Before shooting this story with Dion and the L’OFFICIEL team in Singapore a few months ago, I’d never really thought about how different it is to shoot in another climate. As you can imagine, the biggest hurdle for we rookie Australians on set was the intense humidity. Serious respect to any Singaporeans whose work takes them outdoors for periods of longer than five minutes. While the team (and impressively, the models) cruised through the day, my brain was fogging up faster than my
Heat aside, the Singaporean fashion creative space is rapidly growing, unapologetically youthful, and refreshingly supportive of burgeoning talent. The scholarship program that Singapore Fashion Week had in place for a local designer to be mentored by the CFDA, for instance, is more institutional
support for young talent than I’ve seen in other industries around the world – aside from the CFDA itself, obviously, and South Korea’s incredible system of government grants around entertainment and design (and video gaming, apparently). And the support network doesn’t stop at domestically born and bred talent. As something of a crossroads of the world, Singapore’s industries take the Asia-Pacific camaraderie very seriously, regularly looking to
photographers and models from this half of the world to interpret their ideas, landscapes, and talent. Australia’s media industry could do with a lot more of that outlook to keep content fresh and compelling to consumers, and challenge our own local industry to push more boundaries, champion local designers, and evolve in the context of a global stage.
In any case – we’re all super proud of this story. Hopefully you get to pick up a copy in the coming month and let us know what you think!
MODELS // ALEX SANDOR & LUCIA W
ASSISTANTS // JENINE OH & ALFIE PAN