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TWS: K Vaughn Men’s Spring Collection 2018

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K Vaughn Mens’ Collection Spring 2018



Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2018


K and I met at the Barnes Foundation for this recent collaboration. I couldn’t think of a better location dignified enough to represent his brand. I’ve seen K Vaughn in action over two decades as he solidly built his own brand from stem to stern, one stitch at a time.  This of course is no easy task. However, K Vaughn year after year lives up to the task of showering his customers with the best fabrics he can find between his haunts from Philly to New York.  This season Kevin’s mood reflect’s the weather; April still feeling like fall, thus his current mood.


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Rongrong Liu: A Colorful Favela

Photography and Text by Rongrong Liu, Copyright 2018




Favela, in Portuguese, means a slum. Thousands of books and reports talk about these Brazilian shanty towns. There are 786 favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Each one has around 160,000 people. They live and die in these shady places because they cannot afford to live in the cities. If you type the word into Google, nothing positive shows up.They are said to be extremely dangerous and full of violence and drugs. However, after staying in Copacabana and Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro, I found most of the urban areas essentially not too different, so my curiosity drove me to take a tour to the inner side of Brazil.

The tour guide was born and bred in Favela. He is a self-taught English and German speaker. He receives thousands of perfect reviews on Trip Advisor and must be able to afford a good life in urban Rio, but he still chooses to live in Favela. With a curiosity about this person and the place for certain, we arrived after a half-an-hour drive. Within expectation, the town is not as prosperous as some coastal areas, but it has most of what cities have- restaurants, clinics, supermarkets, bars, and surprisingly, banks. Considered as neglected places by the government, favelas are not provided with any subsidies, hence they developed their own self-sufficient economy. It is true that “some people just give up at some point of their life”, as said by the tour guide, but at the same time “there are still people who strive to change their fate. I learned English and German. I have been a tour guide for 26 years.” It is hard to imagine that a person can still be passionate after sharing the same thing and showing people around the same place for 26 years. However, I guess he just wants to use his ability to tell the world the positive side of Favela.

I didn’t know how much words can tell about a real favela, but I believe the camera can. I recorded what I saw along the road. There are all those yellow stick figure graffiti everywhere on the walls, on the wire poles, full of happiness and hope. On my way visiting, which was around 3pm in the afternoon, three teenage girls with backpacks passed by. After communicating with our tour guide, the girls gave the most beautiful smile on their faces to welcome us as foreigners. They pinched my face, and gave me a big hug. I guess that was the warmest and the most pure hug that I haven’t received for a long while.


About The Author: Rongrong Liu is a Junior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2019. To access additional articles by Rongrong Liu, click here


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Emily Cheng: Electric Avenue

Photography and Text by Emily Cheng, Copyright 2018




“America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” – Tennessee Williams

If there’s one word that describes New Orleans, it’s vibrant. The iridescent gleam of beads hanging from the trees in the aftermath of Mardi Gras. The flavor of cajun crawfish in your mouth, spiced with the fragrance of oranges. The boisterous chatter of bar hoppers, lasting deep into the night. The diverse melange of cultures, but also the Southern charm that makes you feel at home.

Of course, nothing exemplifies New Orleans vibrance quite like Bourbon Street. In the daytime, the street is packed to the brim with buskers and tourists, the air heavy with sounds of drums and camera shutters clicking. But come nighttime, the street really comes to life. Resplendent with neon signs lighting every bar from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue, Bourbon Street becomes a beacon of light that draws every soul in the city in search of a good time. Jazz and dance music intermingle, and the street is slick with remnants of margaritas. Diners at the white tablecloth Galatoires feast on shrimp remoulade, parallel to spring breakers downing jello shots at the dive bar next door. All with the glow of neon shining above.

This series highlights the neon signage that brings New Orleans and Bourbon Street to life. Coming from Hong Kong, where old-school neon signage is an iconic but slowing dying art, seeing this was a fond reminder of home. It’s also a reminder to me that no matter the differences between cultures, parallels can be found everywhere.

I am in awe of New Orleans’ eternal vibrance, the intensity and fervor that propelled this city to the top of New York Times’ 52 Places to Visit, only 13 years after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. I hope that this sentiment shines through in my photographs.


About The Author: Wing Hei Emily Cheng is a Senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2018. To access additional articles by Ms. Cheng, click here


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Luca Pioltelli: Picture of the Day

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Photo: Luca Pioltelli, Copyright 2018


Photography & Text by Luca Pioltelli, Copyright 2018




Early morning rise to photography Dolce & Gabbana’s new Spring 2018’s windows of the flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City.  A truly Italian visual feast.


About The Photographer: 

Born and raised in Milan , Italy, where, in the mythical eighties, he decided to give his body and soul to one of his favorite hobbies : ….. soccer.
Unfortunately , legs and talent, not as powerful as his unbridled passion, force him to look into other directions: …Luca pretty soon lands on another love , photography.

He moves to New York in 1991 where he starts working with some of the great names in the business : Fabrizio Ferri, Steven Klein and Paolo Roversi.
He considers himself a very lucky man:
Luca lives in a city he loves, he loves his wife ( two kids ) who live with him in Brooklyn, New York. He makes a living out of a job he loves …

His hobbies: movies, interior design, history books, art , museum visits… while sometimes , inevitably , he still puts on his soccer shoes…

He has been published in several International Magazines such as : AD Germany, German Vogue , l’Uomo Vogue , Casa Vogue, Italian Marie Claire,
The New York Times while collaborating with prestigious
Architectural Firms and gifted Designers.


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Photo: Luca Pioltelli, Copyright 2018.


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You can follow his work on his instagram account : @lucapioltelli
or check his website here


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Alexandra Rouvet Duvernoy: Trumpisms – Commentary by A.H. Scott


Artwork  by Alexandra Rouvet Duvernoy, Copyright 2018



Illustrations by Alexandra Rouvet Duvernoy, Copyright 2018


Commentary by A.H. Scott, Copyright 2018


Alexandra’s astonishing image made my brain tick-tock about how people sometimes get what they deserve. And, of course, those who heralded the man of orange bought the ticket he was selling and now they”re in the same hellhole of his madness that the rest of us are in. This is “The Price Of The Ticket For A Honeymoon in Hell” and WE ALL are paying it…in tears….and for some, in cheers….. Mr. and Mrs. America got EXACTLY what they asked for – TUNE IN, FREAK OUT, GET BEATEN!

“No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well….maybe chalk it up to forced consciousness expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten” – Hunter S. Thompson (“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, 1971)



When he drooled like a junkyard dog, “What the Hell do you have to lose?!”

She thought it was cute and charming to her ears and let her common sense snooze

And, now shackled to that mad rat of lies she now must pay for what she decided to choose

Missy America batted her lashes without surprise, as he slimed Mexicans, McCain, Muslims and more

She said, “They are the other and me as a real American is what he adores”

Willingly she was as he came a callin’ with a Barnumesque yawn

Yet, now the damnable reality has started to dawn

Now, it’s her turn to be in for a spine-chilling shock 

Dearly disheveled we are gathered here today

The doors are sealed and guarded, so none contained within these walls can get away 

Tyrannical misogyny makes his soul drool

Would be easy to call him a fool

Let’s go for a few words more complicated and cool 

Will this madness ever cease?

Never shall it be, for Lucifer is whom he has to please

Missy America was seduced by his bravado

She figured how bad could he possibly be

He promised me a wall to keep me safe

And, an economy that would make me feel ever so great

He even said, I would be the way of great once again

How bad could he be?

What kind of pain could he possibly inflict?

The answer is dainty n’ dear Missy, “This is the rat you decided to pick!”

Not so pure she may be

Yet, compared to his intentions, she is virginal evergreen

Man with crest of bleached sheet upon his head said in a growl, “Do you take this Miss?”



Artwork by Alexandra Rouvet Duvernoy, Copyright 2018


Portrait of Alexandra Rouvet Douvernoy at Hotel Regina, Paris. Photo: Tony Ward

Portrait of Alexandra Rouvet Douvernoy at Hotel Regina, Paris. Photo: Tony Ward



About The Artist: Alexandra Rouvet Duvernoy is an artist who specializes in pen and ink drawings.  She also is a model and muse of Tony Ward. She currently resides in her native France.


About The Author: A.H. Scott is a poet based in New York City and frequent contributor to Tony Ward Studio. To read additional articles by A. H. Scott, go here


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