Zhou Xun, Song Hye-Gyo, Fan Bing Bing and more — the who’s who of Asian style stars from China, Taiwan to Korea are all wearing it.
We’re talking about those sleek black-and-white sans couleurs outfits that your favourite Asian celebrities are acing; for as we all know, monochrome hardly ever goes out of style.
Whether on a suit or a biker chic outfit, it’s a fail-proof combination that works ridiculously well. A touch of gold or silver can also elevate the look to make it red carpet-worthy. And did we mention how easy it is to translate some of these looks to workwear too?
Take style cues from these celebrities on this list; whose look do you love best?
FAN BING BING
Must-have piece: Biker jacket and midi skirt
Fan Bing Bing with Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere at the Louis Vuitton Autumn Winter 2015 show in Paris. Image: Louis Vuitton
You can always count on this stylish star to ace her #OOTD (outfit-of-the-day), whether in couture or ready-to-wear. That biker jacket turns the office-ready top and midi skirt combination into street style worthy; not to mention the single statement earring she’s wearing too.
ARCHIE KAO AND ZHOU XUN
Must-have: Full-length culottes
Archie Kao and Zhou Xun at the first H&M store opening in Taipei. Image: H&M
This is how you do couplewear well, in the non-cliched way – the man in a suit and the lady in a style-savvy crop top and culottes outfit. Zhou Xun’s complete look could easily be copied from head-to-toe for your new workwear outfit too.
HAN YE-SEUL AND KIM SOO-HYUN
Must have piece: Little Black Dress
Han Ye-Seul and Kim Soo-Hyun at the 15th Huading Awards in Macau. Image: Saint Laurent
This duo were the biggest winners at the award ceremony in Macau (Kim Soo Hyun bagged the prize for Global Drama Best Actor while Han Ye Seul was named the Global Drama Best Actress) while also being arguably one of the most stylish pairs too.
Must-have piece: Shirt dress
Song Hye-Gyo in Saint Laurent. Image: Saint Laurent
A shirt dress is smart and sleek whether for a press junket or the office, as seen on this South Korean actress at the Beijing press conference of the My Brilliant Life movie.
Must-have piece: Shirt and high-neck black dress
Victoria Song wearing Saint Laurent in Seoul. Image: Saint Laurent
The Taiwanese singer-actress from Korean girl group f(x) aces that schoolgirl chic with this sweet yet demure outfit. Don’t you love her mini bag from Saint Laurent too?
Must-have piece: Lace dress
Gwei Lun-Mei and Nicolas Ghesquiere at the Louis Vuitton Autumn Winter 2015 show in Paris. Image: Louis Vuitton
You really can’t go wrong with pretty lace or crochet, as this Taiwanese actress would know. Chunky bootie heels add a style-savvy edge to this sweet look.
Must-have piece: Contrasting (subtle) accessories
Godfrey Gao at the first H&M store opening in Taipei. Image: H&M
We’re sure we’re not the only ones who can’t get enough of seeing this statuesque model-actor in a suit. The contrasting blue socks at a fun touch to his red carpet look.