Month: November 2012

ALL WE HAVE IS NOW

This is the first of a collection dedicated to upcoming artists and photographers living outside the circles of major fashion centers. In this story for VAGA, Moscow-based photographer Lena Kholkina portrays the dilapidated present of a Russian 18th century mansion where grand musical and theatrical performances were hosted by the Russian aristocratic society. The mansion stands still as a gigantic ghost from the past. Model: Nastya Tairi, Photography & Styling: Lena Kholkina. Clothing credits include: jewelry by Lesia Paramonova, clothing and accessories by Kate Hill, Dream and Awake, Kira Plastinina, Topshop, Daniel K, Click Boutique, Sioux, Twist & Tango.

Splosh by Robert Melee

A exclusive video art piece by New York artist Robert Melee. Melee was born in New Jersey. He makes multimedia art — videos, installations, collages. His work is often compared to that of John Waters and Andy Warhol due to its overt campness. –interview by Natalie Kates. Visit robertmelee.com for more information about the artist and his artwork. Natalie Kates: You first appeared on my radar when I came across your piece entitled, “Disco Tray” from the BAM auction, then I emailed you on Facebook. What gallery represents you? Robert Melee: Andrew Kreps in NYC NK: In this age of social media, are art galleries still relevant? If so, can you elaborate? RM: Social media is good for PR, but all my business and sales have only been through my gallery. NK: The first video featured in this interview is entitled “Splosh.” Can you tell me how this came about and does it have a particular meaning to you? RM: A few years ago a friend gave me a Splosh magazine. Sploshing is a sexual …

Even Flow

Setting up a romantic mood for the season, rising model Kate Kondas @ Trump Management brings passion to this story photographed by Matthew Priestley @ Ford Artist. Styled by Fernando Lahoz, Hair and Makeup by Donna Fumoso @ Ford Artist, Assistant: Jameson Laurentino. Black mink coat TIMO WEILAND, boots WALTER STEIGER, rib dress VERLAINE, underwear and choker MAISON CLOSE. Previous page: Previous page: dress HERVE LEGER.   Sweater BILLY REID, skirt TIMO WEILAND. Cut out black dress with leather skirt TIMO WEILAND, choker MAISON CLOSE.  

Art is Sacred

As the Tunisian youth rebelled against the system to fight for their rights and reclaim their country, one of their most beautiful and recognizable young faces was about to step into a public whirlwind of her own. Kenza Fourati would become the first Arab model to ever be featured in the best selling Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Interview by: Gabriel Ruas Santos-Rocha As the Tunisian youth rebelled against the system to fight for their rights and reclaim their country, one of their most beautiful and recognizable young faces was about to step into a public whirlwind of her own. Kenza Fourati would become the first Arab model to ever be featured in the best selling Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The significance was immediately established by the magazine, which added a political quote to Kenza’s introductory page. The response from the media around the world, and especially from her own country, was immediate. In the process, Kenza was to become one of the faces of that young revolution. Already an active participant in her country’s political …