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Love, light, and spa treats for a month of ro­mance

Se­quinned bag, Givenchy


When it comes to real-life style, the big ques­tion of­ten is what’s sexy over what’s in sea­son. Short-tight-slinky it’s not; fash­ion has a new vi­sion of va-va-voom, a re­laxed sen­su­al­ity that be­gan when women started dress­ing as men. The pre­vail­ing menswear aes­thetic de­liv­ers the same provoca­tive idea as when Coco Chanel first put women in men’s trousers, and, as 50 years later, when Hel­mut Newton took that iconic pho­to­graph of Vibéké suited up sex­u­ally, am­bigu­ously, in Yves Saint Lau­rent’s Le Smok­ing. To­day, we as­pire to dress like French fash­ion­istas in over­sized men’s clothes that am­plify the mo­tif. It’s not only about the r rise of women to be­ing the ones who “wear the pants”; rather, it al­ludes to a dif­fer­ent sex­ual lib­er­a­tion. The sub­text of the boyfriend jean jeans, the man’s shirt, his belt and jacket, con­veys beau­ti­ful in in­ti­macy: lovers freshly rolled out of bed, the scent of the other, so soul mates right down to our shoes. How sexy is that?

Sen­su­al­ity, to me, is a wom­an­li­ness that is nat­u­ral, not glam­or­ised or con­cocted by clichés. It’s the real deal, based on vis­i­ble qual­i­ties of sil­hou­ette, skin, and style com­ple­mented with the in­tan­gi­bles, of in­tel­lect, emo­tion, and imag­i­na­tion. “The body says what words can­not,” said leg­endary dancer Martha Gra­ham – to which “The New Sexy” (page 52) looks at new eroge­nous zones and the art of con­ceal/re­veal, with four looks that cap­ture th­ese very sub­ver­sions. Then play up your pass pas­sion with gor­geous Valen­tine’s gifts, red beauty state­ments, and scen scents to make you ex­press like a woman.

This is­sue also show­cases eight ris­ing stars who com­peted in the BAZAAR Asia New Gen­er­a­tion Fash­ion De­signer Award. The four par­tic­i­pat­ing South­east Asian edi­tions of BAZAAR men­tored two win­ning rep­re­sen­ta­tives – Malaysia had over 30 en­tries. Meet the win­ner on page 144: Malaysia’s Harvee Kok re­ceives an MA schol­ar­ship to the famed Isti­tuto Marangoni in Lon­don, and will show his Spring/Sum­mer col­lec­tio col­lec­tion at KL Fash­ion Week RTW 2014. We’re proud to be a part of his su suc­cess, and look for­ward to you wear­ing his clothes some­day.

Gucci Spring/ Sum­mer ’14

Grande Rev­erso Lady Ul­tra Thin watch, Jaeger- LeCoul­tre

Snake­skin booties, RM4,160, Fendi

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