march 2018

I had a conundrum this month when I was faced with three beautiful SS18 covers: Which spoke best about our theme of graphics? Karl Lagerfeld clearly had lines and blocks on his mind when he designed for Fendi and Chanel respectively, while Nicolas Ghesquière looked to 18th-century French aristocrats with ornate florals and brocade on silk jackets. In a season that celebrates all things printed, striped, checked and covered in a million blooms, it was hard to settle on just one theme for the cover. So, in a first for BAZAAR Singapore, I went with all three. Spring/summer is my favourite fashion season simply because it gives everyone a reason to wear colour—be it as a block, a clash or just a mix of shapes and sizes.

Personally, I think colours and prints are the most delightful way to jazz up any outfit. They’re just so instantly gratifying and mood enhancing. Read what Gerald Tan has to say about the new season in Collections Report—a 40-page in-depth review of the noteworthy designers and Houses who presented beautiful fashion that spoke of positivity. Ironically, I live in a world where black is worshipped like it’s an elixir from the gods.

But I rarely, if ever, wear head-to-toe black—it’s just too depressing for me. And I have translated that into real life in my professional capacity as Editor-in-Chief. A love for graphics is something that has been in the BAZAAR vernacular since the days of renowned Art Director, Alexey Brodovitch, who worked his magic on the pages of the magazine from 1934 to 1958. Sixty years on, his signature style, and Didot font, live on in our pages.

Take, for example, A Matter of Perspective by Windy Aulia. I absolutely adore the graphic lines, sharp tailoring, and the juxtaposition of red, black and white against the expansive blue sky, which are evocative of summer holidays and happier days ahead. Windy’s Gucci-infused story, Newton’s Law, celebrates the eccentric and eclectic style of its Creative Director, Alessandro Michele, with a dash of ’80s Helmut Newton via the lens of Georges Antoni (who incidentally, also talks about what inspires him for the season).

Finally, why don’t you celebrate the season with the glorious comic-strip bags from Prada, which meld colour, print, fantasy and humour altogether. If that doesn’t sum up the optimism of spring/summer, well, then it’s best you change your lenses to rose-tinted glasses.

—Kenneth Goh, Editor-in-Chief

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