LAYLA ONG

Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) - - THE STYLE -

Gamine fea­tures, a waifish de­meanour and an awk­ward-yet-en­dear­ing pres­ence… 22-year-old Ong is lead­ing the re­nais­sance of Sin­ga­porean mod­els who are mak­ing in­roads in the in­ter­na­tional modelling arena. Her big­gest claim to fame? Strut­ting her stuff down the run­ways of Gucci. “I couldn’t be­lieve it was real even mo­ments be­fore I was due to step on the cat­walk,” she re­mem­bers. It also goes with­out say­ing then, that she con­sid­ers Alessan­dro Michele, Gucci’s Cre­ative Di­rec­tor, as one of her fash­ion he­roes. His tal­ent for mak­ing the old new again has per­haps rubbed off on her: She can be seen criss-cross­ing the streets of each fash­ion cap­i­tal in her com­fort­able vintage finds. “I’ve stopped buy­ing new clothes ever since I dis­cov­ered the won­der s of thr ift­ing,” Ong adds, cit­ing NewYork’s Cross­roads as one of her favourite haunts.

Ong wears her own Zara jeans; shirt, Gucci.Gold HardWear Triple Drop ear­rings; gold HardWear Wrap neck­lace; sil­ver T Chain neck­lace; (right hand) gold T Wire ban­gle; gold and di­a­mond T Square ban­gle; gold HardWear Link bracelet; (left hand) plat­inum and di­a­mond Pa­per Flow­ers Di­a­mond Clus­ter bracelet; gold T Nar­row Chain bracelet; gold and di­a­mond T Wire ban­gle, Tif­fany & Co.

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