By Allison Choong 14S05B and Tracy Koh of Raffles Runway
Stepping into the lobby of Meritus Mandarin on Thursday, one would’ve wondered what all the buzz was about. Throngs of Rafflesians, dressed to the nines, packed the cramped lobby to the brim. It was a futile attempt weaving through the crowd to spot our best-dressed candidates, considering how practically all the Year Sixes certainly dressed perfectly in accordance with theme this year, “Estrella”, which means “Star” in Spanish.
Considered the classic look, the dashing gentlemen generally stayed close to the suit and tie look. However, the only distinctions we spotted were differences in tie colours or bowties – which we did find rather repetitive after a while. (We did spot a few in vests, all-white suits, as well as one or two who topped off their outfits with hats!) In contrast, there was a much wider variety of dresses matched with strappy heels and jewellery donned by the ladies. From sequinned ballgowns to flirty cocktail dresses, many sported latest trends which certainly did not disappoint. For those of you out there who were unable to attend the glitzy event, we’ve pictured our top picks for you below!
Looking at the array of long gowns donned by many of the Year Sixes, one would have thought immediately that voluminous maxi dresses led the way for 2013’s Grad Night. Ye Tong channeled this very look in a sleek and sweet mint green maxi dress with crystal embellishments framing its v-shaped neckline and soft folds cascading from the back of her daring, bare-back dress. She completed the look with a crystal studded clutch from Aldo, which complemented the crystal detailing on her dress perfectly.
Chanel oozed grecian goddess charm in this simple yet elegant white maxi dress with glitter cut-outs which played up this season’s peekaboo trend very well. She finished off her look with a sleek updo and a gold clutch given by her mum – how elegant!
Dillon sported this season’s tonal outfitting trend in a suit by Oxford which featured varying shades of grey and black. He managed to keep the look simple, yet eye-catching just by picking a very fitting suit, complete with neatly styled hair.
Carrissa looked stunning in a floor-length twist-and-wrap toga dress in graduated shades of blue. It’s a fun look which stood out amongst the many other dresses in solid colour. She completed the look with a pair of crystal drop earrings, a navy clutch and an elegant updo, all from Far East Plaza, showing that you can look chic and elegant even on a budget.
Brenda easily stole the show in a backless crimson floor-length gown with an intricate velvet baroque pattern – which she designed by herself. Her gold bejewelled Aldo clutch and edgy bangs complemented her elegant look perfectly.
Top – Peninsula Shopping Centre; Pants – POA; Shoes – Bugis; Accessories – Fourskin
Gareth ditched the ‘suit and tie’ look and opted for an edgier get-up instead, donning on a black high-funnel neck top in faux leather and pairing it off with burgundy pants. He finished off his look on a fun note with a pair of suede oxfords in mustard, black nail polish and an interesting ring reminiscent of gears and machines.
Symone was a show-stopper in this lovely red number designed by former Raffles Runway member Dyon Ang. The elaborate floral print on the bodice of the dress and voluminous skirt, complete with a wraparound waist belt and a loose v-back, was reminiscent of a kimono, yet it managed to look modern and elegant.
Sabrina channelled Grecian goddess chic in this strapless white lace peekaboo dress. If Chanel’s look was reminiscent of Persephone, Sabrina’s look would take after Athena, with her flaming red locks and gold headband.
Daryl sported an off-duty, preppy-chic look in this camel coloured corduroy coat, baby pink dress shirt and coffee brown dress pants with subtle mustard stripes. He finished off the look with a good old pair of Dr Martens.
Jeremy channelled just the right balanced of preppy and chic in this classic suit and bow piece from H&M. We loved the subtle folds on his dress shirt, especially how he opted for a fun twist with his coat unbuttoned.
Xiaoning looked like Alice just stepped out from Wonderland and into a ball in this adorable faerie-like dress with crystal detailing, a vintage laced-up bodice and a flowy organza skirt. We loved how she completed her look with a pop of colour in a blue flower headpiece from Lovisa and the timeless, nude pumps from Wicked laundry which accentuated her gams.