“I

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

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)

Fash­ion Party

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.

BAZAAR

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