‘You’re not pretty and you’ll never be pretty but it doesn’t matter you have something much better you have style.’ a wildly fierce 93 year old Iris Apfel recalls Frieda Loheman telling her.
‘I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.’ She has been on a magical working journey over the decades embracing fine arts, interior design, manufacturing fabrics, and sharing her collection; all in outlandish ensembles. The same ensembles that have led to her mass appeal landing her on the pages of publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, PAPER, and Dazed. Her appeal doesn’t stop at the glossy pages she’s in high demand to design cosmetic lines, attend events, give interviews, and collaborate with major networks.
IRIS pairs with legendary documentarian Albert Maysles who didn’t work with a script but brought forth a doc running on an infectious free spirit that uplifts. While simultaneously presenting the opportunity to experience Apfel beyond her perfectly adorned garb and dive into her way of life from uplifting advice, to all to clever one-liners, to outrageously precious moments with her beau. The documentary is a special portal to the inner happenings of the fashion industry capturing encounters with Kanye, interviews with Tavi Gevinson, and work flow with Linda Fargo. Slated to drop in Los Angeles on May 1st Iris whisps around on the big screen being the marvelous rare bird of fashion that she is.
After the screening we pealed out of our seats feeling like balls on fire, high-reaching and inspired where we met up with none other than Jeremy Scott who was sitting just rows ahead. Jeremy shared he too found the film very inspiring, ‘It was great to learn about her personally and her history.’ We gushed on about our deeper admiration for the fashion maverick and how powerful it was to witness her embrace what others may not understand or even accept.
If you’re not interested in watching this film we’re afraid you cannot sit with us. If you are grab your tickets in advance here!
Danielle Campbell is an Original. And we’re not talking about her shockingly being a Mikaelson on CW’s hit show The Originals, which she starres in. She’s actually an original – everything about her feels sweetly nonconformist – from her hand written thank you notes via snail mail to her not at all chliched actress persona.
The Originals is about a family of vampires who lived in the city of New Orleans where they lived happily. Much to their despair everything has changed and they must take back what has been theirs for hundreds of years. In between 3 seasons there’s passion, drama, betrayal, heated emotional farewells, dangerous alliances, and unforeseen character fluctuation that keeps the fans guessing what will go wrong next. Danielle Campbell stars as Davina ‘Davina is a young powerful witch growing up in the midst of the Michelson drama. She is strong and does anything and everything to protect the people that she cares about. This season she teams up with the bad boy Michelson brother, Kol, to make a dagger that could put Klaus to sleep for good. As the tension grows, so does her and Kol’s relationship. At the end of the first season, Davina had her guard up and wasn’t very trusting. But it’s safe to say that now Kol has gotten to her and broken down the walls.’ shares Danielle.
Annex Magazine: Can you two relate?
Danielle Campbell: Davina is a young girl growing up and transitioning into a woman. I can definitely relate to growing up. I might not have the super powers of a vampire as a best friend, but I like to think there’s some similarities between us.
Danielle will be turning 20 this January 30th and is a lively spirit, sunny, girlish, and normal in the most down to earth way considering her roster of roles. In her young career she has starred in Madea’s Witness Protection, Drop Dead Diva, Prom, StarStruck, and more.
*Make sure to wish her a happy birthday @daniellemcam!
AM: How do you prepare yourself for a role?
DC: For me, it’s important to envision and create the world around me and the character. The beauty of acting is that each character is completely different from the next. They’ve been through different experiences and are exciting to recreate!
AM: In terms of your acting career how do you want to be remembered?
DC: I would like to be remembered for playing a lot of different characters and for doing movies I’m really passionate about. I want to do work that I am proud of and that have challenging roles. I love playing characters that are nothing like me.
AM: Who do you look up to for inspiration?
DC: Great scripts are inspiring to me and I really look up to a lot of incredible actors.
Danielle will be appearing in an independent film about horse barrel racing where she’s had a blast learning to barrel race. We’ll be sure to share it with all of you as we’re eagerly anticipating it. For now we’ll continue obsessively watching The Originals, and hope that one day Davina will see that Klaus isn’t all that bad he’s just been a victim of circumstances. #TeamKlaus
We often forget about the importance of believing in yourself. Having faith in your abilities. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. For a young actress in Hollywood, it’s certainly necessary to possess this quality. Jessica Meraz understands that if she has confidence in her craft anything is possible.
We’re talking to Jessica days before Chasing Life premiere’s. An ABC series that captures the life of a lively aspiring journalist who is relentlessly working her way up the ladder when she gets the devastating news that she has cancer. In it, Jessica stars as Natalie, a strong willed, fun, exciting, and feisty girl who deals with being the daughter of an affair. Jessica jokes to have partied a lot to prepare for the role but in real life she’s able to easily relate to Natalie. While she admires many actresses she turned to Lizzy Caplan for inspiration for this role.
Hailing from El Paso, Texas she now resides in Santa Monica, California where she’s most comfortable as she’s a beach girl at heart. The most challenging part about being an actress is the constant rejection but despite that her focus is to enjoy each audition and have fun. While she does watch all of her projects she makes sure to not be overly critical, ‘I’m my biggest fan’ she laughs. Before you become a fan favorite you have to be your own biggest fan.
Fact, we love Kylie Jenner’s pants. Only Kylie would make us want to go to J Brand right now and pick up a pair of their Photo Ready Ankle Skinny! However, they’re currently only available in blue mercy/8227.
Happy 80th Birthday to the king of Rock n Roll, Elvis Presley!
Not only was Elvis the undisputed King of Rock and Roll, he was, and still is till this day, one of the most influential fashion icons of the world. “He was the guy the guys wanted to be, and the guy the girls wanted to date,” said Kevin Kern, the director of PR for Elvis Presley Enterprises.
Sabrina Antoinette channels her inner Elvis Presley to capture iconic songs like ‘Jailhouse Rock’, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, and ‘Love Me Tender’ by the late King for Annex!
Jailhouse Rock. American Apparel leotard, Anaikka harness, Effy earrings
Love Me Tender. Nicolas Jebran jacket and necklace, George & Laurel Norbert earcuffs.
Blue Suede Shoes. Alpana Neeraj dress, Luichiny shoes, Dsquared2 sunglasses
Fun fact: Elvis didn’t wear denim because “denim reminded Elvis of being poor“.
Effortlessly divine self-realization, bold brows, and monochromatic fresh ensembles is the lifeblood of soulful Los Angeles based artist, Marz Leon. The budding talent has positioned herself in a lane all her own – the fast track to eminent success.
Top and Skirt by Represent Clo, Necklace by NOVUM Sunglasses by Lura Brand
Annex Magazine: When you’re not your alter ego Marz Leon, who are you?
Marz Leon: I am still an Alien.
AM: When you’re writing what comes first? Song titles, melodies, music?
ML: Melodies & Lyrics. Title comes after its all put together.
AM: In recent days you called out the rappers and their music, “i wish one of you big time rappers would talk about some positive real shit instead of the same bullshit that is irrelevant in life.” What change would you like to see in the future?
ML: I would lauhve to see artist really understand how powerful their positions really are in the Musiq game and start making a positive influence on the world and the children of our time. Stop making people think that money is all that rules the world along with materials. They can be so quick to teach people how to disrespect one another rather than to show people that lauhve does still exist and that respecting one another can really bring people together to become a stronger nation then we are now.
Speak on reality, but don’t influence to club your life away, drink, do drugs, and just focus on making money.
Those things are temporary pain relievers for the moment. Smoke weed, chill and show people that Lauhve and happiness is forever. Inspire kids to grow up to make a difference in the world. Not become followers.
AM: Let’s talk LONER. How is this track in particular close to you?
ML: All my songs are really close to my heart.
But L O N E R is my most powerful song off the EP by far. Every word has a strong meaning to me that I have gone through in life.
Embrace your lonesome.
AM: You’re donning a wire crown in LONER’s official music video, what’s the concept behind sporting the crown?
ML: The crown I made is to resemble my position in this world as a Queen.
I am still alone without a King and know how power my worth and place is in being a Queen.
What’s a Queen without a King?
Dress by Represent Clo, Necklace by NOVUM
One piece by Forever 21, Vintage fur jacket and jewelry by Marz Leon
AM: You have a blatant sense of style that’s all your own how would you describe it?
I just wear whatever makes me feel good.
AM: Who are your style icons?
ML: I always looked up to Aaliyah & Pharrell growing up. Then I just listened to my brain of weirdoness, (<—- that’s my new word) and do whatever I feel.Top and Skirt by Represent Clo, Shoes by Christian Louboutin Necklace by NOVUM Sunglasses by Lura
Stylist: Marz Leon
Hair and make-up: Jenny Gomez
A perfect whimsical Men’s Wear editorial just in time for the autumn weather is here. Gui Fedrizzi, Andrew L, and Cody Saintgnue are lensed by the photographer, William Callan, Groomed by Midison Blue. The reflective of Autumn colors and layering are well thought out by the stylist, Andrea Sagun.
The launch came with waves as dedicated sneakerheads and fashion enthusiasts lined up in hopes to attain their very own MK5s. Theses individuals were not only walking out with one pair in hand many of them purchased the entire color way offered in black, red, and white.
The idiosyncratic style was true to K1X’s basketball culture while clearly nodding at Patrick Mohr’s forward-looking design approach. The result of the 5th collaboration was much like the other 4, a trailblazing, eye catching, and in high demand.
“I love the fact that two entities from the same city in Bavaria could run off into two completely different directions, each making a name for themselves in polar realms of the fashion industry,” says Niels Jäger, K1X Brand Manager. And then end up collaborating on such a unique project, which brings out the best of both worlds. Sporty and refined. The demand for the K1X Patrick Mohr Mk5 remains stunning, I am quite confident that our latest release will make the biggest splash yet.“
The latest edition of the K1X Patrick Mohr will be available in limited quantities from mid October at international selected shops including Overkill (Berlin), Pigalle (Paris), 424 (Los Angeles), Acht (Amsterdam) & Luisaviaroma (Italy).
Designers at Paris Fashion Week proved that monochrome is anything but boring, as there was no shortage of dramatic looks on the Spring 2015 runways.Alexander Wang presented ladylike pastels with a sexy twist at Balenciaga, most notably a sheer peach fishnet dress paired with a matching trench. Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing presented tailored dresses and pantsuits featuring sexy cutouts along the midriff and bust. Rei Kawakubo took monochrome to a new level at Comme des Garçons with an all-red collection of sculptural dresses and coats complemented by equally dramatic hairstyles. Isabel Marant played with texture by incorporating fringe and pleat details into chic festival-ready dresses. Last, but not least, Alber Elbaz presented a wearable collection of flowing, elegant evening looks at Lanvin.
Comme des Garçons
Images via Style.com