Happiness is to be found when in pursuit of it, in the soothed expectation, on the way, not only upon the arrival. Accepting detours, just going the way, which is anyhow not this obvious to anyone.
Thomas Bettinelli

Happiness is just a hairflip away.
Chris Crocker


"The way the system works now, you see the clothes, within an hour or so they're online, the world sees them. They don't get to a store for six months. The next week, young celebrity girls are wearing them on red carpets. They're in every magazine. The customer is bored with those clothes by the time they get to the store. They're overexposed, you're tired of them, they've lost their freshness".
Tom Ford


Ezra Miller by Yoshiyuki Matsumura

"New energy" is the title of this cover story by Allie Jones featuring American actor Ezra Miller groomed by Thomas Dunkin & Allie Smith and photographed by Yoshiyuki Matsumura for the Holiday 2018 issue of GQ Style USA. Bonus : full text

Luis Costin by Andre Wiredja

"The great outdoors" is the title of this editorial by Paul dela Merced featuring Romanian model Luis Costin groomed by Wendra Tham and photographed by Andre Wiredja for Indonesian fashion magazine DaMan. Bonus : the video

Nathan Gallie by Mitchell McCormack

"How to spend the monsoon : by being indoor comfortable" is the title of this editorial by Alex Shera featuring Nathan Gallie groomed by Robert Bryan and photographed by Mitchell McCormack for Indonesian fashion magazine DaMan.

Marlon Blue -the interview

"High temperature" is the title of this cover story by Jerico Villamonte & Yzza Hablado featuring Marlon Blue photographed in Manila by Lope Navo for Philippine fashion magazine Garage.

Lestat : Who is Marlon Blue ?
Marlon : A guy named after a fish. I am 30. I was born in Vienna, Austria. Currently based in New York City. A buddy of mine put my name in the hat for a Doritos challenge. "You gotta live your life with all that you have", he told me. It was the first time I felt an emotional connection to it.
Lestat : How did you start your career ?
Marlon : I did night shifts at a storage facility unloading trucks when this woman, who was passing by, gave me her business card. I signed with Ford Models and AD Model Mgmt. Later on I caught up on it. A few years in the aftermath, I bumped into Boyd Holbrook during an exhibition in Midtown. The thought of crossing over to acting kept lingering.
Lestat : What's a working day like ?
Marlon : Every day is different. I'm just trying to do my best to contribute and support the process of creation. I either work or find myself in the middle of some remote place... wondering how I got there. I'm always eager to collect life experiences. Take me anywhere and I'll be fine. I'll just sit there and watch the sunset. Other than that, I also really enjoy spending quality time with my family whenever I get to see them.
Lestat: What inspires you the most ?
Marlon : Authenticity and kindness. Compassion and creativity.
Lestat : What are you keen on ?
Marlon : Films like "Metropolis", "Citizen Kane" or "Soylent Green"... the good ol' classics. I'm not attracted to fashion this much, but I do appreciate a nice pair of jeans. I paint and draw quite a bit on the back of gum wrappers. Old habit.
Lestat : How did you get cast for Brazilian director Rodrigo Rodrigues' upcoming drama "Goitaca" ?
Marlon : I was invited to a get-together where he was presenting the story. It wasn't exactly a script you bump into on a regular basis. It became very quickly clear to me that he was up to something pretty interesting. Later on, he informed me he was thinking of offering the role of Candea to me.
Lestat : This is your first major role, right ?
Marlon : I think so. Yeah !
Lestat : So what is it all about ? Spill the tea !
Marlon : The film tells the story between two divisive indigenous ethnic groups, the Goitacá and an unknown tribe -which embarks on a journey to find new lands to live peacefully whilst attempting to foresee a collision in the near future.
Lestat : Was it a difficult adventure for you ?
Marlon : It's been definitely a huge learning curve. A challenge I've been looking forward to tackle ever since I've been fortunate enough to be entrusted with this character. I felt a strong urge to find out more. I hung up the phone and walked out the door to go for a run. I came back three hours later, covered in rain, and I was like : "alright, let's fly to the Amazon to look out for an entry point; something I can relate to". I flew to Quito, Ecuador and eventually got lucky. I felt an inner urge to spend enough time with various tribes to grasp a basic yet intrinsic understanding of how to connect these dots backwards as there is only so much information about these people out there. Shit got real ever since.
Lestat : Do you speak Portuguese ? And how was it like in the Brazilian jungle ?
Marlon : Really just the minimum of the necessary vocabulary ! Survival level. But when I was with Leandro Firmino da Hora -the Brazilian actor who plays the Goitacá's chief- in London some weeks ago to promote the film, he kept on using Spanish conversationally to make sure I understood him.
The rain forest in Brazil was silent and peaceful. An other world. Contrary to popular belief, the jungle is far from being silent literally. You are constantly surrounded by its inhabitants and visitors. They may not show themselves that often, but there they are with you. I received shelter and learned to seek for comfort within tranquility once I took off on my own. Except the time I was face to face with a jaguar who didn't seem to be hungry. A weird moment for both of us indeed.
Lestat : What did you learn from this experience ?
Marlon : The jungle had me see things in a different light. New perspectives. I realized there are many things about nature I wouldn't have discovered. The best stuff I learned out there is I don't know anything at all.
Here's an anecdote. We share a space with tarantulas and snakes. Totally surreal ! I got to do stuff in a primal fashion that I was dismissed from school for when I was a kid. Olivia Harriet -who plays Iara in the film- documented this pretty well.
Lestat : Sounds interesting ! What are your projects ?
marlon : Hmmm.. I dunno. I've been introduced to a short mystery drama by Anthony Frewin awhile ago. A rare story. This man created such an interesting body of work together with Stanley Kubrick ! A sacred script which has been lingering in my mind ever since.
Lestat : Is love important to you ?
Marlon : We all seem to be driven by it subconsciously. Intrinsically it feels like it's one of the most important connection points of every single point in time and space. Though time -as we define it at the moment- and beauty -as we've been taught to perceive it- fade away at the same speed. Love seems to sustain covered in an unconditional coat of empathy... metamorphing its form and shape throughout infinity, whilst we learn to surrender to it. Therefore love may be an act of surrender... to another person, the world, and oneself.
Lestat : Beautifully said ! Now the stupid question: what do you wear to bed ?
Marlon : A pen and some paper to write down the stuff I wake up with in the morning.
Lestat : Thus it means naked ! Do you spend much time on the Internet ?
Marlon : The moment I can order a frappuccino online I will spend more time on the Internet.
Lestat : Answer the question you'd like to be asked.
Marlon : Storytime. An artist friend of mine convinced me to a motorbike trip throughout India and Nepal a few months back. We got a bike and were thrown out in the Indian traffic. I was fortunate enough to learn how to drive it on the way to the Himalayas. You learn very quickly how to jump off these things before you crash into a wall. We met some of the friendliest and most welcoming people I've ever met. The brightest and most compassionate smiles I've ever seen so far. It was such a ride. You keep on driving for hours and days throughout those mountains and find yourself at an altitude where you wonder how it is possible that you're still able to breathe. All of a sudden, a tent pops in the middle of nowhere far-off in the distance. Just about the time the thought sleazed itself in that you may want to throw in the towel. By that time, I lost control over my hands and feet, which froze to ice whilst being attached to the bike. A local welcomed us into his home to rescue us from what felt like an upcoming snowstorm, and he immediately began to set my hands and feet on fire to melt the ice. I took a nap, then woke up surrounded by a colony of rats that seemed to have built their "own little private Idaho" beneath the stones I slept on. That's how cold it was outside. We decided that we'd better get going before the sun sets to reach the pass we were heading towards. I remember being conscious enough though to realize this man saved my life that day.
Lestat : Thank you very much ! Below is a behind-the-scene video of "Goitaca".