Sunday, January 20, 2019

"British Vogue" Entertainment Director At Large; What Jill Demling Did Next


Photo Courtesy Of Jill Demling

"I'm in Tribeca. I have lived in New York for 21 years. I moved here in 1998 and started working for "American Vogue" as Anna Wintour's assistant three days after I landed at JFK. I had previously lived in L.A., where I got my first job at Creative Artists Agency. But, having grown up in Boston I missed the East Coast.

I was born in San Francisco but moved around a lot until we landed in Boston (best sports city in the world) when I was nine years old, and that is where I call home.

The best thing about my present city? I like the energy! There is always something going - day or night. New York is truly the city that never sleeps.

Growing up I really wasn't sure what I wanted to do. I studied math at Colgate University but always loved art. I spent the first two years as a math major then decided to switch to studio art in my junior year. At this point I already had my minor, and because I knew I didn't want to be an accountant or an engineer, I felt it would serve me better and be more interesting to study art. I spent my college summers in NYC interning at various art galleries like Exit Art. I think I was hoping to become a curator. After applying year after year to the Met and Guggenheim internship programs and not getting in, I realized how competitive the field was. I never aspired to be in fashion or in magazines. It really just happened.

I have always loved fashion. Instead of having pictures of teen heartthrobs on my walls growing up, I had picture of Linda and Christy. I would take my mother's "Vogue" and cut pictures out of my favorite models and fashion and tape them to my walls. My mother was very fashion forward and we would love shopping
fo the newest Espirit looks for back to school. We bonded over shopping to my father's dismay.

After 20 years at "American Vogue", I decided I wanted more freedom and time with my three-year-old daughter. I had worked with Gap casting on a few of their campaigns and wanted to do more of that. I have not been outside the walls of the U.S. edition of "Vogue" for two decades. The world has changed so much and I want to diversify - not only with what I do but who I do it with. Because of my magazines I couldn't abandon them completely and was given an opportunity I could not refuse - to work with the trailblazer Edward Enninful at "British Vogue". I will be booking their celebrity features and covers. I've known Edward since he worked at "American Vogue" and we've always been close friends. I think what he is doing at "British Vogue" is so inspiring, and I can't wait to be a part of it.

Pivotal moments for me involve the celebrities I championed while at "Vogue" in the States. I have an instinct with talent and fight for who I know is going to break out. Getting Adele her first cover, is definitely a moment I'm very proud of. And the issue came out the day after she swept the Grammy's. Beyonce's recent September cover shot by Tyler Mitchell, is another highlight. I started working on trying to get Beyonce for the cover in December 2017 and finally received the yes from her team in June 2018! Perseverance pays off .

My creative process, I just keep my eyes and ears open and observe what is going on around me. Anna has definitely had the greatest influence on me. She hired me with no fashion or magazine experience as a 24-year-old, and I have learned everything from her. She's more than a mentor to me.

When it comes to my personal style, well, I dressed a certain way working for Anna for so many years that I honestly can't wait to just wear jeans. I love a colorful Prada flat and Proenza bag. I feel that comfort is the most important thing. When you feel comfortable you feel confident. I'm minimal in many ways - but love that pop of color - be it with design, art or fashion.

Dr Colbert's Illumino face oil has saved my skin. And monthly triad facials at his beautiful office on 19th and 5th. He just opened a wellness spa, too, where I do the light beds and cryotherapy.

When I'm not working, I definitely try and spend as much time as I can with my three-year-old daughter, Story Grey. She loves seeing all those live shows - "Bubble Guppies", Disney on Ice....We have "Paw Patrol" coming up this spring and I'm taking her to her first Broadway show - "The Lion King", next month.

I uwind with the gym, gym, gym. Spin and pilates are my go-to classes at Equinox Soho."

As told to MBF, 
December 29, 2018

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Music

Friday, January 11, 2019

Phyllisia Ross


Photo Courtesy Of Phyllisia Ross

WERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
New York City. No, moved there a few years ago.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
South Florida.

WHAT'STHE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR HOMETOWN?
The best food in the world can be found in New York! Hands down! Also, in the travel sense, NY is the LaunchPad of America- for a person whom travels a lot for work, that is a big help.

WHAT WERE YOUR ASPIRATIONS GROWING UP?
becoming singer, pianist and pediatrician.

WHY MUSIC?
I started playing piano and singing at the age of three and five, respectively. In my life, it is the thing I have been most in love with and committed to since as long as I can remember. I guess music is just what I am meant to do.

FIRST SONG EVER SUNG?
On a stage, was,"I Just Can't Wait to Be King" from "The Lion King".

IS THERE A MUSICAL PASSAGE THAT NEVER FALLS TO MOVE YOU EMOTIONALLY?
All music moves me emotionally (and not just in a good way either), but thats the beauty of art - positively or negatively. Art will always emotionally move us.

WHAT'S YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
I don't quite have a "process" some songs are created through collaborations, some songs I could be inspired to write based on a life experience or a life experience I observed someone have. The only thing I consistently ask of myself while creating is to push myself to deliver to people the highest quality level of art that I possibly could, from the vocals, to lyrics, musical productions, visuals, and live show. I make a conscious effort to push myself to keep the integrity of great art alive.

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOU? God, my family, friends and loved ones (my fans included!) that keep me inspired, motivated to continue creating and sharing

WHAT'S YOUR AESTHETIC?
I would say my style is natural glam, I love coffee, wine, tea, traveling, house parties with family and friends. I have eclectic taste all across the board, whether it be fashion, food, music choice- I'm open to anything as long as it is quality.

WHAT BEAUTY ROUTINE DO YOU SWEAR BY?
 No "products" just Shea Butter use. Wash off your makeup, brush and floss your teeth before going to bed. Always. That's about it.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING? Cooking, sharing a great meal over wine with loved ones.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
Doing what I mentioned in the previous question.

Azzedine Alaïa


Photographed By Pauline Forje

"I want to create a foundation like a maison in my home in the Marais."

When in Paris next, you must stop by the newly unbarred Azzedine Alaïa library at 18 Rue de la Verre. It's  appropriately open somewhere between noon and supper.
 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Danielle Ennis

Photo Courtesy Of Danielle Ennis

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I live in London, United Kingdom. This is my hometown, but I've also used education as a vehicle to travel. I lived in Cuba for several months at age 18 (studying Spanish at a language university). I also spent a year living in the United States attending the University of Miami as part of my degree. Prior to Miami I had moved to Brighton and Hove whilst attending the University of Sussex (UK).

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
East London.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR HOMETOWN?
I love the variety of things to do in the city and the diversity of cultures – there is so much choice when it comes to cuisine!

WHAT WERE YOUR ASPIRATIONS GROWING UP?
I first wanted to be a doctor and then a lawyer - although I think this was influenced by family aspirations. I kept a diary as a child and in my teenage years I wrote that I wanted to help people to become better and "grow". Ironically, that is what I do now. I guess I found my way back to my core aspiration.

WHY COACH AND YOUTH ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST?
 I’ve always had an interest in personal development. In my teenage years I frequently analysed life experiences, my behaviour, and reflected. Although I studied Law at university and attained my degree. My seasonal work at a youth charity exposed me to lives of young people who were from areas very similar to mine but were suffering in ways that I hadn’t, or simply falling victim to the different challenges of growing up in the inner-city. I wanted to help support the next generation and equip them with the tools they needed to navigate their lives well. I now create teaching resources on life-skills, and am about to publish my first workbook on mental well-being for teenage girls. This passion for growth, improvement and potential continues into my work as a life coach for adults. I enjoy challenging and supporting others to create the best lives they can.

WHERE DID YOU RECEIVE YOUR TRAINING?
I received training whilst in employment with organisations that specialise in mental health and safeguarding. Training has included how the brain functions, cognitive behavioural therapy and the different types of abuse. I also have an Advanced Level in Psychology and my legal training has provided me with many transferable skills, such as advocacy. I became a certified life coach through the Ministry of Social Entrepreneurship, and I believe overcoming difficulties in my own life has also been training too.

WHAT SOCIAL ISSUES ARE YOU THE MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
Inequality: fair access to education, healthcare and jobs. Mental well-being; what we can do to best support our minds.

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOU? Two things: firstly, my mother. She has been a consistent example of love, discipline and a positive mindset. Secondly, my faith. I became a Christian in my early 20's; I’ve learned more about love (towards self, God and others), the importance of compassion and character.

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE AND AESTHETIC?
I've had quite a wardrobe change over the past two years…I would say simple, refined, clean lines. I also love lounge wear at the moment. My lifestyle is quite fast paced, so snug comfortable clothing or smart casual looks help me to feel relaxed between work and social occasions.

WHAT BEAUTY ROUTINE DO YOU SWEAR BY?
Daily exfoliating followed by a day or night cream, and using Olay Eye Cream. I bought my first foundation at 30, so I started exfoliating as a way to step up my skincare routine as a result of wearing more make-up.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
Gym, socialising, films, books and I love to travel.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
Gym, long bubble baths, music, honest conversations and laughs with friends, and writing.

Rhys Hollis


Photographed By Pauline Forje

What's a girl gotta do to get a drink around here?

Monday, December 31, 2018

DJ Aloona


Photo Courtesy Of DJ Alone

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE? 
I split my time between Miami and Los Angeles where I currently reside.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. But I have been traveling since I was 18 years old. Since that time I knew I would live abroad.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR HOMETOWN?
I love both cities I live in. Los Angeles inspires me to produce music and makes me more creative and proactive. This city has a lot of energy, I feel it and I love the fact that it constantly dares me to improve my skills as an artist and a human being. 
There are a lot of talented DJs and music producers here and I find it exquisitely challenging.Miami is the opposite. As it is slower paced, it helps me focus on my well-being and reset. I come here to relax and enjoy the beach. Except when its high season. For example, during Art Basel I played almost every day from Wednesday to Sunday. It’s my favorite time in Miami. I always spend Art Basel week here and a week after just to recovery from all the amazing art and music madness.

WHAT WERE YOUR CHILDHOOD AMBITIONS?
I always wanted to be on stage for as long as I can remember! Entertaining is my thing! I was dreaming to be a singer or an actress. My voice is not on point yet but at least I am on stage spreading the love and having the best time.

WHY MUSIC?
When I was six years old my parents took me on a vacation, and we were sitting at the restaurant by the sea. Suddenly I heard music, I stood up, went out of the restaurant and straight to the sound. I saw a little pop up kiosk with cassettes and there was a sales person. So I asked him what music was the most popular and he names a couple bands. I asked my parents to buy three cassettes and later I figured out that it was the most popular bands in Russia. I started my music collection from those three tapes and then it became a big library.  Later, I collected CD’s and then when the Internet came I started downloading a lot of music. From there, my friends always asked me to share, which I was glad to do. Even when it was cassette tapes I learned how to record from one to another. Same with CD’s.

WHEN DID YOU START DJING?
I started playing music 10 years ago and producing one year ago.  

HOW DID YOU AQCUIRE THE SKILL?
Dedicated to music from a young age, I grew up playing the piano prior to teaching myself to play guitar. Very soon I found myself creating DJ playlists for my friends before any formal training. Later, I enrolled in the best DJ school Moscow had to offer and played in restaurants and clubs to practice for months, honing my skills and mastering my technique before moving on to the city’s famous clubs and later the United States. In addition to performing, I dedicate my free time to teaching my skills to those who share my passion for music with private DJ classes as well as producing my own music. I collaborate with DJs from the underground scene and produce Deep, Tech and Afro House tracks.

WHAT'S YOUR PREFERRED MUSIC GENRE TO PLAY?
I am addicted to underground music. It makes me feel excited and gives me goose bumps every time I play. I usually play Deep House, Afro House, Tech House or Techno depends on a club or theme of the night.

WHAT GENRE ISN'T GETTING THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES?
All genres I play are getting the attention it deserves. I would say Afro House wasn’t that popular as it is now. Back in the days not so many DJs played it. Now it’s getting more and more popular, and I think Black Coffee is playing a big role in making this genre more popular and playable.

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
One of my favorite DJs is Solomun. He is my icon and the best example of a DJ who build his carrier in underground genre and became the most famous in it. He transmits his energy through the music he plays, and he can play 24 hours with no break. I am also inspired by young DJs and music producers. When they achieve big results it makes me feel that I have to work more and improve my current skills.

HOW DO YOU GET DRESSED FOR THE CLUB?
I have a designer who dresses me up for my gigs and makes my style unique. All clothing she makes for me is one piece of a kind. She has a boutique in New York City it is calls Annie Couture New York. For my personal life I usually shop at Saks Fifth Avenue because it has a huge variety of brands. I love Balmain and Alexander McQueen for clothing and my favorite and the most comfortable brand of shoes is Valentino, Jimmy Choo and Gianvito Rossi.

HOW DOES YOUR AESTHETIC TRANSLATE ELSEWHERE? 
My Art is music, but my heart is sensitive to any kind of art: literature, theatre, dance, sports… Each in its own way. I am a performer so I enjoy the process of creativity from A to Z. My costumes and presence are a reflection of what inspires me. I enjoy being in constant evolution, under the influence of everything I see and how I feel.

WHAT BEAUTY ROUTINE DO YOU SWEAR BY?
My dermatologist selects my skincare products. He customizes my routine with products that contain Vitamin C and E, low concentration retinol, and of course SPF; that is very important for my skin because I live in sunny cities. He also gave me a specific eye complex serum to prevent under eye dehydration and fine lines. I use all these products twice a day and I also get facials twice a month. It helps to keep my skin hydrated and young. This strict routine coupled with a healthy lifestyle are mandatory to keep on glowing, especially when you spend a lot of hours in night clubs and go to bed after 2 a.m.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO OUTSIDE OF THE SCENE?
I love working out. I try to do it five times a week. I like intense exercises and I usually go to Orange Theory when I am in L.A. and similar gym in Miami. I also like yoga, but it’s more on my days off. Last time, I tried hot yoga in L.A. and I have never sweated so much – even after a sauna!

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
I have been playing music since 2008, and have spent more than 700 hours in the past year performing on stage. I achieved my biggest dream to date by playing on the stages at Burning Man this past year. I staple at high profile events such as Art Basel and Miami Music Week, and at special invite-only events for clients like Ocean Drive Magazine, and Veuve Clicquot. My dreams are not limited to the United States. I hope to take my music up a notch to an international playing level, bringing my sound to Ibiza, Tulum, and other cities around the world. This is what makes me happy!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Music