constance wu july 2018

If you were to look at the Oxford Dictionary for the definition of “power”, it would read: A) The ability or capacity to do something or act in a particular way; B) The capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events. Which goes some way to explain why I chose Constance Wu to front our power issue this month. Not only is she the spirited actress who entertains us on the small screen in Fresh off the Boat, she also headlines the upcoming Hollywood movie, Crazy Rich Asians, which shines the spotlight on Singapore’s ultra-wealthy.

Plus, this firecracker of outspoken beliefs, opinions and attitude doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Read her take on whitewashing in Hollywood and why it’s ok if you hate her movie. I applaud such bravado and chutzpah because it is such a rarity in an industry where competition is tough and everyone is keen to please. Thank goodness for the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that are sweeping across the world—fueled in part by celebrities who are supporting this cause sartorially, be it the colour of their dress at a gala or choosing to going barefoot on the red carpet. See what Annabelle Fernandez says in her dynamic discourse this month. In our style pages, we continue the conversation with modern-day options such as jackets, mini skirts, summer leather and even pretty peplums.

It’s a far cry from the time I lived in London during the early ’90s. I remember seeing my power woman, a.k.a. Mum, dash out to work in her Joseph pantsuits that had shoulders so wide you could land airplanes on them. Her no-nonsense bob was always flawlessly maintained, her Butler & Wilson brooches were gleaming pieces of armour on her lapel, and she always finished with sheer black polka dot stockings and matching pumps from Robert Clergerie. If you look at the five prominent women of influence in Singapore we have profiled, it’s clear that power dressing 2.0 is much gentler, softer and altogether more eclectic. These very women are impacting change in their respective fields of fashion, finance, food and funeral services!

Also, don’t miss our Hair Awards, which covers all the best services, products and tools that let you carry out your daily mission without a strand out of place. We have you covered from head to toe, and from inside-out. Now, go forth and rule the world!

—Kenneth Goh, Editor-in-Chief 

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Photographed by Claire Rothstein. Styled by Windy Aulia. Constance Wu wears cotton broderie anglaise shirt, Miu Miu. Pink gold, snakewood and diamond High Jewellery Serpenti necklace, Bvlgari. Makeup by YSL Beauté. Makeup artist: Molly Greenwald/The Wall Group. On the face: Touche Éclat Le Teint in Beige Doré 10; Touche Éclat in Luminous Silk 1,5. On the eyes: Dessin Du Regard Haute-Tenue in Noir 1; Mascara Volume Effet Faux Clis in High Density Black 1. On the cheeks: Couture Mono in Marceau 3. On the lips: Tatouage Couture in Blood Orange Pact 02. Hair Stylist: Derek Yuen/Starworks Artists. Manicurist: Jolene Brodeur/The Wall Group. Digital operator: Michael Yates. Producer: Victoria Hutchings/Mint Productions. Line producer: Matt Musty. Styling assistant: Alyx Cohen