Preview (Philippines) - - Editor’s Note -

That’s my an­swer to this month’s cover line. The ex­er­cise we en­join you in this month is to think of what fash­ion means to you. Lest you think we’re try­ing to be deeply philo­soph­i­cal, we’ve sim­ply tried to pin down how fash­ion fig­ures into peo­ple’s lives. Isn’t that fit­ting for the Septem­ber is­sue? Is it a tool to de­fine your per­sonal brand? Are they vest­ments that get you through life’s ex­pe­ri­ences? Or are they works that re­sult from your creative drive? What­ever the case, one thing holds true: Fash­ion is at your dis­posal how­ever you choose to use it. We’ve gath­ered sto­ries that cham­pion the roles it plays in the world to­day: how the in­dus­try’s power play­ers suit up and stand out; how two young women have culled from ex­pe­ri­ence to cre­ate some of the most strik­ing min­i­mal­ist pieces of jew­elry we’ve seen of late; how a va­ri­ety of beauty tricks have helped women am­plify their style through the decades; and how it has paved the way to­ward up­lift­ing, pro­fes­sional ca­reers for the mem­bers of the Pro­fes­sional Mod­els As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines (PMAP), which is cel­e­brat­ing its 30th year. In the case of our cover girl, Asia’s Next Top Model Cy­cle 5 win­ner Mau­reen Wrob­le­witz, fash­ion is a ve­hi­cle to learn and win. Watch­ing her move and nail shot af­ter shot at the cover shoot had us in dis­be­lief that she has only been mod­el­ing for a few months. With her de­ter­mi­na­tion and quick wit, there’s no doubt this is the start of good things to come for the young model. I’ll end this note with one re­quest: When you do fig­ure out what to write on the blank space on our cover, keep us in the loop by tag­ging us on so­cial me­dia. We’d love to find out what fash­ion is for you.

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