Small island, big stars


From Prabal Gurung to (OMG) Posh Spice, Singapore has been getting famous, fashionable visitors.

There must be something in the air in Singapore, because a slew of international celebrities are making their way to the tiny island. This past month alone, Tinseltown stars Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Hugh Jackman have dropped by for their movie premieres.

Yours truly has just returned from the Lion City where I covered the Audi Fashion Festival, held at Ngee Ann City on Orchard Road. Some of the biggest names in couture, including Prabal Gurung, were there in person to showcase their latest collections. The Nepalese-American designer – whose creations are worn by powerful women such as Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey – was down-to-earth and affable when we chatted with him backstage.

Meanwhile, male supermodel Godfrey Gao provided eye candy for the women when he strutted the runway for Singapore-born, London-based designer Ashley Isham. Hollywood actress Kate Bosworth made an appearance for SK-II (the festival’s official skincare partner); after my interview with the Superman Returns beauty, we took a quick selfie.

I feel truly privileged that I get the opportunity to rub shoulders with these famous folks, but at the end of the day, it’s part and parcel of my job. One celebrity that I would have loved to interview is Victoria Beckham aka Posh Spice. The fashion designer recently graced our southern neighbour – sans footballer husband David – with her stylish presence.

Beckham was in Singapore to introduce her accessory collections for Spring Summer 2014 and Pre-Fall 2014. From bags to sunglasses, Victoria Beckham accessories are now stocked at On Pedder.

For her official appearance at the multi-label store on May 12, the mother-of-four opted for a cream frock with a fur-trimmed hemline. The simple dress, which she teamed with a pair of matching white heels, oozed sophistication. The ensemble showed off the 40-year-old’s perfectly bronzed pins as she posed up a storm at the event, surrounded by adoring fans.

Beckham also had a more intimate session with 80 guests at the ArtScience Museum, which currently houses an exhibition of Annie Leibovitz’s works. (I toured this particular exhibit, and heartily recommend fans of the famed photographer to do the same.) The gallery, set in pastel blooms, allowed guests to get up-close and personal with Beckham as she presented her collections.

On whether she’s looking to expand her business in Asia, Beckham told the press: “Yes, if the demand is here, and if Asian ladies like what I do (which they seem to be). They appreciate luxury and quality as well, which is something I pride myself on, so hopefully I’ll be coming back.”

In the same interview, Beckham stressed that her family comes first. “Most importantly will always be the children, and David, so I make sure I always take the kids to school, that I’m at school events, and making sure my work revolves around the children and their needs as well.” On what she would never be caught dead in, Beckham quipped: “A crop top.”

Ever a social media queen, Beckham has been updating her followers on Twitter about her Singapore trip. Beckham jokingly called herself “alien” after tweeting a picture of her with glowing eyes at a presentation held at Marina Bay Sands (MBS); she described her hotel experience as “unique”.

Wrapping up her packed schedule in Singapore, the former pop star took control of the DJ console. She tweeted a visual posing on the DJ deck, saying she was attempting to hone her skills. Beckham then went super casual, tossing on a grey T-shirt and loose slacks. Sitting on a piano, she unwound with a sing-along session with close friend and hairdresser Ken Paves.

The session was held at one of the MBS suites, and yes, I would have done anything to be a fly on the wall that particular evening. After all, Beckham remains my favourite Spice Girl of all time. Viva forever!

> After penning this column, William can’t stop humming Wannabe. What’s your favourite Spice Girls song? Send feedback to star2@thestar.com.my.

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