE
HOW ITâ€™S MADE:
PUMPKIN MANWICH - one large egg - one slice of bread of your choosing (we used cinnamon raisin bread) - pumpkin puree - spinach - prosciutto - cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves - any old cheddar or other cheese of your choosing 1. Butter both sides of your bread. Spread pumpkin puree on top, season with a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Bake at 350 degrees for about 7 minutes. 2. Remove from oven. Slice cheese and place on top of bread. Place in the oven and bake until cheese is melted. 3. While your pumpkin bread dish is baking, fry your egg in a medium sized skillet. 4. When the egg is fried to your liking and the cheese is melted, remove the bread from the oven and serve with spinach, prosciutto and top with your egg.
XQUISIT LIFESTYLE EDITORIALS
BY SABRINA LOEPRICH AND ALISON SMINK
After that hard core body pump, spray these for an instant refresher!
AQUA RUSH BY NAUTICA $49.00 at Nautica
SPORT CODE ATHLETE BY ARMANI $62.00 at Sephora
#FTB - BOYS NIGHT
BIG PONY COLLECTION #1 BY RALPH LAUREN $34.29 at Ralph Lauren
ACQUA DI GIO BY GEORGIO ARMANI $58.78 at Georgio Armani
Sweaty? Don’t sweat it, feel at ease knowing that you’ll smell fresh with just one simple mist of Sport Code Athlete, with underlying traces of citrus and mints. Guaranteed to hide any work out smells without hiding your hard effort!
Wings and beer? We’ve got you covered with these musky scents!
INTENSE EUPHORIA BY CALVIN KLEIN $85.00 at Sephora
SPICEBOMB BY VIKTOR & ROLF $75.00 at The Bay
ONLY THE BRAVE BY DIESEL $70.00 at Sephora
Try this and you’ll be sure to be the manly man on your next boys night out. This bold cologne mixes in powerful scents of leather and lemon with amber and cedar wood leaving you feeling brave and confident to tackle any of the boys night adventures.
ARMANI CODE HOMME BY GEORGIO ARMANI $75 at The Bay
NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN
GET DOWN TO BUSINESS
For those nights out with that special someone, you’ll be sure to be smelling fine and fabulous!
These scents are just perfect for any office atmosphere.
The name says it all. This sensual cologne with masculine European charm will be sure to tempt that certain someone you’re trying to impress. With the delicious aroma of sweet grapefruit contrasted with bold Italian Bergamot and many other subtle scents, expect a sensual evening!
SéXUAL NOIR BY MICHEL GERMAIN $60.00 at Michel Germain
VERA WANG FOR MEN BY VERA WANG $72.00 at Sears
ENCOUNTER BY CALVIN KLEIN $87.00 at Sephora
EUPHORIA BY CALVIN KLEIN $78.00 at Sephora
L’HOMME BY YVES SAINT LAURENT $95.00 at Sears
HAPPY FOR MEN BY CLINIQUE $52.00 at The Bay
La Nuit De L’Homme BY YVES SAINT LAURENT $95.00 at Sephora
This modern, masculine, woody, aromatic fragrance is perfect for the office. It smells great and is highly recommended for casual use, so there’s no better place to wear it than the office. You will be feeling fresh and fine all day long!
CK FREE FOR MEN BY CALVIN KLEIN $57.00 at The Bay
CHRISTOPHER J. NEVIN Rumor has it: the fashion industry is no place for the faint of heart. With more emerging designers than ever before, generating publicity for a new line is no small task. However, it looks like Port Hope’s Christopher J. Nevin has done just that, securing a slot in Boston Fashion Week 2012. After turning down the invitation twice in years past, the 23-yearold woman’s wear designer has now decided to step up to the plate, and onto the runway. “It was when I lost my other job as the receptionist for a hair salon, I thought, ‘what the heck do I have to lose!’” Sure, job unemployment rates are a great concern to some; but, Nevin sees his current city of residence as host to an array of opportunities: “Toronto can offer a young designer a lot of exposure, there are some amazing networks to be made in this city!” And those connections are exactly what have helped the ‘starving artist’ with his not-so-small task of soliciting donations for his trip to Boston. “By word of mouth, social media, friends,
family, and graphic designer Matthew Milhok” he was able to raise enough money for the entry fee, and get on his way to Fashion Week! Nevin finds inspiration for his design aesthetic from “all over and everywhere.” He is keen to create clothing with more of an editorial finished look and likes to see apparel worn in a high fashion manor. For Nevin, this means playing with different materials, textures and style tones regardless of rhyme or reason! So what is next for this Toronto based designer? Currently, Nevin is working on a number of projects, including the negotiation of a contract with a high-end online fashion boutique. In all this excitement and commotion, Nevin has stayed grounded and reminds himself to take “baby steps.” Nevin says that “patience is virtue” in this industry, and does it ever seem to be paying off! - Matthew Beal
Chris gives us the inside scoop... Three pieces every man should have in their closet for the fall/winter season: A killer blazer, a massive knit scarf, and a nice pair of boots.
Why people should care about what they wear:
What somebody wears is always a way of representing ones self. If you dress like you care what you wear, it will reflect differently on people than if you were to dress like a slob, which would show you had a sort of “don’t care” attitude. If you happen to be the type of person who doesn’t care what people think, by all means dress however you like. If you don’t care what people think and you still have mad style, BONUS!
Describe Canadian style in one word:
I would say that Canadian style is very “innovated”. Each year I think that Canadians step it up with their style. Always trying something new and coming up with something completely original that sets us apart, but still shows that we are just determined and competitive as some other styles in the industry around the world.
W.W.O.W.D? (What Would Oscar Wilde Do?)
Written by ALEX BENAC
n the late 19th century, celebrated Irish poet and writer Oscar Wilde sent a series of now-famous letters to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. “You are the divine thing I want,” Wilde wrote in one, “the thing of grace and beauty”. To this day, I’m struck by the passionate, intimate, and unbridled nature of Wilde’s personal writings, and yet, I can’t help but wonder whether or not he would have been more reserved if he had known his correspondence would be published for all to see. Had he known he was about to be recast as a social pariah, would he have “toned down” his homosexuality? Societal pressure to conform is rampant and punishing in our very own 21st century. One can only imagine the pressure Wilde would have been under over two hundred years ago. It wouldn’t be outrageous to wonder if Wilde might have taken greater pains to conceal his sexuality, especially given the stiflingly conservative society in which he lived. However, Victorian England’s expectations notwithstanding, I doubt Wilde would have changed himself if he had known students of literature would be studying his personal correspondence two centuries after his death. In fact, I doubt very much that he would have changed anything about himself, his writings, or his feelings to accommodate the prejudices of his countrymen. Wilde didn’t apologize to anyone for being gay. He didn’t make excuses for his sexuality. He embraced his true self, fell desperately in love, and never looked back. I drew (and draw) inspiration from Oscar Wilde. Any other person, young or otherwise, struggling with their sexuality, can draw inspiration from him, too. Towards the end of grade ten, my sexuality hit me with the force of a hammer striking an anvil. I had spent the last two years going through the same motions as every other guy in my grade; I was understandably devastated when I realized that the motions I had taken were hollow. I didn’t like girls. I didn’t like girls at all. The thought was mortifying. Realizing that I had sexual attraction to other guys shattered the image of myself I had
been subconsciously constructing for almost sixteen years. I didn’t know who I was anymore. Anyone who knew me well then, and still knows me well now, will tell you that the stretch of time between when I realized I was gay and when I came out was perhaps the most dreadful part of my life. I was morose almost all the time. I was furious, but at no one and for no reason in particular. I cried on nearly a daily basis. And the worst part was, I felt like there was not a soul on earth with whom I could talk about it. I didn’t want to discuss my sexuality with my friends because I was haunted by tales of other gay teens whose friends abandoned them in their hour of need. In hindsight, this was poor judgment on my part. I didn’t give my friends the credit they deserved. For a time, I hardly thought of them as friends at all — more so as phantoms that would disperse if they discovered the secret I was harboring. Fortunately for me, I was proven wrong by literally every single one of them. I vividly remember telling the first person, then the second person, then the third, and eventually the tenth. First, I told my oldest friend, who lived in a neighboring city, in a rambling and nearly incoherent Facebook message. Next, I told one of my best friends in our school’s back stairwell during her English class. Later that day, I told another best friend over lunch in our cafeteria. Their responses were nearly identical. They wondered why I had made such a big deal out of telling them. They reminded me that they loved me unconditionally and would be there for me no matter what. But to the fifteen year old me, perhaps the most shocking (and the most relieving) aspect of their reaction was their attitude towards me being gay. They made it sound as if it didn’t matter, not in the sense that it was insignificant, but in the sense that me being gay had no impact whatsoever on how they felt about me. I came out to select people over the following months and years. I wasn’t yet fully comfortable with my sexuality; I wasn’t ashamed of it, but I didn’t like to talk about it wholesale quite yet. But a day came when I was no longer willing to hide any aspect of myself from any-
one, friend or foe. In the middle of one June night towards the end of grade twelve, I posed for a picture in front of my webcam wearing a white shirt that had “LIKES BOYS” stamped across the chest. I uploaded it to Facebook as my profile picture, logged off, and went to bed. What happened next was truly remarkable. Colleagues, friends, family members, people who were almost total strangers began commenting on the picture, congratulating me, telling me they were proud of me, that they loved me. People that never gave me the time of day at school were suddenly aware that I existed— and they were proud of me too. I was liberated. And for the first time in what felt like forever, I was proud of myself. We frequently hear of people whose sexuality resulted in their total social devastation and, sadly, sometimes even their death. We hear about people who lead lives of unmitigated misery, wherein they conceal who they are and whom they love from everyone around them. Too often, much too often, we hear about people who come out of the closet and end up wishing they could scramble back in. But my story is different. I am living, breathing proof that not everything is as bad as it seems, that things do get better, that it’s more than merely possible to be happy, young, and gay all at the same time. Many people will try to tell you otherwise. Ignore them; they’re wrong. The years since I’ve accepted myself for who I am have been unimaginably positive, filled with people who are loving, generous, and caring, and all of who are willing to make exceptional memories with me regardless of my sexual orientation. I’ve reached the point at which I refuse to conceal anything about myself from anyone or make excuses for my sexuality. I am unashamed to be myself, just like Oscar Wilde was unashamed to be himself. Anyone struggling with his or her sexuality should take a play from his book. Embrace your true self, fall desperately in love, and never look back. - Alex Benac
THIS BLOG WHAT: Tim Coulson Photography WHO: Tim Coulson WHY WE IT: Tim is an extremely talented and inspirational wedding and portrait photographer. He captures the soul of all of his subjects, telling their story through his lens. His blog also features images from his own life: the adventures of his son, Roo; his wife, Kesh; and himself. One can easily spend hours searching through the imagery on this blog. WHERE: www.timcoulson.com
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