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Guided by Gazelles

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Dexter Flawk’s latest collection came to him in a myth-like dream with a gazelle at the forefront of his psyche.  This is no coincidence for Dexter, since he feels a divine connection to this graceful spirit guide.  It is an animal that he goes to often for inspiration, spending nights pondering its limitless beauty and elegance.  Gazelle and the Hunter is a story told through intention and fabric about a gazelle that moves a hunter to fall in love with her.  When Dexter’s unconscious mind sewed the details of this narrative together, his Native American heritage becomes a strong thread that helps him return to his love for performance wear as a career path that's come full circle.  Dexter unfolds his work further in this interview about the the hunter who loves the sentient being that he first set out to kill.  


What meaning does the gazelle character take on in your art?
The gazelle represents a tribe of women who are half human, half gazelle, and forest brujas.  Everything in their natural habitat wants to eat them, hunt them, and use them.  In my world, I truly always feel against all the odds as an artist fighting to really get my point-of-view out to the masses.  There is a hungry lion at every turn.  While loving the gazelle, the hunter wants to hunt her and her people.  The gazelle character is also always against all the odds.  
How else do you relate to the gazelle in your own life?
The gazelle has always been my spirit animal.  I have been told I look a bit deer-like from time to time! I take it as a compliment and tell people, I'm more of a gazelle.  In pagan religions and systems, a spirit animal or totem is meant to be a representation of the traits and skills that you have. For me, it's just a feeling and connection almost seducing you to its power.  My mom's stories of creole and Native American culture are such an inspiration so it only seems right that I take a few seasons to explore that and explore myself. My family tells me if an animal pops up over and over again in your daily life it could be your spiritual guide. I'm not sure if that is telling me to watch out for metaphorical lions or if I am supposed to use it as art inspiration to move my designs forward. Mostly, it’s the presence and elegance of the gazelle and it's natural, editorial makeup that draws my creative brain to them. They remind me of everything I look for in a really good runway model.


What other elements came into play in the creation of Gazelle and the Hunter?
I want to leave behind the world of wearable fashion and go back to my roots as a performance artist's designer. This is my first time using a lot of color but I think it's important to push myself to try new things. This collection came to me in a dream inspired by The Dark Crystal, Fern Gully, and my love for all things dark.  I have also been studying and researching tribes from Iceland to Costa Rica.  The tribes and atmosphere of Africa, and other world tribes are driving my creative brain to speak, now I just have to see if people hear Gazelle and the Hunter. Most of my work can be found at Dextersimmons.com but if you are interested in booking me for a custom piece, or as a stylist/creative director email me at flawkflawk@yahoo.com. I have a rack at home that I get to enjoy to myself right now.



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 Blue Velvet Vintage. Photo by 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. 


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 Chama Chereau

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.  



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.


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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.