Female (Singapore) - - EDITOR'S NOTE -

Dua Lipa might seem like a sur­pris­ing choice for our cover star. The 21-year-old Bri­tish singer is the first celebrity to grace our cover in years, and her songs – in­fec­tiously groov y pop tunes – are undis­put­edly com­mer­cial. Then, there’s her Martin Gar­rix col­lab­o­ra­tion Scared To Be Lonely (I de­plore EDM).

There are two in­ter­con­nected rea­sons. The first, and most sig­nif­i­cant, is the un­de­ni­able fact that with her deep, soul­ful vo­cals rem­i­nis­cent of a young Amy Wine­house, the girl can sing. Sure, her 1.2-mil­lion-strong In­sta­gram fol­low­ing alone might be con­sid­ered ed­i­to­rial gold in this In­sta-crazy age, but that in it­self wouldn’t have mat­tered if not for her in­cred­i­ble, nat­u­ral tal­ent.

Which leads to the other rea­son: that she’s bound to get big­ger, un­der­scor­ing an­other one of our mis­sions as a fash­ion­for­ward mag­a­zine: to un­cover and spot­light the tastemak­ers and cul­tural stars of the fu­ture.

Else­where in this is­sue, you’ll find many other names who sim­i­larly check these boxes. There are the film­mak­ers ush­er­ing in a new golden era in Sin­ga­pore cin­ema with their po­etic, heart­felt works and re­fresh­ing per­spec­tive (pg 80). The old­est fea­tured is just 28 years old.

Then there’s the Ger­man doc­u­men­tary maker Reiner Holze­mer (pg 48), who’s largely only been known within cre­ative cir­cles for his highly in­ti­mate portrayals of pho­tog­ra­phers. That, how­ever, is start­ing to change as his fea­ture on Dries Van Noten – his first on a de­signer – goes global this year.

There’s also the charm­ing Michelle Gar­naut (pg 42), pi­o­neer of the hy­per glam­orous, gamechang­ing series of M restau­rants across Asia, whose en­thu­si­asm and crit­i­cal eye on the busi­ness of fine din­ing just won’t quit.

As the bor­ders of the fash­ion and pub­lish­ing in­dus­tries con­tinue to shift and get in­creas­ingly por­ous, I find it all the more im­per­a­tive to be re­lent­less yet ad­ven­tur­ous in our search for to­mor­row’s vi­sion­ar­ies. The ones with the sub­stance to back their ideas and con­tin­u­ally evolve. The ones with some­thing valu­able to say. And to cel­e­brate them by mak­ing them a part of our con­ver­sa­tion – even if at first glance, we might not al­ways seem to be singing the same tune.

– NL

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