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.
What is your style philosophy?
Balance. For example, I love a dramatic piece such as an oversize, voluminous top worn with simple bottoms and a belt.
What are the pieces on heavy rotation in your wardrobe?
My hat, a vintage Lolita Lempicka blazer with pearl buttons, a Max Tan leather jacket and Max Tan harem pants.
Which trends are you really into right now?
Mutton sleeves! I’ve always loved good dramatic sleeves and power shoulders. It’s so exciting to see different takes on these from various designers right now.
Is there a trend you’d never wear?
Polka dots and horizontal stripes, but never say never.
Who are your favourite designers?
Cristobal Balenciaga, Gianfranco Ferré, Stéphane Rolland, Christian Dior, Rei Kawakubo and Max Tan.
What inspires you?
I mostly get inspiration from looking at vintage stylings—especially campaigns and editorials from the ’80s.