“Fancy would be the next level of my everyday style, which I’d say is a reflection of the mood I’m in. Sometimes I feel girlie, sometimes I’m moody, and at times I feel loud. If I have to define fancy using examples of clothes from an era, then fashion of the ’50s to ’80s embodied that spirit perfectly.”
Tattoo artist Josephine Chan Griede, who describes her style as “modern, simplified grunge”, wears silk dress and cotton socks, Valentino; metal cuff with crystals, Swarovski; and her own boots and plugs.
“Being fancy is an extreme version of one’s self that you show to others only occasionally. When I do dress up, I (make an even bigger effort to) add personality to my outfit, such as incorporating a traditional shirt from my Kayin tribe with a suit.”
Andro chic Myanmarese fine arts student Myo Thet Hnin wears a Sies Marjan vinyl coat, www.net-a-porter.com; metal chandelier earring and matching necklace, Dior; and her own Killstar pullover.
“Say ‘fancy’ and Iggy Azalea’s rap anthem of the same name immediately comes to my mind. Seriously speaking though, I view dressing up as taking on an identity and committing to the way you want to look. I’m drawn to subcultures of Teddy girls and ’80s glam rock, and my icon is the designer Dilara Findikoglu, who’s known for her darkly romantic aesthetic.”
All goth glam on her days off, marketing communications executive Poh Shimin wears wool jacket, Gucci; satin pumps and embellished Maharaja Bracelet minaudiere, Roger Vivier; acetate sunglasses, Miu Miu; metal chandelier earrings with crystals and matching bracelet, Swarovski; her own vintage Jean Paul Gaultier T-shirt and I.Am.Gia pants; and gloves, stylist’s own.
Myo wears a velvet midi dress and leather boots, Balenciaga; metal chandelier earring and matching necklace, Dior; Baguette suede pochette, Fendi; and her own pants.
Chan Griede wears a silk camisole with sequins and matching pencil skirt, Diane von Furstenberg; Atelier Swarovski metal necklace with crystals; her own plugs; and bodysuit, stylist’s own
“Being fancy is about feeling your best and looking good, and looking good means feeling confident and not having to keep up with trends or caring about how you look in other people’s eyes. It’s not about impressing others.”
Recent mass communications graduate Bella Zade, who walks the talk with her ghetto rap-influenced dressing, wears Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello wool jacket, silk shirt, and denim jeans with sequins, Saint Laurent; Atelier Swarovski metal bracelet with crystals, Swarovski; Erdem metal chandelier earrings with crystals, Club21 Four Seasons; and her own hat and Nasty Gal boots.
“I think of a peacock when I hear the word ‘fancy’ because the animal exudes confidence from within. And just like the majestic bird, I feel like a peacock when I put in that extra effort to dress up.”
Clara Hong, recent new media graduate and budding style star with her discreet chic take on sporty streetwear, wears a silk midi dress with sequins, cashmere sweater, and cotton socks, Dior; leather boots, Valentino; and her own accessories.
Hong wears a silk bustier dress, Moschino; metal hoop earrings, Balenciaga; and her own Die Hard Lover T-shirt and beret.
“Fancy dressing lets you express yourself and make a statement in a more daring and experimental way. It shouldn’t be a hassle or regarded as a hobby; it’s supposed to bring out your uniqueness. And it makes me feel infinite.”
Self-described “Harajuku girl”/teacher Chanel Kang wears faux fur coat and Sharp calfskin top-handle bag, Balenciaga; Atelier Swarovski metal choker with crystals and matching bracelet (on right hand), Swarovski; metal bracelet with crystals, Swarovski, and her own accessories and boots.