Jamie Qian Qian Wu
The Shanghai-born stylist/TV producer has been based here since 2016 (though she’s a serial jet-setter who’s Jordan-bound next) and is always dressed in the buzziest — and edgiest — labels of the moment. Case in point: this Richard Quinn top and skirt (first image) that was her latest purchase just before our shoot, paired with a leather corset from Dior and her own Gianvito Rossi booties and Louis Vuitton earrings.
Lena Kamarudin-Tambunan (with her twins Ayden Luca and Isabella Luna)
The fashion editor-turned-entrepreneur is behind rustic-chic homeware label Luulaa, which will expand into children’s furniture next year. Her style is equally bohemian — with a dose of high fashion glamour thrown in. (And clearly, that sartorial eye has rubbed off on her children.) Here she accents her own Jacquemus dress and Calvin Klein sports bra with a feathered fascinator from Gucci, leather boots from Fendi, and more of her own accessories.
On Ayden: Space Cadets hat, H&M jacket, pants and boots, Zara Kids T-shirt, and Oh Happy Fry and Coco and Ginger necklaces, his own. On Isabella: Peekaboo XS calfskin top-handle bag, Fendi. Bonpoint hat, Gucci T-shirt, Chanel and Mango Kids necklaces, Uniqlo shirt (worn around waist) and socks, and H&M skirt and Mary Janes, her own.
This quintessential party girl/Female Collective member runs public relations and communications at hip multi-label store Surrender, which also means that no matter what she’s in, expect her to bring a sexy street edge. Here, she wears a chintz toga gown from Hermes with lace gloves from Gucci, and her own Christian Dada cross-body bag, socks and Converse x Off-White sneakers.
Charmaine Seah (with brothers Russell and Brandon)
The fun-meets-glamorous Female Collective member — who co-founded boutique branding agency Elementary Co. and is part of the team behind the Life Beyond Grades movement — is far from the only fashion plate in the family. Russell — the elder of the two guys here — may live in skate wear when he’s not at work as a financial consultant, but appreciates a good suit, while Brandon works in New York as men’s senior sales manager at an American label. And as you can probably tell from the first image above, they dig — and own a lot — Thom Browne, which Russell (far left) has paired with glasses from Dior Homme, and Charmaine, with technical fabric pumps from Prada, resin rings from Dior, and her own Fleet Ilya hairband and jewellery.
A graphic design student who also dabbles in making zines, tees and posters, she contributes visuals to the Adrian Joffe-approved local streetwear label Youths In Balaclava as well. Like her work, there’s an experimental, ’90s alt spirit to her wardrobe. How does she make a cotton toga dress and cropped top from Loewe, and suede slides from Tory Burch her own? Throw over her own Jakke faux fur coat and body harness, and complete with printed socks.
Genevieve Peggy Jeffs
The philanthropist known for her larger-than-life style is as supportive of young designers as she is of various charities. The painterly robe she wears here is by recent Lasalle College Of The Arts fashion graduate Michelle Sutanto and one of her latest purchases, worn with Sunny Side Of Life 18K white gold earrings with diamonds and feathers from Piaget, and her own Eskpade Millinery headpiece.
Azzurra La Mantia
She’s the effervescent, Sicily-born owner of the tastefully curated vintage wear boutique A Vintage Tale in Joo Chiat. Her own vintage stash spans over a thousand pieces of apparel and accessories, including a colourful riot of dresses and jewellery from the ’70s (her favourite era) and fun millinery — just like this feather hat of hers that she wears with (in the first image) a cotton top and polyamide tights from Prada. H&M skirt and Miu Miu sandals, her own.
Aarika Lee (in turban, with sister Michaela Davlyne Wong)
The singer, marketing director of boutique branding agency Elementary Co., and member of the Female Collective has become the poster girl for eclectic glamour with her penchant for head wraps. And of course she had to don one for this shoot, while wearing her new favourite designer: her sister Michaela Davlyne Wong, who recently graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a collection of dramatic dresses crafted out of unexpected, utilitarian materials such as urethane rubber. In the first image, the turban, jewellery and Converse sneakers, Aarika’s own. On Wong: silk shirt and skirt, Tory Burch. Mini Lady Dior calfskin handbag, Dior.
Photography Tan Wei Te, Zaphs Zhang & Vee Chin Videography Imran Jalal and Gong YiMin, shot on the iPhone XR & edited by Hisyam A Rahman Styling Imran Jalal Hair Ken Hong/Evolve Salon & Miho Kimura/Itto+Lim Makeup Benedict Choo, using Chanel & Naz K, using Laura Mercier
This story first appeared in Female’s December 2018 issue.