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 | fashion |

force of peculiarity

sarah richards, manhattan native, rhode island school of design graduate, and founder + designer of richards is an explorer of all things peculiar. from sarah’s use of fine fabrics, to her hyper-real graphic print imagery, richards eponymous collection creates an earthly + surreal extraterrestrial mood.

no stranger to design, sarah richards, has worked with a range of top fashion brands like proenza schouler, peter som, diane von furstenberg, and opening ceremony.

 

V: so sarah, how was richards brought to life?

 

sarah richards [sr]: i started working on the line a year after graduating from rhode island school of design [risd] in 2011. i wanted to continue working on the ideas that fueled my thesis, by translating the prints i was working with onto accessible silhouettes, as well as creating new print compositions. i started first with a silk button down and the collection has grown from there.

 

V: what is the design aesthetic at richards?

 

sr:  the look is always a bold one, and can tend to be on the surreal side. i am attracted to strong colors and symbols. there is often a pairing of the manmade and the organic in the images i am drawn to.

 

V: how does the design team at richards work?

 

sr: in terms of design, patternmaking and sample sewing, richards is a team of one. however, i am lucky to have a great number of people, mostly other risd grads, who have been generous collaborators and integral to the success of the brand’s endeavors.

 

V: how important is the work space to your creativity?

 

sr: i design the prints on my computer, so having streamlined technology is the best way to achieve a clear focus in that realm. patternmaking and sewing clothing is a completely different task, but one which i enjoy just as much. i work in a very tight space, so the design of my studio is purely functional. i have never been one to surround myself with many objects or images for inspiration in my space. my mood changes so fast; i would rather keep my thoughts cataloged on my desktop. 

 

V: what is your favorite design tool to work with?

 

sr: i definitely have a soft spot for photoshop, but i have recently fallen in love with blender, which i use to create 3d shapes.

1/3 | click here to keep up with richards.

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V: kimee brown

fashion director  +

managing editor

|travel|

silent tapes

III. whoa, I love everything about both answers, very beautifully put! now, tell me about the klong-toei and dvaravi projects

fl: well, dharavi wasn’t really a project. we were just travelling in india and looking for places to volunteer. klong toei was the first project that we actually worked, and raised money for. we plan to focus on a different slum each year, take photos, raise money through our works and events, and release a book that will give all the profits back to that slum.

III. very cool! with all adventures, there are ups and downs; what has been some of your most memorable moments, and rough or trying experiences, while traveling and documenting with silent tapes?

fl: mr. udom, who we photographed for the klong toei project, was really unwell and living in the worst corner of the slum. he couldn’t speak due to his age and illness, and despite all of that he was one of the most welcoming and kind people we met. unfortunately, he passed away recently.

III: wow, and the picture of him is one of the most powerful pictures i’ve seen.

sl: the roughest experience was being robbed on a train journey in india. we were actually on the way to the taj mahal,a couple of days before leaving india for our wedding in thailand, and i had my wallet taken with everything in it. luckily, we weren’t hurt. there was a really kind man on the train, that stayed on with us until we finally arrived in delhi, to help us report the incident at the police station. everyone had shotguns and were yelling at us in a foreign language! it was quite scary. eventually, we ended up going to the airport and switching our flights to leave that same night to bangkok, where we ended up marrying. so, i guess in the end, there was a happy ending to it all.

III. was there any specific instance where it was too difficult to document/perform your art?

fl: sometimes we have felt a negative vibe, maybe due to drug use, or nightfall, or we just get the instinct that maybe we should wrap it up for the day and leave. although, these instances are few and far between.

III. what is next  for you and the silent tapes projects?

fl: we’ve  directed a music video for an up and coming artist who we are really excited about.

sl: and we are also going to work in the favelas of brazil, in the spring, as our second year working for the silent tapes projects. we are provided a five week photographt workshop, empowering 50 children to share their own stories on growing up in the favelas of fortaleza, brazil

check out 50 kids 50 camera for details. 

III: very exciting! thank you so much for taking the time to talk about  silent tapes with me!

francis + stephanie lane are a husband and wife duo, who’s photographic works join philanthropy + art to make the world a better place one shot at a time

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+ © photos courtesy of silent tapes

IIIcarmela wingfield

accessories, music + travel director

|travel|

"silent tapes"

pictures are worth a thousand words, but the breathtaking photos from couple francis + stephanie lane’s silent tapes project—is bound to leave you speechless. silent tapes is a series of non-profit, photographic projects that document the lives of people living in slums across the world.

III: how did you two meet?

stephanie lane [sl]: we met at a club, in new york city, actually! haha! it’s ironic, a club is probably the least likeliest place you would ever find either of us. we both happened to be dragged out by friends that night.

III. how did the idea, of silent tapes, come about?

sl: i used to tag photographs from our private moments, or portraits, on my personal instagram with #silent tapes a while back. i just felt that the name was appropriate, for those moments where words do not suffice, and a photograph sends a message louder than spoken words would. while travelling and volunteering abroad, we really felt compelled to merge our interest in photography with charitable endeavors. so, after brainstorming the start-up of our own project, francis conceptualized the initial idea for the name, and we decided to use the same name, silent tapes, for our charity.

III. growing up in the hood, and seeing  city of gods, i always tell people that when i travel i like to visit the hood, or the slums of a city. i believe  that is where the heart + truth of a culture lies.

what truth have you discovered, about yourselves, while traveling with the  silent tapes project?  what has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned?

francis lane [fl]: there is nowhere to go. as in, there is no job promotion, financial gain, that is going to make you happier than you can be right now. stop waiting to get somewhere to be happy. happiness is now. you have to step out of your comfort zone to have new experiences, and only through this vast range of experience, will you realize what you truly like.

sl: growing up in a low-income family myself, i can relate in some way to being socially marginalized within my own community, lacking material, wealth, and comforts. as i became an adult, i became obsessed with climbing the financial ladder as a sort of “proving” to myself my own worth. i quickly realized that these things had no implication on who i truly was as a person, or where my heart was. now, i am focused on living every day only to continuously seek truth in myself and in others. 

+ keep up with the II part interview here

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+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV | neonV, llc  

+ © photos courtesy of silent tapes

III: carmela wingfield

accessories, music + travel director

 



| health |

the green
"like it raw"
want to have glowing skin, and expose it all this summer? try this invigorating blend that will boost your energy, helping to reveal a new and brighter you! literally, you will have no choice but to feel the vigorous benefits after drinking from the fountain of youth. 
you will need: 
5-7 kale leaves 
2 green apples 
1 cucumber 
2 celery sticks 
1/2 lemon 
½ - 1 inch ginger 
serve the green chilled, or over ice, and seize the day! 
tip: if you don’t have a high powered juicer, it is best to roll the kale leaves into a ball and push through your juicer with another vegetable. 
the facts: 
kale. is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables, high in vitamin a keeping your vision on trill. 
cucumber helps to aid in weight loss and digestion. say bye-bye bloated belly! 
apples whiten teeth while helping to prevent clogged arteries, which means antioxidants galore, cancer can’t post up here. 
celery keeps body at an alkaline state, while lowering blood pressure. keep calm + stress be gone. 
ginger is the powerhouse, acting as an anti-inflammatory, immune booster, and digestive aid. colds can kick rocks!
juicing is an all natural way to provide nutrients to the body.  worried about not eating enough veggies? don’t fret, drinking 16oz of juice will cover your recommended veggie quota for the day. boom.
______________________________________________________________________alex stone is the queen of leaving handwritten cards with residue of henny and kush in your mailbox. 
 
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+ © neonV volume III: bare | MMXIV | neonV, llc                                           
IV: michelle german
health + beauty director

| health |


the green

"like it raw"

want to have glowing skin, and expose it all this summer? try this invigorating blend that will boost your energy, helping to reveal a new and brighter you! literally, you will have no choice but to feel the vigorous benefits after drinking from the fountain of youth.

you will need:

5-7 kale leaves

2 green apples

1 cucumber

2 celery sticks

1/2 lemon

½ - 1 inch ginger

serve the green chilled, or over ice, and seize the day!

tip: if you don’t have a high powered juicer, it is best to roll the kale leaves into a ball and push through your juicer with another vegetable.

the facts:

kale. is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables, high in vitamin a keeping your vision on trill.

cucumber helps to aid in weight loss and digestion. say bye-bye bloated belly!

apples whiten teeth while helping to prevent clogged arteries, which means antioxidants galore, cancer can’t post up here.

celery keeps body at an alkaline state, while lowering blood pressure. keep calm + stress be gone.

ginger is the powerhouse, acting as an anti-inflammatory, immune booster, and digestive aid. colds can kick rocks!

juicing is an all natural way to provide nutrients to the body.  worried about not eating enough veggies? don’t fret, drinking 16oz of juice will cover your recommended veggie quota for the day. boom.

______________________________________________________________________alex stone is the queen of leaving handwritten cards with residue of henny and kush in your mailbox.

 

source:

+ © neonV volume III: bare MMXIV | neonVllc                                           

IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

| health |

                                      
"look good naked"
just in case a mystic creature comes down and steals everyone’s clothing, leaving us all to walk around in the buff… they’d be okay
 
+ credits

creative director + photographer: quincy jones
 
project manager: justin ward
 
model: riqardo ali
 
studio: laughing hyena tattoos
1454 park road nw
washington, dc  20010
www.laughinghyenatattoos.com
 
deep space arts & union arts dc
www.deepspacearts.com
 
 
source:
+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV | neonV, llc                                           
IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

| health |


                                     

"look good naked"

just in case a mystic creature comes down and steals everyone’s clothing, leaving us all to walk around in the buff… they’d be okay

 

+ credits


creative director + photographer: quincy jones

 

project manager: justin ward

 

model: riqardo ali

 

studio: laughing hyena tattoos

1454 park road nw

washington, dc  20010

www.laughinghyenatattoos.com

 

deep space arts & union arts dc

www.deepspacearts.com

 

 

source:

+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV | neonVllc                                           

IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

| health |

                                      
"look good naked"
just in case a mystic creature comes down and steals everyone’s clothing, leaving us all to walk around in the buff… they’d be okay
 
+ credits

creative director + photographer: quincy jones
 
project manager: justin ward
 
model: riqardo ali
 
studio: laughing hyena tattoos
1454 park road nw
washington, dc  20010
www.laughinghyenatattoos.com
 
deep space arts & union arts dc
www.deepspacearts.com
 
 
source:
+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV | neonV, llc                                           
IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

| health |


                                     

"look good naked"

just in case a mystic creature comes down and steals everyone’s clothing, leaving us all to walk around in the buff… they’d be okay

 

+ credits


creative director + photographer: quincy jones

 

project manager: justin ward

 

model: riqardo ali

 

studio: laughing hyena tattoos

1454 park road nw

washington, dc  20010

www.laughinghyenatattoos.com

 

deep space arts & union arts dc

www.deepspacearts.com

 

 

source:

+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV | neonVllc                                           

IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

| health |

                                      
"look good naked"
just in case a mystic creature comes down and steals everyone’s clothing, leaving us all to walk around in the buff… they’d be okay
 
+ credits

creative director + photographer: quincy jones
 
project manager: justin ward
 
model: darwin kemp
 
studio: laughing hyena tattoos
1454 park road nw
washington, dc  20010
www.laughinghyenatattoos.com
 
deep space arts & union arts dc
www.deepspacearts.com
 
 
source:
+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV | neonV, llc                                           
IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

| health |


                                     

"look good naked"

just in case a mystic creature comes down and steals everyone’s clothing, leaving us all to walk around in the buff… they’d be okay

 

+ credits


creative director + photographer: quincy jones

 

project manager: justin ward

 

model: darwin kemp

 

studio: laughing hyena tattoos

1454 park road nw

washington, dc  20010

www.laughinghyenatattoos.com

 

deep space arts & union arts dc

www.deepspacearts.com

 

 

source:

+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV | neonVllc                                           

IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

| health |

                                      
"look good naked"
just in case a mystic creature comes down and steals everyone’s clothing, leaving us all to walk around in the buff… they’d be okay
 
+ credits

creative director + photographer: quincy jones
 
project manager: justin ward
 
model: darwin kemp
 
studio: laughing hyena tattoos
1454 park road nw
washington, dc  20010
www.laughinghyenatattoos.com
 
deep space arts & union arts dc
www.deepspacearts.com
 
 
source:
+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV | neonV, llc                                           
IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

| health |


                                     

"look good naked"

just in case a mystic creature comes down and steals everyone’s clothing, leaving us all to walk around in the buff… they’d be okay

 

+ credits


creative director + photographer: quincy jones

 

project manager: justin ward

 

model: darwin kemp

 

studio: laughing hyena tattoos

1454 park road nw

washington, dc  20010

www.laughinghyenatattoos.com

 

deep space arts & union arts dc

www.deepspacearts.com

 

 

source:

+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV | neonVllc                                           

IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

| health |

                                      
"look good naked"
just in case a mystic creature comes down and steals everyone’s clothing, leaving us all to walk around in the buff… they’d be okay
 
+ credits

creative director + photographer: quincy jones
 
project manager: justin ward
 
model: justin ward
 
studio: laughing hyena tattoos
1454 park road nw
washington, dc  20010
www.laughinghyenatattoos.com
 
deep space arts & union arts dc
www.deepspacearts.com
 
 
source:
+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV | neonV, llc                                           
IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

| health |


                                     

"look good naked"

just in case a mystic creature comes down and steals everyone’s clothing, leaving us all to walk around in the buff… they’d be okay

 

+ credits


creative director + photographer: quincy jones

 

project manager: justin ward

 

model: justin ward

 

studio: laughing hyena tattoos

1454 park road nw

washington, dc  20010

www.laughinghyenatattoos.com

 

deep space arts & union arts dc

www.deepspacearts.com

 

 

source:

+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV | neonVllc                                           

IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

| health |

                                      
"look good naked"
just in case a mystic creature comes down and steals everyone’s clothing, leaving us all to walk around in the buff… they’d be okay
 
+ credits

creative director + photographer: quincy jones
 
project manager: justin ward
 
model: justin ward
 
studio: laughing hyena tattoos
1454 park road nw
washington, dc  20010
www.laughinghyenatattoos.com
 
deep space arts & union arts dc
www.deepspacearts.com
 
 
source:
+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV | neonV, llc                                           
IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

| health |


                                     

"look good naked"

just in case a mystic creature comes down and steals everyone’s clothing, leaving us all to walk around in the buff… they’d be okay

 

+ credits


creative director + photographer: quincy jones

 

project manager: justin ward

 

model: justin ward

 

studio: laughing hyena tattoos

1454 park road nw

washington, dc  20010

www.laughinghyenatattoos.com

 

deep space arts & union arts dc

www.deepspacearts.com

 

 

source:

+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV | neonVllc                                           

IV: michelle german

health + beauty director