wish I had invented blue jeans,” Yves Saint Laurent once said. “They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my
clothes.” These attributes I’ve discovered in Frame Denim’s Le Skinny de Jeanne, which I now own in almost every shade, distress, and crop. While I’ve attempted to deviate with the “girlfriend” version and the Inez & Vinoodh collaboration, fact is, I’ve found “The One”. Adding to the jean pool are chambray shirts and denim skirts (best pick: Vanessa Seward’s perfect pencil for APC), relegated to casual Fridays because I’m a little old-fashioned that way. So when the season exclaimed denim as the fabric du jour, in sharp and dressy versions, it was time to expand my workwear repertoire with Chloé’s cool wide-legged jeans and the chicest Tomas Maier denim midi skirt. ‘The Style’ section in this issue (from page 95) takes on this obsession – with the fashion set on their interpretations; 24 Hours with denim queen Isabel Marant; and the personal style of the radio presenter Azura Rahman,
who can make Frame Denim’s Le Apron minidress look so grown-up chic. With Zang Toi at the (page 238)
On the other end of the style spectrum, with the whole ’70s revival, dreamy maxi dresses are also making a comeback. ‘Dresses’, photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg, showcases swaths of blushing silk chiffon and layers of pretty pastels billowing in an abstract desert. Here, fashion exudes emotion. No one understands this more than Giorgio Armani, king of the dream dress who celebrates 40 years in fashion, where in his most personal interview yet (page 182), he ascribes his eternal style as a “hymn to life” and designing as an intimate act of dressing someone. “Because you take those clothes with you,
close to your body,” he says poignantly. With the darling buds of May, we mark this sweet passing of time with new experiences and fresh
outlooks. BAZAAR’s Dining Out Guide returns with “restaurant extraordinaire” Daniel Loo (who has a steady FB following for his scrumptious 3am “rapid fire” meals) recounting his favourite casual dining spots in KL and around the world. Then, be inspired by the “blue-chip life” of stylish mums and genius kids in the latest BAZAAR Junior (page 189), where Grecian adventures, classic literature, open-air theatre, and Fendi bag bugs make best amusements. To paraphrase a known quote: We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything,
than when we are at play.