It's August. Apart from looking forward to the annual National Day Parade (and watch our tax payments literally go off in fireworks), there's little else to be eager about for 9 August. We don't have a habit of anticipating what or who our government figure heads will be wearing for any occasion; let alone for our nation's birthday. It's not like the royal wedding where everyone speculates who the lucky designer is and what the outfit will look like. Most of the time here, the talk—mostly bad—comes after.
We thought (well actually, if anyone is to be held accountable for this, it's our senior fashion writer and stylist Asri) it'll be great to give Singapore's Members of Parliament (MPs) a style makeover. There's nothing wrong with what they've been wearing, of course. They are after all, our political leaders with actual responsibilities of running the country. Out of the countless other things that they have on their agenda, fashion should probably be the last thing on their minds. Which is why, we see them clad in red polo shirts and white trousers at the stands of the National Day Parade; basically the default attire that some of us proudly patriotic Singaporeans gravitate towards too.
It's time for a change. Or maybe, a throwback (just like this year's amazing rendition of 'We Are Singapore') to when the MPs would turn up in all-white to watch the parade. There's a certain camaraderie and implied equality when they do wear red and white outfits. But visually, it's quite striking to see a pocket of white in a sea of red at the stands.
We picked out five white looks from the autumn/winter 2018 runways and 'styled' our MPs in them. There's absolutely no reason why these five MPs were chosen; it's just because they would actually look good in the outfits in real life. We'd expect our political figures to not look too 'fashion', but we can always dream a little, right?