Frontiers recently enlisted the wonderfully talented Gabriel Goldberg to shoot the also amazingly talented Eli Lieb for our "L.A.’s Most Eligible Bachelors" issue's cover story. As one would expect with musical talent on set, there was rock 'n' roll-level debaucherous hijinks, culminating in a series of never-to-be-released, trashy art-house, beautiful but career-ruining images. Just kidding! Lieb was as sweet and courteous as the German translations of his name—and as strong a model as the Yiddish translation. In truth, the only wildness at The Studio was when a beautiful resident Siberian Husky named Ice barked at a delivery guy she dislikes.
For those who missed this year's Sunset Strip Music Festival, Sept. 19-21, it was a sight to behold. There were food trucks, beer gardens, sponsor displays, happy crowds and many, many bands—both old and new! Here are a few non-selfies.
After Frontiers cover model Ronnie Kroell created Pulse, a national networking group that connects people through live functions, he launched
It’s September, so the East Coast fashion establishment is pushing serious wool and hardcore scarves again. But Californians aren’t going to go around sweating through all that tweed because some aficionado says so. How do you deal with the marine layer, rogue heat waves, spooky Santa Anas and sudden nighttime chills? Los Angeles always creates its own identity, and fall fashion is no exception. Layers of soft fabrics, toned-down structure and a vibe of effortless raw luxury define the approach here. The color volume gets turned down—move away from the kooky fluorescents—and we become more aware of—without becoming a slave to—the classics. What better environment to mirror this quintessential Angeleno style than K-Town’s The Line Hotel, where clean interiors by local designer Sean Nibb embody fashionable decompression? Fall is coming. Make yourself comfortable.
Los Angeles photographer Michael Stokes has a huge following per his Rembrandt-finish Adonis-centric male photography. His work helped launch the modeling career of websation, ex-soldier Alex Minksy who went from military to modeling to recently appearing on The View. Michael also collaborated with Frontiers on a few of our own covers. Now Michael’s gearing up to celebrate the launch of a Taschen Book he’s curated that features the works of other photographers—'My Buddy: World War II Laid Bare,’ a collection of over 500 images of soldiers and sailors from all corners of the WWII globe engaged in all sorts of buddy behaviors. Read more about the book and see some images here. And be sure to meet Michael in person this Sunday, July 20 between 7-9PM at Taschen in the farmers Market. 6333 W 3rd Street. We’re not only sponsors, we’re fans!
A look at essential swimwear style for Summer 2014 Produced by Ed Baker Photography by John Fallon
On May 3, 2014, the only out royal in the world, Crown Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, not only posed flawlessly for the cover of Frontiers in traditional wardrobe, jewels and gifted eagle feather under the oppressive heatwave sun of the Andaz rooftop—which I’m told was relatively comfortable compared to the temperatures in his Rajpipla hometown—but graciously invited us into his suite for an on-camera interview with reporter Karen Ocamb. The Prince and Karen chatted for nearly an hour, discussing topics from the repeal of India’s Section 377, which recriminalized homosexuality, to the Prince’s own personal love life. Pay attention, readers, the Prince is—and I wish I could quote the restrained regal impish delivery, “single and ready to mingle.”
Behind the supermodel stares on Frontiers’ 2014 Style Issue cover and accompanying Marco Marco editorial was a bit of hooliganism. Bradford Rogne, who photographed David Cruz and Willam for Frontiers in the past, invited us back to his Downtown studio for more glossy fun. Marco Morante has teamed up with Frontiers from the styling angle on such stellar shoots as our American Horror Story (Season 1) homage in 2012, but this was to be his first stint with us in front of the camera. Of course, he styled as well. Marco was a natural, flanked by the handsome and surprisingly limber David Rahal and stunningly beautiful Jodie Davis. Take a peek behind the scenes, scored with the appropriately fashionable grooves of Hi Fashion. Check out the full gallery of images here. Makeup and Hair by Jacob Aguirre Digital Retouching by Felipe Menezes
Check out this extended gallery from our “Inside the Whimsical World of Marco Marco” cover story. Photography by Bradford RogneFeaturing Marco Morante and models Jodie Smith and Davis Taylor RahalMakeup and Hair by Jacob Aguirre using MAC Cosmetics, jacobadamaguirre.comDigital Retouching by Felipe Menezes
Is that your fabulous porcupine quill hat? Paul Mocshell has been generating fun and striking artwork for years with tinges of Maurice Sendak’s innocent nostalgia sullied by the pop distortions of Camille Rose Garcia. I’ve only become familiar with this Denver artist’s work through the power of social media, and in that realm I've gotten glimpses of a prolific, upbeat and shy-on-video tattooed He-man ... who seems incredibly nice. Paul’s latest gig is hat-making. They are super cool. And if you hurry up, you can help him meet his GoGetFunding goal tonight!
Stuffed between a Hirschfield-style viral selfie and the birth of Adele Dazeem were a few acceptance speeches at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony. Here are our awards in the following categories. EMOTIONAL HIT & RUNThis three-way tie reminded us that things matter outside the industry bubble. (1) CATEGORY: Documentary Short SubjectSPEECH BY: Malcolm Clarke for The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life"The amazing Alice Sommer died one week ago today. She was 110.” (2) CATEGORY: Documentary FeatureSPEECH BY: Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers for 20 Feet from StardomNeville: “Our other producer Gil Friesen—this was his idea, and it was his baby. And when I first met with him, I remember he said, 'I want to win an Oscar.' I remember thinking, 'You’re crazy. That will never happen.' Gil passed away just a few weeks before we premiered the film at Sundance.”
A friend asked if my partner and I would be mimes at a Hollywood film fundraising party. After my initial shock subsided, I recommended two great sports better suited for the challenge—a young handsome gay couple who had fun and shared a photo opp with beloved AHS: Covenwitch Queenie. But even powerful witches can be frightened by the likes of mimes, as Gabourey tweeted. The alleged "boner" may have been a result of mime-induced hysteria ... or just a guy’s impressive DNA.
Just a quick history note to address some of the backlash over briefly featuring a gay couple in Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl ad. Katherine Lee Bates, who penned "America the Beautiful," was a poet, professor at Wellesley and 25-year partner to Katharine Coman. i.e. She was a gay role model. Do the Tweeters peeved over the desecration of our National Anthem realize that (a) the tune lost out to "The Star-Spangled Banner" and is indeed not the national anthem? (b) Bates was the daughter of a minister and school teacher and therefore likely exposed to a pretty "decent" value system? and (c) that they’ve been singing a gay song in school, at sporting events and political gatherings all these years?
In our current Health & Fitness issue, we featured the below photo shoot featuring some of the best wardrobe options for your workout! Jock strap by Pump; running tights by LASC Sport; gloves by Harbinger; watch by Vestal
The SoCal coast is a smrgsbord of surfing options—from beach, point, reef and combo breaks and shoulder-to-shoulder crowds to sparsely populated expanses with dolphins and seals. Some are park-’n’-surf while others require a stiff goat trail hike. Here are just a few, listed north to south. County LineVintage California postcard. Friendly, kelpy and an excuse to stop at Neptune’s Net. Malibu SurfriderFamous, always crowded, Gidget, handstands, shoulder rides and right-hand point break with three take-off zones. Sunset BoulevardWhere everybody knows your name. Extremely tide-dependent, longboard rights, rocky. Bay StreetPre/post-workforce and happy tourists. Short, sandy rides, a bike path, rollerbladers and the pier.
In the never-ending quest to reclaim what was taken for granted on our youthful faces, we have come to embrace many forms of facial—the zen paraffin massage, pore-busting workover, chemical shedding, laser zap cell-stimulation and various combos of the aforementioned. And in Los Angeles, an age-vague populace constantly calls into question just what regimen works short of head transplanting and witchcraft. As a frugal middle-ager with hefty nightlife and sun history, I seek the most bang for my buck, and therefore am intrigued by lasers. Anything that carves diamonds, eyeballs and ambiance on the dance floor is magic. What if that FDA-approved magic ran about $75, took 10 minutes and was conveniently located in a well-appointed non-threateningly hip and friendly environment with trained RNs who do nothing else but this? Introducing Skin Laundry—the hyper-focused medi-spa service co-founded by entrepreneur Chris Carey and ophthalmologist Elson Lai, who has resurfaced many a cornea using precision lasers. Skin Laundry uses both YAG and IPL to deep clean and recharge your skin. Levels are mild, so visible results may vary. The more facials you receive at regular intervals, the more effective the overall treatment will be. There are packages available—$430 for a series of six, $860 for a dozen and $220 for a monthly membership.
German straight celebs are locking lips for you. Or, rather, for tolerance in an act of solidarity designed to debunk the shock of two men displaying commonplace PDA. Word of Mouth (#MundPropaganda) is GQ Germany’s campaign in which straight men—actors, rappers and Olympians—kiss. Read more. See some GIFs. And be happy that there are supportive allies making out for us!
In the never-ending quest to reclaim what was taken for granted on our youthful faces, we have come to embrace many forms of facial—the zen paraffin massage, pore-busting workover, chemical shedding, laser zap cell-stimulation and various combos of the aforementioned. And in Los Angeles, an age-vague populace constantly calls into question just what regimen works short of head transplanting and witchcraft. As a frugal middle-ager with hefty nightlife and sun history, I seek the most bang for my buck, and therefore am intrigued by lasers. Anything that carves diamonds, eyeballs and ambiance on the dance floor is magic.
Here are more photos from our Food & Restaurant cover shoot featuring big blue eyes and specialty cocktails. Thanks to the talented, tiny crew who made these images possible.Photos: Ra l Herrera, raulherreraphotography.com Model: Miles Davis MoodyStylist: Jack Austin, jackaustinstyling.comStylist Asst: Amber Heiman | Jeans: duffiejeans.comGrooming: Jacob Adam Aguirre, jacobadamaguirre.comLocation: The Church Key, 8730 Sunset Blvd. thechurchkeyla.comSpecial thanks to Church Key mixologist Devon Espinosa for mixing and modeling. Those props were real!
Read Only Memories is a new kickstarter project from MidBoss Games (GaymerX) set in futuristic San Francisco. The game has a planned launch for PC, Mac and Ouya. It will feature some amazing pixel art, a killer soundtrack and prominent LGBT characters. To read more, head over to gaymer blogSolarnoise.wordpress.com
It’s all so Italian. Oversized black sunglasses, sultry buxom donnas vexing sing-song boredom, suave-suited gents drawing on dangling cigarettes, carnivals, movie stars, obsession, redemption, sex, Trevi Fountain, love, nostalgia and the absurd. Master filmmaker Federico Fellini gave us a stylized sensory bite into the richness of Italian culture way before the internet made virtual travel possible. At the 20th year anniversary of Fellini’s death, 60 years after the premiere of I Vitelloni, the Orchestra Italiana del Cinema presents a Visual-Symphonic Homage at UCLA’s Royce Hall, Friday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. The prestigious orchestra in collaboration with L.A. musicians will take you on a musical journey of works by extraordinary composers Nino Rota and Nicola Piovani, who worked with Fellini on many films from Lo Sceicco Bianco in 1952 to The Voice of the Moon in 1990. The visual homage “will be enhanced by projections of new content, interviews and drawings by Federico Fellini and photographs and graphic animations by Stefano Fomasi (The Fake Factory).” The project, conceived and produced by Marco Patrignani, brings together highly accomplished artists from different fields making this a truly special celebration.
Check out the extended gallery from Frontiers Weddings premiere issue’s fashion photo shoot. Stop by the Expo today to pick up a copy. Meet some of the talented folks who made this possible and some of the vendors carrying the amazing dresses, tuxes and wedding peripherals featured in the photos. Thanks to all these amazing people below!
Ross Mathews fired up the cover of Frontiers' 2011 Hot List issue, in which he told the incomparable Jackie Beat that “Life is really freakin’ good!” Well, life has since gotten a whole lot freakin’ better.Ross has penned and published Man Up, guest-hosted Chelsea Lately numerous times and appeared with partner Salvador Camarena on Bravo’s Interior Therapy and HGTV’s House Hunters, during which we watched him purchase a Palm Springs home. Ross has also purchased a new home in Los Angeles and is slated to be the grand marshal of the 2013 Palm Springs Pride Parade. Tune in or DVR Hello Ross tonight. Congrats, Baby Oprah!
It’s hard being a gamer. There's the infinite expense—consoles, games, subscriptions, merchandise, convention passes and lots and lots of batteries. And then there's the general public, the awesome perks of connectivity being forever sullied by plentiful pundits whose comments make you want to colonize another planet. While you have the luxury of gaming in boxers and unbrushed teeth, that connection is a porthole for ignorance near and far, old and young, to wreck your good time. That is why we love the growing gaymer movement. Oh yes, it’s on the move. Much like queer sports figures and politicians, gaymers are becoming more and more visible. They've always existed; they had chat forums and quirky informative blogs that are not so much about being LGBTQ but about not targeting you for it. But for the first time ever, major sponsorship got involved with the LGBT mini-E3/ComicCon hybrid GaymerX—created by Matt Conn as a safe space for LGBTs to game and cosplay with respect. Of course, straights too were welcomed with the same respect.