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Sharon Gault (aka “Mama Makeup”)

Sharon Gault (aka “Mama Makeup”) is not your ordinary makeup artist. Part artiste and part muse, she is equally at home being behind the camera as she is being in front of it. After shooting to fame as Madonna’s hair stylist in Truth or Dare, Gault later became the go-to artist for Lady Gaga – doing her make-up in such videos as “Poker Face,” “Love Game,” “Paparazzi,” “Dirty Rich” and her iconic Rolling Stone cover shot by David LaChapelle. However, it wasn’t always red carpets and celebs. Growing up on welfare with a single mother, being a make-up artist to the stars hardly seemed possible. But with a little chutzpah, that is exactly what happened. –Photography by Vijat Mohindra, Interview by Rachel Khona. Read The Full Interview

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Joséphine de la Baume, “The Natural”

Some people make things look so easy. Actor, model and XX half of brother-sister duo Singtank, Joséphine de la Baume exudes so much seemingly effortless creativity in her fingertips alone, it would be annoying if not for her secret weapon — intoxicating charm. The disarming wit takes a moment from her destined ascent to next level fame to discuss working with the best in the business, vampires and Michael Jackson…and invents a new word while she’s at it. –Interview by Roberto Reyes, photography by Alex Brunet – Read More…

Joséphine de la Baume – “The Natural”

Read the full interview with Joséphine de la Baume from our 4th issue below. Use your keyboard arrows to navigate through the images. On the image: Josephine wears long gold embroidered dress vintage Oscar De La Renta from Pretty Box, Black suede purse vintage Yves Saint Laurent, Black polka dot tights The Sock Shop Pink Opium jacket and red belt vintage Yves Saint Laurent, Black lace bodysuit Roseanna, Large black pants vintage Mugler (left) Purple lurex blouse with black velvet skirt and purple belt vintage Yves Saint Laurent, (on the table) Golden metal clutch vintage Elie Saab. (right) Black and white collar dress vintage Chanel from Pretty Box, Golden metal clutch vintage Elie Saab, polka dot tights The Sock Shop (left) Leopard satin dress vintage Yves Saint Laurent. (right) Black Opium jacket and black suede belt vintage Yves Saint Laurent, Long velvet skirt vintage Chloé from Pretty Box (left) Silver lurex blouse vintage Jean Louis Scherre, Golden lurex skirt vintage Dior. (right) Embroidered jacket VINTAGE Valentino from Pretty Box, Long black pleated skirt Tara Jarmon, …

Zoë Kravitz for VAGA no. 4 by Robert Nethery

It’s a February Friday afternoon in New York City, and the weather has gone from snow to hail to rain and back to wet, sloppy snow when I sit down to chat with Zoë Kravitz, the single heir to the funk fortune that Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet’s late-eighties and early-nineties romance endowed the world. At 24, Zoë is a near perfect match to a 1980s Bonet, and with the help of a Google Image search or a TV Land marathon, it’s clear she’s channeling a fair amount of Denise Huxtable as well. She is poised, beautiful, artistic and wise to the second-generation Hollywood privilege her looks and last name have afforded her. –Words and Interview by Kelly Sherman, Photography by Robert Nethery at Art List NY, Styling by Dianna Lunt at Art Department. Continue Reading…

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Interview – Zoë Kravitz for VAGA #4

It’s a February Friday afternoon in New York City, and the weather has gone from snow to hail to rain and back to wet, sloppy snow when I sit down to chat with Zoë Kravitz, the single heir to the funk fortune that Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet’s late-eighties and early-nineties romance endowed the world. At 24, Zoë is a near perfect match to a 1980s Bonet, and with the help of a Google Image search or a TV Land marathon, it’s clear she’s channeling a fair amount of Denise Huxtable as well. She is poised, beautiful, artistic and wise to the second-generation Hollywood privilege her looks and last name have afforded her. –Words and Interview by Kelly Sherman, Photography by Robert Nethery at Art List NY, Styling by Dianna Lunt at Art Department. Production House Barcelona Fashion Production Blazer Costume National, bra top T by ALEXANDER WANG, silk trousers CARIN WESTER, headband HEATHER HUEY, sterling silver necklace SCOSHA Dress vintage, patent leather ankle boots MALIN LANDAEUS, feather headdress HEATHER HUEY, sterling silver necklace SCOSHA, …

EYE CANDY – CFDA – Steven Kolb

Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) CEO, Steven Kolb gives us an inside look on men’s accessories, eyewear in particular. Today, men have a platform to express themselves through bags, jewelry, hats, and even socks. Kolb’s need to wear glasses is now his trademark; his frames are the starting point to what he’s going to wear on any given day. Photography by Juliana Bojorquez, Interview by Natalie Kates-Style Curator. Natalie Kates: Eyewear is a big part of men’s accessories. When walking around the streets of SoHo, I see men in an array of frames. It looks like men today have more options than ever. How many glasses do you own? Steven Kolb: I have close to 30 pairs of glasses. For me it’s the marriage of form and function because I have to wear glasses. I might as well have fun with it and make it my own. I am lucky that there are a core group of CFDA members that only design eyewear. I gravitate towards what they do. I love mixing up …

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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 …

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SKATEISTAN – Afghanistan’s girl skateboarders pushing boundaries and stereotypes

— text by Rachel Khona It’s 11pm when I call up Jesse McConnell in Kabul, Afghanistan. While I’m sitting comfortably by my computer munching on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, McConnell is getting ready for another day of work at the skateboarding school known as Skateistan. Believe it or not, in this intensely conservative and often sexist society, boys and girls of all ages and socioeconomic classes learn how to ride the concrete waves like a California tween. McConnell thought it sounded wild too. “I couldn’t really believe it existed,” he said, but that unexpectedness is exactly what drew him in. Of course many of us are drawn to curious adventures, like skydiving, roller coasters, nose jobs, and feeding wild monkeys, but a majority of them don’t always follow through. So how does a nice boy from South West England end up volunteering in Kabul? Let’s rewind. Australian Oliver Percovich was just another veteran skater when he accompanied his social scientist girlfriend on her research trip to Afghanistan. With his skateboard in tow, Percovich …

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 …

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MEANT FOR BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

Mauricio and Roger Padilha of MAO PR are the co-authors of the best-selling “The Stephen Sprouse Book” by Rizzoli, 2009. Their affair with Stephen Sprouse started as a teenage love and continued through the decades. The two brothers are the owners of the largest collection outside of Stephen Sprouse’s personal archive. Mauricio and Roger Padilha of MAO PR are the co-authors of the best-selling “The Stephen Sprouse Book” by Rizzoli, 2009. Their affair with Stephen Sprouse started as a teenage love and continued through the decades. The two brothers are the owners of the largest collection outside of Stephen Sprouse’s personal archive. –Interview by Natalie Kates Natalie Kates: How did you start collecting Stephen Sprouse? Roger Padilha: We grew up on Long Island and didn’t really have access to a lot of fashion. When I was 13 years old and Mauricio was 16, we were watching some TV News Channel and they showed a fashion show on Stephen Sprouse. We stole our parent’s credit card and went to Bloomingdale’s in Manhattan where we charged up …