It has to be said: Living, working and being at home 24/7 for the past eight months has been a real eye-opener. Editorially, we have done numerous stories on the subject of home, since that’s where all of us are cooped up. When we dedicated our May issue to the home to address the circuit breaker and WFH, we gave fashion tips as well as lifestyle advice on how you can keep your personal and professional lives and spaces separate. Since it’s still the space we continue to be in six months on, I decided it was time for a refresh.
Now, in Phase Two, we’re allowed to go out, albeit still observing social distancing. And while travel is still a thing of the future, we can wander all across Singapore. So I took the opportunity to widen our scope a little and to explore stories featuring this nation’s unexpected spaces. I’m so excited to share “Growing Up”, the wonderful fashion spread that my Creative Director, Windy Aulia, shot at Kampung Lorong Buangkok, Singapore’s last surviving village. It brings me back to the halcyon days of a small, close-knit community and the beautiful neighbourhood mentality when your life revolved around the few houses in your village. Talking about village, we showcase Mae Tan’s fashionable life in her colossal new home on page 106. It’s quite an impressive compound, nestled in a quiet leafy enclave in Bukit Timah. Read all about how the young social media star and multi-hyphenate created her own spaces within—including a massive walk-in wardrobe with a DJ console that doubles as a private party zone for her and her friends. And then, via the power of Instagram, I discovered a talented young artist on our shores: Hafiiz Karim (aka The Next Most Famous Artist), who uses the magic of digital imaging to transport the art of classical greats from the past onto mise-en-scène images of Singapore life today. Take a look at his humorous yet poignant work peppered throughout our pages.
Home life abroad is stylishly captured in our cover story on French actress and Chanel N°5 ambassador Marion Cotillard as well as in our BAZAAR Man cover shoot (page 96) with “Win” and “Bright”—the two handsome leads in Thailand’s hit drama, 2gether: The Series—in a three-star hotel in downtown Bangkok. I’ve also shone the spotlight on ANRÁN, a beautiful English farmhouse and hotel in Devon run by Singaporean Edwin Ho and his husband Mike Jowett, so you have a place to visit when we can finally fly. This stunning, idyllic farm has what city dwellers like myself yearn for: Space. After months-worth of press kits and media products being sent to my home daily (my small apartment was never designed to have so many things in it), I’m officially living in a storeroom with products spilling out of every nook and cranny. Instead of fussing and believing that I’m going to Marie Kondo the life out of my apartment, I’m just going to relax, put on a collagen facial sheet mask and road-test the best of the best in our annual Beauty Awards. I’ll just sink into a rosy-hued fantasy of living in a large farmhouse with nothing to greet the eye but acres of rolling hills. We can but dream, no?
—Kenneth Goh, Editor-in-Chief
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Photographer: Serge Leblon
Stylist: Sheila Single
Makeup: Lucia Pica/Art Partner using Chanel Les Beiges Eau de Teint and Palette Essentielle
Hair: Wendy Iles/Artlist Paris using Iles Formula
Manicure: Charlène Coquard
On-set production: Anne Dahlquist/JN Productions
Set designer: Maureen Coleman