Aaron Kwok, high-tech tailors and ‘cool’ fashion: Top 10 style stories of 2019

Aaron Kwok, high-tech tailors and ‘cool’ fashion: Top 10 style stories of 2019

To wrap up the year, CNA Lifestyle looks back at the fashion and beauty stories you’ve eagerly read and shared.

Composite photo of A Gentleman's Tale owners and Aaron Kwok
(Photos: Joyee Koo, CY)

It’s all about learning the secrets behind the good looks of celebrities – whether it’s a 53-year-old Heavenly King or the Queen of Caldecott Hill. Readers also loved a good bargain when it came to beauty products and, it seems, were also itching to put on their cardigans thanks to the recent pleasant weather. Read the stories below.

AARON KWOK IN SINGAPORE: HOW DOES THE MAN STILL LOOK THIS GOOD AT 53?

Aaron Kwok posing for a photo
Heavenly king Aaron Kwok in Singapore for Lancome's Advanced Genifique Youth Activating serum launch. (Photo: CY)

The Hong Kong superstar was in town last August for the launch of Lancome’s new anti-ageing product – and was the perfect poster boy for looking young. “I started to take care of my skin from way back in 1995. That’s 24 years of persistence. Taking care of the skin is not just what women do; men should do it, too,” he said, also revealing secrets such as keeping his body in shape, eating well and getting some rest. Well, a lot of people do that and they’re still not Aaron Kwok, so he must be keeping some vital tips all to himself.

MUST GOOD SKINCARE BE COSTLY? THESE DRUGSTORE PICKS PROVIDE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

An interior shot of a pharmacy at the airport
(Photo: Facebook/Airport pharmacy)

Everybody loves a good deal – and that includes beauty products. For this story, we stepped into your friendly neighbourhood Watsons and Guardian, and discovered just how much of a treasure trove these places are. We highlighted seven products, each priced at less than S$50, which were quality alternatives to those at big name beauty counters.

THE HIGH-TECH SINGAPORE TAILOR WHO'LL DRIVE THEIR 3D BODY SCANNER TO YOUR CAR PARK

A Gentleman's Tale mobile tailor bus 3D scanning_mod
A Gentleman's Tale co-founder Lyn Chan and Kenneth Chia. (Photo: Joyee Koo)

Imagine being in need of a suit and a simple phone call is all you need for a tailor to drive all the way in a bus kitted with a walk-in wardrobe, flashing LED lights and some Tony Stark-level 3D scanning technology. That’s what A Gentleman’s Tale does – and we were truly impressed.

ZOE TAY’S MAKEUP ARTIST ON HOW TO LOOK YOUNGER THAN YOU REALLY ARE

Zoe Tay and her makeup artist Peter Khor
Queen of Caldecott Zoe Tay and her makeup artist Peter Khor. (Photo: Instagram/Peterkhor)

Two stories featuring tips from local celebrity makeup artists made the list. Here, Peter Khor offered sage advice on the type of regimen those in their 30s and 40s should have. And you can’t help but trust someone who’s worked his magic on the likes of non-millennials such as Zoe Tay, Kit Chan, Cecilia Cheung, Yvonne Lim, Michelle Yeoh and Gemma Chan.

MEET THE SINGAPOREAN WOMAN MAKING MEN'S SHOES USING A GUY'S NAME

Shoemaker Teresa Chong flies the Singapore flag high in the realm of quality men's shoes
(Photo: Jonathan Abel)

In a traditionally male-dominated industry, Jonathan Abel’s Teresa Chong stands out. Or does she? “It amuses me that while it’s ‘de rigueur’ for men to design women’s shoes, a woman designing for men still takes people by surprise.” She does have a point. As for her brand’s name – it’s all made up, and at the start people thought Chong was the fictitious person’s secretary.

THE BEST MASCARAS TO USE ACCORDING TO ZOE AND REBECCA'S MAKEUP ARTISTS

The best mascaras according to celebrity makeup artists to the stars
(Photos: Instagram/zoetay10 and limrebecca) 

Zoe Tay, Rebecca Lim and Sheila Sim do not wake up looking the way they do in photos. Their flawless, camera-ready faces are the result of preening from trusted makeup artists – so we got Shaun Lee, Sam Ong, Peter Khor, Elain Lim and Clarence Lee to reveal what’s inside their makeup bags.

UNIQLO IS CUTTING WATER USAGE BY 99% SO YOUR JEANS DON'T KILL THE PLANET

Jeans Innovation Centre's laser system
The process of creating 'vintage' jeans gets high-tech at the Fast Retailing Jeans Innovation Centre in Los Angeles. (Photo: Fast Retailing)

Turns out the Japanese company behind Uniqlo isn’t just making affordable clothes, they’re trying to do it in a thoroughly green fashion, too. We flew to California to have a look at the cutting-edge technology the brand’s been using to make eco-friendly jeans – and felt thoroughly guilty after finding out it takes at least 10,000 litres of water to produce just enough raw cotton to make a pair of jeans.

HOW TO DRESS FOR UNSEASONABLY 'COOL WEATHER' IN SINGAPORE WITHOUT LOOKING SILLY

A woman in a COS outfit.
(Photos: COS)

Yes, we’ve been experiencing chilly (and wet) weather these past couple of months, meaning it’s a chance to dig out stuff from our wardrobe usually reserved for cooler climes. That doesn’t mean wearing scarves and Heattech, though. Here was our more sensible fashion guide.          

IS YOUR HAIRSTYLE AFFECTING YOUR CAREER? HERE'S WHAT EXPERTS DEEM 'UNPROFESSIONAL'

Is your hair ruining your career
Think about the image you're projecting at work through your hairstyle. (Photo: Pexels)

Clothes and makeup influence the image you project at work – but the way you do your hair is a major, if a bit overlooked, factor, too. We asked the experts for some guidelines on what’s work-appropriate or not. A flashy dye job might be a big no-no in a corporate office but could be acceptable in a creative workplace with looser rules.

WASTED MONEY ON CLOTHES THAT DON'T FIT ONCE YOU'RE HOME? HERE'S WHY THAT HAPPENS

What you should do in a changing room hero
(Illustration: Jasper Loh)

We’ve all been there before – buying clothes that later turn out to not fit as well as we thought. This story compiled some easy changing room hacks to make sure there’s no regret later on. Being a smarter shopper sometimes just means a few extra steps like bending over and even hugging yourself.

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