Crazy Rich Asians actress Constance Lau 'set bar a little too high' with first red carpet event

Crazy Rich Asians actress Constance Lau 'set bar a little too high' with first red carpet event
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Constance Lau first had a taste of the spotlight as a finalist of modelling competition The New Paper New Face 2008.

A decade on, the local model-actress is on a bigger stage, appearing in Hollywood romcom Crazy Rich Asians as gossip queen socialite Celine Lim, also known as Radio One Asia.

The film, showing here, topped the North American box office for a third straight weekend, earning US$22.2 million (S$30 million), bringing its domestic total to US$110 million.

But it was at Crazy Rich Asians' Los Angeles jade carpet premiere last month that the 27-year-old truly got noticed, earning a place on best-dressed lists of international publications like E! Online and The Cut, for her red and white chinoiserie-inspired gown by Time Taken To Make A Dress.

Singapore actors Fiona Xie, Pierre Png work the Crazy Rich Asians red carpet in LA

Lau, 27, told The New Paper: "It was definitely an honour to be featured on these platforms.

"To be named best-dressed for my first red carpet event? That is just surreal. I am thankful for all the kind words so far.

"I guess I set the bar a little too high for myself - not sure how I am going to pull off a look to top this."

Stars of Crazy Rich Asians shine bright at Singapore premiere

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    Actor Henry Golding (R) and his wife Liv Lo (L) arrive at the film premiere of "Crazy Rich Asians" at the Capitol Theatre in Singapore on August 21, 2018.

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    Hundreds turned up at the Capitol Theatre on Tuesday night (Aug 21) to greet the stars of the film Crazy Rich Asians at the Singapore premiere of the surprise Hollywood hit.

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    The main attraction was lead actor Malaysian-British actor Henry Golding, who plays Nick Young, the heir to a fortune amassed by Singapore's wealthiest family.

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    He was joined on the carpet by his wife, actress and fitness instructor Liv Lo.

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    Also present were Singapore actors Pierre Png, Tan Kheng Hua, Koh Chieng Mun, Fiona Xie, Selena Tan, Janice Koh, Amy Cheng and Constance Lau, as well as photographer Russel Wong and others.

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    Pierre Png and wife Andrea D'cruz

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    Director John M. Chu (R) and his wife Kristin Hodge

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    Fiona Xie, who plays Kitty Pong in the film.

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    Actor Chris Pang walks the emerald carpet in Singapore.

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    The film's weekend takings of over US$35 million (S$47.9 million) in the United States has far exceeded expectations for the romantic comedy, with many seeing its success as a sign that audiences are hungry for fun love stories, and will welcome films that feature non-whites in leading roles.

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    The film, based on the 2013 bestseller of the same name by novelist Kevin Kwan, opens in theatres in Singapore on Aug 22.

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    Malaysian actress Carmen Soo.

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    Singapore actress Koh Chieng Mun.

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    Constance Lau

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    Janice Koh

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    Selena Tan

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    Producer John Penotti and guests pose at the film premiere of "Crazy Rich Asians"

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For the film, she had an "over-the-top" wardrobe.

The opening scene features her in an eye-catching black and white Michael Kors coat with a blouse and leather skirt from Yves Saint Laurent, paired with Jimmy Choo heels and a Christian Dior bag.

Then there was the silvery feathered three-piece ensemble from Ralph & Russo that her character sported in the dinner party sequence, which happens to be Lau's favourite outfit.

However, despite being exposed to such crazy rich fashion, her personal style off-camera hasn't changed.

Lau said: "I wouldn't consider myself fashionable but I'll always ensure I look presentable.

"I'm still very much a conservative dresser, although these days I try incorporating more colours into my outfits. For me, comfort is key."

She admitted she "honestly never thought" she would make it to Hollywood.

She credited New Face for opening doors for her as a commercial model and said her experience provided a "window into the media industry".

She studied theatre at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts while working as a radio presenter at local stations 987 and the now defunct Lush 99.5.

CONSTANCE CHANGES

PATRIOTIC CONSTANCE

A nod to National Day, Lau wore the colours of the Singapore flag at the Los Angeles premiere of Crazy Rich Asians on Aug 8.

The dress was custom-made and hand-painted by home-grown fashion label Time Taken To Make A Dress.

She said: "It took a while because it's difficult to find something with both red and white and at the same time suits my frame. So when my stylist found this, I immediately said 'Let's do it.'"

Lau also paid homage to Singapore's fashion scene by including a Charles & Keith clutch and earrings by bespoke couture jeweller La Putri.

GLAM CONSTANCE

For the Singapore premiere of Crazy Rich Asians on Aug 21, Lau opted for another Time Taken To Make A Dress number, this time a one-shoulder white gown with an enormous ruffled bodice, paired with a Charles & Keith clutch and shoes.

She said: "I wanted to switch things up a little and go for a different look. This is a modern yet 'soft' piece as compared to the one I wore in LA."

CASUAL CONSTANCE

For a casual look, she sports a denim top from Forever 21, a pair of TopShop jeans and Stan Smith sneakers from Adidas. Lau pieced together a denim-on-denim outfit for a photo shoot with US headwear company New Era.

She said: "I love denim because it's such a versatile fabric and can be worn in so many different ways. I chose this outfit to complement the cap."

HOLIDAY CONSTANCE

Lounging on a yacht for a get-together event with friends, Lau chose a "super lightweight" turquoise halter maxi dress that is perfect for Singapore's tropical heat. She said: "I wanted to cover as much skin as possible because I didn't want to get a tan.

This article was first published in The New Paper. Permission required for reproduction.

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