The annual Star Awards took place last night – and it’s definitely a local tradition to gawk at (or gossip over). It’s come a long way since the ’90s where stars used to take more risks for the occasion (and some still do) – remember Christopher Lee and his apron?
Things may have been really tame at this year’s edition but here are the best of the pack:
#1: Zoe Tay
A lot of celebrities are seen donning black outfits at tonight's #starawards2017's Walk of Fame but Ah Jie @zoetay10 has opted for a brightly lit custom made @elsaschiaparelli jumpsuit and emerald earrings from @cartier. Brilliant choice! – Hayden (@nghayden) #zoetay #sa2017 #starawards2017 #cartier #ootd #Schiaparelli #sa2017sg
The big winner of the night was of course Zoe Tay, often affectionately dubbed the “Queen of Caldecott Hill”. She picked up the Best Actress Award (after 21 years) for her role as a cancer-stricken nurse in the drama You Can Be An Angel 2 (I know, I cringe at the name too).
Her stylist Johnny Khoo went for an unexpected jumpsuit from the Schiaparelli Fall 2016 couture collection – I’m loving the hot pink hue and playful heart motif, which Tay wore well and also distinguished her from the sea of predictable princess gowns (see Vivian Lai) and the like. The emerald drop earrings, courtesy of Cartier, gave a lovely Art Deco edge to her ensemble.
#2: Rebecca Lim
Actress Rebecca Lim went for a more demure route this year, picking a classic black Oscar de la Renta ball gown that was at first glance unexciting but it’s really the kind of black tie look that rewards on closer inspection, especially with that exaggerated bow at the back, calling to mind of Taylor Swift’s pretty-in-pink look (also by de la Renta) at the 2014 Met Gala.
From the sleek hair to the discreet but tasteful jewellery, we don’t really have a bone to pick with Lim’s look at all.
#3: Krystal Jung
South Korean-American singer and actress Krystal Jung made a guest appearance as a presenter and was clad in a vibrant yellow piece from Salvatore Ferragamo’s Spring 2017 collection. While her shoes (platform sandals) had no business appearing on the red carpet, her accessories game was absolutely on point with these architectural drop earrings.
Looking to emulate her look? Cool local label (and a favourite with fashion editor Imran Jalal), State Property, also do similar designs.
#4: Huang Biren
I like to think of veteran Huang Biren as the local version of Cate Blanchett – she’s regal and possesses a certain charismatic yet steely charm to her that isn’t easily emulated. Here, she looks radiant in an electric blue strapless number with a garnet (?) necklace from hairstylist David Gan. The contrast of colours worked beautifully and made me think of Cameron Diaz at the 2007 Met Gala – well played on the part of her stylist, Jeremy Tan.
#5: Chen Liping
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Chen Liping and Huang Biren made for a cute pair on the red carpet in contrasting colours and Liping is right on point with power suits, especially in red, being huge (or should I say yuuuuuge) for Fall 2017.
I mean sure, we could have gone for safer picks like Jesseca Liu in failsafe Zuhair Murad (sooo predictable) – but where’s the thrill?
#6: Joanne Peh
The baby is almost here but Joanne Peh made the effort to turn up – after all, she was up for the once-in-a-career All-Time Favourite Artiste Award (given to stars who have won ten Top 10 Most Popular Artiste Award).
Pregnant women are notoriously difficult to dress for, especially one as heavily pregnant as Peh (she’s nine months along), so kudos to her stylist Martin Wong – Peh looked relaxed and resplendent in her custom made Jessica Cindy gown (a local studio) and the hot pink Roger Vivier (?) flats added a nice focal point.
#7: James Seah
Shout out to the guys: James Seah took on the geeky-chic look and pulled it off quite well I think. The Harry Potter glasses worked on him and the ascot scarf added a subtle touch of colour but didn’t compete against his pinstriped suit – and I always love a pinstripe suit. This is how you can have fun dressing, guys.
Others who tried to go this route didn’t quite get it – see Lee Teng – love the yellow sunglasses, not so much the chinese boyband hair.
Main image: @shaunleelee, @ben_benson and @cisforcelebrity Instagram