That was the question that kept coming up as I started spending more time than I should on social media since we entered WFH-mode, falling mindlessly into a wormhole of largely same-same content (it’s for research, okay?).
How next should we be ideating videos or showcasing the new must-have-something to be truly impactful, visually and mentally?
It was then that I realised the animated stuff was jumping out at me more – be it 2-D GIFs or CGI-backed short films that could rival Avatar. That, and the fact that there seems to be more Singapore creatives active in the scene and, hey, if we’ve learnt anything from the lockdown and the disruption that it’s had on the fashion publishing industry, it’s that we should always have an alternative way of producing great imagery.
And that was how we decided to come up with this edition dedicated to and inspired by the world of animation. Perhaps the cartoon lover in me was drawn by the childlike innocence of the medium in its most basic yet wellknown form (Disney films of the ‘50s, The Amazing World Of Gumball, Family Guy – I heart them all). Or perhaps it’s how with animation, the possibilities of what one can do with one’s imagination is truly endless.
Where next? To infinity and beyond, of course. - NL
Signed to Basic Models Management, homegrown beauty Nicole Liew is hitting her stride after two years in the business with a steady slate of editorials in 2020 that show off her chameleonic cool. This marks her first-ever solo cover.
THE CREW BEHIND IT
SPH chief photographer Veronica Tay shot, our very own fashion editor Chia Wei Choong styled, and then Singapore artist Howie Kim – known for his wondrous, child-like illustrations and animations that reference pop culture (and also the collaborator behind our June 2020 cover) – transformed it all with his playful eye. Completing this SG-based crew are the hair wizard Christvian Goh and makeup maven Lai Wee Ming.
Silk blouse, $3,500, wool skirt, $1,300,metal headband with crystals, $1,520, matching earrings, $1,480, Jackie 1961 small leather hobo bag, $2,750, and cotton socks, $240, Gucci
THE ACCESSORIES TO MATCH
1 Nylon cape, $1,270 2 Liberty canvas bucket hat, $650 3 Jackie 1961 mini leather hobo bag, $2,400 4 18K yellow gold earrings with diamonds and dio Satin pumps with crystals, $4,510 5 Satin pumps with crystals, $1,940. All Gucci
THE MAKEUP TO MATCH
6 Crayon Definition Sourcils Powder Eyebrow Pencil in #06 Noir, $39 7 A Chant for The Nymph Eau de Parfum, price unavailable 8 Poudre De Beaute Eclat Soleil in # 01, $95 9 Baume a Levres in #2 No More Orchids, $53 10 Eclat De Beaute Effet Lumiere Multi-use Gel Gloss, $43. All Gucci Beauty