“When I decided to devote an issue to beauty in all its various guises I had to scratch beneath the surface and go deeper. Age was something I started to think about; that beauty is not just about models with youth, great genes and killer cheekbones. So I chose an older woman to represent that ideal  Angela Lindvall. A recognised face and supermodel, Angela, now a 36-year-old mother of two, is a model with resonance. Someone who has a family, a slew of life experiences and still looks so wonderfully fresh-faced. A staunch environmentalist, Angela’s interests lie less on getting that must-have Prada and more on sustainability. Windy Aulia, our Senior Fashion Editor, talks about his experience of working with this supermodel (on page 110) and how down-to-earth she really is.

And then, there is the flip side of beauty — “Savage Beauty.” I am referring to Alexander McQueen’s incredible retrospective exhibition, on now at the V&A Museum in London. There cannot be a greater tribute to a designer than what’s been bestowed on McQueen, posthumously. His exhibition is in its second showing — larger, showier, and more magnificent than what was shown at New York’s Metropolitan Museum in 2011. I attended the opening event in London, in March this year, just after Paris Fashion Week, and was simply blown away by the scale of the exhibition and the depth of research showcased in rooms devoted to specific themes.

The central area, called “The Cabinet of Curiosities”, had a raw sexuality and dark focus on death that was broodingly addictive. I lusted after the infamous “bumster” pants like it was a drug of macabre romance, and longed to touch the armadillo hoof shoes from his ‘Plato’s Atlantis’ spring/summer 2010 final collection. Dana Koh, our new lifestyle editor, gives us an insight into McQueen’s dark world, on page 102. Enjoy this issue where beauty is more than skin-deep.” — Kenneth Goh, Editor-in-Chief

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