School of frock: Mission Blackhole

Did everyone suddenly fall into a black hole of fashion?

That's the only possible explanation behind some of the mind-numbingly boring choices this week.

It was left to the Mission: Impossible premieres to pick up the slack.

 

REBECCA FERGUSON (B)

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION PREMIERE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Gown: Elie Saab

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Tom Cruise's latest leading lady of the Mission: Impossible film franchise had her big chance to make a statement, but haven't we seen this standard red side-slit gown a hundred times before? It's good enough, but she should've been great.


HILARIA BALDWIN (B-)

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION PREMIERE IN NEW YORK, US

Dress: Not known

Mind you, Mrs Alec Baldwin just had a baby six weeks ago. It's a small miracle she could summon herself out of the house and squeeze herself into this sweet, flattering strapless white peplum frock, all the while rubbing her post-pregnancy glow in our faces.


ELSA PATAKY (C-)

VACATION PREMIERE IN LOS ANGELES, US

Dress: Alberta Ferretti

Shoes: Brian Atwood

The bleached blonde hair, cheap-looking blush lingerie dress, nude heels - all those neutral tones are washing her out big-time. For someone who's married to Chris Hemsworth, she needs to step up her game.


EVA LONGORIA (C)

SCREENING OF KAHLIL GIBRAN'S THE PROPHET IN LOS ANGELES, US

Dress: Not known

Now that Desperate Housewives has been off the air for years, I'm trying to figure out what makes Longoria relevant in 2015. Especially when she insists on dressing like it's 2004.


SALMA HAYEK (C)

SCREENING OF KAHLIL GIBRAN'S THE PROPHET IN LOS ANGELES, US

Dress: Not known

Shoes: Gucci

Wake me up once Hayek realises she forgot to fix her hair after washing her face. The rest of her is still a snooze.


PERREY REEVES (D)

VACATION PREMIERE IN LOS ANGELES, US

Dress: Michael Kors

Bag: Serapian

Remember those days when people like Calista Flockhart, Lara Flynn Boyle and Portia de Rossi were bags of bones? Well, it looks like the Entourage actress wants to join the club. The hideous floral pattern is too much for someone so emaciated, while the demure pink bag and nude suede sandals do not even belong in the same universe. Somebody please throw a jacket - and a cheeseburger - at her.


WHO WORE IT BETTER?

The model cousins both turned up in clingy, nondescript LBDs, but Hailey's ahead because sexy tanned legs and killer lace-up strappy heels always do the trick.

IRELAND BALDWIN

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION PREMIERE IN NEW YORK, JULY 27

Dress: Herve Leger

HAILEY BALDWIN

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION PREMIERE IN NEW YORK, US, JULY 27

Dress: Elizabeth & James


MOST IMPROVED

DASCHA POLANCO

I can't take anyone who copies Kim Kardashian's style seriously, but the Orange Is The New Black starlet's punishingly tight white cut-out gown is downright classy compared to her previous laughable attempt at sexing things up. Girl, pop that booty somewhere else before I smack it.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION PREMIERE IN NEW YORK, JULY 27

Dress: Jay Godfrey

SOUTHPAW PREMIERE IN NEW YORK, JULY 20

Outfit: Not known


SPECIAL MAN-TION

TOM CRUISE

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION PREMIERE IN LONDON, UK

Suit: Giorgio Armani

The mission? To put all middle-aged men to shame, with your full head of hair, youthful good looks and dapper grey three-piece ensemble. I'd say Cruise, 53, accomplishes it with ridiculous ease.


"It doesn’t matter what’s going on in your life, but you’ve got to show your best self to the world."

— US actress Reese Witherspoon on the lesson her well-dressed grandmother gave her on style

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He served 40 years in Police K-9 Unit

MAN'S BEST FRIEND: Mr Kalimuthu Thiagarajan, 70, left the police dog unit in 2009.
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She was human bait to nab criminals

S'pore Police Force honoured its pioneer officers yesterday. 
ANG QING 
(aqing@sph.com.sg) speaks to two of them, including a woman who joined 
in 1951 when 
she was 17

MEMORIES: Ms Rosalind Tan with a photo of the eighth batch of female police officers at the Police Training School in 1951.

When she joined the Singapore Police Force (SPF) as a 17-year-old in 1951, she did not expect to take on the role of human bait often.

But that is how Ms Rosalind Tan, 80, became one of the first female police investigating officers in Singapore.

She was sent undercover into an opium den to nab drug addicts, made to walk a dark road to flush out a snatch thief, and infiltrated an illegal gambling den to arrest tais tais with too much money to spend.

Yesterday, Ms Tan was recognised among the 1,000 pioneers who served in the police at SPF’s Appreciation Night.

Read the full report in our print edition on Aug 1.

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A great way to fly past

SIA plane to take part in NDP for first time

ALL SET: A Singapore Airlines A380 plane covered in a special flag design to commemorate SG50.
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Politics for defence chief Ng Chee Meng?

Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng to leave Chief of Defence Force position on Aug 18

Will Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng enter politics following his retirement?

Likely, said political analysts.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced LG Ng’s exit on Aug 18 in a Facebook post on July 31 yesterday.

LG Ng, 47, said he will not rule out entering politics.

He said: “While I do not rule out the option of returning to the Administrative Service or entering politics if the opportunity presents itself, my immediate focus is on handing over my duties to the incoming Chief of Defence Force.”

If the father of two does become elected, he will follow in the footsteps of seven ministers in the Cabinet, all of whom used to hold high-level military appointments.

Read the full report in our print edition on Aug 1.

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Airport security 'groped' me

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MISERABLE: British singer Morrissey claimed that he was groped by an airport security officer at a security procedure.
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Potential robber ignored by sandwich shop staff

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