July does funny things to us. After a good six months of resting on our laurels – and our increasingly large behinds – we find ourselves getting a tad restless. Sun-soaked boat trips beckon, deadlines loom for over-ambitious plans and unstamped passports taunt us from dusty suitcases. Slow-witted as we are after our prolonged hibernation, we nevertheless sense a hum of excitement in the air. So it comes as no surprise that this summery month we embrace the idea of movement, in all its invigorating forms.
What has really tugged on our cultural heartstrings of late is a fascinating tension between the past and future. This particular movement evokes the simplicity and nostalgia of the past but – keeping the jaded cosmopolitan in mind – presents it in a way that’s relevant, relatable and exciting. In our story on the new wave of gastronomy, for example, we look at how the culinary world has turned its eye to restaurants that promote the age-old values of local sourcing and authentic flavours. These innovative dishes, however, are far from boring, executed and presented with the sophisticated epicure in mind. Meanwhile, we look at old Singapore through young eyes, as we explore how the hipster set are recognising the beauty of buildings, landscapes and even trinkets of generations past, immortalising them in art.
We also look at movement in its most literal incarnation, as we channel Latvian photographer Philippe Halsman and his Jumpology concept. Halsman believed that when someone focuses on the act of jumping, “the mask falls, so that the real person appears”, and it is this purity of emotion that we aim to capture in our fashion shoot this month.
If you’re hoping to venture a little farther than hopping in place, then set sail for the open seas on your very own luxury yacht. In this month’s Spend It, we turn away from the responsibilities that anchor us to everyday life and indulge in the ultimate getaway fantasy – a private yacht that offers everything from a retractable helicopter pad to a skylight spa, all for a mere HK$475 million.
We also raise our glass to the world’s top champagne houses as they deepen the ties between their bubbly domain and the ever-evolving world of art. For an industry that often touts its adherence to tradition and heritage, its willingness to push forward in its exploration of contemporary and multimedia art is immensely exciting and greatly enjoyable.
So what better time than this, as we turn our minds and bodies to joyful rejuvenation, to remember the words of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who made the simple yet true observation: “To live is to keep moving”.