After publishing last week's column, I wanted to pick the mind of my features editor, Wayne Cheong, to get some feedback.
"Were you writing a school essay? It's sterile as hell. Where's your voice?"
There's nothing like constructive criticism from a two-time winner of the Media Publishers Association Singapore Journalist of the Year.
"Any advice on how I can make it better?" I asked.
"Well, you are like this Ah Beng from the hood, who is really into fashion, and uses all these weird analogies that somehow makes sense to get your point across. Do more of that, lah."
I hear you, Wayne. Here is this week's Lightning Round, with a healthy infusion of me.
Comme des Garçons launches a new brand: CDG
Rei Kawakubo is notorious for going against the grain when it comes to her work. Thus, under the Comme umbrella, this logo-heavy new line, CDG, feels a tad out of character. Shifting away from the more sculptural and conceptual offerings that she presents on her men's and women's runway shows, the new CDG line features pared down options. Think: hoodies, PVC transparent tote bags, jackets, as well as T-shirts—including six that are made in collaboration with brands like Anti Social Social Club and Dreamland Syndicate.
In the words of Kawakubo, “Good design is simple design." Couldn't have said it better.
There is only one correct answer to: "Why are you wearing this today?"
That bloke you see in the picture above, that's me. Before you scream "narcissist", there's a point to this. I wore this purple Issey Miyake Pleats Please piece out last Wednesday, and while buying a drink at the coffee shop, I had this conversation with the very nice lady serving me.
Nice Lady: "Ah boy, which country is your outfit from?"
Me: "It's a pair of trousers from this Japanese designer, Issey Miyake!"
Nice Lady: "Why are you wearing it? Are you going to perform on stage later? Is this a costume?"
Me: "Not really."
Nice Lady: "Then why are you wearing it?"
Me: "Because I like it."
This is not the first time the nice lady at the coffee shop has asked me this question. Like the men in dresses featured in the photo essay by our contributor, Jonathan Daniel Pryce, I too, don skirts and dresses from time to time. I'm not trying to champion the rise of gender-neutral clothing, nor am I cross-dressing; I'm just comfortable enough with my masculinity to wear whatever I like—even if that means putting on a pair of pleated trousers.
John Mayer: content creator and style god
John Mayer might be better known as a 'Visvim fanboy' and a 'romantic crooner', but the launch of his music video for his latest single 'New Light', it's time to add 'comedic genius' to that list of monikers.
In this four-minute video, Mayer boogies on a farm, makes a visit to the White House, heads to the ski slopes, tears it up with two other dudes on a beach, goes for a swim at a waterfall, and catches a firework show—all while sporting a beaten distress hoodie from cult Japanese denim brand, Kapital.
Best moment? Mayer playing the guitar like a novice; as if he was some talentless actor playing an instrument for the first time for the sake of a TV show. In a climate of showboating the latest and greatest grails, Mayer's blasé attitude (which is further personified by his dishevelled personal style) is what separates him from the pack.
Take a page from the guy who has a bigger collection of Visvim than the creative designer of Visvim himself. Here are some of my favourite low key flex from Mayer himself.
The OG ACRONYM x Nike Air Presto Mids
Louis Vuitton V.N.R trainers that from the pre-fall 2018 collection
Oh, it's just a bomber jacket from the Mastermind and the Anti Social Social Club collab
The ultra-rare Sean Wotherspoon Nike Air Max 97
Custom Mickey Mouse and Louis Vuttion Keepall and Off-White X Nike Air Max 90