Celebs’ most unforgettable Star Awards looks

Sometimes even those with stylists make bad fashion choices 

Celebs’ most unforgettable Star Awards looks
Celebs’ most unforgettable Star Awards looks
21 Mar 2019

Celebs’ most unforgettable Star Awards looks

The Star Awards, local TV’s biggest event, is not just about honouring the best in showbiz, it’s also about the fashion as the stars get dressed to impress to stand out from the crowd (sometimes for the wrong reasons). As the Awards marks its 25th anniversary this year, we get local celebs to look back on their most memorable looks over the years – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
21 Mar 2019

Rebecca Lim

“My most unforgettable Star Awards look was probably the green Elie Saab gown I wore last year because I didn’t have time to fit the dress and only tried it for the first time on the morning of Star Awards. There was a lot of anxiousness about whether or not I could fit into the dress. Thankfully I did, and the cherry on top was taking home the Best Actress award, so I think that was really unforgettable.

Another would be the first Star Awards where I walked the red carpet (in 2006). I had to choose one of the ‘leftovers’ from a rack of dresses that nobody wanted, but none of them fit me well so in the end, I had to wear my manager’s dress! I actually thought I looked very nice, you know. I paired it with wedges, the kind that people wear for picnics, and I had wispy hair.”

Rui En
Rui En
21 Mar 2019

Rui En

“There was one year where I wore a tux with an undone bow tie. I really like the outfit and even now, I am still very into suits, but I probably would have done my hair a little differently. I was trying to channel old Hollywood but when I look at the hair today, I go, ‘Woah’. I would have somehow changed it, I’m not sure how, but [in hindsight] that was not ideal.”

Chen Hanwei
Chen Hanwei
21 Mar 2019

Chen Hanwei

“I have worn a few scary looks, but the most memorable would be the one with the half vest (in 2012). This look really cannot make it, I don’t know why I wore it. I don’t remember whose idea it was, maybe a stylist who hates me, so he decided to sabo me, which is why these days I style myself. Now I prefer a more classic look. You can have a bit of fun but not too extreme.”

Felicia Chin
Felicia Chin
21 Mar 2019

Felicia Chin

"In 2016, I wore a dress that was quite see through under the sunlight. Under the right light, the dress is really gorgeous, but under sunlight, which we had to walk through [during the red carpet], it’s a whole different thing. The sun and all caught us by surprise. 

Another memorable outfit was an outfit that I wore 10 years ago - it's a sheer top with a bra-like thing inside. It’s cute lah. It was quite gutsy of me to wear this - even then. Now that I look back, it looks quite good."

Jeffrey Xu
Jeffrey Xu
21 Mar 2019

Jeffrey Xu

“The most memorable look would be the Hermes jacket that I wore in 2016. Even though I have been criticised many times for my Star Awards choices, I like this look because it is very ‘me’ and it stands out. It was a little shiny and very comfortable. I was also very happy that year because I won my first Top 10 Most Popular Male Artiste award and I thanked (girlfriend) Felicia on stage, so this was very memorable for me due to various factors.”

Romeo Tan
Romeo Tan
21 Mar 2019

Romeo Tan

“I wore something purple for my first Star Awards (in 2011) and 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 whatever they gave me. I was very guai (obedient) then, but now I am pickier.”

Paige Chua
Paige Chua
21 Mar 2019

Paige Chua


It would be the [Roberto Cavalli] gown I wore in 2015. It was very low cut and the sexiest outfit I’ve ever donned back then in my career. I was a bit apprehensive when I put it on but my stylist said it was sexy, not slutty, so I should break the boundaries. I decided to listen to him and I won the Best Dressed Award that year so I was quite surprised. 

And there was this one that the media didn’t like (a flamingo red gown with a really long train in 2013) - they said I was wearing a rug or carpet to the red carpet. I really liked how it brightened me up on stage. I don’t really wear loud dresses during events so it was a big change for me, and a pretty outrageous and daring move as well."

Photo: Instagram/@paigechua_tpc, Toggle

Kym Ng
Kym Ng
21 Mar 2019

Kym Ng

“The white dress that I wore in 2013 was too short! It was supposed to be longer but the designer still hadn’t fixed it on the day of the event. I would just have to bend over slightly and you would be able to see my panties! My mum said, ‘Wear until so short might as well don’t wear!’ Thankfully, the wardrobe ladies added the tulle underneath. It is more suitable for a party than an awards ceremony and it looked a bit incomplete, like kena chopped.”

Hong Huifang
Hong Huifang
21 Mar 2019

Hong Huifang

“[In 2016], 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 feels to the same outfit. Luckily we didn’t stand together!”

Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
21 Mar 2019

Desmond Tan

“I remember one year [Ed’s note: It was Star Awards 2015], some people didn’t like my hair when I shaved the sides and had 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.”

Xu Bin
Xu Bin
21 Mar 2019

Xu Bin

“It would have to be 2013 because I was bald and my head was very shiny. I also like how I looked in that suit which was tailor-made for me. Neutral hues suit me and it was also pretty stylish and comfortable. It was also my first Star Awards and I won Favourite Male Character for my role in Don’t Stop Belivin’ so that year was very memorable for me.”

Carrie Wong
Carrie Wong
21 Mar 2019

Carrie Wong

“A lot of people asked me why I chose to wear the blue dress to the 2016 Star Awards. I didn’t want to play it safe, so I wore something that I had 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 at the last minute and my stylist could not get a replacement, so the shoes were actually the biggest problem.”

Pierre Png
Pierre Png
21 Mar 2019

Pierre Png

"I had a swollen eye in 2016 and had to wear my shades to the Star Awards. 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.”

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