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UGLY CHIC Frances Coombe
Edito page 18
Contributors page 20
Editorâ€™s Pick page 22
Shut Up page 44
STYLE News page 26
Sweet Harmony page 28
Anatomy Of The Intrecciato Palio Tote Bag by Bottega Veneta page 29
Toe The Line page 38
Guilty Pleasure page 40
Extra Essential page 41
Interpretation Of An Icon page 42
Pretty Tough page 50
BIJOUX Signs of The Times
Anatomy Of The RM 11-03 McLaren by Richard Mille
Crazy Time page72
A Matter Of Taste
BEAUTE Plastic Fantastic page 80
News page 84
Nailed It page 86
Anatomy Of The Eau Rose Hair Mist by Diptyque page 87
Big & Beautiful page 88
Changing Times page 89
The â€˜90s Comeback Beautiful Is Boring page 30
HAPPENINGS Cranking Things Up to Eleven page 146
Party To The Max page 148
Charms and Chains page 149
Rooted By Heritage page 150
Grey’s Anatomy page 151
Last Word Sign here, please
Rebel With A Cause
Puff Piece page 108
News page 140
The Wonders of Lucerne page 142
A Walk On The Wild Side page 144
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Edito I have to confess that being the managing editor of a fashion magazine, I never dress in a manner that seems professionally appropriate. I wear T-shirts to work, canvas shoes to formal dinners (sometimes even sandals with socks) and carry well-worn canvas totes to interviews to discuss serious fashion topics. Once I wore a pair of white canvas shoes to a secondary school friend’s wedding banquet. Most of my friends who were there couldn’t accept it; “Inappropriate”, they said. But then I was never considered a “beauty” to them, but a “weirdo” with an androgynous disposition and a love for designer pieces that toyed with gender codes. I prefer my clothes to be comfortable and to fit me well so that I can look and act my very (and natural) best. I remember wearing a pair of Fendi heels to a gala dinner. My feet were in so much pain the entire time that I ended up having to take them off and walk barefooted back to the hotel. So yes, I believe in creating your own style and promoting individuality. Who cares if my tee is oversized or my dad shoes are dirty and bulky? As long as you feel good, it really doesn’t matter what other people think. Monica Mong
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A Japanese hairstylist based between London and Japan, Akiko Kawasaki has been in the world of hairdressing for over 11 years now. Although her career started in Tokyo, she a lways had a great interest in London’s diverse culture and street-inspired style. Having spent time in London since 2007, not only does the influence of the city often appear in her work, but she has developed a greater appreciation for Japan too. Besides working alongside great talents and celebrities like Erin O’Connor and Lily Cole, she also collaborates with international editorials including Wonderland and Numero Tokyo.
Hailing from an ar tistic background, Poland-born Ka mi la Forini star ted painting and drawing at a very young age as she enjoyed playing with different textures and colours. This inspired her to take on a course in film and TV makeup at the London College of Fashion before gravitating towards beaut y and fashion af ter assisting Hiromi Ueda. It didn’t take long for her to become a regular at Fashion Week shows, working with great artists such as Pat McGrath and Val Garland. Now a makeup artist in her own right, she has maintained her own aesthetic and style while keeping a fun and gentle attitude on set.
Spending most of her childhood between Tokyo a n d C a l i f o r n i a , Yu k a Washizu has an openness to different cultures and her own individuality along with the awareness of how a different look can influence one’s selfperception. Finding her true calling came easily during her experimentation with colours and texture in high school, eventually leading her to New York to pursue a career in makeup. Currently based in Tokyo, she travels around the world to work with an international client base and has achieved global recognition for her editorial work in Vogue Japan and Harper’s Bazaar China.
Born in London and raised in Singapore before moving back to the southern English countryside, Steph Wilson i s b o t h a p a i nt e r a n d photographer. She began painting in Liverpool, where she honed her sk il ls for four years, and then took on photography work upon returning to London. So far, she has worked with reputable publications such The Cut and Vogue Italia. Currently living in a home studio with a large aviary of 30 canaries, a parrot, three fish and a dog in Brixton, she juggles between both professions with hopes to venture into video and to organise an exhibition in London.
1. Coach 1941: Sequins and sparkles define the glitter trend and Stuart Vevers’ take is a standout. The British designer fused his signature Americana style for Coach with the said elements, as seen on the party-ready slip dress and the glistening catwalk.
4. Dior: These boots aren’t made just for walking, they’re made for flaunting. Dior may be among the fashion brands putting low-heeled footwear on the pedestal, but these mesh boots, as expected, set it apart from the crowd.
2. Chloé: If there is one way to remedy the summer weather, it is by sporting a cool pair of shades and these Rosie sunglasses make the cut. Just take a look at the distinctive f lower-shaped silhouette, rich metal details and retro gradient lenses.
5. Miu Miu: A creation birthed from the clash of feminine and masculine traits, this Miu Miu bracelet is worth more than a second look. The tough nature of the metal band is cleverly softened with the mix of the yellow gold tone’s warm patina and beautiful cluster of pearls.
3. CH Carolina Herrera: The latest evening collection is inspired by sun-drenched Mustique Island, its pristine beaches and golden sand. Exuding a similar identity, the accompanying accessories like this perennial leather bag in a delicious caramel shade with the CH insignia makes a fine example.
6. Oscar De La Renta: Millennial pink hits the mark when set against bold, popping colours. At Oscar de la Renta, the muted rosy shade is saturated and paired with a cherry-red sequin top sporting a plunging neckline, that gives a fiercely feminine twist to the code of power dressing.
7. Bottega Veneta: It may not be every woman’s wardrobe essential but the right belt completes an ensemble and at times, stands out on its own. Case in point: this wide belt in soft nappa is enhanced by Bottega Veneta’s iconic intrecciato weave and complementary rounded pin buckle and metal trims. 8. Balenciaga: Leave it to Demna Gvasalia to push the envelope when it comes to the ugly-pretty fashion trend. The designer takes the infamous Crocs and turns them into an outlandish wonder with foam platforms embellished with Jibbitz and Balenciaga shoe charms. 9. Bao Bao Issey Miyake: “She comes with a lot of baggage.” Designers sending models down runways with multiple bags was a commanding sight at the Spring/Summer 2018 presentations. With reference to that, the Ryusui tote would make a bomb pairing.
PHOTOGRAPHY MANUEL BRAUN
Loewe S/S â€˜18
EYE SEE YOU For Chanel’s latest eyewear campaign, it all started with a single image – that of the house founder perched giddily on the shoulders of Serge Lifar in her turban and pearls; the perfect picture of elegant ‘30s modernism. To recreate the magic for 2018, Karl Lagerfeld enlisted activist-model Adwoa Aboah to don the iconic headwrap, sweater and strings of pearls with the house’s latest lenses.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
Second Act Two brands spearheaded by two powerful women reinforced their message with the
unveiling of their new retail visions in Suria KLCC. The bright and bold offerings of Versace are now highlighted within the clean, flowing white-and-marble spaces of its new boutique – accented with very on-brand gilt finishes. Diane von Furstenberg, on the other hand, has chosen a more colour-driven approach with warm hues, textures and organic forms inspired by the works of Brancusi, Serra and Matisse.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
SAINT LAURENT BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO
Long before luxury took cues from streetwear, Bally was already embedded in the hip-hop scene of ’80s New York; its sneakers shouted out in the lyrics of Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh. Now, the brand is reissuing key styles from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Other brands tuning into a retro vision are Saint Laurent with its star-spangled tennis shoes and Chanel’s crisp white lace-ups.
Like blue jeans and the t-shirt, the backpack has moved up from its humble utilitarian beginnings to become a fashion and luxury mainstay. This season, Bulgari introduces a backpack version of its beloved Serpenti bags, while Michael Kors takes it back to the streets with a graphic graffiti motif. Even the OG of luxury backpacks – the black Prada nylon classic – is given a punk update via slashes of red leather and studs.
Kris Van Assche
THE SHAKE UP
With reshuffles at the top of many of menswear’s biggest brands, next month’s shows are guaranteed to be buzzy, hotly watched affairs. First up, Louis Vuitton – now helmed by hype master and streetwear juggernaut Virgil Abloh. His predecessor, Kim Jones, has decamped to Dior Homme to take the reins from Kris Van Assche, who has been with the brand for 11 years since Hedi Slimane left. Van Ascche will be heading up Berluti, freshly vacated by Haider Ackermann after 3 short seasons. No word yet on Ackermann’s next move but Slimane will be further adding to the menswear conversation when he launches Céline for men in September.
Hearts Aflutter A Parisian Affair Freja Beha Erichsen might be front and centre in the Longchamp campaign for two
seasons running now, but she has some serious competition for the limelight from the zingy Mademoiselle Longchamp bag, introduced this season in a mini size. The searing orange hue and graphic perforated calfskin make the Mademoiselle a bold choice for summer arm candy.
Does anybody love London more than Anya Hindmarch? To prove it, she has floated (and squashed) a couple dozens of Chubby Hearts balloons over iconic landmarks in the city, from Covent Garden to Piccadilly Circus and even The Dorchester and The Ritz. The hearts will live on in Instagram feeds and in stores as charms and bags.
Sweet Harmony Warmth, wit and off-kilter whimsy mingle in Jonathan Andersonâ€™s latest collection for Loewe, punctuated by high points in craftwork and tactility. BY JEFFREY YAN
Leather elephant bag
Shearling rabbit bag
Pastel leather Puzzle bag
Woven leather tote
Leather Gate bag
High-top Dinosaur sneakers
Low-top Dinosaur sneakers
The Intrecciato Palio Tote Bag by Bottega Veneta
An old equestrian tradition is transformed into an effortlessly modern carryall. BY JEFFREY YAN
Launching this season, Bottega Veneta’s latest Palio range of bags takes its name from a traditional Italian horse race that originated from the city of Siena in Tuscany. Sleek but unlined for extra softness and slouch, the clean lines of the Palio Tote is punctuated with a vibrant mix of energetic hues. Those vivid, clashing shades and the checkered motifs on the sides of the bag are inspired by the different flags of the competing areas that are part of the horse race. The bag’s minimal silhouette belies its complex craftsmanship. The tri-coloured palette is formed from eight different Nappa leathers while the unstructured top was constructed to evoke the effect of a racing flag blowing in the wind.
Beautiful Is Boring The season’s rule of thumb when accessorising? If it looks a little wrong, then it definitely feels right. PHOTOGRAPHY SOON LAU/ AWESOME IMAGE STYLING JEFFREY YAN
VINTAGE VIBES With their classic monogram and webbing, Alessandro Michele’s latest crossbody and belt bags recall well-loved flea market finds. Bags, Gucci.
TRANSPARENCY POLICY The retro-futurism of the Sixties is well and truly alive, with these clear winners from Karl Lagerfeld. PVC boots, Chanel.
MARKET REPORT Demna Gvasalia turns his subversive eye to mundane tourist traps, churning out this luxe shopper inspired by banal market totes. Tote, Balenciaga.
SNEAKER FREAK Cult sneakers donâ€™t get any cooler than the Archlights, with its exaggerated, aerodynamic curves and gargantuan proportions. Sneakers, Louis Vuitton.
DADDY ISSUES The oversized dad trainer is an S/S â€™18 must-have. Phoebe Philo streamlines hers into something as chic as it is clunky. Sneaker, CĂŠline.
CHECK & BALANCE Christopher Bailey reclaims the heritage check, transforming it from chavvy status symbol back to English style icon. Pool slide and tote, Burberry
WONDER NYLON Miuccia Prada upended luxury standards with her black nylon bags. Three decades on, they remain a quiet statement of rebellion against bourgeois tastes. Messenger bag, Prada.
STYLING ASSISTANT LOW CHUEN HOW
PAINT JOB An evocation of American Pyscho in shoe form, complete with ominous splatters of blood red paint. Shoes, Calvin Klein 205W29NYC.
Toe The Line
The boundaries between good taste and bad grow ever blurrier as fashion falls head over heels for the ugly-cool shoe. BY JEFFREY YAN
Legendary editor Diana Vreeland famously quipped, “A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. It’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical – we all need a splash of bad taste. I think we could use more of it.” Fast forward a few decades and while Phoebe Philo couldn’t be farther from a modern-day Vreeland, the most influential female designer of the 21st-century so far knows that the truth behind those words still rings clear: perfectly good taste can be perfectly boring. During her 10-year tenure, her clothes for Céline have always been the height of taste, resetting the definition of taste even – from the sharpshouldered blazers of her debut collection casually shrugged on the body (though so many years on the look has trickled down from FROW-ers to posers); to her clever pairings of tunics and trousers; and the roomy coats, slouchy tailoring and fluid, artsy dresses she favoured once the rest of fashion caught up to her strict minimalism. Where she often added her splash of paprika was in the footwear. Philo was our contemporary queen of the ugly shoe. Think back to the furry Birkenstocks, fuzzy pumps and surreally pedicured shoes – all the perfect foil for her supremely elegant clothes, adding just the right touch of off-kilter nonchalance. It has always been the female designers who understood the power of an unconventional statement on the feet. One of the most memorable (and most imitated) aspects of Miuccia Prada’s twisted, industrial takes on femininity are those jarring socks-and-sandals combos. Her clothes telegraphed it, but her shoes asserted that Prada women do not dress for anybody’s idea of attractiveness but her own, and this was all pre-Man Repeller. But of course, that doesn’t mean that this eye for the unconventional comes only to the female designer. Now that Philo has exited the Céline building, the women who splurged on her quietly intelligent, crafty clothes will probably flock to Loewe where they will find the unusual shoes they love among other wonderfully designed clothes
and bags, and increasingly, so much more. The extent to which Jonathan Anderson has refurbished Loewe is even more astounding when placed in the context of how relatively little time he’s been there. Another designer who has done it in an even shorter time is of course Demna Gvasalia. Part of the hyper boost he gave Balenciaga came from creating extremely coveted, buzzy accessories; shoes and bags that spark endless waitlists and memes, for their ironic take on bad taste and banality. There were the Pantashoes, Spandex leggings taken to their very extreme. Then came the instantly sold out Triple S - a monster hybrid of three athletic sneakers. And when people wonder how Gvasalia would top that buzz, he went and collaborated with the world’s most divisive footwear company, Crocs. And then he supersized them to cartoonish proportions painted in lurid hues. And they still sold out. Ugly really is the new cool. The giant sneaker trend he kicked into overdrive - though Rick and Raf have been doing it forever - has taken wings elsewhere. Heritage brands like Louis Vuitton now have their own cult sneaker - the Archlights - that sit entirely naturally among Nicolas Ghesquière’s regal frock coats and luxe running shorts. Meanwhile, Ghesquière’s predecessor, Marc Jacobs, is back to being the high point of New York Fashion Week with his more pared back, more intimate and ultimately more moving shows. This season, he put out an ode to throwback glamour with all its volume and drama and beading, but all delightfully grounded with the most casual, sporty ropey sandals. Scanning looks top to bottom on the runway, you may think you know what is running in the designers’ minds, and then ugly, unexpected shoes add a dissonant twist; often helping to elevate an assortment of clothes and accessories into fashion – something that is daring, meaningful, provocative perhaps, but also always evocative and personal.
We examine why the Paris Hilton look is bubbling back up onto the collective fashion consciousness.
BY JEFFREY YAN
Fashion is said to move in twenty-year cycles. Well, maybe way back when, but with the amount of information available now and the speed with which it can be accessed and disseminated, it’s safe to say that that cycle has probably been halved. That would explain the deluge of sexy, blingy, low-slung, deep-cleavaged party pieces last seen in the mid-to-late 2000s on Paris Hilton that were all over the S/S ‘18 runways. The OG herself even made a comeback in the campaign of one of fashion’s hottest brands right now, Yeezy albeit as a Kim Clone, while her partner-in-crime Britney Spears is fronting a Kenzo fragrance campaign. Perhaps it doesn’t have anything to do with cycles at all, but just a collective nostalgia for a certain kind of simpler time best represented by Paris Hilton’s brand of aesthetic and celebrity - one that was presocial media and in retrospect, quite naive. Back when the idea of a reality TV president gaslighting a nation in spurts of 140 characters must have seemed like an incredulous idea, the most scandalous thing a celebrity could do was falling prey to an upskirt shot by the paparazzi; extra scandalous if she weren’t wearing knickers. In the late 2000s, back when everybody started spending hours every day online but before they could post every single meal, walk, vacation, and selfie they take; celebrities were fed to us by the media channels and they were what we consumed feverishly. We wanted to see more of the stars, see them closer, see them be more real, see them fall. Compared to the things we encounter online now - tens of millions of Facebook profiles being harvested for personal data is probably just the tip of the iceberg - doesn’t it all just seem so rose-tinted?
Designers seem to think so. The Paris Hilton uniform is all over this season’s runways. Paco Rabanne did a tank-and-shorts combo in see-through baby pink, and a skintight spangled jumpsuit. At Alexander Wang, Bella Hadid walked in a silky little black slip with a feathered headpiece spelling “Party Animal”, something Hilton definitely would have called herself in her The Simple Life era. She no doubt would have also sprung for the disco-ball tulle dresses at Dior, and the macrame string vest and sexy black shorts at Saint Laurent. Tom Ford’s bodysuits and low-riding leather pants and Moschino’s biker-ballerina getups seem custom built for her. Anything that would earn her trademarked “That’s Hot” thumbs up? Maybe the sequinned zebra number at Halpern, and definitely the baroque bodysuit with a little fitted vest at Versace.
One of Fendi’s most recognisable icons refreshed for its second act. BY JEFFREY YAN
The Fendi Peekaboo is one of those timeless fashion pieces that will remain a style constant regardless of trends, but with the current renaissance of all things Nineties and Noughties, the brand’s bags have never been more poised to steal the limelight again. Thanks to its compact proportions, the Baguette has been refreshed many times over, whilst the Peekaboo has remained so popular perhaps exactly because it is so classic and familiar. In the cultural climate of 2018 though, power dressing and power accessorising have taken on a different look and feel – soft, weightless and comforting are the qualities women seek from
their wardrobe now, and Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi have responded accordingly with the introduction of the Peekaboo Essentially. Essentially the Peekaboo in a downsized format, the new bag is noticeably lighter and softer (the signature central bar having been removed), giving off a nonchalant slouch. Rather than carried rigidly in the nook of one’s arm, the new mini size of the Peekaboo Essentially makes it ideal to be shrugged on crossbody – a much more complementary look to the designer hoodies and artisanal jeans of today.
Interpretation Of An Icon From Gabrielle to Karl, the undying appeal of the Chanel approach to accessorising all starts with the right bag. BY JEFFREY YAN PHOTOGRAPHY BENOIT PEVERELLI
Gabrielle Chanel might be legendary for that maxim about “removing one accessory before you leave the house” but her legacy also lies in ensuring that whatever accessories remained were powerful statements of style and elegance. Her dressing was famously minimal, but accented with impactful details –witty minaudieres, knots of silk scarves and strings of costume jewels. She applied her trademark thoughtfulness in equal measure to the design of her accessories, as well as her couture. The enduring 2.55 bag was conceived with a bright lining to highlight the contents, secret pockets for all a woman’s little belongings, and a liberating
chain strap that can be adjusted to flow with the body and which allowed women to go hands-free. Decades on, Karl Lagerfeld has taken those very same codes that drove Chanel in her genius designs and has distilled them into clever creations for a modern audience. Chanel’s penchant for androgynous cool resulted in the Chanel Boy. Her need for versatility inspired the many ways the Chanel Gabrielle bag can be carried while her desire for ease of movement has been translated into backpacks and hip packs– the preferred way of cool girls these days to go hands-free.
Top and jewellery, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello.
SHUT U P The things we don’t say but can’t help feeling inside, hush, stay inside. We fear how words hurt not only others, but ourselves too. But won’t you also agree, the words we don’t speak will eventually split us?
BY JOJO GOH (@GOJOJOJOJOGOH) PHOTOGRAPHY CHEE WEI
Dress and jewellery, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. (Next page) Dress and jewellery, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello.
AN IDEA WE DON’T SHARE. A F E E L I N G W E D O N ’ T E X PR ES S . A N U R G E W E D O N ’ T S H OW. A N O B J EC T I O N W E D O N ’ T VO I C E . E V E N T UA L LY, A D I S C O N N EC T I O N W E CA N ’ T R EC O N N EC T.
Top, shorts, belt and jewellery, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. (Next page) Dress, jewellery, top and shoes, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello.
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Pretty Tough Soft hues and softer skins power up with sturdy shapes and cool new ways to carry. PHOTOGRAPHY SOON LAU/AWESOME IMAGE STYLING JEFFREY YAN
Double-T crossbody bag in white leather, Todâ€™s.
Wave backpack in yellow leather, Todâ€™s.
Sella bag in light brown leather, Todâ€™s.
Gommino bag in pink leather, Todâ€™s.
PHOTOGRAPHY CHINTOO STYLING JEFFREY YAN
Turtleneck, Bally. Shirt, Stella McCartney. Railmaster watch in steel with steel bracelet, Omega.
SIGNS OF THE TIMES Classic timepieces give the seasonâ€™s nonchalant, off-kilter style an impeccably cool counterpoint. PHOTOGRAPHY CHINTOO STYLING JEFFREY YAN
Blazer, Givenchy. Turtleneck (worn throughout), Bally. L.U.C Quattro watch in rose gold with alligator leather strap, Chopard.
Corduroy jacket and trousers, Bally. Admiral AC One 45 watch in titanium with calf leather strap, Corum.
Pinstripe jacket and shorts, Versace. Laureato Heritage 1957 watch in stainless steel with stainless steel bracelet, Girard-Perregaux.
Top and trousers, Bottega Veneta. Heritage Spirit Date Automatic (111875) watch in red gold with alligator leather strap, Montblanc.
Prince of Wales jacket and trousers, Gucci. Calatrava 5196J watch in yellow gold with alligator leather strap, Patek Philippe.
GROOMING CODY CHUA STYLING ASSISTANT LOW CHUEN HOW MODEL AIDAS/ATTITUDE MODELS
Checked jacket, Fendi. Prince of Wales trousers, Gucci. Tank Louis Cartier watch in pink gold with alligator leather strap, Cartier
WINNING MOMENT It comes as no surprise that heptathlon champion Nafi Thiam is being honoured
as the first female to join the team of Richard Mille athletes, alongside Mutaz Essa Barshim, Yohan Blake and Wayde van Niekerk. Enticed by her vision and approach to performance, Richard Mille chose to work with this 23-year-old sportswoman whose impressive achievements include gold medals in the 2017 World Championships and 2016 Olympics. What horology aficionados will be anticipating as a result of this new partnership is a Richard Mille sports watch created uniquely for women, similar to how the RM 67-02 Automatic in Quartz TPT was developed with Mutaz and Wayde.
The BR01 Burning Skull Bronze was launched by Bell & Ross at the W Hotel in Hong Kong to champion the notion of pushing one’s limits under extreme conditions. The 100-piece limited edition timepiece, sold exclusively in Hong Kong and Mainland China, is the latest to be released over an 8-year timeline. Since the introduction of the iconic BR01 Skull collection, starting with the BR01 Skull in 2009 to the BR01 Skull Bronze and BR01 Burning Skull in 2015 and 2016, respectively, each collection has paid unique homage to the legendary parachutists of the Second World War. The latest BR01 Burning Skull Bronze rendition displays the skull and crossbones in a microblasted bronze case with full engraving of a tattoo surrounding the dial.
Making Of An Icon
Home Sweet Home
The first AP House opens in Hong Kong as Audemars Piguet unveils an authentic home away from home for fans of the Swiss Haute Horlogerie brand. Valued clients will enjoy the space which has been designed as a contemporary private apartment, evoking a reimagined 21st century world that brand founders Jules Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet might inhabit as they deal with their clients, travel the world and share their passion for beautiful watches.
Marking IWC’s 150-year legacy of artistic and technical excellence in fine watchmaking, an exhibition from May 1 to May 13 2018 will be staged at Singapore’s ION Orchard shopping mall. The retrospective begins by tracing the journey of founder Florentine Ariosto Jones, leading to a showcase of 10 of IWC’s most iconic watches and also the showstoppers from the commemorative Jubilee collection. An industrial-themed exhibition space has been specially designed to echo IWC’s factory in its early days, in expressing the heritage and DNA of the luxury watchmaker.
Mother Knows Best
It’s that time of year again when we raise the glass to the real-life Wonder Women: the mothers. This year, Swarovski recognises the many sides of a mother with the Mother’s Day 2018 collection. Starring the floral-inspired Latisha range, black Swarovski crystals are meticulously and symbolically set on one side of each piece, while the white ones are set on the other. Not only that, timeless pearls are also making a cameo as they latch onto versatile pairs of pierced earrings.
THROWBACK TODAY Piaget continues to celebrate its history
and heritage with a new High Jewellery collection dubbed Manchette Story. Derived from the signature Manchette creations from the Sixties, the Swiss luxury brand curates a number of pieces that embody the theme and the House’s “Sunny Side of Life” spirit. The selection sees the bold nature of the cuff elevated with Piaget’s signature goldsmithing technique and the embellishment of coloured gemstones, from Ceylon blue sapphires to Tanzanian red spinels. The Mediterranean Garden bracelets and Sunlight Journey cuff are among the standouts.
After two decades in the business, Roberto Coin finally makes its local debut at the upscale shopping hub of Starhill Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. Furnishing the boutique that spreads over 150 sqm showcasing over 900 exquisite pieces including the ones from the iconic Pois Moi collection, the Italian jeweller certainly lives up to its reputation as a haven for design exemplifying classic soul and pure elegance. Commemorating the special occasion, the brand also unveiled the limited edition Year of the Dog pendants for a charity campaign in partnership with SPCA Selangor.
Simply Sensational The harmonious juxtaposition of
the gold tones, the texture of the interlacing bands, and the contrasting effect of the diamonds – these rings bid a sensory experience like no other.
“Charms” watch in pink gold with diamonds and satin strap, Van Cleef & Arpels.
“Heritage Sublissima” in rose gold with diamonds and alligator leather strap, Corum.
“L.U.C” watch in rose gold with diamonds and alligator leather strap, Chopard.
Black Gold Graphic appeal meets lavish gems in these seductive dark-hued watches. “Big Bang One Click blue blood” watch in King Gold with diamonds and rubber and leather strap, Hublot.
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“Serpenti Spiga” watch in ceramic and pink gold with diamonds and rubellite, Bulgari.
“Boy.Friend” watch in beige gold with diamonds and alligator strap, Chanel.
“Royal Oak automatic” watch in pink gold and alligator strap, Audemars Piguet.
“Golden Ellipse” watch in rose gold with alligator strap, Patek Philippe.
The RM 11-03 McLaren by Richard Mille Horological prowess conceived from a luminous partnership defines the spectacular Automatic Flyback Chronograph McLaren. BY TAN SIOK HOON
At the recent Geneva International Motor Show, the groundbreaking timepiece embodying a tech marriage sealed over a synergy in unique design, the use of new materials and modern craftsmanship was unveiled. Inspired by the sensational 720S McLaren, the RM 11-03 McLaren’s super resistant and lightweight Carbon TPT case is interlaced with Orange Quartz TPT, a quintessential McLaren hue. Its titanium pushers and bezel inserts correlate strongly with the supercar’s headlights, and the iconic McLaren F1’s air-intake snorkel and its logo respectively. Both lightweight McLaren wheel-shaped complex grade 5 titanium crown, and the McLaren Speedmark logo-stamped rubber strap also echo automotive references. Taking pride of place is the automatic RMAC3 calibre with a flyback chronograph, the paragon of Richard Mille watchmaking capabilities. The movement’s 55-hour power reserve is courtesy of the two barrels, mounted in parallel with a balance wheel featuring variable inertia, which affords personalised barrel winding via a variable-geometry rotor. Just as a race car’s chassis has to be light without sacrificing on torque resistance, the baseplate and bridges of this PVD-treated grade 5 titanium calibre ensure the RM 11-03 McLaren’s going train functions perfectly. The calibre’s depth is enhanced by the satin-finish grade 5 titanium upper bridge which visually unites the annual calendar, oversized date, 12-hour chronograph and countdown counters. Naturally, McLaren Ultimate Series clients have first dibs on the 500-piece exclusive, a joint commission between the watchmaker and carmaker. Icing on the cake: future owners can synchronize the 1 to 500 edition number on the caseback with their McLaren Ultimate Series driving machine.
MB&F HM7 Aquapod
A Matter Of Taste
Diversity is not only sweeping the fashionscape but making waves and rewriting the codes of horology in the luxury world. BY TAN SIOK HOON
Truth be told, “ugly chic” is a concept borne out of the constructs of the fashion world. According to an article from The New Yorker, ugly chic was coined in reference to “clothes that refuse to conform to received ideas about beauty or sex appeal”, referring to Miuccia Prada’s sartorial aesthetic in the ‘90s. Before that, surrealist couturier Elsa Schiaparelli and avant-garde designer Rei Kawakubo in the ‘30s and ‘80s respectively were early champions of unconventional beauty. Incidentially, these three progressive female designers, Prada, Schiaparelli and Kawakubo, were honoured in recent MET exhibitions — a testament of their trailblazing chutzpah. Fast forward twenty years, a new season of ugly-chic notoriety has surreptitiously returned, having morphed from Prada’s dowdy ladylike cool and her predecessors Kawakubo’s radical deconstruction and Schiaparelli’s eccentric surrealism. Currently led by design views as disparate as Alessandro Michele’s
maximalist excess at Gucci to Demna Gvasalia’s democratizing streetwear vision at Vetements and Balenciaga, “ugly” — often a vision initially perceived as unorthodox or offbeat by the mainstream before it gains a general consensus — is now unwittingly the new chic. Case in point: visions of high-waisted mom and dad jeans, shapeless ‘80s tees and power-shouldered jackets, and footwear the likes of “Jesus sandals” (read: Birkenstocks) and “grandpa sneakers” (read: Balenciaga’s Tripe S) are back in vogue and in herd fashion’s line of sight. In terms of that kind of anti-establishment and irreverent sensibility, does a horological equivalent exist? Apparently so in the world of haute horology, where an audacious cohort has staked a claim in a growing niche. Established and independent watchmakers tap on uncommon partners to create masterpieces that steal the scene via differentiation. Here are some creations that are firing up the world of watches in their own revolutionary way.
Hublot MP-02 Key Of Time
Richard Mille RM 53-01 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough
STATE OF THE ART Richard Mille RM 53-01 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough A fine example is Richard Mille whose watchmaking prowess knows no bounds. Its SIHH 2018 star, the Richard Mille RM 53-01 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough, ups the ante on the resistance of the typically more delicate calibre in mechanical watches and their tourbillons. It uses technology borrowed from the automotive industry, and flaunts a visible movement aesthetic. The pioneering feature of the crystal of laminated sapphire glass, created by sandwiching a thin vinyl sheet between two sapphire crystal sheets to prevent shatter, is a proud milestone. The cable suspension mechanism movement inspired by the contemporary engineering of the suspension bridge is another breakthrough. Here, braided steel cables are used to suspend the tourbillon movement via two grade-5 titanium baseplates, endowing the RM 53-01 with a
shock resistance calibre of up to 5,000 g and the visible duality of a beautiful and high-performance movement. Hublot MP-02 Key Of Time Another dauntless specimen is the first-in-the-world Hublot MP-02 Key Of Time, the second masterpiece from its Masterpiece collection. A philosophical time machine that revolutionises and challenges the notion of time itself by speeding up or slowing down at a rate of 4 times faster or 4 times slower than the actual rate of passing time. The jewel in the crown is the highly complex micromechanical movement developed in-house by the Hublot manufacture, consisting of 514 individual components including 75 jewels. The newer MP-12 Key Of Time Skeleton sees Hublot refining the sci-fi-looking device with an unparalleled avantgarde and futuristic concept.
MB&F HM7 Aquapod
Devon Star Wars Limited Edition
Urwerk UR-105 CT Streamliner
REBEL SPIRIT MB&F HM7 Aquapod Founded by Maximilian Büsser in 2005, MB&F’s 3-dimensional kinetic sculptures are defined by a rulebreaking sensibility in the realm of traditional watchmaking. Among its spectacular collections — Horological Machines, Legacy Machines, Performance Art and Co-Creations — is the HM7 Aquapod, the watchmaker collective’s first aquatic-themed wristwatch, designed by Eric Giroud and realised by a team of 49 friends including Büsser himself. Featuring a jellyfishinspired design expressed by the concentric case; articulated lugs; and glow-in-the-dark details seen on the hour and minute numerals, around the inside of the movement and winding rotor; MB&F’s largest machine at 53.8mm is powered by a mechanical horology of a central 60-second flying tourbillon atop the concentric vertical movement architecture, boasting a 72-hour power reserve. Spherically 3-dimensional, all its mechanisms – from the winding rotor at the bottom, to the flying tourbillon on top – rotate concentrically around the centre. Available in titanium blue and rose gold versions. Devon Star Wars Limited Edition A dark horse in the world of horology, American design lab Devon offers an alternative to traditional watchmaking with a movement composed of a patented system of interwoven time belts that displays hours, minutes and seconds. Devon’s credibility was cemented when it became the first American watch brand to
be nominated for the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genéve in the category of Design and Concept Watch, courtesy of its creation, Tread 1. Equally headturning is this Star Wars Devon co-branded watch equipped with the patented interwoven time belt system and hybrid electro-mechanical power. Its all black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon Coating) on stainless steel case and wing-like architecture of the case are respective nods to Darth Vader and the TIE Fighter, the starship of the Imperial fleet. Urwerk UR-105 CT Streamliner The UR-105 CT Streamliner celebrates the 20th anniversary of niche watchmaker Urwerk, founded by master watchmaker Felix Baumgartner and chief designer Martin Frei. These innovators, guided by their outré and daredevil watchmaking vision, revisit the marque’s iconic satellite indication for the UR-105. Its carousel-based wandering hour indication carries the four satellites, each bearing three numerals for the hours. An analogue and digital display of time is created when the hours successively sweep past the minutes scale. Dual air turbines visible on the caseback regulate the movement’s automatic winding, while a catch atop the oblong octogonal case reveals the openworked satellite mechanism guiding the wandering hour system. Fun fact: The sleek case is a throwback to the Art Deco inspiration harking back to the duo’s landmark New York City sojourn in 1997.
RJ-Romaine Jerome Tourbillon Pokémon
Corum Big Bubble Magical Matt Barnes
POP, ART & CULTURE Corum Big Bubble Magical Matt Barnes Watches like these are not the stuff of dreams but ‘nightmares’, according to Swiss watchmaker Corum. Partnering for the second time with fellow enfant terrible Matt Barnes, an American artist who has a tendency to f lout conventions rather than uphold them, has resulted in a somewhat dark and quirky collaboration. Replete with a transfigured clown marked by his snarky smile and piercing stare, this Corum Bubble is absolutely not for the faint of heart. To add to the psychotic-looking clown’s perceived macabre effect is its timepiece host that lacks hands. Hours and minutes are displayed by means of two red circles on the f lange on a dial measuring 52mm, no less to magnify the visual impact of the clown, thanks to the convex sapphire crystal in conjunction with the Bubble’s curved shape.
RJ-Romaine Jerome Tourbillon Pokémon Maverick indie watchmaker RJ-Romaine Jerome has been carving a reputation since 2004 for its commemorative and evocative timepieces. Its Swiss-made high-end watchmaking repute belies a penchant for idiosyncratic inspirations that revolve around these concepts: Legends & Icons, Design & Innovation, Positive Provocation & Creativity and Bold & Unique. A quintessential example is the Romaine Jerome Tourbillon Pokémon watch, its first complication within the Generational Icons collection, the perfect alchemy between a prestigious horological complication and the emblem of millennials. This attention-getting single-piece limited edition sports a colourful dial — a 3D collage of hand-filled cloisonné enamel work of the characters with Pikachu as the centrepiece — contrasting with the all-black 48mm case and hands, and black alligator strap highlighted with yellow and blue stitching as a tribute to the Pokémon logo’s symbolic colors.
Richard Mille’s latest RM 07-01 Gem-Set Black Ceramic timepiece shines bright courtesy of a groundbreaking technique. BY TAN SIOK HOON
Since its inception in 2001, Richard Mille is a name that has raced to the forefront, led by a philosophy rooted in bold experimentation and high performance. Its novel expression in haute horlogerie, realised from the unparalleled innovation of materials, technology and complexity redefines watchmaking for the 21st century. Since the 2005 launch of RM 007, its debut timepiece for ladies, Richard Mille has offered women mechanical timepieces, juxtaposing a stunning aesthetic with technical and complex movements, replete with openwork and skeletonised dials. The Swiss watchmaker’s roster of high-calibre female ambassadors and collaborators, such as golfer Dina Luna, heptathlete Nafi Thiam and Hollywood actresses Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh and Margot Robbie, epitomise the brand with their yin-and-yang duality, being perfect embodiments of the steel magnolia metaphor. Whether delicately swathed in evening wear on the red carpet; or toughing it out, be it at a world-class golf tournament or a movie set performing a stunt sequence, these ultimate women transcend boundaries and expectations. It goes without saying that the Richard Mille woman is not a conventional one, but a multi-faceted creature with an impressive dossier of accomplishments. Just as it is with a Richard Mille timepiece — an icon of technicity and beauty itself in equal measure. Eschewing traditional materials such as gold and platinum for more unique ones such as those used in Formula 1 and the aerospace industry, Richard Mille’s pioneering spirit has brought forth timepieces that are the most advanced technologically. Using substances as diverse as grade 5 Titanium, Carbon TPT and TZP Ceramic, the watchmaker’s pursuit of excellence in innovation continues to drive it forward. The recently unveiled RM 07-01 gem-set black ceramic model, though having common features with the rest of the RM 07-01 collection models, showcases an unprecedented one: a fusion of diamond and black ceramic. The black TZP Ceramic chosen for this RM 07-01 iteration is remarkably strong and scratch resistant, with an extreme fine grain that ensures an immaculately matte finish achieved from the technique of milling and micro-shot peening. “After our work on setting gems in Carbon TPT, we wanted to extend this innovative setting technique to new materials,” explains Cécile Guenat, technical director for jewellery-making at Richard
Mille. “We naturally gravitated to ceramic, because it had never been done before. There is now no subterfuge in the way diamonds are incorporated, thanks to way the mitraillage is performed by machining the material directly.” To secure the gemstones, meticulously polished red gold prongs measuring 0.25 mm in diameter are used. They are embedded in the settings etched into the outer bezel of black ceramic. Drilling a channel along the ceramic bezel for the insertion of the diamonds is not an easy task due to the composition of ceramic. Besides that, the complex shapes of the bezel and case bottom require the expertise of a finisher to polish each angle by hand. Visually, the rich and lustrous black ceramic provides a spectacular counterpoint to the sparkling, brilliant full-cut diamonds of exceptional clarity. The dichotomy between ceramic and diamond makes for an absolutely captivating effect. However, the appeal of a Richard Mille timepiece is not solely dependent upon aesthetic, no matter how beguiling it may be. Beneath the gem-set black ceramic and red gold case is the beating heart of the timepiece, powered by the in-house Calibre CRMA2 — an automatic movement assembled on a baseplate and bridges crafted in grade 5 Titanium. Reflecting technological watchmaking prowess, the variable-geometry rotor in 18-carat 5N red gold enables the automatic winding mechanism to be adjusted to the activity levels of its wearer. At the centre of this calibre, the dial in 5N red gold set with black onyx and diamonds sits like a discrete echo of the technical feat displayed by the bezel. Being set with a hefty diamond, the crown is also allowed to shine. In line with the watchmaker’s design ethos, the presence of a skeletonised movement is a given, and it is fully visible through the back and partially through the front of the watch. Bearing the quintessential tonneau-shape case synonymous with Richard Mille timepieces, the curvaceous RM 07-01 gem-set black ceramic complements the slender proportions of the female wrist flawlessly. Its sporty yet elegant appearance is a testament that a timepiece can be ultra-light and comfortable to wear, yet extremely resilient and precise in timekeeping — a sublime fusion of aesthetic, craftsmanship and technology.
Crazy Time In celebrating the 15th anniversary of Crazy Hours, Franck Muller pulled out all stops to throw a soirée that was overloaded with fun and wonderful memories. Here, we spoke to Franck Muller COO Nicholas Rudaz about the collection as well as brand philosophy. BY JOHN NG
the Aeternitas Mega 4. We also have the Crazy Hours watch, which has its numbers scattered in an unusual way on the dial, for which we recently celebrated its 15th anniversary in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The Crazy Hours is absolutely unique in the market and has been an iconic hit for the brand for 15 years. How has watchmaking changed over time? The fundamentals of mathematics involved in watchmaking have not changed with time. They remain the same for two centuries. What has drastically hanged are the tools used in making the watches and designing them. With such new technologies, we at Franck Muller have managed to push the boundaries of watchmaking.
How did the name Crazy Hours come about? The Crazy Hours was born when Franck was attending a rather rigid New Year’s Eve celebration in the Seychelles, where everyone was wearing their fancy dinner wear and was on their best behaviour. Then Franck challenged everyone to jump in the pool in their birthday suit to have some fun and just do things differently. Of course, Franck was the only one who actually did this, and he had a crazy fun time in the pool. The next day he decided that he wanted to make a watch that broke all the rules of the time-telling game, and this is how the Crazy Hours was born. This watch is all about seeing things differently, from another perspective. It comes “alive” every hour, so to speak, both seen and physically felt through the motion. It’s an emotional and fun complication animated by the jumping hours. In terms of design, how is Franck Muller different compared to the other watch brands? We have always thrived to be different both in complications and in design. Our watches have a strong DNA which makes them very recognisable as they stand out from the rest. This is what our clients are looking for. We were the first to do the double-axis tourbillon, the triple-axis tourbillon, the world’s largest tourbillon and the world’s fastest tourbillon. Our numerals are unique in the industry and we also produce one of the world’s most complicated wristwatches,
How important it is to be relevant to the younger generations? It is extremely important to be relevant to the younger generation. With our new Vanguard case, which is sportier and younger looking, we have managed to break through to a younger clientele. A lot of the younger audience we have are discovering Franck Muller because their parents have been wearing our brand for a generation already. They will be the ones renewing their watch collection for years to come. With social media, we have also been able to reach out to a younger audience. What is your definition of luxury? Luxury can be anything that gives someone a certain rush of pleasure. The ultimate luxury is time because it is running out for all of us. It’s our most limited and precious resource. How do you perceive the concept of time? Time is our most precious luxury! That is why it is important to fully live each second that ticks away. What do you see for the future of Franck Muller? We’re just completing the extension of the manufacture, a beautiful site which is endearingly called Watchland, where we have built an additional 16,000 sqm of production capacity, in order to synergise our operations. It is not an increase in production space but more of a consolidation of some of the other sites which we felt we wanted to include in our headquarters. Integrating more resources under one roof will make us even more reactive to the markets and will make us more efficient. Franck Muller will continue to thrive in leading the high-end watch market by delivering exceptional designs and complications like we have always done.
“lntimite Tanzanite” necklace in pink gold with tanzanite and diamonds, Dior.
“Antifer” necklace in rose gold, Repossi.
“Messika by Gigi Hadid” pendant necklace in pink gold with diamonds, Messika Paris.
Indie Pendants “Iconica” necklace in pink gold, Pomellato.
“Return to Tiffany Love Heart Tag Key Pendant” necklace in white gold with diamonds, Tiffany & Co.
In white or pink gold, with or without diamonds, these necklaces illuminate the neckline of those who aspire to shine day and night. BY EMILY MINCHELLA
“Enchanted Lotus” necklace in white gold with grey mother-ofpearl and diamonds, De Beers.
“Audacious” necklace in yellow gold with one pear-cut orange topaz and diamonds, Chanel.
“Happy Hearts” pendant necklace in white gold set with opals and diamonds, Chopard.
Super Natural The bigger the better – the latest additions to Van Cleef & Arpels’ natureinspired Frivole collection are an update in every sense of the word. BY NIKITA NAWAWI
Last year, the garden at Van Cleef & Arpels blossomed with new possibilities of hues and dimensions. With the tweaks and twists, each flower was nurtured to mirror the symbiosis within the Frivole family in telling the story of the preceding generation. The storied French jeweller, on top of that, paraded the hallmark of its craftsmanship, particularly in the application of the age-old mirror polishing technique. This very code of conduct is once again called into play as the Maison imbues the spring air into its nine novelties, each embodying a unique character of the collection. The Frivole flora today has metamorphosed in exactly three ways: feminine fashion, faceted function and flashy fusion. The yellow gold mini pendant necklace and earrings, both delicately dotted with sparkling diamonds, are the evidence of an augmented femininity in this new batch of jewellery. A nod to the extravagant 8-flower Frivole ring, the clever cluster of three miniature motifs brings out another side of the collection in paying tribute to the vitality of nature.
Van Cleef & Arpels also ups the ante in the department of versatility as it embeds its flair for transformable jewellery (remember the iconic Zip necklace?) into the Frivole collection. What is seen as a diamond-studded necklace that one typically wears to an elegant soirée can easily be turned into a clip or pendant for a more casual setting. Thanks to the delicate and traditional polishing, the piece’s architectural volume it enjoys from the heart-shaped corollas shines on any occasion. An upgrade through and through, the mini model creations that were introduced in 2017 are further elevated with the embellishment of paved diamonds. The precious stones are painstakingly vetted and selected by the experts at the House to deliver a collection that’s set at the highest standard. What’s more, the openwork nature of the pieces that allows light to pierce through the diamonds makes them the perfect companion to keep one aglow all day and all night.
Jewellery, De-Jewelled Leave it to the fashion folks to shake up the originals and eschew the clichés. BY NIKITA NAWAWI
If there’s such a thing as Jewellery 101, the author would presumably exhaust chapters and chapters of the handbook on the three crucial elements of crafting a piece of jewellery – material, material and material. While precious metals and gemstones are synonymous with fine and high jewellery houses, the making of a perfect objet at times takes a different course in the realm of fashion. The creative thinkers behind labels like Chanel and Saint Laurent see jewellery in the context of a spectrum, in which cool things happen when you strip the jewels off the jewellery. Karl Lagerfeld, for one, made all things crystalline the star of Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2018 show. Extracting the wonders of
nature for inspiration, the designer’s vision was manifested in aquatic tones – the mirroring of the sun and moon on water’s surface, complemented by a hazy aqua spirit in shades of blue and white – and realised through the water drop earrings made of resin, metal and strass; sautoir necklaces with tinted glass beads; and the iridescent bracelets dipped in a rainbow palette. Eccentric elements are found in the form of feathers at the house of Saint Laurent. Anthony Vaccarello tipped his hat to the brand’s storied past and celebrated Yves Saint Laurent’s revolutionary work back in the ‘60s, which saw a new dawn for bird-of-paradise fashion. Not only did he deploy the avian
inf luences to the accessory department (who can forget those yeti boots), the Italian-Belgian designer gave tribal jewellery a glamorous update with his Loulou choker and earrings with black ostrich feather tassels for the season. A more subversive perspective was presented by Isabel Marant, who instilled the feminine silhouette of summer flowers with a rebellious undertone. Designed to be in symphonic symbiosis with her laidback, bohemian-filled fashion offerings, the flowers were strung into oversized necklaces and earrings and painted in eye-popping red or soothing white. The making of the novelties, however, couldn’t be any further from natural – the petals were
made of latex, laced together with plastic links and some were constructed from synthetic PVC. At Roberto Cavalli, surreal and saturated imagery is what it feeds on and Paul Surridge has taken the Florentine label like duck to water with his animalier Spring/Summer 2018 debut. As for the collection’s costume jewellery, the British designer fused “authenticity” with “the respect for materials” and sent chunky bracelets fashioned from veneered, rigid fine wood down the runway. These ethnic ornaments, along with the mentioned unique novelties, do a fine job in filling up the gap left by traditional jewellers of what is considered “jewellery”, in celebration of a more colourful treasure trove for all.
PHOTOGRAPHY TIMO KERBER STYLING DAVID A EVANS
FOREHEAD: Chromacake in Hi-Def Cyan, M.A.C. EYES: Liquid Eyeliner EX in Black, DHC. Waterproof Mascara in Stay Black, Chromacake in Primary Yellow, M.A.C.
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Wrapping up the seasonâ€™s hottest shades . PHOTOGRAPHY TIMO KERBER STYLING DAVID A EVANS
Beauty credits for all looks: FACE: Skin smoothing cream, Dermalogica. Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance No.1, Burberry. Perfection LumiĂ¨re Velvet in 10 Beige, Chanel. The Concealer Perfect Finish Concealer in No.1, Dolce&Gabbana. Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, M.A.C. EYES: Chromacake in Process Magenta, Hi-Def Cyan and Primary Yellow, False Lashes Waterproof Mascara in Stay Black, M.A.C. LIPS: Creamy Lip Colour in Coral Pink, Bobbi Brown. Lipglass, M.A.C.
(Opposite page) EYES: False Lashes Waterproof Mascara in Stay Black, M.A.C.
LIPS: Lip Colour in Hollywood Red, Bobbi Brown. HAIR MIHO EMO MAKEUP KAMILA FORINI MODEL LIV WALKER/ MILK MANAGEMENT
M.A.C is back again with a fun collaboration, this time with streetwear brand Nicopanda, to bring together our love for panda and kitschy makeup. The adorable panda-studded collection offers a unique and non-traditional combination of colours that captures the brand’s signature mix of edgy punk and kawaii-cute funk. It consists of three cheek and eyeshadow palettes, six shades of lipstick, four lip glosses, face powder, false lashes, makeup brushes and a makeup bag – all housed in Nicopanda’s signature bear head packaging.
Ever since Guerlain launched its first bullet lipstick in 1870, the brand has taken lipstick to new heights. After inventing Rouge G - its first luxury jewellery lipstick with an integrated double mirror in 2009, Guerlain is now back to change the rules of the game once again. Boasting 15 ultrastylish cases and 30 highly desirable shades, the customisation possibilities to create the lipstick of your dream is endless! For a more personalised touch, you can have your name engraved on the case as well.
BEAUTY, REBOOTED Eau Rose Hand Cream, DIPTYQUE
Ceramidin Hand Cream, DR. JART+
Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream, BURT’S BEES
Baume De Rose Hand Cream, BY TERRY
Shea Butter Hand Cream, L’OCCITANE
A Helping Hand Admit it. More often than not, we get so caught up with looking after our hair and prepping our face that our poor hands get neglected and subjected to dark spots and loose skin. Time to stop putting hand care at the bottom of your beauty priorities and show your hands some TLC by investing in one of these top-notch hand creams.
Balancing career, family and personal life, women in their 30s lead a very gruelling life today. Their skin’s senses begin to change as well, leading to a demand for real, fundamental solutions rather than quick fixes. The latest Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturiser breathes life into the skin with its neuroscience-inspired ReNeura Technology - capable of awakening the skin’s senses and making it more responsive to skincare. During the sense-stirring hydrating experience, the fragrance blend – rose and jasmine with a touch of Ume plum and sweet orange – of the silky soft cream promises to soothe the mind as well.
Beginning Of The End Last step skincare, first step makeup - Ren Perfect Canvas blurs the line between a serum and a make-up primer. After moisturiser, gently massage a few drops of the silicone-free serum over the face and let its probiotics extract smoothen the skin and enhance it’s structure by encouraging surface cell renewal. Skin is given a mattified finish, thanks to its Agave extract, turning it into the perfect canvas to apply makeup on.
Lip Conditioner, CAUDALIE
Quench Lip Rescue, TARTE
Mint Fusion SPF 30 Lip Balm, SUPERGOOP!
Energy Bank Tinted Lips, THIS WORK
Sugar Lip Polish, FRESH
Lip Sleeping Mask, LANEIGE
Soft and Supple There is nothing more unattractive than a pair of dry, flaky, chapped lips. Transform those lips from sandpaper to seriously smooth and nourished puckers with these lip care essentials to add to your pre-lipstick ritual.
ART OF EXPRESSION Eyeshadow has always been a speciality of Make Up For Ever, colour experts for over 30 years. In the Eighties, it became the first brand to sell 100 different eye shadows, bringing a revolutionary concept to its iconic product. Today, its legendary Artist Shadow range has been reinvented as Artist Colour Shadow – a large collection of 118 powder eyeshadows in 5 different finishes including matte, metallic, diamond, satin and iridescent. Blend them. Mix them. Layer them. Expressing yourself has never been this liberating.
GROOMED FOR PERFECTION
‘Begin as you mean to go on’ – an expression that sums up Mr Porter’s seasonal limited-edition Grooming Kit for spring. Ameliorate your man’s grooming regime with its selection of 12 carefully curated products. Among the best in anti-ageing, botanical cleansers and haircare products included in the kit are the mattifying Grown Alchemist moisturiser, the soothing and nourishing Claus Porto shaving cream and the low-foaming Haeckels body cleanser.
Nailed It Over-the-top makeup may not be for the faint of heart but when it comes to complex yet expressive 3-dimensional manicures, more is always better. Not convinced? Let these salons’ exquisite nail art offerings speak for themselves.
POSH NAIL SPA Living up to its name, POSH Nail Spa has been known for delivering on its mission of making woman feel beautiful for over 7 years now. Allow the strong team of the salon, an advocate of self-love and constant pampering, to give your nails an extraordinary 3D art treatment while you bask in its bright and modern interior. Choose between acrylic nail art which utilises emboss technique to create your preferred motif or the gem variation where tiny Swarovski crystals are adhered to the nails. 31, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. +603-7724 1890 poshnailspa.my
JAC & IVY NAIL SPA Ever thought of getting away from the bustling city life to treat yourself to the highest quality of nail service with a personal touch? Jac & Ivy Nail Spa is the place to be. An expert in impeccable nail art, their 3D nail art is handmade from scratch using acrylic materials to meticulously bring the design of your dream to life. Aside from their experienced manicurists, the Zen environment of minimalist black and white furnishings should put your mind at ease as well.
NAILSMITH SPA & BAR A 3D nail art specialist? Check. Food and drinks? Check. Kids playroom? Check. Nailsmith Spa & Bar - the first manicure-café in town that combines beauty and wellness in a cozy café ambience is ideal for busy mums. Aside from multicoloured acrylic powder, nail tips and forms, sable brushes along with favourite go-to nail polish brands such as OPI and Inglot used to craft stunning and longlasting nail designs, hard-to-find organic and halal products are available as well to cater to our Muslim sisters.
A-0-2, Plaza Damas 3, No.63 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Taman Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Block D, D3-G3-5, Publika Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Photo M.A.C Cosmetics
BY JOYCE FAN
The Eau Rose Hair Mist by Diptyque
Diptyque updates the fragrance rituals of yesteryears with the Eau Rose Hair Mist that aims to perfume and beautify your mane. BY JOYCE FAN
Women of the 18th century used to powder every inch of their dos with fragrant talcum. Fast forward 300 years, the pampering of the mane still reigns in importance. Diptyque’s Eau Rose Hair Mist steps in to take over the role of our mane caretaker, promising to deliver vibrant shine that is also soft to touch. Now a permanent collection of the brand, the iconic hair fragrance is light and delicate formula is enriched with nourishing, protective camellia oil that feels light and weightless but leaves an intensely scented veil of fragrance on the hair. It artfully imparts the delicacy and grace of rose petals – a tangible scent in the hair, which becomes vibrant and zesty, subtly elevated by a fresh spicy note.
Sephora Collection Colourful Eyeshadow in 215 Sunglasses Needed
Sephora Collection Colourful Eyeshadow in 276 Fresh Limonade
Chanel Ombre Première in 34
Clé de Peau Eye Colour Duo in 103 Harmony Green
By Terry Game Lighter Eye Palette in Fun’tasia
Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Las Ramblas
Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic Eyeshadow in I-30
Big & Beautiful
Phil Smith Curly Locks Curl Control Cream
Vernon François Styling~ Cream
Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce
Balmain Session Spray Strong
Go big or go home. Antonio Marras takes a leaf out of Juliet of the Spirits, allowing beauty to steal the limelight with intense, colourful eyeshadows paired with larger-than-life hair. BY JOYCE FAN
Changing Times Blue lipstick? Green eyeliner? Once dubbed as recipes for disastrous beauty looks, these products have gone on to become makeup staples that redefine beauty expectations as we know it. BY JOYCE FAN
Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Bang! Mascara Guilty of layering your lashes with numerous coats of mascara to achieve fuller and longer lashes only to have them looking crusty and clumpy instead? If so, it’s time you give Benefit’s latest space-inspired mascara a go. Despite making huge claims, the 36-hour full-blast volumising mascara delivers on all three promises – length, volume and lift. Thanks to its gravity-defying formula enriched with aero-particles, go crazy with building massive volume and length without the worry of heavy, weighed down chunky lashes.
Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Naked Plum While its past tacky formula that gave off a high-shine but ridiculously sticky, saccharine pout, the newest incarnations of lip glosses, such as cult-favourite Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss, are now fortunately a lot easier to work with. Non-sticky, longlasting and enriched with vitamins that condition and offer antioxidant protection, the shimmer it gives off offsets the need to overload your gloss. Swipe on a thin layer for a pair of gorgeous puckers that glisten in the light.
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Ya Dig When it comes to lipstick, blue isn’t exactly everyone’s go-to colour. Intimidating as it seems, beauty risk-taker Rihanna is here to persuade that blue lips can be done with Fenty Beauty Mattemoislle lipstick range. Offering long-wearing and petal-soft matte finish, the creamy lipstick comes in 14 universal shades to flatter every skin tone including wild card hues like this periwrinkle blue. There truly is no better colour to step out of your comfort zone and rock a pair of statement lips.
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in M-30 For most women, eyeliner that isn’t black or brown is immediately labelled as ‘beauty risk’. Howbeit, recent makeup trends have come forth with coloured liner looks, proving that it is easy to pull off flicks with a pop of colour. This award-winning Make Up For Ever eye pencil is perfect for the job with an expansive range of 20 vibrant shades in 5 finishes – all easy to apply and ultra-pigmented. We recommend this pastel green liner for an eye-catching retro yet glam look.
M.A.C Pigment Loose Colour Powder in Old Gold If you favour the all-natural, keep-it-simple makeup look with minimal touch-ups, then you should know that wearing glitter requires some courage and confidence. Truth is, glitter is fast becoming this spring’s most wearable statement makeup and it’s about time you jump on the bandwagon with M.A.C ‘s highly concentrated loose colour powder that adheres to the skin. Whether you want to create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect, this long-lasting powder doesn’t streak or cake as it is highly blendable.
NYX Strobe Of Genius Holographic Stick in Electric Invasion Strobing (better known as highlighting) has reigned as the beauty craze that everyone swears by. While neutral single tone highlighter does its job of subtly illuminating your facial features, highlighters of late have walked down the colourful path and NYX’s holographic stick is no exception. Packed with incredibly fine holographic pearls, its creamy texture glides on effortlessly for a duochrome effect. Don’t be put off by its multidimensional shade as the sheer formula is surprisingly easier to pull off compared to unconventional lip colours.
Kat Von D Shade + Light Crème Contour Palette A skill that a master of makeup subterfuge is never without is unquestionably countouring - the key to perfectly sculpted cheekbones, a defined nose and chiselled jawline. However, take it too far and you will end up looking like a cakey brown clown. Thankfully, Kat Von D’s upgraded contour palette helps make navigating this tricky technique a breeze. Its highly pigmented creamy shades in warm, neutral and cool are a lot easier to blend, melting effortlessly into skin to create realistic shadows.
Zoeva Sweet Glamour Eyeshadow Palette In every eyeshadow pallete, there are bound to be some neglected shades and usually, it’s the bright colours. It’s true that colourful, vibrant shades are a tough nut to crack but that shouldn’t hinder you from spicing up your look. Start off with Zoeva’s poetic palette and its romantic array of pastel shades, ideal for experimenting beginners who want to start off with subdued colours. From tender peach to subtle lilac, this trove of matte and shimmering sorbet hues is indispensable for dreamy daytime looks.
The ‘90s Comeback What’s old is new again. Take a stroll down memory lane as the beauty industry revives a slew of once-cringeworthy ‘90s makeup signatures, now back with a modern twist. BY JOYCE FAN
YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in 28 Nude Undercover
HOT COCOA The ‘70s saw some breaking away from traditional red shades and poking at the idea of brown lipsticks, but it wasn’t until the ‘90s when stars such as Cindy Crawford and Drew Barrymore began sporting bone-dry, brick-brown matte pouts that it reached the masses. This harsh hue and extreme finish, however, contributed to its short-lived popularity that left many swearing to never revisit the colour. Today, earth-toned lips are resurrected in more skin-friendly shades with forgiving textures. Wear it bold in deep, rich shades ala Dolce&Gabbana and Marc Jacobs or tone it down in a softer brown with pink undertones like Sophia Webster and Versace.
Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stay Tan
Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Double The Lip Lipstick & Liner in Nude Scandal
Zoeva Luxe Matte Lipstick in Out Standing
M.A.C Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Yash
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Lip Colour in 011 Beige Lingerie
NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Grande-Large Sephora Collection Easy Smokey Eye in 04 Midnight Blue
Chanel Ombre Première in 54 Nuage Blue
Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Palette in DR1 Bain de Minuit
FEELING BLUE We are all for exploring bold beauty looks but even experimentation has its limits. The omnipresence of blue eyeshadow in the ‘90s was hard to overlook with people going overboard with their fondness for the bright colour. Offenders who caked on the heavy blue stuff such as Angelina Jolie and Cameron Diaz ended up with washed out, swollen-looking peepers instead. Lucky for us, this unfavourable look has returned and is ruling the runways in richer, more flattering hues with electrifying effect. Byblos, House of Holland and Marni adorned their models with intense and unforgettable eyes, enhanced in vibrant shades of blues ranging from bright cyan to glistering sapphire.
Clé de Peau Powder Eye Color Solo in 209 Clear Blue Sky
House of Holland
Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic Eyeshadow in I-22
It Cosmetics Your Lips But Better Waterproof Lip Liner Stain in IT Girl
OUT OF LINE
Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil in Matte Earthy Brown
Givenchy Lip Pencil in N9
Lip liner has gotten a bad rap over the years and the ‘90s beauty staple of dark, overlined lips are to blame. Pamela Anderson and Geri Halliwell’s exaggerated take on lip lining may have left a bad taste in our mouth but watching Moschino and PH5 boldly pulling off prominent lip liner in its unblended glory is giving us a new perspective. If you’re not ready to challenge the beauty norm, recreate Helmut Lang’s horizontal ombré lips by properly blending the darker liner with lipstick one shade lighter or match your liner with a similar coloured lipstick to pull off a pair of defined, rebellious puckers as seen at Bluemarine.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil in Apple Cordial
Marc Jacobs Beauty (P)outliner Longwear Lip Liner Pencil in Currant Mood
ILIA Lipstick Crayon in Karma Chameleon
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Glitter Bomb Palette
H&M Loose Glitter in Mirror Ball
NYX Loose Pearl Eyeshadow in Orange
Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Silver Lilac
GLITTER BOMB Shining, shimmering, splendid – glitter was (and still is) the shining star (literally) of the beauty scene, which isn’t a surprise as subtlety in ‘90s makeup wasn’t the norm to begin with. An essential beauty arsenal, every ‘90s girl was slathering her eyelids with more shimmer than needed. It didn’t help that the favoured colour then was either white or silver, leaving a frosted rather than sparkling finish. Glitter now, on the other hand, is more sophisticated than ever, as evident in Jour/Né and Undercover’s method of decorating the lid in liberal amounts of colourful glitter. Another technique that can do no wrong? The smudged effect as applied on models at Topshop and Stella Jean.
Ralph & Russo
Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Sea Siren
In Your Dreams Iridescent Waterfall Face Jewel
M.A.C Cosmetics Glitter in Pink Hearts
Pat McGrath Labs Metalmorphosis 005 Kit in Silver Bag
Dries Van Noten
BLING IT ON Still not standing out with flamboyant ‘90s eyeshadow and statement lips? Then face jewellery will guarantee to get heads turning. Trendsetter Gwen Stefani’s obsession with decorating her features with colourful stick-on gems and rhinestones gives brazen beauty a whole new meaning. As unnecessary and exuberant as it seems, the recent runways begged to differ with their own take of the elaborate face jewellery makeup. Models at Givenchy and Jeremy Scott pulled off futuristic minimalism with a single gem on the cheekbone, and a trio of crystals beneath each eye was also seen at Scott’s show. Or dial it up a notch with loud eye embellishments as per Dries Van Noten and Francesco Scognamiglio.
New Look Silver Unicorn Sparkle Face Gems
The Gypsy Shrine Unicorn Crown Face Jewels
Lottie.London Coachella Cool Festival Gems
Burberry Beauty Effortless Kohl Eyeliner in 01 Jet Black
Clinique Quickliner For Eyes Intense in Intense Black
Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner
3CE Super Slim Pen Eyeliner in Black
Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner
Hourglass Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner
ROCK N’ ROLL When one thinks of the ‘90s, it’s almost impossible to not associate it with the grunge scene. Often paired with the darkest vampy lips, grunge icons such as Courtney Love and Winona Ryder were almost never without thick black eyeliners rimming the eyes to create a messy, slept-in look that rebelled against a perfectly made-up face. Today, the heavy-handed trend is back with a whole lot of attitude. All that is needed is your favourite kohl pencil or gel eyeliner to mimic the graphic winged-liner by Fendi and Tommy Hilfiger. A little sparkle also makes for a lovely addition to complement the cool-girl peepers as seen at Emporio Armani and Tom Ford.
PHOTOGRAPHY TAK SUGITA STYLING AYA FUKUSHIMA
Blouse, Bottega Veneta.Dress, NÂ°21. Necklaces, Swarovski. Gloves, Chanel. Strap (worn around neck). Dior.
Blouse, Bottega Veneta. Dress and waistband, NÂ°21. Strap and boots, Dior. Necklaces, Swarovski. Gloves, Chanel.
Against a dystopian backdrop of dreamy decay, Frances Coombe wanders in the best of the season’s romantic, eclectic mash-up spirit. PHOTOGRAPHY TAK SUGITA STYLING AYA FUKUSHIMA
Scouted while still a high-schooler in Canada, Frances Coombe has since blossomed into a full-on fashion star with her elfin face, doll-eyed gaze and magnetic moves (borne from a background in dance, of both the hip-hop and ballet variety). She started with a slow burn but hit the big time – along with the Paris and Milan runways – from 2014 onwards, walking for designers as major and diverse as Gucci to Giorgio Armani, Schiaparelli to Saint Laurent. Her editorial work is equally chameleonic, traversing easily from campaigns for chic French basics, to upbeat beauty editorials in Teen Vogue, to experimental spreads in Vogue Italia.
Recently, Coombe has also been making inroads further behind the lens. Years ago, a profile in WWD quotes her as saying that she has her eyes on photography and film work. Her Instagram bio defines her as model, artist and photographer; and indeed her feed is populated as much by her own work and as her editorials. Her film photos reveal a haunting, cinematic point of view; and Coombe has even done styling duties on some of her own shoots. Multitasker but never cookie-cutter, Coombe is the perfect cover girl for an issue themed around how far one can get by being unconventional.
Dress and leather necklace, Loewe. Metal necklace, Givenchy. Cape and clear necklace, Chanel. (Next page) Top, hat and gloves, Chanel. Choker, Dior. Earrings, Swarovski. Skirt, Loewe. Boots, Saint Laurent.
Blouse and leather pants, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. Waistband, NÂ°21. Hat, Chanel. (Opposite) Knit top, skirt and shoes, Loewe. Tights and flowers, stylistâ€™s own.
Dress, Burberry. Strap (worn around neck) and skirt, Dior. Bangle, Saint Laurent. Pants, Aquilano.rimondi. Rings, Swarovski. Sunglasses, Gucci. (Next page) Jumpsuit, socks and long necklace, Dior. Short necklace, Bottega Veneta. Belt, Etro. Jumper, NÂ°21. Boots, Chanel.
Top, belt and skirt, Givenchy. Tights, stylistâ€™s own. (Opposite) Top and pants, Burberry. Sun visor, Fenty x Puma. Earrings, Swarovski. Skirt, Chanel. Shoes, Givenchy. MAKEUP YUKA WASHIZU HAIR AKIKO KAWASAKI MODEL FRANCES COOMBE/BRAVO MODELS
PUFF PIECE Blown-out proportions and grand couture volumes turned into confections light as air.
PHOTOGRAPHY STEPHANIE WILSON STYLING GRACE JOEL
Nylon dress, Calvin Klein 205W39NYC. Resin earrings, Dinosaur Designs.
Silk top and skirt, Marni. Resin bracelets, Dinosaur Designs.
Velvet and taffeta dress, Valentino. Resin earrings, Dinosaur Designs. (Next page) Nylon dress, Mary Katrantzou.
Silk lingerie, Zadig&Voltaire. Tulle skirt, Burberry.
Printed jersey dress with organza fringe, CĂŠline. Resin earrings, Chanel. (Opposite page) Pleated dress, Givenchy.
Cotton dress and jacket, Lemaire. Pleated tulle skirt, Moncler. Resin earrings, Dinosaur Designs. MAKEUP KAMILA FORINI HAIR SUSANNE LICHTENEGGER PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT SAMANTHA JANE WELLER STYLING ASSISTANT HOI LIU MODEL ALLY ERTEL/OUI
Dress, Junya Watanabe Comme des Garรงons. Shoes, Louis Vuitton.
Sign here, please Designers this season delivered new signatures that fused twisted takes on normality with graphic visibility. PHOTOGRAPHY TETSUYA MAEHARA STYLING YUTA KOTANI
Jacket and sneakers, CeĚ line. Bra top, Alexander Wang. T-shirt, J.W. Anderson. Trousers, Louis Vuitton. (Next page) Dress, Stella McCartney. Top, Tommy Hilfiger. Pouch, Pierre Hardy.
Dress and shoes, Louis Vuitton. Top, Acne Studios. Cap, Moncler. Bag, MSGM. Socks, Rick Owens. (Opposite page) Vest and trousers, Stella McCartney. Shirt and sneakers, CeĚ line. Skirt, J.W. Anderson.
Vest, Shiatzy Chen. Top, Stella McCartney. Shorts, J.W. Anderson. Shoes, Eytys. (Next page) Blouson, Lacoste. Shirt, MSGM. Trousers, Acne Studios. Neckband, J.W. Anderson. Shoes and sunglasses, Stella McCartney.
Jacket and trousers, Alexander McQueen. Shoes, Eytys. Bag, Toga. (Opposite page) Sleeveless top, J.W. Anderson. Striped top, Louis Vuitton. Trousers, Julien David. MAKEUP KIE KIYOHARA/ BEAUTY DIRECTION HAIR HORI/BNM MODEL OLIWIA LIS/ DONNA MODELS
Photo Studio Marléne Huissoud
Cocoon Bench by Marléne Huissoud
Rebel With A Cause BY NIKITA NAWAWI
Photos R & Company
These five fearless makers are at the vanguard of a movement thatâ€™s shattering the conventional outlook on beauty and art. This is how they do it.
(Clockwise) 1. Girl mirror 2. Lady Lady Lady lamp 3. Katie Stout 4. Girl lamp
KATIE STOUT, 29 (@UMMMSMILE) It isn’t so much that her work is being labelled “ugly” that takes a rise out of Katie Stout. If anything, she finds it rather refreshing and funny. But as time goes by, the satirical term has become a metaphorical prison that quantifies the movement in a way that she feels is reductive. Her Girl lamps, for instance, are a lot more than just nightstand fixtures. They are a celebration of womanhood and the freedom that comes or should come with it, and they are the icebreaker that incites critical conversation. So to have them pegged only as an ugly art has been understandably exasperating for Stout. What’s the motivation behind your femalefocused collection? I guess because I’m a woman and because I’m frustrated with the things that I’ve been told – what I can’t or shouldn’t do. I was on a reality TV show once and I was constantly harassed for the way I spoke and came across. Apparently women are supposed to be and behave in a certain way, and my humour and vocal fry didn’t fit into any “acceptable” category. What is your take on shock value when it comes to creating art? I personally don’t think about it at all. My goal is to have things
teeter between discomfort and familiarity, chic and gross, smart and dumb. It’s interesting when people aren’t quite sure what to make of something. As for the shady lady lamps, I don’t think they’re shocking or vulgar at all. Extreme objectification, yes, but I also view it as a choice that each lady has made. What is the best and the worst piece of advice you’ve received? I love this question! The best piece of advice I’ve ever received was actually from an interview with Jonas Mekas. He said “Don’t wait for money; I never worry. I just do things. There’s always a way to figure it out, so I figure it out.” The worst one would be from a family member who told me that I should consider getting a “real” job. What are you working on right now? I’m working on a jewellery collaboration with my friend Simone Paasche that’s called Stout Girls and a handful of commissions. I just had two back-to-back solo exhibitions and I did a large sculpture for Coachella, so I want to take some time to unwind and explore. I really want to acquire a piece of land and build my own house.
Photos Tyburn Gallery
Photos Tyburn Gallery
MOFFAT TAKADIWA, 35, (@MOFFATTAKADIWA) Despite growing up in a remote farming area where the word “art” or “artist” was not something that people threw around, Moffat Takadiwa has always known he was destined to be one. But as the reality of life set in, his definition of art took a paradoxical shift. Initially working with ceramics and wood as his mediums, he later discovered the ironic beauty in discarded materials – from computer waste to aerosol cans, toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes – and started using them as the means to communicate his concern for issues that are close to his heart such as consumerism, inequality, post-colonialism and the environment. What’s the reasoning behind your selection of materials? I want to make pointed critiques of products as tools for a new form of cultural and economic colonialism. My sculptures bear witness to the cultural dominance exercised by the consumption of foreign products in Zimbabwe and across Africa. Imported consumables have become symbolic of the shifting power struggles within post-colonial Zimbabwe, resulting in the uneven distribution of economic and cultural power. My reasoning now is greatly influenced by the Argentine semiotician Dr. Walter Mignolo’s scholarship on coloniality and modernity. Have you had personal experience that triggered the passion for this cause? During my years of studying at Harare Polytechnic, the economic
hardships at that time saw a number of schools and institutions of learning closing down. I remember foraging for materials from dumping sites near the college with my friends. It was during those early years of my career that I started to note the changes in the characteristics of consumerism through the trash, the discarded items. A huge presence of certain cheap products from the East were taking over the dumping sites. That revelation inspired a new direction for my work. As an artist, who do you look up to or are inspired by? There is an interesting growth in the African market now, with new emerging names. I have much respect and admiration for Zimbabwe’s Tapfuma Gutsa and Gareth Nyandoro for how they have pushed their respective mediums to find a voice in the global art industry. Internationally, I would point at Yayoi Kusuma and El Anatsui. What has been the harshest criticism you’ve faced so far? I find it disappointing when people compare me to El Anatsui simply because we both use found objects. They don’t understand the different context of our respective practices. While there are artists working in Africa who draw inspiration from within the continent and use similar materials in certain instances, the manner in which our concerns are articulated in our work is very different. (Clockwise) 1. The Falling of Rhodes/ia 2. Judging by Language 3. Graduation Gown (a, b and c) 4. Moffat Takadiwa
Photos Trent McMinn for Crafts Magazine and Studio Marlène Huissoud
(Clockwise) 1. Cocoon bench 2. Marlène Huissoud 3. Of Insects and Man 4. Tree vase (From Insects) 5. Cocoon cabinet
MARLÈNE HUISSOUD, 28, (@MARLENEHUISSOUD) If Marlène Huissoud wasn’t a designer, she would have followed in her parents’ footsteps and become a beekeeper, but remain always a dreamer. And as it turns out, the French artist is treading on the heels of her family legacy, but the kind of buzz she’s making travels beyond the apiary. In 2012, she bought a one-way ticket to London, and after graduating from Central Saint Martins a couple of years later, she started putting together her portfolio. Her eccentric body of work is noticeably and unsurprisingly influenced by nature, particularly involving insects. Some of her recognised work like From Insects and Cocoons are in fact inspired by the likes of bees and silkworms. What would you say your aesthetic is? My work has always been instinctive. My design is intuitive and naive as I have never been trained to be an industrial designer. I’m influenced by so many things but I wouldn’t say too much by design. For me, the best thing to do is to stay away from pure aesthetic products and take inspiration from what I personally experience. Can you give us some insight into your artistic process? I don’t really have a routine. I can be revelling in nature on one
day and be at the studio working on tight deadlines, having five meetings on another – just the way I like it. The process doesn’t have to be determined. Slow procedure and low material resources are definitely the key to what I do and how I do it. What’s your take on the impression that contemporary art is, to put it mildly, not art? I don’t believe there’s such a thing as limit when it comes to art. Why would we put it in a box? The strength of an artist lies in his ability to touch every domain he wants without controlling the final outcome. I think it is important for my design to either evoke something strong in the way it is made or be politically engaged with the things that are happening around us. What’s next for you? I’m partaking in an exhibition curated by Glenn Adamson that’s called Raw Materials at the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design next month and the London Design Festival later in September. I’m also excited to be going back to Paris in October to present an installation that I’m working on at the National Dance Centre.
Photos Chen Chen and Kai Williams Studio
CHEN CHEN, 33 & KAI WILLIAMS, 34, (@CHENANDKAI) Unlike the others, Chen Chen and Kai Williams have no trouble letting go of the wheel in favour of surprises – especially if they blur the line between what’s generally regarded as beautiful and what’s widely deemed ugly. Perhaps that’s the reason the partnership which started as a mere collaboration for a number of projects in 2011 - led to the establishing of the eponymous design brand. No stranger to those with an acquired taste, the duo also works with factories on a line of small home products infused with the same principles found in traditional manufacturing in the pursuit of reaching a wider audience. What are your work principles? Chen (C): We are a material and process-focused studio. We create new materials from scratch and we present the existing ones in an innovative way, through experiments until something interesting trots out and then we’d find an application for it. We use very few ingredients but they’re put together in a way that complex forms are generated on their own. Has there been a moment where you feel you’re at a disadvantage when you see other “society-conforming” products? Kai (K): We’re not looking to become a mass market studio. Chen
(Clockwise) 1. Cold Cut 2. Swell vase 3. Kai Williams and Chen Chen 4. Cold Cut carpet 5. Geology
always says that if we were a cheese, we want to be a smelly one. The designs are aimed to be interesting and unusual but once you are used to the taste, they naturally become more appealing. What would you say is the biggest cliché in the design industry right now? C: I think simple geometric shapes are reaching critical mass. It’s difficult to push past the genericity especially when you’re working with traditional manufacturing processes. We face the same issue with the pieces we’re making in factories but we’re trying to break away from the trend by casting more complex shapes out of metal. With everything that you have done, what else can your fans look forward to? K: Two years ago, Chen saw people making Cheetos on the street in China. It took us a year to track down the machine and another to find an excuse to buy it. What’s interesting about Cheetos is that they are popped using an extrusion screw. C: And for our production line, we’re about to release a line of copper accessories with squiggly shapes. It was kind of a stretch but we figure that it’s as good an excuse as any to make some Cheetos “snacks”.
FLYING HIGH From the folks that brought us Flycycle, Flyproject is their latest concept store to inject
the ideals of healthy living with the notion of entertainment. The new fitness centre finds its home at DC Mall and boasts two studios, namely Flyfight and Flylab; the former is an atypical boxing gym, while the latter is a space for “meditation in movement”. Both are decorated with neon lights and filled with thumping music when classes are in session. Not only that, there’s also the Flyfuel bar that serves nutrient-packed recipes and lipsmacking smoothies to supercharge one’s workouts. flyproject.co
Leave it to Supreme to take a mundane, everyday object and turn it into a pop culture craze – remember the infamous Supreme bricks? This time around, the streetwear giant pairs up with gaming authority Stern and brings back the classic arcade game, specifically the pinball machine to go along with its Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Much to our delight, the pinball machine is decked out in the label’s iconic branding – red and white paint with the red box logo splashed all over the pin table. supremenewyork.com
Here to soothe the city’s hustle and bustle the new Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur is slated to open next month. The modern sanctuary 55 exquisite rooms and suites will offer guests an unparalleled view of Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur Tower. Its array of food and beverage options boasts of the French-inspired Bake by Banyan Tree, Altitude afternoon tea and wine lounge, Horizon Grill steakhouse and the Vertigo rooftop bar. banyantree.com
Fatal Attraction Le French Festival is returning for
the 17th year with a bigger and more exciting line-up than ever. One of the highlights of the season is Amok, a play adapted from a novel of a same name by Austrian author Stefan Zweig, which explores the theme of passion and obsession. Slated to open for two nights – this fourth and fifth – the theatre show will take place at Damansara Performing Arts Centre.
A refined simplicity, that’s what the upcoming collaboration between Danish design house Stelton and British architect Lord Norman Foster is all about. Combining modest sculptural form with soft geometry, the Norman Foster collection brings forth an array of minimalist home essentials, designed to fit a wide range of settings and purposes – from the stainless steel tableware, which includes wine goblets and carafes, to the porcelain and glass novelties such as coffee cups and sugar bowls.
EYES WIDE OPEN
Louis Vuitton continues to conjure summer getaways that capture the imagination as it expands its Travel Book series with four new titles. The latest additions cast Cuba, Prague, Rome and the Route 66 in a new light, through the eyes of artists Li Kunwu, Pavel Pepperstein, Miles Hyman and Thomas Ott, respectively. Each artist is given the freedom to explore the city formerly unknown to them and to choose their own mode of expression, be it through drawing, collage or others. Thirty copies of each title, numbered and signed by the artist, will be available in selected Louis Vuitton stores. louisvuitton.com
Journey Through Time Go behind the scenes of the establishing of Barcelona’s Sala Beckett Theatre and International Drama Centre in the five-episode documentary series, ESCALA 1:5. Directed by Patricia Tamayo and Albert Badia, the series follows Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats of Flores & Prats Architects, who were responsible in transforming the former Pau i Justicia Cooperative building into the cultural space that it is today. It features exclusive interviews with Sala Beckett director Toni Casares and former director of the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya Sergi Belbel, among others. floresprats.com
SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT
Merely months after the inaugural Anya Hindmarch Smells candle fragrances were revealed, the British brand rolls out three new scents that are inspired by first kisses (Lip Balm), freshly brushed teeth (Toothpaste) and the smell of sundried laundry (Washing Powder). Made from the finest raw materials and using traditional techniques, the candles are given youthful finishes with graphics from Anya Hindmarch Sticker Shop and Rubik’s Cube-like boxes that can be twisted to create different phrases and faces. anyahindmarch.com
The Wonders of Lucerne Our curated list of what to see and where to shop, play and stay in Lucerne, a city that brings the arts, music, architecture and nature together. BY CALVIN CHONG
A mecca for fine watchmaking, Switzerland is also a nation that boasts a rich cultural history and many natural wonders. Right in the midst of its central region sits Lucerne, a lake city that is recognised as the “gateway to central Switzerland”. Also known as the city that marks the starting point of the Swiss Alps, Lucerne provides access to some of the leading ski resorts in the region, replete with snow-capped mountain ranges for all sorts of winter escapes. On top of that, this Swiss town is where you can find stunning medieval architecture, delectable Swiss cuisine and spectacular showcases of music and culture. We have done the legwork and here are our recommendations of the best that Lucerne has to offer. SEE Start your journey in Lucerne at the iconic Culture and Convention Center Lucerne (KKL), which houses Lucerne’s annual music festival that welcomes the brightest and most celebrated musicians of all genres to present their craft.
From KKL, take a short walk towards Kapellbrücke (or the Chapel Bridge), a wooden footbridge that dates back to the 14th century featuring ancient artwork that depicts the story of Lucerne, and which connects its New Town and Old Town. At the foot of the bridge on the New Town side, you will also find the Jesuit Church, an iconic architectural landmark with remarkable 17th-century Baroque interior décor, a must for all architecture aficionados. Once you arrive at the Old Town district, make a pit stop at the Lion Monument, a historical sculpture that commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred during the French Revolution. SHOP When it comes to shopping, the Old Town area is the locale to be, offering both local and international labels in every corner, with some housed inside heritage buildings adorned with beautiful wall paintings from yesteryears.
(Clockwise) 1. The Titlis Rotair 2. Jesuit Church 1. Engelberg Dorf 2. Grand Hotel National
Right by the river, you can also find the famed watch and jewellery retailer Bucherer, which stocks almost all Swiss watchmaking brands. We also hear that it is among the vendors with the largest inventory of Rolex watches, which explains the long queues of tourists there every day.
thrill of the rope parks or go tobogganing on the Fräkigaudi, the longest toboggan trail in Switzerland.
PLAY Come play time, Lucerne is perfect for adventure seekers, all thanks to its surrounding mountain regions; and top of the list are two amazing peaks – Mount Titlis and Mount Pilatus.
STAY After all the sightseeing, adventuring and shopping, it is time to retreat to a quintessential Swiss haven and Lucerne has no shortage of first-rate luxury hotels such as the Grand Hotel National, an establishment that prides itself for amazingly plush interiors with the power to transport you back to the olden days of medieval Lucerne.
In winter, both locations provide alpine sports facilities for ski lovers, with bonus experiences such as glacier excursions, lift rides and cliff walking. Even in the warmer months of spring and summer, there is plenty to enjoy in the mountains especially for those who are fans of extreme sports – be it mountain biking, paragliding or devil biking. For more restful and relaxing activities, you can embark on a hike along the Alpine flower trail; alternatively, jump in on the
And a hop, skip and boat ride away is Park Hotel Vitznau, a decadent lakeside hotel that overlooks the entire Lake Lucerne. Renowned for being one of the finest accommodations in the city, you can nitpick and select your room based on three themes: Wine & Dine, Art & Culture and Health & Wealth. Your chosen room will be transformed accordingly to each of these themes to immerse you in a most magnificent experience unlike any other.
A Walk On The Wild Side Travel to the ‘Island of the Gods’ and discover the many splendours that the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site of Jeju has to offer. BY CALVIN CHONG
A place nicknamed the ‘Island of the Gods’ by locals, Jeju Island, offically known as Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes, holds some of the most stunning natural beauty in the world. Being awarded the coveted UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 2007, the island has just celebrated the 10th anniversary of receiving this honour, coinciding with our recent trip there to discover its spectacular landscape and picture-perfect vistas. As South Korea’s only UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, Jeju Island boasts of three wonders under its belt: namely Hallasan, the highest mountain in South Korea; Geomunoreum Lava Tubes, an underground lava network that spans the entire island; and Seongsan Ilchulbong, a tuff cone located at the eastern end of Jeju; giving rise to the moniker of “Jeju’s triple UNESCO threat”.
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak is one of the most breathtaking attractions in the whole of Jeju. As its name indicates, this is where you go to witness magnificent sunrises and sunsets from the peak, which also happens to be a dormant volcanic cone.
With such majestic sights to behold, Jeju Island is not just for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts, but it is the perfect destination for all travellers to explore the marvels of Mother Earth and to indulge in the mysterious allure of each site.
Aside from its numerous must-visit sights, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak is also home to the iconic Jeju Haenyeo, a community of veteran female divers (some are aged over 80) who still conducts demonstrations on how they fish for various shellfish such as abalone and sea urchin.
GEOMUNOREUM LAVA TUBES Underground lava tube system aside, Geomunoreum plays host to much telluric grandeur such as the scenic mountain range of Geomunoreum Volcanic Cone. Formed through years of volcanic activities in the region, it serves as the foundation for the lava tubes.
HALLASAN NATIONAL PARK The highest mountain in the whole of South Korea, Hallasan is a shield volcano that is loved by hikers worldwide. Standing at over 1,900 metres, the mountain is surrounded by lush greenery that makes up much of Hallasan National Park.
The nature park within the range is an ideal start for any Jeju trip as you can venture into its environs for a leisure hike and to scout for the abundant wildlife including the brown-eared bulbul and Korean bush warbler, all nestling within the area’s vegetation of Japanese cedar trees.
Hallasan’s captivating panorama promises visitors an adventurous time, but its challenging terrain is better suited for intermediate and/or veteran hikers. Unlike Geomunoreum Volcanic Cone and Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, where hikes take less than two hours to complete, a Hallasan trek easily stretches up to five hours, even for the shortest trails. Having said that, a hiking experience is, nevertheless, a smooth one here for those willing to embark on one as the paths are paved properly for hikers and the steps along the passageways near the mountainous cliffs also make it easier for them.
After a hike at the Volcanic Cone, you can move on to tour Manjanggul Cave, the only lava tube range that is opened to the public. A tunnel and cave formed by lava flowing towards the sea, Manjanggul stretches over 13 kilometres and currently, only one kilometre is classified safe for visitors to access. When exploring the cave, you’ll be rewarded with a sight of the Stone Turtle, a natural formation that resembles the silhouette of Jeju Island itself. SEONGSAN ILCHULBONG PEAK Fondly known as the Sunrise Peak by locals and tourists alike,
For the various Jeju sites mentioned, the best time to visit is during spring or autumn when the weather is moderately cool and mild, in contrast to the harsh winds and snow that can beset in winter or the scorching heat that generally prevails in summer.
Cranking Things Up to Eleven By PAMEYLA CAMBE
It’s no secret: L’Officiel Singapore loves throwing a good party, which is why we pulled out all the stops for our 11th anniversary party. Held at Level Up, the city’s hottest new arcade bar, we time-travelled for our Back II The Future birthday bash. Level Up set the perfect scene for our neon-lit throwback party. There was an array of stations to keep guests entertained at every turn: Vaniday offered ladies an express gel manicure makeover, while Swatch’s Spring/Summer 2018 Vibe pop-up booth came complete with a pair of futuristic rangers. Guests were also treated to a range of exquisite wines, spirits and beers from bottlesXO, and Coco Loco’s organic coconut water. An Instantly. Sg 180-degree Time Stop Photo Op Pop-Up gave our party guests the chance to snap their arcade-ready ensembles from head to toe. It was the perfect backdrop for our party’s social media influencers to show off their looks from MSGM’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection, and the L’Officiel Singapore team to flaunt our shoes from Onitsuka Tiger. At the end of the night, lucky winner Charmaine Lee walked away with a pair of return tickets to Paris from Thai Airways. L’Officiel Singapore would like to thank our other partners: Aditus, Christofle, Digital Stream Communications, Ensoul Aesthetics, Fujifilm, Luxify, NARS, Oni Cupcakes, Porter International, PrintLab, Sparkles Party Shop, Thomas Sabo, Venuerific and YTL Hotels.
Party To The Max By JOYCE FAN
Taking centre stage at Pavilion KL is the grand opening of Max Mara where Kuala Lumpur’s A-list were seen dressed head to toe in the Italian design house’s latest collection to mark the occasion. Among them who looked the quintessence of the brand are YM Dato’ Indera Puteri Suraiya Afzan Binti Mohamed Moiz and YM Tunku Datin Myra Madihah as well as socialites and entrepreneurs YM Raja Jesrina Arshad, Angela Karto, Diani Lee and Datin Joanna Low. The stylish affair was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and was further fuelled with glasses of red wine to go with the delicious canapes served during the night while guests posed for photos and mingled in the sleek new store.
1. Anzalna Nasir 2. Serena C & Will Quah 3. Raja Jesrina Arshad and Dato’ Seri Dr Farah Khan 4. Diani Lee 5. Kavita Sidhu and Roberto Guiati 6. Datin Joanna Low 7. Rozie Mastor 8. Siti Saleha 9. YM Dato’ Indera Puteri Suraiya Afzan 10. Nadia Nasimuddin
Charms and Chains By JOYCE FAN
Layering accessories has never looked this good with the launch of the latest Thomas Sabo Spring/Summer 2018 and Generation Charm Club collections here at Pavilion KL. A number of familiar faces were spotted at the event such as Ruhainies Farehah, Brian See and Sunshine Kelly as they tried on and posed in some of the 260 restyled, high quality charms from the Generation Charm Club collection as well as gorgeous Spring/Summer 2018 pieces. At the showcase that evening, Amber Chia and her son joined the models on stage who strutted down the runway while flaunting the new pieces.
1. Ruhainies Farehah 2. Brian See 3. Choo Mei Sze 4. Xandria Ooi 5. Phobe Yap 6. Sunshine Kelly 7. Jacob, Amber Chia and Ashton Wong 8. Danial Fong and Dr Laurence Lim
Rooted By Heritage By JOYCE FAN
You know Raya is fast approaching when fashion designer Melinda Looi returns with the Melinda Looi Raya Suites 2018 to showcase her Malaysian heritage-inspired ready-to-wear Raya collection entitled Bunga Pelikat. The intimate three-day event was held at Asotira Sales Gallery once again where an exclusive group of VIPs, media, influencers and celebrities were treated to mini fashion shows while indulging their taste buds in a wide selection of drinks and delicious assorted kek lapis from Brunei. Guests were also offered soothing services and innovative products such as sound healing sessions by Alchemie Boutique and wellness products from Original Sprout. When it came to shopping at the event, customisation was the buzzword with brands like Cipela Shoes, Wunderbath and Azooi present to further spoil the guests.
1. Elly, Melinda Looi, and Nana Al Haleq 2. Melinda Looi and Puteri Denise 3. Juita Jalil and Melinda Looi 4. Sherry Ibrahim 5. Erni Dekritawati 6. Tunku Elana 7. Fathia Latiff and Melinda Looi
Grey’s Anatomy By JOYCE FAN
Grey is a colour synonymous with the New Balance 574 which represents the classic running silhouette, timeless and unaffected by trends. JD Sports Malaysia recently celebrated 30 years of the iconic footwear and the Legacy of Grey collection along with more than 20 cities around the world. Kicking off Grey Day at both New Balance and JD Sports stores in Pavilion KL, guests were greeted with all-grey instalments and a display of limited edition merchandise. Aside from viewing the emblematic “N” art pieces by fashion photographer Vincent Paul Yong and tattooist Annie Tan, guests also got to pick up some tips from JD Sports’s fashion styling session. An instant photo session and a live DJ performance added revelry to the night’s affair while everyone indulged in grey-themed drinks and treats.
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Flower Power BY JEFFREY YAN
Itâ€™s a garden party over at Salvatore Ferragamo as the Italian brand revives its archive florals for its latest collection. The heritage prints are made modern with the techniques of today, including digital printing the blooms onto leathers for bags and silk scarves that wrap sensuously around the ankles for shoes. The vibrant colours of the flowers are inspired by traditional Tuscan and English gardens, serving as a perfectly Pop counterpoint to the geometric shapes of the bags and the ladylike chic of the shoes.
Laco Blaue Stunde Flieger
comes in both Type A and Type B dials which are available in 42 mm and 39 mm.
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