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Reflekt Interiors: Maya Sonico's Vintage dream
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We had the honor of shooting Muse Maya Sonico (Issue º5) in her sister's vintage house filled with Wes Andersonian aesthetics, kitschy knick-knacks strewn throughout the house, analog decor of a typewriter, record player, vintage camers and even a 1950's stove! Perfectly reflekted Maya's Vintage style to a T.




Bad Politcians / Great Style
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BTS shots from the "Bad politics / good Style" in Issue º8 DISTINCT article highlighting history's most notorious politicians (Marie Antoinette, Mobutue Sese Seko and Imelda Marcos) really great style.

Models: Marie Antoinette (Hilary), Mobutu Sese Seko (Jade) and Imelda Marcos (Camay)
photographer: Hali Espinoza
styling: C.V
wardrobe: Bryan and Johnny, vintage, and in-house made

mua: Natash Makeup

You can see the article in its entirety at our London affiliate PYMCA (a digital archives showcasing London street fashion history) 
http://www.uthzine.com/post/90251012858/pyzine-collaborates-with-us-youth-style-magazine





Daily Muse: Jenny Rieu. Parisian Pinup
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Ad Campaign shot for Daisy Dapper by A.N (Retouching Jason Kamimura) (2015)

What is your occupation?
I’m a freelance Model and Singer and I also have a fashion column in Pinup Alternative Magazine. I began modeling back when I was still living in my native Paris back in 2008. I started getting more exposure last year when I shot the “Couture for Every Body” campaign for Pinup Girl Clothing. 

“Couture for Every Body” campaign shot by Holly West for Pinup Girl Clothing (2014)

Since then I started working with more brands and landed my first two magazine covers. 


Cover Model for Pinup Alternative Magazine and Black Pinups (2014) Photo by Jason Kamimura (Pinup Alternative) and Chama Chereau (Black Pinups).

As far as my music career, I have produced my own cabaret show 
“The Lady In Red” which I performed for a number of years in L.A and Paris and I wrote a theme song for the award winning documentary: “Let them eat cake”.

Link to the song “Patisserie” from the award-winning documentary “Let Them Eat Cake” http://www.amazon.com/Patisserie/dp/B00N0I7NOU (circa 2012)


Where were you born and describe your family life? Mom, dad, siblings?
I was born in Paris 14th arrondissement, but I was raised by a single mom in the suburbs of a small town called Vélizy-Villacoublay. I am grateful to my mum who has worked hard her whole life so that I would be able to travel early on. Culture, Arts and Music were always predominant in our household. Growing up we attended film festivals, concerts, museums and it has greatly contributed to the person that I have become. I’d like to also mention another key influence in my upbringing, my grandfather who was the main father figure I grew up with. Before world war II began, he painted movie posters at a local theater in Paris. Later on he started doing family portraits. I think that the artistic fiber definitely runs in our family and it is definitely something that I cultivate.I didn’t have any siblings growing up, but I grew up with a passion for singing and performing that was supported by my mother.

Photo taken by British photographer David Salisbury in Montmartre, Paris. (Circa 2008)

How did your style develop?

This is an interesting question. I think my style has changed a lot throughout the years. I know that a lot of classmates back in high school even teachers remembered me for my style. 
Fashion has always been a way for me to express myself and free myself from society standards. I’ve always felt the need to wear clothes that were unique and fun. As a teenager I had a more urban look, which reflected the town where I grew up and its multiculturalism. I also think that at the time I was into skinny jeans, short skirts and big platform shoes. 
Then I had a phase where I only wore black for a couple of years. The Dark years!
And I’ve also had my J-LO phase. 
After moving to New York things drastically changed I was all about black leggings and long jackets. 
For the past 5 years and after producing a cabaret show dedicated to the 1920s up to 1960s, I have fell in love with the pin-up style. And this is has been my niche ever since. I remember not always dressing like that 24/7, but I quickly became addicted to the pin-up look. I especially love the 1960s and I ’m also drawn to Pop Art. So I often mix both styles because of the bold colors and crazy cool prints!

How do you think people react to how you dress?
People are so welcoming to the style. I often get stopped on the street! I’ve even had women asking where I got my outfits or stopping me for a picture.I’m very grateful for how positively it is received. It’s nice to see that expressing myself through clothing is so appreciated and accepted. 

What is one style tip that you do that you wouldn't really recommend to someone else?
This is hard to say, as I think style is personal and everyone is entitled to having their own. I don’t think it’s my place to say what could or couldn’t be done style wise.

Have you stolen, borrowed, or adopted any style, fashion ideas or physical items from friends or family?
Yes of course. I have borrowed or stolen clothes from my mum before and vice-versa. I still have a vintage crocodile belt from her and a pair of black slacks(laughs). Now as far as fashion ideas, I love getting inspired from the fashions from the past and I follow a lot of stylish bloggers on instagram that feed me with their daily creativity. I stumbled upon the account of Flamingo Vintage through your Proper Issue. She definitely has her own thing going on and I love that! That’s what I go for as well, as far as my style, I have my own style. When I collaborate with a brand for example, I usually have a specific idea about the location, the styling and the color palette. So I do get inspired from others but at the end of the day, my fashion style is always 100% Jenny’s style.

When clothes shopping what are you looking for in a clothing item?
When I shop for clothes I look for a great fit and design. As a curvy woman it is very difficult to dress stylish and sexy at the same time. I like to dress like a pin-up with a touch of elegance.  


Ad Campaign shot for Blue Velvet Vintage. Photo by Jason Kamimura. (2015)

What is your advice or life mantra for Reflekt readers?
“Don’t worry about what others say, do your own style!”


Me at 5 or 6 years old. Photo by Marie-France Rieu.


*All of my social media handles:


Mandarin Baby.

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BTS shots from Issue º8 shoot for "Are you weird enough?" article. It was our first time shooting gorgeous model Frenchy. Her big curly hair, healthy skin, and baby doll cheeks were everything and still are as we feature her quite often! We shot at night in Chinatown when the neon lights outline the pagoda style store fronts. It was also when Otis College was doing a a spotlight feature on Reflekt for our editor-in-chief's alma mater. 





Lemon Yellow Lady of Leisure
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Point of fashion: coat, gloves and scarf. She was perfectly coordinated strolling through the Eiffel Tower. Tres chic.

Pop Punk

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BTS shots from "Gatsby Riot" shoot for Issue º6
model: Bie Lee (our beautiful page designer/ photographer/ sometimes model)
photographer: C.V
clothes: EA Vintage

bie and Lawrence (our videographer) being hammy!


This art deco inspired dress was made jsut for this shoot. Silk satin with puffy paint art deco print.


Digital Issue º12 TRAVEL
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Price: $2
Travel Features:
-Gorgeously cool editorials from London, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, and LA
-Features of far away lands, time travel and astral projection
-Cure for Culture Shock
-Dr. Who style guide
-Muse interviews with a London Linguist (Gavino Di Vino) Bangkok/London Dancer and Fashion Consultant (Manrutt Wongkaew) and LA musician and artist (Def Sound)
-Guides of unusual travel hacks, how to haggle, exploring a different "you" on vacation, and what to wear on public transportation
-Rare Leigh Bowery photo given by renowned London street fashion photographer Peter Paul Hartnett
- Fashion history of Stewardesses and Trainspotting
-Futurist Fashion from the 1930's
-Steam Punk
-60's Space / Futuristic fashion
-How to be a stylish traveller on a budget
-How to explore abandoned places as told by well known LA urban explorer 4th and Spring - See more at: http://www.reflektmag.com/2015/06/reflekt-issue-12-travel.html#sthash.GqTWwDbz.dpuf

Reflekt Issue º12 TRAVEL
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Price: $12
Our Travel Issue Features:
-Gorgeously cool editorials from London, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, and LA
-Features of far away lands, time travel and astral projection
-Cure for Culture Shock
-Dr. Who style guide
-Muse interviews with a London Linguist (Gavino Di Vino) Bangkok/London Dancer and Fashion Consultant (Manrutt Wongkaew) and LA musician and artist (Def Sound)
-Guides of unusual travel hacks, how to haggle, exploring a different "you" on vacation, and what to wear on public transportation
-Rare Leigh Bowery photo given by renowned London street fashion photographer Peter Paul Hartnett
- Fashion history of Stewardesses and Trainspotting
-Futurist Fashion from the 1930's
-Steam Punk
-60's Space / Futuristic fashion
-How to be a stylish traveller on a budget
-How to explore abandoned places as told by well known LA urban explorer 4th and Spring




Red and black ode to 90's hip hop style
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Seen at the Eiffel Tower Paris. It was drizzling that day but he looked crisp and fly in red and noir ensemble. Definitely cheered up our dreary day!

Pre-sale of issue º12 Travel June 1st!
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It's finally here! Issue º12 TRAVEL will be up for Pre-sales June 1st Monday! Order your print copy for $12 or order a digital copy for $2 if you're the impatient type. It's ok, we understand.

Reflekt Muse: Isaac Takeuchi
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Music emanates from every carpeted wall in a dim room lightly illuminated by a string of lights. They guide me to an open space in the room, controlled almost completely by music equipment and an austere portrait of Alf.  It is here that our local fashionisto agrees to an interview, In a studio split by an array of LA artists,  Isaac Takeuchi is a cellist, teacher, and chess enthusiast who is often snickered at or complimented for his sense of fashion.  It is audacious to say the least.  He has been in such notable groups as Tes Elations and Chelsea Wolfe.  Tes Elations, Isaac's latest major musical endeavor, released their self-titled album last year.  After catching a live performance, I knew an investigation in fashion was already underway.  Here is the fruit of our conversation on fashion and music, interrupted only by the change of records:

REFLEKT When do you feel like you developed a sense of style?

ISAAC Definitely when I got into high school.  That’s when I started listening to music, and was listening to what a lot of my friends at the time were listening to, which was grunge and punk music. For me it was pretty pragmatic. I knew if I wore certain things, then I would attract certain people.  So I put patches on my clothes and tore holes in them so that I could meet people that I wanted to meet. Musicians. I wanted people to think: This guy probably listens to good music.

REFLEKT How has your sense of fashion evolved?

ISAAC I don’t know. I’ve been through so many different phases.  And now I feel like I’m in the middle of where I want to go with fashion. I feel like what I want to wear isn’t available to me.  I used to be into vintage, but I feel like that source is tapped out I keep seeing too many of the same patterns.  I keep a look out for items on Etsy. I would like to see a lot of geometric designs on clothing, or optical illusions. I guess, it all goes back to how it started. I want to attract intellectuals and musicians. I’m really into fractals, but all I can find are really tacky t-shirts. They don’t convey style. They’re just silk-screened Mandelbrot images. Maybe, I will find something soon that has the design integrated into the fabric and has more aesthetic appeal.

REFLEKT What changes would you like to see in fashion?

ISAAC I would like to see it become a lot weirder. Weirdos. I want it to be less concerned with business. I don’t like business aesthetic. I think it’s just an expression of capitalism and it’s ironic. If it’s too polished, then it smells too much of Imperialism.

REFLEKT Does your dress say something different depending on your musical project?

ISAAC Yeah, it does. I try to think about what the project is about. I try to think about an aesthetic that enhances the music. With Tes Elations, I feel like something sophisticated yet eccentric goes with the vibe. Tes Elations uses Middle Eastern scales at times. Some writers have said it sounds mysterious.  Whatever that means. Sometimes I’ll wear prints that have a Middle Eastern vibe to compliment the music. If I do a purely classical show, it would be more sophisticated with a hair of eccentricity because that’s how I am.

REFLEKT So you describe your style as eccentric?

ISAAC Not in general. When I do shows though, I like to pick shirts that are sort of weird and that I’ve never seen before. I like prints, maybe landscapes or geometric shapes.

ISAAC Not in general. When I do shows though, I like to pick shirts that are sort of weird and that I’ve never seen before. I like prints, maybe landscapes or geometric shapes.

REFLEKT What’s your favorite piece in your wardrobe?

ISAAC I have like all these dress shirts that I kind of like equally because they each have their own personality. They all have a different vibe.  Their pattern is sort of wild or really shiny. There’s something weird about it.

REFLEKT How does your cello complement or inform your style?

ISAAC I think the biggest thing is the psychological effect of playing cello. When you’re playing cello or any string instrument, you have to develop your technique. There’s an OCD-ness about ones self, From having to expose yourself to that kind of meticulous regime. I want my shoes to look nice. I want my socks to look nice. That concerns me. It’s  like an obsessive-compulsive disorder that I’ve developed from playing cello.

REFLEKT Do you have any fashion muses?

ISAAC I do.  I mean, I’m not very versed on fashion.  I would like to learn more. I would have to say I am a big fan of Alexander McQueen. I like how bold he is.  His work is sophisticated and very creative. He has some of the most creative designs I’ve seen.

REFLEKT Do you have any style ideas for your next project in music?

ISAAC I do. It’s kind of a secret. My whole project is going to be a secret. My identity will remain unknown for this project. We’ll see how this works as a marketing scheme.  It is tricky to sell your self anonymously.

Look out for Isaac at your local DIY venues.  He’s the one standing outside, getting his social fix.  While he does not claim to be a part of any group, Individuality is not a rare quality in Los Angeles. Fashion and music facilitate the attraction of like-minded individuals through artistic expression. The fashion is brave like the music, daring to speak in tongues.