I relented, guys. I have one of the world’s most Instagrammed couples on our September issue and they don’t even care that the legendary Karl Lagerfeld is shooting them. Well, at least they don’t appear to—they are too caught up in their adorable selfies. Maybe it’s just Kim who can’t bear to ignore her 78 million Instagram followers for even a nano-second. Or Kanye who can’t wait to tweet to his 24.5 million Twitter fans.
This very different September cover is truly representative of our times—popular culture makes fashion today. Just two months ago, Karl shot Kim’s half-sister, Kendall Jenner, for the cover of the US edition of Harper’s BAZAAR. And now, he is back behind the lens to shoot social media’s royal family. In our MUST-LUST issue, this golden couple of our age certainly paint a tale of what the public can’t get enough of—despite a reality TV series that’s into its 12th season and counting.
The Kardashian/Jenner lot hoover up covers, stories, column inches and web space like no other family can. They are so powerful in their collective might that no-one can ignore their ability to endorse anything. Read what Kim and Kanye have to say about each other. It’s certainly, literally, revealing.
Talking about revelation, we also expose some of the most interesting bon mots about two very different fashion designers—British wunderkind Jonathan Anderson and Belgian native, Dries Van Noten. Both lauded for their experimental and audacious work respectively, they are the very best of what’s new and what’s respected in fashion today. Read their take on fashion, social media and what makes them tick. Associate Fashion News Editor, Gerald Tan, also talks about the Margiela phenom that’s been sweeping through fashion with added gusto this season (especially with Demna Gvasalia’s debut collection for Balenciaga).
Which brings me to the other runway phenom where norm-core fashion sits just as comfortably with ostentation and excess—and both look equally on-trend. So whether you MUST buy an oversized shirt with elongated sleeves from Gvasalia or choose to LUST for Dries Van Noten’s fake fur leopard coats, remember to capture that moment with a selfie.
I, for one, can’t wait to see which fashion camp you bat for.
—Kenneth Goh, Editor-in-Chief