Interviews

ELLA GAFTER

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  In her 30+ years as a jewelry designer Ella Gafter has always looked for the SHINE. Yelena Deyneko: Please tell us about the pin you are wearing? It is stunning! Ella Gafter: Thank you! I created this opulent Rococo-style corsage brooch twenty years ago to showcase the lustrous beauty of pearls, and as a technical and esthetic […]

AYANAT KSENBAI

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Ayanat Ksenbai’s life is full, and getting fuller. Yelena Deyneko: You have a beautiful name! What’s your cultural background? Ayanat Ksenbai: Thank you! I come from Kazakhstan, the land of the nomads. YD: Eight years ago you visited New York with several feature movies under your belt; why did you stay? AK: I came to NYC in 2007 […]

JEAN CHRISTOPHE Le GREVES

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Jean Christophe Le Grévés’ THIRDMAN is the aesthetic conclusion of many beliefs and experiences: “My father’s sculpting workshop, saturated with wood dust or fumes from burnt metal; fragrance commercials by Irving Penn; the scent of mimosa in nature; crisp, cool weather in my grandmother’s gardens; the wall of fragrance bottles on a vanity in a weekend home; the pristine scent of […]

Djimon Hounsou

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International film star Djimon Hounsou tells us about belief in oneself…and something else. Blazer John Varvatos / Shirt Hugo Boss / Jeans Gstar / Hat Glades Tamez Millinery / Shoes Tom’s Kwaku Alston: Where are you from? Djimon Hounsou: West Africa, Republic of Bénin, right next to Nigeria. KA: What does your name mean? DH: Djimon means “Friday”; Hounsou means “born within […]

SHARON STONE

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Tuxedo Shirt Dolce & Gabanna Panties American Apparel Star of the upcoming HBO‘s one of its kind project Mosaic by director Steven Soderbergh, irresistible Sharon Stone keeps us company, until the dawn. Spirit & Flesh: How big a role does mystery play in your life? What is the biggest mystery of life for you? Sharon Stone: […]

DAILY NEWS

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Yelena Deyneko: Can you tell us about yourself and how you got started in photography? How did you realize that photography is what you wanted to do? Chris Randall:  My name is Christopher Joel Randall, 29. I am a street photographer living in Brooklyn. As a kid, my parents would take me “people watching”, then as […]

MOOD

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Syrie Moskowitz: Tell us a little about your background and musical career. Stuart Matthewman: I was born in Yorkshire England but moved to London in the early 80’s where I met Sade . I have Written, produced and performed  alongside her ever since releasing 10 albums, done numerous world tours along the way and won […]

We Love It(aly)!

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In a special pop up series presented by Nordstrom and in conjunction with the Italian Trade Commission (ICE), the retail giant is highlighting 55 meticulously selected Italian brands in their United States premiere.

HÉLÈNE GRIMAUD

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There is no force on this earth more powerful and more constant than water:  Massive, slow-moving glaciers help carve the surface of the earth, shaping mountains and valleys.  Water expands and contracts with the seasons, freezing and thawing.  Over time, this range of force can split an ancient boulder into pieces just as easily as the gentle flow of […]

AMANDA CREW

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JOSEF HENRY RODRIGUEZ: Do you have any deal-breakers for accepting roles? AMANDA CREW: When I started acting, getting to travel was thrilling and I’d take any job that took me out of my city. Now that I’m older it’s not the most persuasive element. The idea of being nomadic seduced me, but now I’m not […]

MARTIN PURIS

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YELENA DEYNEKO: What led you down this career path?  MARTIN PURIS: I wanted to be a writer, but wasn’t sure of what. When I was a kid in Chicago, it was the epicenter of a new kind of writer-oriented comedy, sort of like the singer/songwriter today. It was exciting stuff, political satire and comment: Lenny Bruce, Mike Nichols and Elaine […]

LINDA RODIN

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Drawing from her happy childhood and glamorous mother, LINDA RODIN has created a wonderfully evocative cosmetic line and is now enjoying the support of the Estée Lauder family. YELENA DEYNEKO: How did your early life influence the person you are today? LINDA RODIN: I grew up in a very artistic family outside of Manhattan. My […]

CHUCK CLOSE

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My brother Antonello and I felt apprehensive to photograph CHUCK CLOSE, but once we got underway at Close’s Noho studio, the great portrait artist exceeded his reputation of kindness. Almost immediately he entrusted us with the direction of the shoot – the ultimate show of respect for an artist. A wonderful conversation about some truly important […]

CARA SEYMOUR

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CARA SEYMOUR has been in some of the seminal films of the last fifteen years and during that time has worked with a who’s who of directors. From Spike Jonze, to Martin Scorsese, Lars von Trier and now with STEVEN SODERBERGH on his new series THE KNICK, she brings the height of commitment to all […]

AMY FINE COLLINS

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Andrew Basile: How would you describe what you do? Amy Fine Collins: My official title is Special Correspondent to Vanity Fair; I write stories, contribute ideas, promote and consult. Generally I’m out finding out what’s happening and observing what people are wearing. I am one of four keepers of the International Best-Dressed List, founded by […]

The Eyes Have It

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America’s Next Top Model, Nyle DiMarco has both a presence and a look that are quite difficult to ignore.  To oversimplify, Nyle is gorgeous; and looking at the photo spread, (his first as ANTM), it is obvious that he has the character to match. It was made abundantly clear every step of the way through Cycle 22 […]

Beth Minardi & Sam Brocato

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Respect and trust are the essence of any great collaboration, and in our two interviews with hair color icon Beth Minardi and hair styling star, Sam Brocato, both qualities are evident. When asked the definition of a successful person, Sam’s response might have mirrored the character of Beth, who defines success itself as “learning how to live happily, securely, and healthily […]

LINDA FARGO

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Linda Fargo is suited perfectly for her position as Senior Vice President of the Fashion Office at Bergdorf Goodman. She wears her title like a couture dress while facing down the demands of a competitive retail business. She spoke with her friend Amy Fine Collins. Amy Fine Collin: Who or what are you most passionate about? […]

CALUM VON MOGER

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Yelena Deyneko: Exercise is addictive; it makes you comfortable with who you are. In your case it became an art. Calum Von Moger: You have to get in sync with your body. It’s a mental-physical connection and as a competitive body-builder you have to look at it as an art form, because it’s not just health […]

Does He not Bleed Red?

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Cynthia: How would you describe your art? Jordan: My works are a painting-sculpture hybrid installation. Blood from a slaughterhouse is the primary medium. The blood is preserved and encased in a Plexiglas substrate and UV resin; this permanently retains the organic material’s natural colors, patterns and textures. The works become relics of that which was […]

TORKIL GUDNASON

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YELENA DEYNEKO: What were some of your first creative impulses? TORKIL GUDNASON: They derived from window displays and interiors. I started with a Bolex 8mm camera; I liked the smell of the film and did a lot of play in the wintry landscape. Later I assisted a great photographer in Copenhagen, Jørn Freddie, who had […]

ELIZABETH HURLEY

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World-renowned supermodel, designer and actress. Who is presently starring in the E! series The Royals, believes her greatest role to be that of a mother and that her most important message involves breast cancer awareness. FREDDIE LEIBA: You are internationally known as one of the most beautiful women in the world. What does it feel […]

MAN ON FIRE

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photography by RUVEN AFANADOR Interview by ANDREW BASILE Andrew Basile: You’re the embodiment of Latin American heritage, and your work exudes Spanish roots. Ruven Afanador: Many memories of my childhood are a great inspiration, particularly the pageantry of the religious rituals in Colombia, where I grew up. Also, the beauty pageants and the passion all […]

WORK AND PLAY

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It was in the rarefied archive of the vintage fashion collection belonging to my aunt, Lydia Gordon, that I first met artist and designer, Daniela Kamiliotis. Apart from her beauty and style, and her pattering around in very high-heels, it was her accent that made a special impression on me. Mellifluous… almost Italian sounding, a Romance language for sure… it was Romanian, the […]

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