• CULTURE
    OP-ED: Unearthing Natural Beauty
    I wonder about the idea of natural beauty. When I think about it as it relates to the body, the concept of uncovered appearance comes to mind.
  • MUSIC
    EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Smoke Season Drops New EP Ouroboros
    The best musical chemistry is often accidental. A wrong note played at a right time can bear opportunities in ingenuity otherwise missed...
  • FASHION & STYLE
    FRESH FACE: Bleu Archbold
    With fashion being the backbone of 80's Purple The Magazine, it's important for us to be on the curve of what's next we will be constantly featuring "fresh faces" in the industry both in front and behind the camera.
  • Culture
    OP-ED: Unearthing Natural Beauty
    OP-ED: Unearthing Natural BeautyCulturePosted on 20 April 2016 I wonder about the idea of natural beauty. When I think about it as it relates to the body, the concept of uncovered appearance comes to mind.
  • Fashion & Style
    FRESH FACE: Bleu Archbold
    With fashion being the backbone of 80's Purple The Magazine, it's important for us to be on the curve of what's next we will be constantly featuring "fresh faces" in the industry both in front and behind the camera.
  • Music
    EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Smoke Season Drops New EP Ouroboros
    The best musical chemistry is often accidental. A wrong note played at a right time can bear opportunities in ingenuity otherwise missed.
  • OP-ED: Unearthing Natural Beauty

    I wonder about the idea of natural beauty. When I think about it as it relates to the body, the concept of uncovered appearance comes to mind. A quality of bareness, perhaps a vulnerability. We tend to think of a certain appeal without any makeup or layering of embellishments – the true form unmasked with its curves, lines and density. Artists throughout time have been attracted to the true form of things, and the inherent aspects that make them beautiful. The elements of nature, sea, sky, earth, and air have inspired fashion designers, painters, writers and musicians since the first moment inspiration could materialize.     According to Christian Dior, “Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.” I often wonder, what exactly is the zest that quantifies natural beauty? It definitely resonates with us. We know natural beauty when we see it, in our environments or in human form. This knowing, however, is not necessarily material. But perhaps it's a mineral of sorts that glimmers in every living thing. Perfectly intertwined hues of the sun settling to rest, the harmony of the cyclical tides that carry the ocean, the upwards gesture of a lotus petal meeting its sky. This is evidence of natural beauty. It is the spirit of these things that is not tangible, yet so powerful and attractive. What exactly do they all share?     There is an excerpt from Wassily Kandinsky, a brilliant expressionist artist, that speaks of the creative spirit and its need to materialize:   “The creative spirit finds an avenue to the soul, and causes a yearning, an inner urge. The human being seeks to find a material form for the new value which lives in him in spiritual form. That is the searching of the spiritual value for materialization.”   He calls this the white, fertilizing ray, and says it "leads to evolution, to elevation." The ray that emanates from our creative spirit perhaps is the mineral in each of us that glimmers, our intrinsic value, as Kandinsky refers to it. And perhaps a ray of light is how we can also define natural beauty.   “To love beauty is to see light.” – Victor Hugo     Just as the shine of sun exudes warmth, or the smile of a wise elder radiates an inner knowing, our "spirit," or however each of us refers to it, radiates beauty. When we discover this outside of ourselves, we become aware and are attracted to it. This “fertilizing ray,” the mineral glimmering, is, of course, light. Light is the foundation of our internal nature, our energy, and so we are that of light.   “From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us   aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson   Judith Bluestone Polich, author of Quantum Physics: Sensing Unbroken Wholeness, writes, “According to new scientific thought, all matter and we ourselves consist of forms of light.” In his book Vibrational Medicine, physician Richard Gerber actually describes all matter as "frozen light," light slowed down enough to become solid. Gerber points out that atoms are primarily empty space. What fills them, he says, are packets of light that sometimes act as matter. Matter then may be thought of as light of a higher density. Thus, drawing on the implications of modern physics, we can conclude that human beings are made of light held in matter. Breakthroughs in quantum physics imply that all matter, “including matter that makes up the human body, is itself made up of waves of light.” Each of us contains a kind of natural beauty, an omnipresent and infinite light. Our awareness of this light when we see natural beauty is what inspires us to create, feel and receive. The light in every living thing that glimmers bright enough so we can perceive it. Natural beauty, then, is an illumination from within. Transmuting darkness, and emanating from its place of boundless origin.        Credits Words by Danielle Bravaco Portraits by Jo Duck / i.D.vice Landscape photography by Takashi Nakagawa / National Geographic         
  • OP-ED: FESTIVAL SEASON - The Phenomenon that's Changed the Music Scene Forever

    The feeling's been coming on for a while now. It's that ever-present buzz warming the air this time of year. No, I'm not talking about Spring; I could only be talking about Festival Season. Between April until about August, Festival Season in all of its glory essentially takes over our view, seemingly every social media channel and, thus, our lives. Whether or not you attend any festivals this year, you'll certainly hear and see all of the details about each of them from your friends, or your friends' friends, or from perfect strangers' Instagram accounts who just can't get enough "social" posting in. The festival lifestyle is alive and well, but just over ten years ago, the idea of weekend-long music, art, food, culture and libations events were still pipe dreams left to dirty hippies, tweaked-out teenagers and metal heads of the UK. For better or for worse, these days it’s a very different story. It's no secret: today's festival experience is on steroids. It has ballooned to its 11.0 version of its original self and now includes gourmet food, craft drinks, musical line-ups, arts and crafting opportunities, and even VIP stations for cat naps in-between events. What were once muddy, rain-filled hills with soggy concert goers are now celebrity filled pop-up tents and sun-kissed art installations providing seemingly infinite Snapchat opportunities and Segway fails in the Coachella desert sands, all of which are just a back-drop to the reason you showed up in the first place.     There is something about music that transcends all social and racial lines. For that ten to twelve-song set while the band plays, you have the ability to escape into someone’s carefully written lyrics and feel something you might not ordinarily feel, or at least, might not feel comfortable tapping into otherwise. It’s that emotional connection to the lyrics and music that brings fans to stages every single year. So, what happened to the music at music festivals? These events used to be a weekend-long appreciation of our favorite bands, but now they’ve become a circus of glitter covered hipsters and overly exposed celebrities getting their fill of Instagram likes. Brands are raking in profit from pushing "festival wear," and festivals like Coachella have become more about being seen, and in what, than about being present for the music itself. Merchandise sold at or worn to the festivals is used as a declaration of loyalty for the die-hards, but they're value's been diluted. Band shirts in particular have become a superficial fashion statement for celebrities and hipsters. I don’t ever hear about reality show starlets Kendall Jenner or Tyga-hyped Kylie blasting "Raining Blood" or "Dead Skin Mask" down Rodeo Drive, much less knowing any of the band members names, so when they start sporting Slayer tees, the authenticity tends to die a little–no question.    "What happened to the music at music festivals?"   Even the festival structure has become less about the music and more about how many curated selfies you can fit into one weekend. I’m not against festivals, or selfie ops, per se. However, I actually miss what music festivals used to be about. As a younger generation, they meant literally having lawn seats and ten bands on a stage. Some of my favorite memories are of being surround by friends at music festivals, singing along to our favorite songs under the stars. There weren’t half naked Go Go dancers wearing rubber unicorn masks and butterfly wings, or Steampunk princesses pretending to know who Lemmy was. The only people that came to festivals were actual fans who genuinely loved the band's music and could sing every lyric to every song played throughout the day.      Not to discount all festivals happening now, as a few still hold some redeeming value, but the era of the so-called “music" festival has come and gone. Now, they're a hybrid of just about everything. Festivals like South By South West (SXSW) bring a mixture of music, art, education, and technology to the masses each year, and while the music was its original central concept, it’s now just background noise to the education convention happening all around it. Featured keynote speakers such as First Lady Michelle Obama, a live streaming interactive technology conference, and film festival all transpire within a ten-day music conference and festival located in Austin, Texas. It’s hard to think music could take center stage over The First Lady of The United States, but somehow we still show up hoping that it does.But if you can get passed the over-priced tickets and the over-abundance of clueless celebrities walking around in Slayer tees or sponsored attire, the music festival can still be an amazing experience. From an average attendee’s perspective, it's still possible to get a solid festival experience with your general admission ticket and a well packed backpack. There is a reason that these events become sold out so quickly and most stages are standing room only. The music is amazing and the bands that play these shows bring their A-game every single time. Festivals are also a great place to get introduced to up-and-coming musicians and artists breaking into the mainstream. Some of my favorite bands were introduced to me on these very stages. So make the experience what you will, but get the most out of it. Focus on the social media chase, or bring it back to the actual music. I hope you'll leave the festival with more inspiration and memories than selfies, and that you go wild, get all the feels, and show the bands some genuine love.  Credits Words by Gina Finstad Images courtesy of Thrillist, Brooklyn Vegan
  • MUSIC: LCD Soundsystem Play Their First Shows in Six Years

    For anyone who was leaping for joy when LCD Soundsystem called it quits on calling it quits, this weekend brings exciting news. The band will perform at New York's Webster Hall on March 27, fittingly rising from the dead on Easter Sunday, followed by another show the very next night. For those who won't be able to attend, grainy iPhone footage will be able to tide fans over until the official Coachella live stream hits the Internet when they headline the festival on April 15 and 22 of this year. As per front man James Murphy's initial announcement about the reunion, there'll be plenty of other opportunities to check out the band on the festival circuit (they're headlining Lollapalooza and New York's new Panorama festival among others) and on an ensuing tour of their own. It's hard to believe any band means goodbye when they say it considering the historical precedent for resurrection but Murphy's rekindling of LCD Soundsystem really does come as a welcome surprise. After releasing three incredible albums that, in essence, defined mid-to-late 2000s alternative electronic rock, the group made a huge deal about terminating their existence with shows at Madison Square Garden. These performances formed the bulk of material for their farewell documentary, Shut Up and Play the Hits. Since the band's initial dissolution, Murphy helped Arcade Fire with the production on Reflektor and started brainstorming ways to incorporate music into the New York subway experience. LCD Soundsystem released a Christmas song last year and, after a month or so of wondering whether that would be the only return the group would be making, fans were informed there would be a full scale reunion and new album to boot. LCD Soundsystem's resurrection is proof we live in a fast paced era. It's been less than a decade since they were gone but it feels so nice to know they're already back. Words By Mack Hayden Photo Cred Billboard
  • TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Films, Tv And The Controversy

      The Tribeca Film Festival turns 15 this year. The little festival that could has grown up to become one of the most well known festivals, and also a springboard for up and coming talent. This year, despite some initial controversy, the festival is only getting better by evolving to include TV, and interactive installations. The festival (founded in 1988 by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal) has been making headlines recently because of the one film it’s not showing due to the decision to program, and then to pull the anti-vaccination documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Controversy. De Niro initially thought the film would provoke thoughtful discussion. However, after protest, the film was dropped from the lineup. Which, also caused arguments about weather festivals should include films about all points of view, even the controversial ones. This incident is by far the most controversy the festival has faced in its 15 years. Now, with the start of the festival fast approaching all those involved are eager to focus on the films and TV that will be showing. TFF is making quite the splash as it jumps into the TV world. They are calling it Tribeca Tune In, and, according to the festival website, it will premiere six new series, including TNT’s Animal Kingdom, OWN’s Greenleaf, AMC’s The Night Manager, HBO’s The Night Of. Along with the premieres, there will be special showings, including a retrospective screening of the final episode of HBO’s Six Feet Under. This year the TFF is also delving into immersive and interactive exhibits. According to The Wall Street Journal, “The festival showcases emerging technologies as storytelling platforms, using special interactive exhibits, virtual-reality experiences and a new Snapchat Shorts competition.” However, perhaps the most exciting immersive project is The bomb, a documentary about the evolution of nuclear weapons. The film will close the festival staged as a theater-in-the-round played on giant screens to a live score by band the Acid. Although people are excited about the TV and immersive content, it is always the movies that create the most buzz for the TFF, and this year is no different. Some of the most anticipated films include The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, starring Jason Sudeikis as a widow who bonds with a homeless teen; All We Had, the directorial debut of Katie Holms; A Hologram for the King, adapted from the Dave Egger’s novel and staring Tom Hanks; The First Monday in May, a documentary about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass; The Meddler, a comedy staring Rose Byrne and Susan Sarandon; and Wolves, a drama led by the always magnificent Michal Shannon. Shannon also shows up in the festival centerpiece Elvis & Nixon, which details the iconic meeting the two had at the White House when the singer sought to be deputized into the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs by the president (played by Kevin Spacey). The Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 13-24 in New York City. Words By Nailah Bakari
  • EXCLUSIVE: BLC Warsaw Collection

    It’s pronounced BLACK                   “Whether it clicked or not I wanted to be able to say ‘f**k it’ and make something,” Creative director Cheyne Gilmore.     Dubbed The Warsaw Collection, the fourth collection from the Southern California contemporary brand BLC, is symbolic of the WWII Polish uprising in the Warsaw ghetto that was set ablaze and decimated.  “I need to choose my words carefully here out of respect surrounding the history of what went down in the Warsaw Ghetto. Fashion is not nearly as important as real life, it's a luxury, it's make believe,” Gilmore clarified. “The Warsaw Collection is essentially a space where the brand is currently, taking something apart, burning it down with hopes of creating something new from what’s left.”   The ‘something new’ Gilmore has created is a phenomenal mix of urban and modern streetwear. It is a stylized, streamline look for the outsider ready to embrace his inner hero and villain. The Warsaw Collection combines bold prints, brooding silhouettes, and tight patterns that all give off a vibe that’s unique to BLC’s mantra of ‘identity without dogma’.    The third outing for BLC also keeps to the tradition of impressive jackets including lite weight trench style bombers and coats. Jackets have always been the centerpiece for the brand. He uses The Warsaw Collection as a venue to reinvent accessible with function and comfort.   For such a young brand, BLC has a very distinct and unique point of view. It is entirely attributable to its creator who used The Warsaw Collection to bring his specific vision to life.   “When you start something, you go with your gut and conviction... whatever you feel is cool,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to start something that was mine. This is actually the first collection I’ve named. It’s usually just a number.”   BLC is off to a strong start. However, the future of the brand remains a question mark. Even Gilmore does not have the answer.       “Design is creative alchemy combined with a philosophy of living. It doesn’t always have to result in gold as long as it speaks to people,” he said. “Whatever is next will look different, be different. Maybe even under a different label, I don't know. The rules are changing every day.”   You can shop BLC here. Words by Nailah Bakari and Katie Cocquet Photos by Nathan Vernes Video by Jacob x Jordan
  • EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Smoke Season Drops New EP Ouroboros

      The best musical chemistry is often accidental. A wrong note played at a right time can bear opportunities in ingenuity otherwise missed. It’s about experimentation and filling in the gap with something unexpected, something complementary. As I write this, I realize I could easily be talking just as much about what works in music as I could about the band Smoke Season itself. The Los Angeles duo, Gabrielle Wortman and Jason Rosen, came together by chance in 2013 and have been riffing off each other ever since.  I sat down with the band backstage before they played The Hi Hat in Highland Park last month. When I meet for the interview, Gabrielle is wearing an oversized, olive green military jacket, Jason’s in a faded denim jacket tattered at the shoulders. By the time they take the stage, they’ve switched. The pair functions with an incredible unity, on and off the stage. There’s a certain amount of fusion between them, and if their shared wardrobe is any indication, I shouldn't have been surprised by the way they finished each other’s thoughts in our interview below.  How did you meet? What brought you together to start making music? Rosen: We shared a rehearsal space together. I had an old band I was playing with, and one night I stayed late after rehearsal and she was coming in with her band. We just started jamming on some stuff and we realized we started writing a song [laughs]. That song was called Soleil, and that’s the first song off the first EP. It all sort of mushroomed from there. We started doing some more songs and we realized, “Oh wait, I think we formed a band.” Wortman: It was an accidental band! Did you guys say goodbye to the bands you were playing in before, or did they eventually fall by the wayside? Wortman: It’s funny because actually that decision was made for us. I think I was the more stubborn one with my old band. We were thinking Smoke Season was a side project, and then it just seemed fans and press and everybody else liked Smoke Season better than our old bands. So we just made the decision to give it a chance. And that was back in 2013—a long, long time ago!  Rosen: Ages ago. So it was pretty much a fast rate of success once you guys came together, is that right? It just took off, or did it take a bit to get that momentum going? Wortman: Well it depends on whether you’re talking internally or externally. I think it’s been a long three years, and just now we’re starting to get a little bit of relief in terms of the team we’re working with. But we… internally, it’s just so much easier for us to write together. It’s like, for me I’ve always been keys and more acoustic, slap guitar kind of thing. And all of a sudden there’s this person who has… it’s like being a painter and having a whole new palette of paints to work with. Because he can write through his hands on a guitar! And he can play bass and just create so much. I think it was so much easier to create music when we were working together as a team. Rosen: Yeah, it was cool for me because I can be like playing some riffs, doing some guitar stuff, and then the chords that she plays I would never play. Sometimes there’s an interesting thing—musicians we’ve played with joke around with us about it, because I’ll be playing one chord and she’s playing a totally different chord. And I’m like, “This is what I’m playing!” And she’s like, “Wait, but I’m playing this!” And it doesn’t make sense maybe, but it sounds interesting… The interplay of what I would play and what she layers on top of it brings out the sound that we wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. The juxtaposition is complementary. Wortman: Well, on purpose, too, because we’re both conservatory babies and we made a decision to play by ear with each other, so it’s sort of a game. Like, can you keep up? Nice, you’re riffing with each other. Wortman: [Laughs] Can you tell what key we’re in without me telling you what key we’re in? Rosen: Yeah, exactly. Would you call yourselves musical kindred spirits? Rosen: I think so, definitely. When you’re writing, are both of you equally involved or does one person take the lead here or there? Rosen: I think it’s a give and take. The interplay happens. Sometimes I’ll have a guitar riff, and then she’ll start doing some chords. She kind of comes up with these interesting, poetic ways of saying things. I’m always surprised like, “Oh, where did that come from?” Really cool stuff. But yeah, it’s definitely symbiotic. Wortman: Lately we’ve been trying to get songs started with beats, so he’ll just start beat boxing whatever beat we want to go with. We’re very much in love with the percussive elements of our songwriting, so it’s nice to have that be the floor and then build from there. Absolutely. I'm going in a different direction with this one, but what are you guys super into right now? Anything particularly geeky even, just day-to-day pastimes outside of the band? Rosen: Oh man, that’s hard. I’ll need to think about that for a second. I guess I’ve been really geeking out about guitar pedals and things like that, but that’s sort of ongoing. We’re both kind of geeky and very into techy stuff. Wortman: We’re pretty into web design, like the synergy between the Internet experience, and that translates into our web presence a lot for the band. But we keep our ear to the floor on a lot of the trends on apps and tech and stuff like that. Rosen: We also made candles though! We made some new merch. Wortman: We did! We did make candles recently. That’s a good one. You guys are nerds. Wortman: Yeah! Super geeky. We’re also big travelers though. We just got back from Alaska.  Did you go on a whim? Wortman: Yeah, just to say, fuck it, let’s go to Alaska! Rosen: We just went to see the Aurora Borealis and all that stuff.  That’s awesome! Everything you thought it would be? Wortman: It was amazing. I wept. I literally wept. Jason thought something was wrong with me. Rosen: I did. I was like, what’s going on. Definitely go in the winter—it’s a magical time. Is much of what you do all band-related at this point or do you guys ever get a day off to just hang out? What would you be doing then? Rosen: House of Cards, we definitely watch some House of Cards. Wortman: The thing is our “business,” Smoke Season as a brand, really makes it so that our hands are in so many pots right now. Jason’s been producing other artists, I’ve been helping other bands program lights. So, in some way we’re one degree of separation away from Smoke Season at all times, no matter what we’re doing with business. So you’ve really integrated the band into your life on all levels. Rosen: Yeah, and we’ve been doing film scoring too, of course [referencing Ouroboros project]. We actually took elements of all the songs and used it to score the films, so it was really cool to use all of those different parts in a different way, to reimagine it, in ways we never thought it would have been. Very cool. Okay, so let’s talk about Ouroboros then. You’ve been working with Aplusfilmz on the video series with a continuous story arc. You’ve released “Loose” and “When the Smoke Clears,” and they’re each very politically based. Is expressing a political message through your work something that’s important for you? Wortman: Yeah. It’s funny because the last two [yet to release] are more personal to Jason, and the videos already released are more related to me. I’m openly bisexual so the story behind the video for “Loose” really touched my heart and it’s a story we’ve been wanting to tell for a long time. And my father, he’s a Vietnam vet who suffered horrible PTSD, and so we wanted to speak to that story too, and “When the Smoke Clears” is based on that. But we felt it was really poignant, I mean obviously with the 2016 election we just wanted to put a face to some of the political issues and make them more human. We felt the best way to do that was through the film. What’s the story behind the director (Scott Fleishman) who worked with you on the series? Wortman: Scott is funny, he’s been a best friend of mine for a very long time. But he’s a good soundboard for me. I’ll call him with all these ridiculous ideas, so I know when it’s a bad idea. One time I called him and was like, “I think for our next music video we should have drones and I should base jump off the tallest bridge in America!” And he’s like, “Yeah, so I’m gonna have to call you back...” And then when I called him about this idea he said, “No, no, this could work.” He’s usually my gauge of this is fucking insane or this might work. We both wanted to do it so we put the pieces together. About a year ago is when we started working on it.  That’s awesome, so I’m not going to ask you about the next two videos in the series… Rosen: It’s top secret. [Laughs] Of course. But when can we expect the next release? Wortman: The third video of the series, “Emilia,” is targeted to come out mid-May. . . .  Ouroboros is out now. Purchase it here, and see Smoke Season play live in Los Angeles at the Echo April 20.   CreditsWords by Henri MaddocksPromo Shots by  Shabnam Ferdowsi Live Shots by Alyson Camus 
  • THE MAMBA LACES UP FOR THE LAST TIME

    Tonight Kobe stumbles to the finish line after his rather long farewell tour. Since his announcement in November, night after night, teams have been paying tribute to the basketball god. While he is deserving of the respect, some sports writers have likened this season to Muhammed Ali's final fight with Larry Holmes, tainting his career with airballs, ice packs and DNP's. Though we did see a more relaxed version of Kobe this season, he actually smiled this year, he leaves the Lakers in a state of turmoil...for once I don't think he'll get blamed for this and nor should he. D'angelo Russell the franchises first top 3 pick since Magic Johnson, has squandered his rookie year into a mess of videos made in bad tastes and benching's based on behavioral issues. But this isn't Kobe's fault, Jim Buss isn't Kobe's fault, age is not Kobe's fault.    Kobe will leave the game as one of the most recognizable and polarizing figures to ever grace the hardwood. He's leaving behind a legacy that includes 5 titles an MVP and multiple scoring titles. He's changed the way basketball shoes are worn and look, incorporating his love of soccer into shoes that surprisingly took basketball shoes into a new era. Love em or hate em, Kobe will go down as the the second best 2 guard (behind Jordan, of course), and he leaves rather large shoes to fill in the NBA. Tonight should be worth watching.   Words By Michael Cherrito
  • FASHION: Anthony Vaccarello Confirmed as Yves Saint Laurent’s New Creative Director

    The former Versus Versace creative director is set to succeed Hedi Slimane With fashion, change is always in the air; it’s evolving all the time. The latest evolution is within the iconic fashion house of Yves Saint Laurent. On Monday, YSL announced that Belgian-Italian designer Anthony Vaccarello will replace Hedi Slimane (who stepped down last week) as creative director. Rumors of the change have been circling since January. Slimane exits Saint Laurent after helming a staggering 37.4 % growth over his 4 year tenure. Before the career switch, Vaccarello worked at Fendi, and was the creative director of his own brand. However, he is probably most known for being at the helm of Versus Versace (the edgier, funkier, and younger, version of Versace) for the past year. Versus Versace is becoming a career stepping stone for designers; it is no surprise Vaccarello was poached by YSL from it. About Vaccarello’s resignation, Donatella Versace had nothing but kind words saying, “While I’m sad to see him leave the Versace family, I wish Anthony Vaccarello tremendous success with his next chapter.” Speaking of kind words, according to Dazed, Francesca Bellettini, president and CEO of Yves Saint Laurent, had more so say. She said, “(He) impeccably balances elements of provocative femininity and sharp masculinity in his silhouettes. He is the natural choice to express the essence of Yves Saint Laurent.” According to the NYT, Vaccarello will be overseeing women’s wear, men’s wear, the couture line revived by Slimane, and the overall image of the brand. Vaccarello will present his first line with YSL in October at Paris Fashion Week. No one is expecting a complete rebranding (a la Slimane), however, the bar is set pretty high, and there is plenty of pressure for Vaccarello to surpass it. He must build onto a legacy, and that is no easy task.     Words By Nailah Bakari Photo Cred New York Times
  • CORRODING NOSTALGIA: Smashing Pumpkins Reunite

    “James Iha, I think, is just a piece of shit. I think he’s one of the worst human beings I’ve ever met in my life.”- Billy Corgan, taken from an interview with NME in 2012 So James Iha just reunited on stage  with bandmates Jimmy Chamberlain and Billy Corgan on saturday night for the first time in 20 years.... Smashing Pumpkins, love em or hate em, define Alternative Rock. You can argue that the sound and movement started before them but as far as one band singularly defining a movement of music, Smashing Pumpkins defines the genre. It's pretty hard to dispute that. Siamese Dream, the bands sophmore album came out in 1993, I'll never forget the way the guitar chorus sounded on Today, beautiful, so perfect that it didn't match the dark overtone of the lyrics which is what made it so unique. Today is the greatest Day I've ever known Can't live for tomorrow, Tomorrow's much too long I'll burn my eyes out Before I get out Fronted by this squealing, wiry, curly haired demon-faced singer, Corgan looked like that kid every one grew up with that was just an asshole. Contrasted with the soft Japanese nobility of Iha... and don't forget "Darcy", "Darcy was so cool" paired with the manic junky, titanic of a drummer, Jimmy Chamberlain. They were without a doubt one of the most unique looking bands to hit MTV, which was in it's final lap of a heyday, before it changed to reality shows and... more reality shows. As a fan, Siamese Dream is probably my favorite album from the group but 1995 saw the release of they're double disc Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and with it the elevation to one of rocks biggest acts. If you listened to the radio between 1995 and 1997 you probably heard "Bullet With Butterfly Wings," "1979" and "Tonight, Tonight" more times then you cared to listen. This is when things started to get weird for the Pumpkins as now Billy Corgan had a platform. While Corgan considered issuing "Jellybelly" as the album's first single, it was passed over in favor of "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" because "'Bullet's one of those songs where, you know, it's easy to sing along to and [he affects a drawl] ya gotta sell them records."-Billy Corgan, Chart Magazine They came out with two more albums and broke up in a very public, very nasty fashion (mostly Corgan did, though shots were fired from all camps) in 2000. Since then Billy Corgan has had numerous musical and um... if your really interested  this sums it up. Iha has had a few gigs along with the other members, but this was one of those situations that you would never have thought you would see repair itself... in 2008 Billy Corgan wrote on his blog that the original lineup would never play together again. Then in March of this year, Corgan seemed to soften his disposition while discussing the possibility of a reunion if they were ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What does it even mean that James Iha is back? Corgan is infamous for recording all of the albums by playing all of the instruments himself, his talent as a vocalist is still amazing. Bassist  D'Arcy Wretzky is still absent. What does this really mean? Guns n' Roses are headlining Coachella? Have you heard or seen Axel Rose sing lately?  Don't get me wrong, as previously stated, Corgan sounds great still but this is fluff nostalgia, plain and simple, this is that date with the ex, years after you've broken up and all you can remember are the good times. In all fairness I hope that these bands can re capture the fire that made us feel at one time, the reality is quite the opposite unfortunately. Words by Michael Cherrito Photo Cred Rollingstones.com, Vice.com
  • FRESH FACES: Margaux Models in Sugarhigh Lovestoned

    Echoes of Ali Mcgraw linger in this shoot with Margaux Models, Kayla and Nikola shot by photographer Nik Williams. Kayla and Nikola are wearing Sugarhigh Lovestoned velvet jumpsuits, flared bottoms and blazers.     Words By Michael Cherrito Production Credits: Photographed by Nikolas Christian Williams.Social Media Sharing: @nikolaschristianwilliams (Instagram)http://www.nikwilliams.co/   Talent Kayla (Margaux Models)@kiabriann (Instagram) https://www.instagram.com/kiabriann/   Talent Nikola (Margaux Models)@nikolastajszcak (Instagram) https://www.instagram.com/nikolastajszczak/   Styled by Jacob X Jordan.@jacobxjordan_ (Instagram) @jacobxjordan (Twitter)http://www.jacobxjordan.com/ Hair and Makeup by Aryanna Martin. Photography Assistant Sam Ramirez
  • STREETWEAR: Maharishi Men SS16 Morph Cycle Lookbook

    When monk meets military When you think of the origins of streetwear, you think Freshjive and Fuct, it's impossible to complete the conversation without touching on UK's og streetwear brand, Maharishi. This week we were graced with part 1 and part 2 of Maharishi’s SS16 video lookbook. If you’ve never seen one of their video lookbooks before, you’re in for a treat. The U.K based brand uses a patented “morph cycle” technique. With this, models rotate and the clothes they wear morph into a new outfit every few seconds. it sounds cool because it is. The collection itself is very monk meets military. You can see the Buddhist inspiration in the bright orange color of some of the garments. Then, you get an obvious military vibe from the camouflage, and army green that is also worked into the collection. In addition, the collection also draws inspiration from Roman Catholic Priest, and the Knights Templar. It’s a quirky hodgepodge, but the end result is what we've come to expect, dope.   Words Nailah Bakari Photo Cred Vouge
  • FRESH FACE: Bleu Archbold

    With fashion being the backbone of 80's Purple The Magazine, it's important for us to be on the curve of what's next  we will be constantly featuring "fresh faces" in the industry both in front and behind the camera. Enjoy A few things pop out when you meet Bleu. Bleu Archbold is a force to be reckoned with, with her quick wit, bright blue eyes and charisma it's hard not to instantly fall in love. A few fun facts: She had a "hippie" like upbringing that has effected her more and more as she grows as a person and in her personal style, using the 50's and 60's as her go to which is also encouraged by her family which doubles as her inspiration for fashion.   Quick Q&A With Bleu: Age: 19 Hometown: Dana Point, California Modeling Agency: MSA Models Style Inspiration: Patti Smith, the 50s & 60s Hobbies: Painting, listening to records (vinyl), Garden, Thrift shopping Favorite Music Artists: The Clash, The Cranberries, Wanda Jackson, Velvet Underground and Elvis Presley Future Goals & Plans: Wants to continue modeling, along with being able to travel and eventually working for herself "Just be you, stay confident, stay humble" Words by Jordan Douglas and Michael Cherrito Production Credits: Photographed by Kevin Gonzalez. Talent Bleu Archbold. Styled by Jacob X Jordan. @jacobxjordan (Twitter) www.jacobxjordan.com/ Hair and Makeup by Chanel Shank.
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