Cover Find out who made our Asia's Most Stylish list for 2020

The most fashionable men and women from around Asia

The word "stylish" conjures a cornucopia of images. Perhaps it’s an immaculate woman posing grandly in a ballgown, or a popular influencer who can pull off any trend, or maybe it’s someone whose look is so distinctive she can be recognised a mile away.

The men and women featured on this year’s Asia’s Most Stylish list include all of the above and more—they are newcomers and veterans, edgy and classic, maximalist and minimalist, but one thing they all have in common is an undeniable mix of confidence, sophistication and flair.

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The Iconoclasts

Trend-defying or trend-setting, these original rebels are never interested in following fashion rules. Their instantly recognisable, distinctive looks have become synonymous with their names.

Kelly Tandiono

Location: Indonesia

Profession: Actress, model and triathlete

Rayi Putra

Location: Indonesia

Profession: Musician and member of band RAN

Bernard Chandran

Location: Malaysia

Profession: Fashion designer

Jasmine Sokko

Location: Singapore

Profession: Singer-songwriter and producer

Yu Yah-Leng

Location: Singapore

Profession: Creative director of branding agency, Foreign Policy Design Group

I once wore a long vintage tweed coat, a vintage baseball T-shirt with a long-sleeved denim shirt under it and Levi’s 501 jeans with holes to a party where everyone was dressed in slick black tuxes. Definitely felt odd and out of place. I learnt to read the invitation’s dress code for future events, not to strictly follow but to at least have an idea of the situation.

Grace Han

Location: China

Profession: Supermodel trainer and former Asia-Pacific head of Ford Models

Alicia Amin

Location: Malaysia

Profession: Model and actress

See also: Spotlight On Malaysian Supermodel Alicia Amin

I don't think fashion is about anything other than how well you carry yourself. What you put on is secondary.

Sunny Wang & Dizzy Dizzo

Location: Taiwan

Profession: Actor (Sunny Wang), Musician (Dizzy Dizzo)

Dawn Koh

Location: Singapore

Profession: Co-founder of Chalk Farm bakery

Marga Nograles

Location: Philippines

Profession: Founder of contemporary Filipino fashion brand Kaayo Modern Mindanao

Sonia Eryka

Location: Indonesia

Profession: Influencer and fashion designer

Jam Hsiao

Location: Taiwan

Profession: Singer and actor

I don't have a fixed personal style. I like bright colours and suits. Casual oversized suits with sportswear is my favourite look.

Coco Pink Princess

Location: Japan

Profession: Instagram influencer

Jerry Haha

Location: Hong Kong

Profession: Multidisciplinary artist, DJ and designer

Hannah Quinlivan

Location: Taiwan

Profession: Actress

Peggy Gou

Location: South Korea

Profession: DJ and founder of fashion label Kirin

DJ Kulu

Location: Hong Kong

Profession: Fashion photographer turned DJ

Uma Wang

Location: China

Profession: Fashion designer

Leah Dou

Location: China

Profession: Singer

Nilu Yuleena Thapa

Location: India

Profession: Influencer

Paula Insan Hasari

Location: Indonesia

Profession: Influencer

Chitose Abe

Location: Japan

Profession: Designer and founder and creative director of fashion label Sacai

Naomi Osaka

Location: Japan

Profession: Tennis player

Verbal and Yoon

Location: Japan

Profession: Founders of fashion label Ambush

Wannasiri Kongman and Jesse Dorsey

Location: Thailand

Profession: Founders of fashion label Boyy

The Classicists

Minimalists who gravitate towards sleek silhouettes and traditional tailoring make timelessness look anything but boring. By introducing twists of unexpected accessories or pops of colour, these men and women are stylish in any era.

Donnie Tantoco

Location: Philippines

Profession: President of Rustan's Commercial Corporation, which owns luxury department stores

Pauline Suaco Juan

Location: Philippines

Profession: Executive director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, a government body that promotes Filipino products and businesses abroad

Susanti Tio

Location: Indonesia

Profession: Mining tycoon

Sena Husband

Location: Hong Kong

Profession: Personal stylist

I’ve gravitated so much to all white these days. It makes me feel peaceful and serene. Linen, cotton and natural materials have been grounding.

André Chiang

Location: Taiwan

Profession: Chef and restaurateur

Zhang Enli

Location: China

Profession: Artist

Karen Ong-Tan

Location: Singapore

Profession: Corporate consultant

Xie Yige

Location: China

Profession: CEO of luxury brand Tangxindan

Kavita Sidhu & Roberto Guiati

Location: Malaysia

Profession: Co-owners of Zenzero Group, a chain of Italian restaurants. Kavita is also a fashion designer, TV and film producer, and actress.

Fitria Yusuf

Location: Indonesia

Profession: Influencer, model, writer and director of infrastructure company PT Citra Marga Nusaphala Persada

Lee Jim Leng

Location: Malaysia

Profession: Group managing director and CEO of Hong Leong Investment Bank 

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Rosalindynata Gunawan-Bakrie

Location: Indonesia

Profession: Designer of childrenswear brands Bubble Girl and Akra

Charles Tong

Location: China

Profession: Vice chairman of the Tomson Group, an investment and real estate company 

Boran Jing

Location: China

Profession: Actor and singer

Wanwan Lei

Location: China

Profession: Co-founder of M Woods, an art museum in Beijing

Oscar Wang

Location: China

Profession: Chief Creative Officer of BRDN, and the son of actress and director Sylvia Chang

Virat Kohli

Location: India

Profession: Cricket player

Aishwarya Nair Matthew

Location: India

Profession: Wine director of the Leela, and the daughter of Vivek Nair, the chairman and managing director of the Leela Group of Hotels

Shuhei Nishiguchi

Location: Japan

Profession: Fashion director of Beams

Heart Evangelista

Location: Philippines

Profession: Actress, artist, author and philanthropist

Liv Lo and Henry Golding

Location: Singapore

Profession: Model, TV host and the founder of FitSphere (Liv Lo), actor, TV host and model (Henry Golding)

Jong Kim

Location: South Korea

Profession: Architect

Seo-Hyun Lee

Location: South Korea

Profession: Philanthropist and daughter of chairman of Samsung Electronics Lee Kun-hee

Kanachai Bencharongkul

Location: Thailand

Profession: Photographer and managing director at Museum of Contemporary Art Bangkok, and the son of Boonchai Bencharongkul, president of DTAC, Thailand's third largest mobile operator

The Interpreters

From up-and-coming actors making waves on the red carpet to breakout stylists and influencers, new “It” girls and guys are shaking up the fashion scene. They are known for their ability to make trends of the moment their own, and their millions of followers are more than eager to follow suit.

Yoyo Cao

Location: Singapore

Profession: Influencer and founder and designer of fashion label Exhibit 

Kiwi Han Lee

Location: Taiwan

Profession: Influencer and model

Benjamin Kheng

Location: Singapore

Profession: Band member of The Sam Willows, actor, TV presenter and former national swimmer

I once bought US$300 worth of Nicolas Cage-themed shirts, which really tells you about the human I am.

Ally Mukhriz

Location: Malaysia

Profession: Influencer and granddaughter of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad

Wil Fang

Location: Hong Kong

Profession: Former marketing executive at Ralph Lauren and Apple, and founder of The DPT Group, which owns Cookie DPT

Chiu Hong Kao & Yi Chen

Location: Taiwan

Profession: Co-owners of Club Designer, a luxury fashion concept store

Angie Ng

Location: Hong Kong

Profession: Model and fitness instructor

My first big splurge was a Chanel 2.55 flap bag nearly 10 years ago. I still have that bag, I still use it and I love it. It reminds me of a certain time in my life.

Scha Alyahya

Location: Malaysia

Profession: Model, actress and TV presenter

See also: Malaysia Tatler's Most Stylish Woman 2019 Is Style Superstar, Scha Alyahya

Amiaya

Location: Japan

Profession: Twin influencers and musicians

Ginette Chittick

Location: Singapore

Profession: DJ, lecturer at LaSalle College of the Arts, and co-owner and designer of cult fashion label FrüFrü & Tigerlily

My unlikely style hero is Glenn Close’s character in Fatal Attraction. Belts, shoulder pads and that colour palette—sign me up for that look.

Liz Uy