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.
Jamie QQ Wu
What is style to you?
It’s your point of view at a particular moment, and a personal story reflected through clothing and accessories. Style is a dialogue you have with your surroundings.
What drives you?
The desire to always tread new territories and to understand the systems behind them; and hoping to make a difference.
Do you have a current favourite look?
Everything that accentuates my pregnant belly—it’s time to celebrate motherhood and femininity.
What are the five pieces every woman should have in her closet?
A nice suit; a bodysuit—in white, black or prints; a high-waisted skirt or a pair of wide-legged trousers; a comfortable pair of heels; and that one dress that makes you feel like a Bond girl.
Is there something you would never wear?
A Juicy Couture velour tracksuit.
Which designers do you love?
Martin Margiela, John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen and Rei Kawakubo.
Whose closet would you love to raid?
Iris Apfel’s, and Anna Dello Russo’s before she sold all her stuff.