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Stylish trio introduced into Tatler's Fashion Hall of Fame
by Sylvia Toh

FASTEST fingers on the speed dial won the day – dress rather – for fashion forwarders Dr Iroshini Chua and homemaker Ms Susanna Kang.

The pair, together with fundraiser Mrs Nana Au-Chua, were inducted into society monthly Singapore Tatler’s Fashion Hall of Fame 2010 last week.

Both Dr Chua and Ms Kang bought from the late Alexander McQueen’s last runway show collection, staged in London just months before the British designer died nine weeks ago.

Famed for his rebellious extravagance, McQueen’s final spring summer 2010 showcased dramatic fantasy, and it’s no stitch dropped to say Iro and Susanna bought it.

Dr Chua was fantastic and Ms Kang dramatic at the party in Pan Pacific’s Stereolab.
Ms Kang said, “Oh, I had to keep calling them. I was so afraid they wouldn’t be able to deliver after his tragic death.”

She has attended his runway shows abroad. “His clothes are like architectural pieces, and his stagings like a theatrical production.”

Ms Susanna Kang Dr Iroshini Chua

5 figures

Of the price tag. she would only flap her lashings of eyelash. “It’s always in the five figures.” You figure it out, from $10,000 to $99,999.

Dr Chua called the London shop to order what she spotted on and they DHLed it over in “two, three days”.

She said: “They are very quick. I chose this for its print colours and rich fabric, and kept accessories to a minimum. Also, wearing it is like a tribute to McQueen.”

Mrs Au-Chua wore an Oscar de la Renta. Singapore Tatler’s Fashion Hall of Fame is five years old and there are some 20 inductees to date.

Said Mr Gilbert Cheah, MD: “The number of women vary each year because we don’t just have to choose six or 10.

“It’s not about fashionistas, but a proven record of style, even in casual wear. So one year, it may be four. This year, three.”

Perfect end to a day which began in Ion Orchard where three boutiques had their openings: Anteprima, Chaumet and Furla. And then all the tai-tais and socialites decamped to Stereolab for something they could get their hands dirty on - mini-burgers, prawn crisps and more bubbly.

One guest breathed: “Luckily, we were coming here or my fiancee would have shopped at all three boutiques.”

How tiring to have to tote those designer-labelled paper bags.

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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