1. Ashley Gomila

    Brands To Watch: Isolated Heroes


    Isolated Heroes is an optimistic clothing brand that causes wearers to escape to a hyper – realistic dystopian world. We empower wearers, transforming them into a surrealist, avant-garde tribe of future primitives.

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    Luxury Unisex Street wear label by Samantha McEwen.

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    We love Isolated Heroes choices in colors and prints, if you do you as well follow them at the links listed below or search them on ASOS to browse their current collection!






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    Music Feature: Jesse Saint John

    “As far as my personal style I like to remain pretty classic and sexy, like CKone.” – Jesse Saint John

    Photography: Andrea Castanon
    Mens Grooming: Ashley Gomila
    In an industry where image is everything and sound must keep up with visual aesthetics, Jesse Saint John has made a big mark in a small amount of time. Artists flock to Jesse for his eye and ear as an artist creative director & topline songwriter.  Keeping a focus on writing, he has written for Brooke Candy, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Icona Pop, and Carly Rae Jepsen.

    After catching the attention of singer/ songwriter Sia Furler, they have been creating together as well. With such a bright past we can only wonder whats next for this artist. ”I plan on continuing developing my own artists sonically, as well as working in top 40.”, explains Saint John. ”As a creative director I’m inspired by major iconic moments in pop culture like the VMAs and major pop As a creative director I’m inspired by major iconic moments in pop culture like the VMAs and major pop provocateurs.” he adds.

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    The Debut Collaborative PENDV X Zana Bayne SS14 Capsule Collection Arrives at Opening Ceremony


    PENDV X Zana Bayne gear up to present their collaborative capsule collection for NYFW

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    But to be truly successful as that all purpose wardrobe expander, a capsule collection must possess a simple type of elegance. There’s no doubt that the PENDV x Zana Bayne Magnum Opus Capsule Collection also has that quality.

    “The great thing about these pieces is that they can be worn with a suit or dress as well as with a simple t-shirt and jeans,” said Pendu.

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    Both designers, who in addition to being partners in this endeavor are boyfriend and girlfriend, have their own records of success in fashion.

    Bayne is a self-made millennial woman. Beginning as a fashion blogger in high school, she envisioned making high-end, handmade leather harnesses and accessories, which she parlayed into a successful business. Her designs have steadily remained a top wardrobe choice for celebrities and their fashion stylists since her initial collection launched in 2010. Clients have included Madonna and Lady Gaga.

    Pendu has a lengthy resume which includes Fashion Photography, Creative Director and Product Branding. This collection was immediately well received and is currently being sold at highly regarded retailers such as Opening Ceremony.
    Their thoughts on their collection and NYFW follow:


    How did this collection manifest itself?
    Todd Pendu: Before I had even met Zana, I had been working out different ways to use the symbol for Sulphur in design. I first worked out these ideas using old 80′s Playboy magazines and drawing the shapes on the women. After Zana and I started spending more time together, I showed her these images and we got to talking about some possibilities.

    Zana Bayne: It all began with a bracelet. Todd and I had been trying to come up with a way to transform his inverted sulphur ‘Magnum Opus’ symbol into a harness, but had always imagined the design vertically. All of a sudden, it came to my mind to turn the shape horizontally, and then realized that it would fit perfectly around the wrist. Once that style was locked down, we started playing with the elements of that piece, seeing how many ways we could rework the shape to lend itself to different styles.


    Do you have a favorite client that owns a part of this collection?
    Todd Pendu: I’d have to say my favorite client has to be anyone who loves to wear their leather out to something like a dinner engagement or party as much as they love incorporating it into their sex life. I like that duality, but that’s just me. Anyone who finds that wearing the pieces expresses something of themselves though, is a favorite client. As far as names of people who own pieces, style muse Hannah Bronfman has been a fan since the beginning and she wears her “Chain Lynx” harness everywhere, which is very cool.

    Zana Bayne: I hate choosing favorites, as I love how all of our customers uniquely style their pieces. But for creativity points I would give the win to our friend Teresa Nasty who bought a set of the Magnum Opus Keychains to use as nipple clamps on one of her clients.

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    How has it been planning for NYFW?
    Zana Bayne: This season is completely different than last. In September we threw an awesome show for the Pendv x Zana Bayne collection in collaboration with Opening Ceremony’s SUPERPIER which featured DJ’s, live music, and dancers from the Legendary House of Ninja as well as a presentation with models. I also had worked on collaborations for Prabal Gurung and Sally LaPointe’s runway shows as well as preparing for my own collection’s presentation in Paris just a couple of weeks after. Right now we are in the midst of selling the PXZB collection that was shown in September (Opening Ceremony just got their shipment), and I am focusing 100 percent of my design effort on the Zana Bayne collection.

    Todd Pendu: For me, I saw the capsule collection debut in September as a way of introducing the brand to people who had never head of it, so I’m focusing on getting the pieces out there to the public. We now have Opening Ceremony and Shop Untitled (NYC) carrying the collection and the PENDV website is starting to really rev up with web sales. I wanted to use this time to build a proper foundation rather than trying to do too much at once, so I thought we should wait until September to do another collection together.

    Give us 3 bold words to describe what this collection means to you.
    Todd Pendu: Sex, Power, Freedom

    Zana Bayne: Strength, Allure, Desire


    Best way to wear this collection?
    Todd Pendu: The great thing about these pieces is that they can be worn with a suit or dress as well as with a simple t-shirt and jeans. Whatever you wear, I think the pieces should be worn to accent your wardrobe much like jewelry; wear it in any way that enhances your own feeling of sexiness or sex appeal.

    Zana Bayne: The great thing about the collection is that there are so many different ways to integrate it into your wardrobe. For example, Todd tends to wear the more subtle styles like the Magnum Opus Bracelet, Lanyard, or Suspenders which add a touch of leather and hint of design without coming off too flashy. My favorite piece to wear is the Chain Lynx Harness which frames the silhouette of a shirtdress with perfection!

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    What can we expect to see next from both designers?
    Todd Pendu: I will be working on a few topless swimwear designs that will be made available this summer as well as a few leather accessory items, and then look forward to working on a new collection to show in September.

    Zana Bayne: The Zana Bayne FW14 collection debuts in New York on Feb. 8, and the SS14 collection arrives in shops this spring.

    Written by: Michael Blankenheim
    Photographer: Elene Damenia

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    Model Feature: Faith Picozzi


    Model Feature: Faith Picozzi

    Written by Christine Carson
    Photography by Dana Pennington
    Hair and Makeup by Ashley Gomila


    Internationally renowned fashion model, Faith Picozzi, is one of L.A.’s most sought after “it” girls. Picozzi was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, and at the age of 13 discovered her zeal for fashion. Her portfolio encompasses countless print, television, and media layouts as well as runway shows during Paris Fashion Week. Picozzi can be seen in Britney Spears, Usher and Justin Bieber music videos, CSI:NY, The Janice Dickinson Show.

    With more than a decade of experience in modeling, and dance, Picozzi has found a way to shine amongst many stars in the world of media and branding.


    ASTONISH: How long have you been involved in dance?

    PICOZZI: Since the day I could walk and it’s still a huge part of my life.

    ASTONISH: What’s your most memorable moment as a model?

    PICOZZI: My first modeling job in Paris, working for Nina Ricci. It was also the first time I’ve ever been to Paris.


    ASTONISH: Who have you worked with recently that you’re really excited about?

    PICOZZI: This year has been an awesome year for me. A few of my favorite things was when I worked with David LaChapelle. I loved the way he was to work with and the theme of the shoot, it was very intricate. The Lee jeans campaign was fun, it was a 4 day shoot, one day in Downtown L.A., Big Bear, Mojave Desert and Vegas.


    ASTONISH: In your opinion, what’s the next big thing in fashion?

    PICOZZI: The trend that I’ve been seeing a lot is a makeup trend, and that would be the cat eye. I feel with fashion, photography, and style is going in vintage direction, 60s/70s vibe.

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    Seven Artist Management Anniversary Party at Palihouse


    Last night our beauty editor Ashley Gomila stopped by Palihouse to check out the latest work of 7AM (Seven Artist Management).

    7AM is a premier resource for photo editors, art directors, advertising agencies, record labels, publicists, talent agents, talent managers, industry professionals and the like. Photographers Ben Cope, Harper Smith, Joshua Spencer. Kathryna Hancock, & Ted Emmons works were featured at the event. Each artist represented by 7AM has their own individual style allowing us to specifically target their work to a variety of artistic endeavors (advertising, editorial, catalog, fine art and online media formats).

    Photographer Ted Emmons, Make Up Artist Ashley Gomila, Richie Davis, and guest.

    Photographer Jared Thomas, Make Up Artist Ashley Gomila, and Stylist / Designer Roman Sipe.

    Guests and Photographer Kathryna Hancock

    Owner of 7AM Bob Dixon and Richie Davis.

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