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 style to you and what is your style philosophy?
Style is an expression of one’s self. It gives a glimpse into someone’s mind and what they choose to reveal about themselves. I like the juxtaposition of the masculine and strong alongside the soft and feminine. I also like pushing boundaries while still feeling comfortable in my choices. Having said that, with a very hectic life, there isn’t always time to push boundaries—you just grab and throw on something. An alternative is to have a good shoe collection to elevate an outfit.
What is your go-to look?
A tailored suit.
What are the five pieces every woman should have in her closet?
A good pair of black pants, a black blazer, leopard-print shoes, boyfriend jeans, and a great handbag that goes with everything.
What is the power of fashion to you?
Fashion has the power to inspire and move someone. A beautiful collection or piece usually involves a village— bringing together the hard work of creative minds and craftsmen. It’s quite humbling to think of, actually.
Which designers do you love?
Prada and Dries Van Noten.