[ARTICLE] Sandara Park on the Cover of L’Officiel Singapore

The August 2016 issue of L’Officiel Singapore turns the spotlight on identity, heritage, culture and all things Asian.

By Shatricia Nair
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South Korean hyperstar Sandara Park aka Dara takes the lead in this month’s edition of L’Officiel Singapore. The bona fide entertainer – the 2NE1 member has a whopping 4.2 million followers on Instagram and has reigned supreme in music, television and film – fronts the magazine in a stunning cover and fashion editorial shot by Joel Low (check out what went down behind the scenes; Dara’s selfie videos on-set, and more images on our Instagram @lofficielsingapore), and reveals, in an interview with Gordon Ng, a layer of sensitivity and seriousness seldom seen by the public.

Take a note or two from Asia’s brightest and most celebrated architects as a guide to making the coolest sartorial choices now, see how our favourite fashion designers have looked to (and still scour) the East for inspiration, and witness the glory of Chinese couturier Guo Pei’s stunningly realised creations. Plus, join Manila-born photographer Chuck Reyes as he captures five of the biggest next-gen Asian models on the streets of New York, garbed in this season’s comfiest togs.

In the lifestyle section, designer Jarrod Lim opens up about Crystalline, his collaboration with Royal Selangor, while the L’Officiel Singapore team explores cool spaces in Asia (including the cool relaunched K+ Curatorial Space at Scotts Square), delves into the growth of Christian art in Asia since the 13th century in an eye-opening exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum, and heads up to a little piece of paradise in Phuket that has seen the likes of G-Dragon, Snoop Dogg and Rita Ora as guests.

“Is Orientalism pastiche or homage? And do we subconsciously expect Asian designers to downplay cultural codes so as to achieve an ‘international’ aesthetic, or do we celebrate their birthright to reference their heritage and culture? This issue we proudly do the latter,” says Grace Tay, Managing Editor of L’Officiel Singapore. “Join us as we celebrate Asia.”

Credits: L’Officiel Signapore

[ARTICLE] 2NE1′s Sandara Park Talks About 5 Year Dating Ban

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2NE1′s Sandara Park has spoken up about her dating ban.

Sandara, who is currently a panel on JTBC′s Two Yoo Project Sugar Man, spoke about the ban on the June 21 episode.

The episode received attention as girl group KISS, who disappeared after releasing hit track Because I′m a Girl, made an appearance.

KISS answered questions about the group′s disbandment after only 5 months and asked Davichi, Sandara Park and other girl group members, “Do agencies still implement dating bans?”

Davichi′s Kang Min Kyung gave an expression and gesture that answered no, but 2NE1′s Sandara Park answered differently. Sandara Park revealed, “2NE1 had it. There was a 5 year dating ban.”

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