How to shop like a Crazy Rich Asian in Singapore

How to shop like a Crazy Rich Asian in Singapore

Money talks

Text: Debby Kwong

Editor: Jolene Khor

Everybody loves some goss on the lifestyles and impossible buys of the rich and famous

Think Ocean's Eight was high on glamour? Competition is coming their way, Asian style. Crazy Rich Asians style.

The much talked about movie adaptation of Kevin Kwan's best-selling 2013 novel is on schedule to make your jaw drop with — and in — elaborate, extravagant, super extra fashion with ka-ching looks from Ralph Lauren, Dior, Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo and Elie Saab. Not to drop names or anything.

Based on Kwan's juicy tale on wealthy (read: old money) families residing in Singapore, the movie is set to be the rom-com of the year on August 22. About. Damn. Time. It's been more than two whole decades since a Hollywood film has had an all-Asian cast. Remember The Joy Luck Club? Well, that was in 1993. 


Local faces Henry Golding, Fiona Xie, Pierre Png, Tan Kheng Hua, Koh Cheng Man and Janice Koh star in this soon-to-be blockbuster, so we shouldn't even have to tell you to #supportlocal. If like us you didn't spare the time to read the book, this is what you need to know: Nick Young ("He's like the Asian bachelor" quipped by Awkwafina is the one-liner of 2018) flies home to Singapore from New York with girlfriend Rachel Chu for his best friend's wedding. Like a fish out of water, Rachel has no idea that Nick's family is filthy rich. With money comes holier-than-thou attitude, which means she isn't about to welcomed into Nick's mother's pilates arms — or that of the high SES clan — anytime soon. D-R-A-M-A.

While we wouldn't wish Nick's pompous family on anyone, we'd swap closets with them anytime. As the saying goes, with great dough comes personal shoppers and a sea of Gucci. To satiate your appetite for other people's things, here's the lowdown on all the leading ladies' fashion and how they differ from each other's, just in case you're racist and think all Asians look the same. Just kidding.

Who is she: Nick Young's down-to-earth girlfriend, an economics professor at NYU played by Constance Wu
Her shopping Mecca: The girl next door shops at fast-fashion stores such as Zara, Topshop and Massimo Dutti. Mary Vogt, the costume designer of the movie, imagined Rachel as the sort of girl who "shopped in Macy's rather than at Bergdorf."Constance Wu as Rachel Chu


Who is she: Nick's old school overbearing mother, played by Michelle Yeoh
Her shopping Mecca: Eleanor Young worships discreet luxury. You'll likely bump into the tai-tai at Hermès, Armani and Chloé at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, when she's not racking up jewellery at Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels and Graff. Statement pieces only.
Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Young


Who is she: Rachel’s friend from Stanford who hails from a rich Singaporean family, played by Awkwafina
Her shopping Mecca: As a nouveau-riche, Peik Lin’s fashion choices are delightfully chichi, bold and in-your-face. You won’t miss her from miles away, running her mouth in silk Dolce & Gabbana pyjamas, Gucci monogram T-shirts and Versace denim jacket.

Awkwafina as Goh Peik Lin


Who is she: Nick's impeccably stylish cousin, played by Gemma Chan
Her shopping Mecca: The Grace Kelly of Asia appreciates tailored and feminine pieces from Dior, Balenciaga and Valentino. Married to a salaried man, she keeps it simple (and real) by repeating outfits.

Gemma Chan as Astrid Leong-Teo


Who is she: The gorgeous girl marrying Nick Young's billionaire friend Colin Khoo, played by Sonoya Mizuno
Her shopping Mecca: The heiress to the richest man in China favours show-stopping fashion choices steep in glitz and glamour. She once modeled for Alexander McQueen, so strutting in embellished Elie Saab jumpsuits, feathered Prada dresses and her custom made Valentino wedding gown feels like second nature to the party girl. 

Sonoya Mizuno as Araminta Lee