The Seahs

From left: Russell in cotton blouson, matching pants, leather shirt, and leather sneakers, Fendi, and cotton bucket hat, Burberry. Rover the dachshund in sweater, Thom Browne. Sheryl Teo, Russell’s flight attendant wife, in lace gown, Gucci. Charlie Rose Ong, Charmaine’s elder daughter, in cotton dress, leather Mary Janes, and matching tote, Gucci, and acetate sunglasses, Dolce & Gabbana. Christine in cotton toga dress, Stella McCartney, and satin sandals, Stuart Weitzman. Philip in cotton shirt and polyester pants, Issey Miyake, and leather Oxfords, Gucci. Charmaine in tweed shift dress, and plastic and leather boots, Chanel. Dahlia Jaymes Ong, Charmaine’s younger daughter, in cotton T-shirt, Dolce & Gabbana. Derek Ong, Charmaine’s husband/co-founder of Elementary & Co., in sequinned wool jumper, denim jeans, and leather Oxfords, Gucci.

An ability to look preternaturally, effortlessly chic  seems to run in the family of Charmaine Seah-Ong (second from right), co-founder of branding agency Elementary Co. and member of the Female Collective – from her charismatic parents Philip and Christine (both middle) to her first brother Russell (extreme left), who recently left the creative industry to become a financial adviser. Here they are in the senior Seahs’ Telok Kurau bungalow – de facto weekend hangout and venue of several gatherings that have resulted in visits from the police for noise complaints – with their spouses and Seah-Ong’s daughters. Missing from picture: second brother Brandon, who works in fashion in New York, and youngest brother Darryl, who’s studying in Vancouver.

Joel Lim and Soleil Mak

Joel (left) in viscose camp shirt, Sandro, and polyester pants and leather sandals, Issey Miyake. Soleil in viscose jacket, Sandro, wool polo shirt and matching pants, Burberry, resin cuffs, Chanel, and suede boots, Stuart Weitzman.

The photographer (him) and stylist (her) couple behind the cheeky Instagram account Cop That Cover (@copthatcover), which satirises the covers of fashion magazines, in their newly renovated, industrial-themed Upper Changi Road apartment. Of its nude/brown/white/black colour scheme, Lim says: “It’s the colour scheme of both our wardrobes: masculine and calming.” 

Photography Veronica Tay Art Direction Jonathan Chia & Adeline Eng Styling Imran Jalal 

The Fandis

From left: Iman in embroidered jacquard gilet, leather pants and matching sneakers, Louis Vuitton. Wendy in silk bustier gown and matching turban, Marc Jacobs, and leather sandals, Miu Miu. Iryan in nylon blouson, cotton poplin shirt and matching shorts, Prada, and leather boots, Bally.

Singapore’s answer to the Beckhams is also fast becoming our answer to the Hadids, what with only daughter Iman (far left), 18, establishing herself as the next local model to watch. And of course, mum’s the stunning South African beauty Wendy Jacobs (middle). Here, the telegenic duo pose with the baby of the clan (and, we dare say, model-material-in-the-making), Iryan, 11, in the living room of a family friend (they prefer to keep their Seletar condominium private), while soccer legend dad Fandi and brothers Irfan, Ikhsan and Ilhan – all aspiring star athletes and equally handsome – are away for training.

Tracy Philips’ Tribe

From left: Hasnor in cotton poplin shirt, linen jersey singlet and leather sandals, Hermes, and his own pants and beret. Ida in Michael Kors Collection linen trenchcoat, Michael Kors, and leather Derby shoes, Miu Miu. Anmari Van Nieuwenhove, arts and programming manager and Hasnor’s girlfriend, in wool-blend slip dress, Salvatore Ferragamo. Tracy in cotton toga dress, cotton poplin shirt, and leather sandals, Prada. Louise in viscose slip dress with paillettes and silk slip dress, Salvatore Ferragamo. Lauren, Louise’s daughter, in wool polo shirt, matching sweater and jersey leggings, Burberry, and canvas sneakers, Bally. Clare Tan, who does volunteer work, in cotton shirt and wool pants, CK Calvin Klein.

The effervescent director of creative consultancy PPurpose (middle) has been living on her own since she was 19, so good friends to her are as good as family – and often spend time at her place just like one. Joining her in this photo taken at her new Palm Springs-inspired apartment in Tanglin are some of her dearest pals, including jewellery designer Louise Siahaan (fifth from left), senior creative manager Ida Tan (second from left), and DJ Hasnor Sidik (near right), whom she’s known since her Zouk marketing days.   


Photography Assistant Phyllicia Wang Styling Assistant Christabel Teo Hair Zeevytee, using Kevin Murphy & Zoel T, using Keune Makeup Benedict Choo, using Chanel & Leah Hidayah, using M.A.C

This story first appeared in Female’s May 2018 issue. 

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