PER­SONAL STYLE

The city’s sweet­est bach­e­lorette springs the news of her im­pend­ing big day in BAZAAR, but plays coy about the dress.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Advertisement - By Cai Mei Khoo.

Gabrielle Tan teases with vin­tage flair and wed­ding de­tails

Wed­ding bells are ring­ing for Gabrielle Tan, the 33-year-old di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing for Mid Val­ley City Gar­dens, who re­ally doesn’t look a day over 25. “I want some­thing sim­ple yet mag­i­cal,” says Gabby, as she’s more af­fec­tion­ately known, of her wed­ding that’s due to take place later this year. “That’s what wed­dings are to me – mag­i­cal.” With her bub­bly per­son­al­ity and a ready smile (“It’s harder for me not to smile,” she tells me at this pho­to­shoot), Gabby’s laugh­ter is in­fec­tious, mak­ing for a fun, laid­back shoot. “I would like for my wed­ding to be some­what vin­tagein­spired be­cause both Mike (her fi­ancé) and I ap­pre­ci­ate an­tiques and rus­tic el­e­ments,” as ev­i­dent in their home dé­cor with vin­tage sig­nage on an ex­posed brick wall.

Her love for all things vin­tage is also ap­par­ent in her sar­to­rial choices, with ’50s-style dresses be­ing a re­cur­ring favourite in her wardrobe. “I was al­ready into full skirts when I was in Lon­don study­ing for my sec­ond de­gree,” Gabby re­calls. “That was when I was able to truly ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent looks and find one that I was com­fort­able with. I still have great pas­sion for vin­tage cloth­ing.” Her walk-in wardrobe brim­ming with vin­tage tea dresses in a mul­ti­tude of colours and prints is tes­ta­ment to that. “I can be rather ec­cen­tric and quirky with my clothes and I don’t shy away from prints, ex­cept maybe an­i­mal print.”

When asked about her style influences, Gabby ad­mits that her mother played a key role in form­ing her own unique style. “My mother, Doris Day, and Char­l­ize Theron are three of my peren­nial style icons, women

who I think have a clas­sic el­e­gance and grace about them that seem ever­last­ing,” she says. “While my per­son­al­ity and mood in­flu­ence my per­sonal style – there are days I’m in a dress with heavy flo­ral print and oth­ers where I’m in an all-black en­sem­ble – I al­ways know what I’m com­fort­able and con­fi­dent in, and I think that’s the most im­por­tant thing to pulling off a look.”

A self-con­fessed shoe lover, Gabby’s shoe closet is full of tow­er­ing heels from Chris­tian Louboutin to Louis Vuit­ton. “I never used to be a shoe girl un­til I laid my eyes on Louboutins,” she laughs. “Since then, I’ve made it my mis­sion to get a pair ev­ery year. Right now, my favourite is the first pair I bought in New York, in black and white python leather that was too beau­ti­ful to pass up, even though I’m not usu­ally into snake­skin,” re­veals Gabby, who has also de­cided that her ‘some­thing blue’ at the wed­ding will be her shoes – trust Gabby to be a bride with a twist.

“Etsy and Pin­ter­est have been amaz­ing for get­ting ideas and buy­ing things that may not be avail­able lo­cally,” she shares. “Pin­ter­est would be my first tip to brides-to-be, with the sec­ond be­ing a wed­ding plan­ner. A bride should not be the one who’s get­ting stressed out.” The high­light of wed­ding prepa­ra­tions so far? “Be­ing en­gaged and the idea of be­ing mar­ried to my soul­mate, as cheesy as that may sound,” smiles Gabby. “That and find­ing the dress, of course.”

When asked if it took her a long time to find her wed­ding gown, she tells me that it was ac­tu­ally a pretty easy process as she knew what she wanted. “I looked at lots of bri­dal de­signer web­sites like Os­car de la Renta and Monique Lhuil­lier and was ac­tu­ally pre­pared to go wed­ding gown shop­ping in Sin­ga­pore and LA,” says Gabby.

“Then I found De­signer Bri­dal Room in KL that car­ries Span­ish brands such as Manuel Mota and Pronovias, and will even bring in gowns from Elie by Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad,” she en­thuses. “I tried on four dresses there and nar­rowed it down to the first two. When I tried on the sec­ond dress again, I knew that it was the dress I wanted to be mar­ried in. The cut and how it fit me … there’s a touch of old Hol­ly­wood glam­our to it,” she says. I prod for more de­tails but all that Gabby will tell me is that it makes her feel like a princess. “It’s the per­fect dress,” she says coyly. One with a touch of magic, we’re sure.

Vin­tage pin-up. Dress, Rock Steady

Flo­ral sweet­heart. Dress, Bernie Dex­ter. Ac­ces­sories and shoes (worn through­out), Gabrielle’s own

Cosy cor­ner. Top, Elsey. Skirt, Bet­tie Page

Happy-go-lucky. Play­suit, At­mos­phere

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