We’re not mean. We’re green. The art team’s desks are decorated with potted plants (they really did shop for those themselves) to match the new tables. Our personal instagram accounts are bursting with #plantlife photos. We’ve been making mini “save the planet” campaigns in the magazine, and we also recently collaborated with A Liter of Light, an organization that recycles plastic bottles to provide light. So we thought, for this month of June, why not release our first ever Green issue? Yep, it’s our first, but we’re a young team after all. Call us a baby bloomer, why don’t you, and join the movement.
The Angel from Down Under, Miranda Kerr, graces our pages to promote purer pastures. The supermodel is tending to own line of eco-friendly (and any skin type-friendly) cosmetics, KORA Cosmetics, that we here at the office have been beautifying ourselves with these past few weeks. Miranda, ever the model citizen, has been living a green life since her teen years, adopting a (mostly) vegetarian diet at the age of 14. Nowadays, Miranda champions green fashion (Edun, Stella McCartney, etc.); wholesome well-being (pilates, anyone?); and all things rosy. It was a no brainer for us to have her as the face of our healthy new issue. But there’s more to being green than vegetables, yoga, and faux fur.
When you think Hannah Murray, the first green thing that might come to mind is the sticky icky kind. However, beneath the roles she’s portrayed (Cassie “Oh Wow!” Ainsworth of Skins, maimed hippie #2 in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, a groveling wildling on Game of Thrones) is a girl who’s as keen as she is green in the industry. The 22-year-old, besides being a veggie eater, remains a fresh face on the screen, bringing a charismatic glow to her characters (Who else could better translate her glow onto the paper than photographer David Sheldrick, stylist Chad Burton, makeup artist Chloe Han, and hairstylist Lily Park, who exclusively shot Hannah for us in London? Thank you, team! Shout out to Karen Santos for the pizza!) Up next, the Skins reunion season and The Numbers Station opposite Malin Akerman and John Cusack.
Japanese artist and Louis Vuitton collaborator Yayoi Kusama makes sure that the environment is always looking good with her polka-dotted hallucinations turned installations. Hhmmm… Peg for a room in the office? She’s as busy as her artwork with shows at Tate Modern, Gagosian, Whitney. Also expect a retrospective book to be published by Rizzoli in July.
Don’t miss the rest of our features including Best Coast, The Wombats, Japandroids, Lower Dens, Capital Cities, The Gentle Isolation, and Lonsdale Boys Club, maestros who would take care of your playlist when you’re out and about enjoying the cityscape.
We also got Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, UK reverse graffiti artist Moose, Manila’s very own Jagnus Design Studio, ecosocio company Bambike’s Bryan McClelland (who makes the coolest-looking bamboo bikes in town), menswear designer Julian Zigerli, Inbetweeners US lead girl Alex Frnka, artist duo K&i Design Studio, and Teen Wolf‘s bad girl Holland Roden.
While we got to talk to the rest of the young startups who are down for saving the planet like we are—i.e. NICE (Nordic Initiative, Clean and Ethical) Fashion, A Liter of Light, and Thirst Project for Block Party—we also wanna save your wardrobe. Check out the blooming editorial we did at the Manila Hotel, our SWAG pages featuring the latest sneakers, white jeans, loafers, envelope clutches, knitted sweaters, leather bracelets, and our Statusphere section.
When you’re done grabbing the new issue at your friendly neighborhood bookstore, take a photo of yourself wearing your Keds, share it on Keds’ Facebook page, and win free passes to to our Earthly Delights Party (you know you wanna be all hippie chic even once in your life) this Saturday, June 2, 1-7pm at Skye Lounge. Contest ends tomorrow at noon. Go green or go home.—SARGE O’SHEA