How Your Fave Local Stars Got Ready For The Star Awards

Their stylists walk us through the process

Let’s be real, as much as we watch award shows to root for our favourite celebs, the part we’re also looking forward to is the fashion.

From elegant to quirky, there’s really no guessing what celebs will wear for their walk down the red carpet every year. How do they even pick the dress or suit?

As the 2016 Star Awards closed last week, we decided to ask the people behind each best-dressed look about what really goes on when picking out an award show outfit — their stylists. 

Jack Wang and Jumius Wong
Styled: Rebecca Lim, Ian Fang



What’s the process like for picking out the perfect red carpet gown for a celebrity?

We would consider and work with a number of important factors such as the celebrity's body shape, the gown's silhouette, practicality, fabrics and colours. The process might take up to three months with the sourcing, requests and fittings. We also sometimes fight for exclusivity depending on the status of the celebrity. 

Do the celebs dictate what they want to wear for events, or do you have the final say?

No, in our case they do not dictate what they want to wear. After the celebrities are fitted in the gowns that we’ve shortlisted, we would then advise on our preferred looks for the red carpet event. There is a mutual trust and understanding. Celebrities who request for us trust our vision and professionalism. In our opinion, if the celebrities want to dictate what they want to wear for events, they do not need to hire a stylist, but a wardrobe dresser.

Share one fun moment from styling the stars at this year’s Star Awards.

The fun moment for us was really how the celebrities that we styled this year were willing to step out of their comfort zone to try out something new. As much as we like to try different things, we still strongly believe that they have to look presentable on the red carpet and not tragic or like some runaway brides at this year's red carpet.

What do you keep in your styling kit for events like Star Awards?

Scissors, needles and thread and (lots and lots) of Hollywood tape. 

What is one thing most people don’t know about styling celebs for the Star Awards?

The long planning process, like going through runway images and visualising the whole look with hair and make up. 

What do you do if the celeb you’re styling encounters a wardrobe malfunction?

We put aside at least one or two back up wardrobe options, just in case.  

Share one styling/fashion tip that all women should know when dressing up for big events.

Know your body type and be confident. Confidence is the best accessory when dressing up for big events.

Martin Wong
Styled: Felicia Chin, Jeffery Xu, Joanne Peh and Qi Yu Wu.



What’s the process like for picking out the perfect red carpet gown for a celebrity?

I usually shortlist about four or five outfits for each celeb for them to try on. I don't bring in a full-on rack because I believe that I would already know what looks best and what would suit them. So I don't put them through the trouble of trying on many, many outfits.

Do the celebs dictate what they want to wear for events, or do you have the final say?

Usually we would discuss and deliberate and have both our inputs on the outfits.

What do you keep in your styling kit for events like Star Awards?

Hollywood tape, invisible thread, needles and safety pins.

What is one thing most people don’t know about styling celebs for the Star Awards?

It’s actually a stressful but fun process. People have this misconception that it’s so easy, like I just give them a dress and they wear it. but thats not the case. Fittings start as early as a month beforehand to secure looks from overseas, fly them in, fit the item, send it back and have it flown back again. Also, it’s a mad rush to ‘fight’ for outfits and reserve them if we are interested.

What do you do if the celeb you’re styling encounters a wardrobe malfunction?

Zippers have popped and buttons have gone missing but the show must still go on. Two of my celebs have actually encountered that on the red carpet but still they smiled walked with confidence and escaped the media un-noticed! I think it’s more about having confidence and covering it up that rather than freaking out.

Share one style tip that all women should know when dressing up for big events.

Less is more. Don't pile on too much jewellery — you just end up looking like a Christmas tree. And expensive jewellery does not equate to looking a million dollars. It might just make you look mature and dated.

Photos: @limrebecca, @ian_ianization, @jeffery_xu and @iamfeliciachin via Instagram.

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