Between Space – the new editorial by Kailas exclusive to FAULT Online!

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Jacket (Georgine) Shirtdress (Lie Sang Bong) Earring, worn as pendant (Erickson Beamon)

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Coat (Kelly Wearstler) Dress (Victoria Andreyanova) Belt (Cheap Monday) Shoes (Marissa Webb) Ring (Alexis Bittar)

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Blouse (Suno) Sweater (Dr. Martins) Skirt and belt (Bibhu Mohapatra) Shoes (Marissa Webb) Necklace (Alexis Bittar)

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Blouse (Rachel Zoe) Jumper (Novis) Shoes (Walter Steiger) Necklace (Erickson Beamon) Purse (Osklen)

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Jacket (Katie Ermilio) Dress, worn as blouse (BCBG MaxAzria) Skirt (Novis) Shoes (John Fluevog) – NOT PICTURED Earrings (Erickson Beamon)

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Jacket (Lie Sang Bong) Fur stole (Adrienne Landau) Sweater (Suno) Skirt (Cheap Monday) Shoes (John Fluevog) Bangles (Circa Sixty Three)

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Mesh top (Stijlus) Collared top (Katie Ermilio) Ring (Erickson Beamon)

Photographer: Kailas (http://www.kailasphotography.com/)
Photo assistant: Nick Ducot
Fashion Stylist: Emily Bess (http://www.emilybess.com/)
Hair: Jeanie Syfu (http://artmixbeauty.com/jeanie-syfu)
Makeup: Anastasia Durasova (http://artmixbeauty.com/anastasia-durasova)
Fashion Stylist Assistant: Brandon Garr
Model: Kristy Kaurova

HORST: Photographer of Style

For fashionistas in the know, Horst P Horst will not be an alien name to them. A German photographer with a classic background, he set the rules of fashion photography across his sixty years in the business and is a huge influence on fashion photography today.

With a retrospective to celebrate his decadent career, “HORST: Photographer of Style”, is a must see for fashion lovers- and is on now until 4th January in London’s  V & A.

Showcasing a vast catalogue of over 250 images from his six decades of style, his love for beautiful women and encapsulating them in print is evident. With his models dripping in pre-war haute couture, and post war ready to wear, it is not only an insight into one of the photography greats, but a lesson in fashion history, as all pieces used are credited and dated from the designer’s collections. Opulent and cinematic, high-society models and celebrities are captured in timeless, classic settings and are a true inspiration for fashion shoots of today.

Totally passionate about the shoot process, this ‘magician of light’ racked up 94 Vogue covers (including French, British and American) which are on loan from the Conde Nast archive, alongside iconic images of some of the most talked about Hollywood stars- including Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Vivien Leigh, Ginger Rogers and Bette Davis, to name a few. He also launched the careers of Lisa Fonssagrives (who went on to marry Irvine Penn) and was the first to shoot designer Elsa Schiaparelli.

Taking inspiration from his post war travels, his later work consists of portraits, nudes, nature and still life, which can be viewed alongside a collection of lavish interiors shots- which became his passion until his death in 1999.

With so much to see, it might make your normal life seem boring, but don’t let that put you off!

HORST: Photographer of Style is at the V & A.

By Sara Darling

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FAULT Focus: Julyen Carcy and musician Piu Piu collaborate at Paris Fashion Week

As the madness that collectively comprises international fashion weeks once again comes to a climax in Paris, the FAULT Focus team got the chance to speak to budding designer Julien Blet Carcy, founder of the Julyen Carcy label and Giulietta Canzani, aka multi-talented singer-songwriter and DJ Piu Piu, about their recent collaboration for Julyen Carcy’s SS’15 collection: Amor Libre.

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Piu Piu with designer Julien for Julyen Carcy SS’15: Amor Libre

FAULT: Hi guys, good to discover that you’ve both managed to survive this long in the run up to fashion week..! What will you guys be up to during PFW? Can you give us a brief overview?

Julien: We’re having a hectic few days preparing for our showroom presentation. It’s both exciting and stressful. But I can’t wait for Fashion Week to be over so I can start working full-time on the FW15/16 collection.

Piu Piu: I went to New York and London already this month and I had so much fun! I’m going to see some shows, play a couple of gigs and go to some parties with my friends.

Julien, we’ve featured your work before on FAULT Online. Since then, we’ve been following your progress digitally via your ever-growing social media platforms. We’ve just learned that you had a photo shoot with Piu Piu wearing your designs. How did that happen ?

Julien: I went to a party a year ago, she was doing her DJ set. I liked it. I checked out the kind of music she was doing and I really wanted to meet her in person and see if her personality could match with the brand. Piu Piu agreed to wear some looks of the SS15 collection – which was cool.

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Piu Piu, you do so many creative things all at the same time and just seem to be everywhere at once. With a lot of people, that seems like a ‘personal branding’ exercise but in your case you just seem to be enjoying yourself. After leaving your career at a fashion magazine to pursue other goals, how do you feel about collaborating with a fashion designer again in the shape of the Julyen Carcy brand?

Piu Piu: I think you got that really right ! One of the most important things for me is to have fun on an everyday basis. I feel like working IN fashion and working WITH people who are in fashion is really different: it’s a lot more light, and my involvement is more with the music and parties and pictures – more at the end of the process for the brands, so I guess it is just refreshing for everyone!

Julien, it would be too easy to just ask you the same question about Piu Piu so tell us instead about how music influences the way you go about your design process?

Julien: Music helps me a lot. I can focus and be more creative, as if I was in a bubble.

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Ok, let’s get down to business! You guys have been collaborating for the Julyen Carcy SS15 collection: Amor Libre. In your own words, tell us what the collection means to both of you.

Julien: It’s our second collection. I’m using bright colors for this one, it puts more emphasis on the brand’s aesthetic. It was very challenging because even though Mexico is our theme, I didn’t want it to be cliché. I wanted the looks to be glamour without being folkloric, it’s been a real challenge for me.

Piu Piu: Julien approached me with the collection last spring. The whole idea was that it was about South America and I thought it was super exciting, specially myself coming from Uruguay, and it was super fun!

We realise that this is a bit early to say but we’re confident that this particular collection is going to be a huge success, judged on what we’ve seen so far. The fabrics look great, the pastel colours, the patterns, the shapes… are beautiful and the whole thing just seems to be coming together really nicely for the Julyen Carcy label right now. What is your favourite look from the SS15 collection?

Julien: I like the blue top and blue maxi skirt with a side-slit. It’s glamorous without being slutty, the silk fabric is soft on the body.

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Assuming that you guys would both refer to each other as sources of inspiration, who else would you describe as key influencers? We’d be interested to see how many of those you have in common…

Julien: Emma Watson, Diana Vreeland, Alexander Wang, Tilda Swinton, Proenza Schouler, Xavier Dolan…

Piu Piu: My biggest influences in a very random order are Janet Jackson in the 90’s, Miranda July, Dries van Noten, Prince, Amy Poehler, Ponyo, ghetto house pioneers, the S.O.S. band, old school r’n’b…

Piu Piu, which of Julyen Carcy’s outfits would you be most likely to wear for a Girls Girls Girls DJ set? Or one of your solo gigs, for that matter?

Piu Piu: I love the white short and top look to play a GGG gig, and the black crop top and skirt for more a little more drama if I’m [performing] alone.

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A question for both of you: what is your favourite thing about fashion week?

Julien: Partying !!!

Piu Piu: I love to see friends from everywhere all reunited at the same time in one city !

…and what’s the worst thing about it?

Julien: Having to carefully pick my outfits.

Piu Piu: Some people have way too much attitude.

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What are you both working on now – outside of everything that’s happening at PFW? Are you going to be taking a break after fashion week or getting straight back to work?

Julien: I’m working on the next FW 15/16 collection so no break for me at all.

Piu Piu: I’m working on my show on Rinse France, new parties we’ll be throwing at Faust with Girls Girls Girls, some new music and gigs ! And of course I’ll go straight back to work :D

We have to ask both of you one last question – its sort of a thing that we do so just go with it: what is your FAULT?!

Julien: I’m too superstitious.

Piu Piu: Smoking cigarettes!

For more information on Julyen Carcy, visit www.julyencarcy.com

Photographer: Mehdi Sef
Model: Dolores at Ford Model
MUA: Junko Komada
Hairstylist: Thibault Duriez
Stylist: Tara Ziegfeld
Assistant stylist: Marie Scirocco

FAULT Interviews: Aubrey Plaza from ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘Life After Beth’

She’s the star of new rom-zom-com Life After Beth, the story of a woman who comes back from the grave to her loving boyfriend before he then has to deal with her slowly turning into a Romero-esque zombie. She plays the dead-pan April Ludgate on the long running American sitcom ‘Parks and Recreation’. She is the girl whose face you know from that thing you thought was funny.

She also hurt my feelings.

It wasn’t personal. I got the sense that she hates all journalists.

 

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It’s fair to say that a fair few artists, actors and musicians hate talking about their work to magazines and newspapers. We’re seen as a part of the ugly side of show business. And we get it: Aubrey Plaza was deposited in a small, modern but clinical hotel room in Edinburgh before a million interviewers came in and asked her an endless series of the same questions all day. We’d hate it too.

With that in mind, we wanted to get through all the basic stuff up front so that we could find out who she really is.

FAULT: You must get asked the same questions all the time, so could you go through the answers that you give everyone else?
Aubrey: I improvised a little bit but we didn’t have that much time because we were on a really tight schedule. I did not prepare by watching any other zombie movies because I wanted to create my own zombie and I didn’t want to copy any other zombies and also, zombies aren’t real so there’s not like one zombie that I could watch to be like, that’s not an authentic zombie. A zombie can be whatever you want it to be, I like spaghetti… Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead… I don’t know. I really don’t like to be asked what my favourite anything is because I don’t like favourites.

Why not?
Because I’m indecisive and I don’t feel strongly about anything.

 

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Not caring does seem like your persona. I’m wondering how much of that is true.
I don’t know. I don’t know who I am. I don’t have a very good perspective on myself. You should ask my therapist. She would know better.

Do you watch any of the stuff you’re in?
No.

Maybe that will give you perspective.
Why? Those are just characters. Because my voice sounds monotone people think I’m being sarcastic all the time. When I’m in things on film or TV, people think I’m doing the same thing over and over again – but this is just how I sound normally.

Do you get that a lot?
Yeah, all the time. People say I’m, like, being dead pan or something – which I am sometimes when the role calls for it – but sometimes I’m not. My voice just sounds like that.

That sounds really dismissive…
That’s what people do, they just dismiss you.

People do? Like who?
People like you, interviewers, reviewers, everyone does it.

Yeah, we do. On any kind of long running show people are going to start to see you just as that character an nothing else. Do you consciously try and do something different?
I think because I’ve been on a TV show for so long, and because it was one of the first things I did, that’s just the first impression people have of me and they can’t get it out of their head. So I’m always trying to do things to surprise people – but I’m not so much concerned with that as I am with just doing good work. I don’t make decisions based on trying to battle my TV persona – but it is in my head. I can’t help it. It’s frustrating to be pigeon-holed but I like the challenge of changing people’s minds.

 

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So what do you look for in a role you take on?
It’s case by case. My acting coach told me that the parts that I want or the parts that I am drawn to are ones where the character has struggles that I am also trying to work out in my own life. I use them as therapy for myself. If I’m feeling really angry, like now…

No one is making you talk to me.
I’m drawn to parts where I get to be really physical and just kick some people’s ass or something. It’s cathartic.

That sounds great if you’re aware that is what you’re doing. Have you always been aware of that?
No, not always. I just realised recently. When I read scripts I think about them in terms of, “will this be something that would be good for me in my life right now?” Some actors can treat it like a job and then, when they go home, they go back to being themselves – but I just get really obsessed. I have to choose things that I really want to take over for a month or two months, or however long it’s going to take, because I’m inviting this thing into my life and I have to really embrace it.

 

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That sounds like a lot of pressure. Is that fun?
It’s fun while I do it, because I’m in it and not aware of what I’m doing, so I’m just being. Whenever I finish a movie, I always get really depressed. It’s like withdrawal. Being a character is like a drug that’ll get you high two months doing, then when it’s over you just stop and go home. I guess you’ll have to interview me while I’m shooting a movie and see if I’m acting like a crazy person or not.

I’ll check my schedule.
I’m going to call you every day to check.

I might be busy
Doing what?

How dare you! Writing about actors that I don’t care about. Feel that sting? Words hurt, don’t they?
I don’t care!

You established that earlier on!

 

Interview by Chris Purnell

 

 

THE MADDEN BROTHERS – TASTER FROM OUR EXCLUSIVE SHOOT FOR FAULT ISSUE 19

 

 

The Madden Brothers were shot in London by photographer Miles Holder exclusively for FAULT Issue 20 Click here to order your copy of this issue!

The Madden Brothers were shot in London by photographer Miles Holder exclusively for FAULT Issue 19
Click here to order your copy of this issue!

 

FAULT Magazine Issue 19the Millions Issue will feature instantly recognisable rock siblings the Madden Brothers inside its Men’s section. Fresh from their reincarnation as a double act after their successes as founding members of Good Charlotte, Benji and Joel have released a new album – Greetings from California – under their own name.

FAULT: Why have you decided to fully focus on the Madden Brothers project?

Benji: I think it was a natural progression… it would be easy to sit back and say “we can go around the world and get paid just doing stuff we’ve done for years “– but it’s not fulfilling. I want to make something new and relevant to now, and that was where the real desire was – that’s what we set out to do with this record.

Joel: [When we started Good Charlotte, aged 16] we were kids making music about shit we were going through. Well, we’re not going through that any more – I’m married with two kids and we’re living life… We’re full-grown so we have to make music which is relevant to our lives now.

 

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FAULT: What direction do you see Madden Brothers going in with Greetings from California and beyond?

Benji: When people heard ‘We Are Done’, most said, “Who is this?!” It doesn’t sound like anything we’ve ever released. It can go anywhere we want it to – we were talking about it recently, one of the things we’ve always loved doing is harmonies – it’s one of the things people remembered about Good Charlotte – so we decided we were going to do it properly. We worked a lot with Pharrell on the record – we wrote two songs on the record with him – he really gets the vision and supports it. Three years ago, when we decided to do this Madden Brothers thing, we told him how we wanted it to be and he was like, “Yeah the Eagles, I can see that shit.” He’s a visionary and then we started writing songs [together].

Joel: We listened to The Beach Boys, The Eagles and then, as teenagers, Sublime and then Dre’s Chronic and all these hip hop records – we’ve been in California for 10 years and while we are from the East Coast, it was [always] our dream to get to California.

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FAULT: What brought you to the decision to split the album into two sides?

Joel: The thing that brings both sides together is that California vibe. Whereas one side is more Phil SpectorBrian Wilson, the other side feels like The Eagles, Steely Dan, Steve Miller Band – it’s a trip but it oddly works!

 

The Madden Brothers’ debut single ‘We Are Done’ and album ‘Greetings From California’ are both out now on Capitol Records.

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Meet The Dove & The Wolf

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By Corrina Gramma

The Dove and The Wolf are two French girlfriends who started to play music together at age 14. They came to FAULT’s attention through Nowness that recently shared Lou + Paloma’s The Words You Said music video directed by Zack Spiger and featuring models and actors Paul Boche and Jessamine Bliss Bell. A special thanks to Paloma’s mother for matching these two souls together and to fashion designer Gaby Basora + singer Rachael Yamagata who sort of boosted up their music career… Meet the dove, Paloma Gil, and the wolf, Louise Hayat-Camard.

FAULT : Louise, Paloma, who are you ?

Paloma : We are both twenty-four and were full-time students up until 6 months ago – as we were offered to go on a 7 week long US and Canada tour, we both decided to drop out of school. I was studying cinema.

Louise : And I was studying architecture.

FAULT : School is out of mind, forever ?

Paloma : We’ll see. For now we’re taking the year off to focus on music, because that’s what we really want to do.

FAULT : How did you two connect ? Tell us how it all started please.

Louise : We actually met online, ten years ago, at age 14. I was living in Martinique and I met Paloma’s mother IRL, at a dinner party. We had a very long talk and I guess I somehow reminded her of Paloma so she thought it’d be fantastic to meet. But because I lived across the Atlantic, that had to happen on MSN messenger!

Paloma : Yes, we were only talking about music. We met two months later, in April 2004, when Lou was visiting her father in Paris.

FAULT : Where does this passion for music come from ?

Paloma : I don’t really know… I started playing the viola when I was 4, and then I got into playing the guitar when I was 13. I enjoyed it more cause I could sing along.

Louise : I started with the piano, and played it for years – I was taking lessons but I smoothly stopped as I was not really into reading music sheets… So at 13, I swapped the piano for the guitar. The first guitar I played was my birth’s gift from my father.

FAULT :  How would you describe your musical genre ?

Paloma : A friend of ours once described us as a ‘ambient pop-folk’ band, and I liked it. I think it is pretty accurate.

Louise : It is a tricky one. We don’t really have a specific genre – it is a mix of 1960’s harmonies and modern sounds.

FAULT : Where do your respective musical influences meet ?

Paloma : We listen to the same music. I mean, we first became friends because we were listening to the same bands…

Louise : And we spend almost all of our time together, so our references are very similar. We used to listen to a lot of British bands but most of the music we listen to now, is american. We listen to everything… From Boyz II Men to Grizzly Bear, Sharon Van Etten, James Blake.

Paloma : And Beyoncé !

FAULT : What is on your mind at the moment ?

Louise : I recently went to see Phox live – they gave such a generous performance, it was magical !

Paloma : Blake Mills’s new record just came out and I have been listening to it a lot… We also went to see Lauryn Hill a few days ago. It felt amazing to immerse ourselves in her music again.

FAULT : Why did you pick an English name for your French band ?

Paloma : Lou woke up one day and said she had a dream about us being called The Dove and The Wolf. It felt right.

Louise : Paloma is Spanish for « dove » and people call me « Lou » which is almost « Loup », « wolf » in French.

FAULT : And do you think it suits both of you in the end? Paloma being the dove and Louise, the wolf…

Paloma : I think there is a little bit of both in each of us.

FAULT :  Woodstock, NY vs. Paris : was it more inspiring to record in NY ?

Louise : I’m not sure whether or not it was more inspiring to record in NY, it was just a very different experience. One thing is for sure, we enjoy recording in houses surrounded by the woods! We recorded our first EP (4 tracks) two years ago in the countryside two hours away from Paris. We packed the car with a bunch of instruments and recording equipment that we borrowed from friends and we locked ourselves in for ten days to make music. And six months ago, we went up to Woodstock, NY, to record a full album. It was such an incredible experience. We’re only releasing two of the songs we recorded because right now we do everything ourselves, from A to Z, and it would’ve been difficult to mix, master and press a full record all by ourselves. It will be our first full album and we want to do it the right way. We’re hoping to release it with the help of a label ; we will see after touring with Rachael Yamagata what is next for us.

FAULT :  How did you meet Rachael Yamagata?

Paloma : We met Rachael two years ago after she played in Paris and we had a mutual crush on each other. We kept in touch and she invited us to sing with her in NYC a few times when we were visiting. When she heard that we were going to record an album in Nashville, she said there was no way we’d go there and that we were to record in her home studio in Woodstock, NY. No question asked! So we did, and it was amazing!

FAULT : I read a piece about you and your very first video Springtime through the New York Times blog. Nice for a young French duo…

Paloma : We collabotared with Gaby Basora, the fashion designer for Tucker, for our Springtime video. The deal was to make a promotional video for her new collection and in exchange we’d have a music video for our new track. It was shot at Far Rockaway, in Queens. It was a lot of fun. The director had planned that I would be driving a car in the video. Except that I didn’t have my licence! So in the video, when you see me arriving in a legit 1968 Mustang, I am actually being pushed by the team not to take any risks: the owner of the car was on set! (Laughs) Anyways, It was a fantastic experience.

Louise : The director, Yelena Yemchuk, is a wonderful artist. I feel very lucky we got to work with her. She also paints and does photography ; she has directed music videos for The Smashing Pumpkins before… So the combo of the indie New Yorker fashion designer + the young french duo + the artist/director caught the eye of the New York Times and they wrote a piece about it.

FAULT : And this post led you to acclaimed photographer Sebastian Kim.

Louise : It was an incredible experience to work with Sebastian. It was so easy to pose for him. We stayed in touch since ; the cover of our new record is actually an illustration by Corinna Gramma based on one of the photographs he took for the New York Times.

FAULT : Since your early beginnings, what are the best encounters you’ve made ?

Paloma : The Swedish singer Isabel Sörling who sang on two of our former tracks and the singer/guitar player of the band The Shivers. I saw him play at a house show in Brooklyn ; we talked and kept in touch. We asked him to play on our new album because he is just so fucking talented…

FAULT : You seem to be surrounded by a cool crowd of friends… Can you tell us more about your collaboration with Zack Spiger please ?

Louise : A friend, who works with Zack told me about him. I started watching all of his videos and I literally fell in love with his work. He has a very unique way to film music, I’m not sure how he does it but it is magic! And I find it so amazing that he uses film only. We both really support that.

Paloma : About a year ago, we met up and started talking about working together. When we got back from Woodstock, we played him the rough mixes, and he picked The Words You Said.

FAULT : How do you two write and compose ?

Louise : We write and compose together. Paloma sometimes comes up with a chord progression and I find a melody to go with it or vice-versa. It’s a bit like in our daily routine when we finish each other’s sentences… For the most part we write the music first and the words come along.

FAULT : And the words naturally come in English…

Louise : To be honest, we don’t really know how to write songs in French!

Paloma : And besides the fact that we both speak english a lot on a regular basis, our musical background is mostly American, so writing in English feels more natural to us.

FAULT : Can you tell us about your Sofar Sounds experience please ?

Louise : I first heard about this series of gigs through friends. Our mutual friend Sophie attended a gig and she thought it would be awesome to have us performing at the next session so she introduced us to the Parisian organizer and he contacted us. We played in a beautiful apartment at les Abbesses. I had never experienced that before. An acoustic set can be very tricky but playing for people who were being very attentive, with no glasses being broken or doors being slammed, that was amazing.

Paloma : We had played at the Bus Palladium the night before so it was definitely different! And even if the audience didn’t know us at all, they were really listening to our music. Makes playing and singing a lot easier!

Louise : And when we played our sing-along song and they sang with us. It was a lot of fun.

FAULT : What if music wears you out one day… ?

Paloma :  It won’t ever happen !

Louise : For the moment we have no other aspirations than to share our music and I hope it will stay that way.

FAULT : What is your FAULT ?

Louise + Paloma : We are too cool for school !

 

Tour dates US & Canada, with Rachael Yamagata, October 2nd – November 18th.

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Demi Lovato for FAULT Issue 19 – first look (issue is available to pre-order NOW!)

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FAULT Issue 19 reversible cover star Demi Lovato was shot by Giuliano Bekor and styled by Avo Yermagyan.
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FAULT Magazine Issue 19 – the Millions Issue will feature American pop phenomenon Demi Lovato as its reversible cover star this Fall. Eminently suitable for the issue theme, Demi has over 60million fans on Facebook and Twitter alone and is one of the most influential popular culture figures in the world today.

Demi’s feature – which includes an in-depth interview and exclusive photoshoot by photographer Giuliano Bekor and stylist Avo Yermagyan – runs over 12 pages in the print issue. Demi also covers the Beauty section inside the magazine.

The shoot, based on the issue’s theme of ‘Millions’, showcases Demi as an artist whose every move has ramifications on a globally impactful scale. As a role model to millions, her words and actions are reviewed, analysed, dissected and reflected over and over again. Under those circumstances, one can only imagine what a surreal experience it must be to come face to face with the person behind the lens…

In her interview, Demi discusses the responsibility that comes with being a role model, her collaborations with people like Cher Lloyd and the Vamps, her incipient interests in philanthropy and world affairs and, of course, her music.

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FAULT: You’ve spoken about how the album marked a real shift in sound for you, towards more dance-inspired tracks. Was that something that you deliberately wanted to create or was it something that happened organically?

Everything that happened on the album happened organically. Nothing was really planned in terms of “I want a dance song” or anything like that- it just kind of happened! It’s exciting to show people a different side of myself.

In terms of the collaborations (most recently with Cher Lloyd and The Vamps), how do they come into being?

Sometime you come up with a part in a song and you instantly know who you’re looking for. With ‘Really Don’t Care’, [her latest single], Cher instantly came to my mind. She’s got a lot of attitude and a lot of sass and was perfect for the song. Other times it just kind of happens- you meet someone and you write together and it turns out to be an awesome song.

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Interview by Will Ballantyne-Reid

You’ve become an inspirational figure not just for your fans but even for those unfamiliar with your music as a result of your philanthropic projects and your work with anti-bullying campaigns and mental health awareness. How do these projects shape your career and your own creative process?

Well these projects were really born out of my relationship with my fans, where they are able to look up to me no matter what they’re going through. I really like being there for them in that way. I pride myself in being a role model but I’m not perfect- I curse like a sailor and I sometimes make mistakes but at the same time I want to be what I know my little sister and that younger generation needs.

Are there any difficulties that come with being in the public eye, and especially that ‘role model’ tag?

I use to get frustrated that just because I wanted to sing, I was automatically expected to be a role model. But I had to grow up and realise that no matter what I do I’m going to be somebody’s role model. It’s true what they say- “with great power comes great responsibility”- and everybody’s career is different but for me, I had to grow up and embrace it rather than resent it, as that only made me resent my career.

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Going forward with your music and your philanthropy work, what do you feel is the next step?

I take my life day by day; some day I’m really involved with one charity, and another I’m really focussed on another. In this moment, I’m really dedicated to the scholarship program that I created in order to provide mental health services to people that can’t afford it on their own.

Demi’s album, DEMI, is out now

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Usher – first look at our exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 19’s front cover

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FAULT Issue 19 front cover star Usher was shot by Sinisha Nisevic and styled by Sammy and Judy/Cloutier Remix.
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FAULT Magazine Issue 19 – the Millions Issue will feature legendary R&B recording artist Usher as its front cover feature this Fall. Having already sold nearly 23million records in the US alone, Usher is undoubtedly one of the most instantly recognisable faces in the music industry today – just as he was after the release of his first UK number one single, ‘You Make Me Wanna’, back in 1997.

Usher’s feature – which includes an in-depth interview alongside the exclusive photoshoot by photographer Sinisha Nisevic and stylists Sammy and Judy (aka renowned LA celebrity stylists The Kids) – runs over 13 pages in the print issue. Usher also covers the Men’s Fashion section inside the magazine.

The shoot, based on the issue’s theme of ‘Millions‘, is designed to showcase two distinct sides to Usher’s character. In one sense, the shoot presents the public face of a star known and loved by ‘millions’ but, juxtaposed with this, we also see a revelatory side of a sensitive, thoughtful man. The latter gives insight into the thought process of a man who has reached the point in his career where keeping his fans happy and challenging both himself and the limits of his creativity have become his most important goals.

There is an Usher who poses happily with models and plays up to the camera and also the Usher who dances in the studio as much for his own amusement as for the sake of a great photo. The great thing for Usher, one feels, is that for him– more often than not – those two worlds are intertwined.

In his interview, entitled ‘The Man Who Can Do it All’, Usher discusses his role on ‘The Voice’, his motivations and goals for producing music that he loves, regardless of commercial success, his upcoming acting role in ‘Hands of Stone’, the biopic of famed boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and, of course, the main themes of his highly anticipated new album.

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Interview by Heather Seidler

FAULT: Did you learn anything from doing ‘The Voice’ that you’ll use in your own career?

Usher: Part of the reason why I did ‘The Voice’ was so people would get a chance to see a different perception of me….The more I know about life, the more I know about people, the greater the person I am, the more understanding I have about how to make music and how to do things that will grow us as people.

[So making this album was] not about making commercial hits?

I don’t feel that I’ve got to sell out this tour, or sell crazy amounts of albums, or have the number one single. It’s great to have all those things, but that isn’t what I’m doing.

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Let’s talk about the movie you just finished, Hands of Stone. Tell me about your role as Sugar Ray Leonard.

The film revolves around a very compelling story in history. A lot of people want to know what happened with Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard during that infamous fight. Why did he quit? Why did he walk out of the ring? No one knows the truth. We address all of that. It’s going to be a great piece of work, because of everyone involved in telling this really significant part of boxing history.

I spent time with him [Sugar Ray Elonard] in Atlanta, and here in Los Angeles. We boxed together; we chilled. He became a great friend of mine, almost like a brother to me.

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Tell me about the new album you’re working on.

It’s still a work in progress. I’m at a place where I really just want to have fun and do what I feel is significant to me.These last three years have been the hardest times of my life. I’ve wanted to break down, I’ve wanted to quit. I’ve wanted to throw in the towel but my spirit wouldn’t allow me… The one thing the album represents is confidence. Not confidence in a cocky way, but being open about what I feel, take it or leave it. If I’m not honest about my feelings then you’ll never know how I really feel.

Who are some of the people you’ve been jamming with, who’s producing and working with you on it?

I reached out to work with people that I haven’t worked with before like Ryan Tedder, Ed Sheeran, and Skrillex. Also people who I have worked with before like Diplo…and Pharrell [Williams].

‘She Came to Give it to You’ – the new single from Usher’s upcoming album – is out on 28th September

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