The Next Magnificent
He's new guy at Hermes, asked to lead its beauty studio - the youngest of the brand's metiers that also has the potential to be its widest-reaching. So what does Gregoris Pyrpylis plan to bring to the table of this revered house of good taste? Gordon Ng finds out when the Greek makeup artist visited Singapore last month – his maiden trip since his appointment as creative director of Hermes Beauty.
Cool Girl's Ultimate Fashion Goodies
With its graphic gauge link design that draws from the industrial roots and gritty-meets-glamourous spirit of New York City, the pieces from Tiffany & Co.'s HardWear collection make for the cool girl's ultimate fashion goodies, whether one's dressing up or down. Together with the American luxury jeweller, Female shows how you can pile them on, stack them up and let everyone else eat their hearts out.
Το Have And Το Hold
From timelessly glamorous solitaire engagement rings to sophisticated his-and-her wedding bands with a modern geometric bent, the British jeweller Graff has all the pieces that one needs to commemorate that special union. In partnership with the luxury house, Female offers a close-up look at some of these symbols of love.
Like in the iconic sitcom Friends, our go-to eating spots are also often our favourite social spaces - something that the pandemic has reinforced, what with the regulations on where and how we've been able to gather during the past two years. Following March 29 – the day the cap on the number of vaccinated people allowed to dine in as a group was raised to 10 - we got four creative posses together at their F&B hangouts of choice to chow and chat about how food makes merry.
STARTERS OF THE DAY
They're created by names associated foremost with the world of conceptual art, but these objects can also be worn, sat on, used as a container or even as part of one's bath time ritual. Keng Yang Shuen reports on the blurring of lines between art and design, and the Singapore artists reshaping the principle of form follows function.
THE NEW INDULGENCES
A curation of what ought to be recognised as among the finest delicacies today by Nithiya Laila - culinary anthropologist, chef, farmers' market organiser and community seed bank founder - accompanied by a selection of fine jewellery that adds a taste of luxury to the everyday
Crafty and generously sized, this season's array of designer carry-alls raises the bar on bring-your-own-bag chic.
Welcome to three of the most creative new players in experiential dining here. Their settings can hardly be called that of a restaurant, and their focus is as much on supporting the arts and the environment as it is on the menu, bringing new meaning to the term "soul food”.
A MOVEABLE FEAST
The pandemic has hit the F&B sector hard. Yet, in the past two years, Singapore has also seen the birth of some of our most spectacular restaurants that drive across the point that we aren't just a global food city, but an excellent one. From eclectic bistros big on personality to a French fine-dining institution housed in a heritage church building, these joints are bold in both concept and taste, suffused with the warmth and thoughtfulness of a good friend no matter the setting. And, of course, their interiors are stunning, making them destinations to see and be seen at, and compel one to get all dressed up - even if it's for a table of one. So now, who's ready to eat?
Gaming - A Space For Imagination, Reinvention And Escapism
Even before talk about the metaverse became vogue and brands ranging from Louis Vuitton to OPI (yeah, the nail polish company) and Netflix started getting into the arena, gaming has always offered a space for imagination, reinvention and escapism. Keng Yang Shuen meets five from the fashion and design scene here who might or might not fit your stereotype of a gamer, and gets them to share how the pursuit makes them feel utterly alive.
With their latest album Glitch Princess, the Singapore-born musician-slash-cyber entity Yeule takes a quantum leap into the next phase of not only their artistry, but also person and way of thinking. Keng Yang Shuen gets up close (through Zoom) to find out how they’re learning to break from their old identities and boundaries and, in doing so, transcend the mundane realm.
What The World Needs Now
Resilience, dependability, sustainability and health, or so says Peter Philips – the creative and image director of makeup at Dior Beauty. Gordon Ng speaks with the beauty expert on how he’s channelled all that to make the brand’s popular Dior Forever range of foundations even better.
Over The Rainbow
Videos By Some Of Singapore’s Most Daring And Stylish Young Imagemakers Including Filmmaker Joy Song And Photographer Zalindrome. A Site-specific Installation By The Pop Culture-obsessed Mixed Media Artist Eduardo Enrique. An Immersive Audiovisual Experience Featuring Psychedelic Motion Graphics By Reza Hasni (See Right) And A Soundtrack By Electronic Musician Kin Leonn And More. Without Doubt, One Of The Buzziest Shows At Singapore Art Week This Month Will Be Happy House Curated By Tulika Ahuja And Eileen Chan. The Former Is The Independent Art Consultant On Everyone’s Lips For Her Playful And Thoughtprovoking Interactive Shows. The Other Is The Beloved Dj Who Revolutionised Our Nightlife Scene With Her Underground Techno Parties And Laid The Foundation For The Project After Leaving What Was Formerly Her Happy House. Here, The Latter Talks To Noelle Loh About The Death Of Clubs, Locals’ Troubling Relationship With Happiness, And How She Reclaimed The Joy She Found On The Dance Floor Through Art.
Portrait Of A Lady
Even before the red carpet had become a fashion arena, Chanel was already deeply enmeshed in cinema – Coco Chanel herself was known to design costumes for french and Hollywood film stars. It’s a relationship that the house has continued with its fashion and jewellery pieces appearing in modern productions. The latest: the princess diana biopic spencer, which opens here in february and features brand muse kristen stewart in the lead role. Gordon Ng gets an exclusive with her and costume designer jacqueline durran on the three archival chanel looks that were specially remade for the film.
The New Masters Of Art
Like Traditional Curators, The Folks On The Next 15 Pages Put Together Shows And Function As Conduits Between Artists And Audiences. What Distinguishes This New Generation: They Are Reshaping What Makes A Show, How Artists Should Be Treated And Who Makes A Curator In The First Place, Giving Form To One Of The Most Exciting Times In Singapore Art. Keng Yang Shuen Spotlights Five Emerging Tastemakers In Art Here And Gets Them To Share Their Picks Of Names To Watch.
The New Cult Bags From Balenciaga Are A Real “Supermarket Steal”
The new cult bags from Balenciaga are a real “supermarket steal”.
Rolex Deepens Its Ties With The World Of Cinema
Swiss watchmaker Rolex deepens its ties with the world of cinema with the opening of a state-of-the-art museum dedicated to all aspects of moviemaking. And the award for best supporting actor goes to...
A Cut Above
The house of Bvlgari ups the boldness and beauty of its Divas’ Dream collection.
Luxury Bag Trend To Know And Love Now
This is the luxury bag trend to know and love now. Bagaholicboy tells us why.
Luxury Is… Having No Limits
Francesco Ragazzi – Founder/Creative Director Of Palm Angels – Has Always Been A Dreamer, Turning What Was Originally A Photography Project Documenting La’s Skate Scene Into A Cult Designer Streetwear Brand That Reinvents Americana Style And Culture With Signature Italian Wit. In Conjunction With The Recent Launch Of His Latest Collection Under Moncler’s Genius Project, Keng Yang Shuen Gets An Exclusive Interview With The Man On His Imagination, Aspirations And Love For Collaborating.
What The Female Team Really, Really Wants
The ArtyCapucines Series From Louis Vuitton Is Back
While Only In Its Third Edition, Louis Vuitton's Annual ArtyCapucines Series That Sees Artists Worldwide Putting Their Spin On 'the Maison's Craftsmanship-focused Capucines Handbag Has Become Collectors' Gold (Each Design Is Limited To 200 Pieces Globally). It's Also Become Something Of A Rolodex Of Established And Fast-rising Art-stars-to-know, In Conjunction With This Issue's Theme, Keng Yang Shuen Zooms In On The Two Asian Names In This Year's Line-up Of Collaborators, Whose Creations Hit Selected Boutiques End-october: Huang Yuxing And Zeng Fanzhi.
Individuals Who Reinvent And Influence How We Live Today
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Gucci, a house driven by creativity and craftsmanship. And what better way to celebrate than by meeting people who also give 100 percent effort? These rare individuals not only dare to dream big, they also reinvent and influence how we live today.
Sacai's Chitose Abe On How She Keeps It All Together!
From Designing Haute Couture For Jean Paul Gaultier To Working On A Collection With Dior Men That Launches This Month, Sacai Founder Chitose Abe Has Been Keeping Busy. Gordon NG Speaks With The Japanese Designer To Find Out How She – One Of Fashion’s Most Gifted Collaborators – Keeps It Altogether.
SG Based Women Creatives Tell Us About Their Side Of Asia
The pandemic has kept most of us from travelling out of Singapore. It's also prevented many who've moved here from overseas to visit home. Here, seven women in the creative industry who hail from regional cities tell us a thing or two about their side of Asia.
June Yap Tells Why And How His Pioneering Spirit Remains 100 Per Cent Relevant
From dec 10 to next march, the National Gallery Singapore will stage its latest blockbuster show: Nam June Paik: the future is now – the last stop of a travelling exhibition that also marks the late South Korean artist’s first major retrospective in the region. The man was one of the art world’s earliest global superstars and is often considered the father of video art (tiktokers, eat your hearts out). Exhibition curator June Yap tells Keng Yang Shuen why and how his pioneering spirit remains 100 per cent relevant.
Meet Coolest Asian Models Making Their Marrone International Scene
All recently in Paris for the spring/summer 2022 Fashionovrek season, here are some of the coolest asian models making their marrone international scene.
Up And Coming Stylist Sabrina Elman Tackele Notions Of Malayness
For her graduating project this year, Lasalle College of The Art's fashion media and industries graduate sabrina elman directed, wrote and produced children of the soil a stylised short film that explores notions of Malayness. Malaysian modernist painter Latiff Mohidin was a key inspiration; traditional fabrics like javanese batik and songket feature heavily; ditto audio notes sampled from local malay films from the '60s - making for a stunning and powerful display that establishes the 24-year-old as one to watch. As with some of the most groundbreaking fashion designers and image-makers to emerge in recent years (grace wales bonner, telfar clemens and Kerby Jean-Raymond of pyer moss come to mind), conversations about race, history and identity are central to her work. Here, she tells Keng Yang Shuen why she - and many others will keep talking about them.
The Pursuit Of Happiness
With a one-of-a-kind voice and the grit to tackle social, cultural and personal issues on her own terms, joy crookes is a singer-songwriter queen who exudes power, warmth and sensitivity all at once. Keng Yang Shuen gets up-close with the half-Bangladeshi, half-irish superstar-in-the-making, ahead of the recent launch of her debut album.
Legends Of Tomorrow
Whether it's the award-winning Sri Lankan designer empowering his local community or the malaysian streetwear label blowing up on social media with its rave-ready pieces, the nine emerging brands here share two things in common. One: they all hail from the region. Two: they all present alternative ways of seeing and understanding identity through their clothes. .