The January of fashion, in fashion speak, is the start of a new wardrobe-building exercise—taking out the pieces that have not worked or are just too trendy to be worn off season, and reworking others in ways we hadn’t imagined before. And that’s where my editors come in. It’s the service we provide our readers and followers in the magazine and on social media. We help you edit your wardrobe and curate it so that you have options on how to update your look, and we provide inspiration that will see you through the next 365 days. January is a month so often relegated to the usual “new year, new you” theme. But this year, as we gear up to return to our offices, I wanted to help establish your sartorial foundations, not just for the year ahead but well beyond. If you, like me, like to dip into monochromes, then turn to page 20 to see how you can create magic by reworking sequins for day, bombers for parties and cropped pussybow blouses for the office.

For the guy in your life, there’s a wardrobe refresh piece written by Jeffrey Yan (page 75) that touts the significance of effortlessness. Just don’t read that as zero effort—quite the contrary, it takes a certain energy and verve to make everything you put together look nonchalant. Elegant, easy and with softer, more relaxed configurations of the suit, the look is the perfect return-to-office attire, without being too casual or stiff suit-and-tie.

Our cover girl this month, ingénue-turned-Netflix-breakout-star Julia Garner is a chic lesson in classic dressing with a difference (page 102). With a distressed bouffant and smoky eyes, Garner gives a new twist to ’60s sexuality by toning down the vamp and upping the seduction in open latticework separates, off-the-shoulder dresses and the most glamorous goddess gowns. Read how she channels her creative energy into meaty roles that have us transfixed, from the hot-headed Ruth Langmore in Ozark to con artist Anna Sorokin in the docudrama Inventing Anna.

On the personal front, 2021 ended on such a positive high—though it’s still not over as I write my final editor’s note for 2021 in the sweltering heat of the Australian summer. Yes, after a two-year hiatus, I plucked up Dutch courage and finally made the journey during the pandemic to see my folks in Sydney. It’s a reward to myself and it comes o the great success of the Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award – Singapore edition, which we celebrated with a live audience (page 88). (It was wonderful to see so many friends and supporters of BAZAAR in the flesh.) This award is very special to me. It’s the ninth year that we’ve toiled behind the scenes to help nourish and grow Singapore’s fashion industry and last year, we crowned the unusually stone-faced and calm winner, Justin Chua (I hope his insides were screaming with joy at his $65,000 win!). The year also saw the sweet celebration of this storied fashion title’s 20th anniversary. But most of all, for me, the highest of the highs was the long embrace with Mum at Sydney Airport as happy tears rolled down both our faces—Covid be damned. It made all the waiting and anxiousness worth it. Remember to live and love in the now.

—Kenneth Goh, Editor-in-Chief 

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Photographed by Andrew Arthur
Styled by Tara Nichols
Makeup: Hung Vanngo
Hair: Bobby Eliot
Manicure: Mo Qin
Creative producer: Chloé Brinklow
Photographer’s assistants: John Law; Tucker Vander Wyden
Stylist’s assistant: Emily DeSimone