MARTINA AQUARO

With her insouciant punk style, Martina Aquaro – a soon-to-be third-year student in Lasalle College of the Arts’ Creative Direction for Fashion diploma programme – has scored stints modelling for editorials and independent labels, leading to a contract with modelling agency Mannequin last August. The 19-year-old has also had a thing for tattoos since she was a child and co-founded the Pearl’s Hill Terrace tattoo studio Crevice, where she’s a self-taught artist.

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Wool blazer, Balenciaga. Clash de Cartier double row earrings, medium ring (on right middle finger), large ring (on right thumb), and double row ring and small ring (stacked on left middle finger), Cartier. Facial piercings, her own. All jewellery and watches throughout, in pink gold and from Cartier unless otherwise stated


NICOLE LIEW

Model and regular FEMALE face Nicole Liew – who’s signed to the agency Basic Models – has been on a roll lately, walking the Milan Fashion Week F/W’22 runways for Palm Angels and Dolce & Gabbana. Her latest score? Repping the latter’s recent eyewear collaboration with Persol.

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Wool blazer, Sportmax. Denim shirt and jeans, Calvin Klein. Clash de Cartier large single earring and medium supple necklace

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Denim shirt and jeans, Calvin Klein. Calfskin boots, Balenciaga

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Tweed coat dress and metal chain belt, Chanel

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Embellished viscose knitted dress, Bottega Veneta. Clash de Cartier medium hoop earrings, medium supple necklace, small and large rings (on right index and middle fingers respectively), and double row ring (on left middle finger)


BOBBY LUO

Also hotting up the industry: OG scene kid, co-founder of the iconic 2000s club The Butter Factory, and owner of the multi-label boutique Super Freak, Bobby Luo, who’s back with his fashionable queer-friendly parties now that Covid-19 regulations have eased. Visit his Instagram account @pingpongpanda for details on the next one.

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On Martina: Polyester T-shirt and denim jeans, Calvin Klein. Calfskin boots, Balenciaga. Clash de Cartier XL necklace and large bracelet. On Bobby: Clash de Cartier medium bracelet and Juste un Clou bracelet with diamonds, both in white gold. All other clothes and accessories, subject’s own


IMAN FANDI

The always-radiant super influencer, model and songbird Iman Fandi is working on new music material to be released soon. What’s inspiring this psychology graduate most these days, though, is volunteering at local non-profit organisation Impart that helps at-risk youths, focusing on its mental health initiatives that include art outreach programmes. “There’s a lot about mental healthcare that remains unspoken about here in Singapore,” she says. “It’s also been a great learning experience that’s helped to reshape my own perspective and behaviour.”

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Fendace silk cady dress and leather sandals, Fendi. Clash de Cartier double row earrings, XL necklace, large ring (on right thumb), double row ring (on right index finger), medium and small rings (worn stacked on right middle finger), medium supple bracelet (on left arm), and XL ring (on left middle finger)

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Fendace silk cady dress and leather sandals, Fendi. Clash de Cartier double row earrings, XL necklace, large ring (on right thumb), double row ring (on right index finger), medium and small rings (worn stacked on right middle finger), medium supple bracelet (on left arm), and XL ring (on left middle finger)


FANDI AHMAD

Soccer legend and dad to dear friend of FEMALE Iman, Fandi Ahmad has just released his first authorised biography. Titled Fandi: Honour & Sacrifice, it’s written by author Durga Poonambalam and details not only his illustrious career, but also his early life. Expect insights into the sporting great’s mindset, commentary from friends and family, and rarely seen images of key moments in his life.

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Denim jacket and matching jeans, Calvin Klein. Clash de Cartier white gold supple bracelet (on right hand), Pasha de Cartier Grid 41mm yellow gold watch with leather strap, and Clash de Cartier medium white gold ring (on left ring finger). T-shirt, his own

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On Iman: Cotton T-shirt and denim skirt, Calvin Klein. Clash de Cartier double row earrings, medium supple necklace, small and medium supple bracelets (worn stacked on right hand), small and medium rings (on right thumb and middle finger respectively), Pasha de Cartier Grid 30mm watch with diamonds on leather strap (on left hand), and Clash de Cartier double row ring (on left middle finger). On Fandi: Denim jacket and matching jeans, Calvin Klein. Clash de Cartier white gold supple bracelet (on right hand), Pasha de Cartier Grid 41mm yellow gold watch with leather strap, and Clash de Cartier medium white gold ring (on left ring finger). T-shirt, his own


VOGUE IN PROGRESS

Meet the Vogue In Progress collective comprising (from left) dancer/one-half of the popular dance duo ScRach MarcS, Rachel Lee; nightlife impresario Bobby Luo; Vanda Miss Joaquim – the hyper-chic drag queen persona of Azizul Mahathir; veteran dancer, choreographer and singer Amin Alifin; and writer-slash-comedian Jess V.

This colourful bunch were behind The Crystal Ball – Singapore’s first vogue ball (yes, like in the television series Pose) – back in 2019 before the pandemic put things on pause. On June 25, they’re back with a Kiki ball – a more lighthearted affair to encourage younger or less experienced dancers, and anyone interested to find out more about the pro-LGBTQ+ ball scene, to partake in the fashion and fun. Follow @vogueinprogress on Instagram to find out more.

On Rachel (middle): Clash de Cartier small necklace. On Vanda Miss Joaquim (far right): Clash de Cartier small supple bracelets (on both wrists), double row and small rings (worn stacked on right last finger), and small and medium rings (worn on left index and ring fingers respectively). All other clothes and accessories, subjects’ own

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All clothes and accessories, subjects’ own unless otherwise stated

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Juste un Clou small yellow gold necklace. All clothes and accessories, subject’s own


TRISTEN TIO

With his chiselled bone structure, glorious locks, boy-next-door conviviality and background (skater, tattoo artist, aspiring surfer), is Tristen Tio – who’s signed to modelling agency Mannequin – our answer to Evan Mock, Dominic Fike and Jared Leto all-in-one? We say yes.

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On Martina: Tweed knit dress, Balenciaga. Cap, stylist’s own. On Tristen: Leather jacket and wool pants, Givenchy


ZILHANZ AFFENDI

Enrolled in the same diploma programme as Martina and skater pals with Tristen, Zilhanz Affendi is better known on the local skate scene for his kickflips and – increasingly – the fashion scene for his punk-meets-utilitarian style and roguish good looks. That might not be all though: The 19-year- old is an aspiring photographer.

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On Tristen: Wool blazer, Loewe. Juste un Clou small yellow gold necklace and Clash de Cartier small rings (on index and middle fingers). On Martina:Wool blazer, Loewe. Clash de Cartier double row earrings, XL necklace and XL ring. Facial piercings, her own. On Zilhanz: Wool parka, Loewe. Clash de Cartier large single earring and medium supple necklace

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On Tristen: Cotton T-shirt and briefs, and nylon track pants. On Zilhanz: Denim jacket and matching jeans. Belt, his own. All Calvin Klein unless otherwise stated


PEEP THE JEWELLERY AND TIMEPIECES WORN BY OUR PALS

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Clash de Cartier 18K pink gold double row earrings, $10,300

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Clash de Cartier 18K pink gold double row ring, $5,650

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Clash de Cartier 18K pink gold XL necklace, $90,000

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Clash de Cartier 18K pink gold medium supple necklace, $27,100

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Clash de Cartier 18K pink gold medium bracelet, $13,100

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Clash de Cartier 18K pink gold XL ring, $13,500

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Juste un Clou 18K yellow gold small necklace, $17,800

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Clash de Cartier 18K pink gold small ring, $3,200

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Clash de Cartier 18K pink gold single earring, $3,950

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Clash de Cartier 18K white gold medium supple bracelet, $13,100

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Clash de Cartier 18K pink gold small hoop earrings, $11,200

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Pasha de Cartier Grid 18K yellow gold watch on alligator skin strap, $26,600

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Pasha de Cartier Grid 18K pink gold watch with diamonds on alligator skin strap, $30,900


Photography Stefan Khoo Photography Assistant Alif Styling Damian Huang Styling Assistants Tatiyana Emylia & Khong Yawen Film Direction & Editing Joy Song DOP Bong 1st AC Matthew Chong Hair EC Tan/Kizuki+Lim Hair Assistants Motoyama Rin & Ting Makeup Sarah Tan Makeup Assistant Vanessa Drea Nails Zi/Auum The Honest Nail Spa Models Tristen & Martina/Mannequin & Nicole/Basic Models


This is an adapted version of an article that first appeared in the June 2022 Male Edit issue of FEMALE