Ana De La Reguera

After wrapping his photo shoot with the Mexican actress and CoverGirl spokeswoman, Rony Shram trades his camera for a pen and paper as he sits down with his subject to probe below the surface.

Maximilian Hecker

While the fragility of Maximilian’s cherubic voice trembles and wavers, acutely touching on the thresholds of otherworldly bliss and the human tear canal, the solace, innocence, and peace he seeks in his song ...

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AVEDON through the eyes of Andrea Blanch

By Corey Scott Arter

“If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible.” -Richard Avedon

Artists are abundant, but game-changers are far and few between – and that’s what Richard Avedon was, a game-changer. He wasn’t just one of the most prolific photographers of the 20th century, he was a visionary that danced his way through life, charming each subject and capturing beauty in a completely original style.

In the 1940s, Avedon got his start with publications like VOGUE and HARPER’S BAZAAR, at a time when the entire fashion photography paradigm was centered on capturing stony, expressionless models.  Avedon defied the conventions of the era – he brought a breath of fresh air by showing models lively, animated, and energetic.

Avedon’s foremost protégé Andrea Blanch gave VIRGINE the honor of sharing her insights on her experience and mentorship with the late visionary, whom she lovingly refers to as ‘Dick’.  Blanch is largely regarded as “the woman who knows how to capture a woman.”  Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Details, G.Q., 6 different editions of VOGUE (including American VOGUE), Elle, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, New York Times Magazine and Rolling Stone.

Photo by Andrea Blanch - Inside Andrea's Refrigerator, New York - Source: AndreaBlanch.com

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Rad Hourani

By Eric Waroll

Amid an environment where fashion tends toward a somewhat dusty ordinariness, Rad Hourani is the perpetual anti-conformist. Since the launch of his brand in 2007, the young fashion designer has been reinventing fashion by transcending and disrupting wardrobes. All his work is a reflection of his endlessly open-minded outlook, unlimited creativity, and preference for minimalist beauty. No doubt fate reserves him a radiant future.

Rad Hourani - Source: Panaru Pallasades

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Cover Story - Heather Marks

By Ryan Yoon and Laurent Altier

From Alberta, Canada, 22-year-old Heather Marks is one of the most accomplished models in the industry, having done shows and advertisements for such brands as D&G, Calvin Klein, Armani, Marc Jacobs, Christian Lacroix, and Kenzo, among others. After posing for the cover of this magazine, Heather gave us a chance to answer some of our questions.

Photography by Ryan Yoon


A hair story with Laurent Philippon

By Laurent Altier

One quiet morning, I’ve had the pleasure to interview world-renowned French hair stylist Laurent Philippon for us to get a better understanding of his career in hair-styling. Between Paris, LA and New York, Laurent has had the chance to work with the greatest photographers and designers in the fashion industry, which made him one of the leading hair stylists in the field today. Here are his thoughts:

Edgy Pompadour

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The Postelles

By Mikael Larsson and Laurent Altier

A chilly March afternoon in Williamsburg, we had the fortune to sit down with the New York-native band The Postelles in our studio for an interview.

The four friends – Daniel Balk (vocals), David Dargahi (guitar), John Speyer (bass), and Billy Cadden (drums) – have been together since high school. For the past two years, they have played all over the United States and England, alongside powerhouse musicians including Interpol, Kings of Leon, and Chuck Berry. Co-produced by Albert Hammond Jr. from The Strokes, their upcoming debut album, “The Postelles,” touts what could be called a “stylish freshrock” style. The band’s classic Nuevo Rock music and their fun “house party” stage presence have been key to their success.

The Postelles: Debut Album

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Jed Root

Interview By Ryan Yoon
Article By Alexander Patino

His namesake could be read as providential.

When Jed Root moved to New York City back in 1981 he didn’t know being a fashion mogul would be part of his cosmic trajectory. These days glitz-laden shows like Sex and the City and Gossip Girl are the driving forces behind giant diasporas of twentysomethings looking to break into the world of fashion. For Root in the 80s, it was a simple matter of escaping the small town blues of Springville, Alabama. What eventually led to Jed Root becoming an omnipotent fashion powerhouse were equal parts talent, personality and happy circumstance. His boyfriend at the time was Kevyn Aucoin, the legendary makeup artist and author of the now iconic fashion tome “Making Faces”. While Aucoin’s plans to make it in the beauty industry were set and unwavering, Root found himself in a professional, even existential crossroads. This is where that happy circumstance comes in.

Jed Root, Inc. - Website

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Glass Candy

Portland’s Organ

By Daniel Kent

” I love clothes more than I love money, cars, sex or food.” - Ida No

Ida No and Johnny Jewel have successfully managed to kidnap both Debbie and Dirty Harry, transport them blindfolded in the back of a 1970 Buick Skylark, and dropped them off at a rustbelt roller rink in a forgotten lot off the New Jersey Turnpike where a dim and dusty disco ball spins in the center of the ceiling. It feels like Farah Fawcett fronting Siouxsie and the Banshees in a boiler room afterparty at the MGM Grand. Spooky. Late as hell. Best night of your life.

Glass Candy

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James Kaliardos

By Mikael Larsson

James Kaliardos, make up artist, actor and entrepreneur, founder of Visionaire and V magazine gave us the honor of coming to our studio to be photographed by our editor in chief Ryan Yoon and answer some of our questions about his life, his career and his passion for beauty.

V magazine issue 01

When were you first exposed to Fashion?

When I was seven I would do my mother’s make up by copying pictures from Vogue.  Of course, I didn’t know it, but I was copying Irving Penn pictures from Vogue on my mother that she would wear to the PTA meetings. I was mesmerized by that world, but I didn’t know who anyone was. I didn’t know the difference between advertisements and editorials and who the models were.

When I was older my friend Ed Rodgers went to Parsons while I was still in Michigan. When he came back home he opened up Vogue and said ‘This is an ad, this is an editorial, this is Iman’.  He showed me what it was all about.

I made a collage of all these fashion images as a kid. It was all Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Diane Von Furstenberg. I would go down to my basement and fantasize; it was my sanctuary. And the fantastic part is that almost everyone on that wall I have met and worked with. I think that visualizing those images really got me there. I haven’t taken it down; it’s still there in the basement of my home.
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Justin Tranter: The New Bowie

By Alixandra Lycette Weintraub

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” -David Bowie

So much can be said of the 70s – from Cher to KISS, the decade ushered so much in the way of glamour and provocation. And while disco in its purest sense may have come and gone, the 70s undoubtedly introduced at least one lasting flavor of music culture: Glam Rock. The movement emerged as a post-hippie phenomenon and an antidote to all the solemn seriousness of that era. The tradition of Glam Rock has entertained quite the oeuvre of artists since its introduction, and there is very little argument surrounding the origins of the rock-faction. It was most profoundly brought to the limelight by none other than the king of feathery boas and glittery eye-makeup, David Bowie. The movement – characterized by dazzling flamboyance and androgynous performance – practically steam-rolled the rock scene, leaving behind a smear of teenage transvestite revolution mixed with a healthy dose of science-fiction escapism.

Kansai Yamamoto Jumpsuit

Bowie challenged the conventions of traditional rock and roll with hits like Starman and Ziggy Stardust. His musical timbre and bold theatrics were new-fangled and unprecedented. “I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, ‘Fuck that. I want to be a superhuman.’” Bowie’s glitzy appearance and arousing lyrics gave light to an utterly new brand of rock culture; and moreover, he paved the way for the making of a colossal fusion of music, fashion and art.
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All You Can Get

Photography by Ryan Yoon
Styling by Hissa Igarashi
Written by Corey Scott Arter

“Let me assert my firm belief, that the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”  -Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The fashion industry has and continues to pride itself on innovation and tireless evolution.  So much of what fashion stands for is well intended: beauty, imagination, and determination to move forward.

The aughties (2000-2009) saw the rise of numerous fashion-inspired television shows and movies, from Sex and the City to Project Runway.  At least one thing became very clear:  fashion, along with technology, claimed center-stage.  As we begin to define the next decade, we can all be assured that there are some very large, perhaps uncontrollable, forces at play.
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