Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Contents -

Em­brace the new sea­son in all its ex­u­ber­ance

Fash­ion is barely about clothes any­more, which is es­pe­cially sur­pris­ing for this sea­son that typ­i­cally ma­jors on cov­ered-up looks. Marc Jacobs cam­paigned this very no­tion with his re­cent show fea­tur­ing var­i­ous states of undress. There were lace neg­ligees, silk slips, sheer brassieres – some worn un­der man­nish coats, oth­ers styled into day­wear – suf­fused with 1940s nos­tal­gia and the sweet scent of in­ti­macy. “It was about the mys­tery of what is be­hind a closed door. There was a lit­tle bit of ex­hi­bi­tion­ism and voyeurism, just like the world we live in,” said Jacobs, who took a bow af­ter pre­sent­ing his boudoir-styled col­lec­tion for Louis Vuit­ton wear­ing silk pa­ja­mas (in­ter­view on page 190).

Ideas and emo­tions now rule the run­way, from mid-cen­tury looks at Prada and Bot­tega Veneta; to soft co­coon­ing fab­ric and shapes at Cé­line; also (who would’ve thought?) hearts-and-la­tex at Burberry Prorsum – all of which are pre­sented in BAZAAR’s 70-page Au­tumn/Win­ter ’ 13 Re­port (from page 89), given sub­stance with funky furs, au­da­cious ac­ces­sories, and scin­til­lat­ing shoes. There was a lot of deep-think­ing ev­i­dent in th­ese col­lec­tions with de­sign­ers go­ing be­yond sur­face value in or­der to un­cover just what brings clothes to life. It is of­ten a beau­ti­ful mind, where the aptly called fash­ion spread (page 310) evokes the in­tel­li­gent, en­gag­ing style of Katharine Hep­burn; while Carine Roit­feld col­lab­o­rates with Karl Lager­feld to pay trib­ute to “women of di­ver­sity” (page 282). It’s cer­tainly a strong sea­son about strong women, and the forces that mo­ti­vate her.

Our cover star Vic­to­ria Beck­ham per­son­i­fies this very idea, styled with her trade­mark sub­ver­sive and se­duc­tive spirit by Ken­neth Goh in Lon­don and pho­tographed by the leg­endary Ellen von Un­werth. Quick wit­ted, sharp, and a bona fide fash­ion icon, Vic­to­ria has reached the top of the global A-List with her par­tic­u­lar brand of girl power – oh, a hot su­per­star hus­band al­ways helps, too. She de­signs, she says in ‘Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret’ (page 302), for the “en­gaged in­tel­lec­tual with a sense of hu­mour”, which this sea­son trans­lates to high-chic menswear ac­cents, with touches of daz­zling colour. I’ve just bought my­self a VB dress and know ex­actly what the raves are all about – su­per so­phis­ti­ca­tion, qual­ity work, and an em­pow­er­ing sil­hou­ette. But Vic­to­ria’s fash­ion sense is more than this, tak­ing the cue from one of her favourite de­sign­ers, Yves Saint Lau­rent, who once said, “What is most im­por­tant in a dress is the woman wear­ing it.”

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