Hush Garden “Hush little baby, don’t say a word” The opening lyrics of this perennial lullaby might be the repeating loop you hear in your head while experiencing Dirty Pineapple’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection. Individual proclivities in digital are a recurring theme at Dirty Pineapple. With previous collections called “Recycled Love” or “Narcissist Rhapsody”, the team is no stranger to exploring the personal impact of modern digital behaviors. This season portrays the dual reality of distancing public and private personas. The public persona, the one we show family, friends and display on social media, reflects society’s expectation; one of self-confidence, strength and material success. While our private persona, the one we share only with ourselves, carries the heavier doubts and secrets. “Mama’s going to build you a hush garden.” Dirty Pineapple is imagining a surrealist space concealed between realities, where they blend and blur; where we can see who we really
As a chef, Madison Papp takes a distinct and progressive approach to food, flavor, and cooking using a balance of fantasy, elegance, and unbridled vibrance. Born and raised in New York City, she grew up among her mother, a ​Jin Shin Jyutsu​ and energy medicine practitioner and her father, a (now retired) fine art and antiques dealer. While many aspects of her childhood were fairytale in nature she faced distinct health challenges such as epilepsy and Lyme disease which she overcame by turning obstacles into magical outcomes. How did your upbringing influence your career path and outlook on life? “My upbringing taught me about transformation and not to attach oneself to the moment because there is always another path ahead. Life isn’t a cookie-cutter fairytale and the challenges we face are part of the path of being human. It is how you react, cope, and shift that create your landscape
For Private Policy's upcoming collection, the designers chose to refocus our understanding of beauty. Embarking on a search for the modern day Aphrodite, the collection expands upon the belief that it is not a beauty pageant but a process of accepting ourselves and others, thriving with diversity and giving the positivity of life itself.
For Private Policy's upcoming collection, the designers chose to refocus our understanding of beauty. Embarking on a search for the modern day Aphrodite, the collection expands upon the belief that it is not a beauty pageant but a process of accepting ourselves and others, thriving with diversity and giving the positivity of life itself.   threeASFOUR VESICA PISCIS S/S 2021 Directed by Jessica Mitrani and Alex Czetwertynski XR Virtual Production Content Alex Czetwertynski Director of Photography Charles Billot Choreography Jonah Bokaer Producer John Morgan Music Georgia Editing/VFX/Graphics Alex Czetwertynski First AC Bobby Davidson In Association with Worldstage Worldstage team Shelly Sabel - Creative Director Raul Herrera - XR Technical Integrator  & Disguise Programmer Daniel Aleman -  Project Manager Juan Gonzalez - Notch Artist   Dancers appearing courtesy of Jonah Bokaer Choreography Hala Shah Isiah João da Silva Rourou Ye Nadia Khayrallah threeASFOUR team Creative Directors Adi Gil Angela Donhauser
  COLLINI MILANO 1937 Spring/Summer 2021 NO ONE IS INNOCENT. No one is innocent. Our collective experience has revealed a common destiny, a shared responsibility, a connected humanity. With the awareness that the simple pleasures of life are the most precious. And a new priority: to add beauty and gratification to everyday life. COLLINI in its own way contributes to this new mindset, providing the simple pleasure that derives from dressing in superb materials and fabrics, allowing the creation of a distinctive and personal identity to be savored in solitude or in intimate company, as well as on the public stage. COLLINI’S internalized glamour for spring/summer 2021 is inspired by the childlike joy of a traveling circus, complete with imaginary creatures who inhabit this new reality. Stylized animal prints and textures become new classics, from the logo subtly integrated between black zebra stripes on gutsy green and leopard spots on
 Big Chief Dowee Robair Have you visited New Orleans and fallen in love with the city’s intoxicating mix of food, music and culture? The city is home to traditions—styles of art, cuisine, music and, yes, fashion—that cannot be found anywhere else. Nothing personifies this “only-in-NOLA” culture like the Mardi Gras Indians and their tradition of “masking.” New Orleans’ African American community began dressing like Native Americans on Mardi Gras more than one hundred fifty years ago as a way to honor the Native Americans for their help hiding runaway slaves during the years before the Civil War.The centerpiece of Indian masking tradition is a costume or “suit,” as they call it. Each year the members of the various tribes spend a year making colorful designs with intricate beadwork and elaborate color schemes. Once completed, it comes together in a stunning and vivid mosaic to been seen at Mardi Gras, Super
PRINCE GEORGE BALLROOM / BREAKING GROUND   A Fairytale Location Transforming The Live’s Of New Yorker’s Most In Need In early July, 2020, Reserved Magazine had the honor to shoot a very special feature in the iconic PRINCE GEORGE BALLROOM. The heritage building with a decor that instantly transports you to the early 1900’s. What makes the Neo-Renaissance splendor of the location so unique is the  social impact that funds programs for BREAKING GROUND serving more than 8,000 vulnerable New Yorkers each year. Immaculately cleaned and sanitized to ensure that all measures are taken during Covid-19, we spoke to the inspiring Karen Jimenez who is the director of events and sales to find out more about this gem in the heart of New York City. How did you get involved with the Prince George Ballroom and Breaking Ground? “My mother has worked for a non-for-profit in Harlem for over 27
Carmine Rotondaro “Contamination For Glamour “ COLLINI’s Brand Legacy Of Heritage Couture & Resilience In The Age Of Covid-19 RESERVED MAGAZINE has a version sit-down with Carmine Rotondaro, COLLINI’s dynamic Creative director and CEO to discuss his vision behind their provocative new campaign. The juxtaposition of the model  engaged in a daily routine outfitted in the ultra glam collection styled with a gas mask creates a powerful narrative behind the concept of “contamination for glamour”. The outcome that I was striving for with this campaign was not at all to provoke or protest but to create strong and meaningful images that symbolize the resilience of the human spirit even in the most grotesque and unimaginable circumstances. My message is that we can pull it off, we can get over this dark, horrific experience that has compressed and confused all aspects of our lives within the four walls of our home.
4254 Olympic Gold Medalists-turned-fashion designers, Élodie Ouédraogo and Olivia Borlée, speak to me over Zoom from their respective homes in Belgium. The interview was meant to be in person in Los Angeles, but like everyone, the girls have readjusted their plans for the worldwide COVID-19 lockdown. Among the many other fallouts of the pandemic, the press tour for their fledgling clothing line was curtailed. They consider themselves lucky. One of the few things people can do right now is work out, and health has taken a firm seat on the front page of the news.  So Élodie and Olivia’s fashion-forward workout clothing line is doing better than some other businesses at the moment. “I think health became so much more important to people. We have an online store, and we really saw that people started investing in activewear a lot. So in that sense, we didn’t have it as bad as some of our young colleagues who
ALABAMA BLONDE Alabama Blonde sits at her computer with a white background, keeping her surroundings mysterious. She’s relaxed in glasses and a black beret, and we begin by talking about her cactus garden. She’s afraid of heights, and the cactus barrier surrounding the edges of her balcony make her feel better about living 40 stories above the ground. “So I can't go to the edge. No one can go to the edge. It's marked off with spikes.” Maybe it’s to keep that irrational impulse under control that strikes some of us when we are near a cliff’s edge, prodding us to just jump off and see what it feels like. Against the white background, Alabama’s descriptions of the cacti feel even more vivid. She paints a surreal picture of magical beings coming to life, limb by limb, as they grow. I can feel her rich imagination at work. “There's one that
  Daria wearing Julia Clancey Pink Slinky head wrap, Earrings and Necklace PK Bijoux, Lion cuff Snake cuff Vintage cuff and ring by Hirst Collections, ring by Frangos, Bracelets @thehirstcollection by Kenneth Jay Lane, Satellite, Amishi, Askew London, Kenneth Jay Lane  Madi wearing Dragonfly Tassel Turban by Julia Clancey available at Harrods, Necklace by PK Bijoux, Hedgehog ring  by Kenneth Jay Lane Vintage bangles from @thehirstcollection London  Raiana- Mr Snappy Glitter Donut band Julia Clancey, Gold starburst ring by Bill Skinner Crocodile ring by Butler & Wilson, Green Cuff Mawi Gold Cuff Kenneth Jay lane Ring, bangles and above jewels @thehirstcollection  Raiana- Turban with earrings Julia Clancey, Jitterbug ring by Stephen Webster, Fly By Night Crystal Haze Grasshopper Ring by Stephen Webster Jewels Verne Lobster Crystal Haze Long Finger Ring by Stephen Webster Snake necklace @thehirstcollection Madi -Lenis - Edith Leopard Tassel Turban by Julia Clancey, Jitterbug Ring by Stephen Webster Vintage necklace
BLACK DAHLIA: Candy and the Science of Bliss Arriving fresh out of the candy lab, Taryn Garcia makes the life of a confectioner sound just as surreal as the childhood mind imagines; it’s the life of an artist, chef, and mad scientist, all rolled into one.   Head chef along with Greg Bernhardt for the new CBD company, Black Dahlia, Taryn reveals some behind-the-scenes processes of candy science as the company prepares to launch in the next couple of months.  “We’re doing some reformulations with the hard candies and lollipops to improve their shelf life.  It’s purely sugar-related.  When you get to temperatures that are what is considered ‘hard crack’—above 302 degrees—it’s this crazy thing of thermodynamics. It gets to a temperature where it creates structure, but then after a period of time, that structure breaks down because the molecules attach to the humidity inside of the candy.  So I spoke to my friend
Known for its lavish celebrity disco parties in the late 1970s, Studio 54 became a symbol of the NYC elite, and many of the images—such as Bianca Jagger on the white horse— were as notorious as the club that inspired them. Behind the camera of many of the famed photographs was the tenacious and legendary photographer Rose Hartman; intrepid partygoer and self-proclaimed social historian who managed to capture some of the most intimate moments between the world’s most celebrated personalities behind the scenes. We asked Rose to tell us a little bit about what it was like to be a female photographer back then, and why her images remain relevant and iconic. “Well, clearly there were really very few of us [women], and the men, in general, were very tough. They never did anything physical to me, but I do recall that several young female photographers were thrown to the
The moment Miljan walked into the Air France Lounge at New York’s JFK Airport he was immediately inspired by the architectural environment to create an installation/exhibition “Studio Visit”. As the first site-specific art installation of it’s kind the Air France lounge, his 35 large vibrant abstract works that were met with wide acclaim during the vernissage on November 12th. Miljan is no stranger to working with large format works forNew York’s, The World Trade Center Tower 7 ,Tower 49, the Beeckman mansion, Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan Hotel and created large murals in Florence, Bologna and New York.   Miljan describes his site-specific installation as a “Tender Giant" which he uses as a  used to describe Air France. “Air France is a powerhouse that represents elegance and style.” Miljan Suknovic   Miljan Suknovic is an artist who creates a new dimension for abstract painting through his use of “color syncopation" to evoke movement and mood.
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‘In My Dream Last Night…’ is the armature behind an ongoing short film and sound concept by creative duo Stærk&Christensen, in collaboration with a number of artists from various fields who are a continuous source of inspiration to the duo. A collection of personal moments, thoughts and dreams are revealed and interpreted through each collaborator, underpinning the composition of the work.
It is a historic time in the history of the United States. More women than ever are running for president, educational opportunities are slowly advancing for women globally, and America has returned to having a female Speaker of the House. However, the fight for women’s rights and equality still rages on fiercely, and one of the biggest topics surrounding that issue in these contemporary times is motherhood.
Movement — a physical manifestation of our endless imagination. It allows us to create, to connect, to observe, and most importantly to know ourselves. To move is to be free. In this series, Fagan captures the intimacy of spontaneous expression. The motions, inspired by ballet, are so beautifully thoughtless they allow one’s true self to shine through. Ballerinas placed in a relaxed environment, turned off from the strains of perfectionism, yet still aware of movement. The motions are natural and evoke a childlike curiosity.
Between running her own radio station, modeling, and campaigning in the ongoing crusade for equal women’s rights, it’s a wonder that Theodora can even find time to squeeze in an interview. Growing up in a household with Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, it’s fairly inevitable that a strong musical backbone would form during Theodora’s childhood. With Off the Cuff, Theodora’s subscription Sirius radio station, she shares her unique taste with the world.
The Claypool Lennon Delirium is one of those rare bands that make you smarter when you listen to their music...The mood hovers around the spectrum of psychedelic rock, with dizzying bass riffs and otherworldly electric guitar.
Coincidentally, just a couple weeks before showing ZAC ZAC at Coterie, Posen was asked by Google and their online program Made With Code, to create an LED dress. Made With Code’s website encourages girls to study science and technology. It tells the stories of various young ladies who have learned to computer coding to various ends: combined with biology to find the cure for cancer; enhancing costumes to create other worldly choreography on stage; and within fabric for literally enlightened clothing. Posen was asked to do the latter, showcasing an incredible light enhanced black gown worn by the model Coco Rocha for a group of women who code.
Drawing across a surface is a mysterious adventure, full of complex possibility and poetry. While the works represented on these pages date from the 1970’s to the present and incorporate diverse processes and mediums, they all share my life’s preoccupation with the power of the drawn line.
My creative process is centered around the concept of evolution and the capacity to transform. I believe these concepts spring from a sense of optimism that we are not necessarily bound by our past, but by the boundless potential of the future. When a viewer engages with my work, I hope they are inspired by this optimism to imagine a future not bound by current preconceptions but infinite possibilities.
Most recognized for performance as a non-traditional method of painting, Brown uses her body as a tool to create artifacts that are remnants of her process. Reminiscent of abstract expressionist studies, Brown produces aesthetically whimsical paintings with a deep underlining rawness of human emotion. Viewing the body as a vessel for spiritual practice, Brown pushes her physical and mental boundaries to reach a state of enlightenment from which creative expression and healing derives.
‘Etiam capillus unus habet umbram suam’ - The smallest hair casts a shadow + Francis Bacon
The school sits square, brick, and bunker like, cupping a central yard, which I do remember as the exact spot Artie Cano knocked the wind out of me with one punch to the stomach after I said something he didn’t like. This, right in front of the willowy Michelle Jones, who from that moment on saw through me like I was a soap bubble.
Feminist has become a dirty word. So often people feel uncomfortable openly identifying as a feminist because of the misguided notion that the term means that women should have power over men or that it is a euphemism for “man-hater.” Feminism is the belief that men and women should have equal rights If you believe in that, congratulations you’re a feminist! Both men and women can be feminists. Now more than ever it is important for closeted feminists to come out into the open.
I don’t have an ideal type of man. I guess the ideal man is the one who identifies with these clothes and who feels better in them. My clothes don’t scream but they do tell a story. You have to have the patience to understand this story to really appreciate my clothes.
1. At what point in your life did you first identify as a feminist and when did you become aware that a culture existed that devalued and debased women?  I didn’t really learn about feminism until I went to college. My mother was always a feminist but I don’t remember the word being used all that much. I associated it with burning bras and the seventies. At Vassar, I learned about feminism and it explained so much about the self-consciousness I felt about my body. That in fact, when I was objectified and hooted at just walking down the street,  I wasn’t crazy for feeling creeped out. There was nothing wrong with me. We live in a patriarchy, which for too long was the status quo. But now women are waking up, speaking up and insisting on equality and respect which starts with intersectionality. 2. How was your column, The
Last spring we were invited to the home of producer, musician and guitarist, Nile Rodgers in Westport, CT for an interview and photo shoot of epic proportions. Along with us was Liz Derringer, renowned music journalist, who cut her teeth at Warhol’s Interview Magazine and former wife of music legend Rick Derringer. Also joining us was legendary rock photographer Mick Rock, known as “The Man Who Shot the Seventies”.
Jen's ability to deliver cherubic, velvety vocals that effortlessly transition into the radical rumble of a runaway 18 wheeler doing 90 mph on an open highway is a feat in itself to witness live.


IN JUNE, 2013, I RENTED A PHOTO STUDIO ON 26TH STREET IN NEW YORK FOR A FASHION EDITORIAL SHOOT . IT WAS OWNED AND RUN BY A MAN WHO, MONTHS LATER , I DISCOVERED TO BE CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER PETER STRONGWATER , WHO HAD SHOT THOSE ICONIC INTERVIEW MAGAZINE COVERS IN THE 80’S. ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL POP-ICON PHOTOGRAPHERS OF ALL-TIME. Reserved: How were you able to catch the shiny ‘Crystal Ball of Pop,’ that is, Interview Magazine, or did it catch you? How did it happen? Peter: It was years ago. I had a connection to Fred Hughes who was Andy’s manager at that time. I just mentioned casu-ally, “Gee, I like Interview. It would be fun to work for them.” I was a good friend of Linda Hutton.He said, “Go do a picture,” they like society names and stuff. Linda Hutton came from a pretty substantial family. He said, “Go
Saida, Lebanon and Canfield, Ohio seem worlds apart but share more in common than you could imagine.  Both are small towns, places where everyone knows everyone and where borrowing a cup of sugar from your neighbor isn’t a quaint throw-back to another era but something that happens with regularity.  Saida typifies the heart of everyday Arab life in much the same way Canfield is the prototypical Mid-western community.   Another thing that these two seemingly disparate places have in common is singer and songwriter Zaher Saleh.  While Saleh rose to fame in the Middle East, he and his music are equal parts Arab and American. Born and raised in Lebanon to Palestinian refugees, Saleh began to spend his summers as a teen with relatives in Ohio, eventually attending high school and college there.  “I remember how I couldn’t wait for summer to come!  I wanted to get back to Ohio
Former Factory Boys and identical twins, Richard and Robert DuPont, were just a pair of 17 year-old Connecticut prepsters when they found themselves at the center of the drug, booze, and sex-induced intoxica-tion that was Andy Warhol’s New York City in 1977.  More than 35 years later, one-half of the DuPont twins and Reserved Magazine’s West Coast Editor, Richard DuPont, shares some of his most treasured memories with us. To our delight, his experiences were indeed laced with all the glamour, seduction, and power that one would expect of the era. In taking a closer look, however, we discovered vulnerability, heartbreak, and fragility of spirit at the core.  When unraveled, Richard’s stories of friendships, fashion, and fetes all reveal one common thread—the pursuit of love and magic.  Today, Rich-ard has a new tale, a memoir that celebrates this quest, entitled I Found Somebody to Love Me.  These are the stories
I  WAS INSPIRED BY THE BIRTH OF MY DAUGHTER. I used watercolors, which is a delicate medium, a basic shape, and sub-tle use of color to show fragility. I wanted to show a complete body, while at the time, showing the individual parts that create it. My process was initiated by my own daily organizing and setting values to life tasks, events, situations and other “emotional data.” I then trans-late these values into different colors and sizes of circles. The arrange-ment of these individual shapes, which build a unified piece, represent the process of balancing elements in my life.
I create artifacts from a world where humans have long since disappeared and new forms of life have gained foothold upon the discarded architecture of our present civilization. Materials for these works begin as present day discards, leftovers, and forgotten flotsam.  I gather at salvage yards, roadside waste piles, garages and other crevices where today’s material culture quietly collects.  In this discordant utopia only traces of the human race remain, and the detritus merges into new life forms.   Transistor tubes create a bustling hive within an ancient bureau.   A turntable is brought back to life nestled into a woven nest.  The humble umbrella, the modest stapler, the iconic vinyl record, and the crushed carcass of a Chevy Impala are engraved into rusting fossils that lovingly display the crumpled inventiveness of human ingenuity. As a whole, my sculptures and flat work generate glimpses of a future where the boundary
RESERVED asks Andrew Saffir — founder of Cinema Society — who would play him and Daniel Benedict, his life partner, in the movie version of their lives. “Robert Downey Jr. for me and Alexander Skarsgard for Daniel. “RDJ is one of my all time favorite actors, whip smart and brilliant. So major wishful thinking on my part.” Says the curly haired bespectacled Saffir. Regarding Skarsgard: “So many people mistake Daniel for him; they think he’s Swedish, it seems like the perfect casting!” For Saffir — a born and bred Upper East Sider — choosing his own thespian doppelgangers, is a daunting consideration. He pulls off (he estimates) seventy premieres a year, juggling appearances by myriad actors and directors in the Big Apple, a place still keener on cults of personalities then Hollywood studio schmaltz. His answer reflects the perfect hybrid of both, which might also be said of his relationship with Benedict, an executive specializing
“Drawing across a surface is a mysterious adventure, full of complex possibility and poetry. While the works represented on these pages date from the 1970’s to the present and incorporate diverse processes and mediums, they all share my life’s preoccupation with the power of the drawn line. Marks are made with pencil, brush, charcoal or strips of cloth. Through a network of drawn lines I construct a hypothetical and quixotic architecture that is both mystical and imaginary as well as intwined in the material tactile surface of the actual work.  Line delineates space. I ask the viewer to shift between layers of spacial information being presented, to embrace the nuanced conundrums that are suggested through line, space and the fields they inhabit. It is in this realm of experiencing shifts of reality that I beckon a new experience of sight and perception, and simultaneously share a lyrical presentation of my own
“Once you become a stranger in the world, slowly it becomes like  something sweet in that you don’t belong to anyone. Slowly, you feel like a character from the Steppenwolf—Hermann Hesse. Loneliness, but at the same time you feel power.” I can tell you interesting stories about a man (me), who first leaves his homeland, the country of his birth, Croatia, and then flees to Serbia, where I was in the time of the war. Because of the war I left home, leaving behind my entire life, theater, film, and all because of political disagreements and my desire not to participate in this scourge. I came to Slovenia with the intention to act in the Slovenian language, but with no success. My wife told me that if I felt the need to work in a foreign language then we must go to London. And so we did. When I first arrived in London I
I was born in Berlin, but my family moved to China when I was about eight or nine months old. My first 10 years were spent in Shanghai where my father had a quite successful retail business. Looking back, the experience of growing up in such an exotic location was amazing. The culture was just incredible. In the evenings my father sketched a little bit…and I sketched alongside him. My mother bought me some crayons. I remember that one of the walls in our home was a beautiful light each color and I was eager to put my mark on it. At first my mother told me not to draw on the wall until my father said it was okay. When, to my great surprise, he okayed it, my mother smiled and said, ‘it’s okay, sweetie, go ahead”. So, from the beginning they were both very encouraging of my freedom of
Before there was reality TV as we know it, before the Kardashian’s, the Osbourne’s and the heinous Housewives from Hell Syndicate there was the Loud Family. It was 1971 and they had no idea what they were getting into because they were about to become the first family of Reality TV and create the genre that would begin the love/hate feeding frenzy of everyday American’s becoming celebrities. They made it up as they went along. It was not scripted. It was not bread and circus. It was the beginning of American’s living their lives as voyeuristic spectators in lieu of a real life. We became fascinated by The American Family.  On or off camera The Loud Family was known to be open, friendly and entertaining they simply allowed the cameras into their home and became famous for being themselves. Over the course of the documentary/television show we watched as Pat
Adam Green is renowned around the globe as one of music’s most unique and prolific songwriting talents - his songs have been performed by artists as diverse as The Libertines, Carla Bruni, Kelly Willis, and Will Oldham. A New York native, Green was only 17-years-old when he recorded and released his first album. As part of the downtown antifolk scene at the end of the nineties, he made up one-half of The Moldy Peaches, who enjoyed belated mainstream success via the Grammy-winning, #1 Billboard Chart ranking soundtrack of the 2007 Academy Award-winning movie Juno. As a solo artist, Green has recorded nine albums, many of which have become cult hits. His 2005 record Gemstones went Gold in Europe.   In 2015 Adam began a collaboration with Mich Dulce making a line of hats inspired by his artwork and the ALADDIN movie. The designs incorporate elements from his HOUSEFACE symbolic alphabet, a group of reduced cubist
My partner Jules and I showed up at 8:00 on a Thursday night. I had let Chef Bun Lai, infamous owner of Miya’s Sushi in New Haven, CT know we were coming and that we wanted to talk about a story for our magazine (the one you’re reading). The host said he wasn’t going to be able to make it - but there were plans in store for us… Every conceivable sake beverage proceeded to make its way to our tiny table, followed by a seemingly endless flow of what appeared to be everything on the menu including Pumpkin Miso-infused with locally foraged, invasive Codium, followed by Bun’s signature Tokyo Phro of crispy organic potatoes with homegrown roasted wax worms drizzled with a creamy tomato remoulade which our other partner, Mitja in Europe still has dreams about, then a Water Piglet sushi roll of applewoodsmoked Connecticut mackerel, goat cheese, and cranberries.
Anette Miwa Dimmen has often wondered why the best quality fabrics and materials are rarely used in the most popular retail products for women. She realised that the link between innovation, design and branding that connects a smart product with modern women in a real way is often missing. Women like herself need more than functionality and a good price to get excited about a product or a brand. They want products that are designed to fit in with their current lifestyle - in addition to practicality, and will actively choose brands with values corresponding with their own. Having spent seven years overseeing design, branding processes, product development and manufacturing of products in several categories for an international agency in Norway, Anette noted that many of the traditional products that we use every day could desperately need an upgrade to better suit and connect with the lifestyle of moderne, style conscious women.   The idea for the AW:AN
Q&A with La Doyenne . Reserved Magazine sits down with the founders of La Doyenne, Laura Day Webb and Rachel Hearn, to discuss their transitional collection with a focus on flattering made to order silhouettes using luxury fabrics. 1. How did you come up with the name La Doyenne? We wanted the brand’s name to be indicative of the woman who wears our clothes. She is driven, ambitious, bold. A woman who inspires and lifts other women up. In French, La Doyenne means a true leader in her field and we thought it was a beautiful way to describe the woman we believe embodies our brand. 2. What inspired you to create a “transitional’’ collection? Women’s lives are multifaceted. We drop our children off at school, have lunch with a friend, followed by a board meeting, then perhaps drinks or dinner after work. We need clothing that can move seamlessly
1 What are the qualities you see in someone that makes them interesting to paint? FF - It’s very difficult to put into words what makes something or someone inspiring. Sometimes it is a gesture, someone’s unique face, historic photos of women –it’s that indescribable thing which grabs your attention the moment you see it. 2 Do your paintings come from your own imagination or are they inspired by photographs? FF – I paint from photographic references, but I tap into my own insights and imagination. I build a story around the pictures I find, creating narratives and possible story lines about what led the subjects to have the photo taken. Asking myself where they might be today and how they feel now about the decisions they made then to model nude. 3 What first drew you to watercolors? FF – watercolors are such a gentle and poetic medium, they
What was it like growing up on the Southside of Chicago? I grew up in Hyde Park which is indeed on the southside of Chicago. It's a very special neighborhood in and of itself. It's the neighborhood where the University of Chicago is located. Just around that surrounding that you get a lot of diversity a lot of professionalism, entrepreneurism and highly skilled individuals. It was really amazing to be in that kind of environment that breeds education and a desire for higher learning. And on top of that creativity, since the University is located on the south side of Chicago, you kind of get that academia mixed with a little bit of creativity and artistry so it was amazing. Take me through the early days of your business, when you started it out of your campus apartment at the University of Southern California? Well those days were very long
1. At what point in your life did you first identify as a feminist and when did you become aware that a culture existed that devalued and debased women?  I didn’t really learn about feminism until I went to college. My mother was always a feminist but I don’t remember the word being used all that much. I associated it with burning bras and the seventies. At Vassar, I learned about feminism and it explained so much about the self-consciousness I felt about my body. That in fact, when I was objectified and hooted at just walking down the street,  I wasn’t crazy for feeling creeped out. There was nothing wrong with me. We live in a patriarchy, which for too long was the status quo. But now women are waking up, speaking up and insisting on equality and respect which starts with intersectionality. 2. How was your column, The
EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH CURATED NETWORKING In a city as large as New York where men are the gatekeepers to Venture Capital and financial sector, We Talks founder Lana Pozhidaeva is playing a major role in shifting this reality. WE Talks features female founders, leaders and peers in roundtable discussions moderated by Kelly Hultgren and produced by Zuri, a smart experiential marketing service that combines a network of top experience creators with a data-driven approach for quality and efficiency.  The first ever We Talks held on April 26th, 2018 at Mailrooomwas a huge success creating the demand to organize a second event held at Space Showroom Seven on May 22nd, 2018. Sponsored byPeter Thomas Roth, Mini Bar, Spruce Flowers, and Zeel MassageOn Demand, the event drew a vibrant, professional women eager to hear the advice of distinguished panel guests Sutian Dong, (partner at Female Founders Fund), Anna-Marie Wascher (CEO & Founding Partner
KABINETT, an emerging arts & culture app has become the cultural mecca of all things relevant. Developed by founder Eduardo Costantini in 2017 the platform’s sole purpose is to inspire their wide spectrum of users to engage with carefully curated multifaceted and intersectional topics such as: modern age feminism, rising artists, mental health, and buzzing global exhibits. Kabinett’s flawless multimedia approach includes riveting short videos, articles, and Q & A’s that will undoubtedly provide you with essential insight in order to discuss pop culture's most pressing issues. Recently they were the creative genius behind award winning singer - songwriter Sophie Auster videos. Sophie Auster is an award-winning singer and songwriter, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has toured all over the world and really make her mark as a singer and songwriter writer. Sophie teamed up with Kabinett to collaborate on the video "Rising Sun", a track off