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Three home­grown pho­tog­ra­phers un­der the age of 30 put their own retro lens on F/W ’17.

Pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dent Ni­cole Ngai, 22, might still be a fresh­man at the Lon­don College of Fash­ion, but her sig­na­ture dreamy-meets-pulp im­agery has al­ready landed in lead­ing in­die ti­tles like King Kong. The sub­jects she favours are just as al­ter­na­tive and riv­et­ing: take the gen­der-bend­ing New York club kid Scotty “Sussi” Suss­man whom she be­friended at a party and later pho­tographed for a test shoot. For this ed­i­to­rial – her first for a Sin­ga­pore mag­a­zine – she wanted to recre­ate the ro­man­tic, laid­back feel of is­land liv­ing with the help of a mock beach, cheesy printed back­drop in­cluded.

The work of doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­pher Char­maine Poh, 27, re­volves around the themes of gen­der and youth, and of­ten cap­tures a sense of soli­tude and in­tro­spec­tion in her sub­jects. She got hooked on the craft after a pho­to­jour­nal­ism class at Bos­ton’s Tufts Univer­sity, where she ma­jored in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions. To date, she has held at least 10 ex­hi­bi­tions, in­clud­ing last year’s “Room” at The Sub­sta­tion, which chron­i­cled the pas­sage of ado­les­cence to fe­male adult­hood. A sim­i­lar un­der­cur­rent runs through her pic­tures here – her first-ever fash­ion project – as she rewinds to a girl’s care­free teenage years, cap­tur­ing the nu­ances of bore­dom, naivete and angst.

Wool mini dress, Stephen Jones for Marc Ja­cobs rab­bit fur bucket hat, and The Snap­shot snake­skin and leather cross-body bag, Marc Ja­cobs. Ate­lier Swarovski leather choker with crys­tals (worn through­out), Swarovski

While his style is darkly ro­man­tic, fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Adam Oei, 26, also likes to por­tray a sense of grandeur. It’s why this Lon­don College of Fash­ion alum tends to shoot from a lower per­spec­tive – to me­taphor­i­cally el­e­vate and “cel­e­brate” his fe­male mod­els. Here, his first ed­i­to­rial for a lo­cal fash­ion mag­a­zine, he is in­spired by child­hood mem­o­ries of his neigh­bour­hood ar­cade. “It was very much like en­ter­ing a dif­fer­ent world; a neon lit, adren­a­line-filled es­cape from the ‘real’ world,” he says. “A per­fect es­cape for a teenager.”

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