Monday, April 19, 2010

NEW KID IN TOWN|EVAN SANTORO





All Clothing are from Topman S|S 2010 Collection, except suede jacket by Odyn Vovk


Name|Evan Santoro

Age|20

Hometown|Connecticut


How did you get discovered?

I was approached by Dave Fothergill from Red Models while I was eating pizza in his neighborhood.


Prior to modeling, what career or schooling were you pursuing? Are you still planning to pursue this career?

Prior to modeling, I planned on having a career in business, which I'm going to school for. I'm not sure exactly what field of business though.


People would be surprised to know...

I can cook quite well. I actually got a wok for a birthday present...I would say Chinese stir fry is my specialty.


Do you have a secret talent?

Skateboarding. I haven't been doing it for about eight years now and people are usually surprised to see what I can do.


Five things you can't live without:

Great friends/family

Good food

My iPod

Skateboard

Computer


Is there a song that sums up what you are about as a individual? Why did you choose this song?

“Happy to Be Here” by Jadakiss. I chose this song because I've always been a very laid-back, easy-going person. I was raised to be thankful for what I have and realize how lucky I am to have been given so many opportunities—like modeling.


AGENT|Dave Fothergill|Red
IMAGES|Shannon Sinclair|www.shannonsinclair.com
FASHION EDITOR|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Evan Santoro|Red
COPY EDITOR|Jonathan Shia
Special thanks to Dave Fothergill at Red Models, Michael Zakrzewski and Danny Jestakom at Topman, Austin Sherbanenko at Odyn Vovk, Shannon Sinclair and Bryn Bowen.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

JTC SCREEN TEST|ALEXANDER O'NEILL


Cape and blazer by Agnes B. (F/W 2010); shirt, necklace and jeans, all by Topman; tie by Ben Sherman

Name|Alexander O'Neill

Age|23

Hometown|Raleigh, NC


How did you get discovered?

At an Audi auto show party.


Prior to modeling, what career or schooling were you pursuing? Are you still planning to pursue this career?

In 2008, I transferred from UNC-Charlotte in North Carolina to Pratt Institute to pursue a BFA in photography-- I graduate next May!


People would be surprised to know...

I have a birthmark on my right arm that looks like Long Island, NY.

(My family moved from Long Island when I was three years old.)


Do you have a secret talent?

I can build really awesome tree houses.


Shirt and jeans, both by Topman; suspenders by H&M


Five things you can't live without:

The only things I can't live without are my cameras—a Canon 5D and a 4x5 field camera.


Is there a song that sums up what you are about as a individual? Why did you choose this song?

This is a really hard one...I'm still searching for a song that sums me up, but one of my favorite songs is "Kids" by MGMT. It reminds me of the amazing times I had with my friends when I lived back home in Raleigh, North Carolina.


What is the most reckless thing you have ever done?

Fall in love with NYC. I'm doomed haha!


Blazer by Reiss; shirt and belt, both by H&M; bow tie and shoes, both by Billy Reid; ring and skinny jeans, both by Topman; vintage luggage from Tom Taylor Scenery & Props


AGENT|Alisa Post|Next
IMAGES|Della Bass|www.dellabass.com
FASHION EDITOR|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Alexander O'Neill|Next
GROOMING|Yinna Wang|www.yinnawang.com
Special thanks to Alisa Post and Matt Trust at Next, Chris Apple at Agnes B., Erin Hawker at Agentry PR, Michael Zakrzewski|Danny Jestakom at Topman, Megan Maguire|Whitney Saffel at Maguire Steele PR and Kevin Foong at Bayard Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Tom Taylor Scenery & Props.

CLOTHING:
Agnes B.-www.agnesb.com
Ben Sherman-www.bensherman.com
Billy Reid-www.billyreid.com
Reiss—www.reiss.co.uk
Topman—www.topman.com
H&M—www.hm.com

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NEW KID IN TOWN|GIL SCHIAVON



All Clothing are from Topman S|S 2010 Collection.

Name|Gil Schiavon Machado

Age|19

Hometown|Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil


How did you get discovered?

An ex-girlfriend took me to a small agency back in Brazil. I met some people there that brought me to Ford Brazil and then I started modeling.


Prior to modeling, what career or schooling were you pursuing? Are you still planning to pursue this career?

I started modeling right after high school, so I wasn't really pursuing any other career. But I've been playing guitar and singing since I was nine and I still think about trying it.


People would be surprised to know...

I'm a language lover.


Do you have a secret talent?

Back in high school some teachers used to tell me I could be a writer.


Five things you can't live without:

1. My guitar

2. Some money

3. Movie theaters

4. Family support

5. Good friends


Is there a song that sums up what you are about as a individual? Why did you choose this song?

I cannot say there is a song that totally sums up what I am, but there's a song that has everything to do with what's been up with me lately, which is John Mayer's “Who Says.” I chose this John Mayer song because it's about letting go of any fear to be yourself and that's what I've been trying to do.


What is the most reckless thing you have ever done?

Once I let go of a chance to study in Canada at the last minute because I was in love with a girl in Brazil. Don't tell anybody.


AGENT|Jesse Simon|Ford
IMAGES|Shannon Sinclair|www.shannonsinclair.com
FASHION EDITOR|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Gil Schiavon|Ford
COPY EDITOR|Jonathan Shia
Special thanks to Jesse Simon, Michael Zakrzewski and Danny Jestakom at Topman and Shannon Sinclair.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

NEW KID IN TOWN|SAM DUMAS


Name|Sam Dumas
Age|20
Homebase|Worcester, Massachusetts

How did you get discovered?
At the grocery store by Shawn Zane.


What are you pursing, careerwise, prior to modeling?
Before I started modeling I was going to the New School in Greenwich Village for a bachelor's degree in communications while also taking acting classes outside of school at an acting studio. I figured that once I had my degree I would be able to focus on pursue acting.

People would be surprised to know...
I’ve lived in a different city every year for the past four years—Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York.
Side note—I also have a mild obsession with Diane Sawyer. Why? I’m not quite sure.



Five items that I cannot do without:
1. McDonald's soft-serve vanilla ice cream
2. My best friends
3. Foam roller for stretching
4.
Sister Act DVD
5. TiVo

What's the most reckless thing you have ever done?
When my friend and I were driving across the country to LA, we didn’t have much money and so most nights we would drive into the closest town and ask random strangers for a couch to crash on for the night.

How did you get that scar on your face?
When my brother Ben and I were little (he was six and I was four), he was playing with a glass Mason jar of marbles and he dropped it by accident, shattering it. He picked up the broken pieces and started walking down the hallway. As he was walking I came running around the corner and we collided and the glass cut me.


AGENT|Shawn Zane|APM
IMAGES|Marius Bugge/http://mariusbugge.com
FASHION EDITOR|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Sam Dumas|APM
COPY EDITOR|Jonathan Shia
Special thanks to Shawn Zane, Della Bass and Marius Bugge.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

THE SPY|MAXIMILIAN PARSONS


Trench and suit by Burberry; shirt by Commonwealth Utilities;

sunglasses by Orgreen

Military hooded sleeveless jacket by Jeremy Scott for Adidas;

tee shirt by G-Star; jeans by Odyn Vovk;

trench by Commonwealth Utilities; boots by Helmut Lang

Left: Blazer by Burberry; shirt by Commonwealth Utilities

Right: Trouser by Idol Radec; trench by Burberry;

boots by Helmut Lang

Suit by Burberry; shirt by Commonwealth Utilities;

boots by Helmut Lang

Left: Military hooded sleeveless jacket by Jeremy Scott for Adidas;

tee shirt by G-Star; jeans by Odyn Vovk

Right: Blazer by Burberry; shirt by Commonwealth Utilities;

jeans by Idol Radec

Trouser by Idol Radec; shirt by Andrew Buckler;

blazer by G-Star; boots by Helmut Lang

Left: Trouser by Idol Radec; shirt by Andrew Buckler;

blazer by G-Star; trench by Burberry; boots by Helmut Lang

Right: Trench by Burberry

Tuxedo shirt by Idol Radec; blazer by Andrew Buckler;

hooded sleeveless jacket and jeans, both by Odyn Vovk;

boots by Helmut Lang; sunglasses by Orgreen

Name|Maximilian Parsons

Age|23

Hometown|London|England


1. How did you become a model?

Completely randomly, through a period of uncertainty, I was attracted to the prospect of spending my time in a different way. I don't know, basically.


2. This was your first trip to New York. How is it different from London?

Having only stayed in NY for two weeks, my perspective of it and its culture is rather naïve. I didn't get to experience the part of New York that might be the equivalent of the London that I know, which makes it harder to make a useful comparison. But there's an obvious, strong commercial aspect which seems to be more apparent in New York.


3. Prior to modeling, you were pursuing a career in the graphic arts. Could you tell us about that side of your life? Are you still actively pursuing that? What design aesthetic do you personally favor?

I am modeling at the same time as I am creating work, but at this point it's verging more towards art than design. I like to work with color as a basic form, to see what is says and how it might be seen. My work tends to be related to structure either geometrically or organically, i.e. digital mark-making, focusing on the medium or digital distortion as an aesthetic. I'm interested in the rawness of a material in its basic form. There seems to be something very honest about it that attracts me. An example of what I'm talking about is digital pixelation or the effect that wear and tear might have on a VHS video.


4. What's your design process for a given assignment? Is there a particular project you have completed that you felt is creatively satisfying?

I don't have a particular process other than starting with thoughts and building concepts rather than researching visually. I'm working with interactive visuals at the moment, which I find really satisfying.


5. London is a very progressive city in terms of design and fashion. Could you tell us, from your perspective, why London is always so ahead of the game? Are there creative talents we should keep an eye out from London coming up?

Maybe it has something to do with the history of the city or the creative London colleges which are very competitive...maybe this is encouraging? There are also high-density areas of artistic people, such as Bethnal Green or Peckham, where being progressively creative is important. These communities are substantial and inspiring.


I would recommend you keep your eyes out for a few:

Graphic DesignJack Featherstone—www.jackfeatherstone.co.uk, hard digital and geometric stuff.

IllustrationArran Gregory—www.arrangregory.com, amazingly detailed line drawings, often with a nice sense of charm. And he's made a stunning mirror sculpture that you should really take a look at.

Fashion, MenswearGeorge Alvin, George is a fascinatingly stylish male with bold visions, currently studying at St. Martins. He's working with drapery and is soon to graduate. I'm sure he'll be a favorite of photographers and stylists in the near future.


6. Being in the design/communication arena, how do you envision what the future will hold in terms of communications in the arts, fashion, and the creative world in general?

I think interactivity is probably a key word, in terms of interfacing and humanizing further the already powerful communication tools we have. Relating to fashion, off the top of my head, after seeing UVA's catwalk design for Y-3, you might question what a show can entail. I'm sure the catwalk for example could be elevated further into the technological world in terms of questioning what a performance is and exploring the live aspect of art or fashion. In saying this though, I think maybe the realness of life is already being grasped back at slightly, like the way some of us dislike the screen-based world and the Internet.


7. Who are some of your design heroes? Why are these creative individuals/design firms significant to you?

Tomato ( HYPERLINK "http://www.tomato.co.uk/"www.tomato.co.uk) is a great creative collective, I interned at their studio in London a few years back. Tomato is an example of how graphic design can cover such a large area in so many media at such a high level. They set a very high standard of thinking, this was quite overwhelming to work under but completely inspiring nevertheless. There are many others such as Glaser, Karl Gerstner, György Kepes, Ed Ruscha, László Moholy-Nagy, and United Visual Artists.


8. Since you are still in the very early stages of modeling, what's your view of the industry in general? What's your main objective within the industry? What would you like to see yourself achieve?

It's so different from what I'm used to. It's quite interesting when shooting, so far, and I like strutting about in fancy garments but I can see how it could be a difficult industry to work in. I don't have an objective, I'm just doing it! (Nike) Maybe work with some more good designers and photographers. I did a slutty kind of shoot with Mert and Marcus for W, they bleached my hair, that was fun.


9. People would be surprised to know that...

I'm actually not as much of a dork as I sound, my new hair cut says so. When I was in New York, the barbers shaved the sides off completely...thanks for that!


10. What are five places that you would definitely see Max in any given week? Why are they essential?

Five places I'm always at? They would be way too mundane to mention. Ok well, today I went to Peckham to dress up in an SS uniform and race a monster on a bike for a music video by my mate Hans Lo, was quite amusing. Primrose Hill to sing to the birds in the aviary—stress relief (I haven't done this). I often DJ, usually at the Old Blue Last alongside my DJ-partner Reynolds who is a banker, this is essential for the fun aspect of my life. Or actually, hanging in the Haggerston pub in Dalston for jazz, I like it there. My next venture planned is the Decode exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, this is essential to please my eyes.


11. Your motto in life.

Live hard, die soft (not soft as in physically soft or fat, soft meaning to die peacefully)...I don't have a motto just yet, hopefully get one soon though! At what age do we get one?


AGENT|Dounia Benjelloul|Select (UK)
IMAGES|Colin Angus/http://colinangusphotography.com/
FASHION EDITOR|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
Grooming|Hiroshi at Mingle NY
MODEL|Maximilian Parsons|Select Models (UK)
COPY EDITOR|Jonathan Shia
Special thanks to Dounia at Select Models, Colin and Diana Georgi, Miles Freeland at Burberry; Emma at Orgreen; Oliver Kahn at Adidas; Keith Yanez at Factory PR; Michelle Wang at G-Star and Austin at Odyn Vovk for their support.

CLOTHING:
Burberry-www.burberry.com
Odyn Vovk-www.odynvovk.com
Jeremy Scott for Adidas-www.adidas.com
Andrew Buckler—www.andrewbuckler.com
Idol Radec—www.idolradec.com
Helmut Lang—www.helmutlang.com
Commonwealth Utilities—www.commonwealth-utilities.com
G-Star—www.g-star.com
Orgreen—www.orgreen.dk