WTA Gala Night
With over 600 people in attendance, the purple carpet was set ablaze with talent and glamour as the stars of the WTA dressed up in their evening best to stun the crowd and attended the Singles Draw Ceremony and WTA Gala Night last Friday, held at the Marina Bay Sands Ballroom.
Ahead of their tournament, for the first time ever, the Top 8 players gathered and wowed audiences with a sense of style as keen as their shots on the court. In particular, Caroline Wozniacki stunned with an all in one jumpsuit by BOSS Womenswear and Garbiñe Muguruza, was the epitome of class in an ombre green cocktail dress by Versace.
Hosted by model and TV personality Jason Godfrey, one of the highlights of the night was undoubtedly the entertainment portion. Co-directed by creatives Daniel Boey and Beatrice Chia-Richmond, the segment featured an exclusive fashion show featuring some of the most up and coming premier local fashion designers – Max Tan (who did a show at the Amber Lounge of the recent F1 Night Race) and Ong Shunmugam, accessories from Marilyn Tan and TheKang, as well as fashion veterans Thomas Wee and the “grandmaster of cheongsam” Peter Kor in a hotly anticipated return, having not done a show since the early 2000s.
Titled the “The Theatre of Fashion”, the fashion show celebrated local talent and creatives in all forms as Singapore celebrated the WTA Finals in this collaboration between new generations and icons. Indeed, a glitzy celebration as we watched some of the brightest modelling talents in the industry today jazz up the night with couture gowns and exquisite jewellery while navigating larger than life set pieces and electrifying multimedia, with plenty of theatrical flair to go around.
Fashion wasn’t the only industry celebrated that night though; plenty of local singers provided crowd pleasing numbers as well, such as homegrown rapper ShiGGa Shay as he opened the evening with a rendition of “Run It”, while The X Factor Australia finalist and Singapore-born Natalie Ong, only 15 years old, performed a cover of Beyonce’s technically challenging hit “Love On Top”, wowing the crowd as her vocals kept going higher and higher.
Said co-creative director of the show Beatrice Chia-Richmond: “Just as the WTA Finals celebrates the passion, style and grace of the female players, tonight’s fashion event was also a celebration of the best of Singapore’s creatives coming together, celebrating these women and their sense of fashion, style, grace and strength.”