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Red Carpet Who? It’s The Airport Runway At The Star Awards 2021 Ceremony

Socially distanced, extravagant and dazzling, the Star Awards ceremony for 2021 was back with a bang on 18th April 2021. Hosted by local media veterans Quan Yi Fong and Guo Liang, the event at Jewel Changi kicked off with an awesome start as the artistes sashayed down the red carpet in front of the Airbus A350-900.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Some outfits dazzled through the night in front of the HSBC Rain Vortex at Changi Jewel, but others, not so much.

Sultry and alluring: Zoe Tay

Leading the fashion runaway segment on the aeroplane landing strip of the event was Mediacorp “Ah Jie” Zoe Tay. Garbed in a flowy black-and-white floral gown that billowed in the wind, the dazzling 53-year-old didn’t look a day past 40.

Her dazzling appearance aside, the veteran actress snagged another Best Actress Star Award for her role as Mandy See in the drama My Guardian Angel, making it her second consecutive win since the 2019 Star Awards ceremony.

This is her fourth Star Award, making her the actress with the most number of Best Actress awards. However, the Mediacorp Ah Jie remains down to earth, commenting, “I’m very surprised, I wasn’t even the dark horse.”

The Rise of Menswear: Felicia Chin, Hong Ling, Jeanette Aw

Menswear is no doubt a trend that is here to stay for SS21. Structured silhouettes appeared to have taken the runway by storm not just on the male guests, but also on big female names like Felicia Chin, Hong Ling and Jeanette Aw. These actresses’ daring and experimental looks reflect the fluidity of fashion, and how fashion is not confined to gender.

Looking rather spiffy, Chin sported a classic, form-fitting black and white suit which looked like a spiffy Tom, Dick or Harry going to work his investment banking firm.

Adopting a similar monochromatic colour palette, Hong donned a chunkier tuxedo silhouette, which slightly ate up her petite frame. Hong played outfit twin to Nick Teo her boyfriend of 3 years.

Departing from the more masculine themes her fellow counterparts had adopted, Aw took on a more feminine, males wear inspired outfit. Pictured above is Aw in her slick, spiffy black blazer dress which accentuated her toned and slender legs.

The Bad and The Ugly... According to Online Commentators

While there were outfits that earned the awe of viewers and commentators, there were others that incited a flurry of humorous comments as well. Commentator Dennis Lim shared on his Facebook page an album titled “FASHUN ARMAGEDDON 2021”, which included the celebrities’ red carpet photographs, topped off with his hilarious commentary, garnering over 8200 shares.

As low-rise as a 4-storey building: Kym Ng

Loud, bubbly and the life of the party, veteran host Kym Ng donned a blue Isabel Sachin gown which featured a skyline and some buildings. The gown was as quirky as her personality, a surefire way of earning a lighthearted remark from Lim.

Not in the pink of health: Elvin Ng

Dressed in bubblegum pink and firetruck red, one would find it impossible to tell the difference between Ng and a mixed flavour sour patch gummy at Candylicious. Fortunately, Lim came to the rescue, alerting us that Ng was in fact a tall glass of bandung in disguise.

The Slumber Number: Edwin Goh

Goh evoked a number of jokes with his pink, stripey suit, which many compared to the “Bananas in Pajamas” outfit, but none beat Lim’s savage comparison. Cimparing him to a band of middle-aged men waiting to go to bed.

I’m Blue Da Ba Dee Da Bee Da: Glenn Yong

Blue from head to toe, Yong gave a whole new meaning to “I’m blue”. Yong’s photo was put beside Hong Kong actor Aaron Kwok’s and Taiwanese singer Jay Chou, but Will Smith as the Genie in Aladdin “out-blued” these guys. So who’s the true blue here?

Tall, Nude and Handsome? Joel Choo

While the actor and son of Choo Hou Ren is rather tall, dark and handsome, his suit was not very dark. Instead, it was a more peachy, light pink shade which is perfect for spring, but not so perfect for avoiding online mockery. The good looking 26 year old’s complexion seemed to be rather washed out by his suit’s colour, earning the comparison of it to “teh kor” in Hokkien, or underwear.

Having borne the brunt of the humorous blows, these less spiffily dressed actors have provided entertainment to us in these unprecedented times, where the coronavirus outbreak has taken away much of the things that made our lives before the pandemic seem much more bearable.

Albeit the woes of not being able to have an audience for the show, and not being able to gather in the established location for the yearly Star Awards, the organizers and celebrities put together a show-stopping event for Singaporeans to recreate a semblance of normalcy for a long-gone period before the outbreak of Covid-19.

While it was a bittersweet event with many stars opening up about how they had not seen their families in a long time, some of the questionable outfits spotted at the Star Awards evoked some much-needed laughter in these difficult times.

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