just under four years, Indian fashion designer and entrepreneur
has taken the international fashion world by storm. Not surprising
from a man who received the sponsorship of legendary individualist,
Giorgio Armani for his Spring/Summer 2K2 Aoracle Collection.
Anand Jons distinctive creations have earned him an A list
clientele including: Nadja Swarovski, Princess Olivia de Borbon,
the Hilton sisters, Bruce Springstein and Naomi Campbell. However,
the multi-talented Jon is more than just a dresser of pretty faces
and his impact is being felt beyond the world of high fashion.
He is a host for MTV Asia, sponsors a worldwide
music/fashion montage along with Buddha Bar, is the official spokesman
for CARE International childrens charity, and is currently
in negotiations with Jaguar to spearhead a special promotion with
details that cannot be revealed at this time.
Summer Altice catapulted
into the stratosphere of the International modeling world after
winning the YM cover girl contest and quickly living up to the title,
landing the covers of numerous top fashion magazines. Shes
been featured in national campaigns for Guess, Mossimo, and Ballys
Total Fitness. It seems Summers charm translates seamlessly
onto the screen, resulting in roles in The Scorpion King and the
new Zalman King television series, ChromiumBlue.com.
Maxim magazine recently nominated her as one of five
new TV celebrities to look out for in the coming year. As if her
cup didnt already runneth over, during her free time
Summer and her music group Krystal are in the studio preparing the
release of their first album.
The Book: How do
you view your persona today versus when you first started your career?
Anand Jon: I find
that the entire creative process is a much lighter experience. There
is a more playful element to how I consider my business today compared
to when I started out three years ago.
Summer Altice: The
beauty of life is that every day you live to learn something new.
I find that the core of me is still grounded, but now Ive
acquired a depth that comes from growth.
Book: What makes
the beginning of an endeavor memorable?
AJ: The aura of new
possibilities. SA: The
desire to achieve something for the first time makes you put all
of your effort, work and love into it. What you remember is not
the final result but the journey along the way.
Book: What stimulates
your sense of creativity?
AJ: Passion and death.
Passion stimulates the desire to create. Awareness of mortality
makes aliveness that much more valuable. SA:
Music and good movies. When I see or hear a powerful performance
it makes me strive to attain new levels within my own work.
Book: What does
the term sexy mean to you and how do you translate this
to your work?
AJ: The term sexy
is actually a by-product of sensuality and being sensual has a great
deal to do with self-confidence. My designs are one catalyst for
encouraging women to embrace this side within themselves. SA:
Sexy is being feminine and strong. Choosing roles that portray these
qualities is a natural extension of my own personality.
Book: At which point
does a person gain wisdom of his/her choices in life?
AJ: Wisdom comes
from the time you are born. You enter this world with everything
you need to possess and life is a process of rekindling these traits
within yourself. SA: The
point at which you learn from mistakes.
Book: What makes
AJ: Cant share
that. Its not the obvious, and its too personal. SA: