Meet John and Katie, who defy the old adage that couples shouldn't work together. John is a men's stylist at Urban Outfitters, while his other half is a freelance photographer from New York, who shoots people and fashion with a beautifully authentic eye. Here they share their story as creative and romantic partners. Read the full feature here.
Sarah, an artist and print designer, and her Urban Outfitters photographer husband, Colin, spend most of their days working with a myriad of artistic mediums. Whether Sarah is painting and drawing at her textile design studio ANONA, or Colin is photographing a UO lookbook, making beautiful imagery is their abiding passion. We caught up with the Philadelphia-based duo at Sarah's beautifully curated studio, where textile prints for companies including Urban Outfitters are created. Read the full feature here.
New York City-based photography duo (and romantic couple) Vanessa Hollander and Wilson Philippe form Wiissa. We first discovered them a few years ago when they won our Crush video contest, and since then, the pair has been busier than ever. Now in college, we caught up with the twosome to find out what they've been up to recently, their favorite places to shoot in the world, and their favorite music (complete with a special playlist, just for us). —Hazel
How did you two first meet?
Vanessa: We first met when I was 14 and he was 15. We both lived off a little island right off of Miami. As soon as we met we started hanging out and then we were together a week later. That's when we made nicknames for each other. I started calling him "Wii" and he started calling me "Ssa." I don't why, but we had already started calling ourselves Wiissa for some reason! Then a year or two later we started taking more pictures together and we decided to call ourselves "Wiissa."
Were you two already passionate about photography before you met or was working together what fueled it?
Wilson: I think beforehand we kind of liked photography but when we met, we grew up with each other and learned from each other. We really got into taking photos when we started doing it together.
Vanessa: Before that, we just took shitty macro pictures and made Photobooth videos and stuff [laughs]. After that, we started taking more photos, and we got our first film cameras together.
How would you say you two influence each other when it comes to making art?
Vanessa: We just literally can't do it without each other.
Vanessa: Photography-wise, Wilson's probably more technical, and I think more about the overall ideas. When we come together, we make what we make!
Wilson: If I were on my own, my work would be really perfect technically, but it would be boring. If Vanessa were on her own, it would be super conceptual. It would be all blurry and stuff [both laugh].
How would you two describe your aesthetic?
Vanessa: What we always strive for is "colorful." We want to get in as many colors as possible. Our photos might be nostalgic, because we're nostalgic for times we haven't lived in. We like to recreate those times through styling.
What has been the most enjoyable project you've done together?
Vanessa: This summer we went on a road trip through France. It was just us two and literally all we did was take photos. It was the best. In France, each city is completely different from the last. We were out on dunes, cliffs, waterfalls. It was something different every day.
Wilson: We also had two months of freedom to do whatever we wanted. I was driving my grandma's car around and looking out for places.
What are you two doing when you're not taking photos?
Vanessa: Yeah, we're both students. He goes to SVA and I go to Barnard. We try to do that as little time as possible [laughs]. We both intern, as well. He's interning with Adam Green and I'm working at a record label called Cult Records. We love going to concerts, too.
Any particular gigs or bands playing shows you're excited to see coming up?
Wilson: I think the Arctic Monkeys are coming soon.
Vanessa: The band Yuck, who I really like, is playing next weekend. We also just got tickets for Governer's Ball, so that's super exciting.
What are you two currently obsessed with?
Vanessa: I'm obsessed with The Libertines and Pete Dougherty. I sort of revived my 8th grade obsession. Music for us is the biggest inspiration for everything. We both love '60s French aesthetics, so we tried to tap into that in France. Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg are always one of our number one obsessions.
If you could photograph any band, who would it be?
Both: The Strokes
What's coming up for you both?
Vanessa: We're looking to get more into commercial stuff. We have some photoshoots for the record label. We're doing something soon with Julia Cumming's band Sunflower Bean.
Fifties new wave film noir heroes, ’60s mods, ’80s Ska punks and ’90s minimalists: Each decade has had its own monochrome menswear moment. Our new arrivals, with a distinct lack-of-color palette, are the simplest way to hit refresh for Spring. Ready to clean up your act? Trade your lumberjack shirt for a slick two-tone button-down, step into a pristine pair of box-fresh white or blacked-out sneakers and get your hands on a classic black bomber jacket. In a full-color world, some things just look better in black and white. Read the full feature here.
Art Basel Miami Beach is a mad dash; by cab, foot or rented bike, it’s nearly impossible to see all the absurdity, abundance and amazement that the fairs, events and parties have to offer—especially if you sometimes secretly just want to be at the beach! Banner planes fly overhead promoting energy drinks and club nights, and soon enough, once you’ve immersed yourself in the culture of this art week, it won’t seem foreign or unappetizing, to consider either option. There are certainly more things I wish I saw and experienced while I was there, but I’m already looking forward to next year. Here are some of my highlights from three top art fairs, and my first trip to Miami.
One of my favorite photographers over at Rookie Mag, Eleanor Hardwick, recently shot the days prior to Meadham Kirchoff S/S '14 and backstage at London Fashion Week. Each season, Eleanor shoots the magical creations of Meadham Kirchoff, and this season her shots were some of my favorites I've ever seen. The collection's inspiration came from the Elizabethan era as well as David Bowie, and the final result was a lovely, feminine collection that was lighthearted yet mysterious and dark at the same time. Perfect inspiration for a Halloween costume too, right? Check out these stunning photos and maybe you'll transform into a ghostly Elizabethan beauty meets Lydia Deetz (see: giant wide brimmed black hats) decked out in pearls and lace for Hallow's Eve! —Maddie
These vintage Halloween costumes are out of control. Like, the CHICKEN!? That is the kind of costume that dreams (or nightmares) are made of! This collection of pictures has been floating around for a hot minute, but please do yourself a favor and check these all out. You deserve to get some Halloween inspo, man. —Katie
Like... what... is happening? If you know what these humans are supposed to be, please email me, ASAP.
They are straight-up molded to the floor in those costumes. That is COMMITMENT. Do you think they're in real woods, or are they on a set? Life is a myyystery.
This one is actually and legitimately badass and amazing.
"Mom, for Halloween I want to be a box-headed child with saggy arms."
IMAGINE SEEING THIS LITTLE BUNDLE OF JOY TRUNDLING UP YOUR STEPS HALLOWEEN NIGHT!
Cool, great, this isn't horrifying at all. Solid jack-o-lantern, though.
Like, what even is this group costume? "A Gnome and His Llamas"? Was that a thing in 1912?
I really and truly can't put into words the joy that this picture gives me. Her saggy rat nose! They're holding hands! This is a beautiful rat prom, and I want to be invited to it.
23-year-old photographer Adri Law is able to showcase the beauty of both California normalcy and the L.A. fashion and music scene in a clean and eloquent way. The palette of her art is gentle, dreamy and cohesive, giving her work a classic feel.
Girls can look just as pretty behind the camera as they do in front of it!
Check out some of our favorite shots from her official website and be sure to follow her on Instagram and Twitter. —Alex
(Photo credit: Pier Nicola D'amico)
Over on The Key, they recently called out Philadelphia-based photographer Pier Nicola D'amico for his amazing collection of punk photos from the early '80s. The collection, titled Between Glam Rock and New Wave: The Lost Archive, is currently up on his site, and perfectly captures the punk-rock attitude of the late '70s and early '80s in Philadelphia. Make sure you head to his site to check out the whole collection. Every picture is incredible! —Katie
If you're in need of some inspiration on how to spruce up your yearbook photo this fall at school, you should definitely take a look at this editorial from the October issue of Dazed & Confused magazine. Shot by Blommers & Schumm and styled by Cathy Edwards, "School Daze" features various models in a classic school portrait setting, while wearing some of the best looks from the fall season. Plus, check out all of those rad hairstyles. I wish I looked that cool my senior year. (images via Streeters) —Maddie
Right now Judy Gelles portrait series, titled “Fourth Grade Project,” is available for viewing at the Gallery at 543 Urban Outfitters at the Navy Yard, Philadelphia (5000 S. Broad St.). The photos will be on display from September 4 – October 3, Monday-Friday 8-5.
For this project, Gelles spent the last 4 years photographing children of various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. To get a sense of their various upbringings, Gelles asked the children the same three questions to see how their answers would differ: With whom do you live? What do you wish for? What do you worry about? These simple questions prove to show a lot more about the childrens' lives than one might think. The entire exhibit is definitely worth a look if you find yourself in the Philadelphia area in the next month. —Katie
A couple days ago, Rookie put up this amazing photoset, shot by Molly Dektar and titled "In The Stacks," that shows what life is like for the people who choose to live at the famed Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris. Basically, anyone who chooses to live in the store can, the only stipulation being that they must also work at the store and they must write a short autobiography before they leave, complete with picture. The photoset of the author's time in the store is a great look at what that life is like. So magical! Booking a plane ticket now, TBH. —Katie
In conjunction with the grand opening of our newest and prettiest UO store in Malibu, we teamed up with Converse to present our Live in the Lot music series with live performances by Bleached and Dum Dum Girls. It was quite a treat for us and everyone else who came out to the mellow beach vibe of Malibu to enjoy the tunes, drinks and yummy food trucks! Huge thanks to Converse for co-sponsoring and to everyone who came out and made the event a success! —Tania
Tepsic Magazine is the large-format brainchild of Morgan Tepsic, who sends customized disposable cameras to artists and asks them to document their lives. The results are poster-sized spreads of a rarely seen perspective; a trip behind the scenes with musicians like recent cover subjects A$AP Rocky and Toro Y Moi. I spoke with Morgan about the simplicity of disposable cameras, making a DIY magazine and what's next for the mag. —Angelo
FYF's annual festival happened this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles, at the L.A. State Historic Park in Chinatown. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the festival, and man, did they book a great lineup to celebrate their double digits. Bands like My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Thee Oh Sees, Solange, Mac Demarco, and so many more performed amongst the large amounts of beer and dust at the festival, which last year grew from one day to two. Read my recap below of who played my favorite sets, and how I saw Mac Demarco chilling on top of a bunch of hay bales at one point on Sunday. You never know what you'll see at a music festival, right? —Maddie
My first set on Saturday was brought to me by Mikal Cronin. I've been wanting to see him ever since he released his second album a few months ago. He played songs new and old. I was so happy to finally hear "Apathy," and "Weight" live!
FYF is a festival you get down and dirty at; no shoe was left untouched by dirt and dust. Tons of people came prepared with their bandanas at the ready.
Next was Ty Segall performing at Charlotte's Stage around 5PM, and he had lots of kids waiting to see him. He played his new record, Sleeper, basically in its entirety, with what he called his Sleeper band. Ty finished out the set with some of his more well-known songs, like "Girlfriend" and "You're the Doctor."
Toro y Moi brought the disco vibes to the early evening with a super fun set. Let's be honest, I'm always down to get groovy at a music festival.
I headed into Samantha's Tent, where most of the more electronic bands played, to see a bit of Classixx, the L.A. based DJ duo.
After a quick bite to eat, I ran to the Carrie Stage to see Deerhunter perform right at sundown. They were one of the main bands I was looking forward to seeing at FYF. Every year I hope they play and finally they did! Bradford Cox wore a dress and black wig, because he is the most interesting person ever. They even played my favorite tune of theirs, "Nothing Ever Happened."
My second to last set of Saturday night was Thee Oh Sees, who provided maximum fun with their always excellent and energetic live show.
Saturday night was closed out by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which I was most excited for. Karen O is such a legend, and pranced all about the stage first wearing her multi-colored shiny cape, then revealed her perfect silver shorts-suit. The band performed their regular set, but I was mostly happy to hear "Phenomena," a song that is forever stuck in my head, with good reason! They even released Y-shaped confetti into the crowd at one point.
Sunday started with Chicago kiddos, The Orwells, featuring a pants-less Mario, the band's lead singer. Also, there was lots and lots of crowd surfing of course.
I did catch some new bands at FYF this year, one of them being Guards. I enjoyed their loud yet still chill jam at the end of their set.
After Guards I saw Kurt Vile, whose sweet guitar melodies are always so lovely to hear. He played some of my faves, like "Jesus Fever" and "KV Crimes."
I told you I saw Mac Demarco smoking on top of a bunch of hay...
Then I stopped by Charlotte's Stage to see No Age, mainly to hear my favorite song of theirs, "Teen Creeps." Apparently they've played FYF more than any other band!
Sunset is my favorite time to see bands perform at festivals, especially bands like Beach House, whose music is paired perfectly with the fading sunlight. Here's a photo I snapped of lead singer Victoria Legrand with the band's magical backdrop.
My favorite set of the weekend was by MGMT, who I have been waiting to see for two years! I admit that I had a total MGMT fangirl stage at one point, so this was very exciting. They even brought out Henry Winkler, who you may know from Arrested Development, to play the giant cowbell during "Your Life Is A Lie."
Finishing off FYF this year was My Bloody Valentine, who haven't played in LA in nearly a decade, so this was a big one! They weren't allowing any fancy photography, though, so here's a quick photo I snapped with my phone. It was so cool to hear an original shoegaze band in person.
FYF was quite the success this year, since the lineup was so stacked this time around. With all of this great feedback, I wonder who they'll get next year!