Monday, July 26, 2010

ANATOMY|NOW SHOWING...VT FILMS

ANATOMY
A FILM DIRECTED BY BELL SOTO
STARRING:
Matt Gontier, Dennis Hirdt, Jeff Moerchen,
Andre Z, Marcus Andersson, Mike Sharits,
Daniel Ditomasso and Sam Saffman|Ford Models

Thursday, July 8, 2010

MOODY'S BLUE|WILLIAM MOODY





All clothing are from the stylist's archives:

Richard Chai, Guess Jeans, Orthodox, Raf Simons, Woolrich Woolen Mills, Indigo People and AG/Adriano Goldschmied


Except: Denim Shirt (Opening Page) and all ties by Bespoken (F/W 2010 Collection)


Name|William Moody

Age|21

Hometown|Lafayette, Louisiana


Your plans for the summer:

Working on an original theater piece inspired by the life of John Keats, the Romantic poet, and Jonathon Keats, the modern-day conceptual artist. Heading to France at the end of August.


Favorite summer song:

Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby” by Islands


Plans to stay cool from the heat:

Movies, any and all bodies of water I can dive into, walk-in freezers (these are difficult to find), and those random moments of joy on the streets of Brooklyn when some kid opens the valve on the fire hydrant.


Favorite summer treat:

Pistachio ice cream from that Dutch ice cream truck. It's always there when I need it.


People would be surprised to know this about you:

I have an identical twin brother.


How did you catch the acting bug?

I began acting when I was eight years old in a commercial for my dad's business. But I don't believe I caught "the acting bug" until I was thirteen. when I acted in a production of The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, at a community theater in my hometown.


Do you recall your first acting performance onstage?

I remember my first performance onstage very clearly. I was extremely nervous, the most nervous I've ever been. I was afraid I would forget to do something important and make the older, more experienced actors look bad. I actually threw up before going onstage.

Your favorite play and playwright:

The Violet Hour by Richard Greenberg

Your funniest moment on stage:

I once played Arty in a production of Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers. There's a scene in the play in which Arty is sick and must eat a bowl of mustard soup his grandmother makes for him. The mustard soup in our production was made of chicken, baby food, and water, heated. Now that I look back on it, I'm not really sure why we didn't have real mustard soup. Anyhow, one night the crew forgot to change the "mustard soup," and I had to eat it after it had been sitting out all night. A thick film had formed on the surface and it smelled awful. When I took a bite, I tried to swallow, but instead spat the soup up in the face of the actor playing my character's grandmother. We both began laughing uncontrollably for a few minutes.

How do you overcome stage fright? Is there a ritual you practice before a performance?

A proper warm-up and a lot of deep breathing. I usually find a quiet place where I can be alone for at least 30 minutes before I step onstage.

Where do you go when you have to go through a emotional breakdown in a role? In other words, what are you thinking of to get there?

When I must perform in an emotionally challenging scene, I set the stakes as high as possible and truly imagine what it would feel like to experience what my character is going through. I try not to think too much and just let the circumstances and my emotions guide me.

Preference: Drama or comedy?

Drama


AGENT|Shawn Zane|APM Models
IMAGES|Alexander Neumann|www.alexanderneumann.com
FASHION EDITOR|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Miles McMillan|APM Models
COPY EDITOR|Jonathan Shia
Special thanks to Shawn Zane & the team at APM Models, William Moody for sharing his experiences in the theater, Taylor Mikolasy and Huilian Ma at Williamson PR and Jonathan Shia.

PHYSICAL GRAFFITI|MILES McMILLAN





Name|Miles McMillan

Age|Just turned 21

Hometown|La Jolla, California


What are your plans for the summer?

Anything and everything.


Favorite summer song:

“Home” by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros


Plans to stay cool from the heat:

Rooftops, the Yard, parks, cold drinks all day and night, and of course good company to take my mind off the heat.


Favorite summer treat:

Anything frozen


People would be surprised to know this about you:

If I couldn't paint I would want to be a marine biologist.


All clothing are vintage from the stylist's archives:

Raf Simons, Alexander McQueen, Y-3,

Helmut Lang and Number (N)ine.


PHYSICAL GRAFFITI:
THE ART OF
MILES McMILLAN

When did you start painting?

I have been drawing since I was in diapers, but when I was five or six my teacher saw something in me and I started getting art lessons after school. I love it!


Who inspired you to get into painting?

I've always been driven to paint. My parents always pushed me to do what I love. Now beauty inspires me to paint, and if I get an image in my head I have to put it to canvas right away.


Are the subjects in your artwork people you know or are they professional models?

I use a mixture of models and friends. I've used girlfriends, friends, as well as models from fashion magazines and Playboy.


How often do you paint? Where do you paint?

I don't paint as much as I should, but when I do I paint in my living room or in the studio at school. I do my paintings very fast so I can move onto the next idea, image, concept.


What medium do you use and how large are your artworks?

Oil paints mostly, they are around 40” by 38”. I also do very large-scale watercolors where the figure is almost life-size. My sculptures are about the size of me. They are made with sheet Latex that I make and then sew together.


Could you tell us about some of your works and what lead you to paint them?

At first I look for the most exterior beauty, mostly because that is what attracts people to anything, and I don't want to ignore that fact in my work. Then once I have my subject I go into a painting and paint it as if I am creating a person by building up the flesh.


What's next, art-wise, for you?

I am going to move on to working on larger works so it is a struggle to complete and to work with the figure. I want to continue to challenge myself and to work with beauty and whatever inspires me next.


AGENT|Shawn Zane|APM Models
IMAGES|Alexander Neumann|www.alexanderneumann.com
ARTWORK|Provided by Miles McMillan
FASHION EDITOR|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Miles McMillan|APM Models
COPY EDITOR|Jonathan Shia
Special thanks to Shawn Zane & the team at APM Models, Miles McMillan for sharing his artwork with us and Jonathan Shia.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

CASPAR!|CASPAR SMYTH

Direct From London

Name|Caspar Smyth

Age|23

Hometown|London


We heard that you are a music producer—can you tell us about some of the music you have produced?

I’m a music publisher; it's a relatively new company so we’re working on a few projects.


Is there a difference between the role of music producer vs. music publisher?

Yes, the music producer is more like the creative side of it (like Timbaland, who produces). A music publisher is about getting bands signed with a label.


When did you start getting involved with music?

I’ve been involved my whole life through my dad (he’s a musician—Carl Smyth, from the band Madness). It's a family-run business that involves me and my brother.


What are some of your favorite places for checking out live music in the UK?

Plastic People, the Den (used to be the End). Music festivals are always amazing, Cargo, the Old Blue Last, Enterprise in Camden. Most of the places I mentioned are in the East or Camden.


Could you list some of your favorite music to listen to right at this moment?

Bill Withers, the Delfonics, Aloe Blacc, Flying Lotus, J Dilla, Minnie Riperton, the Collarbones.


Burberry Campaign F/W 2010 Shot by Mario Testino


How did the Burberry campaign come about?

I believe they had already cast it, but I got a call from my booker at the last minute. I was chilling in my PJ’s, I had no hot water. I had to get there within half an hour. I met Christopher Bailey but didn’t even know it was him as he was so mild-mannered, the Clark Kent of the industry! Then I was called back to Skype with Mario Testino and ended the conversation with him telling me, “I’ll see you next week.”


What was the experience of shooting the campaign and working with Christopher Bailey like?

Working with Burberry was brilliant, it was so cool to have that as a first job and it was fantastic working with a mixture of artists. Chris is just a lovely fella, he’s so conscious of everyone in the room.


Could you define your sense of style? What do you like to wear on a regular basis?

Laid-back with a luxury twist. Whatever's on top of the drawer.


Polaroids of Caspar Smyth, provided by Select Models.


What are your plans for the summer?

Music festivals and more music festivals and then I will hanging out in Ibiza with my dad.


What is your idea of a perfect day?

Football with friends in the park and then a lovely meal at a friend's house and then a gig, like Flying Lotus...dying.


Since your dad is Carl Smyth, what's your favorite song from your dad's band Madness?

“The Return of the Los Palmas 7” and of course “It Must Be Love” (although it’s a cover).


AGENT|Dounia Benjelloul|Select Models (UK)
IMAGES|Jesse Jenkins|www.strandedatthelites.com
POLAROIDS|Select In House
CAMPAIGN SHOTS|PROVIDED BY BURBERRY
CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Caspar Smyth|Select Models
COPY EDITOR|Jonathan Shia
Special thanks to Caspar and Dounia, Stuart and Ben at Select Models for their effort and support.

Monday, July 5, 2010

PRINCE CHARLES|CHARLES GUISLAIN

Direct From Paris







Name|Charles Guislain

Age|17

Hometown|Paris, France


How did you get started your interest in fashion? Your family supports your interest? Designer/Collection that inspired you to want to be a part of fashion.

I discovered fashion by chance: I went to a Parisian store and saw the suspenders from Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane's S/S 06 collection, I said to myself: "Wow, I love that!" and started looking at the whole collection, buying magazines, etc...My family has never bullied me and has let me improve my sense of style.


Your favorite personally own wardrobe.

A black jacket bought in a second-hand shop from an old and unknown Japanese designer. It is a true pleasure to wear it with all its beautiful intricate details.


You have entered the modeling world (Agency: Major|Paris), which menswear designer collection do you envisioned yourself ideal for, as a model?

I am not the archetype of men's fashion right now, I am quite slim. I am not sure I would be ideal for any menswear collection currently. The proof is clear: I cannot find men's clothes that fits me.


Do you see a big difference? As a runway model vs. as a fashion show attendee?

It is a bit early for me to answer this question as I have never done a show on the catwalk. I think it is really interesting and informative to attend a show, but even more to see the clothes directly in the showroom. However, I love seeing the garments on the shootings and wearing incredible outfits during those moments.


Your favorite fashion look you have ever worn editorially.

Without a doubt: a gold jumpsuit which closed the Gaultier F/W 07 couture show, embroidered all over with metallic brandenbourgs, gold Eiffel Towers on the sides and a fox fur collar.


If there's someone in fashion you want to aspire to, who would that be and why did you choose this individual?

I do not know precisely what I aspire to be in the fashion industry. Right now, I am drawing, styling, modeling, shooting and sewing. That is quite a lot and I will have to choose depending on the meetings and my wishes. I deeply admire all creative people in the fashion industry, whoever they are: stylists, photographers and designers.


Could you tell us something that you think people would be very surprise to know about you?

I love eating and laughing.


As an insider, what is the biggest misconception about the fashion world, from your perspective? And the truth about the fashion world?

The biggest misconception: fashion people are superficial. At least, creative ones are not. The truth about fashion is that the pr firms are just as important as the talent.


How do you decide what to wear on a given day...what process do you have to go through to make your decision?

It is really simple to dress myself in the morning, as I go to school 6 days a week and have to wear collar tops, straight pants and classic shoes, the choice is limited. Otherwise, my choices are not fixed, except one thing: the aspiration to be different and to feel completely comfortable in my chosen looks.


You have plans to attend Central Saint Martins for fashion design. When you have the opportunity to design your own personal collection, could you define what direction would you go into?

It is funny you ask this question because I finished yesterday a satin silk blouse, sleeveless, with a tailcoat, cut on the shoulders and a high collar. It is easy to wear, elegant ; I could dance with it, the smoothness of the fabric on my skin is beyond compare. It is exactly what I am looking for: a true pleasure. A pleasure that will draw a big smile to a womans' mouth...Utopic, no?


What's on your fashion radar for the forthcoming Spring/Summer 2011 season?

This is always a hard question. I think today, there is no one and only trend, you have the choice. However, I think the Celine's direction is convincing, showing a new aspect of luxury.


What makes Charles happy?

Meetings out of which rise creativity, beauty and happiness.


All clothing, from Charles' own personal wardrobe.


AGENT|Rodger|Major (Paris)
IMAGES|Agnese Mazzenzana|www.achromantic.blogspot.com
CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Charles Guislain|Major Models (Paris)
Special thanks to Rodger at Major Models (Paris), Agnese and Charles for their time, creativity and support.