The power of a collective knows no bounds – meet Singapore’s creative cliques.
If one creative talent can do great things, what more a whole posse of them, all united by the same vision despite their individual specialities? Andy Warhol and his Factory family – a motley crew of models, musicians, artists and the like – exemplified that in the ’60s, his studio becoming the de facto site for cross-pollinating their avant-garde ideas. At press time, Helmut Lang had just revealed its relaunch campaign that im mediately set the industry abuzz with its eclectic lineup that ranged from supermodel Alek Wek to Hood by Air designer Shayne Oliver to porn star-turned-actress Traci Lords. “What crucial for me... was re-establishing the com munity around Helmut Lang again,” explained the brand’s editor-in-residence Isabella Burley. That collective, collaborative spirit has often been the backbone of some of the most original and exciting creative ventures, and in an age when connections can be made with just a click, its possibilities are even greater. Keng Yang Shuen meets four posses in Singapore from fashion, design, the arts and comedy, who prove that they are indeed stronger together.