We spent two days on set get­ting to know the real crazy rich Asians of Sin­ga­pore

Singapore Tatler - - BEHIND THE SCENES -

Af­ter months of an­tic­i­pa­tion, the film Crazy Rich Asians fi­nally pre­miered in Au­gust. Based on the high so­ci­ety scene in Sin­ga­pore and fea­tur­ing a stel­lar all-asian cast, it was no­tably one of the year’s long-awaited re­lease. It was big­ger than just some sum­mer rom­com—the movie is part of a wider cul­tural con­ver­sa­tion, and a coup for Asians all over the world to fi­nally achieve the vis­i­bil­ity on the sil­ver screen that many have longed for Hol­ly­wood to give us. And as one of the key pub­li­ca­tions men­tioned in the book as er, Sin­ga­pore Tat­tle, it was only nat­u­ral that we paid homage to the Kevin Kwan novel, but this time cast­ing our own set of colour­ful char­ac­ters that we truly be­lieve em­body the crazy rich Asian spirit. Per­son­i­fy­ing this world is Peggy Jeffs, so­ci­ety stal­wart and lover of dra­matic head­pieces. Fre­quently spot­ted at so­ci­ety events decked in avant-garde con­fec­tions from un­der-ther­adar de­sign­ers, Peggy’s over-the-top style alone is de­serv­ing of the ti­tle. For this shoot, she oozed OTT per­fec­tion with in­tense smoky eyes and metic­u­lously teased hair, cour­tesy of hair and make-up mae­stro Grego. Her dra­matic trans­for­ma­tion drew com­par­i­son to an­other eclec­tic fash­ion per­son­al­ity—the Bri­tish-irish heiress and fash­ion icon Daphne Guin­ness. Then we have so­cial me­dia su­per­star Cal­ista Cuaca, daugh­ter of so­cialite Jamie Chua, grace our cover for the very first time. A bona fide rich kid of In­sta­gram, Cal­ista lets her fol­low­ers in on her en­vi­able life filled with the best clothes and the hottest par­ties. But there were no first-time jit­ters or nerves for this fash­ion­ista. She worked the cam­era like a pro, ac­ing her poses each time while decked out in one of the must-have pieces of the sea­son—the Fendi Dou­ble F logo thigh-high boots. And round­ing up the tri­fecta is The Mad Chi­na­man him­self, Dick Lee. The en­ter­tainer was all smiles on set, bring­ing a vi­brant en­ergy as he leapt around the stu­dio with a pa­per fan in hand gamely do­ing every­thing to get the per­fect shot.

The crew got Peggy Jeffs danc­ing to Drake’s vi­ral In My Feel­ings track to get her in the mood

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