Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards 2017

#throwback – 7 highlights from the Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards 2017

Fashion has no precepts or rules. Contrary to mathematics or grammar, fashion is a field without conventions. After a decade of the Singapore Tatler Fashion Hall of Fame, the game changes have switched their gears. The brainchilds behind the legendary annual style extravaganza has re-engineered and re-designed Singapore Tatler Fashion Hall of Fame into the inaugural Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards. Covered Asia’s editors highlight the best of Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards 2017.

#1. Fashion is never just skin deep

“After all, fashion is never just skin deep – it is a reflection of the choices we’ve made, the experiences that have shaped us, and hard-earned perspectives on how to live your best life.”– Jane Ngiam, Editor-in-Chief of Singapore Tatler.

#2. The Most Classic Dresser 2017 – Grace Yeh

Contesting against myths and traditional notions, Grace Yeh floored the audience with her recipient speech while receiving The Most Classic Dresses Fashion Award 2017: “Women are like fine wine, we get better with age.”.

Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards 2017 – The Most Classic Dresser : Grace Yeh

Whilst the beauty and fashion industry ride on women’s perpetually notion to aesthetically enhance their appearances, Grace Yeh accurately highlighted that it is more important to be beautiful on the inside. It is not the apparel that makes the man; inner beauty will always reign over outwardly appearances.

“My parents taught us that it is not what you wear that matters, but how you present yourself to the world. Every woman benefits from beauty and youth, but what’s important is having confidence and pride in yourself, and allowing your inner beauty to be reflected in your appearance. “ – Grace Yeh

#3. Fashion Disrupter – Margie Van Elten

Fashion Disrupter, Margie Van Elten, defies all of vogue rules by embracing the process of change and allowing nature to reign. The beauty industry and scientists are ceaselessly cracking the code on ways to reverse the ageing process. Yet, Margie Van Elten ventures against the norm. True beauty and the heart of fashion lies therein understanding that time will change our appearances and it takes a bold spirit to embrace change graciously.

Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards 2017 – Fashion Disrupter : Margie Van Elten

“About four years ago, I decided that spending three hours in the salon to get my hair coloured was a big waste of time. So I got a pixie cut to cut all the dye out, and I haven’t looked back since. Going grey has changed my fashion too. I used to dress more conservatively, but when I changed my hair, I realised that conservative plus grey hair equals old. So I started gravitating towards edgier pieces.”

#4. The Symbol of Power Dressing – Comfort

“Comfort – if you’re not comfortable and functional, that can take away your confidence. Whether you wear a suit or Speedos, that’s not going to change your intellectual capacity. Look at Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, the founders of Instagram and Snapchat, or Alibaba’s Jack Ma. They’re in jeans, hoodies and T-shirts. My family business deals with retail, so corporate attire for us usually means jeans and T-shirt.” – Sanveer Gill  

Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards – Most Stylish Man 2017 : Sanveer Gill

Comfort is the new black. The true form of the symbol of power dressing – comfort. Decking up in a tailored haute couture suit does not equate to a man of fine character, high intellectual capacity or  a dapper gentleman with a great sense of style; fashion is more than just the clothes that make the man. It is a hard-earned perspectives on the way we live our lives based on our life experiences and the choices that we make.

#5. The Set –Fashion Olympics

Welcome to the arrivals arena, some of Tatler’s guests flex sartorial muscle in a Fashion Olympics, against a backdrop of glitz and glamour.

Left to right: Nicklaus Klein, Woon Yong Xin, Serene Tan, Liyann Seet, Johannes Christian See, Benjamin Khoh.
Singapore Tatler Awards 2017 – Most Stylish Woman 2017: Stephanie Lee
Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards – Fashion Newcomer 2017: Dawn Koh

#6. Jim Roger turns into a South Korean Rapper 

Jim Roger decked in South Korean rapper gears

Decked in a South Korean rapper gears, Jim Roger walked the fashion runway with a glass of whisky, started throwing money on the fashion runway, dipped his gold chain into a glass of whisky, licked it and kissed the hand of the emcee before making a grand exit. #whataballer

#7. The Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards concluded the night with fashion moguls exploding onto the runway

(In clockwise direction from the top left) Andre Huber, Bobby Hiranandani, Oscar Mico, Jim Rogers, Billy Lee, Adrian Ng. Eyewear by Safilo.

Theinaugural Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards concluded the night with fashion moguls exploding onto the runway in Adidas “rapper” gears. Flashed on the theatre screen was a remixed version of the  music video of the “Good Boy” by South Korean artists GD X TAEYANG; the fashion moguls have become the stars of the South Korean music video.


Liyann Seet

Fashion Editor

A Singaporean investor, commercial model, beauty queen and philanthropist. Liyann began her commercial modelling career at 16 and later represented Singapore in international beauty pageants in Asia Pacific and in the United States. She has since won several international beauty pageant titles. Liyann is also responsible for founding the International Children Foundation that advocates equal educational opportunities for underprivileged kids.

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