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Meets Obsession Magazine | November 2013


  • GIRLS RISINGHow One Film Project Might Change

    the Lives of Millions of Girls Worldwide



    THE ART ISSUE - NOV 2013

    THE ART OF BEAUTYOur Most-Wanted Beauty Products That Are Almost Too Pretty To Use


    THE ART OF BEAUTYOur Most-Wanted Beauty Products That Are Almost Too Pretty To Use

    GIRLS RISINGHow One Film Project Might Change

    the Lives of Millions of Girls Worldwide





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    AZINE n ISSUE NO. 3 n

    NOVEMBER 2013

  • INSI




    EHi-FashionMUSIC: Electropop meets performance art for Los Angeles duo, Hi-Fashion


    Shop, Collaborate & ListenFASHION: The best upcoming holiday collaborations


    Breaking Beauty BoundariesBEAUTY: A conversation with beauty photographer Alexander Straulino


    Art InfluencersLOCAL: The rising art stars among DCs most influential


    Songs for the creative soulMUSIC: Playlist for artistic inspiration


    A Pop Art MovementFASHION: Looks inspired Inspired by artist Andy Warhol


    The Art of BeautyBEAUTY: 11 products that are almost too pretty to use




    Girls on the HorizonFILM: How one film project could change the future for millions of girls worldwide


    The Best of Photo Diary: Arts EditionPHOTOS


  • 5Beyond Obsessed!

    MASTHEADSTYLEFashions Pop Art Movement

    READ MORE ON PAGE 25 Fashion & Beauty

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  • Electropop Meets Performance

    Art In Hi-Fashion

    The music duo, Hi-Fashion, is taking Manhattan by storm. Comprised of band mates Jen DM and Rick Gradone, Hi-Fashion has a flair for the avant-garde.

    by Sarah Marloff


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    DM and Gradone first met at a gay bar where Gradone flirted with DM, thinking she was a man. Despite this mishap, the two became fast friends and eventually forged their band. Since then, Hi-Fashion has been in high demand due to the airing of their music video for the single, Im Not Madonna. Gossip blogger, Perez Hilton posted the video and suddenly, Gradon and DM were getting invitations all over the place.

    The response has been incredible, said Gradone.

    Hi-Fashion, as described by DM, is an electro pop explosion that combines big analog beats with world sounds to create a wild dance party. The band hopes to play huge shows all over the world and continue making incredible videos.

    My husky soulful voice and hard-hitting raps along with Ricks stratospheric falsettos makes for a pretty unique sound, says DM. We want to promote the idea of fun for everyone.

    While DM and Gradone hail from New York, Hi-Fashion is based in Los Angeles where the pair has top-secret day jobs. In an alternate universe, we are both full-time astrophysicists

    doing experiments on time travel devices, DM hints. But its all super top secret and we cant really talk about it other than that.

    Like the band, Gradone himself is big on theatrics.

    His work as a part-time hairdresser on fashion shootsinclud-ing Victoria Secret showsinspired him to write Semi-Permanent, a one-man show about being (you guessed it) a hairdresser. He performed the piece in the New York Fringe Festival in 2007 and won the title of Outstanding Solo Show.

    Hailing from New York, and living in LA has supplied the duo with a love of fashion. They originally named themselves Hi-Fashion $5.99. It was based on a crappy clothing store in L.A. because we loved the idea that anyone thought High Fashion could cost $5.99, said DM.

    Then a lawyer told us we should change the price for legal reasons and we became Hi-Fashion $9.99 upon the urging of an astrologer.

    The pair soon dropped the price tag when they realized the irony they needed was already in the name.

    Weve become a lot more expensive since then so its kind of

    It was based on a crappy clothing store in L.A. because we loved the idea that anyone thought High Fashion could cost $5.99.

  • like when you go to a really expensive store there are no price tags, sums up DM.

    So what are their must-have fashion items? Unsurprisingly, their choices and reasons for selecting them are a bit far out. Gra-done cites his mouse ears and Rick

    Owens mens skirt, while DMs is fond of her Nick Cave Sound-suit and anything unwearable by Gareth Pugh.

    She also admits to liking comfortable shoes because some-times her feet hurt from stomping on stage.

    As far as their music career goes, they agree that everyday has been a highlight. Their latest album, You Are Gorgeous, which was funded by a campaign on Kickstarter, was released this past July and is now available on iTunes.

    Also, for their fans, they want them to know that cinnamon should be used as often as possible in cooking because it helps regulate [the] bodys natural insulin production. n

    .................................................Photos by Kate Reeder

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    x CFDA

    November 11Carrying around a USB

    cable can be such a hassle, but with this

    stylish accessory your phone will never go uncharged again. These customized tech bracelets, de-

    signed by Mara Hoff-man, Michael Bastian,

    MILLY by Michelle Smith, Rachel Zoe and Shipley & Halmos, are

    the perfect holiday present for any tech

    savvy fashionista.


    x Alice + Olivia

    November 12Who doesnt want their coffee cup to look like

    a ballerina? Following in the footsteps of Christian Siriano,

    Jonathan Adler, Rodarte and Charlotte Ronson,

    Starbucks has now teamed up with Alice + Olivias Stacey Bendet

    to create a limited edition mug and Bearista, perfect

    for any your stylish and girly girlfriends.

    Jay Z

    x Barneys

    November 20 Only Jay-Z and

    Barneys could launch a collection called A New York Holiday. The BNY SCC Gallery Collection features collaborations

    with top designers like Balmain, Proenza Schouler, Lanvin and Balenciaga, and is

    curated by Mr. Carter to create a truly over the

    top collaboration. Leather backpack,


    Isabel Marant

    x H&M

    November 14H&M collaborations are

    so popular that there are now rules for how

    to shop the collections. Following in the

    footsteps of Matthew Williamson, Marni,

    and Versace, this chic French brand is

    bringing all of their favorites to their

    collaboration. Filled with slouchy boots, chunky

    sweaters, and tribal prints, this collection is expected to go fast, so

    get online early.




    and Listen

    Estee Lauder

    xDerek Lam

    by Lindse

    y Hasche


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    Beyond Obsessed!

    Alexa Chung


    January 2014No one can rock a

    cat-eye quite like Alexa Chung, which is why

    she has teamed up with the perfect company to make her classic look

    more accessible to her fans. Launching on the Eyeko website this month and in Sephora

    stores this January, anyone with an eyeliner obsession has to check

    out this collection.

    Banana Republic

    x LWren Scott

    December 5Nicole Kidman, Amy

    Adams, Penelope Cruz and even Michelle

    Obama are huge fans of LWren Scotts designs,

    so it is no surprise that Banana Republic teamed up with her to

    create a holiday collection. As Mick

    Jaggers girlfriend and one of Hollywoods

    top stylists, this queen of couture created a modern collegiate collection full of ele-

    gant prints and festive sequins, perfect for any

    holiday party.

    Estee Lauder

    xDerek Lam

    January 2014Estee Lauder has been

    Derek Lams go-to source for beauty for the last eight seasons of runway shows, so it makes perfect sense

    that they have teamed up for a limited-edition collection. The collec-tion is a navy Derek

    Lam clutch filled with 5 runway-ready products, perfect for day or night. Can you say win-win?


    xMichael Kors

    TBD First Stella, now Michael Kors. Gwyneth Paltrow is bringing her A-game with this amazing col-lection for the holiday

    season. Paltrow is mak-ing her weekly collabo-rations on her lifestyle website, Goop, a must.

    And with friends like hers, we have a feeling the best is yet to come.

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