DNA MAG ISSUE TWO
DNA (the shop) W W W. D N AT H E S H O P. C O M
LETTER FROM THE
The theme of our Summer issue is Nobody's Perfect, and it's quite ďŹ tting since our issue is a little behind our planned deadline and Summer is almost over. But, that's life! And what's great about it, is that it's a lot easier when you embrace the good, the bad, and roll with the bumps along the way #LifeLesson. Nonetheless, we are so excited to share our sophomore issue with you, which includes the work of Natalie Yang, who shot two beautiful stories (in digital and ďŹ lm) around the coast and hills of San Francisco, our beloved home base. Photographers Aline Velter and Veselina Tsankova contributed their one-of-a-kind perspectives with their photo journals straight from New York Fashion Week. Plus, we're sharing what we're currently loving, crushing on, and on our radar in fashion, art and social media. Enjoy the dog days of Summer!
photo credit DEV HYNES SHOT BY VESELINA TSANKOVA location ECKHAUS LATTA FW15 SHOW, NEW YORK CITY
contributors ALINE VELTER
NEW YORK, NY @alinevelter FEATURED IN "NYFW AW15" HOMETOWN Santa Maria, RS, Brazil OCCUPATION Freelance photographer WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU FOLLOWED ON INSTAGRAM & WHY? Bradley Theodore (@bradleytheodore) // I am fascinated about street art and Bradley combines art and fashion so amazingly. His colorful art consists of fashion icons like Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Anna Wintour and Tom Ford.
NAT ALIE Y ANG SANTA CRUZ, CA @littlesunlady FEATURED IN “Art We Love,” “Great Highway,” “Nobody’s Perfect Zodiac” HOMETOWN Marin County, CA OCCUPATION: Founder and curator of SandCastleCollective.com WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU FOLLOWED ON INSTAGRAM & WHY? The Adventure Handbook (@theadventurehandbook) // They post beautiful
SAN FRANCISCO, CA @styledbycm
FEATURED IN "Nobody's Perfect Zodiac"" HOMETOWN Eagle, Idaho OCCUPATION Student at the Academy of Art University & Freelance Fashion Stylist WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU FOLLOWED ON INSTAGRAM & WHY? Stone Cold Fox (@stone_cold_fox) // I had never heard of them but my friend spoke highly of the company. Once I looked at their page, I was obsessed. Great clothing and inspiration for looks.
V E SE LINA TSANK OV A NEW YORK, NY @veselinatsankova FEATURED IN "NYFW AW15" HOMETOWN Soﬁa, Bulgaria OCCUPATION Photographer WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU FOLLOWED ON INSTAGRAM & WHY? A model friend of mine that I have a future project with.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Lirany Vasquez @pltjewelry CREATIVE DIRECTOR Myra Joloya @myrajoloya ART/DESIGN DIRECTOR Allison Tuazon @alliesmallz EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Natalie Yang @littlesunlady
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Interested in contributing? We're always looking for creative talents to collaborate with, if you're a writer, artist or photographer, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For press and advertising: email@example.com
06 GIRL CRUSH // CHRISTINA PAIK 10 MENSWEAR MONDAY // VIRGIL ABLOH 16 WHAT WE LOVE // OK REAL 18 INSTALOVE // #INSTACREATIVE 26 NYFW FALL 2015 32 CREATIVE SPOTLIGHT // JACQUELINE HARRIET 44 COVER STORY // NOBODY'S PERFECT ZODIAC 58 THE GREAT HIGHWAY
GIRL CRUSH 6
by Natalie Yang
Christina Paik picked up a camera for the ﬁrst time after injuring herself as a ﬁgure skater. She is now one of the industry’s most inﬂuential photographers, sticking close to her unique style and point of view to communicate the deep interest she has in the people she photographs. Although considered
prefers to focus her images on her subjects. She names all of her editorials after her muses and their location, creating an authentic sense of intimacy not only between her and her subjects, but between her photographs and the vast audience viewing her work.
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After attending high school at Walnut Hill, an art school in Boston, Paik went on to study at Parsons School of Design. Now spending her days between Paris and New York, Paik uses her photography to create and document moments in ways that memories cannot do, and to tell narratives that viewers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always need to be aware of. She is drawn to shooting portraits because after spending her earlier years constantly on the move, she felt no sense of home and began shooting people to document a comfort she was trying to create for herself amongst others, and this is what home meant to her. Very few photos of the talented woman herself can be found and all of her self-portraits are faceless, revealing a mysterious notion of privacy. She explained in an interview with Complex Magazine that she prefers to take self-portraits because it allows her complete control over the photograph. Paik shoots mostly with ďŹ lm, and now spends a lot of her time shooting for brands like Stussy, Off-White and Kith. From her genuine interest in those around her to her magnetic use of natural light glowing over a beautiful subject, we have fallen completely in love with Christina Paik. She not only takes her work as an artist into its own realm that we are lucky enough to see a peak into, but also throws all of herself into her craft- something we admire more than anything, which is why she is our ultimate Girl Crush.
www.christinapaik.com instagram // @_christinapaik 9
c/o VIRGIL ABLOH by M. Joloya and Natalie Yang
Chicago born Virgil Abloh, runs in good circles, creatively and socially. As Creative/Art Director of Kanye West’s DONDA think tank, he has been the Rapper/Designer’s right hand man for the last decade. Another hat he wears is Co-Founder and owner of RSVP Gallery, a conceptual
However, Abloh is formally trained as an Architect and a Civil Engineer with a Master’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He considers himself an, “Architect in training” with intent to drive design and culture into a basic niche.
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With his vast experience working
Abloh has said that his inspirations
with Kanye, this path has already led itself
combine Mies van der Rohe, a Ger-
in the ﬁeld of creative consulting. Abloh
man-American architect and America’s
hopes to ﬁnd longevity by way of design
sweetheart, Martha Stewart.
and creative thinking for his generation.
collection is based on the aesthetic of
As a kid in Chicago, born into the Michael
vintage mountaineering lifestyle outer-
Jordan era and now as an adult, he is a
wear, mixed with a concrete jungle vibe, a
product of the hypebeast generation while
la Wall Street. You cannot scroll through a
still heavily inﬂuenced by 80’s grafﬁti tags.
Paris Fashion Week, Menswear Week and
It is within these creative guidelines of
New York Fashion Week Instagram feed
which he has been raised on, what he has
without seeing at least twenty #offwhite
observed on the streets, inﬂuenced by
images in a row.
American athletes and even pop culture,
Women’s RTW collection, Abloh noted to
that Abloh wants to take design to the
Style.com that the season was designed
mainstream, properly, in his own way.
for the “Clearly” girl he has in mind. ‘I only
For the Spring 2015
smoke when I drink, and she says “clearEnter Off-White.
ly” at the start and end of a sentence.” Virgil Abloh’s level of coolness is
Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh was born from
an art project/blog called Pyrex Vision, a
whether it’s being part of the #BEEN
representation of the importance of youth
#TRILL art, meets streetwear with dj’s
culture. For the ‘post-Tumblr’ generation,
collective (that is the easiest and fastest
Pyrex Vision grew into a small line, a
way to explain it), brain-storming with
duality of athleticism and streetwear
Kanye, managing production and design
culture. Now, the project has transitioned
for Off-White, and now a furniture range
into “Off-White” a name derived from the
launching soon, he IS street culture’s
color of a blank canvas, onto which he
architecture in training.
projects his design vision.
off---white.com instagram // @virgilabloh
WHAT WE LOV
"EGO MAKES PEACE HARD TO FIND." by M. Joloya
A friend of mine turned me on to Ok Real, because she knew my favorite hashtag was #wordstoliveby. Ok Real is an online curation of moments, thoughts, personal stories, words of wisdom, life lessons from real women who have learned and lived.
Its founder Amy Woodside, a New
Zealander based in New York City created Ok Real to provide a resource and a network for inspiration, total honesty, motivation and a way to feel connected. The OK KIT is a mental tool-kit, which includes categories from body, mind, heart and ways to motivate happiness and yes, realness whether it pertains to your career, friendships, relationships and you. Then there's the one on one features offering authentic stories from women who are trying to make differences in their lives. These women offer #OKREALTALK Tips to help you get through a day, a goal or learning from mistakes. I get the newsletter and follow them on Instagram (@heyOKREAL) and yeah these quick minute real life afďŹ rmations do it for me.
www.okreal.co instagram // @heyokreal
"STOP TALKING, START DOING.” -OK TIP 17
#hongkong #losangeles #london #milan #newyork #paris #sanfrancisco
#ins tacr eati ve A round-up of creative artists and inďŹ&#x201A;uencers to follow from around the globe. curated by M. JOLOYA & NATALIE YANG
#milan 22 Free Square Dots Graph Paper from http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/squaredots/
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“NO ONE SHOULD COME TO NEW YORK TO LIVE UNLESS HE IS WILLING TO BE LUCKY.” -E.B. WHITE
For New York Fashion Week's Autumn-Winter 2015 collections, we partnered with two student photographers from New York Film Academy. Veselina Tsankova and Aline Velter were looking to get inspired, in the most ambitious city in the world, during the most hectic and fast paced week. Through their lens, both of the young photographers gave us their personal and cinematic like views of fashion week.
VESELINA TSANKOVA www.veselinat.com ALINE VELTER www.alinevelter.com
designers 1. babyghost // 2. dusen dusen // 3. eckhaus latta // 4. duckie brown // 5. sandy liang // 6. duckie brown photographer VESELINA TSANKOVA 28
designers 1. chromat // 2. chromat // 3. timo weiland // 4. robert geller // 5. robert geller // 6. timo weiland photographer ALINE VELTER 30
photographer // JACQU ELINE HARRIE T // new york city
interviewed by Natalie Yang
DNA MAG: When did you start shooting?
DNA: How did you get into shooting street
JACQUELINE HARRIET: I started shooting
style for Reﬁnery 29 and covering New York
when I was ﬁfteen. They had recently
discontinued photography classes at my
JH: When I moved to NYC to attend NYU I
high school so I ended up teaching myself
knew early on that I wanted to build a
from scratch. I began shooting digitally and
portfolio straight out of the gate. Having
progressively chose to shoot ﬁlm, nowadays
grown up in the outskirts of Sacramento,
I'm shooting about 60 percent ﬁlm and 40
California I felt like I had hit a ceiling as far
percent digital. I had a few really great
internships and opportunities in the realm of
people in my early teens that encouraged
photography. I read Reﬁnery29.com during
me to experiment and get a basic education
my senior year of high school and admired
in photography, my fellow photographer
their visual style and unique content so I
friend John Hill who ﬁrst showed me how to
reached out to them early on. I interned for a
use a ﬁlm camera and then my step dad
semester during my sophomore year and
who encouraged me to sign up for a night
when I came back from studying abroad
class at our local community college.
that summer, they began assigning me work 33
as a freelance photographer. I love working
shoot I blurted out nervously that I was
with Reﬁnery29 because they’re incredibly
sixteen, I was so scared she wouldn't take
me seriously because of my age.
favorite shoot was during the summer of
2012, I had just come home from my ﬁrst DNA: What are you most drawn to when
year at NYU and was feeling majorly down
taking a photograph?
being stuck back in the suburbs but I texted
JH: The environment that surrounds my
Andrea and we did an impromptu photo
subject, I pay a lot of attention to the
shoot in the rundown 99 cent store near my
individual in front of the lens, but I'm
house, treating it like a ﬁlm set with its
constantly trying to create or ﬁnd a
kitschy wallpaper designs and rows of
relationship between the subject and all the
colored cans of food.
surrounding details in the background. I
Andrea was dressed in
think I also ﬁnd myself unconsciously
this really wild outﬁt I had
visualizing the photograph as a whole, in a
was staring at us in the
“WHEN I’M SHOOTING SUBJECTS IN PUBLIC SPACES I TRY TO DO SO QUICKLY AND UNDER THE RADAR...”
parking lot and in the aisles of the store. When I’m shooting subjects in public
DNA: You’ve been told by many that your
spaces I try to do so quickly and under the
photographs have a cinematic quality, is this
radar but in this case it was funny because
people were trying to do their grocery
JH: I adore cinematography and that’s
shopping and were so confused by the
something I’m exploring right now. My Dad’s
whole situation. A photograph I took of
a huge ﬁlm buff and I think the movie theatre
Andrea holding a watermelon is my favorite
shaped my original vision of the world
image I’ve taken to date and it proved that
around me since I lived a pretty routine
you don’t have to spend money or be in
day-to-day life until I went off to college. I
deﬁnitely look at daily life occurrences as
narratives and when I’m photographing I try to think in sequences or of decisive
DNA: Where would you like to see yourself
moments that could read as ﬁlm stills.
in 5 years? 10 years? JH: Right now I'm trying to split time with
DNA: What has been your favorite shoot to
NYC and California: I'd love for that to be
date and why?
completely possible but I know I’ll have to
JH: When I'm visiting my hometown I shoot
pick one semi-permanently soon.
a lot with a friend of mine named Andrea
years I’d love to still be freelancing, shooting
Margaret, we both grew up in Sacramento
editorial portraiture for publications, working
and she was the ﬁrst professional model I
ever photographed when I was sixteen! She
cinematography work as well. 10 years…I
just reminded me the other day how ﬁve
can barely predict where I’ll be in a month! I
years ago when I picked her up for our ﬁrst
sort of enjoy how whimsical being a
photographer or a ﬁlmmaker is at times,
every assignment is different and can lead
California is for photographic reasons but
you to something completely life-changing
down the line. I like being surprised and
friends in comparison to a place like NYC
steered down various paths.
I do love how spread out
a little harder to meet new circles of you’re
radius where you’re bound to bump into DNA: What's your favorite thing about New
York? Least favorite? JH: I love how much punch you can pack in
DNA: Having lived in both CA and NYC,
one single day. A lot of times I’ll leave my
have you grown to love one place more than
apartment in the early morning for a meeting
the other? Why?
and end up running into somebody I know
JH: I think I’m more visually drawn to
out of pure chance which might eventually
California because of its nature and overall
lead to a packed rest of the day with this
abundance of color, as well as the more
person. It’s like a chain reaction, you can
overwhelming even when life is running
experiences based one single decision you
smoothly which motivates me to work hard
made to walk down a certain street. My least
and think about the next step…it keeps me
favorite is my lack of access to car
on my feet.
transportation, I really enjoy driving: it’s how I location scout spots that help bring life and
DNA: You just graduated from NYU and
color to my images. Walking in NYC on a
you’ve already started your own little
nice day is wonderful, but sometimes I wish
business while still shooting for clients- how
I could hop in a car and head to
do you manage your time?
neighborhoods less accessible by public
JH: I try to prioritize and make lots of
transportation. I tend to frequent the same
lists—of projects I’m working on now that
spots out of convenience.
need to be completed, ones I want to start, and ways I can feed my brain with
DNA: What's your favorite thing about
inspiration in the meantime. I watch a lot
California? Least favorite?
of ﬁlms and try and look at a lot of
JH: Hard to pick just one! I love that
visual content so that I’m always coming
California boasts such a wide variety of
“AS A PHOTOGRAPHER I NEED A CHANGING VISUAL ENVIRONMENT TO STAY INSPIRED.”
terrains, especially in
since transitioning from student to now
being a full-time photographer it’s been
within a few hours you
hard to make time to sit still but for
can go from beach to
now I’m enjoying being busy and producing
desert to valley to city to mountains; as a
a lot of content.
photographer I need a changing visual environment to stay inspired. Least favorite
DNA: Do you have any advice for young
is surprisingly not the trafﬁc (I love jamming
people trying to get into the world of fashion
in the car with the windows down during
JH: Say yes! A lot. I've taken many commissions that haven't had anything to do with fashion photography or other genres that I usually shoot in but those have randomly led to booking bigger gigs, like shooting Snoop Dogg
“TRUST YOUR INSTINCT!”
in January! But also, conversely…know when to say no. Trust your instinct! DNA: What did you do during your trip to LA? How was shooting with Snoop Dogg? JH: I ended up scheduling myself so tightly for the three weeks I was there, but I loved the independence of driving around and it was the ﬁrst time I felt like I understood the lifestyle and the landscape of the city. I met up with new and old friends, hiked around Grifﬁth Park, went to the beach, produced 7 shoots, and made a trip down to Joshua Tree for 3 days where I shot a short shoots, and made a trip down to Joshua Tree for 3 days where I shot a short up with new and old friends, hiked around Grifﬁth Park, went to the beach, produced 7 shoots, and made a trip down to Joshua Tree for 3 days where I shot a short documentary! Shooting Snoop Dogg was a unique and fun experience; his character in the media is exactly who he is in person. Charismatic, funny, relaxed. There was something Motown playing in the background at one point and he started dancing in a circle with The Hills' Audrina Patridge and two actresses from Orange is the New Black.
www.jacquelineharriet.com instagram // @jacqharriet
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FLIP SIDE Totally psycho.
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FLIP SIDE Neurotic mess.
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GOOD SIDE You're fair, balanced and hate confrontation.
FLIP SIDE You’re so vain.
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COLOR deep blue
FLIP SIDE So damn blunt.
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