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Spotted: 10 best dressed guests at Art Basel Vernissage

Art Basel kicked off on Wednesday with the evening Vernissage section, offering guests and VIPs from around the world an exclusive first look at all the exciting pieces on display. As intrigued as we were by the art, we couldn’t help but be distracted by some other eye-catching pieces around us: From kimono jackets to paper-bag pants, we spotted a number of art appreciators who were so stylishly dressed that we just had to take their photo. Click through to see our picks for the best dressed attendees of the night, all of whom demonstrated a unique sense of style.

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Star blogger Elle Lee (@elleiconlee), dressed in Dior from head-to-toe, mastered the balance between edginess and elegance by pairing an embroidered flowing skirt with a blazer and slogan tee that reads ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ — a sentiment we couldn’t agree more with.

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Calvin Yuen (@calvin_1130), a prominent director, was working the stripe trend with an eye-catching kimino-style jacket that looked vibrant and contemporary. Look closely, and you’ll notice that he even matched the textures on his jumpsuit to the jacket to create an interesting visual.

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Ankle-grazing trousers are one of spring’s strongest silhouettes this year, and we love how creative consultant Jose-Luis Alvarez (@jl_alvarez) took an Oriental spin by styling them with a basic t-shirt, printed kimono jacket, and finishing up with a hat and leather boots for added personality.

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It’s always a delight to see men experimenting with a mix of prints. Journalist Han Min Ng (@nghanmin) was looking right on point by keeping his different-coloured prints in the same shade to achieve a striking appearance without it looking too overpowering.

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Jocelyn Liipfert (@jliiplam), who works in brand strategy, embraced femininity and grace in a bohemian-style dress with cascading ruffles — a design that reminds us strongly of Chloé.

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Shaking away its provocative past, fishnet tights are officially back in fashion, and graphic designer Pilar Cano (@ntmy_artproject) pulled them off nicely by layering them underneath her trousers, adding a tough, fashion-forward edge to her sophisticated ensemble.

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We saw pink infiltrating many of the top men’s runway shows, and architect Alberto Sanchez (@aalberto_ss) showed us how to incorporate it into the office with his business casual attire.

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Asymmetric and handkerchief hems are trends for dresses this season. Research assistant Stella Ip (@stellababeipp) looked smart and confident in this colourful lace dress, paired with a black leather jacket and embellished pointed flats.


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Paper-bag pants are going strong this season thanks to their waist-slimming silhouette that’s both comfortable and chic. Jenya Mcguigan (@meshwins), who works in investor relations, blended it into a quirky, sophisticated style with a fun and colourful printed shirt, nude-coloured pointed pumps, and a shoulder bag.

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The Spring 2017 runways were rife with artful touches. David Meredith, hotelier, embraced the trend by wearing a graffiti-printed shirt and pants in a coordinating colour of red.

Spotted: 10 best dressed guests at Art Basel Vernissage

Cindie Chan

Style Editor

Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.

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