Interviews

RISE

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Imagine a tale of an Ethiopian orphan who gets adopted by a Swedish family, is influenced by his grandmother’s recipes, goes to cooking school and becomes a celebrity chef and author. Oh, and gets married to a beautiful model. What sounds like improbable fiction is the very real life of MARCUS SAMUELSSON. Musa Jackson: Who […]

BLACK ORCHID

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Passionate about texture and construction Norisol Ferrari speaks to Spirit & Flesh about personal challenges, victories and the importance of dressing for the life you want. Andrew Basile: How did you get drawn into a life of fashion? Norisol Ferrari: My older sister was trying to keep me out of trouble. She worked in a […]

THE STATE OF AFFAIRS

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YELENA DEYNEKO: How did you become an actress, and why? STEPHANIE SZOSTAK: Just shy of being 30 years old, I found myself in my first acting class, Sondra Lee’s acting studio in NYC.  Life took me from having a job at Chanel, to modeling, to doing commercials and finally to this small studio on 8th […]

YOUNG. OLD. ALIVE.

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Yelena Deyneko: What roles suit you best? Cleopatra Coleman: I’m definitely a linear thinker. So any character that I can really get behind and figure out is probably going to be a role that suits me… But it’s hard to say. Just as long as I can make sense of their motivations. Get behind them. […]

DONNA KARAN

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FREDDIE LEIBA: You have been a role model for women, inspiring and empowering them with your philanthropic work. Who was your inspiration? DONNA KARAN: I’ve had so many. Philanthropically I was greatly inspired by three larger-than-life men: my husband Stephan, whose illness made me realize that care was missing in healthcare; President Clinton, who had […]

CHRISTINA’s
WORLD

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Christina Scherer has many interests: photography, film making, education and acting, and is currently starring in Nancy Meyers’ new film, The Intern, opposite two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Anne Hathaway, and Robert De Niro. Spirit & Flesh speaks to Christina about how she manages to do all of this and still stay “right-sized”.   HALEY LUX: […]

DEEP BLUE

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The link between man and the hypnotic cycles of the ocean is a profound one. This link may have been even stronger if, like MORGAN MAASSEN you had grown-up on the Pacific Coast, the son of a fisherman, and an ardent surfer. As a teenager, he started to capture this connection with his father’s cameras […]

RENÉE FLEMING

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Renée Fleming speaks to Andrew Basile about her life in and beyond opera. ANDREW BASILE: What are you most passionate about? RENÉE FLEMING: This will come as no surprise: I’m passionate about singing, but I don’t mean just classical or opera. I love great vocalism in virtually every style, whether it’s gospel, jazz, bluegrass or […]

GROWING UP BARBARIAN

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Spirit & Flesh Q+A  Answers by Benjamin Palmer, Chairman and Co-founder of  The Barbarian  Group. Spirit & Flesh: Tell me about your background: Where did you grew up? Benjamin Palmer: “I grew up in the woods in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, a pretty  idyllic little town that was full of ageing hippies, near Jacob’s Pillow (a modern […]

THE WAIT

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Spirit & Flesh: What inspired your story?  Chris Grosser: Well the story was really the idea of the stylist, she approached me with the idea of a sexy day at home story and I was into it. Together we came up with a mood board, location and the team. S&F: What was the collaboration between […]

KELLY McCREARY

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Josef Rodriguez: You play a great role in Grey’s Anatomy, and most likely your career will thrive after your performance. How did you get to where you are today? Kelly McCreary: Hard work and stubborn will! Just kidding, kind of. I toiled for many years in New York City, doing plays, readings, workshops, and the […]

Danielle Panabaker

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Josef Rodriguez: You started your career in mostly Disney films, but have recently moved into more independent horror films like “Piranha 3DD”, “Mr. Brooks”, and “The Ward”. What inspired this change of direction and what attracts you to horror and thriller films as an actress? Danielle Panabaker: I’ve been fortunate enough to work in a […]

Syrie
Moskowitz

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Syrie Moskowitz appears on Broadway for the first time in an immersive performance of mystery and tragedy. JOSEF RODRIGUEZ: What’s it like to be starring on Broadway for the first time? Are you nervous about any reactions or do you tend to be your own worst critic? SYRIE MOSKOWITZ: Like most things I’ve done or […]

ANGELO BADALAMENTI

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The composer of TWIN PEAKS and BLUE VELVET scores talks to S&F about David Lynch, the Olympics, and the magic of music. YELENA DEYNEKO: “Twin Peaks” is returning to television. ANGELO BADALAMENTI: Between you and me, I knew about this two and a half years ago. David told me and said, “Please don’t tell anybody.” […]

SUMMER RAYNE OAKES

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Interview by CYNTHIA ALTORISO photography by DAVID CARLO CYNTHIA ALTORISO: In a sentence or two, tell us what you do. SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: Model. interior gardener, entomologist . How did you discover your talent? Sometimes it chooses you vs. you choosing it. Tell us about early influences re what you do I fell in love with the history of native cultures […]

DAVID SAMUEL MENKES

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Interview by CYNTHIA ALTORISO photography by DAVID CARLO CYNTHIA ALTORISO: I met David Samuel Menkes by serendipity. I had gone to his building to visit the atelier of a neighboring bespoke tailor on his floor. When I noticed the wonderful quilted leather and studded door, I stopped in my tracks. Beyond the door was a pleasant-faced , blue-eyed […]

ELLEN CHRISTINE

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Interview by CYNTHIA ALTORISO photography by DAVID CARLO hair & make up by JERRY LOPEZ hats by ELLEN CHRISTINE MILLINERY CYNTHIA ALTORISO: In a sentence or two, tell us what you do. ELLEN CHRISTINE: I am a milliner, with a background in costume history, and costumes, and baking, and writing, and lecturing my interns. How did you discover your talent? Genetics,  with a propensity in our […]

JUSTIN GIUNTA

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Interview by CYNTHIA ALTORISO photography by DAVID CARLO jewelry by SUBVERSIVE JEWELRY   CYNTHIA ALTORISO: In a sentence or two, tell us what you do. JUSTIN GIUNTA: I am an artist and designer How did you discover your talent? I discovered my talent around the age of 3 years old when I illustrated (I could not write yet) my […]

ROD KEENAN

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Interview by CYNTHIA ALTORISO photography by DAVID CARLO hats by ROD KEENAN NEW YORK CYNTHIA ALTORISO: In a sentence or two, tell us what you do. ROD KEENAN: I design and produce bespoke hats and headgear. How did you discover your talent? By hanging out with a French Milliner named Lola Ehrich on St Marks in the East Village. Tell us about early influences re […]

CATOR SPARKS

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Interview by CYNTHIA ALTORISO photography by DAVID CARLO CYNTHIA ALTORISO: What you do professionally? CATOR SPARKS: I am the Editor in Chief of TheManual.com How did you discover your talent? The solitude of being a closeted gay kid; I would write about experiences in my life, places I traveled, oh if there were only blogs in the 80s! What […]

VENEXIANA

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photography by  FERNANDO COLON   SPIRIT & FLESH: What were your inspirations and references for this collection? KATI STERN: My inspiration is always Europe – mostly Italy – the colors and landscapes are what always translate into my gowns. Define the perfect woman/man for this collection? Any woman who feels confident about herself is a Venexiana woman. […]

MEKANICS OF SUCCESS

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photography by STANDA MERHOUT grooming by ANTHONY JOSEPH HERNANDEZ @ WILHELMINA As President and CEO of Mekanism, a top advertising agency with offices in New York and San Francisco, Jason Harris, speaks about creativity, ambition, “whatever it takes” attitude and balance of rich personal life with the professional desire to excel.  SPIRIT & FLESH: How did […]

THE SUBJECT IN QUESTION.

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When did you discover your talent and love for singing? I remember knowing I could sing by age 3 or 4. I didn’t discover it; I just knew, the same way I knew I could run and jump. I would watch singers like Fred Astaire and Judy Garland in old musicals and think, “I’m just […]

I LIKE WHAT HAPPENS IN THE DARK

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High Anxiety and The Elephant Man reach comedic and dramatic extremes, so it came as a surprise to meet the thoughtfully humble man behind such classic films, a quiet mastermind who made these and other masterpieces possible. Producer STUART CORNFELD, a partner at Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films, worked early in his career with such […]

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