No one asked but producing a monthly fashion title is balls-to-the-wall hard work. Like, a mixture of tears, laughter and nervous laughing hard work. Looking back through the 48 shoots we’ve done last year, we’ve realised that our favourite images are the ones where the celebrities are styled simply — almost like they’ve dressed themselves.
We’re calling it a yearning for simpler times in the current climate we live in where life seems tougher (Hello? Potential GST hike much?) or a world where everything you do is judged on the internet. Here, nine images we’ve curated to reflect the simple sensibility we hanker for. Call it a four minute eye-candy filled read or an education on the staples for your new wardrobe. Whatever floats your boat.
Pictured Above: In our February ’19 issue, Nathan Hartono’s flexes (do you not follow him on instagram?) in a Fendi wool-blend polo shirt but his Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph flexes hader.
Photography Wee Khim, Styling Wilson Lim, Photography assistant Alwin Oh, Styling assistants Sapphire Chin, Marcus Li & Khoo Yong Hao, Grooming and hair Manisa Tan using Chanel Beauty and Kevin Murphy.
A Denim Jacket
JB of Korean mega boy band G0T7 proves that the better blues do not need to come in bells and whistles — his Prada denim jacket comes in a fit as handsome as the 26 year old himself.
Photography Chee Wei, Styling Wilson Lim, Photography assistant Ong Poh Siong, Styling assistant Sapphire Chin, Grooming Cho Hansera / Bit & Boot, Hair Park Naejoo/ Bit & Boot, Production, Jeannie Ang
A Pair Of Louche Pants
Call it a fashion industry that’s still hung up on the Phoebe Philo effect but like Korean actor Kim Young Kwang in our April ’19 issue, we’re big fans of a pair of louche trousers. Especially if they’re from Bottega Veneta.
Photography Chee Wei, Styling Wilson Lim, Photography assistant Ong Poh Siong, Styling assistant Sapphire Chin, Production Jeannie Ang, Grooming and Hair Lee Hyejin & Kim Young Ju.
An Alternative to Black
How is Shane Pow so relaxed in our May ’19 issue? His Hermès Wool-blend jacket and cotton-blend pants are in an alternative and less HR-manager shade of black — an earthy shade of brown.
Photography Shawn Paul Tan, Styling Wilson Lim, Photography assistant Melvin Leong, Styling assistant Sapphire Chin, Grooming Beno Lim using Cover FX, Hair Ark Lin / AIR.
A Two Piece That Isn’t A Suit
How does one wear pyjamas without looking like an Asian Hugh Hefner? A shirt with a camp collar and tapered trousers — just like Ro Woon of SF9 in his Louis Vuitton two-piece for our June/July ’19 issue.
Photography Shawn Paul Tan, Fashion Direction Wilson Lim, Styling Kim Ye Jin, Photography assistant Melvin Leong & Mina Son, Styling assistant Sapphire Chin, Grooming Jung Bo Young, Hair Park Mi Hyoung, Production Jeannie Ang.
A Pair of Luxe Joggers
Alexander Yue’s trick to making joggers look smarter in our August ’19 issue? Making sure that they’re made of wool (if confused, go for Fendi like the one he’s wearing) instead of a gym-boy slub material.
Photography Joel Low, Styling Wilson Lim, Grooming Beno Lim using Boy de Chanel, Hair Manisa Tan using Revlon Professional.
Who’s handsome, suave and decked out impeccably in a three-piece fail safe suit? Jam Hsiao in our September ’19 issue.
Photography Chee Wei, Fashion Direction Wilson Lim, Styling Kelvin Cheng, Photography assistant Ong Poh Siong, Styling assistant Sapphire Chin, Grooming Jade Lee, Hair Nino Chen.
A Sash That Doubles As a Scarf
First introduced in his SS ’19 show, Kim Jone’s brought his iconic sash back for Dior Men’s FW ’19 which makes for one handsome statement like our handsome October ’19 cover star Nam Joo Hyuk.
Photography Kim Hee June, Styling Megan Jung / msgstyle, Grooming Jung Mi Young / allu, Make Up Kim Soo Jin / allu.
A Funkier Hawaiian Shirt
That hawaiian shirt you bought from Bali that’s turning you into a slightly cooler version of your dad? Swap it out for one that’s really “fashion ugly“. Yung Raja, the cover star of our November ’19 issue knows what’s good — one from Prada.
Photography Joel Low, Styling Wilson Lim, Photography assistant Alfie Pan, Styling assistant Joe Tan, Grooming and hair Sha Shamsi using Dior Cosmetics and IGK.
A Brighter Puffer
Step 1 to winning a wintery climate: Buy a puffer jacket. Step 2: Making sure it’s bright shade puts you in an equally bright mood like this Givenchy one on Youngmin of AB6IX in our December/January ’20 issue.
Photography G.T. Gan, Fashion Direction Wilson Lim, Grooming Jung Hye Sun, Hair Moon Kyung Hee, Styling Son Hee Sung, Production Jeannie Ang, Location Marina Bay Sands Singapore.