Photo by JASON HO
SINGAPORE - If you'd like to get your mitts on that very exclusive Zouk membership card, you can try offering Zouk's Head Of Entertainment, Wayne Lee, a drink if you spot him in the club. But please make sure you aren't decked in as your favourite football club jersey or that shortest weekend frock.
"I'm not against it, but football jerseys are a bit strange; I think it's a bit inappropriate. And of course, girls these days … they are wearing really short dresses. I think there's a fine line between sexy and vulgar and some of them just cross the wrong line."
The 32-year-old has been a vital piece in shaping the local club music landscape, bringing in some of the hottest names in the scene, such as David Guetta, who will be performing at Fort Canning Park next Thursday.
What are the do's and don'ts of club gear?
Wayne Lee: Essentially, it's how you want your night to be. If you want a couple of drinks and engage in light dancing, a pair of heels and a nice dress would suffice for the ladies. If you're someone who's really out to party the night away, I think it's advisable to wear something comfortable and casual for your feet and outfit respectively. I'm not against T-shirts for guys, but care about the cut of your T-shirt.
What are you inspired by these days?
There's this whole sartorial bespoke thing going on and I have to admit that I'm not really into it because I still buy my stuff off the shelves. I don't craft my shoes and tailor my shirts, but I'm quite into suiting. I think shirts and ties are interesting. I quite like the American Mad Men vibe and (American designer) Thom Browne is someone whom I'm really into right now. I think he's managed to turn the business suit into something very casual and fashionable, and the cut is amazing. Who'd have thought a shrunken suit would become so relevant in fashion culture today?
How has your style evolved over the years?
It has really changed with age. At the start, I have to admit I was into the whole street wear thing. My style moved on to being inspired by high street and simple wear from brands like A.P.C. It's only the last two years that I started dressing a little smarter and trying to do that suiting thing, yet not overdoing it. I think that in fashion, sometimes, if the hype is there, it's good to buy into it; but don't buy too much into it because (then) it becomes lame.
What do you think a man needs once he reaches 30?
All he needs is a good watch and a good pair of sunglasses. My favourite pair is still the Ray Ban Wayfarers because it fits my face best. It's classic. And I've decided to go simple with leather straps, so I've got this Bell & Ross vintage pilot watch. It's not too expensive and I like the colour and the strap.
You were recently in Ibiza for work. What have you taken away from that?
I think Ibiza has taught me to be versatile in my dressing. You don't have to wear a certain outfit the whole time, especially for guys. It has taught me to embrace the aspect of casual dressing. Even when you wear a pair of shorts, swim shorts ... or a T-shirt - you can actually take note of the way the T-shirt falls, for example.