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AVI SPIVAK
ARTIST

Avi Spivak is a Brooklyn based artist. You might find him working at Rebel Rouser, the record store that he co-owns with drummer Josh Styles from Daddy Long Legs and William Martin . Or you might find him djing his 45s at Clem’s bar in Williamsburg.

PRETTY BABY
REILEY UGLY

Every so often a mesmerizing young beauty emerges from the downtown music scene of New York City and catches our eye. A few years back we stumbled upon a band that was managed by the legendary Andy Animal, dubbed Animal Show.

SPROUSE
RESURRECTED

80s designer Stephen Sprouse took his inspiration from Andy Warhol and the day-glo 1960s, infused with a New York City downtown punk aesthetic. As impressionable 20somethings in NYC, we eagerly ventured to his 3 story shop in Soho…

NE ME QUITTE PAS
LIV SOLO

Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don’t Leave Me), our latest womenswear editorial starring red-headed Wilhelmina beauty, model Liv Solo. Ms. Solo wears designer Victoria Hayes’ Spring/Summer 2018 collection.

LUAR
FALL 2018

Luar is the eclectic, young and really fantastic menswear/womenswear/unisex line that’s designed by the fascinating talent known as Raul Lopez. His Fall 2018 Pieces of Me collection is one of the freshest things we’ve seen in ages with it’s creative cuts and twisted designs.

DAVID HART
F/W 2018

It’s no secret that Ponyboy worships all things from menswear designer David Hart, with his twist on 50s midcentury aesthetic presented in past collections. However, this season Hart made this statement: “This collection is really inspired by the mass exodus of American brands leaving New York to show in Paris.

HARLEM SLIM
TITO DELER

  • Tito Deler is The Original Harlem Slim. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Portraits of
  • Flyers of New York City musician Harlem Slim. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • The Original Harlem Slim. Photographed in NYC by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • The Original Harlem Slim, Tito Deler. Photographed in NYC for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • The Original Harlem Slim, musician Tito Deler. Photographed in New York for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • B&W portrait of
  • Portrait of
  • B&W portrait of The Original Harlem Slim with guitar, musician Tito Deler. Photographed in NYC for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Flyers for musician Tito Deler, The Original Harlem Slim. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • B&W portrait of The Original Harlem Slim, musician Tito Deler. Photographed in NYC for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • The Original Harlem Slim. Photographed in New York for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson.

THE ORIGINAL HARLEM SLIM

TITO DELER

“The Original Harlem Slim” – a befitting stage name for brooding bluesman Tito Deler, New York’s modern day soulful talent. Catch Harlem Slim onstage at St. Mazie, the jazzy supper club in Brooklyn, every other Wednesday night. But you’ll just have to wait until this dapper cat comes out with his next record, since you won’t be able to find any of his first pressing. Run to see this extraordinary talent and get ready to step back in time. Photography Alexander Thompson http://www.titodelerblues.com/music/  https://www.instagram.com/harlemslim/

PONYBOY:  Tito, tell us the origin of your stage name, Harlem Slim.

HARLEM SLIM:  “Three monkeys sat up in a coconut tree – Discussing things as they is said to be – Said one to the others, now listen you two – there’s a certain rumor going around that can’t be true. Now if you’re from Long Island – ain’t nothing wrong with that – Matter of fact I know quite a few Long Island hep cats – But the truth is plain and simple, and it will surely set you free – There can only be one Harlem Slim – mutherfucker that’s me!” – The Original Harlem Slim

I’m born and raised UPTOWN and have a lot in common with the Blues OGs in that my culture is STREET culture and my first exposure to music was the CHURCH. I took the name from a perpetrator from Long Island that held it till I came along – believing in truth and the dissemination of truth it was my duty to right that wrong – thus Harlem Slim was born.

PONYBOY:   You were born and bred in New York City. What was your upbringing like?

HARLEM SLIM:   I’m a first generation native New Yorker of Dominican parents. I grew up with three older sisters. One was a disco queen that never saw the wrong side of the velvet rope and taught me the hustle. The other was a rocker that let me rock her boyfriends cut-sleeves and snuck me into her band’s shows at CB’s. The youngest of the three was an original B-Girl that showed me the ropes and exposed me to graffiti in the late 70s and skateboarding in the early 80s. When Saturday Night Fever came out my sister gave me a blowout and I hung out on my stoop all day listening to Tavares and Earth, Wind & Fire. My first record was the Ramones (76), my second record was Leave Home (77), and my third record was Fonzi’s greatest hits (76). When I heard Sucker M.C.’s on Mr. Magic’s Rap attack in ’84 I knew it was fresh. In the late 80s I pushed my skateboard up the block past all the B-Boys, dealers, pimps, pushers and junkies to my own beat because regardless of our differences, it felt like home.

PONYBOY:   How did you get into music?

HARLEM SLIM:   My father was the super of the building I grew up in and because we come from a culture that creates music and art perpetually, folks were always getting down in our basement, with a wide range of neighbors and family in the mix. Dressed to the nines, they would turn up with instruments and records for the HiFi. In those basement jams they mostly played music from Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the still newish Salsa from the streets of Nueva York. But late at night after the riffraff blew off steam and all that was left was the compadres and comrades that had kissed and made up my step grandfather on my mother’s side, who would play his stack of jazz and rhythm and blues records. Sleeping on a bed of coats listening to the sound clash in the other room was how I got into music.

PONYBOY:   What influence did being raised in New York have on you, as well as your music?

HARLEM SLIM:  “I write rhymes like I come from New York City” – Afrika Baby Bam

If you REALLY know New York then you know that this city doesn’t tolerate fakes. My mentor Miss Lelly Blue taught me long ago that anything you put out there must come from your heart. Picture a man sitting up on stage singing about things he doesn’t know and playing a roll that he’s only seen on TV or read about in books…that’s clowning around – akin to minstrelsy and a damn shame since the blues liberated us from minstrelsy. As a native New Yorker I respect my audience wherever they from and I respect my ancestors that did this before me; therefore, I find it mutually beneficial to play my blues with my feeling, write songs about life and sing about things I’ve experienced. Now I’ve never been given gasoline in the place of water, but I know what a broken heart feels like and I’ll sing to you about it.

PONYBOY:  Tell us about your connection to blues music specifically.

HARLEM SLIM:   Blues allows me to express myself without complication – be it singing about pain, joy of a fly pair of slacks, a broken heart or love and peace I found in Jesus Christ. The blues gives me the opportunity to tell my story. Blues is at the root of all USA music that I love…so why would I mess with anything but the raw uncut funk.

PONYBOY:   We’ve seen you perform at St. Mazie’s in Brooklyn and were been blown away by your performance. So tell our readers, what does your recording process entail?

HARLEM SLIM:   My favorite jazz record is Cookin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet. I found it on the second floor of my building growing up and it took me many years to really dig it. Miles made that record to capture the feeling of a live performance. The true essence of jazz or jazz improvisation. I approach my recordings the same way I do my shows. I get in the spirit all the same and play blues with a feeling.

PONYBOY:   And tell us your musical influences.

HARLEM SLIM:  I love the blues shouters, particularly Big Joe Turner, but Son House is my greatest influence in the sense that he did everything with a feeling. You never seen Son House “dialing it in”. Another great influence of mine is Thomas A. Dorsey – the father of Gospel music. He got his start playing Hokum blues and later made the switch and composed most of the Gospel classics we know and love, nurturing talents like Sister Mahalia Jackson along the way. I also really love Sister Rosetta Tharpe who has such a rockin’ sound and sang about her faith in the Lord. It’s so good to see folks diggin’ her these days.

PONYBOY:   Are there modern day artists that you follow?

HARLEM SLIM:  No doubt! Soul brother numero uno Leon Bridges AKA the future of the funk is a close friend of mine who’s music I love. JD McPherson, Jimmy Sutton and the crew are a class act. I caught them recently in NYC and they tore it up! My homeboys Daddy Long Legs always get my feet to tappin! Soul queen Nikki Hill and crew are true professionals and a treat to watch. Modern blues players that I dig…The big homie C.W. Stoneking, my man Diablo Dimes, and I can’t forget the OG Jimmy Duck Holmes and the whole Blue Front crew! One of my favorite records of recent is Hurry For The Riff Raff’s The Navigator. I hope to catch them soon.

PONYBOY:   Your great personal style is part of your attraction, when watching you perform or seeing photographs of you. Do you mix vintage with new clothing? Any brands that you favor?

HARLEM SLIM:   Right on! I appreciate the compliment. I always perform in a suit and most of my suits are vintage purchases from Dated Vintage NY & Cavemanteeks. My fedoras are modern creations from Wellema Hat Co. in California and my Panamas from Borsalino in Italy. My everyday go is Mister Freedom – them threads just drip with style and every drop has me like a kid in a candy store. I rock some vintage shoes, but mostly for show since they don’t hold up to my stompin’. On stage and trooping around I rock Aiden’s from New England or Churches from Old England. When my feet need to rest I slip on some PF Flyers and when it’s time to make moves I throw on some fashions from Thee Teenaged. If I mix or not, I keeps it fresh.

PONYBOY:   You’ve worked in the fashion industry for several years. What are your thoughts on the trend for vintage inspired menswear? Do you think it makes it too commercial or perhaps mainstream?

HARLEM SLIM:  Trend makes it a little harder to find your tribe. Back in the days it was easy to pick the hep cat out the crowd by the fold of his jeans, or the cut of his hair. Today there’s a lot of snakes in the grass – more foam than coffee – but you can’t knock the hustle, you can’t hate the game. Everybody’s got to eat at every level so access and entry price points are key. I believe there will always be a separation between the commercial and the niche market – at best one feeds off the other and at worst one is devoured by over saturated market and overproduced goods. The sad side effect in this 21st century is the reality of waste in clothing manufacturing and the effect it has on the our environment, which is why I favor those vintage inspired brands that don’t process their clothes and treat mother earth with the respect she deserves.

PONYBOY:   Tell us about your day job, as a graphic designer/art director.

HARLEM SLIM:   I’m the VP of a team that designs men’s, women’s and kid’s graphics for Tommy Hilfiger. It’s an honor to work with such talented people on all sides of our business and share in the great success of this iconic American brand. The first talent I discovered was visual art and I am blessed to be making a living from it. Making music is a beautiful thing and also essential to my survival, but having a career outside of music allows me to make music on my terms with no ones hands in my pocket. “God Bless the child that’s got his own” – Billie Holiday

PONYBOY:   You have one release from a few years back. Do you have any new music to be released in the near future?

HARLEM SLIM:   I released my first record about five years ago. Recorded it myself in my bathroom on Avenue A. I made 1,500 pieces and sold 1,500 pieces. It was a perfect expression of what I was feeling at the time. Since then I’ve been busy writing and performing new material with plans of releasing my new project on the early side of 2018, this time with the support of my friends, record label and business partners Blue Front Records. It’ll be a mix of Gospel and Blues. If you follow me on @harlemslim you’ll get a taste of what to expect.

PONYBOY:  And finally, any thoughts on the resurgence of music that gets labeled “retro”?

HARLEM SLIM:   “There is good and bad in everyone…” – anonymous?

Some of it I like, some it is just plain corny. But the funny thing is that sometimes a kid will get into Soul music via a watered down mainstream band playing watered down radio friendly music – then start to dig a little deeper and discover artists that are really making beautiful music that just might save you someday. BUT to be clear about the term retro, my feelings are best explained by paraphrasing L.A. music journalist Kickboy Face (RIP) and ask that in reference to PONYBOY’s question the reader put the word retro in place of new wave

“I have excellent news for the world. There is no such thing as new wave. It does not exist. It’s a figment of a lame cunt’s imagination. There was never any such thing as new wave. It was the polite thing to say when you were trying to explain you were not into the boring old rock ‘n ‘roll but you didn’t dare to say punk because you were afraid to get kicked out of the fucking party and they wouldn’t give you coke anymore. There’s new music, there’s new underground sound, there’s noise, there’s punk. there’s power pop, there’s ska, there’s rockabilly. But new wave doesn’t mean shit.” – Kickboy Face (RIP)

CALVIN LUO
SPRING 2018

  • Calvin Luo Spring 2018. Photograhped by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model's looks, backstage at Calvin Luo Spring 2018. Photograhped by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Unia Pakhomova, from New York Model Management, photographed backstage at Calvin Luo Spring 2018 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A model gets her makeup applied backstage before walking at Calvin Luo for Spring 2018. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models photographed backstage before walking for Calvin Luo Spring 2018. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models in ruched creations backstage at Calvin Luo, for Spring 2018. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • A male model wears a denim look backstage at Calvin Luo for Spring 2018. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • A model gets her makeup applied backstage at Calvin Luo for Spring 2018. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A model wears two looks backstage at Calvin Luo for Spring 2018. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Models wear knitted looks backstage at Calvin Luo for Spring 2018. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Male model Doug Payne photographed in shorts by Calvin Luo for Spring 2018. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • A model gets her hair tweaked backstage before walking at Calvin Luo for Spring 2018. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Models snapped before walking at Calvin Luo for Spring 2018. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • A model wears a yellow look backstage at Calvin Luo for Spring 2018. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Unia Pakhomova photographed backstage at the Calvin Luo Spring 2018 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Models photographed before walking at Calvin Luo for Spring 2018. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • A model photographed backstage at the Calvin Luo Spring 2018 fashion show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A model in braids photographed backstage before walking at Calvin Luo for Spring 2018. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A model in a ruched dress snapped backstage at Calvin Luo, for Spring 2018. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Models pose backstage at the Calvin Luo Spring 2018 collection during NYFW. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models skirts and shoes, backstage at Calvin Luo for Spring 2018. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A model gets her hair clipped backstage before walking at Calvin Luo for Spring 2018. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male model Deion Smith photographed backstage at Calvin Luo for Spring 2018. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model's looks board, backstage at Calvin Luo Spring 2018. Photograhped by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A model photographed backstage at the Calvin Luo Spring 2018 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.

CALVIN LUO

SPRING 2018

Young Chinese designer Calvin Luo shows his unisex collection for Spring 2018 during New York Fashion Week. Photography Alexander Thompson. http://www.calvinluo.us/

ALL THAT GLITTERS
SEQUINS!

  • All That Glitters. Model Izzy Pawline from Wilhelmina, photographed in Cheng for Ponyboy magazine NY by Alexander Thompson.
  • Wilhelmina model Izzy Pawline wears a red sequin dress by Cheng, for Ponyboy magazine New York. Photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Model Izzy Pawline wears a sequin halter dress by Cheng, for Ponyboy magazine NY. Photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Model Izzy Pawline wears a sequin jumpsuit by Cheng, for Ponyboy magazine New York. Photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Wilhelmina model Izzy Pawline wears a fushia sequin halter dress by Cheng, for Ponyboy magazine New York. Photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Wilhelmina model Izzy Pawline wears a sequin halter dress by Cheng, for Ponyboy magazine NY. Photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Izzy Pawline wears a sequined blue dress by Cheng, for Ponyboy magazine NY. Photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Model Izzy Pawline wears a sequin dress by Cheng, for Ponyboy magazine NY. Photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Wilhelmina model Izzy Pawline wears a sequin bodysuit by Cheng, for Ponyboy magazine New York. Photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Model Izzy Pawline photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.

ALL THAT GLITTERS

SEQUINS!

All that Glitters. This would be 16 year old model, Izzy Pawline, a fresh faced beauty from the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in New York City. Izzy, a New Jersey girl, who happens to be a high school senior, will walk the runways during NY Fashion Week SS 2018 for the first time. Our hair stylist, Sacha Harford, styled Izzy’s tresses into a gorgeous mane reminiscent of 70s model Jerry Hall, which was perfect for the Cheng sequined disco dresses that she featured. The look was topped off with a strong eye and luscious red lips. Photography Alexander Thompson. Stylist/editor Xina Giatas. Makeup Ames Amore. Hair Sacha Harford.

THE BLONDS
FALL 2017

  • Model Lyoka Tyagnereva has her makeup retouched before walking for The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear runway show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model's dressing card for Tina J., photographed backstage at the Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Lyoka Tyagnereva has her makeup retouched before walking for The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear runway show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Christina Louboutin ankle boots photographed backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Models Milena Garbo & Klaudia Luczak photographed in first looks, backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model's dressing card for Luisa Bianchin, photographed backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Ariela Soares in makeup, backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Models Lisa Jackson & Luisa Bianchin snapped in first looks at The Blonds Fall 2017 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Ana Gilca photographed in first looks, backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model's dressing card and look photographed backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Models Marina Albino &Hong Jisu wear red backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Gisele Alicea photographed backstage in hair & makeup at The Blonds Fall 2017 collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Models Djenice Duarte Silva & Ariela Soares photographed backstage in first looks at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Karina Villa snapped backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Models Luisa Hartema & Phillipa Steele photographed in first looks at The Blonds Fall 2017 collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Paula Simkuse photographed backstage in first looks at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Yuen Sze Jia photographed backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Kristy Kaurova photographed backstage in first looks at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Creations by The Blonds for Fall 2017. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Models Lyoka Tyagnereva & Paula Simkuse photographed in first looks, backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Karina Villa snapped before walking at The Blonds Fall 2017 runway show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Kristy Kaurova photographed backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Elaborate nail art snapped backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Gisele Alicea wears a blue feather & pearl jacket for The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Tina J. photographed backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Stacey McKenzie photographed backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Phillipa Steele snapped backstage in hair & makeup at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • An elaborate beaded spider & cobweb gown photographed on the rack, backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Ana Gilca photographed in hair & makeup, backtage at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Marina Albino snapped after The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Milena Garbo with last minute hair touchups, backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Lisa Jackson photographed in first looks, backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Models TIna J. & Gisele Alicea photographed in first looks at The Blonds Fall 2017 collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponboy magazine New York.
  • Model Luisa Hartema photographed backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Monika McCarrick photographed backstage at The Blonds Fall 2017 womenswear show by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Karina Villa exits the runway at The Blonds Fall 2017 collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.

THE BLONDS

FALL 2017

We first met the Blonds years back, when they sold their denim line to edgy downtown retailer Patricia Field. They certainly progressed and show their fabulous collections on the runway season after season, their shows always attended by the most famous glitterati of the New York City downtown scene. But beyond that, what truly amazes us is the intricacy of each piece of clothing that we luckily get to see backstage before it hits the runway, something that not many people have the pleasure of experiencing. They truly are works of art! Photography Alexander Thompson http://theblonds.nyc/

PONYBOY:  Please tell us about the “Mummy” inspiration for your Fall 2017 collection.

THE BLONDS:  For Fall 2017 we were inspired by an upcoming film, The Mummy, starring Sofia Boutella and Tom Cruise. It was all about the power of transformation and finding yourself.

PONYBOY:   We saw a lot of extraordinary elements on your runway, including feathers, pearls, crystals and amazing corsetry. Sexy over-the-top! Tell us more about the different elements in this collection.

PHILLIPE BLOND:   There were so many elements in this collection. We experimented with some Preciosa cushion cut crystals. They are beautifully faceted and add a lot of sparkle to the collection! We also used a lot of signature elements of ours, like crystal metal mesh and burn-out lace.

DAVID BLOND:   We mixed many contrasting elements this season. For example, the distressed denim, ostrich feather and pearl detailed denim jacket! Essentially, we took an athletic silhouette and expanded it to create a 1920s inspired cocoon coat bomber.

PONYBOY:   The work involved in each of your pieces must be overwhelming. From this collection, please tell us which look was the most labor intensive and how long it took to create the garment.

DAVID BLOND:   Phillipe’s finale look, definitely! It took nearly four months to make and we used over one hundred thousand Preciosa pearls and crystals!

PONYBOY:  Many of the looks we see on your runway are well suited for entertainers onstage for musical or other performances. However, there are looks that seem more versatile and appropriate for the red carpet. Those looks included some stunning sequined gowns, as well as a metallic Grecian style gown. Is this a direction that you feel you will explore more so in the future?

PHILLIPE BLOND:  Absolutely! This season was all about showcasing looks in pairs. Our signature pieces for performance and special occasion were juxtaposed with pieces that utilized the same materials and embroidery treatments, but made in a more wearable way.

PONYBOY:  Have you thought of doing a more modified or simplified line, something more accessible to the average shopper, yet still with the flair you are known for? And have you been approached by any companies to collaborate on this level?

THE BLONDS:   Yes! We have been approached several times to do this and once we find the right partner, we are very open to creating something for a wider audience. In the past we have created capsule collections with Moda Operandi, VFiles and Patricia Field; and we look forward to doing more of the same in the future.

PONYBOY:   The Blonds are well known for sending their models each season in matching blond wigs down the runway. Surprisingly, this season brought a ‘no wig” look created by the talented Kien Hoang from Oribe. Tell us about this change and the concept behind it.

DAVID BLOND:   The Blonds are all about inclusivity and due to the political climate this season, we chose to touch on this subject within the themes and inspiration for the collection. We feel like it’s important to express unity in creative ways.

PONYBOY:   You consistently work with world famous make-up artist Kabuki in collaboration with MAC cosmetics. What is that collaboration like? Tell us about this relationship.

THE BLONDS:   We’ve been collaborating with Kabuki for 10 years and he is a genius! He always surprises us with exciting ideas and is extremely detail oriented. Kabuki and the MAC Pro Team are a perfect partnership for The Blonds!

PONYBOY:  You’ve been in business for over 10 years. Amazing! What can we expect from The Blonds in future collections and for this next decade?

THE BLONDS:  There’s so much more to come, so stay tuned!

THE LEMON TWIGS

  • Brothers Brian & Michael D'Addario photographed in New York City by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A portrait of Lemon Twigs musician Brian D'Addario by Alexander Thompson, for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Michael D'Addario on guitar, from New York City band The Lemon Twigs. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Lemon Twigs musician Brian D'Addario photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Musician Michael D'Addario, from New York City band The Lemon Twigs, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • A detail shot of Lemon Twigs musician Brian D'Addario's checkerboard Van sneakers. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Brian D'Addario on drums, from New York City band The Lemon Twigs. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • A portrait of Lemon Twigs musician Michael D'Addario by Alexander Thompson, for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Musicians Michael & Brian D'Addario, from New York City band The Lemon Twigs, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Michael D'Addario on drums, from New York City band The Lemon Twigs. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Guitarist Brian D'Addario, from New York City band The Lemon Twigs, onstage. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Musician Brian D'Addario, from New York City band The Lemon Twigs, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • B&W portraits of Lemon Twigs musician Michael D'Addario. Photographed in New York City by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A close-up shot of Lemon Twigs musician Brian D'Addario at the mic, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Lemon Twigs musician Brian D'Addario photographed before taking the stage in New York City. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • A close-up shot of Lemon Twigs musician Michael D'Addario at the mic, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • B&W portraits of Lemon Twigs musician Brian D'Addario. Photographed in New York City by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • The Lemon Twigs photographed by Alexander Thompson, for Ponyboy magazine in New York.

THE LEMON TWIGS

LOOKOUT WORLD!

The Lemon Twigs are the fantastic new band from Long Island, New York, made up of young brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario. While very young, they’ve been playing some sort of instrument or another since they’ve been wee tykes! You may have seen them recently on TV with stints on The Tonight Show and CBS This Morning, or in a magazine with multiple photoshoots. Theres is a very hectic life indeed; constantly on the road touring, they are busy, incredibly busy. But these talented two took the time out of their crazy schedules for a quickie photoshoot and interview with Ponyboy. We are just nuts for the two of them and are glad we entered their stratosphere even for just a brief moment, on their path to taking over the rock ‘n’ roll world. Get ready for this band. We get the feeling that there’s no stopping them! Photography Alexander Thompson  http://thelemontwigs.com/

PONYBOY:  Hello, Brian and Michael. We first saw your band at a July 4th Vice music event in New York City and knew immediately that we had to feature the fantastic Lemon Twigs on our Ponyboy site! You’re brothers from Long Island. Tell us how you both started playing music at such a young age.

THE LEMON TWIGS:  Our parents were constantly playing music in the house, and it was only a matter of time before we started playing. We were never interested in anything else.

PONYBOY:   We read that your father, Ronnie D’Addario, was a musician in the 70s. That obviously affected your musical upbringing. Did he encourage you to play instruments and listen to music?

THE LEMON TWIGS:   Our father has made records at home since the 70s and still does. Both of our parents encouraged us to listen and play music. They influenced the way we play our instruments, write our songs, and our general view of music.

PONYBOY:   What was life like for you growing up in Long Island, and in high school?

THE LEMON TWIGS:   I’d imagine it’s very similar to growing up in any other suburb. In high school we weren’t really outcasts or anything, just the music kids. All of our friends from school are pretty normal. I think a normal town like ours can bore you into making music that somebody who lives somewhere exciting couldn’t make.

PONYBOY:  While other 17 and 19 year olds might be in high school or college partying with no care in the world, the two of you seem so focused and dedicated to your music. Is it hard staying on this path? Are there distractions for the both of you at such a young age?

THE LEMON TWIGS:  That was the thing about our town, there really weren’t many distractions. I know I wasn’t invited to many parties, and if I was, I usually didn’t wanna go because I’d rather be making music. The partiers didn’t like the music I liked and I didn’t want to talk about anything else. Maybe when we really enter the music business, more distractions will come; but for now, somebody just books us shows and we play them. We’re constantly just waiting to make another album.

PONYBOY:  We asked who your favorite band was during our shoot and your response was The Beach Boys. Great answer! Was that the music that was played in your household when younger? What other favorites do you have?

THE LEMON TWIGS:   The Beach Boys and The Beatles were mostly what we listened to when we were kids. I guess our all time favorites include those two bands, Big Star, Leonard Cohen, Harry Nilsson, Lou Reed, Badfinger and Procol Harum. There are plenty of others, I guess. We just know the most about these groups.

PONYBOY:   Your debut album, Do Hollywood, was recently released on 4AD Records. What was the recording process like for this record?

THE LEMON TWIGS:   We went to Jonathan Rado’s house in LA and recorded it in his garage over a week and a half. After that, Brian did the strings and brass at home and mixed it.

PONYBOY:   Jonathan Rado, from the band Foxygen, produced this record; and we also read that he discovered your band on Twitter. What was it like working with Rado on this release?

THE LEMON TWIGS:   It was totally great. We’ve worked with him quite a bit since then. He’s one of our best friends.

PONYBOY:  The harmonies are terrific, and there’s so much strength and layers in your music. How would you describe the music that you play in the Lemon Twigs to someone who has never seen or heard your band before? Is it pop? Is it rock?

THE LEMON TWIGS:  Pop/Rock.

PONYBOY:  The band has received very strong reviews from several publications. That must make you feel good.

THE LEMON TWIGS:  Well,  as of late I’ve heard the reception is more positive than negative and that makes me happy, but when it comes down to it I really only care about certain people’s opinions. If my musician friends like it, then that’s really all I need to be confident about it.

PONYBOY:  We grew up listening to the best bands on the 4AD label. How’s it been so far being on such an impressive label?

THE LEMON TWIGS:  They’ve treated us very well. I have no complaints.

PONYBOY:  Seeing The Lemon Twigs perform live is quite an explosive experience – just really exhilarating and very unique. Halfway through your set the two of you switch playing drums and guitar, and the level of energy is just so extraordinary, with the high kicks.  Are you inspired by any rock ‘n’ roll acts from the past while on stage? Or are you just feeling the music?

THE LEMON TWIGS:  I’ve taken a lot of things from The Who in terms of moves, but the truth is our favorite musicians don’t usually move as much as we do onstage. Sometimes I just get self-conscious and think that people might be bored if I just stand there, but I’m becoming confident enough in my playing to tone it down a little. That being said, it all comes from a natural place; nothing is forced. We just can move like that, feel like moving like that, and so sometimes we do.

PONYBOY:  People see that you’re both so young and stylish, and might think this early success has come easy for the both of you. Being young adds a mystique and makes people very inquisitive. Yet we’re sure this must have been somewhat of a process, with a lot of hard work, and that you’ve endured a fair amount of obstacles along the way. What’s been frustrating to you as musicians in the tough world of rock ‘n’ roll music? Do some people not want to take you seriously because of your age?

THE LEMON TWIGS:  The only thing that frustrates me about the world of rock is that I can’t record as often as I used to. I personally don’t read much of the press that comes out about us and so anything anybody says about our ages doesn’t really make its way to me. The biggest change being a sort of serious musician has brought is that our schedules are way fuller and we have a lot less time to actually write and record songs.

PONYBOY:  What would you say has been the high point in your career so far?

THE LEMON TWIGS:  Every time we get recognition from artists we love it becomes a high point.

PONYBOY:  Visually, the two of you have strong looks in your manner of dress. It’s reminiscent, back to an early 70s Bay City Roller/Bowie era. We just love it! Tell us a bit about your wonderful Glam look.

THE LEMON TWIGS:  Well, we just go through phases. Currently I’ve actually stopped wearing stuff that was too flashy, because I thought it was distracting too much from the music. I’m sure after a while I’ll change it up again.

PONYBOY:  Do you find your clothing at vintage shops? Have designer’s and clothing labels started sending you clothing yet?

THE LEMON TWIGS:  Most of our clothes are vintage. We’ve gotten some free clothes.

PONYBOY:  What do the two of you like to do in your downtime? Or is it all music, 24/7? Do you have any other interests?

THE LEMON TWIGS:  Pretty much, we just listen to music. Sometimes we go over to our friend’s house and watch wrestling.

PONYBOY:  Do you still reside in Long Island? Do you have any thoughts of relocating to New York City or Los Angeles?

THE LEMON TWIGS:  We still live on the Island. Right now we spend so much time away from home, it just doesn’t make sense to live anywhere else.

PONYBOY:  At such a young age and with a fantastic debut album, we are super excited to see and hear the evolution of not just The Lemon Twigs, but the two of you as musicians, as well. What do you expect for the future? And do you have any other aspirations besides the band?

THE LEMON TWIGS:  We just wanna make as many albums as we can. Right now we are very inspired and we just hope we can keep our excitement about writing songs as long as our heroes have.

ADAM SELMAN
S/S 2017

  • Adam Selman Spring/Summer 2017. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • A model in hair, backstage at Adam Selman S/S17. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Models wait in line before walking backstage for New York City designer Adam Selman, for S/S17. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • A model backstage in makeup at the Adam Selman S/S17 collection. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A blonde model snapped backstage before walking for Adam Selman Spring/Summer 2017 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Models in white designs by Adam Selman, for Spring/Summer 2017. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • A model gets her hair prepared backstage at the Adam Selman Spring/Summer 2017 show. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Shoes backstage at the Adam Selman S/S17 show in New York City. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Beauty shot of a model backstage in makeup at the Adam Selman Spring/Summer 2017 show. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine in New York City.
  • Fusion model Liene Podina photographed backstage in makeup at the Adam Selman Spring/Summer 2017 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • A model photographed before first looks, backstage at the Adam Selman Spring/Summer 2017 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Model's backstage in porno print tops designed by Adam Selman for Spring/Summer 2017. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Liene Podina snapped backstage in makeup at the Adam Selman S/S17 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Models in blue designs, backstage at the Adam Selman Spring/Summer 2017 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • A model snapped in cat-eye sunglasses, backstage at the Spring/Summer 2017 show for designer Adam Selman. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Models in pink Adam Selman designs, for Spring/Summer 2017. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • A model in afro and cat-eye glasses snapped backstage before walking for Adam Selman S/S17 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Porno print t-shirt backstage at the Adam Selman Spring/Summer 2017 show. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A close-up shot of a plastic disc earring designed by Adam Selman for S/S17. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • A model in a pink plastic disc dress by New York City designer Adam Selman for Spring/Summer 2017. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • A model poses for the camera, backstage at the Adam Selman Spring/Summer 2017 show in New York City. Photo by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Models wear pajama/dress shirt designs backstage at the Adam Selman show for S/S17. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • A model shows over her matching pink makeup and nails, backstage at the Adam Selman Spring/Summer 2017 show in New York City. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Models in pink designs by New York City downtown designer Adam Selman, for S/S17. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine
  • Adam Selman Spring/Summer 2017 show program. Ponyboy magazine.
  • A close-up shot of a model in cat-eye sunglasses, backstage at Adam Selman S/S17. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine in NY.
  • Models backstage wearing the latest womenswear for Spring/Summer 2017 by New York City designer Adam Selman. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A model snapped backstage during New York Fashion Week at the Adam Selman Spring/Summer 2017 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Model's look board snapped backstage at Adam Selman S/S17 show. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Portrait of designer Adam Selman, backstage at his Spring/Summer 2017 show in New York. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • The Adam Selman Spring/Summer 2017 womenswear show. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.

ADAM SELMAN

S/S 2017

Adam Selman is a young creative womenswear designer that has taken the fashion world by storm. And we’re not just saying that because we’re big fans of his innovative designs. From 10 finalists, Selman was one of the two runner-ups selected for the 2016 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award, receiving $150,000. The designer stated, “My inspiration came from artist Aaronel deRoy Gruber’s plexiglass work from the late 60s and 70s as well as a 1940s graphic from a “pornographic movie” and listening to Donna Summer’s Summer Fever on repeat.” We just love his vision and can’t wait to see what he designs for many seasons to come! Congratulations Adam! Photography Alexander Thompson  http://adamselman.com/

threeASFOUR
Spring 2017

  • The threeASFOUR Spring 2017 collection. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A young model in makeup, backstage at threeASFOUR Spring 2017 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A menswear look from the threeASFOUR Spring 2017 show in New York. Photograped by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Graphic jumpsuits on models, backstage at threeASFOUR Spring 2017 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine in New York City.
  • Young models snapped backstage at the threeASFOUR Spring 2017 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Bold printed clothing backstage at threeASFOUR Spring 2017 collection in New York City. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Portrait of a model backstage during New York Fashion Week at the threeASFOUR collection for Spring 2017. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Bright and bold for Spring 2017, photographed backstage at threeASFOUR by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • A model gets dressed backstage during NYFW, at the threeASFOUR Spring 2017 show. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Brown printed looks photographed on models backstage at threeASFOUR Spring collection, shown during NYFW 2017. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine in New York City.
  • Models wear the latest from threeASFOUR Spring 2017 collection, backstage during NYFW. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • A young model photographed backstage before getting dressed at the threeASFOUR Spring 2017 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine in New York City.
  • A model wears a bold printed dress for Spring 2017 threeASFOUR collection. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Look #2 image backstage at threeASFOUR Spring 2017 collection. Photo by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Backstage at threeASFOUR collection, for Spring 2017. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine NY by Alexander Thompson.
  • A model poses backstage at the threeASFOUR Spring 2017 show in New York. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Lilac hair photographed on a young model, backstage at the threeASFOUR fashion show for Spring 2017. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine in NY.
  • Bold patterned dresses photographed on models backstage at threeASFOUR Spring 2017 collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • A young male model poses for photographer Alexander Thompson, backstage at the threeASFOUR Spring 2017 show in New York City. Ponyboy magazine.
  • Models snapped before walking for threeASFOUR Spring 2017 collection. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine in New York by Alexander Thompson.
  • Blue Look #7, photographed backstage at threeASFOUR Spring 2017 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Bold colorful creations photographed backstage at threeASFOUR Spring 2017 collection. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson during NYFW.
  • Models backstage before walking for threeASFOUR Spring 2017 collection shown during New York Fashion Week. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • B&W prints backstage at threeASFOUR Spring 2017 collection. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine in NY.
  • A 3-d print dress photographed backstage at the threeASFOUR Spring 2017 show. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model's looks board for threeASFOUR Spring 2017 photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • ThreeASFOUR Spring 2017 show, photographed in New York by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.

threeASFOUR

SPRING 2017

When one thinks of downtown design trio threeASFOUR, visions of fabulous futuristic fashion always come to mind. This season was no different as designers Gabi Asfour, Angela Donhauser and Adi Gil gave us what was expected, but so much more. ThreeASFOUR used friends as models for their collection, which is always a refreshing change to the usual trendy agency models. For Spring 2017  we saw patterns, lots of patterns in bold, colorful geometrics. There were brilliant organic and architectural dresses, flowing caftans and cut-out jumpsuits, as well as avante garde men’s pieces. The footwear of choice were Vibram Five Finger running shoes – a perfect accompaniment. The finale stunner was a jaw-dropping blue, cage style 3D printed dress, that we spotted backstage giving designer Angela some technical difficulties right before hitting the catwalk. But fashion prevailed and threeASFOUR ruled their modern runway as usual. Photography Alexander Thompson  http://www.threeasfour.com/

THE BLONDS
S/S 2017

  • The Blonds Spring/Summer 2017 show at Milk Studios NY. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Ishie Wang poses for Alexander Thompson's lens, backstage at the Blonds Spring/Summer 2017 collection at Milk Studios. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • A model's dressing card, backstage at the Blonds Spring/Summer 2017 show at Milk Studios New York. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Loredana Varga photographed backstage at the Blonds Spring/Summer 2017 collection at Milk Studios. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models Viktoria Foti & Jesse Gwin snapped backstage at the Blonds Spring/Summer 2017 show at Milk Studios. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Ling Yue Zhang snapped during hair & makeup, backstage at the Blonds Spring/Summer 2017 in New York City. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Model Djenice Duarte photographed getting dressed backstage at the Blonds Spring/Summer 2017 show at Milk Studios New York. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Lyoka Tyagnereva snapped backstage by photographer Alexander Thompson, at the Blonds S/S17 show. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Detail shot of a model in a corset at the Blonds Spring/Summer 2017 show during New York Fashion Week. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Jesse Gwin snapped backstage at the Blonds Spring/Summer 2017 collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Diane Chiu photographed backstage at the Blonds Spring/Summer 2017 show Milk Studios. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Model Sherica Maynard photographed backstage at the Blonds Spring/Summer 2017 show at Milk Studios. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Wigs, backstage at the Blonds S/S17 collection at Milk Studios in New York City. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Ling Yue Zhang photographed backstage at the Blonds S/S17. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Nika Veronika photographed backstage by Alexander Thompson at the Blonds S/S17 show. For Ponyboy magazine in New York.
  • Sherica Maynard snapped backstage at the Blonds Spring/Summer 2017 show at Milk Studios in New York City. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Viktoria Foti photographed by Alexander Thompson, backstage at the Blonds S/S17 collection in New York. For Ponyboy magazine.
  • Model Lyoka Tyagnereva poses for photographer Alexander Thompson, backstage at the Blonds S/S17 show. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Natalia Koreshkova snapped backstage at the Blonds Spring/Summer 2017 show at Milk Studios in New York. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Kayla Clarke snapped backstage at the Blonds S/S17 show in New York City at Milk Studios. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Model Loredana Varga snapped backstage at the Blonds S/S17 collection at Milk Studios in New York City. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Nika Veronika poses for photographer Alexander Thompson, backstage at Milk Studios for the Blonds S/S17collection. Ponyboy magazine.
  • Model Ishie Wang poses for photographer Alexander Thompson, backstage at the Blonds Spring/Summer 2017 collection at Milk Studios. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Mauza C. António snapped backstage at the Blonds Spring/Summer 2017 show. Photo by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Close-up photograph of a model in a blond wig, backstage at the Blonds S/S17 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Christian Louboutin boots backtage at the Blonds S/S17 show. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models Djenice Duarte & Viktoria Foti photographed backstage at the Blonds Spring/Summer 2017 show at Milk Studios. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine NY by Alexander Thompson.
  • Model Loredana Varga at the Blonds S/S17 collection at Milk Studios. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Backstage in hair & makeup at the Blonds S/S17 show. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • The Blonds. S/S17. Photo for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson.

THE BLONDS

S/S 2017

David and Phillipe Blond, designers for downtown label The Blonds, seem to take a fantasy approach with every collection they design each season. And why not? The duo stated, “This season we revisited themes of our past collection, while also incorporating our newest inspiration, a riff on the heavy metal ’80s vs hip-hop, in a world where Mad Max meets the muses of Xanadu!”

We applaud anything that is not the same monotonous trend, with repetition on runways that we constantly see each season. And in true Blonds fashion they did not disappoint. Their twisted, yet beautiful take on the fusion of heavy metal /”Clash of The Titans” is about as far out as one can get. And it works. The designers celebrated a successful 10 years in business and stated that they’ve matured the line and are ready for their designs to be seen more so on the red carpet. We saw the classic Blond staples, which included festive corsets and bodysuits, as well as a couple of menswear looks which we’ve never seen before on their runway.  And they showed fantastic gowns, which are truly red carpet worthy. Let’s hear it for 10 more years of Blond fantasy ! Photography Alexander Thompson. http://theblonds.nyc/

ROBERT GELLER
S/S 2017

  • The Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show, photographed backstage by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model's look board, photographed backstage at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male model Mats Van Snippenberg photographed backstage at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Closet up shot of a shirt and models dressing card, backstage at Robert Geller S/S17 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thomspon for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male model Ko Grimmer photographed backstage at the Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Paul-Alexandre Haubtmann photographed backstage at Robert Geller S/S17 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Leopard print trousers photographed backstage at the Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Zach Troost snapped backstage at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Paul-Alexandre Haubtmann photographed backstage at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male model Max Von Isser photographed backstage at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A detail shot of polaroid on a men's jacket, photographed backstage at the Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Close-up shot of record style bags, photographed backstage at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Bram Valbracht photographed backtage in makeup at the Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models Kyle Mobus and Reid Rohling photographed backstage at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Detail photograph of men's trousers, photographed backstage at the Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male model Dylan Bell photographed backstage at the Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models Trevor Drury and Max Masters snapped backstage at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A detail shot of leopard print trousers photographed backstage at the Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A male model adjusts his sunglasses, backstage at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A detail shot of a fur pom-pom keychains and polaroid on men's trousers, photographed backstage at the Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models with long bangs, photographed backstage at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models dressing cards photographed backstage at Robert Geller S/S17 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male model Alexander Beck photographed backstage at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models Fernando Cabral and Lucas Cristino snapped backstage at the Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Close-up shot of record style bags, photographed backstage at Robert Geller S/S17 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A close-up shot of a male model getting dressed backstage at the Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Aly N'Diaye photographed backstage at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male models Alexander Beck and Mats Van Snippenberg photographed backstage at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A detail shot of men's shoes and pink trousers, photographed backstage at the Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male models Dylan Bell and Ko Grimmer photographed backstage at the Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Close-up shot of a male model in sunglasses, backstage at the Robert Geller S/S17 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models Bram Valbracht and Adonis Bosso photographed backstage at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model's board, photographed backstage at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Polaroids on the backside of a men's jacket, photographed backstage at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.

ROBER GELLER S/S 2017

NEUE WELLE BERLIN

Robert Geller never ceases to amaze us here at Ponyboy. His casual, yet avant-garde collections are never boring and he is always a step ahead of the rest. For Spring/Summer 2017, Geller took us on a ‘Walk on the Wild Side” with leopard prints and neon colors. The designer’s inspiration cleary came from the 80s, primarily the music and underground scene of new wave Berlin. He stated that he channeled the creativity of German post-punk bands like Einstürzende Neubauten and Nina Hagen. Weller gave us edginess in many forms, one of our favorites being polaroids fastened to jackets and trousers. Model Max Von Isser wore a jacket with an interesting strap detail, a bondage effect. Fur pom-pom keychains attached to the trousers added an eclectic accent. Neon colored washed silk cropped pegged trousers ruled the show. The record-style bags that incorporated the Tower Records font were just genius. Our infatuation increases with every collection that we’ve seen and we eagerly anticipate what this design mastermind will create next season. Photography Alexander Thompson.  http://www.robertgeller-ny.com

YEAH!
NEW YORK

  • Sarah McCall photographed for Ponyboy magazine editorial
  • Sarah McCall photographed in designer Shahista Lalani for Karen O inspired womenswear editorial. Styled by Xina Giatas, with photography by Alexander Thompson.
  • Sarah McCall wears a fur jacket by Georgine, photographed for a Karen O womenswear editorial. Styled by Xina Giatas, with photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Sarah McCall from MSA model stars in Ponyboy magazine womenswear editorial inspired by Karen O. Photographed in Shahista Lalani for Ponyboy magazine NY by Alexander Thompson.
  • MSA model Sarah McCall stars in Ponyboy magazine NY women's editorial inspired by Karen O. Photography by Alexander Thompson, styled by Xina Giatas.
  • Sarah McCall wears a mohair top by Acne Studios and leather skirt by Staerk. Photographed for a Karen O inspired womenswear editorial, styled by Xina Giatas and photographed by Alexander Thomspon for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • MSA model Sarah McCall photographed in Georgine by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Sarah McCall leaps for a Ponyboy magazine editorial inspired by musician Karen O, wearing a dress by Milly. Styled by Xina Giatas, with photography by Alexander Thompson. Photographed in New York City.
  • Sarah McCall stars in a womenswear editorial
  • Sarah McCall wears a sequin dress by Milly, worn with a leather jacket by Blk DNM. Inspired by Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, photographed for Ponyboy magazine New York by Alexander Thompson, with styling by Xina Giatas.
  • Model Sarah McCall wears a jumper from N12H, photographed by Alexander Thompson for a womenswear editorial based on Karen O,
  • Sarah McCall photographed in a Cheng-Huai Chuang safety pin bodysuit for a Karen O inspired womenswear editorial. Styled by Xina Giatas and photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Sarah McCall walks the streets of New York City for Ponyboy magazine womenswear editorial,

YEAH! NEW YORK

KAREN O STYLE

Back in 2000, a young and high-spirited musician known as Karen O burst onto the underground New York City music scene. With a very unique and powerful voice, as well as a rebellious stage presence, young, hip girls and guys became in awe of the lead singer for the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. Her eclectic costumes, designed by the sensation known as Christian Joy, were topped with that signature Johnny Ramone bowl hair cut which gave her a distinct look. She and the band created their own voice–the voice of a new generation.

We took Karen O’s style and exuberance as our inspiration for this latest womenswear editorial. Ponyboy editor and stylist Xina Giatas stated, “I loved mixing the traditionally masculine fabrics and darker colors with the feminine form. The outcome was a powerful sensuality, just as Karen O embodies”.

Model Sarah McCall/MSA Models NY. Photography Alexander Thompson, stylist Xina Giatas, hair Ahbi Nishman and makeup by Lorcan Devaney. Thank you to Sandbox Studios Bushwick.  http://www.sandboxstudio.com

MILLY
F/W 2016

  • The Fall/Winter 2016 Milly womenswear show, photographed backstage by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model's looks, photographed backstage at the Milly F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models snapped backstage for the Milly Fall/Winter 2016 womenswear show. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Milly Fall/Winter womenswear looks for 2016, snapped by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Brunette model Danielle Dorchester photographed in makeup, backstage at the Milly F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models wear Milly F/W16 womenswear looks backstage. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Dramatic eyeshadow photographed backstage at Milly F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Pointy stiletto's, photographed backstage at the Milly Fall/Winter 2016 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models in the latest Milly F/W16 womenswear looks. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models snapped backstage for Milly Fall/Winter 2016. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models strike exaggerate poses, backstage at Milly F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A blonde model photographed backstage in makeup, for Milly F/W16. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Milly Fall/Winter womenswear looks for 2016. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A model in an exaggerated collar, photographed backstage at Milly F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model's looks, photographed backstage at Milly F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Danielle Dorchester snapped backstage at Milly F/W16 womenswear show by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A young blonde model photographed backstage at Milly F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Orange womenswear, photographed backstage at the Milly F/W16 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Danielle Dorchester photographed backstage at Milly F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Baby blue Fall/Winter womenswear looks for 2016, snapped by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine at the Milly show in New York City.
  • A brunette model photographed backstage at the Milly F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Milly F/W16 looks, photographed backstage by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A model backstage in hair & makeup at Milly F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Models wear Milly F/W16 womenswear looks backstage. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson NY.
  • A pastel swing coat, photographed backstage at Milly F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Milly Fall 2016 model card photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Milly Fall/Winter 2016 womenswear show, photographed backstage for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson NY.

MILLY F/W 2016

CLASSIC MILLY

Michelle Smith does it again for F/W 2016! Her latest collection features all the elements of the classic Milly woman- feminine, sexy and strong.

We start out with with flirty effeminate looks – shorter hems, exposed shoulders, trapeze dresses and plunging necklines. These looks remain soft yet mighty due to their geometric lines and vivid colors. Then we visit a powerful, alluring woman wearing streamlined body conscious pencil skirts and fitted tops. Even when looks cover most of the body with a button up shirt and slim trouser, we see sensuality in sheer blouses paired with bra tops and bandeaus. Milly also revisits playing with volume through swing coats, inverted pleat culottes in a longer length and dresses with full, flouncy skirts.

A wide variety of color was shown in this assemblage. We saw black paired with saturated red, green and navy, along with pastel cosmetic tones in pink, cool blue and nude. Consistent with her aesthetic, Michelle showcases exciting prints including a graphic, painterly watercolor in cool tones.

Textures were strong and exciting, something we look forward to from Milly. Touches of metallic gold, fur, honeycomb lattice and sequins were seen. The pattern showcased the most throughout was a fringe adorned black fabric that was featured in either green or red blossom floral. Also presented was a 1960s inspired white textile with soft, black tufted pom flower print all over.

We saw quintessential Milly silhouettes layered up for the colder months. Bikini tops, bottoms and miniskirts were seen worn under long, elegant swing coats. Ribbed turtlenecks worn under sleeveless minidresses did the job of warming up a look as well. The looks were finished off with square handbags in black leather and provocative d’Orsay heels.

Though it feels like we are just getting away from a very cold winter, Milly gives us a breathtaking cast of magnetic, coquettish looks to be inspired by. Words by Xina Giatas. Photography Alexander Thompson.  http://www.milly.com

MISS KACIE MARIE
UNZIPPED!

  • Musician/model Miss Kacie Marie photographed in a leopard coat by Zandra Rhodes. Styled by Xina Giatas, with photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Miss Kacie Marie photographed in a 50s style dress by Laura Byrnes Collection. Styled by Xina Giatas, with photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Miss Kacie Marie photographed in a 1950s style pink dress by Dixiefried. Styled by Xina Giatas, with photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Musician/model Miss Kacie Marie photographed in New York City by Alexander Thompson, with styling by Xina Giatas, for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Miss Kacie Marie photographed in a 1950s style dress by Dixiefried. Styled by Xina Giatas, with photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Miss Kacie Marie wears a gold dress by designer Julie Mollo. Styled by Xina Giatas for Ponyboy magazine NY, photography by Alexander Thompson.
  • New York City musician & model, Miss Kacie Marie, photographed by Alexander Thompson, with styling by XIna Giatas. Ponyboy magazine.
  • Miss Kacie Marie photographed in New York by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine, with styling by Xina Giatas.
  • Model Kacie Marie photographed in a fur by Michael Kors, styled by Xina Giatas. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Musician Kacie Marie photographed in a vintage leopard robe. Styling by Xina Giatas, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model/musician Kacie Marie photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY, with styling by Xina Giatas.
  • Beauty Kacie Marie photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY, styled by Xina Giatas.

MISS KACIE MARIE

UNZIPPED!

Kacie Marie is the young, beautiful brunette that you may have seen at a New York City rockabilly event, dancing the night away in a full-skirt and saddle shoes. Or perhaps you’ve seen her in a magazine or on instagram, posing for a photographer’s camera. Always radiant, glowing…full of energy that just knocks them dead! What some don’t know is that this gorgeous beauty is also an accomplished singer who is paving her way in the music world, with her talent and strong determination.

Our fashion editor, Xina Giatas, pulled some glamorous and sexy vintage looks for Kacie, to dazzle your eyes out. Take a look! Photography by Alexander Thompson. Stylist/Fashion Editor Xina Giatas. Stylist assistants:  Christopher Owens and Leslie Medlik. Special thanks to Severely Mame.

http://www.misskaciemarie.com https://www.instagram.com/miss_kaciemarie/  https://www.reverbnation.com/kaciemarie5

PONYBOY:  Kacie, at what age did you start singing?

KACIE MARIE:  From my earliest memories, I would sing along to my favorite 50s tunes. The radio was one of my greatest escapes.

PONYBOY:  What is your background?

KACIE MARIE:   Growing up as a Pennsylvania girl, I often ventured into the woods to explore and find inspiration for myself, as well as for my art. I continued creating as I went to school for painting and then quickly found the darkroom. Photography became an instant passion. As my interest in photography grew, I lent myself as a subject in front of my own camera, as well as other people’s lenses. Modeling and photography went hand in hand, and I loved creating different characters.  I did all of the hair, makeup, styling and set design. When I discovered video, I couldn’t help but be in awe at the chance to make my visuals and creations move!

This creative journey has helped me evolve the way I think about making music! Every time I write a song, I envision and write a video to go along with it. To me, it’s just as important as the song itself. I like to reach for all of the different medias that I can, to be able to paint with my music. I’ve actually been in one band or another since I was fifteen years old, playing guitar and singing. I also enjoy tinkering on all of the different instruments, the drums being my favorite.

PONYBOY:   We first became aware of you as a pin-up model. Do you identify more as a musician or a model?

KACIE MARIE:   I identify as an artist, first and foremost. I never actually considered myself as a model, for reasons unknown. I was never truly pursuing modeling as a career, but was rather interested in making photographs and creating characters. In my experience, photography and modeling can be very psychologically explorative, within the tones that are revealed. Plus, the thought that many years from now, a couple of photographs of me might still be floating around is extremely thrilling.

As a musician, I’ve found the process to be honest, raw, and potentially the most vulnerable of the arts for me. Those notions in particular keep me intrigued in pushing the limits for myself and the music I’m involved in. I have found music to be a psychological thrill.

PONYBOY:  Do people sometimes overlook you as a musician, because you’re also a model as well?

KACIE MARIE:  In this modern day society, I believe all the artistic platforms are linked in one way or another, and only strengthens the experience of the listener/viewer.

PONYBOY:  Your recent music release, Girls from Mars, made it into the top ten on ReverbNation charts. Tell us about this release.

KACIE MARIE:  As of today, I am number five on the ReverbNation charts! I have been live on ReverbNation for about six months or so, and I’ve found that it gives a lot of opportunities to submit to all different kinds of exciting potentials, via film scores, music contests, and platforms to reach more music fans!

The making and release of Girls From Mars was completely independent and was my first solo album. The EP Girls From Mars can be found on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, ReverbNation, etc.

PONYBOY:  Do you write all of your own lyrics?

KACIE MARIE:    Yes, I write all of my own lyrics and melodies. Thus far, the only time I haven’t written is if I was performing on someone else’s record.

PONYBOY:  What musician’s have been the most inspiring to you?

KACIE MARIE:   It’s hard to name all of the musicians that have and will continue to inspire me, as the list grows and changes with the wind. To name a couple:  Billie Holiday, The Chantels, The Shangri-las, Johnny Cash, Mazzy Star, Velvet Underground, Julie London, Chelsea Wolfe, Sam Cooke, Patsy Cline, Etta James, and the long list continues.

PONYBOY:   As far as your personal style, do you tend to wear vintage for the most part?

KACIE MARIE:   My style fluctuates with my moods. I do tend to be most attracted to vintage style clothing. However, I always mix and match, and I’m not focused on brand names. Brands play very little  clout in my heart. I like what I like, regardless of it’s history or lack there of. I’m most happy when I’m thrift shopping, pouring through all of the randomness, finding that one gem of a poodle skirt, country blouse or that extra tight little red sweater.

PONYBOY:  What decades, as far as dressing are concerned, do you tend to favor? Any designer’s that you like?

KACIE MARIE:  If I had to pick one, I feel the most nostaglia with the 1950s because of the music I grew up listening to, and the movies that I most adored.

PONYBOY:  What can we expect from you in the future, in regards to your music?

KACIE MARIE:  You can expect to see my explorations of different genre’s and collaborations, and my efforts to transform these experiences into the different multi-medias, productions, and platforms.

GYPSY SPORT
F/W 2016

  • Gypsy Sport menswear, Fall/Winter 2016. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Backstage model board, photographed at Gypsy Sport F/W15 show. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Portrait of a male model in a neck warmer, backstage at Gypsy Sport F/W16 menswear presentation. Photography for Ponyboy magazine, by Alexander Thompson in New York City.
  • A model's comp card hangs next to Gypsy Sport F/W16 menswear. Photographed backstage by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Close-up photograph of a male model in a neck warmer, backstage at Gypsy Sport F/W 2016. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A male model poses backstage at Gyspy Sport Fall/Winter menswear presentation. Portrait by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A male model gets dressed backstage at Gypsy Sport F/W16 menswear presentation. Photography for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson in New York City.
  • A male model wears a Gyspy Sport F/W16 logo top and bell bottoms. Photographed backstage by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • B&W photograph of male model Souffrant Ralph, backstage at Gypsy Sport F/W16 menswear presentation. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Alain Gr-Polanco photographed at the Gypsy Sport F/W16 menswear presentation by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male models photographed backstage in theatrical makeup and Gypsy Sport F/W16 menswear. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Designer sunglasses by Gypsy Sport F/W16, photographed for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson in New York City.
  • Gypsy Sport logo designs photographed backstage by Alexander Thompson for Fall/Winter 2016. Pony boy magazine NY.
  • A male model photographed backstage at Gypsy Sport by designer Rio Uribe. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson NY.
  • Model Souffrant Ralph photographed backstage at Gyspy Sport F/W16 by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Gypsy Sport logo and patchwork designs, photographed backstage for Fall/Winter 2016 by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Sleek designer sunglasses photographed at Gyspy Sport F/W16 menswear presentation. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Striped menswear photographed backstage at Gypsy Sport F/W16 show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Embellished headwear photographed at Gypsy Sport F/W16 menswear presentation by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Baby-blue menswear designs, photographed backstage at Gypsy Sport F/W16. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Gypsy Sport Fall/Winter 2016 menswear presentation photographed for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson NY.
  • Gypsy Sport Fall/Winter menswear photographed backstage on male models, photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A male model photographed at Gypsy Sport F/W 2016 menswear collection, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Detail photographs of Gyspy Sport F/W16 menswear logo print. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Sleek sunglasses photographed at Gyspy Sport F/W16 menswear presentation. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • An oversized neck warmer photographed backstage at Gypsy Sport F/W16. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fall/Winter 2016 menswear presentation by New York label Gypsy Sport. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A young male model photographed at Gypsy Sport F/W 2016 menswear collection, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Detail shot of Gyspy Sport boxer shorts and belt, photographed at Fall/Winter2016 menswear presentation. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Gypsy Sport F/W 2016 menswear collection, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.

GYSPY SPORT F/W 2016

BENDING FORWARD

Gypsy Sport, the fresh, youth oriented line from creative designer Rio Uribe, successfully showed at the second New York City Fashion Week for men. Well known for it’s gender-bending clothing, the 2015 CFDA Fashion Fund winner gave us a line made up primarily of warm brown tones and baby blue pastels. The collection succeeded in both color and design, with nods to both the 70s and 90s. The looks were mixed with shiny tracksuits, patchworks, fake fur, oversized neck warmers, bell bottoms, wide collars, striped corduroys, embellished head gear and floppy hats. A finishing touch were the tinted, sleek sunglasses, which was a collaboration with Haze Collection. At first look it may all appear as one big fashion mishmash. But, in actuality, the designs are from a gifted young man who is setting himself apart from the rest of the pack with much great success. We applaud him and look forward to many more successful seasons from the brilliance known as Gypsy Sport. Photography Alexander Thompson. http://gypsysportny.com

6-PACK
FUSION MEN

  • 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson, with men's grooming and art direction by Walton Nunez. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion male model Griffin Reed stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion male model newcomer Griffin Reed stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion agency newcomer Griffin Reed stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion male model Ian Weglarz stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion male model newcomer Ian Weglarz stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion model Ian Weglarz stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion male model Turner Barbur stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion male model newcomer Turner Barbur stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion model Turner Barbur stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion male model Matthew Sosnowski stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion male model newcomer Matthew Sosnowski stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion model Matthew Sosnowski stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion male model Omar Ahmed stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion male model newcomer Omar Ahmed stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion model Omar Ahmed stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion male model Seth Wilkerson stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Fusion male model newcomer Seth Wilkerson stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion model Seth Wilkerson stars in 6-pack Fusion men, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.

6-PACK

FUSION MEN

Fusion is a boutique modeling agency based in New York City featuring high-end men and women. These models not only walk the runways all over the world, but they also pose for the best clothing campaigns and are featured in edgy magazine editorials. Fusion has been an integral part in launching the careers of many young and in demand male models, including Charlie James, Matts van Snippenberg, Laurie Harding and Max von Isser, just to name a few.

It was men’s groomer/art director Walton Nunez’s concept to purchase a 6-pack of classic white t-shirts and feature Fusion newcomers, who are on their way to making their mark in the male modeling world. Walton stated, “When I reached out to Ponyboy to do this story, I wanted to capture the essence of each model. I really wanted to make pictures of the boys that were going to be the next generation of models, in a monochromatic setting. The focus is on the movement each model brings to the picture being taken of him. I wanted to make images that were art focused, yet fashion oriented. What looks better on any man than a white t-shirt? Well, I guess a leather jacket over that, but perhaps that’s our next story!”

We present to you the next wave, which includes Griffin Reed, Ian Weglarz, Turner Barbur, Matthew Sosnowski, Omar Ahmed and Seth Wilkerson. Photography Alexander Thompson.  http://www.fusionmodelsnyc.com

GRIFFIN REED

PONYBOY:  What’s your age, place of origin and Instagram?

GRIFFIN REED:  20, Oakland, Ca. https://www.instagram.com/im.natas/

PONYBOY: How did you get into modeling?

GRIFFIN REED:   A freak accident. A photographer asked to shoot me for trade. The trade was a burrito, and that photo is still used as my comp card to this day!

PONYBOY:   What’s been your favorite shoot to work on so far?

GRIFFIN REED:   A Van’s campaign. I got to be a hooligan through Seattle for three days! Plus the catering and dinners were insane.

PONYBOY:  What’s your dream campaign?

GRIFFIN REED:   Prada or Dior.

PONYBOY:  What designers do you favor?

GRIFFIN REED:  Not that I can afford or wear any of it, but Prada or Dior. Everytime I get the chance to put on anything from them I feel on top of the world. There’s something to say about how an outfit can completely change your attitude!

PONYBOY:  What other interests do you have besides modeling?

GRIFFIN REED:    Skateboarding, drinking coffee, and singing/screaming sad boy, bedroom music.

IAN WEGLARZ

PONYBOY:  What’s your age, place of origin and Instagram?

IAN WEGLARZ:  I’m 20 years old. I’m from Detroit, Michigan. My instagram is: https://www.instagram.com/iianweglarz/

PONYBOY:  How did you get into modeling?

IAN WEGLARZ:   People just kept taking pictures of me for their projects back home, and it kinda took a crazy turn from there.

PONYBOY:   What’s been your favorite shoot to work on so far?

IAN WEGLARZ:   That’s hard, there have been a few. I’d have to say anything I do with Hadar Pitchon, a shoot I did in Rhode Island with Marcus Cooper and Lisa Jarvis, or a recent one with Matthew Kristall.

PONYBOY:  What’s your dream campaign?

IAN WEGLARZ:   Probably something like Saint Laurent or something out of my usual looks, like Gucci or Prada.

PONYBOY:  What designers do you favor?

IAN WEGLARZ:  Obviously Saint Laurent. But I’ve been loving things from Fear Of God and the suits by David Hart.

PONYBOY:  What other interests do you have besides modeling?

IAN WEGLARZ:    I am a poet always and for eternity. Words that feel good on the tongue causes me to feel euphoria. I also sing a lot. But recently I have been getting into different creative mediums like drawing and styling.

TURNER BARBUR

PONYBOY:  What’s your age, place of origin and Instagram?

TURNER BARBUR:  18, Nebraska. https://www.instagram.com/faglite/

PONYBOY: How did you get into modeling?

TURNER BARBUR:   I was scouted at a Starbucks in Soho.

PONYBOY:   What’s been your favorite shoot to work on so far?

TURNER BARBUR:   Interview Magazine with Craig McDean and Karl Templer.

PONYBOY:  What’s your dream campaign?

TURNER BARBUR:   Prada.

PONYBOY:  What designers do you favor?

TURNER BARBUR:  Raf Simons, Jonathan Anderson, Rei Kawakubo, and many more.

PONYBOY:  What other interests do you have besides modeling?

TURNER BARBUR:    I like to act and watch movies, as well as reading and writing.

MATTHEW SOSNOWSKI

PONYBOY:  What’s your age, place of origin and Instagram?

MATTHEW SOSNOWSKI:   17, New Jersey.  https://www.instagram.com/mattsosnowski/

PONYBOY: How did you get into modeling?

MATTHEW SOSNOWSKI:   I started modeling for a few independent things in the spring of last year. It wasn’t until the summer when I was scouted by a photographer and introduced to Fusion. I signed with them in September, and so far I’m having a really great time.

PONYBOY:   What’s been your favorite shoot to work on so far?

MATTHEW SOSNOWSKI:   My favorite shoot has to be the one I did for Paper magazine. I loved the location for the shoot. It was at the Jane Hotel which had very Grand Budapest vibes and a very cool, rich layout.

PONYBOY:  What’s your dream campaign?

MATTHEW SOSNOWSKI:   My dream campaign would be for Saint Laurent. It’s such a classic line of clothing and I would be honored to have a chance to work with them.

PONYBOY:  What designers do you favor?

MATTHEW SOSNOWSKI:  This is always a hard question for me to answer because my opinion always changes. At the moment I really like Gypsy Sport, Acne Studios, Ulyana Sergenko, Meedham Kirchhoff and Raf Simmons.

PONYBOY:  What other interests do you have besides modeling?

MATTHEW SOSNOWSKI:    Outside of modeling, I’m a student in high school. I was just accepted to London College of Fashion for textile design and I’m still in the process of applying to a few more schools in New York. I really enjoy painting, fashion design and sculpture.

OMAR AHMED

PONYBOY:  What’s your age, place of origin and Instagram?

OMAR AHMED:   20, Cairo, Egypt. https://www.instagram.com/omarrahmed/

PONYBOY: How did you get into modeling?

OMAR AHMED:   A friend of mine asked to take a few pictures of me and submitted them to a few companies, leading to my first gig almost three years ago.

PONYBOY:   What’s been your favorite shoot to work on so far?

OMAR AHMED:  My favorite shoot to work on so far, that I can actually talk about, was a Miu Miu special I did with Dust Magazine. I enjoyed all the people at the shoot and the clothes were amazing!!

PONYBOY:  What’s your dream campaign?

OMAR AHMED:   My dream campaign would probably be a fragrance or sunglass campaign for some really high-end designer! It would be cool to see myself on ads all over the place. Haha!

PONYBOY:  What designers do you favor?

OMAR AHMED:  I personally adore Vetements and Gucci. I love how designers from both take classic looks and bold colors and rework them to perfection!

PONYBOY:  What other interests do you have besides modeling?

OMAR AHMED:    Alongside modeling, I am a humanitarian/student studying Public Health and Environmental Science, hoping I land a job working for the United Nations in the future. I want to help make a difference in much of the human inequality that exists all around the world today.

SETH WILKERSON

PONYBOY:  What’s your age, place of origin and Instagram?

SETH WILKERSON:   24, Wantage, NJ. https://www.instagram.com/sethmartin24/

PONYBOY: How did you get into modeling?

SETH WILKERSON:   I was discovered by a photographer while I was sitting on the trunk of my car at a gas station. He took some digitals a couple days later and sent them to people he knew at agencies. It came completely out of the blue.

PONYBOY:   What’s been your favorite shoot to work on so far?

SETH WILKERSON:  One shoot that comes to mind wasn’t even a job, it was a test shoot. I learned so much from the photographer, I should have brought a notebook or two.

PONYBOY:  What’s your dream campaign?

SETH WILKERSON:   It would be amazing to work for Tommy Hilfiger or Calvin Klein. I love the simple, classic look.

PONYBOY:  What designers do you favor?

SETH WILKERSON:  I love Calvin. They make clothes that work with the person wearing them, instead of clothes that try to do all the work.

PONYBOY:  What other interests do you have besides modeling?

SETH WILKERSON:    I’m a fan of the outdoors. I grew up in a rural area, so I enjoy getting out there and exploring. I also started doing martial arts when I was young. And I love to broaden my education by training.

MATT
PITT

  • Fusion model Matt Pitt, photographed by Alexander Thompson, with men's grooming by Yuhi Kim, for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion male model Matt Pitt, photographed by Alexander Thompson, with men's grooming by Yuhi Kim, for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion male model Matt Pitt, photographed by Alexander Thompson, with men's grooming by Yuhi Kim, for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fusion male model Matt Pitt, photographed by Alexander Thompson, with men's grooming by Yuhi Kim, for Ponyboy magazine in New York City.
  • Back of head shots Detail of head shots of model Matt Pitt's, photographed by Alexander Thompson, with men's grooming by Yuhi Kim, for Ponyboy magazine in New York City.
  • Detail shot of model Matt Pitt's hair, photographed by Alexander Thompson, with men's grooming by Yuhi Kim, for Ponyboy magazine in New York City.

MATT PITT

A NEW FACE

Matt Pitt is a young, new model. With reddish brown hair and freckles, at times he can look slightly alien in a David Bowie sort of way. Whether he is walking the runways for high end designers worldwide or shooting trendy men’s editorials, one thing is certain – Matt is well on his way to success in the modeling world. This humble, down-to-earth law student, has managed to stay grounded in the whirlwind madness known as the fashion world. Photography by Alexander Thompson. Hair by Yuhi Kim. https://www.instagram.com/matthew.pitt/

PONYBOY:  Matt, you are a young, male model. Tell us how you were discovered.

MATT PITT:  I was originally scouted at my local mall when my now mother agent was holding an open call. I was approached by my agent Anita and we discussed coming into the agency and possibly signing on. Which turns out I did!

PONYBOY:  Did you ever think that you would be modeling all over the world?

MATT PITT:  After initially signing with Anita, I had no real concept of what was in store for me. I attended CMTC (Canadian Model Talent Convention) in Toronto last May. There I was given the opportunity to meet with a multitude of international agencies. A short month later I had graduated high school early and was on a plane to Paris for the Spring/Summer 2016 show season. I’m still not sure it has hit me, how quickly everything has worked out for me. Getting back to the question, I hadn’t even dreamt of modeling on an international scale. But it was soon a reality.

PONYBOY:  You’re in college full-time and only eighteen years old. How does being a student fit with your modeling career?

MATT PITT:  With my modeling career appearing so suddenly, I hadn’t really planned how it might work. I had always intended to further my education, and that is something that I intend to complete. Managing the two hasn’t been easy. I’ve been doing some shoots in more local areas. However, I have been able to pop down to New York quickly for a shoot on the weekend. But, overall it tends to be one or the other. So, I intend to take full advantage of my time off from school to continue pursuing modeling. In time, I’m sure I’ll be able to find a good balance.

PONYBOY:  You’re with the Fusion agency in New York. What other agencies represent you worldwide?

MATT PITT:  As of January 1st, 2016, I have been placed with seven agencies worldwide. They are Anita Norris models in Canada (my mother agency), as well as Premium in Paris, Established in London, Elite in Milan, Trend in Spain, Core in Germany, and, of course, Fusion in NY.

PONYBOY:  You’re still somewhat new to the modeling world. What’s been your favorite assignment so far?

MATT PITT:  I began my modeling career this past summer, beginning in Paris for show season. My first show ever was Louis Vuitton S/S16, so that will always be an important memory of mine. But, to narrow down to one specifc experience is something I cannot do. I would have to say that my favorite aspect of modeling that I’ve experienced so far is just meeting so many cool, interesting and kind people, while getting the opportunity to travel and see the world.

PONYBOY:  What’s been your least favorite shoot so far?

MATT PITT:  I can honestly say that from all of the shoots and jobs I have done so far, I’ve been lucky enough to have been treated with respect. And at the end of the day, that is what makes a job enjoyable for me. There would be obvious highlights, but nothing comes to my mind as being “least favorite”.

PONYBOY:   You aspire to work in law. How do you think that modeling will help you with your career in law?

MATT PITT:  At first it seems that modeling and law are two careers with few similarities. But as I’ve been emersed more into modeling I see opportunities in which I could combine the two. Whether those are options I choose to pursue or not, it can never hurt to have connections.

PONYBOY:   Will you be walking during the next New York Men’s Fashion Week?

MATT PITT:  As I write these responses, I sit in the Toronto airport waiting to board my flight to Paris for this year’s Autumn/Winter show season. I will also be traveling to London and Milan for the shows there. But, unfortunately, I won’t be attending the shows in New York due to school starting again. But any future shows that I’m available to attend, I will.

PONYBOY:  What do you see in the future for you, in regards to modeling?

MATT PITT:  With how things have gone so far, I have no idea. I hope to continue to do well, and don’t have much control other than trying to prepare as best as I can and taking everything as it comes. Regardless, I look forward to what is in store and focus on continuing to enjoy myself.

KELSY
KARTER

  • Musician Kelsy Karter photographed for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Kelsy Karter wears a leopard bodysuit by Agent Provocateur. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Kelsy Karter wears a bustier and bottom from Agent Provocateur, tights from Wolford and a leather jacket from Schott NYC. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Kelsy Karter photographed applying lipstick for a Ponyboy magazine editorial. Photos by Alexander Thompson.
  • Kelsy Karter photographed in front of a Dodge Dart, wearing a leather jacket by Schott NYC, bustier by Agent Provocateur, capri pants by Patricia Field NY and flats by Kate Spade. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Kelsy Karter wears a vintage beaded 50's sweater from Squaresville LA and sunglasses by Prada. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Kelsy Karter wears a dress and fishnets by Agent Provocateur, and heels by Kate Spade. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Musician Kelsy Karter photographed in a vintage fur coat from Squaresville, and bustier from Agent Provocateur. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Kelsy Karter photographed in a bustier & fishnets from Agent Provocateur, pencil skirt from Herve Leger, heels Kate Spade and vintage scarf from Stella Dallas NY. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Kelsy Karter photographed in a vintage fur from Wasteland and fishnets from Trash & Vaudeville. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Kelsy Karter wears a vintage 50's sweater from Screaming Mimi's. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.

KELSY KARTER

RUNAWAY

Kelsy Karter. Rebel. Runaway. Hollywood singer. Music’s newest star? Perhaps. But don’t look for this young lady to fit the manufactured “mold” dictated by mainstream record labels and agents. Or to catch her on any of those ridiculous TV shows like American Idol or The Voice. Yes, of course, she’s talented. Oh, so talented. And such a beauty. However, this singer prefers switchblades and greasers to frilly designer dresses and makeup. A self-proclaimed tomboy, with gorgeous eyes and hair, she very much resembles a young Angeline Jolie. And this gal belts out her own tunes, throwing her bluesy soul into every song. Look out! We see big things for this one.  Photography AlexanderThompson. http://www.kelsykarter.com

PONYBOY:  Kelsy, we read that you were born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, and that you now reside in Los Angeles.

KELSY KARTER:  Yes, I sure was. My dad is from the U.S., so I am one of those annoying two passport people. It’s awesome.

PONYBOY:  Tell us about your upbringing as a young girl in Australia. What was life like for you?

KELSY KARTER:  Life was always weird, and always wonderful. I come from a family of very creative and intense people, so life was never boring. And I have a special needs brother, so even though I’m the baby, I would often play the big sister role. But life was great. I was a theatre kid, and the biggest tomboy ever! So by day I would get dirty with the boys and by night I’d do my thing on the stage.

PONYBOY:  What brought your move to America, primarily Los Angeles. You pretty much ran away at the age of seventeen?

KELSY KARTER:  I’m an impulsive person. Some may say I’ve done a lot of stupid shit, and I’m among those people. Ha! And ‘running away’ to America was one of those things. But it was possibly the most bold and most beautiful thing I’ve ever done. Most people spend their lives feeling less than satisfied, wishing they’d lived more, or fulfilled their dreams. I refuse to be one of those people! I never really felt like I fit in, living in Australia (although it is my home and I love it). I always felt like an outsider, spiritually and creatively. America was always the plan. It was always my path. Los Angeles? Well, it’s a colorful, strange city. And, listen, I still don’t really feel like I belong. But I’m cool with that. I like that feeling now. It’s exciting. My next victim is New York!

PONYBOY:  Tell us about Kelsy Karter’s music.

KELSY KARTER:  I was brought up on so much great music. Soul, Motown, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, the kind of stuff that isn’t always popular with my generation. The music I make reflects that. My music is my own little mix of musical wonder. And, lucky for me, it’s coming back around. Real music is ‘in’ again, at least getting there. Ha! Rock & Soul is the best way to put it, I guess. I sing with my soul. It’s my first language.

PONYBOY:  Tell us about your most recent EP release, Kiss the Boys.

KELSY KARTER:  Yes! So, I just released my first official EP “Kiss The Boys”. I’ve never been so proud in my life. I finally get to call the shots, make the music I was meant to make, and this record is a depiction of that–stories, entries from my life and my soul. It’s not what you’d expect. It’s all about rebellion, love, heartbreak, breaking hearts, loss–very theatrical and colorful. And, it’s pretty heavy at times. If there’s one thing I’ve learned through this process, it’s that I was born to sing the blues!

PONYBOY:   Do your write all of your own lyrics?

KELSY KARTER:  I do. I refuse to sing anything I didn’t write. There’s something phony about that to me. I wrote this record with some wonderful, talented people. It’s hard for me to trust other people with my work. But, when you can find people that do get it, and get you, then collaborations can be magic.

PONYBOY:  You’re a bit of rebel. What are you rebelling against?

KELSY KARTER:  I don’t know–myself, society. I hate the thought of being ordinary. But it’s not like I’m on a constant mission to do what I’m not supposed to. It’s just instinct. Growing up, I would find myself getting into a lot of trouble, and I sort of loved it. It’s almost therapeutic for me. It heals me. I like doing what most people wouldn’t. But I wouldn’t call myself a rebel, I just have a rebellious spirit. But, people like to label you, and apparently I’m a rebel. So now I use it to my advantage. I’ve made it ‘my thing’.

PONYBOY:  You’re very much into the 50’s aesthetic, though you don’t really dress or sound like it. You love greasers, switchblades and Ponyboy.

KELSY KARTER:  My voice was 100% made for another time. Give me any Elvis or Stevie song and I will crush it. Gimme a Britney or Selena song and I won’t know what I’m doing. My whole life I had people telling me I sound like an old singer, and luckily that’s what I am into. As for fashion, I consider myself a female James Dean. I’m a greaser. I’m an outsider. I live in jeans, a white tee, and leather jacket–always has been me, and always will be. Don’t get me wrong, I like to get get girly now and then. I’ll throw on a babydoll dress and some lipstick, but then how am I supposed to jump fences? Ha!

PONYBOY:   If you could only pick one musician to name as your ultimate idol, who would it be?

KELSY KARTER:  Sam Cooke and Amy Winehouse.

PONYBOY:  How would you describe your personal style? Are there any designers or labels that you like?

KELSY KARTER:  James Dean meets Anna Karina meets Joan Jett.

PONYBOY:  Do you have plans to tour?

KELSY KARTER:  Yes! Big plans. I couldn’t be more ready for that life.

PONYBOY:  And our last question for you, what kind of musician do you not want to be?

KELSY KARTER:  A forgotten one.