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SKATEISTAN – Afghanistan’s Girl Skaters Collective is Pushing Boundaries

— 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 …

ALL WE HAVE IS NOW by photographer Elena Kholkina

In this story for VAGA, Moscow-based photographer Elena 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.

Wander by Day – a fashion video editorial by Drew Reilly

Directed and Edited by Drew Reilly @ Ford Artists, Fashion: Doria Santlofer, Director of Photography: Scott Schweizer, Cinematography: Przemyk J. Klimek, Production Designer: Seth Brody, Music: Christopher Botta, Hair: David Lopez @ Ford Artists, Makeup: Isaac Olaizola, Fashion’s Assistant: Ilyssa Satter, Models: Zen Sevastynova @ IMG Models, Seth Miller @ Ford Models, Chris Arundel @ Request, Alicia Rountree @ Ford Models, Martyna Frankow @ IMG Models. Fashion Kids Video Editorial

I met you in Berlin by Kate Bellm – Fashion Editorial

Shot on location by Kate Bellm, Fashion Niki Pauls, Hair and Makeup Christian Fritzenwanker, Assistants Minni Podewills and Sara Marx, Production by Production Berlin On previous slide: Julian and Yen, high school students from Berlin, wearing jacket Adidas originals, jeans Energie, belt Carhartt. Yen wears shorts Replay, tights Falke. On this slide: Daria, model, wears sweater and skirt Starstyling, shoes Vans, bag Eastpack. Emil, model, wears cap and trousers Acne, jacket Levi’s, watch G-shock. Lenny is a skater and student from Berlin. In this shots he wears (left) hat Adidas originals, jean jacket Acne. (Right) beanie and shorts Adidas originals, tank H&M, socks Nike, shoes Vans, jewelry stylist’s own. Anna Liset Ahlers, actress from Berlin, wears pullover PRPS, tight Happy Socks, shoes Dr. Martens. Raf, studen from Berlin, wears hat Patricia Field, jumper model’s own. All clothes model’s own. Christoph, model from Berlin, wears jeans Cheap Monday, boxershorts CK Calvin Klein. Minnie is a stop motion movie maker from Berlin in this shot she wears jacket Bernhard Willhelm, bra CK Calvin Klein. Pia, model, wears jean jacket Diesel, vintage Dress, shoes Jeremy …

“Acoustic” an Interview with Misty Miller

Misty Miller is a veritable ingénue of folk/pop. With a small ukulele, a big voice and a pure heart she has strummed up a strong, influential and growing following. She was featured as one of the first artists picked for Christopher Bailey’s Burberry Acoustic, a platform that showcases young and new British artists. these ongoing acoustic sessions are shared with the global Burberry audience. since then misty has had her debut EP on MySpace and released her first album. aaron radford-Wattley was lucky enough to meet with the very lovely misty miller in the swarovski Crystallized café in central london. –interview by Aaron Radford-Wattley, photography Nicole Maria Winkler, fashion Katie Burnett, hair Kota Suizu, stylist assistant Chloe Pierre. Special thanks to Anthony Gordon @ Premier Management In terms of music, which artists have influenced you? Misty Miller: Lots of artists for the 2nd album. But it’s really hard to think of (specific) artists because I don’t really listen to artists and think ‘Yeah, that’s it.’ I just have music on and I pick things from it. …