19.1.16

JESSICA GOH FOR RAOUL FALL/WINTER 2015: WARM UP, COOL DOWN

| Editorial |

Let's be real. Singapore is a place where we speak about a few subjects passionately, namely, Singlish and there's no hush hush about this one humidity. Ah, the challenge. So imagine, we'd play pretend that it's chilly at 8am, somehow convincing Jessica to emulate a portrait of one, snuggled upon woolly layers in sweatersweaty weather. No questions asked, she went the distance like a millennial philosopher would put it: Don't sweat the small stuff. (Although, breaking up a sweat seemed to be her beauty secret, I'll get to that later.) Boy, are we just warming up?

24.8.15

50 FRAMES WITH ANASTASIA NAZAROVA

| Photography |

Bookers, never judge a model based on her height (unless you're a height nazi like Alex Perry) because this PYT* -- girl can model. Like fashion, the modelling industry is equally fickle. When I was fifteen, tall Eurasians ruled the local glossies, and then with a larger share of Asia consumerism, the token Asian models of Liu Wen, Ming Xi, and Tao Okamoto followed. Then came the wave of Insta-famous models in the likes of Kendall Jenner (duh), Gigi Hadid, and Cara Delevingne, where social media currency is king. As numbers thrived, even Marc Jacobs had to eat his words for dissing Cara. Is novelty eventually going to help hopefuls get the job?  Maybe that's the silver lining of it all.

17.8.15

POSTCARDS FROM PARIS: ANALOG EFFECT

| Photography |

I'd probably have seven rolls of undeveloped film sitting in the lonely corner of my shelves. Four rolls trolls of negatives from flaky Holga, for one of those throwbacks whenever I contract a case of hoarder's nostalgia. Then came along the freshest and progressive 35mms (good enough to be blown up) onboard my analog squad (the real #squadgoals). Photographing in film? It's not a lost art if it takes practice. Is it worth it? If you're looking for detail, tonal range, some surprise and unreplicated magic; pay the time, and reduce the heavy petting on the shutter. (Candidly speaking.)