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art & creative direction SHINI PARK
assistant photographer SIMON SCHMIDT created for Calvin Klein Swimwear

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Bruise and Baywatch: Calvin Klein fiery red Intense Power one-piece swimsuit

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Doubles as a top, should the waters be too cold: Calvin Klein cropped rash vest

Unmoored by the particulars of who and what might be watching you on a deserted beach at sunset, in Calvin Klein‘s one must dance, if not make sand angels on a particularly powdery part of the beach. This is my swimwear edit: a tinge of Baywatch (for mouth-to-mouth is always the objective), and multi-purpose swim garbs, as per. Crop tops and high-rises, might as well be John McClane. Also – just in time for sale season. Yipee-ki-yay, kids.

Swimsuit – Calvin Klein.

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Warning: May be mistaken for lifeguard:Calvin Klein fiery red Intense Power one-piece swimsuit
Peel each layer with gusto (is it a bikini set or a one-piece?): Calvin Klein Halterneck Swimsuit
Sunglasses – Rejina Pyo

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Trousers so high they fasten at the neck. Best with crop-top rashers: Calvin Klein High Rise Khaki trousers + Calvin Klein cropped rash vest
Top – . Skirt – Loewe. Heels – Manolo Blahnik. Bag – Celine.

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in conversation with Bentley

‘Verified’. It’s an open secret that anyone with even a dab of digital presence will have looked up on Google, nay, will have asked various forums and perhaps even inappropriately prodded a vague contact at Instagram (sister of a friend of a friend) how one attains a ‘verified’ status on the platform. The famous blue badge that denotes legitimacy of an account, and all at the same time trivialises the collective effort of the ‘unbadged’ rest. For my journalist friends, it’s Twitter; for my golden-locked and Gucci-clad acquaintances, Instagram, or even Youtube.

I too, can confess to having spent three quarters of a weekend hour (i,e thing of gold) trying to suss the system out… digging around for perhaps a painful W8-BEN type form hidden in the nooks of the settings page, or some fiery hoops to jump through. I figured, nearly ten years in this game, I could flirt with the idea of ‘going legit’. Only, I found out too soon (and suspiciously easily), that there was no system as such. This baffled me. One girl reportedly reported a FB employee who had sold their anointing power to a slew of influencers, and as a thank you for they awarded her said badge. The rest of the advice was ‘amass a huge following’.

Okay.

Developed by the Mulliner Special Commissioning Unit, with only 50 cars produced, the Bentley Mulsanne Hallmark Series is a stamp of authenticity, and veracity.

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This got me thinking, given the various ambiguous methods of displaying self/career-worth available, and the seemingly unfulfilling tokens in place, what is it that truly verifies one’s authenticity and credibility? What was my hallmark?

Thankfully, the brands I choose to work with are great teachers in demonstrating exactly this — namely Bentley, and the Mulsanne Hallmark Series: a limited edition by Mulliner released at the Geneva Motorshow, which celebrates the marriage of unparalleled technology and craftsmanship. Only 50 units available in Gold and Silver, symbolic of its inspiration – precious metals which are authenticated by a hallmark, or stamps, validating their worth. No absurd grading system, simply the excellence in product. And the notion that, your true hallmark is purely your own passion and effort, even if there is no blue badge to say so.

Discover the full prestige of the series at Bentley Mulsanne Hallmark Series

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…the notion that, your true hallmark is purely your own passion and effort, even if there is no blue badge to say so.

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Top & trousers – Jacqumus. Belt – Loewe.

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