XEX Magazine (pronounced "X") has long been an online and print publication that allows professional, as well as up and coming artists, to display their work and creativity. This past weekend was the launch party to celebrate the magazines first ever men’s edition, and neither the party nor the fashion disappointed. From a live model exhibition, and photo shoot to a gallery-like display of the magazine’s inaugural issue; the night was painted to be a success from the get go. Combine this with free booze and a hot DJ and you were in for a treat.
Music and a video footage featuring editorial material since the magazine's conception set the pace for a live model exhibition. Their highly stylized and outlandish looks featured some trendy pieces like a leather glove featuring cut-outs and leopard print, and a distressed leather fanny-pack with gold trim. But if you think the models were the ones to be watching, then you'd be wrong. This party gave way to some of New York City's local trend setters to strut their stuff. And because this was a men’s fashion event, the guys did not disappoint, also rocking some of today's hottest trends. Check it out!
To top things off, Editor-In-Chief Sailey Williams rounded his team, including fashion editor Inoisell Miranda, and decided to turn his guests into models with a live photo shoot where no one was safe. To delve into the plethora of fashions of the night, click here. In the midst of it all, there was still the magazine. The first men’s edition of XEX has the right amount of substance and features fabulous editorial material styled by some of New York’s hottest stylists. The “mode home” is everywhere to see, trying hard not to alienate the classic male, while still catering to the fashion forward. This launch had all the ingredients for a good party, and if you like a good party then you’ll love a good read!
For more info and recent issues of XEX Mag click here.
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Every year Wine & Spirits magazine conducts an Annual Restaurant Poll to showcase the most popular wines in America's restaurants. They transform the page into an interactive and exciting night of tasting (read: drinking) and eating at the Top of the List Wine Tasting Event!
Not to be missed, this spectacular wine tasting event is on Tuesday, May 10th at the Metropolitan Pavilion from 6:30-8:30pm. Don't forget to get your tickets early because they will sell-out. General admission is $65, while VIP tickets at $95 will get you into the event early.
Rapper Kid CuDi has found himself trapped on the downward slope of the rollercoaster that is his musical career, and it hasn’t even been six months since he dropped his highly anticipated first album Man on the Moon: The End of Day. In his most recent bout of misfortunes, the Cleveland emcee, his entourage, and several members of Britain’s NME magazine were held at gunpoint by the LAPD in transit after a photo shoot. The group was pulled over on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles where police officers surrounded the convoy with guns at the ready demanding their targets to, “keep your hands visible!” The entire group was then ordered to exit the vehicles and kneel on the ground where they were then put in handcuffs. However, after several moments of tense inquiry, every member of the group was released as the police realized they had detained the wrong party.
After nine months of preparation, this week I am launching my online Project, XXXX MAGAZINE. XXXX Magazine is a multimedia based publication that showcases original productions of conceptual film, contemporary art, fashion, photography and multimedia articles as well as addresses controversial topics in the media via documentary shorts. It took over 100 contributors to bring together the first issue, which revolves around the theme “Kaleidoscopic”. I was inspired to break the mould of traditional publishing and to create a magazine that was a 3-dimensional experience for viewers. Rather than reading an article or looking at still photographs in a magazine, my idea was to do a magazine with all film and multimedia content. Instead of reading an article, you can watch a documentary. Instead of looking at still fashion photographs the fashion stories unfold as flash movies composed to music. With high speed internet and the latest technology of film streaming, you can watch the magazine like you would watch a movie online. We are also preparing installations and exhibits of the work, where you can see the films screened as well as check out in person the photographs and art featured in the issue.
In the launch issue, we have some really interesting productions, such as FOUR WALLS a conceptual fashion film that I directed with Edward Symes in collaboration with designer Sue Stemp. The film was shot at Alf Naman’s contemporary art building EMERGE-N-SEE In Chelsea and features the work of several contemporary artists including Aaron Young, Andrew Poneros, Hubert Le Gall and Jason Miller, among others. There is also a 5 minute documentary about the making of the film, and the artist’s work that is seen in the production. Another really interesting film premiering on the site, which is not to miss, is COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACY. This is a 15-minute documentary exposé on the sale of counterfeit luxury goods and the press surrounding the “links” to funding terrorism. The entire documentary was shot with undercover footage, and features a behind the scenes look at the illegal sale of such products in New York, as well as questions why there are so few arrests made for these type of crimes. Overall in the launch issue are 20 original productions, varying from 1 minute flash movies to 25 minute documentaries. To see clips from several of the films, check out our video promo.