Style Evolution: Christopher Lee

The fashion hits and misses of this year’s Star Awards Best Actor and Actress nominees. This time, we're taking a look at Christopher Lee.

Style evolution: Christopher Lee
Style evolution: Christopher Lee
12 Apr 2016

Style evolution: Christopher Lee

Actor Chen Hanwei may be known for his flamboyance, but if anyone can give him a run for his money in the style department, it’s Christopher Lee. An experimental dresser in his younger days (think pimp cane), Chris wasn’t afraid of pushing the boundaries. However, the 44–year-old seems to have mellowed since becoming a father. Check out his style evolution over the years.

1995
1995
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1995

It was the mid-90s, and Chris (middle row, second from right) had yet to discover his adventurous streak, as evidenced by his clean-cut styling for RTV Times.

 

Late 1990s
Late 1990s
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Late 1990s

This photo is proof that not even a face as symmetrical is immune as Chris’ looks good with a middle part. 

Late 1990s
Late 1990s
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Late 1990s

Rimless tinted sunglasses were all the rage in the 1990s even though they did little to block out the glare.

Channel 8 music video (1999)
Channel 8 music video (1999)
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Channel 8 music video (1999)

Chris was a dead ringer for Dao Ming Si in this old Channel 8 music video. 

2000
2000
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2000

Whoa, whoa, whoa – Chris’ wire-rimmed spectacles and short hair brought out his elegant cheekbones more starkly than ever. 

2002
2002
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2002

We never thought we’d say this but Chris looks pretty good in a bob cut.

2003
2003
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2003

32-year-old Chris’ boyish looks shone brightly beneath his boyband-esque bangs and oversized military jacket.

Photo: Sina 

Early 2000s
Early 2000s
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Early 2000s

Aside from the hair, which was seemingly cut by a lawnmower, this look isn’t actually that bad – we’ve always preferred Chris with eyewear, even if the frames are a little too faddish. 

Mid-2000s
Mid-2000s
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Mid-2000s

Knowing Chris’ daring side, this outfit is almost hilariously pedestrian – he looks like he’s about to sell us real estate. 

Star Awards 2007 Show 1
Star Awards 2007 Show 1
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Star Awards 2007 Show 1

Sure, Chris looks pretty dapper in his three-piece suit but we can’t help but stare at that safety pin on his tie.

2008
2008
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2008

Apart from the iconic bikini run through Tiong Bahru Market, Chris’ hot bod was also one of the big talking points of the Beach.Ball.Babes.

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Shaolin Warriors event (2008)
Shaolin Warriors event (2008)
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Shaolin Warriors event (2008)

While this hairstyle might be one of Chris’ most iconic looks, it’s far from his best – we’ve seen poodles less fluffy than that “afro”!

Photo: qq.com

Shaolin Warriors press conference (2009)
Shaolin Warriors press conference (2009)
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Shaolin Warriors press conference (2009)

Dear Chris, regardless of how casual the setting, there's no excuse for turning up at a press conference looking sloppy and like you just rolled out of bed.

My Buddy press conference (2009)
My Buddy press conference (2009)
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My Buddy press conference (2009)

When it comes to men of a certain age, there are older gentlemen…and there are uncles. Take a guess at what we classify this look as

Star Awards 2009 Show 2
Star Awards 2009 Show 2
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Star Awards 2009 Show 2

While we’re willing to close one eye at the fluffy hair, excessive jewellery, and 70s-style lapels, we simply cannot forgive that cummerbund-belt thing. Seriously, why is that even there?

Marriage solemnisation (2009)
Marriage solemnisation (2009)
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Marriage solemnisation (2009)

Chris’ slightly dishevelled wedding attire has a weird sort of charm (it’s not often that guests get a peek at the groom’s bare chest at his wedding). 

Fann and Chris’ Wedding (2009)
Fann and Chris’ Wedding (2009)
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Fann and Chris’ Wedding (2009)

Were we the only ones who breathed a sigh of relief when Chris gave up being experimental and went for a timeless look for his big day?

Dolce and Gabbana event (2009)
Dolce and Gabbana event (2009)
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Dolce and Gabbana event (2009)

Chris channelled Clark Kent in those sexy glasses at a Dolce and Gabbana event and looked super HOT. 

Photo: Camerafilmroll.blogg.se

Star Awards 2012 Show 2
Star Awards 2012 Show 2
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Star Awards 2012 Show 2

This juvenile outfit would look way cuter on Baby Zed than it does on his otherwise dapper dad.

Kidnapper press conference (2010)
Kidnapper press conference (2010)
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Kidnapper press conference (2010)

Was this really only five years ago? We’ve never been so grateful for the downfall of the Ed Hardy aesthetic. 

Breakout press conference (2010)
Breakout press conference (2010)
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Breakout press conference (2010)

Chris went full K-Pop star in his flashy red suit jacket and oversized sunnies at the Breakout press conference. And sure, the outfit’s a little ostentatious, but doesn’t he look so confident wearing it? 

Star Awards 2011 Show 1
Star Awards 2011 Show 1
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Star Awards 2011 Show 1

Even though this photo was taken almost five years ago, we can totally see Justin Bieber rocking the same thing today. (That’s not a compliment, Chris.) 

Star Awards 2011 Show 2
Star Awards 2011 Show 2
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Star Awards 2011 Show 2

We can’t even be mad at this outfit. Say what you might, but Chris looks straight up BADASS – like a pimp crossed with a vampire. 

Secrets for Sale press conference 2011
Secrets for Sale press conference 2011
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Secrets for Sale press conference 2011

Chris lounged around in what appears to be separate halves of two different pairs of pyjamas at the Secrets for Sale press conference in 2011. 

2012 Asian Television Awards
2012 Asian Television Awards
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2012 Asian Television Awards

Was this outfit inspired by a Magic Eye Book or what? 

Star Awards 2013 Show 2
Star Awards 2013 Show 2
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Star Awards 2013 Show 2

Talk about a good-looking couple: Chris’ double-breasted jacket gave him a vaguely nautical aesthetic that we can only hope will be repeated at future award shows.  

2014
2014
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2014

Oh dear, what is it with men and sequins?

Photo: Catwalk

Against The Tide press conference (2014)
Against The Tide press conference (2014)
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Against The Tide press conference (2014)

Like fellow veteran Chen Hanwei, Chris has become less conventional with age. While his funky style certainly has its detractors, we can’t help looking forward to seeing what he will wear every time he’s due to make an appearance. 

Early 2010s
Early 2010s
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Early 2010s

Was Chris so busy that he didn’t have time to trim his hair?

Star Awards 2014 Show 2
Star Awards 2014 Show 2
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Star Awards 2014 Show 2

Like fine wine, Chris gets sexier with age.

Crescendo press conference (2015)
Crescendo press conference (2015)
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Crescendo press conference (2015)

At the Crescendo press conference last year, Chris showed that he doesn’t need to do much to look good – his handsome salt-and-pepper streaks speak for themselves. 

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