Her mum happens to be one of Singapore’s best-dressed socialites Nina, but Chloe Ng’s sensibilities have veered towards edgy rather than classically elegant.
Among her most cherished possessions is a Comme des Garçons x Supreme jacket, which accompanied her to her first London Fashion Week in 2017. For her photoshoot with A Magazine, she’s teamed it with a Marine Serre top and Alexander Wang lace-up leather shorts — a look that her near-20,000-strong Instagram following would surely approve.
Ng’s inclination towards streetwear was honed during her time in London, where she pursued a law degree. Jackets are like grails (an urban slang for items acquired after a difficult quest), she lets on. “While designer brands limited access to fashion, streetwear threw fashion wide open. That’s how I started wearing more hoodies and tees, which are so apt especially due to circuit breaker.”
Being exposed to diverse cultures in London also meant her approach to fashion became more global and open. She’s built on that by experimenting with different aesthetics. Lately she loves mixing and matching pieces from American designers like Rick Owens and Thom Browne with Belgian ones like Ann Demeulemeester.
She also finishes a Noir Kei Ninomiya tulle dress with leather straps at the back with statement accessories. Among her favourites are a ring from her grandma, which nobody can miss with its rectangular step-cut fancy yellow diamond amid white diamonds. There’s also a Patek Philippe Nautilus timepiece — with a bezel of diamonds, of course — that was a graduation gift from her parents. “It serves as a reminder of how precious time is,” she adds.
And if the occasion requires, Ng can rock a ballgown with as much ease. She pulls out her polka-dotted concoction from Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring 2018 Secret Show — the one that led to an invitation to walk for their (subsequently cancelled) runway show in 2018. Then, she very quickly decides to throw on a Louis Vuitton patent leather jacket. Oh, did we mention that jackets are like grails for her?
This feature first appeared in the September 2020 issue of A Magazine.