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The industry has long treasured photographer Jonathan Waiter's well-honed craft and carefully wrought “fantasy”—a cohesive aesthetic of what he lovingly refers to as beautiful “lost girls”—along with his impressive portrait portfolio featuring the likes of Thakoon Panichgul, Rick Owens, Francisco Costa, and Alexander Wang. If you're in New York this Tuesday 9/18, let’s show Jonathan our utmost love, support, and appreciation for his contributions at a Hotel Chantelle fundraiser created by his dear friends to help defray the exorbitant medical costs of CT scans, blood tests, x-rays, chemotherapy (R-CHOP), and radiation that Jonathan is braving to treat the stage 3b Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma (cancer) with which he was recently diagnosed. If you can’t make it to the event (RSVP here) but would still like to step up and lend a helping hand, please kick in what you can to the donation fund they established online here. I know we are all so inspired by his spirit; any assistance would mean the world! Thank you so much for your generosity.

More information from the fundraiser organizers:

  • What: Fundraising Event for Jonathan Waiter
  • Where: Hotel Chantelle 92 Ludlow Street 
  • When: Tuesday, 9/18 from 6–9PM
  • Why: We hope to raise enough funds for Jonathan to receive treatment without having to worry about his financial future. 
  • How: Come have a drink with us! Simply enjoying your favorite cocktail will make a contribution, as part of the bar proceeds will be donated to Jonathan’s fund. There will also be a raffle with a number of prizes, donated by amazing companies such as BabyGhost Clothing, Ryan Kalivretenos Photography, two passes to CMJ Music Marathon (October 16 - 20), two vouchers for the Upright Citizens Brigade ASSSSCAT 3000 performance, as well as prints from Jonathan’s portfolio. The doors are open to all interested in having a fun filled night in support of a talented artist and a great cause. Please bring your friends!
  • Jonathan Waiter is a freelance fashion photographer based in New York City and a close and dear friend. At just thirty-two years of age, not many can match his creative endeavors and accomplishments. His work in photography alone can attest to his vision and inexhaustible work ethic. 
  • Unfortunately, after two and a half months, filled with countless blood tests, X-rays, and CT scans, Jonathan has been diagnosed with stage 3b, Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma (Cancer). It is an aggressive, but treatable cancer requiring a violent form of Chemotherapy (R-CHOP) and radiation. The cancer has metastasized and now invades his liver, pancreas, kidneys and lymphatic system. He’s currently undergoing his third Chemotherapy infusion and is scheduled for at least five more down the road! 
  • As a self-employed artist, receiving treatment can be a huge financial burden. Being unable to work, Jonathan was only very recently qualified to receive Medicaid assistance, which has only partially covered his medical costs. The bill for one treatment alone reached around $8,000! Jonathan is a fighter and has kept his beautiful spirit in this tumultuous time. There is hope and we ask that you join us on Tuesday, September 18th for drinks, conversation, and to honor Jonathan in all his courage and to wish him luck in the future. 
  • If you can’t join us for the event but still would like to contribute, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/1077qw, and make a donation.
  • Very special thanks to Hotel Chantelle, BabyGhost Clothing, CMJ Music Marathon, Ryan Kalivretenos Photography, Upright Citizens Brigade and many more!
  • http://www.jonathanwaiter.com/
  • http://www.mybabyghost.com/en
  • http://www.cmj.com/marathon/
  • http://www.kalivretenos.com/

all photographs [above] by Jonathan Waiter

It has been a true thrill and honor to be the new face of Tomboy and work alongside their incredibly big-hearted and talented Seoul-based team! Here is a little behind-the-scenes video by Bailey Roberts taken on the Tomboy set styled by Dianna Lunt at Maciek Kobielski's studio in Brooklyn, NY. You can preview the Fall/Winter 2012 campaign images on Fashion Gone Rogue or the Next Models Blog; also, be sure to check out the Tomboy Blog and like them on Facebook!

Teen Vogue September 2012: Fashion Eccentrics [pictured in Prada, Asos]
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It’s officially that time of the year: Fresh school supplies and autumn sweaters and crunchy leaves are in the offing. To prep properly, be sure to pick up the Teen Vogue September 2012 Fall Fashion Issue on newsstands now! I would send it to you, along with—in the words of the legendary Mr. Joe Fox (a.k.a. Tom Hanks c/o the late great Nora Ephron’s pen in You’ve Got Mail)—”a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils, if I knew your name and address… on the other hand, this not knowing has its charms.”

Anyhow, I was honored to contribute to a stellar Victoria Lewis piece probing into the accessibility and historical roots of eccentricity in fashion, which can be found on pages 228-231 of the back-to-school issue.

Dossier Journal x Julia Frakes | Coffee with Sarah Sophie Flicker

When the legendary Paper Magazine editor-in-chief Kim Hastreiter first introduced me to The Citizens Band creative director Sarah Sophie Flicker in 2008—just before Sarah Sophie took to the stage for an awe-inspiring performance at The Box in New York City—I reckon my fellow dinnermates were unaware of the massive feat of willpower I wielded so as to withhold my inner fangirl and string together a semi-coherent sentence (no doubt, of adulation) in a desperate attempt to avoid embarrassing my editors. It was not until a year later, upon shooting the Fall 2009 Rachel Antonoff lookbook alongside Sarah Sophie and Alia Shawkat, when I finally had a proper opportunity to unfetter my admiration for Sarah Sophie’s artistry and advocacy. Through various fashion and Occupy events thereafter, we have since bonded over our aligned politics and mutual love for Chris Matthews and all things fantastical; it has genuinely been an honor to strike a friendship with Sarah Sophie, one of my heroines and role models.  
Over coffee this past month, it was an utter delight to pose three quick questions on behalf of Dossier to the extraordinary performer, aerialist, editor-at-large (of Lula Magazine), designer, filmmaker (alongside her co-directing partner Maximilla Lukacs), writer (with insightful columns at HelloGiggles and Rookie), wife (director Jesse Peretz is her lucky husband), and mother par excellence.

Click here to read our quick chat at Dossier Journal.

Pressed Juicery | The Chalkboard: Julia Frakes' 13 Favorite Natural Wonders

Hop on over to Pressed Juicerythe Left Coast Juice Heaven—where my they asked me about a few of my favorite healthy places and products this past May for The Chalkboard, their online “magazine study in living well.”  

hansel from basel dot support thigh hi + kombucha

above: Hansel from Basel dot support thigh hi socks and cultured kombucha

TWIN MAGAZINE GUEST EDIT X JULIA FRAKES | THREE QUICK QUESTIONS WITH KATE FOLEY

Be sure to hop over to Twin Magazine to read the first of my ongoing “Three Quick Questions with…” guest-edited series for the online component of Twin, the biannual London-based art, fashion, and feminism book. It was a thrill to kick off the series with Kate Foley, buyer for the incomparable retail mecca Opening Ceremony and beholder of both the keenest eye and most enviable job in the industry. While fashion followers may first recognize Kate by her effortless and oft-emulated street style, those who work within the field no doubt also associate Kate with her inspiring warmth and rallying work ethic, routinely regarded as ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ by the fun-loving, innovative and talented team helmed by pioneering retail game-changers, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.  I am certain that Kate’s nurturing of up-and-coming designers and contributions to today’s most innovative and sought-after collaborations will forever be applauded in fashion history.  In the midst of this hectic Resort 2013 week, Kate and I grabbed a quick coffee and partook in a lighthearted little Q&A in the garden behind Saturdays Surf NYC, just around the corner from the Opening Ceremony Headquarters.  Coupled with her resort buying duties this year, Kate is doubly abuzz in planning Opening Ceremony’s London boutique launch in time for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and the final logistics underlying all the untold collaborations consonant with such a monumental OC opening.  It was a true thrill to discover a bit about what makes Kate tick, whence her discerning buying prowess and inherent modesty comes (as it were, Brooklyn by way of an active adolescence amidst a picturesque little village in West Sussex, England), and just how the Bearbrick-collector would style a bespoke Diamond Jubilee Twin figurine of the Queen… exclusively in pieces available at Opening Ceremony, of course.

Click here to read our little Q&A at Twin.