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School of frock: Asian celebs rule the red carpet

Asian celebs ruled the week from top to bottom, says JEANMARIE TAN

MAGGIE Q (A)

The Divergent Series: Insurgent premiere in New York, US

Gown: Zuhair Murad

Maggie Q has proven twice in a row that nobody can out-smoulder her on a Divergent red carpet.

She shot to the top spot at the premiere of the first movie last year in a super-sexy Anthony Vaccarello mini, and follows it up with this sultry, classy gown with an interesting corded lace bodice.

MICHELLE YEOH (B)

The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) gala in Hong Kong

Gown: Elie Saab

I have not seen an embellished emerald green Elie Saab gown I did not like, even though Paz Vega, Eva Green and Evan Rachel Wood have worn variations in the past year. Unfortunately, that laughably oversized, clashing clutch ruins the overall elegant effect.

SALMA HAYEK (C+)

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition gala in London, UK

Dress and clutch: Alexander McQueen

I appreciate the romantic artistry of the dramatic lace embroidered tulle and feathered peacock frock, but Hayek should not be too proud. Mainly, her lack of height - and personal style - prevents it from taking flight.

 

FKA TWIGS (C)

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition gala in London, UK

Dress: Alexander McQueen

Fashion critics were falling over themselves squawking about how good she looked in the late designer's iconic rainbow-feathered "birds of paradise" dress, complete with matching neckpiece.

All I see is a human parrot. Get thee to a Miss Universe national costume stage now.

LEA MICHELE (D)

Paleyfest LA 2015 in Los Angeles, US

Jumpsuit and clutch: Elie Saab

Elie Saab gowns, I love. Elie Saab jumpsuits, on the other hand, I loathe.

The dated all-white ensemble is giving me cruise ship lounge singer vibe and ages her about two decades, while the fit of the top and trousers is disastrous.

RINKO KIKUCHI (F)

Dress: Not known

Screening of Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter in New York, US

Okay, that looks painful. The poor woman is suffering for fashion all right, considering she is wearing tailored sandpaper.


WHO WORE IT BETTER?

KATE MOSS (Top)

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition gala in London, UK, March 12

Dress: Alexander McQueen

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POPPY DELEVINGNE (Above)

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition gala in London, UK, March 12

Dress: Osman

Looks like both British models had the same idea for the same event, taking the peekaboo route in sultry, see-through black lace numbers. I prefer the more unusual lace fabrication of Delevingne's. Plus, she has the femme fatale attitude to pull off granny panties and split sleeves.


MOST IMPROVED

SHAILENE WOODLEY

The Divergent Series: Insurgent premiere in New York, US, March 16

Gown: Ralph Lauren

AOL Build at AOL Studios in New York, US, March 17

Jacket: AllSaints

She may be one of the rare actresses who actually looks better when she is dressed down.

There is nothing special about her plunging halter gown, but I am totally digging the cool biker chick, all-black ensemble of moto leather jacket, ripped skinny jeans and lace-up boots she changed into.

Grunge Woodley trumps Glam Woodley any day.


HONOURABLE MAN-TION

T.O.P

The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) gala in Hong Kong

Suit: Marc Jacobs

You would think the most conventionally handsome member of K-pop boy band Big Bang would just stick to the tried and tested, but kudos to T.O.P for having the cojones to toss on a flamboyant burgundy velvet peacock print tuxedo and make it sing.

"I think the best fashion advice would be: (Even) if your feet hurt, wear the shoes."

- US singer-actress Jessica Simpson chooses style over comfort

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