The past 10 years have seen seismic shifts in the world of fashion and culture at large. Gone is the dictating manner in which fashion used to speak. Today, influence and inspiration bubbles up as much as it trickles down. The speed at which movements now take root and cross-pollinate across cultures and communities would have been unimaginable a decade ago. In many ways, the rise of social media and the digital age has revolutionised the way we access, consume and interact with fashion. At its core, style is still about looking a certain way to telegraph a certain message, but the key components of that message have evolved to centre around the ideas of authenticity, individuality and positivity. To close out this progressive, transformative decade, we’ve chosen to celebrate a group of originals who are as sharp as they are stylish; the ones who march to their own beat while maintaining a certain polish and verve that drives home a uniquely Asian perspective.
Weixin Quek Chong
What is your style philosophy?
My style revolves around statement glasses or platform boots. I like formulating the rest of my look around key pieces.
Do you have a signature look?
Red tartan or black vinyl with platform boots.
What is the power of fashion to you?
It shows you all the alternative selves you carry within you. It exposes how much is artifice or constructed, and ironically, this gives you the freedom to trust or protect your inner self.
Who are your favourite designers?
There are so many designers I love. My current crushes include Mowalola, Blindness, Noir Kei Ninomiya and No Sesso.
What inspires your style?
I like observing people with a distinctly individual sense of style. It’s not about being trendy, but rather, someone who shows a strong personal identity, character and expression.
What drives you?
The desire to create and to make and hold space for existing.