Gone are the bare-bones set and costumes: A Singaporean in Paris is back more glitzy than ever for its second musical run from now ‘til March 23, 2014.

Singapore entertainer Hossan Leong brings his hit musical from 2010 back on stage, this time, multi-tasking as both director and actor for A Singaporean in Paris. He stars as the play’s Singaporean protagnoist (protagonist), who goes through a comical medley of cultural hijinks as an aspiring cabaret singer in Paris.

Leong has also roped in Singapore fashion doyen Daniel Boey, who confesses to have “said yes immediately, without even having seen the script”.

Hit musical A Singaporean in Paris gets a stylish new look

The cast of A Singaporean in Paris, as dressed by Daniel Boey. Image: Sing’Theatre

“Hossan has a tremendous respect for the creatives whom he works with and that makes all the difference in the world,” says Boey, who has styled the cast of A Singaporean in Paris in designer threads from his private fashion collection.

So don’t be too surprised if you spot some vintage Dolce and Gabbana and even Singapore fashion labels on these singing stars, who will belt out over 20 French hits including “C’est si bon”, “Comme d’habitude (My Way)” and more Francophile-pleasing tracks on stage.

The musical tale also strikes a chord with the Singapore fashion director, who had been living in the French capital just a decade earlier.

“I lived in Paris in the early noughties,” shares the fashion director, who has much fond memories of his Parisian shopping sprees. He recalls of how his housemate, Malaysian supermodel Ling Tan, would take him to the designer sales, where he’d “picked up some amazing vintage pieces”.

“These were what I dug out from my archives and had dressed some members of the cast with,” says Boey. Here, he tells us more about the looks seen on the actors on stage:

A tribute to French fashion and Paris
This musical gets its fashion cred from Boey’s extensive collection of vintage finds and fashion expertise.

“I tried to draw reference to French designers and iconic fashion style at the same time,” Boey explains. “It’s my little tribute to my favourite French designers.”

That is not to say that the fashion director stuck to just French designer labels for this stylish musical wardrobe. Instead, he’d opted for an eclectic mix of international, as well as Singapore designer labels.

He’d lavished the chance to feature as much of such designer garb as possible, especially on Linden Furnell’s character, Terry, touted as the dashing lead singer of the cabaret group.

Hit musical A Singaporean in Paris gets a stylish new look
Linden Furnell as Terry and Mina Kaye as Sofia for A Singaporean in Paris. Image: Sing’Theatre

“I had lots of fun putting Terry’s (as played by Linden Furnell) wardrobe together,” says Boey. “I dressed him in Agnes B, as well as vintage Jean Paul Gaultier and Junior Gaultier, the designer’s second line for teens, which doesn’t exist any more.”

Boey also drew inspiration from all the “people-watching” that he did while in Paris. Like many more before him, the fashion director was also just enchanted by this city of the lights: “I love the blue skies and the beautiful architecture of the city. I love that there are many picturesque places to sit and contemplate.”

As with any live performance however, not everything goes according to plan. Boey had to drop one of his favourite costumes from this musical when the actor felt that he could not move comfortably in it.

It was a mirrored jacket from Jail Jeans, a menswear label by Filipino designer Chris Jasler; the costume team had been hard at work “altering and sewing the metal bits by hand” such that the jacket would be made-to-fit for the actor’s solo number.

“We would have been happy to whip up a variation of it overnight if we were told it was unsuitable for the actor during the rehearsal,” says Boey, clearly rueful of the missed fashion opportunity. “Unfortunately, we were only told (that it was unsuitable) three hours before the opening night. Too late to do anything, really.”

A Singaporean’s style transformation
The fashion director found Hossan Leong’s on-stage wardrobe the “hardest to work on”, as it had to be versatile enough to suit the many scenes that this leading man would be featured in.

As Boey would know, the costumes should tell a story. For Hossan Leong, the clothes of his back reflect the city’s growing influence on his character, as he embraces the little idiosyncrasies of life in Paris.

Hit musical A Singaporean in Paris gets a stylish new look

Vicky Williamson as Anne and Hossan Leong as KQ, in one of the later musical scenes of A Singaporean in Paris. Image: Sing’Theatre

“Hossan’s wardrobe transitions from his first look, which was probably bought from a mall in Singapore, through his time in Paris, when he would have picked up some items from shops in the French capital,” explains Boey.

“You can see his clothes taking on a more ‘Parisian’ silhouette as the play progresses,” adds the fashion director. “At the end of the play , his lines become more sophisticated and he starts to wear his clothes in a more European style.”

A touch of Singapore fashion
Often celebrated as the “godfather of Singapore fashion”, Boey lives up to the name by featuring homegrown designer labels in his fashion projects, wherever possible; and this play is no exception.

Hit musical A Singaporean in Paris gets a stylish new look
The main cast of A Singaporean in Paris. Image: Sing’Theatre

The ardent supporter of Singapore fashion made sure to include Singapore labels the likes of Reckless Ericka, Saturday, Revasseur and Cruise in the wardrobe looks of the female stars, while “injecting touches of (international designer labels) Sonia Rykiel, Nina Ricci and Christian Lacroix”, in terms of the accessories and other pieces donned by the actresses.

A Singaporean’s Parisian experience
Just as Hossan Leong’s on-stage anecdotes about Paris gains more than a few knowing chuckles, Boey too, has a few of his own glib observations to share.

When quizzed about the biggest stereotype about the French, Boey says simply that “Parisians are not as rude as one thinks”; but not without offering a teasing anecdote.

“The French staff are polite and you get excellent service … Until you walk out without making a purchase,” says Boey. “Upon which, you might get an ugly glare!”

A Singaporean in Paris runs from now to March 23, 2014 at the SOTA Drama Theatre, 1 Zubir Said Drive, Singapore 227968. Tickets start at $40 from SISTIC.