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In conversation with Tiffany Hsu
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In conversation with Tiffany Hsu

Style We had a delight to speak with Tiffany about the coming Spring & Summer trends and her highlights.   What are your top 5 new trends for Spring & Summer 2020?   90´s Clean Lines: A ‘90s mood for clean, monochromatic elegance was a favourite in Milan, particularly from the likes of Jil Sander and Bottega Veneta. Minimalism and streamlined tailoring is still a mainstay trend continuing from last season— this time, in an even more pared-back way. We loved the elegant box blazers from newcomer Low Classic, as well as The Row’s impeccable construction. The simple leather accessories we saw at Loewe—modern staples with simple lines—made the biggest statement.   Neon: A rainbow of neons was seen on the runway, with over-the-top fuchsia, fluorescent orange, bright yellow and lime green making a statement within the collections. Dries Van Noten—with a surprise appearance from fashion legend Christian Lacroix —was the occasion to see a sophisticated spin on neon colours that was more inclined towards eveningwear and dresses. Standout styles for us included Valentino’s pairing of tone-on-tone bags with belts, diamonds-meet-neon jewellery from Melissa Kaye and EÉRA, and Kwaidan Editions’ highlighter-green power suit.   Jungle: Strutting down the runway in the same plunging silk-chiffon jungle dress she infamously wore to the Grammy Awards in 2000, Jennifer Lopez’s appearance at Versace was on everyone’s feeds and lips this September. The dress inspired the creation of Google Images, as well as one of the strongest prints for next season. From Fendi’s and Dolce & Gabbana’s luxuriant green leaves to Marni’s abstract blooms, tropical prints have been flowering during Spring/Summer ’20, with palm trees and vivid colors invading dresses, jackets and footwear.   Leather: Following the wave of leather-on-leather men’s tailoring, new leather looks appeared in the womenswear collections. Even if all-black leather is still a favourite, new and different shapes have emerged, such as power shoulders at Maison Margiela and elegantly oversized dresses at Givenchy. Designers also incorporated new colors, such as Gucci’s slit pencil skirt in butter yellow and Bottega Veneta’s anorak dress in tan.          Bermuda Shorts: Bermuda shorts have been introduced as the new suiting silhouette of the season, as seen from Chloé, Max Mara and Valentino. Our clients not only purchase suits as all-in-one looks, but also as separates—making this trend a key transeasonal look that offers even more options to layer and mix. Another highlight for next season is the sophisticated leather short. Exhibit A: a nappa leather, thigh-length version, brought to you by Daniel Lee’s Bottega Veneta.     How do fashion weeks in different cities and countries differentiate for you?    Generally all cities have a unique aesthetic and approach to their respectable fashion weeks. London for example is quite compact and curated – only talents that have been selected by the British Fashion Council are able to present their latest collection. Therefore you are able to see the best that the city has to offer within a short period of time. Paris on the other hand is well known for its big productions of the major fashion houses: complex backdrops and breath-taking locations are a must. For me personally Paris is always quite busy and hectic since I am not just attending shows but am also  simultaneously buying for Mytheresa. Milan, comparable to Paris, is a fashion mecca and the home of luxury heritage brands. Their creations are about incredible craftsmanship, highest qualities and tailoring. Finally New York is very laid back and the fashion crowd seems to be more experimental – something that I find inspiring.      Name some of your new fashion week highlights.   Peter Do: I am super obsessed with this up and coming US based brand. Peter’s designs are minimal and androgynous, like a 90ies revival of Helmut Lang mixed with #oldceline. What’s not to like about this super cool brand.   Low Classic: A Korean based contemporary brand which offers all the fashion staples you need in your wardrobe without burning a hole in your pocket. High waisted blazers combined with easy culottes – you name it, they have it.   Nodaleto: Julia Toledano is the “new kid on the block” in the shoe world. She offers cool chunky heels with a bit grungy touch, but not too alternative. Her styles are perfect for the fashion savvy cool girls who want something different.     What were a few of your favourite shows for SS2020?   Bottega Veneta Valentino Loewe Jacquemus Gabriela Hearst   All the amazing pieces from the looks Tiffany is wearing on the images you can now purchase at MyTheresa.com     We had a delight to speak with Tiffany about the coming Spring & Summer trends and her highlights.   What are your top 5 new trends for Spring & Summer 2020?   90´s Clean Lines: A ‘90s mood for clean, monochromatic elegance was a favourite in Milan, particularly from the likes of Jil Sander and Bottega Veneta. Minimalism and streamlined tailoring is still a mainstay trend continuing from last season— this time, in an even more pared-back way. We loved the elegant box blazers from newcomer Low Classic, as well as The Row’s impeccable construction. The simple leather accessories we saw at Loewe—modern staples with simple lines—made the biggest statement.   Neon: A rainbow of neons was seen on the runway, with over-the-top fuchsia, fluorescent orange, bright yellow and lime green making a statement within the collections. Dries Van Noten—with a surprise appearance from fashion legend Christian Lacroix —was the occasion to see a sophisticated spin on neon colours that was more inclined towards eveningwear and dresses. Standout styles for us included Valentino’s pairing of tone-on-tone bags with belts, diamonds-meet-neon jewellery from Melissa Kaye and EÉRA, and Kwaidan Editions’ highlighter-green power suit.   Jungle: Strutting down the runway in the same plunging silk-chiffon jungle dress she infamously wore to the Grammy Awards in 2000, Jennifer Lopez’s appearance at Versace was on everyone’s feeds and lips this September. The dress inspired the creation of Google Images, as well as one of the strongest prints for next season. From Fendi’s and Dolce & Gabbana’s luxuriant green leaves to Marni’s abstract blooms, tropical prints have been flowering during Spring/Summer ’20, with palm trees and vivid colors invading dresses, jackets and footwear.   Leather: Following the wave of leather-on-leather men’s tailoring, new leather looks appeared in the womenswear collections. Even if all-black leather is still a favourite, new and different shapes have emerged, such as power shoulders at Maison Margiela and elegantly oversized dresses at Givenchy. Designers also incorporated new colors, such as Gucci’s slit pencil skirt in butter yellow and Bottega Veneta’s anorak dress in tan.          Bermuda Shorts: Bermuda shorts have been introduced as the new suiting silhouette of the season, as seen from Chloé, Max Mara and Valentino. Our clients not only purchase suits as all-in-one looks, but also as separates—making this trend a key transeasonal look that offers even more options to layer and mix. Another highlight for next season is the sophisticated leather short. Exhibit A: a nappa leather, thigh-length version, brought to you by Daniel Lee’s Bottega Veneta.     How do fashion weeks in different cities and countries differentiate for you?    Generally all cities have a unique aesthetic and approach to their respectable fashion weeks. London for example is quite compact and curated – only talents that have been selected by the British Fashion Council are able to present their latest collection. Therefore you are able to see the best that the city has to offer within a short period of time. Paris on the other hand is well known for its big productions of the major fashion houses: complex backdrops and breath-taking locations are a must. For me personally Paris is always quite busy and hectic since I am not just attending shows but am also  simultaneously buying for Mytheresa. Milan, comparable to Paris, is a fashion mecca and the home of luxury heritage brands. Their creations are about incredible craftsmanship, highest qualities and tailoring. Finally New York is very laid back and the fashion crowd seems to be more experimental – something that I find inspiring.      Name some of your new fashion week highlights.   Peter Do: I am super obsessed with this up and coming US based brand. Peter’s designs are minimal and androgynous, like a 90ies revival of Helmut Lang mixed with #oldceline. What’s not to like about this super cool brand.   Low Classic: A Korean based contemporary brand which offers all the fashion staples you need in your wardrobe without burning a hole in your pocket. High waisted blazers combined with easy culottes – you name it, they have it.   Nodaleto: Julia Toledano is the “new kid on the block” in the shoe world. She offers cool chunky heels with a bit grungy touch, but not too alternative. Her styles are perfect for the fashion savvy cool girls who want something different.     What were a few of your favourite shows for SS2020?   Bottega Veneta Valentino Loewe Jacquemus Gabriela Hearst   All the amazing pieces from the looks Tiffany is wearing on the images you can now purchase at MyTheresa.com    

Fondation Louis Vuitton presents Digital Events
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Fondation Louis Vuitton presents Digital Events

Exhibition As per the French government’s directive, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is closed, and all its events and activities cancelled until further notice. During these exceptional circumstances the Fondation continues to share content with its public and community allowing them to relive or discover certain exhibitions, concerts, masterclasses and events that it has offered since its 2014 opening. Each week the Fondation sets 3 digital events: - Wednesday at 6 p.m. a visit of an exhibition with commentary by the curators - Friday at 8:30 p.m. a concert held at the Auditorium - Sunday at 5:30 p.m. a concert by the graduates of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle led by Gautier Capuçon  Program #FLVfromhome for the week of March 23:     Wednesday March 25 – 6 p.m. "In Tune with the World", exhibition presented from 11 April 2018 to 27 August 2018 (2018, 18 min., French version with English subtitles) Ever since the first exhibition of emblematic works from its collection, during the 2014 inauguration of the building designed by Frank Gehry, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has regularly exhibited different collection displays. Some followed the four main categories that inform the making of the Collection (Contemplative, Expressionist, Pop, Music & Sound), and others were dedicated to contemporary art from specific regions of the world such as dedicated to China (2016) and Africa (2017).   Throughout the galleries, "In Tune with the World" (11th April - 27th August 2018) unveiled a new selection of artists from the collection, using several different media, bringing together modern and contemporary works.   Head curator: Suzanne Pagé Curators: Angéline Scherf, Ludovic Delalande and Claire Staebler The exhibition film "In Tune with the World" is available Wednesday at 6 p.m.:https://youtu.be/x48D3ZVes_0     Friday March 27 – 8:30 p.m. Concert by Lang Lang (recorded on the 28 October 2014, 62 min.)   After starting his career with a dazzling debut in Carnegie Hall in 2001, the prodigy has earned his place among the world's greatest talents, with an aura that now extends far beyond the confines of the classical repertoire. Lang Lang has become the piano phenomenon of the 21st-century.  His worldwide concerts have been met with great acclaim, especially his versions of Liszt, who ranks as one of his favourite composers.   Program: Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaïkovski The concert by Lang Lang is available Friday at 8:30 p.m.: https://youtu.be/7j36IbYG2NE     Sunday March 29– 5:30 p.m. “Violoncelles, vibrez !” - documentary on the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle (2014, 54 min., French version) The documentary looks at the work of Gautier Capuçon with his 6 graduates from the promotion 1 of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle. The 6 students of season 1 were selected by audition by Gautier Capuçon who then accompanied them from December 2014 to June 2015. A musical immersion in the heart of Frank Gehry’s building.  The documentary “Violoncelles, vibrez !” is available Sunday at 5:30 p.m.: https://youtu.be/9oSaP_ueN_0   As per the French government’s directive, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is closed, and all its events and activities cancelled until further notice. During these exceptional circumstances the Fondation continues to share content with its public and community allowing them to relive or discover certain exhibitions, concerts, masterclasses and events that it has offered since its 2014 opening. Each week the Fondation sets 3 digital events: - Wednesday at 6 p.m. a visit of an exhibition with commentary by the curators - Friday at 8:30 p.m. a concert held at the Auditorium - Sunday at 5:30 p.m. a concert by the graduates of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle led by Gautier Capuçon  Program #FLVfromhome for the week of March 23:     Wednesday March 25 – 6 p.m. "In Tune with the World", exhibition presented from 11 April 2018 to 27 August 2018 (2018, 18 min., French version with English subtitles) Ever since the first exhibition of emblematic works from its collection, during the 2014 inauguration of the building designed by Frank Gehry, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has regularly exhibited different collection displays. Some followed the four main categories that inform the making of the Collection (Contemplative, Expressionist, Pop, Music & Sound), and others were dedicated to contemporary art from specific regions of the world such as dedicated to China (2016) and Africa (2017).   Throughout the galleries, "In Tune with the World" (11th April - 27th August 2018) unveiled a new selection of artists from the collection, using several different media, bringing together modern and contemporary works.   Head curator: Suzanne Pagé Curators: Angéline Scherf, Ludovic Delalande and Claire Staebler The exhibition film "In Tune with the World" is available Wednesday at 6 p.m.:https://youtu.be/x48D3ZVes_0     Friday March 27 – 8:30 p.m. Concert by Lang Lang (recorded on the 28 October 2014, 62 min.)   After starting his career with a dazzling debut in Carnegie Hall in 2001, the prodigy has earned his place among the world's greatest talents, with an aura that now extends far beyond the confines of the classical repertoire. Lang Lang has become the piano phenomenon of the 21st-century.  His worldwide concerts have been met with great acclaim, especially his versions of Liszt, who ranks as one of his favourite composers.   Program: Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaïkovski The concert by Lang Lang is available Friday at 8:30 p.m.: https://youtu.be/7j36IbYG2NE     Sunday March 29– 5:30 p.m. “Violoncelles, vibrez !” - documentary on the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle (2014, 54 min., French version) The documentary looks at the work of Gautier Capuçon with his 6 graduates from the promotion 1 of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle. The 6 students of season 1 were selected by audition by Gautier Capuçon who then accompanied them from December 2014 to June 2015. A musical immersion in the heart of Frank Gehry’s building.  The documentary “Violoncelles, vibrez !” is available Sunday at 5:30 p.m.: https://youtu.be/9oSaP_ueN_0  

Stay at home with Acqua Di Parma
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Stay at home with Acqua Di Parma

Lifestyle ACQUA DI PARMA adds some new fragrances to the Home collection, the perfect companion these days for staying at home...   The sophisticated aromas lend themselves perfectly to creating the ideal home office or, now that springtime has officially started and the sun just keeps on shining, to start dreaming of typical summer scenes like drinking a cocktail on a sun-drenched terrace.   The first rays of sunshine are a fact… The ideal opportunity to enjoy the refined scents of the Acqua di Parma scented candles and diffusers that create a sensuous atmosphere and spread refined aromas throughout the house.   Two new creations are now joining Luce di Colonia, Buongiorno, La Casa sul Lago, Caffè in Piazza, and Oh, L’amore: Aperitivo in Terrazza and Profumi dell’Orto.   Luce di Colonia, the most popular product of the Acqua di Parma Home collection, envelops the spaces in the iconic light, sunny fragrance of Colonia, now even more sensational in a new, large format for scented candles (500gr) and fragrance diffusers (500ml). Staying at home becomes a lot nicer with the Home Collection by Acqua di Parma ... ACQUA DI PARMA adds some new fragrances to the Home collection, the perfect companion these days for staying at home...   The sophisticated aromas lend themselves perfectly to creating the ideal home office or, now that springtime has officially started and the sun just keeps on shining, to start dreaming of typical summer scenes like drinking a cocktail on a sun-drenched terrace.   The first rays of sunshine are a fact… The ideal opportunity to enjoy the refined scents of the Acqua di Parma scented candles and diffusers that create a sensuous atmosphere and spread refined aromas throughout the house.   Two new creations are now joining Luce di Colonia, Buongiorno, La Casa sul Lago, Caffè in Piazza, and Oh, L’amore: Aperitivo in Terrazza and Profumi dell’Orto.   Luce di Colonia, the most popular product of the Acqua di Parma Home collection, envelops the spaces in the iconic light, sunny fragrance of Colonia, now even more sensational in a new, large format for scented candles (500gr) and fragrance diffusers (500ml). Staying at home becomes a lot nicer with the Home Collection by Acqua di Parma ...

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Saint Laurent in collaboration with Lomography
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Saint Laurent in collaboration with Lomography

Accessories Saint Laurent and Lomography have collaborated together on the release of two limited edition Simple Use Film Cameras.   These two cameras are available with either a star pattern preloaded with color negative film or with a black and white checkered pattern preloaded with B&W lm.   Both equipped with ash, plus creative color gels to bring new hues to your shots (for the star pattern camera), these cameras work as single use cameras, but are reusable and can be reloaded with any 35 mm lm. These Simple Use Film Cameras will capture beautiful shots in analogue style.   Available at the Saint Laurent Rive Droite stores in Paris and Los Angeles. Saint Laurent and Lomography have collaborated together on the release of two limited edition Simple Use Film Cameras.   These two cameras are available with either a star pattern preloaded with color negative film or with a black and white checkered pattern preloaded with B&W lm.   Both equipped with ash, plus creative color gels to bring new hues to your shots (for the star pattern camera), these cameras work as single use cameras, but are reusable and can be reloaded with any 35 mm lm. These Simple Use Film Cameras will capture beautiful shots in analogue style.   Available at the Saint Laurent Rive Droite stores in Paris and Los Angeles.

McLaren's latest addition to acclaimed 7T Series
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McLaren's latest addition to acclaimed 7T Series

Lifestyle The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition, the latest addition to the acclaimed 7T Series, is be available at OnePlus.com.   With 12 GB of RAM and powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855+ mobile platform, the ultra-premium OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition is the fastest-ever device designed by OnePlus. Boasting a 90 Hz QHD+ Fluid Display, triple-camera system, Warp Charge 30T and UFS 3.0 256 GB storage, the flagship offers unparalleled performance.    Faster and Smoother than ever before  Inspired by McLaren Automotive’s iconic supercars, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition boasts an array of class-leading technology, such as the 90 Hz Fluid Display, with a 6.67-inch screen and 3120 x 1440p QHD+ resolution. The incredibly smooth display refreshes at 90 times per second for an immersive viewing experience.  The powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855+ mobile platform delivers 15% faster graphics performance compared to its predecessor. Under the hood, there is 12 GB of RAM making loading apps and multitasking super quick and effortless. The device also comes with UFS 3.0 256 GB storage, with a fast read-and-write speed comparable to a computer SSD.  With Warp Charge 30T, you get a day’s power in half an hour and a full charge in one hour.    Elevated design  Drawing inspiration from a super composite material seen in ultra-car Speedtail, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition features the telltale wood-like pattern on the back design. The mysterious texture alters depending on the viewing angle and light conditions.    Beautiful pictures every time  The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition sports a triple-camera system powered by the UltraShot engine. The 48 MP main camera features a ½ inch super-sized sensor with a F1.6 aperture. The 16 MP ultra-wide lens has a F2.2 (117°) aperture, accompanied by a telephoto lens with a F2.4 aperture. Nightscape 2.0 completes the set-up.    The phone has a stunning design and takes incredible images with it's both cameras.It packs a Snapdragon 855+ processor with a Snapdragon X55 5G modem and 12GB RAM. It includes the famous 1440p 90Hz AMOLED display that was on the OnePlus 7 Pro, and a whole lot more.   The best about the device is the long lasting battery, 90 Hz display, loud stereo speakers and it's amazing high quality design among other things. While on the downside is that is is not water resistant nor has wireless charging possibility.     The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition, the latest addition to the acclaimed 7T Series, is be available at OnePlus.com.   With 12 GB of RAM and powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855+ mobile platform, the ultra-premium OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition is the fastest-ever device designed by OnePlus. Boasting a 90 Hz QHD+ Fluid Display, triple-camera system, Warp Charge 30T and UFS 3.0 256 GB storage, the flagship offers unparalleled performance.    Faster and Smoother than ever before  Inspired by McLaren Automotive’s iconic supercars, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition boasts an array of class-leading technology, such as the 90 Hz Fluid Display, with a 6.67-inch screen and 3120 x 1440p QHD+ resolution. The incredibly smooth display refreshes at 90 times per second for an immersive viewing experience.  The powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855+ mobile platform delivers 15% faster graphics performance compared to its predecessor. Under the hood, there is 12 GB of RAM making loading apps and multitasking super quick and effortless. The device also comes with UFS 3.0 256 GB storage, with a fast read-and-write speed comparable to a computer SSD.  With Warp Charge 30T, you get a day’s power in half an hour and a full charge in one hour.    Elevated design  Drawing inspiration from a super composite material seen in ultra-car Speedtail, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition features the telltale wood-like pattern on the back design. The mysterious texture alters depending on the viewing angle and light conditions.    Beautiful pictures every time  The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition sports a triple-camera system powered by the UltraShot engine. The 48 MP main camera features a ½ inch super-sized sensor with a F1.6 aperture. The 16 MP ultra-wide lens has a F2.2 (117°) aperture, accompanied by a telephoto lens with a F2.4 aperture. Nightscape 2.0 completes the set-up.    The phone has a stunning design and takes incredible images with it's both cameras.It packs a Snapdragon 855+ processor with a Snapdragon X55 5G modem and 12GB RAM. It includes the famous 1440p 90Hz AMOLED display that was on the OnePlus 7 Pro, and a whole lot more.   The best about the device is the long lasting battery, 90 Hz display, loud stereo speakers and it's amazing high quality design among other things. While on the downside is that is is not water resistant nor has wireless charging possibility.    

In conversation with GRiZ
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In conversation with GRiZ

Music GRiZ’s sound is a mixture of electronic elements, funk, hip-hop and bass. Last year saw him release his acclaimed ‘Ride Waves’ album, which featured collaborations with the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg. He completed two tours of the US around the album, taking in over 30 shows in the process.  To give a bit of background, Last year  his collaboration with Subtronics, ‘Griztronics’, hit huge success, becoming the #1 trending song on Tik Tok and was placed in a number of end-of-year lists, including Billboard’s Top 50 dance songs of the year. GRiZ’s message is all about showing love and spreading love, and every year he launches a GRiZmas initiative , consisting of a number of events to raise money for local causes (including group meditation etc…), amassing over $100,000 this year, and he is an advocate for LGBTQ+ community, after coming out in an open letter via the Huffington Post. GRiZ has also just been announced high on the bill at this year’s Coachella, which was moved to a later date this year, and performed also at last years’s Electronic Family festival in the Netherlands.    I had the opportunity to speak with Grant about his work and his life. See below the full interview:   What were your beginning with electronic music like? I think that the best things in life come to you  out of places that are unexpected and out of leaving yourself open to putting energy into things & letting that energy flow you into the next space instead of trying to push against the currents. I'm putting energy out there and if it's not resonating back to me,  then i'm gonna switch it up.  When I was 14, my friend's older brother introduced me to music production software and electronic music, so we got it all in once and I was already musical at the time playing an instrument and I loved working on music. It was always just easy to do it, I did not have to sit myself down and push myself to do it so it kind of came naturally. And here we are now, still feel the same and that hasn't changed.    Could you firstly tell me more about your twelve day festival called GRiZmas?   I think that the most important thing is an invention to bring fans into Detroit from even the times when Detroit was less populated city as compared to a lot of other cities, Detroit is many things and for sure a very musical city as well.  Due to the amount of fans we really wanted to engage with the fans and have fun besides the primary objective which is to raise money for charity.  When I was in elementary school I was offered to play a musical instrument like many other kids. Back in 2009 many music school programs were cut in public schools in Detroit. We can contribute by creating an solution which is GRiZmas. With the primary objective to raise money for charity. What the charity then does is that they offer after-school music programs and arts programs as well as computer technology programs to kids.  We hope this can be as inspiration also for other people to get involved as well. While it won't fully solve the problem, as the education issue is way larger than anytime before.   How did you become an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and what are the positive outcomes since you have started?   I saw my position in the music scene as a place of visibility, people see me on stage. When i was growing up, I did not have many role models to look at that i could particularly relate to. I represent myself, therefore I needed to be first comfortable with myself and what was going on with me. So I wanted  to find myself in the good space with it and now I use this platform as an extension to show kids that it is cool to be gay, and it's lame to be gay & and it's normal to be gay. I think that by exposing different lifestyles it becomes more "normal".    Describe Amsterdam with your own words.   Hazy but on point. Dream-like in a way for sure. It surely changes in different seasons and it's always a cool experience.   What are your expectations of Coachella as this year sees you make your debut?   I'm excited. I've been playing at festivals for almost a decade and this is one I have never played at, as we were waiting for it to be the right time besides being in the right mental space with what the festival has to offer. Playing this year it's really fantastic to come at it from a place of ownership of my brand and who I am, which also comes to a great realisation that GRiZ is counter culture and at a place like Coachella that is really cool. I think that people from Coachella try to think outside of the box and keep it new and fresh. I’m also excited about releasing some new tracks there and show people that dance music has so many different faces and put our  flag on the moon, check it out.   What is your message with creating music? I just want it to be emotional and reflecting of my feelings and honest. Positively, inclusivety and pride of course. Deep down the surface for it to be emotional. I want you to come to my show and cry, get chills, give somebody a hug... music is all these different things to me.   How was it like collaborationg with the likes of Wiz Kalifa, Snopp Dogg to name a few on your new album?   They're cultural icons and I have been listening to their music forever. I never though I would have an opportunity to even have a conversation with them let alone have their vibe mingling with my music. Still the experience hasn't sunk in yet. It's such an honor.   What else do you have planned this year? Among many festivals internationally both completely new shows or some I have played before, also releasing a lot of new music this year. Continue to keep things fresh and come out with new music and enjoy the experience.   GRiZ’s sound is a mixture of electronic elements, funk, hip-hop and bass. Last year saw him release his acclaimed ‘Ride Waves’ album, which featured collaborations with the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg. He completed two tours of the US around the album, taking in over 30 shows in the process.  To give a bit of background, Last year  his collaboration with Subtronics, ‘Griztronics’, hit huge success, becoming the #1 trending song on Tik Tok and was placed in a number of end-of-year lists, including Billboard’s Top 50 dance songs of the year. GRiZ’s message is all about showing love and spreading love, and every year he launches a GRiZmas initiative , consisting of a number of events to raise money for local causes (including group meditation etc…), amassing over $100,000 this year, and he is an advocate for LGBTQ+ community, after coming out in an open letter via the Huffington Post. GRiZ has also just been announced high on the bill at this year’s Coachella, which was moved to a later date this year, and performed also at last years’s Electronic Family festival in the Netherlands.    I had the opportunity to speak with Grant about his work and his life. See below the full interview:   What were your beginning with electronic music like? I think that the best things in life come to you  out of places that are unexpected and out of leaving yourself open to putting energy into things & letting that energy flow you into the next space instead of trying to push against the currents. I'm putting energy out there and if it's not resonating back to me,  then i'm gonna switch it up.  When I was 14, my friend's older brother introduced me to music production software and electronic music, so we got it all in once and I was already musical at the time playing an instrument and I loved working on music. It was always just easy to do it, I did not have to sit myself down and push myself to do it so it kind of came naturally. And here we are now, still feel the same and that hasn't changed.    Could you firstly tell me more about your twelve day festival called GRiZmas?   I think that the most important thing is an invention to bring fans into Detroit from even the times when Detroit was less populated city as compared to a lot of other cities, Detroit is many things and for sure a very musical city as well.  Due to the amount of fans we really wanted to engage with the fans and have fun besides the primary objective which is to raise money for charity.  When I was in elementary school I was offered to play a musical instrument like many other kids. Back in 2009 many music school programs were cut in public schools in Detroit. We can contribute by creating an solution which is GRiZmas. With the primary objective to raise money for charity. What the charity then does is that they offer after-school music programs and arts programs as well as computer technology programs to kids.  We hope this can be as inspiration also for other people to get involved as well. While it won't fully solve the problem, as the education issue is way larger than anytime before.   How did you become an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and what are the positive outcomes since you have started?   I saw my position in the music scene as a place of visibility, people see me on stage. When i was growing up, I did not have many role models to look at that i could particularly relate to. I represent myself, therefore I needed to be first comfortable with myself and what was going on with me. So I wanted  to find myself in the good space with it and now I use this platform as an extension to show kids that it is cool to be gay, and it's lame to be gay & and it's normal to be gay. I think that by exposing different lifestyles it becomes more "normal".    Describe Amsterdam with your own words.   Hazy but on point. Dream-like in a way for sure. It surely changes in different seasons and it's always a cool experience.   What are your expectations of Coachella as this year sees you make your debut?   I'm excited. I've been playing at festivals for almost a decade and this is one I have never played at, as we were waiting for it to be the right time besides being in the right mental space with what the festival has to offer. Playing this year it's really fantastic to come at it from a place of ownership of my brand and who I am, which also comes to a great realisation that GRiZ is counter culture and at a place like Coachella that is really cool. I think that people from Coachella try to think outside of the box and keep it new and fresh. I’m also excited about releasing some new tracks there and show people that dance music has so many different faces and put our  flag on the moon, check it out.   What is your message with creating music? I just want it to be emotional and reflecting of my feelings and honest. Positively, inclusivety and pride of course. Deep down the surface for it to be emotional. I want you to come to my show and cry, get chills, give somebody a hug... music is all these different things to me.   How was it like collaborationg with the likes of Wiz Kalifa, Snopp Dogg to name a few on your new album?   They're cultural icons and I have been listening to their music forever. I never though I would have an opportunity to even have a conversation with them let alone have their vibe mingling with my music. Still the experience hasn't sunk in yet. It's such an honor.   What else do you have planned this year? Among many festivals internationally both completely new shows or some I have played before, also releasing a lot of new music this year. Continue to keep things fresh and come out with new music and enjoy the experience.  

ARKET for Spring & Summer
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ARKET for Spring & Summer

Fashion The floral prints of ARKET’s spring 2020 draws inspiration from the island of Djurgården in central Stockholm. Covered with extensive stretches of oak forest and vibrant wildflower meadows, it is one of Stockholm’s greenest islands and one of its most beautiful parks. The floral motifs are based on botanical studies of flowers found on the island - tulips, peonies and hoary stock growing in its gardens, and a variety of foraged wild flowers from the spaces in-between. The prints are developed from field drawings, done on location last spring and ink-on-paper paintings of floral arrangements made in our design studio on Södermalm in Stockholm.  The print works as decorative motifs on fluid satin dresses as well as an all over print on denim and shirt-dresses and summer blouses. For that mini-me look, the floral print can also be found on baby bloomers and dresses as well as dresses for children. The print also appears on selected homeware items, such as pillow cases and trays. Available for purchase in all ARKET stores and online. For prices and material information, please visit www.arket.com The floral prints of ARKET’s spring 2020 draws inspiration from the island of Djurgården in central Stockholm. Covered with extensive stretches of oak forest and vibrant wildflower meadows, it is one of Stockholm’s greenest islands and one of its most beautiful parks. The floral motifs are based on botanical studies of flowers found on the island - tulips, peonies and hoary stock growing in its gardens, and a variety of foraged wild flowers from the spaces in-between. The prints are developed from field drawings, done on location last spring and ink-on-paper paintings of floral arrangements made in our design studio on Södermalm in Stockholm.  The print works as decorative motifs on fluid satin dresses as well as an all over print on denim and shirt-dresses and summer blouses. For that mini-me look, the floral print can also be found on baby bloomers and dresses as well as dresses for children. The print also appears on selected homeware items, such as pillow cases and trays. Available for purchase in all ARKET stores and online. For prices and material information, please visit www.arket.com

Speaking with  Christophe Lemaire
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Speaking with Christophe Lemaire

Fashion UNIQLO U 2020 Spring & Summer collection has launched lifeWear essentials.   We had a chance to speak with Christophe Lemaire about the collection:    Can you explain what is Uniqlo U in your own words?  Elevated essentials, functionality and sense of ease. For myself and the Paris R&D team, when we started Uniqlo U we wanted to propose an elevated proposition, or something a little more experimental, a slightly more daring proposition of LifeWear. We very much wanted to be perceived or understood to be an extension of LifeWear. We made ours to be part of the values of the brand, which are clothes for every day and for everyone.  Functionality and ease are very important. Of course because we have this background of Paris and Europe, and London too, we are looking to create a European vibe in the product offering. And we are trying to be as sophisticated as possible when designing affordable, necessary items to be worn daily. For us, a “good color” is not necessarily more expensive than a “bad color,” and a “good cut” is not necessarily more expensive than a “so-so cut.” There are many ways of improving an affordable product; this is our overall philosophy.   What is the value of LifeWear to you? I come from a high-fashion background. And actually most of the team here in Paris does too. We learned a lot through this experience, through aesthetics, quality, and refinement. But I think we all share a desire to propose style and quality for everyone. We are very respectful of this democratic dimension of UNIQLO. And this is one thing we are very excited about with Uniqlo U; we wish to try to bring style, contemporariness and quality, but at a very affordable price. This is the strength of being the part of UNIQLO system, and to be able to reach that is a great achievement.   One important focus of this new collection is Denim, isn’t it? Yes it was, absolutely.We have been looking for a new straight leg, a higher rise, proposing an alternative to the curved line we did before, which was the carrot fit line that proved to be very successful. But our role in the Paris R&D Center is to continue to explore new options, so this season for both men and women, we feel there is a need for a straighter leg, a new silhouette and a higher rise, again.  In addition to the beautiful denim we worked on together with the LA team (the Jeans Innovation Center, JIC), we were also interested in cotton satin, which we proposed for the Trucker Jacket. This is a beautiful cotton satin that we can also call moleskin, but it is not brushed, available in very interesting colors. For women, we worked with cotton satin to propose a new style in the curved design, which has been very successful, and has patched pockets and details taken from a carpenter’s pants. For men we offer a four-pocket jacket in different washes of denim. And for women, we created a total look in one wash denim, with straight leg jeans and kind of a boxy men’s shirt in 6.5 ounces denim. Also, a dress in washed denim, slightly oversized; it’s a light denim, I think only 6 ounces. The idea here was to produce a full-range of denim and cotton satin products. Cotton satin is a classic material used in workwear, and so is denim. Therefore, together with the supplier we developed a superior quality cotton satin. The wonder of cotton satin is that it ages beautifully, and the more you wear it, the more it’ll achieve a specific patina or finish.   Can you talk about some of the unique details of the T-shirt collection? There’s a lot to say about the details. In general, the T-shirt is an interesting exercise, because it seems like the items is always the same. Usually a T-shirt comes in a crew neck and with short sleeves, although sometimes long sleeves. We believe in the need to be extremely precise on the weight of the cotton, the way it’s knit and other details such as the finishing, volume and colors. So this is kind of a general statement we have in mind, and I have to say I work with a great team of designers and developers, who are extremely passionate every season about making the perfect T-shirt. This season we have a lighter jersey with a cool and dry touch. It’s a double-faced jersey with Supima Cotton on the outside and AIRism inside to allow for freshness and breathability, especially in hot weather. We applied the beautiful technique of AIRism and integrated it into a Uniqlo U product with a specific cut that is slightly loose. For women, we offer a series of loose cuts which were introduced last summer, but with a lighter jersey and the interlock and mercerized rib jersey.   Did the inspiration for this come from a travel look?  Yes, it definitely came from this idea of a female reporter who travels. For example, she can run in these pants, or move comfortably, or even dance, from an idea of liberating the movement. In our design we think about movement, about breathability and having a certain freedom. There’s also this idea of a travel suit and a new setup, but in a cut and sew item. So, trying to find this balance between something stylish, timeless, and elegant, but also that is easy and has a certain fluidity and comfort. It’s something we always try to achieve, this balance.    The men’s Blocktech coat is also an iconic item. Can you comment on the overall outerwear collection? Well for us, good men’s outerwear has to first be functional. Of course, the Blocktech technique is amazing. There is also the need in the volume, in the details, and to be as authentic as possible – to be as faithful to the beauty of an original trench-coat and what makes a trench coat stylish.  We don’t always want to be literal and reproduce exactly, say a military 1940s American Army trench coat, but we look at one and try to understand what makes it classic. The weight of the lapels, the positions of the pockets, the stitching, and the way the belt is designed. All of this is considered very precisely, and our design team spends a lot of time, sometimes with the approach of a maniac. But I think especially for Menswear we have to consider every single detail of the cut, and of course the choice of the material.  I think it’s important to understand clothing history, for example, the history of military wear, workwear, and tailoring. We are passionate and obsessed in the Menswear team with the history of design, and to understand where it comes from. For this specific trench, we looked at the U.S. Army military trench, as well as the British RAF (Royal Air Force) version, etc., and we tried to make a good fusion of all this, while at the same time try to understand today’s consumer needs.  It’s also important to sometimes be faithful to tradition, because there’s a reason why those pieces are so successful. For instance, one thing we are trying to promote is the fit. Maybe today it’s more and more understood, but sometimes there is kind of habit to take a classic piece and just make it slim, and just because you made it slim, it’s now “contemporary.” We don’t think so. Sometimes the room of the sleeves, the longer volume, or the bigger volume, is actually super stylish and can be contemporary. And this is in the fashion world today, this “room” that is a little bit more oversized. get your favorite pieces at Uniqlo.com UNIQLO U 2020 Spring & Summer collection has launched lifeWear essentials.   We had a chance to speak with Christophe Lemaire about the collection:    Can you explain what is Uniqlo U in your own words?  Elevated essentials, functionality and sense of ease. For myself and the Paris R&D team, when we started Uniqlo U we wanted to propose an elevated proposition, or something a little more experimental, a slightly more daring proposition of LifeWear. We very much wanted to be perceived or understood to be an extension of LifeWear. We made ours to be part of the values of the brand, which are clothes for every day and for everyone.  Functionality and ease are very important. Of course because we have this background of Paris and Europe, and London too, we are looking to create a European vibe in the product offering. And we are trying to be as sophisticated as possible when designing affordable, necessary items to be worn daily. For us, a “good color” is not necessarily more expensive than a “bad color,” and a “good cut” is not necessarily more expensive than a “so-so cut.” There are many ways of improving an affordable product; this is our overall philosophy.   What is the value of LifeWear to you? I come from a high-fashion background. And actually most of the team here in Paris does too. We learned a lot through this experience, through aesthetics, quality, and refinement. But I think we all share a desire to propose style and quality for everyone. We are very respectful of this democratic dimension of UNIQLO. And this is one thing we are very excited about with Uniqlo U; we wish to try to bring style, contemporariness and quality, but at a very affordable price. This is the strength of being the part of UNIQLO system, and to be able to reach that is a great achievement.   One important focus of this new collection is Denim, isn’t it? Yes it was, absolutely.We have been looking for a new straight leg, a higher rise, proposing an alternative to the curved line we did before, which was the carrot fit line that proved to be very successful. But our role in the Paris R&D Center is to continue to explore new options, so this season for both men and women, we feel there is a need for a straighter leg, a new silhouette and a higher rise, again.  In addition to the beautiful denim we worked on together with the LA team (the Jeans Innovation Center, JIC), we were also interested in cotton satin, which we proposed for the Trucker Jacket. This is a beautiful cotton satin that we can also call moleskin, but it is not brushed, available in very interesting colors. For women, we worked with cotton satin to propose a new style in the curved design, which has been very successful, and has patched pockets and details taken from a carpenter’s pants. For men we offer a four-pocket jacket in different washes of denim. And for women, we created a total look in one wash denim, with straight leg jeans and kind of a boxy men’s shirt in 6.5 ounces denim. Also, a dress in washed denim, slightly oversized; it’s a light denim, I think only 6 ounces. The idea here was to produce a full-range of denim and cotton satin products. Cotton satin is a classic material used in workwear, and so is denim. Therefore, together with the supplier we developed a superior quality cotton satin. The wonder of cotton satin is that it ages beautifully, and the more you wear it, the more it’ll achieve a specific patina or finish.   Can you talk about some of the unique details of the T-shirt collection? There’s a lot to say about the details. In general, the T-shirt is an interesting exercise, because it seems like the items is always the same. Usually a T-shirt comes in a crew neck and with short sleeves, although sometimes long sleeves. We believe in the need to be extremely precise on the weight of the cotton, the way it’s knit and other details such as the finishing, volume and colors. So this is kind of a general statement we have in mind, and I have to say I work with a great team of designers and developers, who are extremely passionate every season about making the perfect T-shirt. This season we have a lighter jersey with a cool and dry touch. It’s a double-faced jersey with Supima Cotton on the outside and AIRism inside to allow for freshness and breathability, especially in hot weather. We applied the beautiful technique of AIRism and integrated it into a Uniqlo U product with a specific cut that is slightly loose. For women, we offer a series of loose cuts which were introduced last summer, but with a lighter jersey and the interlock and mercerized rib jersey.   Did the inspiration for this come from a travel look?  Yes, it definitely came from this idea of a female reporter who travels. For example, she can run in these pants, or move comfortably, or even dance, from an idea of liberating the movement. In our design we think about movement, about breathability and having a certain freedom. There’s also this idea of a travel suit and a new setup, but in a cut and sew item. So, trying to find this balance between something stylish, timeless, and elegant, but also that is easy and has a certain fluidity and comfort. It’s something we always try to achieve, this balance.    The men’s Blocktech coat is also an iconic item. Can you comment on the overall outerwear collection? Well for us, good men’s outerwear has to first be functional. Of course, the Blocktech technique is amazing. There is also the need in the volume, in the details, and to be as authentic as possible – to be as faithful to the beauty of an original trench-coat and what makes a trench coat stylish.  We don’t always want to be literal and reproduce exactly, say a military 1940s American Army trench coat, but we look at one and try to understand what makes it classic. The weight of the lapels, the positions of the pockets, the stitching, and the way the belt is designed. All of this is considered very precisely, and our design team spends a lot of time, sometimes with the approach of a maniac. But I think especially for Menswear we have to consider every single detail of the cut, and of course the choice of the material.  I think it’s important to understand clothing history, for example, the history of military wear, workwear, and tailoring. We are passionate and obsessed in the Menswear team with the history of design, and to understand where it comes from. For this specific trench, we looked at the U.S. Army military trench, as well as the British RAF (Royal Air Force) version, etc., and we tried to make a good fusion of all this, while at the same time try to understand today’s consumer needs.  It’s also important to sometimes be faithful to tradition, because there’s a reason why those pieces are so successful. For instance, one thing we are trying to promote is the fit. Maybe today it’s more and more understood, but sometimes there is kind of habit to take a classic piece and just make it slim, and just because you made it slim, it’s now “contemporary.” We don’t think so. Sometimes the room of the sleeves, the longer volume, or the bigger volume, is actually super stylish and can be contemporary. And this is in the fashion world today, this “room” that is a little bit more oversized. get your favorite pieces at Uniqlo.com

In conversation with MJ Rodriguez
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In conversation with MJ Rodriguez

Portrait MJ Rodriguez, a young and promising star, who most people know for her role as Blanca in the hit TV series »Pose«, dreamt of being an actress since she was 7. She is a part of the largest cast of transgender stars in the world of TV. MJ knew early on in her life that she was different, not happy in her own body. Her transformation process began during her stage career, where she is also known for her various performances on Broadway.   MJ, you are one of the leading ladies in the FX's series »Pose«, a series that made history with it's cast featuring the largest number of transgender actresses. This is a series set in New York City's ballroom scene in the 80s, exploring the lives of black trans women. What were your thoughts when you were cast in one of the leading roles, as Blanca?   I was extremely apprehensive at first because I was scared as to how the audience would receive our stories. So many don't know or are not educated on our lives as women of a specific experience. When the 1st season aired and I saw the reception of the viewers, it was a complete sign of relief because there was nothing but love given and understanding. This was the best welcome for my first television role as a leading actress. I felt like I did the women, who were here before me, justice and their stories were seen and heard.   For your role in »Pose« you were described as a breakout star and your performance didn't go unnoticed by critics, who praised you. What would you describe as the thing that connects you the most to this character? And which is the most special thing about your character?   The thing that connects me with this character the most is her will to keep going and her drive to stay focused on laying a foundation and securing a legacy for her children.  She's very secure in herself and knows exactly who she is and we definitely have those things in common. The most special thing about her is her heart, I truly believe she is pure in her actions and what she positively wants to accomplish.   You were studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston and were in your freshman year when you landed your first professional role, as Angel, in an off Broadway production »Rent«. Tell us more about the development of your career.   When I was going to Berklee, I was completely in my element as an artist. I was in a  place of comfort and a place where I could truly explore myself artistically. I took all types of fundamental classes, but the most fulfilling ones were my music business class and songwriting class. These two classes gave me glimpses into how I should take complete control of who I wanna be as an artist as well as storytelling. By the time I was nearing the end of my first semester, I felt like I was inches closer to where I wanted to be. During summer break I took part in a small community production of Rent, that was held at New Jersey’s Performing Arts Center. There I met a woman named Freddie Walker Brown. We created such a Wonderful Rapport by the end of the run. After the run, I went back to school to try and finish off my first semester, but by the time finals had come, I found myself in the middle of going back and forth from Boston to NYC, auditioning for »Rent«, the off-Broadway revival. In these moments I felt like Berklee prepared me for not only Rent, but also for what was to come.    Who is the most special and important person in your life, and why?   My mother is the most special and important person in my life, simply because she keeps me grounded. She's never failed me and now I expect that kind of security from others. I know it's a high expectation, but that's what I feel I deserve when it comes to partnerships and people who I really want to consider lifelong friends.    What would be your advice to young trans people who are still trying to figure out their true identity?   My advice to younger individuals would be to never second guess who you are. If you're ever in doubt, look into the mirror and see the beauty that is starring right back at you. Also know that you are enough!   You're an advocate for your community. Why do you believe being an advocate is such an important role in trans world?   The reason why it is so important, is because people need a voice that uplifts in a positive and factual way and I feel like I, as well as many others are trying our best to be that. We need to be pillars and totem poles for the generations behind us to climb, so that they can be at the top.    What can we expect from you in the future, on your personal level and career wise from »Pose«?   I feel like there's so many things that one can expect from me in the future. The biggest one of them all is being incorporated in more mainstream TV and Film, specifically drama, comedy, romantic and action. As far as on personal level, the most important thing you should expect from me is growth. I'm a person who loves to learn and I'm a person who loves to change things for the better.   To people, who don't know and watch »Pose« yet, why would you suggest it to them? I would suggest »POSE« simply because it is a groundbreaking show that beautifully journeys through lives of individuals who are simply just trying to make a way for themselves and the people that are part of their community, and I think everyone in the world has done that. It's a show that does nothing but raise the bar for awareness, especially when it comes to HIV and AIDS. It's also a show that really digs deep into the true definition of what the human condition is. That's why people should tune into this show.   photographed by Philippe Vogelenzang casting by Timotej Letonja styling by Ronnie Hart make-up by Grace Ahn hair by Ursula Stephen MJ Rodriguez, a young and promising star, who most people know for her role as Blanca in the hit TV series »Pose«, dreamt of being an actress since she was 7. She is a part of the largest cast of transgender stars in the world of TV. MJ knew early on in her life that she was different, not happy in her own body. Her transformation process began during her stage career, where she is also known for her various performances on Broadway.   MJ, you are one of the leading ladies in the FX's series »Pose«, a series that made history with it's cast featuring the largest number of transgender actresses. This is a series set in New York City's ballroom scene in the 80s, exploring the lives of black trans women. What were your thoughts when you were cast in one of the leading roles, as Blanca?   I was extremely apprehensive at first because I was scared as to how the audience would receive our stories. So many don't know or are not educated on our lives as women of a specific experience. When the 1st season aired and I saw the reception of the viewers, it was a complete sign of relief because there was nothing but love given and understanding. This was the best welcome for my first television role as a leading actress. I felt like I did the women, who were here before me, justice and their stories were seen and heard.   For your role in »Pose« you were described as a breakout star and your performance didn't go unnoticed by critics, who praised you. What would you describe as the thing that connects you the most to this character? And which is the most special thing about your character?   The thing that connects me with this character the most is her will to keep going and her drive to stay focused on laying a foundation and securing a legacy for her children.  She's very secure in herself and knows exactly who she is and we definitely have those things in common. The most special thing about her is her heart, I truly believe she is pure in her actions and what she positively wants to accomplish.   You were studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston and were in your freshman year when you landed your first professional role, as Angel, in an off Broadway production »Rent«. Tell us more about the development of your career.   When I was going to Berklee, I was completely in my element as an artist. I was in a  place of comfort and a place where I could truly explore myself artistically. I took all types of fundamental classes, but the most fulfilling ones were my music business class and songwriting class. These two classes gave me glimpses into how I should take complete control of who I wanna be as an artist as well as storytelling. By the time I was nearing the end of my first semester, I felt like I was inches closer to where I wanted to be. During summer break I took part in a small community production of Rent, that was held at New Jersey’s Performing Arts Center. There I met a woman named Freddie Walker Brown. We created such a Wonderful Rapport by the end of the run. After the run, I went back to school to try and finish off my first semester, but by the time finals had come, I found myself in the middle of going back and forth from Boston to NYC, auditioning for »Rent«, the off-Broadway revival. In these moments I felt like Berklee prepared me for not only Rent, but also for what was to come.    Who is the most special and important person in your life, and why?   My mother is the most special and important person in my life, simply because she keeps me grounded. She's never failed me and now I expect that kind of security from others. I know it's a high expectation, but that's what I feel I deserve when it comes to partnerships and people who I really want to consider lifelong friends.    What would be your advice to young trans people who are still trying to figure out their true identity?   My advice to younger individuals would be to never second guess who you are. If you're ever in doubt, look into the mirror and see the beauty that is starring right back at you. Also know that you are enough!   You're an advocate for your community. Why do you believe being an advocate is such an important role in trans world?   The reason why it is so important, is because people need a voice that uplifts in a positive and factual way and I feel like I, as well as many others are trying our best to be that. We need to be pillars and totem poles for the generations behind us to climb, so that they can be at the top.    What can we expect from you in the future, on your personal level and career wise from »Pose«?   I feel like there's so many things that one can expect from me in the future. The biggest one of them all is being incorporated in more mainstream TV and Film, specifically drama, comedy, romantic and action. As far as on personal level, the most important thing you should expect from me is growth. I'm a person who loves to learn and I'm a person who loves to change things for the better.   To people, who don't know and watch »Pose« yet, why would you suggest it to them? I would suggest »POSE« simply because it is a groundbreaking show that beautifully journeys through lives of individuals who are simply just trying to make a way for themselves and the people that are part of their community, and I think everyone in the world has done that. It's a show that does nothing but raise the bar for awareness, especially when it comes to HIV and AIDS. It's also a show that really digs deep into the true definition of what the human condition is. That's why people should tune into this show.   photographed by Philippe Vogelenzang casting by Timotej Letonja styling by Ronnie Hart make-up by Grace Ahn hair by Ursula Stephen

Bvlgari Hotel London
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Bvlgari Hotel London

Travel On 28th May 2012 Bvlgari Hotel London opened in the heart of central London’s most prestigious area, Knightsbridge, as the first brand new luxury hotel build in the city for 40 years. Bvlgari Hotel London pays tribute to Bvlgari’s silversmith origins and Britain’s noblemanufacturing traditions with an understated, elegant design concept with silver forming the underlying theme of the design. The sleek architecture and refined interiors are designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, coupling Bvlgari glamour and heritage with sustainable design features and state of the art technology. Many of the furnishings and textiles throughout the hotel are made exclusively for Bvlgari crafted by Italian manufacturers.   The 85 rooms and suites feature exquisite detailing throughout, such as custom made silk curtains with patterns inspired by some of the classic Bvlgari jewellery designs, and bed side table lamps by Bvlgari’s silver candlesticks. The silver theme continues throughout the hotel with handcrafted Italian detailing such as the two stunning handcrafted solid silver Bvlgari chandeliers in the Ballroom, creating a dramatic centrepiece. Open exclusively to day spa guests, members and guests of the hotel, the 2,000 sqm Bvlgari Spa London is spread over two floors and has been crafted from onyx, oak and Vicenza stone. Highlights of the Spa include 11 private treatment rooms and one double spa suite, complete with its own steam room, Jacuzzi and private treatment room; a 25m swimming pool, created from Vicenza stone and featuring a shimmering green and gold mosaic; and a 150m2 fitness area with a fully-equipped, state of the art Workshop Gymnasium.   Bvlgari Hotel London celebrates its silver screen heritage with the luxurious 47-seat Richard Attenborough Screening Room, offering state of the art cinema-quality sound and vision and an exclusively-curated library of more than 300 new and classic films available to guests of the hotel. The Screening Room is also capable of hosting press events, advance screening film premieres and is available to hire for private screenings.   Bvlgari Hotel London provides sumptuous meeting facilities flexible enough to accommodate events of all kinds with two boardrooms and two private offices, as well as two private dining rooms and a ballroom with private foyer that can cater for up to 140 discerning guests. In the luxury surrounds of the hotel’s Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop & Sampling Lounge rareand vintage cigars can be sampled and purchased.   As a brand new build in the heart of Knightsbridge, the state of the art Bvlgari Hotel London, employs pioneering methods of sustainable luxury and has been developed according to best practices in design set by BREEAM, the leading environmental assessment method for buildings. To meet the strict BREEAM criteria the hotel features such initiatives as anecologically designed “green roof” with bird and bat boxes, the sponsoring of electric carcharging points within the vicinity of the hotel, and energy conserving intelligent lighting. Geothermal Energy, a cost effective, reliable, sustainable and environmentally friendly form of energy generation, has been integrated into the hotel building and is the first of its kind in the UK.   Combining heritage and modernity, refinement and effortless elegance, Knightsbridge is the natural setting for Bvlgari Hotel London that emphasises these same exceptional qualities. Everything that is singular and remarkable about London can be found in Knightsbridge. Here are the city’s most exclusive addresses, its most distinguished cultural venues, its most luxurious department stores and boutiques. The grand cornerstones of Knightsbridge – from the Royal Albert Hall to the Victoria and Albert museum to Harrods – have not only stood the test of time, they have gained lasting elegance and cultural relevance. This is London’s mostprestigious neighbourhood, and one of its most liveable, with the full, appealing expanse of Hyde Park stretching out to its north.   Located in the heart of Knightsbridge, Bvlgari Hotel London is just steps from leafy Hyde Park and the shopping of Sloane Street, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. Cultural and historical landmarks such as the Royal Albert Hall and the V&A Museum are a short walk away. The 85 light filled rooms and suites are amongst the largest in London. Many look over Hyde Park and Knightsbridge and each is a well-considered oasis of calm comfort andunderstated luxury. Bvlgari’s attention to detail is evident in the use of exquisite marbles,fine woods and unique detailing. Offering unparalleled accommodation of between 160 and 220 square metres, the seven Bvlgari Suites are of peerless magnificence and immediately upon the opening of the hotel they set new standards for luxurious accommodation in London. Sette restaurant, independently operated by LDV Hospitality, is the first London locationof New York City’s Scarpetta Restaurants, bringing authentic Italian food from the heart of Manhattan with its own inimitable flair. In true ‘Dolce Vita’ style, the evenings continueafter dinner at Sette, downstairs in the ‘underground’ bar, Nolita Social. Named afterNew York’s most charming neighbourhood, North of Little Italy, Nolita Social brings the energy of ‘the New York night’ to London, with a heady mix of crafted cocktails, livemusic and DJ’s. The Lounge features a honed black granite floor and fireplace alongside the Italian- made chairs and sofas covered in special fabrics that complete the contemporary look and provide an alluring space for guests to enjoy a light breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks. The Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop and Sampling Lounge at Bvlgari Hotel London has established itself as the premier Knightsbridge destination for connoisseurs in search of truly exceptional vintage cigars. Arranged over two levels, the spacious 2000sqm Bvlgari Spa London reflects a contemporary Italian design ethos, influenced by the rich heritage of Bvlgari. The Vicenza stone and refined colour combinations of cognac-like golden tones and shades of green used throughout the spa, inspires complete relaxation, calm and escapism from the busy world of Knightsbridge. Bvlgari Hotel London lends a prestigious context to all types of meetings, events and conferences. The stunning facilities are flexible and feature the latest technology.   The hotel offers incredible amenities as well as truly amazing service amongs other things. The rooms are very beautifully designed and very private. A few of our favorite amenites were the Bvlgari Spa as well as the Italian restaurant Sette with a tasty Italian insired menu.  more on bulgarihotels.com On 28th May 2012 Bvlgari Hotel London opened in the heart of central London’s most prestigious area, Knightsbridge, as the first brand new luxury hotel build in the city for 40 years. Bvlgari Hotel London pays tribute to Bvlgari’s silversmith origins and Britain’s noblemanufacturing traditions with an understated, elegant design concept with silver forming the underlying theme of the design. The sleek architecture and refined interiors are designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, coupling Bvlgari glamour and heritage with sustainable design features and state of the art technology. Many of the furnishings and textiles throughout the hotel are made exclusively for Bvlgari crafted by Italian manufacturers.   The 85 rooms and suites feature exquisite detailing throughout, such as custom made silk curtains with patterns inspired by some of the classic Bvlgari jewellery designs, and bed side table lamps by Bvlgari’s silver candlesticks. The silver theme continues throughout the hotel with handcrafted Italian detailing such as the two stunning handcrafted solid silver Bvlgari chandeliers in the Ballroom, creating a dramatic centrepiece. Open exclusively to day spa guests, members and guests of the hotel, the 2,000 sqm Bvlgari Spa London is spread over two floors and has been crafted from onyx, oak and Vicenza stone. Highlights of the Spa include 11 private treatment rooms and one double spa suite, complete with its own steam room, Jacuzzi and private treatment room; a 25m swimming pool, created from Vicenza stone and featuring a shimmering green and gold mosaic; and a 150m2 fitness area with a fully-equipped, state of the art Workshop Gymnasium.   Bvlgari Hotel London celebrates its silver screen heritage with the luxurious 47-seat Richard Attenborough Screening Room, offering state of the art cinema-quality sound and vision and an exclusively-curated library of more than 300 new and classic films available to guests of the hotel. The Screening Room is also capable of hosting press events, advance screening film premieres and is available to hire for private screenings.   Bvlgari Hotel London provides sumptuous meeting facilities flexible enough to accommodate events of all kinds with two boardrooms and two private offices, as well as two private dining rooms and a ballroom with private foyer that can cater for up to 140 discerning guests. In the luxury surrounds of the hotel’s Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop & Sampling Lounge rareand vintage cigars can be sampled and purchased.   As a brand new build in the heart of Knightsbridge, the state of the art Bvlgari Hotel London, employs pioneering methods of sustainable luxury and has been developed according to best practices in design set by BREEAM, the leading environmental assessment method for buildings. To meet the strict BREEAM criteria the hotel features such initiatives as anecologically designed “green roof” with bird and bat boxes, the sponsoring of electric carcharging points within the vicinity of the hotel, and energy conserving intelligent lighting. Geothermal Energy, a cost effective, reliable, sustainable and environmentally friendly form of energy generation, has been integrated into the hotel building and is the first of its kind in the UK.   Combining heritage and modernity, refinement and effortless elegance, Knightsbridge is the natural setting for Bvlgari Hotel London that emphasises these same exceptional qualities. Everything that is singular and remarkable about London can be found in Knightsbridge. Here are the city’s most exclusive addresses, its most distinguished cultural venues, its most luxurious department stores and boutiques. The grand cornerstones of Knightsbridge – from the Royal Albert Hall to the Victoria and Albert museum to Harrods – have not only stood the test of time, they have gained lasting elegance and cultural relevance. This is London’s mostprestigious neighbourhood, and one of its most liveable, with the full, appealing expanse of Hyde Park stretching out to its north.   Located in the heart of Knightsbridge, Bvlgari Hotel London is just steps from leafy Hyde Park and the shopping of Sloane Street, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. Cultural and historical landmarks such as the Royal Albert Hall and the V&A Museum are a short walk away. The 85 light filled rooms and suites are amongst the largest in London. Many look over Hyde Park and Knightsbridge and each is a well-considered oasis of calm comfort andunderstated luxury. Bvlgari’s attention to detail is evident in the use of exquisite marbles,fine woods and unique detailing. Offering unparalleled accommodation of between 160 and 220 square metres, the seven Bvlgari Suites are of peerless magnificence and immediately upon the opening of the hotel they set new standards for luxurious accommodation in London. Sette restaurant, independently operated by LDV Hospitality, is the first London locationof New York City’s Scarpetta Restaurants, bringing authentic Italian food from the heart of Manhattan with its own inimitable flair. In true ‘Dolce Vita’ style, the evenings continueafter dinner at Sette, downstairs in the ‘underground’ bar, Nolita Social. Named afterNew York’s most charming neighbourhood, North of Little Italy, Nolita Social brings the energy of ‘the New York night’ to London, with a heady mix of crafted cocktails, livemusic and DJ’s. The Lounge features a honed black granite floor and fireplace alongside the Italian- made chairs and sofas covered in special fabrics that complete the contemporary look and provide an alluring space for guests to enjoy a light breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks. The Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop and Sampling Lounge at Bvlgari Hotel London has established itself as the premier Knightsbridge destination for connoisseurs in search of truly exceptional vintage cigars. Arranged over two levels, the spacious 2000sqm Bvlgari Spa London reflects a contemporary Italian design ethos, influenced by the rich heritage of Bvlgari. The Vicenza stone and refined colour combinations of cognac-like golden tones and shades of green used throughout the spa, inspires complete relaxation, calm and escapism from the busy world of Knightsbridge. Bvlgari Hotel London lends a prestigious context to all types of meetings, events and conferences. The stunning facilities are flexible and feature the latest technology.   The hotel offers incredible amenities as well as truly amazing service amongs other things. The rooms are very beautifully designed and very private. A few of our favorite amenites were the Bvlgari Spa as well as the Italian restaurant Sette with a tasty Italian insired menu.  more on bulgarihotels.com

Filling Pieces release new skate-inspired Spate silhouette
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Filling Pieces release new skate-inspired Spate silhouette

Fashion The Spate is the latest offering within the brand’s Signature footwear collection and is described by its creator as “a contemporary twist on a traditionally modest design”. Influenced by the fluid motion of skateboarding, the campaign toys with perspective as we know it. Vanishing points lost as new angles are created. Shadows appear to disrupt the illusion, pinning the focus firmly back on the subject. Crafted from Filling Pieces’ classic matt-Nappa or suede colour combinations, the Spate incorporates design elements from several well-known styles within the Signature collection. A perforated toe cap, woven branding and contrasting mesh heel collar attribute to a more sporty appearance, whilst signature luxury elements including the leather lining and hand-finished detailing remain as standard. Filling Pieces’ SS20 campaign celebrates the concept of family in all its forms - not limited to the biological and highlighting the kinship between friends, collectives and communities united by their diversities. The Spate has been designed as a style to appeal to all - continuing the brand’s ethos of bridging-the-gap between cultures and societies.   Videography @felix_aaron Photographer @luckarsten Models @jasonharderwijk @lisrutten Assistance @johnathanbaena MUAH @laurayard The Spate is the latest offering within the brand’s Signature footwear collection and is described by its creator as “a contemporary twist on a traditionally modest design”. Influenced by the fluid motion of skateboarding, the campaign toys with perspective as we know it. Vanishing points lost as new angles are created. Shadows appear to disrupt the illusion, pinning the focus firmly back on the subject. Crafted from Filling Pieces’ classic matt-Nappa or suede colour combinations, the Spate incorporates design elements from several well-known styles within the Signature collection. A perforated toe cap, woven branding and contrasting mesh heel collar attribute to a more sporty appearance, whilst signature luxury elements including the leather lining and hand-finished detailing remain as standard. Filling Pieces’ SS20 campaign celebrates the concept of family in all its forms - not limited to the biological and highlighting the kinship between friends, collectives and communities united by their diversities. The Spate has been designed as a style to appeal to all - continuing the brand’s ethos of bridging-the-gap between cultures and societies.   Videography @felix_aaron Photographer @luckarsten Models @jasonharderwijk @lisrutten Assistance @johnathanbaena MUAH @laurayard

CHANEL releases the new eyewear campaign
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CHANEL releases the new eyewear campaign

Accessories The singer Angèle, the actresses Isabelle Adjani and Margaret Qualley, and the musicians Sébastien Tellier and Pharrell Williams: five artists and five unique creative worlds light up the CHANEL Spring-Summer 2020 eyewear campaign with their aura, photographed by Karim Sadli. All of them have a special relationship with Virginie Viard, Artistic Director of CHANEL's Fashion collections. For this campaign, they chose their favourite pair of glasses from the collection. Five eyewear designs for one single attitude: one that allows everyone to assert their style.    Each pair of sunglasses highlights the originality of these inspiring faces. For Angèle, it's an oval design with a transparent acetate frame that contrasts with the metal temples attached to a necklace of grey faux pearls. Margaret Qualley's mischievous face peeps out from behind a butterfly frame in black metal, also linked with a string of pearls, this time in white. We can only guess at Isabelle Adjani's enigmatic gaze behind large square sunglasses in a black acetate with the name CHANEL inlaid like a jewelled hair slide along one of the temples. The XL rectangular shield worn by Sébastien Tellier honours the tweed that swathes its frame. The double C takes shape as a patch and signs the temples. Finally, an oversized rectangular design in black acetate worn by the CHANEL ambassador Pharrell Williams, is embellished with fine metal plaques engraved with a motif that evokes a woven tweed.    Discover the Spring-Summer 2020 Eyewear campaign from March 2020.   #CHANELEyewear #CHANELSunglasses The singer Angèle, the actresses Isabelle Adjani and Margaret Qualley, and the musicians Sébastien Tellier and Pharrell Williams: five artists and five unique creative worlds light up the CHANEL Spring-Summer 2020 eyewear campaign with their aura, photographed by Karim Sadli. All of them have a special relationship with Virginie Viard, Artistic Director of CHANEL's Fashion collections. For this campaign, they chose their favourite pair of glasses from the collection. Five eyewear designs for one single attitude: one that allows everyone to assert their style.    Each pair of sunglasses highlights the originality of these inspiring faces. For Angèle, it's an oval design with a transparent acetate frame that contrasts with the metal temples attached to a necklace of grey faux pearls. Margaret Qualley's mischievous face peeps out from behind a butterfly frame in black metal, also linked with a string of pearls, this time in white. We can only guess at Isabelle Adjani's enigmatic gaze behind large square sunglasses in a black acetate with the name CHANEL inlaid like a jewelled hair slide along one of the temples. The XL rectangular shield worn by Sébastien Tellier honours the tweed that swathes its frame. The double C takes shape as a patch and signs the temples. Finally, an oversized rectangular design in black acetate worn by the CHANEL ambassador Pharrell Williams, is embellished with fine metal plaques engraved with a motif that evokes a woven tweed.    Discover the Spring-Summer 2020 Eyewear campaign from March 2020.   #CHANELEyewear #CHANELSunglasses

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