WTA Gala Night

On stage at the WTA Finals Gala Dinner

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.

Models take the stage in colourful local designs at the 2017 WTA Finals Gala Dinner

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.

Local Rapper Shigga Shay performing at the 2017 WTA Finals Gala Dinner

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.

Aisyah Aziz closing the evening at the WTA Finals Gala Dinner
In addition, Akademi Fantasia contestant Aisyah Aziz took to the stage and delivered a powerful rendition of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” with her incredible set of pipes, before closing the evening on a high with Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye”.

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.”

Miss Universe Singapore 2017, and Sarah Clements, Vice-President of Tennis, Lagardere Sport
After the Singles Draw, which also took place on the Gala Night, the eight Singles players will compete in a round-robin format till 29th October at the Singapore Sports Hub for the record US$7 million prize purse and the Billie Jean King Trophy.
No doubt this fantastic Gala Night was a step in the right direction for the Singapore creative scene, and Daniel Boey, Beatrice Chia-Richmond, and all the participants have done an incredible job of showcasing what a great show Singapore is capable of putting on, truly celebrating the WTA in all its grace, beauty and majesty. Just as a tennis player on the court has an entire team supporting her from start to end, this entire Gala Night would not have been possible without the stellar team of Lagardere Sports, PR company Weber Shandwick, and the brilliant creative minds of Daniel Boey and Beatrice Chia-Richmond and their team.
Photo Credit: Lagardere Sports
The WTA finals play until 29th October at the Singapore Sports Hub. Tickets and lineup available from WTA

 

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