Here’s Why ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is The Next Fashion Film You Can't Miss!
Mark your calendars—Crazy Rich Asians, the first Hollywood film with an all-Asian cast in over 25 years, is finally hitting the silver screens next week. And it’s going to be bigger than ever.
Based on Kevin Kwan’s 2013 best-selling novel, the story revolves around the royal wedding of Singapore’s most eligible bachelor Colin Khoo (Chris Pang) and fashion icon Araminta Lee (Sonoya Mizuno). (Sorry, Prince Harry and Meghan, this couple might be the closest competition for wedding of the year!)
Rachel Chu, played by Fresh Off the Boat’s Constance Wu, is a Chinese-American economics professor in New York. When she joins her boyfriend and fellow professor Nick Young (Henry Golding) to Singapore to attend his best friend’s wedding, she has no idea that his crazy rich family awaits her.
Expect nothing less than an opulent feast for the eyes: private planes, lavish food, gorgeous details, over-the-top parties, expensive cars, a man-sized stuffed tiger, and of course, luxury fashion. Kevin Kwan, who worked closely with both the costume and production designers in creating extravagant yet realistic looks, even mentioned that the film’s fashion is going to be “spectacular”! With these expectations, some suspect that Crazy Rich Asians might just be the fashion film of this generation, joining The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City in the roster of classics.
What’s amazing is how the production team was able to rise to the challenge, pulling off a million-dollar wardrobe with a studio budget. In an interview with Page Six, Mary Vogt, the costume designer, shared that even with a tight budget, they were able to create couture looks for the whole cast—including the extras!
How? By borrowing from the team’s crazy rich friends, of course! After tapping their connections, luxury labels lent the team clothes for the film. Keep your eyes open for looks by Dior, Elie Saab, Marchesa, Ralph Lauren, and Stella McCartney! Of course, the outfits wouldn’t be complete without fine jewelry, which were also borrowed from high fashion houses. Get this: the jewelers had their pieces insured, and others, like Bulgari and Chopard, even had their own security teams on the set!
Now enough of the chit chat and more of the FASHIONNNN. Below, some of the looks we just can’t wait to see on the big screen!
Rachel Chu’s Makeover Montage...
Vogt told Page Six how director Jon Chu wanted the movie to be just like Singapore: upbeat and colorful. “[He] kept saying, it’s like The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy starts out in Kansas, in this sepia-toned world—and then she goes to Oz, where it’s super colorful.”
With this direction, she created more business-appropriate clothes for Rachel in the first scenes. But later on, when Rachel flies to Singapore, her wardrobe changes into more vibrant pieces.
Watch out for the adorable makeover montage (which, to be honest, is one of the best parts in any rom-com movie), featuring Ralph Lauren pieces, no less. Fall in love with this quirky scene and laugh as Rachel’s bubbly best friend Peik Lin (Awkwafina) gives a witty fashion commentary! “You kind of look like a slutty ebola virus!”
...And Her Cinderella Moment
Donning an ethereal, plunging Marchesa dress in pastel blue, Rachel had her own Cinderella moment in the movie. She wears jewelry from Bulgari and Chopard, topping her look with an $895 crystal Jennifer Behr headpiece. According to Page Six, it was Constance herself who found the Marchesa dress and showed it to Mary Vogt. And because the design wasn’t new, the luxury label allowed the team to borrow it for one whole month.
And of course, watch out for Araminta Lee’s Bridal Gown!
All eyes are on Araminta as she walks down the aisle.The bride’s stunning outfit was designed by Mary Vogt herself! As Mary shared with Page Six, to create an ensemble that would “emphasize how beautifully she moved”, she watched YouTube videos of actress and ballerina Sonoya Mizuno dancing before designing the look. She ended up with a show-stopping “dress” that was actually a jumpsuit! The look featured a layered skirt with pants underneath and Swarovski crystals embellished everywhere—now that’s a fashion statement!
The gown was so heavy that it was difficult to dance in, so for the reception, Araminta changes into a Ralph Lauren, Great-Gatsby-inspired dress complete with hand-sewn beadwork.
Photo: Warner Brothers
Can’t wait to see the film? We can’t either! Indulge yourself with some behind-the-scenes photos below:
Crazy Rich Asians hits the cinemas on August 15, 2018.
Lead photos via @kevinkwanbooks and @crazyrichasians