The winning results of the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards were predictable, with Miriam Yeung and Tony Leung Ka Fai bringing home the Best Actress and Best Actor awards after early buzz. Dressed in high fashion garb and bejeweled with the most expensive diamonds, the stars shined on the red carpet on Saturday night. JayneStars hands out the best and worst dressed awards for the star-studded event.
BEST DRESSED: Elanne Kong
Karen: Elanne Kong (江若琳) proved that you do not have to reveal skin to be a stunner. Dressed in a shimmery cream belted gown by Elie Saab, she exudes doses of youthful healthiness with her natural makeup and her casual hairdo.
Jayne: Elanne Kong looks fantastic! The body-hugging lace is pure elegance with a hint of sexiness. Her entire look is subdued and effortless! This is my favorite look at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards.
Karen: Sammi Cheng’s (鄭秀文) eclectic style is usually not my cup of tea but her Victorian-inspired lacy Valentino gown gets a nod. Because of the complicated floral design on the overlay, she chose to go minimal on her makeup and accessories and let her dress do the talking.
Jayne: Sammi indeed chose the right gown. The retro lace pattern is striking, although I wish the gown didn’t come with the nude turtleneck collar, which almost spoils the elegance.
Karen: Amy Kwok’s (郭藹明) dress style is often on the safe side. And in this case, too safe. I love the dress but I find the color does nothing for her. The same dress in wine or anything jewel-toned would be stunning. Her messy hairstyle and very light makeup gives the impression of a hurried do.
Jayne: Judging by Amy’s past fashion choices on the red carpet, she prefers to stay out of the limelight. The layered beige dress Amy wore at the HKFA is actually “frivolous” by her standards. Her dress is quite elegant, but also heightens her frailness due to the below-the-hip detail and flowing skirt.
Karen: Leggy model Zhang Lanxin (张蓝心) wore an off-white peek-a-boo lace dress with an elaborate train. With an updo and a pair of dangling diamond earrings, she was at once plain yet captivating at the same time. I like the idea of the gown but can’t quite say what is wrong with the overall look.
Jayne: It’s virginal bride in sexy lingerie! While everyone else hid their cleavage, Zhang Lanxin was bold enough to show hers! I like the ensemble minus the mermaid train.
Karen: Chinese actress Joyce Feng (馮文娟) was also decked out in a white lacy peek-a-boo dress that is at once reminiscent of a wedding gown, especially with its satin skirt. Her makeup is kept to a minimal and her hair is more of an undo than an updo.
Jayne: Why do actresses insist on dressing for the red carpet as if they are walking down the wedding aisle? Joyce Feng looks to be another over-eager bride. I shuddered at Joyce’s dress, which looks like a 1980s wedding gown from a time warp. It’s just missing shoulder pads.
Karen: While Chrissie Chau (周秀娜) may have every reason to flaunt her figure, I feel the plunging neckline with the revealing side view is too distracting though I love the green overlay lace. While I prefer her other costume, and won’t mind the gaudy belt, I think she lost it with the sneakers.
Jayne: Between Chrissie’s two dresses, I prefer her green lace gown, which showcases her best assets. For her other dress, the belt spoiled the entire outfit.
Karen: One of my favorite looks of the night belongs to Taiwanese actress Mavis Fan (范曉萱). Though she was also dressed in white, her platform heels, and edgy choice of accessories make it a winning combination in my book. And somehow, her tattoo just adds to the whole look.
Jayne: I can’t get past Mavis’ tattoo. I think it spoiled an otherwise elegant look.
Karen: Miriam Yeung’s (杨千嬅) sharp red Elie Saab dress and her bold red lipstick with slicked back hair is just too harsh for me. The natural beauty could do so much better with a softer look.
Jayne: Miriam chose a gown that’s too heavy for her petite frame. This Elie Saab dress contains the designer’s trademark shimmery elegance, but agree that the color is unnerving.
Karen: When Miriam changed into a black Yves Saint Laurent number to receive her Best Actress award, she swapped her red lipstick for a nude color. With a stark black dress and almost a bare face, she looked too plain on the stage. The black suit gown was also unflattering and frumpy.
Jayne: Between the red Elie Saab and the black Yves Saint Laurent dresses, Miriam looked better in the latter. The Yvest Saint Laurent cut is actually quite romantic, with the bell sleeves and flowing skirt.
Karen: The usually sexy Carina Lau (劉嘉玲) was dressed rather conservatively in a red satin gown by Valentino. I say yes to the dress because it makes Carina look poised and she easily stole the limelight from husband, Tony Leung (梁朝偉).
Jayne: Carina is able to carry off anything she wears, but this red Valentino looks too mature for her.
Karen: Dada Chan (陳靜) wore a simple deep-v black slinky dress. With her doe-eyed makeup and red lips, she was rather elegant compared to the image she used to project even though there was the inevitable reveal of cleavage.
Jayne: Did Dada know in advance she would win the Best Supporting Actress award? Her hair looks terrible!
Karen: Gigi Leung’s (梁詠琪) outfit is one of the worst for me. The Gucci gown may be a classic cut, but the olive is so blah that it does nothing for her at all. Perhaps accessories and makeup could save the look, but even her dazzling necklace did nothing for her. She just ends up being frumpy and dull.
Jayne: The olive color is not kind on Gigi. The color is really difficult to pull off for most women.
Karen: Also in green, Jiang Yiyan‘s (江一燕) green dress may not be one of the best dressed for me, but the beaded top and the chiffon layers, together with the bold makeup gives her a thumbs up over Gigi’s green dress.
Jayne: The pairing of the textured top and tulle skirt gives Jiang Yiyan’s dress interest. The color is debatable though; the dress would have looked more flattering in silver or cream.
Karen: Finally a short dress. Hong Kong actress Mag Lam (林欣彤) may have chosen to dress her age with a short dress, but the material of the dress and the shimmery leggings is anything but youthful. She would do well with a less complicated material, like silk. I love her hairdo and youthful makeup though.
Jayne: Mag under-dressed for the HKFA. It looks like she’s at a 1980s retro pop concert rather than Hong Kong’s most prestigious red carpet event.
WORST DRESSED: Janice Man
Karen: There is just too much going on in Janice Man’s (文詠珊) Stephane Rolland dress that I do not want know where to focus my attention on. More than anything, it seems there’s not enough black material to cover her up. I do like her hair and makeup though.
Jayne: The intention is to look sexy, but Janice managed to look dowdy in the awkward ensemble. From the odd shoulders to the bi-color palette, this dress screams a split personality and can’t decide on its real identity.
This fashion review is written by Karen and Jayne for JayneStars.com.