Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Editor's Letter -

Fendi Spring/ Sum­mer ’14

As fash­ion switches, from re­al­ity to run­way, de­sign­ers are tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from our bod­ies, minds, and lives. The Real Woman is ac­tu­ally the flip side of The Run­way Woman, ex­pressed in a dressed-down aes­thetic of re­laxed tai­lor­ing, sen­sual form, and su­per-luxe fab­ric. Easy Chic, as it’s now known, is the style of a for­ward-think­ing in­de­pen­dent woman who de­mands mod­ern 24/7 en­sem­bles for ev­ery as­pect of her life. The con­cept of the cap­sule wardrobe, first cre­ated as ‘7 Easy Pieces’ in 1985 by Donna Karan for the ca­reer woman and su­per mother, is mak­ing a big come­back now; I’m cer­tainly one who “wears it”.

But it’s not all white shirts and black body­suits. ‘10 Key Pieces for Spring’ (page 102) pre­sents to­day’s style es­sen­tials, from sculpted crop tops to blue but­ton-downs and min­i­mal­ist mules, given smart de­sign tweaks to make them fresh propo­si­tions. This new brand of laid-back dress­ing also takes some in­tel­li­gence and imag­i­na­tion to wear. It’s al­most an art form, bal­anc­ing se­ri­ous­ness with sen­su­al­ity, en­hanc­ing and elon­gat­ing the body, right down to your pre­ci­sion-cut Gian­vito Rossi heels. The la­bels on your go-to list? The very per­son­i­fiers of that real woman – Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, Stella McCart­ney, and Is­abel Marant – and also de­sign­ers who know ex­actly what we want to wear – Gi­ambat­tista Valli, Roland Mouret, and Raf Si­mons.

This re­laxed over­ture in fash­ion is em­bod­ied by cover model Erin Was­son, who prac­ti­cally cre­ated that model-off-duty look at the start of her ca­reer 15 years ago with the skater-surfer-girl style that made her the muse of both Alexan­der Wang and Joseph Al­tuzarra. Erin is the per­fect model for ‘Amer­i­can Beauty’ (page 196) – im­mac­u­late Ital­ian tai­lor­ing sparked up with a fris­son of lin­gerie-in­spired pieces – styled by Kenneth Goh, who then played up the two ex­tremes in fash­ion with his other shoot, the ut­terly bonkers ‘Ghetto Fab­u­lous’ (page 176).

This is­sue also fea­tures the four fi­nal­ists of Asia’s Next Top Model Cy­cle 2 (page 202) in a made-for-TV fash­ion spread air­ing this month. Who will win the cov­eted BAZAAR cover? Tune in to the fi­nals where I am on the judg­ing panel to se­lect Asia’s next face, who is on the cover of our next is­sue. Watch this space.

San­dals, Tod’s

Vi­brant hues and sparkle for ‘Ghetto Fab­u­lous’ style

Louis Vuit­ton’s op­u­lent looks get an ‘ Ir­rev­er­ent’ touch

Bag, Jimmy Choo

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