Style Evolution: Rui En

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

Style evolution: Rui En
Style evolution: Rui En
16 Mar 2016

Style evolution: Rui En

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.

Despite her preference for anything black and edgy, Rui En, Mediacorp’s resident resting b*tch face, claims she is actually quite the “girly girl”. Don’t believe us? Take a look back at Rui En’s style evolution through the years.

Pictured above: Rui En at the Code of Honour press conference, 2011; the Honour & Passion press conference, 2007; Rui En at Star Awards 20 Show 1, 2014

MTV Taiwan Christmas Concert (2002)
MTV Taiwan Christmas Concert (2002)
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MTV Taiwan Christmas Concert (2002)

Oh dear, was Rui En inspired by the Juicy Couture tracksuit trend?

My Mighty In Laws (2004)
My Mighty In Laws (2004)
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My Mighty In Laws (2004)

Rui En’s tanned complexion and matching hair colour were all the rage in the mid-2000s. 

My Mighty In Laws (2004)
My Mighty In Laws (2004)
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My Mighty In Laws (2004)

Looks like Rui En liked “The Rachel” as much as the rest of us – it’s too bad her hair couldn’t hold the hairstyle as well as Jennifer Aniston’s did (but with Rui En’s Asian hair, can you blame her?)

2005
2005
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2005

While some might balk at her unruly baby hairs but we totally dig it and her sporty tan. 

Star Awards 2005 press conference
Star Awards 2005 press conference
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Star Awards 2005 press conference

When you compare this dress to what she’s worn over the last couple of years, it’s clear that Rui En’s sense of style has come a long way. 

Reach Out for the Skies (NDP 2005 theme song) MV
Reach Out for the Skies (NDP 2005 theme song) MV
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Reach Out for the Skies (NDP 2005 theme song) MV

The only thing this classically 2005 look is missing is a string of butterfly hairclips. 

8 Days cover (2005)
8 Days cover (2005)
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8 Days cover (2005)

Not only are we glad that the Ed Hardy aesthetic is over, but we’re relieved that nowadays, people focus more on eating right and exercising regularly than on being skinny. 

Motorola event (2007)
Motorola event (2007)
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Motorola event (2007)

Does anyone else remember how annoying it was to straighten our hair into this style every morning? We’re sure Rui En feels our pain. 

Photo: Youth.sg

25th Drama Anniversary (2007)
25th Drama Anniversary (2007)
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25th Drama Anniversary (2007)

Rui En’s tunic looks like something you can get at Far East Plaza.

Metamorphosis press conference (2007)
Metamorphosis press conference (2007)
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Metamorphosis press conference (2007)

It’s nice to see Rui En in non-neutral colours but Barney purple isn’t her most flattering shade. 

2007
2007
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2007

Rui En’s look gives us flashbacks of our pinafore uniform wearing days.

Photo: TODAY 

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

Way before Rui En found her signature winged eyeliner look, she experimented with baffling “lightning” eye makeup.

2008 Punggol East Countdown
2008 Punggol East Countdown
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2008 Punggol East Countdown

​Back in the day, Rui En dressed less like a star and more like the girl next door, that is, if that same girl had looked a lot cooler than we did in 2008.

Photo: RBKD-online.com

2009
2009
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2009

If Pinterest had existed in 2009, this definitely would have made it onto our “prom outfits” inspiration boards. 

The Dream Catchers press conference (2009)
The Dream Catchers press conference (2009)
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The Dream Catchers press conference (2009)

Who knew that Rui En could pull off the androgynous look? More of this, please!

Happy Family press conference (2010)
Happy Family press conference (2010)
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Happy Family press conference (2010)

We honestly thought Rui En looked good here until we saw the necklace earrings. Kind of reminds us of our granny’s spectacle chain. 

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

This is proof that you don’t need to show skin to look sexy. Rui En looked sultry in her tux and extra points for the red lip and wavy hair to balance out the masculinity.

With You press conference (2010)
With You press conference (2010)
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With You press conference (2010)

Sorry Rui En, but that tunic reminds us of Romeo Tan’s half-finished jacket.

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

After wowing in a tux the previous year, Rui En strikes gold yet again in menswear at the 2011 Star Awards. 

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

With her serious demeanor and confident poise, Rui En and black leather are a match made in heaven. 

The In-Laws press conference (2011)
The In-Laws press conference (2011)
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The In-Laws press conference (2011)

Rui En opted for corporate chic for the press conference of The In-Laws.

Poetic Justice press conference (2012)
Poetic Justice press conference (2012)
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Poetic Justice press conference (2012)

Oh, how we love the “bad girl” look. Rui En vamped it up at the Poetic Justice press conference with bold makeup, matching red nails, and black leather. 

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

After rocking black for the last few Star Awards, Rui En switched things up a little with this white studded leather dress from Versace. 

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

Now here’s a look that never goes out of style: a svelte black gown paired with gleaming jewellery and an imposing stare.

Unriddle 2 press conference (2012)
Unriddle 2 press conference (2012)
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Unriddle 2 press conference (2012)

While this dress is a little bit…indecipherable (are those gills?), it was a refreshingly experimental look in a string of one-note fashion choices. 

The Final 1 Finale 2013
The Final 1 Finale 2013
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The Final 1 Finale 2013

The star channelled her inner Michael Jackson at The Final One finale in 2013 (those ill-fitting jeans were a poor choice, though.) 

Star Awards 2013 Show 1
Star Awards 2013 Show 1
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Star Awards 2013 Show 1

Rui En looked like a classic screen siren in her red gown and minimal accessories at Star Awards Show 1 in 2013. 

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

Rui En’s gauzy Star Awards dress is Oscars red carpet-worthy (can’t you imagine Jennifer Lawrence wearing something like this?). 

CLIF 3 press conference (2014)
CLIF 3 press conference (2014)
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CLIF 3 press conference (2014)

LOVE IT: Rui En’s QR Code-like dress is one of the quirkiest we’ve seen on her. 

Life Is Beautiful press conference (2015)
Life Is Beautiful press conference (2015)
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Life Is Beautiful press conference (2015)

Red hot alert! This figure-hugging dress is sleek and accentuates all the right places.

The Journey: Our Homeland press conference (2015)
The Journey: Our Homeland press conference (2015)
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The Journey: Our Homeland press conference (2015)

At The Journey: Our Homeland press conference last year, Rui En managed to look gorgeous in a dress that otherwise resembles a sofa cover. 

The Dream Makers 2 press conference (2015)
The Dream Makers 2 press conference (2015)
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The Dream Makers 2 press conference (2015)

Never mind that velvet adds bulk, Rui En embraces her curvier body by showing it off in a figure hugging H&M x Balmain dress.

Related:
Style Evolution: Jeanette Aw
Style Evolution: Romeo Tan
Star Awards’ raciest looks
More Star Awards features here

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