Most Stylish Women 2021
Harper's BAZAAR Singapore|December 2021
From mannish to maximal, sexy to sculptural, vintage to vampy, our portfolio of snazzy dressers truly represent the best of Singaporean style.
Jeffrey Yan

WILLABELLE ONG, 27

Content creator

How would you describe your style?

I’d say it’s classic and elegant, with a touch of masculinity. I’m generally drawn to more structured pieces, such as a blazer with strong shoulders or a well-cut dress.

Who is your favourite designer?

I think Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière is in a league of his own with his forward-thinking collections and modernistic touch. I’m obsessed with the cosmic-print, flounce-sleeved coat I wore for the shoot—it’s truly a statement piece with a playful nod to the House’s travel identity, both past and future.

What are some of your fashion go-tos?

For me, watches and gold jewellery are modern classics. Whether it’s pairing a yellow gold Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra pendant with vintage malachite hoop earrings, or stacking multiple Tiffany & Co. bracelets and rings, I find that they instantly add an element of finesse to any outfit.

What is the most treasured piece in your wardrobe?

A watch from my husband when we got engaged, to commemorate our time spent together.

PUTRI ADIF, 23

Designer and artist

What made you fall in love with fashion?

It was something that was always around me. Ever since I was little, I’ve liked dressing up. I always saw my grandmother matching her outfits to my grandad’s—down to her tudung and handbag—which I found very interesting. My dad also loves fashion—he’d always talk to me about his favourite designers, one of whom is Jean Paul Gaultier, who is also one of mine now.

What draws you to certain pieces or looks?

I think it’s a sense of history or storytelling. When I was younger, my approach to fashion was very random—like, oh, this is cute. Now that I’m older, I understand more about the thought process of the designer and that’s what I appreciate more, rather than trends or things like that. When you talk about a designer, it’s about something that they do well and so you want to have that in your closet. That’s where my thrifting and vintage shopping come in. I also like my style to tie back to my culture, so I bring elements of batik, kebaya and gold accessories into my dressing.

Which designers and brands do you love?

[Jean Paul] Gaultier because there’s something about the 1990s aesthetic that I really love—it’s camp, but not really. I love Vivienne Westwood because she’s a rebel. As a designer, I want to be that provocative as well, making statements and talking about issues that other people don’t. I love Mugler and John Galliano, again because of that ’90s aesthetic. A newer designer that I love is Charlotte Knowles; I feel that she’s someone who’s reinventing things and pushing boundaries.

Vest, H&M. Skirt; earrings; necklaces; gloves; rings; boots, Adif’s own

GEORGINA FOO, 29

Architectural and interior designer

How would you describe your style?

Similar to the architecture and design that I like, I find myself gravitating towards pieces that are more architectural and sculptural. I’m a huge fan of the Modernist movement in architecture, where everything is very streamlined, very much designed for utility but still with an aesthetic beauty to it. That influences my fashion preferences; I like things that are understated and timeless, with unexpected details.

Who is your favourite designer?

Phoebe Philo. I admired her work a lot when she was at Céline. I think she was really tuned in to the female energy and she really empowered women through fashion.

What is your go-to item of clothing?

As cliché as it might sound, it’s the little black dress. It’s something that’s simple, classy, timeless and understated. My friends ask me why I keep buying the same black dresses, but every black dress comes with a different cut and details. The ultimate LBD for me would be one from Saint Laurent.

Is there anything you collect?

I love collecting vintage pieces. They have so much character—even if they’re all beat up and worn out, there are all these stories to them. The vintage Chanel boots I brought for this shoot are probably one of my most treasured archival pieces.

YAO XIN, 27

Management trainee

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