It occurred to me, while I was working on the first issue of 2018 on kinship, that we had not featured a local Singaporean on the cover for more than six years. So, in true BAZAAR style—when we decide to do something, we do it major-ly— why have one Singaporean when you can have three?
The eldest children of Fandi Ahmad and Wendy Jacobs grace our cover this month. Ikhsan, 18, Iman, 17, and Irfan, the eldest at 20, are about as genetically blessed as it gets: Great looks from their top model South African mother; killer football skills thanks to Fandi himself. Together, they form an attractive trio with athletic skills bar none. Their bright future is grounded with a healthy work-family life ethos and a humble attitude. Read our cover story to find out all about Singapore’s answer to the Beckhams.
Speaking of footie, the lads and chavs seen in the stadiums with their bright scarves, tracksuit bottoms, checked caps and anoraks ironically serve as fashion inspiration for the likes of Gosha Rubchinskiy and Demna Gvasalia at Vetements and Balenciaga—and just about every brand that is hanging on the millennial’s oversized sleeves, so to speak. Style tribes and fashion squads have had a long and varied history through the decades, but with the impact of digital homogenisation, the sartorial language has quickly changed and become diluted as it gets appropriated by fashion brands in the pursuit of cool. In the past, you had to really seek out the visual codes of certain style groups. Today, it’s just a quick check on Instagram via a hashtag. Gerald Tan dissects the tribal culture that separates the chavs and the chav-nots.
Meanwhile, Annabelle Fernandez waxes lyrical on page 79 about stylish sisters that are currently crowding #frows and runways. From the Grammy-nominated Haim sisters to the Hills with their YouTube channel, these sister acts are beacons for female empowerment.
Finally, a project that I hold very dear to my heart—the Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award. Three countries competed and Singapore eventually came out tops. Phua Chun Huen took home the top prize for his modern and feminine rendition of denim. Finally, a homegrown winner that we can call our own—#squadgoals never felt so good.
—Kenneth Goh, Editor-in-Chief
Photographer: Gan. Stylist: Windy Aulia. (From left) Ikhsan wears denim jeans, Dolce & Gabbana. Iman wears silk shirt; denim jeans, Dolce & Gabbana. Platinum and diamond necklace; gold and diamond bracelets; platinum and diamond bracelets; diamond ring, Harry Winston. Irfan wears silk shirt; denim jeans, Dolce & Gabbana. Diamond ring, Harry Winston. Floral crowns: Charlotte Puxley. Makeup by Dior. Makeup artist: Toni Tan. On the face: (On Ikhsan) Dior Homme Dermo System Invigorating Moisturizing Emulsion; One Essential City Defense. (On Iman) One Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum; Hydra Life Fresh Hydration Sorbet Crème; Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion; Diorskin Nude Air Tan Healthy Glow Sun Powder; Diorskin Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Booster Blush. (On Ikhsan) Dior Homme Dermo System Invigorating Moisturizing Emulsion. On the eyes (On Iman) Diorshow Maximizer 3D Triple Volume Plumping Lash Primer; Diorshow Mascara. On the lips (On Iman) Rouge Dior Liquid in 427 Delicate Satin. Hair stylist: Grego. Manicurist: Audrey Wee. Producer: Dana Koh. Styling assistants: Syed Zulfadhli, Terence Poh
Special thanks to Beach Villas, Sentosa