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At home with McKenna Hellam
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At home with McKenna Hellam

Fashion At home with McKenna Hellam at IMG, exclusively photographed by Xavier Avery.     Who are you  and what is your profession?   I am mckenna Hellam, a typical southern girl next door. I also am an independent business woman that is in fashion marketing by playing dress up!   How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   I think things in th fashion world will change and lead more toward social media and creative type shoots from a distance. Face masks will become a fashion accessory for sure! I think the world return to a new normal-I’m not sure what that will look like but I hope the distancing rules lighten some, I’m going to an aunt and I want to be there for everything!     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I have been spending my time quarantined with my best friend and my family. Ive been able to do a few FaceTime photoshoots! While they are a great way to still create, they don't compare to shooting in person.      What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modeling?   My first memory of fashion is playing dress up in my mom and older sisters clothes. Especially trying on their heels if they had any.     What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   My beauty routine is fairly simple. I wake up wash my face, moisturize, and put sunscreen on. Sometimes ill put makeup on for something to do. I wash my face at night and then moisturize. If I'm feeling like wanting to do a little more I'll put on some type of face mask.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   In quarantine I have kinda learned how to do a headstand. I learned by watching someones video on instagram and just kept practicing. I'm still not very good at it yet.      Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.    I can do voices, especially a really good stitch impersonation.     What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   Back to my apartment in Brooklyn. I'd go back there because I'm starting to miss NYC and my comfortable bed!     What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?    One of my favorite songs at the moment is Freakin' Out On The Interstate by Briston Maroney. I just love the way it sounds and it's just super cute. I have a few playlist on Spotify of my favorite songs and artists!     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?    The first thing I like to do when I wake up is make coffee! Before bed I like to try and read a book!     Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   I have been to Amsterdam a couple of times but unfortunately it was just a fly into a job then leave right after, but I definitely want to return and explore it more!     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   My favorite painting is the creation of man by Michaelangelo. Soft colors and the simple suggestion of human touch and beginning of time with way bigger implications.     What made you start creating masks with your mother for the nurses and everyone on the front lines?    We started creating masks because my mom came home from her doctors office where she works and said that they were have to reuse masks and protective gear. So, we took it upon ourselves to help and makes some masks to temporarily use! At home with McKenna Hellam at IMG, exclusively photographed by Xavier Avery.     Who are you  and what is your profession?   I am mckenna Hellam, a typical southern girl next door. I also am an independent business woman that is in fashion marketing by playing dress up!   How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   I think things in th fashion world will change and lead more toward social media and creative type shoots from a distance. Face masks will become a fashion accessory for sure! I think the world return to a new normal-I’m not sure what that will look like but I hope the distancing rules lighten some, I’m going to an aunt and I want to be there for everything!     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I have been spending my time quarantined with my best friend and my family. Ive been able to do a few FaceTime photoshoots! While they are a great way to still create, they don't compare to shooting in person.      What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modeling?   My first memory of fashion is playing dress up in my mom and older sisters clothes. Especially trying on their heels if they had any.     What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   My beauty routine is fairly simple. I wake up wash my face, moisturize, and put sunscreen on. Sometimes ill put makeup on for something to do. I wash my face at night and then moisturize. If I'm feeling like wanting to do a little more I'll put on some type of face mask.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   In quarantine I have kinda learned how to do a headstand. I learned by watching someones video on instagram and just kept practicing. I'm still not very good at it yet.      Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.    I can do voices, especially a really good stitch impersonation.     What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   Back to my apartment in Brooklyn. I'd go back there because I'm starting to miss NYC and my comfortable bed!     What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?    One of my favorite songs at the moment is Freakin' Out On The Interstate by Briston Maroney. I just love the way it sounds and it's just super cute. I have a few playlist on Spotify of my favorite songs and artists!     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?    The first thing I like to do when I wake up is make coffee! Before bed I like to try and read a book!     Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   I have been to Amsterdam a couple of times but unfortunately it was just a fly into a job then leave right after, but I definitely want to return and explore it more!     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   My favorite painting is the creation of man by Michaelangelo. Soft colors and the simple suggestion of human touch and beginning of time with way bigger implications.     What made you start creating masks with your mother for the nurses and everyone on the front lines?    We started creating masks because my mom came home from her doctors office where she works and said that they were have to reuse masks and protective gear. So, we took it upon ourselves to help and makes some masks to temporarily use!

Jamel Shabazz exhibits in Maastricht
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Jamel Shabazz exhibits in Maastricht

Exhibition   Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht presents the exhibition 'Streetlife' from 1 June until 27 September 2020. The museum shows colorful work by the American photographer Jamel Shabazz. The street photography in New York City mostly shows the 80s. A new photo book by Shabazz ('City Metro') will be launched during the exhibition. Guest curator is the German gallery owner Bene Taschen.   Jamel Shabazz enjoys international fame as a documentary, street, fashion and portrait photographer. He has been photographing the vibrant street life in New York since 1980. In addition to musicians, he has also portrayed everyday life on the street and in the subway. Around fifty photos can be seen in the monumental museum. The exhibition focusses on his photography from the 1980s. Visitors can play music matching with the era on record players themselves.    Jamel Shabazz (New York, 1960) grew up in Brooklyn and has been active as a photographer for 45 years. His iconic photos have been frequently published and bundled in nine monographs. In addition, the autonomous work is included in the collections of museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), The Bronx Museum of the Arts (New York) and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture (Washington). Shabazz has been awarded a Gordon Parks Foundation Award in 2018.    'Streetlife' exhibition is from 1 June – 27 September 2020.   www.fotomuseumaanhetvrijthof.nl   Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht presents the exhibition 'Streetlife' from 1 June until 27 September 2020. The museum shows colorful work by the American photographer Jamel Shabazz. The street photography in New York City mostly shows the 80s. A new photo book by Shabazz ('City Metro') will be launched during the exhibition. Guest curator is the German gallery owner Bene Taschen.   Jamel Shabazz enjoys international fame as a documentary, street, fashion and portrait photographer. He has been photographing the vibrant street life in New York since 1980. In addition to musicians, he has also portrayed everyday life on the street and in the subway. Around fifty photos can be seen in the monumental museum. The exhibition focusses on his photography from the 1980s. Visitors can play music matching with the era on record players themselves.    Jamel Shabazz (New York, 1960) grew up in Brooklyn and has been active as a photographer for 45 years. His iconic photos have been frequently published and bundled in nine monographs. In addition, the autonomous work is included in the collections of museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), The Bronx Museum of the Arts (New York) and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture (Washington). Shabazz has been awarded a Gordon Parks Foundation Award in 2018.    'Streetlife' exhibition is from 1 June – 27 September 2020.   www.fotomuseumaanhetvrijthof.nl

At home with Sean O'Pry
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At home with Sean O'Pry

Men During the quarantine times we had a chance to work on an exclusive project and interview with top model Sean O'Pry, who was captured on the streets of New York with his girlfriend Fernanda Liz by Kat Irlin.     Who are you  and what is your profession?   Hey everybody, I’m Sean O’Pry. Pronounced ( O-prī not O-prey) I’m from Kennesaw, GA and I have worked as an advertising associate(model) in fashion since 2006.   How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   I think fashion is an expression and not a perception since I have the honor to portray other people's ideas and art through my image and movement. Being from a small town in Georgia, I don't think of perception too much. I think that has helped me through my career.    Looking short-term, I believe things will change drastically. Not just in fashion, but the way we live our lives. Specifically, within the fashion industry, traveling, location shoots, interaction on photoshoots, and events will take a backseat for a while. Thus, we will all have to reinvent ourselves for the time being.    Long-term is a lot harder to look at, as there are a lot of factors to consider. Some of these we might haven't seen or heard of yet. Will we have a vaccine, will the fear of something like this happening again go away? Like the rest of the world, I think the fashion industry will have a new normal. Much like social distancing it's a term I hadn't considered before but I'm excited about being on a journey with the most creative people in the world and seeing how we evolve together.   I genuinely think this is a fantastic time for the fashion industry to reset. It will allow the amazing creative people in the industry to do what they do best. Envision, create, and innovate the way we work. I think COVID-19 will make a massive shift in the industry in a positive way. Quality over quantity every day     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?    During quarantine outside of the usual Netflix and wine I’ve been drawing and painting quite a bit. I’ve been very fortunate to be ‘stuck’ with 2 ‘people’ I love very much. Tallulah and Fernanda.     What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modeling?   My first fashion memory would come day 2 into modeling on my first shoot with Nagi Sakai.  We were shooting D magazine with another model from my agency named Marcus Hedabrandh. It was my first time changing in front of anyone other than a family member and they gave me these mui mui sandals with socks ,shorts and a big jacket...I turned to the other model changing at the time( Marcus) and asked “do I really have to wear this..?” He laughed and walked away. We are friends now, it took him a few years though. I talked a lot.           What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and what made you learn it?  It might sound weird but silence. The ability to be centered in such an unsure time.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV.   My first job was building retaining walls for pools over 3 summers, and then I worked at Abercrombie kids as a welcomer. I got fired after 3 weeks.     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? First thing I do is make a coffee and feed Tallulah. Last thing I do is kiss my girls and pray before I go to sleep.     Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   Yes I love Amsterdam. Describe Amsterdam in one sentence....Too much fun.   What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?  If you know me I pace constantly, so my mind and metabolism run at 1000x a minute, I’ve been fortunate for that. Working out for me will be more weight training than cardio to keep weight on and gives me a since of peace and fulfillment. Growing up in sports it was a part of the natural progression and I’ve continued that into this field as well.      What is your favorite books and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far? At the moment focusing more on educational books within art and architecture than self help or fiction. Studying a lot of Sol Lewis/frank Lloyd Wright and Dan Flavin retrospectives.   Are you working on any cool new projects during these times?   At the moment I’m in the startup phase of a new exciting venture with my friend Oliver. More information coming soon.     Tell us about your beautiful golden retriever. How great is it to have a dog as part of your life?     Tallulah is hands down the best dog. Cuddles on command and also when she decides, which is constant. Only downside is the amount of vacuuming because of all the shedding during the warmer months.      What is your favorite place you have visited so far and that you would love to re-visit in the future again?   Savusavu, Fiji. If you love an untouched beautiful oasis of people, land and water, this place is for you. The land and water are from another world but it’s the locals that really make this island magic. Bula Bula!     You can follow Sean on instagram @seanopry55             During the quarantine times we had a chance to work on an exclusive project and interview with top model Sean O'Pry, who was captured on the streets of New York with his girlfriend Fernanda Liz by Kat Irlin.     Who are you  and what is your profession?   Hey everybody, I’m Sean O’Pry. Pronounced ( O-prī not O-prey) I’m from Kennesaw, GA and I have worked as an advertising associate(model) in fashion since 2006.   How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   I think fashion is an expression and not a perception since I have the honor to portray other people's ideas and art through my image and movement. Being from a small town in Georgia, I don't think of perception too much. I think that has helped me through my career.    Looking short-term, I believe things will change drastically. Not just in fashion, but the way we live our lives. Specifically, within the fashion industry, traveling, location shoots, interaction on photoshoots, and events will take a backseat for a while. Thus, we will all have to reinvent ourselves for the time being.    Long-term is a lot harder to look at, as there are a lot of factors to consider. Some of these we might haven't seen or heard of yet. Will we have a vaccine, will the fear of something like this happening again go away? Like the rest of the world, I think the fashion industry will have a new normal. Much like social distancing it's a term I hadn't considered before but I'm excited about being on a journey with the most creative people in the world and seeing how we evolve together.   I genuinely think this is a fantastic time for the fashion industry to reset. It will allow the amazing creative people in the industry to do what they do best. Envision, create, and innovate the way we work. I think COVID-19 will make a massive shift in the industry in a positive way. Quality over quantity every day     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?    During quarantine outside of the usual Netflix and wine I’ve been drawing and painting quite a bit. I’ve been very fortunate to be ‘stuck’ with 2 ‘people’ I love very much. Tallulah and Fernanda.     What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modeling?   My first fashion memory would come day 2 into modeling on my first shoot with Nagi Sakai.  We were shooting D magazine with another model from my agency named Marcus Hedabrandh. It was my first time changing in front of anyone other than a family member and they gave me these mui mui sandals with socks ,shorts and a big jacket...I turned to the other model changing at the time( Marcus) and asked “do I really have to wear this..?” He laughed and walked away. We are friends now, it took him a few years though. I talked a lot.           What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and what made you learn it?  It might sound weird but silence. The ability to be centered in such an unsure time.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV.   My first job was building retaining walls for pools over 3 summers, and then I worked at Abercrombie kids as a welcomer. I got fired after 3 weeks.     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? First thing I do is make a coffee and feed Tallulah. Last thing I do is kiss my girls and pray before I go to sleep.     Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   Yes I love Amsterdam. Describe Amsterdam in one sentence....Too much fun.   What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?  If you know me I pace constantly, so my mind and metabolism run at 1000x a minute, I’ve been fortunate for that. Working out for me will be more weight training than cardio to keep weight on and gives me a since of peace and fulfillment. Growing up in sports it was a part of the natural progression and I’ve continued that into this field as well.      What is your favorite books and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far? At the moment focusing more on educational books within art and architecture than self help or fiction. Studying a lot of Sol Lewis/frank Lloyd Wright and Dan Flavin retrospectives.   Are you working on any cool new projects during these times?   At the moment I’m in the startup phase of a new exciting venture with my friend Oliver. More information coming soon.     Tell us about your beautiful golden retriever. How great is it to have a dog as part of your life?     Tallulah is hands down the best dog. Cuddles on command and also when she decides, which is constant. Only downside is the amount of vacuuming because of all the shedding during the warmer months.      What is your favorite place you have visited so far and that you would love to re-visit in the future again?   Savusavu, Fiji. If you love an untouched beautiful oasis of people, land and water, this place is for you. The land and water are from another world but it’s the locals that really make this island magic. Bula Bula!     You can follow Sean on instagram @seanopry55            

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Rouge Coco Flash expands its colour palette
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Rouge Coco Flash expands its colour palette

Beauty In 2019, CHANEL launched a new lipstick: ROUGE COCO FLASH. The perfect partner to adorn lips in a vibrant ash of color and shine, backed by absolute comfort. 27 shades, all equally easy to wear, between nudes, oranges, reds, pinks, rosewoods, fuchsias, plums and chocolates... An instant success! Amongst the favorites in the range: Ultime, a raspberry brownish red; Live, a golden rosewood; Bohème, a slightly raspberry intense pink; Amour, a deep raspberry pink; and Dominant, a powerful brick red.   In 2020, ROUGE COCO FLASH expands its color palette with 12 new intense and vibrant shades to pair with a selection of nail polishes: Ballerina and 5 new enamels in electrifying tones.   With ROUGE COCO FLASH, you can choose your shade with one glance at its transparent cap. In a free and spontaneous gesture, color dresses up lips, radiance dazzles with shimmering shine and comfort settles in with an ultra- hydrating melt-away texture.   New shades: 116 Easy: a pinky nude, 118 Freeze: a pale pink, 122 Play: a raspberry pink, 124 Vibrant: a coral red, 126 Swing: an intense satiny rosewood, 128 Mood: a strong eggplant, 138 Feel: a candy pink, 142 Crush: a light plum, 144 Move: a chocolate nude, 146 Dazzle: a golden orange, 148 Lively: a bright red, 152 Shake: a brick orange   more on Chanel.com In 2019, CHANEL launched a new lipstick: ROUGE COCO FLASH. The perfect partner to adorn lips in a vibrant ash of color and shine, backed by absolute comfort. 27 shades, all equally easy to wear, between nudes, oranges, reds, pinks, rosewoods, fuchsias, plums and chocolates... An instant success! Amongst the favorites in the range: Ultime, a raspberry brownish red; Live, a golden rosewood; Bohème, a slightly raspberry intense pink; Amour, a deep raspberry pink; and Dominant, a powerful brick red.   In 2020, ROUGE COCO FLASH expands its color palette with 12 new intense and vibrant shades to pair with a selection of nail polishes: Ballerina and 5 new enamels in electrifying tones.   With ROUGE COCO FLASH, you can choose your shade with one glance at its transparent cap. In a free and spontaneous gesture, color dresses up lips, radiance dazzles with shimmering shine and comfort settles in with an ultra- hydrating melt-away texture.   New shades: 116 Easy: a pinky nude, 118 Freeze: a pale pink, 122 Play: a raspberry pink, 124 Vibrant: a coral red, 126 Swing: an intense satiny rosewood, 128 Mood: a strong eggplant, 138 Feel: a candy pink, 142 Crush: a light plum, 144 Move: a chocolate nude, 146 Dazzle: a golden orange, 148 Lively: a bright red, 152 Shake: a brick orange   more on Chanel.com

At home with Will Peltz
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At home with Will Peltz

Fashion Exclusive interview with the talented actor and model Will Peltz, photographed by Justin Campbell.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? - I just recently have joined my family in quarantine and have taken the opportunity to spend time together. We play chess, watch old movies and prepare meals together. At this time the world is a different place so we have to adapt and create in different ways.       What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modeling? My first memory with fashion would definitely be when I got my first pair of Jordan’s and is still very much a part of my style today. I’ve always been a sneaker head. I did a piece with Interview Magazine promoting my movie Men, Women and Children which brought me into the fashion world.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without? Washing my face and applying sunscreen.      What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? I’ve learned to take my time with things. I was always in such a rush before.      Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV? I’m double jointed in both of my thumbs :).      What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes? A movie theatre!      What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?  I’ve actually been listening to a lot of classical music. I find it very calming.       What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? The first thing I do when I wake up is have my morning coffee. My nightly routine changes every night.      Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence. Unfortunately I have not but I can’t wait to go someday.     What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?  I’ve been doing a lot of walking and rollerblading lately but honestly I can’t wait to play basketball when quarantine is over.      What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?  ‘Starry night’ by Van Gogh, not yet.       How was it like being a part of Euphoria?   It was really cool to be a part of a show that speaks so honestly to this generation.      Do you have any new roles coming up soon? Yes, I’m very excited to be playing the role of Luke in the upcoming film, Thirteen Minutes. Exclusive interview with the talented actor and model Will Peltz, photographed by Justin Campbell.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? - I just recently have joined my family in quarantine and have taken the opportunity to spend time together. We play chess, watch old movies and prepare meals together. At this time the world is a different place so we have to adapt and create in different ways.       What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modeling? My first memory with fashion would definitely be when I got my first pair of Jordan’s and is still very much a part of my style today. I’ve always been a sneaker head. I did a piece with Interview Magazine promoting my movie Men, Women and Children which brought me into the fashion world.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without? Washing my face and applying sunscreen.      What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? I’ve learned to take my time with things. I was always in such a rush before.      Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV? I’m double jointed in both of my thumbs :).      What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes? A movie theatre!      What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?  I’ve actually been listening to a lot of classical music. I find it very calming.       What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? The first thing I do when I wake up is have my morning coffee. My nightly routine changes every night.      Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence. Unfortunately I have not but I can’t wait to go someday.     What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?  I’ve been doing a lot of walking and rollerblading lately but honestly I can’t wait to play basketball when quarantine is over.      What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?  ‘Starry night’ by Van Gogh, not yet.       How was it like being a part of Euphoria?   It was really cool to be a part of a show that speaks so honestly to this generation.      Do you have any new roles coming up soon? Yes, I’m very excited to be playing the role of Luke in the upcoming film, Thirteen Minutes.

At home with Marcos Fecchino
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At home with Marcos Fecchino

Men Exclusive images captured via Zoom by Zeb Daemen and a great conversation with Marcos Fecchino.   Who are you and what do you do?   Who I am? That’s a good question. I am Marcos Fecchino a passionate Argentinian living in New York who loves Art, Fashion, Architecture and Nature. I’m a sensitive, good friend who loves to dance. On the work side I’m a Producer and Creative Director in fashion. My job is basically to take a concept and, working together with a team, transform that concept into a unique final result.    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   This Virus unfortunately is affecting all of us in the fashion industry in a big way. The affect is particularly dramatic in Fashion because it’s often considered a non-essential, and during an economic crisis consumers are saving money they’d typically spend on fashion in order to purchase essentials.  I think things will slowly pick up, and fashion will come back in force. It’s a durable industry and we’re survivors. There will definitely be a new normal – it’s not going to be the same. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think we should embrace change and focus on building a better and more sustainable industry.    How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   During quarantine I’ve been taking time to think about my priorities, how I’ve been distributing my time and my energy. It’s an opportunity to stop and think in depth about our lives and ask ourselves if there are ways we can improve and live a healthier and better life.  Normally I travel almost every week and it’s hard to find time to think about these things when you’re constantly on the run, so having this break has been a blessing in certain ways.   What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   Career wise, I had many projects lined up, both short term and long term, but the pandemic has forced every single project to be canceled or postponed.  There is still uncertainty around how we will move forward and when, which makes my job very difficult. Many of my clients are in Europe and I think they might start working more locally and not traveling across the Atlantic for 24 / 48 hours for a shoot. Basically I’m having to assess changes in both my professional and personal life month to month, and I’m trying my best to exercise patience and be prepared when things start to open back up.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   Well . . . In the morning I wash my face with iS Clinical Cleansing Complex, then I use Hyaluronic Acid and a moisturizer with SFP(very important). At night I wash my face again, apply Vitamin C Serum and eye cream both from iS Clinical and last but not least a few times a week I use a toner from Biologique Rechere called P50 1970. When I am on the beach or during summer time I minimize the products I use, because skin typically doesn’t need too much in hot or humid climates, but washing your face during this time is so important.      What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   I’ve learned a few things during Quarantine, including some new cooking skills, sewing, and even cutting hair.  It’s been fun. We’ve been sewing masks for a local hospital, and I’ve been cutting hair for family members which is exciting but definitely nerve-wracking.     Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV?   I smile more than people think. Also I used to compete in downhill skiing (my favorite sport!) when I was growing up in Argentina.   What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   Japan! I’ve been planning a trip there for a long time, and had to reschedule because of the virus.    What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   “How Long” by Paul Carrack has been stuck in my head recently. I’ve also been listening a lot to Chet Baker and Stan Getz.     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   When I wake up I need to shower or wash my face right away. Before bed I like to read a book or a mindless article to calm my mind.     Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   I haven’t and I cannot believe it due to how much I travel. I’d love to go though!    What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   My go-to workout is a mix between weights and cardio, because I like the balance. Working out for me means that I am putting work into myself, both my body and my mind. Staying in shape is about more than having a good body. It keeps me balanced and reduces stress from work and travel.   What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I don’t really have a favorite painting. I love art from all different periods and places. But I will say that one painting that changed the way I see things is “The Girls of Avignon” by Picasso. I saw this painting when I was a kid and it was my introduction to understanding and appreciating Art. It made me realize there is much more than what you see at first sight. The painting shows so much about what was going on during that period and why. Looking at art for me It’s like you traveling in time.   Can you please share with us  your social media:   WEBSITE:www.marcosfecchino.com          INSTAGRAM: @marcosfecchino Exclusive images captured via Zoom by Zeb Daemen and a great conversation with Marcos Fecchino.   Who are you and what do you do?   Who I am? That’s a good question. I am Marcos Fecchino a passionate Argentinian living in New York who loves Art, Fashion, Architecture and Nature. I’m a sensitive, good friend who loves to dance. On the work side I’m a Producer and Creative Director in fashion. My job is basically to take a concept and, working together with a team, transform that concept into a unique final result.    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   This Virus unfortunately is affecting all of us in the fashion industry in a big way. The affect is particularly dramatic in Fashion because it’s often considered a non-essential, and during an economic crisis consumers are saving money they’d typically spend on fashion in order to purchase essentials.  I think things will slowly pick up, and fashion will come back in force. It’s a durable industry and we’re survivors. There will definitely be a new normal – it’s not going to be the same. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think we should embrace change and focus on building a better and more sustainable industry.    How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   During quarantine I’ve been taking time to think about my priorities, how I’ve been distributing my time and my energy. It’s an opportunity to stop and think in depth about our lives and ask ourselves if there are ways we can improve and live a healthier and better life.  Normally I travel almost every week and it’s hard to find time to think about these things when you’re constantly on the run, so having this break has been a blessing in certain ways.   What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   Career wise, I had many projects lined up, both short term and long term, but the pandemic has forced every single project to be canceled or postponed.  There is still uncertainty around how we will move forward and when, which makes my job very difficult. Many of my clients are in Europe and I think they might start working more locally and not traveling across the Atlantic for 24 / 48 hours for a shoot. Basically I’m having to assess changes in both my professional and personal life month to month, and I’m trying my best to exercise patience and be prepared when things start to open back up.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   Well . . . In the morning I wash my face with iS Clinical Cleansing Complex, then I use Hyaluronic Acid and a moisturizer with SFP(very important). At night I wash my face again, apply Vitamin C Serum and eye cream both from iS Clinical and last but not least a few times a week I use a toner from Biologique Rechere called P50 1970. When I am on the beach or during summer time I minimize the products I use, because skin typically doesn’t need too much in hot or humid climates, but washing your face during this time is so important.      What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   I’ve learned a few things during Quarantine, including some new cooking skills, sewing, and even cutting hair.  It’s been fun. We’ve been sewing masks for a local hospital, and I’ve been cutting hair for family members which is exciting but definitely nerve-wracking.     Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV?   I smile more than people think. Also I used to compete in downhill skiing (my favorite sport!) when I was growing up in Argentina.   What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   Japan! I’ve been planning a trip there for a long time, and had to reschedule because of the virus.    What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   “How Long” by Paul Carrack has been stuck in my head recently. I’ve also been listening a lot to Chet Baker and Stan Getz.     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   When I wake up I need to shower or wash my face right away. Before bed I like to read a book or a mindless article to calm my mind.     Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   I haven’t and I cannot believe it due to how much I travel. I’d love to go though!    What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   My go-to workout is a mix between weights and cardio, because I like the balance. Working out for me means that I am putting work into myself, both my body and my mind. Staying in shape is about more than having a good body. It keeps me balanced and reduces stress from work and travel.   What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I don’t really have a favorite painting. I love art from all different periods and places. But I will say that one painting that changed the way I see things is “The Girls of Avignon” by Picasso. I saw this painting when I was a kid and it was my introduction to understanding and appreciating Art. It made me realize there is much more than what you see at first sight. The painting shows so much about what was going on during that period and why. Looking at art for me It’s like you traveling in time.   Can you please share with us  your social media:   WEBSITE:www.marcosfecchino.com          INSTAGRAM: @marcosfecchino

Exclusive editorial "Rites of Passage" by Tre Koch
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Exclusive editorial "Rites of Passage" by Tre Koch

Fashion Exclusive digital editorial by Tre Koch.   Team credits: Photographer Tré Koch @ go-see (@trekoch) Model Adam Zammit @ storm models (@adamezammit) Styling Vy Nguyen (@ynvynyty) Styling Assistant Adah Kelleher-Roulston (shopfear) Hair Georgia Ramman using Davines and Oribe (@georgiaramman) Beauty Georgia Gaillard (@gg.mua) Graphic Design Bessie Armitage (bessiemae_)​     Exclusive digital editorial by Tre Koch.   Team credits: Photographer Tré Koch @ go-see (@trekoch) Model Adam Zammit @ storm models (@adamezammit) Styling Vy Nguyen (@ynvynyty) Styling Assistant Adah Kelleher-Roulston (shopfear) Hair Georgia Ramman using Davines and Oribe (@georgiaramman) Beauty Georgia Gaillard (@gg.mua) Graphic Design Bessie Armitage (bessiemae_)​    

At home with Pietro Boselli
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At home with Pietro Boselli

Men Italian born Pietro Boselli started his modeling career early, becoming the face of Armani Junior at an early age. Throughout his career, Pietro has been a favorite of Giorgio Armani, shooting campaigns for its underwear and sportswear line, as well as campaigns with Bruce Weber for Abercrombie and Fitch. We had a delight speaking with Pietro during quarantine time.    Who are you and what is your profession ?   I made my life about versatility and exploring different talents at the same time. I have been a model practically all my life, since I was 6 years old. So, I would definitely define myself as a model. But for many years I didn’t really think about it. I always loved learning and studying. In school already, and then at university. I studied engineering at UCL, and I was so crazy about it. I had the highest grades in the whole faculty. It is difficult to understand how hard I worked. I really belonged to academia.  Then I started my PhD, and I became a lecturer of mathematics at age 21. I wasn’t there just to get a degree; I was there because that’s who I was. My life was all about work and training, and the precision of engineering. I used to swim, run, cycle, lift weights, twice or even three times a day, and still pack in 10-12 hours a day of research work or study. Funnily enough, I did not have social media, I was kind of against it, I thought of it as a waste of time. Then, because of the many fake pages using my modelling pictures, my friends at dinner set up an Instagram for me and suggested I give it a go. Few months later, I was an “influencer”. It took me a while to transition, as I had just finished my PhD and was still teaching. But it opened so many new doors, and I’m now so glad to have such a platform. I travel, I meet creatives. It broadens my perspectives. I am glad I could do both engineering and modelling, it made me into who I am. So, it is difficult to pinpoint what my job is. “Model, engineer, fitness athlete, influencer”?    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   I think fashion will definitely be affected in the short to medium term, as it is linked to the current zeitgeist of the moment, and to people’s needs, and most importantly it will be impacted by the economic climate, as it is a big industry. In the long term, fashion is here to stay, it is a way in which we express ourselves as individuals and a society, it will be shaped differently as trends and beauty standards change, as we become more aware of sustainability, but in general things will bounce back. It is the nature of progress, it is not a straight line, there are occasional setback, and as humanity we can only learn, adapt and improve.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I believe in adapting and making the most of any situation, and this quarantine was the perfect occasion for me to sit down and work on so many things that were latent due to my “normal” schedule, which included a lot of travel. I actually am very happy and productive in my own company, and I get more creative when I have time to sit and think. I have been reading, writing, planning new content for my platforms, a lot of which will be educational. I have been working out every day, cooking, and talking to people on the phone, I love that everyone is now available.    What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modelling?   My first job was an Armani Junior campaign in 1995. I still remember the first “casting”, I had to try on some t-shirts and take some polaroids. I also remember being introduced to Mr Armani who, to 6-year-old me, was just a kind gentleman with white hair sitting at a large table with some people in a meeting room.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   It is as minimal as it gets, I literally brush my teeth, shave and shower, trying to keep products to a minimum. I like a good shave gel, but nothing more. Let the skin and hair do their thing and be nourished from the inside.  I work out every day so I already shower once or twice a day, water should be slightly warm or sometimes cold. Nothing else.    What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   More than a new thing, it was a rediscovery. For years I have been working independently on my PhD, which is practically like being quarantined: hours upon hours of unsupervised work. It was good to see I have still got it in me. I always wake up early and I am very disciplined, I get ready, my house is spotless, and I can focus on anything I want to do with my day. I think the new thing now is that I am a bit more relaxed. I appreciate time off, just thinking, meditating, creating ideas.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV.    I never make posts on my social media about food or what I eat (perhaps because I cannot see one more post about people’s food, I really don’t care). However, food is probably my number one pleasure in life. Even more than training, and that is saying a lot. I cook so much, and I always cook for my friends. I learned at a young age from my mother, she’s obsessed with cooking. And I guess I am too.    What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   I have been really craving to take my motorbike and go on a long trip somewhere. I love road trips, it is my favourite form of travel, whether by car or motorbike. I don’t think we will suddenly be allowed to go far. But I guess I could start from here in England, perhaps ride to the coast, see the ocean. Something easy.    What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?    I listen to a lot of minimal techno music, for focus and meditation, I have made a playlist called “1 trip” on Spotify you can check it out. I also listen to rock music, like the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin and metal music, like Metallica. One song I am learning on the guitar right now is “Pneuma” by Tool, which is contemporary metal.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   In all honesty, the first thing is I pick up my phone, check IG to see what my friends are up to or Twitter for news. It is a new quarantine habit. I put some music on, I eat something, and I get ready, like always. Before going to bed, I also put on music. Lights are off in the house, but music still playing. Such an important component of my day.    Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.    I have been only once, I was riding my motorbike around Europe, I had to get a ferry from Rotterdam to Harwich (this was years ago, this ferry no longer exists). And I had a few hours to wait so decided to see Amsterdam, but it was too short. But Holland seems like a pretty country, I’ve crossed it a few times. And I really like the people and the mentality.    What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   Working out means a lot to me. It is an essential part of my life and of who I am. It always has been. Right now, I train in my home gym, I have a squat rack and a bench, I think it is the most important piece of equipment. I also train at the park; I have a big tractor tire that I pull as a sled. It is a very intense training. Being in shape is great, and most importantly my mind is sharper, and my mood lifted after each and every workout.    What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   So difficult to answer this, I love art and I have so many paintings I like. I have spent many years working on really specialised engineering, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mathematics. So, I used to go to a gallery as often as twice a week, to disconnect from the science and enjoy the art. Life is about balance. So indirectly, a lot of my work is influenced by art and also architecture and poetry. If I had to recommend one paining on the top of my head, that you can see in London after quarantine, is a set of 6 paintings by Rothko at the Tate Modern (they take up a whole room). These must be seen in real life to be appreciated, like all abstract expressionism. It is about their size and how they change the ambiance of a room.    What inspired you to start your own clothing line called Petra?   I wanted to combine all the different aspects of my life into a brand: fashion, fitness and engineering, with a spirit of adventure and of course, sustainability. I engineer all the garments myself combining technicality and aesthetics, and they are made in Italy to the highest specifications and with state-of-the-art sustainable technical fabrics. If there is a product that encapsulates who I am, this is it.  Italian born Pietro Boselli started his modeling career early, becoming the face of Armani Junior at an early age. Throughout his career, Pietro has been a favorite of Giorgio Armani, shooting campaigns for its underwear and sportswear line, as well as campaigns with Bruce Weber for Abercrombie and Fitch. We had a delight speaking with Pietro during quarantine time.    Who are you and what is your profession ?   I made my life about versatility and exploring different talents at the same time. I have been a model practically all my life, since I was 6 years old. So, I would definitely define myself as a model. But for many years I didn’t really think about it. I always loved learning and studying. In school already, and then at university. I studied engineering at UCL, and I was so crazy about it. I had the highest grades in the whole faculty. It is difficult to understand how hard I worked. I really belonged to academia.  Then I started my PhD, and I became a lecturer of mathematics at age 21. I wasn’t there just to get a degree; I was there because that’s who I was. My life was all about work and training, and the precision of engineering. I used to swim, run, cycle, lift weights, twice or even three times a day, and still pack in 10-12 hours a day of research work or study. Funnily enough, I did not have social media, I was kind of against it, I thought of it as a waste of time. Then, because of the many fake pages using my modelling pictures, my friends at dinner set up an Instagram for me and suggested I give it a go. Few months later, I was an “influencer”. It took me a while to transition, as I had just finished my PhD and was still teaching. But it opened so many new doors, and I’m now so glad to have such a platform. I travel, I meet creatives. It broadens my perspectives. I am glad I could do both engineering and modelling, it made me into who I am. So, it is difficult to pinpoint what my job is. “Model, engineer, fitness athlete, influencer”?    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   I think fashion will definitely be affected in the short to medium term, as it is linked to the current zeitgeist of the moment, and to people’s needs, and most importantly it will be impacted by the economic climate, as it is a big industry. In the long term, fashion is here to stay, it is a way in which we express ourselves as individuals and a society, it will be shaped differently as trends and beauty standards change, as we become more aware of sustainability, but in general things will bounce back. It is the nature of progress, it is not a straight line, there are occasional setback, and as humanity we can only learn, adapt and improve.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I believe in adapting and making the most of any situation, and this quarantine was the perfect occasion for me to sit down and work on so many things that were latent due to my “normal” schedule, which included a lot of travel. I actually am very happy and productive in my own company, and I get more creative when I have time to sit and think. I have been reading, writing, planning new content for my platforms, a lot of which will be educational. I have been working out every day, cooking, and talking to people on the phone, I love that everyone is now available.    What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modelling?   My first job was an Armani Junior campaign in 1995. I still remember the first “casting”, I had to try on some t-shirts and take some polaroids. I also remember being introduced to Mr Armani who, to 6-year-old me, was just a kind gentleman with white hair sitting at a large table with some people in a meeting room.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   It is as minimal as it gets, I literally brush my teeth, shave and shower, trying to keep products to a minimum. I like a good shave gel, but nothing more. Let the skin and hair do their thing and be nourished from the inside.  I work out every day so I already shower once or twice a day, water should be slightly warm or sometimes cold. Nothing else.    What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   More than a new thing, it was a rediscovery. For years I have been working independently on my PhD, which is practically like being quarantined: hours upon hours of unsupervised work. It was good to see I have still got it in me. I always wake up early and I am very disciplined, I get ready, my house is spotless, and I can focus on anything I want to do with my day. I think the new thing now is that I am a bit more relaxed. I appreciate time off, just thinking, meditating, creating ideas.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV.    I never make posts on my social media about food or what I eat (perhaps because I cannot see one more post about people’s food, I really don’t care). However, food is probably my number one pleasure in life. Even more than training, and that is saying a lot. I cook so much, and I always cook for my friends. I learned at a young age from my mother, she’s obsessed with cooking. And I guess I am too.    What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   I have been really craving to take my motorbike and go on a long trip somewhere. I love road trips, it is my favourite form of travel, whether by car or motorbike. I don’t think we will suddenly be allowed to go far. But I guess I could start from here in England, perhaps ride to the coast, see the ocean. Something easy.    What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?    I listen to a lot of minimal techno music, for focus and meditation, I have made a playlist called “1 trip” on Spotify you can check it out. I also listen to rock music, like the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin and metal music, like Metallica. One song I am learning on the guitar right now is “Pneuma” by Tool, which is contemporary metal.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   In all honesty, the first thing is I pick up my phone, check IG to see what my friends are up to or Twitter for news. It is a new quarantine habit. I put some music on, I eat something, and I get ready, like always. Before going to bed, I also put on music. Lights are off in the house, but music still playing. Such an important component of my day.    Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.    I have been only once, I was riding my motorbike around Europe, I had to get a ferry from Rotterdam to Harwich (this was years ago, this ferry no longer exists). And I had a few hours to wait so decided to see Amsterdam, but it was too short. But Holland seems like a pretty country, I’ve crossed it a few times. And I really like the people and the mentality.    What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   Working out means a lot to me. It is an essential part of my life and of who I am. It always has been. Right now, I train in my home gym, I have a squat rack and a bench, I think it is the most important piece of equipment. I also train at the park; I have a big tractor tire that I pull as a sled. It is a very intense training. Being in shape is great, and most importantly my mind is sharper, and my mood lifted after each and every workout.    What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   So difficult to answer this, I love art and I have so many paintings I like. I have spent many years working on really specialised engineering, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mathematics. So, I used to go to a gallery as often as twice a week, to disconnect from the science and enjoy the art. Life is about balance. So indirectly, a lot of my work is influenced by art and also architecture and poetry. If I had to recommend one paining on the top of my head, that you can see in London after quarantine, is a set of 6 paintings by Rothko at the Tate Modern (they take up a whole room). These must be seen in real life to be appreciated, like all abstract expressionism. It is about their size and how they change the ambiance of a room.    What inspired you to start your own clothing line called Petra?   I wanted to combine all the different aspects of my life into a brand: fashion, fitness and engineering, with a spirit of adventure and of course, sustainability. I engineer all the garments myself combining technicality and aesthetics, and they are made in Italy to the highest specifications and with state-of-the-art sustainable technical fabrics. If there is a product that encapsulates who I am, this is it. 

SAINT LAURENT RIVE DROITE  ‘NOSES ELBOWS AND KNEES’
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SAINT LAURENT RIVE DROITE ‘NOSES ELBOWS AND KNEES’

Art On May 18TH, the prestigious book curated by Neville Wake eld ‘Noses Elbows and Knees’ by Mario Sorrenti and John Baldessari will be exclusively available for a pre-order in Paris and Los Angeles stores.   Published at the end of 2017, the book includes the works exhibited at Half Gallery, New York (Noses Elbows And Knees exhibition, 14 December 2017 - 20 January 2018). A project under the curatorship of Neville Wake eld in New York.   The artist John Baldessari was famous for his paintings of body parts on photographs, a pinch towards Hollywood culture with his signature being the elements of color. The photographer, Mario Sorrenti, in the 90s, reinterpreted beauty photographs by questioning conventions. Together they wanted to deconstruct familiar representations by stripping off clothes and codes of society, trough fashion, collage and photography.   The book includes a certifcate of authenticity signed by Mario Sorrenti and John Baldessari. On May 18TH, the prestigious book curated by Neville Wake eld ‘Noses Elbows and Knees’ by Mario Sorrenti and John Baldessari will be exclusively available for a pre-order in Paris and Los Angeles stores.   Published at the end of 2017, the book includes the works exhibited at Half Gallery, New York (Noses Elbows And Knees exhibition, 14 December 2017 - 20 January 2018). A project under the curatorship of Neville Wake eld in New York.   The artist John Baldessari was famous for his paintings of body parts on photographs, a pinch towards Hollywood culture with his signature being the elements of color. The photographer, Mario Sorrenti, in the 90s, reinterpreted beauty photographs by questioning conventions. Together they wanted to deconstruct familiar representations by stripping off clothes and codes of society, trough fashion, collage and photography.   The book includes a certifcate of authenticity signed by Mario Sorrenti and John Baldessari.

In conversation with Raoul Fokke
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In conversation with Raoul Fokke

Travel Recently we had a chance to speak with the founder of Act of Travel Raoul Fokke about the current situation with traveling and about his newly launched company.   Who are you (the long answer, no cheating by just giving your name!) and what is your profession (as in, how do you define it, rather than just the job title it has)? Born in Amsterdam and raised globally. 30 years young and have always had a passion for hospitality which was ignited during one of the many travels with my parents. It was one particular trip; I was having breakfast with my parents in the hotel and the General Manager passed by our table, he did this with such grace and personality that I decided there and then  that I wanted to have his job at some point in life, to convey that same feeling and experience to people that I had there that very moment.  Fast forward 20 years later, having worked in several hotels for a couple of years including larger brands such as Fairmont Raffles & Swissotel (FRHI) and the luxury division of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. I founded Act Of Travel with a mission to design bespoke travel experiences for the modern and cultured traveller – we are not for tourists.   As a “travel designer” we are moving away from the traditional travel agent. The fact that we are not steered by commissions from hotels, airlines etc. enables us to be completely serve our clients unbiased, resulting in a truly curated and tailor-made travel experience. All our clients are unique individuals and so should be their travel experiences. Because of my background in the hospitality world, I built a large and personal network that my clients benefit from. Concrete this means; that if I book my clients into a Lodge at Awasi Iguazu (Argentina) – they receive benefits such as complimentary upgrades, property credit, breakfast and a VIP treatment, simply because the Director is a personal  contact.  Lastly we offer concierge level service also during the trip itself. Need a last-minute appointment at Bona Capello in Japan to design a custom made hat? We take care of it…     How do you think Covid-19 will affect the travel industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of travel? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be? The travel industry knows many layers – thus focussing on the individual leisure traveller. Short-term, the industry will have to focus on domestic travel and experiences. Client are going to want to take on short and local escapes to substitute not being able to travel abroad. Talking to our personal clients there trips will be mostly focussed on reconnecting with close friends and making sure that these escapes are meaningful.  As the borders gradually open up, the majority of travellers will stick to their own continent until there is a vaccine available. The travel experience is going to change in the sense that hygiene is becoming as much of an important topic as safety. Whereas we introduced intense security procedures after 9/11, we now will have to get used to intense hygiene related procedures during our travels.  As a luxury travel agency we are constantly evaluating what “luxury” means to our client base. With the impact of Covid-19 we believe that “Privacy” is going to be a key point for our clients. Think; private yet serviced accommodations, private experiences and private travel. Also people want to visually see that you are taking hygiene serious. Where in the past you would hardly see a cleaner walking around the hallways of the hotels, these exact staff members will now be put in the spotlight of the hospitality operation.  In conclusion, people are explorers and they will want to travel. However there will be more focus on transformative and conscious travel experience where people actually add something to local communities and the environment at the same time making sure that they draw new inspiration and perspectives from their trip.       How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? The majority of my clients are extremely eager to continue travel, so we are already talking about 2021 trips which gives some perspective. At the same time, I am keeping close touch with them by asking probing questions about their condition and state of mind related to travel in order to continue offering value whenever we are able to move around the world again. I don’t think that this situation is a reason to stop creating, it is actually a great time in history to sit focus and create without too many distractions.  At the same time I try to find balance; working on future experiences and also simply taking time to disconnect and define what position my company will have in the new normal.    What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that? One of my passions is to bring like minded people together; and travel is a strong tool to do so. I was planning to launch “AOT Adventures” which is something I will still do. These are short road trips (max 6 people)  themed around craftmanship and taste makers within the creative industry. These trips would not take more than 3 days and are naturally completely catered and curated by Act of Travel. Purpose here is to bring people together, to create new bonds and share quality time together.    What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? Everything I do is very much design-led including my branding and the platforms we are on. I am quite particular about that.. therefore took an InDesign and Photoshop class as a starting point, just so I can exactly translate my branding ideas into graphics amongst others.    Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume (a secret skill, a hobby, a previous job or fun fact about you).  That I LOVE to sing, used to sing in a choir and miss it tremendously actually. Put me in any impromptu jamming session and I will be in right in my element.    What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there? There are two spots I want to go to (can’t pick)  I had planned a getaway with friends in April to Belgium. We would first visit a wine domain called “Valke Vleug” which is designed by architect Vincent van Duysen and then spend a night or two in The Bunkers, which is a modern farm house on the seaside of Belgium. The Farmhouse is set on a green pasture overlooking bunkers from WWI & WWII. Just like my clients I want to make sure that my trips are spend with friends to re-connect in person and to make sure it is meaningful.  After that I cannot wait to travel to Latin America as planned to further explore Argentina, Chile and Colombia. Mostly excited to experience Patagonia and to explore the village of Barichara in Colombia. This village is known as an icon for beautiful arts and crafts. The former president spent his last years in this village and was known for his love of culture.      What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?  I literally sit in a rocking chair for 10 minutes and stare outside. It helps me to pass through the random thoughts so I can stay focussed the rest of the day.    What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?  At the moment it’s a painting made by Marcel Pinas. The art piece is very colourful with various shapes displayed next to each other.  Guess why it speaks to me is because it translates to travel so well.. when you travel you learn how to appreciate new cultures, people in all shapes, sizes and colours.    Tell us about ACT OF TRAVEL. What made you start it and what is the story behind the brand?  I felt within my own network there was a need for trusted curation when it comes to travel. There is so much information available on the internet that it is difficult to determine whether a certain travel experience fits your personality and travel style… and not everyone has time to conduct such extensive research. A traditional travel agency that sells travel packages does not comply to my client’s need in a world where everything is custom made and intuitive.  We basically bridge that gap and offer human curation whilst  making use of technology, ensuring that whatever experience we come up with fits your travel style. Our network of clients are like minded, modern travellers. Lots of them are active in the creative industries or are top athletes and they require a certain level of understanding.    How do you think traveling will pick-up after COVID-19?  As mentioned before travel will pick up in phases as borders gradually open up. Especially in early stages people will be more drawn to go on a road trip by car to avoid being in crowded places such as airports and airplanes.  However as history shows… us humans are forgetful and we are explorers by nature. Therefore I expect that the level of travel will be back in years – however with a changed mentality (which I touched on earlier too )   What is your favourite place you have traveled to so far and why?  I am all about nature when it comes to personal travel. One spot comes to mind which is the west side of Norway. I have a friend who owns a cabin in the middle of the mountains overlooking a major Fjord. I spent three days in that cabin and there was not a person in sight! I absolutely loved it.  That entire west -coast is just magical to drive along, I was constantly in awe by the beauty of nature.     Tell me about some must visit places you would definitely recommend to our readers.  I am all about private escapes these days so here is my top three: Harlosh  on the Isle of Skye – a modern hide away on a beautiful island. Step out your door to spot otters, dolphin’s and even an odd sheep or two.  Zanier Lodge in Sonop, Namibia – spectacular views over the dessert from your luxurious tented camp completely design in British colonial style.  Buahjar  in Sicily – Minimalistic house set in the mountains of Sicily working with fresh produce and I just love all the details of the house.        photos by Jan Jelle de Boer   https://www.act-of-travel.com/   Recently we had a chance to speak with the founder of Act of Travel Raoul Fokke about the current situation with traveling and about his newly launched company.   Who are you (the long answer, no cheating by just giving your name!) and what is your profession (as in, how do you define it, rather than just the job title it has)? Born in Amsterdam and raised globally. 30 years young and have always had a passion for hospitality which was ignited during one of the many travels with my parents. It was one particular trip; I was having breakfast with my parents in the hotel and the General Manager passed by our table, he did this with such grace and personality that I decided there and then  that I wanted to have his job at some point in life, to convey that same feeling and experience to people that I had there that very moment.  Fast forward 20 years later, having worked in several hotels for a couple of years including larger brands such as Fairmont Raffles & Swissotel (FRHI) and the luxury division of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. I founded Act Of Travel with a mission to design bespoke travel experiences for the modern and cultured traveller – we are not for tourists.   As a “travel designer” we are moving away from the traditional travel agent. The fact that we are not steered by commissions from hotels, airlines etc. enables us to be completely serve our clients unbiased, resulting in a truly curated and tailor-made travel experience. All our clients are unique individuals and so should be their travel experiences. Because of my background in the hospitality world, I built a large and personal network that my clients benefit from. Concrete this means; that if I book my clients into a Lodge at Awasi Iguazu (Argentina) – they receive benefits such as complimentary upgrades, property credit, breakfast and a VIP treatment, simply because the Director is a personal  contact.  Lastly we offer concierge level service also during the trip itself. Need a last-minute appointment at Bona Capello in Japan to design a custom made hat? We take care of it…     How do you think Covid-19 will affect the travel industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of travel? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be? The travel industry knows many layers – thus focussing on the individual leisure traveller. Short-term, the industry will have to focus on domestic travel and experiences. Client are going to want to take on short and local escapes to substitute not being able to travel abroad. Talking to our personal clients there trips will be mostly focussed on reconnecting with close friends and making sure that these escapes are meaningful.  As the borders gradually open up, the majority of travellers will stick to their own continent until there is a vaccine available. The travel experience is going to change in the sense that hygiene is becoming as much of an important topic as safety. Whereas we introduced intense security procedures after 9/11, we now will have to get used to intense hygiene related procedures during our travels.  As a luxury travel agency we are constantly evaluating what “luxury” means to our client base. With the impact of Covid-19 we believe that “Privacy” is going to be a key point for our clients. Think; private yet serviced accommodations, private experiences and private travel. Also people want to visually see that you are taking hygiene serious. Where in the past you would hardly see a cleaner walking around the hallways of the hotels, these exact staff members will now be put in the spotlight of the hospitality operation.  In conclusion, people are explorers and they will want to travel. However there will be more focus on transformative and conscious travel experience where people actually add something to local communities and the environment at the same time making sure that they draw new inspiration and perspectives from their trip.       How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? The majority of my clients are extremely eager to continue travel, so we are already talking about 2021 trips which gives some perspective. At the same time, I am keeping close touch with them by asking probing questions about their condition and state of mind related to travel in order to continue offering value whenever we are able to move around the world again. I don’t think that this situation is a reason to stop creating, it is actually a great time in history to sit focus and create without too many distractions.  At the same time I try to find balance; working on future experiences and also simply taking time to disconnect and define what position my company will have in the new normal.    What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that? One of my passions is to bring like minded people together; and travel is a strong tool to do so. I was planning to launch “AOT Adventures” which is something I will still do. These are short road trips (max 6 people)  themed around craftmanship and taste makers within the creative industry. These trips would not take more than 3 days and are naturally completely catered and curated by Act of Travel. Purpose here is to bring people together, to create new bonds and share quality time together.    What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? Everything I do is very much design-led including my branding and the platforms we are on. I am quite particular about that.. therefore took an InDesign and Photoshop class as a starting point, just so I can exactly translate my branding ideas into graphics amongst others.    Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume (a secret skill, a hobby, a previous job or fun fact about you).  That I LOVE to sing, used to sing in a choir and miss it tremendously actually. Put me in any impromptu jamming session and I will be in right in my element.    What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there? There are two spots I want to go to (can’t pick)  I had planned a getaway with friends in April to Belgium. We would first visit a wine domain called “Valke Vleug” which is designed by architect Vincent van Duysen and then spend a night or two in The Bunkers, which is a modern farm house on the seaside of Belgium. The Farmhouse is set on a green pasture overlooking bunkers from WWI & WWII. Just like my clients I want to make sure that my trips are spend with friends to re-connect in person and to make sure it is meaningful.  After that I cannot wait to travel to Latin America as planned to further explore Argentina, Chile and Colombia. Mostly excited to experience Patagonia and to explore the village of Barichara in Colombia. This village is known as an icon for beautiful arts and crafts. The former president spent his last years in this village and was known for his love of culture.      What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?  I literally sit in a rocking chair for 10 minutes and stare outside. It helps me to pass through the random thoughts so I can stay focussed the rest of the day.    What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?  At the moment it’s a painting made by Marcel Pinas. The art piece is very colourful with various shapes displayed next to each other.  Guess why it speaks to me is because it translates to travel so well.. when you travel you learn how to appreciate new cultures, people in all shapes, sizes and colours.    Tell us about ACT OF TRAVEL. What made you start it and what is the story behind the brand?  I felt within my own network there was a need for trusted curation when it comes to travel. There is so much information available on the internet that it is difficult to determine whether a certain travel experience fits your personality and travel style… and not everyone has time to conduct such extensive research. A traditional travel agency that sells travel packages does not comply to my client’s need in a world where everything is custom made and intuitive.  We basically bridge that gap and offer human curation whilst  making use of technology, ensuring that whatever experience we come up with fits your travel style. Our network of clients are like minded, modern travellers. Lots of them are active in the creative industries or are top athletes and they require a certain level of understanding.    How do you think traveling will pick-up after COVID-19?  As mentioned before travel will pick up in phases as borders gradually open up. Especially in early stages people will be more drawn to go on a road trip by car to avoid being in crowded places such as airports and airplanes.  However as history shows… us humans are forgetful and we are explorers by nature. Therefore I expect that the level of travel will be back in years – however with a changed mentality (which I touched on earlier too )   What is your favourite place you have traveled to so far and why?  I am all about nature when it comes to personal travel. One spot comes to mind which is the west side of Norway. I have a friend who owns a cabin in the middle of the mountains overlooking a major Fjord. I spent three days in that cabin and there was not a person in sight! I absolutely loved it.  That entire west -coast is just magical to drive along, I was constantly in awe by the beauty of nature.     Tell me about some must visit places you would definitely recommend to our readers.  I am all about private escapes these days so here is my top three: Harlosh  on the Isle of Skye – a modern hide away on a beautiful island. Step out your door to spot otters, dolphin’s and even an odd sheep or two.  Zanier Lodge in Sonop, Namibia – spectacular views over the dessert from your luxurious tented camp completely design in British colonial style.  Buahjar  in Sicily – Minimalistic house set in the mountains of Sicily working with fresh produce and I just love all the details of the house.        photos by Jan Jelle de Boer   https://www.act-of-travel.com/  

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