Harper’s Bazaar Singapore: The Heiress

Posted on November 29, 2011

Let’s take a short break from talking about celebrities and their amusing attempts at wearing clothes to watch a real pro show them how it’s done. Here’s your mid-day pretty, darlings: an editorial that’s refreshingly simple in its old-school glamour aesthetic. It almost looks like something you’d see in a 50-year-old back issue of Vogue.  Sometimes, you just need a little uncomplicated pretty in your life. And really big hair.



Harper’s Bazaar Singapore December 2011 Issue
Editorial: “The Heiress”
Photographer: Gan
Stylist: Kenneth Goh
Model: Masha Tyelna


[Photo Credit: designscene.net]

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  • Anonymous

    A pretty Barbie doll.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K7VOQSAYZ7H2OBX6LOJNNIBSSE Amanda

      That was my first thought too!

    • Anonymous

      with a really long neck.

  • Anonymous

    The model bears an uncanny resemblance to early Barbie dolls, especially in that second b&w photo.

    • Lindsay Lyon

      My first thought was ‘Wow, she really nailed the Barbie look.’ Uncanny is exactly the right word. 

  • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

    She looks pretty – like a person sized Barbie doll, with about the same amount of personality. Still, very pretty.

    • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

      Just saw the other comments – so funny, we all had the same impression! :]

  • Anonymous

    Oh my god, that third photo! I need a print of it.

    Love this shoot.

    • http://www.facebook.com/CatherineKatz Catherine Katz

      Love love love that third photo, too!  

  • MilaXX

    really digging the clothes

  • Anonymous

    She looks like the woman in Mars Attacks.  The woman Martin Short is trying seduce until she bit his finger off.

    • Pennymac

      Yes. I was wondering who she reminded me of.

  • BerlinerNYC

    All I see is Lypsinka serving 90s (un)realness!

  • Anonymous

    Harper’s Bazaar owes Lypsinka a big fat check…..

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    She looks kind of human in a couple of these (the one in the mirror) which makes it creepy. Uncanny valley anybody?

    • amanda crow

      Uncanny valley anybody?

      Yes. This exactly.

  • Brad and Anne White

    All I saw was vintage Barbie too, especially in #4, but I do so love vintage Barbie…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1550881905 Hildegerd Haugen


  • Anonymous

    Bride of Frankenstein + Joan Crawford + green dresses = Yummy delicious!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720742723 Sarah Winningham

    Man, the last photo reminds me of this great old movie, A New Leaf- where vile seducer Walter Matthau marries and plots to kill botany-nerd heiress Elaine May, but gives up after she almost kills herself a million times through sheer befuddledness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720742723 Sarah Winningham

    She just keeps wandering into traffic, over cliffs, etc.

  • http://opinionandamovie.blogspot.com/ Deitra S.

    I ADORE this shoot!  Except for that last photo where she looks like she’s been caught trying to steal an orchid from a luxurious hotel.  But, then again, that’s what heiresses do, isn’t it?

  • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

    All I can think of is who’s going to wear this shit in Singapore? The atmosphere is like walking into a thick wet blanket. I’m getting prickly heat just looking at the photos.

  • Anonymous

    Very cool editorial. Old school vibe but with modern clothes so as not to be slavishly retro. 

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Very original Barbie in a good way.  And I covet all the shoes.  ALL OF THEM.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, so fabulous. The model’s whole head in the second picture looks like one of the painted advertisements/movie posters from the 40s and 50s. It doesn’t even look photographed.

    I LOVE THIS. I particularly like that several of the the model’s poses are very un-period (no lady back in the day would have her leg cocked out like that, so casual and crotch-opening), so it makes an interesting juxtaposition. It keeps it out of period drag.

  • Anonymous

    Love the idea and styling. Dont love the way the model poses her legs. The fifth pic down with the yellow jacket (?) seems particularly awkward and certainly not very vintage. I don’t mean to get all ALT but that’s what struck me first. 

  • Anonymous

    Love the stylized look! There is a restaurant in Orlando (Linda’s La Cantina anyone?) and one of the powder rooms is wall-paperd in old Vogue magazine pages, and fashion illustrations from the mid-century, that is EXACTLY what the model here looks like. ADORABLE!

  • Anonymous

    It’s supposed to be weird, plasticky, and over the top.  Success!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

    Very pretty.  The model also has really big feet.

  • Anonymous

    Retro is starting to bore me.

    • Anonymous

      This is exaggerated in a way that’s kind of fun.

  • Anonymous

    It reminds me of a Gene Marshall shoot with bigger hair. Higher class than Barbie.

  • Anonymous

    Stylized and interesting, in its way, but the pose in the yellow jacket with the red purse is all wrong.

  • Anonymous

    I love the red dress in the last image. Who is it by?

  • Anonymous

    this is nice enough in its way. her face is more abstracted & plastic than it wouldve been seventy years ago [fifty, frighteningly is only 1961 & if theyre talking dietrich, as they are, you gotta go back further]. so maybe thats the updating. i seriously wonder what things would look like now if there were no past for them to reference–& i have to call them things cos this covers all kinds of products & all kinds of design. i wonder if it would be interesting if, for example, today’s other post-ee [gaga] had nobody at all to copy. same w/ marc jacobs, all kinds of people. what can they make thats new? it might be okay, really, if they tried. maybe not but then maybe people w/ newer ideas could do something? maybe?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Elizabeth-Poytinger-Baumer/1516981341 Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    darling T and darling L I just passed out from the awesome. Bless.

  • Anonymous


  • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

    Babe Paley!

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    I love the clothes.  God I hope that they all come back.  Please!  The model reminds me of Joan Crawford before she became all creepy.