Edi­tor’s Let­ter

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

If there’s one thing that gets all the ed­i­tors groov­ing in their front-row seats at fash­ion week, it’s the mu­sic from the run­ways. Give us an an­them by Queen or Glo­ria Gaynor and I swear on my Pradas, whether it’s an edi­tor from Amer­ica or a stylist from Zam­bia, we’ll be lip-sync­ing and tap­ping our toes in our Mano­los. Noth­ing unites this dis­parate troop of opin­ion­ated, stylish in­di­vid­u­als more than a tune that’s uni­ver­sally fa­mil­iar (Al­ber El­baz was a ge­nius at this when he was Cre­ative Direc­tor at Lan­vin). Thus, for the fourth year run­ning, I’ve kept our all-im­por­tant Septem­ber is­sue to the theme of mu­sic. Katy Perry graced our 2015 is­sue, fol­lowed by Kanye West and Kim Kar­dashian in 2016.The Weeknd was our 2017 star, with su­per­mod­els Irina Shayk and Adri­ana Lima flank­ing him on ei­ther side.This year, I de­cided that one was not enough; I wanted three. Depend­ing on which cover you got, there’s Christina Aguil­era, Paris Jack­son and the Richards sis­ters. Aguil­era is a leg­end in her own right, and she has never looked bet­ter: A con­fi­dent mother of two who has just re­leased a new al­bum Lib­er­a­tion, and has an up­com­ing tour planned. Paris Jack­son needs no in­tro­duc­tion—her fa­ther, Michael Jack­son, was the world’s most in­trigu­ing pop star with in­cred­i­ble tal­ent that cap­ti­vated the world for decades. Jack­son’s great looks have pro­pelled her to the top of the mod­el­ling hi­er­achy, fronting fash­ion cam­paigns and glossy cov­ers world­wide. Sib­lings Theodora and Alexandra Richards have their Rolling Stones dad, Keith Richards, to thank for their sur­names; while their blonde locks, chis­elled fea­tures and stat­uesque fig­ures have earned them front-row seats at fash­ion shows aplenty. On our own shores, we high­light 15 of our top mu­si­cal acts, whether they are solo stars, buskers or part of a band. From reg­gae rap­pers to cool croon­ers belt­ing out “We are Sin­ga­pore”, find out how these tal­ents have used Spo­tify,YouTube and In­sta­gram to gain an au­di­ence well be­yond our na­tional bor­ders on page 94. But let’s not for­get the whole crux and pur­pose of a Septem­ber is­sue—FASH­ION! This month is an ex­trav­a­ganza à la mode; a cel­e­bra­tion of run­way trends, back­stage beauty and all the things you will be lust­ing af­ter for the next six months.We have beau­ti­ful spreads, gor­geous ac­ces­sories, and plenty of style sto­ries from the cat­walks, cul­mi­nat­ing in our bi-an­nual 42-page Col­lec­tions Re­port on page 104. It’s a smor­gas­bord of prints, colours and em­bel­lish­ments. Feast your eyes on the best of mu­sic and fash­ion—it’s a great­est hits com­pi­la­tion you’ll be lov­ing all sea­son.

KENNIEBOY

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