Originating from the unique perspective of our editorial team, the most relevant happenings in Hong Kong and worldwide is the core of Obscura. The up coming autumn 2011 issue approaches the opening of new fashion season by investigating the essence and definition of ‘fashion’. We often emphasize the three dimensional nature of fashion, as an expression of the current society and history, as well as being a statement of timelessness. Following the Ralph Lauren cover story, we are honoured to feature Tom Ford on the latest Obscura cover. The conversation is in-depth yet down to earth, including his views and approach to fashion, as well as his ambition in film; also the experience of working on film debut A Single Man. Through a special feature on Tom Ford autumn/ winter 2011, we analyse his unique vision of menswear.
Also derived from the U.S., Thom Browne alongside designer eyewear label Dita’s Jeff Solorio, share their latest collaboration project and passion on craftsmanship. We are also featuring female personalities “13 Dots” Theresa Lee from Hong Kong and Chen Man from Beijing. The former is known for comic 13 Dots from the Sixties, bringing fashion to the Hong Kong public. Through her experience we can take a glimpse on the history of local fashion. The latter is establishing herself as one of the representative Chinese fashion photographers of our time. Shooting for Vision and Harper’s Bazaar China while she was still studying, Chen is building a unique visual language in line with the vision of contemporary China. Their views, from different perspective and categories, contribute to the collective notion of fashion. Last but not least is illustrator Audrey Schilt, who worked for Ralph Lauren for twenty two years. She shares her experience in the industry, as well as her illustration archive of over thirty years.
The Hong Kong Sweets Guide from issue three caught much attention from our readers, this time we step into Tai Tung Bakery, with sixty-eight years history. Its second generation owner Tse Ching Yuen shares his first hand experience on the manufacturing process and evolution of traditional moon cake, as well as behind-the-scene stories unknown to most. The complimentary gift of this issue is a paper DIY pinhole camera, made with ‘retro’ brown paper. Through the process of putting the camera together, we encourage our readers to capture mesmerising moments and interact with our concept. We do not believe in the divide between professional and amateur photography, after all.
During the launch of our autumn issue, our pop up store at Lane Crawford will also be opened. Gathering the choices of TK, Obscura team and THINK SIILLY Store buyer, the selection is made up of offerings from Japan, Europe and U.S., as well as limited edition products specially created for this occasion. Through the overall set up, we hope to express our style and attitude through a three dimensional space. More details can be found in Style Guide section inside this issue.
Text & Photo : Vincent Lau | Translation: dilettante
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