Sarah Paulson

Naturalist Project

photos Nino Muñoz  style Johnny Wujek  featuring Sarah Paulson  text Alec Holland 

This issue deals with Naturalism, and Sarah Paulson is a natural. As part of the ensemble of the wickedly glorious anthology series American Horror Story, she manages to insert a sense of realism into characters that are made up of anything but. Paulson grew up in New York City, and went to the famed High School of Music & Performing Arts. Just four months after graduating, she found work in plays like Horton Foote’s Talking Pictures, and Wendy Wasserstein’s Broadway hit The Sisters Rosensweig. Paulson moved to LA and started taking on TV, in shows like American Gothic, Jack & Jill (where our paths first crossed) and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Since then, she’s been back on Broadway in The Glass Menagerie, and turned in notable performances in films like Martha Marcy May Marlene and 12 Years a Slave. But it’s her deliciously varied roles on American Horror Story that’s got the world going gaga. Even, it would seem, Gaga. 


hair: Laini Reeves @ Something Artists

makeup: Adam Breuchaud @ TMC-LA using Chanel les Beige 

manicurist: Sarah Chue @ Exclusive Artists Mgmt. using Séche Vite

studio manager: Ursula Strauss @ Nino Muñoz Photography 

styling assistant:Alana Van Deraa

photography assistants: Gregory brouillette & John Fitts 

digital tech: Carl Novick

location: Milk Studios, L.A.


Cody Simpson

Naturalist Project Issue #8

photos Dennis Golonka  style Romina Herrera Malatesta  featuring Cody Simpson  text David Gagliardi art direction Lisa Dotson

Growing up isn’t easy for anyone. The path to adulthood is long and strewn with awkward situations social problems and family pressures, but as uncomfortable as it is from within the privacy of your own poster-covered bedroom walls - a select demographic of people have to navigate their way through all of this in front of millions of people. While all of this understandably tolls heavily on some (read “Amanda Bynes”), there are rare instances where the subject is fortunate enough to make it through in one piece - and in the case of Cody Simpson, perhaps even introspective enough to offer a glimpse into the other side of the tabloids.

Last year Simpson parted ways with Atlantic Records, who had fostered and developed his career since age 13. His decision came as a shock and surprise to many, and it is hard to imagine how that would come to fruition without burning a few bridges. Shortly after, he started his own label (Coast House Records) and in June released his first post-Atlantic record, Free.

I was able to catch up with Cody on his way to a rehearsal in LA, and wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. A childhood sensation recently divorced from his million-dollar record label to pursue a passion project? Not an easy thing to pull off without seeming contrived or overeager, but instead of the classic zealous teenager mold, what I found was something more like Michael Douglas in Falling Down; a case study on oppression through the bureaucracy of an industry. 


groomer: Gavin Harwin 

producer: Chelsea Maloney @ See Management

photography assistants: Nick Turk & Matt Brown

fashion assistants: Page Schultz & Giorgia Fuzio

special thanks to: Jay Stadwick,

Ashley Lanaux & Justin Stirling

location: Dune Studios, NYC

to view video footage from the day go Here



India Salvor Menuez

Naturalist Project Issue #8

photos Hao Zeng  style Romina Herrera Malatesta  featuring India Salvor Menuez  text Ann Larsson

New York native India Salvor Menuez grew up in a fantasy world of her own that later blossomed into a creative collective that she started with a couple of friends at age fifteen. Nowadays, she is mainly focusing on performance with topics such as Ecology and Equality on her mind. I talk to her about bohemia, Naturalism and norm-breaking fashion and her upcoming projects, including the performance series “BOOKLUB” at the MOMA, two feature films she co-wrote, one of which she co-directed as well, and also, her continuing work with her performance alter-ego CHIBI CHERRY.


hair: linda shalabi @ see management using Oribe

makeup: mark edio @ See management using Chanel

styling assistnats: Anna Devereux & Kengie Arroyo

special thanks: Scott Kenyon

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Sam Claflin

Naturalist Project Issue #8

photos Maurizio Bavutti  style Romina Herrera Malatesta  featuring Sam Claflin

To say Sam Claflin’s star is rising seems woefully inadequate; rocketing would be a more appropriate term. Certainly there’s been nothing steady about the British actor’s career path to date. Just months out of LAMDA he was notching up the parts in prestigious TV shows, chasing this up with scene-stealing roles in Hollywood blockbusters like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Snow White and the Huntsman. Claflin, 29, isn’t someone who’s about to rely on a megawatt smile and ‘nice guy’ reputation to keep stoking his career, however, if you’ve seen his turn in The Riot Club, you’ll know he’s not afraid to do nasty.

It’s Claflin’s recurring role as the chiseled Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games series, however, which has really positioned him teetering on the edge of superstar status (just a cursory glance at the comments on his Instagram shows you the kind of megafandom a role like this will get you; ‘My future husband’, ‘You’re so cute’, ‘Love you so much’, the ubiquitous heart-eyes emojis). And yet despite Claflin’s very not normal career, he himself has somehow remained resolutely normal, preferring nights in with his wife or at the football with his old mates, to party hopping and red carpets. In fact, he seems faintly bewildered by the whole fame thing, insisting in typically understated fashion that he’s not interesting enough to warrant that attention. Watch him in something and you’ll most likely disagree with him on that. Claflin exudes that indefinable yet utterly unmistakable X-factor, which tells you maybe he won’t be able to dodge that attention for much longer. I spoke to him from Berlin on the eve of the world premier of the final Hunger Games installment, Mockingjay Part 2.


grooming: Cash Lawless @ Jed Root

producer: Matt Brown

styling assistants: Page Schultz & Caitlin Cowger

special thanks: Amy Bartlett & Laura Colman @ Premier


Sans Titre

Fashion Project issue #8

photos Christophe Kutner  style Romina Herrera Malatesta  featuring Isabelle Nicolay 

model: Isabelle Nicolay @ Supreme

hair: John Ruidant using Kevin Murphy @ See Management

makeup: Regina Harris 

stylist assistants: Paige Schultz & Anna Devereux

producer: Yael Knopf 

casting director: Amy Lowles @ The New Cast

special thanks: Ruby Bird Studio Albright Fashion Library