If there was any time more apt to devote an issue to royalty, it’s now. This past London Fashion Week, Queen Elizabeth II, at the grand old age of 91, sat front row at British designer Richard Quinn’s runway show. She was there to present him with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. For the queen to be present in a climate of extreme change and disruption, and to give her royal stamp of approval, shows the significance of fashion right through to the highest levels of society. Just turn to page 78 to see the number of blue bloods who sit #frow at every fashion week, in our report of the world’s new royalty to know. Fashion and royalty have worked hand-in-hand for thousands of years.
When Nicolas Ghesquière referenced jackets from 18th-century France and translated them onto sneaker-clad models for spring/summer 2018, he reminded us why sovereign-inspired fashion remains so relevant. Social media has allowed the public easier access to the British royal family and this has made them more accessible than ever. The @kensingtonroyal Instagram account—which charts the lives of the young royal family from their whereabouts and the charities they support, to their unending rounds of official activities—has already amassed more than 3.2 million followers (the fact that this royal account also follows @badgalriri is testament that it’s not a vestige of the past).
Annabelle Fernandez talks about the importance and impact of the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and his wife-to-be, Meghan Markle, on page 100; with an in-depth piece on why Britain’s newest fairy-tale romance is a reflection of how far royal protocol has evolved to embrace changes in society at large. April is also a time when all the new season’s offerings filter into the shops and websites. We edit the very best in our accessories special on page 102, giving you the low-down on why plastic at Chanel and logo canvas at Prada are worth spending your hard-earned pennies on. Questions are also raised on whether you are a heels or stilettos kind of girl on page 114. You see, “ugly” menswear sneakers are making a comeback in the women’s footwear realm and the trend shows no signs of abating for fall 2018.
For spring’s perfect visage, Joyce Cheo gives the low-down in Glow Getters on page 132 where multitaskers correct a lot more than just dark spots—they retexturise the skin and allow a multi-pronged approach to beauty. Foundations come with full coverage for luminescent skin and complexions; even colour correctors have skincare ingredients.
We have you sorted you from head to toe—isn’t it wonderful you don’t have to be the Queen to look like one?
—Kenneth Goh, Editor-in-Chief
Photographed by Norman Jean Roy. Styled by Jill Lincoln and Jordan Johnson. Jennifer Lawrence wears cotton and linen jersey top; metal choker with antique silver finish, multicolour crystals and grosgrain ribbon; metal earrings with antique gold finish and Murano glass, Dior. Makeup by Dior Makeup artist Jillian Dempsey On the face Diorskin Forever Undercover in 020 Light Beige On the eyes 5 Couleurs Palette in 567 Adore, Diorshow Khol in 099 Black Khol, Diorshow Pump’n’Volume in 090 Black Pump On the lips Dior Lip Glow in 001 Pink. Hair stylist Jenny Cho