Style Evolution: Qi Yuwu

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

Style evolution: Qi Yuwu
Style evolution: Qi Yuwu
23 Mar 2016

Style evolution: Qi Yuwu

With Star Awards 2016 just weeks away, more and more attention is turning to local showbiz’s biggest event. Who will get into the Top 10, will Jeanette Aw finally win Best Actress, and most importantly, what will the stars wear?

Over the next few weeks, we will take a look back at the style evolution of this year’s Star Awards Best Actor and Actress nominees. Soon-to-be inductee to the All-Time Favourite Artistes hall of fame Qi Yuwu may come across as the cool, silent type but the actor is a rather colourful person, literally. Check out some of his fashion hits and misses and be prepared to be shocked.

Star Search 1999
Star Search 1999
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Star Search 1999

We begin Yuwu’s style journey at Star Search, where his budget for suits was apparently much lower than it is now (sorry Ah Wu, but this looks like it came from the sales bin at G2000). 

Photo: National Archives of Singapore

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

How about that: Yuwu looks like our ideal schoolgirl crush, circa 2003 – chunky necklace, wispy highlights, stone-cold expression, and all. 

2004
2004
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2004

Well, it’s safe to say that Yuwu’s style has only improved from here – with only a couple of missteps along the way. 

Star Awards 2004
Star Awards 2004
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Star Awards 2004

Yuwu's hair is so pong it can rival Gene Simmons'.

Painted Skin press conference (2007)
Painted Skin press conference (2007)
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Painted Skin press conference (2007)

Yuwu might stick to neutral shades and classic silhouettes now, but his fashion sense took an adventurous turn in 2007 when he showed up to the Painted Skin press conference dressed in rather carroty colours.
 

Star Awards 2007 Show 2
Star Awards 2007 Show 2
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Star Awards 2007 Show 2

Well, consider us speechless. Yuwu’s done a complete 180, style-wise, since this sequined, satiny Star Awards look. 

14 Blades press conference (2009)
14 Blades press conference (2009)
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14 Blades press conference (2009)

The Smurfs called, they want their colour scheme back. 

Photo: News.cn

2009
2009
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2009

To be fair, the mid-2000s were unforgiving on EVERYONE, but between the V-necked orange shirt, the embellished scarf, the autumnal pants, and the oddly effeminate jacket, Yuwu almost looks like he’s parodying the era. 

Photo: Qi Yuwu's blog

Star Awards 2009 press conference
Star Awards 2009 press conference
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Star Awards 2009 press conference

How did we not realise that Yuwu’s favourite colour – apparently – is orange?! Can we please bring these pants back next month? The V-necks can stay home though. #orangeisthenewblack

Star Awards 2009
Star Awards 2009
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Star Awards 2009

Cleavage alert! Perhaps we were remiss in not including this in our roundup of the Star Awards’ raciest looks

2009
2009
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2009

Houndstooth, stripes, fedora… was Yuwu’s stylist trying to sabo him?

2010
2010
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2010

Did someone rub a balloon on Yuwu’s head or is this a legitimate hairstyle? Thankfully, this frizzy mess was a one-time affair.
 

Precious Babe press conference (2010)
Precious Babe press conference (2010)
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Precious Babe press conference (2010)

The orange V-neck returned with a vengeance at the Precious Babes press conference, where Yuwu layered it beneath a white shirt (remember when layering tops was a thing?). 

2010
2010
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2010

Looks like Yuwu auditioned to join K-pop boyband Boyfriend but didn’t make the cut.

Photos: Qi Yuwu’s blog and Star Empire Entertainment

Star Awards 2010 Show 1
Star Awards 2010 Show 1
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Star Awards 2010 Show 1

Yuwu is a robe and a wand away from becoming Severus Snape. 

Star Awards 2010 Show 2
Star Awards 2010 Show 2
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Star Awards 2010 Show 2

As much of an improvement as this is on his previous outfits, it looks less like something a hot young actor would wear and more like something we’d spot on our insurance agent. 

Uniqlo event (2012)
Uniqlo event (2012)
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Uniqlo event (2012)

Yuwu looks like he just walked straight out of a beach wedding shoot in this breezy linen suit.

Photo: Mummywhy's blog

Star Awards 2012 Show 1
Star Awards 2012 Show 1
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Star Awards 2012 Show 1

Yeah, yeah, another Star Awards, another round of black, but at least this one isn’t a suit. Yuwu looks pretty good – if not a little intimidating – decked out in traditional garb!

F1 roadshow (2013)
F1 roadshow (2013)
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F1 roadshow (2013)

By 2013, Yuwu was on the last leg of his brightly-coloured “boyband fashion” era. Truth be told, we miss some of his more exciting looks (you’ll soon see why). 

Photo: Singtel

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

Joanne might have nabbed all the attention for her sexy Leonard Paris gown, but Yuwu held his own in a refined olive green tuxedo jacket from Gucci. 

Celebrate TV 50 Countdown Show (2013)
Celebrate TV 50 Countdown Show (2013)
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Celebrate TV 50 Countdown Show (2013)

We were about to heap praise on this look but then we saw the paisley silk scarf underneath. 

Star Awards 2015 Show 2
Star Awards 2015 Show 2
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Star Awards 2015 Show 2

It’s hard to believe that this is the same man who rocked electric blue sequins at Star Awards and orange pants at the Star Awards press conference just a few years prior. 

2016
2016
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2016

We’re getting major Steve Jobs vibes from Yuwu’s new official photo, where he kept it simple in a turtleneck and dark wash pants.

Photo: Mediacorp

Related:
Style Evolution: Rui En
Style Evolution: Jeanette Aw
Star Awards’ raciest looks
More Star Awards features here

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