Fashion

The Cartorialist

Illustrated Answers with
NeueHouse Hollywood Member, Carly Kuhn

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NeueHouse Hollywood Member, Carly Kuhn, better known as The Cartorialist, is one of the most exciting artists working in the fashion world and beyond, blending simplicity, talent, and, more importantly, humor into her pieces. In fact, humor is a great motivator in Kuhn’s life, as she tells us in this illustrated interview, she is a big admirer of Kristen Wiig and even attended the same comedy troupe the SNL veteran was a part of. Though known for her high-fashion illustrations (she’s collaborated with everyone from Prada to Dior and had a piece on the walls of NH Hollywood), the magic of Kuhn’s work lies in her ability to gracefully turn the subtle and ordinary into the alluring and evocative. She shows us different angles, fresh perspectives and provides a peek into a private world or a secret moment. She kindly gave us a look into her life, which involves martinis, turtlenecks, and finding beauty in imperfection, oh and lots of green tea soy lattes.

 

NeueJournal: What is your favorite aspect about getting ready in the morning?

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The iced soy green tea latte from Starbucks tastes like a green tea ice cream.

 

 

 

NJ: What current fashion trend do you love?

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Turtlenecks.

NJ: What current fashion trend do you wish would go away?

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Tiny purses. Not to be confused with an evening clutch.

 

NJ: What is your most prized possession?

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My mother gave me her ring (that she’s had since she was 16) when I moved to California in 2009.

 

NJ: Who did you look up to as a kid?

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My older brother Joey.

 

NJ: Who do you look up to now?

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Kristen Wiig… she’s the first person who popped into my head. I grew up in NYC and was always a huge fan of SNL. When I moved to LA I worked in TV comedy and even went to the Groundlings School Wiig attended. Even though I no longer work in comedy, I will always have a special place in my heart for comedy and Kristen. My illustration is of one of her most famous characters: The Target Lady.

 

NJ: What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?

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Cocktails with friends…

 

NJ: What does paradise look like to you?

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A bungalow by the beach.

 

NJ: If you were an inanimate object, what would you be?

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A guitar.

 

NJ: What is the last thing you bought?

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A sketchbook from Blick Art Supplies.

 

Illustrations: Carly Kuhn for NeueJournal 

Who What Wear

'The Career Code'

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Upon the first few seconds of talking to Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power, the duo extraordinaire who created a fashion media empire that includes Who What Wear, it’s evident how complimentary they are. They are ying and yang in everything from their drinks (Hillary orders a bourbon on the rocks, Katherine a white wine spritzer) to their looks (Hillary is a blonde, Katherine a brunette), but perhaps most evident, and most importantly, in their personalities, which is a huge attribute to their immeasurable success. However, as with any duo, they are also incredibly similar – both smart, business-savvy go-getters, who saw an unchartered realm in the fashion world and took the opportunity to become moguls, cementing all their endeavors under Clique Media Group, a media and commerce company, which includes a fashion line available at Target, and various media outlets, including ObsesseeMy Domaine, and Byrdie.

 

But despite their success, Kerr and Power are warm and approachable, and soon enough we were laughing together, reminiscing about platform flip-flops and about the mistake of giving away vintage designer goods. Ahead of their talk at NeueHouse Madison Square, where they discussed their latest business venture, ‘The Career Code,’ a book about everything from business to personal anecdotes, the duo sat down with us to discuss the challenges of building a career, their summer must-haves, and what they value most about each other.

 

 

NeueJournal: What do you intend to share with your book that isn’t already available in the myriad of successful platforms you own?

 

 

Hillary Kerr: I think this is the first time we’ve put everything together in one easy-to-digest format, not to mention the fact that this is everything we’ve both been personally taking notes on, learning from, and seeing over the last decade of building our company, not to mention our careers in general. It’s also, I think, perhaps the most personal book, because not only does it speak to all these things we’ve learned and noticed about our most successful employees, but there are also snippets from our lives throughout, which is something we haven’t really talked about before.

 

 

NJ: It’s incredibly beneficial that it touches upon the challenges you’ve faced, because challenge and failure are a part of success. What has been the most challenging aspect of your careers?

 

 

Katherine Power: I think the most challenging aspect has been scaling our company, so in many ways it was pretty easy to jump in and start this. I’ve always been very entrepreneurial since I was small, so I’ve always missed that part of my brain that is fearful about what people think or if I’m going to fail at something.

 

 

HK: And I’m just hyper-enthusiastic! (laughs)

 

 

KP: I dragged Hillary with me, and I don’t think we necessarily knew what we were getting into, and I think sometimes it’s the unknown that helps. Maybe some of the ignorance really was bliss, and that’s sort of what drove us, but once you get past that early stage – and I would say for the first seven years it was very trying as entrepreneurs – but then you get to this stage where you actually have to grow the business. We have 170 employees now, so at a certain point your job becomes not so much about the actual work or content you’re putting out as a company, but kind of the orchestrating of the people, and the growing of the departments, and making sure that everyone else has a career where they feel fulfilled. So I think that’s been an unexpected challenge we’ve had, but also one of the most rewarding – to be able to give a great career to that many people.

 

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NJ: If you could say something to your younger selves, what would it be?

 

 

HK: Learn how to code. Immediately. It was frustrating for us, especially in the beginning…we’re both very hands on, detail-oriented, and incredibly passionate about our company and our work and what we’ve created. We know little bits and bobs here and there about coding, but I think that if I had a deeper understanding of the code and the engineering behind something and the language of code, it would’ve been really helpful, especially back in the day when we were hiring our first CTO and some of that team. Also, who doesn’t want to know code? It’s like learning another language.

 

 

KP: I would say, keep all your designer vintage (laughs). I cycled through it and gave a lot of it away or sold it, and I wish I had kept it all.

 

 

HK: I feel like you were a very early adopter of the Spark Joy movement, where you Marie Kondo’d your closet long before Marie Kondo was around.

 

 

KP: I get that from my grandmother, to go through and clean out our lives, and get rid of a lot of stuff.

 

 

NJ: That’s something I’ve always told my mom. I see photos of her when she was younger and hound her. “Why didn’t you keep that?!”

 

 

KP: I know! Or like vintage Levis that I had when I was 15…

 

 

NJ: That you’re buying now, anyway.

 

 

KP: Exactly!

 

 

NJ: What do you value most about each other?

 

 

HK: I value Katherine’s entrepreneurial side. It is in every fiber of her being, and I feel like that is such an important and lucky quality to have in a business partner. Also the fact that when you make Katherine laugh there is nothing more rewarding, because she’s not an easy laugh, so she finds something funny it’s really funny, which makes me strive to be funnier in my day to day.

 

 

KP: This is actually a really good question and I don’t think anyone has ever asked us this.  I really value Hillary’s open-mindedness. She is very against change by nature, and I’m looking for change constantly, so she lets me push us there and is very open-minded. It might take a little bit of walking through…

 

 

HK: Well, I’m cautious. It’s the Virgo in me. I think I’m still weirdly dealing with ramifications of the recession, especially the nervousness of it. But it’s true, I am a more cautious individual.

 

 

KP: But very open-minded. She’ll hear anyone out, and if they feel strongly about something then she will support it.

 

 

NJ: Absolutely, and it’s evident that you play upon each other’s strengths. What is your favorite way to treat yourselves?

 

 

HK: I’m a pretty voracious reader, so a new book or a new magazine. By treating myself I mean like three times a week, which is just like a little carrot that gets me through the day sometimes. Knowing that I can get to the bookstore or the newsstand and read somebody else’s content is very relaxing to me.

 

 

KP: For me it’s probably an afternoon with cheese and meats and wine. Sounds great.

 

 

NJ: Looking back, what is the most embarrassing look you ever rocked?

 

 

HK: Oooh, there have been so many. I was a devotee of very large platform flip-flops in college.

 

 

KP: I believe they’re called Rocket Dogs (laughs).

 

 

HK: I was trying to stay away from a brand name (laughs), but yes! I went to college in Southern California and that was what everyone wore, and I for sure went along with it. I look back and I think, “Why?” I mean, it’s not a platform, it’s not chic, it’s cheap and clunky, and just not…not my best outfit era.

 

 

KP: I’m embarrassed by what I wore to my interview for Elle, because I wore flats. I was 24 when I went to interview with Nina Garcia, who was the Fashion Director of Elle at the time, and Brandon Holley, who was the Editor in Chief of Elle Girl, and I was interviewing to be the West Coast Editor for both magazines. I mean I looked cute, but I was so young and I was wearing these flat boots, and now I shudder to think I was wearing flats to meet the Fashion Director of Elle.

 

 

NJ: What are you most excited to wear this summer?

 

 

HK: I have to say, even though it’s been around for a second, I’m such a big fan of all the off-shoulder tops, which are in their peak right now. Not to work, of course, but I look forward to wearing the dresses, and we have some in our line that we do for Target. Just in general I think it’s very flattering, seasonally appropriate, and romantic without being fussy. I’m quite fond of that silhouette.

 

 

KP: I love that we have a range of lightweight, chiffon-y, pleated skirts that are really great to wear in the summer. They’re midi-length elastic waist, and they come in rust, pink, and olive green, which I love for summer. We also have some interesting linen pieces, like vests and dresses.

 

 

NJ: If you were an inanimate object, what would you be?

 

 

KP: Dark sunglasses.

 

 

HK: I would be a vintage pineapple cocktail shaker in brass or copper. Decorative and fun, but functional and silly.

 

 

NJ: Wow those really paint a picture of either personality. What is your definition of happiness?

 

 

KP: Being at home with my husband, watching some TV and eating some good food.

 

 

HK: My fiancee makes everything better, so even if we are stuck in an airport together it’s better just because he’s there. If you can throw in friends and food and fun, that is nice as well, but if not, I’ll just take him.

 

Photography: Bec Lorrimer for NeueJournal 

The Shape of
Things to Come

TOME | CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund alumni

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Founded by two Aussie expats, Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo, TOME has garnered swells of praise from the fashion industry and beyond. According to the designer duo, their current collection aims for a harmonious disconnect: a marrying of levity with serious real-world themes; of art and commerce; of the cerebral and the fun to wear. In this original shoot by photographer Manolo Campion, the clean lines and crispness of summer perfectly express the versatility of the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund alumni. 

 

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Earrings: Edgar Mosa | Ring: Amanda Pearl

 

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Earrings: Edgar Mosa | Ring: Amanda Pearl

 

 

Clothing Credits: TOME 

 

CREW CREDITS
Photographer: Manolo Campion
Photo Assist: Michael Tessier
Photo Assist: Jordan Walczak
Stylist: Amarsana Gendunova
Stylist Assistant: Carson Hall
Hair: Lizzie Arneson @Bridge
Makeup: Souhi @Jedroot
Model: Hannah Hansen @Milk
Casting Director: Edward Kim

 

Featured Photo Credits (Right Image): Earring Edgar Mosa | Hosiery: Nicolas Messina

Featured Photo Credits (Left Image): Earrings Amanda Pearl

Ana Strumpf

Illustrated Answers

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The well-known adage “You are what you eat” might be true for some, but for illustrator Ana Strumpf, “You are what you draw” seems a much better fit. The Brazilian native, who spends her time between her homeland and New York City, has become well known for repurposing anything from magazine covers, editorial pages, and even canvas bags to add a surge of color and, at times, even movement. With a unique style that puts a refreshing spin on the fashion world, it’s no surprise the illustrator herself is a refreshing and colorful personality, as evidenced from the illustrations she made to answer our questions.

 

NeueJournal: What did you look like as a child?

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NJ: What is the last movie you watched?

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NJ: What is your favorite piece of clothing?

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NJ: What is your most prized possession?

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NJ: What is the first thing you do in the morning?

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NJ: What is your biggest vice?

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NJ: What is your favorite place in the world?

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NJ: What is your favorite time of the day?

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NJ: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

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NJ: Who do you admire the most?

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Illustrations: Ana Strumpf for NeueJournal 

Portrait Photography: Filipe Redondo

Zoe Buckman

‘Every Curve’

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Does misogynistic work of artistic value have room to coexist with feminist pursuits? This is the core exploration of British artist Zoe Buckman’s newest exhibition, and her first in the United States, ‘Every Curve.’ On view until April 30th, 2016 at Papillion in Los Angeles, ‘Every Curve’ is an intricate body of work that amalgamates femininity with hip-hop lyrics, which are often sexist and abrasive to women.

 

Stitched on delicate vintage lingerie, ‘Every Curve’ reappropriates borderline abusive rhetoric against women and feminizes it, empowering women by de-powering the intention of subversion. Buckman’s sartorial art is a reflection of the complexities of womanhood, which allows – or at the very least supports – the idea that we can enjoy culture without it having an effect on our worth as powerful and assertive individuals. In this illustrated Q&A, the artist, hip-hop aficionado, and style maven gives us an insight into her life and mind.

 

NeueJournal: You famously preserved your placenta, turning into material for an art piece. If you could use any other part of your body for art, which would it be?

 

Zoe Buckman: No one has ever asked me that before! I plastinated my placenta because I wanted to preserve the moment that something living starts to die. I think it would be quite interesting to do the reverse — to preserve something that is growing/reaching fruition. The only example I can think of for this would be to preserve some kind of cancer. God willing I never have the opportunity to do this.

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NJ: Where is your favorite place in the world?

 

ZB: Hackney, East London.

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NJ: When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

 

ZB: I wanted to be a lorry driver or a fireman (no one ever mentioned firewomen).

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NJ: Aside from Tupac and Biggie, who is your favorite hip-hop artist?

 

ZB: I listen The Fugees a lot in the studio.

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NJ: What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

 

ZB: A menu.

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NJ: What do you look like in the morning?

 

ZB: Puffy as fuck.

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NJ: What do you look like at night?

 

ZB: Tired and tipsy.

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NJ: Who do you admire the most?

 

ZB: My mum. Thirty years ago she had a wonderful but very demanding three-year-old son, and then she gave birth to twins (one of whom was me), and she raised us all in humor and love whilst giving her all to her students at RADA. She is a legend, a two times cancer survivor, an activist and talented writer, and there aren’t enough props in the world I can give her.

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NJ: What is the first thing you see when you wake up?

 

ZB: White sheets.

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NJ: If you were a superhero what would your superpower be and what would your suit look like?

 

ZB: My superpower would be the ability to heal the sick through the power of my breakdancing. My suit would be a vintage Adidas tracksuit. My bandana would double up as a magic band-aid and my door-knocker gold earrings would shoot life-giving laser beams…I’ve probably been watching too many kids cartoons lately with my four-year-old.

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Artwork: Zoe Buckman for NeueJournal

 

Feature Image: Zoe Buckman in her ‘Every Curve’ exhibition at PAPILLION ART, Los Angeles

 

Courtesy Bethanie Brady Artist Management / (C) Billy Farrell / BFA.com

 

Agnes B.

'Collection' Featuring Nan Goldin,
Harmony Korine, Kenneth Anger, & More

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Agnès B. is the epitome of cool. With a top fashion firm, a variety of films, and a space that sells everything from artwork to visually enticing books, the French renegade has lived her life disrupting all rules except one: following her intuition. In fact, it’s this intuition, combined with having a skillful eye and knowing the right people, that has enabled Agnès’ art collection to become one of the most exciting out there, with everyone from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Ryan McGinley, Nan Goldin and Robert Fillou (amongst many, many others) encompassing the list. While some of these pieces are shown in her gallery, Galerie Du Jour, and others are hung on the walls of her home, the entire oeuvre has been compiled into an updated re-publishing of the book ‘Collection.’ Check out some of the images from the book below, which includes contributions by Harmony Korine, Kenneth Anger, and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

 

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Helen Levitt (1913), Spider Girl, 1980, Dye transfer print, 15.98 x 20 inches

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LEFT: Malick Sidibé (1931), Nuit de Noël, 1965, Gelatin sliver print, 2005, 47.24 x 47.24 inches | RIGHT: Roger Ballen (1950), Roar, 2002, Gelatin sliver print, 15.75 x 15.75 inches

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Kenneth Anger, Cameron as the Scarlet Woman from Inauguration of The Pleasure Dome, 1954, Colour print, printed in 1996, 33.86 x 45.47 inches

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Brassaï (1899–1984), Graffitis, 1960, Christian Besser Verlag, Stuttgart, Gelatin sliver print

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Jonone (1966), Enter the Dragon, 1990, Acrylic on canvas, 51.97 x 73.62 inches

 

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Molly Findlay

Bergdorf Goodman x Mother of Thousands

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Molly Findlay grew up between Northern California and the Mojave Desert with free-spirited parents and a free-spirited attitude toward creation. In fact, because of the desolateness of the latter place where she grew up, Findlay grew up with a bold imagination and the time to create, which is an unsurprising foreshadowing of her present day profession as a prop stylist and set designer. However, Findlay’s fondness for creativity and unique utilitarian pieces of art did not remain limited towards styling, as it soon found another outlet in the design of her own pieces, such as the Mrs. Noodle Pillow, Parterre Table, and Chicklet Formation couch. Soon enough, Findlay, along with husband Everard, formed the Mother of Thousands art collective, in which they brought together talented artists and designers. With the collective taking over the store windows at the men’s store at Bergdorf Goodman (on display until April 25th, 2016) in an innovative installation, Molly shares an ode to the beats and sonnets, stating, “this would be the proper way to answer our questions.”

 

NeueJournal: What was the impetus to create Mother of Thousands and what do you wish to achieve with this collective?

 

Molly Findlay: Because, the most marvelous people that ever there were, inventors of the highest order! that Everard (AKA  Mr. Bunny) and We knew and know, the thrill of building new context for every fabulous creature, and then,

O glorious world, which the some may have rent asunder, what though copious lunch to be had suckling at the corporate teat, may now we look toward another source? the source of life which is the rightful source, say nay to knivery in the backery, we refuse to subjugate each other and reject all subterfuge of form, cloaking the explorer in a sheltering pavilion. yea a Tit Pavilion ! more estate for those lingering at the borders, a new teat! a new life! a new world! The mathematician! The composter! The Royal Exoticist! The wordsmith! The chiseler! The warbler!  All for One and One for All!

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NJ: Your home incorporates a lot of the pieces that are being shown at the Bergdorf windows. Do you view your pieces differently when they are displayed as art as opposed to when they are functioning as furniture in your home?

 

MF: The object! The object! The object! We never object.

 

NJ: You’ve stated that you came from a crafty family, which is evident in your profession. Was there ever a non-creative path you were going to take? What do you think your life would look like now?

 

MF: Our tribe? we mean, and meant to say, philosophical craft, lifelong marriage of materials and wit, and PhD’s whittling.  To the second, most likely lawyerly, can you imagine! alas, endless paper is not our friend.

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NJ: What is your motto?

 

MF: Beware the grotto!

 

NJ: You recently migrated upstate from Williamsburg. How would you describe the move?

 

MF: house, mouse, mice? nice! space, displace, replace up over beyond and yonder to greenery and pesky deer, roll away though stayed from blessed burg, of next next next and bitumen, afar the yonder trees we sought, then dried our eyes when that first awful love. your steely bosom, O city mine, draws us back in for another chapter. home? gnomes? genomes? No missing, only misting of ferns and sweet sojourns in the carapace of the old and still beloved haunt, that apartment which never shall die, nor never leave us. The Brooklyn of yore, may we all fetishize you.

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NJ: What is your favorite time of the day?

 

MF: When pitch of still the gloaming long gone and terrible raccoons creep above us, everyone finally silent and not asking one million questions with their one million eyes, or else the most shady hour, whichever it may be, keep thee to the mist and shadows! Or else! when everything turns pink, or else dawn! only never never never 3pm unless it may be the hour of nap, even then it must be the nap of all crush anxiety.

 

NJ: If you had to describe your life at the moment with a song, which one would it be?

 

MF: From Hamlet’s speech by the Shakespeare, but the old-school hip-hop version:

 

“I have of late, (but wherefore I know not) lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition; that this goodly frame the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy the air, look you, this brave o’er hanging firmament, this majestical roof, fretted with golden fire: why, it appeareth no other thing to me, than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors.’

 

What a piece of work is a man! How noodle (sic) in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an Angel! in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals! And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me; no, nor Woman neither; though by your smiling you seem to say so.”

 

But more obviously Formation by the Original Doyenne, Beyonce.

 

NJ: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

 

MF: One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. -Simone de Beauvoir.

Close Encounters

Ana Khouri, Annelise Michelson, & Dior

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Spring is the perfect season to strip back the layers and bare a little skin. Along with warm weather comes the opportunity to seek out the sun, and let soft supple skin be your most stylish accessory. In perfect contrast to a glowing visage, photographer Manolo Campion juxtaposes a number of geometric creations by jewelry mavens Ana Khouri and Annelise Michelson. 

 

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Photography: Manolo Campion for NeueJournal

 

Jewelry: Ana Khouri, Annelise Michelson, and Dior

 

CREDITS:

Model: Miriam Haney @ Muse

Stylist: Dianna Lunt @ Art Dept

Casting Director: Edward Kim

Hair: Nicolas Eldin @ Art Dept

Makeup: Aya Komatsu @ Bridge

Special Thanks to ROOT BKN

The Still Life

Sartorial Decision Making

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Every morning, when you’re standing in front of your closet trying to figure out who you want to be that day, you have to ask yourself certain questions. Will comfort today mean a pair of sneakers, or will it mean a pair of empowering shoes that make you feel like you can climb any challenges presented in them? Do I want to be approachable or intimidating? Should I let that Jean-Luc Godard movie I watched last night influence my sartorial decisions today? While these questions might seem arbitrary to some, to others the meticulous selection of an accessory can either make or break their entire comfort for the day. In Gestalten’s new book, The Still Life, everything from a polka-dot tie to various sticks of lipstick get represented in the foreground of artistic curations, leaving no doubt that the accessories are works of art as well. 

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Photography by Maurizio Di Iorio, from The Still Life, Copyright 2015

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Photography by Maurizio Di Iorio, from The Still Life, Copyright Gestalten 2015

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Photography by Akatre, from The Still Life, Copyright Gestalten 2015

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Photography by Charles Negre, from The Still Life, Copyright Gestalten 2015

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Photography by Bela Borsodi, from The Still Life, Copyright Gestalten 2015

 

Feature Image: Photography by Lena C. Emery, from The Still Life, Copyright Gestalten 2015

Area

individual visions with
Beckett Fogg & Piotrek Panszczyk

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At first glance of the fabric, one almost can’t resist but touch it. It’s bumpy, dimpled, and it’s covering most of the garments hanging in Area’s studio. Dangling from the racks are metallic pieces made from their signature embossing technique – most of which are meant to evolve over time, increasing the individuality of each garment – and all of which are compelling to the eye and to the touch.

 

Simply called “Area,” this emerging fashion label is the synthesis of two designer’s individual visions. Founded by Kentucky-born designer Beckett Fogg and Polish-Dutch designer Piotrek Panszczyk, Area stands out for its innovative aesthetic.

 

We met up with Area for a sunrise photoshoot on the rooftop of their Chinatown studio. Clad in their own designs, the duo discussed their creative process and signature embossing technique.

 

Rebekah Mikale: Tell us the story behind Area. Where did the name originate?

 

Piotrek Panszczyk: Area started when Beckett was working at Calvin Klein, and I was about to graduate from Parsons and working on the show. Beckett came over to the studio one day with some embossed leather, and I made a pair of shorts out of one of my patterns. People really responded to them (they are in the SS15 collection). That motivated us to start thinking about Area. We always were attracted to each other’s work when we were at Parsons, and we started flirting with the idea of starting on our own at some point… that became November 2012. Why, I think we both felt like it’s the right time, and we both have things to say and share.

 

Beckett Fogg: For us, the word Area was kind of like a fresh, blank space; a starting point. We like to take images and textiles and manipulate them. So for us, the name really speaks to our process.

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RM: Area certainly has a love for texture. Can you describe your signature embossing technique?

 

PP & BF: Textures and textiles are definitely a starting point for us. I think we both like to view fabric as a blank space. We don’t usually just use a fabric as is, we really like to think about how it can be manipulated. So far, we have really focused on screen printing, shaving and embossing.

 

Our embossing texture has really become a signature code for us. There is a specific plate that we came across several years ago, and we can’t seem to stop using it, so this has definitely developed into a sort of identity.

 

RM: Beckett, you studied architectural design. How do you incorporate this knowledge into your current career?

 

BF: Studying architecture taught me how to think critically, not just about buildings, but how to think about space and my surroundings. My program was a very conceptual approach to design. It was more about recognizing connections and revealing them. It really taught me how to be excited and inspired by almost anything if you look at it the right way. I remember we did a month long intensive study on the handle of a teapot… and it never got old.

 

RM: Piotrek, you previously worked at Chloé. What are some experiences from your time there that helped shape what AREA has become?

 

PP: I think it was crucial because we got exposed to a high level of craftsmanship and work ethic. Working is the best and only way to build up a vocabulary of important contacts and strategies within the industry. There are so many crucial things that just can’t be taught in a classroom or discovered on your own. Working for such established brands in the past has opened many doors for us, and our times there were incredibly inspiring. There is really no other way to get realistic experience and learn how the industry functions. That being said, we both agree that you risk losing parts of your personal identity the longer you work for someone else. It becomes easy to get personal interests and the interests of the brand confused, so it’s a delicate balance that I am sure is different for everyone.

 

RM: What was the inspiration behind your most recent collection?

 

PP & BF: We were interested in the idea of dualities, in personality and wardrobe, and times when these are revealed. For instance – a walk of shame, when a girl’s outfit from the night before is suddenly perceived differently – maybe this is something that she enjoys.

 

RM: What are some of your favorite pieces from this collection?

 

BF: I think we are just really happy how it came together as a whole. I personally love the viscose white wool pieces because I can see myself wearing them all. Piotrek loves the stretch lamé story, because it relates to the luxury lamé velvet that we use every season, but it has stretches and forms to the body, so it feels like a more accessible update.

 

RM: Do you two work very collaboratively, or do you each have your own specific roles?

 

BF: We have really fallen naturally into more specific roles. It’s not something we planned out, it happened much more organically, which is nice. Piotrek takes over most of the sketching and pattern-making, and I do more fabric development and general day-to-day business. We both work very differently, but our styles compliment each other. We are both interested in different aspects of the business and design, so we have started to have more individual focuses, however, everything is a constant dialogue. It is really important for us to talk everything through.

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RM: What does the future hold in store for Area? What are some of your goals?

 

PP & BF: Our goal is really to just be successful and happy doing what we love to do. We don’t like to plan too specifically because I hope we couldn’t possibly predict now where we will be in several years. For us it is very important that everything happens at the right time. We don’t want to rush a process to the point where is doesn’t feel organic or deserved.

 

Photography: Roberto Patella for NeueJournal