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CelebrationsHow Our Society Friends Prepped For The Tatler Ball 2017

How Our Society Friends Prepped For The Tatler Ball 2017

How Our Society Friends Prepped For The Tatler Ball 2017
By Cheryl Chan
November 13, 2017
When it comes to our most exclusive event of the year (it's invite-only), it's no surprise to see guests pull out all the stops when it comes to their outfits, with some of them planning months in advance to secure an individualistic and exciting look that fits the theme of the ball. And with the fashion stakes at an all time high, the only way to ensure that is to customise your very own special piece for the ball. With this year's theme being all about being a rebel, we take a look at the creative efforts that some of our society friends took to create a look that's truly one-of-a-kind.

Susanna Kang in Gucci customised by Alfie Leong

"My inspiration for the evening is the Rebel Greek Goddess. Although I'll be wearing an amazing full crystal jumpsuit from Gucci, I never want to copy directly from a look book—I like to have my own input. I'm a big supporter of local designers and I like the idea of a luxury brand fused together with a local designer. This time round I have worked with Alfie Leong, winner of The President's Design Award in 2013 and founder of local fashion labels A.W.O.L and MU to showcase our interpretation of this theme."

"I think it's fun to experiment and it takes lots of guts to pull off a sartorial coup and interpretation on an outfit and this look is all about showing lots of attitude, skin and curves. As the crystals on the jumpsuit are very glittery, we chose a beautiful translucent fabric to compliment the sparkles."

Susanna Kang in Gucci customised by Alfie Leong

Serene Chua in Givenchy Couture

"I chanced upon this dress when I happened to be in Milan for a work trip. I just had a very magical moment where I saw it in the window suddenly all time stood still and all my focus was just on this one stunning piece. It was just displayed in the spotlight and I just couldn’t turn my head away from it! I love that it's black and white and full of details and pearls. It's feminine yet edgy at the same time which I felt was very on-theme. It reminded me of a feminine and girly woman who was trying to break out of her shell. As I had to go to Como for a few days, I was lucky enough to get it fitted to my measurements and didn't have to go through the hassle of flying to and fro to get the gown fitted."

"I don't usually shop at Givenchy so even purchasing something from the brand already made me feel like I was breaking out of my boundaries. And the best part of the dress? Because it's strapless with a sheer skirt, I can show off all my different tattoos—I think that's the real part of me being truly rebellious!"

Serene Chua in Givenchy Couture

Lynn Yeow-De Vito in Ommar Davin

"I kept the rest of my outfit simple and wanted the jacket made by Ommar Davin (a Raffles Design Institute Indonesian graduate with his own line) to speak for itself. The robes on the sleeve of the jacket explore shibari, the art of Japanese rope bondage. I love his philosophy of using traditional techniques and skills combined with modernity with an edge and boldness. It is the idea of how restriction and rebellion could be a form of artistic expressions."

Lynn Yeow-De Vito in Ommar Davin

Lydia Lim in Nicolas Laville

"Being invited to the Tatler Ball is an honor for me, so customising a dress isn't a question, it's the only answer! I chose Nicolas to create my dress as he has been certified by Singapore Tatler as the best Women's Made-to-Measure dressmaker for their Best of Singapore 2017 awards so I was assured of his skills."

"My style tends to be very feminine and I have a tendency to lean towards fluffy and poufy items—which couldn't be more anti-rebellion! Together with Nicolas, we decided to play with the keywords "feminine, romantic and rebel", and came up with a look that was inspired by the '50s where women were starting to rebel against fashion and were wearing miniskirts and pants. My look will also come with a detachable skirt so that past midnight I can channel my inner rebellious Cinderella and lose the floor length skirt and party the night away!"

Lydia Lim in Nicolas Laville

Adrian Chan in his own custom design

"Tartan has been used by many enfants terribles of fashion who have decided to rebel. Think Vivienne Westwood and the legendary English punk band The Sex Pistols. I superimposed the tartan print onto a western suit to show how rebellion can also be interpreted to be beautiful and formal. I think making the choice to make my clothes bespoke is important as they are unique creations that will fit me just right."

Adrian Chan in his own custom design

Ryan Su in his own custom design

"This suit is inspired by the harlequin—a fun character who could potentially start rebellion. The harlequin's checkered dress was often depicted in art and this suit is an homage to a mischievous rebel. I had this suit specially made after selecting a brocade in a harlequin pattern."

Ryan Su in his own custom design

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