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Harper's Bazaar Singapore

Harper's Bazaar Singapore

April 2021
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Bold, opulent and provocative, Harper’s BAZAAR is the style bible for the well-dressed woman with the well-dressed mind. Known internationally for our blend of intelligent commentary and dynamic photography, BAZAAR is the first and last word in fashion. The Singapore edition of Harper´s BAZAAR brings style and substance to all aspects of contemporary life through a sophisticated and diverse array of articles, blending intelligent comment and stimulating features with outstanding photography, glamour and informed round-ups of the best in fashion, accessories, health and beauty, restaurants, travel, the arts and interior design.

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Singapore Press Holdings Limited
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
young at heart

It’s been an exciting month of firsts for me at the magazine. For one, I’ve never shot someone as young as 65 for the cover—with the added bonus being that she’s a Singaporean woman who’s now enjoying a second career as a model. Diminutive in height—she’s barely 160cm—but large in stature, Ong Bee Yan sits for our cover in a high-necked Saint Laurent tunic with a giant flower on her lapel. With eyes shaded in classic sunglasses and hair swept back in a neat quiff-like coiffure, she embodies what any woman of confidence, style and charisma should. She transcends age. Which is why I decided to call this month’s edition “The Youth Issue”—because it’s really about an attitude. It’s that willingness to take on sartorial challenges, to go against the…

1 min.
style eternal

Who better to front our issue on being fabulous at every age than a sexagenarian who oozes confidence and charisma? Werking it for the camera in her first-ever cover shoot, model Ong Bee Yan started her new career two years ago, at 63. Beyond the lens, she’s a loving grandmother of two who co-owns a cold-brew coffee and tea business with her husband. She enjoys fashion as much as any other woman. But when she’s in front of the camera, her studied poses exude chic right down to her fingertips. If we had to pin down her allure, it would be the fine bone structure, that shock of silver hair and a svelte figure that works a Saint Laurent tunic (and bike shorts!) like it were second skin. Confidence, like…

1 min.
bazaar style wear forever

The Khaki Trousers Put the sexy into street-luxe with a chic, roomy pair worn with a back-baring bodysuit and a chain belt for waist appeal. The Heritage Print Channel Cher Horowitz with a grown-up edge by teaming this classic pattern with tough separates and a badass attitude. The Sleeveless Trench Add interest to an all-white ensemble by throwing on a roomy gaberdine coat with a bold pattern. The Smart Suit Mix business with pleasure with an oversize tweed jacket, matching waistcoat and Bermuda shorts. The Double-Denim Combo Hit home run every single time with universally flattering dark washes and unexpected cuts that lend a polished, feminine vibe—scarlet lips optional. The Leather Skirt A patent finish to your midi skirt gives it sleek finesse. Add a demure sheer top to balance the look and a cap for boyish insouciance. Model: Maria Novikova/MannequinMakeup and…

1 min.
bird of paradise

This OG It bag is the gift that keeps on giving. A fashion and pop-culture staple since its debut in the 1990s, the Fendi Baguette has been reinvented again; this season’s iteration is birthed out of couture techniques and age-old Italian craftsmanship. Silvia Venturini Fendi’s spring/summer 2021 collection—her first and only coed show for the House—was highly attuned to the needs of our current time; the overall mood was of lightness and uplift, with a nod towards tactile pleasures and creature comforts. Venturini Fendi imbued all of those qualities into this lush hand-embroidered Baguette. Arm yourself with this pouf of snowy plumes and take off on a flight of fashion fantasy—even if just for a waltz around your living room. The Baguette bag is $12,900 and is available at Fendi,…

3 min.
on the streets

1 THE ONE Whether you’re 16 or 60, the boiler suit can easily become one of the hardest-working pieces in your wardrobe. Flattering and easy to style, cinch yours with a belt for a more pulled-together look and balance the industrial vibes with statement accessories and luxe extras. 2 DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT Never underestimate the visual impact of a great pair of drop earrings framing your face. Wear a single one like at Valentino for a touch of debonair flair or reach for a pair of shoulder-grazers like those at Dolce&Gabbana for a guaranteed entrance. These baubles will surely add that extra something to your OOTD instantly. 3 BABY STEPS Unlike in the 1950s, when it was the formal footwear of choice for young ladies, today’s kitten heels are strictly a grown-up affair.…

3 min.
enter the era of (easy) elegance

“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat,” the late Karl Lagerfeld famously said. It was a typical Karlism: Arch, provocative, a little judgemental—and one that looks different in light of our current moment. Once considered the domain of gyms and couches, sweatpants became the de facto uniform of 2020, as millions were forced to work from home at the start of the pandemic. Sales soared to reflect our collective embrace of elastic waistbands and soon, gumball-coloured and tie-dyed versions turned Instagram algorithms on their head. As Covid-19 stretches past the one-year mark, will sweatpants stick around? For those who crave getting dressed but are unwilling to forgo flexible waistbands in this new normal, designers are proposing a sleek take on comfort dressing for spring 2021. “Instead of sweatpants, why not a crêpe…