Hot or Not: Star Awards 2018 Fashion

This year's best and worst looks involved ruffles, bare chests, and lots of leg

This year's best and worst looks
This year's best and worst looks
23 Apr 2018

This year's best and worst looks

Photos: Toggle, Lee Lay Na

As much as we love the tear-filled speeches, the onstage and backstage antics, and the suspense at Star Awards, what we look forward to seeing the most every year is the fashion. And this year, the amount of ruffles, bare chests, and quirky suits made a statement indeed -- some for better, many for worse -- amidst the deluge of classic suits and gowns. 

Check out the best and worst of Star Awards 2018 fashion here!

Belinda Lee
Belinda Lee
23 Apr 2018

Belinda Lee

In an Instagram Story, Belinda likened her dress to the aesthetic of the Avengers franchise, and Black Panther in particular. And like a true superhero, she totally kicked butt in this outfit. 

Verdict: HOT ​​​​​​​

Huang Biren
Huang Biren
23 Apr 2018

Huang Biren

Huang Biren looked like a piece of artwork come to life in her watercolour motif dress from Ferragamo.

Verdict: HOT ​​​​​​​

Bonnie Loo
Bonnie Loo
23 Apr 2018

Bonnie Loo

Maybe it’s our Outlander addiction talking, but this dress bears an uncanny resemblance to 18th-century undergarments. That said, we wish Bonnie had chosen something a little more fun.

Verdict: NOT ​​​​​​​

Carrie Wong
Carrie Wong
23 Apr 2018

Carrie Wong

Yowza! Carrie, who dresses boyishly and bookishly in everyday life, got to show off her sultrier side in a plunging, paneled, bejewelled getup from Lanvin and Bulgari.

Verdict: HOT ​​​​​​​

Chantalle Ng
Chantalle Ng
23 Apr 2018

Chantalle Ng

We love how the white belt gives Chantalle Ng’s Elie Saab dress a youthfulness to match her own.

Verdict: HOT ​​​​​​​

Zoe Tay
Zoe Tay
23 Apr 2018

Zoe Tay

This gown, from Toni Maticevski, was one of the most interesting we spotted all night, thanks to its print – which resembles cracked tiles – and its glamorously flappy cutting. In an interview with Toggle backstage, Zoe’s stylist, Johnny Khoo, said that he picked something “quite regal” for Zoe since she is “the queen, she deserves the best”. Fun fact: Ah Jie’s diamond and sapphire earrings, bracelet, and ring, are all from Chopard, and worth over $1 million.

Verdict: HOT

Chen Liping
Chen Liping
23 Apr 2018

Chen Liping

Even the most daring of slits can’t make up for this dress’s oversized sleeves and belt, which make the overall effect look a little unbalanced. 

Verdict: NOT ​​​​​​​

Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
23 Apr 2018

Desmond Tan

We never thought we’d see an outfit like this outside of Zouk, let alone at Star Awards, but here we are. Thankfully, Desmond changed into something a little classier before receiving his Best Actor trophy.

Verdict: NOT

Elvin Ng
Elvin Ng
23 Apr 2018

Elvin Ng

Now THIS is how you wear black and white – for the nth time, in Elvin’s case – without putting us to sleep. Elvin’s crocheted-looking Dolce & Gabbana suit is just different enough to make him stand out without making him look as if he is trying too hard.

Verdict: HOT ​​​​​​​

Lee Teng
Lee Teng
23 Apr 2018

Lee Teng

Speaking of trying too hard, here is Lee Teng, decked in Paul Smith, doing his best impression of a 1970s pimp-slash-nightclub owner.

Verdict: NOT ​​​​​​​

Joanne Peh
Joanne Peh
23 Apr 2018

Joanne Peh

In an interview with Toggle, Joanne said she felt like a little girl in her flouncy Delpozo gown, and we can see why – it’s clear how much fun she had sashaying down the Arrival of Artistes in this gorgeous confection of tulle.

Verdict: HOT ​​​​​​​

Felicia Chin
Felicia Chin
23 Apr 2018

Felicia Chin

Now this is a classic example of when the dress wears you, instead of you wearing the dress. Or should we say, when the ruffles wear you, instead of you wearing the ruffles. Despite its seeming lack of shape, Felicia told us that this dress is so tight that her stylist had to pull it over her head. “It was an intimate experience,” she said.

Verdict: NOT

Felicia Chin (second dress)
Felicia Chin (second dress)
23 Apr 2018

Felicia Chin (second dress)

Felicia’s second dress, from Mary Katrantzou, not only fit better, but it gave us major Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat vibes.

Verdict: HOT

Photo: Instagram/@iamfeliciachin

Chen Hanwei
Chen Hanwei
23 Apr 2018

Chen Hanwei

Traditionally, brides wear “something blue” for luck, and it looks like Hanwei did the same, to great success – both professionally and sartorially.

Verdict: HOT ​​​​​​​

Hayley Woo
Hayley Woo
23 Apr 2018

Hayley Woo

Hayley, who isn’t afraid to try witchy fashion, looked oh so chic in a goth bride look from Saiid Kobeisy.

Verdict: HOT

Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
23 Apr 2018

Rebecca Lim

Bigtime winner Becks not only shone bright on stage, but she looked like a real-life jewel in her emerald green Elie Saab dress.

Verdict: HOT ​​​​​​​

Ian Fang
Ian Fang
23 Apr 2018

Ian Fang

Ian’s Paul Smith suit and Louboutins, while safer than his everyday outfits, are so him: modish, yet a little rascally.

Verdict: HOT ​​​​​​​

Jeffrey Xu
Jeffrey Xu
23 Apr 2018

Jeffrey Xu

Sorry, Jeffrey, as trim as you look in this outfit, it’s honestly kind of a snooze.

Verdict: NOT ​​​​​​​

Romeo Tan
Romeo Tan
23 Apr 2018

Romeo Tan

At first we were ready to groan at another black and white award show getup from Romeo, but the chinoiserie-inspired print on his suit jacket redeemed the whole look for us.

Verdict: HOT  

Shane Pow
Shane Pow
23 Apr 2018

Shane Pow

Eh, classic appeal of a black tux aside, we’d like to think that satin sashes belong at beauty pageants, not at award shows.

Verdict: NOT ​​​​​​​

Shaun Chen
Shaun Chen
23 Apr 2018

Shaun Chen

We liked this from afar. But alas, upon zooming in, we caught sight the ruffles and the velvet bow tie, which would seem much in place at the Hogwarts Yule Ball than here.

Verdict: NOT

Sheila Sim
Sheila Sim
23 Apr 2018

Sheila Sim

Sheila looked dazzlingly reptilian in this bare-backed dress from Marc Jacobs.

Verdict: HOT ​​​​​​​

Vivian Lai
Vivian Lai
23 Apr 2018

Vivian Lai

Vivian paneled bridal gown was one of the few princessy looks of the night, and she pulled it off with aplomb.

Verdict: HOT

Xu Bin
Xu Bin
23 Apr 2018

Xu Bin

Xu Bin’s double breasted suit might be a little “been there, done that”, but we can’t say it’s boring, since slate grey looks especially striking against the red curtain. Plus, there’s no denying how well it flatters his broad shoulders.

Verdict: HOT

Ya Hui
Ya Hui
23 Apr 2018

Ya Hui

Ya Hui channelled Morticia Addams and Angelina Jolie in her figure-hugging, leg-baring black gown from Max Mara. Simple, yet impressive.

Verdict: HOT ​​​​​​​

Hong Hui Fang
Hong Hui Fang
23 Apr 2018

Hong Hui Fang

Who wouldn’t feel like the belle of the ball in a dress as shimmery as this one? We love how Hui Fang manages to light up the room without blinding us in the process.

Verdict: HOT ​​​​​​​

Hazelle Teo
Hazelle Teo
23 Apr 2018

Hazelle Teo

This dress from local designer E S H might not make much sense, but it was certainly memorable, and Hazelle wears it with confidence.

Verdict: HOT

Joel Choo
Joel Choo
23 Apr 2018

Joel Choo

Maybe we’ve seen The Greatest Showman one too many times, but we can’t look at this outfit without imagining Joel twirling a top hat and a cane.

Verdict: NOT

PHOTO: Instagram/@joelchoozw

Kym Ng
Kym Ng
23 Apr 2018

Kym Ng

“I’ve worn long dresses before, but people don’t remember,” Kym said, when we asked her why she chose to wear a gown instead of her usual award show minidress. “You all remember my short skirts because I have very sexy, beautiful legs! Bryan Wong was saying that if I have the chance to go up on stage, he’s going to hold on to the train, so I purposely chose a dress that is long so that if I go on stage, Bryan will have to work.”

We can’t fault Kym for wanting to try something different, and mostly succeeding. While this gown is a little voluminous for her petite frame, its neutral colour keeps it from overwhelming her completely.

Verdict: HOT

Liu Ling Ling
Liu Ling Ling
23 Apr 2018

Liu Ling Ling

*shudder* Okay, we know Ling Ling is a Getai singer, but that doesn’t make her headpiece – which looks more like a colourful growth than a hat – look any less terrifying.

Verdict: NOT ​​​​​​​

Hong Ling and Nick Teo
Hong Ling and Nick Teo
23 Apr 2018

Hong Ling and Nick Teo

This glamourised version of a convertible bridesmaid dress could not have been comfortable. Hong Ling told us that her Gucci gown comes with safety shorts, in the shape of underwear, so it doesn’t matter if she has a wardrobe malfunction. But she also admitted that among all of her Star Awards gowns, this gave her the least sense of security. Meanwhile, Nick just looks kind of…basic.

Verdict: NOT

Paige Chua
Paige Chua
23 Apr 2018

Paige Chua

Paige looked sleek and stunning in a gown specially designed by Keith Png, who sent her the design and some sketches while she was in Ipoh. After going for the first fitting last week, she found that it was “very comfortable – it’s within my comfort zone, nothing too fancy, straightforward, regal, elegant, and simple. He knows me quite well, so we didn’t discuss it much. He knows my boundaries really well.” 

Verdict: HOT ​​​​​​​

Quan Yifong
Quan Yifong
23 Apr 2018

Quan Yifong

Yifong not only won big in the Variety Programme Host category, but she also won our hearts in her custom made gown from Francis Cheong Couture.

Verdict: HOT ​​​​​​​

Zhang Zhenhuan
Zhang Zhenhuan
23 Apr 2018

Zhang Zhenhuan

We know florals for spring aren’t exactly groundbreaking, but on Zhenhuan? During Star Awards? We’ll give him a pass for trying something new in this vaguely Chinese-looking floral jacket from Dolce & Gabbana.

Verdict: HOT

Zong Zijie and Richie Koh
Zong Zijie and Richie Koh
23 Apr 2018

Zong Zijie and Richie Koh

All right, these young talents know how to wear suits that are just playful enough to suit their boyish dispositions.

Verdict: HOT ​​​​​​​

Visit the Star Awards 2018 official website for more stories and videos.

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