Watch: Jasmine Sim transported on the wheels of Hong Kong in Louis Vuitton’s fall/winter collection

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Text: Jolene Khor

On the train, in a tram, via a taxi and through a ferry, Jasmine Sim takes Louis Vuitton’s latest hits on a ride

What makes the present? Is it the amalgamation of bygones and the things yet to be? Or is now a reflection of yesterday, examined again with a new lens? Maybe it's independent from timelines, rooted in nothing but every moment however fleeting, forsaking all else.

Louis Vuitton's fall/winter 2018 collection flirts with those themes (using Star Trek motifs and sporty corsetry), and so does Jasmine Sim through the various modes of transportation in Hong Kong. Discover the collection here, and read about the actor-model's reckoning with the past, present and future, below.

We're in Hong Kong with Louis Vuitton for their fall/winter 2018 preview. What's your relationship like with the city?
I'm not a very city person so when I'm overseas, I generally prefer to go somewhere more chill. I'm not a planner at all. I just do. I'm not much of a shopper either, nor do I let a schedule dictate where I must go. So I like to get a feel of where I am by walking around aimlessly and exploring on my own, do my own thing, see what comes my way. I was recently in Ningbo, China for work. When I wasn't filming, I roamed the village lots and one day, I found myself randomly hiking a hill.

Tell me about the last time you felt transported.
Fiction does that for me. When I read, sometimes I feel like I'm not physically here anymore. I get completely sucked into what I read. When I'm travelling, it's usually the food that allows me to experience where I am fully. Where we ate lunch [Chopsticks Kee], there's no place more local than that. The noodles, the old newspaper clippings and photos on the wall, the tiny order sheets... there's no place else like it, it's unique to Hong Kong.

We were in a cab, tram, train and ferry all in one day. What's your preferred mode of transportation?
Can I say hot air balloon?

That happened in Turkey. Frankly I wasn't crazy about the historical aspects of our trip (I went with my family) but the hot air balloon ride was an out of body experience.  I don't like to be in a rush so I enjoyed being swept away. It was a different world. It felt like I was lost, except I wasn't. My mother was initially super against it because she was worried about our safety, but when we were finally floating, the view changed everything.

If you had a choice of travelling back in time or travelling into the future, which would you choose?
The future. The past over, I don't really wanna go back there. I mean not that anything bad happened but it's best to move on. I'm excited to see what the future would be like for me. If I visit the past, I might be tempted to change things about my life and I don't want to feel that way because everything happens for a reason.

That sounds serious.
Not really. Things are moving so quickly now, especially with technology that I honestly can't think and process it all. I'm curious to see if any of our aspirations will come to be in the future. Just for fun!

When it comes to fashion, do you then prefer the more futuristic trend than the vintage vibe?
I prefer more vintage looks for myself. It's something about how they have a story I don't know about, a past life before me that I'm drawn to.

Do you collect vintage?
I'm a hoarder. [Laugh] No like honestly I'm a hoarder. I'm only starting to learn how to throw things out.

What won't you get rid of?
I have costumes from my childhood that I can't bear to part with. There's also my dad's leather briefcase from god knows when — it's the oldest thing I have in my closet.

The oldest thing I have in my closet was also my dad's. It's his wedding tuxedo jacket from... 1984.
Exactly! We need to hold on to those. Oh, I don't think I can throw away photos either; I like to have hard copies of photos. I still take Polaroids even though the camera is really clunky to lug around.

How do you stay present?
It's beyond just being present literally. With my friends, I try to put my phone down as much as possible and engage in genuine conversations. I think we reach for our phones when we don't know what to say, or when things get awkward. Being present in a way, is enjoying the awkwardness and push through it. That's how you break the ice and get to know someone that much better. If I'm travelling, I try not to be too reliant on my phone too so I can better immerse myself in where I am... take everything in, notice the little things.

Director: Vanessa Caitlin
Director of Photography and Editor: David Bay
Fashion Editor and Stylist: Jolene Khor
Makeup Artist: Matt Li
Hair Stylist: Shue Lai
Model: Jasmine Sim / Now Model Management
Music: Tripura Productions