SEPTEMBER MAY BE here already but we’re still basking in the thrill of summer. We got to have our cake by the ocean and eat it too when Los Angeles-based DNCE rolled into town as guests of #legend. We held a private party at Tazmania Ballroom where the quartet were serenaded in spectacular fashion by lion dancers. Two hours before they went on stage, we discussed their musical influences, that range from Prince to Korea’s CL, to how they feel about the role of technology and Instagram in contemporary culture.
We have the one and only Miss Selena Gomez in this issue, too. #legend presents a world exclusive interview with the pop goddess, who with 125 million followers is the world’s most popular Instagrammer. #legend got the scoop on her collaboration with American luxury brand Coach and the brand’s creative chief Stuart Vevers. Gomez loves to create and her Selena Grace bag is the chic manifestation of her aesthetic.
As is what goes on the plates of multi-accoladed French chef Yannick Alléno who will soon open a Terroir Parisien restaurant in Hong Kong’s Landmark. Alléno straddles schools of cuisine both old-school and new, and is known for his signature devotion to sauce, which to him commands the same respect as wine for an oenophile.
Fashion. We run a portfolio of gritty, glamorous and provocative shoots in thie issue, with notables from digital icon Aimee Song to Elle Lee and fashion-forward American actor Dane Dehaan. We speak to Chanel global creative make-up and colour designer, Lucia Pica about her autumn/winter 2017 range, for which she took a road trip to Los Angeles, and we speak with former M. A.C illustrator, artist and instagram bomber, Donald Robertson, beloved by the fashion world and now publishing a stupendous body of his work with Assouline.
Heritage means different things to different people in the digital age, so we speak with the bosses of Italian luxury purveyors Tod’s and Loro Piana, both of whom are finding new ways to reach their fast-changing target audiences, although, as Tod’s Diego Della Valle cautions, “it’s not like we want to target everyone”. We also meet shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood who steps up and out of his comfort zone in designing a bag for Bulgari.
There’s much to consider as the seasons change and we move into the third quarter. Janice Jann finds a refreshing approach to holidaymaking on Vietnam’s Phu Quoc island from which to contemplate it all.
Happy reading to each of you, wherever you may be looking or listening.