A FRAGRANCE PROFILING SESSION

Lelabo

There are screechy, loud, impressionable fragrances. Then there are subtle masterpieces that have a quiet elegance, coy yet effortless. The search for the perfect fragrance is undoubtedly clouded by the myriad of choices we have today. Join us on a fragrance profiling workshop — co-hosted by Escentials and presented by Vulture Magazine on a journey to refine olfactory opinions and narrow down ingredients and scents that inspire.

Escentials Paragon,  290 Orchard Road, #03-02/05, Singapore 238859  |  17th May 2016, 7-9pm 

RSVP to general@vulture-magazine.com

 

PENNING PERFUMES: YOU HELD ON TO PEOPLE

Creed

You held on to people the way you hold on

to water: a pondskater’s outstretched skim,

as if over a large mirror that you’re unwilling

to ripple, your arms rowing moons away from

intimate knowing, settle for surface. a light

glide over skin, as if to plot a meniscus

enough to know of human contact outside

friction, you trace a fiction fragrance

leading from note to note to its source

lessness. on that trail, mystery invests

that draws me in: a whole lake turned

one knob clearer, white noise transformed

into night; crickets; timber standing like dark

chimneys, your endlessly perfurming trademark.

Words by Shawn H. | Photography by Kevin F. 

Featuring Aventus by Creed 

STUDIO OOOZE

FP

Perfection can be disturbing. It leaves nowhere for the eyes to linger. A major aspect of contemporary photography is that instead of taking photos as a representation of reality, many photographers take photos which are entirely staged to perfection. Such is the nature of food photography, oftentimes unapologetically beautiful, yet so hard to achieve in reality. An old master reinterpretation runs through the the personal and commercial work of the creative duo from Oooze Studio, Dionna Lee and Sean Ashley. An aesthetic taste that is minimalist, innovative and unconventional gives their work a quality akin to still life paintings from Caravaggio or Van Dyck.

Of particular intrigue is their take on authentic local products like Kong Bah Pau (Pork Belly steamed buns) or Five-spiced Mushroom Tofu buns. Chiaroscuro and artful styling are employed as devices to heighten our awareness of ordinary ingredients and food products. Their images remind us that, given due effort, beauty can be found in the ordinary.

Photography by Studio Oooze

THE CULT OF HEDI

Going against the grain and causing a furore along the way, Hedi Slimane is carving out his own legacy. At the root of it all, the one thing that typifies a cult is enigma. Be it a person, or an idea, it is this sense of mystery that first draws us to something, and then catches our attention, again and again. We don’t often understand these cults, and in part, that is what unceasingly ensnares our imagination. As a person, and in his ideas, Hedi Slimane embodies such a cult, and in doing so, has created—most undoubtedly and knowingly—his own troop of diehard followers. Below, we present a selection of images curated by Slimane for Vulture Magazine.

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Text by Lesley C. | Photography by Hedi Slimane

OBJECTS OF DISCRETION

Anyone who has interacted with Kei Ninomiya will know that he is a man of few words, curt and to the point. Paradoxically, he is strangely expressive through fashion. Hailed as one of the most evocative and unique designers of our generation, he speaks volumes through his designs. It is definitely no coincidence that his most important aim is to constantly seek out ‘new forms of expression’, ones that are ‘new, surprising, and free’.

A rising star, the 32-year-old designer joined the Comme des Garçons group and launched his debut collection in October 2012, after meeting and working for designer and founder of Comme des Garçons, Rei Kawakubo in 2008. Under his belt is a degree in French Literature in Tokyo from the Aoyama Gakuin University—a curious choice, though this background and training has never been cited as an influence in his current practice.

Ninomiya’s line ‘noir kei ninomiya’ delivers through the poetic nature of black. The depth of  colour serves as a canvas for him to communicate a world of emotion, unearthing a trove of creative possibilities. One might assume that inspiration and ideas come to him easily. But Ninomiya clarifies that ‘there [has not been] inspiration from anywhere,’ that his work is ‘the result of formulas and repetitive studies’ and ‘manual labour’. The full story can be found in the March 2016 Edition of Vulture Magazine.

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Text by Jekjin W. | Photography by Kaz Arahama | Styling by Takumi Iwata