THE FASH­ION IT GIRLS

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Three new­com­ers to Sin­ga­pore’s best-dressed scene put their own spin on the sea­son’s key looks.

JAMIE QIANQIAN WU

For this Shang­hai-born stylist and TV pro­ducer, it’s as im­por­tant to keep up with fash­ion trends as it is cur­rent af­fairs. “It’s like read­ing the news. You need to know what’s hap­pen­ing now,” she says. And Wu, who moved to Sin­ga­pore in 2016 with her hus­band, cer­tainly walks the talk. Her IG ac­count (@jamieqqwu) is reg­u­larly up­dated with im­ages of her at A-list events or ex­otic des­ti­na­tions, wear­ing the lat­est, most­buzzed-about cat­walk pieces: Ver­sace’s Warhol-print S/S ’18 minidress at LACMA’s Hong Kong Art Basel party; Jac­que­mus’ XXXL straw hat on va­cay at Aman­jiwo; a host of edgy, up-and-com­ing la­bels like Y/Project and Wanda Ny­lon at Paris and Mi­lan Fash­ion Week. Cheeky ir­rev­er­ence, along with a fear­less­ness – and gift – for mix­ing and match­ing, lends ed­i­to­rial flair and dis­tin­guishes her from la­bel-lov­ing so­ci­ety types. Her ap­proach is best cap­tured when she speaks of her favourite fash­ion decade: “The ’80s, when truly in­de­pen­dent fe­male icons like Madonna, Grace Jones and Princess Diana fought against in­sti­tu­tions and stereo­types. (It was an era when) fash­ion was best used as a weapon.”

HER SENSE OF STYLE

“A mix of street and luxe, retro and mod­ern, fem­i­nine and mas­cu­line.”

HER STYLE IN­FLU­ENCES

“As a teen, TLC and Missy El­liott, who made me wear any­thing over­sized and an­drog­y­nous. Then Car­rie Brad­shaw, who would wear a belt on her ex­posed midriff with a long flowy skirt and Manolo Blah­niks. Then Ri­hanna, who ties all these in­flu­ences to­gether.”

HOW SHE AL­WAYS LOOKS GLAM­OROUS

“De­tails, de­tails, de­tails – and shoes are the most im­por­tant... They’re the best (part of an out­fit) to over ex­ag­ger­ate.”

MANIKA YUJUICO KWAN

The terms “eclec­tic” and “ef­fort­less” don’t al­ways go to­gether, but for this Manila-born mother-of-one, it does – re­fresh­ingly well. Scroll through her IG (@manikayu­juico) for a doc­u­men­ta­tion of how she puts an in­tel­lec­tual, slightly boho spin on sim­ple, prac­ti­cal sum­mer-ready sta­ples. A crisp pale pink shirt paired with hot pink plisse pleated berms and rust-coloured clogs. A breezy, off-shoul­der polka-dot dress that could look fash­ion blog­ger­girlie, if not for the striped foulard worn the way men do at Pitti Uomo (wound twice high on the neck, then knot­ted). Un­like typ­i­cal OOTDs, she doesn’t show her face, doesn’t pose, and doesn’t cap­tion or tag any brands. It’s sim­ply her way of ex­press­ing her love for dress­ing up, she says. Be­fore mov­ing to Sin­ga­pore with her fam­ily last year, she worked in mer­chan­dis­ing, whole­sale and PR at lux­ury la­bels in Hong Kong and New York.

HER STYLE MANTRA

“I’ll try ev­ery­thing.”

HER STYLE IN­FLU­ENCES

“I get ideas about mix­ing tex­tures and shapes from In­sta­gram ac­counts like that of French mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary de­signer Mathieu Le­han­neur (@math­ieule­han­neur). Filipino de­sign­ers like Rajo Lau­rel (@ra­jo­lau­rel) and Araw (@araw. the­line), who work with linen, also give me plenty of wardrobe in­spi­ra­tions for this cli­mate.”

WARDROBE MUST-HAVE

“Belts are heaven-sent as they ac­cen­tu­ate my straight fig­ure, es­pe­cially when wear­ing dresses. My favourite are from Alaia.”

AMANDA CHAANG

We’re sure that we’ll be see­ing lots more of this bub­bly Malaysian TV host, and not only be­cause she’s now Mrs Jon Chua (of The Sam Wil­lows fame) and has up­rooted over. Doe-eyed beauty aside, she ex­udes a cool so­phis­ti­ca­tion that’s be­yond her 27 years. Sure, she wears a lot of LBDs, body-con and cropped tops, but she keeps ev­ery­thing else – hair, makeup, ac­ces­sories – clas­sic and ef­fort­less. At the same time, she has a play­ful streak – it was her idea to layer Prada’s tulle gown and ny­lon bustier over her own Boss maxi gown and sneak­ers. It’s not sur­pris­ing, con­sid­er­ing her fash­ion in­flu­ences. She says: “My mum has been a style hero even be­fore I was born. I look at pho­tos of her when she was preg­nant with me – dressed in a flowy maxi with red lips – and love her look. She likes things clas­sic, sim­ple and el­e­gant. There’s also Lau­ren Santo Domingo, who’s like a mod­ern day Carolyn Bes­set­teKennedy. She ex­udes glam­our and op­u­lence, and she’s not apolo­getic about it.”

HER SENSE OF STYLE.

“It’s never clearly de­fined. I wear what feels and looks good to me on the day it­self.”

HOW SHE LOOKS SEXY YET SO­PHIS­TI­CATED

“It’s all about un­der­stand­ing your body, pro­por­tions and what looks good on you. If it works, it works. If it doesn’t, hide it in your closet and make sure it never sees the light of day ever again,”

WARDROBE MUST-HAVES

“A crisp white shirt, a pair of skinny jeans that flat­ters your be­hind, and sun­nies.”

Wu wears cot­ton hat, Marc Ja­cobs, and her own For­ever 21 hal­ter top, choker and body jew­ellery,Y/Project cut-out pants, Cartier ear­rings, and Gucci gloves, socks, and san­dals. (Op­po­site) Wool and vel­vet sheath dress, Marc Ja­cobs, and her own H&M ear­rings, Calze­do­nia stock­ings, and Saint Lau­rent by An­thony Vac­carello pumps Laneige Ade­lineSiow/Palet­teinc,us­ingKe­une 1EOIYT ,EMV

Kwan wears wool crepe col­umn dress, Givenchy, satin boots, Giuseppe Zan­otti, and her own Alaia belt. (Op­po­site) Jac­quard tuxedo dress and metal drop ear­rings, Chanel, and her own Gianvito Rossi for Al­tuzarra d’Or­says

Chaang wears leather and wool jacket, leather minidress, wool socks, and patent leather Mary Janes, Miu Miu. (Op­po­site) Tulle dress and ny­lon bustier, Prada, and her own Boss gown and Adi­das sneak­ers

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