Now in its 25th year, the annual Star Awards ceremony — Singapore’s iconic and most important awards for the Mandarin entertainment scene — is back. Celebrating the best in Singapore’s TV, the night is also a time for celebrities to step out in their best garb.
But who’s hot and who flopped? Scroll on for our best dressed curation.
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Dressed in an ethereal all-white lace dress, Paige Chua looked absolutely radiant. The cinched waist helped accentuate her hourglass silhouette while the plunging v-neckline and lace trimming added a dose of feminine sensuality. She finished the look with complementary rose gold and mother-of-pearl accessories with pave diamonds from Bulgari Serpenti that added a touch of elegance for a pared down yet all-round stylish look.
Looking like a regal princess, Cynthia Koh showed off her best assets — her shoulder and cleavage — in this beautiful strapless dress from Style Lease. We love the midnight blue shade that made her the picture of sophistication, while the dramatic ruffled skirt added a flair befitting of the celebratory occasion. The drop pendant helped further draw attention to her chest — we like.
A simple yet elegant floral dress was Xiang Yun’s garment of choice, but it was on point. Matched with simple pearl studs with her hair in curls, the veteran actress looked like a glamorous actress from the ’60s. She certainly schooled us on how to look amazing and appropriate for her age, without looking matronly.
Decked in a glittery sequin number from Chanel, model-turned-actress Sheila Sim nailed the perfect award-ceremony look. Not only was the plunging neckline a showstopper, her accompanying Chanel accessories and slicked hair-do added a modern, almost rocker-like edge that made her look fierce AF. Vogue.
Blush pink is certainly Quan Yi Fong’s colour. Appearing on the red carpet in a feminine one-shoulder dress that exemplified her collarbone, the hue and the sparkles brightened her mien and made her look polished and sharp.
Jesseca’s sleek floor-length gown in black complemented her lithe figure and height, but we especially loved how her cape sleeves added a dose of dramatic flair to an otherwise boring LBD. Plus, it didn’t hurt that she was decked out in S$2 million dollars worth of Tiffany & Co. jewellery.
While it might look like a simple black and white ensemble from Roksanda, the outfit of Wu Jinyan, breakout star of the Story of Yanxi Palace, sports many interesting contrasting details. The off-white flowy tulle skirt with abstract print was light and airy, while the black sequin top added weight and shine to outfit. The waist-cinching belt was a tasteful final touch. Simply stunning.
Cecilia Cheung was textbook on how to create a wow-worthy appearance on the red carpet. Her feminine dress sported sequins and glitter for that much needed shine, and we love the frilly details that gave her look a jaunty spring with every step. But the best part of the dress lay in the back — there was a surprising deep v-backline that exuded class and sex appeal. Take notes.
Joanne Peh is not one to shy away from showing up on the red carpet in a unique, and sometimes provocative, dress (remember the side-boob dress?) This year, she didn’t disappoint in a black dress that featured a yin-yang like design made with a translucent print. The high neck might have been a touch modest, but she made up for that with an eye-popping thigh high slit that showed off her long, toned gams.
He Ying Ying shone like a diamond with her choice of a metallic Ralph and Russo dress that made her look like a sci-fi glamazon. The foiled bodice added sparkle to her ensemble and showed off her shoulders and cleavage, while the quirky belt detail and high-waisted skirt gave her height and stature.
Here, our list of celebrities who didn’t quite make the cut.
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Perhaps Hong Ling was trying to channel Belle from Beauty and the Beast in this Jimmy Choo dress and accessories from Poh Heng Jewellery. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get behind this pale yellow creation (don’t get us started on the skirt) as it made the fresh-faced 24-year-old actress look older than she is.
Looking like she was painted in glue and rolled in a bale of feathers, Felicia Chin’s outfit had good intentions but fell flat on the execution. The embellishments also made her waist look heavy and did not complement her svelte figure.
Rebecca Lim has always blown us away with her amazing Star Award red carpet showings — which was why we expected a lot more from the actress than this black gown from Valentino. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t…spectacular. Perhaps the star was going for a simple, minimalist look, but we think the look could use a jewelled choker or drop pendant.
That weird green-grey shade was not Vivian Lai’s best friend because it made the effervescent actress-host look a tad washed out. In addition, the shape of the dress was also not particularly flattering — it gave her usually petite figure an odd boxy silhouette.
The usually poised Taiwanese female Mandopop singer-actress Bowie Tsang, who is the daughter of actor Eric Tsang, was in a rather ho-hum colourblock dress. While the cold-shoulder detail was flowy and feminine, the garb looked simply too ordinary and casual for the black-tie event.
While we are glad the affable host and actress Kym Ng finally scored the All-Time Favourite Artiste win (congratulations!), she didn’t win any points for her dressing The periwinkle pantsuit, albeit sharp, was nothing to shout at. In fact, we think it made her look rather out of place at the awards ceremony and reminiscent of a maître d’.
While we applaud local singer Karena Yeo’s attempt at a quirky contrast by pairing a blazer with a tulle dress, the blazer she donned was ill-fitting and made her shoulders look excessively bulky. It didn’t help that the jacket didn’t cinch her waist either. We think a slim-fitting blazer with a belt to tighten her waist would have been a better choice.
Too. Many. Details. From the powder pink colour to the oversized bow placed at the crotch to the oddly draped skirt and awkward slit, Chen Xiuhuan looked rather overwhelmed in this unflattering number. Still, props to the actress for giving this look a go.
Don’t get us wrong — this is not a bad outfit. But we placed Aileen Tan on the worst dressed list simply because the silhouette was not flattering for the esteemed actress — it didn’t compliment her feminine curves but made her look boxy instead. We do love how powerful her shoulders look with the asymmetric top though.
We weren’t a fan of Pan Lingling’s polka dot Carolina Herrera number which made her look like she was heading for an upscale weekend brunch rather than an awards ceremony. She looked sweet, but we need more.
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