Month: December 2012

Seeing Red

“Seeing Red” a fashion editorial by New York-based photographer Matthew Priestley @ Ford Artists and stylist Matt Bidgoli, Makeup: Marni Burton for Kevyn Aucoin. Paintings used in the background by Romeo Alaeff. Jacket ALEXANDER WANG, Top DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, Hat and Denim both RAG & BONE, Bracelet stylist’s own. Sleeveless knit MARC JACOBS, Leather Shorts TOPSHOP, bracelets stylist’s own. Sunglasses ALEXANDER WANG, Sweater OLIVIER THEYSKENS FOR THEORY.  Blazer HAIDER ACKERMANN, Skirt HELMUT LANG, Bracelets stylist’s own, shoes GIANVITO ROSSI. Leather Jacket SANDRO, Sunglasses RAY-BAN.


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 …


A selection from the latest Miami Art Basel by style curator and VAGA’s Arts Editor, Natalie Kates. Image: artwork by Jean Philippe Illanes, “Premier Chagrin.” PULSE Miami Beach. Galerie Lot 10. Sonia Falcone Mark Diaz Brass Knuckle lamp Rotganzen “Melted Disco Balls” Graham Caldwell Kevin Cooley Bobby Cruz Liu Bolin Chanoir D*Face Anke Eilergerhard Ferris Plock Carolina Gómez Carlos Aires Scott Hove Brent Birbaum Glaser/Kunz

Long Loved Love

The atmosphere had suddenly changed. This raging love had taken me to a place I didn’t understand, a place where my mind had been broken down to a state where logic had been replaced by false feelings of lust and temptation. “Long Loved Love” Photography by Ezra Patchett at Ford Artists. Necklace EBONY FLEUR   Vintage Jacket, Necklace ALEXIS BITTAR, Underwear ERES. Top ASHTON MICHAEL, Bracelets CHRISHABANA. Shorts HEATHER LAWTON, Necklace EBONY FLEUR Pants SKINGRAFT, Necklace by MAWI, Cuff CHRISHABANA Corset JEN KAO Stylist: Ryan Lobo, Makeup: Angie Barton, Hair: Riad Azar – All @ Ford Artists. Model: Yaya @ Ford Models. Post-production: Kate Gash, Photo Assistant: Brad Triffitt. Text: Ileana De Hoyos. Special thanks to Dune Studios.