Local spotlight

It’s time for the usual monday mega post and this time, I am going to write a long one regarding the local editorial scene.

Firstly, get to know the local fashion photographer duo Chuando & Frey, who were regulars at Style: and BAZAAR before moving on to become the creative directors of L’Officiel. They still shoot editorials and covers for each of the mentioned magazines once in a while.

One of their most famous work to date is shooting Janet Jackson’s ‘Discipline’ album cover and images:


What I have identified their photography style is that they always make the model look ultra edgy, fierce and smoking hot. They shoot mostly in studios and the shots are very polished and sharp, there is always this certain ‘metal’ feel about it.

Chuando also owns the local Avenue modelling agency which has a impressive list of models under its name.

(*The following shots are all photographed by Chuando & Frey)

Coco Rocha



Coco came here for experience when she was younger— way before she became famous during the Fall 06′ season.

Alana Kuznetsova


Alana is currently seen in the Vogue Paris 2009 calendar, the very first— January girl. She was on the cover of L’Officiel SG for July 08′.

Sophie Srej


This entire shoot—taken from Style: November 08′— is so va-va-voom that I could hardly believe it is Sophie Srej, the Hungarian stunner who walked down the Calvin Klein runway as an exclusive and also the much coveted Prada runway this season. Way to work it girl!

Serafima Vakulenko


Serafima— currently starring in the BCBG Fall 08′ ads alongside Tanya Dziahileva—acted up naughty in this editorial, found in the very latest December 08′ Style: magazine.

Monika Jagaciak


This is the Ashley Isham Spring 08′ ad. She is the model that had sparked controversy for being too young.

Emma Karlson


This editorial, is too stunning for words. It is also pretty nice to see Chuando & Frey working with more sultry colours and a full blown Geisha theme. Emma walked the Chanel Fall 07′ runway, and she appeared on the cover of Vogue Greece for October 08′ (that shot is a reprint of an Australian Vogue editorial though).

Other models who are under Ave, and had been or are going to be here in Singapore soon:

  • Denisa Dvorakova
  • Zuzanna Straska
  • Anya Kazakova — she  walked Prada and opened Calvin Klein remember?
  • Gwen Lu
  • Sigrid Agren

Speaking of Sigrid Agren, my senior found an issue of local Seventeen magazine with her in it. Starring in an editorial called ”The Princess Diaries” where she was styled into different socialites’ looks.

Sigrid as…

Paris Hilton


as Kimberly Stewart


as Ivanka Trump


This French beauty, as you all know, opened Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and closed the Prada Spring 09′ show, and she will be starring in the upcoming campaign. Before all that happened, she dropped by this little island here during summer 2007 for work, according to her video at models.com

Australian models have also flown here quite frequently for test shoots and for portfolio before they head to New York. Some examples are Alice Burdue and Catherine McNeil:


Kenneth Goh, the fashion director of BAZAAR SG (who also styled those Janet Jackson images), put McNeil on the November 06′ cover without a casting.

Guess that’s all for now. Till any further updates, stay tuned!

This post is made possible thanks to Surrealseven @TFS.

images: supermodel.nl, FMD
all ed scans by Surrealseven from Style:,BAZAAR,L'Officiel

  • peek-a-boo

    S’pore is certainly on par with any major fashion capital. Chuando and Frey’s credentials are impressive and highlights the brewing talent S’pore. Their editorials are amazing and the pictures above of Emma Karlson and Monika Jagaciak dropped my jaw!

  • http://asianmodelsblog.blogspot.com asian models blog

    The Catherine McNeil cover for Singapore HB is spectacular!

    Personally, I hate that Janet Jackson photo. It makes her look FAT! Hate the wet hair.

  • D

    wow, impressive. where’d you get news of sigrid and the likes are coming to singapore?

  • http://rocketrend.wordpress.com/ Laila

    Sigrid is not coming to singapore already if i am not wrong. because she had been here —during Aug 07′— and now she’s too big to come back LOL.

    Anya K will probably be coming. Or has already been here.

    All news from surrealseven. he speaks to frey.

  • http://ambush.wordpress.com/ ambush

    absolutely love your blog!