Ever since its release in 2018, the film Crazy Rich Asians has been all over the place. Based on a book with a similar title by Kevin Kwan, it tells the story of an Asian American woman who falls in love with a guy only to find out later that her boyfriend belongs to an elite family of Singapore.
The main part of the film comes when she explores the fancy lifestyle of her boyfriend’s family and that is bound to surprise everyone. This also left fans with a question that are Asians in Singapore that rich? To give you a glimpse of their real world, get ready for things which are based on glamour, celebrations and life of excess like never before.
Yes, almost all of the dresses wore in the film were real. At first the costume designer, Mary Vogt took inspirations from the old film Wizard of Oz for recreating the similar magic when Rachel Chu enters into the colorful world of Singapore for accompanying her boyfriend to his best friend’s wedding.
They may seem too extravagant to be true but in the pictures shared by Kevin Kwan, his family members were seen wearing the most beautiful dresses back in the 1930s, and due to that Mary was also assigned to create the similar look of characters on a tight budget.
Fortunately, many designers stood up to help out as brands like Ralph Lauren, Stella Mccartney, Ellie Saab, Dior sponsored with their top collections and almost all of the things given were used in the film. Along with that Bulgari and Chopard also supplied their own security to watch over their assets.
While spending on unique and expensive things is the real deal among the crazy rich Asians, there is still a difference between people with old money and millennial who just got rich. According to Kwan, people with old money would like to bargain on things which can’t be used regularly to show off e.g women would choose to buy lingerie from local retailers instead of opting for Victoria’s Secret.
Similarly to that, old money people are more particular about their shoes as well. They maintain the difference between buying for an event and for everyday use. For events, they do pick up the most exquisite brands but for daily outings, they prefer buying shoes which are more comfortable to wear.
An ordinary rich might be happy on wearing a Rolex but that isn’t the case with rich Asians in Singapore as they prefer buying the limited edition of the biggest watch brands in the world. The idea is to make sure that these watches are difficult to get your hands on to as they are not available in excess e.g Rolex Daytona Panda (Paul Newman).
Mary Vogt also told that every character in the film had their own preference about what to wear for each scene. Eleanor Young played by Michelle Yeah had a pungent for dressing in green. While this wasn’t enough, she even used her own engagement ring made up of emerald for some scenes in the film. The female lead Rachel Chu played by Constance Wu already had a very sharp sense of style and the credit for carrying herself effortlessly from a sophisticated dressing to more ethereal ones definitely goes to her. Her Floral Giambattista Valli (which also is a pinnacle of Singapore’s elite population) was customized according to her taste.
When it comes to the favorite brand for bags of the real rich Asians, then it is Chanel without a doubt. It is so popular that the brand even increased their prices by 25% and it increased their sales because, with a higher price, they became a status symbol.
People with young money in Asia, on the other hand, are looking to invest more of it on the kind of experiences which should be able to make them show off on social media. Just like everywhere the social media storm is real here as well and millennial are spending millions for it. Instead of buying the most expensive designer things, young money prefers to dine out at the most expensive restaurants with personal chefs just for that perfect Instagram click and likes.
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As per Kanelk Kane, an outrageous young rich businessman, it’s normal for the young elite to go shopping on private jets and spend a million dollar in a single shop. But his other statement came out as a surprise when he told that the weddings in the film were not up to what they are in reality. Rich Asians spend more on weddings and are far bigger as compared to what was shown in the film.
Last but not least, the house of Nick’s family was unrealistically large. At present, there are only three or four such places available in Singapore and the house was shown after combining two mansions in one frame located in Perdana Botanical Gardens of Kaula Lumpur.
Another Singaporean socialite and businesswoman, Jamie Chua appreciated the film for portraying the exact situation of the rich Asian families, who are obsessed about telling their next move to everyone and how their mothers are extremely protective of their children which often leads up to them interfering in their son’s life for whom they should marry.
In the list of Ultra High Net Worth Individuals, 90,000 residents belong to the United States still but Asia is catching up fast as right now they have 65,000-70,000 residents and that number is increasing at 20% per year. With the amount of money these rich Asians are making, everything seems possible for them in times to come.