Local celebs’ biggest fashion splurges

Who splashed $4,000 on a “mistake” and who spent so much on a jacket that she didn’t dare tell her husband? Read on to find out.

Local celebs’ biggest fashion splurges
Local celebs’ biggest fashion splurges
22 Nov 2016

Local celebs’ biggest fashion splurges

Celebrities are no strangers to the finer things in life. They travel business class (sometimes first), wine and dine at some of the finest restaurants, and often score free swag and designer threads – just check out their Instagram accounts for a glimpse into their world. So ever wondered what the stars spend their moolah on when they want to reward (or spoil) themselves? From a $4,000 “mistake” to an envy-inducing Louboutin collection, local celebs share with us their biggest fashion splurges and the luxe items they are coveting now. Who says money can’t buy happiness?

Huang Biren
Huang Biren
22 Nov 2016

Huang Biren

Splurge: Dark purple snakeskin stilettos from The Link

Damage: $1,000


“There was a pair of shoes which I paid more than $1,000 for. It was for the (2009) Star Awards when I won the All-Time Favourite Artiste Award. I was looking for a pair of shoes after getting the outfit at The Link and so out of convenience - and it matched the dress pretty well - I got it. I don’t really get the chance to wear it because the heel is really high (it's at least four inches). I think to date I have only worn it a few times. I don’t regret buying it because at that time I needed a pair of shoes but I just feel it is a bit under-utilised.”

Photos: Huang Biren, Toggle

Jeanette Aw
Jeanette Aw
22 Nov 2016

Jeanette Aw

Splurge: Furry pouch from Ferragamo

Damage: $500


“I remember the very first luxury item that I bought: a $500 little pouch from Ferragamo. It is very small and it’s furry but I really liked it. To me, at that time I just started work not too long ago and that was really expensive. It did feel like a splurge and after a while I asked myself, do I really need this thing - it’s so small, I can’t even fit a handphone in it but it’s just something I really liked and I thought that I could buy something nice for myself. It’s still in my cupboard because I keep the things that I buy for myself, especially when you first started work, [it’s your] hard-earned money.”

Would you go to great lengths to buy a luxury item?
“No, I won’t. For me, it’s very simple. If I like an item, and if it doesn’t fit or it’s out of stock, I won’t go and request for it and ask when is stock coming in. I’ll just tell myself it is not meant to be. And if a bag has got a scratch on it, and they don’t have a new piece, I will tell them that it’s alright, I don’t need it. Because I always believe that what’s meant to be yours will be yours.”

Photo: Jeanette Aw

Romeo Tan
Romeo Tan
22 Nov 2016

Romeo Tan

Splurge: Rolex watch

Damage: $9,000


“I got a Rolex watch for about $9,000 - it’s my most expensive watch by far. It is a standard black face, it is very sleek and sharp. I got it in Europe so I guess I was in a holiday mood. It is still slightly cheaper than in Singapore so I decided to just invest in it. I think for men, watches and wallets are very important accessories. We don’t need to have bracelets or rings but if you have a good watch, it suits most of the events. It was an impulse buy but I have no regrets, it was money well spent.

What’s on your lust list?
“Maybe a nice trench coat for winter. The models look so nice in them in fashion magazines. I don’t have a chance to go for a good holiday break during the winter season but I’ve always wanted something like this. Dior, Burberry have some nice ones. Something simple in black would be nice.”

Photos: Romeo Tan

Yasminne Cheng
Yasminne Cheng
22 Nov 2016

Yasminne Cheng

Splurge: Christian Louboutin stilettos

Damage: $5,800


“I have a lot of Louboutins - at last count, over 20 pairs - but there is this one pair that I went a bit crazy for. It’s $5,800 and I got it in Singapore. I love bling and I don’t know why I fell so in love with it that I felt it was money well spent. And I still have no regrets.”

Would you go to great lengths to buy a luxury item?
“I don’t believe in queuing because if I am paying that kind of money I don’t think I should be queuing. But there’s this Louis Vuitton bag - it was a limited edition called the Eden (pictured) - it’s got lines across and it’s got a bit of glitter. I remember seeing my friend who had it, and I loved it so I went down to the Singapore boutique but it was sold out. I called Hong Kong and a few other places – basically where my friends are based - and it was all sold out. Everyone kind of scoffed at me because it is a limited edition. So that’s fine.

“Fast forward a year later, when I was shopping in Hong Kong, my hubby told me go into the boutique to check and it was in the system! And it was in peach, which is the colour that I wanted. So it must have been reserved for somebody and people forgot about it because apparently, for limited editions, if you don’t sell it, they get sent back to Paris but it wasn’t, so I feel as though it was destiny. It was meant for me and he was waiting for me. So that’s my most beloved bag in a sense.”

What do you do with all these clothes and bags? Give them away?
“(In mock horror) NO! Maybe if I no longer wear the clothes, I will give it away. But shoes and bags, no. They are an investment. They will last forever if you look after them. I’ve got a built-in wardrobe and all my closets – the higher up spaces all have heated bars so [the bags] will never get moldy. They are meant to preserve the bags. You just have to give them a bit of love and conditioner for the leather every now and then.”

Photos: Yasminne Cheng

Carrie Wong
Carrie Wong
22 Nov 2016

Carrie Wong

Splurge: Adidas NMD sneakers

Damage: $300


“I am a sneakerhead. I cannot resist sneakers so I think I’ve probably spent the most money on sneakers but even then it won’t be too much, maybe around $200 to $300. My most expensive pair is an Adidas NMD (ed: Carrie has around 50 pairs of sneakers and is a proud mama of SEVEN pairs of NMDs and counting), which cost around $300. They didn’t have it in Singapore, so I got a friend to buy it for me overseas.

"I am not the sort of person who will splurge on designer goods, at least not for now. I think financially I am not at the stage where I can afford to buy luxury goods. After buying it, I will have to save up for a long time... maybe in future when I earn more. But if money were no object, I would get a YSL or Chanel winter coat. Even though I can’t wear it here, I would still buy it.”

Photos: Instagram/@carriewst

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Simone Heng
Simone Heng
22 Nov 2016

Simone Heng

Splurge: Louis Vuitton tote

Damage: $1,700

“I really do not spend a lot of money on designer pieces, I am generally very frugal and a big saver. But I recently splurged on a Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM in beige. It is a classic bag. It cost around $1,700 but I didn't feel guilty as this is the first designer bag I have ever bought and I am 32! I put off buying it for so long until one day, I was emceeing an event and the cheap tote I had been using actually broke in front of the guest of honour. I was so mortified and I decided I better get myself sorted. This bag holds up to 90kg, that is twice my body weight! So I definitely know that it will last for years and be great for work, so in that sense, for me it is worth it.”

What’s on your lust list?
“I would love to buy a nude YSL clutch, it doesn't matter if it is a vintage one. I think it is a piece as classic as the Chanel 2.55 and I would get a lot of use out of it.”

Photo: Simone Heng

Kym Ng
Kym Ng
22 Nov 2016

Kym Ng

Splurge: Swarovski encrusted heels from Pois

Damage: $4,000


“My Gina heels from Pois boutique are the most expensive shoes in my closet – I think it is about eight inches high. It cost around $4,000 - this was a mistake. I already said I wanted it so they kept it for me. So bo bian (no choice in Hokkien) got to buy. I like it because it’s black and covered with Swarovski crystals, which is quite rare, plus it is very comfortable.”

Bryan Wong
Bryan Wong
22 Nov 2016

Bryan Wong

Splurge: Dolce & Gabanna suit

Damage: $7,000


"I have a Dolce & Gabbana black suit that I bought two years ago that cost around $7,000. It was off the rack. Guilty? Not at all because I love the tuxedo. Even when you are at your worst or are having a bad hair day, you feel like you are a prince when you put on that tuxedo. I like the cut, the fabric, and most importantly, the vest - it’s like a shawl lapel.

"I first saw it in a magazine and when I knew that I had to get something for Star Awards, I knew that was the tux that I was going to wear. It is exactly what I want, right down to all the little details. It is THE ONE. Interestingly, after I bought the black one, D&G asked if I wanted to wear a brighter colour and it was that year where I wore the mint green version."

Photos: Instagram/@bryanwwong, Toggle

Tay Kewei
Tay Kewei
22 Nov 2016

Tay Kewei

Splurge: Leather jacket

Damage: Close to $1,000


"I bought a black leather jacket in Turkey, which is famous for leather jackets. It is a biker jacket but it is not so rugged and is quite sleek. It’s the most expensive thing I ever bought and I didn’t even tell my husband. I don’t dare. It is super soft and it has no brand but [the store] said they provide leather for brands like Balenciaga, so I bought it. It was an impulse buy that I deeply regretted for a while but I told myself I will make my money's worth and it will really be the only black leather jacket I’ll own in my life." 

Photos: Tay Kewei

The Hermes fans
The Hermes fans
22 Nov 2016

The Hermes fans

Zoe Tay

Splurge: Hermes bag

Damage: Five-figure sum


“Bags from a brand that I love a lot, Hermes. I would get them even if they are $10,000 or $20,000... I don’t usually mull about it for too long. I feel very satisfied after getting them.”

Can you share a photo of it with us?
“No, the tax department might come after me!”

Hermes bags are so elusive and sought after, sometimes you can't get them even if you have the money. Ever used your connections to get one?
“I don’t need to use connections. I am on the VIP list, so I have an account there. Nowadays, I am not so crazy about bags. I will shop for things that I really, really like and will use for a long time like vintage Chanel bags.

Diana Ser

“It’s a Birkin and I didn’t pay for it (laughs). It was a gift from my husband. He probably thought I wanted it, so he surprised me – it might have been for our anniversary. It was very sweet of him because my husband is not one who splurges. He went to my girlfriend and asked her to help pick one for me – it’s orangey-red. I think his greatest fear is that I would get too used to it and would like to acquire others!”

What about something you bought yourself?
“I think it was an Hermes as well. I think I paid close to five figures for it but that was from Paris so there’s a price difference. My girlfriend bought one and she said, ‘You have to have it' and I was like okay. I know of Singaporeans who would queue up in Paris just to buy Hermes. I tried it one time and it just took everything out of me. My husband and I decided if this is what it takes to buy then we are not going to buy.”

Photos: Instagram/@dianaserlye

Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
22 Nov 2016

Rebecca Lim

Splurge: YSL bag

Damage: $2,000


"After I graduated from university, I got a YSL bag for myself. It was the Muse. I don’t normally spend more than $2,000 with each purchase, so that was a very unforgettable purchase. I eyed it since my first year in university and I thought when I graduate I would probably need a working bag - yes it’s an excuse - so that was when I got it. I still use it and I am going to keep it and pass it down to my daughter."

What’s on your lust list?
"A house? A very fashionable house with a walk in wardrobe? (Laughs) I would love a walk-in wardrobe with lots of lustful items. I am working towards it but [it won’t happen] anytime soon."

Photo: Rebecca Lim's Facebook

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