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STORY BY MIN. A. LEE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH KRICK PHOTOGRAPHY
MAKEUP BY ARCHANGELA CHELSEA
HAIR BY PRESTON WADA @OPUS BEAUTY
STYLING BY FRANZY STAEDTER
Amanda Steele keeps it very real for our nineteenth issue. While many know her as a YouTube phenom, we see a brilliant, driven young woman who’s had her fair share of struggles. Steele refuses to get lost in the hype of numbers and instead produces content that is loyal to herself and her fans. She never loses sight of what initially put her on the map, and continues to be humbled by those who believed in her from day one. Putting vlogs out in a public space since only Elementary school has given Steele the ability to adjust her career as she grows, but also learn how to take on the pressures that come with. It’s never easy to see others tear down work that took a long time to create, but Steele gives sound advice for anyone facing bullying online and offline.
Sharing a personal look into her life and style has always been at the forefront of Amanda Steele’s empire, but also she continues to pursue acting—strengthening her abilities to take on new roles. With time we expect her to make a substantial mark in Hollywood, and we can’t wait!
ON BEING A CONTENT CREATOR
Composure Magazine: Building such a prominent career at a young age opens you up to a lot of criticism, how do you combat this negativity, and what have you learned from the challenges of being in the public eye?
Amanda Steele: The negativity was something that was really hard for me as I was growing up while posting my life online. It was really hard to find myself while thousands of people were telling me who I was. I just had to step back and realize that I am doing what I love and indulging in my passions while haters are just spewing negativity from behind a computer screen. Over time I have found that if I had never let any haters get to me, and I continued doing exactly what I was, I would be much farther in my success. The positivity outweighs the negative, and the people that do love my videos—that is who my content is for. I am not going to change what so many of my followers love because some other people out there are taking their personal problems out on the internet. My content is for my loyal followers, and nasty comments aren’t ever going to take that away from them and my own success.
CM: Your success did not come without hard work and sacrifice, was there ever a moment you felt like everything was too much to handle?
AS: Being a YouTuber is a full-time job. At my peak growth and demand, I was also in public high school. Juggling both took a stressful amount of not only time but emotion. I think high school sucks no matter who you are, but on top of school bullies and feelings of loneliness, I had thousands of haters online too. It became very overwhelming for me when I would spend nights crying over mean youtube comments and then waking up and hearing more negativity from my classmates at school. This point in my life was very hard on me, but things started to look up when I began online school and could focus more time on my YouTube channel.
CM: The digital world moves quickly with its constant changes, algorithms, etc.. How do you stay passionate as your work continues to progress?
AS: I stay passionate about my work throughout the constant changes of the digital world by keeping in touch with who I am and why I do what I do. It is easy to get sucked into numbers, growth, and competition, which could honestly lead to a fall. Luckily for me, I started my YouTube channel so young that I know exactly what my passions were. Fashion design is the reason I started YouTube. I have an intense love for beauty and connecting with other people online that like the same things as me. I was never a very social girl. I chose to stay inside on the computer most nights instead of meeting new people and hanging out with friends. This makes me so passionate about the fact that fashion, beauty, and tech are all things I have loved from the beginning. I know to follow my heart, do what I love, WORK HARD, and everything will work out.
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MAKEUP BY ARCHANGELA CHELSEA
HAIR BY RENÉ CORTEZ
STYLING BY ROBIAT BALOGUN
WRITTEN BY MIN A. LEE
Composure: To start, we want to congratulate you on your debut movie role in Bixler High Private Eye for Nickelodeon! How excited are you? Can you share with us how it felt to be on your very first film set?
Ariel Martin: It was unbelievable! I loved every minute of it. First of all, Jace (Norman) is hysterical. So, much of the time, we were just cracking up being silly and goofy. I’m so thankful to have his friendship and that he was there through my first feature—it made it really easy and fun. Our director, Leslie (Kolins Small) was also amazing. She made it very comfortable for us. And Nickelodeon was so incredibly supportive. I loved working with them and the crew.
C: We’re in love with your newest single, “Gucci On My Body.” From Musical.ly (now known as TikTok) to being a recording artist, how has this transition been for you?
AM: Thank you! It has been so cool. Music has always been such a part of my life, so for me, it is part of the reason I fell in love with Musical.ly in the first place. I started playing the piano when I was a little girl, and my dad is a songwriter, so it felt very natural to work with other writers and get into the studio and record.
C: As your popularity surged, what were some of the difficulties you faced and had to overcome?
AM: The first thing that was really hard and weird was the cyber-bullying. It was hard reading all of these horrible things people would write about me—people who didn’t even know me. I’ve learned to mostly tune that stuff out. As a result, part of what drives me is the desire to inspire other kids to be proud of themselves and stand up for themselves and tune out hate. The other thing that’s been weird is that so many people are so quick to judge and be dismissive of me as a recording artist or actor or creator. It’s as if because I gained an audience on an app, I’m not allowed or shouldn’t try to put music out or pursue other interests. I find that really strange. My whole life I’ve acted and been around music, and I don’t feel that just because I happened to gain a following in social media, I shouldn’t be able to pursue other things that I’m passionate about or enjoy.
C: Your book Dreaming Out Loud is out now! How does it feel to have it on shelves and your fans connecting to you through your words?
AM: It feels amazing. Something I’ve always loved doing is going to bookstores looking for great poetry collections or novels or psychology books. So to be able to walk into my favorite bookstore and see my own book on store shelves is almost beyond my wildest dreams, and to know that my supporters are able to get a deeper connection into my heart and thoughts means so much.
C: Let’s get into some beauty questions, who first taught you about skincare and makeup?
AM: Haha! I would say my mom, but she would tell you herself that she doesn’t know what she’s doing when it comes to makeup! However, she has taught me a lot about skincare and making sure that I treat my skin right. For makeup, like a lot of kids, I’ve watched YouTube videos and have been lucky to work with some really good makeup artists who always share their tips with me.
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Makeup: Alison Christian
Hair: Craig Gangi
Photography: Cara Robbins
Composure Magazine: When was the first moment you incorporated violin with dancing, and what influenced you to do this?
Lindsey Stirling: I was in the Junior Miss pageant my senior year of high school. It is a scholarship program, and I was trying to win to help pay for college. There were several other really talented violinists in the competition, and I was trying to find a way to stand out so I decided I would choreograph my performance and do a rock song instead of classical. It was so different, and I wasn’t sure what people would think—but I won.
CM: You have an extensive list of collaborations with other artists and musicians, what were some of your favorites?
LS: I loved the process of working with The Piano Guys. They are the best, sweetest, funniest humans in the world and I adore them. Not to mention they are super talented. I was the most honored to work with Celine Dion.
CM: With your newly released Warmer in the Winter: Deluxe Edition album, and a growing list of accolades, at what point did you realize you were going to be able to do what you love as a career?
LS: I had been releasing videos on YouTube consistently for about ten months, and they had done ok. My covers were mostly what people wanted to see, but then I released an original violin Dubstep song that I had written, and in one day it got one million views. That was HUGE for me. I was speechless. Not only did more people watch it than had ever watched one of my videos—they loved MY music, not just my covers. At that moment I realized my life had just changed. That it was not just a dream, it was my future.
CM: You’re currently on your acclaimed Holiday Wanderland Tour visiting several cities around the United States! We wonder—how did it feel to co-headline on Evanescence’s Synthesis Live and play with an orchestra after so many years?
LS: I loved being on the Evanescence tour. I have been a fan of Amy and the band for years—like, a huge fan. It was mind-blowing to get to tour with her and share the stage with her night after night. Playing with a live orchestra was intimidating, but wow it was cool. It brought my past music world and my current music world together.
‘Day-To-Play’ One of Our Top Favorite 2018 Fashion Collaborations from Ego Soleil and Sharon Carpenter
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From Television and Red Carpets to Fashion, We Interview Sharon Carpenter on her Collaboration with Ego Soleil
Ego Soleil as a contemporary womenswear brand already created striking, structured pieces that stood out to us. When they debuted their collaboration with broadcast journalist and producer Sharon Carpenter, we were impressed with the beautiful, feminine touches she added. Floral prints, form-flattering skirts, and a leather jacket that escaped the typical biker jacket mold were instant hits with us.
We always appreciate designs that can survive the volatile nature of fashion fads and trends. Even if you have only one piece from Sharon Carpenter’s capsule collection, just know it will last you for years!
Keep reading to learn a little more about Sharon’s work with Ego Soleil, as well as how her experience on television and the red carpet has helped shape her sense of fashion.
Composure: How did your collaboration with Ego Soleil come about?
Sharon Carpenter: My longtime stylist, Roni Francois, had previously worked with Ego Soleil and connected me with the owner, Del Addison. Roni pulled some of the brand’s looks for me to wear at a couple of New York Fashion Week appearances. I was super impressed with the quality of their garments and their designs. On top of that, I really liked the team. Both sides realized that it could be a wonderful thing for us to join forces and work on something amazing together. After brainstorming for a while what that could be, we decided that it would be very cool to create a collection together and a month or so later the work began.
C: How did you feel when you got to first see the finished product in person?
SC: It’s been such a cool experience to be part of the process from beginning to end. Ego Soleil have gone out of their way to help guide us through the process and I’ve been very involved with everything, from the sketches and designs, to the fabric selection, to the sample fittings, to the final product. It’s been an eye-opening experience, realizing just how much you need to consider when designing a piece that not only looks great but is also functional and comfortable to wear. When I saw the finished product in-person, it was such an amazing feeling. My top priority has been creating a collection that women will love and feel their best in. Once I saw the pieces, I knew we’d accomplished what we’d set out to do.
C: Do you feel your work in television has helped shape your sense of fashion in any way?
SC: Oh, most definitely. Fashion is so important to what I do for a living. Sometimes the way I’m dressed on-camera can be even more important than what I’m saying. It’s the first thing people notice when you pop up on their screen and it can affect the way they feel about you as a host or reporter…
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Story by Min A. Lee
A glance through Axelle Migé’s SS18 collection for Coppélia Pique has us praying for spring to arrive quickly. The couture line continues to be one of our top favorites. Her ability to create wearable structured pieces is superior. We’ve tried our fair share of avant-garde lines that have minimal movement, so to find a designer who understands that functionality shouldn’t be ignored with intricate designs is unparalleled.
What we love most is Migé’s ability to surprise us. Each collection she releases comes with a stunning presentation from contemporary dancers to curated art exhibitions, and nothing is ever repeated. We’ve become too accustomed to the madness of a quick runway show, so being able to watch Coppélia Pique’s story unfold every season is a rare treat.
From our standpoint, it’s extremely smart of Migé to present her clothing this way. You see the movement and the solid construction of each piece. From clean stitches to creating distinct lines and shapes with layers of fabric, she takes great care with every single detail. Even if the process is challenging, we know Coppélia Pique will never, absolutely never, disappoint.
Here’s a look through their SS18 HUMANO collection and art exhibition:
From the label:
“La collection Humano prend naissance au travers de la vie de l’artiste peintre et danseuse Anne-Kennory Kim et du film éponyme réalisé par Alan Stivelman. Axelle exprime le parcours de vie de cet artiste passionnée d’Asie, et se plonge réellement dans sa psyché et son art.
Un dialogue entre les deux femmes artistes qui se tissent déjà depuis plus de dix ans, Anne ayant organisé la première exposition d’Axelle lorsque celle-ci était jeune artiste. Les mots clés de sa genèse sont attachés au mystérieux prénom Kennory, déité protectrice de la foret et des montages, parfois éthérée, mélancolique, ou espiègle et joyeuse qu’Anne incarne merveilleusement.
La soie, et les tissus issus de fibres naturelles se déclinent dans l‘absolu du blanc. Une invitation faite à Anne d’expérimenter à son tour sur le vêtement et de reproduire ses toiles à la demande du public.
Poésie et raffinement embrassent la modernité des pièces flou et tailleur dans un parcours intimiste.”
“The Humano collection is born through the life of painter and dancer Anne-Kennory Kim and the eponymous film directed by Alan Stivelman. Axelle expresses the life course of this passionate artist from Asia, and really immerses herself in her psyche and her art.
A dialogue between the two women artists who have been weaving for more than ten years, Anne having organized the first exhibition of Axelle when she was a young artist. The key words of her genesis are attached to the mysterious name Kennory, a protective deity of the forest, and montages of something ethereal, melancholy, mischievous and joyful that Anne embodies marvelously.
Silk and fabrics made from natural fibers are available in the absolute white. An invitation to Anne to experiment with clothing and to reproduce her paintings at the request of the public.
Poetry and refinement embrace the modernity of the pieces, and blur and tailor in an intimate journey.”
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Inside The Trade Shows With Vice President and Show Director Roy Turner
Story by Min A. Lee
We, as editors and writers, all flock to the major Fashion Weeks every season, but there are two fast-growing areas of the industry consumers love: swim and activewear/athleisure. Normally, we think of swim and athletics for summer, but a push for positive lifestyle changes have us looking at these labels year-round, and two trade shows have the best of the best: Swim Collective and Active Collective.
Both have been met with positive reviews from both brands and buyers. Currently held at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa bi-annually, we got an inside peek with Vice President and Show Director Roy Turner.
THE SWIM COLLECTIVE
“Swim Collective debuted in 2010 as the first swim-focused trade event on the West Coast,” explains Turner. “The response from both the manufacturers and buyer side has been strong, and we continue to build on this momentum.” With the ever-evolving marketing strategies taken by brands and social media craze, we ask how the Expos continue to be the best option for retailers. “Although social media has become a great extension of the show and promotional platform extending to consumers,” Turner notes, “retailers still have the need to physically see, feel and test product, which is something social media doesn’t provide.” We agree heavily with him on this point. While we see hundreds, thousands of photos promoting a single brand on digital platforms, we can only estimate the quality at best.
Walking through the hundreds of booths, we are able to see a great mix of emerging and mainstream labels. Though we gravitate towards the independent ones, it’s always good to feel the materials of both and look at the upcoming trends. “It’s a careful balance of known brands and new up and comers,” Turner explains. “The buyers want to see both, so we are always challenged with curating the right buyers with the right brands.”
While we appreciate the runway presentations of Miami Swim Week, Swim Collective offers a better chance to speak with brand owners to really get to know their stories, their production and have that hands-on look at their entire collections. We are able to test fabrics, fits and get an idea of the coming plans each have. From the reversible styles of Maaji to new sustainable brands like Jeux De Vagues, the expo is much more accessible.
We stop to speak with Katherine Terrell, the founder of Jeux De Vagues, on how Swim Collective has helped the line, “Swim Collective was a great experience. I’m so glad we went!” she exclaims. “As an emerging brand, it was important for us to get out there and meet people. We saw how varied the marketplace is from the swimwear category, and how there is a place for everyone at the table.” Even though meeting buyers is the main goal for most, Terrell spoke on how it brought brands together “who were interested in collaboration” for the future.
The response for Jeux De Vagues is proving successful. “Eyes lit up when we introduced ourselves as a sustainable brand,” says Terrell. “There were people who were downright sustainability advocates, those who have heard about it, but not exactly sure what it means, and then there were people who had no idea what it’s about. For the latter two, it was a great opportunity to bring their awareness to why it’s important. For every person who went home with our organic cotton tote bag silk screened with our tagline, Hot Bikinis For A Hot Planet, we hope they continue the conversation about what this means.”
Terrell’s words are exactly what we want to hear. Knowing Swim Collective is aiding both buyer and brand while creating collaborations, we hope to see the show come up in other major cities as the popularity continues to climb. The need for swimwear will never disappear. We took a chance to ask Turner if expansion is possible, “Our show is a reflection of the market, and if there is a need we will consider it. We never say never!”
THE ACTIVE COLLECTIVE
On the other hand, activewear is reaching new heights, as the athleisure trend continues to dominate. This upward swing has resulted in the launch of Emerald Exposition’s Active Collective in 2015, with its first showing in New York City this year. Being one of the main fashion capitals, we wonder how receptive New York was to the expo. “From the buyer’s side, the California show sees more attendees from within the United States, while New York has more international reach, partly due to proximity,” says Turner. “The buyers attending the New York show tend to come from more department stores and are looking for more luxury brands. California sees more boutiques, resorts, gyms and studios.” The differences coast-to-coast also affects the exhibitors at each show. “California features a wide range of products from activewear, active performance, lifestyle, accessories and yoga, while New York is a bit more curated,” says Turner. “Mostly activewear specific lines at higher price-points.”
Looking at ready-to-wear shows, even some couture ones, there are hints of athletic wear consistently on the runways for men and women. While there was an early mix of some men’s active pieces, we ask Turner if there will be more men’s brands in the upcoming shows, “Although men’s market isn’t huge within the Active Collective, there are a few currently showing,” he shares. “While Vuori is the only men’s-only line, a few additional lines have added men’s to their collections: Onzie Men’s, MPG, Hero Sport, Soybu and Virus to name a few.”
After spending the first half hour combing the aisles, we were pleasantly surprised to see how fashion forward the lines are. The range of colors and fabrics from Beyond Yoga, Z Supply and Shape Active attracted us right away. There are several appealing options that could transition easily from the gym to errands, yet suitable for the office. Comfort is first and foremost, but we appreciate the shift for style in these active brands. With fall around the corner, we loved seeing all the dark grays and oxblood styles from Puppies Make Me Happy. The name alone had us stopping in our tracks to take a look at the brand’s logo. Another label that stood out to us was Naked Princess for their mix of flowing dresses, elegant lingerie and athletic knits.
Ultimately, we aim for functionality in our active wear choices and Pointe Studio won us over. Their grip collection socks have zero slippage—zero. There’s nothing more uncomfortable than having a sock slip down in your shoes while working out. It becomes an endless battle of pulling them back up over and over, so feeling the thick grip of Pointe Studio’s line and the high-end knits—heaven. Speaking with Julia Calles from the brand regarding their product, she explains “the varying sizes, and the fabric contents are ideal for active lifestyles. They hold their shape beautifully and maintaining this high level of quality are extremely important to us, from the fit to the overall design.”
As for being part of the Swim Collective show, “we find more inbound leads sitting along with other market brands,” Calles says. “Having accounts swing by that we might not normally see has been really great. The response here and internationally, so far, is very positive for Pointe Studio, and we continue to grow. Overall, Swim Collective is providing an increased reach with key players in the active and athleisure industry, and the experience is going really well.”
Fabrics are everything if a fabric can’t hold up against the constant movement the piece will fail. For an expert opinion on the best materials in active wear, and also the ones we can wear throughout the whole day, we return to Roy Turner. “Micro-mesh has been a popular fabric for adding details and is definitely trending among most lines,” he tells us. “High-performance polyester and spandex blends are being used to create form-fitting pieces that can be seen all over, including gyms, studios and out into the streets.”
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A look at our favorite emerging fashion label with Creative Director Georg Weissacher.
Story by Min A. Lee
We love finding those hidden gems within all the Paris Fashion Week shows. This time, we were captivated by the designs from the label Peoples Of All Nations. This London-based line is flourishing under the creative direction of designer Georg Weissacher, the former Vice Head of menswear at Vivienne Westwood. In his latest collection ‘The Phenomenon of Man,’ named for the Pierre Teilhard de Chardin book that inspired him, you’ll see the talented abilities of Weissacher as he skillfully weaves a story with clothes. Taking an academic and intelligent approach to design, he doesn’t let expected trends ever dictate any of his work. “My collections are stories which are communicated through the short films we produce, as previously Der Hund, Paradise, Challenge, and now Phenomenon of Man, this is what it all ties together in an attempt to create a Gesamtkunstwerk,” Weissacher shared. “Gesamtkunstwerk is a term coined by Wagner, in his approach to making opera—as all is composed and made to work together to create a whole piece of art.”
The Phenomenon of Man, for POAN, is an artistic view of humanity, and yes, humanity is quite complicated. If we were to quickly generalize, there’s a combination of history, psychology, social concerns, modern-day technology and its future, plus that lingering question of whether life after death exists. All these elements and their opposites were perfectly translated by Weissacher into a fluid collection of attire. Rich, earthy tones mixed into transparent materials, statements such as “Harmony Through Diversity” splashed across tops, and religiously influenced prints and cuts all work together to share this view with the audience. Gesamtkunstwerk is truly how to describe the runway presentation.
Speaking more on the influences, Weissacher explained the religious components as a reference to the HBO series The Young Pope directed by Paolo Sorrentino. If you aren’t sure, in short, the show follows actor Jude Law who portrays Lenny Belardo, the first-ever American elected to the papacy. “I just love the aesthetics of Italian film making of the school of Visconti, Pasolini, Fellini, which comes to life again with Sorrentino,” Weissacher noted. “I took inspiration from the clerical silhouettes for my coats, and of course, the Saturno hat.” We were eyeing the Saturno hats especially. They looked smart on both the men and women and pulled outfits together seamlessly. Admittedly, it was also our favorite style worn by Jude Law throughout the television series.
Mixing tailored pieces with athleisure, we were curious if Weissacher had a favorite piece from the S/S18 collection. “From a storytelling perspective, it must be the transparent space suits,” he said. “I have ended the show with them because they embody ‘the new missing link’ for me. We are on the verge of a new evolution step!” The way these suits were created and how they layered with other pieces fit Weissacher’s words, as if we were looking into the future, and back at our past—from beginning to beyond. Reviewing the looks over and over, the story pulls at us more intensely, both visually and emotionally. This pull was felt by Weissacher as well. “I hope that it (the collection) brings joy and happiness to the spectator who gives us a moment of their precious time to reflect upon it,” he explained. “Peoples Of All Nations wants to communicate this simple truth—that high morals and never ending curiosity is an antidote to fear, and will get us fast to where we want to be as humans. Remember ‘good’ is the new sexy!”