All I Want For Christmas...

Warm Up for the Festive Season with a Series of Personalized Cards from Our Contributors

Currently filming the next Hunger Games film on location in Hawaii, actor Jena Malone reveals a yuletide penchant for Tuaca Vanilla Citrus Liqueur, while LA-based Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg reflects on a childhood revelation courtesy of one Rabbi Goldstein, and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy dream of snow in NOWNESS’ holiday card extravaganza. We asked a cast of contributors—including jewelry creator Waris Ahluwalia, British fashion legend Alice Temperley, graffiti artist and nightlife impresario Andre Saraiva, illustrator and filmmaker Quentin Jones, Thai-American designer Thakoon Panichgul, visual polymath Margot Bowman, music video director Philip Andelman and artist José Parlá—to share the special family traditions and diverse emotional states that define their personal versions of the festive season. Here we present a batch of good tidings to wish our readers a very happy holidays. 

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    Long Weekend With André

    Part Three: The Shoe Star Leo Fitzpatrick On New York After-Hours and Magic Carpet Rides

    André Saraiva pulled from his personal experiences as a modern day bon vivant for his directorial debut The Shoe, but the artist and club owner also channeled the cinematic ghosts of his leading man. “The central character is a little as if Leo [Fitzpatrick’s] character in Kids has moved to Paris nearly 15 years later,” Saraiva says. “It’s a clin d’oeil [wink] to it, with the skateboard, the kisses, girls and free love.” Fitzpatrick was a mere 14 years old when he was discovered by Larry Clark while skateboarding in Washington Square Park. The maverick filmmaker promptly cast him in his controversial 1995 movie Kids, and since then Fitzpatrick has appeared in movies including Clark’s follow-up feature Bully and Todd Solondz’s Storytelling. We talked to the actor about "dude" bars and the charms of New York versus Paris. 

    What do the shoes from the film say about the man who wears them?
    I guess that’s the point of the film, really, anyone can wear them; it’s how your personality shows through. Shoes don’t necessarily make the person.

    How much of your character was based on André?
    All the events in the film took place in André’s life at some point in time––more in his teenage years than his later life, except for the women. He and Olivier Zahm [the script’s co-writer], that’s kind of how they see life, you know, every girl is attracted to them. It’s a fantasy of sorts I would imagine.

    Are your nights out in New York similarly girl-heavy?
    I like to keep it simple. I haven’t really gone out of my zone in quite a number of years. I go to [Lower East Side bar] Max Fish and there are generally never girls there so I don’t have to worry about that—it’s a dude bar and you just go there to talk about skateboarding.

    How did you spend your free time in Paris?
    On my only night off I went up to Pigalle, where there is a really ridiculous store where you can make a video of yourself riding a magic carpet around Paris, so I made it into a Gang Gang Dance video. Something as stupid as that brings you the most joy as opposed to going out and raging. That was probably my favorite thing because it took about ten minutes and 30 euros and I was happy.

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    Singtank in Biarritz

    French Siren Joséphine de la Baume and Her Bandmate Brother Enjoy the Côte des Basques

    Photographer Estelle Hanania ventured to the idyllic town of Biarritz to hang out with multi-talented Gallic pop duo Singtank at the recent surf-music festival Roxy Pro. Comprised of Agent Provocateur model, actress and Mark Ronson’s other half Joséphine de la Baume and her brother Alexandre, Singtank create the kind of sunshine drenched pop the French seem to have a monopoly on. Having released their debut album In Wonder last week, the duo seemed remarkably laid back while enjoying the coastal grooves of Biarritz. “I started the first shoot around 11am and Josephine arrived with wet hair because she just did an early surf lesson on the beach,” says Hanania. Amidst strong winds and a fortuitous break in the driving rain, the band played an emotional set after finding out a close friend had tragically passed away just before the show. “I thought I wouldn’t be able to play. But even though it was quite sad those can sometimes be the most beautiful shows because you give everything you have,” says Joséphine. “The rain held off divinely during those 45 minutes. It was a bit surreal, like a miracle.” Here the siblings share their thoughts on playing together and the best way to spend a summer’s day. 

    What’s it like making music with your sibling? 
    It’s amazing! There are so many examples of brothers and sisters in bands that don’t get along, but there’s nothing like that with us. We always got on together very well, and there’s something very fluid about working together because there’s a silent language between a brother and sister. We work very much in a ping-pong kind of way. Even though he writes the music and I write the lyrics, we still rearrange both together.
    Alexandre: Everyone is hoping to hear an “I don’t like her” type story, but so far it’s been going really well. We don’t need to explain ourselves. We know where we’re going. We’re both aware of our strengths and weaknesses and we don’t put too much ego in that, so it’s a very fruitful collaboration. 

    What’s your favorite thing to do on a summer’s day, and what would be the ideal summer day soundtrack?
    I would be sitting outside reading a good book and drinking rosé. As for the soundtrack, I’m often on holiday with my family. We’re quite a Latin family in the sense that everyone talks so loud and on top of each other. It’s hard to say one sentence in ten minutes, so I guess the music would be the chaotic sound of a family together. Or maybe the soundtrack to an Almodóvar movie.
    A: On a really hot day the best place to be is on a beach with a really good book. I would be listening to some cool, chilled early 90s, late 80s hip-hop.

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