DO YOU ALREADY KNOW JEFF WARD?

cover_Photographer: Yasmine Kateb; Grooming: Erik Torppe of Erik Torppe Artistry

Born and bred in the USA with a passion for acting since primary school, Jeff Ward is an american actor and writer of whom you will surely hear about in the next months. Amongst the cast’s names of the expected fifth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stands out the one of Jeff, who plays a key role. We already know him from the TV series Channel Zero: The No-End House where he played the role of Seth, a magnetic and charismatic guy with a troubled background, completely different from Jeff’s one. In his future the actor hopes to fine tune his biggest passions, writing and acting, and then deal whit the direction and setting in theatres and films. MANINTOWN interviewed Jeff Ward to know him better and to ask him about goals and dreams he has for his future career. In the meantime we are waiting to watch him in the new and compelling season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., soon available on Netflix, that will keep us glued to the screen, as Jeff says.

How old were you when you started to become interested about acting?

I acted in a play when I was in primary school. My teacher wrote a version of Tom Thumb and I played the leading role. That, combined with an obsession with movies from an early age, always made me curious of this fascinating world.

Do you have an actor who inspires you?

Of course. There are so many. Cillian Murphy always comes to mind. Sam Rockwell, Joaquin Phoenix, John C Reilly, Tilda Swinton and Mark Rylance to name a few. Recently, I really loved Jude Law’s performance in The Young Pope, ditto for Diane Keaton. Also, Robert Pattinson’s in Good Time.

Your role as Seth, in the series “Channel Zero: The No-End House” has been described as, “A magnetic, soft-spoken, and charismatic guy.” Do you recognise yourself in your role?

Not really. I think we are pretty different people. Seth is an orphan and that formed a lot of who he is and how he looks at the world. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just means we come from different backgrounds. He’s an interesting guy, but it’s better to watch the show to find out than for me to talk about it.

We will see you in the fifth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Can you anticipate us something about your role defined by rumors a “key” recurring role?”

All I can say is that season five is really going to be amazing. I got really lucky with the character I’m playing so I’ve been having lots of fun on the show. If you’re a fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy…give this season a shot.

Are you a follower of fashion trends?

I’m not really. I did see the new Yeezy season however. I love Kanye but the collection still kinda looks like rags. Although, I do love the shoes.

If you can choose, what role would you like to play?

I’d love to play Hamlet or Iago from Othello.

How do you imagine your career going in 10 years?

I hope to be involved in a combination of writing and directing in both theatre and film. And I feel like I am just starting to get a handle on acting, especially on film. So obviously, I’d hope that’s in there too.

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Rankin for Aston Martin Vantage

The New Aston Martin Vantage has made its debut with a unique portfolio of imagery and film by Rankin, one of the most famous photographer of this time; he celebrates the new Vantage’s dynamic form and its aggressive character. The film explores the limits while, in the same time, captures the car as art; drones and a chase car are included  to create a dynamic and dramatic story. Vantage, which is actually born on the track and handmade in England, is the second car in Aston Martin’s Second Century plan, and it is the model most focused on sport.
The artistic vision of Rankin is based on the brief that ‘beautiful won’t be tamed’.           

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GRAHAM PATRICK MARTIN IS BACK WITH MAJOR CRIMES

26-year-old Graham Patrick Martin has already played notable roles on Two and a Half Men as Elridge McElroy and as Trent in the TBS comedy The Bill Engvall Show starring alongside the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Nancy Travis. However, his most important role is that of Rusty Beck in the critically-acclaimed drama series Major Crimes, the spin-off of The Closer, whose sixth season has returned to TNT. Martin will also star in the indie film Bukowski, based on the life of Charles Bukowski, which is directed by James Franco. MANINTOWN has interviewed him for you.

Which iconic actors and directors inspire you? 
I love what Denis Villeneuve is putting out there right now. In terms of actors – I like the selection of films Jake Gyllenhaal has chosen to work on lately.  

Can you anticipate us something about your character in the sixth season of Major Crimes
It’s going to be dangerous. Rusty is in danger. The whole squad is in danger. The writers are not holding back in this final season.

In this drama series you play the role of a once homeless teen. How did you prepare yourself for it? 
By volunteering at the Covenant House California- a shelter for homeless youth.

We know you are a huge Saints fan and a sport enthusiast. Which activities do you like to do the most? 
I like to go to games. Fortunately, my team is doing well this year-which is always fun. Personally, I play football on weekends with my friends sometimes. But lately I’ve been super into yoga.

How is your relationship with fashion? An item you cannot live without? 
I’m pretty basic when it comes to fashion. I don’t take risks at all. T-shirt, jeans, and my AllSaints boots is basically my daily uniform.

What are your future projects? 
Major Crimes is what’s up right now. Check it out on TNT!

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Photographer: Dylan Lujano @dylanlujano
Stylist: David Nino @davidmnino
Grooming: Matilde Campos @tildebymatilde

Mr P. by MR PORTER

MR PORTER is pleased to present the launch of Mr P., its brand new label. Created by a team of in-house designers, Mr P. is a year-round collection focused on fundamental core staples. There will be five limited-edition capsules every year, each ispired by an icon of the past or present: the inspiration for the November collection will be the postwar ‘School of London’ artists. The soul of every garment reflects, as a mirror, the maxim of the team: Easy pieces. Smart details. Enduring style. Overall, P. will present 24 Essential styles, available year-round and 29 seasonal styles, including stand out pieces in denim wool and cashmere.

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COCO CLUB CHANEL event in SOHO, NEW YORK

It is not a regular Friday night in New York City when Chanel transforms a women only co-working space (the Wing) in Soho into a fabulous all immersive Coco Club, an exclusive “mademoiselles only” club, inspired by the traditional men’s only social clubs.
Following the notion that “what is good for a man is better for a woman”, maison Chanel envisioned a pop up club that takes what is best from men’s lifestyle as an inspiration and makes it even better for a woman. The borrowed from the boys lifestyle concept has turned out in fact to be a real winning and star studded launch event in the Big Apple.
All of this to celebrate the Boyfriend watch, a fabulous and elegant Chanel designed watch with a masculine flair.
Interlocking C’s at every corner and motivational quotes inspired by the legend Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, the club is a really full immersion Chanel experience, a Shangri -La and a corner of heaven for the luxury loving fashionistas of the iconic brand, be men or women.
At the entrance, the check-in staff greeted each and every guest with a personalized membership gold card to be complemented with a personal photo taken in an exquisitely decorated space and fun photo booth.
Inspired by the celebrated Chanel Boyfriend line, the whole concept space is a true tribute to the legendary Coco’s signature style. A beauty room filled with dreamy make up by Chanel and puffy feathery stools to be pampered on, a library filled with monogrammed Coco stationery, pool tables, ping pong tables, a café serving themed items like a girl’s club sandwich and a boy’, a locker room in which even the towels have been specifically styled in timeless black and white, and a numerologist: did you know that Coco was fascinated with numerology?
The floor of course is set on the iconic no. 5 in an elevator on Mercer Street.
Ultimately a wonderful success for the launch and a lovely reminder on how men’ s fashion and lifestyle can inspire women’s fashion and lifestyle, just like Coco would forsake the long gown and feathers remainders of the old siècle fashion for more practical men inspired streamlined and designed for elegant practicality modern outfits. Creativity at its highest it’s a wonderful thing to share and borrow.
Infin, bravo Chanel encore and toujours!

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3 NEW FILMS FOR RANKIN’S UNISEX FRAGRANCE

Sex, sensuality and liberation ispire the erotic and sensual S&X campaign #roundtwo by Azzi Glasser and The Full Service, with whom Rankin celebrates his new unisex fragrance, an erotic homage to the human being, conceived by The Full Service as a new series in three parts. Rankin captures the fleeting desire through an image, while Azzi, fragrance designer, does the same with his scents. The parfume, called The Perfumer Story, is described as: a hedonistic symphony of notes that tell the story of the touch of bodies, the beauty of skin on skin and above all lasting memories.
In these films Rankin focused on the idea of universal sexuality and this parfume it’s surely the best way to reach this ideal.

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ALANUI Fall/Winter 2017-2018

The video of ALANUI Fall/Winter 2017-2018 is set in the surreal atmosphere of the Cava delle Cervaiole, Italy. The images created infuse a sense of eternity and an uncontrollable urge to adventure: the warm volumes of the 100% cashmere cardigans are skillfully juxtaposed with the cold arabesque marble. What emerges is a dichotomy: cold and warm, sharp and flamboyant.
The grey veins of the marble seem to follow the mélange of the fisherman sweaters, while the colors of nature converse with lamè motifs that melt into the cashmere, whereas the horizon itself seems wrapped in the oversized ponchos.


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Videographer| Francesco Parrella
Camera| Cristian De Giglio
Models| Axelle Mariani e Marcus Leo Bruno
Styling| Carlotta Oddi
Hair| Andrea Costa
Make-up| Giorgia Trezzi
Music| “Viscous” by Tom Quick/Sara Garvey

 

“Three for two” by De Fursac

Born in Paris in 1973 and setting up its first workshop in Saint-Pierre-de-Fursac, De Fursac is creating a wardrobe, where formal attire, elegant casuals and evening wear stylishly coexist. Blending yesterday’s elegance with contemporary chic, De Fursac’s high-end pieces reflect its own reputation in their pertinence and durability.
De Fursac is launching a video realized by Masha Vasyukova, “Three for two”: rehearsals, preludes, improvisations and love stories, all played out on the stage and behind the scenes: every life is a show. And every day a grand premier. De Fursac celebrates those who show themselves in the best light, ready to enter the dance. In perfect rhythm.

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NIC FANCIULLI debuts with his first album “my heart”

As an internationally renowned DJ, Nic Fanciulli has already become synonymous with electronic music and he has participated to the revolution of the dance music in Ibiza. As a producer, he has received a Grammy Nomination. His precious ten-year experience is collected in his first album, “My Heart”, a creative place where anyone can immerse himself or herself into new experimental tunes, declined in sixteen tracks, made in collaboration with other artists the likes of Damon Albarn, Jamie Principle, Eagles & Butterflies and Guy Gerber, just to name a few.

When did you realise that music would be your future?
I’ve always been interested in music but was when I got asked by BBC Radio 1 to present my first dance show on ‘In New Music We Trust’ back in 2005.  I think that’s when I released I could make a career out of it.

Where do you mostly find inspiration for your music?
Other people. Just going and listening to different music, you know? From going to a bar and listening to a band you don’t know to walking into a club when I’ve got a night off. It’s really hard to say because I have such a varied style of music; I love everything from Disco to Drum & Bass. But I’d say in terms of DJs that influence me the most it would be people like Laurent Garnier and Françios K because their music is so eclectic. They play so across the board that every new record they play will inspire me.  

You also run the house label “Saved Records” with your brother Mark Fanciulli. How did you end up working together?
In 2007, I went on tour for about a year, and I took my foot off the gas a bit with the label. I assumed that when you had a label it would just work. When I came back the record sales were pretty bad because I wasn’t putting any effort or passion into it. I was busy on the road so I was just signing records that I like, putting them out not really working the records properly. My brother had just finished university, and I asked him to come and help me the label. He pretty much put the label back on the map because he came on full time with me and worked hard to get the label back on track. We’re up to 155 releases now, and I kind of owe it to him really! When you’re travelling and touring you need a good team around you, Mark came in and really worked that part.

There’s a lot of collaborations on the album from Audion and Eagles & Butterflies to Damon Albarn. How do you select the artists to collaborate with?
I had a list of people that I’d love to work with. It was really organic, and I didn’t want to stress myself out trying to work with artists that were just impossible to work with. I work with people that are respected and that are good friends of mine, so it was quite an easy process really. Working with people like Guy Gerber, Matthew Dear and even Damon Albarn. Damon and I didn’t know each other, but even that collaboration happened really organically. It wasn’t a case of “Oh I might be able to collaborate with you in six or seven months, but I can’t do it at the moment”. It was pretty much a case of “Yep I’ll do the record with you”, and within two or three days we had their part of the demos sent over. Apart from the Damon Albarn collaboration, the rest are with my friends. I can have a list of people that you want to work with that obviously are so busy. You don’t want to stress yourself out because you’ll just be waiting for people the whole time, so I tried to be more realistic, and I wanted to work with people that are super talented. The collaborations we have on the album are absolutely ridiculous, so it worked out well.

On the 20th October your album “My Heart” is released. What do the sixteen tracks have in common?
I think the whole idea of the album came after writing so many demos. There were a lot of tracks that didn’t make the record because they didn’t really fit the kind of melodic, musical feel of the LP. Everything is electronic, melodic and interesting, so I had to really whittle down the demos to get the final sixteen tracks on the album. The tracks all flow into each other, it has the same mentality as a DJ set really from start to finish. It’s varied in the sense that some tracks don’t have kick drums in and others do but I’d say that across the board it’s electronic dance music.

Are there places where you haven’t played yet that you’d like to?
Wow, it’s hard to say after 15 years. The thing is there are news clubs opening year in year out and I’m lucky enough to play in many different countries and cities all over the world. I think you always find that gem that you had even heard about, which may not even be the most talked about place but you end up playing there and it exceeds all expectations. There are a lot of famous venues that are tipped as the clubs that everyone should play. But then I’ve played at those clubs, and sometimes they’re not as amazing as everyone makes them out to be. Ocassionally I go to a club that no-one really talks about and it can be ten times better. I’d love to play at Fuji Rock festival, that’s definitely one that I’ve always wanted to do.

A special song for you from the album and why?
They’re all really good, but I’d have to say ‘Saying’. Collaborating with Damon Albarn on the album was pretty amazing because it was someone that I’ve grown up listening to from the Blur days to the Gorillaz. So to being able to work with someone that’s made so many amazing records and also reminds me of my childhood and school was pretty special.

How is your relationship with fashion? Do you think it’s important in music?
I’m quite obsessed with fashion. Especially when it comes to new and emerging designers. Fashion is art and goes in conjunction with music really. I’m really into OFF WHITE by Virgil Abloh, and Boris Bidjan is another designer who kind of associates himself with the music scene. One of my favourite designers is Riccardo Tisci, the former artistic director at Givenchy.

An accessory you cannot live without?
My watch! It’s a Patek Philippe Aquanaut which was a treat to myself.

What are your next projects?
I’m doing two limited edition, album live shows. We’re going to do one at Art Basel in Miami this November and then another in London in January next year. The Ibiza season has just finished now, so I’m headed to South America, North America, Asia and Australia for the winter.

Stream/ buy here – https://lnk.to/MYHEARTALB
Buy Tickets to Art Basel Miami Live show here
Buy Tickets to the London Live show here

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ÉDITIONS M.R. x LE COQ SPORTIF: THE NEW ‘MADE IN FRANCE’ SNEAKERS

Le Coq Sportif inaugurates the new Made In France line by partnering with Éditions M.R., a French mens prêt-à- porter brand with whom  it combines its history and craftsmanship with the launch of two new limited edition sneakers. Founded in 2009 by Mathieu de Ménonville, the fashion house had full access to Le Coq Sportif’s archives to reinvent a 1981 prototype, the iconic LCS Turbostyle. The result of the collaboration is a suede and leather sneaker, available in two variants, blue navy / bordeaux and blue navy / white, with a minimal enough design to make them perfect for any occasion.
Éditions M.R. x Le Coq Sportif – LCS Turbostyle are on sale, as well as in the official stores, also at 10 Corso Como, in Milan.

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