Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) - - THE NEWS -

F IRST RUN­NER-UP Fab­ric ma­nip­u­la­tion takes on a con­cep­tual and sen­sual slant Hel­mut New­ton’s 1966 pic­ture of an an­drog­y­nous woman clad in Yves Saint Lau­rent’s Le Smok­ing ranks high on the list of iconic pho­to­graphs that con­tinue to shape fash­ion’s land­scape. Like many de­sign­ers be­fore her, 22-year-old Cheong was also drawn to the time­less­ness of the pic­ture. But in­stead of tak­ing the route of rein­ter­pret­ing the tuxedo, the Nanyang Acad­emy of Fine Arts stu­dent chose to build a col­lec­tion cen­tred around an­other de­tail in New­ton’s pic­ture—the cig­a­rette. Util­is­ing her eye for form, pro­por­tion and fab­ri­ca­tion to full ef­fect, Cheong de­liv­ered a show­ing that fea­tured graphic slo­gans and an ab­stract tar­tan print in­spired by to­bacco leaves em­bla­zoned across cropped jack­ets, pleated skirts and over­sized coats.

Cropped jacket; bomber jacket (worn un­der­neath); skirt, Ju­lian Cheong. San­dals, stylist’s own

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