Edi­tor’s Let­ter

Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - KEN­NETH GOH Edi­tor-in-Chief KENNIEBOY

Ihad a co­nun­drum this month when I was faced with three beau­ti­ful SS18 cov­ers: Which spoke best about our theme of graph­ics? Karl Lager­feld clearly had lines and blocks on his mind when he de­signed for Fendi and Chanel re­spec­tively, while Nico­las Gh­esquière looked to 18th-cen­tury French aris­to­crats with or­nate flo­rals and bro­cade on silk jack­ets. In a sea­son that cel­e­brates all things printed, striped, checked and cov­ered in a mil­lion blooms, it was hard to set­tle on just one theme for the cover. So, in a first for BAZAAR Sin­ga­pore, I went with all three. Spring/sum­mer is my favourite fash­ion sea­son sim­ply be­cause it gives every­one a rea­son to wear colour—be it as a block, a clash or just a mix of shapes and sizes. Per­son­ally,

I think colours and prints are the most de­light­ful way to jazz up any out­fit. They’re just so in­stantly grat­i­fy­ing and mood-en­hanc­ing. Read what Ger­ald Tan has to say about the new sea­son in Col­lec­tions Re­port on page 110—a 40-page in-depth re­view of the note­wor­thy de­sign­ers and Houses who pre­sented beau­ti­ful fash­ion that spoke of positivity. Iron­i­cally, I live in a world where black is wor­shipped like it’s an elixir from the gods.

But I rarely, if ever, wear head-to-toe black—it’s just too de­press­ing for me. And I have trans­lated that into real life in my pro­fes­sional ca­pac­ity as Edi­tor-in-Chief. A love for graph­ics is some­thing that has been in the BAZAAR ver­nac­u­lar since the days of renowned Art Di­rec­tor,

Alexey Brodovitch, who worked his magic on the pages of the mag­a­zine from

1934 to 1958. Sixty years on, his sig­na­ture style, and Di­dot font, live on in our pages.

Take, for ex­am­ple, A Mat­ter of Per­spec­tive (page 194) by Windy Au­lia. I ab­so­lutely adore the graphic lines, sharp tai­lor­ing, and the jux­ta­po­si­tion of red, black and white against the ex­pan­sive blue sky, which are evoca­tive of sum­mer hol­i­days and hap­pier days ahead.

Windy’s Gucci-in­fused story, New­ton’s Law, cel­e­brates the ec­cen­tric and eclec­tic style of its

Creative Di­rec­tor, Alessan­dro Michele, with a dash of ’80s Hel­mut New­ton via the lens of Ge­orges An­toni (who in­ci­den­tally, also talks about what in­spires him for the sea­son on page 217). Fi­nally, why don’t you cel­e­brate the sea­son with the glo­ri­ous comic-strip bags from Prada, which meld colour, print, fan­tasy and hu­mour al­to­gether. If that doesn’t sum up the op­ti­mism of spring/sum­mer, well, then it’s best you change your lenses to rose-tinted glasses.

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