‘Classic Bloom’- FAULT Magazine Online Editorial, Benjo Arwas’ FAULT

 

 

Photographer: Benjo Arwas

Model: Avery Tharp @ Photogenics LA

Stylist: Eddie Schachnow @ Art Department, LA

Makeup: Nicole Chew @ Art Department, LA using MAC Cosmetics

Hair: Abraham Esparza using R and CO

Dominique Young Unique: Breaks silence with an exclusive shoot + interview with FAULT Magazine

 

Coat: Roberto Cavalli Top: Shade London,  Trousers: KTZ Belt: MAWII

Coat: Roberto Cavalli
Top: Shade London,
Trousers: KTZ
Belt: MAWII

Let’s start by talking about your musical background: your influences, your career beginnings, and how you started out.

Were you always a natural performer?

Yes I’ve loved music since I was about 7 years old and I was in the church with my Grama singing. I remember doing my first performance- I was a little nervous but it was fun. After I got off the stage, I wanted to do more.

 

Is the live performance something that is really important to you, or do you prefer the studio?

Well I prefer both because I have to get in the studio to make music and then get on stage to perform. I will say that every time I perform for my fans it’s like a connection; we connect in a very strong way.

 

How did growing up in Tampa shape your music – you’ve talked about the violence and aggression of growing up there, do you see that mirrored in the ferocity of your music?

Yes, growing up in Tampa was very rough- especially where I grew up. It seemed like it was so hard to find a way out. People used to always say I would be pregnant at the age of 15, even though I wasn’t even having sex then. It was very tough but I put all that into my music.

Hat: Shade London  Dress: Ashish

Hat: Shade London
Dress: Ashish


Your song ‘Motherquake’ is on the Kick Ass 2 soundtrack – does film have a big influence on your music? If so, what films inspire you?

I know, I was so excited when I found out my track was included. I love that movie!


In regards to film and music videos, how do you go about shaping the visuals that accompany your music?

I just go along with the flow!


What do you want to say with your music videos?

I like to tell a story in my music videos, in the same way I’m doing it in my music. I want to describe it in my song, and show the action in my video.

Hat: Shade London  Dress: Ashish

Hat: Shade London
Dress: Ashish


Speaking of visuals, you have a really eye-catching look and have modelled for American Vogue alongside Cara Delevingne. Is fashion really important to your music?

No not really!


Female rappers seem to be having a real moment – from Nicki  and Iggy, to Azealia Banks and Angel Haze. Is there a pressure or expectation that comes with being a female rapper in 2014?

Yes you get a lot of hate and people are always comparing you to other female rappers. Female rappers like to beef- it’s nothing new.

How would you best describe the difference between you and these other rappers?

I’m very Unique. I have a different look, sound, taste etc. I stand out.

Hat: Shade London  Dress: Ashish

Hat: Shade London
Dress: Ashish

What’s coming up for Dominique Young Unique in 2015?

I will be dropping my new single and also working on my new album. I’m looking forward to signing a record deal after I got released from SonyUK and I’m also touring again!

 

Photography: Miles Holder

Styling: a+c Studios

Hair: Lisa Farrall@wigbyl using beauty works and fudge

MUA: Natalie Viner

Words: Will Ballantyne Reid

 

‘Lights, Camera, Fashion’ – Roberto Aguilar for FAULT Online

scarf -Hermes, glasses -Tom Browne, dress-Karl Lagerfeld

scarf -Hermes, glasses -Tom Browne, dress-Karl Lagerfeld

Dress -Helmut Lang @ Harvey Nichols

Dress -Helmut Lang @ Harvey Nichols

Dress -Preen, Trainers  Guiseppi Zanotti

Dress -Preen, Trainers -Guiseppi Zanotti

Dress -KARL, socks -stylists own, shoes -Moncler

Dress -KARL, socks -stylists own, shoes -Moncler

Dress -KARL

Dress -KARL

Tuxedo -Rag & Bone @ Matches Fashion, briefs -Elle McPherson, glasses -Dita, baseball cap -KARL

Tuxedo -Rag & Bone @ Matches Fashion, briefs -Elle McPherson, glasses -Dita, baseball cap -KARL

Tuxedo -Rag & Bone @ Matches Fashion, briefs -Elle McPherson, glasses -Dita, baseball cap -KARL

Tuxedo -Rag & Bone @ Matches Fashion, briefs -Elle McPherson, glasses -Dita, baseball cap -KARL

Tuxedo -Rag & Bone @ Matches Fashion, briefs -Elle McPherson, glasses -Dita, baseball cap -KARL

Tuxedo -Rag & Bone @ Matches Fashion, briefs -Elle McPherson, glasses -Dita, baseball cap -KARL

Tuxedo -Rag & Bone @ Matches Fashion, briefs -Elle McPherson, glasses -Dita, baseball cap -KARL

Tuxedo -Rag & Bone @ Matches Fashion, briefs -Elle McPherson, glasses -Dita, baseball cap -KARL

Dress -Acne, Boots -as before

Dress -Acne, Boots -as before

Dress -Meadam Kirchoff @ Harvey Nichols, boots -One Hunred

Dress -Meadam Kirchoff @ Harvey Nichols, boots -One Hunred

Dress -Stella McCartney @ Matches Fashion, shoes -Guiseppi Zanotti, hat -Roberto Cavalli

Dress -Stella McCartney @ Matches Fashion, shoes -Guiseppi Zanotti, hat -Roberto Cavalli

Vest -DKNY, skirt -Roberto Cavalli

Vest -DKNY, skirt -Roberto Cavalli, boots- Roberto Clegerie

Cape -L'Agence

Cape -L’Agence

Cape -L'Agence

Cape -L’Agence

Photography: Roberto Aguilar
Fashion Stylist: Rachel Gold @LHA Represents
Model: Ollie Henderson @ FM Model Management
MUA: Lan Nguyen-Grealis using MAC Cosmetics
Hair: Johnny Harte using Tigi
Nails: Pebbles Aitkens using Dior
Special Thanks  to Bedhead Studio

 

Carla Guler

Jumper by Issey Miyake  Necklace by MCL Earrings by Maria Black

Jumper by Issey Miyake
Necklace by MCL
Earrings by Maria Black

Dress by Antipodium Shirt by Issey Miyake Earrings by Merle O'Grady

Dress by Antipodium
Shirt by Issey Miyake
Earrings by Merle O’Grady

Dress by Felder Felder Earrings by Magic Triangle Bracelet by MCL

Dress by Felder Felder
Earrings by Magic Triangle
Bracelet by MCL

Dress by Alexis Barrell Earrings and rings by Merle O'Grady

Dress by Alexis Barrell
Earrings and rings by Merle O’Grady

Dress by Herve Leger Necklace by Lara Bohinc Bracelet by Magic Triangle

Dress by Herve Leger
Necklace by Lara Bohinc
Bracelet by Magic Triangle

Dress by Felder Felder Jacket by Pam Hogg Ring by Lara Bohinc

Dress by Felder Felder
Jacket by Pam Hogg
Ring by Lara Bohinc

Jacket by Kenzo Necklace by Roberto Cavalli

Jacket by Kenzo
Necklace by Roberto Cavalli

Jacket by Felder Felder  Ear cuff by Roberto Cavalli

Jacket by Felder Felder
Ear cuff by Roberto Cavalli

Jacket and visor both by Alexis Barrell Necklace and earrings both by Lara Bohinc

Jacket and visor both by Alexis Barrell
Necklace and earrings both by Lara Bohinc

Head Piece by Pam Hogg Dress by Roberto Cavalli  Bracelet by Delfina Delettrez (cuff) and Magic Triangle (fine bangle)

Head Piece by Pam Hogg
Dress by Roberto Cavalli
Bracelet by Delfina Delettrez (cuff) and Magic Triangle (fine bangle)

Shirt by Issey Miyake Rings by Lara Bohinc

Shirt by Issey Miyake
Rings by Lara Bohinc

 

Photographer: Carla Guler
Stylist: Alexandra Bickerdike
Hair and make up: Chanel Sellears
Model: Lola from nevs

 

FAULT Fashion – Chinatown

Photographer: Miguel Starcevich
Styling: Luke Storey & Lauren Messiah
Makeup: Anna Branson
Hair: Johnny Z