Left: “Fashions fade, style is eternal,” as designer Yves Saint Laurent said. And Taiwanese actress Sylvia Chang is an eternal star, radiating timeless elegance in a simple gown with discreet details. Centre: Fan Bingbing’s Elie Saab gown looks dated. It brings to mind the high-slit dress actress Angelina Jolie wore to the 2012 Oscars when Brangelina were a couple and Donald Trump was a millionaire reality television star. Right: Shu Qi is head-to-toe retro perfection in a nude Roberto Cavalli Art Deco gown. Photo: The Straits Times/Reuters/Agence France-Presse

Mainland Chinese cinema shone at the Golden Horse Awards in Taipei last Saturday, led by Best Film winner The Summer Is Gone. But on the red carpet, it was Taiwanese actress Shu Qi who dazzled. She was easily the best dressed of the night, even in the face of strong competition from Chinese fashion goddess Fan Bingbing.

Left: Taiwanese actress Ariel Lin is sweet in a romantic Vera Wang gown with clean lines. Centre: Genetically blessed man (South Korean actor Song Seung Heon) in a suit. Let the swooning begin. Right: Someone free Taiwanese actress Wu Ke-xi from her pink cage, please. Photo: The Straits Times/Reuters/Agence France-Presse

Sandra Ng wore a lovely black Giorgio Armani gown with just enough sheer sections to be suggestive yet modest Photo: Giorgio Armani

Paul Chin was absolutely dashing in a Giorgio Armani suit that age does not define sex appeal! Photo: Giorgio Armani


The original version of this story was published in The Straits Times on November 28, 2016.

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