Month: January 2013

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Fury

“The line that describes the beautiful is elliptical. It has simplicity and constant change. It cannot be described by a compass, and it changes direction at every one of its points” –Rudolf Arnheim. An editorial by photographer Ira Chernova, stylist Anastasia Patellis, model Polina Blinova at One Management. (left) Dress THE BLONDS, gloves LA CRASIA, shades MERCURA. (right) Dress by OSKLEN, jacket worn as skirt MARIA DORA, necklace stylist’s own. Dress THE BLONDS, gloves by LA CRASIA. Sheer top OSKLEN, leggings JAC LANGHEIM, gloves by LA CRASIA, shoes ALEJANDRO INGELMO. Top and belt OSKLEN, skirt BILLY REID, earring and ring CHRIS HABANA. Dress and top THE BLONDS, glasses MERCURA. Dress OSKLEN, necklace CHRIS HABANA, gloves LA CRASIA. Stylist Anastasia Patellis, model Polina Blinova.

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Recent Design Graduates

A selection of recent graduates from design schools across the US. Here we showcase five of the most forward-thinking and young upcoming designers: Donghyuk Dan Kim, Azede Jean-Pierre, Massayuki Ito, Helen Hao Wu and Danielle Frankel. 2011 MFA Fashion Design graduate, Donghyuk Dan Kim attended Academy of Art University in California. He is originally from Incheon, South Korea and I now lives in Irvine, California. What was the inspiration behind your design (used in the editorial)? DDK: I looked to vintage military uniforms and clothing from the American West for inspiration, interpreting the signature elements and fusing them with my own vision. I focused on small design details that are often forgotten, and made them relevant for today. I was also inspired by the shapes of windows — mimicking their patterns in fabric manipulations such as quilting and taping. What materials do you use?  Why? DDK: I used leather, melton wool, waxed cotton and wool plaid shirting. All of these fabrics had a somewhat traditional, military feel that helped to bring my inspiration to life in …

Forever Now

“It’s revealed once more. What? Eternity. It’s the sea run off. With the sun…” by French poet Arthur Rimbaud. Photography by Naama Alex Levy, Stylist Alison Mazur, Hair Siobhan Benson, Makeup Allie Smith, Model Chloe Norgaard at One Management. This page: Shirt and leggings NIKE, hat KENZO, sunglasses OPENING CEREMONY. Bags (from left): ALEXANDER WANG, OPENING CEREMONY, KENZO. Previous page: Cardigan TANYA TAYLOR, jewelry JEN KAO. Rain coat and pants OPENING CEREMONY, sunglasses KAREN WALKER; (top right) t-shirt MAMADOUX, leggins NIKE, stylist’s own jacket; (bottom right) trousers JEN KAO, shoes NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD. Dress DEAN QUINN, sunglasses LINDA FARROW.

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Andre Johnson

Andre Johnson’s story is not for the weary. His life begins like so many of today’s oppressed urban black men. The 33 year old gay male was raised in the projects of Newark, New Jersey in the 1980s by a struggling single mom. But in spite of the darkness, he managed to find a method to the mayhem: ‘Kill the world with kindness and do it in a lovely frock to boot!‘ Andre’s good vibrations haven’t gone unnoticed either; turning the heads of everyone from Patricia Fields and Jay Leno to French Vogue and “The New York Times”. Andre’s ‘I don’t give a shit’ attitude could very well be the start of a new fashion renaissance of gender-bending freedom that started right here in NYC! Photography Michael Flores, interview Abbey Miller, words by Robbie Sosa. Abbey Miller: I saw an interview where you said somebody thought you looked like Jesus, and you said you and he shared some qualities. What about you is Christ-LIke? Andre Johnson: Well, I can part the sea. Or, at least …