Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you probably would have heard of this crazy — pun intended — phenomenon that is the Crazy Rich Asians movie. The bestselling novel-turned-movie by Kevin Kwan has been much anticipated ever since it was announced and everyone kept a keen eye on who's playing who. We even shared some of our favourite bits from the trailer.
It's safe to say that having an all-Asian cast in a Hollywood movie is rare. (Memoirs of a Geisha hit the cinemas more than 10 years ago and The Joy Luck Club was released more than two decades ago.) However, with how some members of the industry have demanded diversity and inclusivity in casting, this unapologetically lavish and exciting love story caught between family drama, hot gossip and money (lots of it) has gotten people across the globe definitely buzzing.
So while waiting for director Jon M. Chu's cinematic take on the world of Crazy Rich Asians showing 15 August, we rounded up some of our favourite looks from its red carpet premiere.
Constance Wu in Ralph & Russo Couture
Wu's character in the film, Rachel Chu, may have been overwhelmed and even stunted by the glitz and glam of her boyfriend Nick Young's (Henry Golding) mega-rich background, but the actress proves that she is no stranger to looking glamorous in real life with this gorgeous silver sequined dress by Ralph & Russo Couture. She kept things sleek and minimal with her accessories and her hair to match the simple but elegant goddess-like vibe of the dress.
Michelle Yeoh in Giorgio Armani
One word: EPIC! We're already used to seeing her on red carpet premiers having starred in The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha, but the icon that is Michelle Yeoh continues to take our breath away. Donning a black and purple tulle dress by Giorgio Armani, we can't wait to see her onscreen in another riveting role as the strict and protective Eleanor Young.
Gemma Chan in Oscar de la Renta and Henry Golding in Tom Ford
One of the characters we can't wait to see on-screen, especially fashion-wise, is Gemma Chan's Astrid Leong. It's undeniable that Chan shares her character's love for fashion as evidenced by this stunning and sparkly green and gold number from Oscar de la Renta. Keeping it classy with some Chopard jewellery and silver strap Jimmy Choos, it's like an accidental colour palette match (not that we're complaining) with Henry Golding, who plays the movie's lead and Astrid's favourite cousin, in a stunning Tom Ford ensemble.
Constance Lau in Time Taken To Make A Dress
First on the grapevine in the CRA universe, Lau's character Celine Lim was the starting point of the news that Nick and Rachel were coming home from Singapore. Needless to say, the actress herself is also proving to be quite the headline-maker in her stunning custom red and white dress from SG-made label Time Taken To Make A Dress. Representing Singapore through the classy and intricate details on the bodice and the trail of the outfit, she's definitely making a statement right on time for the Lion City's National Day!
Kris Aquino in Michael Leyva
The Philippines' "Queen of Talk" Kris Aquino also made an appearance in the film as Princess Intan. During the premiere, she donned a flowy off-shoulder mermaid dress in bright yellow by Filipino designer Michael Leyva and channelled elegance and glamour in some complementing jewellery and a chic updo. But the most eye-catching piece in her look, in our opinion, is her clutch with the word 'LOVE' in capital letters, symbolic of her catchphrases 'lovelovelove' and 'Love, Kris'. We're feeling the same way about the ensemble.
Bold, ambitious and fascinatingly controversial, Xie's character Kitty Pong is definitely one of the most colourful characters in CRA. We can definitely say that Xie perfectly channelled the brazenness of her character in this show-stopping black layered dress with a sweetheart neckline and an asymmetric hem. While the cut, style and the massive train of the piece did have the tendency to be overwhelming, it's safe to say that Xie rocked and owned the look in Kitty Pong fashion.