Local celebs’ most regrettable fashion moments

Sometimes even those with stylists make bad fashion choices

Local celebs’ most regrettable fashion moments
Local celebs’ most regrettable fashion moments
28 Feb 2017

Local celebs’ most regrettable fashion moments

Everyone’s had a cringeworthy fashion phase or moment that they wish they could erase. But when you are a celebrity, your style missteps not only live on in your memories, but they tend to show up on the Internet for everyone to see. From a literal wardrobe malfunction at the Star Awards to “resembling” a Sesame Street character, local celebs look back at the sartorial moments that made them go “What was I thinking?”

Romeo Tan
Romeo Tan
28 Feb 2017

Romeo Tan

“I wore something purple for [my first] Star Awards and the netizens said I looked like a character from Sesame Street. A stylist picked it for me. I was new then and was clueless about fashion, so I just took what they gave me. I was very guai (obedient) then, but now I am pickier.”

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Pierre Png
Pierre Png
28 Feb 2017

Pierre Png

“I regretted the time when I wore really baggy pants, trying to look like MC Hammer. And wearing flip flops. I was a real beng. Fortunately, I have burnt the photos. [As for the red carpet] It would have to be last year’s Star Awards when I had a swollen eye and I had to wear my shades. I should have just gone and showed the whole world my shrunken eye instead of hiding it. I think I didn’t do a good job.”

Felicia Chin
Felicia Chin
28 Feb 2017

Felicia Chin

“I used to wear sports jackets with everything – that was my standard look. When I first got into showbiz, I didn’t know what fashion was. I remember at that time, I had to style myself so I would go to Far East Plaza carrying a Teen Vogue magazine and would try to find the exact look that was on the cover. And more often than not, it didn’t work out.”

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Hong Ling
Hong Ling
28 Feb 2017

Hong Ling

“(Giggles) Can I say? I wore this dress that is very princess-y and ‘balloon’ for the Mediacorp Campus opening. It was off-shoulder and [I was swimming in] tulle. I didn’t like it but the stylist gave me that outfit so I could not reject it. I prefer something clean and simple.”

Photo: Instagram/@honglingg_

Hong Huifang
Hong Huifang
28 Feb 2017

Hong Huifang

“Last year, I wore the same dress as [GeTai Challenge contestant Xiuping] to the Star Awards. But it wasn’t that bad as we each have our own style and both stood out in our own way – I looked more polished, while she’s more slender so we brought different feel to the same outfit. Luckily we didn’t stand together!

“Another memorable moment was in 2007, when I won Best Supporting Actress. I wasn’t expecting to win so I just wore whatever I was given. The dress was too long and I just paired it with a pair of gold heels that I owned. But I hadn’t worn it in such a long time, the shoes gave way when I got up to go on stage to collect my award. The whole heel came off! So I removed my shoes, shoved them under the seat and walked up the stage barefooted. Fortunately, my dress was long enough to cover my feet so no one noticed.”
 

Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
28 Feb 2017

Desmond Tan

“I remember one year (ed: It was Star Awards 2015), some people didn’t like my hair when I shaved the sides and tied a ponytail. I was going for a very Japanese look and specially shaved my hair for the event. I [was inspired] by the outfit that I wore.”

Carrie Wong
Carrie Wong
28 Feb 2017

Carrie Wong

“A lot of people asked me why I chose to wear the blue dress to last year’s Star Awards. I didn’t want to play it safe, so I wore something that I have never tried before. Plus I liked that dress and it was a nice shade of blue. The only issue was I could not find a good pair of heels to go with it. My heels broke last minute and my stylist could not get a replacement so the shoes was actually the biggest problem.”

Shane Pow
Shane Pow
28 Feb 2017

Shane Pow

“I have worn quite a few outfits that were subjective like one of the Yohji Yamamoto suits for one of the Star Awards. Some people were like ‘oh this is really nice’, and others were like ‘what the hell are you wearing?’ But for me, if I choose to wear something, it means I think that it is okay. For such events, I will try to wear something that I am more comfortable with. I will only wear the loud suits when I don’t have any important nominations.”

Photo: styleXstyle

Jayley Woo
Jayley Woo
28 Feb 2017

Jayley Woo

“For the gala premiere of my first movie, Ghost Child, I wore a blue tube dress that had a glossy feel. But I went in the wrong shade of eye shadow and I looked like I was attending some goth event. That was my favourite shade of blue but I just couldn’t carry it off. I felt very self-conscious and the whole time I was at the event, I wasn’t committed at all. When I spoke, I didn’t say more than three sentences - that was how conscious I was of my getup.”

What about off the red carpet?

“When I was in secondary school, I had to attend this event and the theme was polka dots. I literally went in head-to-toe polka dots and I was really proud of myself because I spent the time and effort to source for polka dotted items online and at the stores. I think I took at least a week to get everything from headband to dress, and even socks and shoes. I feel very embarrassed every time anyone asks me what is my biggest fashion mistake, that would be it. It was all polka dots, who does that?!”

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